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Cricket: West Indies win World T20 final in stunning fashion

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Victorious Windies T20

Victorious Windies T20

West Indies have won the World T20 final in stunning fashion with four straight sixes in the final over to beat England.

Carlos Brathwaite struck four straight sixes to overhaul England’s 155 to seal a dramatic four-wicket win.

West Indies needed 19 runs in the 20th and final over which Brathwaite (34 not out) provided in style by smashing Ben Stokes for sixes off the first four balls.

Brathwaite ensured that hard work put in by Marlon Samuels, who struck 85 not out off 66 balls with nine fours and two sixes, did not go to waste, with Stokes appearing inconsolable at the end of the game.

West Indies finished on 161-6 in 19.4 overs after restricting England to 155-9, when Brathwaite took 3-23.

West Indies’ players rushed on to the ground to celebrate and then broke into an impromptu jig after becoming the first team to win the World Twenty20 title on two occasions, after success in 2012.

“It’s something we’ll cherish for a long time,” West Indian captain Darren Sammy said.

“Every game somebody stepped up. It was good to see Carlos play like that in his debut World Cup. It shows the T20 depth we have in the Caribbean.”

Continued below.

It was a double delight for West Indies fans as their women’s team pulled off a surprise eight-wicket victory over Australia in the final played earlier.

Samuels, who had also starred with 78 in the 2012 final against Sri Lanka, was named man of the match for keeping the team in contention after they had been reduced to 11-3 in the third over.

Samuels added 75 runs off 69 balls for the fourth wicket with Dwayne Bravo (25) who also put up an allround effort having taken 3-37. For 2010 champion England, Joe Root produced an allround performance of 54 and 2-9, after being brought on to bowl at the beginning of the Windies’ innings.”We were certainly in the game, put ourselves in a position to win the game,” England captain Eoin Morgan said.

“We didn’t have enough runs on the board, it was a really good batting surface, maybe 180-90 would have been good.”


England’s Ben Stokes is consoled by his captain Eion Morgan. Photo / AP

Root grabbed two wickets in the space of three deliveries as he dismissed both openers in the second over of the innings. Johnson Charles (1) was caught at mid-off and Chris Gayle (4) holed out to long-off as the move to use Root’s part-time off spin with the new ball paid off.

With pace bowler David Willey trapping Lendl Simmons LBW off the first ball he faced, West Indies needed another special innings from Samuels to complete a memorable win.


West Indies players wave to the crowd as they celebrate their win over England. Photo / AP

Earlier, Root added 61 off 40 deliveries with Jos Buttler (36) for the fourth wicket for England. Legspinner Samuel Badree took two early wickets. He got opener Jason Roy LBW without scoring off the second ball of the innings and then induced an edge from Morgan off a googly for Gayle to take the catch at slip.

England were reduced to 23-3 with Andre Russell dismissing opener Alex Hales (1). Buttler’s dismissal led to another slump as Brathwaite and Bravo proved effective in the latter half of the innings.

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Match Summary

England

England v West Indies

West Indies win by 4 wickets

West Indies
Date:
3 April 2016
Match:
Final
Venue:
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Start time:
09:30
Umpires:
Handunnettige Dharmasena / Rodney Tucker
Toss:
West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl.

England:155 for 9 (20.0 overs)

Joe Root 54, Jos Buttler 36

Samuel Badree (4-1-16-2), Dwayne Bravo (4-0-37-3), Carlos Brathwaite (4-0-23-3)

West Indies:161 for 6 (19.4 overs)

Marlon Samuels 85*, Carlos Brathwaite 34*

David Willey (4-0-20-3), Joe Root (1-0-9-2)

Commentary

  • West Indies win by 4 wickets
  • Over 20. 24 runs. Bowler: Ben Stokes. West Indies: 161/6 (rr 8.05)
  • 19.4 SIX! Ben Stokes to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, down leg side backing away Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs.

    Wow! What incredible hitting from Brathwaite to hit four sixes in four balls to win the game for the West Indies. Needing 19 to win off the last over England were looking to likely winners until Brathwaite opened his shoulders and dispatched the ball to all parts of the ground. Samuels held the innings together with his 85 not out to get West Indies into a winning position and he will take all the plaudits.

