Under-pressure Amla leads South Africa fightback against England

first_imgCAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP):South Africa showed some fight in the second Test yesterday, with Hashim Amla’s 157 not out helping cut England’s lead to 276 as the home team reached 353-3 at stumps on the third day.Amla, the South Africa captain, eased the pressure on himself and his top-ranked team with his 24th Test century and first since December 2014.He shared partnerships of 183 with A.B. de Villiers (88) and an unbroken 85 with Faf du Plessis. South Africa lost just one wicket for 212 runs on the day.England, after a huge first-innings total of 629-6 declared, were finding it tough to take wickets on a serene batting pitch at Newlands, which has been so good for the batsmen that 982 runs were scored over three days.”Tricky day for us,” England fast bowler Steven Finn said. “One wicket in a day is obviously not ideal for what we wanted from this day … but we’re still a long way ahead in the game.”England also already lead the four-match series 1-0, leaving South Africa effectively batting to stay alive in the contest.”We were behind the eight ball on day one,” Du Plessis said. “England played really well and we needed a really resilient performance to get back in the Test match and that’s what we did.”England’s lone breakthrough came just before tea when De Villiers, looking to push on, mistimed a pull shot off Finn. The ball flew to James Anderson, who knocked it up in the air at midwicket and completed the catch.Frustratingly for England, both Amla and De Villiers should have been out much earlier but for dropped catches. Joe Root put De Villiers down at slip off the bowling of Anderson late on the second day and very early in De Villiers’ knock. In a twist of irony, Anderson dropped Amla off Root’s bowling when the South African skipper was on 76. Amla was dropped again on 120 by Nick Compton.”Obviously we’re disappointed to not take them but no one means to drop catches,” Finn said.De Villiers hit 12 fours and a six, while Amla returned to form with a big century, hitting 21 fours.With South Africa in a slump, Amla’s lack of form and captaincy had come under scrutiny. When he passed 50, it was for the first time since the New Year test in Cape Town a year ago, ending a drought of 11 innings without a meaningful score.last_img read more

Brathwaite lands big payday

first_img POWERFUL BATSMAN BENGALURU, India (CMC): Rising West Indies star Carlos Brathwaite made headlines at the Indian Premier League auction yesterday when he was snapped up by Delhi Daredevils for US$626,000. The 27-year-old, who made a huge impact with his power-hitting on the recent Test tour of Australia, entered the draft with a base price of US$30,000, but saw his value catapult as Delhi moved quickly to secure his services. He will now make his first-ever appearance in the glitzy multimillion-dollar tournament that runs from April 8 to May 29. “Excited to be a part of IPL and DelhiDaredevils. Giving thanks,” Brathwaite tweeted shortly afterwards. He was one of four West Indies players to find success during the auction. Opener Dwayne Smith was picked up by new franchise Gujarat Lions for US$343,000, Test and one-day captain Jason Holder was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for $104,000 while leg-spinner Samuel Badree went to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $74,000. Brathwaite, a powerful lower order batsman and steady seamer, has been on the fringe of West Indies Test selection for some time, but finally made his debut on the tour of Down Under last December. He struck 59 in his first Test innings at Melbourne and then flaunted his bold attacking style in the final Test in Sydney, blasting 69 from 71 balls with seven fours and four sixes. However, it was his scintillating hundred in a one-day game against Sri Lanka Cricket President’s XI last October in Colombo that would have caught the attention. He faced just 58 balls and slammed ten fours and seven sixes in a devastating knock.last_img read more

