Gary Naylor

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County cricket talking points: gripping T20 Blast finds right formula

Vitality Blast’s structure is working well, Ross Whitely entertains again and Finch flies high in the London derby By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogTwenty20 cricket can be maligned for its formulaic quality, its try-hard presentation (a thickis…

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County cricket talking points: Surrey are building a big lead in Division One

Surrey, the only undefeated team in the country, are looking imperious after five straight wins in the County ChampionshipBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogSurrey have opened up a 34-point buffer at the top of Division One after marmalising Nott…

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County cricket talking points: Roses drama excites fans more than media

Lancashire and Yorkshire produced a marvellous last-ball finish in the T20 Blast – not that you’d know from the scant coverageBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogHas there ever been a greater mismatch between popular interest and media profile tha…

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County cricket talking points: old heads lead Yorkshire in T20 Blast

Gary Ballance, Tim Bresnan and Steve Patterson combined to give Worcestershire their first defeat in the competitionBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWorcestershire stay top of the North Group in the T20 Blast having won one and lost one last we…

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County cricket talking points: why is the T20 Blast not taking off?

The tournament has been blessed with good weather and a plum spot in the calendar but it is not reaching a wide audienceBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogThe Vitality Blast! (Is it just me, of does “Vitality Blast” sound like a pole vaulter rout…

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County cricket talking points: Hampshire outsmart Kent in cup final

Rilee Rossouw hit a match-winning 125 as Hampshire beat Kent in the Royal London Cup final at Lord’sBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogEven in the 50-overs format, cricket requires strategic choices of a complexity beyond what most other sports c…

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County cricket talking points: Surrey go top thanks to supreme Pope

Ollie Pope’s 117 helped Surrey beat Somerset and go top of Division One. He could also do a job for EnglandBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogThe County Championship backed into the spotlight with a round of matches that, if you could find them, …

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County cricket talking points: Kent and Hampshire to meet in cup final

Kent will play Hampshire at Lord’s on 30 June, making this year’s Royal London One-Day Cup final an all-southern affairBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWhat makes a good team a bad team for just one match? As Kent hammered Nottinghamshire in th…

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County cricket talking points: Ravi Bopara’s runs require more respect

Only six players have scored more runs than Ravi Bopara in the last decade. And he hit another century for Essex this weekBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogEssex, who know a bit about winning cricket matches, disposed of already qualified Kent t…

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County cricket talking points: Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott roll back the years

Ian Bell hit an unbeaten 145 before his Warwickshire team-mate Jonathan Trott went one better with two centuries in three daysBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWarwickshire joined Worcestershire at the top of the North Group, the Bears and the P…

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County cricket talking points: One-Day Cup throws up a few surprises

Worcestershire and Derbyshire are leading the north group, with Hampshire making the early running down southBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogThe Royal London Cup north group table is beginning to take on a shape and it’s something of a surpris…

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County cricket talking points: One-Day Cup spoils the plot for the season

Why disrupt the season just as the County Championship had started to take shape and build some momentum?By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogI review theatre elsewhere and, inevitably, the worlds of cricket and stage occasionally overlap. To succe…

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County cricket talking points: Surrey’s youngsters see off Joe Root

Sam Curran and Amar Virdi put on a show at the Oval and they gave the England captain the best view in the houseBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogSurrey flogged 20 wickets out of the Oval square in smashing a strong Yorkshire side by an innings …

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County cricket talking points: Notts are threatening to emulate Essex

Newly promoted Nottinghamshire are top of the table after their third win of the season. Will they ‘do an Essex’?By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogNottinghamshire’s third win of the season puts them 17 points clear at the top of Division One, as…

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County cricket talking points: Luke Fletcher’s return helps Notts go top

Luke Fletcher missed half of last season due to an awful head injury so it is great to see him back on form for NottinghamshireBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogNottinghamshire sit atop Division One after a second win of the season, blowing away…

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County cricket talking points: Essex back to winning ways in title defence

Jamie Porter was the main man for Essex against Lancashire and he could do a job for EnglandBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogEssex won 10 of their 14 Division One matches last year and six of 16 in their promotion season (2016), so it shouldn’t…

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