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*  Sunny at Lord's Monday morning followed by clouds as England record stunning victory.Day 1 NZ won  toss and bowled taking 4 wickets quickly,30-4 then Root,Stokes and Buttler revive England innings,Ali & tail add 35 then Guptill & Latham reply with 148 for 1st wicket then Williamson and Taylor add a further 155 runs before the close but England will rue missed chances.NZ take 1st innings lead of 134 aided by a lot of byes and leg byes.England lose two early wickets but Cook bats all day 4 and Stokes hits fastest Test ton at Lord's.England set 345 to win but openers go for ducks as does Mccullum later and NZ woefully fail the challeng :At Lord's London 1st Test England 389,100.5 overs(Root 98,Stokes 92,Buttler 66, Ali 58, Boult 4-79, Henry 4-93) & 478,129 overs(Cook 162,Stokes 101,Root 84,Boult 5-85) beat New Zealand  523,123.1(Williamson 132,Guptill 70, Watling 61*Latham 59,Taylor 62) & 220,67.3 overs(Anderson 67,Watling 59) Scorecard  Player of Match -Ben Stokes


*  Jamie Harrison, who has been ACF’s CEO since September 2013 is leaving the post to focus his energies on grassroots youth cricket in the form of USYCA and MYCA, two organizations that he founded and heads. American Cricket Federation will need to find a new CEO quickly if it is to maintain the momentum generated by Harrison in its quest to replace the corrupt and inept USACA.  More

 

*  Mumbai Indians beat Chenai Super Kings by 25 runs to advance IPL 2015 Qualifier 1 at Mumbai Scorecard  Points Table

 

*  Staphanie Taylor and Deandre Dottin in fine form so Windies women post a total beyond Sri Lanka Women 3rd ODI Scorecard  Windies Women win by 25 runs in 4th ODIto take winning lead in series Scorecard

 

ECWB   announced May 18th that Joe Root and Charlotte Edwards have been named, respectively, as the England Men’s and England Women’s Cricketer of the Year for 2014-2015. More

 

MCC has today announced plans for a £4m refurbishment of the award-winning J.P. Morgan Media Centre at Lord’s.  Work will take place over the course of the next two winters, and the significantly enhanced and improved media facility will be unveiled in time for the 2017 season - when Lord’s will host the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Final.More

 

Will Smith misses out on ton but Hants post substantial 1st innings then remove three Middx top order,ton from Nick Compton and last wicket stand of 75 from Finn and Roland-Jones takes Middx close:At Rose Bowl Hants 413,130 overs & 185-5dec,79 overs

drew with Middx 362,118.2 overs(Compton 117,Roland-Jones 61,Fidel Edwards 4-100)  Scorecard Philander takes 4 wickets but Somerset still pass 300 then Notts struggle and wickets fall all day, day 3:At Trent Bridge  Somerset 312,69.2 overs & 161,44 overs beat Notts 226,76.4 overs & 114,35.2 overs by 133 runs Scorecard Keith Barker hits ton at number 8 so Warwicks post 450, he then removes Jennings as Durham slump to 50-3 and finishes match   with 9 Durham wickets:At Edgbaston Warwickshire 450,107.4 overs(Barker 102*,Onions 5-85) & 63-2,17.4 overs beat Durham 185,40.5 overs (Barker 4-54,Jones 4-48)  & f/o  327,92.2 overs(Stoneman 111,Barker 5-103) by 8 wickets Scorecard Division 2  Tom Bailey(Lancs) destroys Leics batting who succumb to 29-7 at one stage so Lancs win by 244 runs  Scorecard  Glamorgan lead by 322 with 2 wickets left Scorecard   Glos lead by 162 over Kent with 6wkts left  Scorecard  Surrey are 74-0 in reply to N'hants 309 in much disrupted match at Northampton Scorecard

 

*  The Balearic Championship held in Ibiza May 8,9 & 10 was shared three ways year with each island winning and losing a match More

 

Watson ton takes Rajasthan Royals to a score just to far for Kolkata Knight riders in high scoring game  India Premier League Match 54  Scorecard   Points Table

 

Worcs take 1st innings lead as Rob Whiteley scores ton:At Worcester New Zealanders 269-9dec,71.4 overs & 89-2,26 overs v Worcestershire 291-7dec,94 overs(Whiteley 103*) Scorecard

 

