Barramundis keeping cool after vanquishing Irish

first_imgNorman Vanua took his second man of the match award in as many games with a swash buckling 28 runs in 10 balls in the final overs of the game to bag the win for PNG.Afterwards, PNG captain Jack Vare resisted the temptation to sing from the rooftops and, instead, was circumspect following what was surely one of the best moments in PNG’s recent cricketing history.“We came here to play another game of cricket. We wanted to go out there and play to the best of our ability. Our plan was to play simple cricket. With the ball we wanted to bowl good lines and lengths and that’s what we did. We always try to learn every time we play, whether it’s in T20, ODI or four-day cricket so today was another great experience that we can learn from going forward” “We’ve got a good batting line-up and today we didn’t really click. But Norman came out and showed what he can do under pressure. He played very well – I can’t speak highly enough of him – and there were other good performances in the team as well. We will take the positives from this game but we will not look too far ahead. We will just go out the next game and try to do our best again.” Vare-Kevere said.Earlier, Ireland won the toss and elected to bat first in perfect conditions and the PNG bowlers came out all guns blazing. Vanua took the prize wicket of Paul Stirling (1) in his first over before Willie Gavera (3/17) struck twice in his first over and left Ireland rattled at 3/20 after 5 overs.Ireland captain William Porterfield (57*) steadied the innings as wickets fell around him but the PNG bowlers were determined to give the Irish no easy runs. Ireland were eventually restricted to a modest 9/123 from their 20 overs.  The PNG Barramundis’ run chase got off to a slow start as openers Tony Ura (6) and Lega Siaka (7) both fell before the third over.Vice captain Assad Vala kept the team in the chase with a run a ball 32 but the Irish bowlers kept striking in the middle overs to put PNG on the back foot with Kila Pala (19), Mahuru Dai (7), Charles Amini (6) falling cheaply.The chase seemed to have run out of steam when Tyrone Kane dismissed Jack Vare (5) and John Reva (2) in the 17th over.However, a late cameo from PNG’s number 9 batsman Norman Vanua smashing a match saving 28 of 10 balls helped PNG stun Ireland with a two wicket victory with 7 balls to spare. The win puts PNG comfortably on second place in their pool as they head over to Dublin to play their remaining 3 matches.In Group A, Ireland is still top with six points but PNG is just one point adrift with three teams – Namibia, Nepal and Hong Kong – level on three points and even Jersey and USA not out of contention for a place in the knock-out stages.The PNG Barramundis will face Nepal on Friday night PNG for their fourth match of the tournament. The match will be broadcast live on Digicel’s TV WAN Sports HD at 19.00 PNG time.The official Cricket PNG hashtag on social media will be #gobarras#wt20qlast_img read more

