WESTERN BUREAU:Businessman Ryan Keating, through his Progressive Group, has vowed to stay on as title sponsor of the Trelawny FA Under-17 youth football league.This follows Sunday’s thrilling final between Clarks Town and Village United at the Elleston Wakeland Centre in Falmouth.”The plan we have moving forward is to continue our sponsorship with the association, to help develop and unearth good, talented youngsters from this parish,” Keating said.”We really cannot complain about what we witnessed in this our first season as sponsors. There were some obvious glitches, but that was expected. It’s work in progress, and we are happy with the standard of most teams and the discipline of the players,” he added.Village United were crowned champions after tagging Clarks Town 2-1, thanks to a brace from their class striker, Shaquille James.First goalThe youngster fired home his first in the 55th minute, and added his second at the 68th minute after rounding the advancing Clarks Town goalkeeper, who was left to play almost as a sweeper – with his central defenders badly out of position – then walked the ball to the goal line before booting into the empty goal.Clarks Town did celebrate a goal, when Kirk Brown brought them temporarily back into the match with a 66th-minute equaliser at the back-end of a beautiful build-up. But his strike and celebration was short-lived.Village had more to shout about, as their midfielder, Charles Grant, was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, while Tavayne Kerr of beaten semi-finalists Harmony FC, scorer of nine goals, won the Golden Boot award.Dean Ellis, Village United’s head coach, was full of praise for his youngsters.”This is a great way to close out the season. I hope the players learn plenty from their time out in the field. Some of us will not be here next season, but others will remain, and some will come in,” said Ellis.”I hope that we will be strong enough to retain the title when that time comes around, but right now, I am delighted with the achievement,” he added.
CRYSTAL PALACE(4-2-3-1)McCARTHY, WARD, DANN, DELANEY, SOUARE, McARTHUR, CABAYE, ZAHA, PUNCHEON, SAKO,WICKHAMMANCHESTER CITY(4-2-3-1)AGUERO, STERLING, SILVA, DE BRUYNE,FERNANDINHO, TOURE,KOLAROV, MANGALA, KOMPANY, SAGNA, HARTManchester City face a tough challenge to their perfect start to the Barclays Premier League season against a Crystal Palace side boasting a shock win at title rivals Chelsea in their last outing.Palace’s impressive start to the campaign sees them behind City in the table, in second place and with nine points from their opening four games, the club’s best ever beginning to a Premier League campaign and most impressive in the top flight since 1991 when, in the old First Division, they lost at City on the opening day before winning their next three.It is City’s best start to a season since 2011 when they won their first four. A fifth victory will represent their best sequence at the start of a season since 2009 when they won their first six and, like this season, they kept clean sheets in their opening four fixtures.However, City have never kept clean sheets in each of their opening five games so can set a new club record at Selhurst Park.City, though, will not need reminding what happened on their last visit; Palace won 2-1 and Chelsea went on to win the Premier League title.
BRISBANE, Australia (CMC):West Indies were staring at a humiliating innings defeat in the face after an all-too-familiar second-innings batting collapse left them hanging by a thread, on the penultimate day of their four-day tour match against a youthful Cricket Australia XI here yesterday.Trailing by 201 on first innings after watching the hosts convert their overnight 245 for four into 444 all out at the Allan Border Field, West Indies slumped to 125 for seven at the close, still requiring a further 76 runs to avoid a demoralising defeat.Captain Jason Holder was unbeaten on 26 and partnered by tail-ender Kemar Roach on nine, with only Devendra Bishoo and Shannon Gabriel to come.Carlos Brathwaite has so far top-scored with a robust 31,batting at number eight, while opener Rajindra Chandrika and the experienced Marlon Samuels both scored 21.Of the top six, they were the only ones to make it past 15 as two debutant seamers, Ryan Lees and James Bazley, ripped through the West Indies top order to leave the innings in tatters at 59 for six.The 21-year-old Lees finished with three for 37 and Bazley, only 20, claimed two for 39, while leg-spinner Cameron Boyce picked up two for 56.The display will be worrying for West Indies ahead of next week’s first Test, especially coming against a side fielding six players on first-class debut.They were in trouble from as early as the fourth ball of the innings when Kraigg Brathwaite perished without scoring, caught at point by Bazley off Lees, without a run on the board.Left-hander Darren Bravo followed soon afterward for five, nicking a defensive prod at Bazley behind, to leave the tourists on seven for two.Chandrika, who faced 47 balls and struck two fours, then repaired the innings somewhat in a 29-run, third-wicket stand with Samuels who faced 53 deliveries and also counted two fours.Bazley, however, removed Chandrika to a catch in the slips by substitute Tim Paine and with a run added in the next over, Lees removed Jermaine Blackwood without scoring to a catch at the wicket, as the Windies tumbled to 37 for four.
