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.

In their final match of the first edition of the Concacaf Nations League, Saint Martin travelled to the US Virgin Islands and picked up a 2-1 victory.

The best chance of the first half for the home side came in the 27th minute when Jimson St-Louis made a fantastic move on the right side of the box and sent a rocket into the far post that nearly put the Dashing Eagle in front.

In the 39th minute, Saint Martin grabbed the first goal of the match when Andy Felsina sent in a beautiful ball onto the head of a diving Yannick Chevalier.

Rakeem Joseph was shown red in the 47th minute, and Yannick Bellechasse immediately capitalized on the man advantage by scoring a long-range curler to put Saint Martin ahead 2-0 in the 49th minute.

Showing great spirit, Ramesses McGuinness breathed life back into the home team with a perfectly placed shot inside the post during the 69th minute. Despite the home side’s best efforts, an equalizer never came.

The result was Saint Martin’s third win in their past four games, and they finish the group stage in third place with nine points. The US Virgin Islands finish fourth in the group with three points.

Barbados earned their most significant win in recent history when they edged out the Cayman Islands 3-0 on the Wildey Astroturf on Tuesday night.

It had all come down to the final match in League C Group A, in which Barbados needed a victory on home turf to achieve the coveted promotion to League B.

The Turtles took the game to the hosts in the early goings, employing a high press and keeping most of the action near the Bajan goal in the opening 20 minutes.

But after surviving the initial assault, Barbados grew into the game and eventually struck first in the 32nd minute when Hallam Hope poked a header into the far corner.

The Tridents got a boost of momentum from the goal and really took control of the game from that point on, though the Cayman Islands continued to threaten on numerous set pieces as the night wore on.

Armando Lashley scored the dagger in the 86th minute, a clean finish just under the crossbar. Hope added a third in the 90th.

Barbados finish in first ahead of the Cayman Islands on goal differential, with both teams ending the group stage with 12 points.

The United States confirmed its place in the summer 2020 Concacaf Nations League Final Four with a 4-0 victory over Cuba at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town, Cayman Islands putting the U.S. atop Group A of League A.

A Nicholas Pooran-less West Indies did not have the power to deal with Afghanistan over the course of a three-match T20I series, the wicketkeeper/batsman missing out while he serves a four-match ban over ball tampering.

Steve Smith, who had been banned for a year for the part he played in a ball-tampering scandal, lost his captaincy of Australia, and is only months back with the side.

Pooran was only banned for four games but Smith doesn’t feel the talented middle-order batsman should be punished anymore harshly.

"Everyone is different, every board is different, and the way they deal with certain issues. For me, I copped it on the chin... it is what it is,” he said.

Smith expects a better Pooran to come out of the embarrassment of being caught cheating.

“I know Nicholas, I've played a bit of cricket with him and he's a talented player and someone with a bright future," Smith said.

"I think he'll learn from his mistake and move past it,” he said.

I played with him in the Caribbean league at Barbados. I think he's going to be an exceptional player in white-ball cricket."

French Guiana picked up a 3-1 win over Saint Kitts and Nevis on Sunday in Group A of League B in the 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League at the Stade Municipal Dr. Edmard Lama in Cayenne, French Guiana.

Tyquan Terrell opened the scoring with his first international goal to put the visitors ahead in the 11th minute.

Jessy Marigard leveled things with his first goal of the tournament for French Guiana in the 19th minute, snapping a three-match goal drought in CNL for the home side.

Marigard would extend the lead for the hosts with his second goal in the 28th minute and become the nation’s leading scorer in CNL play.

Joel Sarrucco made it a 3-1 lead for French Guiana with a header in the 76th minute.

Saint Kitts and Nevis goalkeeper Julani Archibald stood out for his team with five saves on the night.

With the win, French Guiana momentarily takes second place in the group. They will advance to the qualification phase for the 2021 Gold Cup if Belize fails to get a win against Grenada.

The loss assures Saint Kitts and Nevis the last place in the group and relegation to League C.

Grenada took a 3-2 win over Belize on Sunday in the final match of Group A of League B in the 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League at the Kirani James Athletic Stadium in St. George’s, Grenada.

The hosts took the lead in the scoreboard first thanks to a Jamal Charles header in the 14th minute.

Ian Gaynair responded with a header of his own to level the score for Belize in the 32nd minute.

The visitors would take the lead with a goal by Michael Salazar in the 55th minute.

That lead would only last four minutes as Charles completed a brace to draw the score in the 59th minute.

