Defending champions York have sent a strong message to would be challengers in the Yorkshire ECB Premier League, topping the 300 mark for the second week in a row as they thrashed Castleford by 166 runs at Clifton Park.
West Indies Women will host England Women and New Zealand Women for a Twenty20 International tri-series in October in Barbados.
West Indies will play New Zealand in three One-Day Internationals in Jamaica while England will stay on following the tri-series to also play three ODIs in Trinidad and Tobago.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have given one-year professional contracts to Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Sian Ruck and Sara McGlashan as the first women to earn such deals.
The contracts are part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NZC and the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association (NZCPA) and will allow the players to train full-time.
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the two-match Test series against New Zealand that begins in May due to his knee injury.
Bone bruising to the right knee forced him to miss both the final Test against New Zealand in Auckland in March and the Indian Premier League.
New Zealand have named a squad of 26 women ahead of a busy 2013-14 season which includes home and away series against the West Indies and the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
The team travels to the West Indies in October and before that will take part in a number of training camps, the first of which will be in May.
Auckland 2013 can go down alongside Cardiff and Centurion 2009 as well as Cape Town 2010 as one of England's finest rearguard efforts after they defied everything New Zealand had to bat through the final day of the third Test at Eden Park.
Resuming on 90 for four, they made it to lunch on 158 for five but a century from Matthew Prior, and a nervous final few moments after New Zealand had taken two wickets in three balls to expose Monty Panesar, saw England draw the match, and ensure the series was tied 0-0.
Yorkshire batsman Jonathan Bairstow will make his sixth Test appearance on Friday after England captain Alastair Cook confirmed he would play in place of the injured Kevin Pietersen.
Pietersen has been ruled out due to the nagging knee injury that has been hampering him all tour and England have opted to play Bairstow, a specialist batsman instead of being tempted to play an extra bowler in Chris Woakes, Graham Onions or James Tredwell.
Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of England's decisive third and final Test against New Zealand after suffering an injury to his right knee.
The problem has developed since arrival in New Zealand and he is now going to miss the Indian Premier League as a result.
Fast bowler Doug Bracewell is poised to return to New Zealand's squad ahead of the decisive third Test against England in Auckland, which begins on Friday (22nd March), should he get through a domestic game without any problems.
Bracewell was, somewhat embarrassingly, unavailable for the opening two matches, which were both drawn, after he cut his foot while cleaning up following a house party.
The second Test between England and New Zealand in Wellington was drawn after no play was possible on the final day at the Basin Reserve.
With New Zealand unable to continue from a score of 162 for two in their second innings, the series remains level at 0-0 heading into the final Test in Auckland, which begins on Friday (22nd March).
New Zealand have named an unchanged squad ahead of the second Test against England, which gets underway in Wellington on Thursday (14th March).
Fast bowler Doug Bracewell has not recovered from the foot injury that ruled him out of the opening game, which ended in a draw in Dunedin.
England successfully batted through the final day of the opening Test against New Zealand in Dunedin to salvage a morale-boosting draw.
Such a result looked a long way off when they were bowled out for 167 on day two but after New Zealand declared on 460 for nine, England amassed 421 for six in their second innings.
The opening day of the first Test between England and New Zealand saw no play at all due to rain and bad light at Dunedin's University Oval.
New Zealand handed left-arm spinner Bruce Martin and opening batsman Hamish Rutherford their Test debuts while England were forced to replace Graeme Swann with Monty Panesar.
New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracewell has been ruled out of the first Test against England with the foot injury he sustained at the weekend.
He suffered the unusual injury while clearing up afer a house party, and New Zealand Cricket have reminded Bracewell of his obligations as an international player.
New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracewell is an injury doubt for the first Test against England which starts on Wednesday (6th March) in Dunedin.
The 22-year-old, who has taken 46 wickets in 15 Tests, reportedly cut his foot on glass while clearing up after a house party.
BJ Watling's unbeaten 89 guided the New Zealand XI to an impressive three-wicket victory over the touring English side on the final day in Queenstown.
Set 334 for victory after England declared on 256 for nine in their second innings, the home team reached their victory target to leave England with a few questions to ponder ahead of the first Test in Dunedin.
New Zealand have named their squad for the first Test against England, which begins on 6th March in Dunedin. Included are three uncapped players in the forms of Hamish Rutherford, Tom Latham and Bruce Martin, while Tim Southee and Ross Taylor return after missing the Test series defeat to South Africa.
England's bowlers combined to skittle New Zealand for just 185 in the deciding One-Day International at Eden Park. On another ground with ridiculously short boundaries, none of New Zealand's batsmen, bar the in-form Brendon McCullum, were able to take advantage as Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann backed up incisive opening spells from James Anderson and Steven Finn.
The MCC World Cricket Committee will break new ground when it meets in New Zealand for the first time later this month in Auckland.
The two-day meeting will be held on 25th and 26th February and chaired by former England captain Mike Brearley, will be the first at which former West Indian captain Jimmy Adams will be in attendance.
New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill will miss the final One-Day International and then all three Tests against England to undergo an operation on his injured thumb.
He will go under the knife next week to repair ligament damage to his left thumb, an injury he picked up earlier in the series.