Jamaica rekindled their hopes of making it to the final of the WICB Under-19 Championship with a 23 runs win over the Leewards Islands in their fifth and penultimate-round clash at Jamalco yesterday.Jamaica, having entered the contest in fourth position in the seven-team standings, first posted a competitive 267 for six off their allotted 50 overs.The Robert Samuels-coached Jamaicans then returned to restrict the Leewards to 244 with 13 balls remaining.Leading the way for Jamaica when they batted were Leonardo Friginette, opener Abijhai Mansingh, and captain Michael Frew, who all scored half centuries.Friginette, batting at number three, hit a top score of 60; Mansingh helped to lay a platform with 53; while Frew towards the end, chipped in with 56.Tyrone Williams, with four for 53, claimed the most wickets for the losers.Miguel Smith, four for 53Needing to win to keep any hopes of qualifying alive, Jamaica were then led in the field by Miguel Smith, four for 53, and front-line pacer Odean Smith, three for 47.This was against opener Alzarri Joseph, who got 97, and Kofi James, who chipped in with 33.In other matches, the marquee clash between Guyana and the Windward Islands saw the former coming out on top by 85 runs.Guyana first tallied 257 all out off 49.5 overs before returning to limit the Windwards for 172 off 39.3 overs.Meanwhile, at Manchester High, out-of-contention Barbados defeated Canada by 151 runs.Barbados netted 272 for four off the allotment of overs before returning to bowl out the Canadians for 121.The preliminary round of the tournament is set to come to an end today, with Jamaica playing Barbados at Chedwin Park being the feature.The other games will see front-runner Trinidad and Tobago tackling the Leewards at Ewarton, while Guyana and Canada will do battle at Manchester High.The final between the top two preliminary-round finishers will be played at Treasure Beach Sports Park, St Elizabeth.
Managing director of Sherwin Williams Limited, Ian Forbes, says his company is committed to women’s football in Jamaica, but are undecided on whether they will be back as sponsors of the Sherwin Williams Women’s League next season.Sherwin Williams has been involved as sponsors for the past 14 years. However, speaking at the awards ceremony yesterday at the JFF’s offices in New Kingston, Forbes said the paint company will make an announcement by late February.”Resources are not unlimited, so one has to look at the organisation and see what can be done. We are going through the process of evaluation, and then (we will) make a decision by late February (2016),” Forbes told The Gleaner.Meanwhile, Barbican FC walked away with the majority of the awards at yesterday’s ceremony. Barbican won the Sherwin Williams League for the eighth consecutive year and the Colourscape Knockout for the third straight year.The Charles Edward-coached team won $400,000 for the league; while beaten finalists Waterhouse received $250,000; G.C. Foster earned $140,000 for third place; and Los Perfectos took home $100,000 for fourth spot.Rochelle Bryan of Barbican was voted the Most Valuable Player for the season, while her teammate, Tasheka Small, was MVP for the final. The top goalscorer award was shared by Venecia Reid of G.C. Foster, Rashana Palache (Los Perfectos) and Kenesha Reid of Barbican, with 17 goals each.Top goalkeeper was Abbigayle Palmer of Barbican, while Charles Edwards was voted coach of the year. All awardees collected cash prizes and trophies.In the Colourscape KO, Barbican collected the winning trophy and $100,000; Waterhouse won $60,000 for second place; Los Perfectos received $40,000 for third; while G.C. Foster earned $20,000 for fourth spot. Barbican’s Kenesha Reid was the top goalscorer and MVP of the final.
