St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) scored an impressive 3-1 victory over St George’s College in their second quarter-final round match, at the Stadium East field on Wednesday, to become the first team to qualify for the 2019 urban area ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup final four.

However, the day truly belonged to striker Warner Brown, who scored twice in 12 minutes to secure one of the biggest victories for STATHS this season after 22-time champions St George’s College had shot into the lead courtesy of a Jaheim Brown goal on the stroke of half-time.

Chantomoi Taylor provided the opportunity for Jaheim Brown’s goal when he played a beautiful ball inside and the striker made no mistake from the edge of the 18-yard box to score his fourth goal of the season and send the St George’s College’s supporters into wild celebration.

Seven minutes after the resumption, Warner Brown scored his first goal to equalise for STATHS in the 51st minute. It was a superb goal as Warner Brown took a ball out of the air, then turned beautifully to leave a defender for dead and rattled the back of the net with a vicious strike.

Shemar Daley made it 2-1 in the 56th minute and Warner Brown completed his double in the 63rd minute after a header from a St George’s College defender fell at his feet just outside the 18-yard box and he powered home.

By virtue of seven-time champions Excelsior High holding 29-time champions Jamaica College (JC) to a surprise 0-0 draw in the first match at the venue, STATHS, the 1987 champions, moved to an unassailable lead in Group H of the quarter-final round with one set of matches remaining.

The quarter-final round comprises two groups of four teams each and the top two teams in each group will contest the semi-finals.

STATHS, which opened the quarter-final round by whipping Excelsior High 4-0 last week, moved to a maximum six points from two games, four clear of JC in second place with two points.

St George’s College are in third place, while Excelsior High are bottom of the table and still with a chance of taking the second semi-final spot from the group.

Both teams are locked on a point, but St George’s College have a better goal difference.

In the final set of games in the group, JC and STATHS will face off in what is expected to be a tough assignment, while St George’s College will play Excelsior High.

A victory for JC over STATHS will eliminate St George’s College and Excelsior High.

St George’s College can only advance to the semi-finals if JC drop points against STATHS and they take all three points against Excelsior High.

On the other hand, Excelsior High will be hoping for victory against St George’s College and JC dropping points against STATHS.

Group G is also interestingly poised going into the final set of quarter-final matches where three of the four teams are still in contention for the two semi-final spots.

Reigning champions Kingston College (KC), which have won the competition 15 times,  are leading the group courtesy of goal difference over 10-time champions Wolmer's Boys. Both teams are on four points from two matches, a point ahead of third-place Camperdown High. Already eliminated Charlie Smith High are bottom of the table without a point.

The Manning Cup competition takes a break to facilitate the first round of the ISSA Walker Cup knockout competition.

The Walker Cup knockout competition comprises the eight losers of the Manning Cup second round.

 

UPCOMING WALKER CUP SCHEDULE

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
St Catherine High vs Holy Trinity High  @ Prison Oval - 1:00 pm
Jonathan Grant High vs Eltham High @ Prison Oval  - 3:00 pm   

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 
St Jago High vs Mona High @ Prison Oval - 1:00 pm
Hydel High vs Vauxhall High @ Prison Oval  - 3:00 pm

 

All matches which end in a draw at the end of regulation time will be decided by a penalty shootout. There will be no extra time.

Jamaican Olympian Michael Fray was found dead on Wednesday, the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association has confirmed.

Kieron Pollard lauded Roston Chase and Shai Hope after their efforts with the bat helped West Indies to a seven-wicket ODI win over Afghanistan in Lucknow. 

Chase made his highest score in the format with a fine 94 that included 11 boundaries, with Hope having laid the foundation for a successful chase with an unbeaten 77.

The pair's 163-run stand did most of the work as the Windies overhauled Afghanistan's 194 all out with 21 balls to spare, the hosts having collapsed from 126-2.

And Pollard was delighted to see Chase and Hope lead the way, helping to assuage some of the captain's concerns over his side's batting performances in the 50-over format.

"Losing early wickets and not batting 50 overs is something that has been haunting us for a long time," he said, while also reserving praise for bowlers Romario Shepherd (2-31) and Hayden Walsh (1-33)

"Two guys showed the way – Hope and Chase. Both of them are class batsmen, kudos to them for batting well and getting us a victory.

