WI Women eyeing semi-final berth

first_imgDHARAMSALA, India (CMC):An upbeat West Indies Women take on one of the tournament favourites, England Women, here today, cognisant of the fact a victory will secure them a berth in the final four of the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup.The Caribbean side sits top of Group B with four points following wins over Pakistan Women and Bangladesh Women, but will know their English opponents provide their sternest test yet, in the fixture set for the picturesque HPCA Stadium at 7:30 p.m. (10 a.m. Eastern Caribbean time).Head coach Vasbert Drakes said they were aware of the importance of the game and were motivated, especially coming off back-to-back wins.”I think it is important that we play some good cricket tomorrow. Obviously the points would give us that momentum going into the semi-finals,” the former West Indies all-rounder said yesterday.”We’ve won the first two games and the ladies are feeling quite confident in their ability to execute our game plan come tomorrow against England.”He added: “Obviously, you want to see the energy from ball one, you want to see us getting involved in the game and trying to control the game early on and trying to create some pressure and keep that pressure for a long period of time.”We believe, with our team, we’ve seen a balance within in the last two games. Everyone is feeling quite confident that on their given day, if they can execute, they can get the upper hand on England.”West Indies Women opened the tournament with victory over Pakistan Women when they superbly defended a paltry total of 103.They were sharper in their outing against Bangladesh Women last Sunday, posting a competitive 148 and then restricting their opponents to a mere 99.KEEPING RUNS LOWIn both games, Windies Women managed to restrict their opposition to under 100 runs, courtesy of the off-spin trio of Matthews, Taylor and front line bowler Anisa Mohammed.Drakes said he did not foresee any major changes in this approach, especially with the pitch at the HPCA Stadium looking conducive to slow bowling.”We, as a unit, have always talked about everyone making a contribution to the team cause and the two games that we have played, you can see that the spinners have really come into the equation on the wickets in India and bowled with some subtle variations that would have created the pressure on the Bangladeshis and certainly on the Pakistanis,” Drakes explained.last_img read more

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Small role for Bravo as Lions remain unbeaten

first_imgRAJKOT, India (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo’s unbeaten cameo kept new boys Gujarat Lions unbeaten as they defeated Rising Pune Supergiants by seven wickets with two overs to spare in their Indian Premier League contest here yesterday.Opting for first knock, Supergiants rattled up 163 for five off their 20 overs at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, with South African opener Faf du Plessis top-scoring with 69 and Englishman Kevin Pietersen getting 37.Captain MS Dhoni chipped in with 22 with opener Ajinkya Rahane getting 21. Left-arm spinner Ravi Jadeja was the best bowler, with two for 18, while Bravo was expensive, conceding 43 runs from his four overs and taking just one wicket.In reply, Australian Aaron Finch blasted 50 from 36 deliveries and Kiwi partner Brendon McCullum, 49 from 31 balls, as they put on 85 off 51 balls for the first wicket.McCullum added a further 35 for the second wicket, with Suresh Raina, who struck a run-a-ball 24, before departing in the 14th over.Bravo then compensated with the bat to make sure there were no stumbles, stroking a fluent unbeaten 22 off 10 balls with three fours and a six to sustain Lions’ momentum.It was his inside-out extra-cover drive for six off seamer Rajat Bhatia that brought the scores level, before a wide off the first ball of the penultimate over saw Lions home.They top the standings with four points from their two games.last_img read more

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All set for tomorrow’s JN Falmouth 5K

first_imgFALMOUTH, Trelawny:While there are a number of 5K events nationally with most held in Kingston, Trelawny will be hoping that their Jamaica National 5K in Falmouth tomorrow to assist the Granville child-care facility in the parish will be a show-stopper.They expect this 5K Run/Walk to be the most picturesque seeing that it will be run through this historic Georgian town, said to be the best laid out in the Caribbean.Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Garth Wilkinson, has endorsed the event and has hailed his town as among the most beautiful in the Caribbean. He will not only welcome the hundreds who will descend on the town but participate in the event as well.Local athlete and the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, will also be in attendance, and most important, will be giving his support to the cause. His foundation will be also contributing to the child-care facility.The event starts at 7 a.m. outside the Pier on Seaboard Street by the Falmouth Street intersection. Participants will then turn right onto Market Street, left to Lower Harbour Street, right to Water Street, left to Rodney Street, left to Cornwall Street and right to Queen Street.There will be a right to Duke Street, left to Wellington Street, then left to Wakeland Drive, left to Princess Street, right to George Street, then right to Queen Street, left to Wakeland Drive, left to King Street, right back to George Street, then left to Market Street along Water Square to Lower Parade Street finishing on Seaboard Street at the same starting point.Some of the sites the participants will go past are Fort Balcarres, now the Falmouth All-Age School; the new Falmouth Police Station,the largest police station in the Caribbean; along with one of the best restored Georgian houses on Duke Street.Other sites are the 220-year-old Anglican Church, the 181-year-old brick Falmouth United Church (Presbyterian Church) and Market Street with its many Georgian buildings.Jamaica National has reported good support for the event, especially from businesses in the parish.last_img read more

