Gary Ballance made 31 on his return to Yorkshire colours

Derbyshire v Yorkshire, Royal London Cup, Group A, Derby

Ballance makes confidence-boosting runs

Gary Ballance eased his England disappointment by inspiring Yorkshire to a seven-run Duckworth-Lewis victory over Derbyshire in a rain-affected Royal London Cup game at Derby


James Vince made his T20 best 93 not out

Hampshire v Sussex, Royal London Cup, Group B, Ageas Bowl

Vince and Dawson too much for Sussex

James Vince rejuvenated his England one-day chances with a first century of the summer as Hampshire opened their Royal London Cup campaign with an 87-run victory over Sussex at the Ageas Bowl


Ravi Bopara's unbeaten 81 sealed victory

Essex v Lancashire, Royal London Cup, Group B, Chelmsford

All-round Bopara sinks Lancashire

Ravi Bopara turned in a superb all-round performance as Essex crushed Lancashire by seven wickets with 17 overs to spare in their Royal London Cup Group B match at Chelmsford.


Jason Roy reached a hundred off 74 balls

Surrey v Northants, Royal London Cup, Group A, Kia Oval

Roy ton sets up Northants mauling

Surrey made a convincing start to their Royal London Cup campaign with an emphatic 220-run victory against Northamptonshire at the Kia Oval, powered by a thunderous 74-ball hundred from Jason Roy

Ellyse Perry made significant inroads into England's top order

England v Australia, 3rd women's ODI, New Road

Lanning and Perry earn Australia Ashes lead

An all-round display from Ellyse Perry earned Australia the lead in the Women's Ashes as they claimed the one-day series 2-1, giving them a 4-2 points advantage on England

Mitchell Starc trapped Ian Bell with a full, fast inswinger

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Edgbaston

Bell prepares for a make-or-break Test

He is not at an age where the reflexes should have slowed. He does not lack for desire. Yet he has been bowled four times in his last 11 innings and, worryingly, has started to look more fallible in the field

Joe Root was all smiles at training

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Edgbaston

Root insists confidence is undimmed

If England were downcast after a 405-run drubbing in the second Investec Test at Lord's, you would not have known it from their demeanour as they reconvened at Edgbaston after a few days downtime

Perfect weather and a perfect batting track

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Edgbaston

Edgbaston turns to their cannabis lamps

Such is the pressure on groundsmen in an Investec Ashes series in which pitches have dominated the agenda, Warwickshire have turned to an unlikely source of inspiration ahead of the third Test at Edgbaston


Wayne Madsen plays into the off side

Somerset v Derbyshire, Royal London Cup, Group A, Taunton

Madsen sets up Derbyshire for opening win

Derbyshire kicked off their Royal London Cup campaign with a 29-run Duckworth-Lewis victory over Somerset in a game reduced to 14 overs a side at Taunton