England’s day of The Pylons

THE selection of the 6ft 7in Chris Tremlett for the tour of Australia is a sound move, and England could field the tallest seam-bowling attack yet to hit Down Under if James Anderson were to be injured in the Ashes series. Tremlett could be drafted in to join Stuart Broad, only an inch shorter, and …

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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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Pakistan alienation almost complete

THE alienation of Pakistan from world cricket continues — partly with blame and partly without — as the relationship with erstwhile friends, England, on and off the field dissolves into hostility. This week’s ECB press release said it all. Terrorist activity left Pakistan unavoidably without a home base, attracting sympathy and help, but now there is corruption suspicion …

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Defreitas has Ashes ‘vibes’ again

THE former England hero Phil DeFreitas has the same vibes about the Ashes that he had all those years ago when the coveted urn was last won in Australia. DeFreitas was only 20 when he was selected for his first England tour in 1986/87, joining a force that was written off as having no chance …

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Worcs swimming against the tide

JUST as Worcestershire are wondering how they can pay for their £15 million hotel and development plans at New Road their chief executive resigns and the captain stands down. Mark Newton ended his tenure as chief executive this week after 10 years, to be replaced by his assistant and former player David Leatherdale, and Vikram …

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Gifted Muralitharan never ‘chucked’

THE retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan from Test cricket marks the departure of one of the giants of the game, a player who made a difference. He is a man with a generous spirit and a love for cricket. And he is not a chucker. From personal experience I KNOW Murali has never been a chucker …

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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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