World Cup 2023
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CL U23 Districts League
T20: South Dublin & Midlands lost to Fingal by 70 runs
College Park, 17 May.
Fingal 173/7 (20 overs; Sebastian De Oliveria 50, Brandon Kruger 27, Chris De Freitas 26, Dylan Lues 26; Abidullah Taniwal 3-31)
South Dublin & Midlands 103/7 (20 overs; Alan Mathew 29, Mark Tonge 23, Dylan Lues 3/9, Nasir Totakhil 2-26)
Sebastian De Oliveria's half century led Fingal to a comprehensive 70-run win over South Dublin & the Midlands in their T20 clash at College parl. The Balbriggan player hit 5 fours and 2 sixes in his 30-ball knock, adding 73 in 7 overs with Dylan Lues (26). Skipper Brandon Kruger (27) and Chris De Freitas (26) also chipped in with runs as they posted 173 for 7. The chase never got going as Lues took 3 for 9 and Nasir Totakhil 2 for 26 to restrict their opponents to 103 for 7 - Alan Mathew top scoring with 29 and Mark Tonge making 23.
CL U23 Districts League
T20: Dublin University v Dublin City
College Park, 17 May.
Dublin University 107/7 (20 overs; David Vincent 51, Mikey O'Reilly 25; Swapnil Modgill 2-8, Cillian McDonnell 2-20)
Dublin City 108/4 (16.3 overs; Hedayat Ullah 41, Swapnil Modgill 23; Jamie Forbes 2-23)
Dublin City eased to a six-wicket win over the students at College Park. David Vincent's 51 held Trinity together as they posted 107 for 7, adding 58 for the 5th wicket with Mikey O'Reilly (25). The City side were always in control of the chase, with Hedayat Ullah (41) and Swapnil Modgill (23) in the runs as they passed their modest target in the 17th over.
NCU T20 Cup
Group B: Waringstown beat CSNI by 5 wickets
The Lawn, 17 May.
CSNI 133/8 (20 overs: Ryan Hunter 65, Seby Best 3-18, Bilawal Bhatti 3-26)
Waringstown 134/5 (15 overs: Morgan Topping 45, James McCollum 32*, Adam Dennison 28; Harry Dyer 3-20)
Morgan Topping top scored for Waringstownwith 45 (CricketEurope)
Waringstown chased 133 to win by five wickets with five overs to spare over CSNI. The Stormont side’s total of 133 for 8 owed much to Ryan Hunter, who top scored with 65 from 53 balls (8 fours, 1 six) adding 51 in six overs for the fourth wicket with skipper Stuart Thompson (22). Seby Best (3-18) and Bilawal Bhatti (3-26) each claimed three wickets while Graham Hume – unable to tour The Netherlands with Ireland due to visa issues – and Tom Mayes both kept it tight. The reply raced out of the traps as Morgan Topping hit 6 fours and 3 sixes in a 19-ball 45, adding 77 inside the powerplay with Adam Dennison (28). James McCollum (32*) shared a fourth wicket partnership of 51 with Matthew Halliday (20) to take Waringstown to the brink, although they did lose another two wickets to give the scoreline a closer look than it was in reality – Harry Dyer taking 3 for 20.
NCU T20 Cup
Group A: Lisburn beat North Down by 69 runs
Wallace Park, 17 May.
Lisburn 156/5 (20overs: Nigel Jones 68, Neil Whitworth 53*; Alistair Shields 3-22)
North Down 87 (17.3 overs: James Shannon 25; Adam Kennedy 3-31, Ryan Macbeth 2-9, Matthew Humphreys 2-10)
Lisburn proved too strong for North Down as they closed out an emphatic 69-run win in Group A. Nigel Jones was the star of the show as he hit 5 sixes and 4 fours in a top score of 68 from 44 balls as the Wallace Park side racked up 156 for 5. He shared a third wicket stand of 66 in eight overs with skipper Neil Whitworth, whose unbeaten 53 from 39 balls included 2 fours and 3 sixes. Ally Shields (3-22) was the pick of the Comber side attack. The chase went downhill after James Shannon (25) and Steven Saul (16) took them to 42 for 2 – the last eight wickets only adding a further 45 as North Down slumped to 87 all out. Adam Kennedy claimed 3 for 31, while there were two apiece for Ryan Macbeth (2-9) and Matthew Humphreys (2-10).
NCU Premier League
Woodvale beat CSNI by 8 wickets
Ballygomartin Road, 16 May.
CSNI 127/8 (20 overs: Marc Ellison 34, Ryan Hunter 23, Stuart Thompson 20; Paul Robinson 2-19, Ruhan Pretorius 2-22)
Woodvale 129/2 (16.3 overs: Aditya Adey 52*, Ruhan Pretorius 44*)
Aditya Adey with a quickfire half century off 29 balls (3x4, 5x6) (CricketEurope)
NCU Premier League
Muckamore lost to Waringstown by 6 wickets
Moylena, 16 May.
Muckamore 114/5 (20 overs: Kyllin Vardhan 51, Jamie Magowan 22; Graham Hume 2-17)
Waringstown 118/4 (17 overs: James McCollum 44; Jason vd Merwe 2-25)
NCU Premier League
Instonians lost to Cliftonville Academy by 52 runs
Shaw's Bridge, 16 May.
Cliftonville Academy 190/8 (20 overs: Francis Collins 83; Varun Chopra 46*; Andrew White 2-15, Ben Rose 2-25, James Magee 2-36)
Instonians 138 (18.2 overs: Cian Robertson 22, Adam Ly 22, Nikolai Smith 21; Abhishek Raut 4-20, Rory Bessell 3-32, Matty McCord 2-32)
Francis Collins hit 4x4 and 8x6 in his 46 ball innings scoring 83 (CricketEurope)
Cliftonville Academy were in Six-hitting mood at Shaw's Bridge as Francis Collins blasted all comers for 83 off 46 balls, an innings that contained 4x4 and 8x6. Varun Chopra entered the fray and he too wasted no time in his unbeaten 46 off 26, clearing the ropes five times. Two wickets each for Andrew White, Ben Rose and James Magee but no luck for Cian Robertson, working his way back from injury whose four overs cost 56.
NCU T20 Cup
Group B: CIYMS beat Carrickfergus by 78 runs
Belmont, 16 May.
CIYMS 165/7 (20 overs: Chris Dougherty 70, Max Burton 28, John Matchett 28; Alex Armstrong 2-20, Ruan Haasbroek 2-28)
Carrickfergus 87/9 (20 overs: Jake Egan 34; John Matchett 3-9, Jacob Mulder 3-17)
Interpro T20
Leinster Lightning beat Munster Reds by 6 wickets
Pembroke, 16 May.
Munster Reds 159/8 (20 overs: Ben Calitz 54*, Jordan Neill 33, Nicolaj Damgaard 27; Dylan Lues 3-24, Sam Harbinson 2-11)
Leinster Lightning 164/4 (18.3 overs: Tim Tector 65, Chris De Freitas 31*; Josh Manley 3-34)
Tim Tector was named Man of the Match (CricketEurope)
Leinster Lightning extended their lead at the top of the T20 table with a 6-wicket win over Munster. The Reds had been reduced to 45 for 4 batting first with wickets for Dylan Lues (3-24) and Sam Harbinson (2-11). They recovered thanks to Jordan Neill's 33 and an unbeaten 54 from 41 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes) to post 159 for 8. It wasn't enough as Tim Tector made a Man of the Match 65 (7 fours, 2 sixes) adding 65 for the second wicket with Chris De Freitas (31). Josh Manley (3-34) took two wickets in two balls to give Lightning a slight wobble with 26 needed off 21 balls. Seamus Lynch hit the hat-trick ball for 6 - one of four times the wicketkeeper cleared the ropes in a 9-ball 28 not out as they clinched victory with nine balls left. Lightning are back in action next week when they travel to Tyrone to take on the Warriors in back-to-back games.
Interpro 50 Overs
Leinster Lightning lost to Munster Reds by 4 wickets
Pembroke, 15 May.
Leinster Lightning 173 (41.2 overs; David Delany 44, Tim Tector 30, Gavin Hoey 25; Josh Manley 4-57, Liam McCarthy 2-40, Mike Frost 1-8, Jordan Neill 1-13, Brandon Kruger 1-15, Zubair Khan 1-26)
Munster Reds 176/6 (31 overs; Ollie Metcafe 49, Liam McCarthy 39*, Brandon Kruger 31; Gavin Hoey 3-49, Amish Sidhu 2-31)
Josh Manley (CricketEurope)
Josh Manley's four-wicket burst, aided by a fine all-round effort from Liam McCarthy and a hard-hit 49 by Ollie Metcalfe led Munster Reds to a 4-wickets win over Leinster Lightning at Sydney Parade. The two sides had unfamiliar looks to them with the absence of the international players giving the line-ups a Future Series feel. Lightning recovered from the loss of Swapnil Modgill in the first over to reach 50 for 1 - Tim Tector racing to 30. The wheels then came off as Manley and McCarthy ripped through the top-order as the hosts slumped to 81 for 7. Gavin Hoey (25) started a fightback, with David Delany (44) shepherding the tail as the last two wickets added 62 - Lightning 173 all out. Jordan Neill went in the second over, but Ollie Metcalfe hit 8 fours and a six in a fluent 49, adding 75 with Brandon Kruger (31). Gavin Hoey's three wickets gave Leinster an opening but the door was quickly slammed shut by a powerful unbeaten 39 from McCarthy (4 fours, 2 sixes) as Munster sealed a bonus point win in the 31st over.
Munster Reds Head Coach Jeremy Bray
3rd T20I: Ireland lost to Pakistan by 6 wickets
Clontarf, 14 May.
Ireland 178/7 (20 overs: Lorcan Tucker 73, Andrew Balbirnie 35, Harry Tector 30*; Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-14, Abbas Afridi 2-43)
Pakistan 181/4 (17 overs: Babar Azam 75, Mohammed Rizwan 56; Mark Adair 3-28, Craig Young 1-49)
Winners Pakistan (Sportsfile)
Stand-in skipper Lorcan Tucker made it back-to-back half centuries as he top-scored with 73 as Ireland posted 178 for 7 against Pakistan in the deciding match of their T20I series at Clontarf. Ross Adair opened in place of the rested Paul Stirling, but went for 7 in the 3rd over. Tucker then hit 13 fours and a six in his 41-ball knock, adding 85 in 8.1 overs with Andrew Balbirnie, whose 35 from 26 balls included 2 fours and 3 maximums. Shaheen Shah Afridi (3-14) stymied Ireland’s progress, and it took an unbeaten 30 from Harry Tector to get the hosts up to what they hope will be a defendable total. It wasn’t on Sunday – can they take their chances this time and clinch a memorable series win? At the halfway point of the chase, Pakistan in control having lost just one wicket - that of Sayub Ayam caught off a leading edge by George Dockrell from Mark Adair. Since then Mohammed Rizwan has reached 50 from 30 balls (4 fours, 3 sixes), having added 76 and counting with Babar Azam. Pakistan win at a canter with three overs to spare against an Irish attack that looked very pedestrian for the most part - not helped by an at times ragged fielding display. Babar Azam top-scored with 75 from 42 balls, including 5 sixes - four of them in a savage attack on a Ben White over. His stand with Rizwan was ended at 139 in 12.2 overs but by then the game was well and truly up. Mark Adair had his figures dented by a few lusty late blows from Azam Khan but still can be proud of his 3 for 28. Ireland now head to The Netherlands for a tri-series with the hosts and Scotland, while Pakistan are off to England.
NCU Premier League
Lisburn v Carrickfergus - No play - Match void
Wallace Park, 13 May.
NWCU Women
Fox Lodge v Strabane. Match abandoned.
Ballymagorry, 13 May.
Fox Lodge
NWCU Women
Newbuildings v Eglinton. Match abandoned.
Foyleview Arena, 13 May.
NWCU Women
Bonds Glen v Coleraine. Match abandoned.
Bonds Glen, 13 May.
Bonds Glen
2nd T20I: Ireland lost to Pakistan by 7 wickets
Clontarf, 12 May.
Ireland 193/7 (20 overs; Lorcan Tucker 51, Harry Tector 32, Gareth Delany 28*, Curtis Campher 22; Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-49, Abbas Afridi 2-33)
Pakistan 195/3 (16.5 overs; Fakhar Zaman 78, Mohammad Rizwan 75*, Azam Khan 30*)
Lorcan Tucker scored 51 (Sportsfile)
Ireland were left to rue missed opportunities as they dropped chances to dismiss both Fakhar Zaman and Rizwan in the relatively early stages of a match defining stand of 140 in 13 overs. Chasing 194, Pakistan lost wickets in the first overs of the reply, but won comfortably in the end. Fakhar Zaman top scored with 78 from 40 balls, while Rizwan's unbeaten 75 from 46 balls also had 6 boundaries and 4 maximums. By the time Ben White broke the stand, the finishing line was in sight, and Azam Khan cleared the ropes four times in a 10-ball 30 not out to speed them to victory. Earlier Lorcan Tucker scored a typically impish half century, adding 62 for the third wicket with Harry Tector (32). There were breezy cameos from all the middle order, with two sixes each for Gareth Delany (28*) and Curtis Campher (22). A total of 193 for 7 would have given optimism at the halfway stage, but you need to take your chances at this level. All is set up for a series decider on Tuesday at the same venue.
NCU Premier League
North Down lost to CIYMS by 8 runs
Comber, 12 May.
