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Snow stops play at Yorkshire's Headingley stadium

A flurry of April snow has forced Yorkshire to halt play in their second XI match against Lancashire at Headingley.

Yorkshire's Twitter account posted a remarkable picture of the ground covered with snow - a sight seldom seen in an English midwinter, let alone the early stages of spring.

Play was stopped with Lancashire on 7-0 after two overs, with this visitors chasing 260 to beat rivals Yorkshire.

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Ex-Yorkshire coach Gillespie takes up cover role at Kent

Jason Gillespie left Yorkshire at the end of the 2016 season. Credit: PA

Two-time County Championship-winning coach Jason Gillespie is to return to English domestic cricket with Kent - until Allan Donald gets his visa.

The former Australia seamer oversaw Yorkshire's back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015.

The 41-year-old said he "couldn't resist" the chance to serve as Kent's assistant coach while former South Africa fast bowler Donald is absent.

Gillespie will join in time for the start of the 2017 campaign on April 7 and is expected to serve for the early months of the new season.

Donald was appointed to the role two months ago but is still waiting international clearance for the permanent move to Canterbury.

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England hold nerve to beat India in final ODI

England exorcised their Kolkata demons by securing a nerve-shredding last-ball victory in the third one-day international against India, finally ending a winless winter in the country.

England had never won an ODI at Eden Gardens before and nine months ago saw the World Twenty20 slip from their grasp at the ground when West Indian Carlos Brathwaite clubbed Ben Stokes for four successive sixes in the final over.

Stokes stood tall in this five-run win, scoring an unbeaten 57 in England's 321 for eight then taking three for 63, including two fine overs at the death.

But the last visit was left to Chris Woakes this time and he successfully defended 16, closing the game out with three dots and a wicket.

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