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* President Harold “Dickie” Bird is to fund a new players viewing balcony out of  his own pocket at Headingley. Work on the new balcony is due to start in a couple of weeks and will be in use for the first time at Yorkshire first home LV  County Championship match against Warwickshire on April 2  More

 

*  Scots' bowlers fail to defend Scotland's highest ever total in a World Cup made thanks to magnificent 156 by Kyle Coetzer who hit the highest ever score by an ICC Associate Member batsmen against a Test country.:At Nelson Match 27 Pool A Bang won toss Scotland 318-8,50 overs(Coetzer 156) lost to Bangladesh 222-4,48.1 overs by 6 wickets Scorecard. Report

 

*  Pakistan comfortably beat UAE:At Napier Match 25 Pool A UAE won toss Pakistan 339-6,50 overs beat UAE 210-8,50 overs by 119 runs Scorecard Warner goes into overdrive after Finch falls early, Smith misses out,Maxwell magic,Afghans field well despite batting massacre,Oz quicks too much for Afghanistan:At Perth Match 26 Pool A Afghanistan won toss Australia 417-6,50 overs(Warner 178,Smith 95,Maxwell 8) beat Afghanistan 142,37.3 overs(Johnson 4-21) by 275 runs Scorecard

 

*  South Africa take Irish bowling apart as Amla and du Plessis hit tons,Rossouw and Miller hit 110 off last 8.3 overs, in reply Ireland lose to four to Steyne and Abbott, Balbirnie fifty and Kevin O'Brien 48 take Ireland to respectable score but still crushing defeat :At Canberra Match 24 Pool B SA win toss South Africa 411-4,50 overs(Amla 159,du Plessis 109,Rossouw 61*) beat Ireland 210, 45 overs(Balbirnie 58,Abbott 4-21) by 201 runs Scorecard

 

England's famed bowlers fail to defend 300 as Thirimanne and Sangakkara hit unbeaten tons,earlier England started at a blast then lost momentum to Dilshan and Mathews, Root hit a ton after being dropped at slip on nought and Buttler at the close hit a mighty cameo.England's bowling was pitiful:At Wellington Match 22 Pool A England won toss England 309-6,50 overs(Root 121,Bell 49) lost to Sri Lanka 312-1,47.2 overs(Thirimanne 139*,Sangakkara 117*) by 9 wickets Scorecard.ReportZim lose too many wickets in chasing  down total though 9th wicket stand of 47 took match to final over.Misbah as usual held Pakistan's innings together but Wahab' Riaz at no 8 hit what turned out to be a match winning innings:At Brisbane March 23 Pool B D/N Pakistan 235-7,50 overs(Misbah' 73,Wahab Riaz 54*,Chatara 3-35) beat Zimbabwe 215,49.4 overs(Taylor 50,M' Irfan 4-30,Wahab Riaz 4-45) by 20 runs Scorecard. Report

 

New Zealand Women put in post decent total thanks to Sophie Devine and Katie Perkins.In reply England lose knight for aduck bit Sarah Taylor hits 90 and Natalie Scriver an unbeaten sixty to give England victory and take the series 3-2.At Lincoln 5th ODI New Zealand Women 230-8,50 overs lost to England Women 232-5,45 overs(Taylor 93,Sriver 63*) by 5 wickets Scorecard

 

*  Finally two matches to fit Mr Richardson's wish criteria. A topsy turvy thriller at Auckland between two Full member and ahopelessly one sided match as India thrashed Associate UAE. Oz won the toss and started brightly only to collapse in dramatic fashion losing 8 wickets for 26,a last wicket stand between Haddin and Cummind took them to a measley 151, Boult took a fivefer. Brendon Mccullum launched asavaged attack on Oz reaching fifty off 24 balls at which stage NZ was 78-2 off 7 overs!NZ then lost two more wickets whereupon Williamson and Anderson restored order only for Anderson to fall at 131.NZ lost 4 wickets adding 15 runs, 146-9.Williamson hits six to win match,wow,what a thriller. Match over in 53.3 overs,Starc took 6-28:At Auckland Match 20 Pool A Oz won toss australia 151,32.2 overs(Boult 5-27) lost to New Zealand 152-9, 23.1 overs(B McCullum 50,Williamson 45*,Starc 6-28)  by 1 wicket Scorecard.India thrash UAE by 9 wickets:At Perth Match 21 Pool B UAE won toss UAE 102,32.3 overs(Ashwin 4-25) lost to India 104-1,18.5 overs(R Sharma 55*) by 9 wickets Scorecard

 

No run outs so SA thrash Windies hapless bowlers not helped by dropped catches,de Villiers scores magnificent ton as SA score over 250 in final 20 overs. Windies implode in reply as Gayle and Samuels fail,three batsmen go for ducks, gentle Tahir takes fifer as Windies skipper hits a fifty:At SCG Match 19 Pool B SA won toss South Africa 408-5,50 overs(de Villiers 165*) beat West Indies 151, 33.1 overs(Holder 56,Tahir 5-45) by 257 runs Scorecard Another one sided mis match between two ICC Full Members Mr Richardson!

 

England   Women beat New Zealand by nine wickets in Lincoln to level the one-day series at 2-2 with one match remaining in a very topsy turvy series.Kate Cross takes 5-24 for England as NZW are bowled out 168 which total England easily pass for the loss of 1 wicket,Sarah Taylor scoring 89* and Charlotte Edwards 64. Scorecard, Report

 

What a thriller at Dunedin and again between two Associate members, Mr Richardson. Put in on a seamer friendly pitch the Scots batsmen through a combination of dreadful shots and some excellent balls were reduced to 142 -7 whereupon Evans and Haq batting very sensibly adding 62 for the 9th wicket to raise the Scots to a respectable total.  Afghan opener hits fifty but then Afganistan imploded to 97-7 however Samiullah Shenwari smashed 96 to restore Afghans' innings, the 9th wicket fell at 192 but the last wicket pair added 19 to win the match with 3 balls to spare, a wonderful result for Afghanistan but tough for Scots who suffered their 11th World Cup defeat, a match they should have won and seemed to be winning:At Dunedin Match 17 Pool A Afghanistan won toss Scotland 210,50 overs(Shapoor Zadran 4-38,Dawlat Zadran 3-29) lost to Afghanistan 211-9,49.3 overs(Samiullah Shenwari 96,Javed Ahmadi 51,Berrington 4-40) by 1 wicket Scorecard  Andrew Nixon reports and reflects     At MCG Match 18 Pool A SL won toss SL's openers put on 122 for 1st week and then Dilshan and Sangakkara add unbeaten another 210 all helped by sloppy Bangladesh fielding,Bangladesh lost early wickets but bat deep so the lower order chased buwith far too much to do.SL prevail by 92 runs Sri Lanka 332-1,50 overs(Dilshan 161*,Sangakkara 105*) beat Bangladesh 240,47 overs,(Sabbir Rahman 51,Malinga 3-35) by 92 runs Scorecard Report Another one sided match between Full ICC Members Mr Richardson

