ICC Academy renews partnership with Babyshop

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The International Cricket Council Academy at Dubai Sports City has renewed its partnership with Babyshop, the children’s retail-brand.

The agreement sees the brand continue as title sponsor of the ICC Academy’s youth development programme Cricket Cubs and next year’s Babyshop Summer Cricket Camp.

The eight-week summer camp will take place from July to August 2018 and will cater to youngsters in two age groups, the Cricket Cubs for 3 to 6 year-olds and the Juniors aged 6 to 12 year-olds.

Commenting on the announcement, Will Kitchen, ICC Academy Manager said: “We are delighted that Babyshop has renewed its partnership with the ICC Academy and will continue its support for the sport of cricket in the region.

“Our partnership with Babyshop has and will continue to enable us to build on our current youth programmes and develop talented youngsters with a passion for cricket. ICC Academy, a world leader in sports development and through this partnership will help support today’s aspiring cricket stars and lay the foundations for the success of generations to come.”

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The ICC Academy’s Cricket Cub programme encourages children to get involved in fun, physical activities.

Using cricket as its main medium, the programme helps in the development of children’s fitness, motor skills and hand eye coordination.

To find out more information about Cricket Cubs or any of the ICC Academy programmes visit www.iccacademy.net, Phone: 04-4481355 or Email: [email protected]

To find out more about the ICCA and Dubai Sports City visit: www.dsc.ae or www.iccacademy.net

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South Africa's Shane Dadswell hits record 490 runs and 57 sixes in 50-over game

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Dadswell's runs came in just 151 deliveries.

South Africa’s Shane Dadswell achieved in a single game of cricket what the world’s most explosive batsmen will struggle to cover in a calendar year. The 20-year-year hit a whopping 57 sixes in a 50-over limited-overs game for NWU Pukke against Potch Dorp 1st on Saturday.

The craziness of Dadswell innings does not end there. The right-handed wicket-keeper batsman played a monumental innings of 490 runs in just 151 deliveries as his side racked up an astonishing total of 677 runs in their 40 overs.

Celebrating his 20th birthday during the match, Dadswell made it an occasion to remember with a sensational display oh hitting which would have left the opposition bowlers demoralized.

His knock was laden with 27 boundaries to go with the sixes as the scorecard looked like something one would see in video game rather than an actual cricket ground.

Jaco Grobbelaar of the Potch Dorps took the maximum punishing with his six overs being taken for 94 runs while Dawid Crowther conceded a mighty 131 runs in his 10 overs.

Dadswell wasn’t done after his extraordinary innings as he even chipped in with two wickets with the ball. He returned with figures of 2-32 off his seven overs to cap off a birthday he will never forget.

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Verdict on Wade, Renshaw and Maxwell's omission from the Ashes squad

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Wade, Renshaw and Maxwell won't feature in the first Ashes Test.

Australian selectors made some eyebrow-raising selections for the first two Ashes Tests.

Missing from the list of players who played the last Test against Bangladesh in September are wicket-keeper Matthew Wade, Matt Renshaw and Glenn Maxwell.

Here we look at their omissions.

Matthew Wade

Verdict: Fair

The 29-year-old wicket-keeper has fallen behind in the pecking order fairly quickly. Since becoming the first-choice keeper at the end of 2016, having made his debut in 2012, Wade made just one fifty in 10 Tests. For a team that doesn’t have a quality Test all-rounder, such returns were never going to be enough. Unfortunately for Wade, he returned to the Test team for the tours of India and Bangladesh which are exceptionally tough for the men behind the stumps.

His spot should have ideally gone to Peter Nevill who has played 17 Tests and is the best batsman-keeper in the country. But the selectors went for Tim Paine, who last played a Test in 2010.

Matt Renshaw

Verdict: Close call

The left-handed opening batsmen is one of the most exciting young talents to come out of Australia in a long time. His batting at the top of the order during a bruising tour of India, where he hit a couple of sixties and a 44, showed the 21-year-old is a long-term prospect. However, a dramatic loss in form saw him fail to score a fifty in nine first-class innings. A quiet end to the India tour was followed by four innings in Bangladesh without a fifty, ultimately working against him. However, it was in January that Renshaw hit a masterful 184 against Pakistan so to drop him the same year is harsh. The superlative form of Cameron Bancroft, who hit a double hundred in his last first-class match and two fifties against a New South Wales attack that is basically the national line-up, tilted the scales in his favour.

Glenn Maxwell

Verdict: Unfair

The all-rounder must be wondering what more he needs to do to get a regular stint in the Test team and more importantly, in Australia. Maxwell has played all his seven Tests in the subcontinent and the UAE. He scored a century in the drawn Ranchi Test against India and in his last match – against Bangladesh – hit 63 runs in the Test the Aussies won by seven wickets. What makes his omission even more difficult to digest is Shaun Marsh has been recalled for the eighth time since his debut in 2011. Marsh is not even averaging 40 in first-class cricket of late and he doesn’t offer much by way of bowling, something Maxwell does.

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