A seven-wicket haul by former national youth player, Richie Looknauth led Cornelia Ida to an eight-wicket win over Christ Ambassadors while McGill Sports Club, Windsor Forest ‘A’ and Independence ‘A’ also earned victories in the latest round of the West Demerara Cricket Association/ Beacon Café 50-over tournament. Playing at Belle Vue, Christ Ambassadors won the toss and opted to bat first but Looknauth’s 7-15 bowling off-spin, restricted Ambassadors to 49 all out in just 10.5 overs. Selwin John top scored with 18 and was the only player to reach double figures.In reply, Khaimraj Ramsundar’s 27, consisting of five boundaries was enough to spur Cornelia Ida to victory as they raced to 50-2 in five overs.Meanwhile at Joe Vieira Park, Independence ‘A’ defeated Belle Vue by eight wickets. A wet pitch forced the contest into a 35-over affair but nevertheless, Belle Vue won the toss and opted to bat, posting 155 in 33.5 overs. Vishal Raghunath, Krishna Singh and Kerwin Bennett all made 27 as Ceenauth Bisessar grabbed a remarkable 4-1 in three overs. He was supported by Reaz Esau who took 3-34 in four overs. In reply, Ricky Sergeant’s unbeaten 77 propelled Independence ‘A’ to 156-2 in only 15 overs. He was aided by Vivian Beckles who made 24 not out and Beepal Bandoo with 34. Collin Boucher took 1-20 while Safraz Baksh returned 1-25.Also, Windsor Forest ‘A’ beat New Windsor by four wickets. With rain reducing the contest to 21 overs per side, Windsor Forest won the toss and inserted New Windsor.New Windsor reached 104 compliments of Chris Rajpat’s 47, consisting of four fours and four sixes along with Ramesh Thakur and Ravindranauth Persaud with 20-run cameos. Avinash Ganesh snatched 5-17 and was complimented by Deendyal Guyadeen (2-13) and Lalta Suknanan (2-17). Ganesh returned to blast 46 not out, decorated with three sixes and two fours to see Windsor Forest ‘A’ reach 105-6 in 20.1 overs. Ganesh was supported by Killon Tracy (17), Yidestir Parbhudin (13) and Kishaun Tracy (11 not out). Rajpay (3-12) and Vishnu Sew (2-21) tried unsuccessfully to pull back the match for their side.At Okoo Cricket Ground, McGill recorded a five-wicket win over All Youths B. All Youths B won the toss and chose to bat and were skittled for 111 in 33 overs as Abid Haniff fell one short of his half century. His innings was highlighted by eight boundaries and only found support from Krishan Ramjewan who made 16.Diquan Murray led with the ball, taking 4-19 as Ganesh Puran returned 3-12 and Sudesh Persaud chipped in with 1-10. In reply, McGill reached 115-5 in 12.1 overs with cameos from Puran (21 not out), Persaud (16 not out) enough to see them over the line. Tamesh Persaud troubled the McGill batsmen to end with 4-43 in five overs.
West Indies Women conceded a series defeat after going down to India Women by seven wickets in the third T20 International at the National Stadium, Providence last night with the latter now with an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. After winning the toss and opting to bat in front of a handful of spectators and in cool conditions, the Caribbean side were contained to just 59-9, their lowest total in an uninterrupted T20I.Only two times have West Indies Women scored less than this total with 7-1 from two overs in a no- result contest and 42-8 in eight overs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.The Indian spinners enjoyed a field day with the ball gripping as 27-year-old off-spinner Anuja Patil made the early breakthrough with a sharp return catch to send Hayley Matthews on her way for five. Shortly after, local girl Shemaine Campbelle, unable to score freely, was slapped to point for two from a dozen deliveries while Stacy-Ann King, who was dropped on duck, was bowled by Deepti Sharma for seven from 24 balls, in effect leaving West Indies Women reeling at 26-3.With West Indies Women 41-3, a 22-minute delay due to the lights on the north-east side of the ground shutting off, did not cool the red-hot India ladies who struck with the wicket of Chedean Nation who was stumped two balls into the resumption off of left-arm spinner Radha Yadav. Nation managed 11 from 27 balls, one of only two batters to reach double figures.West Indies Women had a glimmer of hope when Sheneta Grimmond smashed Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur down the ground into the dug-out for a six but that hope was extinguished in the next delivery with the Guyanese being trapped leg before wicket for eight as West Indies Women slipped to 48-7. Afy Fletcher was sent packing after being bowled with the first delivery she faced. Chinelle Henry was the other batter to reach double digits with 11 also, which came from 18 balls and included one four pulled through mid-wicket before she fell in the 18th over.Yadav ended with 2-6 from her four overs and was supported by Deepti Sharma with 2-12.The hosts were off to a wonderful start with off-spinner Matthews drawing down 15-year-old opener Shafali Verma down the ground as she looked to tuck it on the leg side but missed and allowed Campbelle a text-book stumping.
