Will Macpherson

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Name: Will Macpherson
Date registered: August 10, 2015
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/series/county-cricket-live-blog

Latest posts

  1. If the ball is anything to go by we could be tickled pink by cricket day-nighters | The Spin — June 20, 2017
  2. County cricket: James Vince pushes England case with Hampshire century — April 21, 2017
  3. Joost van der Westhuizen, South Africa rugby great, dies aged 45 — February 6, 2017

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Jun 20

If the ball is anything to go by we could be tickled pink by cricket day-nighters | The Spin

A visit to the Dukes warehouse reveals a lovingly crafted ball that could help light up the spectacle when English cricket steps out into the night

“New ball bowlers will look forward to bowling with this,” grinned Stuart Broad, just after zipping one past his best mate Luke Wright’s outside edge in a live demonstration on Sky last Friday. Broad was referring to is the pink Dukes ball, which he will use at Edgbaston when England play West Indies in a day-night Test in August, and in nine Championship games from Monday.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/20/ball-tickled-pink-cricket-day-nighters-dukes

Apr 21

County cricket: James Vince pushes England case with Hampshire century

• Hampshire 281-4 v Yorkshire
• Middlesex 255-1 v Essex; Lancashire 109; Somerset 153-8

On a day that began with all nine visiting captains opting to forgo the toss and stick the home side in – pre-empting bowlers’ dominance – it was prospective England batsmen making the grandest statements.

The stripling Lancashire captain, Liam Livingstone, impressed the onlooking chairman of selectors, James Whitaker, with his maturity – not to mention the audacity and outrageousness of his strokeplay – as he was last man out for 68 of his side’s 109 against Somerset, on a day when 18 wickets fell at Old Trafford. At Lord’s, Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins made centuries in an opening stand of 241 for Middlesex against Essex, watched by England’s head coach, Trevor Bayliss.

Related: Liam Livingstone: ‘I have always had that confidence that I could make it’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/21/cricket-roundup-liam-livingstone-lancashire-james-whitaker

Feb 06

Joost van der Westhuizen, South Africa rugby great, dies aged 45

• World Cup-winning scrum half had motor neurone disease since 2011
• Van der Westhuizen was admitted to hospital on Saturday

Joost van der Westhuizen, the South African Rugby World Cup winner, has died aged 45. The former scrum-half had been living with motor neurone disease since 2011 and was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday morning.

The J9 Foundation, the charity founded by Van der Westhuizen in 2012, confirmed that he had died at home, saying in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Joost. He passed away in his home surrounded by his loved ones. He will be sorely missed.”

Related: Joost van der Westhuizen will be remembered for inspirational spirit and dignity | Robert Kitson

Related: Joost van der Westhuizen obituary

RIP Joost van der Westhuizen. An incredible player and fighter to the end. The first of the new age 9’s.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/06/joost-van-der-westhuizen-south-africa-rugby-great-dies