Chelsea942763688 Younger skills will likely be the most wishedFormer Liverpool and Tottenham transfer chief Damien Comolli, instructed Sky Sports activities Information that the massive European golf equipment could use the disaster to “sweep the transfer market.” “I’ve had conversations with some golf equipment in Europe and even mid-size groups are occupied with it““Golf equipment have a superb alternative to signal good younger gamers. Possibly some will spend greater than 100 million“He defined,” however in 5, six or seven gamers who could be the nucleus of their workforce in the coming years. ” “Golf equipment which are ready from an exploration and planning standpoint will likely be in a superb place to do that. I spoke to an agent in Belgium final week and he stated his purchasers, who have been value 30 million in January, at the moment are value 10“, he claimed.“I received a name final week and what I stated is occurring. The golf equipment are in a panic and you should purchase the finest skills at a really lowered valueComolli stated. “In France, the golf equipment are in massive bother, Monaco have 71 contract gamers and have some excellent younger center-backs. In Belgium it is usually taking place. In keeping with studies, Commonplace Liege is about to declare chapter. These are the markets I might take a look at“, stated. Actual Madrid1,168944851 Antoine Griezmann1198995 PSG, named Ligue 1 champion after the definitive suspension, will see how the worth of their workforce falls by greater than 25%, falling to 695 million euros. Chelsea, present champion of the Europa League, would additionally face a big depreciation, dropping as much as 27% of its worth, which might fall to 686 million. The worth of Atlético de Madrid’s employees could be lowered by nearly 200 million euros, representing 24.7%.CLUBS MARKET PRICE Relating to Actual Madrid and FC Barcelona, a few of their finest gamers could be affected. In the case of whites, Eden Hazard would lose nearly 30% of its worth, standing at 95 million, in comparison with the 136 it price in February. In the culé workforce, his two model new signings, Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie De Jong, would lose 25% and 28% respectively, decreasing the worth each of the 100 million.PLAYERS MARKET PRICE ParticipantFebruary 2020Might 2020 (If it returns)Might 2020 (Doesn’t return) Frenkie De Jong1097994 The indisputable fact that FC Barcelona suffers such a big drop (28.9%), is basically as a result of an growing older squad and the scenario of Leo Messi, who has not but renewed. The Argentine, with a contract till 2021, would lose 27.5% of its worth. In keeping with the report, the older the participant is, the larger the influence on his worth.That is the cause why the worth of Messi would endure the greatest drop in the prime 10 European leagues. For instance, the youth trio of Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford would drop by lower than 14%, which is half the loss in comparison with the Argentine. Liverpool1,200997907 After Messi, two of the gamers who would see their worth lowered the most are two world stars: Mbappé and Neymar. The Frenchman, linked annually to Actual Madrid, was value 225 million euros in February. With the suspension of Ligue 1, its value would fall to 177 million. One thing comparable would occur in the case of the Brazilian, who could return to FC Barcelona. In his case, it might go from 175 million to 137. Each would lose greater than 20% of their market worth.. Atlético de Madrid763649575 Messi, the most affected Actual Madrid, for its half, would lose much more, since its worth is the similar as that of Liverpool, however in its case it might drop to 847 million. FC Barcelona, present chief of the League, would go from 1.13 billion to 805 million, representing a lower of 325 million. Manchester Metropolis, which based on the examine is the most precious workforce in Europe, would fall 22% to 960 million. MembershipFebruary 2020Might 2020 (If it returns)MAY 2020 (Doesn’t return) Manchester Metropolis1,243 mill.1,053961 Kylian Mbappé225 mill.177188 Neymar Jr.175137149 Lionel Messi175127134 Eden Hazard13696101 Timo Werner947983 PSG934765696 Participant values could drop by € 9.94 trillion if present season can’t be accomplished as a result of coronavirus pandemic, based on a brand new report by KPMG. If leagues could finish their seasons