LITESPORT 38 Friday, 7 August 2009 London Lite ENGLAND ARESixdown, Fredsout asAshes hopesare tornapart BY NEAL COLLINS Inbrief Butcher hangs up his gloves FORMER England batsman Mark Butcher has retired from cricket with immediate effect after admitting defeat in his battle with ongoing knee problems. Surrey captain Butcher, who played 71 Test matches between 1997 and 2004, was forced to have more surgery a fortnight ago. And he said: It was a very tough decision to walk away from the game that has given me so many great memories. Liam has more left in the Tanc LIAM TANCOCK believes there is still more to come, despite winning the 50m backstroke in world record time at the World Swimming Championships in Rome last weekend. Tancock finished fourth in the 50m freestyle at the British Gas Grand Prix in Leeds yesterday, but said: I became world champion and world record holder. It was really cool. Obviously the final went well, but there is room for improvement. Fran powers to new GB record FRAN HALSALL, World Swimming Championships silver medallist, has lowered her own 100m British freestyle record at the British Gas Grand Prix in Leeds. Halsall claimed a surprise silver medal in Rome and the 19-year- old continued her superb form by setting a new British record of 51.79secs in the short-course equivalent in Leeds. I am really happy, especially given how well I did last week, she said. Saunders hit by such Brad luck GOLD medal favourite Bradley Saunders has been ruled out of the World Boxing Championships in Milan at the end of this month after breaking his left thumb. The 23-year-old from Durham, who won bronze at the last championships in Chicago two years ago, suffered the injury in a training bout. Im unbeaten all year and Im in the form of my life. I really thought that title was mine, he said. Friendly fire to bring such Glee ENGLAND international Martin Gleeson is preparing to break the heart of one of his closest friends in tomorrows Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final. The Wigan centre will face old Warrington team-mate Lee Briers for a place in the final. And Gleeson said: Hes desperate to play in the final. I dont want him to win but its going to be tough because one of us is going to Wembley and one isnt. ENGLANDvAUSTRALIA ASHES2009 FOURTHTEST ALARM BELLS FOR TWITTERING SWANN Do you tweet? Follow us at: LondonLiteNews ENGLAND were evacuated from their hotel in Leeds today hours before the start of the fourth Test. A fire alarm went off and players and staff were removed from the Radisson SAS Hotel, where they stood outside in the rain for ten minutes. A spokeswoman for the hotel said it was definitely not a prank but refused to divulge what caused the alarm to go off. The spokeswoman said: An incident like this could happen at any time. She confirmed an internal investigation had been held and the matter dealt with. She added: I can confirm that at approximately 5am the hotel was evacuated due to the fire alarm being activated. As a matter of pure precaution we evacuated the hotel. England spinner Graeme Swann (right) first alerted LiteSport to the situation, sending out a Twitter saying: Fire alarm? brilliant!!! An ECB spokesman confirmed: It was a fire alarm. There was an evacuation at about 4.50am and then a nice little 20 minutes standing outside with the rain falling. Two fire engines came to the hotel and then we were all allowed back in. Former England coach and Sky Sports commentator David Lloyd twittered: Hotel fire alarm went off at 4.30am! after confirming: Flintoff out. Stuart Clark in for Oz. England team in huddle. Handshake for Sidebottom, watching for Trott handshake. ENGLAND were reduced to a humiliat- ing 72-6 on a mad, mad morning at Headingley, losing their grip on the Ashes after Andrew Flintoff was ruled out with his injured knee. And he was nearly joined by wicket- keeper Matt Prior, who went down with back spasms while playing football before the start. With Flintoffs absence confirmed -- and Steve Harmison called in as pre- dicted by Paul Collingwood in LiteSport yesterday -- Prior rushed off for emer- gency treatment at the unforgiving hands of physio Kirk Russell. Colling- wood--whostoodinwhenPriorinjured his hand against the West Indies earlier in the summer -- then donned the gloves. But Prior emerged at 10.30am to pronounce himself fit to play. By then the bemused Australians had agreed to a ten-minute delay in the nam- ing of the teams. But as Prior gradually loosened up, panic receded. Captain Andrew Strauss, woken up and evacu- ated with the rest of the team after a fire alarm at their Leeds hotel before dawn thismorning,managedtosummonsome sort of calm as he emerged for the toss with Ponting -- and won it. Withouthesitationheoptedtobat--no doubt due to Priors problems -- and said: Its been a bit of a morning, Matt Prior was struggling but it looks like hellbeokay.WevebroughtinHarmison for Flintoff, losing Freddie is a big blow. Butr were not going to just hold on to our1-0leadhere,wearemadkeentowin this Test and lift the Ashes urn. Those comments soon came back to haunt the England captain, as his morn- ing went from bad to worse. Ben Hilfenhaus came charging in and rapped his pads to a huge appeal with the very first ball of the match. UmpireBillyBowdenignoredthepleas but Hawk Eye confirmed the ball would have hit the top of leg stump. In the commentary box, former Aussie leg spinner Shane Warne said: Youve started with a shocker Billy. But Warnes fury soon turned to joy as Strauss fell for just three runs, caught by Marcus North off the bowling of LUNCHTIME SCOREBOARD ENGLAND, FIRST INNINGS (won toss, batted) A Strauss c North b Siddle.................................3 A Cook c Clarke b Clark...................................30 R Bopara c Hussey b Hilfenhaus.......................1 I Bell c Haddin b Johnson..................................8 P Collingwood c Ponting b Clark.....................0 M Prior not out .................................................17 S Broad c Katich b Clark ....................................3 G Swann not out................................................0 Extras..............................................................10 Total (6 wkts, 24.5 overs)............................ 72 Fall: 1-11, 2-16, 3-39, 4-42, 5-63, 6-72. To bat: J Anderson, G Onions, S Harmison. 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