Northamptonshire 200 for 5 (Rossington 85, Wakely 53*) beat Warwickshire 126 (Bell 62, White 4-20, Prasanna 3-26, Kleinveldt 3-14) by 74 runsScorecardNorthamptonshire booked their place in the quarter finals of the Natwest t20 Blast after a near perfect batting display saw them beat the Birmingham Bears by 74 runs at Wantage Road, Graeme White taking a hat-trick to seal the win as Birmingham suffered another dramatic collapseAdam Rossingtons 85 got the Steelbacks off to a flyer, before Alex Wakely hit a 20 ball half century to take his side to 200-5, their second highest total in t20 at Wantage Road.Ian Bells classy 62 led the chase, but was he was fifth man out, the Bears spectacularly collapsing in the face of an ever rising required rate, six wickets falling for seven runs at one stage, including Whites treble, as the visitors were dismissed for 126. For Bell, in his first season as captain after calling time on his England career, the season is at a critical stage.After Rossingtons career best, his 85 coming from 51 deliveries in a county record opening stand of 103 with Richard Levi, the Northants innings looked to be faltering as four wickets fell in as many overs before Wakelys 53 from 23 helped take 68 from the final five to reach the magical 200 mark.Rossington exploding into life with four consecutive boundaries off Oliver Hannon-Dalby from the final over of the powerplay, then taking the attack to the spinners, Josh Poysden hit into the upper tier of the old pavilion in passing 50 in 29 balls, before two further maximums came off Atiq Javid.Levi had contributed 31 to the century stand, but fell in the 11th over, brilliantly caught at long-on by Sam Hain diving backwards, sparking a mini collapse, as Josh Cobb edged his first delivery behind off Aaron Thomason, who then ended Rossingtons knock, caught at long-on, and the platform he has set looked like it might have been wasted when Seekkuge Prasanna holed out off his second ball.However Wakelys remarkable burst ensured that wasnt the case, the Northants skippers scored 12 from his first 10 deliveries, but was raising hit bat 10 balls later, taking Clarke was two fours and a six in the 18th over before pulling consecutive sixes off Keith Barker.The Birmingham Bears were left seeking a record run chase, and Bell was soon as his fluent best after surviving an early life, Prasanna failing to cling onto a sharp chance at fine leg, the ball going for four to spark a run of six boundaries in seven balls as both the third and fourth overs cost 17.Sam Hain also hit four fours in his run a ball 22 but after a promising opening stand of 60, the match turned in the hosts favours as Kleinveldt had Hain caught at fine leg, and Matthew Wade edged the next delivery to slip.Bell went to his half century off 30 balls, but tight bowling saw the required rate up to 12 an over at the halfway stage with 121 still required, and the pressure told as Laurie Evans was bowled trying to swing Prasanna into the leg side.Clarke added 19 with Bell, but when both fell to consecutive deliveries, the game was up, Evans stumped attempting to reverse sweep Prasanna, four balls after Rossington had missed an earlier stumping attempt, before Bells classy innings ended as he top edged a slog sweep off Graeme White.The Bears fell in a heap after that, with seven wickets falling in 15 balls, White taking a hat-trick that happened so fast most inside the ground missed it.Javid was trapped lbw from the last ball of Whites 14th over , and after Prasanna has Thomason stumped in the next, White returned to see Patel well caught by Richard Gleeson at mid-on, before Keith Barker charged first ball and was stumped.White finished with 4 for 20, the PA having to announce the hat-trick to the crowd, and the end quickly followed, Hannon-Dalby last man out, Kleinveldt also claiming 3 for 14, as the Steelbacks moved closer to a home tie, whilst Birmingham will have to wait to seal their quarter final place. Nike Air Jordan 32
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.ca look back at each of the Top 10 stories of 2013. Today, we look back at Boston Strong - a citys recovery from tragedy. Perhaps no coach understands the difficulty of impressing the College Football Playoff committee as well as Florida States Jimbo Fisher. Not once did his undefeated 2014 Seminoles ever reach the top spot in the committees ranking.Instead, Florida State sank to No. 4 in Week 15. The defending national champs were 12-0, had just beaten rival Florida 24-19 in the regular-season finale and were headed to the ACC championship game.Didnt matter. It wasnt always pretty.I dont think that should matter, I really dont, Fisher said Wednesday. I think thats people who have never coached, never understood whats on the sideline.Many coaches bristle at the phrase style points, but this week, there are ample opportunities for top-25 teams to leave no doubt theyre the better team, especially for programs like LSU, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, which are trying to rebound from opening-week losses.The question is, do they have to win convincingly? Or is a win a win in the eye of the committee?Style points is not terminology used by the committee, said Texas Tech athletic director and committee chair Kirby Hocutt, without referencing specific teams. We talk an awful lot about ranking and evaluating football teams being an art and not a science, and weve got 12 committee members who look at that art a little different. I think thats why the selection committee has worked -- because of the human element -- but at the same time, were just one week into the greatest regular season in all of sports.For all of the flavor of Kickoff Week, though, Week 2 is like licking an envelope.Not one Associated Press Top 25 team is playing a ranked opponent. Only five ranked teams are playing opponents from another Power 5 conference. And