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  1. 'BBC Radio Manchester Sport Live' trial launched today
  2. Championship full-times: Watford 3-0 Bolton, Wigan 2-2 Reading
  3. League One: Colchester 2-2 Oldham, Rochdale 0-1 Peterborough. League Two: Bury 0-1 Cheltenham
  4. Conference: Aldershot 3-1 Altrincham, Macclesfield 1-0 Braintree
  5. Leeds beat Warrington 24-16 in Challenge Cup semi-final
  6. Worcestershire 305-3 (47.5 overs) beat Lancashire 304-7 (50 overs) by seven wickets in One-Day Cup

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By Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

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@popeBWFC tweeted: "Absolute disgrace all round, it's going to be a long season."


Match reaction: Watford 3-0 Bolton

Dougie Freedman

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman told BBC Radio Manchester:

"Uncharacteristically, we gave away goals that you could never see them scoring. It's not the way we do things and it put us on the back foot throughout the match.

"We stuck together in the second half, gave it a go, and with a bit of luck we could have probably pulled something back.

"If you're going to defend that way, you're not going to win a lot of games."


Match reaction: Wigan 2-2 Reading

Uwe Rosler
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Wigan manager Uwe Rosler told BBC Radio Manchester:

"The first half was a typical season opener. Reading put us under severe physical pressure and I felt we coped well.

"We got the ball down and got Callum McManaman in the right areas. He was the difference between the two teams in the first half.

"I had four or five players on the pitch who had not taken a full part in our pre-season and you could see that today. We didn't have the energy and the power to compete with Reading's play in the second half, and also the power to attack.

"They sat back, they gave us an invitation and we used that. When you're not at your best, it's important that you still get something from games and that is what we did today."


Lancashire beaten in One-Day Cup

It's been an excellent run chase by Worcestershire, who have beaten Lancashire by seven wickets in the One-Day Cup at New Road. Alex Kervezee (63no) and Ross Whiteley (45no) saw the home side to victory with 13 balls to spare.


Run-out calamity for India

Dear, oh dear! Just what are India thinking? Bhuvneshwar Kumar tucks the ball into the offiside, but, with Moeen Ali homing in, the batsmen inexplicably come back for a second. Moeen's throw to Jos Buttler is pinpoint and Kumar is so far out the third umpire isn't even called for. India are staring down the barrel at 133-8.


All over for Lancashire?

The first two balls of Jordan Clark's 47th over have gone for 10 runs, and Worcestershire need 17 runs from 22 balls to beat Lancashire in the One-Day Cup.


Match reaction: Bury 0-1 Cheltenham

David Flitcroft
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Bury manager David Flitcroft told BBC Radio Manchester:

"In patches we were okay, but I didn't enjoy seeing the performance in the last third.

"We've carved out and created enough chances to win a couple of games but the quality just wasn't there. We just seemed to tighten up.

"It's like a golfer with a putt. It's no good getting on the green in two and then having four or five putts. That's where we were at today.

"We didn't hit the right areas that we'd worked on in training, where we'd looked fluent."

No-ball denies England

Chris Jordan thinks he's got wicket number eight as Bhuvneshwar Kumar edges into the grateful hands of Ian Bell at second slip. But he hangs around as the third umpire checks for the no-ball, with the replays showing no part of Jordan's front foot was behind the popping crease. No-ball is called and Kumar is reprieved.


One-Day Cup - Worcestershire v Lancashire

Scott Read

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"A fascinating finish in prospect here. Ross Whiteley and Alex Kervezee unbeaten for Worcestershire, who are having a real go at this."

Jonson Clarke-Harris, Oldham striker


Oldham striker

Jonson Clarke-Harris tweeted: "The unbeaten run goes on, not a bad point, would have loved to get three."

Rugby League

Highlights: Warrington Wolves 16-24 Leeds Rhinos

If you missed Warrington's Challenge Cup defeat by Leeds earlier today, you can now

watch the highlights here or in the 'Highlights' tab at the top of this page.

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@1gilesy1 tweets: "Rochdale did well today, hope we get to play some football this season and not end up watching the opposing team waste time."


Match reaction: Rochdale 0-1 Peterborough

Keith Hill

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I'm really encouraged by the performance, but the bottom line says we got beat 1-0.

"We've stood up to the test, we were competitive and creative, and I thought we played really well against good opposition.

"I was happy that we stood up to that challenge, but I don't want us to be labelled as a good side who lose football matches. It's important we win football matches. I thought we deserved at least a point."

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Ian in Wigan says: "The Latics got lucky today. More a point gained rather two points lost. First half even and lucky to go in one up but second half Reading were well on top, and if it wasn't for Scott Carson, they'd have won comfortably. Improvement needed."

Graham says: "Watched Bury today, and you wouldn't think they played with any strikers after that match. Cheltenham's defence had deckchairs out. Bury too slow, predictable down the wings and no end product at all."

Steve in Prestwich says: "Bury's defeat may not be the worst thing to happen as we played today as if we believed all the hype about us being favourites to go up. Played very narrow and as much as Cheltenham allowed us to play our passing game they rarely let us beyond the subbuteo line!"


Worcs edging closer to victory

We're heading for a tense finish at New Road. Worcestershire need 58 runs from the final seven overs to beat Lancashire. Alex Kervezee may be the difference, he's still at the crease on 48 not out.

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@TheTonyCoffey tweeted: "I'm giving Dougie the first 10 games before offering an opinion on this #bwfc side. Think you can guess how I'm feeling though."


