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Recent Match Report – New South Wales vs Queensland, Sheffield Shield, 17th Match

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New South Wales 5 for 262 (Henriques 116) lead Queensland 240 by 22 runs

Moises Henriques struck a dominant century as New South Wales built a first innings lead against Queensland at the SCG.

Henriques’ 116 off 158 balls, his second Sheffield Shield hundred of the season during which he passed 5000 first-class runs, belied conditions where most other batsmen have struggled to score at much of a tempo. He dominated a third-wicket stand of 133, contributing 97 of the runs, with Daniel Solway who was run out in a mix-up over a second.

When Matthew Gilkes and Henriques both fell with the score on 194, Queensland had a chance to get back into the match but captain Peter Nevill and Sean Abbott put on an unbroken 68 to take New South Wales ahead by stumps.

Queensland had made the early running on the second day when tight new-ball bowl kept New South Wales scoring at one run an over during the first hour. Daniel Hughes was given caught behind when Jimmy Peirson claimed a very sharp, low catch and Nick Larkin flashed an edge to the keeper to leave the home side 2 for 15 before Henriques took charge.



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BBL 2020-21 – Dan Christian signing boosts depth of depending champions Sydney Sixers

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Allrounder Dan Christian will return home for this season’s BBL after signing for defending champions the Sydney Sixers in what could mark the beginning of the final phase of his T20 career on Australian soil.

For Christian, 37, who was born in Sydney, the Sixers will be his fourth BBL club after spells with the Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes and most recently the Melbourne Renegades where he helped them to their thrilling title victory in the 2018-19 season.

The move back to Sydney will allow Christian to link up with long-time friend and the current Sixers captain Moises Henriques.

“You don’t always get your fairy tales in sport but having played this T20 format for a long time this sounded like a good opportunity to bookend my career at home,” Christian said. “Although I am not saying this will definitely be my last contract, the chance to come back and play at the SCG with guys like Moises and under [head coach] Greg Shipperd was too good to miss.

“Moises and I first played some colts cricket together and then went on to play together for NSW, Australia and Bangalore in the IPL. We’ve known each other for a really long time and are great mates. We have played a lot of cricket together and against each other and played a lot of golf together. We still try to whenever we are in the same city.”

Christian’s arrival will add to the Sixers’ depth particularly in their middle-order batting options and death bowling.

“I haven’t talked to Shippy and Moises too much about a role yet but having watched the Sixers a lot over the last few years and understanding their strengths, I hope I can bowl a few overs when needed and strengthen that finishing role with the bat to help close those last five or six overs out,” he said.

“Once you get to my age it just happens being in that mentoring role, being approached about how you think in certain situations, how you plan for certain scenarios. I enjoy that and if that opportunity happens I’m more than willing to contribute what I can in that area.”

Shipperd added: “[Dan’s] one of the most sought after T20 players globally and will bring a wealth of experience and all-round skills to our group.

“Our goal is to keep improving and we think bringing his aggression and knowledge will be great for the balance of the team. Dan also adds to our leadership strengths and I’m confident he will bring forward some enlightening thoughts on the game.”

Current Sixers squad Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Dan Christian, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Moises Henriques (c), Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk



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Jason Gillespie surprised England, Australia did not take a knee but backs ‘genuine intent for change’

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Jason Gillespie understands fears – expressed by Michael Holding last week – that teams failing to take a knee in support of Black Lives Matter could mean cricket risks losing momentum in the fight against racism.

Following Holding’s criticism of the Australia and England teams for not taking a knee in support of the movement during their limited-overs series, Gillespie – who is of Indigenous Australian descent – said he was in favour of doing so, but he was also confident that Cricket Australia and the ECB were committed to positive change.

“I think it’s a nice gesture, I think it’s powerful,” Gillespie told ESPNcricinfo.

“I saw Michael Holding make the comment. I think his worry is that it’s been a gesture and a very good gesture but it will get forgotten if it’s not continually out there reminding people. I’m sensing that’s what he feels, he wants to continue the story.

“I think everyone would agree that things have happened in this world, people make a gesture and then it gets forgotten. So Michael’s thoughts, and I agree with what he’s saying, is let’s keep the gesture going, let’s keep the intent and keep it at the forefront of people’s minds and then we can keep having the conversations to inspire real change. And I susbscribe to that. I think he makes a good point.

“However, I understand the Australian and England teams. They gave their reasons, they’re talking about education and moving forward. I think there’s genuine want and desire, both from the ECB and Cricket Australia and however they go about it, as long as we see genuine commitment to that, I think we can all hopefully move forward and see meaningful change.”

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Holding’s comments prompted Australia coach Justin Langer to acknowledge that his side did not commit enough time to learning about the issue before making a decision.

But the remarks also drew a reaction from Jofra Archer, who claimed Holding “doesn’t know anything that is going on behind the scenes” and that progress was being made “in the background”.

Speaking about the movement ahead of the tour to England, Aaron Finch, Australia’s captain, said that “education around it is more important than the protest”.

On the decision by Australia and England not to take a knee, Gillespie said: “I was a little bit surprised they didn’t do it, however, they explained – Cricket Australia, the ECB – I think there is genuine intent for change.”

Gillespie, who is Archer’s coach at Sussex, recently stood up for his player on Twitter, branding the racist abuse Archer faces on social media as a “disgrace”.