‘I came with only one intention’ – Taylor fulfils target of breaking record

first_imgCALABAR HIGH School’s 400 metres sensation, Christopher Taylor, achieved another milestone in his young but illustrious career after he established the Class Two 400-metre record of 46.33 in the heats on yesterday’s first day of the GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships at the National Stadium. The previous record, 46.64 seconds, was held by Jamaica College’s Devaughn Baker in 2013. The 16-year-old, who competed despite suffering from flu, left the field for dead and won by more than 20 metres. Despite his illness, Taylor has not ruled out lowering the record. “I feel really pleased because I came out here with only one intention, and that was to break the record and I came out and I did it,” he said. The young star, who has been affected by the ailment for a little over a week, is nearly back to full health, but he is focused on getting back to his best. “I don’t think I will give a better performance (semi or final) because I have some illness issues still affecting me right now, so I am just taking it easy round by round and see how it goes. But anything is possible. Once I put my mind to it I can do it, so I will put my mind to it in the semi-final and the final,” he said.last_img read more

Video analysis provides key for Reggae Boyz

first_imgATLANTA, Georgia:WHEN it comes to breaking down opponents, the Reggae Boyz work probably as hard off the field as they do on it.Serious planning is done on every opposing player, every opposing team.The game, after all, is not only played on the field.So ahead of each game, head coach Winfried Sch‰fer, assistant coach, and Carlos Garcia, the Jamaica senior men’s national team’s video analyst, get together and break down the opposing teams and their players. They then link up with the Reggae Boyz and study their competitors again.”I think it’s important because when you break down teams, you don’t rely on your memory, you have proof, fact that you can use, and that is much simpler to explain to the players for them to see what you’re talking about,” explained Garcia, who hails from Spain.Garcia had also worked with Jamaicans before, which is a plus. He coached Montego Bay United Football Club for most of last season, and has been with the Reggae Boyz since the Caribbean Cup.”I analyse the four phases in football – attacking phase, attacking transition, when they’re defending on the counter and defending phase, and defensive transition,” Garcia highlighted. “These four phases I analyse, and then defensive set pieces, corners and free kicks and offensive set pieces, corner and free- kicks, and what I try to do is look for key players in each phase and to show patterns in each phase that we can predict how they’re going to play.”Jamaica won the Caribbean Cup and friendly international matches since, against Venezuela and Cuba. They also played in the Copa America – South American championship – last month, where they put in creditable performances despite losing all their group matches 1-0 against Uruguay, Paraguay and World No. 1 Argentina, which was led by Lionel Messi, the best player in the world.finding team weaknesses”It’s very important. The work that we’re doing is in England, normal, in Germany, normal in the club,” the 65-year-old Sch‰fer said of video analysis.”…The players must learn why you do this … why we stop Messi . … we can tell Kemar Lawrence and Laing (Lance) … . We look in the TV and pap, pap, pap,” the German indicated, as if punching keys on a laptop.”Then we can tell the players, El Salvador has a problem here, they’ve a problem there,” Sch‰fer pointed out. He will now be hitting the keys to search for answers about beating the United States in tomorrow’s semi-final here at the Georgia Dome.- Audley Boydlast_img read more

Next time will be different – JC skipper warns STGC and focuses on Manning Cup defence

first_img MOVING FORWARD Jamaica College (JC) captain Allando Brown warned his counterpart Shevon Stewart and the entire St George’s College (STGC) team to expect a different outcome the next time they meet, after STGC’s 4-0 hammering of his JC unit in Saturday’s ISSA/Flow Super Cup final. Both schools have dominated local schoolboy football for the better part of the last decade, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell after STGC ambushed the former champions inside a packed National Stadium. While STGC looks forward to the Walker Cup final against Wolmer’s Boys, JC, which ended last season with three titles under their belts, will now put all their efforts into successfully defending the Manning Cup, and according to Brown, if they meet STGC along the way, the outcome will be different. FANTASTIC WIN “It’s always about guts. I came out here and did my best. Maybe it’s not as good enough, it’s still my best, I gave my hundred, maybe a 110 per cent. Expect more from Jamaica College going into the Manning Cup finals; we just have to use this loss as a stepping stone,” Brown said. “We lost one of our main trophies, but we still have the biggest one of all, the Manning Cup, so we are going out there and trying to defend our title,” Brown added. In the fast approaching Manning Cup semis JC is expected to meet first-time semi-finalist Denham Town, while St George’s College should play Jonathan Grant. Stewart, however, underlined that his STGC team is determined to grab all four titles this season – the Manning Cup, Walker Cup and Olivier Shield to add to their shiny new Super Cup crown. “It’s a very fantastic feeling to win like this knowing I missed two games and I came back in this one to play a very important role. It’s a very magnificent feeling right now. I have been waiting for this for a very long time. We see ourselves in all the finals this year, we are here now and we delivered,” said Stewart. He assisted Alex Marshall’s first goal and was their midfield engine before being substituted in the second half. “I want to win everything in my final year. We have always been a confident team, and coming out here and beating JC 4-0 is a great feeling, and we just have to go back in training knowing that we have three other Cups we can win,” he added.last_img read more

