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SA thumped in CWC semi-final

first_img26 April 2007South Africa’s challenge for the 2007 Cricket World Cup title came to crashing halt in the semi-finals, and this time round there was no bad luck involved: the Australians completely outplayed the Proteas, winning by seven wickets with more than 18 overs to spare.It brought the curtain down on a World Cup campaign that was ragged in its consistency. At times, Graeme Smith and company produced outstanding cricket, while, at other times, it was merely average. In a competition lasting as long as the World Cup, consistently good performances are needed and South Africa didn’t measure up.‘We also let ourselves down’Speaking after the Proteas’ defeat, Smith said: “As a team we know what we are capable of. I think we have been a little bit up and down in the World Cup. We have had some outstanding performances, we have had some medium performances. Being two games away from winning a World Cup and not putting in the performance that you are looking forward to, it is disappointing. I wouldn’t say we were just beaten today. We also let ourselves down.”It was a performance that stunned South Africa’s supporters because of a string of rash shots that saw the Proteas’ top order disintegrate within the first 10 overs as the team stumbled to 27 for 5. From that point, there was no turning the match around. Only one side could win from that position and it was Australia.Coach Mickey Arthur defended his team’s batsmen, saying: “I don’t think we played reckless shots and threw our wickets away. We had a plan. We needed to disrupt Australia’s momentum somehow. We needed to get on top and we needed to get on top quick.”South Africa in an early holeInstead, an aggressive approach put South Africa into an early hole and once the Aussies got their noses in front, they pushed home their advantage.Smith won the toss at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in Saint Lucia and elected to bat.His decision may have had something to do with the group match between the two sides when Australia got away to a flyer as they compiled 377 for 6, which put SA under huge pressure. Obviously, the South African skipper was hoping to turn the tables and put pressure on the Aussies, but it never happened.For the first time in the tournament, Ricky Ponting gave Glenn McGrath the new ball to share with Nathan Bracken and it proved an inspired decision.First wicket fallsBracken was the first man to strike when, in the third over, he bowled Smith as the left-hander gave the bowler the charge and missed an attempted shot over the top. His stumps were rattled and he was gone for two as South Africa fell to 7 for 1.Jacques Kallis joined AB de Villiers in the middle, but their partnership lasted into the sixth over only. Off the second ball of the over, Kallis backed away to leg and gave himself room to drive McGrath through the covers for four. The very next delivery he again tried to create space for a shot, but a full pitched delivery from McGrath knocked his stumps back and he was gone for five.Herschelle Gibbs teamed with De Villiers and they advanced the score to 22 for 2 after eight overs. Ponting then introduced Shaun Tait into the attack, taking over from Bracken.Tait strikesHe tried to bounced De Villiers first ball and was hammered to the midwicket boundary. However, three balls later, he struck. The opener drove at a full ball without any decent footwork, succeeding only in edging the delivery, which wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist safely caught. De Villiers had scored 15 off 39 balls.The next over, McGrath knocked the stuffing out of the South African innings. With his fourth delivery he removed Ashwell Prince for a duck as the left hander wafted at a wide delivery, with his feet rooted to the crease, and Gilchrist took the edge.In came Mark Boucher, and he immediately departed, dismissed first ball. McGrath sent down a full delivery, probing outside the off stump, and Boucher got an edge to the ball. Matthew Hayden, at first slip, pouched the chance, reducing South Africa to 27 for 5.Justin Kemp kept the hat-trick ball out and he and Herschelle Gibbs set about trying to steady South Africa’s innings.Gibbs fights backGibbs helped himself to three fours off Tait and, when the fast bowler was replaced by Shane Watson, he greeted the medium pacer with another boundary.By the twenty-first over the pair had put together a a 50-partnership. It didn’t last much longer, however.In the twenty-third over, Gibbs tickled a delivery from Tait to Gilchrist, which ended his innings. He had scored 39 from 49 balls. His partnership with Kemp was worth 60 runs.The new batsman, Andrew Hall, lasted only until the first ball of the twenty-seventh over when he became Tait’s third victim as Gilchrist pocketed his fourth catch. His contribution was three and South Africa had fallen to 93 for 7.Gentle return catchShaun Pollock struck a four off Brad Hogg to take the Proteas past the 100-mark, but in the same over he was out for five. He prodded tentatively forward to a good length delivery from the left-arm spinner, resulting in a gentle return catch to the bowler.Andre Nel then teamed with Justin Kemp as South Africa fought to bring some kind of respectability to their score.Kemp struck Watson for two fours in an over, but runs suddenly dried up as the batsmen were reduced to scratching for singles.Fourth wicket for TaitThen, Tait struck for the fourth time. Nel slashed at a short, wide delivery from the paceman and Michael Clark, at backward point, backpedaled to take an easy catch. Nel had lasted 41 balls and scored eight runs.His dismissal brought Charl Langeveldt to the crease with South Africa on 130 for 9.Kemp managed another two fours and Langeveldt responded by slashing a boundary over point. The next ball, though, he was out for six after giving himself room to hit Watson, who bowled him with a ball that pitched in the block hole.Kemp remained unbeaten on 49 from 91 balls, with four fours and one six.South Africa were all out for just 149, a total that was unlikely to prove challenging to the Aussies.McGrath outstandingMcGrath claimed 3 for 18 in eights over and destroyed the South African top order. It was a performance that won him the man of the match award. Tait also performed excellently, snapping up 4 for 39 in 10 overs.Early hopes of a miraculous result were raised for the Proteas as Langveldt, with the first ball of the second over, produced a stunning delivery to bowl Gilchrist for one. The ball swung into the left-hander and then tracked in further off the pitch to find the gap between bat and pad, resulting in Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting making an early visit to the crease.Ponting and Matthew Hayden, the tournament’s top run scorer, settled things down, adding 43 for the second wicket before Andre Nel yorked Ponting with the final ball of the ninth over, bowling him for 22 from 25 deliveries.Michael Clark joined Hayden in the middle and they set about taking the game away from the battling Proteas.Ticking overThe pair kept the scoreboard ticking over, finding singles and the occasional boundary, to take the total to 110 before Hayden fell. He tried to strike Pollock straight over the top, but got too far under the ball and Smith took the catch at long on. Hayden’s effort produced 41 runs from 60 balls.Andrew Symonds then paired with Clark to see Australia through to victory in the thirty-second over.Symonds weighed in with 18 from 16 deliveries, while Clark finished on a well-played 60 from 86 balls, with eight fours.DisappointingSouth Africa, who had entered the World Cup with the number-one ranking in the world, were out of the tournament, having put together a disappointing record of six wins and four losses.The victories came over The Netherlands, Scotland, Sri Lanka, Ireland, the West Indies, and England, while two defeats were suffered at the hands of Australia, with other losses to New Zealand and Bangladesh.Bluntly speaking, the only victory of note was that against Sri Lanka, who will face Australia in the World Cup final. Apart from that, three wins came against associate nations, while the West Indies and England were teams badly out of form.Out of formSouth Africa, too, was a little out of form, missing a cutting edge and the sharpness needed to win the big one at the World Cup. That cost them dearly when they faced a team firing on all cylinders in the semi-finals as Australia cruised to a worthy place in the World Cup final.Heading into the tournament, it looked like the Proteas might finally have the answers to the questions that World Cup has asked of them in the past. They left the tournament with more questions than answers. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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DeWine signs 2019 transportation budget

