Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

The Guyana Jaguars have had a romping start to the defence of their West Indies Championship title and are on the verge of a second consecutive win, with the Leeward Islands Hurricanes firmly against the ropes at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

The Hurricanes, headed into the final day are 23 runs ahead but just have three wickets available to them.

At the crease are Alzarri Joseph on 15, and Jeremiah Louis, 17. Still to come are Sheno Berridge and Rajendra Chandrika.

Sent into bat, the Hurricanes were skittled out on day one for 182, with the Jaguars replying with 289 all out. On today’s day three, the Leewards are 130-7.

The Hurricanes first innings crashed thanks to the bowling of Romario Shepherd, who took 4-36, and Gudakesh Motie, who had 3-23. There were also wickets for Keon Joseph, 1-42, Clinton Pestano, 1-28, and Veerasammy Permaul, 1-41.

The surrender of the innings happened despite Montcin Hodge’s even 50, and skipper Devon Thomas’ 58. The only other player into double figures was Keacy Carty with 28.

When the Jaguars replied, Vishaul Singh scored a patient 90 from 209 deliveries and must have been unlucky not to notch another century.

Christopher Barnwell chipped in with 46, while Tagenarine Chanderpaul scored 29, and Pestano had 25, the same score as Anthony Bramble.

Rahkeem Cornwall was the pick of the Hurricanes bowlers, bagging 4-48, while Berridge had 2-53. There was a wicket apiece for Joseph, 1-60, and Jacobs, 1-35.

Facing a deficit of 107, the Hurricanes never really got the start they were looking for, losing their first four wickets for 61.

The Hurricanes demise, so far in this innings has come at the hands of Permaul, who has taken 5-49, while Shepherd has figures of 1-23, and Motie, 1-11.

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are 137 runs away from victory but only have five wickets still available when the final day of their West Indies Championship game against the Windward Islands Volcanoes gets under way at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy tomorrow.

Scores in the match so far; Volcanoes, batting first, scored 2016 all out, with the Red Force replying with 225. Batting a second time the Windwards scored 288, leaving the Red Force a target of 270 for victory.

Kirk Edwards, scored 55 in the Volcanoes first innings against the bowling of Imran Khan, who ended with 7-47, but Jeremy Solozano responded with a century for the Red Force in their first at-bat, scoring 104 from 173 deliveries. Solozano’s innings came against probing spells from Shane Shillingford, who ended with 6-74 from 27.1 overs of bowling.

When the Volcanoes bat again, they were more responsible with their shot selection and although, Khan was again among the wickets with four scalps, he was made to work for them, bowling 38.5 overs that yielded 79 runs.

The tough day in the field was made on account of an opening partnership between Taryck Gabriel (58) and Roland Cato (103) worth 148 runs. Unfortunately, nobody else made good on starts, with Devon Smith, 29, Edwards, 30, and Alick Athanaze, 32, all failing to carry on.

But the lead was 269 and good enough to defend if the Volcanoes bowled well and at stumps on day three, they had.

Wicketkeeper Joshua da Silva was not out on 27 and Tion Webster, was on six. Both are capable batsmen but only Bryan Charles and Khan remain. Odean Smith, and Daniel St Clair have been known to score some runs on occasion but the advantage may be with the Volcanoes.

Shillingford has, again, proven problematic for the Red Force, bagging 3-50 from 21 overs. There’ve also been a wicket apiece for Kavem Hodge, 1-18, and Ray Jordan, 1-17.

Kyle Hope, 28, Amir Jangoo, 26, and Yannic Cariah, 21, all got starts but failed to carry on.

The Barbados Pride rebounded from their first-round loss in the West Indies Championship against the Jamaica Scorpions, courtesy of some very average batting on the third day at the 3Ws Oval in the country.

The Pride ended 41-run winners though they were staring down the barrell of defeat, as their opponents were chasing just 106 with more than a day to get there.

Batting first, the Pride were skittled out for 165, before the Scorpions hit back with 248, a lead of 83. Again, the Pride failed to make a big impression with the bat, going all out for 187, leaving the Scorpions with what looked like the simple task of getting to 107 for victory.

It was not to be as Miguel Cummins, 4-19, and spinner, Jomel Warrican, 4-27, ripped through the Scorpions’ batting line up to leave the question of who would be the winner of this game with an undeniable answer.

