India now top Test team after demolishing New Zealand

first_imgINDORE, India (AP):India completed a comprehensive demolition of New Zealand yesterday, winning the third Test by a massive 321 runs within four days and completing a 3-0 series whitewash.India’s first innings 557-5 declared snatched the initiative and New Zealand, chasing an improbable 475 to win, collapsed to 153 all out against the spin of Ravichandran Ashwin, whose 7-59 added to his first-innings haul of 6-81, giving him 13 wickets in the game.India won the series 3-0 after convincing wins in Kanpur and Kolkata earlier. They are now the number one ranked Test team.Kane Williamson (27) and Martin Guptill (29) added 35 runs for the second wicket. Ashwin got the breakthrough as he trapped Williamson lbw. Ross Taylor (32) then added some quick runs, hitting five fours and a six in his 25-ball stay. Umesh Yadav (1-13) had trapped Tom Latham (6) lbw before tea.Taylor was clean bowled by Ashwin and then the slide truly began as New Zealand lost their last seven wickets for 73 runs. Ravindra Jadeja (2-45) had James Neesham caught at short midwicket.Ashwin bowled Luke Ronchi (15) and then ran through the tail. First he bowled Mitchell Santner (14) and Jeetan Patel (0) in quick succession. Matt Henry (0) holed out to mid-off then.The game ended in the final over of the day as Trent Boult (4) offered a simple return catch to Ashwin.SIXTH HAULThis was a sixth 10-wicket haul in Test cricket for the off-spinner, who finished with match figures of 13 wickets for 140 runs.”We tried to play positive cricket in the second innings so that we give our bowlers enough overs to bowl at the opposition and give them enough runs to express themselves,” said captain Virat Kohli, who anchored India’s first innings with a score of 211.”New Zealand have played good cricket. It is not easy for anyone coming to India. But they put us under pressure at different times. We just responded well and bounced back and didn’t allow them to put us under pressure again,” he added.Earlier, India finished their second innings at 216-3 declared in 49 overs. Cheteshwar Pujara (101 n.o.) scored his eighth Test hundred and faced 148 deliveries, scoring nine boundaries.He put on 76 runs with Gautam Gambhir (50), who came out to bat at the fall of Murali Vijay (19) after retiring hurt on Monday. He provided instant impetus to the innings and went on to score his 22nd Test half-century off 54 balls, inclusive of six fours.New Zealand lost all three tosses in this Test series and skipper Kane Williamson thought it was a crucial factor.”Winning the toss would be helpful and then you certainly have to be at your best. It is important to spend time at the crease creating pressure batting first if possible. This India side a very good team and they know these conditions better than anyone,” he said.India next host England for a five-match series in November and December.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES

first_imgThe club AGM is scheduled for Sunday 13th Jan at 3pm in the Community Centre. Everyone is welcome to come along and attend on the day.There was no winner of this weeks Lotto. The jackpot now stands at €13,000. This weeks numbers were; 8, 9, 10, 16, 20. Winners of €25 were; Pauline Doherty, Sinead Gallagher, James Cassidy and Robyn McNamee.GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 9th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

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MCCONALOGUE CALLS FOR RETENTION OF GUIDANCE COUNSELLORS FOR DONEGAL SCHOOLS

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue TD has called for a full reversal of the Government’s Budget decision to dismantle the provision of guidance counsellors at second level.The move will result in the loss of guidance counsellors at secondary schools in Co Donegal and across the country.The Dáil will today vote on a Fianna Fáil motion condemning this Budget measure, which amounts to an increase in class sizes at second level. Deputy McConalogue said: “Minister Quinn has already admitted that he is out of practice and made mistakes in last month’s budget.“It is now time for him to realise that removing the special provision for guidance counsellors at second level is one of them. This is an increase in class sizes through the back door and will result in 700 secondary schools around the country losing qualified guidance counsellors.“Under Minister Quinn’s plans, all secondary schools in Donegal and across the country will now be forced to include guidance counsellors within their current teacher allocation.“Make no mistake about it; this is a cut to teacher numbers and an increase in class sizes. It means that schools will now be forced to choose between either cutting their guidance counsellor service or dropping another subject, leading to a reduced subject choice. It is a lose-lose situation all around. “Guidance counsellors provide a critical service in encouraging students to choose appropriate education and career pathways and also offer advice and support relating to a range of personal issues. They are professionally trained to provide far more than career advice, with most guidance counsellors acting as a support to more vulnerable students.“I am urging Minister Quinn to do the right thing and acknowledge that this is a particularly damaging mistake that must be reversed. Government TDs, including my Donegal North East colleague Joe McHugh, will tonight have the opportunity to stand up for their local schools levels and class sizes.” MCCONALOGUE CALLS FOR RETENTION OF GUIDANCE COUNSELLORS FOR DONEGAL SCHOOLS was last modified: January 18th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deputy charlie mcconalogueGUIDANCE COUNSELLORSlast_img read more

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