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Hoggard links up with Lightning

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Saturday, 27 May 2017 09:17

Loughborough Lightning have appointed former England seamer Matthew Hoggard as their new assistant coach.

Hoggard joins head coach Sall Briggs at Loughborough and will work with the squad in the build-up to the second edition of the 2017 Kia Super League, which commences in August.

The 40-year-old brings a wealth of experience to the role. He played county cricket for both Yorkshire and Leicestershire, and is England's sixth-highest wicket taker, with 248 wickets from 67 matches.

Hoggard told Lightning's official website: "There is a massive amount of talent in the women's game, coupled with the tenacity and desire to improve.

"I'm massively looking forward to helping the team get more game aware and to reach their full potential."

Briggs added: "Matthew is a great addition to our coaching staff - his experience and knowledge will be invaluable to our bowling unit.

"We've started our preparation already so he's already working with our talent ID players, upskilling their knowledge on white ball cricket. His presence has already brought excitement to our environment and the girls are keen to learn as much as they can."

Australia edge SL in warm-up

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Saturday, 27 May 2017 09:16

Aaron Finch made 137 from 109 balls as Australia edged out Sri Lanka to win a thrilling ICC Champions Trophy warm-up match.

Sri Lanka, having slipped to 92-4 at one stage, recovered well to post 318-7 from their 50 overs, thanks to Angelo Mathews' 95.

However, Finch's boundary-laden century and an unbeaten 85 from 73 balls from Travis Head saw Australia to a two-wicket win with two balls to spare.

Niroshan Dickwella (41) and Upul Tharanga got Sri Lanka off to a quick start after they had been put in to bat but both were back in the pavilion as Australia picked up three wickets in the space of five overs.

Dinesh Chandimal was bowled by James Pattinson (1-80) soon afterwards but after Chamara Kapugedera (30) had helped Mathews rebuild, the Sri Lanka captain shared an important sixth-wicket stand of 91 with Asela Gunaratne.

Moises Henriques (3-46) eventually removed Mathews but Gunaratne (70no from 56 balls) smashed Sri Lanka to over 300 to set up a tantalising Australian chase.

While Finch came out firing, stand-in skipper David Warner made a more circumspect start and was caught behind off Nuwan Pradeep before he had the chance to really get going.

Chris Lynn and Henriques also fell cheaply and, having hit 11 fours and six maximums on his way to three figures, Finch was bowled by Pradeep (3-57) in the 36th over.

Glenn Maxwell fell to the very next ball to give Sri Lanka hope but while wickets continued to fall at the other end, Head held his nerve to see Australia home.

CCD2: Lumb, Pujara fire for Notts

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Saturday, 27 May 2017 09:02

In Specsavers County Championship Division Two, centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Michael Lumb helped put leaders Nottinghamshire in control against Gloucestershire at Trent Bridge.

India Test batsman Pujara scored 112 and Lumb added 117 as Notts piled up 357-5 after being asked to bat.

Joe Denly's first hundred of the season helped Kent recover from a poor first session to reach 316-8 eight against Sussex.

Denly hit 119 in a five-hour stay at the crease as Kent rallied after losing three wickets in the morning session.

Daryl Mitchell's unbeaten half-century made it Worcestershire's opening day at Wantage Road.

After Northamptonshire were bowled out for 238, Mitchell's 52 not out steered the visitors to 108-2 by the close.

Paul Collingwood hit 127 on his 41st birthday but Durham lost their final four wickets for no runs at Glamorgan.

Michael Hogan took 5-49 as Durham missed out on a fourth batting bonus point for reaching 350.

Skipper Billy Godleman led Derbyshire's reply after Leicestershire passed 600 on the second day at Derby.

Godleman marked his 50th first-class appearance for the county with an unbeaten 60 as Derbyshire closed on 154-1, still 465 runs behind, in reply to Leicestershire's 619 all out.

Leicestershire captain Mark Cosgrove top-scored with 188, adding 239 inside 38 overs with Ned Eckersley, who made a career-best 158.

England agree Ashes warm-ups

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:06

England will play warm-up games in Perth, Adelaide and Townsville ahead of their bid to retain the Ashes on Australian soil.

The squad will arrive in Perth in the opening days of November and their first game will be a two-day clash against a Western Australia XI at the WACA on November 4 and 5.

They will move on to Adelaide for their second clash, a day-night encounter against a Cricket Australia XI at the Adelaide Oval from November 8.

That game will give England added preparation for the first day-night Ashes Test at the same venue from December 2.

Their final preparation for the first Test in Brisbane - which starts on November 23 - will be in the heat of Townsville in north Queensland, again taking on a Cricket Australia XI over four days.

