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Recent Match Report – Lancashire vs Leics North Group 2021




New Zealander makes unbeaten 73 to put contest out of Leicestershire’s reach

Lancashire 172 for 8 (Allen 73*, Griffiths 4-24) beat Leicestershire 156 for 5 (Steel 54*) by 16 runs

Lancashire Lightning’s New Zealand opener, Finn Allen, made an unbeaten 73 off 51 balls as his side made it two wins out of two in this year’s Vitality Blast with a 16-run victory over Leicestershire Foxes.
Allen batted through his side’s innings of 172 for 8 and that total proved just too many for the visitors, who finished on 156 for 5 despite Scott Steel‘s 54 not out.
Having opted to bat first, Lancashire skipper Dane Vilas saw his openers, Allen and Liam Livingstone, score 31 runs off the first three overs but that healthy progress was ended by Gavin Griffiths, who dismissed Livingstone for 25 and Alex Davies for a golden duck with his first two balls.

Griffiths completed a rare double-wicket maiden but Lancashire’s brisk run-rate was maintained by Jos Buttler, who made 22 off 16 balls before he was caught at long off by Ben Mike off Colin Ackermann.

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Recent Match Report – England vs Pakistan 2nd T20I 2021




England bring in Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan, asked to bat first at Headingley

Toss Pakistan chose to bowl vs England

Jos Buttler has been named as England’s captain for the second T20I of the series against Pakistan in Leeds.

Buttler, who has not played since sustaining a calf injury in the victory over Sri Lanka at Cardiff on June 23, is one of three changes to an England side that lost the first T20I in Nottingham on Friday.

Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan also return to the England side, with Lewis Gregory and David Willey missing out. But it is the absence of Eoin Morgan, England’s regular limited-overs captain, which is most noteworthy.

Morgan had indicated ahead of the first match that England would use the series to take a look at different combinations of players but, having only batted twice in July and reached 20 just once in England’s white-ball season, his absence might raise some eyebrows.

“It looks like another fantastic wicket,” Buttler, who last captained England in a T20I in February 2018, told Sky Sports. “There are some smallish boundaries, too, so I expect a high-scoring game.”

Pakistan have named an unchanged side. Their captain, Babar Azam, won the toss and chose to bowl first. “We’re looking forward to carrying on that momentum and wining the series,” Babar said.

Pakistan’s total on Friday of 232 for 6 was not only their highest in the format but also the highest conceded by England since 2013. If Pakistan win here, they will inflict England first home series T20I defeat since 2018.

England: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jos Buttler (wk and capt), 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Moeen Ali, 5 Liam Livingstone 6 Jonny Bairstow, 7 Tom Curran, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Matt Parkinson, 11 Saqib Mahmood

Pakistan: 1 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 2 Babar Azam (capt), 3 Fakhar Zaman, 4 Sohaib Maqsood, 5 Mohammad Hafeez, 6 Azam Khan, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Imad Wasim, 9 Haris Rauf, 10 Mohammad Hasnain, 11 Shaheen Shah Afridi

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Match Preview – Ireland vs South Africa, South Africa tour of Ireland 2021, 1st T20I




The two countries meet for the first time in the shortest format with a global event looming not far off

Big Picture

After a first last week – when Ireland beat South Africa in an ODI for the first time – there’s another coming this week. The two teams will face off in the shortest format for the first time. Both are entering the final stages of preparation for the T20 World Cup later this year, with South Africa gearing up for a group that includes England, Australia and West Indies, and Ireland needing to go through a qualifier against Sri Lanka, Netherlands and Namibia.

The hosts have the more difficult task, having last played T20I cricket over a year ago, in March, against Afghanistan. Since then, they have had series against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, New Zealand and Pakistan cancelled but will play at least eight matches (three against South Africa and five against Zimbabwe) in the lead-up to the global event in October.

South Africa have fewer matches, just six (three against Ireland and three against Sri Lanka, after a series against India has had to be postponed again because of the IPL) and plenty of questions remain over their strategy. Despite beating West Indies 3-2 earlier this month, they have yet to settle on combinations but aim to use the Ireland matches to solidify their plans. Coach Mark Boucher indicated there is a level of fatigue in the camp, made worse by news of unrest at home, but with just a week left on the road, they have promised to give it their all.

Form guide

(last five completed matches, most recent first)
Ireland TLLLW
South Africa WLWWL

In the spotlight

Ireland’s headliner Kevin O’Brien will be back to try and find form as he prepares for the T20 World Cup. O’Brien has played five international matches this year – all ODIs – and managed just 27 runs, with three scores in single-figures and a duck. He has also had a tough time in the Irish inter-provincial T20 tournament, with 47 runs in six matches and a top score of 16. His last international milestone came almost two years ago, a century in a T20I against Hong Kong. It is Ireland’s only hundred in the format and they will want him to summon the spirit of that knock tomorrow.

