CONFIDENT “We have the national record in mind and I’m always a person who have confidence in my teammates no matter who we are up against. I’m always confident,” Jackson said. “We know it won’t be as easy as it was here in the heats, but we will do our best and we can hope that it’s good enough.” Jamaica’s lone win in the women’s 4x400m at the World Championships came in Edmonton in 2001. They were disqualified in the heats at the last World Championships in Moscow. BEIJING, China: Jamaica’s women’s 4×400 metres team will be hunting the national record when they line up in today’s final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. That was the word following their qualification yesterday as the team of Christine Day, Chrisann Gordon, Shericka Jackson and Anastasia Le-Roy easily secured their spot in the final with a 3:23.62 finish for second place in their heat. With Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Novlene Williams-Mills expected to come in to replace Le-Roy and Gordon for the final, which faces the starter at 7:05 a.m. (Jamaica time), the Jamaicans are liking their chances of testing the 3:18.71 national record mark, which was registered at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. “God is good. We made it to the final and we are really happy that we get another chance to prove ourselves and we are trying to put up a show tomorrow (today) to show how great we can be on the relay,” said Day after the run. “We are going after the national record, so we know that we will have to be very fast because Jamaica has a pretty fast time already and so once we can go below that we know that we have a pretty good chance to compete with anyone here and get a medal,” Day continued. Individual 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson said she was confident in the team’s ability to meet its targets and improve the record and get on the podium.
Coming from a respected practitioner in the discipline, Tuesday, November 10 is Coaches Day. Foster’s Fairplay will not contest the revelation, given that it fits squarely in a plan, conceptualised post-Beijing World Championships. No less a person than Jamaica’s technical leader to Beijing, Maurice Wilson, has made a powerful call. The G.C. Foster College of Physical Education & Sport’s track and field boss and former Holmwood Technical High School long-serving title-winning coach has cited Lennox Graham for the title Coach of the Year. Graham has exported himself to the USA collegiate system and continues his life’s trade out of the Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), a predominantly black institution in the belly of Charlotte, North Carolina. Given his ambitions, he might well have something even more stunning to roll out, but, to date, his athlete Danielle Williams’ surprise golden success in Beijing, sits supreme Wilson’s choice may not be cast in concrete, but it is embraced and endorsed by this columnist. Graham, who once coached purple-clad athletes, is now in charge of a team where navy blue and white stand out – a point to be noted. Foster’s Fairplay wanted to hear, not necessarily about that statistic which explains itself, but his Beijing experience. He explains: “This was my third assignment as coach on a World Championships team, previously assigned in Daegu (2011) and Moscow (2013). The experiences were awesome, as I consider it a honour to serve one’s country in any capacity. “Prior to my first call, it was never an expectation. It was more staying in a state of readiness. I was more focused on producing athletes who could compete well at the highest level.” About the Williams phenomenon in Beijing: “Danielle’s performance was definitely phenomenal. I firmly believe that God knows the end before the beginning, and all we have to do is have faith supported by actions. “The 100m hurdles field was very strong and we did not set our eyes on a final position. We wanted to make it to the final and get a personal best. The hope was that that approach would keep the focus in our lane and nowhere else.” What made the Queen’s School graduate so special? Special attributes “Danielle is a very willing athlete. She is a fierce competitor and she loves to race and to win. She is not similarly motivated at the thought of practice. From the beginning of the season, we agreed on the technical improvements that were necessary and so it was not difficult to gain buy-in. We had struggles like all other relationships, but I refused to let her quit or become mentally defeated.” Concerning his choice of overseas extension to his role in the sport and the ensuing challenges, Graham said: “I was blessed to be given an opportunity at Johnson C. Smith University to touch young lives in a positive way. “I wanted to continue what I started as a coach at Kingston College and Convent of Mercy Alpha, assisting young men/women achieve their career goals, utilising their God-given talents. JCSU was looking for a coach in 2007 and I interviewed on their campus and loved it. The facilities were great and underutilised, [there was] no recent top-level success in track and field and they needed a head coach. I interviewed with then President Dr Dorothy Cowser-Yancy and was very impressed with her demeanour and her vision.” With regard to recruitment strategy, given the current thrust to professionalism, he opined: “I am able to recruit Jamaican talent, but it is adversely affected by the number of students who are trying to be part of the local club system. Of course, there is also the school of thought that student athletes are overworked and burnt out in all colleges in the USA collegiate system. I will not join a debate on that subject, but prefer to just keep working positively with the student athletes that come under my influence.” Continue your advance, Coach Graham. – For feedback: email [email protected]
Ainsley WaltersGleaner WriterTHE Jamaican Jockey Agents Association, led by President Donovan Wilson, has joined the jockeys, grooms and Jamaica Racehorse Trainers associations in dismissing claims of affiliation to either of the two bidders involved in Government’s divestment of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL).The agents, who solicit rides on behalf of jockeys, liaising with trainers, are recognised and licensed by the Jamaica Racing Commission.In a press release signed by Wilson, the agents association said it “endorses the position taken by the racehorse trainers association, the grooms’ association and the Jamaica Jockey’s Association, as specified in their press release, regarding the neutrality of all associations in relation to the current bid for divestment.””We also stand with them in their declared stance not to endorse or support any action that involves the sale of any asset or land owned by CTL,” the agents’ release stated.Last week, the trainers, jockeys and grooms issued a joint press release, declaring their neutrality in the process while stating they were “totally against” any proposed sale involving any of Caymanas Park’s 196 acres on which the horse-racing plant operates in Portmore, St Catherine.The jockeys’ agents, in their release, further stated that Government should include a clause to guard against any long-term closure of the racetrack.”We implore that a clause be placed within the divestment negotiations that guarantee that, in the event that local racing ceases to be held at the CTL racetrack for a period of more than three months, that the lease of the property would be voided and the property revert to the control of the Jamaican government,” the release added.This clause, Wilson said, would safeguard his members’ livelihood.”My membership is involved in a very specific profession and they can only earn their living if local racing is functioning. This is similar to the other membership of the other unions ie jockeys, racehorse trainers and grooms.”The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) is in receipt of bids from two entities expressing an interest in acquiring state-run horse-racing promoting company, CTL.The bids were received from Caymanas Racing and Entertainment Limited and Supreme Ventures Limited, following the bid opening exercise at DBJ, on Friday, September 18.Caymanas Racing and Entertainment Limited comprises a number of stakeholders at Caymanas Park, including noted horsemen and investors Michael Bernard, Richard Lake and trainer Richard Azan.The Development Bank of Jamaica and Caymanas Track Limited Enterprise Team (CTLET) are overseeing the privatisation process on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and Planning.It is anticipated that the evaluation will be completed this month after which the preferred bidder will be recommended by CTLET to the Ministry of Finance and Planning and to Cabinet for approval.
MANCHESTER, England (AP):Marcus Rashford signed a new contract with Manchester United through June 2020, a reward for the teenage striker’s breakthrough this season that could earn him a place in England’s European Championship squad.United announced the deal yesterday, saying Rashford has an option to extend the contract by a further year.The 18-year-old Rashford was plucked from the youth teams and given his senior debut in February because of an injury crisis at United. He scored two goals in his debut a Europa League game against FC Midtjylland and two more against Arsenal three days later in his first Premier League start.He scored the winner in his first Manchester derby and netted within three minutes of his England debut on Friday. England’s Euro 2016 squad will be announced today and Rashford looks to have done enough to have persuaded coach Roy Hodgson to select him as one of his forwards for the tournament.”I have always been a Manchester United fan, so to be playing in the first team really is a dream come true,” Rashford said in a United statement. “I am grateful for having the chance to prove myself. To be able to play football at the biggest club in the world means everything to me and my family.”Rashford was United’s first-choice striker in the final three months of the season under coach Louis van Gaal, who was fired last week.Jose Mourinho was hired Friday as Van Gaal’s replacement and must decide whether to retain Rashford as the No. 1 striker, with United linked with a move for Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Rashford has scored eight goals in 17 appearances for United.”Marcus is a naturally talented footballer with great potential,” United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said. “He has taken his chances well and has integrated into the first team very quickly.