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Recent Match Report – Essex vs Derbyshire Group 1 2021

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Champions recover from first-day washout to complete second win of campaign

Essex 412 for 3 dec beat Derbyshire 146 (Guest 49, Harmer 9-80) and 251 (Guest 65, Godleman 45, Porter 3-41, Cook 3-45, Harmer 3-122) by an innings and 15 runs

Simon Harmer claimed his seventh LV= Insurance County Championship 10-wicket haul as Essex returned to winning ways by cruising to an innings-and-15-run victory over Derbyshire.

Harmer, who bowled unchanged from the River End on day four, took 3 for 122 in the second innings after a career-best 9 for 80 in the first, for a match analysis of 12 for 202. Jamie Porter and Sam Cook also took three scalps in the second innings.

Ryan ten Doeschate claimed six catches in the match, all at short-leg – the 14th occasion an Essex player has managed the feat and first since Alastair Cook versus Durham in 2004.

The win handed Essex the maximum 24 points to recharge their Division One ambition after three games without a success, while Derbyshire only secured a solitary point.

Brooke Guest, who completed his maiden first-class half-century the previous evening, and Billy Godleman continued to frustrate Essex as their partnership hit 212 balls, and 97 runs.

But a change of ball, after Guest had swept into the brick wall in front of the pavilion, brought about an immediate change. Porter angled in to Godleman to rap the former Essex man on the pads.

Four overs later Guest made a rare misstep on 65, as he offered no shot to Sam Cook and was also given lbw.

Leus du Plooy and Wayne Madsen were both dropped either side of lunch – the former dropped by Alastair Cook at first slip and the latter survived sweeping at leg slip Dan Lawrence.

Essex’s close-in fielders continued to chunter noisily about “going bang-bang”, and finally got their wish as Madsen and du Plooy’s stand ended in quick succession, having been together for 19 overs.

Madsen tickled onto his thigh pad before ten Doeschate swooped at short-leg to give Harmer his first of the innings, having been wicketless for 29.5 overs.



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CPL 2021 schedule tweaked to avoid clash with remainder of IPL 2021 in UAE

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“Cricket administrators must collaborate if cricket is to survive the risks and costs of Covid-19,” says Ricky Skerritt

In a shot in the arm for the BCCI and the IPL, the dates for the 2021 edition of the CPL have been revised; it will now be played in St Kitts and Nevis between August 26 and September 15. The CPL was originally scheduled to start on August 28, and end on September 18, but that changed after the BCCI began talks with Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the CPL immediately after it identified the September-October window for wrapping up the remainder of the postponed 2021 IPL.

The revised dates will mean a tweaked match schedule for the CPL, and the challenge for both CWI and CPL is that there aren’t many free days in a packed home season comprising tours of the Caribbean by South Africa, Australia and Pakistan.

Immediately after the ongoing series against South Africa, which ends on July 9, West Indies play a white-ball series comprising five T20Is and three ODIs against Australia, which will end on July 24. Three days later, the Pakistan series kicks off with a five-match T20I series followed by two Tests, scheduled to end on August 24.



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WBBL 2021 – Perth Scorchers sign Marizanne Kapp and Chamari Athapaththu for 2021-22 Women’s Big Bash League season

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Kapp has moved from the Sydney Sixers while Athapaththu has previous experience in the WBBL with Melbourne Renegades

The Perth Scorchers have signed South Africa allrounder Marizanne Kapp and Sri Lanka batter Chamari Athapaththu for the upcoming Women’s Big Bash League season.

Kapp, the world’s No. 1 ODI allrounder, has moved from the Sydney Sixers. She brings plenty of experience to the Scorchers, having played in various leagues across the world, including the Kia Super League in England. She has picked up 90 wickets in the WBBL along with scoring 892 runs in the tournament, bolstering a Scorchers team that has not won a title yet. Kapp has also played 81 T20Is, with 986 runs at an average of 18.96 and has picked up 62 wickets at an economy rate of 5.39.

Athapaththu became the first Sri Lankan player to be signed by a WBBL franchise when she was brought in by the Melbourne Renegades in 2017. She has had several memorable international performances against Australia in the last few years, including an unbeaten 178 in Bristol in the World Cup in 2017 and a rapid hundred – 113 off 66 balls in a T20I – at North Sydney Oval in 2019.
Athapaththu’s last match in the WBBL was in 2019 having not participated in the 2020 season.

“Marizanne is one of the premier all-rounders in world cricket and has a phenomenal WBBL record,” the Scorchers’ head coach Shelley Nitschke said. “With over a decade of international experience and a highly-regarded work ethic, Marizanne will have a strong impact both on and off field for the Scorchers. Chamari Athapaththu is an undeniable match-winner and has the ability to take the game away from the opposition quickly.”

The Scorchers finished fourth in the WBBL standings last season with six wins and six losses before they were beaten in the semi-final by the Melbourne Stars in Sydney.



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Recent Match Report – ENG Women vs IND Women Only Test 2021

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Visitors bowled out for 231, 165 runs behind England’s first-innings total of 396 for 9 declared

Innings India 231 (Verma 96, Mandhana 78, Ecclestone 4-88, Knight 2-7) trail England 396 for 9 dec. (Knight 95, Dunkley 74*, Beaumont 66, Rana 4-131, Sharma 3-65) by 165 runs

Sophie Ecclestone picked up from where England had left off on the second evening, adding three more wickets to her tally on the third morning as India were bowled out for 231 in their one-off Test in Bristol. England enforced the follow-on, meaning debutant Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana would be under pressure to reprise their record opening stand from the first innings to keep India in the match.

India resumed on 187 for 5 after a flurry of wickets in the final hour on Thursday brought undone the partnership worth 167 between Verma and Mandhana. Ecclestone, the left-arm spinner, struck with her first ball – the fifth of the day overall – when she had Harmanpreet Kaur out lbw. It took an astute England review to claim the wicket after Kaur was initially given not out by on-field umpire Sue Redfern, with replays showing the ball hitting leg stump.



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