England beat Namibia by 41 runs (DLS): T20 World Cup – as it happened

Harry Brook struck an unbeaten 47 as England triumphed in a rain-affected match to keep their title defence alive

“What is going on with the weather in this World Cup?” splutters Brendan Large. “Do you have any idea if this is just bad luck or bad planning? Has there ever been a world T20 that has had this many games rained off? It really isn’t cricket... although that’s exactly what it is... argh.”

It’s bad planning: the rainy season in the Caribbean runs from June to November. Somebody at the ICC seems to have forgotten to google it.

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England beat Oman by eight wickets: T20 Cricket World Cup – as it happened

England skittled Oman for 47 as Adil Rashid claimed four wickets then chased down their target with 101 balls to spare

Out come the teams, both in red – their top halves anyway. Oman’s trousers are red too, while England’s are blue. One of these decades, cricket will hear about the concept of the second strip. Even the flags, lavishly displayed on the outfield, are quite alike. The Omani national anthem, to my untrained ear, is magnificent but on the long side.

Teams that have won all their games in this World Cup: India, Australia, West Indies and South Africa.

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England bowler Brydon Carse banned from all cricket for 303 bets on matches

  • Punishment is 16 months; 13 are suspended for two years
  • Durham player takes ‘full responsibility’ for placing bets

The Durham and England bowler ­Brydon Carse has been banned for three months, with a further 13 months suspended, after accepting charges of breaching cricket’s anti-corruption rules by placing 303 bets on a variety of cricket matches over a period of more than two years.

None of Carse’s bets, made between 2017 and 2019, were placed on games in which he was participating, but the sport’s betting integrity rules prohibit professional players, coaches and support staff from betting on any cricket played anywhere in the world. In a statement the Cricket Regulator, which was established last December to monitor compliance with the game’s regulations, said Carse had cooperated with its investigation and “demonstrated significant remorse for his actions”.

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