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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.

Danish Kaneria found guilty over spot-fixing charges

Danish Kaneria has been found guilty of "cajoling and pressurising" Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield to become involved in spot-fixing.

Booker prize winner Barry Unsworth dies

Booker Prize-winning author Barry Unsworth has died at the age of 81, his publishers said today.

Paul Collingwood hits out during his doughty knock yesterday

County Championship round-up: Warwickshire hope to beat the weather (and Durham) to reclaim their place at top

Warwickshire will hope to find a way through the filthy weather to reassert themselves at the top of the County Championship after reducing Durham from 28 for two overnight to 147 for 7 in their second innings at Chester-le-Street.

Hockney country enraged by super-turbines plan

In the Yorkshire Wolds, Jonathan Brown finds little enthusiasm for wind power

Stephen Brenkley: Blame schedule for policy where no one wins

True to their declared policy, England yesterday rotated a fast bowler. With the team already 2-0 up in the series of three Tests against West Indies, Jimmy Anderson had to turn on his heel and away from the England dressing room.

Ben Stokes recovered from being felled by a short ball to complete his century yesterday

County round-up: Stokes ends long wait for century

Ben Stokes registered his first century in more than a year to give Durham an outside chance of arresting a miserable start to the season by beating Lancashire at Chester-le-Street.

Anti-corruption unit keeps eye on short-form matches

A new anti-corruption team has been set up to monitor domestic limited-overs matches in England and Wales. Members of the seven-strong unit, who have investigative experience, will attend games from the middle of this month until August, covering the Twenty20 and the last rounds in the group stages of the 40-over competition.

Somerset's Nick Compton stoops to field at New Road yesterday

County Championship round-up: Worcestershire dig in to keep Compton short of landmark

Nick Compton's attempt to become only the third batsman since the war to complete 1,000 first-class runs before the end of May is in danger of ending in frustration after Worcestershire's batsmen dominated the opening day of the match with Somerset at New Road yesterday.

Government gives go-ahead to transport schemes totalling £113m

Thirty local transport schemes worth a total of £113 million were given the go-ahead by the Government today.

Clean up: The Novium is built over a bathhouse

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Streets ahead of the competition

Craig Meschede took wickets for Somerset and then hit a half-century

County Championship round-up: Durham left reeling afterSomerset's youngsters seize chance

Durham, who began the season among the favourites for the Championship, continued their troubled start by being bowled out for 125 by an injury-hit Somerset side containing five players aged 20 or under yesterday.

Body of missing boy, 8, discovered

Police have confirmed that a body found in a river is that of missing schoolboy Ian Bell.

Andrew Strauss hit 49 for Middlesex at Lord's yesterday

Round-up: Strauss begins slow recovery

Andrew Strauss eased a little closer to finding form ahead of the Test series against West Indies, although his 49 for Middlesex against Worcestershire at Lord's was not without incident.

Man charged over £2m raid on museum

A man has been charged in connection with a raid on a university museum where Chinese artefacts worth more than £2m were stolen.

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