Sunday, April 24, 2011

England cricketer Tim Bresnan and his girlfriend

With the mercury hitting 23 degrees, the couple seemed eager to top up their tans with Tim in board shorts while Hannah sported a pale pink bikini.  And is was certainly a well-deserved rest for Tim, who had secured England’s retention of The Ashes the day before. The bowler had removed Australia’s Ben Hilfenhaus meaning the English side retained The Ashes for the first time in 24 years.
The bowler had removed Australia’s Ben Hilfenhaus meaning the English side retained The Ashes for the first time in 24 years. 

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Kings XI Punjab win , Shaun Marsh is a happy man

Three in a row after a poor start. Been a bit of a stop-start tournament, seems like the tournament is just beginning. Fine line, but 2 for 5 is a fair distance from being 0 for 40. Paul backed himself, and Shaun was brilliant," Gilchrist said. 

Not too bad [his own form]. It's all helter skelter, don't know much about form in this form of the game.  Losing skipper Shane Warne said had their bowlers not bowled those no-balls when they got wickets, the picture could have been different for them. Siddhartha Trivedi had bowled Gilchrist in the first over and Shaun Tait had Paul Valthaty caught in the second over but both the deliveries were ruled no-balls. 
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Special window in the ICC cricket calendar

I believe the IPL should be given a special window in the ICC cricket calendar for just one reason and one reason only: because the players benefit from it greatly. Some of us today, who in some capacity or the other are connected with the game and are making a living from it, should be grateful to the players who are performing in the sun. "Just imagine if tomorrow, for some reason, the players stopped playing. We will all be out of jobs," a fellow commentator said. It is a remark I will never forget.
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Shaun Marsh is a happy man

Shaun Marsh is a happy man on Thursday not just because he scripted Kings XI Punjab's win by smashing 71 runs but also because he batted successfully against legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne.  Marsh smashed Warne for three sixes in the 14th over the of the Punjab innings and also raised his half-century in the process. 

Marsh was adjudged Man of the Match for his 42-ball knock, which was studded with six fours apart from those three sixes off Warne. As Punjab scored its third consecutive win and jumped to third place in the points table, skipper Adam Gilchrist is happy that the team has shrugged off the bad start. 

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Cricketer spends the prime of his life

A cricketer spends the prime of his life, starting from about age 10, on the cricket field, training to become a top-class player. When he finally becomes one of the rare few to make it to the top, he discovers he has only a short time there to make the most of his acquired skills. Other performing artists are more fortunate than cricketers in this regard, and yes, I don't have to say this, you know it well: a 21-year cricket career is possible only for the chosen ones. Of course, cricketers who can build around their core cricket skills are able to carve out careers in media, coaching and other related occupations, and thus sustain themselves after their cricket careers are over.
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Young-looking West Indies in Twenty20

A young-looking West Indies side defeated Pakistan by seven runs in the only Twenty20 International match on the tour on Thursday but the hosts have been fined for slow over rate at Gros Islet in Saint Lucia. Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fines after Darren Sammy’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with ICC Code of Conduct regulations governing minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.
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Something isn't 'Right' about the IPL

On one hand we have Matthew Hayden (Chennai Super Kings, 426), Suresh Raina (Chennai Super Kings, 309), J P Duminy (Mumbai Indians, 297) and Yuvraj Singh (Kings XI Punjab, 296) as the top four batsmen. Gilchrist again features in the top 10 list with an aggregate of 265 from 10 games so far. On the other hand, we have bowlers like R P Singh (Deccan Chargers), Ashish Nehra (Delhi Daredevils), Yusuf Abdulla (Kings XI Punjab), Shadab Jakati (Chennai Super Kings) and Pragyan Ojha (Deccan Chargers) featuring among the top bowlers in the competition.

If you haven't guessed it as yet, we are referring to the army of left-handers, the southpaws, who have made such a big impact in the competition. With more than half the tournament concluded, analyses the performances of the top 'lefties' in the IPL who happen to be very much on the right track.
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Inaugural Indian Premier League

They made their mark in the inaugural Indian Premier League. And the impact they had on the competition was something that couldn't be ignored. So while Shaun Marsh (Kings XI Punjab), Gautam Gambhir (Delhi Daredevils) and Sanath Jayasuriya (Mumbai Indians) finished as the top three scorers in season one with 616, 534 and 514 runs respectively, Graeme Smith (Rajasthan Royals, 441), Adam Gilchrist (Deccan Chargers, 436) and Suresh Raina (Chennai Super Kings, 421) also finished among the top 10 batsmen.

On one hand we have Matthew Hayden (Chennai Super Kings, 426), Suresh Raina (Chennai Super Kings, 309), J P Duminy (Mumbai Indians, 297) and Yuvraj Singh (Kings XI Punjab, 296) as the top four batsmen. Gilchrist again features in the top 10 list with an aggregate of 265 from 10 games so far.
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Pakistan ultimate dream to play Test matches

Marsh says his ultimate dream is to play Test matches. "It's quite a paradox. Here I am in IPL whacking the ball out of sight. But my sights are on the Test cap. No cricketer is complete till he plays Test cricket and I realize that. So my ultimate dream is to play Test cricket for Australia, using the IPL platform once again".
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Legendary legspinner Shane Warne for three sixes

Marsh had made a mark for himself as an opener for KXIP, much before anybody had heard of Paul Valthaty. Now, he has lost that KXIP opening spot to the latest sensation, but the Aussie is least perturbed at being superseded "Paul is having a superb run and is a fantastic player.  What I like about his batting is his carefree but clean hitting. When he hits them, they stay hit. It's a treat to watch him bat in that fashion. He has been instrumental is all our three wins this season."

It is high praise coming from a guy who himself played a blinder against Rajasthan Royals (71 from just 42 balls) on Thursday night, hitting the legendary legspinner Shane Warne for three sixes in an over. 
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Shaun Marsh joined Kings XI Punjab in the inaugural IPL

He is just a few days short of completing 28 years, yet he dreams of playing Test cricket for Australia.  When Shaun Marsh had joined Kings XI Punjab in the inaugural IPL in 2008, his claim to fame was being the son of former Aussie Test opener Geoff Marsh. As a talented 25-year-old then, nobody outside Australia had heard of him. While playing for Western Australia in domestic cricket, he was spotted by the-then KXIP coach Tom Moody. 
He saw potential in the lad, a swashbuckling left-handed batsman who could come good in T20. And Marsh did not disappoint Moody as, once he got a chance in the XI after sitting out for the first few games, he never looked back. He not only ended up winning the Orange Cap for being the highest scorer in that edition, but soon earned an Australian ODI cap. 

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ashburn Shopping & Entertainment at Brambleton

The Town Center is just one more place we get to let loose and hang out.  Brambleton Town Center is our shopping center and social hub, rivaling the best shopping and dining opportunities Ashburn has to offer.  We have first-class movies, entertainment, shopping and dining; and, you can stay in shape with a membership to the all-new Sport & Health Club.  What you'll really appreciate is having everything you need within walking distance of everything you want.
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