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Virat Kohli ends West Indies tour with his 4th first-ball duck in Test cricket – India Today

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India captain Virat Kohli registered his fourth golden duck in Test cricket on Sunday during the ongoing second Test against West Indies at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

Kohli got out off the first ball to Kemar Roach, who got rid of the India skipper and KL Rahul before that in successive deliveries. Both were identical deliveries, pitching just outside off-stump before moving slightly away to take the edge.

But Roach missed out on his maiden hat-trick, failing to dislodge Ajinkya Rahane on the hat-trick ball. Roach also moved to 9th position on the list of bowlers with the most wickets in Test cricket for the Windies with 193 wickets and counting.

It was Kohli’s fourth first-ball duck in Tests and the first since the Oval Test against England in 2018. Before that he had managed golden ducks against England at Lord’s in 2014 and against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2011.

Overall, the number-one ranked batsman in Test cricket has been dismissed 9 times on a duck in red-ball international cricket. Kohli finished the Test series with 136 runs from four innings at an average of 34 with two fifties. He is currently the third highest run-scorer in the series.

Incidentally, Kohli was also the sixth batsman to get out on a first-ball duck in world cricket on September 1.

New Zealand opener Colin Munro, who was playing against Sri Lanka in the 1st T20I at Pallekele, got out for a duck while Smriti Mandhana, Sophie Luff, Lucy Higham and Kirstie Gordon also managed the same in the Women’s Cricket Super League T20 tournament being held in England.

Kohli’s dismissal saw India being reduced to 36 for 3 in their second innings on Day 3. India were ahead by 335 runs at the time after they bowled the West Indies out for 117 in the first session.

India decided not to enforce the follow-on despite taking a first-innings lead of 299 runs as they wanted to give some rest to their bowlers. West Indies, resuming the day at a dismal 87 for seven, batted for 14.1 overs and added 30 runs to their overnight total before getting all out in 47.1 overs.

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Irresponsible rhetoric: On Pakistan leaders’ threats – The Hindu

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Statements by senior functionaries of Pakistan including Prime Minister Imran Khan threatening war and violence against India and in Jammu and Kashmir are irresponsible, escalatory and dangerous. Mr. Khan has even spoken about the possibility of a nuclear war, albeit couched in language purportedly meant to be about the dangers of it, while a Minister went to the extent of announcing a time frame for starting a war. Several diplomats have called for jihad. Pakistan’s reputation as a reckless nuclear power is reinforced in all this, and its continuing support for Islamist terrorist outfits is not doing any good for the people of J&K. Pursuit of military parity with India has ruined Pakistan economically, though the compact of generals and clerics that controls it has flourished. These vested interests have placed Kashmir as central to Pakistan’s national identity that they understand as exclusive and Islamist. Now under fire for being ineffective in the face of India’s recent measures with regard to J&K, Mr. Khan and his allies are ratcheting up the rhetoric. The military that is in step with him, tested a surface-to-surface missile amid the tensions. Pakistan is trying to catch the world’s attention and assuage the perilous passions its state policies have created in its society.

Unlike Pakistan, India has set for itself high standards as a democratic secular polity and a responsible nuclear power. Its behaviour in all circumstances must live up to its reputation. New Delhi rules out mediation by any other country in its relations with Pakistan, on grounds that it is capable of resolving all issues bilaterally. Since 2014, India has also rejected any role for Pakistan on the question of J&K. Indian Ministers have been saying that the only point to be discussed with Pakistan is the return of parts of the region that is under its control currently. Simultaneously, New Delhi has also ruled out any talks with political leaders in J&K, separatists or mainstream. India has also indicated that it would be open to reviewing its ‘no first use’ nuclear doctrine. India calculates, probably rightly, that global powers caught up in their own crises have no inclination to be involved in any India-Pakistan dispute. Indian leaders have expressed willingness to talk to Pakistan on the one hand, and on the other hand made menacing statements primarily meant to sustain nationalist passions back home. Ambiguity may be a good tactic in diplomacy at times, but this occasion warrants stated clarity that India does not seek conflict. Having disrupted the equilibrium in J&K, India must now work harder to restore it and reaching out to Pakistan may be well worth it. At any rate, the government functionaries must resist the temptation to match the Pakistan leadership in irresponsible rhetoric.

