Steyn strikes twice before rain cuts short day two

first_img(REUTERS)-A fired-up Dale Steyn removed both New Zealand openers to leave the tourists on 15 for two before rain ended day two of the first Test against South Africa yesterday..Steyn, playing his first Test of 2016 after injury, had Tom Latham (four) caught by Hashim Amla at first slip before trapping Martin Guptill (seven) lbw.New Zealand are replying to the home side’s 263 all out and will hope for better batting conditions today after the South Africans were able to find prodigious swing and movement off the wicket in what is a first ever winter test in Durban.Captain Kane Williamson and the experienced Ross Taylor, both on two not out, will resume on the third day, when early morning rain is expected to give way to sunshine for the remainder of the test.They had some good fortune in battling their way to lunch, which arrived six minutes early when rain forced the players from the field. No further play was possible.Steyn was not only threatening but miserly too, conceding just three runs from his six overs.Seamer Vernon Philander also made an impressive return to test cricket after 10 months on the sidelines through injury and was unlucky not to get the wicket of Latham when Dean Elgar dropped a simple chance in the slips.Earlier, New Zealand needed 10 overs to take the final two South African wickets after the hosts resumed on 236 for eight following a 50-minute rain delay.They were held up by a career-best unbeaten 32 from young fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who looked composed before running out of partners.Seamers Trent Boult (3-52) and South African-born Neil Wagner (3-47) were the pick of the New Zealand bowlers.SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings (Overnight: 236-8)S. Cook c Watling b Boult 20D. Elgar c Guptill b Bracewell 19H. Amla c Watling b Boult 53J. Duminy c Boult b Wagner 14F. du Plessis c Williamson b Wagner 23T. Bavuma lbw b Santner 46Q. de Kock c Bracewell b Santner 33V. Philander c Southee b Wagner 8K. Rabada not out 32D. Steyn b Southee 2D. Piedt c Watling b Boult 9Extras (lb-4) 4Total (all out, 87.4 overs) 263Fall of wickets: 1-33 S. Cook,2-41 D. Elgar,3-102 J. Duminy,4-106 H. Amla,5-160 F. du Plessis,6-208 Q. de Kock,7-208 T. Bavuma,8-228 V. Philander,9-236 D. Steyn,10-263 D. PiedtBowling: T. Southee 23 – 3 – 80 – 1,T. Boult 21.4 – 5 – 52 – 3,D. Bracewell 16 – 6 – 53 – 1, N. Wagner 15 – 4 – 47 – 3,M. Santner 11 – 2 – 22 – 2, M. Guptill 1 – 0 – 5 – 0NEW ZEALAND 1st inningsM. Guptill lbw b Steyn 7T. Latham c Amla b Steyn 4K. Williamson not out 2R. Taylor not out 2Extras 0Total (for 2 wickets, 12 overs) 15Fall of wickets: 1-7 T. Latham,2-12 M. GuptillTo bat: H. Nicholls, B. Watling, M. Santner, D. Bracewell, N. Wagner, T. Southee, T. BoultBowling: D. Steyn 6 – 4 – 3 – 2,V. Philander 6 – 1 – 12 – 0last_img read more

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CMRC Super Stock championship 2016….

