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Monday, 5 April 2010

Loss of Sir Alec Bedser a sad day for cricket

Loss of Sir Alec Bedser a sad day for cricket
I had the pleasure of interviewing Sir Alec Bedser twice. The first time, just before England’s 2006-07 tour to Australia, he was in fine fettle, still playing golf, still driving to his beloved Oval. The second and final time, last September, his health had visibly declined. He had been scalded in his shower, and then picked up an infection in hospital. It was upsetting to see a seemingly indomitable warrior fading physically.

By Huw Turbervill
Published: 12:32PM BST 05 Apr 2010

Legend of the game: Sir Alec Bedser leaves the field in triumph after a successful match Photo: GETTY IMAGES He was still mentally brilliant, though. In interviewing him for a book I am writing about the England cricket team on tour, his memories were vivid at the age of 91. He was surrounded by journals and memorabilia, and occasionally he would use a cricketing trinket on his mantelpiece, or nestling on the sofa next to his favourite chair, as a reference point. One or two players who I had contacted for the book could hardly recall a thing, and yet were 20 years or more younger. Some, sadly, have been ravaged by dementia, but not Bedser.

Both times I met him in the house in Woking, Surrey, that he and his beloved twin brother Eric, who died in 2006, helped their father build in 1953. It was off the beaten track – I had to ask a postman for directions. I am glad I found it. Although he had a slightly authoritative manner, he was warm enough, and he was extremely accommodating with his time - and he proved to be a minefield of information.

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The maid's tale: Kathryn Stockett examines slavery and racism in America's Deep SouthHe had fascinating tales to recount, playing in fives Ashes series, including three tours, and managing England Down Under on three others. He was a selector for 23 years and was chairman of selectors from 1969 to 1981, famously falling out with Ian Botham, who was captain for the first two Tests of that famous Ashes summer 29 years ago.

Bedser always saw the bigger picture. He was very close to Sir Donald Bradman, and when the Australian captain was controversially given not out to a slip catch in the opening Test at Brisbane in 1946-47, Bedser, who was at short-leg, was glad for cricket. He told me: “I think if he had been dismissed cheaply he would have packed it in, and then we would not have had him come to England in 1948 [his farewell series, when he made two centuries and struck 508 runs].” It didn’t matter that Bedser suffered at his hands in both those series –although he had more success than any other Test bowler against him,dismissing six times in all.

Bedser was just happy to be playing at all. He had served in north Africa during the Second World War for two and a half years and finally made his Test debut at the age of 28 against India in 1946. He took 11 wickets in each of his first two Tests and never looked back.

Now the final player in that 1946-47 series has passed away. That is very sad for cricket.

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England's ICC Under-19 World Cup campaign is over after being knocked out by West Indies at the quarter-final stage.

The English youngsters headed into the clash high on confidence having topped Group A following Thursday's triumph over India, but were below their best as they slipped to an 18-run defeat in New Zealand.

In a match reduced to 36 overs due to rain, West Indies batted first and made a total of 166 all out thanks largely to a third-wicket partnership of 103 between Kraigg Brathwaite and Andre Cleary while David Payne was the pick of the England bowlers with figures of four for 19.

England were poor with the bat - Durham's Ben Stokes top-scoring with 24 - and were dismissed for just 148 as impressive West Indies paceman Jason Holder took five wickets for 19 runs.

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Yorkshire director of professional cricket Martyn Moxon has asked national selector Geoff Miller to outline England's plans for Adil Rashid amid concern the young spinner is not getting enough playing time.

Rashid has been earmarked as one of England's brightest prospects but he has failed to hold down a regular place at either Test or one-day level.

And Moxon fears the 21-year-old's development could be hampered if the trend continues.

He told the Yorkshire Post: "I'm a little bit concerned about what's happening at the moment because Adil is not really bowling the number of overs he needs to be bowling to develop.

"The number of overs he's bowled in competitive cricket since last winter is very few and I've asked Geoff Miller what plans England have for him and I'm waiting to hear back.

"Personally, I think if Adil's sat on his backside and bowling in the nets all winter that's not really the best thing for him. If he doesn't play a great deal between now and April it could take us half a season to get him right, and we can ill-afford for that to happen.

"I'm not unhappy with the way England have handled him and I'm certainly not going to criticise England. It's just I think this is a crucial phase of Adil's development and he's the type of bowler who needs regular cricket.