I watched the Test match between the West Indies and Australia recently. I’ve also read various statements and watched interviews from members of the CARICOM subcommittee on cricket and the president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). I thought that the attitude and performance of the players in the Test match were simply disgraceful. I also thought that the attitude and performance of the president of the WICB were simply disgraceful. I think it is disgraceful because the WICB had agreed to the setting up of the CARICOM cricket committee and had selected and placed its own representatives on the body, implying that the recommendations would be binding on the contributing participants. But I forgot that the president of the board had shown time and time again that his word means absolutely nothing as he continues to defy the wishes of every West Indian fan who does not benefit from the decisions of this group of men. Then I saw an interview with one of my favourite batsmen, Virat Kohli, the captain of the victorious Indian Test team that defeated South Africa in their recent Test series. My hero, Kohli, lashed out against critics of his victorious squad, saying, among other things that someone who had never played Test cricket should criticise those who had because it was impossible for them to understand the pressure that these players undergo in a Test match. PUBLIC PRAISES Instead, flaws and deficiency in Test players should be discussed privately with the player, and publicly, players should be praised so as not to bruise their fragile egos. I have never played Test cricket and I have in the past criticised players. So now, according to the wishes of my hero, I will try to find positives when commenting on the activities and performance of cricketers. So here goes: in the Test match between the West Indies and Australia, I thought the quality of bandaging of eight fingers of Marlon Samuels was well done. I particularly liked the way he kept both hands in his pockets, playing with what might have been loose change or marbles, enabling him to know exactly when six balls had been bowled in an over so that he could change his fielding position, slowly, so as not to risk injury. I also noted (with admiration) the way Kemar Roach bowled each ball at a different part of the pitch, keeping the Australian batsmen uncertain as to when he would bowl a ball on a good length and in the so called ‘corridor of uncertainty’. This unconventional and unique tactic ensured that he was not used for more than four overs in the opening session, allowing him a well-earned rest as the other bowlers were slammed all over the ground as record after record was broken, ensuring that when history is written, his name would be among those involved in the massive total of the Australians. Darren Bravo’s innings of 108 and Kraigg Braithwaite’s innings of 94 out of a total of 148 has already been praised by other writers, so I will not highlight those obvious positives in the loss to the Australians. JASONHOLDER’S UNORTHODOX FIELD PLACING I will, however, point out that the unorthodox field placing of the captain, Jason Holder, ensured that he could not be accused of putting any pressure on his Australian hosts during the game (thereby upsetting them), and as a bonus, his field placing ensured that his fellow fielders did not have to go very far to retrieve the balls from the boundary ropes, thus keeping them fresh for other matches in the long tour of Australia. So no one can say that we, who have never played Test cricket, criticised these cricketers, who, according to the president of the West Indies Players Association, Wavell Hinds, earn more money in a year than teachers, nurses, and doctors, as he advised young Jamaican cricketers to choose cricket as a career. The leadership of cricket in the region and the poor performances locally and internationally are inextricably linked. The only way to save cricket is a wholesale removal of the leadership of cricket and concentrating on our Under-19 cricketers. Failure to do this will ensure that the sport will lose its relevancy in the region and internationally.
