Calabar High School’s Class Two athlete, Christopher Taylor, showed that he is on target for another terrific season next year. Competing on the newly laid track at G.C. Foster College at the Tyler Mills Track and Field Meeting last Saturday, he sped to a 21.33-second clocking in the 200m, the fastest time of the day in the half-lap. His schoolmate, Tyreke Wilson, won his heat in 22.59 seconds for the second fastest time in Class Two, with St Jago High’s Anthony Cox third overall in 22.75. With several top schools on show, Calabar, St Jago and Jamaica College put on a good show. St Jago’s boys had good results with Colin Sewell leading the way in Class One with a 48.09-second run. His teammate, Sean Bailey, finished second overall in 49.06, with Greater Portmore’s Terry Thomas closing out the top three in 49.76. Daniel Chambers was the best in Class Three, winning the 200-400m double. In the 200m, he stopped the clock at 22.91 seconds, with his teammate, Treomario Edwards (23.98) and Calabar’s Horatio Craig second and third, respectively, overall in 24.01. Chambers won the 400m in 52.99 seconds, as Munro College’s Devontee Heywood was second in 53.72 seconds and St Elizabeth Technical High School’s Warren Henlon third in 55.02. There were also successes for St Jago High’s Shamar Barnes (21.90) in the Class One 200m and his teammate, Sewell, second best with 21.95. Third was Daniel Bogle of Calabar with 22.52. EXCELLING ON THE FIELD Jamaica College athletes did very well in the field events. Former Ascot High thrower, Vashon McCarthy, led the way in the Class One shot put with 17.40m, relegating the Calabar duo of Caesar Kemp (16.84m) and Warren Barrett (16.40,) to second and third, respectively. Travis Robinson gave JC success in the Class Two shot put with a 13.26m heave, getting the better of Munro’s Fabian Powell (12.95m) and Joseph Smith (12.51m). Calabar finished one-two in the Class One discus, as Basil Bingham won with 49.39m, getting the better of Barrett (45.58m). Jamaica College’s Douglas Cyrus was third with 44.25m. Among the females, Vere Technical’s Brittney Anderson stole the show. She claimed a Class Three double, with 5.92m in the long jump and 24.97 in the 200m. Devia Brown of Hydel High won the Class One discus with 44.68m, getting the better of UWI’s Isheka Binns (43.25m) and Mishka Dacosta (29.45m).
Past the finishing postTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1820 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. KIRI OWhite 51.0 6/1*2. BALLON D’OR SEllis 55.0 Neck3. MIND SET OWalker 56.0 1/2L4. COMMANDING AVIATOR AChatrie 52.5 3LWIN: $370.00PLACE: $104.00, $58.00, $59.00Final Time : 1:58.3 Splits : 27.0, 52.1, 1:16.4, 1:43.1Winner : 4yo b filly – BIRDSTONE – BOOTLESSTrainer : HARRY PARSARD Owner : CURRAGH JAMAICA AGENCYBred by IAN PARSARDQu: $467.00 Ex: $1,312.00Trifecta: $731.00Race 2 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. LAZZA HPottinger4 53.02. OPTIMUS JInnis4 51.0 5-1/2L3. SLEW DI CLOCK LSteadman3 54.0 2-1/4L4. RED EAGLE RLunan 56.0 1-1/4LWIN: $283.00PLACE: $107.00, $160.00, $90.00Final Time : 1:15.2 Splits : 23.3, 48.4, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – DAYTON FLYER – MISS POLLYTrainer : LORENZO ROBINSON Owner : LORENZO ROBINSONBred by LORENZO B. ROBINSONQu: $1,953.00 Ex: $5,294.00D/E: $2,687.00Superfecta: $13,382.00Race 3 1600 M (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)&NB4YO(NW3O/T)&NB3YO-REST.STAKES1. ORIGINAL TRAIN WHenry 53.02. SILVER CLOUD JErwin 53.5 6L3. BLUE DIXIE DaneNelson 55.0 3/4L4. DREAMCOMETRUE SMuir 53.0 2 1/4LWIN: $137.00Final Time: 1:39.1 Splits : 23.4, 46.1, 1:11.4Winner : 4yo b colt – IMAGE MAKER – REGINA ROYALETrainer: HARRY PARSARD Owner: HARRY PARSARDBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Qu: $196.00 Ex: $263.00D/E: $564.00Trifecta: $383.00Rolling Triple: $4,592.00Race 4 1200 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO-NW41. UNBREAKABLE AChatrie 56.02. DOC HOLIDAY DaneNelson 53.0 1-1/4L3. AGAKHAN RLunan 54.0 5/1 Neck4. TOUCH DE ROAD RoshJohnson4 52.0 1-1/4LWIN: $279.00PLACE: $137.00, $107.00, $93.00Final Time : 1:15.