Caribbean

Fri
12
Jan

CPL: Fidel Edwards targets 2018 return

Fidel Edwards

Barbadian pacer Fidel Edwards has declared himself available for the next Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season and hopes to represent his home nation Barbados Tridents.

The 35-year-old, who last played in the tournament three years ago but for the St Lucia Zouks, has targeted increased participation in the shortest format of the game.  The fast bowler has spent the last few seasons competing for English county side Hampshire as a Kolpak signing.  In 2015 the pace bowler took 45 Championship wickets to help the team stave off relegation from Division One.

According to Edwards he had hoped to take part in the regional tournament last season, but was hit was setback after breaking his ankle during a football match in training.

Fri
12
Jan

Troubled Jamaican international Samardo Samuels looks to join fourth club in six months

Samardo Samuels

Jamaica international Samardo Samuels looks set to join his fourth club in just six months after reportedly putting pen to paper for Iranian basketball club Petrochimi Bandar.

The former Cleveland Cavaliers and Louisville player must certainly be hoping for a more productive start to the New Year as the last several months could fairly be described as a globe-trotting fiasco.

In August of last year, Samuels signed with Spanish club Real Betis Energía Plus but spent less than a month with the team after a public dispute with the coach led to the cancellation of his contract.

Thu
11
Jan

Collat signs two-year deal with Haiti

Marc Collat

Marc Collat has been confirmed for a second stint in charge of the Haitian national team after signing a two-year contract earlier this week.

Collat, the former French U-18 team coach, was previously in charge of the team from 2014-2015 but parted ways after what is believed to be a wage dispute with the Haitian Football Federation (HFF).  With a vacancy in the national programme last year, however, the coach returned and took charge of the Haitian unit who put in impressive performances against Japan and the United Arab Emirates.  With the coach’s intimate knowledge of the squad, however, the HFF opted to renew his contract with extended responsibilities.

"The mission of the new coach will be even wider than in his first lease with the Haitian Football Federation," President of the HFF Yves Jean-Bart explained.

Thu
11
Jan

WPCL: Scorpions start fightback after another poor batting performance

Jermaine Blackwood

The Jamaica Scorpions have been plagued with poor batting performances throughout the Windies Professional Cricket League 4-Day Tournament and the first day of their game against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Sabina Park was no different.

Sent into bat the Scorpions were skittled out for 197 but rallied to leave the Hurricanes teetering on 60-4 at stumps.

The Scorpions got into trouble with some kamikaze batting as John Campbell scored 28 from 28 deliveries before he became the first wicket down, going caught by Keacy Carty off the bowling of Jeremiah Louis.

Although Jermaine Blackwood scored 81, he was also guilty of being careless, the Windies batsman scoring his runs from 98 deliveries.

To be fair though, Blackwood was running out of partners and he may have felt the need to score as much as possible before that happens.

Thu
11
Jan

WPCL: Hemraj-Johnson stand spares Jaguars blushes on opening day

Chanderpaul Hemraj

Chanderpaul Hemraj and Captain Leon Johnson posted a 148-run partnership that spared the Guyana Jaguar blushes on the opening day of their 4-Day Regional match against the Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval on Thursday.

The two posted a 148-run second-wicket partnership that was just about the only thing the Jaguars, who were 184 for 5 at stumps, were able to celebrate.

The Pride won the toss and chose to field and were immediately rewarded when Kemar Roach bowled Tagenarine Chanderpaul for a duck with the second delivery of the match. His dismissal brought Johnson to the crease and together with Hemraj they patiently mounted the face-saving stand that consumed 311 balls.

Hemraj missed out on what seemed a certain century when he was caught by Shane Dowrich off the bowling of Chemar Holder for 90. His knock lasted 207 balls during which he struck 10 fours and three sixes.

Thu
11
Jan

WPCL: Hodge and Mayers half centuries put Volcanoes in charge on day one in Grenada

Kavem Hodge

Unbeaten half-centuries from Kavem Hodge and Kyle Mayers left the Windwards Volcanoes in a position of strength at stumps on Day One of their Digicel Regional 4-Day match against the T&T Red Force at the Grenada National Stadium.

