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Reigning champions Northants knocked out of T20 Blast

Northants won last year's T20 Blast. Credit: PA

Essex Eagles and Northamptonshire Steelbacks have both been knocked out of the T20 Blast after they failed to win their final group games.

The Eagles were well beaten at Sussex as they fell 55 runs short of their 173 target, while Northants' match against Durham fell victim to the weather.

It means that Northants' reign as champions is over after they won the competition last season.

Proud day for local club as ex-player makes England bow

It will be a proud day for everyone connected with Mildenhall Cricket Club when former player Tom Westley makes his England Test debut later today.

The Essex batsman has been named in the team to face South Africa at The Oval.

Mildenhall was one of Westley's first clubs and he still occasionally plays for them when he gets a chance.

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Cricket stars rally round for Grenfell tragedy

Monty Panesar and Henry Blofeld are taking part in the charity event. Credit: GMB

Former Essex cricketer Monty Panesar and Norfolk commentator Henry Blofeld are among the stars taking part in a charity cricket match to raise cash for those affected by the Grenfell tower tragedy.

Monty is playing for Lashings, a team described as the Harlem Globetrotters of cricket, against a team of politicians in a T20 game in London. Blowers will be providing match commentary. They hope it'll raise thousands for those caught up in the disaster.

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir admits it'll take time to be fully accepted as a role model

Essex's new overseas cricketer Mohammad Amir admits it will take time before he is fully accepted as a role model for future players.

The Pakistan left arm paceman only returned to International cricket last year after being convicted and banned for spot-fixing.

Now barely a week after helping his country win the ICC Champions Trophy against India for the first time, Amir is hoping to bolster Essex's County Championship title bid. They cemented their place at the top of Division One by beating Warwickshire by an innings and 164 runs.

And Amir believes his impressive opening bowling spell in the Champions Trophy Final - he took 3 wickets for just 16 runs - helped to convince himself that he's on the right track in re-establishing his status in the game.

It was a big relief to be honest. That kind of performance was due, in my mind, because everybody was looking for my performance.

If you are playing as a senior player of the team, you have to do well and you have to lead from the front. Thank God I did it and it was one of the best performances of my career.

I'm learning new things. I want to be a better player, I want to be a better human being. I want to be a role model for the youngsters but it will take time because I'm still on the learning process.

For me it's like the start of my career. Hopefully, in the end, I will be a role model for the youngsters.

– Mohammad Amir

Essex beaten by record-breaking Notts in One-Day Cup

Essex's Ryan ten Doeschate during the One Day Cup Credit: PA

Essex were denied a place in the One-Day Cup final after Nottinghamshire pulled off a record-run chase.

It looked like The Eagles had more than enough after centuries from Alastair Cook and Captain Ryan ten Doeschate helped them set an imposing total of 370.

But Notts managed to reach their target with three balls to spare, meaning they'll now go on to play in the final at Lord's on 1 July.

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