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Village cricket row explodes after poo is left on dressing-room bench – The Sun

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A VILLAGE cricket row exploded after poo was left on dressing-room benches.

Volunteers had to work “through the night” to clear up the mess, discovered after a local derby.

 Chesham Cricket Club's changing rooms were hit by a 'dirty protest' following a match against Burnham

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Chesham Cricket Club’s changing rooms were hit by a ‘dirty protest’ following a match against Burnham

Buckinghamshire side Chesham had cruised to a six-wicket home victory over neighbours Burnham.

But sources say staff later walked into the away dressing room and ­discovered the benches were used as a toilet.

A source said: “They were covered in poo. Chesham were due to host a big game the next day.
“Their poor staff had to work through the night to clean it up.”

The discovery on July 20 was reported to the Home Counties Premier Cricket League — and has since caused uproar.

The source added: “It’s just not village cricket. The Chesham boys were pretty angry and rightfully so. Some even wanted to report it to police.”

Burnham refused to comment on the claims but are understood to deny any involvement.

Chesham secretary Chris Royals last night said: “There is an ongoing league investigation so we won’t be able to say anything.”

League chairman Martin Phillips said it was not “appropriate” to comment.

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When Ben Stokes took us on an Ashes journey, cricket’s kinship with hiking was plain to see – The Independent

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I was almost one of the lucky ones. 

I had a ticket for the Headingley test last weekend – but it was for the Saturday. Still a very fine day of cricket indeed; but little could we have guessed at the Ben Stokes magic which was to follow.

On Sunday – Stokesday – I was back home in Hertfordshire, nervously listening to the BBC’s Test Match Special or checking various live blogs, lest one of them might be loading quicker than another. 


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At seven wickets down and still nearly a hundred runs short of victory, parental duty – a trip to the local swimming pool – briefly intervened. I was feeling pessimistic at that point anyway. As we exited the pool an hour later, I asked the guy on the reception what the score was: 30 to get and Jack Leach in. I left the children trailing as I ran home to turn on the radio.

After the stunning denouement, we went for a trog in a local wood, the late afternoon sun meandering between the peculiarly deliberate mix of deciduous and evergreen trees that are entangled there – like English and Australians doing battle while simultaneously producing beauty through their inextricable entwinement.

Wandering in this place I tuned in to TMS again, letting Agnew and co burr quietly from my top pocket as we went, just I have done so many times over the years – alongside Hadrian’s Wall in 2005, in the murky Yorkshire Dales in 1993 and lots more besides. 

Cricket and hiking have always been, for me at least, inseparable bedfellows. It may reflect the simple fact that they are both (up to a point) summer pastimes. What’s more, the time involved in playing a test match means the chances of the two activities coinciding are considerable. 

But I wonder if there is more to it than just that. 

Five-day cricket is meant to be circuitous, to take players and spectators on an unlikely journey – mapped out to an extent, but with the possibility of unanticipated detours, wrong turns and the occasional bad decision. As with hiking, on hot days extra drinks breaks are necessary. 

Most crucially of all, what a love of test matches and of long walks requires is an ability to see exquisiteness in the mundane – to recognise beauty in a forward defensive shot at chilly Edgbaston; to find joy in a leafless Chiltern track.

For it is by identifying the glimmer of light in the rain-affected draw and the grey scree, in the tortuous collapses and the boggy valley, in the days of watching the opposition score 236 in 90 overs for the loss of two wickets (India at Headingley, 2002), and in the miserable path by the busy A-road, that we can bear to keep waiting for the moment when something completely extraordinary happens.

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When Stokes or Botham smite the Aussies, and Atherton keeps the South Africans at bay. When Warne bowls the “ball of the century”; when Brian Lara scores 400; and when Gary Pratt effects a run-out.

Or when you reach a peak that has been shrouded in murk, only for the cloud to lift and for the world below to emerge as if from nowhere. When the path ahead is so perfectly conjured in its mysterious twisting that it must have been chiselled from the pages of a John Buchan novel. 