Against this, none of the other teams looked good in a tournament during which the batting was disappointing, the bowling was embarrassingly wayward, and the fielding was atrocious. The batting, with the exception of Darren Bravo, was poor, with the likes of the since-retired Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Assad Fudadin, Nkrumah Bonner, Shai Hope, AndrÈ McCarthy, Chadwick Walton, and Carlos Brathwaite of Australia fame getting only one good score in six or seven innings each. Bravo was good, stroking 82, 95, and 97 for 274 runs in three innings at a good clip of average of 91.33. That was a far cry from the 259 runs in seven innings for an average of 51.80 by Fudadin in second place and from the 251 at 41.83 in third place by McCarthy. In fact, after a tournament of eight teams playing in two groups of return matches and before empty stands but for one semi-final and the final, with the top two teams in each group meeting in the semi-finals and final, only seven teams scored more than 200 runs in a match, only three batsmen scored more than 100 runs in an innings, only two batsmen averaged over 50, and regardless of the state of the pitches, that was bad, especially with the low standard of fielding throughout. It was even worse when one considered the standard of the bowling. Only one bowler, pacer Delorn Johnson of the Windward Islands, took six wickets in an innings, and despite the poor bowling and ragged fielding, only three bowlers, including Jamaica’s Damion Jacobs, took five wickets in an innings. In fact, only Richards, Johnson, Emrit, Jaggesar, and Hosein impressed as bowlers, or looked promising as bowlers. While the tournament was a success for the Red Force, the one-eyed man in a blind man’s games, it was poor for the other teams, and particularly so for Guyana and for Jamaica, who went into it with much hope. With Trinidad and Tobago playing like champions throughout, especially in the semi-finals and final, knocking off Guyana by 54 runs after posting 259 for 9 and limiting the Guyana to 205 after the Jaguars were reeling at 42 for three after 20 overs, and Barbados by 72 after dashing to 270 for seven and brushing the Pride aside for 198 after the ninth wicket had fallen at 149 with 15.4 overs to go. Jamaica’s feeble attempt included a winning 139 for 8 against Barbados, a losing 139 against Trinidad and Tobago, a losing 176 versus Trinidad and Tobago, and a losing 173 against Barbados. THREE VICTORIES The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, short of some of their better players, by birth, including Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, and Samuel Badree, walked away with the Nagico Super50 Trophy a week ago, and easily and comprehensively at that. Led by batsmen Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin towards the end, left-handed opening batsman Ervin Lewis, who dazzled for a while, all-rounder Narsingh Deonarine, and medium-pacer Rayad Emrit, as well as opening batsman Kyle Ottley, pacer Marlon Richards, off-spinner John Russ Jaggesar, and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein, Trinidad and Tobago were in control from start to finish. Considered not good enough to win the tournament at the start, the team began well, playing confidently and attractively before they were joined by their two big guns. From there on, there was no doubt, or hardly any doubt, as to who the winners would be. The Red Force of Trinidad and Tobago rolled past the toothless Guyana Jaguars in the semi-finals by 54 runs, and past the humiliated Barbados Pride by 72 in the final. In losing one match, to Barbados, when it did not matter, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force were streets and lanes above the others. Barbados, Guyana, the Windward Islands, and Jamaica were no match for the Red Force, and much better than the International Cricket Council (ICC) Americas, who failed to win a game, and the Leeward Islands, who won one. Trinidad and Tobago’s Lewis, who cracked 74 off 74 deliveries and 102 not out off 100 deliveries against Jamaica, and Kyle Hope and Kjorn Ottley looked good at the start, Richards bowled well, Emrit also bowled well, and Jaggesar, Deonarine, and Hosein all bowled well – all three spin bowlers mixing good line, good length, and teasing flight to stifle the opposing batsmen. It is true that Jamaica recorded three victories, but two of those victories, thanks to the leg-spinners of Jacobs, and a maiden century from McCarthy, came when they dismissed the weak ICC Americas for 76 runs in the first match before narrowly squeezing home in the second match in the last over and by one wicket. The standard of the tournament was best defined by the difference of the batting of Darren Bravo and the rest, including Guyana’s feeble offering when they crawled to 42 for three after 20 overs against Trinidad and Tobago in one semi-final, the Windward Islands 175 against Barbados in the other semi-final, and the batting of Barbados in the final. It was as if the batsmen of Barbados Pride, all of them and every one of them, were playing against a turning ball for the first time in their lives. DISAPPOINTING BATTING
