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Cricketers annually spend hundreds of pounds on a new bat but place less importance on the major ingredient of any match - the ball - which has been topical this week in the professional game, writes Don Topley.

In his latest column, Don Topley looks at changes to the Minor Counties game - and potential issues with the format.

Suffolk will go into Sunday's Unicorns T20 double-header versus Cambridgeshire at Woolpit rueing a missed opportunity to get off to a flying start in their group, writes Nick Garnham.

It's been a disastrous ten days for Alex Hales, who has been withdrawn from all England cricket with immediate effect, including the forthcoming ICC World Cup which starts later this month, writes Don Topley.

Jofra Archer's selection for England's World Cup Squad has caused much debate over recent days, writes Don Topley in his latest column.

Carlyle Randolph Layne, a Suffolk county cricketer who made 45 appearances in the Minor Counties Championship between 1966 and 1971, has died at the age of 81.

Framlingham College and Northamptonshire County Cricket Club are teaming up for an initiative which will see promising players given a push towards professional cricket.

Coach Andy Northcote has described Suffolk's 2019 fixture list as 'arguably the hardest campaign we will enter' in the Unicorns Championship.

Copdock & Old Ipswichian are to become the first cricket club in Suffolk to employ a full-time sports development officer.

Matt Hunn admitted would 'love to play every day's cricket for Suffolk' next season, writes Nick Garnham.

Essex and England legend Graham Gooch regaled guests with stories from his career in the game at Copdock & Old Ipswichian Cricket Club's Annual Presentation Evening, writes Nick Garnham.

Notts 177 & 337

Essex 233 & 147-1

Simon Harmer's best figures of the season and Murali Vijay's second half century of the match have given Essex a chance of toppling Nottinghamshire in their Specsavers County Championship meeting at Trent Bridge.

In his latest column, Don Topley discusses the run-in to the end of the County Championship season, plus bids a fond farewell to England and Essex legend Alastair Cook.

Essex crushed by champions elect Surrey

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Surrey (351 & 2-0) beat Essex (126 & 226) by 10 wickets

Surrey's inexorable surge to the Specsavers County Championship title continued apace at Chelmsford where they beat the team they are about to depose by 10 wickets inside three days at Chelmsford.

Cook signs new deal with Essex

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Former England captain Alastair Cook has signed a new deal with Essex County Cricket Club which will keep him with the county for the next three years.

England cricket legend Alastair Cook has revealed he is to retire from international cricket after this week's final Test against India.

Wicket-keeper Adam Mansfield is celebrating a second Minor Counties record for Suffolk in successive championship matches, writes Nick Garnham.

Jack Leach returned career-best figures of eight for 85 as Somerset maintained their challenge for a first ever County Championship title with a 45-run win over Essex at Taunton.

Nick Browne and Tom Westley batted Essex to within sight of an unlikely victory on the third day of the Specsavers County Championship match with Somerset at Taunton, writes Richard Latham.

Martyn Cull will make his first appearance of the season for Suffolk in the crunch Unicorns Championship match against Lincolnshire, starting on Sunday at Ipswich School, writes Nick Garnham.

As Essex wind up what looks certain to be their worst T20 campaign in the 16-season history of the competition, Ravi Bopara admits the Eagles were underprepared from the start, writes Martin Smith.

Skipper Adam Mansfield has hailed the efforts of his Suffolk team following their third straight win - and second by an innings - in the Unicorns Championship, writes Nick Garnham.

Records tumbled as Suffolk's cricketers secured their third straight victory in this season's Unicorns Championship, writes Nick Garnham.

In his latest column, Don Topley shares the story of his son Reece, a professional cricketer who is battling once more with a serious back injury.

Jack Beaumont is finally starting to fulfil his promise as an all-rounder at both club and Minor County level, writes Nick Garnham.

Suffolk batsman Jaik Mickleburgh has underlined how important it is to 'cash in' when the opportunity arises ahead of this weekend's derby clash with Norfolk, writes Nick Garnham.

Suffolk's cricketers want to rectify the disappointment of their Unicorns KO Trophy semi-final exit in their three-day game against Bedfordshire, starting on Sunday, writes Nick Garnham.

Suffolk skipper Adam Mansfield admitted it was 'gutting' to exit the semi-finals of this season's Unicorns KO Trophy to Devon in an extraordinary finale, writes Nick Garnham.

Sudbury's Jonny Gallagher is hoping he will get another chance to play for Suffolk after making his Unicorns Championship debut against Staffordshire, writes Nick Garnham.

In this week's column, Don Topley looks ahead to this weekend's Royal London One Day Cup Final, which his son Reece may feature in - and recalls his own regrets about cup finals past.

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