CIYMS 137/9 (20 overs: Chris Dougherty 45, Allen Coulter 21; Peter Davison 3-39, Liam Hayman 2-22)
North Down 129/7 (20 overs: Ani Chore 83*, Liam Hayman 21; Bamanye Xenxe 2-26)
Chris Dougherty again leading the way for CIYMS hoping to bounce back after yesterday's 1 run defeat to Waringstown but it took a few blows down the order from Allen Coulter to take them to what they hope is a defendable total. Bamanye Xenxe into the action straight away with the wicket of Ally Shields for just 6 and that of Stevie Saul without scoring. Ani Chore holding firm on 33* at the half way stage but 84 still needed in the second half for a home win. All on Chore now with 39 required off 4 overs. Tyron Koen bowls the 17th over for just 3 with Nelson struggling to get Chore back on strike and a single off the final ball means that Chore is off strike for the 18th. Nelson runs past the first ball from Mulder and is stumped for 3 off 9. Just 2 runs off the 18th but at least Chore is on strike - he's faced only 2 of the last 12 deliveries. 34 off 12 the target! And now 22 of the final over to be bowled by Xenxe - 6 is a good start! Dot, 6, Dot - that makes it 10 off 2. DOT! 1. And CIYMS are winners by 8 runs. Valiant effort from Chore whose 83* came off 58 balls (6x4, 3x6) but he was starved of the strike in the final few overs and that in the end proved decisive.
NCU Challenge Cup
Templepatrick lost to Laurelvale by 5 wickets
The Cloghan, 12 May.
Templepatrick 166 (40.1 overs: Ross Bryans 50, Ben Cave 27; David Sinton 3-9, Michael Burns 3-31, Kurshid Subhani 3-42)
Laurelvale 167/5 (36.3 overs: Adnan Malik 46, Babar Khan 30, Mark Thornbury 25)
A captain's innings of 50 from Ross Bryans and 27 from Carrickfergus recruit Ben Cave were the only substantial contributions in the home sides batting effort that fell away with the regular loss of wickets. In reply Mark Thornbury and Adnan Malik set Laurelvale on their way, their opening partnership worth 82 before a flurry of runs from Babar Khan (30 off 16, 2x4, 2x6) carried them close to the win. Overs not a problem but there could be twist in the tail yet as another wicket falls. In the end Kurshid Subhani (18*) and Philip Weir (8*) got the visitors home their prize a trip to Ballygomartin Road to face Woodvale in the next round.
NCU Challenge Cup
Armagh lost to Cregagh by 4 wickets (DLS)
The Mall, 12 May.
Armagh 131 (32.5 overs: Brayden Laing 31, Adam Woods 23, William Dougan 23; Danny Cooper 3-26, Nikhilesh Ravikrishnan 2-5)
Cregagh 131/6 (28.2 overs: Aaron Johnston 29, Danny Cooper 20; Matthew Wilson 3-25, Adam Woods 2-46) (Rain reduced to 48 overs. Cregagh target 129)
Three wickets from Cregagh skipper Danny Cooper helped reduce Armagh to 76/6 before a 45 run eighth wicket partnership between the rugby club's Kiwi out half Brayden Laing and Adam Woods saved their blushes, before the innings folded ten runs later. There were six overs of the Cregagh reply before 'tea' when a rain shower reduced the game to 48 overs. A confident chase by Cregagh with Cooper scoring 20 at the top of the order and Aaron Johnston with 29 through the middle. The sixth wicket falls with half a dozen required but Cregagh go through with a home tie next against North Down. Simply not enough runs in that Armagh batting effort to mount a challenge.
NCU Challenge Cup
Belfast lost to Donacloney Mill by 6 wickets
Banford Green, 12 May.
Belfast 155 (33.5 overs: Jaydee Oliver 45*, Mohammad Chaudrhary 36, Hasan Sabir 29; Andrew Bingham 5-59, Ryan Matthews 3-33)
Donacloney Mill 159/4 (21.1 overs: Atish Varape 78*, Craig Kennedy 30*; Veerendra Nagari 2-10)
A late five wicket haul by Andrew Bingham stopped the visitors in their tracks as they crumbled from 132/4 to 155 all out - 6 wickets falling for just 23 runs, after Ryan Matthews took the first three wickets in his opening burst. Belfast used nine bowlers in an attempt to shift Atish Varape who steered the home side to a comfortable six wicket win. His unbeaten 78 came off 48 balls and included 16 boundaries and earned his side a trip to face Instonians in the next round.
NW Premiership
Donemana v Bready. Match abandoned.
The Holm, 12 May.
Donemana 185/2 (26.2 overs; Rumesh Buddhika 119, Raymond Curry 38*)
Rumesh Buddhika (Gary McClintock)
Donemana were well on top in their home clash with Bready when play was halted. A century for Sri Lankan professional Rumesh Buddhika had them on course for a total well in excess of 300 at 185 for 2 in the 27th over. Buddhika hit 14 fours and 8 sixes in his 119, sharing a second wicket stand of 153 in 21 overs with Raymond Curry (38*).
NW Premiership
Coleraine lost to Newbuildings by 15 runs (DLS)
Sandel Lodge, 12 May.
Newbuildings 269/7 (40 overs; Ryan Hunter 93, Gareth McKeegan 58, Samarth Seth 57; Matthew Smyth 4-56, Lee Ritchie 2-29)
Coleraine 187/6 (29.5 overs; Garnett Tarr 116*; Ross Hunter 3-18) (202 in 29.5 overs)
Replacement pro Garnett Tarr scored 116 not out in a losing cause (Matthew Hutchinson)
The only senior game to beat the weather was at Sandel Lodge where Newbuildings just about weathered another storm to clinch a 15-run (DLS) win over Coleraine. batting first Newbuildings piled up an imposing 269 for 7 in their 40 overs with Ryan Hunter top-scoring with a fluent even time 93 (8 fours, 2 sixes). Hunter shared a second wicket stand of 103 in 19 overs with Gareth McKeegan - the skipper rejuvenated at the top of the order as he hit 4 fours and cleared the ropes three times in his 58. Samarth Seth added a further 73 in 9 overs with Hunter, as he hit 7 fours and 2 sixes in his 57 from just 38 balls as the runs came fast at the end. The home side chase looked a forlorn one as Ross Hunter claimed 3 for 18, with the Bannsiders reeling at 85 for 5 at the 20 overs mark. Garnett Tear - a South African brought in for the game as a sub pro - went on the attack and in the course of the next 45 minutes brought an entire new complexion to the contest. he found a willing ally in Lee Ritchie with the pair adding 65 for the 6th wicket as Tear thumped 7 sixes and 7 fours in a quite destructive 116 not out from just 74 balls. It was looking like it could go all the way, but with 83 needed from 61 balls the rains arrived and Tear's efforts were in vain - Newbuildings winning by 15. It wasn't all bad news for the Bannsiders though as with the washouts elsewhere the 4 bonus points ensured they went top of the table for a few weeks at least.
NW Premiership
Eglinton v Killyclooney. Match abandoned.
Eglinton, 12 May.
Killyclooney 58/5 (16.4 overs; Timmy Dougherty 21*; Jamie Millar 4-33)
Eglinton were well on top of their clash with Killyclooney when the game was called off. Home skipper Jamie Millar had claimed four wickets for 33 as the visitors slumped to 58 for 5 with only his opposite number Timmy Dougherty holding firm on 21 not out.
NW Premiership
Brigade v Ardmore. Match abandoned.
Beechgrove, 12 May.
Brigade 133/1 (19.4 overs; David Barr 62*, Iftikhar Hussain 45, Adam McDaid 25*)
Brigade's batsmen had gotten themselves in a great position before the deluge and will be bitterly disappointed that the game didn't go the distance. Ifty Hussain (45) raced out of the blocks hitting 6 fours and a six in his 31-ball stay, sharing a stand of 78 with DD Barr in the powerplay. Barr had reached a fluent 62 from 59 balls (8 fours, 1 six), adding an unbroken 55 in 9 overs with Adam McDaid (25*). The Bleachgreen side had flown in a sub pro from England for the game - former Pakistan Test played Abid Ali, but he didn't get an opportunity to either bat or bowl.
NW Championship
The Nedd v Burndennett. Match abandoned.
The Nedd, 12 May.
The Nedd 184 (36.5 overs; Stevie Moore 33, Gareth Martin 26, Jamie Mills 25, Johny Young 20; Mark Pollock 4-52, Derek Curry 2-24, Mark Doherty 2-28)
Burndennett 46/2 (9 overs; Mark Pollock 20; Richard Stewart 2-19)
Stevie Moore top-scored with 33, (CricketEurope)
The game at Ballykelly was one over away from a result with Burndennett on 46 for 2 chasing 185 at The Nedd. The home side had produced a solid batting effort in their innings with Stevie Moore (33), skipper Gareth Martin (26), Jamie Mills (25), and Johnny Young (20) all passing 20. Mark Pollock claimed four scalps, while there were two apiece for Derek Curry and Mark Doherty. Richard Stewart had struck twice in the Burndennett reply including the wicket of Mark Pollock (20) before the weather had the final say.
NW Championship
Glendermott v Bonds Glen. Match abandoned.
The Rectory, 12 May.
Glendermott 106/2 (19.4 overs; Ben Mills 69*, Leyland McElwee 25)
Bonds Glen
Ben Mills was once again left cursing the rain Gods as for the second week running he was on course for a century when the heavens opened. Mills was unbeaten on 69 from 55 balls (8 fours, 3 sixes), having dominated an opening stand of 93 with Leland McElwee (25).
NW Championship
Fox Lodge v Strabane. Match abandoned.
Ballymagorry, 12 May.
Fox Lodge 114/3 (24.3 overs; Gayan Maneeshan 51*)
The Tyrone derby was finely poised with Fox Lodge on 114 for 3 in the 25th over when the rains intervened, Gayan Maneeshan had just reached his half century from 67 balls (5 fours, 1 six), while there were double figure contributions from Jason Milligan (19) and Charlie Simpson (18). The Strabane wicket takers were Usman Azhar, John Mooney and Ryan Gallagher.
NWCU Women
Strabane beat Coleraine by 9 runs
Strabane Park, 12 May.
Strabane 100/8 (30 overs; Aimee-Lee Finlay 22; Kia McCartney 3-12, Hannah Skinner 3-13)
Newbuildings 91 (16 overs; Kia McCartney 19, Amy Guy 19; Emma Doherty 5-18, Nicola Mullen 3-22)
Nicola Mullen and Emma Doherty took a combined 8 wickets as Strabane beat Coleraine by 9 runs in the Women's Cup (Lawrence Moore)
Emma Doherty and Nicola Mullen bowled Strabane to a 9-run win over Coleraine at the Park in the Women's Senior Cup. Defending 100, Coleraine looked favourites to progress before the pair inspired a comeback with Doherty taking 5 for 18 and Mullen 3 for 22. Earlier Kia McCartney and Hannah Skinner had each taken three wickets in a fine bowling display, with Aimee-Lee Finlay's 22 the highest score of the day.
NCU Premier League
CIYMS lost to Waringstown by 1 run
Belmont, 11 May.
Waringstown 249/8 (50 overs: Greg Thompson 64, James McCollum 53, Tian Koekemoer 34, Adam Dennison 23; Bamanye Xenxe 3-52, Jacob Mulder 2-42, Carson McCullough 2-65)
CIYMS 248 (49.5 overs: Chris Dougherty 107, Tyron Koen 63, John Matchett 27; Tian Koekemoer 4-47, Greg Thompson 2-60)
Closest game of the day was at Belmont where CIYMS lost a last over thriller to Waringstown by one run. CIYMS went into the last over needing 8 runs with three wickets in hand and after losing Jacob Mulder to a run out Allen Coulter got it down to 3 required off 3. Koekemoer bowled a wide to Mark Best then with his next two deliveries bowled Best and last man Angus Farrell. It had looked like all the world a home win as Chris Dougherty made 107 from 115 balls (10 fours, 4 sixes), sharing a 4th wicket stand of 128 in 23 overs with Tyron Koen (63). However from 201 for 3 in the 40th, CIYMS fell just one run short. Earlier, Greg Thompson's hard hit 64 from 47 balls (5 fours, 4 sixes), and a James McCollum half century (53) laid the platform for their 249 for 8 - Tian Koekomoer (34) and Adam Dennison (23) also in the runs.
NCU Premier League
Instonians lost to North Down by 81 runs
Shaw's Bridge, 11 May.
North Down 196 (46.4 overs: James Shannon 86, Ani Chore 31, Liam Hayman 23; James Magee 3-21, Andrew White 2-31, Rob McKinley 2-39)
Instonians 115 (28.5 overs: Ollie Metcalfe 31; Kerwin Mungroo 5-30, Ally Shields 2-32)
Instonians 'old boy' James Shannon returned to Shaw's Bridge in North Down colours and posted the top score of 86 for his new side, an innings that included 8 maximums. Shannon shared a 5th wicket stand of 71 with Liam Hayman, as the hosts recovered from the loss of Ally Shields to the second ball of the day to post 196. Ani Chore made 31 at the top, while there were three wickets for Jamie Magee and two apiece for Andy White and Rob McKinley. South African paceman Kerwin Mungroo was brought in to take top-order wickets and he certainly delivered with a five wicket haul that had the defending champions all out for 115.
NCU Premier League
Carrickfergus lost to Woodvale by 84 runs
Middle Road, 11 May.