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.4Winner: 5yo ch colt – TRADITIONAL – ONEMOREFASHIONTrainer: DONOVAN PLUMMER Owner: GERAINT PARCHMENTBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $530.00 Ex: $1,263.00D/E: $1,649.00Superfecta: $5,681.00Rolling Triple: $7,332.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.I)1. BULLET RAJ JErwin 54.0*2. BIG DATA AChatrie 54.0 5L3. MISTER BONES RWilson 54.0 1-1/4L4. ZEPHYR KPowell 52.0 1-3/4L5. DYSFUNCTIONAL OWalker 56.0 1-1/2LLate scratch : #12 GALAHANNWIN: $204.00PLACE: $68.00, $56.00, $56.00Final Time : 0:57.3 Splits : 22.3, 44.3Winner : 3yo colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – DANCING GOLDTrainer : ROBERT PEARSON Owner: W. B. RACINGBred by WILBERT BAGWANDEENQu: $340.00 Ex: $518.00D/E: $4,668.00Trifecta: $349.00Hi-5: $4,257.00Rolling Triple: $7,985.00LONG SHOT TROPHYRace 6 1300 M (Purse $500,000) 5YO&UP CLM($180,0)-START FOR $180,0 SINCE OCT.20&NB5YO&UP(MDN) (DIV.I)1. SPORTING CLAY DaneNelson 54.02. MONEYNEVERSLEEP BebHarvey3 52.5 3L3. WAR CHIP WHenry 54.0 13/1 1/2L4. SERIOUS BUSINESS SMuir 55.0 2-1/2L5. POCKET MONEY AndrePowell4 50.5 1-1/4L*6. PRINCE OSHAUN RWilson 54.0 *8/5 1/2LLate scratch : #7 AWESOME MARQUE, #13ALDEBARANWIN: $141.00PLACE: $88.00, $220.00, $158.00Final Time : 1:23.3 Splits : 24.2, 49.1, 1:15.4,Winner: 5yo b gelding – URBAN KING – DANCIN ROSETrainer: STEVEN TODD Owner : STEVEN M TODDBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Qu: $1,759.00 Ex: $3,050.00D/E: $1,101.00Trifecta: $11,197.00Hit-6: $39,039.00Rolling Triple: $15,133.00Super-6: $479,006.10Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.II)*1. NOLAN HILL AChatrie 54.02. HELLO LADY SEllis 54.0 5L3. BOLD SYMPHONY OEdwards3 51.0 3L4. SWEET DESTINY ABudhu 56.0 2-1/2LLate scratch : #5 MASTER ADAM, #9 PHOTOGENICWIN: $86.00PLACE: $57.00, $155.00, $104.00Final Time : 0:57.2 Splits : 22.2, 44.3Winner : 3yo b colt – DEPUTY GLITTERS -NO MONEY NO HONEYTrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : TRUE FRIENDSBred by EDISON CHAIQu: $807.00 Ex: $1,194.00D/E: $229.00Superfecta: $9,112.00Rolling Triple: $2,212.0Race 8 1400 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. SURE MAN DaneNelson 56.02. GIRSHOM LSteadman3 53.0 8L3. SEAL THE DEAL AChatrie 55.0 1L4. MIRACLE TRAIN OScott4 50.0 3/4L5. OMEGA AndrePowell4 51.5 1-1/4LLate scratch : #3 SIR ROLANDWIN: $119.00PLACE: $61.00, $77.00, $117.00Final Time : 1:31.2 Splits : 24.3, 49.2, 1:17.0,Winner : 5yo b colt – MIRACLE MAN – LADY KUMARITrainer : VICTOR WILLIAMS Owner: PATRICK HALLBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.Qu: $566.00 Ex: $716.00D/E: $142.00Trifecta: $1,928.00Hi-5: $130,655.50Rolling Triple: $435.00Pick-4: $4,840.00LONG SHOT TROPHYRace 9 1300 M (Purse $500,000) 5YO&UP CLM($180,0)-START FOR $180,0 SINCE OCT.20&NB5YO&UP(MDN) (DIV.II)1. BURNING MEDIC OEdwards3 50.02. GO TO HELL CChow 54.0 3/4L3. ALEXANDER LSteadman3 54.0 Head4. CAUSE FOR CONCERN DDawkins4 51.0 2- 1/2L5. WRIGHT AWAY DaneNelson 57.0 NeckWIN: $194.00PLACE: $77.00, $118.00, $65.00Final Time : 1:24.2 Splits : 24.4, 50.1, 1:16.1,Winner: 8yo ch horse – BURNING MARQUE – WILD