“We even have seen some interest already with several persons calling about the use of the venue boxes, which is rather encouraging.” The president, who is nearing the end of his first two-year term, also expressed the hope that the final will be the first of many such local games with the national Twenty20 tournament and high-school cricket on the radar. “We have our yearly national T20 competition coming up, and that is a key candidate to be played under lights,” he said. “Additionally, we intend to discuss with ISSA the playing of schoolboy cricket under lights, which would add another dimension to the use of lights at Sabina Park,” Heaven added. Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) President Whilford ‘Billy’ Heaven says he is eagerly anticipating the staging of a first-ever competitive local cricket match under floodlights at Sabina Park tomorrow. Defending national one-day champions St Catherine CC will go up against surprise finalists University of The West Indies (UWI) in the final of the JCA 50-overs Tournament starting at 2 p.m. “As part of our manifesto two years ago, we told the people that we would have lights at Sabina, with local matches being played under lights, and this is a further fulfilment of that commitment,” said Heaven. “We have seen the Caribbean Premier League T20 played under lights, now we have the final of our one-day tournament. It is a proud moment for all of us.” The final, dubbed in some circles as a ‘David versus Goliath’ showdown, contest will see an experienced St Catherine, laden with several national players, going up against the UWI, who are second-time entrants. “The hope is that there will be a good turnout on Monday, given that it is a day-and-night match, which should give more people the convenience to attend,” commented Heaven. ENCOURAGING OUTLOOK
Coach Neil Harrison’s confidence was clear: “We are ready. We were born ready.”That’s the message he is sending as it relates to his Kingston College (KC) charges’ readiness for the fast-approaching ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.Harrison was speaking at an entertaining Journey to Champs stop in which telecommunications and cable company FLOW boosted KC’s coffers with $200,000 towards their sports development and sports programme at the institution’s Elleston Road Campus, which houses grades seven to nine, yesterday.Over the past three weeks, FLOW has stopped by three schools – Jamaica College, Hydel, and now, KC.The next stops for the FLOW Champs tour are Girls’ champions’, Edwin Allen High, next Tuesday, and Boys’ champions, Calabar, on March 11.The championships’ title sponsor, GraceKennedy, was also on hand to distribute gift bags, refreshment, prizes and nutritional advice to the students.The exciting day included entertainer Bugle releasing a number of hits from his catalogue. There were entertaining dancing battles and lyrical battles between students and FLOW dancers, while former KC students Elli the Viner and Prince Pine entertained and chanted the school’s motto to much jubilation.FLOW’s Whitney Fennell, who is in charge of retail sales, who himself is a Fortis old boy, rallied his former school ahead of Champs.”FLOW believes that the future of this country rests with young people, and we will all be supporting our youngsters, so we will always power our footballers and our athletes in whatever sport they choose,” Fennell outlined.Meanwhile, dean of discipline of the North Street campus Ainsworth Walker jolted the crowd with: “KC, KC, KC … Fortis forever!””I think we are prepared to win Champs, barring injuries. We only have one serious injury in the Class One with Chadwick Brown, and hopefully, he will recover,” Walker told The Gleaner in an interview.”We stand a great chance; they (athletes) just need to be consistent in their training and be advised about their physical and mental state, and once they find a twitch, they should take it serious,” he continued.Ironically, GraceKennedy’s digital media officer, Dwayne Extol, who helped to dethrone KC of the championships at Wolmer’s Boys in 2010, said: “Calabar by far looks impressive all season, JC are dark horses, as they are well-rounded and look a strong unit this year,” Extol pointed out.
