Early morning Stock Car winners are Fagan, Zevenbergen

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 8) – Stock Car qualifiers that ended in the wee hours of the morning saw Marcus Fagan and Elijah Zevenbergen in the winner’s circle at Boone Speedway.Fagan was first to the checkers in the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s opener while Zevenbergen raced from 10th starting to top the nightcap.Top four finishers from each event advance to the middle row of Saturday’s main event.Jeremy Swanson became the first Montana driver to qualify for the Stock Car feature with his runner-up finish behind Fagan. Howlin’ Jim Powell was third and 30th starting Cayden Carter was fourth.Carter had run 12th in Thursday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series feature.Zevenbergen led two-time champion Donavon Smith, Josh Daniels and David Smith across the stripe.David Smith makes his 11th career Saturday night start at Super Nationals while brother Donavon, also the 2004 Hobby Stock champ, starts his career 10th Stock Car main.Fagan is a four-time qualifier and Daniels is in the big show for the third time. Carter, Powell and Zevenbergen join Swanson as first-timer main event qualifiers.1st qualifying feature – 1. Marcus Fagan, Adair; 2. Jeremy Swanson, Westby, Mont.; 3. Jim Powell, Lecompton, Kan.; 4. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 5. Marty Steinbach, Fremont, Neb.; 6. Brandon Conkwright, Wamego, Kan.; 7. Chad Palmer, Renwick; 8. Troy Woelber, Hull; 9. J.C. Howell, Eustace, Texas; 10. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; 11. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; 12. Brandon Taylor, Granbury, Texas; 13. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan.; 14. Cody Gustoff, Scranton; 15. Donnie Pearson, Oskaloosa; 16. John Heinz, Green Bay, Wis.; 17. Corey Piffer, Indianola; 18. Michael Pepper, Lakin, Kan.; 19. Travis Prochaska, Iowa Falls; 20. Ryan Harris, Hubbard, Neb.; 21. David Wickman, Emmetsburg; 22. Reid Keller, Webster City; 23. K.C. Fielding, Burleson, Texas; 24. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas; 25. Eric Zwirschitz, Antigo, Wis.; 26. Devin Smith, Lake City; 27. Lance Deal, Fort Dodge; 28. Heath Tulp, Britt; 29. Justin Temeyer, Independence; 30. Jake Nelson, Williston, N.D.2nd qualifying feature – 1. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan; 2. Donavon Smith, Lake City; 3. Josh Daniels, Carlisle; 4. David Smith, Lake City; 5. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; 6. Trent Murphy, Jefferson; 7. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan.; 8. Lynn Panos, Calmar; 9. Dave Atcher, Laurel; 10. Chad Sterling, Stockton, Kan.; 11. Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; 12. Kyle Frederick, Oconto Falls, Wis.; 13. Mike Hathcock, Venus, Texas; 14. Jason Davis, Norton, Kan.; 15. Matt Schauer, Arlington, Minn.; 16. Joe Spillman, Austin, Texas; 17. Dave Moriarty, Jordan, Minn.; 18. Rodney Richards, Madrid; 19. Kellie Schmit, Britt; 20. Caleb Crenshaw, Fort Worth, Texas; 21. Jeff Mueller, New London; 22. Scotty Pippert, Elberon; 23. Terry Dulin, Cedar Rapids; 24. Bob Fuegmann, Minot, N.D.; 25. Bob Chalupa, McCook, Neb.; 26. Michael Albertsen, Audubon; 27. Perry Misner, Albert, Kan.; 28. Nolan Remus, Cawker City, Kan.; 29. Dylan Heilmann, Green Bay, Wis.; 30. Greg Keuhn, Trenton, Mo. Tenth starting Elijah Zevenbergen won the second on two Stock Car qualifiers on the Thursday schedule at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com)last_img read more

