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County Championship round-up: Michael Hogan's a hero for Glamorgan to become latest wizard of Oz

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.

Police rule out foul play over Russian supergrass found dying outside his Surrey mansion

But cause of death not pinpointed despite two post mortem examinations

Only Nick Compton can say how much pressure he is feeling
Ricky Ponting’s 192 was not enough to hand Surrey their first win

'Small-town club' Derbyshire fume at Surrey's lucky Ricky Ponting

Derbyshire 452 & 164-3 Surrey 553-8 dec

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Ricky Ponting is just like his old self with century against Derbyshire

Derbyshire 452 Surrey 362-4 (Surrey trail by 90 runs)

Derbyshire 452 Surrey 35-1: Madsen has Derbyshire punching above weight

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.

Kevin Pieterson may miss out on the first test should he fail to recover from injury

Kevin Pieterson unsure on Ashes fitness due to on-going injury problems

England batsman may miss the start of this Summer's Ashes series as he continues to recover from a knee injury

Britons show Victorian attitudes to epilepsy as children who suffer from the condition are accused of being 'possessed'

One in five children who suffer with epilepsy has been accused of being “possessed” after having a seizure, according to shocking new research.

Surrey must learn to be consistent, says Chris Adams

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. 

Luke Fletcher is congratulated on the wicket of Jason Roy

Luke Fletcher can end Notts' dependence on Andre Adams

Nottinghamshire 274 & 24-1 Surrey 207

Stuart Meaker celebrates a wicket

Stuart Meaker stakes Test claim as Notts struggle to find form

Nottinghamshire 269-9 v Surrey

Planning for 2030: consultation launched over north-south Crossrail 2 scheme for London

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

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