“We are just struggling in terms of getting runs. The pitch played well and was a good track to bat on. “We just needed to back ourselves some more and find a way, and that did not happen,” he added. Last champions four years ago, Jamaica went into the clash with three wins and four defeats. This was largely based on below par batting totals of under 200 per innings. The Wavell Hinds-chaired selection panel has since chopped and changed several players, including Tamar Lambert, David Bernard Jr, and Carlton Baugh Jr, in an attempt to arrest the situation. For the Barbados matchup, the panel left out the injured Jermaine Blackwood from the 13-man squad and brought in young Guyanese-born opener Trevon Griffith, who did not feature. This resulted in young batsman Brandon King, who was 12th man the previous game, being given the opportunity to prove his worth after misfiring in the opening two matches. King, however, could only manage 19 and 25. Captain and opener John Campbell, who, after scoring his maiden first-class ton last season, has failed to pass 50 this season and was dismissed for scores of four and 20, respectively, in this contest. His opening partner Shacaya Thomas, after making his seasonal debut with 62 and 19 in the previous match, made 50 and five. Sidelined West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards scored four and two in the respective innings. Andre McCarthy, the team’s top runs scorer this season, hit 52 and 18, while recalled wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, batting at number six, made nine and one. Former Leewards wicketkeeper-batsman Devon Thomas, who now plays as a batting all-rounder while bowling medium pace, contributed 18 and 44 not out. “I can’t say what is the problem as we have tried everything in the practice nets, including batting a lot of balls,” continued Miller. “No matter the personnel we use, it is the same outcome. “The team environment,” he added, “is also pretty good, decent and normal, and that’s why it is a bit puzzling to me.” Meanwhile, Brathwaite, in commending the effort of his team, said an all-round effort made the difference. “We built pressure with a lot dot balls and I think that is how we got wickets,” he said “Our batsmen also did a fine job in the second innings to chase the winning runs as batting was not that easy with Nikita Miller opening the bowling.” Jamaica Scorpions are now officially out of the running for the WICB Regional Four-Day Championship title after going down to a six-wicket defeat to Barbados Pride at Sabina Park yesterday. The Junior Bennett-coached unit, who entered the eighth-round encounter with a mere mathematical chance of overtaking leaders Guyana Jaguars, succumbed to their fourth straight loss following another poor batting display. Resuming the day on 22 for two, 18 runs behind the Pride’s first innings total of 217, Jamaica were bowled out for 157 on the stroke of lunch on the third day. This set the Kraigg Brathwaite-led Pride a victory target of 118, which they achieved at 118 for four shortly before tea. The result kept Barbados in second place with two rounds of matches remaining. “It’s very disappointing. You get 10 wickets in a game and you can’t celebrate,” stated former Jamaica vice-captain Nikita Miller, who finished with figures of eight for 67 and two for 38. STRUGGLING FOR RUNS SCOREBOARD SCORPIONS 1st Innings 177 PRIDE 1st Innings 217 SCORPIONS 2nd Innings (overnight 22 for two) S Thomas c Brathwaite b Warrican 5 *J Campbell c wkp Dowrich b Chase 20 K Edwards c Chase b Warrican 2 A McCarthy c Cummins b Warrican 18 B King c Brathwaite b Walsh 25 +C Walton st Dowrich b Walsh 1 D Thomas not out 44 D Jacobs c Brooks b Walsh 0 J Dawes lbw b Cummins 29 N Miller c and b Cummins 3 N Gordon run out 0 Extras (b6, lb1, nb3) 10 TOTAL (all out, 49.2 overs) 157 Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-10, 3-38, 4-73, 5-75, 6-78, 7-80, 8-143, 9-149, 10-157. Bowling: Warrican 14-2-49-3, Cummins 8.2-2-20-2 (nb3), Chase 11-1-29-1, Greaves 3-1-11-0, Walsh 13-1-41-3. PRIDE 2nd Innings (target: 118 runs) *K Brathwaite c D. Thomas b Jacobs 36 O Phillips c McCarthy b Miller 8 J Carter c Campbell b Miller 32 S Brooks c S. Thomas b Jacobs 3 R Chase not out 35 +S Dowrich not out 1 Extras (nb3) 3 TOTAL (4 wkts, 31.2 overs) 118 Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-77, 3-79, 4-116. Bowling: Miller 15.2-4-38-2, McCarthy 3-0-16-0, Campbell 3-0-19-0, Dawes 3-0-16-0, Jacobs 7-3-29-2. Result: Pride won by six wickets. Points: Pride 16, Scorpions 3. Man-of-the-Match: Roston Chase. Toss: Scorpions. Umpires: Christopher Wright, Nigel Duguid.
