Title contenders Durham turned the screw against First Division leaders Yorkshire at Scarborough, stretching their overnight score of 406 for 6 to 573, their highest total since May 2011 and their biggest against Yorkshire, who closed the second day at 182 for 3 in reply, with New Zealand all-rounder Kane Williamson unbeaten on 76.

Woakes has West Indies reeling

West Indies 76-4 v England Lions

Broad's burst sends a warning to Worcestershire

The suspicion that promoted Worcestershire face a tall task to avoid a rapid return to the Second Division appeared to be well founded at Trent Bridge, where Nottinghamshire won by an innings and five runs. Any hopes Worcestershire had of avoiding defeat disappeared in the morning session when four wickets fell, England's Stuart Broad claiming two.

County Championship round-up: Harmison flops as Bell knocks on England door

Ian Bell and Steve Harmison, two players fighting for an England future, experienced contrasting fortunes yesterday. While Bell moved smoothly to 172 for Warwickshire against Somerset at Taunton, Harmison failed to take a single wicket as Durham University were dismissed for 154.

Steady start for England in final Test

England captain Andrew Strauss hit an assured, unbeaten 42 as the visitors enjoyed a positive start to the fifth and final cricket Test against the West Indies at the Queen's Park Oval.

Windies cut down by Bopara's attack

England 600-6 (dec) West Indies 85-1

England selection puzzle is complicated by Prior

England 351-8 dec President’s XI 157-6

Broad shuns IPL cash

England fast bowler Stuart Broad has shunned the chance to earn more than £100,000 by declining to take part in the lucrative Indian Premier League in April.

Keeper Davies replaces Ambrose in one-day squad

It was always likely that Steven Davies would be summoned by England. In his case, this was on the grounds that he had something to offer both as gloveman and batsman rather than the perception that every wicketkeeper in England seems to be given a bash sooner or later.

On the Front Foot: 'Mentally exhausted' Vaughan will not tour India

England will take a squad of 15 players to India for the series of two Tests in December. Michael Vaughan, the erstwhile captain, will not be among them after informing the selectors that he urgently needs a break from the game.

County Championship round-up: Salisbury turns on style to put Bears up

The sleeping Bears have awoken. Or at least, at the first time of asking under Ashley Giles, Warwickshire have shaken themselves from their self-inflicted torpor.

Prior determined to make sure the gloves fit for good

The Sussex stumper considered giving up keeping to improve his England hopes but Alec Stewart changed his mind, he tells Angus Fraser

Kent 214 Essex 218-5: Battle-hardened Foster nudges Essex to victory

Essex win by five wickets

One-Day Series: Pietersen seeks a method amid all the usual madness

Selectors' merry-go-round hinders England's quest for consistency in limited-overs circus

Pietersen's class can't hide lasting flaws that limit England

For all the new captain's batting brilliance, worrying problems still remain, writes Angus Fraser

South Africa 194 & 318 England 316 & 0-0: Pietersen counts his blessings as England toil towards victory

The fate of Kevin Pietersen's first Test as England captain now lies in the hands of himself and his fellow batsmen. Yesterday's fourth day of the fourth Test ended with the match beautifully poised. A masterful 97 from AB de Villiers, and his 95-run eighth-wicket partnership with Paul Harris, allowed South Africa to ask England to score 197 if they are to complete a morale-boosting victory.

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