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Meg Lanning: 'The next step is a women's Big Bash' Open in new window
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The Southern Stars captain on winning the World Twenty20, losing the Ashes and how to build the women's gameMeg Lannings contribution to the Womens World T20 final earlier this month told us just about all we needed to know about the Southern Stars tenacious skipper. As England batted, she was quick-witted with body and brain, leading by example in the field and rotating her stingy bowlers with a shrewdness that strangled Englands celebrated but six-less batting to a subpar total. When it was her turn to bat, she swatted Anya Shrubsole, the tournaments leading wicket-taker, over long-off for a majestic 72-metre maximum as she waltzed to 44 from 30, before holing out two short of the target. For a 22-year-old just about to lift a World Cup she looked pretty irked, hammering bat against pad and trudging off.I was a bit annoyed at the time, laughs Lanning a few days on, the anger now replaced by a relaxed, if exhausted, demeanour. I was desperate to see the girls home but I forgot about getting out as soon as I looked at that scoreboard. That cheered me up. Its been a crazy few days and I dont think Ive stopped talking about it since but Ill never tire of reminiscing on what was an extraordinary experience. A third consecutive title was a huge achievement and it feels pretty good right now. Continue reading...

Johnson could quit one-day cricket Open in new window
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STAR Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson says he is seriously considering quitting limited-overs cricket to extend his Test career.

Craig Kieswetter holds nerve as Somerset make hay in the sunshine against Yorkshire Open in new window
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Somerset (530-9) lead Yorks (450) by 80 runs England batsman hits impressive 63 as Somerset batsmen take match runs total to a mammoth 980

Sussex set to end Warwickshire jinx as Ed Joyce hits second century of match Open in new window
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Sussex (229 & 273-2) trail Warks (87 & 471) by 57 runs A second century in the match from captain Ed Joyce put Sussex on the brink of their first win in Birmingham

Steven Finn poses England selection dilema Open in new window
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Notts (326 & 184-5) lead Middx (439-9dec) by 71 runs Fast bowler took his wicket tally for the season to 14 but he is not yet back at peak form.

Paul Collingwood's Durham hold the edge ahead of dramatic finale against Northamptonshire Open in new window
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Durham (452 & 178-5) lead Northants (378) by 252 runs Durham's captain helps his side build a commanding lead ahead of the final day against Northants

Durham push on although James Middlebrook keeps Northants in the game Open in new window
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Durham 452 & 178-5; Northamptonshire 378 Spriegel dismissed three runs short of first Northants 100The county champions still held the upper hand three days into their defence of the title but it will still take a considerable individual performance with the ball, or some catastrophic batting by Northamptonshire in their second innings, if there is to be a result other than a draw. Continue reading...

Mills finally fires for Essex Open in new window
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There were no England selectors in Chelmsford but reports of Tymal Mills performance will likely have reached the interested parties

Sussex on the brink after Ed Joyce doubles up against Warwickshire Open in new window
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Warwickshire 87 & 471; Sussex 229 & 273-2 Joyce follows 117 in first innings with unbeaten 125Ed Joyce completed twin centuries to leave Sussex on the verge of a first County Championship victory at Edgbaston in 32 years. That remains the only one managed in the club's cricket manager Mark Robinson's lifetime, although he will not be present to witness attempts to alter that statistic as he has matters England to attend to at Lord's. An outsider in the bid to succeed Andy Flower, if this was to be his last match it would be some way to go.Victory for Sussex would consolidate them as early Division One leaders and they closed to within 57 runs of defeating the 2012 champions following a rollicking evening session that reaped 153 runs at nearly five an over. Indeed, when Rory Hamilton-Brown milked Chris Woakes for three boundaries in an over it appeared the option of asking for the extra half-hour was a possibility. Continue reading...

England count down to judgment day over new coach to replace Andy Flower Open in new window
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Derek Pringle assesses the ECB's five candidates to succeed Andy Flower with interviews about to begin

Kevin Pietersen steals the limelight as Indian Premier League hist the road Open in new window
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All eyes will be on England outcast when group stages begin in the Gulf on Wednesday amid fears over spot-fixing

Collingwood faces tricky decision Open in new window
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Paul Collingwood may have to risk an adventurous declaration on the final day to try to fashion a Durham victory and newly-promoted Northants might be the sort of team to persuade him to gamble

Myburgh stiffens Somerset resistance Open in new window
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Johann Myburgh does not represent Somerset's future but his innings against Yorkshire made good use of the present

Durham enlist Sangakkara on short-term contract Open in new window
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Kumar Sangakkara has confirmed he will represent Durham for two to three County Championship Division One matches in preparation for Sri Lanka's tour of England

County roundup: Essex in driving seat as Derbyshire struggle in pursuit Open in new window
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Monty Panesar and Tymal Mills swing match away from visitors Steve Finn helps Middlesex put pressure on NottinghamshireEssex and Middlesex both take winning positions into the last day of a sun-kissed round of County Championship fixtures and it is bowlers who spent much of their winters in Australian nets who they need to thank most.Monty Panesar and Tymal Mills did most of the damage for Essex as Derbyshire struggled to 167 for five in pursuit of a victory target of 366 at Chelmsford, although each of the contrasting left-armers received a ticking-off from the umpires Panesar after a verbal exchange with Billy Godleman and Mills for greeting Wes Durston with a beamer. Continue reading...

Ojha stifles Dhoni and another Kohli century Open in new window
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Fifteen numbers from the Indian T20 League

Marshall holds up Hants victory bid Open in new window
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Hamish Marshall holds up Hampshire's victory bid by spearheading a battling Gloucestershire recovery.

Joyce century puts Sussex in control Open in new window
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Sussex are on the verge of victory at Edgbaston thanks to Ed Joyce, despite Ian Bell's unbeaten 189 for Warwickshire.

Bollinger takes five but Kent falter Open in new window
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Doug Bollinger takes 5-43 on his Kent debut against his former county Worcestershire, but the visitors are still facing defeat.

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback Open in new window
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N Srinivasan has asked the Supreme Court to reconsider the interim order passed on March 28, preventing him from discharging functions as BCCI president

Cook shines as Essex take charge Open in new window
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England captain Alastair Cook made 181 to put Essex in a strong position going into day four against Derbyshire.

Spriegel falls three short of ton Open in new window
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Matthew Spriegel falls three runs short of his ton as Northants battle to stay on par with Division One champions Durham.

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