Arts and Entertainment Flour power: Johnny Vaughan in 'The Great Sport Relief Bake-Off

Can Rochelle from The Saturdays tell her shortcrust from her choux? Is Olympic athlete Victoria Pendleton as swift with a whisk as she is round the velodrome? On GBBO charity spin-off series, The Great Sport Relief Bake-Off, a celebrity's baking ability is inversely proportionate to their entertainment value, but it's still fun to speculate on which of this year's batch will actually have any skill.

Unchanged England set Test record

England have made Test history by becoming the first side ever to name an unchanged line-up for the sixth successive match.

A British player winning a Wimbledon singles title? Only in Lloyd Evan's new play

The writer reveals the inspiration behind his new production, Grand Slam

Pandora: Sherlock's a diamond geezer

Not for the first time, the British film director Guy Ritchie looks set to get the traditionalists' blood boiling. According to yesterday's Hollywood trade press, he has been signed up to write and direct a new Sherlock Holmes movie.

New Zealand 381 & 114 England 202 & 294-4: Strauss calls tune with century but England win lacks rhythm

In 2004, England successfully chased down record fourth innings scores against New Zealand at Lord's and Trent Bridge to win keenly fought Tests. The confidence the victories gave Michael Vaughan's vibrant side acted as a springboard for the Ashes triumph that came 15 months later.

Foster and Masters hang about to earn draw for Essex

Leicestershire were 4 for 4 on the first morning of their Championship match with Essex at Chelmsford so the prospect of the hosts clinging on for a nerve-jangling draw come Saturday evening could aptly have been described as remote.

Lunch Report: New Zealand 260-8 (82 overs) v England

Lunch on the second day of the first Test (England won toss)

Small Talk: High fertiliser costs should help Plant Impact to thrive

Later today, the annual United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development will convene in New York. Before the session even starts, there has been an international rumpus: the meeting is supposed to be a high-level ministerial affair but, with the Zimbabwean government in the chair, Britain refuses to send a minister of any rank.

New Zealand 355 & 195 Essex 258 & 45-1: Vettori an injury doubt for first Test

Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, is in a race against time to be fit and ready for next week's first Test against England at Lord's. Vettori gashed the spinning finger of his left hand on Saturday while fielding in the Black Caps' warm-up game against Essex and the two stitches he had in the cut will prevent him from taking any further part in this match, or from playing in their final warm-up game against the England Lions starting on Thursday at Southampton.

Yorkshire 51-1 v Nottinghamshire: Vaughan stands up to the early threat of Sidebottom and Broad

Were he Yorkshire's captain, Michael Vaughan might have come up with several reasons not to bat first here yesterday, among them the prospect of exposing his lack of runs so far this season to the twin threat of Ryan Sidebottom and Stuart Broad.

Yorkshire 270-6 v Hampshire: Gale's force takes focus off Vaughan

The form of the England captain, Michael Vaughan, had to take a backseat to the performance from the relative rookie Andrew Gale

Sidebottom aims to maintain rhythm with student outing

Ryan Sidebottom would have been excused for declining the invitation to play for Nottinghamshire on Wednesday when the county takes on Oxford University in a three-day friendly at The Parks. Sidebottom almost single-handedly carried England to victory during the team's recent three-Test tour of New Zealand, taking 24 wickets at an average of 17.08. It was tiring stuff for the fast bowler and he, more than any member of Michael Vaughan's squad, deserved a decent rest before what will be a physically demanding summer.

Round-up: Vaughan fails again as Hick hits 135th ton

Michael Vaughan would have been desperate to improve on the ignominy of his first innings duck against Leeds/Bradford University when he went out to bat yesterday at Headingley. That the improvement was in the shape of just two runs would hardly have had the England captain skipping back to the Yorkshire dressing-room, what with the Test series against New Zealand looming and his form rusty.

County Championship round-up: Vaughan flunks examination at hands of students

Michael Vaughan, not exactly awash with England runs of late, got his Yorkshire season off to the worst possible start yesterday, falling for a duck against the might of Bradford/ Leeds University at Headingley. With the Test series against New Zealand starting in a month the captain needs some big scores to breed confidence but while his team-mates amassed 384 for 6, Vaughan lasted just six balls.

Collingwood hopes that confidence is catching

England are yet to play simultaneous cricket in New Zealand. In the first Test at Hamilton the batting and bowling were abject but the fielding was magnificent. Last week in Wellington the roles reversed; the fielding was dreadful, the batting and bowling were pretty good.

Cook digs in to keep England on course

England made steady progress on the third morning, extending their first innings lead of 144 by a further 106 runs before lunch. Michael Vaughan, the England captain, was the only batsman to lose his wicket when, on 13, he edged a good ball from Kyle Mills through to Brendon McCullum, the Black Caps wicket-keeper.

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