Month: February 2020

‘Scorpions were let down by poor batting’

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first_imgTop batsman AndrÈ McCarthy says poor batting led to Jamaica’s below-par showing during the WICB/NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament.Jamaica had three wins and as many defeats in Group A before bowing out after finishing third of four teams.”It’s the losing of quick wickets,” said the Scorpions top batsman, a member of the squad, which returned home on Wednesday.”When we batted, we tended to lose two or three quick wickets, which set us back.”It’s something that we need to look into, and work on, as our batting is what has been letting us down over the years.”The Junior Bennett-conditioned Scorpions amassed 14 points, four less than second-place Barbados Pride, who recorded four wins and two defeats.Hosts and title-holders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force ended tops with 22 points following four wins, a loss, and a no-result.The other contenders, ICC Americas, claimed two points.”The guys are not happy about the situation (early exit),” said McCarthy, who topped the preliminary batting chart with 251 runs at an average of 41.83.”After playing and getting knocked out in the first round, the players are disappointed, and taking it hard.”But everybody has to just learn from their mistakes and try and improve,” McCarthy added.The early exit of Jamaica, a far cry from their title-winning exploits four seasons ago under Chris Gayle, occurred with the team passing 200 just twice in six innings.These were against minnows ICC Americas, where they posted 260 for eight before returning to limit their opponents to 76, and 257 for nine in response to 253 for eight.bowled out for 137They were bowled out for 137 in their opening match in chase of 221 against Trinidad, while in their third game, they limped to 139 for eight in pursuit of 138 made by Barbados.Their fourth game, a return-fixture with Trinidad, then saw them being restricted to 176 before the hosts responded with a comfortable 177 for three.Needing to win their penultimate match against Barbados to guarantee themselves a place in the semi-finals, the Scorpions were then held to 173 in chase of 246 for nine.”As batters, we need to think about game situations more,” continued McCarty, the leading scorer for Jamaica in the regional first-class tournament.last_img read more

No faith in basketball association

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first_imgSome major players in local basketball have expressed grave disappointment in Mark Broomfield’s administration after a year in office.Urban Knights’ Gordon Porter and Pete Matthews of Runnin Rebels say basketball is in its worst state in 10 years and that there is no confidence in the administration and its president to attract sponsorship or support of any kind.Porter and Matthews highlighted declines in the sport and the implications of not having a top-flight tournament. The National Basketball League (NBL) will have been out of commission for three seasons this August.Both agreed there is no faith in the administration and its leadership but are willing to give Broomfield time before they consider a no-confidence vote, though they insist that something needs to happen fast.”The major problem the association faces is negative perception. Corporate Jamaica has no confidence in the leadership, and it’s pertaining to what happened in the previous administration, so the present administration is having a hard time convincing the corporate sector to come on board.”As a consequence, the NBL has not restarted, and it is causing other problems because top players are not able to compete at the highest level. Players have not played in two years, others are playing in the lower leagues, and it’s creating all sorts of issues as it’s filtering over to other competitions and it has serious implications for basketball,” he reasoned.The general lack of sponsorship and a flagship tournament are having a dire impact on the sport’s development, said Matthews, who believes that they might have to revamp from the grass-roots level.NO SPONSORSHIP”There is absolutely no sponsorship, and the present administration cannot garner any money, so we don’t know what is going to happen. I can wholeheartedly say I have no confidence in the administration.”We have players sitting down three years, getting fat, players who were coming along, and now there is no top-level league for them to compete in because corporate Jamaica has no confidence in the association, so we are wondering what is going to happen to basketball,” he insisted.Broomfield said that the accusations are not entirely true and insisted that they are slowly trying to rebuild corporate Jamaica’s confidence, but it’s taking time.”How do you gain confidence? To rebuild a sport that has sustained certain damage requires more than a sponsor. I am one hundred per cent sure the corporate community doesn’t question my integrity. Our annual financial statements for 2013-2014 are out and our books are open for those who want to look. That is the only way we can regain confidence. We have to rebrand what we have in this tight economic space, and it requires sacrifice,” he said.last_img read more

Bolt looking forward to London’s ‘special atmosphere’

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first_imgLONDON (CMC):Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has confirmed his participation in the London Anniversary Games in July, one of his last outings before he competes at the Rio Olympics in August.The event is set for the Olympic Stadium, which Bolt set alight at the London 2012 Games when he stormed to victories in both the 100 and 200 metres, to repeat as Olympic sprint champion.Bolt will compete in the 100 metres, the marquee event on the opening day of the two-day showpiece on July 22.”The London Anniversary Games will be one of my last races before the Olympic Games in Rio,” the reigning Olympic and World sprint champion said.”It will be good to return to the Olympic Stadium on the Friday night and get more of the special atmosphere that the fans always produce.”I always get great support in the UK, and I expect the stadium to be packed. See you in July.”The 29-year-old Bolt is seeking to become the first sprinter to win both the 100 and 200 metres at three consecutive Olympiads, following on from his success in Beijing eight years ago and at London 2012.While he is yet to confirm retirement, the Jamaican is also widely expected to call time on his career following the Games.British Athletics chief, Niels de Vos, said Bolt’s presence would be a huge delight for fans.”Usain Bolt is a global sporting icon, and this will be one of the last opportunities for families to attend the Anniversary Games and see him compete. I’m sure the British fans will create a special atmosphere under the floodlights in this amazing venue,” he said.”The London Anniversary Games is one of the very best sporting events in Britain and in particular the Friday night will be an incredible exhibition of some of the world’s best athletes, made even more special this year due to its proximity to the Olympic Games.”Last year, Bolt won the 100m at the meet in a time of 9.87 seconds.last_img read more