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Worcester cricket bat attack suspect told his defence is ‘ridiculous’ – Worcester News


A CONVICTED robber accused of a cricket bat attack on a drug dealer’s home was told his defence was ‘ridiculous’.

The jury is expected to retire on Tuesday in the trial of Tommy Lee Jauncey and Scott Fewtrell at Worcester Crown Court. Jauncey, 22, previously of St George’s Lane, Barbourne, Worcester and Fewtrell of Chedworth Drive, Warndon, Worcester deny affray and possession of offensive weapons – a cricket bat and a knife. A living room window was smashed during the incident at a terraced house in Mill Street, Diglis, Worcester, at around 5.20pm on October 23, 2017, the home of Paul Taylor who accepts he supplied cannabis to around 32 customers from that address.

Fewtrell accepts he was present but denies being a man at the door with a knife. Jauncey, said by the prosecution to be the man with the bat, denies he was there at all, claiming he spent the whole day with someone else’s girlfriend with whom he had been sleeping. Both men were arrested the following day, found hiding in a shed in Holly Grove, Bevere following a police chase in which a cricket bat and knife were thrown from the windows of a Fiat Punto. The Punto was found abandoned nearby on stolen plates with Jauncey’s fingerprint on it. He denies theft of the plate.

Timothy Sapwell, prosecuting, told the jury that Jauncey’s alibi, Jade, had provided no support for his account. He said: “She has not been co-operative in that regard. The reason she hasn’t been he says is because she has been intimidated by Mr Taylor (the alleged victim) which I suggest is a ridiculous allegation.”

He told the jury he had not been given the opportunity to put this allegation to Mr Taylor and told the panel Jauncey had ‘made it up on the spot’.

Mr Sapwell said Jauncey had been identified by a police officer as the driver of the Punto at 5.03pm on the day of the incident and again at at 5.38pm, this time as a front seat passenger. Sian Taylor who lived at the address in Mill Street had also picked out Jauncey from nine photos during an identification procedure. Richard Hull, for Jauncey, said of the identification evidence: “Mistakes do happen.” He said Mr Taylor said he had only seen the eyes of the person said by the prosecution to be Jauncey and had said he had ‘mistaken him for Asian’. He said of Mr Taylor: “Is this a witness in respect of whom you can be confident?”

The trial continues.


Global watchdog to monitor Pakistan’s progress in tackling militant funding – India Today


The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will monitor Pakistan’s progress in implementing a proposed plan against financing for militant organizations ahead of a meeting in October, the international watchdog body said on Friday.

Its Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) met in Canberra this week to discuss reports on countries including Pakistan, which was last year placed on a grey list of countries with inadequate controls over money laundering and terrorism financing.

“The reports will now be subject to post-plenary quality and consistency review prior to publication,” it said in a statement on its website after the meeting ended.

Final publication on the APG website is expected in early October 2019, it added.

In June, the watchdog gave Pakistan until October to improve its counter-terror finance operations or face further action.

Separately, Pakistan’s finance ministry rejected as baseless Indian media reports that Islamabad was put on FATF’s black list. India, engaged in a standoff with Pakistan over the disputed region of Kashmir, has pressed for further sanctions against its neighbour.

Pakistan has been placed on so-called “enhanced follow-up” in line with FATF’s evaluation procedures, the ministry said in a statement.

“…Pakistan would be required to submit follow-up progress reports to APG on quarterly basis,” it added.


UN backs Priyanka Chopra on Pakistan row, says actress retains right to speak in personal capacity – Firstpost


Priyanka Chopra retains the right to speak in her personal capacity on issues of concern to her, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has said amid demands from a Pakistan minister that the Indian actor be removed as UNICEF goodwill ambassador for her stand on Kashmir.

 UN backs Priyanka Chopra on Pakistan row, says actress retains right to speak in personal capacity

Priyanka Chopra. Image from Twitter

Dujarric’s statement on Thursday came a day after Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said Chopra should be removed from her post for supporting the Indian government’s policies on Kashmir.

In a letter to UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore on Wednesday, she also alleged that Chopra is in favour of a “nuclear war” between India and Pakistan.

