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Children who are fluent readers are being damaged by the Government’s insistence on using synthetic phonics in the classroom, a leading academic warns today.

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Union leader Bob Crow seeks to form new 'working class party' to replace Labour

Bob Crow, the RMT general secretary, will seek to exploit Labour’s wranglings with trade unions by urging the movement to break ties with Ed Miliband and create a party that “speaks for working people”.

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Ricky Ponting hits century in final first-class innings

The former Australia captain was playing for Surrey

Justin Welby, pictured, accused Lord Freud of getting his facts wrong on food banks and benefits

Justin Welby: Food banks users ‘aren’t scroungers’

The Archbishop of Canterbury has criticised Conservative ministers for dividing the nation to justify their welfare reforms

T20 cricket: Klinger ton lifts Gloucestershire

Michael Klinger smashed a brilliant 61-ball century to lead Gloucestershire to a 48-run Friends Life T20 victory over Worcestershire at Bristol.

England reject Nick Compton flicks the ball over short leg on his way to 81

Nick Compton gets another shot after making point against Aussies

Somerset 320 Australia 2-0

Will Beer, of Sussex, runs out Northamptonshire’s Rob Keogh

Round-up: Samit Patel serves a reminder with career-best 129

Samit Patel's first one-day century for three years guided Nottinghamshire to a six-wicket victory over Warwickshire on Sunday and maintained their 100 per cent start to this season's Yorkshire Bank 40 competition.

Matthew Fisher becomes youngest county cricket star aged 15

Fifteen-year-old Matthew Fisher today became county cricket's youngest post-war player after he was handed his senior debut by Yorkshire.

Ollie Rayner: Middlesex man claimed his first five-wicket haul since 2008 yesterday

Middlesex 499-8 dec Sussex 222 & 228-4: Matt Prior practice fails to pay off with Sussex on the slide

After his controversial first-innings dismissal, Matt Prior’s fortunes hardly improved as Sussex slid towards defeat. And this time England’s Test match wicketkeeper could blame no one but himself.

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Paul Collingwood leaves it too late as points are shared

Durham 259 & 240-6 Middlesex 196 & 165-5 (Match drawn): Durham captain waits to declare – and scuppers chance of a victory

Graham Onions took five wickets including that of Joe Denly

Potent Graham Onions adds some flavour to Durham's Championship hopes

Durham 259 & 37-0 Middlesex 196

Phil Mustard stuck to his task with the bat to earn a second bonus point

Phil Mustard shows strength to slow early leaders Middlesex

Durham 259 Middlesex 11-2

Round-up: Alan Richardson rolls back years as Kent create horrid history

Bowler of the day: At 38, the Worcestershire seamer Alan Richardson would admit that his best days are behind him.

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