It was a big year, 2009, in the career of Eoin Morgan. In May, he scored a brilliant 161 off 136 balls for Middlesex against Kent to confirm his position as one of the most exciting young batsmen in the game and made his England debut in an ODI against West Indies at the age of 22. In June, he played his first Twenty20 international, scoring six off eight balls against the Netherlands at Lord’s. In July, he played his final game for Finchley, scoring 22 off 48 balls against Hampstead in the Middlesex County Cricket League before being dismissed off the bowling of a 40-year-old Paul Weekes. “I remember getting him out. I made it a must if any Middlesex player played against me I tried to dominate that particular day,” says Weekes, a former Middlesex bowler and friend of Morgan’s from their time playing together at county level, who was captaining Hampstead that day. “He hit the ball before for six and then he just pushed at a wide one and was caught at … [Read more...] about Eoin Morgan’s World Cup parade is a reminder of cricket’s kinship
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Wales have been urged to seize their World Cup opportunity with the captain, Alun Wyn Jones, reminding his side they are three wins from glory after a scrappy win against Uruguay sent them into a quarter-final with France on Saturday. A much-changed Wales laboured against the spirited South Americans but eventually finished with five tries, having led by only a point at half-time. Nicky Smith scored in the first half with Josh Adams and the replacements Tomos Williams and Gareth Davies going over in the second. Wales were also awarded a penalty try as they won all their pool stage matches – the first time they have done so since 1987. Before the match, Warren Gatland had insisted that the door was still open for his fringe players to force their way into his starting XV to face France but in truth few took their chance to go through it – “not the prettiest” was the head coach’s honest assessment. Of the side who started against Uruguay, only Hadleigh … [Read more...] about Wales urged to seize chance for World Cup glory after securing France tie
Nigel Owens (Wales) The oldest referee in the tournament and the most experienced – he has controlled more Tests than any other official – he takes charge of the opening match between Japan and Russia, one of four group games that end with England v Argentina. It is his fourth World Cup and he took charge of the 2015 final. Has a penchant for one-liners, though with few players likely to be fluent in English on the opening night, they will have to be for the camera. Wayne Barnes (England) England’s leading referee is also involved in his fourth World Cup and is contemplating retiring after the event to focus on his career as a corruption and bribery lawyer. He has the other pool match where English-speaking players are likely to be at a premium, Georgia against Uruguay, but nothing is likely to be as testing as 2007 when the then rookie took charge of the quarter-final between France and New Zealand, although he does start with Ireland against Scotland. Jaco Peyper … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup 2019: a guide to the referees
20. My Baby Just Cares for Me (1987) After it was used for a perfume ad, Nina Simone’s jazz classic made it into the top 10 in the autumn of 1987. Inspired, no doubt, by the (non-Aardman) video for a successful re-release of Jackie Wilson’s Reet Petite earlier in the year, this music video became a second bite at claymation-meets-1950s. Peter Lord, who directed, went with a sultry singing cat and some artistic shots of piano keys. 19. Next (1990) Aardman Animation secured a high-profile commission from Channel 4 at the end of the 80s: a five-part short film series called Lip Sync, mostly comprising animation of pre-recorded interview material. Next, directed by Barry Purves, deviates from the concept: its basic gag is that William Shakespeare himself is auditioning for an uninterested Peter Hall. On the stage, Shakespeare whizzes through references to every one of his plays; Hall couldn’t be less impressed. Clever. 18. Going Equipped (1990) A more orthodox … [Read more...] about Aardman’s 20 best films – ranked!
A former Scientology member who was considered royalty within the church has told of her unrivaled access to the group's celebrities, including Tom Cruise, John Travolta and even Jada Pinkett Smith, in an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV. Sam Domingo is the daughter-in-law of the world's most famous opera singer, Plácido Domingo, and during her 22 years in the Church, rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous at the International Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles. The 51-year-old socialized and studied with Cruise's family. Her children would run around with his kids, Connor and Isabella, and she was especially close to his three sisters, Cass Mapother, Marian Henry and Lee Ann DeVette. Now, for the first time, she reveals what life inside the Church was like for the stars and their 'indoctrinated' children in a wide-ranging bombshell interview with DailyMailTV. Domingo is now out of the Church, along with her three daughters Paloma, 22, Victoria, 20, Daniela, … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: Daughter-in-law of opera singer Plácido Domingo reveals Scientology celeb secrets, claiming Tom Cruise’s kids were ‘indoctrinated to hate Nicole Kidman, John Travolta tried to bring his son back to life and Jada Pinkett Smith WAS a member’