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Jun 22

Ireland to seek talks over Lord’s Test after being granted full-member status

• Ireland and Afghanistan are granted full-member status of ICC
• Cricket Ireland chief cites ‘25,000 bums on seats at Lord’s in May’

Ireland will hold talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board over a possible Lord’s Test in 2019 after they and Afghanistan were granted full-member status of the International Cricket Council on Thursday.

The two countries, whose applications were voted for unanimously by the ICC’s Full Council as part of an overhaul of its constitution, become the first new Test nations since Bangladesh were awarded top-level status in 2000 and take the number of full members from 10 to 12.

Related: England’s Stuart Broad doubtful for South Africa Test with heel injury

Related: Amnesty International: fans arrested in India for cheering Pakistan win ‘must be freed’

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Jun 22

County Championship roundup: Simon Harmer spins Essex to victory

• Essex 14 points clear after condemning Warwickshire to innings defeat
• Lancashire move into second and Durham beat Glamorgan

Having played half their games, promoted Essex sit 14 points clear atop the County Championship after Simon Harmer, perhaps the signing of the season, spun them to victory against Warwickshire, who were skittled for 94, by an innings and 164 runs. Harmer took seven consecutive wickets to finish the job and end with eight in the innings and 14 for 126 in the match, a career best.

Holding up early in the season, Harmer had been waiting for a wicket such as this. He catches flies at second slip and provides handy late runs, too. On a track turning sharply, his were classic off-spinner’s wickets, lbws and close catches with hoards round the bat. The only other wicket to fall was the first and most important, Ian Bell, done by the angle of Neil Wagner, playing his final game for Essex. Mohammad Amir, who confidently said he could help Essex win the Championship as he was unveiled, will replace him from Monday.

Related: England’s Stuart Broad doubtful for South Africa Test with heel injury

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Jun 22

England’s Stuart Broad doubtful for South Africa Test with heel injury

• Pace bowler withdrew from Nottinghamshire’s win against Leicestershire
• England face South Africa at Taunton for the second Twenty20 on Friday

Stuart Broad is waiting to learn the full extent of a mystery heel injury that has thrown into doubt the fast bowler’s participation in the first Test against South Africa next month.

Related: Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales send England cruising past South Africa

Related: County cricket: Essex thrash Warwickshire, Durham finally win – as it happened

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Jun 22

Mahela Jayawardene pulls out of Lancashire stint for ‘personal reasons’

Former Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene will not play for Lancashire in the T20 Blast because of “personal reasons”.

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Jun 22

Mohammad Amir joined Essex on Wasim Akram’s advice

Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir says he moved to Essex to become a more complete bowler.

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Jun 22

Durham v Glamorgan: Hosts ease to nine-wicket win at Chester-Le-Street

Four wickets from Barry McCarthy and an unbeaten 89 from Stephen Cook help Durham to a nine-wicket win over Glamorgan.

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Jun 22

President Michael D Higgins congratulates Cricket Ireland

On the occasion of Cricket Ireland’s elevation to Test Status, President Michael D Higgins sends his congratulations.

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Jun 22

Worcestershire v Kent: Daryl Mitchell & Joe Clarke hit tons as Pears make 401 to win

Daryl Mitchell & Joe Clarke both make centuries as Worcestershire score 401-6 to beat Kent at New Road.

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Jun 22

Lancashire v Hampshire: James Anderson takes 4-20 as Red Rose win by innings

England seamer James Anderson finishes with figures of 4-20 as Lancashire beat Hampshire by an innings and 30 runs.

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Jun 22

Essex v Warwickshire: Simon Harmer takes 14 wickets to secure innings win

South African spinner Simon Harmer takes 8-36 for a match haul of 14 wickets as Essex beat Warwickshire by an innings.

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Jun 22

Home tour vs Zimbabwe a pick up ground for SL from Champions Trophy blunders

With the dust settled on the recent showpiece cricket heat wave that pitted the eight creams of nations in battle, giving way to the customary country versus country exchanges, Sri Lanka hosting Zimbabwe late June will be new ground in its team building process.  It will be the pick up passage from those costly ICC Champions Trophy fielding blunder let off that profited Pakistan to the title. That Sri Lanka on a cricket mainstream reshaping process from player retirement voids has been a belittling onus in high stakes grabs. In the consequent youth accentuation drive under expert coaching guidance that has been the necessary way forward; poor fielding will be the major concern for the Sri Lankan cricketing think tanks… Read More →

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Jun 22

County cricket: Essex thrash Warwickshire, Durham finally win – as it happened

Essex and Lancashire recorded big wins in Division One, while Worcestershire chased 399 and Durham finally grabbed a win

5.20pm BST

What. A. Round. It’s been a belter. Middlesex got back to winning ways, Essex extended their lead at the top, Lancashire have come to the party, and Worcestershire chased 399 spinning on their wotsits (sort of).