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Cricket Fielding Positions – ESPBR

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Cricket is followed like a religion in every part of the world today. The sport that involves thrill, fun, and suspense, has a million fan-following among all age groups. But to some who aren’t regular followers of the game, a few terms and concepts may sound Greek. Now words like bowler, batsman, fielder, and umpire are familiar to all. But there are tons of others which are equally important to know so that you don’t feel lost.  

One such example is fielding positions. It’s good to learn about them especially if you’re listening to cricket commentary on the radio and if you’re a beginner to the sport. So let’s look at some of the top cricket fielding positions that find a place in the game.

Common Fielding Positions Cricket

Let’s start with a basic fun fact. In all the cricket fielding positions 11 players are so divided that only 9 of them can field at any point in time during the game. This is because the remaining two – wicketkeeper and bowler – are always placed at fixed positions. Let’s look at some of the most frequented names of fielding positions used in the game –

  • On and Off – The fielder placed towards the right-hand side of the batsman is said to be in the ‘on’ position. The one standing at the left hand of the latter is in the ‘off’ position. Both these positions refer to the view obtained towards the bowler’s end. 

  • Slips – As the name explains it, some players are placed right behind the batsman at a certain angle to catch the ball “slipped” by the latter. Sometimes the ball may also take an edge from the batsman. Therefore, the slips positioned are responsible to grab the ball before it can score a run. 

There are 3 types of slip fielding positions: First Slip, Second Slip, and Third Slip. Besides that, Leg Slip refers to the player who stands to the right leg side (instead of the left) of the wicketkeeper in case of a right-handed batsman. 

Also, Fly Slip is the term assigned to a fielder who’s positioned quite far from the batsman. The other usual slip fielders would normally stand close to the 30-yeard circle. 

  • Covers – Next on the cricket field positions map are the players that form “covers”, so named because they are positioned exactly where the second pitch is kept covered. Cover and Cover Point are the two main terms used for these fielding positions. 

Apart from these, there’s an Extra Cover, referring to the player who stands in a slightly wider position compared to the others. Similarly, Deep Cover would go on to mean the fielder who stands “deeper” or close to the boundary line. 

  • Square – Those cricket fielding positions that are carefully chosen at a 90-degree angle to the batsman are known as Square. The common ones include Square Leg and Deep Square Leg. Besides, there are two more – Short Backward Square Leg and Deep Backward Square Leg. 

The former would refer to a player who is placed slightly behind the perpendicular line of the batsman on the field. And the fielders at the Deep Backward Square Leg position usually stand in line with those at the Short Backward Square Leg but close to the boundary line.

  • Silly Point – This is one of the most popular cricket fielding position names and you may have heard it often on the commentary. Interestingly, the term has been rightly coined so in view of the apparent risk of being hit by a batsman’s rough stroke. Silly Point fielding position is further divided into two – Silly mid-on and Silly Mid-Off.

The first field position falls somewhere midway between the pitch, towards the ‘on’ side. And the latter is placed halfway between both the ends of the pitch, towards the ‘off’ side. 

  • Mid Fielding Positions – There are 3 main types of these: Mid-Off, Short Mid-Off, and Mid-On. The first one refers to the fielder who is placed nearest to the bowler on the ‘off’ side. In the second position, the player stands relatively in proximity to the batsman. And the third position fielders are again positioned nearest to the bowler either on the leg side or the ‘on’ side of the pitch.

