The 2015–17 ICC Intercontinental Cup was the seventh edition of the ICC Intercontinental Cup, an international first-class cricket tournament between leading associate members of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The tournament took place during 2015 to 2017. It ran in parallel with the 2015–17 ICC World Cricket League Championship but with slightly different teams. As Ireland and Afghanistan had qualified for the ICC One Day International Championship ranking qualification process, they were replaced by Kenya and Nepal in the limited over event; however they continued to play the four-day event.
As a result of changes to the structure of international cricket announced by the ICC in January 2014, the winner of the 2015-17 Intercontinental Cup (and following editions of the tournament) were originally scheduled to play four five-day matches against the bottom ranked Test nation (two home and two away matches), an event known as the 2018 ICC Test Challenge. Should the winner of the Intercontinental Cup go on to win the ICC Test Challenge, they would have became the 11th Test nation.
However, in February 2017 following an ICC Board meeting, changes were agreed in principle to expand the number of Test nations to twelve. Both Afghanistan and Ireland were likely to be granted Test status before the proposed 2018 ICC Test Challenge. In June 2017, the ICC awarded both Afghanistan and Ireland Full Member status, making them eligible to play Test match cricket. As a result, the planned Test Challenge was scrapped.
Afghanistan won the competition, after beating the United Arab Emirates by 10 wickets in their final game. They finished with 121 points
, with Ireland as runners-up on 109 points. Rashid Khan, man of the match for Afghanistan in the final fixture, said that winning the Intercontinental Cup was “good preparation for Test cricket for us”.
The following are the 8 teams participating in the competition based on the results from 2011–13 ICC World Cricket League Championship, 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier and the 2015 ICC World Cricket League Division Two.
Of the eight teams participating in the 2015–17 ICC Intercontinental Cup, only Papua New Guinea has never played a first-class match before. Afghanistan, Ireland, Namibia, Scotland, The Netherlands and the UAE had all appeared before in the previous Intercontinental Cup of 2011-2013
, while Hong Kong had last appeared in the 2005 Intercontinental Cup and last played in an international multi-day cricket tournament in late 2006 at the 2006/07 ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament.
Though never having played a first-class match, Papua New Guinea (PNG) have played two-day cricket in the South Australian Premier League in 2013 and 2014. Though finishing at the bottom of the league in both seasons, the experience seems to have hardened the team as they convincingly beat Hong Kong in a three-day match in Australia and one of PNG’s openers admitted that participation in the league had been critical to exposing the players to multi-day cricket glass bottle distributors.
The breakdown of fixtures is as follows:
The fixtures for round one were announced on 5 May 2015.
The fixtures for round two were announced in August 2015.
The fixtures for round three were announced in December 2015.
The fixtures for round four were announced in April 2016.
The fixture between Afghanistan and Ireland was announced by Cricket Ireland in July 2016. The fixture between Hong Kong and the Netherlands was announced by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond in December 2016. Cricket Scotland confirmed the venue for their fixture in February 2017.
The ICC announced the dates and venues for the final round of fixtures on 23 October 2017.
The Amanian Gate (Latin: Amani Portae) or Bahçe Pass (Turkish: Bahçe Geçidi), also known as the Amanus Pass or Amanides Pylae (Ἀμανίδες or Ἀμανικαί Πύλαι ‘Amanus Gates’), is a mountain pass located on the border between Osmaniye and Gaziantep provinces in south-central Turkey
. The pass provides a way through the northern Amanus Mountains (modern Nur Mountains) lint shaver canada, connecting Cilicia to southern Anatolia and northern Syria. It is one of two passes through the Amanus, the other being the Syrian Gate to the south.
The Amanian Gate was mentioned in the ancient Nabonidus Chronicle.
The pass played an important role leading to the Battle of Issus. The Persian army advanced through the Amanic Gate or another nearby pass, coming behind the Macedonian army which turned back to face and defeat the Persian army. The exact Persian strategy remains in dispute. According to Jona Lendering, after a part of Alexander the Great army occupied the Syrian Gate, Darius III of Persia decided to lead his army north through the Amanian Gate and place his army between the two Macedonian armies at the town of Issus. However, the Macedonians joined forces before the arrival of Darius, and the outcome was Persian defeat. However, Donald Engels rejects a similar interpretation.
According to some historians, after the conquest of the Levant by the Arab Caliphate, the Mardaites, Christians following either Miaphysitism or Monothelitism, gained a semi-independent status around the Amanus Mountains within the Byzantine-Arab border region. They initially agreed to serve as spies for the Arabs and to guard the Amanian Gate, but their loyalty was intermittent and they often sided with the Byzantines instead.