PNG Barras return undefeated

first_img4 12 Samoa The Barramundis made their dominance show from the very first game when Tony Ura smashed a century of just 47 balls, to guide PNG past 200 against Samoa.Samoa barely put up a challenge and could only manage 129 in their 20 overs, with Chad Soper picking up 4 wickets – 3 of them coming in one over – for only 10 runs.Hosts Fiji were next as the Hebou PNG Barramundis played back-to-back matches on the first day, this time falling shy of the 200 run mark by 12 runs.Captain Assad Vala top scored with 70, his first half-century of the tournament – while Jason Kila hit a quickfire 36, while also picking up a wicket.The pick of the bowlers was Norman Vanua, who got 3 on the day as Fiji could only muster 113/9 in 20 overs. A great start for the Barras, winning both games by a huge margin.Up next was Vanuatu, who the Barramundis played on a reserve day as rains spoiled the fun last Sunday.Vanuatu found Assad Vala in top form as captain cool smashed a century of 45 balls. Ura and Amini both got half centuries as well as the Hebou PNG Barramundis posted a mammoth 239/2 – their highest at the tournament.In response, Vanuatu went down fighting, becoming the first team to post over 150 against the Barras, but they were bowled out for 158. Chad Soper again impressing with 4 wickets – this time, all of them in the same over. By now, the Barramundis had won all 3 of their games at an average of 80+ runs.The Hebou PNG Barramundis were up against it for the first time, in the next game against Samoa, who batted first against the Barramundis.Opener Dominic Michael – who finished the tournament as the second highest scorer with 218 runs – hit a very impressive 83.The Samoan openers put up a record 139 run partnership for the first wicket and helped Samoa to a challenging 175/4 in their 20 overs.In response, Hebou PNG Barramundis, led once again by Assad Vala with 65, chased the total down with relative ease. After winning the match by 7 wickets, with two overs to spare – the Hebou PNG Barramundis had ensured qualification to the next round of the World T20 Qualifiers.Fiji were up next on the same day and the Barras made short work of them – bowling the hosts out for only 31 runs. CJ Amini bowled an absolute blinder – 3 overs, which produced 17 dot balls and 3 wickets!A changed up batting line up chased the score down in the 4th over as the Hebou PNG Barramundis made it 5 win from 5 games. The hunger to win despite qualifying was great to see.On the last day, with the other qualification spot up for grabs between Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa, the Barramundis were still determined to return home undefeated. And they managed to do that in a tense encounter against Vanuatu.Vanuatu were restricted to 145/9 in their 20 overs – a total that did not seem too challenging at first. But the Barras were made to work hard for their win, losing 8 wickets themselves while chasing the total down with only 8 balls to spare. Assad Vala’s 4 wickets and 40 runs helping the Barras reach their target.Speaking after the last match against Vanuatu, Vala praised his team’s hard working leading into the tournament. “It’s been a tough five months for us, to get the rewards for the work we’ve put in during this week has been really enjoyable. To come into the middle and execute under pressure is the most important thing for me,” Vala concluded, who was the most consistent performer throughout the tournament.After the batting let them down during the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe earlier this year, it was great to see a number of batsmen among the runs.Assad Vala top scored with 294 runs – one century and two 50s in his 5 innings and Ura was not far behind with 215. Amini had two not outs, in 5 innings, scoring 166 while also picking up 6 wickets in the tournament.Batting deep, Jason Kila scored 86 runs in 4 innings, with two not outs and picked up 5 wickets and being very economical throughout the tournament, despite opening the bowling in many games. The pick of the bowlers though was Chad Soper who returned with 10 wickets while bowling (arguably), two of the best overs in the tournament across 2 games.Hebou PNG Barramundis return on Saturday as Champions of the Pacific and continue preparations for the next round of qualifiers in 2019.Points TableTeam 4 PNG 6 4 Vanuatu 4 4 6 4center_img 2 2 Fiji Won 6 Points 6 6 Played Lost 2last_img read more

Phoenix scores back-to-back wins, sends Mahindra to 0-3 start

first_imgPhoenix, however, experienced a bit of a scare in the fourth quarter when its 30-point lead, 105-75, after JC Intal slammed a two-hander on the break at the 9:08 mark, was cut to nine, 111-102 with 46.3 seconds remaining. Ariel Vanguardia’s men still held on to win, by virtue of its massive lead in the fourth, but he was livid after the game lamenting his team’s complacency down the stretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“I wasn’t too happy with the way we ended this game, and that shouldn’t be the case,” said Vanguardia after the Floodbuster went on a blistering 27-6 run to close the gap. “We should be attacking and playing defense.”JC Intal came off the bench anew and poured in a game-high 24 points for Phoenix that went with seven rebounds, four assists, and two blocks while rookie Matthew Wright added 21 points, 15 of which came from beyond the arc. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix kept its fire burning and razed woeful Mahindra, 114-104, for its second straight win in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.After stunning defending champions San Miguel Beermen on Wednesday, the Fuel Masters continued their momentum and improved to 2-1 while sending the Floodbuster to a 0-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT Alex Mallari led Mahindra with 19 points while Philip Paniamogan pitched in 15.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EDITORS’ PICK Baldwin: Ateneo will learn from Game 1 loss to La Salle Senators to proceed with review of VFA As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

JFF Presidential timeline

first_imgRonald Gordon (1965-1967) • George Abrahams (1967-1973) • Benvenuto “Tino” Barovier (1973-1975) Locksley Comrie (1975-1977) • Patrick Anderson (1977-1979) • Lincoln Sutherland (1979-1981) • Hugh Perry (1981-1983) • Dr. Winston Dawes (1983-1985) • Anthony James (1985-1992) • Heron Dale (1992-1994) • Captain Horace Burrell (1994-2003) • Crenston Boxhill (2003-2007) • Captain Horace Burrell (2007-2017)last_img

