Extras

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Bye: We provided Hong Kong cricket with a little promotion in a previous addition of Extras…

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/extras-3/

… and now England speed merchant Tymal Mills is heading east to blitz any batsmen that come before him.

http://www.hkcricket.org/en/media/news/kowloon-cantons-add-speed-machine-tymal-mills-to-blitz-squad

Leg Bye: We provided Pakistan cricket with a little promotion (Because it needs it, it’s not like cricket is already big in Pakistan!) in a previous addition of Extras…

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/super-duper-stan/

… and now England ‘speed merchant’ Steven Finn is heading east to blitz any batsmen that come before him.

https://psl-t20.com/steven-finn-replaces-russell-islamabad-united-squad/

No Ball: Liam Livingstone for England anybody?

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… or at least in your Telegraph fantasy team. Watch out for my article in April on who, why and how to pick a successful team!

P.S. Despite LLs 50, we lost the T20I against Zimbabwe in Boston, USA by nine wickets with none of our bowlers able to strike. Our solitary wicket was a run out.

Wide: Duckett delivers!

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It’s back to back wins for England’s Test side after victory in Sharjah. With Haseeb Hameed and Keaton Jennings rested, Ben Duckett made the most (Well, made something) of the opportunity to bat in his recognised position by scoring exactly 50. Duckett put on 47 for the first wicket with debutant Daniel Bell-Drummond, who made 8. Jake Ball recorded match figures of 12-62 as UAE were bowled out for just 61 in their first innings and courtesy of some generous bowling changes, a more respectable 163 in their second. Adil Rashid batted as well as anybody for England in recent times when making 59 batting at six in England’s second innings. Rashid shared a last wicket stand of 48 with a determined Jack Leach before Ball led England to a 175-run victory.

Qayyum and Bernard Keep it Cool!

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Now admittedly Ealing born Imran Qayyum has been around the second XIs, played for the Unicorns and popped up in Pakistan but I think it’s fair to say that he and Canterbury born Hugh Bernard probably didn’t expect to make their List A debuts in Coolidge, Antigua.

Well you’d better believe it because that’s what happened, their Cricinfo profile pages will forever prove it…

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/637158.html

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/755017.html

Former coach Jimmy Adams was no doubt responsible for Kent being the team to make up the numbers in this year’s WICB Regional Super50. For the likes of England hopefuls Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sam Northeast and Matt Coles, it’s a great opportunity to gain some exposure on foreign soil and almost taste a flavour of international cricket. It’ll be interesting to see what affect this outing has on Kent’s performances come the English county season.

Of course it’s not that long ago (Well 2000-01) that England A, boosted by Ian Ward’s run-making exploits, turned out in the Busta Cup.

Perusing the WICB Regional Super50 squads there are some interesting names amongst the teams including Jonathan Foo (Guyana), fresh from playing in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz, Kamau Leverock (ICC Americas XI), nephew of both Dwayne Leverock…

… and of Canada’s Austin Codrington, Steven Taylor (Jamaica), i.e. not Americas XI, and Chesney Hughes (Leeward Islands), formerly of Derbyshire but now cap chasing trans atlantic.

http://www.windiescricket.com/news/regional-super-50

Extras

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Extras is back and we’ve got an eastern theme this time at the crease.

Bye: The Hong Kong T20 Blitz is a tournament that is attracting big names such as Michael Clarke, Shahid Afridi and Kumar Sangakarra to the orient and can surely serve as an inspiration to countries such as USA. Following last year’s inaugural event, two new franchises have been added making a grand total of six teams participating in the tournament in the orient in 2017.

http://www.hkcricket.org/en

Leg Bye: The Hong Kong Sixes are also due to make a long awaited return to the cricketing calendar in 2017. England have actually won the most tournaments, joint topping the list alongside Pakistan with five victories.

http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/2005194/howzat-hong-kong-cricket-sixes-will-return-2017-part-grand

No Ball: I’m currently in the midst of leading an England side in a Test match against Hong Kong on Don Bradman Cricket 17 but you’ll have to wait until the completion of what should (Could?) be an epic match for a detailed report. Let’s just say that we’ll need to bat better in our second innings than we did in our first!

Wide: Err, anything else I can think of about Hong Kong… Dermot Reeve!

http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/19364.html