Chase century salvages first day for Windies

first_imgWEST INDIES 1st InningsK Brathwaite c wkp Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir 9K Powell lbw b Mohammad Amir 38S Hetmyer c Azhar Ali b Mohammad Abbas 1S Hope c wkp Sarfraz Ahmed b Yasir Shah 5R Chase not out 131V Singh c Younis Khan b Mohammad Abbas 3+S Dowrich c Younis Khan b Shadab Khan 29*J Holder not out 58Extras (b4, lb6, w2) 12TOTAL (6 wkts, 89 overs) 286To bat: D Bishoo, A Joseph,S Gabriel.Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Brathwaite),2-13 (Hetmyer), 3-37 (Hope), 4-102 (Powell), 5-107 (Singh), 6-154 (Dowrich)Bowling: Mohammad Amir 22-4-52-2, Mohammad Abbas 18-4-47-2 (w2), Yasir Shah 25-2-83-1, Shadab Khan 23-3-90-1, Azhar Ali 1-0-4-0.PAKISTANMisbah-ul-Haq (captain), Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Abbas.Toss: West Indies.Umpires: Richard Kettleborough, Bruce Oxenford; TV – Richard Illingworth. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Phlegmatic right-hander Roston Chase carved out a fluent unbeaten hundred to avert another West Indies catastrophe and frustrate Pakistan on the opening day of the second Test at Kensington Oval here yesterday.With the innings threatening to come apart at the seams at 37 for three in the first session, the 25-year-old Chase stepped up to hit an unbeaten 131 – his second Test hundred – to propel West Indies to 286 for six at the close.Chase got support from captain Jason Holder, who struck a composed unbeaten 58, while opener Kieran Powell chipped in with 38 and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, 29.New-ball seamers Mohammad Abbas (2-47) and Mohammad Amir (2-52) both finished with two wickets apiece, but Pakistan’s bowlers were forced to toil without success in the final session as West Indies dominated.Chase anchored three key partnerships to fuel West Indies’ revival, the chief of which was an attractive 132-run seventh-wicket stand with Holder.All told, the right-handed Chase faced 207 deliveries in three hours and nine minutes at the crease and struck 17 fours, while Holder has counted eight boundaries in an innings spanning 125 balls and 161 minutes.Opting to bat first, West Indies seemed doomed to repeat the first Test tragedy when they lost their first three wickets cheaply.Opener Kraigg Brathwaite failed for the third straight innings with nine when he pushed tentatively at one from left-armer Amir and nicked a catch behind in the morning’s fifth over with the score on 12.DEFENSIVE PRODFour balls later in the following over, with a single run added, left-hander Shimron Hetmyer (1) slashed at a side ball from Abbas and was well taken high at third slip by Azhar Ali.Shai Hope once again failed to impress, batting nearly an hour for his five before edging a defensive prod at leg-spinner Yasir Shah and giving wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed a straightforward catch 45 minutes before lunch.Chase and Powell then combined in a 65-run, fourth-wicket stand that settled the innings and steered West Indies to lunch at 72 for three.The left-handed Powell never appeared troubled in his 83-ball and near 21/2 hour stay at the crease that included five fours, but perished in the sixth over after lunch, lbw to Amir on review after he was initially given not out.Three overs later, left-hander Vishal Singh’s tough initiation continued when he edged the 13th ball he faced from Abbas low to Younis Khan at second slip to depart for three and leave West Indies on 107 for five 40 minutes after the break.Not for the first time, Chase found an ally in Dowrich, and together, they steadied the innings in a 47-run, sixth-wicket partnership which blunted Pakistan’s attack.Dowrich had struck five fours in an innings lasting 54 deliveries and just over an hour when he edged a leg-break from debutant Shadab Khan to Younis at slip to fall 14 minutes before tea.At the crossroads at 154 for six, West Indies gathered momentum through the enterprise of Chase and Holder.Unbeaten on 23 at lunch, Chase brought up his third Test half-century 40 minutes after the resumption when he pulled a short one from Yasir to the ropes at midwicket, and was unbeaten on 70 at tea with Holder yet to score.Chase then strolled to three figures an hour and 20 minutes after tea, raising the landmark with a delightful cover drive off Shadab to follow up his brilliant maiden hundred against India at Sabina Park last August.Not to be left out, Holder notched his sixth Test half-century and second in as many matches, bringing up the milestone late in the day with a couple to third man off Amir.Scoreboardlast_img read more