Keon Harding, with figures of 1-12 from his two overs was the other bowler to grab a wicket, while there was the run out of Jermaine Levy, who had only faced a ball.

For the Scorpions, John Campbell with 19, and Andre McCarthy with 14, were the only batsmen to get into double figures, as the side was done in for just 65.

In the first innings for Barbados, Jonathan Carter’s patient 51 from 116 balls gave the Pride a fighting chance at 167 all out.

That chance would seem to have slipped out of their hands by the Scorpions first at bat, as the vistors, through Campbell, 78 and skipper Paul Pamer, whose 67, helped take the visitors to 248.

Nikita Miller was the best of the bowlers in that first innings  for the Scorpions, ending with figures of 4-53.

Derval Green was also dominant, bagging 3-10 in 5.1 overs. Dennis Bulli ended with figures of 2-50, while Jermaine Levy had 1-27 from 12.2 overs.

While the lead was 83, Warrican was brilliant against the Scorpions in their first innings, his 8-89 from 34.4 overs, making the visitors really toil for their runs.

But Miller would hit back, grabbing 6-76 from 37 overs to relegated the Pride to underdogs with an innings to go. Bulli had 3-41 from 12.4 overs, while Levy ended with figures of 1-19 from 10.

All out for 187, there should have been no doubting the outcome of this game, but nobody told Cummins or Warrican that, the two getting rid of what has proven in the last two or three years, to be a fickle top order.

Cummins removed Campbell for 19, the opener looking in a rush to get the game over with, while Warrican proved the undoing of a more patient Walton for nine.

McCarthy was Cummins’ next victim, while Harding removed Jermaine Blackwood for six to get in amongst the excitement of the spin-pace combination that was proving exceptionally successful.

Then it was all Warrican and Cummins, the Scorpions capitulating in just 18 overs of cricket.

Barbados Tridents opener Dwayne Smith is not certain if he will be playing any part in the Hero Caribbean Premier League as a player from his home franchise after payment issues arose for a third time. 

Owner of the Barbados Tridents, exiled Indian businessman Dr Vijay Mallya should be headed home to face fraud charges after a United Kingdom court ruled that he be extradited.

According to reports coming out of India, Mallya is up against bank fraud and money-laundering charges that amount to almost US$One Billion.

Mallya left India two years ago and stays in a mansion in Hertfordshire, England, but according to a ruling in Westminster Magistrates’ Court, that could all be set to change.

While the court has signed off on Mallya’s extradition, the Home Secretary has to approve the move, with the Indian given 14 days to appeal the decision.

“We hope to bring him back soon and conclude the case,” said a Spokesman from India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

"CBI has its own inherent strengths. We worked hard on this case. We are strong on law and facts and we were confident while pursuing extradition process,” continued the spokesperson.

Just over two years ago, Mallya was considered one of the wealthiest men in India but fell into trouble when the major organization in his empire, Kingfisher Airlines, collapsed.

That collapse sparked a series of other issues with Diageo, forcing him out as chairman.

He would then lose control over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, as well as his Formula One racing team, Force India.

Despite that, the businessman has managed to keep control of the Tridents although he has not had a great time of it.

The Tridents have failed to make the playoffs in the last three seasons of the Hero Caribbean Premier League and finished bottom of the standings in this just-concluded one.

The Tridents lost eight of their last 10 games.

Two of the women responsible for getting Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz to a historic World Cup berth, are calling out equipment brands for not paying enough attention to the sex of athletes.

According to defender Allyson Swaby, men’s gear can, at times, be comfortable.

"It can definitely be frustrating wearing men's-fit clothing," she said. "Likewise, it can be frustrating wearing 'women's' gear that is built for the average shaped women but not an athlete. No one wants to be constantly adjusting their attire during training or competition."

Research showed that Claire Rafferty, an English footballer, who suffered through cruciate ligament injuries, could have eased those troubles had her footwear contoured to her feet.

According to goalkeeper Chris-Ann Chambers, she has become accustomed to wearing ill-fitting gear because there are no real options.

"It would be great if there was equipment specifically made for us because our bodies are shaped differently, and weight distribution is different," said Chambers.

