Thrilling finish as Gloucestershire nick it

Jack Taylor and Benny Howell blasted 69 off the last four overs to give Gloucestershire an amazing six-wicket Royal London One-Day Cup win over Derbyshire Falcons at the Bristol County Ground.

Hamish Rutherford and Wayne Madsen had profited from a poor home fielding display to score centuries as Derbyshire ran up 274 for five from 48 overs after losing the toss.

Rutherford equalled his career-best List A score of 110, while Madsen finished unbeaten on 106.

Bairstow revels in Test call-up

Jonny Bairstow is determined to continue the fine run of form which earned him a call-up to England’s Test squad for the third Investec Ashes Test.

Bairstow’s average in excess of 100 with the bat in seven LV= County Championship Division One matches has prompted the selectors to include the 25-year-old in the 13-man squad to face Australia at Edgbaston next week.

Smith expects experience to count

Will Smith has admitted Hampshire play their best cricket when their backs are against the wall ahead of tomorrow’s must-win match with Somerset in the NatWest T20 South Group.

Hampshire are guaranteed to qualify for the quarter-finals for the seventh year in a row if they can beat Chris Gayle-less Somerset at the Ageas Bowl.

Hampshire were demolished in the reverse fixture by an aerial bombardment by Gayle who struck 85 from 49 balls – aided by a free-scoring Peter Trego – as the hosts chased 168 with nine balls to spare.

England women make winning start

England made a winning start to the Women’s Ashes Series as Natalie Sciver and Lydia Greenway’s brilliant partnership helped set up a four-wicket victory.

Sciver and Greenway put on 122 to help England recover from 80 for four as they chased Australia’s 238 for nine, which included four run-outs as Charlotte Edwards’ side fielded superbly.

Sciver and Greenway both departed before the close but Georgia Elwiss and Katherine Brunt safely steered England home and secured the two points available from the first of three Royal London one-day internationals.

Ashes Test debut to remember for Atherton

Former England opening batsman Michael Atherton has recalled the “scarcely believable” moment when he was handed his first Test cap in an Ashes clash in 1989.

The opening batsman was drafted into the side for the penultimate Test of the six-match series, which Australia were leading 3-0, at Trent Bridge in August of that year.

Atherton was handed his cap by skipper David Gower, a player he had grown up watching and trying to emulate, and now a colleague on the Sky Sports commentary team.