behind closed doorways, the drop in worth could be much less extreme, however nonetheless very important, at 6.85 trillion.This examine involves mild at a time of nice concern in leagues throughout Europe, who’re finding out how one can resume the seasons, whereas some like Ligue 1, the Eredivisie or the Jupiler League have already made the determination to droop the competitions completely.If all the European leagues went their approach and soccer couldn’t resume this season, the worth of footballers would fall by greater than 1 / 4 in the final quarter. Particularly, based on the KPMG report, the added worth of the 4,183 footballers in the 10 most necessary leagues in Europe would drop 26.5% in comparison with the worth that they had in February.In keeping with his estimate, in the occasion that the seasons have been canceled, lack of income in the massive 5 leagues would exceed Four billion euros. Nevertheless, if the competitions could be accomplished behind closed doorways, this drop could be lowered by between 30% and 20% in comparison with the estimate in the event that they weren’t resumed.Thus, if the season continues, the golf equipment would have extra money at their disposal, since they’d not have to face the fee of an enormous quantity to tv stations. In the Premier League, for instance, golf equipment would have to pay greater than 870 million euros if the league is terminated.Relating to the worth of the gamers, If England, Germany, Italy and Spain handle to get soccer to play once more this season, the loss could be nearly 7 billion euros, representing a discount of 17.7%.. If, on the opposite, the massive 5 leagues have to finish the championships (one thing that has already occurred in France), they’d accumulate the worst a part of the lack of worth, with nearly 8.5 billion.Liverpool, Actual Madrid and Barça, the most affected FC Barcelona1,136903808 The undisputed chief of the Premier League, Liverpool, and the two Spanish giants, Actual Madrid and FC Barcelona, could be the golf equipment most affected by this disaster.. In the case of the present champion of the Champions, its worth would fall by 236 million, going from 1.14 billion euros in February to 904 million.
Taylor’s revenge AUSTRALIA 1st innings J. Burns st Ramdin b K Brathwaite 128 D. Warner c Samuels b Taylor 23 U. Khawaja c wkp Ramdin b Taylor 144 *S. Smith not out 32 A. Voges not out 10 Extras (lb3, w3, nb2) 8 TOTAL (3 wkts, 90 overs) 345 To bat: M Marsh, +P Nevill, J Pattinson, P Siddle, J Hazlewood, N Lyon Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Warner), 2-287 (Burns, 3-328 (Khawaja) Bowling: Taylor 18-2-83-2, roach 10-1-53-0, Holder 17-6-33-0 (nb2), C Brathwaite 20-1-71-0 (w3), Warrican 16-1-71-0, K Brathwaite 9-1-31-1. Toss: West Indies. Umpires: M Erasmus, C Gaffaney; TV – I Gould. Taylor got his revenge in his next over, the fifth of the morning, with the score on 29 when Warner tried to pull a short one from outside off, but only succeeded in lobbing a catch to cover where Marlon Samuels took the offering on the third attempt. Khawaja, who missed the opening Test through injury, then joined Burns to end any hope West Indies had of taking the advantage. Left-hander Khawaja faced 227 balls and struck six fours and a six while Burns, a right-hander, hit 16 fours and a six in an innings requiring 230 balls. They took the Aussies to lunch at 70 for one, and then controlled the second session to be in sight of triple figures by the time tea arrived at 193 without further loss. Burns, unbeaten on 27 at lunch, was the first to his half-century. He moved into the 30s with two boundaries off debutant fast bowler Carlos Brathwaite in the second over on resumption and was quickly into the 40s a couple of overs later when he steered Taylor the ropes at third man. In Taylor’s next over, Burn collected three runs to cover to complete his fourth half-century in his seventh Test. Khawaja, meanwhile, erred on the side of caution. On 18 at lunch, he was measured after the break and needed a further 43 deliveries before bringing up his half-century with a cut to the backward point boundary off Roach. Khawaja was 84 at tea and Burns, 83, and both batsmen sped to three figures on resumption. Burns cleared the ropes at extra cover with left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican in the first over and followed up with a flowing drive to the cover point