Ming’s podium pushes Pabst to USF2000 title

first_imgA third place finish in the USF2000 series sponsored by Cooper tires ensured that Calvin Ming helped Pabst to the constructor’s title.Ming finished third yesterday as the event continued in Watkins Glenn.With his performance, the Guyanese has successfully assisted his Pabst team to the USF2000 title with Oliver Askew winning the individual over the weekend.The weekend started well, with Ming managing to lead the pack with the fastest lap times during the Friday free practice sessions.However, he only managed to qualify in P6 on Saturday morning, while his teammate Rinus Veekay qualified in P2, and Oliver Askew in P1.Starting from P6, Calvin Ming quickly charged into P3, by the exit of the first corner with Askew in the lead and Veekay only briefly ahead of him.By the end of lap #1, Rinus overtook Oliver and never looked back.Ming hounded down Oliver for the entire 30 minutes race which ran for 17 laps around the world famous Watkins Glen, 0 .75 miles long circuit with 11 turns and several elevation changes.The Pabst racing team comprises Lucas Kohl from Brazil, Rinus Veekay from Holland, and Ming from Guyana.last_img read more

Beat writers award superlatives for Syracuse football season

first_img Related Stories On the Beat: Football season recap, Shafer’s potential replacements and moreScott Shafer’s final press conference as Syracuse’s head coachBeat writers grade position groups, team and Scott Shafer at midway pointOn the Beat podcast: Midseason GradesSchwedelson: Bad 4th-quarter defense puts SU behind 8-ball Turning point: After losing in triple overtime to Virginia the prior week, Syracuse needed a win before facing perennial powerhouses Florida State, Louisville and Clemson in the next three games. SU led by four entering the fourth quarter but its defense couldn’t get a stop on two straight drives and Pitt won at the buzzer.Biggest surprise: Terrel Hunt was the most important player entering the season, but that all changed not even a quarter into the first game. The entire dynamic of the season, and the future of the quarterback position, would look different if Hunt didn’t go down.Final grade: CSyracuse barely beat Central Michigan. And then it lost eight straight games. Being 3-0 for the first time in 24 years proved to be fool’s gold as the Orange sputtered down the stretch. SU made small progress throughout the year but even that is probably diminished with a new coaching staff set to come in next year. Comments Syracuse concluded its season with a 20-17 win over Boston College on Saturday. Cole Murphy hit a game-winning 35-yard field goal as time expired to send Scott Shafer out with a win in his last game as SU’s head coach. He was fired last Monday amid an eight-game losing streak along with his assistants.A 4-8 record is far from what Syracuse expected after a 3-0 start, but youth, quarterback injuries and a struggling defense all contributed to the Orange missing a second straight postseason.Our beat writers award superlatives in seven different categories, including a final letter grade on the team as a whole.Sam BlumOffensive MVP: Steve IshmaelAdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe sophomore wide receiver got limited receptions this year in Syracuse’s offense, but showed that he has the physical ability to be one of the best in the conference. Going one-on-one against defenders, he doesn’t even need a step to make catches because of his height. Whoever comes in should prioritize Ishmael as a primary playmaker since he has the ability to be one.Defensive MVP: Zaire FranklinHe led Syracuse with 81 tackles (13 more than anyone else) and was second to Antwan Cordy in tackles for loss. He was also a sophomore captain and had a vocal role on the team. He’s one of the young players that Syracuse can build its defense around and he showed why this season.Best moment: When Zack Mahoney raced into the end zone toward the end of the first quarter against No. 1 Clemson to tie the game, it showed what Syracuse was capable of this season. The Orange came back from a 14-point deficit against the No. 1 team and played Clemson close the whole way through. Syracuse was capable of more than it accomplished this season, and that game and moment against the Tigers showed that.Chase Guttman | Asst. Photo Editor Facebook Twitter Google+ Worst moment: Terrel Hunt’s injury in the first half of the first quarter of the first game of the season. He had worked so hard to come back from his injury the season before, but it was a futile comeback. He ended up missing the entire season and was not granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA.Turning point: Syracuse’s win against Boston College. There were a lot of bad turning points that SU can