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Viv Richards congratulates Peter Roebuck

Peter Roebuck's Somerset agony

Previously unpublished material reveals the anguish he felt about being made the man to blame for the decision to let the club's long-serving West Indian stars go

Idle, winners of the Priestley Cup in 1976

Peter Kippax 1940-2017

Bat-maker and bat beater: Peter Kippax dies

Peter Kippax, who played for the county as a legspinner in the early 1960s, has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's, aged 76

Kagiso Rabada made short work of Sri Lanka's middle order

South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 4th day

Kagiso Rabada takes ten in 282-run triumph

South Africa took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Test series by claiming the last six wickets before lunch on the fourth morning as Sri Lanka continued their ill-disciplined ways

Vernon Philander removed Dimuth Karunaratne's leg stump

South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 3rd day

South Africa close in on series victory

South Africa made inevitable progress towards the victory in Cape Town that would bring them a Test series win against a Sri Lanka side whose batting naivety has become more apparent as the series progresses

Quinton de Kock raises is bat for three figures

South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 2nd day

Rabada, Philander dismantle Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka disintegrated to 110 all out on the second day in Cape Town as Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander collected eight wickets between them

Lahiru Kumara appeals for the wicket of JP Duminy

South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 1st day

Elgar's ton anchors South Africa's recovery

The serious demeanour of Dean Elgar, a batsman not given to fripperies, dominated the opening day of the second Test at Newlands as Sri Lanka failed to gain lasting benefit from a good bowling day

Dark skies over Headingley

County news

Yorkshire urge go-ahead on Headingley stand

Yorkshire and their rugby league counterparts, Leeds Rhinos, have appealed to Leeds City Council to give the go-ahead to their Headingley development next month

Ed Joyce struck a couple of attractive boundaries

Ireland news

Sussex eye job share as Joyce opts for Ireland

Ed Joyce has embarked upon a novel job-sharing deal by continuing his county career at Sussex while teaming up with Cricket Ireland in their inaugural first-class season

Gary Ballance helped Yorkshire rebuild

County news

Yorkshire gamble on Ballance captaincy

Yorkshire have gambled on the anticipated dwindling of Gary Ballance's Test career, at least in the short term, by appointing him captain in all three formats