|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Cloudfm County Ground (day two):|
|Surrey 174: Smith 34, Foakes 34; Porter 5-62, S Cook (5-53)|
|Essex 302-6: Lawrence 147, ten Doeschate 78*; Clarke 3-52|
|Essex (6 pts) lead Surrey (1 pt) by 128 with six wickets standing|
Dan Lawrence made a timely first Championship century of the season as Essex built a first-innings lead on day two against Surrey at Chelmsford.
Jamie Porter (5-62) and Sam Cook (5-53) collected Surrey’s last six wickets for 37 runs as they were all out for 174.
But title-chasing Essex ran into trouble on 53-3 before Lawrence and Ravi Bopara (34) put on 72.
Ryan ten Doeschate (78 not out) added 173 with Lawrence, who finally fell for 147 as Essex reached 302-6, 128 ahead.
With leaders Somerset bowled out for just 142 against Hampshire and therefore able to take no more than 19 points from the game should they win it, every point is crucial for Essex, who began the match against Surrey just eight behind.
Porter and Cook wasted no time in securing all three bowling points after the latter began the day by knocking out Ben Foakes’ (34) off stump.
Jordan Clark (3-52) claimed the first three wickets when Essex began their reply, including that of Alastair Cook, who was lbw for 24.
But Lawrence grew in confidence as the ball became soft and reached three figures off 182 balls by sweeping spinner Scott Borthwick for four.
Ten Doeschate was typically assertive in the supporting role, collecting nine boundaries before Lawrence was caught at slip from a delivery by Morne Morkel that appeared to bounce a little more than he expected and Jamie Porter was lbw to Rikki Clarke for a duck in the penultimate over.
Essex already had a third batting point, though, and another two are available on the third morning if they can add a further 98 to their total in 23 overs.
A man who died after a knife fight at a chicken shop in south-east London has been named as Omar Smith.
Two men were found with head and stab wounds in Downham Way, Lewisham, at about 23:55 BST on Friday.
A murder investigation was launched after Mr Smith, 34, died in hospital on Saturday.
Police said a second man, 51, was arrested on suspicion of GBH on his release from hospital but has since been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Two other men, aged 40 and 46, who were detained at the chicken shop on suspicion of GBH have also been further arrested on suspicion of murder.
All three were taken to south London police stations before one was released under investigation and another two released on bail until mid-October, Scotland Yard said.
Police said the victim’s next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination is due to take place.
A school in north London has reversed a decision to ban students from wearing cornrows after a public outcry.
St John’s Senior School in Enfield told parents in a letter that girls would not be allowed to wear cornrows or “knotted braids”.
The letter was posted on social media and prompted angry reactions from thousands of Twitter users.
The school admitted the restrictions “would be unduly restrictive on the styles girls may wish to adopt”.
In the letter, dated 12 September, the school, based on The Ridgeway, said girls would be subject to various conditions.
These included “single plaits only, all plaits to be thin to medium only, knotless braids only, natural hair colour only, cornrows or knotted braids will not be permitted, all extensions must be tied in a ponytail at all times, hair must be worn no longer than shoulder length”.
Twitter user BeeBabs shared the letter on Friday morning and received thousands of comments within hours of posting it.
By Friday afternoon, the school issued a statement saying the “approach reflected in [its] letter was to be on a trial basis”, adding that “in light of concerns raised by a number of parents and pupils, we appreciate that, while we believe it is appropriate to place a restriction on hair length, our proposals would be unduly restrictive on the styles girls may wish to adopt”.
It said it had made the proposals “following the increased use of hair extensions by girls at the school and in an attempt to ensure a uniform but fair approach, particularly with regard to hair length”.
The school confirmed it would not be implementing the proposed restrictions, except for requiring students to wear their hair no longer than shoulder length.
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Lord’s (day two):|
|Durham 147 & 191: Robson 64; Harris 3-43 Finn 3-49|
|Middlesex 143 & 21-0: Robson 9*|
|Durham (3 pts) lead Middlesex (3 pts) by 175 runs|
Middlesex require another 175 runs to beat Durham in Division Two as wickets tumbled on day two at Lord’s.
Middlesex had started the day on 87-7 in their first innings, and managed to add another 54 as they were all out for 143, Ben Raine finishing with 5-26.
The visitors then posted 191 with the bat to lead by 195 runs, as Angus Robson top scored with 64.
Middlesex had to bat the last five overs of the day but held out on 21-0 as play was suspended for bad light.
Seventh-placed Middlesex started the game 18 points behind Northamptonshire in third, with Durham, in fifth, 10 points better off.