"Leg-spin is an extremely difficult art to master and his confidence is still fragile at such a young age."

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Australia produced arguably their best performance of the summer to record a crushing 140-run victory over Pakistan in the second one-day international at the SCG.

Having posted an imposing 267 for six on the back of half-centuries from Shane Watson and Cameron White, Doug Bollinger (two for 19) and Peter Siddle (one for 23) produced fearsome opening spells to leave the tourists' pursuit in tatters.

Skipper Mohammad Yousuf, who was left to rue his decision to insert the hosts in ideal batting conditions, top scored with a defiant 58 off 94 balls, but it was not enough to prevent an embarrassing defeat as Pakistan were all out for 127 inside 38 overs.

Australia now lead the five-match series 2-0 ahead of Tuesday's clash at the Adelaide Oval.

Both Pakistan openers beat the bat repeatedly from the outset but Bollinger claimed the early spoils, removing Salman Butt (2) and Younus Khan for a duck in the fifth over when both men edged to White at second slip.

Things went from bad to worse when Kamran Akmal (16) was run out by a brilliant piece of fielding from Clint McKay (three for 15) off his own bowling.

And when younger brother Umar Akmal was bowled by a brilliant delivery from Siddle without scoring, the tourists' fate was sealed.

Shahid Afridi gave the Pakistan contingent in the healthy 30,774 crowd some reason to cheer when he despatched Nathan Hauritz (two for 45) into the stands, but his aggression soon brought him undone.

Rana Naved showed some resistance, blasting 27 off 22 including two sixes and a boundary, before he was stumped by Brad Haddin attempting to hit Hauritz out of the stadium.

McKay claimed the prized wicket of Yousuf before finishing the job with the wicket of Saeed Ajmal to finish with career-best figures.

Earlier, Watson (69) set the tone at the top of the order as he dominated his 100-run opening stand with Shaun Marsh (41), belting seven boundaries and one six in his entertaining knock.

The in-form opener eventually fell when he was well caught by Shoaib Malik at mid-wicket off the bowling of Afridi (two for 35).

The dangerous leg-spinner removed Marsh soon after and momentum continued to shift towards Pakistan when Ricky Ponting (13) mistimed an attempted drive to Yousuf off Mohammad Aamer (three for 53).

But White picked up where he left off at the Gabba on Friday night, striking 55 off 57 deliveries to leave the hosts well placed at the interval.

Mike Hussey (29) provided good support as he and White put on 55 runs for the fifth wicket before some late hitting from Brad Haddin (27) boosted the total

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BBC Sport - Cricket - Cameron White century seals Australia win over Pakistan

Cameron White century seals Australia win over Pakistan
First one-day international, Brisbane:
Australia 275-5 beat Pakistan 274 by five wickets
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A stunning Queensland sunset was an added bonus for fans

A dazzling century from Cameron White helped Australia chase down 275 to beat Pakistan in the first in a series of five one-day internationals.

White hit 105 from 88 balls under the Brisbane lights as the Aussies sealed a five-wicket win with nine balls left after Pakistan had made 274 all out.

With 75 wanted from the last 60 balls Australia were only slight favourites.

But White blasted three consecutive sixes from Shahid Afridi to make the final stages of the chase easy.

Kamran Akmal watches as Cameron White sweeps
Australia's number five batsman was in exhilarating form, which was just as well given the problems encountered by a top three - who had given the chase an uncertain start at 84-3 from the first 18 overs.

But White and Michael Clarke (58 from 76 balls) put on 102 in good time, and Michael Hussey intelligently gave White as much of the strike as possible.

The game had begun pretty well for Pakistan, Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal putting on 62 for the first wicket.

But there was a lack of acceleration until Afridi walloped 48 from 26 balls, and Pakistan's long tail - with Mohammad Aamer batting at eight - was unable to produce much.

Ricky Ponting's direct hit to run out Mohammad Asif ended the innings two balls prematurely.

By far the most successful Australia bowler was Shane Watson (4-36 from his 10).

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As for Pakistan's bowlers, Aamer (1-29 from nine overs) bowled beautifully. But spinners Saeed Ajmal and Afridi were targeted for some savage treatment and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan was also hit for plenty of boundaries.

Naved, who had run out Clarke with an athletic pick-up and dive, finally bowled White with a well-disguised slower delivery in his final over.

