Yorkshire 'utterly disappointed' after being thrown out of Twenty20 Cup

Yorkshire were last night thrown out of the Twenty20 Cup for fielding an ineligible player. In a hugely damaging and embarrassing decision for the county, a three-man England and Wales Cricket Board discipline commission settled on expulsion after deciding that Yorkshire knew as early as the start of last year that there were doubts over Azeem Rafiq's eligibility to play as a non-overseas player.

Hildreth ton establishes Somerset dominance

James Hildreth already has experience of an Ashes Test – he caught Ricky Ponting as a substitute fielder three years ago – and he may yet earn more direct involvement next summer. Yesterday he added another century to a lengthening list to steer Somerset to a commanding 399 for 3 against champions Sussex in the First Division of the Championship at Taunton.

Police shoot dead injured pigs

Armed police today shot several badly injured pigs after an animal transporter caught fire on a stretch of motorway.

Greek doctor convicted of tourist's manslaughter

A junior doctor was convicted today of the manslaughter of a British holidaymaker who died after falling 40ft from a hotel balcony on a Greek holiday island.

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Moffat leads way for Scots revival

England batting lets down Guha the Super trouper

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