    David Willey bowled fantastically to get figures of 3-20 and the stroke of genius to open the bowling with Root payed off as he took two wicket including Gayle. England though could never get the big wicket of Samuels and the decision to bring him back after the catch was reversed was a huge turning point. West Indies have now been crowned men’s and women’s T20 champions in the same day.

  • 19.3 SIX! Ben Stokes to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, off stump backing away Slog, well timed in the air under control over long off for 6 runs. What hitting from Brathwaite. He has hit three sixes in a row and West Indies now only need 1 to win. Absolute game changing innings from the big West Indian.
  • 19.2 SIX! Ben Stokes to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, down leg side backing away Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs. Stokes just misses his length and Brathwaite swings through the line for another six.
  • 19.1 SIX! Ben Stokes to Carlos Brathwaite. Length ball, down leg side backing away Slog, well timed in the air under control over fine leg for 6 runs. A huge six from Brathwaite. Could he do it?
  • Over 19. 8 runs. Bowler: Chris Jordan. West Indies: 137/6 (rr 7.21)
  • 18.6 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Yorker, outside off stump backing away Steer, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Buttler.
  • 18.5 Chris Jordan to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed in the air under control to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Willey.
  • 18.4 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Stokes.
  • 18.3 Chris Jordan to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Root.
  • 18.2 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump backing away driving, to long off for 1 run, fielded by Root.
  • 18.1 FOUR! Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump backing away driving, well timed past long off for 4 runs. Samuels once again goes over the fielder at mid off to good effectiveness.
  • Over 18. 11 runs. Bowler: David Willey. West Indies: 129/6 (rr 7.17)
  • 17.6 FOUR! David Willey to Carlos Brathwaite. Full toss, to leg moves in front Scoop, well timed in the air under control past fine leg for 4 runs. Great improvisation from Brathwaite as he moves across and scoops the ball over fine leg.
  • 17.5 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Yorker, down leg side on the front foot pushing, to cover for 1 run, fielded by Root.
  • 17.4 David Willey to Carlos Brathwaite. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot Slog, inside edge to short extra cover for 1 run, shy attempt by Willey.
  • 17.3 David Willey to Carlos Brathwaite. Full toss, outside off stump on the front foot driving, in the air under control to long off for 2 runs, fielded by Ali.
  • 17.2 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, down leg side backing away Slog, hit pad to short extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Willey.
  • 17.1 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Full toss, middle stump on the front foot driving, to long off for 2 runs, fielded by Ali.
  • Over 17. 7 runs. Bowler: Chris Jordan. West Indies: 118/6 (rr 6.94)
  • 16.6 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Full toss, down leg side backing away Slog, to mid wicket for 1 run, shy attempt by Hales.
  • 16.5 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Yorker, outside off stump backing away driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Buttler.
  • 16.4 Chris Jordan to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to cover for 1 run, run save by Morgan.
  • 16.3 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Half volley, middle stump backing away Slog, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Jordan.
  • 16.2 FOUR! Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump backing away driving, well timed in the air under control past long off for 4 runs. Brilliant batting from Samuels. He sees mid off up so he hits over the top.
  • 16.1 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to cover for no runs, fielded by Morgan.
  • Over 16. 7 runs. Bowler: David Willey. West Indies: 111/6 (rr 6.94)
  • 15.6 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Off cutter length ball, down leg side on the back foot working, to square leg for 1 run, fielded by Rashid.
  • 15.6 Wide David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Off cutter length ball, down leg side on the back foot working, missed to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Buttler.
  • 15.5 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, to leg on the back foot Late Cut, to deep backward point for 2 runs, run save by Hales, fielded by Root.
  • 15.4 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, down leg side on the back foot Steer, to slips for no runs, shy attempt by Plunkett.
  • 15.3 OUT! Caught. David Willey to Darren Sammy. Length ball, middle stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to deep cover, by Hales. England have two wickets in the over. This time Sammy goes over cover but he manages to pick out Hales on the boundary who didn’t need to move.
  • 15.2 David Willey to Darren Sammy. Length ball, middle stump on the back foot cutting, to deep backward point for 2 runs, fielded by Hales.
  • 15.2 Wide David Willey to Darren Sammy. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, missed to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Buttler.
  • 15.1 OUT! Caught. David Willey to Andre Russell. Back of a length, to leg on the back foot pulling, well timed in the air under control to deep mid wicket, by Stokes. What a catch from Stokes on the boundary edge. He runs around and dives forward to get the vital wicket of Russell.
