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Essex 285-8 Yorkshire 198: Essex profit from Napier's bludgeon then Kaneria puts Tykes to sword

Essex will meet Kent in the Lord's final of the Friends Provident Trophy thanks to a fierce attacking innings by Graham Napier and the tight leg-spin of Danish Kaneria. On a dry, hard pitch, chasing 285 was likely to prove difficult. "You can't get eight an over against Kaneria," said Yorkshire's captain, Darren Gough, after positively his last appearance in the 50-over cup competition on Saturday. After a bright start, Yorkshire lost nine wickets for 58 runs and fell well short.

Essex 285-8 Yorkshire 198: Master blaster Napier keeps Gough's menat a distance

Essex County Council really ought to erect a street sign outside the county ground in Chelmsford saying "Beware Graham Napier". This stocky, blonde local lad hit 152 not out 12 days ago. That was the highest-ever score in a Twenty20 game in England. He came in yesterday in the 40th over of the Friends Provident Trophy semi-final when Essex's batting had stumbled suddenly to 182 for 4. When he was out in the 50th over the 28-year-old Napier had transformed Essex's fortunes, scoring 61 off 34 balls – his 50 came off 27 balls – with six sixes and two fours. It proved more than enough to secure Essex a Lord's final against Kent on 16 August.

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Yorkshire 306-7 Lancashire: Rudolph turns on the style as Sutton opts for safety

After Wednesday's experience, inviting Yorkshire to bat first here was probably a straightforward decision for Luke Sutton. On a misty morning in Leeds after overnight rain, the last thing Lancashire's stand-in captain wanted was a repeat of their Friends Provident Trophy humiliation, when the injury-ravaged White Rose could barely find five people to bowl but still blew away their opponents for 89.

Twenty20 vision: All change on the county scene

The future of English domestic cricket is on the line as the ECB meets today to discuss a raft of radical proposals, but what it must get right, argues Angus Fraser, is how to harness the power of the shortest form of the game

County Championship round-up: Yorkshire reach last eight as rain spares Lancashire

Rain may have denied Yorkshire the pleasure of the most one-sided triumph over an embarrassed Lancashire in the second Roses match of the season, but Darren Gough's side had the consolation of confirming a place in the quarter-finals of the Friends Provident Trophy, where they will play Gloucestershire in Bristol.

Lunch Report: Yorkshire 299 v Nottinghamshire 86-4 (33.3 overs)

Lunch on the third day (Yorkshire won toss)

India's shining lights cast shadow but the Championship still matters

The county cricket season begins today amid more uncertainty than ever, with the IPL drawing money and attention eastwards. But, writes Angus Fraser, the domestic first-class tournament remains a vital breeding ground for talent

Ian Bell: No problem: it's not the right time to drop top six

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Ian Bell: 'Happy to be playing after sickening blow'

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Permira's €570m offer to swallow Telepizza

UK private equity group Permira is poised to snap up Spanish fast-food giant Telepizza in a €572m (£390m) deal, seeing off rival CVC in the process.

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