MEDICTrainer: PATRICK FONG Owner : W. B. RACINGBred by CARL D. ANDERSONQu: $1,629.00 Ex: $3,877.00D/E: $619.00Trifecta: $2,896.00Hi-5 carry-over : $348,627.50Rolling Triple: $656.00Race 10 1600 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. SOUTHERN CRUISE PFrancis 52.0*2. FUTURE KING OWalker 54.0 Sh.Head3. SHINING LIGHT SMuir 53.5 2-1/2L4. MIRACLE STAR AChatrie 56.0 3/4L5. BLACK THORN DaneNelson 52.5 2-1/2LWIN: $220.00PLACE: $61.00, $56.00, $112.00Final Time: 1:40.1 Splits : 24.4, 48.0, 1:13.4,Winner : 4yo ch colt – WEEKEND CRUISE – HONKEYTONKVILLETrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : HYDE VALLEY FARMSBred by KARL SAMUDAQu: $298.00 Ex: $871.00D/E: $1,077.00Trifecta: $978.00Hi-5: $27,239.50Rolling Triple: $5,442.00PlacePot 8: $6,165.00EILEEN CLIGGOTT MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 11 1300 M (Purse $1,200,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES*1. POKER STAR OWalker 54.52. PHINEAS WHenry 53.0 1-3/4L3. CAMPESINO PFrancis 52.0 1- 1/2L4. UPPA TUNE SEllis 57.0 2-1/4LWIN: $90.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00Final Time : 1:18.4 Splits : 24.2, 47.3, 1:11.4Winner : 4yo b colt – LIQUIDITY – BUYABOOKTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTAOwner: ALEXANDER HABERBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $459.00 Ex: $451.00D/E: $298.00Trifecta: $263.00Rolling Triple: $4,894.00Race 12 1000 M (R) (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. RUNNER RUNNER DDawkins4 52.02. WICKED TUFF RLahoe 54.0 10L3. TEISHA’S DREAM AGray4 51.5 Sh.Head4. GRAND TRAIN LSteadman3 53.0 1L5. MEDICAL INSTINCT RNelson 53.0 3/4LLate scratch : #3 FREE AS A BIRD, #9 SMART TRAINWIN: $81.00PLACE: $119.00, $81.00, $177.00Final Time: 1:02.2 Splits: 23.4, 48.2Winner: 5yo colt – ADORE THE GOLD – UP FOR GOLDTrainer: PAUL SMITH Owner: DELETA BREWSTERBred by HOPETON DRECKETTEQu: $796.00 Ex: $2,077.00D/E: $806.00 (1-3) $106.00Trifecta: $4,906.00Hi-5 carry-over : $116,220.00Rolling Triple: $3,602.00Pick-4: $16,556.00Super-6: $17,051.00Pick-9: (8/9) $10,754.50 (7/9) $318.00Carry-over : $1, 414,054.90
People’s National Party (PNP) President, Prime Minister Portia Simpson — Miller, has expressed confidence that she will remain in the top job when the votes are counted later this evening. After casting her vote at the Whitfield Town All Age School in her South West St Andrew constituency a short while ago, Simpson-Miller told members of the media that she will not say how many seats she is going to win, but noted that she is assured of victory. “Do I look like a loser? What sort of question is that?” Simpson- Miller quipped as journalists asked whether she would stay on as PNP President should she lose the election. “I know how many seats I am going to win, but I know the PNP will remain in power after this election,” added Simpson-Miller. The PNP President said after voting she is heading to her constituency office as she doesn’t see the need to prop up any PNP candidate who might be in a fight. In a plea to her supporters and Jamaicans in general, the Prime Minister begged for a peaceful election arguing that there is no need for intimidation or violence as people cast their votes. “I want no intimidation. I want no trouble. I want everybody to go out and cast their vote in peace,” said Simpson — Miller. She said her next address to the media will come later after the PNP’s victory. With a massive crowd shouting ‘Portia! Portia!’, the PNP President left the Whitfield Town All Age School just minutes ago. Meanwhile, heavy voting is continuing at the polling station, which has several polling divisions.
