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Lancashire close on title after thrilling one-wicket win

Lancashire claimed a thrilling one-wicket win over title rivals Hampshire as they chased down 196 for victory at Liverpool to put them on the brink of a first County Championship crown in 10 years; Warwickshire can snatch the title with victory over Somerset on day four

Last Updated: 23/09/21 6:30pm

Dane Vilas played a captain's knock to take Lancashire to a nerve-jangling one-wicket win

Dane Vilas played a captain’s knock to take Lancashire to a nerve-jangling one-wicket win

A thrilling third-day performance from Lancashire saw them earn what could be a Championship-winning victory after seeing off title rivals Hampshire by the barest of margins at Aigburth.

As news filtered through from Edgbaston of Warwickshire’s travails against Somerset, this game turned into a winner-takes-all clash with Lancashire turning out to be the team that held their nerve on a day of unbelievable tension that could not have had a closer finish as the Red Rose got over the line by one wicket.

With Hampshire resuming on 158-7, Lancashire needed quick wickets to keep the target manageable and Tom Bailey duly obliged, trapping Felix Organ in front for eight before Keith Barker feathered one behind for four.

When George Balderson finished the innings off with the wicket of Mohammad Abbas for six, Bailey’s figures were a career-best 7-37 with the Preston-born seamer also claiming 50 wickets for the season at 16.86.

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With the bowlers completing their part of the bargain in setting a target of 196 it was over to the batters and Alex Davies, playing his final innings in front of the Red Rose faithful before a move to Warwickshire, quickly showed he meant business.

Two consecutive boundaries off Barker and a towering six over mid-on off Liam Dawson’s first delivery were the highlights as the wicketkeeper batter took the game to Hampshire in typically dynamic fashion.

Balderson played his part too and when the young all-rounder was bowled around his legs by Dawson for 12, the opening pair had put on 55 runs and made serious inroads to the target of 196.

Mason Crane took 5-41 as Hampshire came within one wicket of winning the County Championship

Mason Crane took 5-41 as Hampshire came within one wicket of winning the County Championship

But as has been the pattern with this game, there was more drama to come and only two more runs had been added when Davies cut a wide one from Barker straight to Mason Crane at point and was out for 44 from 43 balls.

At 57-2, there was no need to panic and Josh Bohannon and Luke Wells brought a sense of calm to proceedings as they took the total past the 100-mark before Bohannon became Crane’s first victim off the leg spinner’s third delivery which was edged to James Vince at slip.

Wells continued to bat nicely and had struck six boundaries when he nicked one through to Vince for 39 off Brad Wheal to leave Lancashire 118 for four and the host’s nerves beginning to jangle.

Lancashire’s two most experienced players were now at the crease and skipper Dane Vilas and the evergreen Steven Croft finally began to make the home crowd believe as they steered the Red Rose to 150.

Vilas hit the winning runs and finished unbeaten on 47 at Liverpool

Vilas hit the winning runs and finished unbeaten on 47 at Liverpool

Crane continued to look the most potent of the Hampshire attack and when he had Croft lbw for 20 there was another flicker of belief in the visitors that was quickly extinguished by Vilas and Danny Lamb’s intelligent running between the wickets.

And then suddenly Crane picked up two more victims when Lamb edged to second slip and Luke Wood was caught at bat pad before the tension became almost unbearable when Crane, who finished with 5-41, ran Bailey out without scoring with just three runs needed.

Jack Blatherwick scrambled a single to keep the strike for another Crane over and the England spinner picked up his fifth wicket when the No 10 edged to Joe Weatherley to bring Matt Parkinson to the crease.

With a Hampshire crowd around the bat, the leg spinner negotiated two balls before Vilas swept a four off Dawson to claim the victory ahead of an agonising wait for news from Birmingham.

However, Warwickshire are one powerful day’s cricket away from lifting the LV=Insurance County Championship title after a strong fightback against Somerset on the third day at Edgbaston.

Lancashire’s amazing win over Hampshire has left the Bears with a very simple equation. Victory over Somerset will bring the title to Edgbaston for the eighth time in the club’s history.

The equation is simple, but forcing victory will be a far from simple business for Will Rhodes’ side on an excellent batting pitch.

