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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Kanu says Arsenal need ‘miracle’ to win EPL

first_img0Shares0000Former Arsenal and Nigeria forward Nwakwo Kanu.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 2 – Unai Emery’s Arsenal must produce a “miracle” to win the Premier League in the Spaniard’s first season at the club, says former striker Kanu.Former Paris St-Germain boss Emery, who succeeds Arsene Wenger after 22 years, claimed success in 2018-19 would constitute “battling for every title”. Emery has added five signings but Kanu believes the Gunners, sixth last season, must be patient.“If it happens and they win the league, it’s a miracle,” said the Nigerian.“It takes time for the newcomers, the new signings, to adapt. We have to allow time for him to bring his own style and the way he wants to play.”Kanu helped Arsenal to two league titles during five years at the club and was part of the undefeated ‘Invincibles’ side of 2003-04.Arsenal are yet to win the Premier League since then.“For the new manager, it’s going to be a very big challenge; the fans want them to perform in the league in his first year, which is always difficult for a new coach,” Kanu said.“It’s a very big club – coming into a big club you need a trophy, so if you don’t win the league, you need to win the others. It’s hard, but that’s what you expect of a coach of that stature and a big club.”Emery has added Uruguay international Lucas Torreira for £26m, along with goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus and Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund, as well as 19-year-old midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient.“He’s been signing new, good players. They’re more defensive, and not allowing goals, which is good,” Kanu added.“They have to know how to win games, even if it’s 1-0. All they need is the three points.”-By BBC Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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