New Zealand brush Ireland aside to go top

Richard Sydenham

New Zealand joined defending champions Australia on eight points at the top of the World Cup Super Eights standings after beating Ireland by 129 runs on Monday. New Zealand racked up 263-8 after a late innings rally of 45 runs from the last three overs, following Peter Fulton's top score 83.

Smith: 'We didn't do the basics well'

Shahid Hashmi

Graeme Smith hopes new surroundings in Grenada and a more positive approach will help South Africa bounce back from their embarrassing World Cup defeat to Bangladesh. "We now have to win all of our three matches," said the Proteas skipper after the shock 67-run humiliation at the hands of the Asian minnows on Saturday.

SA in shock World Cup loss

Staff Reporter

Bangladesh pulled off another shock victory at the 2007 Cricket World Cup on Saturday, beating world number-one team South Africa by 67 runs. Put in to bat by South Africa captain Graeme Smith, Bangladesh posted their best World Cup score to date of 251, with Mohammad Ashraful scoring 87.

SA cricketers set to steamroller Bangladesh

Simon Haydon

South Africa are looking to sweep aside the challenge of Bangladesh in a Super Eights match on Saturday and take a maximum six points from the team's stay on the South American mainland. Captain Graeme Smith said on Friday his team were aware of the dangers posed by Bangladesh but would be up to the task.

Bangladesh aim for better showing

Manoj Vatsyayana

Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar is looking forward to an improved all-round performance from his team in their World Cup Super Eights match against South Africa in Georgetown on Saturday. Graeme Smith's side have already earned four points by beating Sri Lanka and debutants Ireland, while Bangladesh have yet to open their account.

Match-winner Kallis slams critics

Staff Reporter

All-rounder Jacques Kallis hit back at his critics after he led South Africa to victory with an unbeaten half-century against Ireland in a World Cup Super Eights match on Tuesday. Kallis followed up his knock of 86 against Sri Lanka last week by top-scoring with 66 in South Africa's seven-wicket win on Tuesday.

Clinical SA pull off comfortable win over Ireland

Shahid Hashmi

South Africa defied rain and a fighting Ireland to cruise to a seven-wicket win in a World Cup Super Eights match at the Guyana National Stadium in Georgetown on Tuesday. Jacques Kallis hit an unbeaten 66 and added 80 runs for an unbroken fourth wicket stand with Ashwell Prince to guide the Proteas to their second win in as many Super Eight matches.

Security remains low-key at World Cup

Telford Vice

Despite Bob Woolmer's murder, players and coaches at the Cricket World Cup remain within easy reach of those who could do them harm. The death of Woolmer, who Jamaican police say was strangled in his hotel room on March 18, sparked criticism from their camp that there was not adequate security for the teams.

South Africa expect to brush Ireland aside

Richard Sydenham

The world's top-ranked team South Africa will not be complacent against debutants Ireland in Tuesday's World Cup Super Eights match but should win "convincingly", coach Mickey Arthur said. Ireland, a team of mostly amateurs, are expected to finish eighth and have already lost to England.

Jayasuriya inspires Sri Lanka's win

John Pye

Sanath Jayasuriya clubbed a vintage hundred and Sri Lanka all but ended the West Indies' World Cup semifinal hopes with a 113-run Super Eights win on Sunday. Jayasuriya's 115 from 101 balls and his 183-run third-wicket partnership with skipper Mahela Jayawardene (82) set up Sri Lanka's imposing 303 for five.

Lara puzzled by small crowds

Staff Reporter

West Indies captain Brian Lara is not buying into the debate about why crowds have been smaller than expected at the first World Cup in the Caribbean. Critics are blaming the high price of tickets compared with local household incomes, or a sign of local malaise in cricket.

Lara, Murali set for intriguing battle

Manoj Vatsyayana

Sparks are bound to fly when West Indies skipper Brian Lara bats against ace Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan in a World Cup Super Eights match in Georgetown on Sunday. The pair were involved in an engrossing duel in a three-Test series in Sri Lanka in 2001, with Lara proving why is considered one of the best batsmen against spin.

Collingwood knock helps England past Irish

Mark Meadows

Paul Collingwood's late flurry with the bat and four wickets from Andrew Flintoff gave England a 48-run win over rank outsiders Ireland in their World Cup Super Eights match on Friday. Collingwood smashed 90 including three sixes to help England add 65 runs in the last five overs and amass 266 for seven.

SA scrape home against Sri Lanka

Chris Burnes

Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga took four wickets in four balls before South Africa scrambled a one-wicket win in their World Cup Super Eight match at the Guyana National Stadium on Wednesday. South Africa were heading for a comfortable win, with four runs needed and five wickets in hand when Malinga yorked Shaun Pollock with the fifth ball of his eighth over.

Pitch mystery for South Africa and Sri Lanka

Chris Burnes

South Africa and Sri Lanka will be entering new territory when they meet in a World Cup Super Eight match at the Guyana National Stadium on Wednesday. The match is the first of any consequence to be played at a new stadium, outside the capital Georgetown, where workers are still battling to get everything ready for Wednesday.

Race brouhaha over World Cup brochure

Staff Reporter

An allegedly racist caption in a brochure for the 2007 Cricket World Cup has opened up longstanding racial tensions between Guyana's East Indians and its African-descendant population. The caption says "with Guyana's distinct Indian heritage you are sure to experience the fusion of West Indian and East-Indian culture".

Edwards bowls West Indies to victory

Jonathan Gaskin

Impressive bowling from Fidel Edwards, as well as a dominant batting performance, paved the way for the West Indies to complete an 82-run win in the fourth one-day international against Zimbabwe at Bourda Oval on Sunday. Edwards snared three wickets for 42 runs from his allotment of 10 overs.

Hurricane Dean heads for Mexico

Stevenson Jacobs

Hurricane Dean skirted the Cayman Islands on Monday and raced toward Mexico's resort-dotted Caribbean coast, where tens of thousands of tourists fled what could become a mammoth category-five storm. The airport at Mexico's biggest resort, Cancun, was packed with departing tourists on Monday.

Amish bury dead girls amid concern for rural life

Jon Hurdle

Pennsylvania's Amish began to bury the victims of this week's schoolroom massacre on Thursday amid renewed concern that their private, rural way of life was yielding to modernity. The first funeral cortege of 37 horse-drawn carriages, driven by grim-faced, black-clad Amish, trotted through the main street of Georgetown

Tropical Storm Wilma gathers strength

Jay Ehrhart

Authorities urged residents to be on alert as Tropical Storm Wilma's outer edge neared the Cayman Islands on Monday, packing strong rain and wind as it cut a path that could threaten Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula or Cuba. The record-tying 21st named storm of the season was moving slowly through the north-western Caribbean.

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