Smith loses mantle as world’s top Test batsman to Kohli

first_img… David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne move into the top 10AUSTRALIA’S Steve Smith has relinquished his crown as the world’s No.1 Test batsman with India maestro Virat Kohli taking the mantle.Smith had a rare quiet series against Pakistan, with top-order batsmen David Warner (489 runs) and Marnus Labuschagne (347) dominant as Australia powered to a series clean-sweep.Smith made four in Brisbane and 36 in Adelaide, arriving at the crease with Australia in a strong position and searching for quick runs.Australia cruised to an innings victory in both Tests, with Smith losing eight points (moving from 931 to 923), leaving him five points astern of India’s skipper.Smith previously held the top ranking from December 2015 to August 2018 but lost the title to Kohli while he was on the sidelines serving his 12-month suspension from international cricket.He regained No.1 spot on the back of his prolific series with the bat in the Ashes, during which he hammered 774 runs in four Tests at an extraordinary 110.57.Kohli crafted 136 in his last Test innings against Bangladesh last month and also hit an unbeaten 254 against South in October.Warner and Labuschagne lifted their rankings after combining for four centuries against Pakistan’s inexperienced bowling attack, giving Australia three batsmen in the top 10.Warner rebounded from a poor Ashes series with scores of 154 at the Gabba and 335 not out at Adelaide Oval, claiming player-of-the-series honours.The left-hander averaged a remarkable 489 across the two Tests as he moved from 17th to fifth on the ICC Test rankings.Labuschagne continues to rocket up the rankings after posting his first two Test centuries, his contributions of 185 and 162 helping him nail down the vital No.3 position and move to eighth position.Labuschagne sat in 95th spot when summoned as a concussion substitute for Smith in the Lord’s Ashes Test in August.He finished that series against England as Australia’s second-highest run-scorer – behind Smith – with 353 runs at 50.42.Pat Cummins retained his position atop the Test bowling rankings after returning eight wickets against Pakistan.Josh Hazlewood moved from ninth to eighth after collecting 10 wickets at 22 apiece.Mitchell Starc, the leading wicket-taker in the series with 14 at 17, improved his ranking from 18th to 14th.Nathan Lyon also moved up, gaining one position to sit in 21st spot ahead of Australia’s three-match series against New Zealand, starting on December 12.last_img read more

Cazenovia wrestlers defeat Chittenango, Port Byron

first_imgA close 285-pound bout had Cazenovia’s Carter Polhmaus edging John Spencer 6-4, while Shaun Zampetti, at 106 pounds, won when Peyton Denney had to default.Chittenango went from here to last Monday’s match against APW/Pulaski, where it fell by a score of 48-18.Spencer pinned Damien West, with Andrew Bailey (145 pounds) taking just 23 seconds to pin Brynn Pierce. Luke Martin (220) claimed the other points in a forfeit as Jacob Ezzo (195 pounds) lost 5-4 to Mike Kinney and Mariani took a 4-2 overtime defeat to Conner Shaw.Following a 24-hour weather postponement, the Lakers faced Port Byron on Thursday and, by having close to a full roster, earned enough points to top the Panthers 51-28.Port Byron did win four of the seven contested bouts, and also got close at 106 pounds before Zampetti pulled out a 6-4 decision over Henry Smith. Matt Knutsen won at 132 pounds by pinning Ronald Jones in 77 seconds, and in that exact same time Dannon got a pin over Gillespei Hunter.Mostly, the Lakers benefited from forfeits to Polhamus, Valentine (182), Luke Rodriguez (113 pounds), Michael Angus (126 pounds), Brad Gagnon (152 pounds) and Jake Tobin (170 pounds).Chittenango, who lost Dec. 14 to Cazenovia in the Dixon Duals, was unable to get on the scoreboard in its Dec. 19 meet against Marcellus. In the 86-0 defeat, Spencer got closest to a win, but fell 8-5 to the Mustangs’ Kyle Brown.The Bears join the Lakers next weekend as they travel to SUNY-Oswego next Friday and Saturday for the Kenneth Haines Memorial Tournament. Mark Young put the Bears on the board at 138 pound by pinning Lucca Ferreira in 4:10. Then Joe Mariani, wrestling twice, won at 145 pounds over Jedrek Olkowski and 152 pounds over Sam Wilcox.From there, though, it was all Lakers, staring with Alex Rodriguez’s 60-second pin over Macsen Cameron at 160 pounds, with Blaze Dannon (195 pounds) also taking a minute to pin Jacob Ezzo.In between, there was forfeits to Kevin Valentine at 170 pounds and Patrick Livingston at 182 pounds, with John Frega (220 pounds) and Luke Rodriguez (113 pounds) also claiming forfeits. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story When they both appeared Dec. 14 in the Brett Dixon Memorial Duals at Central Square, the Cazenovia and Chittenango wrestling teams would go head-to-head.And the Lakers got the best of it, prevailing 48-12 over the Bears as it claimed the last eight bouts on the card, whether they were contested or not.Michael Angus opened for Cazenovia at 132 pounds by defeating Quentin Mohamed 8-3. Then Chittenango claimed all of its points in three consecutive bouts. Tags: CazenoviaChittenangowrestlinglast_img read more