Former West Indies captain Jason Holder, who came in for universal acclaim when he led the first international cricket tour amid the coronavirus pandemic, has been named as one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year. Holder joins England batsmen Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley, Pakistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan and Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens in being given a stamp of approval in the esteemed almanack's slightly condensed 158th edition. Stevens, who turns 45 later this month, is the oldest recipient since Ewart Astill in 1933 for an honour bestowed just once in a career, usually reserved for those who have shone during the preceding English domestic season. While Holder's six-for at the Ageas Bowl last July put the Windies on course for a win in the first Test after the outbreak of Covid-19 led to a global shutdown of sport, the mere fact they made the trip was an outright success. Mumbai off the mark as KKR crumble in IPL County stats: Libby goes long; Notts' … [Read more...] about Jason Holder, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley among Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year
The spring semester is charging to a close across college campuses and with it the close of spring practices. In both cases that often means a report card of sort. And we’re no different at 247Sports. As college football’s top teams end their spring practice runs over the next few weeks, 247Sports’ national team is joining forces with our deep and talented stable of on-the-ground reporters to recap each program’s spring practice run with a national bend. Florida State concluded its spring practices Saturday, so I asked Sun Devil Source’s Chris Karpman to help recap one of the more interesting spring practices in the Pac-12. Arizona State is loaded from top to bottom, but does that actually mean the Sun Devils will be contenders in 2021? Before we get started, make sure you’re following Karpman on Twitter and stop by Sun Devil Source for the most in-depth team and recruiting coverage out there. Arizona State is deep across the board, and that should worry Pac-12 opponents. … [Read more...] about Spring Review: Arizona State’s breakout player, freshman to watch, top remaining question
We take a look at what is being said ahead of Thursday's Super League double-header, which sees Round 2 kick off with Wigan Warriors facing Wakefield Trinity and Hull Kingston Rovers taking on St Helens... Rugby league world rallies around Masoe The second round of the 2021 Super League season has been dedicated to helping Mose Masoe, fittingly coinciding with his two former clubs St Helens and Hull KR facing off in the second match of Thursday's double-header. As well as fans in this country being able to buy virtual tickets to raise funds for the Mose Masoe Foundation, set up to aid both the former Samoa international and other players who suffer spinal injuries, the NRL - where he played for Sydney Roosters and Penrith Panthers - have thrown their backing behind the scheme too. Hull K R vs St Helens April 1, 2021, 8:00pm Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Rovers head coach Tony Smith has been overwhelmed by the support shown around … [Read more...] about Super League: Wigan Warriors vs Wakefield Trinity and Hull KR vs St Helens talking points and team news
The County Championship returns on Thursday and Essex remain the team to beat but how are the other sides in Group 1 shaping up? ESSEX Overseas players: Peter Siddle (Australia), Simon Harmer (South Africa) Ins: None Outs: Rishi Patel (Leicestershire) Story of last season: For the second season running - and the third in the last four - Essex ended the campaign with a trophy in the cabinet. In domestic red-ball cricket, they are quite simply the team to beat and doing so is far easier said than done. In the strangest of summers last year, it was business as usual for Essex on the field; the Bob Willis Trophy replaced the County Championship and four wins and a draw in the South Group secured the Eagles their place in the Lord's final. Somerset pushed them close but, ultimately, a draw was enough to see Essex crowned champions, courtesy of their higher first-innings total. County Championship 2021: How it works What's changed? Not a huge amount, … [Read more...] about County Championship preview – Group 1: Can Essex make it three title wins in a row?
The County Championship returns on Thursday so how are the sides in Group 3 shaping up? GLAMORGAN Overseas players: Marnus Labuschagne (Australia, from May), Michael Neser (Australia, from May), Andrew Balbirnie (Ireland, April), Colin Ingram (South Africa, potential cover for Labuschagne) Ins: James Weighell (Durham) Outs: Marchant de Lange (Somerset), Graham Wagg, Kieran Bull, Connor Brown, Owen Morgan (all released), Craig Meschede (retired) Story of last season: Glamorgan were one of four sides to go winless in the Bob Willis Trophy, losing two and drawing three of their five games as they finished at the foot of the Central Group. A century on first-class debut for Callum Taylor - the 22-year-old hitting 106 against Northants - was one of the few highs in a disappointing season for the county batting-wise, while seamer Dan Douthwaite ended as leading wicket-taker, with 14. What's changed? Those batting woes could be alleviated by the return of Marnus … [Read more...] about County Championship preview – Group 3: Are Yorkshire and Lancashire the sides to beat?