Defending champions Calabar High and Camperdown High square off today in the decisive game of the ISSA Southern Conference Under-19 best-of-three schools basketball final series at the National Indoor Sports Centre. Tip-off time is 6 p.m.Calabar levelled the series last Friday after they initially won Game One, which was ruled null and void after both teams had problems with their identification cards.Camperdown returned to win the replay and the lead in the series, however, the champions tied the series 1-1, and following that win, coach Ludlow Barker believes his charges are now mentally ready for the challenge.”We had a rough week, but we came back, fought hard, and I am really proud of them … Camperdown did a lot of things right the first game and we did a lot of things wrong. They were better, and we had to really dig deep and come up good Game Two,” he said.He anticipates and an even more testing match from the Oneil Brown-coached Camperdown today.”I expect them to come even harder, but we’ll be ready. We’ll be prepared as the players are more mentally ready to get the job done,” he added..Brown is of the view that Calabar’s talisman Maliek McCarthy was the difference in Game Two and he credited the Calabar star for his “composure and decision making under pressure”. However, he said that his team is fired up for today’s match.”I am 100 per cent confident that we are going to take Game Three. We have everything in place and we have something new to the table as we will be bringing in a new player. He has not played all season long and he should make a big difference to the guard position. So we are very confident we are going to take Game Three,” he said.
English Premier League StandingsStandingsPOS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (1) Leicester City 26 15 8 3 48 29 19 532 (2) Tottenham Hotspur 26 14 9 3 47 20 27 513 (3) Arsenal 26 15 6 5 41 23 18 514 (4) Manchester City 26 14 5 7 48 28 20 475 (5) Manchester United 26 11 8 7 33 24 9 416 (6) Southampton 26 11 7 8 34 24 10 407 (7) West Ham United 26 10 10 6 40 31 9 408 (11) Liverpool 26 10 8 8 38 36 2 389 (8) Watford 26 10 6 10 29 28 1 3610 (9) Stoke City 26 10 6 10 27 32 -5 3611 (10) Everton 26 8 11 7 46 35 11 3512 (12) Chelsea 26 8 9 9 38 36 2 3313 (13) Crystal Palace 26 9 5 12 27 32 -5 3214 (14) West Bromwich Albion 26 8 8 10 24 32 -8 3215 (15) Bournemouth 26 7 7 12 30 44 -14 2816 (16) Swansea City 26 6 9 11 24 34 -10 2717 (17) Norwich City 26 6 6 14 30 50 -20 2418 (18) Newcastle United 26 6 6 14 27 49 -22 2419 (19) Sunderland 26 6 5 15 32 50 -18 2320 (20) Aston Villa 26 3 7 16 20 46 -26 16
LIVERPOOL, England (AP):Leicester strengthened their place atop the Premier League without even playing yesterday after their three main title rivals all lost to cap another unpredictable round in England’s top division.Tottenham could have climbed above Leicester into first place with a win at West Ham, but lost 1-0 through Michail Antonio’s early goal.Third-place Arsenal couldn’t take advantage, losing 2-1 at home to Swansea despite taking the lead against the relegation contenders.Manchester City completed a miserable evening for the title hopefuls by getting beaten 3-0 at Liverpool, where City have now only won once in 35 years. Liverpool avenged their defeat on a penalty shoot-out to City in the League Cup final on Sunday.It left Leicester still with a three-point lead over Tottenham, with Arsenal a further two points back. City are 10 points off the lead and now looking over their shoulder at teams fighting to make it into the top four and qualify for the Champions League.Manchester United are tied on points with City after beating Watford 1-0 at Old Trafford, thanks to Juan Mata’s free kick in the 83rd minute.West Ham are a point behind the Manchester clubs and even Stoke, which beat Newcastle 1-0 in yesterday’s other game, isn’t out of the top-four race in seventh place.Leicester drew 2-2 at home to West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, which now looks a decent result given the troubles of their title rivals.
