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Recent Match Report – Bengal Women vs Rlys Wmn 2nd semi final 2020/21

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Jharkhand crumble from 130 for 5 to 167 all out

Railways Women 169 for 3 (Raut 59, Meghana 53) beat Jharkhand Women 167 all out (Roy 49, Rana 3-33, Singh 2-22) by seven wickets

Fifties from Punam Raut and Sabbhineni Meghana helped Railways lift the Women’s Senior One Day Trophy, after right-arm pacer Meghna Singh and offspinner Sneh Rana routed Jharkhand for 167 to set them up for a win in the final in Rajkot.

Jharkhand were off to a decent start before Ekta Bisht applied the brakes with Niral Rashmi’s wicket. Singh then struck in consecutive deliveries in the seventh over to remove Ritu Kumari and Radhey Sonia to leave them reeling at 30 for 3. It was Indrani Roy and Durga Murmu’s fourth-wicket partnership of 60 runs that then resurrected Jharkhand’s innings. Rana pinned Murmu in front to break the partnership and then returned to have Roy stumped for 49. Jharkhand’s innings never saw a lift following that, except for captain Mani Niharika’s 39 off 59 balls, as Rana, Bisht and Poonam Yadav combined to rattle the lower order, bowling them out for 167 from 130 for 5. Rana finished with three wickets, while Singh and Bisht picked two apiece.

Railways lost opener Nuzhat Parween for a duck but a strong second-wicket partnership between Meghana and Raut kept them on course in the chase. Raut, who is coming off an excellent form for India in the recent ODIs against South Africa, followed up her 69 not out in the semi-final against Bengal with a carefully-crafted 59. Meghana, on the other hand, was the aggressor in the partnership, making a 67-ball 53, which included six fours.

Ravinder Devyani removed both the set batters, but the rest of the line up had only 43 runs to chase in with 116 balls remaining after Meghana’s dismissal in the 31st over. Rana made easy work of the target with her 22-ball 34 and Mona Meshram chipped in with a 34-ball 19 as the duo remained unbeaten to help Railways cruise to a seven-wicket win.



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Recent Match Report – Durham vs Kent 2021

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George Munsey rattles off 96 but Kent fall well short in their chase

Durham 405 for 4 (Clark 141, Lees 100, Bedingham 67, Bancroft 60*) beat Kent 302 for 8 (Munsey 96, Finch 64, Rushworth 3-29) by 103 runs

Graham Clark and Alex Lees both hit centuries as Durham trounced Kent Spitfires by 103 runs in their Royal London Cup match at Beckenham. The visitors posted their highest ever 50-over score of 405 for 4, eclipsing their previous record of 353 for 8, set against Nottinghamshire in 2014.

Clark hit 141 from 119 balls, with two sixes and 20 fours, while Lees made a relatively pedestrian 100 from 98, including one six and seven fours. David Beddingham then thrashed 67 and Cameron Bancroft finished unbeaten on 60.

Chris Rushworth took 3 for 29 to flatten Kent’s top order and although George Munsey made 96 and Harry Finch 64, the hosts fell well behind the run rate and eventually closed on 302 for 8.

On a sweltering day Kent won the toss, chose to field and repented at leisure: four catches went down off batters who went on to add a combined total of 225 after being reprieved. Finch dropped Lees when he was on 7 after he’d edged Harry Podmore, who himself spilled Clark when he was on 41. Beddingham was twice dropped in his thirties, first by Hamid Qadri and again by Tawanda Muyeye.

Clark got to three figures with a push to midwicket and finally perished when he swatted Marcus O’Riordan to Matt Quinn. Lees reached his hundred with a pull off Quinn and although he hit the very next delivery straight to Darren Stevens, Beddingham maintained the momentum, hitting his first ball for six.

Beddingham rode his luck before he eventually holed out to Stevens and was caught by Heino Kuhn. Sean Dickson was then brilliantly run out for 6 by Ollie Robinson, with a direct hit from square leg, but the runs kept flowing. Liam Trevaskis hit the next ball for six and the final over went for 20.

Rushworth struck early in the Kent innings to remove Muyeye for 15, caught by Scott Borthwick. The same combination then removed Robinson for 8 and Kuhn for 6, reducing Kent to 50 for 3.

