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highest run chase
LONDON (AP)---England pulled off the
highest successful run chase in Cham-
pions Trophy history when it beat Bang-
ladesh by eight wickets in the opening
match at The Oval yesterday.
England hauled in Bangladesh's 305-6
by scoring 308-2 with 16 balls to spare in a
brilliant start to the eighth championship.
"Three hundred is an easy score to get by
playing real positive cricket," captain Eoin
An unbeaten 133 by a cramping Joe Root,
a 95 by opener Alex Hales, and an unbeaten
75 by Morgan paced an aggressive England
to what, in the end, was a comfortable win
in sunny conditions.
England was on the receiving end of the
previous highest chase in trophy history, a
loss in 2013 to Sri Lanka, which made 297-3.
Bangladesh threatened the same pun-
ishment in its first one-day international
on English soil in seven years by producing
its highest score against England, and the
eighth-best total in trophy history, 40 runs
more than its previous best.
In a batsman-heavy side, the big con-
tributor was their best, Tamim Iqbal, who
made 128, the highest ever individual score
for Bangladesh in the trophy. He combined
for 166 with Mushfiqur Rahim, who was out
for 79 straight after Tamim departed.
Their twin exits in the 45th over stalled
Bangladesh, which embarrassed England at
the last two Cricket World Cups.
"We were in a great position to score 330,
340, but we lost too many wickets late," cap-
tain Mashrafe Mortaza said.
Root joined Hales in the third over after
the out-of-form Jason Roy was out for 1.
Hales led their partnership, scoring freely
in front of the wicket. He'd just hit his 11th
boundary and second six off part-time leg-
spinner Sabbir Rahman when a slog sweep
went straight to safe hands at deep midwick-
et, and he fell five runs short of a century.
Hales and Root combined for 159, and if
Bangladesh thought it had finally made the
breakthrough it was brought back to earth by
Morgan, who settled in very quickly.
As Morgan slashed apart the Bangladesh
bowling attack, Root continued to dice it
with more subtlety, and reached his 10th
ODI century with an easy two.
Root, whose right calf began cramping
midway through his innings, finished the
match with a pair of boundaries - Nos. 10
and 11---for his highest ODI score, off 129
Morgan's 33rd half-century came off 61
balls and his knock of 75 included eight
boundaries and two sixes.
England has successfully made 300-plus
chases six times, four of them in the last
"We're a side that's getting better at it,"
Victory came at a price, though, for the
bookies' title favorite. Chris Woakes, who
opened the attack, bowled just two overs
before leaving with a left side strain, the
kind of injury which doesn't heal quickly.
Morgan said Woakes would be a big loss
if he can't play, but also praised his other
bowlers for making up for his absence.
"At one stage, Bangladesh looked like they
were getting 330, and to peg it back from
there I thought was a credit to (the bowl-
ers)," he said. "They adapted to the longer
boundary pretty well, and to wicket - it was
a really good wicket to bat on."
Woakes was part of a four-pronged pace
attack after Adil Rashid was left out to deny
Bangladesh much spin. Liam Plunkett did
the most damage, taking out Tamim and
Mushfiqur in successive deliveries.
Tamim top-edged Plunkett and was
caught behind, and Mushfiqur was caught
on the boundary. Their departures stalled
Bangladesh just when it needed to be surg-
Plunkett added Sabbir Rahman's wicket in
the last over to finish with a team-best 4-59.
England plays New Zealand next on Tues-
day in Group A. The New Zealanders face
Australia on Friday.
Bangladesh has the Australians on Mon-
'Rhodo' to bloom
Rhododendron will rock bookmakers un-
ceremoniously if able to continue the remark-
able 'classic' sequence of Aidan O'Brien in
the Epsom Oaks over a mile and a half of a
'good' surface today; all 'big-hitters' and city
dwellers will be out in force to pile on pressure
which several bookmakers have uncharacter-
istically subjected themselves to at huge odds.
Bookmaking is all about playing within pa-
rameters and securing regular profit, not trying
to hit sixes knowing that the slightest mishit will
be gobbled by those on boundaries.
Bookies offered 50/1 that O'Brien would not win
all ten classics; following last weekend, when he
bagged both in Ireland, odds are now less than 10/1!
Last month Aidan landed the English 2000/1000
Guineas with Churchill and Winter!
On my time-handicap there is nothing to stop
Rhododendron but she will be racing 50% fur-
ther; twenty days ago this Galileo filly stormed
into second over the Rowley Mile to finish second,
beaten two lengths, by vastly-improved Winter.
Distance is unlikely to be a saviour for those un-
suspecting layers or a problem for Ryan Moore,
also aboard stable-companion, Minding, when that
great and glorious filly obliged twelve months ago.
In my book Rhododrendron is too short but for
part-owner, former bookmaker Michael Tabor ir-
Michael once told a pal that he relishes 'short
certs' because bookies have to lay him as much as
he wants but he's a 'loser' in the long run; backing
at prohibitive, playing 'snakes and ladders' simply
can't pay, and doesn't.
Queen could be
involved in English
LONDON (AP)---Queen Elizabeth II could
become involved in a spat between a race-
horse owner and the country's horse-racing
authority over the barring of a jockey from
competing in the prestigious English Derby.
The British Horseracing Authority has inter-
vened to stop Gina Mangan from riding 1,000-1
shot Diore Lia in Saturday's race at Epsom, saying
that the jockey was too inexperienced and the BHA
had a "responsibility to place the welfare of our
participants, both equine and human, first."
Mangan has competed in 69 races in her career
and ridden one winner --- in 2009.
Richard Aylward, who bred the horse, said Man-
gan has been left "badly scarred" and "in a terrible
mess" by the BHA's decision. He entered Diore Lia
in an attempt to raise money for his chosen charity,
the Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, of
which Queen Elizabeth II is a patron.
The queen will be attending the Derby.
"It's my intention to speak to her about what
has happened when she comes in the parade ring
before the Derby," Aylward said.
"Our story needs telling," Aylward added, "be-
cause I've been left very, very upset about what
has gone on and I feel so sorry for Gina."
FOUR MORE: England's Alex Hales bats during the ICC Champions Trophy cricket match
between England and Bangladesh, at the Oval cricket ground, in London yesterday. AP PHOTO
Under: (Last Friday)
1 pm .................................. 29-8
4 pm ..................... ..............8-10
6.30 pm............ ................11-21
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
6-7-12-14-15 Mx: 4
19 (Horse) 10.30 am
18 (Water Boat) 4 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
30 (House Cat)
31 (Parson Wife)
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017
29 (Opium Man) 6.30 pm
5 (Parson Man) 10.30 am
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 6 8 3 20
15SICKWOMAN3 4 1 1
18WATERBOAT 6 3 5 4 18
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 7 0 4 15
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 5 3 1 5 14
30 HOUSE CAT
31PARSONWIFE3 5 3 6 17
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
4 (Dead Man)
England 308-2 in 47.2 overs (Joe Root 133 not
out, Alex Hales 95, Eoin Morgan 75 not out),
def. Bangladesh 305-6 in 50 overs (Tamim
Iqbal 128, Mushfiqur Rahim 79; Liam Plunkett
4-59), England won by 8 wickets.
Epsom, 1.30 Rhododendron
Doncaster, 4.00 Commander
Bath, 4.20 Dealer's Choice (nap).
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