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Zampa five-for helps Australia clinch Chappell-Hadlee series

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Adam Zampa ran through the New Zealand batting order and bagged a five-for as Australia registered a thumping 113-run win in Cairns to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match Chappell-Hadlee ODI series. The tourists were bundled out for a mere 82 in a chase of 196.

In conditions, where the ball nipped around upfront, the Australian pacemen made crucial incisions to lay the platform for the win. Martin Guptill, who was put down in the first over, was dismissed off the fifth ball of that same over when he edged Mitchell Starc to Aaron Finch at first slip. Josh Hazlewood and Starc kept a tight lid on the scoring rate and also found movement and bounce to trouble Devon Conway and Kane Williamson.

In an attempt to break free, Conway played the pick-up shot off Sean Abbott, but could only find the man at fine leg. Abbott then brought a tentative Tom Latham forward to force him to edge one to the slip cordon. Such was Australia’s control over proceedings that Abbott ended up bowling four maiden overs in a row. The lack of intent from the visiting side resulted in a wicket, with the New Zealand skipper getting out LBW to a full toss from Zampa. Wiliamson took the review but couldn’t reverse it

Darly Mitchell then tried a reverse sweep while facing Zampa but couldn’t make the connection and was adjudged LBW. New Zealand’s sorry procession continued as Jimmy Neesham flicked one to midwicket while Starc returned for his second spell and ended Michael Bracewell’s brief stay at the crease. Zampa then provided the finishing touches by taking the last three wickets to fall. Incidentally, the last time New Zealand won an ODI in Australia was way back in 2009.

Earlier, the New Zealand pace pair of Trent Boult and Matt Henry had shared seven wickets between them to give New Zealand hope of pulling one back in the series. Australia, who were inserted into bat, suffered a collapse for the second time in two matches, losing their first four wickets for a mere 26 runs. Henry started the collapse by dismissing the out of form Aaron Finch for no score. His batting partner, David Warner, also was removed by Henry, with the southpaw mistiming a drive to mid-off.

Marnus Labuschagne then was done in by an excellent inswinger from Boult and was trapped in front. Boult also sent Marcus Stoinis back to the hut via the LBW mode. The home side slipped further when one of the heroes of the last game, Alex Carey, was stumped Tom Latham off Mitchell Santner. Steve Smith, who saw a slew of his batting partners trudging back to the pavilion, then went about doing the repair job alongside Glenn Maxwell. However, just when the pair looked set, Maxwell top-edged a pull off Boult to Martin Guptill.

Abbott, who replaced the injured Cameron Green in the side, also couldn’t make an impression, falling to a fine catch by Santner at covers off Henry. When Tim Southee got the better of Smith, it didn’t seem as if Australia would cross the 150-run mark. At that stage, Zampa and Starc strung together a timely association of 31 for the ninth wicket, before the former became Boult’s fourth victim. There was some more drama in the slog overs, as Hazlewood and Starc pushed Australia close to the 200-run mark by employing the loft, punch and a slog or two. Eventually, in tricky conditions for batting, Australia’s first innings total proved to be more than enough.

Brief scores:

Australia 195/9 (Steve Smith 61; Trent Boult 4-38, Matt Henry 3-33) beat New Zealand 82 in 33 overs (Adam Zampa 5-35, Sean Abbott 1-2) by 113 runs.

(Cricbuzz)



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St. Joseph’s have a slight edge over Trinity 

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Under 17 Division 1 Cricket Final 

by Reemus Fernando   

Two unbeaten teams, St. Joseph’s and Trinity will bank on some of the leading performers of the tournament for success when they clash for the title of the Under 17 Division I cricket tournament at Surrey Village ground, Maggona today. The two teams have in their ranks a number of players who are among the leading batsmen and bowlers of this tournament. Their performances have helped the two teams remain unbeaten.

St. Joseph’s, who have a slight edge over their rivals, are equipped with a formidable bowling unit. They have the leading spinner of the tournament in left-arm spinner Yenula Dewthusa, who has captured 19 wickets. Offie Kaven Pathirana is also among the tournament’s leading bowlers.

The Joes pace attack is led by Dunick Perera, who too is among the top ten bowlers of the tourney. He will spearhead the pace attack with Manasa Madubashana.  In the batting department the Joes were depending on shared responsibilities. Sahan Dabare, Rishma Amarasinghe, Abhishek Jayaweera, Kenath Liyanage and Dewthusa are the batsmen to watch.

Trinity too have relied heavily on a left arm spinner for wickets during the tournament. Malith Rathnayake, who is the joint third highest wicket taker of the tournament will lead their bowling unit. Trinity did not have the service of Kaveen Gamage this season due to injury. Lakwin Abeysinghe, Wathila Udara and Oshana Lokuge who shared the responsibilities in the spin department will look forward to back Rathnayake today.  Their pace attack will be led by Kavindu Jayarathna and Thisal Yapa.  In the batting department Dimantha Mahavithana, Lakvin Abeysinghe, Pulisha Tilakaratna, Aadham Hilmy and Jayavi Liyanagama have scored the bulk of runs for them.

