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Jul 082013

West Indies players celebrate a wicket

Sangakkara Sets Up Sri Lanka Victory

West Indies began well with early wickets in Sri Lanka’s innings but were eventually well beaten

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Sri Lanka 219-8 (Sangakkara 90no) beat
West Indies 190-9 by 39 runs (D/L)
ODI Tri-Series, Trinidad

Sri Lanka eased to a 39-run win on the Duckworth/Lewis method over West Indies after their tri-series One-Day International was completed on its reserve day in Trinidad.

Rain allowed just 19 overs on the first day and after the match was reduced to 41 overs, Sri Lanka posted 219 for eight before restricting West Indies to 190 for nine, well short of a revised target of 230.

Kumar Sangakkara played the leading role for the visitors, remaining unbeaten on 90 having started the day on 11, going on to hit six fours and a six to see Sri Lanka to a competitive score.

He received support from Lahiru Thirimanne (23), Angelo Mathews (30) and Nuwan Kulasekara (14) but Kemar Roach’s four for 27 and Jason Holder’s two for 50 kept the home side in the game.

Their chances were all but gone, however, after just 8.2 overs of their reply, by which time they had collapsed to 31 for four as Shaminda Eranga (3-46) and Mathews (4-29) removed Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Devon Smith and Marlon Samuels.

Both openers made 14 and neither Smith nor Samuels registered a run.

Darren Bravo then made 70 in 84 balls and Lendl Simmons 67 in 78 to launch a spirited recovery and their partnership was worth a priceless 123 but Mathews returned to dismiss Simmons.

Lasith Malinga then chipped in to remove all-rounders Kieron Pollard (0) and Darren Sammy (3) and when Bravo fell to Eranga, there was to be no way back for West Indies.

The victory puts Sri Lanka at the top of the table and they will contest the final of the competition unless India beat them by a huge margin in their final game.

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Jul 082013
Cricket World Player Of The Week - Upul Tharanga
Upul Tharanga drives.

Cricket World Player Of The Week – Upul Tharanga

Upul Tharanga broke numerous records during his epic 174 against India.

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The fight for this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week award is a three-way one between the week’s three century-makers. Upul Tharanga and Mahela Jayawardene both hit centuries against India at Sabina Park on Tuesday, while Virat Kohli then led India’s fightback with a stonking 102 against the West Indies on Friday.

Tharanga just about edges it over Kohli, if anything for the sheer number of records that he, and to a lesser extent Jayawardene, broke. His innings of 174 off only 159 balls was the highest of his ODI career and helped inflict on India their heaviest defeat in terms of runs in their ODI history.

He also broke the ground record at Sabina Park, beating Imran Nazir’s 160 against Zimbabwe, and became the player to be involved in the most 200-plus opening stands in ODIs with seven.

Kohli’s 102 off 83 balls against the West Indies certainly ran Tharanga close. The 24 year-old brought up what is already his 14th ODI century in a match that India had to win to stay in contention for the Tri-Nation series final.

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Jul 082013
County Cricket Round-Up - 8th July 2013
Michael Yardy plays behind square.

County Cricket Round-Up – 8th July 2013

Michael Yardy was in fluent form for Sussex at Taunton.

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The LV= County Championship made a return as the Friends Life t20 takes break before its return in earnest at the weekend. There were good performances today from Mark Footitt, Michael Yardy, Varun Chopra and James Vince.

Derbyshire lost Chesney Hughes for a duck as they closed the first day of their LV= County Championship Division One match against Durham on 15 for one at Chester-le-Street. Mark Footitt had earlier led their bowling attack admirably, taking career-best figures of six for 53 as the home side stumbled from 122 for two to be all out for 253. Keaton Jennings top-scored with 93 and added 70 with Will Smith for the third-wicket. However, Smith was caught off Tim Groenewald (two for 52) for 43 and only Phil Mustard, with 52, made a meaningful contribution thereafter.

Defending champions Warwickshire enjoyed an excellent day at Uxbridge, reaching stumps on 269 for two after electing to bat against Middlesex. Their stand-in captain Varun Chopra ended on 141 not out and shared 113 with opening partner Ian Westwood (65) and a further 113 with Laurie Evans (37). Toby Roland-Jones and Neil Dexter were the Middlesex wicket takers.