 

Mumbai bowled out for just 44 but put up better fight in 2nd innings:At Bangalore Ranji Trophy 1st Semi final K won toss  Karnataka 201,60.2 overs & 286,77.5 overs beat Mumbai 44,15.3 overs(Vinay Kumar 6-20) & 332(Tare 92) by 112 runs Scorecard.  2nd Semi final at Kolkata TN won toss Tamil Nadu 549,226.4 overs(Karthik 113) v Maharashtra Scorecard

 

*  Shaiman Anwar hits ton so UAE post challenging total,in reply Stirling falls early then 'luck of the Irish' as bail falls back in place,some rash shots from the top order put Ireland's quest in doubt but Wilson and Kevin O'Brien add 146 and the tail sees them home with 4 balls to spare:At Brisbane Match 16 Pool B Irish won toss UAE 278-9,50 overs(Shaiman Anwar 106) lost to  Ireland 279-8,149.2 overs(Wilson 80,KJ O'Brien 50,Amjad Javed 3-68) by 2 wickets  Scorecard Quite the most exciting match of the 2015 World Cup so far Mr Richardson!

 

Chris Gayle's riposte to WICB President Cameron is a stupendous record breaking double century, with Samuels sets new record for 2nd wicket,Rain reduces Zim's innings,Williams and Ervine sustain Zim's chase but Windies prevail by 74 runs D/L :At Canberra Match 15 Pool B Windies won toss West Indies 372-2,50 overs(Gayle 215,Samuels 133*) beat Zimbabwe 289,44.2overs(target 363 off 48 overs)(Williams 76,Ervine 52,Taylor 3-38,Holder 3-48,Gayle 3-35) by 74 runs D/L Method Scorecard Chris Gayle record breaking double ton

 

*  President of the West Indies Cricket Board has restarted a row with the country's players after retweeting a fan's criticism of Chris Gayle illustrating how inappropriate is Dave Cameron's position as  WICB President . More

 

*  England put in, open with record 1st wicket stand but Bell falls for a stodgy fifty and soon after Mo Ali for robust ton,Morgan hits 46 but the rest fail as Davey takes a fourfer with an improved  late spell so England finished just over 300 when 400 should have been the target after that  good start.  In reply only opener Coetzer bats well and Scots fall short by 119 runs :At Christchurch Match 14 Pool A Scots won toss England 303-8,33.1 overs(Ali 128,Bell 54,Davey 4-68)beat Scotland 184,42.2 overs(Coetzer 71,Finn 3-26) by 119 runs Scorecard

 

*  Sri Lanka win toss and field,Mathews take 1st wicket,Asghar hiys fifty but Afghans fail to capitalize on sound start,Sri Lanka top order folds with openers out for ducks,4-51 but Jatawardene century plus 40s from Mathews and Perera sees SL home ,:At Dunedin Match 12 Pool A SL win Toss Afghanistan 232,49.4 overs(Asghar Stanikzai 54,Malinga 3-41,Mathews 3-41) lost to Sri Lanka 236-6,48.2 overs(Jayawarene 100) by 4 wickets Scorecard Andrew Nixon reports  At MCG Match 13 Pool B  Dhawan powers India to substantial total,Amla and de Kok fall early,de Villiers is run out and SA implode losing 6 wickets for 30 runs India 307-7,50 overs( Dhawan 137,Rahane 79)  beat South Africa  177,40.2 overs(du Plessis 55, Ashwin 3-41) by 134 runs  Scorecard Match 12 a close contest involving an Associate, Match 13 one side between twwo Full ICC members. Please take note Mr Richardson!

 

New Zealand Women bounce back to beat England Women by 6 wickets with 4 balls to spare Report and Scorecard

 

Windies make timely return to form. Put in, the innings gathered momentum with a 100 runs off last 10 overs,Russell hits 42 off 13 balls. Earlier Bravo retires hurt. In reply Pakistan slump to 1-4 as Taylor removes three batsmen for ducks then 25-5 to Taylor and Holder, fifties from Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Akmal not enough and Windies record huge victory:At Christchuch Match 10 Pool B Pak won toss West Indies 310-5,50 overs(Ramdin 51,Simmonds 50,DM Bravo 49rt) beat Pakistan 160,39 overs(Sohaib Maqsood 50 ,Umar Akmal 59,Taylor 3-15,Russell 3-33) by 150 runs Scorecard Report  Match 11 Poll B at Brisbane Australia v Bangladesh Rain abandoned without a ball balled, points are shared. Points Table  Another mismatch Mr Richardson and between Full ICC members!

 

*  England suffer humiliating thrashing,Southee takes sevenfer and Brendon McCullum hits fastest fifty:At  Wellington March 9 England won toss  England 123,33.2 overs(Root 46,Southee 7-33) lost to New Zealand 122,12.2 overs(McCullum 77,Woakes 2-8) by 8 wickets Scorecard  Geoff Boycott's report  So Mr Richardson how uncompetitive can matches between Full ICC members become ?

 

*  England Women bowl out NZ Women for a paltry 60 and win 1st t20 by 8 wickets Scorecard

 

*  UAE  stretch Zim posting a formidable  total which Zim chase down with 2 overs to spare,had UAE's fielding been a little sharper there would have been an  even closer result:At Nelson NZ Match 8 Pool B UAE 285-7,50 overs lost to Zimbabwe 286-6,48 overs by 4 wickets Scorecard Andrew Nixon reports Another competitive game involving an Associate Mr Richardson!