first_imgOne title, three VieirasTHE ongoing ‘love affair’in the 2016 Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing (CMRC) Super-Stock Championship will come to an end in Guyana in just over three weeks.The affair for the title will see current holder and defending champion Elliot Vieira, his cousin and current point leader Matthew and another cousin,Stephen,and it could could have bitter repercussions come November 13 as only one can emerge champion.And while they are relatives off the track,when they are aboard their respective motor-cycles on race day, it’s an ‘every man for himself’ race with no holds barred.Current leader Matthew is in the pole position to win the title,having a total of 166 points from three legs, (30 points from Jamaica, 75 from Trinidad and 61 from Barbados).According to the Caribbean Motor Racing Association (CMRA), the body that manages the CMRC, in the event that there are 4 rounds to the championships in one calendar year, riders will score points from their best 9 finishes. Each round consists of three races.Points are awarded using the Formula 1 scoring system (25 points for 1st, 18 for 2nd, 15 for 3rd, 12 for 4th, 10 for 5th, 8 for 6th, 6 for 7th, 4 for 8th, 2 for 9th and 1 for 10th) and Matthew has the possibility of increasing his points following a torrid Jamaica leg in which he only scored 30 points (12, 18 and 0).With a total of 75 points on offer, in the best case scenario, Matthew could move his points to 211 if he wins all three races and will automatically secure his maiden title.However, should he finish behind Stephen in all three races, he would fall seven points short of the title. Stephen has 122 points from two legs (68 in Jamaica and 54 in Trinidad) and will increase his points once he finishes in the top 10 at South Dakota.At most, all Matthew needs to do is to finish first in one race and higher than third in the other two to carry home the title.For the defending champion Elliot, things are much more complicated. His retaining the title is dependent firstly on him winning all three races with Matthew finishing outside the scoring region and Stephen finishing third or lower on all three occasions.With a total of 93 points, the addition of three wins, (75) points would push Elliot up to 168 and three third place finishes will only add 45 to Stephen’s 122, taking him to 176, a point behind the defending champion.All in all,when the dust settles one of the Vieiras will be crowned champion.As to which one it will be, fans will need to turn out to the South Dakota Racing Circuit on November 13 for the Final round of the 2016 Seaboard Marine CMRC.last_img read more

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NSC Three-Stage Cycle Race Greaves cops third stage, but Agard wins overall

first_img—Cornelius, Newton win junior and veteran categoriesAFTER enduring a one-year ban from the sport he loves, Alonzo Greaves bounced back to win the final stage of the National Sports Commission’s (NSC) sponsored Three-Stage cycle road race which culminated yesterday around the outer circuit of the National Park.Greaves,who just completed a one-year suspension for using banned substances during last year’s `Ride For Life’ Five-Stage race, placed second in the first stage on Saturday; a 65-mile road race from Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown, to Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara and back.He was then among the top eight finishers in the 3.5 miles individual Time Trial on Saturday also before leading the challenge during the final stage which was reduced from 30-laps around the outer circuit of the National park to 20 laps.Despite barely edging Team Coco’s Hamza Eastman to the line by the width of a bicycle tube in winning the final stage, Agard was adjudged the overall winner.Agard went into yesterday’s final stage as the race leader and only had to stay with whosoever launched an attack and he did just that and in the end, registered an overall winning time of four hours 40 minutes 25 seconds.Team Evolution’s Michael Anthony was placed second overall, while Greaves, Eastman and Walter Grant-Stuart occupied the other top four places respectively.Christopher Cornelius won the junior category of the event by virtue of him placing second among the juniors in the first stage and finishing third in the final stage yesterday,in addition to riding outstandingly in the individual time-trial on Saturday.Cornelius’ overall time for the event was four hours 43 minutes .07 seconds. Second in this category was Andrew Hicks and finishing third was Raphael Leung.The veterans’ category was dominated by Raymond Newton who completed the three-stage event in four hours, 43 minutes 33 seconds.Second in this category was Paul Cho-Wee-Nam and placing third was Junior Niles.After being sent on their way for the start of the third stage yesterday by Director of Sport Christopher Jones, Greaves made his presence felt by establishing a lead in company with Eastman who subsequently was sucked in by the peloton.Silvio Inniss and Junior Niles then joined Greaves at the head of affairs and remained in front for the next three laps.It was during the fifth lap that Williams, Eastman, Paul DeNobrega and Michael Anthony joined Greaves at the head of affairs and together the group worked in tandem and established a sizeable lead over the others.After completing seven laps, Williams went to front but was wheeled in two laps later and Greaves and DeNobrega separated themselves from the remainder of the riders and at the conclusion of the 14th lap, they enjoyed a 65-second lead on the others and from there it was felt that the race was all over, but the peloton had other ideas as they made a connection with six laps remaining.However, their effort was short-lived, as Greaves, Eastman, Anthony and Agard took advantage of a Williams’ punctured back wheel,which he changed but had too much to do to reconnect and Greaves went on to edge Eastman by the width of a cycle tube to win the stage, but still had to settle for fourth overall.last_img
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Ramdhani places fifth in Vancouver Island University tournament

