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Cricket: Sussex sign Ajmal Shahzad

Sussex have signed Nottinghamshire pace bowler Ajmal Shahzad on a three-year contract after he was released from his deal at Trent Bridge a year early.

The 29-year-old, who played one Test match for England in 2010, has signed a deal until the end of the 2017 season.

“It has come about quickly but I’m just delighted to be down here,” he said.

“This move has been made purely for cricketing reasons and I’m hoping to get the best I can out of it to progress my career.”

He added: “I’d like to thank Notts for being so understanding.”

Shahzad, whose sole Test appearances came against Bangladesh at Old Trafford, has also played 11 one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches for England.

He has been at Trent Bridge for the last two seasons, having started his career at Yorkshire and had a loan spell at Lancashire in 2012.

The Huddersfield-born right-armer took 18 wickets at an average of 40.55 in eight County Championship appearances in 2014 and added 11 wickets in the One-Day Cup and 13 in the T20 Blast.

He has taken 201 first-class wickets at an average of 35.52 over the course of his career.

Sussex’s cricket manager Mark Robinson described Shahzad as “a cricketer of great ability”.

“He hasn’t yet fulfilled all of his potential,” Robinson said. “He can bowl with a yard of pace and has the potential to be a genuine bowling all-rounder.

“We hope he can have a similar impact that Chris Jordan had, and fulfil the same role helping balance the team.”

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Cricket: Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire: Adam Lyth ton puts visitors on top

Adam Lyth’s century helped put title-chasing Yorkshire in a strong position over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Lyth (122), dropped by Chris Read off the second ball of the day, put on 176 with fellow opener Alex Lees (86).

Gary Keedy (2-93) took two wickets for Notts as the visitors slightly lost their way from 271-1 to 298-4.

Michael Lumb took a stunning one-handed catch to get rid of Jonny Bairstow, but Gary Ballance’s unbeaten 82 ensured that the Tykes ended strongly on 319-4.

With no international commitments, both title challengers were able to call on their England players – and Yorkshire are being skippered by Joe Root, with Andrew Gale serving a two-match ban.

Luke Fletcher enticed the edge of Lyth in the first over but a difficult full-length diving chance was put down by Read.

In a match which secure Yorkshire the Division One title if they win, Lees and Lyth went on to see the visitors unharmed through the first session as they reached lunch on 118-0.

Their fourth century partnership of the season was finally broken by Keedy, who became only the second bowler to reach 500 Division One wickets when he had Lees well caught at short leg by Riki Wessels.

Lyth went on to score his sixth Championship ton of the season, before being smartly taken by Keedy off his own bowling.

It was the start of three quick wickets for Notts, with two of them coming with the new ball.

Root was trapped leg before by Gurney for 11 and Bairstow quickly followed for only two, with Lumb’s stunning catch in the gully one of the highlights of the day for Notts, who need victory to keep their own slim title hopes alive.

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Cricket: One-Day Cup: Alex Hales & James Taylor earn Notts record win

England hopefuls Alex Hales and James Taylor each hit a One-Day Cup century to steer Nottinghamshire to a record-breaking win over Middlesex.

Rain reduced Notts’ innings to 45 overs and Hales made 141 before Taylor hit the final ball for six to reach 100 not out and take the visitors to 368-2.

It was the best List A total at Lord’s, beating Hampshire’s 353-8 in 2005.

Further rain cut the Middlesex target to 158 off 16 overs but Harry Gurney took 4-16 to bowl them out for just 80.

With the World Cup exactly six months away, Hales seemed intent to press home his claims of deserving a starting place and despite only making 15 off his first 20 balls, the right-handed batsman reached his half-century off 43 deliveries and required just a further 30 to convert it into his second century in the competition.

The 25-year-old dispatched Harry Podmore for four to bring up Notts’ 200 off just 162 balls and shared a county one-day record opening stand of 217 with Michael Lumb (81) before eventually holing out to Neil Dexter at cover off David Malan, with Hales having hit a century of his runs in boundaries.

Following Lumb’s departure, Samit Patel (37 not out) and Taylor added 122 runs in the remaining 8.3 over, with the latter reaching his ton off just 55 balls.

Taylor’s maximum off the final ball saw him match the joint-highest number of sixes in an innings in the tournament, with seven, alongside Leicestershire’s Niall O’Brien.

A monumental downpour just five balls into Middlesex’s reply delayed play for 90 minutes and the hosts lost a wicket immediately after the restart as Luke Fletcher (1-7) had Stirling caught by Riki Wessels at slip.

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