Forked tongue…

first_img…PNC GovtThe Opposition Leader dubbed the PNC-Government “duplicitous” for their stance on the Appellate Court’s rulings from last week. But isn’t that term redundant? Or more to the point, a “tautology”?? Meaning that the PNC has been so “two faced”, “deceitful” and “double dealing” from its birth that, to Guyanese, they verily are a metaphor for trickery and backstabbing!! As in the riposte to the fella who inveigled his mother to transfer her house to him, and then tossed her into the streets: “Bannuh, yuh like real PNC!!”Wasn’t Burnham the biggest “anti-colonialists” in the 1953 PPP, who rabidly cussed out the British and helped precipitate their ouster by Churchill. But then turned around and sold out Guyana and his comrades to support the CIA and the Brits by launching a “more moderate” PNC?? And once in power, didn’t they turn around, thumb their noses at the Americans, and joined in the socialist bloc to facilitate sending Cuban troops to Angola??It’s in the PNC blood…so rigging elections, assassinating opponents, and nationalising private property – even as they boasted about “democracy” — were just giving expressing to their innate nature. Your Eyewitness is more disposed to calling them “forked tongue”, since while that also means saying one thing and meaning another, it evokes the “forked tongue” of snakes, which are known for their treachery — and eagerness to strike! So this latest slimy betrayal merely confirms that Granger – who was there, along with Hamilton Green from the 1960s – is keeping his promise to fulfil the “legacy” of Burnham. Treachery!!But as citizens of our country, with whom ultimate sovereignty and power lies, it’s our duty to confront the Leviathan whenever and wherever they break our contract with them – as adumbrated in our sacred text, the Constitution. The PNC Govt cannot, on one hand, say they’re now the legitimate Government because the Appellate Court ruled that the NCM needed 34 seats to be passed, and ignore the same court’s ruling that dual citizens cannot sit in the National Assembly!! This is a forked tongue that must be excised!!Article 155 (1) is clear: “No person shall be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly who – (a) is by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state…” Carl Greenidge, who qualified for British citizenship as a child, said in January he was waiting for a decision in the High Court to make a decision.But even though the High Court AND the Appellate Court ruled he was disqualified, he’s now even acted as President and says he’s “waiting on his lawyer”.PNC forked tongue wagging!!…on ParliamentIn addition to Carl Greenidge, the other dual citizens from the Govt benches are Rupert Roopnaraine and Dominic Gaskin, who all hold British citizenship. And the Govt just announced they’ll all be attending the session in the National Assembly that has been scheduled for April 11. The Opposition, who won’t be attending, have already promised they’ll obey the Constitution and not have any dual citizens as MPs.Greenidge has raised the issue that, as a child, his “oath of allegiance to a foreign flag” might be questionable…but Justice George in the High Court struck down that point. She showed that merely accepting the foreign passport is constructively an “acknowledgement of allegiance” prohibited by Art 155 (1). The President’s son-in-law, Gaskin, will probably use the same excuse. So what will Roopnaraine’s be??Some believe that at the April 11 sitting, the PNC benches might try to alter Art 155 (1) that bars dual citizens.But by Art 164 (1), that’ll need a “majority of all elected members of the Assembly”: 34 votes according to our Appellate Court!! Ha!!…on briberyOne member of the ERC used his Chronic column to cite Charrandas’s (who’s Hindu) vote in the NCM to point out that the Bible forbids bribery.Did your Eyewitness miss where it was proven that Charrandas was bribed??last_img read more

