first_imgGEELONG, Australia (CMC):Opener Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood both gathered half-centuries as West Indies survived a day of extreme temperatures to flourish on the opening day of their two-day tour fixture against Victoria XI yesterday.Brathwaite struck 78, while Blackwood carved out 69 at the Simonds Stadium with the mercury reaching 308C and soaring to 438 by the afternoon – one of the hottest days on record in the history of Australia.Several West Indies batsmen got starts but none were able to reach three-figures. However, the outing served as a much-needed build-up for the second Test match against Australia, slated for the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting on Boxing Day.Marlon Samuels hit 45, Denesh Ramdin scored 38 not out, while opener Rajindra Chandrika chipped in with 28.Leg-spinner Jeremy Hart was the best bowler with four for 93.The 23-year-old Brathwaite again looked in good touch and appeared set for a century before he retired at the tea break after facing 175 balls and counting eight boundaries on both sides of the wicket off both pace and spin.He was largely untroubled throughout his knock and it backed up his stroke-filled 94 in the first Test.The right-hander shared three productive stands to give West Indies a handy start, posting 47 for the first wicket with Chandrika, 68 for the second wicket with Samuels and a breezy third-wicket stand of 99 with Blackwood.The right-handed Blackwood’s knock was important, especially after failing to score in either innings of the Hobart Test. He faced 102 balls and hit seven fours and a six in what was a good comeback following the double failure.Samuels showed a glimpse of his prowess with an innings containing seven crisp boundaries off 39 balls, but touched an out-swinger to the keeper just when he looked set for much more.The innings slipped from 226 for three to 257 for seven in the final session as West Indies lost four quick wickets for 31 runs. However, Ramdin found a good partner in Jomel Warrican and the pair has so far added 43 in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand.Ramdin, who looked solid off both the front foot and back foot, has so far counted four fours off 73 deliveries, while Warrican mixed unorthodox defence with measured aggression to close on 22 not out.last_img read more

first_imgYesterday’s early dismissal of Barbados Pride opener Kraigg Brathwaite lifted the spirit in the Jamaica Scorpions camp and now they have a fighting chance of topping the visitors in their West Indies Cricket Board Regional First-Class match at Sabina Park.Brathwaite lasted just an additional nine minutes and 11 balls on yesterday’s second day before he was stumped by wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton off the bowling of spinner Nikita Miller without adding to his overnight score.With Brathwaite gone, the rest of the Barbados Pride batting struggled against Miller and they were dismissed for 217 in their first innings.The Scorpions, who scored 177 in their first innings, then ended on 22 for two at the close, 18 runs in arrears, after rain forced the abandonment of some of the second and all of the third session of play.”Overnight, I was thinking about it I was thinking I have to get rid of Kraigg early in the morning as he is the person his team basically bats around,” stated Miller, who, in another outstanding spell of left-arm spin bowling, finished with eight for 67.”The plan, therefore, was to go hard at him and get him out, and it worked. I am happy for the team,” said Miller, who extended his lead atop the tournament’s bowling charts to 56.Meanwhile, looking at the state of the game, which is scheduled to resume at 9:30 a.m. today, Miller said the Scorpions remain hopeful.DRIVING SEAT”I think Barbados are in the driving seat now,” he said. “We are still in the negative and need to get a lead before we lose anymore wickets.”Brathwaite, meanwhile, whose overnight partner Royston Chase, after resuming on nine went on to score a 53, said with the wicket good for spin bowling, he will be looking to his spinners in Jamaica’s second innings.”Our batting did not do as well as we had expected as, from day one, the pitch has been taking some spin and is not an easy wicket to bat on,” he said.”Jamaica also have an experienced bowler such as Miller, who kept it tight.”But we have some spinners that can come into play, and once we can string those dot-balls and build pressure, I think we will come out on top.”Other scores:At the National Cricket Centre, Trinidad and Tobago: Leeward Islands Hurricanes 225 all out; Trinidad and Tobago Red Force 264 for six.At Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia: Windward Islands Volcanoes’ 216; Guyana Jaguars 310 for seven.SCOREBOARDSCORPIONS 1st Innings 177PRIDE 1st Innings(overnight 103 for three)*K. Brathwaite st Walton b Miller 66R. Chase c wkp Walton b Miller 53+S. Dowrich lbw b McCarthy 5K. Stoute lbw b Miller 17J. Greaves c and b Miller 14J. Warrican lbw b Miller 3H. Walsh Jr c Campbell b McCarthy 22M Cummins not out 8Extras (b1, nb8) 9TOTAL (all out, 83.3 overs) 217Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-58, 3-71, 4-108, 5-113, 6-134, 7-162, 8-166, 9-199, 10-217.Bowling: Dawes 12-3-39-0 (nb4), Gordon 7-1-18-0 (nb4), D Thomas 2-0-20-0, Miller 37-11-67-8, Jacobs 11-3-28-0, Campbell 9-1-27-0, McCarthy 5.3-1-17-2.SCORPIONS 2nd InningsS. Thomas c Brathwaite b Warrican 5*J. Campbell not out 10K. Edwards c Chase b Warrican 2A. McCarthy not out 5TOTAL (2 wkts, 12 overs) 22Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-10.Bowling: Warrican 6-2-10-2, Cummins 2-0-3-0, Chase 4-0-9-0.Position: Scorpions trail by 18 runs overall.Toss: Scorpions.Umpires: Christopher Wright, Nigel Duguid.