DERAILED FIGHTBACK CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP): Temba Bavuma became the first black South African to make a Test century in helping his team defiantly declare at 627-7 in reply to England’s 629-6 declared in the second Test yesterday. Captain Hashim Amla made 201 and Bavuma reached 102 not out to effectively wipe out England’s advantage and probably save a draw with one day to play on a serene pitch, where runs have flowed and bowlers have struggled. Bavuma, raised in a poor township in Cape Town, gave South Africa a feel-good moment after the pressure they have been under early in this series and in this game. “When I made my debut for South Africa, I came to be a bit more aware and realise the significance behind it more,” said Bavuma, the first black specialist batsman to play for the Proteas. “It’s always been an inspiration for other kids, black African kids, to aspire to.” England were 16-0 in their second innings to lead by 18 after batting out the last six overs of the day. England were left ruing a bunch of missed catches, giving let-offs to Amla, Bavuma, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Chris Morris, who all made half-centuries in the South African fightback. The dream batting strip helped South Africa as much as it helped England in their first innings, when Ben Stokes struck a stunning 258 from 198 balls. It was so good that tailender Morris hit boundaries with reverse sweeps off England spinner Moeen Ali and was the fifth South African to go past 50 with his 69. The only glimpse of hope for England came in the afternoon, when Amla’s dismissal sparked three quick wickets in four overs from Stuart Broad and James Anderson and a brief opportunity to push for victory. England had waited 70 overs for any kind of breakthrough. Broad began by bowling Amla for 201 and had Quinton de Kock caught for just five. Between those strikes, Anderson forced out Faf du Plessis to a catch in the slips for 86. The three rapid strikes threatened to derail South Africa’s fightback and leave them still some way behind. But Bavuma and tailender Chris Morris responded with a century stand, the third of the South African innings. Bavuma sent a thick edge down to third man for four for his century and celebrated by removing his helmet and waving his bat excitedly at the crowd in the city where he was born. Bavuma’s family watched from the stands, including his father, who used to be a journalist. “He was here today. He’s quite happy. I’ll see him later tonight. He’ll probably have a few questions as well,” Bavuma said.
LEICESTER (4-4-1-1)SCHMEICHEL,SIMPSON, MORGAN, WASILEWSKI, FUCHS,MAHREZ, KING, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON,OKAZAKI,VARDYEVERTON (4-2-3-1)NIASSE,CLEVERLEY, BARKLEY, LENNON,BARRY, McCARTHY,BAINES, PENNINGTON, STONES, BESIC,HOWARDThe party has started. On Monday, Spurs’ 2-2 draw at Chelsea meant that Leicester City are the new – and most unexpected – Barclays Premier League champions.It is the Foxes’ first top-flight title in their 132-year history and a remarkable achievement given that they began the season with odds of 5,000-1 to win the Premier League.They can also boast the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player of the Year in Riyad Mahrez and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year in Jamie Vardy.They will receive the Premier League trophy after what is their final home game of the season and will be determined to extend their unbeaten run to 11 matches having lost just three all season.Everton, meanwhile, ended a seven-game run without a league win with a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth last weekend with defender Leighton Baines stealing the winner.Everton have won just 10 games and need to win two of their remaining three – they finish the season away to Sunderland and at home to Norwich – to avoid their fewest home successes since they won only nine (in 2003-04 and 1997-98).When these teams met in December, Leicester won 3-2, thanks to two penalties from Riyad Mahrez, to confirm their place at the top of the Premier League at Christmas.This fixture has a habit of throwing up draws. No fewer than six of the nine games at Leicester against Everton have finished all square including the last five. Last season Chris Wood stole a late equaliser for Leicester in a 2-2 draw.Leicester are without Danny Drinkwater after the England midfielder was sent-off in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United. And Robert Huth is also banned after receiving a three-game suspension for pulling the hair of Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini. But Vardy, who has missed the last two through suspension, returns to the attack.Everton miss the banned Funes Mori so Matt Pennington should continue at the back. Brendan Galloway and Gerard Deulofeu are still missing while there are tests for Gareth Barry and Seamus Coleman.
