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England batsman Kevin Pietersen will remain a Surrey player for the remainder of his international career, it was announced today.

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Beyoncé? Not a patch on Monty Panesar. The American pop star apparently attracted a decent-ish crowd down to Somerset at the weekend but England's erstwhile slow left-armer is equally capable of starring at a much-loved festival. Today Sussex take on Warwickshire in the County Championship at Arundel and the event will, in its own way, be just as uplifting as Glastonbury. More uplifting, actually, given the likely absence of enormous muddy puddles masquerading as pathways.

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Former England off-spinner Fred Titmus has died following a long illness, Middlesex announced today. He was 78.

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Australia captain Ricky Ponting insists he has no plans to retire after the World Cup.

Peter Loader: Combative fast bowler who helped spearhead Surrey's great side of the 1950s

The greatest county cricket team of all time is generally agreed to be the Surrey side of the 1950s. Their success was built on a quartet of outstanding bowlers, the last of whom was Peter Loader.

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West Ham move ahead as the race for Olympic Stadium reaches final straight

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