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Feb 16, 2015

Irish strike a blow for associates ahead of 2019 revamp

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Ireland’s World Cup victory over West Indies on Monday was the kind of giant-killing that lights up any tournament but cricket fans should enjoy it while they can ahead of format changes for the 2019 version of the event.

It is the third straight tournament that Ireland have turned over one of the 10 “full members” of the International Cricket Council that play test matches and occupy the upper echelons of cricket’s ranking system.

Feb 16, 2015

Cricket-Irish strike a blow for associates ahead of 2019 revamp

SYDNEY, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Ireland’s World Cup victory over West Indies on Monday was the kind of giant-killing that lights up any tournament but cricket fans should enjoy it while they can ahead of format changes for the 2019 version of the event.

It is the third straight tournament that Ireland have turned over one of the 10 “full members” of the International Cricket Council that play test matches and occupy the upper echelons of cricket’s ranking system.

Feb 12, 2015

Windies survive Scotland scare in Sydney warm-up

SYDNEY (Reuters) – West Indies’ preparations for the World Cup went from bad to worse on Thursday when minnows Scotland came up just four runs short of a famous upset in a warm-up match at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Although the islanders ultimately came up with the win by three runs, this was by no means an emphatic statement that might have reassured Caribbean cricket fans that all was well inside the camp.

Feb 12, 2015

Cricket-Windies survive Scotland scare in Sydney warm-up

SYDNEY, Feb 12 (Reuters) – West Indies’ preparations for the World Cup went from bad to worse on Thursday when minnows Scotland came up just four runs short of a famous upset in a warm-up match at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Although the islanders ultimately came up with the win by three runs, this was by no means an emphatic statement that might have reassured Caribbean cricket fans that all was well inside the camp.

Feb 12, 2015

Late shipment threatens debut of Cricket Scotland tartan

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A specially commissioned tartan that Scotland were set to wear on their shirts at the World Cup might not now make an appearance at the tournament after a delay in a shipment from China.

The distinctly Scottish pattern, with a design based on the clan tartan of 19th century test cricketer Gregor MacGregor, was due to feature on the sleeves of the match shirts of the team, who are appearing at a third World Cup.

Feb 12, 2015

Cricket-Late shipment threatens debut of Cricket Scotland tartan

SYDNEY, Feb 12 (Reuters) – A specially commissioned tartan that Scotland were set to wear on their shirts at the World Cup might not now make an appearance at the tournament after a delay in a shipment from China.

The distinctly Scottish pattern, with a design based on the clan tartan of 19th century test cricketer Gregor MacGregor, was due to feature on the sleeves of the match shirts of the team, who are appearing at a third World Cup.

Feb 12, 2015

Pakistan ponder options ahead of India clash

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Pakistan have found some momentum ahead of the World Cup but have not settled on their best line-up for their tournament opener against champions India this weekend, coach Waqar Younis said.

Victories over Bangladesh and England this week have given the 1992 champions a real surge of confidence going into Sunday’s match in Adelaide against a team they have never beaten at the World Cup.

Feb 12, 2015

Cricket-Pakistan ponder options ahead of India clash

SYDNEY, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Pakistan have found some momentum ahead of the World Cup but have not settled on their best line-up for their tournament opener against champions India this weekend, coach Waqar Younis said.

Victories over Bangladesh and England this week have given the 1992 champions a real surge of confidence going into Sunday’s match in Adelaide against a team they have never beaten at the World Cup.

Feb 11, 2015

England skipper Morgan in the spotlight after duck

SYDNEY (Reuters) – England skipper Eoin Morgan will go into the World Cup desperately seeking form after registering a third duck in his last four innings in the four-wicket loss to Pakistan in a warmup match on Wednesday.

Morgan assumed the captaincy after Alastair Cook was dumped for lack of form late last year but since scoring 121 against Australia in a Tri-series match on Jan. 16, has scored zero, two, zero and zero runs.

Feb 11, 2015

Cricket-England skipper Morgan in the spotlight after duck

SYDNEY, Feb 11 (Reuters) – England skipper Eoin Morgan will go into the World Cup desperately seeking form after registering a third duck in his last four innings in the four-wicket loss to Pakistan in a warmup match on Wednesday.

Morgan assumed the captaincy after Alastair Cook was dumped for lack of form late last year but since scoring 121 against Australia in a Tri-series match on Jan. 16, has scored zero, two, zero and zero runs.

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