first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic is the first player to opt out of the NHL’s return. Chicago White Sox prized pitching prospect Michael Kopech has opted not to play this season. The team also said star third baseman Yoán Moncada and pitcher Jose Ruiz were placed on the 10-day injure list because of unspecified ailments.The White Sox believe they are poised for a turnaround after seven straight losing seasons. But losing Kopech for the season and Moncada for at least a little while are big blows.Both players had been absent since the White Sox resumed workouts last week for the first time since Major League Baseball shut down camps in March.The team had said Kopech was dealing with a personal issue.“We recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive,” general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.” The team announced Hamonic’s decision Friday night several hours after the league and NHLPA agreed to resume the season. Hamonic opted out for family reasons.Hamonic said worries about his young children contracting COVID-19 prompted his decision. His daughter was hospitalized with a respiratory illness last year.“My family has and always will come first,” he said in a statement. “Being my little kids’ dad every day is the most important job I have.”Hamonic, who turns 30 next month, is a pending free agent. The Flames are set to face the Winnipeg Jets in the qualifying round, starting Aug. 1 in Edmonton.“Travis explained that due to family considerations, he has made the difficult decision not to participate,” Calgary general manager Brad Treliving said. “While we will miss Travis in our lineup, we understand and respect his decision.” ___Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill has tested positive for coronavirus.The team said after Bidwill developed symptoms, he tested positive for COVID-19 and went to the hospital after a recommendation by his doctor. His condition has improved and he’s expected to be released this weekend.The team believes the 55-year-old Bidwill caught the virus while traveling and spending time on the East Coast for several weeks. He’s been working remotely since March and the team says he hasn’t had in-person contact coaches or players.___ ___Virginia says two football players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will self-isolate for at least 10 days, along with other members of the program found to have come into close contact with them.The school says 110 players were tested when the player returned to campus beginning July 5 for voluntary workouts. The players were all tested before the workout began, the school says. It adds that none of the players that tested positive have required hospitalization.The tests were administered by UVA athletics sports medicine.The players with positive test results will self-isolate for 10 days, or until they have been fever-free for at least three days, whichever is longer. They also will undergo cardiac screening before they are permitted to join daily sports functions. The Latest: Flames’ Hamonic first NHL player to opt out The school did not indicate how many others were determined through contact tracing to have come into close contact with the players infected. It also did not indicate whether any coaches or other football staff have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.All those found to have come into contact with the infected players will be asked to self-quarantine for at least 14 days and are unable to participate in daily sports functions in that time.___San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey is the latest big-name player to skip this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.Posey announced his decision on Friday. He says his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided to opt out of the season. Posey had missed three practices while dealing with a personal issue. South American soccer body CONMEBOL said Friday its Copa Libertadores tournament will restart Sept. 15, more than six months after it was suspended.The Copa Sudamericana, the second most prestigious club competition of the region, will resume on Oct. 27, CONMEBOL said.South America is one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brazil alone has counted more than 70,000 fatalities due to the virus.The soccer body said teams that need to play out of their hometowns because of the pandemic will have enough time to do so. The presence of fans will depend on local authorities, according to CONMEBOL’s health protocols.