Thursday, 24th June CYCLING St Kitts & Nevis National Cycling Championships 2010 The 2010 SKN National Cycling Championships were completed at the weekend, the first leg was on Saturday, an Individual Time Trial, where the cyclists raced against the clock over a prescribed course, and for the first time the ITT was held in St Kitts on the new – By pass road. The riders were separated By category, 3 laps for the Elite adults (21km) and 2 laps for the Juniors, Masters and Cadet riders (14km) and with the assistance of the SK police Force the course proved more than ideal for the race at hand. The final results saw Reggie Douglas and Kathryn Bertine maintain their 2009 Championship TT crowns, with James Weekes missing out on the mens title By a mere 2 seconds. Last year’s Junior Champions Assim Chapman and Sasha Lloyd also held onto their titles, 12 yr old Kurtis Huggins was crowned Cadet Champion and in the masters category the incredible 76 yr old Gordon ‘Doc’ Avery took top honours. On an overcast Sunday afternoon the riders gathered outside Best Buy supermarket in Gingerland to take on the very challenging 40 mile road race, the tough course first went to the top of Pond Hilll, then doubled back down Zion Hill and on to the turn at the top of the hill at Maddens, then back up the very daunting and aptly named ‘Killer Bee’ (Zion Hill) completing one loop back at Best Buy. The Elite riders had to complete 4 laps, the Juniors and Masters 2 laps and Cadets 1 lap. Visiting rider George Varhola (USA) who had the ignominy of having to race on a rental bike in the previous days TT, set out with vengeance in mind, on his own bike, which had finally turned up, he blasted away up the very first hill forcing the other riders to go for it too, splintering the pack from the off. It was a very tough course and kudos to all the riders who completed their laps, but the inevitable showdown occurred as George faded to the chasing duo of Reggie and James, but it also took its toll on James who finally dropped off the pace leaving Reggie to ride on alone completing the double once more. In the womens event Kathryn had a stiff challenge from Monica but held on gamely to solo for her double whammy of Championship titles. In the Junior division Assim and Sasha proved too strong and took their respective double titles as well, though credit must be given to Trifon Simmons who showed great heart in both events., for the Cadets it was a double for young Kurtis Huggins, but in the Masters Jaime Holmes put on a great show to wrestle the Road Race title from the good Doctor Avery. The SKN Cycling Federation wishes to thanks the police on both St Kitts and Nevis for their invaluable help with traffic control, with special thanks to Collette, Penny and Marecia for their timing and race control duties, we also wish to congratulate all of our Cycling Champions for 2010. CRICKET Nevis squad plays trials Manager of the Nevis senior Cricket team, Malcolm Ramsey is convinced that his players are definitely showing an improvement in all areas of their game. His assessment was made on the completion of a 20/20 trial match which was played on Tuesday 22nd June 2010. In the 20/20 trial match which was played, Daynason Browne’ X1 batted first and scored 124 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs. Carlon Smithen top scored with 36; Javia Liburd scored 29 and Andre Browne and Daynason Browne scored 16 runs each. For Tonito Willet’s X1, Nigel Browne took 2 wickets for 17 runs; Wasim Mintos 3 for 13; Nelson Boland 1 for 20 and Adelvin Phillip 1 for 20. In a very exciting finale, Willet’s X1 fell just four runs short of the required winning target–121 for 9 from their 20 overs. Kejel Tyson top scored with 38; Craig Johnson scored 21 and Larillall 18. For Browne’ s X1 Ian Byron bagged 2 for 21; Daynason Browne 2 for 14; Jurnel Turner 1 for 32; Trevier Smithen 1 for 14 and Aquito Willet 1 for 12. The Nevis 20/20 squad is expected to be selected shortly. Travis Dowlin axed for Barbados Test Cricinfo staff West Indies have dropped opening batsman Travis Dowlin and replaced him with Barbados opener Dale Richards in the squad for the third Test against South Africa at the Kensington Oval from June 26 to 30. Fast bowler Ravi Rampaul was also not in the list of 13 because of a Cricinfo staff side strain. He has returned to Trinidad to continue rehabilitation. The selectors retained Dowlin for the second Test after the opener had failed in the first – he scored only 4 and 1 in West Indies’ 163-run defeat. Dowlin did not impress in the high-scoring draw in St. Kitts either and fell for 10 in West Indies’ only innings of 546. His replacement, Richards, played two Tests