England edge closer to victory

The Indian captain goes! MS Dhoni tries to slog Moeen Ali over mid-wicket but Gary Ballance dives to his right and takes a stunning catch. Dhoni troops off for 27 and India are 105-7, needing 110 more to make England bat again. You sense this will be over this evening.


Match reaction: Colchester 2-2 Oldham

Lee Johnson

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It's a new group that we've got and there were a lot of positives in our play today. Jonathan Forte was excellent and there were some other good performances as well.

"At this early stage of a season, with a whole new group of players, you're going to have to give up certain things in order to blend and come good.

"I was pleased that we were down originally and then got to a winning position, and then disappointed with the final goal."

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Sandi Lane: "Rochdale lost. No great disaster, just a warning signal. What do u expect with Fergie senior in the stand? Guess what: ET 8 minutes Fergie time."

Snowy in Bolton: "Not an impressive start at all for Bolton. Still very early days, but it's one thing Gartside saying we're not as skint as the media says, it's another thing the manager saying the players he wants aren't of appropriate value. Hmm. Someone's talking rot here. Surely we have to pay top wedge if we are serious about a challenge to get out, and stay out of this wretched league."


Mitchell goes - the key wicket for Lancs?

Lancashire's Wayne White has dismissed Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell for 88, and the hosts are now 221-3. They need 84 from the final 10 overs to win at New Road.

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@Nutty_tart0482 tweeted: "Dale did not deserve to lose. Happy with their performance. Happy the season is back :-)"


Not a great start...

Was it D:Ream who sang "Things Can Only Get Better"? Well those words ring true for our Greater Manchester clubs today.

In the Championship, there was a heavy defeat for Bolton at Watford, while Wigan needed a 93rd-minute equaliser to rescue a 2-2 draw against Reading.

Oldham drew 2-2 at Colchester in League One, with striker Jonathan Forte scoring twice on his debut, while Rochdale's first game back in the third tier was a 1-0 home defeat by Peterborough.

It wasn't much better for Bury in League Two, as the Shakers lost 1-0 at home to Cheltenham.

Altrincham were beaten by Aldershot in the Conference, but there was one winner! Macclesfield beat Braintree 1-0 with a first-half goal from Chris Holroyd.

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Alex Rigby emailed in saying Bolton are now a team of freebies and cast-offs and only going in one direction.


There's 12 overs left at New Road and we could have a tasty finish on our hands. Worcestershire are 206-2, needing 99 more to beat Lancashire, with Daryl Mitchell still there on 87 not out.

Rugby League

No Wembley return for Warrington

Ryan Hall and Joel Moon celebrate

So it was not to be for Warrington, who

lost their Challenge Cup semi-final to Leeds Rhinos 24-16 at Langtree Park.

Ryan Hall scored two of Leeds' four tries, while Joel Moon and Tom Briscoe also crossed, to book the Rhinos' place at Wembley on 23 August.

Their opponents will be decided tomorrow, when Widnes play Castleford at Leigh Sports Village.


Can Man City begin with a trophy?

Vincent Kompany
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Before we reflect on today's matches, let's take a quick look ahead to tomorrow.

Manchester City have become used to winning silverware over the past few seasons and the Premier League champions could add another trophy to their collection on Sunday, when they face FA Cup winners Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley.

BBC Radio Manchester will have full match commentary from 15:00 BST, with coverage beginning an hour earlier.

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@tony49 tweeted: Very poor but not unexpected start to the season for Bolton. Time for radical changes in squad, management and tactics.


Conference: Macclesfield 1-0 Braintree


Full-time: Watford 3-0 Bolton

Steve Taylor

Former Bolton Wanderers striker

"You've got to give credit to Watford. They'll be a decent side this year, but even so, you would expect Bolton to do better. I'm worried about the defence. You can't keep leaking goals like they did last year. I was hoping they would play it tighter today and it just wasn't there."


Championship: Watford 3-0 Bolton, Wigan 2-2 Reading. League One: Colchester 2-2 Oldham, Rochdale 0-1 Peterborough. League Two: Bury 0-1 Cheltenham. Conference: Aldershot 3-1 Altrincham


Moeen does more damage

Moeen Ali
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England could wrap this up within three days, which will not be great news for the money men at Emirates Old Trafford. Moeen Ali, the man with the beard that is feared, gets one to spin and take the outside edge of Ravindra Jadeja's bat. Chris Jordan pouches it at slip and India are 66-6, having lost five wickets for 13 runs.


Wigan 2-2 Reading - James McArthur (90+3 mins)

Maybe Uwe Rosler and Wigan will get that point after all, as Scottish midfielder James McArthur snatches an equaliser for the Latics in added time.

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BBC Radio Manchester at Bury v Cheltenham

Injuries at Bury v Cheltenham
Nathan Middleton

Both teams take advantage of injury. James Poole on for debut and Nathan Cameron on as makeshift striker #BBCRMSport


Anderson on song on home turf

Lancashire's James Anderson is at it again as England close in on victory in the fourth Test against India at Emirates Old Trafford. Virat Kohli is quickly becoming his rabbit, as he is caught at slip by Ian Bell. India in tatters at 61-5, still 154 runs behind the hosts.

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@JackHigginson6 tweeted: "Sir Alex Ferguson taking his seat at Rochdale #bbcrmsport, wow never thought I would see that".

Well, he certainly appears to have made an impact at Spotland - there's eight minutes of Fergie time.


White strikes for Lancashire

It's been a long time coming but Lancashire have a breakthrough at New Road where Wayne White has removed Tom Fell for 74 to end a second-wicket partnership of 137 with Daryl Mitchell. Worcestershire are now 163-2 needing 142 more runs to win in just over 17 overs.

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