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Women’s Super League kicks off … before all six teams are kicked out | Tanya Aldred

With eight new teams set to step in, grounds like Bristol may soon be stripped of top-class women’s T20 actionIt was about this time last year that there was a seismic shift in cricket in this country. A shake, a transference in space and time, felt fr…

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The England team taking on the world in another sporting final | Tanya Aldred

England’s physical disability cricketers face Pakistan in their tri-series final on Wednesday with one-handed power-hitting to the forePerhaps you take some World Cup with your breakfast. Or maybe you prefer some late-night Wimbledon or a soupçon of To…

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England v New Zealand: second women’s ODI – live!

Updates from the match at Derby, starting at 1pm BSTBrunt the local hero as England cruise in first ODIEmail Tanya or tweet with your thoughts 1.33pm BST 8th over: England 28-0 (Jones 19, Beaumont 8) A low full toss from Devine doesn’t get punished by …

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England’s dry spell puts the heat on cricket groundskeepers | Tanya Aldred

India start their English campaign with a T20 match in Manchester early on Tuesday evening, but it isn’t the Manchester that they are used toIndia probably thought they were flying to the UK for a back-to-back five-Test tour to be played largely on gre…

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Dust off the deckchair and let the zany joy of outground cricket stream in

That outground games live on, sun-soaked and sea-specked, is a small miracle and this week we can enjoy one such treat for freeTo North Marine Road! The turnstiles! The future! What’s that you say? It was hard to hear, with the gulls fine-dining over g…

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County cricket: Worcestershire v Lancashire, Kent v Warwicks and more – live!

Updates from the final day of the latest round of matchesEmail Tanya here or tweet her here with your thoughts 12.01pm BST 150 for JJJJJJennings and 50 for Eskinazi. Manly back-pats for plucky Patel too, 20 not out . Incidentally Kudos to the Hackney G…

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County cricket: Surrey v Somerset, Essex v Notts and more – live!

Live updates from around the county groundsCounty cricket talking points: Kent and Hampshire to meet in cup finalThe Spin: India’s young talents getting leg up from The WallDrop Tanya an email | Tweet @tjaldred 11.46am BST Bright sunshine here at Guild…

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Why India’s young talents are getting a leg up from The Wall | Tanya Aldred

Rahul Dravid has always been about more than the bright lights and he is now putting his considerable experience to good use on India A’s UK tourThe Spin has always had a soft spot for Rahul Dravid. In that team of Indian superstars he was The Wall, co…

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County cricket: Somerset v Nottinghamshire and more – live!

Updates from the remaining games in Divisions One and TwoBig interview: Barney Ronay meets Daniel Bell-DrummondEmail Tanya or tweet @tjaldred with your thoughts 11.47am BST A wicket at Taunton! Matthew Carter for 20. Notts 502 for 9. 11.35am BST And No…

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The Spin | In the footsteps of their ancestors: Aboriginal XI begin celebratory tour | Tanya Aldred

Attitudes have changed since the first Indigenous team arrived on these shores from Australia in 1868 and the tour that began at Arundel now contains internationals and a women’s teamWhen Australia’s first cricketing tourists arrived on these shores in…

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Cricket is natural choice to be a world leader on climate change | The Spin

The sport has an bond with the land that few other field sports do and Thursday’s game at Lord’s can put the environment centre stageSign up for The Spin or re-subscribe hereIn September 2017 Roosevelt Skerrit, the prime minister of Dominica, stood up …

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County cricket: Lancs v Somerset, Notts v Hampshire and more – live!

Follow live updates from the final day of Championship gamesNottinghamshire set Hampshire 469 to winFeel free to email your thoughts to Tanya here 11.29am BST Yikes, somehow missed this, sorry. A wicket at Trent Bridge one of the first balls of the day…

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County cricket: Lancs v Somerset, Notts v Hampshire and more – live!

Follow live updates from the final day of Championship gamesNottinghamshire set Hampshire 469 to winFeel free to email your thoughts to Tanya here 11.29am BST Yikes, somehow missed this, sorry. A wicket at Trent Bridge one of the first balls of the day…

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County cricket live – Lancashire v Surrey, Somerset v Yorkshire and more!

Live updates from around the groundsYou can email Tanya here or Tweet her hereMorgan circumspect about World Cup prospectsCounty talking points: Essex back to winning ways 11.29am BST Sussex are 15-0 after 6, but more intriguingly I read in the Cricket…

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County cricket: Yorkshire v Essex, Lancs v Notts and more – live

Latest from around the grounds on opening weekendSaturday roundup: Kent and Northants suffer collapsesEmail Tanya or get in touch below the line 10.26am BST Update from Headingley: further pitch inspection at 1.40. And words from the Yorkshire chief ex…

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James Vince back to frustrating best as rain hits County Championship return

• Hampshire batsman hits rapid 75 before missing straight ball• Four games are washed out without a ball being bowledIt is not supposed to start with a whimper. Six Championship games: four called off without a ball bowled, at Headingley, Old Trafford,…

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New Zealand v England: fifth ODI – live!

Live updates from the series-deciding ODIEmail Tanya here or tweet her here with your thoughtsFourth ODI report: Taylor heroics square series 9.38pm GMT It looks a beautiful day in Christchurch. England win the toss and will bowl. Kane Williamson says …

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Monty Panesar: from media darling to England’s forgotten spinning hero | Tanya Aldred

It is a forlorn tale of someone who loved cricket almost too much but Panesar still dreams of returning to the top and making up for lost time

Nine years ago a young cricketer made his Test debut against India at Nagpur. With his verdant facial feathering, matching black patka and comprehensive range of eye-popping expressions, Monty Panesar was England’s mid-noughties breath of fresh air. A left-arm spinner with remarkable spaghetti-span hands and long clickety-clack fingers, on the right day he could turn the ball inside out and make it kick and bounce.

Added to that he had an extraordinarily flexible wrist, able to twist full circle, and a bouncing run-up, left arm releasing the ball high above his head while his right arm floated up to his ears afterwards to add a regal flick of who-knows-what. He seemed England’s long-term spin answer – and for three years, maybe more, he was.

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