Jamaica Scorpions’ top-order batsman, Andre McCarthy, has listed application as one of the primary reasons behind his maiden one-day century in the WICB/NAGICO Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago. Entering the fray with Jamaica in a delicate position of 61 for three against ICC Americas – after electing to bat – the 28-year-old McCarthy went on hit 118. His knock, which was the cornerstone of Jamaica’s 260 for eight, included four sixes and 11 fours. ICC Americas, a guest team in the three-week tournament, were then bowled out for 76. “I’ve always said I wanted a hundred and, thankfully, it came in the second game of the tournament,” said McCarthy. “It was a matter of application, adjusting to the team situation and playing within the team plan. “Jamaica was in a tight position as the Americas seamers were bowling well. I had to therefore try and fight out the seamers and, hopefully, when they came back capitalise, and that’s what I did,” he explained. The innings, which propelled McCarthy to the Player-of-the-Match award, was his second career hundred, after scoring 121 away to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the WICB First-Class Tournament late last year. That game was also played in Trinidad, and although describing the pitches in the twin-island republic as difficult to play on, he says he hopes to continue scoring runs. “The wickets in Trinidad are very difficult to score fast and bat on,” he quipped. “But I like to consider myself as a fighting batsman, and the hope is that I will continue to do well.” Jamaica Scorpions, second in Group C on five points after also scoring a bonus point against the Americas, will today play third-place Barbados Pride (four points) at Queen’s Park Oval in their third of six first-round fixtures. SEMIS Leaders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, in the meantime, are two from two on 10 points and will play the Americas at Shaw Park. The group winners and runners-up will progress to the semi-finals. “They (Barbados) are a good team and always difficult to beat,” stated McCarthy. “However, we have a good team as well and just have to turn up with our ‘A’ game and work hard.” Jamaica Scorpions: John Campbell (captain), Sheldon Cottrell, Trevon Griffith, Nicholson Gordon, Jermaine Harrison, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Tamar Lambert, Andre McCarthy, Nikita Miller, Marquino Mindley, Aldaine Thomas, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas. Barbados Pride: Kevin Stoute (captain), Sulieman Benn, Tino Best, Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chasem Kyle Corbin, Miguel Cummins, Dane Currency, Justin Greaves, Ashley Nurse, Mario Rampersaud, Dwayne Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kenroy Williams.
KINGSTON:Scotiabank made a special presentation to Marva Bernard, former president of the Netball Jamaica (NJ), for her contribution to the development of the sport.”We have seen your dedication and hard work and wanted to personally express our appreciation to you for all that you have done for netball over the years,” said Jacqueline Sharp, president and CEO of Scotia Group, after making the presentation in her office at Scotiabank Centre on Tuesday.”Our netballers have risen to such great international prominence in recent years, and I think it is safe to say that a lot of this success has been attributable to your determination,” Sharp pointed out.Scotiabank has been supporting NJ since 2006 when Bernard first made an appeal to the company for assistance. Since then, the sponsorship has been focused primarily on the development of the Under-16 team and the establishment of a strong core of junior umpires.Her presents included a specially designed tombstone, which reads: ‘Presented to Marva Bernard, Past President Netball Jamaica, for passionate advocacy, dedicated administration, outstanding service and sterling contribution to the development and growth of netball in Jamaica’.Bernard expressed delight at the recognition.”To say I’m overwhelmed would be an understatement,” she said. “I have always felt like a part of the Scotiabank family. My job was made much easier because I have never felt uncomfortable to ask for help,” she continued.HER WORDS OF WISDOMShe also used the opportunity to share her own words of wisdom.”Success,” she said, “is really about relationship building. Persons need to remember that ethics and accountability are important, and sponsors need to know that you are using their money wisely,” she advised.She added: “If you don’t have supportive friends, the road can get lonely, but always remember it’s not what you get, it’s what you become that is important.”In this new phase of her life, Bernard says she is enjoying retirement.”There are days when I wake up and I want to do nothing,” she said.However, for the most part, she admits taking up swimming in the mornings, training for a 5K and assisting her church with a number of projects. She also remains open to organisations that may want to lean on her expertise.