Woodvale 219 (49.1 overs: Ruhan Pretorius 70, Aditya Adey 35, Stephen Bunting 26; Alex Armstrong 3-27, Prince Sharma 3-31, CJ van der Walt 2-52)
Carrickfergus 135 (32.5 overs: Sam Gordon 44, Iain Parkhill 20; Ludwig Kaestner 4-40, Ronan Restieaux 3-44,
Aditya Adey scored 35 (CricketEurope)
Ruhan Pretorius capped a prolific week with another half century as Woodvale beat Carrickfergus at Middle Road. He top-scored with 70 from 76 balls (7 fours, 1 six) shepherding the lower order from a precarious 103 for 6 to 219 - three wickets for Alex Armstrong (3-27) and Prince Sharma (3-31). Sam Gordon's 44 had the hosts in the game at 65 for 2, but four wickets for Ludwig Kaestner and three for Ronan Restieaux saw Carrickfergus bowled out for 135.
NCU Premier League
Cliftonville Academy lost to Muckamore by 7 wickets
Castle Grounds, 11 May.
Cliftonville Academy 142 (48 overs: Adam Kelso 29, Kian Hilton 28, Matty McCord 20; Sam Magee 3-24, Raj Biswa 2-25, Sathish Suresh 2-32)
Muckamore 143/3 (29.5 overs: Jason van der Merwe 60*, Jamie Magowan 38*; Andrew Forbes 3-18)
Sathish Suresh bowling (CricketEurope)
Jason van der Merwe's return to Muckamore colours was a successful one as the former Irish youth international top-scored with 60. He shared an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 104 in 22 overs with Jamie Magowan (38*) after the Moylena side had been wobbling at 39 for 4 chasing 164 against Cliftonville Academy at the Castle Grounds - the three wickets falling to Andrew Forbes. In the CA innings, there were starts for Adam Kelso (29), Kian Hilton (28), and Matty McCord (20), while there were wickets for Sam Magee (3-24), Raj Biswa (2-25), and Sathish Suresh (2-32) in a morale boosting victory for Muckamore.
NCU Premier League
CSNI lost to Lisburn by 158 runs
Stormont, 11 May.
Lisburn 238/8 (50 overs: Faiz Fazal 138*, Nigel Jones 59; Jordan Neill 4-44, Adam Leckey 2-39)
CSNI 80 (21.4 overs: Harry Dyer 29*; Ryan Macbeth 4-24, Neil Whitworth 2-6, Josh Manley 2-21)
Only two double figures scores in the Lisburn innings but when one of them is 138* it hardly matters! Faiz Fazal carrying his bat throughout 11x4, 4x6 in his marathon effort. He shared a second wicket stand of 119 with Nigel Jones, who hit 7 fours in his 59. There were four wickets for Jordan Neill (4-44) as Lisburn ended on 238 for 8. The CSNI reply never got going with new signing Ryan Macbeth dismissing Neill in the first over on his way to 4 for 24. Josh Manley was also among the early wickets as they reduced the hosts to 17/5. There was only one double figure score in the CSNI innings, Ireland U19 player Harry Dyer who finished unbeaten on 29 (5 fours) - Extras second with 18 on a day to forget for the hosts with a 158-run loss.
NW Senior Cup
Round 1: Bready beat Bonds Glen by 6 wickets
Magheramason, 11 May.
Bonds Glen 218 (50 overs; Divan Posthumus 54, Heinrich Roberts 40, David Cooke 38, Johnny Haslett 20; Parth Palway 4-43, Nathan McCombe 3-46)
Bready 220/4 (37.3 overs; Kyle Magee 107, Gavin Roulston 79; Sam Haslett 2-43)
Centurion Kyle Magee (CricketEurope)
Kyle Magee scored his maiden century for Bready as he and Gavin Roulston made light of a potentially tricky chase of 219 against Bonds Glen. The pair added 131 in 21 overs for the second wicket with Magee top scoring with 107 from 96 balls (12 fours, 2 sixes), while Roulston's 79 from 69 balls included 9 fours and 3 maximums. Sam Haslett took two consolation wicket but Bready were always in control of the chase. earlier Divan Posthumus hit 54 (9 fours), while there were runs too for Heinrich Roberts - a 27-ball 40 with 9 boundaries - and David Cooke (38). Parth Palawat's wicket laden start to the season continued as he claimed 4 for 43, while fellow spinner Nathan McCombe took 3 for 46.
NW Senior Cup
Round 1: Ballyspallen lost to Eglinton by 24 runs
Ballyspallen, 11 May.
Eglinton 163 (31.4 overs; Andy Millar 46, Ross McLaughlin 33, Adam Lamberton 25; Stephen Kennedy 3-13, James Cusack 3-42, Promod Maduwantha 2-32)
Ballyspallen 139 (45.3 overs; Kyle Morrow 31, Promod Maduwantha 23; Josh Martin 5-12)
Josh Martin took 5 for 12 (David Coyle)
Ballyspallen lost a controversial tie against Eglinton with Josh Martin taking 5 wickets to spin the villagers to a 24-run win. Chasing 163, the home side were looking well at 63 for 2, when Promod Maduwantha was given out hit ball twice while defending his wicket. James Cusack was run out shortly after as 96 for 3 became 139 all out with Martin taking 5 for 12. Earlier Andy Millar had cleared the ropes four times in a 30-ball 46, but it was the runs down the order from Ross McLaughlin (33) and Adam Lamberton (25) that were to prove crucial in the final analysis.
NW Senior Cup
Round 1: St Johnston lost to Brigade by 6 wickets
The Boathole, 11 May.
St Johnston 182 (45.5 overs; Graeme McCarter 47, Jack Macbeth 45, Subhan Shirzad 35; JP Millar 4-38, Scott Macbeth 3-42, Josh Wilson 2-28)
Brigade 186/4 (29.1 overs; Cameron Melly 76*, Scott Macbeth 58; Scott Devenney 2-23)
Cameron Melly and Scott Macbeth both scored 50s as they shared a century stand (Mervyn Robinson)
Brigade overcame a scare at St Johnston to record an ultimately comfortable six wickets win. Chasing 183, they were wobbling at 22 for 3 - two wickets for Scott Devenney (2-23). A fourth wicket stand of 134 in 100 balls between Cameron Melly and St Johnston old boy Scott Macbeth settled the Premiership side's nerves. Melly hit 10 fours and 3 sixes in a top score of 76 not out from 53 balls, while Macbeth's 58 from 61 balls included 4 fours and 3 sixes. Earlier St Johnston looked poised to post well over 200 as they reached 124 for 3 - runs for Graeme McCarter (47), Jack Macbeth (45) and Subhan Shirzad (35). They fell away though with JP Millar (4-38) , Scott Macbeth (3-42) and Josh Wilson (2-28) doing the damage.
NW Senior Cup
Round 1: Newbuildings beat Strabane by 8 wickets
Foyleview Arena, 11 May.
Strabane 207/9 (50 overs; Rhys Logue 66*, Usman Azhar 38, Nasir Nawaz 32, Muddy Raijput 24; Trent McKeegan 4-47, Samarth Seth 2-18, Ross Douigherty 2-24)
Newbuildings 208/2 (26.3 overs; Jason Dunn 80, Samarth Seth 46*, Ryan Hunter 41*, Gareth McKeegan 37)
John Mooney is bowled (Lawrence Moore)
Newbuildings made light work of a potentially tricky tie at home to Strabane to ease into the last eight. Johnny Thompson's retirement lasted two weeks of the new season and he was in the action right away taking two catches including Aaron Gillespie. Rhys Logue top-scored with 66 not out, as he and Nasir Nawaz (32) added 69 for the third wicket. late runs from Usman Azhar (38) and Muddy Raijput (24) saw the Red Caps post 207 for 9 - four wickets for Trent McKeegan and two apiece for Samarth Seth and Ross Dougherty - who got John Mooney for 4. The reply raced out of the blocks with Jason Dunn hitting 7 fours and 7 sixes in a top score of 80 - sharing stands of 74 with Gareth McKeegan (37) and 56 in 5 overs with Ryan Hunter. Hunter (41*) and Samart Seth (46*) had little trouble getting the remaining runs with an unbroken third wicket stand of 78 as the win was achieved in the 27th over.
NW Senior Cup
Round 1: Fox Lodge lost to Coleraine by 17 runs
Ballymagorry, 11 May.
Coleraine 117 (31.2 overs; Marcus Poskitt 43; Gayan Maneeshan 5-26, Aaron Heywood 3-20, Jamie McIntyre 2-19)
Fox Lodge 100 (31.1 overs; Charlie Simpson 19; Craig Averill 4-20, Stephen Hutchinson 3-39, Scott Campbell 2-18)
2022 Cup winners Fox Lodge bowed out in the first round as they were beaten by Coleraine in a low scoring game at Ballymagorry. Marcus Poskitt got the Bannsiders off to a decent enough start with a hard-hit 43 (5 fours, 2 sixes), but the Bannsiders slumped from 60 for 3 to 70 for 8 - wickets for Gayan Maneeshan (5-26) and Aaron Heywood (3-20). The tail wagged to add 47 crucial runs - James Bell (18) and Gareth Burns (17) and a final total of 117. The Foxies found the going equally tough and despite late runs too from their tail, they fell 17 short - four wickets for Craig Averill, 3 for Stephen Hutchinson and two for Scott Campbell.
NW Senior Cup
Round 1: Ardmore beat Burndennett by 107 runs
The Bleachgreen, 11 May.
Ardmore 304/6 (50 overs; Harry Zimmermann 95, Rachit Gaur 71, Dharm Singh 48, Edrees Kharotai 26; Cody Mehaffey 2-33, Mark Pollock 2-52)
Burndennett 197/5 (50 overs; Mark Doherty 62, Galvin Pollock 36, Conan Pollock 36*)
Mark Doherty scored 62 for Burndennett (CricketEurope)
Ardmore ran out comfortable 107-run winners over Burndennett in a high scoring game at The Green. Harry Zimmermann hit 6 fours and 4 sixes ina top score of 95, adding 123 for the second wicket with skipper Rachit Gaur (71 - 10 fours) and 94 for the third with Dharm Singh (48 - 4 fours, 3 sixes). A late spurt by Edrees who cleared the ropes three times in his 26 got the total to 304 for 6. Burndennett were never in the hunt as the rate climbed and climbed, but they did manage to score 197 for 5, with Mark Doherty hitting 10 fours in a top score of 62, while Galvin and Conan Pollock each made 36.
NW Senior Cup
Round 1: Killyclooney lost to Glendermott by 277 runs
Killyclooney, 11 May.
Glendermott 377/6 (50 overs; Malinga Amarasinghe 125, Ben Mills 105, Alan Johnson 87*; Andrew Neil 2-48)
Killyclooney 100 (20 overs; William Finlay 31, Matthew Campbell 27*; Trevor Britton 5-38, Ryan Nolan 2-8)
Centurion Ben Mills (Fred Simpson)
Highest scorers, biggest winners and the only non seeded team to advance to the last eight were Glendermott, who took merciless advantage of an understrength Killyclooney to rack up 377 for 6 and win by 277 runs. Professional Malinga Amarasinghe top scored with 125 from 89 balls (13 fours, 8 sixes) sharing stand of 125 for the 3rd wicket with Ben Mills and 129 for the 4th with skipper Alan Johnson. Mills missed out on a century last week when the rains left him stranded on 88, but he made no mistake this time as he hit 12 fours and 6 sixes in 105 from 83 balls. Johnson almost made it a trio of centurions but was 87 not out (9 fours, 4 sixes) when the overs ran out. The chase was soon in tatters and despite 31 from William Finlay and 27 from Matthew Campbell, they only managed 100 - five wickets for Ted Britton and two for Ryan Nolan.
NW Senior Cup
Round 1: The Nedd lost to Donemana by 6 wickets
The Nedd, 11 May.
The Nedd 100 (31.1 overs; Mark McCann 25; Rumesh Buddhika 4-22, Andy McBrine 3-24, William McBrine 2-10)
Donemana 101/4 (18.2 overs; Rumesh Buddhika 50; Jacob Logan Wilson 2-46)
Donemana eased into the second round with a six wickets win at The Nedd, who battled bravely in the Ballykelly sunshine. The home side will have been thankful to bat first, and managed to muster exactly 100 with McCann top-scoring with 25. Sri Lankan professional Rumesh Buddhika took 4 for 22, while Andy McBrine (3-24) and brother William (2-10) also were among the wickets. Buddhika made exactly 50 in the chase from 52 balls ( 4 fours, 2 sixes) but the home side did have four wickets to cheer about - two of which came from Jacob Logan Wilson.
Leinster Senior Cup
Round 1: Terenure beat Civil Service by 24 runs
Terenure, 11 May.
Terenure 236 (49.1 overs; Seamus Lynch 47, Raghav Grover 44, Darshit Shetty 33, Sidharth Nair 24, Donal Lynch 21; Naved Khan 2-35, Asadullah Ahmadzai 2-42)
Civil Service 212 (42.3 overs; Asadullah Ahmadzai 56, Digamber Mishra 38; Mark Thomas 3-33, Darshit Shetty 2-11, Kripesh Shetty 2-38)
Terenure beat Civil Service in an entertaining game by 24 runs. Seamus Lynch was a man in a hurry as he thumped 5 fours and 3 sixes in an entertaining 29-ball 47, while Raghav Grover (44) and Darshit Shetty (33) added 62 for the 4th wicket in a home side total of 236. The chase was always a little behind after Mark Thomas took 3 for 33, but a quickfire 56 from Asadullah Ahmadzai and 38 from Digamber Mishra kept CS in contention before being bowled out for 212 in the 43rd over.
Leinster Senior Cup
Round 1: Malahide beat North Kildare by 10 wickets
The Village, 11 May.
