Nedd delighted with selection, credits WIEP for added success

first_imgGUYANESE spinner Ashmead Nedd credits the West Indies Emerging Players (WIEP) team for providing players with the foundation and adequate learning experiences required to play cricket at the highest level.Nedd, who  represented the West Indies at  the last  ICC U-19 World Cup was named in Monday’s 15-man squad for next year’s tournament in South Africa, again finding favour with the selectors after his excellent showing for the red-hot WIEP, who have been playing out of their skins in the ongoing Super50 tournament.Nedd, along with fellow countryman Kevlon Anderson, managed to make the final cut and the former Guyana U-19 player was adamant that going forward, the team will help to polish more and younger players who are on a senior path in their careers. “The WIEP is a good learning opportunity and it’s an opportunity for player to keep working on their skills,” Nedd said.Speaking to Chronicle Sport, the Windies spinner said he was spending some time with his WIEP teammates, when he got the news of his selection. “When I got the news of my selection I was overjoyed and happy. I was at the hotel with my teammates, I called home right away and told my father I got selected once again for the U-19  World Cup team and he congratulated me.”.Prior to the Cup, Windies will have their hands full when they tackle England and Sri Lanka U-19s in a West Indies Rising Stars U-19 Tri-Series set for Antigua next month.Some nine matches will be played between the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground and the Coolidge Cricket Ground from December 6 and Nedd was laser-focussed on helping the home team prevail.“I’m mostly looking to just contribute to winning; we are just looking at winning the Tri-Series. I’m not thinking too much about my personal performances as yet I just want to win,” the 18-year-old pointed out.In closing, Nedd credited his father, former Guyana spinner and national youth coach Garvin Nedd for being the mainstay throughout his cricket career. “My biggest inspiration in cricket is my father. Through my entire career both on and off of the field, he has been the one behind all the success.”Meanwhile, Windies U-19 team who will be looking to recapture the title, will travel to South Africa following the Christmas holiday season and resume preparations for the World Cup which bowls off January 17 and ends February 9. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

Mets, Marlins walk off field after 42-second moment of silence honouring Jackie Robinson

first_imgLast Updated: 28th August, 2020 13:54 IST Mets, Marlins Walk Off Field After 42-second Moment Of Silence Honouring Jackie Robinson The New York Mets and Miami Marlins boycotted their game by walking off the field after a 42-second moment of silence that honoured Jackie Robinson. FOLLOW US 1 week ago Mets blow deGrom’s lead, rally in 8th to beat Marlins 5-4 WATCH US LIVE After other baseball games were postponed after Jacob Blake’s shooting, the Mets arrived late and did not submit a lineup to the umpires. The starting pitchers refused to throw warmup pitches, and the teams waited near the dugouts in uniform till 7:10 PM, when the first pitch was scheduled. Players stood silent, removed their caps and returned. Mets outfielder Dominic Smith led the team onto the field. On Wednesday (Thursday IST), Smith, who knelt during the national anthem as a sign of protest, wept while talking about the shooting. Jacob Blake, 29, was shot in the back seven times in broad daylight in Wisconsin, while his children waited in the car. Though Blake survived, he might not be able to walk again. Also read | Black Lives Matter over Tennis? Naomi Osaka amazes netizens with US Open warmup withdrawal Devika Pawar SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV 2 weeks ago Mets to return Tuesday with doubleheader against Marlins The New York Mets and Miami Marlins walked off the field during their games on Thursday, August 27. They observed a 42-second silence to honour Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the MLB and wore No. 42 jerseys. The Mets and Marlins walked off the court after, with a Black Lives Matter t-shirt draped over the home plate.Also read | Donald Trump labels NBA a “political organisation” after boycott over Jacob Blake shootingNew York Mets, Miami Marlins boycott their MLB game while honouring Jackie Robinsoncenter_img Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson said he knew that boycotting the game was the correct thing to do. “The words on the shirt speak for themselves, just having it in the centre of everything, just knowing that both teams are unified, and that we agreed to do this,” Brinson explained. Mets outfielder Michael Conforto also spoke about Smith’s emotional statement after the Mets 5-4 victory against the Marlins. “It really touched all of us in the clubhouse, just to see how powerful his statements were, how emotional he was,” Conforto said. The players are all willing to stand with their teammates, and the boycotted game was only one example. Before deciding to sit out, both Mets and Marlins met with Conforto, Brinson and Marlins’ Miguel Rojas, player representatives for their respective teams. After walking out, Rojas stated that both teams wanted to do something special. Also read | LeBron James, other NBA players firm with call to boycott playoffs for Black Lives MatterThe teams’ decision to honour Robinson will be followed by the annual Jackie Robinson Day, which was scheduled for a day later. Usually held on April 15, the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brinson added that supporting the Black Lives Matter movement cannot be a one-time thing, and needs to be “ongoing” to spark change. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen featured in a video message two hours before the game, revealing that their players chose to not play. The MLB’s boycott comes after NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks chose to sit out their playoffs first-round game against the Orlando Magic. The Wisconsin-based team chose to protest Blake’s shooting and released a statement saying that no one was able to concentrate on basketball considering the unrest in their home city. Along with the NBA, the WNBA and Major League Soccer also chose to postpone their games. Also read | Kyrie Irving proved right as NBA players opt to boycott season after Jacob Blake shooting(Image credits: AP) Written By 2 weeks ago Subway Series postponed after Mets’ positive COVID tests COMMENT 2 weeks ago Rojas returns after being sidelined by Marlins’ outbreak WE RECOMMEND First Published: 28th August, 2020 13:54 IST 2 weeks ago 2 positive tests in Mets organization; 2 games postponedlast_img read more