"Having equipment that's specifically made for females definitely improves the quality of play because you feel more comfortable playing,” she added.

According to the goalkeeper, if there are gears made for women, she doesn’t know about it and that poses a million problems.

"Most of the gear that we get are from the men's line. There's none specifically made for females, that I know of, anyway,” she said.

“They may just change the name on it to say Reggae Girlz, but the ones I know are made for men. For instance, a lot of men's calves are bigger, so for us, we have to be finding ways and means to keep our shin guards in place. They are sometimes a lot bigger, so if you want shin guards for us, you'd probably have to go down to children's sizes. My gloves don't always fit perfectly because they're men sizes. A lot of times we can't find half sizes, especially in Jamaica."

Barbados may not be able to qualify for the CONCACAF Nations League after the governing body overturned a 2-2 draw with Guyana over the use of two ineligible players.

The two persons involved, England-based Hallam Hope and Krystian Pearce, made their international debuts in the fixture but CONCACAF fielded a protest from Guyana’s football authorities which changed the landscape of Nations League qualifying for Barbados.

Hope’s influence on the game was significant, the English-based player, scoring a second half brace putting Barbados ahead after a Trayon Bobb goal had them trailing.

“The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) today announced its Disciplinary Committee has decided to sanction the Barbados Football Association, by declaring as a forfeit the Concacaf Nations League Qualifying match played against Guyana, on September 6, 2018,” a Concacaf statement said.

“After due examination of the evidence, the committee determined that the Barbados Football Association infringed the applicable articles of the tournament regulations and the regulations governing the application of the Fifa statutes in relation to the eligibility of players to play for representative teams by fielding ineligible players Hallam Hope and Krystian Pearce.

Against El Salvador on October 13, Hope and Pearce also featured, but the result never mattered since Barbados lost 3-0.

The CONCACAF decision means Barbados now have three points and lie 23rd in the 34-team competition. With Nicaragua their only remaining fixture next March, Barbados have many problems.  

The CONCACAF Nations League also acts as a qualifier for the CONCACAF Gold Cup next year.

Former Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies middle-order batsman believes the Windies need to return to a format where West Indies-born coaches take charge of the side’s fortunes. 

Manning Cup champions Kingston College were not at their ruthless best, but nothing should be taken away from the performance of Clarendon College, who became the first Rural-Area team to hold on to the Olivier Shield.

Those were the sentiments of Kingston College coach Ludlow Bernard after his Corporate Area champions were bested 1-0 courtesy of a brilliant goal from substitute Andre Nicholson in the 87th minute.

However, KC did have their chances to make their mark on the game before Nicholson’s strike.

“Today was a perfect example of us not taking our chances and they capitalizing on one of the few they would have gotten,” said Bernard.

The entertainment value of the game was high for Bernard and he thought that was important and that his time pushed the pace.

“But I thought today was a good game of football for the crowd. We did entertain, we did try to get goals and even before they scored we thought that we had it but they found something and kudos to them,” said Bernard.

KC were missing a couple of it’s stars injured skipper, Casseam Priestly and Ari Rodgers, however, Bernard believes that while those absences were notable and could have made a difference, his team should have done better in front of goal.

“I believe it did affect our performance today but I believe in the guys we had out there. I think they gave a gallant effort out there,” he said.

“We wanted to do it for Casseam and Ari, but that’s just life. It is just one of the lessons to be learnt. When some of our key persons are out some of our other players have to step up. We got some very good opportunities early and had we capitalized on them, probably I would have been doing the last interview.”

In 1978, when Lenny Hyde held the Olivier Shield aloft, his coach at Clarendon College was Winston Chung Fa. In 2018, when Clarendon College again raised the shield, Chung Fa, now deceased, was also there.

Clarendon College, through a special goal from substitute, Andre Nicholson, claimed the all-island trophy, symbol of schoolboy supremacy, with a 1-0 win over Kingston College and Hyde, now the coach of the Rural Area team, believes the victory had much to do with Chung Fa.

“ … the 12th man on the team today was Winston Chung Fa,” said Hyde after speaking about the myriad of emotions he felt after the win.

According to Hyde, his charges had promised to win the all-island title, something no Rural Area team has done on its own since 2004, for Chung Fa, who passed away just last month.

