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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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Somerset Continue to Set Pace thanks to Bartlett

Ian Marshall June 11, 2019 League leaders Somerset reinforced their title credentials by beating reigning champions Surrey by 102 runs at Guildford. A career-best 137 from Surrey-born George Bartlett set the visitors on the way to a first-innings […]

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Favourites Pull Away Easily

Ian Marshall June 17, 2019 With 22 of the 45 qualifying games in the ICC World Cup having been completed, it has to be said that the tournament is yet fully to take off. Indeed, barring […]

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Gregory’s Graft Grants Great Somerset Success

Ian Marshall June 17, 2019 The weather played havoc with the week’s Specsavers County Championship fixtures, whose starting days were spread over Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Among the worst hit of all was the First Division […]

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‘Substandard’ Lord’s Pitch Sees Records Tumble

Ian Marshall July 29, 2019 In the aftermath of arguably the most dramatic cricket final of all time just a few days earlier on the same ground, Lord’s had plenty to live up to as Ireland […]

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Smith at the Double to Secure Victory for Australia

Ian Marshall August 6, 2019 After a rather unconvincing win over Ireland, the England Test side moved on to Edgbaston for the start of the Ashes series. As expected, World Cup heroes Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes (newly appointed vice-captain) […]

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Archer Targets Smith to Change Momentum

Ian Marshall August 19, 2019 In the interval between the first and second Test, a kind of fatalistic mood seemed to settle upon the press: England were tired, out of practice and suffering from a World […]

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Kent Can’t Cope at Canterbury

Ian Marshall August 23, 2019 With just three more matches to play after this round, the Specsavers County Championship returned after a month-long hiatus for the Vitality Blast. For some, it seemed as though they believed […]

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Superman Stokes and Clark Kent Leach Secure a Win for the Ages

Ian Marshall August 29, 2019 The Ashes circus moved on to Leeds just four days after the drawn Test at Lord’s. England named an unchanged side, while Australia made two alterations from the team that finished […]

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Abbott Takes Charge while Pope Struggles

Ian Marshall September 23, 2019 The race for the Specsavers County Championship took a dramatic twist in the penultimate round as Essex beat Surrey by an innings and 40 runs at Chelmsford. Having chosen to bat […]

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England Bounce Back to Square the Series

Ian Marshall September 17, 2019 With the Ashes remaining in Australia, there was still more than pride to play for in the final Test of the summer at The Oval; for the tourists, there was a […]

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Somerset Close in on First Championship Title with Vital Win

Ian Marshall September 17, 2019 Somerset went top of the table with two games to go after they beat third-placed Yorkshire by 298 runs at Taunton. They didn’t have it all their own way, despite the […]

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