Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Hope), 2-104 (Bravo), 3-115 (Samuels), 4-131 (Blackwood), 5-158 (K Brathwaite), 6-159 (Holder), 7-246 (C Brathwaite), 8-296 (Ramdin), 9-300 (Roach), 10-330 (Taylor) WICKET TAKERS Left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe (3-63) and off-spinner Nathan Lyon (3-120) picked up three wickets apiece while pacer James Pattinson ended with two for 76. The Aussies had offered West Indies the chance to make a game of it. They proposed declaring their first innings without a run on the board in response to West Indies’ overnight score of 248, allowing the visitors seven overs to make 121, and then attempting to chase down 370 off 70 overs for victory. However, captain Jason Holder rejected the offer, allowing the game to peter out into a tame affair. Adam Voges was adjudged Man of the Series for his 375 runs in two innings without being dismissed, while Warner copped the Man of the Match award for his record hundred. SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES 1st innings (overnight 248 for seven) +D. Ramdin c Smith b O’Keefe 62 *J. Holder c Burns b O’Keefe 1 K. Roach c Burns b Lyon 15 J. Taylor c Lyon b O’Keefe 13 J. Warrican not out 21 Extras (b5, lb2, nb1) 8 TOTAL (all out, 112.1 overs) 330 Bowling: Hazlewood 18-5-49-1, Pattinson 18-3-76-2 (nb1), Lyon 46-12-120-3, Marsh 4-1-15-0, O’Keefe 26.1-7-63-3, AUSTRALIA 1st innings D. Warner not out 122 J. Burns c Roach b Warrican 26 M. Marsh c Blackwood b Warrican 21 +P. Nevill not out 7 TOTAL (2 wkts decl, 38 overs) 176 Did not bat: U Khawaja, *S Smith, A Voges, S O’Keefe, J Pattinson, J Hazlewood, N Lyon. Fall of wickets: 1-100 (Burns), 2-154 (Marsh) Bowling: Taylor 4-0-27-0, Holder 4-1-15-0, Roach 4-0-29-0, Warrican 15-1-62-2, C Brathwaite 7-0-23-0, K Brathwaite 4-0-20-0. Result: Match drawn. Series: Australia win three-match series 2-0. Man-of-the-Match: David Warner. Man-of-the-Series: Adam Voges. Toss: West Indies. Umpires: C Gaffaney, I Gould; TV – M Erasmus. SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Opener David Warner stroked the fastest ever Test hundred at the Sydney Cricket Ground as the rain-ravaged third and final Test against West Indies predictably ended in a draw yesterday. With the adverse weather having allowed just 68 deliveries on the second day and then forced the abandonment of the third and fourth days, the result of the game was never really in doubt, but Warner nonetheless put on a spectacle for the nearly 7,000 spectators who turned up. The left-hander blasted his way to three figures off a mere 82 balls en route to an unbeaten 122 as Australia raced to 176 for two off just 38 overs in their first innings. Fellow Australian Matthew Hayden previously held the record with an 84-ball hundred against Zimbabwe, 13 years ago. Warner put on a hundred for the first wicket with Joe Burns who scored 26, and a further 54 for the second wicket with Mitchell Marsh who got 21, while left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican picked up both wickets to fall for 62 runs. Denesh Ramdin had earlier converted his overnight 30 into 62 as West Indies, resuming on 248 for seven, were dismissed for 330. Warrican finished on 21 not out as West Indies passed 300 for the first time in the series.
Tomorrow’s well-supported 11-race programme at Caymanas Park offers a Pick-9 carryover of $1.4 million despite no major upsets last Saturday.The Pick-9 will be conducted from race three to 11 the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race six to 11.We look at the first Super-6 with a guaranteed minimum of $750,000, this for native-bred three-year-olds and up over 1400 metres, to be contested by seven starters.Included in the line-up are three useful three-year-olds – ZUGULU, JAMAI RAJA and CRUISING MOTION, who has won twice for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta since the start of the season.ZUGULU has not lived up to early expectations in recent months and could only manage fifth to SHINING LIGHT over 1100 metres last Saturday. However, he looks the obvious leader, and given this milder pace, will have to be caught. I believe the four-year-old colts SILVER CLOUD and ORIGINAL TRAIN have the ability to overhaul ZUGULU over this trip, especially the DaCosta-trained grey colt SILVER CLOUD, who has won two of his last races here in good company and only needs a clean break to rebound with Robert Halledeen aboard.SMART TRAIN, to be ridden by champion jockey Shane Ellis for trainer Morris Powell, is not the most reliable of horses, but pitted against 11 moderate rivals in the second race over 1400 metres for maiden five-year-olds and up, should finally deliver.The five-year-old mare, who failed by a neck to catch OMEGA over 1500 metres on November 21, reports well drawn on the outside and gets the nod over QUEEN OF THE TOWN, MY FAVOURITE DANCER, and DEPUTY HEADGIRL, all fit animals.Race number three, division one of the Eight Thirty Sprint three-year-old Maiden Special over the straight, this marking the start of the three-year-old campaign leading up to the classics, has attracted two well-advanced fillies in PINELOPE (Ellis up) and DANCING QUEEN, with Ian Spence riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny.Both have looked sharp in recent exercise gallops over the straight, but preference is for the Dwight Chen-trained PINELOPE, a bay filly by Porto Santo out of Black Thatch, who has been more extensively prepared than DANCING QUEEN.tough-looking raceNext on the programme is a tough-looking $250,000-$210,00 claiming race over the straight to be contested by 13 mostly fit horses. Leading lights are recent winners ETERNAL JOY from the in-form stables of – Neive Graham, BATTLE SONG and FFIFTYONESTORM, as well as AUNT HILDA, CLEARLY OURS,WINESHA, and INFANTRY OFFICER.Given the competitive nature of this race, I would implore punters to use multiple choices. ETERNAL JOY could prove the fastest of all, and although not the best drawn, will have to be caught with only 53.0kg. Preference, however, is for FIFTYONESTORM (Jevanne Erwin up), who beat a good field over the course last Boxing Day and has shown good speed in his races.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by POISON GAS (Omar Walker up), who showed promise on her recent debut behind GLOBAL and NO COINCIDENCE (regaining form).FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) SILVER CLOUD/ORIGINAL TRAIN(2) SMART TRAIN/MY FAVOURITE DANCER(3) PINELOPE(4) FIFTYONESTORM/ETERNAL JOY(5) POISON GAS/DUTCHESS URIEL(6) NO COINCIDENCE/CLASSICAL TRAIN
