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Bowler of the day Everywhere in the County Championship, there seems to be an Australian fast bowler taking wickets, reinforcing the view that the ones picked for the Ashes had better be good. Yesterday it was the turn of Michael Hogan, the 31-year-old from Newcastle, New South Wales finishing with seven for 92 for Glamorgan against Gloucestershire at Bristol, which gave him 34 for the season, just three fewer than his compatriot, Steve Magoffin, who is the leading wicket-taker in the country. Hogan, who did not enter first-class cricket until he was 28 and is playing for Glamorgan on a British passport, having given up his ambition of playing for Australia when it became clear the selectors wanted youth. Coach Justin Langer made strenuous efforts to keep him in Perth, where he was contracted until last winter, to no avail.

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If there was an opportunity for Surrey to cast aside their woes as another season of underachievement beckons, it was in this match, particularly with Ricky Ponting on hand to add some quality and know-how to the mix.

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Nottinghamshire 274 & 191 Surrey 207 & 144 (Nottinghamshire win by 114 runs)
Jade Dernbach took three wickets but Surrey spilt four catches

Nottinghamshire 274 & 191 Surrey 207 & 73-3 match report: Fletcher’s lusty blows leave slipshod Surrey in trouble

Flat pitches, big runs and heavy demands on bowlers to earn their wickets might be what England believe the County Championship should be about but it is the low-scoring contests such as this that provide the most fun. 

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Nottinghamshire 274 & 24-1 Surrey 207

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A public consultation on the multi-billion pound, cross-London Crossrail 2 scheme was launched today.

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