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Marsh’s crucial impact

Marsh’s crucial impact

Mitch Marsh. Picture: Getty Images.Australia are likely tohave about five sessions to bowl England out for a second time and complete victory in the secondAshesTest after they remained in a commanding position on Saturday,helped by two crucial breakthroughs by Mitchell Marsh that served to justify his promotion here ahead of Shane Watson.
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Ben Stokes (87) and Alastair Cook (96) looked destined for hundreds during a lengthy partnership that hadrestored hope for England but when they bothfell at the hands of Australia’s new all-rounder the tourists’ chances of squaring the series by Monday were enhanced significantly.

Clarke, as is his custom, did not enforce the follow-on despite Australia exceeding England’s first-innings 312 by 254 and the only question now is when he will declare the second innings. That began to plan late on Saturday as Chris Rogers (44not out) and David Warner (60not out) led Australia to stumps at 0-108.The overall lead is now 362. There are are no shortage of runs to be made on this Lord’s pitch butthe highest ever successful fourth-innings chase at the home of cricketwas the West Indies’ 1-344 in1984.

The key moments of the day were undoubtedly the departures of Cook and Stokes, who had set themselves for the kind of marathon union that England were searching for in their bid to save this match.

It had seemed three figures and beyond was an inevitability for Cook – who hasnever scored a century in an Ashes Test at home – as he produced atypically obdurate display, determined not to give victory to Australia despite thecollapse of his top order the afternoon before.

Just before tea, however, and crucially only two overs before the new ball was due, he drove at a ball that angled across him from Marsh and made contact only with the inside edge of his bat. It careered intohis stumps and Cook dropped to his haunchesin disappointment at himself. From there, theEngland tail did not last long as Mitchell Johnson (3-53) and Josh Hazlewood (3-68) swooped.

Stokes earlier had himself to blame as much as Marsh when he also clipped a ball that stayed low back onto his stumps.

Marsh, used in short bursts by Clarke from the Pavilion End, couldn’t claim to have knocked over the duo with unplayable deliveries. There was nothing special about them but there is also no footnotes on the scoreboard. They all count andno more can have been asked of the 23-year-old on Saturday then to take down Cook and Stokes.

“It was nice to get those wickets like that. Itdoesn’t matter how you get them,” Marsh said. “I’ll take a few more chop-ons in the second innings, I’d be happy to have them.

“(With) the attack we’ve got I’m certainly not going to come out and try to blast blokes out.Butwherever the skipper needs me I just want to be there for him and bowl whenever. Hopefully I can do that in the second innings and take a few wickets.

“We’ve got ourselves in a great position now to drive the game. Hopefully we bat well tomorrow and we can put England under some pressure tomorrow afternoon and on day five.I’m sure Michael’s got a total in mind (for England to chase). He’ll talk to us before the game tomorrow or even tonight. I’m not sure but I imagine it will be around the 450 to 500 mark hopefully if we bat well tomorrow.”

Stokes said: “We’vegot to get our heads around that we’re probably going to have to batabout 150 overs to try and save the game.If there’s ever a wicket todo it on, it’s this one.”

Marsh ended with 2-23 from his eight overs, just the kind of contribution selectors desire from their fourth seamer in support of the frontline attack. The man he replaced at Lord’s, Shane Watson, spent some time on the ground on Saturday, fielding at first slip in place of Adam Voges, who sat out the day with a bruised hip from aStokes sweep he wore at short-leg on Friday afternoon.”I think it’s just a part of being in Dad’s Army…his bones are a bit brittle”, Marsh joked of Voges.

As for Watson, he put on his own show, playing up to the broadcaster’s cameras with his shirt off in the dressing room later in the day.

The more Marsh performs in the middle, though, the furtherWatsonwill be away from another opportunity.

While the new all-rounder collected the two big wickets, Johnson was unlucky his figures were not even better. He hadCook dropped by Steve Smith at square leg on 63 and then after celebrating what looked a brilliant low catch by Peter Nevill of Jos Buttler, the third umpireChris Gaffaney judged the ball to have touched the grass.

Hazlewood, whose pitch map looks like a dollop of tomato sauce has been dropped on the strip so precise is he,was also excellent while Nathan Lyon (1-53), who ended up having Buttler(13)caught behind, could have had another if not for umpire Kumar Dharmasenaturning down his lbw appeal against Moeen Ali (39) when the ball appeared to be taking a big piece of leg stump.

Warner was later fortunate himself not to be caughtbefore scoring by Adam Lyth, who made a mess of an edge that he should have taken at gully. Lyth’s contribution to this match is now a second-ball duck, one maiden over and a dropped catch.

Marsh then left the post-day press conference, where the team’s player of the day is usually sent,making no doubt about his own ambitions for Sunday.

“Hopefully I’ll see you back in heretomorrow night,” he said.

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Blacks belted by ‘Tahs

Blacks belted by ‘Tahs

HEAVY LOSS: Griffith inside centre Alapati Taifai looks for options as Waratahs defenders Matt Shortis (left) and Tim Corcoran come in to make a tackle at Conolly Rugby Complex on Saturday. Picture: The Daily Advertiser
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AN UNDERMANNED Blacks outfit have slumped to its second since the Southern Inland splitto fall further down the pecking order.

