|| Red Line (2007) ||
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Director: Andy Cheng
Star Cast: Nathan Phillips, Nadia Bjorlin, Angus Macfadyen.
Ravi Bopara has described Bob Willis’ accusations of ball-tampering by England during the Champions Trophy as “annoying, sad and depressing”.
Willis, the former England captain, claimed England had been scratching the ball to promote reverse-swing during their defeat to Sri Lanka at The Oval. The England coach, Ashley Giles, issued a firm denial at the time and now Bopara has also rubbished the allegation.
“We were doing well in that tournament and I felt it was unacceptable to make that sort of noise,” Bopara told the London Evening Standard. “It was annoying, sad and depressing, especially in the middle of a global competition.
“When England are doing well, why does something negative have to come from it? Why not just get on the wave with England and enjoy it?”
Willis, as a pundit on Sky Sports, claimed that an unnamed England player was scratching the ball after it was changed during the group match defeat to Sri Lanka at The Oval – officially because it had gone out of shape. Willis said umpire Aleem Dar was “on England’s case” after Dar and his colleague Billy Bowden had initiated a ball change that England appeared unhappy with.
Bopara was often responsible for looking after the condition of the ball, so an allegation of tampering could be regarded as a personal slight. But the ICC saw no reason in the umpire’s report of the match for any investigation.
England found great success with reverse swing during their victory over Australia at Edgbaston – which George Bailey said he had been “very surprised” at – but struggled without any reverse movement against Sri Lanka. It was conventional swing that aided them in victories over New Zealand at Cardiff and in the semi-final against South Africa.
“We’ve learned over the last 12-18 months that we need to look after the white ball as well as we do the red ball,” Bopara said. “We discussed as a team how we were going to shine it. You have to look after them to make them ‘talk’.
“You want that seam to be standing up as long as possible; you want one side to be very smooth, which helps with lateral movement. If you can make the red ball swing, you should be able to do the same with the white one.”
Four wickets in nine balls for Jack Brooks were to no avail for Yorkshire as they lost their opening Friends Life t20 match with Derbyshire by two wickets with three balls to spare.
Having been restricted to 119 for 8 after losing the toss at Headingley, Yorkshire seemed to have pulled the game their way as Derbyshire slumped to 70 for 7 inside 13 overs after being 56 for 1. But Jon Clare, partnered by Tim Groenewald, slammed an unbeaten 35 from 29 balls in a ninth-wicket stand of 28 to see the visitors home in front of 3,700.
Chesney Hughes and Wes Durston gave Derbyshire just the start they needed with an opening stand of 40 in seven overs, Hughes blasting Brooks for two fours and a six off the second over of the innings. But Richard Pyrah, who began with a maiden, then had Durston well caught by Azeem Rafiq at gully and Shivnarine Chanderpaul held by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow attempting to cut.
Yet it was the return of Brooks that did the real damage by grabbing two wickets in each of two consecutive overs to return career-best figures in the competition of 4 for 21.
Hughes chopped into his stumps and Wayne Madsen edged a catch to Bairstow before Dan Redfern slashed and was brilliantly caught above his head at gully by Rafiq and Tom Poynton holed out to Dan Hodgson on the midwicket boundary. It got even better for Yorkshire as Rafiq’s first ball was driven by Albie Morkel low to Adam Lyth at long-on and the offspinner later trapped David Wainwright lbw.
But Clare had already thumped Rafiq over long-off for six and two fours in the 18th over from Liam Plunkett added further impetus to the Derbyshire fightback, which was nearing completion when 12 came off the penultimate over.
Apart from Gary Ballance, who scored 44 from 45 balls with three fours and a six, Yorkshire’s innings never really got into gear and the highest partnership they could muster was only 28 for the sixth wicket between Ballance and Pyrah.
Hodgson had threatened to break loose by smacking Groenewald for two fours and a six off four deliveries but he was run out for 17 when Bairstow, in what will be his only Twenty20 appearance for his county this season, played his second ball to point and sent back his partner who could not beat Redfern’s direct hit.
What threatened to be a terrible Lancashire debut for New Zealander Mitchell McClenaghan turned into a triumph as the Red Rose clinched a nine-run win in their opening Friends Life t20 match against Durham at Chester-le-Street.
McClenaghan began with a wide and conceded 21 in two overs as Durham raced to 53 without loss in the sixth over in reply to 165 for 3. Then both openers fell in successive balls and the momentum vanished. But Ben Stokes picked it up again and when McClenaghan returned he drove the first ball over long-on for six.
At that point Durham needed 41 off 23 balls but McClenaghan derailed them by picking up three wickets, including that of Stokes after he made 34 off 26 balls, and Durham finished on 156 for 8.
After rain had fallen until mid-afternoon, Lancashire were put in and opener Stephen Moore overcame a scratchy start to make 75 off 58 balls. He was run out with two balls left when Simon Katich declined a second run to long-off but the Australian had also played a big part, hitting three leg-side sixes in his unbeaten 43 off 25 balls.
Durham included two young spinners in Ryan Pringle, the only bowler to take a wicket as he picked up 2 for 24, and 20-year-old left-armer Max Morley, making his senior debut. The latter’s first two overs cost only 13 but then Katich got after him and he finished with none for 41.
Excellent death bowling by Stokes and Chris Rushworth restricted Lancashire to 13 off the last two overs and they did not look to have enough as Mark Stoneman and Phil Mustard launched the reply.
But Mustard then played the ball square on the off side and declined the run, only for Stoneman to fail to get back as Steven Croft hit the stumps. Mustard tried to turn Glen Chapple’s next ball to leg and gloved it to wicketkeeper Gareth Cross.
Paul Collingwood spent 22 balls making 19 before falling lbw when trying to pull left-arm spinner Stephen Parry.
Durham needed 72 off the last six overs and Stokes kept them on target, hitting three sixes. But his departure left the rest with too much to do as McClenaghan finished with three for 35.