Apr 192014
 

Saturday 19 April 2014 
by John Pennington & Matt Carter

John Pennington and Matt Carter reflect on the latest LV= County Championship action, preview upcoming matches and comment on the latest news.

There were wins in round two for Middlesex, Sussex, Essex, Hampshire and Worcestershire and they look ahead to round three as the battle hots up.

They also comment on Jonathan Trott’s latest struggles and reflect on Peter Moores’ appointemnt as the new England head coach – for a second time.

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Hot Spot Schedule

IPL Hot Spot Discussions: 19th April – first impressions (JP/CN)

County Cricket Discussions:19th April – Round 2 review/Round 3 preview (JP/MC)

Your Hot Spot Team

John Pennington (JP) – Cricket World Editor. Based in England. Hot Spot anchor.

Chetan Narula (CN) – Indian cricket correspondent. Based wherever India are playing & New Delhi

Ryan Bailey (RB) – Irish cricket expert – based in Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Matt Carter (MC) – County cricket analyst

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Apr 192014
 
Hot Spot - IPL 7 First Impressions - Cricket World TV
Saturday 19 April 2014 

After the first round of matches and having seen all eight teams in action, John Pennington and Chetan Narula reflect on the start of the Indian Premier League 2014 – IPL7.

They assess whether there have been any big surprises in the first few matches and then analyse wins for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals.

They also make their predictions for the games coming next.

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Hot Spot Schedule

IPL Hot Spot Discussions:
19th April – first impressions (JP/CN)

County Cricket Discussions:
19th April – Round 2 review/Round 3 preview (JP/MC)

Your Hot Spot Team

John Pennington (JP) – Cricket World Editor. Based in England. Hot Spot anchor.

Chetan Narula (CN) – Indian cricket correspondent. Based wherever India are playing & New Delhi

Ryan Bailey (RB) – Irish cricket expert – based in Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Matt Carter (MC) – County cricket analyst

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Apr 162014
 
The Cricket World IPL 2014 Live Blog
Wednesday 16 April 2014 

Welcome to the Cricket World Team’s IPL 2014 live blog. Throughout the tournament, this blog will be live and our contributors will be offering you their thoughts, analysis and more.

Look out for immediate reaction to matches and incidents, to links to our latest content including reports, analysis and videos.

The latest posts will display at the top of the feed below.

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Apr 142014
 
IPL 2014 Podcast - Season Preview
Monday 14 April 2014 

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JP is predicting a win for the Chennai Super Kings but this season is a tricky one to predict

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During the Indian Premier League, Cricket World’s John Pennington and Chetan Narula are featuring as part of Lowell Tuckerman’s ‘Sports On Desi’ show, broadcasting on Desi 1170AM online and in the USA.

Their first segment went out earlier today, and you can listen again as they look ahead to what will be a very different Indian Premier League this year.

They discuss the impact of the tournament beginning in the United Arab Emirates, how India’s good performance in the ICC WT20 could be a boost for the tournament and assess the franchises’ purchses at the recent auction.

They also attempt to make some predictions – not easy at this early stage given that the majority of teams are much changed from 2013 after the auction.

We will be collating all of the Cricket World team’s predictions for you to view soon, but feel free to get your predictions in below.

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Apr 142014
 
Royal couple picks up bat and ball in an event in their NZ and OZ Tour

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have this morning attended an ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 event as part of their visit to tournament host city Christchurch.

The Royal couple was informed on the role of Christchurch in the event, it is the venue for the opening ceremony and Hagley Oval will host three pool matches, including the opening game and cricketing legends joined them along with 28 local school children for a game of cricket.
 
They were hosted at the event by ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Head of New Zealand Therese Walsh and Lee Germon, CEO of Canterbury Cricket.
 
The school children represented seven primary and intermediate schools from across Christchurch namely Bromley Primary School, Cashmere Primary School, Christchurch South Intermediate, Fernside Primary School, Kirkwood Intermediate, Our Lady of Fatima Primary School and St Albans Primary School.
 
The New Zealand and Canterbury cricketing legends were led by the only two New Zealanders to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame: Sir Richard Hadlee and Debbie Hockley.
 
Commenting on today’s event, Ms Walsh said, “This has been an amazing celebration of cricket and Christchurch’s role in the ICC Cricket World Cup. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to explain the city’s role to their Royal Highnesses.

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Apr 132014
 
Hot Spot - Intriguing Start To County Season - Cricket World TV
Sunday 13 April 2014 

In their first county cricket Hot Spot discussion show, John Pennington and Matt Carter reflect on the opening round of LV= County Championship fixtures and preview upcoming action.

There were wins in Division One for Sussex and Nottinghamshire while Glamorgan dismissed Surrey for 81 on their way to a 10-wicket win.

