Rosberg announces shock retirement

first_img0Shares0000Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team’s German driver Nico Rosberg celebrates at the end of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 27, 2016VIENNA, Austria, Dec 2 – Nico Rosberg quit Formula One on Friday, just five days after winning the world title for Mercedes in a move that stunned motor racing.The 31-year-old German, who beat off teammate Lewis Hamilton in the finale, is the first reigning champion to quit since Alain Prost in 1993. Rosberg made the bombshell revelation in Vienna ahead of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) annual awards ceremony.“I have decided to end my Formula One career here,” said Rosberg, who claimed the title at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday when he came second to Hamilton.He said he made the decision in the aftermath of his championship triumph.“It was a process on Monday,” Rosberg added. “I didn’t know if I had the balls, and I took a bit of time.“But I am done. End of story, and the next step is being a dad and a husband and I am very much looking forward to that.”Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said: “For the team this is an unexpected situation and an exciting one.”Wolff hailed the acheivements of Rosberg.“This is a brave decision by Nico and testament to the strength of his character.“He has chosen to leave at the pinnacle of his career, as world champion, having achieved his childhood dream.”Wolff said Rosberg’s “relentless” drive and “inspirational way” of fighting adversity, mixed with his “tenacity and grace under pressure” had earned him “the respect of the sport”.In capturing the title Rosberg emulated his father Keke who won the F1 crown in 1982.Rosberg began karting aged six. He and Hamilton met as rivals in 1997 and became team-mates in 2000.In 2002, he moved to the German Formula BMW championship and won the title.Rosberg arrived in F1, with Williams, via the Formula 3 Euro Series and winning the inaugural GP2 title in 2005.Before joining Williams, he turned down a place at Imperial College, London, to study aeronautical engineering.In 2010, Nico Rosberg moved to the rebranded Mercedes team created by the German manufacturer’s takeover of the 2009 champions Brawn © AFP/File / Pedro PardoRosberg claimed his first podium at the 2008 Australian Grand Prix, sharing the moment with a victorious Hamilton who had arrived in F1 with McLaren a year earlier.In 2010, he moved to the rebranded Mercedes team created by the German manufacturer’s takeover of the 2009 champions Brawn.He recorded consistent finishes as team-mate to returning Michael Schumacher before the seven-time champion’s final retirement and the arrival, in 2013, of Hamilton.Their partnership ignited the team’s spell of dominance. Though Hamilton beat him to be champion in 2014 and 2015, the methodical Rosberg finally took the crown in 2016.Rosberg takes his leave of Formula One with 23 race wins and 30 pole positions.He is now relinquishing life in the fast lane to spend time with his wife, his childhood sweetheart Vivian Sibold with whom he has a daughter, Alaia, born in August last year.He posted a message to his fans on social media, saying “I have a message for you”.“Since 25 years in racing it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target.“And now I’ve made it. I have climbed the mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right.”Wolff said Rosberg’s exit presented Mercedes with “an unexpected but exciting situation”.“We are going into a new era of technical regulations and there is a free Mercedes cockpit for the seasons ahead.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Gabon maintain perfect run