  • Over 15. 18 runs. Bowler: Liam Plunkett. West Indies: 104/4 (rr 6.93)
  • 14.6 SIX! Liam Plunkett to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control over long off for 6 runs. Back to back sixes for Samuels. He gives himself a little bit of room and drills the ball back over the bowlers head.
  • 14.5 SIX! Liam Plunkett to Marlon Samuels. Half volley, middle stump backing away Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs.
  • 14.4 Liam Plunkett to Andre Russell. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot Steer, to backward point for 1 run, run save by Roy, shy attempt by Roy.
  • 14.3 Liam Plunkett to Andre Russell. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Plunkett.
  • 14.2 Liam Plunkett to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, to deep backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by Hales.
  • 14.1 FOUR! Liam Plunkett to Marlon Samuels. Short, outside off stump backing away pulling, well timed in the air under control past deep mid wicket for 4 runs.
  • Over 14. 10 runs. Bowler: Adil Rashid. West Indies: 86/4 (rr 6.14)
  • 13.6 OUT! Caught. Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Googly length ball, outside off stump on the back foot Slog, top edge in the air uncontrolled to gully, by Root. Just the breakthrough England were after. Bravo tries to smash the ball out of the stadium but he gets a top edge which loops into the air.
  • 13.5 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Leg spinner length ball, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to backward point for 1 run, fielded by Plunkett.
  • 13.4 Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Leg spinner length ball, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to short extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Buttler.
  • 13.3 SIX! Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Googly length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs. Bravo picks the googly and dispatches the ball deep into the crowd.
  • 13.2 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Leg spinner half volley, off stump on the front foot driving, to deep extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Roy.
  • 13.1 Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Leg spinner length ball, middle stump down the track driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Stokes.
  • Over 13. 9 runs. Bowler: Ben Stokes. West Indies: 75/3 (rr 5.77)
  • 12.6 Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, mis-timed to mid wicket for 1 run, shy attempt by Root.
  • 12.5 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Half volley, middle stump on the front foot Slog, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Plunkett.
  • 12.4 Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Yorker, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to cover for 1 run, fielded by Morgan.
  • 12.3 FOUR! Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Off cutter short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, top edge in the air uncontrolled past deep backward square leg for 4 runs. Bravo is living on the edge as his misdirected pull shot goes for four thanks to a dropped catch from the sub on the boundary.
  • 12.2 Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Yorker, off stump on the front foot working, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Plunkett.
  • 12.2 Wide Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Length ball, wide outside off stump no foot movement, Left to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Buttler.
  • 12.1 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Off cutter short, wide outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Willey.
  • Over 12. 5 runs. Bowler: Adil Rashid. West Indies: 67/3 (rr 5.58)
  • 11.6 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Leg spinner length ball, middle stump on the front foot driving, to extra cover for 1 run, shy attempt by Morgan.
  • 11.5 Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Leg spinner half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed to long on for 1 run, fielded by Jordan.
  • 11.4 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Googly length ball, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, in the air under control to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Stokes.
  • 11.3 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Rashid.
  • 11.2 Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Hales.
  • 11.1 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Leg spinner yorker, down leg side on the front foot driving, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Jordan.
  • Over 11. 8 runs. Bowler: Ben Stokes. West Indies: 62/3 (rr 5.64)
  • 10.6 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Off cutter length ball, outside off stump no foot movement Steer, to backward point for 1 run, shy attempt by Roy.
  • 10.5 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Yorker, outside off stump no foot movement driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Buttler.
  • 10.4 Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Full toss, off stump on the front foot flick, to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Hales.
  • 10.3 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Leg cutter back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Willey.
  • 10.3 Wide Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Short, outside off stump no foot movement, Left to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Buttler.
  • 10.2 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Stokes.
  • 10.1 FOUR! Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot Late Cut, well timed past deep backward point for 4 runs. Just a bit of width from Stokes and Samuels opens up his body and carves the ball away.

