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Cricket News England recall Jack Leach, Moeen Ali dropped for Lord’s Ashes Test vs Australia

first_imghighlights Moeen Ali has been dismissed by Nathan Lyon nine times in 11 innings.James Anderson has been ruled out of the Lord’s Test.Australia won a Test in Edgbaston after 18 years. New Delhi: England, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 champions, are on the backfoot in the ongoing Ashes contest against Australia after a huge 251-run defeat in the first Test in Edgbaston. Steve Smith’s two centuries and Nathan Lyon’s haul of 6/44 in the second innings helped Australia break their 18-year hoodoo at the venue. Heading into the second Test at Lord’s which begins on August 14, Joe Root’s side have made changes in a bid to square the series. Moeen Ali, who struggled with the ball on a turning wicket in Edgbaston and was dismissed for 0 and 4 in both innings by Lyon, has been dropped for the Lord’s Test and replaced by Jack Leach, the left-arm spinner. Moeen fell for the ninth time in 11 innings to Lyon and this prompted many England commentators, mostly former England captain Nasser Hussain to say he was ‘shot mentally’.This will not be the first time Moeen has been replaced by Leach. During the Ashes 2017/18 series Down Under, Moeen suffered a slump with both bat and ball and he was not picked for the series in New Zealand. Leach had played in the one-off Test against Ireland in Lord’s and it was his 92 while opening the batting as a nightwatchman that allowed England to recover and register a tense win against the Irish. With James Anderson ruled out of the Lord’s Test, England could hand a debut to Jofra Archer. The right-arm pacer, who suffered a side strain and did not play for a couple of weeks, has been in good form for Surrey and former Australia skipper Jason Gillespie remarked that Archer ‘must play at Lord’s’. “I was surprised he didn’t play the first Test to be perfectly blunt.  I think England missed a trick by not playing him but he’ll certainly play at Lord’s,” Gillespie told the official Cricket Australia website. The replacement for Anderson in the side could also be Sam Curran, the all-rounder who made a big impact in the series against India which England won 4-1. Australia has lost just three games in the last 75 years of playing a Test in Lord’s and they will be determined to extend their advantage.England squad for Lord’s Test: Joe Root (capt), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakescenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Construction of new home for ReConnect Youth Services underway

first_imgHarper said materials and labour for the project have been secured at cost thanks to the generosity of several local businesses and contractors. However, she said there are still capital costs that remain, and she is encouraging anyone who would like to help the youth of the community to make a donation to the “Reconnect building fund” that has been established at the Lake View Credit Union.As for the residential construction program, instructor Mark Heartt said they are very excited to be such a critical part of the project.“Northern Lights College and the residential construction program are honoured to have this opportunity,” said Heartt. “We couldn’t ask for a better project, and the fact we are helping in the community is always a bonus for us.”He said it’s a perfect project for his students because it combines aspects of residential and commercial construction covered in the program, and more than meets all of the criteria required in the their training. He added the building itself will not be that much different from the homes the students would normally build in a regular program year.Advertisement Demolition is now underway on the building – located at the corner of Ninth Street and 103 Avenue – and once completed, students from the residential construction program at Northern Lights College will begin construction on a new home for the Reconnect program. The project is the product of a unique partnership between the South Peace Community Resources Society (SPCRS) – which oversees the Reconnect program in partnership with the Peace River South School District – Northern Lights College and local businessman Ward Minifie.“It’s very exciting,” said Jane Harper, executive director of SPCRS, on the demolition getting underway on Friday afternoon. “It has come about with a lot of partnerships and a lot of community support from businesses and groups.”She said the existing building must be one of the oldest buildings in Dawson Creek – at least 60 years old – and was in disrepair and no longer meeting the needs of the youth the program assists. The program provides at place for youth to go and find resources for education or employment, life skills or personal counselling, or just a safe place to go and have a hot meal when they might not otherwise be able to do so.- Advertisement -“What the youth say they need is a central location where they can go and get information, where there’s a responsible adult they can talk to,” said Harper. “Reconnect has that long-standing relationship with the youth of the town is being there when they have difficulties, whether that’s with their family life, school, trouble with the law, peer pressure or substances – there is always an open door at Reconnect.”She said a new building is critical to providing a broader range of activities, services and learning opportunities for the youth. She said, for example, the facility will include a computer lab for accessing online resources and writing resumes, two offices for individual counselling and support, a full kitchen that youth can participate in keeping stocked and preparing meals, and even a shower and laundry facility so youth can get cleaned up.The Reconnect program will remain open during construction thanks to the school district providing a building at its central middle campus of Dawson Creek Secondary School.Advertisement “As for the level of difficulty or the size of the project, we don’t see those being a factor,” he said.Heartt said he has 10 students in this year’s program, which is a bit smaller than the average intake, but presents a great opportunity for those students to get more experience and hands-on work. He added they also have the benefit of having Minifie act as a general contractor for the project, providing materials and securing sub-trades work that the program would normally have to obtain.He said he expects the project to be complete within the normal program year, which wraps up near the end of April.  In the interest of full disclosure, Mile 0 City notes its reporter, Matthew Bains, is a member of the board of directors of the South Peace Community Resources Society.last_img read more

