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Cricket: Hectic World Cup build-up for South Africa

South Africa will face 2015 Cricket World Cup opponents West Indies and Zimbabwe during an extensive build-up to the one-day international (ODI) tournament. The Proteas also play Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia in a schedule that could reach 24 matches, depending on results at a triangular Zimbabwe ODI event. With his team labelled 'chokers' after repeated failures to lift the World Cup, South Africa coach Russell Domingo believes the best chance of reversing the trend lies in extensive preparation.

Cricket: New Zealand beat West Indies by 58 runs in ODI match

New Zealand beat the West Indies by 58 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system after rain washed out play during the West Indies innings here Saturday. New Zealand made 285-6 in their 50 overs and the West Indies were 134-5 when rain stopped play after 33.4 overs. New Zealand lead the series 2-1 with the final match to be played in Hamilton next Wednesday. cf/mfc/pdh

Cricket: Rain stops play in fifth England-Australia ODI

Australia were 48 for one off 9.3 overs against England after winning the toss when rain stopped play in the day/night fifth and final one-day international at 2:41pm local time (1341GMT) at Southampton on Monday. Aaron Finch was 26 not out and Shane Watson 11 not out after England debutant Chris Jordan had Phil Hughes (two) caught at midwicket by Michael Carberry. The five-match series is level at 1-1 after Australia won the second one-dayer in Manchester by 88 runs and England the fourth in Cardiff by three wickets on Saturday.

Cricket: Rain holds up West Indies v Pakistan ODI

Rain has interrupted play in the first One-Day International at the Guyana National Stadium on Sunday with Pakistan at 23 for four off 9.1 overs after being put in to bat by the West Indies. str/nr

Cricket: Netherlands v Ireland score

Score summary from the ICC World Cricket League Championship one-day international between the Netherlands and Ireland at Amstelveen on Tuesday: Ireland 268-5 (E Joyce 96 n.o., N O'Brien 50, P Stirling 49) off 50 overs Netherlands 268-9 (W Barresi 46, D van Bunge 45, E Szwarczynski 44; K O'Brien 3-52) off 50 overs Result: match tied afp

Cricket: Champions Trophy final reduced to 20 overs per side

Rain has reduced the Champions Trophy final between England and India at Edgbaston on Sunday to a 20 overs per side contest, weather permitting. Play is now due to get underway at 4.20pm local time (1520GMT) with 20 overs per side the minimum required for a result to be declared. No reserve day for the final has been scheduled.

Cricket: Rain washes out Pakistan's Scotland clash

Pakistan's one-day international against Scotland was washed out on Sunday due to a waterlogged playing surface in Edinburgh. The match was due to start at 0945GMT but heavy rain in the Scottish capital in the preceding 24 hours had left the outfield sodden. Match officials Mark Hawthorn and Ian Ramage ordered five pitch inspections, while Grange ground staff were given until almost 1400GMT to address the problem but it was eventually decided the pitch was in no condition for play.

Bangladesh womens beaten by 46 runs

An all round performance by skipper Harmanpreet Kaur set up steered India national eve team to clinch the three-match ODI series 2-0 as they defeated visiting Bangladesh national eve team by 46 runs in the second ODI at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, India on Wednesday, reports BSS.Chasing India’s uphill target of 257 runs, Bangladesh eve team found the chase very stiff and as they restricted at 210 for 9 in allotted 50 overs, despite top order batsman Rumana Ahmed’s fighting knocks.With such a big total, Bangladesh needed to score at around five runs an over.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Cricket: Bangladesh level Sri Lanka ODI series

Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets in the third and final one-day international in Pallekele on Thursday to level the series 1-1. Bangladesh, chasing a rain-revised target of 183 off 27 overs, won the day-night match with six balls to spare. str-mv/ac

South Africa's Smith likely to miss decisive one-dayer

DURBAN (Reuters) - South Africa opener Graeme Smith is unlikely to play in the final one-day international on Sunday after his ankle flared up during Pakistan's three-wicket win on Thursday, officials said. Smith was unable to field for the majority of the Pakistan innings and a decision on leaving him out of the decisive match in Benoni will be made on Friday.
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