Nicholas Scott pilots Rivoli to narrow win over Boys’ Town in Red Stripe Premier League

first_img – 8:40 p.m.: Harbour View vs UWI FC at Harbour View Stadium Yesterday’s Results Today’s match Nicholas Scott’s brace led Rivoli United to a vital 3-2 victory against Boys’ Town in the Red Stripe Premier League yesterday at Barbican Complex. Scott, in his second game for the Spanish Town-based club, netted in the 15th and 73rd minutes, while Ross Burton added another goal in the 32nd minute. For the losers, the goalscorers were Rafiek Thomas (45th) and Shamar Nicholson (86th). The win pushed relegation-threatened Rivoli to 22 points, while Boys’ Town remained on 27 points. Scott, who transferred from Tivoli Gardens, was a major influence for his new club and the goals apart, he made some good passes and movements on and off the ball. Rivoli started the game with more purpose than Boys’ Town and were rewarded early in the first half when Scott finished past Kirk Porter. Burton doubled the lead to put his team 2-0 up, before Thomas pulled back a goal on the stroke of half-time. Scott scored again when he headed home a perfect right-sided cross from Kevin Graham. Boys’ Town’s Nicholson made the game interesting when he scored in the dying moments. Two-goal hero Scott, brought in by Rivoli’s management to replace striker Cory Burke (who is away on a deal in the United States), showed his class. Scott said he is at Rivoli to replace Burke by scoring goals. “Well, it’s a good performance for my new club. I chose to leave Tivoli to replace Burke and the plan is to continue scoring goals and lift Rivoli to safety,” the former Jamaica College Manning Cup winner told The Gleaner. “Coming in for Burke, who scored 10 goals before leaving, is a big task but I’m up to it,” he added. Rivoli’s coach, Mark Williams, praised Scott as a natural goalscorer. “He (Scott) is a good signing for us. And, for him to score two goals in only his second match should help to lift the spirit of the team,”Williams reasoned. Williams also said it was a wonderful win for Rivoli. “It’s been a long time since we have won a game, so this should serve as a big boost. We will next face Tivoli in a rescheduled game on Wednesday,” he added. Boys’ Town’s coach, Andrew Price, said his team was lethargic in the first half, but improved in the second half. – Reno 2 Cavalier SC 0 – Boys’ Town 2 Rivoli United 3 – Humble Lion 3 Portmore United 1 – Arnett Gardens 1 Tivoli Gardens 1 – Waterhouse 0 MoBay Utd 0last_img read more