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseOn April 2, Gov. Mike DeWine signed a transportation budget that will bump the state tax on gasoline to 38.5 cents per gallon and 47 cents a gallon on diesel fuel (off-road is excluded from the tax increase). This is an increase of 10.5 cents for gas and 19 cents for diesel. The governor initially pushed for increase of 18 cents a gallon for gas and diesel fuel to address the state’s deteriorating road infrastructure.The new tax rates will begin July 1. In addition, there will be a 19-cent per gallon tax for compressed natural gas, which has not previously been taxed, phased in over 5 years. Registration fees for hybrid and electric vehicles are included in the budget as well. The state will get 55% of the funds from the tax increases and 45% will go to local governments for road maintenance and improvements. The transportation budget also has a provision that cuts costs by eliminating the requirement for front license plates on vehicles after July 1, 2020.Many in agriculture were supportive of the tax increases due to the vital need to maintain Ohio’s road infrastructure.“Money the state receives through the fee on motor fuel hasn’t kept pace with maintenance and construction needs to keep Ohio roadways in good condition. These roadways are the lifeblood for farmers to get grain to the marketplace,” said Jon Miller, president of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. “The advisory committee and the governor have laid out a case, and it shows, that there is a need for additional revenue in order to maintain investment that we made in highways across Ohio.”Agriculture is also pleased with one measure not included in the transportation budget — an amendment increasing quick take authority, which allows property to be taken immediately without the normal eminent domain process. This amendment was being pushed by utility companies to bypass normal eminent domain procedures and allow them the ability to instead take immediate possession of property. If passed, the amendment would have allowed utility companies to take possession of a property by depositing funds with the court of an amount the utility believes is an appropriate value.“This amendment eliminates the landowner’s negotiating power,” said Jenna Beadle, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation director of state policy.An additional provision of the amendment allowed project approval by the Ohio Power Siting Board to be used as a determination of need for the project under eminent domain.“This takes away a landowner’s right to argue the necessity of the project or whether an existing easement could be used for the project,” Beadle said.This expanded authority was ultimately not included in the final transportation budget, but Beadle said she expects the issue to reappear in future legislation.last_img read more