 

*  Brian Gardener, a businessman who created a cricket ground from farmland and dreamt of bringing the game’s biggest names to the Isle of Wight  Times Obituary

 

Aghanistan make a disastrous start to their reply to a challenging Bangladesh total,3-3 and never really get on terms with the task, the run out of Samiullah Shenwari added to the misery, a competent campaign start by Bangladesh whose numerous fans decorated the Canberra ground:At Canberra Match 7 Pool  A BG won toss Bangladesh 267,50 overs(Mushfiqur Rahim 71, Shakib Al Hassan 63) beat Afghanistan 162,42.5 overs(Sammiullah Shenwari 43,Mohamed Nabi 44,Mashrafe Mortaza 3-20) by 105 runs Scorecard     Andrew Nixon reports

 

*  England Women make solid start but middle order fails so amodest total is posted which NZW chase down with 8 balls to spare,Rachel Priest and Amy Satterthaite add an unbeaten 153 for the 2nd wicket: At Mount Maunganui 3rd ODI England Women 217-9,50 overs(Knight 79) lost to New Zealand Women 219-1,48.4 overs(Priest 96*,Satterthaite 76*)  by 9 wickets Scorecard

 

*  Scots lose 4 early wickets to Boult and Southee,Machan & Berrington restore innings but having scored fifty get carried away and are both caught off bouncy short balls from Anderson who also takes out with Crodd with a short ball so Scots post meagre total.NZ chase down total quckly but lose 7 wickets with both Wardlaw and Davey taking threefers:At Dunedin Match 6 Pool A NZ won toss Scotland 142,36.2 overs(Machan 56,Berrington 50,Vettori 3-24) lost to New Zealand 146-7,24.5 overs(Wardlaw 3-57,Davey 3-40)  by 3 wickets Scorecard    Report

 

Windies' top order implode to Irish spinners and a silly run out,Sammy and Simmons revive innings with stand of 154 and Simmons reaches century.Irish top order replies powefully against lacklustre Windies seamers but stutter in sight of target which they reach with 25 balls to go:At Nelson March 5 ICC World Cup Ireland won toss West Indies 304-7,50 overs(Simmons 102,Sammy 89,Dockrell 3-50) lost to Ireland 307-6,45.5 overs(Stirling 92,joyce 84,NJ o'Brien 77*) by 4 wickets Scorecard  Report from Gir Siggins(Irish Daily Star)

 

At 83-4 SA were struggling and Zim's decision to bowl first looked good then Miller and Duminy hit tons and put on a record 256 unbeaten for the fifth wicket, at 190-2 Zim were chasing well but once Masakadza was out wickets fell steadily giving SA victory by 62 runs,Steyne expensive:At Hamilton Match 3 Zim won toss South Africa 339-4,50 overs(Miller 138*,Duminy 115*) beat Zimbabwe 277,48.2 overs(Masakadza 80,Chibhabha 64,Tahir 3-36) by 62 runs Scorecard Kohli makes timely return to form and India post 300 ,Sohail takes fifer,Pakistan reply promisingly but middle order collapses leaving Misbah' alone:At Adelaide Match 4 India won toss India 300-7,50 overs(Kohli 107,Dhawan 76,Sohail Khan 5-55) beat Pakistan 224,47 overs(Misbah-al-Haq 76,Mohammed Shami 4-35) by 76 runs Scorecard

 

New Zealand start well with emphatic win,SL drop Williamson first ball:At  Christchurch  ICC World cup Match 1 SL won toss New Zealand 331-6,50 overs beat Sri Lanka 233,46.1 overs by 98 runs Scorecard    England drop  Finch on zero and suffer severely,Finn takes most expensive  fifer in ODIs with end of innings hat trick, in reply England collapse,Morgan finds reality harder than rhetoric,falls for another duck,Taylor deprived of century through weird run out of Anderson which turns out to be an error:At MCG Match 2 Enland won toss Australia 342-9,50 overs(Finch 135,Maxwell 66,Bailey 55,Finn 5-77) v England 231,50 overs(Taylor 98*,Woakes 37,Bell 33,Marsh 5-33) by 111 runs Scorecard How many ducks can an England captain suffer? So Mr ICC Richardson where are the competitive matches not so far betwen leading ICC Full Members! Let there be more Associates in future! and do get the umpiring right in future, poor young Taylor!

 

*  Suzie Bates is run out for a duck and NZW collapse in reply to England Women's score for whom Charlotte Edwards hit 65,Shrubsole took at fourfer: At Mount Maunganui 2nd ODI England Women 194,49.4 overs(Edwards 65) beat New Zealand Women 104,36.4 overs(Shrubsole 4-36) by 90 runs Scorecard

 

*  Suzie Bates hits century as NZW easily beat England Women in opening ODI:At
Mount Maunganui 1st ODI New Zealand Women 240-8,50 overs(Bates 106,Priest 52,Knight 4-47) beat England Women 173,41.9 overs by 67 runs Report & Scorecard

 

*  Scots just 4 runs short of beating Windies for whom Gayle  fails again,Coetzer falls 4 short of ton:At SCG World Cup Warm Up  West Indies 313-9,50 overs(Ramdin 88,Simmons 55,Evans 3-63) beat Scotland 310-9,50 overs(Coetzer 96,Berrington 66) by 3 runs Scorecard. Irish spirits revive with 4 wicket win over Bangladesh:At Sydney BOP Oval Bangladesh 189,48.2 overs lost to Ireland 190-6,46.5 overs by 4 wickets Scorecard.UAE just fail to chase down Afghanistan's total in final World Cup Warm Up  match:At Melbourne Junction Oval Afghanistan 308-9,50 overs beat UAE 294,48.2 overs by 14 runs Scorecard

 

*  British firm has designed a cricket helmet aimed at preventing another tragic death like the one suffered by Australian Phillip Hughes last year.More

 

*  Boult takes fifer as NZ crush SA:At Christchurch World Cup Warm Up New Zealand 331-8,50 overs(Williamson 66,BB McCullum 57) beat South Africa 197,44.2 overs(Duminy 80,Philander 57,Boult 5-55) by 134 runs Scorecard. Hamilton Masakadza hits unbeaten ton as Zim chase down SL's total with 4.4 overs to spare:At Lincoln NZ Sri Lanka 279-8,50 overs(Karunaratne 58,Mendis 51) lost to Zimbabwe 281-3,45.2 overs(Masakadza 117*,BRM Taylor 67) by 7 wickets Scorecard. Balance and Root in the runs but another duck for Morgan,Pakistan openers fall quickly to Broad and Anderson but Misbah hits 91 and Pakistan win:At SCG England 250-8,50 overs(Root 85,Balance 57,Jordan 31*) lost to Pakistan 252-6,48.5 overs by 4 wickets Scorecard. Michael Clarke hits 64 as Oz thrash UAE:At MCG Australia 304-8,50 overs(Clarke 64,Finch 61,Smith 59) beat UAE 116,30.1 overs by 188 runs Scorecard

 

Machan scores ton as Scots post big total and then Irish collapse in reply to give Scots huge victory:At Sydney BOP Oval Scotland 296-6,50 overs(Machan 103,Momsen 56,Berrington 52,Sorensen 3-55) beat Ireland 117,27 overs(Evans 4-17,Haq 3-9) by 179 runs  Scorecard  Sharma hits 150 as India's run machine gears up but Kohli fails again,Afghanistan give chase but innings fizzles out way short:At Adelaide India 364-5,50 overs(Sharma 150,Rahane 88*, Raina 77) beat Afghanistan 211-8,50 overs(Nawroz Mangol 60) by 153 runs  Scorecard  World Cup Warm Ups

