The cricketers doing the smashing are playing at Lord's, an environment ill-suited to vandalism of any sort. But having overseen a three-and-a-half-day arm-wrestle in the game that will decide the title, Middlesex and Yorkshire's captains, James Franklin and Andrew Gale, have now set up a fourth-innings run-chase. Thus Adam Lyth and Alex Lees are deliberately bowling tripe so that their side will soon be chasing 240 in 40 overs with an agreement they will never halt their pursuit. It will prove too difficult a target on a fourth-day pitch of variable bounce but one can understand Gale's position. Yorkshire are trying to win a third successive title - it would have been the county's sixth hat-trick - and across the years there have been scores of skipper who have gambled similarly, especially in dull three-day matches on covered wickets. … [Read more...] about The greatest Championship finish of all? When Lord’s leapt and Taunton wept
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"We're going to exploit every conceivable advantage of playing at home," Rice had said at the start of the season. The skipper was better than his word, with eight of his side's 11 Championship wins achieved at Trent Bridge" It was also clear to team-mates that the pair often inspired each other in the manner of Gordon Greenidge and Barry Richards at Hampshire or Botham and Viv Richards at Somerset. "He was tough, he expected high standards and he always played hard," said Hadlee of Rice. "He played the game to win - he would take high-risk options. When he was 100% fit, he was as slippery as anyone. I would bowl with the wind and he'd bowl into it. That's where he lost most of his hair, I think." … [Read more...] about ‘Rice and Hadlee’ and the rest – when Notts ended their Championship drought
It is a fine tale, charmingly suited to one of the grander and more unlikely triumphs in the Championship's history. Glamorgan had never finished higher than sixth in any of their 21 previous seasons, some of which had seen the county struggle to survive, let alone prosper. So no one blamed Llanelli-born Davies in the slightest. He had played for Glamorgan in the 1920s when the county had needed to run whist drives and dances in order to soothe the imbalance in the books. He was also a regular in the 1930s when the county's finishing position in the 17-team table was in double figures far more consistently than some of their batsmen. Moreover, he was only one of thousands of Welshmen at Dean Park that Tuesday afternoon. Many supporters had booked holidays on the South Coast and some had been among the ten thousand or so who watched Glamorgan beat Surrey at the Arms Park in their previous game. … [Read more...] about A day for hymns and arias… Remembering Glamorgan’s 1948 Championship success
After a long review process, in January the UK government said it would allow Huawei to provide some equipment for the country's 5G networks, although not in the core of the network, which deals with billing and subscriber data. Mobile operators were also told that equipment from 'high-risk' vendors such as Huawei could only make up 35% of the non-core network. … [Read more...] about Huawei, 5G, security and the UK: How did we get here?
“Similarly, Veronica, from Dogon Noma, said: “Another man attacked me with a machete twice, once to the neck and once to my hand. I was so confused. I lost consciousness. When I woke up, I saw my daughter on ground – she was dead – with my chopped finger in her mouth.” Antonia Aje, from Karamai, said: “I saw my brother-in-law’s body on the ground, hacked to pieces by a machete… Our home is destroyed. The hospital was burnt. They tried to burn the roof of the church by piling up the chairs, like a bonfire.” … [Read more...] about Christian persecution: UK lawmakers launch report on Nigeria, dedicates it to Leah Sharibu