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Ashes sponsors Specsavers to offer Jack Leach ‘free glasses for life’ after Ben Stokes tweet

first_imgAshes sponsors Specsavers to offer Jack Leach ‘free glasses for life’ after Ben Stokes tweetNathan Lyon missed an easy run-out chance to dismiss England number 10 batsman Jack Leach and Stokes survived loud lbw shouts, with Australia unable to review, before, fittingly, Stokes hit the winning boundary to spark euphoria at Headingley.advertisement Next Asian News International LeedsAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 09:23 IST Ben Stokes and Jack Leach react after hitting the winning runs. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSpecsavers have announced that spinner Jack Leach will be getting free spectacles for lifeLeach was seen wiping his glasses at the crease and then playing the balls bowled to himStokes played one of the finest knocks in Test cricket as he guided England to an improbable one-wicket winPeople are still recovering from England’s miraculous win against Australia in the third Test of the ongoing Ashes and the official sponsors of the series, Specsavers have announced that spinner Jack Leach will be getting free spectacles for life.Specsavers confirmed in a tweet that Leach will be getting free glasses after all-rounder Ben Stokes’ tweet asking the sponsor to give the spinner free specs.”We can confirm we will offer Jack Leach free glasses for life,” Specsavers tweeted in reply to Stokes’ tweet saying: Jack Leach……..@Specsavers do your self a favour and give him free glasses for life @jackleach1991″.We can confirm we will offer Jack Leach free glasses for life https://t.co/7rfPBK77GSSpecsavers (@Specsavers) August 25, 2019Stokes played one of the finest knocks in Test cricket as he guided England to an improbable one-wicket win against Australia on the fourth day of the third Test at Headingley.England vs Australia Ashes 2019 3rd Test Day 4: Highlights | ReportChasing 359 for the win, England were left 286/9, still, 73 runs away from the target.It was then Stokes decided to play in an aggressive manner and he took on the Aussie bowlers, smashing them all around the park.He found support in the number eleven batsman Jack Leach and the duo stitched together an unbeaten partnership of 76 runs, in which Leach only contributed 1 run from 17 balls.Leach was seen wiping his glasses at the crease and then playing the balls bowled to him.As soon as the match got over, Specsavers had also tweeted asking about the official manager of Leach.advertisement”Does anybody know Jack Leach’s agent? Asking for a friend… #Ashes,” Specsavers had tweeted.Earlier this year, Leach had scored 92 runs against Ireland in a one-off Test after coming in as a nightwatchman.The ongoing Ashes is currently tied at 1-1 with still two Test matches left to play.England and Australia will next lock horns in the fourth Test beginning from September 4 at Old Trafford.Also Read | Ben Stokes is a freak: Joe Root after England stun Australia in 3rd Test at HeadingleyAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow AshesFollow Jack Leachlast_img read more

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Pub that hosted Cromwells soldiers at centre of row over trendy bar

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A Yorkshire pub rumoured to have hosted Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers the night before a famous 17th-century battle is at the centre of a new fight over plans to turn it into a “trendy wine bar”.Conservationists claim plans for a major refurbishment of the 600-yearold Black Bull in the West Yorkshire market town of Otley are “corporate vandalism” and will destroy its historic character.The Grade II-listed watering hole, with its low oak beams, flagstone floor and log fire, is one of the oldest in the country and featured in the Hairy Bikers’ Pubs that Built Britain series. The Kay Mellor TV drama The Chase was filmed there in 2006.It is also close to the site of the Battle of Marston Moor where, during the English Civil War in 1644, the Royalist army of Charles I was effectively destroyed as a fighting force by the Parliamentarians’ New Model Army.The evening battle only lasted around two hours but in that short time around 4,000 men were killed and 1,500 taken prisoner. The victory boosted the reputation of Cromwell, who commanded the cavalry under Sir Thomas Fairfax.Renovation work at the Black Bull over the years has uncovered a wealth of finds, including what is thought to be a 17th century stone fireplace and a pump and well from the 18th century, according to the Otley Pub Club. Now owners Star Pubs and Bars, part of the Heineken brewing empire, want to turn it into a “modern, stylish pub” with industrial furniture and open plan seating.But members of the Otley Pub Club claim the “appalling” scheme is “inappropriate and destructive”. A spokesman said: “This is an absurd attempt to turn a popular, historic, traditional listed local into a young persons’ venue and dining pub.”The owners bought both The Black Bull and the nearby White Swan in 2017 and plan to transform both of the Grade-II listed buildings. Matt Hardin, the pub club’s chairman, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Both are listed and in a conservation area, so it’s just disgraceful that Star Pubs and Bars have come up with such inappropriate plans.”They are both historic pubs, both centuries old and this character should be preserved and celebrated, not destroyed by being absurdly turned into modern, trendy venues, which just won’t work, as well as being architecturally”We urge Star/Heineken to put these plans on hold and meet with the community and the excellent sitting licensee of the White Swan to discuss how they can and should work with him to keep the pub as it is, respecting the will of the community and regulars.” read more

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