Babar Azam ruled out of tour with fractured wrist

4:13 PM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Babar Azam has been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series against England after being diagnosed with a fractured wrist following the blow he took from Ben Stokes on the second day at Lord’s Babar was on 68 at the time and after assessment from the physio in the middle he retired hurt. He did not go straight for an x-ray but did…

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Williamson hails Sunrisers' hard scrap

3:09 PM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Two nights after being pipped by a late Faf du Plessis onslaught that cost them a four-day break and a direct entry into the final, Sunrisers Hyderabad did it the hard way at Eden Gardens. They snapped a four-match losing streak by beating Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs to enter their second IPL final and have another crack at Chennai Super Kings, who they…

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Billy Godleman makes the difference as Derbyshire go top

3:00 AM ET ECB Reporters Network Derbyshire 211 for 9 (Godleman 64, Wilson 49, Aaron 4-31) beat Leicestershire 206 for 7 (Critchley 3-35, Reece 3-37) by 5 runsScorecard Derbyshire survived a late assault from Tom Wells to go top of the Royal London One-Day Cup North Group with a five-run victory at Derby over Leicestershire who axed captain Michael Carberry before the game. In a match reduced to 33 overs…

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All-round Joe Denly stars with Kent's highest 50-over innings

3:00 AM ET ECB Reporters Network Kent 278 for 6 (Denly 150*) beat Glamorgan 274 (Selman 92, Denly 4-56)Scorecard Kent’s acting captain Joe Denly starred with ball and then bat to help Spitfires open their Royal London Cup win account with a four-wicket victory over Glamorgan with 11 balls to spare in Canterbury. Denly collected 4 for 56 with his burgeoning legspinners to restrict Glamorgan to 274 then picked up…

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Paul Stirling shows value with injury-defying hundred for Middlesex at Hove

3:00 AM ET ECB Reporters Network Middlesex 288 for 4 (Stirling 116) beat Worcestershire 214 (Wiese 57, Finn 3-29) by 74 runsScorecard Paul Stirling defied a thigh injury which forced him to bat with a runner to score his second century in less than a week as Middlesex beat Sussex by 74 runs at Hove in the Royal London One-Day Cup. The 27-year-old Irishman suffered the injury shortly after reaching…

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Andy Flower: IPL opportunity hinders players' first-class development

12:55 PM ET George Dobell Andy Flower has warned that allowing England players to participate in the IPL can result in them missing out on “growth opportunities” in first-class cricket. Flower, who is standing in for Andrew Strauss as England team director, accepted that those same players benefited from opportunities in other areas, but also suggested that domestic cricket must better recreate the conditions prevalent in international cricket if the…

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Durham off the mark in rain-affected contest against Worcestershire

3:00 AM ET ECB Reporters Network Durham 209 (Richardson 64, Morris 4-33) beat Worcestershire 84 for 4 by nine runs (DLS)Scorecard Durham have secured their first win in the Royal London One-Day Cup in the 2018 campaign, defeating the Worcestershire Rapids by nine runs via the Duckworth/Lewis method. Michael Richardson scored a half-century to guide his team to a total of 209 after losing the toss, while Gareth Harte also…

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Michael Carberry axed as Leicestershire captain following review

10:10 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Michael Carberry has been removed as Leicestershire captain with immediate effect following a review by head coach Paul Nixon. Paul Horton has been named as his replacement across all formats. Carberry was named captain in October having joined the club late in the 2017 campaign but has not lasted half a season in the role despite Leicestershire securing their first Championship win since September 2016…

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Theresa May shows better moves than Mick Jagger in earning fast-tracked MCC membership

7:53 AM ET George Dobell at Lord’s She may struggle to sell out London Stadium but, in the eyes of MCC, Theresa May has better moves than Jagger. May, the Prime Minister, has been fast-tracked for membership of MCC. While Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones frontman, is also an MCC member, it is understood he was obliged to spend longer on the waiting list. Both, it is understood, were fast-tracked…

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