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  • Matthew Fisher made history on Sunday when the 15-year-old turned out for Yorkshire to become the youngest player to feature in a competitive county match since 1867 - and he had to reschedule a GCSE exam to do so.

    At 15 years and 212 days, the young seamer's appearance at Scarborough made him county cricket's youngest post-war player and he turned in an impressive display in the Group C clash.

    His mark is short of that of Charles Young, who was 15 years and 131 days old when he turned out for Hampshire against Kent in 1867 - before the County Championship was established - but it is no less

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  • Man wins £50,000 in cricket bowling challenge

    Cricket fan Chris Newell scooped a £50,000 jackpot after a cricketing feat at Trent Bridge.

    To win the prize, the 50-year-old had to bowl from the full length and hit the stumps.

    Then, one of the three stumps was removed and he had to hit it again.

    Finally, just one stump remained and he had to strike it once more.

    And all of the challenge, organised by Stowford Press, had to be done during the interval of an England one-day international in front of 16,000 cricket fans.

    "I had a practice with my children in the garden on Tuesday and I couldn’t hit a barn door," admitted Chris to the Hereford

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  • Buttler’s 16-ball blitz must not mask England’s failings

    1-1-6-4-4-4-0-4-0-4-4-0-1-6-6-2 - 16 balls that transformed a distinctly average England total into a substantial and defendable one.

    Three overs of Jos Buttler again proved enough to make the vital difference after a stuttering, sloppy innings was strapped to a proverbial rocket in the nick of time at the death.

    England - or rather Buttler, with help from Eoin Morgan - bludgeoned 64 runs off the final three overs of the innings in a thrilling finale that effectively bailed out Alastair Cook's floundering side.

    For a side obsessed with shunning the invitation to exploit the early field

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  • ICC Champions Trophy: A team-by-team guide

    --- GROUP A ---

    ENGLAND

    STRENGTHS: England's pace attack is ideally placed to take advantage of the new rules providing for a new ball at each end. The hosts' recent home record is also good as they endeavour to win their first global 50 overs trophy.

    WEAKNESSES: The top-order batting in the absence of Kevin Pietersen is one-paced and the backup pace bowling in the series loss to New Zealand was inadequate.

    ODDS: 5/1

    KEY PLAYER: James Anderson at the peak of his powers, will be key to his team's prospects as a strike bowlers at the top, middle and end of the innings.

    SQUAD: Alastair Cook

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  • There's nothing that extinguishes hype like a comprehensive series defeat at home to New Zealand, so the old saying goes.

    England had been tipped by many - including the trusty satchel swingers - to thrive at the upcoming Champions Trophy, to be held on home soil, and the return of Graeme Swann from injury only heightened the sense of anticipation for the latest ICC limited-overs get-together.

    Former England bowling coach, Ottis Gibson, who is in charge of World Twenty20 winners West Indies, even came out and confidently backed England to win the tournament, which gets under way on June 6 in

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  • It’s all or nothing for Rankin after England call

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    The news sneaked out in a press release during the first one-day international between England and New Zealand at Lord’s on Friday, which the tourists won by five wickets with 19 balls to spare.

    Stuart Broad and Steven Finn had been rested for the game with knee and shin problems respectively. Chris Woakes and Jade Dernbach were being carted all over Lord’s in the middle overs by the New Zealand batsmen, and England fans were no doubt going through a mental checklist of bowlers who could come in for the second game against the Black Caps at Southampton on Sunday.

    James Harris? Stuart Meaker?

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  • Who deserves the final England batting spot for the Ashes?

    England captain Alastair Cook with Jonny Bairstow and Nick Compton

    England have the very enviable advantage of a settled side looking ahead to back-to-back Ashes series later this year, but there remains a key question that needs to be answered.

    Prior to the second Test at Headingley, it was understood that England had been considering dropping paceman Steven Finn but, after keeping faith with the Middlesex bowler in Leeds, his place appears secure ahead of the summer series with Australia.

    Andy Flower and Alastair Cook were believed at one point to have wrestled with the idea of replacing Finn - who continues to struggle with his run-up and approach to the

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  • England’s tactical negativity is becoming a concern

    At least it cannot be said that England did not give New Zealand the utmost respect in the second Test at Headingley - indeed, arguably the tourists were given far too much.

    Having skittled the Black Caps out for a miserly 174 and established a commanding first-innings lead, England proceeded to plod along without any apparent intent or purpose with the bat, eventually amassing a ridiculously big 467-run lead.

    To put this into some context, no side has ever reached more than 418 in the fourth innings to win a Test and only four sides have ever eclipsed 400 to win.

    Captain Alastair Cook must

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  • Compton under pressure for England spot after Root ton

    Memories are short in sport, and Nick Compton can probably hear the whispers already.

    The 29-year-old hit two centuries in successive innings in the Test matches against New Zealand in Dunedin and Wellington in March, and seemed to have cemented his place in the England side for the whole summer.

    But he has failed to get past 16 in his last five innings against New Zealand, after he was caught for one by Dean Brownlie in the slips off the bowling of Tim Southee in England’s first innings of the Headingley Test.

    And Yorkshire’s specialist opener Joe Root will not have helped Compton’s feeling

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  • Why Stuart Broad is the most frustrating cricketer in the land

    Few players in the history of English cricket have divided opinion like Stuart Broad.

    The Nottinghamshire bowler - who was once reckoned to be a future genuine all-rounder - has always been a hugely frustrating mercurial talent, and that shows no signs of changing any time soon.

    As a case study, the first Test at Lord's demonstrated the best and the worst of Broad: a hapless three-ball duck, starkly contrasted by a fluent 25-ball 26 later in the match; a wayward and sluggish one for 64 in the first innings, followed by a quite breathtakingly potent seven for 44 in the second.

    Every time his

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