Rain has final say as cricket returns

first_img(ESPNCricinfo) – After months of pain-staking preparation, cricket’s long-awaited return was held up not by bio-security protocols, the addition of saliva to a ball or a shortage of hand sanitiser – but by the weather. Perhaps it was inevitable after months of sunshine in the UK that rain and bad light would play their all-too-familiar parts, but that did little to lessen the disappointment as only 17.4 overs were possible at the Ageas Bowl.During the three small windows of play possible, England dug in after stand-in captain Ben Stokes won the toss and chose to bat, as Rory Burns and Joe Denly led the recovery after the loss of Dom Sibley only 10 balls into the innings. It looked like a good toss to lose, with overcast skies offering assistance for seamers but the pitch seemingly slowish underneath a firmer top.Jason Holder said he was “not too disheartened” to be bowling first and asked for “discipline” from his bowlers, after opting to pick an extra batsman in Jermaine Blackwood and fielding four frontline quicks including himself.So, 117 days after the last ball in international cricket – a Pat Cummins bouncer which Trent Boult slashed at to offer a steepling return catch in Sydney – Burns defended Kemar Roach into the off side to get proceedings underway, but in all the teams managed just 82 minutes of action.The delayed start offered a chance for Sky – whose £1.1 billion, five-year broadcast deal had given the ECB such an imperative to get this series on – to show off all the new toys in their coverage. Those included a new Big Brother-style diary room for mid-match player interactions and the robot that filled in for a presenter at the toss, but the build-up was primarily dominated by more important issues.Michael Holding and Ebony Rainford-Brent spoke candidly and openly about their experiences of racism, and players and staff from both teams took a knee before Kemar Roach’s first ball, as a sign of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. England wore the names of key workers on their training shirts, and observed a minute’s silence to remember both those who died during the pandemic and the late Sir Everton Weekes.If there were any concerns that the unprecedented circumstances might in some way distract players from the task at hand, West Indies’ opening bowlers made sure that England’s top order were unable to lose focus. Roach started immaculately, finding hints of movement, while in his first over Shannon Gabriel jagged a length ball in off the seam which Sibley ill-advisedly left alone, turning round to see his off stump pegged back.Gabriel’s opening burst was slightly wayward at times, but despite his status as a late addition to the squad after being asked to prove he had overcome his ankle injury, he regularly hit 90mph/145kph and found late movement as the ball passed the bat.He nearly accounted for Denly in his fifth over, who edged him with hard hands through the vacant fourth-slip reason for four, while Roach nagged away from the Hotel End, landing the ball on a sixpence in the off-stump channel.Burns and Denly found scoring slightly easier against Alzarri Joseph – included ahead of Rahkeem Cornwall as West Indies decided to back Roston Chase as their only main spin option – before bad light intervened around teatime. A combination of drizzle and dark cloud kept the teams off the pitch until the umpires eventually decided they had seen enough just before 18.15hrs.The main talking point overnight had been Stuart Broad’s omission from the England team, which Ben Stokes admitted had been “a very tough decision” as he opted to partner Mark Wood with Jofra Archer for the first time in Test cricket.Broad and Chris Woakes, the other man to miss out from England’s 13-man squad, “took it like champions” according to Stokes, presumably in the knowledge that an opportunity would arise later in the series. James Anderson described England’s schedule – which features six Tests in the space of seven weeks – as “gruelling”, and rotation will be an inevitable feature of the summer.There was almost a breach of social-distancing protocols as soon as the coin had landed at the toss when Stokes’ attempted fist bump was met by Holder’s handshake, but with so little time in the middle it was hard to draw any conclusions about the new normal.The broadcasters pumped in a low-level hum of crowd noise, which was conspicuous only when it failed to turn into a ripple of polite applause after each boundary, but the ICC’s ban on the use of saliva may only be noticed when the ball gets older.SCOREBOARD ENGLAND 1st InningsR Burns not out 20D Sibley b Gabriel 0J Denley not out 14Extras (nb1) 1TOTAL (wkt 1, 17.4 overs) 35Fall of wicket: 1-0 (Sibley).To bat: Z Crawley, O Pope, *B Stokes, +J Buttler, J Anderson, J Archer, D Bess, M Wood.Bowling: Roach 6-4-2-0, Gabriel 5-1-19-1, Joseph 3.4-1-11-0, Holder 3-1-3-0.WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel.UMPIRES: Richard Kettleborough, Richard Illingworth; TV – Michael Gough.last_img read more

Garage Sales for this weekend…

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for June 19, 2015. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting!Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (14) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down JODI WALTRIP · 269 weeks ago HUGE MULTI FAMILY YARD SALE- FRIDAY JUNE 19TH 9-6 AND SATURDAY JUNE 20TH FROM 8-NOON 905 NORTH JEFFERSON WELLINGTON LOTS OF MISC. ITEMS Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Concerned citizen · 269 weeks ago 4 wooden oak chairs for a total of $20 317 East 15th Call first 620-399-3059 Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Amy · 269 weeks ago Garage sale Saturday, June 20 from 8:00-?. Furniture, dishes, lawn mowers, bedding, Christmas decor, tools, etc… Much, much more! 1223 N. B. Sale will be inside the house. Make offers. Everything must go. Report Reply 1 reply · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Jim Bales · 269 weeks ago YARD SALE Saturday, June 20th 8:00-12:00 604 E Mill Street – Wellington Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down David Carroll · 269 weeks ago CARPORT SALE Saturday June 20th 8:00 to ? 1502 N. Blaine Lots of fishing equipment, tools, dishes and lots of misc. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Terri Campbell · 269 weeks ago Friday, June 19, 4-7 pm and Saturday, June 20, 8-12. 119 West 13th. Garage/estate Sale. Home decor, tools, outdoor furniture, Christmas, dishes, antique glassware, etc…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Brian · 269 weeks ago Yard Sale 1203 E 10th Street Fri. 5:00-7:00 6/19 Sat. 8:00-11:00 6/20 Lots of misc. Some hunting and fishing stuff Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Dwyer/Defore · 269 weeks ago 901 S. Blaine Saturday 7 – 11 a.m. Name brand teen girl clothes size 0 – 5 (jeans, dress clothes, coats, etc.), nice golf polos, prom dress, shoes, boots, lamps, b&w printer, nintendo ds with games, digital camera, fishing poles, home decor, seasonal items, George Foreman grill with waffle iron, books, bird cage and so much more! Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Mike Glick · 269 weeks ago Garage sale. 610 N Washington, oak and walnut boards, planed two sides, rough edges. Walnut 1×6’s 75 to 100 inches long, Oak: 1×4’s, 1×6’s, 1×8’s, 1×10, 1×12. Garage will be open 8:00 AM. To 12:00 Sat June 20 or call 620-326-3163 to view. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Melissa · 268 weeks ago Multi family garage sale 114 north Plum. Lots of misc. hide a bed couch, large desk with hutch, clothes all sizes, and some baby stuff. Report Reply 0 replies · active 268 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more