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Dane Vilas Leads The Way

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 16:00:01 Europe/London

It’s been quite the year for Dane Vilas. Not content with a summer which included an unbeaten 235 against Somerset, he can now add Club Captain for two different sides to his already accomplished CV.

DaneVilasAfter a stellar 2018 County Championship season, in which he racked up three hundreds and 792 runs, the South African wicketkeeper-batsman has been named as Lancashire County Cricket Club’s captain after finishing as the team’s leading run-scorer.

The 33-year-old captained the side four times last year in the Championship and in his short tenure as a Lancashire player, having signed a Kolpak deal in 2017, has quickly become a fan-favourite.

Vilas said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been offered the opportunity to become Lancashire captain and I feel honoured and humbled to be in a position to lead the Club forward in the coming years.

“Lancashire has a proud and distinguished history and it’s a privilege for me to be part of writing the next chapter in the Club’s history.

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“Even though I’ve only been part of the side for the last two years, I understand the importance of what the red rose means to supporters and the whole squad is determined to win back our position in Division One of the County Championship and to challenge for both white ball competitions next year.”

Vilas used the Neon L540 DXM last season with great success and will continue to use it this winter after also being named as captain for the Jozi Stars in the Inaugural Mzansi Super League, the Twenty20 franchise cricket tournament in South Africa. He will line up against some of the biggest names in cricket in what promises to be a thrilling competition.

"I’m absolutely delighted to have been offered the opportunity to become captain of the Jozi Stars and I feel honoured and humbled to be in a position to lead this T20 team in the upcoming Mzansi Super League,” he said.

The relationship with GM and the Vilas family has grown from strength-to-strength over many years as his family own Opal Sports, the South African distributors for GM. His brothers Brad and Guy attended this year’s GM 2019 product launch, no doubt keeping Dane in the loop about which bat caught their eye the most for him to use in 2019. According to the picture from the launch, Guy seems to approve of Ben Stokes’ new Diamond range.

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Rory Burns Debuts Mythos Range in Galle!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018 15:08:11 Europe/London

GM would like to extend many congratulations to Rory Burns who has added another accolade to his impressive collection this week by making his Test Match debut in Galle, Sri Lanka to become England’s 688th Test player.

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The Surrey captain has had an incredible 2018 to date, scoring 1,359 runs at an average of 64.71 in the County Championship on his way to lifting the Division One trophy with his impressive South London side.

Burns has long been earmarkerd as a future England player thanks to his remarkable consistency over the previous seasons, passing the 1,000 run mark consecutively for the last five campaigns at the top of the order. His call-up to the national side is nothing short of well-deserved and if you ask us, perhaps a touch overdue!

Burns is just the latest GM player to make his England debut this year, following in the footsteps of Dom Bess and Surrey teammate Ollie Pope in representing the Three Lions in the longest format.

Unlike the other two, Burns, along with Ben Stokes, will be the first to use a bat in the 2019 GM range. Burns will be using the Mythos L540 DXM this season, which features a dynamic sweet spot, shortened blade and substantial edges, leaving little to the imagination with its large edges running along the entire blade of the bat. Highlighted by the pronounced spine profile and lower to mid swell, you can expect big runs from this big bat over the winter and into the 2019 summer.

The Mythos’ concaved back profile allows for a superb pick-up, making it the perfect bat for those who like to play big shots all around the ground and is available in eight different grades from 303 to Original L.E. and made In England from Prime English Willow, meaning the perfect Mythos for you is never far away.

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Follow the link for more information on the Mythos L540 DXM:

https://www.playwiththebest.com/mythos-l540-dxm-senior.html

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What Separates GM From The Rest

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 09:16:42 Europe/London

At Gunn & Moore, it’s important to us to offer a range of bats suitable for every player from professional to beginner, whilst also being able to assure every GM customer that the bat itself is of unparalleled quality.

