Plunkett proves all-round hit

Durham 380 Sussex 269-6

Grilled black sea bream with herb sauce

Serves 4

Grilled squid with sweet and sour alexanders

Serves 4

Taste matters: Mark Hix makes the most of the new season's green herbs

Spring is the season to get really generous with those newly planted or reappearing vibrant green herbs. Historically they were grown and used for their medicinal properties but these days many people misuse herbs, scattering them over food, just for a bit of visual colour. I too have been guilty in my younger days of garnishing dishes with sprigs of mint and chervil and discovered that they blew off the plate when they went through the vortex of the kitchen swing door. Now, of course, I appreciate the way they enhance certain dishes. I've recently planted out a new herb and salad plot at our home in Charmouth, Dorset, and have really stuck to the stuff I'm going to use, although I don't know how they are going to fair up in those salty sea winds.

Vaughan cut short in effort to impress

Durham 362 Yorkshire 264-6

Matthew Norman: Turn us into the 51st state? Why not?

The upsides of the UK becoming part of the US would more than dwarf the regrets

The Cribs, Heaven, London

There was a time that The Cribs seemed highly unlikely to be anything other than grot rock also-rans.

Celeriac remoulade with speck

Serves 4

Early birds: Twitchers look out for 'rarity' spot

In its Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend, the RSPB expects more species to be spotted – thanks to climate change. Paul Bignell and Richard Osley report

Double-cooked yardlong beans

Serves 6

Great white: Mark Hix sings the praises of the humble cauliflower

Don't just cover it in cheese sauce. The cauliflower deserves better

Hackney

Secondary School Tables 2009

Monkfish, carrot and orange salad

Serves 4
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