Pollock SA cricketer of the year

first_img10 May 2007Shaun Pollock was named South Africa’s Cricketer of the Year at the Mutual & Federal Cricketer of the Year Awards in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening. He succeeded Makhaya Ntini who had won the award the previous two years.Before Ntini’s successes, Jacques Kallis had also won the award two years in succession.Pollock’s award capped a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the all-rounder after many people, experts and fans included, had considered his international career over, his best days behind him.Remarkable control, nagging accuracyEven early in the season, it appeared he might be lacking the zip that was previously present in his bowling. To a degree, that might be true, but Pollock made up for his reduced pace with remarkable control and nagging accuracy.Going back to August 2006, he managed only 1 for 112 in 35 overs, facing Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. Certainly, he didn’t appear to be on song and concern that it might be the end of the road for him could have been justified.However, after returning to South Africa, Pollock answered any criticism in style when the Proteas hosted India in both one-day international and test series.StiflingIn the ODI series, opening the bowling, Pollock stifled India’s batting efforts, conceding a miserly 2.30 runs per over, while also capturing eight wickets at an average of only 8.30. It was the kind of return that one might expect in schoolboys’ cricket, but not at international level.In the first test match at The Wanderers, the Indians shocked South Africa, racing to a 123-run victory, but Pollock definitely didn’t let the Proteas down. He weighed-in with five and 40 with the bat as South Africa made only 84 and 278, while he shone with the ball, knocking over 4 for 39 and 3 for 33.Although he captured only one wicket in the second test, which South Africa won by 174 runs to level the series, Pollock’s return of 1 for 37 in 23.5 overs again told a story, his tight economy exerting pressure on the Indian batsmen, which helped the other South African bowlers pick up wickets.After making 11 in the first innings, he played an important knock the second time around, making an undefeated 63.Test series victoryA five-wicket victory in the third test saw South Africa secure a 2-1 series victory.India batted well in their first innings, tallying 414 all out but, again, they were unable to assume control over Pollock who picked up 4 for 75 in just less than 30 overs. He then contributed 15 to South Africa’s reply of 373 all out.In their second innings, the Indians collapsed to 169 all out as the pitch became increasingly difficult. Pollock claimed 1 for 24.Then, in South Africa’s second innings, he was sent in at number four; this was because of his shot-making ability on a pitch that the batsmen were struggling to score runs upon. That decision paid off as he scored an important 37 to help guide the Proteas to the win.As in the one-day international series, the ginger-haired all-rounder was named man of the series.To the foreWhen Pakistan toured South Africa after the Indians, Pollock was again to the fore as the Proteas won the ODI series 3-1, and the test series 2-1.Pollock had a quieter test series against Pakistan, but finished fifth in the South African batting averages. He picked up eight wickets at 23.37, but his runs per over rate was again exemplary at 2.79.When the one-day international series came around, however, he was back to his match-winning best.SA won the first ODI at Centurion by a mammoth 164 runs as the team’s batsmen took the spotlight.It was Pakistan’s batsmen that flourished in the second ODI as the visitors tallied 351 for 4 to claim a huge 141-run victory. Pollock claimed 1 for 53 and scored 32 off 34 balls, but in the context of the game it wasn’t enough to make a significant impact.After rain forced a no result in the third ODI, the teams headed to Cape Town.Crucial roleSouth Africa annihilated