Apr 192014
 
Hot Spot - County Cricket Latest, Trott Out, Moores In - Cricket World TV
Saturday 19 April 2014 

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

Want to join the team? Drop us a line here

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

Want to join the team? Drop us a line here

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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Apr 012014
 
Australia finally get World T20 win

Published: 4:36AM Wednesday April 02, 2014 Source: AP

Australia have escaped the embarrassment of a winless World Twenty20, downing Bangladesh by seven wickets in their dead rubber.

Facing a tricky target of 154, Aaron Finch’s entertaining 71 anchored Australia’s successful chase of 158 for three, which silenced the partisan Dhaka crowd and snapped a three-game losing streak.

For the first time all tournament Australia’s top order found some form, with Warner and Finch starting the run-chase in grand fashion to put on 98 for the first wicket and set up the win, which was achieved with 15 balls remaining.

Warner (48 off 35) in particular has had a disappointing fortnight, considering his tremendous output in the Ashes and in the victorious Test series in South Africa, but he hit the accelerator early with eight boundaries on Tuesday night, including three sixes.

Finch, who scored 65 in the first-up loss to Pakistan, brought up his half century off 35 and muscled four sixes and seven fours in a 45-ball knock.

But both openers would have rued the missed opportunities in Australia’s live games that could have extended their tournament past the group stage.

Cameron White (18 off 15) negotiated the final overs, before captain George Bailey (11 off seven) secured the comfortable win with a six.

But despite the hollow victory over Bangladesh, it must surely still rank as their worst performance in a major limited overs tournament.

The result leaves hosts Bangladesh as the only team to fail to secure a victory in the group stage – a feat even achieved by associate side the Netherlands with their incredible upset of England yesterday.

Earlier, the home side were boosted by a 112-run partnership between Shakib Al Hasan (66) and captain Mushfiqur Rahim (47 off 36) to finish 153 for five.

They were aided by Australia’s curious decision to drop young legspinner James Muirhead and again omit veteran left-armer Brad Hogg from the clash.

Seam-bowling allrounder Dan Christian (0-17 off two overs) was preferred instead – a questionable decision, which irked Australia’s greatest ever spinner, Shane Warne, who was watching from the stands in his role as a TV commentator.

The spin omissions made even less sense when you consider the impact tweakers have had throughout the tournament, and the undeniable potential of Muirhead.

“Aust not playing a specialist spinner! Strange decision,” he tweeted during Bangladesh’s innings.

“Why not persist with a 20 year old leggie who spins it?”

Recalled paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile (2-17) snared two early wickets to reduce Bangladesh to 2-12, before Al Hasan gave the hosts some hope, smashing three sixes and a further five fours in a measured and crucial 52-ball innings.

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