 

*  Peter Nevill wicket keeper batting 7 scores double ton,Tasmania collapse twice,Bollinger takes fifer:At Hobart Sheffield Shield  Tasmania 272,82.3 overs & 139-1,45 overs(Silk 71,Bollinger 5-57) lost to New South Wales 576-9,157 overs(Nevill 235*,O'Keefe 99) by an innings and 91 runs Scorecard Chris Linn scores 250 in Queensland's innings win:At Brisbane Sheffield Shield Victoria 260,68 overs(Wade 158,George 5-78) & 239,89.1 overs lost to Queensland 512,120.4 overs(Linn 250,Hartley 123) by an innings & 13 runs Scorecard Klinger and Voges score tons in WA's 8 wicket win over South Australia Scorecard WA lead table

 

Woakes removes Gayle and Dwayne Bravo in 1st over and takes fifer as Windies implode so England have paltry score to chase and do it foir the loss of 1 wicket:At SCG West Indies 122,29.3 overs(Woakes 5-19) lost to England 125-1,22.5 overs(Ali 46,Bell35*) World Cup Warm Up Scorecard Dilshan scores ton but SA prevail in rain reduced match:At Christchurch Sri Lanka 279-7,44.4 overs(Dilshan 100) lost to South Africa 188-5,24.3 overs(25) by 5 wickets D/L Method World Cup Warm Up Scorecard Pakistan lose 3 early wickets in reply:At SCG Bangladesh 246,49.5 overs(Mahmudullah 83,Tamin Iqbal 81) lost to Pakistan 247-7,48.1 overs(Sohaib Maqsood93*) by 3 wickets World Cup Warm Up Scorecard

 

New Zealand win toss and bat but lose Brendon McCullum  and Kane Williamson cheaply followed by Taylor,Anderson & Latham,Guptill hits a ton then the rain came:At Lincoln New Zealand  157-7,30.1 overs(Guptill 86*) v Zimbabwe No result World Cup Warm Up, Scorecard

 

*  Ed  Joyce of Ireland's world Cup squad has launched a strongly-worded attack on the ICC for reducing the number of teams allowed to play at future World Cups. More

 

Illegal  gamblers approach players using tactics employed by paedophiles, the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption chief has said.  But Sir Ronnie Flanagan believes spot-fixers will not affect the forthcoming World Cup, which starts on 14 February.More

 

Warner and Maxwell socre tons in Australia's comfortable win over India in World Cup Warm Up match Scorecard,Oz employ nine bowlers Cummins takes fifer,Rahane,Dhawan and Rayadu hit fifties.

 

*  Ireland lose warm up game by 5 wickets  against local club side Randwick Petersham in Sydney More

 

*  South Africa 'A' finish with a win. Hendricks with a century and Elgar add 149 for the 1st wicket and from that platform post a big score which proves too much for England Lions as only Bairstow and Patel score fifties,Rabada takes a fourfer:At Benoni 5th Unofficial ODI South Africa 'A' 287-6,50 overs(Hendricks 110,Elgar 69,Brooks 3-55) beat England Lions 209,42.5 overs(Baistow 64,Patel 55,Rabado 4-51) by 78 runs Scorecard, Lions won series 3-1

 

Central Districts decisively win Ford OD Trophy:At Auckland Ford Trophy Final CE won toss Central Districts 271-7,50 overs(van Wyk 53,Cleaver 51) beat Auckland 193,38 overs(Mathiesen 4-22,Small 3-40) by 78 runs Scorecard, Three brothers Cachopa play for Auckland

 

KP has joined the BBC Test Match Special commentary team for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. More

 

*  ECB has defended its decision to sack two experienced umpires at the age of 65, saying their reactions would soon be too slow  More

 

ICC proposes Governance changes for Associate and Affiliate members More

 

ICC's David Richardson, the chief executive of the ICC, has defended the governing body’s decision to reduce the number of sides at cricket’s World Cup and expresses a woefully myopic view of cricket as a international sport.   More

 

Williamson & Taylor score tons so NZ post big score which proves too much for Pakistan despite solid start:At Napier 2nd ODI New Zealand 369-5,50 overs(Williamson 112,Taylor 102*,Guptill 76) beat Pakistan 250,43.1 overs(Mohammed Hafeez 86,Ahmed Shehzad 55) by 119 runs Scorecard

 

*  Surrey have appointed off-spinner Gareth Batty as club captain. The 37-year-old, who is in his second spell with the county, has previously skippered the side and takes over the role from wicketkeeper Gary Wilson. More

 

*  Ben Stokes has a great match hitting 151 not out and then taking three wickets as England Lions thrash  South Africa 'A':At  Pretoria 4th Unofficial ODI England Lions 378-6,50 overs(Stokes 151*,Roy 67) beat South Africa 'A' 289,42.5 overs(Elgar 79,Morris 50*,Stokes 3-51) by 89 runs  Scorecard, 3rd UODI wash out no result, England Lions lead 5 match series 3-0

 

Windies have called left-arm spinner Nikita Miller into their World Cup squad as a replacement for Sunil Narine, who withdrew earlier this week to continue remodelling his action despite taking 6-9 in the Windies 50/50 Final  More  Tony Cozier considers Narine's withdrawal a mystery More

 

*  Former England spin bowler Richard Dawson has returned to Gloucestershire as head coach. More

 

*  Close run final in Karachi as State Bank win with a ball to spare:At Karachi Haier President's Gold Cup One Day   National Bank of Pakistan 279-6,50 overs(Mohammed Nawaz 93) lost to State Bank of Pakistan 283-9,49.5 overs(Muktar Ahmed 60) by 2 wickets Scorecard

 

Maxwell has a good day scoring 95 and taking a fourfer so Oz thrash England in final,England had early success with the ball,Oz 64-4 but fifties from Maxwell,Marsh and Faulkner restore innings,in reply England lose early wickets and never mount a challenge,skipper Morgan records aduck:At Perth Australia 278-8,50 overs(Maxwell 95,Marsh 60,Faulkner 50,Broad 3-55) beat England 166,39.1 overs(Maxwell 4-46,Johnson 3-27) by 112 runs Scorecard

 

New Zealand win comfortably in opening ODI match with Pakistan:At Wellington 1st ODI Pakistan 210.45.3 overs lost to New Zealand 213-3,39.3 overs(Elliott 64*,Taylor 59*) by 7 wickets Scorecard

 

