Dhoni backs Choudhary, Pathirana to play bigger role next year

Despite Chennai Super Kings suffering an early exit and being on the brink of finishing at the bottom in IPL 2022, their captain MS Dhoni drew confidence from the performances of youngsters who are finding their feet in the set-up. After Super Kings fell out of the race of the playoffs, they tinkered with their line-up in the last two games, roping in 19-year-old Sri Lankan quick Matheesha Pathirana, whose…

May 20, 2022
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Kent pile on the runs as Northants wobble in reply before the close

Northamptonshire 21 for 2 trail Kent 519 for 9 dec (Compton 140, Bell-Drummond 83, Crawley 62, Leaning 62, Stewart 61) by 498 runs Jack Leaning and Grant Stewart scored contrasting half-centuries as Kent piled on the runs on a rain-affected day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Northamptonshire. Captain Leaning ground his way to a 120-ball fifty to build on the fine work of Ben Compton, who…

May 20, 2022
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Harry Brook, Adam Lyth find blend of virtues to keep Yorkshire thriving in spite of everything

Yorkshire 269 for 4 (Lyth 118*, Brook 82) trail Warwickshire 244 (Burgess 96, Patterson 3-43) by 25 runs Anybody who witnessed last week’s Roses match, and reflected upon the favourites to win the Championship season, would feel that it was a strange old world if Yorkshire were to finish ahead of Lancashire when the first raft of fixtures ends on Sunday evening. Yet that is a potential outcome after Lancashire,…

May 20, 2022
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Ben Duckett guides Nottinghamshire as Sam Conners leads spirited Derbyshire attack

Nottinghamshire 334 for 7 (Duckett 86, Conners 3-80) lead Derbyshire 260 (du Plooy 57, Guest 51) by 74 runs Nottinghamshire will begin day three of this LV= Insurance County Championship match with a lead of 74 after a day that began with a flurry of boundaries turned at times into an attritional battle that reflected well on an inexperienced Derbyshire attack. Ben Duckett top-scored with 86 but although every other…

May 20, 2022
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Craig Overton leads Somerset fightback on truncated second day

Hampshire 144 for 5 (Holland 49, Overton 3-21) trail Somerset 211 (Overton 44, Abbott 3-60) by 67 runs Craig Overton claimed his 400th first-class wicket as Somerset fought back strongly at the end of a rain-shortened second day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match with Hampshire at Taunton. The visitors looked to be cruising towards a first-innings lead when reaching 107 for one in reply to 211, Ian Holland…

May 20, 2022
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Child's play for Essex's quicks as Lancashire fail to learn their own lessons

Lancashire 32 for 5 trail Essex 391 (Lawrence 120, Snater 72, Browne 71; Bailey 3-61) by 359 runs Perhaps it was for the best that the two thousand schoolchildren invited to watch today’s cricket at Emirates Old Trafford had gone home by three o’clock. They might well have been puzzled why a succession of Lancashire players were walking out to the middle of the lovely green field with bats when…

May 20, 2022
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All-round Ashwin carries Royals to top-two finish, Moeen's 93 off 57 in vain

Rajasthan Royals 151 for 5 (Jaiswal 59, Ashwin 40*, Solanki 2-20) beat Chennai Super Kings 150 for 6 (Moeen 93, Dhoni 26, McCoy 2-20) by 5 wickets R Ashwin the allrounder carried Rajasthan Royals to a top-two finish with a tense win over Chennai Super Kings, the team that represents his hometown, in their final league match. On a slow pitch, both sides made superb use of the powerplay before…

May 20, 2022
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Azhar Ali, Jack Haynes put Leicestershire to the sword in record 281-run stand

Worcestershire 456 for 3 (Ali 202*, Haynes 127) lead Leicestershire 148 (Barnard 3-45) by 308 runs Azhar Ali scored a superb double-hundred as he and fellow centurion Jack Haynes rewrote the record books on day two of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Leicestershire at New Road. Pakistan Test batter Azhar and former England Under-19 batter Haynes put on 281 in 78 overs for the third wicket – a record…

May 20, 2022
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Liam Trevaskis guides Durham tail to competitive first-innings 350

Middlesex 88 for 2 (Stoneman 41) trail Durham 350 (Trevaskis 80*, Eckersley 58, Roland-Jones 4-72) by 262 runs Durham’s Liam Trevaskis missed out on the opportunity of a maiden LV= Insurance County Championship hundred on a truncated second day against Middlesex at Lord’s. The 23-year-old all-rounder, who posted his first-class best of 88 at Hove last month, was left stranded on 80 after running out of partners as Durham were…

May 20, 2022
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Hetmyer 'will be missed' but West Indies hope he is available for future tours

Shimron Hetmyer has not made an international appearance since the T20 World Cup last year, but West Indies remain hopeful that he will make himself available for future tours. Hetmyer has missed all of West Indies’ bilateral series in the last six months, either because of personal reasons or on fitness grounds. He has returned to the IPL for the final stages of the season after leaving the tournament’s bubble…

May 20, 2022
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