___center_img July 10, 2020 The 24-year-old right-hander is coming back from Tommy John surgery in September 2018. He hit triple-digits on the radar gun during his first spring training appearance.Kopech was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on March 26 and likely would have opened the year in the minors had the season started on time.Kopech was acquired by Chicago in the December 2016 trade that sent Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox. He made his big league debut in 2018, going 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA in four starts.Moncada set career highs by hitting .315 with 25 homers and 79 RBIs in a breakthrough season last year.___ The University of Michigan says two athletes tested positive during a second round of COVID-19 testing, bringing the total to four out of the 375 who have been tested. The school says none of the 139 staff members have tested positive.___Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says the league expects to make its decision on fall sports in “late July.”The league put out Swofford’s statement Friday afternoon, saying the league has prepared “numerous scenarios” for fall competition over the last few months. The decision would come from the league’s board of directors.Earlier this week, the ACC delayed the start of fall competition until at least Sept. 1. That move impacts non-revenue programs like soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country, but not football for now. The first football game involving a league team is North Carolina State’s trip to Louisville on Sept. 2. Posey joins other big-name players like Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, Colorado’s Ian Desmond and Arizonna pitcher Mike Leake in deciding not to take part in the 60-game season this year.— Josh Dubow reporting.___The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play two exhibition games at Fenway Park before baseball’s delayed regular-season opener.Toronto will visit Boston on July 21 and 22 before heading down to Tampa Bay for its opener. The Red Sox are scheduled to open at home against the Baltimore Orioles on July 24. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press last_img read more

first_imgVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBaseball fans return in South Korea, cricket fans in EnglandUNDATED (AP) — Masked fans hopped, sang and shouted cheers in baseball stadiums in South Korea on Sunday as authorities began allowing spectators to return to professional sports amid the coronavirus pandemic. South Korea’s delayed 2020 baseball season began in early May without fans in the stands. On Sunday, the Korean Baseball Organization allowed a limited number of fans – 10% of the stadium capacity – to watch games live. They entered stadiums after their temperatures and smartphone QR codes were checked. During the games, they were required to wear masks and sit at least a seat apart while being banned from eating food and drinking any alcoholic beverages in line with the KBO guidelines.Two of the five baseball games Sunday were held without fans because they were held in area where stricter social distancing guidelines are in place. South Korea has seen an uptick in virus cases since it eased its rigid social distancing rules in early MayIn other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULESeveral pitchers make long-awaited returns; Urena a late scratchUNDATED (AP) — Miami Marlins starter Jose Urena is a late scratch against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Marlins did not disclose the reason. Urena was Miami’s opening day starter in 2018 and 2019. July 26, 2020 Update on the latest sports — The Washington Nationals are waiting to see how World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg reacts to an injection to help his right hand heal. The right-hander was scratched from what was supposed to be his first start of the season on Saturday night because of a nerve issue. Nationals manager Dave Martinez announced about four hours before the scheduled first pitch against the visiting New York Yankees that Strasburg would be replaced.— Rick Porcello makes his Mets debut against Atlanta at Citi Field. He won the 2016 AL Cy Young Award with Boston and went 14-12 last season. Porcello signed a $10 million, one-year deal with New York in December. Left-hander Sean Newcomb goes for the Braves in the nationally televised night game.NBA-NEWSClippers’ Williams will serve 10-day quarantine, miss gamesLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA said Sunday that Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers is being quarantined for 10 days because of his trip out of the league’s bubble last week to attend a family member’s funeral. He will miss at least two of the Clippers’ seeding games, including their July 30 opener against the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s possible he could miss more than two since his likely