Best of all, Durham have their first win, and are into positive figures. Surely every fan of cricket will be celebrating that. Here are the results – no draws!

5.17pm BST

Scenes! They have done it. All that heartache, all those close shaves, and Durham have a win in Division Two! They are in positive figures! Wonderful stuff. Cook and Burnham get them home by nine wickets, with the South African opener making 89, his highest score for the club. Lovely stuff.

5.10pm BST

Burnham is teeing off and Durham are nearly there!

5.06pm BST

Durham have lost Steel for 51 but are very close to that elusive first win … 24 required.

5.06pm BST

What a win that is for Worcestershire! They get home six down, with Clarke 110 not out, having lost Whiteley and Cox to Yasir, who ended up with five. And…

How appropriate that Barnard should hit the winning runs. #countycricketlive

4.33pm BST

Durham are 82 without loss and just 76 away! Updates might be slightly intermittent as I write over the next few minutes – will try to keep you up to date…

4.33pm BST

There’s Clarke’s ton! You regular BTLers know I’m infatuated so you can bet how pleased I am with that… 46 required.

4.31pm BST

Clarke onto 96 at New Road … Twin tons at 21 would be a magnificent achievement …

4.28pm BST

Durham are rattling along at nearly 6 an over!

4.27pm BST

Worcestershire are four down now! Yasir has got Rhodes… still 54 required. Clarke there on 93. I was thinking that Yasir hadn’t quite done his thing: fourth innings etc, should be right up his street.

4.19pm BST

Durham are ticking along, 59 without loss… 98 needed… Dare we dream?

4.19pm BST

Yasir has got Mitchell! He made 142, what an effort. Is there a twist in the tale? 339 for three, 60 required…

4.11pm BST

Down to 64 required for Worcestershire. What a remarkable round of games this has been!

4.08pm BST

Durham are zipping along. They are 43 for none, and need 114 more….

3.58pm BST

A Lions update, by the way: they were bowled out for 386 by South Africa A, with Ben Foakes 127 not out. SAA now 80 without loss.

3.51pm BST

Big day in Division One. Essex are 14 points clear of Lancashire. Both have pulled off remarkable wins in the last two rounds. Both were among those tipped to go down!

Warwickshire, meanwhile, are 40 points clear of Middlesex in sixth. They and Somerset, 36 behind sixth, are looking in very, very deep trouble.

3.49pm BST

Looks at Hoppsy’s headline! Grievous catching on …

3.49pm BST

Durham’s chase is underway. They are 11 without loss, needing 157.

3.48pm BST

So at tea at New Road, Worcestershire, remarkably, are just 73 from victory with eight wickets in hand over Kent.

3.25pm BST

Worcestershire are just 117 away. What a match. Mitchell has a ton and Clarke is 29 away from his second of the match. Great effort from them.

3.24pm BST

Ingram finishes 70 not out, McCarthy gets four, and Durham have a golden opportunity to get into positive figures. There are 43 overs in the match.

3.22pm BST

They go 14 points behind leaders Essex. Bit of resistance from Hampshire, but polished off in the end.

2.24pm BST

Lancashire need one more! McLaren gets Abbott!

I’m off to talk to Tendo etc but will be back shortly…

2.24pm BST

Great field this.

VICTORY FOR @EssexCricket!

They win by an innings & 164 runs and you can tell how much it means to them

2.23pm BST

Glamorgan’s lead is 100…

2.20pm BST

Harmer finishes with 14 as Sunny Singh edges straight to Cook. He took eight wickets in the innings and seven on the spin today. Remarkable. Match figures of 14 for 126, a career best, and eight for 36 are career best innings figures too.

Essex take 22 points and remain very much top. Warwickshire 94 all out and very much bottom.

2.16pm BST

Worcestershire have 199, and need 200 more. They are two down.

2.16pm BST

Durham have a new ball to play with.

2.12pm BST

Wicket! Harmer has 13! Seven in the innings for him. He tries to turn a full toss into the legside, misses it and is plumb. One required…

2.10pm BST

Wicket at Old Trafford! McLaren gets McManus to end a stand of 39 with Berg. He was lbw and Hampshire are 90 down, with Lancs requiring two wickets.

