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Charlotte Edwards: Former England captain named Hampshire director of women’s cricket

Charlotte Edwards scored 20 not out in her final innings last September Former England captain Charlotte Edwards has been named Hampshire’s new director of women’s cricket. The 37-year-old, who led England to victory in three Ashes series and the 2009 World Cup and World Twenty20, retired from playing last summer. She succeeds Bob Parks following the former Hampshire wicketkeeper’s retirement after 45 years in the game. “I see an ambitious organisation that will compliment my passion for domestic cricket,” she told the club website. “I look forward to working with…

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County Championship: David Wiese hits century as Sussex draw with Warwickshire

Olly Stone last took six wickets for an England Under-19s side containing future Bears team-mate Dom Sibley in South Africa in February 2013 Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Edgbaston (day four): Warwickshire 299: Ambrose 81, Bell 70; Wiese 4-50 & 87-3: Sibley 42* Sussex 374: Wiese 106, Brown 91, Burgess 48; Stone 8-80, Barker 2-99 Warwickshire (10 pts) drew with Sussex (12 pts) Scorecard Sussex’s South African all-rounder David Wiese made the first County Championship century of the summer. But that was the only final-day high spot at Edgbaston as…

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County Championship: Promoted Worcestershire well beaten by Hampshire

Hampshire matchwinner Kyle Abbott played two Championship matches, two List A games and three T20 matches in his short spell with Worcestershire in 2016 Specsavers County Championship Division One, Ageas Bowl (day four): Hampshire 290 & 244: Abbott 51; Leach 3-55 Worcestershire 211 & 127: Mitchell 35; Abbott 4-45, Edwards 3-33 Hampshire (22 pts) beat Worcestershire (4 pts) by 196 runs Scorecard Hampshire’s fast bowlers condemned newly promoted Division Two champions Worcestershire to a heavy 196-run County Championship defeat on the final morning at Southampton. Resuming on 59-3, needing a…

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County Championship: Gloucestershire beat Kent by five wickets

Benny Howell’s unbeaten 52 was one of just three half-centuries in the match Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence (day four): Kent 64 & 153: Bell-Drummond 61; Higgins 5-22 Gloucestershire 110 & 108-5: Howell 52* Gloucestershire (19 pts) beat Kent (3 pts) by five wickets Scorecard Gloucestershire scored the 47 runs needed to beat Kent by five wickets, despite a mini-collapse at Canterbury. Resuming day four on 61-1 with a target of 108, the visitors lost three wickets in eight balls to leave them 84-4. But Benny…

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County Championship: Olly Stone takes all six wickets as Sussex trail Warwickshire

Olly Stone was making his first home Championship debut for Warwickshire following his Bears debut at Old Trafford last August Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Edgbaston (day three): Warwickshire 299: Ambrose 81, Bell 70; Wiese 4-50, Sharma 3-53 Sussex 194-6: Burgess 48, Brown 43*; Stone 6-52 Sussex (3 pts) trail Warwickshire (6 pts) by 105 runs Scorecard Warwickshire fast bowler Olly Stone claimed a career-best 6-52 as the Bears got the better of a third successive rain-affected day against Sussex. Ishant Sharma got the final Bears wicket in the morning,…

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County Championship: Worcestershire set 324 to win by Hampshire

Kyle Abbott hit eight fours in his 51 off 74 balls for Hampshire Specsavers County Championship Division One, Ageas Bowl (day three): Hampshire 290 & 244: Abbott 51; Leach 3-55 Worcestershire 211 & 59-3: Mitchell 34*; Abbott 3-27 Worcestershire (4 pts) need another 265 runs to beat Hampshire (6 pts) Scorecard Worcestershire require another 265 runs to beat Hampshire on the final day with seven wickets left, after a rain-affected third day at Southampton. Hampshire added another 81 to their overnight score of 163-8 thanks to Kyle Abbott’s fine 51,…

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County Championship: James Harris claims match figures of 9-48 in Middlesex win

James Harris took nine wickets and scored a crucial 46 not out in the match for Middlesex Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Lord’s (day three): Middlesex 214 & 159: Bracewell 3-31 Northamptonshire 71 & 142: Murtagh 4-36, Harris 4-39 Middlesex (20 pts) beat Northants (3 pts) by 160 runs Scorecard Middlesex laid down a marker in Division Two with a 160-run win over Northamptonshire at Lord’s. The 2016 county champions were relegated last season, but sealed a convincing victory thanks to their seamers bowling out Northants cheaply for the second…

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Inzamam’s nephew Imam-ul-Haq named in Pakistan Test squad

Opener Imam scored 100 from 125 balls on his ODI debut Pakistan have included uncapped batsmen Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Saad Ali and Usman Salahuddin in a Test squad to tour Ireland and England this summer. Left-hander Imam, nephew of former skipper Inzamam, scored a century on his ODI debut last October. Fast bowler Wahab Riaz, 32, is omitted, with leg-spinner Yasir Shah injured. A single Test against Ireland in Dublin begins on 11 May, before matches against England at Lord’s and Headingley. Fakhar, who has already played 13 ODIs and…

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County Championship: Notts paceman Jake Ball takes five against Lancs at Old Trafford

The most recent of Jake Ball’s four Test appearances for England came against Australia in Brisbane in November Specsavers County Championship Division One, Emirates Old Trafford (day two): Lancashire 158: Ball 5-43; Vilas 49 Nottinghamshire 127-6: Patel 28; Bailey 3-17, Mennie 2-26 Scorecard England paceman Jake Ball took 5-43 as promoted Nottinghamshire bowled out last summer’s Championship Division One runners-up Lancashire for just 158. Following a washed-out first day at Old Trafford, Notts made up for lost time, doing the job inside two sessions, thwarted only by 49 from Dane…

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County Championship: Yorkshire-Essex rained off again at Headingley

Essex will again have to wait to begin the defence of their County Championship title Specsavers County Championship Division One, Emerald Headingley (day two): No play possible on day two because of rain Scorecard No play was possible at Headingley for a second day running between Yorkshire and 2017 county champions Essex. The outfield remains saturated following the heavy rain in Leeds. The Rugby Stand End was a particular problem area, with a significant amount of standing water remaining. Umpires Richard Illingworth and Ian Gould had no option but to…

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