County Championship: Know your squads – Part I


County Championship: Know your squads – Part I

Rob Johnston • Last updated on Mon, 03 Apr, 2017, 12:20 AM

Essex won Division Two last season © Getty


Last season: 9th in Division Two

It has been all change at Derbyshire over the winter with Kim Barnett, installed as the club’s new Director of Cricket, wasting no time in putting his mark on things. It was clear that something had to be done: Derbyshire finished bottom of the County Championship without a win last season.

There is genuine hope for better this time out, though, much of it due to an influx of players which has given the squad a depth it lacked last year. Ireland’s Gary Wilson, signed from Surrey, and a trio of South Africans, Imran Tahir, Hardus Viljoen and Daryn Smit, the latter two on Kolpak deals, have all arrived and will add much needed experience and quality to the squad.

The signings of Tahir and Viljoen in particular, will give captain Billy Goddleman a cutting edge that Derbyshire lacked last season when they garnered the least bowling bonus points of any county. Throw in young leg-spinner Matt Critchley, who spent the winter in Sydney working with Stuart MacGill, and reliable fast bowler Tony Palladino and the attack has a decent look to it.

Barnett has also introduced a revamped coaching structure which will see Goddleman and the players effectively managing the Championship and 50-over teams without a head coach. The hope is that this will force the players to take more responsibility for the success of the side. For the T20 campaign, John Wright has been hired as a specialist coach.

Despite the improvements to the squad, expectations should be tempered with a dose of realism. Come the end of the season, Derbyshire are unlikely to be in the mix for promotion but they should fare better than last year and pick up a few wins along the way. After a harrowing campaign last season, that should be regarded as success in itself.


Last season: 4th in Division One (enforced relegation by ECB due to financial failings)

The sanctions placed on Durham by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for financial failings were intended to act as a warning to other counties but they are clearly punitive. Not only will Durham be playing in Division Two this season, they will start with a 48-point penalty.

Typically, Durham have faced their situation with stoicism. Ian Botham has been appointed as chairman and has been bullish in his still targeting promotion while Keaton Jennings, Ben Stokes and Mark Wood have all remained with the county when they could have been tempted elsewhere.

Durham could not, however, hang on to everyone. Mark Stoneman and Scott Borthwick, both of whom scored over 1,000 Championship runs last season, have moved to Surrey, which leaves the batting looking short. Much will be expected of Jennings, although he should be with England for much of the Test match summer, and captain Paul Collingwood.

The additions of Test batsmen South African Stephen Cook and New Zealander Tom Latham as overseas players will also certainly help plug some of the gap and young Jack Burnham will have to step up as well.

Conversely, the bowling looks strong with Wood, Graham Onions and Chris Rushworth all top-class operators and young left-arm seamer James Weighall showing glimpses of potential. Spinner Ryan Pringle will hope to do better than last year’s disappointing showing, particularly as Durham will be without Borthwick’s leg-spin.

Despite the points penalty and departures, Durham certainly have the class and character to challenge for promotion this season. The strength of their bowling attack should be too good for many of the sides in Division Two and this will give them every chance of reclaiming their position in the top flight at the first time of asking.


Last season: 1st in Division Two

After a fine season last year, Essex will be an unknown quantity in their first appearance in the top flight since 2010. A group of young cricketers have to prove themselves capable of performing against better teams, but in Nick Browne, Jamie Porter, Dan Lawrence and Aaron Beard together with Tom Westley, Essex have a strong nucleus of homegrown talent.

They have also recruited well. Varun Chopra and Adam Wheater, two players with top-flight experience, have arrived, as has top-class South African spinner Simon Harmer on a Kolpak deal. Add in New Zealand fast-bowler Neil Wagner as an overseas player for the start of the season and Essex’s squad looks deeper and stronger than for many a year.

