Champions Trophy

England Ease Through To Champions Trophy Final

England booked their place in the ICC Champions Trophy final by demolishing an outclassed South Africa at The Oval. James Anderson did the early damage, with James Tredwell and then Stuart Broad taking over as South Africa were bowled out for 175. Jonathan Trott then led England's successful run chase and finished unbeaten on 82 as they won with 75 balls to spare.
19 June 2013

Sri Lanka Reach Semis By Beating Australia

Sri Lanka produced an efficient performance to beat Australia by 20 runs and book themselves an ICC Champions Trophy 2013 semi-final against India. Set 254 to win, Australia needed to get the runs within 29.1 overs to stay in the tournament and they gave game chase but lost too many wickets along the way and were eventually dismissed for 233.
17 June 2013

South Africa Take Calm Approach To Semi-Final

South Africa qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 following a dramatic tie against West Indies in Cardiff and they are now 'minding their own business' as they prepare for their semi-final. Fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who has taken four wickets in the tournament so far, says that the squad are doing their best to approach the match at The Oval as any other game.
17 June 2013

England Hold Off New Zealand To Reach Semi-Finals

Alastair Cook hit 64 in 47 balls and James Anderson took three wickets as England beat New Zealand by 10 runs to book their place in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals. England were bowled out for 169 in a delayed, rain-reduced match and then had to survive a late rally by New Zealand, who closed on 159 for eight.
16 June 2013

Comment - Rain, Controversy Marring Great Tournament

Last week I wrote about teams filling holes (effectively or not) as the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 got underway. This week the tournament has excited and frustrated in equal measure.
16 June 2013

Anderson Replaces Elliott In New Zealand Squad

New Zealand have replaced Grant Elliott with Corey Anderson in their ICC Champions Trophy 2013 squad after Elliott suffered a calf injury. Anderson, who has played three Twenty20 Internationals, will make his One-Day International debut against England after the International Cricket Council (ICC) approved the change.
16 June 2013

Indian Excellence Rewarded In Spite Of Rain

India went into this match against Pakistan knowing that they would top Group B whatever happened, but they were made to work hard by the English weather in Birmingham to maintain their 100 per cent winning record. Despite a disciplined bowling and fielding display they looked like being thwarted by the day's fourth rain interruption, which arrived with them on 63 for one in the 12th over of their run chase. However, the rain relented just in time and they cantered home.
15 June 2013

West Indies Fined For Slow Over-Rate During Tie

Following the tie with South Africa that knocked them out of the ICC Champions Trophy, West Indies' miserable day got worse when they were fined for maintaining a slow over-rate. They were deemed to be one over short of their target at the end of South Africa's innngs of 230 for six in 31 overs during a rain-affected match.
15 June 2013

Dramatic Tie Puts South Africa Through, West Indies Depart

West Indies were left to rue the extraordinarily bad timing of Kieron Pollard losing his wicket as they ended up sharing a Duckworth/Lewis method tie which knocked them out of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Chasing 231 to win in 31 overs, and with his side just ahead on the Duckworth/Lewis method, Pollard was caught by Dale Steyn off Ryan McLaren, leaving the scores effectively level when the players left the field moments later.
14 June 2013

Sangakkara And Kulasekara Star In Sri Lanka Win

Kumar Sangakkara hit an unbeaten century, while Nuwan Kulasekara provided some late sparkle, as Sri Lanka kept their hopes alive in the ICC Champions Trophy with a seven-wicket victory over the hosts under The Oval floodlights. Ravi Bopara had earlier hauled England up to 293 for seven at the end of an innings which had followed a similar path to the one against Australia.
13 June 2013

More Of The Same Required - AB De Villiers

South Africa captain AB de Villiers says he hopes his team can produce another performance like the one they produced against Pakistan and reach the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Needing to win to give themselves a realistic chance of staying in the competition, they defended 234 for nine by bowling out Pakistan for 167 to claim a 67-run victory.
13 June 2013

Warner Fined For Attacking Joe Root

Today we have England v Sri Lanka in the #ct13 - a win for England puts them into the semi-finals. Do you think they can do it? #cricket
13 June 2013

Australia And New Zealand Suffer Edgbaston Washout

The ICC Champions Trophy 2013 Group A match between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston was abandoned due to rain with New Zealand on 51 for two chasing a target of 244. Mitchell McClenaghan took four wickets for the second match in a row to restrict Australia to 243 for eight but the match was in the balance when New Zealand lost two early wickets.
12 June 2013

Steyn Likely To Return

South Africa's hopes of reaching the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 semi-finals got a confidence boost with news that Dale Steyn took a positive step towards recovery. Steyn bowled at full match intensity during South Africa's training session in Cardiff today (12th June). He's been recovering from a side strain which has kept him out of the campaign so far.
12 June 2013

McCann Bespoke Blazers For Champions Trophy Winners

Savoy Court Tailors McCann Bespoke have beaten off several competitors to become the official designers and producers of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 winners™ blazers. The bespoke blazers have been tailored to reflect a unique British style, using only the finest of materials sourced from England and Scotland to create the ultimate tailored finish.
12 June 2013

Preview - England-Sri Lanka - A Win Is Vital

England will be eyeing up a semi-final place in their second ICC Champions Trophy 2013 group game against Sri Lanka tomorrow. But for Sri Lanka it will be a battle for survival after losing their first game.
12 June 2013

Bravo Blames Batting Performance

West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo has blamed his team's batting performance for their eight-wicket thrashing at the hands of India in their second ICC Champions Trophy 2013 match on Tuesday (11th June). "We deserved to be on a losing side because we didn't bat properly, we have to be honest with ourselves," said Bravo.
12 June 2013

Warner Stood Down For Breaching Code Of Behaviour

Australia opening batman David Warner has been stood down from his sides ICC Champions Trophy match against New Zealand today (12th June), after being reported for breaching the Cricket Australia (CA) Code of Behaviour. The 26-year-old has been reported for breaching Rule 6: Unbecoming Behaviour after he was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with an England player in the early hours of Sunday morning.
12 June 2013

India Secure Semi-Final Spot With West Indies Thrashing

India became the first team to book their place in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy - knocking Pakistan out while doing so - with a comprehensive demolition of the West Indies. There were several parallels with their defeat of South Africa on Thursday. Shikhar Dhawan hit a century while Ravindra Jadeja was once again mightily impressive with his left-arm spin.
11 June 2013

Preview - Australia-New Zealand - Black Caps Favourites?

After a loss in their opening fixture, Australia will have to pull together when they take on a confident New Zealand side in the second group game of the ICC Champions Trophy on Wednesday (12th June). Australia proved to be no match for England as they suffered a 48-run defeat in the opener on Saturday (8th June).
11 June 2013