BEIJING, China:Jamaican hurdler Hansle Parchment says he is happy to have won silver in the 110m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics but couldn’t help feeling a bit disappointed with the execution of the race.Parchment, the bronze medal winner from the Olympic Games in London, topped the clock at 13.03 seconds – his best time of the season, to finish second to Russian Sergey Shubenkov, who crossed the line in a national record 12.98 with world record holder Aries Merritt taking the bronze in 13.04.It has been an up and down season for the powerful Jamaican, but like he did in London in 2012 and even more recently at the National Senior Championships, where he ran 13.08 and booked his spot to Beijing, despite a less than ideal lead-up to the championships, Parchment knows how to produce his best when he needs to.”I’m very happy for this medal. I feel I could have done more, but I’m satisfied,” said Parchment.Happy with performance”I’m very happy. I can just imagine how my mom, my coach and the people back home are feeling right now. I think they are happier than I am because I was a little disappointed with the start, but, overall, it was a good performance,” Parchment added.”I was looking forward to a stronger start. I didn’t get it as well as I wanted to, but I held my composure nonetheless because I knew that if I tried to do too much then I would mess up and that is not good for a race. So, I just kept my focus and ran through the line,” he shared.”I think I keep a level head. I try not to stress or worry too much or fret about the race. I aim for the highest every single time I go out there so I’m aiming to get on top of the medal podium,” said Parchment, who is hoping that his performance and those from others competing in less popular events in Jamaica will, spark greater interest in these non-traditional events.Parchment became the first Jamaican to win a medal at the World Championships in the 110m hurdles.
Following the success of Monday night football over the past two seasons, Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) Chairman Edward Seaga announced at yesterday’s launch of this season’s Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) that they intend to add televised Saturday and Sunday games as a new feature this season. According to the outgoing PLCA chairman, the deal is still being finalised, but he is optimistic that the new venture will promote and expand top-flight local football. “The PLCA has taken the decision to expand the playing days for the fixtures to include (televised) Saturday games and Sunday games. “Saturday is a sporting day, so it fits in nicely, and it gives the sponsors better results and improve their sponsorship, and we feel this is necessary, both at the TV level and at the attendance level,” Seaga told The Gleaner at Monday’s launch at the JFF secretariat in New Kingston. “It is left now only to tie up the action of the raters of the film side and sponsorship side … and I can safely say that this year we will have Saturday and Sunday games,” he continued. “Red Stripe continues making Monday night a primary night for football. But all of us miss Sunday (televised) games because it is the right time to be able to relax and watch a game,” he added. Head of marketing at Red Stripe, Blandine Jean Paul-Reid, hailed the Premier League’s potential and declared that they are taking steps to increase their marketability. She noted how they partnered with ESPN to televise the playoff games live last season, and said they are even more committed to making the product bigger, better and more internationally accepted. “We are going to double down and create more exposure for our football. We want to take the Premier League to the next level and put it on the map beyond the borders of Jamaica. So we are looking at how we can move the League not only in the island, but how to bring it to the diaspora,” she said. Paul-Reid also believes that having four different match days gives her company more opportunities to interact with clubs and fans and to promote the league. “This year, we are going to have a lot more activities around the games. There are games on Saturdays and games on Wednesdays, and that is going to give us an opportunity to make the Red Stripe name really big in Jamaica. “All the sports bars are going to enjoy the games, and we are going to be there every single night. So, for us, it’s a great thing because we are going to have football on four days,” she beamed. Meanwhile, one of last season’s main sponsors, China Harbour Engineering Company, has pulled out, giving way to Carib Cement Company Limited, which has joined the sponsorship group. The league kicks off this Sunday with a full slate of matches. Champions Arnett Gardens will open against newcomers UWI at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex at 6 p.m., Harbour View entertain Boys’ Town in a 6:30 p.m. start at Harbour View, Montego Bay will start their campaign against returning former winners Portmore United at Wespow Park at 4 p.m., Reno face Humble Lion at Frome at 3:30 p.m., Tivoli Gardens take on Cavalier at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex also at 3:30 p.m., and Rivoli United oppose Waterhouse at Spanish Town Prison Oval at 4 p.m. MARKETABILITY