ESPNs Football Power Index projects that every single ranked team playing this week will win, and 19 of the 23 ranked teams playing have a 90 percent chance or better of winning. (Stanford and Michigan State are off.)The selection committees first ranking doesnt come out until Nov. 1, but style points apparently matter to the Associated Press poll voters. Florida dropped out of the top 25 this week, Tennessee sank eight spots and TCU fell two places, despite of them all winning.Im obviously not a pretty guy anyway, so I never win pretty, Gators coach Jim McElwain said, but at the end of the day its about figuring out how to win a ball game and the schedule you play. All you can do is control your own team. I know a lot of people probably think theyve got to run points up and all of that kind of stuff, but its just not a way we were made.Hes not the only one.Dont expect LSU coach Les Miles to run up the score against Jacksonville State just to make a statement to the committee. To him, style points would have to be seen with a game in question.That didnt happen against Wisconsin.After losing to the Badgers, the Tigers chances of winning the SEC dropped from a league-best 31 percent to 18 percent, according to FPI. Miles said their only priority this week is rebounding with a win.Well have an opportunity to impress the committee later, he said. What we need to do is just execute the play thats called and do so in a manner that were used to and well like the score. I dont know that theres any pressure on us to win by any number.Hocutt said the committee doesnt talk specifically about margin of victory. Thats good news for Clemson fans, whose team got a scare Saturday from Auburn before winning 19-13. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said anyone who refers to style points doesnt have a real understanding of how hard it is to win.I dont know about other people, but I think that with our schedule, if we win every game by one point and were 13-0 I think well be just fine, he said. Thats whhat its all about.ddddddddddddFlorida State was just fine in 2014. The Noles were never in serious jeopardy of falling out of the top four; they just werent perceived by some committee members as winning convincingly enough to be deserving of No. 1.While margin of victory might not be mentioned in the room, it could still be a factor for some of the committee members:Ive voiced before, there are some that really believe Florida States ability to overcome the deficits and rally and win and keep winning is a strong statement, and theres others that looked at the way those games have progressed, the fact that theyve at times struggled against three unranked opponents the last three weeks, former committee chair Jeff Long said on Dec. 2, 2014, when the Noles were ranked No. 4. That debate goes on in the room.Its something Fisher continues to believe should not be up for debate.If people on the committee think like that, then I dont think they need to be on the committee, he said. I think thats a very bad way to look at the thing and people dont understand football.With college kids, there are going to be ups and downs, he said. Theyre 18-22 years old and thats part of it. ... We want to dominate, heck I want to dominate from the first play to the last -- theres no doubt about that, but I think its people who really dont understand if thats their criteria theyre going by.Week 2 superlativesRoad trip bucket list: Bristol Motor Speedway, where NASCAR and college football collide. The Battle at Bristol is expecting more than 150,000 fans to watch Virginia Tech-Tennessee, and ESPN College GameDay will be on hand starting at 9 a.m. ET.Most intriguing mascot battle:?Miamis Sebastian the Ibis vs. Florida Atlantics Owlsley the Owl. Cant you see the feathers flying already?Can-miss game: No. 9 Georgia vs. Nicholls. ESPNs FPI gives the Bulldogs a 99.9 percent chance of winning Kirby Smarts home opener, and Nicholls hasnt defeated an FBS team since 2013 against Western Michigan.Upset watch: Arkansas at No. 15 TCU. TCU gave up 41 points in Saturdays win against South Dakota State, more than it had given up in its previous four meetings against FCS teams combined.Player in the spotlight: Louisville QB Lamar Jackson. He entered the Heisman conversation after scoring a school-record eight touchdowns -- all in the first half -- in a 70-14 win over Charlotte. He tied a school record with six touchdown passes, and is now looking for an Atlantic Division win against Syracuse.Dont forget about: Texas QB Shane Buechele. If he starts Saturday against UTEP, Buechele would become the first true freshman quarterback to start the first two games of a season in school history.Matchup to watch: Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford vs. Tennessee DBs. Ford has recorded a school-record four straight 100-yard receiving games dating to last season, the longest active streak in the FBS.Forgotten storyline: The Penn State-Pitt rivalry. Its not the same as it used to be -- and probably never will be again -- but its a renewed meeting between two programs that were among the greatest rivals in the sport. It remains the most-played rivalry in Penn State history, and the second-most for Pitt, behind WVU.Dubious distinction: Kentucky is 1-21 in road games since 2011, and heads to Florida this week in a series that has seen the Gators win 29 straight.Under-the-radar game: Washington State at Boise State. The Broncos have won 14 straight home openers, with their last loss coming in 2001 to Washington State. Washington State is eager to move past last weeks home loss to FCS Eastern Washington. Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China Jerseys NFL China Wholesale Jerseys China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Stitched Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale
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