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Gillespie in Ireland Test rank call

first_img The 39-year-old, now head coach of Yorkshire, believes the move would both reward Ireland’s performances in limited-overs internationals and provide a necessary boost to the five-day format. Gillespie told All Out Cricket: “Let’s face it, outside of Australia and England and, to a lesser extent, South Africa, people don’t turn up to watch Test cricket. That’s just the way it is, and it’s sad. Press Association “One fantastic way to give Test cricket a lift straight away would be to give Ireland full Test status. It’s something that should happen sooner rather than later from the ICC. “Imagine if Ireland were given Test status. That would be huge news in world cricket, and it would be a massively positive story for the world game. “The ICC and all the national boards talk a lot about the importance of protecting the integrity of Test cricket. If it is that important, then we should look to improve it, and in my view including Ireland would improve it.” Ireland reached the Super Eight stage of the 2007 World Cup, beating Pakistan and Bangladesh in addition to a memorable tie with England, and also qualified for the World Twenty20 in 2009 and 2010. Gillespie added: “Ireland are ticking all the boxes. They’ve punched well above their weight in limited-overs tournaments. “Think of the list of names who’ve plied their trade in English domestic cricket and who have even played for England. It would make a decent Test side. “I don’t see why it couldn’t happen. Eoin Morgan is obviously with England full-time now but, apart from him, you’ve got Ed Joyce (Sussex), William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin (both Warwickshire), George Dockrell (Somerset), Peter Chase (Durham).” Surrey captain Gary Wilson, Middlesex opener Paul Stirling and brothers Niall and Kevin O’Brien are also among the Irish contingent to make their way in the county game. center_img Former Australia paceman Jason Gillespie has called for Ireland to be elevated to the Test cricket ranks.last_img read more

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Golden Bucks climb to te top spot in Class C

first_img Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Bio Catcher Ben Eley of the George Stevens Academy Eagles makes the tag on Bailey Graychase of the Bucksport Golden Bucks in the sixth inning of last week’s game, but Graychase was ruled safe at the plate aft er the ball popped out of Eley’s glove. Bucksport scored two more runs and went on to win 7-6.ELLSWORTH — The 7-1 Bucksport Golden Bucks have climbed to the top of the Eastern Maine Class C standings while in Class B, the 1-7 Ellsworth Eagles continue to struggle.The Golden Bucks came up with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, then held on to claim a 7-6 win over the George Stevens Academy Eagles on Wednesday, May 1, in Bucksport.The 4-3 Eagles have slipped from third to eighth place in the Class C standings.GSA jumped in front in the first inning when Finn McMahon-Allwine doubled and scored on a groundout by Mariner Cheney.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBut the Golden Bucks scored twice in the bottom of the first, on singles by Jack Cyr and Carter DeRedin, a sacrifice fly by Gabe Stearns and a GSA error.The Eagles took a 4-2 lead in the third, nicking Bucksport righthander James Comtois with three runs on four hits — singles by Harrison Vinall, Anthony Bianco, Cooper Smallidge and Ben Eley — and a costly Bucksport error.The Bucks got a run back in the bottom of the inning as Stearns reached on a GSA error, went to second on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Comtois.Bucksport knotted the score in the bottom of the fourth when Bailey Graychase walked, stole second and scored on a double by Cyr.GSA went back in front 6-4 in the top of the sixth.Smallidge doubled to right and scored when a bunt by Eley was misplayed.Peter Howell singled, moving Eley to third and Eley scored on a sacrifice fly by McMahon-Allwine.In the bottom of the sixth, Graychase walked and Josh Gray reached on an error and that brought Bianco, a righthander, on in relief of GSA starter Will Ricker.Graychase raced home on a fly ball to short right field and the throw to Eley, the GSA catcher arrived, in plenty of time for him to make the tag, But the ball squired away after the ensuing collision and Graychase was ruled safe at the plate.DeRedin followed with a double, driving in Gray with the tying run, and then scored what proved to be the game-winner on a single by Stearns.Stearns, who came on in relief of Comtois in the fourth inning, gave up singles to Cheney, who was then picked off first base, and Gavin Rogers before retiring the next two batters to preserve the win for the Golden Bucks.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest Postscenter_img Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

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USC locks down several notable recruiting classes for 2020

first_imgHastings starred as a defensive specialist at Frisco Centennial High School in Texas, where she was twice named Texas District 9-5A Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year.  The Trojans will have to overcome the loss of graduated driver Marin Dasic and possibly the departure of potential Olympians junior drivers Marko Vavic and Hannes Daube. But USC’s offseason additions have the team poised to fill those gaps. While USC football has pledged to “Take Back the West” by recruiting top high school talent in the Southern California area, other USC sports are also gearing up for the fall. Here’s a look at how USC’s soccer, men’s water polo, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball teams have bolstered their 2020 rosters. Koenig and McKee round out a 2020 recruiting class that also includes Naomi Cheong from Las Vegas and Snow Han from China.  Last month, head coach Keidane McAlpine announced the addition of nine freshmen and one graduate transfer to the team after 12 players, including offensive contributors seniors forward Natalie Jacobs and midfielder Ashleigh Plumptre, graduated.  Gryka hails from Warsaw, Poland and was a member of the Polish National Team in the 2017 FIVB U20 World Championships. Her decorated career as a middle blocker includes three first-place awards at the U18 and U20 Polish National Championships. Other recruits include forward Angeles Escobar from Lancaster, Calif., who scored a record 181 goals across four varsity seasons, and No. 43 2020 recruit midfielder Alexa Gonzalez from Riverside.  “[Miller’s] talent in the water is one of a kind, be it his offensive goal-scoring prowess or his defensive ability to cancel the opponent’s best player,” head coach Marko Pintaric said. Women’s volleyball The USC women’s volleyball team has been hot on the recruiting trail this spring. Three new players have signed for the upcoming season: blocker Aleksandra Gryka, libero Samantha Hastings and outside hitter Malaya Jones.  The USC women’s tennis team has signed two prized recruits this spring in graduate transfer Clare McKee from Princeton and Scottsdale, Ariz. native McKenna Koenig.  Jones spent the first three years of her high school career at San Juan Hills High School in Mission Viejo, Calif., where she helped her team win state championships in 2017 and 2018. After lettering all three years, Jones transferred to Santa Margarita High School, where she earned a spot on the AVCA Under Armour All-American Watch List. “One of the lessons from last year’s injuries was that we needed to retool our depth, and I think this class certainly does that and much more for us,” McAlpine said.  The team will also bring in Palo Alto native Talia Grossman and Emily Rhinehart from Fallston, Md. as goalkeepers who both held a goals against average at or below 0.50. They will compete with junior Anna Smith and redshirt junior Emily Cuthbert to fill the gap left by recent graduate Kaylie Collins. Graduate transfer Clare McKee will join USC for the 2020-21 season after playing at Princeton for four seasons (photo via Parsa Bombs | Twitter) Oliver Von Karl from Miramonte High and another Newport Harbor recruit in Blake Jackson will compete for time in the cage this coming season. Jackson will be one to watch after collecting 391 saves as a junior. Men’s water polo Incoming freshman defenders Mary Shin and Anuhea Kane, both from Hawaii, will work to solidify the defensive line. McAlpine was drawn to their situational awareness and communication. “Technically and tactically, they definitely have strengths that will accent our team and help provide different tools, as well as create much-needed depth,” McAlpine said.  Women’s tennis  Graduate transfer forward Jennifer Westendorf can bring the experience and versatility the young team needs. Westendorf compiled 20 goals and 13 assists at Notre Dame and also played with the Brazilian U-20 Women’s National Team. Koenig is a five-star high school recruit herself, ranking No. 69 nationally. A member of Heisman High School’s back-to-back singles state champion teams from 2017-18, Koenig also captured the doubles state title in 2018 after finishing runner-up the year prior. Koenig also brings experience from multiple victories in national USTA tournaments in both singles and doubles play.  McKee spent her senior season as Princeton’s team captain, amassing impressive records of 16-5 in singles and 15-8 in doubles. This followed a three-season stretch in which the former five-star recruit led her team twice in wins.  Standout two-meter Max Miller from San Juan will fill the gap left behind by 2020 graduate centers Sam Slobodien and Matt Maier, as well as potential Olympian junior Jake Ehrhardt. Miller ranked No. 7 in all-time scoring for the CIF Southern Section with a career total of 512 goals. Incoming freshman Tony Nardelli will compete with him for time in center as a two-time MVP at California’s Mountain View High School. “Blake’s admiration for the game of water polo and unparalleled desire to compete makes him the defensive backbone [of] every team he has played on,” Pintaric said. “His quick reaction times and great decision-making is a result of his incredible work ethic and his toughness, both mentally and physically.” The men’s water polo team will see plenty of additional talent on its 2020 roster.  Drive defenders Tom McGuire from Campolindo and Newport Harbor standout Reed Stemler will allow the Trojans to quickly convert and push their opponents to the perimeter.  Soccer After a frustrating 18-14 season cut short in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Trojans hope these recruits can help the 2020 squad bounce back.last_img read more

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