“I can tell you that, for any Goodwill Ambassador, whether it’s Chopra or anyone else, we expect them to adhere to impartial positions when they speak on behalf of UNICEF or any other organization,” Dujarric, spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said at the daily press briefing.

“When they speak in their personal capacity, they retain the right to speak about issues of interests or concern to them. Their personal views, however, do not reflect those of the agency with which they may be affiliated with,” he said.

Dujarric was asked whether Chopra, who has been tweeting in favour of the Indian Army, still maintains her status as UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

Mazari’s letter cames days after Chopra was verbally attacked at an event in the US by a Pakistani woman who also accused the actor of encouraging nuclear war against her country. The audience member had raked up Chopra’s February 26 tweet where she congratulated the Indian Air Force after Indian fighter jets attacked the Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) terrorist camp at Balakot in Pakistan.

Updated Date: Aug 24, 2019 09:38:28 IST


New cricket field in NDG – CityNews Montreal


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Kashmir is India’s internal matter: Maldives tells Pakistan – India Today


The Maldives on Friday backed India on Kashmir, telling Pakistan that New Delhi’s decision to revoke special status of Jammu and Kashmir was its internal matter.

The Maldives also urged both countries to resolve their differences amicably.

In a statement, the Maldives Foreign Affairs Ministry said that Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid received a telephone call from his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday afternoon.

Qureshi briefed Shahid on the developments in Jammu and Kashmir and conveyed the views of the Pakistan government on the decision of the Indian government to repeal Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

Shahid told Qureshi that “both Pakistan and India are close friends and bilateral partners of the Maldives and stressed the importance of resolving differences between countries amicably through peaceful means”.

Shahid also stated that “Maldives viewed the decision taken by India regarding Article 370 of the Indian Constitution as an internal matter.”

He told said that Maldives will always remain a close friend of Pakistan and expressed confidence that the Maldives and Pakistan will continue to cooperate in advancing interests in areas of mutual concern, bilaterally, regionally, and internationally.


Al Qaeda Claims ‘Treacherous’ Pakistani Forces Detained Wife of Its Chief Ayman al-Zawahiri – News18


It said: ‘We … hold Pakistan’s government and its treacherous army and their American masters responsible for their criminal acts.’

Al Qaeda Claims 'Treacherous' Pakistani Forces Detained Wife of Its Chief Ayman al-Zawahiri
Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.


Islamabad: Al-Qaeda has accused Pakistani security forces of detaining the wife of its chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and two other families of the insurgent group’s “martyrs” for nearly a year.

In a statement, the leadership of al-Qaeda on Friday alleged “treacherous Pakistani forces” captured Zawahiri’s wife and others as they left the former Taliban stronghold of Waziristan bordering Afghanistan about a year ago due to continuous airstrikes.

It said: “We … hold Pakistan’s government and its treacherous army and their American masters responsible for their criminal acts.”

There was no immediate comment from Pakistan.

Zawahiri, an Egyptian, became leader of al-Qaeda following the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan by U.S. Navy SEALS. He is believed to be hiding somewhere in the region.

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UNSC criticises China, Pakistan for persecution of religious minorities – All India Radio


Aug 24, 2019

UNSC criticises China, Pakistan for persecution of religious minorities

Representational pic

A UN Security Council meet has criticised China and Pakistan for persecution of their religious minorities. Western powers such as the US and UK criticised China and Pakistan for the oppression faced by Christians, Ahmadis, Uighurs and other ethnic minorities.

The Arria-Formula Meeting of the Security Council on ‘Advancing the Safety and Security of Persons Belonging to Religious Minorities in Armed Conflict’ was organised by Poland, the Council President for August, to mark the first International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.

Addressing the meeting, US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback said religious freedom is essential for achieving peace and stability within nations and among nations. He then called out Pakistan for the persecution religious minorities continue to suffer from in the country.

He also voiced concern over the “undue restrictions” on religious freedom in China. UK, France and Canada also spoke out against the oppression of religious minorities in China and Pakistan. Addressing the meeting, UN chief António Guterres called for an end to the persecution of religious groups. 


