Bangladesh coach defends turning pitch

first_imgCHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (CMC):Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes has defended the turning pitch in last week’s opening Test against the Windies, contending that the varying types of tracks around the world helped maintain the “intrigue” of Test cricket.Spinners grabbed 34 of the 40 wickets to fall at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium as the Windies plunged to a shock 64-run defeat inside three days – their first-ever loss on Bangladeshi soil.Set 204 to win, the Windies were bundled out for 139 in 35.2 overs, with left-arm spinner Taijul Islam snapping up six wickets.Rhodes said the first Test scenario was no different from the conditions Bangladesh faced on their tour of the Caribbean earlier this year, when they were bundled out for a record low 43 on the first day in seam-friendly conditions.”I think in the subcontinent, you come to expect turning wickets, so it is no surprise. It is a turning wicket in Colombo where a Test match is going on between England and Sri Lanka,” Rhodes pointed out, in reference to the third Test which ended Monday.”It is just a different type of wicket. I take you back to the Antigua Test, where we played on very alien conditions: green and bouncy, a swinging Duke ball, which nipped around a lot. It was very different.He added: “I think that’s the beauty of playing around the world. There’s lots of different ways of playing this wonderful game. Coming to Bangladesh and playing on different wickets did make [for] some intriguing cricket.”When you feel a little bit worried about getting out [on a turning pitch] , you tend to play in a manner that is a little bit counter-attacking.Pressure factor”Sometimes that looks like rash batting for Test cricket. But it is the pressure that you are being put under and you’re trying to make that bowler not bowl as well. You counterattack a little bit.”To further underscore his point, Rhodes was quick to praise 21-year-old Shimron Hetmyer, who was perhaps the best Windies batsman on show.The aggressive left-hander counter-attacked the Bangladesh spinners in both innings, smashing 63 from 47 balls in the first innings and 27 from 19 deliveries in the second.”I thought Hetmyer’s innings was very interesting. He counter-attacked us,” Rhodes noted. “I was so glad to see him gone in the second innings. He could have caused danger if he lasted an hour.”The Windies face Bangladesh in the second and final Test starting Friday in Dhaka with the prospect of another turner being prepared for the contest.last_img read more

Train death stuns Moorpark

first_imgHe was headed west about 3:50 p.m. on Poindexter Avenue, which runs along the tracks, when he turned north onto a private driveway leading to a gate and a dirt road into the hills. The eastbound train hit the driver’s side of his truck, knocking it several hundred feet into a drainage ditch, police said. A drilling contractor who drilled many of Ventura County’s wells, Withington was known as a quiet, hardworking man who had lived in Moorpark since childhood. “He was an absolutely neat guy, the hardest working man you would ever want to meet,” Whitaker said. “He was one of those people who would never retire. It’s a tremendous loss. There is no one with a higher moral character. He was absolutely honest, an upfront guy.” Family members said Withington crossed the tracks every day for decades and had recently warned his wife, Willa, about the need to be extremely careful there. They wondered whether he might not have heard the train coming because of a hearing problem, or might not have seen it until too late because of a tree or nearby curve in the tracks. His son-in-law, Jim Webber, said Withington loved Moorpark and the people in it and wanted to help his neighbors any way he could, clearing the brush with his bulldozer and even fighting a recent brush fire with a hose. “He’s done a lot for this town and the people in it. We’re very upset about this,” Webber said, expressing concern about the danger posed by the railroad crossing – with no warning lights and no barrier to stop vehicles from coming when a train approaches. “There’s a lot of crying.” Neighbor Sam Asadurian said Withington was like a member of his family. “He was a great, great man, one of the nicest there is. It’s hard losing him,” he said. Moorpark City Councilwoman Rosanne Mikos called Withington’s death “a real tragedy.” “You wish you could turn back the clock,” she said. Withington is survived by his wife; his daughters, Toni Webber and Jan Christian; and son, Harvey Withington. A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, 5400 Valentine Road, Ventura. (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOORPARK – Lowell Withington must have driven over the railroad tracks on the private road near his home more times than he could count. Knowing the dangers, he even warned his wife recently to take extra caution there. So news of his death this week after his pickup truck was struck by a train came as a shock to everyone who knew him. “I would guess he crossed those tracks 1,000 times at minimum,” said Dale Whitaker, owner of the Whitaker Hardware store in Moorpark. “It’s very sad. We feel very bad about this.” Withington, 76 – known around town as a hardworking man who was always there to lend a helping hand – was killed Monday when an Amtrak train hit his pickup truck at the rural crossing leading into the hills where he owned a home and also leased property on a nearby ranch. last_img read more