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Jail for former bishop who exploited young men for 'selfish sexual motive'

A retired bishop has been jailed at the Old Bailey for 32 months for abusing his power to exploit young aspiring priests for his own "selfish sexual motive" over a 15 year period.

Peter Ball, who lives in Langport in Somerset, is a former bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester.

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Somerset sign Aussie star

Somerset County Cricket Club have signed Australian batsman Chris Rogers on a one year contract .

Left hander Rogers, who will be playing County Championship cricket for Somerset has consistently been a prolific run scorer at state and county level and has been an integral part of recent Australian Test sides.

The 38 year old has played in 25 Test matches for Australia and scored 2015 runs at an average of 42.87 with a top score of 173 coming at Lord’s during this year’s Ashes series. He has also scored five Test centuries.

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In his 297 First Class matches he has scored 24,460 runs at an average of 49.81 with a top score of 319.

He has also amassed an impressive total of 73 centuries and 116 half centuries during his First Class career.

Chris Rogers, new batsman Credit: Somerset CC

I’m really pleased to be joining a club of the stature of Somerset. I have always enjoyed playing cricket in England and as soon as I heard that Somerset were interested I wanted to make it happen. There have been quite a few Australian players who have done really well down at Taunton and hopefully I can add my name to that list. I’m looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get started.

– Chris Rogers, new Somerset batsman


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