Cricket News Allen, Pooran, Thomas handed West Indies contracts for first time

first_imgNew Delhi : World Cup returnees Fabian Allen, Nicholas Pooran and Oshane Thomas have been handed West Indies central contracts for the first time while seven players have been given all-format contracts.The number of all-format contracts for the men has now increased from four to seven with Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul joining those in the Test and ODI formats — captain Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph and Kemar Roach — on the list.In total, 19 men have been retained for the upcoming contract year which runs from July 1 this year to June 30 next year including first-timers Allen, Pooran and Thomas who were part of the West Indies team which finished ninth out of 10 teams in the World Cup.Meanwhile, 15 women an increase of three have also earned central contracts  including veteran all-rounder Stacy-Ann King, fellow left-hander Kycia Knight and newcomers Shabika Gajnabi, Shawnisha Hector, Chinelle Henry, Natasha McLean and Karishma Ramharack.Cricket West Indies (CWI) policy allows up to 22 contracts to be offered each contract year to men’s players, so the selection panel may decide to offer additional central contracts throughout the year.CWI director of cricket Jimmy Adams said verbal offers had been made to all players, and contracts will be issued in the next few weeks, as soon as the board has concluded a new four-year Memorandum of Understanding with the West Indies Players Association.This is the third year that CWI will award central contracts to West Indies men under three different categories.WEST INDIES MEN CENTRALLY-CONTRACTED PLAYERS 2019-20:All-Format Contracts:Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kemar RoachRed-Ball Contracts: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jomel WarricanWhite-Ball Contracts: Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Oshane Thomas. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Job not done yet – Ashley Nurse

first_imgAshley Nurse, after his 4-62 and unbeaten 34 helped the West Indies to a 1-0 lead in their Brighto Paints presents the Q Mobile Cup Series against Pakistan, has warned his teammates that the job is not over.“We have to come back even stronger on Sunday. We can’t rest on this victory,” said Nurse, whose 34 runs came from just 15 deliveries.The innings helped the West Indies to, for the first time in 32 attempts, successfully chase down a score of more than 300, Pakistan scoring 308-5 in their 50-over allotment.“We haven’t won in a long time and yes it feels good but the other part is to come and back up this performance with an even more fantastic performance on Sunday and close out the series,” Nurse reminded the young side which he has only recently become a part of.The off break bowler is already looking at places he can improve tomorrow, saying that while his four wickets were satisfying, there were things he still wanted to improve on.“My job first and foremost is to bowl and get people out so I was very happy with the wickets, I wouldn’t say I was very happy with the bowling,” he said.“I bowled some bad balls in between but it was nice to get some wickets and pull back the Pakistan innings. We were really going helter skelter at the back end and it was nice to come back, even in the last 10 and get some wickets.”Nurse’s innings with the bat began in the nets, where the bowler says he was hitting the ball well. The innings was also made easier by the batsman at the other end.“Jason was hitting the ball really nicely and I just tried to rotate the strike, give him as much of the strike as possible. I was hitting the ball nicely from in the nets so I know my form was good so I just tried to keep hitting the ball nice and straight and back myself to get the ball to the boundary, other than giving him the strike,” said Nurse.Nurse also praised the team for its mentality and for the way the earlier batsmen, who were having a tough time, stayed with the game.“The team morale is really really good. The boys believe in sticking together, we believe in being one big family and as you see, the guys really stayed in the game,” said Nurse.Nurse was speaking about Evin Lewis’ 47 and Kieran Powell’s 61 at the top of the order, that though not blistering quick, were enough to set a platform for Jason Mohammed, who slammed 91 to anchor the West Indies innings to their first successful chase of over 300.“Some great knocks from Evin Lewis and Kieran Powell leading up to Jason’s knock. The partnership between him and Jonathan Carter was a really good partnership after losing two quick wickets. I keep saying once we stay in the game and put the bowling under some pressure, with the hitting power we have at the bottom, I really think we will win more games.(Sports Max)last_img read more