Or when you sit down after a long slog by the side of a dull reservoir and turn on the radio…  

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30 wave flags like that of Pakistan in Kerala – India Today

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Kerala Police filed a case against 30 students for allegedly waving Pakistan flag in the campus. The incident happened in Silver College of Perambra in Kozhikode district of Kerala. According to the police, the incident happened on Thursday (August 29), during the college’s union election campaign.

Students belonging to the UDF, which includes KSU and MSF held a procession in the campus. Among the smaller flags of the respective organisations, a group of students also flattered a larger flag which resembled the flag of Pakistan.

Soon after the visuals of the incident went viral on social media, Perambra Police launched a probe into the incident. Following the preliminary enquiry, an FIR was registered against 30 students belonging to the MSF under Sections 143, 147, 153 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code.

“We have enquired about the background of the students involved in this. As of now, there isn’t anything suspicious or alarming about their past. The students claim that the mistake happened while printing the flag. We are verifying the facts,” Peramabara CI told India Today TV.

A representative from the student organisation, who spoke to India Today TV, admitted that there was a mistake at their end. “They [students] did not properly inspect the flag after printing. Our flag has two equal halves of white and green with MSF marked at the white portion. But in this flag, it was not of the right proportion, which made it look similar to the Pakistani flag. We cannot even think about waving Pakistan’s flag,” he said.

The college governing body chairman AK Tharuvayi reportedly said that MSF flag was held upside down which made it look like Pakistan’s national flag. He also said that the procession was held on a holiday and assured probe in the matter. However, the BJP has claimed that terrorists have sneaked inside the college campus and are trying to destabilise the harmony in the state.

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30 wave Pakistan flags in Kerala – India Today

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Kerala Police filed a case against 30 students for allegedly waving Pakistan flag in the campus. The incident happened in Silver College of Perambra in Kozhikode district of Kerala. According to the police, the incident happened on Thursday (August 29), during the college’s union election campaign.

Students belonging to the UDF, which includes KSU and MSF held a procession in the campus. Among the smaller flags of the respective organisations, a group of students also flattered a larger flag which resembled the flag of Pakistan.

Soon after the visuals of the incident went viral on social media, Perambra Police launched a probe into the incident. Following the preliminary enquiry, an FIR was registered against 30 students belonging to the MSF under Sections 143, 147, 153 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code.

“We have enquired about the background of the students involved in this. As of now, there isn’t anything suspicious or alarming about their past. The students claim that the mistake happened while printing the flag. We are verifying the facts,” Peramabara CI told India Today TV.

A representative from the student organisation, who spoke to India Today TV, admitted that there was a mistake at their end. “They [students] did not properly inspect the flag after printing. Our flag has two equal halves of white and green with MSF marked at the white portion. But in this flag, it was not of the right proportion, which made it look similar to the Pakistani flag. We cannot even think about waving Pakistan’s flag,” he said.

The college governing body chairman AK Tharuvayi reportedly said that MSF flag was held upside down which made it look like Pakistan’s national flag. He also said that the procession was held on a holiday and assured probe in the matter. However, the BJP has claimed that terrorists have sneaked inside the college campus and are trying to destabilise the harmony in the state.

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Indian Forces Fully Prepared Against Pak Infiltration Bids: Senior Cop – NDTV News

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Jammu: 

Pakistan is frequently violating the ceasefire agreement to facilitate infiltration but the counter-insurgency grid is fully geared up to scuttle the attempts, a senior police official on Saturday said.

“Attempts of infiltration (by terrorists from Pakistan) are continuing and our forces are fully geared up to meet the challenge,” Jammu Inspector General of Police Mukesh Singh told reporters in Samba district after holding an introductory meeting with police officers.

“The counter-infiltration grid is in place and we are fully geared up to meet any challenge,” he said.

On his first visit to Samba after assuming charge as IGP, Jammu, he said officers have been given targets to tackle crime and narcotics smuggling.

“There is a need for special drive against narcotic smugglers,” he added.