North Kildare 98 (28.2 overs; Mohit Sane 3-9, Jeremy Martins 3-18, Andrew Sheridan 2-19)
Malahide 102-0 (14.2 overs; Younas Ahmadzai 80*, Cormac Mcloughlin-Gavin 21*)
Malahide strolled into the next round with a 10-wicket demolition of North Kildare at The Village. The visitors were bowled out for just 98, with three wickets apiece for Mohit Sane and Jeremy Martins and two for Andrew Sheridan. Sometimes chasing a low target can be tricky, but not this one. Younas Ahmadzai clubbed 14 fours and 3 sixes in his unbeaten 80 from just 39 balls, sharing a century stand with Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin (21*) as they passed their target in the 15th over.
Leinster Senior Cup
Round 1: Phoenix beat Merrion by 12 runs
Phoenix Park, 11 May.
Phoenix 96 (17.5 overs; Adam Chester 52; Max Sorensen 5-44, Melvin Devaraj 2-8)
Merrion 84 (29.1 overs; Tyrone Kane 4-35, Amish Sidhu 3-18, Devender Ranolia 2-7)
There was a remarkable encounter at Phoenix Park where the home side recovered from 18 for 7 to beat Merrion by 12 runs. Max Sorensen's five wicket haul looked to be taking Merrion through before a counterattacking 52 from home skipper Adam Chester gave them home. Chester thumped 6 sixes and 3 fours in a whirlwind 52 from 32 balls, as he and Devender Ranolia (13*) added 73 for the 8th wicket. A total of 96 shouldn't have been enough but the dismissal of John Anderson sparked a dramatic collapse as Merrion slumped from 43 for 2 to 55 for 8 with four wickets for Tyrone Kane and three for Amish Sidhu. They eventually were bowled out for 84 in a game that will live long in the memory for the hosts - not so much for the visitors.
Adam Chester
Leinster Senior Cup
Round 1: Railway Union beat Clontarf by 4 wickets
Park Avenue, 11 May.
Clontarf 238 (48.3 overs; John McNally 73, Andrew Delany 34, Andrew Poynter 33; Sean O'Brien 3-37, Zaman Safi 2-35, Hamza Maan 2-57, Liam McCarthy 2-58)
Railway Union 242-6 (48.2 overs; Liam McCarthy 69, Zaman Safi 41*, Ashil Prakash 35, Hedayat Khogiani 35; John McNally 2-36, Paul Ryan 2-26)
Liam McCarthy starred for Railway Union (CricketEurope)
Holders Clontarf crashed out of the Senior Cup after a four wicket loss to Railway Union in the penultimate over. The Castle Avenue side had recovered from 69 for 5 to post 238 thanks primarily to a top score of 73 from Irish youth international John McNally (3 fours, 3 sixes). There were late runs too down the order from Andrew Delany (34) and Andrew Poynter (33). With the ball Sean O'Brien took three wickets, while there were two apiece for Zaman Safi, Hamza Maan, and Liam McCarthy. The target was a tough one for Park Avenue, but thanks to a fine 69 for Liam McCarthy (5 fours, 3 sixes), and a nerveless unbeaten 41 from Zaman Safi they prevailed to make it to the last eight.
Liam McCarthy
Leinster Senior Cup
Round 1: Pembroke beat Rush by 5 wickets
Sydney Parade, 11 May.
Rush 140 (34.1 overs; Finn Mcgee 29, Nasir Totakhil 23; Nick Stapleton 3-18, Joe Prendergast 2-13, Paul Lawson 2-36, Olly Riley 2-38)
Pembroke 142-5 (33.4 overs; Nick Stapleton 47*, Joe Prendergast 21*, JJ Garth 20; Allan Eastwood 2-34)
An unbroken 6th wicket stand of 68 between Nick Stapleton (47*) and Joe Prendergast (21*) ensured Pembroke made it through after they would have been slightly worried at 74 for 5 chasing 140. The pair had earlier taken a combined five wickets as Rush were bowled out for 140 - two wickets apiece also for Paul Lawson and Olly Riley.
Leinster Senior Cup
Round 1: North County lost to Leinster by 3 wickets
Balrothery, 11 May.
North County 158 (31.4 overs; Suliman Safi 90; Joey Carroll 2-4, Jai Moondra 2-23, Mark Tonge 2-33, Luke Callanan 2-37)
Leinster 161-7 (25.4 overs; Monil Patel 96*, Bilal Azhar 37; Tanvir Hasan 3-36, Abdul Ghaffar 2-43)
It was a tale of two innings at Inch, where Leinster chased 158 to beat North County by three wickets at Inch. Suliman Safi's even time 90 (9 fours, 3 sixes) was the bedrock of the home side's 158 - two wickets apiece for Joey Carroll, Jai Moondra, Mark Tonge and Luke Callanan. A second wicket stand of 84 between Bilal Azhar (37) and Monil Patel looked to be ensuring a one-side win, but three wickets for Tanvir Hasan and two for Abdul Ghaffar had the Rathmines side a little worried at 113 for 6. Monil Patel though ensure progress to the quarter-finals with 96 not out from just 74 balls (14 fours, 2 sixes) as they passed their target in the 26th over.
Leinster Senior Cup
Round 1: Dublin University beat The Hills by 5 wickets
Milverton, 11 May.
The Hills 83 (32.2 overs; Matthew Humphreys 4-13, Gavin Hoey 3-13, David Vincent 2-16)
Dublin University 86-5 (15.4 overs; Gavin Hoey 25, Stephen Black 24, Matthew Weldon 3-33)
Matthew Humphreys took four wickets (Deryck Vincent)
Dublin University bundled The Hills out of the competition winning by five wickets in a match switched to Milverton. Matthew Humphreys and Gavin Hoey took a combined 7 for 26, with David Vincent and Yash Balasubramanium taking the other three scalps as the hosts were skittled for 83. The chase wasn't straightforward as the students wobbled at 48 for 4 with three wickets for Matthew Weldon. Gavin Hoey soothed any nerves with a quick 25 as Trinity passed their target in the 16th over.
Gavin Hoey of Trinity
Round 1: Lurgan beat Drumaness Superkings by 9 wickets
Pollock Park, 11 May.
Drumaness Superkings 199/8 (50 overs; N Gelson 69, S Ramamoorthy 34, A Pattnaik 28; J Guy 6-28)
Lurgan 203/1 (40.3 overs; J Hunter 100*, R Els 60*)
NCU Section 1
Ballymena lost to Templepatrick by 95 runs
Eaton Park, 11 May.
Templepatrick 263 (47.5 overs: Ross Bryans 75, Sam O'Mahony 72, Michael Stewart 29*, Ben Cave 28; Owen Dick 3-7, Anthony Frazer 3-52, John Glass 2-30)
Ballymena 168 (38.2 overs: Sam Glass 68; Sam O'Mahony 3-26, Michael Stewart 2-18, Robert Smith 2-22)
NCU Section 1
Donacloney Mill beat Cregagh by 1 wicket
Factory Ground, 11 May.
Cregagh 195 (49.2 overs: Aaron Johnston 50, Craig Boultwood 42, Adam McCormick 31*, Danny Cooper 20; Mark Hanna 5-39, Tim McClure2-27, Andrew Bingham 2-39)
Donacloney Mill 197/9 (46 overs: Shane Warren 60, Neil Kilpatrick 36, Mark Hanna 20; Adam McCormick 3-32, Alastair Watt 2-29, Charlie Shannon 2-44)
A nail-biting finish at the Factory Ground saw the home side creep across the line by the narrowest of margins. Cregagh's total of 195 featured a 66 run fourth wicket partnership of 66 between Craig Boultwood and Aaron Johnston. But as partnerships go it was surpassed by the tenth wicket unbroken 25 between Andrew Bingham (17) and Timmy McClure (6) that saw Donacloney Mill to the win.
NCU Section 1
Derriaghy lost to Laurelvale by 63 runs
Queensway, 11 May.
Laurelvale 264/8 (50 overs: Adnan Malik 54, David Sinton 53*, Mark Thornbury 31, Adam Speers 20; Wayne Hughes 2-36. Ross Bailey 2-39, Renco Adams 2-63)
Derriaghy 201 (36 overs: Craig Lewis 80, Ross Bailey 39; Adam Speers 3-25, Kurshid Subhani 3-26, Mohammad Ajmal 3-30)
NCU Section 1
Belfast lost to Armagh by 41 runs
Mallusk, 11 May.
Armagh 264/7 (50 overs: Michael Villiers 60, Samuel Wilson 46, Stuart McCall 38, Harry Doyle 30, Michael Hoey 21*; N Ahmed 3-40, S Maqsood 2-40, Ferhan Saeed 2-65)
Belfast 223 (46.1 overs: S Maqsood 66, Ferhan Saeed 43, H Hussain 27, A Murtaza 23; Samuel McCall 5-46, Harry Doyle 3-33, Ben Mackey 2-40)
Final - India lost to Australia by 6 wickets
Ahmedabad, 19 November.
India 240 (50 overs: KL Rahul 66, Virat Kohli 54, Rohit Sharma 47; Mitchell Starc 3-55, Pat Cummins 2-34, Josh Hazlewood 2-60)
Australia 241/4 (43 overs: Travis Head 137, Marnus Labuschagne 58*; Jasprit Bumrah 2-42)
Toss: Australia. A brave decision by Pat Cummins at the Toss backed up by an outstanding display with the ball and in the field ensured that Australia overcame conditions both on and off the pitch to claim another World crown. The Australian seamers were relentless and after the departure of Rohit Sharma, who had his usual quickfire start, they ensured that India adopted a cautious approach through the middle overs that inevitably led to a sub-par total. The Australian reply got off to a stuttering start against Bumrah and Shami who removed Warner flirting outside off stump and edging to Kohli at slip, before Bumrah claimed Marsh and then Smith, who would have been reprieved had he reviewed his lbw decision, reducing Australia to 47/3. What followed was a partnership of 192 between Head and Labuschagne that silenced the crowd and carried Australia to within one shot of victory. Head perished on the boundary seeking that winning shot, but Maxwell scored the two runs required off the next delivery for Australia to claim their sixth World crown.
2nd Semi-Final South Africa lost to Australia by 3 wickets
Kolkata, 16 November.
South Africa 212 (49.4 overs; David Miller 101, Heinrich Klaasen 47, Gerald Coetzee 19; Mitchell Starc 3-34, Pat Cummins 3-51, Josh Hazlewood 2-12, Travis Head 2-21)
Australia 215/7 (47.2 overs; Travis Head 62, Steven Smith 30, David Warner 29, Josh Inglis 28; Tabraiz Shamsi 2-42, Gerald Coetzee 2-47)
Toss: South Africa. It didn't look like a great decision to bat first as Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood each took two wickets to reduce South Africa to 24 for 4 with the top four all gone. David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen set about rebuilding and had taken their partnership to 95 before Klaasen was bowled by Travis Head who trapped Marco Jansen next ball. South Africa were back in trouble but once again they fought back with Gerald Coetzee joining David Miller, together adding 53, Miller going on bring up his century with a huge six, ensuring that the total passed 200, a good effort from that 24/4. Australia raced out of the blocks with David Warner and Travis Head adding 60 in six overs, before Markram struck with his first ball to remove Warner and Rabada immediatley claimed Marsh without scoring. Suddenly it was Australia who looked tentative against the spin of Markram, Maharaj and Shamsi. Runs were coming slowly, but wickets were falling regularly, and with the 'Big Show' gone for just a single South Africa sensed they had a chance. Twenty runs were still needed when the seventh wicket fell, but Cummins and Starc crept along and made it across the line with sixteen balls to spare. Lots of pace and bounce in this pitch early on, and spin as well. I can't see the pitch in Ahmedabad for the Final being similar, the groundsman has his orders I'm sure.
1st Semi-Final India beat New Zealand by 70 runs
Mumbai, 15 November.
India 397/4 ( 50 overs: Virat Kohli 117, Shreyas Iyer 105, Rohit Sharma 47, Shubman Gill 80*, KL Rahul 39*; Tim Southee 3-100)
New Zealand 327 (48.5 overs: Daryl Mitchell 134, Kane Williamson 69, Glenn Phillips 41; Mohammed Shami 7-57)
Toss: India. A good toss to win was the prematch prediction, and so it proved, with India taking full advantage, knocking on the door of a 400+ total. Centuries for the usual suspects Kohli and Iyer who added 163 for the second wicket as the New Zealand seamers struggled to contain the onslaught. In the end, three wickets for Southee but at some cost. Unlucky 13 for both New Zealand’s openers, Conway and Ravindra, both falling to Mohammed Shami, before Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell added 181 for the third wicket to keep the Kiwis’ hopes alive. But Shami returned with a double strike, having Wlliamson caught in the deep and Latham lbw for 0, in the same over. Needing 121 off the final 10 overs Mitchell found a willing partner in Glenn Phillips and they added 75 at better than a run-a-ball but they were not able to set up the chance of a win as Shami wrapped up his spell with another brace to finish with seven wickets. But even that may not be enough for the MOM award! Surprise, surprise - Shami it is, a bowler for once!
India beat Netherlands by 160 runs
Bangalore, 12 November.