for West Indies against Bangladesh in 2009, while most of the regular players were on strike, and scored 108 runs in four innings. West Indies trail 0-1 in the three-Test series against South Africa. They lost the Twenty20 series 0-2 and were blanked 0-5 in the one-dayers. Squad: Chris Gayle (capt), Dwayne Bravo (vc), Dale Richards, Brendan Nash, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Darren Bravo Russell fires with bat and ball to take West Indies A to victory Cricinfo A sterling allround performance By Andre Russell helped West Indies A recover from a treacherous start batting first to deliver a comfortable win against Ireland in Belfast. When Devon Smith opted to make first use of the Civil Service Cricket Club pitch, he would not have expected to be reduced to 28 for 4 By the 12th over. But a hard-working middle-order stand between Assad Fudadin and Kevin Stoute changed West Indies A’s fortunes before Russell’s scintillating half-century set up a match-winning total. Russell struck four sixes and six fours to finish on 64 from just 31 balls and take the tourists to 251. It was then left to the bowlers to complete the good work against a shell-shocked Ireland team. In a flash Russell and Gavin Tounge combined to remove openers Gary Wilson and Paul Stirling before adding Rory McCann soon after. David Bernard then saw the back of Kevin O’Brien thanks to a flying catch from Smith, diving to his right. It left Ireland wobbling at 46 for 4 and it was only Andrew White who kept fighting. He was joined By Alex Cusack and the pair added 72 in almost 15 overs to revive Ireland’s hopes. Cusack’s share of the stand was only 15 as White kept going on an ultimately futile mission. West Indies A 251 (Russell 64, Eaglestone 3-48) beat Ireland (White 75, Russell 6-42) 201 By 50 runs NOTICES 1. Female cricket matches continue at Grove Park today at 6pm: Match one: St.James’ v Brown Hill. Match two: GT United v Highlights 2. The Primary Schools’ cricket league commences at Grove Park today at 1pm, 3. The second ‘Walk for your Health’ commences later today at 4.30 pm at the Nevis Cultural center. The same route will be utilized as was the case last time. Wednesday, 23rd June NETBALL National Bank donates to Netball Association On Monday 21st June 2010, the Nevis Branch of the St.Kitts –Nevis –Anguilla National Bank, made a significant donation to the Nevis Netball Association. The donation of $5,000.00 was made towards defraying cost incurred in sending a Nevis representative team to the recently concluded OECS under 23 Netball tournament held in St.Vincent. Making the presentation on behalf of the bank was Mrs. Voretta Bailey one of the Managers at the well known institution. She expressed her institution’s pleasure at being able to help the Association in the cause of developing young people on the island. Accepting the cheque on behalf of the Netball Association was President Jan Grell Hull who stated that she was happy to be affiliated with the institution and hoped that the partnership would last forever. She explained that even though the team had already returned from St.Vincent, there were still some outstanding sums of money to be paid as a result of the trip. “I thank you from the bottom of my heart”, she declared. She also congratulated the Nevis team for bringing back what she considered a very significant trophy–the trophy for the most disciplined team. CRICKET Highlights set to continue dominati
on The only unbeaten team in the female cricket league for 2010 thus far, Highlights Int would be seeking to continue their domination of the tournament when they engage the lowly ranked GT United tomorrow evening–Thursday 24th June. Superbly led By captain Ru By Chapman the Highlights team has been totally in charge of all of their matches so far with the captain herself leading from the front in a fairy tale season. She is yet to be out in her three outings so far. Prior to this game however, St.James’ takes on Brown Hill in what is expected to be a very competitive game. Last year when the two teams locked horns in the preliminary rounds, that match created much excitement at Grove Park but St.James’ managed to squeeze the victory on that occasion. Immediately after the completion of the preliminary rounds, the top four teams will face off in the semi final encounters and the league will culminate with a best of three finals. Windies save face in high-scoring draw Cricinfo Playing out the final day was more of a formality for South Africa as the second Test ended in a high-scoring draw, confirming what many would have feared five days ago on taking a look at a road of a pitch at Warner Park. The surface hadn’t deteriorated