NOT LOOKING TO TAKE OVER BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell says he is likely to step down as chairman of CARICOM’s sub-committee on cricket governance, stressing that he was not prepared “to play games” with the future of West Indies cricket. Mitchell has been at the forefront of spearheading efforts to effect the restructuring of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), and fully endorsed the recent Barriteau Report which last year recommended “the immediate dissolution” of the embattled WICB. However, with CARICOM locked in a stand-off with the WICB over the matter, Mitchell said he was fully prepared to step away from his current role and vowed that he would remain outspoken on the governance issues facing the game. “It would appear we did a poor job in communicating what has occurred so my view is that I need to step back. I have no ego to get from this. I have one interest and the regional leaders, mostly so, have one interest: the success of West Indies cricket,” Mitchell said as he delivered the 19th Sir Frank Worrell Memorial lecture at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus, on Wednesday night. “I don’t know how long I will continue to chair the sub-committee because I feel so strongly about what is taking place, and as leaders, we must have the fortitude to do what is right. We cannot play games with the future of our children and grandchildren. This is too much about the future of our children and grandchildren’s generations to come.” He stressed: “I’m not playing games with it. Who wants to play games with it, that’s their business. They will have to account for it. But I tell you one thing: Whether I continue to chair this or not – and I likely will not – you will never not hear the voice of Keith Mitchell about West Indies cricket.” Mitchell also sought to debunk the idea that he and CARICOM were intent on taking over West Indies cricket. In fact, the veteran leader said not only was this not their objective, but prime ministers were not even equipped to properly run the game. He said, though, the regional nation grouping had a role to play in creating the environment for the game to prosper. “I want to make it abundantly clear again to everyone. CARICOM has no desire or intention of getting involved in the running of the day-to-day management of West Indies cricket,” Mitchell said. “We do not have the yearning or the skills to do it. Moreover, prime ministers are extremely busy people; we already have enough problems and challenges in our countries to deal with.”
The appointment of James (Jimmy) Adams as the new West Indies director of cricket has been welcomed by every West Indian cricket enthusiast. I have looked and listened for a dissenting voice, but there has been none. James Adams is committed and qualified – simply the best man for the job. From his days as a student at Jamaica College, the story making the rounds at that time was that at a career day session at school, young Jimmy told the supervisor of the session that after leaving school, he wanted to be a cricketer. And that he did. He represented his country with distinction and was selected to be a part of the West Indies cricket team. There his skills, knowledge of the game and his leadership nous soon resulted in his elevation to captain of the West Indies cricket team, the ultimate prize, the zenith of achievement of a young Jamaican with a boyhood dream. He left West Indies cricket, not on his terms, but left secure in the knowledge that he gave his all to West Indies cricket. He did his best. His name surfaced again in coaching, in different countries – South Africa and England, finally settling as the coach of Kent in England, where it seemed (at last) that he was content. He was doing a good job, and the people of Kent loved him. Back home here in Jamaica, his father left this world for a higher calling, and it wasn’t long before rumours started to circulate that Jimmy might be coming home. The announcement that he had given up his job at Kent cemented the idea of a return to the West Indies, in the minds of his many admirers and fans. So, the appointment as the new director of cricket did not come as a surprise. However, every West Indian cricket fan who longs for the day when our regional representatives (with obvious natural talent) will WANT to play for US and not themselves, cannot wait for the start of his contract period. But his job will not be easy. He has signed on to work with a board who eschews independent thought and who mercilessly discards anyone who does not bow and scrape before the president and his appointees. The present West Indies Cricket Board has recognised that there ARE problems in West Indies cricket that have to be addressed and corrected, and has requested help from past cricket greats, lawyers, past prime ministers, and jurists of international standing to examine the structure of West Indies cricket and to recommend the necessary changes “to make us great again”. They all studied the present scenario, and to a man, ALL recommended the disbandment of the board itself, as it was universally recognised that the problem started at the top, and any corrective measure taken could not hope to succeed with the present structure in place. Notwithstanding these reports, written and presented, ALL were pooh-poohed and relegated to file 13, where gathering dust was the only action the board would permit to come from the many recommendations included in the treatise. As a direct result of this ‘inaction’ by the board to the many recommendations, West Indies cricket has continued a woeful slide down the rankings of countries that play the game, to the position where we are excluded from lucrative international competitions. Noted sports psychologist and former employee of West Indies cricket, Dr Rudi Webster, after welcoming the appointment of Jimmy Adams, has pointed out that he is coming to work for an organisation led by a president (and a board) who has done irreparable harm to the sport, and who refuse to step down and allow change that in no way could be worse than what now obtains. Jimmy Adams has joined a group of men, who apparently ‘carry feelings’ if they are not praised by players day in day out, no matter what the circumstance. He has joined forces with a group of men who will accept no ‘back-chat’ and who expect those that they appoint to ‘toe the line’, and obey the dictates of their friends and appointees. But, knowing James Adams, I am very optimistic. I do believe that his methods, honed in years of experience locally and internationally, will make a difference and may even lead to the change at the top, which is so vital to our success. Go Jimmy, go.
