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Attapattu wary of England seamers

Chard & Ilminster News: Marvan Atapattu, centre, is wary of England ahead of their World Cup clash on Sunday

6:51am Saturday 28th February 2015

Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu believes England have one of the best "seaming attacks" in the world ahead of their World Cup clash in Wellington on Sunday.

Woakes eyes big scalp

Chard & Ilminster News: Chris Woakes admits England must beat a big team before the World Cup quarter-finals

6:45am Saturday 28th February 2015

England will get a double shot at redemption when they meet Sri Lanka in a World Cup clash that both teams are targeting to kick-start so far unconvincing campaigns.

McIlroy furious with performance

Chard & Ilminster News: Rory McIlroy was on course to miss the cut in the Honda Classic

6:37am Saturday 28th February 2015

World number one Rory McIlroy spelled out his frustration after another bad day at the Honda Classic left him on the verge of an early exit.

Lawes getting stronger - Mallinder

Chard & Ilminster News: Jim Mallinder, pictured, heaped praise on Courtney Lawes after Northampton's win

6:17am Saturday 28th February 2015

Courtney Lawes needs one more club game before he is ready to return to the England side, according to Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

Cunningham proud of St Helens

Chard & Ilminster News: Tom Makinson went over for St Helens

6:16am Saturday 28th February 2015

St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham was proud of his side after they bounced back from their World Club Challenge drubbing to maintain their 100 per cent start to their Super League title defence.

Boris regrets rock star failure

Chard & Ilminster News: Boris Johnson said getting stuck on the zip wire was a "painful" incident

6:07am Saturday 28th February 2015

Boris Johnson has said he "bitterly" regrets his failure to become a rock star and has admitted to being an "embarrassing dad" in a question and answer session with young people.

William lords it over samurai saga

Chard & Ilminster News: Japanese well-wishers put William in the picture as he arrives at the Tsutaya bookstore at Daikanyama, Tokyo (AP)

6:01am Saturday 28th February 2015

The Duke of Cambridge was transformed into a samurai warlord when he visited the set of a long-running Japanese drama.

Net snoops 'won't snare terrorists'

Chard & Ilminster News: Apple boss Tim Cook says privacy is a basic human right and data snooping will not stop terrorists

5:49am Saturday 28th February 2015

The head of technology giant Apple has said privacy is a "basic human right" and no government or private company should be able to access personal information.

Centre stage for ex-Tory Carswell

Chard & Ilminster News: Douglas Carswell is urging Ukip voters to break the 'power cartel' of the Tories and Labour

2:38am Saturday 28th February 2015

Douglas Carswell will urge Ukip activists to break the Tory-Labour power "cartel" at the general election.

Britain 'shocked' at Nemtsov murder

Chard & Ilminster News: Boris Nemtsov at an opposition rally in Moscow in 2012 (AP)

12:31am Saturday 28th February 2015

Britain has said it will follow closely investigations into the killing of a prominent Russian opposition politician who was gunned down near the Kremlin.

Corrie's Colson Smith: Rat Darryl can be hard to control

Chard & Ilminster News: Corrie's Colson Smith: Rat Darryl can be hard to control

12:11am Saturday 28th February 2015

Craig Tinker’s pet rat is not always easy to contain on set, the teenage actor revealed.

Jennifer Lopez: Film shows older women are attractive

Chard & Ilminster News: Jennifer Lopez: Film shows older women are attractive

12:11am Saturday 28th February 2015

Jennifer Lopez says she is glad her new thriller shows that older women are still desirable.

House Of Cards creator hints at marriage crisis for the Underwoods

Chard & Ilminster News: House Of Cards creator hints at marriage crisis for the Underwoods

12:11am Saturday 28th February 2015

Beau Willimon reckons the relationship between lead characters Frank and Claire Underwood is the cornerstone of the hit US drama.

Madonna considers a switch to comedy

Chard & Ilminster News: Madonna snubbed by Radio 1 playlist

12:11am Saturday 28th February 2015

The queen of pop has a surprising alternative career plan if her musical success starts to falter.

Protests over re-privatised trains

Chard & Ilminster News: East Coast is to return to private hands

12:10am Saturday 28th February 2015

A leading rail union is to stage a series of protests to mark the final day of a train company being run in the public sector.

I'm just a failed dope, says Marks

Chard & Ilminster News: Howard Marks entertains the audience at the concert.

12:10am Saturday 28th February 2015

Howard Marks has joked that he "failed" as a drug dealer as he hosted a star-studded concert weeks after revealing he is suffering from inoperable cancer.

