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

Hughes tables £7m bid – report

first_imgMark Hughes tabled a £7m bid for Blackburn’s Chris Samba immediately after being confirmed as QPR boss, the Daily Mail reports.Rangers recently offered £5m for the defender, who signed for Rovers when Hughes was manager at Ewood Park. The Daily Mirror say Hughes will get a £1m bonus if he keeps Rangers in the Premier League.Hughes will be given a free rein to completely overhaul the club, the Daily Telegraph reports.According to The Sun, QPR’s board want Hughes to secure a European place next season.Meanwhile, the Mirror suggest Fulham are among the many clubs watching striker Jamie Vardy of non-League side Fleetwood.The Sun, on the other hand, claim Fulham are planning to hijack Leicester’s attempt to sign Billy Sharp from Doncaster.The Mail say Jose Mourinho wants Real Madrid to block any move from his former club Chelsea for Angel di Maria.Chelsea are reported to be interested in signing the Argentine winger, who is said to be unhappy with his current contract.Didier Drogba could be paid more than £300,000 per week if he leaves Stamford Bridge to join former Blues striker Nicolas Anelka at Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, according to the Mirror.But the Daily Star say Drogba is Hughes’ number one transfer target for QPR.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

Your New Mission: Earn the 7 Souvenirs of August

first_img SharePrint Related7 Souvenirs of August FAQJuly 8, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”7 Tips for Achieving All 7 Souvenirs of AugustJuly 25, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”7 Souvenirs of August AchievedSeptember 22, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August” New Souvenirs for August, New Quiz Now Welcome to your geocaching mission this summer. During the month of August, earn six new Geocaching souvenirs by finding specific types of geocaches. Only by finding all six souvenirs do you unlock a special seventh “Achiever” souvenir. And we always knew you were an achiever.Check out your personalized 7 Souvenirs of August Trophy Case for details. It’s a page that’s worth adding to your bookmarks. You’ll need it. Once you’ve collected all six souvenirs, visit your 7 Souvenirs of August Trophy Case to unlock the rare 7th “Achiever” souvenir. If you’re new to geocaching, a souvenir is an exclusive digital reward for your online profile.While your journey to find the 7 Souvenirs of August begins on August 1 and lasts through August 31, you can start the adventure right now. Take the new Geocaching Personality Quiz. Each of the six personality types in the quiz reveals a souvenir you’re challenged to discover in August. Questions? Check out your 7 Souvenirs of August Trophy Case for answers. Ready to begin celebrating? Check out the new 7 Souvenirs swag on sale now.Click to learn moreClick to playcenter_img Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Normal life hit due to separatists’ strike in Kashmir

first_imgNormal life was affected in the Kashmir Valley on Sunday due to a strike called by separatists to protest the killing of a civilian in firing by security forces after militants attacked an army camp in Kupwara district on Thursday.Most of the shops, other business establishments and fuel stations were shut. Public transport was sparse but private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were plying normally in many areas of the city.The weekly flea market was open as many vendors set up their stalls on the TRC Chowk-Batamaloo axis along the city centre of Lal Chowk, officials said.They said the effect of the strike was accentuated because of holiday. Similar reports were received from most other district headquarters of the Valley.Separatists, including chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference — Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq — and JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik, had on Friday called for a Valley-wide shutdown against the killing of Mohammad Yousuf Bhat in security forces firing on protesters on Thursday.The protesters were demanding the bodies of two militants who were killed in retaliatory firing after they attacked an artillery unit of an army garisson at Panzgam.Three soldiers, including an officer, were killed by the militants in the pre-dawn attack before they were neutralized by the security forces.last_img read more

Filoil Preseason Cup tips off May 5

first_imgPhoenix will find its time Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid The league will also unveil its grassroots program by introducing an 11-Under division that will open the day’s triple header at 11 a.m., featuring De La Salle-Zobel against Xavier School.A total of 16 collegiate squads from the NCAA and the UAAP will participate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup, the country’s premier league leading to the busy collegiate season, unfurls its 13th staging on Sunday with a banner field.Defending NCAA champion San Beda battles retooled University of the Philippines and De La Salle University takes on former coach Aldin Ayo in the featured games on opening day at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more