The only other tour game arranged is a two-dayer against another Cricket Australia XI in Perth - venue yet to be confirmed - on December 9 and 10 ahead of the third Test at the WACA from December 14.

"Those fans here to support England can get along to these matches and in particular we're pleased to be able to bring a four-day match up to Townsville," Cricket Australia team performance manager Pat Howard said.

"These tour matches also importantly provide our emerging players the ability to experience top level international competition."

India want head coach applicants

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:04

India have invited applications to take over from head coach Anil Kumble, who will also be considered for a contract extension.

The 46-year-old's current deal comes to an end after next month's Champions Trophy and the Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to advertise for candidates.

Kumble's year-long stint has been largely successful, with just one defeat in 17 Tests, but he is likely to face strong competition for one of the top jobs in the world of cricket.

Three of India's most distinguished recent players, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, will be responsible for the final decision.

A BCCI statement read: "The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would like to call upon interested candidates to apply for the position of 'Head Coach' for India Cricket Team (Men). Present Head Coach, Mr. Anil Kumble, will be a direct entry for the process.

"To ensure a fair and completely transparent process, a nominee of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) will oversee the entire process along with the Cricket Advisory Committee.

"The BCCI's three-member Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, Mr. Sourav Ganguly and Mr. VVS Laxman will conduct interviews and seek presentations to select the best possible candidate to guide the team and take Indian Cricket forward."

Community service for Bracewell

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:03

New Zealand bowler Doug Bracewell has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service after blaming the killing of a pet cockatoo for a third drink-driving offence.

The 26-year-old fast bowler was pulled over by police in March and returned a blood-alcohol reading more than three times the legal limit.

Bracewell's lawyer told Hastings District Court that he had been drinking at a function when his girlfriend called him in distress at an incident at home, where the cockatoo had been killed by dogs the couple were minding for friends.

Judge Bridget Mackintosh also disqualified Bracewell from driving for a year but he will face no further sanctions from New Zealand Cricket as he is likely to be sidelined from international cricket for the rest of the year with a serious knee injury.

"I'm just looking forward to moving on... and obviously not getting behind a wheel anytime soon after having a few drinks," Bracewell said outside court.

"It was an unfortunate situation, but that's no excuse driving a vehicle while having a few drinks. I'm disappointed in myself but at the same time I'm just wanting to move forward."

Bracewell has been involved in a string of incidents since beginning his international career in 2011, and he was previously caught drink driving in 2008 and 2010.

He was banned for a match in 2012 after an altercation in Napier also involving team-mate Jesse Ryder, missed the first Test with England in 2013 after cutting his foot clearing up glass after a party and was fined in 2014 after going out drinking with Ryder before a match against India.

Scotland topple Sri Lanka

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Monday, 22 May 2017 07:14

Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross both struck centuries as Scotland beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the tour match at Beckenham.

Sri Lanka, currently the sixth-ranked one-day international side, are warming up for the Champions Trophy and had inflicted a 148-run loss on Scotland when they last met at the 2015 World Cup.

However, openers Coetzer and Cross helped Scotland past Sri Lanka's 287 total to record a first victory over an ICC Full Member team.

Sri Lanka chose to bat and looked to be on course for a strong target as opener Kusal Perera made a near run-a-ball 57 while Dinesh Chandimal top-scored with 79 and Chamara Kapugedera added 71 including six boundaries as well as four over the rope.

Alasdair Evans and Stuart Whittingham took three wickets apiece for the Scots.

Grant Bradburn's side then set about the Sri Lanka attack as Coetzer and Cross swiftly brought up the half-century stand in the 10th over.

The partnership was finally broken with 201 on the board when Coetzer was caught by Sri Lanka captain Angelo Matthews off Thisara Perera for 118, which came off 84 balls and included 15 boundaries as well as four sixes.

Despite Sri Lanka picking up a couple of cheap wickets, Cross continued to drive Scotland on towards their victory target, as he finished unbeaten on 106 from 123 balls.

Scotland captain Con de Lange was 19 not out as his side made 291 for three off 42.5 overs in their memorable victory.

South Africa secure narrow win over Northamptonshire

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Monday, 22 May 2017 07:11

Tom Sole's brave half-century late in the day was not quite enough to punish a laboured display by the touring South Africans, who beat Northamptonshire by 13 runs at Wantage Road.

In their final warm-up match before the one-day series against England, the Proteas made 275-7 in 50 overs and failed to kill off the Northants chase despite reducing them to 215-8.

With 27 needed to win from 24 balls and Northants nine down, debutant Sole swung Andile Phehlukwayo twice over long-off for six.

