By Nick SaidCAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli continued his excellent recent form by smashing a sparkling unbeaten century to lead his side to a comprehensive 124-run victory over South Africa in the third One-Day International at Newlands yesterday.Kohli made 160 not out from 159 balls as India, who had been put in to bat, posted 303 for six in their 50 overs, before restricting their hosts to 179 all out to take a 3-0 lead in the series.South Africa’s brittle batting lineup, without injured stalwarts Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock, were stifled once more by the Indian spinners as Kuldeep Yadav, who took career-best figures (4-23 in 9 overs), and Yuzvendra Chahal (4-46 in 9 overs) strangled their innings.The fourth match will be played at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Saturday.The imperious Kohli now has four centuries in his last six 50-over innings. He survived being given out leg-before-wicket to Kagiso Rabada before he had scored when a review showed he had got the faintest of edges to the ball.After that he was sublime as he put on 139 for the second wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (76 from 63 balls) to lay the platform for India’s sizeable score.“You’re always looking for someone to bat until the end and it’s amazing if you do it as the captain,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.“I was cramping towards the end but I knew I had to stay until the end to get us to 300. These are the times you’re tested mentally as well as physically.”When South Africa captain Aiden Markram (32) and innings top-scorer JP Duminy (51) put on a rapid 78 for the second wicket, the hosts were given hope.Yet the introduction of the excellent Chahal and Yadav, who took eight wickets for 69 runs between them, pegged the innings back.Yadav had Markram stumped by MS Dhoni and Chahal ripped through the middle-order, including the wicket of debutant Heinrich Klaasen (six).Dhoni’s stumping of Markram took him to 400 ODI dismissals, the first Indian wicketkeeper to reach that mark.“Everything is disappointing about this. Yet again we were not up to the mark. We’ve only got ourselves to blame, we have to try harder,” Markram said.“We’ve come across them (the spinners) before and if after all that time we’re still struggling to pick them, it speaks of their quality.” INDIA inningsRohit Sharma c Heinrich Klaasen b Kagiso Rabada 0Shikhar Dhawan c Aiden Markram b JP Duminy 76Virat Kohli not out 160AjinkyaRahane c Andile Phehlukwayo b JP Duminy 11Hardik Pandya c Heinrich Klaasen b Chris Morris 14MS Dhoni c Lungi Ngidi b Imran Tahir 10Kedar Jadhav c Heinrich Klaasen b Andile Phehlukwayo 1Bhuvneshwar Kumar mot out 16Extras: (lb-3, w-12 15Total: (six wkts, 50.0 overs) 303Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-140, 3-160 4-188, 5-228, 6-236. Bowling: Rabada 10-1-54-1, (w-3), Ngidi 6-0-47-0, (w-2), Morris 9-0-45-1, (w-1), Phehlukwayo 6-0-42-1, (w-5), Imran Tahir 9-0-52-1, JP Duminy 10-0-60-2.SOUTH AFRICA inningsHashim Amla lbw Jasprit Bumrah 1Aiden Markram stp. MS Dhoni b Kuldeep Yadav 32JP Duminy lbw Yuzvendra Chahal 51Heinrich Klaasen lbw Yuzvendra Chahal 6David Miller c MS Dhoni b Jasprit Bumrah 25Khaya Zondo c (sub.) b Yuzvendra Chahal 17Chris Morris lbw Kuldeep Yadav 14Andile Phehlukwayo c Virat Kohli b Kuldeep Yadav 3Kagiso Rabada not out 12Imran Tahir c Virat Kohli b Yuzvendra Chahal 8Lungi Ngidi lbw Kuldeep Yadav 6Extras: (lb-2, w-2) 4)Total: (all out, 40.0 overs) 179 Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-79, 3-88, 4-95, 5-129, 6-150, 7-150, 8-158, 9-167. Bowling: Kumar 7-0-41-0, Bumrah 7-0-32-2, (w-1), Pandya 8-0-35-0, (w-1), Chahal 9-0-46-4, Yadav 9-1-23-4.
