Foster guides Essex home

James Foster led from the front as Essex opened their LV= County Championship Division Two campaign with a five-wicket triumph against Kent at the Essex County Ground.

The home skipper hit an unbeaten 80, containing 10 fours and one maximum, to lead his side to their victory target of 193 shortly after the lunch interval.

The third day began with the game evenly poised and the home side lost the wicket of 17-year-old Daniel Lawrence without addition to the overnight score of 66 for three.

Piolet penalised under ECB Discipline Code

The England and Wales Cricket Board’s Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) today confirmed that Steffan Piolet (Sussex) has received a penalty under the ECB’s Directives.

Piolet was reported by umpires Paul Pollard and Nick Hall during Sussex’s Second XI Friendly match against Middlesex April 14th-16th 2015 for a Level One breach of the code (using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting and/or making an obscene gesture).

Cook determined to lead from front

England captain Alastair Cook is desperate to lead from the front when the second Test against West Indies begins in Grenada tomorrow. 

Cook was short of runs in the drawn first Test last week and is determined to turn that around at the National Cricket Stadium in St George’s as England seek a first five-day win in the Caribbean for 11 years.

Cook tons up early on day two

Alastair Cook wasted little time in moving from his overnight 95 to three figures before retiring out on 101 against a St Kitts and Nevis XI on day two of England’s first warm-up game on their Caribbean tour.

The captain played the day’s opening ball for four to third man via a controlled edge and in the next over punched two runs off the back foot to raise his first England ton since November 2013 when he made 154 retired out in an Ashes warm-up versus Australia A in Hobart.

England U19s up against it at WACA

England Under-19s face a tall order to save the one-off ‘Test’ at the WACA Ground after large hundreds from Sam Heazlett and Jake Doran gave Australia Under-19s a first-innings lead of 283.

Responding to a commanding 455 for seven declared, captain Joe Weatherley and Max Holden guided the tourists to 38 for none following two days of four.

Opening batsman Heazlett and Doran, the youngest player to appear in a Big Bash League game, amassed a fourth-wicket stand of 218 to put the hosts, who had resumed today on 103 for three, in charge.