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Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the mainstay of the Derbyshire second innings

Cool Chanderpaul gives Derbyshire hope

After the first match of England’s one-day international series against Australia at Headingley was declared a washout yesterday afternoon, it was left to the County Championship to fill centre stage.  A deluge  overnight and throughout the morning meant that the likelihood of any play was quickly dashed, with the sides due to reconvene at Old Trafford tomorrow.

County Championship round-up: Ollie Rayner's haul leaves hapless Surrey staring into the abyss

Ollie Rayner's career-best figures of 8 for 46 accelerated Middlesex towards a victory over Surrey at The Kia Oval which would push their London rivals deeper into the County Championship First Division relegation mire.

England captain Eoin Morgan dispatches a ball to the boundary against his native Ireland

Centuries from Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara save England from embarrassing defeat against Ireland

Morgan's side were 48-4 attempting to chase down 270 but 124no from the native Irishman and unbeaten ton from Bopara rescue visitors

Jeetan Patel proved his worth with bat and ball against Sussex

Jeetan Patel frustrates Sussex's outside title ambitions

Sussex 311 & 148-3 Warwickshire 394

County Championship round-up: Durham extend lead over Yorkshire

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.

Chris Jordan has been called up for the England one-day squad

Warwickshire turn to forgotten man of Essex

Sussex 278-7 v Warwickshire

Mitchell Starc appeals successfully for the wicket of Jonathan Trott
Am image issued by the Department for Works and Pensions from a video shown to the jury during the trial of Mark Hawthorn, 49 - better known on the entertainment circuit as part of duet act Glitterlips - who was jailed for six months for making fraudulent benefit claims between November 2003 and March 2012

'Glitterlips' drag queen jailed for benefits fraud

Mark Hawthorn wrongly claimed £88,000 over nine years

Compton lost his place before the Ashes series

County Championship round-up: Warwickshire bid for Compton and Buttler from Somerset

County champions Warwickshire have launched a bid to sign the England players Nick Compton and Jos Buttler from Somerset.

Twenty20: Michael Carberry set for international debut against Australia

Broad, Root and Finn only members of Ashes squad to feature in squad

Simon Kerrigan is unlikely to play in the Oval Test but looks set for a tour place

The career of Simon Kerrigan

Simon Kerrigan was the surprise call-up into the 14-man England squad for the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval. The young Lancastrian might be uncapped for England across any format of the game, but the 24-year-old seemingly has the pedigree to make the step up.

Simon Kerrigan could win his first Test cap against Australia in the fifth Test at The Oval

Ashes 2013: Who is Simon Kerrigan? After uncapped Test spinner called up for England squad for fifth Ashes Test

All the information you need ahead of Test debut for the spinner

Nick Compton's unbeaten 70 guided Somerset to a draw

County cricket: League leaders escape after rain frustrates Warwickshire

Warwickshire will not yet admit defeat but their chances of mounting a successful defence of their title certainly receded when a rain-wrecked final day at Headingley robbed them of an  opportunity to deal Yorkshire’s prospects a blow.

Chris Woakes took 4 for 31 to give Warwickshire hope of victory

Yorkshire 302 & 148-7 Warwickshire 309: Sloppy Yorkshire hand champions their chance

Warwickshire’s insistence that their First Division title defence is not dead may be more than wishful thinking.

Unsung hero: Steve Patterson deserves more credit for his wicket hauls

Laurie Evans opens up to cloud Yorkshire's ambitions

Yorkshire 302 Warwickshire 221-8 (Yorkshire lead by 81 runs)

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