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Recent Match Report – Notts vs Essex Group 1 2021

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Joe Clarke resumes after retiring hurt with wrist injury to reach unbeaten half-century

Nottinghamshire 248 for 6 (Clarke 57*, Mullaney 55, James 54) vs Essex

Recent history repeated itself as Steven Mullaney and Lyndon James proved thorns in Essex’s side for the second time this season at Chelmsford, the pair’s 117-run fourth-wicket partnership continuing on from the 123 they added in Nottinghamshire’s innings victory at Trent Bridge in the reverse fixture.

Today’s effort came at a pace more akin to red-ball cricket – 52 overs as opposed 30.3 – but just as before, both made half-centuries. Shortly thereafter, they both fell guiding balls to Alastair Cook at slip in quick succession, as if a long-time married couple dying of broken hearts.

Joe Clarke too passed fifty, having earlier retired not out. He returned with a flurry of six boundaries in 21 balls off Peter Siddle, playing “downright beautifully” as one independent observer noted and finishing unbeaten on 57. It meant Notts, closing on 248 for 6, have laid solid foundations in a game that looks set to be a top-of-the table slow burner.
There was also some excitement of an unusual kind for the locals, a decent proportion of whom reached the obligatory shade of scarlet by close. And it wasn’t just the rare sight of Paul Walter and Ryan ten Doeschate operating in tandem shortly before tea.

Walter – a giant left-arm allrounder who bats more than he bowls these days – first struck James’ helmet with a ball that rose sharply. After receiving treatment, the batter continued. An over later, umpire Ian Blackwell proposed a conscious uncoupling of bowler and ball after Walter released his second beamer. Both were accidental, one each at James and Mullaney, and he had the grace to offend with the first ball of his over, ensuring an unblemished scorecard. An ‘I was there’ moment for the 600 who passed through the gates? Maybe not, but at least that many were allowed as part of a pilot event: tomorrow, it’s back to 200.



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Recent Match Report – Sunrisers vs Lightning 2021

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Sunrisers unable to get on the board despite fifties for Noami Dattani, Kelly Castle

Lightning 210 for 5 (Kirk 57) beat Sunrisers 206 for 9 (Dattani 65, Castle 52, Graves 4-39) by five wickets

A half-century by Michaela Kirk and four wickets for Teresa Graves helped Lightning to a second victory in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy as bottom-of-the-table Sunrisers slumped to a fourth defeat from four matches.
Naomi Dattani hit 65 and Kelly Castle 52 as Sunrisers posted 206 for 9 after opting to bat first at Loughborough University’s Haslegrave Ground, seamer Graves taking 4 for 39. But Lightning chased down their target with almost 10 overs to spare with South African-born batter Kirk hitting nine boundaries, sharing partnerships of 57 with Sarah Bryce and 47 with Kathryn Bryce.

Abbey Freeborn then struck seven fours in a 48-ball 44, her partnership of 51 with Sonia Odedra effectively sealing the win. Freeborn was caught at midwicket with just two still needed before Graves hit the winning boundary.

Always ahead of the required rate, Lightning were 47 without loss in the Powerplay. Sarah Bryce was caught at backward point off Castle’s medium pace but she was Lightning’s only casualty in scoring 100 from the first 20 overs.

They suffered a double setback when Kirk and Kathryn Bryce fell in consecutive overs to offspinners Katie Midwood and Alice Macleod, Kirk trapped leg before sweeping before Bryce was bowled. But Freeborn and Lucy Higham added 48 for the fourth wicket, bringing the requirement down to 52 from 20 overs, before Higham was lbw to Castle sweeping.

Sunrisers were 31 for 3 after their Powerplay overs. Seamer Sophie Munro bowled Grace Scrivens off an inside edge and had Amara Carr well caught by Freeborn at slip, before left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon took her ninth wicket of the competition so far, trapping Alice Macleod leg before.

Lightning captain Kathryn Bryce conceded only seven runs in her first six overs. Once she took a rest, however, runs came more easily as Dattani and Cordelia Griffith added 60 for the fourth wicket before the latter hit straight to mid-on as Graves made the breakthrough.

Dattani and Castle put on 87 in 17 overs for the fifth wicket, Dattani completing her half-century off 82 balls with five fours before clearing the rope off Lucy Higham’s offspin for the only six of the innings. But Dattani was bowled attempting to sweep Yvonne Graves’s offspin, sparking a late collapse as Sunrisers lost five wickets for 18 runs in six overs, three of them to Graves.

She dismissed Jo Gardner and had Gayatri Gole in the space of three balls before Castle played round one to be leg before, and Bryce picked up a deserved wicket when Freeborn held a good low catch at mid-on to remove Katherine Speed.