Griffith came into the split thirdbut Waratahs have moved around them following a 57-10 win at Conolly Rugby Complex on Saturday.

Missing some of its best players including co-coaches Nick Gleeson and Matt Vitucci as well as premiership players Chris Latu, Dan Dowson andLafa Lale, the Blacks struggled to contain the firing Wagga outfit.

Waratahs ran in eight tries to oneto take the coveted third spot with three more games beforefinals.

Finishing third enables a second chance come finals time but Gleeson is more concerned about getting his team to play its best football.

Gleeson wasdisappointed in his team’s performance despite missing 10 players.

“In the first half there was patches were we turned up to play as well as the first 10 minutes of the second half but after that we missed a bit of quality and direction whichthose (missing) players bring,” Gleeson said.

“There were players there that stood up and tried to lead us around whichwas good.”

Michael Stalley led from the front which Enoch Tia was strong after stepping up from third gradebut they didn’t have enough answers for the Waratahs’ attack.

Trailing 15-3 at half-time Waratahs scored early in the second half before Manning Doughty hit back for Griffith.

The Hay forward’s try reduced the margin back to 12 points but from there the Waratahs outside men went to a new level.

Letting in five more tries in the second half, the Blacks defence couldn’t handle the pressure to slump to their biggest loss of the season

The Blacks will host their home game as Tumut at Hay on Saturday as they look to bounce back into the winners list.

Gleeson is hoping to have a few more players to call upon to tackle the Bulls, who scored a narrow win over Ag College to remain in fifth, and play like they did in the loss to Leeton two weeks ago.

“Last week we played with a similar team and played a lot better than that and really took it to Leeton,” Gleeson said. “I was a bit disappointed we didn’t win that game and we need to get back to how we got back to how we played against Leeton.”

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Two men charged over Cessnock prison contraband

Two men charged over Cessnock prison contraband

Two men will appear in court after allegedly attempting to bring a loaded firearm and prohibited drugs into a correctional facility in Cessnock.
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Two men, a 26-year-old from Smithfield and a 22-year-old from Eastwood, attempted to drive into the car park of the facilityabout 10.20amSaturday.

NSW Police attached to the Central Hunter Target Action Group, and Corrective Security Operations Group officers, were conducting a joint operation and searched their vehicle.

They allegedly located and seized a loaded handgun, 1.89 grams of white powder, believed to be cocaine, $4960 in cash, and five mobile phones.

The two men were taken to Maitland Police Station and charged with numerous offences including an outstanding arrest warrant, possess unregistered firearm, possess firearm without licence, not comply with safe storage of firearm, introduce firearm into correctional centre, possess prohibited drug, introduce prohibited drug into correctional facility, possess prohibited weapon, introduce prohibited weapon into correctional facility and deal with proceeds of crime.

They were refused bail to appear before Maitland Bail Court on Sunday,July 19, 2015.

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Steamers wrap up top spot

Steamers wrap up top spot

TRY TIME: Tom Boyle launches himself to the try-line in the Steamers’ dominant top of the table win at Murrayfield. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICKDYNAMIC winger Sam Allen has helped the Steamers close in on the minor premiership with an outstanding display at Murrayfield on Saturday.
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The blue and golds dominated the top of the table clash with Leeton, converting a 29-13 halftime leadinto a 49-22 victory.

The win gives the Steamers a handy buffer at the top of the table with three rounds to finals and the week off for the minor premier.

Coach Mick Raynes said he hasn’t seen a winger have so much influence on a game.

“His running just created a momentum that the wholeteam bought into,” he said.

“A lot of the work is done inside butSamtook his own game to another level on Saturday.

”At one stageRichie Manion put up a bomb, there were two Leeton guys converging from both directions and they just hesitated for a fraction of a second and Sam hit the afterburners,took the ball out of the air and thenbeat two others to score –it was freakishly good.”

Raynes said it was a clinical first half performance.

“We dominated the first half and that came after spending sometimetalkingabout ourslow starts butlike the Tumut game we played to our game plan, kept themout of the red zone and executed our plays better than the previousweek,” he said.

“But it was the likes of Jean-Laurent Pozzobon, who must have racked up 30 tackles, Dan Cottrell in the line-out and Lex Botha out wide who reallystood out with Allen.

“The second half was a little scrappy but we now control our own destiny for the minor premiership.”

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Circus fun at Yenda school

Circus fun at Yenda school

CIRCUS TIME: Pupils at St Therese School had a great time on their circus-themed day. Picture: Supplied
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FUN: The circus-themed day was a highlight of the term for pupils at the school. Picture: Supplied

ST Therese School held a circus-themed day recently.

Pupils were asked to dress in anything related to the circus.

The school library was transformed into a circus tent with a parachute hanging from the ceiling.

A mural was painted and put up on the wall and the students drew portraits of clowns that were also put up.

A number of pupils wrote a play to perform to the younger students and the teachers.

There was also a chance for pupils to learn how to juggle and other circus skills.

St Therese is also conducting the Open Days of Discovery Program, which is an eight week program for children who will begin primary school in 2016.

The program aims to provide children the chance to experience school and have fun with older children.

It has proven successful.

The school community would also like to invite residents to become a permanent part of Yenda’s history.

The Sisters of St Joseph Commemorative Garden will provide an enduring link between the past, present and future.

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