  • Mid-Wicket – A Mid-Wicket player is supposed to field standing somewhere in the center of the Mid-On and Square Leg positions. Again, the fielder positioned at Deep Mid-Wicket stands in line with the mid-wicket player but close to the boundary line.
  • Long Positions – Long On and Long Off are the two prime positions of relevance here. Long On players are placed in line with those on the Mid-On position, but comparatively closer to the boundaries. Similarly, the Long-Off fielders are in line with those on Mid-Off but near the boundary line. 

  • Cow CornerCow Corner in cricket is another commonly-used term during a match. It basically refers to the player stationed between Long On and Deep Mid-Wicket positions. 

Who Decides the Cricket Fielding Positions and How?

In cricket, the prerogative to prepare the fielding strategies is entrusted with the captain of the bowling team. And the captain plans each move carefully taking into account whether they choose defensive or attacking fielding tactics. 

He might choose an attacking fielding strategy wherein the batting team is prompted to make mistakes. This can be achieved through some vigorous bowling and positioning fielders very close to the batsman.

However, if the captain feels that the score made by his team in the previous batting attempt can be easily run over, he might choose to get defensive. In this case, he would place his fielders so that they can save a majority of fours and sixes from the batsman’s strokes. 

Summing Up 

A cricket fielding positions chart can provide a better and clearer picture to a beginner about how each player is stationed on a cricket field during the match. However, the terms detailed above hope to give you a good start into knowing the basics of the game.

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FATF sets new targets for Pakistan to check terror financing, asks Islamabad to monitor sale of… – Firstpost

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Islamabad: The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has set new targets for Pakistan to check terror financing and asked it to monitor the sale of jewellery and prize bonds in this regard, according to a media report on Saturday.

 FATF sets new targets for Pakistan to check terror financing, asks Islamabad to monitor sale of jewellery, prize bonds

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State Bank of Pakistan, Federal Board of Revenue, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Federal Investigation Agency and National Counter Terrorism Authority would record details of the monetary deals, including telecom banking, reported Dunya News.

The state banks’ monitoring unit will have to provide data of prize bond owners.

Terrorists accessing prize bonds and transferring money through phone banking has been hit, sources told the news network. The sources said welfare organisations would also be monitored at the federal and provincial levels.

The FATF last year placed Pakistan on the grey list of countries whose domestic laws are considered weak to tackle the challenges of money laundering and terror-financing.

In June, the FATF said that Pakistan had failed to complete its action plan on terror financing. The Paris-based anti-money laundering watchdog warned Islamabad to meet its commitment by October or face action, which could possibly lead to the country getting blacklisted.


Updated Date: Sep 01, 2019 23:27:09 IST

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Cricket: Black Caps fight back to topple Sri Lanka in opening Twenty20 – New Zealand Herald

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They were put under pressure by Sri Lanka’s batsmen, then needed a mighty fightback to overcome their bowlers. The rain, of course, had to make an appearance as well. But, after all of that, the Black Caps’ Twenty20 World Cup build-up is underway – with a win.

It was a win that looked extremely unlikely at 39-3 in the eighth over, with a chase of 175 on the docket, but a superb 79-run partnership off just 38 balls between Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme put them in with a chance, and Daryl Mitchell and Mitchell Santner saw them home, claiming a five-wicket win with three balls to spare.

In some ways, the topsy-turvy encounter was a fitting start to a series that has an experimental feel to it, in a format that can be hellaciously random at the best of times. The Black Caps had rested Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, and they will be joined in heading home by Lockie Ferguson, who fractured his thumb on the eve of the game.

Ferguson’s contributions were missed as Sri Lanka racked up an excellent score, led by Kusal Mendis, who produced the best Twenty20 innings of his career with 79 from 53 balls. He took a liking to Seth Rance early and showed little problems scoring off de Grandhomme, but the Black Caps managed to peg back the hosts in the middle overs.

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Santner was his usual superb self in the shortest format, taking 1-22 from four overs as he tied down the Sri Lankan middle order, and should have had Mendis’ wicket on 55 but for a poor attempt at a catch from Ish Sodhi.

