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Worcestershire v Hampshire, NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final, New Road

Spotlight on ECB after floodlight failure

Aug 15, 2015: Holding an evening knockout fixture on a ground without floodlights betrays a lack of common sense. If the ECB is to back the 18-county structure for T20, it needs to take greater responsibility

Freddie Wilde

Warks test rebrand loyalty

Dec 9, 2013: The news that Warwickshire will be known as Birmingham Bears in next season's T20 is another example of the muddled thinking that surrounds the format in England

Tim Wigmore

County cricket awards 2013

The roller's return and other disappointments

Oct 3, 2013: In part two of ESPNcricinfo's awards for the 2013 county season, George Dobell looks at some alternative categories

George Dobell

County cricket awards 2013

Durham locals produce stellar year

Oct 3, 2013: In part one of ESPNcricinfo's awards for the 2013 county season, George Dobell hails Durham's local influence

George Dobell

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Championship prices ignore economic reality

Apr 29, 2013: No one disputes that counties have bills to pay, but pricing policies for Championship cricket too often put off all but the most hardened fans

Tim Wigmore

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What is the matter with Essex?

Apr 22, 2013: Two matches into the Championship season and it is already time to ask 'What has gone wrong with Essex?'

Tim Wigmore

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Somerset could feel the strain

Apr 15, 2013: Somerset have a reputation for finishing second and, as their side ages, they may soon begin to wonder if their best chance of a trophy has gone

Tim Wigmore

Let's enjoy the county bounty

Apr 9, 2013: The county season is about to start - time to stop the moaning and get excited

Tim Wigmore

Rain, Bears and tears

Sep 20, 2012: There was joy and silverware for Warwickshire, Hampshire and Derbyshire at the end of a watery season that was also tinged with sadness. George Dobell hands out his awards

George Dobell

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A bad decision for English cricket

Jan 11, 2012: David Morgan will certainly leave his mark on the domestic game in England and Wales

George Dobell

The winner is...

Sep 23, 2011: Another English domestic season has drawn to a close with silverware for Lancashire, Leicestershire, Surrey and Middlesex. George Dobell hands out his awards for 2011

George Dobell

Loss of identity, but it's the new way

Aug 9, 2011: County cricket doesn't have a transfer system but it may not be far away as more players are being enticed to new clubs

George Dobell

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An uneven playing field

Jul 20, 2011: The ECB have agreed to end the English season early to open a window for the Champions League but is it right given they have no stake in the event?

George Dobell

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Not all well with Twenty20

Jun 18, 2011: The Friends Life t20 is well under way, but crowds are not flocking to the action which raises question about how the ECB have managed the format

George Dobell

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Shankargate: how did it happen?

Jun 2, 2011: A look into Adrian Shankar's past, and at Northamptonshire's success

George Dobell

Are you sitting uncomfortably?

May 4, 2011: A curious signing by Nottinghamshire and an impending court case for Giles Clarke have left some tricky questions needing answers

George Dobell

Youth flourishes, but where's the experience?

Apr 20, 2011: It's been a thrilling start to the county season, but do the fluctuating standards and performances suggest an underlying weakness in the competition?

George Dobell

The good, the bad, the ugly

Sep 19, 2010: In his final column of the 2010 season, George Dobell looks back over six months of action and hands out his awards

George Dobell

Kent fight for survival

Sep 2, 2010: It has been known for a long time that Kent are in financial trouble, but the club insist the future is bright as the chairman dips into his own pocket

George Dobell

Mutiny at Grace Road

Aug 26, 2010: Leicestershire have been plunged into crisis with the players and management wanting Neil Davidson to resign. It's a messy situation, as is the structure for next year's county season

George Dobell
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