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Apr 132015
 

Published: 10:03AM Tuesday April 14, 2015 Source: AP

Ian Bell and Joe Root dragged England out of a potentially precarious position on the opening day of the first Test of the three-match series at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium today.

The pair's fourth-wicket stand of 177 allowed England to finish day one on 341 for five. Ben Stokes (83*) and James Tredwell (0*) were the unbeaten batsmen at stumps.

Bell, playing his 106th Test, scored 143 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Kemar Roach just before stumps.

Joe Root contributed with 83 before he was bowled by Jerome Taylor.

Bell and Root's approach was in complete contrast to England's crawl in the opening session when just three fours were struck off 25 overs.

At tea, Bell had stroked 11 fours off 138 balls faced and Root eight fours from his 107 balls.

They offered the five West Indies bowlers used no encouragement on a bare, beige-colored pitch that lost some of its encouraging bounce and movement under hot sunshine.

Captain Denesh Ramdin's decision to bowl on winning the toss seemed justified by the West Indies' early successes.

Jonathan Trott, in his first test since he withdrew from England's tour of Australia after the first test in November 2013, edged his third ball to first slip off Jerome Taylor's fifth ball of the match.

Kemar Roach went through the left-handed Alastair Cook's defense to bowl the opposition captain for 11 at 22 for two after eight overs. It became 34 for three when Gary Ballance, another left-hander, was taken at first slip off Jason Holder.

Both teams wore black armbands and observed a minute's silence in remembrance of Richie Benaud, the former Australia captain and the game's most eminent television commentator, who died in Sydney last Friday, aged 84.

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Apr 132015
 
Trent Boult stars in IPL as Sunrisers thump Bangalore

Published: 7:37AM Tuesday April 14, 2015 Source: ONE News

Another day and another Black Cap has starred in the Indian Premier League.

New Zealand opening bowler Trent Boult picked up three wickets in one over to help the Sunrisers of Hyderabad to an emphatic eight-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Boult (3/36) collected the scalps of AB de Villiers, Sean Abbot and Harshal Patel in a decisive 19th over as Hyderabad bowled Bangalore out for 166.

David Warner then blazed a blistering half-century and took a stunning one-handed catch to spearhead the chase.

Warner, who was Australia’s second top runscorer with 345 in last month’s World Cup triumph, led by example as Hyderabad captain, smashing six fours and four sixes as he raced to 57 off 27.

The feisty opener’s knock set up Hyderabad’s successful chase of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s target of 167, with the visitors reaching 172 for two with 16 balls to spare with Shikhar Dhawan (50 off 42) and Lokesh Rahul (44 off 28) the unbeaten batsmen.

Earlier, Warner helped pumped the breaks as the hosts tried to build a competitive total, taking a brilliant catch to dismiss Mandreep Singh for a duck.

Warner soared high and to his right to snare a leading edge off Ravi Bopara’s bowling, which reduced Bangalore to 93 for four in the 12th over.

The hosts recovered to be bowled out for 166, led primarily by De Villiers (46 off 28) and captain Virat Kohli (41 off 37), with Australian allrounder Sean Abbott (14 off nine) chipping in.

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Apr 122015
 
Southee's circus catch weekend's most watched video - but was it the top sporting play?

Published: 1:51PM Monday April 13, 2015 Source: ONE News

It would appear cricket fans can’t get enough of the game after a spectacular one-handed catch by Black Cap fast bowler Tim Southee became the most watched video of the weekend.

But was it the best sporting moment amongst top plays from Chennai to Augusta?

Playing in the Indian Premier League for the Rajasthan Royals, Southee pulled in a one-handed screamer as he tip-toed around the boundary rope before throwing it to a nearby teammate as he lost his balance and fell out of bounds.

A video of the catch was watched 48,958 times on the ONE News website during the weekend.

“How more amazing can cricket get,” Jason Holtham posted on the ONE News Facebook page after watching the clip.

Nic Short wrote: “Magic! Awesome team work in the field.”

But Brendon McCullum did his best to eclipse that effort, with a blistering 100 from 56 balls, for Stephen Fleming’s Chennai Super Kings, the very next day.

The diminutive batsman’s outrageous shot selection was watched more than 30,000 times on the ONE News website.

“Brilliant! I never knew these types of shots existed,” Jayshree Patel posted on Facebook.

Marcel Merrix Stannard said McCullum was the “best batsman in world cricket”, but James Pugh suggested that. despite the Kiwis’ best efforts in the IPL, a bitter taste remains from last month’s World Cup final loss to Australia.

“It would have been so much better if that century came in the world cup final, still a mighty effort nonetheless B. Mac,” he said.

The sporting highlights didn’t stop there as 21-year-old Texan Jordan Spieth put on a show at Augusta National to go wire-to-wire in his Masters win, after golf legend Jack Nicklaus set the long week alight with a hole-in-one in the par three contest.

The Warriors completed the weekend’s top plays by dispatching Wests Tigers in the NRL largely thanks to Konrad “Wrecking ball” Hurrell. Some 5,495 people watched a video of the big Tongan barrel over the Tigers on the way to the Warriors 32-22 round five win.

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Apr 122015
 
Martin Guptill racks up quick-fire 161 for English county side

Published: 9:18AM Monday April 13, 2015 Source: ONE News

Martin Guptill has smashed 161 runs from 108 balls for his new side Derbyshire in Day One of the university match against Cambridge MCCU.

Batting at number three Guptill showed early signs of his good form from the Cricket World Cup scoring 6 sixes and 19 fours is his outstanding innings at Fenner’s Park Cricket Ground.

The Kiwi batsman’s side Derbyshire declared on 535-6 halfway through the last session of the day.

