WI batsmen lack confidence, says Bravo

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Middle-order batsman Darren Bravo says the series of defeats suffered by the West Indies in recent times is as a result of the batsmen’s lack of confidence.Bravo scored a century in the West Indies innings and 212-run loss to the Aussies in the first Test on the heels of a crushing defeat at the hands of a Rookie Cricket Australia 11.In October, the Caribbean cricketers were beaten two-nil by Sri Lanka in a Test series, where Bravo was one of only two batsmen to score 50s.”It’s just a matter of confidence,” Bravo said.”Coming in to this series, most of our batsmen didn’t really have that confidence. We lost the series in Sri Lanka; we lost the practice game as well in Brisbane. It’s a matter of confidence.”West Indies were bowled out for 223 and 148 in the first Test against Australia in Hobart, with the second-innings highlight being Kraigg Brathwaite’s 94.In their drawn warm-up match against Victoria X1, Brathwaite followed up his Test performance with a score of 78; Jermaine Blackwood rebounded from failing to get off the mark twice with a score of 69; while Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin scored 45 and 38, respectively.NEED TO STAY AT CREASEBravo is confident that the West Indies can accumulate runs against Australia once their batsmen occupy the crease.”It’s important that whenever we go to bat we spend some time out in the middle. If we spend time, we’re definitely going to score runs,” said Bravo.”Naturally, we play aggressive cricket, where batting is concerned. It’s just a matter of us spending time out in the middle and putting up a very good fight.”West Indies kicked off their training at the MCG with a session yesterday ahead of the second Test, which begins on Boxing Day.The Aussies are due to start their training today.In the meantime, Australia have added fast bowler Scott Boland to their squad as a replacement for the injured Nathan Coulter-Nile.”The Australian bowlers, they have a plan [on] exactly how they want to get us out,” he said. “You respect the good balls and put away the bad balls. Yes, they are a very good team, but at the end of the day, they are still humans,” said Bravo.”I believe the guys have that sort of resilience in them. Most of us have scored international hundreds. We have proven that we are definitely capable of playing at this level. It is just a matter of going out there and spending some time.”last_img read more

