BARBADOS Tridents captain Kieron Pollard has backed the team to recover from a disappointing 2016 campaign that saw them achieve their lowest finish in the competition’s history.The Tridents finished in sixth place last season, missing out on the competition’s playoff round for the first time in four editions. Pollard, however, believes last season’s campaign was heavily impacted by injuries to key players and the loss of South African batsman AB de Villiers as the team pushed to secure a place in the next round.“Last year we struggled with multiple injuries and the departure of key players at inopportune times for the team. In 2017, we intend to return to our winning ways with the team we feel will win it all,” Pollard told Nation News.The all-rounder, who has hit a purple patch of form with Indian Premier League’s Mumbai Indians, has also encouraged the home fans to come out in full support of the team.“The CPL may be the biggest party in sport, but with the support of the Bajan fans, the Tridents will be the only ones partying after the matches this year. The Tridents intend to play a fierce brand of cricket which will be make it very uncomfortable for anyone we face, especially at The Mecca.” (Sportsmax)
…Panthers faceoff against Pepsi Hornets todayTHE Guyana Police Force (GPF) Falcons picked up their first win in the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) Bounty Farm 15s Rugby Championship, after their opponents, the Yamaha Caribs, was a ‘no show’ for their showdown yesterday afternoon at the National Park.Having suffered a humiliating 67 – 7 defeat at the hands of the Panthers in their opening game of the tournament, the GPF Falcons were hoping to bounce back against the Caribs, but the Theodore Henry-led Caribs team failed to show-up for their first taste of the round-robin formatted championship.Meanwhile, today, the Panthers, who recently turned into one of Guyana’s most hated rugby teams, will match skills with the Pepsi Hornets.After winning consecutive Sevens titles, Panthers, a flashy, young and very talented group of players, turned their to the game’s longer format, and they used the Guyana Police Force as a perfect example to demonstrate their will to claim the GRFU’s final 15’s tournament for the year, hammering the lawmen 67 – 7.The Laurie Adonis-coached Panthers team will certainly have their hands full against a seasoned and well-oiled Pepsi Hornets, led by national Captain Ryan Gonsalves, who will want to preserve their rich history in the game locally.The Bounty Farm 15’s tournament will conclude on November 12. The tournament will see five teams playing two rounds of matches.
THE boxing community in Linden, especially the members of the ‘Pocket Rocket’ boxing gym in Victory Valley, Wismar, Linden, are mourning the loss of boxing stalwart, 27-year-old, Kellon Peters.Peters, who was also a ‘marack man’, lost his life horribly on Sunday, when a pit located in the mining backdams of Mahdia, caved in on him.Orlon Rogers, known as ‘Pocket Rocket’, the founder of the boxing gym of which Peters was a member, described his death as a great loss to the sport since he was one of the best boxers in the mining town.Peters started his boxing career at the age of 9 and had his first competition at the age of 10, in 1997.“He fought for all the Under-16 and the junior competitions in Guyana. He was the intermediate champion, he won the National open championship and he represented Linden extremely well.There were two great brothers who used to be fighting in Georgetown, Dexter and Michael Jordon, and Peters was the first person to defeat both of them,” Rogers said.The coach related that it saddened him that such great talent had to turn to pork-knocking, when boxing should have been his livelihood since Peters dedicated his life to the sport. He became a pork-knocker about seven years ago after realising that boxing was not paying the bills.“There wasn’t much into boxing, he had wanted to turn pro (professional) but due to fights not there and the boxing board not having much promotions in terms of boxing, he decided he will make a different turn and go and do pork-knocking work,” Rogers related.The boxing coach was in the process of gearing Peters to becoming professional next year but unfortunately, he met an untimely death.“He had a passion for boxing, he was a very passionate young man when it comes to boxing, I think if there were more competitions and so forth, he would have been Guyana’s lightweight champion, because he had always wanted to go far. If there weren’t certain stumbling blocks in his way, I think he would have probably had a medal for Guyana at the last two Olympics.”Rogers is calling on the relevant sporting authorities to push more into boxing so that passionate boxers, such as Peters, can live off the sport and not have to gravitate to other means of employment that can be deemed dangerous.
BASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) – Left-hander Vishaul Singh led a sterling Guyana Jaguars fightback with a high-quality knock but the visitors were forced to follow on, leaving Leeward Islands Hurricanes in control of the third round encounter heading into today’s final day at Warner Park.Resuming the third day on Saturday tottering on 53 for six in their first innings, Jaguars battled their way to a respectable 206, with Vishaul narrowly missing out on three figures when he was left stranded on 97.Sherfane Rutherford, batting at number nine, chipped in with 32 but debutant off-spinner Terrance Ward claimed four for 48 and seamer Jeremiah Louis (2-52) and off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall (2-62) two wickets apiece, to keep the pressure on.Following on by 206 runs, Jaguars ended the day on 53 for two with captain Leon Johnson carrying the fight with an unbeaten 27.They lost Chandrapaul Hemraj without scoring at the end of the sixth over with the score on two, caught at third slip sparring at a wide ball from seamer Mervin Matthew.And Tagenarine Chanderpaul spent 106 balls over his 16 before falling lbw to part-time leg-spinner Nkrumah Bonner, as Jaguars slipped to 35 for two.However, Johnson then came to his team’s rescue with a knock that has so far lasted 103 balls and included four fours.Jaguars require a further 153 runs to avoid an innings defeat.Earlier, Vishaul, resuming the day on 17, faced 182 deliveries and struck 12 boundaries, to hold the innings together and carry his side to lunch on 180 for nine.The day started poorly when Keemo Paul padded up to the third ball of the morning and was adjudged lbw to Ward but Vishaul and Rutherford then put on an invaluable 60 for the eighth wicket to rally the innings.Rutherford faced 60 balls and counted four fours and a six before driving Ward to cover where Jahmar Hamilton took a brilliant catch at 117 for eight.Romario Shepherd holed out to long-off off Ward for 13 but Vishaul found a handy partner in Keon Joseph (15) to add 75 for the final wicket and further frustrate Hurricanes.HURRICANES 1st Innings 412-9 decl.Jaguars 2nd Innings(overnight 53 for six)T Chanderpaul c Cornwall b Louis 3C Hemraj c Carty b Simon 23*L Johnson b Louis 2V Singh not out 97V Permaul run out 0S Chanderpaul c Hamilton b Cornwall 5+A Bramble c Louis b Ward 0K Paul lbw b Paul 4S Rutherford c Hamilton b Ward 32R Shepherd c Louis b Ward 13K Joseph c Bonner b Cornwall 15Extras (b2, lb1, nb4, pen.5) 12TOTAL (all out, 63.4 overs) 206Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-8, 3-39, 4-39, 5-47, 6-53, 7-57, 8-117, 9-131, 10-206.Bowling: Louis 15-2-52-2, Matthew 6-4-8-0, Cornwall 23.4-6-62-2, Simon 8-0-28-1, Ward 10-1-48-4, Bonner 1-1-0-0.JAGUARS 2nd Innings (following on)T Chanderpaul lbw b Bonner 16C Hemraj c Hughes b Matthew 0*L Johnson not out 27V Permaul not out 6Extras (b4) 4TOTAL (2 wkts, 41 overs) 53Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-35.Bowling: Louis 8-7-1-0, Matthew 8-6-3-1, Cornwall 9-3-17-0, Simon 5-1-15-0, Ward 7-3-7-0, Bonner 3-1-6-1, Carty 1-1-0-0.Position: Jaguars trail by 153 runs with eight second innings wickets remaining.
