Opposition spokesperson for sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, has lauded sprinter Usain Bolt for winning the men’s 100 metres gold medal at the 2015 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China, yesterday.In a statement released to the media, Grange said: “Bolt in the Bird’s Nest proved, without a doubt, that he is the greatest.”The world has witnessed once in a lifetime, once in a generation, a feat that can never be surpassed, when world record holder, Usain Bolt, faced his sternest test as an athlete and won the 100m race.”Grange continued: “Usain Bolt, you are a special gift from God to your parents, Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt, and to Jamaica. Because of your greatness, humility must be your crown.”You have made our hearts swell with pride, our flag continues to fly high and our nation a brand that remains centre stage around the globe.”Yes, there were a few who doubted Bolt’s ability to beat Gatlin, but I was confident that Bolt had it in him, that true Jamaican fighting spirit for which our people are known. Amazing Bolt.”I congratulate his coach, Glen Mills, and Bolt’s management team. You have all made Jamaica proud.”
BEATEN INTO SIXTH Formerly trained by 14-time champion Wayne DaCosta, ITALIANO was beaten into sixth place by BORDER LINE in high claiming company in his subsequent race over 1300 metres, but now back among his peers with a mere 52.0kg by virtue of the apprentice 4.0kg claim, should easily account for ASIA’S DREAM to give the apprentice his first career win. Next on the programme is a 4-y-o and up maiden condition race over 1200 metres to be contested by nine pretty moderate horses. It looks a wide open affair given the lack of quality and absence of worthwhile form. Hence, top apprentice Linton Steadman is given the edge aboard HE’S A DIAMOND, with ALL FOR THE GLORY and D GIRLFORME her main rivals. The well-forward 2-y-o colt PIANO MAN, with veteran jockey Ian Spence riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny, is tipped to make a winning debut in the third race over 1100 metres. The bay colt by Liquidity out of Oaks winner All For Pleasure has looked sharp in his preparation, galloping five furlongs in 1:01.0 on October 15 and 36.2 heads on for three furlongs on with stable-companion BUBBLING KITTEN. – O.C. Both the Pick-9 and Super 6s start anew at Caymanas Pak tomorrow with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000, respectively. The Pick-9 will be conducted from race two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a $450,000-$400,000 claiming race over 1300 metres in which down-in-class ITALIANO will prove hard to beat with 4.0kg claiming apprentice Amoy Gray riding for trainer Gary Subratie in a field of eight. The six-year-old grey gelding has beaten better in the not-too-distant past, slamming subsequent winner SIR SOUTH over 1200 metres on September 22.
Weather: FIne Track: GoodRace 1 1500 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACEALBERT CHONG1. OMEGA JAnderson 57.02. SMART TRAIN DDawkins4 50.0 Neck3. MY FAVORITE DANCER OMullings 54.0 3 3/4L4. ALL FOR THE GLORY OnBeckford4 53.0 1LWIN: $131.00PLACE: $73.00, $108.00, $68.00Final Time : 1:38.3 Splits : 25.0, 49.1, 1:15.1,Winner : 4yo b colt – DAYTON FLYER out of STARLIT VALLEY by PEAKS AND VALLEYSTrainer : ERALDO W. FULLERTONOwner : DONAVILLE J JOILESBred by CARL D. ANDERSONQuinella : (1,3) $597.00 Exacta : (1-3) $740.00Trifecta : (1-3-7) $358.00ROYAL LANCASTER TROPHYRace 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT-(COLTS & GELDINGS)*1. CHACE THE