2.08pm BST

And now short leg, leg slip and silly point for Walter to Rankin! Two slips and a gully too.

2.06pm BST

Essex have two silly points for Harmer to Rankin!

1.58pm BST

Here come the players again. Walter is bowling to Ambrose.

No wickets elsewhere yet.

1.20pm BST

Lunch! 15 mins didn’t do the trick, and that’s lunch, with Warks 90 for eight. It’s a matter of time. Enjoy your sarnies.

1.12pm BST

Harmer thinks he’s got Ambrose – who looked like he was walking off, too – caught at leg slip, but the umpire says no.

1.10pm BST

Here goes Mo. Out.

WICKET! Moeen Ali lbw b Yasir Shah 63. Worcs 164-2 at lunch on day 4 chasing 399: @TheRealPCB

1.07pm BST

I think we are going to get a full complement of results today … not sure which way it’ll go at New Road. We will be on for 15 minutes more at Chelmsford.

1.04pm BST

OK, it looks like we are having an extra 15 minutes here…

1.03pm BST

Moeen goes in the final over before lunch! Yasir Shah gets him lbw. They scored 148 in the session. Mo made 63, and Mitchell has 59. Yasir Shah with the wicket. They still need 235…

1.00pm BST

We are going to have one more over before lunch here, bowled by Wagner, to Rankin. If Essex get one more, the extra half-hour could be taken…

12.59pm BST

Tim Ambrose turning down singles here…

12.58pm BST

Glamorgan are seven down! McCarthy has another. 76 ahead, seven down. Ingram the last hope for the Glammys…

12.51pm BST

Wicket! Harmer has 12 … Jeetan Patel goes back to him and is trapped, plumb in front by another that turns back at him. Sunny Singh and Big Boyd the ones left with Ambrose. Boyd first.

12.46pm BST

Moeen into the 50s now too…

12.46pm BST

Hampshire are 69 for seven! It’s a race to see which game finishes first now … Ervine goes to his Kolpak compatriot Jarvis. Strife. Berg time.

12.43pm BST

50 for Mitchell! Worcestershire are going along very nicely at 140 for one. Mo has 48.

12.41pm BST

Wicket! First ball, Barker has tried to sweep Harmer, got a top edge and he’s gone! Popped up to short leg. He has five for 21, and 11 for 113 in the match, currently a career best.

12.39pm BST

Wicket! Ten for Harmer! He’s got Rikki Clarke lbw, not offering a shot. Looked a bit high, and think Rikki isn’t happy. It’s turned a blooming mile! Essex are four away.

12.35pm BST

Glamorgan are six down, 63 in front! McCarthy gets Lloyd, caught by Pringle.

12.32pm BST

11 seconds of the England Lions.

Red-ball cricket lovers, the England Lions have been in the runs…

Ben Foakes: 100*@mark23stone: 58@JetJennings: 57

12.31pm BST

They are back on at Old Trafford and Hants are 66 for six with Ervine and McManus at the crease.

12.27pm BST

Glamorgan are five down, and only lead by 61! McCarthy gets Donald for 0.

12.22pm BST

Wicket at the Riverside! Rushworth gets the nightwatchman Carey for 49. 168 for four are Glamorgan.

12.21pm BST

The Woosters have brought up their 100, one down, so their in the 200s required. Long way to go. Mitchell has 40, Moeen 18.

12.18pm BST

Both Grievous Bodily Harmer and Ollie Rayner have been bowling in short sleeves this week, which is a bit of a rarity among offies.

12.15pm BST

Westley on at the Hayes Close End.

12.15pm BST

18 overs lost at Old Trafford, where there’ll be a 12.30 restart.

12.07pm BST

Want to know about the women’s world cup? (You should).

Vish Ehantharajah has pulled together a very natty team-by-team guide that you should definitely read.

Related: Women’s cricket World Cup: team-by-team guide to the tournament | Vithushan Ehantharajah

12.05pm BST

Clarke hits Grievous for four through the covers, and Westley is warming up to come on at the other end… There’s plenty of turn.

11.52am BST

As Paul Frame points out, the Essex groundsman is an utter hero. He’s pulled together a lovely little track here, too.

Won’t be needing the covers now. Let’s finish off the Warwickshire wickets @EssexCricket

11.44am BST

Wicket! Hain gone. It’s got big on him from Harmer and it’s popped up to short leg via the glove. Harmer has nine! 54 for three.

