WESTERN BUREAU:Red Stripe Premier League club FC Reno has been busy during the January transfer window, and Dean Malloy, the club’s manager, believes the new recruits have already started to make an impact.Six players were brought and two left, and Malloy is confident they will help pull the club up the standings and finish the season on a high.”We have been doing some business and, so far, we are happy with the players we have brought in,” Malloy said.”Two players have left the club, including central midfielder Leonard Rankine, who joined Western Confederation Super League club Sandals Whitehouse.Joining the former three-time champions are two attacking players in Anthony Markes, formerly of Harbour View FC, and Taj Coley, who played for Appleton in the St Elizabeth Major League.It’s in attack that FC Reno are mostly bereft of talent, so with the addition of Markes and Coley, they should at least be converting more chances.FRESH SQUAD”These players have freshened up the squad, and the team is beginning to look the part once again,” Malloy said.On Sunday, while none of the new recruits got onto the score sheet, FC Reno posted a hard-working 2-0 win over Cavalier SC at the Frome Sports Complex.Romario Downswell and Dershan Bryan scored in the seventh and 91st minutes, respectively, to give Reno their first win in five matches.Sunday’s win comes on the heels of another decent performance, as they played to a draw in their previous outing and are looking a lot more settled.”We are hoping that the new players will add some impetus and help steer the club away from relegation,” said Malloy.”It is fair to say that we are charting a new way forward, and all the players in our squad will have a role to play in moving the club forward,” he added.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):West Indies Twenty20 captain, Darren Sammy, has assured the region his squad will not boycott the upcoming T20 World Cup in India next month.Fears the 15-man squad would opt out of the March 8 to April 3 tournament were heightened over the past week when it emerged that yet another contract dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) was simmering.Writing on the players’ behalf, Sammy told the WICB that the new contracts pay structure was unacceptable, arguing that it represented between a 50 and 80 per cent reduction in earnings.However, in an interview with a radio station on Thursday, he said the squad had never considered skipping the event and were committed to playing even though their concerns were yet to be resolved.”I would like to let it be known that not at any given time did the West Indies team think about not going to the Cricket World Cup,” Sammy said categorically.”We’ve all made it clear that we were going to play the World Cup. At the end of the day, we are professionals, we are paid to play cricket. Iit is our job, it is our life. We just had some issues, some questions we wanted to ask and we asked them, and we’ve just not gotten a response.WORLD CUP A PRIORITY”But we want to assure the Caribbean that playing the World Cup has been at the forefront of all the players’ minds and we will do whatever we can in our power to go out there and win the World Cup for the Caribbean people.”Players complained that under the new pay structure, their guaranteed income for the upcoming World Cup stood at a mere US$27,600.In the past, the lowest paid player was guaranteed nearly US$60,000, with the highest paid player raking in US$137,000.The WICB hit back by outlining the new International Cricket Council (ICC) pay system, which now sees funds to ICC members disbursed over an eight-year period instead of for specific tournaments.Further, the board pointed out that it had, along with players’ union WIPA, the International Cricketers Association and a representative from the International Cricket Council (ICC), engaged in mediation last year to hammer out the new agreement for players – which was then communicated to them.Sammy said even though players would go ahead with the tour, serious concerns remained over the agreement and noted that the WICB and the players needed to continue communication on the matter.”The issues we raised, the questions we asked, when we come out of the cricket, the younger players will get experience and come out and ask the same set of questions, so you need to find a common ground where both parties are happy or we need to find a way to communicate better,” the all-rounder advised.”We must put our egos aside. At the end of the day, the board cannot do without the players and the players need our cricket board in order for things to function.”Sammy said that for many of the seasoned players on the squad, the T20 World Cup could prove to be their final ICC event and this was extra motivation to lift the title.”It’s the format that we’re best at. We cannot ignore that. I believe the squad that has been picked is very capable of going to India and winning the World Cup,” he said.STRATEGISING WITH COACH”We all will be coming from playing cricket … we will have a lot of cricket matches under our belt, and I can’t wait for the opportunity to strategise with coach, Phil Simmons, in order to plan the way we’re going to win the World Cup.”He added: “I know we’re painted … to be a certain type of cricketers, but this could be an end of an era where Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy – from Under-15 and Under-19 (level) in West Indies team; this could be the last ICC event that most of these players could be playing so we all are motivated.”I know from speaking to the guys, we will give it our best shot, and hopefully, we can repeat what we did in Sri Lanka (in 2012) in India.”