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Javier Mascherano’s weight in the Barcelona team is measured by much more than his goals – or lack of. The club’s fans are more than happy to overlook the fact that he has never scored in nearly 300 appearances, because few players are as important to the Spanish champions. Having already proved his incredible flexibility over the years, the 32-year-old Mascherano is now learning another position. Mascherano is defying his age and increasing his worth in a team whose intricate passing style is incredibly demanding on players. The Argentina international has become coach Luis Enrique’s fix-it man. Already able to play either in midfield or as a central defender, Mascherano has now passed the test as Barcelona’s right back. He has filled in expertly for the injured Sergi Roberto, both as the right-sided defender in a back line of three, or in the four-man defence Luis Enrique used to thwart Manchester City on Wednesday in the Champions League. Enrique said yesterday that Mascherano may play on the flank for today’s visit to Valencia in the Spanish league. “The option of Mascherano is open,” said Enrique, who rarely reveals his line ups before the match. “He played a good match against City and he is one of the possibilities that I have for this and other matches.” Against City, he nullified winger Manuel ‘Nolito’ Agudo and also set up Barcelona’s opening goal. Stealing possession in City’s half, he sprang a quick attack that resulted in Lionel Messi’s first of three goals in a humbling 4-0 loss for former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola. Mascherano’s value is his versatility and willingness to sacrifice in a team full of incredibly talented individuals – such as Messi, Neymar, Luis Su·rez and AndrÈs Iniesta. It was Guardiola who gave Mascherano the first opportunity to reinvent himself at Barcelona when he was struggling to find a starting role. Having arrived from Liverpool in 2010, he found Sergio Busquets well entrenched in his own position of holding midfielder. It was a simple choice: adapt or fail. So when a spate of injuries left Barcelona without a central defender, he seized his chance. Mascherano compensates for a height disadvantage with intelligent play, such as when he anchored the side that beat Manchester United 3-1 in the 2011 Champions League final. “I never thought I would be here this long,” he said. “I know what I can do, but I also know the demands that Barca places on you. In any other team, I would have liked to play in midfield, but changing positions was worth it to keep playing here.” Mascherano plays in midfield for Argentina and is a key player for the side that reached the final of the 2014 World Cup, losing to Germany. His latest positional change for Barcelona goes against a customary trend. The usual evolution of aging defenders is changing from a wide position to slot inside, compensating for dwindling speed. Barca’s coach saw the potential for Mascherano to do this when Roberto injured a leg muscle earlier this month. He overlooked Roberto’s natural replacement, Aleix Vidal, and asked Mascherano to take on the role. Mascherano’s industry more than makes up for the fact that he has not scored in 290 appearances – a Barcelona club record for an outfield player. “I am not obsessed over it,” he said. “A goal wouldn’t change my life.” Mascherano’s contributions, which have helped win 17 titles, are fully appreciated and he signed a new contract on Monday until 2019. “My time here at Barcelona has been magical,” he said. “Year after year the team has kept its hunger.” SIMPLE CHOICE
Bad weather again played a major part in the second-round WICB/Digicel Regional Four-day clash between Jamaica Scorpions and Windward islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park yesterday.After losing close to two sessions on the opening day, it was much of the same on the second day, with Jamaica not taking the field until late into the second session because of a combination of a damp outfield and intermittent rain.Resuming on 83 for six, the Nikita Miller-led unit was then bowled out for a paltry 151, twenty minutes before the scheduled 5 p.m. close of play.The Volcanoes, after facing one over, closed the day on one without loss.Opener Devon Smith and Tyrone Theophille, who are both yet to score, will resume batting today at 9 30 a.m.Jamaica, who scored 208 and 147 in their opener last week against title-holders Guyana Jaguars, put in another weak batting effort. Only wicketkeeper-batsman Devon Thomas (51) got among the runs yesterday. Antiguan Thomas, who was unbeaten on 18 overnight, was the ninth man out.He was caught at bat pad off the bowling of off-spinner Shane Shillingford.Thomas hit three fours off 137 balls. He was also the only batsman who appeared capable of standing up to Shillingford, who claimed five for 32 off 15 overs.Thomas was one of three Scorpions batsmen to get into double figures. The others were opener John Campbell, with 32, on the opening day and his overnight partner, Damion Jacobs, who got 23.At Queen’s Park Oval: Pride lead Red Force by 94 runs overall.Barbados Pride 242 (Anthony Alleyne 88, Kenroy Williams 46; Sheldon Cottrell 3-27) and 20 without loss.Trinidad and Tobago Red Force 168 (Roshon Primus 65, Imran Khan 35; Kenroy Williams 3-21)At Warner Park: Hurricanes trail Jaguars by 136 runs, with one first-innings wicket intact.Guyana Jaguars 293 (Shiv Chanderpaul 81 not out, Rajendra Chanrika 64; Rahkeem Cornwall 6-87)Leeward Islands Hurricanes 157 for nine (Kieran Powell 79; Gudakesh Motie 3-43).