BANGALORE, India (CMC): Andre Fletcher plundered a career-best unbeaten half-century as West Indies extended their imperious form by beating reigning champions Sri Lanka by seven wickets, in their Group One game of the Twenty20 World Cup here yesterday. For the second time in five days, the Caribbean side produced a successful run chase, this time overhauling a paltry 123 with 10 balls to spare at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Fletcher, included in the side at the expense of seamer Jerome Taylor and then promoted to the opening spot following a hamstring injury to superstar opener Chris Gayle, unfurled a superb unbeaten 84 off 64 deliveries to underpin the Windies run chase. The right-hander clobbered six fours and five sixes, dominating a 39-run first wicket stand with Johnson Charles (10), before adding a further 55 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand with Andre Russell, whose unbeaten 20 required just eight balls. “After Gayle went out I told (Dwayne) Bravo, there was something about me, I was just feeling very pumped up,” Fletcher told reporters. “When they told me I was going to open I told them I would be positive from ball one.” “I’m very, very happy,” Fletcher added. “I’ve been playing T20 and as soon I get to 50 I’ve been out. I told myself to try and bat as deep as possible and see if those guys can bat around me. I am so happy and proud of myself, people can see that I can bat through. “And I am happy that I can help my team to win. I hope I can continue the good form and also the team continue the good performance.” Left-arm spinner Milinda Siriwardana, who finished with two for 33 from his four overs, knocked over Marlon Samuels (3) and Denesh Ramdin (5) cheaply to create some nervousness for West Indies during the middle overs, but Man-of-the-Match Fletcher and Russell stayed calm to see their side to their second win. West Indies top Group One with four points as the only unbeaten team, while South Africa, Sri Lanka and England all have two points. Sent in, Sri Lanka struggled from the outset and it was left to Thisara Perera, batting at number seven, to rescue the innings with a cameo 40 from 29 deliveries. With his side tottering on 47 for five in the ninth over, he and captain Angelo Mathews, who made 20, propped up the innings in a 44-run, sixth wicket partnership. Mathews, who faced 32 balls and failed to find the boundary once, top-edged a high full toss from medium pacer Dwayne Bravo to wicketkeeper Ramdin in the 17th over and Sri Lanka could only gather 31 runs from the last four overs. The damage, however, was done up front by leg-spinner Samuel Badree, who claimed three for 12, while Bravo finished with two for 20. Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn went wicketless but conceded just 12 runs from his four overs, to create massive pressure throughout the innings.
NAGPUR, India (CMC):West Indies nearly made a mess of a simple run chase, but recovered in time to pull off a nervy three-wicket win over South Africa with two balls to spare, and romp into the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World Cup here yesterday.In pursuit of an uncomplicated target of 123 on a slow pitch at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, West Indies were propelled by Man-of-the-Match Marlon Samuels who top-scored with a vital 43 from 44 deliveries while opener Johnson Charles stroked 32 from 35 balls.The Caribbean side were on top of the game at 66 for two in the 12th over, but lost five wickets for 47 runs in the space of 46 balls, to decline to 113 for seven in the penultimate over.Starting the final over with nine required for victory, West Indies were left sweating when Carlos Brathwaite (10 not out) was kept scoreless by 20-year-old seamer Kagiso Rabada off the first ball.However, Brathwaite cleared the ropes at wide long on with the second delivery before a wide and then a single ensured the scores were level with three balls remaining.Denesh Ramdin, batting at number nine, then steered the fourth delivery and his first to short third man where Hashim Amla dropped a sharp chance jumping high to his right, earning a single to take West Indies to their third straight win and keeping them unbeaten in the tournament.They sit top of Group One on six points, two clear of second-placed England, who face Sri Lanka – fourth on two points – on Saturday. Sri Lanka are third on two points and an England victory will eliminate them.INNINGS RESCUEDSent in earlier, South Africa were floundering at 47 for five in the ninth over before opener Quinton de Kock top-scored with 47 from 46 deliveries and David Wiese chipped in with 28 from 26 balls, to rescue the innings.Chris Gayle was the unlikeliest of bowling heroes with his off-spin, claiming two for 17 from his three overs, while seamers Dwayne Bravo (2-20) and Andre Russell (2-28) also chimed in with two wickets apiece.West Indies struck a key blow off the third ball of the game when Amla (1) gambled on an ill-advised single with de Kock, but failed to beat Russell’s throw from point to wicketkeeper Ramdin.In the next over, captain Faf du Plessis chipped Russell to Sulieman Benn at mid off to fall for nine at 13 for two and when Rilee Roussouw scooped Gayle to Russell at point in the third over to perish without scoring, the Proteas were stumbling badly at 20 for three.De Kock and de Villiers (10) offered temporary relief in a 26-run fourth wicket stand before Bravo got the breakthrough, bowling de Villiers with a slower ball in the eighth over at 46 for four.When the dangerous David Miller played back, completely misjudged a Gayle delivery that spun and was bowled, South Africa were tottering in the ninth.De Kock, who counted three fours and a six, rallied the innings by adding 50 for the sixth wicket with Wiese who benefited from a mis-stumping on three off left-arm spinner Benn in the 11th over, to strike two fours.The left-handed de Kock eventually perished when he made generous room for a heave through the leg-side and was bowled by Russell in the 16th over.
