Junior Caribbean Squash Championships

first_imgGuyana open team competition with wins against Bermuda, Cayman IslandsGUYANA’S Daniel Islam played the match of his life last night at the squash courts of the Georgetown Club but still went down in a rematch against Taylor Carrick, as the Guyana Boys team closed off with a 4-0 win over Bermuda, matching the 4-0 finish that the Girls team ended with yesterday morning when they came up against the Cayman Islands.As the first day of team competition in the Junior Caribbean Squash Championships commenced yesterday, Guyana started things off on the right footing, letting rivals know early on that the home team will be pulling out all the stops as they hunt for that exciting 13th team title.Unlike in the Boys’ Under-17 third-place playoff which ended in a 3-0 win for Carrick, yesterday’s rematch went to the wire, as Islam fought to avenge his earlier loss, and Carrick sought to ensure his team did not go out without at least one match win.In the end the cookie crumbled for Carrick but he was made to sweat for it every step of the way in the nail-biting five-setter. Despite the outcome the Guyana Boys’ team captain, Benjamin Mekdeci, was very proud of the “cutthroat” action that he saw from the boys, on their opening day.Guyana’s Daniel Islam (right) plays against Bermuda’s Taylor Carrick.“I feel every person on this team today gave their all, I mean sometimes we didn’t get the outcome we hoped for. We really wanted the 5-0, but we just have to go into our next match with the same mentality: cutthroat. We just need to do our best in the coming matches,” Mekdeci said.Mekdeci himself had his own intense battle when he got the ball rolling for the Boys’ team, taking on Bermuda’s Anaya Smith, and winning 11-3, 11-8, 11-3.It was 17-year-old Alexander Cheeks’ match against 13-year-old Matthew Elliott, which first gt the ample gathering of supporters fired up, as the young player gave Cheeks a run for his money. The modest 11-3, 11-2, 11-6 score did not do justice to the hard work that Elliott had to put in for every point he ekcd out against Cheeks out on the courts.The Bermudan handled many of Cheeks’ drop shots well and even had the Guyanese diving for a few of his own.Michael Alphonso had perhaps the easiest match among the Boys, triumphing 11-3, 11-1, 11-3 against Graham Moss. Boys’ Under-15 champion Shomari Wiltshire also closed in a straight-set win 11-7, 11-9, 11-0 against Charlie Riker.It all went down to Islam for him to see if Guyana could start off with wins in all five matches. Carrick was already established as the stronger player when the two met last Tuesday, but there was just a little more determination from Islam.Islam came out charging and was rewarded with the first game 11-7. Before Carrick could recover Islam bagged the second game with an improved 11-3 margin this time. Carrick realised he needed to tighten his game or he was about to lose his match, and he came out gunning for the third.Carrick’s increased aggression and the pressure of the match began to get to Islam. The situation was only compounded, as a number of strokes were awarded against him, the first one coming as he held the third set 10-7 in his favour. From there things crumbled for Islam, and Carrick’s drop shots were more than he could handle, ending the set 12-10, for the Bermudan.Both players fiercely stormed out back onto the court for the fourth set/ A well-placed drop shot from Taylor gave him the first point and set the tone of the match. Taylor, however, was also dealt his share of strokes as the intensity of the match increased.The set went 11-9 for Carrick before he returned and wrapped up the match 11-7.Earlier yesterday morning Girls’ team captain Taylor Fernandes continued to lead by example, defeating Emma Turnbull in straight sets 11-4, 11-5, 11-8.It was Kirsten Gomes, however, who had started the team’s good luck when she locked off a simple win against Olivia Kluyver, in a replay of her Girls’ Under=13 quarter-finals match. The Girls Under-13 finalist had an even easier time this time around, hardly giving Kluyver a chance to get in a few points, winning 11-1, 11-0, 11-3.Abosaide Cadogan followed by scoring a similar straight set 11-1, 11-2, 11-1 win against Shaelah Parchment-Henry. Girls’ team captain Taylor Fernandes continued to lead by example, and added another win for the team, when she disposed of Emma Turnbill 11-4, 11-5, 11-8.Makeda Harding’s loss to Jade Pitcairn tarnished the Girls’ winning streak. Although she gave it her all, Harding again came up short. Giving an improved performance, she drove the match to a four-set fight. She won the first set 11-5, but faltered as Pitcairn collected the next three sets 11-8, 11-9, 11-8.The girls final win went to Rebecca Lowe who beat Kali MacLean in another four-setter, ending 6-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-5.last_img read more