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Track season gets out of the blocks with JC/WATA meet

first_imgThe local track and field season opens this weekend with the 23rd staging of the PUREWATER/JC development meet at the schools’ Old Hope Road campus this Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m.The event is one of the qualifying meets for the annual Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championship and organisers expect the usually well-organised and well-run meet to maintain its high standards.The meet is primarily for high schools, but an open invitation has been extended to teams from all schools, athletic clubs and other institutions across the island.Individual and teams will compete under two categories – schools and mixed clubs and institutions or as unattached competitors.clubs and institutionsSchoolboys will compete in classes one to three, while their female counterparts will compete in classes one to four. Mixed clubs and institutions will compete separately as male and female.Competitors of the various categories will vie for honours in 70m, 80m, 100m, 800m, 3000m (F), 5000m(M), 110m hurdles (M). Field events this year will include long jump, discus, high jump, shot put and pole vault.No more than four contestants per class, per team, per event will be allowed and teams are reminded to wear their regular competition colours.The most outstanding athlete in each class and category at the end of the meet will receive individual trophies. No entries will be accepted on the day of the event.Meanwhile, the school will also honour one of its old boys on the day. They will recognise Andrew McCrae for his tireless efforts, commitment and contribution to the development of track and field at JC.last_img read more

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SA’s Dale Steyn for Ja Tallawahs

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): Jamaica Tallawahs have named South African speedster Dale Steyn to replace Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who has been ruled out of the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) through injury. The 32-year-old Steyn is one of the world’s leading Test bowlers but has already made his mark in the shortest form of the game, claiming 58 wickets from 42 Twenty20 Internationals at an economy rate of 6.71 runs per over. He was a member of the South Africa side at the recent Twenty20 World Cup in India and is currently representing Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League. “It is a great privilege to feature in the CPL for the first time, and I am proud and delighted to sign up for the Jamaica Tallawahs for the forthcoming CPL season,” Steyn said. “The CPL is one of the strongest Twenty20 leagues in the world game and it’s a tournament that’s on the rise.” Steyn will join overseas stars Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara and Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib-al-Hasan, along with Jamaican big names Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell, forming a formidable squad for this season’s campaign. The 32-year-old Malinga, who has in the past played for Guyana Amazon Warriors, has failed to recover from a knee injury sustained last November.last_img read more

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Jacobs seeks consistency

first_imgJamaica Scorpions leg-spinner Damion Jacobs says he hopes to secure at least another five-wicket haul before the end of the current WICB Regional Super50 in Barbados and Antigua.The recent West Indies ‘A’ recruit, who has been the Scorpions’ most successful bowler over the past two seasons, claimed five for 25 off 10 overs to claim the Man-of the Match Award against ICC Americas at Three W’s Oval on Tuesday.The haul helped Jamaica win the contest by 67 runs and lifted them to second in Group B behind Barbados. It also allowed Jacobs to pick up his second five-wicket haul in one-dayers in 15 matches.”It’s not easy to get five wickets in a 50-over match when you are only limited to just 10 overs,” assessed Jacobs.”Therefore, to claim my second five-wicket haul in 15 games is a privilege. I am just hoping that I can, at least, get another in this tournament as it would give my career the push.”Having represented West Indies ‘A’ on four occasions thus far, Jacobs also expressed hope that his performances would lead to West Indies and Caribbean Premier League representation.SECOND ON BOWLING CHARTSJacobs claimed 14 wickets in the Super50 last season, and although Jamaica failed to make it to the he semi-finals, finished second on the bowling charts behind Sulieman Benn, who snared 15 on his way to helping Barbados Pride win the title.Overall, Jacobs, who has also played lead roles for Jamaica at the regional four-day level, has 30 wickets in one-dayers at an average of 19.10.”I am just want to be consistent and learn as much as I can, and I’m trying to impress people towards a West Indies series selection, and Caribbean Premier League selection later in the year,” expressed the 32-year-old.”I also want to help win games for Jamaica as it’s a good feeling whenever I can contribute.”The victory propelled Jamaica to a two-win, two-loss record and placed them on nine points behind preseason favourites, Barbados, who have 19 points.The Guyana Jaguars and Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners also have nine points, but have an inferior net run to the Scorpions.Jamaica will next play Combined Campuses and Colleges on Sunday as the return-leg fixtures of the tournament get going.The two top teams in each group will advance to the semi-finals, which will be contested in Antigua and Barbuda.last_img read more

