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Cricket on the boot

Tom Claughton plays impromptu game with refugees on the tip of Sicily It seemed an unlikely sight, but there, just outside the centre of Marsala, Sicily’s westernmost city, were some lads playing cricket. Perhaps more famous for its fortified wine and salt flats, the ancient Carthaginian city clearly possessed some talent, too. This, to coincide with World Refugee Day, was the second national day of cricket for migrants to be held in Sicily.

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England’s greatest batsmen – we asked 27 experts to name their top 5, and collated the results. There are some fascinating choices! The superb Simon Barnes, with the best turn of phrase in sports journalism, on England’s year so far. The feisty Jarrod Kimber on the state of play in Australian cricket. The elegant and massively under-rated David Townsend on Adelaide Oval. A lovely piece on the greatness of Dennis Lillee, by Simon Hughes. A forensic look at the problems at Sussex, by the man in the know, Bruce Talbot.

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