Scorpions look to bounce back

first_imgStill smarting from their first-round 10-wicket defeat to Barbados Pride, Jamaica Scorpions will attempt to get their campaign back on track when they play the Windward Islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park, starting today.The showdown, one of three in the second round, will see the Scorpions hoping for a much better batting display than they had at Kensington Oval, where they failed to pass 200 on their two turns with the bat.Chasing a first-innings total of 373, made by the Pride, Jamaica were bowled out for 189 in their first innings and asked to follow-on, 187.This left Barbados with four runs to get, which they achieved for the loss of no wickets.”It was a poor batting display on our part in the first match, but I believe the players have what it takes to turn things around,” said Junior Bennett, coach of the Scorpions.The Jamaicans, rooted at the bottom of the six-team standings on one point, will be hard-pressed to omit West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton, who was left out against Barbados.The stylish stroke-maker, who has played for the West Indies as a batsman, and who was the team’s most successful batsman towards the back end of last season, was left out based on what Bennett described as a decision by the selectors.tricky selection ahead”The selectors met, however, in the end, he was not selected,” was all Bennett was prepared to say on the matter.Should Walton get the nod, however, who he replaces could be tricky given that only a mere two batsmen, John Campbell and Kirk Edwards, batted with any fervour against the Pride.Opener Campbell made a second first-innings high score of 49, and a top score of 35 in the second, while Edwards, batting at number three, scored an innings-high 58 in the first and 18 in the second.The other batsmen, including debutant captain Paul Palmer Jr, all struggled.The 23-year-old Palmer made a first-ball zero and six off 77 balls number four batsman AndrÈ McCarthy, 30 and two; Carlton Baugh Jr, 29 and 27; and young Brandon King, 10 and 30.No changes are expected in terms of the team’s bowling, amid an average opening display.Pummelled at 262 for two on day one, the bowling recovered to claim Barbados’ last eight wickets for a modest 111 runs on day two.The experienced Nikita Miller led the way with four for 100, while fast bowler Jason Dawes supported with three for 51.The other front-line bowlers, fast bowler Marquino Mindley, leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, and all-rounder David Bernard Jr, ended with one for 66, none for 69, and one for 49, respectively.The Windwards, in the meantime, who are in fourth position on three points, having lost to defending champions Guyana Jaguars by 104 runs in their opener, will also be looking to bounce back.Off-spinner Shane Shillingford, who claimed six for 107 and five for 36 against Guyana, is set to lead their bowling, along with left-arm seamer Mervin Matthew.Seasoned campaigner Devon Smith, opener Tyrone Theophile, Keddy Lesporis, and young captain Sunil Ambris are set to lead their batting.Squads:Jamaica Scorpions (from): Paul Palmer Jr (captain), Carlton Baugh Jr, Dave Bernard Jr, John Campbell, Jason Dawes, Kirk Edwards, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, AndrÈ McCarthy, Nikita Miller, Marquino Mindley, Nicholson Gordon, Chadwick Walton.Windwards Volcanoes (from): Liam Sebastien (captain), Sunil Ambris, Alston Bobb, Miles Bascombe, Keddy Lesporis, Mervyn Matthew, Kyle Mayers, Kevin McClean, Kenroy Peters, Dalton Polius, Shane Shillingford, Devon Smith, Tyrone Theophile.last_img read more

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Fraser-Pryce chasing history

