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May 26

Northants v Worcestershire: In-form Pears on top on first day at Northampton

Worcestershire end the day on 108-2 after bowling out Northamptonshire for 238 at Wantage Road.

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May 26

Kent v Sussex: Joe Denly’s century helps Kent recover against Sussex

Joe Denly hits his 20th first-class century to help Kent reach 316-8 on day one against Sussex at Tunbridge Wells.

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May 26

Somerset’s Leach takes 6-78 as wickets tumble

Left-arm spinner Jack Leach takes 6-78 to help Somerset gain the upper hand against Hampshire on day one at Taunton.

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May 26

Derbyshire v Leicestershire: Ned Eckersley makes 158 in visitors’ 619 all out

Ned Eckersley’s first-class best of 158 helps Leicestershire post 619 against Derbyshire as batsmen continue to dominate.

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May 26

Nottinghamshire v Gloucestershire: Pujara and Lumb score first-day tons

Centuries from Michael Lumb and Cheteshwar Pujara put Nottinghamshire in command against Gloucestershire.

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May 26

Aaron Hamilton signs three year deal with Ireland

Women’s Head Coach Aaron Hamilton has signed a new three-year deal with Cricket Ireland

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May 26

Munster Reds return to the Hanley Energy IP20

There is a lot of work being done both on and off the pitch as the Munster Reds make their return to the Interprovincial scene

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May 26

Dinesh Chandimal – His batting has pleasingly transformed

In a game that has been refined in to a new order down the years by big stage performers in that elite class of the super stars that has seen the batting genre take centre stage in modern cricket’s high stakes professionalism, Sri Lanka did take a conspicuous dip by the retirements of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. The duo were a bastion to Sri Lanka in the run making industry in filling in the shoes of a galaxy of super stars from Aravinda De Silva, Sanath Jayasuriya, Asanka Gurusinha, Marvan Atapattu and Tillekeratne Dilshan during the 1990 to 2000 era when the island nation’s cricket stood tall. That the high tech enriched contemporary game has ballooned in a spell… Read More →

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May 26

County cricket: Essex v Surrey, Somerset v Hampshire and more – as it happened

All the action from around the grounds as 15 wickets fell at Taunton, and Kumar Sangakkara scored his fifth consecutive century for Surrey

6.47pm BST

Thanks very much for your company on another quality day of action, on the pitch and below the line. Here are your scores on the doors.

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Related: Kumar Sangakkara makes history for Surrey with fifth consecutive century

6.31pm BST

Durham rather fell in a heap after Colly went, didn’t they? They lost four for none!

6.30pm BST

All over at Chelmsford, where Sanga and Meaker put on 95 to guide Surrey to 334 for seven. Best of the three Sanga tons I’ve seen this week … He has his highest score for Surrey.

6.27pm BST

Into the last over of the day at Chelmsfort.

6.22pm BST

According to Vic, the collective noun for newshounds is gaggle:

Related: Ben Stokes fit to play for England in second ODI against South Africa

6.09pm BST

Colly out for 127 late in the day, and Durham are 342 for seven.

6.07pm BST

Notts close on 357 for five at Trent Bridge, with tons for Lumb and Pujara.

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Essex think they have Meaker, who’s got 37, caught behind off Ravi, but Jeremy Lloyds reckons his bat’s hit the ground, and he’s probably right. 309 for seven.

5.51pm BST

Inevitably, 150 for Kumar Sangakkara.

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A third for Liam Dawson at Ciderabad, as he gets Trego caught at slip! 141 for five, Somerset.

5.49pm BST

Sanga and Meaker have put on 50-odd here, and it’s frustrating for Essex. 295 for seven is the score.

5.47pm BST

Great work, old man.

5.29pm BST

Denly gone at TW! Kent are 281 for seven.

5.25pm BST

Sounds a funky dismissal; but it’s turning at Ciderabad…

OUT: Elgar falls for a 60. He gets an outside edge to Dawson which hits the keeper’s knee and rebounds to short leg – 121/4#SOMvHAM

5.23pm BST

New ball time at Chelmsford, and Jamie Porter to take it. Sanga has 142, the highest of those five tons.

