Gary Naylor

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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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County cricket talking points: Olly Stone deserves an England call-up

The Warwickshire bowler was brilliant against Sussex in the first week of the season. Why not play him against Pakistan?By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWarwickshire’s Olly Stone is the fastest English bowler right now – and probably the fastes…

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County cricket talking points: six questions before the new season

Essex are defending champions and Middlesex are aiming to return to the top flight. Will we witness an historic summer?By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogApart from 1947’s Denis Compton inspired sun-soaked, run-soaked season, perhaps every spring…

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The art of watching dull cricket

Do you ever find yourself bored by too few (or too many) runs? Here is a handy guide to keep yourself entertained in those uneventful stretchesBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkIf the Big Bash League isn’t you…

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Three memories of cricket in 2017

Continuing on from his reviews of 2014, 2015 and 2016, Gary picks out a few moments to savour from 2017 – including an all-time great batting performanceBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkThe three moments belo…

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Steve Smith: the man who hides his genius in plain sight

Steve Smith is no longer vying to be saluted as the best batsman in the world. His challenge is now to be recognised as the second best batsman in historyBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkI was at Lord’s in 20…

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County cricket talking points: Hampshire stay up as Middlesex (probably) go down

As the County Championship and this column draw to a close for another season, it’s time to praise Essex, Chris Read, Liam Livingstone and our faithful readersBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkYorkshire’s bowl…

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The five county cricketers of the year

It’s time to salute the County Championship’s standout players this season: Kumar Sangakkara, Alex Hales, Alex Davies, Jamie Porter and Simon Harmer• Fans from all 18 counties review the year• Will Macpherson’s verdict on the seasonBy Gary Naylor for t…

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