How they reached the final  

The Joes reach the final after ousting one of the favourities, Gurukula in the semi –final. Their quarter-final against St. Sebastian’s was washed off and they reached the semi-final on merit of the bonus points they had.  They were the champions in their group in the first round and during the first two knockout games in the second round they beat Holy Cross College, Kalutara and Mahanama College, Colombo.

Trinity too were the champions in their group in the first round. During the knockout stage they beat D.S. Senanayake College and St. Anthony’s College, Wattala. In the quarter-final against Mahinda, no play was possible due to rain and they advanced to the semi-final as they had more bonus points.  In the semi-final they beat S. Thomas’.

Teams  

St. Joseph’s (from): Kenath Liyanage (Captain), Abishek Jayaweera, Naren Muralidaran, Yenula Dewthusa, Sahan Dabare, Hiran Ranaweera, Kaven Pathirana, Senodh Soysa, Oshada Gunasinghe, Dihen De Silva, Manasa Madubashana, Dunick Perera, Rishma Amarasinghe, Shenal Anuradha. Officials: Asiri Caldera (Master in Charge), Dylan Ramanayake (Head Coach), Torin Pitigala (Asst. Coach)

Trinity (from): Malith Rathnayake (Captain), Jayavi Liyanagama, Thisal Yapa, Oshana Lokuge, Kavindu Jayaratna, Aadham Hilmy, Sweath Anurajeewa, Dimantha Mahavithana, Pulisha Tilakaratna, Lakvin Abeysinghe, Wathila Udara, Thisum Rajaratna, Kadesh Anton. Officials: V. Raveendran (Master in Charge), Brain Senarathne (Master in Charge), Naveen Ekanayake (Head Coach).

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Spain women’s players call for coach to be sacked

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Spain’s football federation says 15 players have said they will resign from the women’s national team unless head coach Jorge Vilda is sacked.The RFEF said the players claim his tenure is affecting their emotional state and health.

However, the RFEF said it “is not going to allow the players to question the continuity of the national coach”.

“These types of manoeuvres are far from exemplary and outside the values ??of football and sport,” they said.

“Making those decisions does not fall within their powers.”

It warned refusing to play for the national team was “a very serious infraction and can carry sanctions of between two and five years of disqualification” and went on to say it would not call up the 15.

“The Federation will only have committed footballers even if they have to play with youth,” it added.

“This fact has gone from being a sporting issue to a dignity issue. The selection is non-negotiable. It is an unprecedented situation in the history of football, both male and female, in Spain and worldwide.

“The national team needs players committed to the project, defending our colours and proud to wear the Spain shirt.”

It ended by saying the players – who have not been named – would only be called up again in the future “if they accept their mistake and ask for forgiveness”.

Vilda, 41, has been the national team coach since 2015 and led his side to the quarter-finals of Euro 22, where the pre-tournament favourites lost in extra time to eventual winners England. In 2015 Vilda’s predecessor Ignacio Quereda resigned after Spain’s players called for him to be sacked. The move came after Spain finished bottom of their World Cup group.

(BBC Sports)

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New Zealand survive scare to complete series win

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New Zealand women survived a major collapse to down West Indies by two wickets and with almost 10 overs to spare in a hard-fought encounter in Antigua. With this victory, New Zealand also took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.

The bowlers had laid down the foundation for New Zealand’s win. Eden Carson returned figures of 3 for 31 while Hayley Jensen bagged a two-for. Fran Jonas, Sophie Devine, Amelia Kerr and Lea Tahuhu also took a wicket each as the West Indies could muster only a modest total of 169 for 9 in their allotted 50 overs. Hayley Matthews, batting at No. 5, top scored with 46 while Chinelle Henry accumulated a brisk 35-ball 30. No other batter crossed the 20-run mark for the home side.

In the chase, New Zealand lost their skipper Devine, alongside Suzie Bates and Kerr within the first 10 overs. Green and Lauren Down then strung together an alliance of 66 to put New Zealand on course for a rather comfortable win. Even after Down was dislodged by Stafanie Taylor, Green and Brooke Hallday put on a stand of 47 to take the visitors within just six runs of victory. However, at that stage, New Zealand lost wickets in a heap to suddenly find themselves in some trouble.

Green fell in the 37th over to Afy Fletcher. Her batting partner, Halliday and Tahuhu were dismissed in the very next over by the off-spinner Karishma Ramharack. Ramharack wasn’t done yet as she also castled Isabella Gaze for no score. Eventually, Jensen calmed down the nerves in the New Zealand camp by cracking a boundary off Fletcher in the 41st over to take New Zealand past the finishing line.

Brief scores:

West Indies 169/9 in 50 overs (Hayley Matthews 46; Hayley Jensen 2-27) lost to New Zealand 171/8 in 40.1 overs (Maddy Green 48; Karishma Ramharack 3-22) by two wickets

(Cricbuzz)

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