MUMBAI, India (CMC):West Indies all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard both failed, but new boys Gujarat Lions remained unbeaten with a three-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians off the last ball in the Indian Premier League here yesterday.Needing one run off the final delivery in pursuit of 144 at the Wankhede Stadium, Australian Aaron Finch lashed a boundary to seal Lions’ third straight win in the tournament.Opener Finch top-scored with an unbeaten 67 off 54 balls, with seven fours and a six, while captain Suresh Raina chipped in with 27 in a 53-run, second-wicket stand.Bravo, batting at number five, made just two before he got himself in a tangle to the sixth delivery he faced and fell to a catch at the wicket in the 13th over from seamer Jasprit Bumrah at 83 for four.POLLARDFAILEDEarlier, Bravo’s fellow Trinidadian, Pollard, also failed, falling for one as Mumbai tallied 143 for eight off their 20 overs after being asked to bat.Opener Parthiv Patel top-scored with 34 while number nine, Tim Southee, struck a breezy 25 from 11 balls.Ironically, Bravo had a hand in Pollard’s dismissal, taking a skier at long-off as the big-hitting West Indies teammate holed out off 44-year-old leg-spinner Pravin Tambe in the 11th over at 59 for four.Bravo’s four overs of medium pace went for 39 runs and yielded just one wicket.In the other game played in Hyderabad, West Indies all-rounder AndrÈ Russell endured mixed fortunes as his Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) completed an uncomplicated eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.BRILLIANTSPELLHe produced a brilliant spell of one for 19 from four overs to help limit Sunrisers to 142 for seven off their 50 overs. England T20 captain Eoin Morgan top-scored with 51 from 43 deliveries.The game was marked by the return of champion West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine, who finished with none for 26 from his four overs, in his first international game since being banned by the ICC last November for having an illegal action.He was cleared to return to action after his remodelled action was approved by the ICC last month.In reply, KKR were propelled by captain Gautam Gambhir, who stroked an unbeaten 90 from 60 balls in a 92-run first-wicket stand with Robin Uthappa, who struck 38.Russell, sent in at three, lasted only five balls and scored two before he had his middle stump removed by a yorker from 20-year-old left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman.
W Connection bow outPORT OF SPAIN, TrinidadW Connection bowed out of the CONCACAF Champions League at the Group stage here Tuesday night, after going down 1-0 to Santos Laguna of Mexico in a contest at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.Entering the game needing to win in order to remain alive in the competition, the hosts were felled by a second minute strike from Andres Renteria and never recovered.W Connection produced a sustained assault on Santos Laguna’s goal early in the second half as they searched for the equaliser but the visitors held firm to come away with the result.The victory took Santos top of Group A alongside Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica, also on six points. The two teams will clash on October 20 to determine the group winners.Bacher hails DalmiyaJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, CMC – Affluent former South Africa Cricket administrator Ali Bacher has paid tribute to the late Jagmohan Dalmiya, praising him as the “ultimate Bengal tiger” and a “smart businessman”.Bacher, who served as managing director of South Africa Cricket and played an instrumental role in leading the country’s re-admission into international cricket, said Dalmiya had used his sharp business acumen to transform India into the financial powerhouses they had become.Dalmiya, the Indian Cricket Board president, died last Sunday night after being admitted to hospital three days prior complaining of chest pains.”I was very close to him in the early 1990s. I never met anybody who was so persistent in getting other administrators to support his point of view,” Bacher was quoted as saying.Ambrose for Dominica charity matchBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Fast bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose is the latest former West Indies cricketer to announce his involvement in an eagerly anticipated charity match in support of relief for water ravaged Dominica.Ambrose will line-up for the University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor’s Celebrity XI against West Indies Cricket Board President’s Celebrity XI at Kensington Oval on Saturday.”When I retired from cricket, I said I would never play again – any form of cricket,” said Sir Curtly.”I came back to play a few games here and there and now. Now, I have been asked to represent the UWI Vice Chancellor’s Celebrity XI and I immediately agreed to participate in aid of such a worthy cause.”
CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COURTOIS,IVANOVIC, ZOUMA, TERRY, AZPLICUETA,FABREGAS, MATIC,WILLIAN, OSCAR, PEDRO,COSTAROONEY,MARTIAL, MATA, LINGARD,FELLAINI, CARRICK,BORTHWICK-JACKSON, BLIND, SMALLING, DARMIAN,DE GEAMANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1)Two teams who have underperformed this season meet at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea have already lost four games in the Barclays Premier League; they were last beaten in five at home back in the 1995-96 season.But their record at home against Manchester United is good; they have been beaten just once in their last 13 meetings at Chelsea. And overall, the Blues have won 10 and drawn eight of their 23 clashes at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four home league games against United, but they have drawn their last three, against Everton (3-3), West Bromwich Albion (2-2) and Watford (2-2).On Tuesday, United beat Stoke City 3-0 when Wayne Rooney scored his 99th Premier League goal at Old Trafford. The victory keeps United in fifth place, five points behind struggling Arsenal.And a day later, Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw at Watford, maintaining interim coach Guus Hiddink’s unbeaten record since replacing Jose Mourinho, extended now to eight games.Chelsea, who are now in 13th place – their highest position since the opening day of the season – left Eden Hazard on the bench at Watford and he could feature while Alexandre Pato, signed on loan from Corinthians in Brazil, could also feature.Radamel Falcao is still missing for Chelsea while Loic Remy undergoes a test.Phil Jones and Bastian Schweinsteiger were absent against Stoke and undergo tests ahead of the trip to London but United are still without Rojo Marcos, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young.
The 2015 Superstakes winner FRANFIELD produced a terrific stretch run to catch and beat the howling 2-5 favourite SEEKING MY DREAM in yesterday’s grade one feature for the Chairman’s Trophy over 1500 metres at Caymanas Park.FRANFIELD, running at odds of 4-1 with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson, riding for trainer Richard Azan, won by 11/4 lengths from the Wayne DaCosta-trained SEEKING MY DREAM in a fast 1:31.0.It was FRANFIELD’S first race since December 5, when he finished fifth to SEEKING MY DREAM in the inaugural running of the $6.5 million Diamond Mile.UPPA TUNE (7-2) showed superior speed to lead comfortably from SEEKING MY DREAM and CAMPESINO, passing the half mile, at which stage FRANFIELD was taken off the pace to settle in fourth by Nelson.SEEKING MY DREAM, ridden by Omar Walker, disposed of the American-bred horse UPPA TUNE on entering the straight, but although looking the likely winner when two lengths clear of CAMPESINO a furlong out, proved no match for the fast-finishing FRANFIELD in the last 100 metres.Azan, who co-owns FRANFIELD with champion owners the Elite Bloodstock Limited, was elated to win in this quality field following a three-month layoff.”He had been working very well for the race and, racing from the convenient mark of 52.5kg, I thought his chances were as good as any.”As it turned out, Nelson rode a perfect race from off the pace, and with this victory, Franfield should impact on the big grade one races this season with a view of winning a second Superstakes in November,” he said.In-form jockey Aaron Chatrie highlighted the 10-race programme with three winners, while Wayne DaCosta and Gary Subratie shared the training honours with two each. Next Saturday’s programme will feature the Guineas trials – the Prince Consort Stakes for 3-y-o colts and the Thornbird Stakes for the fillies, both over 1400 metres.