Charles extended Grenada’s lead to 3-2 in the 68th minute of the match. The hat-trick increased the Grenadian’s total to six goals in CNL play.

With the win, Grenada finish the group stage with an undefeated 4-2-0 mark. Grenada also gains promotion to League A as the head of the group.

Belize finish third in the group with the loss and French Guiana’s win earlier in the day. French Guiana finishes second and advances to the first round of 2021 Gold Cup qualifying as a result.

Honduras had already clinched a spot in the Nations League finals next summer heading into the final match of group play, but they didn’t let up in the closer against Trinidad and Tobago, putting up an impressive 4-0 win.

Jonathan Rubio got Los Catrachos off to a flying start, sending a powerful strike from 20 yards out past a diving Marvin Phillip in the 5th minute.

Honduras continued to dominate the early proceedings, culminating in a 20th minute goal from Brayan Moya to double the lead.

Moments before the halftime whistle, Rubio was brought down for a penalty, and Alberth Elis converted in the 45+2 minute.

The second half was more of the same story; Elis netted his second of the day in the 53rd minute to complete the scoreline.

Trinidad did have some shots on goal, but none got past Luis Lopez who ended the day with four saves.

The victory means Honduras finish the group stage with 10 points, and are likely to enter the knockout round as the #2 seed. On the other end, the defeat means Trinidad and Tobago have been relegated to League B and will enter the Gold Cup qualifiers in the second round.

El Salvador have qualified for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup thanks to a dramatic 1-0 victory over Montserrat in Group B of League B of the Concacaf Nations League on Saturday night at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador.

Carlos Portillo scored a header in the first minute of stoppage time to clinch a first-place finish in the group for the Cuscatlecos, who have also earned promotion to League A.

El Salvador had the bulk of the scoring chances throughout, but found it nearly impossible to beat Montserrat GK Corrin Brooks.

Rodolfo Zelaya almost broke the deadlock early with a shot that glanced off the crossbar in the 3’, before Brooks denied chances from Ibsen Castro, Zelaya and a point-blank effort from Marvin Monterroza.

Montserrat started gaining a foothold and on the hour mark Spencer Weir-Daley had the best chance for the Emerald Boys, but his volley missed over the crossbar.

Monterroza had a second crack but could only shake his head in disbelief after another fine stop from Brooks, but there was nothing the Montserrat stopper could to prevent Portillo heading in Castro’s cross in stoppage time to give El Salvador the 1-0 winning scoreline.

Jamaica Scorpions captain Rovman Powell reminded opponents in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup that he can be a fearsome batsman who can take a game away when he slammed an unbeaten century to help his team to a four-wicket victory over Canada at Warner Park on Saturday.

Kingston College (KC) are through to the final of the ISSA Champions Cup after a dour affair against Jamaica College (JC) ended in penalties at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

There was a flurry of chances when the game just began but the quality of football dipped with the increasing intensity of the rain. With first-half action coming to an end, KC struck. A long ball played out from the back by the unusually deep Jahmari Morrison was poorly cleared by Nickache Murray, when the sliced clearance fell, it was Demario McCarthy who was first to it and his sliding effort was struck perfectly to give KC a 1-0 lead heading into the halftime break.

It seemed that would be all she wrote for JC because truth be told, they hadn’t looked likely to trouble the KC backline too much.

That changed with the game winding down and in driving rain, JC got a corner in the 83rd minute.

KC cleared partially cleared that corner but it fell kindly to a JC boot. A shot from that boot ricocheted to the left side of the field where a JC player dismissed his marker and whipped in a beautiful cross for Shadae Lopez to head into the far corner.

JC had their tails up and KC had some hair-raising moments after that.

But time would run out on JC and they would have to try to do it from the penalty spot.

KC missed their first two penalties but JC could not maintain their lead, striking the woodwork with one penalty and then seeing another saved.

The Manning Cup champions began striking their penalties more confidently and JC folded under the pressure to end up 3-2 losers.

KC will now face Clarendon College who had things go all their way in their semi-final against Clarendon College, winning 3-0.

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard is planning to hit back hard at Afghanistan after the hosts won their first game against his side in Lucknow, India on Saturday.

Afghanistan were dominant against the West Indies, beating them by 47 runs despite not scoring many when their side batted.

The result, largely coming on the back of Karim Janat’s 5-11, gave the skipper pause to think.

He has had things largely his own way since his debut as captain at the start of a three-match ODI series his team bossed and one T20I where they proved much better than their opposition, but now he has to will his team to come good when the outcome isn’t so clear.

