Jamaica Scorpions, on the back of another shallow batting display, were yesterday defeated by 117 runs on the final day of their top-of-the-table WICB First-Class Championship clash against leaders and title-holders Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park. Starting the day on 83 for three and needing another 244 runs to win, Jamaica were blown away for 208 midway the post-lunch session. Leading the Guyana bowling charge was outstanding 19-year-old left-arm spinner, Gudakesh Motie, who claimed six for 33 to take his tournament-leading tally to 34 wickets. The lanky Motie, playing in his debut first-class season and fifth match overall, last year represented West Indies Under-19s at the ICC Youth World Cup. “It was a disappointing performance, particularly as it relates to our batting,” bemoaned Scorpions captain, Paul Palmer Jr. “Our bowlers did well, especially in the first innings, but our batsmen did not back them up.” He added: “It is now a setback for us as Guyana have moved further ahead in the standings. But it is still midway the season and we still have time, so hopefully we can catch up with them.” Jamaica now have three wins and two defeats and lie third in the standings on 53 points. Guyana, unbeaten after five matches, extended their tally to 85, while Barbados Pride, who defeated Leeward Island Hurricanes by 10 wickets, are second on 63 points. The tournament, being played on a home-and-away basis over 10 rounds, will take a break to facilitate the holiday season, as well as the NAGICO Super50 regional one-day tournament, which bowls off in January. Volcanoes, Red Force draw AT THE BEAUSEJOUR CRICKET STADIUM: Windward Islands Volcanoes drew with Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on the final day of their fifth round game here yesterday. Scores: VOLCANOES 306 (Shane Shillingford 64, AndrÈ Fletcher 63, Mervyn Mathew 48 not out, Devon Smith 32, Liam Sebastien 30; Imran Khan 3-100, Narsingh Deonarine 2-29, Uthman Mohammed 2-51) & 198 for seven (Devon Smith 56, Shane Shillingford 34, AndrÈ Fletcher 29). RED FORCE 382 (Yannick Ottley 99 not out, Yannic Cariah 70, Narsingh Deonarine 60, Marlon Richards 60; Kevin McClean 4-66, Shane Shillingford 3-109).
Donegal County Councillor Gary Doherty has today severely criticised the Government for not including St Mary’s National School, Stranorlar in its six year Capital Plan.Cllr Gary DohertyThe school has previously received site and planning permission for a new building and it had been hoped that funding would be earmarked for construction to begin during the term of the next Government but this has not materialised.Speaking today, Sinn Fein’s Cllr Doherty said “I was extremely dissapponted to learn that St Marys N.S., Stranorlar was not included in the the five year Capital Programme. It should be painfully clear to all stakeholders that this school should be top of any funding and building programme which comes online but unfortunately that has not been the case.” He continued “St Mary’s is the biggest National School in the Finn Valley and one of the biggest in the County. It has seen enrolment figures increase year on year, including an intake of 70 Junior Infants this year. At present, 170 children in the school are in prefabricated accommodation, and only four of the twelve permanent classrooms have toilets or running water. That is a situation that cannot be allowed to continue, and it is inexplicable that this Government has ignored these figures when compiling the new Capital Plan.“The Capital Plan includes a figure of €3 Billion explicitly earmarked for a school building programme. Parents in the Twin Towns deserve answers as to why their school was not included.”UPROAR AS STRANORLAR SCHOOL IS SNUBBED BY GOVERNMENT was last modified: October 7th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)