Pakistan, racing to a 10-wicket victory, whilst needing only 14 overs at the crease. The result had a lot to do with Pollock’s effort with the ball. He strangled the Pakistani batting effort, capturing 2 for 13 in his 10 overs. His crucial part in the outcome of the game was recognised as he was named man of the match.The fifth ODI proved to be another tour de force for the star all-rounder. Bowling brilliantly, he removed five of the top six batsmen as he knocked over 5 for 23. That effort spurred South Africa to an emphatic nine-wicket victory and Pollock to a second man of the match award in succession.Not surprisingly, he was named man of the series.World CupAt the Cricket World Cup, South Africa disappointed despite reaching the semi-finals; after all, the Proteas had entered the tournament ranked number one in the world.Pollock started slowly, but as the event progressed he returned to form. By the end of the tournament, he was once again South Africa’s most economical bowler, having conceded only 3.52 runs per over in a competition that had proved very harsh on bowlers.It was clear after this that Pollock was the leading candidate for South Africa’s cricketer of the year, and so it proved as he won the award.Test starGritty left-handed batsman Ashwell Prince, who came on in leaps and bounds, was named the Castle Test Cricketer of the Year Award.He was comfortably the highest run scorer on either side in the test series against India, tallying 306 runs at an average of 61.20.Against Pakistan, his aggregate of 240 runs was second only to Jacques Kallis. Prince again topped the batting averages at 60, having made a century and a fifty, as he did against India.Recognised by fellow professionalsThe tigerish Mark Boucher earned the prestigious South African Players’ Player of the Year Award as his fellow professionals recognised his determined and hard-working contributions.Left-arm spinner Paul Harris, who settled into test cricket with surprising smoothness against India and Pakistan, was named the South African Newcomer of the Year.Jacques Kallis, who excelled at the World Cup, scoring 483 runs at 80.83, which took him past 9 000 runs in one-day internationals, was named the Standard Bank ODI Cricketer of the Year.Fan favouriteSupporters of the national team didn’t forget Makhaya Ntini as the charismatic fast bowler was named the SuperSport Fans Cricketer of the Year.Despite South Africa’s dismal exit from the World Cup in the West Indies, where they crashed out to Australia in the semi-finals, Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola was upbeat in his assessment of the 2006-07 season.“The disappointing results of the World Cup must be seen against the backdrop of the Proteas producing one of the best international seasons since unity,” Majola said.‘We will now build on this success’“We will now build on this success for the next season as well as taking into account the lessons learnt at the World Cup.“These annual Mutual & Federal SA Cricket Awards show that diversity is our strength and we must use this diversity to our advantage.“We also have solid development and high performance structures in place and we have the talent out there to get us to the top.“We must ensure that we utilise this diverse talent in building for the future.”Domestic sceneOn the domestic scene, the Wanderers’ Chris Scott was named Groundsman of the Year for the fourth consecutive time, while Marais Erasmus was named Umpire of the Year for the second time.The Highveld Lions’ Gordon Parsons was named Coach of the Year.Morne van Wyk excelled, winning three awards: the MTN Domestic Championships Cricketer of the Year, the Standard Bank Pro20 Cricketer of the Year, and the Domestic Players’ Player of the Year.Another Free State Eagle, Ryan McLaren picked up the SuperSport Series Cricketer of the Year Award, while the Warriors’ Lonwabo Tsotsobe was named Domestic Newcomer of the Year. 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OSU spring and summer field day schedule

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Currently 24 field days on a variety of topics are being planned by Agriculture and Natural Resource staff starting June 1 through the fall with locations throughout the state. A complete calendar of dates can be found at http://agcrops.osu.edu/events. Full agendas are still being developed and you will want to check back for registration information along with other details about a month prior to the date.An excellent set of field days which include a variety of topics will be presented. Topics include small grains production, hay production, precision agricultural equipment, sprayers, soybean and corn production, modified relay intercropping plus nutrient management which include Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training for several dates.The calendar includes a first time event is Ohio. The North American Manure Expo will be held at the Molly Caren Ag/Farm Science Review Site on Aug. 3 and 4. This regionally rotating event is a must attend for those involved with manure spreading and use.The field day calendar leads up to the annual Farm Science Review, scheduled for September 20 to 22. As always a variety of displays, demonstration and field activities are being planned.These programs are sponsored by Ohio State University Extension and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in the College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.last_img read more

Sit up and take notice

first_imgIs regular exercise not helping much in managing your weight? Perhaps you should cut down on the time you spend on the couch.A recent report published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine analysed the link between increased time spent in sedentary activities and obesity. According to the report, one recent study, in fact, showed that increasing total sedentary time increased weight gain in women-regardless of how much physical activity they got or how many calories they consumed.While research on how to best mitigate the effects of sitting is needed (is getting up for 5 minutes every hour enough to make a difference?), you can still get up whenever you can.Stand up while talking to a colleague or on the phone, get your own coffee from the vending machine, walk to the office laser printer? you get the drift, right?-Kathakoli Dasguptalast_img read more

China launches 1st clean-up campaign across Mt Everest region

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, May 11 (PTI) For the first time, China has launched a huge clean-up campaign across the high-altitude area of Mount Everest to remove the waste and debris left by hikers at campsites.The nine-day clean-up campaign by Tibet Autonomous Region across the worlds highest mountain, also known as Mount Qomolangma in local language, began on May 6.The campsites in question are at altitudes between 5,200 meters and 6,500 meters on the north side of 8,848 meters tall Mount Everest.Nyima Cering, deputy director of Tibet sports administration, said this was the first time that the administration had worked with Tingri County government, Xigaze Prefecture, on such a campaign.Cering said that heightened human activity had left unacceptable levels of garbage on the “Roof of the World”.The “Roof of the World” term is used for describing the mountainous interior of Asia region, for the Pamirs, the Himalayas, Tibet and Mount Everest.Cering said the official team, joined by Chinese and foreign volunteers, had collected four tonnes of trash in the first five days, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today.He said the Tibet government planned to install sorting, recycling and degradation stations at the camping areas.About 60,000 people visit the north face of Mount Everest every year.They leave tin cans, plastic bags, stove equipment, discarded tents, oxygen tanks and mountain climbing paraphernalia.Kari Kobler, president of Swiss firm Kobler, was one of the volunteers.”I have climbed the mountain many times over the past 17 years,” said the 62-year-old climbing enthusiast.advertisementCering said the Tibetan government had been exploring waste disposal systems that would be suitable for the high- altitude. PTI KJV KJ AKJ KJlast_img read more

2013 NSW Junior State Cup Results

first_imgCongratulations to the following teams on their New South Wales Junior State Cup grand final results.3.00pm18’s GirlsNewcastle City 7 defeated Penrith Panthers 23.30pm18’s BoysTaree Flames 11 defeated by Bankstown Jets 1216’s BoysRyde Eastwood Hawks 5 defeated Penrith Panthers 012’s BoysNewcastle City 9 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 24.00pm16’s GirlsManly Sea Eagles 11 defeated Lower Blue Mountains Rangers 614’s BoysBlacktown Broncos 6 defeated by Parramatta Eels 710’s GirlsManly Sea Eagles 13 defeated Nelson Bay Neptunes 04.30pm14’s GirlsWagga Wagga 9 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 612’s GirlsManly Sea Eagles 7 defeated Wagga Wagga 010’s BoysParramatta Eels 6 defeated by Wests Magpies 7Club Champion1st – Manly Sea Eagles – 117 points2nd – Parramatta Eels – 91 points3rd – Newcastle City – 78 points4th – Penrith Panthers – 75 points5th – Berkeley Vale Panthers – 63 points To view highlights of the weekend, please visit the NSWTA YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/nswta. Related LinksNSW JSC Resultslast_img read more

10 months agoGenoa president Preziosi admits interest in Sporting CP midfielder Sturaro

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Genoa president Preziosi admits interest in Sporting CP midfielder Sturaroby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa president Enrico Preziosi has expressed interest in Sporting CP midfielder Stefano Sturaro.Sturaro only left Juventus last summer.Preziosi said, “We need a pair of quality players in midfield, and we’ve made an offer for [Empoli’s Rade] Krunic.“Stefano Sturaro is an idea we have and I’m convinced he could come. He’ll cost us a bit, but he’s an investment.“He won’t be ready for a month or two, because he’s got a problem with his achilles, but he wants to re-launch with us. last_img read more

3 days agoReally? Granit Xhaka insists Arsenal heading in right direction

first_imgReally? Granit Xhaka insists Arsenal heading in right directionby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGranit Xhaka insists Arsenal are heading in the right direction despite Monday’s loss to Sheffield United.The Gunners were outplayed by the recently promoted side, who won the match through Lys Mousset’s first-half strike.The loss means Arsenal missed the chance to go third on the table, but Xhaka says they are staying positive about the season.Asked if the club were heading in the right direction, “Of course.”If not we are in the wrong position but we believe in our stuff.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Alabama Awarded Broadcaster Eli Gold With A 2014 SEC Championship Ring

first_imgEli Gold has been broadcasting Alabama football games since 1988. In that time, he has seen the Crimson Tide capture four national championships and six SEC titles. To many ‘Bama fans, he is an indelible part of the program. To thank him for his time broadcasting for the program, Alabama football awarded Eli Gold with a 2014 SEC Championship ring.Sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart to the U. Of Alabama staff and players for the SEC championship ring. pic.twitter.com/JYazNIrJTL— Eli Gold (@EliGoldBama) August 21, 2015Gold is clearly very touched by the honor, and the response from the Alabama faithful. He responded to the dozens of fans who congratulated him on Twitter.eli gold thanks Congratulations, Eli. You deserve it.last_img read more

No Cost for Patrons to Attend Emancipation Jubilee

first_imgStory Highlights The annual Emancipation Jubilee celebration, organised by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust takes place on July 31 at the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann. She explained that tickets will be printed for crowd control purposes.  Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange says entry to this year’s Emancipation Jubilee will be free of cost. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange says entry to this year’s Emancipation Jubilee will be free of cost.The announcement was made at the recent launch of the event at Jewels Paradise Cove in Runaway Bay, St Ann.The annual Emancipation Jubilee celebration, organised by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust takes place on July 31 at the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann.Minister Grange said that Emancipation Jubilee “allows us to celebrate a culture that is distinctly ours – Jamaican, but influenced largely by what is distinctly African – that survived the years of enslavement – a success that we owe to our ancestors who in their own relentless ways ensured that what was culturally endemic to them remained intact in a society that was alien to them.”“We are happy to say that this year Emancipation Jubilee is free. It won’t cost you a penny,” Minister Grange said.She explained that tickets will be printed for crowd control purposes.The event, now in its twentieth year, is being observed under the theme, ‘Jamaica 55, Mek Wi Keep Jubilee Alive!’.It features various presentations of traditional Jamaican culture including Kumina, Johnkoonoo and other folk forms as well as a re-enactment of the reading of the 1838 Emancipation Proclamation granting freedom from slavery to all Jamaicans.last_img read more

GoFundMe account set up for Tony Brooks

first_imgAt the time of the incident, the detachment had received feedback from Vancouver Doctors who had inquired with the Doctor in charge of the Tactical Medical Program, to applaud the incredible work done by Cst. Brooks, who literally saved this man’s life, shared Sgt. Tyreman in July 2018.The GoFundMe account has almost reached half of its goal amount of $10,000 in three days.To view the GoFundMe; CLICK HERETo read more about Brooks saving a man’s life; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A GoFundMe account has been set up on behalf of Tony Brooks, the RCMP Constable that saved a man’s life last year in Fort St. John.Brooks has been diagnosed with Stage Two cancer and will be having surgery and receiving chemotherapy according to the GoFundMe account. The account goes on to say ‘financial help received will help take the stress off of his family so that they can focus on his recovery.’In July 2018, Brooks saved a mans life when he used his advanced medical training and managed to pack the wound to close off the artery inside the man’s arm and stop the flow of blood. The injured man was then airlifted to a Vancouver area hospital for treatment.last_img read more