*  Surrey beat Essex by 44 runs Scorecard  NatWest T20 Blast South Group

 

*  Sri Lanka Women level series with comfortable 6 wickets win over Windies Women 2nd ODI Scorecard

 

Teenager  Mathew Fisher on his T20 debut becoming the third Yorkshire bowler to take five wickets in a T20 match as the Vikings won their first NatWest T20 Blast North Group  match under permanent floodlights at Headingley Neil Whitaker reports.  Scorecard Durham beat N'hants D/L Method Scorecard Lancs beat Leics D/L Method Scorecard Alex Hales blasts 86 off 43 balls as Notts beat Birmingham(Warwickshire) with 5.3 overs to spare Scorecard South Group  Ian cockbain hits 91 off 49 overs as Glos beat Middx with 6 balls to go Scorecard  Hants beat Essex by 17 runs Scorecard  Glamorgan beat Surrey by 15 runs in high scoring match at the Oval Scorecard Kent beat Sussex by 6 runs at Canterbury Scorecard

 

The Only Person Who Has Damaged Graves’s Reputation is Graves Himself writes  James Morgan at the Full Toss   Kevin Pietersen says he was offered "a clean slate" by the England and Wales Cricket Board, clarifying his anger  over his omission by England.More

 

*  Tom Liddiard takes 6-44 being the 7th bowler used but Norway'a total proved far too much for France to chase:At Jersey FB Fields, 15 May World Cricket League Division Six qualification match  Norway 236 (50 overs, Ehtsham Ul-Haq 55, Shahzad Umran 45, T Liddiard 6-44) beat France 139 (32.5 overs, Hamza Niaz 35, Shahbaz Butt 6-15) by 97 runs Andrew Nixon reports

 

The second World Cricket League Championship began May 16th in Windhoek, with hosts Namibia edging out Hong Kong by 1 wicket in the final over, a much better performance by HK than in the recent 4 day game.:At Windhoek Hong Kong 194-9,50 overs (Irfan Ahmed 40, N Scholtz 4-42) lost to Namibia 195-9,49.2 overs( S Burger 52, N Scholtz 40, Nadeem Ahmed 4-27) by 1 wicket Andrew Nixon reports

 

NatWest T20 Blast 2014 title winning Birmingham Bears’ Captain Varun Chopra  backs the new ECB Club Under 19 national competition, 475 clubs compete More 

 

Tell England to take a hike.IF you think it was madness staging a big cricket international in May, then you’re in for a nasty shock in 2017 – the next game against England will be played in APRIL! at least areserve day should be scheduled in case of bad weather but surely a couple of games against Ireland prior to the one day series against one or both of the test touring sides would make more sense,good practice and useful team binding!A Triangular would be even better More from Ger Siggins

 

New England Notts opener confirms IPL deal with Mumbai Indians. More

 

New England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves says he did not mislead Kevin Pietersen over a potential recall to the England side. So why did KP change his IPL contract and play county cricket for nothing for Surrey, some misunderstanding! More

 

*  Uncapped Lyth and Wood included in England squad to face New Zealand, pity they were not selected in the Windies More & Full Squad

 

*  ECB  today announced that Matt Dwyer had been appointed as Director of Participation and Growth – a new role which will oversee all aspects of the recreational game in England and Wales.  More

 

*  Steve Davies leads the field for the Walter Lawrence Trophy with a whirlwind 57 ball century at The Oval May 13th to secure Surrey an unlikely win   More

 

Good day for cricket in Jersey today. Not only did they beat their old rivals Guernsey, but they qualified for their first global t20 qualifier in the process. Andrew Nixon reports


*  Sri Lanka Women suffer run out mania after steady sytart, in reply Windies top order implodes but Deandra Dottin(84*) Otis Gibson's cousin turns innings round to secure 5 wkt victory in 1st ODI at Colombo May 13th Scorecard

 

KP will not play for England this summer after director of cricket Andrew Strauss said there was a "massive trust issue" between the two.More  Andrew Strauss appears to have become within days of his appointment the laughing stock of International Cricket. "KP's been misled and mistreated," Vaughan told BBC Sport.More

 

England Women's international Kate Cross took  of 8-47 as Heywood bowled Unsworth out for 121 in their Central Lancashire League fixture and won by six wickets.More  "I'm treated like another player," the 23-year-old told BBC Sport.More

 