They closed the third day on 179-1 – 157 ahead, so need to press on briskly with the bat on day four to give themselves time to try to take 10 wickets on a batter-friendly surface.

A magnificent 153 from opener Adam Lyth left Nottinghamshire with work to do to finish the County Championship season with the win that could see them contest the Bob Willis Trophy at Lord’s next week.

Bowled out for 73 in their first innings, Yorkshire made 396 following on before Nottinghamshire could dismiss them for a second time.

Chasing 174 to win, the home side closed the third day needing 132 more on 42-1 after Haseeb Hameed, who did not field in Yorkshire’s second innings because of an injured thumb, was caught at second slip.

Lancashire’s win over Hampshire means Nottinghamshire cannot be champions but a victory would give them the chance to take on Lancashire in the season finale at Lord’s by finishing second if Warwickshire fail to beat Somerset.

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Sophie Wessex and Edward body language ‘shifted’ amid Duke of Edinburgh title row – expert

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, and Prince Edward, 57, are dedicated working royals and have shone as they have taken on a more prominent place in the Firm since Megxit. While it has long been understood that Edward would one day inherit Prince Philip’s Duke of Edinburgh title, royal insiders have recently claimed it may not happen.

Earlier this month, two sources told the Sunday Times Prince Charles, 72, who currently holds the Duke of Edinburgh title, had no intention of handing it on to Edward when he becomes king.

One source said: “The prince is the Duke of Edinburgh as it stands, and it is up to him what happens to the title. It will not go to Edward.”

Another added: “Edinburgh won’t go to them [the Wessexes] as far as the prince is concerned.”

The claims are understood to have come as a shock to Edward and Sophie who Prince Philip asked to take on the title in person shortly before their wedding in 1999.

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Judi claimed Edward may have been “crushed” by the thought he might not inherit his father’s title.

She added: “We have no idea how crushing the latest news of his father’s title might have been, but Edward’s body language here shows signs of a desire to look more confident and dominant or authoritative than usual.”

Edward seemed to take the lead during the engagement when it’s usually his wife Sophie who takes charge, Judi claimed.

She added: “We’ve become used to seeing Sophie in a leadership role on royal visits, while Edward has often appeared quieter beside here.”

Judi said: “Here, though he stands in a dominant and assertive ‘splay’ pose with his hands on his hips and his legs splayed, while his cocked head signals intense and very involved listening.”

The Countess appears more “passive” as she lets her husband take the spotlight, Judi explained.

She added: “Sophie appears to have adopted a more passive tone here, with her barrier gestures making her look less open and less assertive than usual.

“She wears her sunglasses throughout, including inside the building and for the official photo, which is an unusual gesture for a royal.

“She also clutches her bag and scarf with both hands in front of her torso in another barrier gesture that is rare for this usually more open and accessible royal.”

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Queen wants Edward to be bestowed Edinburgh title once Prince Charles becomes king

Queen wants Edward to be bestowed Edinburgh title once Prince Charles becomes king

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip wanted their youngest son Prince Edward to be given the title of Duke of Edinburgh once their eldest son Prince Charles becomes king. They reportedly assured him ahead of his marriage to Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999.

Prince Charles inherited the title in April after his father’s death, and once he succeeds Her Majesty the title will automatically revert back to the crown.

Doubts have emerged in recent days about the Earl of Wessex being granted the title once Charles becomes king, with one expert suggesting the Queen may need to “have a word” with her eldest to ensure her and Philip’s will is respected.

Royal expert Richard Kay was reported to have said: “My feeling is that if the Queen were to have a word in her son’s ear, then Charles would fall into line and Edward will get the title.”

The royal commentator continued: “He’s doing so much of the monarchical duties, he’s the head of the family effectively now, all the problems with Prince Harry, Prince Andrew uncertainty over his scandal. You’d have thought this wouldn’t have mattered but these things matter to the royals – they take these titles incredibly seriously.”

Prince Charles has become the de facto head of the family since Prince Philip’s demise in April as he now is the most senior male member of the monarchy.

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Camilla could get unprecedented title when Prince Charles becomes king

There have long been reports that Prince Charles plans to mix things up and slim down the monarchy when he becomes king.

