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/ 26 March 2007

SA chase cash boost, Pietersen tops rankings

South Africa will have an extra incentive to beat Sri Lanka in their World Cup match on Wednesday as victory would allow them to hold on to their number one status and land them a  000 windfall. South Africa would have to secure the top spot in the International Cricket Council one-day rankings by April 1 to receive the cash boost.

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/ 26 March 2007

Where have all the fans gone?

When Inzamam-ul-Haq bid a tearful farewell to international one-day cricket, the crowd rose to acclaim the great Pakistani. The problem was that there were so few people inside the 20 000-capacity Sabina Park in Kingston that Inzamam, had he so desired, could have personally shook the hands of all of them without delaying proceedings.

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/ 26 March 2007

Life in the cricketing cauldron

When Bob Woolmer was appointed Pakistan coach in 2004 he entered a part of the world where only religion exceeds the importance of cricket. In the sub continent where the annual per capita income amounts to just , cricket offers one of the few distractions from the daily grind of surviving on or below the breadline.

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/ 24 March 2007

DNA tests for Pakistan cricketers

Pakistan’s World Cup cricketers provided DNA samples on Friday as Jamaican police probed the murder of their coach Bob Woolmer and awaited results of tests on his body for more clues on how he died. The chairperson of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Nasim Ashraf, stressed no member of the Pakistan team was suspected by police of Woolmer’s murder on Sunday.

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/ 22 March 2007

Victory at last for Pakistan

Pakistan rallied around Inzamam-ul-Haq on Wednesday to ensure his last match was a proper tribute for late coach Bob Woolmer and not another debacle. Imran Nazir clobbered 160 and Inzamam added 37 from 32 balls in Pakistan’s rain-interrupted, 93-run World Cup win over Zimbabwe on Wednesday.

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/ 7 March 2007

Bangladesh clinch thrilling win over Kiwis

Bangladesh pulled off a major shock on Tuesday when they defeated New Zealand by two wickets in a World Cup warm-up match. Pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza proved to be the hero with bat and ball. After taking 4-44 to limit the Black Caps to 224 all out, he then smashed two successive sixes off the hapless James Franklin to secure victory in the 49th over.

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/ 6 March 2007

Windies off to good start on home soil

Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle bludgeoned Kenya’s bowling attack on Monday, hoping it will be a sample for long-waiting West Indies fans of what to expect at the World Cup. The World Cup programme kicked off with four warm-up matches, bringing cricket’s marquee limited-overs tournament to the Caribbean for the first time.

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/ 20 February 2007

Flower brothers rule out playing for Zim

Brothers Andy and Grant Flower are still not interested in returning to the Zimbabwe cricket team as long as the present administration remains. The pair was speaking on Monday after playing for the World XI against the West Indies All Stars as part of the reopening of Kensington Oval on Saturday.

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/ 18 April 2006

Zim aims to bounce back into Test cricket

Zimbabwe manager Andy Pycroft is confident the cricket team will put behind it the politics and infighting at home and play well in the West Indies. Zimbabwe will meet West Indies in seven one-day internationals starting on April 29 in Antigua. The tour originally included two Tests, but the Zimbabwe government withdrew the team from all Tests this year.

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/ 4 February 2006

Lara apologises for bad behaviour at Carib Beer Cup

Brian Lara apologised over the public address system at the Carlton Club on Friday for his reaction to a disputed dismissal the day before in a Caribbean cricket championship match. Lara, who scored 54 on the first day of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carib Beer Cup match with Barbados, angrily slapped a plastic chair with his bat as he made his way into the pavilion after being given out.

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/ 18 October 2005

West Indies plan to ‘tame’ Australia

West Indies coach Bennett King expressed surprising confidence on Monday ahead of his squad’s tour of Australia, but said beating the world’s number-one cricket team on its home turf won’t be easy. ”The Australians are very good and we are going into their den. We just have to go there and tame them,” King said.

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/ 12 May 2005

Langeveldt sinks West Indies

Fast-bowler Charl Langeveldt claimed three wickets in as many balls in the final over on Wednesday and bowled South Africa to a one-run victory over the West Indies in the third one-day cricket international at Kensington Oval. The victory gave South Africa an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

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/ 11 May 2005

South Africa look to seal series victory

South Africa are looking to close out their best-of-five one-day international series against West Indies with a victory in the third match on Wednesday. The South Africans lead the best-of-five series 2-0, after winning the first two matches at Kingston by the identical margin of eight wickets on Saturday and Sunday.

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/ 25 April 2005

Nel sparks SA victory

Fast bowler Andre Nel blasted through the West Indies lineup with a career-best 6-32 to help South Africa win by an innings and 86 runs with a day to spare in the third Test on Sunday. South Africa’s biggest win over the West Indies also gave it the series, with a 2-0 unassailable lead in the four-Test series.

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/ 24 April 2005

SA in control despite Windies rally

South Africa lost their way on Friday but batted themselves into an impregnable position on the third day of the third Test against the West Indies in Bridgetown on Saturday. Four wickets left South Africa on 521 for eight, replying to the West Indies’ first-innings total of 296, when stumps were drawn.

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/ 23 April 2005

Smith, De Villiers boost SA position

Hundreds from Graeme Smith and Abraham de Villiers put South Africa in a strong position in the third Test against West Indies on Friday. De Villiers was undefeated on 122 and Smith was dismissed for 104 to lead South Africa to 253 for one, replying to the West Indies’ first-innings total of 296, when stumps were drawn on the second day.

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/ 22 April 2005

Lara dominates first day of Test

Brian Lara smashed his second century in successive matches with a superlative 176, but South Africa earned the honours against the West Indies on the first day Thursday of the third Test. Lara dominated with some majestic stroke play, but the West Indies would have been disappointed with 292 for seven at the close at Kensington Oval.

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/ 21 April 2005

Smith mum on Pollock, Rudolph

South Africa captain Graeme Smith is playing his cards close to his chest and shedding no light on the chances of veteran fast-bowling all-rounder Shaun Pollock and left-handed batsman Jacques Rudolph playing in the third Test against West Indies. Smith has admitted that Pollock is short of serious match practice.

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/ 20 April 2005

SA look to seal West Indies series win

For South Africa, in particular, and the West Indies, the third cricket Test, beginning on Thursday, is crucial. A win in the third Test would give the visitors their fourth straight series victory over the West Indies, since South Africa lead the four-Test series 1-0, following their comfortable eight-wicket triumph in the second Test at Port of Spain.

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/ 21 March 2005

Lara left out of West Indies Test team

Captain Brian Lara has been omitted from the West Indies team for the first cricket Test against South Africa later this month, the latest development in a four-month feud over sponsorship contracts. The West Indies Cricket Board said Lara gave ”a noncommittal response” to an invitation to make himself available to play in the Test.

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/ 7 September 2004

Hurricane Ivan rips off roofs in Barbados

Hurricane Ivan strengthened on Tuesday as it passed near Barbados, with hurricane-force winds bending palm trees and blowing off roofs just days after Hurricane Frances tore through the Caribbean. Ivan raced toward the Windward Islands with sustained winds of 175kph, making it a category-three hurricane.