point to this season, but beating Boston College was important. It sent the coach off the right way. It sent the players off with some confidence that they could win. It makes Syracuse look better, which is always important when you’re trying to bring in a new coach. That win against the Eagles was far from meaningless.Biggest surprise: Where the heck did Zack Mahoney come from? He may be a walk-on transfer from the College of DuPage, but he has what it takes to play at this level. He is far from elite, but was serviceable when Syracuse needed him to be. And that’s pretty impressive considering he was the backup kick-holder when the season began.Final grade: C+The wins and losses weren’t good — though they were technically an improvement from last year. Young players started making big plays and the Orange was good enough to win some games that it didn’t. At quick glance, this season was worse than it was. But there’s a long-term plan in place, though a lot does hinge on the health of the quarterback, Eric Dungey.Matt SchneidmanOffensive MVP: Eric DungeyThe freshman quarterback led Syracuse in rushing touchdowns with five and accounted for 11 more scores through the air. Despite his oft-talked about head injuries, he was the most productive player on an offense that put up almost 28 points per game.Jessica Sheldon | Staff Photographer Defensive MVP: Antwan CordyThe sophomore tweeted before Saturday’s game that he was transferring and if it’s true, SU would lose a player who held together a weak secondary. He was second on the team with 68 total tackles, led the Orange with 12 tackles for loss and grabbed two interceptions.Best moment: It’s not even close. Scott Shafer being carried off the field for the final time by two seniors was a fitting way to end his tenure as head coach. The Orange beat BC, 20-17, but the moments following overshadowed the score.Worst moment: One of the demerits against Shafer was claiming the Orange could come back in a 31-point game with just more than four minutes left. That was his reason for keeping Eric Dungey in, and the freshman suffered another head injury with the game firmly in the Cardinals’ grasp.Turning point: Syracuse led Virginia by three with less than seven minutes left. The Orange couldn’t stop the Cavaliers on several third downs and the hosts marched 88 yards in 6:52 to send the game to overtime before winning in the third extra period. It sent Syracuse to a third consecutive loss and SU never returned to above .500.Biggest surprise: Last season seemed rare enough in terms of quarterback travesty, when Terrel Hunt was ejected in game one and broke his fibula in game five. This year was even worse, as Syracuse lost Hunt in the season opener, Dungey with three games to go and former starter AJ Long midway through the season.Final Grade: CSyracuse allowed 40-plus points in each of its five road games and vowed not to have the same collapse as last year. But an eight-game losing streak that ultimately cost Shafer his job eliminated the Orange from bowl contention before the season finale. A promising offense was dragged down by a struggling youthful defense and now, hopes turn to a new coach that can hopefully ignite an ACC bottom-feeder.Paul SchwedelsonOffensive MVP: Ervin PhilipsWhen Philips was able to get the ball in space, he made things happen. His stats don’t pop out, but he led Syracuse on several touchdown drives that took only a couple minutes to go down the field. A combination of an early-season injury and SU being forced to play from behind limited his production, but Philips was the most explosive weapon the Orange had.Defensive MVP: Parris BennettBennett won a starting spot just a few days into training camp and proved why it wasn’t much of a competition once the season began. He recorded the third most tackles on SU with, fittingly, 44, despite missing the last four games with an upper-body injury. In those games, Syracuse allowed an average of 231 rushing yards, proving Bennett’s value.Best moment: Scott Shafer and the coaching staff’s fate was already decided by early last week so Syracuse’s players rallied around the staff many of them came to love. Wide receiver Steve Ishmael said it felt like a movie, and indeed, carrying Shafer off the field after one final win was a great moment.Worst moment: Scott Shafer received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for the second week in a row against North Carolina State on Nov. 21. Amid Syracuse’s eight-game losing streak, Shafer stressed that while his team may be losing, at least it can “control the controllables.” But when Shafer himself was flagged for yelling at the ref, twice, the wheels had officially come off.Logan Reidsma | Photo Editor Published on November 30, 2015 at 10:14 pmlast_img read more