…Veerasammy Permaul bags match haul of 10 for 97TAROUBA, Trinidad, (CMC) – Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul snatched three of the four remaining wickets to end with five in the innings and nine in the match, as Guyana Jaguars routed Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by an innings and 217 runs in their fourth round match here Sunday.Skipper Leon Johnson was named Player-of-the-Match for his splendid innings of 163 in the first innings.Resuming the final day of the day/night encounter at the Brian Lara Stadium on 108 for six in their innings and with little hope of saving the match, the hosts were dismissed for 175, 10 minutes before lunch to hand Jaguars their third win of the Regional Four-Day Championship.Imran Khan and Daniel St Clair, both not out overnight, made joint top scores of 28 while captain Denesh Ramdin, batting at number nine, finished unbeaten on 22.Permaul claimed five for 54 to end with match figures of nine for 97.The victory saw the three-time reigning champions move to 64.8 points, extending their lead at the top of the table to 20 points over second placed Leeward Islands Hurricanes.Red Force, meanwhile, suffered their first loss of the tournament slipped to fourth on 41.8 points after starting the round in second spot.Jaguars did not have to wait long to find their first success when St Clair perished in the day’s second over after adding just two, caught at the wicket off Permaul with the total on 112.Imran Khan, on 20 at the start, also fell to the combination of Permaul and wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble who also snared catches to account for the last two batsmen Bryan Charles (1) and Sheldon Cottrell (7).Ramdin consumed 80 balls at the crease with two boundaries in a desperate attempt to extend their match past the first interval but Permaul had other ideas.JAGUARS 1st Innings 484 for eight declaredRed Force 1st Innings 120Red Force 2nd Innings (following on)K Hope c Hemraj b Permaul 5+A Jangoo c Rutherford b Paul 19Y Cariah c wkpr Bramble b Paul 14J Mohammed lbw b Permaul 8T Webster lbw b Paul 6R Primus b Paul 0I Khan c wkpr Bramble b Permaul 28D St Clair c wkpr Bramble b Permaul 28*D Ramdin not out 22B Charles c wkpr Bramble b Motie 1S Cottrell c wkpr Bramble b Permaul 7Extras (b1, lb3, nb5) 9TOTAL (all out, 75.1 overs) 147Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-39, 3-47, 4-56, 5-56, 6-62, 7-112, 8-123, 9-138Bowling: Joseph 7-1-28-0 (nb3); Permaul 32.1-16-54-5; Paul 14-4-26-4 (nb2); Rutherford 1-1-0-0; Motie 21-10-35-1Points: Jaguars 18.2, Red Force 0.4Player-of-the-Match: Leon Johnson (Jaguars)
___The French Rugby Federation has announced a support package worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help ease the financial concerns of its amateur clubs during the coronavirus pandemic.Amateur rugby competitions in France were canceled for the season on March 27 after strict social measures were put in place to deal with the outbreak.The FFR has now arranged a package that will see 14 million euros ($15 million) go to clubs to cover losses and fees for this season and a further 21 million euros ($22.5 million) for the 2020-21 season.It means they will not have to pay for such things as insurance costs and license fees. The end of player contracts on June 30 will be honored.Boca Juniors won the title shortly before the AFA suspended all soccer on March 15.How teams qualify for the 2021 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana is also to be resolved.Tapia tells TNT Sports “everyone wants to play again when we can, and if we have to play in January because we couldn’t do it earlier in the year, we will.”___ Swin Cash and Kyle Korver are among the guests on the debut of a new NBA weekly roundtable series that will discuss how minority communities are being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.The roundtable will be shown on the NBA’s Twitter page. Former NBA player Caron Butler will host.The roundtable coincides with several teams and players directing efforts to help meet the needs of those neighborhoods.Cash was a three-time WNBA champion player and now is the vice president of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans.She says players “have really just tried to focus in on saying, ‘Look, we want to help the people that are losing their jobs, but we also know that there is a serious crisis dealing with the African-American and minority community.’” Associated Press Rugby officials are waiting to see what rules the government sets out following the end of lockdown before definitively deciding if a resumption is possible in the country’s top league.___Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who have lost income because competitions are suspended.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says the fund will try “to help as many athletes as possible.” It’s unclear when or if the track season can begin. Diamond League meets and the Olympics have been postponed.Coe says the fund was the idea of 1,500-meter world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj. The Moroccan runner will be part of the team examining applications from athletes.___The end of the Argentine league soccer season is expected to be ratified by the national association executive committee.AFA president Claudio Tapia says there will be no relegation until 2022 to ease club finances burdened by the coronavirus pandemic. Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says the school will cut nearly $7 million from the athletic budget in the upcoming school year, including eliminating performance bonuses for himself and Red Raiders coaches.The cuts are needed because of the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and deeper cuts may be needed if college football can’t play a full season, Hocutt told A-J Media in Lubbock, Texas.Hocutt did not say the school was cutting any jobs or sports. Most of the cuts will come from reducing administrative and operational expenses. Eliminating the bonuses for the coaches and himself will save nearly $2 million, he said.