Lea Tahuhu loses New Zealand contract; six new players included

Fast bowler Lea Tahuhu is among those who have been dropped from New Zealand’s central contract list as six new players earn deals. Frankie Mackay, Leigh Kasperek and Thamsyn Newton are the other players who fall off the contracts list along with the retired Katey Martin. The omission of 31-year-old fast bowler Tahuhu is significant given the point-of-difference she can bring to the attack with her pace. She was New…

May 26, 2022
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Paul Stirling ton leads Bears to victory on grisly night for Northamptonshire

Birmingham 207 for 3 (Stirling 119, Hain 66*) beat Northamptonshire 81 (Lintott 3-19, Briggs 3-21) by 125 runs (DLS method) Paul Stirling smashed a scintillating debut century as Birmingham Bears launched their Vitality Blast campaign with a 125-run thrashing of Northants Steelbacks at Edgbaston. Ireland batter Stirling blazed his career T20-best 119 from 51 balls with nine fours and ten sixes – including 34 from one over – to lift…

May 26, 2022
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Sam Northeast, Marnus Labuschagne set Glamorgan campaign off in right direction

Glamorgan 153 for 3 (Northeast 63*, Labuschagne 41) beat Sussex 150 for 6 (Rizwan 81*, Hogan 3-26) by seven wickets Glamorgan made an impressive start to their Vitality Blast campaign as they eased to a seven-wicket victory over Sussex Sharks at Hove. After their bowlers had restricted Sussex to 150 for 6, Marnus Labuschagne and Sam Northeast broke the back of the chase with a second-wicket stand of 82. Northeast…

May 26, 2022
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All-round Paul Coughlin proves key cog in comfortable Durham win

Durham 184 for 8 (Coughlin 42, Ahmed 2-22) beat Leicestershire 130 (Patel 40, Coughlin 4-15) by 54 runs Paul Coughlin shone with bat and ball as Durham shrugged off the loss of three of their squad on England duty to beat Leicestershire Foxes by 54 runs in their opening North Group match in the Vitality Blast. The 29-year-old allrounder made 42 from 30 balls to help Durham post 184 for…

May 26, 2022
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Stephen Eskinazi takes the reins and the plaudits as Middlesex open with a win

Middlesex 229 for 9 (Eskinazi 87, Higgins 3-32) beat Gloucestershire 199 for 9 (Howell 46, Andersson 3-33) by 30 runs Stephen Eskinazi‘s remarkable reinvention as one of the most dangerous batters in the Blast continued apace as Middlesex began their 2022 campaign with a comprehensive 30-run win against Gloucestershire. For a side that finished second bottom last season, it was an impressive all-round display. For Eskinazi, who has been out…

May 26, 2022
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Cricket Association of Bengal says Wriddhiman Saha "not willing to play" Ranji Trophy knockouts

Wriddhiman Saha will not turn up for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy knockouts on account of unresolved issues with the state association and has asked for a no-objection certificate to continue his domestic career elsewhere. It began in February, with a quote from the CAB joint secretary Debabrata Das in a Bengali daily, where he accused the player of giving “all sorts of excuses” to “skip” Ranji matches. Saha’s wife,…

May 26, 2022
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Daryl Mitchell, Matt Henry fifties keep New Zealand's Test preparation on course

New Zealanders 298 for 8 (Henry 65*, Mitchell 58, Young 46, Patterson-White 3-60) vs County Select XI Day by day, innings by innings, and now player by player, New Zealand’s World Champion Test team is slowly beginning to assemble in good time for next week’s series opener against England at Lord’s. You wouldn’t necessarily believe it from their first-day scorecard at Chelmsford, which yielded a litany of half-formed innings as…

May 26, 2022
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Shakib: 'We are physically fit, but mentally behind'

“We have to work on our mentality. I think there’s fear of failure among us”, Shakib Al Hasan said after Bangladesh slipped to 23 for 4 on the fourth evening, which seemed like a carbon copy of their collapse on the first morning, when they were 24 for 5. The collapse could be decisive, with Sri Lanka needing only six wickets on the final day to clinch the Test series….

May 26, 2022
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Fantasy Pick: Sanju Samson could fetch you big points

May 27: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Qualifier 2, Narendra Modi Stadium Safe XI: 1 Faf du Plessis (capt), 2 Yashasvi Jaiswal (vice-capt), 3 Jos Buttler, 4 Sanju Samson, 5 Rajat Patidar, 6 Devdutt Padikkal, 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 Yuzvendra Chahal, 9 Harshal Patel, 10 Wanindu Hasaranga, 11 Obed McCoy Captain: Faf du PlessisAmong players from both these squads, du Plessis has scored the most runs in the IPL…

May 26, 2022
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Royals stand between resurgent RCB and final spot

Big picture Last weekend, Royal Challengers Bangalore were on the brink of elimination, needing Mumbai Indians to knock Delhi Capitals out. Mumbai did them that favour, and now the stars are aligning for Royal Challengers. Harshal Patel, Royal Challengers’ designated death bowler, has recovered sufficiently from a hand injury. Rajat Patidar’s high-risk 112 not out against Lucknow Super Giants fetched them high reward and put them in the second qualifier….

May 26, 2022
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