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ECB announces ‘social media review’ of historic posts

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Review will address historical issues, remind players of responsibilities and “help them learn”

The ECB has announced a “social media review” after admitting the sport’s attempts to prove itself inclusive have been “severely diminished” following the emergence of a series of historic tweets by players.

The episode was sparked by the re-emergence of comments made by Ollie Robinson on Twitter when he was aged 18 and 19. The tweets, which included sexist and racist material, came to prominence on Robinson’s first day as a Test player and jarred with the team’s commitment to combatting discrimination.

In the following days, numerous further historic tweets from high-profile players came to light which also looked at odds with the standards and values expressed by the current England team and ECB executive.

Coming at a time when the sport is desperate to promote a more inclusive image, it left the ECB board admitting in a statement on Saturday that its “aspiration to become a more inclusive and welcoming sport for all” was “severely diminished whilst discriminatory content remains in the social media space”.

The ECB board therefore confirmed a social media review designed to “address any historical issues, remind individuals of their personal responsibilities going forward, and help them learn lessons along the way”.



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Bangladesh cricket – Shakib banned for DPL outburst: A timeline of Shakib Al Hasan’s disciplinary issues

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From run-ins with fans to groundstaff, Shakib Al Hasan has made headlines for the wrong reasons several times

Shakib Al Hasan has been banned for three matches following his blow-up at a Dhaka Premier League game, where he lashed out the stumps in anger twice during one match. This is not the first time he has been in the news for disciplinary issues. Here’s a look back at previous instances.

Anger at groundstaff, October, 2010
Shakib threatened to hit a member of the groundstaff with a bat for moving in front of the sightscreen during a Bangladesh-New Zealand ODI. The match referee gave him a warning but no further action was taken.

Gesture at crowd, March, 2011
Shakib made a middle-finger gesture towards the Shere Bangla National Stadium’s grandstand after the Bangladesh-West Indies World Cup match in 2011, a game after which, in a separate incident, angry fans pelted stones at the West Indies team bus following Bangladesh’s nine-wicket defeat. The photo of Shakib was published in several newspapers after it was shared widely on the internet. No action was taken.
Another rude gesture, February, 2014
Shakib was banned for three ODIs and fined BDT 300,000 (US $3800) by the BCB for pointing towards his crotch on live television, when the camera panned towards the Bangladesh dressing room during the ODI against Sri Lanka in Dhaka. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim requested the BCB to reduce the ban for the “best interests of the team”.
Alleged run-in with fan, June, 2014
Shakib allegedly beat up a fan who was apparently harassing his wife at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. The incident took place when there was a rain break during the first ODI against India in 2014. After the BCB held a hearing, Shakib told the media that he wasn’t aware that a player can’t leave the dressing-room area during an international match.
Text to coach, July, 2014
After he texted new coach Chandika Hathurusingha that he would quit international cricket rather than join a training camp, BCB summoned Shakib to Dhaka. He was in transit in London at the time, trying a catch a flight to the Caribbean to play the 2014 CPL. Days later, BCB banned him for six months for “serious misbehaviour” with Hathurusingha, and for the incident mentioned in the previous entry. “He has a severe attitude problem, which is unprecedented in the history of Bangladesh cricket,” BCB president Nazmul Hassan has said back then. But after Bangladesh’s poor performance in West Indies, the BCB reduced his ban to three and a half months in August that year.
Cusses an umpire, November, 2015
During a BPL match in 2015, Shakib blew a fuse at umpire Tanvir Ahmed, abusing him openly after Ahmed turned down an lbw appeal. He was suspended for one match and was fined BDT 20,000 (USD 256 approx).
The walkout threat, March, 2018
Bangladesh were irate when a no-ball for height was not given in the last over of their Nidahas Trophy match against Sri Lanka in March 2018. Mahmudullah, who was batting, argued with the umpires. Captain Shakib beckoned Mahmudullah to return to the dressing-room, in protest at the umpire’s decision. Eventually Mahmudullah took them to victory with a six, and some of the players celebrated with the nagin dance, a reaction to Sri Lanka players using the same celebration previously. Amid all the drama, a glass door had also been shattered in the Bangladesh dressing room. Shakib admitted that the players, himself included, had perhaps allowed their emotions to get the better of them. He apologised later, but the BCB didn’t make any public mention of their opinion of the incident.

The ICC ban, October, 2019

Days after he led a successful players’ strike against the cricket board, the ICC banned Shakib for two years for failing to report an approach from a bookie. He returned from this ban in January 2021.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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