Thud. The ball rears up from short and crashes into Kane Williamson’s head. He has to replace his helmet. A few minutes later, the same thud can be heard again. Two balls after the first blow, another delivery lifts uncomfortably and hits the helmet - this time, Ross Taylor’s. It’s the 15th over of New Zealand’s run chase against England in the 2017 Champions Trophy, and their two most accomplished batsmen are at the crease. Both have just been hit by Liam Plunkett. By the end of the day, Plunkett has taken four wickets, providing copious energy, hostility and short-pitched deliveries, interspersed with clever cutters. Once again, he has turned ostensibly the lowest pressure period of the innings for batting - the middle overs, after the ball has lost its shine and before the need to play with unbridled aggression - into a menace. This is a distillation of Plunkett’s worth for England - and the role he has been performing supremely for … [Read more...] about Is Liam Plunkett in danger of being picked simply out of loyalty?
19 Feb From the section Cricket Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/47298735 Read more about sharing. Worcestershire have re-signed New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill for this year's T20 Blast.The 2018 champions will have the 32-year-old available for 11 of their 14 group games and for the quarter-finals and Finals Day, should they qualify.Guptill played seven group games last summer and will rejoin the county after this summer's 50-over World Cup."It is a huge confidence boost and we are chuffed he is coming back," said first-team coach Alex Gidman."Guppy was wonderful around the group last year, a fantastic bloke, and he showed how good he was in a handful of wonderful innings for us."We've got to make sure all our processes are in place and our preparations are spot on to give these guys the best … [Read more...] about Martin Guptill: Worcestershire re-sign New Zealand batsman for T20 Blast
After the knight shift, Sir Alastair Cook believes England could hit the magic 500 mark at the World Cup. To launch the tournament's 100-day countdown in Trafalgar Square, the former St Paul's choirboy held court under cobalt blue skies and delivered the forecast for Eoin Morgan's one-day side in high summer: Reign in all arias. Although Cook won a record 161 England Test caps, he never played at a World Cup – an incongruous kink in his international record. In 2011, after stockpiling 766 runs on Ashes duty in Australia, he found himself surplus to requirements, running in the 'Triangle' – a wooded assault course near mentor Graham Gooch's home. Instead of opening the batting at the World Cup, Cook was flogging himself in pitch darkness at 6am, carrying bricks in a rucksack as Gooch followed on his bike, while England fell woefully short in Sri Lanka. And four years ago, Cook was axed as one-day captain just seven weeks before the tournament, with Morgan handed a hospital … [Read more...] about Sir Alastair Cook backs England to smash 500 in an innings at World Cup
19 Feb From the section Cricket Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/47294881 Read more about sharing. Northamptonshire batsman Josh Cobb has signed a one-year extension to his contract, and will now remain at the club until the end of the 2020 season.The 28-year-old, who bowls off-spin, joined from Leicestershire in 2015."His white ball cricket has been outstanding since joining us, one of the most consistent in the country," head coach David Ripley said."I know there is more consistency to come in red-ball cricket, where he can turn a game around very quickly." Find out more BBC Northamptonshire News & Sport Read more on BBC Northamptonshire News & Sport BBC Sport County Cricket Read more on BBC Sport County Cricket Northamptonshire official site Read more on … [Read more...] about Josh Cobb: Northamptonshire batsman extends deal until 2020
PUBLISHED: 13:38 19 February 2019 Steve Birley Sidbury Cricket Club are gearing up for a major change this year as they prepare to return to league cricket with their opening game in the Tolchards Devon League H Division East, set for Saturday, May 4, when they will be at home to Woodbury and Newton St Cyres 2nd XI. Cricket has been played in Sidbury for over 40 years, the club having been founded in the early 1970s. The club’s home ground is known as ‘The Millfield’, a picturesque ground in the heart of the village and just off the Millennium Green.Throughout its history, Sidbury CC played some league cricket, but the club’s main focus, particularly in recent years, has mainly focused on playing other local village sides and touring teams.Over the last few years, the club has developed a hugely successful junior section, for boys and girls, and has increased the membership of its senior team and number of fixtures.At the end of the … [Read more...] about Sidbury cricketers preparing for life in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League