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Essex 347 Surrey 0-0

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Cricket: More misery for Middlesex

Middlesex 226-8 Essex 227-9 Essex win by one wicket

Cricket: Russell ruffles Lord's feathers

Tim Lamb, the England Cricket Board's chief executive, yesterday refuted claims made by Jack Russell that Lord's have "dragged their heels" in dealing with a row surrounding the publication of controversial extracts from the Gloucestershire and England wicketkeeper's forthcoming autobiography.

Smith to fight for England Test spot

The Hampshire batsman Robin Smith has not given up hope of forcing his way back into the England side for this summer's Ashes series against the Australians.

Illingworth must mind his own business

Raymond Illingworth, the former chairman of England selectors, has been told not to interfere in the present selectors' business as they choose the man to captain England against Australia this summer.

Graveney takes on testing selection challenge

The worst kept secret in English cricket was confirmed yesterday when David Graveney was appointed chairman of selectors. But if a lack of suitable candidates meant his election was a foregone conclusion, the addition of two current players, Graham Gooch and Mike Gatting, to serve as selectors came as a surprise.

Graveney is new chairman of selectors: Cricket

David Graveney has, as expected, been appointed as chairman of England's selectors, but there was some surprise over the choice of the other two members of his panel. Both are former England captains, but both Graham Gooch and Mike Gatting are still playing in the County Championship.

Cricket: England can adapt to `result' pitch

England can expect no favours from the Lancaster Park groundsman as New Zealand attempt to salvage a draw from this three-match series. To do that they need to win the final Test, which starts tomorrow (tonight British time). If rumours of a fast, grassy track turn out to be true - and the inclusion of Heath Davis in the squad suggests they will - Valentine's Day may not come much bloodier

Cricket: Stewart's epic labour of glove

Derek Pringle studies the double life of England's singular success on tour

Cricket: Graveney to run against Gooch for the top job

David Graveney was given the all-clear yesterday to fight Graham Gooch for the most influential job in English cricket.

Cricket: Hick backed by Gooch

Graeme Hick, cast aside by England, has received some pre-Christmas cheer by being tipped to return to the international fold by the England selector, Graham Gooch.
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