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Nottinghamshire Outlaws breeze to T20 Blast glory a cricket season finally finished at blustery and rainy Edgbaston

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NOTTS breezed to Twenty20 glory as the cricket season finally finished.

The Outlaws overcame Surrey by six wickets with 16 balls to spare in the decider at T20 Blast finals day at Edgbaston.

Nottinghamshire captain Dan Christian lifts the Vitality Blast Trophy with his teammates after victory in the Vitality Blast 20 Final

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Nottinghamshire captain Dan Christian lifts the Vitality Blast Trophy with his teammates after victory in the Vitality Blast 20 FinalCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Ben Duckett celebrates as he leads the way with a big performance

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Ben Duckett celebrates as he leads the way with a big performanceCredit: Getty Images – Getty

October 4 is the latest end in history to the English season and the final concluded at 9.45pm after the rain eventually relented.

Left-hander Ben Duckett guided the Outlaws to their target of 128 in 16 overs with a controlled innings of 53 not out from 38 balls.

He played Tests and one-dayers for England in 2016 but faded from the scene amid a couple of disciplinary issues. He believes he is good enough to play international cricket again.

Notts were euphoric following their agonising one-run defeat in the semi-finals last year.

Duckett, who hit the winning runs with back-to-back boundaries off Surrey skipper Gareth Batty, said: “After losing in the semi last year, it’s a good feeling to get the boys over the line.

“Luckily I hit the gaps at the end and we got over the line quite convincingly.”

After Saturday’s washout, the action began at 3.15pm with the semi-finals reduced to 11 overs-a-side and the final a 16-over affair.

Surrey’s innings started badly and finished worse. Only a third-wicket partnership of 90 between England’s Jason Roy and ex-Sussex batsman Laurie Evans allowed them to reach 127-7 in their 16 overs.

 Peter Trego of Notts Outlaws poses with the Vitality Blast trophy

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 Peter Trego of Notts Outlaws poses with the Vitality Blast trophyCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Ben Duckett of Nottingham hits the winning runs against Surrey

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Ben Duckett of Nottingham hits the winning runs against SurreyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

They failed to strike a boundary from their last 29 deliveries.

In reply, Notts were in big trouble at 19-3 but Duckett and 39-year-old  veteran Peter Trego — in his first T20 match of the summer — pulled things round with a fourth-wicket stand of 63.

He made 31 from 21 balls before being lbw to left-arm spinner Dan Moriarty. Captain Dan Christian joined Duckett and helped finish the job in a hurry.

Notts beat Lancashire comfortably in their semi-final, although their players were warned by the umpires for excessive foul language.

Christian took his team to the brink by whacking four successive sixes off Liam Livingstone.

Surrey swept aside Gloucestershire in the first semi but were no match for Notts’ experience, nous and skill.

This post first appeared on thesun.co.uk

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England World Cup-winner Nobby Stiles dies aged 78 after a ‘long illness’

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Nobby Stiles, part of the England team which won the World Cup in 1966, has died aged 78 after a long illness.

Stiles was also part of the Manchester United side which became the first English club to win the European Cup two years later, when they beat Benfica in the final at Wembley.

A statement issued by the Stiles family read: ‘The Stiles family are sad to announce that Nobby Stiles passed away peacefully today (30/10/2020) surrounded by his family after a long illness.

Nobby Stiles, part of the England team which won the World Cup in 1966, has died aged 78

Nobby Stiles, part of the England team which won the World Cup in 1966, has died aged 78

Nobby Stiles, part of the England team which won the World Cup in 1966, has died aged 78

The World Cup winner passed away on Friday after years of battling with Alzeheimer's

The World Cup winner passed away on Friday after years of battling with Alzeheimer's

The World Cup winner passed away on Friday after years of battling with Alzeheimer’s

‘The family kindly ask for privacy at this sad time.’

Stiles was credited with playing a key role in neutralising the threat of Portuguese star Eusebio in the World Cup semi-final. In total he won 28 caps, the lowest number of any of the World Cup-winning side.

Stiles was born in Collyhurst, Manchester, in May 1942, during an air raid. He agreed apprentice terms with United in 1959, at a time when the club was still recovering from the Munich air disaster a year earlier in which eight players were killed.

Stiles was also part of the Manchester United side which became the first English club to win the European Cup

Stiles was also part of the Manchester United side which became the first English club to win the European Cup

Stiles was also part of the Manchester United side which became the first English club to win the European Cup

He won league titles with the Red Devils in 1965 and 1967, before the continental success the following year.

Stiles left United in 1971, going on to play for Middlesbrough and Preston. He later managed the Lilywhites between 1977 and 1981, before coaching Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps and then West Brom between 1985 and 1986.

He returned to United as a youth team coach under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1989 for a four-year stint.