Nenagh Celtic hope to topple reigning champions

first_imgKick-off today at the Borrisokane FC Grounds is at 2.30pm and Stephen Gleeson will be at the game for TippFM Sport. Both Nenagh AFC and Nenagh Celtic will battle it out in a play-off for this year’s League crown. Nenagh Town will continue their drive for five before they depart the NTDL when they come up against North Tipp rivals Nenagh Celtic. Celtic’s manager Robbie Ryan says his side will look to topple the reigning champions this afternoon. last_img

World Military Games: India to kick off its campaign with boxing

first_img 10 months ago Before final clash, India-Britain play out 3-3 draw First Published: 19th October, 2019 14:26 IST Jay Pandya LIVE TV FOLLOW US COMMENT WE RECOMMEND SUBSCRIBE TO US Written Bycenter_img WATCH US LIVE In the ongoing World Military Games in Wuhan, China, India’s campaign to start off with boxing on Saturday. India will be participating in nine sports events in the competition. Last time around, at South Korea edition in 2015, India ended up winning six medals.India’s boxing contingent at the Military Games In the preliminary men’s light welter category (60-64kg), India’s Sandeep Kumar will face Uzbekistan’s Rasulov Jakhongir. While in the preliminary Men’s super heavy category (plus 91kg) category, Satish Kumar will lock horns with Brazil’s Nascimento Cosme. In the men’s fly category (49-52kg), Amit will face Brazil’s, Andrade Douglas. In the men’s light category (56-60kg), Aman Indora will take on Uzbekistan’s Abdurasulov Shunkor. Harsh Lakhra will face China’s Zhou di in the men’s light heavy category (75-81kg).On Friday, President of China Xi Jinping inaugurated the 7th CISM Military World Games. As many as 54 participants selected from three wings of the Indian armed forces will be taking part in the nine-day long event. The nine-game events are archery, boxing, diving, modern pentathlon, shooting, track and field, gymnastics, wrestling, and tennis. So far, India has taken part in three editions of the military games in 2007, 2011, and 2015. The country is hoping to increase its medal count in the current games.101 nations participated in the 4th edition in IndiaIn the year 2007, India had hosted the 4th edition of the games in Hyderabad with 101 nations participating in the event. Also known as Military Olympics, Military World Games is being hosted by China for the first time. The event will be held at 35 venues. 13 have been newly built, 17 have been reconstructed using sites formerly operated by the city and local universities, and five are temporary facilities.READ | Tiger Woods targets gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020READ | NBA Pre-season games: Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs report’Military Glory and Peace’The main venue is China’s Wuhan, a city equipped with rich water resources, with 166 large and small lakes dotting its territory. Hoping to promote the great lakes and rivers, all 35 venues of the games are allocated to be held in four zones, adjacent to local waters. The theme for the 7th Military World Games is ‘Military Glory and Peace’. The International Military Sports Council (CISM) was founded in 1948. The first military world games were inaugurated in Rome in 1955, and since then, it has been held every four years by the CISM.READ | Ganguly: Hope that Kohli can change trend of losing in knock-out gamesREAD | Pep Guardiola says there are a lot of games to showcase capability(With agency inputs) 10 months ago China: 100 Indian soldiers take part in 7th World Military Games 10 months ago Bangladesh announce T20I squad for upcoming 3-match series in India 10 months ago Hockey: Instances of India hosting the World Cup in the past 10 months ago Shahbaz Nadeem added to India’s squad for Ranchi Test against SA Last Updated: 19th October, 2019 14:26 IST World Military Games: India To Kick Off Its Campaign With Boxing In the ongoing World Military Games in Wuhan, China, India’s campaign will start off with boxing on Saturday. India will be participating in nine sports eventslast_img read more

