Dec 162013
 
LIVE: Australia v England, 3rd Test, Day 5

By Matthew Sherry

Ben Stokes and Matt Prior likely hold the key to England having a chance of keeping the Ashes series alive by avoiding defeat today at Perth.

The tourists headed into the fifth day at the WACA on 251 for five, with Stokes having 72 and Prior seven, needing 253 for victory.

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Morning Session

3.05am – You just hope not to get a straight one… Peter Siddle sends a delivery down leg that barely bounces above foot height. Crazy stuff.

2.53am – Well, that one hit a crack. Ryan Harris’ delivery moves at a right-angle away from Stokes, missing the edge by some distance. Later in the over, the left-hander whips through midwicket and reaches 80.

2.40am – It’s tough sledding thus far for these two as Australia cause some problems. Ben Stokes and Matt Prior need to battle through it.

Pre-Play News

2.25am – Many English eyes will be on Ben Stokes, whol played outstandingly to reach 72 last night. He will resume alongside Matt Prior with the tourists on 251 for five.

2.15am – Hello and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live coverage from Perth, where the final day of the third Ashes Test is taking place. In all likelihood, Australia will regain the urn today – but can there be a twist in the tail?

Dec 142013
 
LIVE: Australia v England, 3rd Test, Day 3

By Matthew Sherry

Two early strikes stengthened Australia’s grip on the third Ashes Test at the WACA on day three.

The tourists, who trail 2-0 in the Ashes series, resumed on 180 for four with Ian Bell on nine and Ben Stokes 14. 

But both batsmen fell without real addition to their score, Ian Bell trapped lbw by Ryan Harris and Ben Stokes edging Mitchell Johnson behind.

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Morning Session

3.01am – WICKET! Stokes c Haddin b Johnson 18; England 198/6 – Another wicket falls early as Ben Stokes drives loosely outside off stump and feathers Johnson behind.

2.59am – There’s a sign of what is to come later. A Mitchell Johnson delivery hits a crack and seams a mile past Prior’s edge.

2.41am – WICKET! Bell lbw Harris 15; England 190/4 – That’s the wicket Australia wanted early. Ryan Harris nips one back to Bell, who is hit plumb in front. Umpire Marais Erasmus originally delivered a not-out verdict, which was overruled on review.

2.35am – Six runs come from a first over highlighted by Ian Bell playing and missing prior to clipping four fine off his pads.

Pre-Play News

2.25am – It will be Ian Bell and Ben Stokes tasked with the initial work. The former is set to resume on nine and the latter 14.

2.15am – Hello and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live coverage of day three from Perth, where the third Ashes Test is taking place. With England set to resume on 180 for four in reply to Australia’s 385, a special effort is required today.

Nov 072013
 
LIVE - Watch QLD v NSW - Ryobi Cup Final

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Oct 232013
 
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Kane Williamson hits the deck after being hit in the left side of his head by a Rubel Hossain bouncer.

The covers are brought out as rain halted play early for the second straight day.

Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson run between the wickets during New Zealand’s first innings.

Kane Williamson is checked on after being struck in the head.

Peter Fulton walks off after being dismissed by Shakib al Hasan.

A fired up Neil Wagner celebrates dismissing Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal.

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Corey Anderson was rumbling towards a maiden test century as New Zealand moved into a strong position in the second test against Bangladesh in Dhaka.

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Playing just his second test, the allrounder was 75 not out at lunch on the third day as New Zealand reached 231-4. That left them trailing by just 51 on the first innings.

Anderson and his Northern Districts team-mate Kane Williamson added an unbroken 104 for the fifth wicket, with Williamson unbeaten on 56. It was his third successive 50-plus score in the test series as he recovered from a nasty blow to the cheek from a Rubel Hossain bouncer that saw him retire hurt on 27.

Resuming on 101-3, New Zealand were in a precarious position when they lost Ross Taylor early in the day for 53. The former skipper, playing his 50th test, reached his half-century off 77 balls and looked comfortable at the crease before he was nicked out by one that turned from left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan. It gave Shakib all four wickets to fall in the innings.

It reduced New Zealand to 127-4, still trailing by 155. Anderson had a torrid early time from Rubel, then hit his stride against the spinners.

He clouted Shakib for six over mid-wicket and punished anything loose, reaching his half-century off 72 balls. After scores of one and eight in the draw in Chittagong, this was a much needed confidence booster.

Williamson, sporting a bandage on his left cheek, was more circumspect but again showed his skill against the home spinners. He raised 50 off 105 balls with a delightful straight drive off Al-Amin Hossain. 

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Oct 112013
 
LIVE - Watch TAS v SA - Ryobi Cup

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Sep 182013
 
LIVE: LV= County Championship, Sep 18

Live text commentary of seven LV= County Championship games on a day that Durham could seal the Division One title.

