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North West cricketers join Phil Hughes tribute

Cricket players from the North West have posted tributes and pictures of their cricket bats in a moving tribute to Australian player Phil Hughes.

Hughes, 25, died in hospital on Thursday, two days after suffering a fatal head injury when he was struck by a ball during a match in Sydney.

The #putoutyourbats hashtag began trending and Lancashire cricket players Freddie Flintoff, Jos Butler and Ashwell Prince have all paid tribute.

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Mike Watkinson steps down from Lancashire

Mike Watkinson has stepped down as Lancashire's cricket director, the county have announced.

Mike Watkinson has stepped down as cricket director Credit: PA Images

Watkinson leaves the club in the wake of their relegation to the second division of the LV= County Championship, having spent 32 years with the Red Rose in various capacities.

The former England all-rounder, 53, both played for and captained Lancashire before becoming cricket manager in 2002 and, for the last five years, the county's cricket director.

Watkinson said in a Lancashire statement he was "looking forward to a new challenge" after calling time on his Old Trafford career.

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Lancs CCC want Sir Howard Bernstein as next president

Sir Howard Bernstein Credit: PA

The board at Lancashire County Cricket Club is proposing that Sir Howard Bernstein should be their new President.

Sir Howard is the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council.

The club say his appointment will contribute to its further growth and future development.

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Lancashire's Buttler top scores for England

Joss Butler Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Lancashire Cricket Club's Jos Buttler top scored as England reached a competitive 264 for eight against a Prime Minister's XI in Australia.

Wicketkeeper Buttler (61) and Tim Bresnan (36) rescued England from 149 for six in a warm up match in Canberra.

The England captain Alastair Cook though, failed to survive the first over for a second successive game as his miserable tour of Australia was dealt a fresh blow.

Cook lasted two balls before nervously edging behind a short delivery from 37-year-old former Australia quick Brett Lee.

Lee also pinned the similarly out-of-sort Joe Root lbw for one, in a fiery initial burst reminiscent of his best days.

In stiflingly hot conditions, and on a slow Manuka Oval outfield, England's score was built around two half-century stands.

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