Intralot secures one-year extension of Iddaa Turkey contract

first_img Intralot strengthens U*BET offering with virtual sports addition August 6, 2020 GVC responds to ‘press speculation’ on former Turkish business   July 30, 2020 Share Intralot accelerates Nederlandse Loterij retail transformation July 29, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Athens-listed gambling and lottery systems provider Intralot SPA has confirmed that its Turkish subsidiary INTELTEK will continue to act as lead ‘operations and technical support partner’ of Iddaa betting shop/points.Issuing a short market update, Intralot confirms that Turkish state-owned gambling enterprise SporToto has agreed to extend its Iddaa technology agreement with INTELTEK for a further year, commencing 29 August 2019.Both parties have agreed that the terms of service shall continue as stipulated under the requirements set in its previous 10-year contract.Intralot’s INTELTEK division, a joint-venture partnership with leading Turkish telecoms operator Turkcell has serviced SporToto since 2003 and was further introduced the Iddaa betting in 2004.Throughout 2017 and 2018, Intralot governance has stated that it will prioritise corporate growth across Turkey and North America.Further its international expansion strategy, last May Intralot confirmed the appointment of former Microsoft executive  Michael Kogeler as Group Chief Operating Officer (COO) charged with driving  “business orchestration of its operations around the world”.last_img read more

Fred VanVleet injury update: Raptors guard cleared for Game 5 of NBA Finals

first_imgFred VanVleet is ready to make his return, but he’ll look a little different when he does.The Raptors guard has been cleared for Monday’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Warriors but will wear a mouthpiece when he takes the court. VanVleet was left with blood streaming down his face in the fourth quarter of Friday’s Game 4 victory after he took an inadvertent elbow from Warriors guard Shaun Livingston.He was clearly dazed on the play and received seven stitches but did not have a concussion, adding Sunday that he hasn’t suffered any symptoms of a concussion since the hit.He did, however, say the facial swelling is bothersome and has left his sight “a little blurry” and his eyes “watering a little at random points.” Other than that, he’s feeling fine.”No symptoms, no concussion,” VanVleet said. “We have great doctors … they’re very annoying. They make sure we’re in the right state of mind before we go out there.”I’m not trying to be a martyr out here. They can give my tooth back. You’re not going to get knocked around like that if you don’t stick your nose in there sometimes. It was an unfortunate play, but it happens. It’s basketball. If you haven’t got your eye cut up or got hit in the mouth a couple times playing basketball then you might be playing it the wrong way.” “I’m a gambler. I gambled and sometimes it comes back to bite you in the butt,” VanVleet said following Sunday’s practice, via The Canadian Press. “All kids out there, wear mouthpieces. It was a weird play and I took an unfortunate shot. Now I will be wearing a mouthpiece for as long as I can manage it.”I’ll probably throw it (away) at some point, but I’m going to try.” Related News VanVleet, 25, has averaged 12.8 points, three assists and 1.5 steals off the bench in the postseason. He posted a playoff career-high 21 points Friday.Toronto, up 3-1, will have a chance to close out the series at home and stop Golden State from winning its third straight championship and fourth in five years.Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.center_img Kevin Durant injury update: Warriors star (calf) listed as questionable for Game 5 Raptors’ Fred VanVleet gets seven stitches after face bloodied by Shaun Livingston elbowlast_img read more