But it came too late to make a difference as Hussey deposited Ajmal over extra-cover for the winning boundary.

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LV County Championship: Division One Table
P W L D Batting Bowling Ded Pts
1 Durham 16 8 0 8 49 48 1.0 240.0
2 Nottinghamshire 16 4 2 10 56 41 0.0 193.0
3 Somerset 16 3 1 12 50 43 1.0 182.0
4 Lancashire 16 4 2 10 35 44 0.0 175.0
5 Warwickshire 16 3 3 10 54 38 0.0 174.0
6 Hampshire 16 3 3 10 50 40 3.0 169.0
7 Yorkshire 16 2 2 12 46 44 0.0 166.0
8 Sussex 16 2 6 8 45 39 1.0 143.0
9 Worcestershire 16 0 10 6 30 40 0.0 94.0

LV County Championship: Division Two Table
P W L D Batting Bowling Ded Pts
1 Kent 16 8 3 5 43 44 0.0 219.0
2 Essex 16 6 3 7 40 43 1.0 194.0
3 Northamptonshire 16 6 4 6 40 45 0.0 193.0
4 Gloucestershire 16 6 6 4 39 46 0.0 185.0
5 Glamorgan 16 2 2 12 56 43 0.0 175.0
6 Derbyshire 16 2 3 11 55 45 0.0 172.0
7 Surrey 16 1 4 11 54 36 0.0 148.0
8 Middlesex 16 2 7 7 43 41 0.0 140.0
9 Leicestershire 16 2 3 11 31 35 0.0 138.0

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Ten ways of getting out

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There are ten ways a batsman can be out - five are very common and five very rare.

More often than not a batsman will be caught, bowled, given leg before wicket (lbw), run out or stumped.

The five other ways to lose your wicket range from the uncommon to the almost unseen.

The uncommon methods, but not unheard of, are 'hit wicket' - when a batsman removes his or her own bails - and 'handled the ball' - when he handles the ball without permission from the fielding side.

The almost unseen are 'hit the ball twice' (also known as 'double hit') - deliberately hitting the ball twice; 'obstructing the field' - preventing fielders from executing a run out; and 'timed out', which is when a new batsman takes too long to appear on the field.

It's worth knowing however that for the batsman to be given out, the fielding team have to appeal to the umpire by asking "how's that?"


Leg before wicket
Run out
Hit wicket
Handled the ball
Hit the ball twice
Obstructing the field
Timed out

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LBW explained

Law 36 of the MCC's laws of cricket still has peoples' heads in a spin - exactly how does the lbw law work?
To the uninitiated, the leg before wicket dismissal is to cricket what the offside law is to football.

But the lbw law is not as complicated as some people may think.

It is governed by certain principles which, once mastered, make the law simple to understand.

And that is exactly what this guide will aim to do!

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BBC Sport - Cricket - Jonathan Agnew column

Jonathan Agnew column

By Jonathan Agnew
BBC cricket correspondent

The decision to rest England captain Andrew Strauss for the Bangladesh tour, which the England and Wales Cricket Board media release stated was the decision of the selectors rather than it being his choice, will not be universally popular.

Clearly, if Strauss wanted to lead the tour, he would be doing so and because he does not feature in England's Twenty20 set up, his next engagement for England is not until 27 May.

Cook appears to be Strauss's most likely successor, but badly needs experience

Of course there is a hectic schedule to come, with Tests and one-day internationals against Bangladesh and Pakistan and a wholly unnecessary one-day series against Australia.

The winter Ashes series and the World Cup then follow and that is the reason for giving Strauss this breathing space - not because he needs a rest now but because he and the selectors believe it will benefit him later in the year.

However, Strauss said after England's heavy defeat in the final Test against South Africa the team needed to improve, not least in the batting department where a distinctly out of sorts Kevin Pietersen needs some TLC and a return to form.

It is the captain's task to mould the team, and Strauss will not be there to do so: something some of the other players in the group might also resent.

James Anderson is a different case entirely. His right knee has been troubling him for some time now, and it is entirely sensible to get him back to fitness before the summer starts.

At least it will give us a chance to assess Alastair Cook's ability as a leader and a strategist. He appears to be Strauss's most likely successor, but badly needs experience at the helm.

Strauss is out of touch with the bat, how is he going to improve his form by not playing?

The selectors might have gone down the easy route of placing Paul Collingwood in charge but that would have meant this opportunity would be missed.