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Pollard’s special not enough to save Barbados Tridents

first_imgA sensational lone-hand from Kieron Pollard was not quite enough to take Barbados Tridents home in a thrilling match in Lauderhill. Chasing an improbable 155 to win on a slow pitch, the Tridents slid to 54 for 5, requiring a further 101 off 48 balls when Pollard played one of the great Hero CPL innings.Pollard’s 62 off just 33 balls single-handedly took the Tridents to the brink of victory but a lack of support from his teammates meant that when he was dismissed off the last ball of the 19th over, the Tridents hopes of victory went with him.After a cautious start, Pollard’s power took the slow pitch out of the equation and he muscled six sixes and two fours in an astonishing assault. He was aided by some wayward bowling from the Tallawahs but the enormity of the task at hand demanded more than just poor bowling.Every time the match seemed to be slipping away from the Tridents, Pollard responded with muscular power, heaving boundaries over the leg side and clubbing them down the ground. When he took 18 off the 18th over, bowled by Shakib, reducing the equation to 25 off 12 balls, the match finally seemed within the Tridents grasp.However, a superb over of death bowling from Mohammad Sami, who finished with 4 for 12, stopped Pollard at the last hurdle. After conceding just five from the first five balls, Sami dismissed the key man as he attempted an audacious ramp shot off the last ball of the over.Until Pollard’s assault, the Tallawahs had been in control of the game for the majority of the match—a middle-order blip notwithstanding.After winning the toss, the Tallawahs innings started brightly with Kumar Sangakkara hitting three sumptuous boundaries square on the off side before an attempted fourth was brilliantly plucked out of the air by Kane Williamson at backward point.Despite the loss of Sangakkara, the Tallawahs continued onwards unperturbed with Lendl Simmons using his feet to manufacture three boundaries. At the end of the Powerplay, the Tallawahs had scored 45 for 1.Once the field dropped back, the Tridents reined the Tallwahs in with four tight overs of spin, costing just 20. The pressure of that period told in the 11th over when Wahab Riaz struck three times in four balls, dismissing Simmons – caught at mid-wicket, Imad Wasim, trapped leg before wicket, and Rovman Powell, chopping onto his stumps. The over ended up as a triple-wicket maiden and threatened to derail the Tallawahs effort with nine overs to go.The gutting of the Tallawahs middle order brought together Andre McCarthy, who was unbeaten on a run-a-ball 20 and Shakib Al Hasan. Their critical partnership of 81—dominated by McCarthy but culminating in a Shakib cameo—owed a fair bit to the poor fielding of the Tridents who dropped McCarthy twice.The Tallawahs’ total of 154-5 was the highest of the season to date, and on a sluggish pitch the Tridents were faced with a tough task.That task became significantly more difficult after a tight opening two overs ended with Imad bowling Williamson with a ball that turned past the outside edge to take the top of off stump. The Tallawahs maintained the pressure through the Powerplay and when Shoaib was run out in the fifth over, leaving the Tridents 23 for 2, the odds were firmly stacked against them.Another run out—a direct hit from Sami—saw the back of Hosein and when in his following over Sami removed the struggling Dwayne Smith for 21 off 31, and Nicolas Pooran for a first ball duck, the match rested solely on the broad shoulders of Pollard. In the end, even his best was not enough.last_img read more

