Sport Steven Finn has returned to the UK from England's Tour of Australia

Finn returned home from Australia after failing to make an appearance due to concerns over his bowling technique

Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard dies crossing London Underground line while trying to evade police

A young cricketer tipped for a bright international future with England was killed today after trying to evade police by crossing a London Underground line. The body of Tom Maynard, 23, was found on the tracks near Wimbledon Park Station in the southwest of the capital and pronounced dead at the scene at 5am.

Two nine-year-old boys hospitalised after tree falls on them

Two nine-year-old cricketers remained under observation in hospital today after suffering serious head injuries when a tree fell on them as they waited to use practice nets.

Jonny Bairstow tries to avoid one of the short balls from Kemar Roach which led to his dismissal

Bairstow falls short as Windies paceman find weakness

The "dog-thrower" Graham Gooch uses to drill England batsmen has become a regular feature of the team's net sessions, and if Jonny Bairstow keeps his place for the next Test at Edgbaston, he will surely become very familiar with it. Bairstow is a player of much promise and England believe he has the talent and attitude to succeed in Tests. The 22-year-old might prove his supporters right, but first he must work hard to sharpen his technique against the short ball.

Bairstow falls short as Windies pacemen discover his weakness

The "dog-thrower" Graham Gooch uses to drill England batsmen has become a regular feature of the team's net sessions, and if Jonny Bairstow keeps his place for the next Test at Edgbaston, he will surely become very familiar with it.

England's Kevin Pietersen rarely turns out for his county, Surrey

Rajan's Wrong 'un: Gayle's case shows overseas pro system is short-changing fans

Years ago, Somerset could call on the power of Viv Richards year after year

Ollie Rayner raises his bat on reaching his century at Trent Bridge

County round-up: Nightwatchman has his day as Rayner hits unbeaten ton

Ollie Rayner already had membership of one fairly exclusive club after scoring a hundred on his first-class debut in 2006; yesterday at Trent Bridge he joined another by making a century in an innings he began as nightwatchman as Middlesex avoided the follow-on against Nottinghamshire.

Round-up: Three drops and only two runs on dark day for Strauss

On another day decimated by the miserable spring weather, the dark clouds avoided Trent Bridge but the one currently following Andrew Strauss clung doggedly to its purpose.

Kevin Pietersen made just 5 but signed off with a win in his final match for Delhi in the IPL

Alarm bells at New Road over floods alert

Worcestershire are set to go on flood watch after the abandonment of their match with Nottinghamshire at rain-battered New Road yesterday.

Lean times: Andrew Strauss was dismissed cheaply for a second time at Lord's

Strauss is still to show he knows his Onions

Middlesex 188 & 21-1 Durham 238 (Durham lead by 29 runs)

Phil Mustard says Durham should be reaching T20 finals day

Phil Mustard: Cutting the Mustard as a Twenty20 specialist

Durham's captain is just one of many county pros playing the shortest form of game all over the world. He talks to Jon Culley

Derek Bridge: Giant of Minor Counties cricket

Derek Bridge was a man of many parts. By profession, a distinguished schoolmaster of long standing, for more than half a century, he also served the world of cricket with unswerving devotion. Here, his unstinting efforts, both on and off the field, made a most vital contribution to the game at all levels.

Surrey snap up batsman Rudolph

Surrey have signed the South African opening batsman Jacques Rudolph for the start of the domestic season.

Mervyn Westfield has pleaded guilty to the charge

Stephen Brenkley: England has its cheats too. That's the lesson of this landmark case

Until the dramatic turn of events at the Old Bailey yesterday, match-rigging was something that was perpetrated by people from other countries. Perception and reality changed as soon as Mervyn Westfield admitted taking bribes to bowl badly.

Angus Fraser: You think - '£10k to bowl a wide and I only get paid £30k a year'

Any jail term will send shockwaves through the domestic game but I firmly believe that corruption is not rife in county scene
Mervyn Westfield bowling for Essex

Stephen Brenkley: England has cheats too. That's the lesson

Until the dramatic turn of events at the Old Bailey yesterday, match-rigging was something that was perpetrated by people from other countries. Perception and reality changed as soon as Mervyn Westfield admitted in court to taking bribes to bowl badly.

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The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

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Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

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Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

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Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment