Umpiring howlers dominate Day 1 of Ashes Test

first_img… 7 wrong decisions, 5 overturned by DRS in first inningsEVER since the World Cup, the debate regarding the umpiring decisions has been raging on. The standard of umpiring in the international cricket has become a hot topic among the fans and the World Cup final continued to add to that debate.One of the most experienced umpires in the world, Kumar Dharmasena recently admitted that his decision to award England six runs in the World Cup final against New Zealand was an error. It was a crucial decision, as England went on to win the tournament on the basis of more boundaries when the match ended in a tie.The umpiring howlers haven’t stopped over there as it has continued in the longest format of the game. The first Test in the Ashes series between England and Australia is currently going on at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.However, the first innings itself was full of wrong umpiring decisions as England and Australia relied heavily on the Decision Review System (DRS).There were a total of 7 wrong umpiring decisions with 5 being overturned by DRS. However, there were some unlucky ones as David Warner and James Pattinson were given out and they opted not to take the DRS despite being not out.Warner could have been dismissed in the second over itself when the umpire failed to spot a bottom edge on the bowling of Stuart Broad.But Australia were lucky as England opted not to take the DRS. Warner departed soon as this time Australia failed to take advantage of the DRS. The ball was missing the stumps but the umpire deemed it to be a clear dismissal.Then likes of Usman Khwaja, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Pattinson and Peter Siddle were affected as the umpiring decisions continued to be wrong. Khawaja was given not out by the umpires but England took the review and it showed that the batsman had edged the delivery.Matthew Wade, making his comeback into the side, was on the wrong end of the DRS. Despite being struck plumb in front of the stumps, the umpire did not deem it to be out. But England took the review and Wade was soon walking back to the pavilion.It was Smith’s turn to be affected by the poor umpiring decisions. Umpire signalled out on Broad’s delivery but Smith was quick to take the review and HawkEye showed that it was missing the stumps.The umpiring howlers continued as Peter Siddle was also given out but he quickly took the review and it showed that there was a big inside edge onto the pads.The on-field umpires for the first Ashes Test are Joel Wilson and Aleem Dar. Australia legend Shane Warne and former England skipper Nasser Hussain were also critical of the on-field umpires as they tweeted their frustrations. (hindustantimes)last_img read more

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England’s Senior Men follow European glory with Home International crown

first_img19 Sep 2019 England’s Senior Men follow European glory with Home International crown England completed a golden double when they won the Senior Men’s Home Internationals at Alnmouth Golf Club.The English team (pictured above) were crowned as European Men’s Senior champions a couple of weeks ago in Denmark and they added the domestic Home Internationals title to their name when they halved on the last day in Northumberland with last year’s champions Scotland.England and Scotland set up the decider after both teams beat Ireland and Wales in the earlier rounds and it was the English who won on points when they halved a tense closing match 4 ½ -4 ½.The Scots led 2 ½ – ½ after the foursomes but they knew they also needed a big win in the singles to overhaul their rivals and in the end it was the English who battled back to tie the match and secure the silverware.Scotland’s Ronnie Clark beat England’s Ian Attoe 3 & 2 in the top singles but wins by Rich Jones and Paul Wharton got England back on track before Scotland regained the initiative when Derek Paton beat Alan Mew. Richard Norton also supplied a point for England with a 6&5 victory over Richard Johnston but it was only when Rupert Kellock beat Robert Smith by one hole in the final singles that the match was tied.“It was very tight all day,” said English captain, Roy Smethurst, before announcing he was to stand down as captain after five years at the helm.“We were two down after the first two games in the foursomes so the half in the last game was crucial to give us a toehold in the match.“We knew we’d face a tough match against the Scots and that’s exactly what we got. We’re just delighted to secure another victory to add to the one in Denmark. It’s been a great couple of weeks for us all.“I’ve decided to step down as captain at the top,” he added. “It has been great while it has lasted but I can’t stand the pressure anymore so it’s time to pass it on to a younger man.”Photograph credit: Leaderboard Tags: Senior Home Internationalslast_img read more

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Steelers Recap: Silver and Black hold off Black and Gold

