Calabar in seventh heaven

first_imgCalabar High scored their first win after three attempts in Group G of this season’s ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup competition yesterday, and they did it in some style, with a 7-0 clobbering of Campion College at Red Hills Road.Javone Francis led the onslaught with two goals in the 45th and 75th minutes. The other goals came from Herbert Redman, Scott McCoy, Renardo Burger, Orane Ferguson, and De Andre McCoy.But despite losing their first two games of the season, double goalscorer Francis, who has targeted 20 goals this season, insists their season has just started with that this game, and he is confident that they can recover and move on from the group.”Today, our campaign started and we are going to win all seven matches we have left. We are confident we can make it to the next round. My aim is to score goals, and the aim is 20 for the season,” he told The Gleaner.Calabar were all over their opponents from the opening whistle, and Redman fired home in the 16th minute to get them off the mark. Calabar doubled their lead on the half-hour thanks to McCoy’s powerful strike, and Burger produced an even more spectacular effort, curling in a shot off the post four minutes later. Francis netted his first and Calabar his fourth when he scored from inside the box on 45 minutes.MULTIPLE GOALSAfter the break, Ferguson scored with a low shot from 18 yards, and Francis added his second and Calabar’s sixth with another low strike. McCoy then sealed the win with a goal in added time.Calabar’s coach, Lijyasu Simms, reiterated that their season had just began.”The slow start we had is because we have a very young team. A lot of these guys are playing Manning Cup for the first time, so they started nervous. The two games we lost are water under the bridge. The other teams (in group) are not way ahead of us, so our destiny is in our own hands,” Simms said.last_img read more

3rd Test: Mark Wood’s five-wicket haul puts England on top vs West Indies

first_imgMark Wood picked up his first five-wicket haul to bowl England into a commanding position on the second day of the third Test against West Indies on Sunday.Wood scooped 5 for 41 as the visitors bowled out West Indies for 154 for a 123-run first innings lead at Darren Sammy Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia.England were 19 without loss in their second innings at the close, an overall lead of 142 runs on an eventful day in which 16 wickets fell.Brought into the team for the first time this series, Wood offered England genuine pace of more than 90 mph (145 kph).He had an immediate impact, having Shai Hope (one) and Roston Chase (golden duck) caught at gully off consecutive balls in Gros Islet.Although he did not complete the hat-trick, Wood struck again soon afterwards when Shimron Hetmyer (eight) edged to first slip.Wood was not the only England bowler on a hat-trick in the middle session.Spinner Moeen Ali dismissed openers Kraigg Brathwaite, caught at deep mid-wicket for 12, and John Campbell, lbw for 41, with successive balls.Campbell’s wicket was particularly important because he was threatening to compile a big score quickly, scoring the lion’s share of runs in an opening partnership of 57.Wood continued his carnage after tea when Darren Bravo (six) edged to first slip and he wrapped up the innings by bowling out Shannon Gabriel for four.Moeen took 4-36, while Stuart Broad chipped in with a wicket, as well as a magnificent one-handed catch at long-off.Though West Indies have already clinched the series by winning the first two Tests, England will take comfort from being in great position to salvage a victory in the finale.advertisementWest Indies, however, revealed that while they have an abundance of fast bowlers, their batting can still be brittle.ROACH STRIKESEarlier, Kemar Roach picked up four wickets as West Indies ripped through the England tail in the first innings.The second new ball, allied with good bowling and sharp fielding, helped West Indies restrict England’s total to 277.Gabriel, fastest of West Indies’ four-pronged pace attack, set the skids in motion when he bowled Jos Buttler for 67.Butler did not add to his overnight score, and the dismissal ended a 125-run partnership with Ben Stokes that had allowed England to climb out of an early hole.Stokes went eight overs later for 79, caught when he mistimed a pull shot, and after Moeen (13) and Jonny Bairstow (two) went cheaply, West Indies quickly mopped up the tail, picking up the final four wickets for seven runs.Roach finished with 4-48, while Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and Keemo Paul collected two wickets apiece.Also Read | Ben Stokes recalled from pavilion after no-ball dismissal in 3rd Test vs West IndiesAlso Read | Ben Stokes happy he didn’t take his pants off after bizarre bit of cricketlast_img read more