Cricket News THIS England No.11 opens the batting, almost achieves history in Lord’s Test vs Ireland and surprises his dad

first_img New Delhi: Jack Leach, the England left-arm orthodox spinner, had only opened once in his Test career during the Pallekele Test against Sri Lanka. Leach was a typical tailender, averaging just under 10 and having scored only two first-class fifties in 80 matches. On the first day of the one-off Test against Ireland at Lord’s, England was staring down the barrel having been bowled out for 85 and then conceding a lead of 122. Leach was promoted to open the batting and he survived the last few overs of the day as a night watchman. On the second day, Leach confounded cricket fans as he counterattacked in style and blasted 92, his highest score ever in cricket. Leach’s 92 and some valuable contributions from Sam Curran helped England reach 303/9 at the close with Ireland still on top. Leach was dropped on 72 and on 92 but he failed to capitalise on an opportunity to create history as he departed for 92. Leach, though, became the fifth England player to be dismissed in the 90s as a night watchman. Alex Tudor was dismissed for 99 against New Zealand in Birmingham in 1999. Harold Larwood was dismissed for 98 against Australia in Sydney while Eddie Hemmings was bowled for 95 against Australia in Sydney in 1983. The last person to be dismissed in the 90s was Jack Russell when he was out for 94 against Sri Lanka in Lord’s in 1988.When Leach neared the possibility of nearing a century, Leach admitted that some weird thoughts were crossing his mind. “I know now that the nervous 90s are definitely a thing. You think ‘I’m only two shots away’ and I was having some weird thoughts. I was trying to tell myself not to think about it which kind of made me think about it. I can’t believe it really. I just went out to try and do a job for the team I guess and try and soak up some balls. It probably went a little bit further than I thought it would,” Leach said.Also Read | Tim Murtagh fulfils childhood dream with a historic five-wicket haul in Lord’sLeach and Jason Roy smashed 72 as the duo shared a 145-run partnership for the second wicket. However, a collapse of six wickets for 66 runs saw Ireland claw back in the contest with Mark Adair picking up three wickets followed by two wickets each from Boyd Rankin and Stuart Thompson taking two wickets each. Tim Murtagh, the first innings hero with 5/13, took the wicket of Leach to deny him his moment of glory.Also Read | 20 wickets fall in one day! Yes, this happened in Lord’s Test between England and IrelandHowever, the knock from Leach surprised his father, who was supposed to attend but did not as the record high temperatures at London prevented him from coming. Europe and Britain were reeling under a severe heatwave, with temperatures reaching 39 degrees celsius. Leach said his father could not come due to the weather. “He was going to come but he saw the weather forecast and said it was too hot. I don’t think it would have been a good place for him to be today, he could have died! I think it was best he stayed at home in the cool. I gave him my house key and he went over so he’s literally been at mine watching the whole time. I’ll catch up with him later on,” Leach said. Ireland would be hoping to create history by bowling England out and chasing a target of under 200 to achieve their first-ever Test win. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Tim Murtagh picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests.Ireland will be gunning for their first-ever Test win.Jack Leach became the fifth England night watchman to be dismissed in the 90s.center_img highlightslast_img read more

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Junior Elijah Stewart to remain at USC basketball

first_imgJunior guard Elijah Stewart will remain at USC next season.The Trojans’ leading 3-point shooter last year, Stewart announced his intention to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft on April 11 but didn’t submit his paperwork by the league’s deadline on Sunday night.This will come as welcome news to head coach Andy Enfield, who will retain one of his most lethal scorers for the 2017-18 season. Stewart’s 78 3-pointers led the team by more than 30 baskets last year, and he has a chance to break USC’s all-time record for 3-point baskets next season. He currently sits in sixth place — one make short of tying Harold Miner for fifth.Though Stewart is now out of the pre-draft process, two of his Trojan teammates remain. Sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright and redshirt sophomore guard Shaqquan Aaron both submitted their documents, but because they have not hired an agent, they can still withdraw from the draft until May 24.Stewart will return to a crowded and talented Trojan backcourt, as Duke transfer Derryck Thornton will be eligible next season to complement Stewart, junior guard Jordan McLaughlin and Aaron, should he choose to return as well.last_img read more