Maldives post a very modest 73 but then have Saudi Arabia 26-6 then Shoaib Ali hits 30 * so Saudi win by 3 wickets ScorecardMalaysia comfortably beat Singapore by 6 wickets with 2 overs to go Scorecard, Kuwait lose unbeaten record and Oman go top on net run rate with 11 run win ScorecardPoints Table

 

*  England's bowlers have a good day but fail to finish off India's innings cheaply as the last wickets adds 35,England's reply starts badly losing five early wickers,Taylor and Buttler restore innings and win by 3 wickets:At Perth Tri Series Match 6 India 200,48.1 overs(Rahane 73,Finn 3-43) lost to England 201-7,46.5 overs(Taylor 82, Buttler 67) by 3 wickets Scorecard

 

Maldives post modest total which Oman race to overhaul with 3 wickets gone in 9.1 overs Scorecard, Saudi Arabia holds off Singapore challenge taking 3 wickets in last over to win by 8 runs Scorecard, Malaysia posted a mighty 190 yet Kuwait reached the target with 3 balls to spare Scorecard   ACC Twenty20 Cup 2014/15

 

*  Jason Roy hits to  but Vince misses out as Lions post big total,SA 'A' respond well with opening stand of 142 but middle order fails after dismissal of Elgar:At Kimberley 2nd Unofficial ODI England Lions 376-9,50 overs(Roy 141,Vince 99,Rabada 4-67)) beat South Africa 'A' 306,44.4 overs(RR Hendricks 141,Elgar 66,Plunkett 3-73) by 70 runs Scorecard

 

*  Sangakkara hits another ton and Sri Lanka bowl better to win final ODI:At Wellington 7th ODI Sri Lanka 287-6,50 overs(Sangakkara 113,Dilshan 81,Anderson 3-59) beat New Zealand  253,45.2 overs(Williamson 50) by 35 runs Scorecard NZ won series 4-2

 

Afghanistan and Ireland receive opportunity to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with Full Members, ICC Dubai More  A lot of unanswered questions remain  Andrew Nixon reveals

 

*  Windies win toss and field remove de Kock early, Rossouw and Amla thrash Windies seam attack in reduced innings,Gayle out for a duck,Windies respond well but then collapse as Parnell takes fourfer and Sammy bats too low in order:At Centurion South Africa 361-5,42overs(Amla 133,Rossouw 132) v West Indies  230,37.4 overs(Samuels 50,Parnell 4-42) by 131 runs Scorecard

 

*  Sydney Sixes lose both openers cheaply after winning toss,Henriques rescues innings,Marsh hits seventy in reply and Scorschers seem to be winning easily only to lose wickets and scrape home off last ball,Lee takes threefor:At Canberra Big Bash Final Sydney Sixes 147-5,20 overs(Henriques 77) v Perth Scorchers 148-6,50 overs(Marsh 73,Lee 3-25) Scorecard

 

*  Kuwait  thrash Maldives reaching their target of in 139 in 8.5 overs Scorecard, Singapore post 195-9 which proves too much for Oman who lose by 23 runs Scorecard, Saudi Arabia beat Malaysia by 43 runs Scorecard   ACC Twenty20 Cup 2014/15  Andrew Nixon reports

 

*  Singapore beat Maldives by 68 runs ScorecardKuwait beat Saudi Arabis by 3 runs in a thriller,for Saudi Shoaib Ali took 6-55, Scorecard, Oman hit 195-3 and beat Malaysia by 46 runs Scorecard,   ACC Twenty20 Cup 2014/15, Andrew Nixon reports

 

Australia win toss and field and take two early wickets,match reduced to 44/44 then more rain so a washout :At SCG Tri Series Match 5 India 69-2,16 overs v Australia No Result Scorecard

 

*  Jason Mohammed hits a ton and Narine takes a sixfer as T & T thrash Guyana in Nagico Super50 final:At Port Of Spain 50/50 Final Trinidad & Tobago 200-8,50 overs(JN Mohammed 117,Permaul 3-23) beat Guyana 65,23.5 overs(Griffith 31, Narine 6-9, DJ Bravo 2-29) by135 runs Scorecard

 

*  Stokes,Gurney and Rankin bowl out South Africa 'A' for modest total but Lions lose 3 early wickets,Roy hits 43,Lions ,six wickets fall but Lions win with 25.3 overs to spare:At Bloemfontein 1st Unofficial ODI South Africa 'A' 172,39.3 overs lost to England Lions 173-6,34.3 overs(Roy 43,Stokes 31) by 4 wickets   Scorecard

 

*  Carberry hits fifty as Perth Strikers beat Melbourne Stars to win 2nd Semi Final :At Perth Perth Scorchers 144-7,20 overs(Carberry 50,Hastings3-37) beat Melbourne Stars 126(Pietersen31,Wright 31,Tye 4-18) by 18 runs Scorecard  Nic Maddison hits 85 as Sydney Sixes thrash Adelaide Strikes by 87 runs in 1st Semi Final Scorecard  Big Bash

 

*  David Miller hits fine ton,his 1st ODI, with late spurt.Holder takes fourfer as Windies bowlers have a better day,Smith and Gayle fall cheaply and Windies had dug themselves into ahole at 73-5.Sixties from Samuels and Russell plus afifty from Sammy transformed the innings and Russell won thee match with a mighty six:At Port Elizabeth 5th ODI South Africa 262-8,50 overs(Miller 130*,Holder 4-53) lost to West Indies 266-9,48.3 overs(Samuels 68,Russell 64*,Sammy 51) by 1 wicket   Scorecard

 

New Zealand emphasise superiority over visitors to take series 4-1.Williams and Taylor miss out on tons,Sangakkara alone is not enough as lower order fail miserably with 3 run outs adding to their demise with nearly ten overs remaining:At Dunedin New Zealand 262-8,50 overs(Williamson 97,Taylor 96) beat Sri Lanka 195,40.3 overs(Sangakkara 81) by 67 runs Scorecard

 

Netherlands revived form continues with 8 wicket drubbing of  league leaders to win final:At Windhoek Namibia 212,49.2(Williams 54,Ripon 5-37) lost to Netherlands 213-2,41 overs(Borren 60*,Cooper 51*,Myburgh 50) by 8 wickets Scorecard  Kenya's lower order flourishes but Nepal's collapses so Kenya takes third place Kenya 208-9,50 overs beat Nepal 193,47 overs(Bandhari 73,Otieno 4-45) by 15 runs Scorecard   Uganda regain form to thrash Canada in final game Canada 140,46 overs lost to Uganda by 8 wickets Scorecard   

 

