CRICKET MATTERS National Counties showcase day

NCCA-Logo MasterCallum Taylor will find himself playing against Wales NC just 48 hours after he helped them reach the semi-finals of the National Counties Trophy for the first time in 25 years.  

Taylor took important wickets on his seasonal debut for Wales to help them defeat Herefordshire in Sunday’s quarter-final at Port Talbot but his team-mates will become opponents in today’s 50 overs contest against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.

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NATIONAL COUNTIES TROPHY Quarter final line-up

NCCA-Logo MasterHolders Berkshire, Devon, Herefordshire, Suffolk and Cheshire all booked their places in the quarter-finals of the National Counties Trophy on a rain-affected final day of group matches. 

Devon’s six runs (DLS Method) win over Dorset in a cliff-hanger at Dorchester secured them a home quarter-final and decided a tight Group Two in which all five sides started the day with a mathematical chance of progressing. 

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CRICKET Dent to push-on after new Gloucestershire deal

Chris Dent 1Gloucestershire CCC captain Chris Dent has signed a three-year extension that will see him stay with his home city side until the end of the 2023 season.

Dent, 29, skippered Gloucestershire to promotion last summer, his second term as county captain.

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CRICKET Somerset title chase going to the wire

Ecb LogoSomerset's bid for their first ever county championship crown is set to go to the wire and a final mouth-watering match of the season at home to table-topping Essex at Taunton, starting on Monday September 23.

Somerset's five wicket win - and 21 points haul - against Warwickshire at Edgbaston yesterday narrowed the gap on leaders Essex to just two points with three fixtures remaining.

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MINOR COUNTIES Cornwall depleted against champions

Defending champions Berkshire will face a severely-depleted Cornwall side at St Austell as the leaders attempt to make it five straight wins this season in the Minor Counties Championship Western Division.

The match clashes with the regional final of the ECB Vitality Club T20 Blast which means that six players from Penzance, who normally form the nucleus of Cornwall’s side, are unavailable.

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MINOR COUNTIES stepping stone for Wales

Wales celebrated their first Minor Counties Championship win in three years last week but coach Darren Thomas insists winning is not everything.

A two-day victory over Wiltshire at the South Wilts club in Salisbury lifted Wales off the bottom of the Western Division of the Championship but former Glamorgan and Essex all-rounder Thomas does not want to be judged on results alone.

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