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Ireland beat Scotland to clinch tri-series after 24-run victory in Dubai

Paul Stirling top-scored with 74 for Ireland as they piled on the runs in Dubai One-day international tri-series, Dubai Ireland 331-6 (50 overs): Stirling 74, N O’Brien 51; Whittingham 3-58 Scotland 307-9 (50 overs): Jones 74, Leask 59, MacLeod 58; Dockrell 2-43 Ireland won by 24 runs Scorecard Ireland clinched victory in the triangular one-day series in Dubai after beating Scotland by 24 runs in a high-scoring contest on Thursday. Paul Stirling top-scored with 74 for the Irish as Niall O’Brien hit 51. Andrew Balbirnie (47), Kevin O’Brien (46), Simi…

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Paul Downton: Kent name ex-England wicketkeeper as director of cricket

Paul Downton played 30 Tests for England between 1981 and 1988 and spent 19 years on the board at Middlesex following his retirement Kent have appointed former England wicketkeeper Paul Downton as their new director of cricket. The 60-year-old was managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board from February 2014 to April 2015. Downton played for Kent between 1977 and 1980, winning the County Championship twice before joining Middlesex, and also appeared in 30 Tests and 28 one-day internationals. “This role allows me to draw on my skills…

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Ben Stokes: England all-rounder ‘raring to go’ – Trevor Bayliss

Stokes is raring to go – Bayliss England all-rounder Ben Stokes is “raring to go” after being made available for selection again, says head coach Trevor Bayliss. The 26-year-old has been charged with affray after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. The hearing is scheduled for Bristol Magistrates Court on 13 February. The England and Wales Cricket Board said on Wednesday that he is likely to join the squad for February’s Twenty20 matches against New Zealand. However, that court date coincides with the first of those games against…

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Ben Stokes ‘extremely delighted’ to rejoin England squad

Ben Stokes made his England debut in 2011 England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he is “extremely delighted” to be available for selection again for the tour of New Zealand. The 26-year-old has not played since an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September and has now been charged with affray. Earlier on Wednesday, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced it would consider Stokes for selection again. “Can’t wait to get back out with the Three Lions on my chest,” he tweeted. “Representing my country is one of the greatest…

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Nathan Lyon: Nottinghamshire considering Australia spinner

Nathan Lyon has taken 290 wickets in 74 Tests for Australia Nottinghamshire are considering Australia spinner Nathan Lyon as their overseas player for the upcoming season, reports BBC Radio Nottingham. The 30-year-old played county cricket for Division Two champions Worcestershire in 2017 and took six wickets in four Championship matches. Lyon was an integral part of the Australian side that reclaimed the Ashes 4-0 earlier this month. The off-spinner took 21 wickets at an average of 29.23. Lyon is understood to be one of a number of overseas options Notts…

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Joe Mennie: Lancashire sign Australian pace bowler

Joe Mennie played one Test-Match and two One Day Internationals for Australia against South Africa in 2016. Lancashire have signed Australian pace bowler Joe Mennie for the 2018 season as the club’s overseas player. The 29-year-old, who currently plays for South Australia and Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash, has taken 200 first-class wickets in 53 matches. Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple said: “It was really important that we brought in a high-quality overseas player to the club. “Joe will be involved in all three competitions throughout the season.” Mennie,…

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Arjun Tendulkar: How Sachin’s son is making a name for himself in cricket

Arjun is the only son of Sachin Tendulkar, who also has a older daughter named Sara What’s the best way for the son of India’s most famous batsman to carve a career for himself? Becoming a bowler is probably a sensible start. Sachin Tendulkar remains the most revered sportsman in India. The highest runscorer in both Test matches and one-day internationals, he amassed 34,357 international runs and his every move was scrutinised in adoration by a country where cricket for generations has been regarded as a religion. For “Son of…

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Ireland beat Scotland by six wickets in one-day tri-series

Balbirnie continued his good form after hitting a century in Ireland’s win over the UAE on Saturday One-day international tri-series, Dubai Scotland 219 (49.2 overs): Jones 87, Rankin 3-49 Ireland 223-4 (34.5 overs): Balbirnie 67, N O’Brien 55 Ireland won by six wickets Scorecard Ireland beat Scotland by six wickets to extend their winning run in the triangular one-day series in Dubai. Michael Jones hit 87 in Scotland’s total of 219 as Boyd Rankin claimed 3-49. Ireland skipper William Porterfield fell for a duck but Andrew Balbirnie’s 67 and Niall…

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New Zealand v Pakistan: Shoaib Malik concussed as fielder’s throw hits his head

Shoaib Malik made his one-day international debut in 1999 Fourth one-day international, Hamilton Pakistan 262-8 (50 overs): Hafeez 81, Southee 3-44 New Zealand 263-5 (45.5 overs): De Grandhomme 74*, Shadab 3-42 New Zealand won by five wickets Scorecard Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik suffered concussion after being hit by the ball during Pakistan’s one-day international loss to New Zealand. The 35-year-old former captain, playing his 261st ODI, was not wearing a helmet when he was struck on the back of the head by a fielder’s throw in Hamilton. He faced four…

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