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Cook Serves up Batting Masterclass to Help Essex to Trophy

The final of the Bob Willis Trophy took place over five days at Lord’s, with Essex and Somerset – who finished first and second in the County Championship in 2019 – battling it out for […]

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Essex and Somerset to Meet in the Bob Willis Trophy final

In the South Group, Essex confirmed their place in the play-off final of the Bob Willis Trophy with a victory over Middlesex inside three days at Chelmsford. The visitors chose to bat first, but must […]

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De Lange and Taylor Blitz Can’t Save Glamorgan

In the Central Group, Somerset controlled the match at Taunton against Gloucestershire after they were put in to bat. George Bartlett made an unbeaten 100 while David Payne and Ryan Higgins both took four wickets […]

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The Young and the Old Shine in the Gloom

After a short break, the players returned to the Rose Bowl for the third and final Test of the series. England made just one change to their side, bringing back Jofra Archer for Sam Curran […]

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Rain and Bad Light the Only Winners

For the second Test, at Southampton, England knew they would have to make one change to their side, with Ben Stokes returning to New Zealand for family reasons; into his place, as expected, came Zak […]

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James Fuller Joy after Hat-trick

In the South Group, Essex won the toss at Hove and chose to field first, and Jamie Porter had plenty of success in taking five for 60 as Sussex made 194. George Garton did even […]

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Woakes Steers England Home

Just 24 hours after England’s surprise 50-over defeat against Ireland in Southampton to end that series as 2-1 victors, England were back in action in the first Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford. Depending on […]

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Clark no Answer to Kent’s Supermen

In the South Group, records tumbled as Kent beat Sussex in three days at Canterbury. The match seemed ordinary enough as the visitors won the toss and batted. Nine players reached double figures, Ben Brown […]

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Bob Willis Trophy Starts with Plenty of Drama

In the South Group, Sussex were the first to record a win, beating south coast rivals Hampshire by 94 runs inside three days at Hove. The hosts chose to bat first, but were soon in […]

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Broad Darts to 501 Wickets as England Secure the Series

For the third Test, which was also held at Old Trafford, England made two changes. With Ben Stokes not fit enough to bowl, it was decided to leave out Zak Crawley, meaning that the batting […]

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Stokes’s All-Round Excellence Too Hot to Handle

  The teams travelled up in their biosecure bubble to Manchester for the second Test, with news that James Anderson and Mark Wood would be rested. Joe Root returned after parental leave, Joe Denly who […]

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High Drama as Cricket Returns

It was 2 March when the last game of Test cricket was played anywhere on the planet, so after a gap of more than four months of Covid-19 lockdown, cricket fans from around the world […]

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