March 20, 2015

Top News Stories –

America’s longest-serving innocent prisoner receives $1m for 39 years in jail –
An Ohio man freed last year after spending 39 years in jail for a murder he did not commit will receive more than $1 million from the state for his wrongful imprisonment. Ricky Jackson, the longest-held US prisoner to be cleared of a crime, will receive just over $1 million (£680,000) following an order from an Ohio Court of Claims judge on Thursday. The 39 years Mr Jackson spent in jail was the longest time a prisoner had been held before being exonerated. [Daily Telegraph]

‘Breathtaking’ solar eclipse witnessed by millions –
Millions of people in the UK and northern Europe have glimpsed the best solar eclipse in years. A great swathe of the Earth’s surface was plunged into darkness as the Moon came between us and the Sun. From an aeroplane above the Faroe Islands, a BBC camera crew captured startling footage of the event reaching totality at 09:41 GMT. The deep shadow formed first in the North Atlantic and then swept up into the Arctic, ending at the North Pole. See video of the day [BBC]

Martin Guptill hits highest World Cup score in New Zealand victory –
New Zealand’s Martin Guptill smashed the highest score in World Cup history with 237 not out against West Indies to send his team into the semi-finals. The 28-year-old’s 163-ball innings featured 11 sixes and 24 fours and beat the 215 made by West Indies’ Chris Gayle earlier in the tournament. Guptill hit 137 from his last 52 balls to help his side post 393-6. Trent Boult then took four early wickets as New Zealand bowled out the Windies for 250 to seal a 143-run win. [BBC]
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Video of the Day –

UK Solar Eclipse [Daily Telegraph]

List of the day –

Cricket World Cup Batting Records [from Wikipedia]

Record First Second
Most runs India Sachin Tendulkar 2278 Australia Ricky Ponting 1743
Highest average (min. 20 inns.) West Indies Cricket Board Viv Richards 63.31 India Rahul Dravid 61.42
Strike rate (min. 20 inns.) New Zealand Brendon McCullum 116.29 South Africa AB de Villiers 116.05
Fastest double century Chris Gayle v Zimbabwe(2015) 138 balls New Zealand Martin Guptill v West Indies (2015) 152 balls
Fastest 150 AB de Villiers v West Indies (2015) 64 balls
Fastest century Kevin O’Brien v England(2011) 50 balls Australia Glenn Maxwell v Sri Lanka (2015) 51 balls
Fastest fifty New Zealand Brendon McCullum vEngland (2015) 18 balls New Zealand Brendon McCullum vCanada (2007)
Sri Lanka Angelo Mathews vScotland (2015)
20 balls
Most centuries India Sachin Tendulkar 6 Australia Ricky Ponting
Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara
Most 50+ scores India Sachin Tendulkar 21 Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara 12
Most ducks New Zealand Nathan Astle 5 out of 22 Pakistan Ijaz Ahmed 5 out of 26
Most sixes South Africa AB de Villiers 36 Australia Ricky Ponting 31
Most sixes in an innings West Indies Cricket Board Chris Gayle v Zimbabwe(2015) 16 South Africa David Miller v Zimbabwe(2015) 9
Highest score New Zealand Martin Guptill v West Indies (2015) 237* West Indies Cricket Board Chris Gayle v Zimbabwe(2015) 215
Most runs through boundaries in an innings West Indies Cricket Board Chris Gayle (2015) 136 South Africa AB de Villiers (2015) 116

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