first_imgThe women’s sprints are exploding with speed. Last year, a 16-year-old American, Candace Hill, broke 11 seconds for 100 metres. New names have emerged here in the form of Elaine Thompson and Natasha Morrison and in Holland through Dafne Schippers. Africa has the dynamic duo of Blessing Okagbare and Murielle Ahoure. Britain has an entry into these high speed stakes in the form of 2014 World Junior Champion Dina Asher-Smith. These are just some of the women who stand between Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and a unique place in athletics history. At present, two Americans – Wyomia Tyus and Gail Devers – other than the little Jamaican have won the Olympic gold medal in the 100 metres. Tyus’ form dipped in between her gold medal runs in 1964 in Tokyo and in 1968 in Mexico, but that is perhaps understandable. Back then, there were no World Championships to chase. Devers was World Champion in 1993, when she won a squeaker over Jamaican icon Merlene Ottey. That narrow win came after her 1992 Olympic success over Juliet Cuthbert in Barcelona and before another heartbreaker over Ottey in the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. Athletically, gold at the World Championships equals gold in track and field at the Olympics. Power of tradition However, the Worlds started only in 1983 and still lack the lustre of the Olympics. That’s the power of a tradition that started with the first Olympics in 1896. So even though she is already the most successful 100-metre sprinter, the 29-year-old Kingston native ‘needs’ to win an unprecedented third Olympic gold medal to become the undisputed Queen of Speed. Last year, she won her third World title despite easing off early to celebrate. This year could be harder. Schippers will fully focus on sprinting for the first time and Thompson will likely campaign in both the 100m and the 200m. Nigerian Okagbare and Ahoure, the ace from the Ivory Coast, could be back to the form that gave them medals at the 2013 World Championships. Asher-Smith, who took the British record under 11 seconds last season, could move forward again and the American World bronze medal winner, Tori Bowie, is certain to threaten. There is one other challenger. Veronica Campbell-Brown, the World 100m champion in 2007, is chasing her own piece of history. Fruitful career In a long and fruitful career, she has twice won the Olympic bronze medal in the 100 metres. At 33, she is older than Shelly, but her surprising 21.97-second run for third in the World Championships 200m final came after a season troubled by leg ailments. A win in the 100m might be enough to win VCB the undisputed title of best Jamaican female sprinter of all time. With the 2020 Olympics a further four years away, this is probably her last chance. The field is fabulous as all mentioned herein have broken 11 seconds, with Kerron Stewart, Sherone Simpson and Carmelita Jeter, all Olympic silver medal winners in the 100m and long jumper-sprinter Tianna Bartoletta, appearing as respected outsiders. However, on the strength of her dominating 2015 season and her consistent speed in big meets, Shelly-Ann is on course to make history. Mathematically, any medal will pull her away from Tyus and Devers, but that won’t be enough to settle the arguments. The gold medal is the big prize. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

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More sports in brief

first_imgBournemouth signs Afobe BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP): Bournemouth has added more firepower in their bid to survive in their first season in the English Premier League, signing Benik Afobe from second-tier Wolverhampton Wanderers for a reported fee of £10 million ($14.5 million). The 22-year-old Afobe is a former Arsenal trainee, who has represented England at youth and under-21 levels. He has scored 10 goals in 27 matches for Wolves this season. Bournemouth announced the signing yesterday, with chief executive Neill Blake saying Afobe is a “consistent threat in front of goal” and that his “pedigree as an Arsenal Academy product must also not be underestimated”. Bournemouth are 16th in the 20-team Premier League, four points above the relegation zone. Shah to appeal against suspension ISLAMABAD (AP): Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah will appeal against his suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) told the ICC yesterday and the game’s governing body will now form a tribunal to hear Shah’s appeal. Shah was suspended last month after his ‘A’ sample contained a banned substance – chlortalidone – which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. Local reports say Shah took his wife’s blood pressure medication without knowing that it contained the banned substance. During his suspension Shah cannot participate in any international match or games organised by the PCB or its affiliated members. Wawrinka wins Chennai Open CHENNAI, India (AP): Stan Wawrinka won his fourth title at the Chennai Open yesterday with a 6-3, 7-5 win over upcoming Borna Coric of Croatia. Fifteen aces and trademark backhand shots helped the top-seeded Swiss dominate against 19-year-old Coric, the youngest player in the world’s top 50 at No. 44. It was the fourth title in five finals for 30-year-old Wawrinka, who had finished runner-up in 2010 and won his first title in 2011 at the hard court venue. He also won in 2014 and 2015. Wawrinka saved all five break points even as Coric, playing his maiden ATP final, failed to put up the kind of fight that saw him win three-setters in four previous matches.last_img read more

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Waterhouse’s Young clings to hope

first_imgAfter five games in charge of Waterhouse FC, head coach Paul Young is yet to win a game for the struggling club in the 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League campaign.Young replaced Anthony Patrick as coach last month, but the team has only picked up three points from three drawn results to go with their two losses.With last year’s semi-finalists currently at the cellar in the 12 – team league, Young is certainly under pressure to turn the team’s fortunes around.However, with just 12 games remaining in the preliminary stage, the Drewsland club is quickly running out of time to make things right after sitting on 17 points from 21 games – unfamiliar territory.They are below Tivoli Gardens and Rivoli United – both on 19 points in the relegation group.Young admitted that the task is getting harder but remains optimistic that the team will improve under his guidance.”We played some tough games and did not get the desired results. It is now getting tougher. However, no team has outplayed us, so when we start scoring consistently, we will be okay,” Young told Saturday Sports.Young has added veteran Kevin Lamey to the team as well as schoolboys such as Kimarley Campbell, Dominic James, Dale Reid, Nicholas Nelson, Akeem Chambers, and George Brown in an effort to start turning draws and losses into wins.”The schoolboys are doing excellent and Kevin Lamey is there to guide them on the field. In that regard, I am very optimistic that we will improve our position and climb up the points table,” the former Reggae Boyz player, stated confidently.”I have to be worried because it is just taking a bit longer for us to start a winning run. In the last game on Wednesday against MoBay (Montego Bay United), we deserved to win although Mobay hit the post in the closing moments and the game ended 0-0,” Young explained.Looking ahead to the next game against Humble Lion at Effortville Community Centre in May Pen, tomorrow, starting at 3 p.m., the coach is hopeful that his team will start winning.”We have Humble Lion next, so the focus in training is to win that game,” he concluded.last_img read more