Middlesex kept their target under 200 thanks in part to bowlers James Harris (3-43) and Steven Finn (3-49)
Openers Nick Gubbins (8 not out) and Sam Robson (9 not out) will resume for the hosts on day three.
RugbyX will see the introduction of rugby’s version of the ‘Super Over’, with drawn matches decided by a revolutionary one-on-one contest.
In the event of a draw, a single attacker from one team will try and score past a single defender from the other.
The ‘one-on-one’ has been included as part of the full laws of RugbyX, which have now been confirmed by World Rugby.
Rugby’s newest version launches at the 02 Arena on 29 October.
England, Ireland and the Barbarians are among the teams involved at the debut tournament, which involves both men and women’s teams.
Dubbed ‘Rugby’s Twenty20’, RugbyX is a five-a-side version of the game, is full contact and played on a half-sized pitch.
Halves will be 10 minutes each, with no break in between.
Kicking is allowed, but kicks must not exceed 10 metres in height, with the distance monitored by ball tracking technology.
Among the other confirmed laws:
- Seven rolling substitutes
- Quick throws replace line outs
- No touch kicking – tap penalties / free kick
- Kick-offs replaced by tap restarts on 5m line
- Three-person scrums, with hooking but no pushing
“The RugbyX laws have been developed with the objective of encouraging simple, fast and skilful gameplay with minimal stoppages, whilst retaining the core fundamentals of the game we love,” said RugbyX Technical Director Ben Ryan.
Former England winger Ugo Monye, co-host of the Rugby Union Weekly podcast, believes the ‘one on one’ is a dramatic and revolutionary way of deciding a game.
The attacker will start with the ball 30 metres from the line, while the defender will begin 5 metres out, with a 10 second time limit.
“As a defender it’s a nightmare, but as an attacker the pressure is on you to score,” he said. “I would love to see someone like [Springbok wing] Cheslin Kolbe doing it.
“For me, RugbyX is a simplified and condensed version which cherry-picks the best bits of what rugby is.”
Swindon moved up to fourth in League Two following a well-deserved victory over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.
Keshi Anderson put the visitors ahead in the 23rd minute. The 24-year-old was fouled and sent his free-kick into the wall but reacted quickest to pounce on the loose ball and curl into the far corner past Dean Brill.
Richie Wellens’ men continued to maraud forward and their attacking intent paid dividends again two minutes before the break, with Rob Hunt’s audacious side-foot from the corner of the box taking a telling deflection off Orient left-back Joe Widdowson and flying past a surprised Brill.
The game was then over in first-half stoppage time when Lloyd Isgrove provided his sixth assist of the league season.
The former Southampton winger darted through the centre of the pitch before laying off to Jerry Yates, who cut onto his right foot before finishing with aplomb.
Jordan Maguire-Drew curled home brilliantly from 20 yards to give Orient hope with 16 minutes of normal time left but Swindon held on to send their fans home happy.
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Fulham have agreed a deal to sign Chelsea defender Michael Hector in January 2020 for an undisclosed fee.
The 27-year-old has not made a senior appearance for the Blues since joining the Premier League club from Reading in September 2015.
He has subsequently spent time back on loan with the Royals and has had stints with German side Eintracht Frankfurt, Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday.
Hector has signed a contract with the Whites until the summer of 2022.
The west London club have the option to extend the Jamaica international’s stay at Craven Cottage by a further 12 months.
Hector will begin training with Fulham immediately ahead of his move.
“Although Michael can’t officially join until January, what’s important is he’s now a member of Fulham,” vice chairman and director of football operations Tony Khan told the club website.
“Michael will help us challenge for promotion and make us better in the second half of the season at a time when depth, experience and quality will be at a premium in the Championship.”
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A murder inquiry has begun after a child died following reports they had gone into cardiac arrest.
A man and woman, both 29, have been detained in connection with the child’s death in Putney, south-west London.
Met Police officers were called to a residential address early last Tuesday, just over an hour before the 15-month-old died in hospital.
A post-mortem examination was carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital on Friday and further tests are due.
However, police confirmed the death was being treated as suspicious and the family has been made aware of developments.
The suspects have both been bailed, the man to a date early this month and the woman to date in late September.
Some flights to and from the UK are facing delays and cancellations due to problems affecting French airspace.
British Airways said the problems had caused disruption to flights heading to, or passing over, France and Spain.
EasyJet said it has been forced to cancel 180 flights out of just under 2,000 scheduled to take off on Sunday.
The French aviation regulator said the problems followed a “computer failure” at approximately 01:30 BST on Sunday, which has now been resolved.
It added that delays “should be reduced gradually throughout the day.”