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Jamaica edged out Uganda, and Barbados outclassed Sri Lanka to post their first win on day seven of the Netball World Cup yesterday. Fourth ranked Jamaica had to dig deep to fend off a gutsy challenge from 14th ranked Uganda, 59-47, at Allphones Arena. The Sunshine Girls found it challenging to adjust to the Ugandan style of play as Peace Proscovia was proving an essential target for her side. Proscovia was ably assisted by goal attack Racheal Nanyonga shooting 100 per cent heading into half time, with Jamaica leading by a slender one-goal margin. In a physical battle, Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls were able to regain composure and capitalise on the scoreboard from Ugandan turnovers, leading the game 44-35 at the end of the third quarter. Romelda Aiken scored 16 from 16 tries while Shanice Beckford converted 15 from her 16 attempts for Jamaica. “It was very physical, it was very challenging out there,” declared Jamaica’s captain, Nicole Aiken-Pinnock, after the game. “But the ladies really stepped up because we knew what was at stake, we knew that if we didn’t win tonight, then we wouldn’t be in the semi-finals.” Seventeen-year-old goal attack Sheniqua Thomas combined well with goal shooter Faye Sealy to power Barbados to a 34-goal win over the Sri Lankans after both teams entered the match winless. Barbados won 67-33. Sealey scored 35 goals from 46 tries while Thomas converted 15 from 22 as both players capitalised on the efforts of Latonia Blackman who provided excellent service in midcourt. The Sri Lankans were no match for the stout Barbadian defence which was excellent, particularly in the final quarter with Rhe-Ann Niles and Shonette Bruce combining for nine deflections. Bruce was also outstanding in covering Sri Lanka’s danger player, Thishala Algama. “I think we all fought right to the end and it was a very good performance from everyone on court. We all really wanted this win and we got it,” said Sealey after the game. “It’s been a good tournament. Of course, we had some losses that we didn’t really expect or want, but we are picking ourselves up and, hopefully, we will win the rest of our games.” On Wednesday, Trinidad and Tobago played all over Singapore to prevail 75-32 while Barbados lost to Fiji 37-48.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES ST BERNARD DIAMOND, who has been knocking at the door in recent months, should provide a winning start for Super-6 players when she takes on six opponents in the first race over a mile for maiden three-year-olds. The 3-y-o filly from the stables of Dennis Lee was a fast-finishing second to VESPERS over 1400 metres on September 9, a race in which she finished three-quarter length ahead of TASHIE BABY in third. That was the fourth time that DIAMOND had occupied the runner-up slot in recent months, having finished second in previous races to ANOTHER BULLET, MIND SET, and SONG BIRD. She will welcome the additional furlong of this race, and despite the obvious claims of TASHIE BABY and DREAM ADMIRAL, the choice has to be DIAMOND. The Harry Parsard-trained DREAM ADMIRAL was a fast-finishing second to COLOURS OF WAR over 1500 metres last time out, but was behind DIAMOND in two races prior to that and could prove her biggest danger tomorrow. (1) DIAMOND/DREAM ADMIRAL (2) ST BERNARD/JODY’S LODGE (3) DREAMLINER (4) TRACKING DANIEL/ LITTLE RHEA (5) BLUE EYE BOY/FIFTYONESTORM (6) TESHA’S DREAM/ ON THE DOUBLE Next on the programme is a $250,000-$210,000 claiming race over 1200 metres to be contested by seven starters, including the proven campaigner ST BERNARD, with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for the improving trainer Marlon Anderson, who has posted several winners in recent months. After winning easily over this trip on a $250,000 claiming tag on May 25, ST BERNARD stepped up in class and was not disgraced in three subsequent races, finishing second to the out-of-class HOLOGRAM SHADOW over 1300 metres on a $300,000 tag some weeks ago. Now running for $250,000, he should have little difficulty in putting away the 3-y-o filly JODY’S LODGE (Ellis up) and the free-running PRINCESS NYAH, with former champion apprentice Shamaree Muir aboard. DREAMLINER, who is unbeaten in two starts, looks hard to oppose when he takes on five two-year-olds, including old rivals VISION and FEDORA, in the third race for the Keeling Memorial Cup over 1100 metres. Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has the two-year-son of Porto Santo – Golden Olympio in fine fettle following back-to-back runaway wins over 1000 metres, and with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen again in the saddle, should lead home stable-companion VISION, who chased him home at a respectable distance last time out. Significantly, VISION will be ridden by Linton Steadman, one of the 17 new apprentices recently graduated from the Jockeys’ School. Ten of them will ride for the first time against senior jockeys tomorrow. A past student of Bridgeport High, Steadman, who won two of the three races confined to the trainees, is attached to the Wayne DaCosta stables. The fourth race over a mile for four-year-olds and up (non-winners of two) looks tailored for TRACKING DANIEL (Halledeen up), who beat all, barring ROYAL GIRL, over 1300 metres recently. MISS ADDI (Shane Ellis up) and LITTLE RHEA (Steadman aboard), both of whom proved competitive last time out, are twin dangers to TRACKING DANIEL in the eight-horse field. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by BLUE EYE BOY, with Ellis riding, and TEISHA’S DREAM (Halledeen up), who was a fighting second to RUNNER RUNNER over 1000 metres last Saturday. Their respective dangers are FIFTYONESTORM and ON THE DOUBLE.