Jamaica Skeet Club president, Khaleel Azan, is looking forward to good performances from 50 of the island’s top shooters when they compete in two major tournaments in the United States next month.A total of 10 Jamaicans will feature at the 2017 Krieghoff Classic 200. It will be hosted by the South Florida Shooting Club in the United States from February 2-5.An expected 40 Jamaicans will then line up in the prestigious Gator Cup, to be held at Quail Creek Plantation February 15-19.Both tournaments will also feature a number of international shooters.”Everybody is getting ready for the overseas tournaments which begin next month in Florida.”We suspect that Jamaica will be the second-largest contingent, behind the United States, for the Gator Cup. It could be anywhere around 40 of us,” Azan told The Sunday Gleaner.Azan recalled that the Jamaica team had a successful Gator Cup outing in 2015. He expects this year’s 40-member team of juniors, seniors and veteran shooters to give strong performances.IMPRESSIVE SCOREJunior shooter Brandon Reid shot an impressive score of 154 in the main event to place second in C Class and earned for himself US$1,000 in 2015.Nickolai Clarke topped the sub-juniors division, while also taking the runner-up spot in the E class to earn US$1,000.Seniors Bruce DuQuesnay and Errol Ziadie both ended with 148, while Robert Reid, father of Brandon Reid, shot 146 to take home US$750 for third in B class.Meanwhile, Ben Husthwaite, a multiple world champion, highly accomplished instructor and world-renowned target setter, will be in the island to give lessons at the Jamaica Skeet Club in the first week of March.
View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation “We are very confident that Petron will be very competitive based on how it fared in the finals series against F2 Logistics,” said Suzara. “I’m sure they will play hard and make the country and the league very proud.”Petron also donned the national colors in 2015 in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship in Phu Ly, Vietnam.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’“For winning the All Filipino, it is only fitting that we appoint Petron as our representative in the Macau tournament,” said Suzara, adding that the tournament would also serve as Petron’s preparation for the Grand Prix. 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 Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Newly-minted Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference champion Petron will represent the country in the Macau Invitational Women’s Volleyball on Sept. 23 to 25.It’s the Blaze Spikers’ reward after a two-game sweep of the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers on Thursday, according to PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission PVL leaders part ways Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano
End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “The new import is already here. We was just not able to play because he still needs to accomplish necessary papers,” he said after the Beermen snapped a two-game slide with a 103-96 win over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.READ: PBA: San Miguel snaps skid, downs Rain or ShineFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend“But definitely, we will have a new import next game.”The Beermen made an eyebrow-raising move when they sent Wendell McKines home and took flak when Bridgeman underperformed, scoring only two points in his PBA debut in a loss to Alaska Saturday. LATEST STORIES “Ginebra is playing really well and for me, they are the team to beat because of the arrival of Greg Slaughter.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson De Ocampo jokes as challenge on LeBron goes viral: I made him popular Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Winning start MOST READ A costly, catty dispute finally settled Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Break new ground It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Austria defended the team’s change of import. He said the team wanted an import who can be a complementary piece to reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.READ: McKines wishes players well, hopes SMB wins Grand Slam“What we’re thinking is to have a player who can matchup with the import of other teams like Justin Brownlee. What we want is somebody who an attack in the middle, shoot from the outside and who can bring down the ball. At least not a one-dimensional player,” he said.“Wendell is a good import, but he and June Mar play almost the same position. June Mar is already healthy that’s why want someone who can complement him, we want someone who can shoot from the perimeter,” he added.Austria expects war against Gin Kings, who he believes as this conference’s favorites.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria said his new import Terrence Watson will make his debut against Barangay Ginebra on Sunday.Austria said Watson, who was tapped to replace Terik Bridgeman, arrived in Manila Wednesday morning.ADVERTISEMENT View comments