Both Somerset and Sussex lost both openers early on day one at Taunton, but it is the latter who close with the upper hand, reaching stumps on 174 for two in reply to the home side’s 244. Steve Kirby and Jamie Overton removed Chris Nash and Luke Wells with only eight on the board, but Michael Yardy and Matt Machan added an unbroken 166; the latter ending not out on 58 and the former on a rapid 94 off only 79 balls. Somerset had earlier lost both Marcus Trescothick and Nick Compton for ducks, but recovered thanks fifties from James Hildreth and Craig Kieswetter. There was also an innings of 33 from Alfonso Thomas at number nine and 21 from Overton and number 11. Steve Magoffin and James Anyon shared seven wickets for Sussex.

Nottinghamshire dominated day one at The Oval, closing on 50 without loss after dispensing with Surrey for 198. The home side had begun relatively well and reached 93 for two thanks to a knock of 57 from Rory Burns. However, his departure was swiftly followed by that of Ricky Ponting, playing in his final first-class match and caught off Samit Patel for 29. Steven Davies made a valiant unbeaten 65, but all of the last four batsmen registered ducks. Ajmal Shahzad ended with three for 43, while there were a brace of wickets for both Harry Gurney and Graeme White, now back with his parent county following his loan spell at Northamptonshire.

In Division Two, Hampshire ended on 274 for five after opting to bat against Glamorgan in Cardiff. Openers Jimmy Adams (47) and Michael Carberry (31) got the visitors’ innings off to a solid start with an opening stand worth 76. Liam Dawson and James Vince then added 132 for the fourth-wicket as the home side threatened to wrest back the advantage. Vince hit a fluent 80 off 131 balls, with Dawson ending not out on a more steadfast 69. Michael Hogan was the familiar pick of the Glamorgan attack with figures of two for 44 from 23 overs.

Northamptonshire coped well without the loss of their captain Alex Wakely due to a back spasm and closed the opening day against Lancashire on 275 for seven. Kyle Coetzer (38) and James Middlebrook (57) added 90 for the first-wicket, with Cameron White then ending undefeated on 61. Glen Chapple was the pick of the visitors’ attack with three for 60.

There was a fifth defeat for Kent in the Friends Life t20 as their batsmen plinked and miscued their way to 118 in pursuit of Essex‘s eminently gettable 180 for eight at Chelmsford’s postage stamp-size ground. It was the slow death for Kent as their middle-order failed to keep up with the required rate following an opening stand of 51 in seven overs between Sam Northeast (32) and Rob Key (17). Reece Topley ended with four for 26, but it was Ravi Bopara who did the early damage, taking three for 12 before leaving the field with a slight side injury.

Essex openers Mark Pettini (33 off 17 balls) and Hamish Rutherford (27 off 14) had earlier blazed to 59 without loss in the fifth over and there were contributions from Owais Shah (39 off 32), Ravi Bopara (39 off 30) and Ryan ten Doeschate (27 off 17). However, Kent fought back late on through James Tredwell and Mitchell Claydon, who each took three wickets to give their batsmen a real chance in their run chase.

Tomorrow’s Fixtures:
day two, LV=CCD1, Durham v Derbyshire at Chester-le-Street
day two, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Warwickshire at Uxbridge
day two, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Sussex at Taunton
day two, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Nottinghamshire at The Oval
day two, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Hampshire at Cardiff
day two, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Lancashire at Wantage Road
North Group, FLt20, Yorkshire v Leicestershire at Headingley

The home side are without their captain Andrew Gale as they look for their first win of the competition and will be skippered by Azeem Rafiq as was the case for part of last season. Gale has small crack in the bones in his left hand according to physio Scot McAllister and will also miss the game against Durham on Friday.

Yorkshire squad: Phil Jaques,  Adam Lyth, Dan Hodgson, Gary Ballance, Adil Rashid, Richard Pyrah, Andrew Hodd, Liam Plunkett, Azeem Rafiq (captain), Ryan Sidebottom, Jack Brooks, Joe Sayers, Iain Wardlaw.

The Foxes have named an unchanged 14-man squad from their narrow defeat to Lancashire yesterday. Shiv Thakor, Nathan Buck and Angus Robson will be hoping to break into the eleven on this occasion.

