(CPL) Ashley Nurse and Raymon Reifer starred with both bat and ball as Barbados Tridents knocked out defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders to set up a 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final against the all-conquering Guyana Amazon Warriors. Nurse’s intervention was crucial in both innings, first, when blasting an unbeaten 24 from nine balls to propel a stuttering Tridents innings up to 160/6 and then taking two key wickets to help strangle the Knight Riders’ run-chase.Having been put into bat, the Tridents looked set to make an under-par total for the majority of their innings until Nurse and Raymon Reifer – who later also played his part with the ball, bowling a nerveless final over that included the vital wicket of Seekkuge Prasanna for a 27-ball 51 and the match-clinching one of Khary Pierre – plundered an unbroken 48 runs for the seventh wicket from the final 14 balls.With the Knight Riders ultimately coming up 12 runs short, the final two overs when the Tridents batted were the difference between going to tomorrow’s final and going home. Johnson Charles could have been dismissed twice early in his 35, dropped by Denesh Ramdin in the first over of the night and then seeing a skied shot land safe after Lendl Simmons and Chris Jordan left it for each other. While never quite at his fluent best, Charles’ effort was crucial in holding things together during a fraught first half of the Tridents innings in which Hales and Shakib fell to Pierre and JP Duminy was forced to hobble off retired hurt after injuring his leg while hitting a six. The Tridents will be desperate to have him available tomorrow.Charles followed Duminy straight off the field, skying Ali Khan to Jordan at mid-off to leave the Tridents in bother at 74/3 – effectively four down – in the 12th over. Things got worse for them two overs later when Jonathan Carter was spectacularly caught and bowled by Jordan, who flung himself to his left in his follow-through to pluck the ball from the air inches above the grass.When Jason Holder picked out Colin Munro at deep midwicket in the same over, the Tridents were 92/5 with time running out and the innings in real danger of falling away completely. That didn’t happen. Shai Hope played nicely for his 23 from 18 with two fours and a six, before Reifer and Nurse gave the innings its all-important explosive finish. Both men finished 24 not out, with five Hero Maximums between them.Even then, 160/6 was no more than a par score in tricky conditions for bowlers coping with a wet ball.Sunil Narine got the TKR innings off to a flying start with four boundaries from Shakib’s opening over and, although he and Lendl Simmons both fell in the powerplay, the Knight Riders were well on course at 50/2 after six overs. Enter the 2019 Hero CPL leading wicket-taker to change the momentum once again. Hayden Walsh Jr picked up his 20th wicket of the tournament when Colin Munro reverse-swept straight to that man Nurse at short third-man.When Nurse then removed Darren Bravo caught behind for just 2, the Knight Riders had lost two wickets for just 12 runs in 3.3 overs since the powerplay.Denesh Ramdin holed out to long-on to hand Nurse a second wicket in a four-over spell that also gave up just 14 runs. The game lurched back TKR’s way when Prasanna started smacking everyone to and over the ropes, but he was also at fault in the mix-up that led to the run out of Knight Riders skipper Kieron Pollard for 23. On a night full of crucial moments, here was another.Prasanna was undeterred, though, and powered to a 22-ball half-century with back-to-back sixes – his third and fourth in all – off Walsh Jr. When 20 were needed from the last 15 balls, it looked like the Knight Riders’ game to lose.Walsh Jr ended his spell of 2/31 with three dot balls, though, and Harry Gurney delivered at the death once again with a superb 19th over that gave up just six runs and brought the wicket of Jordan.That left Prasanna and the Knight Riders needing 14 from the final over with two wickets in hand. When Reifer pinned Prasanna with a millimetre-perfect yorker to start that final over, a topsy-turvy game finally looked settled. Pierre was caught by Hales at long-on two balls later to confirm it.
