Daily Archives: April 15, 2007
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada: New Zealand made certain of their place in the World Cup semifinals when they cruised to a five-wicket win over South Africa in their Super Eights match at the Grenada National Stadium Saturday.
New Zealand bounced back from their defeat against Sri Lanka two days earlier by restricting South Africa to 193 for seven and then reaching the target with ten balls to spare.
Captain Stephen Fleming and Scott Styris both made half-centuries. The result left South Africa needing to beat England in their final Super Eights match in Barbados Tuesday to qualify for the semi-finals. It also meant that Sri Lanka also qualified for the last four.
New Zealand took full advantage of winning the toss and sending South Africa in to bat on an overcast day in conditions which helped their seam bowlers. South Africa made a bad start, losing their first two wickets for three runs, and never recovered despite a restrained innings of 60 by Herschelle Gibbs, who shared stands of 49 with Jacques Kallis (22) and 76 with Ashwell Prince (37).
The tone was set by New Zealand opening bowlers James Franklin and Shane Bond, who both took an early wicket and were mainly responsible for South Africa scoring only 13 runs in the first 12 overs. Bond finished with two for 26 in ten overs, while left-armer Franklin took one for 16 in seven.
Medium-pacer Craig McMillan was the most successful bowler, however, taking three for 23. He took the key wicket of Gibbs, who was bowled by a ball which deflected off an inside edge and his right thigh and followed up by dismissing Prince and Mark Boucher, both caught in the deep as they tried to lift the scoring rate.
New Zealand lost by six wickets in a one-sided contest against Sri Lanka when they were in early trouble after deciding to bat first. For South Africa, the innings was a contrast to their free-scoring display when they hammered 356 for four against the West Indies at the same ground Tuesday.
After pounding 14 sixes and 24 fours against the West Indies, South Africa were restricted to 11 boundary hits Saturday three sixes and eight fours as they struggled to make clean contact against disciplined bowling on a slow pitch.
New Zealand slipped to 42 for two before Fleming (50) and Styris (56) put on 78 for the third wicket. South Africa put down three catches during the stand.
Styris, New Zealand’s leading run-scorer at the World Cup, was put down on four when he was dropped by Prince at midwicket off Andre Nel. Fleming was dropped twice, on 24 by wicketkeeper Boucher off Nel and on 36 by Gibbs at backward point off Kallis.
Fleming finally fell to a good catch by Boucher, standing up to Shaun Pollock, after facing 84 balls and hitting six fours. McMillan joined Styris and batted aggressively to remove any anxiety from the New Zealand dressing room before Styris fell to left-arm spinner Robin Peterson with 18 still needed. Styris faced 84 balls and hit four fours.via TheNews
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1845: Dave Gregory, Australia’s first Test captain
1906: AJ(“Sandy”) Bell, South African fast bowler in 16 Tests from 1929-35
1936: Jack Noreiga, 9-95 West Indies vs India in 1971
1958: John Bracewell, New Zealand’s premier spinner of the eighties
1963: Manoj Prabhakar, Indian opening batsman and opening bowler
1964: Nadeem Abbasi, three Tests for Pakistan vs India in 1989
1978: Daren Powell, Jamaican pace bowler, West Indies in 2002
1980: Josephat Ababu, Kenyan ODI batsman from 1999-
1980: James Foster, England Test wicketkeeper from 2001-
1924: Jack Board, England wicket-keeper in 6 Tests from 1898-1906
1926: Frank Iredale, 14 Tests for Australia, 807 runs at 36.68
1993: HH”Bull” Alexander, one Test for Australia in 1933, bowling ave 154
2005: Ken Funston, South African batsman in fifteen Tests from 1952-58
1986: Viv Richards century off 56 balls vs England in Antigua Test
1990: Greenidge and Haynes make their best 298 opening stand vs England
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SUSPECTED TAMIL TIGERS KILL A TAMIL FAMILY INCLUDING THREE AND FIFTEEN YEAR OLD CHILDREN SINCE THEY ARE NOT POLITICALLY SYMPATHETIC TO THEM
By Walter Jayawardhana
Five Tamil civilians of a family including a three year old boy and a 15 year girl who were getting ready to celebrate the Hindu New Year in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka were dragged out of the house by suspected cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and shot dead.
The victims have been suspected by the Tamil Tigers to be faithful to another Tamil political party opposed by them. This is the fifth attack by the LTTE during this month on civilians both Tamil and Sinhalese. LTTE does not allow dissent of opinion in the North and East of the country especially among the Tamils and does not tolerate anybody else other than their proxy party, the The Tamil National Alliance.
The tragic incident happened in Eravur police area, 130 miles East of the capital Colombo and among the dead were three year old boy a 15 year old girl and a 60 year old man who were made to kneel down before they were being shot dead by the LTTE cadres. Eravur police, who are investigating into the assassinations said, the members of the same family were gunned down, hours before the traditional Tamils were preparing to celebrate the New Year.
Eravur Police said three of the victims died on the spot and three others were admitted to the hospital by the neighbors and two of them succumbed to their gun shot injuries. Police sources said, it happened at Kanapatthipillainagar, Chenkalady in the Batticaloa district, where the Tamil Tigers have been militarily defeated by the government security forces. The police said the LTTE has started attacking unarmed civilians who are not sympathetic to them.
The police said the victims have been identified as Sinnamutthukumar Sudarshan(03), Sendavan Selvi (15) Vallipuram Rathnasingham (60), Nadarasa Stanislaus (27) and Gunaselvam (22). A sixth person is still being treated at the Batticaloa teaching hospital in a critical condition.
On April 1, six ethnic Sinhalese workers were gunned down in Batticaloa district while helping to build an orphanage and the next day a bomb blast inside a bus in adjoining Ampara district killed 16 passengers. Five days later a bus was caught in a roadside bomb blast in Vavuniya district and eight passengers died.
Last Thursday LTTE gunmen stormed a village in Vavuniya and shot dead seven people. The International Committee of the Red Cross this week expressed grave concern at the increasing civilian deaths in Sri Lanka’s escalating armed conflict .
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