“The starting point here is simply we’re not spending any money right now that we don’t have to, and we’re not spending much,” Hocutt said.___ The money will go to assist the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Service and Hospitality Family Assistance Fund and the Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund, which is managed by United Way of Southeastern Louisiana.“This organization’s primary mission is to generate tourism through amateur athletics,” Sugar Bowl Committee President Ralph Capitelli said Tuesday. “With the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re temporarily on hold, but that doesn’t mean we can sit on the sidelines. With this donation, our aim is to help people in need, especially those in the hospitality industry whose livelihoods have been so negatively impacted by the coronavirus.”The Sugar Bowl was founded in 1934, partly as a response to the Great Depression, and first played on Jan. 1, 1935. It started as the marquee event in a New Orleans-area economic development initiative launching a midwinter carnival of sporting events. ___The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament there was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Sugar Bowl Committee is donating $500,000 to several organizations in an effort to help soften the financial hardship caused by the new coronavirus in the New Orleans area. The Latest: Sugar Bowl donating $500,000 to charities The league announced the move Tuesday.The ACC is headquartered in Greensboro, which has hosted the tournament 27 times, the most of any location. Last month’s event was canceled after two days of play, with regular-season champion Florida State being presented the tournament championship trophy in accordance with league bylaws without even playing a game.In a statement, commissioner John Swofford said returning to Greensboro in 2023 was “the right thing to do” while calling the relationship between the ACC and the city “extremely special.”The ACC Tournament will be held in Washington next year and in Brooklyn in 2022.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 28, 2020 ___The French government says the rest of the soccer and rugby seasons won’t be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says “the 2019-20 season of professional sport … won’t be able to resume.”The top two divisions in French soccer both had 10 league games left to play. Rugby’s Top 14 league had reached the semifinal stage.France is expected to end its lockdown on May 11.
— The president of the University of Virginia says he hopes college football can be played this fall, but he doesn’t expect it to seem like “normal football seasons.” James Ryan told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that athletic director Carla Williams and football coach Bronco Mendenhall are committed to a safe return to play. But Ryan says nothing will proceed until medical officials say it’s safe to resume workouts. Ryan says school officials are taking things day by day. He says students need to be back on campus before football can begin.— The British government says tennis courts and golf courses in England can reopen starting Wednesday, but people can only play with members of their own household. Gyms and swimming pools remain closed, although swimming in the sea or lakes will be allowed. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave no indication when professional sports can resume competition. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can set their own stance on tennis courts and golf courses, and they have already indicated a more stringent version of the lockdown will be maintained.— The Spanish soccer league is not changing its plan to resume competing after five players from clubs in the first and second divisions tested positive for COVID-19. The league confirmed the positive tests on Sunday but said it was not going to alter the practice protocol that got underway last week. Players from most clubs began individual training sessions on Friday after nearly two months of confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic.— A player for English Premier League team Brighton has tested positive for the coronavirus as clubs prepare for talks on how to resume competition during the pandemic. The southern England club told The Associated Press there is no need for other members of the squad or coaches to self-isolate since players have only worked in isolation when at the training base. The Premier League has government support for “Project Restart” and will try to secure agreement among the 20 clubs on the plans during a conference call with them on Monday.— America’s Cup teams are returning to the water in varying degrees nearly two months after the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of what would have been an impressive global road show for sailing. Defending champion Emirates Team New Zealand has returned to training on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbor with its half-size test boat after a mandatory lockdown was lifted. By Monday or Tuesday, the New York Yacht Club’s yacht Defiant will be headed from Pensacola, Florida, to Auckland on a 500-foot ship. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMLB has low percentage of employees test positive for coronavirus antibodiesUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball appears to have successfully handled the first wave of the new coronavirus. Update on the latest sports Just 0.7% of MLB employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19. Results were based on about 5,600 completed records from employees of 26 clubs. Samples were obtained on April 14 and 15.The start of the baseball season has been delayed because of the virus outbreak. There’s no timetable for when the season might begin.Sixty people tested positive in the raw data, and adjustments were made for false positives and false negatives.One of the study’s leaders says the survey had a 0.5% false positive rate and demonstrates MLB employees have been less affected than their surrounding communities have been.