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West Indies win

West Indies stun India to reach World T20 final

Thursday, March 31, 2016

West Indies win

West Indies’s Andre Russell celebrates after scoring the winning runs during the World T20 men’s semi-final match between India and West Indies at The Wankhede Cricket Stadium in Mumbai on March 31, 2016. (Photo: AFP) 

MUMBAI, India (AFP) — The West Indies clinched their place in the final of the World Twenty20 on Thursday with a stunning seven-wicket victory over the hosts India at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium.

Lendl Simmons top-scored with an unbeaten 82 as the West Indies reached their target of 193 with two balls remaining.

They will now play England on Sunday in the final at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, with both teams bidding to become the first sides to win the tournament twice.

Scoreboard from the World Twenty20 semi-final between India and West Indies at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium on Thursday:

India

R. Sharma lbw b Badree 43

A. Rahane c Bravo b Russell 40

V. Kohli not out 89

MS. Dhoni not out 15

Extras (lb 1, w 2, nb 2) 5

Total (for 2 wickets, 20 overs) 192

Did not bat: S. Raina, M. Pandey, H. Pandya, R. Jadeja, R. Ashwin, J. Bumrah, A. Nehra

Fall of wickets: 1-62 (Sharma), 2-128 (Rahane)

Bowling: Russell 4-0-47-1, Badree 4-0-26-1, Brathwaite 4-0-38-0, Benn 4-0-36-0, Bravo 4-0-44-0

West Indies

J. Charles c Sharma b Kohli 52

C. Gayle b Bumrah 5

M. Samuels c Rahane b Nehra 8

L. Simmons not out 83

A. Russell not out 43

Extras (lb 3, nb 2) 5

Total (for 3 wickets, 19.4 overs) 196

Did not bat: D. Ramdin, D. Bravo, D. Sammy, C. Brathwaite, S. Badree, S. Benn

Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Gayle), 2-19 (Samuels), 3-116 (Charles)

Bowling: Nehra 4-0-25-1, Bumrah 4-0-42-1, Jadeja 4-0-48-0, Ashwin 2-0-20-0, Pandya 4-0-43-0, Kohli 1.4-0-15-1

Result: West Indies won by seven wickets

Toss: West Indies

Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) and Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)

Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

Reserve umpire: Michael Gough (ENG)

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul

WIPA congratulates Chanderpaul on illustrious career

 
KINGSTON, Jamaica — January 25, 2016 – The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) has congratulated Shivnarine Chanderpaul on a prosperous and illustrious international career that spanned more than two decades.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Former West Indies captain Chanderpaul is the only player of the modern game to represent the West Indies for over two decades. Presently, the 41-year-old is the highest ranked West Indian on the ICC Test Rankings. He also holds the record for batting the longest period without being dismissed in Test cricket.

During the almost 22 years of his career, he represented the West Indies 164 times in Test cricket, amassing 11,867 runs, with his highest score being 203 runs, at an average of 51.37. He represented the West Indies in 268 ODI matches scoring 8,778 runs, with a high score of 150, and an average of 41.60. In the shortest form of the game he played in 22 matches, scoring 343 runs at an average of 20.17.

Chanderpaul’s unorthodox batting style did not hinder his performances on the field of play, as he collected accolades throughout his career. Some of the awards he has received include being named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year and ICC Player of the Year for 2008. He was also twice named West Indies Player of the Year, first in 2008 and then in 2014.

WIPA’s president and CEO Wavell Hinds, who played alongside Chanderpaul for the better part of a decade, said, “As a fan, to witness him play was to see a player of grit and determination. Having the honour of playing alongside him, I certainly saw a consummate professional who gave his all for West Indies cricket.”

