Ladies storm to ten-wicket victory

first_imgOxford dismiss Cambridge for an astonishing 56 runs to claim Varsity success VARSITY CRICKET Cambridge 56 Oxford 58 for no wicket It was a confident Oxford team that arrived at Lord’s for this year’s women’s Varsity match in early July. The side had enjoyed an excellent year’s cricket, leaving them certain favourites for the Nursery Ground encounter. However this had also been the case in the previous two Varsity matches, both of which had been narrowly won by the Light Blues. In a toss made all the more important by the threat of rain, Oxford skipper Kat Dickens called correctly and did not hesitate in asking Cambridge to bat first. The ever-reliable Annie Bowden and club president Felicity Allen opened the Oxford bowling. Both exploited the excellent conditions and the breakthrough came with just two runs on the board, when Olivia Sanderson was clean bowled by a vicious Bowden inswinger. The new batsman, Kent player Sarah Hill, hit two fours through the legside but, attempting a similar shot at the other end, was also bowled by Bowden. This brought Cambridge co-captain Georgie Latham to the crease to join their senior batsman Rachel Cowans with the score on 12-2. Cowans had made a slow start, but certainly has ability and her wicket was the most prized in the Cambridge side. Her downfall was a combination of a mix-up with her captain and an excellent piece of fielding by Lady Margaret Hall’s Helen Turner. Turner’s powerful throw from mid-wicket was enough to comfortably run out Cowans – and to bruise the hand of bowler Bowden. The Queen’s player was replaced with the ball by Turner herself, after a controlled display of swing bowling which gave her remarkable figures of 7-4-3-2. At the other end, Allen removed both Tab co-captains, trapping Ping Lo LBW first ball and bowling Latham for a single run, to put Cambridge on the rocks at an incredible 14-5. Kendra Butlin produced a gutsy 22 not out in nearly an hour and a half, but wickets continued to tumble. Allen finished her excellent tenover spell with figures of 3-16 and was replaced by captain-elect Helen Smith from Corpus Christi who bowled six tight overs. A direct hit from Susan Lowrey brought in the number eleven with only 42 runs on the board. Turner took the final wicket, to end with 3-21, and Cambridge had been dismissed for just 56. After this superb performance in the field, victory was a formality, but nevertheless to win by ten wickets required an excellent display by the openers. After a wayward first over conceding ten extras, Cambridge bowled tightly, but Heather Lang and Allen were more than equal to the task. Lang, like Allen, was playing in her final Varsity match, and finished it with a flourish. She hit three fours in the nineteenth over to finish on 29 not out and complete an impressive victory.ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img read more

O’Connell hails Matfield

first_img “He has a fantastic record as well, having beaten us on the Lions tour in 2009, having won a World Cup in 2007, his record in the Super 15 too, he’s a fantastic player. “I was delighted with the compliment he gave me, but it’s all irrelevant come tomorrow afternoon.” South Africa edged past New Zealand in Johannesburg 27-25 last month, inflicting just the All Blacks’ second defeat since claiming the World Cup on home soil in 2011. Young fly-half Handre Pollard has been credited with helping coach Heyneke Meyer add an expansive attacking edge to the Springboks’ naturally-aggressive tight play. Munster’s 35-year-old lock O’Connell has warned Ireland to steel themselves for one of their toughest physical assaults yet, despite South Africa’s improved wide threat. “They are different in a better way, so many of the things they do I recognise from a few years ago,” said O’Connell. “They still have an excellent maul, they score numerous tries from that. “It’s very effective for them in terms of exiting as well. “They are very good at the back of the lineout and putting their centres and wingers into midfield, and putting teams under pressure that way. “So you recognise that from the past, and they are still strong there. “But the way they’ve been playing with ball in hand recently, I just think they’ve an extra string to their bow that they maybe didn’t have when they won the World Cup, or they didn’t maybe use then or in 2009. “So it makes the challenge even bigger again.” Press Association Paul O’Connell believes “the best lineout forward in the world” Victor Matfield is better now than when he quit rugby for two years in 2011. Ireland captain O’Connell hailed Springboks stalwart Matfield for adding extra steel to the South African ranks that had been missing during his temporary retirement. The oldest Springbok of all time at 37, Matfield quit the game entirely after Rugby World Cup 2011, only to be enticed back to both the Super 15 and Test arenas. Matfield praised O’Connell as “the best player I’ve played against” earlier this week, ahead of Ireland hosting South Africa in Dublin on Saturday. Munster talisman O’Connell said no amount of love-ins will detract from the brutal task facing Joe Schmidt’s Ireland side in the Aviva Stadium Test. “I think he’s the best lineout forward in the world and has been for a long time,” said O’Connell. “To be able to take two years out, come back and be as good as if not better than he ever was is an incredible achievement. “He still seems to be using pretty much the same system he has used for seven, eight, nine years, the same lineouts, and teams just can’t come near him on his ball. “You see in that New Zealand game the amount of lineouts that South Africa upset all across the board, not just Victor Matfield, but Vermeulen as well. “I think it contributed massively to the result: if you can’t be sure of your own ball when you go to the touch, to start plays or exit from your half of the pitch, it’s a really tough way to play the game. “I think it’s probably something South Africa have been missing in recent years, and he’s brought it back with abundance. last_img read more