“We carried out our mandate. We told him we were going to win it today and we delivered it today,” said an emotional Hyde.

The importance of the title showed in the way Clarendon College played according to Hyde.

Kingston College, the legendary Jamaican footballer, explained, pushed his team back, and the result was a matter of will.

“We couldn’t play the way we wanted to play today but the discipline and the determination that we showed today helped us across the line,” he said.

Hyde was part of a Clarendon College team in 1977 and 1978, that has largely been considered the best schoolboy football team of all time.

A mix of Kingston College (KC) profligacy and a brilliant strike from Clarendon College’s (CC) Andre Nicholson led to the latter holding aloft the Olivier Shield, becoming the first rural school do so alone in 14 years. The trophy was shared between Glenmuir High School and Bridgeport High School in 2006. 

The 2018 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Olivier Shield final takes place on Saturday at 6:00 pm inside the National Stadium as Kingston College (KC) and Clarendon College face off in the final match of the senior schoolboy football season.

The Olivier Shield brings together the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup champions and the ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup champions in a clash to decide the best schoolboy football team in the country.

The Olivier Shield was contested in a home-and-away two-leg format with the possibility of the title being shared if the scores were tied after two games. However, the format was changed by ISSA to a one-leg format following the 2013 season which meant the title could no longer be shared.

KC won the Manning Cup on November 30 to take the title as best urban area senior football team, while Clarendon College were crowned best rural area senior schoolboy team on December 1 by winning the daCosta Cup title.

Urban area schools have dominated the Olivier Shield over the last 13 years. During that period urban area schools secured 12 outright titles, except in 2006 when Bridgeport High shared with Glenmuir High.

Clarendon College will be looking to break that the urban-area dominance and win their fourth Olivier Shield, following victories in 1977, 1978 and 1998 when they shared the title with Dunoon Technical.

KC will be searching for their 10th Olivier Shield title following outright victories in 1949, 1952, 1957, 1964, 1965, 1975, and 1986. They shared the title twice, with Dinthill Technical in 1981 and Rusea's High in 1985.

KC will enter the Olivier Shield battle high on confidence as their Manning Cup title ended a very long championship drought in that competition.  They defeated North Street neighbours St George's College 3-2 in a dramatic final, at the National Stadium in Kingston, to win the urban area’s biggest schoolboy football prize for the first time in 32 years.

The Ludlow Bernard-team had to come from behind  twice with the winning goal coming at the death.

The victory handed KC their 15th Manning Cup title, the third most successful team in the history of the competition.

Twenty-four hours after KC’s triumph, Clarendon College earned the right to meet the North Street-based school in the Olivier Shield when they turned in a big performance to beat Cornwall College 2-1 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex for their eighth daCosta Cup title.

The Lenworth Hyde-coached team prevailed despite playing with 10 men for most of the match following the ejection of goalkeeper Tafari Chambers in the 14th minute.

Clarendon College ended the competition with a perfect record but the title was also a special moment for Hyde, a former Clarendon College star, who became the first to win the daCosta Cup as a player and then as a coach.

Hyde won the competition as a player in 1977 under the guidance of coach Winston Chung-Fah.

Both schools take impressive records into the Olivier Shield.

KC won 15 of 18 games over the Manning Cup and the all-island Champions Cup Knockout heading into the Olivier Shield. During that period they scored 70 goals and conceded eight. On the other hand, Clarendon College won 15 of 16 games over both competitions during which they scored 65 goals and conceded five.

 

Both schools have only suffered one defeat, which came in the opening round of the Champions Cup.

With both teams on a high an interesting Olivier Shield battle looms.

The Windies lost to a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI by 51 runs courtesy of the Duckworth/Lewis method at the Savar Cricket Ground on on Thursday.

The Windies, choosing to bat first, amassed a good-looking 331-8 from their 50 overs, with Shai Hope, Kieran Powell, Roston Chase, and Fabian Allen getting among the runs, but were blown out of the water, as the board XI raced to 314-6 off just 41 overs.

Powell started steadily, scoring 43 as he was partnered for the first time in the opening slot by Hope. Hope was even more certain in his strokeplay and scored 81 from 84 deliveries, while the returning Darren Bravo, batting at three, scored 24 from 33 deliveries.