Ashes: Cricket greats line up Joe Root after England embarassment – 7NEWS


Cricket legends have lined up Joe Root’s captaincy after Australia put one hand on the Ashes with a dominant bowling performance and a solid reply with the bat.

The hosts were greeted with bright sunshine and perfect batting weather in front of an expectant home crowd after bowling Australia out for 179 on day one.

In the video above: Josh Hazlewood says England might be scarred

However, those hopes of seeing off the Steve Smith-less Aussies were demolished in just under three hours when they were skittled out for 67 – their lowest Ashes score since 1948.

Led by Ben Stokes, England’s bowlers were once again impressive but dropped catches and no balls blighted their effort to dismiss the tourists cheaply as Australia closed at 6-171 for a lead of 283.

England opener Jason Roy’s early dismissal in the morning session brought skipper Joe Root to the crease on his home ground, but his stay was short-lived as he chalked up his second duck in as many innings.

Root fell to the first golden duck of his career at Lord’s last week when he was dismissed by Pat Cummins and he departed second ball on Friday after Hazlewood produced a perfect delivery that caught the edge and Warner took a his second catch of the day.

The 28-year-old has enjoyed his most success batting at four but has reluctantly been promoted to three for this series, but has only one half-century to show for his efforts.

As Root’s struggles at No.3 continue – he moved up from his preferred No.4 spot to strengthen an inexperienced batting order – and an evenly matched series pulls firmly in Australia’s favour, Ashes greats Geoffrey Boycott and Ian Chappell have begun questioning the England skipper’s future.

Chappell, a former captain of Australia, said Root “has a lack of feel for the game” that shows in his bowling selections both at the start of sessions and during an innings.

“If you’re standing in the slips and you’ve got a bowler operating and he hasn’t taken a wicket for a few overs, but you’ve got a gut feel there is a wicket around the corner, then you keep him going,” he told Macquarie radio on Saturday.

“But if you’re standing in the slips and the bloke has been bowling for a few overs and you just think to yourself ‘there is nothing happening here he just doesn’t look like getting a wicket’ then you’ve got to get him off and get someone else on.”

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Boycott said England’s failures are adding up, and they could justify taking the captaincy off Root.

“Joe Root might just be in a poor trot, that happens. But he has to start winning Tests against Australia,” he said on BBC radio.

“He won’t get a better day to bowl yesterday and a better day to bat today – he has to win this Test. If he can’t win this, then he may as well give up the job.”

Former Test player and commentator Jonathan Agnew put England’s collapse firmly on Root and coach Trevor Bayliss, who will leave his role at the end of the series.

“We have said it before but Joe Root’s side have got to look at the way they are approaching their batting,” he wrote for the BBC.

Joe Root was out for a duck on his home ground.
Joe Root was out for a duck on his home ground.Image: Getty

“One of the mantras of this team is that if the bowlers are on top you have got to attack and take it back to the them. That is not right. You cannot do that in Test cricket.

“You soak it up and let the bowlers wear themselves out a bit. You don’t give the opposition another wicket. You don’t try and hit yourself out of trouble.

“That seems to be the philosophy of this England team and it will come from the coach and the captain.”

Agnew went on to argue that it’s nothing new: “It is disappointing but not surprising because it has been happening like this for a number of years. How do you correct it? I don’t know because until they get ‘it’ they will still have a problem.”


Village cricket club looking to smash Guinness World Record for third time – by playing solidly for a WEEK – The Sun


A SMALL village cricket club is looking to break a Guinness World Record for a third time – by playing solidly for a WEEK.

Blunham CC, who have held the honour twice before, but not since 2012, will need to be in the field continuously for seven days starting 4pm today. This means morning, noon and night under the floodlights, whatever the weather.

 Blunham Cricket Club is looking to break a Guinness World Record for a third time – by playing solidly for a WEEK


Blunham Cricket Club is looking to break a Guinness World Record for a third time – by playing solidly for a WEEK

Each game will last for six hours, with a 12th man allowing those involved in the record attempt to eat and rest briefly before returning to the pitch.

