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Gary Ballance guides Yorkshire to strong position over Nottinghamshire

• Ben Coad takes four wickets to bring visitors’ first innings to a close• James Hildred hits impressive century for SomersetAfter seven successive days of washed-out cricket at Headingley to start the summer this was the kind of contest they had been …

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County cricket: Yorkshire v Notts, Somerset v Worcs and more – live!

Updates from around the grounds on the second day of playDay one: Brooks stars with bat and ball as Yorkshire rallySign up to The Spin, our weekly cricket email 11.01am BST All is well with the world here at Headingley. The sun in shining and Dickie ha…

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Jack Brooks stars with bat and ball as Yorkshire make Nottinghamshire suffer

• Late stand with Ben Coad plus three wickets puts visitors in trouble• 18 wickets fall at Chelmsford as Ed Barnard takes five at TauntonJack Brooks lit up a feverish evening session at Headingley as Yorkshire recovered from early strife against Nottin…

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Ed Smith confirmed as England selector in job ‘too good to turn down’

• Andrew Strauss hopes set-up can become world-leader in cricket• Angus Fraser expected to leave part-time selector roleEd Smith, the former cricketer, broadcaster and journalist, has been confirmed as England’s new national selector and will now head …

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County cricket: Yorks v Notts, Somerset v Worcestershire and more – live!

Live updates from across the County Championship100-ball plans are a gimmick likely to kill off Championship 11.25am BST Early action at Durham as they lose two in the third over to Kent’s overseas New Zealander Matt Henry, leaving them at 4/2. That ha…

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ECB’s 100-ball plans are a gimmick likely to kill off County Championship | Vic Marks

The ECB now prostrate themselves at the knees of the broadcasters even if it means prostituting the gameEven the curmudgeons, a band I’m in danger of joining, admit that T20 cricket has the capacity to be the saviour of the modern game. So what do the …

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ECB unveils plans for tournament with 100-ball format and 10-ball final over

• New format proposed for eight-team city-based competition• Michael Vaughan among those to criticise shock proposalThe England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has unveiled plans for their new eight-team domestic competition to use a new format of 100 ba…

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Cricket Australia denies Justin Langer is lined up as new Australian team coach

Cricket governing body denies Justin Langer appointment has already been madeFriday board meeting to be held to discuss Darren Lehmann’s replacement Justin Langer has not already been appointed as Australia’s next coach, says Cricket Australia (CA) ami…

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TMS bowled out by TalkSport but stop weeping, change is sometimes good | Barney Ronay

News that the BBC had lost the radio rights to England’s winter tours was greeted with dismay but cricket fans should realise a different voice for the sport is both possible and necessaryStop all the clocks. Stamp a single steel-toed work boot through…

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Ed Smith in frame to be named as England’s new national selector

• Former batsman up against Andy Flower for leading role• Cricket Australia deny Justin Langer appointed new coachEd Smith is expected to be named as England’s new national selector by the England and Wales Cricket Board, with former coach Andy Flower …

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TalkSPORT outbids BBC to secure rights for forthcoming England cricket tours

BBC loses free-to-air radio broadcast rights for West Indies and Sri Lanka toursTalkSPORT secures deal that breaks thirteen-year association with public broadcasterTalkSPORT has announced a major coup late Tuesday after outbidding the BBC to secure the…

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Australia’s ball-tampering trio have suffered enough, says Di Venuto

• Doors at the Oval would be open to them if ECB permits it, he adds• ‘Hopefully culture review starts at the top, with CA officials’Surrey’s head coach, Michael Di Venuto, has furiously defended the three Australian players who were banned for ball ta…

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Australia’s ball-tampering trio have suffered enough, says Di Venuto

• Doors at the Oval would be open to them if ECB permits it, he adds• ‘Hopefully culture review starts at the top, with CA officials’Surrey’s head coach, Michael Di Venuto, has furiously defended the three Australian players who were banned for ball ta…

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The Last Post has sounded for cricket on Channel Nine – but the great game carries on | Geoff Lemon

Despite a late-life dip the station’s coverage is seeped into our bones – now after 40 years of Benaud, Grieg and Lawry it is RIP for the broadcasterIt’s all about the trumpets. They cut through everything, long shoots of clean brass. Bwaah-bwa-bwaaaaa…

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England’s IPL dozen learning as well as earning on cricket’s glitziest stage| Ali Martin

While the Test side and their counties miss them, the players are making the most of their Indian Premier League experience“I don’t think it will ever be straightforward. It’s down to you as a player to be very honest with yourself and if you want to b…

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County cricket talking points: Olly Stone deserves an England call-up

The Warwickshire bowler was brilliant against Sussex in the first week of the season. Why not play him against Pakistan?By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWarwickshire’s Olly Stone is the fastest English bowler right now – and probably the fastes…

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Essex gripe after four-day Headingley washout of Yorkshire game

• ‘We haven’t seen any work, no Super Sopper, no forking’• Yorkshire say machinery would have made conditions worseRyan ten Doeschate has criticised Yorkshire’s lack of action after the opening match in Essex’s defence of the County Championship was ab…

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Ben Stokes: ‘I lived every moment of the Ashes … I was just as gutted’ | Ali Martin

The England all-rounder recalls his emotional England return after missing the series defeat in Australia, and explains why playing in the IPL is not about the moneyIt’s 6pm at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. A drowsy sun has already slunk below …

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County cricket: Yorks v Essex washed out, Lancs v Notts and more – live!

Brilliance of Harris drives Middlesex to win over NorthantsSign up to The Spin and get our weekly cricket emailAnd feel free to email Tanya or tweet @tjaldred 11.45am BST Lancashire 73/7. Bailey c Moores b Gurney 1. Gurney joins the five-fer club 5-25….

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All-round brilliance of James Harris drives Middlesex to win over Northants

• Former champions demoted in 2017 are first to triumph this season• Harris takes most wickets and makes highest score in gameAnd so the first spoils of the 2018 Specsavers County Championship went to Middlesex, champions of 2016 but demoted to Divisio…