ICC World Cup Shai Hope backs West Indies to be first to reach 500-run total

first_imgWith T20 star Andre Russell, who smashed 54 off just 25 balls at the County Ground, and the likes of Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer also in their ranks, Jason Holder’s side is perfectly poised to go even bigger in the coming years.Hope, who has three tons and two half-centuries under his belt since March, finds himself in fine fettle heading into the showpiece.”I would say my mindset has changed slightly,” he added.”I haven’t really changed too much in terms of my preparation, how I go about things. But, as I said it is about adapting to the style of play, the style of cricket in these times and finding ways to score runs, finding ways to be as consistent as I can be.”Ranked eighth in the world heading into their tournament opener against Pakistan on Friday, West Indies start as outsiders to lift the World Cup.But in Russell, Holder’s men have one of limited-overs cricket’s true match-winners ? something that is not lost on his teammate.”He (Russell) is just incredible – a freak of nature really,” Hope said.”I don’t really know what to say about Russ, he just hits it and once he hits it, it goes for six. He is a pleasure to be on the same team as him, I can tell you that. If you are on the field you are not sure what you are going to bowl at him. It is just nice to enjoy from the inside!” The World Cup is set to begin on May 30. West Indies will play its first game against Pakistan. Shai Hope will be West Indies key player in World Cup.  Bristol: Shai Hope believes the West Indies are one of the frontrunners to breach 500-run total in one-day internationals, once unthinkable but now a real possibility. Scores in excess of 350 are becoming a norm these days, and sporadically, teams are also having a go at 400 plus totals in the 50-over format.World Cup hosts England, current record holders having blasted 481 against Australia at Trent Bridge last year, are also chasing the milestone – but Hope believes his teammates have what it takes to trouble the history books.”It is definitely a goal we can try to achieve at some point. Definitely, it would be great to be the first team to cross that 500-run mark and I am sure we have the batting firepower to do it,” Hope said after his team’s warm-up game against New Zealand.With a century under his belt in the final warm-up game against New Zealand, the in-form Hope spearheaded West Indies’ mammoth total of 421 here ? their highest-ever score in the limited-overs format. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

GBA’s/Lennox Blackmoore championships: GDF boxers open title defence with four wins

first_imgBOXERS from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Boxing Gym opened their defence of their Lennox Blackmoore National Intermediate Champion Gym title on a positive note, winning four of the six fights that were carded for the opening night on Friday at the National Gymnasium.New kids on the block, Sananah Boxing Gym (SBG) of Lethem won one of their two bouts and Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) won the other.The very small crowd was however treated to some entertaining performances from the very first bout which ended at one minute seven seconds of round one via stoppage in favour of GDF’s Hakim Bostwick over Rose Hall Town jammers’ Joshua Darlington in their Elite Class semi-final Junior Flyweight contest.Another Elite Class bout went the full three-round distance and in the end, GDF’s Clinton Clarke pounded out a unanimous points’ verdict against Harpy Eagles’ Inshan Khan.In the junior welterweight category of the Elite Class category, SBG’s James Anderson pounded Colin Hinds into submission, forcing referee Richard Braithwaite to call a halt to the proceedings at two minutes 24 seconds of the second round, much to the delight of the small crowd.In the welterweight division of the Elite Class, GDF’s Emanuel Sancho secured a first round win against SGB’s Ravine Fraser by forcing the referee to halt his contest at two minutes six seconds of the first round.GDF’s Leon Semple then secured a walk-over victory from Rose Hall Jammers’ Clifford Welcome in their semi-final bout and FYF’s Keevin Allicock got a walk over win from Ajay Jageshar in their semi-final bantamweight bout of the Youth category.The tournament continued last evening at the same venue with seven bouts and will conclude this evening with finals in each of the weight divisions and categories.last_img read more