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R/T’s Bennett shoots even par to capture Christina Lake title

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsStop two on the West Kootenay Zone One Junior Golf circuit and another Rossland/Trail player claims the top prize.Kevin Bennett fired an even-par 72 to edge home-course favourite Tanner Kopan by three shots to claim the overall title Sunday at the Christina Lake Golf and Country Club.Bennett’s teammate Brenan Moroney won the opening stop on the tour in Balfour.Bennett was one of four players — Kopan (75), Jordan Hoodikoff of Christina Lake (76) and Tyler McKay of RTCC (79) — to break 80 during the 18-hole tournament on the 6,760-yard, par 72 track.Kopan won the 17-18 year-old division, edging Hoodicoff by one stroke. Nolan Taylor of Granite Pointe finished third with an 82.McKay won the 15-16 year-old category over Garrett Underwood of Champion Lakes with an 83.Moroney was third at 84.Trevor Pereverzoff of Christina Lake topped the 13-14 division with a scored of 82. Ryan Fullerton of Rossland/Trail was second at 92 followed by Isaac Janzen of Creston at 95.The tour shifts to Nakusp Saturday before stopping at Granite Pointe Sunday.Bennett top point standingsKevin Bennett tops the overall standings after two stops on the West Kootenay Zone One Junior Golf circuit with 40 points.Tanner Kopan is second five points behind Bennett with Jordan Hoodikoff third.Tyler McKay is fourth with Nolan Taylor of Granite Pointe tied for fifth with Trevor Pereverzoff, each with 22 points.B.C. Amateur playdowns later this monthThe Castlegar Golf & Country Club and Granite Point Golf Club will be hosting the Zone play downs for region, the events are May 28th and 29th  at Castlegar & Granite Pointe. The top players gain automatic entry into the B.C. Amateur Men’s Golf Championship July 12-15 at the Dunes in Kamloops.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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FAVORED DRESSED IN HERMES TAKES CHARGE LATE AND WINS $75,000 PASADENA STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER SMITH; ARMSTRONG’S SAN LUIS REY DOWNS SHIPPER GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:37.71

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2016)–A close third heading into the far turn, favored Dressed in Hermes rallied three-wide turning for home and overhauled pacesetter It’s The Ice a sixteenth of a mile from home en route to a three quarter length win under Mike Smith in Sunday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by San Luis Rey Downs-based Janet Armstrong, Dressed in Hermes got a mile over a turf course labeled “good” in 1:37.71.“We vanned up early yesterday and schooled him in the paddock yesterday afternoon,” said Armstrong. “We weren’t concerned about the soft turf because he ran a good fifth in the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Turf, one mile) at Keeneland last fall against some of the best horses in the world.”A 3-year-old gelding by the Sunday Silence stallion, Hat Trick, Dressed in Hermes was bred in Kentucky by his owner, Budget Stable. Off at 2-5 in a field of six 3-year-olds, Dressed in Hermes, who was a non-threatening fourth on dirt in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 6, paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10. He now has three wins, all on turf, from seven starts and with the winner’s share of $47,700, his earnings are now $219,300.“He really is a nice horse to ride,” said Smith. “He has a little bit of pull, but the kind that you like. He gives you confidence the whole time. He’s a big horse so I was able to make my way out from the rail and down the backstretch, I let him stretch his legs out a little and it worked out great.“He gets a little discombobulated when he switches leads…I think if someone came up to him though, he would have fought back. I had plenty of horse left.”Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, English-bred It’s The Ice was off at 3-1 and paid $2.80 and $2.10.Sorryaboutnothing sat second until deep stretch and ran gamely for third money under Mario Gutierrez, finishing a neck in front of an on-coming Arcature. Off at 24-1, Sorryaboutnothing paid $4.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.40, 48.14, 1:12.78 and 1:25.25.last_img read more

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