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  • 19 Jul
    England 278 for 6 (Duckett 63, Billings 62, Stokes 47*) beat Bangladesh 277 for 6 (Mushfiqur 67*, Sabbir 49, Imrul 46, Tamim 45, Rashid 4-43) Scorecard and ball-by-ball updatesHold the pose and watch the ball disappear down the ground high into the crowd. Such was the perfect manner in which Chris Woakes settled a wonderful one-day series. Little speaks more highly of England than the fact they turned up in Bangladesh the first place but, having turned up, they fulfilled their aims on the field as they ended Bangladeshs run of six successive series wins in ODIs on home soil.Bangladesh have an impressive lists of conquests to their name, but they have still not beaten England in a bilateral series, losing this one 2-1 as they went down in Chittagong by four wickets with seven balls to spare. Their 277 for 6 looked formidable on a slow pitch that turned substantially for Adil Rashid as he took ODI-best figures of 4 for 43. But the pitch quickened slightly as the dew fell, their finger spinners failed to find the same purchase and England met the run chase with imagination and maturity.When Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales withdrew from the Bangladesh tour because of safety concerns, England made it clear that there would be no retribution, while stressing that nothing could be taken entirely for granted: life has a habit of moving on was the gist from Andrew Strauss, MD of England cricket.Life has moved on, not enough to exclude them - Morgan will skipper on the ODI leg in India - but after this victory it will be enough for England to contemplate their deepening batting options with mounting excitement as they prepare to host the Champions Trophy and World Cup in forthcoming years. They won not just without Morgan and Hales, but without Joe Root and the injured Jason Roy, too, a first-choice top four whose absence was survived.Ben Duckett and Sam Billings, two batsmen to benefit from others absence, were prominent figures in Englands successful chase. Both lodged half-centuries that represented their best England ODI scores. Ducketts, his second of the series, again built on a county season that brought him player-of-the-year recognition, while Billings played with zest as he capitalised on Jason Roys absence from the top of the order because of injury.Considering the shenanigans in the second match in Mirpur, after which the match referee doled out two fines and a reprimand, it was perhaps fortunate early in Englands run chase that it was Billings who collided with Mashrafe Mortaza, the bowler, who wandered into his path as he sought a second run. Some well-modulated, polite protest sorted that one out. A swept six against Mashrafe announced that he was set and the shot continued to sustain him until, on 62, it also brought his downfall when he top-edged Mosaddek Hossain to deep square.Billings has dash; Duckett scores quickly without you entirely noticing. He is an inventive cricketer, able to expose the field with a mix of sweeps, ramps and inside-out drives; a stout batsman with a permanently puzzled expression that might have been sketched for Toy Story. In one-day cricket, perhaps in Tests too, he can become a favourite. He perished to a ramp shot against Shafiul Islam, an alert keepers catch for Mushfiqur Rahim.With James Vince having fallen lbw in Nasir Hossains first over and Bairstow bowled by Shafiul, misjudging the length as he tried to pull, England were 99 short with 19 overs by the time Jos Buttler reached the crease. A slower ball from Mashrafe silenced him, then Moeen Ali chipped him feebly to mid-on. But Ben Stokes played with restraint and, only when Woakes was put down by Imrul Kayes at first slip off Taskin Ahmed - a head-high catch with 21 needed from 21 balls - did England feel that momentum was with them. Perhaps influenced by the heated exchanges in Mirpur, even if only sub consciously, England had recalled Liam Plunkett, their most aggressive fast bowler, as a mid-innings enforcer. It was the wrong call. The Chittagong pitch was so slow that it was no time to be The Enforcer - even Dirty Harry would have taken the day off - but it turned from the outset. Liam Dawson, the Hampshire allrounder, must have rued a missed opportunity to bowl his left-arm spinner on a surface like this.Fortunately for England, Rashid had the sort of day when the heavens bestowed kindness upon him. Two long hops and a full toss accounted for three of his wickets and, on each occasion, his raised index finger looked like an exercise in positive thinking rather than a gesture of unadulterated triumph. But he turned the ball bigger than anybody and that contributed to his sense of threat, enough to take the Man-of-the-Match award. And he is Englands leading wicket-taker in ODIs this year.By the time that England had dispensed with the openers, Imrul and Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh would have felt quite settled at 106 for 2 in the 23rd over. Tamim became the first Bangladesh batsman to reach 5,000 ODI runs with a collectors item - swatting a bouncer from Woakes in front of square. But reputations shift and it was the wicket of Imrul that England most hankered after, illustrated by a wasted review when he was 31 as they searched unsuccessfully for a hint of glove as he reverse swept Moeen. Stokes broke the stand, Imrul clipping him to square leg.Rashid then took four of the next five wickets to fall, repeatedly stymieing Bangladeshs ambitions. Tamim, reaching for a short ball, got it as far as Vince at cover; Mahmudullah hit another long hop in the same direction. Sabbir Rahman, at least, received the high-class kill his sprightly innings deserved as Butter held an edge off a fierce leg break. Nasir Hossain was Rashids last victim, this time courtesy of a full toss sinking faster than the pound.Moeen wicket also possessed fortune as he defeated the left-hander, Shakib Al Hasan, on the outside edge and was stumped by Buttler who inadvertently flapped the ball onto the stumps and was fortunate that the bails fell off before he crashed his gloves into the timber.Bangladesh held their nerve as 10 overs elapsed without a boundary and by the end of the innings Mosaddek and Mushfiqur had been rewarded with an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 85 in 12 overs.Mushfiqurs unbeaten 67 from 62 balls was his first half-century in 21 knocks, with England blowing two good chances to remove him. He might have been run out on 26 when Mosaddek sent him back but Bairstow missed. Then on 44 he struck Woakes down the ground but Stokes, having made good ground for the catch, had four bites before putting it down. With a bat in his hand, and a series to win, Stokes was to allow no such liberties. 