DHARAMSALA, India (AP):Jean-Paul Duminy struck a power-packed 68 off 34 deliveries yesterday to overshadow a sparkling century by Rohit Sharma as South Africa defeated India by seven wickets in the opening Twenty20 game of a three-match series.The left-handed Duminy virtually turned the match on its head with his undefeated assault, which included seven sixes and one four, to help South Africa reach 200-3 in 19.4 overs after India had put up a challenging 199-5 in their 20 overs.In the company of Farhaan Behardien (32 not out), Duminy dominated both pace bowlers and spinners with ease, smashing three successive sixes off left-arm spinner Axar Patel.Duminy and Behardien shared an unbroken 105-run, fourth-wicket partnership which came after South Africa had slipped from 77-0 to 95-3 after a fine opening stand between A.B. de Villiers (51) and Hashim Amla (36).”This was definitely one of my best innings,” Duminy said. “The way we started the innings was what we wanted in the chase … It’s a long tour for us but we have started well and we are happy with this performance.”Earlier, opener Rohit Sharma again displayed his prowess in limited overs cricket. He became only the second Indian to score a century in T20s with his 66-ball 106. Suresh Raina was the first with 103.Rohit, the only batsman in the world to score two double-centuries in one-day internationals, also became only the second Indian to score centuries in all three formats of the game after Raina.Rohit struck five sixes and 12 fours, which included a number of pull shots on a pitch that played true. He shared a 138-run, second-wicket stand with test captain Virat Kohli (43) as the two dominated the middle overs and put the team in a position to score well over 200.
AUSTIN, Texas (CMC):Lewis Hamilton won the United States Grand Prix yesterday to retain his Formula One drivers title with three races still left in the season. The 30-year-old Brit, whose paternal grandparents hail from Grenada, clocked one hour, 50.52 minutes to beat Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg into second spot and Sebastian Vettel into third.With the victory, Hamilton moved to an unassailable 327 points, with Vettel lying second with 251, and became the 10th driver to win at least three World titles, but only the second Brit.Hamilton became the first-ever black driver to win an F1 World title when he claimed his maiden triumph in 2008.
Brazilian Leonardo Neiva is yet to officially take up duties as head coach at the western Jamaica Premier League outfit Montego Bay United Football Club because he is yet to receive a work permit.This is a month after the announcement that the South American would have officially taken over as the new coach, following the departure of American Timothy Hankinson in November.Orville Powell, MoBay United’s owner, said Neiva’s paperwork is being processed and he hopes that it will be very soon.”The coach came here for us to really look at him. He didn’t come with a work permit as we did not know we would have wanted him. The authorities came by and we told them what it was all about and they told us to do the right thing, so we are doing the right thing,” Powell explained.”We have made the application now. All the documents are in order. We just have to wait until the approval, which is solely dependent on the Ministry [of Labour]. But it’s the [Christmas] season now, and we are mindful of how the holidays can slow a process, so we just have to wait and see how long,” he continued.In the live televised game on Monday night, MoBay United played away at Harbour View and the Brazilian was seen taking notes and even barking instructions to players from the sidelines until he was spoken to by one of the match officials at half-time.He was not seen after the break, but Powell thought his presence should be of no concern to the match officials.”I don’t know why the official should be concerned with him. He is not on the match card; there is no documentation that he is a part of the system. He is a spectator, so I don’t know why an official would want to say something to him,” Powell said.”But we have to be mindful because we blundered with him coming here. We overjumped the procedure, so we just have to correct that because we had the cart in front of the horse.”We are not blaming anybody. It’s our responsibility, and we just have to make it right,” he continued.Meanwhile, the team sits atop of the standings with 33 points from 18 games, the same as Portmore United, who have an inferior goal difference.”We really appreciate where we are, but we think we could have done better. It is not an easy league and the teams are coming at us, so we have to do a whole heap to maintain ourselves at the top.”
