Botham ready to boost tourists

Ian Botham left for Zimbabwe last night insisting that England's tourists are not as bad as some critics claim and that there is no need to replace Ray Illingworth as chairman of selectors.

Cricket: Gooch interested in job as chairman

Graham Gooch emerged as the favourite to be the next chairman of the England selectors yesterday after the other likely candidate, David Graveney, withdrew.

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Atherton retained as captain for winter tours

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Kettleborough the hero in inspired win

Yorkshire 290 and 329 Essex 372 and 149 Yorkshire win by 98 runs

Prichard's rich season

NatWest Trophy final: While one team excel in the all-round game their opponents reign supreme over the shorter trip; Stephen Brenkley talks to the captain of an Essex team eyeing up a double

Essex riding high

Gloucestershire 280 and 27-4 Essex 532-8 dec

Cricket: Knight implements flawed England plan to perfection

Pakistan 448 England 501

Such is life as Essex hit the title trail

Essex 465 Somerset 246 and 208 Essex won by inns and 11 runs

Gooch blasts unbeaten 186

Graham Gooch produced a batting master-stroke at Taunton yesterday to collect the 125th first-class century of his career.

Gooch breaks new ground for Essex

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