That left just 14 needed from three overs as South Africa turned back to the pace of Morne Morkel and he ended the drama with a short ball that Sole lifted to third man.

It was a game Northants could easily have won despite Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and David Miller making half-centuries, but the hosts failed to build on a strong start and the chance of an upset went begging.

South Africa slid from 197-3 to 221-7 and it took JP Duminy and Chris Morris to haul 31 from the final three overs to put up a defendable score.

The tourists lost Quinton de Kock for a seven-ball duck in the second over - pinned by a Richard Gleeson inswinger - but then regained control through Amla and du Plessis who added 93 for the second wicket.

Amla played a delightful back-foot punch for four past point in the ninth over and was typically strong in working runs through the on side.

He uppercuted Gleeson for six to raise fifty in 63 balls but a rare display of aggression - trying to lift Sole down the ground - saw him hole out to long-on for 59. It was Sole's first wicket in professional cricket.

Du Plessis (50) was not as calm as Amla and worked himself into a lather in trying to force away a disciplined Northants attack.

He finally fired, swinging the final ball of the 12th over back over Azharullah's head for the day's first six and repeating the shot for four more in the same bowler's next over, but advancing down the pitch to Saif Zaib he picked out deep midwicket.

Miller (51) launched Sole for two mighty sixes but lost his middle stump to an Azharullah inswinger during South Africa's slide.

Lower-order runs were needed and Morris swept Zaib for four at the start of the 46th over and then lifted him over extra cover for another boundary.

Captain Duminy, relegating himself in the order to number nine, swung Azharullah down the ground for six in the 48th over and uppercut another boundary before lifting the final ball of the innings over long-on.

Max Holden's maiden List A fifty helped give Northants a bright opening. He took four boundaries from Morris' fourth over and passed a half-century in 48 balls but in trying to pull a short ball from Imran Tahir, dragged into his stumps for 55.

Chesney Hughes also fell to a cross-batted stroke, attempting a slog-sweep at Duminy which saw him bowled for 31.

Until then, Hughes played a full part in a second-wicket stand of 92 with Holden, the pick of his strokes a blistering cut against Morris.

But Hughes' dismissal was reflective of the innings, with Northants largely the authors of their own downfall. Zaib swung Tahir to long-on, James Kettleborough mistimed a pull to mid-on and Rory Kleinveldt edged Morkel to the wicketkeeper trying to run a ball to third man.

Steven Crook was the only other batsman to show for Northants, his entertaining 42 featuring four boundaries from Phehlukwayo's sixth over. But he also fell in disappointing fashion, with a mistimed pull taken at short third man.

That appeared to be Northants' hopes ended and though Sole got them close, they could not get across the line.

New Zealand seal Tri-Series win

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Monday, 22 May 2017 07:09

Skipper Tom Latham plundered a century as New Zealand crushed Ireland by 190 runs to secure Tri-Nations Series victory.

Latham's 104 from 111 balls before he was stumped by Niall O'Brien off the bowling of George Dockrell provided the foundation for the Black Caps as they powered their way to 344-6 off their 50 overs at Malahide.

However, it was was a belligerent 44 from just 15 balls, including four sixes and three fours, from Colin Munro which helped to push the total out of Ireland's reach as New Zealand blasted 72 runs from the last four overs.

Ireland's reply got off to a shaky start when they lost opener Paul Stirling in the third over with just a single run on the board, and although captain William Porterfield steadied the ship with 48, only he and Gary Wilson made it past 20.

They managed just 154 in total and lasted only 39.3 overs as Matt Henry, who was ably assisted by Corey Anderson and Scott Kuggeleijn with two wickets apiece, took 3-36.

England make winning start

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 23:37

England and New Zealand both enjoyed an unbeaten first day of the season-ending London Sevens at Twickenham.

They each made it into the quarter-finals on the back of three wins each but neither side can catch overall champions South Africa after the Blitzboks wrapped up the World Rugby Sevens Series title in Paris last week.

Saturday saw South Africa beaten 24-12 by the United States in their final pool match but both teams made it through to Sunday's quarter-finals.

For the first time in three years, Olympic sevens champions Fiji failed to make it through to the last eight, losing to Canada in the first game of the day before being beaten by New Zealand.

However, Fiji's 61-5 pool thrashing of Japan, the hosts of the 2019 15-a-side World Cup, meant the Japanese were relegated. They will not be one of the 15 core nations in next year's series.

Sunday's quarter-finals will see the United States up against Australia, New Zealand playing Scotland, England taking on South Africa and a clash between Argentina and Canada.


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