first_img0Shares0000LIBREVILLE, Gabon, February 1- Gabon continued their charmed run at the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday, toppling Tunisia to emerge from the first round with a perfect nine points.Gernot Rohr’s already qualified side added the noted scalp of the 2004 winners to those of Morocco and Niger to finish winners of Group C and earn a quarter-final date with the Group D runners-up. With Ghana favourites to claim Group D that could prove a major boost to the co-hosts’ outlandish bid bid to make it to the February 12th final.Day 11 saw simultaneous games being played in Franceville, where Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s’ goal did it for 2004 winners Tunisia, and in the Gabon capital where the dead’ tie between the two eliminated teams ended in a 1-0 win for Morocco over Niger.The nation’s eyes though were trained on events in the country’s second city where Aubameyang, one of the Panthers’ main stars, bagged a 62nd minute goal when he collected a loose ball before wrong footing goalkeeper Rami Jeridi for his third goal of the competition.Tunisia fought to restore parity but the home heroes were resolute in defence to hold on for another famous victory.“This was our most difficult game so far against a very good Tunisia team, who dominated the game from start to finish,” admitted Rohr.“It was not easy because we were already qualified for the quarter-finals. But thanks to the professional attitude and fighting spirit of the players, we won to finish top of the group.”Tunisia coach Sami Trabelsi said: “We rested some of the players because they have already been booked and we did not wish to risk them before the quarter-finals.“However, those who played today showed many good qualities because we played well but we could not win the match.”Aubameyang is now joint top scorer with Angola’s Manucho and Morocco’s Houcine Kharja, whose campaign ended prematurely and painfully when he was stretchered off with a knee injury in Libreville.Morocco denied Niger their first ever Nations Cup point when Younes Belhanda broke the deadlock 11 minutes from time – however the biggest cheer from a tiny crowd came earlier when television images showed Gabon scoring.Morocco coach Eric Gerets said his players had given him the response he was hoping for after getting knocked out with defeats to Gabon and Tunisia.“We are like a boxer in the ring who gets a kick in the head, he’s down but he will stand up and fight again,” the Belgian said.“The crisis after the second game (3-2 defeat to the co-hosts) was terrible, but the players stood up and showed the first signs of life tonight, that’s what I needed to see.“My players tried to leave this Nations Cup with their heads held high, having said that our campaign was catastrophic.”With 2014 World Cup qualifying starting in June the Belgian confirmed he would not be walking away from his job.Rolland Courbis, the team consultant who assumed control of Niger from manager Harouna Doula after their shambolic opening loss to Gabon, said Morocco had deserved to win.Like Gerets a former coach of Marseille Courbis added: “Niger has lots of qualities and limits, but we were in a difficult group, I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the two qualified teams goes all the way.”Thursday sees the curtain fall on the fourth round with the final batch of finely-poised Group D – Ghana play Guinea and Mali take on Botswana.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Whittier graduates celebrate successes

first_imgTwo other students, twin sisters Sarah and Natalie Lopez, were very excited to don their caps and gowns.“We can’t believe it’s here,” Natalie said. “It took so long to get here.”And now that the day has come for them to move away from high school and onto the world of college and work, the members of the Class of 2007 were urged by their fellow students and speakers to use what they’ve learned to make their marks in the world.“You may not get a Nobel Prize or be world-famous,” Salutatorian Ian Jiminez told his classmates, “but you would all make Whittier High School proud.”Echoing those sentiments were senior class president Jessica Rivera and valedictorian Charles Bennett in their speeches.And those words of encouragement and sense of accomplishment played out in the other high schools in the Whittier Union School District holding ceremonies Thursday.California High School’s Class of 2007 graduated 548 at its commencement ceremony with Justin Ibey as valedictorian and Millie Berry as salutatorian.The 452 students graduating from La Serna High School crossed the stage at Whittier College with valedictorian Natalee Gotto and salutatorians Brittany Angarola and Kyle Junginger.Pioneer High School graduated 286 at its ceremony with valedictorian Elizabeth Belman and salutatorian Mayra Gomez.Also holding a graduation ceremony Thursday was El Rancho High School of the El Rancho Unified School District with 632 students receiving their diplomas and Thomas Medina named valedictorian and Aide Macias as 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One of those special students is Isaac Rincon.“We couldn’t be prouder of him today,” said his parents, Michael and Estela, as they waited to see their youngest child get his diploma.The day was even more special for them because his parents were told before he was born that he would most likely be both mentally and physically disabled.“The doctors told us we shouldn’t have him,” Estela said shaking her head.And now, their son, who is planning on touring Europe before starting college in the fall, has earned his high school diploma. • Video: 6/21: Whittier HS grad • Photo Gallery: Whittier High School GraduationWHITTIER — Exactly 50 years after the Class of 1957 inscribed the word “Promise” in a gift to Whittier High School, the Class of 2007 has fulfilled it, Principal Loring Davies said during the school’s graduation ceremony Thursday. As the 446 seniors in their cardinal-red caps and gowns sat in the first section of seats with their parents and other loved ones looking on, Davies told them that their class had done so by improving state test scores and excelling both academically and athletically.“We have a number of truly remarkable young people in this class,” he said. “The percentage of students bound for four-year colleges has increased from last year.”last_img read more


