The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have sent a cricket ball to the edge of space, marking the start of the T-20 competition.
Along with a team of engineers they attached the ball to a balloon and released it from Warwickshire's Edgbaston ground.
It reached a height of 110,000 feet.
Four cricket players from the Midlands are celebrating the part they played in helping win The Ashes for England.
Here Jenny Gunn and Danielle Wyatt who play for Nottinghamshire, Amy Jones for Warwickshire and Sarah Taylor who plays for Walmley, are all posing with the Women's Ashes trophy in Sydney Harbour.
Despite winning the series overall, the squad's last T20 match ended in defeat, with Australia 102-3 beating England by seven wickets 101-8 after 20 overs.
Northamptonshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive David Smith has been reprimanded by the ECB Cricket Discipline Commission.
Smith has been forced to apologise for comments made about the Old Trafford pitch, following his side's defeat at Lancashire on 21st June.
Three Midlands-based cricketers lead a 12-strong Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) squad Women's Young Cricketers squad announced by the MCC and the England Cricket Board (ECB) for the 2013 season.
Sarah Taylor who plays for Walmey, Warwickshire's Amy Jones and Staffordshire's Danni Wyatt are among the 2013 intake.
The MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson said ' MCC is absolutely delighted to once again join-up with the ECB to deliver the MCC Women’s Young Cricketers programme for the 2013 season.
'The Club is a very proud supporter of women’s cricket, and it is fantastic that we can now offer such a dynamic and purposeful programme for some of the brightest young talents in England to intensively develop their skills at Lord’s during the summer'.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott has been ruled out of the rest of the domestic season with an undisplaced fracture in his right hand.
31-year-old Trott sustained the injury during the fourth ODI in the current NatWest Series against South Africa.
The club's website states Trott should be able to resume batting in three to four weeks and is expected to be available for the tour of India next month.