Day-care centres now “of the standard” – CCPA

first_imgAs a result of a number interventions made over time, the Childcare and Protection Agency (CCPA) has been able to up its standards of day-care facilities across the country, which were previously below standard.Early Childhood Development Executive Officer, Lavern ThorneThis was according to the Executive Officer of Early Childhood Development, Lavern Thorne during an interview with Guyana Times.Some of the works that were done to those centres include rehabilitation to the buildings, proper play spaces and materials, trained and qualified staff, among others.Thorne disclosed, “Before we hadn’t met minimum standards that would regulate these facilities but now we have minimum standards that facilities are required to meet and based on that, they go through a process where they have to be registered and licensed”.She added that among the requirements needed for those facilities is Police clearance, a food handler’s certificate and even a medical to ensure certain diseases would not be transmitted to children who are more vulnerable.Moreover, a number of assessments were also conducted by the Guyana Fire Service, the building and public health officers, as well as officers from the Unit who check to ensure the overall environment is child-friendly.Because of the fact that a child’s mind develops massively during those early years, the Childhood Development officer pointed out that they also ensure books are present to help children develop their reading skills.She pointed out that some 7000 babies are presently in 333 day cares, with about 800 caregivers.Although most of those day cares are privately owned, Thorne noted how crucial it is for the CCPA to monitor these facilities.Her statements come at a time where Guyana is observing Child Protection Week under the theme ‘Supporting families to prevent child abuse through education and community involvement’.A number of activities are planned for the week which began on September 23 and will conclude today (Saturday) with a funday in the Botanical Gardens for all children. That event is expected to commence at 14:00h.last_img read more

Everest CC hosts Rockaway All-Stars in feature T20

first_imgAs the T20 cricket fever spreads across Guyana there will be an epic battle when the visiting Rockaway All-Stars take on Everest Cricket Club from 13:00h at Carifesta Avenue and Camp road.The match which is sponsored by Hafeez Ali of Rockaway Group of Companies of New York City is jointly organized by Everest and the visitors with the aim of further strengthening the bond of friendship.Ali, a ‘Life Member’ of Everest CC has seen the growth and development of many of the young talents in and out of Guyana and is delighted to bring them back together for a friendly yet competitive match to keep the competitive juices pumping in the young stars.Following the game, Ali will make individual presentations to outstanding players that will help with the development of their game.There will be musical entertainment with live commentary in the ground while the players will use colour clothes and white balls.last_img read more

Exclusive – Stick with Soldado! Former Spurs striker backs misfiring star

first_imgTottenham Hotspur must stick with Roberto Soldado despite his lack of goals, believes Clive Allen.The Spaniard was signed for £26million back in 2013 but managed has managed just one Premier League goal this season and netted only six last season.Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane have picked up the slack with seven goals between them but former White Hart Lane star Allen, who once scored 49 goals across all competitions during one season in north London, believes Soldado can get back on track at Spurs.He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “[Roberto Soldado] probably hasn’t had as much service as he needs but all of a sudden you can sense the pressure is on.“He had a gilt edged chance the other night which was nodded down by Younes Kaboul and it was one of those as a striker, when you’re in form and full of confidence, you sweep it into the back of the net and he actually heeled it and it trickled through to the goalkeeper.“A man in form, with the ability he has, he should be taking those chances, so you can see his confidence is suffering but I think Spurs have to stick by him.“They’ve been fortunate in the respect that Harry Kane has been scoring consistently and he seems to have made himself the number one pick as a striker for Spurs.”last_img read more

