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Cricketer reunited with opponents who saved his life

Cricketer Ian Wakefield has been reunited with three members of an opposing team who kept him alive after he had a heart attack on the pitch.

Ian was batting for Rolleston CC when he collapsed. Three members of the opposition from Sawley and Long Eaton Park used CPR to keep him alive until an ambulance arrived.

Paramedics say the men saved his life.

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Cricket world record? Birmingham side bowls opponents out for 3 runs

Pioneers A were happy after their win Credit: BPM Media

A cricket team in Birmingham could have equalled a world record after they bowled out their opponents for just 3 runs.

Pioneers A, who play in the Birmingham Cricket League, thought they were in for a tough afternoon at Perry Hall playing fields near Perry Barr, when they finished their 40-over innings on 173 for 8.

Pioneers bowled out Pak Pakhtoon, who actually had a batsman score 199 by himself the week before Credit: BPM Media

But they managed to concede just 3 runs, as they removed all Pak Pakhtoon's batsmen in 13 overs, taking just 40 minutes.

Khalid Sadiq took 7 of the wickets in his 7-over spell, getting hit for 2 of the three runs - all despite nursing a calf injury. His strike partner, Mazar Ali, took 3 wickets in 6 overs.

Pioneers batsman Imran Majid said:

When we rang the league, they didn’t believe us. We had to take the scorecard round to the chairman.

Other low cricket scores:

  • Cheshire League side, Hasling, bowled out Wirral for 3 runs, which was believed to be a world record. But questions have been raised over how competitive that match was.
  • The previous Birmingham League record was set six years ago, and Friends XI bowled out Unique Stars for 9 runs.

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Australian cricketer Marcus North signs for Derbyshire

Marcus North celebrates a century for Australia Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The former Australian Test batsman has signed for Derbyshire a day after ending his first-class career.

The 34-year-old will cover for Shivnarine Chanderpaul who will be playing for the West Indies in Tests against New Zealand and Bangladesh.

The left-hander has played 21 Tests, two one-day internationals and one Twenty20 for Australia. He scored five Test centuries including a 117 on his debut against South Africa.

North comes back to Derbyshire after previously playing for them in 2006, making 465 at an average of 93 in a three-match stint.

North is hoping he can help get the team back to Division One.

I've enjoyed arguably one of my best seasons in Australia, so the opportunity to play this specific role for Derbyshire was very exciting and has come at the perfect time in my career.

They obviously have a talented group of players so hopefully I can assist in getting the boys back up to Division One quick smart.

Rapids hit New Road

Worcestershire's new T20 logo Credit: Worcestershire CCC

The flood water may have dropped but the Rapids are about to rise at New Road as 2014 will see Worcestershire County Cricket Club transform into the Worcestershire Rapids for NatWest T20 Blast.

The county will use its new name for the T20 competition, which it hopes refers not only to the annual floods associated with New Road but also at the entertainment fans may enjoy at the games.

New ground name for Derbyshire CCC: 3aaa County Ground

Derbyshire County Cricket Club have signed a six-figure deal to rename their home venue.

It will now be called the 3aaa County Ground.

Derbyshire County Cricket Club's ground Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

The three-year deal with one of the UK's leading national apprenticeship training providers is the first time Derbyshire have sold the naming rights to their century-old home, which was formerly known as the Racecourse Ground.

Derbyshire chief executive Simon Storey said: "We are absolutely delighted to be entering this innovative partnership with 3aaa."

"For the club to move forward, we have to increase investment in our playing and coaching budget. Sharing our major sponsorship assets with key business partners like 3aaa will help support the continued development of our on-field team."

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