County Championship round-up: Duck for Vaughan but Onions sizzles again

Given Friday's debacle, English cricket needs any good news it can get. So while there was yet more gloom yesterday in the shape of Andrew Strauss's failure for Middlesex against Essex and Michael Vaughan's duck for Yorkshire, a fine performance by Graham Onions for Durham at the Rose Bowl suggested that it is not quite time to call the Ashes off and hand the little urn over in perpetuity.

Anderson takes leading role to floor Windies

England 569-6 dec W Indies 310 & 115-3

England's summer takes flight with crushing win

England 377 & 32-0 West Indies 152 & 256

Onions forces West Indies to follow-on

England pace bowler Graham Onions took five for 38 on his debut to help send West Indies tumbling to 152 all out in their first innings on the second day of the first test at Lord's.

County Championship round-up: Onions takes six wickets to celebrate England call

With timing that had the England selectors smiling as broadly as supporters of Durham, Graham Onions tore into the Somerset batting with devastating consequences at Taunton, where the home side collapsed to 69 all out in reply to the champions' 543.

England's new boys must seize momentum

Onions and Bresnan are in fine form this season – now they must show they have true Test class, writes Stephen Brenkley

Steamed scallops with black bean sauce

Serves 6

First banks, now a £20bn bailout for businesses

Mandelson acts to rescue viable small companies starved of credit

A gruelling meal for hard times

Tourists got a taste of the workhouse today as free gruel was ladled out in the courtyard of the Royal Academy.

Sprout tops with bacon and onions

Serves 8

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/the_campaign_trailers/2008/10/look-out-for-th.html">US Campaign Trail: Look out for the 'Dunkin' Donuts Independents'</a>

You might think that the Daily Show and Saturday Night Live have a two-party lock on satirising the presidential election, but The Onion and their "War for the White House" is offering a third way

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
Vietnam
Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn 7 nights from £939pp
South Africa
Spain
Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there