He continued, “Shiv’s contribution to the game has been priceless and we wish him the utmost success in his future endeavours.”

 

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Blatter

FIFA president now under criminal investigation over deal with Jack Warner

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter

Switzerland, Friday Sept 25, 2015 – As the extradition process for former FIFA vice president and corruption accused Jack Warner remains in limbo, the head of football’s world governing body is under criminal investigation in connection with a TV rights deal that he signed with the Trinidad and Tobago football executive 10 years ago.

FIFA headquarters was raided, the office of President Sepp Blatter searched and data seized today.

And the attorney general subsequently announced that his office had opened criminal proceedings into Blatter, is due to step down from FIFA’s leadership next February, on suspicion of criminal mismanagement or, alternatively, misappropriation.

It is alleged that on September 12, 2005, Blatter signed a contract with the Caribbean Football Union, headed by Warner, which was “unfavorable for FIFA”.

“There is a suspicion that, in the implementation of this agreement, Blatter also violated his fiduciary duties and acted against the interest of FIFA and/or FIFA Marketing & TV AG,” a statement issued by the office of the Swiss attorney general said.

Additionally, Blatter is suspected of a “disloyal payment” of two million Swiss francs (US$2 million) to President of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Michel Platini, at the expense of FIFA, which was allegedly made for work performed between January 1999 and June 2002. The payment was made in February 2011.

Blatter, 79, was interrogated today, following a meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee.

The attorney general’s statement said Platini was also heard “as a person asked to provide information”.

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Jeffrey Webb

Former FIFA Vice President pleads not guilty – under house arrest

Jeffrey Webb

Jeffrey Webb

NEW YORK, Jul. 19, CMC – Jeffrey Webb, the former head of CONCACAF, the region’s governing body for football, was granted bail amounting to US$10 million and placed under house arrest when he appeared in court here on Saturday.

Webb, also a former FIFA Vice President is accused of accepting bribes worth millions of dollars in connecting with the sale of marketing rights.

He was detained in Switzerland in May, along with six football officials before begin extradited to the US last week.

The New York judge who ordered to remain at home in a 20 mile radius of the court, also told the court that Webb’s movements will be monitored via and electronic tag.

He was also required to hand over his three passports.

According to court documents, the prosecutors allege that among the bribes Webb allegedly received was a US$ 1.1 million to award the marketing rights to a Miami based company for the 2012 CONCACAF Gold Cup and Champions league tournament.

Webb, 50, was banned by FIFA after he was indicted in May in the United States.

He entered a plea of not guilty to charges of money laundering, wire fraud and racketeering.

 

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Montserrat Under-23 Netball team - 2015

Six teams to vie for 25th OECS/ECCB Under-23 Netball Tournament Title

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This year, six teams will vie for the championship title in the 25th OECS/ECCB Under-23 Netball Tournament, which will be hosted from tomorrow by the St Kitts Netball Association in St. Kitts at the Pamela Tyson Netball Complex, Basseterre.

The tournament which runs from Saturday, July 18 to Thursday, July 23, 2015 is sponsored by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) official sponsor of the tournament since 1991, in collaboration with the OECS Commission.

Montserrat Under-23 Netball team - 2015

Montserrat Under-23 Netball team with their Coach – 2015

The Montserrat netball girls team which left here on Friday morning by ferry to Antigua with an onward flight to St. Kitts, will compete and mingle with teams from The Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

 

Collaborating with the OECS Commission to stage this regional competition, the ECCB says in a release that its “continued sponsorship of the tournament demonstrates the Bank’s vision of fostering regional integration and its commitment to the overall development of the region’s young women through sports.

President of the St Kitts Netball Association, Mrs Juliet Hanley-Liburd, says the tournament will begin with an opening ceremony and a parade of the teams, while she encourages persons to come out to witness the games and be treated to talent, fun and excitement.

The ECCB release on the tournament also informs that “In keeping with its commitment to the overall development of the region’s young netballers, the ECCB incorporates a development session into the tournament. This year, Adviser in the Corporate Relations Department, Sybil Welsh, will engage the netballers in discussion on the topic: ‘Effective Communication’.”