Past The Finishing PostTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1100 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO-NW2 & 6YO&UP-NW4LAWRENCE FREEMANTLE1. #1 ZEUS HLewis 54.02. #4 RASHAIDA LAllen 54.0 2-3/4L*3. #2 ABOGADO BebHarvey2 52.5 Head4. #5 OH MY GRAND PA OFoster 54.0 1-3/4LLate scratch : #7 DA JACKALWIN: $150.00Final Time : 1:08.4 Splits : 23.4, 48.2Winner : 5yo b colt – HOMING INSTINCT – ROYAL OCCASIONTrainer : ALBERT CHONG Owner : DRAVIDBred by CLIFFORD ATKINSONQu: $401.00 Ex: $1,016.00Trifecta: $783.00ROYAL LANCASTER TROPHYRace 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT – C&G*1. #2 AKASH OFoster 54.02. #3 PROUD OF NUCLEAR AChatrie 54.0 3-1/4L3. #4 BRUCE WAYNE LSteadman2 54.0 2-1/2L4. #1 KINGONAMISSION OnBeckford4 51.5 3-1/2LLate scratch : #7 ROBIN’S QUESTWIN: $76.00Final Time : 1:00.2 Splits : 23.3, 47.0Winner : 2yo ch colt – WESTERN CLASSIC – GAZA SHEREETrainer : LOUIS RICHARDS Owner: LOUIS RICHARDS & PALETTA BONNICKBred by ALLAN FLOWERSQu: $299.00 Ex: $305.00D/E: $323.00 (1-7) $368.00Trifecta: $443.00FRANK PARHAM MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 3 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3 O/T)*1. #3 MR. AMBASSADOR OWalker 54.02. #4 WELL BLESSED HPottinger2 50.5 2-1/4L3. #8 BIMINI BebHarvey2 52.5 3-1/2L4. #9 RAISING THE BAR SMuir 52.5 1LLate scratch : #1 BALLON D’ORWIN: $77.00PLACE: $54.00, $76.00, $86.00Final Time : 1:12.3 Splits : 22.4, 46.0Winner : 4yo colt – TEMPLE CITY – ONE BIG GIGGLETrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : CARLTON WATSONBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $273.00 Ex: $279.00D/E: $141.00 (2-1) $110.00Superfecta: $2,414.00Rolling Triple: $748.00Race 4 1200 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO-NW4LORENZO ROBINSON1. #4 DIFERENTGENERATION JJackson 54.0*2. #3 SHADE OF BEAUTY AntThomas4 50.0 Neck3. #6 SUPERIOR QUALITY JErwin 54.0 3-1/4L4. #1 XQUISITE CHOICE JInnis3 53.0 NeckWIN: $242.00PLACE: $94.00, $75.00, $171.00Final Time : 1:13.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.0Winner : 7yo b horse – CONGAREE – COTTA’S JEWELTrainer: STEVEN TODD Owner : STEVEN TODDBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.NOTE: HORSE #10 CONCUR CAME 5TH, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 11TH.Qu: $243.00 Ex: $798.00D/E: $355.00Superfecta: $4,743.00Rolling Triple: $659.00Race 5 1100 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)ALBERT CHONG1. #8 NAFEESA OMullings 50.52. #1 DANISH BROWN HPottinger2 51.0 1/2L3. #6 COOL U BOOTS RLahoe 54.0 1/2L4. #4 TURBO MACHINE OEdwards3 49.5 4LLate scratch : #3 ALL FOR THE GLORYWIN: $196.00PLACE: $114.00, $295.00, $238.00Final Time : 1:09.3 Splits : 24.1, 49.0Winner : 7yo b mare – DAYTON FLYER – SPACEDOUTTrainer: CLEVELAND MITCHELL Owner: CLEVELAND MITCHELLBred by EDISON CHAIQu: $2,491.00 Ex: $1,947.00D/E: $537.00 (4-3) $226.00Superfecta: $107,133.00Rolling Triple: $3,237.00Race 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP-NW3ROBERT DARBY SR.1. #2 FASTANDFLASHY HPottinger2 50.52. #11 AQUILO LSteadman2 55.0 1-1/2L3. #7 MIRACLE RECOVERY AntThomas4 49.0 1/2L4. #10 LORD STORM RLahoe 56.0 2L5. #5 UNCLE G RHalledeen 57.0 2-3/4LWIN: $290.00PLACE: $119.00, $263.00, $128.00Final Time : 0:59.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.1Winner : 6yo b mare – PHYSICS BOOK – FLASH FLOODTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : STEPHAN NARINESINGHBred by GORDON LEWISQu: $2,584.00 Ex: $4,438.00D/E : (8-2) $1,751.00Trifecta : (2-11-7) $3,835.00Hi-5: $51,199.50Rolling Triple: $16,553.00Pick-4: $24,804.00Super-6: $42,846.10UNITED RACEHORSE TRAINERS’ ASSOCIATION TROPHYRace 7 1820 M (Purse $768,000) IMP3-Y-O&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB3YO -REST.STAKES1. #3 AWESOME DESTINY BebHarvey2 52.5*2. #1 WILL IN CHARGE HPottinger2 50.5 1-1/4L3. #5 BIRD CATCHER WHenry 52.5 3-1/2L4. #4 FRANCIA’S PRIDE MWard4 48.5 17-1/2LWIN: $146.