Players will be allowed just three hours sleep every 12 in a tent by the side of the pitch – with medics on hand to ensure everyone is in good health.

If they manage to reach 168 hours of non-stop cricket, Blunham will have beaten current holders Loughborough University Staff side’s 150 hours and 14 minutes of continuous game time – which has stood for seven years – while having raised thousands for charity.

However, a heatwave is predicted for this Bank Holiday weekend, leaving the teams playing through temperatures of up to 29C.

Club captain George Hutson, 26, said: “We don’t like the record being in other people’s hands, so we have all taken a week’s annual leave to do this, rather than going to the beach with our families.


“We’d prefer the weather to be a manageable 20C throughout the week – but there’s not much we can do about it, so we just have to get on with it.

“We’ve had a nutritionist in telling us we need to drink three litres of water a day, especially if hot, and there will be medical professionals attending three times a day to check on us.

“Come Tuesday, when everyone is back at work and we’ve been standing aching in a field for three days with four to go, that might be the point a couple of us break.

“But if anyone struggles, we have to pull them through it as a team. Everyone has to be involved to the end or the record attempt fails, but I have every faith in my lads.

“And while we are desperate to win back the record, the most important thing is it is all for a good cause – but our partners think we are totally mad!”

The record has been in existence since 2003, when it was first held by French side Cricket Club des Ormes, who played non-stop for 26 hours 15 minutes.

Blunham CC, based in the small Bedfordshire village of the same name, initially won it in 2008, ratcheting up 56 hours in the field, before taking back the title from Auckland-based Cornwall CC two years later, playing for 105 hours.

 The team will need to be in the field continuously for seven days — morning, noon and night under the floodlights, whatever the weather


The team will need to be in the field continuously for seven days — morning, noon and night under the floodlights, whatever the weather
 Playing overnight will come as a welcome respite, with a heatwave predicted for this Bank Holiday weekend, leaving the teams playing through temperatures of up to 29C


Playing overnight will come as a welcome respite, with a heatwave predicted for this Bank Holiday weekend, leaving the teams playing through temperatures of up to 29C

This record attempt – which is predicted to feature 10,000 balls bowled on one wicket by 22 players between the ages of 17 and 54 – would see Blunham play for longer than their previous two attempts combined.

Hutson, who’s been at the club 14 years, said: “Guinness stipulate players must be over the age of 16, with parental consent, or aged over 18.

“Last time we won it, in 2010, there were lots of kids who wanted to get involved but were too young, and they have been itching to get involved since.”

The record attempt has been backed by more than 100 volunteers who will help provide the 720 meals needed to feed those involved in the marathon effort.


It also includes umpires, scorers, stewards and witnesses to ensure the attempt is verified by Guinness – as well as devoted family members doing the washing.

Hutson said: “We only have two sets of whites, and in that weather we will all be getting hot and sweaty, so we are asking those close to us to get them cleaned and bring them back through the week.

“Our families will be sacrificing a lot to help us break this record and raise money for charity, and we’ve been sponsored by a number of local businesses, so it’s a proper community effort.”

Hutson admits the players will also have to look after each other. He added: “We will have to take it easy through the night, or we won’t get through it.


June 2003 – Cricket Club des Ormes, Brittany, France – 26 hours 15 minutes

June 2006 – Cheriton Fitzpaine CC, Devon – 27h34m

June 2006 – Citipointe Church, Brisbane, Australia – 33h30m

May 2007 – Red Row CC, Northumberland – 34h

Sept 2007 – Chestfield CC – Kent – 35h

March 2008 – Citipointe Church – 50h18m

Summer 2008 – Cornwall CC, Auckland, New Zealand – 55h

Sept 2008 – Blunham CC – Blunham – 59h 33m

Jan 2009 – Raymond Terrace District CC – New South Wales, Aus – 66h 16m

Feb 2009 – New South Wales Police Force, NSW, Aus – 67h 9m

Jan 2010 – Cornwall CC, Auckland, NZ – 100h

“If people are going out to bat in the dark against the first team opening bowler, having had limited sleep, that’s a risk which we are all aware of.