5.22pm BST

A wicket with the new ball for Glamorgan, as Dutch Timm gets Coughlin for 31. 260 for six, with Colly on 90 on his 41st birthday…

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Worcestershire lose their first wicket as Buck bowls Brett D’Olly. 78 for one after Northants got 238.

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And a wicket at Taunton as Abbott, again the only Hampshireman to have anything remotely resembling a good day, gets Hildreth lbw. 119 for three, just 43 behind.

5.10pm BST

Pujara out! He made 112. Notts are 307 for four and Lumb has 92.

5.02pm BST

20 first-class hundreds for Joe Denly! Lovely place to reach it, Tunbridge Wells. 260 for six are Kent, as Briggs gets Gidman.

4.55pm BST

Wicket! CurranT threaded Ravi through gully for a gorgeous four, but he’s gone now, slapping straight to cover. 239 for six.

4.51pm BST


WICKET | @SimonHarmerRSA picks up his first wicket of the match having Sam Curran stumped by Foster for 90. #ESSvSUR

4.47pm BST

Hard to argue.

@willis_macp Sangakkara is different league.

4.44pm BST

A wicket at Taunton! Dawson gets Abell and Somerset are 95 for two.

4.37pm BST

Sam Curran is out. Oh bums.

He’s fallen in the 90s for the second time in his career. He was getting a little nervous I reckon, because he had a huge swipe at Grievous Bodily Harmer, and missed. He held the pose and thought about it. Not long enough, however, because a ball later, he danced down, missed, and was stumped by Foster. Gone for 90, stand of 191 (highest sixth-wicket partnership for Surrey against Essex) over, and Surrey are 222 for six.

4.30pm BST

Pujara has a century at Trent Bridge!

4.22pm BST

So Worcestershire bowled Northamptonshire for 238 out just before tea and are now having a bat. 15 for none.

4.17pm BST

Classic case of “all the gear and no idea”….. but in weather like this, who cares! #1stOftheyear #burntburgers

4.05pm BST

147 for none in that session, were Surrey. Quite superb from Sanga and Scurran.


Centuries in most consecutive County Championship innings:
5 CB Fry 1901
5 WR Hammond 1938
5 MEK Hussey 2003
5 KC Sangakkara 2017

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3.58pm BST

Sangakkara the eighth man to five straight centuries in FC cricket. The record is six, jointly held by CB Fry, Mike Procter and some fella called Bradman.

3.55pm BST

Tea at Taunton, where Somerset are 51 for one.

3.52pm BST

Here’s how he got there…

The moment for @KumarSanga2

And of course it had to be a drive…

3.50pm BST

Scurran cracked the most delightful four through point to bring up Surrey’s first batting point.

Kumar’s just broken the all-time Surrey record, by the way, with five tons in five knocks. Ian Ward, Jack Hobbs (twice) and Tom Hayward did it four times…

3.45pm BST

What a freak this guy is. He was stood at the other end for the wreckage of 31 for five, but has batted like a god ever since. All the usual shots, beautiful pulls, stylish cuts, caressed drives, each one with the knickers timed off it.

He gets there with the most ludicrously perfect straight drive. 174 balls. 13 fours. Wonderful stuff. That’s his fifth in five Championship innings!

3.41pm BST

Scurran casually lofts Grievous down the ground for six to move to 76…

3.39pm BST

Chelmsford problems

Oh ffs the Chelmsford ice cream van has run out of ice cream

3.27pm BST

Tres went cheaply at Taunton, to Abbott. 16 for one.

3.25pm BST

50 for Scurran! That is a very fine knock from a very fine young cricketer. Surrey 157 for five. Sanga 86.

2.55pm BST

Scurran recently cut Ravi for an absolutely glorious six. 144 for five.

2.53pm BST

Leach gets Abbott for 49 to end with six and Hampshire are all out! Is that any score at all at Ciderabad?

2.46pm BST

Hundred stand between Sanga (82) and Scurran (29). Very impressive stuff.

