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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Any early rain should clear leaving a bright day with highs of 23C (973F).

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Latest weather: Another warm and overcast day

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's forecast to be another warm and overcast day tomorrow and there's a chance of a bit of rain overnight.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a dry day with sunny periods and highs of 21C (70F).

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a dry and clear night with lows of 7C (45F).

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry and fine day with light winds and highs of 22C (72F).

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Clear and dry start to the weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Starting off dry with clear spells tonight, here's the rest of the forecast for the West Midlands:

Rebecca Wood with Friday night's West Midlands weather

You can get the latest forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be some sunny intervals this evening but also some showers which may be heavy.

It should be a dry night with some clear spells with highs of 13C (55F).

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Thunderstorms warning issued

Parts of the West Midlands could be affected by thunderstorms later, with some disruption to travel expected.

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The Met Office has issued a yellow warning which is in place from 13:00 to 21:00.

Wet night ahead for West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

After a pretty dry day, we're in for some rain tonight in the West Midlands, here's the full forecast:

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Wednesday's weather forecast

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BBC Weather

Any patches of rain this morning should clear away leaving a mostly dry rest of the day.

Here's the full West Midlands weather forecast.

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County Championship: Second century for Sam Hain

Warwickshire 219-6 v Hampshire - target 404

Sam Hain has just reached his second centruy in Warwickshire's match against Hampshire at Southampton.

Sam Hain
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He now has a century in each innings.

It has given Warwickshire - who are chasing 404 - a glimmer of hope that they could rescue a draw.

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Warwickshire bowled out by Hampshire

Hampshire 539 & 35-0 v Warwickshire 307

Hampshire have dismissed Warwickshire for 307, and now lead by 267 in Southampton.

Oliver Hannon-Dalby was the last man out with Sam Hain ending unbeaten on 129.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a mainly dry day with some brightness but the odd chance of showers with highs of 20C (68F).

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Sibley gets England Lions call

Warwickshire opening batsman Dom Sibley - English county cricket's top run scorer in 2019 - is one of four players chosen to make their England Lions debut next week against Australia A at Canterbury (14-17 July).

Kent opener Zak Crawley, Gloucestershire wicketkeeper/batsman James Bracey and Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson are the other newcomers.

Sibley, who last represented England at Under-19 level in 2014, hit a career-best 244 at Canterbury this week, the highest individual score in the County Championship this season, as he became the first to reach 1,000 first-class runs this season.

Dom Sibley has made 1,069 runs in first-class cricket this season, starting with his ton for the MCC in the champion county match against Surrey in Dubai in March
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There are three players with Test match experience in the 11-man team, which will be coached by former England coach Andy Flower – surrey wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, Nottinghamshire batsman Ben Duckett and Somerset spinner Jack Leach.

Leach is joined by Somerset colleague Lewis Gregory, who has taken 44 Championship wickets this season - more than any other seamer.

As to who will captain the side, that is yet to be announced.

All the players were due to have been in Championship action for their counties that week.

England Lions XI:James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Jack Leach (Somerset), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Sam Northeast (Hampshire), Jamie Porter (Essex), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire)

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It will be a dry night with long clear spells and lows of 11C (52F).

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a dry day with long sunny spells with highs of 25C (77F).

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Thursday night's weather forecast

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BBC Weather

A sunny end to the day and then a dry night with long, clear spells.

Here's the full forecast for tonight and tomorrow in the West Midlands:

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Sunny start to Thursday's weather

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BBC Weather

Dry and mainly sunny to start the day in the West Midlands, here's your full weather forecast for Thursday:

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Fine, clear weather tonight

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BBC Weather

Staying fine tonight with clear spells, here's the full weather forecast including for Thursday:

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BreakingKENT DREW WITH WARWICKSHIRE

Kent 585-7 dec, Warwickshire 574-7 dec

All over at Canterbury. The players shake hands on the draw.

For both sides, it was only a second draw in eight matches this season. And Kent shade it 10-9 on points.

Although they failed to pick up a single bowling point, they did at least get maximum batting points.

Kent stand fifth in the table, 40 points clear now of bottom club Nottinghamshire, who could be even further adrift next week once they have visited leaders Somerset at Taunton.

The St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
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The Bears are now 23 points clear of Notts, who they must play again in the penultimate week of the season at Trent Bridge.

Warwickshire now move on to Southampton on their five-game tour of England.

They start their fourth successive away match next week against Hampshire before facing Essex at Chelmsford the following week.

Kent play again on Sunday when they visit The Oval, to face 2018 county champions Surrey.

England talk just 'a bit of hype - Sibley

Kent 585-7 dec, Warwickshire 462-6 - lunch

Warwickshire's Dom Sibley has certainly had a busy couple of days.