Division One of the European T20 Championship looks set for an exciting finish on Wednesday morning with Italy, Jersey, Denmark and Guernsey all having won 3 of their 4 games so far. Andrew Nixon reports Table and Results

 

KP  has been told he will not be recalled by England despite scoring a career-best 326 not out for Surrey.This seems to confirm that whatever criteria ECB use for England selection merit is not one of them! More

 

*  Bairstow hits timely ton for Yorkshire but Carberry misses out for Hants,Pujara helps Yorks to massive lead,Brooks and Rashid undermine Hants who fold:At Headingley Yorkshire 370,112.3 overs(Bairstow 107) & 304-4,69 overs(Pujara 133) beat Hampshire 227,80 overs(Carberry 97, Brooks 4-57,Rashid 4-70) & 143,21 overs(Rashid 4-48, Brooks 3-31) by 305 runs  Neil Whitaker reports Scorecard  Chopra makes amends for 1st innings failure as Warwickshire build lead and set Worcs 437 to win which they fail to achieve by along way:At Edgbaston Warwickshire 264,101.3 overs(Hain 83,Leach 6-73) & 321-8dec,109(Chopra 107) beat Worcestershire 149,42.5 overs & 255,83 overs by 181 runs Scorecard   Runs hard work at Hove but Middx prevail:At Hove Middlesex 269,77.5 overs(Extras 62) & 209,55.4 overs  beat Sussex 192,49.1 overs & 207,56.5 overs by 79 runs Scorecard   Wessels century gives Notts the edge but Durham batting revival in 2nd innings takes them to victory:At Chester-Le-Street Notts 245,75.1 overs(Wessels 117) & 148-7,43.2 overs lost to Durham 163,48.4 overs & 261-4,63.3 overs by 6 wickets Scorecard   Division 2  KP hits triple century(355*) partnered by the tail as Surrey takes major 1st innings lead, for Leics Lewis Hill hit a maiden 1st class ton on day 1,Eckersley ton gives Leics faint hope to save match as they lead by 45 runs with 5 wickets left but tail digs to set Surrey 216 to win,Roy and Davies smash 145 off 11.1 overs and Surrey win inside 21.2 overs  Scorecard  Bell-Drummond hits ton for Kent and Bragg for Glamorgan but Kent set Glamorgan 404 to win but fail to bowl them out as last pair bat 18 overs to draw Scorecard

 

*   Namibia in poll position after Hong Kong top order fails but lower order fight back,Pitchers ton helps Namibia to set HK 302 to win and HK fail miserably:At Windhoek ICC Intercontinental Cup 2015-2017 Namibia 272,102.3 overs(Scholtz 85*) & 232-4 dec,89 overs(Pitchers 105*) beat Hong Kong 203,82.3 overs & 187,75.2 overs by 114 runs Scorecard Andrew Nixon reports

 

*   Jersey and Guernsey, have both made it two wins from two in Division One of the European Championship after beating Italy and Norway respectively while Denmark beat France. Andrew Nixon reports

 

The sacking of Peter Moores or rather the manner of this sacking has aroused a lot of criticism of ECB,in particular from Alex Stewart and Michael Vaughan More

 

England coach Peter Moores has been sacked after former captain Andrew Strauss was appointed as the new national director of cricket.More

 

*  Division One of the European Championship kicked off  May 9th in Jersey, with the hosts giving a thumping to Norway, Guernsey beating Denmark and Italy beating France in a closer than expected game as six European Associate members compete for final place in ICC Global T20 Qualifier Glasgow in July and August Andrew Nixon reports

 

*  Canada through to global qualifier, USA close,Canada beat Suriname by 24 runs  and USA beat Bermuda by 8 wkts Andrew Nixon reports  USA secure 2nd place and qualify for ICC Global Qualifier Andrew Nixon reports


*  New Zealanders lose toss and are inserted, Latham out quickly,the rest struggle on damp day though Watling hits unbeaten fifty,Ben Wheeler takes fifer as NZ take 1st innings lead,NZ complete win despite hildreth to as Craig takes fifer:At Taunton New Zealanders 237,74.1  overs(Watling 69) & 310,87.5overs(Santner 94,Groenwald 5-65) beat Somerset 204,46.5 overs(Wheeler 5-18) & 277,66.5 overs(Hildreth 117,Craig 5-34) by 66 runs  Scorecard

 

England win toss and insert Ireland who promptly lose 4 wickets one a run out before rain stops play,match abandoned:At Malahide Dublin Ireland 56-4,18 overs v England Scorecard Having gone to the trouble of setting this match up a reserve day may have been appropriate!

