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A Plan for 2020

With Nick Hoult reporting in the Daily Telegraph that the ECB is contemplating abandoning almost all of the cricket season due to the Coronavirus, barring international fixtures and the Vitality Blast, on the basis that […]

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One-Way Traffic in the University Matches

Ian Marshall April 2, 2019 In what appears to be the first season ever in which the first-class summer has got underway before the clocks went forward, there was little change in the balance of power […]

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Chilly Finish to Warm-up Matches

Ian Marshall April 3, 2019 With the weather intervening on the final day in many of the matches, the second round of MCCU games mostly finished in draws, with the exception of the fixture at Headingley […]

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Rivals Launch An Early Bid

Ian Marshall April 9, 2019 With holders Surrey playing a friendly against Durham MCCU, the first round of the Specsavers County Championship gave an opportunity to six of their rivals to launch an early bid to […]

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Can we have the seam back, please?

Ian Marshall April 15, 2019 With an Ashes series at the end of the summer to look forward to, early-season form in the Specsavers County Championship is being eagerly scanned for tips as to who might […]

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Runs Galore as Royal London One-Day Cup Basks in Sunshine

Ian Marshall April 23, 2019 The Royal London One-Day Cup got underway on 17 April, the very early start to the 50-over competition, perhaps reflecting the low priority given to it by the ECB. Fortunately for […]

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The Development Game

Ian Marshall April 23, 2019 The news that next season’s 50-over competition will effectively be downgraded to a ‘development’ tournament, running alongside The Hundred, caused dismay to many cricket fans. In the ICC rankings, England are […]

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After the long weekend

Ian Marshall April 30, 2019 With the Bank holiday weekend over, the weather fell back to its more typical April status in the week after Easter. Tuesday’s fixtures saw remarkable similarities of outcomes at Birmingham and […]

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The Race for the Knockouts

Ian Marshall May 10, 2019 The final week of the Royal London One-Day Cup brought a series of twists and turns as the race to reach the knockout stages hotted up. There were five matches on […]

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Spytty Park Welcomes First-Class Cricket in Newport

Ian Marshall May 20, 2019 After a month-long pause to play the Royal London One-Day Cup, it was time for the Specsavers County Championship to get under way again. The first match to be completed in […]

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Somerset Set The Pace

Ian Marshall May 28, 2019 The fourth round of the Specsavers County Championship saw Somerset maintain their place at the top of the table after they recorded their third win of the season, beating Warwickshire by […]

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Batty Hat-trick not Enough for Surrey

Ian Marshall May 31, 2019 With the eyes of cricket fans across the globe turning to England and the ICC World Cup, whose opening ceremony was inevitably played out in the London drizzle, the bread-and-butter of […]

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