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Cricket: Top 10 facts about a great British sport

1. The word cricket has been used for a type of insect since at least 1325.  It was first used to refer to a game in 1575…  2. …but the earliest definite reference to it being played in England was in a court case in 1598…  3. …and the earliest known version of formal laws for the game was in 1744.    4. In 1611, two Sussex men were fined for playing cricket and not going to church on Easter Sunday.  5. The first international cricket match was held in…

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England secure series win over the West Indies with a six run victory in fourth ODI

The pair, who were brought together at 181-5 with England trailing the Duckworth-Lewis par by some way, timed a lunge for the line expertly before rain brought an end to proceedings with England on 258-5 in the 36th over. Their 77 partnership for the sixth wicket, forged in exactly eight overs, was enough to secure victory by six runs (D/L). West Indies will have noted grimly they were forced to leave the field with Bajan export Rhianna’s ‘Umbrella’ booming in their ears. Not the most tactful accompaniment. For all England’s…

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England vs West Indies LIVE scorecard: Visitors put up 356 at the Oval

West Indies went into bat and, despite Chris Gayle only making two of three balls, have put on a big total in south London. Evin Lewis made 176 before being forced to retire injured and taken off on a stretcher. Captain Jason Holder made 77 while Jason Mohammed also put on 46. Chris Woakes was the pick of England’s bowlers with three wickets but also shipped 71 runs in 10 overs. England, who named their Ashes squad this morning, are without Alex Hales and Ben Stokes. Stokes has been selected…

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England v West Indies: third one-day international – live!

1.00pm BST13:00 28th over: England 173-3 (Root 67, Stokes 54) First bit of width from Powell is punished by Root, who arches back and cuts behind point for four. Share this post Google plus close 12.57pm BST12:57 27th over: England 167-3 (Root 62, Stokes 53) The first ball spins – mark it down: fiffth ball of the 27th over – but Root covers up well to push it into the off side for a single. That’s only one of four runs taken in the over. Had West Indies fielded a…

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