Stephen Brenkley

Stephen Brenkley is Cricket Correspondent for The Independent.

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Ryan Sidebottom celebrates with team-mates as Yorkshire clinch the County Championship

Yorkshire win first County Championship in 13 years: Yorkshiremen rule again thanks to Graves raising them from the dead

Championship secured with victory over Nottinghamshire

Yorkshire left-armer Ryan Sidebottom celebrates bowling Riki Wessels towards the end of the third day at Trent Bridge

Sidebottom and Brooks rapidly propel Yorkshire towards title

Yorkshire 532-9dec Notts 203 & 149-5 (Taylor 56no)

Moeen Ali prepares to take a catch during practice at Headingley

Steven Finn, Chris Jordan and Moeen Ali given England contracts

The upheaval in England’s team was reflected in the central contracts for next year. Six players have been awarded contracts for the first time – including Steven Finn, Chris Jordan and Moeen Ali – while five are no longer part of the selectors’ plans because of retirement, dismissal or form.

Yorkshire’s Tim Bresnan on his way to 95 against Notts at Trent Bridge

Bresnan grit grinds down Notts before bowlers fire

Yorkshire 532-9 dec (Lyth 122, Ballance 99; Keedy 5-163) Nottinghamshire 58-4

Yorkshire's Adam Lyth celebrates his century

Adam Lyth takes his chance to lay foundations for Yorkshire’s title

Yorkshire 319-4 (Lyth 122, Lees 86, Ballance 82no) v Nottinghamshire

Saeed Ajmal

Saeed Ajma: World in a spin as Parkistan bowler is banned for suspect action

Saeed Ajmal’s ban for throwing on Tuesday demonstrated cricket’s renewed zeal to hunt down chuckers.

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Peter Moores attacks ‘unjust’ criticism of England captain Alastair Cook but plans one-day review

Moores has no intention of trying to remove Cook from either the Test or one-day captaincy

Joe Root powered England to 294 in the final ODI against India

England vs India: Joe Root hits brilliant century to power England to first series victory

Root hits a career-best 113 as England avoid series whitewash

Moeen Ali prepares to take a catch during practice at Headingley

England vs India ODI: Moeen Ali tells England to be brave and take risks

The last one-day international of the season here in Leeds on Friday may mark the closure of another era in English cricket. Eras have been ending lately as routinely as episodes of The Archers.

Alastair Cook has gone 38 innings without reaching a ton
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