GLOS SET TO SIGN AUSTRALIAN TEST STAR

Gloucestershire are set to sign Australia Test batsman Ed Cowan on a short-term basis ahead of his country’s A tour of England.

Subject to a visa being obtained, the 30-year-old Tasmania left-hander will fill the gap between Kane Williamson leaving Gloucestershire and fellow New Zealander Rob Nicol arriving later this month.

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CRICKET: WESTERN DIVISION BOWLS IN

Weather-permitting there are club cricket league matches across the region today and we list the top matches on our cricket fixtures pages.

Tomorrow the 2012 Minor Counties Championship is due to swing into action again with three-day Western Division league matches involving the region’s top players.

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MCCA TROPHY: DORSET AND WILTSHIRE IN SEMIS

Dorset will host Cumberland and Staffordshire will meet 2005 finalists Wiltshire in the 2012 Minor Counties Cricket Association Trophy semi finals on Sunday July 1.

Dorset – finalists in 2006 - will play Cumberland at Dean Park, Bournemouth while a venue has yet "to be confirmed" for Wiltshire’s semi in Staffs.

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CORNISH CRICKET: ON-THE-BALL PAUL OFF THE MARK

cornwall cricket crestPaul Cricket Club claimed their first Jolly’s Drinks ECB Cornwall Premier League win of the season in one of two top flight matches to beat the rain.

Paul dodged the downpours to beat Grampound Road by eight runs while Falmouth defeated St Just by 16 runs after making 132-9.

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HAWKEY CUP LATEST: SEMI FINAL DRAW

Cornwall cricket crestThe Hawkey Cup semi final draw pits St Austell against Gorran at Wheal Eliza and Callington against holders Werrington at New Road on Wednesday June 13 (1800).

Paul Smith smashed a match-winning boundary off the final ball as Werrington beat east Cornwall visitors Looe-Menheniot at Ladycross.

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BRIDGWATER TO HOST BOVEY IN REGIONAL FINAL

Bridgwater CC batsman Chris Gange scored an unbeaten 165 as the Somerset side beat Cornish visitors Falmouth CC by 181 runs in the Kingfisher Beer Cup third round to ease into the last 32 of the national club cricket competition.

Gange - batting at three - helped the unbeaten West of England Premier League pace setters make 275-4 in 45 overs while Stefan Jones (3-10), Chris Skidmore (3-27) and Ian Bishop (3-55) all took three wickets as Falmouth were bowled out for 94 in the 21st over.

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