New Zealand

Vettori Declines New Zealand Central Contract

Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has turned down a New Zealand Cricket (NZC) central contract as he continues to battle against an Achilles injury. Facing a spell of anything between three to six months on the sidelines following surgery, the 34-year-old left-arm spinner feels it would be inappropriate to take up a contract with either New Zealand, or his domestic side, Northern Districts.
5 July 2013

New Zealand Quick Chris Martin Retires

New Zealand fast bowler Chris Martin has confirmed his retirement from the game, departing as New Zealand's third most prolific wicket-taker in Test match cricket. After making his debut in 2000, he played 71 Tests, 20 One-Day Internationals and six Twenty20 Internationals, ending with 233 Test wickets.
3 July 2013

Ealing And Hampstead Stay Ahead Of Rivals

Ealing (61 points) and Hampstead (59) remain well clear of their competitors in the 2013 Middlesex ECB Premier League after both teams won again this weekend. Ealing beat third-placed Richmond by nine wickets while Hampstead claimed a 57-run win over Teddington. There were also wins for Stanmore, Twickenham and Winchmore Hill, all leaving Richmond, Teddington and Winchmore Hill with 35 points in third place.
1 July 2013

Hertford Take Over Top Spot After Another Win

The battle between Totteridge Milhillians and Old Finchleians at the top of the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Division One has been well and truly joined by new leaders Hertford. Last week, Hertford took advantage of a slip by Old Finchleains to move into second and now they lead Totteridge by two points and Finchleians by 11.
1 July 2013

Final England-New Zealand T20 Match Abandoned

The second and final Twenty20 International between England and New Zealand at The Oval was abandoned due to rain after just two balls were bowled. In those two balls before the rain set in, Michael Lumb was brilliantly caught by Brendon McCullum off Mitchell McClenaghan but no further play handed New Zealand a 1-0 series win.
27 June 2013

Promoted Sides Continues To Struggle

Last season's promoted pair Baildon and Morley continue to find life difficult in Division One of the JCT 600 Bradford League as they suffered yet more defeats. Bottom club Morley lost a low scoring match at home to East Bierley while last season's Second Division champions Baildon were beaten at home by neighbours Saltaire, who are also struggling near the bottom of the table.
27 June 2013

England Fall Short In Run-Fest

The first balls of the final two overs both went for six but England ended narrowly short in a 20-over run chase for the second time in three days as New Zealand won a high-scoring thriller at The Oval. Set an imposing 202 for victory after a boundary barrage from Brendon McCullum and Hamish Rutherford, England began well but looked to be slipping behind around the time of their captain Eoin Morgan's dismissal in the 14th over.
25 June 2013

Haverigg Dodge Showers To Make Progress

It was a difficult day for all concerned in the North Lancashire and Cumbria Premier Division as only one match, Haverigg's 175-run victory over Lindal Moor, was played to completion. No play was possible between Keswick and Carlisle and with the other four matches all rain-affected draws, there has been little change in the standings.
25 June 2013

Hampstead Close The Gap On Ealing

Hampstead beat Stanmore by 26 runs to move to within two points of 2013 Middlesex ECB Premier League leaders Ealing, who went down by two wickets to Twickenham. They are on 51 points with Hampstead on 49 and Teddington in third on 35 alongside Richmond after wins over Winchmore Hill and Eastcote respectively.
25 June 2013

Totteridge Milhillians Surge Clear At The Top

Totteridge Milhillians have extended their lead at the top of the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Division One to 14 points after challengers Old Fincleians slipped up. Hertford have taken over in second place, with 141 points to Totteridge's 155 and Old Finchleians are two points further back with 139.
25 June 2013

New Zealand Take Comfortable Win Over Kent

New Zealand warmed up for their two-match Twenty20 International series with England by comfortably beating Kent by 42 runs at Canterbury. Batting first, half-centuries from Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor helped them post 185 for seven, a score that proved well beyond Kent, who closed on 143 for seven.
23 June 2013

Vettori Undergoes Surgery, Misses England T20s

Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori will miss the two Twenty20 Internationals against England after undergoing surgery on his troublesome left Achilles. Along with Grant Elliott and Tim Southee who picked up injuries during the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, he misses out on the pair of games at The Oval on 25th and 27th June.
20 June 2013

Metcalfe Reaches Milestone In Farsley Win

Former Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire batsman Ashley Metcalfe reached an important landmark in his long career when he became only the second player in the history of the JCT 600 Bradford League to score 16,000 runs. Metcalfe, who has been playing in the league for 30 years, scored the three runs he needed in an innings of 13 to pass that coveted landmark while playing in a Second Division match for leaders Farsley against Gomersal.
20 June 2013

Pietersen, Ballance, Rankin In England T20 Squad

Kevin Pietersen is poised to make his England comeback following a long period on the sidelines due to injury after being named in a 14-man squad to play two Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand. Pietersen, who has not featured for England since March due to a knee injury, will only be available for the second match, on 27th June at The Oval, provided he gets through Surrey's LV County Championship game against Yorkshire, which starts tomorrow (21st June).
20 June 2013

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20 June 2013

Huge Win Keeps York Clear

Leaders York gained a runaway 123-run win over bottom club Rotherham Town in the Yorkshire ECB Premier League. Foundations for York’s 249 for nine were laid by by Liam McKendry (72) and Alex Collins(63), who put on 110 for the fifth wicket. York then bowled out Rotherham for 126 with Dan Woods taking four for 38 and Duncan Snell three for 17. Ben Sanderson was Rotherham’s best bowler with five for 65.
19 June 2013

Furness Stay On Top After Wet Weekend

Furness remain on top of the North Lancashire and Cumbria League Premier Division after both they and nearest challengers Cleator won on a rain-affected weekend. Furness beat Workington by nine wickets, Cleator beat Lindal Moor by six wickets and Cockermouth beat Millom by seven wickets in the only three games that were played to a conclusion.
17 June 2013

Totteridge Milhillians Make Up Ground

Just one point separates Totteridge Milhillians (125) and Old Finchleians (124) at the top of the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Division One. In what is turning out to be a tightly-contested season, Flitwick (118), Reed (115) and Hertford (111) are also in contention.
17 June 2013

Ealing Beat The Weather To Extend Lead

Ealing took advantage of bad weather elsewhere to establish a 12-point lead over Hampstead at the top of the 2013 Middlesex ECB Premier League. While they managed to defeat Finchley by seven wickets, the remaining four matches were either drawn or abandoned as rain interrupted the programme.
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


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