GLOUCESTERSHIRE batsman Michael Klinger has announced his retirement from First Class cricket. Aussie Klinger, who joined Gloucestershire as club captain in December 2012, has been prolific in red and white-ball cricket, amassing plenty of runs in the process. Klinger was captain of the Gloucestershire side that lifted the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2015 after …

ASHMOOR’S Sam Taylor and University of Exeter player Tom Stevenson have both been named in the England under-18 hockey squad for the European Championships later this year. Midfielder Stevenson was talent-spotted at 16, through the Futures Cup series, and made it into the age-group England squad then. His home club is Taunton Vale. Half-back Taylor …

COLDPLAY’S Chris Martin is hoping that a big recruitment drive will help discover new players for the team he played for as a youngster. The superstar singer grew up near Exeter and was a talented cricketer. He was part of the same Devon under-11 and under-12 squads as Paignton wicketkeeper Chris Read, who went on …

Gloucestershire’s one-day captain Michael Klinger will play a reduced role in this year’s Big Bash League after his wife Cindy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Klinger revealed the shock news about his wife in an emotional open letter on the website of his BBL franchise Perth Scorchers. The 37-year-old, who played in last season’s NatWest …

Winter training has taken on a whole new meaning for Gloucestershire’s staffers as they have tried new ways of keeping fit. Strength and conditioning coach Bob Smith has had the squad belting punch bags in the boxing gym, pulling their weight in rowing boats, sweating it out in high-intensity yoga classes and charging round the …

A grant of £600 from the David Shepherd Cricket Trust is helping Plymouth CC keep youngsters playing for the club. All clubs who run youth sections will be familiar with the problem of youngsters aged 12-13 losing enthusiasm for the game. Plymouth have been looking at the reasons for the drop-off and think they know …

Keynsham have been on a sharp learning curve from the word go in their first sea- son back in South West One. It’s 13 seasons since the Crown Field outfit were last in South West One – and there are no survivors of that last incarnation still playing first XV rugby. The side named to …

Big spenders below rugby’s upper echelons have some tough decisions coming up as new financial boundaries are being imposed on clubs. From level three down – that’s where Plymouth Albion operate – clubs will have a spending cap and restrictions on what they can spend on players or coaches over a season. Broadly the caps …