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…ahead of today’;s first World Cup semi-finalBy Amlan ChakrabortyMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Kane Williamson encouraged his frontline batsmen to play with freedom in Today’s semi-finals against India to overcome their struggle for rhythm in the Cricket World Cup.Not surprisingly, Williamson is New Zealand’s leading scorer after the group stage with 481 runs from eight matches at a 96-plus average.The next Kiwi batsman in that list is veteran Ross Taylor, way down with 261 runs and an average of 37.28.Williamson said his fellow batsmen had struggled to adjust to diverse English conditions where a winning total can vary greatly according to the state of the pitch on the day. “We were certainly expecting that it would be tough. But what we didn’t quite expect coming into the tournament was the large variety of conditions that we faced,” Williamson told a news conference at Old Trafford.“That definitely made perhaps batting with any rhythm a real challenge for everybody, so being able to adapt with the bat and just trying to contribute … is certainly the most important thing.”“It’s just a great occasion to be a part of. I know the guys are really excited by the opportunity to go out and try and try and play with that freedom that when we do gives us the best chance.” Addressing a news conference before him, India captain Virat Kohli said the “special” Williamson controlled the team’s tempo and would naturally be a key wicket for the Indian bowlers.Williamson denied New Zealand were too reliant on him to give their bowlers a decent, defendable total.“No, I think there’s also been a number of other contributions that have been really important for us to get to where we are right now,” he said. “You never sort of put a number on it. That is why we all practice as hard as we can to try and make those contributions bigger and better.” That, however, would not be easy against India’s varied pace attack, led by Jasprit Bumrah, currently the top-ranked ODI bowler.Bumrah’s skills with both the new and old ball have been complemented by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while Mohammed Shami has struck rich form after his delayed introduction, claiming 14 wickets from four matches, including the tournament’s first hat-trick. Besides, India have two wily wrist-spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.“The Indian bowling attack is an outstanding bowling attack, with certainly a lot of world-class operators in there,” Williamson said. “As a side, they are very well-balanced with a lot of high-quality players.”New Zealand finished their group campaign with a hat-trick of defeats but still claimed the last semi-final berth.The 2015 finalists will hope to begin afresh on Tuesday, their captain said.“It all starts again where the day comes and anything can happen and all sides have beaten one another on a number of occasions throughout the last few years, so it is a really exciting opportunity for all teams.”
Chairman of the Mon Repos/La Reconnaissance Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Ayube Mohammed is urging vendors to comply with the instructions to relocate from the Lusignan market place.Chairman of the Mon Repos/La Reconnaissance Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Ayube MohammedThe NDC Chairman, during a telephone interview with this newspaper on Monday, pleaded with the vendors to adhere and cooperate with the authorities since the shift is merely temporary.The Chairman explained that the NDC does not have the authority to move vendors from their respective vending location but asserted that it is the Government of Guyana’s decision to temporarily do so.“The NDC is not the one that is moving them, it is the Government…. I’ve noticed that there is some space there and we would’ve approached the Government to see if we can have them rehoused right there, which I am hoping will happen because it’s a Lusignan market and I don’t want it to go to Annandale,” he stated.Mohammed added that facilitating road works along the East Coast of Demerara is a key factor that was taken into consideration during the decision-making process, which he outlined would be hindered if persons continue to sell close by.When asked about the alleged threats issued by the NDC to have the vendors’ possessions dismantled, Mohammed refuted such claims made by vendors, “That is one of the things that they always keep saying ‘the NDC issuing threats,’ why would we threaten them? If we want to move their stalls, we would’ve moved them, their stalls are all there”.Nevertheless, the NDC Chairman is assuring vendors that they will return to their original vending spots once the road works are completed. They have since expressed extreme reluctance to move to the temporary location which is in Annandale.Calls to Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan for a comment on the matter went unanswered.Over 300 Lusignan vendors were given until January 2019 to relocate to a new vending site situated in Annandale but up to date they have refused to comply, strongly believing that they will suffer significant losses at the new location.