WELLINGTON, (Reuters) – New Zealand wrapped up an impressive innings and 65-run victory over England shortly after tea on the final day of the first test at Bay Oval last night with Neil Wagner running through the tourists’ lower order. Wagner took three wickets in 17 balls for one run as England collapsed from 132-5 to 138-8 before tea, then broke a 59-run ninth-wicket partnership between Jofra Archer and Sam Curran after they had threatened to thwart the hosts.The left armer, who finished with figures of 5-44 from 19.2 overs, trapped Stuart Broad in front for a first ball duck to end England’s resistance at 197.Wicketkeeper BJ Watling was named man of the match after his maiden double century of 205 and hefty partnerships with Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner helped the hosts to a first innings of 615-9 declared. “It felt really good,” Watling said at the post-match presentation. “The key was to get partnerships, and the boys stuck in there at the end. “We tried to build as much of a lead as possible and hoped the wicket would do funny things on day five.”After Santner had taken three quick England wickets late on Sunday, the tourists resumed on 55-3 needing to bat the entire fifth day to stop New Zealand from taking a 1-0 lead into the second match of the two-test series on Friday in Hamilton.And while they showed signs they might be able to see the day out, tentative shot- and poor decision-making led to their downfall. Captain Joe Root, Joe Denly, Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope were all dismissed playing at balls they did not need to, while Archer fell into a trap set by Wagner when he was well set to bat out the final hour.Stokes’s dismissal was particularly important with the aggressive all-rounder looking settled before he played on, letting out a loud yell of exasperation after chasing a wide, shortish ball from Tim Southee.His dismissal at 121-5 sparked a collapse, with Wagner then ripping through the lower order. Denly fell for 35 when he was caught by Watling following a lifting delivery from the left armer. Pope also fell to Wagner, needlessly throwing his hands at a wide full toss only to watch the ball fly to a diving Santner at short cover.With Trent Boult off the field with sore ribs, Wagner took the second new ball and bowled Jos Buttler for an 18-ball duck with a yorker with the first delivery.Archer and Curran kept the hosts at bay for more than an hour either side of tea and were starting to look comfortable before Wagner struck again to wrap up the match. Root said failing to kick on from a decent platform in the first innings had cost England.“We missed an opportunity if we’re brutally honest with ourselves,” said Root of England’s collapse from 277-4 to 295-8 in their first innings before they were dismissed for 353.“Could have done with a score over 450, and using that scoreboard pressure as another fielder.“We did a lot of good stuff, we just need to do it for longer.”
BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Paul Palmer’s maiden List A hundred went in vain as reigning champions CCC Marooners said goodbye to the Regional Super50 Cup, with a 51-run defeat to minnows Canada here yesterday. Asked to chase 253 for victory at Conaree, Marooners collapsed for 210 all out in the 45th over, despite a fine 105 from Jamaican Palmer.Romaine Morris chipped in with 58 but other than opener Gian Benjamin with 10, no other batsman made it to double figures as left-arm seamer Kaleem Sana (4-24), off-spinner Harsh Thaker (3-29) and left-arm spinner Shahid Ahmadzai (3-37) combined to wreck the innings.Thaker had earlier top-scored with an unbeaten 68 of 67 balls batting at number 10 as Canada got up to 252 all out off their 50 overs, after they were sent in. Opener Rayyan Pathan struck a lively 41-ball 46 while Kaleem Sana produced a busy 38 off 37 deliveries at number nine.Pathan put on 44 for the first wicket with Jeet Metha (10) before speedster Jalarnie Seales (3-62) struck twice in the 10th over to reduce the innings 47 for two.And though Pathan added 36 for the third wicket with Kanwarpal Tathgur (29), Canada lost a cluster of wickets courtesy of off-spinner Larry Joseph (3-38) to slip to 149 for seven in the 38th over. However, Thaker took command for the Canadians, striking half-dozen fours and two sixes in a 92-run eighth wicket partnership with Kaleem, to rally the innings.In reply, Marooners were slumping at 17 for three in the fifth over after Thaker struck twice with the new-ball in the fourth over as Canada got the better of the early exchanges.Left-hander Benjamin played back and was trapped lbw, two balls later new batsman Jonathan Drakes departed without scoring, driving lazily to be caught at cover before Odain McCatty chopped on to Kaleem in the following over also without scoring. Palmer then stitched up the innings in a 103-run, fourth wicket stand with opener Morris, as Marooners made a recovery.Left-hander Palmer faced 123 balls and counted 12 fours while Morris belted a six and a four in a 59-ball innings.Morris’s demise in the 25th over – tugging a simple catch to short mid-wicket off Ahmadzai – marked the final decline for Marooners as the last seven wickets fell for 81 runs. The defeat was Marooners’ sixth in eight games and the victory Canada’s second also from their complement of eight matches.
