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It suddenly strikes me that I can't remember when I last saw a butterfly. I have memories of summers where every tufted thistle top was alive with these winged works of art, but in recent years they've largely been notable by their absence, save for the odd cabbage white flitting around a railway siding buddleia.

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Batsman of the day Can I play you every week? Darren Stevens must be thinking along those lines whenever Essex are the opposition. Kent's veteran all-rounder, now in his 17th season in first-class cricket, has made five of his 25 career hundreds against Essex, including three in his last four visits to the County Ground at Chelmsford, where he advanced from 91 not out overnight yesterday to 136 before he was caught on the long leg boundary trying to hit a second consecutive six off Ravi Bopara. The runs put pressure on the home side, who conceded a first-innings lead of 84, then slipped calamitously to 24 for 5 as Mark Davies took four wickets in 11 balls. But James Foster and Ben Foakes saved the day.

Worcester announce signing of Harlequins hooker Chris Brooker

The 26-year-old is a former England Saxons player

David McGreavy, photographed in his 20s

Anonymity order lifted for triple child killer David McGreavy jailed in 1973

High Court judge lifts ruling on 'Monster of Worcester' who impaled victims on railings

Tom Wood

Tom Wood handed England captaincy for tour of Argentina as Chris Robshaw is rested

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Harlequins guaranteed themselves a place in the Aviva Premiership play-offs after England scrum-half Danny Care claimed a hat-trick in a 42-26 win away to Worcester Warriors.

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Dean Ryan

Worcester confirm Dean Ryan as new director of rugby

Ryan takes over following last night's departure of head coach Richard Hill

Richard Hill’s exit from Worcester was confirmed last night

Worcester confirm departure of Richard Hill

Last weekend's heavy defeat at Saracens was the Midlanders' eighth in nine league outings

David Strettle

David Strettle steams to hat-trick to earn Sarries home tie

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