"We've been talking about how we want to play cricket. Express ourselves, who better than Jason Holder, who continues to prove he wants to be the number one in this format.

"Then Shepherd and Hayden Walsh were superb. We want to play every game with the same intensity."

The second match takes place at the same venue on Monday.

Sir Vivian Richards is in full support of the appointment of Kieron Pollard as white-ball captain of the West Indies, saying the veteran all-rounder brings more aggression to the role than the two men he replaced.

Pollard, who opened his account as ODI captain on Wednesday with an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Afghanistan in Lucknow, India, has had the eye of Richards for the last five years, ever since he won the CPL with the Barbados Tridents.

"I've always admired his captaincy,” said Richards, who has been one of those to have noted a tendency towards passiveness in previous West Indies sides.

Jason Holder, the West Indies Test captain and previous ODI captain, has been criticized for not being aggressive enough on occasion and going into defensive mode too quickly.

“I've always felt that when he played the first CPL T20 at home, he was the best captain,” said Richards.

“I think Barbados Tridents went on to win it [in 2014], and he was the best captain in my opinion, more proactive than the rest of the captains we would have seen,” said Richards.

 I think he's in a good place," he said.

Richards also believes Pollard will benefit from having more talent around him than did his predecessors, Holder and Carlos Brathwaite, former captain of the T20 side.

“There's enough good players around him that can help out as well,” said Richards, referring to newcomers like Brandon King and Hayden Walsh Jr.

Pollard's first course of action as ODI captain was to marshall his troops into dismissing Bangladesh for 194 in 45.2 overs, courtesy of Jason Holder, 2-21, Romario Shepherd, 2-32, Roston Chase 2-31, Sheldon Cottrell, 1-33, and Hayden Walsh Jr, 1-33, sharing the workload. The West Indies batters then made simple work of the total, getting to 197-3 three balls into the 47th over.

Roston Chase, 94, and Shai Hope, 77, were the major contributors to the innings.

Dr Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) is revealing that he plans to launch an investigation into reports of the potential move of the young Jamaican sprinter Sachin Dennis to Bahrain.

Roston Chase made his highest ODI score after doing did damage with the ball as West Indies started a new era by cruising to a seven-wicket win over Afghanistan in Lucknow.

The Windies cruised to a target of 195 in their first game under the captain-coach partnership of Kieron Pollard and Phil Simmons, who is back for a second spell in charge.

Afghanistan were going well with Rahmat Shah (61) and Ikram Alikhil (58) at the crease but collapsed from 126-2 to 194 all out - debutant Romario Shepherd, Chase and Jason Holder taking two wickets apiece.

Chase (94) and Shai Hope (77 not out) put on 163 for the third wicket as West Indies got home with 21 balls to spare to lead the three-match series 1-0.

Sheldon Cottrell removed Hazratullah Zazai's leg stump with a yorker and Afghanistan were in trouble on 15-2 when the excellent Holder (2-21) got rid of Javed Ahmadi.

Ikram and Rahmat steadied the ship, the former taking a liking to the pace of the expensive Alzarri Joseph.

Rahmat clattered new boy Shepherd over his head for six and Ikram struck Joseph over the rope as he scored a 47-ball half-century, though he was then run out in schoolboy fashion when wandering out of his crease to congratulate his partner on reaching 50 when the ball was not dead.

Afghanistan capitulated in Rashid Khan's first ODI as skipper after the third-wicket stand of 111 came to an end, Chase (2-31) dismissing Rahmat as they lost eight wickets lost for 68 runs, Asghar Afghan (35) also run out.

Paceman Shepherd (2-32) struck twice as the last four wickets fell for three runs, yet it looked to be game on when the Windies were 25-2 with Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer back in the pavilion.

However, Hope and Chase - promoted to number four - applied themselves well to take the wind out of Afghanistan's sails.

Opener Hope was content to accumulate steadily as Chase played more expansively, hitting 11 boundaries but missing out on three figures when he was cleaned up by Mujeeb Ur Rahman, leaving Nicholas Pooran to come out and hit the winning runs.