THE Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) has confirmed its support towards the Berbice Cricket Board’s (BCB) educational posters programme, which will be unveiled at the board’s annual Awards Ceremony, scheduled for April 21, 2018, at State House in New Amsterdam.The company made a financial contribution to assist with the publication of two of the posters.The BCB is expected to publish six posters during 2018 and these will be distributed only to Berbice cricket clubs and players.During the simple presentation ceremony, Chairperson of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited’s Board of Directors, Geeta Chandan-Edmond, stated that she and fellow directors were impressed with the work of the BCB and as such the company was pleased to assist in the effort to educate youths.She noted that while natural talent is important, knowledge of cricket is crucial as it would allow cricketers to become well-rounded individuals.The Chairperson extended best wishes to the BCB and expressed confidence that theposters programme would achieve all of its objectives.President of the BCB, Hilbert Foster, extended gratitude to the directors for their investment into Berbice cricket and pledged that his administration would work hard every day to make sure that every potential in Berbice is fulfilled.The board, Foster stated, has turned around the status of the game in Berbice in just six weeks and predicted that by the end of 2018, Berbice cricket would be in a class of its own in the West Indies.The main objectives of the multi-coloured 11’ x 17’ posters would be to educate youths on the history of the game, rules of cricket, the art of batting and bowling, Test cricketers produced by Berbice and also to encourage them to work on their own game on a full-time basis.Members of the BCB Cricket Development Committee would be responsible for the contents of the posters.
… starts third in today’s raceKRISTIAN Jeffrey opened his Radical SR3 season in Europe with a podium finish in race one of the first round at Donington Park.Jeffrey, through a post on his facebook wall, contended that the pace was good all weekend as he was within striking range of the top five drivers in free practice.After qualifying, he managed fifth on grid where be begun to fight for positions immediately.“We got up to 4th in lap 1, battling with the leaders and feeling comfortable. Conditions started to change and the rain came pouring down just before the halfway mark,” he said.“Pushing on the slicks with the damp conditions, I got away with a spin which put me down to eight. However, we pushed hard all the way to the end, had a really good pit stop thanks to the team which helped a lot.”Kristian Jeffrey carried good place in free practice and fought hard after a spin.“We were able to mount the wet tyres and recovered to p3,” the two-time Caribbean champion concluded.He starts third on the grid for the second race today at the same venue.
By Andrew DownieSAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) – Few national teams have experienced the ups and downs of Brazil over the last five years but the good news for fans of the Selecao is that they are ascendant as Russia approaches.Brazil won the 2013 Confederations Cup, hammering an all-conquering Spain side 3-0 in the final. A year later they were humiliated 7-1 at home by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals and early exits at the Copa America in 2015 and 2016 deepened the gloom.But the improvement since Tite took over as coach in June 2016 has been remarkable and Brazil are now joint favourites to win a record sixth World Cup.Much of that credit goes to the wily coach, who has instilled a sense of purpose in a team that looked lost under his predecessor Dunga.Tite has retained only seven of the 23 players who failed on home soil four years ago, with Neymar, Marcelo, Dani Alves, Fernandinho, Thiago Silva, Willian and Paulinho among those likely to make the final 23.The central defence has been shored up with Marquinhos and Miranda, and Brazil under Tite have conceded just five goals in 19 games.The midfield has a balance of solid and creative players, with Casemiro providing the backbone, Paulinho capable of going box-to-box, and Renato Augusto offering some spark.Up front Tite has an embarrassment of riches, with Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho the likely starters with able back-up on the bench from speedy wingers Willian and Douglas Costa.Those players helped Brazil to become the first team to qualify for Russia with a record string of nine successive wins, but they must take care to rein in any euphoria.Brazil have historically done better at World Cups when they fly off hated rather than feted by their own press and fans.In 1970, 1994 and 2002, the Selecao left home under a cloud only to silence their doubters and lift the cup.In 1982 and 2006, it was the opposite, as teams headed to Europe expecting to canter to victory.Tite is nothing if not pragmatic and he has worked overtime to ensure his players are focused on the task at hand.On the field his work has been exemplary, as 15 wins in 19 games prove. How he prepares them off it may be almost as important.
