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Gloucestershire chief fears Welsh Fizzle as Bristol is frozen out of inaugural Hundred season

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Gloucestershire’s chief executive Will Brown has admitted his frustrations about the fact Bristol will not host any matches – men’s or women’s – in the inaugural season of the Hundred, and expressed a strong desire to bring the tournament to the South West of England in future seasons.

Fixtures in the competition were initially planned to be played around the country, with men’s games staged at the eight major Test venues and women’s matches spread out around 20 venues, but the ECB announced in November that all men’s and women’s fixtures would be played back-to-back as double-headers – with the exception of the tournament’s two opening games – for reasons relating to logistics and exposure.

For the ten counties whose main ground will not host any Hundred fixtures, the move was a significant blow, leaving them on the periphery of the competition’s inaugural season. Every county is represented in the competition at board level, but without staging games, smaller clubs’ involvement will be limited.

That is particularly apparent in Gloucestershire’s case. The ECB deliberated over whether the team representing Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Somerset would be given the identity of ‘Western Fire’ or ‘Welsh Fire’, but opted for the latter and unveiled a bright-red kit and a crest featuring the Welsh translation Tân Cymreig in late 2019.

“We have frustrations locally that there is not a 100-ball team in this part of the world,” Brown said. “We’re incredibly supportive of the Hundred. We have been since day one and we think it’s a good vehicle for engaging new audiences, but it’s definitely a frustration that the women’s Hundred is not going to be as visible and as present as we’d like it to be at Bristol this year. We very much hope that it will return in 2022 and that the commitment to it going back to those venues will be what happens.

“[The team] is Welsh Fire. Myself and Gordon Hollins [Somerset’s chief executive] are part of the board of directors at Welsh Fire and we love having that role, and we’re 100% supportive of Welsh Fire. [But] there have to be honest and real conversations about how easy it’s going to be for us attract supporters from Taunton, Devon, Cornwall or even Bristol across the river to support a team that effectively represents another country.

“I think that’s going to be a challenge and I think we have to accept that and do our best to make Welsh Fire the success that Wales needs, rather than a success for Bristol and Taunton – we could spend a lot of money and time trying to promote something which probably doesn’t resonate over here.

“We’re frustrated. We understand the reasons this year but we hope we get it back in 2022, and more than that, that there’s a recognition around what the South West can do for cricket. My preference is still that you drop a ninth team in down here and we run it between us. We’ve certainly got the cricketing pedigree and the venues to do it, so I’d like to see it.”

Brown admitted that there would be some “practical considerations” as to how games would be split between Bristol and Taunton, and how such a team would be branded, but he emphasised Bristol’s status as a city with a young, diverse population, which he believes makes it an ideal venue to fit into the ECB’s wider vision for the Hundred.

“From the minute we didn’t get it, we’ve been lobbying for that,” Brown said. “In an ideal world you’d have 10 teams or whatever it might be, and it’s a funny debate about would it be Bristol or Taunton, or both – there would be some practical considerations. We’ve been lobbying, making comments – snide and optimistic – for the last three years about it. We’ll keep banging that drum.

“All we can do is make the best business case we can for Bristol, and we think the strategy we’ve got means that if you’re trying to engage with families, different audiences – if you look at our sales record around youth, the number of women coming to matches, young families, and even Bristol as a city, it’s disproportionately weighted to that young family audience.

“We’re trying to create a venue that people come up and they go ‘yeah, I recognise this, it feels like an extension of Gloucester Road or Stokes Croft or wherever I’ve come from. I’m a Bristolian and this represents me, and therefore this club represents me’. And then when we do get the Hundred or anything new and try and grow, people look at us locally and nationally and go: f***, they understand their communities, and want to be with them.



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Men’s Hundred – Alex Hales brings Trent Rockets back from the dead to seal two-wicket heist | Cricket

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Trent Rockets 134 for 8 (Hales 40*) beat Northern Superchargers 132 (Simpson 42, Brook 38, de Lange 3-22, Rashid Khan 3-31) by two wickets

Alex Hales sparked into life in the absolute nick of time, to swipe an extraordinary victory from the jaws of a thumping defeat – and he was gifted the opportunity by a game-turning blunder from his former England team-mate Ben Stokes, as Trent Rockets sealed an incredible two-wicket victory on a pulsating night at Trent Bridge.

