Sussex’s Luke Wright wins 2014 CMJ Spirit of Cricket award

Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright has won the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Elite Award for 2014.

The award was introduced last year in honour of the esteemed broadcaster and journalist, who died in 2013.

Wright was chosen for the elite accolade following an incident at the Sussex v Lancashire Championship match.

He took a catch on the boundary but signalled to the umpires that his foot had crossed the boundary and that six runs should be awarded. Read more

Chawla enjoying Hyderabad home advantage

Kolkata Knight Riders legspinner Piyush Chawla has said his team enjoyed an advantage because they were playing all four of their Champions League Group A games in Hyderabad, where the pitch was “already on the slower side”. Knight Riders began their campaign with a come-from-behind victory against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday.

“In a short tournament like this, it is a good advantage if you’re playing all your league games at one venue,” Chawla told after the three-wicket victory. “It gives you the chance to get used to the conditions and the wicket and enables you to plan your strategies in a better way. It also saves you from the hectic traveling.

“The pitch is already on the slower side. But if you hang in there, you can also score runs on it. As a spinner it is important to vary your pace and mix it up nicely.” Read more

Selman five-for routs NZ Women

Medium-pacer Shakera Selman’s five-for skittled New Zealand Women for 69, setting up an eight-wicket win for West Indies Women. The win catapulted West Indies to the top of the ICC Women’s Championship table – they are level with Australia Women on six points – and also gave them an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the four-game series.

New Zealand’s innings never took off after they opted to bat as Selman and Tremayne Smartt reduced the side to 38 for 6 by the 15th over. Selman took five of the first six wickets, razing the New Zealand top and middle order on her way to a maiden five-for in ODIs. Maddie Green and wicketkeeper Rachel Priest resisted with a 24-run stand for the seventh wicket but Anisa Mohammed’s quick strikes hastened New Zealand’s slide before the end of their innings in the 33rd over. Selman gave away just 15 runs in her 10 overs, while Mohammed chipped in with 3 for 11. Read more

No end in sight for Sutherland

James Sutherland has been gifted an open-ended tenure as Cricket Australia’s CEO as a result of what the board chairman Wally Edwards called the “outstanding job” he had done for Australian cricket.

Sutherland has spent 13 years as CEO and his current contract was due to expire after next year’s World Cup. However, he will now move from contracts to what Edwards described as “an ongoing employment arrangement”, effectively meaning that he will likely occupy the position for the foreseeable future.

“The change recognises the outstanding job James is doing leading Australian cricket,” Edwards said. “The game’s comprehensive strategic plan is on track and the outcomes from our team performance, governance and national financial model reviews are starting to take hold. Read more

For Chennai Super Kings, Nehra’s Best Goes Waste in Champions League Twenty20 Tie vs KKR

Chennai Super Kings crashed to their first defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League Twenty20 competition in Hyderabad on Wednesday. This despite a superb bowling spell from former Indian speedster Ashish Nehra.

Defending 159 runs, Nehra gave Chennai Super Kings a rocking start as Kolkata Knight Riders crashed to 21 for four wickets in the fifth over. Nehra simply knocked out the KKR top order claiming the first three batsmen cheaply to give Chennai a dream start.

Manvinder Bisla (2), Gautam Gambhir (6) and Manish Pandey (0) failed to handle Nehra’s left-arm pace on a hard wicket at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Nehra also bowled Andre Russell in the 17th over but by then the West Indian all-rounder and Dutchman Ryan ten Doeschate had already turn the course of the thrilling game with a sixth-wicket 80-run stand.Read more

Saeed Ajmal Not Essential to Pakistan’s World Cup Hopes: Javed Miandad

Batting legend Javed Miandad said Thursday Pakistan could still win next year’s World Cup even if star spinner Saeed Ajmal remained suspended due to a chucking ban.

Ajmal, the world’s leading one-day bowler, was suspended last week after tests found his action vastly exceeded the permitted 15 degrees of straightening.

The ban has dented Pakistan’s hopes of adding to its solitary World Cup win when the tournament is held in Australia and New Zealand next February to March. (Ajmal Hopes of Playing World Cup 2015)Read more

Rwanda Cricket, Growing a Game of Hope

Cricketer Don De Dieu Mugisha bowls a ball down a bumpy, dusty wicket at a match in Rwanda: a sport introduced by those who returned after fleeing genocide 20 years ago.

While still viewed with bewilderment by many in this small, hilly east African nation, the game is growing rapidly and fans are raising funds to build the country’s first dedicated international-standard pitch.

For players, efforts to build a new pitch symbolise far more than a strange game with a bat and a ball.Read more

Andrew Gale racism charge: Yorkshire to defend captain

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon said the county will support captain Andrew Gale’s case against a charge of a racism offence.

Gale, 30, was banned for two games after Yorkshire beat Lancashire in the County Championship on 3 September and must now face a disciplinary panel.

The Daily Telegraph reports Gale allegedly used the word ‘Kolpak’ to refer to South African Ashwell Prince. Read more

Somerset v Middlesex: Chris Rogers double ton secures draw

Middlesex captain Chris Rogers batted throughout the final day for an unbeaten double century to stave off the threat of defeat by Somerset.

The game at Taunton ended as a draw when he declared with his side 328-4.

Australia Test opener Rogers, who shared a stand of 144 with Joe Denly (60) hit 29 fours in his 203 not out. Read more

Notts v Sussex: Steve Magoffin leads visitors to victory

A dramatic final-session collapse by Nottinghamshire meant their final match of the summer ended in a 191-run defeat at home by Sussex.

Sussex set a target of 384 when they declared on 406-6 before lunch, after Ed Joyce’s 149 and 79 by Luke Wells.

Notts appeared likely to hold out for a draw after James Taylor (46) helped them reach tea on 100-3. Read more