Nominations for Sports Fed annual awards

first_imgClub of the YearKickboxingJudoBasketballCyclingWomen’s Lightwieght RowingFencingTeam of the YearWomen’s Hockey BluesRugby LeagueWomen’s Netball BluesSportswoman of the YearFrances Smithson(athletics, multieventer)Martine Bomb(athletics, sprinter)Hannah Bowe(hockey)Beth Wild(hockey, cricket)Rachel Hughes(cycling, triathlon)Rebecca Bayliss(judo)Justine Aw(fencing)Sportsman of the YearDave McGaw (cycling)Richard Hildick-Smith (swimming, modern pentathlon)Matthew Dodwell (fencing)last_img

Franklin County Auditor transforms to better comply

first_imgBy Nyttend [Public domain], from Wikimedia CommonsBrookville, In. — A report from the Franklin County Observer says new Franklin County Auditor has made changes to help the county comply with state regulations.Since January 2017, Bauman has been presenting claims for payment of social security and other withholding from employees’ paychecks. She explained the procedure should have been in place for the last 20-years. Bauman has also implemented new procedures and forms to track county-owned capital assets. However, commissioners tabled action on the issue because of pending changes to the depreciation schedules.In an unrelated issue, Bauman is working commissioners to properly define the difference between an improvement, renovation and repair and how to correctly determine the value of government buildings.Bauman was named auditor after embattled incumbent, Stephen Brack was arrested for felony theft charges.last_img read more

England one-day tour of the Caribbean offers chance to build winning momentum for the summer

first_imgON the surface England’s One-day tour of the Caribbean might seem like a strange quirk of the Future Tours Programme, an insignificant three-match series against an under-strength West Indies that have little value other than offering the players easy opposition and some winter sun.Yet with just eight matches between now and the start of the Champions Trophy in June, the next fortnight offers England a chance to get into the winning habit ahead of a tournament that in itself is seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2019 World Cup, which is also being played on home soil.Despite the rapid transformation in England’s development in white-ball cricket since the last World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, these players are yet to find tangible reward in the form of silverware.Last year’s World T20 in India should have been won. Instead, four successive sixes from Carlos Brathwaite in the last over of the tournament bowled by Ben Stokes robbed England of the title.Brathwaite is the only member of that victorious West Indies side in Kolkata who will face England in this upcoming series. A mixture of political wrangling and odd selection means, among others, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy and Sulieman Benn will all be missing.However, England know regardless of the opposition – and West Indies’ fall from grace in 50-over cricket is underlined by their failure to even qualify for the Champions Trophy – they have a chance to build a winning momentum ahead of the summer.Inconsistency is this team’s biggest enemy. Big scores have been their hallmark since the renaissance that started in the summer of 2015.But despite hitting an ODI world-record 444 for three against Pakistan last August, the weakness in their bowling attack was exposed in India last month when, despite posting two 350-plus scores, they still lost the series 2-1.The time for promise is over. Between now and the start of June results are all that matter – starting in the first ODI against West Indies in Antigua next Friday.Jos Buttler, speaking ahead of the opening warm-up match of this tour in St Kitts today, said: “Yes, it’s about results, we’re in the results business, we want to win games of cricket.“We want to keep building the way we’re playing. We’ve been together as a group for quite a while now and results are what we’re really after.“We don’t want to hide behind ‘we’re trying to play a brand of cricket and results don’t matter’ because looking forward to the summer there’s the Champions Trophy that we really want to win. So results are key now but the results will come by staying true to the fashion we are trying to force ourselves to play.“We’ve talked a lot about having a very talented group but everyone’s got a few games under his belt now and has been around international cricket for a while. We played well last summer at home and the summer before that, so we like playing at home and we’ll be confident and are looking forward to the Champions Trophy.“The side’s really matured and it’s an exciting time.”England confirmed on Thursday that Alex Hales is expected to join up with the squad in Antigua next week after recovering from the broken bone in his right hand which he sustained during the India series last month.Whether Hales is fit enough to play in the first ODI against West Indies is a moot point. The man who scored an England-record 171 against Pakistan in that Trent Bridge run-fest last summer might not even get in the team if Sam Billings, the man expected to open in the two warm-up matches here, scores runs.It’s a sign of England’s strength in depth and one that illustrates why Jonny Bairstow, another not guaranteed of his place in the 50-over side, believes this group of players can win not only the Champions Trophy but also the World Cup in two years’ time.“This tour is an opportunity to carry on building to the Champions Trophy,” said Bairstow.“We’ve played some very good one-day cricket over the last 18 months. Yes, the conditions will be different in England, but you can’t change a winning mindset and getting back onto that winning path starts this weekend with the warm-up games.“You look at our scoring rates over the last 18 months – we’re number one in the world.“We know if we put the performances together like we’ve been doing 80-90 per cent of the time there’s no reason why we can’t go and win the Champions Trophy and a World Cup because the group of players we’ve got, I firmly believe, is special.”How special this England one-day side can eventually be will become clearer in the coming weeks, months and years.last_img read more