Chasing a sub-par target of 133, Trent Rockets’ chase had been rocked by back-to-back ducks for Dawid Malan and Joe Root, each of them extracted by their Yorkshire and England team-mate Adil Rashid in a sensational start to his spell, and after slumping to 58 for 6 after 58 balls of their chase, their prospects of a revival at once stage dipped as low as 2 percent, according to the tournament’s Win Predictor.

Rashid Khan began their revival with a typically walloping innings of 25 from 12, but once his cameo fizzled out, Rockets’ hopes rested entirely on their sleeping giant Hales, who had seemed unable to raise his game while the wickets were tumbling around him. Between balls 49 and 73, he faced a mere four deliveries, and had limped along to 16 from 25 until a moment from Stokes that evoked memories of his own game-turning strokes of fortune in the World Cup final two years ago.

From his 26th delivery, bowled by Rashid, Hales worked a single to mid-off to give up the strike, only for the delivery to be called dead ball due to an intruder on the field. After a lengthy period of remonstration, the ball was served up again, and Hales climbed into a full-blooded drive down the ground to long-off … where Stokes, right back on the rope and perhaps still mindful of his still-problematic broken finger, spilled the chance clean over the rope for six.

One ball later, Hales carved Rashid through point to ignite his innings in a more conventional fashion, and though Luke Wood was prised out by Mujeeb Ur Rahman three balls later, the mood among a 11,483-strong crowd had transformed. Matt Carter, a late inclusion after a Covid outbreak caused Steven Mullaney to miss the match due to self-isolation, backed up a fine bowling display with vital boundary-finding levers, before Hales sealed the chase in a riot of strokeplay, including a vast winning six, high into the stands at square leg.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. @miller_cricket


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BCB wants Ashwell Prince to stay on as batting consultant until T20 World Cup

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He was initially appointed only for the Zimbabwe tour, and is due to return to coaching the Cape Cobras

The BCB wants to extend former South Africa batter Ashwell Prince‘s contract as batting consultant up to this year’s T20 World Cup. ESPNcricinfo understands, however, that Prince is yet to agree to the BCB’s new offer.
Prince was initially roped in only for Bangladesh’s tour of Zimbabwe, which concluded on Sunday, with the understanding that he would return to coaching the South African domestic side Cape Cobras.
According to Akram Khan, the BCB’s cricket operations chairman, the BCB remains satisfied with Prince’s work in Zimbabwe after having received positive feedback from some of the players during the tour.

“We had appointed him for the Zimbabwe series initially,” Khan said. “Since it will be hard to get a coach before the T20 World Cup, we took a bit of feedback and it has been generally positive. I think some of our batsmen did really well in Zimbabwe. Some of the players told us that they have confidence in him. They are satisfied with his work.

“So we plan to go ahead with him. We can confirm that he is with us till the T20 World Cup. We will take on a decision on his further involvement (after the World Cup) over the course of the next week.”

ESPNcricinfo has learned, however, that negotiations between the BCB and Prince are still ongoing, contrary to Khan’s statement.



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Recent Match Report – West Indies vs Australia 3rd ODI 2021

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Shimron Hetymer returns for the home side in place of Jason Mohammed

West Indies won the toss and decided to bat against Australia

Dan Christian will play his first ODI in more than seven years – and his first List A game in four – as one of three changes for Australia in the deciding match against West Indies

Christian comes in for the injured Ben McDermott who hurt his ankle colliding with a boundary board during the second match. Moises Henriques is slated to open the batting alongside Josh Philippe.

Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, who has recovered from a hamstring injury, is also recalled to bolster the spin attack while Josh Hazlewood returns. Riley Meredith and Wes Agar miss out.

West Indies, who opted to bat first on a used surface, have made one change with Shimron Hetmyer replacing Jason Mohammed. They have not beaten Australia in a bilateral ODI series since 1995.

West Indies 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Shai Hope (wk), 3 Shimron Hetmyer, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Nicholas Pooran, 6 Kieron Pollard (capt), 7 Jason Holder, 8 Alzarri Joseph, 9 Hayden Walsh Jr, 10 Akeal Hosein, 11 Sheldon Cottrell

Australia 1 Moises Henriques, 2 Josh Philippe, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Alex Carey (capt & wk), 5 Matthew Wade, 6 Ashton Turner, 7 Dan Christian, 8 Ashton Agar, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo



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