India 410/4 (50 overs: Sheyas Iyer 128*, KL Rahul 102, Rohit Sharma 61, Shubman Gill 51, Virat Kohli 51; Bas de Leede 2-82, Roelof van der Merwe 1-53, Paul van Meekeren 1-90)
Netherlands 250 (47.5 overs; Teja Nidamanuru 54, Sybrand Engelbrecht 45, Colin Ackermann 35, Max O'Dowd 30; Mohammed Siraj 2-29, Jasprit Bumrah 2-33, Kuldeep Yadav 2-41, Ravindra Jadeja 2-49)
India’s top five all recorded half centuries, with Sheryas Iyer and KL Rahul taking theirs on to three figures, enabling India to post their highest total of the tournament, and second highest ever in World Cups. An opening partnership of exactly 100 between Sharma and Gill was bettered by Iyer and Rahul who added 208 before Rahul was out to the penultimate ball of the innings, giving Bas de Leede a second wicket. Such a daunting total was never going to be threatened with the Dutch aiming for respectability and achieving it. Colin Ackermann (35) and Max O'Dowd (30) added 61 for the second wicket, while Sybrand Engelbreecht made a solid 45. There were some late fireworks from Teja Nidamanuru who cleared the ropes six times in a top score of 54 from only 39 balls to take his side to 250. India opted to rotate their bowlers using 9 in total as they completed a perfect group stage with their ninth win and have rarely been tested. The mindset now changes though with sudden death and the feeling they have to win it again. Australia take on South Africa in one semi-final, while India take on the Kiwis.
Australia beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets
Pune, 11 November.
Bangladesh 306/8 (49 overs: Towid Hridoy 74, Najmul Hossain Shanto 45, Tanzid Hasan 36, Litton Das 36, Mahmudullah 32, Mehidy Miraz Hasan 29, Mushfiqur Rahim 21; Adam Zampa 2-32, Sean Abbott 2-61)
Australia 307/2 (44.4 overs: Mitch Marsh 177*, Steve Smith 63*, David Warner 52)
Toss: Australia: Australia added to their impressive head-to-head record against Bangladesh that now stands at: P22, W20, L1, NR1. A 300+ total for Bangladesh with runs all down the order but only Towid Hridoy passing 50, had almost certainly guaranteed they would stay ahead of Sri Lanka on NRR by the change of innings. In Australia’s reply the early loss of Travis Head brought Mitch Marsh to the crease, and he delivered not only his first ODI hundred in that position but went on to record his highest ODI score. He added 120 with David Warner and an unbroken 175 with Steve Smith as Australia reached their target with more than five overs to spare. Consolation for Bangladesh in that they retain a champions Trophy place despite today’s defeat. A good work out for Australia, who rested Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc today, chasing that challenging total by Bangladesh, for a win that will boost their confidence going into the semi-final against South Africa next week.
England beat Pakistan by 93 runs
Kolkata, 11 November.
England 337/9 (50 overs: Jonny Bairstow 59, Dawid Malan 31, Joe Root 60, Ben Stokes 84, Harry Brook 30, Jos Buttler 27; Haris Rauf 3-64, Shaheen Shah Afridi 2-72, Mohammad Wasim 2-74)
Pakistan 244 (43.3 overs: Agha Salman 51, Babar Azam 38, Mohammad Rizwan 36, Haris Rauf 35, Saud Shakeel 29, Shaeen Shah Afridi 25; David Willey 3-56, Gus Atkinson 2-45, Adil Rashid 2-55, Moeen Ali 2-60)
Toss: England: England named an unchanged side so today was David Willey's final game in an England shirt. Joss Buttler talked at the Toss about leaving India 'with their heads held high' - really?? England made a positive start with Malan and Bairstow adding 82 for the first wicket before Stokes and Root came together to add 132 as for once the England top 6 all reached double figures. Wickets for all the Pakistani seamers, Rauf with 3, and 2 each for Shaheen Shah and Mohammad Wasim. As Pakistan started the chase England’s retiree struck immediately, claiming both openers, with a wicket in each of his first two overs. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan rebuilt with a fifty partnership before Azam became Gus Atkinson’s first victim of the day. Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali spun out the middle order. Agha Salman was playing only his third game in this tournament, not having had to bat in either of his two previous appearances but top scored with a better than a run-a-ball fifty before he became Willey’s third scalp. There was further embarrassment for England as Haris Rauf and Mohammad Wasim posted the highest partnership of the innings for the tenth wicket. England are indeed leaving India, probably ‘head scratching’ rather than ‘heads high’. The inquest can now begin.
Afghanistan lost to South Africa by 5 wickets
Ahmedabad, 10 November.
Afghanistan 244 (50 overs: Azmatullah Omarzai 97*, Noor Ahmad 26, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 25, Rahmat Shah 26; Gerald Coetzee 4-44, Keshav Maharaj 2-25, , Lungi Ngidi 2-69)
South Africa 247/5 (47.3 overs: Rassie van der Dussen 76*, Quinton de Kock 41, Andile Phehlukwayo 39*, David Miller 25, Aiden Markam 25, Temba Bavuma 23: Mohammad Nabi 2-35, Rashid Khan 2-37)
Toss: Afghanistan. It would have taken a record 438 run win by Afghanistan for them to overtake New Zealand on Nett Run Rate. That was never going to happen they can look back on defeats by Bangladesh in their opening game, plus of course that loss to Australia who they had on the ropes at 91/7 as the real reason they didn’t make the semis. No one would surely have begrudged Azmatullah Omarzi a century as his 97* guided Afghanistan to a total they hoped was defendable. He shared three partnerships in the 40s, with Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad. Four wickets for a pumped-up Gerald Coetzee plus a record equaling six catches for Quinton de Kock the highlights of South Africa’s interminably long time in the field. In this tournament South Africa have looked confident batting first and hesitant batting second and this trend continued today. Every one got a start but only Rassie van der Dussen went on to a half century guiding South Africa to what could be claimed as perfectly paced chase, or equally be seen an unconvincing one. Either way they will have to be better against Australia next week.
New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets
Bangalore, 9 November.
Sri Lanka 171 (46.4 overs: Kusal Mendis 51, Maheesh Theekshana 38*; Trent Boult 3-37, Rachin Ravindra 2-21, Mitchell Santner 2-22, Lockie Ferguson 2-35)
New Zealand 172/5 (23.2 overs: Devon Conway 45, Daryl Mitchell 43, Rachin Ravindra 42; Angelo Mathews 2-29)
Toss: New Zealand. Sri Lanka’s chance of Champions Trophy qualification suffered an early blow as their most consistent run scorer Pathum Nissanka was removed by Tim Southee, a straightforward edge to keeper Lathan, one ball after he dropped Kusal Mendis to another regulation effort. Mendis’ answer was to go on the attack and his half century came up off 28 balls (9x4, 2x6). A Trent Boult 3-wicket burst and a brace from Mitchell Santner saw them reduced to 128/9 and it took the highest partnership of the innings between Madushanka and Theekshana for the tenth wicket to give them even a slim chance of victory. Conway and Ravindra got the New Zealand reply off to a brisk start, their partnership worth 86 before both fell in quick succession. Daryl Mitchell kept the impetus going as they sought a quick finish. New Zealand’s NRR received a boost such that it would now take impossibly huge wins for either Pakistan against England, or Afghanistan against South Africa for either to pip the KIwis to a semi-final place. You can safely pencil in India v New Zealand next Wednesday.
England beat Netherlands by 160 runs
Pune, 8 November.
England 339/9 (50 overs: Ben Stokes 108, Dawid Malan 87, Chris Woakes 51, Joe Root 28; Bas de Leede 3-74, Aryan Dutt 2-67, Logan van Beek 2-88)
Netherlands 179 (37.2 overs: Teja Nidamanuru 41*, Scott Edwards 38, Wesley Barresi 37, Sybrand Englebrecht 33: Moeen Ali 3-42, Adil Rashid 3-50, David Willey 2-19)
Toss : England. A Ben Stokes century enabled England to post 300+ for only the second time in this tournament with runs in the Powerplay from Dawid Malan and runs in the closing overs from Chris Woakes, but Bairstow, Root and skipper Buttler’s run droughts continued, and the much called for inclusion of Harry Brook did little to improve the fragility of the England batting line up. With the Netherlands struggling to make any impact in the Powerplay it was always going to be an England win, the only question was by how many, and what would the effect be on both sides run rates. In the end the Netherlands lost their last five wickets for just sixteen runs against the spin of Rashid and Ali to what one can only describe as ‘getting out’ shots. England up to 7th in the table - the world can start turning again.
Australia beat Afghanistan by 3 wickets
Mumbai, 7 November.
Afghanistan 291/5 (50 overs: Ibrahim Zadran 129*, Rashid Khan 35*, Rahmat Shah 30, Hashmatullah Shahidi 26, Azmatullah Omarzai 22, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 21; Josh Hazelwood 2-39)
Australia 293/7 (46.5 overs: Glenn Maxwell 201*, Mitchell Marsh 24; Rashid Khan 2-44, Azmatullah Omarzai 2-52, Naveen-ul-Haq 2-47)
Toss: Afghanistan. After missing the England match both Mitch Marsh and Glenn Maxwell were back in the side today with Steve Smith missing out, while Afghanistan replaced a seamer with a spinner, so plenty of spin options for them. Ibrahim Zadran ‘carried his bat’ and became the first Afghani World Cup centurion in an innings total that set Australia a target that would be a record chase for them if they could pull it off. Only Hazelwood picked up two wickets for Australia, his second coming late in the innings when the slog was on, it was not a day for the seamers, who all came in for punishment, with Rashid Khan’s 35* off 18 at the end rubbing salt into the wounds. Australia looked nervous from the off and a mixture of injudicious shots saw half the side out for 69, and seven down before the hundred was posted. With skipper Pat Cummins joining Maxwell at the crease, it looked for all the world like a lost cause. Somehow they added 100, of which Cummins' contribution was 8. Maxwell led a charmed life with two dropped catches and surviving a review that he had given up on, and was half way to the pavilion, before returning to launch an onslaught that carried Australia to an astonishing win and a place in the semi-finals. Their partnership was finally worth an unbroken 202 with Cummins contributing 12, all the more remarkable because for the latter part of it, Maxwell was effectively batting 'on one leg', unable to run through severe cramping, turning down singles and hobbling to 'farm' the strike and guide his side to victory.
Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets
Delhi, 6 November.
Sri Lanka 279 (49.3 overs: Charith Asalanka 108, Pathum Nissanka 41, Sadeera Samarawickrama 41, Dhananjaya de Silva 34, Maheesh Theekshana 22; Tanzim Hasan Sakib 3-80, Shoriful Islam 2-52, Shakib Al Hasan 2-57, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 1-49)
Bangladesh 282/7 (41.1 overs: Najmul Hossin Shanto 90, Shakib Al Hasan 82, Litton Das 23, Mahmudullah 22; Dilshan Madushanka 3-69, Angelo Mathews 2-39, Maheesh Theekshanka 2-44)
Toss: Bangladesh. A tremendous win for Bangladesh that sees them climb two places in the table into a Champions Trophy qualification spot. The game will be remembered however not so much for the batting and bowling as the one where Angelo Mathews became the first player to be dismissed ‘timed out’ in international cricket. Debate raged during the game and no doubt will continue long into the future about the rights and wrongs of the circumstances. And such was the feeling, that at the end of the match, Sri Lanka’s players left the field and headed straight into the dressing room leaving their back room staff to perform the ritual ‘handshakes’. As far as the cricket itself went, a run-a-ball century from Charith Asalanka was the highlight of the Sri Lankan innings adding 78 with Dhananjaya de Silva. In the reply it was the ‘villain’ of the piece, Shakib Al Hasan who won the day for Bangladesh with a partnership of 169 with Najmul Shanto before both fell in quick succession, but by then the win was inevitable.
India beat South Africa by 243 runs
Kolkata, 5 November.
India 326/5 (50 overs: Virat Kohli 101*, Sheryas Iyer 77, Rohit Sharma 40, Ravindra Jadeja 29*, Shubman Gill 23, Suryakumar Yadav 22)
South Africa 83 (27.1 overs: Ravindra Jadeja 5-33, Kuldeep Yadav 2-7, Mohammed Shami 2-18)
Toss: India. India set off at the gallop with Rohit Sharma plundering boundaries off the South African seamers his 40 coming off 24 balls. They lost a second wicket when Gill was bowled by Maharaj, remarkably only given out after an umpire’s review! Kohli and Iyer added 134 but with Kohli seemingly more intent on scoring a birthday century, letting his partners do the attacking, than putting the game beyond South Africa the predicted total tumbled accordingly. Kohli and the crowd got what they wanted, and maybe South Africa weren't too upset either after the start India had, but they leaked runs in the final overs giving them a tough target to chase. It immediately got tougher with the loss of de Kock who chopped on in Siraj's first over. Then Bavuma's defensive prod was beaten by the spin of Jadeja and the ball cannoned into off stump. Suddenly there were three down as Markram pushed tentatively at Shami and edged behind. Jadeja claimed a second when Markram was lbw missing a sweep, India reviewed and overturned the not out decision of which DRS was more convinced than anyone with the naked eye. Another review, and another successful one for India as van der Dussen was lbw to Shami. Miller exposed all his stumps as he attempted to 'paddle' Jadeja fine, and unsurprisingly, was bowled, he got away with it once. Then another for Jadeja, spinning away from Maharaj and into off stump, some of his own medicine. Kuldeep got into the action with Jansen chipping tamely to short extra, before Rabada hit a return catch to Jadeja to give him his fifth wicket. Another and he might just have had a chance of being MOM, but I wouldn't bet on it!! Kuldeep bowls Ngidi, and it's all over. A total shambles from South Africa today, they started badly with the ball, and didn't appear with the bat at all. MOM adjudicators take the decision that ensures they escape with their lives - Kohli it is!
New Zealand lost to Pakistan by 21 runs (DLS)
Bangalore, 4 November.
