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Sussex v Kent, Somerset v Surrey and more: County Cricket – live!

Live updates from around the groundsJofra Archer back in the mix as England cast eye over Test candidatesGet in touch! Email Tanya, tweet @TJAldred or comment BTL 10.26am BST Group OneNottinghamshire 73 (played 5) 9.53am BST Group oneRiverside: Durham …

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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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Runs for Robson as Middlesex and Somerset make chilly start to season

Middlesex 293-8 v SomersetFormer England opener makes 165 on opening dayAs the clock struck 11 and around the country play got under way on the opening day of the County Championship, at Lord’s the hover cover settled gently on to the wicket like a pri…

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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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Ian Botham at 65: ‘I was happy to play the buffoon. But I listened more than I let on’

The great all-rounder and crossbench peer chats with his former Somerset and England teammate Vic Marks about Covid-19, Headingley ‘81, Viv Richards, Ben Stokes … and just a little bit of Brexit We almost met 50 years ago. I was in Liverpool about to o…

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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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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 …

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

Updates from the third day’s play at Lord’s Day two report: Cook ups Essex tempoEmail Tanya here or tweet @tjaldred 10.27am BST A flavour of Lord’s.NW8, September 2020. pic.twitter.com/hMQHWrWjG8 10.21am BST If anyone would like to send in some questio…

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Sam Cook ups Essex tempo to put skids under Eddie Byrom’s Somerset revival

Bob Willis Trophy final day two: Somerset 301 all out Cook ends with five for 76 after Byrom hits centuryA mix of frustration and anticipation at Lord’s. There was more disruption from the weather after a sunny morning during which Somerset recovered f…

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

Over-by-over report from the action at Lord’sEssex edge day one despite Byrom’s defiance for SomersetAnd you can email Tanya, tweet @tjaldred or post BTL 10.33am BST The players are out and Jamie Porter has the ball in his hand… 10.31am BST Gary Nayl…

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Essex edge day one of final despite Eddie Byrom’s defiance for Somerset

Somerset 119-4 as rain curtailed play at Lord’sEddie Byrom’s unbeaten 51 keeps Somerset afloatThe Bob Willis Trophy final – a bit like big Bob’s run-up – got off to a stuttering start. Only 44 overs were possible and during that time Essex took the ini…