Sodhi was a bit more wayward than usual but still bowled decently for figures of 3-0-23-0, while Southee was excellent throughout the innings, living up to his status as captain by claiming 2-20.

He arguably made one major error though, and that was bringing back Rance for his final two overs after Mendis finally departed, to an excellent catch in the deep from Martin Guptill. Having already leaked 27 runs from his first two overs, Rance was tonked for another 31, including 23 from his last over.

Isuru Udana came in and smacked 15 off the final three balls of the innings – a crucial contribution – while Niroshan Dickwella’s 33 off 25 balls was also a helpful knock considering the success had by the spinners on a slower wicket.

With Scott Kuggeleijn (2-0-17-0) and Sodhi still having overs left, Rance’s lack of execution proved costly as Udana launched him down the ground – making the Black Caps’ chase significantly more difficult.

That task got even harder after New Zealand’s top order failed. Colin Munro got a trademark Lasith Malinga inswinger first ball and saw his middle stump removed from the ground, Guptill holed out in the deep for 11, and Tim Seifert was awfully scratchy, mustering just 15 from 21 balls.

That left a massive task for de Grandhomme and Taylor, who initially rebuilt the innings, requiring 113 runs off the last 10 overs. Somehow, they were unflustered by the daunting proposition, and summarily swatted 17, 18 and 17 off the following three overs.

Taylor smacked back-to-back sixes over cow corner on his way to 48 from 29 balls, while de Grandhomme reached 44 from 28 balls, but neither could see the innings through. When Taylor departed, rain fell, with New Zealand needing 31 from 19 balls – and slightly ahead on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern.

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It would have been an unsatisfying conclusion to an interesting contest, but fortunately the rain disappeared, and the players were left to decide the victor.

Santner tonked Udana over long-on to turn a tricky equation of 26 off 14 balls into a manageable 20 off 13, before Malinga and Mitchell both attempted to be match-winners with their trademark traits.

Malinga’s effort – an attempted yorker – was sprayed down the legside for five wides, but Mitchell’s stylish signature was much more effective, sending a glorious straight drive for six which ensured the Black Caps would be starting the series in style.

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Cricket: Dorset trail Berkshire by 382 runs – Dorset Echo

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DORSET 57-2 trail BERKSHIRE 439-7 by 382 runs

DORSET face a mountain to climb to overhaul a 382-run deficit away at Berkshire at the end of day one of their MCCA Unicorns Championship Western Division encounter at Wargrave.  

The home side’s innings was dominated by a fantastic 184-run haul from Euan Woods.

It helped Berkshire rise from 63-1 up to 432-7 before he was caught by Simon Woodruff from a Bradley Currie delivery.

The innings was boosted by a 65 from Dan Lincoln and a 49-run haul by Savin Perera.

Currie and Jigar Naik was the stand out performers for Dorset with the ball, with both taking three wickets.

In reply, Dorset stuttered early on.

Captain Luke Webb (10) was trapped lbw by Andy Rishton with 14 runs on the board.

Tom Prest (13) then fell in similar circumstances with Dorset now on 35-2.

Ben Walker (23) and Alex Eckland (11) steadied the ship, remaining not out and boosting Dorset up to 57-2 at the close of play.

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Stop Looking at Kashmir from Prism of Pakistan, Urges Ram Madhav as Imran Khan Now Rakes Up NRC List – News18

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Kochi: BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav on Sunday urged Indians to stop looking at Kashmir from the prism of Pakistan as Imran Khan continues his attack on the country.

Taking a dig at political parties opposing the scrapping of Article 370, the constitutional provisions giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Madhav said the issue should not be looked at from the prism of Pakistan. “Some people have a lot of concern for Pakistan. How will they (Pakistan) react, how will the international community react?” he asked. “It is our state. Kashmir is ours…,” he said.

