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Bell preparing for ‘toughest’ season 

16 Mar 16

Warwickshire skipper Ian Bell says 2016 will be the toughest season ever with Lancashire and Surrey in Division One.


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Howard: Sharapova Career Bombshell 

13 Mar 16

Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova tells our sports editor Sir Howard ’Ace’ Elston about her change of direction following the row over her drugs use.


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Hain shows his class for Bears in Dubai 

8 Mar 16

Warwickshire youngster Sam Hain finds his touch on tour with the Bears in the Persian Gulf.


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County game to be restructured in 2017 

7 Mar 16

Only one team will be promoted from Division Two of the County Championship this summer as part of a restructuring.


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Captain Bell an ‘example’ to Bears 

4 Mar 16

Warwickshire batsman Laurie Evans says that having Ian Bell as captain is already inspiring the Bears playing staff.


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Bears sign young trio on contracts 

23 Feb 16

Warwickshire give Academy Development contracts to all-rounder Mark Adair, spinner Sunny Singh and batsman Ed Pollock.


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MCC squad announced for Yorkshire match 

18 Feb 16

Marylebone Cricket Club name an experienced squad for the English county season’s curtain-raiser against Yorkshire.


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De Kock and Amla humble England 

9 Feb 16

Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla hit centuries to help South Africa beat England by seven wickets in the third ODI.


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Bell to captain MCC in Abu Dhabi 

4 Feb 16

New Warwickshire skipper Ian Bell is to captain the MCC in the champion county match against Yorkshire in Abu Dhabi.


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Franchise cricket ‘ a win’ – Rogers 

25 Jan 16

New Somerset skipper Chris Rogers says T20 franchise teams would be ‘a real win for cricket in England’.


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England battle after De Kock century 

23 Jan 16

Quinton de Kock makes an unbeaten 129 as South Africa make 475, England closing day two of the final Test on 138-2.


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Former BBC commentator Bannister dies 

23 Jan 16

Former BBC cricket commentator and Warwickshire bowler Jack Bannister dies at the age of 85.


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Bell named Warwickshire captain 

21 Jan 16

Ian Bell is named Warwickshire captain for the 2016 season after Varun Chopra steps down from the role.


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Warwickshire achieve record profit 

20 Jan 16

Warwickshire record £2.266m operating profit for 2015, which was chief executive Colin Povey’s final year at Edgbaston.


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South Africa suffer De Kock blow 

14 Jan 16

South Africa lose wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock to a knee injury just hours before the third Test starts against England.


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Ex-Warks bowler Allin dies aged 28 

6 Jan 16

Former Warwickshire fast bowler Tom Allin, who also played for Devon and Cardiff MCCU, dies at the age of 28.


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Keeper De Kock called into SA squad 

30 Dec 15

Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock and seam bowler Chris Morris join South Africa’s squad for the second Test against England.


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Bowler Rankin named in Ireland squad 

23 Dec 15

Boyd Rankin is named in a full-strength Ireland squad for their Intercontinental Cup match with Papua New Guinea in January.


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Paceman Rankin makes Ireland return 

21 Dec 15

Warwickshire’s Boyd Rankin is returning to play for Ireland, starting with the World Twenty20, after switching to England in 2012.


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Bears being worked hard – Brown 

15 Dec 15

Warwickshire coach Dougie Brown says that his team are being worked harder in pre-season training than ever before.


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Yorkshire start season against Hants 

1 Dec 15

Yorkshire’s attempt to win a third straight County Championship title starts against Hampshire on 17 April at Headingley.


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Bears welcoming Bell return – Brown 

23 Nov 15

Warwickshire will welcome Ian Bell into their pre-season plans after his omission from the squad to tour South Africa.


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Snowball takes top Warwickshire role 

12 Nov 15

Warwickshire appoint Rugby World Cup organiser Neil Snowball to succeed Colin Povey as chief executive at Edgbaston.


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Rankin linked with Ireland return 

3 Nov 15

Warwickshire bowler Boyd Rankin is believed to be considering a return to international duty with his native Ireland.


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Warwickshire award Ambrose benefit 

2 Nov 15

Warwickshire wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose is awarded a benefit for the 2016 season – his 11th summer with the Bears.


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Bears to improve from within – Brown 

28 Sep 15

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown says they can strengthen next summer with the players he already has.


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Leach leads Somerset to victory 

25 Sep 15

Somerset’s Jack Leach finishes with 11 wickets in the match as he led his side to a 17-run win over Warwickshire.


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Bears’ Patel stars with bat and ball 

24 Sep 15

Jeetan Patel takes a career-best 7-38 after hitting 98 as Warwickshire fight back against Somerset on day three in Taunton.


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Spinner Leach rattles Warwickshire 

23 Sep 15

Jack Leach takes 5-47 as Somerset ensure their Division One status after dominating day two against Warwickshire.


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Hildreth gives Somerset upper hand 

22 Sep 15

James Hildreth hits his fifth hundred of the season as Somerset take charge on day one against Warwickshire in Taunton…


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Gordon placed in charge at Harriers 

21 Sep 15

Colin Gordon is placed in temporary charge at Kidderminster Harriers following the departure of Gary Whild.


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Milnes joins Derbys from Warwickshire 

21 Sep 15

Derbyshire sign all-rounder Tom Milnes from Warwickshire on a two-year deal following a loan spell at the County Ground.


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England’s Cook available for Essex 

21 Sep 15

England captain Alastair Cook is named in Essex’s 14-man squad for their Championship game against promoted Lancashire.