BRISTOL, Conn. — Hours before his final game for the red, white and blue, Landon Donovan made no effort to hide his anger at Jurgen Klinsmann.The face of American soccer for more than a decade, Donovan had been counting on going to his fourth World Cup.And then after practice at Stanford Stadium on May 22, Klinsmann called in the 32-year-old forward and told him he wasn’t going to BrazilDonovan was stunned and livid.He recorded commercials poking fun at his exclusion, criticized Klinsmann’s tactics during the tournament and was reluctant to accept an offer from U.S. Soccer Federation Sunil Gulati to play a celebratory finale for the national team.Ultimately, Donovan accepted and made his 157th international appearance in an exhibition against Ecuador on Oct. 10th. He hit a post, left in the 41st minute and exchanged a handshake and a soft hug with the coach when he left the game that ended in a 1-1 tie.Looking back, Donovan thinks getting axed benefited him in an unexpected manner.“Although I didn’t agree with the decision and I still know I should have been there, it was also good for me to say, you know what, it’s not always going to go your way,” he said. “And it took time for me to get to that place. I’m human. I had some very real emotions after. But after a while I said: Maybe this is a going to be a good thing. And I wouldn’t have the opportunity to grow had it not happened. I certainly grew a lot more by that happening than if I had gone to the World Cup and played there, and in that way you can learn a lot from it.“I had the opportunity to feel what other players have felt in my career. A lot of times when I made a team I was so happy for me that I forgot about the guy who got cut, so for the first time it kind of put that in front of my face.”Gulati sat at Donovan’s side during a half-hour pre-game news conference on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight set, about 20 miles from Rentschler Field, and maintained his refusal to comment on Klinsmann’s decision.Without Donovan, the U.S. advanced from a difficult first-round group by defeating Ghana, drawing Portugal and losing to Germany. The Americans were knocked out with a 2-1 overtime loss to Belgium, and the Oct. 10 match was their first at home since leaving Brazil.“Three, four months ago, if someone asked if this day would happen, I would have said you’re out of your mind and you’re crazy,” Donovan said. “I give all the credit to Sunil for sticking with me through some hard conversations and understanding what was important and making it happen.“I believe this is a day I deserve. I believe this is a day my family deserves for all the sacrifices they’ve made.”Donovan anticipated 20 family members would attend, and he said the USSF had treated them “like kings and queens” this week. It helped to alleviate some of his vexation.” People forget, for those of us who weren’t selected this summer to play in Brazil, it’s not only difficult for us, it’s difficult for our families,” he said. “In many instances, our families had this amazing vacation trip of a lifetime planned, and that was taken from them.”The Los Angeles Galaxy forward, the American career leader in international goals (57) and assists (58), is retiring at the end of the Major League Soccer season.Donovan played in all 12 U.S. games at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, scoring an American-record five goals. His stoppage-time winner against Algeria four years ago gave the U.S. first place in its group for the first time in 80 years and created one of American soccer’s iconic moments.Asked about his relationship with Klinsmann, all Donovan would say is: “You know.” It took him awhile to accept Gulati’s offer of a testimonial match.“The thought of being in this environment again didn’t seem all that appealing at the time,” Donovan said. “But at the end of the day I looked at the big picture and realized what a special day this could be. It’s almost like, if you care to believe this stuff, in many ways it’s meant to be. I think it’s no coincidence it’s 10-10 today.”Donovan took over the No. 10 jersey following captain Claudio Reyna’s retirement in 2006. But for all Donovan’s accomplishments, Klinsmann said he wished Donovan “could have done a bit more” and established a career with a European club rather than remain in MLS.“I think it’s easy for people to judge others in their career choices and their life choices,” Donovan said. “I’ve always tried to make decisions that were best for me and best for my family and best for my happiness. I realize that’s not always popular with people. I’m sure a lot of people wish my career had gone a different way.”Donovan took a four-month sabbatical from soccer after the 2012 season, a decision that strained his relationship with Klinsmann, who believes top players should train virtually year-round. Donovan needed time away — he has been open about his struggles with depression.“It’s human nature to have sad periods in life,” he said. “I would much rather feel than not feel things and to go through some of the things we as human beings go through. It’s normal to feel that way.”He’s not quite sure what awaits. Attending college and travel are among the possibilities. He’ll remain involved with the USSF, but how he’s not sure.Coaching intrigues him, but not pros. Perhaps the under-17 team, the level where he first gained world-wide attention in 1999.“I wouldn’t want to deal with male soccer egos. That’s a headache that I think nobody would want, even though some coaches take it on,” he said. “I think being able to really be hands on early in people’s careers would be helpful, because that’s where I needed the most help.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
