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England batsman Duckett commits future to Northants

Ben Duckett has been in sensational form for Northamptonshire. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Northamptonshire Steelbacks batsman Ben Duckett has signed a new contract with the county until the end of 2018.

The 21-year-old has been called up for England's upcoming tour of Bangladesh following a brilliant domestic season where he scored 1,338 runs in Division Two, including two double centuries.

That had led to speculation that other clubs would look to poach him away but Duckett has decided to commit his future to Northants.

The opportunities that I have had at Northamptonshire have enabled me to gain invaluable game time resulting in an amazing year for me.

I intend to make the most of playing for my country which is a dream come true, but I’m looking forward to coming back to Wantage Road and building on Northamptonshire’s success.

– Ben Duckett, Northamptonshire Steelbacks

Duckett has also been nominated for the Professional Cricketers' Association Player of the Year award.

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Swardeston cricket team look ahead to national club final

Video report by ITV Anglia's Donovan Blake

Swardeston Cricket team, on the outskirts of Norwich, look ahead to the National club final in just over a week.

After claiming a league and cup double for this region, they're already halfway towards a national double after winning the NatWest T-20 Club competition earlier this week.

After defending their East Anglian Premier League title for a fifth year in a row, Swardeston won Norfolk's main one-day competition the Carter Cup last weekend. Then came Tuesday's T-20 triumph, beating local side Sandiacre in the final.

The trophy haul has been generated with a tight squad, including some players who represent Norfolk at Minor Counties level, but are mostly home produced.

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Yorkshire's Will Rhodes joins Essex on Loan

Yorkshire all-rounder Will Rhodes has joined Essex on loan. Credit: PA Images

Yorkshire all-rounder Will Rhodes has joined Essex on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old will be available for Essex's five remaining Specsavers County Championship matches, having played just twice for the White Rose in the longer format.

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon said: "We feel, as does Will, that this is a great opportunity to play first-team cricket and to improve as a player.

"It will be a great experience for him and hopefully will help to develop him further as an all-round cricketer."

Essex coach Chris Silverwood, himself a former Yorkshire player, said: "Will is an exciting young all-rounder who we hope will contribute with both bat and ball for the remainder of the season.

"He is very highly thought of at Yorkshire but they are keen for him to get out and play some red-ball cricket, so we are pleased he decided to join the club."

Essex Eagles book their place in T20 Blast quarter-finals

Jesse Ryder and the rest of his Essex teammate have made the quarter-finals. Credit: PA

Essex Eagles have qualified for the quarter-finals of the T20 Blast - with a bit of a helping from the weather.

They were set a target of 185 to win against Glamorgan at Chelmsford but they didn't have to bat in the end after the rain came to their rescue.

That meant that the match was abandoned and Essex got the point they needed to make it through to the last eight.

The Eagles finished 4th in their group, just ahead of Surrey and Kent.

Milne to miss Essex T20 Blast campaign due to injury

Adam Milne won't now be joining up with Essex. Credit: PA

New Zealand bowler Adam Milne won't be joining up with Essex for the remainder of their T20 Blast campaign after he picked up an elbow injury.

The 24-year-old was due to play for the Eagles in the tournament this summer but will now undergo surgery instead.

Milne was signed as a replacement for Wahab Riaz who will soon be featuring for Pakistan in their upcoming test series against England.

Essex, who are bottom in the southern group, are now hoping to bring in someone to cover for the loss of Milne.

It is disappointing for ourselves and Adam as we were excited by his arrival. Unfortunately he requires surgery on an elbow injury he picked up previously.

Although it is unfortunate he can’t join us we have a list of replacements that we are working hard to bring in. Hopefully we can treat the fans to an exciting arrival in the coming weeks.

– Chris Silverwood, Essex Head Coach
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