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00Final Time : 1:54.0 Splits : 26.1, 51.0, 1:15.3, 1:40.3Winner : 3yo dk b/br filly – AFLEET EXPRESS – SEEK(USA)Trainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : WE’RE FAMILYBred by C.KIDDER, N.COLE, J.K GRIGGS & LINDA GRIGGSQuinella : (1,3) $121.00 Exacta : (3-1) $284.00D/E : (2-3) $1,087.00Trifecta : (3-1-5) $132.00Rolling Triple : (8-2-3) $13,634.00Race 8 1100 M (Purse $550,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CLAIMINGPATRICK SMELLIE1. #6 HEAT IT UP HPottinger2 52.02. #1 DOUBLE DEAL RMcNaughton 54.0 4-1/4L3. #4 BURNING EXIT JJackson 52.0 3L4. #9 NEZIE B RWilson 53.5 1-3/4L5. #5 DONOFTHETOWN SEllis 54.0 HeadWIN: $171.00PLACE: $98.00, $213.00, $139.00Final Time : 1:08.3 Splits : 23.4, 48.1Winner : 3yo ch colt – ADORE THE GOLD – METE-ORITETrainer : MARKLAND,O’NEIL D Owner : O’NEIL D MARKLANDBred by CLOVIS METCALFEQu: $3,495.00 Ex: $6,144.00D/E: $646.00Trifecta: $18,985.00Hi-5 carry-over : $81,012.75Rolling Triple: $16,120.00PlacePot 8: $84,239.00Race 9 1700 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCEDALE MURPHY*1. #12 JAMAI RAJA BebHarvey2 52.52. #4 SILVER CLOUD JJackson 52.0 9L3. #5 GOLDEN BULLET OMullings 50.5 3-1/4L4. #1 TIMEFORARMS SEllis 54.0 Sh.Head5. #6 ORIGINAL TRAIN RLahoe 52.0 3LWIN: $80.00PLACE: $66.00, $239.00, $636.00Final Time : 1:44.3 Splits : 24.1, 48.0, 1:12.2, 1:37.3Winner : 3yo ch colt – MARKET RALLY – ANGELA’S FAVORITETrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : M.AZAN, R.AZAN, W.BAGWANDEEN & G.BROWNBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $665.00 Ex: $866.00D/E : $295.00Trifecta: $7,177.00Hi-5: $297,872.50Rolling Triple: $1,539.00Race 10 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O RESTICTED ALLOWANCE II(NW2) -FILLIESDENNIS PRYCE1. #1 BROOKLYN LAllen 51.52. #6 VALLEY OF THE CATS OScott4 49.5 Neck*3. #13 WARTIME JInnis3 51.0 2L4. #8 GLYDER AndreePowell4 48.0 1/2L5. #4 MARKET SENSATION WHenry 51.5 1-1/4LLate scratch : #9 HELLO LADYWIN: $595.00PLACE: $151.00, $372.00, $75.00Final Time : 1:34.2 Splits : 24.2, 47.4, 1:14.0Winner : 3yo b filly – TAQARUB – LITTLE MISS AMANDATrainer : LORNE KIRLEW Owner : CARL BLAKEBred by NEW BLUE LTD.Qu: $52,073.00 Ex: $83,295.00D/E: $1,255.00Trifecta: $34,395.00Hi-5 carry-over: $159,386.50Rolling Triple: $6,431.00Pick-4: $17,432.00Super-6: $281,467.90 (6/6)Pick-9: $11,998.50 (8/9); $279.00 (7/9).Carry-over : $2,451,972.60
FRENETIC 68 Stokes and Liam Dawson, who made 30, ensured that England got beyond 350 by posting a frenetic 68 off 31 balls for the sixth wicket. In reply, the Vice Chancellor’s XI were carried by Walton, who struck 12 fours and seven sixes in an entertaining knock. He lost opening partner Amir Jangoo and then Anthony Alleyne – both without scoring – in the space of three balls in the second over from seamer Steven Finn (2-22) as the hosts stuttered to 10 for two. However, Walton anchored two successive half-century stands to put his side back on course, adding 70 for the third wicket with Hetmyer and 81 with Burton for the fourth. The right-handed Walton reached his half-century off 44 balls with a boundary through mid-wicket off leg-spinner Adil Rashid and needed another 56 deliveries to complete a run-a-ball hundred, clipping left-arm spinner Dawson to mid-wicket for a single to reach his landmark in the 33rd over. He was eventually eighth out at 216 in