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England retain Women's Ashes after nine wicket win

England have retained the Women's Ashes after a nine-wicket win over Australia.

Captain Charlotte Edwards holding the Ashes trophy after England's win last year. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Captain Charlotte Edwards hit 92 not out in the first Twenty20 match of the Ashes tour to give England an unassailable lead in the series.

The victory meant England won the multi-format series 10-4 with two Twenty20 games to spare and will lift the trophy for the second time inside six months.

England's success in Australia starkly contrasts the performance of the men's team who were whitewashed 5-0.

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Kent bat maker hits the big time

Now it began as a hobby but one cricket bat maker from Appledore in Kent has hit the big time, with a number of professionals taking to the crease with his bats.

Matt Barton began working seven years ago in his parents' shed, but he now needs bigger premises and his bats have already seen action in the Cricket World Cup. Jamie Stephens has been to meet him.

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Sussex cricketer will leave Club

The cricketer will be allowed to leave the club at the end of the season Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Sussex County Cricket Club have confirmed that Monty Panesar will be allowed to leave the Club at the end of the season.

The Club recently investigated the player after an incident took place on Monday, August 5 where both parties reached an agreement.

Monty will become a free agent as of Friday, September 27, 2013.

Sussex have agreed to Monty's request to play on loan for a club in Division Two for the rest of the season.

Zac Toumazi, Chief Executive of Sussex Cricket, said “Having reviewed the whole situation the Club has agreed that Monty be released from his contract. This will give him every opportunity to put his personal and professional life back on track.”

BREAKING NEWS: Kent cricketer to lead England

James Tredwell Credit: PA

Stand-in captain Eoin Morgan has been ruled out of tonight's second Twenty20 international against New Zealand, meaning James Tredwell will lead the side.

Morgan, who was deputising as skipper with Stuart Broad rested, has suffered a hand injury and England will now turn to Kent spinner Tredwell as a third option.

Cricket appeals for more supporters

Click video. Cricket has undergone a revolution since the turn of the century. The once genteel sport now has coloured clothing, cheerleaders and a short form of the game whose success has taken everyone by surprise.

But the game's rulers say those changes aren't enough and they've announced an ambitious project to try to draw in more people to watch and more youngsters to take up the sport. This from Iain McBride

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