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Zimbabwe to host World Cup qualifier in March 2018

first_imgTHE search for the final two teams in the 2019 World Cup will begin in Zimbabwe in March 2018, after it was announced the host of the qualifying tournament.West Indies will be among the countries taking part in this competition, having failed to gain direct entry into the showpiece event.They will be joined by the bottom-three ranked ODI nations – Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland – the top four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the top two from the ICC World Cricket League Division 2.Originally, Bangladesh were scheduled to host the qualifiers. But with their gaining direct entry, finishing in the top eight of the ICC ODI rankings on deadline day, September 30, Zimbabwe put themselves up for consideration.The ICC inspected the facilities about a month ago and it is understood that alongside the two regular international venues – Harare Sports Club and Queens Sports Club – the grounds at Takashinga, Bulawayo Athletic Club and in Kwe-Kwe will be used for the tournament.The World Cricket League Championship is already underway, with all participants having played more than 10 matches each. Netherlands are leading the points table, with eight wins. Papua New Guinea are second, Scotland third and Hong Kong fourth. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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Camptown seeking 4th consecutive victory

first_imgTHE Campbellville-based unit, Camptown, will be seeking a fourth consecutive victory tomorrow when they take on Santos in a fourth round fixture of the Guyana Football Association (GFA)/Stag Premier League at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC), ground.After edging Pele 2-1 on the opening day of the League (Oct. 15), then winning by a similar margin against Northern Rangers five days later, the Campbellville side subsequently edged GFC 1-0 to move to nine points in the points table, with a plus-three goal difference and are second in the league behind Police who also has nine points but with a plus-nine goal difference.Police was down to play Beacons last evening, which means that the outcome of that game would determine who the points’ leader is, after tomorrow’s fixture between Camptown and Santos.Camptown will be hoping that Beacons stage an upset victory over the lawmen while at the same time, getting past Santos who is ranked third in the points’ table with six points and a plus- four goal difference.Santos defeated Northern Rangers 3-0 in their opening game and Pele 2-0 in their second fixture, but suffered a shocking 0-1 defeat at the hands of Flamingo.For tomorrow’s match, Camptown will be hoping that Richie Richards, Oriel Small and Shane Jones, the team’s marksmen, hold their form going into the game.To date, Richards and Small have two goals to their names while Jones inked his name on the scorers’ sheet once.For Santos, William Europe has three goals to his name, while Ryan October and Orin Yarde scored one goal each to date.The feature game from 20:00hrs will see the bottom of the points’ table, Pele, who is yet to register a single point after three outings, and with a minus-four goal difference, taking on host side, GFC, who has five points and a plus-one goal difference.GFC secured a walk over from Flamingo on the opening day of the tournament and this earned them three points and two goals.During the Second Round of matches, the Bourda based team played to a 1-1 draw against Black Pearl and for Round Three, they lost 0-1 to Camptown.Pele on the other hand, lost 1-2 to Camptown, 0-2 to Santos and 1-2 to Riddim Squad.The opening game tomorrow is scheduled for a 16:00hrs start and will see Northern Rangers, who has two points to their name from two losses, against Santos (0-3) and Camptown (1-2) and a 1-1 draw versus Santos taking on Flamingo who has three points with a minus-four goal difference.last_img read more

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FIFA bribery trial due to kick off in New York court