2.44pm BST

A wicket for a non-spinner at Taunton! Coverton gets Crane and Hampshire are 159 for nine.

2.43pm BST

Shantry has a third! Northants 161 for eight.

Related: FCC cricket podcast: with Jack Shantry, the figure of fun who became a folk hero

2.29pm BST

Good areas.

Jack Leach: 17 – 4 – 66 – 5@englandcricket

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Hampshire are eight down, and Jack Leach has five! Bailey goes for 49 and in comes Mason Crane, who you fancy might be looking forward to having a bowl. Hampshire are 137 for eight, with their man for all seasons, Kyle Abbott, on 25.

2.18pm BST

Paul Collingwood’s spending his birthday having a bat! His Durham side are 113 for three at Swansea.

2.09pm BST

Neil Wagner is now bowling round the wicket at Scurran with a short leg, leg slip, long leg and deep square. Not sure Scurran is old enough to make this legal. 104 for two. Scurran pulled him for four earlier in the over.

2.00pm BST

50 for Sanga, in very strange circumstances! He’s edged a very fine delivery from Wagner between first and second slip, high and hard. Cook was able to stick out two hands, but could only palm it down to the third man boundary. First chance he’s given. And a couple of balls later he splits the men in the deep with the most gorgeous pull. Ends the over on 60.

1.57pm BST

Well this is slightly random news. But should be good.

BREAKING: We’re delighted to unveil Matthew Hoggard (@Hoggy602) as our new Assistant Coach #KiaSuperLeague

1.51pm BST

A bit of news on Ben Stokes.

Related: Ben Stokes fit to play for England in second ODI against South Africa

1.49pm BST

Somerset seven down! berg goes stumped to Jack Leach. 100 for seven. Bailey and Abbott at the crease.

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Somerset folks, drink it in.

Amazing morning here at the CACG! Here are the 6 wickets that fell!#WeAreSomerset

1.47pm BST

Back underway at Chelmsford. First ball, stroked down the ground by Sangakkara for four … Dreamy.

1.06pm BST

Well Surrey went 70 minutes without losing a wicket there, which is something. Sanga looking good on 35, while Scurran – hit just before the break – has settled nicely. They need to bat til tea, really…

1.05pm BST

Right, here are your lunchtime scores.

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1.00pm BST

Shantry gets Levi. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!

Related: FCC cricket podcast: with Jack Shantry, the figure of fun who became a folk hero

12.58pm BST

Scurran’s been hit on the hand by a very good bouncer from Porter (glove up in front of the face) and he’s getting some attention. Couple of minutes til lunch. 65 for five.

12.56pm BST

Somerset on this morning!#WeAreSomerset

12.51pm BST

Hampshire are 81 for six! Ciderabad is back! Three for Leach, three for Bess.

12.47pm BST

Plenty going on at Ciderabad, where Somerset are having a good morning against Hampshire. Jack Leach got James Vince and then Rilee Rossouw in the same over; Rossouw is having a terrible time of it – he’s faced five balls across three innings without scoring. On for an Audi? Or even Olympic rings?

And now it’s 81 for five there as Bess gets Ervine!

12.46pm BST

So, Vernon Philander hjas just got Sam Northeast at Tunbridge Wells. Big wicket. 58 for three are Kent and, from afar, it looks like Sussex are on top.

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Mark Cosgrove’s 188 is Leicestershire’s highest Championship score for 7 years (James Taylor 206 vs Middlesex on May 30th 2010)

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Cosgrove finally goes for 188, but Leics bat on. 515 for four…

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Here’s a look at that last wicket for Somerset! Great start for Dom Bess with a wicket and a stunning catch!#SOMvHAM

12.06pm BST

It’s 12 hours in, but feels worth mentioning that it’s Paul Collingwood’s 41st birthday.

12.05pm BST

Spin doing the trick at Taunton again! Bess gets Toby Carberry in his first over! 34 for two are Hampshire.

11.59am BST

500 up for Leicestershire. What an innings. Cossie has 184; double ton and declare?

11.58am BST

Duckett gets Tongued at Northants. 49 for two.