Importantly, Alastair Cook will also be available until July and should play nine or ten Championship games in all. The former England Test captain will be relied on, together with the experienced duo of Ravi Bopara and captain Ryan ten Doeschate, to help the younger batsmen adjust to the greater intensity and quality of Division One’s attacks.While the batting is clearly Essex’s strength, the bowling attack looks perhaps short of another fast bowler. Porter, 23, who has 121 first-class wickets at 27.73, and Matt Dixon will lead the attack with Wagner and Beard and Paul Walter will also have opportunities. Harmer’s spin will be important on the better pitches of Division One but whether Essex can take 20 wickets regularly remains to be seen.

The first target of coach Chris Silverwood will be to avoid relegation but if they have a good start and Cook finds form, they may spring a surprise towards the top half of the division. For the likes of Westley and Browne, a stellar season could also see them pushing for England spots. The future at Chelmsford looks particularly bright.


Last season: 8th in Division Two

On paper, last season was a pretty dismal one for Glamorgan. They finished second-bottom in Division Two and won just three games all year. Worse than that, they lost half of their Championship games.

Yet there were signs that the county may be about to have a decent period. A group of excellent young batsmen in Aneurin Donald, David Lloyd and Will Bragg announced themselves with some standout innings even if the consistency required at first-class level was somewhat lacking. These three have the ability to be the heart of Glamorgan’s batting for a decade.

In the bowling department, there was perhaps less to shout about even though Tim van der Gugten and Michael Hogan shared 105 Championship wickets between them. Spinner Andrew Salter has not kicked on and Graham Wagg and Craig Meschede failed to deliver in any consistent way and will need to do better. Young seamer Lukas Carey should get more opportunities this term after impressing in limited opportunities so far.

Hopes for a better 2017 will depend largely on the inexperienced batting line-up finding more consistency, which will need captain Jacques Rudolph, who averaged under 25 last season, in form, and the back-up bowlers giving Hogan and van der Gugten more support. There is plenty of talent in the squad but they need to deliver on a more regular basis.

Eight losses in 16 games last year suggests a lack of fight when the going got tough but it was largely due to a lack of experience amongst a young squad, one further depleted this season by the retirement of Dean Cosker after 20 years. They will be better for it and although a mid-table finish, and no more, is likely this term, Glamorgan are moving in the right direction.


Last season:6th in Division Two

Gloucestershire started their outdoor season earlier than any other county, playing Oxford University on 16th March, and coach Richard Dawson hopes this will give them the ability to start well in the first four games, matches he has targeted as setting the tone for their first-class campaign. There has been no overhaul of the squad despite a middling Championship season last year with only four wins from their 16 games. Experienced wicket-keeper batsman Phil Mustard has joined from Durham and Australian Cameron Bancroft will replace fellow Western Australian Michael Klinger who will only play limited-overs cricket for Gloucestershire this season.

Dawson wants his current group to step up more consistently than last summer, something that will be even more important without Klinger, who averaged over 70 last season, and Hamish Marshall who has retired. Much will be expected of Chris Dent, who scored three Championship hundreds last year, and Graeme van Buuren to replace those runs.

The bowling attack looks marginally the stronger suit with fast bowlers Craig Miles, Liam Norwell and David Payne all proven performers and young Josh Shaw, 21, having plenty of promise too. If Gloucestershire can score enough runs, that attack should have enough about it to take 20 wickets although they do lack a spinner of note for when the pitches firm up in mid-summer.

Gloucestershire may have to settle for a mid-table finish once again in the Championship. Their squad looks more suited to one-day cricket and lacking in four-day class which shouldn’t trouble the better sides. They do have enough about them though to pick up a few wins along the way.


Last season: 8th in Division One (retained top flight status due to Durham’s relegation)

Whatever the wrongs or rights of Durham’s relegation, Hampshire, the beneficiaries, are keen to focus on putting right a season they felt should never have seen them relegated anyway. They lost just four games in 2016 but drew ten which ultimately saw them finish just below Lancashire and, until Durham’s demotion, headed towards Division Two.