first_imgA property developer has applied to build a massive indoor sports arena in Letterkenny.Businessman Michael Hegarty is behind plans to turn the old UNIFI plant in the Kiltoy area of the town into a multi-purpose sports centre.Plans for the development have been lodged with the local town council by the businessman. Mr Hegarty is well-known in business and property circles and he is connected with several major projects including Letterkenny’s Courtyard Shopping Centre.Planning permission for a number of light industrial units had already been granted for the site which was formally known as Plant II on the old UNIFI site.As well as the sports arena, permission has been sought for a canteen and office facilities.The sports arena will be the second such facility in Letterkenny. The Aura Leisure Centre near Ballymacool already has a swimming pool, gymnasium as well as indoor and outdoor sporting facilities.The UNIFI plant, which made yarn and had up to 900 employees in the town, closed its doors around 2004.Since then a number of different suggestions have been made for the site of the huge derelict plant.EndsPROPERTY DEVELOPER LAUNCHES PLANS TO TURN UNIFI SITE INTO SPORTS ARENA was last modified: April 16th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:indoors sports arenaplanUNIFIlast_img read more

Relay key in cancer battle

first_imgCancer information is available 24 hours a day at or by calling (800) ACS-2345. Santa Clarita Valley Relay For Life information is available by calling 298-0886, option 3, or contacting staff member Anita Dominguez at To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Candy Spahr, who is a veteran Relay For Life committee chair, and Teresa Kerr, a four-year volunteer with the local relay, have agreed to co-chair the 2007 American Cancer Society Santa Clarita Valley Relay For Life. Committee meetings already have begun and a strong group of subcommittee chairs is already on board to help plan this year’s event. Relay For Life 2007 will be held for the second year in Central Park, and is scheduled for June 2 and 3. The location provides plenty of space for teams, which camp out for the 24-hour event, and the early June date makes it convenient for families and school groups to participate before the start of summer vacation season. Spahr has chaired two previous relays in the Santa Clarita Valley and also launched the Cancer Society’s 24-hour walking event in Long Beach. Currently a Canyon Country resident, she has lived in the Santa Clarita Valley for more than 25 years. “Cancer strikes anyone; there is no discrimination with this disease,” she commented. “It has taken the life of my mother-in-law and reached its claws into my husband and my daughter-in-law – both of whom are cancer free due to the efforts of all those who raise funds for research and treatments.” Kerr first became involved in the relay three years ago, through a friend at work who was diagnosed with breast cancer. “We had worked for the same company for years, but never in the same department,” Kerr reflected. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeAlthough they hadn’t been close friends at that point, cancer changed that. “I found myself writing her, buying her little things, talking more and more until finally we became close friends,” she continued. “She became the first of many cancer survivors who have told me that cancer has actually had a positive effect on their lives.” Last year, only weeks before the relay, her father was diagnosed with cancer, yet another incentive to become involved in the fight against the disease. Her most vivid memories of the relay involve the evening ceremony, when luminaria bags are lighted around the track in memory of those lost to cancer, in honor of those who have survived, and in thanks to those who have offered support. “At dusk, when the luminaria bags were lighted, I was moved beyond anything I could imagine,” Kerr reflects. “What a beautiful and emotional sight! I knew that I wanted to be part of this amazing celebration, so when the following year’s event started to get organized, I quickly volunteered to help.” The chairs have a committee of more than 30 local residents, all volunteering to make next year’s Relay a success. The group has set a goal of 100 walking teams and $500,000 in proceeds. The two co-chairs are still seeking people to organize the closing ceremony and games during the 24-hour event and people to coordinate corporate development, special events, youth recruitment, publications and event volunteers. Local residents who would like to help with event planning are invited to call 298-0886, option 3, or check the local Relay Web site at The committee meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Foundation building on the grounds of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. Upcoming committee dates are Jan. 9, Feb. 13, and March 13. The meetings are open to anyone interested in helping organize this year’s relay, which hopes to raise the funds for the American Cancer Society’s fight. last_img read more

Regan: Scottish FA respects Michael O’Neill’s decision

first_img“While this was a positive and cordial discussion, we respect Michael’s decision to remain loyal to Northern Ireland, with whom he has enjoyed great success.“We wish him well in his future endeavours and thank the Irish FA for their professionalism throughout. “We now continue our recruitment process from the candidate list established by the selection committee, with a view to giving the new national coach ample time to prepare the squad for the UEFA Nations League.” Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan has said that the governing body respects Michael O’Neill’s decision to reject the opportunity to become national team boss and says attention will now turn to names further down the candidate list.Northern Ireland manager O’Neill announced on Monday that he was declining the chance to take up the role at Hampden after compensation had been agreed with the Irish FA and face-to-face talks with Scottish FA representatives.Regan said that the association accepted O’Neill’s decision but that attention would now turn to other names.He said that the successful candidate would be given “ample time” to prepare for the Nations League matches, which begin in September. Regan said: “The process of identifying and recruiting a new Scotland national coach remains ongoing.“The board of the Scottish FA appointed a sub-committee to oversee the recruitment process, compile a list of suitable candidates and ultimately make a recommendation. “As part of that process, and in recognition of his work in taking Northern Ireland to UEFA Euro 2016, Michael O’Neill was identified as an obvious candidate for consideration.“To that end, we requested permission to speak to Michael from the Irish Football Association, which was accepted. Michael and his advisers met our delegation in Edinburgh on Thursday and discussed all aspects of the role during a three-hour meeting.last_img read more