Leicestershire squad: Josh Cobb (captain), Greg Smith, Joe Burns, Shakib Al Hasan, Matthew Boyce, Michael Thornely, Ned Eckersley, Rob Taylor, Jigar Naik, Anthony Ireland, Matthew Hoggard, Nathan Buck, Shiv Thakor, Angus Robson.

Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be almost identical to today, with temperatures still peaking at around 27 degrees Celsius. There should, however, be less cloud for the east than was the case this afternoon.

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Jul 082013
South Africa Announce Summer Schedule
Hashim Amla raises his bat.

South Africa Announce Summer Schedule

Hashim Amla will be key to South Africa’s hopes of continuing their impressive Test form as they host India and Australia.

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Cricket South Africa have announced the home fixtures for the 2013-14 season, with the return of the Boxing Day Test match in Durban likely to be the talking point. Last year, the match was scrapped in favour of one-day matches over the festive period, with the identity of the hosts, New Zealand, seen as an insufficient draw for Test cricket.

However, with India’s visit this summer, and the possibility of a 200th Test for Sachin Tendulkar in the New Year Test in Cape Town, the match has been reinstated.

India, though, begin their tour with the usual glut of limited-overs matches – two T20 Internationals and seven One-Day Internationals – on 21st November, with the first Test then following on Boxing Day. The series will finish in Johannesburg, with a match beginning on 15th January.

Australia then arrive for a shorter tour, with three Tests, the first of which is in Centurion on 12th February, and three T20 Internationals; the tour concluding with a day/nighter at Centurion on 14th March.

Before these series, South Africa will tour Sri Lanka later this month to play eight limited-overs internationals and then the UAE, where they will play Pakistan in October.

India tour:
18th November: T20 Tour Match v SA Invitational XI, Potchefstroom (D/N)
21st November: 1st T20 International, Johannesburg (D/N)
24th November: 2nd T20 International, Cape Town
27th November: 1st ODI, Durban (D/N)
30th November: 2nd ODI, Port Elizabeth
3rd December: 3rd ODI, East London (D/N)
6th December: 4th ODI, Centurion (D/N)
8th December: 5th ODI, Johannesburg
12th December: 6th ODI, Bloemfontein (D/N)
15th December: 7th ODI, Cape Town
18-19th December: Tour Match v SA Invitational XI, Paarl
22-23rd December: Tour Match v SA Invitational XI, Pietermaritzburg
26-30th December: 1st Test, Durban
2-6th January: 2nd Test, Cape Town
15-19th January: 3rd Test, Johannesburg

Australia Tour:
5-8th February: v SA Invitational XI, Potchefstroom
12-16th February: 1st Test, Centurion
20-24th February: 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth
1-5th March: 3rd Test, Cape Town
9th March, 1st T20I, Port Elizabeth
12th March: 2nd T20I, Durban (D/N)
14th March: 3rd T20I, Centurion (D/N)

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Jul 082013
Franklin, Ellis Miss Out On New Zealand Contracts
Andrew Ellis pulls.

Franklin, Ellis Miss Out On New Zealand Contracts

Andrew Ellis’ recent injury problems have seen him omitted from New Zealand’s list of contracted players.

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New Zealand have announced their list of contracted players for the 2013-14 season, with major changes to last year’s group of 20 players. 

The Black Caps have introduced several new faces to their international squads over the past 12 months and some of those have been rewarded with a place in the new list. Impressive quick-bowler Mitchell McClenaghan and opener Hamish Rutherford have both enjoyed a superb start to their international careers and are included, as are left-arm spinner Bruce Martin, all-rounders Colin Munro, Grant Elliott and Corey Anderson, and batsmen Tom Latham and Peter Fulton.

The recently-retired Chris Martin is out along with veteran campaigners Jacob Oram and Dan Vettori, who requested not to be offered a contract due to his long-standing Achilles injury. Also missing is all-rounder James Franklin, who has struggled to justify his place in the side as his bowling has lost its effectiveness, along with leg-spinner Tarun Nethula, all-rounder Andrew Ellis, wicket-keeper Kruger van Wyk, and batsmen Daniel Flynn and Rob Nicol.

“There’s still a strong core of experienced players who have been a part of the team’s progression over recent months,” coach Mike Hesson said. “Some of the younger players such as Corey Anderson and Hamish Rutherford have also demanded a spot, after making strong starts to their international careers. 