boundary. Not to be left out, Khawaja’s retort was two back-to-back boundaries off Taylor in the next over, as he joined his partner in the 90s. Burns reached his second Test hundred in the fifth over after the break with three square on the off-side off Warrican, and Khawaja joined him two balls later when he took a single to square leg. For Khawaja, it was his third hundred in consecutive Tests. Part-time off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite eventually got the breakthrough when he had Burns stumped in his fifth over at 287 for two and Khawaja added 41 with Smith for the third wicket before he dismissed five overs before the close, brushing a leg-side catch behind off Taylor. MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Hundreds by Usman Khawaja and Jose Burns condemned under-fire West Indies to another torrid day in the field, as Australia dominated the opening day of the Boxing Day Test yesterday. Opting to field first at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the second Test of the three-match series, West Indies quickly came under the sword as Khawaja stroked 144 and opener Burns, 128, two innings which propelled the hosts to 345 for three. Fast bowler Jerome Taylor was the best of the bowlers with two for 83, but the remainder of the attack struggled to make an impression on an MCG surface good for batting. West Indies made a good start, claiming the dangerous David Warner for a cameo 23 off 12 balls inside the first half hour following a delayed start due to rain, but Khawaja and Burns added 258 for the second wicket – a partnership that killed off the tourists’ chance of making any immediate future inroads. Captain Steve Smith was unbeaten on 32 at the close. Needing a strong start following their disaster of the opening Test in Hobart, West Indies got exactly the opposite with the left-handed Warner collecting boundaries off the first three deliveries of the day’s second over sent down by seamer Kemar Roach. Warner followed up with another two fours off Taylor in the next over as Australia raced to 27 without loss after only three overs. SCOREBOARD
MANCHESTER, England (AP):Jamie Vardy’s stunning volley set Leicester on their way to a 2-0 victory over Liverpool yesterday, keeping the unlikely title challengers top of the Premier League on a night Manchester United rediscovered their scoring touch at Old Trafford.Manchester City and Tottenham also won to stay in touch with Leicester, but Arsenal were held 0-0 by Southampton and dropped to fourth place.Leicester preserved their three-point lead over City and their title charge shows no sign of slowing – nor does Vardy’s prolific form this season.The England striker volleyed in a looping shot from 25 metres before adding another goal in the second half to sink Liverpool at King Power Stadium and take his tally to 18 this campaign.”We are free of pressure,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “The players have a good feeling.”United beat Stoke 3-0, scoring in the first half at home for the first time since September. Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, and Wayne Rooney – with his seventh goal in his last seven games – scored for United, which trimmed the gap to the Champions League qualification places to five points.Criticised for much of the season for their risk-averse attacking approach, United have scored six goals in their last two games.Sergio Ag¸ero was the match winner for City in a 1-0 victory at Sunderland in the team’s first game since announcing the hiring of Pep Guardiola as coach starting next season. Ag¸ero looks back to his sharpest, having scored eight goals in as many games in 2016.DOUBLE FROM HARRY KANETottenham won 3-0 at Norwich thanks to a double from Harry Kane and another goal from young midfielder Dele Alli. The win lifted Spurs to third, above north London neighbour Arsenal on goal difference.Also, Aston Villa had forward Jordan Ayew sent off in the 17th minute for elbowing an opponent in a 2-0 loss at West Ham, which left the league’s last-place team 10 points adrift of safety. West Bromwich Albion scored two minutes into injury time to draw 1-1 against Swansea, and Bournemouth won 2-1 at Crystal Palace.With 14 games left this campaign, Leicester are closing in on a Champions League qualification place -the team is 10 points clear of United – and must now be seen as a definite title contender.