Samba Senior Superintendent of Police Shakti K Pathak gave a detailed power-point presentation to the IGP on crime and security situation in the district, a spokesman said.

Mr Singh appreciated the work done by the officers in maintaining law and order in the district, he said, adding, the IGP asked them to remain alert to avert any untoward incident.

All officers were asked to pay attention to clear the pendency of cases under investigation and emphasize on curbing bovine smuggling and drugs menace, the spokesman said.

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High level visit between China and Pakistan at a crucial moment – The Jerusalem Post

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THE CHINESE Communist Party held its 19th National Congress from October 18-24 and Xi Jinping was re

THE CHINESE Communist Party held its 19th National Congress from October 18-24 and Xi Jinping was reelected as general secretary by the new Central Committee.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The China-Pakistan time-tested, all-weather friendship is recognized by the world and termed as a role model in international relations by the rest of the world. Both nations have stood by each other on all critical moments, whether it is an economic blockade of China by the US in the 1950s and pushing China into isolation, or Indian pressure to isolate Pakistan in recent times. Pakistan is the only country among the neighboring nation of China which has no dispute or any issue with it. We enjoy complete harmony on all domestic, regional and global issues. We support and complement each other and stand side-by-side on all crucial moments.

Pakistan is facing severe challenges in this region due to its neighbors, like India and Afghanistan, for a few decades. But a recent Indian move in occupied Kashmir has shaken the peace and stability of the whole region. It is worth mentioning that both India and Pakistan are nuclear states and any misadventure can cause heavy loss to humanity, not only in this region but globally. Pakistan is a peace-loving nation and a victim of the war-like situation in Afghanistan for the last four decades. Pakistan is a victim of terrorism and understands the cost of any escalation of a full-fledged war. The country has successfully averted a war imposed by India in February of this year. And while it may try its best to avoid any war, if war is imposed, Pakistan may retaliate with its full strength as the last option.

Indian accession of Kashmir and reinforcement of fresh troops in Kashmir, military deployment along the line of control and movements of troops and military installations are an obvious message for Pakistan. It is considered a direct threat to the country and a serious warning. India is in the hands of extremists of RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) and any unusual expedition can be expected from the war-crazed government of Narendra Modi.

On the other hand, Pakistan is facilitating a peace process in Afghanistan. Pakistan used its influence to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table to communicate directly with the US. The US administration has almost agreed to the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan. The post-withdrawal strategy has to be formulated to maintain stability and peace in the country, as well as in the region. There is a dire need to repeat the previous experience when the former USSR withdrew its troops and the US also left Afghanistan and as a result, factions inside Afghanistan initiated a civil war and damaged the country even more.

China, having a direct border with Kashmir and India, is a stake-holder and having a keen interest in the peace and stability of this region. China also has a common border with Afghanistan, is also a stake-holder in this respect and desires a perfect peace and stability in Afghanistan, too. Overall, China is one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) and is an emerging world power. China has a global responsibility too, and understands its responsibility very well. China always promoted world peace and supported any initiative by any nation toward world peace and stability.

Mutual visits between the leadership of China and Pakistan are very common and a matter of routine. Such visits usually promote and further strengthen existing friendship, and always open new avenues of cooperation. In fact, mutual visits are to enhance mutual understandings and collaborations. Goodwill visits are aimed at further cementing diplomacy and friendship bonds that have already been in a long time in existence.

Recently, such visits have been witnessed even more frequently. Last week, Pakistan’s foreign minister visited Beijing and had high-level meetings with Chinese leadership. A high-level Chinese military delegation is expected to visit Pakistan soon and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi is expected to visit Pakistan during the first week of September.

High-level visits and their frequency at this moment, when Pakistan is facing severe challenges and the region are undergoing various serious threats, are very important. Pakistan values the Chinese support and this is a really crucial moment. Pakistan will be not alone to overcome all such challenges. The country understands the Chinese role and appreciates it, and is also proud of friendship with China. A warm welcome to the upcoming Chinese delegations to Pakistan.