Humble Lion FC’s assistant coach, Lenworth Gordon, says his team’s rise to the top in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) 2016-17 is as a result of a great pre-season programme. The Clarendon-based Humble Lion are sole leaders on 12 points after five games ahead of Arnett Gardens and UWI FC – both on ten points, followed by newcomers Jamalco FC and reigning champions Montego Bay United (MBU) on nine points each in the top half of the 12-team RSPL table. The RSPL leaders now have their sights set on winning the title for the first time in the club’s history after a 2-1 win against MBU last Sunday. “We had a great pre-season. I believe that’s the reason why we are doing well now as we have a great squad,” Gordon said during the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe yesterday. After losing to Portmore at the semi-final stage in the nation’s top league last season, Humble Lion brought back Donovan Duckie as coach and added Gordon as his assistant in order to win the title. “It is going to be different. The aim is to sell at least one player (abroad) and win the trophy. Donovan Duckie was brought back and I came in along with the addition of a few experienced players,” the assistant coach disclosed. “I am not surprised that the team is on top as we continue to train with high intensity. We want to be the top team at the end of the season,” he added. Humble Lion will next play against last year’s beaten finalists Portmore United on Sunday at Juici Park in Clarendon, starting at 3 p.m. The game is seen as a Clarendon derby as Portmore have relocated to the parish. “We are focused and confident to play Portmore for the first time since the loss in the two-way semis. We consider this a derby game. It will be tough. However, our team spirit is high and we remain very confident,” Gordon added. Gordon said the addition of seasoned premier league players such as Gary McIntosh, Dwayne Holmes, Rafiek Thomas, Hughan Gray and the returning Devon Hodges has bolstered the squad. “Personally, Donovan Duckie is one of the best coaches if not the best in Jamaica. As a young coach I would chose none other to learn from at this point. He is a professional and second to none,” Gordon said about his boss Duckie. “The support is also great from the chairman (Mike Henry) and the others. We plan to make Mr Henry proud by winning the title this season,” Gordon also said.
ABU DHABI, UAE (CMC):West Indies lost two wickets in the dying stages of the day to take the shine off an otherwise valiant effort and concede a clear advantage to Pakistan in the second Test of the three-match series here yesterday.Replying to Pakistan’s first innings of 452, the Caribbean side were coasting at 106 for two late on the second day when they dramatically lost key batsmen Marlon Samuels and Kraigg Brathwaite in the last two overs of play, to end on 106 for four.Samuels had made a fluent 30 from 61 deliveries with six fours when he edged a loose drive at left-arm seamer Rahat Ali, and was caught low down at first slip by Sami Aslam in the day’s penultimate over.And in the very last over, Kraigg Brathwaite was run out for 21, sent back by nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo on a call for a quick single and failing to beat captain Misbah-ul-Haq’s throw from cover to the wicketkeeper.The two dismissals put a damper on the outing, especially after left-hander Darren Bravo had stroked an attractive 43 to help put West Indies on course for a strong reply.Earlier, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests as Pakistan, resuming from 304 for four, added a further 148 runs before being bowled out an hour before tea.Misbah fell agonisingly short of his 11th Test hundred when he was dismissed for 96 while wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed extended his decent form with 56.SCOREBOARDPAKISTAN 1st innings(overnight 304 for four)*Misbah-ul-Haq lbw b Gabriel 96Yasir Shah c Bishoo b Holder 23+Sarfraz Ahmed b Gabriel 56Mohammad Nawaz b Holder 25Sohail Khan c Johnson b Holder 26Zulfiqar Babar c wk Hope b Gabriel 0Rahat Ali not out 0Extras (b1, lb15, nb9) 25Total (all out, 119.1 overs) 452Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-42, 3-129, 4-304, 5-332, 6-342, 7-412, 8-430, 9-452, 10-452.Bowling: Gabriel 23.1-1-96-5 (nb9), Cummins 20-1-65-0, Holder 22-8-47-3, Bishoo 26-0-112-1, Chase 19-1-80-0, Brathwaite 9-0-36-1.WEST INDIES 1st inningsL. Johnson lbw b Rahat Ali 12D. Bravo lbw b Yasir Shah 43K. Brathwaite run out 21M. Samuels c Sami Aslamb Rahat Ali 30D. Bishoo not out 0J. Blackwood not out 0Total (4 wkts, 45 overs) 106To bat: R Chase, +S Hope, *J Holder, M Cummins, S Gabriel.Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-65, 3-106, 4-106.Bowling: Rahat Ali 12-6-31-2, Sohail Khan 9-3-16-0, Zulfiqar Babar 11-1-29-0, Asad Shafiq 1-0-2-0, Yasir Shah 12-5-28-1.Position: West Indies trail by 346 runs with six wickets intact.Toss: Pakistan.Umpires: M Gough, R Illingworth; TV – P Reiffel.