Syracuse erases last season’s painful memories with comeback win over Missouri, becomes bowl eligible

first_img Related Stories BOWLED OVER: Syracuse stuns Missouri with late touchdown, clinches bowl eligibility for 2nd time in 3 yearsGallery: Syracuse gains bowl eligibility with 31-27 win at Missouri COLUMBIA, Mo. — This year, there was no free fall. Only resilience.As Syracuse flooded Faurot Field inside Memorial Stadium late Saturday night, the joy of a bowl-clinching upset was made sweeter by last season’s failures. Five straight losses, increasingly poor performances, a despair-filled trip from the top of the Big East to bowl-less irrelevance.It spelled turmoil within a program only one year removed from its first bowl appearance since 2004, and it pained a coach who blamed himself for every miscue.“The last half of last season left a bad taste in a lot of young guys’ mouths and a lot of upcoming seniors, which is guys like me,” Syracuse defensive tackle Deon Goggins said. “We never wanted to be in that position again.”Saturday’s win ensured that Goggins, a senior, never will be.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRelying on a never-say-die attitude that was absent one season ago, Syracuse (6-5, 4-2 Big East) erased a double-digit deficit on Saturday on the road against Missouri (5-6, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) to earn its sixth win and become bowl eligible for the first time since 2010. The 31-27 win, which came on a last-second scoring drive and stunned the crowd of 63,045, was the Orange’s fourth win in its last five games at a point in time where it imploded last year.Instead of the disheartened and agitated Marrone from 2011, Saturday’s version of the Syracuse head coach was pleased and relieved. “If I have to start off with a statement — oof, what a game,” Marrone said, as he smiled throughout much of his postgame press conference.He’s transformed a team that was once 2-4 overall into a legitimate contender in the Big East, and by beating the Tigers he guided the Orange to its first win over a team from the SEC since September of 2001.“I can’t tell you how proud I am of these kids,” Marrone said. “The leadership, the stuff on the sideline when you look in their eyes, the confidence that’s building in them.”And on Saturday, that confidence began to build after halftime when the Syracuse defense finally slowed down Missouri and quarterback James Franklin. The Tigers had stormed out of the gates in the first quarter, surging to a 17-3 lead by slicing the Orange secondary for chunks of yards at a time.But a late touchdown drive by Syracuse closed the gap to seven before halftime, and the tweaks made by defensive coordinator Scott Shafer yielded zero third-quarter points.“Coach Shafer is a great defensive coordinator that is great at getting our adjustments down so we can go out there and just play,” Goggins said. “And that’s what you saw in the second half, our adjustments and just going out in the second half and playing.”By the 14-minute mark of the fourth quarter, the Orange had rallied back to tie the game at 17-17. And after the Tigers marched downfield for another touchdown, Syracuse matched them once again. Running back Jerome Smith sprinted eight yards up the middle for the tying score, which elicited an emphatic fist pump from offensive line coach Greg Adkins on the sideline.Despite a hostile environment and an opponent with arguably more individual talent, the Orange responded not once, but twice in a 10-minute span.“That comes with just leadership, great leadership,” SU safety Shamarko Thomas said. “I feel like last year was different from this year. We have great leaders in Ryan Nassib, Alec Lemon, Justin Pugh and Siriki Diabate and me. And it just came out and showed.”So on a third-and-1 play with less than two minutes remaining, Thomas and Diabate anchored the biggest defensive stop of the game. With the Tigers already in field goal range, a first down would have allowed them to run down the clock and attempt a game-winning field goal. But the Orange stuffed Missouri running back Kendial Lawrence for a three-yard loss, forcing a field goal by Andrew Baggett.It gave the ball to Nassib with 1:43 remaining and an opportunity to display the fortitude that Syracuse lacked over the final half of 2011. Seven plays later, the Orange found the end zone, with Lemon hauling in a 17-yard score to secure the win.“It’s incredible,” Lemon said. “This is all the hard work that we put in to go to a bowl game.”It’s work that many of the players have admitted was neglected last season. A blowout win over West Virginia midway through the year prompted relaxation, they said, and shifted eyes to the bigger picture instead of the immediate future.Saturday night undid all that, erasing painful memories and ensuring the Orange will have a 13th game. It allowed Marrone to smile and Thomas to beam and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to gush.But more important than that it allowed Cameron Lynch to roll along the turf — imitating a certain type of ball — once the final Missouri pass was intercepted.Said Lynch: “That was bowling, baby.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 18, 2012 at 8:36 am Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more