release will be Aug. 4, the day of the Clippers’ third seeding game.The issue was not that Williams left the bubble but that he also went to a club on that trip to Atlanta, and photographs of that visit appeared on social media. That prompted an investigation by NBA security, and ultimately the 10-day ruling. Williams visited a club that he has often described as being his favorite restaurant. The establishment has chicken wings that are named for him on the menu.In other NBA news:— Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) is hurting, and that’s a cause for concern as the Philadelphia 76ers get set to restart their season this week. The All-Star starting center sat out Philadelphia’s scrimmage against Oklahoma City on Sunday with right calf tightness, something 76ers coach Brett Brown hopes is merely a minor blip. Embiid has an extensive injury history. He has never appeared in more than 64 games in a regular season and missed 21 of Philadelphia’s 65 games this season before the March 11 shutdown. The Marlins will start right-hander Robert Dugger against Philadelphia’s Vince Velasquez in the series finale. Dugger made seven starts last year as a rookie. He made the Marlins this season as a long reliever/spot starter.Elsewhere around the majors Sunday:— Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) is set to make his first appearance on the mound since Sept. 2, 2018, after not pitching all last season following elbow surgery. Ohtani is under no restrictions when he faces the Athletics in Oakland. Ohtani was the Angels’ designated hitter in the season opener Friday night and didn’t play Saturday. Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) will start for the A’s in his first appearance since revealing to The Athletic in November that his former team, the Houston Astros, had stolen signs using a camera in center field during their run to the 2017 World Series championship.— Carlos Carrasco’s inspirational comeback reaches another milestone as the Cleveland right-hander makes his first start since May 30 last season, shortly before he was diagnosed with leukemia. Carrasco will face the Kansas City Royals in the finale of a three-game series in Cleveland. Despite undergoing medical treatments that kept him away from the club, Carrasco was able to return last season and made 11 relief appearances. He wanted to start again, however, and secured a spot in Cleveland’s rotation this spring. The 33-year-old understood he might be at greater risk this season because his immune system has been compromised due to the disease. But after talking to his family and Cleveland’s medical personnel, he felt comfortable enough to play.— Two-time AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber (KLOO’-bur) makes his first major league start in 15 months when debuts for the Texas Rangers at home against the Colorado Rockies. Kluber’s last big league start was for Cleveland on May 1, 2019, when he suffered a broken right forearm struck by a comeback liner in Miami. He hurt an oblique during rehab and never started again for Cleveland, which traded him to Texas in December. Kluber won 20 games for Cleveland in 2018, capping a five-year stretch with at least 203 innings pitched and 222 strikeouts each season. He went 98-58 with a 3.16 ERA in 208 games with Cleveland. — Spectators have been allowed into a sporting event in England for the first time since March when coronavirus prevention measures were tested at a cricket match between Surrey and Middlesex at The Oval ahead of a planned wider reopening of stadiums in October. Alternate rows were used across two stands and advisory signs were on show for the friendly match being watched by 1,000 people. A limited number of members were in assigned seats in the stadium in south London. Surrey chief executive Richard Gould said the club received 10,000 calls for the available places within an hour of the tickets being made available to members.— The Spanish soccer league says a second-division game postponed because of an outbreak of coronavirus cases will not be played. The league has made the announcement after new test results this weekend took the total number of COVID-19 cases at club Fuenlabrada to 28. The team’s final-round match against Deportivo La Coruña had been suspended last Monday after six people at the club had tested positive just hours before kickoff. The league says the club accepted the decision to have the match canceled as it was virtually impossible to try to reschedule another date for it. 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first_imgQPR boss Mark Hughes is confident Armand Traore will make a swift recovery from his hamstring problem.Traore was injured during last week’s victory over Liverpool and missed the 3-1 defeat at Sunderland on Saturday.This weekend’s game against Traore’s former club Arsenal may come too soon for the player, but Hughes is hopeful he will soon be available again.AdChoices广告“It’s a grade-one hamstring problem so not too serious. We’re keeping an eye on him and he should hopefully be fine soon,” said Hughes.Click here to test your knowledge with our QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

