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2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group I

The ITF has announced the final results for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group I second round play-off ties taking place on 25-27 October.

Russia and Sweden will remain in Europe/Africa Zone Group I in 2014, while Denmark and South Africa are relegated to 2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group II.

The draws for the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Groups I and II will be held at the ITF offices in London at 12:00 GMT on Monday 28 October. The seeds will be based on the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 28 October.

Cricket South Africa shocked by cricket tragedy

CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) has heard with a great sense of shock and sadness of the sudden passing of Darryn Randall while playing in a Premier League match under the auspices of the Border Cricket Board between Old Selbornians and Fort Hare University at Alice on Sunday.

Randall, 32, was struck on the side of the head in attempting to pull a short delivery. He collapsed and was rushed to the Alice Hospital where the medical staff was unable to revive him.

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Momentum One-Day Cup: Spectacular Ontong blasts Cobras home

Justin Ontong hit form in spectacular fashion on Sunday as he led the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras to a crucial four-wicket victory over The Unlimited Titans at Boland Park in another Momentum One-Day Cup match that went to the very last over.

Ontong had previously failed to contribute with the bat this season, but picked his moment perfectly as his 97 from just 66 balls allowed the Cobras to take four points off their closest rivals for a play-off berth.

The Cobras skipper came to the crease with his side requiring 173 runs in just 22 overs in their chase of 286, after the top order had been guilty of building pressure on their team mates by throwing away decent starts.

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I-League: Pune FC go joint top of the table; down Rangdajied United 1-0

Pune FC remained the only unbeaten team in the I-League 2013-14 registering a 1-0 win over newly-promoted Rangdajied United FC in a Round-7 encounter at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mhalunge-Balewadi in Pune on Sunday.

Defender Calum Angus’ (30th minute) calm finish at the half-hour mark handed Pune FC a third consecutive win at home.

With this win, Pune FC go joint top of the table with 13 points from five games. The hosts are equal on points with Salgaocar FC and Bengaluru FC and are second behind the Goans on goal difference having played a game less.

After soaking pressure in the early exchanges, Pune FC created the

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Dolphins stay top in spite of rain in Momentum One-Day Cup standings

For the second time in three days the Sunfoil Dolphins were denied the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the Momentum One-Day Cup standings after rain forced the abandonment of their match against the bizhub Highveld Lions in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday.

The Dolphins saw just two overs of play in their clash with the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras on Friday and, although they almost got a whole innings in on Sunday, it still amounted to nothing.

The Lions won the toss and asked the Dolphins to bat first at the City Oval, and the hosts were 227 for seven when rain stopped play in the 44th over and eventually forced the two teams to share the points.

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Rain wins the day in East London

Persistent rain in East London forced the Momentum One-Day Cup clash between the Chevrolet Warriors and the Chevrolet Knights to be abandoned without a ball bowled on Sunday.

It was the second time that foul weather has forced abandonment at Buffalo Park in the tournament, and it put the Warriors top of the Momentum One-Day Cup table with 18 points from six matches.

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Queensland win back-to-back RYOBI Cups

The XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls have taken out the RYOBI One Day Cup for the second consecutive year, beating the NSW Blues by five wickets in the final at North Sydney Oval today.

The Bulls scored their back-to-back win when Chris Lynn (58* from 40 balls) smacked a six to successfully chase down NSW’s 6/317 with five balls to spare.

Lynn’s big hitting with Ben Cutting (41*) followed a 165-run opening stand between Man of the Match Usman Khawaja (104) and Chris Hartley (78).

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Basetsana down Botswana in the intense heat

South African U20 Women’s national team (Basetsana) kicked off their World Cup campaign on a high by defeating neighbouring Botswana 5-2 in the first leg encounter of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup played at Molepolole Stadium on Saturday, 26 October.

Basetsana goals came from Kaylin Swart, Mosili Makhaoli, and Shiwe Nogwana (3).

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Saeed Ajmal gets official reprimand

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has received an official reprimand after pleading guilty to a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play in the second cricket Test against South Africa in Dubai on Friday.

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Faf du Plessis fined 50% of his match fee

South Africa’s Faf du Plessis has been fined 50 per cent of his match fees after breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play in the second and final cricket Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

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