 

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Montserrat Under23 Netball team prepares for OECS tournament

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Under 23 Montserrat netball sqad

Netball coach Miss Valerie Samuels has announced that the Under 23 netball sqad continues in training for the upcoming 25th annual ECCB/OECS Under 23 Netball Tournamen to be held in St. Kitts.

The Team is due to leave on Friday July 17, 2015 to return home the following Thursday 23rd July.

Coach Samuels said: “This is our 4th year of competition after being out for 16 years due to the volcanic crisis.

The Montserrat team comprises:

Valencia Allen (captain)

Amika Osborne

Tiffanny Skerritt

Zenique Leonard

Juana Osborne

Tezinia Woodley

Stevika Rodney

Davika Crichlow

Robyn Yearwood

Beanka Chambers

Kenisha Trotman

Shantial Campbell

Valerie Samuel (coach)

Mrs Sheryl White (manager)

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Edgar Nkosi White

Reality Reaches Rio

By Edgar Nkosi White

Edgar Nkosi White

Edgar Nkosi White

Fact: Brazil’s football team is not that good. What the team has are some good players and as long as they’re not overly tested they can endure. Unfortunately for them they were severely tested by Germany and minus both their captain and there chief goal scorer and poster boy, Neymar, they were found very wanting.

I’m glad that they were not eliminated early on in the contest because it would have made for a very bloody series since the host country has been experiencing some major civil strife of late and I didn’t want the news to be more about blood in the streets than football. Being awakened from a dream isn’t nice but the bread and circuses period is officially over now and so before they start to audit what exactly was the cost, I’d like to take some time to focus on why the majority of the faces we saw in the stadiums were mostly white. The simple answer is that the majority of Brazil’s black population (which is 60% by the way) is piss-poor. They live mostly in the favelas and are definitely invisible when it comes to the media. Needless to say, there is no political representation and not even the pretence of a black middleclass.

You would be hard put to find a Black Brazilian in either commercial bill boards or television. This nonexistence on television is especially interesting given the enormous popularity of soap opera, which is, after football, Brazil’s greatest obsession. Blacks are nowhere present. Interesting too is the fact that even when it comes to football you find far more dark skinned players on other South American teams than Brazil, a country known to have the largest concentration of blacks outside the African continent. Where are the other Pelés? As a matter of fact, why is it that you never hear Pelé himself mention that subject? He is definitely apolitical and this may be a clue as to why he has lasted so long in the minefield which is Brazilian society. It was Henry Kissinger by the way, who pulled certain strings to make certain that Pelé was able to get permission to leave Brazil and bring his soccer magic to New York City and the Cosmos. In a society rampant with racism he has pretty much achieved the status of honorary white. Neymar, for example, is very clear on the fact that he himself is not black, certainly not with that blonde dyed hair.

For some peculiar reason there is a very colourful myth which tries to present Brazil as a rainbow garden wherein everyone blends so well. The fact is that a favourite phrase in Brazil is: “Hey, you black monkey!” It is not unusual for a child to address a black school teacher that way, with impunity. Who suffer most are the recently arrived black professionals who have come to Brazil in search of the dream, having heard of Brazil’s booming economy only to encounter bitter disappointment. However, before we get totally carried away with the Brazilian situation we have to compare it with the rest of South America.

Note well that Argentina has no black faces running around on its team; it could be described as an Aryan nation (which made it a very handy hiding place for Nazis to hide after the war along with both Brazil and Uruguay). We need to remember that Argentina is famous for the Tango and that the Tango itself came from Africa. The most famous Tango dancers of the 1920s were all black. Question: what happened to the black population of Argentina? The answer is genocide, much like the systematic purging of the Dominican Republic under Trujillo. The first cowboys of Argentina (the Gauchos) who were black were systematically eliminated. There was a very conscious whitening-up process of importing Europeans to the country to save the race. Brazil did the same thing. However, the resistance and the sheer numbers were just too enormous. Besides, Brazil needed its blacks to work those coffee plantations and was in fact the very last to free its slaves (1888). One might argue that Brazil never really did quite free its black population; it merely imprisoned them in favelas. Human trafficking by means of sex has replaced whips and chains.