Wolfsburg stun Real Madrid

first_imgWOLFSBURG, Germany (AP):Wolfsburg caused the biggest upset of this season’s Champions League with a 2-0 victory over record 10-time winner Real Madrid in the first leg of their quarter-final yesterday.Making only their second appearance in the competition and playing their first quarter-final, Wolfsburg outmuscled and outran the Spanish giants to give themselves a clear chance of advancing after next Tuesday’s second leg at the Bernabeu.”We are in a good position, we can always score a goal,” Wolfsburg’s coach Dieter Hecking said. “We wanted to unnerve them a little and we succeeded.”Ricardo Rodriguez converted a penalty in the 18th minute and Maximilian Arnold added the second in the 25th as the home side used counterattacks to devastating effect, dealing Madrid their first defeat in the competition this season. Wolfsburg have won all five home matches.Cristiano Ronaldo had a goal disallowed for offside in the second minute and the Madrid star had little chance of increasing his competition-high tally of 13 goals after that.”We didn’t get into the game well,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “But we still have 90 minutes at home, we have to stay calm.”In yesterday’s other match, Manchester City are in a strong position to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time after Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho’s scrappy goal earned a valuable 2-2 draw away to Paris Saint-Germain in an error-strewn quarter-final first leg.PSG took the lead when midfielder Adrien Rabiot tapped home in the 59th after goalkeeper Joe Hart saved Edison Cavani’s glancing header from Angel Di Maria’s corner.City struck against the run of play in the 38th through Belgium winger Kevin De Bruyne, but a huge mistake from midfielder Fernando gifted PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic an equaliser three minutes later.last_img read more

Bangladesh get the better of England

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh (AP):Captain Mashrafe Mortaza inspired Bangladesh to a 34-run victory against England in the second one-day international yesterday.Mortaza hit a 29-ball 44 as Bangladesh accelerated to 238-8 in testing conditions and then claimed 4-29 to bowl out England for 204 in 44.4 overs.The three-match series is level at 1-1.Mahmudullah set the platform for Mashrafe with a superb 75.Jos Buttler scored a run-a-ball 57 for England, while Jonny Bairstow made 35. Adil Rashid (33 not out) refused to give up, adding two significant partnerships after his team was reduced to 132-8.Bangladesh held its nerve as Mortaza fittingly sealed the deal with the wicket of last man Jake Ball.Fast-bowler Taskin Ahmed took 3-47.England found itself vulnerable on a pitch that was slower than the one used in the first match.Mortaza admirably moved the ball both ways to spark the top-order collapse. He made the initial breakthrough with the wicket of James Vince (5).Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan, who opened the bowling, dismissed Ben Duckett through the gate for a duck. Mortaza then struck twice, dismissing Jason Roy (13) and Ben Stokes (0).England was reduced to 26-4, but Buttler and Bairstow combined for a 79-run partnership. It came to an end after Bairstow’s expansive drive against Ahmed cost his wicket.But the biggest blow for England came when Ahmed won a video review to remove Buttler, who tried to flick a length ball. Buttler appeared angered by something that had been said to him and was slow to leave the pitch.At 132-8, victory looked unlikely despite more than 20 overs still to be bowled. Rashid gave England fresh hope, adding 27 with David Willey (9) before sharing 45 runs off 37 balls with Jake Ball (28 off 22).Mortaza broke the resistance to help his side stay alive in the series.Earlier, Mahmudullah held together the innings after England captain Buttler opted to bowl first.Mortaza’s late surge helped give the Bangladesh bowlers something to defend.Mortaza added 69 runs off eight overs with Nasir Hossain after Bangladesh found itself on 169-7.SHORT BALLSFast-bowler Chris Woakes had used short balls to good effect to remove the two openers -Tamim Iqbal (14) and Imrul Kayes (11).Ball dismissed Sabbir Rahman (3) to leave Bangladesh 39-3 before Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim combined for a 50-run partnership.Rahim played an injudicious pull off Ball to throw away his wicket, leaving Mahmudullah to dig in deep.Mahmudullah hit six fours in his 88-ball knock before giving away his wicket while trying to paddle-sweep against leg-spinner Rashid.Mortaza smashed a six on only the second ball he faced. He hit two fours and three sixes before being run out on the penultimate ball.Mosaddek Hossain contributed 29, while Nasir Hossain was 27 not out.Fast bowlers Woakes and Ball, and leg-spinner Rashid, claimed two wickets apiece.ScoreboardBangladesh InningsTamim Iqbal c Ali Woakes 14Imrul Kayes c Willey b Woakes 11Sabbir Rahman b Ball 3Mahmudullah lbw b Rashid 75Mushfiqur Rahim c Ali b Ball 21Shakib Al Hasan c Buttler b Stokes 3Mosaddek Hossain c Ali b Rashid 29Nasir Hossain not out 27Mashrafe Mortaza run out 44Shafiul Islam not out 0Extras: (4lb, 6w,1nb) 11TOTAL: (For 8 wickets) 238Overs: 50Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-26, 3-39, 4-89, 5-113, 6-161, 7-169, 8-238.Bowling: Chris Woakes 9-0-40-2, David Willey 8-1-36-0 (3w), Adil Rashid 10-0-53-2 (2w), Jake Ball 8-0-44-2 (1w), Ben Stokes 6-1-22-1 (1nb) , Moeen Ali 9-0-39-0.England InningsJason Roy lbw b Mortaza 13James Vince c M Hossai b Mortaza 5Ben Duckett b Al Hasan 0Jonny Bairstow c Rahim b Ahmed 35Ben Stokes b Mortaza 0Jos Buttler lbw b Ahmed 57Moeen Ali c Al Hasan b N Hossain 4Chris Woakes c Rahim b Ahmed 7Adil Rashid not out 33David Willey lbw b M Hossain 9Jake Ball c N Hossain b Mortaza 28Extras: (7lb, 6w) 13TOTAL: (all out) 204Overs: 44.4Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-14, 3-24, 4-26, 5-105, 6-120, 7-123, 8-130, 9-159, 10-204.Bowling: Shakib Al Hasan 9-0-50-1 (1w), Mashrafe Mortaza 8.4-0-29-4 (1w), Shafiul Islam 8-0-37-0 (1w), Taskin Ahmed 8-0-47-3 (3w), Nasir Hossain 10-1-29-1, Mosaddek Hossain 1-0-5-1.Toss: won by England.last_img read more