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FLOW Journey To Champs excites Hydel

first_imgHydel High School was presented with $200,000 towards the school’s sports programme, during FLOW’s Journey to Champs stop, at the Ferry-based institution on Monday.The second stop on the Flow Journey to Champs route was well received as the students enjoyed the show provided by the telecommunications and media company.Corey Bennett, Vice Principal and head coach of the track and field team, said they were thankful for the assistance from FLOW as they continue preparation for the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, which will run from March 15-19 at the National Stadium.”We are very pleased; we would have been doing something special to attract support for three years. Any assistance we get is good. This is the third year that they (FLOW) are coming here and it was a good vibes,” Bennett told The Gleaner.Hydel High finished second behind champions Edwin Allen High in the girls’ section last year and they are hopeful of doing better by getting more points.”I thought we were quite prepared for Champs, but did not perform to expectations at Western Relays last Saturday. We still have some work to do in order to achieve our objective this year at Champs,” he disclosed.Stephen Miller, FLOW’s sponsorship manager, said this year’s ‘Journey’ that started at Jamaica College two weeks ago provided a big buzz.”It is good, Champs fever is in the air, the atmosphere is electric. The students and athletes are eagerly anticipating the big event. We are pleased to continue to contribute to the schools,” he added.The entertainment saw the students having a good time as popular deejay Chi Ching Ching gave a good performance.Champs title sponsors, GraceKennedy, were also on hand and provided products for the students.The next stop on the FLOW Journey to Champs route will be at Kingston College this Friday, starting at 1 p.m.last_img read more

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Marsh heading to Finland on trial

first_imgCavalier’s attacking midfielder Chevone ‘Messi’ Marsh, who impressed at the schoolboy and Red Stripe Premier League levels, is set to jet off to a two-month trial stint with top flight Finnish outfit Kuopian Palloseura, having impressed club scouts two months ago. Twenty-two year-old Marsh represented Calabar High as a schoolboy and made his debut at Cavalier at age 11 in the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) under-15 league. He has also featured for the club at the under-17 and KSAFA Super League levels. The tricky midfielder has developed over the last four years into one of the most talented players in the Red Stripe Premier League. Despite Cavalier’s relegation this season, club boss Rudolph Speid said his charge is one of the most destructive midfield players and deserves to take his career to the next level. “The fact that Messi (Chevone Marsh) was called up to the national team as one of four players to play in our premier league, alone says that he has impressed a lot of persons,” said Speid He explained that scouts were impressed with Marsh, and backs the player to continue impressing and making his mark. “I am pleased for him. He has been our longest serving player and I can only hope for the best for him because he has the potential to excel,” continued Speid, while stressing “he is one of the most destructive players in the premier league”. Meanwhile, in an email correspondence, Jarmo Heiskanen, managing director of Kuopion Palloseura, confirmed that his club would like to invite the Jamaican for a football trial from April 30 through to July 2 this year. The club has played in Finland’s top flight for 50 seasons and claimed five league titles, two Finnish Cup titles and one Finnish League Cup title. It is also called KuPS, and has finished runners-up in the league nine times and claimed a number of junior titles.last_img read more

