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IPL 2021 – SRH bring in Jason Roy as Mitchell Marsh’s replacement

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The Australian allrounder is understood to have opted out because of concerns over the lengthy stay in biobubbles

Mitchell Marsh has pulled out of the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s IPL 2021 campaign because of “personal reasons”*. As reported by ESPNcricinfo earlier in the day, the Sunrisers have drafted in England opener Jason Roy as Marsh’s replacement, acquiring him at his base price of INR 2 crore.

Marsh, last in action in Australia’s T20I series in New Zealand in the first week of March, is understood to have been worried about the seven-day quarantine followed by the long stretch in biosecure bubbles – like everyone else – for the duration of his team’s presence in the competition.

Roy, who had opted out of the Delhi Capitals’ campaign in IPL 2020 because of personal reasons – and had been replaced in the team by Australian pace bowler Daniel Sams – was released by the franchise ahead of the 2021 auction. Most recently, turning out for England in the white-ball series in India, Roy showed good form, scoring 144 runs in five T20I innings – with a strike rate of 132.11 – and following it up with 115 runs in three ODI innings, striking at 123.65.



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Recent Match Report – Invincibles vs Supercharger 13th Match 2021

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Lynn makes run-a-ball 48, and Roy bats through for 53 not out, in low-scoring dogfight

Northern Superchargers 128 for 4 (Lynn 48, Brook 47*) beat Oval Invincibles 127 for 6 (Roy 52*, Curran 34*, Rashid 3-13) by six wickets

Harry Brook is the leading run-scorer in the men’s Hundred and his third vital contribution in a row almost single-handedly dragged Northern Superchargers to a last-gasp win to get their campaign up and running on a sluggish Headingley pitch.
Adil Rashid‘s miserly spell of 3 for 13 had helped restrict Oval Invincibles to 127 after they chose to bat, with Jason Roy and Tom Curran‘s unbroken stand of 67 for the seventh wicket leading a recovery from 60 for 6. Their late fireworks meant it looked like a par score on a two-paced surface which took plenty of turn, but Brook’s mature, controlled innings saw the Superchargers home.
Brook came in at No. 4, the role he started to perfect for Yorkshire in this season’s Vitality Blast, with the Superchargers 23 for 2 after 21 balls. He gritted out a partnership of 64 off 59 balls with Chris Lynn, looking every bit the senior player as Lynn struggled for timing, before closing out the game with John Simpson, whose enormous straight six sealed the win with three balls to spare.

Brook no argument
Brook was knocked off top spot in the Blast’s run charts in the final rounds of the group stage and looks determined to ensure the same fate will not await in the Hundred. He played crucial hands to keep their first two games – against Welsh Fire and Trent Rockets – alive, and at the third time of asking, dragged them home with the night’s most fluent innings, a cool-headed 47 not out off 30 balls.

He was circumspect against Sunil Narine, rightly recognising him as the Invincibles’ main threat, but was confident in taking down Curran and Tabraiz Shamsi. He scored runs all around the ground, sweeping firmly but also hitting down the ground, through point and through extra cover, and batted with immense control to keep the required rate in check throughout.

“There wasn’t many runs on the board so me and Lynny were just trying to knock it round and take the dangerman out of it,” he said. “It’s nice to win, especially in front of a home crowd with a few Yorkshire lads playing. I’ve said a lot of times I want to be a match-winner and that’s a good example of it there.”

It is a sign of England’s white-ball depth that Brook – described by Mark Butcher as a “beefed up, modern version of Joe Root” – did not make their second-string ODI squad earlier this month. Given his control and range of shots against both pace and spin, he is certain to win wider recognition – either internationally or in franchise tournaments – before long.

Invincibles’ slow start … and middle
Invincibles opted to bat on the assumption that the pitch would only get slower, but they eked out only 18 Powerplay runs, the fewest in the men’s competition to date. The openers managed six between them before Will Jacks nicked Brydon Carse behind, and pinch-hitter Narine’s leg-side thrash off Matty Potts was the only boundary in the first 25 balls as the Superchargers’ seamers kept their lines tight to cramp the top order for room.

Narine came up against his biggest weakness – back-of-a-length high pace with no width – but managed to get two further blows away when the fielding restrictions lifted, twice slapping Carse over the leg side before holing out off Mujeeb Ur Rahman for a useful cameo of 22 from 11 balls. The value of Narine’s innings became increasingly clear as the innings wore on: between the 33rd ball (Narine’s dismissal) and the 79th, the Invincibles failed to hit a single boundary as the spinners took over.