The Red Force won the toss and invited the Volcanoes to take first strike. The home team found the early going tough taking all of 16 overs to get to 29 when Daniel St. Claire had Tyrone Theophile caught by Steven Katwaroo for 21.

Kirk Edwards replaced Theophile but he only faced 12 balls before he became St. Clair’s second victim caught by Amir Jangoo for 3 at 37 for 2.

Thu
11
Jan

Olympic champion Veronica Campbell Brown to have primary school named in her honour

Veronica Campbell Brown and Olivia Grange

Troy Primary School in Trelawny is to be renamed the Veronica Campbell Brown Primary School as a tribute to one of Jamaica’s greatest athletes.

The announcement was made on Thursday by the Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport during a press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston. The minister was speaking at the launch of the 2018 VCB 5K Run/Walk Race scheduled for Vere in Clarendon on January 21.

Campbell Brown, a two-time Olympic 200m champion, attended the Troy Primary School as a child. “Plans are well advanced for Troy Primary which occupies a building which is over 100 years old to be renamed for Veronica. It is one of the Jamaica 55 Legacy Projects,” said Minister Grange, who also revealed that the old teacher’s cottage at school would be restored subject to approval from the Jamaica National Heritage Trust and that the school building and property would be renovated.

Thu
11
Jan

Darian King one step away from Australian Open bow

Darian King

Barbados tennis player, Darian King, made light work of his second-round Australian open qualifier Alexander Bublik yesterday, boosting hopes of making the first Major of 2018.

King had to fight to win the first set, squeezing out a 7-5 victory before running over his Kazakhstan opponent, 6-0.

The Barbadian came into the match, having already dispatched Australia’s Marc Polmans, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), but his opponent, ranked 63 places higher than him, was, on form expected to make the next round.

King will rest for tonight’s round of qualifying with his opponent, Sweden’s Elias Ymer, expected to provide just as stern a test as Bublik.

While Ymer is ranked 147 and not as high as Bublik, the US$538,285 he’s made since turning pro in 2014, shows the 21-year-old to be a fierce competitor.

To get to the final round of qualifying, Ymer had to first get past France’s Kenny De Schepper, a tough left-hander, who has been a pro for the last 17 years.

Thu
11
Jan

Darian King one step away from Australian Open bow

Darian King

Barbados tennis player, Darian King, made light work of his second-round Australian open qualifier Alexander Bublik yesterday, boosting hopes of making the first Major of 2018.

King had to fight to win the first set, squeezing out a 7-5 victory before running over his Kazakhstan opponent, 6-0.

The Barbadian came into the match, having already dispatched Australia’s Marc Polmans, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), but his opponent, ranked 63 places higher than him, was, on form expected to make the next round.

King will rest for tonight’s round of qualifying with his opponent, Sweden’s Elias Ymer, expected to provide just as stern a test as Bublik.

While Ymer is ranked 147 and not as high as Bublik, the US$538,285 he’s made since turning pro in 2014, shows the 21-year-old to be a fierce competitor.

To get to the final round of qualifying, Ymer had to first get past France’s Kenny De Schepper, a tough left-hander, who has been a pro for the last 17 years.

Thu
11
Jan

Pollard, Gayle set low IPL auction prices

Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard

Windies stars Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard have reportedly set their prices at Rs. 2 crores (US$312,597) in anticipation of being picked up by new clubs at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction set for later this month.

The big-hitting Gayle was not among three players retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who opted to selected Indian captain Virat Kohli, South Africa's AB de Villiers and young Sarfaraz Khan.  Pollard found himself on the auction block after the Mumbai Indians decided to retain Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah. 

Both Gayle and Pollard could be re-selected by their respective teams under the Right to Match (RTM) clause, but while the option seems a real possibility for Pollard it is less likely for Gayle who has struggled with injury and form in recent times. 

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