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Ian Ward announces retirement

Former England batsman Ian Ward has announced his retirement to pursue a career as a full-time cricket presenter and commentator

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Twenty20 South Division round-up

Sussex and Essex miss out

Surrey and Middlesex qualified from the South Division for the quarter finals of the Twenty20 Cup

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English National League 2004

Champions Surrey are relegated

On another day of rain interruptions and run-rate calculations, Surrey - the defending National League champions - lost out to Northants, a defeat that condemned them to relegation

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Surrey captaincy debate

Batty appointment unearths unrest at Surrey

It is reported that the appointment of Jonathan Batty as successor as captain to Adam Hollioake, who will retire at the end of 2004, has caused unease among senior players in the Surrey squad

Hampshire crocked go in for fixing

Three Hampshire players are facing dates with the surgeon's knife shortly to right ailments in preparation for the push for promotion to Division One of the County Championship next season.

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Ward offered Somerset captaincy

Ian Ward has been offered the chance to captain Somerset in 2004, after announcing his intention to part company with Surrey at the end of the season

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National Cricket League round-up

Surrey crowned National League champions

Surrey 198 for 9 beat Glamorgan 190 by eight runs at Cardiff Scorecard They may have blown the Championship, but Surrey were today crowned the National League champions after beating last year's winners Glamorgan by eight runs in a low-scoring

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Ward to leave Surrey at end of season

Ian Ward has announced he will leave Surrey at the end of the season, citing the need for a new challenge and fresh motivation as the reason