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Australia v England: Tourists hold nerve to take 2-0 series lead

England opener Jonny Bairstow top scored with 60 to put his side on top from the start of their chase Second ODI, Brisbane Australia 270-9 (50.0 overs): Finch 106, Root 2-31 England 274-6 (44.2 overs): Bairstow 60, Hales 57, Root 46*, Starc 4-59 England won by four wickets Scorecard England held their nerve to take a 2-0 lead in the one-day international series with a four-wicket victory over Australia at Brisbane. Set 271 to win after Aaron Finch hit 106, the tourists eased to 119-1 only to be checked by…

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Tim Groenewald: Somerset seamer extends deal until end of 2019

Tim Groenewald has taken 362 first-class wickets Somerset seamer Tim Groenewald has extended his contract until the end of the 2019 season. The 34-year-old South African has taken more than 150 wickets across all three formats for the Taunton side since joining from Derbyshire in June 2014. “I’m really happy to be staying. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Somerset and I wouldn’t want to play for anyone else,” he told the club website. “It’s an ambitious club and no one is happy to settle for second best.” Source link

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Ireland beat Scotland to clinch tri-series after 24-run victory in Dubai

Paul Stirling top-scored with 74 for Ireland as they piled on the runs in Dubai One-day international tri-series, Dubai Ireland 331-6 (50 overs): Stirling 74, N O’Brien 51; Whittingham 3-58 Scotland 307-9 (50 overs): Jones 74, Leask 59, MacLeod 58; Dockrell 2-43 Ireland won by 24 runs Scorecard Ireland clinched victory in the triangular one-day series in Dubai after beating Scotland by 24 runs in a high-scoring contest on Thursday. Paul Stirling top-scored with 74 for the Irish as Niall O’Brien hit 51. Andrew Balbirnie (47), Kevin O’Brien (46), Simi…

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Paul Downton: Kent name ex-England wicketkeeper as director of cricket

Paul Downton played 30 Tests for England between 1981 and 1988 and spent 19 years on the board at Middlesex following his retirement Kent have appointed former England wicketkeeper Paul Downton as their new director of cricket. The 60-year-old was managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board from February 2014 to April 2015. Downton played for Kent between 1977 and 1980, winning the County Championship twice before joining Middlesex, and also appeared in 30 Tests and 28 one-day internationals. “This role allows me to draw on my skills…

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Ben Stokes ‘extremely delighted’ to rejoin England squad

Ben Stokes made his England debut in 2011 England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he is “extremely delighted” to be available for selection again for the tour of New Zealand. The 26-year-old has not played since an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September and has now been charged with affray. Earlier on Wednesday, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced it would consider Stokes for selection again. “Can’t wait to get back out with the Three Lions on my chest,” he tweeted. “Representing my country is one of the greatest…

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Nathan Lyon: Nottinghamshire considering Australia spinner

Nathan Lyon has taken 290 wickets in 74 Tests for Australia Nottinghamshire are considering Australia spinner Nathan Lyon as their overseas player for the upcoming season, reports BBC Radio Nottingham. The 30-year-old played county cricket for Division Two champions Worcestershire in 2017 and took six wickets in four Championship matches. Lyon was an integral part of the Australian side that reclaimed the Ashes 4-0 earlier this month. The off-spinner took 21 wickets at an average of 29.23. Lyon is understood to be one of a number of overseas options Notts…

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Alex Hepburn: Worcestershire cricketer denies rape charges

Image copyright PA Image caption Alex Hepburn denies two charges of rape A professional cricketer has appeared in court to plead not guilty to two charges of raping a woman. Worcestershire all-rounder Alex Hepburn, 21, denied the attack in Worcester on 1 April. In the hearing at Worcester Crown Court, Judge Nicolas Cartwright told the Australian his trial was due to start on 7 January 2019. Mr Hepburn, of Malvern, Worcestershire, was granted unconditional bail. Midlands Live: Doctor guilty of sexual assaults; Big screen tributes planned for Cyrille Regis He…

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Arjun Tendulkar: How Sachin’s son is making a name for himself in cricket

Arjun is the only son of Sachin Tendulkar, who also has a older daughter named Sara What’s the best way for the son of India’s most famous batsman to carve a career for himself? Becoming a bowler is probably a sensible start. Sachin Tendulkar remains the most revered sportsman in India. The highest runscorer in both Test matches and one-day internationals, he amassed 34,357 international runs and his every move was scrutinised in adoration by a country where cricket for generations has been regarded as a religion. For “Son of…

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New Zealand v Pakistan: Shoaib Malik concussed after being hit on head

Shoaib Malik, who made his one-day international debut in 1999, was playing his 261st ODI Fourth one-day international, Hamilton Pakistan 262-8 (50 overs): Hafeez 81, Fakhar 54 New Zealand 263-5 (45.5 overs): De Grandhomme 74*, Nicholls 52* New Zealand won by five wickets Scorecard Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik suffered concussion after being hit on the head by the ball during the one-day international defeat by New Zealand. The 35-year-old was not wearing a helmet while batting when he was struck by Colin Munro’s throw in Hamilton. Shoaib faced four more…

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