Syracuse suffers 41-17 blowout loss at Louisville

first_imgSU went three-and-out on the ensuing possession and pushed Louisville back to the 11-yard line. Five plays later on fourth-and-2 from Louisville’s own 48, Bolin looked to his left, where Syracuse had everyone covered up. He turned back to his right and found a wide-open Keith Towbridge for an eventual 32-yard gain because an Orange defender missed an assignment, defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough said.Louisville eventually scored to go up 21-10 at halftime and as the game progressed, the floodgates opened against an SU defense that struggled because of a lack of in-game adjustments, Bullough said.“That’s the pickle we have right now,” Bullough said. “We’re not old enough to have those adjustments and put them on the field.”At one point, SU’s entire defensive line was made up of freshmen, a position group that was already limited when senior defensive end Luke Arciniega was ruled out with an upper-body injury on Thursday.Once Syracuse was trailing 21-10 at halftime, it was forced to be more aggressive, offensive coordinator Tim Lester said. The Orange attempted 21 passes in the second half compared to 15 in the first. Syracuse had three three-and-outs in the second half and not a single drive went for more than 44 yards.“When you’re down, you take shots,” Lester said. “First down shot. Second down incomplete. And then you get into third-and-10. That’s naturally going to happen when we’re more aggressive.”With the loss, Syracuse has nearly no room for error if it wants to become bowl eligible. Three games remain and No. 3 Clemson comes to the Carrier Dome next week. SU has never beaten a ranked team under Shafer and has allowed more than 40 points in four of the last five weeks.When asked if he feels like there’s been improvement, Franklin said, “It’s always tough to say that when you keep losing games by large margins.”Saturday was just another example. Comments LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Zaire Franklin stood at Louisville’s 15-yard line. Kyle Bolin lay on the ground. Cole Hikutini had the ball in his hands in the end zone.Franklin had a free rush on the Louisville quarterback, hit him in the chest and knocked him to the turf as he threw.But Bolin squeezed the throw into a narrowing window to Hikutini and Syracuse’s hopes of winning began to narrow, too.“Those types of plays, I always feel like I’m so close, but I’m never close enough,” Franklin said.That play gave Louisville (5-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) an 18-point lead with more than nine minutes left in the third quarter of an eventual 41-17 win. It cemented a stretch in which the Cardinals scored touchdowns on two of four possessions, excluding a pick-six that immediately preceded it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLouisville’s 21 straight points in just more than 10 minutes of game time between the second and third quarters was the turning point of Saturday afternoon’s game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Thirteen more in the second half buried the Orange (3-6, 1-4). In the same time frame after the interception, SU’s drives ended with three punts and a missed field goal.“It stings,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “It stings bad.”Syracuse got off to a fast start with a two-play touchdown possession after a Cordell Hudson interception. But it all fell apart for Syracuse following Eric Dungey’s interception.Louisville’s Trumaine Washington jumped in front of the intended out route and had 39 yards of open field in front of him. Dungey was the last offensive player back to the Orange’s sideline as he walked off the field after throwing a pick-six for the first time in his career. It was the first of three turnovers the freshman had in the game before getting hit in the head and leaving the game.Jessica Sheldon | Staff Photographer Published on November 7, 2015 at 4:07 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Related Stories Blum: Eric Dungey should have been taken out before 4th-quarter injuryGallery: Syracuse falls to Louisville, 41-17Storify: Syracuse fans react to blowout loss at Louisville Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

QPR fight for Premier League survival takes on new impetus

first_imgThat’s if they fail to pay a potentially large fine for breaking the Football League’s financial fair play rules – who govern the second, third and fourth tiers.Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey says they have the right to refuse admission to their competitions to any team which fails to pay outstanding penalties.But he hopes there would be a resolution long before that.last_img

Week 2 of Wimbledon begins

first_imgPhoto: © pixabay In the women’s draw Venus Williams is first up on Centre Court against 27th seed Ana Konjuh. It’s the start of week two of this year’s Wimbledon with men’s and women’s fourth round ties down for decision.In the men’s draw reigning champion Andy Murray takes on Benoit Paire of France – that game is second on Centre Court.Following that game is the meeting of Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov.last_img