GREAT JErwin 54.02. WILD GLADIATOR KParchment4 54.0 7 1/2L3. MR. DOITBETTA WHenry 52.0 3 1/2L4. MISTER BONES RWilson 54.0 1 3/4LWIN: $84.00PLACE: $58.00, $78.00, $59.00Final Time : 0:59.3 Splits : 23.3, 47.0, ,Winner : 2yo ch colt – GREATNESS out of OUR MISS RUTH by WEST ACRETrainer : DWIGHT P. CHENOwner : VINCENT ATKINSONBred by ATKINSON, VINCENTQuinella : (4,7) $459.00 Exacta : (4-7) $486.00D/E : (1-4) $235.00Superfecta : (4-7-6-2) $2,171.00Race 3 1000 M (R) (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCEDALE MURPHY*1. TRADITIONAL PRINCE DaneNelson 57.02. EDISON OEdwards4 49.0 2L3. PETE’SWILDONE BebHarvey4 52.0 Nose4. LADY SHANKARI WHenry 50.0 1 1/2LWIN: $130.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00Final Time : 0:59.3 Splits : 22.4, 46.4, ,Winner : 7yo b horse – TRADITIONAL out of PRINCESS LAL by SIR LAL BAHADURTrainer : PATRICK T. LYNCHOwner : GLANVILLE M ASHTONDR.Bred by GLANVILLE ASHTON & LASCELLES PERRYQuinella : (4,7) $280.00 Exacta : (4-7) $409.00D/E : (4-4) $256.00Trifecta : (4-7-3) $217.00Rolling Triple : (1-4-4) $1,206.00Race 4 1300 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP-NW3LORENZO ROBINSON1. SINK THE BISMARCK BebHarvey4 51.5*2. POCKET MONEY LSteadman3 53.0 3 1/2L3. MONEYNEVERSLEEP PFrancis 55.0 3L4. GO TO HELL RMitchell 53.5 1 1/4L5. PALACE DANCER RLahoe 52.5 3/4LLate scratch : #6 I’VE BEEN CHOZENWIN: $144.00PLACE: $64.00, $58.00, $81.00Final Time : 1:22.2 Splits : 24.1, 48.2, 1:14.2,Winner : 5yo b horse – HE’STHEREALTHING out of JUST A FLUTTER byTrainer : VICTOR G. WILLIAMSOwner : ANDRE S ADAMSBred by ANTHEA E. GORE, BRUCE & NOEL LEVYNOTE: HORSE #5 GO TO HELL FINISHED 3RD, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 4TH.Quinella : (2,10) $196.00 Exacta : (10-2) $524.00D/E : (4-10) $701.00 (4-6) $110.00Trifecta : (10-2-3) $639.00Hi-5 : (10-2-3-5-4) $12,629.00Rolling Triple : (4-4-10) $1,485.00Race 5 1820 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCEPATRICK SMELLIE1. RAGING PROSPECT OWhite 54.02. BLACK THORN PFrancis 50.0 2 3/4L*3. ROYAL VIBES RHalledeen 53.0 3 1/2L4. RUM PUNCH SEllis 54.0 2 1/4LWIN: $198.00PLACE: $77.00, $59.00, $62.00Final Time : 1:56.1 Splits : 27.3, 52.0, 1:15.4, 1:42.0Winner : 6yo ch horse – HE’STHEREALTHING out of RAGING FURY by AL’S RIVER CATTrainer : PATRICK T. LYNCHOwner : PATRICK T LYNCHBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Quinella : (1,5) $564.00 Exacta : (5-1) $1,093.00D/E : (10-5) $1,028.00Trifecta : (5-1-7) $885.00Rolling Triple : (4-10-5) $4,439.00Race 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHTHARRY PARSARD1. GANJA MAN BebHarvey4 50.0*2. LAGUNA POINT AChatrie 52.0 1 1/4L3. MESSITHEGREAT DMcKenzie 54.0 Head4. WELL BLESSED PFrancis 52.0 Neck5. FREE RANGE LSteadman3 52.0 3/4L6. KACI WHenry 54.0 1/2LWIN: $660.00PLACE: $222.00, $86.00, $130.00Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 23.0, 46.0, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – HOMING INSTINCT out of REGGAE STAR by STAR OF MANILATrainer : TERRENCE J MCWHINNEYOwner : TERRENCE J MCWHINNEYBred by LAKELAND FARMS LTD.Quinella : (8,9) $1,375.00 Exacta : (8-9) $3,557.00D/E : (5-8) $2,722.00Trifecta : (8-9-1) $4,429.00Hit-6 carry-over : $61,668.75Rolling Triple : (10-5-8) $9,603.00Pick-4 : (4-10-5-8) $141,100.00Super-6 : (1-4-4-10-5-8) $120,251.50 (6 OF 6)ALTY McKENZIE MEMORIAL CUPRace 7 1600 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO&UP-NW31. BATIDOR DE MUNDO RHalledeen 55.02. PERSIAN BELLE LSteadman3 52.5 1 3/4L*3. UNBREAKABLE JErwin 54.0 1 1/2L4. OUR CREATION BebHarvey4 50.5 Sh.HeadWIN: $237.00PLACE: $97.00, $194.00, $62.00Final Time : 