New Delhi: In Australia, the last two Tests of the international summer have massive significance. The Decmber 26-30 period is considered the Boxing Day Test and it is one of the marquee events of the sporting calendar Down Under. The Sydney Test is considered the New Year’s Test which is played in the first week of January every New Year. However, the Sydney Test has an added significance. It is also the Pink Test. It is a day when the entire SCG, along with all the cricketing equipments is decked in Pink and spectators, along with other prominent personalities dress in pink and raise funds for breast cancer awareness and aid. The Test is dedicated to Jane McGrath, the wife of Australia’s legendary pacer Glenn McGrath, who took 563 wickets for Australia.On day 2 of the ongoing Test between India and Australia, the Pink Day was celebrated in grand style. Past breast cancer survivors caught up with nurses who had treated them. Their encounters resulted in some wonderful stories on social media. Jane was also honoured with a massive pink banner at the SCG and there were appeals to raise close to AUD 2.1 million towards the end of the Test. Read More | India vs Australia, live cricket score: Jadeja and Shami wreck hostsEven the Indian community in Sydney played their part to perfection. Many volunteers from the Pink Sari INC, an Indian organisation in Sydney, spread their message about breast cancer awareness by wearing pink saris. Their main aim this time was to improve the rates of breast screening of Indian and Sri Lankan women which are traditionally low in New South Wales.Read More | Tim Paine answers reporter’s phone during press conference The first time the SCG hosted the Pink Test was back in 2009 when Australia played South Africa. The McGrath foundation was started in 2005, following McGrath’s first wife Jane’s initial diagnosis with breast and bone cancer. She went into remission, but the cancer returned and she died in 2008, aged 42. Showing his solidarity for the noble cause, India skipper Virat Kohli had added a dash of pink to his batting gear – gloves and pads. So touching to see the #indiancricketteam being not just amazing on field, but also off. Fantastic supporters,” McGrath Foundation wrote on its twitter handle. The McGrath Foundation is seeking to raise as much funds as possible before stumps on day five of the fourth and final Test between India and Australia. McGrath also received the baggy pink caps from Tim Paine and his Australian team on the Jane McGrath day at the Sydney Cricket Ground. “The touching moment when the Aussies handover their Baggy Pinks to the McGrath family,” the foundation tweeted. “Together, we can make a difference’ couldn’t be any more appropriate! Thank you @CricketAus for what will be another amazing Jane McGrath Day!” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
BARBADOS Senior Women’s cricket team put an end to their regional tournaments with all the verve that was expected of them at the start, brushing Guyana aside by eight wickets and more than three overs to spare in the final match of the Cricket West Indies Women’s T20 Blaze tournament last evening at the National Stadium, Providence.Winning the T20 tournament also meant Barbados finished the season undefeated and had made a clean sweep of regional women’s cricket titles this year after capturing the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup earlier.The Barbadians were clinical with the ball right from the word go, as they kept pegging the home team back with wickets at regular intervals. The Guyanese could only muster up 85-7 in their allotted overs.Star all-round Deandra Dottin and Kycia Knight then made their presence felt, stroking unbeaten knocks of 43 and 24 respectively which led the visitors to 86-2 in 16.1 overs.Dottin, the West Indies all-rounder clobbered six fours and two maximums while Knight faced 27 balls in her knock with two boundaries.Off-spinner Hayley Matthews (not in picture), bowled Akaze Thomspon. (Adrian Narine photos)At the start of the game the Guyanese run rate was heavily restricted after they won the toss and decided to take first knock.Captain Shemaine Campbelle spearheaded the fight to restore credibility to their innings with a top score of 18 off 28 balls, with two boundaries and receiving some support from Cherry Ann Fraser (15), Shabika Gajnabi (12), and Melanie Henry (10).The home team was quickly in trouble when they lost Tremayne Smartt, run out for two and Sheneta Grimmond was bowled by medium pacer Shanika Bruce (1-18), without scoring, at 6-2 after the first two overs.Campbelle and Henry then added 36 runs for the third wicket but the hosts were once again found wanting with the bat, losing wickets in a flurry.They stuttered to 48-5 with Shakera Selman (2-16), claiming the wicket of Henry while the off-spinner Hayley Matthews (2-13), removed the in-form Campbelle and Akaze Thomspon (0), off consecutive deliveries in her third over.The Guyanese other substantial partnership was between Gajnabi and Fraser as they put together 23 for the sixth wicket before both were dismissed to Selman and Shanika Connell (1-16) respectively.Barbados’ innings was somewhat sluggish up front, resulting in their Powerplay overs yielding just 22 runs for the loss of opener Danielle Small, who was trapped leg before wicket to Erva Giddings for one.Matthews made a 30-ball 15 before she departed off spinner Grimmond. However, Knight and Dottin then joined forces to seal the win.Meanwhile, Windward Islands beat the Leeward Islands by a margin of 11 runs to earn a consolation victory in game two of the final round.Scores: Windward Islands 115-8 – Afy Fletcher and Swayline Williams made 24 runs apiece; Malisa Howard and Amanda Edwards claimed two wickets apiece. In reply the Leeward Islands were restricted to 104-9.Saneldo Willett top-scored with 25. Pearl Etienne took 3-14.After the final game, Captain Matthews praised her team for the commitment, hard work and discipline throughout the tournament.
Facebook24Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of EcologyThe Department of Ecology has canceled its 2020 Ecology Youth Corps (EYC) summer litter crews for teens 14-17 due to the coronavirus emergency and the uncertainty surrounding the remaining school year.The statewide closure of Washington’s K-12 schools is impacting the ability of potential applicants to assemble and submit necessary material, including required references.Statewide directives addressing the emergency have also impacted the Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) ability to schedule interviews and conduct hiring and other mandatory meetings that consist of more than 50 people.“Our primary responsibility is the safety of our crewmembers,” said Ecology’s Solid Waste Management Program Manager Laurie Davies. “This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and only after much consideration of our current situation.”Much of its roadside litter control responsibilities will shift to Ecology’s adult litter crews, which are already hired and deployed in some areas of the state. Adult crews are using social distancing tactics recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce their chance of exposure to the virus.Since 1975, Ecology Youth Corps has hired more than 12,000 Washington teens, offering them work experience, a summer job, and the chance to preserve our state’s natural beauty and protect the environment. In 2019, Ecology Youth Corps summer crews cleaned almost 5,000 miles of road and picked up 1,213,250 pounds of litter.