JANIEVE Russell of the University of Technology (UTech), and G.C. Foster College’s Demish Gaye shone brightly on yesterday’s final day of competition at the NCB Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships at the National Stadium. Russell, who had won the women’s 400 metres hurdles on Friday’s opening day, won her second title in fine style, clocking a personal best 51.17 seconds. Drawn in lane three, Russell covered her main rivals, Tiffany James and Dawnalee Loney of Mico University, very early and sprinted away from the field to win easily. James, 52.30 for second, and G.C. Foster’s Verone Chambers, who was third in 52.55, also clocked personal best times. Russell was very pleased with her performance. “I am very happy with my victory today. I was very confident going into the event, and this is a good sign for me,” she said, while praising her coach, Stephen Francis. Coach Francis had high praises for his charge. “It was, indeed, a good performance for Janieve, and to know that she ran a personal best just coming off a surgery,” said Francis. Gaye, the find of the season in the event, defeated a quality field, clocking a fast 45.57 and, in the process, broke the old record of 45.93 set by UTech’s Rusheen McDonald in 2014. Twayne Crooks (47.00) of UTech was second, with third going to Alvin Green of G.C. Foster College in 47.22. Good work “It has been a very good season so far for me, and going to the recent World Indoor Championships as a part of the Jamaica team, has motivated me and I am looking forward to continuing the good work this season,” said Gaye. Oshane Bailey of G.C. Foster College completed the sprint double. Following his 100 metres win on Friday, Bailey pipped Kevean Smith of UTech on the line to take the 200m in 20.72 seconds. Smith did 20.77, with Everton Clarke of G.C. Foster, third in 20.82. Former Calabar High standout Michael O’Hara, now competing for the University of the West Indies (UWI), was fourth in 21.19. Shericka Jackson of UTech clocked 22.98 to win the women’s 200m ahead of teammate Shimarya Williams (23.33), with 100m champion Jura Levy of G.C. Foster College taking third in 23.48. The day started on a good note for the Mico University College. They picked up two wins in the first two finals, the women’s and men’s 1500m, through Samantha James and Alex Hutton. James, who won the 800m on Friday’s opening day, clocked 4:43.63. Hutton won the men’s event in 4:06.28. With the relays still to be completed last night, G.C. Foster College appeared set to take the men’s and women’s titles. • MEN: G.C. Foster College 126, UTech 83, UWI 81, Mico 38 and Exed 23 • WOMEN: G.C. Foster College 152, UTech 130, UWI 93, Mico 42, Church Teachers’ College 7.
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP): Ben Duckett and Sam Billings scored half-centuries as England beat Bangladesh by four wickets in their third one-day international yesterday, sealing a 2-1 victory in the series. The hosts compiled a solid 277-6, but England raced to victory with 13 balls to spare, playing methodical cricket and ending Bangladesh’s unbeaten run in their six bilateral series. Duckett made 63, his second half-century in the series, while Billings, who replaced injured Jason Roy in the opening slot, added 62. Those two knocks kept England on course and Ben Stokes, 47 not out, kept up the momentum to win a series, which became heated following a verbal spat between players of the two teams in the second match. Tensions ran high after the incident, but it had no impact on yesterday’s match, although Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza collided with Billings in his third over and the two exchanged words. “There was no impact of that incident in this match. They have really played well,” Mortaza said. “There was lot of dew at the end and our spinners couldn’t grip the ball well. That was the factor.” Billings, playing his first match in the series, shared 63 runs with James Vince in the opening stand to give the tourists a strong start. RUN CHASE “Physically and mentally, we’ve stood up. We wanted to set the tone and our opening partnership set up the run chase,” England captain Jos Buttler said. Fast bowlers Mortaza and Shafiul Islam claimed two wickets apiece for Bangladesh. Mushfiqur Rahim (67 n.o.) was instrumental earlier in Bangladesh’s total, combining with Mosaddek Hossain for 85 after the hosts were left on 192-6 in 39th over. Hossain was unbeaten on 38. Tamim Iqbal and Kayes got the side off to a good start with an 80-run partnership on a pitch that had been covered for the previous three days following constant rain. Iqbal made 45 runs, during which he became the first Bangladeshi batsman to go past the 5,000-run mark. Kayes contributed 46 runs. Sabbir Rahman also made a good start, but was dismissed on 49. England leg-spinner Adil Rashid returned career best figures of 4-43.