IN their very first meeting in international women’s football, Guyana and Bermuda played to a 2 – 2 draw when they collide in Group ‘E’ of the CONCACAF Caribbean Qualifying tournament at the Leonora Track and Field Centre.Following the opening game of the double- header which saw Barbados clawing to a deserving 2 – 1 win over Suriname, Guyana and Bermuda took the field and didn’t disappoint the vocal crowd at the ‘West Side’ venue.Guyana’s Nathalie Nedd starting in goal, had two goalkeeping-blunders when she couldn’t had held on to two steamers from Bermuda’s Teyah Lindo.Lindo’s first goal came five minutes into the game when she caught Nedd a little off her line and fired one home from approximately 25 yards out from goal.BEATEN! Bermuda’s goalkeeper Micah Pond was beaten by Guyana’s Cameo Hazlewood’s shot in the 58th minute of their contest on Wednesday at the Leonora Track and Field Centre. (Adrian Narine photos)However, two minutes later, Brianne Dessa equalized for Guyana following a nice build up with Mariam El-Masri and Calaigh Copeland.The scores would remain levelled (1 – 1) until the 16th minute, when Lindo scored her second on the night; a long range shot taken from a free-kick.The Bermudans would hold onto the 2 – 1 advantage until the 58th minute when Cameo Hazlewood scored a free-kick which was hit too hard for Bermuda’s Micah Pond to handle in goal.Hazlewood had a suburb game attacking for Guyana and could’ve scored the winner if her first touch on a one-on-one with Pond was a little softer.Guyana will next play Suriname on Friday in a game which Coach Dr Ivan Joseph said is a must-win and one where the Lady Jags will have to show their goalscoring prowess given the fact Barbados had already secured their three points.
NOVAK Djokovic became a serious Wimbledon title contender as he made his first semi-final since 2015 with a 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 win over Kei Nishikori.It was performance of resilience and resolve from the former number one, reminiscent of the player who held all four Grand Slam titles two years ago.After Djokovic took the first set, his Japanese opponent saved four break points before levelling.The Serb took the next and fought from a break down in the fourth to win.Djokovic told BBC Sport: “It feels great to be in the last four of a Slam. I’ve been building in the past couple of weeks. The level of tennis has been going up in the past couple of months and tournaments.“This is not the first time I have been in the semi-finals here but I will try to enjoy this victory.“I am very grateful to play on the court I love [Centre Court] and to be competing at a high level. I am trying to get in the best possible shape for the biggest possible events and it doesn’t come much bigger that Wimbledon.”Djokovic’s last run to the final four at Wimbledon ended with him winning the tournament – and he then went on to lift the 2015 US Open and 2016 Australian and French Open titles, becoming only the third man to hold all four Grand Slam trophies at the same time. (BBC Sport)
FITNESS 53 Athlete Emmerson Campbell reclaimed his throne from longtime rival Yannick Grimes in the Mr Physique category while Kerwin Clarke returned to claim Mr Guyana 2018, as the crowd left well entertained at the Guyana Amateur Body Building and Fitness Federation’s (GABBFF) National Senior Championships, hosted at Parc Rayne, Rahaman’s Park, East Bank Demerara.Campbell, who exuded confidence of reclaiming his crown prior to the competition, flexed and posed his way to top points from the judges, finishing ahead of Space Gym’s Grimes and Caerus Cipriani of Life Gym. Chetram Nagessar finished fourth.Speaking to Chronicle Sport after his win, Campbell pointed out; “It’s very rewarding and fulfilling knowing that the weeks of dieting, doing cardio and lifting weight paid dividends. It’s gratifying to win and shows that hard work pays off”. He also noted, “The competition is of friendly rivalry. You can’t be a champion without an opponent and iron sharpens iron so it was welcomed. With that being said, however, I thought I had it in the bag about two weeks ago when I woke up and looked in the mirror.“I knew I had the winning package in June. Now it’s on to Mexico for CAC. The last time I got a silver. This year I’m gunning for gold.”Kerwin Clarke returned as the overall winner to claim ‘Mr Guyana’ after losing to Bruce Whatley last year. In addition he also beat Lindy Sharpe in the light middleweight category.Meanwhile Chandini Khan who trains at Fitness Paradise copped the Ms Bikini title ahead of Space Gym’s Angelica Barroncas and Diciula DeSouza who finished second and third respectively.In the Masters category, Marlon Bennett came out on top while Lindy Sharpe finished second with Andel Cameron rounding out the top three.Meanwhile Chetram Nagessar won the bantamweight category beating out second-placed Jamoal Tinnie and third-placed Donald Lindley.Renowned for his amazing feats in powerlifting, the versatile Carlos Petersen turned his attention to bodybuilding and subsequently copped the heavyweight title, ahead of Andel Cameron and Clint Duke, who settled for third.GABBFF president Coel Marks hailed the event a success and thanked his sponsors for helping the federation pull off the championships.
