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Recent Match Report – Nottinghamshire vs Warwickshire, County Championship Division One, 1st Innings

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Warwickshire 264 for 2 (Sibley 115*, Hain 67*) trail Nottinghamshire 498 (Mullaney 179, Clarke 125) by 234 runs

Dominic Sibley reeled off his fourth century of the Specsavers County Championship season on the second day of Warwickshire’s match with Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

The 24-year-old Sibley is undefeated on 115 with the Bears on 264 for 2 in response to Nottinghamshire’s total of 498.

Sibley has scored his runs from 230 balls with 17 fours and has reached three figures for the 11th time in his career and fourth time this season. The opener was joined in an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 143 with Sam Hain, who is not out on 67.

Earlier, Notts batted on from their overnight score of 425 for 6, with R Ashwin and Paul Coughlin at the crease. Ashwin advanced his score to 38 before nicking behind to Michael Burgess, giving Henry Brookes, who took 3 for 131, his third wicket.

Oliver Hannon-Dalby then had Luke Fletcher caught in the gully by Liam Banks for 10.

Warwickshire missed out on a final bowling point but eventually ended the Notts innings after 115.4 overs.

Coughlin went past his previous high score of 46 for the county but was one short of his half-century when given out lbw against the bowling of George Garrett.

Zak Chappell also reached double figures for the county for the first time and even had time to reverse-sweep Jeetan Patel for a boundary before nicking Garrett to Hain at slip for 20.

Warwickshire made a positive response in front of watching England selector James Taylor. Nottingham-born Will Rhodes made 36, helping Sibley add 77 for the first wicket before being pinned lbw by Coughlin.

Rob Yates’ was the other wicket to go down in mid-afternoon, squared up Ashwin and caught at mid-on from a thick inside-edge. The dismissal was Ashwin’s 33rd wicket for Notts in only five matches – and came on the day he celebrated his 33rd birthday.

Sibley’s hundred came from 198 deliveries and contained 15 boundaries. He has now registered centuries in seven of his last 15 championship matches.

Steven Mullaney, who scored 179 on the first day, bowled for the first time in three months. The Nottinghamshire captain sent down seven overs and has put himself into the running for a spot at Vitality Blast Finals Day after fully recovering from knee surgery.



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Recent Match Report – Goa vs Kerala, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Elite, Group A

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Sanju Samson‘s career-best 212 not out, the highest individual score in Vijay Hazare Trophy history, was the headline as Kerala took on Goa in an Elite Group A game in Alur on Saturday.

It was Samson’s maiden List A century – he has two T20 hundreds and nine in first-class cricket – and when he doubled it, it became only the eighth instance of an Indian scoring a List A double, five of which have come in ODIs: three by Rohit Sharma, and one each by Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. Those aside, there is Shikhar Dhawan’s 248 for India A against South Africa A in Pretoria in 2013 and Karn Veer Kaushal’s 202 for Uttarakhand against Sikkim in last season’s Vijay Hazare Trophy, the first time a double was scored in the tournament.

Samson also put up 338 runs – the highest third-wicket partnership in List A history – with his captain Sachin Baby, who hit 127 in 135 balls, to take the team total to 377 for 3 in 50 overs. Theirs was also the highest partnership by an Indian pair in List A games, topping Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid’s previous record of 331.

Coming in to bat after opener Robin Uthappa was given out obstructing the field in the fourth over, Samson accelerated steadily in his innings, racing to 52 off 30 balls. Baby joined him at the crease in the eighth over, and the duo upped the scoring rate from the 13th over onwards. Samson went from 50 to 100 in 36 balls and in just 33 more balls, he had brought up his 150.

Baby, the more subdued of the two, brought up his century off 122 balls, and together they pushed the team total beyond 350 in 48 overs. Samson moved to 199 with a six and then brought up his 200 off just 125 balls, taking 26 balls to score the last 50. Baby was dismissed with five balls left in Kerala’s innings, while Samson remained unbeaten, his innings studded with 21 fours and ten sixes.

