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City can 'go for it' without big outlay, says chairman

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Blackwater founder 'setting up mercenary army for UAE'

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Five-star Kirby has champions reeling

Nottinghamshire toiled on the first day of their match against the MCC in the season's traditional curtain-raising fixture.

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