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  • England staring at defeat

    England 50-2 (24 overs): CLOSE - ENGLAND TRAIL BY 269 RUNS WITH EIGHT SECOND-INNINGS WICKETS IN HAND.

    Nightwatchman Anderson survives a very strong LBW shout to Ntini, but England make it through to the close. The wicket of Vaughan is a huge blow to the home side: they have to bat for at least four sessions to save this match, and have lost two of only five batsmen. 

    England 50-2 (23 overs): DISASTER FOR ENGLAND! VAUGHAN EDGES BEHIND! In the penultimate over of the day, Vaughan nicks Ntini through to Boucher! 

    England 45-1 (20 overs) England come into the final four overs of the day just one

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  • Shoddy England drop series

    There you have it: England were completely out-played here today...they allowed the Kiwis to recover from a poor start, and were never in the run-chase in their own innings. 

    Thanks for joining me this afternoon; make sure you stick around for all the latest news and reports.

    England 215ao (48 overs) ALL OVER! NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 51 RUNS! Gillespie finishes it as Anderson slices a drive to Oram at point!

    England 209-9 (46.1 overs) Shah enhances his already burgeoning reputation with some crafty shots as he tries to get England as close as possible. BUT HE EVENTUALLY PERISHES, SLICING A DRIVE

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  • Counties face winter of discontent

    Winter is a strange time for a county cricketer. After a frenzied six-month spell through the summer when they flog harder than a 15-year-old boy with a Playboy Pamela Anderson special edition, a fallow six-months suddenly looms.

    Until a few years ago, taking up a temporary job selling Christmas trees or delivering yellow pages were the only way the honest county pro could make ends meet through the cold, dark winter.

    Nowadays, the Indian Cricket League is offering a way out for those players not good enough to make an international tour, or too lazy or bashful to play club cricket abroad.

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  • Not safe from Harm

    A new dawn in English cricket is upon us, and to celebrate the unpredictable maverick Kevin Pietersen has ushered in his fanfare-and-fireworks reign as South African-born England captain with one of most predictable team selections on record.

    While Cow accepts Peter Moore-bid was heavily involved, the return of Steve Harmison and Stuart Broad for the third Test against South Africa at The Oval was hardly the lighning bolt to signal KP's introduction Cow was yearning for.

    Broad's selection we can understand. After all, he looks eerily like Heath Ledger's character in the spectacularly

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  • The incredible introduction of Cow Corner

    Today heralds the start of a new cricket season, a day when overseas players don four jumpers in a desperate attempt to stave off the onset of hypothermia and a day when we not only launch a comprehensive live county cricket score service but a new daily cricket blog.

    Cow Corner had a sheltered upbringing - it was educated from home and forfeited text books for hardback copies of Wisden Almanack with the only visual stimulation being the John Player League. "Cowers" is the illegitimate sibling of Early Doors and can often be seen on park benches around St John's Wood trying to sell signed

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  • Oi, speccy!

    It probably shouldn't come as any surprise to discover that Daniel Vettori, with his I'd-rather-be-at-the-library glasses and beard, is decidedly uncoordinated.

    True, he has an infuriating knack of compiling dogged half-centuries and nipping out key wickets whenever he plays England, but the man, clearly, is a geek.

    How else do you explain the injury to his spinning finger that threatens his participation in the first Test, sustained trying to stop the ball when backing up?

    Vettori himself admitted: "I've never seen it happen to anyone else in cricket - and when you think about the number of

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  • Superb Smith sends England crashing

    SA 283-5 (80 overs) - ALL OVER - SMITH SMASHES SOUTH AFRICA TO VICTORY. A final four, in the event off the final ball of Pietersen after he swiped unsuccessfully at a few Panesar deliveries, completes the job. He ends with 154no as the tourists celebrate their first series win in England since 1965. Well-deserved.

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    SA 277-5 (78 overs) - Smith reaches his 150 with a single off Pietersen; Boucher reduces the runs required to five with a slash at a wide delivery. Perhaps England will be dumped out of this series in Panesar's over.

    SA 268-5 (76 overs) - SMITH

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  • Well… the fat man made a funny!

    Men love a list, men love arguing over a list even more.

    So the release of Shane Warne's new book this week 'My Top 100 Test Cricketers' was always going to provoke some banter.

    His criteria according to the bumpf that comes with these things included whether he had feared the player, their entertainment value, the spirit in which they played the game and role model potential.

    Few world argue with his first choice XI with Sachin Tendulkar top ahead of Brian Lara and Allan Border (4), Ricky Ponting (8) and Mark Waugh (9), preferred to brother Steve on entertainment value, completing the top

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  • No way, Owais

    Owais Shah's Test career: March 18, 2006 to March 10, 2009 - RIP.

    Shah's six-match foray into the five-day international format came to a terminal end when he was left out of the squad for the first Test against West Indies.

    Whilst you get the feeling that we'll be seeing Ian Bell sometime again in the Test arena, Cowers sees nothing but a few one-day and Twenty20 bashes in England colours for Shah.

    He can now take his place at the round table of Test cricket's great under achievers accompanied by Mark Ramprakash, Graeme Hick, John Crawley, Vinod Kambli and Michael Bevan.

    With over 13,000

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  • Overkill !!

    What is the biggest problem with baseball?

    Before you answer that question, we would like to say that Cowers doesn't mind baseball as a sport.

    The game has a similar ebb and flow to Test cricket and the battle of skilled bowlers/pitchers against batsmen/hitters and all the different nuances that entails are not poles apart.

    They even go off for rain!

    But does Cowers watch baseball apart from the World Series. No. And the reason is that each team plays 162 games during the season.

    Does it matter if your team wins or loses? Well not really. The best team in the Major Leagues last year won 96

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