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Five late wickets raises Middlesex hopes of inflicting Lancashire's first defeat of the season

Sep 17, 2019 Paul Edwards Lancashire 259 (Livingstone 84, Croft 55*) and 14 for 1 (Cummins 1-2) trail Middlesex 337 (Simpson 167*, Sowter 52, Bailey 5-78) by 64 runs Early morning mist lies like cotton wool on the rich earth between Southport and Burscough. At Deansgate station passengers spill from commuter trains like clothes from holiday suitcases. Lancashire stewards grunt kindly good mornings in the suddenly chill autumnal air. As…

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Sam Billings backs up with the bat as Kent close in on big win

3:00 AM ET ECB Reporters Network Yorkshire 269 (Fisher 47*, Milnes 5-87) and 44 for 6 (Stevens 4-12) trail Kent 482 for 8 dec (Stevens 237, Billings 138, Olivier 5-108) and 337 for 7 dec (Billings 122*, Robinson 97) by 506 runs Sam Billings became the first player to score two hundreds in the same County Championship match at Emerald Headingley as Kent set Yorkshire a target of 551 shortly…

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Kyle Abbott claims 17 wickets to put another dent in Somerset's title ambitions

3:00 AM ET Hampshire 196 (Dawson 103, Gregory 3-63) and 226 (Vince 142) beat Somerset 142 (Abbott 9-40) and 144 (Davies 51, Abbott 8-46) by 136 runs For the second day in a row, Kyle Abbott caused a major dent in Somerset’s title ambitions by running through their top, middle, and lower order to finish with 17 wickets in the match, and returning the tenth-best match figures in first-class history….

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Aiden Markram finds form after Wriddhiman Saha's fifty

Sep 17, 2019 ESPNcricinfo staff Stumps India A 233 for 3 (Nair 78*, Saha 36*, Ngidi 1-41) v South Africa A Vernon Philander, Lungi Ngidi and Senuran Muthusamy, three bowlers who could line-up together in the XI for South Africa’s first Test against India in Visakhapatnam, had to go through the grind on the first day of South Africa A’s second four-day fixture against India A in Mysuru. They managed…

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Gloucestershire so close to ending 14-year exile from top flight after beating Worcestershire

Sep 17, 2019 Jon Culley at New Road Gloucestershire 235 (Barnard 6-42) and 54 for 4 (Finch 2-7) trail Worcestershire 221 (Wessels 72, Higgins 4-55) and 128 (Higgins 4-34) by 60 runs Gloucestershire, on the brink of clinching their return to Division One of the County Championship, are making hard work of what should have been a comfortable victory. Chasing 115 to win after one of the more hapless batting…

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Zimbabwe bowl in what is a must-win game for them

© AFP Toss Zimbabwe chose to bowl v Bangladesh Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza called correctly at the toss and opted to bowl first against Bangladesh in match four of the T20 tri-series. In sweltering conditions in Chattogram, and with extreme humidity and dew expected to be a factor, Masakadza was eager to put Bangladesh in to bat on an uncharacteristically green and grassy track, spiderwebbed with cracks. “Not really too…

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Australia mentor Ben Sawyer to be Birmingham Women's Team Head Coach for The Hundred

Ben Sawyer, coach of the Sydney Sixers, has been appointed Birmingham Women’s team coach for The Hundred  8:07 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Ben Sawyer, a man Ellyse Perry credited with helping Australia to a crushing victory over England in this year’s Women’s Ashes, has been appointed head coach of the Birmingham Women’s team for The Hundred. Sawyer, who has led Sydney Sixers to all four WBBL finals and back-to-back titles…

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Paine, Siddle played Oval Test with injuries

5:43 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Tim Paine has revealed he suffered a broken thumb towards the end of the final Test against England, and praised Peter Siddle for battling through an injury he sustained early in the match. The exact details of Paine’s injury are yet to be confirmed, but he expects to be back training soon and it is understood Cricket Australia’s medical staff are not concerned by the…

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