Guptill’s side continued their good form with the ball securing five MCCU wickets (MCCU: 32-15).

Guptill smashed three sixes to bring up his 100 in the very first over after the interval from 71 balls.

After helping out his side pass the 300 mark he continued to find the boundary with ease before he retired with an impressive 161 total.

Cambridge MCCU finished the day on 32-5, trailing Derbyshire by 503 runs.

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Apr 122015
 
Southee scores match winning boundary in IPL nail-biter

Published: 6:44AM Monday April 13, 2015 Source: ONE News

Tim Southee has helped the Rajasthan Royals clinch a nail-biter against the Delhi Daredevils, hitting the last ball of the match for a four to secure his side a three-wicket win in the Indian Premier League this morning.

Delhi posted 184 runs with captain JP Duminy leading the way for the Daredevils with 44 runs.

Black Caps paceman Southee came to the rescue scoring 13 off Angelo Matthews in the final over.

The Royals made it to 186 with Southee’s match winning boundary.

The Kiwi bowler has started his IPL season in sensational fashion as he also came up with a tremendous shot gun play for the Royals to set up Karun Nair for a brilliant catch earlier on Saturday morning against the Kings XI.

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Apr 112015
 
Gayle smashes 96 to help Bangalore overcome Kolkata in the IPL

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Published: 1:14PM Sunday April 12, 2015 Source: ONE News

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s batting sensation Chris Gayle fell short of scoring a century against the Kolkata Knight Riders but his hefty total helped his side secure a three-wicket win.

Despite RCB’s star-studded line up of batters the only superstar to really fire was Gayle who scored 96 of 56 balls.

RCB had a slow start and skipper Virat Kohli was dismissed early by Morne Morkel for 13 off 15 balls.

AB de Villiers began strongly but his aggressive approach proved to be his undoing as he lost his wicket for 28 runs off 13 balls.

De Villiers’ innings seemed to inspire Gayle as he began to play his natural game and took charge.

Gayle was run out with 10 balls remaining with RCB needing seven to win.

Gayle’s team mates Abu Nechim and Harshal Patel were left with the responsibility of getting their side over the line.

So with the last ball of the penultimate over Nechim stepped up and smashed a four to upset last year’s IPL champs to secure the victory for his side.

RCB scored 179-7 (19) as they overhauled KKR’s 177-6 from 20 overs.

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Apr 112015
 
Brendon McCullum dismantles the Sunrisers with a scorching ton

Published: 7:19AM Sunday April 12, 2015 Source: ONE News

Chennai Super Kings cricketing master Brendon McCullum powered his way to a century overnight, dismantling the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowling attack in the Indian Premier League.

The Super Kings won comfortably by 45 runs against the Sunrisers, thanks to the handy work of Black Caps skipper McCullum who scored 100 off 56 balls with the bat.

The 33-year-old’s ton helped the Super Kings to an impressive 209-4.

McCullum’s New Zealand team mate Trent Boult felt the wrath of his master strokes as McCullum hit the boundary twice with some classy ramp shots in the 19th over.

It was McCullum’s second IPL century, having scored the first in the competition’s history in 2008.

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Apr 112015
 
McCullum scores ton in IPL Black Cap faceoff

Published: 12:53AM Sunday April 12, 2015 Source: ONE News

Brendon McCullum has smashed his way into Indian Premier League records again, this time with a century against Trent Boult’s Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The Black Cap captain scored 100 of the Chennai Super Kings 204 runs, securing the century on the last ball of the innings.

McCullum sat at 89 runs at the end of the 19th over before facing three balls from black cap team mate Trent Boult. 

The Twenty20 star hit the boundary with two over-the-head Dilscoop shots before sealing the ton on the last ball.

Its the second century for McCullum who scored the first ever IPL 100 in 2008.

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Apr 102015
 
Tim Southee shows incredible fielding skills in the IPL

Published: 8:52AM Saturday April 11, 2015 Source: ONE News

Black Caps pace bowler Tim Southee showed some outstanding fielding skills to set up his Rajasthan Royal’s team mate Karun Nair for a brilliant catch in the Indian Premier League this morning.

George Bailey’s shot was set to clear the rope before Southee plucked the ball out of the air, flicking it back for Nair before falling over the boundary.

The pair came up with the brilliant play at the end of the 18th over.

Southee had come up trumps earlier, dismissing Punjab’s star opener Virender Sehwag from his first ball and finishing with 2-36.

James Faulkner scored 46 and took three for 26 to help the Royals beat the Kings XI by 26 runs.

The Royals batted first and scored 163 for seven and the Kings XI came up short, scoring 136 for eight in their 20 overs.

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Apr 092015
 
Notable quotes from former Australia cricket captain Richie Benaud

Published: 3:44PM Friday April 10, 2015 Source: AP

Some notable quotes from former Australia cricket captain and television commentator Richie Benaud, who died today at the age of 84.

On commentary:

– “My mantra is: put your brain into gear and if you can add to what’s on the screen then do it, otherwise shut up.”

– “The key thing was to learn the value of economy with words and to never insult the viewer by telling them what they can already see.”

On the captaincy:

– “Captaincy is 90 percent luck and 10 percent skill. But don’t try it without that 10 percent.”

On mimics:

– “The only thing that annoys me about that is if I suddenly find someone on commercial radio or something like that, mimicking my voice or actions and trying to promote a product and pretending it’s me doing it.”

His humour:

– “And Glenn McGrath dismissed for two, just 98 runs short of his century.”

– “There was a slight interruption there for athletics” (referring to a streaker at Lord’s).

– “The slow-motion replay doesn’t show how fast the ball was really travelling.”

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