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):Carlos Brathwaite belted a cameo half-century, and seamer Kemar Roach picked up two early wickets, but West Indies were made to toil against the Sri Lanka Cricket President’s XI on the second day of their three-day tour match yesterday.Resuming from their overnight 127 for six, West Indies were dismissed for 209 with the right-handed Brathwaite slamming 54 off 46 balls, batting at number 10.Off-spinner Suraj Randiv finished with five for 73 while seamer Suranga Lakmal picked up three for 26.In a torrid six-over period before lunch, right-armer Roach (2-25) then rocked the hosts with wickets off the first two balls of the innings without a run on the board before opener Udara Jayasundera and Minod Bhanuka stroked hundreds to guide their side to 233 for three at the close at the Sinhalese Sports Club.Jayasundera, a 24-year-old left-hander, was unbeaten on 124 while Bhanuka, a 20-year-old wicketkeeper with just two first-class games to his name, hit 101.West Indies were definitely on top when Roach claimed Kusal Mendis off the first ball of the innings, caught at point by Jermaine Blackwood.Off the very next delivery, Roach found the edge of captain Lahiru Thirimanne’s bat and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin took a straightforward offering as the Sri Lankans slumped to 22 for two at lunch.Any hopes, however, of rolling over the President’s XI were quickly squashed as Jayasundera and Bhanuka batted with aplomb in a 214-run, third wicket stand.Jayasundera faced 177 balls and counted 17 fours and two sixes while Bhanuka carved out 15 fours and a six off 160 deliveries.
Jamaican football clubs have made it no secret that participating in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship is a very tall demand in terms of expenses.In 2014, the same problem resulted in Waterhouse missing the tournament’s second round, while last season Montego Bay United, in their tournament debut, also expressed difficulties in meeting the financial requirements to compete in the regional tournament.However, both clubs agree that the exposure, experience and other benefits are priceless.Arnett Gardens Football Club president, Patrick Roberts, whose club is currently in the Dominican Republic to contest Group Four of the first round, share similar sentiments.”It’s (preparation) not difficult to organise. What is difficult is getting the resources. When you have resources there is no difficulty, but the difficult part is to get the resources you need,” Richards said.”You want to carry additional players but you can’t, you have to limit the players because of the resources, because just fares for a trip of this nature go into three to four millions. But we have an obligation and wherever the slack is we have to make it up. But it was difficult,” he said.Roberts explained that when they assessed everything, the opportunities and benefits were too enormous for them to miss the event.”The benefit is exposure for the players, so hopefully someone watching the game will like your players and make contact. It also gives the players a different level of preparation, because we are at the back end of our season so it helps the players to prepare for international competition.”It is a different approach, but that is the route we have to go, we have to go and see what these teams are made of. We have not known them or what type of football they play,” he noted.”Expectations are high. For most of the players this is their first experience at this level and they are definitely anticipating it. They want to take it to the next level and go as far as they can in the region,” he said.Arnett will play in Group Four of the tournament at the Estadio Felix Sanchez in Santo Domingo, from March 2 to 6.They play their opening game against Haitian club America Des Cayes tomorrow, then face Notch of Suriname of Friday, before wrapping up their fixtures against Atletico Pantoja on Sunday.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC: CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque has congratulated the West Indies women and men’s teams for winning the ICC T20 World Cup on Sunday. Ambassador LaRocque says the victories are evidence that the people of the region have the ability to lead the world, not just compete. The West Indies women defeated the defending champions Australia to win the Women’s World T20 title for the first time, while the men crushed England a few hours later to become the first team to win the men’s World T20 title twice. “Once again, the West Indies cricketers have brought glory to our region,” said LaRocque. “I congratulate the women and men’s teams on their victories in the International Cricket Council World T20 competitions, which demonstrated their ability to overcome the challenges they faced.” LaRocque also praised the teams’ coaching and support staff, noting that their hard work ensured that the players maintained their focus. He also expressed the hope that the victories including the Under-19 World Cup captured by West Indies earlier this year, will inspire the region’s youth in particular. “I also want to congratulate the teams’ coaching staff for their efforts. The teamwork and team spirit in both teams were evident throughout the competition as the hard work of the coaching and support staff ensured that the players, very well led by the captains, kept their focus on the ultimate goal,” he said. “These triumphs underscored the fact that our people have the ability, not only to compete, but to lead the world.”