Tenacious spells from Kemar Roach and Jason Holder routed Guyana Jaguars for 55 yesterday at Providence while Kraigg Brathwaite carried his bat through the second innings as the Barbados Pride set the Jaguars a target of 330 heading into day three. Responding to Pride’s first innings score of 174, the West Indies Championship title holders, Jaguars resumed on 19-2 and lasted just 77 minutes on day two as they stumbled to their lowest total in the Professional Cricket League era, surpassing their previous record of 66 against the same opponents at the same venue in 2014. Pride went on to pile on 210 all out in 66.3 overs to set Jaguars an imposing total when they begin their chase today. Watched by an almost shell-shocked handful of spectators under hot but windy conditions, Roach led the destruction on his way to five for 20, beginning with the wicket of the Jaguars’ skipper, Leon Johnson who guided a low catch to Brathwaite at first slip. Ten minutes later, Vishual Singh feathered a catch to Shamarh Brooks behind the stumps off the right arm seamer as the hosts slipped to 38 for five. Jaguars then lost their next three wickets for one run.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Guyana Amazon Warriors have retained top players from their 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) squad for this year’s season which is set to start in August unless the COVID-19 pandemic forces it to be rescheduled or cancelled. Wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran who was signed by Amazon Warriors as their marquee player last season, Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Anthony Bramble, Brandon King and Odean Smith have all returned for another season, according to the list of retained local and regional players released by the CPL yesterday.Guyanese Kevin Sinclair, an Emerging West Indies player, was the only new sign.Guyana Amazon Warriors Team Operations Manager, Omar Khan, commenting on the retentions and signing declared: “The Guyana Amazon Warriors Franchise has and will always be committed to the continued development of our local and regional players. From the inception of the CPL we included young Guyanese players in our squad as part of the franchise’s mandate to provide opportunities to young aspiring Guyanese cricketers to assist in their overall development as professional cricketers. Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul and Sherfane Rutherford have all benefitted from these opportunities prior to them becoming full-fledged members of our team. “We are extremely delighted that we were able to retain the majority of our local and regional players, including Nicholas Pooran and Brandon King, both of whom have been hailed by the cricket pundits as potential future stars of West Indies cricket and who were members of our team last year. The Guyana Amazon Warriors wish all of the retained players great success in the CPL 2020.”This year, the six CPL franchise teams were allowed to retain as many players from their 2019 squads as they wished, transfer players to other teams and sign emerging players.The retentions and signings of international players have not yet been announced. The CPL said they will be made public at a later date. The CPL is scheduled to take place between August 19 and September 26 but tournament organisers are liaising with medical advisors and governments, given the COVID-19 situation, to decide whether it can proceed as planned, or at a different time.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Jamaica Tallawahs will be in search of a match-winning wrist spinner in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League draft. West Indies white-ball specialist, Rovman Powell, who is expected to lead the franchise in the August 19 to September 26 tournament, said while the squad already possessed good pace in its attack, there was a need for a quality slow bowler.“I think it’s a pretty decent bunch we have retained. Obviously, Chris [Gayle] will be missed, but we have batters in myself, (Andre) Russell, and Chadwick (Walton),” Powell said here recently.“We have pace with Oshane (Thomas) and Russell, but what I think is needed is a good-quality wrist-spinner because every good team has one. “I believe we will have to do the bulk of the shopping in the draft.”The charismatic all-rounder was speaking against the backdrop of Tallawahs’ announcement they had retained just four players for the upcoming season in Russell, Walton, Thomas and himself.Last year, Tallawahs boasted several slow bowlers including home-grown left-arm spinner Chris Lamont, Trinidadian leg-spinner Imran Khan and Guyanese off-spinner Steven Jacobs but all three proved ineffective, with just 10 wickets among them. Afghan left-armer Zahir Khan was their best spinner with eight wickets while Jamaican leg-spinner Ramaal Lewis chipped in with five wickets.Overall, the Tallawahs season was a disaster. They lost eight of their 10 matches to finish bottom of the table and miss out on the playoffs for the first time in the league’s seven-year history.Powell said he expected the rebuilding of the franchise to coincide with improved performances. “Once that is done and the Tallawahs start winning, we will get back on the fans’ good side,” Powell noted.While organisers have forged ahead with their planning, the season still remains up in the air amidst the public health threat posted by deadly COVID-19 pandemic, and no date has been set for the draft.There has been a cessation of cricket across the globe with the lucrative Indian Premier League, scheduled to start last March, postponed indefinitely by the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI). CPL organisers have already floated novel ideas like employing social distancing in stadiums and strict quarantine measures in hotels, if the tournament was go ahead this year.