New Zealand 401/6 (50 overs: Rachin Ravindra 108, Kane Williamson 95, Glenn Phillips 41, Mark Chapman 39, Devon Conway 35, Daryl Mitchell 29, Mitchell Santner 26*: Mohammad Wasim 3-60)
Pakistan 200/1 (25.3 overs: Fakhar Zaman 125*, Babar Azam 66*) (Match reduced to 41 overs - Target 342)
Toss: Pakistan. Not even the state of the art vacuum drainage system at the Chinnaswamy could ensure a finish to this high scoring affair as two rain interruptions drove the players from the field and ended what was building up to be a thriller. Highlight of the New Zealand innings was the 180 run partnership between Ravindra and Williamson but there were contributions from all who got to the crease. Pakistan replied in kind with Fakhar Zaman blasting a 63 ball century (6x4, 9x6) and Babar Azam happy to tick along at a run ball that saw them add 194 before rain brought a premature end to proceedings. Pakistan’s win keeps their hopes of a semi-final place alive, just!
Australia beat England by 33 runs
Ahmedabad, 4 November.
Australia 286 (49.3 overs: Marnus Labuschagne 71, Cameron Green 47, Steve Smith 44, Marcus Stoinis 35, Adam Zampa 29; Chris Woakes 4-54, Adil Rashid 2-38, , Chris Wood 2-70)
England 253 (48.1 overs: Ben Stokes 64, Dawid Malan 50, Moeen Ali 42, Chris Woakes 32, Adil Rashid 20; Adam Zampa 3-21, Pat Cummins 2-49, Josh Hazelwood 2-49, Mitchell Starc 2-66)
Toss: England. Australia with Mitch Marsh and Glenn Maxwell missing from their batting line up were never able to break free from some tidy English bowling. Predictions of a 300+ total when Labuschagne was at the crease with Steve Smith, were readjusted downwards when both departed, but some hitting from Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa got Australia to a defendable total. Starc struck first ball of the England reply having Bairstow caught, a leg glance to the keeper. Root survived a lbw review and a dropped catch, before he hung the bat out to Starc and edged behind. With Malan and Buttler following soon after, it was Stokes and Ali who kept England in the game with a partnership of 63, but then the wicket of Stokes was quickly followed by Livingstone and English hopes were fading. An outstanding spell of bowling from Zampa plus a stunning running catch to remove Willey who was England’s last hope rightly earned him the MOM award. Australia definitely missed the spin of Maxwell today with Stoinis and Head having to bowl, although it was the front line seamers who were keeping England in the game in the final overs with variations that were punished, making it closer than it should have been.
Afghanistan beat Netherlands by 7 wickets
Lucknow, 3 November.
Netherlands 179 (46.3 overs: Sybrand Engelbrecht 58, Max O'Dowd 42, Colin Ackermann 29; Mohammed Nabi 3-28, Noor Ahmad 2-30)
Afghanistan 181/3 (31.3 overs: Hashmatullah Shahidi 56*, Rahmat Shah 52, Azmatullah Omarzai 31*, Ibrahim Zadran 20)
Netherlands recovered from the loss of Wesley Barresi in the first over to build a solid platform thanks to a second wicket stand of 70 between Max O'Dowd and Colin Ackermann. It was all downhill from there as there were no fewer than four run outs in the Dutch innings as they self imploded. Memories of their 2011 clash with Ireland as they had four run outs in four balls. Sybrand Englebrecht's defiant half century at least gave their attack something to bowl at, but a total of 179 was never going to be enough. Not many sides have chased better than Afghanistan and this was another composed effort by Jonathan Trott's team. Rahmat Shah and skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi with half centuries ensuring a routine seven wickets win in the 32nd over. They have given themselves a real chance of making the semi-finals and confirmed their place in the Champions Trophy
India beat Sri Lanka by 302 runs
Mumbai, 2 November.
India 357/8 (50 overs: Shubman Gill 92, Virat Kohli 88, Sheryas Iyer 82, Ravindra Jadeja 35, KL Rahul 21; Dilshan Madushanka 5-80)
Sri Lanka 55 (19.4 overs: Mohammed Shami 5-18, Mohammed Siraj 3-16)
Toss: Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka made the perfect start with Madushanka claiming the wicket of Rohit Sharma with the second delivery of the game. And it could have been even better, as they spilled chances from both Kohli and Gill before either had reached double figures. Costly mistakes as the pair added 189 before both fell in quick succession to make it three wickets for Madushanka. A perfect platform then for Sheryas Iyer to plunder 82 off just 56 balls (3x4, 6x6) while the increasingly impressive Madushanka claimed both him and Yadav to complete a ‘five-for’. The game was over as a contest within 10 overs of the Sri Lankan reply, with Siraj taking 3-5 in a four over spell, and his replacement, Mohammed Shami, producing a double-wicket maiden in his first. 14-6 after ten overs, and all the wrong sort of records staring Sri Lanka in the face. Over as a contest inside 10 overs, and over as a match inside 20! Total domination by the Indian seamers, Siraj with the opening blast and Shami making the ball ‘talk’, claiming a personal ODI best with that 5-18. A fourth highest record win for India who top the table, amazingly only now guaranteed their semi-final place.
New Zealand lost to South Africa by 190 runs
Pune, 1 November.
South Africa 357/4 (50 overs: Rassie van der Dussen 133, Quinton de Kock 114, David Miller 53,Temba Bavuma 24; Tim Southee 2-77)
New Zealand 167 (35.3 overs: Glenn Phillips 60, Will Young 33, Dary Mitchell 24; Keshav Maharaj 4-46, Marco Jansen 3-31, Gerald Coetzee 2-41)
Toss: New Zealand. Asked to bat first by New Zealand, South Africa got the chance to do what they do best, and once again they delivered, with Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen amassing their second double century partnership of the tournament, adding exactly 200 before de Kock steered a catch to backward point off what was destined to be a ‘wide’ from Tim Southee. With David Miller coming to the crease to join van der Dussen there was the inevitable acceleration in the final ten overs with 119 runs added. New Zealand weren't helped by the early loss of Matt Henry from their attack, leaving the field with a hamstring injury. The New Zealand reply was knocked back by Marco Jansen who claimed the wickets of Conway and Ravindra in the first ten overs. The innings spluttered along with wickets falling regularly before four wickets from the left arm spin of Maharaj ended any hopes of New Zealand even preserving their NRR which was halved by today’s defeat.
Bangladesh lost to Pakistan by 7 wickets
Kolkata, 31 October.
Bangladesh 204 (45.1 overs: Mahmudullah 56, Litton Das 45, Shakib Al Hasan 43, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 25; Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-20, Mohammad Wasim 3-31, Haris Rauf 2-36, Iftikhar Ahmed 1-41, Usama Mir 1-66)
Pakistan 205/3 (32.3 overs: Fakhar Zaman 81, Abdullah Shafique 68, Mohammad Rizwan 26*; Mehidy Hasan Miraz 3-60)
Toss: Bangladesh. After electing to bat first, Bangladesh immediately found themselves in trouble as Shaheen Shah Afridi claimed two quick wickets. The Pakistan pacers shared eight wickets between them, as much with ‘pace off’ as pace itself as they adapted quickly to the pitch conditions. Partnerships were few and far between and a three wicket burst from Mohammad Wasim wrapped up the innings in the space of four runs with almost five overs unused. No great pressure then on the Pakistan openers as they posted 128 before Abdullah Shafique was LBW missing an attempted sweep. Pakistan seemed intent on upping their NRR and it cost them a couple of wickets, Babar Azar and Fakhar Zaman both perishing in the deep, before Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed sealed the win in the 33rd over.
Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets
Pune, 30 October.
Sri Lanka 241 (49.3 overs: Pathum Nissanka 46, Kusal Mendis 39, Sadeera Samarawickrama 36, Maheesh Theekshana 29, Angelo Mathews 23, Charith Asalanka 22, Fazal Farooqi 4-34, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 2-38, Azmatullah Omarzai 1-37, Rashid Khan 1-50)
Afghanistan 242/3 (45.2 overs: Azmatullah Omarzai 73*, Rahmat Shah 62, Hashmatullah Shahidi 58*, Ibrahim Zadran 39; Dilshan Madushanka 2-48, Kasun Rajitha 1-48)
Toss: Afghanistan. A disciplined display in the field by Afghanistan restricted Sri Lanka to a sub-par total with left-arm seamer Fazal Farooqi claiming 4 wickets conceding only 34 runs in his ten over spell. Opener Pathum Nissanka who came into the game on a run of four consecutive half-centuries was not quite able to make it five on a day when most got a start but no one went on to make a ‘big’ score. At the interval Rashid Khan said that they had aimed to keep Sri Lanka to under 250 and having done that were confident of claiming their third win of the tournament. The chase started badly however, with Gurbaz bowled in the first over. Zadran and Rahmat Shah added 73 for the second wicket before Shah, who survived a dropped catch at backward point, chipped a leading edge to mid-on next ball. But Shahidi and Omarzai, with the luxury of a less than a run-a-ball chase, picked off the runs required in an unbeaten 111 run partnership, both completing half-centuries, crossing the line in a flurry of boundaries with almost 5 overs unused.
England lost to India by 100 runs
Lucknow, 29 October.
India 229/9 (50 overs: Rohit Sharma 87, Suryakumar Yadav 49, KL Rahul 39; David Willey 3-45, Chris Woakes 2-33, Adil Rashid 2-35)
England 129 (34.5 overs: Liam Livingstone 27; Mohammed Shami 4-22, Jasprit Bumrah 3-32, Kuldeep Yadav 2-24)
Toss: England. England and India both announced unchanged sides for today’s clash. Unchanged that is except for their performances which saw the Indian batters struggle and the England bowlers achieve the success that has eluded them to date. Two wickets for Woakes and the scalp of Kohli for Willey for a 9 ball 'duck’ left the hosts struggling at 40/3 before Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul added 91 for the fourth wicket. But when they both departed it was left to Suryakumar Yadev to shepherd the tail to some sort of total, if not exactly the one that India had in mind at the start of play. After Bairstow and Malan had got England to 30/0 it was business as usual as 5 wickets fell for 22 runs. Root falling over and lbw first ball was typical of a side that didn’t know whether to ’stick or twist’, defend or attack, and in the end they could do neither! The end was as inevitable as it was predictable, a few swings interspersed with a generous helping of dots as India march on and England continue to languish at the foot of the table.
Australia beat New Zealand by 5 runs
Dharamshala, 28 October.
Australia 388 (49.2 overs: Travis Head 109, David Warner 81, Glenn Maxwell 41, Josh Inglis 38, Pat Cummins 37, Mitch Marsh 36; Glenn Phillips 3-37, Trent Boult 3-77, Mitchell Santner 2-64)
New Zealand 383/9 (50 overs: Rachin Ravindra 116, Jimmy Neesham 58, Daryl Mitchell 54, Will Young 32, Devon Conway 28, Tom Lathan 21; Adam Zampa 3-74, Pat Cummins 2-66, Josh Hazelwood 2-70)
Toss: New Zealand. Travis Head came back into the Australian line-up, opening with David Warner and together they added 175 for the first wicket in just 20 overs, a 67 ball 109 from Head (5x6, 6x6) and 81 off 65 from Warner (5x4, 6x6). Glenn Phillips claimed three wickets with his off spin in an encomical ten overs, and Santner two, umpire's call depriving him of a third as came back for a second spell after early punishment. Not a day to be a seamer as all went for plenty, Boult picking up his 3 wickets in his final over. A good start to the reply from New Zealand but first Conway swept Hazelwood low to Starc who held a diving catch at short fine leg then Young steered a catch to him at wide slip on the ring to give Hazelwood his second. Mitchell and Ravindra added 96 before Mitchell holed out off Zampa, failing to clear long-on, a third catch for Starc. 181 required off the last 20 overs for New Zealand and a magnificent 116 from Ravindra and some spectacular hitting from Jimmy Neesham almost got them there. A second nail-biter in as many days what chances another tomorrow when England take on India?
Bangladesh lost to Netherlands by 87 runs
Kolkata, 28 October.
Netherlands 229 (43 overs: Scott Edwards 68, Wesley Barresi 41, Sybrand Englebrecht 35, Logan van Beek 23*; Mustafizur Rahman 2-36, Mahedi Hasan 2-40, Taskin Ahmed 2-43, Shoriful Islam 2-51)
Bangladesh 142 (42.2 overs: Mehidy Hasan Miraz 35, Madmudullah 20, Mushfiquar Rahman 20; Paul van Meerkeren 4-23, Bas de Leede 2-25)
Toss: Netherlands. The Netherlands recovered from a shaky start that saw Vikram Singh chip tamely to mid off and O'Dowd guide a catch to slip in what looked like pre-match catching practice. But Barresi and Ackeman added 59 before they both went in quick succession. Skipper Scott Edwards played a captain's innings of 68 in partnerships of 44 with Bas de Leede and 78 with Sybrand Englebrecht and a cameo 23 off 16 from Logan van Beek ensured that the Oranje had something to defend. And defend it they did! Steady bowling that gave nothing away forced mistakes from the Bangladeshi batters as Edwards claimed four catches behind the stumps. Four wickets for Paul van Meekeren and two for Bas de Leede who also produced a direct hit run out to break a Mahmudullah/Mehidy partnership that was surely Bangladesh’s last hope. And when Mahmudullah dragged de Leede to Dutt at short mid-wicket the streams of Bangladesh fans heading to the exits confirmed that opinion. Another day to remember for the Dutch and a day to forget for Bangladesh.
Pakistan lost to South Africa by 1 wicket
Chennai, 27 October.