enough over four days to give the bowlers any sort of advantage, so it would have been ridiculous to expect at least ten wickets going down to constitute a result. South Africa had all ten wickets in hand this morning when they took guard, and predictably went through the motions, with the aim of getting extra batting practice ahead of the final Test. It was, in other words, more of a televised nets session, with both teams resigned to the conclusion that no result was possible. The pitch was a poor advertisement for Test cricket, and the last two days in particular were completely overshadowed By other world sporting events viewers would have turned to – one in London and the other in South Africa. South Africa 543 for 6 dec (Smith 132, de Villiers 135*, Kallis 110) and 235 for 3 (Kallis 62*, Smith 46) drew with West Indies 546 (Chanderpaul 166, Nash 114, Morkel 4-116) England cruise home on Morgan ton Cricinfo It took England until the seventh and final ODI to beat Australia last year; nine months later, Eoin Morgan produced his best one-day international innings to ensure they would start the series on a high. Morgan’s unbeaten 103 was the standout performance of the match, more authoritative than Michael Clarke’s anchoring role for Australia, and it was enough to separate two sides that otherwise mirrored each other At the halfway point of Australia’s innings they were 112 for 4; after 25 overs of England’s chase the score was 115 for 4. All of Australia’s specialists reached double figures, as did their England counterparts, but only one man from each side turned his start into a half-century. For Australia, that was a sedate but admirable 87 from Clarke; for England, it was a powerful, match winning hundred from Morgan. England 268 for 6 (Morgan 103*, Harris 3-42) beat Australia 267 for 7 (Clarke 87*) By 4 wickets NOTICES 1. The St. Kitts-Nevis Table Tennis Association (SKNTTA) will be hosting an International Table Tennis Federation’s (ITTF) Level One Table Tennis Coaching Clinic here in St. Kitts in July/August. The SKNTTA is therefore inviting persons interested in becoming Table Tennis Coaches to register immediately as spaces are limited. Persons who are registering must be able to commit themselves to Coach Table Tennis in the Primary and High Schools as well as in the Communities. Please contact the President Ms Laverne Merritt at 669-6004 or the Secretary General Troy Bif Mills at 668-2055 for registration forms and/or further information. Register now as spaces are limited. 2. The St. Kitts-Nevis Football Association (SKNFA) would like to inform the general public that registration for its annual Summer Football Camp will commence/commenced on Friday 25th June and will end on Wednesday 30th. The Camp which is non-residential, will run from July 12th – August 28th for boys and girls between the ages of 5 to 16. There is a registration fee of EC thirty dollars (EC $30.00) per participant. For more information please call the Football Office at 466-8502 during working hours. Tuesday 22nd June CRICKET Primacy SHOOL Cricket set to commence The Primary Schools on Nevis will face off at Cricket once again, as the annual TDC sponsored Primary School Cricket league bowls off on Thursday 24th June 2010. The tournament will commence with a brief opening ceremony at Grove Park at 1pm followed immediately By the first round of matches. The grounds to be used for the tournament are: Grove Park, Ramsbury and the CSS grounds (The Villa). According to chief Coordinator Mrs Lydia Thompson Claxton, the program which is set to culminate on July 9th is expected to be extremely competitive. According to the schedule of matches, the participating schools are: Defending champions-Charlestown Primary, St.Thomas’ Elizabeth Pemberton Primary, Joycelyn Liburd Primary, VOJN, Ivor Walters and St.James’. Mrs. Claxton was high in her praise for sponsors TDC as the company continues to contribute significantly to the development of the children in the Primary Schools. Here is the schedule of matches for the first two rounds of the tournament: Thursday 24th. June: Elizabeth Pemberton Primary v Joycelyn Liburd Primary at Grove Park Charlestown Primary v St.James’ at CSS Friday 25th June: St.James’ Primary v Elizabeth Pemberton Primary at Grove Park Ivor Walters Primary v VOJN Primary at CSS Draw looms after Windies adopt go-slow tactics Cricinfo It took a bit of struggle and a lot of waiting but West Indies finally succeeded in matching South Africa’s total of 543 in what was largely an excruciatingly slow day of Test cricket. The hosts were well-set at the end of the third day to press forward and possibly gain a lead of 100-150 to set up