 

*  Chris Gayle celebrates Windies win over England in Barbados with swift century at Bangalore including 12 sixes, India Premier League Match 40 Scorecard    Points Table

 

*  Bangladesh win toss and field,take two early wickets but then tons from Azhar Ali and Younis Khan give Pakistan the initiative who pile on the runs with another ton from Asad Shafiq,in reply Bangladesh crumble but Pakistan fail to enforrce follow on:At Mirpur 2nd Test Pakistan 557-8dec,152 overs(Y Khan 148,A Ali 226,A Shafiq 107) & 185-6dec,41.1 overs v Bangladesh 203,47.2 overs(Shakib Al Hasan 89*) & 63-1,14 overs Scorecard

 

*  Jonathan Trott announces retirement from International cricket More adding much fuel to the argument that queried his selection for the Windies tour in the first place More.

 

ICC   announces dates for 1st round of Intercontinental Cup 2015-2017 and World Cricket League along with disappointing drivel from Dave Richardson More

 

*  Canada beat Suriname and USA beat Bermuda  Americas Championship Division One at Indianopolis Andrew Nixon reports   Canada beat USA by 6 wkts to go top day 3 Andrew Nixon reports   USA allrounder Nisarg Patel was declared ineligible on Tuesday by the ICC from taking any part in the ICC Americas Division One T20 tournament in Indianapolis.  More

 

*  Robson hits fine form,Voges fails to force follow whereupon Middx collapse, then Harris takes ninefer as Durham fare even worse:At Lord's Middlesex 463,137 overs(Robson 178) & 89,24.2 overs beat Durham 294, 92.5 overs(Jennings 98) & 71,24.1 overs(Harris 9-34) by 187 runs Scorecard  Ben Cox ton with Leach 95 put  Worcs in driving seat, Morris with nine so far skuttles Somerset:At New Road Worcester Somerset 250,75.1 overs(Morris 5-71) & 90,32 overs(Morris 4-38, Shantry 4-15) lost to Worcestershire  402,111.2 overs(Cox 109,Leach 98) by an innings & 62 runs Scorecard  Division 2   Glos beat Essex by 9 wickets, Liam Norwell takes 10 wkts for Glos Scorecard   Rain disrupts game between Derbyshire & Glamorgan,Controversy over Glamorgan's declaration Scorecard  Lancs take 51 run lead thanks to Prince whio hits 153 Scorecard   Leics batting fails in 2nd innings to revive Kent hopes though the tail wags to good effect Scorecard

 

Windies bring in 21year Shai Hope instead of Smith to open, Taylor returns, Gabriel is preferred to Roach and Permaul is the spinner this time. England stick with the same team so a boring trip for Raschid, Lyth and Wood, England win toss and bat and soon lose 3 wickets,Trott and Bell for ducks, Root caught behind, Cook and Ali revive innings and Cook completes 26th Test ton,England tail folds quickly then so do Windies top order.Blackwood restores innings somewhat,Anderson takes sixfer then England's openers and Bell fail,Root & Ali follow as England implode to set Windies 192,windies lose4 but Bravo & Blackwood add 108 to secure windies win:At Barbados 3rd Test England 240-7,87.2 overs(Cook 106,Ali 58) & 39-5,21 overs lost to West Indies 189,49.4 overs(Blackwood 85,Anderson 6-42) & 194-5,62.4 overs(DM Bravo  82,Blackwood47*) by 5 wickets Scorecard Series shared 1-1 but England retain Wisden Trophy

 

*  MCC has launched its first ever community youth cricket club at Paddington Recreation Ground. More  MCC has hired Ricky Reynolds as its first ever Community Coach to deliver cricket lessons in schools local to Lord's. More

 

*  James Taylor will captain England for the first time in the one-day international against Ireland on 8 May More and Full Squad   Ireland have recalled bowler Tim Murtagh to their squad for next month's ODI against England at Malahide. More and Full squad

 