11.56am BST

First wicket at Taunton as Dawson goes to Leach! Sounds like a very fine catch by Bess. 34 for one.

11.52am BST

Wicket! And the biggest cheer of the day. This is the first bad shot from a Surrey batsman, I reckon. Foakes has looked in really good touch, but he’s had a big yahoo of a pull at Porter and he’s dragged on. 31 for five. Scurran joins Sanga.

At the other end, Wagner has replaced Quinn. Burns was his 100th first-class wicket in his 26th match.

11.47am BST

A wicket at Trent Bridge, where Mullaney blazes his way to a run-a-ball 35, but then Miles gets him. 53 for one, and in comes Pujara.

11.47am BST

The wicketkeeper-batsman Sarah Taylor has spoken for the first time since returning to the England squad for the women’s World Cup in July. Taylor announced last May that she was taking time out of the game to deal with her anxiety.

“I’m incredibly comfortable to be back playing, and the girls have been absolutely brilliant,” said the 28-year-old.

11.37am BST

A beauty.

DOUBLE WICKET | @jamieporter93 bowls Sibley and it is also caught by @SimonHarmerRSA off the off-stump! 17-4. #ESSvSUR

11.36am BST

Leicestershire are kicking right on at Derby and Eckersley becomes their third player to reach a ton. 471 for three. Declare before lunch, Cossie!

11.33am BST

Wicket! Surrey are in all sorts! Sibley’s been bowled by an absolute corker from Jamie Porter! He’s had it doing plenty all morning (has probably bowled better than Quinn, to be honest) and this one’s just shaped and taken the very top of off stump. The batsman looks very confused indeed. In comes former Essex man Ben Foakes, and it’s 17 for four.

11.29am BST

Here’s the third.

WICKET | @Quinny_Cricket is on fire! Borthwick edges one to Foster behind the stumps and departs for 3. Surrey 16/3. #ESSvSUR

11.27am BST

Wicket! Three for Quinn! Borthwick gone, caught behind by Foster (who actually spilled a couple of leaves last over). It’s that nagging line outside off again, Borthwick had to play, and he’s got a little tickle. 16 for three.

11.24am BST

Keaton Jennings is gone at Swansea, bowled by Marchant de Lange. 13 for one are Durham.

11.19am BST

Lovely Lloyds Leach already has a wicket at Northampton, with Max Holden the man (boy) to go. 12 for one.

11.17am BST

Wicket! Quinn again! Dan Lawrence has taken a brilliant diving catch in the gully to get rid of Burns, who drove hard outside off stump. Very well taken indeed, and Surrey are nine for two. Enter Kumar…

11.15am BST

Morning Stuie! How do we think the Glosters will get on at trent Bridge?

@willis_macp morning 🙂

11.11am BST

Here you go:

WICKET | Mark Stoneman edges to Tom Westley in the slips off the bowling of @Quinny_Cricket and departs for 4! #ESSvSUR

11.09am BST

And there’s a wicket at Tunbridge Wells! That man Jofra Archer again; he gets Dickson caught behind for quack.

11.08am BST

Wicket! Stoneman nicked Quinn through gully for four first ball but he’s gone two deliveries later! Tight line and he’s edged to second slip. Well bowled, rather than a terrible shot. 6 for one.

11.01am BST

The weather is absolutely magnificent here at Chelsmford, and there’s a very strong crowd in as Essex head out to field. Rory Burns, the Surrey captain (how good does that sound?!), and Mark Stoneman out to open the batting for Surrey. Pitch looks a bit of a belter.

10.55am BST

Somerset: Trescothick, Elgar, Abell, Hildreth, Davies, Trego, Gregory, Coverton, Joverton, Bess, Leach

Hampshire: Carberry, Dawson, Vince, Bailey*, Rossouw, Ervine, McManus+, Berg, Abbott, Crane, Topley

10.45am BST

Here’s this week’s edition of Gary Naylor’s talking points. Prescient as ever … Surrey have duly brought in a third seamer-style bowler in the sizeable shape of Rampaul.

