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Alastair Cook: England opener cleared to end season with Essex

Alastair Cook hit three Championship centuries for Essex earlier in the summer Former England Test captain Alastair Cook has been cleared to play for Essex in their final two County Championship games of the summer. It is looking increasingly likely, however, that they will already have clinched the title by then. Cook, 32, scored 667 runs for Essex in seven appearances earlier in the season He can play against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl next week and the home game against Yorkshire the following week which brings the season to…

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William Porterfield: Ireland captain to leave Warwickshire at end of season

William Porterfield joined Warwickshire ahead of the 2011 season Ireland captain William Porterfield is to leave Warwickshire at the end of the season. The 32-year-old, who is the county’s vice-captain in limited-overs cricket, joined from Gloucestershire in 2011. He has since made 70 appearances in first-class matches, played in 39 List A games and appeared 53 times in T20. “William’s leadership experience and support has been a great asset for the club and we wish him the very best,” said Bears sport director Ashley Giles. Porterfield is his country’s top…

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Hampshire’s Rilee Rossouw and Lewis McManus out for season with fractured fingers

Hampshire will have to contend without both Rilee Rossouw (left) and Lewis McManus Hampshire batsman Rilee Rossouw and wicketkeeper Lewis McManus have been ruled out for the rest of the season with fractured fingers. Both will require surgery after picking up their injuries against Essex in the T20 Blast and Lancashire in the County Championship respectively. “It’s a big shame,” Hampshire coach Craig White told BBC Radio Solent. “It’s still sinking in so we’ll sit down and have a chat about where we go from here for the rest of…

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Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup: Briton Tahnee Seagrave wins second race of season

Tahnee Seagrave won her first-ever race in Leogang in Austria in June Britain’s Tahnee Seagrave won her second Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup race of the season in Canada. Having clinched her maiden win in Austria in June, the 22-year-old secured the penultimate race of the calendar at Mont-Sainte-Anne. Seagrave stays third in the overall rankings, a place ahead of fellow Briton Rachel Atherton, the defending World Cup champion, who finished fifth. World Champion Danny Hart had to settle for third in the elite men’s race. “It doesn’t feel real…

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