Was Ben Stokes' match-winning innings against Australia the best ever?

By August 26, 2019
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    A five-wicket haul from medium-pacer Kacey Aldridge proved decisive on Thursday as England defeated West Indies by five-wickets in Day-Five action of Rising Stars U19 Tri-Series.

    England, who lost to Sri Lanka on Wednesday by 19 runs via the DLS method, decided to bowl first this time and that decision proved to be the correct one.

    Opener Kirk McKenzie, who replaced Mbeki Joseph, and wicket-keeper batsman Leonardo Julien, both were dismissed without scoring by the player of the match Aldridge (9.1-3-18-5) as the West Indies slipped to 41-4 in the 15th over and eventually folded for a paltry score of 116.

     Captain Kimani Melius (35) did his best to steady the ship but when he was bowled by off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri charging down the wicket, so went the home teams batting resistance.

    The run chase was relatively comfortable for England although they lost half their wickets before they reached the winning score of 117.

    West Indies spin duo off left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd (10-5-9-1) and off-spinner Matthew Patrick (10-2-32-2) made a valiant effort with the ball on a surface that was giving them assistance, but they simply didn’t have enough runs to defend.

    Ben Charlesworth top-scored for the English with 29, while Jordon Cox and Thomas Clarke each scored 24 for the winners.

     Melius was not happy with the collective effort of the batsmen.

     “It’s just a matter of our batsmen converting starts to big scores once they get set. The bowlers have been bowling well, so once the batsmen can put at least 220 runs on the board they (the bowlers) could have something to defend”, Melius said while reflecting on today’s loss and looking ahead to Saturday key game versus Sri Lanka.

     “We (the batsman) have been lackadaisical and haven’t shown enough intent and have to keep the game simple.”

     

  • Tomori signs new five-year Chelsea deal Tomori signs new five-year Chelsea deal

    Chelsea have announced Fikayo Tomori has signed a new long-term contract, with the young defender committing his future to the club through to 2024.

    Tomori is one of the players to have earned the trust of Frank Lampard this season, having shone for the Chelsea boss when on loan at Derby County last season.

    The 21-year-old centre-back has started 11 Premier League games and made his England debut in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo last month.

    Though Chelsea are reportedly set to spend in January having had their transfer ban reduced on appeal, Tomori has been rewarded for his fine form with a new deal.

    "It's obviously a very proud moment for myself and my family. I've been at the club since I was seven years old so I don't really know much else other than Chelsea," Tomori told the club's official website.

    "The club has been so good to me, looking after and developing me during that time into the player and the person I am today. 

    "It's a dream come true to sign a new five-year contract. I'm really happy the club have shown this faith in me and I'm just excited to carry on."

    Tomori is the latest Chelsea academy product to sign new terms this year, following team-mates Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who have also broken into the senior England squad.

    "We are very happy to see another fantastic young player come through from our academy into the senior team," said Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia. 

    "Fikayo has been with us since he was seven years old and has contributed to many Chelsea successes at youth level.

    "Having enjoyed an impressive loan spell at Derby last season, Fikayo had a strong start to this campaign and we are enjoying seeing him grow into a key player for us. We are delighted he has committed to the club for the coming years."

  • CWI appoints Chris Brabazon as coach-education manager CWI appoints Chris Brabazon as coach-education manager

    A Level 2 coaching course which begins on Thursday in Kingston, Jamaica signals the start of the tenure of Chris Brabazon as Coach Education Manager, a new role created as part of CWI’s strategy to strengthen and invest in the development of coaching talent within the region. Chris has immediately travelled to Jamaica to observe the delivery of the Level 2 course.

    Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams, welcomed Brabazon to CWI and highlighted the selection of Brabazon to the position.

    “I am delighted to welcome Chris to the Caribbean where he will be taking up the role of CWI’s first full-time Coach Education Manager.  His appointment is a critical feature of our strategic plan to produce world-class players and winning teams through the development of West Indian coaches,” Adams said.

    “Chris brings a wealth of experience having held a similar role of Coach Development Manager in Western Australia for the past six years.

    “He has worked at every level of the Cricket Australia coaching development pathway, from grassroots to international level, and is well-placed to drive CWI’s objective of developing our coach education programs.  I have no doubt that Chris will play a significant role in advancing our regional game and am very excited to be working with him on improving coaching standards throughout the Caribbean.”

    Speaking on his appointment, Brabazon was delighted to join the legacy of West Indies Cricket.

    “I am incredibly excited to join the team at CWI. In particular, I am looking forward to meeting and working with the coaches and coach developers throughout the Caribbean to ensure that all local players have access to inspirational learning environments that fosters their love of cricket.”

    Brabazon holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, with over twelve (12) years’ experience specifically in cricket. He has functioned in coaching and talent development, as well as cricket management and accounting in his native Australia.

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