Venus Williams wins WTA Elite Open ZHUHAI, China (AP): Top-seeded Venus Williams beat Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 7-6 (6) to win the WTA Elite Trophy yesterday. Pliskova had a set point at 6-5 in the tiebreaker, but Williams hit back-to-back forehand winners to close out the win. “Seven weeks here in Asia, and now I feel like it’s my home,” Williams said. “I’m so excited to win the first trophy in Zhuhai. All the players felt so welcome here, and we appreciated all of the enthusiasm.” With her third win of the year, Williams returns to the top 10 for the first time in more than four years. Ajax draw 1-1 at Feyenoord ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP): A deflected Davy Klaassen shot earned Ajax a 1-1 draw at arch-rivals Feyenoord yesterday and kept the Amsterdam club on top of the Dutch Eredivisie. Defending champions PSV Eindhoven overtook Feyenoord to move to second by beating Utrecht 3-1. Feyenoord, which knocked Ajax out of the Dutch cup less than two weeks ago, took a deserved lead when Dirk Kuyt passed to Sven van Beek, who finished from close range in the 38th minute. Klaassen equalised in the 59th when his shot deflected off Feyenoord defender Terence Kongolo into the goal. Bradley stops Rios in 9th round of title bout LAS VEGAS (AP) : Timothy Bradley won a fight he needed badly Saturday night, stopping Brandon Rios in the ninth round to stake his claim for a title in a welterweight division that is wide open following Floyd Mayweather Jr’s retirement. Bradley (33-1-1) dominated from the opening bell against a sluggish Rios (33-3-1), using his speed and superior boxing skills to win round after round, before suddenly dropping Rios with a left hook to the body in the ninth round. Rios got up at the count of eight, but offered no resistance to Bradley when the fight resumed, and quickly went down under another flurry of punches at 2:49 of the round.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP):Sabbir Rahman hit a career-best 80 as Bangladesh secured their first-ever Twenty20 victory over Sri Lanka with a 23-run win in the Asia Cup yesterday.Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat, only to be reduced to a precarious 2-2 before Rahman steered the hosts to a challenging total of 147-7.Shakib Al Hasan scored 32 to give Rahman useful support as they combined for an 82-run stand for the fourth wicket. Mahmudullah was unbeaten on 23.Bangladesh’s bowlers then did their job, restricting Sri Lanka to 124-8 with fast-bowler Al-Amin Hossain claiming 3-34. Al Hasan, a left-arm spinner, had 2-21.Sri Lanka opener Dinesh Chandimal, reprieved on 0, went on to score 37 and Shehan Jayasuriya added 26.Rahman survived a close call when on 46, Chamara Kapugedara failed to hold on to a catch on the boundary rope. Instead, the ball went for six to give Rahman his third T20 half-century. He was then in full control until fast-bowler Dushmantha Chameera (3-30) got him with a slower delivery. Rahman cracked 10 boundaries and three sixes in his 54-ball knock.Chameera also took the wicket of Al Hasan as he tried to keep the momentum going. Mahmudullah then hit two fours and one six in his undefeated 23.Sri Lanka could have lost Chandimal in the second ball of the chase, but Soumya Sarkar missed a regulation catch in second slip off fast-bowler Taskin Ahmed.Al-Amin Hossain made the breakthrough by dismissing Tillakaratne Dilshan for 12, but Chandimal and Shehan Jayasuriya replied with a stand of 56 runs for the second wicket.Bangladesh bowlers clawed back with four wickets in just 16 runs, including the scalps of Chandimal and Jayasuirya, to turn the match.Fast-bowlers Mustafizur Rahman and Mashrafe Mortaza, and off-spinner Mahmudullah, chipped in with one wicket apiece to help steer the hosts to victory.
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Power hitter Johnson Charles has described the West Indies as an improving side, with less than a week before the start of the ICC T20 World Cup in India. Charles played a brilliant match-winning knock as West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets to win their two-match T20 Series 2-0 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday night. The powerful opener smashed 92 not out off just 48 balls with six big sixes and 10 boundaries to be named Man-of-the-Match. “Tonight (Monday) I had a good batting pitch. The ball was coming on nice. Not much sideways movement. I just decided to stick to what I know. I am a power hitter so I did just that,” Charles explained. “We have moved from strength to strength. From the first game we have been improving in this game we have improved a lot more. We just look to improve as the games go by and hopefully we can go into the World Cup with everybody in form and we could win this World Cup,” he said. Windies motored to a victory target of 154 without loss after the Zimbaweans made 153-7 off 20 overs. The best bowler was seamer Carlos Brathwaite with 3-23, which helped to restrict the innings after a solid start. Charles’ opening partner, Andre Fletcher, made 56 not out off 35 balls with three sixes and five fours, on a good batting surface. “We are best friends and we come from the same team,” said Charles. “We always speak to each other at the wicket and keep complimenting each other. We just motivated each other to do the best that we can.” The St.Lucian cricketer was a member of the West Indies Cricket team which captured the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka four years ago. He was not named on the original squad, but was called up as a replacement for Darren Bravo, who pulled out citing the need to focus on developing his game in the longer format. “I just see it as me coming back for my place and that’s just how I see it,” said Charles. “With that said everything is left to the Almighty Father and that is what he saw as fit and that’s what happens. So I am just going to do what I have to do now that I am here.”