JP Duminy insists South Africa are feeling positive as they depart Sri Lanka despite a mixed tour.The Proteas were soundly beaten in both Tests before bouncing back in the first three one-day internationals, recording a trio of victories, but then suffered three straight losses in the final two ODIs and a lone Twenty20 match.There were some record lows along the way – including Tuesday’s T20 total – but Duminy, who has retired from Test cricket, does not believe this tour has been like previous disappointing trips.“I don’t think we’re walking away from Sri Lanka with negativity,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of positives“I’ve certainly experienced many tours of the subcontinent when you walk away with your head in your hands not knowing where your next run or next wicket is going to come from.“Yes, there’s disappointment about the Test series but, from a one-day perspective, we’ve taken huge strides, in my opinion. I’m excited by the brand of cricket we’re trying to adopt.“I believe we can only get better.”(Yahoo Sport).
By Elroy StephneyIT has been five years since the passing of Essequibo’s elder statesman of cricket, Courtney Gonsalves, who formerly resided in Richmond on the Essequibo Coast and thereafter migrated to Canada where he passed away in 2013 at the age of 63 years.He was not only a fitting role model but he also stood as an institution of communicable knowledge and profound compassion.Cherished memories will remain that I was privileged to share with the revered coach, since our bonded relationship began and was formulated from being a rookie/youngster excited to learn my trade like so many others to a mature player who was always eager to utilise his expert advice.Ever since then our partnership remained unbroken until he was chosen for higher service and at a venue where he will love the quicker pitches and angels who will not spill his catches. Instead a prophetic welcome seems inevitable for a distinguished champion of the game.In retrospection, Gonsalves has made a lasting impression on my life; not unexpectedly though, I know that he would have been disappointed with my cricketing returns given his dedication and energy, inspiration and courage that he would have impartially and skilfully imparted upon me during my apprenticeship.In fact as I emotionally reflect now, I believe that at some point he had become impatient after I was repaying him with consistently poor results. Yet he never deserted or relinquished the herculean challenge to keep motivating us until the essence of a sweet victory.It was never a smooth riding for him; from being ruthlessly denied a fairer share as a national fast bowler when he was on top of his game to coaching an Essequibo team that lacked the resources and impetus, which inevitably would have caused much pain, embarrassment and disappointment generally.Then there was the advancement at the time by the powers that be to attempt to debar Essequibo from playing again at the inter-county level because of the depressing performances.It would have broken his heart had this happen and it only propelled him instead to work even harder and for longer hours, convinced that he could have undone the shackles of the Cinderella syndrome that had poisoned the morale of players and even the faithful fans of Essequibo.And so he began instilling within us the pride, will and passion to charter a new course. Equipped with his vast experience, technical prowess and compelling authoritative instincts, Essequibo began not to participate anymore but to fiercely compete with the giants from Demerara and Berbice.He was proudly and deservedly voted as the Coach-of-the-Year by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) in 1998 not in recognition of his already outstanding coaching ability but the transformation and tremendous impact that he had made towards the revival of Essequibo’s cricket and its fortunes.North Essequibo were to become the Team-of-the-Year also in 1998, winning every national competition against teams from the other counties. Essequibo were also to gain a historic and memorable victory against Berbice in a four-day inter-county match during that same period.He would have been proud of those achievements and the gains made to lift Essequibo’s cricket from the doldrums. He was fond of also holding his charges in high esteem and adored us; the likes of such players as Rovendra Mandolall who was his favourite batsman, Lawrence