Russell fails to spark in Big Bash opener

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell made an under-whelming start to the latest edition of the Big Bash League as reigning champions Sydney Thunder crashed to a nine-wicket defeat in the curtain-raiser here yesterday. Playing at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Thunder rallied to 159 for eight off their 20 overs and then watched as their city rivals Sydney Sixers strolled to their target with two overs to spare. Last season, Thunder won the same opening fixture comfortably. Sent in, Thunder were lifted by debutant opener Ryan Gibson’s top score of 53 from 43 deliveries, while Pat Cummins, batting at number nine, smashed three sixes in a 20-ball 30. Gibson and Englishman Eoin Morgan (26) put on 55 for the second wicket to steer Thunder to 71 for one before five wickets tumbled for 15 runs, to leave the innings in tatters at 86 for six in the 12th over. Russell, coming in at number six, slammed two fours from nine balls before falling to a catch at the wicket off left-arm seamer Doug Bollinger off an under-edge in the 12th over. In reply, Sixers were powered by unbeaten half-centuries from captain Moises Henriques, who made 76, and opener Daniel Hughes, who made 54, as they easily chased their target. Henriques, who struck seven fours and four sixes, put on 45 for the first wicket with England’s Jason Roy (27) and then 115 with Hughes in an unbroken, second-wicket partnership. Russell took the only wicket to fall, drawing Roy into a false stroke off a slower delivery and having him caught at mid-on in the sixth over.last_img read more

Forrester looks to improve at BACC

first_imgGuyana’s very own Winston Forrester continues to impress in his striving to attain the glory of donning those West Indian maroons.Winston ForresterSpeaking with Guyana Times Sport, the Georgetowner explained that cricket was something that had always captivated his interest as a child, but he began to take serious interest in the sport only when he began residing with his mom on Regent Street at the tender age of thirteen.He revealed that what made his love for cricket grow even stronger was that his next door neighbour was Guyana’s national player Robin Bacchus, who at that time was one of the country’s best youth batsmen.He said he and Bacchus would play a lot of cricket, and this helped to mould and influence him into the cricketer he is today.He said Bacchus then took him to join the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) which was only 2 minutes’ travel from where he lived; and the rest is history.Throughout his promising cricket career, Forrester has played for many clubs overseas. He has had stints in Trinidad, Canada, and currently New York.Forrester recalled that as a young man growing up, he played a lot of two-day cricket and took quite a number of five-wicket hauls. He even recalled his spell of 6-33 against Everest Cricket Club, and the 178 he scored against Couva Sports Club while in Trinidad.Forrester is currently in New York, where he represents the Big Apple Cricket Club. According to the all-rounder, “The Captain of the club, Jamal Hinckson, asked me to play with them. I knew Jamal from back home in Guyana; he played for DCC. He told me his club needed a batsman, and offered me the chance to come and play cricket in the US”, Forrester revealed.Forrester says his team recently won the 40 overs title in the Eastern American Cricket League, where he was adjudged man-of-the-match for contributing a brilliant all-round performance of scoring 49 and taking a wicket for 18 runs from seven overs.last_img read more