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: Associated Press The Ducks also signed forward Sam Carrick to a one-year extension worth $700,000.SOCCER-MORGAN-BABYUS soccer star has babyUNDATED (AP) — U.S. national soccer team star Alex Morgan has become a mom just in time for Mother’s Day.Morgan announced Saturday on social media that she gave birth to daughter Charlie Elena Carrasco at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. — Chinese Basketball Association president and former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming says his league has three options for resuming a season that has been on hold since Feb. 1 over the pandemic. Yao says the league might play out the full schedule, play a shortened season with some games dropped, or end the regular season and go straight to the playoffs based on teams’ current rankings. Yao told state broadcaster CCTV that he hopes as much as the season can be played as possible, but that public health and fairness are the key considerations.— The president of the French Tennis Federation says holding the French Open without fans later this year is an option. The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7 but has been rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4. Bernard Giudicelli tells a French newspaper (Le Journal du Dimanche) that organizing it without fans would allow a part of the economy to keep turning.NHL-DUCKS-CONTRACT EXTENSIONSDucks extend Guhle, CarrickANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Brendan Guhle (GOO’-lee) to a two-year, $1.6 million contract extension. Guhle has four goals and eight points in 30 games this season for the Ducks this season. He was acquired by Anaheim from the Sabres in February 2019. May 10, 2020 Morgan was on the U.S. team that won the World Cup last summer in France. She hopes to return to the team following her maternity leave in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
The New York Times and Louisville Courier-Journal have cited unidentified sources in reporting the positive tests occurred during the recent meet at Oaklawn in Arkansas.The Times says one of the horses to test positive for lidocaine was Charlatan, considered a top contender for the Belmont Stakes in June.Baffert says he’s disappointed the Arkansas Racing Commission has violated its rules about confidentiality until the stewards have weighed in with a ruling.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL shapes a play for returning to playUNDATED (AP) — The NHL’s regular season is over and the chase for the Stanley Cup is on if hockey can resume this summer. The league has decided to abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16. The top four teams in each conference would get byes. The other 16 would face off in best-of-five series in the qualifying round. The winners would then match up against Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington or Philadelphia in the East and St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas or Dallas in the West.The decision, announced Tuesday by Commissioner Gary Bettman, is not a guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association must still figure out health and safety protocols and solve other issues, including where to play.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Major League Baseball players are said to be extremely disappointed with a sliding-scale compensation proposal by big league teams. Players had expected a 50-50 revenue-sharing plan that owners initially approved for their negotiators on May 11. Instead, major league teams proposed a scale that would allow a rookie at the major league minimum to keep about 47% of his original salary this year while multimillionaire stars Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would lose more than 77%. The union says the sides also remain far apart on health and safety protocols aimed at starting the coronavirus-delayed season around July 4.— The Oakland Athletics are placing their scouts and a significant number of other front office employees on furlough, suspending pay for minor leaguers and cutting the salaries of other executives as part of a cost-cutting move in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A’s owner John Fisher announced the moves yesterday in a rare public statement on what he called a “tremendously difficult day.” The furloughs for the scouts and other front office personnel will begin next week, although the team’s amateur scouts are expected to stay on through the draft on June 10-11. — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says there definitely will be an NFL season in 2020. In an interview on CNBC, Ross says the question is whether there will be fans in the stadiums. The NFL has said it expects to play a full schedule beginning Sept. 10 but is preparing contingency plans in case the coronavirus pandemic makes venue changes or games without fans necessary. Ross says the NFL’s flexibility will allow the league to start on time. He says the country needs sports entertainment.— Pro soccer returns to America next month when the National Women’s Soccer League plays a 25-game tournament in a near-empty stadium in Utah. Players from the nine teams will train and live at two Salt Lake City-area hotels in an attempt to control the environment. All players will be tested for COVID-19 before leaving for Utah and then will be regularly screened during their four-week stay. No fans will be allowed into the Zions Bank Stadium. All the action will be televised and streamed by CBS and its family of networks.BAFFERT-HORSE DRUG TESTSReports: 2 horses trained by Bob Baffert fail drug testsLOS ANGELES (AP) — Published reports say that two horses from the barn of two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert have tested positive for a banned substance. May 27, 2020 Associated Press Update on the latest sports
