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Phil DeFreitas joins Swindon Cricket Club as head coach.

Phil DeFreitas (middle) Credit: Swindon Cricket Club

Former England cricketer Phil DeFreitas has been announced as the head coach of Swindon Cricket Club for the next 3 years.

As head coach, Phil will work with the existing team of English Cricket Board qualified coaches to help players of all ages and abilities.

The 50-year-old, nicknamed Daffy, played 44 test matches and 103 one day internationals during his professional career.

DeFreitas has the honour of being the 100th player in test cricket to take 100 wickets.

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Cricket: Somerset's biggest match underway

Somerset win the toss

Somerset have won the toss and chosen to bat in one of the biggest matches in the club's history.

Victory against Nottinghamshire in the 4 day county championship match at Taunton could see the cider county win the league title for the first time in the club's history. Middlesex are playing Yorkshire at Lords with both of those sides also in contention to win the title.

Somerset need to win and then hope the other game finishes as a draw or Yorkshire win with less bonus points than Somerset achieve.

All on last game for Somerset County

Somerset won their penultimate match against Yorkshire Credit: Somerset County Cricket Club

League leaders Middlesex have drawn their game against Lancashire today which means the outcome of the County Championship will go down to the last round of matches starting next Tuesday.

Somerset still have the chance to win the Championship for the first time in their history after beating Yorkshire by 10 wickets in their penultimate match.

The cider county are in 3rd place just ten points behind leaders Middlesex and just one point behind 2nd place Yorkshire.

Those two sides play each other at Lords while Somerset host Nottinghamshire in Taunton.

If the meeting of the top two ends in a draw and Somerset win then Somerset will almost certainly be champions of England.

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Gloucestershire beat Somerset in the T20 Blast

In cricket an off-form Somerset have been beaten in the T20 blast by local rivals Gloucestershire.

The cidermen made 167 for 7 in their 20 overs at the County Ground. Gloucestershire were 168 for 3 in reply. They won by seven wickets, mainly thanks to a century from captain Michael Klinger.

Australian batsman and Gloucestershire one day captain Michael Klinger Credit: PA
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