LONDON (AP):A week after letting in five goals, Willy Caballero made three saves in a penalty shoot-out against Liverpool to help Manchester City win the League Cup yesterday and claim their fifth major trophy since 2011.Though the Argentine goalkeeper is second-choice behind Joe Hart in the Premier League and the Champions League, he has been a regular in the cup teams fielded by coach Manuel Pellegrini. And Pellegrini’s faith in the 34-year-old keeper was duly rewarded with a memorable display in the penalty shoot-out after the two sides had ground out a 1-1 draw after extra time at Wembley Stadium.City started the second half brighter and took the lead in the 49th minute when Reds keeper Simon Mignolet failed to deal with a cross shot by Fernandinho. It should have been a routine save, but the ball went straight through Mignolet.Philippe Coutinho equalised for Liverpool in the 83rd minute from close range after an effort by Lallana hit the post and rebounded neatly into the path of the Brazilian midfielder.Caballero stood firm during the shoot-out, opting not to second-guess which way the Liverpool players would send their penalties. His decision paid dividends as the spot-kicks of Lucas Leiva, Coutinho, and Adam Lallana were all saved as City won the shoot-out 3-1.”I tried to see all the penalties last night, but my intuition got me through,” a tearful Caballero told Sky Sports on the Wembley turf. “It was a hard week for me, but we had a talk that we could do it.FIRST TROPHY”It’s important, emotional for me, my family, to be in this great team,” he added. “It is a first trophy for me and for my family in Argentina.”Pellegrini held firm to his decision to give Caballero a final berth despite calls by some City fans to catapult England’s number one, Hart, into the side to face Liverpool.”I prefer to lose the title than to lose my words,” Pellegrini said.Pellegrini, who is in his final months at City following the club’s announcement earlier in February that Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is to join in the summer, heaped praise on both his goalkeepers.He said Caballero “deserved this moment” and that Hart’s demeanour over the decision showed him to be “a very good person” in addition to his traits as a top goalkeeper.Next up for City is Liverpool again in a league fixture on Wednesday.
SOUTHAMPTONVS EVERTONEverton last won at Southampton in April 2002; since then, in six visits, they have lost three and drawn three. And they have failed to score in their last three games. Saints are still without Ryan Bertrand, while there are doubts over Jordy Clasy, Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos. Everton Leighton Baines, Muhamed Besic, Gerard Deuloeu, Darron Gibson, Tony Hibbert, Aiden McGeady, Kevin Mirallas, Steven Pienaar.SUNDERLANDVS NORWICH CITYSunderland lost 4-2 while Norwich were beaten 3-1 last weekend, but Norwich arrive with confidence; they are unbeaten in their last four Barclays Premier League games against the Black Cats. Sunderland test Gomez and Yann M’Vila while the Canaries are without Youssef Mulumbu and have doubts over Kyle Lafferty and Martin Olsson.SWANSEA CITY VS NEWCASTLESwansea City held Chelsea to a 2-2 draw last weekend and face Newcastle, a team they are unbeaten against in their last six Barclays Premier League meetings, winning five. However, Papiss Cisse scored twice at the Liberty Stadium to steal a draw for Newcastle. Swansea test Ki while Newcastle have doubts over Anita Vernon, Remy Cabella, Paul Dummett, Emmanuel Riviere, Curtis Good and Sylvain Marveaux.TOTTENHAMVS STOKE CITYBoth teams lost to Championship contenders last weekend; Spurs were beaten at Manchester United while Liverpool won at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke beat Spurs home and away last season but for this game they miss defender Ryan Shawcross and have doubts over Marko Arnautovic, Bojan Krkic, Marc Wilson and Erik Pieters. Tottenham test Danny Rose, Roberto Soldado and Andros Townsend.WATFORDVS WEST BROMNewly promoted Watford bring Premier League football back to Vicarage Road after drawing 2-2 at Everton. The last time the teams met there in the top division, Watford won 5-1, in August 1985. Watford’s Miguel Britos and Giedrius Arlauskis complete two-match bans. Albion, meanwhile, are still without goalkeeper Ben Foster.LIVERPOOL VS BOURNEMOUTHAfter losing narrowly at home to Aston Villa in their first ever Barclays Premier League game last weekend, Bournemouth travel away for the first time in the competition. It is the first time they have ever played Liverpool at any league level; Liverpool won 3-1 at Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup in 2014, and in a total of six cup clashes, Liverpool have won four and drawn two.