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Gayle failure continues

first_imgBANGALORE, India (CMC):Chris Gayle’s batting failures continued as his Jamaica and West Indies teammate, AndrÈ Russell, upstaged him with an electrifying cameo to fire Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to an important win in the Indian Premier League here yesterday.Entering the run chase with KKR in a spot of bother at 69 for four in the 11th over – in pursuit of 186 for victory – the right-handed Russell reignited the innings with 39 off 24 balls as the visitors reached their target off the first ball of the final over.Yusuf Pathan finished on 60 not out off 29 deliveries, posting an invaluable 96 for the fifth wicket with Russell, who blasted a four and four sixes.Captain and opener Gautam Gambhir stroked 37 off 29 balls.The victory allowed KKR to move into second place on 10 points, ahead of Mumbai Indians, courtesy of a superior net run rate.Gujarat Lions remained clear at the top on 12 points.Sent in at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB were powered by a joint top score of 52 from captain Virat Kohli and opener Lokesh Rahul, as they reached 185 for seven off their 20 overs.RUN OF LOW SCORESAustralian Shane Watson chimed in with 34, while the left-handed Gayle continued his run of low scores with seven.Subdued by Russell in the first over, Gayle seemed ready to explode when he struck South African seamer Morne Morkel straight overhead for six, off in the second over of the innings.Next ball, however, Gayle miscued a pull at a ball of shortish length and skied a catch to the wicketkeeper at eight for one.Gayle has scored eight runs in three innings for RCB this season and all told, has now failed to reach double figures in six consecutive innings since his hundred against England in the Twenty20 World Cup last March.Russell claimed one for 24 from four overs of pace, while West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine went wicketless from his four overs which cost 45 runs.last_img read more

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Clarendon target five straight wins in ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Former winners Clarendon College will this afternoon seek to maintain their stranglehold on Zone H of the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW daCosta Cup when they tackle Knox College.The Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis-coached Clarendon College is one of two schools with a 100 per cent win record, the other being Lennon High, who will travel to meet Thompson Town High in another matchup, where a win for them and a loss for Clarendon would see them sweeping into the lead.Clarendon have amassed 12 points from four matches to lead Lennon, on 10 points, while Thompson Town (nine), Edwin Allen (six) and Knox (four) are next in that order. Claude McKay are last in the zone, having lost all their five matches.The third match in that zone pits Claude McKay against Edwin Allen High.”We feel that we are doing well at the moment,” said Davis. “This team is playing as we expected, and like every other opponent, we will not take this Knox team lightly.”We have not won anything yet and we are aware that we have a long way to go. We will just continue playing good football and work hard for the results we need,” added Davis.In the buildup to this game, Clarendon College have been on a goal spree, hitting the target 23 times in their four games, while conceding only once.TROUBLING GOAL DIFFERENCEKnox, on the other hand, have conceded 10 goals. They have scored just five and therein is their worry.Against a strong-running, strong-tackling team such as Clarendon, they will need to be a lot more disciplined in front of the goal if they intend to get at least a point from this match, but it’s looking unlikely given their rarity of goals.Meanwhile, over in Zone D, Coach Jeffery Reece has had his team – the surprisingly good Little London High – playing at an optimum, and they will start favourites against Manning’s.Little London occupy the highest place in the standings since the school first entered the competition. They have nine points, six adrift zone leaders Godfrey Stewart (15).Today’s matchesClarendon College vs KnoxThompson Town vs LennonClaude McKay vs Edwin AllenTacky vs St Mary HighSpot Valley vs HollandLittle London vs Manning’sAlston vs HolmwoodChristiana vs SpaldingBellefield vs May Day HighSt Mary Tech vs Horace ClarkeBrimmer Vale vs IonaPorus vs Foga Roadlast_img read more

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G.C. Foster lead the way

first_imgG.C. Foster College’s Sashalee Forbes and Everton Clarke won the women’s and men’s 100 metres titles respectively on yesterday’s opening day of the two-day NCB Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships at the National Stadium. Forbes, a member of Jamaica’s team at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro clocked 11.23 seconds to win ahead of University of Technology’s (UTech) Shanice Reid (11.60) and Shantae Deer of G.C. Foster, 11.84. Clarke scored a close victory in the men’s sprint hitting the line in 10.12 to edge UTech’s Ronald Levy (10.17) and Oshane Bailey of G.C. Foster, 10.24. G.C. Foster bagged one-two in the men’s 400m hurdles as they dominated yesterday’s finals. Marzel Miller took gold in 52.06 from teammate Kemario Eldemire (52.61). Exed Community College’s Romario Dixon was third in 55.59. The women’s event went to UTech’s Shannon Kalawan who won in 57.02. Candice McLeod (57.73) of UWI and Shanae Wright (1:01.08) of UTech finished second and third respectively. Olivia Leckford of G.C. Foster produced the first record of the meet when she threw 52.68m in winning the women’s javelin throw. She erased the previous mark of 46.60m set by Osheca Binns. Binns (UWI) was second yesterday with 42.96m while Jada Thompson of Shortwood took third with 39.80m. Church Teacher’s College’s Melissa Thyme won the 3000m steeplechase in 11:56.00 from Ophia Simmonds (12:24.80) of G.C. Foster with third going to Candlce Newman of UTech, 12:37.77. Oshane Archibald of G.C. Foster captured the men’s 3000m steeplechase in 9:45.09. Thaleeto Green of UTech was second in 10:02.03 while Larone Haye of G.C. Foster was third in 10:21.29. Today’s second and final day of competition will begins at 1 p.m. Men’s top five: 1. G.C. Foster 88, 2. Utech 49, 3. UWI 36, 4. Knox 20, 5. Mico 15. Women: 1. G.C. Foster 52, UTech 51, 3. UWI 31, 4. Mico 21, 5. Church 14.last_img read more

