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Ed Miliband criticises mental illness 'belittlers' Jeremy Clarkson and Janet Street-Porter

Ed Miliband today criticised media personalities Jeremy Clarkson and Janet Street-Porter for belittling people with mental illness and contributing towards the stigma that sufferers feel.

Andrew Strauss celebrates his century in the first Ashes Test back in 2010

Tributes pour in for Andrew Stauss after England captain announces retirement

Andrew Strauss' team-mates, past and present, led the tributes to one of England's most successful captains following his decision to retire from all forms of cricket today.

Ashwell Prince hit a priceless century for champions Lancashire

County Championship round-up: Regal knock from Prince puts Somerset on the back foot

It's make or break time for Lancashire. Last year's winners of the County Championship will turn up at Liverpool today knowing a victory over Somerset could preserve their First Division status, while defeat is unthinkable.

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel of the West Indies has been ruled out of the second Test against England

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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.

Dominant: Darren Maddy put on 224 with Rikki Clarke for the eighth wicket

County Championship round-up: Maddy and Clarke centuries put champions on back foot

The clatter of falling wickets was silenced at Liverpool yesterday as 2011 County Championship runners-up Warwickshire took the upper hand against title-holders Lancashire during a magnificent eighth-wicket partnership between Darren Maddy and Rikki Clarke.

The England captain, Middlesex's Andrew Strauss, was bowled second ball at Lord's, where a hail shower stopped play yesterday

Onions means tears for struggling Strauss

England captain starts his search for form with second-ball duck against Durham at Lord's

Somerset's Vernon Philander hits a six off Darren Maddy of Warwickshire

County Championship round-up: Philander eases burden on captain Trescothick after Somerset batsmen tumble

Only spectators lucky enough to find a sunny vantage point protected by a windbreak might have forgotten that it was early April yesterday, but at least there was little chance of succumbing to hypothermia on account of dozing off.

Cobb shows no respect for the form book

Four-wicket haul for leg-spinning Leicestershire opener hands Somerset more misery at T20 finals

Broad silences detractors after shaking off the enforcer tag

England all-rounder admits that bowling full and being less irritable helped him to man-of-the-series award

Trego sparks Worcester collapse to put Somerset back in title race

Somerset may not have proved the force they expected to be after being installed as pre-season favourites for the County Championship but they are not yet out of the race.

County round-up: Trescothick makes 203 but Somerset could run out of time

Marcus Trescothick's prolific season brought the former England opener the fifth double century of his career as Somerset made 591 for 9 to overtake Worcestershire on a run-filled pitch at New Road. However, with only a day left the win his side need to maintain an outside chance in the title race may prove elusive.

Fans flocking to Strauss' Somerset debut

Andrew Strauss will open the batting for Somerset today in a guest appearance necessitated by his own poor form and the bizarre vagaries of the fixture schedule. Had the county declined Strauss's request to play in the tour match against India, he might well have gone three weeks without an innings before the first Test at Lord's next Thursday.

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