Michael Carberry is set to gain the most from the captain's absence in that he is probably going to open the batting with Cook, while Yorkshire folk speak in glowing terms of Ajmal Shahzad, the young pace bowler whose reverse swing should be successful in Bangladesh.

His team-mate, Adil Rashid has been dropped from both squads: an admission he is not ready yet to bowl at this level. He needs to play some cricket to learn the complicated skills associated with bowling leg spin, rather than carrying the drinks, which has been his role in South Africa.

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BBC Sport - Cricket - England knocked out of U19 World Cup by West Indies

England knocked out of U19 World Cup by West Indies
Quarter-final, Rangiora:
West Indies 166 (34.4 overs) beat England 148 (33.1 overs) by 18 runs
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West Indies celebrate the wicket of England's Ben Stokes

England were knocked out of the Under-19 World Cup after losing by 18 runs to West Indies in a rain-reduced quarter-final in New Zealand.

In a match reduced to 36 overs, West Indies batted first and made 166 with the help of a 103-run stand between Kraigg Brathwaite and Andre Cleary.

Gloucestershire bowler David Payne ended with figures of 4-19.

In reply, England were dismissed for 148 with paceman Jason Holder taking five wickets for just 19 runs.

Only four England players managed to get into the 20s, with Durham's Ben Stokes top-scoring with 24.

"This was a disappointing end to the tournament after three good performances in the group stages," said England and Wales Cricket Board elite player development manager John Abrahams.

"The players have gelled together as a unit and worked hard on their own games and for each other.

"There is no doubt that they have grown as people and cricketers and hopefully they will see proof of that in the coming season."

England finished top of their group to make the last eight, beating India, Hong Kong and Afghanistan.

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BBC - BBC Sport: Ben Dirs: Draw can't disguise England frailties

Draw can't disguise England frailties
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Ben Dirs | 20:12 UK time, Sunday, 17 January 2010

If, as is often said of Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United, a good side is one which manages to avoid defeat while not playing to its full potential, then England's 1-1 Test series draw in South Africa should be considered a success.

Soundly beaten in Johannesburg and forced to cling on for dear life in Centurion and Cape Town, future statisticians will pore over the series averages with wonder.

While five of South Africa's batsmen averaged between 39 and 61, four of England's averaged in the twenties. And while England's top wicket-taker Graeme Swann took 21 scalps at 31.38, five Proteas bowlers took their wickets more cheaply.

Averages, schmaverages, you may well be muttering: the bottom line is England managed not to lose a series that, in the recent past, they almost certainly would have. Against a side, you might add, who are second in the Test rankings, and which boasts the nastiest pace attack in world cricket.

I would argue, however, that the series result is not the bottom line, but that the bottom line, in an Ashes year at least, is how the side is shaping for the future. And if you agree on my bottom line, then you will no doubt agree that, while it is heartening that England have grown a backbone, they will need more than guts to match their oldest enemy next winter.

It was Jim Laker who said "the aim of English cricket is, in fact, to beat Australia", and while much has changed since Laker was weaving his magic for England back in the 1950s, his old adage still applies.

England's Jonathan Trott struggled to deal with South Africa's pace bowlers

Playing like they did against South Africa, England are likely to be beaten handily by an Australian side bent on terrible revenge.

England's players are like the planets of an orrery: when one is passing close to the sun and in decent nick, another will inevitably be orbiting on the dark side and struggling for form - and so the cycle continues with each passing series. The planets will need to be perfectly aligned against the Aussies, or England could get buried.

Captain Andrew Strauss, so assured in 2009, managed only 170 runs against the Proteas, while Matt Prior, who looked to be coming into full bloom against Australia last summer, withered when exposed to South Africa's no-holds-barred attack.

Jonathan Trott, who many thought was the answer to England's problems at number three following his Ashes-winning performance at The Oval last August, experienced a chastening tour of his homeland, while Kevin Pietersen also struggled.

Critics of Pietersen seem to forget that he has only recently returned from a long-term injury, and facing Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn is not the ideal way to bat yourself into form. There should be cheaper runs up for grabs against Bangladesh, home and away, before Pakistan provide a sterner test at the end of the summer.

Ian Bell, on the other hand, had a decent series, although the Warwickshire man seems to be stuck in a vicious circle only partially of his own making: on the back of 313 runs batting at six, there are those who will be calling for him to replace Trott at three, but we've already seen what happens when Bell bats at three, so it's perhaps best to leave him where he is.

