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Plymouth photographer Dan Mullan is celebrating after an image he captured at Bude Cricket Club’s Crooklets ground was shortlisted for a prestigious global prize, writes Tom Howe. A staff sports photographer at Getty Images, Dan was tasked with shooting an alternative side to last year’s summer of cricket, which culminated in England’s maiden World Cup …

The bracing impact of coronavirus upon grassroots sport has been felt by every individual involved, but particularly by those who also work in the medical field. Doctors, nurses, physicians and carers in the West Country, and the entire nation, have all been put under enormous strain in recent weeks as Covid-19 grips harder. As a …

This is a celebratory year for sport in west Wiltshire, with Westbury United Football Club marking their centenary with a series of events throughout 2020. Currently playing in the Western League Premier Division, the year is a special one for a club who were formed in 1920 when Westbury Old Comrades FC and Westbury Great …

The sporting world is at a crossroads, that even by its standards of delivering the unexpected, very few would have been able to predict, writes Gareth Davies. Just how quickly the week has unfolded within sport is difficult to fathom, even harder to comprehend. It started off with caution, witnessed first-hand by this very newspaper …

Frustrated clubs in the West Country have hit out at the FA for refusing to grant leagues an extension to the season, to cope with an increasing fixture backlog brought on by the weather, writes Andrew Clayton. Both the Western League and the South West Peninsula League revealed this week that appeals to football’s governing …

On Thursday evening, close to 4,000 supporters rose as one as the first of many renditions of ‘stand up if you love the darts’ rung out around Exeter’s Westpoint Arena, writes Gareth Davies. Former world champion Rob Cross had just taken to the oche, along with one of darts’ rising stars in Daryl Gurney. Before …

Just 1,190 supporters braved the freezing conditions to witness Exeter City move to within 90 minutes of another Wembley appearance on Tuesday, writes Gareth Davies. For an EFL Trophy quarter-final, a game with stakes that were supposedly so high, the crowd at St James’ Park was disappointing to put it lightly. But in a competition that …

Rugby started off this week hitting the headlines for all the right reasons. But sadly, the last few days has seen the oval-ball sport once again dragged through the gutter because of Saracens and the salary cap, writes Gareth Davies. Although the reigning champions’ financial mismanagement had abated rather than disappeared totally, amidst all the …