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Twenty20 Cup – Quarter FinalNorthamptonNorthamptonshire 134-6 Innings Complete v Hampshire 121Northamptonshire beat Hampshire by 13 runs

Andrew Hall inspired Northamptonshire to a 13-run win over Hampshire which booked their place in the Twenty20 Cup semi-finals.

South African all-rounder Hall hit an unbeaten 39 before he took three wickets, the last two being the final two of the Hampshire innings which sealed the home side’s victory.

Hall’s 39 not out came off 24 balls and helped propel a struggling Northants innings up to 134-6 from their 20 overs after being put in by Hampshire.

In response, the visitors stood a chance on 121-6 with Dimitri Mascarenhas and Dominic Cork at the crease, but they then lost their final four wickets without adding another run to crash out of the competition.

The hosts made a bad start to their innings, with Mascarenhas removing Stephen Peters for a duck to make the score 1-1, and Cork chipped in to get rid of Rob White.


When Mascarenhas (2-24) grabbed his second wicket, Northants slumped to 16-3 and were in deep trouble, but 27 from Niall O’Brien and 22 from Riki Wessels helped them to 86-2.

Hall and Johan van der Wath powered onwards from there, adding an unbeaten 52 with Hall the star as he hit one six and four fours in his 39 for the hosts to close on 134-6.

It looked a small target, but Hall made an early breakthrough when bowling Jimmy Adams for nought, before Michael Lumb hit 26 off 17

Skipper Nicky Boje took two wickets and as the run rate crept up, Mascarenhas launched a counter-attack with his quick-fire 36, including a six and four fours.

However, he unluckily played on against van der Wath, who also claimed Chris Tremlett’s wicket in the 19th over, leaving the stiff task of 14 being needed in the final over at 121-8.

Hall then stepped up and had Cork caught for eight before bowling Tom Burrows for a duck and Northants had sealed a first ever visit to finals day of the Twenty20 Cup.

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Oct 302014
Twin tons power Pakistan

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Oct 292014
Trego extends Somerset stay

Somerset all-rounder Peter Trego has signed a contract extension that will see him remain at Taunton until at least the end of the 2016 season.

Trego made his first class debut for Somerset in 2000 and has gone on to become a key performer for the county.

The 33-year-old has scored 7224 first-class runs at an average of 32.98 with 11 centuries, including his career best of 140 against West Indies A in 2002, while also picking up 339 wickets at 35.55.

In domestic one-day matches, Trego has notched up 3329 runs and has taken 146 wickets, while in T20 cricket he has scored 2849 runs and claimed 75 wickets.

“I am absolutely delighted and with the way that I have been playing, I think my consistency is improving year in, year out,” Trego told Somerset’s official website.

“I train hard in the gym and I am feeling really fit and strong. Actually, I feel that at 33 years of age I haven’t hit my straps yet and I’m really excited for the next few years.

“I’m delighted that my skills will be on show with Somerset at the County Ground in Taunton.”

Somerset director of cricket Matt Maynard was delighted to retain the services of such an influential player.

“Over the years Pete Trego has played a key role in the team at Somerset in all forms of the game and I am delighted that he has signed an extension to his contract,” he said.

“I have seen Pete in action on a number of occasions both as a player and as an opposition coach so I know that he is a real team man and fiercely competitive. Now I look forward to having him on my side!”

Trego has been awarded a benefit by Somerset in 2015.

Oct 292014
Lara calls for Windies review

Brian Lara has called for big changes within the West Indies cricket board after a payment dispute forced the tour of India to be cut short.

The tourists returned home this month before the end of a one-day series, with Twenty20 and Test matches still to be played, after failing to resolve the row between players and the WICB

India’s cricket board (BCCI) responded by suspending all future tours involving the West Indies as well as taking legal action against the WICB, which could have a devastating financial impact on cricket in the region.

Lara proudly represented the Windies during his glittering international career and believes the governing body must carry out an internal review following this latest dispute.

“I would like for changes to be made administratively, because many changes have been made on the cricket field with cricketers – some careers have been affected by it. But I’ve not seen any great movement by the West Indies administrators.

“Something new will have to be done.

“If we keep coming up with the same problems all the time then you’ve got to look inward and see if we can do something differently, because they are in fact the ones who are controlling the game. If the game is in the situation it is now. Look into the mirror.”

Organisers are hopeful that the West Indies will still take part in next year’s World Cup and Lara is confident the rift will not disrupt the squad’s preparations.

“I don’t think the players will be greatly affected,” he said. “If this goes on for three to four months – you don’t expect something like that to fester for so long.

“I believe that the players will be in good shape for the South African tour, far more for the World Cup.”

Oct 292014
Wade back in Australia squad

Matthew Wade has been named in Australia’s 13-man one-day international squad for the first time in almost a year as he covers for the rested Brad Haddin in next month’s series against South Africa.

The 26-year-old Victorian wicketkeeper has not play…

Oct 262014
Spin duo set up Pakistan win

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Oct 262014
Panyangara skittles Bangladesh

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Oct 242014
Shantry signs New Road deal

Worcestershire seamer Jack Shantry has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at New Road till 2017.

Shantry’s previous deal still had a year to run but the 26-year-old has been rewarded for playing a key role in helping the side get promoted to Division One.

Coach Steve Rhodes is eyeing a continued improvement from the Shropshire-born all-rounder who claimed 56 Championship wickets and scored 481 runs at an average of 28.

“He makes the most of every ounce of what he has,” said Rhodes.

“If all players did that, we’d be in a really healthy state. He wants to make sure he contributes for the team with both bat and ball.

“Although he is not an elder statesman, Jack is now one of the older and more senior players.

“Next year is Division One cricket, which is going to be a step up from this year, and we are very optimistic that he can once again have as good a season as he had this year.”

Shantry is delighted to have become the 11th Worcestershire player to have put pen to paper on a new deal and believes it is an exciting time to be at the newly-promoted side.

“Since making my debut at 21, I have loved every minute of playing for the club,” he said.

“The club is developing on and off the pitch and I want to be an important part of the team as we look to cement ourselves in Division One.

“I feel I can continue to improve in this environment and push for higher honours with the club.”

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