first_imgBy Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than two years after U.S. prosecutors unveiled a sweeping corruption case that rocked FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, three former officials linked to the organization are due to face trial on graft charges on Monday in a New York court.Selection of jurors is scheduled to begin before U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen in Brooklyn. On trial Manuel Burga, former president of Peru’s soccer federation; José Maria Marin, the former president of Brazil’s soccer federation; and Juan Ángel Napout, formerly president of the South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL and of Paraguay’s soccer federation.U.S. prosecutors have accused the three of taking bribes and kickbacks in connection with the sale of media and marketing rights to Copa America and Copa Libertadores tournaments, international competitions organized by CONMEBOL.The trial is part of a sweeping criminal probe in which U.S. prosecutors have charged 42 people and entities. Prosecutors have described a widespread culture of corruption around the awarding of media and marketing rights to soccer games throughout the world. Burga, Marin and Napout are the first of the people charged to go to trial.Twenty-four people have pleaded guilty, most of them since the probe was announced in May 2015, though the first pleas came in 2013. The charges against one of those people, U.S. soccer official Charles Blazer, were voided after his death in July.“After waiting two years, Mr. Napout looks forward to his day in court,” Napout’s lawyer, Silvia Pinera-Vazquez, said on Friday.Charles Stillman, a lawyer for Marin, and Bruce Udolf, a lawyer for Burga, declined to comment.Among the defendants who have pleaded guilty in the case are Jeffrey Webb, a former FIFA vice president and president of CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean; and José Hawilla, accused of paying bribes to secure contracts for his sports marketing company, Traffic Group.In October, Costas Takkas, described by prosecutors as Webb’s attache, was sentenced to 15 months in prison and Hector Trujillo, a former secretary general of the Guatemalan soccer federation, was sentenced to eight months.Other defendants have not been extradited to the United States.Sepp Blatter, who served as FIFA’s president from 1998 until he was suspended in late 2015, was not charged in the case.Authorities in Switzerland, where FIFA is based, said in October that they were investigating potential bribery around media rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.last_img read more

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Sergeant commands Regal to 3rd consecutive Florida Cup

first_imgAN ultra-aggressive 85 from Rickey Sergeant gave Regal All Stars a commanding 131-run victory over Softball Cricket Canada (SCC) All Stars in the Open final of the 15th edition of the Florida Cup which ended last Sunday in Fort Lauderdale. The strongly built right-hander walked in at number four with the now three-time champions 33-2 in the third over after winning the toss and powered them to 233-7 from their 20 overs.However, at the start of his innings he was just a spectator at the other end and played the supporting role to Patrick Rooplall who seemed a man possessed.Rooplall hit two sixes and two fours off the first six balls he faced to get the ball rolling in the assault at the only international cricket venue in North America– Central Broward Regional stadium.In the next over, Sergeant got into his stride and started to match Rooplall shot for shot. The attacking right-handers took the score to 89-3 when Rooplall holed out at midwicket for 46 (3x4s; 5x6s) in the eight over.After Rooplall’s dismissal, Sergeant got support from Sewchand Budu who made 16 (1×4; 1×6) and Eon Ellis 22 not out (1×4; 1×6) before he was 5th out at 196-5 in the 17th over, 15 runs short of what would have been a well-deserved century.Rabindra Ramnauth (03), Martin Dutchin (06) and Delroy Pereira 10 not out (1×4; 1×6) then saw the champions past the 200-run mark.Earlier, in-form opener Sachin Singh 08 (2x4s) and captain Fazal Rafiek (01) fell to Ramkissoon who was the pick of the SCC bowlers with 3/33 from his four overs.SCC, in reply, was off to a bad start when fast bowler, Martin Dutchin (2/13), sent back opener, A. Rukhram, without scoring and K. Parbhudin (06) in quick time. Dutchin was supported by opener, Shilenda Ramnauth, (1/13) to leave SCC on 28-3 after 8 overs and they never recovered.Ramsuchit top scored with 47 (4x4s; 2x6s) while A. Sookdeo made 22 as the only two batsmen in double figures when the innings ended at 101 in 19.4.Kishore Smith was the most destructive Regal bowler with 4/22 while Pereira picked up 2/23 (3.4).For his destructive innings of 85 (7x4s; 6x6s), Sergeant was later named Man-of-the-Match.Sewchand Budhu was named Man-of-the-Series.Regal All Stars have now won three Florida Cups in a row after copping the 2016 and 2017 titles.In the other categories, Orlando Legends won the Over-50 title after beating South Florida Legends in the final and SVC Corriverton took the Masters over-40 title when they beat SCC Masters.It was the 15th edition of the Florida Cup and was organized by the South Florida Softball Cricket League.Across the three formats, there were 28 teams in all with 10 each in the Open and Masters over-40 while there were 8 teams in the Legends over-50.last_img read more