first_imgAFTER gaining the support of Guyana Lottery Company through its Let’s Bet Sports brand, the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) will resume its season when they bowl off four Internal Zone 100 balls 2nd Division tournaments.Following the internal zone tournaments, an overall Berbice Championship will be played which will see the respective Zone champions battle for the overall title.On Sunday, matches will be played at every ground across the ‘Ancient County’.Fixtures are as follows:Zone ‘A’ teams:1. Blairmont vs Bath Sports Club at Bath2. D’Edward vs Blairmont Remnants Cricket Club at D’Edward3. Cotton Tree Die Hards vs #5 Monedderlust at Cotton Tree4. Bush Lot United vs Achievers Cricket Club at Bush Lot5. Hopetown Cricket Club vs Paradise Challengers at Paradise6. Bush Lot Rising Stars (bye)Zone ‘B’ teams: Sunday1. Rose Hall Canje vs Kendall Union Sports Star at Canje2. Young Warriors ‘A’ Cricket Club vs Kendall Union Cricket Club at # 19 Village3. Betsy Ground Cricket Club vs Mental Hospital at Mental Hospital4. Young Warriors ‘B’ vs Tucber Park ‘B’ at Cumberland5. Tucber Park ‘A’ vs East Bank Blazers at East Bank6. Edinburgh Warriors vs Police at Edinburgh7. Flying Stars vs Goed Bananen Land at Flying Stars8. Mt Sinai vs Guymine at Mt SinaiZone ‘C’ teams: Sunday1. Chesney vs No 1 Road Cricket Club at Chesney2. Courtland Cricket Club vs Topoo at Topoo3. Albion Open Cricket Team vs Nigg Intruders4. Belvedere United vs Kilcoy at Kilcoy5. RHT Bakewell ‘A’ vs Whim at Area ‘H’6. Rose Hall Town Tigers vs Tain Block 4 at Tain7. Albion Community Centre vs Big Star at Albion8. Tamarind Root vs Fyrish Road Club at Hampshire9. Fyrish Cricket Club vs Kildonan Cricket Club at Fyrish10.Port Mourant vs Ramnarine Memorial at Port Mourant11.Jai Hind (bye)Zone ‘D’ teams: Sunday1. Crabwood Creek Sports Club vs #52 Survival Cricket Club at Crabwood Creek2. Bomb Squad vs #43 Scorpions at #433. All Family CC vs #70 MYO CC at #70 MYO4. Yakusari Horizon CC vs Yakusari Carib CC at Yakusari5. Dukestown CC vs #68 Darkeners CC at #606. Radha Krishna Academy vs #64 Fighting Marines CC at #647. Scottsburg United CC vs#69 Vikings CC at #698. #66 Giants CC vs #48 Challengers CC at #489. Skeldon Titans CC vs #70 Young Blood CC at Skeldon10. #69 Red Rose vs #70 Spartan at Red Rose11. #71 Sports Club vs #68 Turn team at #6812. #73 Young Warriors vs #72 All Stars Cricket Club13. #72 Cut and Load Cricket Team (bye)last_img read more

first_imgFOUR of Guyana’s most promising lawn tennis players, Vadeanand Resaul, Devine Kalekyezi, Sekai Jones and Saskia Persaud, will have the opportunity to gain experience and exposure when they compete at the regional level in the 2019 JITIC Regional Under-14 Competition, to be staged from July 6 to 11 in the Republic of Trinidad &Tobago.These players, all members of the Sheltez Tennis Club, will be accompanied by their coach Leyland Leacock, and the five are due to depart Guyana today in order to give themselves enough time to prepare for the competition and to acquaint themselves well with the playing styles of each other.The Guyana Lawn Tennis Association (GLTA) has expressed gratitude to a long list of sponsors who have continued to offer assistance over the years, as the GLTA seeks to create opportunities for young children through the great sport of tennis.Among those sponsors are John Fernandes Limited, Toolsie Persaud Limited, Republic Bank Limited, P & P Insurance Brokers & Consultants, Rohan Auto Spares, and Gafoors.last_img read more

first_imgTHE Jamaica Tallawahs are hopeful that Andre Russell will be able to return to the team in time for tonight’s clash with the unbeaten Guyana Amazon Warriors at Sabina Park.In the 14th over their match against the St Lucia Zouks last week Wednesday, Russell failed to pull a short ball from Hardus Viljoen and was hit.The ball struck Russell’s helmet near the right ear and he collapsed in a heap before he was stretchered off and taken to the hospital where scans showed there was no significant damage other than a haematoma.He missed subsequent matches against Trinbago Knight Riders and Barbados Tridents but Ronnie Sarwan, Tallawahs’ assistant coach, said the signs are there that Russell could return to action today.