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LSU falls to 9-17 overall and 4-11 against Southeastern Conference foes. The Wildcats return home on Sunday for their final regular-season home match of the season against Texas A&M. Sunday will also mark Senior Day for UKs two departing seniors in Anni Thomasson and Sharay Barnes. Match time is set for 2 p.m. and the match is slated to air on the SEC Network.Offensively I thought we were very good tonight, head coach Craig Skinner said. Hitting .340 and almost 50 kills in three sets, you have to be pleased with that. A number of people got a lot of good swings and we had just a few errors.Dailey led the way in both phases of the game for the Cats as she also directed the offense to the tune of 49 combined kills and a .339 hitting percentage. Freshman Leah Edmond reached double figures with 14 kills. Shes tallied double-digit kill totals in 24 of UKs 27 matches this season. Junior Kaz Brown logged eight behind a .400 attacking clip. Fellow middle blocker Emily Franklin added seven, while Thomasson and junior Darian Mack totaled six apiece. Sophomore Brooke Morgan scored five kills on a .444 attacking percentage.We work a lot on digging that side of the court, Skinner added. Its harder to dig right-back than it is left-back because its a quicker attack. Olivia and McKenzie (Watson) did a great job of being disciplined. They stopped on defense and made plays. Both of them are very good right-back defenders.Thomasson contributed three aces and four digs in an all-around effort. Junior libero Ashley Dusek had eight digs, while sophomore McKenzie Watson and Edmond both contributed five. Browns two blocks led the way at the net defensively.SET RECAPSSet 1 Prior to the match, Thomasson was recognized for breaking the 25-point rally scoring era for most career aces - and then the first three points of the match were scored on aces, by UKs senior leader. A kill from the back row from Thomasson lifted UK to an early 5-1 advantage. A kill from Morgan pushed the Wildcats lead to five at 7-2. At the media timeout, Kentucky owned a 15-8 cushion thanks to an attacking error by the Tigers. LSU pulled back to within six, but four consecutive points by the Wildcats enabled the home team to recapture a comfortable 10-point edge at 20-10. It was all the more breathing room the Cats would need as they captured set one by a 25-17 score. Edmond finishedd the stanza off with an electric kill, her third of the frame.dddddddddddd Brown, Thomasson and Mack joined her with three or more hammers. Dailey dished out 14 assists and added a set-high eight scoops. Kentucky totaled 17 kills with a .351 hitting clip, while limiting LSU to 12 kills on a .265 percentage.Set 2 Franklin opened the scoring with a cross-court kill, followed by a solo rejection from Brown and the Cats owned an early 2-0 lead. LSU fended off the advantage to pull back to within one at 5-4, but a service error enabled the home team to grasp another multi-point edge. A 9-7 UK lead midway through the second set was highlighted by Dailey who had already equaled her career high with 11 digs to accompany 18 assists for her fourth career double-double. An Edmond kill, followed by an LSU miscue lifted the Cats to a five-point lead at the media break. The lead swelled to seven quickly as Kentucky two of the three points following the timeout. An LSU attacking error lifted UK to a 25-18 win and a 2-0 lead into halftime. Kentucky charted 17 kills on a .343 clip, while LSU had just nine and utilized a .133 percentage. Edmond paced the attack with five kills in the frame, and Dusek had five digs. Set 3 For the first time in the match it was the Tigers who scored the first point, but Kentucky wasted little time in firing back with a kill from Edmond. The teams exchanged points until back-to-back kills from Brown and Dailey gave UK a 4-2 advantage. LSU eventually fought its way back to a tie at 8-8, and it was Thomasson with a touch shot over the block to spell the threat and once again enable the home team to capture the lead. Thomassons kill was the beginning of a five-point spurt as UKs lead grew to five at 13-8. Consecutive kills from Edmond pushed UKs lead to six at 15-9 as the teams headed into the media break. With Kentuckys lead having expanded to eight at 18-10, LSU opted for a timeout. Kentucky was the first to push 20, maintaining its eight-point edge. LSU pulled back to within three at 22-19, prompting the Wildcats to take a timeout. Following the break, Morgan laced one off of the block and Franklin converted off an overpass to give UK match point. The Tigers fended off three match points, but Edmond quickly dispersed the threat with her 14th kill of the night.BY THE NUMBERS 102 - Total career aces for senior Anni Thomasson who began the match with three straight 24 - Times Leah Edmond has reached double-digit kills 4 - Double-doubles for sophomore setter Olivia Dailey who had one today behind a career-high 15 digs 2 - Seniors in Thomasson and Sharay Barnes who will be honored prior to Sundays match with Texas A&M ' ' '