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Brathwaite is an investment – Browne

first_img “Not that I am saying that is in any way a reason not to perform but we have to take into consideration he’s still a young player at the international level. There’s so much things. We have a very young team and … the selection panel we sat and we talked about all players, and we all felt that Carlos Brathwaite was still someone that we can get a lot out of.” Brathwaite shot to prominence last April when he smashed massive sixes off the first four balls of the last over to propel West Indies to a dramatic victory over England in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup. Since those heroics, his form in ODIs has been ordinary, with a meagre 157 runs coming from 12 appearances at a lowly average of 15.7, while taking 17 wickets with his medium pace. Overall, Brathwaite averages just 13 with the bat from 20 ODIs and has taken 21 wickets at 40. Browne contended Brathwaite should not be measured against his exploits at the T20 World Cup, especially since he was still relatively new to international cricket. Brathwaite, who was elevated to the T20 captaincy last year, was a vital part of the Barbados Pride squad that won the Regional Super50 title last weekend in Antigua. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC): Chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne, has described Twenty20 World Cup hero, Carlos Brathwaite, as an “investment” in West Indies cricket and argues his inclusion to face England in the three-match One-Day International series should not be viewed purely in terms of recent form. The 28-year-old all-rounder’s selection has been questioned in some quarters especially in light of his recent failures but Browne said Brathwaite was still at a very early stage of his development and the selection panel was focused on getting the best out of him. “He’s a young player who is a very exciting player on his day, who hasn’t played a lot of international cricket either. He’s an investment and we all know if we get him right what he can produce for us,” Browne said. “We would have seen him in the T20 World Cup but one of the things is if you sit and hear, say a coach or captain, speak about Carlos Brathwaite it is a bit different.” He continued: “The way how 50-overs cricket is played now where there are power-plays and there are certain bowlers you go for in power-plays and certain bowlers you don’t. And Carlos’s strike rate would be more than the other bowlers because of the time of the games when he bowls. MASSIVE SIXESlast_img read more

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Red Brigade maintain RSPL win streak

first_imgBoys’ Town’s never-give-up spirit is guiding the team away from Red Stripe Premier League relegation. The Red Brigades won their fourth game in the last five with a 1-0 triumph against neighbouring Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday.Shamar Nicholson scored his 13th goal of the season with a volley in the 68th minute.Boys’ Town is fighting for its Premier League life. Only a week ago, they were at the bottom. Now, the Andrew Price-coached outfit are currently in ninth position on 32 points, just two behind Reno and Harbour View – both on 32 points.Boys’ Town showed a lot of determination and deservedly won the game for a third straight, which was the first time for them in the season.Kirk Porter pulled off a point blank save from substitute Peter Keyes to deny Tivoli at least a share of the points in what was an intense game.Boys’ Town’s long-serving coach, Price, was full of praise for the performance.”I think the team is playing well. The players gave everything on the pitch today. We want to continue doing our job by winning the remaining games,” Price told The Gleaner.Nicholson, who scored the all-important goal but was injured and replaced in the closing moments of the game, was naturally happy.NO ROOM FOR SLIP-UPS”We have been training hard and talking about each game. We are aware that there is no room to slip up, so the win is crucial,” the lanky 20-year old striker said.”It was a great feeling to score the winning goal for the team. I am now on 13 goals, behind Teddy (Jermaine Johnson), who is on 16 goals. He (Johnson) did not score in the game, so I have to keep positive and continue to work hard,” Nicholson, who is also the national senior men’s team striker, said.Meanwhile, losing coach Damion Gordon says that his team fell asleep and allowed the goal.”It was a tough loss. We went to sleep around the back and Boys’ Town scored. But, usually, we are very competent. We have to continue working in the remaining games,” said Gordon, who is in charge because head coach Omar Edwards is away at a football coaching programme.Yesterday’s resultsPortmore 1 Harbour View 1Jamalco 2 Arnett Gardens 1Tivoli Gardens 0 Boys’ Town 1Waterhouse 2 Montego Bay 0Tonight’s’ games5:30 p.m. – Maverley vs Reno FC at Anthony Spaulding Complex8 p.m. – UWI FC vs Humble Lion at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complexlast_img read more

