Cricket


BATSMAN George Hankins has signed a new contract with Gloucestershire. The 21-year-old, graduate of the club’s academy, has put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the 2021 season. Hankins said: “I am delighted to have extended my contract until the end of 2021. I am very excited to be part of …

SOMERSET’S Lewis Gregory was unable to mark his debut as captain of England Lions with a win over Pakistan A in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Pakistan A won the first limited-overs match, putting on a sizeable total of 351-4 before bowling the Lions out for 164 to win by 187 runs. Plymothian Gregory skippered the …

PLYMOUTH’S Heather Knight was left disappointed after her England team were well beaten by Australia in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 final in the early hours of Sunday morning. Australia claimed an eight-wicket win to lift the title for a fourth time. England, skippered by Knight, were looking to become double world champions, having won …

PLYMOUTH’S Heather Knight says it would be ‘really special’ if she could skipper England to a second global title. Knight has already helped England become world 50 over champions and will now lead her team out in the final of ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Tournament. England will play old rivals Australia in the early hours …

CORNWALL teenager Ellie Mitchell has been named in a new-look England Women’s Cricket Academy. Previously the England Women’s Senior Academy (EWSA) was combined with the England Women’s Academy (EWA) but from now on only one squad has been named, known as the England Women’s Academy. The purpose of the EWA remains to provide an individualised programme for …

SOMERSET’S Jack Leach impressed as England claimed their first series win in Sri Lanka since 2001. England secured a 57-run victory in the second Test in Pallekele. Sri Lanka started the final day on 226-7 and needed 75 to win. They added 14 before Moeen Ali drew Niroshan Dickwella into edging to first slip and …

HEATHER KNIGHT’S England team have reached the Women’s World Twenty20 semi-finals after thrashing South Africa by seven wickets in St Lucia England’s place in the final four was confirmed when West Indies beat Sri Lanka in the group’s other game. Anya Shrubsole led the way for England with a hat-trick, while Nat Sciver claimed 3-4 as South …

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 …