British-USA Invitational St ElizabethSt Bess capped a fairy-tale season when they defeated defending champions Black Star 2-1 to win the Magnum/St Elizabeth FA Major League title.In the final hosted at St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) last weekend, St Bess rocked the champions early when Cleon Barrett score in fifth minute. They were, however, brought down to earth when Kareem Lewis scored four minutes later to equalise at 1-1.The score remained 1-1 until the half-time break to keep the sides’ fans on the edge.However, eight minutes after the resumption, Kirk Wanliss scored to give the St Bess team a 2-1 lead. It would remain that way as new champions were created.The occasion was historic as St Bess were competing in the Major League for the first season.On the other hand, it was a major disappointment for Black Star who had won the midseason title over Real Treasure Beach FC and also led on points for the duration of the preliminary round.Both teams will, however, represent the parish in the upcoming South Central Confed play-offs. Holland Police Youth Club secured third after a play-off with fellow beaten semi-finalist Real Treasure Beach FC. Both teams played to a 2-2 draw after regulation and extra time, but Holland prevailed 9-8 on penalties.Star Zone shine outclass Stone LoveStone Love International were no match for the British-USA Invitational football team as the former were trounced 4-0 in an exhibition game during the Jus Kool Promotions’ British Champions League one-day tournament at the Waterhouse Mini Stadium recently.Kevin Clarke scored a double strike, while Ben Bryan and Oliver Turbul completed the scoring for British-USA Invitational.In the opening game Duhaney Park Masters beat Waterhouse Masters 3-1.Meanwhile, Donovan ‘Chunky’ Hylton of Jus Kool Promotions said that he felt it necessary to rekindle people’s love for this football tournament in this community with its return after 10 years in the wilderness. He was pleased that Exclusiv Vodka, represented by brand executive Marlon Thompson, was on board. The event also featured music by the world-renowned Stone Love Movements, a fish fry and a fun day for the children.Dunbeholden, Bodles rule St CatherineDunbeholden and Bodles FC were both crowned champions of the St Catherine Football Association’s Major and Division One Leagues, respectively, at the Spanish Town Prison Oval last Sunday.Dunbeholden defeated Tru Juice 1-0 in a hard-fought final, as a first-half goal by Lorenzo Dubidad gave them the Major League title in the feature encounter of a double-header. In the opening game, captain Andre Dyce (10th minute penalty) and Donovan Wolfe’s 70th minute strike secured a 2-0 win for Bodles over Watson Grove.Jamaica Lacrosse seek help from overseasCalbert Hutchinson, president of the Jamaica Lacrosse Association, spent some time in Toronto, Canada, last week in strategic planning and idea sharing sessions with one of the all-time greats from the sport, John Tavares, a 19-time all-pro selection. Tavares, who played for the Buffalo Bandits, is the leading scorer in National Lacrosse League history.PFM International wins big in cricketThe spirit of defending champions Power of Faith Ministries International (PFM Int’l) were lifted after they shrugged off last week’s shock loss to Power of Faith Development (PFM Dev.) team, as they won by 135 runs over Faith Temple New Testament in their cricket match. Scores: PFM Int’l. 193-5; Peter Harrison 89 (nine 4s, six 6s), 45 deliveries; Junior Stewart 43. Anthony Richards 2-31. Faith Temple 58 all-out in 9.2 overs; Anthony Richards 23, Mario Walters 3-11. Marlon Hoilette 2-0 from 0.2 overs and Aston Canegan 2-21.In the opening game, Portmore Gospel Assembly (PGA) defeated PFM Dev. by 22 runs. Scores: PGA 130-5 – Damion Bryce 51 and Ralston Nelson 31. Jerome Herion 2-22 and Duvanne Mighty 2-23. In response, PFM were restricted to 108-5. Shannon King 24 and Dwight Burrell 26. Kimani Morgan 2-10.All four teams are on five points each. Game on this morning: PFM Int’l vs PGA at 10 a.m.St Bess FC rule in Manchester Division One finalStar Zone prevailed 2-0 over Technical Strikers 2-0 to lift the 2016 Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Division One football title.In the final at Brooks Park, Star Zone secured promotion to next season’s Major League through goals from Geo Givans (14th minute) and Jermaine Robinson (90th).Both teams are relatively new to competition at the parish level. Remarkably, it was Star Zone’s debut season, while Technical Strikers were competing for the second year.Both teams can be promoted, but the Manchester FA reserves the right to make a final assessment re management structure and readiness.