“We hope so. The good thing about it is that he has been going through his testing and everything seems to be okay at this point. We just have to wait and see what happens today and tomorrow,” Sarwan said while addressing media at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston yesterday morning.Sarwan believes having Russell back would help the Tallawahs put their best team on the field against an in-form Warriors side who have won their four games so far.He said the arrival of Jade Dernbach and Afghanistan leg-spinner Zahir Khan and with Russell back, Tallawahs will be able to build on the momentum of their first win of the season on Sunday.“Jade and Khan have put us in a position that makes us much more balanced from when we started the tournament, so once we have young Springer ready and Russell ready to go we have our best eleven,” Sarwan said. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

first_imgBRITON Lynsey Sharp was left in disbelief as she went out of the women’s 800m on the opening day of the World Athletics Championships.Sharp, ranked fourth in the world of those competing in Doha, ran out of steam in the home straight as she finished fourth in her heat.The 29-year-old Scot’s time of two minutes 03.57 seconds was not good enough for a fastest loser’s spot.Shelayna Oskan-Clarke and Alexandra Bell progressed to the semi-finals.Elsewhere, Christian Coleman, defending champion Justin Gatlin and Britons Zharnel Hughes and Adam Gemili reached the men’s 100m semi-finals, but European champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen was disqualified from the men’s 5 000m.With South Africa’s Olympic and world champion Caster Semenya absent, along with fellow Rio 2016 medallists Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Margaret Wambui of Kenya, Sharp was tipped to challenge for a medal in the women’s 800m.Semenya is not competing in Doha after governing body IAAF introduced a rule that athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) must either take testosterone-reducing medication in order to compete in track events from 400m to the mile or change to another distance.Despite being among the pack in the home straight, Sharp failed to find the burst of speed needed to finish in a top-three spot, which would have earned automatic qualification.She sat on the track in shock watching the replay of the final stages of her heat.World indoor bronze medallist Oskan-Clarke produced a brilliant sprint to take second in her heat in 2:02.09 while fellow Briton Bell, fifth at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, battled her way to third, clocking 2:03.34.Coleman underlined his status as favourite for the men’s 100m as he cruised to victory in his heat in 9.98 seconds.The 23-year-old American is competing in Doha after the US Anti-Doping Agency charged him with missing three drugs tests in 12 months, before withdrawing the claim. A technicality regarding the date of one of the tests resulted in the London 2017 silver medallist being free to compete.All three Britons progressed to the semi-finals with European champion Hughes, 24, the most impressive as he recovered from a poor start to win his heat in 10.08.Hughes, who represented Anguilla as a youth, spoke about the air-conditioning inside the stadium as he told BBC Sport: “It’s different coming from the heat to the cool inside here but I’m happy, I got through easily.“I have to be aware of the block settings; they are different to what I am using so it wasn’t the best start. I won’t let it hamper me.”Gemili, 25, has been hampered by a hamstring problem in recent seasons but finished third in his heat in 10.19 behind the USA’s 37-year-old Gatlin (10.16), who has twice been banned for doping offences.British champion Ojie Edoburun squeezed into today’s semi-finals as a fastest loser having run 10.23 in the first heat.South Africa’s Akani Simbine, fifth at the last Olympics, went through as the second fastest qualifier in 10.01 and Jamaican 2011 champion Yohan Blake is also into the semi-finals, which take place at 16:45hrs BST today with the final at 20:15hrs.last_img read more

first_img– VPCC, Islanders upstage Highland CreekBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – Victoria Park Cricket Club (VPCC) became the first team to capture two Elite League titles while Islanders confirmed their status as the number one team in the Premiere League when the Scarborough Cricket Association (SCA) 2019 season climaxed at the Ashtonbee playing fields here last Saturday.After winning the inaugural tournament in 2016 and being runners-up to Hawaiian Arctic Cricket Club (HACC) last year, albeit by forfeiting the final, VPCC stormed back to win a tense battle against Highland Creek on the number one pitch after persistent showers had forced the umpires to reduce the contest to 30 overs.While