Munsey and Finch put on 138 for the next wicket, but the former fell agonisingly close to his century when he swiped Paul van Meekeren to Trevaskis and Stevens made just 3 when he hit Jack Campbell to Lees.

With the required rate rising to well over double figures, Finch was bowled by Luke Doneathy and Podmore chipped Trevaskis to Borthwick for 2. With the ground emptying rapidly, O’Riordan attempted to sweep Doneathy and was bowled for 22, although Qadri and James Logan showed some defiance to bat out the remaining overs and push the total over 300, finishing on 42 and 16 not out respectively.



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Recent Match Report – Indians vs County XI Tour Match 2021

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Jadeja scored his second half-century of the match

Indians 311 (Rahul 111, Jadeja 75, Miles 4-45) and 192 for 3 dec (Jadeja 51, Agarwal 47, Vihari 43*, Carson 2-64) drew with County Select XI 220 (Hameed 112, Yadav 3-22, Siraj 2-32) and 31 for 0 (Libby 17*, Hameed 13*)

Ravindra Jadeja made his second fifty of the game and Cheteshwar Pujara batted as an opener on the final day’s play, which ended early after the teams agreed to call off the final hour. The Indians bowled 15.5 overs without taking a wicket after declaring just before tea.
The day began with Mayank Agarwal opening alongside Pujara, with the Indians 91 ahead. The openers added 87 together in a breezy partnership during which the County Select XI rarely tested them; the bowling was generally on the shorter side and both batters brought out some of their signature strokes. Agarwal was open to uppercuts and ramps over slips, while Pujara hit a string of back-foot punches through the covers in his usual measured manner. In the opening hour, and also by the end of the stand, they scored at more than four an over against bland seam bowling.
Offspinner Jack Carson did the bulk of the bowling – 22 overs – and took two wickets. Agarwal was out caught by Washington Sundar while trying to get to his fifty by lofting Carson over his head. Sundar was the lone Indian for the fielding side, with Avesh Khan ruled out through injury.

Pujara then dabbed one straight to backward short leg trying to keep an offbreak down, before Hanuma Vihari and Jadeja put on 84 for the third wicket. Vihari was unbeaten on 43 and a promoted Shardul Thakur made 6 off ten balls before the declaration. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul did not bat.

All four frontline batters on the day capped off decent returns for the match, with at least starts and time in the middle in both innings. Jadeja aggregated the highest runs for the Indians in the game.

All of the Indians’ fast bowlers got a bowl in the second innings but were conservative with their efforts as a long series awaits. Jasprit Bumrah and Thakur took the new ball, and Mohammed Siraj and Umesh Yadav bowled a few overs between them in a passage where openers Jake Libby and first-innings centurion Haseeb Hameed were largely untroubled.

Varun Shetty is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo



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The Ashes 2021-22 – England should pencil Matt Parkinson in for Brisbane Test, says Shane Warne

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Australian legend praises England legspinner for backing his own skills, and believes he has Test role

Shane Warne may be preparing for London Spirit’s opening match of the Hundred, against Birmingham Phoenix at Edgbaston, but true to reputation, he can’t help but cast his gaze to a rather more distant campaign opener – at Brisbane in December, where he believes Matt Parkinson, England’s up-and-coming legspinner, could yet play a significant role in the Ashes.
As London Spirit’s head coach, Warne will be working closely this month with the last England legspinner to feature on an Ashes tour – Mason Crane, whose solitary Test appearance to date came in Sydney at the end of the 2017-18 tour. However, it is Parkinson who is in pole position for a call-up this winter, after what is already proving to be a breakthrough summer for him.
Having toured Sri Lanka and India without getting a single game across formats last winter, Parkinson admitted last week he had been “gutted” to miss out on selection for the home white-ball series against Sri Lanka, and feared he was destined to be overlooked all season – until a Covid outbreak in England’s first-choice squad offered him a late call-up, and a chance to play in five of England’s six matches against Pakistan.
He duly made his mark with a string of impressive performances – six wickets across formats, at an economy-rate of less than seven. In the T20I at Headingley, his selection alongside Adil Rashid meant that England fielded a twin-legspin attack for the first time since Eric Hollies’ final Test against West Indies in 1950.



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