first_imgGUYANA’S Sunburst Badminton champion Narayan Ramdhani placed fifth overall in Men Singles draw of sixteen players when the Vancouver Island University hosted an Under-23 tournament last Saturday in Nanaimo.Ramdhani is currently on scholarship in Vancouver Canada, pursuing a degree in Sports Science.The 18-year-old, who had represented Shuttlesport Badminton Academy, reached the quarterfinals in the main draw by defeating Robert Foster of Vancouver Island University 21-13, 21-18, but lost to James Ho of University of British Colombia 21-14, 19-21, 21-5 in a thrilling three. James Ho eventually won the tournament.In the placement draw, Narayan defeated Thomas Tran of Simon Fraser University 21-9, 21-7 and Jack Chen of University of British Colombia 21-23, 21-10, 21-12.Narayan teamed up with Zack Fan of Shuttlesport where they played the Men Under-23 doubles on Sunday.last_img read more

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Rutherford is new DCUSA president

first_imgARLEIGH Rutherford was recently appointed president of the Demerara Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association (DCUSA) when the body held its annual general meeting and elections at Union Building, Woolford Avenue.Rutherford replaces Shannon Crawford at the helm.Nigel Duguid and Moses Ramnarine were both nominated to fill the post of vice-presidents, but according to the DCUSA constitution, nominees who are absent must indicate to the association in writing their willingness to serve on the executive.The post will now be filled by the executive at their first meeting.Nolan Hawke was retained as the secretary, while Eddie Nicholls was re-elected as the treasurer.Zaheer Mohamed was nominated as the Public Relations Officer (PRO), but he declined the post. The new PRO will now be decided at the first executive meeting.Joseph Jeffrey and Trevor Whitney are the committee members elected so far, while the executive will elect the other two committee members at their first meeting.Mathew Kissoon performed the duties of returning officer.last_img read more

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MoPH/Milo Schools U-18 Football: Four more games carded for today

first_imgSCHOOLS football action will return to the Ministry of Education ground today, with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and Milo-sponsored schools Under-18 football competition.Following the opening round last week, Richard Ishmael Secondary will take on Brickdam in this week’s opening fixture, while Christ Church Secondary and Cummings Lodge Secondary will square off in the second game.In game three of the day South Ruimveldt will play Queenstown, while Sir Leon Lessons will play Carmel Secondary in the afternoon’s last fixture.In the 32-team competition the winners will cart of $500 000, second-placers $300 000, third-placers $200 000 and fourth-placers $100 000 in projects for their respective schools as well as individual prizes.last_img

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Football News Lionel Messi to miss international against Morocco after suffering injury in shock loss to Venezuela

first_imgArgentina lost to Venezuela 1-3.Lionel Messi missed six internationals for Argentina after 2018 World Cup.Copa America will be held in Brazil from June to July. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Madrid: Lionel Messi will miss Argentina’s friendly against Morocco next week after picking up a groin injury in the shock 3-1 defeat to Venezuela on Friday as he made his first international appearance since the 2018 World Cup. Barcelona star Messi started the fixture following a self-imposed eight-month exile in which he missed six friendlies since the tournament in Russia, which they exited in the last 16 at the hands of eventual champions France. The Argentine Football Federation tweeted the injury update following the loss at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium. Gonzalo Martinez has also been ruled out of the fixture in Tangier with a thigh problem.     Salomon Rondon and Jhon Murillo gave Venezuela a two-goal advantage at the break. Argentina forward Lautaro Martinez halved the deficit before Josef Martinez scored from the spot to claim the spoils in the friendly. Messi’s 129th cap started poorly as Newcastle forward Rondon controlled a long ball before hammering home a half-volley past Argentine goalkeeper Franco Armani. The pick of the goals came as 23-year-old Murillo scored for only a third time in 17 internationals.RELATED     He received the ball on the corner of the box, was given plenty of space by the Albiceleste defence and the winger fired home powerfully past Armani with a minute left of the first half Argentina’s Martinez gave his side some hope on the hour mark as Messi found Giovanni Lo Celso who played in the Inter forward to finish. Rafael Dudamel’s side, ranked 32nd in the world, claimed a third after Martinez was tripped in the box.     The Atlanta United attacker skipped up to take the penalty, sending Armani the wrong way to score with 15 minutes remaining. The friendly against Morocco on Tuesday comes as they prepare for this year’s Copa America, held in Brazil between June-July.center_img highlightslast_img read more