LONDON (AP):Australia set about regaining some dignity after relinquishing the Ashes by scoring 287 for three yesterday on the first day of the fifth Test against England, building a strong platform in their bid for a series-ending consolation victory.David Warner struck 85 and Steven Smith was unbeaten on 78 as normal service resumed after the chaos of the fourth Test, when England skittled Australia for 60 in the first morning to set up an Ashes-clinching win early on day three.Australia’s much-criticised batsmen showed sounder judgement after being put into bat under overcast skies and on a green-tinged pitch – reviving nightmares of Trent Bridge two weeks ago. Stuart Broad wreaked havoc on that occasion, returning figures of eight for 15 with his spell of a lifetime, but England’s bowling wasn’t quite as accurate at The Oval and the Australians prospered.Warner and Chris Rogers (43) put on 110 for the first wicket before Smith and Adam Voges (47) reached stumps on an unbroken 101-run partnership, further muting what had been a flat atmosphere from the start.”To come out and show what we are capable of is fantastic for the top order,” Warner said. “We are in a great position at the moment, but we have to capitalise tomorrow.”Between the two century stands, Michael Clarke – playing his last Test before retirement – was afforded a guard of honour by England’s players when he came out to bat. The Australia captain only scored 15 before edging behind off Ben Stokes, continuing his poor run of form this series.England have an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the series and are looking to win four Tests in a home Ashes series for the first time.For the first time in 23 Ashes Tests, the side batting first reached lunch without loss with Australia 82-0.Rogers didn’t last much longer.chase deliveryPlaying in his last Test before quitting international cricket, Rogers was circumspect in the first session but chased a delivery from Mark Wood that had surprising bounce. Rogers’ edge flew straight to first slip, with England captain Alastair Cook juggling the ball before catching at thesecond attempt.Warner passed his half-century for the fifth successive Test this series, and had struck 11 fours before he departed by nicking a ball from offspinner Moeen Ali to Adam Lyth at slip. Warner fell short of his 13th Test century.Smith, already confirmed as Australia’s next captain, arrived at the crease looking to avoid registering a fifth straight single-figure score – after innings of 7, 8, 6 and 5 – and he did just that.He brought up Australia’s 200 with a cut for four off Steven Finn and drove Stokes to the boundary to register his 13th 50 in 33 Tests.
Familiar with what it takes to reach the second round of the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football competition, 2005 champions Calabar High saw off the physical and tactical challenges of lowly Tivoli with a 3-1win at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday.Mickel Graham sent them ahead four minutes into the match with a powerful close-range finish, while Lenworth Reckford finished off what could go down as the goal of the match via a 19-yard free-kick, which sizzled and sailed into the back of the net in stoppage time of the first half (45 plus one minute).The half-time score was 2-1 in favour of Calabar, which scored their third goal inside 58 minutes, as Roman Rallyns capitalised on a bad giveaway by goalkeeper Romane McKenzie.Tivoli’s consolation was scored through a 42nd-minute penalty, after Renardo Burgher was adjudged to slap Rajeem Lothian inside the penalty box. Dwayne Coke subsequently fired in low and hard.The result means that Calabar pulled into second position in Group A on 10 points, the same as defending champions Jamaica College, who have a superior goaldifference.It took the Red Hills Road-based school six games to qualify for the second round, while Jamaica College have played four, with three wins and one draw.Yesterday’s game was a tense battle which saw both teams concede possession and give up numerous fouls, eight yellow cards in total and a red card to goalscorer Dwayne Coke for a rash tackle late in the game.Of Calabar’s three wins, two losses and one draw, coach Bradley Stewart said he is “not necessarily satisfied”.”(We’ve) what we think is probably enough to take us to the next round, and we hope that by virtue of having this little rest period, we will get back to a better situation,” he added.Stewart added that the break will give them a chance to recuperate and get the players back to their best.Meanwhile, Tivoli’s coach said his young team, though eliminated, will be “rebuilding for next season”.