ATLANTA, Georgia: Reggae Boy Garath McCleary says big teams in world football should take note of Jamaica’s historic win over the United States at the Georgia Dome. The Jamaicans beat the United States of America (USA) for the first time, winning 2-1 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup football semi-final on Wednesday to qualify for the final for the first time. Strikers Darren Mattocks (31st) and Giles Barnes (36th) scored goals five minutes apart for Jamaica, while Michael Bradley scored for the United States at the 48th minute. “This team can go as far as we want, and I hope world football has really taken notice today. The US has beaten some really big teams in the past and no one expected it,” McCleary said of Jamaica’s win over the 34th-ranked Americans, who have won the Gold Cup on five of the 12 tournaments. “We’re in the final and anything is possible. If we dream it and we believe it, anything can happen,” he added. The Reggae Boyz, ranked 76 by FIFA, are now the first Caribbean country to qualify for the Gold Cup final. They had been to the semis twice: in 1993 when they placed joint third; and 1998 when Jamaica also created history by reaching the World Cup Finals for the first time. “Over the moon!” was McCleary’s first reaction to Wednesday’s win. “They had not lost for 26 games, we’d been underdogs from the very beginning when we first kicked the ball. Even people right at the top didn’t believe we’d get this far, but we’re here. – A.B.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (CMC)Scotland has signalled its interest in stepping in to host the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG), following St Lucia’s decision on Wednesday to pull out.The Caribbean country said it could no longer take on the commitment in light of financial challenges and the inability to get the stadium ready in time for the event.Paul Bush, chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS), said they would seriously consider taking up the responsibility.”We note the withdrawal of St Lucia as hosts of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games and, along with a number of other countries, we have agreed to consider hosting the event,” he said.”CGS will now work with Scottish partners to evaluate the options over the coming weeks.”Scotland successfully hosted the senior Commonwealth Games last year.canada indicates interestCanada, the venue for the recent Pan American Games, has also indicated an interest in hosting the showpiece which caters to athletes under 18 years old.The Commonwealth Games Federation said it had asked for other ‘expressions of interest’.”The [CGF Executive] Board, met earlier this morning and decided to put this to the meeting, but also give the other members who would like to offer to host the Youth Games in 2017, a chance,” outgoing CGF President Prince Imran indicated.Despite St Lucia’s pull out, the CGF said it would continue to partner with authorities in Castries, to help the country in its delivery of future competitions.”We are obviously disappointed to hear St Lucia has taken the difficult decision to withdraw its commitment to host the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games,” CGF chief executive, David Grevemberg said.”Whilst appreciating the economic and environmental challenges they face as a small island nation, we will continue to work closely with the Commonwealth Games Association of St Lucia and their Government partners, to support and ultimately realise their ambitions, to deliver a positive and lasting legacy for the young people of their island, the Caribbean and the Commonwealth.”The 2015 Youth Games get under way tomorrow in Samoa.