He claimed that Kashmir was peaceful not because of the presence of security forces but because people realised that Prime Minister Modi was working to ensure development and equal opportunities for all in the state. “Large parts of the state are out of curfew. Friday congregations in mosques in the valley are peaceful. Barring sporadic incidents here and there, the valley is largely peaceful,” he said.

His comments came even as Pakistan PM Imran Khan continued his attack on India with National Register of Citizens (NRC) now figuring on his list. “In Assam, 1.9 million Muslims are about to lose their citizenship. This ideology has also kept nine million Kashmiris under curfew for 26 days in Kashmir,” he said at the Islamic Society of North America 56th Convention in Houston.

A day ago also Khan drew parallel between both the situations. “The reports of the genocide of Muslims in the Indian and international media by the Modi government should raise alarm bells around the world that illegal occupation of Kashmir is part of a larger strategy against Muslims,” the Pakistan PM tweeted.

Meanwhile, Madhav said connecting with the people of Kashmir was the responsibility of every Indian, as they had been “fed a separative narrative” for nearly six decades.

Making it clear that the entire territory of Kashmir belonged to India, he said, “…. Whatever is under the occupation of our neighbour (Pakistan) is ours, but it will come (to us).”

The BJP leader was speaking on the topic “New India, New Kashmir” organised by the the party’s Ernakulam district committee here. Madhav said connecting with the people of Kashmir is the “responsibility of all of us” as they were a society which had been “fed separative narrative for 50-60 years.”

“.. friends, when we say Kashmir is ours, what we say is every Kashmiri is ours. Today the country has to embrace the entire population of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. “No discrimination, no ill feelings. They are our own people. They are our family,” he added.

Noting that the Narendra Modi led government has drawn up a roadmap for Kashmir, he assured that development would reach the door steps of ordinary Kashmiris. “We are going to give them all the political powers that were denied in the name of Article 370. We have already extended economic packages to them. We are extending political reservations for SC and ST…,” he claimed.

The BJP leader said the Centre has done away with more than 150 discriminatory laws passed by Jammu and Kashmir Assembly in the name of state subject. “And 120 laws passed by Parliament, which were not extendable to the state earlier, are now being extended so that the dignity of the ordinary human beings, people of the state can be protected”, he said.

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Ishan Kishan wants to improve as a finisher – Times of India

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THIRUVANANTHAPUAM: There is a lot in common between Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant. Both are aggressive left-hand wicket-keeper batsmen and were touted as heirs apparent to MS Dhoni right from their U-19 days.

The duo has played a lot of cricket together during their junior days and had been the captain and vice-captain of the Indian team that finished runners-up in the ICC U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2016.

That tournament also saw Pant outperform Kishan and emerge as India’s second highest-scorer in the tournament with 267 runs in six matches, with two fifties and a hundred. In comparison, India U-19 captain Kishan flopped on the biggest stage managing a meagre 73 runs from the six matches.

Ever since, Pant has stolen a march over his one-time captain so much so that he has taken over Dhoni’s gloves in the senior Indian team and has played 11 Tests, 12 ODIs and 18 T20s for the country already. Kishan, on the other hand, is still searching for his maiden India cap despite strong showing in domestic and List ‘A’ cricket in the last few years.

But Kishan, who is doing the wicket-keeping responsibilities for India ‘A’ in the first three matches of the five-game series against South Africa ‘A’ in Thiruvananthapuram, reckons that his time will come.

“I think it is obviously there in the back of the mind (the talk) that I have to be there in the senior team. Any youngster would want to represent the country. But at the same time, I want to focus on my process. I need to get better day-by-day. If I think a lot about senior team selection, I will only be burdening myself with additional pressure. So what I do is to keep the process going. I need to work on my consistency. When I play domestic matches or for India ‘A’, I have to keep on performing well and obviously then the selectors will pick you (to the national squad),” said Kishan on his Indian team aspirations.