VPCC were battling their opponents, Islanders secured a more comfortable win against Highland Creek on the adjacent number two ground, that game also being reduced to 30 overs.Prior to the stoppage, Highland Creek, who won the toss and elected to bat, were already reeling at 36 for four after being jolted by off-spinner Shailesh Patel who sent back experienced opener Rayyan Pathan with the first ball of the innings and Canadian national Ruvindu Gunasekera (one) in the same over.Premiere League champs IslandersWickets kept falling at regular intervals when play resumed with Highland Creek slipping to 87 for eight in the 18th over. It took a face-saving eight-wicket partnership of 57 between Kartik Desai (32 not out) and Anas Malik (24) to bring some respectability to the eventual total of 145 for nine when the 30 overs expired. Kumar Erramilli ended with three for 25, Shailesh Patel two for 23.Set a reduced target of 128, via the Duckworth Lewis system, VPCC were made to work hard for victory as Highland Creek kept a tight rein on proceedings, grabbing wickets consistently.At 107 for eight at the end of the 24th over, the stage was set for an intriguing finish. However, Kumar Erramilli crowned a fine all-round performance, smashing an undefeated 31 off 18 balls while counting two fours and three sixes as VPCC reached the required target in 28.3 overs. His partner Parth Desai defied the bowling attack for 13 balls without scoring.Opener Anand Erramilli had earlier hit 26 (five fours) while Brar supported with 27 (1×4, 1×6). Anas Malik (four for 25), Darshil Patel (two for 14) and Mohammad Azmi (two for 17) fought back well for Highland Creek.The Elite League semi-finals saw VPCC thrash defending champions HACC by a massive 240 runs after racking up 420 for eight in the allotted 50 overs and dismissing HACC for 180 in 32.3 overs. Centuries were recorded by Brar (119), Yug Rao (113) and Aashin Patwari (110).In the other semi-final, Highland Creek won from Ambassadors by 71 runs after reaching 186 for nine in the reduced 44 overs and limiting their opponents to 115 all out in 37.1 overs.Highland Creek were aiming to repeat history after becoming the first team to cart off both the Elite and Premiere League titles, a feat they achieved in 2017 but had to settle for the runners-up spots in the both categories.The Premiere League final saw Highland Creek bat first and reach 108 for eight in 30 overs with opener Ishan Shah being the main contributor with 38 (three fours and a six) while Ali Zaidi supported with 26 (two fours and a six). For the Trinidad & Tobago-based Islanders, Calvin Alexander took two for 18 and Trushil Patel two for 20.Islanders cruised to 109 for four in 23.4 overs with Mahadeo Monnasar unbeaten on 37 (three fours and a six). Shiraz Khan grabbed two for 26.The respective MVPs were Kumar Erramilli (VPCC), Anas Malik (HC), Moonasar (Islanders) and Ishan Shah (HC).A special tribute was paid to Alexander who announced that the Premiere League final was his last competitive fixture.At the presentation ceremony which followed, SCA president, Shiv Persaud, congratulated the teams on their fine showing throughout the season and reminded that the association’s annual presentation, dinner and dance is set for November 2 at Eastown Banquet Hall.last_img read more

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC) – Left-hander Sonal Dinusha displayed nerves of steel to deny a strong West Indies comeback, as Sri Lanka dealt the hosts their second straight loss of the Under-19 Tri-Nations Series here yesterday.In a nerve-jangling end to a dramatic run chase, Dinusha swept a full-length delivery from off-spinner Matthew Patrick to fine leg for a single to lift his side past their target of 138, off the first ball of the 41st over at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.West Indies had looked a safe bet to pull off victory when they reduced the Sri Lankans to 101 for nine in the 32nd over before Dinusha, batting at number seven, produced a sterling unbeaten 46 off 63 balls with four fours to change the course of the game.Crucially, he anchored an invaluable unbroken 37-run, last-wicket stand with Amshi De Silva (10 not out) which frustrated the hosts.He had earlier also featured in a 31-run seventh-wicket partnership with captain Nipun Dananjaya who struck 31 off 45 deliveries with three fours.Left-arm seamer Ramon Simmons led the West Indies fightback with three for 31 while pacers Jayden Seales (2-23) and Nyeem Young (2-37) finished with two wickets apiece.West Indies had only themselves to blame after they were held to 137 for nine off their 50 overs in an unflattering batting effort.Sent in, they crumbled to 67 for seven in the 34th over and needed middle order batsman Kevlon