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‘Deserved respect not ridicule’: Wisden speaks out over cricket’s ICEC report

Wisden has given a hefty endorsement of last year’s report by the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket, with the 161st edition of the sport’s fabled annual insisting the panel’s findings and recommendations “deserved respect, not ridicule”. Commissioned by the…

Blue Lights recap: series two, episode one – a blistering comeback

Blue Lights, big city. Here’s your blow-by-blow breakdown of the Belfast police drama’s blistering comeback episode, titled This Too Shall Pass … The story so far Ex-journalists Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson’s pacy, pulsating series followed three probationary recruits at…

Blue Lights series two review – last year’s breakout police hit is as beautifully tense as ever

Is it a stretch to call Blue Lights, which is back for season two, the United Kingdom’s answer to The Wire? Well, yes. In all honesty that would be a bit much – it’s more like a cross between The…

Derek Underwood: English cricket’s greatest spin bowler – video obituary

Derek Underwood, the most prolific spin bowler in England’s Test history, has died at the age of 78. Underwood, affectionately known as “Deadly”, claimed 297 scalps in 86 Test appearances with his brisk left-arm spin, as well as another 32…

Jamie’s Air Fryer Meals review – the din of barrel-scraping is deafening

I don’t really know what to tell you about Jamie Oliver’s new series Jamie’s Air Fryer Meals. It’s presented by Jamie Oliver, who first bounded on to our screens as The Naked Chef (no, he wasn’t) in 1999. He cooks…

County cricket: All nine matches end in draws for only third time in history

Somerset whittled away and there were handshakes with five overs left. At Chelmsford, the sterling efforts of 18-year-old debutant Jaydn Denly, 41 not out, helped save Kent against Essex. A partnership of 51 in 16 overs with uncle Joe ate…

Derek Underwood: a huge-hearted free thinker who always gave his all

Derek Underwood once described himself as a “low-mentality bowler”. It was a typically self-effacing remark from England’s most prolific spinner in Test cricket (with 297 victims). Underwood was a hero from another age but you would never have guessed so…

Champions Cup overhaul planned after damaging defeat of weakened Bulls

European rugby chiefs want to overhaul the Champions Cup schedule to avoid a repeat of last weekend’s damaging scenes in which the Bulls sent a weakened team for their quarter-final against Northampton and are lobbying participating leagues to agree. The…

‘Monumental effort’ means Women’s Tour of Britain goes ahead in 2024

British Cycling has named the host towns for this summer’s Tour of Britain Women after what has been described as “monumental effort” to make sure the race goes ahead. Ten weeks after the Guardian reported the governing body would organise…

I earned more as a bin worker than a veterinary nurse | Letters

Debates surrounding the veterinary industry rage on while vet support staff and nurses, forever caught in the crossfire of abuse and accusations of heartlessness or money-grubbing, go unrecognised yet again (‘The vet presented it as: if you care, you pay’:…