The writer is a professor and Sinologist (ex-Diplomate), non-resident fellow of the Center for China and Globalization at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan. [email protected]

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Selectors ponder left-field options for fourth Ashes Test – cricket.com.au

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Selectors facing a ‘welcome headache’: Hohns

High among the points Australia’s selectors will discuss ahead of next week’s fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford is the success England’s bowlers have enjoyed against their rivals’ surfeit of left-handers.

While performances in the three-day tour game against Derbyshire, which the tourists won by an innings and 54 runs, were almost universally pleasing, the team to take the field in Manchester from Wednesday will feature at least one change.

Day three wrap: Ruthless Aussies skittle Derbyshire

The return of ex-skipper Steve Smith after suffering concussion means another shake-up of the top six batting is inevitable.

And in the aftermath of the Derbyshire tour game, before the squad made the two-hour road trip to Manchester skirting the perimeter of famed Peak District, selection panel chair Trevor Hohns admitted there are a number of options to be canvassed.

Although Hohns was reluctant to reveal the specifics of the conversations to be had with co-selectors Justin Langer and Greg Chappell (in consultation with captain Tim Paine) he conceded England’s tactics against Australia’s left-handed top-order batters would form the basis of one.

In the three Tests of this Ashes series, Stuart Broad and then Jofra Archer had tormented Australia’s top-order and been especially potent against left-handers.

Archer continues devastating Ashes entrance with six-for

Only once in those three Tests have Australia posted a score of 300 or more – in the second innings at Edgbaston – which is also the only time they have reached 150 before losing at least four wickets.

The fragility of the top-order has been a concern for both teams, and the re-inclusion of Smith plus the compelling case for retention tendered by his replacement Marnus Labuschagne has the selectors mulling another reshuffle.

“It has been difficult up top for both teams,” Hohns said today of the respective batting woes.

“The opening bowlers with that new ball, and conditions that seem to have prevailed, it has been very, very difficult for any player who has batted in the top three.

“We are mindful of that. We are also mindful that the England bowlers have bowled very well to our guys, particularly our left-handers, so we will certainly look at that as well.”

The demarcation between the right and left-handers in Australia’s top six has been stark.

Despite playing only one and half Tests each, Smith and Labuschagne (both right-handers) have been Australia’s best-performed batters averaging 126 and 71 respectively.

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Vice-captain Travis Head (160 runs from six innings at 32) has been the most productive of the lefties, followed by Matthew Wade (151 at 25.17), Usman Khwaja (122 at 20.33), David Warner (79 at 13.17) and Marcus Harris (27 at 13.50 from his sole appearance).

All but a handful of those left-hander dismissals have been the result of England’s four-pronged pace attack (often operating around the wicket) having their opponents bowled, lbw when pinned on the crease, or caught behind the wicket.

The problem faced by Hohns and his panel is the absence of auxiliary right-handers in the 17-man touring party.

The only other specialist batter to fit that bill is opener Cameron Bancroft, who was tried for the first two Tests (44 runs at 11) before being dropped for Harris.

Labuschagne scraps for half-century before bizarre exit

However, if Australia were looking to make a change further down the batting order they might consider recalling allrounder Mitchell Marsh, who was player of the match in the tour game at Derby and doubles as a handy fourth-string seamer.

“Mitchell Marsh has certainly given us a good option today,” Hohns said immediately after the tour match, in which Marsh top-scored for Australia with 74 batting at number three and claimed 3-38 from 17 overs with the ball.

“All players are in contention, I must say.

“Everyone has certainly put forward a good case for inclusion for the next Test match.”

Day two wrap: Marsh stars as Aussies dominate in Derby

If Marsh was to be added to the starting XI, it would require a significant shake-up of the current batting structure.

One way that might be achieved would be to retain Harris or employ Usman Khawaja as opener (the role he filled as captain at Derby) alongside David Warner, with Labuschagne installed at three.

