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GCB conducts successful beginners umpiring seminar

Seated from right are course facilitators Nandkumar Shivsankar, Shannon Crawford and Ashook Brijcoomar with the participants of the seminar

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he Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) on Wednesday hosted a successful beginners umpiring seminar at the National Sports Resource Centre on Woolford Avenue. The seminar focused on the fundamentals of becoming an umpire and the preambles and Laws 30-39 which cover dismissals. Sixteen aspiring umpires attended the seminar, which was conducted by experienced umpires, Shannon

Crawford, Nandkumar Shivsankar and Ashook Brijcoomar. In an invited comment, Crawford stated that the objective of the session was achieved, adding that he is impressed with the level of interest shown by persons who attended the seminar. “The demands of umpiring at the higher level is [sic] challenging, so sessions like these are important”, Crawford concluded. Shivsankar indicated

that the attitude and mental preparation of the umpires are important and will take them through their careers, adding that he was satisfied with the attendance. According to Territorial Development Officer of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), Colin Stuart, the local governing body has aligned itself with the mandate set out by the West Indies Cricket Board to develop the human resources in the various territories.

Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers, IPL 2014

Five defeats in five for Mumbai Indians

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unrisers Hyderabad gritted their teeth nearly 10 overs without a boundary. David Warner was muzzled so profoundly that he was striking under 100 as late as the 15th over. But then he woke up. He used the slow start as a foundation and collected a half-century that proved the difference. But his patience might have been a mere footnote had Irfan Pathan not delivered a brilliant final over. He had 20 to defend and the first ball sneaked through Kieron Pollard’s defences and seeing the back of a man who hit 78 off 47 balls is usually enough to seal the game, and it was. Pathan gave away only four runs. Mumbai Indians were flummoxed by the pace and swing of Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The asking rate rose north of 10 in the fifth over and at 31 for 3, recovery seemed a remote possibility. Only no one had bothered to cue Pollard in. After a jittery start, he remembered his penchant for brutality. Amit Mishra, a far cry from the one that turned up for India in the World T20, was razed for 27 in the 17th over. Rohit Sharma, who was confident today was the game Mumbai would pull off their much-needed turnaround, began contemplating an improbable victory. But much to the birthday boy’s chagrin, his side just ran out of juice. Sunrisers were conscious of their batsmen needing to provide better cover to their bowlers, and opted for Naman Ojha

and Irfan to add depth. Ojha smashed the final two balls of the innings for fours and Irfan shouldered the burden of bowling the 16th and the 20th overs with consummate proficiency. Slower balls, yorkers and a refusal to hand width highlighted his two-over spell which ensured Steyn’s fearsome bursts and Bhuvneshwar’s control were not in vain. In between though, Mishra braced against a clobbering at the hands of Pollard. The 13th over was biffed for 19 runs and signalled the first challenge from Mumbai. A daunting 87 off 42 was being chipped away.

It didn’t seem to matter whether Mishra gave the ball air or fired it in, Pollard revved up and mauled five of his six sixes off the legspinner, who ended with 0 for 54. At the other end, Ambati Rayudu ensured he wasn’t lost in the slipstream during a 77-run stand for the fourth wicket. The equation was diluted to 31 off the final three overs, but that was when Sunrisers dug deep. Steyn, as ever, delivered when it mattered, ceding only four runs in the 18th, and Bhuvneshwar just seven in the next, to put Sunrisers ahead going into Irfan’s final over. (ESPNcricinfo)

SCOREBOARD Hyderabad T20 innings (20 overs maximum) AJ Finch c Dunk b Khan 16 S Dhawan* c Harbhajan Singh b Khan 6 KL Rahul c †Gautam b Malinga 46 DA Warner c †Gautam b Anderson 65 DJG Sammy c Pollard b Anderson 10 NV Ojha† not out 10 IK Pathan not out 1 Extras: (lb 5, w 12, nb 1) 18 Total: (5 wickets; 20 overs) 172 Did not bat: KV Sharma, DW Steyn, A Mishra, B Kumar Fall of wickets 1-21 (Dhawan, 2.4 ov), 2-38 (Finch, 4.6 ov), 3-149 (Warner, 18.2 ov), 4-161 (Sammy, 18.6 ov), 5-162 (Rahul, 19.2 ov) Bowling: Z Khan 4-0-26-2, SL Malinga 4-0-28-1, PP Ojha 3-0-43-0, Harbhajan Singh 4-0-16-0, KA Pollard 4-0-360, CJ Anderson 1-0-18-2

Mumbai T20 innings (target: 173 runs from 20 overs) BR Dunk b Sammy 20 RG Sharma* b Kumar 1 CJ Anderson c †Ojha b Steyn 1 AT Rayudu c Warner b Pathan 35 KA Pollard b Pathan 78 AP Tare c †Ojha b Steyn 7 Harbhajan Singh c Dhawan b Kumar 1 CM Gautam† not out 4 Z Khan not out 1 Extras: (b 2, lb 1, w 6) 9 Total: (7 wickets; 20 overs) 157 Did not bat: PP Ojha, SL Malinga Fall of wickets 1-6 (Sharma, 1.2 ov), 2-8 (Anderson, 2.4 ov), 3-31 (Dunk, 5.5 ov), 4-108 (Rayudu, 15.2 ov), 5-146 (Tare, 17.4 ov), 6-149 (Harbhajan Singh, 18.4 ov), 7-153 (Pollard, 19.1 ov) Bowling: DW Steyn 4-020-2, B Kumar 4-0-17-2, KV Sharma 4-0-33-0, DJG Sammy 2-0-20-1, A Mishra 4-0-540, IK Pathan 2-0-10-2

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