This year, the Hampshire squad has a stronger look to it than last season which has given them hope of being involved at the top end this time out. Michael Carberry has returned after a battle with cancer and Reece Topley is also back fit after missing most of the year with injury. James Vince, away with England for much of last summer, will also likely be around far more.

Added to those three has been some canny recruitment. Two high-class South Africans, Kyle Abbot and Rilee Rossouw, have arrived on Kolpak deals and George Bailey will fulfil the overseas duties and captain the team in Championship cricket. Highly thought of young all-rounder Asher Hart has also arrived from Durham.

Throughout the squad there is strength and experience. Liam Dawson, fresh from an impressive Test debut, and Mason Crane, recently selected for New South Wales after a stellar season in grade cricket, are two good spinners and fast bowler Brad Wheal and batsman Tom Alsop, who spent his winter with the England Lions, are two highly promising cricketers. Jimmy Adams and Will Smith lend further experience to the batting line-up.

Whether Hampshire have enough staying power to challenge the best teams over the course of a season is the biggest question mark this year. Too often last season, they lost big moments in games which was one reason why they won just two matches all season. With the extra class of Topley and Abbot in the bowling attack and more batting depth too, Hampshire could well be the surprise package this season.


Last season: 2nd in Division Two

In any other season, Kent would have achieved their goal of promotion to Division One of the Championship last year. With the restructuring of the top division to include just eight teams only one side was promoted which left Kent rueing their misfortune at finishing second behind Essex.

Sam Northeast’s team look well placed to be there or thereabouts this time round and should benefit from some limited but shrewd recruitment. Young batsman Joe Weatherley, on loan from Hampshire, and all-rounder Will Gidman, signed from Nottinghamshire, have arrived to complement a talented squad.

Sam Billings is one of England’s brightest prospects and will add much to the squad once finished at the IPL and opening batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond starred for the England Lions in their recent one-day series with Sri Lanka. Fast bowler Matt Coles is perhaps the best quick bowler in the second division and experienced duo Darren Stevens and James Tredwell still have plenty to offer.

It’s also a pivotal season for Northeast himself, described by new coach Matt Walker this week as the best captain in county cricket. Fresh from a hundred during the recent North-South series in the UAE, Northeast is starting to get the recognition with the national selectors that he deserves. Leading Kent to promotion will do his cause no harm.

If there is one area where Kent will look to do better than last season, it is converting handy positions into wins. Eight draws last year was perhaps two too many and much will depend this campaign on whether Coles, Gidman and Tredwell are able to bowl sides out regularly. The bowling attack does look short of another high-class fast bowler.

With Durham and Nottinghamshire both looking strong after relegation from the top flight, Kent will not have it all their own way this season. They do, however, have an experienced and deep squad and the shrewd Northeast at the helm which should see them challenging for promotion at the end of the season.


Last season: 7th in Division One

Lancashire approach this season with a good mix of young potential and experienced campaigners within their squad. Last summer’s seventh placed finish, narrowly avoiding relegation, was not what a club of Lancashire’s size expects but nevertheless was a good result for a squad dominated by young, inexperienced players.

One of those, Haseeb Hameed, made his Test debut for England and another, Liam Livingstone, may not be far away either after a fine winter with the Lions. Rob Jones, Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson were others who shone at various stages and all of them with be better for the experience of last year.

New coach Glen Chapple has recognised the need for some experience to complement the youthful talent and has recruited well. South African wicket-keeper Dane Villas and West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul have been signed on Kolpak deals and Villas’ fellow South African Ryan McLaren will be the club’s overseas player.

James Anderson will also lead the attack in early season and should be available for more games than last summer even if the England management will want to keep him fit and fresh for a rigorous programme of Test matches over the next year. Anderson will form a high-class new-ball partnership with Kyle Jarvis.

