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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

Costa Rica govt minister dismisses Vanderbilt as some university in Tennessee

first_imgNo related posts. It looks like Presidency Minister Carlos Ricardo Benavides isn’t a fan of the Commodores.During a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Benavides and Communications Minister Carlos Roverssi were asked to comment on a report about slumping support in Costa Rica for the political system, according to Vanderbilt University’s 2012 Latin American Public Opinion Project.According to LAPOP, Ticos in 2012 were the most dissatisfied with their system of government since the start of the hemisphere-wide survey that takes place every two years. Costa Rica ranked 10th out of the 26 Latin American countries surveyed for the 2012 report, down from 4th in 2006. Granted, the news was old (the report came out in April after all) but with elections fast approaching on Feb. 2, 2014, the daily La Nación tried to breathe new life into the story over the weekend by asking how the low morale would affect voter turnout.Benavides responded that the survey was an “irresponsible, isolated” study from “some university in Tennessee” that he had never heard of, and dismissed the study’s findings.“It seems to me that this is a game institutions play with specific figures to misrepresent the country’s image,” Benavides said.For those who follow Latin American political science, however, LAPOP is hardly an “isolated” study. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States, Vanderbilt University has been collecting public opinion data in the region since 1978 when it started with just one country: Costa Rica.The minister said that there were other studies that disputed this assessment, but he did not name them.According to LAPOP’s website, 43,000 people were surveyed in 2010 in 26 countries. For the 2012 report, 1,500 Ticos offered their opinions.LAPOP has received funding from USAID, the United Nations Development Program, and the Inter-American Development Bank since its launch.The aggressive response from Benavides seemed out of place, but perhaps the administration is still stinging from the public opinion project’s assessment that dissatisfaction with Laura Chinchilla’s government played a role in the historically low ratings, along with the corrosive effects of corruption. Facebook Commentslast_img read more