Top award for volunteer squad manager Wendy Lodder

first_img Tags: Coaching Conference, Volunteer Manager of the Year, Wendy Lodder Volunteer squad manager Wendy Lodder has been honoured with an award at the England Golf coaching conference.Wendy, who suffers from a rare cancer, was hailed as the 2017 Volunteer Manager of the Year, in tribute to her inspirational dedication to her players in the England U18 East region squad.Guests at the awards dinner watched a video of player after player speaking about Wendy’s contribution to their progress. They told of her positive attitude, her encouragement, her welcome, her big smile, her friendship and her belief in them.Squad coach Sarah Bennett said: “Wendy is just incredible. The connection she has with everyone and the respect she has from the players is amazing. She makes everything run so smoothly and has so much desire and commitment for the people who matter, the players.”Wendy, a member at Colchester Golf Club in Essex, was a late starter to golf, achieving a single figure handicap and becoming a Level 1 volunteer coach 10 years ago.She’s been the East Region U18 squad manager for the past two seasons and said of her award: “It’s a great honour to be recognised by England Golf, the East Regional coach Sarah Bennett and my Team East squad.“I love working with the coach and the squad and get a great deal of enjoyment from seeing them grow as players and people. I’m thrilled to use my life skills to help other players strive for their dreams.“I have had great support from England Golf, Sarah and the squad in recent months after I was diagnosed with cancer. This has inspired my fight against the disease and made me even more determined to beat it.”Wendy was recognised alongside two top coaches. Yorkshire’s Steve Robinson, who led the England women’s team to back-to-back European championship wins, was named Coach of the Year 2017 for the second time in succession.  It’s the second year in a row he has received this award.Top putting coach Phil Kenyon received the Award for Excellence in Coaching, in recognition for years of service to the England men and boys’ squads. Kenyon, who is based at Formby Hall in Lancashire, is now concentrating on his professional portfolio, which includes Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick.Image © Leaderboard Photography 22 Nov 2017 Top award for volunteer squad manager Wendy Lodder last_img read more

Syracuse’s Ennis gets phone call from VP Joe Biden

first_imgSyracuse’s Tyler Ennis (11) shoots 3-pointer between Pittsburgh’s Cameron Wright (3) and Josh Newkirk, left, in the final second of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis of top-ranked Syracuse is basking in some praise after his game-winning shot against Pittsburgh.Vice President Joe Biden called Ennis on Thursday to congratulate him on his “amazing 35-foot buzzer beater” that kept the Orange unbeaten. The vice president’s office tweeted a photograph of Biden at his desk while on the phone with Ennis. Biden received his law degree from Syracuse University.Ennis took an inbounds pass with 4.4 seconds left on Wednesday night, dribbled into Pittsburgh territory and split two defenders before launching a high, arcing shot that swished as time expired. It gave Syracuse a 58-56 victory, a school-record 24th win in a row.last_img read more