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Author Archive for Gary Naylor

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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…

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County cricket talking points: Somerset set sights on Lord’s final

Somerset have never won the County Championship but they are the team to beat in the Bob Willis TrophyBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogSomerset, six points clear at the top of the Central Group, prospered having rustled up a storm of their own …

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County cricket talking points: Essex beat Sussex to maintain 100% record

The only 100% record in the Bob Willis Trophy is held by the club who also fly the County Championship pennant By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIn my mind’s eye, it’s always David Coleman in his staccato voice. “So Bill Beaumont, the simple que…

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County cricket talking points: Essex, Somerset and Derbyshire set the pace

Will Somerset finally come good this year – just when there is no County Championship at stake?By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogFor a phrase that is synonymous with clarity of vision, there’s little about 2020 that one could see coming – not le…

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Bob Willis Trophy talking points: a welcome return for county cricket

After months of waiting, cricket fans were treated to nine intriguing matches in the first week of the Bob Willis TrophyBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogMaking a decent fist of it at the top of the England order are a couple of what you might c…

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Bob Willis Trophy talking points: a welcome return for county cricket

After months of waiting, cricket fans were treated to nine intriguing matches in the first week of the Bob Willis TrophyBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogMaking a decent fist of it at the top of the England order are a couple of what you might c…

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England 2-1 West Indies: player ratings for the Test series

Stuart Broad joined the 500 club and England won the Wisden Trophy, but cricket was the real winnerBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogRory Burns: 234 runs at 47; one catchRory Burns is still all twitches, crazy pick-ups and rush-of-blood offside …

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England 2-1 West Indies: player ratings for the Test series

Stuart Broad joined the 500 club and England won the Wisden Trophy, but cricket was the real winnerBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogRory Burns: 234 runs at 47; one catchRory Burns is still all twitches, crazy pick-ups and rush-of-blood offside …

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My favourite game: when Everton stayed up on the last day of the season | Gary Naylor

Everton needed to beat Wimbledon and hope other results went their way. They were 2-0 down after 10 minutes …By Gary Naylor for the Guardian Sport NetworkI’m not really a football fan – I’m an Everton fan. I’ve seen Everton win a league title and an FA…

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Cricket fans will deal with lockdown. We are familiar with boredom | Gary Naylor

Anyone who has watched or played cricket is well prepared to sit in the same place for days with not much to doBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogA friend of mine remarked some 40 years ago: “I like watching cricket. It makes the rest of my life …

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Three memories of cricket in 2019

Following on from his reviews of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Gary has picked out a few moments to savour from 2019By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIt was one of the all-time great performances. Steve Smith scored 144 and 142 in his first T…

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The five county cricketers of the year

It’s time to salute the County Championship’s standout players this season: Sibley, Stevens, Abell, Bopara and Vilas• The cricketers of the year in 2017• The cricketers of the year in 2018Dominic Sibley was a schoolboy when he scored a maiden century i…

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County cricket talking points: Essex and Somerset gave us a special season

The season belongs to the champions but Somerset also deserve great credit for the way they pushed Essex all the wayBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIt wasn’t just the weather that was miserable at Taunton – or was it? Somerset failed again in …

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Ashes report cards: grading every England and Australia player

It was a series to remember for Steven Smith, Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes. It was one to forget for Jason Roy and Moeen AliBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogJoe Root: 325 runs, average 33; three wickets, average 41A shadow of the bustling batsma…

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County cricket talking points: Somerset take advantage in title race

Somerset have overtaken Essex again at the top of the table, but the sides still have to meet in the final week of the seasonBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogSomerset’s win over Yorkshire opened up an eight-point gap on Essex, who could only dr…

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T20 Blast talking points: Old heads set up fascinating Finals Day

Nottinghamshire play Worcestershire and Derbyshire face Essex in the T20 Blast semi-finals. It’s hard to call a winnerBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIn the 140 days between their first match of the season at Old Trafford and the Blast quarter…