Deadline extension To facilitate the growing number of participants, the deadline was extended and will close today. Interested persons may sign up for the Run online at www.runningeventsja.com for $1,200 or make a contribution to the cause through the Digicel Foundation. In addition to the traditional run, walk and wheelchair options, persons will also be able to sign up for the ‘Fun’ route, which is an obstacle course filled with challenges, including pillow fights, neon light, paint and other interesting diversions. “Our aim at Digicel Foundation is to not only improve the lives of our special needs friends, but to also educate more persons about special needs so that they can be better integrated into our society,” said executive director of the Digicel Foundation, Samantha Chantrelle. She added: “With increased awareness, we will eventually see Jamaicans making more effort to help these persons, whether it is through a simple act of helping a blind person to cross the road or to volunteer their time at one of the 12 beneficiary institutions of the run.” KINGSTON: Support for the Digicel 5K Imagine Run 2015 continues to increase since its launch over a month ago, with over 200 high-school students signed up to participate in the annual event on Saturday. This includes students from Campion College, Camperdown High School, Mavis Bank High, AISK and St George’s College. Digicel extended a special invitation to schools within the Corporate Area to drive further awareness of the special-needs community, while educating the students about the cause during their morning assemblies. Now in its fourth staging, the annual event has maintained its mandate of using the funds raised to develop special-needs institutions in Jamaica. “At St George’s College, we do a number of charities as we believe it is important for our students to give back to the community,” shared Colleen Yee Sing-Mitchell, guidance counsellor at the North Street-based institution. “Special needs is not necessarily one of the areas to which the gentlemen of the school have been exposed, so we think the Digicel 5K Run is an ideal opportunity for them to learn about Jamaica’s special-needs community and play a part in supporting them,” she added.
+C. Baugh Jr c wk. Hamilton b Joseph 73 N. Miller c wk. Hamilton b Cornwall 51 D. Jacobs lbw b Cornwall 6 M. Mindley not out 10 S. Cottrell c Liburd b Tonge 35 Extras (b5, lb4, nb2) 11 TOTAL (all out, 84.1 overs) 243 Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-39, 3-44, 4-54, 5-56, 6-68, 7-194, 8-194, 9-243, 10-243. Bowling: Tonge 22.1-4-76-3, Joseph 19-4-46-3, Cornwall 32-11-76-4, Taylor 6-0-18-0, Peters 1-0-10-0, Liburd 3-0-6-0, Hughes 1-0-2-0. HURRICANES 2nd Innings C. Hughes lbw b Miller 27 S. Jeffers not out 55 D. Cruickshank c Bernard b Jacobs 14 N. Bonner b Mindley 10 Extras (b4, lb1, w1) 6 TOTAL (3 wkts, 32.3 overs) 112 Fall of wickets: 1-71, 2-94, 3-112. Bowling: Cottrell 2-0-17-0, Mindley 3.3-2-12-1, Miller 13-2-33-1, Campbell 4-0-15-0, Lambert 3-0-13-0, Jacobs 7-0-17-0. Position: Hurricanes lead by 33 runs overall. Toss: Hurricanes. Umpires: Verdayne Smith, Nigel Duguid. HURRICANES 1st Innings 164 SCORPIONS 1st Innings (overnight 69 for six) Defiant half-centuries from wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr and spinner Nikita Miller has put Jamaica Scorpions in pole position heading into day three of their fourth round WICB First-Class Championship encounter against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Sabina Park. Resuming the day together with Jamaica reeling at 69 for six, in chase of the Hurricanes’ modest first innings total of 164, the duo went on to put on 126 for the seventh wicket to rally the Scorpions to 243. Facing a deficit of 79, the Leewards thereafter closed the day on an enterprising 112 for three, 33 runs ahead. Baugh Jr, recalled to squad after failing in the first two matches on the departure of Chadwick Walton due to study leave, hit a topscore with 73. His knock included seven fours in a near four-hour stay at the wicket. Miller, in the meantime, demonstrating ability with the bat once more, hit 51 in two hours and 26 minutes. He hit five fours. Also among the runs was Sheldon Cottrell who slammed 35 with two sixes and three fours. Cornwall ended with four for 76, the impressive Alzarri Joseph, three for 46, and experienced pacer Gavin Tonge, three for 76. The Hurricanes came out with a positive mind-set in their second innings. Their counter-attack effort is being led by opener Shane Jeffers, who is unbeaten on 55, after hitting a six and five fours. “It was a good innings by Baugh and Miller,” said Jamaica captain, Paul Palmer at the end of yesterday’s play. “The team was behind the eighth ball on day one, and thanks mainly to their perseverance, we are now ahead. “We just have to try as best as possible to restrict then to total of stay under 150, and after that, go for the runs,” he added. Play resumes at 10 a.m. today. SCOREBOARD