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Past the finishing post

first_imgPast the finishing postCaymanas Park Results for Jan 02, 2016Track Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1200 M (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO(NW4)*1. ITALIANO OWalker 54.02. HOLOGRAM SHADOW SEllis 56.0 4L3. GOLDEN BULLET DaneNelson 54.0 2 1/4L4. BAD BOY JUSTIN CChow 53.0 3 1/4LWIN: $144.00PLACE: $64.00, $75.00, $91.00Final Time : 1:13.2 Splits : 23.1, 46.4Winner : 7yo horse – HE’STHEREALTHING – PIK A TRIXTrainer : NEIVE GRAHAM Owner : O’SHAUN CONNECTIONBred by OWEN & SOLOMON SHARPEQu: $270.00 Ex: $492.00Superfecta: $1,244.00Race 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. CRUISING MOTION RHalledeen 54.02. NOLAN HILL AChatrie 56.0 3L3. DUTCHESS URIEL LSteadman3 53.0 2L4. OK DUDE EMurray 54.0 1 1/4LWIN: $88.00PLACE: $70.00, $164.00, $73.00Final Time : 1:02.0 Splits : 23.2, 48.1Winner : 3yo colt – WEEKEND CRUISE – TOTAL MOTIONTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : CARLTON S WATSONBred by KARL SAMUDAQu: $613.00 Ex: $811.00D/E: $276.00Superfecta: $2,465.00Race 3 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)*1. BIG GEORGE OWalker 51.02. PIZARRO OEdwards3 54.0 3L3. ACTION MAN LSteadman3 53.0 2L4. DREAMCOMETRUE AChatrie 53.0 2 1/4LWIN: $64.00PLACE: $65.00, $96.00, $102.00Final Time : 1:13.4 Splits : 22.4, 46.3Winner : 4yo b colt – DEPUTY GLITTERS – LATE APPEALTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : GRAHAM A. BROWNBred by EDISON CHAIQu: $207.00 Ex: $335.00D/E: $96.00Superfecta: $513.00Rolling Triple: $320.00Race 4 1500 M (Purse $500,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE 2/9/2015*1. I’M ALLWRIGHT SMuir 51.52. YES WE WILL AndrePowell4 51.5 Sh.Head3. DEVIL’S CHILD DDawkins4 49.5 2 1/4L4. SISTA MARGARETT NBerger4 46.0 1 3/4L5. ZANZIBAR BebHarvey3 52.0 3/4LWIN: $181.00PLACE: $77.00, $147.00, $114.00Final Time : 1:39.3 Splits : 24.4, 49.0, 1:15.2Winner: 7yo ch mare – REGION OF MERIT – P.W’S CHOICETrainer: MORRIS POWELL Owner: JENIFER E HALLBred by JOHN C. WRIGHT & PAUL C. WRIGHTQu: $903.00 Ex: $1,323.00D/E: $188.00Trifecta: $1,977.00Hi-5 carry-over : $91,617.00Rolling Triple: $406.00Race 5 1200 M (Purse $500,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1st-3rd SINCE 2/9/20151. WRIGHT AWAY AntThomas4 53.0*2. FLAGRANS LSteadman3 54.0 Sh.Head3. GIRL ON FIRE JAnderson 51.5 2L4. SIR KING YELLOW OSimpson 52.0 99/1 NeckWIN: $360.00PLACE: $97.00, $698.00, $115.00Final Time : 1:18.2 Splits : 24.0, 48.3Winner : 5yo b colt – SHUFFLING MADDNES – CLIFFY’S CHOICETrainer: STEVEN TODD Owner : ANDRAE S GARDINERBred by PAUL CLIFTON WRIGHTQu: $508.00 Ex: $1,564.00D/E: $1,869.00Superfecta: $139,916.00Rolling Triple: $6,164.00Race 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. MEDICAL INSTINCT RNelson 51.52. QUEEN OF THE TOWN JErwin 54.0 2 3/4L3. DEPUTY HEADGIRL OMullings 54.0 2 3/4L*4. HE’S A DIAMOND LSteadman3 57.0 2L5. FLIGHT DIRECTOR MWard4 52.0 Sh.Head6. DANISH BROWN HPottinger4 55.0 1/2LDNF: THEGREATALLIANCE DBadaloo 56.0 11/1Late scratch: HOPSCOTCHWIN: $1084.00PLACE: $141.00, $97.00, $91.00Final Time : 1:03.1 Splits : 23.4, 47.4Winner: 5yo ch filly – HOMING INSTINCT – MEDICAL SOCATrainer: PAUL HYLTON Owner: OOH-LA-LAABred by DAVID DIXONQu: $11,791.00 Ex: $12,990.00D/E: $7,824.00 Special Double (9-8): $303.00Trifecta: $13,486.00Hit-6 carry-over: $57,701.15Rolling Triple: $141,340.00Pick-4: $83,332.00Super-6: $357,661.20Race 7 1000 M (R) (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. DI COBRE DDawkins4 50.02. EL NUMERO UNO JPatterson4 50.0 1 1/4L*3. ETERNAL JOY PFrancis 52.0 2L4. ROCKETEER OEdwards3 50.5 1 1/4L5. KIMBERLY GOLD BebHarvey3 51.5 3 1/2LWIN: $296.00PLACE: $153.00, $210.00, $72.00Final Time : 1:02.0 Splits: 23.3, 48.0Winner: 7yo ch horse – DAYTON FLYER – SUB ZEROTrainer: WILFRED CHIN Owner : LLOYD D CHONGBred by KELVIN JONES & MICHAEL MCINTOSHQu: $2,254.00 Ex: $3,524.00D/E: $5,552.00Trifecta: $1,670.00Hi-5: $235,742.00Rolling Triple: $3,199.00Race 8 1300 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) (DIV.I)1. WINIT JPatterson4 50.0*2. SMOKIN PRINCESS OWalker 52.0 2 1/2L3. SEAL THE DEAL RMitchell 54.0 2 3/4L4. DARLIN WHenry 51.0 2 1/2L5. PECKARONI OBennett 54.0 NoseWIN: $486.00PLACE: $124.00, $65.00, $78.00Final Time : 1:25.1 Splits : 23.4, 48.4, 1:16.3,Winner: 6yo b horse – STORM CRAFT – IRRISISTIBLETrainer: MICHAEL MCINTOSHOwner : RENFORD G SIMPSONBred by RAPHAEL E. GORDONQu: $386.00 Ex: $1,219.00D/E: $2,229.00Trifecta: $1,014.00Hi-5: $96,164.00Rolling Triple: $114,802.00ST. CATHERINE CUPRace 9 1100 M (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE*1. POKER STAR RHalledeen 57.02. CAMPESINO SEllis 56.0 1L3. HOVER CRAFT AndrePowell4 51.0 10 1/2L4. BUZZ NIGHTMARE PFrancis 50.0 NeckWIN: $95.00Final Time : 1:05.2 Splits : 22.2, 45.1Winner: 4yo b colt – LIQUIDITY – BUYABOOKTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ALEXANDER HABERBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $93.00 Ex: $139.00D/E: $876.00Trifecta: $203.00Rolling Triple: $7,975.00Race 10 1300 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) (DIV.II)1. WHO’S ORCHID KPowell 52.02. RUNNER RUNNER DDawkins4 56.0 4 1/2L3. OMEGA AndrePowell4 50.5 4/1 Head4. TWILIGHT ROCKET OEdwards3 51.0 4 1/2L5. MISTY DMcKenzie 53.0 3/4LWIN: $398.00PLACE: $185.00, $145.00, $101.00Final Time : 1:25.0 Splits : 24.0, 48.2, 1:16.3Winner: 6yo ch mare – WHO’S STAYIN ON – BUCKS ORCHIDTrainer: WAYNE PARCHMENT Owner : V.M.W.Bred by VINCENT LUMSDENQu: $1,391.00 Ex: $3,882.00D/E: $905.00Trifecta: $3,400.00Hi-5: $32,019.00Rolling Triple: $5,298.00Pick-4: $37,540.00Super-6: $30,663.70 Carry-over : $1,103,895.00Pick-9: $48,639.00; $1,280.00Carry-over : $340,473.00PlacePot 8 : $6,878.00last_img read more