*  Bangladesh win toss and bat but struggle on good surface despite the assistance of several dropped catches, in reply Pakistan's Hafeez hits double ton as they take massive 1st inngs lead,Taijud takes expensive sixfer. In reply Bangladesh openers hit 313 for 1st wicket,Tamin completes double ton:At Khulna 1st Test Bangladesh 332, 120 overs(Monimul 80) & 555-6,135 overs(Tamin Iqbal 206, Imrul Kayes 150) drew with Pakistan 628,168.4 overs(Mohammad Hafeez 224,Taijud Islam6-163 ) Scorecard

 

Westwood scores ton but misses out on double, Chopra records at duck, Rankin takes another sixfer as Warwicks take 1st innings lead:At Headingley Warwickshire 435,143.5 overs(Westwood 196,Bresnan 5-85) & 219-7dec,54.3 overs(Westwood 80) drew with Yorkshire 303,98.3 overs(Gale 96,Rankin 6-55) & 221-4,64 overs Neil Whitaker reports Scorecard Oliver Robinson and Mathew Hobden add 164 for 10th wicket to keep Sussex  in the game,Robinson then takes fourfer as Durham edge 1st innings lead with Hastings no 10 top scoring,Sussex lose 6 wickets for 48 runs so set Durham 262:At Chester -Le-Street Sussex 335,72.2 overs(Robinson 110,Hobden 65*) & 265,69.4 overs(Machan 80,Rushworth 5-81) lost to Durham 339,82.2 overs(Hastings 72,Robinson 4-71,Shahzad 4-72) & 263-4,69 overs(Borthwick 97*) by 6 wickets Scorecard   Hales hits another ton & Zim's BRM Taylor hits ton in 2nd innings:At Rose Bowl Southampton Notts 371,120.4 overs(Hales 143,Mullaney 67) & 296-4dec,59 overs(BRM Taylor 103,Hales 67*)  drew with Hants 276,76.1 overs & 29-0,8.1 overs Scorecard  Trescothick & Hildreth hit  tons, the rest nothing much, in reply Gubbins and Voges score 90s,Som set Middx 402 and Voges & Frankin tons set them en route to stunning win:At Taunton Somerest 408,89.2 overs(Hildreth 187,Trescothick 140) & 310,80.3 overs lost to Middx 317,87overs(Voges 98,Gubbins 92,Gregory 6-101) & 405-5,101.5 overs(Voges 132,Franklin 117*) by 5 wickets  Report Scorecard  Division 2  Martin Guptill his maiden 1st class double ton so Derbyshire post massive total and 1st innings lead:At Bristol Glos 275, 87.4 overs & 411,123.5 overs(Marshall 79,Footitt 6-94) lost to Derbyshire 545-9dec,113 overs(Guptill 227) & 142-3,33.5 overs by 7 wickets Scorecard   Prince hits ton for Lancs but Davies misses out,Kent follow on and edge into lead:At Old Trafford Lancs 444.127.1 overs(Prince 106,Davies 99)  & 107-1,18.1 overs beat Kent 252,71.2 overs(Jarvis 4-60) & f/o 295,123.4overs by 9 wickets Scorecard Teenage Daniel Lawrence hits maiden 1st class ton and Nick Browne a ton to help Essex to huge score and 1st innings lead,match drawn, rain last day:At  The Oval Surrey 340,112.5 overs & 95-2,32 overs drew with Essex 610-8dec,140.1 overs(Lawrence 161,Browne 143) Scorecard  

 

Azhar Ali scores aton but Pakistan fail post challenging total, Bangladesh race towards target with Soumya Sarkar scoring a ton:At Dhaka  Pak won toss Pakistan 250,49 overs(A Ali 101) lost to Bangladesh 251-2,39.3 overs(Soumya Sarkar 127*,Tamim Iqbal 64)  by 8 wickets  Scorecard Bangladesh lead series 2-0

 

*  Rain delays start, England win toss and field,Moeen Ali in for Tredwell, Taylor out with shoulder injury so Gabriel in and Bishoo replaces Benn.Humid conditions favour seam bowling at start and Anderson soon removes Brathwaite but Smith  'walks' when a review would have shown him not out,Samuels digs in and with Ramdin bats until stumps,resumption delayed day 2 then more rain,Samuels completes ton but Broad hastens collapse until 52 run last wicket stand.Cook,Trott & Ballance hits fifties and Root a fine ton to take England into 1st innings lead.Brathwaite scores ton to steer Windies to potential safety but Anderson with 3 wickets changes that as Windies fold setting england a mere 143 runs to win with loads of time,Cook and Ballance hit fifties to win by 9 wickets:At Grenada 2nd Test West Indies 299,104.4 overs(Samuels 103,Broad 4-61) & 307,112 overs(Brathwaite 116,Bravo 69,Anderson 4-43) lost to England 464,144.1 overs(Root 182*,Cook 76,Ballance 77,Trott 59,Bishoo 4-177) & 144-1,41.1 overs(Ballance 81*,cook 59*) by 9 wickets Scorecard