It is unlikely Lancashire will be challenging at the top of the table but nor is it certain they will be involved in another relegation battle. Without Anderson, the attack looks short of class and depth but if experienced players like Chanderpaul, Villas and McLaren can add some nous and backbone to the abundant skill and talent of Lancashire’s homegrown youngsters, they may have a decent year.


Last season: 7th in Division Two

Leicestershire’s four Championship victories last season were further confirmation of progress in four-day cricket after winless campaigns in 2013 and 2014 but it is too soon to yet expect them to be challenging at the top of the division.

New coach Pierre de Bruyn, who replaced Andrew McDonald after he returned to Australia, will have a large squad of 25 players to pick from this season which means competition for places will be high. Whether there is enough quality, however, particularly in the batting, remains to be seen.

Some decent players have arrived over the winter to add more depth. South African’s Colin Ackerman and Dieter Klein have been recruited on EU passports while all-rounder James Burke has arrived on loan from Surrey and seamer Gavin Griffiths has joined from Lancashire. Australian Mark Cosgrove will captain the side and his compatriot Clint McKay will lead the limited overs teams.

Alongside those recruits are a host of young players who have shown glimpses of promise. Adil Ali, Lewis Hill, Harry Dearden and Tom Wells are a quartet of youthful batsmen and Zak Chappell is an all-rounder with plenty of potential but it feels as if much of the run scoring will have to be done by Ackerman, Cosgrove, Neil Dexter and Paul Horton.

The bowling attack will rely on McKay, Ben Raine and Charlie Shrek who combined to take 135 Championship wickets last year. Behind them, though, is little proven depth, even if the recruitment of Griffiths should help. The lack of a frontline spinner hindered Leicestershire last season on good pitches and will likely do so again. Callum Parkinson, 20, signed from Derbyshire, has promise but also a lot to learn.

De Bruyn has spoken of his desire for Leicestershire players to get more out of themselves this season and professes himself impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment he has seen in pre-season. That only goes so far, of course, and although Leicestershire will be competitive this season, they still have work to do before they can think about anything more than a mid-table finish.

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AAP alleges attack on Sanjay Singh

Sanjay Singh Sanjay Singh

A woman volunteer allegedly slapped senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh at the party’s campaign for the Rajouri Garden bypolls on Sunday afternoon. On Sunday, Punjab Assembly Leader of Opposition H S Phoolka, along with Singh, led a campaign for party candidate Harjeet Singh in the Sikh-dominated constituency. During the event, a woman volunteer from Rajouri Garden, Simran Bedi, approached Singh with a garland in her hand but allegedly tried to slap him. Other volunteers shielded Singh.

Bedi claimed, “I slapped Singh as my attempts to raise the issue of corruption in the party went unheard. I tried meeting the CM and Singh, but no one listened to me.”

AAP Delhi convenor Dilip Pandey said, “Opposition parties and forces opposed to AAP knew the roadshow was a big event. To mar that, our leader and spokesperson, Sanjay Singh, was assaulted. We condemn the incident.” Police said they received a PCR call from AAP’s Tilak Nagar MLA Jarnail Singh. However, they maintained that no case has been registered.

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Cop killed, 11 security personnel injured in J&K grenade attack

Militants on Sunday attacked a joint party of Jammu and Kashmir Police and paramilitary forces, killing a policeman and wounding 11, among them three of the CRPF. The attack took place although security was high in the Kashmir valley for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to open the Chenani-Nashri road tunnel.

“There was a grenade attack on a joint party of the J&K Police and the CRPF at Nowhatta,” the public relations officer of the CRPF, Rajesh Yadav, told The Indian Express. “One jawan of the J&K Police was martyred in the attack. Eleven — eight policemen and three CRPF personnel — were injured,” he said.

The joint party of the police and paramilitary forces was attacked when they were withdrawing from the old city in the evening. The militants lobbed a grenade at the forces near Nowhatta.

