Sunday 17 December 2017

Fever pitch for England

Cricket: Fast bowler Stuart Broad admitted to feeling frustrated as England battled a slow pitch at Trent Bridge on the second day of the first Test against India.

After four wickets for two runs in the afternoon session, the hosts had India 346 for nine and looked like they would remove the tourists for less than 400.

But a final-wicket partnership of 111 from Bhuvneshwar Kumar (58) and Mohammed Shami (51 not out) held Alastair Cook's men up, with the captain departing early as England reached 43 for one at the close.

"It was frustrating, but we tried pretty much everything with the ball," Broad told Sky Sports 2.

"The ball was 50 overs old leading up to the new ball, and it wasn't really doing a huge amount. There wasn't much for length, so it was quite hard to buy a wicket.

"You were almost hoping for a batsman error and, credit to the 10 and 11 of India, they didn't give us that error, really.

"It was frustrating, but actually if you break the day down and the session down, it was 90 for four that session. That was actually our best session of the game, but we walked off at tea a little bit frustrated. It's a good pitch to bat on. We stuck to our guns fantastically well - 457 could have been 600, no question about that. We bowled really well."

Weepu joins London Welsh

rugby: London Welsh have boosted their chances of survival in the Aviva Premiership next season with the signing of former New Zealand scrum-half Piri Weepu.

Weepu, who joins from Super 15 side the Blues, represents something of a coup for Welsh, who secured promotion from the Championship in May. The 30-year-old won the World Cup with the Kiwis in 2011 and earned 71 caps for his country, scoring 103 points along the way.

Weepu said: "I'm hugely excited by the opportunity of joining London Welsh and at the challenge of playing in the Aviva Premiership - consistently one of the best leagues in world rugby.

"I'm looking forward to linking up with head coach Justin Burnell and my new London Welsh team-mates - and helping the club re-establish itself in the top flight."

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