The Jharkhand lad gave a glimpse of his talent in the rain-curtailed second one-day here on Saturday with a stroke-filled 55 from 25 balls before perishing to a poor shot selection. This resulted in India ‘A’ suffering a mini batting collapse in the lower middle-order before Krunal Pandya helped them recover to a two-wicket win. While the holiday crowd assembled in the stadium cheered Kishan on his way back to the pavilion for his game-changing knock, the 21-year-old was admonishing himself for not taking his side to victory.

Kishan acknowledged that he is learning from his mistakes and he wants to try and finish games off for his side while he is in the middle. “You go in and get out, that’s not very disappointing. But it hurts more when you get dismissed after getting set and is batting on 40 or 50. The dressing room is hoping that you will finish the game off and then you get out in a bad manner. That’s not what the team wants from you. So you need to be there till the last ball and finish the game. I will make sure that I finish the game more often from now on,” said the Mumbai Indians‘ wicket-keeper batsman.

Kishan also said that his wicket-keeping is a work in progress and he has learned a lot from Kiran More and Dhoni himself. “I spent time with More sir during IPL and he helped me a lot. I am trying to improve my keeping to the spinners and working on how to do quick stumpings like Mahi bhai. If I take his place someday in the Indian team, people will be expecting the same thing from me. I will keep working with him (Dhoni) as and when I get an opportunity. I am also working extremely hard to make sure I get better every day,” Ishan said.

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County League cricket round-up: Whitminster make it back-to-back promotions – Gazette Series

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GLOS COUNTY LEAGUE

WHITMINSTER made it two promotions in a row by overcoming Painswick 2nds by eight wickets to seal the Division Seven title in the Greene King IPA Gloucestershire County League, just 12 months after being elevated from the Stroud League, writes Steve Hill.

Second place went to Ruardean Hill who overcame Poulton 2nds by six wickets, despite skipper Jody Lawrence’s 106 for the visitors.

And Tormarton, too, were celebrating despite a 10-run reverse away to Down Hatherley as their third-place finish appears set to also earn promotion.

In Division One, meanwhile, Apperley and Thornbury 2nds both ended the season with wins which sealed first and second places, respectively, and with it promotion to the WEPL’s Gloucestershire division.

Apperley held off Cheltenham 2nds by seven runs, Mike Provis unbeaten on 65, while skipper James Tunnicliffe’s burst of 5-33 from eight saw Thornbury to a 73-run win at Chipping Sodbury.

Relegated Gloucester AIW Sports recorded their first win as they held on by five runs at Charlton Kings, Haroon Shahzad and Ahmedi Saleh both taking three wickets, while Redmarley are also facing up to life in Division Two.

Cam, the champions of Division Two, ended the season with an unbeaten record following a seven-wicket home triumph over Aston Ingham who slipped a place to third but are still likely to go up when decisions are confirmed later this month on all promotions and relegations.

Westbury-on-Severn grabbed the runners-up slot with a four-wicket victory away to Woodmancote Saints, Tom Landon capturing 4-15 from seven.

Set to come down from this division are Ullenwood Bharat and Oldlands.

Langford made it four promotions in a row as they topped Division Three though their season ended on a rare flat note with a three-wicket upset away to Frocester 3rds for whom Aaron Tuck took 3-31 and then hit 56.

Hawkesbury Upton finished second despite a three-wicket defeat away to Rockhampton 2nds, and third place went to Great Rissington who cruised past relegated Chipping Sodbury 2nds by ten wickets. Also coming down from this division are Cranham.

Newent are champions of Division Four following a 78-run victory at home to Birdlip & Brimpsfield with Bourton Vale 2nds grabbing the runners-up position with a six-wicket trumping of relegated Stone, and Fairford third after easing past Tewkesbury 2nds by 103 runs.

Relegated along with Stone are Lydney 2nds who ended the season without a win after a 208-run pulverising at Dymock.

