George Dobell

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Dawid Malan flicks through the leg side

The Ashes 2017-18

Plenty of names in the Ashes selection frame

Tom Westley? Ben Foakes? Liam Plunkett...? There are several question marks over the make up of touring party as England prepare to name their Ashes squad

Ravi Patel claimed seven first-innings wickets

Somerset v Middlesex, Specsavers Championship Division One, Old Trafford, 1st day

High Noon for Somerset amid threat of pitch penalty

Ravi Patel's seven wickets on a turning pitch rocked Somerset but they claimed three wickets in return in this relegation decider

County news

Carberry in, McKay out at Leicestershire

Michael Carberry has signed a two-year deal with Leicestershire, while Clint McKay has been released as overseas player after three seasons at the club

Joe Clarke leans into a drive

Worcestershire v Leicestershire, Specsavers Championship Division Two, Worcester, 4th day

Home-grown Worcestershire close to deserved reward

Worcestershire have given themselves an excellent chance of securing promotion after a third successive County Championship victory

Essex coach Chris Silverwood poses with fans for a selfie

Warwickshire v Essex, Specsavers Championship Division One, Edgbaston, 3rd day

Essex begin to build a new era

They talk a lot about the Gooch-Fletcher era in Essex, but Chris Silverwood has overseen an Essex revival now worthy of a conversation or two