1:42.0 Splits : 24.0, 47.0, 1:12.4,Winner : 5yo b horse – NATURAL SELECTION out of COTTA’S JEWEL by MINER’S MARKTrainer : MARLON C ANDERSONOwner : BRONX CONNECTIONBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Quinella : (3,4) $1,781.00 Exacta : (3-4) $3,288.00D/E : (8-3) $4,277.00Superfecta : (3-4-5-1) $6,288.00Rolling Triple : (5-8-3) $26,078.00Race 8 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 5YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $110,0 SINCE JULY 21APPRENTICE RACE – ROBERT DARBY SR1. PRINCESS SALLEMA BebHarvey4 50.5*2. TERRA MARIQUE AndrePowell4 50.5 3/4L3. POWERFUL RED AntThomas4 48.5 1 3/4L4. EYESOFGLORY LSteadman3 53.0 2 3/4L5. ALDEBARAN AGray4 51.5 NeckDNF #5 SIR WILLIE NBerger4 48.0 99/1WIN: $2222.00PLACE: $360.00, $72.00, $111.00Final Time : 1:01.0 Splits : 23.3, 47.0, ,Winner : 5yo ch mare – TRADITIONAL out of WAR TURF by LAW OF THE SEATrainer : ROWAN R MATHIEOwner : DAVID A DALEYBred by NEVILLE COOPERQuinella : (14,15) $3,393.00 Exacta : (15-14) $6,686.00D/E : (3-15) $16,531.00Trifecta : (15-14-11) $10,715.00Hi-5 carry-over : $110,786.00Rolling Triple : (all-3-15,8-all-15,8-3-al) $2,345.00UNITED RACEHORSE TRAINERS’ ASSOCIATION TROPHYRace 9 1820 M (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB3YO-REST.STAKES1. HOUDINI’S MAGIC SEllis 54.02. ORIGINAL TRAIN WHenry 52.0 1 3/4L*3. BRAWN OWalker 56.0 Neck4. PIZARRO OEdwards4 49.0 15LWIN: $248.00PLACE: $60.00, $65.00, $54.00Final Time : 1:56.1 Splits : 26.2, 51.0, 1:14.4, 1:41.1Winner : 3yo b colt – PERFORMING MAGIC out of MILESTONE by VANADIUMTrainer : ANTHONY C NUNESOwner : DERRICK H BRANDTBred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD.Quinella : (1,7) $358.00 Exacta : (1-7) $1,282.00D/E : (15-1) $13,759.00Trifecta : (1-7-4) $394.00Rolling Triple : (3-15-1) $108,521.00FRANK PARHAM MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 10 1000 M (S) (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3 O/T)1. GAGA LADY PFrancis 50.02. HAILEY’S COMET ABudhu 50.0 Head3. MERITONE OWalker 53.5 2 1/2L*4. BAD BOY JUSTIN HPottinger4 51.0 Sh.Head5. FIFTYONESTORM RHalledeen 53.0 1 1/2LWIN: $222.00PLACE: $67.00, $396.00, $157.00Final Time : 0:59.1 Splits : 22.3, 45.4, ,Winner : 4yo gr filly – FILM DIRECTOR out of SILVER TALER by BOLD RUCKUSTrainer : RYAN O DARBYOwner : RAPHAEL E GORDONBred by LORENZO B. ROBINSONQuinella : (15,16) $3,543.00 Exacta : (15-16) $4,171.00D/E : (1-15) $2,232.00Trifecta : (15-16-13) $8,272.00Hi-5 : (15-16-13-7-11) $195,159.50Rolling Triple : (15-1-15) $53,995.00Pick-4 : (3-15-1-15) $686,428.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6 : (5-8-3-15-1-15) $21,807.60 (5 OF 6) Carry-over : $1,308,459.75Pick-9 : (4-4-10-5-8-3-15-1-15) $18,184.00 (7 OF 9) (4-4-10-5-8-3-15-1-15) $776.00 (6 OF 9) Carry-over : $1,842,979.32PlacePot 8 : (4,7-2,10-1,5-8,9-3,4-14,15-1,7-15,16) $310,585.00 (8 OF 8)
St Thomas Boxing Club retained their hold on the Jamaica Boxing Board’s Youth and Junior Championships, when they came out ahead of five other gyms at the Stanley Couch Gym last Saturday night, with 12 points. Stanley Couch placed second with seven points, Savanna-la-mar had four points, Bruising Gym and Trench Town scored three each, Sugar Olympic picked up two points and Seaview Gym one point. The championship featured Junior boxers aged 14-15 and Youth Boxers 16 and 17 years. In the junior category, there was a lot of action and the St Thomas team, which is coached by AIBA 1-Star Judge Robert Napier, excelled. Lightweight Anthony Burke was their best boxer and in his bout against Shaquer Dobson from Sugar Olympic, he was dominant