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Collingwood to work with Scotland at Cricket World Cup

Cricket Scotland today confirmed that Paul Collingwood is set to re-join the Scotland coaching staff for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 (CWC).

Collingwood was handed the joint interim Head Coach role, and together with Craig Wright, guided Scotland to victory in the 2014 ICC CWC Global Qualifying event back in January and February.

Since then he has had a spell with England’s coaching team at the T20 World Cup, and was a key member of Durham’s squad, along with Scotland batsman Calum MacLeod, as they clinched the Royal London One Day Cup in 2014.

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RAM SLAM T20: Gayle makes immediate mark

Chris Gayle made an immediate mark on the RAM SLAM T20 competition as he led the bizhub Highveld Lions to victory over the Sunfoil Dolphins in the final game of Sunday’s triple-header at Bidvest Wanderers.

Gayle broke the Dolphins’ key partnership in taking 4 for 36 as the visitors were limited to 172 for nine, then hit 56 from 38 deliveries as the Lions reached their target with six wickets and seven balls in hand.

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RAM SLAM T20: Pollard double earns Cobras narrow victory

Kieron Pollard hit an unbeaten half-century and struck three crucial blows with the ball to give the Nashua Cape Cobras the points from their high-scoring RAM SLAM T20 clash with The Unlimited Titans at Bidvest Wanderers.

Pollard’s 72 not out from 36 balls took the Cobras to a total of 207 for five in the second game of Sunday’s triple-header, but his cunning with the ball proved equally important later on when Henry Davids and Dean Elgar put on a record opening stand for the Titans.

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India rout Sri Lanka by 169 runs in 1st ODI

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India decimated an ill-prepared and under staffed Sri Lankan side by 169 runs in the 1st ODI of this 5-match series in Cuttack today. Having been put into bat, India posted a mammoth 363 runs on the board, on the back of a 231 run opening stand between Shikhar Dhawan (113) and Ajinkya Rahane (111), who both scored their centuries at better than a run a ball.

Sri Lanka in response failed to mount any real challenge and were bowled out for just 194 runs, failing to bat out even 40 overs, with Ishant Sharma picking up 4-34 in 8 overs and Akshar Patel and Umesh Yadav chipping in with 2 wickets apiece.

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RAM SLAM T20: Knights claim bonus point win

The Chevrolet Knights burst out of the blocks on day one of the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge as they recorded a thumping bonus-point victory over the Chevrolet Warriors at Bidvest Wanderers in the first game of Sunday’s triple-header.

Despite losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the Knights dominated the game from start to finish, amassing 205 for five and then bowling the Warriors out for 131 to win by 74 runs.

Without the injured Rusty Theron, the Warriors were unable to contain the Knights, who enjoyed two powerful surges during their innings.

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Duminy disappointed with defeat

The Proteas lost their warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI (CA XI) by 22 runs at the North Sydney Oval on Sunday. Proteas captain, JP Duminy, says his young squad will take valuable lessons from the outing, ahead of the first T20 International against Australia on Wednesday.

"I'm obviously disappointed with the loss," Duminy said after the match. "There are a few things to work on, but let’s not take it away from them, they played some good shots when they batted. The plans that we had in place were good but sometimes our execution wasn't on par. I am quite happy with what we dished up for a first time out as a young unit. We have two more training sessions to put it together and hopefully we will be ready come Wednesday."

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South Africa falter against Australian XI

The Cricket Australia XI side has defeated South Africa by 22 runs in a T20 tour match at North Sydney Oval today. After being sent in to bat first the CA XI side put on 5-189 from their 20 overs, which the South Africans failed to chase down, finishing all out for 167 in the 19th over.

CA XI captain Ashton Turner anchored his side’s innings with an impressive knock of 73, which included seven fours and three sixes. Seb Gotch hit a quick-fire 40 runs from 25 balls, while Alexander Keath (30) and James Peirson (24) also contributed well at the top of the order. Kyle Abbott was the pick of the South African bowlers, finishing with figures of 2-22.

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