Lancashire, Leeds/Bradford MCCU and Unicorns all-rounder Luis Reece is the early leader of the Cricket World Most Valuable Player Overall Ratings.
With the early rounds of the 2013 club cricket season completed and most players, at least in the northern leagues, having played the minimum number of three matches to qualify for an appearance in the ratings, the 22 year-old has emerged as the stand-out player.
England and Sussex wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor, considered by many to be the best women's cricketer in the world, has joined Gunn & Moore's Team GM.
In the summer of 2009 she became a double World Cup winner having played key roles in England’s 50 and 20-over successes, both home and away and has to date played in four Test Matches, 77 One-Day Internationals and 46 Twenty20 Internationals.
Sir Ian Botham, former England captain and the hero of England's 1981 Ashes victory over Australia, says England were 'magnificent' during their 170-run victory over New Zealand at Lord's in the first cricket Test of the summer.
James Anderson took his 300th Test wicket and Stuart Broad took seven wickets as New Zealand were bowled out for 68 and Botham was speaking at an event launching Unibet's summer of sport at the home of cricket.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has unveiled a new and ambitious strategic plan with the goal of delivering successful England teams at all levels, producing a vibrant domestic game and increasing and enthusing participation during the period 2014-17.
The latest strategic plan - Champion Counties - has been designed to build on the outstanding success of the 2005 plan - Building Partnerships - and the subsequent 2009 initiative - Grounds to Play.
Sporting legends Sir Ian Botham and Gavin Hastings are putting their support behind the England cricket team and the British & Irish Lions and back both to taste victory this summer when they take on arch nemesis Australia during the Lions Tour and the Ashes cricket series.
The two iconic sportsmen were had no hesitation in putting their money on a series win for England in the Ashes and for the Lions down under.
Batsman Ian Bell has been passed fit and England have named an unchanged 12-man squad for the second and final Test against New Zealand.
Bell struggled throughout the opening Test in Lord's - won so impressively by England - with a bout of tonsillitis but has been cleared to play at Headingley from Friday (24th May).
There can be only two possible contenders for this week's Cricket World Player of the Week award and it is virtually impossible to separate them. Stuart Broad took the man of the match award at Lord's for leading the second innings demolition of New Zealand, but without James Anderson's first innings five-fer there might not have been much of a run chase for the Black Caps on day four.
A round-up of the weekend's action including Stuart Broad's inspirational spell at Lord's to hand England a 170-run victory over New Zealand, Aaron Finch and Luke Wright in the runs for Pune Warriors, Sunrisers Hyderabad beating Kolkata Knight Riders to reach the IPL play-offs and a washout in Edinburgh.
A Test match that has swung this way and that throughout finally lurched towards England for one last decisive time as they humbled New Zealand for just 68 to win by 170 runs not long after lunch on day four.
Stuart Broad answered his critics in the best possible manner by taking a career-best seven for 44 as the tourists folded.
Former England captain and Yorkshire batsman Michael Vaughan chats to us about England taking on New Zealand, England's chances in the Ashes later this year, the Champions Trophy 2013, Yorkshire's season and the emergence of Joe Root.
Cricket Australia have confirmed the schedule for the One-Day and Twenty20 Internationals between Australia and England in January.
The five-match ODI series will take place between 12th and 26th January before the two sides clash in three Twenty20 matches on 29th January, 31st January and 2nd February.
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Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) will play two matches against a Rest Of The World team as part of its celebrations to mark Lord's' 200th anniversary next year.
Both the men's and women's MCC sides will play against the invitational sides and on the 200-year anniversary, MCC will play Hertfordshire - the same fixture that inaugurated Lord's on 22nd June 1814.
Starting from this summer's clash, the Ashes contest between England and Australia Women will no longer be decided by the one-off Test match, but over the series of one Test, three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.
A Test match win is worth six points, a draw two points and each limited overs victory will garner two points for the winners with the points shared in the case of a tie or no result, the Ashes winners being the team with the most points at the end of the summer.
Mark Lane has announced his decision to step down as England Women's coach following a highly successful five-year spell in charge.
Following his appointment in 2008, he led the side to World Cup and ICC World Twenty20 glory in 2009, helped them regain the Ashes in the same year and then led the team to the final of the World Twenty20 in 2012.
The expected rain arrived early in the afternoon to bring an early end to New Zealand's final warm-up match ahead of next week's first Test, and thus deny Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor the opportunity to add to their tally of a single innings on tour. The New Zealanders did finally dismiss Joe Root in the play that was possible in the morning but not before he had made 179.
England have recalled bowlers Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan to their 12-man squad for the opening Test against New Zealand, which begins on Thursday (16th May).
Both men missed the winter series in New Zealand to undergo elbow surgery but they have made successful returns to action with their counties and are back in contention for selection.
Talented young cricketers, Georgia Hennessy and Georgia Holmes have been awarded bursaries from the Jaguar Academy of Sport, along with a number of other promising young sports stars.
They recently attended the Pestana Hotel where they were provided with their bursaries and also took part in their first Mentoring and Education Programme (MEP) sessions focusing on media training led by Kelly Holmes Education.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed the schedule of warm-up matches ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, which will be held from 30th May to 4th June.
The tournament itself gets underway on 6th June and the warm-up matches will be held in the same venues as the competition - The Oval, Edgbaston and the Cardiff Wales Stadium.
Waitrose will become the new England team sponsor from 2014 after signing a three-year deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB.
As part of the deal, the Waitrose logo will feature on all England teams playing and training wear from the Investec Test Series against Sri Lanka in May 2014, and their tenure includes prestigious home Series against India (2014) and Australia (2015), the ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand (2015), the ICC World Twenty20 and Women's World Twenty20 in India (2016), and the tour of South Africa (2016).