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Cricket

Graeme Swann remains in confident mood

Richard Hobson Times Online 19.07.2009
Graeme Swann remains in confident mood

Graeme Swann believes that Australia still have “a mountain to climb” to score the 209 remaining runs they need to complete a world-record chase and win the second npower Ashes Test.

Spinner Herath's post-lunch spell proved the turning point

Sri Lanka needed only three days to beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the second Test and win the series.


Defiant England cling on for draw

Oliver Brett BBC Sport 12.07.2009
Panesar and Anderson were England's heroes on Sunday

Paul Collingwood hit a valiant 74 and England's last-wicket pair defied Australia for 40 minutes to clinch a draw in the first Ashes Test.

Player of the match Thanapan Saisud takes the award as her teammates cheer the victory.

Nepal’s unbeaten run in the ACC Women’s Twenty20 Cricket Championship ended with a 23-run loss against Thailand at the Kinrara Oval, Malaysia on Wednesday.


Kevin Pietersen joins in fighting talk before Ashes

Richard Hobson, Deputy Cricket Correspondent Times Online 06.07.2009
Kevin Pietersen joins in fighting talk before Ashes

Kevin Pietersen sounded as though he was about to enter a boxing ring rather than a cricket field yesterday, lacing his pre-Ashes talk with references to strength, aggression and punches before capping it all with the vow of a true heavyweight.

John Buchanan denies split Ashes loyalties

Patrick Kidd Times Online 02.07.2009
John Buchanan denies split Ashes loyalties

Former Australia coach may find work in the English set-up but he will be backing Ponting to make amends for 2005


Monty Panesar goes back to basics for England's Ashes trial

John Westerby, Richard Hobson Times Online 29.06.2009
Monty Panesar goes back to basics for England's Ashes trial

Monty Panesar has abandoned plans to broaden his repertoire for the Ashes series and is reverting to the bowling methods that brought him success early in his Test career.

Michael Vaughan's high-profile career has low-key end

John Westerby Times Online 28.06.2009
Michael Vaughan's high-profile career has low-key end

Michael Vaughan was denied a farewell appearance in front of his home crowd at Headingley when Yorkshire left him out of their team to play Derbyshire yesterday.


Haddin top scored for Australia with a fluent 69

Australian tail-enders Brett Lee and Nathan Hauritz fought back against Sussex on day one of the first match of their Ashes tour at Hove.

ICC World Twenty20 2009

BBC Sport 21.06.2009
Pakistan began superbly with the ball at Lord's, and kept it going

Pakistan won the ICC World Twenty20 in an exciting finish at a noisy Lord's when Sri Lanka's total of 138-6 was overhauled with eight balls remaining.


ICC World Twenty20

Oliver Brett BBC Sport 19.06.2009
ICC World Twenty20

Tillakaratne Dilshan's 96 not out and three wickets for Angelo Mathews in West Indies' first over fired Sri Lanka into the World Twenty20 final.

Andrew Flintoff is back in a good rhythm

John Westerby Times Online 17.06.2009
Andrew Flintoff is back in a good rhythm

It may be the early stages in Andrew Flintoff's comeback from knee surgery, but he is already impressing well-qualified judges with the pace of his recovery as he builds towards the Ashes series.


New Zealand's hopes suffer a slow death

John Westerby Times Online 16.06.2009
New Zealand's hopes suffer a slow death

Trent Bridge (Sri Lanka won toss): Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 48 runs.

ICC World Twenty20

Oliver Brett at The Oval BBC Sport 15.06.2009
ICC World Twenty20

ICC World Twenty20 Super Eight Group E: West Indies 82-5 (8.2 ovs) bt England 161-6 (20 ovs) by five wickets under D/L method


England suffer crushing Twenty20 defeat

Richard Hobson, Deputy Cricket Correspondent Times Online 11.06.2009
Not a pretty sight: Paul Collingwood is bowled by Jacques Kallis

The unexpected loss to the Netherlands could be put down as an aberration, but there is no hiding from the truth of this overwhelming defeat. Even with the vagaries of 20-over cricket, a brilliantly athletic South Africa would beat England somethi...

Andrew Strauss hitting form ahead of Ashes

Mark Baldwin Times Online 08.06.2009
Andrew Strauss hitting form ahead of Ashes

Chelmsford (third day of four): Essex, with eight second-innings wickets in hand, need 336 runs to beat Middlesex


ICC World Twenty20

Oliver Brett BBC Sport 05.06.2009
The victory was the biggest moment in the history of Dutch cricket

England crashed to one of their most ignominious cricketing defeats of all time, as the Netherlands won the ICC World Twenty20 curtain-raiser at Lord's by scoring two runs off the final ball amid scenes of scarcely believable drama.

Gambhir scored an superb 52 not out to help India to victory

India secured an impressive nine-wicket victory over fierce rivals Pakistan at the Oval in their final warm-up match for the ICC World Twenty20.


John Blain quits Scotland World Twenty20 squad

John Westerby Times Online 01.06.2009
John Blain quits Scotland World Twenty20 squad

Scotland's preparations for their World Twenty20 warm-up game against England today have been disrupted by a row that led to John Blain, the experienced seam bowler, storming out of the camp.

Tom Lungley discovers health and happiness

Richard Hobson Times Online 28.05.2009
Stuck in reverse: Greg Smith

Few county players have suffered injuries quite as cruelly as Tom Lungley, who might have become an England bowler with a better fitness record. He has already missed games because of a groin problem this season, but, with eight wickets in Derbysh...



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