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Feb 27, 2015

Cricket-South Africa win toss, bat first against West Indies

SYDNEY, Feb 27 (Reuters) – South Africa captain AB de Villiers won the toss and opted to send his much changed side in to bat in their World Cup Pool B match against West Indies at a sun-bathed Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

The Proteas are out to kickstart their campaign after a 130-run loss to India in their last outing, while West Indies come into the contest with confidence high after their record-breaking victory over Zimbabwe.

Feb 22, 2015

Braveheart Berrington has no time for auld grudges

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Giving a taster of the sort of batting he is capable of, Richie Berrington took one step down the University Oval track and smashed a Daniel Vettori delivery high over the long-on boundary and into the window of the TV commentary box.

The sumptuous six in Scotland’s World Cup opener against New Zealand on Tuesday was only a sample of what the 27-year-old can produce as circumstances forced him to display the more circumspect side to his game.

Feb 22, 2015

Cricket-Braveheart Berrington has no time for auld grudges

SYDNEY, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Giving a taster of the sort of batting he is capable of, Richie Berrington took one step down the University Oval track and smashed a Daniel Vettori delivery high over the long-on boundary and into the window of the TV commentary box.

The sumptuous six in Scotland’s World Cup opener against New Zealand on Tuesday was only a sample of what the 27-year-old can produce as circumstances forced him to display the more circumspect side to his game.

Feb 18, 2015

‘Shining light’ Taylor proving doubters wrong

SYDNEY (Reuters) – If there was one thing pretty much the whole cricketing community agreed upon on the first weekend of the World Cup, it was that James Taylor deserved better than to be robbed of a century by a dodgy umpiring decision.

The diminutive English batsman had confirmed his rich vein of form by scrapping his way to 98 as his team mates fell victim to Australian bowlers at the other end, only to be denied his maiden one-day hundred in farcical fashion.

Feb 18, 2015

Cricket-’Shining light’ Taylor proving doubters wrong

SYDNEY, Feb 18 (Reuters) – If there was one thing pretty much the whole cricketing community agreed upon on the first weekend of the World Cup, it was that James Taylor deserved better than to be robbed of a century by a dodgy umpiring decision.

The diminutive English batsman had confirmed his rich vein of form by scrapping his way to 98 as his team mates fell victim to Australian bowlers at the other end, only to be denied his maiden one-day hundred in farcical fashion.

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.

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