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.

England captain Alastair Cook looks to the sky as he celebrates his century against Pakistan. Picture: Getty

Alastair Cook leads way as England in driving seat

Centurions Alastair Cook and Joe Root put England in control on day one of the second Investec Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford.

Joe Root: Ill-advised hook shot. Picture: Getty

Allan Massie: England were let down by rash Joe Root

The ideal Test match has both sides scoring around 350 in the first innings and 250-300 in the second. In other words, it’s a match in which both batsmen and bowlers have the chance to flourish. Ideally again, there should be at least two centuries and a couple of five-wicket hauls. The game should ebb and flow and it doesn’t matter if it ends in a draw. Indeed, a draw may be the right result. One example of such a game was the Lord’s Test in the 1953 Ashes series. Len Hutton and Keith Miller made hundreds. There were brilliant innings from Arthur Morris (89) and the young Tom Graveney (78), and fine bowling from Ray Lindwall and Alec Bedser. On the fifth day England escaped from what seem certain defeat thanks to an epic stand between Willie 
Watson and Trevor Bailey. They finished some 40 runs short with three wickets in hand.

England captain Alastair Cook during catching practice at ahead of the 2nd Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty

Alastair Cook wants to forget James Anderson fitness row

Alastair Cook is urging England to move on from a “messy affair” at Lord’s, as they seek to level the 
Investec series.

James Anderson was in action for Lancashirein the County Championship at the weekend. Picture: Clint Hughes/Getty

Fit-again James Anderson and Ben Stokes back for second Test

England have called up the cavalry, and covered all options, as they urgently seek to regroup in the second Investec Test against Pakistan.

Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir jumps for joy after bowling Stuart Broad during day four. Picture: Getty

Pakistan clinch thrilling Test as Yasir Shah has last word

England faltered to a 75-run defeat against Pakistan as Yasir Shah had the final say in an epic first Investec Test at Lord’s.

Oliver Brown faces Jamie King as Watsonians were bowled out for 124, but fought back to skittle Stoneywood-Dyce for 60. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Watsonians weather the storm to stay at the top

Watsonians survived a huge scare against basement boys Stoneywood-Dyce to retain their place at the top of the Eastern Premier division.

Englands Chris Woakes celebrates taking the wicket of Shan Masood (out of picture). Picture: Ian Kington/Getty

Pakistan in driving seat after third day of Test match

This series against Pakistan needed an opening match that had the actual cricket as its main focus and thankfully the two teams have delivered in some style. It has been a compelling Test and while it can never erase the indelible stain of the match at Lord’s in 2010 that was exposed as corrupt, it has at least re-engaged the Test match rivalry between the two countries.

England batsman Jonny Bairstow is bowled for 29 runs during the first Test at Lords yesterday. Picture: Getty

Yasir Shah to the rescue with five wickets for Pakistan

Mohammad Amir had no luck on his controversial return to Lord’s, as Yasir Shah instead exposed England’s vulnerability on day two of the first Investec Test.

Carlton's Rory McCann shapes to drive as his side prevail over their hosts at Grange Loan. Picture Steven Scott Taylor

Carlton do the double over Grange to close gap on Watsonians

Carlton stepped-up their Eastern Premier title bid by completing the double over Grange at Grange Loan, writes William Dick.

Pakistan's Mohammed Amir was just 18 when he was trapped by a News of the World sting. Picture: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Allan Massie: Amir deserves warm welcome at Lord’s despite spot-fixing

Ihope Pakistan’s Mohammed Amir gets a friendly 
reception at Lord’s when he returns to Test cricket after his five years’ suspension for his part in the spot-fixing scandal. I thought he was harshly treated then. He was a naïve 18-year-old boy then, and trapped by a News of the World sting operation. Then he was put under severe pressure by his captain, and threats were made against his family if he didn’t comply.

Craig Wallace fails to connect with a delivery from Shapoor Zadran  at the Grange yesterday. Picture: Donald MacLeod

Scotland lose to Afghanistan as run chase falls apart

Scotland’s hopes of a morale-boosting win against Afghanistan were dashed yesterday as they fell 78 runs short in another rain-affected clash at the Grange, Edinburgh.

Sussex T20 quicky Tymal Mills is in line for his England debut in todays game against Sri Lanka. Picture: Getty

Eoin Morgan excited to let Tymal Mills loose on big stage

England are desperate not to heap too much pressure on “dangerous” paceman Tymal Mills, according to Eoin 

The Scotland cricket squad gathered yesterday to prepare for their one-day international against Afghanistan at The Grange in Edinburgh today. Picture: Donald Macleod

Glenrothes boost survival chances with surprise win

Glenrothes skipper Kenny Crichton believes his side are on course for top-flight survival after they produced one of the biggest upsets of the season to beat title challengers Forfarshire at Gilvenbank.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 30: David Richardson ICC Chief Executive (L) and outgoing ICC president Zaheer Abbas during the ICC Full Council meeting at The Waldorf Astoria, The Caledonian on June 30, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Scotland set to get a bigger say in cricket

In its imperial heyday, the Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh provided a grandiose entrance to a now-demolished railway station, a portal where many began great journeys towards destinations beyond their previous panorama. The annual Conference of the International Cricket Council concluded within its rustic edifice last night. And there are signs that the sport is ready to head down previously uncharted tracks.

Adrian Neill of Heriots bowls out Carltons Rory McCann in the 12th over at Goldenacre, Edinburgh.  Picture: Andrew OBrien

Watsonians shine in the rain to stay on top

Watsonians dodged yesterday’s showers to cement their place at the top of the Eastern Premier with victory over Aberdeenshire at Myreside.

Jason Roy has hit 282 runs at an average of 141 and a strike rate of 122.60 in the Sri Lanka clashes. Picture: Getty

Joe Root raves about ruthless Jason Roy

Joe Root believes Jason Roy has set the standard for 
England’s one-day top order with his eye-catching efforts against Sri Lanka.

England's Jason Roy celebrates reaching his century during the fourth Royal London One Day International at the Oval. Picture: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

Jason Roy races to ton as England make light work of chase

Jason Roy’s brilliant 162, England’s second-highest one-day international individual score, powered them to victory as they sealed the Royal London Series.

Englands Liam Plunkett celebrates after taking the wicket of Sri Lankas Kusal Mendis before rain intervened for a no-result in Bristol. Picture: AFP/Getty

Liam Plunkett is in fast lane for Test recall

Liam Plunkett is determined to live in the moment as he tries to make the most of his England opportunities.

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