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County cricket day four: Surrey v Essex and more – live!

Live updates from all the matches around the countryRoundup: Leach spins Somerset to win at Trent BridgeFeel free to email Tanya or tweet @tjaldred 11.37am BST A crumb for those pining for Jonathan Trott – he’s going to Kent as a temporary coach. Jonat…

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County cricket day three: Surrey v Essex and more – live!

County Championship updates from around the groundsRoundup: Hameed makes overdue century for LancsEmail Tanya here. Tweet @tjaldred 11.23am BST Just been checking up on Dan Lawrence – youngest cricketer to make a Championship century, here at The Oval …

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County cricket day two: Surrey v Essex and more – live!

Updates from around the groundsRoundup: Surrey batsmen find formTalking points: the winner takes it allEmail Tanya, tweet or comment below 11.23am BST A little green lung in the middle of the city. Patel, by the way, has 80.Surrey’s living wall – home …

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County cricket: Surrey start defence against Essex and more – live!

Updates from around the grounds as play beginsTalking points: the winner takes it all this seasonTen commandments club cricketers must followEmail Tanya, tweet or comment below the line 10.15am BST Good Morning from a sunny south London. An americano a…

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The Spin | County cricket 2019: 10 things to look out for in the new season

Alastair Cook is back full time with Essex, young talent abounds at Worcestershire and it’s make-or-break for Haseeb HameedWeighed down by the indicative vote process? Square eyed from binge-watching Sky News with a side portion of Newsnight? Come [pat…

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Time to follow golf’s surprising lead and find different ways to be green | Tanya Aldred

Turf sports will not flourish in a changing climate unless they start planning to make do with less waterIn these darkly surreal times, sport sometimes seems to have the answer. Not for sanity, too late indeed. But for tiny moments of bliss – a perfect…

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The Spin | Enjoy the cricket season ahead … it will be the last of its kind | Tanya Aldred

The introduction of the Hundred in 2020 means a year of change for the county game, so the 2019 season – which also includes a home World Cup and Ashes – is to be cherishedAs the morning’s rain turned hail, turned snow and, with 30 days left until the …

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West Indies v England: second T20 international – live!

Live updates from the second T20 starting at 8pm GMTKhawaja and Zampa help Australia beat India in third ODIYou can email Tanya here or tweet her here 8.00pm GMT The umpires are out, the batsmen have taken their places… we’re off! 7.53pm GMT Some sta…

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Cougars claw back in a heartwarming tale of rugby league resurrection | Tanya Aldred

Keighley were in special measures and heading nowhere in November. Now they are back on the sporting mapIn dark times, stories of resurrection have always worked a treat for those trying to flog a religion or sell a little hope. And in a small Yorkshir…

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The Spin | ‘I think cricket still means something to the global Caribbean community’

A snapshot of a complicated picture to see how West Indies’ win over England resonates in communities far further afieldIt is quiet on Monday morning on Hulme High Street, south Manchester. It is not quite lunchtime and only a few shoppers are braving …

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The Spin | Alastair Cook should follow tone set by CMJ in the commentary box

Former England captain says he will refrain from personal criticism of players, but even a broadcaster as fair-minded as Christopher Martin-Jenkins could not always avoid controversyWhen Test Match Special announced that Alastair Cook would be lending …

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Boardman shows path to break cycle of Manchester’s car commuter hell | Tanya Aldred

The former Olympic champion hopes to win a different race, all for the public good and improving transport options for allIt is a Sherlock Holmes evening in south Manchester. There is a deep fog on an already black night, perfect for tail-coated villai…

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José Mourinho can learn lessons from the greats of the music world | Tanya Aldred

A top conductor gets the best out of his players and can turn a good performance from an orchestra into a great oneJosé Mourinho prowls the touchline at Old Trafford. Skulking, swearing, coat fully zipped against the dirtiest weather Manchester can thr…

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West Indies v England: Women’s World T20 – live!

All the latest from the 8pm GMT start at the Daren Sammy StadiumSciver credits risky change for success as England face West IndiesFeel free to email Tanya | or tweet at @tjaldred 7.07pm GMT This is a cracking little tale of how Nat Sciver tweaked her …

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Sri Lanka v England: third Test, day four – live!

Over-by-over updates from the Pallekele International StadiumShrubsole hat-trick helps England thrash South AfricaEmail Tanya here. Tweet @tjaldred 4.54am GMT 2nd over: Sri Lanka 12-0 (Karunaratne 9, Kaushal 1) And Root turns to spin straight away. Lea…

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The Spin | England reaping the benefits of Lions tours that turn tyros into Test players

Four of England’s winning Test team in Galle were on a successful Lions tour to Sri Lanka two years ago and this is one part of ECB planning that should be praisedAs the projected costs of The Hundred mount, tripling from the original estimate of £13 m…

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England v Bangladesh: Women’s World Twenty20 – live!

Live updates from the Group A match in St LuciaSend Tanya an email | Tweet @tjaldred 8.56pm GMT Oh dear, what a mix up – both batters ended up at the same end. A lovely cut by Ayasha, but as she runs, she slips and then heads back to her crease without…

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Without women in the sports pages getting girls to play is a losing battle | Tanya Aldred

The woeful lack of images of female athletes in the media is undermining the fine efforts to increase participationA mother runs through the park pushing a baby in a buggy, chatting away as she does: “Come on baby, not far now.” Then we see a young wom…

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How Sri Lanka’s magical 1996 cocktail paved the way for Morgan’s men | The Spin

Echoes of Arjuna Ranatunga’s World Cup-winning blueprint – potent spinners, pinch-hitting openers, bucket loads of confidence – can be seen in the England ODI side todayAs England and Sri Lanka prepare to face off in the five-match one-day series start…

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County cricket 2018 awards: the Spin’s final word on the season

Hats off to Surrey for winning the title with home-grown youth and some canny signings, to Kent stalwart Darren Stevens and the departing Paul Collingwood and Jonathan TrottAnd so, with a last splendid hurrah, the doors have closed on another county se…