(Qualification: 20 or more innings)M Inns NO R HS Avg 100George Headley 22 40 4 2190 270* 60.83 10Everton Weekes 48 81 5 4455 207 58.61 15Garry Sobers 93 160 21 8032 365* 57.78 26Clyde Walcott 44 74 7 3798 220 56.68 15Charlie Davis 15 29 5 1301 183 54.20 4Brian Lara 130 230 6 11912 400* 53.17 34Shiv Chanderpaul 164 280 49 11867 203* 51.37 30Vivian Richards 121 182 12 8540 291 50.23 24Frank Worrell 51 87 9 3860 261 49.48 9Seymour Nurse 29 54 1 2523 258 47.60 6Rohan Kanhai 79 137 6 6227 256 47.53 15Clive Lloyd 110 175 14 7515 242* 46.67 19Allan Rae 15 24 2 1016 109 46.18 4Conrad Hunte 44 78 6 3245 260 45.06 8Gordon Greenidge 108 185 16 7558 226 44.72 19Alvin Kallicharran 66 109 10 4399 187 44.43 12Richie Richardson 86 146 12 5949 194 44.39 16Lawrence Rowe 30 49 2 2047 302 43.55 7Basil Butcher 44 78 6 3104 209* 43.11 7Roy Fredericks 59 109 7 4334 169 42.49 8M-matches, Inns – innings, NO – not out, R – Runs, HS – highest score, Avg – average, 100 – hundreds
There have been many great performances in what has been a perfect season for Western Jamaica’s ISSA/FLOW Super Cup flag-bearers Cornwall College. Yet, they arrive in Kingston ahead of today’s final at Sabina Park, looking to do even better with Wolmer’s standing between them and their place in history as the daCosta Cup’s first Super Cup winner. Cornwall played their first game at Sabina Park last week – a 4-2 win over of a strong Clarendon College team in the semi-finals. It was the latest tick in a season that has seen the self-proclaimed ‘Original CC’ outfit go unbeaten in 19 games in all competitions – including 16 wins in 16 DCup games. Yet, coach Dean Weatherly believes there’s a lot more to come from his boys. “Peaked? No, no, no we have not peaked. We have ways to go still; we are probably at about 80 per cent right now, which is happening for us at a good time in the season,” he said. Weatherly, while being respectful of a tactical Wolmer’s team, says they will play without fear and work for the win. “We are hoping that the boys turn out and produce their best game. I guess if we turn out and play our A game it will be successful,” he told The Gleaner prior to his team’s arrival here in Kingston, last evening. “We didn’t overstretch against Clarendon, we have more in the tank for sure, everybody (players) is good and we will have a full strength team tomorrow (today),” added Weatherly. “We are just hoping to play some good football and see if we can stick to Wolmer’s because it’s a hard running team, and we have to match up with them,” he stressed. “Our players have to express themselves within limits and as long as they are playing within what is the required system, then individually, we just have to make them feel comfortable in what they are doing,” he assured. Like his counterpart on the Wolmer’s bench, he feels playing at Sabina Park will not give either team an advantage. “As long as you are on top the fans will go anywhere, it doesn’t matter where the game is being played. Yes, of course we can win, we are going for that but you know how football is, and teenagers,” added Weatherly.
Prize money totalling US$100,000 will be up for grabs at the 50th Jamaica Open Golf Championship which tees off with a pro-am event at the Half Moon Golf Course in Montego Bay, St James, next Wednesday.The pro-am event will give local amateurs the benefit of playing with professional golfers ahead of the main tournament, a 54-hole stroke-play event set to get under way next Thursday.Among the top golfers who will be seeking the US19,000 top prize is Jamaica-born Johnny Bloomfield, a three-time winner. Other top contenders will include Americans Tom Gillis and Gene Jones. Gillis has played in several PGA and Nationwide Tours, winning his first title at the 2009 Nationwide Tour Players Cup.Jones, who became a professional way back in 1975 currently plays on the Champions Tour, which he joined after reaching age 50 in 2007.Three other Jamaicans – Wesley Brown, Al Robinson and Peter Horrobin – will be hunting a share of the main prize. Brown, who began playing as youngster at Runaway Bay and later at Sandals Golf and Country Club, has had some success on the Florida circuit.GOOD SHOWPeter Chin, the Jamaica Golf Association president, expects a good show from the Jamaicans and the rest of the golfers.”We expect exciting golf. We have a very good field of professionals and amateurs and we expect some high-level golf,” he underlined in an interview at yesterday’s media launch held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston. Chin called hosting this year’s event “tremendous for the golfing community”.The Jamaica Open Championship is returning after a four-year break and tournament director David Mais said: “This is the rebirth of the event.” He added that getting corporate sponsorship has been one of the main challenges.Event sponsors are the Tourism Enhancement Fund, with support from the Sports Development Foundation, Supreme Ventures, TVJ, Half Moon, NCB Capital Markets Limited, Spanish Court Hotel, Pure National Ice and Juici Montego Bay.Director of Golf at Half Moon Spencer Edwards said his organisation is proud to partner with the Jamaica Golf Association for the 50th staging.”The Jamaica Open is an opportunity to put Jamaica on the map,” Edwards outlined.