10:26am – Play is just minutes away in the other six fixtures. Promoted Lancashire, who are 33 for two versus Gloucestershire, are seeking a win that will clinch the Division Two crown.

ecb.co.uk’s Glen Robertson at the Emirates Durham ICG: It’s a gloriously sunny day in the north-east and the home crowd are hoping to see the title wrapped up today, with tomorrow’s forecast predicting rain. First Durham need another 43 runs to seal a second batting point, which, coupled with a victory, would ensure the championship whatever result second-placed Yorkshire get.

10:07am – There was no play yesterday between Leicestershire and Hampshire at Grace Road. The hosts have just won the toss and chosen to bowl. 

10:05am – Play at the Emirates Durham ICG is due to start at 10:15am, 15 minutes before the other games. Here are the highlights of an extraordinary first day’s play there:

10am – Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live text commentary of seven LV= County Championship games on a day that Durham could seal the Division One title.

Here is how the matches stand after a rain-hit opening day:

Division One

Leaders Durham, who will be guaranteed the title if they pick up 21 points this week, are 207 for eight in reply to Nottinghamshire’s miserable 78 all out. The visitors to the Emirates Durham ICG won the toss.

Yorkshire were inserted by Middlesex at Headingley and reached 109 for three.

Rock-bottom Surrey are 59 for two having been put in by Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Division Two

Only 10 overs were bowled at Bristol, where Lancashire were invited to bat by Gloucestershire and ended the day 33 for two.

Kent made it to 60 for one after Northamptonshire chose to field at Wantage Road.

Glamorgan, another side to be inserted, reached 103 for two against Essex at Chelmsford.

There was no play at Grace Road, where Leicestershire are hosting Hampshire.

Sep 112013
 
LIVE: England v Australia, 3rd NatWest Series ODI

By Matthew Sherry

Rain returned at Edgbaston to delay the third NatWest Series one-day international after England had made a poor start.

Poor forecasts proved correct as inclement weather struck over the early part of the day to delay the start.

After play began just 20 minutes late, Michael Carberry, Kevin Pietersen and Joe Root fell cheaply prior to the heavens opening once more.

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England Innings

5:05pm – Edgbaston cuts a grim sight at the moment. I have a horrible feeling we may have seen the last action.

3:52pm – The radar is not looking positive. This could be a long delay.

3:35pm – RAIN STOPS PLAY! – I am afraid the poor weather has returned. This could well prove a frustrating day.

3:25pm – WICKET! Root c & b Voges 12; England 52/3 – With Australia seeking quick overs given there is a little rain around, Michael Clarke turns to Adam Voges. The move pays unexpected dividends as Root advances and sees the bowler claim a return catch following a leading edge.

3:14pm – Joe Root interrupts the ‘Johnson V Trott Show’, in which the latest instalment saw the batsman flick another four over square-leg after being hit in the grill, with a flowing cover-drive off Josh Hazlewood.

3:07pm – Glorious stroke from Trott, who picks up his first boundary when clipping Johnson over square-leg for four.

2:58pm – REVIEW! – Trott is reprieved by the Decision Review System. Having been given out lbw off Johnson, the number three sent it upstairs and umpire Michael Gough’s decision was overturned.

2:48pm – WICKET! Pietersen c Bailey b Johnson 6; England 26/2 – Johnson is rewarded for a fine spell as Pietersen skies an attempted pull straight to square-leg.

2:44pm – Trott is off to a busy start having reached 11 at a run-a-ball without striking a boundary.

2:33pm – After Mitchell Johnson sends down a fiery first over, in which he causes Jonathan Trott a couple of problems, McKay gives England the gift of five byes.

2:24pm – WICKET! Carberry run out 1; England 5/1 – Kevin Pietersen, facing his first delivery, begins with a crunching clip through midwicket off Clint McKay. Later in the over, though, Michael Carberry is run out following a mix-up with his opening partner.

Pre-Play News

2:08pm – AUSTRALIA WIN TOSS & BOWL – Michael Clarke wins the coin-flip and, with further rain around, unsurprisingly opts to chase. The tourists make one alteration, Josh Hazlewood replacing Fawad Ahmed, while England are unchanged.

1:57pm – Good news! There will be a toss in eight minutes with play starting at 2:20pm. In the meantime, why not watch our video with Matthew Hoggard, who has just announced his retirement? 

1:28pm – And now some official news: the toss has been delayed. That’s not the news we were hoping for.

1:15pm – Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the third NatWest Series one-day international between England and Australia. The tourists are currently 1-0 ahead following a washout at Headingley and victory at Emirates Old Trafford. The bad news is that negative forecasts have proven correct; it’s raining presently and has been for much of the morning.

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