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American captain on fraud charge

STEVE Massiah made his United States debut with a rapid century against a Minor Counties XI at Stone in Staffordshire in 2000 before climbing the ladder to the captaincy. So this week's news of his arrest and charge in New York with an alleged 32,000 mortgage fraud has stunned the American cricket community.

Massiah, 32, was one of three men accused of defrauding banks and mortgage companies through loan applications. An alleged co-conspirator was Ed Ahmad, a cricket enthusiast who sponsored the Ed Ahmad Caribbean Cup, New York's premier tournament for four years to 2008. The Minor Counties XI, captained by Bryan Jones, would remember Massiah very well, as the former Guyana Under-19 batsman smashed a defiant 116 in 105 balls in a seven-run defeat at Stone. He could now miss the United States attempt to qualify for the World Twenty20 in Arab Emirates next March.

It is more than four years since the former England batsman Wayne Larkins was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence at Taunton Crown Court for his part in a 155,000 mortgage fraud involving the purchase of a holiday home in France.

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17/12/2011 17:48:23

Hussain and Gooch take film parts

FORMER England captains Nasser Hussain and Graham Gooch are to appear in an Indian-made film with a cricket background due for release this week as the 2011 World Cup approaches.

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11/02/2011 15:08:04

Blaze damages Bradford pavilion

ANOTHER cricket club has had its pavilion seriously damaged by fire, with arson being suspected. Riddlesden CC, in Bradford, face the prospect of rebuilding after Keighley and Bingley fire fighters fought a blaze for an hour on Monday mornin.

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22/09/2010 11:12:37

Young cricketer found hanged

A YOUNG club cricketer was found hanging from a tree in Sheffield early on Saturday morning on Sept 18 after his best season with the bat for Bawtry.

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22/09/2010 10:59:17

Thieves dig holes in Orsett pitches

THE Essex club Orsett has had its pitches spoilt by holes dug with garden tools probably stolen from a nearby school shed, the Thurrock Gazette has reported.

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24/06/2010 10:41:48

Limavady CC ruined by weedkiller

THE cricket square of a club in Northern Ireland has been destroyed by vandals with dire financial consequences. Limavady CC, in County Londonderry, will be unable to host matches this summer after weedkiller was poured on to their pitches, killing all the grass.

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24/06/2010 10:40:53

Jon Lewis despairs at T20 'madness'

THE Gloucestershire and former England seam-bowler Jon Lewis has criticised in a radio interview the "madness" of the structure of the FP Twenty20 competition this summer.

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22/06/2010 13:49:29

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ICC look at new tech to end chucking

NEW "wearable" technology is to be introduced by the ICC to settle doubts about illegal actions, a problem that still occasionally hurts cricket, especially at international development level.

The ICC announced from Dubai this week that they had entered a second phase of an agreement with a consortium of high profile Australian cricket, sports science and sports engineering institutions to test the legality of bowling actions in match and training conditions.

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29/08/2012 12:14:32

Kaneria plight reflects wider ills

THE former ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit director Ravi Sawani has this week submitted a report to the Indian cricket authorities as the result of a television 'sting' that appeared to show five players in the IPL willing to involve themselves in corruption. The affair has shown that the IPL is extremely vulnerable to manipulation in view of the enormous live television viewing figures and the wealth of the betting industry.

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14/06/2012 21:55:28

Interpol offering reality check

INTERPOL, the international policing organisation, have offered to help the ICC by taking steps to prevent organised crime from infiltrating cricket. This follows hard on the warning by the ECB this week that the domestic game in England remains vulnerable to corruption.

A cold draught has been blowing into the game since the Pakistan corruption case at Southwark Crown Court in November, when one half-expected giant screens to flash up "guilty" like a third umpire's verdict. Reality is very much upon us.

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17/12/2011 10:53:37

Yardy honest about depression

THE Sussex captain Michael Yardy has disclosed he has been suffering from depression, a condition that led to his withdrawal from England's World Cup campaign before the quarter-final against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

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24/03/2011 10:02:23

Skipton real ale strong on appeal

THE Skipton brewery Copper Dragon are producing another real ale brand with a cricket theme to build on the popularity of Fred Trueman Ale, named in the memory of the England fast bowler and launched a year ago in the north and midlands.

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14/02/2011 15:48:37

Ponting rants for subdued Australia

THE futility of Ricky Ponting's argument with the umpires on the second day of the fourth Test in Melbourne was clear. Australia's captain did not seem to know that the burden of proof rested with the referring party for the third umpire to overturn an on-field decison.

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27/12/2010 14:53:42

England must drop jaded Finn

THE difference between the two Ashes sides was never as wide as the chasm suggested by Australia's trouncing at Adelaide. In the Pom euphoria it was forgotten that England's suspect batting had flopped in the opening Test at Brisbane in the crucial first innings.

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19/12/2010 01:14:25

Lions can look back to Moores era

ENGLAND have announced a Lions party to tour the West Indies for two months as part of the first class championship after a gap of exactly 10 years, when Peter Moores was the coach.

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15/12/2010 17:45:16
    
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Kathmandu, Nepal: Kevin Darlington clean-bowls Nepal opener Shakti Gauchan for a duck in a Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division Five match interrupted by unrest in the 12,000 crowd. The United States won by five wickets, but both countries were promoted on run-rate. (Pictures: ICC, Feb 2010)


Kathmandu, Nepal: Anil Kumar Mandal, of Nepal, is bowled by the American seamer Khawaja Usman Shuji.


Kathmandu, Nepal: Tavo Sorovakatini, of Fiji, is caught behind off Ryan Driver, the Jersey and former Worcestershire all-rounder.

Dislocated appeal

An Australian playing in Leicestershire club cricket dislocated his shoulder making a vehement appeal. Julian Saye did win the verdict for Birstall Village in the 2009 senior county league game against Bharat Sports and he took two more wickets after his shoulder, damaged by an old football injury, had righted itself.

According to the website This Is Leicestershire , Saye was on the floor writhing around in pain when the umpire gave the batsman out. "I think the rest of the boys thought I was doing some X-Factor celebrations, apart from my brother who realised it was my shoulder," said Saye. "I was able to walk off and I thought I would have to go to the hospital. But then it just popped back in again. It felt all right, so I decided to give it a try again."

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09/08/2010 10:48:02

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