The truth is that the only thing available to blacks for escape in Brazil is Carnival and football. Both Carnival and football began as amusement for the white elite. Football came to Brazil in the 1890s by the English expatriate community. It was not long before it was absorbed and transformed by the black population because of the dance-like quality of its movement. It was however a long time before the game itself was integrated.

It was one thing to have blacks playing against each other for the amusement of white businessmen and quite another to have them play against whites. Sports, however, have always been a good distraction from revolution.

Now as to the other glorious distraction, Carnival, the entire year is spent in preparation for its celebration. Carnival is much more than costumes and pageantry. The entire structure of society is forgotten for one brief moment and the king (Momus) is raised high and the roles reversed. The favela is exchanged for the kingdom. From the mass emerges an individual. Suddenly you have a face and are what you fail to be for the rest of the year, a person, an identity. Given the brutality of Brazilian society it is easy to understand why the desire is so overwhelming to both lose and find yourself in the collective madness which is Carnival.

When we look at the everyday reality of the average Brazilian you begin to understand why soccer and Carnival are so important. In Brazil murder and violence is a constant. It is very easy to be disappeared if you’re poor and black and a considered nuisance. The police and military periodically have slum clearance campaigns which consist of early morning raids on the homeless. Children are especially vulnerable targets. The former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, (or Lula as he was popularly known) did much to stop the practice of “rat-hunting” which was what this sport was called whereby children were shot on sight. Bodies were seldom recovered from dumping grounds. It was Lula who introduced affirmative action in schools and universities whereby half of the openings must go to blacks. This was a major shift for Brazil in 2012.

The current president, Dilma Rousseff, on the other hand, believes that racism no longer exists in Brazil and that the street protests which Brazil has been experiencing lately has more to do with misinformation than design. She says the government really cares about all its people and of course, loves all equally. Reality however is about to reach not only the streets of Rio but the presidential palace as well. What maybe could be forgiven had Brazil won the world cup will certainly not be now, given the humiliating defeat. It was not just the loss; it was the manner of the loss. This is against a backdrop of an 11 billion dollar outlay which can’t possibly be excused given the fact that homes were raised to the ground to make car-park facilities for tourists, glaring expenditure that went way over budget.

Food, shelter and sanitation are the three things that this government is unable to deal with. Still the people searched to see themselves reflected in the arena and they didn’t. What they saw from outside the stadium where they were forced to stay and watch “the beautiful game” on giant screens, they didn’t like the version of themself they saw. It looked like defeat written large.

I predict that three things will happen now: Firstly, the collapse of the government. Secondly a search for another Pelé, which is to say the opening for a dark skinned superstar which thus far there has been no serious effort or attempt to find. And thirdly, a change also in the television media, which is to say a sudden appearance of a more representative face of Brazil. At present on television blacks don’t exist. If you don’t exist on television you don’t exist. This reality is about to change.

There is at present only one black Supreme Court judge, the first in history: Judge Joaquim Barbosa (he too was appointed by Lula while in office). He has a nasty habit of convicting corruption. I am sure he will have a few questions as to where exactly all that 11 billion dollars went and why. For the first time in a long time, Brazil will take a very long look at itself as a society. I think that it will improve the game because the society itself isthe game. The football field is itself merely a mirror of all that is good and bad in the society. For example, of the 23 players available for the Brazil team, only 4 even play in Brazil. Everyone else plays in Europe or like Hulk, in Russia. The local teams don’t pay and so players are sold off in a new form of modern slavery to raise the coffers of local sides. In other words, born and raised for export, just like Brazil nuts. Is it any wonder then why the national team looks good on paper and yet is so weak in reality?

All of this is about to be dealt with for the first time, and why? Because it will be done under the glaring lens of the camera and the reason is that the world is not quite through watching Brazil. There is another little event about to take place in just two years: the Olympics which will also be hosted by Brazil. One can dance just so much Samba. And so reality will reach Rio too.