TAROUBA, Trinidad, CMC – Test left-hander Darren Bravo carved out his 12th first class hundred as Trinidad and Tobago took firm command of their second round encounter against Leeward Islands Hurricanes here yesterday. Resuming the second day on 36, the 30-year-old hit a polished 133 to propel Red Force to 337 for four at the close at the Brian Lara Stadium – a lead of 151 runs heading into Saturday’s third day.Bravo faced 227 deliveries in 5-½ hours and struck 14 fours and three sixes. He featured in nearly every major partnership of the innings, putting on 75 for the second wicket with Keagan Simmons (36), adding 160 with Jason Mohammed who made 66 before combining in a 34-run, fourth wicket stand with Joshua DaSilva, who was unbeaten on exactly 50.With a half-century in the previous round and nearly 500 runs in last November’s Super50 Cup, the innings was yet another confirmation of the player’s return to top form. Resuming on 74 for one, T&T suffered an early blow when Simmons departed in the second over of the morning, brilliantly caught at square leg by Trinidadian Amir Jangoo off lively seamer Sheeno Berridge who finished with three for 63.However, Mohammed joined Bravo to dominate the Hurricanes attack and take Red Force to lunch on 175 for two.Mohammed, who faced 132 balls in just over 2-¾ hours and counted eight fours, eventually departed when he drove uppishly at off-spinner Jacques Taylor and was taken at cover but the 21-year-old DaSilva then featured in two partnerships to keep Red Force in the driver’s seat. His stand with Bravo was relatively short-lived – Bravo perishing lbw to Berridge – but he then put on 65 in an unbroken fifth wicket stand with Yannic Cariah (27 not out) as Red Force dominated the final session.DaSilva, who scored his maiden hundred in the last round, has so far struck six fours off 88 balls.
Chairman of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) competition committee Shaun Massiah says the issues surrounding Guyana’s ongoing General and Regional elections fiasco have influenced the stalling of cricket in the capital city. Massiah explained that the Guyana Defence Force and Police Force Sports Club teams are unavailable to take part in the GCA’s competitions because of their duty to country.“It’s not so much the election. That’s part of it but most of the matches remaining concerns GDF and Police and both of them are inline,” Massiah told Stabroek Sport. There are currently no cricket action in the New Building Society (NBS) 40 overs, second division tournament, the Noble House Seafoods, second division, two-day tournament and GISE, Star Party Rental and Trophy Stall first-division competition. Massiah also took the opportunity to use his platform to call for unity since the country is currently facing uncertainty following the announcement of unverified results of the elections by the Guyana Elections Commission.At least one fatality has been recorded due to a number of standoffs between police and civilians. “We are looking forward to peace and unity among Guyanese and we know cricket always brings us together.”
ROME, (Reuters) – Italy’s government will “inevitably” extend beyond April 3 the containment measures it had approved to stem the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the regional affairs minister said yesterday. Italy has suffered the most deaths from the virus epidemic and was the first Western country to introduce severe restrictions on movement after uncovering the outbreak just over five weeks ago.The government has since increasingly tightened them and these were initially expected to be softened from next Friday. “The measures that were due on April 3 will inevitably be extended,” Francesco Boccia said in an interview with SkyTG24.He added that the timings would be decided by the Prime Minister and the cabinet “on the grounds of the data of the scientific community” advising his government. “I think that it would be inappropriate and irresponsible to talk of re-opening (schools, stores and production sites),” Boccia said.The death toll from the coronavirus in Italy surged past 10,000 on Saturday. Officials said another 889 people died in the 24 hours to Saturday, the second-highest daily tally since the epidemic emerged on Feb. 21.Confirmed cases rose by about 6,000 to 92,472, the second-highest number of cases in the world behind the United States. Italy’s sports minister said yesterday he would propose banning all sports events, including soccer matches, for the whole of April.Health Minister Roberto Speranza asked Italians yesterday not to “let the guard down now.”“We would cancel out all the efforts made until now to rein in contagion. The sacrifices of the last weeks are serious” he told newspaper Corriere della Sera in an interview.