a sporting declaration. But the overnight pair of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo instead settled for negative and defensive tactics, the kind which would give Test-cricket bashers a field day. The result was a slender three-run first innings lead which gave West Indies a moral victory. But such is the state of West Indies cricket right now that even a draw is considered as good as a win. Clearly, they were not willing to throw anything away and instead focussed on tiring out the South Africans. The play-safe approach, combined with the unhelpful pitch, made this game a poor advertisement for Test cricket. The 90-minute rain delay after tea was more a welcome break than an interruption. South Africa 543 for 6 dec and 23 for 0 lead West Indies 546 (Chanderpaul 166, Nash 114, Deonarine 65, Bravo 53) By 20 runs West Indies A take lead in high-scoring draw Cricinfo staff Devon Smith converted his overnight hundred into a big one, and lower-order half-centuries from David Bernard and Gavin Tonge helped West Indies A take a first-innings lead against India A on the final day in Croydon. The game, however, ended in a high scoring draw with only 18 wickets falling in four days. West Indies began the final morning on 332 for 3 and continued their strong response to India’s 543. Smith and Kirk Edwards added 70 more for the fourth wicket before the innings suffered a hiccup – both batsmen were dismissed with the score on 402. They lost two more wickets cheaply to be reduced to 413 for 7 before Bernard and Tonge came together. They added 64 runs for the eighth wicket and more useful contributions from the tail steered West Indies past India’s total, securing a 20-run lead before the last wicket fell. India A 543 for 8 (Pujara 208*, Russell 5-97) drew with West Indies A 563 (Fletcher 123, Smith 170) NETBALL Girls Need to Develop Skills –says Coach Mrs. Lydia Thompson Claxton, Coach of the Nevis under 23 Netball team is convinced that her young charges need to work on developing their skills. These include catching skills, movement skills, passing skills, attacking and defensive skills. She explained that the young ladies had their high points and their low points during the tournament but stated tha
t when they left Nevis, they were fully aware that the team was a young team and very inexperienced but they were willing to represent Nevis at the regional level. She explained that they did give their best effort and she is convinced that the team has definite potential which can be developed. She indicated that she is trying to get the young team to understand that it is going to take some hard work and dedication to get them up to the required level to compete more effectively and she is hoping that the players will be willing to go the extra mile in terms of their work ethics. As regards the much anticipated match up between St.Kitts and Nevis, she explained that the St.Kitts team would have been together since an initial under 16 tournament that was held sometime ago and would have won that tournament and were indeed the defending champions, prior to placing second in this year’s tournament and was therefore a far superior team. She was however high in praise for the camaraderie exhibited between both teams as the young ladies on both sides of the Federation’s waters have developed long lasting friendships and were shouting and cheering for each other. Even though St.Kitts placed second she thought that they were indeed the top team in the tournament. She also felt that the general standard of the tournament was very high but feels tat the game has become too physical and some of her younger players were apparently intimidated when faced with that style of play. She was however high in praise for the disciplined behaviour of her team members and this resulted in their returning with the trophy for the most disciplined team. She thanked the Nevis Island Administration for the assistance received in making the trip possible, the Nevis Netball Association for organizing the team and to all of the businesses and individuals who made the trip possible. General Sports Walking for your Health continues Physical Trainer in the Ministry of Social Development, Masefield Nisbett has indicated that after the first ‘walk for your health’ which was held last month, a decision has been made to make this a regular feature. The second such walk will now take place this coming Thursday 24th June and the walkers will use the same route. They will commence at the Nevis Cultural Center at 4.30 pm with prayer and words of inspiration and will travel towards Pinneys, up the By pass road, across Pump Road, making a right turn at the round