*  Sri Lanka win toss and field and take 5 wickets for 95 then lose the plot as Ronchi hits magnificent big ton and with Grant Elliott add 265,SL reply powerfully with Dilshan ton, the 1st wicket falling at 93 but the powerful middle order fails as Boult takes fourfer so NZ win series:At Dunedin 5th Odi New Zealand 360-5,50 overs(Ronchi 170*,Elliott 104*) beat Sri Lanka 252,43.4 overs(Dilshan 116,Boult 4-44) by 108 runs Scorecard    Ronchi and Elliott shatter records

 

*  Uganda's fragile batting falls apart to revived Dutch bowlers,Jamil takes fifer,Uganda batsmen 2,3,& 4 all out for ducks,Dutch innings roars away at 13 an over so Uganda are relegated  Uganda  79,23.4(Jamil 5-9) overs lost to Netherlands  80-3,6.1 overs by 7 wickets Scorecard  Canada,put in,start well but falter midway to collapse as Williams takes fifer but tail flourishes,Namibia reply powerfully to win overwhelmingly and Canada are relegated Canada 224,49.1 overs(Wijeratne 52) lost to Namibia 225-2,140.3 overs (Snyman 83,Baard 79) by 8 wickets  Scorecard    Kenya win toss and field take 4 early wickets  and continue to restrict batsmen,Kenya respond well Nepal 194,49.4 overs(Malla 91*) lost to Kenya 195-5,35 overs(Karim 75*,RR Patel 55) by 5 wickets Report Scorecard    ICC World Division 2 Table Wow what a topsy turvy competition.Nepal blew it and so Netherlands go up with Namibia while Kenya just managed to stay up on run rate.  Tim Brooks Roundup

 

*  Bell bats brilliantly to score big ton though lower order flose momemtum.Oz reply strongly then Finn removes two,Smith and Haddin close in on targe and win in final over with one ball spare,smith hits another ton:At Hobart England 303-8,50 overs(Bell 141,Root 61) lost to Australia 2304-7,469.1overs(Smith 102*,Haddin 42) by 3 wickets Scorecard

 

Canada recover from previous day's batting rout to post big total, Kumar hits ton and Hansari 64,in reply Uganda lose three early wickets but Selowa keeps hopes alive for awhile Canada 293-6,50 overs(Kumar 103,Hansari 63) beat Uganda 182,42 overs(Selowa 70) by 111 runs Scorecard  Kenya squander good start and Dutch reply solidl with Stephen Myburgh on fire  in contrast to yesterday's dedacle and win with nearly 30 overs to go Kenya 212-9,50 overs lost to Netherlands 217-5,21.5 overs(Myburgh 96) by 5 wickets  Scorecard Namibia unbeaten so far has a serious batting lapse, in reply Nepal lose both openers cheaply but win with 12.1 overs to go Namibia 142,49.1 overs lost to Nepal 146-7, 3.5 overs(Khadka 64) by 3 wickets Report Scorecard    At Windhoek  ICC World Division 2 Table Nepal joins Namibia at top of table but Friday's results could change everything

 

*  Philander removes both Smith and Gayle so Windies in serious trouble after winning toss and electing to bat first, debacle continues,number 11 Benn 2nd top scorer,SA easily knock off runs:At East London 4th ODI West Indies 122,33.3 overs(Tahir 4-28) lost to South Africa 124-1,24.4 overs(Amla 61*,du Plessis 51*) by 9 wickets Scorecard Surely  Kraigg Brathwaite, Devon Smith, Lendle Simmons et al can bat better than this lot, an abject performance by Windies and why leave out Bravo!.

 

Namibia post formidable total of 314-9 as Dutch use 8 bowlers then Dutch batsmen go into free fall,126,28.1 overs to lose by a massive 188 runs Scorecard  Uganda waste nearly 7 overs posting modest 129 against neighbours Kenya who chase total easily 130-5,33.1 overs Scorecard  Canada crawl to 114 in 49th over then Nepal lose both openers for ducks but Khadka hits 77 so Nepal 115-3,23.2 overs win easily Report  Scorecard   At Windhoek  ICC World Division 2 Table Namibia lead table with 3 wins followed by Nepal with two, all the rest have one win

 

*  Steve Finn takes fifer, Josh Buttler  makes five dismissals and Anderson takes fourfer as India post paltry total which Bell and Taylor chase down easily with over 22 overs to spare:At Brisbane 'Gabba Carlton Mid ODI Tri Series Match 3  India 153,39.5 overs(Finn 5-33,Anderson 4-18) lost to England 156-1,27.3 overs(Bell 88*,Taylor 56*) by 9 wickets

 

*  Sri Lanka win toss and bat and look likely to post big total thanks to Sangakkara and Jayawardene but lower order fail to accelerate and New Zealand chase down target with 11 balls to spare, Williamson scores ton:At Nelson 4th ODI Sri Lanka 276,49.3 overs(Jayawardene 94,Sangakkara 76) lost to New Zealand  280-6,48.1 overs(Williamson 103) by 4 wickets Scorecard

 

Namibia go top with two wins over Uganda and Kenya, Nepal beat Dutch, Kenya lose both openers to stay bottom, ICC World Division 2 Table   Results and Scorecards   Reports

 

Rain delays start ODI Tri Series Match 6, Ireland won toss and will bat first.In fact a first ever wash out in Dubai, an unfortunate first for the Scots and Irish:At Dubai Ireland v Scotland Scorecard

 

*  England Lions win toss and bat but lose top order cheaply apart from Lyth who hits sixty,Raschid and Bairstow repair innings.SA in response lose three wickets early but then de Bruyn and Bavuma hit tons and SA take substantial 1st innings lead,Robson out for aduck and Yoprkshire pair Lyth and Lees in 30s as Lions struggle,Trott hits fifty but Vince saves day with ton helped by tail :At Bloemfontein 2nd Unofficial Test England Lions 260,76.5 overs(Lyth 65,Raschid 68) & 368-7106 overs(Vince 146*,Trott 53) drew with South Africa 'A' 421,110 overs,(de Bruyn 161,Bavuma 102, Rankin 4-78) Scorecard

 

*  South Africa murders Windies attack,Amla carries his bat for 153,de Villers hits fastest ton in ODI history and Rossouw hits ton but SA miss out on beating Sri Lanla all time ODI record score as last three balls are dot balls.Windies lose Gayle to Morkell for 19 but reach a respectable total in response:At New Wanderers Jo'brg 2nd ODI South Africa 439-2,50 overs(Amla 153,de Villiers 149,Rossouw 128) beat West Indies 291-7,50 overs(DR Smith 64,Ramdin 57) by 148 runs Scorecard   Where are Narine, Bravo, Pollard et al?