Ferrari are faster admits lucky Hamilton

first_img0Shares0000Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton avoids all the mayhem to win in Baku but concedes Ferrari are faster © POOL/AFP / SRDJAN SUKIBAKU, Azerbaijan, Apr 30 – A subdued Lewis Hamilton admitted he had been lucky Monday after taking the drivers’ championship lead with his opportunistic victory in Sunday’s chaotic crash-strewn Azerbaijan Grand Prix.There were no whoops of delight and no celebrations following his first win in seven races dating back to last October, but a serious realisation that he and his Mercedes team have their work cut out to stay on top. On a day of gusty wind, unlikely accidents, abandoned debris interventions and two safety cars, the defending four-time world champion had struggled for pace, but avoided serious trouble.While his team-mate Valtteri Bottas fell victim to a puncture caused by a piece of metal debris and title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari out-braked himself in a wild lunge for glory, Hamilton tip-toed through the mayhem.As Red Bull’s two battling tyros Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen resolved their tussle by crashing and others banged wheels, hit walls and ran off, the 33-year-old Englishman relied on concentration and perseverance.“I remember my dad always told me ‘never give up, always keep going’,” he said afterwards as others wept and argued. “I never expected it, but I had to take it.“Valtteri deserved to win. That’s why I went to see him and console him straight after the race. He was so unfortunate.”It was Hamilton’s 63rd victory and curiously confirmed that he is not racing with the same raw elan as his youth, but with a more measured sense of craft and aplomb – a mixture that may be less spectacular, but could assist him more in gathering the points for a fifth title.He knows, however, that in Sunday’s race he was hardly the leading man and that his car was unable to match the Ferraris in an unpredictable contest that maintained the craziness of the season to date.“That was just a brutal race and it was probably exactly what the fans want to see at a Grand Prix,” said Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.“It was twists and turns at every point.”As the teams packed up to return to Europe and the Spanish Grand Prix next month, it was clear to Hamilton and Wolff that they need to find an upgrade for their car that makes the tyres work faster.“We’ve got a lot of work to do, definitely,” said Hamilton.“We are still behind. Today I was lucky. I struggled all weekend and I am struggling to find the car’s potential. Their pure pace is ahead of ours at the moment.“There were a lot of faults in the race, which is rare for me. I struggled with the car, struggled with the tyres.“I’ve definitely got to go away from here and work even harder to make sure that there’s not a repeat performance-wise of this weekend.”“The biggest issue is the tyres,” he added. “I don’t believe their car is much better than ours, if at all, it’s just that they are using their tyres better.”Wolff added that the next race in Barcelona may be a key pointer.“We didn’t have the pace we needed,” he said.“Whatever the reason, Ferrari currently possess a faster package. They are quickest so Barcelona will be interesting because we were quickest there in testing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: Liverpool flop grabs goal on loan in La Liga

first_imgIt’s fair to say Luis Alberto didn’t make the impact he would have desired at Liverpool last season.The midfielder, who joined in a £6.8million deal from Sevilla, managed only nine appearances and failed to score a single goal.As such, Brendan Rodgers allowed the 21-year-old to join Malaga on loan this summer and it appears to be paying dividends already.Having seen former Manchester City star Roque Santa Cruz taken down by Athletic Bilbao’s goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz, Alberto stepped up to the spot and, although his penalty was saved, he dispatched the ball from close range.And the strike gave Malaga all three points as the score remained 1-0, even though they had two players sent off late on.You can see the Liverpool man’s strike above…last_img read more

School irrigating an idea

first_imgThe school is the first high school in the San Gabriel Valley to use recycled water, officials said. Tim Jochem, water district general manager, said one of the benefits of using recycled water versus groundwater and imported potable water is that recycled water is drought proof. “Rain or shine, the recycled water treatment plant operates at near capacity,” Jochem said, “There is a substantial supply (of recycled water) that is not affected by weather.” Using recycled water for irrigation is also better for turf because a small trace of nutrients leftover from the treatment process feed the plants and grass to help keep it green, Jochem said. Tony Ortega, assistant superintendent of business for the El Monte Union High School District, said the project is preserving domestic water for drinking. SOUTH EL MONTE – Residents will save about 40 million gallons of drinking water each year – about 250 households worth – with the help of the South El Monte High School Project. School and water district officials are expected to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for the project, which retrofitted the high school plumbing to use recycled water for landscape irrigation. The project is part of the latest phase of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District’s San Gabriel Valley Water Recycling Program. Previous phases included bringing more than 1 billion gallons of recycled water per year for irrigation to Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary, Rio Hondo College and the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. “(The project) brings potential in the educational aspect, and savings in water and electricity for the school,” says Ortega, “We anticipate anywhere from $15,000 to $45,000 a year in savings.” Imported water uses about 2,000 kilowatts per hour of electricity to get the water from the delta in Sacramento to the San Gabriel Valley, while recycled water uses less than a quarter of that electricity, Jochem stated. Jochem says the high school was chosen because it had the minimum cost of retrofitting, modifying pipelines and controls, compared to the previous projects, at $100,000 capitol cost. The school was built with separate lines for domestic water and irrigation, officials said. There won’t be much of a notable difference, except signs around campus stating recycled water is being used, said Ortega. Jochem defines recycled water as “municipal and industrial wastewater that has had impurities removed through the treatment process to drinking water standards and made available for beneficial use.” Though the water is treated to drinking water standards, Jochem says the department of health services has not permitted recycled water for human consumption. The district will mail out information to parents about the change, and students will receive notices in class once school starts, officials said. The school is building a bus garage, and bus wash station for school district vehicles, that will use the recycled water, they added. Water District members hope to expand this type of project to other schools and expand the program to other local facilities. It is working on the next phase for this winter, officials said. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2123160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