Pic etc. Edgar Nkosi White is a Montserrat-born playwright and novelist. His novel, The Rising, is available on Amazon.

 

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Guyana march towards title with third straight win

Jamaica, CMC – Guyana reeled off their third straight win to remain unbeaten, and install themselves as favourites to win the Regional Under-15 Championship here Friday.

Playing at Mona, they restricted Trinidad and Tobago to 171 for nine from their 50 overs and then chased down their target to win by four wickets with 26 balls remaining. Sent in, T&T’s batsmen all got starts but failed to convert. Brandon Singh top-scored with 28, Cephas Cooper added 27, Nathaniel McDavid got 26, Leonardo Julien was not out on 23, Kirstan Kallicharran hit 22 and opener Navin Bedaisee gathered 21.

Ashmead Nedd was the pick of the Guyana bowlers with two for 15 from his ten overs.

In reply, Guyana got 42 from Joshua Persaud and 35 from Steve Deonarine, to lay the foundation for victory. Persaud and Alphius Bookie, who scored 25, put on 65 for the second wicket before Deonarine and Kevin Sinclair (19) added another 53 for the fifth wicket to formalize the result.

At Kensington Park, Dominic Samuels and Kirk McKenzie both stroked hundreds as Jamaica trounced Leeward Islands by 163 runs. Samuels continued his rich vein of form with an unbeaten 111 off 90 balls that included 14 fours and one six while the left-handed McKenzie hit the same score with 10 boundaries from 167 balls, as Jamaica, choosing to bat, amassed 307 for two from their 50 overs.

Zawandi White struck twice in quick succession to leave the Jamaicans 72 for two but Samuels and McKenzie put on 235 in an unbroken third wicket stand to rally the innings.

Leewards then struggled to 144 all out off 41.1 overs, with Uri Smith top-scoring with 44. Raewin Senior grabbed three for 18. At Elletson Road, opener Nico Reifer narrowly missed out on a hundred as Barbados secured a 16-run win over Windward Islands.

Reifer struck nine fours and one six in an unbeaten 95 from 143 balls to lift Barbados to 235 for six from their 50 overs, after they opted to bat first.

In reply, the Windwards finished on 219 for eight with Johnnel Eugene stroking an enterprising 60 off 67 balls that included four fours and four sixes.

 

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Chris Gayle ‘sexist’ comment draws ire of Antigua women’s group

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – A women’s rights group in Antigua has condemned as “sexist”, remarks made by Jamaica Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle to a female journalist, at a media conference here Wednesday.

And the group, Women Against Rape (WAR) headed by gender equity advocate Alexandrina Wong, has also criticised the response by the Caribbean Premier League to the incident.

Gayle, a former West Indies Test skipper, was asked by the journalist: “How does the pitch feel so far in terms of the training (and) the weather?”, ahead of Thursday’s Caribbean Premier League clash here between Tallawahs and Antigua Hawksbills.

The 34-year-old Gayle responded: “Well I haven’t touched yours yet so I don’t know how it feels”, before adding “I like your smile; that’s nice.”

However, the CPL downplayed the incident, saying that Gayle was just sharing a light moment with the female journalist.

“Chris is excited for the tournament and was having a laugh with a journalist, who had a laugh back; there was no malice intended,” the Antigua Observer quoted a CPL spokesman as saying.

“The lady in question had a jovial goodbye chat with him and we don’t believe this was the action of someone who was offended.”

Wong slammed Gayle’s statement and also called on the CPL to elicit an apology from the Twenty20 star.

“What it’s implying is one person’s power over another in the use of the language and so we can either say it’s sexist and hegemonic,” Wong said, adding that the response from the reporter “indicates that she obviously doesn’t know her right to autonomy.”

“She obviously doesn’t know her right when it comes to agency of body so that she can identify certain types of language, how they allude to her biology and what its saying about her as a person,” Wong continued.

“CPL should demand [an apology] from him because as senior officials they ought to know and to behave better when it comes to gender equality.”

 

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