DEFENDING ISSA/FLOW Walker Cup KO champions St George’s College will lock horns with former champions Excelsior High School in the first game of an epic double-header at 1 p.m. at the Constant Spring Field tomorrow.The two former Walker Cup and Manning Cup champions advanced to the Walker Cup as winners of Groups C and F, respectively.The day’s other game, slated to kick off at 3 p.m. at the same venue, brings together Kingston College and St Jago. KC were winners of Group G, while St Jago are the best second-place Manning Cup team overall.JC tackle Charlie SmithOn Saturday, there’s a titanic billing between last season’s treble winning Jamaica College team and the team they beat in the Manning Cup final, Charlie Smith.This game is the first of a double-header and is scheduled for 1 p.m.The day’s other match up will feature two of the competition’s unbeaten teams, Hydel High and Wolmer’s Boys’, at 3 p.m. Hydel won Group B, while Wolmer’s took Group E honours.The matches will be on a play-to-the-finish basis, as a winner has to be decided, either by extra time or penalty shoot-out.0The semi-finals will be played on Wednesday, October 21 at the Constant Spring Field.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): Left-hander Darren Bravo today became the third player to pull out of the troubled Twenty20 World Cup squad. Following the high profile withdrawals by Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine last week, the West Indies Cricket Board announced that Bravo had also opted out of the squad in order to be available for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Regional four-day championship. In a letter sent to the Board, Bravo said while he was “very grateful and humbled” to be selected, he preferred to focus on developing his game in the longest format. Selectors will now mull over yet another replacement after having to find alternatives for Pollard and Narine. All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was named to replace Pollard while today, the board said that Barbados off-spinner Ashley Nurse had been chosen in Narine’s absence. Nurse has played four Twenty20s for West Indies and 60 overall.
FANCIES The exotic bets start anew on tomorrow’s 11-race Caymanas Park programme after punters cashed in over the Easter weekend. Both Super-6s offer the guaranteed minimum of $750,000, the first commencing from race one through to race six, and the twilight six embracing race six to 11. We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a 4-y-o and up restricted stakes over 1700 metres to be contested by six starters, including the likely favourite BALLON D’OR, to be ridden by top apprentice Linton Steadman for top-line trainer Anthony Nunes. The former record-priced yearling at the 2013 TOBA yearling sale has finished second in his two recent races, failing by 1-1/2 to beat MIND SET over 1400 metres, a performance that gives him the edge over SHINE (running well) over what is a more ideal trip for him. The improving filly MAMETA, with Orlando Foster aboard, holds the key to the second race for maiden four-year-olds over 1100 metres following her good second to CHEXIMAKIT in the Al Gopie Memorial Cup over the straight last Saturday. MAMETA, a lightly raced 4-y-o filly by Storm Craft from the stables of Patrick Lynch, looked improved when running with Lasix for the first time six days ago and now pointed in the right direction, should lead home SONG ON TRACK and IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST in a field of nine. Six horses from the $250,000 $210,0000 claiming spread will contest the third race over 1500 metres. Down in class 4-y-o colt CAMOUFLAGE, with only 52.0kg for the services of 3.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey, should have the measure of the consistent BATIDOR DE MUNDO with Jevanne Erwin aboard. These two look a cut above the others and it should be close between them. A field of 10 maiden three-year-olds is slated for the fourth race over 1100 metres, from which the well-forward debutante LOTTERY TICKET (Omar Walker up) is tipped to open her account right away. Trained by 15-time champion Wayne DaCosta, this 3-y-o bay filly by Seeking The Glory out of Just A Flutter has looked sharp at exercise, catching the eye on March 12 when galloping 1100 metres in a brisk 1:08.0 by 1:01.4. Only last Saturday, she looked easy in a 1000 metres gallop in 1:02.0, and with her preparation complete, should lead home fellow debutante AUNTIE RHONDA (Shane Ellis up) and FLYING MACHINE. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by another DaCosta-trained first-time runner RUNAWAY GAL, (working well) with Walker aboard, and recent winner FORCE DE JOUR under the improving apprentice Javaneil Patterson in the sixth race over the straight for high claimers. Their respective dangers are LIKE A LADY and BIG GEORGE. FIRST SUPER-6 (1) BALLON D’OR/SHINE (2) MAMETA/SONG ON TRACK (3) CAMOUFLAGE/BATIDOR DE MUNDO (4) LOTTERY TICKET (5) RUNAWAY GIRL/LIKE A LADY (6) FORCE DE JOUR/BIG GEORGE