about close to the Bath cemetery, using the main road and culminating on the Samuel Hunkins drive with warm down exercises and prayer. According to Nisbett the theme for the walk on Thursday is ‘God cares’. He further indicated that every walk in the future will have its own theme. He is inviting the general public especially persons who work in Charlestown to show up at the Cultural center immediately after work on Thursday to be part of this fun filled and healthy activity that will only serve to enhance longevity of life. Monday, 21st June CRICKET Ru By Chapman continues Amazing run Captain Ru By Chapman led her team, Highlights Int to yet another comfortable victory in the female cricket league on Nevis. On Sunday night-20th June, Chapman led from the front to be 58 not out. It means therefore, that the right handed MVP of last year’s tournament has scored three unbeaten half centuries so far Highlights won the toss and batted versus Empire in what was expected to be a competitive game. At the end of 12 overs, Highlights was on 124 for 2. Curleanne Parris chipped in with 31 before she was run out. They also received 25 extras to assist their cause. Empire 52 for 3 in response: Sherilyn Liburd 17*, Catherine Joseph 11. There were 19 extras. Malva Rawlins got 2 wickets for 7 runs and Leslie Berkley 1 for 12. In the second game of the evening, champions St.James’ went under to St.Thomas’ in a high scoring contest which included what appeared to be a few critical errors By the umpires. St.Thomas’ batted first and scored an impressive 115 for 3: Lydia Claxton 32 not out; Nevilla Daniel 25 and Tasha Parris 18. There were all of 39 extras gifted By the St.James’ team. St.James’ started slowly and with star batter Judy Morton sent run out from a ball that was obviously stopped over the boundary and should have been signalled four, it seemed like ‘curtains’ for the defending champions. However, cameos By firstly Giselle Skeete and then Tessy Phillip, kept the crowd on its feet right up to the final over. When the last ball was bowled By Nevilla Daniel, the St.Thomas’ team was the team to celebrate as St.James’ succumbed on 99 for 4. Tessy Phillip 32 not out; Junella Burke 22 not and Giselle Skeete 21. There were 19 extras. Nevilla Daniel 1 for 18; C.Pemberton 1 for 16 and Denise Browne 1 for 32. In matches played on Saturday 19th June, GT United batted impressively in match one to get to 82 for 5: Nickace scored 17; Andrea 10 and there were 41 extras. Tresia Clarke got 3 for 18 and Vera Liburd 1 for 16. Brown Hill however used only 7.2 overs to slam the bowling all around Grove Park and achieve the victory target –83 for no loss at the end. The batting was led By the aggressive Claudia Saddler 32 not out and Rosie Dunrod 22 not out. They were helped By 24 extras. In an equally exciting match two, Alex Stars and Super Rockers played right up to the fourth delivery in the final over before a winner was determined. Alex Stars got to an impressive 75 for 3 from 12 overs with Cressy M ills and Dionne Flanders both 17 not out and Siribu scoring 13. There were 20 extras. For Super Rockers, C. Browne got 2 for 13. Super Rockers in response barely squeezed home in the final over from the 4th delivery led superbly By a good knock from Captain Jasmine Herbert who scored 19 not out. Brontie Griffin scored 12 and there were 28 extras. For the Nurses, Dionne Flanders and Cressy Phillip also starred with the ball getting two wickets each. West Indies A take lead in high-scoring draw Cricinfo staff Devon Smith converted his overnight hundred into a big one, and lower-order half-centuries from David Bernard and Gavin Tonge helped West Indies A take a first-innings lead against India A on the final day in Croydon. The game, however, ended in a high scoring draw with only 18 wickets falling in four days. West Indies began the final morning on 332 for 3 and continued their strong response to India’s 543. Smith and Kirk Edwards added 70 more for the fourth wicket before the innings suffered a hiccup – both batsmen were dismissed with the score on 402. They lost two more wickets cheaply to be reduced to 413 for 7 before Bernard and Tonge came together. They added 64 runs for the eighth wicket and more useful contributions from the tail steered West Indies past India’s total, securing a 20-run lead before the last wicket fell India A 543 for 8 (Pujara 208*, Russell 5-97) drew with West Indies A 563 (Fletcher 123, Smith 170) Nash and Chanderpaul script Windies fightback The Bulletin By Kanishkaa Balachandran West Indies finally claimed ownership of an entire day’s play and it came via a defiant double-century partnership between the two most patient batsmen