and won by TKO after only one minute and 56 seconds of the first round. He was voted the most outstanding junior boxer for this performance. His teammate, Reynaldo Roberts, also had a TKO victory over another boxer from Sugar Olympic Gym, Malachi Baker. The Youth division saw two excellent bouts. Menilik Russell from the Savanna-la-mar Gym won on points over Joshua Forrest Davidson from Seaview Gym, while Shavon Lindo from Bruising Gym, who is a technically sound boxer with a lot of promise, defeated Devenney Patterson from St Thomas on points. Russell was named the outstanding Youth Boxer. In other bouts, Joseph Russell defeated Michael McDonald on points. Shadine Nash defeated Kirkland Clarke on points, Javon Goldson scored a second round TKO victory over Rahmong Chung and Brandon Gordon from St Thomas scored a surprise victory over Daniel Hylton from Stanley Couch, who recently won a silver medal at a development tournament in Guyana.
It was an emotional night for Calabar High School’s coach, Ludlow Barker, after watching his team hold off Ardenne High to win back-to-back Under-19 ISSA National Basketball Championship titles, following a 62-52 overtime win at the G.C. Foster College auditorium on Tuesday evening.Led by a game-high 28 points from MVP Maliek McCarthy and 13 points from Jevaun Faulder, Calabar High shrugged off a fourth-quarter surge from the Basil Barrett-coached Ardenne before going on to dominate overtime 12-4.Justin Rhoden was Ardenne’s top scorer with 15 points.However, in his post-match interview, Calabar High’s coach, Barker, could not restrain the tears as emotions overwhelmed him while he piled praises on his players for their sacrifice on the road to winning back-to-back Southern Conference and national championship honours.”I know these players,” said a tearful Barker. “When they commit to do the work, they come up trumps. I believe in them; they believe in me. I just love these players. I love coaching the school because they have heart and soul.TOP COACH, PLAYERS”They (players) say they have a top coach, but I say I have top players – the greatest players in the world – and I’d never exchange them for anything,” he stated.”Winning back-to-back South Conference titles was going to be tough, but winning back-to-back all-island was going to be harder. We had to have a lot of self-discipline and play good defence.”After an evenly contested first quarter (12-12), Calabar High captured the second period 11-7 to lead 23-19 at half-time. They continued to hold the ascendancy after taking the third quarter 17-14, but in the final quarter, Ardenne upped their game a couple of notches and Calabar High could find no answer as the Basil Barrett-coached team were hitting shots from all angles and range. In the final analysis, Ardenne High won the period 15-8 to be tied 48-48 at the final whistle.However, in overtime, Ardenne did not know what hit them as Calabar High came out firing and easily captured the period 12-4 for a convincing win.”My team held its nerve when it went to overtime. They were still feeling good about themselves even though they gave up the lead,” Barker admitted. “We didn’t lose concentration. We stuck to the game plan and we supported each other, and defensively, we did an excellent job. So to repeat at this level is quite a joy.”In the junior final, St George’s College avenged their Southern Conference final defeat to St Catherine High with a 54-47 win.Jordon Gilles with 17 points and Nathan Reid (10 points) were the top scorers for St George’s. Shevran Williams was St Catherine’s top scorer with 13 points.