It wasn’t quite the dominant display of seven years ago, but the triumphant return of sprint king Usain Bolt to the scene of his coronation – the Bird’s Nest, has left coach Glen Mills with a big smile on his face and work on his hands, as he looks to make the world’s fastest man fast again, with a sub-19 seconds 200 metres and more Olympic glory topping the ‘To Do’ list. The veteran coach is not spending too much time celebrating his charge’s triple gold medal success at the just concluded IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, having already turned his attention to the next assignment – the big one; the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he expects Bolt to make his final, telling contribution to the sport and his legacy. The objective is to get Bolt back to optimal levels and prepare the Jamaican sprinter for one last assault on history, one last shot at his world records – but it won’t be easy and as Mills admitted, it’s getting more difficult for Usain to bolt. Bolt, rebounded from an unconvincing start to his season to claim the sprint double in Beijing with times of 9.79 and 19.55. He also anchored Jamaica to a 37.36 win in the 4x100m relays. As Mills explained, it didn’t come easy for the now 11-time World Championships gold medal winner. “The difficulty was in him being able to train effectively. Every time we reached a point, his problems came back and he had to take time off to go to Germany; I think this year is the most he has ever been to Germany because that is where he goes to get his treatment because of the scientific machines and expertise that they have there,” added Mills. “I don’t remember the exact amount but it is at least twice the normal amounts so that indicates how much difficulty he had and every time he travelled he lost almost a week or two of training, so it was an up and down roller coaster ride.” Mills admitted that its getting tougher to get Bolt to reach his top level as his legs begin to wear and his much documented scoliosis issue becomes worse. “Going forward we are going to try change a number of things. Bolt is 6’ 5” and over 200 pounds with that kind of body type, plus he’s been at the top level for more than eight years and to maintain that level for so long brings serious wear and tear on his body. When you add the fact that he has a severe case of scoliosis which has implications on his sacroiliac (SI) Joint and his whole biomechanics. As you get older the effects begin to kick in more. “We are going all out to give the Olympics one last fling and after that retirement beckons (for Bolt). If he gets through this Olympics I don’t think he will be able to continue at this level because you can see that it’s now beginning to affect him more than before,” said Mills. “Bolt is probably the greatest talent in sprinting that he world has ever seen but that said, getting him to be able to perform at his best level has its challenges. It’s like there is diamond in a particular area but to get to it or to get it out, there are a lot of dangers to be encountered. “When we got him, he was broken, we spent time fixing him and developing him into the athlete that he has turned out to be. In 2007 when he came second, then 2008, 2009 and 2012, those were glory days but in between those, especially after 2009 it has been an arduous climb, because coming out of the background work most years, by January even before we start sprinting he has to go to Germany to work on his SI Joint and his hip, calf, his back – all of this has to do with his scoliosis. We have to work within the limits that the doctor gives us,” added Mills. “Many days he is out there training, he is in a lot of pain but because we are running out of time, it’s either we call it a season or he pushes through. A lot of times when I say ‘Ok that’s enough’; he says ‘No I can do one more, I can bear it.’ He has a strong pain threshold so when he says he can’t I know that it’s really bad, he’s tough in his own way and determined and a lot of that has helped him to overcome the difficulties,” Mills shared. Another thing that keeps both gentlemen going is the drive to see the sprinter lower his own world records, especially his 19.19 200m mark, which Mills believes is more realistic, but only if Bolt’s preparation is relatively uninterrupted next season. “I’d love to see it again (world record), I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility but he needs to stay healthy, significantly long enough to be able to train the way he needs to train in order to achieve those performances. He wants to run sub-19 before he goes and we will try for it,” said Mills. “He doesn’t speak about the 100m (9.58) because it will be much more difficult for him to run that 9.58 but it is possible for him (200m world record).” A sub-19 200m? That will certainly require some ‘bolting’, but who is going to doubt the big Jamaican this time?
