West Indies fast bowling legend and Bangladesh bowling coach Courtney Walsh has warned the team’s seamers to be wary of difficult conditions in England.

The Asian country will be one of 10 teams that take the field when the tournament gets under way on May 30.  Unlike drier conditions on the subcontinent, a cloudier atmosphere with more moisture in the air can cause the cricket ball to swing.

The bowling great believes doing well in different conditions will come down to discipline and use of intelligence.

  “It will be a big challenge,” Walsh said.

“There are going to be some good cricket pitches, which are batting-friendly. We have to be intelligent and try to execute well. We have to read the conditions and the surfaces we play. Some places the ball might swing more than the others. We have to assess when we get there,” he added.

Bangladesh will bowl off the tournament against South Africa on June 2nd at the Oval in London.

“Most of the pitches will be docile and flat. We have to work on our variations and execution,” he said. “Everybody studies one another these days. So they know our strengths and weaknesses. Likewise, we also know theirs.”

 

 

A day after reports emerged that she has signed a professional contract with global sportswear giant, Nike, Reggae Girlz striker Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw, was named Female Athlete of the Year at the 13th annual Volscars on Monday night.

2019 Austin Sealy Award winner Briana Williams said she didn’t expect to win the award for a second time at the Carifta Games that came to a close in the Cayman Islands on Sunday.

Windies pace bowler Shannon Gabriel is confident he can be a huge asset to the One Day International team ahead of next month’s ICC World Cup.

The 30-year-old Gabriel has proven to be one of the region’s premier bowlers but has done most of his damage over the longest format.  Against Bangladesh last year the bowler got the third five-wicket haul of his career.  Against England in the last series, Gabriel took five wickets in the at an average of 27.4 and kept the visitors on their toes with 90mph pace.

In the 50-over format, the player has not featured for the Windies since 2017 during the team’s tour of New Zealand.  The player is, however, confident his current form will translate into the shorter format.

 “I think I still have a part to play in one-day cricket for the West Indies, and I just want to keep improving every step. It’s been a while, over a year, since I’ve played one-day cricket, so I just want to relish the opportunity once given the chance,” Gabriel said.

“Moving on from Test cricket, I don’t think my role has changed. They see me as someone who will go out there and look to take wickets, and I think my role is very clear and I always enjoy the ­challenge. I just want to go out there and ­perform to the best of my ability, take each game one game at a time.”

Jamaica is to host the 2019 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championships from May 12-19, 2019 at the Stadium East in Kingston.

For the second year running, Jamaica’s Briana Williams won the coveted Austin Sealy Award at the Carifta Games that concluded at the Truman Bodden Stadium in the Cayman Islands on Sunday.

Jamaica swept the sprint relays, the sprint hurdles and the 4x400m relays on Sunday’s final day to close out the 2019 Carifta Games in emphatic fashion.

Briana Williams claimed her third gold medal on Sunday’s third and final day of the Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands on Sunday when she led off her country to an emphatic win in the 4x100m relays.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Tyriq Horsford won gold in championship record fashion in the u17 javelin on Sunday’s third and final day of the 2019 Carifta Championships in the Cayman Islands.

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper, Dinesh Karthik, is defending the balance of his team, saying it is not overly dependent on the star power of Andre Russell. 

Jamaica’s football bosses are breathing a collective sigh of relief following news that their first choice goalkeeper Andre Blake is expected to recover from injury in time to start in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June.

Marvin Johnson won four of the Bahamas nine gold medals on Sunday at the Carifta Swimming Championships currently underway in the Bahamas.

Johnson won three individual medals including the Boys 11-12 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m breaststroke on a day when the defending champions pushed their medal tally up to 39 medals consisting of 18 gold medals, 11 silver and 10 bronze.

Not far behind are Jamaica who have 11 gold, 16 silver and seven bronze medals thanks largely on Sunday to the efforts of their star performer Zaneta Alvaranga.

Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago are third with 17 medals comprising eight gold, four silver, and five bronze.

Johnson won the 200m free in 2:07.92 ahead of compatriot Tristin Ferguson 2:10.18 and Jaydon Croes of Aruba who claimed the bronze medal in 2:11.36.

In the 50m butterfly, Johnson held off the challenge of Jamaica’s Nathaniel Thomas to win in 28.26s to Thomas’ 29.20. Jamaica’s Brian Lewinson McPherson was third in 29.77s.

Johnson won his third gold medal in the 100m breaststroke touching first in 1:08.44 ahead of Jamaica’s Lewinson-McPherson 1:09.90 and Bermuda’s Elijah Daley 1:09.95s.