I am the man – Nicholson

first_imgBoys’ Town’s Shamar Nicholson and Rohan Richards of newly promoted Jamalco Football Club are the top scorers with four goals apiece after six rounds of action of the 2016-2017 Red Stripe Premier League season. Nicholson has scored four of the Red Brigade’s five goals this season and relishes the opportunities he has been given by the team’s technical director, Andrew Price. “Coach Price is confident in my ability to score goals, so I am the man,” he told The Gleaner. “My target for the season is 30 goals, which is a lot, but that is the target,” the 19-year-old said. Rochane Smith of the UWI FC is in third position in the goalscoring tables, having scored three goals so far this season. Eleven players from seven clubs have scored two goals each. They are Damari Deacon and Lennox Russell from Arnett Gardens; Levaughan Williams and Wolry Wolfe from Humble Lion; Rodrico Wellington and Nicholas Scott from Maverley-Hughenden; Dino Williams and Allan Ottey of Montego Bay United; Rochane Sharpe of Jamalco; Jermaine Johnson of Tivoli Gardens; and Rodave Murray of Waterhouse. Seventy goals have been scored so far this season, with newcomers Jamalco, who are in third place in the team rankings, leading with 10. With seven goals scored are Arnett Gardens, Maverley-Hughenden, UWI FC, and Humble Lion. Tivoli Gardens FC have scored six goals this season, followed by Portmore United and Boys’ Town with five goals each. Waterhouse with four and Harbour View with two have the lowest number of goals.last_img read more

Kroos to miss San Marino, Italy matches

first_imgFRANKFURT, Germany (AP):Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos will miss Germany’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against San Marino and the friendly against Italy because of a foot injury.The German federation says Kroos has a hairline fraction in his right foot and will be unable to practise for 10 days.Germany plays San Marino on Friday and meets Italy on Tuesday in Milan. The Germans lead their group after winning their first three matches.The team is seeking to win the group and gain a direct berth in the 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia, where it hopes to defend its title.last_img read more