Little Big Town coming to Louisville Palace March 13

first_imgGRAMMY award-winning country group Little Big Town has added a spring leg of THE PAIN KILLER TOUR that will kick off on March 5, 2015 in Savannah, GA. The foursome-consisting of Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, and Kimberly Schlapman-will also be releasing their highly anticipated new The next run of THE PAIN KILLER TOUR, produced by AEG LIVE/The Messina Group, will feature special guest Chris Stapleton and hit over 12 cities nationwide (list of dates below).The band will again offer a unique VIP experience for fans; allowing them to choose from 2 limited packages including meet and greets, pre-show soundcheck access, exclusivemerchandise and more. For more information on THE PAIN KILLER TOUR dates, VIP packages, and pre-sale tickets visit “Girl Crush,” the second released single from the band’s newest album, PAIN KILLER (Capitol Records Nashville), features Fairchild on lead vocals and follows on the heels of the group’s recent #1 hit, “Day Drinking.” Written by Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, and Hillary Lindsey, Rolling Stone has hailed the soulful ballad as a “slow, exquisitely excruciating lover’s lament with a Phil Spectorian sense of emotional grandeur.”last_img read more

Christmas cooking with chef Brian McDermott – Festive Leftover Hand-Held Baby Quiche

first_imgChef Brian Mc Dermott has prepared some party recipes from his award-winning cookery book Donegal Table. The final recipe in the series is the Festive Leftover Hand-Held Baby Quiche. Do you still have some leftover Turkey & Ham? You gotta try this crispy handheld leftover festive quiche from Chef Brian Mc Dermott.Eggs are easily the most versatile ingredients to have in your kitchen and when it comes to friends and craic this is the tastiest snack food you can prepare in minutes using your leftovers. Serves: 12Ingredients: 12 sheets filo pastry3 eggs100g Leftover Cooked Turkey100g Leftover Cooked Ham6 Scallions50g Cheddar cheese, gratedPepper 100ml creamFresh chives choppedMethod:Preheat your oven to 180 C. Lightly grease muffin tins. Using one sheet per quickly fold filo pastry in half and then in half again and push down into the base and sides of each muffin space on the tray. Repeat until all 12 are lined.In a bowl, mix the eggs, chopped Turkey & Ham, scallions, cheese, cream and pepper.Spoon the eggs mix into the Bake in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown.If you have leftover stuffing scatter a bit of top prior to going into the oven.Brian’s Tip: Serve with a dollop cranberry sauce on top.Christmas cooking with chef Brian McDermott – Festive Leftover Hand-Held Baby Quiche was last modified: December 21st, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Chef Brian McDermottCHristmasChristmas Cookingcookingdd cookinglast_img read more

A Woman Faked Her Kidnapping to See If Her Boyfriend Cared About Her

first_imgA 22-year-old named Janet Brooks from Clermont, Florida called the cops last week, and said she’d been KIDNAPPED in her parking lot.  She told them some guys had forced her into their trunk at gunpoint, then dropped her off at a park.But when the cops looked at some surveillance video from the parking lot, they saw her walk out on her own.And that’s when she admitted she made the entire thing up . . . because she was pretty sure another woman was making moves on her boyfriend, and she wanted to test if he TRULY CARED about her.She was charged with filing a false report.As for her relationship status . . . well, we don’t know.  There’s no word on how her boyfriend reacted to the kidnapping, or the news that it was fake.  But if he sticks with her after she showed THIS level of crazy, they just might be meant for each other.last_img read more

