Red Force wary of Jaguars’ spin for NAGICO Super50 semi-final

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are wary of a dangerous spin attack when they meet Guyana Jaguars in the first semi-final of the NAGICO Super50 Tournament at the Queen’s Park Oval here today, starting at 12:30 p.m. (Jamaica time).Captain Jason Mohammed has admitted that his batsmen will have to step up if they are to defeat the persistent Jaguars and remain on course to retain their title.”I think the batting department is going to be the most difficult part of it. We see that the pitch is spinning a lot, and they have some quality spinners, but in saying that we have some quality batters in our team as well,” said Mohammed.”So I think we have the ammunition to counteract the Guyana bowlers, and hopefully we will come out on top tomorrow in terms of the batting, and the bowling will take care of itself.”In the preliminary phase of the tournament, Guyana posted four wins and suffered two defeats, while Trinidad and Tobago registered four wins and one loss.”It’s going to be a tough game; at the end of the day, we have to enjoy it as cricketers. This is the moment we cherish, when we beat the best team and we come up good against the best team and the best bowlers.”The match will be a repeat of last year’s grand final when the Red Force – inspired by a hundred from current captain Jason Mohammed and spell-binding bowling from champion spinner Sunil Narine – completed a comprehensive 135-run victory to take the title.”I don’t think the guys will be thinking a lot about it (revenge),” declared Leon Johnson, the captain of the Guyana Jaguars.”I think it will be a negative … us losing last year in the finals to Red Force … but we will probably have it a little bit in the back of our minds.”We just have to go out and play the game hard,” he said. “They will have a lot of crowd support obviously, and we normally get good support here in Trinidad as well, so we are looking forward to a good game.”last_img read more

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English Premier League Reviews

first_imgASTON VILLA 2NORWICH CITY 0GOALS:- VILLA: LESCOTT 45th; AGBONLAHOR 51st.Aston Villa claimed only their third win of the season in the Barclays Premier League but remain rooted to the foot of the table, eight points from safety. Joleon Lescott’s headed goal at the end of a dire first half was Villa’s first attempt on target. But Gabriel Agbonlahor doubled the lead after the break to send Norwich into the relegation zone.LIVERPOOL 2SUNDERLAND 2GOALS:- LIVERPOOL: FIRMINO 59th; LALLANA 77th. SUNDERLAND: JOHNSON 82nd; DEFOE 89th.Liverpool lost a two-goal lead after thousands of home fans walked out of Anfield in protest over an increase in ticket prices. The Reds led through goals by Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana. An estimated 10,000 fans were still leaving when Adam Johnson replied for struggling Sunderland and then Jermain Defoe stole an 89th-minute equaliser.MANCHESTER CITY 1 LEICESTER CITY 3GOALS:- MAN CITY: AG¸ERO 87th. LEICESTER: HUTH 3rd, 60th; MAHREZ 48th.Leicester moved six points clear of rivals Manchester City at the top of the Barclays Premier League and five ahead of second-placed Tottenham with a shock win at the Etihad Stadium. Robert Huth scored the first of two goals early on before Riyad Mahrez added a second. Huth’s second put Leicester in charge and they held on, despite Sergio Ag¸ero late reply.NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0GOAL:- NEWCASTLE: MITROVIC 32nd.Newcastle United claimed a timely and valuable victory to move out of the bottom three. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored the only goal in the 32nd minute, when he slotted in from inside the area. Newcastle also went close through Andros Townsend, whose shot hit the post, while Ben Foster denied Mitrovic.SOUTHAMPTON 1WEST HAM UNITED 0GOAL:- SOUTHAMPTON: YOSHIDA 9th.Southampton earned their fourth win in five Barclays Premier League games, despite a third red card of the season for Victor Wanyama. Saints took the lead when Maya Yoshida converted Sadio Mane’s cross. Wanyama received a straight red from referee Mark Clattenburg for diving in on West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet. The hosts survived a late scare when defender Cedric sliced a clearance narrowly past his own post.STOKE CITY 0 EVERTON 3GOALS:- EVERTON: LUKAKU PEN 11th; COLEMAN 28th; LENNON 42nd.Everton’s revival continued when they moved up to seventh after beating Stoke, who suffered a third successive Barclays Premier League defeat. Romelu Lukaku put the visitors in front with a penalty after keeper Jack Butland had brought down Tom Cleverley. Seamus Coleman headed in a Cleverley corner and Aaron Lennon intercepted a pass before slotting in as Everton went 3-0 up at the break.SWANSEA 1CRYSTAL PALACE 1GOALS:- SWANSEA: SIGURDSSON 13th. PALACE: DANN 47th.Crystal Palace ended a run of five straight defeats, thanks to Scott Dann’s fifth goal of the season as Swansea slipped to four points above the Premier League relegation zone. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s fine free kick gave Swansea a well-earned half-time lead. Palace equalised soon after the restart with Dann’s close-range finish from a corner.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 WATFORD 0GOAL:- SPURS: TRIPPIER 64th.Tottenham Hotspur moved into second place in the Barclays Premier League table on Saturday as Kieran Trippier’s first goal for the club completed a dominant win over Watford. The former Burnley full back tapped in substitute Dele Alli’s fine low cross. Spurs were denied more goals by former keeper Heurelho Gomes.last_img read more