Guyana’s CrossFit stars, Dillon Mahadeo and Delice Adonis expressed disappointment at being unable to compete at the Reebok CrossFit Games, but the pair is prepared to take all the steps necessary to return to the event next year. The CrossFit Games recently announced that National Champions will not be able to compete in this year’s Games due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as their qualification spots have been rescinded.Though disappointed, the pair is optimistic of the future.Said Mahadeo recently “I’m disappointed that CrossFit rescinded their invitation to the Games but I completely understand with everything going on in the world right now. However, looking at the bigger picture, I cannot complain, due to the unprecedented pandemic globally, persons are being affected immensely and are losing so much more, it’s fatal for some or for their loved ones. I count myself lucky that my family and I are safe from COVID-19 and this is of utmost importance currently. For now, we need to stay optimistic and plan for the future, and come out of this pandemic stronger on the other side. My goal is to keep putting in the same hard work and discipline it takes to get to the next level and qualify and earn my spot to compete at the pinnacle of our sport in 2021, to represent my country to the best of my abilities so I can once again hoist the Golden Arrow Head proudly on the world stage.According to the Games’ website, the top 20 men and 20 women worldwide along with the athletes from Sanctionals will receive invites to the annual fixture which kicks off on July 7 in Aromas, California, USA. Adonis said the following “Obviously I’m disappointed that CrossFit rescinded their invitation to the Games but I completely understand. With everything going on in the world right now and especially the U.S which is proving to be the new epicenter of the pandemic, it’s probably in the best interest of the athletes. For me, this is effectively the end of my 2020 season. Preparations have now begun to fight to earn that invite again for 2021. I’ve been pushing my body quite a bit since last October so I’m actually a little happy to have a break where I can focus on properly rehabbing my injury and on gaining strength and developing some of my skills without feeling like I’m jeopardizing my competition prep. I don’t know what the 2021 season is going to look like and I can’t make any assumptions this early on, but my hope is that the CrossFit season can return to normal by then. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSLast year, CrossFit Headquarters expanded the field of athletes in attendance at the Games to include the fittest athlete in every eligible country. In light of current constraints, it will not be possible to host the previously invited 239 national champions in Aromas. The national champion race will reset in 2021 with invites extended to champions who earn top placement in the upcoming CrossFit Open.2021 The changes above have been made in consideration of the current challenges globally. The CrossFit Games will reset for the 2021 season with the intent of returning to crowning national champions and including teams, age group athletes, and a deep field of individuals competing for the title of Fittest on Earth.
The Hero Caribbean Premier League and the government of Trinidad & Tobago have come to an agreement for the whole of the 2020 season to be played in that country. The tournament will run from 18 August to 10 September. The CPL will have a full season and will feature overseas and Caribbean players with the standard higher than it has ever been with the likes of Rashid Khan, Chris Lynn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Alex Hales and Kieron Pollard all set to take part.
