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Sensational beaver-trick for Santokie in losing cause

first_imgSHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):Not even a sensational beaver-trick by former Jamaica and West Indies left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie could prevent Gemini Arabians from pulling off a 12-run victory over Sagittarius Strikers in the Masters Champions League here yesterday.The 31-year-old, who played the last of his 12 Twenty20 Internationals two years ago, grabbed four consecutive wickets off the first four balls of the final over to help restrict a rampant Arabians to 224 for seven off their 20 overs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.Opting to bat first, Arabians were propelled by Indian opener Virender Sehwag who belted 134 off 63 balls, with ten fours and 11 sixes.He put on 86 for the first wicket with South African Jacques Rudolph who hit 27 and a further 135 for the second wicket with Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara who scored 51 from 33 deliveries.Recently retired West Indies left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul was unbeaten on one from two deliveries at the end.SUPERB OVERSSantokie, who had taken one wicket in an earlier spell, finished with five for 30 in a superb four-over spell to be the leading bowler for Strikers.He bowled Sangakkara with the first ball of the over and then proceeded to remove Brad Hodge, Justin Kemp and Naved-ul-Hasan all without scoring, while conceding just one run from the final over of the innings.In reply, Imran Farhat stroked 52 from 32 deliveries, Yasir Hameed, 41 from 22 balls with a four and four sixes and Yasir Arafat a 16-ball 32 with four sixes, but Strikers still slumped to 177 for nine in the 18th over.However, Santokie arrived to smash an unbeaten 23 from nine balls with three sixes in a 35-run, last wicket stand with Shane Bond who got 12 not out, as Strikers came up short in the end.last_img read more

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Photo library: Tourism and leisure 15

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail Balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail Balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Game farms and hotels cater for the needs of tourists and local holidaymakers. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: The famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open-cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: The famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open- cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: A new bridge has been built to allow tourists a spectacular view of the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open- cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: The new viewing deck at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open- cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: A new bridge has been built to allow tourists a spectacular view of the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open- cast mine in the world.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image TOURISM AND LEISURE 15:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

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‘Lalit Modi bid to be Iceland envoy nixed’

first_imgFile photo of former IPL chairman Lalit Modi.Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi is on the run after an Interpol alert against him. There are reports that Modi is trying to get a passport from Iceland to escape the clutches of the Enforcement Directorate (ED).  Modi had earlier tried very hard to be Iceland’s envoy in Mumbai. But the government scuttled the move after an adverse report from the Intelligence Bureau.  Documents accessed by Headlines Today reveal that Modi even got Iceland to send a formal proposal to India to appoint him honorary consul general of the country in Mumbai.  As honorary consul general, Modi would have got diplomatic privileges, including immunity and tax breaks. He would have access to key government functionaries. The documents reveal that the Maharashtra government and security agencies had no objection to Modi’s appointment.  The proposal to have Modi as envoy had the backing of the highest office of Iceland and was made at the behest of the First Lady of Iceland, who is allegedly a close friend of Modi’s wife.  The proposal also had the backing of former MoS external affairs Shashi Tharoor. Even though Tharoor’s office intervened on the matter, the government refused clearance because of the Intelligence Bureau report.Modi’s lawyer Mahmood Abidi denied the reports. “This is all nonsense and the latest in disinformation that is being spread against Modi by vested interests. We are going to fight it out in court,” Abidi told Headlines Today.last_img read more

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Sodhi shoots double trap bronze at World Cup

first_imgIndia’s premier double trap shooter, Ronjan Sodhi shone once again on the world stage on Tuesday when he won the bronze medal at the final ISSF Shotgun World Cup stage of the year in Maribor, Slovenia.Sodhi, who had clinched a London Olympics quota spot for India with a silver medal at the World Cup stage in Beijing earlier this year, was ineligible for another quota spot, but that did not diminish his hunger for success.In relatively easy conditions for the shooters, Sodhi qualified for the final with 145 hits out of 150, behind Peter Robert Russell Wilson of Britain and China’s Hu Binyuan (both 146).But it was in the final that Sodhi really came into his own, shooting 49 out of the 50 clay birds. Yet, that was only good enough for a joint second place with Binyuan, since Wilson also shot 49 to assure himself of the gold medal. In the shoot-off for second place, Sodhi missed one of his two targets while Binyuan shot down both.Sodhi said he didn’t find it difficult to motivate himself.”It is a big challenge to motivate oneself and not lose focus, but I love competing and I can’t just sit around and do nothing, even after I have achieved something,” he told Mail Today over phone.”I took the quota and the silver medal in Beijing but I was disappointed with the way I had shot in that final, because that’s a part of my game that I pride myself on. I felt I had to make amends for missing the gold back then, and I achieved my objective to a large extent.advertisement”We have the World Championship coming up in September, and obviously the Olympics are on the horizon, so I don’t want to rest on my laurels. I want to be at my best.” India’s Mohammad Asab also came up with a commendable effort, scoring 143 to finish ninth, missing out on a possible spot in the six-man final by just one point,” he added.This was Asab’s first score above 140 in a competitive environment.The other Indian in the fray, Vikram Bhatnagar, finished a distant 46th with 129 points.last_img read more

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