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Sam Northeast's hundred swelled Kent's lead

County news

Sam Northeast signs for Hampshire

Sam Northeast, who was given permission to speak to other counties last month by Kent, has joined Hampshire on a long-term contract

Kent captain Matthew Fleming lifts up the Norwich Union League trophy

New MCC president eyes younger fans

Matthew Fleming looks to bring his adventurous playing style to his administrative role at the historic club, which is seeking to remain relevant in the 21st century

John Woodcock sits next to photographers behind the boundary

Woodcock at 90

The often outspoken former cricket correspondent of the Times, turns ten short of a century on Sunday

Umpire Rob Bailey gives the final signal to leave the field for good

County news

Umpires consider protective head visors

England's first-class umpires, concerned for their own safety in an era of ever-powerful hitting, are examining forms of protection including to the head, the heart and the back of the neck

Cover of <i>Wisden on Grace</i>

Wisden on Grace

Champion or cheat?

Either way, WG Grace generated more than his share of column centimetres, in his lifetime and beyond

Peter Willey officiates

England news

Willey, Sharp fail in fight against retirement

Peter Willey and George Sharp, the highly respected umpires, have been forced to retire not through failing eyesight or sciatica but as the result of a finding by a judge at a central London employment hearing

Peter Willey and George Sharp attend their employment tribunal

County news

Willey, Sharp make last stand against ECB

The outcome of the age discrimination and unfair dismissal case brought by Peter Willey and George Sharp against the ECB is a hard one for even experienced lawyers to call

Sam Billings play an astonishing innings

England news

The inevitable rise of Billings

In terms of the amount of sports Sam Billings excels at there are shades of AB de Villiers in the Kent wicketkeeper who is quickly becoming one of hottest prospects in the English game

Jonathan Trott enjoyed his team's first-innings batting efforts

England Lions in South Africa 2014-15

Trott's success tops Lions report

Two four-days game in tough conditions tested England Lions. The play-off for an opening berth remained unsettled while Mark Wood emerged from the fast bowling attack

James Vince notched up Hampshire's first ton of the season

South Africa A v England Lions, Bloemfontein, 4th day

Vince hundred states England claims

James Vince, whose talent and in particular the excellence of his cover driving is not in question, is that much closer to playing for England