Related: County cricket talking points: Kumar Sangakkara eyes a century of centuries

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10.41am BST

Meet Amar Virdi.

Cricket, welcome to the beginning of the rest of your life #countycricketlive

10.41am BST

Gareth Batty has a broken toe!

10.36am BST

Surrey have won the toss and will bat! Rory Burns skippering. Think he’s done it once before, in a one-dayer at Taunton last year.

Essex: Cook, Browne, Westley, Lawrence, Bopara, Tendo, Foster, Harmer, Wagner, Quinn, Porter. [No Walter]

10.29am BST

Rory Burns is captaining Surrey! Batty must be injured, which explains why Virdi is playing…

10.17am BST

Amar Virdi is so fresh that cricinfo don’t know when he was born. Actually, he’s so fresh that – as Matt Nichols points out on Twitter – he has two cricinfo pages!

10.06am BST

At Chelmsford, both teams have had a clappy huddle. I reckon that means debutants on both sides … Amar Virdi and Paul Walter?

10.05am BST

Right, I’m going to be pestering you about this for the next four days. Vish Ehantharajah and I have a podcast and last week we went to speak to the great Jack Shantry in Worcester.

Please click, listen, comment etc!

Related: FCC cricket podcast: with Jack Shantry, the figure of fun who became a folk hero

8.16pm BST

Well good morning! Happy Friday! And what a Friday it is. I’m Will Macpherson and I’m at Chelmsford for a top of the table clash between Essex and Surrey. Who expected me to be saying that two months ago?! The weather is absolutely belting and will be all day. There are exciting rumours afoot that Surrey might play their young spinner Amar Virdi. He’s 18 and has been pulling up trees in second team cricket. Not literally. James Foster is back in the Essex side!

Through the quirks of the schedule, there’s only one other Division One game. The newly-crowned Hopeless Hampshire are at Taunton. Surely Mason Crane will play at Ciderabad? Lewis Gregory, one of the most underrated cricketers in the land, is back in the squad.

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May 26

Ben Stokes fit to play for England in second ODI against South Africa

• All-rounder passed fit after England training session
• Ben Stokes had restricted role in Headingley win over South Africa

Ben Stokes will be fit to play against South Africa in the second ODI in Southampton on Saturday. It is an indication of Stokes’ status that a gaggle of newshounds kept a constant eye on him throughout a long training session, in which he did little bowling. At one point Stokes was batting right-handed and missing the ball on purpose in order to give Jos Buttler some wicketkeeping practice and we were all dutifully transfixed.

Stokes is a totemic figure and England want him involved whenever possible. On Thursday night he had a scan which did not reveal any serious damage. On Friday morning with his knee carefully bandaged he spent a long time batting. Then we were informed he was fit, able to bowl and playing. So England have resisted the temptation to wrap him in cotton wool even though the Champions Trophy is just around the corner. The medics must be confident that he is fine and there is no doubt Stokes is eager for the fray.

Related: FCC cricket podcast: with Jack Shantry, the figure of fun who became a folk hero

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May 26

සූරියවැව ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේ යළි එක්දින ක්‍රිකට්

වසර දෙකක කාලයකින් ජාත්‍යන්තර තරග පවත්වා නොමැති හම්බන්තොට සූරියවැව මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාංගණය ජූනි මස අවසානයට පෙර නැවත අලුත්වැඩියා කර ජූලි මස 6, 7, හා 10 දිනවල ශ්‍රී ලංකා සිම්බාබ්වේ තෙවන සිව්වන  හා පස්වන එක්දින තරග තුන පැවැත්වීමට ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනය තීරණය කර තිබේ. ඩිසයින් කන්සල්ටන්ට්ස් (පුද්ගලික) සමාගම (M/S Design Consultants (Pvt) Ltd) මෙහි අලුත්වැඩියා කටයුතු සිදුකරන අතර, ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් සභාපති නියෝජ්‍ය කථානායක තිලංග සුමතිපාල මහතා ඇතුළු විධායක කමිටු නිලධාරීන් මැයි 21 දා ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේ කටයුතු පිරික්සීමට එහි නිරීක්ෂණ චාරිකාවක ද නියැළිණි.  ක්‍රීඩාංගණය අලුත්වැඩියා කර සීම්බාබ්වේ සමඟ එක්දින තරග තුන පැවැත්වීමෙන් පසුව දකුණු පළාතේ අන්තර් පාසල් අන්තර් ක්‍රීඩා සමාජ හා පළාත් තරග එහි පවත්වා ක්‍රීඩාංගණය සක්‍රීය කිරීමට ක්‍රිකට් විධායක කමිටුව අපේක්ෂා කරයි. මේ ක්‍රීඩාංගණය යළි මූලික නඩත්තු කටයුතු සඳහා… Read More →

