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Rashid to pick up 16 Indian wickets?

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ADIL RASHID TO PICK UP 16 WICKETS IN INDIA TEST SERIES?

Adil Rashid will take 16 wickets on his return to Test cricket against India, according to spread betting firm Sporting Index – though India’s spinners will take 25 scalps, compared to 20 from English spinners throughout the series.

Rashid, who was a controversial pick by selector Ed Smith, has been named in the starting XI at Edgbaston for his first Test in two years, and his first first-class game in 11 months. While his red ball skills may be rusty, traders at Sporting Index are backing the Yorkshireman to pick up 16 wickets across the five match series.

It looked a long way back to Test cricket for Rashid since his last match in 2016, with Moeen Ali, Liam Dawson, Mason Crane, Jack Leach and Dominic Bess all getting the nod as England’s spinners – before a dramatic recall for Rashid ahead of the India series.

The 30-year-old leg-spinner has taken 38 wickets in 10 Tests for England, including 23 in five matches against India in 2016/17.

Sporting Index traders are backing the tourists to come out on top in the spin stakes, however, with Indian spinners predicted to take 25 wickets across the series, compared to 20 for England.

With Ravi Jadeja and R Ashwin sitting in the top five of the ICC Test bowling rankings, and talented youngster Kuldeep Yadav waiting in the wings too, traders at the spread betting firm think they can beat the likes of Rashid and Ali in the battle for spin supremacy.

Ed Fulton, trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “England have turned to Adil Rashid as they hope spin can win it against India – and we’re backing the leggie to take 16 scalps on his return to Test cricket.

 “Rashid’s recall has certainly ruffled a few feathers, and with pitches likely to be conducive to turn, he could ruffle a few Indian batsmen too.

 “We think India’s spinners will come out on top, however – though are backing a 3-1 England series victory in what looks set to be an enthralling encounter.”

Jimmy Anderson swaps the wicket for the oche

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#JIMMYDOESDARTS AS THOMAS COOK SPORT AND ANDERSON STEP UP TO THE OCHE TO TAKE ON A SUPPORTER IN A CLASSIC NINE-DART CHALLENGE

In his first challenge as a Thomas Cook Sport ambassador, the #JimmyDoes campaign took the cricket star out of his comfort zone as he went head-to-head in a nine-dart challenge against one lucky supporter during the PDC’s visit to Manchester earlier this month.

With current PDC professional, Stephen Bunting, on hand to offer tips and training ahead of the sporting showdown, record-breaking bowler Jimmy switched the wicket and a ball temporarily for darts and a board and took on winning fan, Chris Ford, at a nine-dart challenge.

Taking place across Thomas Cook Sport’s social media channels, the first #JimmyDoes voting campaign pitted the LTA vs the PDC, with darts coming out on top with 69% of the vote. With one voter getting the opportunity to take Jimmy on at the winning sport, Chris stepped up to the Oche for a one-on-one showdown. By close of play, it was the England cricket star who walked away with a 262 – 211 victory.

Jimmy Anderson, Thomas Cook Sport brand ambassador, commented: “It feels good to have the opening #JimmyDoes challenge and first victory under my belt! It was great to get some tips and hints from Stephen, he certainly helped take my game to the next level ahead of my match with Chris.

“Keep an eye on Thomas Cook Sports’ social channels for the next #JimmyDoes vote and you could be taking me on during my next sporting challenge!”

Check out the first #JimmyDoes video here: #JIMMYDOESDARTS

For more information on packages with Thomas Cook Sport, please visit https://www.thomascooksport.com or call  01733 224 834.

Walking out in front of a full Wembley stadium

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WORLD CUP STARS HONOURED AT WEMBLEY DURING NFL LONDON GAME

London, 24th September – Two months after their heroic victory against India in the final of the Women’s World Cup, seven members of the England Cricket team were presented to a packed Wembley crowd during the first of the NFL London Games between Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars. The team received a standing ovation as Wembley rose to celebrate the World Cup victors.

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Katherine Brunt, England’s prolific fast bowler, was interviewed pitch side by Sam Quek, Olympic Gold medallist. Katherine said, “This is my first live NFL game – it is a privilege to go on the pitch in front of a packed Wembley Stadium.”

When asked if her bowling skills would make her a good quarterback, Katherine said: “I can’t quite the spin the ball but I would love a run-out at running back!”

Anya Shrubsole, England fast bowler and avid New York Jets fan, said “This is an incredible experience. I’ve been to one pre-season game in New York before, but the atmosphere here is much better. I’m looking forward to the rest of the game and seeing some touchdowns!”

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Tammy Beaumont, England opening bat and Player of the Tournament, said: “Walking out in front of a full Wembley stadium and hearing so many people cheering our names is a great feeling and an experience I will never forget.”

Gracing the field was Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt, Tammy Beaumont, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson and Beth Langston.

Is Cricket a sport?

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CRICKET IS STILL SEEN AS A MAN’S GAME, SURVEY FINDS

London – Cricket is still seen by the British public as a predominantly male sport, new research from Plan International UK has found, with just 36 per cent believing it is equally suitable for both genders.

