Gary Naylor

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Jan 03

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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Dec 29

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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Dec 15

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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Oct 02

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/99-94-cricket-blog/2017/oct/02/county-cricket-talking-points-middlesex-relegated

Sep 30

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/99-94-cricket-blog/2017/sep/30/county-championship-cricket-players-season

Sep 25

County cricket talking points: Essex are still unbeaten with one game to play

The side that won promotion a year ago and won the title a fortnight ago looked as if they would suffer their first defeat of the season. But they just keep winningBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkWhenever th…

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Sep 05

County cricket talking points: Middlesex and Yorkshire head for final showdown

After a wet week full of draws, it looks as if the Division One title race will be decided when the top two teams meet in the final week of the season at Lord’s

By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Four rain-affected draws in Division One, which probably only helped Surrey, whose week off fell kindly for the south Londoners, if not their north London rivals. Middlesex declared at tea on day three and had sent three Warwickshire batsmen back to the hutch by the start of day four, with seven wickets looking a lot more likely than 264 runs if a result were to be squeezed in. But the weather defeated both teams, with Middlesex’s last-round showdown at Lord’s with champions and second-place team, Yorkshire, looking more vital than ever, just four points the gap with three matches to play. Middlesex will hope that their late season spin specialist, Ollie Rayner, retains his form, his seven wickets this week adding to his nine last time out.

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