Dramatic collapse leaves India facing whitewash in ODI series against Australia

first_imgCANBERRA, Australia (AP):Kane Richardson took five wickets, including four in his last four overs, as Australia held on to beat India by 25 runs yesterday and extend their lead to 4-0 with one match remaining in the limited-overs international series.Aaron Finch made 107 and David Warner returned from paternity leave to score 93 as Australia posted a total of 348-8 after winning the toss and batting.India were coasting at 277-1 in reply in the 38th over but lost their last nine wickets for 46 runs, with Richardson taking 4-16 in a match-turning spell and returning 5-68 for the innings.Shikhar Dhawan scored 126 and Virat Kohli added 106, the pair sharing a 212-run partnership for the second wicket and seemingly setting India on course for a victory until the dramatic late collapse ended with the visitors all out for 323 in 49.2 overs.The pattern of the series changed slightly yesterday; India batted first in each of the first three matches and lost.Finch reached his seventh ODI century from 97 balls. It was his first against India and his second at Manuka Oval in the Australian capital. Warner was the main aggressor in a blazing beginning by the Australian openers, who rushed to 40-0 after five overs. Warner was out in the 30th over when he chopped a ball from Ishant Sharma on to his middle stump.Finch was out when Australia were 221-2 in the 38th over after he and Mitchell Marsh had added only 34 runs in 8.4 overs. The opener reached 100 with a single from his 97th delivery, two years after his first century at Manuka Oval against South Africa. Finch was finally caught off Umesh Yadav, skying a pull shot to Ishant Sharma at mid-on.Finch’s power-hitting claimed one notable casualty. In the 17th over, his straight drive hit English umpire Richard Kettleborough on the right leg and Kettleborough was forced to retire from the match. He was replaced by Australia’s Paul Wilson.Steve Smith hit the ball powerfully from the outset and reached his 50 from 27 balls.The Australians lost 5-37 to lose momentum before Glenn Maxwell hit 41 from 20 balls with six fours and a six, falling to the last ball of the innings.The fifth match will be played in Sydney on Saturday. – APlast_img read more

‘’Talents have to be harnessed’ – Patterson says U-19 World Cup victory could signal new beginning for West Indies

first_img “It is going to be very competitive. We have selected the team that is going to represent us and I think it is the best that is available in the circumstances,” Patterson said. Batsman Darren Bravo, spinner Sunil Narine, and all-rounder Kieron Pollard have withdrawn from the West Indies squad. The Darren Sammy-captained squad includes Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, and Lendl Simmons, some of the world’s best T20 players. However, Patterson said it won’t be a walk in the park for the West Indies. “If you have been watching international cricket, all the other sides are going to turn up and we can’t afford to do anything but play constantly at our best. All members of the team are going to have to contribute – batting, bowling, and fielding,” he said. TOUGH MATCH-UP One of the region’s foremost cricket students, P.J. Patterson, said the success of the Under-19 team at the recent World Cup offers hope for a revival in West Indies cricket. “It is the sign that there could be a new beginning. What has to happen is that the talents have to be harnessed. They ought to be properly handled and promoted,” Patterson told The Gleaner. Three Jamaicans, Michael Frew, Shahid Crooks and Odean Smith, were a part of the squad that defeated India by five wickets in Bangladesh two Sundays ago to win the title. The former Jamaican prime minister, who led a team which proposed far-reaching changes to the structure of cricket in the region, said it is important the Under-19s are properly managed. “They are under 19, so you can’t be exposing them to the hazards of constant competition without ensuring that the body structure is properly developed,” Patterson said. “I wish that they will be taken in hand as we could see a restoration in the near future of West Indies cricket fortunes,” he added. Patterson, in his 2007 report prepared for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for the development of West Indies cricket, said “a strong foundation is an absolute necessity if West Indies cricket is to have a solid and permanent superstructure”. “School cricket is this foundation or base and needs to be greatly strengthened,” he recommended. Meanwhile, the success of the Under-19s comes as the senior men’s team prepares to travel to India to defend their T20 world title.last_img read more