Huge contingents of the police and paramilitary forces were deployed in different parts of Srinagar because of Modi’s visit to Jammu and the shutdown call given by separatists.

Sunday’s attack is the second in Srinagar in as many days, hinting that militants have managed to sneak into the capital in recent days. On Saturday, militants fired at an army convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway at Bemina in Srinagar, wounding three soldiers. The militants escaped.

“There were some inputs that militants based in north Kashmir were trying to sneak into the city,” said a senior police officer. “We had increased checking on all the roads leading to Srinagar.”

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Petrol pump staffs attack customers brutally in Agra [Video]

Scuffle had taken place between staffs of petrol pump staffs and customers on Nationa Highway No 2 in Agra’s Etmadpur. The indecent had sparked off over an argument over ten rupee coin and had taken a fierce shape within no time. Staffs had taken out sticks and attacked the customers. Entire indecent has been captured on CCTV.


Three jawans injured as militants attack Army convoy in Kashmir

Soldiers inspect the vehicle damaged in the ambush in Srinagar on Saturday. Shuaib Masoodi Soldiers inspect the vehicle damaged in the ambush in Srinagar on Saturday. Shuaib Masoodi

IN THE first militant attack in Srinagar this year, an Army convoy came under fire on Saturday afternoon, leaving three soldiers injured.

This was the first such attack on Army in the state capital since 2013, when militants had ambushed an Army convoy at Hyderpora area of Srinagar, killing 13 soldiers.

Saturday’s attack comes a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to the state on Sunday to inaugurate the 10-km Nashri-Chenani road tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

In October last year, militants had ambushed a convoy of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), killing a trooper and wounding eight others, at Zakura, in the outskirts of Srinagar city.

According to reports, a group of militants on Saturday fired on the Army convoy at Bemina area of Srinagar on the Srinagar-Jammu highway and escaped.

Confirming the attack and the injury to three soldiers, Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia told The Sunday Express that the injured are being treated at the Base Hospital.

There have been a series of attacks on Army convoys on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway over the last two years. Police records say that 20 Army and CRPF personnel have been killed in these attacks.

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‘Mentally challenged’ man triggers fidayeen attack scare in Srinagar

A MAN suspected to be mentally challenged triggered a fidayeen attack scare in Srinagar on Saturday, leading to some protesters throwing stones on security personnel, and the latter firing in air to disperse the group of young protesters.

The sudden gunshots fanned further rumours about a fidayeen attack, and many people closed their shops in Lalchowk, Srinagar’s business centre, and ran for safety.

The incident also triggered protests in Maisuma locality of Srinagar, and the police fired teargas shells to disperse them.

“He (the man suspected to be of unsound mind) had entered a hotel. Then there were rumours about a militant attack,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar Imtiyaz Ismail Parray explained. “We caught him, and are verifying about him.”

The incident took place at Hotel Taj, next to a CRPF camp.

“They (hotel employees) rang up and said that a person had entered the hotel and had broken some windowpanes. He was apparently holding something that appeared to be a gun,” a police officer told The Sunday Express.

The suspect reportedly asked hotel employees to immediately vacate the premises, and he then put on a mask.

The hotel staffer who called up told police that the suspect then took out his cellphone and “started talking to someone – all this gave credence to the possibility of the person being a fidayeen”, the police officer said.

Police and paramilitary personnel stormed the hotel to arrest the suspected ‘fidayeen’ and found a man – apparently mentally challenged – holding a gun-shaped wooden club.

As the security persons brought down the person, some youths threw stones on them. The security personnel retaliated by firing in the air to disperse the protestors.

The officer said they took the phone call from the hotel seriously due to intelligence inputs received in the last few days that militants might try to enter the city. “We are keeping a tight vigil and are not taking anything lightly,” he said.

