The Jamaican pair of Jasmine Fenlator and Carrie Russell improved their chances of qualifying the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang after the finished seventh on debut in the Women’s Bobsleigh at the BMW IBSF World Cup in Winterberg Germany on Saturday.
The pair was timed in a combined time of 1:55.43.
The clocked in 57.86 on their first heat which was fifth fastest overall. Their second heat was faster – 57.57s – but was the seventh fastest time during the second run. The times were competitive considering that the winners from Germany, Stephanie Schneider and Lisa Buckwitz had times of 57.61 and 57.29 for a combined time of 1:54.90.
The seventh-place finish Saturday put Jamaica 24 points ahead of Romania for the last Olympic spot.
Russell was grateful for the placing that she said was pretty solid considering the circumstances.
West Indies battled on a rain-affected day two of the second Test against New Zealand.
New Zealand took control of the second Test against West Indies after dominating day two in Hamilton on Sunday.
Handy lower-order hitting helped the Black Caps to 373 in their first innings at Seddon Park before the Windies were left at 215-8 at stumps in response.
Rain delayed play during the second session as only stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite (66) managed a half-century for the tourists.
Tim Southee (2-34) and Trent Boult (2-67) were particularly impressive with the ball for New Zealand, although debutant Raymon Reifer (22) and Miguel Cummins (10) frustrated the hosts to get to stumps.
Still, the Windies trail by 158 runs and are already 1-0 down in the two-Test series.
New Zealand resumed at 286-7 and the Windies allowed the Black Caps to get away.
Vishaul Singh and Anthony Bramble have a job to do to get the unbeaten Guyana Jaguars over the line against the Windward Islands Volcanoes in their Windies Professional League 4-Day game at Providence Stadium.
The Jaguars are 104-4, still 61 runs away from overhauling the lead.
In a strange game, the Volcanoes were skittled out for 117 in their first innings thanks to Veerasammy Permaul’s 5-40, before the Jaguars themselves struggled to 194, a lead of just 77.
The Jaguars were hurt by the paring of Sherman Lewis, 3-62, and Shane Shillingford, 4-36, who took seven wickets between them.
The Volcanoes were much better in their second innings, scoring 241 this time, thanks largely to Devon Smith’s 95.
The bowling performance from the Jaguars was very good all round, as Keon Joseph, 2-29, Keemo Paul, 2-55, Permaul, 2-78, Shefane Rutherford, 2-19, and Gudakesh Motie, 2-46, all pulled their weight.
It took extra time to separate Jamaica College and Rusea’s High School in the Olivier Shield at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, however at the end of it, the former had won their 19th title and record-breaking fifth consecutive courtesy of a 3-2 victory.
JC got their goals from Tevin Rochester in the 48th minute, Shaniel Thomas (80’), and Norman Campbell in the 93rd. Rusea’s, who were very resilient, got their strikes from substitute Thavoy Diaz in the 67th and 90+4.
JC started the more dominant team in the first half and could be counted as unlucky not to have gone ahead in the first half.
In the second, they struck early, with Rochester slotting home from a very poorly dealt with cross.
The scoreline remained that way for a long time and although Rusea’s were coming back into their own, JC really should have scored another goal, given the type of possession they enjoyed.
Despite 82 from Montcin Hodge, the Leeward Islands Hurricanes will go into the final day of their Windies Professional Cricket League 4-Day Tournament game against the Barbados Pride ar Warner Park in St Kitts well behind.
The Pride, sent into bat on Thursday, steadily climbed to 394 before bowling out the Hurricanes today for 246.
With a lead of 146, the Pride scored 110 in the 33 overs of batting to lead by 258 with six wickets still in the pavilion.
The question is, how quickly will a declaration come to give the Pride a chance to win the game?
Earlier, Hayden Walsh Jr, with 6-48, ripped through the Hurricanes batting to give the Pride the time they needed to push for a victory after a slow first-innings batting performance.
The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force ended day three at Sabina Park on 21-1, still needing another 271 runs to make the Jamaica Scorpions bat again in their Windies Professional Cricket League 4-Day game.
Resuming on their overnight 318-4, the Jamaica Scorpions, already set on a good path by John Campbell’s 156 and Brandon King’s 63 from the day before, benefitted from Paul Palmer Jr’s 136 and Odean Smith’s 54.
Palmer was on 68 when he began on Saturday morning, but had to watch at the non-striker’s end where a patient Fabian Allen fell for 16 from 78 deliveries.
Wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas then scored 49 to support Palmer, while Derval Green slammed a quick-fire 25 from 20 deliveries. When Green went caught by Denesh Ramdin off the bowling of Khary Pierre, Smith came to the crease and showed his potential for devastation.
The pace bowler raced to his half-century from just 27 deliveries, slamming one four and seven sixes.
The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Cricket Association (TTWCA) is more than a little ticked off that the government of the two-island republic will not be backing a bid for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup which will be held in the Caribbean.
“We are disappointed and we are hurt,” said TTWCA boss Jocelyn Francois-Opadeyi.
There was a 4pm deadline for each Caribbean territory to put in a bid to host games for the World Cup but a story had broken earlier, that SPORTT chairman, Dinanath Ramnarine had questions about the feasibility of hosting the tournament, and that the minister of sport and youth affairs, Daryl Smith, was not offering support to the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board in their bid for games.
Smith had said earlier, that the government had financial constraints that would prohibit it from backing the venture.
Defending Olivier Shield champions, Jamaica College, are hunting for a fifth-straight all-island title, while Rusea's High School are aiming at breaking the stranglehold Urban Area teams have had on the competition for almost 20 years. Donald Oliver has some answers.