Both the Pick-9 and Super-6s start anew at Caymanas Park tomorrow, the Pick-9 offering a minimum payout of $1 million and the Super-6, $750,000 each.The Pick-9 will embrace races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the second Super-6 from race five to 10.We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a 4-y-o and up restricted allowance race (non winners of three) over a mile, to be contested by eight starters.The field includes top contenders BALLON D’OR, to be ridden by champion jockey Shane Ellis for trainer Anthony Nunes and MIND SET, with top apprentice Linton Steadman riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta.Indications are that it will come down to these two. BALLON D’OR ran encouragingly behind stable-companion SOUTHERN CRUISE over a mile last Saturday, finishing just over two lengths third. However, three weeks prior to that, he could only manage sixth to DREAMCOMETRUE and MIND SET over 1,500 metres. Hence, MIND SET is given the edge at the revised weights.The speedy CLASSICAL TRAIN, who is coming off a recent course win, is tipped to repeat in the second race over the round five course with apprentice Jerome Innis riding him from the convenient mark of 50.0kg in race two. The Ryan Darby-trained 5-y-o mare looks the speediest in the 10-horse field and will prove hard to catch, despite the obvious claims of FABULOUSCONNECTION who finished a strong second at long odds to EL CLIENTE over 1200 metres last Saturday.The third race over the straight five course for three and four-year-olds should provide the speedy 3-y-o colt DREAMLINER with a decisive victory, following his failed attempt as the favourite behind SHINING LIGHT and BUBBLING KITTEN over 1100 metres on January 16.The small field of six has a competitive look about it with BUBBLING KITTEN returning and recent course winner DWAYNE STAR joining the fray as fit as hands can make him. But the Wayne DaCosta-trained DREAMLINER, who was numbered among the top two-year-olds of last season, should take some catching with four-time champion Omar Walker sticking with the ride.QUEEN OF THE TOWN, who has finished second in her last two races, gets the nod over HE’S A DIAMOND and DEPUTY HEADGIRL in the fourth race over 1200 metres for maiden five-year-olds and up. She has been knocking at the door and with Jevanne Erwin retaining the ride, the Donovan Plummer-trained QUEEN OF THE TOWN should make no mistake.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by AGAKHAN (Dane Nelson up), who truly enjoys galloping over the straight, and the well-forward Wayne DaCosta-trained first time runner MY WAY (working brilliantly) in the sixth race over 1200 metres for native bred maiden three-year-olds.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) MIND SET/BALLON D’OR(2) CLASSICAL TRAIN(3) DREAMLINER/BUBBLING KITTEN(4) QUEEN OF THE TOWN(5) AGAKHAN(6) MY WAY/LORD EQUUS
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):The vice-president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Emmanuel Nanthan, yesterday launched a major broadside against Darren Sammy 48 hours after he led West Indies into the history books by becoming the first team to capture the T20 World Cup twice.Nanton has blasted as “irrelevant, demeaning, insulting, and unfortunate” comments made by Sammy minutes after West Indies pulled off a stunning four-wicket victory over England to seal the title.Sammy courted controversy when he hit out at the WICB for its lack of support and praised Prime Minister of Grenada Dr Keith Mitchell and CARICOM for messages of support, which inspired his team.”So to try to make it look like the board was inefficient in any way is rather unfortunate,” declared Nanton in a radio interview in Dominica.”To spoil what was a tremendous achievement for the Caribbean civilisation with comments that are totally irrelevant and demeaning and insulting to the Caribbean people I believe was rather unfortunate”.Contracts disputeSammy’s comments were also made against the backdrop of the players’ contracts dispute with the WICB before the start of the tournament back in February, which threatened the side’s participation.Sammy acted as the players’ representative