 

Rohit Sharma  hits ton and Starc takes a sixfer,Finch misses out on ton but Oz win with six balls to spare:At MCG India 267-8,50 overs(R Sharma 138,Rahane 51,Starc 6-43) lost to Australia 269-6,49 overs(Finch 96) by 4 wickets Scorecard

 

*  Ireland batting fails giving Afghanistan a 71 run victory ODI Tri Seires Match 5 Scorecard

 

Rain ruins 3rd ODI at Aucland with New Zealand batting 145-3,28.5(Guptill 66*) v Sri Lanka Scorecard

 

*  South Africa win toss and bat.Taylor removes both Rossouw and du Plessis for ducks but Amla,de Villiers and Miller restore innings at pace,rain stops play,Gayle has awhirl but a swipe and then Samuels needless run out quash Windies ambitions:At  Durban 1st ODI South Africa 279-8,48.2 overs(de Villiers 81,Miller 70,Amla 66) beat West Indies 164,28.2 overs by 61 runs D/L Method(target 226 from 32)  Scorecard

 

*  England top order fails,Bell and Taylor fall to ducks,skipper Morgan rescues innings with fine century,Oz lose Finch and Watson cheaply,Warner hits ton but Oz stutter in sight of target and woakes takes fourfer:At SCG Tri-Series 1st Match England 234,47.5 overs(Morgan 121,Starc 4-42) v Australia 235-7, 39.5 overs(Warrner 127,Woakes 4-40) Scorecard

 

Mark Marqusee the American who learned to love cricket and write about it including two acclaimed books-Anyone But England and War Minus The Shooting, sadly has lost his battle with cancer. A tribute from Rob Stein

 

Morne van Wyk carries his bat and scores  ton but Windies with no Gayle fail to chase and Weise takes a fifer:At Durban South Africa 195-3,20 overs(van Wyk 114*) beat West Indies 126,19 overs(Simmons 49,Weise 5-23) by 69 runs Scorecard

 

*  Brendon McCullum hits ton but receives little support,Dilshan hits ton in reply but with much more support so Sri Lanka win and square series:At Hamilton 2nd ODI New Zealand 248,50 overs(B McCullum 117,Taylor 34) lost to Sri Lanka 252-4,47.4 overs(Dilshan 116,Mathews 39*,Sangakkara 38) by 6 wickets Scorecard

 

*  Chris Gayle slams WICB selectors for leaving out Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from World Cup Squad More

 

*  Scots win toss and bat but are soon in trouble after top order fails, Berrington and Davey stage late recovery,Afghanistan collapse to Davey and Wardlaw,Davey takes a sixfer:At Abu Dhabi Triangular ODI Match 4 Scotland 213-7,50 overs(Berrington 63,Davey 53,Aftab Alam 3-48) beat Afghanistan 63,18.3 overs(Davey 6-28,Wardlaw 4-22) by 150 runs  Scorecard  Josh Davey's performance today was first ever 6 wicket haul by an associate in an ODI. It was also only third time in history of ODI's that a player took 6 wkts and scored a 50, following Styris and Klusener (Collingwood scored 100 and took 6)!

 

*  Bell turns ballistic with huge ton, Ali and Taylor hit seventies as England XI post huge total,Maxwell replies powerfully but receives little support,Broad takes fourfer:At Canberra England XI 391-6,50 overs(Bell 187,Ali 71,Taylor 71) beat Prime Minister's XI 331,48.1 overs(Maxwell 136,Broad 4-4) by 60 runs  Scorecard

 

*  Javeira Khan hits ton as Pakistan secure win with their highest chase ever to win series 3-0:At Sharjah 3rd ODI Sri Lanka Women 242-5,50 overs(Jayangani 99) lost to Pakistan Women  245-3,47.2 overs(J Khan 133*) Scorecard  PW win series 3-0

 

Gunasekeera leads successful Canada chase with a century to give Canada belated win:At Harare 4th OD Zimbabwe 'A' 238-8,50 overs(Mutumbami 68) lost to Canada  240-7,48. overs(Gunasekeera 109,Dhaliwal 57) by 3 wickets Scorecard

 

Matt Machan stands firm after Scots top three fail, Irish bowlers retrict Scots despite bowling 22 wides.Irish falter but Niall O'Brien steers them to victory with support from lower order:At Dubai  Triangular ODI Match 3 Scotland 216-9,50 overs(Machan 86,Berrington 28,Young 3-27) lost to Ireland 220-7,46.3 overs(N O'Brien 80*,Mooney 36) by 3 wickets  Scorecard Report

 

*  England XI batsmen enjoy opener and win easily:At Canberra England XI 364-6,50 overs beat ACT Invitation XI 148,32.4 overs Scorecard

 

*  England Lions toil in the field as Theunis de Bruyn and Gihahn Cloete hit tons,de Bruyn goes on to double ton and Plunkett takes fourfer before declaration,Lees and Lyth fall cheaply in reply and Robson for 41,Trott and Vince add 165, Trott goes on all day supported by lower order and Lions take lead,Plunkett scores fifty as Trott creeps towards double ton and Brrooks hits swift fifty at no 10 as Trott passes 200:At Paarl 1st Unofficial Test South Africa 'A' 504-8 dec,130 overs(de Bruyn 202*,Cloete 123,Plunkett 4-91) & 92-2,32 overs drew with England Lions 624-8 dec,138 overs(Trott 211*,Vince 78,Raschid 87,Baistow 63,Plunkett 55,Brooks 53*)  Scorecard

 

*  Windies hit their highest ever t20 score to beat SA with 4 balls to spare. Chris Gayle smashes 90 off 41 balls adding 152 with Samuels,Sammy completes the coup de grace,earlier Faf du Plessis hits magnificent ton(116 runs off 56 balls):At New Wanderers Jo'Burg South Africa 231-7,20 overs(du Plessis 116,Miller 49) lost to West Indies 236-6,19.2 overs(Gayle 90,Samuels 63,Sammy 20*) by 4 wickets Scorecard

 

*  Jayawardene completes 18th ODI century but has little support as NZ seamers dominate,NZ lose wickets steadily in reply but Andesron and Ronchi add sixty for 7th wicket to lay on win:At Christchurch 1st ODI Sri Lanka 218-9,50 overs(Jayawardene 104) lost to New Zealand 219-7,43 overs(Anderson 80) by 3 wickets Scorecard

 

Afghanistan top order fails apart from Javed Ahmadi. Ireland lose openers cheaply and Wilson,Joyce hits fifty and Balbirnie and Cussack add 52 for 8th wicket to win match:At Dubai Triangular ODI Match 2 Afghanistan 180,44.2 overs(Javed Ahmadi 80,Dockrell 4-35) lost to Ireland 181-7,43.2 overs(Joyce 50,Balbirnie 31*,Cussack 26*,Javed Ahmadi 4-37) by 3 wickets Scorecard  Tom Murtagh injured and out of Tri-Series