A short, but deadly blitz from national cricketer, Christopher Barnwell, and smart strokeplay by teammate, Tevin Imlach, propelled the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) to a four-wicket victory over host team Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) in a six-over extravaganza on Saturday at the Thomas Lands venue.The six-team competition, sponsored and organised by the MSC, attracted some of the big names from the Georgetown Cricket Association, including national skipper Leon Johnson, but in the end, it was a solid team effort that decided the winner.After DCC had muscled past the Police Sports Club and Malteenoes had gotten the better of the Johnson-led Georgetown Cricket Club in the semi-finals, the two winners locked horns in the championship clash.Barnwell won the toss and opted to bowl first with the hope of restricting the home team’s batting, but Malteenoes’ second-division captain, Nichosie Barker (eight runs) almost derailed his plan by spanking two early onside boundaries. A miss-hit by Barker off the bowling of West Indies U-19 left-arm spinner, Ashmead Nedd, however, landed into the lap of Trevon Griffith at long on.With only seven players per side, the gaps were plenty, but DCC were able to chase down many of their opponent’s shots. Leading the charge were Griffith and Imlach, who pounced on most of the drives.The first class fielding was coupled with solid bowling from the likes of Steven Sankar, whose over went for five runs, Griffith (who bowled his over for eight runs) and the skipper himself (11 runs), which helped the visitors curtail the scoring of the hard-hitting duo of opener Shaquille Williams and national cricketer, Steven Jacobs.Williams struck the only two sixes of the innings and both were huge, and although he and Jacobs played a few shots, Malteenoes never looked in control with the bat. In the end, the skipper struck back-to-back boundaries off the last two balls of the innings, bowled by Imlach, which helped the home team to 67-1. Jacobs finished with an unbeaten 19 from 12 balls (3x4s); while Williams ended with a match- high 30 not out from 19 balls (3x4s, 2x6s).Barnwell showed no respect to his opposing number in the middle. He clobbered Jacobs for a maximum over long on, off the very first ball of the innings and then replicated the shot two more times in the same over to send the small crowd into a frenzy.By the end of the first over, Barnwell had scored 27 of his team’s 29 runs. In the second over, against fast bowler Keon Morris, the DCC skipper (29) attempted another big shot, but it flew to third-man and was taken by Marcus Watkins.Watkins then took the ball for the third over and he instantly bowled the experienced Griffith. He kept things tight, but Imlach, who looked for the gaps, was able to turn the last ball of the over which raced into the deep square leg boundary to spoil his figures (one over for five runs).Malteenoes saw cracks in DCC’s batting and Barker looked to capitalize; he had Joshua Persaud (06) caught by Jacobs on the boundary via a full toss off his first ball and then spun wicket-to-wicket to finish his over for just three runs.DCC then found themselves in a bit of a worry, needing 18 runs from the last two overs, but Imlach continued to play in the gaps and spanked Delon Dalrymple for several shots, including a straight six and a four to finish the game with one over to spare. Imlach finished with 25 unbeaten runs (3x4s, 1×6).Jacobs Jewellery and Pawn Shop assisted in the sponsorship of the competition.
Seebarran, Vieira are MOTUL brand ambassadorsWORLD renowned lubricant MOTUL has joined forces with two local racers ahead of the second round of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s Race of Champions.The company signed Matthew Vieira and Raymond Seebarran as brand ambassadors ahead of the event set for Sunday at the South Dakota Circuit, Timehri.During a brief ceremony yesterday at the GT Motorsports Office, both racers collected their sponsorship cheques from GT Motorsports’ Marketing Consultant Jennifer Cipriani.“It is our first major sponsorship in Guyana under the MOTUL brand. We’re pretty excited about this. We have lots in store for MOTUL and the brand coming up later in the year, but this is just the beginning of what we expect to be a great partnership,” she said.SUPERBIKE CHAMPION AIMING FOR DEFENCEFollowing his dominance on the local circuit last year, Matthew Vieira returns, looking to defend his champion rider title under the MOTUL brand.Vieira was elated to join the fray as one of the brand’s first ambassadors, saying, “It is an honour to represent this world renowned brand in Guyana.”While there have been several competitors aiming for the young Vieira’s crown, he is unfazed by the battle that lies ahead.“I’m coming hard too, and I hope you guys are ready for a big brawl on Sunday. I have got to defend my title as Superbike champion and I’m no pushover.SEEBARRAN AIMING TO STAY AHEAD With a lead atop the sports tuner class, Raymond Seebarran was the other competitor who will brandish the MOUTL livery on Sunday.He is upbeat about his chances in the group, thanking the company for assisting him through this endeavour.“This is always important because motor-racing all around the world is a very expensive sport, so when you get that support and that backing you get to focus a lot more on your racing, your strategies and your output.”Normally at the helm of an EP 91 Starlet, the former karting champion has prodded his chances further in the lead by promising good performances from the Balram Auto Mechanics-built Toyota AE91 Corolla.MOTUL has also taken up the mantle to host its own time attack series that will form part of the race programme for Sunday’s event. Admission is $1 000 for adults and $500 for children. Races start at 09:00hrs