St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and Cross Keys High will represent the final stops for the Birmingham City Council cricket team, which is currently touring the country.The tour, a reciprocal legacy programme engagement in response to Birmingham City hosting Jamaica ahead of the 2012 Olympics, will see STETHS and Cross Keys, two of the most consistent high school cricket teams in recent years, completing a six-match schedule.Birmingham City opened with fixtures against an Eastern Jamaica XI at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium last Tuesday, and a game against Western Jamaica XI last Thursday at Treasure Beach Sports Park.TWENTY20 ENCOUNTERSThis was followed by an encounter against a St Ann Masters aggregation yesterday at Ultimate Oval, while today will see the visitors going up against a Central Jamaica XI at Jamalco.The STETHS and Cross Keys affairs, which are slated to be Twenty20 encounters, will also be played at Jamalco on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.”We are pleased to know that a tour of this nature is taking place in Jamaica,” said Fritz Harris, secretary of the Jamaica Cricket Association.”It offers a lot of opportunity for us as an administration to try and forge ties and linkages, while for players it gives them the opportunity to play against overseas county, league and grassroots players.”He added: “We also understand that cricket is just one part of the legacy programme with football, netball, and track and field planned and completed tours being others.The two-week tour, which concludes on Friday, will also see the City Council aggregation paying a visit to the British High Commission’s offices in Kingston on Wednesday.
Jamaica Scorpions, on the back of a Man-of-the-Match bowling performance from spinner Nikita Miller, registered a close 30-run win over Windward Islands Volcanoes inside three days of their WICB First-Class Championship clash at Sabina Park yesterday. The ever-reliable Miller, who claimed four for 67 in the first innings, returned on the third day to take five for 46 in the second, as the Windwards set a modest victory target of 175, and were bowled out for 145. The victory, however, was not smooth, as after resuming the day on five without loss, Jamaica had to rally from 25 for seven, before being dismissed for 128 in their second innings. This was to go with 259 made in their first innings to which the Volcanoes had responded with 212. “It was a good team effort, and hats off to the bowlers, they got the job done for us,” surmised Paul Palmer, captain of Jamaica. “We were in a spot, and thanks to Miller and John Campbell, and the others, we were able to stick to the task.” Starting the day with a lead of 52 runs, the Scorpions were put on the back foot from early with the score on eight for two, following the dismissal of overnight batsmen Palmer and Campbell, who made three and five, respectively. Campbell, who was caught behind off the bowling of off-spinner Shane Shillingford, was the first to go after adding three to his overnight two, while Palmer, in the very next over, was caught at slip off the bowling of fast bowler Mervin Matthew with no addition to his overnight score. It was a shaky beginning, which eventually had a ripple effect on the rest of the top-order batsman, who, too, struggled against the bustling Matthew, and the clever Shillingford. First innings topscorer Andre McCarty, went for two; Kirk Edwards, caught in the slips for five; and Brandon King, also caught at bat pad for four, all came and went in quick succession to leave the score on 19 for five. EXPERIENCED DUO This then brought the experienced duo of wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr and all-rounder David Bernard Jr to the crease, however, not even they could stop the slide. Bernard Jr, with the score on 22, played outside his off stump, and was caught behind for one off Matthew and three runs later, Baugh Jr was dismissed in a similar manner for four. Thanks to a 76-run eight-wicket stand between Miller and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, however, the lower order was able to put up resistance, which gave Jamaica a fighting total to bowl at. Calling up on his years of experience at the first-class level, Miller chose his shot selections wisely and ended up making 39, while Jacobs hit a top score of 40. Matthew ended with five for 31, while Shillingford, who entered the match with 11 wickets, claimed five for 57 to move his tournament leading tally to 17 wickets. Miller, however, who opened the bowling, ensured that Jamaica had the last laugh with only three Windwards batsmen going pass double figures in the runs chance. They were opener Devon Smith, 50; wicketkeeper-batsman Sunil Ambris, 40; and Dalton Polius, 26. Part-time off-spinner Campbell took two for 15. “We really only have ourselves to blame for the defeat,” expressed Windwards captain, Liam Sebastien. “At 25 for seven, we dropped too many catches with Jacobs, I believe getting about four chances.” “However, having said that, we were asked to get 175, which was a comfortable position, and we let it slip.”