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Sixteen records tumble at GAPL Raw Nationals

first_img… Maycock and Rahim cop Best Lifters titleA WHOPPING 16 records fell on Sunday at the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation’s (GAPLF) RAW Nationals 2019 which was held at the St Stanislaus auditorium.Vijai Rahim copped the best Male Lifter title on Sunday at the GAPLF Raw Nationals 2019.When the dust had settled, Esther Maycock had copped the Open Class Best Female Lifter and Open Classic Best Female Lifter titles while Vijai Rahim was adjudged the Best Lifter in the Male Open Classic.Competing in the 84+ kg Women’s Open Raw category, Maycock squatted 135kg, bench-pressed 70kg and deadlifted 157.5kg for a total of 362.5kg.Coming in second, behind Maycock, was Shelly Ann Gomes. She competed in the 63kg Women’s Open Raw class and had a squat of 90kg, bench-press of 47.5kg and a deadlift of 125kg for a total of 262.5kgMeanwhile, in the 74kg Men’s Open Raw, Rahim had a monstrous 222.5kg squat, a 127.5kg Benchpress and a whopping 302.5kg deadlift all for a total of 652.5kg. In that same category Jamal Bentley squatted 160.0kg, bench-pressed 120.0kg and deadlifted 207.5kg for his total of 487.5kg which landed him in second place.The Records that fell are as follows:WTCLS      EVENT             FULLNAME          KG                     DIVISION120kg         Total        Ramzam Mohamed           610.0             Male Junior Raw120kg         Squat       Ramzam Mohamed           247.5             Male Junior Raw120kg   Bench Press   Ramzam Mohamed           137.5             Male Junior Raw120kg      Deadlift           Jeremy Smith               302.5             Male Open Raw59kg         Total               Jermy Indarjit              450.0              Male Sub-Jr Raw59kg         Deadlift          Jermy Indarjit              207.5             Male Sub-Jr Raw59kg         Deadlift         Navindra Tamasar        207.5             Male Open Raw66kg         Total            Romario Gonsalves         602.5            Male Junior Raw66kg         Deadlift       Romario Gonsalves        260                Male Junior Raw74kg         Deadlift        Vijai Rahim                   302.5             Male Open Raw83kg         Deadlift         Hardat Tarson              270                Male Open Raw83kg         Total              Hardat Tarson              640.0             Male Open Raw93kg         Total              Nigil Phillips                652.5             Male Master 1 Raw93kg         Squat             Nigil Phillips                262.5             Male Master 1 Raw93kg    Bench Press       Nigil Phillips                142.5              Male Master 1 Raw93kg     Deadlift            Nigil Phillips                247.5              Male Master 1 Rawlast_img read more

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Tridents in playoffs as Walsh Jr and Gurney spark Zouks collapse