West Indies lead selector, Roger Harper, believes there is a need for Caribbean batsmen to refine their skills and techniques in order to romp with the best in the world. “I think we need to refine our skills, our techniques, our mental ability a bit more,” Harper stated on the Mason and Guest radio programme when asked about the quality of batsmen in this era compared to those of the past. Cricket commentator, Fazeer Mohammed was blunt in posing the question, asking Harper about the quality of batsmen today.“Does Harper accept that the quality of players that have made the Caribbean dominant over a number of years is simply not there and no amount of coaching or managerial skills can help?”Harper, in his response said: “That certainly speaks to the quality that you are talking about so there is some work to be done, it was plain to see looking at the series that there is definitely areas we need to improve on.” He went on: “There is some technical areas that we need to work on as was exposed here but I think as well we need to inculcate the attitude of wanting to bat for long periods and to spend long periods at the crease you know building up that sort of confidence and that subconscious desire to spend time in the middle.”Mohammed begged the question of how much longer will West Indies talk about it being a learning process while negating the culture of trying to sugarcoat a poor series with talks of taking the positives.Harper said: “Sometimes the process of learning takes longer than others in some cultures and circumstances.” Harper, when reflecting on the series loss to England recently noted that players could take a page out of England’s Dom Sibley.“There is some technical areas we need to improve on but we need to learn to bat for long periods, I look at a player like Sibley the English opener, and I’m sure watching him bat should have motivated a lot of guys. You know he made 100 in one of the Test matches and that should have motivated a lot of guys because he doesn’t look the most technically astute player but he plays within his limitations and he plays to bat for long periods and he doesn’t really gift his wicket away and I think these are things players can try inculcate at the lower levels, First-Class level and elsewhere,” Harper said.
Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Another year, another example of the famed ‘magic of the cup’ during this weekend’s third round action. League 2 side Oxford overcame Swansea, whilst minnows Eastleigh drew with Championship Bolton Wanderers. Elsewhere Wycombe drew 1-1 with Remi Garde’s struggling Aston Villa. With numerous chances of a thrilling upset, generous odds in hand, the third round weekend is a popular one for football betting. SBC spoke to representatives from Unibet, William Hill and Betway to compile a summary of views on what this round tends to mean for the industry and its punters.Joe Crilly, William HillJoe Crilly, Press Officer at William Hill, answered some questions on the nature of the third round from a betting respective.SBC: Does the FA Cup 3rd round tend to be a strong weekend for bookmakers, or the opposite with numerous big accumulators being won?Joe, William Hill: Traditionally, the FA Cup is very punter friendly. Yes, you do tend to see a couple of upsets but generally 80% or so of matches usually go the way you would expect. Given the nature of the competition, you will see a number of short priced favourites (Everton were 1/5 to win against Dag and Red for example). These kinds of matches are the ones that attract lumpy singles as well. Turnover is usually slightly down on a usual weekend although the televised matches can see more turnover than a televised Premier League game given the accessibility of some games being on BBC.SBC: Is evidence of a belief in the magic of the FA Cup there to be seen, do you tend to see a vastly increased spread of betting on the underdogs?Joe, William Hill: You aren’t going to see any huge bets on the outsiders but a couple of years back there were more than a few people who backed Middlesbrough and Bradford when they beat City and Chelsea; they provided the biggest day of cup upsets in recent memory in the fourth round last year.SBC: Have you noticed any changes in the patterns of FA Cup betting this season, with this Premier League season having been particularly hard to call?Joe, William Hill: People are always going to fancy the big dogs but I’m sure there will be a bit of caution given the way results have been this season. Anthony Cousins, UnibetAnthony Cousins, Head of Sportsbook Commercial Relations at Unibet commented on where the majority of customers tend to place their bets: “The majority of customers focus their betting on the big Premier League teams or TV matches.”He added: “The margin tends to be very good on the third round of the FA Cup, more so than usual we see customers backing big teams as they usually would but also their local teams. Alternatively they throw in a few big underdogs with the short price favourites which doesn’t tend to happen as often in a normal league week.On the subject of whether it’s a strong weekend for bookmakers he said: “With liabilities spread out across more matches than usual it tends to be a good weekend for us, with the latter rounds having more potential for volatility.”Alan Alger, BetwayAlan Alger, Sporting Events & Media Relations Manager at Betway, stated: “In the early rounds of the FA Cup, team news is vital as some clubs may be prioritising league promotion or avoiding relegation over this competition. Punters are wise to this, meaning we don’t see as many early bets on win/draw/win as we would during a normal week ahead of league fixtures.” Alger also commented on the lack of potential for major upsets in this season’s competition. He said: “The usual non-league giant killing aspect of the third round is sadly lessened this year, with the Conference having their lowest representation for many seasons – just one club Eastleigh. I think that’s to do with the diminished quality of Non-League’s top flight, which might be a pointer for future competitions.”The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup takes place at 7.15pm on Monday January 11th.(Featured image) Related Articles Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon