Caribbean

Mon
19
Feb

Jamaicans torn after rumours of English interest in Bailey

Leon Bailey

Rumours that England Manager, Gareth Southgate, is eying Jamaican talent, Leon Bailey has been met with a mixed reaction from Jamaicans.

On Sunday, SportsMax.tv, posted news of the England manager’s interest on Facebook and the responses about what Bailey should do should the country come calling, produced a mixed bag

“No he shouldn’t, but hey, just like chivalry, patriotism too is dead,” read one response to the possibilities before the Jamaica-born winger.

Bailey is said to qualify for participation as a member of the Three Lions because his grandparents hold British passports.

According to another person: “he needs to do what’s best for him and his family. Whatever he chooses, that’s fine with me.”

Others were more certain Bailey should take up an offer with England with one saying the Jamaica Football Federation could not do a better job of managing the young winger’s growth.

Mon
19
Feb

CWI Super50: Visitors Kent seal spot after win over Leewards

Kent celebrate

Specially invited club Kent Cricket Club sealed a spot in the final four of the CWI Regional Super50 competition following a 23 run victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes via the D/L method.

Despite Jamaica’s big win over USA Cricket, the result pushed Kent to 25 points after eight games, one behind Group B leaders Guyana and one ahead of the eliminated Jamaica franchise.  After winning the toss and choosing to bat Kent were off to an amazing start as openers Daniel Bell Drummond and Zak Crawley put on 96 for the first wicket.

Mon
19
Feb

Warrican big eight wicket haul gives Windies 'A' early advantage

Jomel Warrican

Spinner Jomel Warrican’s sensational eight-wicket haul gave Windies ‘A’ the advantage as they ended day one of the second unofficial Test at Sabina Park with a 15 run lead over England Lions at Sabina Park on Sunday.

Sent in to bat the Lions were dismissed for 145, as Warrican ripped through the top order before returning to polish off the tailenders for an astounding innings.  The off-spinner struck early to remove Hasseb Hameed who got a start with 23 before being caught by Shane Dowrich. 

Next, to the crease, Nick Gubbins was sent packing without scoring as he was gobbled up Jermaine Blackwood after being confounded by Warrican, which left the English struggling at 2 for 56.  As wickets tumbled constantly around him Joe Clarke offered the most resistance for the Lions with a patient 56 from 115 but was also bowled by Warrican, who then returned to dismiss Liam Livingston, Alex Davies, Paul Coughlin, Toby Roland-Jones and Mason Crane.

Sun
18
Feb

CWI Super50: Jamaica Scorpions eliminated despite big win over USA

Andre McCarthy

Last season's beaten finalists Jamaica Scorpions will miss out on a shot at redemption despite a massive win over the United States in the CWI Regional Super50 on Sunday.

Led by 80 from opening batsman Trevon Griffith the Jamaica-based franchise coasted to an 80-run in a must-win scenario against the United States.  The Scorpions set 259 for 8 before dismissing the USA for 179.  A victory was not enough for Jamaica who needed a Leewards Islands Hurricanes win against Kent to keep them in the running, that hope, however, failed to materialise and it is the English team that will advance to the semi-finals.

Sent in to bat the Scorpions were dealt an early setback when in form batsman Chadwick Walton was sent back to the pavilion with just 13 runs.  Walton was trapped lbw by Saurabh Netravalkar.  Andre McCarthy was next to follow to the crease but had hardly settled in before being caught by Sunny Sohal off the bowling of Roy Silva. 

Sun
18
Feb

More goals for Jamaican strikers Burke, Mattocks as MLS preseason continues

Jamaica international Corey Burke and Darren Mattocks both found themselves on the scoresheet but for opposite team as DC United battled to a 2-1 win over Philadelphia Union in the Major League Soccer (MLS) preseason.

The 27-year-old Mattocks, who joined the outfit from Portland Timbers in the offseason, scored his second goal of the campaign in the 14 minute.  The 26-year-old Corey Burke, however, seemed to have set up a stalemate after a towering header to bring things level in the 88th minute.  Luciano Acosta scored just a minute later to give DC United the win in the two teams’ opening match of the 2018 Rowdies Suncoast Invitational. 

Burke, whose signing from Bethlehem Steel FC was the team’s first offseason addition, was a substitute for a substitute, entering for Jay Simpson in the 75th minute. He scored his team-leading fourth goal of the preseason when Adam Najem delivered a cross he headed home to even the score at 1-1 in the 88th minute.

Sun
18
Feb

England national team ready to move for Leon Bailey - reports claim

Leon Bailey

Jamaica could be set to lose another talented international to talent poaching as English national team manager Gareth Southgate is rumoured to have turned his attention to talented Bundesliga star Leon Bailey.

The 20-year has been a revelation for the German Bundesliga club this season, not only scoring nine goals and five assists but proving to be an unstoppable force with marauding runs down the flanks. 

As a result, Bailey is claimed to be the target of huge bids from a number of the world’s top clubs, prominently among them the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.  According to numerous British news sources, however, the national team is soon to be added to the list of suitors. 

Bailey was born in Jamaica and is the holder of a Jamaican passport, but is said to qualify for the Three-lions due to the fact that his grandparents hold British passports.

Sat
17
Feb

Super50: Captain’s century sends Volcanoes to semifinals

Devon Smith and Andre Fletcher chase a run  during the Group A match between Windward Islands Volcanoes and Hampshire in the Regional Super50 Festival on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Three Ws Oval.

The Windward Islands Volcanoes have made apt, the term, ‘peaking at the right time’, after they squeezed into the semifinals of the Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 Festival on the final day.

The Volcanoes made the final four after a massive 136-run victory over Hampshire County Cricket Club at the 3Ws Oval in Barbados thanks to a century from Andre Fletcher and a big half-century from Devon Smith.

Needing to win to join the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, who occupied the final qualification spot at the start of the day, the Volcanoes were gifted with Hampshire’s decision to send them to bat.

And bat they did, the Volcanoes piling up 293 all out thanks Fletcher’s 132 and Devon Smith’s 84.

There was not much after that with every batsman understanding full well that they needed to score quickly.

Sat
17
Feb

Digicel Grand Prix: STETHS, Rusea's retain titles at Western Champs

St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and Rusea's High retained their boys and girls' titles at Western Championships, the third regional meet of the 2018 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, on Saturday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

After three days of action both teams easily won the respective titles -  STETHS winning by 103.25 points and Rusea's High by 80.

MALE TEAM SCORES (TOP 5)
STETHS 389.50
Petersfield High 286.25
Munro 165
Cornwall College 159
Rhodes Hall Hall 137

FEMALE TEAM SCORES (TOP 5)
Rusea's High 388.25
STETHS 308.25
Petersfield High 210
Mount Alvernia 164.50
Mannings High 158.50

Sat
17
Feb

Digicel Grand Prix: Antonio Watson wins 200-400 double in record style at Western Champs

Petersfield High sprinter Antonio Watson on his way to victory in the Boys' Class 2 400-metre final on Saturday at Western Championships at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Watson won in a meet record 48.63 seconds.

Petersfield High sprinter Antonio Watson turned up in awesome form at the Montego Bay Sports Complex to smash two records on his way to the 200-400 metre double on Saturday's third and final day of Western Championships, the third regional meet of the 2018 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship.

In a very close race for the Boys' Class 2 200-metre title, Watson just got the better of  STETHS' star sprinter Sachin Dennis, who had earlier won the 100 metres. Both athletes were credited with the same time - a record 21.24 seconds, which erased the previous best of 21.50 recorded by Darrion Bent in 2006.

Watson closed his double by smashing the 400-metre record. He clocked 48.63 seconds to erase the previous record of 49.30 set in 2006 by Ashad Baker.

Cjay Whyte of Rhodes Hall finished second in 48.88 to also better the previous mark.

The day also produced another 200-400 double winner through Shantae Morgan of Rusea's High.

Sat
17
Feb

Super50: Scorpions in danger of missing semi-finals

Chadwick Walton walks away a disappointed man even after scoring a century against the Guyana Jaguars on Friday.

Kent County Cricket Club could find themselves in the semi-finals of the Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 Festival at the expense of last season’s beaten finalists, the Jamaica Scorpions.

That reality came after the Scorpions were soundly beaten by the Guyana Jaguars yesterday to leave the Jamaican unit third in Group B with just one game to go.

The Scorpions will play against the United States in a must-win game at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Club in Antigua on Sunday, while Kent will go up against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.

Yesterday, the Guyana Jaguars became the first team from the group to qualify for the semifinals after they romped to a four-wicket Duckworth/Lewis victory.

Choosing to bat, the Scorpions wasted a brilliant platform, to go from 128-2 in the 28th over to their eventual total of 264-8.

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