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Ball impresses in Notts & Warks draw 

17 Sep 15

Jake Ball celebrates his England Lions call-up with four wickets as Nottinghamshire draw with Warwickshire at Edgbaston.


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Bears trio leave after contracts end 

17 Sep 15

Warwickshire trio Tom Milnes, Tom Lewis and Pete McKay are to leave the club at the end of the current season…


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Taylor marks England call with ton 

16 Sep 15

Nottinghamshire’s James Taylor celebrates his England Test call-up by scoring a century against Warwickshire.


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CCD1: Taylor hits century 

16 Sep 15

James Taylor celebrated his Test recall by England with an unbeaten century for Nottinghamshire on the third day of their rain-ruined match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.


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Mellor signs one-year deal with Bears 

16 Sep 15

Warwickshire sign Staffordshire wicketkeeper Alex Mellor on a one-year contract.


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Warwickshire & Notts suffer washout 

14 Sep 15

Rain prevents any play between Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire on day one at Edgbaston…


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2s finish season in style 

14 Sep 15

2nd XI Birmingham League Division Two (North) Streetly 132-9 Aston Manor 133-1 ASTON MANOR WON BY 9 WICKETS Manor’s 2nd XI finished the season with a comfortable victory at Church Road against local rivals Streetly.


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1sts finish season with loss at Streetly 

14 Sep 15

1st XI Birmingham League Division Three Streetly 218-9 Aston Manor 160 all out STREETLY WON BY 58 RUNS Manor’s season ended in defeat in a match at Briar Avenue that definitely had an end of season feel about it.


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2nds fall short against Smethwick 

14 Sep 15

2nd XI Smethwick 235-7 Aston Manor 188 all out SMETHWICK WON BY 47 RUNS Unfortunately Manor 2nd XI were not able to build on last weeks success and fell to defeat against a strong Smethwick side.


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Manor cruise to victory 

14 Sep 15

1st XI Birmingham League Division Three Worcester 181-9 Aston Manor 182-3 ASTON MANOR WON BY 7 WICKETS In their last home game of the season Manor cruised to a comfortable victory to delight the large crowd at Church Road.


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Warwickshire draw with Middlesex 

4 Sep 15

Jeetan Patel takes a match haul of 8-124 but Warwickshire are held to a weather-hit draw by Middlesex at Edgbaston.


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Ambrose leads fightback for Bears 

3 Sep 15

Tim Ambrose leads Warwickshire’s recovery from 86-6 to help his side earn first-innings lead against Middlesex.


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Patel takes five against Middlesex 

2 Sep 15

Jeetan Patel takes 5-59 – his best figures of the season – as Warwickshire have the better of day two against Middlesex.


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2nds end run of bad results against Wombourne 

2 Sep 15

2nd XI Saturday Wombourne 214 all out Aston Manor 215-5 ASTON MANOR WON BY 5 WICKETS Manor 2nd XI ended their run of poor results with a comfortable victory against struggling Wombourne at Church Road.


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Match Abandoned 

2 Sep 15

1st XI Monday Birmingham League Division Three Aston Manor 144-9 (26 overs) Astwood Bank 24-0 (3 overs) MATCH ABANDONED Every effort was made to try and create a game in atrocious conditions at Church Road on Bank Holiday Monday.


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Manor promotion hopes disappear 

2 Sep 15

1st XI Saturday Birmingham League Division Three Stratford-upon-Avon 198-9 Aston Manor 131 all out STRATFORD WON BY 67 RUNS Aston Manor’s hopes of promotion disappeared in controversial circumstances with this unfortunate defeat at Stratford…


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Warwickshire-Middlesex washed out 

1 Sep 15

No play is possible on the first day of Warwickshire’s Division One match with Middlesex because of rain.


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CCD2: Rob Key hits hundred 

1 Sep 15

Lancashire suffered a bit of a T20 Blast hangover after their Finals Day win at Edgbaston on Saturday, as Kent piled on the runs on day one of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash at Canterbury.


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Lancashire capture first T20 title 

29 Aug 15

Lancashire Lightning beat Northants Steelbacks by 13 runs at Edgbaston to win the T20 Blast for the first time.


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T20 Blast Finals Day LIVE! 

29 Aug 15

Updates on Northamptonshire v Lancashire in the final at Edgbaston – watch live on Sky Sports Ashes HD.


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Lancashire to face Northants 

29 Aug 15

Lancashire will take on Northants in the final of the 2015 NatWest T20 Blast after beating Hampshire by six wickets at Edgbaston.


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Northants beat Bears to reach final 

29 Aug 15

Richard Levi hits an unbeaten 63 as Northants beat Birmingham Bears to reach the T20 Blast final at Edgbaston.


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Northants cruise into final 

29 Aug 15

Northants booked their place in the NatWest Blast T20 final with a comprehensive five-wicket victory over Birmingham at Edgbaston.


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T20 Blast Finals Day LIVE! 

29 Aug 15

Over-by-over commentary as Finals Day begins with Northants v Birmingham at Edgbaston.


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AUDIO: Relive Bears’ T20 triumph in 2014 

28 Aug 15

Birmingham Bears were the winners on T20 Blast Finals Day in 2014, beating Lancashire in the final on their home ground at Edgbaston.


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Familiar faces chase T20 Blast glory 

28 Aug 15

Birmingham Bears, Hampshire, Lancashire and Northants will contest the season’s first trophy at Edgbaston on Saturday.


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Familiar faces chase T20 Blast glory 

28 Aug 15

BBC Sport analyses the key players and the form book as Birmingham, Hampshire, Lancashire and Northants contest Finals Day.