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Indian Premier League IPL 2019: By 20th over, I was ready to swing at everything, says MS Dhoni

first_imgChennai: Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he had spent enough time on the wicket to understand the bowling variations and unleash his power-packed game towards the end to lead Chennai Super Kings to a match-winning total against Delhi Capitals in Chennai on Wednesday. CSK were struggling in the beginning but Dhoni, returning to the side after recovering from a bout of fever, pulled the game away from Delhi Capitals, scoring unbeaten 44 from 22 balls.CSK scored 20 runs from last over bowled by Trent Boult with Dhoni finishing with two sixes off final two balls.”Watch the ball, hit the ball. You’ve spent time, you know the variations. By the 20th over you’re almost ready and you swing at everything,” Dhoni said when asked about his last-over exploits.”It’s easier for somebody who has played 10-15 deliveries than someone who has just come in.”Dhoni said the conditions actually favoured them though they lost the toss.”We knew there wouldn’t be much dew. What we’ve seen is if there’s no dew, there’s assistance for spinners. But when we started, Bhajju pa didn’t get any turn. But as they started losing wickets, it started spinning, it started turning. Cricket is such a game,” he added.Talking about his super quick stumpings, Dhoni said,”I think it’s something that’s come from tennis ball cricket. But, you still have to do the basics and graduate to that level. If you want to keep like that you can make mistakes; so I still think basics are most important.”Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who took three wickets, said the wicket helped spinners. “Obviously I enjoyed bowling, the way the wicket was turning. I was bowling in good areas and the wicket was doing the rest for me,” he said.Asked how it helps having someone like Imran Tahir bowling in tandem with him, Jadeja said the South African has been “fantastic””He has been taking wickets whenever we needed. Me, Immy bhai and Bhajju pa (Harbhajan Singh) as a unit, we are bowling the way we want to bowl. Still one more game to go. We need to continue our momentum. Everyone is in good form so we just need to keep the winnings momentum,” he added.Jadeja said Dhoni can be described by one word and that is ‘genius’. Losing skipper Shreyas Iyer said the defeat was a “reality check”.”It’s really going to affect us. The way we played was not expected. Everybody will be on their toes in the next game. Wouldn’t blame the abilities of our team but we didn’t play smart cricket. We should have curtailed them,” he said.Iyer said they missed someone like Kagiso Rabada in death over as the South African pacer missed out on the game due to a back issue”He’s an amazing bowler especially in the slog overs. For sure we missed. But he had a stiff back, it’s good he got to take rest. We’re keeping the hope and definitely want to finish in the top two,” he added. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Dominant India aim to pile on the pain against distracted Afghanistan

