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Northants beat Essex to reach T20 final

Northamptonshire have secured victory over Essex in the first of today's Twenty20 semi-finals at Edgbaston.

Essex were put in to bat after Northants won the toss and were restricted to 168 for 5 off their 20 overs.

Steven Crook celebrates victory at Edgbaston Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Northants replied with a spectacular 57 off 35 balls from Richard Levi. That left Cameron White and Steven Crook to guide them to a seven wicket win, with 11 balls to spare.

Hampshire and Surrey are about to battle it out for the second spot in the final.

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Man jailed after attacking ex-partner's four year-old son

Vishar Jain, 44, has been jailed for nine years
Vishar Jain, 44, has been jailed for nine years Credit: West Midlands Police

A man from Birmingham has been jailed for nine years after attacking his ex-partner's four year-old son, leaving him fighting for his life.

The child suffered a fractured skull, a broken collar bone and cuts to his mouth in the attack in Weoley Castle in March.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how Vishar Jain, 44 and from Edgbaston, was in the living room with the child and his mother when he began to repeatedly punch, kick and stamp on the head of the youngster.

The child's mother was also beaten as she tried to intervene and suffered bruises to the face and eye injuries.

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International cricket final a wash out in Warwickshire

The covers have been on at Edgbaston since first thing this morning
The covers have been on at Edgbaston since first thing this morning Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire.

The ICC Champions Trophy Final at Edgbaston, Birmingham is yet to get under way after wet weather postponed play.

The two teams of England and India did take to the pitch to sing the national anthems first thing this morning, but they have been sheltering from the rain since then.

Fans have taken shelter in doors away from the wet weather
Fans have taken shelter in doors away from the wet weather Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire.
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Cricket fans don't let the rain spoil their party

India fans appeal to the weather as play is delayed
India fans appeal to the weather as play is delayed Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Cricket fans have not let the bad weather spoil their party at the one day international between England and India at Edgbaston. Rain has delayed the start of play in Warwickshire.

Many fans have come in fancy dress and are still enjoying the party atmosphere
Many fans have come in fancy dress and are still enjoying the party atmosphere Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
Others have sought shelter while waiting for the teams to take the field
Others have sought shelter while waiting for the teams to take the field Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
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