Batting has continued to prove a struggle for veteran batsman Marlon Samuels, who, coming in at four, could only manage five.

Shimron Hetmyer, as has come to be expected, added some impetus to the innings, smashing 33 from just 26 deliveries before he was out caught by Soumya Sarkar off the bowling of Rubel Hossain.

Skipper Rovman Powell did not have a good outing in his first attempt at captaining a Windies side, the allrounder going for nought. However, the lower-order batting of Allen, 48 from just 32 deliveries, and Chase, 65 from 51, gave the Windies what should have been a very defendable total.

That was until centuries from Tamim Iqbal, 107, and Sarkar, 103 not out, took the game away from the Windies in no uncertain terms.

Iqbal smashed his 107 from just 73 deliveries and after Imrul Kayes, his opening partner got out for 27 from 25, Sarkar proved just as savage, his unbeaten ton, coming from just 83 balls.

Sarkar had begun to lose partners toward the end of the innings, with Mohammad Mithun, 5, Ariful Haque, 21, Towhid Hridoy, 0, and Shamim Patwari, nine, all fell victim before skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, scored an unbeaten 22 from 18 balls.

Pacer Kemar Roach came in for a fair amount of stick, ending with figures of 0-49 from just five overs, while Oshane Thomas, had 1-57 from seven overs. Chase was the best of the bowlers, grabbing 2-57 from 10 overs, while Devendra Bishoo, who also had two wickets, leaked 81 runs from his 10 overs.

Allen was also good, bowling five overs for a wicket that cost just 19 runs.

The Windies are preparing for their first ODI against Bangladesh after being swept 2-0 in a Test series last week. There will be three ODIs, two in Dhaka, and one in Sylhet. Three T20Is are also to follow.

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) is up in arms over the attack of noted sports journalist, Lasana Liburd.

Liburd, the founder and editor in chief of online magazine, Wired868, and a veteran freelance sports journalist in Trinidad and Tobago, was reportedly attacked during an Intercol football game with other allegations being banded about the reason for the abuse.

According to a letter from MATT, the organization had been made aware of the incident and viewed it as ‘disturbing’.

According to MATT, the incident was sparked by an article Liburd wrote and consequent actions where the journalist, once an executive of the organization, sought the court’s intervention.

“MATT views this situation as unacceptable and unequivocally condemns the attack on any journalist performing their duties,” read the release.

According to MATT, the incident flies in the face of the tenets of Freedom of the Press, something the organization points out, “is enshrined in [the] country’s Constitution.”

The MATT release went on to say there were avenues for persons to seek redress against the media and that physical attacks should never be one of them.

The matter, MATT went on, was made ultimately worse because the incident occurred in view of children.

Matt has lauded Liburd for reporting the matter to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and gave that body a call to action.

“we trust that it will be dealt with expeditiously in order to send a message that such acts will not be tolerated,” the release ended.

Despite holding a perfect record in CONCACAF Nations League qualifying to date, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have witnessed a drop in their latest FIFA ranking, moving from 51st to 54th in the world.

The Jamaicans, who have played three games in the Nations League to date, are fifth on the tables and are one of six unbeaten teams to date. The Reggae Boyz have been fairly impressive defensively, letting in just one goal to date, while scoring 11.

Those results have not proven as impressive as that of Curacao’s, Haiti’s, Canada’s, or Cuba’s though.

Curacao stand top of the tables having scored a whopping 21 goals in their three wins and are yet to concede, while Haiti, who like Jamaica have had one goal go against them, have celebrated an international notch, 17 times.

Both Canada and Cuba have scored 14 goals without conceding.

Martinique, who have also had a perfect start, have scored nine goals and let in two.

Jamaica’s last game came against Suriname, a 2-1 victory providing the Reggae Boyz with their biggest challenge to date.

The Reggae Boyz had earlier beat the Cayman Island 4-0, and Bonaire, 6-0.

Their next international assignment comes up on March 23, against El Salvador.

Jamaica are one place below the Korea Republic and one place above Finland, but still remain fourth among CONCACAF teams.

Ahead of them are Mexico, who leads the region and are ranked number 17 in the world, with the United States second at 25th. Costa Rica hold down the number three position at 36 in the world.

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