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In fact, we’re so proud of our production quality we’ve launched the campaign #NothingToHide, illustrating the confidence we have in all of our English Willow cricket bats. In our catalogue we publish an image of our bats displaying each grade with no logos on at all, just the willow in all its glory, which is shown in the picture below and on our social media platforms.

The quality of willow is of the upmost importance in batmaking, but of equal importance to us at GM is the care we put into each English Willow bat that leaves our factory. All of our English Willow bats provide factory fitted protection thanks to GM Bat Care. The GM Now! Service encompasses all of our bats being “knocked-in” by the batmaker in-house, before raw linseed oil is applied to reduce cracking and splitting by maintaining the moisture level of the blade, whilst an clear anti-scuff cover is applied to the face and edges to increase blade durability. ToeTek DriGuard is applied to resist damp and minimise toe swelling, which in turn also reduces toe damage and feathering that that is often caused by tapping at the crease.

You may be wondering why we list each English Willow bat with ‘DXM’. Our world leading DXM process implements the findings of a 5 year research programme into bat materials and manufacturing technology. Substantial investment in research, expert advice and machinery means a superior wood conditioning improves the stability and consistency of willow pre-production..

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Thanks to our industry-leading technology, we are able to offer a fantastic range of bats, ensuring that somewhere in our range is the perfect bat for you as our range of bats is designed to suit every technique and budget. GM 2019 Adult bats feature two different blade lengths – L540/555. Each blade shape is optimised for a specific blade length. As blade length decreases, handle length increases so that the overall length of the bat remains constant. Shorter blades allows for faster hands through the ball, more dynamic sweet spots, larger swells, supreme balance and explosive power.

Selecting a cricket bat is a very personal decision. There are no right or wrong bats, the bat to choose is the one that feels most comfortable for you. We recommend that you always feel the bat before you buy it and that you pick up several bats before making your final choice. All GM DXM English willow bats are made by our own craftsmen in our own factory in Nottingham, England. GM 5 Star dealers carry a wide range of GM bats and will give sound advice. 

We offer English willow bats in nine qualities with each developed around different grades of willow. Below, is the accompanying text to that afforementioned photo which takes you through each grade that we offer, with an explanation of why each bit of wood is graded differently and what we at GM look for when grading a bat. 

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ORIGINAL L.E. *****

+ The very best unbleached seasoned Grade 1 English WillowOriginal LE

+ Selected for grain structure and weight

+ Limited by willow availability

+ Bats individually tested to ensure 5 Star performance

+ Fitted with top quality treble spring multi-piece cane handle for outstanding feel, flex and control

+ GM NOW! & ToeTek™ finish fitted as standard

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ORIGINAL *****

+ Superior unbleached seasoned Grade 1 English Willow

+ Predominantly straight grained with a hint of colour and minor cosmetic blemishes

+ Fitted with top quality treble spring multi-piece cane handle for outstanding feel, flex and control

+ GM NOW! & ToeTek™ finish fitted as standard

 

SIGNATURE L.E. *****

+ Prime unbleached seasoned Grade 1 English Willow

+ Predominantly straight grained with colour on one edge and minor cosmetic blemishes

+ Fitted with top quality treble spring multi-piece cane handle for outstanding feel, flex and control

+ GM NOW! & ToeTek™ finish fitted as standard

 

909909 *****

+ Unbleached seasoned Grade 1 English Willow

+ Predominantly straight grained with colour on one edge and minor cosmetic blemishes

+ Fitted with top quality treble spring multi-piece cane handle for outstanding feel, flex and control

+ GM NOW! & ToeTek™ finish fitted as standard

 

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808 *****

+ Superior unbleached seasoned Grade 2 English Willow

+ Minor blemishes, may have some colour to one edge

+ Fitted with good quality treble spring multi-piece cane handle for outstanding feel, flex and control

+ GM NOW! & ToeTek™ finish fitted as standard

 

707707 / SIGNATURE ****

+ Seasoned unbleached Grade 2 English Willow

+ Minor blemishes, may have some colour to one edge

+ Fitted with good quality treble spring cane handle

+ GM NOW! & ToeTek™ finish fitted as standard

 