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Attack on Africans in Greater Noida: Not correct to draw conclusion as probe is pending, says MEA

Centre said the attacks on Africans in Greater Noida cannot be categorised as racial yet, and that it is not correct to draw a conclusion on “the nature and the reason” for these acts as the probe is pending. (File Photo) Centre said the attacks on Africans in Greater Noida cannot be categorised as racial yet, and that it is not correct to draw a conclusion on “the nature and the reason” for these acts as the probe is pending. (File Photo)

The Centre on Thursday said the attacks on Africans in Greater Noida cannot be categorised as racial yet, and that it is not correct to draw a conclusion on “the nature and the reason” for these acts as the probe is pending. On the alleged attack on a Kenyan woman on Wednesday, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said Kenyan diplomats held a meeting with officials of the ministry concerned, and it has been conveyed to the Indian side that the reported incident “does not correspond with reality”. Asserting that such attacks were “completely unacceptable and have been condemned”, he said the government is engaged with the authorities concerned as well as the students.

Asked if these were racial attacks, Baglay said, “Pending the investigation, it is not correct to go into the nature and the reason for these particular activities. There will be a better understanding after the outcome of the probe.” Four Nigerian students were attacked by residents of Greater Noida after a 17-year-old Indian boy died last week at the NSG Black Cats Enclave due to suspected drug overdose. The residents had taken out a protest march after police released from their custody some Nigerians, who were detained in connection with the boy’s death, due to “lack of evidence”.

Terming these acts as “the action of the uninformed and misguided few”, Baglay said they do not detract from the deep belief of the government and the people of India of “vasudeva kutumbakam (the world is one family)”. “We will continue to welcome African people as valuable partners. Our engagement with Africa, embodied among others in the implementation of the historic IAFS – III, will continue to grow,” he said.

Baglay said the external affairs minister has spoken to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, and Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar has spoken to the acting High Commissioner of Nigeria. “We are in touch with the Nigerian High Commission in New Delhi. The students who were hurt during the incident have been treated at a local hospital and have already been released,” he said. Law enforcement authorities of the district have made arrests and a large number of people are under watch, he said, adding, “The investigation is on and the law of the land will prevail.”

The ministry is in touch with the Gautam Buddha Nagar district administration, which has enhanced round-the-clock security in the area, Baglay said. He also noted that the district magistrate held a meeting that was attended by the residents and foreign students’ associations in the presence of representatives from the Nigerian High Commission.

Meanwhile, Nigeria called the Indian envoy in Abuja to register its protest over attacks on its nationals in India and sought “diligent prosecution” against the perpetrators. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Olushola Enikanolaiye, sought action from the Indian government during his meeting with Indian envoy BN Reddy in Abuja Wednesday, state-run News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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Dopamine levels fall and fluctuate during a migraine attack

Have you suffered from a migraine attack? (Source: Thinkstock Images) Have you suffered from a migraine attack? (Source: Thinkstock Images)

A recent research has shown that dopamine levels fall during the migraine attacks.

Using PET scans of the brain, the University of Michigan researchers showed that dopamine falls and fluctuates at different times during a migraine headache.

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This could help scientists better understand dopamine-based therapies for migraines as well as a patient’s behaviour during an attack.

The connection between dopamine and migraines has long been a poorly understood therapeutic and research area, said researcher Alex DaSilva. Dopamine, sometimes called the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitter, helps regulate emotion, motivation and sensory perception.

Physicians and emergency rooms often give migraine patients dopamine antagonists, drugs that block overactive dopamine receptors, to level off wild dopamine fluctuations and ease migraine attacks.

DaSilva and colleagues took various measurements of brain activity and dopamine levels of eight migraine sufferers and eight healthy patients during migraine attacks and between headaches. They compared study participants to each other with and without headaches, and also migraineurs to healthy patients.

When migraine patients were between headaches, their dopamine levels were as stable and even as the healthy patients, DaSilva said. But during an attack, the migraine patients’ dopamine levels fell significantly.