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Edwin Allen ready to FLOW at Champs

first_imgThree-time Girls’ champions Edwin Allen are in a good position to retain their title at the upcoming ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships according to Principal Everton Walters. However, the $200,000, which was presented to the school by telecommunications sponsor FLOW as their Journey to Champs’ campaign continued, could not have come at a better time. “Although we are the champions, we have been struggling to find a way forward to Champs,” he explained. “We have had difficulties in terms of carrying out the different things that we are required to do funding Champs, which include food, accommodation, transportation, etc,” said Walters. “Receiving this $200,000 from FLOW is really timely. We appreciate it highly. It is going to help us as we prepare ourselves for Champs this year.” Walters added. The principal said the funds will go towards assisting with accommodation, which will cost the school close to $800,000 to cover the five days of the event which begins on March 15. COACH PLEASED Coach Michael Dyke was a happy man after receiving the funds. “It will definitely help us,” Dyke said. “We are strapped for cash, as everyone knows that financing this team from September to now is really costly. This assistance will go a far way in helping us as we continue to prepare for Girls’ Championships.” The coach said the three-time winners (2012, 2014, and 2015) are in “pretty good shape and everyone is rearing to go”. The Journey to Champs promotional campaign, which is run by FLOW and GraceKennedy, was well received by the school population. The students were treated to a stellar performance by popular recording artiste Busy Signal, accompanied by a team of FLOW dancers. Top class two sprinter Shellece Clarke said that FLOW and Grace’s involvement is positive. “I think it is a pretty good idea coming into the school and presenting such entertainment. We do not see this everyday, and we love it,” Clarke offered. The FLOW Journey to Champs moves on to reigning Boys’ Champions, Calabar High, on March 11.last_img read more

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Powell, Williams headline Jamaican squad to World Indoors

first_imgFormer 100m world record holder Asafa Powell and World Championships 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams headline a 24 – member team announced by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) to compete at next week’s IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon. The team also features hurdling standout Omar McLeod, who has had success on the indoor circuit for the University of Arkansas, Odean Skeen and Kemoy Campbell on the male side, with World Champs 200m silver medal winner Elaine Thompson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Simone Facey all named in the female squad. Trevor Campbell will accompany the team as Team Leader with the official delegation also featuring Marvin Anderson (team official), Merlene Hamilton (team official), Jason Strachan (team doctor), Fitz Coleman (technical leader), Maurice Westney (coach), Mark Elliot (coach), Alvin Green (masseur) and Morine Dawson (masseuse). (Female): Simone Facey, Elaine Thompson, Chrisann Gordon, Patricia Hall, Stephenie Ann McPherson, Natoya Goule, Samantha Scarlett, Danielle Williams, Shanieka Thomas, Salcia Slack, Anneisha McLaughlin, Verone Chambers, Ronda Whyte (Male): Asafa Powell, Kevaughn Rattray, Odean Skeen, Ricardo Chambers, Fitzroy Dunkley, Kemoy Campbell, Omar McLeod, Nathon Allen, Dane Hyatt, Demar Murray, Demish Gaye.last_img read more

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Fletcher clobbers Sri Lanka bowling as Windies win World T20 clash

first_imgBANGALORE, India (CMC): Andre Fletcher plundered a career-best unbeaten half-century as West Indies extended their imperious form by beating reigning champions Sri Lanka by seven wickets, in their Group One game of the Twenty20 World Cup here yesterday. For the second time in five days, the Caribbean side produced a successful run chase, this time overhauling a paltry 123 with 10 balls to spare at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Fletcher, included in the side at the expense of seamer Jerome Taylor and then promoted to the opening spot following a hamstring injury to superstar opener Chris Gayle, unfurled a superb unbeaten 84 off 64 deliveries to underpin the Windies run chase. The right-hander clobbered six fours and five sixes, dominating a 39-run first wicket stand with Johnson Charles (10), before adding a further 55 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand with Andre Russell, whose unbeaten 20 required just eight balls. “After Gayle went out I told (Dwayne) Bravo, there was something about me, I was just feeling very pumped up,” Fletcher told reporters. “When they told me I was going to open I told them I would be positive from ball one.” “I’m very, very happy,” Fletcher added. “I’ve been playing T20 and as soon I get to 50 I’ve been out. I told myself to try and bat as deep as possible and see if those guys can bat around me. I am so happy and proud of myself, people can see that I can bat through. “And I am happy that I can help my team to win. I hope I can continue the good form and also the team continue the good performance.” Left-arm spinner Milinda Siriwardana, who finished with two for 33 from his four overs, knocked over Marlon Samuels (3) and Denesh Ramdin (5) cheaply to create some nervousness for West Indies during the middle overs, but Man-of-the-Match Fletcher and Russell stayed calm to see their side to their second win. West Indies top Group One with four points as the only unbeaten team, while South Africa, Sri Lanka and England all have two points. Sent in, Sri Lanka struggled from the outset and it was left to Thisara Perera, batting at number seven, to rescue the innings with a cameo 40 from 29 deliveries. With his side tottering on 47 for five in the ninth over, he and captain Angelo Mathews, who made 20, propped up the innings in a 44-run, sixth wicket partnership. Mathews, who faced 32 balls and failed to find the boundary once, top-edged a high full toss from medium pacer Dwayne Bravo to wicketkeeper Ramdin in the 17th over and Sri Lanka could only gather 31 runs from the last four overs. The damage, however, was done up front by leg-spinner Samuel Badree, who claimed three for 12, while Bravo finished with two for 20. Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn went wicketless but conceded just 12 runs from his four overs, to create massive pressure throughout the innings.last_img read more

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