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Relegation reprieve for Hampshire Cricket

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Just over a week after being relegated, Hampshire County Cricket Club has been reinstated in Division One of the County Championship.

Hampshire have won a reprieve because the game's governing body, the ECB, has relegated Durham amid financial issues with the north-east county.

In return for a £3.8 million support package, Durham had to accept a huge points deduction, which left them below Hampshire in the revised standings for the 2016 season - so Hampshire can look forward to 2017 in the top flight of domestic county cricket.

Tributes for late cricketer Tony Greig

Tony Greig - former England cricket captain has died Credit: PA WIRE

The Chairman of Hampshire County Cricket Club - Rod Bransgrove, has paid tribute to the former England captain and cricket commentator, Tony Greig, who died this morning after suffering a heart attack. Mr Greig was 66-years-old.

Rod Bransgove said: "Tony was a true cricketing giant in every sense. Apart from his enormous and obvious natural abilities, his commitment was always absolute.

“Whether as player, Captain or cricket commentator, Tony's boundless enthusiasm for the game was legendary and earned him an army of friends and followers all over the cricket world. As a cricket character, he is quite simply irreplaceable.

“I offer my deepest and sincerest condolences to all the Greig family and his close friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”