Scorpions, Pride in crucial clash

first_imgTitle-chasers Jamaica Scorpions and Barbados Pride will square-off in a crucial encounter in the penultimate set of matches of the group phase of the WICB/NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago today.Second and third, respectively, in Group A with 10 and nine points each, the two will enter the contest knowing that a win for eight team would all but secure them a place in the semi-finals.Group leaders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, who oppose cellar dwellers ICC America, are presently on 17 points and have already qualified for the semi-finals.”It’s a (virtual) must-win for both of us, so I guess they (Barbados) will be playing it like a final and we will be doing the same,” Jamaica’s captain, John Campbell, said yesterday.The return-led round-robin fixture will see both teams entering the contest with a win two, lose two record, with Jamaica ahead based on having two bonus points compared to Barbados’ one.The Scorpions, however, can claim bragging rights, having defeated Barbados by two wickets when the two met earlier this week.Led by a man-of-the-match bowling performance of three for 18 from left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell, Jamaica bowled out the Pride for a mere 138 before replying with 139 for eight.The in-form Andre McCarthy, who also has a tournament century, and Antiguan Devon Thomas led the batting for the Scorpions with 49 and 33, respectively.However, with the end of the Australian Test series both teams have been strengthened with the return of West Indies players to their line-ups.Barbados has been injected with seven players – Jason Holder, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Carlos Brathwaite, Shane Dowich, Miguel Cummins, and Jomel Warrican, while Jamaica will benefit from the return of Jerome Taylor and Jermaine Blackwood.”They have got back all their players from Australia, and have a better squad, and are also coming off a win, so they should be confident,” remarked Campbell.”But we are not too concerned,” he said. “We have seen signs of improvement throughout the tournament, and, it is just for us to put it together.”Jamaica will play the Americas and Barbados will tackle Trinidad in the final set of group matches scheduled for Sunday.The semi-finals will be played next Wednesday and Thursday, with the final carded for next Saturday, all at Queen’s Park Oval.last_img read more

Man on trial for killing armed bandit

first_imgA 12-member jury was empanelled to hear the High Court trial of Lawrence Wayne, who shot and killed a suspected bandit in August 2014. Around 20 witnesses are expected to testify in a trial that is being heard before presiding Judge, Justice Jo-Ann Barlow.Wayne who was a licensed firearm holder pursued Dexter Lindo and another bandit when a female stallholder had raised an alarm after the men entered the Wayne Beverage Paradise premises on Merriman Mall.Lawrence WayneWayne followed the bandits when they fled in their getaway car. Sometime after, a confrontation ensued at Light and Fifth Streets, Alberttown in the vicinity of a shop, when Lindo pointed his gun but Wayne shot him to his abdomen instead.Though Lindo escaped, he was later admitted to the Dr Balwant Singh Hospital in Georgetown where he succumbed to his injuries. Police recovered an unlicensed .32 Beretta Pistol with four matching rounds which was reportedly in the possession of the bandit.At Thursday’s hearing at the Demerara High Court, Police Officers Detective Desmond Johnny and Sergeant Hamlet Da Silva took the stand where they testified to the investigations that they carried out, assessing the crime scene, and afterwards. Under cross-examination, Da Silva admitted that he did not have to go searching for the accused as he presented himself for questioning when he returned to the country. The jury also heard that the accused, upon his detention, was informed that he was charged for the incident as charges had already been instituted by the State.Detective Johnny recalled that he visited the scene of the shooting around 13:30h on the day in question. Upon his arrival, he spotted a white vest which had stains suspected to be blood. There were other articles on the ground which included an apparent spent shell and a pair of brown leather slippers. The Police investigator took photographs of what he discovered at the scene and was able to identify the pictures at Thursday’s court session.The Police Detective added that he also took photos of a white motor car which was parked on the western side of Light Street, the area where the shooting occurred. He opened the car, and inspected it, but did not find “illegal items” inside. He did recover both United States and Guyanese currency. Other witnesses will continue their testimonies next week.In May 2015, the licensed firearm holder was nabbed at the then Ogle International Airport moments after returning from Barbados. He was remanded and formally arraigned for the bandit’s killing. Wanye is represented by Attorneys Stanley Moore and Maxwell McKay while the State’s case is presented by Prosecutors Shawnette Austin, Tamica Clarke and Mandell Moore.last_img read more

Otichilo assures Vihiga United commitment

first_img0Shares0000Charles Okwemba celebrates with teammates after scoring one of the two Vihiga United goals in a GOtv Shield Quarter final clash against defending champions Tusker FC on August 20, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 6- After weeks of uncertainty, Vihiga Governor Wilbur Otichilo has assured his commitment to continue the sponsorship for National Super League (NSL) leaders Vihiga United that was initiated by his predecessor Moses Akaranga.Speaking to Capital Sport, Vihiga United assistant coach Francis Xavier disclosed that the new county boss pledged to throw his support behind the team after having a succesfull meeting on Wednesday last week. “We can now focus on the game because we just got a backing from the new Governor who was elected in August. The Governor promised to continue sponsoring the team even in a bigger way. With this, I see things like improved remuneration which I think is a major motivation. For now we are looking on how we can continue our good run and possible promotion to the Kenyan Primer League (KPL) next season,’’ Xavier revealed.Vihiga United head coach Edward manoah during a past match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaVihiga are at the summit of the NSL table with 50 points having played 22 games and are touted to be favorites to win the second tier league and earn promotion to KPL, an inspiration to Xavier who says they are not leaving anything to chance.The assistant coach has urged his charged to remain focused on the remaining NSL games but admitted they have started scouting on players to add to the squad.“The race is tight but we have our mind fixed on the NSL for now and secure a promotion but definitely we will have to improve our squad because when you go up it gets tough and we might be looking here and there to see how we will strengthen the squad by bringing two or three players on board,” the former AFC Leopards Team Manager said.Vihiga United XI posing for a photo before facing Kibera Black All Stars in a National Super League match on Wednesday, 19th April, 2017 at Nairobi’s Camp Toyoyo Gounds.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaVihiga are scheduled to take on 12th placed Modern Coast away at the Mbaraki Sports Club on Wednesday afternoon as they edge closer to promotion.The club came close to play in the KPL this season despite finishing sixth last year after Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa ‘promoted’ them alongside KCB FC after Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka failed to comply with the club licensing.However, Muhoroni and Sofapaka were reinstated back to the KPL by the Sports Dispute Tribunal ending Vihiga’s dream that season.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more