Middlesex in strong position at Durham

Specsavers County Championship Division One, Emirates Riverside Durham v Middlesex, day one Middlesex 358-7: Malan 74, Gubbins 60, Voges 50; Onions 2-57 Durham: Yet to bat Durham 2 pts, Middlesex 4 pts Match scorecard Half centuries from Nick Gubbins, Dawid Malan and Adam Voges put Middlesex on top against Durham on day one at Chester-Le-Street.

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Cook fifty helps put Essex in control

Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Essex County Ground Essex v Northamptonshire, day one Essex 335-3: Cook 65, Westley 64, Browne 60, Bopara 57*; Sanderson 2-79 Northamptonshire: Yet to bat Essex 3 pts, Northamptonshire 1 pt Match scorecard England captain Alastair Cook continued his fine start to the season with a half-century as Essex took control

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Ballance and Leaning rescue Yorkshire

Specsavers County Championship Division One, Edgbaston Warwickshire v Yorkshire, day one Yorkshire 177-4: Ballance 50, Leaning 50 Warwickshire: Yet to bat Warwickshire 1 pts, Yorkshire 0 pts Match scorecard Half-centuries from Gary Ballance and Jack Leaning rescued Yorkshire on a rain interrupted first day against Warwickshire at Edgbaston. Yorkshire to 85-4, as Alex Lees and

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Marshall hundred puts Glos on top

Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Bristol County Ground Gloucestershire v Worcestershire, day one Gloucestershire 336-5: Marshall 123, Noema-Barnett 84; Barnard 2-67 Worcestershire: Yet to bat Gloucestershire 3 pts, Worcestershire 1 pts Match scorecard Hamish Marshall and Kieran Noema-Barnett shared an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 179 to put Gloucestershire in a strong position on the first

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Pietersen forced out of IPL by calf tear

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the 2016 Indian Premier League after only four matches because of a torn calf muscle. The 35-year-old faced one ball in Pune Rising Supergiants’ match with Royal Challengers Bangalore before injuring himself setting off for a single. “Over & out, India! Horrible tear in my

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Taylor leaves hospital after 'procedure'

Former England batsman James Taylor has left hospital after a “preliminary procedure” on the heart condition which prompted his retirement. Taylor, 26, tweeted a picture of himself outside Nottingham University hospital on Thursday. “Well that has been one hell of an experience,” he said of his fortnight undergoing tests on the condition – arrhythmogenic right

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Lancashire sign Guptill for T20 Blast

Defending Lancashire have signed New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill for their T20 Blast campaign. The 29-year-old will move to Old Trafford after his stint at Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians. Guptill, who has spent time in England with Derbyshire, holds the record for the highest score at a World Cup – 237 not out

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Ball 'lively' after Lions tour – Read

Pace bowler Jake Ball has made a “lively” return following a winter playing for England Lions, says Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read. Ball, who featured against Pakistan A in Dubai, has taken six wickets in each of Notts’ first two games and is the leading wicket-taker in Division One of the County Championship so far in

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Thunder sign World Cup winner Matthews

Lancashire Thunder have signed World Twenty20-winner Hayley Matthews as the inaugural Women’s Cricket Super League squads have been confirmed. West Indies batsman Matthews, 18, replaces Australian all-rounder Jess Jonassen who suffered an injury. Ex-England internationals Laura Newton (Lancashire Thunder), Beth Morgan (Surrey Stars) and Arran Brindle (Southern Vipers) have also joined. The six-team competition runs

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