National Air Traffic Services (Nats) said it does not know how many flights have been affected but it is working with airlines in the UK to try to minimise disruption.
It added that French authorities had been allowing extra flights to enter the country’s airspace on Sunday afternoon to try to limit knock-on delays.
Gatwick Airport said passengers should check with airlines on the status of their flights before heading to the airport.
British Airways said an air traffic control “outage” had hit flights going through French and Spanish airspace.
It has not confirmed how many of its flights have been affected, but BA has been contacting some customers to advise them to rebook their journeys.
EasyJet said it had contacted affected passengers directly and given the option of transferring their flight for free or receiving a refund, it said.
The airline added it was seeing significant delays and recommended all its passengers, regardless of their destination, check the status of their flight using its online “flight tracker” tool for real time information before going to the airport.
British Airways also urged customers to check the status of their flights online and said it expects disruption to services to France and Spain, as well as those which fly over these countries on the way to other destinations.
Some passengers told the BBC their British Airways flights had been cancelled.
The airline said it would not release any cancellation figures but added any affected customers had been notified directly.
It said it would offer flexible rebooking options for anyone who wants to change their dates of travel as a result of the disruption.
Ryanair advised customers on its website there had been a “serious French ATC [air traffic control] equipment failure” early on Sunday morning.
It said delays of “up to three hours are being suffered”.
Travel expert Simon Calder said: “France is absolutely at the heart of European air traffic control – some 60% of all EasyJet flights to anywhere go over French territory.
“This appears to be some kind of malfunction which has greatly reduced the flow rate [of flights] so there’s reports of pilots in Lisbon, for example, trying to get to the UK telling passengers we could be five hours late.”
He said affected passengers will not be eligible for compensation, explaining: “It’s not the airlines’ fault.”
But he said the airlines have a strict duty of care, which means they must provide meals and if necessary accommodation to passengers.
He added: “They also have to rebook you on the first available flight, ideally on the same day, even if it means paying money to a rival to get you home.”
The disruption is having a wider knock-on effect in the UK, with some flights from Scotland to England cancelled.
Richard Martin was due to fly from Edinburgh to London Stansted when EasyJet texted to say his flight had been cancelled.
“We are booked on another flight tomorrow but I’m due to be back at work,” he said.
“The queues at the airport and everything are crazy and we’ve had some family members say something similar has also happened to them.”
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Up to 100 residents are being forced out of their homes for up to three years due to “potentially combustible insulation”.
Residents of the award-winning Bridport House in London have been told they will have to re-locate within 12 months due to “serious” structural errors.
Hackney Council confirmed legal action will be taken against Willmott Partnership Homes, who built the block.
One resident said: “It’s disgusting the way we’ve all been treated.”
The resident, who did not want to be named, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “We’ve all lived here for years, and you don’t want to be moving out and moving back in again.”
Pauline Millgate, another resident, said she was “annoyed” about how the council have handled the property.
She said: “We’ve been here for eight years and we’ve had nothing but ongoing problems with leaks, holes in the roofs and holes in the floor.”
Michael Jones said he felt “like a prisoner” in his own home.
“The scaffold has been up for nearly 18 months and we’ve been told we can’t go out on the balcony,” he said.
The 41 families living in the property will be offered another temporary or permanent home in the borough while the work is carried out, but they could be displaced for up to three years.
Families moving permanently are to be offered a one-off home loss payment of £6,300 alongside other financial incentives.
Bridport House on the Colville Estate won awards awards for design and engineering when it opened in 2011.
Since then the building has suffered a litany of problems including falling roof tiles, crumbling bricks and flooding.
Investigations have now revealed more serious defects including missing fire barriers and flawed brickwork, balconies and windows.
Heat insulation was found to be “a combustible material”, but cannot be tested.
Hackney Council claimed the London Fire Brigade had concluded the building remained safe for residents, but the brigade has denied this.
The council will now open a procurement process for the £6m repair works.
Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville said: “We are sorry for the failures in the construction of Bridport House, and for the huge disruption residents continue to face.
“Moving residents from homes we all hoped would be new and permanent is not an easy decision, but our first priority is their safety.
“We will be taking legal action to hold those responsible for these failures to account. We also should have done a better job.”
Willmott Partnership Homes said it was “disappointed at the way the problems at Bridport House have been portrayed by Hackney Council”.
The builders said they could not comment fully “in view of the threat of legal action”.
A spokesman said: “This is an extremely complicated matter, significantly exacerbated by various aspects of the Building Regulations recently being reinterpreted following the Grenfell tragedy.
“We too want to say how sorry we are that matters have turned out in this way, and of course for the concern this will have caused to the residents at Bridport House.”