They review the four games that were played, picking out key performers, developing themes and then look ahead to this week’s action.

With centrally-contracted England players heavily involved and plenty of spots in the national team up for grabs, there is a lot of interest around this season.

They also pick which games they would most like to go to this week and predict where the action will be at its best.

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Hot Spot Schedule

IPL Hot Spot Discussions:
14th, 15th April – team-by-team previews

Your Hot Spot Team

John Pennington (JP) – Cricket World Editor. Based in England. Hot Spot anchor.

Chetan Narula (CN) – Indian cricket correspondent. Based wherever India are playing & New Delhi

Ryan Bailey (RB) – Irish cricket expert – based in Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Matt Carter (MC) – County cricket analyst

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Apr 042014
 
Gallery - It Never Rains But It Mirpurs

A gallery of images from the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur, where the first ICC World Twenty20 semi-final was ended by a colossal thunderstorm.

Sri Lanka had scored 160 for six and had the West Indies in trouble at 80 for four in reply in the 14th over.

However, what might have been a wonderful battle between the reigning champions’ powerful middle and lower order against Lasith Malinga and his team-mates never materialised thanks to the awful weather.

Chetan Narula sent back these photos from the game.

The scene before the game began, from inside the stadium

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The crowds packed in to watch Sri Lanka take on the West Indies

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And there was plenty of support for Sri Lanka

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However, the weather closed in before the end of play…

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…and there was no hope of any further play

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Apr 022014
 
Video - West Indies Power Into WT20 Semi-Finals - Cricket World TV

In our latest cricket news video, we look back at the West Indies’ impressive charge into the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 and the last games of the group stages.

Defending champions the West Indies were on top form and they defended a score of 166 for six by dismissing Pakistan for just 82.

Earlier, pre-tournament favourites Australia took just their first win, a seven-wicket hammering of Bangladesh, as they finished strongly.

And in the women’s competition, there were upset wins for Bangladesh and India, which had an impact on the semi-final line-up.

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Mar 312014
 
Hot Spot - Batting Collapses & WT20 Surprises - Cricket World TV
Monday 31 March 2014 

In their latest Hot Spot video, Chetan Narula and John Pennington review the latest action at the ICC World Twenty20 2014, as South Africa and Sri Lanka join India in the semi-finals.

They reflect on a number of matches played since they last caught up, and were speaking before Sri Lanka had dismissed New Zealand for 60 to set up a tie against either Pakistan or the West Indies.

They did talk about batting collapses, namely those of Australia (against India) and England (against the Netherlands).

They also make their predictions ahead of coming matches and talk about a few surprise elements of the tournament so far – such as Australia falling by the wayside.

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Hot Spot Schedule

22nd March, 24th March, 26th March, 29th March, 31st March, 2nd April, 5th April, 7th April: ICC WT20 Discussions (JP/CN & others)

Your Hot Spot Team

John Pennington (JP) – Cricket World Editor. Based in England. Hot Spot anchor.

Chetan Narula (CN) – Indian cricket correspondent. Based wherever India are playing & New Delhi

Ryan Bailey (RB) – Irish cricket expert – based in Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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Mar 292014
 
Cricket World Cup the hottest tickets in town

Ticket sales for next year’s Cricket World Cup are exceeding expectations, even for some of the most unlikely matches.

Yes, it seems that aside from supporting the Black Caps, New Zealanders like to jump on the green bandwagon and support Ireland, no matter what sport they are playing.

It happened during the Rugby World Cup, and is set to happen as we co-host, with Australia, the cricket equivalent.

Therese Walsh, who is in charge of the New Zealand arm of the World Cup, said the West Indies versus Ireland match in Nelson on February 16 was one of the biggest sellers.

The India versus Ireland game in Hamilton was also selling well.

And aside from that, almost all of the tickets for matches involving the Black Caps are all but gone.

The tickets went on sale on Valentines Day, February 14, more than a month ago. The opening match where the Black Caps will play Sri Lanka sold out in about four hours, the match against Australia at Eden Park in a few days, and the match against Scotland in Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the south, has also sold out. The Black Caps against England, in Wellington, is on the verge of being sold out.

That just leaves the Black Caps matches against Afghanistan and Bangladesh, in Napier and Hamilton respectively, for eager fans to get their hands on.

For most matches about half of the tickets are available for the public to buy at a cost of between $20 to $195. Kids are just $5. The other half go to overseas interests – sponsors, international travel packages, the like.

Some of those are likely to come back and be available for sale in about October but Walsh said she “can’t guarantee how many”. Those who were keen to secure tickets could register on an online waiting list.

Walsh said the high interest was something they had hoped for “for an event of this scale”.

“It doesn’t happen that often.” Walsh said the Black Caps’ winning ways over the summer had certainly helped pique interest in cricket.

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