How Man United have fared with and without Pogba and Fellaini this season

first_img 3 3 Man United with/without Marouane FellainiGames: 9 with/ 6 withoutWins: 8/3Draws: 0/2Defeats: 1/1Average goals for: 2.7/1.8Average goals against: 0.2/1.2Points per game: 2.7/1.8Win rate: 89%/50%Man United with/without Paul PogbaGames: 8 with/ 7 withoutWins: 7/4Draws: 1/1Defeats: 0/2Average goals for: 3.0/1.6Average goals against: 0.8/0.4Points per game: 2.8/1.9Win rate: 88%/57% 3 Stats courtesy of the Sun and correct as of 07/12/17.MORE: Have you read how Romelu Lukaku can equal Diego Forlan’s strange goal record on Sunday?Have a look at some Manchester derby match stats here Here’s how Man United fare with and without Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini Remember when it seemed Man United were doomed if Marouane Fellaini was playing? A last fro of the dice, you might say.Granted, some fans still feel this is true, but he has become an important first team player under Jose Mourinho and ahead of the Manchester derby, United could be without both Fellaini and Paul Pogba.The latter is suspended, while the former is struggling with injury. However, Mourinho claims the Belgian has a ‘chance’ of playing against Man City at Old Trafford on Sunday.Below, talkSPORT looks at Man United in the Premier League season and how they have fared with and without Fellaini and Pogba.last_img read more

Lukaku scores 250th career goal as Inter recover from VAR controversy

first_imgThis was emphasised further on 35 minutes as Lukaku tapped home to seemingly double Inter’s advantage.However, there was then a substantial pause for a VAR check.The decision ultimately disallowed Lukaku’s strike and ruled a penalty in favour of Slavia for a foul in the build-up as Stefan de Vrij brought down Peter Olayinka in the box before the goalscoring counter attack.Tomas Soucek converted and the home team had all of a sudden gone from 2-0 down to getting back on level terms at 1-1 within an instant.The home fans were overjoyed with the implementation of the VAR system, though those in the Inter away section were less than impressed. AFP or licensors AFP or licensors 35′ | Lukaku scores. Inter take two-goal lead🔴⚪️ 0-2 ⚫️🔵 #slaint— SK Slavia Prague EN (@slavia_eng) November 27, 2019 2 ❗️ | NO GOAL!!! PENALTY FOR SLAVIA!!!VAR checked after previous tackle against Olayinka inside Inter box! No goal for inter, penalty for Slavia!🔴⚪️ 0-1 ⚫️🔵 #slaint— SK Slavia Prague EN (@slavia_eng) November 27, 2019 37′ | GOOOOOOOOAAALLL TOMÁŠ SOUČEK!!!Slavia equalize! Tomáš Souček scores from the spot!!!🔴⚪️ 1-1 ⚫️🔵 #slaint— SK Slavia Prague EN (@slavia_eng) November 27, 2019In the end, it mattered little to Inter, as they went on to close out a 3-1 victory.Lukaku, the former Manchester United striker, put the Italians ahead on 81 minutes.It was his 11th goal in 17 appearances this season and the 250th goal of his career as he continued his fine start to his Inter spell.Lukaku then turned provider once again for Martinez, who volleyed home the striker’s cross three minutes from time.center_img Romelu Lukaku was the star of the show for Inter Milan against Slavia Prague on Wednesday night after VAR had once again threatened to steal the headlines.Antonio Conte’s side took the lead in the crunch Champions League clash in the Czech Republic on 19 minutes through a Lautaro Martinez goal, assisted by Lukaku, and everything was going to plan for the visitors. Inter were stunned by the decision Lukaku has made an outstanding start to his Inter career 2 Romelu Lukaku is loving life at Inter Milan 🔵⚫️• Counter-attack finish• Outside-of-the-boot assistHe’s looking back to his best 🔥— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 28, 2019Inter now sit second in Group F, level on points with third-placed Borussia Dortmund, and facing a final day battle for qualification for the last 16.Conte’s side host already-qualified Barcelona at the San Siro in their remaining game on December 10 and must better Dortmund’s result against Slavia at home to book their spot in the next round of the competition.last_img read more