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In Your Neighbourhood

first_img Manchester Division One semis tomorrow The return legs of the JB Rum-sponsored South Central Confed Super League semi-finals will be contested tomorrow at separate venues in St Elizabeth and St Catherine. St Bess FC will host Sporting Central of Clarendon at the St Elizabeth Technical High School field while Tru Juice play Rivoli at the Brammy Clarke Stadium in Ewarton. Both matches will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Last weekend, Rivoli defeated Tru Juice 1-0 at the Spanish Town Prison Oval courtesy of a Kenny Lee 78th minute strike. In the second semi-final, Sporting Central Academy made good use of their home conditions at the Wembley Centre of Excellence field at Jamalco to defeat St Bess FC 2-0. Javari Brown was the hero netting both goals in the second half. The Guardian Group Foundation ‘Keep It Alive’ 5K Night Runs, will take place in two cities this year. The Kingston leg will run-off at 7 p.m in New Kingston on Saturday, May 27. A week later for those in the west the event will take place at the Fairview Shopping Centre in Montego Bay. Registration is now open at all Guardian Group Offices islandwide for only $1,200 for individuals and $1,000 per person for groups of five or more.Visit us online at www.keepitalive5k.com. To get competitors in shape Guardian Life has started a Keep fit session from Thursday, April 20, at their Musgrave Avenue Car Park. South Central Confed return semi-finals tomorrow Downs on top in Pat Anderson Under-17center_img Downs spanked Old England 8-0 to move to the top of the Moorlands Development-sponsored Pat Anderson Under-17 football competition in Manchester. Downs and Ricam Academy both have twelve points from four games but Downs have an overwhelming goal difference having scored 20 goals and conceded just one. Interestingly, the eight goals in their last match were scored by eight different players. In other matches Ricam defeated Porus 3-1 with their top player Marlando Maxwell netting twice. Porus land Manchester Major League After years of coming close, Porus finally got their hands on the Manchester Major League trophy after defeating pre-finals favourites Alligator Pond 2-1 last weekend at Brooks Park. Porus had to do it the hard way, coming from a 1-0 deficit just after half-time and as well to finish the game a man short. After a closely fought first half which ended 0-0, Alligator Pond broke the deadlock in the 48th minute when Jerome Webb scored. Porus refused to die and equalised when Cedrick Griffiths scored in the 70th minute. With extra time imminent and under pressure from losing a player to the red card route, Porus broke the hearts of the Alligator Pond supporters when Ervin Elliott scored in the 90th minute plus. The competition was jointly sponsored by Magnum and the Captain’s Bakery and Grill. The respective second leg semi-finals of the Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Division One competition will be completed tomorrow at the Kirkvine Sports Complex. Old England FC and Plowden will enter tomorrow’s curtain-raiser at 3 p.m with hopes of transforming their 2-2 draw. Old England led twice before seeing their opponents equalised on both occasions. They opened the scoring with Oshane Daley’s 25th minute goal before Jermaine Austin levelled the scores four minutes after the break. Carlando Anderson then gave Old England a 2-1 lead in the 71st minute only for Neilo Haffenden to save the game for Plowden in the 84th minute. Los Perfectos FC who will play Silent Hill at 3:30 on an adjoining field. They are locked at 1-1. Eradication, Links in big clash Leaders Eradication (48 points) will host second place, Links United (45) in a top-of-the-table clash in the Jamaica Domino Federation/ City of Kingston Co-operative Credit Union Portmore/ St Catherine League tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. This should be an interesting game as both teams have shown good form all season. In other high profile games, third place and defending champions Fort International (42 points) host Correctional Services along Passagefort Drive, and Waterhouse face Ruff Stuff. In other games (home teams named first). Masterpiece vs Passagefort United; Mechanical Strikers vs Braeton All Stars; Memory Lane vs Spring Village; Naggo Head vs Garveymeade; Ken’s Wildflower vs Chedwin Strikers; Frazsiers Whip vs Felluchi Strikers and Exceptional International vs Soursop Tree. Guardian Group 5K Night Runslast_img read more

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