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

Flintoff appeals for Old Trafford development

Andrew Flintoff has appealed for cricket fans to petition Trafford Council to support Lancashire's redevelopment plans for Old Trafford.

England call on Carberry as Collingwood cover

England have called up Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry as cover for Paul Collingwood for the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Lancs sign Sangakkara in 'real coup'

In a move described by their coach Peter Moores as a "real coup", Lancashire yesterday recruited Kumar Sangakkara as their overseas player for next season.

Robbie Robins: Schoolteacher and expert on the laws of cricket

Robbie Robins, who has died aged 85, was a man of many parts. By profession, a distinguished schoolmaster, for more than half a century, he also served the world of cricket with unswerving devotion. Here his unstinting efforts, particularly in nurturing and developing young talent, made a most vital contribution to the game at all levels.

County Round-Up: Sussex claim final Pro40 title despite last-day loss

Sussex were made to sweat for 35 minutes at New Road before learning they had retained the First Division title in the last NatWest Pro40 League. Having lost their final fixture against Worcestershire by 49 runs, Sussex were eventually rescued by events at Taunton where Somerset were consigned to the runners-up spot in the now defunct competition after their defeat by Durham.

Harmison aims to rewrite Durham's record books

Durham 648-5dec Notts 384 & 212

County Cricket round-up: Ambrose goes on the attack to revitalise Warwickshire

Ashley Giles has lofty ambitions in his burgeoning new existence as county coach and England selector. But overseeing Warwickshire's relegation from the First Division is not part of the grand plan and he will have been relieved to see them enjoy much the better of the second day's play against fellow strugglers Yorkshire at Scarborough yesterday.

County Cricket round-up: Unlikely scent of revolution in air at Worcester

If you were looking for somewhere where the scent of revolution is unlikely ever to be in the air, Worcester would be a good start. Nonetheless, English cricket's most attractive ground played host to a disgruntled crowd of more than 300 for a "lively" question-and-answer debate lasting two hours earlier this week.

Leading article: Hit and hope

On the dance floor, Mark Ramprakash more than fulfilled his potential. Alas, as an international Test batsman, it was a different story. Despite his talent with the willow, Ramprakash never flourished for his national side. He was dropped in 2002 and that, most of the cricket world presumed, was that.

Old timer Cork turns back clock

Sussex 219-9 Hampshire 221-4

Langer breaks Bradman scoring record

Justin Langer became the highest-scoring Australian batsman in first-class cricket at Worcester today when he overhauled Sir Donald Bradman's career total of 28,067 runs.

Philip Jones: Television executive who sold 'Inspector Morse' to the world

Over a period of four decades that mirrored the growth of television, Philip Jones was one of the industry's master salesmen, taking British programmes to worldwide audiences. He sold Inspector Morse (1987-2000), starring John Thaw as the Oxford detective, to more than 200 countries.

Why Chislehurst has a special reason to mourn

A Kent landowner could lose out on a huge pay-cheque as a result of Michael Jackson's death. Jackson had booked up to stay in Foxbury Manor in Chislehurst, moving its owners out to a pad in Orpington.

Lumb rides his luck to lead Hampshire into last four

Hampshire 310-4 Middlesex 266 (Hampshire win by 44 runs)
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Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

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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

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Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

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