Scorpions look for positive Super50 start

first_imgCaptain of Jamaica Scorpions Nikita Miller is hopeful of a positive start when the team takes on Combined Colleges and Campuses (CCC) Marooners in the opening game of the 2017 Regional Super50 Tournament at Three W’s Oval in Barbados. The contest, which is set to start 8 a.m. Jamaica time, is one of two scheduled on the opening day. The other match, the feature, is set to bowl off at 12:30 p.m., and will see last year’s beaten finalist Barbados Pride playing Guyana Jaguars in a day and night showdown at Kensington Oval. The match-ups are Zone B encounters with Zone A equivalents, which will be contested in Antigua and Barbuda, set to get under way tomorrow. “It’s always very good to start on the front-foot as you don’t want to be chasing in the competition,” stated Miller following the team’s final practice session yesterday. “The hope therefore is to try and start with a win and build from that.” Jamaica, which last won the title six years ago, will enter the game as favourites giving their cadre of West Indies and West Indies ‘A’ representatives. Topping the list is 32-year-old speedster Jerome Taylor, who after being dropped by the West Indies, is seeking to demonstrate that he still has what it takes to perform at a high level, and emerging batsman Jermaine Blackwood. The others with West Indies caps are spin bowler Miller, wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton and young all-rounder, Rovman Powell. The ‘A’ team representatives are batsmen John Campbell and Andre McCarthy, leg-spinner Damion Jacobs and fast bowler, Reynard Leveridge. Also a part of the squad, and who is expected to play a key role, is exciting young batsman Brandon King, who is coming off a recent quick-fire double century in the regional four-day tournament. RIGHT DIRECTION “Things are heading in the right direction,” asserted Miller, while pointing to the training sessions the team has had so far in Barbados. “We had two training sessions, and I think it was good, and I can say we are fully prepared for the game.” Miller also spoke of the challenge that he anticipates from the CCC, saying that they are generally a competitive unit. However, he believes the Scorpions are up for it. “I am not too familiar with the team, but I am sure one of our senior players, in Walton, who is a former captain of the CCC, can give us valuable info that will help us,” he said. This, Miller added, coupled with the ‘balance’ of the team is therefore a good combination that could lead to their success. Jamaica Scorpions: Nikita Miller (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Gavon Brown, John Campbell, Andre McCarthy, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Rovman Powell, Damani Sewell, Jerome Taylor, Steven Taylor, Devon Thomas, Chadwick Walton; Robert Samuels (head coach). Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners: Jamal Smith (captain), Cassius Burton Jr, Raymond Bynoe, Kyle Corbin, Mark Deyal, Larry Edward, Keon Harding, Nino Henry, Ryan Hinds, Amir Jangoo, Aaron Jones, Jermaine Levy, Vikash Mohan, Christopher Powell; Floyd Reifer (head coach).last_img read more

Siblings injured in ECD accident

first_imgA brother and sister are hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital after they slammed into a minibus at Foulis Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD).Injured are 18-year-old Bisson Suedatt and 17-year-old Seermattie Suedatt, both of Lot 175 Fourth Street, Foulis, ECD. Police reports state that at about 16:45h, a minibus bearing registration plates BTT 4262 and driven by a 55-year-old Golden Grove, ECD resident, was travelling East along the northern side of the Foulis Public Road. As the bus was passing another minibus which was stationary on same side of the road, it collided with Bisson Suedatt, who rode a motorcycle out of a street on the northern side of the road, in front of the stationary minibus.The front of the minibus on the left hand side collided with the motorcyclist, causing Bisson as well as the pillion rider, Seermattie, to be flung from the motorcycle and onto the road, some feet away.Public spirited persons rushed to the siblings’ assistance and took them to hospital where they were admitted. Bisson suffered a broken jaw while his sister sustained head and neck injuries.The driver of the minibus is in Police custody assisting with investigations.last_img read more

EU referendum result produces some funny Raheem Sterling

first_img1 Raheem Sterling hasn’t been at his best during the Euros.Neither have the England team, but Man City’s £49m signing has taken the bulk of the flak.So when, in the wake of the EU referendum which saw Britain opt to leave the European Union, the sterling plunged to a 31-year-old low, people could not resist tweeting jokes about the player’s displays so far in France.Here, talkSPORT gathered a selection of them.STATISTICALLY THIS IS THE BEST XI AT EURO 2016 EU referendum result leads to jokes about Raheem Sterling and England at Euro 2016 last_img

AAP to contest Maharashtra assembly elections

first_imgMumbai: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is gearing up to contest the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections for the first time, a top party leader announced on Friday. “This is the AAP’s maiden foray in the state assembly election. Though the exact number of seats is yet to be finalized, we may tentatively target contesting around 60-70 constituencies where we have a good support base,” AAP national spokesperson Preeti Sharma-Menon told IANS. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP had contested all the 48 seats in the state but failed to win any in the wake of the BJP wave then. After the defeat, the party kept off the assembly elections that year and also the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in the state, both swept by the ruling NDA. The AAP has constituted a 11-member Campaign Committee headed by Ranga Rachure and solicited applications from probable candidates across the state. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Explaining the decision, Sharma-Menon said that despite the electorate voting for change in the 2014 assembly polls, the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena government led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has proved “to be a colossal failure on all fronts”. “Once known as a progressive state, today it plagued with large-scale agrarian distress, farmland suicides, rising unemployment, poor law and order, growing crimes, widespread corruption, droughts, floods, economic slowdown,” she alleged. On the other hand, instead of holding the government accountable and ensuring respite to the suffering citizens, the Oppositon parties are in disarray and failed their basic constitutional obligations, said Sharma-Menon. “The AAP was born out of a mass anti-corruption movement which has demonstrated – through the work by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal – that clean politics and a new political culture can deliver and set new records of good governance. “Our revolutionary work in providing quality eduation, healthcare, cheapest electricity in the country, potable water for all, world-class public infrastructure and other achievements have received accolades from all over,” she said. Sharma-Menon assured that the AAP would aim to provide Maharashtra with a viable alternative and become the peoples’ voice in speaking truth to power.last_img read more