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Legendary former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has paid special tribute to late Indian cricket administrator, Jagmohan Dalmiya, lauding him as someone who had “a deep passion” for the sport.The 71-year-old Lloyd, the most successful captain in cricket history, described Dalmiya as someone who “loved cricket” and gave all he could “for the good of the game”.”He did a lot for Indian cricket and world cricket. He was a very strong person and we got along very well,” said Lloyd, the current chairman of West Indies selectors.”He was very well respected and rose to the highest office in world cricket. He gave yeoman service to the game and brought it to where it is today. He was a very likeable person and it is indeed sad that he has passed on.”We have lost a great administrator and a true family man, and someone who loved the great game of cricket.”great legacyDalmiya was a former president of cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council, and was serving as head of the Board for Cricket Control of India (BCCI) at the time of his death last Sunday.The 75-year-old has also been credited for transforming India’s cricket into financial giants but Lloyd said there was much more to Dalmiya’s legacy.”One of his strengths was that he helped the game to reach a strong financial footing, and a lot of people talk about that aspect of his administration, but there was much more to him that just that,” Lloyd pointed out.”He did so successfully, but he also brought great respect to the game and its players all across the world. He was very well respected everywhere he went because he put the game first and everyone could see he cared about cricket and had a deep passion for what was happening on and off the field.”Lloyd was the mastermind of West Indies’ world dominance in the 1970s and 1980s, and led the Caribbean side to back-to-back triumphs in the 1975 and 1979 World Cups.That era proved one of the greatest periods of dominance by a single team in the history of sports. After retirement, Lloyd worked as an ICC Match Referee and West Indies team manager.
Ageing striker Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson is certainly not slowing down, but his heart is not set on representing the national men’s senior football team anymore.”My heart is not in that (representing Jamaica). Mi nah diss them, but I will just continue to do my thing in the Premier League and help to lift Waterhouse,” he disclosed.”There are a lot of things going on with the national team. Look at Craig Foster, leading scorer last season and was not given any game with the national. He is much younger than I am,” Anderson highlighted.The prolific goalscorer converted a double strike Waterhouse’s Red Stripe Premier League football game against lowly UWI FC last Sunday at Waterhouse Stadium.The home side won 3-0, led by goals from Anderson in the 38th and 81st minutes. Captain Damarley Samuels got the other goal (45th).That was Anderson’s third goal of the season, the same as Newton Sterling of reigning champions Arnett Gardens and Rafiek Thomas of Boys’ Town. They are one goal behind Dino Williams of Montego Bay United in the race for the individual award.”A just the work weh mi always try to put out. I try to stay healthy by eating good food. Everybody have to take care of their body, or it will break down. My job is to score goals,” the 36-year-old told The Gleaner about him maintaining tip-top condition.Going for recordsWhen further quizzed about his goalscoring prowess locally, Anderson responded: “Mr Chang (Carl) at Western Sports is always encouraging me to go after Roen Nelson’s record in the Premier League, so my aim is to score at least 30 goals.”Waterhouse started the season slowly and that has bothered Anderson.”Everywhere I go, at work and in the community, people asking me what is happening with the team, but I prefer to lose early as every team goes through a bad patch,” he said.He also said the team has attracted some new players and it will take a time for them to blend.”Look at Arnett, they won the Premier League last year and are in fifth place now. And overseas, Chelsea won the English League, but are struggling this season. However, good teams must find a way to come back,” Anderson reasoned.Anderson first represented Waterhouse in 2008 and has scored 76 times in over 100 appearances. Before that, he played at other local clubs – Village United, Seba United (now Montego Bay United) and Wadadah FC.He also had a short stint at CD Aguila in El Salvador last year.