“As always, some difficult decisions had to be made and a number of last year’s contracted players will be disappointed to have missed out. However, there’s nothing to say that they can’t force their way back into the team in the future through strong domestic performances.” 

Contracted players: Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Grant Elliott, Peter Fulton, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Bruce Martin, Mitchell McClenaghan, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.

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Jul 072013
West Indies-Sri Lanka Game To Resume Tomorrow
A wet Port of Spain pitch

West Indies-Sri Lanka Game To Resume Tomorrow

The dismal scene at the Queen’s Park Oval where only 19 overs of play were possible

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Sri Lanka 60-3 v West Indies
ODI Tri-Series, Port of Spain

Sri Lanka and West Indies will return to Port of Spain on the reserve day in a bid to get their latest tri-series One-Day International completed after just 19 overs were possible.

Sri Lanka were put in to bat and were on 60 for three when rain arrived and three hours later, the decision was taken to end play for the day.

The home side had made the better start, Jason Holder and Kemar Roach removing openers Upul Tharanga and Mahela Jayawardene for seven apiece before Dinesh Chandimal was bowled by Roach for two.

That left the Sri Lankans at 29 for three after which Kumar Sangakkara (11 not out) and Lahiru Thirimanne (13 not out) had begun to piece the innings back together, a job they will attempt to continue tomorrow.

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Jul 072013
County Cricket Round-Up - 7th July 2013
David Griffiths bowls.

County Cricket Round-Up – 7th July 2013

David Griffiths will be hoping to break into Hampshire’s starting eleven for their Championship match against Glamorgan, which begins in Cardiff tomorrow.

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Lancashire recorded a thrilling four-run win over Leicestershire in the North Group of the Friends Life t20. The Foxes were always just behind the rate but a late cameo of 20 from 12 balls from Michael Thornely gave them hope. With five required of the final ball, though, he was run out and Leicestershire ended on 151 for seven. Greg Smith had begun the run chase well by striking a career-best 84 off 56 balls at the top of the order. Simon Katich had earlier helped the Lightning post 155 for four from their 20 overs, hitting an unbeaten 62 off 43 deliveries. Spinners Jigar Naik and Shakib Al Hasan were the picks of the visitors attack, returning combined figures of one for 42 from eight overs.

Kent’s dismal season continued as they were hammered by Middlesex in the South Group at Uxbridge. They could make only a modest 140 for six after being asked to bat as Kyle Mills and Toby Roland-Jones each took a brace of wickets. That total was woefully inadequate as Adam Rossington smashed 74 from only 37 balls after being promoted to open in the absence of Paul Stirling. Dawid Malan and Joe Denly ended undefeated with 31 and 33 respectively as the win was sealed with more than four overs to spare by nine wickets.

Tomorrow’s Fixtures:
day one, LV=CCD1, Durham v Derbyshire at Chester-le-Street
Third-placed Durham have a game in hand over the top two sides, Yorkshire and Sussex, and will fancy their chances of a win against bottom-placed Derbyshire. They are without Graham Onions due to Ashes commitments and captain Paul Collingwood due to injury. Mark Stoneman will skipper the side, while Gordon Muchall returns to the 13-man squad following solid performances in one-day cricket. Jamie Harrison and Gareth Breese are also included and will probably vie for the final bowling spot.

Durham squad: Mark Stoneman (captain), Keaton Jennings, Scott Borthwick, Ben Stokes, Will Smith, Michael Richardson, Phil Mustard, Gareth Breese, Mark Wood, Callum Thorp, Chris Rushworth, Jamie Harrison, Gordon Muchall.

Derbyshire, meanwhile, simply have to win and keep winning if they are to avoid an immediate return to Division Two. They have enjoyed a good start to their Friends Life t20 campaign and will hope that that form translates. They have to decide who will keep wicket, with both Tom Poynton and Richard Johnson named in the squad. Also included are Dan Redfern and Tony Palladino.

Derbyshire squad: Chesney Hughes, Wayne Madsen (captain), Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Wes Durston, Dan Redfern, Richard Johnson, David Wainwright, Jonathan Clare, Tim Groenewald, Tony Palladino, Mark Footitt, Tom Poynton.