The world’s top-ranked T20I bowler, Tabraiz Shamsi , has been vocal on social media on topics including the challenges of life in bio-bubbles but has also seen the lighter side of having limited contact with others and will want to combine his frankness and good humour to end the tour on a high note. Shamsi was outstanding in the West Indies, where he was South Africa’s joint-leading wicket-taker and maintained the lowest economy rate for any bowler on either side (4.00) and will challenge both the Irish defence and run-scoring ability.

Team news

O’Brien has retired from ODIs but remains available in the shortest format, and is expected to open the batting alongside Paul Stirling. A middle-order of Harry Tector and George Dockrell, who were successful in the ODIs, will precede the power-hitting Shane Getkate and ODI centurion Simi Singh. Ireland are likely to have four seamers at their disposal in Getkate. Barry McCarthy, Josh Little and Craig Young.

Ireland: (possible) 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Kevin O’Brien, 3 Andy Balbirnie (capt), 4 Harry Tector, 5 George Dockrell, 6 Lorcan Tucker (wk), 7 Shane Getkate, 8 Simi Singh, 9 Barry McCarthy, 10 Josh Little, 11 Craig Young

South Africa seem to have settled on Temba Bavuma to partner Quinton de Kock at the top in T20Is with Aiden Markram likely to feature at No.3. David Miller was rested for the final ODI but could make a return in the middle order, which may also include both a seam-bowling (Wiaan Mulder) and spin-bowling (George Linde) allrounder. With bowling a big focus for South Africa, expect them to play their first-choice attack.

South Africa (possible): 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Aiden Markram, 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 Heinrich Klaasen/David Miller, 6 Wiaan Mulder, 7 George Linde, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Anrich Nortje, 10 Lung Ngidi 11 Tabraiz Shamsi

Pitch and conditions

The third ODI on Friday showed that big runs are possible in Malahide and we can expect more of the same in the opening T20I which may bolster the ground’s average first-innings score of 152. There have only been three scores over 200 in 13 T20Is played at this ground, all achieved by the teams batting first, and all successfully defended. The highest successful chase at this venue is 182. Monday’s weather is set to be fine and warm, with no rain.

Stats and trivia

  • Ireland and South Africa have never met in a T20I
  • Andy Balbirnie needs 55 more to become the fifth Irish player to reach 1,000 T20I runs
  • South Africa have won two out of their last eight T20I series dating back to March 2019


Some of the things is making sure we are confident in our death bowling. We have clear plans, it’s a matter of executing that over a long period of time. And also by the end of the Sri Lankan tour, that we can trust the formula we have been working on over the last couple of months.
South Africa need to work on their end-of-innings bowling and overall strategy ahead of the T20 World Cup, according to assistant coach Enoch Nkwe

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

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ICC inducts Mongolia, Tajikstan and Switzerland as new members




Zambia, which was suspended in 2019, is no longer a member, while Russia has been suspended

The ICC has announced that Mongolia, Tajikistan and Switzerland will be its newest members during the 78th Annual General Meeting.

Mongolia and Tajikistan are the 22nd and 23rd members of the Asia region, while Switzerland is Europe’s 35th Member, with the ICC now comprising 106 Members in total, including 94 Associates.

Meanwhile, Zambia, which was suspended at the ICC AGM in 2019, is no longer a member due to continued non-compliance with ICC Membership Criteria. Russia too has been suspended and, according to a release, has until the time of the next ICC AGM to demonstrate compliance or risk having its membership terminated.

“We are delighted to be welcoming three new Members into the ICC family, which reflects the growth and potential of the global game,” William Glenwright, ICC general manager for development, said. “All three applications demonstrated an impressive commitment to growing the game – particularly amongst women and youth – and we look forward to assisting them in achieving their potential.

“As cricket activity begins to emerge from the pandemic, we are at an exciting stage of cricket’s growth with ambitious plans and projects to deliver in partnership with our Members to not only navigate the impact of Covid-19 but to also help achieve transformative growth for the sport globally.”

The Mongolian Cricket Association (MCA) was established in 2007. The sport was officially accepted into the National Youth Games in 2019. According to an ICC release, women account for 39% of all participants playing school cricket. In addition, Mongolia is due to host the International Youth Green Games in September 2021 where cricket has been selected as one of the participating sports.

Cricket Switzerland (CS), which was inaugurated as an association in 2014, currently comprises 33 active clubs. They organise three domestic men’s competitions and compete regularly in Central European tournaments. The Tajikistan Cricket Federation, which was officially formed in 2011 with the support of the Ministry of Sports and Olympic Committee, has led the development of infrastructure and the building of a domestic cricket structure focusing on women and junior cricket.

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