Cheltenham 3rds, who led Division Five at the start of the day, slipped up by 43 runs at home to Charlton Kings 2nds.

And this allowed Corse & Staunton 2nds – nine-wicket home victors over Gloucester 2nds – to grab top spot and the silverware, Wayne Organ (5-20) and captain Ian Robson (71 not) both starring.

Third place went to Sheepscombe despite a three-wicket setback at Witcombe while coming down are King’s Stanley and Haresfield Gladiators.

Cricklade, who succumbed by six wickets at Churchdown, are the Division Six champions with Stroud 2nds moving into the runners-up position following the cancellation of their trip to relegated Gloucester AIW Sports 2nds.

Churchdown finished third with Lechlade also going down.

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County League cricket round-up: Whitminster make it back-to-back promotions – Stroud News and Journal

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GLOS COUNTY LEAGUE

WHITMINSTER made it two promotions in a row by overcoming Painswick 2nds by eight wickets to seal the Division Seven title in the Greene King IPA Gloucestershire County League, just 12 months after being elevated from the Stroud League, writes Steve Hill.

Second place went to Ruardean Hill who overcame Poulton 2nds by six wickets, despite skipper Jody Lawrence’s 106 for the visitors.

And Tormarton, too, were celebrating despite a 10-run reverse away to Down Hatherley as their third-place finish appears set to also earn promotion.

In Division One, meanwhile, Apperley and Thornbury 2nds both ended the season with wins which sealed first and second places, respectively, and with it promotion to the WEPL’s Gloucestershire division.

Apperley held off Cheltenham 2nds by seven runs, Mike Provis unbeaten on 65, while skipper James Tunnicliffe’s burst of 5-33 from eight saw Thornbury to a 73-run win at Chipping Sodbury.

Relegated Gloucester AIW Sports recorded their first win as they held on by five runs at Charlton Kings, Haroon Shahzad and Ahmedi Saleh both taking three wickets, while Redmarley are also facing up to life in Division Two.

Cam, the champions of Division Two, ended the season with an unbeaten record following a seven-wicket home triumph over Aston Ingham who slipped a place to third but are still likely to go up when decisions are confirmed later this month on all promotions and relegations.

Westbury-on-Severn grabbed the runners-up slot with a four-wicket victory away to Woodmancote Saints, Tom Landon capturing 4-15 from seven.

Set to come down from this division are Ullenwood Bharat and Oldlands.

Langford made it four promotions in a row as they topped Division Three though their season ended on a rare flat note with a three-wicket upset away to Frocester 3rds for whom Aaron Tuck took 3-31 and then hit 56.

Hawkesbury Upton finished second despite a three-wicket defeat away to Rockhampton 2nds, and third place went to Great Rissington who cruised past relegated Chipping Sodbury 2nds by ten wickets. Also coming down from this division are Cranham.

Newent are champions of Division Four following a 78-run victory at home to Birdlip & Brimpsfield with Bourton Vale 2nds grabbing the runners-up position with a six-wicket trumping of relegated Stone, and Fairford third after easing past Tewkesbury 2nds by 103 runs.

Relegated along with Stone are Lydney 2nds who ended the season without a win after a 208-run pulverising at Dymock.

Cheltenham 3rds, who led Division Five at the start of the day, slipped up by 43 runs at home to Charlton Kings 2nds.

And this allowed Corse & Staunton 2nds – nine-wicket home victors over Gloucester 2nds – to grab top spot and the silverware, Wayne Organ (5-20) and captain Ian Robson (71 not) both starring.

Third place went to Sheepscombe despite a three-wicket setback at Witcombe while coming down are King’s Stanley and Haresfield Gladiators.

Cricklade, who succumbed by six wickets at Churchdown, are the Division Six champions with Stroud 2nds moving into the runners-up position following the cancellation of their trip to relegated Gloucester AIW Sports 2nds.

Churchdown finished third with Lechlade also going down.

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