Aussies overcome battling Pakistan after Warner’s 15th ODI ton

first_imgTAUNTON, England (Reuters) – David Warner scored his first century since returning from a ban as holders Australia ran out 41-run winners over Pakistan in an exciting World Cup clash at Taunton yesterday.After losing to India on Sunday, Australia needed a response and Warner, back from serving a 12-month suspension for his part in last year’s ball-tampering scandal, struck a classy 107 in his side’s 307 all out in 49 overs.Warner and skipper Aaron Finch shared a 146-run opening partnership, Australia’s largest in ODIs in England since 1975, but Pakistan hit back with Mohammad Amir taking five wickets. When Pakistan reached 136-2 in reply and then launched a late counter-attack through Hasan Ali, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz, a stunning win looked possible before Mitchell Starc restored order to seal a third victory in four games for Australia.Despite beating hosts England, Pakistan have lost two of their four matches and have work to do to reach the semi-finals.Warner, who notched his 15th ODI century, said Australia’s lower-than-expected total had left the game in the balance. “We should have been around 340-50, but credit to Pakistan, their second spells were fantastic and made it hard for us to hit down the ground,” he said.“Our bowlers bowled fantastic, they probably got closer than we expected but it was a great game.” A game of fluctuating fortunes was tipping Pakistan’s way when Sarfaraz and Riaz began swinging the bat.With six overs and three wickets in hand, Riaz had scored 45 in 39 balls with Sarfaraz well set as Pakistan reached 264-7. But Starc had Riaz caught behind off the thinnest of edges and bowled Amir before Sarfaraz was brilliantly run-out for 40 by Glenn Maxwell’s direct hit to end the match.“We made some runs and got starts but we’ve got to convert them and go long,” said Sarfaraz, whose team face India next. “If you want to win the match your top four must score runs.”GREY SKIESPakistan’s Mohammad Amir bagged five for 30 from his 10 overs.His day began badly when he won the toss and opted to field under grey skies. It looked a poor decision as Finch and Warner clattered the ball around – helped by poor fielding.Finch was dropped twice and survived a tight lbw review before falling for 82, skying Amir to Mohammad Hafeez.Warner, who had made two pedestrian 50s in the tournament, looked much more like his old self, although Steve Smith, also back from a ban, lasted only 13 balls before slicing to extra cover off Hafeez for 10. Shaheen Afridi bowled Maxwell for 20 before Warner reached his century with a big outside edge, celebrating wildly.Warner was somehow dropped at third man by Asif Ali in the next over but he tried to launch Afridi and was caught by Imam-ul-Haq. At 242-2 in the 38th over Australia still looked set for a score in the mid-300s but Pakistan hit back.Amir removed Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey as Australia’s innings stalled, then wrapped up the innings by having Starc caught on the boundary to end with five for 30.Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman to Pat Cummins for a duck and Babar Azam for a breezy 30 but Imam-ul-Haq and Hafeez brought the 100 up in 18.3 overs.Imam was out for 53, edging a wide Cummins delivery behind to Carey and when Hafeez went in the next over Pakistan were sliding before Hasan blazed 32 in 15 balls to start the fightback.last_img read more

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NTTF Names Sports Festival Gold Medalist for World Championship

first_imgFor emerging champion at the 2018 National Sports Festival, Ajoke Ojomu has been rewarded for her feat with a place in the seven-man team named by the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) for the 2019 World Championship holding in Budapest, Hungary.The 20-year-old Abuja-based star will be making her debut at the senior level in Budapest and she will join experienced stars – Olufunke Oshonaike and Spain-based Edem Offiong to compete in the women’s singles event of the tournament.According to the Secretary General of NTTF, James  Eakyns, the selection of Ajoke Ojomu was based on her performance at the 2018 National Sports Festival held in Abuja. The scribe said that she was unbeaten in all her matches to emerge as the new Nigeria national champion. “We are excited that we are now having players that are coming through. Olajide Omotayo who made his debut at the 2018 ITTF African Championship in Mauritius and made it to the semifinal stage and this has given us hope that our players are capable of playing at big stage. We are also hopeful that the inclusion of Ajoke Ojomu will afford her the necessary experience to rub shoulders with the best in the world. We hope she can also learn from experienced players in the team,” the NTTF scribe said.23-year-old Olajide Omotayo will be making his second appearance at the global tournament after he worked his way to the knockout stage at the 2017 edition in Dusseldorf. The 2018 African Championship semifinalist is hoping for another good outing in Budapest.Other members of the men’s team for Nigeria include African Champion – Aruna Quadri, Bode Abiodun and seven-time Olympian Segun Toriola.The tournament would help the players to amass individual points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games while it will help the team to get good seeding for the 2019 African Games in Morocco.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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No. 2 Syracuse goes a perfect 5-for-5 on man-up chances in 17-11 victory against Hobart

