Scorpions lack sting – Miller puzzled as Jamaica franchise crash to yet another defeat

first_img “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.last_img read more

Lassana Diarra hints at Man United move after declaring himself a ‘free agent’

first_imgFormer Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra has hinted a potential move to Manchester United after declaring himself a “free agent”.Diarra enjoyed a superb first season at Marseille after joining them from Lokomotiv Moscow last year.The contract he signed on arrival last July runs until 2019 but now he has claimed that there was a break clause included in the deal which he could activate should Marseille fail to qualify for Europe.The south of France club finished in 13th, 48 points behind champions Paris Saint-Germain and way back from the European places – and now Diarra wants out.And the 31-year-old holding midfielder is hoping for a reunion with Jose Mourinho, when he takes over at Old Trafford.Speaking the L’Equipe, Diarra said: “I am now a free agent as there’s a clause in my contract that allows me to leave if the team did not qualify for European football.“I hope Marseille will stick to their word.“I will never forget Marseille and the fans, who showed me a lot of love. I do not know yet where I will play next season. I am calm about my future, there’s time. I have not signed for PSG.“Jose Mourinho? I know him well. I have enjoyed some great times with him. He is a coach I really like. But we will see what happens next season.” Lassana Diarra has enjoyed a superb season back in France with Marseille 1last_img read more

“Old Guys Dig Young Women” & Other Creepy Facts from OKCupid

first_imgLast year, we ruffled a few feathers when we posted some OKCupid data on dating and race. We’re sure this latest news is going to be equally unpopular, but the data support the conclusions, so here we go.Women users of the online dating site state a range of preferred ages for partners that is relatively normal, and when it comes to reaching out to other users, they stay pretty strictly within their own self-imposed guidelines. However, men on the site continue to state a preference for 20-something girls well into their later years. And even when male users state a cut-off age, they continue to contact women who are below that age. Culture of sexual exploitation or personal preference? Check out the graphs below and let us know what you think in the comments.For starters, OKCupid’s blog states, “Men between 22 and 30 – nearly two-thirds of the male dating pool – focus almost exclusively on women younger than themselves… A man, as he gets older, searches for relatively younger and younger women. Meanwhile his upper acceptable limit hovers only a token amount above his own age.”Here’s what that looks like in a graph format: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Here’s where the plot thickens: Stated age preferences are fine and dandy, but how different genders actually interact with potential dates of varying ages belies male users’ statements about who they’re really looking to meet.Here’s a heat map overlaid with the women’s stated age preferences. You can see that, with striking regularity, women mean it when they say they want to find a partner within a given age range: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#web As you can see, the data show that 29-year-old women generally stop messaging significantly younger men.Now, here’s the data on men’s messaging habits: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market To some, this graph might look like an episode of Cougartown. But the folks at OKCupid feel that “older” women get a bad rap in the online dating world – one that they don’t necessarily deserve.What’s your experience or opinion on the matter? Let us know in the comments. jolie odell Related Posts The men in this study consistently reached out to the youngest of the women in their preference range – which already heavily favors younger women. Moreover, they don’t cut themselves off at their stated minimum age preference. “No matter what he’s telling himself on his setting page,” reads the OKCupid blog, “a 30-year-old man spends as much time messaging 18- and 19-year-olds as he does women his own age.”Taking into account this data about sexual desirability and women’s responses to frank questions about sex acts and exploration, the OKCupid researchers determined a socio-sexual sweet spot for men to consider: Women, on the other hand, display an “admirable openness to both reasonably younger and reasonably older men,” with the exception of early-20s young women who generally prefer to date slightly older young men. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Govt allows BCCI duty free import for World Cup

first_imgThe Government has allowed zero duty import of sports and broadcasting equipment by BCCI for the World Cup cricket tournament starting February 19.BCCI headquarters in MumbaiLast month the government had de-recognised BCCI as a national sports federation and had decided to take away the customs duty benefits it enjoyed.   “The Central Government hereby exempts the (specified) goods…when imported into India for the purpose of organising the ICC World Cup 2011, from the whole of the duty of customs leviable…,” a Finance Ministry notification said.The concessions come within three weeks after the Centre had withdrawn customs duty exemption on import of goods by the BCCI or bodies certified by it, following non-compliance of mandatory requirements.The decision on January 17, took away the exemptions following the Sports Ministry de-recognising BCCI as a national sports federation or the apex body for cricket in India.As per the latest notification dated February 9, duty relaxation has been given on sport equipment; medical instruments; photographic and audio-visual equipment; broadcast equipment and supplies; and computer and other office equipment.The duty waiver would be on goods imported by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) or by any importer authorised by BCCI in relation to World Cup, 2011.The importers of equipment for World Cup, however will have to furnish a bond for the value of the imported goods supported by a bank guarantee to the extent of 25 per cent.Besides, the imported goods would have to be re-exported within three-months from the date of official closure of the World Cup.advertisementThe imports and the subsequent re-export would be allowed from the sea ports at Mumbai or Chennai, Inland Container Depot at Tuglakabad.The imports would also be allowed from airports at Mumbai, Chennai or Delhi. India along with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is organising the ICC World Cup Cricket 2011 which is being co-hosted by BCCI. – With PTI inputslast_img read more