The game compares poorly with other major sports, including football, which 41 per cent believe to be gender equal and tennis which, with 87 per cent seeing it as equally suitable, is the UK’s most gender neutral sport.

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The survey, in which 2003 adults were polled by Opinium ahead of Wimbledon, asked the public whether they thought a selection of sports were suitable for both men and women. Tennis ranked significantly higher than any other sport mentioned, with cricket, rugby and netball showing the greatest disparities.

Of those polled, just two per cent felt cricket was more suitable for women, while 62 per cent thought it was more suitable for men.

Tanya Barron, Plan International UK’s chief executive, said “Whilst it is refreshing to hear that the vast majority of the British public understands that, regardless of gender, tennis is a game for everyone, these findings also highlight the assumptions and stigmas around women and sport which still persist, even in 2017.

“We know that these stereotypes drive significantly lower sports participation amongst girls than their male counterparts”.

“As a nation we must continue to counter these assumptions, to continue to raise the profile of women in sport and to champion female athletes of all ages and backgrounds. We know that sport can in fact be a hugely powerful tool for promoting positive body image, confidence and better relationships between boys and girls”.

In terms of other major sports, the polling also found that:

· Just a quarter (26 per cent) of the British public believe rugby is equally suitable for men and women

· 28 per cent of the British public believe netball is suitable for both men and women

· 41 per cent of the British public believe football is suitable for both men and women

· 51 per cent of the British public believe dance is equally suitable for men and women, with just 2 per cent who consider it more suitable for men.

Plan International UK uses sport in its projects around the world to promote gender equality and better relationships between boys and girls. Its Champions of Change projects, for example, harnesses the power and popularity of football to teach children about respect, tolerance in countries where gangs, guns and domestic violence diminish the life chances of girls and boys as they grow up.

Cricket in The City – charity event

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Date: Thursday 8 September 2016
Time: 12pm – 6.30pm matches, followed by a reception
Location: The Honourable Artillery Company in Moorgate, London, EC1Y 2BQ

A host of special guests will step up to the wicket this September to raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust, which supports families with seriously ill children being treated at specialist hospitals across the country.

All Out For Cricket in The City on Thursday 8 September promises an afternoon of top-class live cricket with six teams, each featuring a special guest including ex-England cricketers Mark Ramprakash and Matthew Hoggard, competing in a round-robin tournament. The event, taking place at the stunning Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) grounds in Moorgate, will conclude with a three-course dinner and a Q&A with the cricketing stars.

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This year, guests will enjoy an exciting new format, with the number of teams increasing from two to six, meaning even more action. With competitive matches, engaging commentary, drinks in the sunshine and a break for afternoon tea in the exclusive HAC setting, this is the perfect day out for cricket fans. Cricketing legends Mark Ramprakash, Matthew Hoggard and Min Patel will each captain a team, and will be supported by a celebrity star and six more players offered by a London company.Mark Ramprakash, who will be playing in the event for the fourth time, says: “My love for cricket only comes second to my love for my children. This charity is all about family and keeping families together in their time of need. I am delighted to be playing for The Sick Children’s Trust and I am sure it’ll be a wonderful day and raise lots of money for the cause.”

All proceeds will go to The Sick Children’s Trust, a charity which provides free, high-quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodation and supports over 4,000 families whose children are seriously ill in hospital every year. It costs £30 to support a family for one night in one of its ten ‘Homes from Home’ across the country, and the charity relies entirely on voluntary donations to cover this cost.

Matthew Hoggard, who has been on the winning side for the past two years, said: “This will be my third year at All Out For Cricket in The City, which always proves to be a great day out. I’m excited to get back onto the pitch to raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust, which offers invaluable support to so many families during the most difficult of times imaginable.”

The event last year was a huge success, raising over £65,000. For more information about the event or to buy tickets please call Hannah on 020 7283 4854 or email hannah@sickchildrenstrust.org.

Cricket – Women’s cricket enters an exciting new era

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Women’s cricket enters an exciting new era this weekend with the launch of the Kia Super League. Here’s everything you need to know… Who is competing? The ground-breaking T20 competition will feature six brand new teams.

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England women’s star players will line up alongside some of biggest names in international women’s cricket, including… ICC Women’s World T20 winning captain, West Indian Stafanie Taylor (Western Storm), Australia’s Ellyse Perry (Loughborough Lightning) and Wisden Cricketer of the Year, New Zealander, Suzie Bates (Southern Vipers).

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What’s the format?
Exciting T20 cricket in a round-robin tournament. Over 16 days the teams will contest 15 group matches with everyone bidding to qualify for finals day at the Essex County Ground, Chelmsford, on Sunday 21st August.

When does it all get underway?
On Saturday 30th July when Yorkshire Diamonds host Loughborough Lightning at Headingley.

How can I get involved?
Tickets are on sale now for all matches. Don’t miss your chance to see the best women’s cricketers in the world in action this summer.

ICC Women’s World Cup
This new format then leads us onto Lord’s, the home of cricket, who will host the showpiece final of the ICC Women’s World Cup on 23rd July 2017. Which can only be good for the women’s game.