And one way he could do this is by giving his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, an unprecedented title when he ascends the throne.

Usually, the wife of a king uses the title of Queen Consort and ever since they went public with their relationship there has been much discussion about the role his second wife will take when the Queen passes away.

But at the time of their marriage in 2005, an official statement said it is “intended that The Duchess will be known as HRH The Princess Consort”.



At the time of their marriage, it was revealed that Camilla would be known as Princess Consort when Charles becomes king

This would make Camilla, who celebrates her 74th birthday today, the first British royal to ever use the title of Princess Consort.

Public opinion of the Duchess was previously not favourable due to her relationship with Charles, and it is thought this is why she will be known as Princess Consort rather than Queen.

However, royal expert Robert Jobson has previously claimed that Camilla will be Queen and believes the word ‘intended’ was used in the original wording of the statement to give the public time to warm to her.

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Camilla celebrates her 74th birthday today
Camilla celebrates her 74th birthday today

In his book Charles at 70: Thoughts, Hopes And Dreams, he writes: “The critical word in this statement, of course, was ‘intended’. What Clarence House was doing was buying time — time for a hostile public to warm to Camilla.

“Prince Charles, however, has always intended her to become his queen consort. According to an inside source, he’d already decided that before their wedding.”

Meanwhile, in 2018, the Prince of Wales website removed statements saying Camilla will be known as Princess Consort.



The Prince of Wales website removed statements in 2018 saying Camilla will be known as Princess Consort - but Clarence House said this would still be the case
The Prince of Wales website removed statements in 2018 saying Camilla will be known as Princess Consort – but Clarence House said this would still be the case

The title was included in the site’s frequently asked questions section and in Camilla’s biography.

However, Clarence House said at the time that the statement about Camilla’s title when the pair married “has not changed”.

It also added that the changes were made to the website because the issue of Camilla being called Queen had not been raised recently.

A Clarence House spokeswoman said: “Our frequently asked questions are updated regularly.

“This is one question [we have] not been asked by the public for some time, which is why it no longer features.”

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Sibling Rivalry? Prince Charles might deny brother of Duke of Edinburgh title

Prince Charles is reportedly considering whether or not to pass on his late father’s royal title to his brother Prince Edward.

Who will receive the Duke of Edinburgh title?

According to People, Prince Charles inherited Prince Philip’s Duke of Edinburgh title when his father died in April. When Charles becomes King, the title will merge with the Crown. The new monarch can then decide whether to give it to his youngest brother or another member of the family – or even hold it in abeyance for a time in the future.

In the past, it was reported that the title will go to Edward when the time comes.

At the time of his wedding to Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999, a statement from Buckingham Palace said that the couple would be titled the Earl and Countess of Wessex. It also noted, “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales have also agreed that Prince Edward should be given the Dukedom of Edinburgh in due course when the present title now held by the Prince Philip eventually reverts to the Crown.”

Prince Edward, the youngest son of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and his bride Sophie Rhys-Jones ride through the streets of Windsor after their wedding at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The royal couple met in 1993 at a charity tennis match organised by the Prince. Buckingham Palace announced before the wedding that the Royal couple will in future be known as the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Image: RealTimeImages

Now, drama ensued after the story about the possible change of plan was first reported by The Sunday Times, which quoted a friend of Charles saying, “It is up to him what happens to the title. It will not go to Edward.”

But, “all stories of this nature are speculation and no final decisions have been taken,” a spokesperson told People. “It would be inappropriate and disrespectful to the Queen to comment on matters of accession and we will be maintaining our long-standing policy of not doing so.”

Prominent working royals

Ever since Prince Philip’s death, and since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped away from their roles as working royals, Prince Edward and Sophie has become prominent royal family members.

They are said to be close to the Queen and have been championing Philip’s Duke of Edinburgh Award, with Edward serving as a trustee of the youth organisation.

In the past, Sophie recalled an interview with the Daily Telegraph in which she spoke about Philip coming to see them a couple of days after their engagement. “We sat there slightly stunned,” she shared. “He literally came straight in and said: ‘Right. I’d like it very much if you would consider that.’” 