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Legends demand dissolution of WICB

first_img STRUCTURAL REFORMS ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC): West Indies cricket legends are demanding the “immediate resignation” of the Dave Cameron-led West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), in line with the recommendations of the WICB/Caricom Governance Review Panel. The legends are also insisting on the establishment of an interim board and the creation of a new structure to replace the WICB and manage the regional game. In a statement released after a meeting in Grenada, the legends have called for the WICB to honour a promise that it made to accept the recommendations of the WICB/Caricom Governance Review Panel. WICB had given a commitment to implement the recommendations during a meeting with the legends and Caricom chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, in Grenada year ago, but has since been accused of reneging. “We, the Legends call on the WICB to honour its solemn promise to Caribbean prime ministers in April 2015 to accept and implement the recommendations of the WICB/CARICOM Governance Review Panel – the immediate resignation of current directors, the establishment of an interim board and the design of a new board structure,” the legends said in a statement released late Monday. Legends participating in the meeting at the Spice Island Beach Resort last Thursday were Sir Gary Sobers, Sir Wes Hall, Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Andy Roberts, Deryck Murray, Charlie Griffith, Desmond Haynes, as well as former West Indies players Dinanath Ramnarine and Roger Harper. West Indies men’s T20 captain, Darren Sammy and sports psychologist, Dr Rudy Webster, also attended. The legends’ statement also called on Caricom to appoint an independent auditor to carry out a detailed forensic audit of the board and requested that sponsors of West Indies cricket make good governance a condition for financial support. “Continual backing of an inefficient board and an out-of-date structure will result in irreparable damage to West Indies cricket,” said the statement. During their meeting in Grenada, the legends also held discussions with Prime Minister Mitchell, chairman of Caricom’s subcommittee of Cricket Governance. “We are satisfied that Caricom has no intention of engaging in the day-to-day management of West Indies cricket. Caricom’s aim is to help create a structure and an enabling environment in which West Indies cricket can develop and flourish,” the statement pointed out. “During the last two decades, many different presidents and CEOs have led the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), and yet, its performance has declined steadily with each passing year. The board is an oligarchic structure that considers itself answerable to no one but itself.” The statement from the former West Indies cricketers pointed to structural reforms to the Australian, New Zealand, India and England and Wales cricket boards, while accusing the WICB of resisting “all recommendations for structural change”. “In recent years, it has rejected the proposals of the Lucky, Patterson and Wilkin Committees,” the legends said. “And a few months ago, it did the same thing to the recommendations of the WICB/Caricom Committee.” The legends’ statement also said: “We believe that revival of West Indies cricket will only happen when the Board undergoes structural adjustment and when it improves the quality of its communication and leadership and upgrades the management of key relationships.” Pressure has been mounting on Cameron’s WICB to step down after Sammy’s emotional criticism of the board minutes after the regional side regained the T20 World Cup in India recently. The legends, who led a dominant era when West Indies were world beaters, said they are bent on protecting their rich legacy. “Throughout our history, West Indies teams and West Indies players have had great triumphs. We are very proud of our legacy,” the statement said. “We cannot now in good conscience stand idly by and watch everything that we fought so hard to build and achieve disappear right before our eyes because of the actions of inept board members and an incompetent board.”last_img read more

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