Farnum, Latchmikhant Narine, yours truly, Dinesh Joseph whom he believed should have played Test cricket, Beesham Seepersaud, David Wallace and Clain Williams among others.I must acknowledge most emphatically too that he significantly contributed in shaping the careers of some of our more celebrated cricketers in Guyana including the great Shivnarine Chanderpaul who is to be conferred with a Honorary Doctor of Law, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lennox Cush, Travis Dowlin, Mahendra Nagamootoo and Reon King; all of whom he shared a very special relationship.Such fatherly affection never waned since he will be remembered as Essequibo’s pride and joy during an era of fast bowling supremacy, an idealist who conquered mediocrity and a strategist of immense competence.He also had a colossal impact on his son Ian Gonsalves who had the distinction of representing Guyana at the youth level, while his elder sons Roy and the late Gary Gonsalves were also competitive players. His youngest son Nicholas Gonsalves can attest to having his father’s rich cricketing blood if not his skills while his daughter Sabrina Gonsalves’ knowledge of the game cannot be understated.Coach Gonsalves is still sorely missed but his ideals will live on as a guiding principle of someone who would have achieved success over adversity while defying the odds to place Essequibo on the cricketing map.
By Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada –After suffering consecutive defeats to Dirty Dozen in 2016 and archrivals Caribbean Sensation last year, Skeldon Sports Club recorded an emphatic 40-run victory over the latter to emerge winners of the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) 2018 Over-50 tournament which climaxed at the St Bede’s ground, Scarborough here last Saturday.Led by a masterful boundary-studded 102 from former Guyana player Shivnauth Seeram, Skeldon made amends for their failure in the last two years in a game witnessed by a fair-sized crowd in a very festive atmosphere.Set a challenging 237 for victory, after Skeldon had reached 236 for six in their allotted 20 overs, Caribbean Sensation were restricted to 196 for four when their 20 overs expired.The victorious Skeldon team and supporters pose with the winner’s trophy.Imam ‘Bunzie’ Gafoor (68 not out) and Roy Brittania (39 not out) gave Caribbean Sensation some hope in an unbeaten fifth-wicket partnership of 112 but the task proved beyond them, as the Skeldon bowlers kept a tight rein on proceedings.Gafoor, who was later named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) on the losing team, smote eight sixes and a four while Brittania’s knock included two sixes and a four.Skipper Ganesh Ramraj had earlier given his team a bright start but his dismissal for 37 (3×6, 1×4) and the unfortunate run-out of Jito Narine who scored a quick 29 with three sixes were telling blows in the hectic run chase.The three wickets which went to the bowlers were shared by Naz Baksh, Mohan Harihar and Jaimini Singh, the latter going for 40 in a single over.The day started with Seeram and Singh sharing an opening stand of 48 before Singh departed for 28 (3×4. 1×6).Thereafter, it was mainly Seeram’s show as he treated most of the bowlers with disdain, clobbering 11 massive sixes and a four, sharing in a second-wicket partnership of 69 with Sunil Dhaniram who hit 29 with two sixes and a four.Former Canadian World Cup player, Desmond Chumney, also contributed a quick-fire 29, lashing four sixes and a four in the process.There was one wicket each for Mohamed Azizuddin, Rudy Ramdial, Ramanand Dass and Imam Gafoor.Apart from winning the trophy sponsored by businessman Teddy Hussein, who is also the president of Skeldon, MVPs Seeram and Gafoor were also recipients of cash awards from Hussein.Prakash ‘Pandit’ Singh of Skeldon was also presented with a gift certificate, compliments of Caribbean Wave Restaurant, for being adjudged as the fielder taking the best catch.OMSCC president Azeem Khan lauded both teams for reaching the final and was extremely pleased with their display.According to Khan, the OMSCC Over-50 Division started some nine years ago with the objective of giving the most experienced cricketers the opportunity to continue to engage in and enjoy their boyhood sport.Khan also spoke about the interest the tournament has generated over the years and thanked the several sponsors for their generosity that has helped it to survive.