first_imgOn the very first play from scrimmage; Terrelle Pryor faked the entire black and gold defense left as he went right for a 93 yard TD scamper.  The Raiders never looked back as they led the entire game and finished it off with a 21-18 victory.  The score makes it seem close, it wasn’t.  The Steelers were flat, sluggish and mistake prone all game long.  To top it off, Shuan Suisham, the teams’ most consistent and reliable player missed two field goals, his first two of the season. You can look at the score and say there’s your ball game, that’s where the team lost it, but that would only be partially true.The team lost it in all facets.First, the offense failed once again to score touchdowns when they needed to. They turned the ball over three more times. They failed to generate any kind of a ground game as they only picked up 35 yards on 19 carries and they once again failed to protect their franchise quarterback.Big Ben was sacked 5 more times. Roethlisberger was hurried and hit all game long as well. Additionally he was off target on throws he typically makes in his sleep. The O line looked like it did to start the season, unable to protect Big Ben under any circumstance.  To add to Roethlisbergers woe’s were the drops by the usually sure handed Heath Miller and Antonio Brown.  It was a sure fire recipe for punts and field goal attempts. That’s not a recipe that spells success very often. Frustration was written on the face of the QB, rightfully so. By the time the offense decided to show up and move the ball downfield, it was too late. The team was down 18 points, which proved far too many to overcome.The defense didn’t help either. While they buckled down in the second half; for the game they gave up 197 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground. They only sacked Pryor twice and hit him a mere three more times. A defense predicated on pressure must be able to apply it.  Ryan Clark led the way with 12 tackles but isn’t that telling? Your free safety led the way in tackles. That’s generally an issue, specifically when the opposing team only throws the ball 19 times.Special teams weren’t an innocent party in this comedy of errors. With two missed field goals and a blocked punt to set up a short field, what chance did the team have?  Lastly the coaching should get a big fat F for the performance the team put on. While they don’t play, they motivate, game plan and lead and it’s hard to say any of that occurred on Sunday let alone in the week leading up to the putrid display. This staff has turned a team of winners into a team that lacks the ability to beat the league doormats. It’s a week to week league and what a difference a week makes.If this team responds next week and goes into New England and wins, perhaps a performance like this may be forgotten or at least forgiven. If they don’t, we’ll truly understand who these 2013 Steelers really are.   A team of aging veterans, young players who lack direction and a coaching staff who’s lost the ability to formulate winning results. Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at mike@steelnationassociation.com. Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Will Allen sits on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. The Raiders won 21-18. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Just when you felt that there was some momentum with the Steelers, a thought that they may get back in the 2013 mix, they go out west and lay a dud, with a thud.  The Steelers looked horrific in their game at Oakland from the get go.last_img read more

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Time to Cast Your Vote for Fun

first_imgFacebook16Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Lacey Parks and RecreationIn case you haven’t noticed, we are in the midst of election time! Well, here’s something you can vote on that is truly fun and exciting to vote for, something that will put a smile on your face AND a smile on your neighbor’s face. We need your vote right now to help Lacey receive a $25,000 grant to bring more concerts and music to the community next summer.Lacey Parks & Recreation has been bringing music and entertainment to Huntamer Park each summer since 1995 and now they need your help to bring even more music in 2017!  The City of Lacey, along with the PARC Foundation and the OLTVCB have applied for the national Levitt Amp [Your City] grant which would bring $25,000 to the city to spend on more great bands, a greater variety of styles and genres, bringing regional and national bands to Lacey for a 10 week summer series of entertainment. But, we cannot do it without your help.The summer-long Lacey in Tune Children’s Entertainment series is part of the current offerings each summer by Lacey Parks and Rec.Cast your vote for Lacey at www.levittamp.org between now and November 21 so we can amp up the music in 2017!The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards is an exciting matching grant program made possible by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national private foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through the power of free, live music. With Levitt AMP, the joy of free, live music is bringing communities together in small and mid-sized towns and cities across the country.“The vision is to create a new 10 week series of concerts on Thursday evenings at Huntamer Park to allow the most access for the community to participate. The plan also includes craft and food vendors to be on site creating an exciting place for friends and families to gather to enjoy the summer evenings,” says Jeannette Sieler, Recreation Supervisor with the city of Lacey. “Our goal is to create a dynamic place that engages the entire community through music, art, and shared experience. Presenting free concerts in an outdoor location that is ADA compliant and accessible via walking, bike, bus, and car this ensures that everyone can attend. Producing more concerts that reflect the diversity of Lacey will entice local residents to try new experiences and connect with more of their neighbors. By offering the gift of music, the universal language, we can bring our entire community to Huntamer Park.”Family friendly entertainment is followed by an outdoor movie during the Lacey In Tune events at Huntamer Park.Currently Lacey in Tune includes seven weeks of Wednesday noon concerts, Tuesday evening Children’s Entertainment and 4 weeks of Saturday Music and Movies in the park. If the grant is received, this schedule will be slightly altered, still offering the noon and Tuesday programs but for three or four weeks, so we can focus on a Thursday evening series that will be more accessible to more people than the Wednesday noon time.“Our Wednesday noon times are popular with the staff of businesses around Huntamer Park as well as seniors and those that come by van with assisted living facilities.  We don’t want to eliminate these all together but would like to offer the bulk of the concerts at a time where more of the community can attend and enjoy.” shares Sieler. “We are excited about the possibility of expanding our summer entertainment series in a way that will energize our community in a positive and fun way, but we can’t get the grant without the votes for our proposal, as we are competing with cities and towns all over America. Folks in surrounding cities will also benefit if the grant is awarded to Lacey as our central location along I-5 makes us accessible to so many.”Cast your vote to AMP UP the music in Lacey next summer! Click here to view a video sharing all about the vision for this new phase in community entertainment.last_img read more

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