All-rounders Doug Bracewell and Scott Kuggeleijn joined forces to lead New Zealand to a 35-run win over Sri Lanka in a one-off Twenty20 on Friday and a clean sweep of the tourists across all formats. Bracewell made 44 from 26 balls and Kuggeleijn, on debut, hit an unbeaten 35 from 15 as New Zealand rallied from 55 for 5 after 10 overs to make 179 for 7 batting first. Kuggeleijn then took 1 for 26, Bracewell 1 for 19, and both held two catches as New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for 144 in 16.5 overs.Paceman Lockie Ferguson took 3 for 31 and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi 3 for 30 as New Zealand pulled back Sri Lanka which was well ahead of the run rate for much of its chase. New Zealand previously beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in a two-Test series and 3-0 in a three-match one-day international series.Kuggeleijn, who followed his father Chris as a New Zealand player, and Bracewell, also the son of a former international – fast bowler Brendon – both emerged as genuine all-rounders in limited-overs cricket with their performances on Friday.I’ve been working hard on my batting. Just trying to stay still and watch the ball hard. – Doug Bracewell talking to Laura McGoldrick on @skysportnz #NZvSL pic.twitter.com/D5c9kjwuZ5BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 11, 2019New Zealand made a poor start after losing the toss and being sent in, losing Martin Guptill (1) in the first over, Tim Seifert (2) in the second, Henry Nicholls (4) in the third and Colin Munro (16) in the fourth to be 27-4.Veteran Lasith Malinga, in possibly his last match in New Zealand, and youngster Kasun Rajitha both took two wickets in their opening spells. When Mitchell Santner was out for 13 in the 10th over, New Zealand was 55-5 at the midpoint of their innings.advertisementA competitive total seemed unlikely as the New Zealand batsmen struggled on a drop-in pitch which offered good bounce and on which the slower ball was often effective. But Ross Taylor (33) put on 47 with Bracewell in a sixth-wicket stand, which helped to repair the innings, then Bracewell took charge with a bright innings which included one four and five sixes in his first match for New Zealand in a year.”I got going with (Taylor) and managed to get a few away, and then (Kuggeleijn) on debut was outstanding,” Bracewell said.”The boys all sort of chipped in with a few wickets there.”VICTORY! Just like that the BLACKCAPS wrap up the Sri Lanka tail. Ish Sodhi impressive with a couple late ones and finishing with 3-30!win by 35 runs.#NZvSL @PhotosportNZ pic.twitter.com/BCptQWAffBBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 11, 2019Kuggeleijn joined Bracewell and hit 35, which included one four and four sixes, in a partnership of 41. He added a further 36 with Tim Southee (13) to lift New Zealand to a total which was close to par on Eden Park.Sri Lanka made a blazing start to their reply with Niroshan Dickwella hitting a four and six from the first two balls of their innings. He blasted Sri Lanka to 29 for 1 after only two overs.The tourists remained well ahead of New Zealand’s run curve, reaching 52 for 3 after five overs and 95-4 after 10.Big-hitting Thisara Perera looked likely to lead Sri Lanka to victory as he raced to 43 from 24 balls with two fours and three sixes. He worked well in partnerships with Kusal Mendis and Dhanajaya de Silva.Victory @BLACKCAPS!!! #NeverInDoubt pic.twitter.com/ETLhFxdt8WThe ACC (@TheACCnz) January 11, 2019But Ferguson returned to dismiss Perera and de Silva in one over and Sri Lanka’s effort petered out.”I thought we did really well in the bowling part, but in the last overs we gave away a few too many runs,” Malinga said. “I still feel that in the batting part we didn’t understand how to win the game.”