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Yorkshire bag Aussie batsmen

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has completed the signings of Australian international batsmen Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell

Aaron Finch is to join Yorkshire after his IPL duties Credit: Press Association

Finch, the 28-year-old Australian T20 captain, will be returning to Headingley for his second spell after a successful campaign last term. He will arrive after his Indian Premier League commitments in May.

Hard-hitting batsman Glenn Maxwell, 26, will arrive after his IPL obligations and will play for the Yorkshire Vikings in the T20 Blast competition. This week he won the coveted Cricket Australia’s Twenty20 Player of the Year at the Allan Border Medal evening in Sydney.

Both players have been named in Australia’s ICC World Cup squad, which gets underway next month in Australia and New Zealand and are currently playing against England and India in the Tri-Series tournament in their native country.

Glenn Maxwell will play for Yorkshire Vikings in the T20 Blast Credit: Press Association

As a club we’re absolutely thrilled to bits to be able to secure the services of two very exciting players in world cricket. Aaron (Finch) has been at the Club before and for Glenn (Maxwell) this will be his first experience at Yorkshire County Cricket Club. I spoke to Glenn a little while ago and just enquired as to whether he would be interested in representing Yorkshire and outlined how we saw how well he could fit into the dressing room and the role we wanted him to play. He jumped at the opportunity, I think that says a lot about our Club, that players really want to come and play for us.

– Jason Gillespie, Yorkshire’s First Team Coach

Six-year old presents PM with plea for medical help

A six-year old boy with a rare growth disorder will today make a personal appeal for treatment to the Prime Minister.

Sam Brown from Otley will go to Downing Street and present banners and posters made by his classmates, asking for the NHS to provide funding for a trial drug to improve his health. Sam is one of fewer than a hundred people in the UK diagnosed with the disease.

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Unions ask PM to 'Stand up for Steel'

Union leaders are demonstrating outside a steelworks factory in Scunthorpe as part of the 'Stand up for Steel' campaign.

Steel workers want the government to bring forward the date of compensation and to regulate steel 'dumped' into the UK from Europe as it may not meet national standards.

They'll be sending postcards to the Prime Minister asking for help - he's previously said the government is working as hard as it can to increase steel production in the country.

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