Sumner County Sheriff report: Feb. 16 to Feb. 23, 2015

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Department report for Feb. 16 to Feb. 23, 2015 weekly jail bookings are as follows:  Chattin, Kimberly S.48Wellington, KS1116 N. Blaine Wellington, KSSUSOProbation Violation2/18/15 Griffis, Dustin M.27Wellington, KS1200 N. U.S. 81 Sumner County, KSSUSODriving While Susended, FTA2/19/15 Rogers, Dusten P.30Mulvane, KS1323 N. Davis Dr. Mulvane, KSSUSOHarper County Warrant2/21/15 Droneberger, Matthew J.24Ponca City, OK611 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence2/20/15 Appelhans, Cara M.35Wellington, KS500 N. Washington Wellington, KSSUSOProbation Violation2/18/15 Florentin, Nicholas G.26Argonia, KSEldorado Correntional FacilitySUSOCourt2/17/15 Corter, Jeremy W.29Wellington, KS109 S Washington Wellington, KSSUSOPossession of Drug Paraphernalia2/20/15 Rashid, Osamah T.25Lincoln, NE200 N West Rd. Wellington, KSWPDNo Insurance2/20/15 Prilliman, Garrett L.21Mulvane, KS610 E. Hillside Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence2/21/15 WPD4 Meridith, Heather B.42Wellington, KS1102 N A St Wellington, KSWPDTheft, Disoerderly Conduct2/20/15 Ables, Robert E.51Mayfield, KS403 W 50th St. Sumner County, KSSUSOProbation Violation2/17/15 Dow, Kenneth S.34Arkansas City, KS100 N Oliver Rd Belle Plaine, KSSUSODWS2/21/15 Stika, Lavern D. Jr.39Caldwell, KS777 Kansas Star Mulvane, KSMPDDUI, Duty of Driver to report accident with unattended vehicle2/20/15 Erwin, Stuart A.33Wellington, KS500 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOWarrant Arrest for Forgery2/18/15 Dorsey, Amber D.28Wellington, KS500 N. Washington, KSSUSOWarrant Arrest for Forgery X22/18/15 SGCO33         Bruckner, Alex O.40Derby, KSSedgwick County JailSUSOWarrant arrest- Burglary, Theft, and Felony Theft2/19/15 Lukken, Rhonda M.46Anthony, KS500 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOWarrant-Theft2/20/15 Dorsey, Tyler D.20Arkansas City, KS700 E. US 160 Wellington KSWPDDriving While Suspended2/16/15 Monday 0600  to  Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 2/16/2015 thru 2/23/2015  NameAgeHome TownArrest locationAgencyChargesArrest date Alvis, Jeffery W. Jr.23Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSUSOWarrant- Driving While Suspended2/19/15 SUSO23 Applehans, Phillip L.38Wellington, KSEldorado Correntional FacilitySUSOCourt2/17/15 KHP1 Chattin, Kevin W.21Wellington, KS417 S. F St. Wellington, KSSUSOProbation Violation X 22/18/15 Hurt, Maurice S.34Wichita, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence2/20/15 Weitzel, Daniel L.45Caldwell, KS10 S Main Caldwell, KSCAPDDisorderly Conduct2/21/15 Hermann, Wendy D.52Wichita, KS800 N US 81 Belle Plaine, KSSUSODWS, No Insurance2/22/15 MPD1 Hartson, Dameion L.37Harper, KS900 N. Tyler Rd. Sumner County, KSSUSODUI2/22/15 Pederson, Michael T.47Wichita, KS1000 N. Olver Road Belle Plaine, KSSUSOD.W.S. and City of Derby Warrant for F.T.A.2/18/15 Trione, Amanda D.28Wichita, KS2963 N. Salina Ct. Wichita, KSSUSOFTA2/19/15 CAPD1 Gensler, Shawn D.43Wellington, KS610 E. Hillside Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence2/17/15 Close, Donett L.55Wichita, KSI-35 MP 33 Sumner County, KSKHPDWS, No Insurance, and Failure to wear Seat Belt2/18/15 Hays, Nancy M.45Wellington, KS124 West Lincoln, Wellington, KSWPDInterference with LEO, Disorderly Conduct2/21/15 Total Bookings63last_img read more

Riverhounds sign midfielder Joseph Ngwenya

first_imgJOSEPH NGWENYAThe Pittsburgh Riverhounds are pleased to announce the signing of midfielder Joseph Ngwenya, pending USSF approval.Ngwenya spent the 2013 season with the Richmond Kickers, where he tallied 23 points (9G, 5A) in 20 appearances en route to being named to the USL PRO All-League First Team and one of three finalists for league MVP.“I really liked the atmosphere when we played in Pittsburgh. It was sold out and the fans were amazing, “said Ngwenya, “I think the club has the best facilities in the league and the club’s ambition to win a championship is what ultimately drew me to Pittsburgh.”Originally chosen third overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by the Los Angeles Galaxy, Ngwenya has made a total of 118 MLS appearances during stints with LA, the Houston Dynamo, Columbus Crew, and D.C. United.“Joe will bring a wealth of experience to the squad this year,” said head coach Justin Evans.  “He is a player who we think will come in and add even more power to our offense in 2014.”In January of 2008, Ngwenya was signed by Austrian Bundesliga club SK Austria Kärnten. In July, he appeared in the unofficial T-Home German Supercup for Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund.Ngwenya made his senior international debut for Zimbabwe on June 1, 2008 in a World Cup qualifier against Guinea with additional appearances against Kenya and Namibia.last_img read more

