Centurion Adam Lyth has an average of 47.6 against Somerset
Rory Best, centre, is elated by the news that he will be touring Down Under with the Lions

Rory Best almost driven to distraction by 'dream' Lions call-up

Ulster hooker received joyful news in his car while Gatland expresses sympathy for Hartley

Car bomb kills 12 in southwest Pakistan

A car bomb targeting a police vehicle killed 11 policemen and one civilian Thursday in an area of southwest Pakistan wracked by a separatist insurgency and Islamic militancy, police said.

High targets set by the ECB

A four-year plan aimed at unprecedented success for English cricket was unveiled today. In no particular order of priority the players have been charged with winning the Ashes in 2015 and 2017, the World Cup in 2015, the World Test Championship in 2017 and the Women's World Cup in 2017.

Suicide bomber kills 14 at Afghan province council

A suicide bomber struck outside a provincial council headquarters in northern Afghanistan on Monday, killing the council chief and at least 13 others, authorities said.

Nawaz Sharif has won Pakistan's election, but a patchwork of power is emerging at the regional level

No political party enjoys anything close to consistent support across the four provinces

Chinese police seize millions of fake Durex condoms worth £5m

Unsterilised sheaths were being lubricated by workers using oil

People across The Philippines are voting in mid-term elections. The mayoral election in San Teodoro was decided by a coin toss

Tied mayoral election in the Philippines settled by the toss of a coin

Marvic Feraren and Boyet Py needed two rounds of flicking to end the impasse

Indonesian miners rescued after tunnel fall

Rescue workers at a US-owned mine in eastern Indonesia freed four out of 37 miners who were believed trapped underground when a tunnel collapsed.

Omar Waraich: Nawaz Sharif’s election victory inspires new hope for Pakistan

It was one of history’s astonishing turns. In 1999, Nawaz Sharif was overthrown in a military coup. He was thrown behind bars, along with his brother and other ministers.

Forty miners killed in China coal mine explosions

Forty miners have died in two separate coal mine explosions in south-western China, authorities said.

House prices in England and Wales went up £707 in April

Highest riser in prices over the year is Rutland with an increase of 13%

Scottish Premier League clubs agree on play-off proposal

Scottish Premier League clubs today agreed to push for a new merged 42-club body with top-flight play-offs in time for next season.

Pennsylvania mother who reappeared 11 years after being declared dead was answering an outstanding arrest warrant

Brenda Heist, from Lititz, Pennsylvania, went missing in 2002 after dropping her children off at school

Graeme Swann took four wickets and made a brave half-century

Graeme Swann escapes ban despite 'serious dissent'

England bowler penalised for actions in comeback game for Nottinghamshire against Durham

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