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Cricket: Tikolo makes out-grounders' day

AT half past twelve yesterday, a quarter of an hour after play had started at Canterbury, Kennedy Otieno went to cut a ball from Ian Austin and Graham Thorpe took a matter-of-fact catch at first slip. Kenya 7 for 1. England on their way. The start of a professional job. Knock them over in next to no time, polish off the runs, everyone back to the hotel nice and early.

Cricket World Cup: Umpires add to confusion

IT STARTED with a shambles and ended with a streaker. And if the much-publicised "Anti-Streaker squad" recruited by Kent did not appear to be doing their stuff, nor were the umpires.

Cricket: Bad omens but a great opportunity

World Cup countdown: Only six weeks of the best will do if England are to flout form and history

Cricket: England are found wanting once more

India 239-6 England 230 India win by nine runs

Cricket: Stewart still searching for answers

England's one-day cricketers have much work to do before the World Cup. By Derek Pringle in Sharjah

Cricket: Deserved accolade for Gough

DARREN GOUGH yesterday received recognition for his outstanding individual performances over the last 12 months by winning the Cornhill England player of the year award.

Cricket: England able to win World Cup - Gough

DARREN GOUGH has backed England for World Cup glory on home turf this summer.

Cricket: England aim to dig in for final battles

Cricket: The preliminary skirmishes are over as Stewart sounds rallying call to his tiring troops

Cricket: Alleyne returns after death of his father

MARK ALLEYNE, the England all-rounder, left the tour of Australia yesterday after the death of his father in a car accident. He immediately flew home with his wife, Louise, and will now travel to Barbados where the accident happened.

Cricket: Warne proves master gambler

Australia 239-8 England 223 Australia win by 16 runs

Cricket: A thriller thrown into turmoil

IT TOOK only 10 balls for the incident which had been feared since the Australian one-day competition began to happen. Muttiah Muralitharan, the Sri Lankan slow bowler with a unique style and an exotic gift, had delivered nine times without comment.

Slater's run-out reprieve

Australia 322 and 74-4 England 220

Cricket: Three times a hero on Dazzler Day

The Ashes: Gough's hat-trick of the century triggers collapse after twins turn Sydney into a Waugh zone

Cricket: Suddenly, a tour catches fire

I sat alone on the viewing balcony and looked out on to the great old ground and the scenes of euphoria

Cricket: England's extraordinary victory triumph of persistence

Fourth Test: England 270 & 244 Australia 340 & 162 England win by 12 runs Headley's six-wicket salvo tears the heart out of Australia before Gough supplies the coup de grace
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