New Zealand beat SA to level series

first_imgPOTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa (AP):Martin Guptill’s unbeaten century led New Zealand to an easy eight-wicket win over South Africa yesterday to level their one-day international series 1-1.Guptill was 103 not out as New Zealand cruised to 207-2 in 44.3 overs after bowling South Africa out for 204 at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.Doug Bracewell earlier took one-day international (ODI) career-best figures of 3-31 for New Zealand to help restrict the South Africans. He was backed up by fellow seamer Adam Milne, who collected 2-39.Guptill then clobbered nine fours and three sixes for a ninth ODI hundred, sharing an opening stand of 126 with Tom Latham, who made 64.Despite the loss of captain Kane Williamson soon after Latham went, George Worker, on his ODI debut, made 20 not out to help see New Zealand home alongside Guptill.The Black Caps’ big win sends the series to a deciding game in Durban next week and continues the see-saw nature of their limited-overs tour. The teams drew the Twenty20 series 1-1, with South Africa taking the first game and New Zealand coming back to win the second.On his recall after missing out on the first one-dayer, Bracewell removed Rilee Rossouw, big-hitting David Miller and top-scorer Farhaan Behardien for his three wickets.Behardien made 70 for South Africa, with tail-ender Vernon Philander providing some support with his 30 not out.Already struggling at 188-7 when Behardien went, South Africa lost their last three batsmen to run outs, with Dale Steyn going in bizarre fashion as he got his bat stuck in the pitch and dropped it as he reached out to make his ground.While the South African batsmen struggled on the slow pitch, Guptill made it look easy to bat through the innings.last_img read more

Reggae Boy Hector signs £4 million Chelsea deal

first_img Hector was born in London, but qualifies to represent Jamaica through his father, whose family hails from Kingston. The East Ham-born player has been described as a boyhood Chelsea fan and tweeted late yesterday, “can’t believe today”. Hector made 49 appearances in all competitions for Reading last season, while scoring three goals, in what was a breakout season. He was called up for Jamaica’s Copa America campaign and started all three matches against Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Hector also featured in Jamaica’s successful run in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July, when the country became the first Caribbean side to reach the final, before losing to Mexico. breakout season LONDON, England (CMC): English Premier League mega club Chelsea have completed the signing of Jamaica international defender Michael Hector for £4,000,000. The 23-year-old, who represents Reading in the League Championship, made his international debut three months ago and has since has been capped six times by the Reggae Boyz. Hector underwent a medical at Chelsea’s Cobham Training Centre yesterday before signing off on the contract hours before the 6 p.m. (1 p.m. Eastern Caribbean time) transfer deadline. The player, however, will remain at Reading on loan for the remainder of the season. “Chelsea Football Club have today completed the signing of Michael Hector from Reading,” Chelsea confirmed on their website. “The 23-year-old centre-back, who has signed a five-year-contract, will return to Reading and spend the remainder of this season on loan at the Madejski Stadium.”last_img read more

Edwin Allen hold Clarendon

first_img Yesterday’s results Western Bureau: Champions Clarendon College kept their unbeaten streak alive but dropped points in a 0-0 draw with Edwin Allen High in yesterday’s Group H game in the 2015 ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup. The result was surprising as it was felt another lopsided victory was on the cards for the champions, but Edwin Allen played a stubborn defensive game to leave with a point. Clarendon still lead the group with 14 points, while Lennon are next on 10. They still need a point to secure group honours and a place in the inter-zone round of the competition. But the feature game was the Group B clash between Rusea’s and Green Island, where national age-group representative Deshane Beckford was at his imperious best for the ‘Russians’, who came away with a deserved 3-0 win. Beckford was on target in the 40th and 79th minutes with the other goal coming from Kristoff Young in the 70th minute. It was win number four from as many matches for Rusea’s and coach Aaron Lawrence, who hailed the quality of his team. “It was a pleasing victory. I thought we executed the game to perfection as we knew Green Island would come at us hard in the first half, which they did, but true quality shone through,” said Lawrence. The brace was Beckford’s ninth goal so far, and he told The Gleaner there was plenty more to come. “I clearly want more goals. The more I score, the more the team benefits, so I am happy. (In) today’s game, we played really well, in particular, in the second half, and it showed in the scoreline,” stated Beckford. Rusea’s 3 Green Island 0 Edwin Allen 0 Clarendon College 0 Spalding 2 Alston 2 Kellits 1 Thompson Town 1 Green Pond 0 Cornwall College 5 Knox 1 Christiana 1 Port Antonio 0 Fair Prospect 1 Holmwood 3 Bellefield 0 Happy Grove 1 Titchfield 2last_img read more