Holder and Dowrich hundreds put Windies on course for series win

first_imgZIMBABWE 1st innings 326West Indies 1st innings(overnight 374 for seven)K Brathwaite c Masakadza b Cremer 32K Powell c Ervine b Mpofu 90D Bishoo c & b Sikandar Raza 23K Hope lbw b Sikandar Raza 1S Hope b Sikandar Raza 40R Chase lbw b Sikandar Raza 32J Blackwood c Cremer b Sikandar Raza 5+S Dowrich lbw b Chisoro 103*J Holder b Chisoro 110K Roach lbw b Chisoro 0S Gabriel not out 5Extras (b3, lb3, nb1) 7TOTAL (all out, 178.2 overs) 448Fall of wickets: 1-76 , 2-131, 3-135, 4-163, 5-219, 6-225, 7-230, 8-442, 9-443, 10-448.Bowling: Mpofu 28-10-55-1, Mire 5-2-5-0, Cremer 52-8-161-1, Raza 48-12-99-5, Chisoro 41.2-9-113-3, Masakadza 4-1-9-0.ZIMBABWE 2nd inningsH Masakadza b Roach 5S Mire lbw b Roach 0C Ervine b Bishoo 22B Taylor lbw Gabriel 10P Moor not out 39S Raza not out 58Extras (b1, lb5) 6TOTAL (4 wkts, 67 overs) 140Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-8, 3-23, 4-46.Bowling: Gabriel 13-6-16-1, Roach 12-7-14-2, Brathwaite 9-1-19-0, Holder 12-2-29-0, Bishoo 13-3-38-1, Chase 2-0-7-0, Blackwood 6-3-11-0. CENTURIES from Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder put West Indies on course for a series win before Sikandar Raza continued his outstanding Test with an unbeaten half-century to give Zimbabwe slight hope on day four.Wicketkeeper batsman Dowrich (103) scored a maiden Test hundred and captain Holder (110) his second in a stand of 212 for the eighth wicket as the Windies were all out for 448 in reply to 326 in Bulawayo.Not since 1908 had both a number eight and nine scored a century in the longest format before the Barbadian duo reached three figures on Wednesday and Zimbabwe were reduced to 46-4 in their second innings, Kemar Roach taking two early wickets.Raza made 80 in the first innings before claiming a maiden five-wicket Test haul, and the all-rounder was 58 not out at stumps in an unbroken stand of 94 with Peter Moor (39) to hold up the Windies, giving Zimbabwe a slender lead of 18 heading into the final day of the two-match series.Shane DowrichDowrich and Holder got the Windies out of the mire on day three after coming together at 230-7 and wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva spurned an early chance to end a frustrating stand when he put Holder down off Graeme Cremer on 78 early on the penultimate day.The skipper capitalised by ending a two-and-a-half year wait for a Test hundred, raising his bat after driving Tendai Chisoro to the boundary, and Dowrich reached three figures for the first time at Test level in style by dispatching Cremer for six over long-off.Chisoro (3-113) finally got the breakthrough when Dowrich was given out leg before and bowled Holder around his legs before removing Roach to end the innings.Zimbabwe were in deep trouble on 8-2 at lunch after paceman Roach (2-14) struck in his first three overs, bowling Hamilton Masakadza when the first-innings centurion offered no shot to one that darted back in and snaring Solomon Mire leg before without scoring.Shannon Gabriel got in on the act by trapping Brendan Taylor in front and Devendra Bishoo cleaned up Craig Ervine in his first over to leave Zimbabwe four down, but Raza and Moor edged Zimbabwe into a slender lead with a much-needed show of defiance.(Omnisport)last_img read more