Pakistan 270 (46.4 overs: Saud Shakeel 52, Babar Azam 50, Shadab Khan 43, Mohammad Rizwan 31, Mohammad Nawaz 24, Iftikhar Ahmed 21; Tabraiz Shamsi 4-60, Marco Jansen 3-43, Gerald Coetzee 2-42)
South Africa 271/9 (47.2 overs: Aiden Markram 91, David Miller 29, Temba Bavuma 28, Quinton de Kock 24, Rassie van der Dussen 21, Marco Jansen 20; Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-45, Usama Mir 2-45, Mohammed Wasim 2-50, Haris Rauf 2-62)
Toss: Pakistan. South Africa have set huge totals batting first, and their only loss so far has been batting second against the Netherlands, so lots of interest in how they would go in the chase today. They gave themselves every chance by bowling out Pakistan for 270. There were two early wickets for Marco Jansen and although the Pakistan middle order all got starts none went on to the 'big' score that they would have wanted. A 96 run fifth wicket partnership between Saud Shakeel and Shadab Khan took them to 225 before the tail failed to wag and the innings close with 20 balls unused. De Kock set off with a flurry of boundaries and when he and Bavuma had both departed Markram set out his stall and partnerships of 54 with Rassie van der Dussen and 70 with David Miller took South Africa to within 21 runs of victory. But there was a twist in the tail as both he and Coetzee were dismissed leaving a nervous South African dug-out biting their nails as Maharaj and Ngidi battled to survive, and at the same time eke out the 21 runs required. Nigidi went to a brilliant one-handed caught and bowled by Haris Rauf with 11 required and in the same over umpire Warfe gaves a Wide that flicked the pad and Maharaj was saved by ‘Umpire’s Call’, luck going South Africa’s way at the death. With all his seam options bowled out Babar Azam turned to slow left armer Mohammad Nawaz whose second delivery was flicked behind square by Maharaj for the winning boundary. So question answered? - yes they chased and won, but very tentatively, but finally we had a close finish in this tournament to enjoy.
England lost to Sri Lanka by 8 wickets
Bangalore, 26 October.
England 156 (33.2 overs: Ben Stokes 43, Jonny Bairstow 30, Dawid Malan 28; Lahiru Kumara 3-35, Angelo Mathews 2-14, Kasun Rajitha 2-36)
Sri Lanka 160/2 (25.4 overs: Pathum Nissanka 71*, Sadeera Samarawickrama 65*; David Willey 2-30)
Toss: England. Sri Lanka had won the last four meetings with England and at the change of innings they were very much favourites to make it five in a row. Bairstow made 30 after being LBW first ball - given Not out with Sri Lanka opting not to review. But wickets tumbled with none of the batsmen looking in any sort of form, and when Stokes tried to hit England out of trouble he eventually paid the price for his aggression. Perhaps not the usual run-filled Bangalore pitch today but England faced an uphill struggle defending the lowest ever 'all out' score at Bangalore to avoid another nightmare at the venue. An early breakthrough for them though as Kusal Perera gets a leading edge to mid off, and a second for Willey with Mendis top edging high for Buttler to hold a swirling catch running back. Nissanka brought up his fourth consecutive half-century closely followed by Samarawickrama as they added an unbeaten 137 for the third wicket finishing the game with a massive six, just to rub salt into the wounds. It was always likely that England would lose after their batting display, but they went down tamely in the end, looking resigned to their fate long before Nissanka launched Rashid into Row Z. No doubting the smile on Sri Lankan coach Chris Silverwood’s face as his side humiliated his former employers.
Australia beat Netherlands by 309 runs
Delhi, 25 October.
Australia 399/8 (50 overs: Glenn Maxwell 106, David Warner 104, Steve Smith 71, Marnus Labuschagne 62; Logan van Beek 4-74, Bas de Leede 2-115)
Netherlands 90 (21 overs: Vikram Singh 25; Adam Zampa 4-8, Mitch Marsh 2-19)
Toss: Australia. A record breaking 40 ball century from Glenn Maxwell (9x4, 8x6) was the highlight of an innings that saw 131 runs added in the final ten overs as ‘The Big Show’ dominated the stage making opener David Warner’s better than a run-a-ball century look distinctly pedestrian by comparison. There were two wickets in the fiftieth over for Logan van Beek to give him four in the innings, while Bas de Leede became the second record breaker of the day - his 10 overs 2-115 now the most expensive figures in ODI cricket! The Dutch were simply unable to get going against the Australian seamers with only Vikram Singh passing 20, but even his 25 ball innings of 25 consisted of only 7 scoring shots, six fours and a single. And when the four seamers had done their work, up stepped Adam Zampa who cleaned up the tail in just three overs. A huge win for Australia that cements their place in the top four and drops the Netherlands from seventh to last in the table.
Bangladesh lost to South Africa by 149 runs
Mumbai, 24 October.
South Africa 382/5 (50 overs: Quinton de Kock 174, Heinrich Klaasen 90, Aiden Markram 60, David Miller 34*; Hasan Mahmud 2-67)
Bangladesh 233 (45 overs: Mahmudullah 111, Litton Das 22; Marco Jansen 2-39, Kagiso Rabada 2-42, Lizaad Williams 2-56, Gerald Coetzee 3-61)
Toss: South Arica. After the early loss of Hendricks and van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock scored his third century of the tournament in partnerships of 131 with Aiden Markram and 132 with Heinrich Klaasen propelling South Africa to another 300 plus total. His 178 which took him to the top of the tournament run scorers list came off 140 deliveries (15x4,7x6). Fireworks too in the final overs from Klaasen whose 90 came off 49 balls with (2x4,8x6) and David Miller with 34 off 15 (1x4,4x6) - 144 added in the final 10 overs!
Afghanistan beat Pakistan by 8 wickets
Chennai, 23 October.
Pakistan 282/7 (50 overs: Babar Azam 74, Abdullah Shafique 58, Shadab Khan 40, Iftikhar Ahmed 40, Saud Shakeel 25; Noor Ahmad 3-49, Naveen-ul-Haq 2-52, Mohammad Nabi 1-31, Azmatullah Omarzai 1-50)
Afghanistan 286/2 (49 overs: Ibrahim Zadran 87, Rahmat Shah 77*, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 65, Hashmatullah Shahidi 48*)
Toss: Pakistan. Pakistan chose to bat on a pitch that was very dry - ‘..with not a blade of grass on it, batting won't get any easier,’ according to the commentators, but how wrong they were! Pakistan posted two half century partnerships at the top of the innings before the Afghan spin quartet dragged them back, slowing the run rate considerably. But that all changed when the seamers was forced to return for the final half dozen overs, and were taken apart by an 27 ball Iftikhar blitz (2x4, 4x6). Good work by the Afghan spinners undone, and Pakistan would have been confident of defending 282. But it was not to be as Afghanistan confounded the ‘experts’ and rattled up partnerships of 130, 60 and an unbroken 96 that saw them home with 6 balls to spare.
India beat New Zealand by 4 wickets
Dharamsala, 22 October.
New Zealand 273 (50 overs: Daryl Mitchell 130, Rachin Ravindra 75, Glenn Phillips 23; Mohammed Shami 5-54, Kuldeep Yadav 2-73)
India 274/6 (48 overs: Virat Kholi 95; Rohit Sharma 46, Ravindra Jadeja 39*, Shreyas Iyer 33, Shubman Gill 26, KL Rahul 27; Lockie Ferguson 2-63)
Wonderful innings by Daryl Mitchell who shared a century stand with Rachin Ravindra. The Kiwis will be disappointed not to post 300+ as they were pegged back in the final ten overs by Mohammed Shami's five-wicket haul. India started the chase well with an opening stand of 71 between Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. Disappointment for the crowd as India could not contrive another century for Kohli who failed to clear long-on going for a repeat of his innings against Bangladesh. India now the only unbeaten side 5 from 5.
Netherlands lost to Sri Lanka by 5 wickets
Lucknow, 21 October.
Netherlands 262 (49.4 overs: Sybrand Englebrecht 70, Logan van Beek 59, Colin Ackerman 29; Kasun Rajitha 4-50, Dilshan Madushanka 4-48
Sri Lanka 263/5 (48.2 overs: Sadeera Samarawickrama 91*, Pathum Nissanka 54, Charith Asalanka 44, Dhananjaya de Silva 30; Aryan Dutt 3-44)
Toss: Netherlands. Sri Lanka chased down a testing Netherlands total thanks to an unbeaten 91 from Sadeera Samarawickrama who got Sri Lanka home in the 49th over. The highlight of the Dutch innings was a 130 run 7th wicket partnership between Sybaand Englebrecht and Logan van Beek that set up the possibility of another glory day for the Oranje. Sri Lanka were never ‘in trouble’ as their innings progressed but they needed to hold their nerve to see off the Dutch challenge as the winning line approached.
England lost to South Africa by 229 runs
Mumbai, 21 October.
South Africa 399/7 (50 overs: Heinrich Klassen 109, Reeza Hendricks 85, Marco Jansen 75*, Rassie van der Dussen 60, Aiden Markram 42; Reece Topley 3-63, Gus Atkinson 2-60, Adil Rashid 2-61)
England 170 (22 overs: Mark Wood 43*, Gus Atkinson 35: Gerald Coetzee 3-35, Lungi Ngidi 2-26, Marco Jansen 2-35)
Toss: England. It took some late order hitting from Mark Wood and Gus Atkinson who added 70 runs for the final wicket to save England from becoming holders of the record for the biggest ever defeat in World Cup history, but the final margin was a true reflection of the gulf between the two sides today. Posting 399 after being put in by England was a statement of intent from South Africa which saw England trudge wearily to ‘lunch’ with the writing already on the wall. The loss of de Kock to Topley’s second ball of the day was as bad as it got for South Africa and as good as it got for Topley, whose 49th over went for 26 and who didn’t bat, listed as ‘absent hurt’, pride as well no doubt. A quick fire century from Heinrich Klaasen plus run-a-ball half centuries from Hendricks and van der Dussen and a final flurry of sixes from Marco Jansen gave England a mountain to climb, both in the match and in the Tournament itself.
Australia beat Pakistan by 62 runs
Bangalore, 20 October.
Australia 367/9 (50 overs: David Warner 163, Mitch Marsh 121; Shaheen Shah Afridi 5-54, Haris Rauf 3-83)
Pakistan 305 (45.3 overs; Imam-ul-Haq 70, Abdullah Shafique 64, Muhammad Rizwan 46, Saud Shakeel 30, Iftikhar Ahmed 26; Adam Zampa 4-53, Marcus Stoinis 2-40, Pat Cummins 2-62)
Toss: Pakistan. An opening partnership of 259 between MOM David Warner and Mitch Marsh ensured that Australia set an improbable target for Pakistan to chase. That they didn’t post 400+ was down to pace talisman Shaheen Shah Afridi, who claimed five wickets, and Haris Rauf with two, who saw to it that the Australian tail failed to wag. Pakistan answered with a century opening stand of their own but Stoinis removed Shafique with his first delivery, the first of his two wickets, before a four wicket burst from Zampa removed the middle order. All that was left was for Cummins, Starc and Hazlewood to blast out the tail and Australia were winners by a distance.
Bangladesh lost to India by 7 wickets
Pune, 19 October.
Bangladesh 256/8 (50 overs: Litton Das 66, Tanzid Hasan 51, Mahmudullah 46, Mushfiqur Rahim 38; Jasprit Bumrah 2-41, Ravindra Jadeja 2-38, Mohammed Siraj 2-60)
India 261/3 (41.3 overs: Virat Kholi 103*, Shubman Gill 53, Rohit Sharma 48, KL Rahul 34*; Mehidy Hasan Miraz 2-47)
Toss: Bangladesh.
Afghanistan lost to New Zealand by 149 runs
Chennai, 18 October.
New Zealand 288/6 (50 overs: Glenn Phillips 71, Tom Latham 68, Will Young 54, Rachin Ravindra 32, Mark Chapman 25*, Devon Conway 20; Naveen-ul-Haq 2-48, Azmatullah Omarzai 2-56)
Afghanistan 139 (34.4 overs: Rahmat Shah 36, Azmatullah Omarzai 27; Lockie Ferguson 3-19, Mitchell Santer 3-39, Trent Boult 2-18)
Toss: Afghanistan. Afghanistan were unable to reproduce their heroics against England producing a sloppy fielding display that saw four relatively simple chances spilled, and a straightforward stumping missed. Couple that with a tame showing with the bat that failed to threaten New Zealand at any stage and you have a day to forget for the Afghans. Unbeaten New Zealand go top of the table, at least until tomorrow, when India could join them on four wins from four with victory over neighbours Bangladesh.
South Africa lost to Netherlands by 38 runs
Dharmashala, 17 October.
Netherlands 245/8 (43 overs: Scott Edwards 78*, Roelof van der Merwe 29, Aryan Dutt 23*,Teja Nidamanuru 20; Marco Jansen 2-27, Kagiso Rabada 2-56, Lungi Ngidi 2-57)
South Africa 207 (42.5 overs, David Miller 43, Keshav Maharaj 40, Heinrich Klassen 28, Gerald Coetzee 22, Quinton de Kock 20; Logan van Beek 3-60, Roelof van der Merwe 2-33, Bas de Leede 2-36, Paul van Meekeren 2-40)
Start delayed match reduced to 43 overs. Toss South Africa.
Australia beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets
Lucknow, 16 October.