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Sharapova determined to prove point on Slam return

first_imgSearch on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu “When it comes to tennis, good or bad — there’s really only one thing that I know for certain — I’ve missed it,” Sharapova wrote on the Players’ Tribune website.“Though these last two years have been tougher -— so much tougher -— than I ever could have anticipated… my passion for the game has never wavered. If anything, it has only grown stronger.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Sharapova was issued a two-year suspension after testing positive for the banned heart and blood boosting drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban on appeal.She said that she had taken it for several years and did not know it had been placed on the banned list at the start of 2016. Sharapova made her return in April at Stuttgart, reaching the semi-finals as a wildcard, but such invitations sparked criticism from some WTA rivals, saying she should have to work her way back without such benefits, some suggesting a life ban.“I’m aware of what many of my peers have said about me and how critical of me some of them have been,” she wrote.“If you’re a human being with a normal, beating heart… I don’t think that sort of thing will ever fully be possible to ignore.”Sharapova was refused a wildcard by French Open organizers and missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury, so the US Open will be her first Grand Slam event since last year’s Australian Open.Shaking off criticism after the French Open snub, Sharapova tweeted, “If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday. No words, games or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams. And I have many.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments What’s in store for your animal sign this year Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: ‘Stand-in’ Ferrera nails hammer throw bronze Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIEScenter_img FILE – In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Alexandra Dulgheru, of Romania, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Sharapova has been granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open’s main draw. Sharapova is among eight women who were given entry into the 128-player field by the U.S. Tennis Association on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, and by far the most noteworthy. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)Former world number one Maria Sharapova makes her first Grand Slam appearance next week since serving a 15-month doping suspension, bringing renewed passion and resolve to the US Open.The 30-year-old Russian was given a wildcard into the tournament by the US Tennis Association (USTA), a move critics complained about earlier in the season but another key step in the road back for the five-time Grand Slam winner.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Sharapova has missed three of the past four US Opens, her last visit ending in the 2014 fourth round.The USTA defended its wildcard offer, saying, “Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process.”“Consistent with past practice, a wildcard was provided to a past US champion who needed the wildcard for entry into the main draw.”Former world number one Sharapova won the 2006 US Open as well as Wimbledon in 2004, the 2008 Australian Open and the 2012 and 2014 French Opens.“I’m sure this is a great moment for her to have an opportunity to be back to a place where she has done so well,” seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams said.Sharapova plays catch-upSharapova was bolstered by fans with “Welcome back Maria” signs in Germany and cheering support last month in Stanford, her first US match in more than two years.“I feel like I just want to hug everyone and say thank you,” Sharapova said.Sharapova defeated American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener but suffered a left forearm injury and has not played competitively since.“I feel like I’m playing catch-up against everyone who has had a head start,” she said of being hurt during US Open tuneup events.last_img read more

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Maliksi regrets early exit after tough stand against Meralco

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESBlackwater was 12 minutes away from history.After a forcing top seeded Meralco into a do-or-die with a 92-91 stunner in Game 1, the no. 8 Elite had a real chance to advance to the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals against Star.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Blackwater even had the upper hand early in the rubber match but Meralco just showed its class, outscoring the Elite 31-19 in the fourth quarter en route to the the semifinal clincher.Maliksi, who finished with 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting and six boards, was disappointed he couldn’t lead his new team to greater heights.“I feel bad about myself because the trust of the coaches is there,” said Maliksi who only came to the Elite a couple of games before the eliminations ended. “My teammates trusted me and I feel bad because there were opportunities I know I’ve wasted.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Tasked to guide the Bolts, Amer drops 31 in crucial game It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide All Blackwater needed was one more strong quarter to prove that a small franchise could make it big in the PBA.The Bolts, however, had other plans and that came in the form of a 104-96 win that ousted the Elite in a heartbreaker.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“All of us want something to prove, we can’t call this overachieving if we played just the quarterfinals,” said a dejected Allein Maliksi Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Of course you want to win the championship. So, I think there’s a reason why we were put in this situation.”“It’s that we have to learn from this and apply whatever we need to do next conference, next season.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ DAY6 is for everybody View commentslast_img read more

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