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Obituary: Brian Close, 1931-2015

Cricket's tough guy

Brian Close was one of the most courageous cricketers ever to take to the field, but he was so much more than that and not only in Yorkshire will his immense qualities be revered

Brian Close takes evasive action against a Michael Holding bouncer

County news

Domestic cricket hopes for 50-over flourish

Ahead of the start of the Royal London One-Day Cup campaign, a panel of county cricketers - Steven Crook, Lewis Gregory and Ravi Patel - plus England selector, and Middlesex director of cricket, Angus Fraser discuss how the 50-over game is evolving

Durham sing the team song in front of their travelling supporters

County news

Gayle's Somerset chill-out zones

Chris Gayle will be Somerset bound for part of the NatWest Blast and ESPNcricinfo offers this useful guide to some new places to chill out during his stay

Tangled: Chris Gayle stretches during a training session

NatWest T20 Blast countdown

End of the road for Trescothick?

Marcus Trescothick's demise in the shortest format leads this week's countdown of the things that mattered in the NatWest T20 Blast

Marcus Trescothick failed again

NatWest T20 Blast countdown

The T20 entertainer England missed

Lionised in Taunton and championed for England by county fans everywhere, Peter Trego has not given up on bringing his brand of belligerence to the international stage

Peter Trego gave Somerset a bright start