South African cricket in 2012

first_img20 December 2012The year 2012 was a special one for South African cricket as the national team, the Proteas, became the number one ranked team in test cricket, winning four series during the course of the year. Cricket is a team sport, but within the South African team it also took some special individual performances to take it to the top.The side began the year with a test series against Sri Lanka. The three matches ended in decisive victories, two for South Africa and one for Sri Lanka.Vernon Philander captured 10 wickets as South Africa romped to victory by an innings and 81 runs in the first test in Centurion, but the series was astonishingly levelled in Durban where the islanders triumphed by a massive 208 runs.With the series on the line, the Proteas posted 580 for 4 declared in their first innings in Cape Town behind 224 from Jacques Kallis, 160 not out from AB de Villiers and 109 from Alviro Petersen. They went on to win by 10 wickets, needing to score just two runs in their second innings.When victories came for the Proteas in 2012, they were to prove, like the one in Cape Town, very decisive.New Zealand tourIn March, the Proteas toured New Zealand. There were two draws, but in the second test they won inside three days, crushing the Kiwis by nine wickets as Philander returned match figures of 10 for 114, including 6 for 44 in the Black Caps’ second innings.In July, the Proteas – ranked second in the world – took on England – ranked number one – in a three-test series in England, with the number one ranking on the line.When the series kicked off, England finished the first day of the first test at The Oval on 267 for 3. They looked to be in a strong position, ready to dictate matters, but from then on it was South Africa’s match in the most extraordinary way.They bowled England out for 285 on day two and finished it on 86 for 1. Day three was a torturous one for the England bowlers as Proteas’ skipper Graeme Smith, with 131 in his 100th test, Hashim Amla with 183 not out, and Jacques Kallis, with 83 not out, took the game to the hosts, and South Africa to 403 for 2 at the close.Triple centuryOn day four, Amla became the first South African to score a test triple century. When Smith declared on 637 for 2, Amla was unbeaten on 311, Kallis had 182, and together they had added an unbroken 377.By stumps, England were in serious trouble, on 102 for 4 in their second innings, and on day five South Africa duly took the series lead after securing victory by an innings and 12 runs as Dale Steyn picked up a five-for.After a draw in the second test, a tension-filled third test played out at Lords. Innings of 61 by JP Duminy and Vernon Philander rescued South Africa from 163 for 6 as the Proteas tallied 309 in their first innings. England bettered that by six runs as Jonny Bairstow top scored with 95.Batting again, the Proteas – behind a superb 121 from Amla – posted 351 all out, leaving England needing 346 to win; never before had a target that size been successfully chased at Lords in the fourth innings of a test match.Fourth inningsPhilander quickly reduced England to 16 for 2 overnight and matters looked dire when they slipped to 45 for 4 on the last day. Bairstow and Jonathan Trott launched an aggressive counter-attack, though, and took the score to 134 before Bairstow fell for 54, followed shortly afterwards by Trott for 63.Matt Prior then took the game to South Africa, but he lost Stuart Broad for 37 and Graeme Swann for 41 before escaping being caught after a slow motion replay showed Morne Morkel had bowled a no ball.The new ball was taken with England in sight of 300, but Philander quickly wrapped up the match and series victory by dismissing Prior for 73 and Steven Finn for a duck to secure a 51 run win for South Africa as England fell for 294.Hashim Amla shared the Man of the Series award with Prior and the Proteas received the ICC Mace, given to the number one test team in the world.Down UnderOne more series – beginning in November – remained and it was a tough one, taking on Australia Down Under.Although South Africa put up a healthy 450 all out in the first innings of the first test, they found themselves on the back foot as Australia posted 565 for 5 declared in reply, with captain Michael Clarke finishing unbeaten on 259. The test was comfortably drawn, though.Although it ended in draw, the second test was a tough one for the Proteas, but it ultimately played a huge role in their success in the third test.Clarke hit 230 as Australia enjoyed a first innings lead of 162 runs. Then, after he declared their second innings on 267 for 8, South Africa required 430 for victory and they looked in serious trouble when they began the final day on 77 for 4.Match savingFaf du Plessis, playing in his debut match because of an injury to JP Duminy, played a superb innings to save the game for the Proteas. Following on his 78 in the Proteas’ first knock, he finished on 110 not out as South Africa batted 148 overs to salvage a draw and take the fight out of the tired Aussie bowlers. Saving the contest in such a manner set them up for victory in the third test and when it came it was one-sided.In Perth, after day one it looked as if Australia were on top, though. They had bowled the Proteas out for 225, with Du Plessis making 78, and reached stumps on 33 for 2.On day two South Africa seized control of the match and never let go. Dale Steyn, who had been a