(Reuters) – Pakistan will have to hit the ground running if they are to have any chance against England in their three-test series which starts today, coach Misbah-ul-Haq said. Six months since their last test match, Pakistan go into the games at bio-secure venues in Manchester and Southampton against an England team that beat the West Indies 2-1 last month as international cricket returned from the COVID-19 shutdown.“We have to really come in this test series right from the word go at our best if we want to win a test series or a test match,” Misbah told reporters.“We’re aware that England have a slight advantage, but if we’re alert and go 100% in the first test, that’s the only way we can beat England … otherwise we will find ourselves in difficulty.” England have lost the first game in eight of their last 10 test series, including against the West Indies, but Misbah said the hosts’ latest defeat could have been due to the long break amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.“That was their first test in a long time and obviously after that they played consistently,” said Misbah, adding, “…we should be ready for an England team that have had three matches of experience and won their last two tests.”Misbah said his players were mentally fresh ahead of the series. “But test cricket is different,” he added. “Once you’re in, pressures build sometimes, but we’ll try to keep it so they’re mentally fresh regardless of the results.” Skipper Azhar Ali told a news conference his team were looking forward to the challenge, having drawn their last two tours to England, most recently under Misbah in 2018.“We’ve prepared as best as we could in the time we had. The players have put in a lot of effort and we believe we’re ready for the tests,” Azhar said.“Everyone is raring to go… We have to be on top of our game in all departments against a team like England… We have to have a clear mind and positive attitude that we can win matches here.” Squad for first test: Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah, Abid Ali, Fawad Alam, Asad Shafiq.
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With a 12-4 season that resulted in an AFC North championship and first-round bye for the Ravens, we take a look back at our choices for the top 7 players of the regular season. We completed our lists looking at the entire body of work through 16 games and did not refer to the standings kept throughout the regular season.Those standings have been included at the end for comparison purposes.Luke Jones’ Top 7 …7) Torrey Smith6) Marshal Yanda5) Haloti Ngata4) Joe Flacco3) Lardarius Webb2) Terrell Suggs1) Ray RiceContinue >>>
Picking up the pieces from a difficult 31-28 overtime loss to the Redskins and the subsequent firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Monday, the Ravens still have a clear path to the postseason entering Week 15.Baltimore has done everything but mathematically clinch a trip to the postseason for the fifth straight year. Only one Powerball-like scenario exists in which the Ravens would miss the postseason that involves the Ravens losing their last three games, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati both winning in Weeks 15 and 17, and those two playing to a tie in their Week 16 meeting.The Ravens can clinch their second straight AFC North division title with a win over the Denver Broncos or losses by both the Steelers and the Bengals this week. Another extremely unlikely scenario exists in which the Raven could secure the division crown with a tie , a Pittsburgh loss or tie, and a Cincinnati loss or tie.Beating Peyton Manning and the red-hot Broncos won’t be an easy chore, but the Ravens will at least have their ticket for the postseason officially punched by way of a tie with Denver, a Cincinnati loss or tie, or a Pittsburgh loss or tie.The Bengals travel to Philadelphia Thursday night to take on the struggling Eagles, who just secured their first win since the end of September this past week.Trying to rebound from an embarrassing home loss to the San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh will travel to Arlington, Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.Of course, Baltimore must defeat Denver to maintain any legitimate chance of securing the No. 2 seed in the AFC, because it would give them a potential head-to-head tiebreaker over the Broncos and New England. The Ravens currently trail both teams by one game in the race for the second spot in the conference as we enter Week 15.Below is the entire Week 15 breakdown for the Ravens’ postseason hopes:Baltimore can clinch the AFC North with:1. BAL win OR2. BAL tie + PIT tie or loss + CIN tie or loss OR3. PIT loss and CIN lossBaltimore can clinch a postseason berth with:1. BAL tie OR2. CIN tie or loss OR3. PIT tie or loss