Sri Lanka 209 (43.3 overs: Kusal Perera 78, Pathum Nissanka 61, Charith Asalanka 25; Adam Zampa 4-47, Pat Cummins 2-32, Mitchell Starc 2-43)
Australia 215/5 (35.2 overs: Mitchell Marsh 52, Josh Inglis 58, Marnus Labuschagne 40, Glenn Maxwell 31*, Marxcus Stoinis 20*; Dilshan Madushanka 3-38)
After choosing to bat first, Sri Lanka were unable to build on an opening partnership of 125 in 22 overs by Perera and Mendis, losing all 10 wickets for the addition of just another 84 runs. After Cummins removed both openers only Asalanka reached double figures as Adam Zampa claimed 4-47, three to LBWs in just 8 overs to rip out the middle order and put Australia in the driving seat. Early success for Sri Lanka when Australia started their reply as Madushanka claimed both Warner and Smith lbw. Mitch Marsh and Marnus Labuschagne added 57 before Marsh was run out and Josh Inglis joined Labuschagne at the crease. Together they added 87 to ensure there was to be no late wobble as Australia recorded their first win in the Tournament
Afghanistan beat England by 69 runs
Delhi, 15 October.
Afghanistan 284 (49.5 overs: Rahmanullah Gurbaz 80 (8x4, 4x6), Ikram Alikhil 58, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 28, Ibrahim Zadran 28, Rashid Khan 22*; Adil Rashid 3-42, Mark Wood 2-50)
England 215 (40.3 overs: Dawid Malan 32, Harry Brook 66, Adil Rashid 20; Rashid Khan 3-37, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3-51, Mohammad Nabi 2-16)
Toss: England. Afghanistan, or should I say Rahmanullah Gurbaz came out all guns blazing as the England seamers were dispatched to all parts in the early overs. Fifty off 33 balls became 80 off 57 before he was run out, the third wicket to fall in a mini collapse that put the brakes on Afghanistan’s progress, at least for a while. It was left to England’s spinners, full and part-time, Rashid, Root and Livingstone to get through the middle overs, and they did so at a combined four an over before the return of the seamers who managed to keep the total below the 300 that Afghanistan wanted, and seemed likely to post in the early stages of their innings. England couldn’t match the rapid start to Afghanistan’s innings after the early departure of Bairstow, and indeed they were never ahead at any stage of the chase. Harry Brook scored at better than a run a ball while all of his partners could barely manage half that. With Brooks’ departure it was a case of swing away and hope for the best from the England bowlers. But In the end it was the Afghan spinners who won that battle and claimed the day with Mujeeb’s spin variations earning him three wickets and the MOM award. Three wickets also for Rashid Khan and two for the economical Mohammad Nabi both benefitting from skipper Shahidi’s faith in them by maintaining a slip fielder throughout. Nice to see.
India beat Pakistan by 7 wickets
Ahmedabad, 14 October.
Pakistan 191 (42.4 overs: Babar Azam 50, Mohammad Rizwan 49, Imam-ul-Haq 36, Abdullah Shafique 20; Jasprit Bumrah 2-19, Hardik Pandya 2-34, Kuldeep Yadav 2-35, Ranindra Jadeja 2-38, Mohammad Siraj 2-50)
India 192/3 (30.3 overs: Rohit Sharma 86, Shreyas Iyer 53*; Shaheen Shah Afridi 2-36)
Toss: India. Batting first, Pakistan gave us a classic example of being bowled out for less than 200 while trying to score 300! They had made a solid start and reached 155/2 in the 30th over when Babar Azar was bowled by Siraj and what followed was a spectacular collapse against the spin of Yadav and Jadeja and the pace of Bumrah that saw them lose 8 wickets for just 36 runs. The ‘wisdom’ from the commentary team is that they failed to rethink their target total as circumstances changed. Whether or not they simply succumbed to the pressure of the situation is another question, but their batting display put no sort of pressure on their hosts. The Indian chase had an inevitability about it from the first over. On a pitch that was devoid of pace and where the ball rarely got above half-stump high the Pakistani seam attack was blunted allowing Rohit Sharma to rattle along at better than a run-a-ball, his 86 off 63 containing 6x4s and 6x6s. The crowd got what they came for with an Indian victory as Shreyas Iyer finished off proceedings with a boundary that brought up his half-century
Bangladesh lost to New Zealand by 8 wickets
Chennai, 13 October.
Bangladesh 245/9 (50 overs: Mushfiqur Rahim 66, Mahmudullah 41*, Shakib Al Hasan 40, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 30; Lockie Ferguson 3-49, Trent Boult 2-34, Matt Henry 2-58)
New Zealand 248/2 (42.5 overs: Daryl Mitchell 89*, Kane Williamson 78* (retired hurt), Devon Conway 45)
Toss : New Zealand. It was tough going in the early part of their innings for Bangladesh with the New Zealand seamers finding movement and bounce in the Chennai pitch. Litton Das flicked Boult’s opening delivery high to fine leg and Bangladesh were fortunate to lose only his wicket in a torrid opening few overs. Two wickets from Lockie Ferguson and one from Glenn Phillips reduced them to 56/4 before Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakin Al Hasan added 96 for the fifth wicket, but it took a breezy unbeaten 41 from Mahmudullah Riyad to get Bangladesh to what looks like a sub-par total. Bangladesh bowling coach Allan Donald has upped their seamers’ game and in the chase they proved to be just as much a handful as the Kiwis had been. New Zealand weathered the storm however losing only Rachin Ravindra, before his opening partner Devon Conway added 80 with Kane Williamson. When Conway departed lbw to Shakib it was left to Daryl Mitchell and Williamson to take New Zealand to the brink of victory. Williamson was forced to retire hurt when he was hit on the hand by a throw which, if it had hit the stumps would have seen him ‘out’ rather than ‘retired hurt’. No further mishaps for New Zealand as Mitchell powered the Kiwis to the top of the table 3 wins out of three.
Australia lost to South Africa by 134 runs
Lucknow, 12 October.
South Africa 311/7 (50 overs: Quinton de Kock 109, Aiden Markram 56, Temba Bavuma 35, Heinrich Klaasen 29, Rassie van der Dussen 26, Marco Jansen 26; Glenn Maxwell 2-34, Mitchell Starc 2-53)
Australia 177 (40.5 overs: Marnus Labuschagne 46, Mitchell Starc 27, Pat Cummins 22; Kagiso Rabada 3-33, Keshav Maharaj 2-30, Tabraiz Shamsi 2-38, Marco Jansen 2-54)
Toss: Australia. A century opening partnership between Quinton de Kock and skipper Temba Bavuma inside the first 20 overs gave South Africa a solid platform on which to build their innings. Glenn Maxwell accounted for both in an economical spell conceding only 34 runs. Van der Dussen, Klaassen and Markram all got starts but only Markram was able to pass fifty. Wickets in the closing overs from Cummins and Hazlewood slowing things down as did Starc who produced a double wicket maiden in the fiftieth, but Australia will not be happy about their unusually sloppy fielding display that saw at least three chances spilled plus a few misfields. If Australia’s performance in the field was below par their reply with the bat was even more so as Jansen and Rabada reduced them to 65/5 by the first Drinks break. The fact that Stoinis was then given out by third umpire Kettleborough didn't help, a catch down the leg side, that had he not rushed to judgement on an initial replay would have been not given, as a second reply showed Stoinis’ hand clearly off the bat and not in contact with the other. Not that that would have changed the outcome, as Cummins & Co. seemed to settle for limiting the damage to their NRR by batting out as many overs as they could, and failed at that also. South Africa jump to the top of the Table on NRR with this 134 run defeat of now winless Australia.
Afghanistan lost to India by 8 wickets
Delhi, 11 October.
Afghanistan 272/8 (50 overs: Hashmatullah Shahidi 89, Azmatullah Omarrzai 62, Ibrahim Zadran 22, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 21; Jasprit Bumrah 4-39, Hardik Pandya 2-43)
India 273/2 (35 overs: Rohit Sharma 131, Virat Kohli 55*, Ishan Kishan 47; Rashid Khan 2-57)
Toss: Afghanistan. Any hopes that Afghanistan harboured that their 272/8 would provide a challenge for the powerful Indian batting line were quickly dispelled by an opening onslaught in the chase by openers Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma who brought up 100 in just 12 overs, in a partnership finally worth 156. Sharma was finally bowled by Rashid Khan for 131 off just 84 deliveries just after raising the 200 in the 25th over. It was left to Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer to add the 68 more required which they did with exactly 15 overs to spare. Earlier it had been a fourth wicket partnership of 121 between Azmatullah Omarzai and skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi that provided the backbone of the Afghan innings taking them from 63/3 to 184/4 with 15 overs left in the innings. That was a good as it got for the Afghans as Jasprit Bumrah took three wickets in those final overs to ensure that there would be no final flourish from the tail and that their final total would prove to be undefendable.
Bangladesh lost to England by 137 runs
Dharamshala, 10 October.
England 364/9 (50 overs: Dawid Malan 140, Joe Root 82, Jonny Bairstow 52, Harry Brook 20, Jos Buttler 20; Mahedi Hasan 4-71, Shoriful Islam 3-75)
Bangladesh 227 (48.2 overs: Litton Das 76, Mushfiqur Rahim 51, Towhid Hridoy 39; Reece Topley 4-43, Chris Woakes 2-49)
Toss: Bangladesh. Malan added 115 for the first wicket with Bairstow, and 151 with Root for the second. England reached 296 before they lost their third wicket but the innings fell away as they chased a total that at one stage was predicted to be 400+. A big chase for Bangladesh but it could have been much worse! Bangladesh never recovered from a disastrous start with Topley on a hat-trick after claiming Tanzid Hasan and Najmul Shanto in the second over of the chase. Chris Woakes chipped in with two more and Topley ended his spell with four. Bangladesh were simply unable to break free from the England seamers with Wood the most economical but only managing to pick up one tailender as did Curren, Rashid and Livingstone.
Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets
Hyderabad, 10 October.
Sri Lanka 344/9 (50 overs: Kusal Mendis 122, Sadeera Samarawickrama 108, Pathum Nissanka 51, Dhananjaya de Silva 25; Hasan Ali 4-71, Haris Rauf 2-64)
Pakistan 345/4 (48.2 overs: Mohammad Rizwan 131*, Abdullah Shafique 113, Saud Shakeel 31, Iftikhar Ahmed 22*: Dilshan Madushanka 2-59)
Toss: Sri Lanka. A testing target set for Pakistan with centurions Mendis and Samarawickrama leading the way. Four wickets for Hasan Ali and one each for Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan while Haris Rauf picked up his two in the final over of the innings. Pakistan answered with two centuries of their own as they set a new World Cup record run chase to claim victory with 10 balls to spare, their 345/4 eclipsing Ireland's 329 in the win over England in 2011. Mohammad Rizwan's perfectly paced innings featured partnerships of 176 with Abdullah Shafique and 95 with Saud Shakeel as Pakistan made it two wins from two.
New Zealand beat Netherlands by 99 runs
Hyderabad, 9 October.
New Zealand 322/7 (50 overs, Will Young 70, Tom Latham 53, Rachin Ravindra 51, Daryl Mitchell 48, Mitchell Santer 36*, Devon Conway 32; Roelof van der Merwe 2-56, Paul van Meekeren 2-59, Aryan Dutt 2-62,)
Netherlands 223 (46.3 overs, Colin Ackerman 69, Scott Edwards 30, Sybrand Engelbrecht 29, Teja Nidemanaru 21, Mitchell Santer 5-59, Matt Henry 3-40)
Toss: Netherlands
Australia lost to India by 6 wickets
Chennai, 8 October.
Australia 199 (49.3 overs: Steven Smith 46, David Warner 41, Mitchell Starc 28, Marnus Labuschagne 27; Ravindra Jadeja 3-28, Jasprit Bumrah 2-35, Kuldeep Yadav 2-42)
India 201/4 (41.2 overs: JK Rahul 97, Virat Kholi 85; Josh Hazlewood 3-38)
Toss: Australia
Afghanistan lost to Bangladesh by 7 wickets
Dharamshala, 7 October.
Afghanistan 156 (37.2 overs: Rahmanullah Gurbaz 47, Ibrahim Zadran 22, Azmatullah Omarzai 22; Shakib-al-Hasan 3-30, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 3-25, Shoriful Islam 2-34)
Bangladesh 158/4 (34.4 overs: Mehidy Hasan Miraz 57, Najmul Hossain Shanto 59*)
The captains (ICC)
Toss: Bangladesh
South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 102 runs
Delhi, 7 October.
South Africa 428//5 (50 overs: Rassie van der Dussen 108, Aiden Markam 106, Quinton de Kock 100, Heinrich Klassen 32, David Miller 39*; Dilshan Madushanka 2-86)
Sri Lanka 326 (44.5 overs: Kusal Mendis 76, Charith Asalanka 79, Dasun Shanaka 68, Kasun Rajitha 33, Sadeera Samarawickrama 23: Gerald Coetzee 3-68, Kagison Rabada 2-50, Keshav Maharaj 2-62, Marco Jansen 2-92)
The captains (ICC)
Toss: Sri Lanka. Aidan Markam’s century came off 49 balls - fastest 100 in ODIs beating Kevin O'Brien's 100 v England in 2011.
Pakistan beat Netherlands by 81 runs
Hyderabad, 6 October.
Pakistan 286 (49 overs: Rizwan 68, Saud 68, Nawaz 39, Shadab 32; Bas de Leede 4-55, Colin Ackerman 2-39)
Netherlands 205 (41 overs: Bas de Leede 67, Vikram Singh 52, Logan van Beek 28*; Haris Rauf 3-42, Hasan Ali 2-33)
The captains (ICC)
England lost to New Zealand by 9 wickets
Ahmedabad, 5 October.
England 282/9 (50 overs: J Root 77, J Buttler 43, J Bairstow 33, H Brook 25; M Henry 3-48, G Phillips 2-17, M Santer 2-37)
New Zealand 283/1 (36.2 overs: D Conway 152*, Rachin Ravindra 123*)
Toss: New Zealand
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