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Jul 072013
Ireland Close In On 2015 World Cup Spot
William Porterfield hits in the air.

Ireland Close In On 2015 World Cup Spot

Ireland captain William Porterfield top-scored for his side with 79.


Ireland 236 (Porterfield 79) beat
Netherlands 148 (K O’Brien 4-13) by 88 runs
World Cricket League Championship, Amstelveen

Ireland are virtually assured of a place in the 2015 World Cup after comfortably beating the Netherlands in the first of two World Cricket League Championship matches in Amstelveen. 

William Porterfield and Niall O’Brien were the men who did the damage with the bat, adding 125 for the third-wicket, while the Dutch were then skittled for just 148 in their pursuit of Ireland’s 236.

Wesley Barresi was the only man to pass 50 as the home side lost regular wickets. Tim Murtagh removed Eric Szwarczynski in his second over before Stephan Myburgh and Barresi gave their side hope with a sprightly second-wicket stand of 55 in less than 10 overs.

However, the middle-order failed to support Barresi following Myburgh’s departure for 22. He was caught by Trent Johnston off Paul Stirling, who then had Michael Swart dismissed soon afterwards. Kevin O’Brien proved to be their unlikely destroyer, getting the key wickets of Tom Cooper (8) and finally dispatching Barresi to make it 99 for five. He also had Daan van Bunge (11) and Mudassar Bukhari caught to end with four for 13 from seven overs.

The Dutch were eventually all out for 148, with Alex Cusack having their captain Peter Borren caught by Porterfield for a run-a-ball 34 to end the game.

The home side had started well after losing the toss and being asked to field. Edgar Schiferli, recalled to the side at the age of 37 and playing his first international in more than three years, dispensed with Paul Stirling and Ed Joyce in his opening spell to make it 29 for two.

The Irish then showed their class through Porterfield and O’Brien. The former has been in terrible form for his county side Warwickshire so far this season, but he made 79, which along with O’Brien’s 70, led a recovery. The Netherlands bowlers, though, ensured that they kept the total in check by taking regular wickets throughout the final part of the innings.

Kevin O’Brien was the only man to get going, hitting 32 off 22 balls, following his elder brother’s run-out as Bukhari and Ahsan Malik each took three wickets in the closing overs to bowl them out for 236 – a total that would prove to be more than enough.

The win takes the Irish four points clear of Scotland at the top of the table, with only three successive defeats from their final three matches able to prevent them from finishing in the top two and qualifying for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The Netherlands, meanwhile, could do with winning the second game on Tuesday, otherwise their fate will be partly out of their hands.

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Jul 072013
England Name Provisional Women's Ashes Squad
England Name Provisional Women's Ashes Squad

England Name Provisional Women’s Ashes Squad

Holly Colvin (left) has been recalled to England’s provisional Ashes squad following injury while Anya Shrubsole (right) is also included

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England have named a provisional 18-player squad for the Women’s Ashes series of one Test, three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals that begins in August.

The three players who made their debuts against Pakistan earlier this month – Natasha Farrant, Natalie Sciver and Lauren Winfield are all included.

Experienced bowlers Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin and Laura Marsh all missed the four games against Pakistan due to injury and are all recalled.

The squads for each format of the game will be reduced to 15 players in early August with the Test getting underway on 11th August at Wormsley.

Six points are on offer for each format of the match throughout the series and the winners will be the team that accrues most points throughout the month. As reigning champions, Australia need only reach nine points to retain the Ashes.

“It is pleasing to see such healthy competition for places ahead of the Women’s Ashes Series,” Clare Connor, Head of England Women’s Cricket, said.

“Exciting young players from the England Women’s Academy have stepped up in to the England squad in the recent internationals against Pakistan and have made an outstanding contribution on and off the pitch. One highlight being Natalie Sciver’s three for 28 in just her second ODI.

“This is an exciting time for all players, both the young and experienced, who will be hoping to have the honour of taking on Australia in the Women’s Ashes Series and I am delighted that our talent pipeline is providing selectors with some really tough decisions.”

England Women provisional Ashes squad: Charlotte Edwards (captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Arran Brindle, Katherin Brunt, Holly Colvin, Georgia Elwiss, Natasha Farrant, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Heather Knight, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt

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