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May 26

Sri Lanka get in to the thick of warm-ups vs Aussies May 26

Sri Lanka will get in to the thick of warming up preparations for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy when they take on Australia on Friday May 26 at the Kennington Oval, London at 3:00 p.m. IST. Angelo Mathews’ charges will go in to their final practice match against New Zealand on Friday May 30 at Edgbaston, Birmingham same time. Sri Lanka has won one of two warm ups against Scotland having lost the opener. However, the emphatic 9-wicket win over the Scots in the second game on Tuesday was a morale reviving tonic to the Sri Lankan camp as the islanders brace for tougher opposition showdowns against Australia and New Zealand. Furthermore, the Sri Lankan think tank would overly be happy… Read More →

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May 26

John McGuire: the Indigenous cricketer who lost out on playing for Australia

The talented batsman faced racial abuse throughout his career and is convinced prejudice prevented him from rising to the national side

It may be Sorry Day but John McGuire won’t be receiving an apology. Not from the Western Australia Cricket Association and not from the men he played against. “There wasn’t a match I wasn’t racially abused in when I went out to bat,” McGuire says, reflecting on the record 10,000-pus runs he scored in Perth first-grade cricket.

A Balladong man of the Nyoongar language group in south-west Western Australia, McGuire was on the cusp of state selection several times during his career. But there always seemed to be an excuse not to pick him. “I was too slow or too fast, or too young or too old,” he says. “But I know it came down to the colour of my skin.

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May 25

County Championship: Leicestershire pile up the runs on day one at Derby

Centuries from Colin Ackermann and captain Mark Cosgrove put Leicestershire in command on day one against Derbyshire.

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May 25

FCC cricket podcast: with Jack Shantry, the figure of fun who became a folk hero

Will and Vish meet Jack Shantry to talk about his unusual bowling action, the way he deals with fans and the day he took 10 wickets and scored a century

By Will and Vish, for Freelance Cricket Club, part of the Guardian Sport Network

As a wannabe professional cricketer aged 14 or 15, Jack Shantry was “diagnosed with a mixed bowling action.” “It sounds terminal, doesn’t it?” he laughs. As a canny and unorthodox left-arm swing bowler for Worcestershire, Shantry has developed a reputation as one of cricket’s most interesting and quirky characters, for both his peculiar bowling action and the way he engages wittily with fans – and detractors – on social media.

Shantry joins us as we return to the podcast after a rather accidental six-month absence. Artistic differences behind us, we travelled to Worcester to meet Shantry. “I’m sure you’ll bring up my lack of pace…” he says, as first up on the agenda is Shantry’s slightly unusual route into the game and how he developed that bowling action.

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May 25

Sri Lanka doesn’t mind ‘underdog’ tag at Champions Trophy

ICC MEDIA RELEASE Sri Lanka will embrace the ‘underdog’ tag at the ICC Champions Trophy in England, according to skipper Angelo Mathews. A joint-winner in 2002, Sri Lanka has only reached the semi-final stage once since, getting to the last four in the 2013 edition, also in England. In a pool also featuring India, Pakistan and South Africa, Mathews admits his team is being seen as an outsider to lift the trophy, but is confident Sri Lanka has the firepower to make a run at the title. He said: “All the teams are quite even, I think in the past few months we have had a few lapses here and there. Nobody will give us a chance, to be really… Read More →

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