Premier League still the greatest prize for Guardiola

first_img0Shares0000Pep Guardiola is most interested in the six victories that will make the English title a mathematical certainty for Manchester City © AFP/File / SEBASTIEN BOZONManchester, United Kingdom, Feb 28 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted the Premier League title is the most important trophy for his team to win this season, ahead of even potential Champions League success.The runaway Premier League leaders already have one piece of silverware in the bag, after winning the English League Cup Final in convincing fashion against Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday. But, as he prepared to face the same side in a league game at the Emirates, Guardiola is far more interested in the six victories that will make the English title a mathematical certainty for City.“We are fighting for the most important title of the season by far, the Premier League,” Guardiola told a news conference on Wednesday. “More important than the Champions League, more important than the FA Cup, Carabao (league) Cup. That is enough encouragement to be focused.“The next six fixtures are terrible in terms of quality of the opponents, and we have four games away and we still have to win six games.“When you think about Arsenal, you think about Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal and our away games — Stoke City playing (to avoid) relegation, going to Goodison Park (Everton) is always a tough game. We have a lot of tough games still to play and have to remain focused.”The Catalan coach has won a total of six titles to date in his productive managerial career — three in Spain with Barcelona and the same number of German league championships with Bayern Munich.– ‘Consistency’ –Now on course for his seventh league title in nine years of management in Europe’s top divisions, Guardiola has no doubt where his priorities lie.“The league is always the most difficult, a game every three days,” he said. “It shows how good you are over 11 months. “All the titles I have won, La Liga, Bundesliga, the league is the most difficult. “In the Carabao Cup we won two penalty (shoot-out) rounds, Claudio Bravo saved them or you could be out. That is a toss of a coin, sometimes good, sometimes bad. “The league is consistency, the players know that. They know exactly how important the league is for this club, for our futures. Of course we have to be focused, we know how tough it will be until the end of the season.”Meanwhile, Guardiola insisted he was happy to talk to the Football Association after his highly-publicised charge relating to wearing a yellow ribbon during Manchester City’s recent FA Cup defeat at third-tier Wigan Athletic.The 47-year-old was displaying the ribbon in support of four Catalans imprisoned in his homeland over issues relating to Catalan independence.Having issued Guardiola with two formal warnings in December, the FA have charged him with “wearing a political message”, although the City manager insists that, while he has yet to have direct contact with the authorities, he would be happy to talk to them.– ‘Belonging’ –“Of course I’m going to write a letter, explain my position,” he said. “I’m available for the FA absolutely, it’s no problem.”Guardiola also thanked City fans, some of whom wore yellow ribbons in support of their manager at Wembley in the League Cup Final.“It was a feeling of belonging, so I’m grateful for that initiative,” he said. “They don’t have to do it because it is another country but they did it. “That makes me happy, really happy because it helps people understand the situation, what’s going on with people in prison in Spain. I’m 100 percent grateful to them.”Guardiola will be without the injured Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling for Thursday’s visit to Arsenal, although he expects the latter to be available for Sunday’s home game with Chelsea or the Champions League return leg with Basel next week.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Thanksgiving Friday schedule

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GOVERNMENT: State, county and city offices, courts, libraries and animal shelters will be closed. MAIL: The U.S. Postal Service will deliver mail. SCHOOLS: Schools will be closed today. TRANSIT: Buses and subway services in Los Angeles, Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and Ventura County Dial-a-Route will be on a regular schedule. Metrolink trains will run. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBANKS: Banks will be open. The U.S. stock market will be open but close at 1 p.m. EST. Bond markets and many commodities markets will close at 2 p.m. EST today. TRASH: Trash pickup is delayed a day in Los Angeles. Pickup will be on a regular schedule in Burbank and Glendale. STORES: Malls and supermarkets will be open.last_img read more

Ian Ayre to step down as Liverpool chief executive in 2017

first_imgLiverpool chief executive Ian Ayre is to leave his position at the end of next season.The 52-year-old has been in his current role since 2013, having previously been managing director and commercial director in a nine-year spell at Anfield, but has decided to step down at the end of his contract in May 2017.Ayre has often been seen as a divisive figure among fans, often bearing the brunt of criticism from those who did not see him as having the necessary experience to run a club of Liverpool’s stature, while he was also the target of much of the supporters’ anger during the recent ticket price protests.However, owners Fenway Sports Group has been a staunch supporter of the man who helped pave the way for its buyout back in 2010 after voting against then owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett in a boardroom battle for the future of the club. He then helped bring much-needed stability.In fact, FSG tried to persuade him to reverse his decision without success.“Ian advised us of his intention to step down as CEO a few months ago,” said a joint statement from FSG principal owner John W Henry, chairman, Tom Werner and president Mike Gordon.“We asked him on several occasions to take some time to reconsider his decision but have been unable to convince him to remain as CEO beyond May of 2017.“We will at some point in the near future begin identifying and recruiting a worthy successor to continue to build on the outstanding foundations which have been laid by Ian.“Under his leadership we have seen Liverpool transform from a club that was on the brink of bankruptcy to one which today enjoys strong financial and operational health.“Stability is a commodity often under-valued in sporting organisations but it has been a fundamental hallmark of Ian’s time in charge.“Liverpool will reap the benefits of his outstanding work for many years to come.” Ian Ayre has been at the club since 2007 1last_img read more