 

The fifth Helenic Schools and Youth Cricket Tournament is underway(April 20-25) in Corfu with teams from India, South Africa, Spain and Bulgaria competing with their Corfu Greek hosts More

 

*  Royal London National Club Championship has provided the stage for a  record-breaking innings by Liam Livingstone, a young Cumbrian all-rounder who is on Lancashire’s professional staff. He smashed 350 from 138 balls, with 34 fours and 27 sixes, playing for Nantwich of the Cheshire County Premier League against Caldy of the Liverpool competition in the first round of the tournament at Whitehouse Lane. More   ECB National Club Championship    The record would appear to be hit by S Malik 403 Langlebury v Middlesex Tamils in 2005 Bertie Joel Cup More


England seam bowler Kate Cross made history by becoming the first woman to play in the Central Lancashire League taking 3-19 but her older brother Bobby dropped a catch off her bowling More.

 

*  ECB  consider Alex Hales a 20/20 specialist yet on Sunday at Trent Bridge he hit his maiden double ton and  against Champions Yorkshire,In reply Lees scores aton and Jack Leaning his maiden 1sr class ton as Yorks close in on  1st innings lead:At Trent Bridge Notts  428,108.2 overs(Hales 236,JWA Taylor 56,Brooks 3-99) & 156-5,59 overs v Yorks 441,147.5(Lees 100,Leaning 116)   Scorecard   Neil Whitaker reports   Matt Machan played several pleasing cameos at the recent world cup for Scotland but for Sussex he hit a dashing  ton off 70 balls against Worcs,Sussex set target of 247 but Worcs struggle:At Hove Sussex 345,79 overs(Machan 135,Wright 51) & 290,87 overs v Worcs 389,105.1 overs(Oliver 101,Kervezee 93) & 127-7,43 overs Scorecard Rankin takes sixfer and Ambrose hits a ton but Hants set target of 379:At Edgbaston Hampshire 319, 89.3 overs(Rankin 6-75) & 339, 94.2 overs(Ervine 102) drew with  Warwickshire 280,85.3 overs(Ambrose 113) & 244-5,104.4 overs Scorecard Division 2   KP out cheaply but Davies hits a doubleton and Sangakkara a ton as Surrey post over 500,late order maiden 1st class ton from Craig Meschede saves follow on:At Cardiff Surrey 563-7,146 overs(Davies 200*,Sangakkara  149) & 207-4,37 overs drew with Glamorgan 419,138.4 overs & 116-0,37 overs Scorecard. Essex beat Kent by 5 wickets in low scoring game at Chelmsford Scorecard  Lancs set Derbyshire 365 but the home side collapse all out 114 with Jarvis taking a fifer at Derby Scorecard

 

*   The ICC Board held its second quarterly meeting of 2015 at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai on 16 April. The recent World Cup was wonderful but no report of any discussion on future World Cup format, a decision on the dreadful USCA was defered  More ICC to take over ACC, the Asia Cup will continue More

 

*  Hants fail the challenge so Ben Brown's 1st innings ton was match winning:At Rose Bowl Southampton Sussex 424,124.4 overs(Brown 144*,Wright 96*) &  164,53 overs(Wright 63) beat Hants 231,50 overs(Ervine 66*) & 285,65.3 overs  by 92 runs, Scorecard. Middlesex hang on for draw in match dominated by Notts, BRM Taylor and Read hit tons for Notts:At Lord's  Notts 298,93.2 overs & 401-8dec,96 overs(Read 101*) drew with Middx 181,66 overs & 300-7,118.5 overs Scorecard Durham beat Somerset by seven wickets Scorecard Yorks thrash Worcs by 10 wickets,Brooks takes 9 wkts Scorecard  2nd Division  Glamorgan and Leics draw Scorecard  N'hants and Glos draw Scorecard