Rashid had Colin Ingram caught on the cover boundary, Potts bowled Sam Billings as he backed away to cut, and Rashid struck in consecutive balls when Laurie Evans picked out deep midwicket and Dane Vilas held onto a blinding slip catch to remove Jordan Clark. With Tabraiz Shamsi, a genuine tailender, carded at No. 9, Curran was forced to consolidate alongside the scratchy Roy, who repeatedly stared at the pitch in disbelief after balls stuck in the surface.

The Roy-Curran show
At 72 for 6 off 78 balls, the Invincibles were deep in the mire, but some lusty late-innings hitting dragged them up towards a par score. Roy evoked the innings played by Alex Hales – his long-time England opening partner – in the Superchargers’ last completed game, gritting out 25 from his first 34 balls before slog-sweeping Mujeeb over the leg side, while Curran hit consecutive boundaries through midwicket before a sumptuous, checked straight drive flew down the ground for six.

David Willey missed his length at the death, hitting the slot with each of the innings’ final three balls and was thumped for six, six and four as Roy cut loose at the last. The final boundary brought up his half-century, a hard grind that took 43 balls, and the unbroken 67-run stand in 42 balls for the seventh wicket helped them towards something they thought they could defend.

Pitch imperfect
While the Hundred’s double-header structure this year has done great things for the women’s game in terms of greater crowds and exposure, an unintended consequence has been a number of slow-burning men’s matches on slow, used pitches. This was no different, with neither side able to hit boundaries regularly.

Lynn was particularly slow-burning, top-edging a six off Saqib Mahmood when Billings opted to reward his early dismissal of Willey with a second consecutive set of five balls but otherwise struggling to find the rope. He eventually holed out to Evans at wide long-off, opting to attack the final ball of Narine’s spell, leaving a tricky equation of 31 off 20 balls.

But the Invincibles struggled to cope with the greasy outfield as the chase wore on, a result of the rain earlier in the day, and were sloppy in the deep to help the Superchargers turn several ones into twos. Mahmood’s nightmarish drop of Simpson with 26 needed off 15 was particularly criminal, not least when Simpson sliced Curran for four through third man and then slogged him down the ground for six to seal the win, standing open-armed in celebration as the Superchargers completed their first win.

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98



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Recent Match Report – Supercharger vs Invincibles 13th Match 2021

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Allrounder anchors innings before contributing to tigerish defence of low total

Northern Superchargers 109 for 8 (Davidson-Richards 42) beat Oval Invincibles 105 for 4 by four runs

Alice Davidson-Richards helped the Northern Superchargers maintain their winning start to the women’s Hundred with a tigerish defence of 109 in a thriller against Oval Invincibles at Emerald Headingley.

Their 109 for 8 looked below par despite a sluggish pitch, with Davidson-Richards top-scoring with 42 off 30 balls having been inserted.

She was then brilliant in returning 2 for 17 from 20 balls with her pace-off seamers, defending 10 off the last five as the visitors finished on 105 for 4.

A bowler-dominated game went the hosts’ way as they made it three wins from four and consigned the Invincibles to their first defeat in three.

The Invincibles only really fell behind during the second half of their chase, and Mady Villiers failed to hit the last ball for six as the Superchargers went top of the table.

Alice Capsey, aged 16, bowled her offspinners for the first time in the competition and returned two for nine from 20 balls, having opened the bowling for the visitors.

The more recognised offspin of Villiers and seam of Grace Gibbs and Tash Farrant also contributed two wickets apiece for the Invincibles.

The Superchargers slipped to 78 for 6 after 75 balls, though Davidson-Richards recovered with five fours.There were no wides or no-balls bowled by the Invincibles.



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Cricket South Africa – CSA dismisses former acting CEO Kugandrie Govender

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The new board has advertised the CEO’s position, with applications due to close on July 31

Cricket South Africa’s former acting CEO Kugandrie Govender has been dismissed with immediate effect, bringing an end to the disciplinary matters that have stretched back to December 2019. Govender was suspended in December 2020, four months after former CEO Thabang Moroe was fired over allegations of misconduct.

Specifically, Govender was under scrutiny for the role she played in revoking the accreditation of journalists in December 2019, for breaches of the Companies’ Act, and her part in the dismissal of the former head of sales and sponsorships Clive Eksteen, whose sacking was ruled unfair. She was found guilty after a lengthy process which has lasted more than seven months.

“The Chairperson of the Disciplinary Tribunal, Advocate Terry Motau SC, imposed a sanction of immediate dismissal, having regard inter alia to the seriousness of Ms Govender’s misconduct, the breach of trust and including the fact that a continued working relationship between Ms Govender and CSA would no longer be possible,” a CSA statement read.



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