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Author Archive for Gary Naylor

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County cricket talking points: Notts send message with big win over Essex

Nottinghamshire beat the reigning champions by an innings and look good at the midway point of the group stageBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIf sport really were drama, the French philosophers of the 1960s would have pronounced upon it. Somew…

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County cricket talking points: the new format is delivering a thrilling season

It remains to be seen what the second phase of this strange campaign will bring, but the first phase has been a huge successBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIn Group One, only five points separate Warwickshire, Durham, Worcestershire, Nottingha…

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County cricket talking points: the new format is delivering a thrilling season

It remains to be seen what the second phase of this strange campaign will bring, but the first phase has been a huge successBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIn Group One, only five points separate Warwickshire, Durham, Worcestershire, Nottingha…

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County cricket talking points: fans given another week of fine matches

Anyone tired of Netflix and turned off by greedy football clubs should consider watching first-class cricket for free on YouTubeBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogI’ve long contended that there are two things wrong with county cricket: the weathe…

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County cricket talking points: chilly start for the revamped championship

Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset all enjoyed victories in the opening round of fixturesBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogSomerset started the season by taking a step closer to their traditional autumnal heartbreak with a wonderfully resis…

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India 3-1 England: player ratings for the Test series

It was a series to remember for Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel, but one to forget for Jonny BairstowBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogJoe Root: 368 runs at an average of 46; six wickets at 24; three catchesRoot carried his sensational form f…

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Three memories of cricket in 2020

Following on from his reviews of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Gary has picked out a few highlights from 2020By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIt had been an emotional few days. It was early July, deep in lockdown, and we didn’t know wh…

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Cycling’s three grand tours have been different this year – much better

The Tour, Giro and Vuelta have been crazily unpredictable and brilliant fun this year. Even the lack of fans has been a bonusBy Gary Naylor for the Guardian Sport NetworkIf you are watching elite sport at the minute, you are watching it on television. …

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The five county cricketers of the year

A player may only be named as a County Cricketer of the Year once. Here are the previous winners: 2019; 2018 and 2017By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogThere’s that quote from Sid Waddell – “When Alexander of Macedonia was 33, he cried salt tears…

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County cricket talking points: Notts beat Surrey (and rain) to win T20 Blast

Dan Christian was superb for Notts as they overcame Surrey at Edgbaston to secure their second T20 Blast titleBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIt’s only a game, of course. But it’s only a play too, and we still call them tragedies. I can recall…

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County cricket talking points: Notts beat Surrey (and rain) to win T20 Blast

Dan Christian was superb for Notts as they overcame Surrey at Edgbaston to secure their second T20 Blast titleBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIt’s only a game, of course. But it’s only a play too, and we still call them tragedies. I can recall…

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County cricket talking points: Notts beat Surrey (and rain) to win T20 Blast

Dan Christian was superb for Notts as they overcame Surrey at Edgbaston to secure their second T20 Blast titleBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIt’s only a game, of course. But it’s only a play too, and we still call them tragedies. I can recall…

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County cricket talking points: Essex beat Somerset in splendid final

The circumstances were different to last year, but the result was the same, with ice-cool Essex beating valiant SomersetBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogOne of the less mentioned delights of county cricket is the margin for error. In Test crick…

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County cricket talking points: T20 Blast sets up intriguing quarter-finals

Sussex, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire secured their places in the last eight of the T20 Blast this weekBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogThis column does not do news, but if you haven’t tracked down the T20 Blast’s quarter-finals to be pla…

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County cricket talking points: all to play for as T20 Blast comes to the boil

Every team will play three games this week as they try to book their places in the quarter-finalsBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWith all sides having three matches left in the Blast, Nottinghamshire are the closest to securing a top-two slot …

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County cricket talking points: Essex and Somerset reprise rivalry at Lord’s

Essex and Somerset played a County Championship decider last year. Now they will meet in the Bob Willis Trophy final By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogRyan ten Doeschate is 40 years old and isn’t blasting the volume of runs he once did. But his …

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County cricket talking points: T20 Blast enjoys an unexpected return

With The Hundred shelved for a year, the T20 Blast is treating us to some fine cricket from old favourites and new facesBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogShiny and new 17 years ago – when taxis would disgorge city types at the Oval to join the m…

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England 1-0 Pakistan: player ratings for the Test series

Zak Crawley, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad and Azhar Ali stood out as England overcame PakistanBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogRory Burns: 20 runs at an average of five; three catchesHe was twice out LBW and twice caught in the cordon, which is n…

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England 1-0 Pakistan: player ratings for the Test series

Zak Crawley, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad and Azhar Ali stood out as England overcame PakistanBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogRory Burns: 20 runs at an average of five; three catchesHe was twice out LBW and twice caught in the cordon, which is n…

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England 1-0 Pakistan: player ratings for the Test series

Zak Crawley, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad and Azhar Ali stood out as England overcame PakistanBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogRory Burns: 20 runs at an average of five; three catchesHe was twice out LBW and twice caught in the cordon, which is n…