 

*  Chris Gayle in fine form as Windies win t20 over South Africa Scorecard


*  Hamish Gardiner hits 96 but Scots post too few and Afghanistan win easily:At Dubai  Triangular ODI Match 1   Scotland 237-8,45 overs(Gardiner 96) lost to Afghanistan 240-2,38 overs(Javed Amadhi 74,Nasir Jamal 52*) by 8 wickets Scorecard

 

*  Canada run Zimbabwe close in second OD Scorecard  Andrew Nixon reports after poor performance in first match when Zim's Chamu Chibhabha hit 155  Scorecard  Andrew Nixon reports

 

*  Change in ICC rules could open the door for the American Cricket Federation to replace the suspended and dreadful USACA which would be the best thing ever for cricket in USA  Andrew Nixon reports

 

Robson and Lyth score tons and Wood takes fourfer as Lions dominate Gauteng,but lose 3 early wickets second innings,Trott and billings hit fifties,Gauteng hang on for draw:At  Soweto England Lions 443,112.3 overs(Lyth 106,Robson 109,Lees 85,Baistow 62) & 176-5dec,44 overs drew with Gauteng Invitation XI 179,49.3 overs(Wood 4-29) & 120-8,42 overs Scorecard

 

Australia win toss and bat,Warner hits ton but Rogers misses out, hard day's toil for India's bowlers,smith completes century as Oz pile on runs,Shami takes fifer, Vijay out for duck in reply,Rahul grinds out slow ton,Kohli another fine ton and not out but Rahane and Raina fall cheaply before close, Ashwin hits fifty as tailwags,Oz ract 348 bu close and set India 349:At SCG 4th Test Australia 572-7 dec,152.3 overs(Warner 101,Rogers 95,Smith 117,Watson 85,Marsh 73,Burns 55,M' Shami 5-112) & 251-,40 overs(Smith 71,Burns 66,Rogers 50) drew with India 342-5,115 overs(Kohli 140*, Rahul 110)  & 252-7,80.5 overs(Vijay 80)   Scorecard

 

*  Sri Lanka win toss and field,Fifteen wickets fall in day,Williamson hits sixty, Sangakkara not out overnight scores brilliant double ton,Chandimal hits sixty.Williamson & Watling add 94 by close and continue most  of day 4 thanks to SL's dropped catches,Williamson completes double ton to set new 6th wicket test record of 365 and NZ set SL 390 to win.Sangakkara fails and SK fail the challenge,thirimanne left stranded on 62*:At Wellington 2nd Test New Zealand 221,55.1 overs(Williamson 69,Pradeep 4-63) & 524-5,172 overs(Williamson 242*,Watling 142*) beat Sri Lanka 356,25.4 overs(Sangakkara 203,Chandimal 67) & 196,72.4 overs(Thirimanne 62*, Silva 50,Craig 4-53) by 193 runs    Scorecard

 

*  Windies win toss and bat.Brathwaite falls cheaply,Johnson hits fifty,Chanderpaul fails again,Ramdin & Blackwood add 80,Steyne takes fourfer,Harmer makes tidy debut,Du Plessis hits sixty,Amla and de Villiers add 70 before rain stops play for day,Windies bowl tightly,Amla falls fo sixty but de Villiers hits fine ton,SA lose last 5 wickets for 37 runs,Samuels & Johnson add 61 by close.Rain delays start day 4,Johnson soon goes,Samuels hits seventy but is out to injudicious shot and Chanderpaul fifty but Windies collapse losing 6 wickets for 13 runs,Benn removes Elgar quickly for a duck :At Capetown 3rd Test West Indies  329,99.5 overs(Blackwood 56,Johnson 54,Ramdin 53,Steyne 4-78,Harmer 3-71) & 215,79.5 overs(Samules 74,Chanderpaul 50,Harmer 4-82) lost to South Africa 421,122.4 overs(de Villiers 148, du Plessis 68,Amla 85) & 124-2,37.4 overs(Elgar60*) by 8 wickets Scorecard  South Africa win series 2-0

 

*  Dhoni announces retirement from Test Cricket More

 

*  Dav Whatmore to take on tough task of being Zimbabwe coach until the end of the 2015 ICC 50/50 World Cup  More

 

*  Windies win toss and field but drop catches, miss stumping and run outs so SA make slow but steady progress,Elgar scores ton and du Plessis reaches 99 by stumps,complets ton and is out day 2 wich is curtailed by rain,de Villiers out cheaply day 3,Steyne hits fast fifty.Brathwaite and Samuels hit assured unbeaten fifties before bad light and dizzle stops play and continues next morning.Brathwaite and Samuels complete tons then Windies revert to collapse mode,wet ground last day morning and so Test ends as ground unplayable..At Port Elizabeth 2nd Test South Africa 417-8dec,122 overs(Elgar 121,Du Plessis 103,Steyne 58) drew with West Indies  275-9,79 overs(Brathwaite 106,Samuels 102) Live Scorecard 

 

McCullum celebrates Boxing Day in style but misses out on double ton after Sri Lanka's decision to insert NZ backfires with both opening bowlers taking a tumble first ball,SL wrap up tail quickly but then collapse and follow on,openers make better start 2nd time round,Karunaratne hits maiden ton and Mathews fifty as Sl bat all day but are still short of NZ total,SL tails wags past 400 but NX win by 8 wickets:At Christchurch 1st Test New Zealand 441,85.5 overs(McCullum 195, Neesham 85) & 107-2,30.4 overs beat Sri Lanka 138,42.4 overs(Mathews 50) & f/o 407,154 overs(Karunaratne 152,Mathews 66,Erungha 45*) by 8 wickets Live scorecard

 

Australia win toss and bat,Warner falls for a Boxing Day duck,fifties for Rogers and Watson,Smith's sublime form continues but misses out on ton,Harris hits seventy.India reply well,Kohli and Rahane hit fine centuries as India  close on OZ 1st innings total but Oz rue missed catches,Johnson removes last two wickets,Warner sets off at pace.Oz finish day 326 runs ahead,rain spoils last day, perhaps delayed declaration by OZ deprived them of victory,Marsh run out 99:At MCG 3rd Test Australia 530,90 overs(Smith 192, Harris 74,Rogers 57,Watson 52) & 261-7,75 overs(SE Marsh 99,Rogers 60) drew with India 465,128.2 overs(Kohli 169,Rahane 149,Vijay 68,Harris 4-69) & 174-6,66 overs(Kohli 54) Live scorecard


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