606606 ***

+ Superior Seasoned unbleached Grade 3 English Willow

+ Minor blemishes, may have some colour to one edge

+ Fitted with good quality treble spring cane handle

+ GM NOW! & ToeTek™ finish fitted as standard

 

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+ Seasoned bleached Grade 3 English Willow

+ Knot marks with some stain/speck

+ Fitted with treble spring cane handle

+ GM NOW! & ToeTek™ finish fitted as standard

 

303

303 *

+ Seasoned Grade 4 English Willow

+ Grained GM polycarbonate DuraCover

+ ToeTek™ toe guard fitted as standard

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Pope Wins Big At PCA Awards!

Friday, 5 October 2018 10:57:24 Europe/London

GM would like to extend huge congratulations to our very own Young Gunn, Ollie Pope, who last night was awarded the Natwest PCA Young Player of the Year award.

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In the County Championship, Pope scored 986 runs from just 16 innings, averaging a Bradman-esque 70.42 as his Surrey side stormed to the Championship Title, losing just one match along the way. He finished with a fantastic hundred, his fourth of the year, against Essex to round off an incredible summer.

Pope’s fairy tale 2018 season culminated in a call-up to England’s Test Match squad against India in August playing in the second and third Tests of the 4-1 series win, making an assured 28 in his debut innings.

"We're delighted for Ollie who follows a long line of previous winners who have gone on to achieve great things in the game,” Thomas Coffey, GM Cricket Marketing Manager, said. “Ollie's phenomenal rise to prominence has really gathered pace in the last twelve months, and we're all extremely excited to watch him develop further, and his career continuto flourish.”

Winning the PCA Young Player of the Year means Pope has followed in the footsteps of the likes of Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Ben Stokes who have all previously won the award.

He added; “Voted for by his fellow professionals, this a deserved and fitting way to cap off a wonderful 2018 season for him. Congratulations, Ollie, from everyone at GM."

The 20-year-old’s dream season has also been rewarded with another Test call-up for the forthcoming series in Sri Lanka, where he will joined by fellow GM teammates Ben Stokes and his Surrey captain Rory Burns.

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"It's a special year, whether that be getting my call-up or more importantly, winning the Championship and contributing in that successful side," Pope said. "It's obviously an exciting time for county cricket and this country in general. It's incredibly special and this makes it even more special. Coming from players we play against is awesome."

Pope was not the only GM winner on the night as four GM players were named in the Greene King Team of the Year; Lancashire’s Alex Davies and Dane Vilas, Hampshire’s James Vince and Pope’s Surrey teammate Burns, who was also named as captain of the side.

Greene King Team of the Year: Rory Burns - captain (Surrey), Alex Davies (Lancashire), Joe Denly (Kent), Ian Bell (Warwickshire/Birmingham Bears), James Vince (Hampshire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Dane Vilas - wicketkeeper (Lancashire), Rikki Clarke (Surrey), Ed Barnard (Worcestershire), Matt Henry (Kent), Morne Morkel (Surrey)Pope was not the only GM winner on the night as four GM players were named in the Greene King Team of the Year; Lancashire’s Alex Davies and Dane Vilas, Hampshire’s James Vince and Pope’s Surrey teammate Burns, who was also named as captain of the side.

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Thank You Trotty!

Tuesday, 2 October 2018 16:31:47 Europe/London

5th Test, Day 3, Saturday 22 August 2009 is the date Jonathan Trott cemented his spot in the England Test team with a century on debut against Australia. It marked a period of stability that English cricket has desperately craved since his final Test Match in 2015 against the West Indies.

At the peak of his powers, the mere mention of the word ‘Trott’ brought calm and poise to every English cricket fan, knowing that if he was at the crease for the day, so too would England be.

Statistics rarely tell the whole story, though Trott's do a pretty good job to dispell that theory. He enjoyed a fabulous career of 52 Test Matches, 9 hundreds and almost 4,000 runs at an average of 44.08. And yet his importance to English cricket in one of their most dominating periods between 2009-2013 was much more than that. His infamous appetite for runs and just his sheer presence at the crease allowed the more flamboyant and free-flowing figures in English cricket, such as Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell, to flourish.