Pietersen, if anyone could persuade him, might be a better fit, although one rough series does not make Trott a bad player. England would be right to persevere with him at first wicket down, as far as the tour of Bangladesh at least.

As it stands, England's batting cannot be trusted, and were it not for Paul Collingwood's contributions, Strauss's team would almost certainly have lost the Test series in South Africa.

Strauss and coach Andy Flower have little to fall back on, with only Michael Carberry, who scored a stack of runs for Hampshire last summer, making a really convincing case for inclusion.

Certainly, and as the BBC's cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew has already pointed out, England cannot afford the luxury of playing five front-line batsmen against top-draw opposition, which only increases the pressure on the bowling.

While England's seam attack can sometimes be highly effective on English wickets, it is often rendered toothless abroad, where the Kookaburra ball holds sway everywhere except India, and bowlers can generate less swing as a result.

In Johannesburg, Morkel and Steyn illustrated perfectly the value of a few miles-per-hour of extra pace, and the worry, with an Ashes series on the horizon, is that England don't have anyone express coming through. Swann has developed into a very useful cricketer, but England badly need some gas to complement his guile.

With so many rough edges in need of a polish, Strauss's decision to sit out the trip to Bangladesh will be debated ad nauseam.

Were most of his players in decent nick, then you could understand his decision to stay home and recharge the batteries. But Strauss will wave goodbye to a handful of men who are clearly struggling, and you might think he'd want to be by their side to monitor their progress and help nurse them back to form. It is, after all, his team.

Former skipper Michael Vaughan has spoken of the "bigger picture", ie. making sure Strauss is fit and mentally refreshed for the rather more taxing challenges in Australia.
But Bangladesh, as they are currently proving in a Test match at home against India, aren't the mugs many would have you believe.

Take a wrong turn in Chittagong or Mirpur, and England will have strayed so far from the bigger picture, they might struggle to find their way back in time for the Ashes.

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Test matches

2nd Test: Bangladesh v India at Dhaka - Jan 24-28, 2010

Stumps - India trail by 164 runs with 10 wickets remaining in the 1st innings

Bangladesh 233; India 69/0

V Sehwag 41* G Gambhir 26* Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-15-0 Mohammad Ashraful 1-0-10-0

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Youth One-Day Internationals

33rd Match, 13th Place Play-off Semi-Final: Afghanistan Under-19s v Hong Kong Under-19s at Napier - Jan 25, 2010

Match scheduled to begin at 10:30 local time (21:30 GMT)

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34th Match, 9th Place Play-off Semi-Final: Canada Under-19s v Ireland Under-19s at Palmerston North - Jan 25, 2010

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35th Match, 5th Place Play-off Semi-Final: England Under-19s v India Under-19s at Christchurch - Jan 25, 2010

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37th Match, 1st Semi-Final: Pakistan Under-19s v West Indies Under-19s at Lincoln - Jan 25, 2010

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36th Match, 5th Place Play-off Semi-Final: New Zealand Under-19s v South Africa Under-19s at Lincoln - Jan 25, 2010

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38th Match, 13th Place Play-off Semi-Final: United States of America Under-19s v Zimbabwe Under-19s at Napier - Jan 25, 2010

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ICC Intercontinental Cup

Afghanistan v Ireland at Dambulla - Jan 21-24, 2010

Afghanistan won by 7 wickets

Ireland 405 and 202; Afghanistan 474 and 137/3

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CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge

KwaZulu-Natal v Namibia at Durban - Jan 24, 2010

Namibia require another 94 runs with 6 wickets and 11.1 overs remaining

KwaZulu-Natal 223 (38.4/40 ov); Namibia 130/4 (28.5/40 ov)

RN Manyande 31* R van Schoor 51* K Buckthorp 2.5-0-34-0 S Mlongo 7-0-22-1

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Free State v KwaZulu-Natal Inland at Bloemfontein - Jan 24, 2010

KwaZulu-Natal Inland require another 119 runs with 5 wickets and 12.1 overs remaining

Free State 257/6 (40/40 ov); KwaZulu-Natal Inland 139/5 (27.5/40 ov)

MS van Vuuren 35* M Gqadushe 16* WJ van Zyl 7.5-1-41-1 SC van Schalkwyk 4-0-18-1

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Griqualand West v South Western Districts at Kimberley - Jan 24, 2010