“There will be competitive moments during the week, but everyone understands the safety of the players is paramount.”

Aside from the cricket there will be entertainment including live bands, go-karting, a BBQ and plenty of drink, with estimates suggesting 500 pints will be downed.

Organisers are hoping to raise between £25,000 and £30,000, which will be split between the Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, in nearby Moggerhanger, and mental health charity Mind, as well as helping to fund a new children’s sports facility in the village.

Hutson said: “Both charities have helped people out in the club over time and we want to give something back, as well as developing sport for young people in the village.”

If the record continues to grow at the same rate it has since Blunham CC last held it in 2010, the next attempt could see them trying to reclaim it again in 2028 – by playing for 272 hours, or 11 days. Hutson, who would be 35 then, said: “I’ll probably give that one a miss, to be honest!”

 The record attempt has been backed by more than 100 volunteers who will help provide the 720 meals needed to feed those involved in the marathon effort


The record attempt has been backed by more than 100 volunteers who will help provide the 720 meals needed to feed those involved in the marathon effort
 Blunham CC last held the record in 2012


Blunham CC last held the record in 2012
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Stats: Jasprit Bumrah completes 50 wickets in Test cricket – CricTracker


Darren Bravo was Jasprit Bumrah’s 50th wicket in Test cricket.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jasprit Bumrah didn’t take much time for settling down to the Test cricket after making a good start in the limited-overs formats. He made his longer format debut at the start of 2018 during India’s tour of South Africa. Bumrah played a crucial part in India’s four away Test victories in 2018 including their maiden Test series win on the Australian soil. Across nine Test matches in 2018, Bumrah claimed 48 wickets with help of three 5-wicket hauls.

Only Terry Alderman (54 wickets in 1981) and Curtly Ambrose (49 wickets in 1988) picked more Test wickets during the debut year than Bumrah’s 48. In the ongoing Test match, Bumrah dismissed Darren Bravo with the first ball he bowled after Tea on day two. That wicket was Jasprit Bumrah’s 50th in Test cricket. The Gujarat-born needed only 11 matches to claim his 50th Test wicket.


Fastest to 50 wickets in Test cricket by Indian pacers:


Matches Taken

Jasprit Bumrah


Venkatesh Prasad

Mohammed Shami


Irfan Pathan

S Sreesanth


Thus, Bumrah became the quickest Indian pacer to complete 50 wickets in Test cricket. Bumrah needed two matches less than the previous fastest Indian pacers – Venkatesh Prasad (13 Tests) and Mohammed Shami (13 Tests). In overall among the Indians, Jasprit is only behind Ravichandran Ashwin (9 Tests) and Anil Kumble (10 Tests) in the list of quickest to 50 Test wickets.

Narendra Hirwani and Harbhajan Singh also needed 11 matches for the milestone of 50 wickets in Test cricket. In terms of balls bowled, Bumrah leads the Indian list. The speedster’s 50th wicket came on the 2465th legitimate delivery bowled in Test cricket. In this process, Bumrah broke the record held by Ravichandran Ashwin in 2597 deliveries.

Fastest to 50 wickets in Test cricket by Indians:


Matches Taken

Ravichandran Ashwin


Anil Kumble

Narendra Hirwani


Harbhajan Singh


Jasprit Bumrah


Jasprit Bumrah could have got to this milestone in his 10th Test only if not for the weather. Bumrah had 48 wickets in only nine Test matches prior to the Sydney Test earlier this year. He bowled 21 overs for one wicket in the first innings but had a chance of bowling only two overs in the 2nd essay. Had Bumrah completed this milestone during that Sydney Test, he could have been the joint-fastest Asian pacer to 50 wickets in Test cricket.

Fastest to 50 wickets in Test cricket by Asian pacers:



Matches Taken

Waqar Younis



Shabbir Ahmed

Pakistan 10

Mohammad Asif

Pakistan 10

Mohammad Abbas

Pakistan 10

Khan Mohammad



Jasprit Bumrah India


(Stats as on August 23, 2019)


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