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (CMC): West Indies stormed into the quarter-final of the Under-19 World Cup with a dramatic two-run win over Zimbabwe amid controversy over a disputed run-out at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong here yesterday. The Caribbean’s side victory stunned a crestfallen Zimbabwe and is being overshadowed by what is known as the “Mankad” controversy. Windies pacer Keemo Paul broke the stumps and appealed for a run-out against non-striker, Richard Ngarava, at the start of the final over of the innings. Ngarava, whose bat appeared to be on the line as the bails came off, was given out after the umpires referred the situation to video review. “Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties,” declared the West Indies captain, Shimron Hetmyer. “We’ve seen this in cricket before. It’s probably not in the spirit of the game, but we’re happy to have won.” A blazing half century from Shamar Springer and a destructive four-wicket haul from Alzarri Joseph highlighted the West Indies victory, which at one stage seemed beyond their reach. Springer top scored with 61 from 69 balls, smashing seven fours and two sixes as Zimbabwe, who chose to field, restricted West Indies to 226 for nine from 50 overs. Springer and Tevin Imlach, who scored 31, compiled 45 runs for the fourth wicket to help rebuild the innings, which slipped to 97 for the loss of three wickets. Imlach struck three fours in a patient and stubborn knock in which he also shared an opening stand of 42 with Gidron Pope, who gathered 30. A fiery spell from pacer Alzarri Joseph, four for 30, rocked the Zimbabwe top-order, reducing them to 97 for the loss of three wickets. However, opener Shaun Snyder with a top score of 52 and middle order batsmen Adam Keefe chimed in with 43 as Zimbabwe appeared to be coasting to their target nicely placed at 209 for six with five overs remaining. But when Springer returned to break a 62-run stand between Keefe and Wesley Madhevere in the 45th over the tide turned in favour of the West Indies. Springer, who picked up two for 16 and was named Man-of-the-Match, trapped Keefe lbw and then bowled Madhevere for 21, while Rugare Magarira was run out for a duck to leave the last pair needing 10 more for victory. The young Zimbabwe cricketers inched within three runs of victory, only to have their plans spoiled when Paul removed the bails. “We got so close, no comment about it. I don’t have anything to say right now,” said the Zimbabwe captain, Brandon Mavuta. “No comment.” Although the dismissal was within the rules of the game, departures of this kind tend to revive debate about sportsmanship. Mankadding was named after the Indian player Vinoo Mankad, who removed the bails to claim a run-out against a non-striker in Australia in 1947. Two years ago, Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake ran out Jos Buttler of England in similar fashion during a one-day international at Edgbaston. SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES U19s G Pope lbw b Magarira 30 T Imlach† c †Murray b Madhevere 31 K Carty c †Murray b Madhevere 8 S Hetmyer* run out (Matigimu) 17 S Springer st †Murray b Ives 61 J Goolie run out (Mashinge/Magarira) 12 K Paul c & b Mavuta 14 M Frew lbw b Magarira 7 R John not out 16 A Joseph c & b Magarira 0 O Smith not out 16 Extras (lb 1, w 10, nb 3) 14 Total (9 wickets; 50 overs) 226 Fall of wickets 1-42, 2-55 , 3-85, 4-130, 5-164 , 6-171 , 7-188 , 8-191, 9-191. Bowling: Ngarava 5-0-41-0 (3nb, 2w), Mashinge 5-0-26-0 (2w), Magarira 10-1-28-3 (1w), Madhevere 10-0-48-2, Matigimu 6-0-33-0, Mavuta 10-0-34-1 (4w), Ives 4-0-15-1. ZIMBABWE U19s Zimbabwe Under-19s innings (target: 227 runs from 50 overs) S Snyder lbw b Pope 52 B Sly b Joseph 5 R Murray† b Joseph 4 J Ives c Goolie b Frew 37 W Mashinge c †Imlach b Joseph 23 A Keefe lbw b Springer 43 B Mavuta* c †Imlach b Joseph 1 W Madhevere b Springer 21 K Matigimu not out 10 R Magarira run out (Hetmyer) 0 – R Ngarava not out 1 Extras (b 4, lb 8, w 14, nb 1) 27 Total (all out; 49 overs) 224 Fall of wickets 1-36, 2-46, 3-97, 4-143, 5-145, 6-147, 7-209 , 8-217, 9-217, 10-224. Bowling: Joseph 10-1-30-4 (1nb, 2w), John 3-0-22-0 (1w), Smith 3-0-24-0 (2w), Goolie 10-2-30-0(1w), Pope 8-0-38-1, Frew 5-0-20-1(1w), Paul 6-1-32-0(2w), Springer 4-0-16-2(1w). Result: West Indies U19s won by two runs. Points: West Indies Under 19s (two), Zimbabwe Under 19s (0) Man-of-the-Match: Alzarri Joseph Toss:Zimbabwe Under 19s Umpires: A Raza, P Jones.