In total he won 28 caps for England, the lowest number of any of the World Cup-winning side

In total he won 28 caps for England, the lowest number of any of the World Cup-winning side

In total he won 28 caps for England, the lowest number of any of the World Cup-winning side

Gary Lineker led tributes to Stiles, posting on Twitter: ‘Saddened to hear that Nobby Stiles has passed away. 

‘Another of our 1966 World Cup winning heroes leaves us. 

‘He had a heart that was even bigger than the gap in his teeth. RIP Nobby.’

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Carlo Ancelotti confirms James Rodriguez will miss Everton’s trip to Newcastle

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Everton will be without James Rodriguez for Sunday’s trip to Newcastle as the Premier League leaders look to return to winning ways.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side slipped to their first defeat of the campaign at Southampton last weekend, but other results went their way to leave the Toffees at the top of the table.

Rodriguez played the whole 90 minutes against Saints despite Ancelotti raising concerns over his fitness before the game.

After sustaining a testicle injury James Rodriguez has been undertaking pressure therapy

After sustaining a testicle injury James Rodriguez has been undertaking pressure therapy

After sustaining a testicle injury James Rodriguez has been undertaking pressure therapy

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed the playmaker will not be travelling with the squad to Newcastle

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed the playmaker will not be travelling with the squad to Newcastle

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed the playmaker will not be travelling with the squad to Newcastle

Now, though, the former Real Madrid man will miss out at St James’ Park having enjoyed a fine start to life on Merseyside.

‘We have back Jonjoe Kenny and (Jarrad) Branthwaite. James will not be available, and we have (Seamus) Coleman out and Richarlison and Lucas Digne suspended,’ Ancelotti said when asked for the latest team news.

‘He (Rodriguez) has played all the games. He had a little problem, so he needs to rest for this game and he will be available for the next game.’

James sustained bruising in a challenge with Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby

James sustained bruising in a challenge with Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby

James sustained bruising in a challenge with Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby

Richarlison will serve the second of a three-game ban while Digne will be missing after his red card in the Southampton loss.

With a number of key men missing, Ancelotti believes his players now have the perfect opportunity to prove how strong his squad is.

‘I think that the fact we have players out, it is important to know the real quality of the squad,’ he said.

‘The opportunity that other players have to play and show their quality and help the team to stay at the top.

‘It was not a good day against Southampton. We have moved forward and we are preparing well for this game.

‘It is important, we want to stay at the top of the table if possible. We know to play against Newcastle is always difficult. We are focused, this group, and we have confidence in this game.’

The Colombian did play in the recent defeat at Southampton, but now needs recovery time

The Colombian did play in the recent defeat at Southampton, but now needs recovery time

The Colombian did play in the recent defeat at Southampton, but now needs recovery time

Everton, along with the likes of Aston Villa and Leeds, have been the surprise packages of the early weeks of the new season.

The three sides have taken more points than more fancied opponents such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City, and Ancelotti feels that is a positive for the league.

‘I think this is refreshing and good for the Premier League,’ he said.

‘At the start of the season there were a lot of strange results, but this means that there is more competitiveness in the Premier League.

‘This is good for the league and important for the smaller teams on paper. It shows they have more ambition.’

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England stars to make own decision over BLM movement before Six Nations clash with Italy

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England players will choose individually how they wish to mark the Black Lives Matter movement before Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations clash with Italy.

The title match in Rome is their first opportunity to show solidarity for the cause following a seven-month interruption to Test rugby because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Before the anthems at the Stadio Olimpico, Six Nations organisers have scheduled time for a moment’s silence during which teams are able to demonstrate their support for BLM.

England will resume their interrupted Six Nations campaign against Italy in Rome on Saturday

England will resume their interrupted Six Nations campaign against Italy in Rome on Saturday

England will resume their interrupted Six Nations campaign against Italy in Rome on Saturday

Eddie Jones' men will mark the Black Lives Matter movement in their own way before the game

Eddie Jones' men will mark the Black Lives Matter movement in their own way before the game

Eddie Jones’ men will mark the Black Lives Matter movement in their own way before the game

Eddie Jones’ squad have been in camp for the past three weeks and their stance on the issue would have been clear at Twickenham last Sunday, only for their annual fixture against the Barbarians to be cancelled.

Billy Vunipola, the Saracens No 8, revealed that each player is to choose how or if they wish to recognise BLM.

‘We talked about it the first week we got in and we broached the matter before we were going to play the Barbarians,’ Vunipola said.

Billy Vunipola (R) revealed that each player is to choose how or if they wish to recognise BLM

Billy Vunipola (R) revealed that each player is to choose how or if they wish to recognise BLM

Billy Vunipola (R) revealed that each player is to choose how or if they wish to recognise BLM

‘Like anything in life, it’s a personal choice and the leaders made that clear. 

‘They made everyone in the room comfortable with what they wanted to do to mark it and we need to respect each others’ opinions, different or the same.

‘That’s where we’ve left it. You’ll probably see that tomorrow (Saturday). It has been an ongoing discussion, not just a one-off.’

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