The Jamaica Scorpions made a disastrous start to their 2016 NAGICO Super50 campaign at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago yesterday. Hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force crushed the Scorpions by 84 runs in their Group B match. Scores: Red Force 221 all out off 47.2 overs; Scorpions 137 all out in 42.5 overs. The Scorpions’ innings was undermined by fast-medium bowler Marlon Richards, who bagged five for 36 in his allotted 10 overs. He got good support from left-arm bowler Yannick Ottley, who took two for 16 in 4.5 overs. Top batsman for Jamaica was Brandon King with 26. Earlier Evin Lewis slammed 74 with six fours and three mighty sixes to lift the Red Force to their match winning score. Other useful contributions came from Rayad Emrit (43) and Richards 31. Damion Jacobs (three for 40), Nikita Miller (two for 27) and Tamar Lambert (two for 34) were the leading bowlers for Jamaica. In St Kitts, the Windward Islands Volcanoes defeated Guyana Jaguars by one run under the Duckworth/Lewis Method in their rain-affected match. Scores: Volcanoes 214 all out off 50 overs (Devon Smith 91, Sunil Ambris 47, Liam Sebastian 27; Gudakesh Motie 3-32, Steven Jacobs 3-40). Jaguars 122 for four off 26 overs (Assad Fudadin 44 not out). In St Augustine, Trinidad, Barbados Pride defeated ICC Americas by four wickets. Scores: Americas 183 all out off 43.1 overs (Alex Amsterdam 73, Nitish Kumar 25; Sulieman Benn 4-40, Ashley Nurse 3-23). Pride 184 for six off 42.5 overs (Jonathan Carter 51 not out, Kevin Stoute 40, Justin Greaves 22 not out; Timil Patel 2-30, Timroy Allen 2-36).
John-Ross Campbell’s century has put Melbourne in pole position to beat the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in their Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup quarter-final clash at Up Park Camp.Sent to bat, Melbourne capitalised on a flat wicket by posting 423 for seven before declaring early in the post-tea session on yesterday’s first day.The JDF, back-to-back defending champions, thereafter closed the day on 45 for one, 388 runs behind.The hard-hitting Campbell, batting in the unfamiliar position of number seven as a result of what coach Robert Samuels said was a team decision, scored an unbeaten 115. His knock included seven fours and a six.Fellow Jamaica batsman, Andre McCarthy, 67; Sadiki Bolt – the brother of sprint icon Usain Bolt – 63; and opener Trevon Griffith of Guyana, 46, also scored well for Melbourne.There was also 40 from United States batsman Steven Taylor, who was playing in his second game for Melbourne.RETURNINGFROMINJURYNational left-arm spinner Dennis Bulli, with four for 90, led the bowling for the army men, with Sheldon Cottrell, returning from a knee injury, ending with none for 51 off five overs.National opener Jermaine Harrison, 21, is the batsman to be dismissed so far for the soldiers.Joseph Palmer, 21, and Rasheed Outar, 12, will resume batting on today’s second and final day.”I think we are ahead in the game as we have a good amount of runs,” said Melbourne’s captain Nikita Miller. “But we can’t just sit back on our laurels. We need to go out there and get the balls in the right areas and get the required wickets.”JDF’s captain Damion Grey said they intend to put up a fight.”They have the upper hand as 400-odd runs is a lot of runs,” he said. “But we have a long batting and tend to bat deep, so the aim is to try and bat out the day and see if we can get the runs.”Meanwhile, at the Goodyear Oval, the other semi-final between St Thomas CA and St Ann CA had the latter leading on first innings.St Thomas first made 201, then St Ann replied with 226. Batting a second time, St Thomas closed on 19 for two.