MISERABLE TOUR HARARE, Zimbabwe, (CMC): Emerging players are expected to jostle for permanent places as West Indies launch a fresh effort to revive their cricket fortunes on the heels of back-to-back series losses which climaxed on a high with a rare Test triumph over Pakistan. West Indies are playing Sri Lanka in the second match of a One Day International (ODI) Tri-series series at Harare Sports Club with things scheduled to get started at 2:30am. Missing from the regional squad are batsman Marlon Samuels, wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, all-rounder Kieron Pollard as well as Darren Bravo, who was axed for an outburst on Twitter, criticising the WICB president. Their absence clears the way for the likes of batsmen Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Shai Hope and wicket-keeper batsman Shane Dowrich to step-up. “Most of the guys are in a good frame of mind. We have a few guys here who have come away from that recent Test tour and have been in the one day side,” said Captain Jason Holder after yesterday’s training session at the Harare Sports Club. “We have some new faces and new energy. So it’s a situation where we need to ride on that and use that as a motivation. Everybody is hungry for success.” Sri Lanka have already drawn first blood in the series after easily disposing of Zimbabwe by eight wickets with 153 balls remaining in the opening match on Monday. The Windies are hoping to open the series on a triumphant note, inspired by their recent Test win over Pakistan, which ended a miserable tour of the United Arab Emirates in which they lost series in all three formats- Test, ODI and T20 Internationals. “We had a really good series earlier in the year with Australia and South Africa and then just faltered a little bit against Pakistan in UAE,” recalled Holder. “I think everybody here mind is fresh. We had a good chance to review and look back at our mistakes and our shortfalls and in the previous one days. So I expect a really good contest tomorrow from our guys against Sri Lanka.” Sri Lanka, like West Indies, are also short on experience and are expected to rely on captain Upul Tharanga, who has 189 matches to his credit as well as Kusal Perera’s. The young in-form batsman Dhananjaya de Silva could prove crucial in the series. Opener Johnson Charles with 44 ODIs to his name is the most experience batsman for West Indies but the likes of Hope and Dowrich who have been in good nick with the bat lately are expected to use the series to advance their claim. The Sri Lankans are said to be familiar with Zimbabwean conditions but the West Indies players have had an opportunity to carry-out their own assessment as well. The Caribbean side held a full training session yesterday morning. “The conditions are not too bad. From what I have seen, The net pitches are a bit on the slow side but until I have gotten to the middle I would just have to assess and see how it goes,” said Charles.
ABU DHABI, UAE (CMC):Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton says he is proud of his comeback campaign, irrespective of the outcome of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.Hamilton is 12 points behind Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who will win the title if he finishes in the top three even if the Briton wins the race.”It has been a challenging season in terms of ups and downs,” said Hamilton, whose paternal grand parents are Grenadian.”But I’ve managed to strengthen in terms of turning the negatives into positives.”Hamilton’s engine failure while leading in Malaysia in September, created a 28-point swing in favour of Rosberg, and a win for Rosberg in Japan the following weekend left Hamilton 33 points adrift.Hamilton also had engine failures in qualifying in early season races in China and Russia, which meant that he had to recover from positions down the grid.”I am really proud of what I’ve achieved. I was 43 points behind. I thought it was impossible to come back from that, and I have been 33 points behind and nearly turned that around,” said Hamilton.”It has shown everything is possible, and I will keep facing the races coming with that mentality.”