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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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The Spin | Essex’s Simon Harmer on stock balls, South Africa and life in England

For the past five years Harmer has been a luminescent walking wonder and wicket threat in county cricketSimon Harmer plonks down on a plastic seat at Edgbaston’s Birmingham end, Essex’s home for the length of their Championship game against Warwickshir…

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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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Warwickshire v Essex, Sussex v Yorks and more: county cricket – live!

Updates from the final day of the latest round of matchesDay three roundup: Surrey sunk by MiddlesexAnd you can contact Tanya by email and on Twitter 10.17am BST GROUP ONERiverside: Durham 475 all out and 175-2dec v Derbyshire 267 and 10-0. DERBY NEED …

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Warwickshire v Essex, Sussex v Yorkshire and more: county cricket – live!

Updates from day three of the latest round of matchesDay two roundup: Root fails again as Yorkshire toilAnd you can contact Tanya by email, on Twitter or BTL 10.35am BST I’m hoping to chat to Simon Harmer at lunch, so please let me know any questions y…

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Warwickshire v Essex, Hampshire v Gloucestershire: county cricket – live!

Updates from opening day in third round of matchesTalking points: Essex find a way against DurhamGet in touch! Email Tanya, tweet or comment BTL 11.43am BST Some early Ollie Pope for your delectation.Fresh from his 245 against Leicestershire. Ollie Pop…

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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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Division bell rings as county cricket looks to make up for lost time | Simon Burnton

There is a mixed reception for a championship that is more like last year’s Bob Willis Trophy than what we saw in 2019The last time we saw the County Championship, in 2019, Nottinghamshire had been relegated from Division One with a paltry 67 points, w…

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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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Essex captain Tom Westley apologises for team’s Lord’s celebrations

Alcohol poured over Muslim player on pavilion balconyWestley says ‘we are disappointed we let this happen’The Essex captain, Tom Westley, has apologised on behalf of his team following the celebrations at Lord’s during which alcohol was poured over a y…

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The Spin | Somerset v Essex was a final that evoked their glory days of the 80s

In the era of Richards, Botham, Fletcher and Gooch, football had yet to swamp cricket and humour pervaded the rivalry The two best teams in county cricket battled for the Bob Willis Trophy at Lord’s. Despite the absence of spectators it was an earnest,…

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Essex admit celebrations at Lord’s betrayed their ‘inclusive values’

Muslim player Feroze Khushi sprayed with alcoholIncident described as unthinking over-exuberanceEssex have admitted the celebrations that followed Sunday’s victory in the Bob Willis Trophy did not meet the county’s “inclusive values” after Feroze Khush…

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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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Essex win Bob Willis Trophy after holding on to deny Somerset once again

Somerset 301 & 272-7d drew with Essex 337-8 & 179-6Essex win trophy on first innings scoreAfter much toil and little sweat – too cold for that – the Essex players could lay their hands on the Bob Willis Trophy. For the second year in succession…

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Somerset v Essex: Bob Willis Trophy final, day five – live!

Live updates from the final day of play at Lord’sLammonby century gives Somerset chance of winEmail Tanya, tweet @tjaldred or comment BTL 10.31am BST Sam Cook finishes the last ball of his over left from last night. And the Lord’s scoreboard hasn’t wok…

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Tom Lammonby century gives Somerset a chance on final day

Opener scores 116 as Somerset lead by 191Essex will win Bob Willis Trophy with a drawThis has been an intriguing, worthwhile contest dominated by left-handers. On the second day Eddie Byrom completed a diligent century; there was princely, predictable …

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Somerset v Essex: Bob Willis Trophy final, day four – live!

Updates from the fourth day’s play at Lord’sCook hits stylish century for Essex before Somerset fight backEmail Tanya here or tweet @tjaldred 10.50am BST 102 overs: Essex 291-6 (Porter 8, Wheater 10) Wheater tucking into some loose stuff from Overton, …

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Alastair Cook hits stylish century for Essex before Somerset fight back

Bob Willis Trophy final: Somerset 301; Essex 271-6Former England captain makes 172 on day threeMasterchef has become one of the hardy perennials of British life. And here Essex’s own version, Alastair Cook, has dominated the Bob Willis final – just as …