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Trott’s Test career included 3 Ashes victories, most memorable of all being the 2010/11 series in Australia in which England emerged victorious for the first time since the 1986/87 series.  Trott averaged 89 with the bat in the series, scoring two hundreds along the way to notching up 445 runs as England took the series 3-1.

Some of Trott’s idiosyncratic mannerisms became infamous during his career. In particular, his incessant scratching of his batting guard at the crease meant that in some of his longer innings (of which there were a fair few!), rather than the traditional small line most batters make to take guard, Trott would scratch away as if he were digging a trench, seemingly readying for battle with the next ball. Despite sporadic complaints from frustrated captains over the years, there certainly appeared to be method to his approach when he completed 1,000 runs in Test cricket one year and one week after he made his debut.

Since he announced his retirement earlier in the season, there have been a number of tributes from teammates past and present, highlighting the legacy that Trott the man and batsman has left on cricket in England.

The former England star signed off in typical style by helping Warwickshire to the division two title last week, as the 37-year-old continued to score prolifically for Warwickshire and only just missed out on posting 1000 runs in his final season in domestic cricket.

He will be sorely missed here at GM, and we will cherish all he has done for English cricket. The easiest way to promote a bat is to have a world-class player raise it to the crowd to acknowledge the applause, and Trott did that more often than most. But more than that, Trott was a fantastic ambassador for the sport and commanded respect from all corners of the cricketing world, and for that we thank him.

#ThankYouTrotty.

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Vitality Blast Quarter-Final Preview

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 12:16:35 Europe/London

It's crunch time in the Vitalist Blast T20 competition as 8 sides compete for a spot at Finals Day on September 15. Your favourite team may be already be out of the competition, but GM fans will be safe in the knowledge that as many as 14 GM players will be involved in elimination matches this week.

Somerset v Nottinghamshire Outlaws – Sunday 26 August

The match featuring the most GM players in the quarter finals this week will be played in Taunton, where the Notts Outlaws travel to winners of the South Group, Somerset.

In action for Notts will be a combination of the GM bowling cartel, Luke Fletcher, Harry Gurney and Jake Ball. Gurney has led the way for The Outlaws, picking up 20 wickets to date with a best of 3/24 and a terrific economy rate of just 7.33 per over. Gurney has been ably supported by Fletcher and the all-round talents of Samit Patel who have picked up a further 18 wickets between them. Patel continues to prove his worth in all formats as he also has a 50 to his name this year.

Somerset on the other hand have been bolstered by New Zealand’s dynamic allrounder Corey Anderson who so far has smashed 460 runs with three 50’s in the campaign. His efforts have been supplemented by Lewis Gregory, who has struck 261 runs at a remarkable strike rate of 210.48. Death bowlers beware!

Notts:

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Samit Patel (297 runs @ 20.09, HS 52, 7 wickets)

Harry Gurney (20 Wickets, BBI 3/24)

Luke Fletcher (HS 27, 11 Wickets)

Jake Ball (3 wickets)

Somerset:

Corey Anderson (460 runs @ 46.00, 3 x 50, HS 72)

Lewis Gregory (261 runs @ 43.5, HS 62, 2 x 50, 15 wickets, BBI 4/28)

 

Kent Spitfires v Lancashire Lightning – Thursday 23 August

Kent’s fine form in white ball cricket has continued in The Blast this year, finishing second in the South Group, only behind Somerset on net run rate. Sean Dickson may be having one of his finest seasons with the bat across the other formats, but it is a testament to how well his teammates have batted that he has only needed to bat 7 times in 14 games, picking up 95 runs along the way. A lot of this is due to how well Daniel Bell-Drummond has been batting this year, notching up 372 runs with three 50’s and a high-score of 80. Much of Kent’s success this year has been down to his platform at the top of the innings and the Spitfires will be hoping his efforts will continue to see them through to the Finals Day.

