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New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets

first_imgAUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP):Martin Guptill hit the fastest half-century by a New Zealand batsman, only for Colin Munro to better it moments later, as the hosts needed just 10 overs to rout Sri Lanka by nine wickets in their Twenty20 match yesterday, winning both matches of the series.Grant Elliott took 4-22 as New Zealand restricted Sri Lanka to 142-8 batting first.Guptill then reached his 50 off 19 balls, and Munro needed just 14 deliveries, hitting a six on the last ball of the 10th over to end the lopsided contest, with New Zealand finishing on 147-1.Munro’s half-century, which included seven sixes, was the second fastest in all T20 internationals, behind only a 12-ball 50 by India’s Yuvraj Singh.New Zealand had previously won the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka 2-0 and the five-match one-day series 3-1, with one match abandoned.In losing this series, Sri Lanka likely surrendered their top ranking in Twenty20 cricket to the West Indies ahead of the World Cup in India in March.Munro missed both the Test and one-day series but returned as a Twenty20 specialist, and his barnstorming innings should be enough to seal his place at No. 3 in the New Zealand order for the World Cup.He had a hard act to follow when he came to the wicket, with Guptill just out for 63 after an 89-run opening partnership with Kane Williamson. Guptill had already taken the long-handle to the Sri Lanka bowlers, hitting six fours and five sixes.”Guppy’s had a very good record this summer, and to beat that record was very pleasing for myself,” said Munro, who was named Man of the Match.New Zealand captain Williamson had the best seat in the house to watch the power hitting as he shared the swift opening stand with Guptill, then another of 58 with Munro. He finished with a comparatively sedate 32 not out from 21 balls.Sri Lanka leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay conceded 41 runs from two overs and Dushmantha Chameera 46 from three.Angelo Mathews held together the Sri Lanka innings with an outstanding unbeaten 81 from 49 balls, while his teammates too often threw away their wickets with rash shots. Tillakaratne Dilshan, who made 28, was the only batsman other than Mathews to bat responsibly.”I’m really disappointed with the way we played,” Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal said. “Thanks to Angelo, we were able to put a competitive total on the board, but I’m really disappointed with the way we bowled.”last_img read more

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Weekend of close matches in the Western League

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Tuff Gong Domino Club eked out a thrilling one-point (300-299) victory over Long Bay in the Charley’s JB Overproof Rum Western Jamaica Domino Premier League on Sunday.The nail-biting finish was one of the closest margins of victory for any club in this season’s competition and showed Tuff Gong’s mettle in staving off the challenge laid down by their opponents.Tuff Gong held a comfortable, but slender seven-point (153-146) lead at the halfway mark, but Long Bay, feeling the love from their supporters, rallied in the early stages of the second half.With the scores equal in the waning moments of the tight match, it was the Tuff Gong pairs who held sway to score a memorable win.Dynasty were also forced to hold on to a single-point victory in their contest with Deeside Untouchables in another enthralling Premier League tie, and it was a similar score in the match-up between Unity Strikers and Strike Force.Western Strikers defeated Rainbow by a nine-point margin (300-291), while Tornado wasted little time to blow away Dallas 300-272 in Division One action, while Uptown eased past Cool Wave 300-280 in their encounter.Matches across all three divisions will resume on Sunday, with matches slated for a 1 p.m. start.last_img read more

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Tegat calls for ruthless MBU

first_imgAs Montego Bay United prepare to host teams in Group Three of the 2016 Caribbean Club Championship at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, the club’s head coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis says he wants his strikers to be ruthless in front of goal irrespective of the opponent. Davis, who has been putting the players through a rigorous training regimen since last week, told The Gleaner that if his players perform anywhere as impressively as they currently do in the Red Stripe Premier League, they should finish on top and advance to the next round. “Playing these games at home offer us no distinct advantage because all the teams participating are professionals and will be coming to play hard football,” said Davis. MBU will first tackle Cayman’s Scholars International on Wednesday before taking on Trinidad’s Central FC on March 13. Before that, Scholars meet Central on March 11. MBU are in a rich vein of form, winning four of their last five matches in the domestic league with forward Owayne Gordon having the time of his life. Gordon, who has 13 goals so far this season, struck back-to-back braces recently in league play and will be hard to contain. Speedy winger Alan Ottey along with the engine of the team’s midfield, Jermaine Woozencroft, captain Dwane Ambusley and goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett will all play key roles for MBU.. But the hosts may have to make do without two key defenders in John Barrett and Cordel Simpson, both of whom are nursing injuries. Davis, however, is cautiously optimistic on the defenders being ready in time for either of their two assignments. “John and Cordel are two of our better defenders and we will need them to be fit and ready, but if that’s not possible we will have to win without them. I am very confident in the abilities of my players,” he said.last_img read more

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IAAF to investigate new Russia doping claims

first_imgMOSCOW (AP):The IAAF said yesterday that it will investigate claims that Russia is flouting demands for anti-doping reforms as it seeks readmission to world track and field in time for August’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The IAAF said that the task force monitoring Russia during its suspension will examine the allegations from German TV broadcaster ARD and that task force leader Rune Andersen was given advance access to related audio and video materials.”The task force will look carefully into the matters raised by the latest documentaries, including discussing them with representatives of (the Russian track and field federation),” the IAAF said in an emailed statement.An excerpt from an ARD documentary that was broadcast yesterday included footage apparently showing a Russian coach, Vladimir Mokhnev, continuing to train top Russian athletes despite being suspended from doing so by the IAAF.Mokhnev was accused in a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission’s report in November of providing banned substances to athletes who trained with him.WADA said that it was also taking an interest in yesterday’s film.”WADA is aware of the ARD documentary to be aired later today and will watch the program with interest,” spokesman Ben Nichols told the Associated Press in emailed comments.”If there are matters to be pursued. As a result, we will have no hesitation in doing so.”A previous ARD documentary in December 2014 sparked the WADA commission inves-tigation that found evidence of widespread, state-sponsored doping in Russia. Last November, the IAAF banned Russia from international track and field as a result.last_img read more

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