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON (AP):Aston Villa’s 28-year stay in the English top flight ended yesterday with a 1-0 loss at Manchester United, while Newcastle and Sunderland gave themselves hope of escaping the Premier League relegation zone by both winning 3-0.The threat of relegation ended some time ago for Chelsea, but an 11th loss of a feeble title defences was inflicted by Manchester City. Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick secured a 3-0 win that bolstered City’s position in the Champions League places.Relegation to the second-tier League Championship was confirmed for former European champions Villa in a season of turmoil that has seen the bottom-placed club collect only 16 points from 34 games. Marcus Rashford’s goal sealed Villa’s fate, while keeping United in touch with the top four.”It’s never nice to see it confirmed, but it’s been on the cards for a while,” Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott told the BBC. “Now (that) it’s official, it’s a weight off people’s shoulders and we can go into the last four games with a bit of freedom and something to prove … and show the fans we still have a fight in us.”Villa have been in the Premier League since their inaugural season in 1992-93 and had been in the top flight in their previous guise for four years before that. Villa won the top tier in 1981 and followed it up by lifting the European Cup the following season, but were relegated in 1987.Villa, now owned by American businessman Randy Lerner, are likely to find it harder to make an instant return to the top division like they did in 1988.There has never been a worse time to be relegated from the Premier League. New television contracts kick in from next season, worth more than £8.3 billion ($12 billion) over three years. Teams are set to earn at least £100 million per season in TV and prize money.SLIDINGSCALEVilla are in line to receive around £65 million for finishing bottom in a sliding scale that sees the champions earn around £100 million.Newcastle and Sunderland are both scrapping to avoid missing out on the larger windfall from next season.Sunderland moved one point from safety by winning at Norwich and they have a game in hand over the eastern England club, who are immediately outside of the relegation zone in 17th. Fabio Borini put Sunderland ahead from the penalty spot in the first half, while Jermaine Defoe and Duncan Watmore netted after the break.Newcastle are two points behind Sunderland after beating Swansea, and Rafa Benitez’s team also has a game in hand over Norwich. Jamaal Lascelles headed Newcastle ahead at the end of the first half and there were late goals from Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend.Yesterday’s focus at the top of the standings was on the scrap for the fourth Champions League spot.City followed up their midweek victory over Paris Saint-Germain, who secured a Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, by completing a hat-trick of Premier League wins for the first time this season.Aguero’s first two goals completed counterattacks launched by Kevin De Bruyne. The third came from an 80th-minute penalty after Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was dismissed for clipping Fernandinho.City provisionally climbed above Arsenal into third place. United are three points behind Arsenal in fifth place and could have to settle for a place in the second-tier Europa League.The focus returns to the title race in the coming days. Today, Leicester host West Ham and third-placed Arsenal take on Crystal Palace. Tottenham, who are seven points behind Leicester in second, are at Stoke tomorrow.Elsewhere yesterday, seventh-placed Southampton remained in contention for Europa League qualification after drawing 1-1 at Everton. Watford climbed to 12th place by winning 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion, thanks to goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes saving two penalties after Ben Watson’s goal.last_img read more

first_imgNaggo Head Primary warmed up for the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Primary Schools Athletics championships by winning the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) Portmore Schools District Association Sports Athletic Meet at Waterford High School recently.Naggo Head totalled 340 points, while Portsmouth, 222 points, and Gregory Park, 154 points, rounded off the top three schools.The primary schools in Portmore normally meet this time of the year to participate in the JTA Portmore District Association track meet. The coaches select the best athletes to represent the school. The best students are then selected at this meet to represent the Portmore district association, after which they go to the St Catherine Parish finals.The best athletes then advance to the Sagicor JTA meet to represent their parish. Acting Mayor of Portmore Leon Thomas sponsored the trophy for the winning school.Edgewater FC make winning startDefending champions Edgewater FC made a winning start in their opening game of the 2016 season of the St Catherine FA Under-13 Football League at Lime Tree Oval last Saturday. Ontwain Mitchell, Christopher Robinson and Kamani