Guillermo Bahamonde Hoppe (Concepción, 1878 – Santiago, 26 de agosto de 1915) Abogado y diputado chileno.
Sus padres fueron Rodolfo Bahamonde Larenas y Flora Hoppe Galilea.
Se casó con Ema Suárez Mujica y no tuvieron hijos.
Hizo sus estudios de Humanidades en el Seminario Conciliar de Concepción y cursó Leyes en el Liceo de la misma ciudad, hasta obtener su título de abogado el 3 de julio de 1903, después de una memoria presentada a la Corte Suprema.
En el año 1896 y hasta poco antes de recibirse de abogado, ocupó el cargo de oficial primero de la Intendencia de Concepción
, durante la administración de Agustín Vargas Novoa.
En los años 1905 y 1906 fue secretario del Juzgado de Letras de Talcahuano, cargo al que renunció a fines de 1906, para dedicarse al ejercicio de su profesión de abogado en Talcahuano. Fue abogado de numerosas casas mayoristas de Concepción y Talcahuano y de la Municipalidad de Talcahuano. Al mismo tiempo desempeñaba las cátedras de Derecho y Castellano en el Instituto Comercial de aquel puerto.
Fue elegido diputado al Congreso Nacional para el periodo 1912-1915, por Coelemu y Talcahuano; reelegido para el periodo 1915-1918, por la misma zona.
Desde que llegó al Congreso fue miembro de la Comisión de Gobierno boys football shirts; diputado reemplazante en la Comisión de Elecciones; en el segundo periodo fue miembro de la Comisión de Elecciones y la Comisión de Gobierno; autor de diferentes proyectos de ley en temas como, sobre edificación, pavimentación, servicios eléctricos, plan económico y otros.
En diferentes ocasiones fue Gobernador Suplente de Talcahuano y en otras, Juez Letrado y Promotor Fiscal subrogante del mismo departamento.
Fue miembro y secretario de la Cámara de Comercio de Talcahuano, desde el año 1907 hasta ser elegido diputado.
Fue miembro del Partido Radical, quienes lo llevaron a la Cámara, donde luchó contra la corrupción, y debido a ello, en un incidente, dejó de existir, el 26 de agosto de 1915, al comienzo de su segundo periodo parlamentario.
Dustin Andrew Fletcher (born 7 May 1975) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is widely acknowledged as one of the finest defenders in the league’s history.
Fletcher was recruited by the Essendon Football Club in the 1992 National Draft running bib belt. He played his first senior game for the Bombers against Carlton in his senior year of high school at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School.
He was a key member of the 1993 premiership team in his first AFL season, a team which is often referred to as the “Baby Bombers”.
Fletcher also played in the 2000 premiership team, a year in which he also won the W.S. Crichton Medal as Essendon’s best and fairest and was selected in the All-Australian team.
Noted for his longevity in the game, Fletcher played a total of 400 senior VFL/AFL games, which stands as the fourth-most by any player as of the end of the 2016 season. Fletcher played his 400th game in Round 9, 2015 tee football, becoming the third player in VFL/AFL history to reach the milestone, after Michael Tuck and Kevin Bartlett; it would end up being his final game, as he was unable to recover from a groin injury sustained during the match. He holds the outright Essendon games record, having overtaken the previous record of 378 games held by Simon Madden in Round 1, 2014. He is the second oldest player to play a VFL/AFL game
, aged 40 years and 23 days at the time of his final game, behind only Vic Cumberland (who played the 1920 season aged 43). With his father, Ken, the Fletchers hold the record for the most VFL/AFL career games played by a father and son, with 664 games between them.
On 12 January 2016, during the summer after his retirement, Fletcher was named as one of 34 past and present Essendon players found guilty over their use of illegal supplements during the 2012 AFL season. As a result, Fletcher was suspended from playing at all levels for 24 months, which with backdating and provisional suspension served resulted in suspension until November 2016.
After serving his suspension, Fletcher will return in 2017 to play suburban football for Essendon Doutta Stars.
Fletcher’s execution of the torpedo punt was often used as a set-play clearing strategy by coach Kevin Sheedy all football uniforms. In a game in 2007, he kicked a torpedo punt goal from more than 70 metres. According to The Sunday Age, it was the fifth longest kick in the history of the VFL/AFL.
Fletcher served as the Australia international rules football team’s goalkeeper for four series: the 2005 series, the 2006 series the 2010 series and the 2014 series. Along with Barry Hall, Fletcher was one of Australia’s co-captains for the 2006 series. He is regarded as Australia’s greatest keeper throughout the series. He retired from top level football with a final International rules match, at the 2015 series in Ireland.
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