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):West Indies Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy says the unofficial warm-up games against Zimbabwe and Warwickshire will be used to help tour selectors determine the best XI for the upcoming T20 World Cup in India.The Windies face Zimbabwe in the first of four warm-up games at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium today at 7:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. Jamaica time).They take on the African unit again on Monday, before clashing with Warwickshire on March 4 and again two days later.Sammy said the side was such a strong one that finding a final XI could prove a headache.”We have the core of our team. Obviously, we have some new players coming into our World Cup team like Carlos (Brathwaite), Jason Holder, Sulieman Benn, Ashley Nurse … they are coming back into the team. We need to come up with a combination that we think will help us win the World Cup,” the experienced all-rounder said yesterday.”To be fair, it will be tough to select that 11-man squad. Carlos has played really well, Jason [has played well], Benn becomes a very important fact with Narine pulling out of the World Cup, so it’s just about fine-tuning ourselves, both technically and tactically.”He added: “We will use those four games here – the two against Zimbabwe especially – to come up with the XI that will closely be what we want to play in the World Cup.”ONEOFTHEFAVOURITESWest Indies enter the T20 World Cup as one of the favourites, especially after winning the event in 2012 in Sri Lanka and reaching the semi-finals two years ago in Bangladesh.They have retained the likes of superstar opener Chris Gayle, all-rounder AndrÈ Russell, Dwayne Bravo, and Lendl Simmons – all of whom are in great demand on the global T20 circuit.Sammy said he was pleased with the side’s preparations, especially with several members of the squad having played in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League here.”It has been good. Eight guys from the squad have been here playing in the Pakistan Super League,” he pointed out.”The conditions have been similar to what we will get in India … and now we have the camp, which will help us prepare even further for the World Cup.”It’s always good to be back in West Indies colours, especially in T20 cricket – a format that we have a World Cup and which we are confident of playing really well in.”West Indies will wrap up their preparation camp on March 7 and fly to Kolkata, where they will play official warm-up games against Australia and India.The T20 World Cup runs from March 8 to April 3.
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Australia’s injury woes for the upcoming Tri-Nation series in the Caribbean continued yesterday when captain Steve Smith’s participation was put in doubt due to a wrist injury.Though not considered a serious injury, Cricket Australia confirmed that Smith would return from the Indian Premier League (IPL) for treatment and monitoring ahead of the squad’s departure for the June 6-26 tournament involving West Indies and South Africa.”Steve has been struggling with pain in his right wrist for the last week during his stint in the IPL,” said CA’s sports medicine manager, Alex Kountouris.”We have been working with his IPL franchise, Pune, to monitor this, and unfortunately, it has not resolved. As such, he will return home from India for further assessment and treatment ahead of the Qantas Tour of the West Indies.”From the information we have so far, this doesn’t appear to be a serious injury, but we are keen to give him the time to recover and rehabilitate before heading to the West Indies at the end of May.”Smith’s injury follows those to fast bowler John Hastings, who has been ruled out of the tour, and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who was also forced to return prematurely from the IPL with a side strain.The right-handed Smith has been in great form in the IPL for Rising Pune Supergiants, stroking his maiden T20 hundred last Friday against Gujarat Lions.His prolific form has been key to Australia’s success in recent times, and he currently averages 40 from 72 ODIs.The Tri-Nation series will be played in Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and Barbados.
Waterhouse FC’s head coach Marvin Tate promises fireworks when his team faces newcomers Jamalco FC in the Red Stripe Premier League at Drewsland Stadium on Sunday.The Waterhouse team, known popularly as ‘Firehouse’ suffered losses in their first two games on the road. They went down to UWI FC 1-0 at the Mona Bowl, two Sundays ago, then to Arnett Gardens by the same scoreline 1-0 at Drax Hall last Sunday.Despite the losses and no points on the board, Tate says his team will turn things around in a big way in their first home game of the 2016-17 season.”Expect fireworks on Sunday,” Tate said during the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe, Spanish Town Road, yesterday.”I have brought a difference to the club in that the supporters understand what we are doing. We had used the early games as part of the pre-season practice games as we had a slow start,” he disclosed.”We set out for a slow start to the season. We expected this. We used many young new players in the first two games as they are the future of Waterhouse,” Tate pointed out.”Now, after seeing the players in games, we expect to win our first home game and really kick-start the season. We have seen what the players are capable of doing, so we are confident going forward.HIGHLY CONFIDENT”The players are matching up, and come Sunday you will see why we are highly confident,” Tate reasoned.”Despite the slow start, we have been playing good football and when the goals come we will do great things. We have a young team so we have to be patient,” he added.”Our vision is to develop players and we expect other clubs to follow in order to help Jamaica’s football,” Tate said about the club’s plans.The Waterhouse head coach says he will add experienced players such as Romario’ Rum Rum’ Campbell, Irvino English and Weston Forrest to the squad for upcoming games.