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Islamabad United survive Pollard blitz in 12-run win over Peshawar Zalmi

SHARJAH (Dunya News/Agencies) – Muhammad Sami’s last-over hat-trick over-shadowed Kieron Pollard 51 in just 22 balls and Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi by 12 runs in the 11th match of the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL-4).
As has been the case every year, Islamabad United started this season slowly, winning just one of three games.However, this season has begun to emulate the others just as closely as the tournament progresses, with the defending champions putting in a vastly improved performance, holding their nerve to seal a 12-run win. The game ended with their captain Mohammad Sami knocking off the final three Peshawar batsmen off successive balls, claiming his maiden PSL hat-trick and ensuring his side finished with a flourish.
All of their best efforts looked like they might be derailed during a brief four-over spell of monstrous hitting by Kieron Pollard. With 92 required off 39 balls and the match meandering to its inevitable conclusion, Pollard roused the dispirited ranks of Peshawar fans in Sharjah with a blistering 22-ball 51.
But crucially, support from the other end was lacking, and once he holed out to deep cover, the valiant efforts of Darren Sammy and Wahab Riaz couldn t quite make up for a first ten overs where their side had fallen well behind the pace.They had been chasing 159, a total Islamabad were only able to put up thanks to Ian Bell, playing his first PSL match of the season.As much of the rest of the order fell away, he remained at the crease until the penultimate delivery, his 54 playing a large part in knitting the innings together, and ensuring Islamabad had just enough runs in the end.By 13 overs, Islamabad were shuffling along at 88 for three, not quite able to get in the big hits in the face of tight Peshawar bowling.
But a loose over from Umaid Asif saw Cameron Delport smite a six back over the bowler and Bell a boundary, fetching 16. From there, Peshawar lost their discipline somewhat; it was the start of a spell in which Islamabad plundered 56 off five overs.It was ground ceded they wouldn t be able to make up.Mohammad Sami may have come away with a hat-trick, but his wickets had been set up by the efforts earlier on of Islamabad s emerging player Mohammad Musa.
Less than half Sami s age at 18, the fresh faced Musa was entrusted with the third over, with Imam-ul-Haq and Kamran Akmal batting in the Powerplay. Pace, accuracy, composure and lethality combined, culminating in the wicket of Kamran Akmal – another man twice his age.He would add the wickets of Dawid Malan and Darren Sammy to a collection that may very soon begin to burgeon.At some point, you may risk blasphemy and begin to wonder about Darren Sammy s role in the Peshawar line-up.
He doesn t bowl anymore, and for some reason, comes in to bat at number seven. He still strikes at over 150, so he might as well bat higher up, but today, the bigger issue was he failed to give his Caribbean teammate much support in terms of run rate reduction.He never could find the middle of the bat as Pollard, and later even Wahab Riaz, took on the senior role in the partnership. When Sammy did hole out, it was to a waist-high full shot he has buttered his bread with by smashing for six.
It cost his side today, but as the tournament progresses, the specific role Sammy takes on may begin to come under wider scrutiny; there is no hiding place in this format.The narrow defeat means Peshawar have split their four games, winning and losing two apiece.The same applies to Islamabad United, with the two sides placed third and fourth on the table respectively

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This food pantry in Finley will help poor rural community

A group of Finley residents have a gift for people struggling to pay for food in their rural community. A food pantry is opening its doors at 2:30 p.m. Feb.
By Up Next SHARE Laurie Tufford, Finley Food Pantry organizer, provides details about the new community food assistance program being held twice a month at the Finley Community Center.
By 28 in the Finley Community Center for anyone in need. More than two-thirds of the children attending classes in the Finley School District east of Kennewick receive free or reduced cost lunches, says the state.To qualify, their family has to be near or at the poverty line. For those families needing more help, the nearest food bank is in Kennewick.Sign Up and Save Get six months of free digital access to the Tri-City Herald SUBSCRIBE WITH GOOGLE #ReadLocalThat can be a daunting trek for people with unreliable transportation, said Laurie Tufford, a member of the Finley satellite of the Kennewick Kiwanis Club. Adding to 2nd Harvest mobile effortsTufford volunteered at the 2nd Harvest mobile food distribution in Finley and has seen the need first hand.“Whenever we did the mobile distribution, they were packed. Lots and lots of people would come by,” she said.“It’s a mix of school-aged to the elderly.”Plans for the pantry started to take shape last year after Nutrien presented their food solution program to Finley school counselor Sonya Bell.
The agriculture company runs a fertilizer plant in the Finley area. So several groups  Kiwanis Club members, Christian Life Fellowship church and the Finley Booster Club teamed up with Bell and fellow counselor Rebekah Duty to apply for a $2,600 grant.They combined the grant with help from 2nd Harvest to start the pantry but also they hope to continue occasional mobile distributions.“We just don’t want to see that option go away,” Tufford said.“That’s why we stepped up as a district and as a community and started over again.” The money will pay for storage bins, food thermometers and potentially freezers and refrigerators they will need for meat, she said.
The volunteers will pick up a plastic-wrapped pallet of food from the 2nd Harvest’s Pasco distribution center and bring it to Finley. For now, the food will include dry goods and produce.Anyone looking to make a cash donation to the pantry can call the Finley Booster Club through the school district at 509-586-3217.After Thursday’s opening, volunteers plan to run the pantry every second and fourth Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the community center, at 222204 E.
Game Farm Road. Anyone can attend and no identification is required.For now, the volunteers plan to do it through June, but if they receive enough support they will look at extending it longer. Cameron Probert509-582-1402Cameron Probert covers breaking news and higher education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood.He studied communications at Washington State University.

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