SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Not even a fine all-round effort from West Indies star Andre Russell was enough to save Sydney Thunder from crashing to a 30-run defeat to Perth Scorchers, in the Australian Big Bash here yesterday.Chasing 176 for victory at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Thunder slumped to 17 for two in the third over before crawling to 145 for nine off their 20 overs.The 27-year-old Russell unfurled a whirlwind 42 off 20 deliveries with five sixes but wickets continued to fall as Thunder slid to their third straight loss, leaving them fourth in the BBL standings.With their victory, Scorchers moved to the top of the standings on eight points along with Adelaide Strikers but with a superior net run rate.Sent in, Scorchers recovered from a position of one run for two wickets in the second over to rally to 175 for five off 20 overs.The revival came through Cameron Bancroft who struck 72 off 53 balls in anchoring two key stands. He first put on 63 for the third wicket with Shaun Marsh, who hit 28 from 22 balls and a further 105 for the third wicket with Ashton Agar, who blasted 68 off 34 deliveries.Pacer Russell, who knocked over Michael Klinger with the third ball of the game without a run on the board, returned to claim Bancroft in the penultimate over and end with two for 31 from four overs.In reply, Thunder lost South African Jacques Kallis (7) and Aiden Blizzard (7) cheaply to left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff before Russell came to their rescue with his cameo.RUNRATEHis first nine deliveries yielded eight runs without a single boundary, but with the required run rate jumping to 13 at the end of the 11th over, Russell launched an all-out assault.He twice cleared the ropes with left-arm spinner Brad Hogg in the 12th over, which went for 16 runs, and then smashed leg-side sixes off English left-arm seamer David Willey in the next over, which also cost 16 runs.It took the return Behrendorff and a stunning catch from Joel Paris at fine leg to account for Russell in the 14th over with the score on 97 for five.Once he departed, the innings lost momentum, with four more wickets falling for the addition of just 40 runs.
The Chinese road construction company, CHICO, is finding it difficult to smoothly operate equipment in Ganta as commercial motorcyclists continue to use the main road, which is under construction, despite signs displayed to redirect vehicles and motor bikes.All the company does is lay cones and tape, or pieces of planks across the road to stop vehicles from plying the portion of road being worked on. But the motorcyclists, instead of going by the signs, forcefully ride in areas that have been cordoned off, thus causing the machine operators to frequently give way while working.The company also has men standing by the signs to direct motorcyclists and drivers, yet the cyclists continue to demonstrate their intransigence toward the directives of the road workers.Onlookers attracted to the road work were on Saturday, July 11 seen screaming and shouting as the cyclists defiantly drove in-between the road building equipment, and in some instances, narrowly escaped accident.The same continued on Sunday afternoon when the company was demolishing some structures on the road, getting some to blame police for not helping to control the traffic as work goes on.Most of Ganta’s alleys are opened, making it easy for vehicles coming from Monrovia or Saniquellie and Saclepea to bypass the area where work is ongoing.Despite the availability of such alleys to allow for traffic detours, motorcyclists use the main road where construction work is going on, thereby causing impediment to the work.Reacting to the event, Nyan Dookpah, a popular Nimba folk musician, said, “This is the risk they take and, when some of them die in the process, they carry on mob violence and burn people’s vehicles. It is the same [thing] one of them did a few months ago and died while attempting to cross in front of a speeding truck from the side of the road, and at the end, those in the commercial motorcycle business burnt the truck.”Another onlooker reacted, “They are doing this so when any of them dies they will attack the Chinese people equipment to loot and burn it. Now they are not seeing their actions, but as soon as accident takes place, you will see all the motorcyclists coming out with violence.”When the Daily Observer contacted the Ganta City Council on the problem, Administrative Assistant, Bob Emmanuel Paye referred reporter to the Liberia National Police (LNP) Traffic Division responsible to control traffic.Effort made to reach the police did not materialize as the Traffic Commander identified as Nyanamah was said to have gone to the checkpoint along the Saclepea Highway where many vehicles were being directed to attend market in various towns in the week.Meanwhile, motorcycle transport business in Liberia has over the time been quite disastrous despite the higher profits it brings. It has been associated with too many accidents leading to crippling and death of many people.As accidents occur and a motorcyclist becomes a victim, other motorcyclists usually resolve to violence, which leads to destruction of properties including police depots and private vehicles.The situation has led to a strict regulation in Monrovia where commercial motorcycles are no longer allowed in the city center or along main thoroughfares.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)