The Bears opener's dismissal just before lunch for a career-best 244 against Kent at Canterbury, the highest score in the County Championship this season, was the first time during this match that he had not been out there on the pitch.

But what are his immediate career prospects now, after so painstakingly rewriting his entry in next year's Playfair Cricket Annual. And, more particularly, in a month's time? Might England need a new Test opener?

Back in the Caribbean in February, Rory Burns, alongside whom Sibley made his first-class debut for Surrey in 2013, and Keaton Jennings had the jobs.

Neither have yet made totally compelling claims to become Sir Alastair Cook's long-term successor at the top of the England order.

Warwickshire opener Dom Sibley
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Or does another of Sibley's old Surrey team-mates, Jason Roy, the new darling of the one-day game, have stronger claims to finally become a Test player?

There is an obvious connection for Sibley to the England set-up. Ashley Giles, who signed Sibley for Warwickshire, is now the head honcho of English cricket. His Bears replacement Paul Farbrace left his job as England assistant coach to come to Edgbaston. And chairman of selectors Ed Smith is known to have sounds out Farbrace. But Sibley himself, like all of us, is just an interested onlooker.

"A lot of people are chatting about it and there's a bit of hype surrounding my name," Sibley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Clive Eakin at the close of play on Tuesday night, after becoming the first to 1,000 first-class runs this season and the first Division One batsman to hit a County Championship double century this summer.

"But I just want to keep batting and scoring runs. It's really that simple. If I keep batting and stay in the grove then who knows? We'll see what happens."

How far can Dom Sibley go?

Kent 585-7 dec, Warwickshire 400-3 - match resumes 11:00

Dom Sibley's score stands on 207 this morning as the Warwickshire opener returns to the featherbed that is this week's wicket at Canterbury.

He may have one or two small milestones in his sight - first and foremost the 36 runs that Warwickshire, on 400-3, need to ensure that they will not be asked to bat again by Kent, in reply to the hosts' 585-7 declared.

Then, as that would finally put this game out of its misery as a contest, there are the personal ones.

Dom Sibley
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Another 23 runs would take Sibley past Billy Root's 229 for Glamorgan against Northants in June as the highest score made in the County Championship this season.

He needs just 36 more to beat his own career-best, 242 made against Yorkshire at the Oval in only his third first-class game with Surrey six summers ago.

And if he's feeling even more ambitious, then another 93 would make him only the fifth Bears batsman to make a triple century for the county, the last of which was Nick Knight against Middlesex at Lord's in 2004. And he would need only 109 more to top Mark Wagh's 315, also against Middlesex at Lord's in 2001, as the second highest ever made by a Bears batsman.

As for the biggest innings ever made by a Bear, that is also the whole of cricket's biggest innings too . . . Brian Lara's famous 501, from 25 years ago . And that's where the fantasizing stops, you'd think!

Wednesday's weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

After a clear, chilly start, today's set to be dry across the West Midlands with spells of sunshine.

Here's the full forecast:

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry clear night with lows of 8C (46F).

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Dom Sibley first to 1,000 first-class runs

Kent 585-7 dec, Warwickshire 356-3

Glamorgan's Australian all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne might have gone past 1,000 County Championship runs this season.

But he was actually beaten to the traditional chief cricketing benchmark of being first to 1,000 first-class runs in a season by Warwickshire's Dom Sibley, by just a matter of minutes.

Sibley had 825 runs going into his game, 678 in the Championship, as well as his scores of 19 and 128 for the MCC in the champion county game against Surrey back in March.

When he reached 175, against Kent on the featherbed at Canterbury, that all added up to 1,000.

And Warwickshire were not slow to acclaim his feat . . .

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Mum on trial accused of murdering two daughters

Audrey Dias

Journalist, BBC Midlands Today

A mother accused of murdering her two young daughters searched the internet for "how long does it take a dead body to go cold", a court has heard.

Birmingham Crown Court
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Louise Porton, 23, of Skiddaw, Rugby, is accused of killing 16-month-old Scarlett Vaughan and three-year-old Lexi Draper in 2018.

Opening the prosecution case at Birmingham Crown Court, Oliver Saxby QC told the jury that there was no natural cause to explain their deaths and that symptoms showed someone had deliberately interfered with their breathing.

The court heard that Lexi had been taken to hospital on two occasions early in January 2018 with apparent breathing problems.

Doctors believed she had a chest infection and she was given antibiotics and discharged but a week later paramedics responding to a 999 call found Lexi dead in her home.

The jury was told that Porton appeared unnaturally detached after her daughter’s death and examination of her phone showed searches.

She denies the murders and the trial continues.