Defending champions Kingston College (KC) and Wolmer’s Boys battled to a 1-1 draw, while Camperdown High defeated Charlie Smith High 4-0 as quarter-final action continued in Group A of the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition at the Stadium East field on Tuesday.

The results mean that KC, Wolmer’s Boys and Camperdown High will be fighting for two semi-final spots from the group heading into the final set of matches, while Jerome Waite-coached Charlie Smith High, the 1988, 1990 and 1995 champions, have been eliminated.

KC and Wolmer’s Boys are locked on four points from two matches but the defending champions are leading the group courtesy of a goal difference of plus five compared to plus one. Camperdown High, which bounced back from their 3-2 defeat against Wolmer’s Boys in the opening set of matches last Wednesday, hold down third place with three points.

Charlie Smith High are without a point from their two games as they went down 5-0 to KC last Thursday.

In the curtain-raiser at the Stadium East, Shaqueil Bradford scored a hat-trick to lead Camperdown High to their 4-0 demolition of Charlie Smith High.

Camperdown High took control of the match from the first half which produced two of the four goals.

Shawn Daley opened the scoring in the 27th minute and Bradford doubled the lead on the stroke of half time.

Bradford added his second goal in the 67th minute and completed the hat trick in the 83rd minute.

In the second game, KC took a well-deserved lead in the 17th minute through leading striker Dwayne Atkinson and then missed numerous scoring opportunities and allowed Wolmer’s back into the game.

Talisman Ronaldo Webster, formerly of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), responded for Wolmer’s in the 73rd minute with his 17th goal of the season.

The result kept KC’s undefeated record intact but ruined their perfect record. The Purples entered the day with a perfect record of 14 victories in all competitions this season and dropped their first points in the team's 15th match.

Webster’s goal was only the third conceded by KC so far this season.

Legendary West Indies batsman Viv Richards is confident that it will only be a matter of time before mercurial young talent Shimron Hetmyer lives up to his full potential.

Since bursting on the scene in 2017, Hetmyer has shown clear signs that he has the potential to be one of the game’s best players.  Hetmyer, who has four centuries in 37 matches, recently became the 4th fastest West Indian batsman to score 1,000 ODI runs. 

On the flip side, however, the young batsman has put in several disappointing performances with innings that have been typified by rash stroke play and what many have criticized as a carefree approach.  Richards has, however, backed the young batsman to deliver the goods eventually.

"Hetmyer we keep speaking about, he's a young talent I believe when he settles down, his numbers could be much better for West Indies in the future, but at present, he's a little if and but at times, but when he works that out and gets to believe he can accomplish that, he'll be okay. But his talent, his talent is enormous, it's just for him to know how to get that done,” Richards told Espncricinfo.

The player will be part of a Windies squad that will play against Afghanistan in three ODI and three T20 series beginning tomorrow.

Legendary West Indies all-rounder Gary Sobers does not believe the regional cricket team did enough to hold on to Barbadian-born fast bowler Jofra Archer and must be a little ‘sad’ to have missed out on such a top prospect.

The 24-year-old was born in Barbados and played youth cricket for the Windies but failed to secure a spot on the youth World Cup team.  The player later moved to England before deciding to switch allegiance and represent the country of his father’s birth.

Archer made his debut for England at the World Cup earlier this year, after a change in the country’s eligibility rules allowed the player to represent England earlier than originally stipulated.  The bowler went on to make a major impact at the tournament as England claimed a maiden title.  Archer then went on to make his impact felt during the Ashes series.

“We have lost a good one, there's no doubt about that," Sobers told the DailyMail.

“Jofra is an amazing bowler. For him to jump to where he is in the England team already is tremendous. I believe there was an argument as to whether they should play him in the World Cup but eventually they got over that and they must be very happy they did because he has been great for them,” he added.

“The West Indies must be very sad when they see what he has done because we don't seem to have given him the opportunities we should have done," said Sobers. 

"He started in Barbados and wanted to get in the West Indies team but he didn't get the chance to do that so he went to the best place he could.”