“The level of disrespect to Jamaica’s football in all sectors, our local players, our parish associations, our footballing public, our sponsors, our football administrators, has never been more acute, what will (with) our lack of resources to fund our local programs and leagues, while giving your stated ‘messiah’ Schaefer (Winfried) so much of our resources for practically doing nothing.” The letter continued: “And having our administrative arm, the BOD, relegated to rubber stamping your flawed vision of the nation’s football programme, while instituting the divide-and-rule strategy by outlawing persons that dare to question your individual decisions. There is so much that has gone wrong with our football, the end results are testimony to that, and the issue of you continuing as if Jack Warner or Jeffrey Webb still having influence in football is showing your almost total disconnect from today’s reality that is football in our nation.” Beckford broke ranks in December by supporting Orville Powell, who had moved to challenge Burrell for the leadership of the JFF. The final paragraph suggests that Beckford is not the only disgruntled soldier as he used the phrase “… now prompted OUR call for you stepping away from OUR programme”. It read: “We have never had it so good and be in a worst situation, and the influx of English players and Schaefer and your almost insane vision of our football programme has now prompted our call for your stepping away from OUR programme. And there will be efforts to remove you if not voluntarily walking away. It is imperative to save our football from you and your aforementioned flawed vision of our sport. The ball is in your half.” When contacted for a response, Burrell said it is not the first time that Beckford has behaved in this manner and he will be dealt with by the JFF’s executive body. “This is the second time this man has done that in weeks and almost all the existing (JFF) members have written in and have disassociated themselves,” said Burrell. “My official response is that Mr Beckford will be dealt with by the executive committee, as more than 90 per cent (of executives) have expressed their displeasure in the letter and they will deal with him at the next meeting,” the JFF president continued. When asked about the timing of that deliberation, Burrell informed that “I don’t have the date for that meeting right now”. TOO MUCH DISRESPECT President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell is not having an easy time at the moment as opposition to his presidency has come from within his own ranks. The latest to open fire at the former army man is one of his lieutenants who has broken ranks and made it clear that he will no longer be marching to the tune of the captain. This rebellious soldier, Danny Beckford, the long-time president of the St Ann Football Association, stated his position to Captain Burrell in a language more akin to the former army man, who has been known to give ultimatums. “Good day to you,” the letter, titled ‘Red: JFF Matters’, started. “Having been asked what is the opinion on the way forward for our football, the first move is for you as the president and your general secretary to leave the football administration ASAP so that the proper way for administering our football can now properly move apace.” The letter was addressed to Captain Burrell and copied the entire JFF board of directors (BOD). It continued: “No longer must we sit and follow your sense of administering our football as this has led us to have regressed nearly twenty years as your vision has wasted so much of our resources in the futile effort to buy our way to World Cup Russia 2018.