It will be a very short Christmas break for high school athletes with a busy 2017 track and field season getting under way in the first week of January with the Purewater Jamaica College Invitational meet, which will take place on the school campus at Old Hope Road on Saturday, January 7.It will indeed be a very busy month for the athletes, which will see some 12 development meets across the island during that period. As usual, big numbers are expected at the JC meet as following the Christmas break the coaches usually use this meet to see exactly where their athletes are following the festive season. On that day also out west, there will be the First Chance meet at Herbert Morrison High School in Montego Bay.Central Jamaica and Kingston will take the focus the following week on Saturday, January 14 with three meets down to take place – the Manchester High School field event meet at Manchester high school, the JAAA /Puma Development meet at Windalco, Kirkvine, and the Douglas Forrest meet inside the National Stadium.Six meets will take place across the island on January 21. In the east, there will be the Morant Bay Relays at Morant Bay High School, in the north there will be the North Central Development meet at Discovery Bay in St Ann, with the other meets being held in Spanish Town, Kingston and Montego Bay.DIFFERENT MEETSIn Spanish Town, there will be the Central Hurdles and Relays at G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports, while in Kingston the second staging of the McKenley/Wint Invitational meet will be held at Calabar High School, with Excelsior high hosting the Big Shot Invitational for throwers.Teams from the west will not have to journey into Spanish Town for hurdles and relays as Montego Bay Sports Complex along with Cornwall College will be hosting a Hurdles Fest and Relays meet.Things will be a bit quitter on the final Saturday of the month, January 28, as only two meets are scheduled for this day. Once again the National Stadium will play host to the Queen’s/Grace Jackson meet, while St Elizabeth Technical in Santa Cruz will stage the St Elizabeth Invitational meet.
It was a carnival-like atmosphere on the grounds at the Charlie Smith High school as students at the institution got the opportunity for a first-hand view of the English FA Cup yesterday.The students along with their teachers gathered in the school’s quadrangle from as early as 6:00 a.m., anxiously awaiting the arrival of the world’s oldest knockout football trophy.There were loud screams and shouting from the students when the trophy finally arrived minutes after 8:00am.Minister of Sports Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, who was in attendance, said she was very delighted that Charlie Smith was chosen as the school of choice to showcase the FA Cup.”It’s a very historic occasion because it is great for the school, it’s great for FLOW, and it is great for Jamaica,” said Grange.”I feel particularly pleased because I am connected to the school, because by cousin was one of their best players when he attended school here, and so I am happy that FLOW chose Charlie Smith,” she said.A partnership between FLOW and FA Cup holders Manchester United has given Jamaicans the opportunity to see the trophy here for the first time.Jerome Waite, head coach of the Charlie Smith football team, said this is huge achievement for the school.”It is a good feeling because this is something that you can’t find words to speak about,” said Waite.”It is great to see Charlie Smith being selected as the only school to showcase this trophy because a lot of schools that have done well in football would have loved this privilege, but Charlie Smith is the one that got it,” he said.Waite added that this will certainly help to boost the morale of the students at Charlie Smith.”This is one of the oldest Cups in global football, and it is always good to see it live and so we are hoping that this can only help motivate our students to move forward in whatever areas that they specialise in,” Waite said.GREAT FEELINGCharlie Smith’s head boy and captain of the school’s Manning Cup team, Shamarley Clayton, said it is great feeling to be able to see the FA Cup trophy live.”This makes me feel great because I always see this trophy on television, and to see it now in reality, is just a wonderful feeling,” said Clayton.”This is great opportunity for the students at Charlie Smith because a lot of people don’t see Charlie Smith as a traditional high school, and so for us to get this opportunity to see the FA Cup live, is a great opportunity for the school, ” he said.The trophy is in the Caribbean courtesy of a deal between FLOW and Manchester United FC. The deal was inked last February and gave FLOW distribution rights of the MUTV channel in the Caribbean.The FA Cup is the oldest association football competition in the world. It was first played during the 1871-72 English season.