A time to rejoice – Windies brush aside Pakistan to end winless run

first_imgSHARJAH, UAE, CMC: West Indies halted their luckless run when they convincingly beat Pakistan by five wickets in the third and final Test here yesterday to record their first Test victory in 19 months and end an otherwise nightmarish tour on a celebratory note. The Caribbean side needed just over half-hour in the morning session on the final day to complete a successful chase of their modest target of 153, as opener Kraigg Brathwaite and wicketkeeper/ batsman Shane Dowrich stroked unbeaten half-centuries to end a run of eight successive losses on the tour stretching back to the Twenty20 and one-day series last month. West Indies had not won a Test since beating England in Bridgetown in May last year, and Thursday’s victory marked only their second in 17 matches and first on foreign soil in four years. Significantly, it was the visitors’ first away win over a higher-ranked side in almost 10 years and was also Jason Holder’s first success as captain since taking over the helm in August last year. “It is an extremely important [victory], especially after the Dubai Test match when many people thought we could have won the game. We personally felt we could have won the game, but we didn’t get across the line,” Holder told reporters afterwards. “To come here in this last Test match, putting ourselves in a position to win and actually getting across the line is a huge monkey off the back. It’s a great feeling and it just shows we have the ability to win Test matches. it’s just about stringing together a complete game.” CONFIDENT KNOCKS SCOREBOARD Resuming a tense day at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on 114 for five, still requiring a further 39 for victory, West Indies showed little signs of nerves as Man of the Match Brathwaite and Dowrich produced confident knocks to extend their unbroken sixth-wicket stand to 87 and erase any thoughts of a defeat. Brathwaite, unbeaten on 44 overnight, finished on 60 not out in an innings requiring 109 deliveries, 201 minutes and including six fours, while Dowrich, on 36 at the start, also marched his way to an enterprising unbeaten 60 off 87 balls, with seven fours and a six. Any early jitters were quickly dispelled when Brathwaite punched the first ball of the day from left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz to the cover boundary, and he brought up his 12th Test half-century four balls later with a couple to deep point, to follow up his unbeaten hundred in the first innings. Dowrich also showed his intent in the next over when he pulled leg-spinner Yasir Shah to the square boundary to move into the 40s, and the 25-year-old raised his fourth Test fifty in only his eighth game with a delightful cover drive off Wahab in the seventh over of the morning. In the next over, Dowrich smashed a short ball from seamer Mohammed Amir through square for four and raised victory for West Indies with a boundary to third man a few deliveries later. West Indies, however, had already surrendered the series following defeats in the first Test in Dubai and the second one in Abu Dhabi. And despite yesterday’s success, they have now gone two years without a Test series win. PAKISTAN 1st Innings 281 WEST INDIES 1st Innings 337 PAKISTAN 2nd Innings 208 WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 153 runs) (overnight 114 for five) K. Brathwaite not out 60 +S Dowrich not out 60 Extras (lb2, nb1) 3 TOTAL (5 wkts, 43.5 overs) 114 Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-35, 3-57, 4-63, 5-67. Bowling: Mohammad Amir 9.5-0-43-0 (nb1), Wahab Riaz 12-0-46-2, Yasir Shah 15-4-40-3, Zulfiqar Babar 3-1-3-0, Mohammed Nawaz 4-0-20-0. Result: West Indies won by five wickets. Man-of-the-Match: Kraigg Brathwaite. Man-of-the-Series: Yasir Shah. Toss: Pakistan. Umpires: M Gough, P Reiffel; TV – R Illingworth. MORE CRICKET ON B3last_img read more