Underdogs Central Kingston created a massive upset in the KSAFA/JB Rum Major League semi-finals with a 3-1 win over favourites Molynes United yesterday at Barbican Complex.They will meet the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in Friday’s final after the soldiers turned back Duhaney Park 4-2 on penalties as the teams played to a 2-2 draw after regulation and extra time.In the feature clash, Central jumped into the lead through Romario Davey after 49 minutes. Akeem Robotham made it 2-0 with a superb free-kick in the 68th minute. Molynes pulled back a goal at the 90th minute, but Arsenio Hamilton cooly dispatched a penalty kick to send his team into the final.Central’s coach, Vincent Watson, said they were always confident of victory over Molynes despite that team being unbeaten in 18 games this season.NEVER BEATEN”Molynes have never beaten us in anything. Every time they meet us, they get busted,” he said. “(After going 2-0 up) I spoke to the players and told them to hold tight and do what we practised.”In the first game, the JDF took the lead when Marlon Ellis’ direct free-kick eluded the entire Duhaney Park defence and goalkeeper after only seven minutes, but the Omar Williams-coached Duhaney Park drew level on 23 minutes when Tevoy Colespring nodded home from a corner.The JDF retook the lead after the interval on a quick counter-attack when Henry Clarke scored, but Duhaney Park restored parity four minutes before the end and sent the game into extra-time when Jermaine Myers fired home from close range.However, when extra-time failed to separate the teams, the JDF, who missed their first penalty kick, rallied to take the shoot-out 4-2.JDF’s coach, Mark Miller, said it was a tough game and credited the character and determination of his team.
SHARJAH, UAE (CMC):On the heels of an embarrassing whitewash in the preceding Twenty20 series, West Indies’ three-match one-day international (ODI) series against Pakistan will take on new value when it bowls off here today at 6 a.m. (Jamaica time)The reigning T20 World champions showed little of their usual swagger as they suffered heavy defeats in every game, and with the tour quickly going horribly wrong, it will be left to the ODI side to arrest the slide, especially with the Test series following.West Indies’ batting looked a shadow of the fearsome machine it has become in recent years as it stumbled and stuttered on slow pitches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and against both pace and spin.However, ODI captain Jason Holder said he expected a different approach from his side in the 50-overs format, as batsmen would have the benefit of time on their side to explore the Pakistan attack.MORE TIME”You have more time. It’s 300 balls in one-day cricket, whereas in T20s, there are less balls,” he told reporters here yesterday.Holder is also confident that the West Indies’ fortunes can turn around with the several changes made to the ODI side.He welcomes the experienced quartet of wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin, left-hander Darren Bravo, left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn and Test vice-captain, Kraigg Brathwaite – though the latter is yet to play an ODI.Off-spinner Ashley Nurse, another seasoned campaigner in domestic cricket, has also joined the squad along with talented 19-year-old fast bowler Alzarri Joseph and experienced left-hander Jonathan Carter.The Windies, with the same core of players, were good enough to reach the final of the Tri-Nations Series involving Australia and South Africa back in June in the Caribbean.The last time the two teams met in an ODI, West Indies inflicted a heavy defeat on the Asian side, with a 150-run victory during last year’s Cricket World Cup.However, West Indies have not beaten Pakistan in a bilateral series in 24 years, a disappointing trend which the Caribbean side will be hoping to end.Holder said West Indies were looking at different aspects of their game – especially the death stages of the innings – during planning sessions and were focussed now on executing properly.”We’ve obviously mentioned the death overs in our meetings. If it is one area we need to pay special attention to, it is obviously the death,” Holder noted.
PERTH, Australia (AP):Led by swing bowler Mitchell Starc, Australia dismissed South Africa for 242 and took control of the first Test at the WACA yesterday.In reply, Australia got to 105 for no loss with openers David Warner and Shaun Marsh unbeaten on 73 and 29 runs, respectively. Warner raced to his 50 off only 39 balls, punishing the South African new ball attack for a six and 10 boundaries.Starc grabbed four for 71 and Josh Hazlewood three for 73 as South Africa struggled all day after winning the toss and batting first.Half centuries by Temba Bavuma (51) and Quinton de Kock (84) saved face for the tourists after the innings had nose-dived to 32-4, and then 81-5 soon after the lunch break.The pair batted defiantly against the Australian quicks in a 71-run sixth wicket partnership before Bavuma fell to a brilliant catch at the wicket.De Kock was the mainstay of the South African innings and was finally dismissed when he mistimed a pull to give Hazlewood his third wicket. He batted for 2 1/2 hours and hit a six and 11 fours off 101 balls.