“We just have 24 hours to wrong the rights, and hopefully we come back and do those things right tomorrow. 1-1 is a virtual final tomorrow, and you'd want to see how the guys react tomorrow. Happy times for us in terms of how we have played through this series. We need to have conversations on what to improve on for tomorrow,” said Pollard.

As for the game just concluded, Pollard believes the West Indies did a few things wrong.

"At the halfway stage, we were happy with 147. Their batsmen came hard at us, but we came back well, especially Kesrick. We cannot fault the bowlers. We didn't get a good start in the Powerplay, and we lost wickets every time we were trying to be aggressive,” he said.

Earlier, Afghanistan had scored 147-7 from their 20 overs with Hazratullah Zazai and Janat scoring 26, Gulbadin Naib, 24, and Najibullah Zadran, 20 not out.

Kesrick Williams had been the best bowler for the West Indies, bagging 3-23, while Keemo Paul, replacing the injured Fabian Allen, ended with 2-28, and Jason Holder, 2-23.

When the West Indies batted, only Denish Ramdin, 24 not out, seemed interested against Naveen-ul-Haq, 1-19, Rashid Khan, 1-25, Naib, 1-22, and the brilliant 5-11 from Janat.

There still won’t be a successful title defence of the ISSA Champions Cup after Clarendon College comfortably dealt with the final-four challenge from Cornwall College inside the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

West Indies women’s seven-wicket loss to India at Providence on Wednesday meant the visitors took an unassailable 3-0 lead in their five-match T20I series.

Kieron Pollard’s 32 not-out from 22 balls and 2-17 brought a man-of-the-match and 1-0 lead in a three-match T20 series over Afghanistan but the West Indies skipper refuses to sit on his laurels.

Speaking after the first T20 in the series being played in Lucknow, India, Pollard, who led from the front in a 30-run win, said that while he was happy with the performance of the team, work was still left to be done.

"It's always good to contribute but it's always better to contribute in the winning cause,” he said of his own man-of-the-match performance.

“The partnership between Lewis and Hetmyer set it up. It was not one of the easiest wickets to bat on. The balls were coming slow off the wicket. That's when you have to play smart cricket, manoeuvre the fielder,” he said.

In the field, Pollard was also happy with the West Indies, who restricted Afghanistan to just 134-9 after they were set 164 for victory.

“We were a bowler short but the boys stepped up,” he said.

Stepping up was Kesrick Williams, who ended with figures of 3-17, and Hayden Walsh Jr, who bagged 2-34.

But there are still areas the West Indies can tighten up, said Pollard who seems dead set on getting the side to be more aggressive.

“We have another game shortly, so we need to look at the areas to improve upon," said Pollard.

Before the start of the T20 series, the skipper had said he was already preparing the team to defend its T20 World Cup title.

“Winning is a habit, and anything that we want to do as a team is a process, and it's something we have to improve on over a period of time,” Pollard had said.

The United States suffered another defeat in this season’s Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup, failing to chase down a low total from the Windward Islands Hurricanes to lose by 44 runs at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba on Wednesday.

Facing the music first, the Volcanoes struggled in a start-stop innings to end on 225-9 but then turned in a workmanlike shift with the ball to dismiss the United States for 182 in 45.5 overs.

In their at-bat, the Volcanoes found themselves on the back foot with Devon Smith and Kirk Edwards going for nought and number three batsman, Emmanuel Stewart, splitting the wickets with just four to leave the side at 17-3.

At the other end of the crease, Desron Maloney put together 42 from 59 deliveries and was joined by Kaveem Hodge, who scored the same number of runs from 56 deliveries in a 55-run partnership.

Alick Athanaze also got a start for the Volcanoes, scoring 25, but failed to carry on, while Kerron Cottoy top-scored with a run-a-ball 43, while Shane Shillingford got to 31 before meeting his demise.

The starts with nobody really going on to score heavily meant a sub-par score, with Elmore Hutchinson, 2-37, Jessy Singh, 2-24, and Cameron Stevenson, 2-49, sharing the bulk of the wicket-taking work.

There was also a wicket apiece for Ian Holland (1-36) and Timil Patel (1-36).

When the US batted, they were thwarted by a five-fer from Kerron Cottoy, his 5-37, putting an end to any real challenge the visitors could have put forward. Cottoy got good support from Athinaze, whose 3-24 was invaluable to the win.  Shermon Lewis, 1-26, and Larry Edward, 1-47, were the other wicket-takers for the Volcanoes against the solo effort of Steven Taylor, who scored 62.

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