Kent will be up against Lancashire, featuring the run-scoring machine that is Alex Davies, who in 12 innings has six 50’s, 510 runs and a high score of 94* to his name this year. Jordan Clark in eight innings has 159 runs with and a terrific average of 53, bolstering the lower order. Dane Vilas has struggled to replicate his red ball form in this format but in nine innings has contributed 149 runs to go along with 12 catches and 6 stumpings behind the stumps.

Kent

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Daniel Bell-Drummond – (372 runs @ 33.81, HS 80, 3 x 50)

Sean Dickson (95 runs @ 31.66)

Lancashire

Alex Davies (510 runs, 94*, 6 x 50 @ 63.75)

Jordan Clark (HS 41*, 159 runs @ 53.00, 5 wickets)

Dane Vilas (149 runs)

 

Durham Jets v Sussex Sharks - Friday 24 August

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Durham Jets got off to a flying start, with Ben Stokes featuring in the first three games, averaging 71.50 with the bat and 4 with the ball. Despite recently featuring in the Test Match against India, Stokes has been released to play as a batsman in their 1/4 final match against Sussex. The only other GM player in action for either side is Graham Clark, brother of Lancashire’s Jordan Clark. Graham has been an essential part the Jets' batting lineup, with 392 runs to his name so far, picking up three 50’s in 13 innings.

Durham

Graham Clark (392 runs @ 30.15, 3 x 50, HS 65)

Ben Stokes (143 runs @ 71.50, HS 94*, 4 wickets)

Worcester Rapids v Gloucestershire - Saturday 25 August  

Gloucester claimed fourth place in the South Group despite a loss to Hampshire in the last match of the group stages. Ian Cockbain has scored Gloucester’s only T20 century this year, making 123 against Middlesex, 96 of which came in boundaries. His teammate Miles Hammond has made 268 runs including a 50, but a strike rate of 157.64 makes him a difficult customer to bowl at, striking the most boundaries in the Gloucester side with 49 in total, including 11 sixes.

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Gloucester

Ian Cockbain (327 runs, HS 123 @ 32.70)

Miles Hammond (268 runs, HS 51)

 

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Made By England's Best, Used By New Zealand's Best

Friday, 20 July 2018 14:30:39 Europe/London

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In all corners of the globe, cricket fans are likely to see Gunn & Moore bats sold in cricket shops. GM bats are unmatched in quality, thanks to our storied history, astounding attention to detail and the world’s most advanced cricket bat-making facility.

All of those factored combined makes it easy to see why GM are able to sponsor players from a wide-ranging number of domestic and international teams, as players and punters alike marvel at the quality of willow that GM offer.

In New Zealand, Players Cricket has made a name for itself for being one of the leading cricket specialists in the world, let alone in their own country. The image they sent us not only showed off the incredible GM range, but also shows off their astounding appetite for providing cricket equipment at all levels of the game. It’s unfortunately an increasingly rare occurrence to find such an amazing array of bats on display, in such a wide-ranging array of models and grades, but Players Cricket is proudly bucking that trend in order to offer players everything they could possibly need.

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Players Cricket is a specialist cricket shop, online and in store, where cricketers have welcoming access to the latest in cricket products, bat workshop services and technology. Their expert cricket staff, select only the finest bats, pads, gloves, shoes, bags and helmets used by Blackcaps stars such as Ross Taylor to ensure they provide the premium and most complete cricket store experience in New Zealand. Their unique cricket bat workshop, offers state of the art craftsmanship and knocking in services to ensure all Players Cricket customers are fully catered for and prepared. One of those that continues to make full use of their GM bat is Taylor, a long standing member of Team GM, who just happens to hold the record for the most ODI centuries by a New Zealander.

