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Russell stars but Thunder lose again

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Not even a fine all-round effort from West Indies star Andre Russell was enough to save Sydney Thunder from crashing to a 30-run defeat to Perth Scorchers, in the Australian Big Bash here yesterday.Chasing 176 for victory at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Thunder slumped to 17 for two in the third over before crawling to 145 for nine off their 20 overs.The 27-year-old Russell unfurled a whirlwind 42 off 20 deliveries with five sixes but wickets continued to fall as Thunder slid to their third straight loss, leaving them fourth in the BBL standings.With their victory, Scorchers moved to the top of the standings on eight points along with Adelaide Strikers but with a superior net run rate.Sent in, Scorchers recovered from a position of one run for two wickets in the second over to rally to 175 for five off 20 overs.The revival came through Cameron Bancroft who struck 72 off 53 balls in anchoring two key stands. He first put on 63 for the third wicket with Shaun Marsh, who hit 28 from 22 balls and a further 105 for the third wicket with Ashton Agar, who blasted 68 off 34 deliveries.Pacer Russell, who knocked over Michael Klinger with the third ball of the game without a run on the board, returned to claim Bancroft in the penultimate over and end with two for 31 from four overs.In reply, Thunder lost South African Jacques Kallis (7) and Aiden Blizzard (7) cheaply to left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff before Russell came to their rescue with his cameo.RUNRATEHis first nine deliveries yielded eight runs without a single boundary, but with the required run rate jumping to 13 at the end of the 11th over, Russell launched an all-out assault.He twice cleared the ropes with left-arm spinner Brad Hogg in the 12th over, which went for 16 runs, and then smashed leg-side sixes off English left-arm seamer David Willey in the next over, which also cost 16 runs.It took the return Behrendorff and a stunning catch from Joel Paris at fine leg to account for Russell in the 14th over with the score on 97 for five.Once he departed, the innings lost momentum, with four more wickets falling for the addition of just 40 runs.last_img read more

Valley teacher honored by president

first_imgShe said she tries to bring that sense of wonder and curiosity to her students. “I think they pretty much know that almost every day we will do some kind of activity,” she said. “We are making motors run, we are building machines, we are observing animals.” Established by Congress in 1983, the annual Presidential Award recognizes math and science teachers from all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. territories and U.S. Department of Defense schools. “These teachers exemplify what President Bush’s American Competitiveness Initiative aims to achieve by raising the bar for math and science education for all students, who are America’s future leaders of innovation,” said John H. Marburger III, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology. susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALLEY GLEN – Science teacher Anne Marie Wotkyns got to experience firsthand the wonder she tries to instill in her students when she met Friday with President George W. Bush after receiving the Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence. The third- and fourth-grade teacher at Monlux Math, Science, Technology Magnet learned late Thursday that she’d been tapped for the honor after spending nearly a week in Washington, D.C., where she’d been invited as one of hundreds of nominees. “I am overwhelmed,” Wotkyns said in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C. “We spent the day at the National Science Foundation. We had a formal dinner at the State Department inside the Ben Franklin Room, then we had a photo session with the president and first lady and we got to go out on the White House balcony.” Wotkyns said she was surprised by how comfortable her hosts made her feel. “They were both very down to earth, almost like people you would meet every day,” Wotkyns said. “(Laura Bush) was absolutely charming and beautiful. The president came in and made a joke and made us laugh.” Wotkyns was one of 93 teachers nationwide who won the award, and one of two from California. Gladys “Tapp” Hancock of Wayside Elementary School in Bakersfield won the math award. Wotkyns, 40, has been a teacher for 15 years, including 13 years at Monlux, where she was praised by Principal Burton Govenar. “She’s an outstanding teacher who has won a number of awards,” Govenar said. “We’re very proud of her. We look forward to her coming back.” Wotkyns’ love of science began when she was a child growing up in Hawaii, where she remembers roaming the shore with her grandfather and searching for marine life in tide pools. last_img read more