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Test batsman Shai Hope and former West Indies opener Omar Phillips stroked half-centuries as a Barbados Select XI dealt West Indies a 50-run defeat in the first of two warm-up matches here Wednesday night.In a day/night encounter at Kensington Oval, the Select XI piled up 290 for eight off their 50 overs, with the stylish Hope carving out a top score of 61 and Phillips getting 58.Off-spinner Ashley Nurse claimed three for 61 while fast bowler Shannon Gabriel picked up two for 75.In reply, West Indies were restricted to 240 all out off 47.1 overs thanks to leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr who finished with three for 17 from four overs and seamers Kevin Stoute (2-28), Tarik Shorey (2-33) and Dario Seale (2-50), all of whom finished with two wickets apiece.Jamaican Rovman Powell smashed a top score of 58 while Nurse completed a solid all-round game with a fantastic even 50 off a mere 31 balls.Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin chimed in with 32, while Darren Bravo got 24 and Marlon Samuels, 23.The Select XI got a great start after the left-handed Phillips put on 58 for the first wicket with Kyle Corbin who made 14, and a further 53 for the second wicket with Hope.Phillips, who played two Tests during the senior players strike seven years ago, struck seven fours and two sixes off 66 deliveries, while Hope gathered seven fours off 79 balls.When Phillips fell to give Nurse his second wicket, Hope and Roston Chase (18) added 40 for the third wicket before both fell in the space of 18 balls, to leave the Select XI on 165 for four in the 36th over.However, Shamarh Brooks stroked 44 from 37 balls with two fours and two sixes and captain Stoute hit 29 from 41 balls, to revive the innings in a 60-run, fifth wicket partnership.
SHARJAH, 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 B3
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):West Indies Women’s bid to win the ICC Women’s World Cup will begin with a two-week training camp in England.The West Indies Cricket Board announced details of the training yesterday, which will lead into the global tournament that starts on June 26.Windies Women secured one of the four automatic qualification spots for the eight-team tournament on the strength of their performance in the ICC Women’s Championship over the last two years.”We made arrangements for the team to assemble in England in early June for their camp ahead of the World Cup,” WICB Project Officer for Women’s cricket Josina Luke said.”We want to offer them all the support we can as we look to add the 50-overs World title to the Twenty20 World title.”Luke said: “This should provide them with ideal preparation as they get acclimatised to the conditions and look to win another major international title.”The team has improved a lot since the last World Cup in India when they reached their first international final. We are good contenders to win this time around.”The Windies Women were runners-up at the last ICC Women’s World Cup when they lost the final against Australia Women four years ago in Mumbai, India.Last April, however, they claimed their first global title when they prevailed over the Aussie Women to capture the ICC Women’s World T20 title at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC): Jamaica Scorpions head coach Robert Samuels believes his side has gained valuable momentum with their ‘vital’ win over tournament favourites Barbados Pride here Thursday night. Previously unbeaten in six outings, Pride slumped to a 74-run defeat in the day and night contest at Kensington Oval, as Scorpions in turn won their fourth straight to build up a head of steam ahead of next week’s Regional Super50 semi-finals in Antigua. “It (the win) was very vital. You do not want to lose twice to any team in the semi-finals,” said the former Test batsman. “Barbados beat us in the first game. I thought we should have won that game, scoring 191. They got there with just one wicket [left]. Today, we scored 250, and I thought it was enough. “I must give Barbados credit. They bowled very well in the middle overs [especially] the two spinners (Ashley Nurse and Jomel Warrican) … and they pulled us back. At one stage it looked as if we would have scored 400, but Nurse bowled extremely well.” Scorpions started the tournament with a shock defeat to Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners and lost their second when they narrowly went down to Pride six days later. Since then, Scorpions have hardly missed a step, and Samuels said it had been important to get the early jitters out of the way before the knockout round. “In competitions like this you will lose one and you do not want to lose one in the semi-finals or the final so to get that one out of the way [was important],” Samuels pointed out. “We took CCC for granted … fortunately or unfortunately, we played CCC at their home ground which they knew better than us and we took it for granted, became complacent and we lost.” Since then, Scorpions stepped up their game, with their batsmen especially finding their touch. In their last four outings, they have cracked 250 three times and got 204 in the other game. Scorpions, who lie second in the Group B standings behind leaders Pride, face ICC Americas in their final game at Windward Cricket Club today.
“We have a good coaching staff. We have a good programme running and we have no injury worries whatsoever,” he said. Coke added: “We have areas that we are weak in, but the team is a balanced one.” Despite being high on confidence, Coke noted that he is expecting good competition from all the other schools. “I think that all the other schools have a lot of talent and they also have good coaches. The coaches are all working hard and so we are looking for challenges from everybody,” Coke stated. This year’s champions will collect $500,000, with $250,000 earmarked for the runners-up, and $125,000 going to the third-place finishers. Ninety-three schools are registered to compete. Three finals will be contested on today’s second day of competition at the four-day INSPORTS Primary School Athletics Championships at the National Stadium. The finals to be contested are the girls’ high jump open, the girls’ cricket ball throw and the boys’ long jump open. Harbour View’s Monique Bedward is the favourite to win the cricket ball throw after she posted the leading mark of 47.81m in the preliminary round. Janiel Mignott of Gregory Park is also one of the main contenders for the gold medal after she threw the second best mark 47.79m. Antonette Bartley of Red Hills (45.30m), St John’s Daneille Cameron (39.48m), Kevondra Blake of Mona (39.39m), Toniann Chambers from St John’s (36.30m) and Tatyana Chambers of defending champions Naggo Head (34.52m) are the other leading qualifiers for the final. Floyd Coke, coach of defending champions Naggo Head, is confident they will retain their title. “We are confident and we are always confident about our chances,” said Coke. GOOD PROGRAMME
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