Confident Brathwaite aiming to become match-winner

first_imgDUBAI, UAE (CMC): All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has his eyes fixed on being a match-winner for West Indies in the Twenty20 World Cup starting next week, and believes his skill set could be valuable in the team’s success. The 27-year-old has emerged as a strong attacking lower-order batsman and tidy seamer, and proved a revelation on the recent Test tour of Australia with a couple of half-centuries. Brathwaite said while his batting was currently ahead of his bowling, he was working hard to produce in both areas, to earn West Indies positive results in the March 8 to April 3 ICC event in India. “In T20, fortunately, I have the option of both [batting and bowling], but some days you go well with the ball … and some days it’s not so good with the ball, but then you have a chance to make up with the bat, so being an all-rounder is a plus,” Brathwaite said yesterday. “I’m striking the ball really nicely at the moment. My batting is probably just ahead of my bowling for the time being but hopefully, at least for one or two games in the World Cup, both of them come together nicely to win a game for West Indies.” TEST DEBUT On Test debut last December in Melbourne, Brathwaite struck an impressive 59 in the second Test batting at number eight, and then followed up with a whirlwind 69 off 66 balls in the final Test at Sydney. On the tour of Sri Lanka last October, the right-hander blasted 113 off 58 balls against the Sri Lanka President’s XI in a 50-over game. Brathwaite, a late call-up to the Windies T20 World Cup squad because of injury to Kieron Pollard, said he always backed his ability regardless of the result. “I’m pretty confident in my skills. I know once I go out there and execute the plans that I’ve set for myself and the targets that I’ve set, I’ll be successful,” he pointed out. While Brathwaite’s batting has been coming along well, he also remains a threat with the ball and picked up three wickets in the second unofficial warm-up T20 against Zimbabwe in Sharjah last Monday. He said one of his aims on the current tour was to lift his bowling. “I’m trying a few things in the nets. I’m trying to bowl a bit quicker. It’s been working thus far and long may it continue,” he explained. “The situation of the [Zimbabwe] game was more suited to my style of bowling – more containment rather than attacking – and I was just fortunate and lucky to get the three wickets which I was happy about.”last_img read more

Barca want Chelsea keeper – report

first_imgBarcelona want Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, according to The Sun.It is claimed the Catalan giants have identified him as a possible replacement for Victor Valdes and that sources close to the Belgian say Barca have made an approach.Courtois, 20, joined Chelsea from Genk for £8m last year and is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid.Fulham are interested in Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt, according to the Daily Mirror.Norwich and Aston Villa are also said to be keen on the Seagulls star, who started his career at Chelsea.Bridcutt is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to agree a new deal at Brighton.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Groves’ trainer Fitzpatrick convinced Froch wanted to avoid rematch

first_imgGeorge Groves’ trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick questions whether Carl Froch wanted a world title rematch to take place after the champion’s controversial win against the Hammersmith man in November.The super-middleweight rivals will do battle again at Wembley Stadium on 31 May.Video courtesy of iFLTV. See also:Groves vows to avenge ‘stonewall robbery’Froch ‘mentally more switched on’ for rematch, says HearnFroch sees rematch with Groves as the biggest fight of his careerGroves predicts ‘changing of the guard’ in rematch with FrochDeGale eyes world title after joining HearnGroves: My left hook will finish FrochFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors-Raptors cheatsheet: Rematch comes with Steph, Draymond in place

first_imgRaptors stock report: Toronto has struggled since the last time these two teams matched up, going 3-3 over its last six games.Over the stretch, all-star guard Kyle … The Warriors (19-9) will look to earn their sixth straight victory Wednesday night when the Raptors (22-7) come to town.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup…When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSBA,ESPN)Raptors’ projected starters: Serge Ibaka, Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonardlast_img read more

Licence renewals made easier

first_img4 October 2007The Eastern Cape is expanding its reach by offering motorists the option of renewing their motor vehicle licences at South African Post Office branches in the province.Thirty sites around the province have been identified, 25 of which are within the Buffalo City municipality (Greater East London) and five within the King Sabata Dalindyebo municipality (Greater Mthatha).To date, the service is offered in 12 Post Office branches around the province: East London, Beacon Bay, Southernwood, Gonubie, Vincent, King Williams Town, Mdantsane, Amathole, Viedgesville, Unitra, Mqanduli and in Madeira.Speaking at the launch of the service in East London this week, provincial Roads and Transport Minister Thobile Mhlahlo said the new service would also help eradicate the backlog at the province’s licence centres.“The new motor vehicle registration renewal service that we are launching with the South African Post Office has already yielded good results in Nelson Mandela Bay (Greater Port Elizabeth),” Mhlahlo said.“When we entered into this partnership in July 2006, there was a backlog of 1 700 transactions, which were not finalised by the department,” he said, adding that 95% of that backlog had now been cleared.Mhlahlo said his department was able to cut down on long queues in Nelson Mandela Bay, thanks to 31 outlets around the city that also provide services during weekends and public holidays.“We will be launching more similar services in other regions of the province,” department spokesperson Ncedo Kumbaca told BuaNews. “We want to make sure that there are no more backlogs at our licence centres.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Pacquiao spar mate predicts 7th round KO for Manny

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “He helps my training because his style is similar to the style of my opponent,” Pacquiao said.The eight-division champion, however, opted not to give any predictions as to how the fight will end.“I don’t give any predictions when it comes to my fights. I just see to it that I stay disciplined in training and do whatever I can during the fight.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Adrian Young, Manny Pacquiao’s latest sparring mate, marveled at the Filipino ring superstar’s lethal combination of speed and power after their three-round session on Tuesday.The 24-year-old Mexican also believes Jeff Horn won’t last in the ring with Pacquiao past the seventh round.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pacquiao sparring partner predicts 7th round KO for Manny4.1K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV “Manny is very [fast],” said a wide-eyed Young, who expressed his excitement sharing the same ring with Pacquiao and being in the country for the first time. “He was very [fast] and he confused me with his speed.”“Pacquiao KO in round seven,” said Young, who owns a record of 23-3-2 with 18 knockouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingYoung said Freddie Roach instructed him to use the ring and create distance during the sparring.Pacquiao said the three rounds with Young helped him in familiarizing himself with the kind of style Horn has. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Miguel gets back-to-back wins ahead of final elims game Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more