Cardiff (Wales): Sri Lanka, who were comprehensively beaten by New Zealand in their opening game, will look to come out with a much improved performance when they take on dark horses Afghanistan in the ongoing World Cup at the Cardiff Wales Stadium here on Tuesday. Sri Lanka did not have the ideal start to their World Cup campaign as they lost by 10 wickets to the Black Caps on June 1. None of their batsmen — apart from skipper Dimuth Karunaratne who remained unbeaten at 52 — could stand against the hostile bowling from the Kiwi pacers and were bundled out for 136. The bowlers also failed to come up with an inspiring performance and proved ineffective as New Zealand chased down the target inside 16 overs. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunKarunaratne’s men need to pull up their socks and improve in all the three departments if they want to beat Afghanistan, who have a well-rounded bowling attack. Afghanistan, despite being comprehensively beaten by Australia in their opening game, will back themselves to bounce back against a demoralised Lankan team. However, in order to do that, their openers need to score runs and make sure they set a platform for the lower order, which performed reasonably well against the likes of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins in Bristol. In Rashid Khan, they not only have a world-class spinner but also a decent batsman who can score big on his day. And they would also be gaining confidence with the performance of fast bowler Hamid Hasan, who produced a fast, disciplined opening spell against the mighty Aussies.
An Emery High student questions Congressman John Curtis and Lt. Governor Spencer Cox during their visit to Castle Dale.By Julie JohansenGuests at Emery High on Wednesday afternoon included Congressman John Curtis, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, Michael Mower from the office of Governor Gary Herbert, Senator David Hinkins, Emery County Commissioners Lynn Sitterud, Gil Conover and Kent Wilson, as well as Ray Peterson, Emery County Public Lands, as they joined with students and members of the community to celebrate the passing of the Emery County Public Lands Bill.Emery High student body president Jesse Braun welcomed the dignitaries to the school and turned the time over to Mower for a special award. The award was presented to Gwen and Neal Peacock for 36 years of service to the school and the community, which comes on the heels of Neal directing his 200th play just the previous weekend. The declaration was signed by Gov. Herbert and Cox.The next award was a large check in the amount of $382,437 presented to Braun. This check represented the SITLA (School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration) funds to the Emery School District. Then, certificates were given to the county commissioners and Peterson for their work on the Emery County Public Lands Bill for the past 20+ years.Seven members of the student council prepared questions, which were posed next to Congressman Curtis and Spencer Cox. Some questions pertained to the Emery County Public Lands Bill and/or a national monument. Both Curtis and Cox responded that the bill was a win-win for Emery County and the entire State of Utah. The three main wins they recited were future certainty of no monument, funds from STILA and economic development (jobs) for the future. They reminded all that any roads or trails that are legal now will be legal once the bill is implemented. When asked what is the difference between monument, wilderness or recreation, they responded the degree of restrictiveness.Other questions included preventing a government shutdown to which Curtis responded that he is sponsoring two bills to help prevent this. One bill would be no work/no pay for Congress and the other included budget cut percentages increasing as the number of days go on. When asked about fraud with mail-in votes, Cox answered that there is a small chance, but signatures are matched and voter participation dramatically increases. A question on polarized legislation brought an answer from Curtis, who responded that it is important to get to know each other. He also said people can disagree on things but still be friends.As the event drew to a close, an attentive audience and the prepared presenters were recognized by their guests.