Anderson’s top score of 43 to rescue some pride.He counted a single four in an attritional 70-ball knock, putting on 37 for the eighth wicket with Ashmead Nedd who finished on 21 not out.When Anderson missed a heave at a full-length delivery off Dinusha’s left-arm spin and was bowled in the 44th over, Nedd added a vital 33 for the ninth wicket with Seales who struck 23 off 27 deliveries.Leg-spinner Kavindu Nadeeshan claimed four for 20 – including Young (3) and Matthew Forde (0) off successive deliveries in the 34th over – while seamer Amshi de Silva picked up three for 18.West Indies have now lost two of their three matches in the tournament, following their defeat to England Under-19s on Sunday.last_img read more

first_imgAUSTRALIA will defend their Women’s T20 World Cup title against India today,, with organisers aiming to break the record for the biggest crowd at a women’s sporting event.The four-time champions are the heavy favourites going into the final, which is being held on International Women’s Day, with India making their maiden appearance.However, India were the only team to beat Australia in the group stages, claiming a superb 17-run victory on the opening night of the tournament.More than 75 000 tickets have already been sold for the finale at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.The record for a women’s sporting event is 90 185, achieved at the Football World Cup final between United States and China in Pasadena, California in 1999.The MCG is one of the most iconic sporting venues in the world and can hold 100 024 persons.The final, which is bookended by a performance from Katy Perry, begins at 07:00 GMT, with commentary available on 5 Live Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website from 06:00 GMT.“We’re not coming just to put on a good show,” said Australia captain Meg Lanning. “We’re coming here to win.“It’s been a long time coming and the build-up to the game is something I haven’t experienced before.“It will be the biggest moment of my career.”Australia began the tournament as favourites, having appeared in every final of the competition since 2010.They have lost the final just once in that time – against an inspired West Indies in 2016 – but they are more experienced in crunch situations than India.However, it has not been straightforward for Australia. They were undone by India’s bowling attack in the first game and they have since lost star all-rounder Ellyse Perry to injury.Pace bowler Megan Schutt excelled in the semi-final against South Africa, while captain Meg Lanning has been an immovable rock, scoring 116 runs in four innings.But India are probably the most improved side in women’s cricket, with their bowling attack spearheaded by diminutive spinner Poonam Yadav.They have an explosive opening partnership in 16-year-old Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana, while pace bowler Shikha Pandy returned to form at the start of the tournament.India have appeared in a global final before, when they lost to England in the 50-over World Cup at Lord’s in 2017, but the MCG atmosphere will be a new test for them to deal with.The record stands in Australia’s favour – the hosts have won 13 of their 19 T20 meetings – but India will take heart from their opening night performance.“Sunday is a fresh day, a fresh start,” said India captain Harmanpreet Kaur. “We have to start from ball one.“We are used to playing when a lot of crowd is around us. Sometimes there’s no noise going around in the stadium so we need to keep an eye on each other.“Rather than thinking about what is going to trouble us, it’s only about being there, enjoying the moment and giving our best.”Australia opener Beth Mooney has been the bedrock for the hosts so far, scoring 181 runs in five innings, including two half-centuries.With Alyssa Healy struggling for consistency, Mooney and her patient play will be important for Australia. She is also one of only two batters in the side to average above 30 against India’s spinners.No Australia bowler has taken more T20 wickets against India than Perry’s 22. Left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux, recalled in Perry’s absence, will have to play a containing role during the middle overs.For India, it is hard to look beyond Shafali Verma. While the teenager has yet to score a half-century in the tournament, her aggressive strokeplay and the ease with which she hits sixes will be crucial to getting India off to a strong start.It was leg-spinner Yadav who put the brakes on Australia in the opening match.Her short stature and extra flight behind the ball makes her tricky to attack, and she enters the match as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with nine from four innings. (BBC Sport)last_img read more