Top Jamaican fitness athlete Kristen McGregor said she is grateful to have made the top eight in her first major competition, the IFBB World Professional Championships in Tarragona, Spain from November 1-3.

Vow And Declare upstaged a star-studded international field to win the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

In a photo finish at Flemington, the Australian-bred gelding staved off the competition to win the eight-million Australian Dollars race.

Vow And Declare – whose trainer Danny O'Brien described the horse's chances as "a bit of a David and Goliath" task pre-race – crossed the post ahead of Master of Reality, who pipped Prince Of Arran to second place.

Winning jokey Craig Williams said: "I was lucky enough to sit on Vow And Declare. A credit to Danny O'Brien.

"It was a privilege to ride him today. We had a difficult barrier draw. The instructions, we trusted him. We know what we can do.

"Great to be associated with a great horse like this horse. I rode him on debut and Winx won a maiden years ago. He knows he has won and again… I'm so grateful to be given the opportunity."

St George’s College will play against Cornwall College in the quarterfinals of the ISSA Champions Cup after completing the remainder of their rain-affected game against BB Coke High School on Monday.

St George’s, one of the teams looking to become the first to claim a second lien on the title, had come from behind to lead 3-2 against BB Coke on Saturday when persistent rain ended play 10 minutes early.

The Light Blues of North Street were not in such an accommodating mood when the teams met for the final 10 minutes on Monday, banging in a further three goals to end the encounter 6-2 winners.

The Champions Cup quarterfinal draw, held at the offices of SportsMax Ltd on Monday, pulled up some other mouthwatering clashes set for Saturday.

Frome Technical will play against Kingston College, while Clarendon College have to deal with St Andrew Technical High School and in an all-urban affair, Excelsior High School do battle with Jamaica College.

The game between Frome and KC will mark the opening encounter of a double header at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay, beginning at 4pm, while the second game, at 6:30, will be Cornwall and St George’s.

The other two games also form part of a double header with Clarendon College and STATHS facing off at 4pm over by Stadium East, while Excelsior and JC take centrestage at 6:30.

Naparima College are, for the third time consecutively, Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division champions.

Needing to avoid losing against the Queen’s Royal College (QRC) to hold onto the title, with Presentation College breathing down their necks just three points adrift, Naparima found four unanswered goals, making the title run seem a mere formality.

Naparima got goals from Nathaniel Perouse in the 17th minute, Shoaib Khan in the 20th, Seon Shippley in the 22nd and Isa Bramble in the 80th.

As it turns out, Naparima never needed the assurance of keeping their unbeaten streak going, as Presentation College, playing away to St Anthony’s College, could only manage a 0-0 draw in what was the only other game taking place on Monday.

That result meant Presentation, who started the day on 30 points, three points behind Naparima, ended second on 31. Naparima, ended on 36 points, eventually a comfortable buffer.

Naparima coach, Angus Eve, was very matter-of-fact about the victory, downplaying his own influence on the fortunes of the institution, saying:

“I think this is just reward for all the work they’ve been doing this season,” said Eve.

Conquered QRC coach, Nigel Grosvenor, was gracious in defeat, choosing to congratulate Naparima, saying they were deserving champions.

According to Grosevnor, the first goal of the game came at an inopportune time and put QRC on the back foot.

QRC, he said, never recovered but the credit for that must go to a well-drilled Naparima.

Carlos Vela has been named the 2019 MLS MVP after a record-breaking season with Los Angeles FC.

Vela received 69 per cent of the weighted vote to beat LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Atlanta United's Josef Martinez, and New York City pair Maxi Moralez and Heber to the award.

The 30-year-old Vela scored an unprecedented 34 goals in 31 regular-season appearances as LAFC claimed the Supporters' Shield.

Mexican forward Vela also supplied 15 assists to set a new MLS benchmark for goal involvements, surpassing Sebastian Giovinco's total of 38 (22 goals, 16 assists) for Toronto in 2015.

Despite taking his goal tally for the year to 36 with a double in the Western Conference semi-final victory over rivals the Galaxy, Vela drew a blank as Bob Bradley's team were eliminated from the MLS Cup play-offs by Seattle Sounders.

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