KNEE CANCER Having had his left leg amputated due to life-threatening bone cancer, former outstanding Holy Trinity High School footballer Jordan Foote is locked in a race for his life, with doctors working to prevent the cancer from taking over his body. Foote’s Manning Cup coach Devon Anderson has revealed that the youngster has had to put his request for a prosthetic leg on hold, to instead focus on surviving the cancer affecting his lungs. Foote is admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Anderson, who admitted to sharing a fatherly relationship with the player, wants the public to keep him in their prayers as he seeks to recuperate. “They are seeing signs of improvement with the hole in his lungs healing back because of medications. “In terms of getting a prosthetic leg, it has to be on hold for now, after this last X-ray, we will know where we go from here,” said Anderson. “They are trying to patch the part of the lungs that is leaking liquid, and draining off the water from his chest. He is deteriorating due to the cancer,” Anderson continued. Foote helped his former school to the inaugural Flow Super Cup final, but was ruled out of last season’s Manning Cup competition due to cancer in his knee. He has since had his left leg amputated. He had to leave school prematurely after being sent home to recuperate with his family. Anderson, who has maintained a close relationship with Foote said the youngster remains upbeat despite the challenges. “Jordan is the type of person who is motivated, success driven and as an athlete, always wants to win and cries when he loses. He is a hardworking youth” Anderson said. Anderson, who works closely alongside Foote’s mother, Nadine Sutherland, added: “We just have to hope for the best but expect the worst, and know if the inevitable comes, it comes, but I hope it doesn’t come for now.”
An impressive line-up of young stars will parade their skills this afternoon in the 2016 renewal of the All-Manning, All-daCosta XI football match, set for the STETHS Football Complex at 4 p.m.The clash forms part of a double-header that will be preceded by the Jamaican Under-17 versus ISSA Academic XI at 2 p.m.The two matches are expected to rekindle excitement for schoolboy football fans and will also provide an opportunity for scouts, mainly from United States colleges, to have a first-hand look at potential young stars.Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) will have several players in the All-Manning starting eleven, as will St George’s College, who will be represented by golden boot awardee Alex Marshall and Chevon Stewart.Donovan Dawkins, the man whose clinical header was enough to win JC the urban-area title in December, is also among the All-Manning stars on show. JC’s title-winning coach, Miguel Coley, will issue instructions for the All-Manning team, who won it last year by a 3-1 score line.Dinthill Technical’s Rodave Murray will lead the attack for the All-daCosta team, which also features the hard-running Neville Morgan and Shevar McCullugh from rural area champions STETHS.The talented attacking midfielder from Rusea’s Deshane Beckford, is also among the big-name players to turn out for the rural area eleven, which will be guided by STETHS coach Omar Wedderburn.The match will give the daCosta Cup XI another chance at redemption as their urban-area counterparts have set themselves apart in recent years with strong victories, as demonstrated in the newly contested Flow Super Cup, which was won by JC in 2014 and St George’s College in 2015.Entrance fee is $200.
KOLKATA, India, CMC – Fast bowler Jerome Taylor says West Indies will use yesterday’s warm-up loss to hosts India as a learning experience and hit back strongly when the Twenty20 World Cup bowls off. West Indies were soundly beaten by India by 45 runs at Eden Gardens, after suffering a batting collapse while chasing a target of 186. “We can look at the batting and the way we lost wickets. Wickets kept falling in clusters so I guess that’s one area we can improve on,” Taylor told reporters. “As a team, we are working towards one common goal which is winning and there’s always room for improvement. We will go back to the drawing boards and come again after this game.” He added: “If you want to be in the finals, you have to improve each and every time you go out on the park so we’ll look to improve in all departments of the game – batting, bowling and fielding.” India got up to 185 for five off their 20 overs, with opener Rohit Sharma anchoring the innings with an unbeaten 98 off 57 deliveries. Taylor led the attack with two for 26 while left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn finished with two for 30. The Jamaican said despite the loss, the squad was in a great mood, especially coming off a two-week camp in the United Arab Emirates. “We have been playing cricket over the last week, two weeks. It’s a happy camp, to be honest with you,” Taylor said. “The guys are gelling together and they are upbeat about this tournament. They are just sharing each other’s experience among themselves and gelling together as a group. “This is a fantastic experience for us as well and hope we can take a lot from this and bounce back again.” Taylor said the defeat would not dent the side’s confidence but would enhance their preparation to face India later in the competition, if such a meeting arose. “It has provided us with an insight as to what India are going to be like so there’s a lot to take from this game … so that if we do come up against India again we can give a good account of ourselves.”