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Yorkshire Vikings beat Lancashire Lightning

Yorkshire Vikings have won the Rose T20 blast game tonight at Old Trafford by five wickets.

Lancashire Lightning set a target of 179. Yorkshire's win was controversial after they were awarded a six run penalty because Lancashire were bowling too slowly.

They reached the target with three balls to spare with Richard Pyrah hitting a mighty six.

England pair set for Yorkshire return

England duo Tim Bresnan and Jonny Bairstow are set to make their Yorkshire comebacks after being named in the squad for Sunday's LV= County Championship match at Durham.

The pair replace two fellow internationals, with Gary Ballance and Joe Root both dropping out having been selected for England's training camp and one-day international against Scotland next week.

Bresnan came through a second XI clash with Lancashire in good shape last week, while Bairstow has been passed fit having recovered from a broken finger.

Both players will harbour hopes of impressing England's new selection panel, having missed out on the chance to impress new head coach Peter Moores in Aberdeen.


No comeback for Root

England batsman Joe Root had to be be satisfied with fielding practice as he made his comeback from injury in Yorkshire seconds' three-day friendly against Lancashire at Northop Hall in North Wales.

Joe Root Credit: Press Association

The 23-year-old broke his thumb batting against West Indies in England's ODI series victory in Antigua seven weeks ago and was forced to miss the ICC World Twenty20.

Yorkshire put Lancashire into bat after winning the toss and the home side reached 201 for two by the close of a rain-hit opening day, with Root not called on to bowl.

Yorkshire cricket season preview

Yorkshire's new season starts in earnest on Sunday, with their opening County Championship match against Somerset at Taunton.

Last summer was their first back in the top flight and they did well to finish second behind champions Durham, and despite the setback of losing England's Jonny Bairstow for the opening month after he broke a finger this week, many are tipping them to go one better this year.

Our sports correspondent John Shires assesses their prospects.

Root among Wisden's Cricketers of the Year

Joe Root has been named as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year.

Joe Root named one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year Credit: Press Association

Root's award comes little more than 16 months after his international debut and follows not just an outstanding Ashes summer for him and England but a winter in which neither player nor team excelled in the slightest on the way to a 5-0 whitewash down under.

The established prime criterion for nominations is impact on the preceding English summer rather than any subsequent events.

Joe Root pens extension

Yorkshire's Joe Root Credit: Press Association

Yorkshire batsman Joe Root has signed a two-year contract extension, the county have confirmed.

The Sheffield born star, who is now a regular in the England team, will now remain in his home county until at least December 2016.


Joe Root to miss World Twenty20

Joe Root out with injury Credit: PA

Yorkshire and England batsman Joe Root will miss the ICC World Twenty20 through injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed.

It's after the 23-year-old broke his thumb in a match against the West Indies in last week's one-day international series victory in Antigua.

The decision was made following a consultation with a specialist on Monday.

He will be replaced by Ian Bell for the tournament in Bangladesh.

Arran Brindle retires from international cricket

International women's cricketer Arran Brindle Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

International cricketer Arran Brindle has retired from the England's Women's team. The 32-year-old batting all-rounder made 134 international appearances including 11 tests and scored 2,852 runs across all formats, adding 57 wickets with her medium pace and 58 catches.

" I will forever cherish the highs and lows of playing cricket for England.

My fondest and proudest memories are undoubtedly of our battles against Australia, especially victory in 2005, regaining the Women's Ashes after 42 years. Having taken part in five Ashes series, I feel proud to walk having won three."

Arran Brindle

Moxon delighted to bring in Finch

Yorkshire have announced the signing of Australia batsman Aaron Finch.

The 27-year-old, who holds the world record for an international Twenty20 innings after smashing 156 against England last summer, will arrive as soon as his participation in the Indian Premier League ends in May.

Yorkshire's director of cricket Martyn Moxon is delighted to have secured Finch's services, with top-end talent at a premium this summer due to the elongated nature of the new T20 format:

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