Griqualand West require another 17 runs with 4 wickets and 54 balls remaining

South Western Districts 230 (39.4/40 ov); Griqualand West 214/6 (31/40 ov)

W Bossenger 5* AK Kruger 6* WC Hantam 7-0-52-1 N Bredenkamp 3-0-13-2

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Northerns v North West at Pretoria - Jan 24, 2010

North West won by 7 wickets (with 77 balls remaining)

Northerns 98 (23.3/40 ov); North West 104/3 (27.1/40 ov)

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Western Province v Gauteng at Cape Town - Jan 24, 2010

Gauteng require another 62 runs with 6 wickets and 59 balls remaining

Western Province 248/8 (40/40 ov); Gauteng 187/4 (30.1/40 ov)

R Cameron 0* DJ Vilas 92* RR Richards 6.1-0-38-1 AJA Gray 5-0-37-0

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2nd Semi-Final: Titans v Dolphins at Centurion - Jan 24, 2010

Titans require another 96 runs with 5 wickets and 12.3 overs remaining

Dolphins 251/6 (40/40 ov); Titans 156/5 (27.3/40 ov)

JA Morkel 2* F du Plessis 49* D Smit 6.3-0-27-2 KJ Abbott 6-1-28-0

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One Day International Series: Australia v Pakistan
24-01-2010 at Sydney
Australia beat Pakistan by 140 runs
Pakistan won the toss and decided to field
Australia Innings
267 for 6 (50.0 overs)
Pakistan Innings
127 all out (37.3 overs)

Australia Innings - Close
Runs Balls 4s 6s
S Watson c Shoaib Malik b Shahid Afridi 69 71 9 1
Marsh c Umar Gul b Shahid Afridi 41 60 4 0
Ponting c Mohammad Yousuf b Aamer 13 28 0 0
M Clarke c Shahid Afridi b Umar Gul 25 35 2 0
C White c Mohammad Yousuf b Aamer 55 58 4 1
M Hussey c Shoaib Malik b Aamer 29 34 1 0
Haddin not out 27 14 3 0
Hauritz not out 1 1 0 0
Extras 1nb 2w 1b 3lb 7
Total for 6 267 (50.0 ovs)

Bowler O M R W
Aamer 9.0 0 53 3
Umar Gul 10.0 0 70 1
Naved 7.0 0 47 0
Shahid Afridi 10.0 0 35 2
Saeed Ajmal 10.0 1 41 0
Shoaib Malik 4.0 0 17 0
Fall of wicket
100 S Watson
114 Marsh
138 Ponting
166 M Clarke
221 M Hussey
261 C White

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Pakistan Innings - All out
Runs Balls 4s 6s
Salman Butt c C White b Bollinger 2 15 0 0
Kamran Akmal run out 16 31 1 1
Younus c C White b Bollinger 0 3 0 0
Mohammad Yousuf c Hauritz b McKay 58 94 3 1
Umar Akmal b Siddle 0 2 0 0
Shoaib Malik c Ponting b McKay 2 24 0 0
Shahid Afridi c and b S Watson 9 7 0 1
Aamer c and b Hauritz 4 9 0 0
Naved st Haddin b Hauritz 27 22 1 2
Umar Gul not out 1 7 0 0
Saeed Ajmal c Haddin b McKay 3 11 0 0
Extras 4w 1lb 5
Total all out 127 (37.3 ovs)

Bowler O M R W
Bollinger 9.0 1 19 2
Siddle 8.0 1 23 1
McKay 7.3 0 15 3
S Watson 3.0 0 10 1
Hauritz 7.0 0 45 2
M Clarke 3.0 0 14 0
Fall of wicket
7 Salman Butt
7 Younus
32 Kamran Akmal
32 Umar Akmal
42 Shoaib Malik
58 Shahid Afridi
71 Aamer
117 Naved
123 Mohammad Yousuf
127 Saeed Ajmal

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Umpires: E A R de Silva, R J Tucker, R S Madugalle, P R Reiffel
Australia: S Watson, Marsh, Ponting (C), M Hussey, M Clarke, C White, Haddin (W), Hauritz, McKay, Siddle, Bollinger
Pakistan: Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal (W), Younus, Mohammad Yousuf (C), Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Naved, Umar Gul, Aamer, Saeed Ajmal

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