Bound for New Zealand, Beghin bows out with unbeaten century

Graeme Beghin’s skills shone through when he marked his farewell to Scotland with a century, propelling Forfarshire to victory over Grange in the decider for third place in the league.

Majid Haq said it had been a team effort to win the title

Clydesdale take Western Premier title after surviving scare

Clydesdale survived a huge scare before clinching the Western Premier championship at the second time of asking with a tense win over Kelburne at Whitehaugh yesterday. The Titwood men thought they had completed a successful defence of their title seven days earlier when their match against Prestwick was abandoned.

Skipper Eoin Morgan leads from the front as he strokes his way to 68, and England to victory. Picture: Adam Davy/PA

Early wickets give England edge on Pakistan

Another comprehensive victory for England as their excellence in 50-over cricket continued with little disruption. The final butcher’s bill may state a win by four wickets but in reality it should say a win by 10.45am as Pakistan were three wickets down in 19 balls.

Ian Bell has not played international cricket since November when he won his 118th cap against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates. Picture: Getty

Ian Bell return would be wrong call – Nasser Hussain

Nasser Hussain believes England’s selectors would be taking a backward step if they recalled Ian Bell for the winter Test tours to Bangladesh and India.

The victorious Clydesdale players celebrate in the dressing room after defeating Arbroath to lift the Scottish Cup at Hamilton Crescent. Picture: Donald MacLeod

Long wait over as Clydesdale see off Arbroath to seal cup glory

Clydesdale last night ended a 28-year wait for Scottish Cup glory when they denied Arbroath a second consecutive success in a low-scoring thriller at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow.

Calum MacLeod celebrates his century for Scotland against the UAE in Edinburgh. Picture: Donald MacLeod/Cricket Scotland

Calum MacLeod’s century guides Scotland to victory over UAE

Calum MacLeod surged back to form with a fine century to inspire Scotland to their second convincing World Cricket League triumph over the United Arab Emirates in the space three days.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13:  Alex Hales of England bats during day three of the 4th Investec Test between England and Pakistan at The Kia Oval on August 13, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Alex Hales, James Vince, Gary Vallance running out of chances

England coach Trevor Bayliss
predicts “tough decisions” will have to be made when 
the selectors meet to pick the Test squad to tour Bangladesh and India.

Scotland captain Preston Mommsen gets the ball away during his unbeaten 111 at the Grange. Picture: Donald Macleod

Mommsen and Coetzer shine as Scotland crush UAE

Scotland put their weather woes behind them yesterday to step up their World Cricket League bid with a comprehensive win over UAE at the Grange in Edinburgh.

Banned cricketer Thami Tsolekile in action for South Africa A against Australia A. Picture: Getty

Ex-Saltire Jean Symes banned in fixing scandal

Former Scottish Saltire Jean Symes has been handed a 
even-year ban for his part in a match-fixing scandal.

England captain Alastair Cook (right) celebrates after England beat Pakistan by 141 runs.

Cook proud of resilient England after thrilling win over Pakistan

England showed captain Alastair Cook a new resilience to beat Pakistan at Edgbaston, and put themselves in with a chance of topping the world Test rankings this summer.

Unbeaten on 82, Jonny Bairstow steered England into pole position.  Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

Bairstow and Ali put England in control

The hope is there is a result tomorrow in this Test match. Both teams deserve that, although after the superb partnership between Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali in the evening session today there is realistically only one winner – England.

Referee Romain Poite calls for help from the television official during a Test between Australia and England. Picture: Getty

Allan Massie: Beware the Pandora’s Box of TV refs

With the start of the Olympics
there will be talk of the number of new records that may be made. In all sports some records are overtaken, partly for physiological reasons – people are in general bigger and stronger – partly on account of improved training methods, partly because of technological advances; one may wonder, for instance, if Usain Bolt would break ten seconds for the hundred metres on one of the old cinder tracks.

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Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali turns the ball off his hip and sets off for a run to complete his hundred. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Pakistan turn the screw as England bowlers toil at Edgbaston

England are facing the prospect of a damaging first-innings deficit after Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam shut them out on day two of the third Investec Test at Edgbaston.

Pakistan bowler Sohail Khan celebrates after dismissing James Anderson and claiming his fifth wicket onday one of the 3rd Investec Test against England at Edgbaston. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty

Moeen Ali and Gary Ballance keep England competitive

Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali kept England competitive on a taxing first day of the third Investec Test against Pakistan at Edgbaston.

England paceman Steven Finn in the nets during an indoor practice session at Edgbaston ahead of todays crucial third Test. Picture: AFP/Getty

Alastair Cook makes ‘tough call’ to go with Steven Finn

Steven Finn is set to return for England in the third Investec Test at Edgbaston, after captain Alastair Cook made a “tough call” between him and Jake Ball.

Sean Weeraratna sends another delivery racing towards the boundary during his innings of 63 not out from only 38 deliveries. Picture: Neil Hanna

Heriot’s Sean Weeraratna bats Watsonians off top of table

Sean Weeraratna produced a superb all-round display to help Heriot’s power to the victory that could shape the destiny of the championship – then insisted his side can be part of the title race next season.

Englands Old Trafford hero Joe Root paid a visit to his old stamping ground, Sheffield Collegiate CC, to meet his ex-team-mates. Picture: Getty

Allan Massie: Ramprakash helped Root get over mental block

In this column last week I was critical of Joe Root’s two 
dismissals in the Lord’s Test, especially the second inning one when he tried to hook a head-high ball that was going in the direction of second slip and was caught at square-leg. I suggested he was in one-day mode. When I had filed my cope I switched on to the Cricinfo site and saw that he was eight not out at Old Trafford. So I abandoned work and went downstairs to watch him play what proved to be a perfect Test match innings.

Forfarshire captain Craig Wallace dives for the crease on his way to scoring 46, as the ball evades Carlton wicketkeeper Rory McCann. Picture: Toby Williams

Watsonians closer to title as Carlton overcome Forfarshire

Watsonians have all but secured the title as the Eastern Premier campaign heads towards its final month of action.

Joe Root struck a 254 as England responded to their first-match defeat by Pakistan in style. Pic: Martin Rickett/PA

England plant roots for recover mission against Pakistan

To win this series, England need to win this match. That was the challenge directed to them in the run up to Friday and they have responded magnificently. Sometime in the next two days, they should complete a victory and feel satisfied that the loss at Lord’s has been erased. All will then be to play for in the final two Test matches.

Majid Haq took crucial wickets for Clydesdale

Final-over drama as Clydesdale keep title defence on track

Clydesdale may have struck the decisive blow in their bid to retain the Western Premier title with victory over second-placed Ferguslie at Titwood.

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