the 36th over, leg before wicket to Root off a faster delivery. BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC): Captain Chadwick Walton struck his second List A hundred in three outings, but it was not enough to prevent the UWI Vice Chancellor’s XI from crashing to a 117-run defeat to England here yesterday. The 31-year-old, who gathered a career-best 117 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force just 10 days ago during the Regional Super50, improved on that effort with a stroke-filled 121 off 109 deliveries as the Vice Chancellor’s XI were bowled out for 262 in the 40th over. Youth World Cup hero Shimron Hetmyer stroked 40 and Cassius Burton, 25, but Walton lacked real support, and the innings collapsed later on. Sent in at Warner Park, the tourists had earlier piled up an imposing 379 for eight off their 50 overs, courtesy of half-centuries from captain Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Joe Root, and Ben Stokes. Morgan struck 95 off 84 deliveries with six fours and six sixes; opener Roy blasted a stunning 79 off 43 balls with 12 fours and three sixes; while Root’s 71 came from 76 balls and included five fours and two sixes. Stokes weighed with 61 off 53 balls with a four and five sixes. Fast bowler Jermaine Levy was the best bowler with four for 100 while left-arm spinner Khary Pierre claimed two for 53. Roy put on 42 off 34 balls with Sam Billings (14) for the first wicket before adding a further 72 off 50 balls for the second wicket with Root. Morgan and Root then combined to plunder 127 for the third wicket, and once Root departed in the 31st over, Morgan and Stokes put on 57 for the fourth wicket. Left-hander Morgan was eyeing triple figures when he missed a swing at one from Pierre, which kept low, and was leg before wicket in the 42nd over at 297 for four.
Jamaica Rugby Football Union (JRFU) chairman Jerry Benzwick said that he is proud of the Lady Crocs performance despite losses in all three of their matches in the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Tournament.The Jamaicans went down 54-0 to Japan late on Wednesday night (Jamaica time), before a 68-0 loss to China. They would then return to give a more creditable performance early Thursday morning (Jamaica time) but still lost 22-7 to The Netherlands, with their only try coming from Dae-Marie Whyte.However, Benzwick said he found positives in the performances as the team is new to, and unfamiliar with the competition and said that there are things to build on ahead of Rugby World Cup Qualifiers in November.GIRLS FLUSTERED”In the game against Japan, we were basically static,” he said. “We didn’t get the ball moving around and we didn’t have any patience, so the girls were flustered. China were an even better team than Japan and they gave us a pretty decent lesson in how sevens can be played at any level.”But we have learnt a lot from this and put up a pretty decent showing against The Netherlands, a better game, a few breakdowns here and there and we came away with a decent try.Benzwick describes the Lady Crocs’ experience in Hong Kong as a challenge because of what he describes as “a high level playing game”.”We have now come to understand how much work we need to do to get ourselves to that level. They now understand what needs to be done – that there’s more that the body needs to be put through, and our technique, our style of play needs to be defined.”The JRFU will now turn its attention to the men’s campaign as the Crocs are in action this morning (Jamaica time), first facing Germany, then Tonga, then Uganda at 9:44 this evening.
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