Nigel Forbes claimed another gold for the Bahamas when he took the 13-14 Boys 50m butterfly in 26.47s ahead of Nathaniel Thomas 26.73 and Suriname’s Feranto Stuger 26.81.

Davante Carey won the 15-17 100m backstroke in 59.63s well clear of his teammate Lamar Taylor (1:00.17) and  Barbados’ Tristan Pragnell (1:01.15).

Luke Kennedy won gold in the 15-17 400m individual medley while Izaak Bastian copped gold in the 15-17 50m butterfly in 25.10.

For Jamaica, the night belonged to Zaneta Alvaranga

She led the way the 50m butterfly with the gold medal in a championship record time of 27.84 to beat the previous mark of 27.94 seconds she set last year.

Meantime, it was a one-two finish for Jamaica as Sabrina Lyn came home second for the silver medal, well behind in 29.13.  Bermuda’s Elan Daley finished third for the bronze medal in 29.59.

Alvaranga’s 27.84 clocking in the final also represents a new personal best and national age group record. The time was also the fastest recorded by a female on the night.

Leanna Wainwright secured a second medal on her international debut for Jamaica by winning the Girls’ 11-12 100m backstroke in a personal best time of 1:11.65 to add to the bronze she won in the 50m backstroke on Saturday.

Wainwright held her nerve when the Cayman Islands Lila Higo made a late charge but the Caymanian had to settle for the silver medal in 1:11.76.

 Bermuda’s Imojen Judd, the 50m backstroke champion, took the bronze medal in 1:12.84.  Wainwright’s countrywoman Giani Francis placed fourth in 1:13.41.

Wainwright won a third medal as she teamed up with Kokolo Foster (breaststroke), Giani Francis (butterfly) and Christanya Shirley (freestyle) to take gold in the Girls’ 11-12 400m medley relay.

 The Jamaicans won in national and championship record of 4:49.77, which erased the old mark of  4:52.00 set by the quartet of  Gillian Stewart, Tamari Farquharson, Kheri Ann Robinson and Rene Wright at the 2002 games.

Bermuda took the silver medal in 4:52.93, while the Cayman Islands finished third for the bronze medal in 4:59.98.

Jamaica also secured two other girls’ relay gold medals. Those gold medals came in the 15-17 4x100m medley and the 13-14 4x100m medley.

Rising Jamaica sprint sensation easily dismissed the field to complete the Carifta sprint double with a seasons best time in the U-20 women’s 200m on Sunday.

The 17-year-old junior World Champion sprang from the blocks and blasted through the field to hit the top of the corner first, gradually pulling away to leave her opponents well and truly beaten.  Williams stopped the clock in a speedy 22.89, well clear of second place compatriot Joanne Reid who crossed the line in 23.69. Third place went to Beyonce Defreitas of the British Virgin Islands who finished in 23.79.

On Saturday, Williams had won in similar fashion, putting away the 100m field to win in a time of 11.25.  On that occasion getting the better of Trinidad and Tobago’s Akila Lewis and compatriot Kemba Nelson.

In the men’s equivalent, the Jamaican’s also claimed the top two podium spots.  Xavier Nairne crossed the line in first spot, stopping the clock at 20.65.  Antonio Watson closed strong to finish in 20.83, just ahead of the Bahamas’ Terrence Jones who was third in 20.89.

 

 

Los Angeles FC continued their flying start to the MLS season with a rout of Seattle Sounders, while New York City won for the first time.

Carlos Vela scored a brace as LAFC crushed Seattle 4-1 on Sunday to boost their position atop the Western Conference.

It was a perfect Easter outing for LAFC at Banc of California Stadium, where Vela opened the scoring in the 12th minute in Los Angeles.

Eduard Atuesta doubled the lead six minutes before half-time after sidestepping Roman Torres en route to goal.

Harry Shipp reduced the deficit with a powerful effort six minutes into the second half but that is as good as it got for the Sounders.

Vela took his tally to a league-leading 10 goals after rounding Stefan Frei four minutes later, while Christian Ramirez curled home a fourth just past the hour-mark.

LAFC – who have scored four or more goals in a game 11 times since joining the league last season – are four points clear of city rivals LA Galaxy in the west and six ahead of the Sounders.

Meanwhile, New York ended their winless start to the season after stunning Eastern Conference leaders DC United 2-0.

After five draws and a loss to open the campaign, New York finally had something to celebrate thanks to Alexandru Mitrita and Heber in Washington.

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