Jamaica Scorpions yesterday secured the island’s return to the regional one day final for the first time since the 2011-2012 season, after a 292-run hammering of defending West Indies Regional Super50 Tournament champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua. Powered by centuries from Chadwick Walton, who slammed 117, Jermaine Blackwood, whose unbeaten 108 helped to break the spirits of the already battered Red Force bowlers and Rovman Powell fell five short of a century after falling for 95 in the final over as the Scorpions racked up an amazing 434 runs in their 50 overs. Opener Steven Taylor, who was the first to go after a 174 runs opening partnership with Walton offered good support with his 88 runs knock, which came against Ravi Rampaul’s two wickets, which came at the expense of 83 runs. When they were sent in to bat, the defending champions were immediately on the back foot with the Evin Lewis, Kyle Hope, Kjorn Ottley and Nicholas Alexis all returned to the pavilion before the 50-runs mark. Only Jason Mohammed, who managed 62 runs (not out) provided any real resistance to the Scorpions attack, which was led by Powell, who again showed his all-round abilities to claim five for 36 with the ball. Jerome Taylor helped himself to three for 27 and Renard Leveridge claimed two for 31 to rip through the Red Force attack and secure the win for the Jamaicans. Jamaica’s last trip to the regional one day final ended in success over Trinidad and Tobago in 2012 what was their latest of eight titles won. SCOREBOARD SCORPIONS +C Walton lbw b Imran Khan 117 S Taylor c Ottley b Mohammed 88 J Blackwood not out 108 R Powell b Rampaul 95 J Campbell c wkp Ramdin b Rampaul 0 Extras (b1, lb11, w12, nb2) 26 TOTAL (4 wkts, 50 overs) 434 Fall of wickets: 1-174 (Taylor), 2-269 (Walton), 3-432 (Powell), 4-434 (Campbell). Bowling: Gabriel 9-0-91-0 (w3), Rampaul 10-0-83-2 (w1), Emrit 8.3-0-78-0 (w3, nb2), Pierre 6.3-0-77-0 (w1), Mohammed 6-1-24-1 (w1), Imran Khan 10-0-69-1 (w2). RED FORCE K Hope c Miller b Leveridge 17 E Lewis c wkp Walton b Taylor 18 K Ottley c wkp Walton b Leveridge 1 J Mohammed not out 62 N Alexis lbw b Taylor 0 *+D Ramdin c wkp Walton b Powell 27 I Khan c Blackwood b Powell 6 R Emrit c Taylor b Powell 3 K Pierre c wkp Walton b Powell 2 R Rampaul c wkp Walton b Powell 0 S Gabriel b Taylor 0 Extras (b1, lb1, w4) 6 TOTAL (all out, 26.3 overs) 142 Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Lewis), 2-38 (Hope), 3-39 (Ottley), 4-40 (Alexis), 5-103 (Ramdin), 6-118 (Khan), 7-136 (Emrit), 8-141 (Pierre), 9-141 (Rampaul), 10-142 (Gabriel) Bowling: Taylor 5.3-0-27-3, Leveridge 5-1-31-2 (w2), Jacobs 3-0-24-0 (w1), Powell 8-1-36-5, Miller 5-0-22-0 (w1) Result: Scorpions won by 292 runs. Man-of-the-Match: Rovman Powell. Toss: Red Force. Umpires: G Brathwaite, N Duguid; TV – C Tuckett
Coach of Arnett Gardens, Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite, says that his team’s immediate plan is to finish in the top two at the completion of the third and final preliminary stage of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). Following an exciting 3-2 victory against Harbour View on Sunday night at The Compound, Waite is confident that despite the team currently in sixth place, they can finish in the top two. Striker Newton Sterling pushed his tally to eight goals with a double strike, while Leon Strickland scored the other goal. Harbour View scored through Kemar Bennett and an own goal by Arnett’s defender Dicoy Williams. The win pushed Arnett to 41 points, just six behind leaders the University of the West Indies, before their game against Tivoli Gardens on Monday night. “The objective is to reach the top two, we are not too far away from the leaders, so with seven games remaining, the team is aiming for the top,” Waite told The Gleaner yesterday. “We are the form team of the round with three wins and a draw from four games. It is a chemistry that is picking up at the right time heading into the championship play-offs. However, there is no room for complacency,” he warned. Since, Omarley Francis replaced Damian Hyatt between the sticks, the giant goalkeeper has grown in confidence and made several wonderful saves against Harbour View. “He (Francis) is here for a reason and performing well in goal for the team,” Waite said about his new number one goalkeeper. Another player who has not been seen a lot for Arnett this season is former national midfielder Renae Lloyd. “Renae Lloyd is on the outside looking in, so he will have to continue working hard to get back in the team,” Waite explained. The former four-time national champions have played 26 games this season – with 12 wins, five drawn encounters and nine losses. They have scored 36 times and conceded 32 goals. Arnett will next play against reigning champions Montego Bay United tomorrow at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town.