TOP SCORE Pope, who put on an opening stand of 40 with Chadwick Walton, held his end to hit a top score of 81 from 112 balls with eight boundaries, his list-A career-best score. He featured in three important partnerships around which the innings was constructed – 42 for the third wicket with Andre Fletcher, who contributed 26; and 63 with Mohammed for the fourth wicket. Mohammed found the boundary five times to post 58 from 71 balls, while Powell raced to 55 from just 35 balls, hitting three fours and as many sixes. Mohamed and Powell put together 89 runs for the fifth wicket and lost their wickets in the final over, after helping West Indies A to compile 93 runs in the last 10 overs. Beaton and Johnson ran through the Sri Lanka A top order, grabbing the first four wickets seven overs into the chase as the home side tottered to a batting meltdown at 26 for four. Beaton grabbed two wickets in four balls during the seventh over to finish with three for 26 from 6.3 overs, his best in list-A cricket, while Johnson ended with two for 19 from four overs. Jaggesar finished with career-best figures of four for 29 after removing Minod Bhanuka for 15 to break Sri Lanka’s highest stand of 23, which Bhanuka scraped together with Charith Asalanka, who scored 17. West Indies A and Sri Lanka A meet in the second match in Kurunegala tomorrow, before wrapping up the series with the third and final game on Sunday in Colombo. DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC): A combined batting and bowling effort by West Indies A propelled them to a commanding 165-run victory over Sri Lanka A in the first unofficial one-day international (ODI) at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here yesterday. Offspinner Jon-Russ Jaggesar, with a career best four-wicket haul, led the demolition of Sri-Lanka A for 102 in 32.3 overs, after Kyle Pope posted a career best 81 and shared in three important partnerships that spurred West Indies A to 267 for six. The new-ball pair of Ronsford Beaton, who picked up three wickets and Delorn Johnson, two, set up the victory with early wickets that ripped the fight out of the home side. Captain Jason Mohammed and Rovman Powell triggered late momentum by slamming half-centuries as West Indies A cruised to a one-nil lead in the three-match series. Mohammed’s men resumed the reserve day on 69 for two after rain intervened with the game just 12.5 overs into the innings.
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC):A clatter of late wickets in the final hour hurt Pakistan’s momentum and handed West Indies a rare advantage on a topsy-turvy opening day of the third and final Test here yesterday.The hosts, entering the contest at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium with the series already wrapped up, were in command at 230 for four in the final session before suddenly losing four wickets for 25 runs, to stumble to the close on 255 for eight.Pakistan’s slide was triggered by leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, who picked up three of the four wickets to end with four for 74.In-form speedster Shannon Gabriel claimed the other wicket to finish with three for 58, as West Indies enjoyed one of their brightest days in an otherwise wretched series, where they are yet to win a single game.Right-armer Gabriel had earlier stunned Pakistan, snatching two wickets in the opening over to reduce them to one run for two wickets after they opted to bat first.However, 20-year-old opener Sami Aslam spearheaded his side’s revival, top-scoring with 74, while captain Misbah-ul-Haq carved out 53 and Sarfraz Ahmed and veteran Younis Khan both hit 51.IDEAL STARTNeeding a strong performance to turn the page on the disappointment of the two previous Tests, West Indies were given the ideal start, courtesy of an incisive Gabriel burst.With just the second ball of the morning and with a single run on the board, the 28-year-old removed first Test triple-century-maker Azhar Ali for a first-ball ‘duck’, caught at second slip by Kraigg Brathwaite as he sparred at one that bounced and moved away.Two balls later, Gabriel sent back Asad Shafiq also without scoring, after bringing one back to hit the right-hander in front. His initial appeal for lbw was rejected, but the Windies were vindicated on review.Tottering for the first time in the series in their first innings, Pakistan were rescued by the left-handed