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Smith fills in admirably at COC

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe Cougars play Monday at Rio Bravo Country Club in Bakersfield, then play April 24 in the 36-hole conference finals at Lost Canyons Golf Club in Simi Valley. Following that comes the May 1 Southern California Regional. If the Cougars finish among the top four regional teams, they’ll play in the May 8 state championship. “I think the team has a pretty good chance of doing well,” said Smith, who qualified for the U.S. Amateur Public Links in 2002. “The 5-6 men win championships for you, and those guys are starting to develop.” Joe Greiner and Riley Marshall shot even-par 72s to lead Canyons at Rancho San Marcos. Phil Martinez (74), Edgar Reyes (76), Young-Bin Paek (77) and Kyle Mar shall (81) completed the Cougars’ scoring. Still going strong: Former Santa Clarita Valley junior golf standouts Melanie De Leon and Angela Villela continue to excel out of the area. Charlie Smith, the former Hart High standout who in 2000 played on the second of College of the Canyons’ three men’s state championship teams, is back at Canyons as an assistant coach and making the most of on-the-job training. Smith on Monday took over for longtime Canyons head coach Gary Peterson, and the Cougars won the sixth Western State Conference tournament of the season, finishing three strokes ahead of runner-up Bakersfield and doubling their conference lead over second-place Santa Barbara. “It’s different,” Smith said about being in charge, with Peterson out of the state making college arrangements for his daughter. “I remember some of the things coach told me when I was playing that I didn’t like, and now I hear myself saying those same things.” Canyons (31-5) shot 371 to win the seven-team WSC tournament at Rancho San Marcos Golf Course in Santa Barbara, outdistancing Bakersfield (374) and host Santa Barbara (382), which finished third to fall to 27-9 in conference with three tournaments remaining. Villela, now a sophomore at San Fernando High, won the girls’ B Division of the Los Angeles City Junior Championship by seven strokes Monday, finishing 78-77-72-227 on the Encino and Balboa golf courses at Sepulveda Basin in Encino. Last summer, Villela was a top-10 finisher in the Long Beach Women’s Championship, then qualified to play in junior-pro team competition in the Champions Tour’s First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. De Leon, the 2004 state girls junior champion and 2004 Daily News Girls’ Golfer of the Year at Saugus High, is challenging for Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year honors at University of Nevada. She led Nevada in scoring during the fall season with a 76 average – best among freshman in the conference – and has been the Wolfpack’s low scorer in two of the first three spring tournaments. De Leon posted a personal spring best of 74 at the Fresno State Invitational and placed sixth overall in the Anteater Invitational at San Diego. Amira on target: Valencia junior Louis Amira played some of his best golf of the season Saturday through Tuesday, compiling a 9-under-par, 72-hole 280 with rounds of 69-70-73 in the L.A. City Junior, then a 68 in the Oak Park Invitational. He tied for first Tuesday in the Oak Park event at Sterling Hills Golf Course in Camarillo, losing to Oak Park sophomore Alex Kang on the first hole of a playoff. In the L.A. City Junior at Griffith Park’s Wilson and Harding courses, Amira placed fourth behind three-time winner and 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur titlist Sihwan Kim of Fullerton High (67-71-69). Valencia finished second in team scoring at the Oak Park Invitational, shooting 224 to fall two shots short of St. Bonaventure of Ventura. Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (225), Oak Park and Arroyo Grande (both 226), Ventura (236), Harvard-Westlake’s B team (241), Oaks Christian of Westlake Village’s B team (243) and Calabasas, Loyola of Los Angeles and Oak Park’s B team (all 244) rounded out the top-10 in the 32-team competition.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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