HOT HURDLES Local track and field fans are in for a treat today as several of the world’s top athletes will be on show at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet inside the National Stadium. The main events are set to get under way at 7:30 p.m. with the women’s 400 metres hurdles, one of 19 international events. However, action will start as early as 2 p.m. with one of two new events on the programme, the international hammer throw for women. The other new event, the men’s international javelin begins at 4:15 p.m. These will be followed by six Development events, starting at 5:05 p.m. with the women’s 100 metres. The final event of the night, the women’s 400 metres at 9:23, should be one of the most competitive. Jamaica’s trio of Stephenie Ann McPherson, who was third last year, along with Novlene Williams-Mills, fourth a year ago, and Christine Day, who was fifth, will be hoping for a local sweep of the top three places following the withdrawal of last year’s winner, American Sanya Richards-Ross. The Jamaicans will come up against another American, Francena McCorory, runner-up last year and winner of the event two years ago. This event is expected to be a cracker as, fresh in the minds of fans is last year’s World Championships 4×400 metres final in Beijing, when Williams-Mills outwitted McCorory on the anchor leg to give Jamaica a memorable win. With a good record here over the years, Williams-Mills will be hoping to get back to winning ways. POWELL IN 200m The women’s 100m hurdles at 8:27 p.m. should also be hot. World champion Danielle Williams will be engaged in a very tough battle against some fierce rivals. Last year’s winner Jasmin Stowers is out, but her compatriots Sharika Nelvis, American record holder Brianna Rollins (12.26), and 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson will be hoping for a top three sweep. Also in the event is Britain’s record holder Tiffany Porter (12.51). “I am under no pressure whatsoever as I am going into the race to have fun, and if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best,” Jamaica’s Williams said in a recent interview. Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be hoping to make it a great night for local fans when they compete in the 100 and 200 metres, respectively. American Tori Bowie ran a world-leading 10.80 seconds in winning the women’s 100 metres at the Doha Diamond League meet yesterday, and Thompson, who won a year ago with 10.97, will be hoping to go faster here. English Gardener of the United States is her main rival. Fraser-Pryce, who was third in this event a year ago, will face the outstanding Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas. Miller was impressive in clocking a Bahamian and meet-record 22.14 in the half-lap event last year and is this year’s world leader in the 400m with a 49.69 run on April 16 in Nassau. Fraser-Pryce will be joined by countrywoman Shericka Jackson, who was a bronze medallist in the 400m at last year’s World Championships. Also down to compete is rising American sprinter Candice McGrone. Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell is down for the 200m where he will face local rival Rasheed Dwyer. In the men’s 100 m Julian Forte, Kemar Bailey Cole and Oshane Bailey will carry Jamaican hopes against the very fast Americans Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers. SELECTED EVENTS 7 p.m. Shot put women – International 7.03 p.m. Triple jump men – International 7.06 p.m. 3000m steeplechase men – International 7:30 p.m. 400m hurdles women – International 7:37 p.m. 400m hurdles men – International 7:40 p.m. High jump men – International. 7:49 p.m. 800m men – International 8 p.m. 1500m women – International 8:07 p.m. Long jump women – International 8:11 p.m. 100m women – International 8:15 p.m. 100m men – International 8:27 p.m. 100m hurdles women – International 8:37 p.m. 110m men – International 8:53 p.m. 200m women – International 9:03 p.m. 200m men – International 9:14 p.m. 400m men – International 9:23 p.m. 400m women – International
JOHANNESBURG (AP):Stand-in captain Faf du Plessis hit 111 to set up another heavy win for South Africa over Australia, this time by 142 runs, in the second one-day international (ODI) at the Wanderers yesterday.Du Plessis was backed up by 82 from JP Duminy and 75 from Rilee Rossouw as South Africa scored 361-6 after being put in to bat by Australia.Top-ranked Australia were bowled out for 219 in less than 38 overs, with only half-centuries from David Warner (50) and Travis Head (51) to show from their batting lineup.South Africa lead the five-match series 2-0 after winning the first game by six wickets.Wayne Parnell took 3-40 for the best figures for South Africa. Australia gave two fast bowlers, Joe Mennie and Chris Tremain, their ODI debuts.