MPs warn on energy switching deals

Chard & Ilminster News: MPs have criticised the actions of some price comparison websites regarding information on energy and gas suppliers

12:10am Saturday 28th February 2015

Price comparison sites should pay compensation to energy customers who have been misled into switching to deals that were not the cheapest on the market, MPs have said.

Hollywood pays tribute to Mr Spock

Chard & Ilminster News: Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played the instantly recognisable Mr Spock in Star Trek, has died at the age of 83.

12:10am Saturday 28th February 2015

Tributes have been paid from Hollywood to Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played the instantly recognisable Mr Spock in Star Trek, who has died at the age of 83.

Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy dies

Chard & Ilminster News: Leonard Nimoy, pictured in 2013, has died aged 83 (AP)

12:10am Saturday 28th February 2015

Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in the long-running science fiction series, has died at the age of 83.

Police out in force at race rally

Chard & Ilminster News: Russell Brand is backing counter demonstrators against anti-Islam group Pegida

12:10am Saturday 28th February 2015

A major police operation will be in place today for the first demonstration in Britain by the controversial anti-Islam group Pegida UK.

Madonna thinking of comedy switch

Chard & Ilminster News: Madonna would like to try her hand at "sit-down" comedy

12:10am Saturday 28th February 2015

Madonna has revealed she wants to try her hand as a comedian if her music career ever stalls.

Starter homes 'with a 20% discount'

Chard & Ilminster News: The average cost of a first home is now £218,000

12:10am Saturday 28th February 2015

Young first-time buyers are being urged to sign up to a Government scheme aimed at providing starter homes at a 20% discount which David Cameron said could be a "game changer".

Call to improve social mobility

Chard & Ilminster News: Politicians have been urged to address the issue of social mobility

12:10am Saturday 28th February 2015

The UK could become a "permanently divided nation" unless political leaders commit to measures to reduce poverty and improve social mobility, a major report has found.

MI5 'quizzes Jihadi John teachers'

Chard & Ilminster News: Jihadi John has been identified as Kuwait-born Mohammed Emwazi

12:10am Saturday 28th February 2015

MI5 officers have reportedly questioned former teachers of Briton Mohammed Emwazi after he was this week unmasked as the Islamic State terrorist known as Jihadi John.

I'm just a failed dope, says Marks

Chard & Ilminster News: Howard Marks entertains the audience at the concert

11:45pm Friday 27th February 2015

Howard Marks has joked that he "failed" as a drug dealer as he hosted a star-studded concert weeks after revealing he is suffering from inoperable cancer.

Mourinho: Take care of football

Chard & Ilminster News: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he is concerned for the credibility of English football

11:15pm Friday 27th February 2015

Jose Mourinho believes the credibility of English football is at stake if decisions like the one which saw Nemanja Matic banned and Ashley Barnes escape punishment recur.

10 times Leonard Nimoy proved he was the king of cameos

Chard & Ilminster News: 10 times Leonard Nimoy proved he was the king of cameos

11:05pm Friday 27th February 2015

From Star Trek, to Transformers, to The Simpsons, and back to Star Trek. Leonard loved a fleeting appearance.

18 things we learned from Bear Grylls: Mission Survive

Chard & Ilminster News: 18 things we learned from Bear Grylls: Mission Survive

11:05pm Friday 27th February 2015

There was one thing we already knew: drinking wee = bad.

Who fell foul of Gogglebox's viewing opinions this week?

Chard & Ilminster News: Who fell foul of Gogglebox's viewing opinions this week?

10:55pm Friday 27th February 2015

Even Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson got a lashing from the Goggleboxers’ opinionated tongues.

No slips from Saints

Chard & Ilminster News: Northampton's Samu Manoa was among the tryscorers in the 17-13 defeat of Harlequins

10:31pm Friday 27th February 2015

Champions Northampton moved 13 points clear at the top of the Aviva Premiership with a victory which surely ends Harlequins' hopes of reaching the top four.

Astana to appeal if licence revoked

Chard & Ilminster News: Vincenzo Nibali, centre, has been left in limbo

8:30pm Friday 27th February 2015

Astana have indicated they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if their licence is revoked.

Delay Kiev plans, Toffees tell fans

Chard & Ilminster News: Roberto Martinez is looking forward to facing Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League

8:21pm Friday 27th February 2015

Everton have advised fans to delay making any travel arrangements to next month's Europa League match against Dynamo Kiev.

Federer and Djokovic clash in Dubai

Chard & Ilminster News: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, pictured, will meet in the Dubai final on Saturday (AP)

7:51pm Friday 27th February 2015

The top two players in the world will contest the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after contrasting semi-final victories on Friday.

