Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Ever the inspirational leader, St Lucia Zouks Captain Darren Sammy believes his team has as good a chance to win the 2020 Hero CPL title on Thursday even though they would have to defeat the unbeaten Trinbago Knight Riders to do so.

Trinbago Knight Riders captain Kieron Pollard is confident his team will not be under pressure to maintain their unbeaten record this season when they face first-time finalist, St Lucia Zouks in Thursday’s final of the 2020 Hero CPL season.

Three members of the unbeaten Trinbago Knight Riders were selected among a 2020 Hero CPL team of the tournament announced on Wednesday, the eve of the 2020 finals set for the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad and Tobago.

A film about West Indies batting icon Brian Lara, featuring rarely seen archive footage and stills, will open TT Film Festival on Wednesday night in Trinidad and Tobago.

Jamaica’s Fraser McConnell recovered from early misfortune to achieve his first podium finish in the Supercar class at the RallyCross Nordic in Denmark on the weekend.

McConnell, the 2019 Americas Rallycross Champion (ARX2), also finished second in the overall standings behind Olsbergs MSE teammate Oliver Erikksson.

Erikksson finished with 111 points to McConnell’s 91. The Jamaican went into the weekend's finale in fourth place with 47 points, Erickson was second with 57.

However, the placings might have been reversed had he not suffered a bit of misfortune in Saturday’s final when he ran into trouble on the very first lap.

“We were third in the start grid, managed to get around second place and was in second place going around into the second corner. It was an around-the-outside move so there was a big slide, which exposed my front wheel to the oncoming competitor. He got me straight, big contact into my front wheel and that broke the drive-shaft,” said McConnell of the incident that took him out of the running in Saturday’s final.

“I was unable to continue driving the car as it (the impact) made it go into rear-wheel drive. With 600HP turbo-charge it is very difficult to drive so it was better to park the car to prevent further damage,” he explained.

Sunday, however, was a much better day for the trail-blazing Jamaican, who capitalized on Erikksson’s misfortune to claim second place.

“On the second day, we were able to come off the first corner, much more reserved with the big picture in mind. We came out the first corner in fifth. We managed to get to fourth immediately in the second corner and the way the race played out we were able to cross the line in second, so not a bad way to end off the year, on the podium,” said McConnell, who expressed delight at his podium finish.

“I can take home some silverware and add it to my collection. It was a great experience and to get second place in the championship was unbelievable so I am very pleased with how the year turned out.”

 

Joshua Da Silva has been one of the standouts in what has otherwise been a dreadful 2020 Hero CPL season for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

Windies Women opener Hayley Matthews believes the team should use the upcoming series against England to find redemption for their poor showing at the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup earlier this year.

Andre Russell is perhaps the most destructive batsmen in T20 cricket. Batting in the lower order for whichever team he is playing for, the powerful Jamaican can change the course of a game in just a few overs.

A remarkable collapse of 9/45 in 44 balls, including three sets of two wickets in two balls, saw the Jamaica Tallawahs collapse from 84/0 and fall short of a modest target against a canny St Lucia Zouks side who are making a habit of defending low totals in Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020.

Though he is going in with a bit of a disadvantage, Fraser McConnell is focussed on giving his best show when he lines up for this weekend’s 2020 Nordic Rallycross event in the Supercar Class in Nysumbanen, Denmark.

President of the Jamaica Football Federation Michael Ricketts said he was shocked by the news that emerged on Thursday night that former national player Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson was among three persons shot in Central Kingston on election day.

Reports said the three persons shot were among a group of party supporters gathered near North Street and Foster Lane in Central Kingston about 4:00 pm when a black Honda Accord approached.

Shots were fired from inside the vehicle hitting all three. Johnson was hit multiple times.

He is in the hospital where his condition is described as being stable. Another of the victims is considered serious but stable.

 Ricketts said the news was disturbing.

“It was indeed a big shock to hear of his ordeal,” Ricketts said.

“We hope he will recover fully and be able to continue his long and illustrious career in the game.”

Johnson represented Jamaica at the senior level for many years and was also an ambassador for Jamaica’s football in both England and the United States. The player is registered with Tivoli Gardens Football Club.

The president and the JFF wished him a “full and speedy recovery from his injuries.”

 

The first-ever recipients of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) Scholarship have been selected.

The six Afghan players currently playing in the 2020 CPL will be able to stay until the tournament is concluded, thanks to the intervention of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and Cricket West Indies (CWI).

Former Reggae Boy Jermaine 'Teddy 'Johnson was among three persons shot in central Kingston on Thursday evening.

All three have been hospitalized and are said to be in stable condition.

A woman, who was also among the victims, is believed to be a netball player.

More to come...

 

 

Trinidad and Tobago’s Joshua Da Silva harbours ambitions of becoming a cricketing great and is eager to break into the West Indies senior team and play for a very long time.

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