Further breach Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has endorsed embattled Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Administrative Director Ian Andrews’ position regarding the non-issuing of contracts for retirees Ann Marie Heron and Cloyfeld Thomas Davis. The auditor general, in a letter dated February 3, 2017, stated her concerns that in signing the employment contracts for the retirees, the INSPORTS Chairman Lloyd Pommells may have operated in the role of an executive chairman, in breach of Decision 26 of the Accountability Framework, which states: “The position of executive chairman shall be discontinued and legislation that could conflict with this direction shall be amended accordingly.” Reports have also surfaced that the board of directors has removed the security personnel from the premises and taken files from the offices. Staff members have also reported that the Board has expressed the intention to remove the security cameras that the management had installed sometime ago. These actions would further breach the Board’s Authority. The board also introduced David Mais to act in the role of administrative director without a hearing for Andrews. This again is not in keeping with government policies and procedures. Andrews has been suspended since February 7, albeit with pay, pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct. It has also been learnt that Andrews has retained the services of labour attorney John L. Bassie to represent his case. Andrews has been involved in an ongoing conflict with the INSPORTS board of directors since September 2013. In that year, the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament said the former broadcaster failed to report to the Auditor General’s Department in a performance audit of the agency.
Despite being a major doubt due to injury, Jaheel Hyde, the past World and Youth Olympic 110-metre hurdles champion, thinks Dejour Russell is heading for big things at the 2017 staging of Boys and Girls’ Championships (Champs), should the 16-year-old compete this week. Speaking at the recent Carifta Trials, Hyde described the Calabar Class 1 athlete as fantastic. Hyde and Russell were teammates at last year’s World Under-20 Championships, where the former defended his 400m hurdles title and the latter stunned with a time of 13.20 seconds in the 110m hurdles preliminary round before placing fourth in the final. That time is 0.04 faster than the Champs record set by current Olympic champion Omar McLeod while he was at Kingston College (KC) in 2013. Though a slow start doomed Russell in the World Under-20 final, he had rarely hurdled over the 36-inch height used for that age group. As a Class 2 athlete last year, he negotiated hurdles set at a height of 33 inches, the same as those which Hyde flew over to set the world best of 12.96 seconds in 2014. Hyde revealed, “I actually spoke to him last week,” the former Wolmerian said, “and, you know, I gave him some pointers because, you know, they are records and records should be broken, and if anybody should be breaking a record, I think it should be him.” Describing Russell as a friend, he asserted, “So I think he’s a fantastic athlete and I think he will get it this year.” Not only could Russell break McLeod’s Champs record, but at this year’s World Under-18 Championships, he could make a run at the 13 second barrier. ‘BEST IN THE WORLD’ Hyde isn’t the only one to see the potential in the Calabar boy. Earlier in the season, veteran hurdles coach Raymond Graham offered the same sentiment. He labelled Russell ‘the best in the world in his age group’ and likened him to McLeod, whom Graham coached at KC. “I worked with Omar at KC”, he said, “and he’s now a World champion, Olympic champion and I see Dejour in a few years reaching the same pinnacle.” So far this season, Russell has run 13.31 seconds in the under 18 event and 13.45 with the barriers set at the Under-20 Class 1 height. Unfortunately, reports have emerged on the eve of Champs of an injury niggle that will rule Russell out of the class 1 110m where he was also favoured for a medal.
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