first_imgTHREE wickets in an over from Hayden Walsh Jr. and a superb spell from Harry Gurney turned the Barbados Tridents’ whole season around as they defended 141/6 to defeat St Lucia Zouks and grab the final 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) playoff spot in a winner-takes-all clash at the Kensington Oval.The Tridents looked to be heading out of the competition when the Zouks got the target down to 31 runs from 28 balls with six wickets in hand, but Gurney then dismissed Hardus Viljoen before Walsh Jr’s three-wicket burst in the next over made it four wickets in eight balls and turned the match on its head.Their total looked slightly short at the halfway stage, but with the pressure of a win-or-bust situation, and a pitch offering some assistance to the bowlers, it always promised to be a nervous run-chase for the Zouks.Nevertheless, the Tridents’ hopes were already fading fast when the asking rate for the Zouks dropped below a run a ball within the Powerplay despite the loss of openers Andre Fletcher and Rahkeem Cornwall.Colin Ingram and Colin de Grandhomme kept the hammer down and got the Zouks so far ahead of the rate that even when they fell in successive overs, control of the chase was still firmly in the visitors’ hands.But first Gurney, and then most dramatically, Walsh Jr. changed that with dizzying speed. Viljoen had smashed Gurney for six the ball before his dismissal, making the English left-armer’s slower- ball bouncer an even bolder choice. But it did the job with Viljoen early on his shot and gloving through to Johnson Charles.That triggered a startling collapse, with the Zouks losing their last six wickets for six runs in barely three overs to tumble out of the tournament.Walsh Jr. had Chris Barnwell, Daren Sammy and Krishmar Santokie caught on the boundary in his third over, while Gurney returned to finish off a superb spell of bowling in which he used the helpful conditions expertly by having Kesrick Williams caught on the fence from another deceptive slower ball. He finished with 3/17 from four high-quality overs.It was Walsh Jr. who had the last word, bagging his fourth wicket of the night and tournament-leading 14th of the 2019 Hero CPL to finish off the game and send the Tridents into the playoffs.It was a fine effort from the Tridents after the heartbreak of the one-run defeat to St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 24 hours earlier that had turned this game into a must-win.Even on a pitch offering a bit for the bowlers, 141/6 still felt short of what the Tridents would have hoped for after getting over the loss of Alex Hales to Santokie’s slower ball for a duck to post 48/1 in the Powerplay. With Charles looking in imperious form and the classy Shakib Al Hasan another major headache for the Zouks, a total in excess of 160 looked on the cards.Shakib, though, fell just as he was starting to really get going, drilling a slog-sweep off Fawad Ahmed but picking out Ingram who held a stinging catch at deep midwicket.Charles fell three short of a half-century, having hit four fours and two sixes in a 36-ball stay. No other Trident was able to match his ball-striking.JP Duminy, a record breaker earlier in the week, made 13 from 18 here before edging the excellent Santokie behind, while there was to be no repeat of last night’s Raymon Reiferfireworks as he holed out for just 3.Ashley Nurse lifted the total beyond 140 with a six from the final ball of the innings, and thanks to Walsh Jr. and Gurney, that proved more than adequate.last_img read more

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Healy’s world-record knock leads Aussies to sweep

first_imgAUSTRALIA opener Alyssa Healy hit the highest score in women’s Twenty20 internationals with an unbeaten 148 off 61 balls in victory over Sri Lanka.The wicketkeeper, 29, beat the previous mark of 133 not out set by team-mate Meg Lanning against England in July.Healy struck 19 fours and seven sixes, bringing up her century off 46 balls as the hosts posted 226-2 in Sydney.After Sri Lanka could make only 94-7 in reply, Australia won by 132 runs to secure a 3-0 series whitewash.Healy’s maiden T20 century in her 101st appearance in the format is the fastest by an Australian, and second only in the women’s game to West Indian Deandra Dottin’s 38-ball ton against South Africa in 2010.Her 148 is the fourth-highest individual score in all T20 internationals, behind compatriot Aaron Finch’s 172 against Zimbabwe in 2018, Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai 162 against Ireland in February and Finch’s 156 against England in 2013.Australia’s margin of victory is their biggest in women’s T20 internationals and 10th biggest of all time. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

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Watson appointed Australian Cricketers’ Association president

first_imgSHANE Watson has been appointed president of the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) at the body’s annual general meeting, and will now head the extended ten-member board, which includes three other new appointments: current players Pat Cummins and Kristen Beams and former player Lisa Sthalekar.“Through a period of immense change, the players have been, and will continue to be, a strong voice in protecting what’s made our game of cricket great, while embracing opportunities that change inevitably brings,” Watson said.The new structure also splits the role of president and chairman, with the latter continuing to be held by former Australia wicketkeeper Greg Dyer. A number of prominent cricketers are elected directors: apart from Beams and Cummins, they are Aaron Finch, Alyssa Healy and Moises Henriques.The appointed directors are Sthalekar, Neil Maxwell and Janet Torney, whose work has primarily been in the fields of economics, investment and corporate governance.One of the recent Cricket Australia initiatives Watson brought up for special praise was the parental policy for women cricketers.“This policy, amid a host of other changes, assures Australian women that cricket is a sport which can now support you and your family,” he said. “And for girls coming through who love sport, like my daughter, it says that cricket is a sport where you will be able to have a career.”last_img read more

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