Hohns cautioned against reading too much into the decision to deploy Khawaja as an opener against Derbyshire, where he compiled a typically elegant 72 from 157 balls.

“It’s just the way we wanted to the side to look and to bat,” Hohns said of the decision, which Khawaja had earlier revealed was not made by him despite being skipper.

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“The important thing in this (Derby) game was to give as many players as possible an opportunity to get some game time and some batting in the middle.

“There’s no great pointer in Usman opening.

“We know he can open, he’s done that before in Test matches, we know he’s been pretty good at number three for us as well.”

In the course of his seven-Test career to date, Labuschagne has filled every specialist batting berth between three and seven and – with Smith settling back in at number four – having the Queenslander at first-drop would break up the run of lefties after the openers.

“He’s been terrific with the opportunity he was given in Lord’s, unfortunate opportunity of course,” Hohns said of Labuschagne who received his chance when activated as concussion substitute for Smith in the second Test.

“He’s certainly made every post a winner, and made the most of every opportunity he has been given.

“Adding that to the fact he can bowl some handy leg-spin as well, he’s a prime contender (for Old Trafford).

“It’s very hard for me to say just where, but he’s an option everywhere as we have seen.”

Starc mops up with triple-wicket maiden

The other argument for considering Marsh is the role he can play as a ‘defensive’ seamer, which is seen as a necessary counter-balance to Mitchell Starc’s all-out aggression.

Starc has worked hard to concede fewer runs, especially with the new ball, but despite starring against Derbyshire the selectors might be anxious about his capacity to leak runs on a fast-scoring ground such as Old Trafford.

With the Manchester pitch tipped to be among the quickest of the series, the temptation to unleash Starc might also require the steadiness of Marsh – a more accomplished batter than Peter Siddle, who also fulfils that role – given the allrounder has conceded just 2.6 runs per over in his two first-class outings this tour.

If that proves the option selectors take, then it would seem Wade might be the unlucky batter (along with either Harris or Khawaja) to be squeezed out in the log-jam.

That’s despite Wade being the only Australia batter other than Smith to reach a century in this series, with his 110 in the opening Test at Edgbaston pivotal in his team’s 251-run victory.

“He played very well that innings he made a hundred,” Hohns said of Wade.

“Unfortunately, things have not quite gone his way since then.

“That will certainly be an area we are having a look at.

“Whether it’s up the top or in the middle, we’ll sit down and go through ‘why’ and ‘what-if’ – if we play this person, who’s suited better to what particular area of our batting line-up.”

2019 Qantas Ashes Tour of England

Australia squad: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

England squad: Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (vc), Chris Woakes.

First Test: Australia beat England by 251 runs at Edgbaston

Second Test: Match drawn at Lord’s

Third Test: England defeat Australia by one wicket at Headingley

Tour match: Australians v Derbyshire, August 29-31

Fourth Test: September 4-8, Old Trafford

Fifth Test: September 12-16, The Oval

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Mark Greatbatch visits Cobham Oval for fundraiser for youth in cricket – New Zealand Herald

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Former New Zealand cricket player and coach Mark Greatbatch is doing his bit for youth cricket with an appearance at a fundraising luncheon at the Cobham Cricket Club on Friday.

Greatbatch, who made his debut for the national side on February 25, 1988 in a test against England in Auckland, travelled from his home in Auckland to Whangārei to appear as the guest of honour for the event which included an auction of valuable sporting memorabilia.

Mark Greatbatch (centre) gets involved in the auction with a number of great items up for grabs. Photo / Langwoods Event Photography
Mark Greatbatch (centre) gets involved in the auction with a number of great items up for grabs. Photo / Langwoods Event Photography

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India vs West Indies: Jasprit Bumrah 3rd Indian to take hat-trick in Test cricket – India Today

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First Annual Midwest Regional Cricket Tournament – News On 6

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Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world and Bartlesville has the only cricket field in Oklahoma. So, today it the city has the honor of hosting one of the biggest tournaments in the county. Over the three-day weekend thousands of people will be coming to this tournament.

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