*  Sussex Cricket League welcome Guernsey for 2016.The island which is an independent member of ICC will play as acclub side starting in Division 2. More

 

*  Bell, Root and Stokes score runs but England lower order collapse,Bell hits his 22nd test ton,Windies lose 4 for 99 including Samuels but Chanderpaul and Blackwood add another 56 by close,Chanderpaul falls earlt day3 and Ramdin for a low score to Broad,Blackwood scores maiden ton but Windies collapse .cook and Trott fall cheaply and Bell is run out,Root chops on but Ballance carries on to century.Windies short of patience succumb on day 5 until Ramdin and holder took root,Holder scoring his maiden test ton,anderson overtakes Botham's Test wicket tally:At Antigua 1st Test England 399,110 overs(Bell 143) & 333-7dec,86(Ballance 142,Buttler 59*, Root 59) overs drew with West Indies 295,113 overs(Blackwood 112*) 350-7,129.4 overs(Holder 103*,Ramdin 59)  Scorecard 

 

*  Hasan Azad misses out on ton(99) batting for L'borough against Notts.Scorecard Oxford students bowl out Middlesex for 193 in 1st innings but fail to repeat such success in 2nd as Middx win by 7 wkts Scorecard      MCC University Matches 2015

 

More sense in Paul Downton's sacking than that of KP. More

 

*  St Kitts put out the 2nd XI ? win the toss and are bowled out for 59, in reply Trott and Cook add 158 for the 1st wicket:At Basseterre 2d match St Kitts Invitation XI 59,26.3 overs & 76,35 overs drew with England XI 379-6dec,115.2 overs(Cook 101ret,Trott 72) Scorecard

 

England-U-19s'  top order fails(32-5) as Henry Thornton takes a fourfer, Ryan Davies and Aaron Thomason stage arecovery but England post a modest 1st innings total, in reply Oz lose 3 wickets but Sam Heazlett scores a ton as does Jake Doran too as Oz pile on the runs.England take slender lead by close of play day 3 but bat out day 4 to draw,Hameed 91 not out off 256 balls:At WACA Perth 1st Youth Test ENG won toss England U-19s 172,62.1 overs(Davies 61,Thornton 4-17) &342-5,113 overs(Hameed 91,Taylor 72,Weatherley 68) drew with Australia U-19s 455-6,105.2 overs(Heazlett 160,Doran 169,Healey 69,Taylor 3-45) Scorecard

 

*  Barney Gibson aged 19 quits County Cricket,four years ago he became the youngest ever player to play 1st class cricket. Neil Whitaker reports

 

Narine will play the IPL this season for Kolkata Knight Riders after the BCCI's sub-committee dealing with suspect actions gave him a clean chit. More Pity WICB did not do the same for ICC World Cup.  Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal has described his time away from the game as "the most difficult" of his life.Ajmal, who was banned in September for an illegal action, underwent extensive remedial work and had to go through three unofficial tests before finally being cleared by the ICC in February.

 

New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill, who last played a Test in May 2013, has been recalled to the Test squad for the side's forthcoming tour to England. Fast bowler Matt Henry has received a Test call-up, while uncapped allrounder Mitchell Santner has been added to New Zealand's ODI and T20 squad. More

 

MCC return  from Tour to Central and South America including Panama and Surinam More

 

CCC  celebrated its centenary with a well attended dinner at the House of Lords on April 2nd, Gus Fraser was the main speaker More

 

*  Students and County Cricketers shiver alike this early April. Duckett(N'hants) hits a ton  at Fenners in a rain interupted match Scorecard. Glamorgan reach 434-7 and Cook made a ton, the students 110-8 at the close over 3 days at Cardiff  Scorecard. Carbery and Vince hit tons off Loughborough students as Hants a mass 474-4 dec, the students in reply made 149 and Hants were 236-4dec at the close with Adams missing out on 98. Scorecard Shantry takes afifer for Worcs after Oxford MCCU bat first and collapse,124 all out,Worcs thrash a quick 339-6dec whereupon the students collapse again 95 all out to give the County a huge win ScorecardMyburgh and Hildreth hot tons amidst the showers at Taunton Vale off Durham's students,Somerset 354-3dec v Durham MCCU 129-7dec  ScorecardLeeds/Bradford students reached 176-9 in reply to Sussex's 283-6dec at Hove, Christian Davis hit the only fifty among  66 student cricketers Scorecard.


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