“This dopamine reduction and fluctuation during the migraine attack is your brain telling you that something is not going well internally, and that you need time to heal by forcing you to slow down, go to a dark room and avoid any kind of stimulation,” he said.

The study appears in the journal Neurology.

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Kenyan woman who alleged attack ‘distressed’

Officials from the Kenyan High Commission said the complainant “was distressed due to personal reasons”. (File Photo) Officials from the Kenyan High Commission said the complainant “was distressed due to personal reasons”. (File Photo)

A DAY after police said the complaint filed by a Kenyan woman alleging assault was false, officials from the Kenyan High Commission said the complainant “was distressed due to personal reasons”. Expressing satisfaction with the police inquiry, Frederick from the Kenyan High Commission said, “They have assured that they will not press any charges against the woman.” Charles Kennedy from the Nigerian Citizen Welfare Association said, “She told us she has been in trauma due to some personal issues and requested that the case be withdrawn.”

The district police held a press conference on Thursday on the issue. On Wednesday morning, the complainant had alleged that her Ola cab was stopped by around four to five men in Greater Noida’s Omicron area around 4 am and that she was assaulted. The complainant was then admitted to Kailash Hospital in Greater Noida, where hospital authorities said she had “no visible injury marks”. On Wednesday evening, police tracked down the Ola driver. “He said the trip took place between 6-6.30 am and he dropped her to a flat in Omicron. He also said no such incident occurred. The GPS location of car did not corroborate the complainant’s allegetions,” Singh said Thursday.

Police, meanwhile, are planning to to launch a “resident verification drive” in residential colonies with RWAs in Greater Noida, police said. “As a security measure, a resident verification drive will be carried out,” said Dharmendra Singh, SSP Gautam Buddha Nagar. Incidentally the list of accused in the mob attack include members of RWAs.

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Woman Survives Vicious Attack by Her Husband

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10 million men and women are abused by their intimate partners every year in America. Audrey was one of them. Her husband, Chris, was never physically violent or threatening to her – until Audrey tried to leave. Then he attacked her face with a hammer and set her on fire.

“Chris was very charming, romantic, the ‘sweep you off your feet’ kind of guy,” she says. However, he was also a liar. Soon after the birth of their first child Audrey learned that Chris had been married to another woman all along.

Even so, she says, “There was no violence in our relationship whatsoever, until I separated from him.” That changed one morning when Audrey stopped by Chris’ house on the way to work and found him waiting for her with a butcher knife. He manhandled into the garage and tried to sexually assault her.

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“I had no idea how I was going to get out of there, but I began saying anything I could to pacify him and get him to stop,” she tells us. Chris then struck her in the face four times with a hammer. When he doused her in gasoline and picked up a candle, “I felt I was peering straight into the devil’s eyes – I knew exactly what he was going to do to me.”

Audrey burned over 80 percent of her body, and lay in a medically induced coma for six weeks. However, even from the beginning, she says, she was determined that “He robbed my physically, but he is not going to rob me spiritually and he’s not going to rob me emotionally.”

Deborah Alessi and her husband, Plastic Surgeon David Alessi, stepped forward to help Audrey. Deborah is CEO and founder of a nonprofit organization called Face Forward, which provides reconstructive surgery for women and children who have been the victims of violent crimes.

David was able to reduce the appearance of Audrey’s facial burn scars – and even more crucially, he released the scar tissue that was painfully pulling her chin down toward her chest. She couldn’t raise her head, and eating and drinking were extremely difficult.

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“I feel like I have my sexy back, and I feel ready to take on the world,” Audrey tells The Doctors. “As a victim, you tend to lose your faith. When the community and people that give back rally around you, it helps to restore your faith in humanity.”

Chris was sentenced to life plus 60 years, but Audrey says that “It was very important for me to forgive him, even before the trial occurred.” Audrey now travels around the country to share her story and help others who may be at risk.

If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence please call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233