first_imgGENEVA, N.Y. — Hobart dreaded the whistle. Every time a referee sent one of its players to the sideline with a penalty, Syracuse ruthlessly took advantage on Wednesday night at Boswell Field. Every time the Statesmen adjusted its defense to cover up the blow it had just taken, Syracuse found a newly exposed patch and punched again.The No. 2 Orange (8-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) went 5-for-5 on man-up opportunities, its best performance of the season, and thumped Hobart (4-6, 1-1 Northeast), 17-11, to capture its fourth consecutive Kraus-Simmons trophy. The unit’s performance also stopped a late Hobart run to snap the program-record stretch of seven consecutive one-goal games.“We know what we want to do, where we want to get the ball,” said Nick Mariano, who tied a career high with seven points in the win. “A lot of the times we feed it to (Brad) Voigt on the crease, and he’s usually open. Today, they didn’t give that up. We just got to the outside and got our hands free for our shooters.”Hobart crumbled on Wednesday despite remaking its man-down defense in hopes of surprising Syracuse. Hobart head coach Greg Raymond said his team wasn’t covering the inside when Syracuse got its first man-up opportunity late in the first quarter after defender Grant Soucy held SU midfielder Ryan Simmons on a slash to the goal.Contrasting Hobart’s make-over, Syracuse trotted out the same man-up unit it has all season. Six-foot-six, 222-pound Matt Lane, despite recently demoted from the first midfield line for freshman Jamie Trimboli, helped Mariano control the pace from up top but did not look to shoot.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the Orange’s first man-up chance, Lane swung to midfielder Sergio Salcido, who hit a cutting Voigt to put Syracuse up 4-1 with 6:41 to go in the first quarter. But Hobart, as it often has in the 103 times the teams have played each other, wouldn’t let up.The Statesman scored two quick goals and remained lurking within three for much of the night. On one of Syracuse’s runs, Mariano scored SU’s second man-up goal and Raymond shifted his man-down to not cover the pipes and push out on SU midfielders. But, Raymond said, it’s difficult no matter which way he played it because the Orange has six scorers on the field. SU responded by probing the defense and looking for its new soft spot.“Coach kept saying he wouldn’t get mad if we got a stall warning every now and then,” said sophomore attack Nate Solomon, who had four goals. “We kept the ball more in our sticks.”That left the man-up at the discretion of Mariano, who SU head coach John Desko shifted to midfielder from attack two weeks ago. Since then, he’s regularly drawn short sticks and responded by tallying three or more goals in three straight games. Wednesday, he tied a career high with seven points and pocketed three rockets from the outside on the man up alone.Mariano’s most important of the day came with 3:17 to go in the third quarter, about three minutes after his second tally on the extra man, when a bullet from about 10 yards on the right side out found twine and gave SU its then-largest lead of the day, 13-8.“I knew he could stretch a defense,” Raymond said, “but he really put some velocity behind those shots. One thing our goalie (Jackson Brown) said — and our goalie sees the ball pretty well — was that he said that kid with his feet set is tough.”The Statesmen struck quickly for two goals to open the fourth quarter, but Mariano’s earlier lead-building nullified any momentum. The senior found Trimboli just before the extra man could be called with 7:33 to go, and the freshman stamped out Hobart’s attempt to wriggle back into the game. Hobart defenders left SU midfielder Brendan Bomberry open on the crease 15 seconds later on the man up and the junior dutifully cashed the check.Bomberry’s goal delivered Syracuse back its five-goal lead, and the Orange never relinquished its hold.“Man-up was a good thing tonight,” Desko said. “We cleaned some things up.” Comments Published on April 5, 2017 at 11:23 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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