HARPS FANS DELIGHT AS MOTORMOUTH RODDY COLLINS APPOINTED WATERFORD UNITED MANAGER

first_imgRODDY COLLINS has officially been appointed the new manager of Waterford United, but Finn Harps fans are wishing it had happened last week. Collins received a scathing backlash from Harps who were infuriated with his claims in his weekly column with the Irish Star that the League of Ireland would be better off without Finn Harps. In their first home match since his ridiculous comments the Finn Harps ‘FBTN ‘ decided to poke fun at the former Derry City and Bohemians manager by branding facemasks of Roddy Collins during their 3-2 win over Waterford United.With the news of his return to League of Ireland management announced this morning we’re sure that the Finn Harps supporters are delighted to hear he’s back in football.The Finn Harps ‘FBTN’ are sure to offer Roddy a very ‘warm’ reception when he returns to Finn Park later in the season. 🙂  HARPS FANS DELIGHT AS MOTORMOUTH RODDY COLLINS APPOINTED WATERFORD UNITED MANAGER was last modified: May 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Finn Harps FCnewsRoddy CollinssoccerSportlast_img read more

Maria to succeed her husband?

first_imgCalifornians revel in wacky politics. Early on, a State Supreme Court justice shot and killed our U.S. senator. Years later, voters in a frenzy turned out en masse to send a song-and-dance man to Washington. They encored that by electing to the Senate a college president whose chief claim to fame was that he unplugged a microphone at a student protest rally. All that will be topped in 2006 by a smart lady who’s quietly laying a foundation for a campaign to put herself in the governor’s mansion in next fall’s election. Wait a minute. She would already be in the governor’s mansion if California had one. Her husband is the current governor, and first lady Maria Shriver is on track to succeed him after next November’s balloting. That would make Arnold First Girlie-man. Shriver, with ties to the liberal wing of the Democratic Party and the Kennedy clan, is not even a declared candidate at this point. Not a problem. The two announced candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in June are without popular appeal or name recognition. Most Democrats couldn’t name either one. With her celebrity as a drawing card and her credentials as a shrewd politico well established, but without the stain attached to a professional politician, Maria’s ascent will follow this timetable: In June’s gubernatorial primary, two major candidates and a handful of also-rans badly split the Democratic vote so Maria wins with a narrow plurality. Despite a respectable showing by state Sen. Tom McClintock, still smarting from his defeat in the recall election two years ago, Arnold takes the Republican nomination. He remains popular among the hayseeds still awed by his charisma. Media around the world make a big fuss about the upcoming campaign of husband against wife, with the distinct possibility that for the first time in American politics, a governor would be defeated for re-election by his own spouse. Editors frantically search the records to see if a wife has ever followed her husband as a state governor. (Nellie Ross won a special election in Wyoming in 1924, succeeding her husband, who died in office.) Amid growing Republican discontent and threats of an independent candidacy by McClintock, Schwarzenegger repudiates his nomination, withdraws from the race and endorses Maria. With growing bipartisan support, especially attracting Republican women, Maria storms to victory in November over several minor candidates and a last-minute nominee of the Republican State Central Committee. Far-fetched? Well, four years ago, who would have bet that a body-builder would become chief executive of the nation’s largest state? At least Maria knows how to pronounce California. Ralph E. Shaffer is a professor emeritus of history at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Write to him by e-mail at reshaffer@csupomona.edu.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake But Maria Shriver is known to all Californians and can attract voters from both parties. Her candidacy would seemingly end the partisanship that citizens have decried the last two years. Quietly, while her husband has been the center of a firestorm that engulfed the state when the Gray Davis recall campaign erupted in 2003, Shriver has built bridges to constituencies representing diverse segments of California. Particularly high on her agenda are women’s groups and major business organizations. Among her many functions, Shriver runs the California Governor’s Conference for Women and Families, sponsor of a highly publicized women’s assembly earlier this year. She virtually controls Sacramento’s state museum. Her name and picture are all over the museum’s Web page, and exhibits prominently feature products she created or endorsed. The most intriguing item on display is an Armani gown labeled as the style likely to be worn by a future female governor of the state. Hmm, who could that be? last_img read more

TERMON LADIES WIN VENUE SWITCH FOR ULSTER FINAL REPLAY

first_imgBREAKING SPORTS NEWS: THE Ulster Council of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association has agreed to switch the venue of the Ulster final replay between Termon and Donaghmoyne.The Donegal champions were unlucky not to take the title in Clones last Sunday, the Monaghan champions equalising in seven minutes of injury time.It was announced after the game that the replay would go ahead this Saturday at the same venue, giving Donaghmoyne a second ‘home’ final. Termon Ladies appealed – and the decision has been reversed.The match will go ahead this Saturday in Trillick, Co Tyrone, with the Termon team hoping fans of ladies football throughout Donegal will go along and support them.Best of luck this Saturday ladies. Throw-in is at 2pm.   TERMON LADIES WIN VENUE SWITCH FOR ULSTER FINAL REPLAY was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ClonesGaelic FootballLGFATermonTermon ladiesTrillicklast_img read more