Miguel Coley, the coach of defending Manning Cup champions Jamaica College and his counterpart, Vassell Reynolds of Wolmer’s Boys, are both confident that their sides will be at their optimum when the two schools face off for the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup title at the National Stadium this Saturday.The two coaches were speaking at press conference at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) secretariat yesterday.Jamaica College have won the last three editions of the tournament and will be going for their fourth straight title, which would push their overall tally to 28. Despite being tight-lipped about his tactics for the game, Coley says he expects his team and players to turn up with their ‘A’ game on Saturday pointing out also that despite winning the last three titles, Jamaica College remain driven and hungry for success.”At Jamaica College, we understand that success means more success. Excellence is going out there every single time and optimising their ability. This is the final, and we are happy to be here. We are happy for our sponsors and all the media houses. You (media) have done your job by broadcasting the event. Now it’s up to the teams to come and give it their all and for us to give our final presentation,” he said.”Our intention is to be the number-one school, not only in Jamaica but in the Caribbean. Some (players) have never won the Manning Cup before, but they are hungry, and we are hungry,” he added.Wolmer’s have waited 22 years for what would be their 11th hold on the urban-area schoolboy title, and although midfielder, Yannick Elliot, has been carrying a knock, Reynolds is confident his team can come with their best game on Saturday.”We expect to see both teams at their best really,” he reasoned. “This is a final and we cannot predict how the youngsters will go out there and deliver, but I know both teams will be prepared for the occasion,” he said.”From a coach’s point of view, I hope they (both teams) display their true potential for the football lovers, the JC and Wolmer’s fans. The Wolmer’s team have played the most games and we would have done a tremendous job in terms of recuperation and nutrition. So I think we should be ready physically. But we are hoping we can deliver our best game, and I am certain that once we deliver our best game, we will be victors,” Reynolds said.
BEST EVER One new event, the 800m, is to be added to the event this year with Ray Harvey, the meet director expressing confidence that this year’s staging will be one of the best ever. Apart from the overall sponsorship package, Ockino Petrie of Nestle revealed a second instalment of the Milo Western Initiative and Coaches incentive, geared towards the development of the sport in western-based schools. The initiative is a $200,000 sum for student athletes, who end up making the national track and field team and this amount is to be shared among the schools. The best coach at the Relays will get a sum of $50,000 from Milo and this will be decided by the Meet Director and his team. This year’s patron will be Stephen Smith of Grange Hill High School in Westmoreland and chairman of the County of Cornwall Athletics Association, for his contribution to the development of the sport in the region. More than 2,000 athletes from several primary and prep schools, high schools, tertiary institutions such as UTech, GC Foster and UWI, along with club teams such as MVP, Maximum Air, Sprintec and the Santa Cruz-based Elite Performance Track Club are expected to compete. Jamaican Olympian Marvin Anderson has said that while he understands the reason why schools choose to scout and buy athletes for their respective squads, he would rather see the schools depending on the support of the community to augment sponsorship which would allow them to keep hold of their better athletes. Anderson was the motivational speaker at yesterday’s launch of the 39th staging of the Milo Western Relays, which is set for February 11, 2017 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. “I am urging the schools to use a community-based thrust to acquire sponsorship, as against always looking to the established organisations such as Milo and Digicel for example,” said Anderson. “While these companies continue to assist through million dollar sponsorships at various levels, schools may not be fortunate enough to be on that list. So I am asking (the schools) to attract small but effective sponsorship to assist the development of your student athletes,” he said. Anderson is a former footballer and athlete at the William Knibb High School and Duncans All-Age in Trelawny, who went on to represent Jamaica in the 100m and 200m at the Carifta Games, CAC Junior Championship, World Championship and Olympics. He said for schools to become independent and be in a better position to keep their athletes, they must be willing to change the approach in how they choose to develop the athletes they have. This entails giving them the necessary support on and off the track and that will serve as motivation for the athletes to stay the course at their school instead of taking up offers elsewhere.