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — It’s all but confirmed that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will make his return to the field for the first round of the playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, but trying to project the role he’ll play remains a bit of a mystery.Only 11 weeks removed from surgery to repair a torn right triceps suffered against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 14, Lewis has accelerated a recovery process that typically takes a minimum of four months. Of course, his announcement Wednesday stating his intention to retire after the season further complicated how defensive coordinator Dean Pees might like to handle his workload in his first game since Week 6.“I can’t be real specific on how or what he is going to be doing other than the fact that we are more than happy to have him back and just having him out there on the field is an inspiration,” Pees said. “I don’t know how else to explain it other than — he’s going to play.”Lewis is expected to start next to fellow inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, but how the 37-year-old will handle blockers and full contact remains to be seen. The Ravens haven’t practiced in full pads since earlier in the season and Lewis was limited in his first few weeks since returning to practice on Dec. 5.It’s possible that Pees and the Ravens will handle Lewis in a similar manner to how they re-acclimated linebacker Terrell Suggs when he returned from an Achilles tendon injury earlier this season. Suggs played just over 50 percent of the defensive snaps against the Houston Texans on Oct. 21 and took several series off during the course of the game.Young linebacker Josh Bynes, who made three starts with Lewis, Ellerbe, and Jameel McClain all missing time over the last six weeks, will be ready to spell Lewis if needed. However, it’s difficult to envision the veteran asking out of the game knowing it will likely be his final game in Baltimore — or even of his career.“I don’t think the people that I work with would tell me no [on] Sunday,” Lewis said. “We’ve got a great relationship with each other that I trust them, and they trust me. I’ve worked my butt off to get to this point. There is no reason for me not to be playing on Sunday.”Crunch time for FlaccoThe common theme that emerged following the firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Dec. 10 was the need for quarterback Joe Flacco to finish strong over the final weeks of the season before his rookie contract expires.The Ravens hope Flacco’s performance against the New York Giants in Week 16 is a harbinger of strong performances to come in the postseason. And the quarterback would improve his chances of securing the type of long-term deal he prefers with a deep run through the month of January.If Baltimore is unable to come to an agreement with Flacco and agent Joe Linta, the organization would be faced with allowing the 27-year-old to hit free agency or using the franchise tag, which is projected to be $14.6 million in 2013. Flacco dismissed the notion of contract negotiations being a major motivator for him to perform well in his fifth trip to the postseason in five years.“I go out there, and I play football,” Flacco said. “You try to lead this team to victories. That’s what we are trying to do right now. That’s all I’m concerned about is making a playoff run and making the Super Bowl. All that other stuff will take care of itself.”Flacco appeared to take a quantum leap forward in outperforming New England’s Tom Brady in last season’s AFC Championship game, but his play was as schizophrenic as ever in comparing how he fared at home and on the road during the regular season. He threw 15 touchdowns and five interceptions for a 99.0 passer rating in eight home contests, but Flacco passed for only seven touchdowns to go along with five interceptions and a 74.9 rating on the road.Those numbers won’t be on his mind starting Sunday when he begins the journey to try to lead the Ravens a step further than he did a year ago. What bearing that has on a new contract remains to be seen.“Whatever happens, happens,” Flacco said. “It’s not really that big of a deal at the end of the day.”Flacco better hope it is — for his own sake — as he plays out the final days of his rookie contract.Ellerbe’s future with Lewis exitingWith Lewis walking away from the game after the season, the Ravens would presumably turn to Ellerbe to take his place — at least in the short-term future — next to McClain at the inside linebacker position.However, the Ravens will need to re-sign the fourth-year linebacker, who will become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Lewis’ retirement will clear approximately $4.4 million from the projected 2013 salary cap, but it will be interesting to see how much Ellerbe will command in the open market.“I love Baltimore. I started my career here, I’d love to finish it here,” Ellerbe said. “It’s a business, so it’s not up to me. If it was up to me, I’d be here.”Possessing better coverage skills than McClain, who inked a three-year, $10.5 million deal to remain in Baltimore after lukewarm interest last offseason, Ellerbe would likely be more appealing to other teams, but his injury history will likely be a factor in keeping his price tag at a reasonable level.The University of Georgia product missed three straight games with an ankle injury last month and missed seven games with groin and hamstring injuries last season.In 13 games this season, Ellerbe finished second on the team with 98 tackles and collected 4 1/2 sacks as an effective blitzer from the inside linebacker position.