“It’s just assumed that you have to look a certain way to be someone”

Jason Gillespie

Gillespie also identified with the experiences of another Indigenous Australian cricketer, Dan Christian, who has spoken of having his Aboriginality questioned, based on his appearance, in what he described as “casual racism”.

“I can understand where Dan’s coming from,” Gillespie said. “I can remember having a similar experience at a function in the UK. It’s a bit annoying, however I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, the subject came up, I mentioned that I’m Indigenous and I was acknowledged as the first Aboriginal male Test cricketer in Australia.

“And a couple of these people looked at me and said: ‘Really? Surely not.’ And I said: ‘What’s the issue? I think I know who I am, I’m of Aboriginal descent. I was the first acknowledged male Test cricketer of Aboriginal descent in Australian cricket.’

“And they’re basically questioning me, they’re saying, ‘No, no you’re not, you can’t be, you don’t look Aboriginal’. I said, ‘Well, I know who I am’. And then I just left it. That’s one experience I had because it’s just assumed that you have to look a certain way to be someone.”

Gillespie said he could empathise with British people of Asian descent who are born in the UK but are then questioned when they say they come from their birthplace.

“It just comes down to education,” Gillespie said. “That situation that I was in, I genuinely don’t think there was any malice intended or any negativity, but the education needs to be better.

“I know I don’t look like the stereotypical Indigenous person that people would see. I get that. But it’s that naivety that I suppose can be, and I’m assuming is, a real frustration for people.

“I assume for people here in the UK, British Asians, that frustration, that ‘Why can’t you just accept the fact that I am born and bred here? This is my country. This is what I look like. This is who I am. Just be happy for who I am.'”

To Gillespie, the solution is simple: “Everyone, just be accepting of everyone. We can cloud these issues over and over again but surely just keeping things simple, just accept people for who they are and everyone have a smile on their face and move on. It can’t be that difficult.”



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Recent Match Report – Lancashire vs Yorkshire North Group 2020

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Lancashire 167 for 6 (Livingstone 69, Croft 58, Root 2-25) beat Yorkshire 160 for 6 (Root 64) by seven runs

Joe Root‘s superb all-round display was not enough to prevent another Roses Vitality Blast defeat for Yorkshire as Lancashire qualified for the quarter-finals with a thrilling seven-run win at Emirates Old Trafford.

The England Test captain’s 2 for 25 from four overs of offspin helped to stymie a blistering Lancashire start at 132 for 1 in the 15th over, with them ending on 167 for 6. Root then hit a memorable third fifty in four North Group innings this summer, 64 off 39 balls with eight fours and a six, only for the Vikings to slip from 115 for 1 after 13 overs to 160 for 6 after 20, failing to get 12 off the last over.

Lancashire strengthened their second place in the North with a fifth win from eight games, while Yorkshire are now out of contention having lost their last four. Yorkshire are still without a Blast Roses win since August 2017.

Lancashire opener Liam Livingstone top-scored with 69 off 43 balls and Steven Croft almost matched him with 58 off 45, but Root contributed significantly to the loss of five wickets for 16 runs.

Twenty four hours earlier, on the same pitch, he returned a golden duck and two wickets in England’s ODI decider against Australia.

Second-wicket pair Livingstone and Croft shared 130 – their side’s record partnership in Blast games versus Yorkshire. They united for 14.1 overs after the early departure of Alex Davies, caught behind off Duanne Olivier with the third ball of the first domestic match on this ground this summer.

The second-wicket pair were not without fortune. Inside the Powerplay, there were three lbw appeals from the spin of Adam Lyth and Dawid Malan which all looked out. The first of those, with Livingstone not yet in double figures against Lyth, was hardly appealed for.

Livingstone and Croft shared all seven sixes in the innings; Livingstone reached his fifty first off 34 balls before Croft’s came off 39.

Yorkshire employed five spinners in their seven-man attack, including Root and left-arm wrist spinner Sam Wisniewski, an 18-year-old debutant who bowled two overs for 15.

With five-and-a-half overs remaining, Lancashire were eyeing close to 200. But then came the quite remarkable collapse of five wickets for 16 runs, including two wickets apiece for Root and seamer Jordan Thompson.

Thompson had Livingstone caught at long-on at 132 for 2 in the 15th over before Root had Croft caught at short fine-leg sweeping. In all, Lancashire only added 35 runs for the loss of five wickets in the final 33 balls, with 13 overs bowled by spin through an innings which saw no other home batsman reach 20.

Lyth viciously cut Luke Wood for six over backward point in the third over of Yorkshire’s reply, only for Malan to miscue a pull against Danny Lamb to mid-on in the fourth as the score fell to 24 for 1.

Root then pulled Wood for six over midwicket in the fifth over and also added four boundaries in his first 12 balls, scoring 28 out of 58 for 1 after six overs of Powerplay. He continued to dominate in classy fashion, helping reach 92 for 1 after 10 overs with 46. Lyth had provided impressive support with 32.

The pair went on to share 91 inside 10 overs before a White Rose collapse to match Lancashire’s saw Lyth, Root and Will Fraine all run out coming back for two and Harry Brook trapped lbw as the score fell to 148 for 5 in the 18th.

The target became 19 off two overs, with Matthew Parkinson getting Thompson caught at long-on before Saqib Mahmood defended 12 off the last against Jonny Tattersall and debutant Matthew Revis.



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