The bats on display are shipped direct from the GM factory in Nottingham, where all GM bats are made in-house to be sent across the world. Astute Northern Hemisphere GM fans may even notice a bat they haven’t seen before on display. Blending over 130 years of expertise with the love of the game, all GM DXM English Willow bats are made by our own staff in our own factory in Nottingham, England. Gunn & Moore make the finest cricket bats in the World. Pick up a GM cricket bat and you will instantly know from the balance, finish and ultra-high quality presentation that this is English Design and Craftsmanship at its very finest. 

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Vitality Blast Round-Up 2

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 11:15:00 Europe/London

The fixtures come almost as quickly as the runs in the Vitality Blast with GM players once again providing a number of match-winning contributions all over the country this week.

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Graham Clark made the highest score of the week for GM, striking a boundary-laden 65, including seven 4’s and three 6’s as his Durham side beat the Birmingham Bears. Having been asked to bat first, Clark opened the batting and put on 126 for the first wicket, laying the platform for Durham to reach 220/6. Despite a partnership worth 110 for the fourth wicket, Durham’s total proved too much as Birmingham were only able to make 202/5 from their 20 overs.

A couple of days previously, Clark was again in the runs, this time his efforts were in vein as he was on the losing side against Yorkshire. Adam Lyth got his side off to a cautious start, making 17 from 19 balls, but on a tricky pitch, no player was able to take the game away from the bowlers, with the Vikings eventually making 157/6. Clark once again opened the batting and laid another terrific foundation, putting on 77 for the first wicket before Matt Fisher broke the partnership. Clark went on to make 39 before he too fell to Fisher, with the score 99/2. Unfortunately, Clark’s teammates were unable to make the most of the platform, stumbling their way to 147/6, 11 runs short of their target, with Fisher finishing with figures of 2/26.

Yorkshire made it two wins in a row against Worcester soon after, as they racked up 179/7, with Lyth making a quick-fire 21-ball 35 to get his side off to a rapid start. His teammates continued where he left off as they made their way to 179/7 from their allotted overs. Worcester’s reply saw them lose wickets in regular intervals, meaning that their innings lacked the fluency required to mount a serious challenge, even with their hard-hitting overseas batsman Travis Head in the middle order. Head managed 23 from 23 balls, but he was dismissed with the score 58/5 which left his side struggling to keep up with the run-rate as they eventually finished 12 runs short of their target.

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Derbyshire, meanwhile, suffered two defeats in a row this week, firstly at the hands of Nottinghamshire. Batting first, the Outlaws made 175/8 in a game reduced to 19 overs per side. The Derby innings was hampered by some fantastic bowling displays from the GM bowling cartel of Harry Gurney, Luke Fletcher and Samit Patel. Gurney finished with figures of 2/30, including the wicket of Daryn Smit who made 15 before being trapped LBW. Patel also picked up a wicket, that of Wayne Madsen who laboured to 6 from 14 balls, before he too was out LBW, to finish with figures of 1/21. Though Fletcher didn’t pick up a wicket, his fantastic economy rate of just 4.56 helped restrict the batting line-up to just 139/9 from their allotted overs.

Alex Davies marked his return to the Lancashire side with a valuable 31 at the top of the order as the Lightning faced Derbyshire at Old Trafford. His efforts, along with Dane Vilas (11) and Jordan Clark (20*) saw the home side reach 157/8. Derby’s innings didn’t get off to the start they would have liked, losing Ben Slater in the first over for 5, before Madsen entered the fray, adding 34 runs with six 4’s. His efforts were supplemented by Smit’s 28, however they were unable to get their side over the line finishing 145/7, just 12 runs short of Lancashire. Vilas rounded off his display with the bat to take three catches and a stumping in the field.

In another rain-affected match, Gloucester hosted Somerset with only 11 overs per side available. Somerset posted a competitive 114/8, including 19 runs from their captain, Lewis Gregory. However, Ian Cockbain showcased his talents with a match-winning innings of 43* from just 22 balls, including four 4’s and two 6’s, as his side chased down their target with 5 balls to spare.