11.41am BST

The Woosters are one down! Stevo gets B-Dolly and it’s 54 for one. Moeen in with Mitchell, Clarke next. If they are to chase 399, one of those three needs a big ton.

11.40am BST

| @NeilWagner13 picks up the first of the day as Bell edges to Foster who takes another great catch. #ESSvWAR

11.37am BST

Wicket! Essex are on the move! Umeed gone now, lbw to the first ball he faces from Harmer! He had a big shout against Hain first ball, but that was turned down. Harmer has eight in the match.

Here’s the Bell tolling.

| @NeilWagner13 picks up the first of the day as Bell edges to Foster who takes another great catch. #ESSvWAR

11.36am BST

Lions are off for thunder and lightning at Canterbury. Hope it doesn’t come north.

11.35am BST

Grievous Bodily Harmer has it RAGGING.

11.33am BST

Foakes has his ton for the Lions! Lions 339 for eight. Leach in with him.

11.32am BST

And with Bell gone, Grievous Bodily Harmer is coming on at the River End. Hain train in.

11.31am BST

Wicket! Bell is gone to Wagner! He nicked him short earlier in the over but he’s gone now. Prods forward, snicks off and Foster takes a very fine catch tumbling to his right. 47 for three. The leaders need seven more.

11.29am BST

Wicket at Durham! Matty Potts gets his third, Salter. Glamorgan lead by two and are three down.

It takes an age to come down but McCarthy holds on!

Ingram joins Carey (16*) with Glamorgan’s lead on two #DURvGLA

11.28am BST

There’s a little rain delay up at Old Trafford, I see.

11.27am BST

Steady start for Warwickshire, but Bell has just edged short of Cook at first on 11…

11.08am BST

Wicket at Old Trafford and Anderson has four! The nightwatchman, Salisbury, is gone, and Hampshire are 52 for six.

Here you go:

Looks like @jimmy9‘s already got his eye in

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11.02am BST

Aaron Beard from the other end. I thought Grievous would be straight into his work.

11.01am BST

Lovely player, Foakes.

Up and running at a sticky Canterbury, where Foakes punches first 2 balls of day through covers to move to 85

11.01am BST

Just wonderful stuff, this. I know Mason a bit, and he’s a great lad – delighted for him. I also know a few people who have won quite a lot of cash on England-based bets they placed when he was a teenager…

Best day ever yesterday! Thanks to all who have played a part in me getting this far!!

10.59am BST

We are starting on time! Walter to bowl to Umeed.

10.59am BST

I don’t know if you are followers of the Worcestershire CCC twitter account, but if you’re not, you should be. It is magnificent. Quite often they will just throw out a load of tweets at around midnight, and they send you off on this sort of wild goose chase:

Read full report on Seconds win on Worcs CCC website

10.56am BST

Essex are ready to come out, and the groundos are waiting for the green light to take the covers away from the field. They are not currently covering the pitch, which has a set of stumps at each end as a cricket pitch, well, should.

10.52am BST

The umpires are coming out to have a look because they think it’s a little bit dark. I really don’t want a delayed start. I really don’t want that.

10.50am BST

No word on whether we’ll have a contrivance at the Riverside…

10.49am BST

Looks like we’re getting an on-time start. Good news.

10.42am BST

So, my Wednesday evening:

Kumar Sangakkara on the (delayed) Victoria line with his family. WE ARE NOT WORTHY

10.39am BST

Press box chat suggests that Trotty was a bit unlucky to be given lbw to Grievous last ball yesterday. I’ve just seen it – he padded up, not offering a stroke, a long way outside off and the finger went up. He didn’t look impressed, and it was probably only hitting a fourth stump. Anyway, huge wicket: Essex need eight more.

10.34am BST

Durham for Stuie! Think that’ll be a popular choice. Go on the Durham!

@willis_macp durham

10.33am BST

That really is dull.

It is dull but dry at @EmiratesOT this morning but the floodlights are going on ahead of the start of play #LANvHAM

10.31am BST

Morning Stuie! Notts have won, Yorks have lost, Glosters aren’t playing. Who are you supporting today?

@willis_macp morning will

10.27am BST

Nick Browne is bowling off spin in the Essex warmup! Not seen that before.

10.25am BST

Keith Barker was warming up with the pink ball earlier. It really is a lovely looking thing. I wrote the spin on it t’other day:

Related: If the ball is anything to go by we could be tickled pink by cricket day-nighters | The Spin

10.21am BST

So Essex are having a very relaxed game of football. Tendo just scored a belter. The covers are on and it’s spitting, but nothing that’ll bring a delayed start or anything.