Aslam who anchored a crucial 106-run, third-wicket partnership with the irrepressible Younis.Aslam faced 172 balls and counted seven fours and a six, while Younis, who gathered a hundred in the last Test in Abu Dhabi, struck four fours and a six in a 100-ball knock.The pair carried Pakistan safely to lunch at 81 for two and kept West Indies wicketless for another 40 minutes afterward, before being separated.Younis, twice let off on 30 in the same over from off-spinner Roston Chase prior to lunch, reached his half-century just over half-hour following the resumption, when he clobbered Chase over the ropes at midwicket.Attempting to repeat the stroke in the bowler’s next over, the right-handed Younis succeeded only in top-edging a catch to Leon Johnson at midwicket.However, West Indies remained without further success in the session as Misbah anchored the first of two partnerships to put Pakistan on top.He put on 43 for the fourth wicket with Aslam, a stand which left the hosts on 148 for three at tea. And when Aslam perished in the first over after the break with just two runs added, gloving a reverse sweep at Bishoo to captain Jason Holder at slip, Misbah combined with Sarfraz to again frustrate the Windies.The pair posted 80 for the fifth wicket with both playing positively and allowing Pakistan to march dominantly through the next hour.MORE BOUNDARIESMisbah, unbeaten on 18 at tea, took on Bishoo in the fifth over after the interval, thumping him for a back-to-back leg-side four and six, to move into the 30s.He then swept Chase for four before reverse-sweeping Bishoo for a couple, to raise his second half-century in as many innings, on the stroke of the drinks break.Off the first ball on the resumption, he was adjudged to have touched a reverse sweep through to the wicketkeeper off Bishoo, after facing 123 deliveries and striking three fours and a six.His dismissal triggered the slide as Bishoo clinically sliced through the lower order.ScoreboardPAKISTAN 1st inningsSami Aslam c Holder b Bishoo 74Azhar Ali c Brathwaite b Gabriel 0Asad Shafiq lbw b Gabriel 0Younis Khan c Johnson b Chase 51*Misbah-ul-Haq c wkp Dowrich b Bishoo 53+Sarfraz Ahmed b Gabriel 51Mohammad Nawaz st wkp Dowrich b Bishoo 6Wahab Riaz lbw b Bishoo 4Yasir Shah not out 1Mohammad Amir not out 6Extras (lb4, w1, nb4) 9TOTAL (8 wkts, 83 overs) 255To bat: Zulfiqar BabarFall of wickets: 1-1, 2-1, 3-107, 4-150, 5-230, 6-242, 7-248, 8-248.Bowling: Gabriel 17-1-58-3 (nb2), Joseph 15-5-43-0 (w1, nb2), Holder 12-4-29-0, Chase 20-5-47-1, Bishoo 19-2-74-4.Toss: Pakistan.Umpires: M Gough, P Reiffel; TV – R Illingworth.
Russell’s black bat is back SYDNEY, Australia, (CMC): Andre Russell can resume use of a black-coloured bat during the Big Bash League. Cricket Australia said it had granted approval for the West Indies Twenty20 star to use a black-coloured bat after reviewing modifications made to the material covering the willow. “Following feedback from the match officials that the bat used by Andre in the opening night of the season left black marks on the match ball, Andre has worked with his bat manufacturer to modify the bat,” said Head of the Big Bash Anthony Everard. “A clear laminate cover has been applied to the bat which complies with regulations to ensure the ball discolouration does not occur again. “We’re now satisfied that the bat will not compromise the integrity of the game by discolouring the match ball and we have granted approval for Andre to use the bat in any future BBL matches.” Russell unveiled a black bat – a throwback to the Stanford Twenty20 Tournament in the Caribbean – for the opening match of the BBL against cross-town rivals Sydney Sixers last Tuesday. Complaints from the umpires and rivals in the game led CA to provisionally bar him from using the bat, which is trimmed with pink handle rubber and highlights, until the manufacturers can prevent it from leaving marks on the ball. Before the start of the competition, Russell had permission to use a black bat under the rules, which stipulate it must be the same colour as the Club’s primary colour – or black. Russell used a conventional bat during the Thunder’s second match last Thursday, when they lost to the Melbourne Renegades. But bat-maker Spartan has worked with Russell to solve the problem with the black bat and he posted a video to his Instagram account showing the founder of the company giving a demonstration.
