Ward underlines Surrey's class divide

Middlesex 370 Surrey 274-3

Tail-enders frustrate Kent

Warwickshire 280-9 v Kent

Album: The Velvet Crush

Soft Sounds, Action Musik

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Letter: Ancient mystery

Sir: Perhaps the archaeologists have uncovered more than "the earliest example of an inscription written in letters of the alphabet" (report, 22 November). The symbols shown, which could be the precursors of M, T and R but might presumably be something entirely different, together with the difficulty in deciphering the inscription's meaning, could indicate that this is the first known computer manual.

Cricket: Fleming proves a timely saviour

Kent 119 and 303-9 Worcestershire 106

Cricket: Kent look to Fleming for salvation

Worcestershire v Kent

Letter: Playlist 'bias'

Sir: The "news" that Pete Tong and other DJs regularly play their own records on Radio 1 (report, 24 May) ignores the fact that the selection of music to be broadcast can never be impartial or free of bias.

Going Out: Pop: The Cardigans

What is it with Sweden? In the Eurovision 1970s, they had Abba and we countered with Brotherhood of Man. Now, in the guitar pop of the late Nineties, they give us The Cardigans whilst the British press is obsessed with the inferior Catatonia. Whatever, it's unlikely that Nina Persson and her band (left) are grumbling. Their Gran Turismo album has camped out in, or

This Week's Album Releases: Various Artists Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures Vol 2 Kent

SOUL-ENCYCLOPAEDIA Dave Godin bestrides his chosen genre like a colossus - it was he, for instance, who coined the terms "Northern Soul" and "Deep Soul". This second compilation of rarities is, if anything, even better than its predecessor, mixing aberrant deep-soul sides from well-known belters like Ben E King and Arthur Conley with acknowledged classics such as George Perkins's "Crying in the Streets", Toussaint McCall's "Nothing Takes the Place of You" and Bessie Banks's "Go Now", and a wealth of obscurities from such as The Premiers and Bobby Moore & The Formosts - the late England captain in fine voice on the organ-powered pleader "It Was a Lie".
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