little quiet in the series up until then, bowled brilliantly to capture 4 for 40 and Robin Peterson picked up three wickets with his left-arm spin as Australia slumped to 163 all out.Then, sticking the knife in, Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla spurred South Africa to 230 for 2 by stumps, with Smith out for 84 and Amla on 99 not out.632 needed to winTaking the game to the Aussies, the Proteas went on to tally 569 all out for a lead of 631 runs. Man of the match Amla was out for a brilliant 196, while AB de Villiers found his form with a superb knock of 169.Australia made it to stumps on 40 without loss, but on day four limped to 235 for 9 before a last wicket partnership of 87 between Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon took them to 322 all out.South Africa won the match by 309 runs and with it the series. The ICC Mace remained in the Proteas’ hands. A stirring win had brought the curtain down on a wonderful year for the South African national team.‘An incredible year’On his return from Australia, Proteas’ coach Gary Kirsten told the media: “It’s been an incredible year. We set our sights on becoming the number one team in the world and then to hold that position.”Kirsten said the side wanted to leave a legacy and added that it was “a very special occasion for the Proteas and South African cricket, and should not be taken lightly”.The outstanding form of the team had earlier been captured in the announcement of the ICC Test Team of the Year in August.Test Team of the YearDale Steyn cracked the nod for a remarkable fifth year in succession. Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis were named for a third time in a row, while Vernon Philander, after an incredible start to his test career, was also selected.AB de Villiers was named the twelfth man. Only England, with three players, also had more than a single player in the side.Had there been a coach selected, there can be little doubt that Gary Kirsten would have cracked the nod. The former Proteas’ opening batsman, the first man to score a test century against every other test playing nation, changed the fortunes of India in his time in charge there, and now he has lifted South Africa to number one in the world. Quietly spoken, he operates out of the limelight, but his winning influence is clear for all to see.In modern times no bowler has made such an amazing impact so quickly at test level as Vernon Philander. One has to go back to the 19th century to find the only player to have reached 50 wickets faster than Philander.After capturing 51 wickets in just seven tests, he was named the South African Cricketer of the Year at the South African Cricket Awards in June.Included in those wickets was 5 for 15 last November when South Africa bowled Australia out for only 47 in Cape Town, 10 for 102 against Sri Lanka in Centurion, 10 for 114 versus New Zealand in Hamilton, and 61 and 35, as well as 2 for 28 and 5 for 30 in the series-clinching victory at Lords.Mark BoucherAfter 147 tests, Mark Boucher’s excellent career was brought to a premature end just before the Proteas’ series against England by a freak eye injury caused by a bail.During the course of his career, he was responsible for exactly 1 000 dismissals. His 555 test dismissals is a massive 139 more than the number two man on the list, Adam Gilchrist, and with 424 dismissals in one-day internationals, he is number two on the all-time list.After the one-day international series away to New Zealand, Lonwabo Tsotsobe rose to number one in the ODI bowling rankings. “I am not one for numbers, but I do put in a lot of hard work, and it is always special when you receive recognition,” Tsotsobe told Cricket South Africa.The one disappointment during the year was the failure of the team to fire at the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. In the players’ defence, the tournament came directly after their tour of England, with the team having to travel straight to the island for the competition. Neither defending champions England nor South Africa found their best form as the West Indies claimed the title.In October, South Africa blasted their way to the Hong Kong Sixes title, winning the final by a convincing 37 runs over defending champions Pakistan. Captain Colin Ingram made an astonishing 34 not out off of only six balls.NewlandsIn a survey by The Cricketer magazine, Newlands was voted the number two cricket ground in the world, behind only Lords.“This is an important endorsement of a place that has special meaning for both Capetonians and South African cricket,” Western Province Cricket Association CEO Andre Odendaal said in a statement, “and we’re proud to have maintained our high ratings in world cricket.”South Africa hosted the Champions League Twenty20 in October, a competition featuring the top franchise cricket teams from around the world. The Titans and Highveld Lions made it to the semi-final and final respectively, but both lost to the Sydney Sixers, who claimed the title for a first time.Domestic titlesOn the domestic scene, the Titans ruled the roost, claiming the four-day Sunfoil Series and the MiWay T20 Challenge titles. The Cape Cobras lifted the Momentum One-day Cup.There was also more success for South African on the administrative front when former Proteas’ wicketkeeper Dave Richardson was appointed CEO of the International Cricket Council in mid-year.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more