It seems like 2016 was so full of fairytale achievements in sport, we should just leave all their rules alone and be glad for the opportunity to witness history. This year, however, there is a chance to set some things right with several of our favourite sporting disciplines, helping them provide us with even more comfort and joy in years to come.World Cup FootballEarth to FIFA: the colonies and outer reaches of the planet have heard of football and are playing at a very high level. Simply put, too many European teams (UEFA – 13 places) are given a berth to the World Cup. First developed in Europe, the sport claims a kind of colonial or territorial privilege in comparison to other regions, allowing only paltry numbers from the huge population centres represented by CAF (Africa – 5 places); CONCACAF (North America, Central American and the Caribbean – 3-1/2 places) and CONMEBOL (South America – 4-1/2 places).The tournament still looks like a European championship with a few guest competitors sprinkled in from the other continents.SOLUTION: Come up with a better way of evaluating federation teams, give each the spots they deserve and delete them from Europe, which should end up with a final tally of 8-10 after their teams duke it out with each other in an honest manner. Preliminary rounds at the finals will be instantly more exciting and spare us those Slovenia vs Slovakia snooze fests (with apologies to the two nations).Table TennisIn its less-than-infinite wisdom, the International Table Tennis Federation decreed in 2001 that the century-old game of 21 points over three sets should now have a basis of five sets lasting 11 points each. Fewer points, went the logic, would create more drama (read: anxiety among athletes), making matches appear tighter and more competitive. But this drastic change caused two problems. By changing service rotation from five to two serves, players have no time to build a groove with their serve since they now must hand over the ball after two – hardly enough time to use it to build a rhythm or a streak. Serving is not irrelevant in the new regime; it’s just not as crucial as shot making. Once a magical part of the game, the serve has become more perfunctory, and top players seem to just want to get it over with and get into the meat of the rally.SOLUTION: Lengthen the game to 15 points a set with three serves each before a changeover. A player would be able to both probe and create setups with his serve or serve poorly and have it attacked directly if it’s guileless. Either way, if you want drama, this is a much better compromise than cutting a sport in half.Track and FieldIn 2003, the IAAF ruled that it would tolerate a first false start in track events, then eject whosoever ‘jumped the gun’ in less than 0.10 on subsequent starts. The change led to a new problem: an athlete could commit the initial false start, later causing fast-starting rivals to freeze and lose their advantage at the gun. So in 2010, the ruling body for the sport changed the law to the current ‘death penalty’ situation in which every false starter is ejected. The thinking was that false starts waste precious television time while sponsors’ wares wait for their chance to dance across our screens.SOLUTION: Charge the first false start as a warning to the whole field. For any second false start, regardless of which athlete was charged, eject the offender and the original false starter (if different athletes). In this way, the initial transgressor has no chance of an unfair advantage by remaining in the race and making people twitchy.While they are at it, the IAAF should change the pressure settings on the blocks for women’s events. Apparently, women don’s false start as much on average because they exert less pressure on the apparatus. But if they can be assumed to be just as nervous, inexperienced or tricky as men, but not as strong on average, then the change should result in similar false-start averages. Just saying.fix laneAnd finally, let’s fix lane identification. At the start of a race, competitors are expected to wear an adhesive lane number stuck to the outer thigh. That’s the little white piece of material you see fluttering all over the track as soon as athletes leave the blocks. Some don’t even bother putting the number on, but those who do, work hard to peel off the backing with their fingers, nails or teeth, and persevere, since the decals are actually meant to help officials identify everyone in a photo finish.SOLUTION: Before a flying lane number puts somebody’s eye out as runners go down the track, try preprinting them on rolls of kinesio tape in perforated rolls numbered 1-9 and higher, then affix as required. Using henna or permanent markers would work too, but my money’s on the more modern, high-tech kinesio tape, the stuff everyone has stuck to their bodies anyway. After all, it’s 2017.Michael A. Grant is a communications consultant and author of several books, including ‘The Power & The Glory: Jamaica in World Athletics from WWII to the Diamond League Era’ (with Hubert Lawrence and Bryan Cummings); he is also an adjunct senior lecturer at UWI.