Fielding collision — and broken leg

THERE is nothing that legislation or equipment can do to prevent serious accidents in the deep field. Kyle Wilson has become the latest player to suffer at first class level, breaking his leg during a one-day match in Johannesburg. Wilson, 21, in his first season with Border, was fielding in the CSA Provincial one-dayer against …

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Epps book bought for £150,000-plus

AN anonymous buyer has paid a stunning £151,250 for a single edition of William Epps’s Cricket. A Collection of All the Grand Matches played in England from 1771 to 1791 The price, a record for one cricket book, more than doubled the experts’ prediction when the tome was auctioned at Christie’s on November 17. Published …

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ICC start Pakistan talk shop

THE Pakistan Task Team, a panel set up under Giles Clarke by the ICC to drag Pakistan cricket out of the mire after spot-fixing allegations, has underlined the zero-tolerance policy towards corruption. The panel’s main activity has been to help educate players on corruption issues and to make reforms to restore confidence in the administration …

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MCC ‘grand matches’ up for auction

THE MCC are putting some fabulously valuable and rare cricketana up for auction with Christie’s in November, including three books on ‘grand matches’ published in 1799 with an estimated value of more than £50,000. The MCC announced that their auction of sporting books and pictures would take place at Christie’s auction house in South Kensington …

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MCC rein in boundary acrobatics

SOME laws of cricket have been amended today to counter a trend of gamesmanship, and one spectacular aspect of the Indian Premier League has been whacked into the shrubbery. The sight of boundary fielders in the IPL turning seemingly certain sixes into catches will become rarer now that the Laws define the legality of certain …

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Young cricketer found hanged

A YOUNG club cricketer was found hanging from a tree in Sheffield early on Saturday morning on Sept 18 after his best season with the bat for Bawtry. Shocked club members paid tribute to Daniel Mothersdale, 21, in the Sheffield Star after his death in Green Park was announced. A trainee quantity surveyor, he was …

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Blaze damages Bradford pavilion

ANOTHER cricket club has had its pavilion seriously damaged by fire, with arson being suspected. Riddlesden CC, in Bradford, face the prospect of rebuilding after Keighley and Bingley fire fighters fought a blaze for an hour on Monday morning. Some of the stone pavilion was saved after a police officer raised the alarm when he …

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Gary Scott 186 has records tumbling

THE former Durham batsman Gary Scott hit the highest individual score on record in the 50-over Minor Counties Cricket Association Trophy as Northumberland amassed the highest total, 394 for six, against Cheshire at Jesmond. The short straight boundaries in front of Osborne Avenue and the cemetery took a peppering as Scott smashed 186, including 12 …

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Lord’s beckons more villages

THE decision by the organisers of the Npower National Village Cup to refuse entries using professional coaches or players within the club seems to have encouraged more teams to enter, though Troon — a leading name in Cornwall — have returned. Troon won the first two village cups in 1972 and 1973, again in 1976 …

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