Gloucestershire Captain to quit

Alex Gidman is to step down from his role as captain of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. He says he will continue to play for the team.

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Kieswetter tweets pic of his injuries

Somerset cricketer, Craig Kieswetter has tweeted a picture of his face after suffering a broken nose and fractured right cheekbone.

He was injured when the ball went through the facial grille of his helmet at the LV County Championship fixture against Northampton yesterday.

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Cricket siblings released from immigration centre

Easton Cowboys cricket team campaign for the release of two of their players Credit: ITV West Country

Two Bristol siblings have been released from an immigration removal centre after more than a month in detention.

Ahad Rizvi, 19, is a keen cricketer at the Easton Cowboys Club in Bristol; last night he was already back practising in the cricket nets. The club has run a vigorous fundraising and publicity campaign to keep the siblings in the country.

Ahad and his sister Anum, 20, came to the UK from Pakistan to join their parents, who claimed asylum here; as minority Shi'a Muslims, the family say they have received death threats from Taliban militants in their home country.

But once Ahad and Anum turned 18, they had to apply for their own asylum. These bids have failed, and they are reaching the end of the appeals process. However, after a bail hearing was cancelled this week, authorities have temporarily allowed them home to Bristol.

Local MP Kerry McCarthy, who has supported their campaign, has emphasised that their legal status has not changed with their release, however.

Gloucestershire host Somerset in first T20 clash

A West Country derby between Somerset and Gloucestershire marks the start of this summer's T20 Blast cricket competition.

It is taking place at the newly redeveloped County Ground in Bristol. Both teams are determined to make a positive start to the competition - Somerset finished runners-up in three of the last five years and lifted the trophy back in 2005. Gloucestershire reached the final in 2007.

We hear the hopes of Somerset's Nick Compton and Director of Cricket, Dave Nosworthy as well as those of Gloucestershire's Will Tavare.

New cricket season starts this weekend

The 2014 Gloucestershire team in front of the new pavilion. Credit: ITV News

The new cricket season gets underway this weekend. Gloucestershire begin their County Championship second division opener against Hampshire on Sunday.

It will be the first match to be played in front of the new pavilion - the centrepiece of an ongoing and major redevelopment of the County Ground.

Trescothick: "I sympathise with Trott"

Jonathan Trott leaves the field after day three of the Ashes in Brisbane Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick says he sympathises with England batsman Jonathan Trott who has left the Ashes tour in Australia because of a stress related illness.

Trescothick left the 2005-06 India tour and the 2006-07 Ashes tour of Australia due to a similar condition. He told Sky Sports: “You just can’t take any more, you just can’t get through the day let alone go out there and play a Test match and a Test match. I sympathise with Trotty.

Marcus Trescothick Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

“I’ve been in that exact situation in ’06 and ’07 and tried to make that decision knowing that the consequences and all the attention it’s going to bring on to you are going to be tough.

“I think we just need to allow a bit of time, that’s the key at this point."

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