Murray to quit if baby comes early

first_imgAndy Murray will leave the Australian Open early if his wife goes into labour prematurely.Kim Sears isn’t expecting until mid-February, but Murray told the Daily Mail newspaper that he’s prepared to withdraw from the first major of the year if she goes into labour early.”I’d go home. For sure, yes,” Murray said in yesterday’s edition. “I want to make sure at the beginning I am there as much as I can be to try and help out, just be there for whatever is really required of me.”The Australian Open, where Murray has reached the final four times but never won, runs from January 18-31.Regardless of his result, Murray said he’s taking off all of February and won’t play again until the first round of the Davis Cup in early March at home against Japan. Britain will be defending the trophy that Murray led them to last month.The second-ranked Murray said he is looking forward to becoming a father.”I am excited about that,” he said. “People have asked me, ‘Do you think it will be a distraction?’ It might be a distraction, but it’s a good distraction.”It’s actually not good to all the time be just concentrating on tennis and your training all of the time. It is important … when you finish on the practice court, be able to just go away and be with your friends and your family.”Murray also reunited with coach Amelie Mauresmo and her first child Aaron in Dubai this week. Mauresmo gave birth in August and Murray hadn’t seen her since Wimbledon in July.”I really enjoy working with her,” he said. “The last six months not seeing her, it’s just nice to have her back as part of the team, and get that continuity going again.”last_img read more

Ja whipped 9-3 at Futsal tourney

first_imgJamaica were whipped 9-3 by Guadeloupe in their opening match of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Futsal championship at the Sala Polivalente Kid Chocolate Complex in Cuba on Friday evening.The eight-team tourney will see the top three teams advancing to the CONCACAF championship scheduled for March 8-15 in Costa Rica.Jamaica were scheduled to close the preliminary stage against hosts Cuba last night. The Jamaica team is under the guidance of former Reggae Boy and national senior coach Theodore Whitmore.Other results from Friday: Trinidad and Tobago 7 Antigua and Barbuda 1; Curacao 5 Guyana 2; Cuba 5 St Maarten 0.last_img

SEA Games: Malaysia promises to iron out ‘glitches’

first_imgMOST READ BaliPure sweeps Pocari Sweat for first PVL crown Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) “There are some glitches here and there, we are taking care of that now,” Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told reporters, adding that overall the picture was “so far so good”.Khairy, who himself will compete in polo at the multi-sport event, earlier offered assurances that all venues for the August 19-30 games would be ready on time despite the problems, the Malay Mail reported. 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’Events taking place at the convention centre include judo, karate, taekwondo and snooker.Large crowds flocked to watch the Malaysia-Brunei game Monday, which Malaysia won 2-1, but some fans with tickets could get in, with media reports blaming poor organization. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Hosts Malaysia won the first gold of the games Wednesday in sepak takraw, a sport native to Southeast Asia that combines elements of football and volleyball. They beat the Philippines and Brunei in the “chinlone” category of the sport to win.Malaysia is targeting 111 gold medals at the SEA Games, which brings together thousands of athletes from across the region.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thailand’s Chaiyawat Buran (L) fights for the ball with Indonesia’s Gavin Kwan during their men’s football Group B round match of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) at Shah Alam Stadium, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANAMalaysia’s sports minister admitted Wednesday there were “glitches” with preparations for the Southeast Asian Games after a report said a key venue was not ready and fans had trouble getting into a football game.The Malay Mail Online reported that the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre needed a lot of work as it was only handed over to organizers two days ago, while spectators faced problems getting into Monday’s Malaysia-Brunei match.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

Amer thanks coaches’ trust in bounce back game

first_imgSEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Amer’s shot, however, wasn’t his to take as the play was originally designed for Allen Durham to try to get two points in the interior after Black called the timeout with 1:32 remaining.Durham, though, was hounded inside and he found the open Amer who had no defender within five of him.And Amer was ready to bail out Meralco in whatever way he can.“When I entered the floor off the timeout, coach Jimmy [Alapag] and coach Ronnie [Magsanoc] told me to just shoot it if I find myself open, and it just happened,” said Amer.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBaser Amer walked into Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday carrying a proverbial blank sheet.His 0-of-6 shooting night in Game 3 was a thorn in his side and he knew he had to start making his attempts if he hoped to help Meralco tie the series at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Durham proud of ‘game-changer’ Hugnatan, Amer He ended up contributing 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting to help the Bolts take an 85-83 win against Ginebra in Game 4 of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals.“The coaches are there, my teammates are there to help me,” said Amer in Filipino. “They were there for me the last three games and they’re always motivating me to help bring back my game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAnd of Amer’s 11 points, none was bigger than the three he put up with 1:18 remaining in the game that gave Meralco an 81-80 lead, a shot head coach Norman Black essentially called as the “game-winner.”“That was a big shot by Baser from the corner, actually you can say that was the game-winner,” said Black. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more