Rosberg tops timesheets

Chard & Ilminster News: Nico Rosberg produced a lap of one minute 22.792 seconds

7:26pm Friday 27th February 2015

Nico Rosberg sent out an ominous warning to the rest of Formula One by setting the fastest time so far on day two of the final pre-season test in Barcelona.

Sci-fi legends pay tribute to Leonard Nimoy

Chard & Ilminster News: Sci-fi legends pay tribute to Leonard Nimoy

7:24pm Friday 27th February 2015

Leonard Nimoy is currently dominating six of the top trend slots on Twitter. His fans, friends and co-stars should be proud.

Clegg makes NHS funding pledge

Chard & Ilminster News: Nick Clegg pledged to give an additional £8 billion to the health service in England - and an extra £450 million for Wales - by the end of the next parliament

7:24pm Friday 27th February 2015

The NHS would receive billions of extra funding if the Liberal Democrats have a hand in the next UK government, Nick Clegg has told his party faithful.

Rosberg tops timesheets in Jerez

Chard & Ilminster News: Nico Rosberg was in 'ominous' form in pre-season testing on Friday

6:49pm Friday 27th February 2015

Nico Rosberg sent out an ominous warning to the rest of Formula One by setting the fastest time so far on day two of the final pre-season test in Jerez.

Tributes pour in for Leonard Nimoy after news of his death

Chard & Ilminster News: Tributes pour in for Leonard Nimoy after news of his death

6:21pm Friday 27th February 2015

The man who inspired a generation to dream of the stars has passed away.

Outraged Ed Sheeran fans told to consider sleeping next to dogs by pricey hotel

Chard & Ilminster News: Outraged Ed Sheeran fans told to consider sleeping next to dogs by pricey hotel

6:11pm Friday 27th February 2015

Hotel 20-minute walk away from venue explained its price hike on night of Brit award-winning singer’s show.

Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy dies

Chard & Ilminster News: Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy dies

11:05pm Friday 27th February 2015

The actor had been suffering from a serious lung disease.

Sir Cliff lawyers attack committee

Chard & Ilminster News: Sir Cliff Richard's lawyers criticised a House of Commons committee

5:48pm Friday 27th February 2015

Sir Cliff Richard's lawyers have criticised a House of Commons committee for publishing a letter about the police investigation into sex abuse allegations against the veteran singer.

Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy dies

Chard & Ilminster News: Leonard Nimoy, pictured in 2013, has died aged 83 (AP)

5:43pm Friday 27th February 2015

Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in the long-running science fiction series, has died at the age of 83.

Sir Cliff Richard's lawyers attack House Of Commons committee

Chard & Ilminster News: Sir Cliff Richard's lawyers attack House Of Commons committee

6:11pm Friday 27th February 2015

The singer’s representatives are objecting to a letter about allegations against him being published.

Fraudster conned way out of prison

Chard & Ilminster News: Neil Moore walked out of Wandsworh Prison after faking a letter saying he had been released on bail

5:27pm Friday 27th February 2015

A fraudster escaped from jail after fooling prison staff into believing he had been released on bail, a court heard.

Pregnant Cotton to quit Radio 1

Chard & Ilminster News: Fearne Cotton and Jesse Wood are expecting their second child

5:16pm Friday 27th February 2015

Fearne Cotton is quitting Radio 1 after telling her fans she is pregnant with her second child.

De Gea hits out at LVG row "lies"

Chard & Ilminster News: David De Gea has been in fine form for Manchester United this season

5:13pm Friday 27th February 2015

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has dismissed speculation he has fallen out with manager Louis van Gaal.

Fearne Cotton quits Radio 1 because she is pregnant again

Chard & Ilminster News: Fearne Cotton quits Radio 1 because she is pregnant again

5:22pm Friday 27th February 2015

The radio presenter has announced she is having another baby.

Emmerdale assault draws complaints

Chard & Ilminster News: Emmerdale assault draws complaints

4:58pm Friday 27th February 2015

Some viewers were unhappy about the soap’s sex assault scene, which aired last night.

Reds cleared of FFP breaches

Chard & Ilminster News: Liverpool have been cleared of any financial fair play breaches but Hull have been fined

4:57pm Friday 27th February 2015

Liverpool have been cleared of any financial fair play breaches by UEFA, but Hull have been fined 200,000 euros (£145,000).

Madonna was down but sales are up

Chard & Ilminster News: Madonna was down but sales are up

4:47pm Friday 27th February 2015

Taking a tumble at the Brits hasn’t harmed Madonna’s chart chances.

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