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HEATHER KNIGHT was frustrated after England lost to India in the opening women’s ODI Series in Paytm. India dismissed England for 136 in Mumbai to win by 66 runs. Mithali Raj’s team batted first and England would most likely have been satisfied at the innings break, having bowled India out for 202 but in reply …

ENGLAND captain Heather Knight (64*) got her side over the line in a closely fought warm-up fixture against the Board President’s XI at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The hosts – captained by Smriti Mandhana – batted first and were restricted to 154 after a disciplined bowling effort by England. Anya Shrubsole stood out with four wickets …

SOMERSET’S Max Waller will feature in this season’s Pakistan Super League. The former Millfield School spinner has signed for Quetta Gladiators. Their first game will be this Friday and the tournament will run through to March 17. Waller said: “I’m extremely excited to be out in Dubai joining up with the Quetta Gladiators for the …

The Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) is launching a series of special events to celebrate the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy coming to Bristol. The famous trophy will be in the city – which is one of the host venues – from March 8-10 as part of the countdown to cricket’s showpiece tournament. From a schools’ …

A NUMBER of West Country players have been named in England Women’s squads for the upcoming tours of India and Sri Lanka. Devonian Heather Knight will continue to captain the side, which welcomes back Sarah Taylor and Katherine Brunt – two of England’s most experienced players – after missing the side’s journey to the ICC …

WESTERN Storm seamer Freya Davies has joined team-mates Heather Knight, Anya Shrubsole and Fran Wilson in being awarded a central contract by the ECB. Davies said: “I’m absolutely thrilled. It’s always been my aim to represent England and this is an exciting step in the right direction. “I’m looking forward to continuing the hard work, and …

BEN DUCKETT hit a superb unbeaten 64 to see England Lions over the line in the final limited-overs game against India A, winning by one wicket. Chasing 122 to win, England fell to 95/8 but Duckett took charge with tailenders Matt Carter and Tom Bailey to farm the strike and take the Lions to victory. …

THE first 50-over match of the England Under-19 tour of Bangladesh went the way of the hosts, despite a spirited 61 from Somerset’s Lewis Goldsworthy. The Young Lions batted first in Cox’s Bazar, reaching 209/7 from their 50 overs. Goldsworthy was his team’s top-scorer, while there were also useful contributions from Middlesex’s Luke Hollman (35*) …