Maxwell scored Edgewater’s goals.In other games, Portmore United whipped Daytona 6-0, Angels United clipped Rivoli United 2-1, East Portmore Portals downed Westchester 1-0 and Central Lynx drew 3-3 with Windsor Lion. The competition continues today.Cumberland Sports Day take spotlightClaim To Fame Promotions will be driving home a heath and wellness lifestyle in their community with the inaugural staging of the Cumberland Sports Day on Labour Day,May 23, at the Sector C football field.Activities include a six-a-side competition, with the winner to get $15000 in prize money and a trophy; celebrity football game, ladies football, netball and running events. Music will be provided by C4 International and Six Killer.Main organiser, Bling Claim To Fame, promised that it will be a fun-filled day for the whole family and refreshments will also be there.”This is a must-attend event, initiatives like these buildcommunities,” he said.PCA Portmore Primary cricket launchedThe Portmore Cricket Association (PCA)-sponsored Portmore Primary Cricket League was launched at Ken’s Wildflower on Wednesday.The competition is tentatively set to bowl off on Thursday, May 5, at the Portsmouth Primary School cricket ground. Ten schools have shown interest to join the competition, including defending champions Ascot Primary.Ascot’s coach, Errol Mathias, believes that his team stands “a great chance” to repeat as champions.He see all the teams in this year’s competition as a threat, however, he listed Independence City Primary, last year’s beaten finalist, as his greatest challengers.Noting the importance of this competition were president of the PCA, Courtney Francis, Hugh Hinds, the PCA’s coordinator of the League and businessman Lester ‘Father Ken’ Crooks, who is a long-standing contributor to cricket in Portmore.PGA on top in Church CricketPortmore Gospel Assembly (PGA) lead the standings on net run rate at the end of the preliminary round of the Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) Church Twenty20 Cricket League following last Saturday’s round of matches at the Bridgeport sports ground in Portmore, St Catherine.Despite going down in their first game of the season, PGA bounced back and won two games on the trot to be on 10 points.; Faith Temple New Testament are also on (10), while PFM International (PFM Int’l) are on five points, so too Power of Faith Development (PFM Dev.).PGA beat defending champions PFM Int’l by nine wickets. Scores: PFM Int’l 124-5 from 15 overs Glenn Wellington 55, Junior Stewart 22; Ralston Nelson 2-18 from three overs. PGA 126-1 Damion Bryce 65 not out, Ralston Nelson 46; Roderick Williams 1-12.In the second game, Faith Temple New Testament defeated PFM Dev. by six wickets. Scores: PFM Dev. 109 Aaron Graham 41. Simon Clarke 3-16 from four overs and Joseph Ellington 3-16 from three overs. In reply, Faith Temple got home with two deliveries to spare at 113-4, with top scorer Michael Ellington scoring 51 not out and Anthony Richards 42 not out. Jerome Herion took 2-12 from four overs.This morning third-placed PFM Int’l will take on brother team, fourth-place PFM Dev., in a knockout contest. The winner takes on the second place team, Faith Temple. Game time is 10:30 a.m.Clarendon’s Jamalco lead South Central questThe JB Rum/South Central Confederation Super League football competition continues today at Brooks Park in Mandeville with leaders Jamalco FC of Clarendon facing the host from Manchester, Ricam Academy.The competition which is played between the four major winners of the respectiveparishes, as well as the runners-up, kicked off last week at Brooks Park. The eight teams are zoned in two groups.Jamalco lead Zone One on four points, having played two games. Dunbeholden of St Catherine, Ricam Academy and Tru-Juice all have three points.Jamalco opened the competition with a 2-1 win over Tru-Juice of St Catherine, before being featured on Wednesday in a 3-3 draw against Black Stars at their Wembley Centre of Excellence home field. In that game, the teams were locked2-2 at half-time. Black Stars’ Zavier Henry pushed them ahead in the 71st minute, but Demar Stone was able to eke out a goal in the 75th minute to tie the game 3-3.Henry actually netted a hat-trick, scoring in the ninth, 40th and 71st minutes. Andrew Isaacs, with a brace in the sixth and 34th minutes and Demar Stone in the 75th minute scored or Jamalco.Also from the midweek schedule, Tru-Juice FC dominated Ricam Academy at home, winning 4-0, while in Zone Two, Downs FC of Manchester played to a 2-2 draw at home against New Bowens FC of Clarendon.St Elizabeth champions St Bess FC hosted Dunbeholden FC at the Lacovia Community Centre and lost 0-1. Lorenzo Dubidad scored the lone goal of the match in the 12th minute for Dunbeholden.Porus lead Pat Anderson Under-17 LeaguePorus are the star performers in the current Moorland Development/Pat Anderson Manchester Football Association Under-17 football competition.In five games so far, they have notched a perfect record, scoring 22 goals while conceding just one. They are the Zone Three leaders and are the first qualifiers to the knockout phase.Hillstars head Zone One with 11 points, compiled from three wins and two draws. The completion of matches is much slower in Zone Two, which is led by Downs with seven points from three games.In notable results from this week, Christiana Academy prevailed 3-0 over Technical Strikers, Alligator Pond and Downs drew 0-0, while Comfort edged Studds 1-0.last_img read more