Elsewhere, Essex hosted Glamorgan in what turned out to be a dramatic run-chase. Essex had first crack at batting, beginning well with Westley (26) and Ryan ten Doeschate (43) laying a solid platform. However, a spectacular batting collapse saw them slip 117/3 to 167 all out with three run outs. Glamorgan suffered a collapse of their own, but unlike Essex, they were saved by their middle order who saw them home with a 4 off the last ball of the innings.

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Finally, Kent hosted Hampshire at the always high-scoring ground in Beckenham, as Kent plundered their way to 210/4, with Daniel Bell-Drummond making 46 at the top of the order before driving straight into the hands of James Vince. Hampshire’s chase couldn’t have got off to much of a worse start, as they lost 3 wickets in the first seven balls, reeling at 3/6. However, they were superb in their recovery efforts as they managed to reduce the deficit to needing 6 runs from the last ball. They were scuppered by a good Yorker, but their fightback at the end will have given them some positivity going forward in the competition.

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Vitality Blast Round-Up

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:02:29 Europe/London

This week saw the beginning of the Vitality Blast T20 competition in England. The most explosive and popular cricket tournament in England kicked off in fine fashion with a number of GM batsmen racking up early runs.

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The warm weather, flat pitches and fast outfields meant that quick runs were on the menu, typified by Northants batsman Ben Duckett who kicked off his campaign with a blistering 96, his highest score in the format, against Leicestershire. His innings came complete with 12 fours and 3 sixes before he was caught in the last over, as his efforts guided his side to 218/3. Incredibly, Duckett’s remarkable innings wasn’t enough, however, as Leicestershire’s batsmen all made fast starts to their innings to ensure they stayed up with the run-rate, before a thrilling finish saw them get over the line with two balls to spare.

Duckett continued his fine form just two days later as the Steelbacks hosted Nottinghamshire. The Outlaws batted first and posted an intimidating 219/6 from their 20 overs, with Samit Patel contributing 35 from 26 balls. Unfortunately, Northants were unable to match their efforts against Leicester as Duckett received little support on his way to 88, thrashing 13 boundaries, including 4 sixes. His wicket at 123/5 sparked a collapse in which they lost the final five wickets in under 5 overs to finish 161 all out with 2.3 overs to go, thanks largely to the efforts of Harry Gurney (3/30) and Luke Fletcher (3/21).

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Notts carried their strong performance into their next match against Leicester, with Patel’s 52 proving crucial as his side reached 199/8 from their allotted overs. Despite some lusty blows at the top of the order, Notts’ bowling attack proved too strong for the Foxes. Gurney, though wicketless, went at only 6 an over whilst Patel (1/19) and Fletcher (2/36) picked up crucial wickets to restrict Leicester to 180/9, 20 runs short of their target.

In another high-scoring affair, Yorkshire hosted Durham who saw the return of Ben Stokes as he returned from a hamstring injury. The Vikings were asked to bat first, and despite losing a wicket in the second over were able to rely on Adam Lyth who proved to be the glue holding the innings together, plundering 92* from 54 balls as he helped his side reach 200/3.

Yorkshire’s next match against the Birmingham Bears proved a much sterner test. Once again the Vikings batted first, this time however Lyth was unable to recreate the heroics of their first match, dismissed second ball without scoring. With their opener back in the pavilion, Yorkshire struggled to just 157/7.

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The Bears kicked their innings off by smashing 33 runs off the first over from Matt Fisher, which set the platform for Adam Hose to see his side home, making 51* from 33 balls as his side chased the target down with over 4 overs to spare.The reply was hampered by early wickets, but similarly to Lyth, Stokes held the innings together, finishing 90* in an innings which featured 5 sixes. However, he received very little support from his teammates as Durham whimpered to 156/4 from their 20 overs to give Yorkshire a comfortable start to the competition.

Elsewhere, Derbyshire hosted Lancashire in a comparatively low-scoring match. Having lost the toss, Derby got off to bad start, losing Ben Slater to a run out in the first over. Another wicket followed shortly afterwards, but Wayne Madsen ensured his side reached a competitive 161/4, finishing 76*. In the end, it proved to be nowhere near enough as Alex Davies and his opening partner put on 160 in 14.2 overs, losing a wicket just two runs short of the target. One ball later, the match was finished with Davies making an unbeaten 50 from 35 balls.

