Brathwaite focused on long innings

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia, (CMC): West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite says his focus at the top of the order remains on playing long innings for the team’s benefit. The right-hander started the new year on a high note with a doughty, solid batting display, which held the team’s innings together on the opening day of the third and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground before 33,000 fans. He made 85 off 174 balls in four hours, on a day truncated due to heavy rain in the second and third sessions, as West Indies closed on 207 for six. “I always look to bat long. I always look to set up the innings for my team, and that requires me to stay, provide a solid start and then look to capitalise on the bad balls, if any come along,” said the 23-year-old. “I back my technique, and I always look to play to my strengths. I enjoy batting for long periods, and that requires a lot of concentration, so I trying to dig in whenever I get a start.” Brathwaite played sensibly from the start, mixing sound defence with aggression, which brought him ten boundaries. He added 91 for the second wicket with left-hander Darren Bravo (33) after he lost opening partner Shai Hope cheaply for nine early in the morning session. Brathwaite, who made a robust 94 in the first Test, seemed set for his maiden century Down Under when he fell to off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who was again Australia’s best bowler, on a pitch offering turn. “It’s a good challenge. He [Lyon] is bowling quite well, and you just have to keep believing in your ability,” Brathwaite explained. “He bowled well to his field and, for me, it’s about trusting my defence because he obviously turns the ball a bit. Going forward, I just have to keep believing in my ability and working at my plans. “This is a tour where I’m learning. I just want to keep going out there and building a foundation for my team and learning the process.” He added: “Last year (2014-2015), we toured South Africa, and I learned a lot from that tour. It’s all about getting better as a player and as a team. There is a lot of work to be done, but a lot can be achieved as a team if we continue to play together.” Sensible playinglast_img read more

Calabar’s Taylor runs fast 100m

first_imgWorld Youth 400 metres champion, Calabar High’s Christopher Taylor, impressed with a fast 100 metres run at yesterday’s Camperdown Classic at the National Stadium.The versatile 16-year-old stopped the clock at 10.44 seconds to take heat nine of the boys’ Class Two 100m, with the fastest time overall.The Camperdown Classic is the final stop in the Corporate Area leg of the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship. Taylor, the defending Grand Prix 400m champion, is expected to run his pet event at next week’s Grand Prix finals at the G.C. Foster College.Taylor said he was satisfied with yesterday’s effort.”This was just to see how good I was at that event,” he told The Sunday Gleaner, while adding that he is fit and ready for more success.Teammate Tyreke Wilson also clocked a fast time, 10.52, in heat eight for second overall, while another Calabar sprinter, Michael Stephens, cruised to 10.56 in heat eleven for third. Dejour Russell rounded out the top four for Calabar with 10.61 in heat 12.Stephens also won the Class Two boys’ long jump with a leap of 6.64m, while Kymonie Matthews of St George’s College and Owayne Owens finished second and third with 6.57m and 6.45m, respectively.In the eagerly anticipated clubs and institution’s men’s 400m, former Calabar star Javon Francis of Akan Track Club was fastest overall with 46.21, Javere Bell of Mico University was second in 46.75 ahead of Nathon Allen of St Jago (46.85) while Racers Track Club’s Zharnel Hughes finished fourth in 46.95.Racers sprint stars Warren Weir and Yohan Blake had to settle for seventh and 16th overall in 47.30 and 48.41, respectively.In the boys’ Class One 100m, Xavior Angus of Calabar was first with 10.50 as schoolmate Fabian Hewitt took second overall in 10.54.Jamaica College won the Class One boys’ 4x100m in 40.06 seconds from Calabar, 40.56, and St Catherine High, 41.20.Andrenette Knight of St Jago High School sizzled in the girls’ 400m hurdles with a new meet record of 59.01 seconds. Camperdown High’s Shadae Newell clocked 1:00:38 and Jody-Ann Petrie of St Jago, 1:03:63.last_img read more

TOTTENHAM VS ARSENAL

first_imgTOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS,WALKER, ALDERWEIRELD, WIMMER, DAVIES,DIER, ALLI,SON, ERIKSEN, CHADLI,KANEARSENAL (4-2-3-1)GIROUD,CAMPBELL, OZIL,WALCOTT,COQUELIN, RAMSEY,MONREAL,MERTESACKER, GABRIEL, BELLERIN,OSPINABoth Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur lost on Wednesday night meaning that they go into this North London derby in third and second place respectively.Spurs could have gone top against West Ham United on Wednesday but the 1-0 loss at the Boleyn Ground leaves them three points behind leaders Leicester City.But Arsenal were also disappointing, losing 2-1 at home to struggling Swansea City and, after the defeat at Manchester United, have now lost back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since November 2014.The Gunners have now gone four games without a win in all competitions and are now third and six points behind leaders Leicester.But this game has a history of draws; of the previous 23 Premier League meetings at White Hart Lane 10 have been stalemates, with Spurs winning eight and losing five. Indeed, Spurs have won four of the last six, all with a 2-1 scoreline.The teams have met twice already this season. In September, in the Capital One Cup the Gunners beat Spurs 2-1 with Mathieu Flamini netting twice. But when they played each other at the Emirates Stadium Harry Kane scored the opener for the visitors before Kieran Gibbs scored what proved to be the equaliser.Kane has scored Spurs’ last three league goals against Arsenal; he also netted both goals in the 2-1 win over the Gunners in this game last season.Spurs miss Moussa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen. Arsenal, meanwhile, have lost goalkeeper Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny for the derby and are still without Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who could all be missing for most, if not, the rest of the season.last_img read more