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Picasa 3.5: Ruining Your Good Name with Face Recognition Tagging

first_imgIn the same way that Picasa web albums offer facial recognition and tagging, Picasa 3.5 automatically scans all of your photos and groups similar faces together. From there users can add names to their photos in bulk and upload them to their web albums. One of the interesting features of this program is that names auto-complete from a user’s Google contacts. While services like Face.com offer facial recognition-based tagging on Facebook, the Picasa 3.5 desktop software allows users to organize friends and groups of friends with a simple offline hard drive scan. After a couple minutes of scanning you can create name-based collages, slideshows and geo-tagged albums. The bottom line is, if you’re going to get tipsy at a bachelor party, you better hope your friends have the good sense to uncheck those photos before they start uploading your Coyote Ugly bar dance antics to the wedding slideshow. Other new features include drag and drop geo-tagging over a Google map and simultaneous uploading and sharing. In the past, photo uploaders have had to go through the additional act of selecting specific contacts to share albums. Now users can alert their contacts to an album as it’s going up. Your coworkers and family may get an eyeful. At this point, facial recognition software and batch tagging is making it tougher to put on the facade of being a respectable human being. It looks like underground speakeasys are about to see a resurgence. To download the new Picasa visit Picasa.google.com. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#web dana oshiro Say goodbye to your controlled web presence and say hello to Picasa 3.5. Google released Picasa 3.5 with a slew of new features including facial recognition and name-based batch tagging, faster geo-tagging and better web uploading functionality. The service is so good at finding your mug and tagging it that wild photos from yesteryear can resurface and wreak havoc on your reputation. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Choosing Among the Most Efficient Water Heaters