Lancashire made it two wins in a row a few days later when they hosted Northants who were hoping for their first win of the competition. Batting first, Levi and Duckett opened the batting for the Steelbacks but Duckett soon found himself walking back to the pavilion, caught by Dane Vilas for 10. Levi was the next man to go, but he had 40 to his name before he was caught and bowled by Jordan Clark in his only over of the innings. The rest of the Northants batting lineup struggled to get going as they slipped from 62/2 to 123/9. Lancashire’s reply got off to a poor start, losing their captain in the first over, however Alex Davies played superbly to once again make a half-century, finishing 64* as his side cruised to victory with 23 balls to spare, losing just one more wicket in the process.DbD

The final standout performance of the came from Kent’s opening batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond who struck 58 in his side’s successful chase. Somerset’s innings struggled to get going, losing three early wickets, before some middle order resistance helped them reach 159/6. Kent, in reply, whacked their way to their target with 21 balls remaining, thanks largely to Bell-Drummond, who struck four 4’s and two 6’s on course to a 101-run partnership for the second wicket.

 

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RLODC Final

Monday, 2 July 2018 14:53:07 Europe/London

The Royal London One Day Cup Final always has a special place in the English cricket calendar. The marquee final takes Place at Lords every year, showcasing the finest talent the County game has to offer.

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This year, James Vince’s Hampshire side faced Kent with both teams desperate to end their respective trophy droughts. It was Kent who won the toss and elected to field first, more on the notion that they prefer to chase than anything the pitch or weather suggested.

However, Hampshire proceeded to post a record total for an English domestic one-day final, thanks largely to Rilee Roussow’s 125. Hampshire’s superb opening partnership of 136 between Roussow and Tom Alsop had their fans dreaming of 400 and even after Alsop’s dismissal, James Vince’s arrival to the crease would have done little to brighten Kent’s day. As it turned out, however, the damage was done by Sam Northeast, Kent’s captain last year who moved to Hampshire to boost his credentials to play for England, rather than Vince who made 23 from 24 balls before he was caught at long-on.

Northeast’s arrival at 193/2, with 20 overs to go, meant that they were afforded the luxury of throwing caution to the wind, hoping to mirror England’s efforts at Trent Bridge a couple of weeks previously. However, when Roussow was eventually dismissed for a fantastic 125, his departure sparked somewhat of a collapse, as Hampshire slipped from 270-3 to 297-6 in under 5 overs including the wicket of Lewis McManus for 6. Unlike his teammates, Northeast remained steadfast to finish the innings 75*, with Hampshire reaching 330/7.

Kent’s reply saw GM’s Daniel Bell-Drummond open the batting with the competition’s top run-scorer Heino Kuhn. Kuhn had scored hundreds in his previous two matches in the 50-over format to get Kent to the final, however, his astounding run of form was suddenly halted when he ran himself out for 32.

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His replacement, Joe Denly, struggled to get going before he was caught by Vince for 12 from 23 balls. Fellow GM batsman Sean Dickson looked to support Bell-Drummond, but he too struggled to keep up with the run-rate before losing his wicket. His 30 runs from 41 balls got Kent to 158/3, but the wicket of Bell-Drummond for a superb 86 shortly afterwards in the 35th over seemed to seal Kent’s fate.

The win clinched Hampshire’s first Royal London One Day Cup title and their first One Day trophy since 2012. Kent on the other hand haven’t won a One Day trophy in 40 years despite this being their eighth appearance in a final, their last victory came in the 1978 B&H final.Captain Sam Billings attempted to kick-start their innings, but he was unable to find anyone willing to stick around with him. This was made particularly difficult by three more run outs, even more so when the last six batsman combine for just 26 runs. In the end, Billings was the last man out for well-compiled 75 but his side only managed 269, 61 runs short of their target.

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