Olympian Donald Quarrie, who remains very active in local track and field, feels Jamaican athletes’ competitive nature will make them continue to achieve big things on the track despite sprint legend Usain Bolt’s retirement this year.The four-time Olympic medallist won 200m gold at the 1976 Olympics, silver in the 100m, bronze in the 200m four years later, and ended his Olympic career with 4x100m silver in 1984 in Los Angeles.Quarrie, when asked in a recent interview, said he does not believe Jamaica’s sprinting will falter.”No, I don’t think there will be a lull in our athletics. I think that, for example, the bar that Usain (Bolt), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has set, if you look now, Elaine has come in before anything starts going down,” said Quarrie.”I think once Usain retires, everybody is going to say I want to be number one, and that is going to make a big difference, so we are gonna continue, and with the support of sponsors, Government, athletes training hard to achieve goals, to represent Jamaica, we are still going to maintain that number one spot in the sprints,” he said.HAPPY WITH CURRENT JOBWhen asked if he had any ambitions for leadership at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association level, Quarrie was quick to point out he is happy with his current job as meet director and athlete liaison.”Right now, I am focusing on the Jamaica International Invitational and motivating the youngsters to keep our flag flying,” he told The Gleaner.”It (track and field) has changed a lot because now things are more visible. In the past, you would hear about an event or you would see it a couple hours later. Now, everything is instant and so it has given track and field a lot more publicity. It has given the athletes a lot more notoriety,” continued Quarrie.He added that it was good to see Jamaica keeping up with the rest of the world in athletics as far as visibility and performances are concerned.- S.F.
With Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic suffering injury-hit exits in the quarter-finals and Rafael Nadal losing in the last 16, Federer will be the favorite to become Wimbledon’s oldest champion, succeeding Arthur Ashe who was almost 32 when he won in 1975.But despite leading Cilic 6-1 in career meetings, Federer will be wary of a man who was two sets to love up on him in the quarter-finals last year and held match points.“We had a brutal quarter-final last year here and he crushed me in straight sets at the US Open in 2014,” said Federer.“I have to play offensive. If you give Marin time on the ball, he can finish points nicely. The court is still playing quite fast.“It helps on my serve, but it also helps him. I’m sure it’s going to be a close match.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Cilic, the 2014 US Open winner, fired 25 aces and 70 winners past world number 28 Querrey, the man who ended Murray’s reign as Wimbledon champion in the quarter-finals.“It’s unbelievable. I have played really well from the start of the tournament,” said 28-year-old Cilic.“Sam played at a high level especially in the first set. I was 4/1 up in the tie-break and didn’t convert.“But after that I was better in the return games. I thought the level was really high.“I’m feeling a positive on the court. It’s extremely important. My emotions are helping me a little bit.”Cilic admitted he faces a tough challenge trying to depose sentimental favorite Federer on Sunday.“Roger is playing the best tennis of his career on this court,” said Cilic, the second Croatian man to make the final after 2001 champion — and former coach — Goran Ivanisevic.“I never doubted it. Who knows what will happen in the final? It’s great to see Cilic there,” Ivanisevic told the BBC.Cilic took a 4-0 career lead over Querrey into Friday’s semi-final, including a marathon 5hr 31 min win at Wimbledon in 2012, the second longest match in tournament history. MOST READ End of his agony? 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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’“I feel very privileged to be in another final and get the pleasure to play on Centre Court another time,” said Federer who was playing in his 42nd Grand Slam semi-final.He is the second oldest man to make the Wimbledon final after 39-year-old Ken Rosewall finished runner-up in 1974. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Federer had defeated 2010 runner-up Berdych 18 times in 24 matches before Friday and he was quickly in the ascendancy, breaking for 3-2.But an uncharacteristic double fault handed the break back in the eighth game before the 18-time major winner played a more composed tiebreak.He pocketed the opener when Berdych miss-hit and ballooned the ball wide.Berdych kept pressing but had to fend off more break points in the fourth game of the second set before Federer again swept through the breaker on the back of a 5/1 lead.The big Czech would have to win from two sets down at the Slams for the first time in 38 matches if he were to return to the final.Unbelievable Berdych, who had the face of his vanquished quarter-final opponent Djokovic painted on the tongues of his tennis shoes, saved a break point in the fifth game of the third set.Federer then saved two to go to 3-3, made the Czech pay with a break for 4-3 and raced through a 50-second service game for 5-3.Victory was his in the 10th game when Berdych netted a weary forehand.