9.14am BST

Hello and welcome to Chelmsford, where I’ve hot-footed it for the day to see if table-topping Essex can finish off bottom side Warwickshire. I’m Will Macpherson and I’l be guiding you through today’s remaining four matches and the England Lions’ clash with South Africa A at Canterbury. It’s still hot, but not as hot, and I’m not aware of any really bad weather about, at least at this stage. Might be the sort of stormy showers we see after a hot spell later on, though.

Yesterday, then. Middlesex thrashed Yorkshire to get off the mark, and they looked a very good side in doing so. Yorkshire disappointing, but they have the cavalry back next week, which will please them. In other news, Middlesex’s request for spicier Lord’s pitches finally paid off!

Related: Middlesex hammer Yorkshire in three days to finally resemble champions

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Jun 22

James Sykes: Leicestershire spinner leaves by mutual consent

Leicestershire spinner James Sykes leaves the club to pursue other playing opportunities in county cricket.

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Jun 22

සිම්බාබ්වේ සඳුදා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එයි

එක්දින තරග පහකට හා පස්දින ටෙස්ට් තරගයකට සහභාගිවීමට සිම්බාබ්වේ ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම සඳුදා (26) ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පැමිණීමට නියමිතය.  සිම්බාබ්වේ සමඟ පැවැත්වෙන එක්දින තරග පහ ම කොළඹින් පිට පළාත්වල පැවැත්වෙන අතර ටෙස්ට් තරගය පමණක් මාලිගාවත්ත, ආර්. ප්‍රේමදාස ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේ දී පැවැත්වෙනු ඇත.  සිම්බාබ්වේ සමඟ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අවසාන වරට සිම්බාබ්වේ හි දී ම තරග කළ අතර, එම තරගාවලියේ ටෙස්ට් තරග දෙකත්, බටහිර ඉන්දීය කොදෙව් පිළ සහභාගි වූ තුන්කොන් එක්දින තරගාවලියත් ජයගත්තේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ය.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා නායක, ඇන්ජිලෝ මැතිව්ස් ආබාධිතව සිටි හෙයින් එවර ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලියට රංගන හේරත් ද, එක්දින තරගාවලියට උපුල් තරංග ද නායකත්වය දුන්හ.  ඇන්ජිලෝ මැතිව්ස් දැන් සුවය ලබා පසුගිය දා එංගලන්තයේ චැම්පියන්ස් කුසලාන තරගාවලියේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා පිළට නායකත්වයද ලබාදුන්නේය. ශ්‍රී ලංකා – සිම්බාබ්වේ එක්දින තරගාවලියේ ප්‍රථම හා දෙවන තරග පැවැත්වෙන්නේ ජුනි 30… Read More →

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Jun 22

SLC announces high tension extensive Physical Fitness & Conditioning programme for National Performance Squad ahead of Zimbabwe & India tours

22 nd June 2017; Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday (21) announced that it had established a high-profile evaluation and monitoring committee headed by Asanka Gurusinha to oversee the physical fitness & conditioning of the National Performance Squad ahead of their upcoming campaigns against Zimbabwe and India in Colombo. The move comes in the wake of Sri Lanka’s unfortunate exit in the quarter final stage of the Champions Trophy 2017, where they lost to eventual champions Pakistan in a nail-biting game on the 12th of June. Elaborating on the plans set in motion, Team manager Asanka Gurusinha stated – “We know how much resource and effort was invested in the team ahead of the CT17, and we now how much effort each… Read More →

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Jun 21

Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales send England cruising past South Africa

• First T20: South Africa 142-3, England 143-1; England win by nine wickets
• England chase down victory target with ease in one-sided match

In the opening game of a three-match Twenty20 series, likely to remain in the memory for at least a week, England thrashed South Africa by nine wickets with 33 balls to spare. England played extremely well, their opponents tepidly (to be polite). It was another disappointingly one-sided contest – we have seen plenty of those in the Champions Trophy – but sadly not much was residing on the outcome of this one.

Both sides were experimental, including interesting debutants with memorable names. Mason Crane of England and Tabraiz Shamsi of South Africa are wrist spinners with the latter propelling the ball with his left arm. One of the unforeseen benefits of T20 cricket has been the increased craving for wrist spinners. Every side should have one.

Related: England beat South Africa by nine wickets in first T20 international – as it happened

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