first_img New Delhi: A dominant win against South Africa. A clinical win against five-time champions Australia. A wash-out against New Zealand and a thrashing of Pakistan which enhanced their World Cup scoreline to 7-0. Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team are on top of their game. Such is their depth and their confidence that this team resembles the aura which the dominant Australian cricket team had in the 2003 and 2007 period. The depth was exhibited when KL Rahul stepped up and played a brilliant knock in the high-pressure encounter against Pakistan. In the bowling, despite Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s injury, Vijay Shankar stepped up and displayed his mettle.In Bhuvneshwar’s absence, Mohammed Shami will step up and finally get an opportunity. Shami has been in great form and his addition will only boost the powerful Indian team line-up to another level. At the other end of the spectrum is Afghanistan, a team that has massive issues on the field and off it as well. Before the tournament, the appointment of Gulbadin Naib in place of Asghar Afghan had not gone down well with many Afghanistan players. On the field, the batting and bowling have fallen apart.The batting has suffered three major collapses against New Zealand, South Africa and against Sri Lanka. The bowling has lacked spark, with Rashid Khan, considered to their ace going without a wicket for the last couple of games. Rashid’s ineffectiveness and the strained team atmosphere has been detrimental to their World Cup campaign. Before the game against England, reports emerged that members of the Afghanistan squad were involved in a scuffle in a Manchester hotel and that also did not help their cause.Heading into the clash against India, Afghanistan might put up a fight but they face a massive problem on the confidence front.Team combinationsIndia has massive depth and resources. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out for this match, Mohammed Shami will slot in. Vijay Shankar suffered an injury while training but he is fine and is expected to play in this match as he looks for a greater contribution. Should the team decide to rest Vijay Shankar, either Dinesh Karthik or Rishabh Pant might get a look-in.India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit BumrahAfghanistan (Playing XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mujeeb Zadran, Gulbadin Naib(c), Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali khil(w), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid HassanWho will win?On current form, looking at team morale and current form, India is winning the contest against Afghanistan.Weather and pitchThe build-up to the game has been marred by rain. The weather report for Saturday is sunny with some cloud cover but no threat of rain.StatisticsOn current form, India holds a massive upper hand against an Afghanistan side who are demoralised and unsettled both on the field and off the field.Stadium and timingsThe match will be played at Southampton and the match will begin at 3:00 PM IST. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India and Afghanistan are clashing for the first time in the World Cup.Afghanistan has lost all their five games in the 2019 World Cup so far.India and New Zealand are the only undefeated teams in the 2019 World Cup.center_img highlightslast_img read more

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Cricket News Ricky Ponting pinpoints THIS player as England’s key Ashes threat

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The Ashes will begin on August 1. England became World Champions after upstaging New Zealand in final. Ben Stokes was awarded as the man-of-the-match.  highlightscenter_img New Delhi: Ben Stokes played innings of his life when he helped England, the host, to become the World Champions. In the tournament, he not only stamped his authority but also re-established himself as a key player for three lions. The new maturity of World Cup hero Ben Stokes poses the biggest threat to Australia’s Ashes bid, said Ricky Ponting, who compared him to Andrew Flintoff as the “real heartbeat” of the England team.The all-rounder was banned and fined by the England and Wales Cricket Board for bringing the game into disrepute following a street brawl during a night out in Bristol in 2017. It saw him stripped of the Test vice-captaincy, and he missed the last Ashes tour to Australia before being cleared of criminal charges in a high-profile court case.Ponting, who was Australian coach Justin Langer’s assistant during the World Cup, has been impressed with how hard Stokes has worked to redeem himself.”It seems like he’s playing with a lot of maturity,” former Australia captain Ponting told cricket.com.au late Wednesday.”He doesn’t seem like he’s in much of a rush now as he might have been.”The thing about his personality as well, he’s a big, strong, brash guy with a bit of an ego … and I think as a younger person probably everything was flat out, one speed.”To me, (during the World Cup) it seems like he (was) able to understand situations and play situations accordingly. That’s a bit of maturity and understanding his own game and understanding what his team needs him to do.”That could spell trouble for Australia next month when they begin their quest to win their first Ashes series in England since 2001.”He’s a key man and more a key man because I think he’s that real heartbeat for their team, a bit like ‘Freddie’ Flintoff in Ashes series gone by,” said Ponting.”Whenever they were in trouble and they needed something, they tend to go to those sort of guys.”Australia need to keep him quiet if we’re going to win the series.”Stokes has been rested for this week’s one-off Test against minnows Ireland at Lord’s where England seemed to be nursing a World Cup hangover as they collapsed to an embarrassing 85 all out in their first innings on Wednesday.last_img read more

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