An unbroken ninth-wicket partnership of 39 secured a draw for Oxford UCCE on day three of their game against Surrey. Chasing 350 to win in two sessions the side (made up of students from both Oxford and Brookes) lost four wickets for nine middle order wickets, collapsing from 106/4 to 115/8 before captain Paul McMahon, alongside fellow tailender Suman, resisted Surrey’s efforts to wrap the game up. Day One had begun with Surrey, losing the early wicket of Jonathan Batty for 10. Scott Newman, however, hit the ball to all corners in a 141-run second-wicket partnership with Mark Ramprakash, eventually succumbing on 100 when he was bowled. Ramprakash then kicked on himself and scored 113 before retiring hurt, forming another good partnership with James Benning, who scored 128. The county outfit, declared on 452-5 on day two. The Oxford reply began badly and Surrey held the upper hand at 66-4. The response from Omar Anwar and Knappett was excellent and their partnership of 108 for the fifth wicket was possibly the most significant factor in avoiding the follow- on. Newman could not repeat his first innings heroics for Surrey as he went for 15 but after a tough and niggly 16 overs, the scoreboard at the close of play on day two showed Surrey at 62/1, with Adam Hollioake and Batty both 22 not out. Surrey’s second declaration of the contest finished the innings at 164- 5, Shahid was standing on 44 at the time, with Tudor’s quickfire 18 also unbroken. An opening partnership of 40 was followed by less steady batting in the final innings and Surrey seamer James Ormond’s 3-34, left the Oxford side staring defeat full in the face. However, McMahon and Suman dug in before the match was left with five overs remaining as the umpires gave the batsmen the gift of a bad light decision soon after they had passed the 150 mark. In a one-day match in nougth week, the UCCE were comprehensively beaten by Somerset’s second string side, who made the required 198 in 22 overs without losing a wicket. Two wins were also recorded – firstly, Northamptonshire seconds were dispatched by 51 runs after a superb bowling display, particularly by Hutton and McMahon with three wickets each, saw their last nine wickets fall for just 48. Oxford had made just 175/8 in their fifty overs but their opponents struggled and were witness to a total of 124 all out. The next victims, the CCM Academy, recorded precisely the same score, taking an extra 4.3 overs to get it, chasing a formidable 276-4 posted by Oxford. Yet on Monday, the encouraging signs were tempered as the UCCE were outplayed by Warwickshire’s second eleven at The Parks. They drastically slumped to a mere 147 all out. Such a target was never going to pose a problem for a Warwickshire side containing numerous winners of both first-class and one day competitions, and so it proved. Warwickshire sealed a more than comfortable win with over ten overs still to be bowled. The highlight for the UCCE second string, their game against Cambridge UCCE, ended in frustration and heartache. A closely-fought battle throughout, the result came down to the very last over but, with just two balls – and two wickets – standing between Oxford and victory, the Tabs found the winning runs.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004
Some beautiful ladies from Holland have thrown the gauntlet to their male counterparts by annexing the lingerie World Cup.The Lingerie World Cup was hosted in Holland over the weekend, was rightly won by the host nation.Women from Brazil, Russia, Spain, Algeria, Germany, Italy South Korea and Holland competed in the tournament, which saw ladies take part in the 4-a-side football tournament.
(Washington, DC) — While our nation is focused on the coronavirus, Florida’s senators are also looking ahead to another threat, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season which is supposed to be especially active. If you’ve ever spent time in a crowded hurricane shelter, you know how difficult it could be to stay six feet away from others. Republicans Rick Scott and Marco Rubio sent a letter yesterday to FEMA about the upcoming hurricane season asking some key questions. Scott and Rubio asked FEMA for guidance on how communities should handle operating shelters while social distancing guidelines are in place.Letter excert: “To ensure our communities are properly prepared, we urge FEMA to issue guidance to state and local governments, tribes and territories regarding hurricane preparedness and response that addresses Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and procedures in the wake of the Coronavirus. In addition, we ask that you take into account how to properly evacuate and shelter those who either have, or are suspected to have, the Coronavirus in the event of a storm. Consistent and sound guidance will be crucial to saving lives during a natural disaster.”Read full letter here. Hurricane season starts June 1st, and Scott and Rubio say hurricane plans need to be in place as soon as possible.