in the line-up, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brendan Nash. The pair hit counter-attacking centuries to negate the aggression of the seamers and blunt out anything the slower bowlers dished out on what continued to be an unresponsive surface. West Indies breezed past the follow-on mark and redressed the balance after two days of toil in the field. What was impressive from West Indies’ point of view was the willingness to stick it out for as long as possible. South Africa had them on a leash on a slow morning, but the hosts didn’t allow the pressure of two hours of attritional cricket to get to their heads and try anything silly. In that sense, West Indies were lucky that Nash and Chanderpaul were around to guide them. They may not match each other stance for stance or stroke for stroke, but in terms of temperament, they’re on par. Their understanding of each other’s game was evident in the way they kept pushing the scoring with singles and twos West Indies 424 for 4 (Gayle 50, Deonarine 65, Chan
derpaul 151*, Nash 114) trail South Africa 543 for 6 dec By 119 runs Friday 18th June CRICKET Female Matches Rescheduled There was major disappointment at Grove Park last evening as the two scheduled matches in the female cricket league were not played. The pitch which had been properly covered was dry and in good condition for play but the run ups at the two ends which were uncovered and unprotected from showers of rain earlier in the day, were left in a muddy condition. Despite some alternative measures put in place in order to get the first match going, negotiations ended in a stalemate and the matches have been rescheduled. A further decision was also made By the Nevis Cricket Association that all of the matches which were previously affected By rain, will be rescheduled. The decision was made in order to facilitate an atmosphere of fairness to all of the teams involved. Two significant factors also guided the decision: The renaming of Grove Park has been postponed towards the end of July and with the change in the Leeward Islands cricket fixtures, matches originally scheduled for Grove Park have been changed as the Leeward Islands 20/20 series will be played in Antigua. This will therefore free up Grove Park for the rescheduling of the rained out matches. Although there is possibility of a storm passing through the Leewards over the weekend, players and spectators alike are kindly asked to note that just in case there is fair weather, the matches scheduled for this weekend are as follows: Saturday 19th June-Game one: Alex Stars v Super Rockers Game two-GT United v Brown Hill Sunday 20th June-Game one-Empire v Highlights Game two-St.Thomas’ v St.James’ Pujara ton makes it India A’s day Cricinfo staff Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten century topped a satisfying day for India A’s batsmen as they ended the opening day of their second tour match against West Indies A at 329 for 5 at Croydon, Surrey. The other batsmen made starts but couldn’t carry on to score half-centuries. The Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund, began steadily, adding 69 after opting to bat. Andre Russell, who took a five-for in the previous game, got the breakthrough when he had Abhinav caught for 39. Dhawan also fell short of a half-century when he was caught By the keeper Chadwick Walton for 43, off Gavin Tonge. West Indies struck again soon after when Ajinkya Rahane fell for 13 off Russell. After those two quick blows, India regained the momentum through an 89-run stand between Manish Pandey and Pujara. Pandey too failed to convert his start, falling for 36, as did Manoj Tiwary who fell for the same score. Pujara remained steady and remained unbeaten on 111. He scored the bulk of his runs in boundaries, hitting 19 fours. Russell and Tonge were the only wicket-takers. India A 329 for 5 (Pujara 111*, Dhawan 39) v West Indies A NETBALL Grenada is the 2010 OECS/ECCB under 23 Netball Champion! A summary of the final day of the tournament reads: Grenada 56 St Lucia 33 St.Kitts defeated hitherto unbeaten St.Vincent and the Grenadines 52 to 43 Antigua defeated Nevis 54 to 25 in the bottom of the table clash FINAL POINTS 1. Grenada – 11 2. St Kitts – 10 3. St Vincent and the Grenadines – 9 4. Saint Lucia – 6 5. Dominica – 4 6. Antigua and Barbuda – 2 7. Nevis – 0 AWARDS * Most Accurate Shooter and Shooter with Most Goals – Lotisha Cato: Grenada * Player of the Tournament – Tamara Samuel: St Vincent and the Grenadines * Best Defender – Shereece Francis: St Kitts * Best Center Court player – Tamia Calliste: Grenada * Team with Best Defending and Shooting Averages – St Kitts * Most Disciplined Team – Nevis