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. A long-running ad campaign for Maytag featured an affable but underworked repairman who spent his days snoozing in an office chair because the appliances he sold rarely needed any attention. “I’m the loneliest guy in town,” he complained with a sigh.The story line may ring a bell with John Miles, who heads Eco Systems, Sanden International’s heat-pump water heater operation in the U.S. Although the products he represents are among the most efficient residential water heaters on the market, Miles is still waiting for that breakthrough year when consumers and HVAC specialists finally wake up to the unique advantages that heat-pump water heaters offer.They are head and shoulders above anything else that’s available, but command just a little over 1% of the market—of the more than 8 million residential water heaters sold in the U.S. last year, roughly 100,000 of them were heat-pump appliances, Miles said in a telephone call, and Sanden accounted for only a small percentage of that.“It’s been a hard nut to crack,” Miles said.Heat-pump water heaters are unfamiliar to many U.S. consumers despite widespread success in Japan and Europe. Like other types of air-source heat pumps, including appliances used for space heating, they extract residual heat from the air without burning any fuel directly. Sanden’s product is unique in the U.S.—it’s a split system with the storage tank inside the house and a separate compressor outside. But a growing number of manufacturers offer heat-pump technology in integrated units that combine the compressor and the storage tank.Heat-pump water heaters are but one option among many for residential water heating. Water heaters with integral storage tanks powered by either gas or electricity are the industry’s old standbys. Manufacturers have increased the energy efficiency of… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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Two big festivals add zing to Berhampur polls

first_imgThe election carnival in Odisha’s Berhampur has coincided with two big festivals — the 32-day-long biennial Thakurani Jatra and 21-day-long Danda Nata festival — adding to the excitement of the residents. The Thakurani Jatra festival, famous for its colourful carnival spirit, started in the early hours of Saturday. The 21-day-long Danda Nata festivities will continue till April 14 and voters of Berhampur will exercise their franchise for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls on April 11.Decked up in colourful flags of Danda Nata, Thakurani Jatra and those of various political parties, Berhampur looks ready for triple celebrations.During the next two weeks, three types of processions will be an everyday affair in the city. The Thakurani Jatra Ghatam will be taken out to different streets of the old town area during evenings. The march of Danda Nata troupes holding hundreds of flags has already begun.Song and dance showsNight-long folk dance and opera shows are part of Danda Nata being held in different areas of the city. Political roadshows and street-corner meetings have added to the excitement.“The noise caused by blaring sound systems used for Danda Nata, mixed with that of election campaign loudspeakers, will surely give us a headache,” said Sunita Behera, a housewife. The threefold festivities in Berhampur is expected to increase voter presence on the polling day. “Usually residents of the city working outside and married daughters return to their parental homes during Thakurani Jatra and Danda Nata. It is expected to increase voting to some extent on April 11,” said BJP leader Manoj Patnaik.last_img read more

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9 months agoFletcher full of praise for Man Utd defender Lindelof after Spurs win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fletcher full of praise for Man Utd defender Lindelof after Spurs winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Darren Fletcher has full of praise for Ander Herrera and Victor Lindelof after victory at Tottenham.While Fletcher praised David De Gea’s “brilliance” for helping the Red Devils avoid defeat, the Scot believes Herrera and Lindelof distinguished themselves at Wembley.Fletcher told BBC Sport: “I was particularly impressed by Ander Herrera, who started out on the right of their midfield diamond but had a very different role in the second half, next to Nemanja Matic as a defensive midfielder.”A lot of his work went unseen, when he was tracking players and staying with runners, but every time he got on the ball he showed great composure and he rarely wasted a pass.”Victor Lindelof stood out too, not just with his determination but with his communication and the way he organised the rest of the United defence.”It was the first time I have seen him act like a real leader, and he looks like a player who has been given the confidence by his manager to be the team’s voice at the back, which is going to be massive for United going forward.” last_img read more

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a month agoWoodward: Solskjaer and Man Utd share philosophy

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Woodward: Solskjaer and Man Utd share philosophyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the board’s full support.As the United chief announced record annual revenues of £621.7million today, he insisted the club are on the right track.Woodward stated: “We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager.”This is reflected in the recent addition of three exciting first team players, key player contract extensions and the talent we have coming through our academy.”Everyone at Manchester United is committed to delivering on our primary objective of winning trophies.” last_img read more