Kenyan teams at better level-Simba coach

first_img0Shares0000Simba SC head coach Pierre Lechantre watches from the bench during his side’s SportPesa Super Cup clash against Kariobangi Sharks at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 5- Simba SC head coach Pierre Lechantre has admitted that Kenyan teams will be tough to beat at the Super Cup as they are at a better physical level compared to their Tanzanian counterparts who have just finished their domestic season.Giants Young Africans and Zanzibar’s Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) have already been eliminated from the tournament by Kakamega Homeboyz and Gor Mahia respectively while Simba had to rely on the penalty lottery to beat Kariobangi Sharks. “All the teams from Kenya are good teams. They are at a better physical level because they are in the middle of the season while my team and all the teams from Tanzania, we are playing after the end of the championship,” the French coach said.“My team we have been celebrating winning the Championship for two weeks now and it is not easy to settle the players. You have to have big motivation to win this tournament,” the tactician noted.He expects a tough tie against Homeboyz when the two sides face off in the semi-finals on Thursday, noting he knows their strengths having watched them eliminate Yanga on Sunday.“They are a very good team with very fast players and I know it will be tough. Also, I see the players from Gor Mahia, they are very good. I told their coach, he must be very lucky to have such a team with all good players,” he added.Simba SC goalkeeper Aishi Manula and Kariobangi Sharks midfielder Sven Yidah enjoy a light moment during their SportPesa Super Cup clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, just like his Gor counterpart Dylan Kerr, Lechantre has blasted the Afraha Stadium playing surface, saying it could not give them an opportunity to play their passing game.“With the field it’s difficult to play with one touch. It was a big problem for us and with this kind of field you have to play long pass and run which is not our kind of football,” the tactician lamented.He has however praised his players for their attitude against a tough Sharks side and notes they still have areas to improve on before they face Homeboyz in the last four.Meanwhile, Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya was left dejected after his side wasted chance after chance and had an even more miserable ending in the penalties in a match they should have taken their chances and won.Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya during his side’s SportPesa Super Cup clash against Tanzanian champions Simba SC at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe however hopes the tough lessons the boys picked against Simba will spur them on back in their league campaign.“It is disheartening because sometimes you go back and see the chances you missed and you wonder. We take the lessons from here and move our focus back to the league. Had we scored the chances we had things would have been different,” the tactician noted.“The positives we pick is on the young boys who came in and did a good. It shows we have a good future ahead. Also, another thing is that if you are given a chance, you have to take it otherwise someone will take it and run away with it like Simba did with the penalties,” Muluya noted.Sharks will now take their focus back to the Kenyan Premier League and Football Kenya Federation Shield campaigns hoping to have a good season like they did in 2017.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more