Pacer Komal Zanzad shines but Heather Knight helps England XI win vs Board President’s XI

first_imgLeft-arm medium-pacer Komal Zanzad impressed with a three-wicket initial burst but Board President’s XI failed to defend their modest score of 154 and lost by two wickets against the visiting England XI in a practise game here on Monday.Komal who is yet to play for India but has taken an amazing 9 for 8 against Haryana in the domestic one-day tournament of the BCCI last season, rocked the visitors with her devastating spell of 3 for 9 in her first six overs at the Wankhede Stadium.England XI were gasping at 11 for 4 by the fifth over triggered by the triple strike by the Vidarbha captain before Heather Knight, with a steady, unbeaten 64 off 86 balls, lifted the team out of the rut and guided it past the finish line in the 38th over. England made 157 for 8.Apart from Komal, Reemalaxmi Ekka and spinner Tanuja Kanwer picked up two wickets apiece.Earlier, the local outfit lost wickets in clusters and were bowled out in 49 overs with lower order batswoman Minnu Mani emerging the top scorer with 28 in 57 balls that contained one of the two sixes struck in the innings.The practise game will be followed by three ICC Championship 50-over contests between England and India at this venue on February 22, 25 and 28.On winning the toss and batting first the home team got off to a reasonably good start of 27 runs at a good rate before losing two wickets in successive overs.The first to fall was the in-form Smriti Mandhana who started in aggressive fashion and struck four fours before she was caught behind off Anya Shrubsole, the wrecker-in-chief with four wickets to her credit, for 19 off 15 balls.advertisementOne-down S Meghana then departed for 1 in the fifth over to leave the Board Presidents XI 29 for 2.A brief revival was orchestrated by opener Priya Punia (15) and Harleen Deol (21) but the visitors struck three quick blows to send back both these players as well as Veda Krishnamurthy and half the side was back with 70 on the board.Bharti Fulmali (23) and wicket keeper R Kalpana, with a painstaking 10 in 33 balls, took the score past 100 before both were packed off in successive balls spread over different overs.The innings got a late boost by Minnu from Kerala, who hit a straight six in her knock before being last out.She also added 29 runs for the eighth wicket with Tanuja and then 14 more with last batswoman Reemalaxmi to take the tally past the 150 mark.Chasing the modest total, England were rocked by the loss of four quick wickets, three of those by Komal.Opener Tamsin Beaumont, captain-cum-keeper Sarah Taylor and Natalie Sciver were gobbled up by Komal in her first three overs with some pace and movement, while the wicket of the other opener Amy Jones was grabbed by Reemalaxmi.England’s innings got steadied by a stand of 49 by Heather, who looked at ease and also struck 9 fours, and Danielle Wyatt (22) before a rush of blood cost latter her wicket against spinner Tanuja.England later slid to 79 for seven before a 39-run stand between the set Heather and Shrubsole (23 with 5 fours) brought them back.Shrubsole was dismissed at 118 when the stand was assuming dangerous proportions.Heather then guided the visitors past the target in the company of Laura Winfield who remained unbeaten on 23.Brief scores: Board President’s XI 154 in 49 overs (Harleen Deol 21, Bharati Fulmali 23, Minnu Mani 28; Anya Shrubsole 4 for 30, Georgia Elwiss 2 for 20) lost to England XI 157 for 8 in 37.3 overs (Heather Knight 64 not out, Danielle Wyatt 22; Anya Shrubsole 23, Lauren Winfield not out 23; Komal Zanzad 3 for 14, Reemalaxmi Ekka 2 for 24, Tanuja Kanwer 2 for 34) by 2 wickets.Also Read | Dinesh Karthik vs Rishabh Pant for World Cup: MSK Prasad weighs in on debateAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar picks Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant in World Cup squadlast_img read more

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ExUS Navy Officers Face Criminal Charges over Collisions

first_imgzoom The commanding officers of two US Navy destroyers, which were involved in fatal collisions in 2017, could face courts-martial and military criminal charges, US Navy said in a statement.The charges are a part of the navy’s efforts to address the problems that led to the collisions of USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain with merchant vessels in the Pacific Ocean on June 17 and August 21, respectively, in which 17 sailors lost their lives.As a result, the US Navy dismissed several senior officers, including the commander of the US 7th Fleet. The officials have now informed that investigative hearings would be held to review evidence supporting possible criminal charges against the commanding officers and several lower-ranking officers who served on the two destroyers.The commanding officer and three other officers on the USS Fitzgerald are facing charges including dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel, and negligent homicide. Additionally, the commanding officer of USS John S. McCain faces charges include dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel, and negligent homicide. Also, one charge of dereliction of duty was preferred and is pending referral to a forum for a chief petty officer, the US Navy said.“The announcement of an Article 32 hearing and referral to a court-martial is not intended to and does not reflect a determination of guilt or innocence related to any offenses. All individuals alleged to have committed misconduct are entitled to a presumption of innocence,” the statement reads.Additional administrative actions are being conducted for members of both crews including non-judicial punishment for four Fitzgerald and four John S. McCain crewmembers.last_img read more

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Ontario Provincial Police say massive cocaine seizure is largest in its history

first_imgThe cocaine was hidden inside hollowed-out quartzite stones packed onto shipping containers coming from Argentina — the drugs were concealed so well that even police dogs couldn’t detect them.It was a tip from the public that ultimately led to the largest drug seizure in the Ontario Provincial Police’s history as the force carried out an investigation into an international cocaine smuggling ring with ties to Mexican cartels.Altogether the force said it seized 1,062 kilograms of cocaine during a months-long investigation that culminated in July, according OPP deputy commissioner Rick Barnum.“We’ve never seen anything like this,” Barnum said Monday at a news conference at OPP headquarters in Orillia, Ont., adding that tests revealed the cocaine tested 97 per cent pure and was destined for distribution across the country where it would be cut with other drugs to increase profits.The investigation — dubbed “Project Hope” — was conducted with the Canada Border Services Agency, Peel regional police and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, among other organizations.Barnum alleged those behind the operation — two Canadian citizens and one Costa Rican citizen who now face drug importation and drug trafficking charges — have been in business since 2014.The men allegedly set up a front selling stones, Barnum said.“I would say the business was definitely cocaine importation, there’s a lot more money in making that than there is in selling stones,” he said.The force showed off hundreds of bundles of cocaine on Monday, as well as some of the stones that had contained them.The stones would be cut open and cocaine, often bundled in one-kilogram packages, would be placed inside, police said. The stones would then be glued back together with cement, they said.The police investigation began with a tip in March, Barnum said, and “good information” later led to a traffic stop of a transport truck north of Toronto on May 1 that led to the seizure of about 40 kilograms of cocaine.Police then decided to test their dogs to see if their noses were up to snuff.“Our dogs never detected the cocaine sealed inside,” Barnum said.“It made it very, very difficult to detect, almost impossible, quite frankly, without the investigative phase of our work. It was detected through work from our intelligence operations in conjunction with Peel police, through good old police work following up leads through information we received.”Police found drug caches in warehouses in Brampton and Stoney Creek, Ont., Barnum said.The cocaine was transported in shipping containers from Argentina to Montreal, and then sent to Ontario, police allege.“Argentina is not really a source country or production country for cocaine,” Barnum said, adding that the South American country is a transportation link to countries such as Peru, Paraguay and Bolivia where cocaine is made.“I would say there are definitely connections to Mexico and Mexican cartels,” Barnum added.There are Mexican cartel operatives currently in Ontario, Barnum alleged, although he wasn’t sure how many.last_img read more

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