during the brief impasse.The WICB vice-president also took issue with the players for complaining about a reduction in their fee structure for the World Cup while not disclosing increases in fees for the regional competition.”So the players complained that for the World Cup, their fees went down maybe by US$20,000 or thereabout. But they did not say that the week before they got the World Cup contract, all of them signed contracts for the regional competition, where their fees went up by US$80,000, $140,000, $145,000, and $75,000. They did not say that,” said Nanthan.”But they are saying that they had a loss of US$20,000 each on the World Cup. The World Cup is every other year. Our regional competition is every year. So really and truly, they weremaking noise for losing $20,000 on one side but gaining $150,000 or $280,000 in some instances on the other hand and never ever said that to anybody.”Praised new managerOn Sunday, Sammy also praised newly installed manager Rawl Lewis, who, he said, went to extraordinary lengths to solve a uniform problem during the pre-tournament camp in Dubai.But Nanthan has dismissed Sammy’s comments on this issue as misleading, blaming the impasse for the delay in printing numbers on the uniforms.”The date was coming. The players had not consented to go to play, so the company delivered the uniforms without the numbers in them because we were not sure which players we going to play,” he said.”So when the logistics officer left the Caribbean for Dubai, he had a ticket in his hands to go to pick up the uniforms in Calcutta, put the numbers on them, and carry them himself to the team well before the World Cup.”Earlier, the WICB, in a release, had described Sammy’s comments as “inappropriate” and promised an investigation with a view to taking necessary action.Nanthan’s comments are likely to fuel more tension between the champion West Indies side, which has garnered massive support in the region, and an embattled Dave Cameron-led WICB, which is coming under mounting public pressure to step down.
Front-line West Indies batsman, Marlon Samuels, said conditions relating to salary packages are driving senior players away from Test representation.The situation, he declared, is forcing him to retire from Tests.”The way how things are right now, it is forcing me to give it (Test cricket) up,” stated Samuels, who was Player of the Final in the just-concluded ICC WorldTwenty20 in India.”I would like to continue and play as long as possible, however, until things improve, I doubt it,” he offered, as this summer’s home series against India in the Caribbean loom large.He continued: “If you look at the system now, we have more young players playing when we should have more senior players and a couple of young players.”It means, therefore, that it could be said that we are not going in the right direction when it comes to the longer version.NO ENCOURAGEMENT”For example, a lot of players (are) playing only Twenty20 cricket, who I know have a lot of ability and could do well in the Test side. However, at the end of the day, they are not being encouraged, including financially, and as such, do what they have to do.”According to Samuels, one of the reasons for a lack of interest generally by senior players in Test cricket appears to be how they are treated by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) as it relates to financial matters.He said with a changing worldwide cricket landscape, their net worth is being recognised internationally, but regionally, there seems to be reluctance.This, he said, is evidenced by the new player payment scheme that was negotiated between the regional entity and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).”Test cricket is the most important part of our West Indies heritage, but it is also a job for us,” commented Samuels.”I don’t think we are being paid particularly well at the moment, as we got a big pay cut recently with virtually little consent on our part.”Some of us as players agreed in principle for a pay cut with WIPA to help with the paying of first-class cricketers in the regional professional league, but none of us had signed off on the exact percentage.”WIPA then went literally behind our backs and signed off on close to a 75 per cent match-fee pay cut, and I can tell you none of the players are happy about it.”He added: “Situations like these do not motivate or encourage our senior players to want to play the longest version of the game.”Samuels, who made his Test debut in 2000, has an average of 33.53, including seven centuries and 22 half centuries.