Edward pointed out that the title arguably should have been reserved for the older Prince Andrew, but the Queen gave him the royal title of Duke of York title on his wedding day.

“It’s a very bittersweet role to take on because the only way the title can come to me is after both my parents have actually passed away,” Edward said. “It has to go back to the Crown first. My father was very keen that the title should continue, but he didn’t quite move quickly enough with Andrew, so it was us who he eventually had the conversation with. It was a lovely idea; a lovely thought.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the Earl and Countess of Wessex getting into their carriage to take part in the parade during Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Image: RealTimeImages

What royal titles to give

There are lots of different titles within the Royal Family. According to Express, for centuries, monarchs have bestowed titles on their family members – often marking big life events such as a royal wedding. And thanks to royal tradition, the Queen can also grant a new ranking to her relatives just because she wants to.

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Will Prince Charles deny passing on late father Duke of Edinburgh’s title to brother Edward

Prince Charles is reportedly having second thoughts about passing the Duke of Edinburgh’s title to his younger brother Prince Edward.

The heir apparent to the British throne inherited the title upon the death of his father Prince Philip on April 9. It was expected that after he ascends to the throne and becomes the King of the United Kingdom, he would pass on his late father’s title to his youngest sibling, Prince Edward. It had been known for a long time that the late Prince Consort intended to bestow the title to his youngest child Prince Edward, who is currently Earl of Wessex, unlike his elder brothers Prince Charles and Prince Andrew, who are Duke of Cornwall and Duke of York respectively.

At the time of Edward’s wedding to Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999, a statement by the palace had announced that they would be titled the Earl and Countess of Wessex. However, the statement also noted, “the Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales have also agreed that the Prince Edward should be given the Dukedom of Edinburgh in due course, when the present title now held by the Prince Philip eventually reverts to the Crown.”

As revealed by the palace, the Duke of Edinburgh’s title will merge with the Crown when its holder Prince Charles takes over the throne. As the new monarch, he can then decide whether to bestow it on his brother or another member of the royal family, or hold it in abeyance for a time in the future.

According to a new report in The Sunday Times, the Prince of Wales is now thinking about changing the original decision about the title that he had taken with his parents. A friend of the 72-year-old was quoted as saying, “It is up to him what happens to the title. It will not go to Edward.”

Another source claimed, “Edinburgh won’t go to [the Wessexes] as far as the prince is concerned.”

A spokesperson for Prince Charles released a clarification on the matter, but shied away from confirming that the royal still plans to transfer his title to his younger brother. The statement to People magazine read, “All stories of this nature are speculation and no final decisions have been taken. It would be inappropriate and disrespectful to the Queen to comment on matters of accession and we will be maintaining our long-standing policy of not doing so.”

The Wessexes have themselves also commented on inheriting the title in the past, noting that the final decision lies with Prince Charles. While Countess Sophie revealed that her late father-in-law had asked them if they would consider taking on the title just two days after their engagement, her husband noted that his elder brother Prince Andrew could have been the first choice for it.

“It’s a very bittersweet role to take on because the only way the title can come to me is after both my parents have actually passed away. It has to go back to the Crown first. My father was very keen that the title should continue, but he didn’t quite move quickly enough with Andrew, so it was us who he eventually had the conversation with. It was a lovely idea; a lovely thought,” Edward said.

Prince Andrew was gifted the Duke of York title upon his wedding to Sarah Ferguson in 1986, which he still sustains despite quitting royal duties in 2019 due to public uproar over his alleged involvement with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

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5 April 2002: Prince Andrew, Prince Charles, Prince Philip, Princess Anne and Prince Edward walk behind the coffin of the Queen Mother during a ceremonial procession in London
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‘I am the best’ – Novak Djokovic confident of GOAT status after 2021 Wimbledon title win

“It’s just completely different conditions that we’re playing in, so it’s very hard to compare tennis, say, from 50 years ago to today.

“But I am extremely honored to definitely be part of the conversation.”

The Golden Slam is also a potential for Djokovic, but he’s now not sure whether he will travel to the Olympics.

“I’ll have to think about it,” he said. “Right now, as I said, my plan was always to go to Olympic Games. But right now I’m a little bit divided. It’s kind of 50/50 because of what I heard in the last couple days.”