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Ian’s Blog

Warwickshire Seize the Title on the Last Day

  The County Championship came to a dramatic climax in the final round. At Liverpool, Lancashire chose to field first and asked Hampshire to bat, bowling them out for just 143, with Matt Parkinson taking […]

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More Last-Day Blues for England

After a brief rest, this gripping Test series reconvened at The Oval under gloomy skies, which persuaded Joe Root to bowl first. Both sides had made changes to their line-ups. For England, Jos Buttler was […]

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Root’s Record-breaking Win on Home Turf

After the disappointments of the final day at Lord’s, England came to Headingley knowing they needed to bounce back after the heavy criticism they had faced. Unsurprisingly, Dom Sibley was omitted following a series of […]

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Weather Denies Dramatic Climax

Weather Denies Dramatic Climax   Having started the summer losing to the world’s No 1 ranked nation, New Zealand, England’s hopes of beating the No 2 ranked nation, India, were dealt a severe blow a […]

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Billings and Narine Prove Invincible

Having been unable to watch much of the first-ever official Hundred fixture, which ended in a narrow win for the women’s Oval Invincibles side over the Manchester Originals at The Oval, I was able to […]

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Youthful Drama at Canterbury after Covid Impact

In the final round of matches in the Specsavers County Championship, before the Division Stage begins in 30 August, the impact of Covid began to hit home in some key games. However, in Group 1, […]

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England’s Proud Home Record Crumbles

The build-up to the second Test should have been focused on just one man: the remarkable James Anderson, who was lining up to play his 162nd Test for England, breaking the record number of appearances […]

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Conway Shines at Lord’s in Drawn First Test

With a crowd of about 6500 at Lord’s, there was a real sense of anticipation as the international cricket summer got under way in 2021 in bright sunshine with the first of a two-Test series […]

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Ibrahim’s Record-breaking Feat in Vain at Leeds

In Group 1, Warwickshire’s trip to Derby ended in a convincing victory. Put in to bat, they made 274, with Sam Conners picking up four for 46. Then Craig Miles took five for 30, his […]

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Harris Inspires Leicestershire to a Remarkable Win

With the weather finally perking up as we headed into the Bank holiday weekend, champions Essex’s revival also continued, as they beat Durham inside three days at Chester-le-Street in Group One. Put in to bat, […]

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Stevens Sets New Records – at 45 Years Young

With the May weather continuing to suggest March or early April, Round 7 of the County Championship was yet again hard hit by the rain. In Group One, at Trent Bridge, a belligerent unbeaten 177 […]

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Chris Rushworth Becomes Durham’s All-time Leading Wicket-taker

There were just six games played in Round Six of the County Championship, and for most of them the weather proved something of a problem. In Group 1, Essex were put in to bat at […]

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