Legspinner Amit Verma was the only Goa bowler to finish with an economy rate below six, while the rest of them went at over seven, seamer Heramb Parab going for 76 runs in the nine overs he bowled.



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Recent Match Report – India vs South Africa, ICC World Test Championship, 2nd Test

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South Africa 275 (Maharaj 72, du Plessis 64, Philander 44*, Ashwin 4-69), Yadav 3-37) trail India 601 for 5 dec (Kohli 254*, Agarwal 108, Jadeja 91, Rahane 59, Pujara 58, Rabada 3-93) by 326 runs

Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander, the lead spinner and senior seamer of the South African squad, were picked to do a job with the ball. But the pair frustrated India in the opposite discipline with a ninth-wicket partnership of 109 runs, South Africa’s third-highest in the series, and may have staved off an innings defeat.

Virat Kohli will able to sleep on whether he wants to put South Africa in again, 326 runs behind but he will have plenty to consider. His bowlers were in the field for 105.4 overs and South Africa’s lower-order showed they are capable of making India work for their wickets. Kohli may also be wary of batting last on a surface that is taking more turn, even if there is only an outside chance that India will need to chase a target. Either way, they sit in prime position to seal the series in the remaining two days and have asserted their dominance over a South African side whose quality remains in question.

South Africa’s top-order were beaten at their own game as India’s seamers reduced them to 53 for 5. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami maintained a slightly fuller length and bowled to attacking fields, whereas South Africa’s bowlers had erred on the side of too short and too wide, and the difference brought wickets. Nightwatchman Anrich Nortje was dismissed in the third over, caught at fourth slip and Theunis de Bruyn, who looked confident on the front foot for much of his 30 runs, ended up stuck in his crease, uncertain whether to move forward or back to Yadav delivery and was caught behind.

That brought South Africa’s most accomplished pair, captain Faf du Plessis and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock together. They posted 75 runs, with du Plessis increasingly authoritative on the cover drive, but the resistance was broken when de Kock was bowled by an R. Ashwin delivery that also tested his footwork. South Africa scored 100 runs in the morning session but the loss of three wickets and all but one of their top six batsmen saw them staring down the barrel of being asked to follow-on for the first time since 2008. It seemed certain that they would be asked to bat again as Kohli saved his quicks and kept his spinners on for 38 overs, but South Africa’s tail had other ideas.

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WPCA takes CSA to court to overturn suspension

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The Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) has launched an urgent application against Cricket South Africa (CSA) which seeks to overturn CSA’s decision of taking the body under administration. Last month, CSA used its “step-in” rights as the governing body of cricket in South Africa to suspend the WPCA board, citing administrative and financial concerns which even led to doubts over whether the New Year’s Test could take place at Newlands next year, but the WPCA is challenging this decision.

The WPCA is arguing that CSA has “no right or entitlement to exercise step-in rights over a self-standing voluntary association.” They also claim CSA did not give the WPCA a hearing before making their decision to suspend the board, that the decision was based on incorrect information and that CSA has not complied with its own memorandum of incorporation. In other words, WPCA is seeking to have its board reinstated and for CSA’s administrator – former WPCA CEO Andre Odendaal – to be stood down.

WPCA’s action comes little more than a week after it was established that they will retain hosting rights for the New Year’s Test and the ongoing construction project at the ground, for which CSA provided a R81 million (US$5.3 million) loan, would not get in the way of the fixture. While CSA was understood to be concerned with how that money has been managed, WPCA insist that they have complied with all requirements and are fighting for their independence.

A source close to WPCA told ESPNcricinfo that they do not believe the court action will have any impact on the New Year’s Test. Further, despite taking CSA to court, WPCA “remains committed to pursuing a mediation process,” should one become available. The application is expected to be heard in the Johannesburg High Court in the next few days.

This is not the only legal action CSA is facing at the moment. They have also been taken to court by the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) over the decision to restructure the domestic system. The matter is ongoing.



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