“This guy doesn’t really seem to be getting any older,” said Berdych of Federer who has made the final without dropping a set. Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after beating Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych at the end of their Men’s Singles semifinal match on day eleven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 14, 2017. APLONDON—Seven-time champion Roger Federer reached his 11th Wimbledon final on Friday (Saturday, Manila), downing 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.The 35-year-old, bidding to win a record eighth title and become the oldest champion at the All England Club in the Open era, will face Croatia’s Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Out of the medal but already having gained a wealth of experience for his young players, coach Chot Reyes wants just one more thing as Gilas Pilipinas winds up its participation in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational.“We have to finish strong,” Reyes said as the Filipinos lock horns with an equally young Iran side in the second-to-last game that takes the curtains down on this 10-team, nine-nation event at Taipei Peace Basketballl Hall on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT “It was just a great testament to our players that they are ready despite not getting the minutes (in the past games),” Reyes said with pride. “That’s why we brought the kind of players we brought here – for depth.”Tolomia played 25 minutes and finished with eight points and five assists.The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 101 – Wright 19, Pessumal 14, Vosotros 14, Standhardinger 10, Cruz 9, Daquioag 8, Tolomia 8, Jalalon 7, Jose 4, Myers 4, Gotladera 2, Ravena 2.INDIA 70 – Gill 25, Pandi 14, Sivakumar 7, Poiyamoshi 5, Philip 5, G. Hafeez 5, Gill 4, Gowda 3, Reddy 2.Quarters: 27-24; 54-31; 80-55; 101-70. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Global Cebu forces draw on Meralco McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Team Philippines has all the momentum it needs coming into the game, having torn India to shreds, 101-70 on Saturday after getting its lesser lights to deliver.Almond Vosotros and Von Pessumal came off the bench to shoot 14 points each as Reyes was able to rest some of his starters. They four triples each in a combined 17 attempts that helped the Filipinos break away.“We wanted to give a lot of minutes to the guys (young players),” Reyes said. “One of our objectives for participating here was to prepare our SEAG (Southeast Asian Games lineup) and Von and Almond are integral parts of that lineup.”“We’re just thankful for the opportunity to play,” Pessumal, the former Eagle in the UAAP, said. “We knew our teammates were tired after seven straight games and we had the mindset of helping the team. We just stayed ready while waiting for the opportunity.”Mike Tolomia, Ed Daquioag and Fonzo Gotladera also saw major minutes, with Carl Cruz giving out his usual contributions. All of them will be in Kuala Lumpur eyeing the Philippines’ 18th gold medal in the biennial meet.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA 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 gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:40Filipinos 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 Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “We want to make sure that we finish this tournament on a high note,” he added as his squad – regarded as the Philippines’ future national team – take on an Iranian team that also left its veterans and best players back home.“They have their upcoming players, just like us,” Reyes went on as the match takes place at 5 p.m. “It’s going to be a good test for both teams.”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’The Philippines will take a 5-3 card into the game, having lost to Canada 150, South Korea and Lithuania, teams that are really stronger than Gilas on paper with the Canadians parading an all-pro team, the Koreans represented by their national squad and the Lithuanians simply bigger and more talented.Iran left the likes of Hamed Haddadi, Mohammad Jamshidi, Mahdi Khamrani and Nikka Bahrami back home, trying to keep them fresh for the World Cup Qualifying starting in November. LATEST STORIES View comments
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