MAN UNITED (4-2-3-1)DE GEA,DARMIAN, JONES, SMALLING, BLIND,CARRICK, SCHNEIDERLIN,MATA, ROONEY, YOUNG,MARTIALJEROME,BRADY, HOOLAHAN, REDMOND,TETTEY, O’NEIL,OLSSON, BASSONG, MARTIN, WISDOM,RUDDNORWICH (4-2-3-1)Manchester United suffered a poor week when they were knocked out of the Champions League and then lost 2-1 at Bournemouth in the Barclays Premier League.Interestingly both goals conceded by United at the Cherries came from corners; it is the first time that has happened since January 2014, against Chelsea. It was also United’s 13th defeat against a newly promoted side in the Premier League, their first since losing 5-3 to Leicester last season.They face a Norwich City side that held Everton to a 1-1 draw last Saturday, their fourth league game without a win and that saw them drop into the relegation zone.Norwich have lost on their last five league visits to Old Trafford. In a total of seven Premier League trips there they have lost six and drawn one. Overall, they have won just three times in 28 visits, while losing 19 and drawing six. They last won there in August 1989 in the old First Division.
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree snatched a five-wicket haul as Brisbane Heat stormed to a 56-run win over Melbourne Stars and their second on the trot in the Australian Big Bash here yesterday. Defending 189 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Badree sliced through the hosts’ innings with a spell of five for 21 from four overs, as Stars collapsed to 132 for nine off their 20 overs. Evan Gulbis tried to rescue the innings with a top score of 61 not out off 52 deliveries in a 59-run, sixth wicket stand with captain David Hussey who made 25. However, once the stand was broken in the 14th over, Stars struggled to keep up with the required run rate of 17 per over and folded quickly. Earlier, Badree’s West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago teammate Lendl Simmons, had provided the early impetus for Heat with a knock of 44 off 35 deliveries. Sent in, Heat lost Jimmy Peirson without scoring off the first ball he faced at five for one in the first over, but Simmons led the revival in an entertaining 84-run, second-wicket stand off 40 balls with skipper Chris Lynn who made 56. In reply, Stars never got going, due largely to Badree’s devastating spell. Handed the new ball, the Trinidadian accounted for the first five wickets to fall to leave Stars in disarray at 23 for five in the fifth over. With the third ball of the innings, he bowled Luke Wright with a googly off the inside edge before the Englishman had scored, and then trapped marquee batsman Kevin Pietersen leg before wicket for seven and claimed opener Marcus Stoinis for eight to a catch at mid-off, in the third over. Badree has taken nine wickets so far in the tournament. IMPRESSIVE INNING