T20 Blast: Yorkshire, Essex and Durham join Nottinghamshire in quarter-finals

Yorkshire, Essex and Durham claimed the final three quarter-final spots in the last round of T20 Blast group matches. Essex drew to go through after rain abandoned their game with Glamorgan, while Yorkshire and Durham both won. They are joined in the last eight by Nottinghamshire, Middlesex, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire, who had already reached the last eight. Notts will ...

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Pakistan v Worcestershire: Azhar Ali and Shan Masood find form

Tour match, New Road (day one of two): Pakistan 261-3 dec: Ali 81, Barnard 1-30 Worcestershire 30-0: Mitchell 14*, Fell 14* Scorecard Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali found form in his side’s tour match against Worcestershire after a disappointing opening two Tests against England. Azhar has scores of 7, 23, 1 and 8 in his four innings against England but scored ...

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Samit Patel: Nottinghamshire all-rounder granted benefit year

Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel has been granted a benefit year. The 31-year-old played in the Championship-winning teams in 2005 and 2010 and was part of side which beat Glamorgan in the 2013 YB40 final. Patel said: “I’m very privileged because Notts is such a big club, a lot of great names have come out of it and I wouldn’t want ...

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Super League: Charlotte Edwards motivated by new challenge

Media playback is not supported on this device Kia Super League Group stage: 30 July – 14 August Finals Day: 21 August (Chelmsford) Coverage: BBC Test Match Special commentary on seven group games, plus Finals Day; additional coverage on BBC local radio Former England captain Charlotte Edwards feels the Super League has been a “blessing in disguise” for her since ...

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Irish pair O'Brien and Young return for Pakistan series

Ireland have been boosted by the return from injury of Niall O’Brien and Craig Young for the two-game ODI series against Pakistan next month. All-rounder O’Brien (calf) and bowler Young (elbow) missed the recent series against Afghanistan along with paceman Boyd Rankin, who was unavailable. All three are back in the squad for the Malahide contests. “I’m certain there will ...

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