Rayudu stars as India double lead

By Callum Dent

Ambati Rayudu struck a career-best 64 as India took advantage of another disappointing batting performance from England to win the third Royal London one-day international at Trent Bridge by six wickets and move 2-0 ahead in the series.

Needing to bounce back from Wednesday’s defeat at the SWALEC Stadium to retain any hope of winning the five-match rubber, the hosts started well as Alastair Cook and Alex Hales shared an opening stand of 82 after losing the toss.

Pakistan routed in series decider

Pakistan succumbed to their lowest one-day score in five years as Sri Lanka coasted to a series-deciding seven-wicket victory in Dambulla.

The tourists were routed for just 102 – their worst total in Sri Lanka in 32.1 overs – as only three players reached double figures.

Sri Lanka chased down the target with massive 178 balls to spare, opener Tillakaratne Dilshan guiding the way with an unbeaten on 50, to win the three-match series 2-1.

Clarke extends Worcestershire deal

By Matt Somerford

Worcestershire have continued to strengthen for the future with confirmation that England Under-19s wicketkeeper-batsman Joe Clarke has agreed a contract extension.

The Shrewsbury-born teenager will remain at New Road until 2016 and becomes the sixth academy product to agree terms in the past fortnight.

Joe Leach, Chris Russell, Tom Fell, Ben Cox and Tom Kohler-Cadmore have also penned two-year deals while Clarke’s England U19s team-mate Ed Barnard is also on the books.

Durham fightback stuns Vikings

A resolute all-round performance from Paul Collingwood and a century from skipper Mark Stoneman were the outstanding features of Durham’s 31-run victory over Yorkshire Vikings in their Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final at Headingley.

The former England all-rounder was second top-scorer with 38 in Durham’s 237 and he then weighed in with 2-29 off his 10 overs as Yorkshire were bowled out for 206 with 11 balls remaining.

Gunn looking forward to Proteas test

By Callum Dent

England Women all-rounder Jenny Gunn is relishing the three NatWest T20 Internationals with South Africa after rain ended their hopes of securing a Royal London One-Day Series whitewash over India.

With the hosts holding an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match rubber following the brace of victories at Scarborough, wet weather at Lord’s yesterday robbed Charlotte Edwards’ side of the opportunity to complete a clean sweep over the tourists.