Month: February 2020

Lankans make solid start

first_imgHAMILTON, New Zealand (AP):Angelo Mathews made an unbeaten half-century and shared a record 136-run fifth-wicket stand with Milinda Siriwardana to help Sri Lanka to 264 for seven yesterday before rain ended the first day of the second cricket Test against New Zealand.Only two run outs and a stumble when the partnership between Mathews (63 not out) and Siriwardana (62) was broken detracting from Sri Lanka’s best batting effort of the series, which overturned expectations that the team that bowled first would win the day.New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat on a lush green pitch at Seddon Park, expecting his bowlers to dominate in conditions which supported both seam and swing.Apart from Mathews, who maintains a Test average in excess of 50, and Siriwardana, who reached his second Test half-century, Kusal Mendis made 31 and Dinesh Chandimal 47 as Sri Lanka kept up a lively run rate of four per over throughout the day.The partnership between Mathews and Siriwardana came in only 131 minutes and eclipsed the previous best fifth-wicket partnership for Sri Lanka against New Zealand. Trent Boult made the breakthrough when he produced an edge from Siriwardana, which Ross Taylor juggled before securing at first slip.last_img read more

English Premier League Reviews

first_imgSAT, JAN 2, 2016ARSENAL 1NEWCASTLE UNITED 0GOAL: ARSENAL: KOSCIELNY 72.Arsenal are now two points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League after a narrow win over troubled Newcastle. A draw looked likely until defender Laurent Koscielny came to the rescue with a close-range winner in the 72nd minute. Newcastle could have come away with at least a point, having been on the front foot for much of the second half.LEICESTER CITY 0AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0GOALS: NONE.Leicester wasted the chance to return to the top of the Barclays Premier League after Riyad Mahrez had a second-half penalty saved against 10-man AFC Bournemouth. Moments after Bournemouth captain Simon Francis was sent off for denying Jamie Vardy a goal-scoring chance, Artur Boruc denied Mahrez with a two-handed save.MANCHESTER UNITED 2SWANSEA CITY 1GOALS: UNITED: MARTIAL 47; ROONEY 77. SWANSEA: SIGURDSSON 70.Wayne Rooney’s brilliant winner beat Swansea as Manchester United ended a run of eight games without a win.The goal ensures that Rooney is now second place on the all-time Barclays Premier League goal-scoring lists on 188, 72 behind Alan Shearer. After a dour first half, Martial headed United in front, before Gylfi Sigurdsson’s glancing effort set nerves on edge at Old Trafford.Manchester United move up to fifth, two points behind Tottenham.NORWICH CITY 1SOUTHAMPTON 0GOAL: NORWICH: TETTEY 76.Alex Tettey’s second-half goal gave Norwich a hard-fought win over 10-man Southampton at Carrow Road. Saints went a man down when Victor Wanyama was sent off, with Norwich scoring just three minutes later. Canaries’ striker Dieumerci Mbokani had missed good chances from close range before the break, while Steven Davis forced the hosts’ Declan Rudd into a good save in the first half.SUNDERLAND 3ASTON VILLA 1GOALS: SUNDERLAND: VAN AANHOLT 30; DEFOE 72, 90. VILLA: GIL 63.Sunderland boosted their Barclays Premier League survival hopes as they ended a run of five straight defeats with a win over bottom-side Aston Villa. The hosts took the lead against the run of play when Patrick van Aanholt’s low 20-yard shot deflected wickedly off Micah Richards and into the net. A brilliant acrobatic volley from Carles Gil levelled after the break, before Jermain Defoe’s low strike. Defoe added a late third, leaving Villa with no wins in 19 league matches.WATFORD 1MANCHESTER CITY 2GOALS: WATFORD: KOLAROV OG 55. CITY: TOURE 82; AG¸ERO 84.+Late goals from Yaya TourÈ and Sergio Ag¸ero rescued Manchester City as they came from behind to beat Watford in an entertaining finale. Watford went ahead after the break when Aleksandar Kolarov headed Ben Watson’s corner beyond Joe Hart, who had the situation covered, for an own goal. With defeat looming, TourÈ side-foot volleyed Kolarov’s corner into the near post to level. And Ag¸ero headed Bacary Sagna’s fine cross home to secure a rare away win.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2STOKE CITY 1GOALS: WBA: SESSEGNON 60; EVANS 90. STOKE: WALTERS 81.Jonny Evans grabbed a stoppage-time winner for West Brom as Stoke suffered just their third defeat in 13 matches. After a sterile first 60minutes, Stephane Sessegnon fired the Baggies into the lead with a powerful shot. Stoke created little in the second half, but substitute Jonathan Walters headed them level from a superb Joselu cross. Almost immediately, the visitors’ Geoff Cameron was sent off for striking Claudio Yacob, before Evans tapped home after a goalmouth scramble.WEST HAM UNITED 2LIVERPOOL 0GOALS: WEST HAM: ANTONIO 10; CARROLL 55.Andy Carroll scored against his former club as West Ham leapfrogged Liverpool in the table thanks to a first league double over the Reds for 52 years. Michail Antonio beat Nathaniel Clyne to Enner Valencia’s early cross to net the Premier League’s first goal of 2016. Liverpool midfielder Emre Can was denied by the bar, but Jurgen Klopp’s side were off the pace throughout. Carroll sealed the points after meeting Mark Noble’s cross.SUN, JAN 3CRYSTAL PALACE 0CHELSEA 3GOALS: CHELSEA: OSCAR 29; WILLIAN 60; COSTA 66.Guus Hiddink maintained his unbeaten record since taking over from sacked Chelsea boss JosÈ Mourinho as his side extended their unbeaten run to four with an impressive dismantling of high-riding Crystal Palace. Oscar gave the Blues the lead when he latched onto Diego Costa’s pass. Willian made it 2-0 with a delightful long-range effort, then turned provider for Costa after Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey spilled the cross.EVERTON 1TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1GOALS: EVERTON: LENNON 22. TOTTENHAM: ALLI 45.Former Spurs winger Aaron Lennon netted against his former club, but Deli Alli ensured Spurs extended their unbeaten away sequence to nine games, their best run for 20 years. In a rare Everton attack, Lennon put the home team ahead with a half-volley. Alli then levelled before the break, controlling Toby Alderweireld’s cross-field ball with his chest and finishing low beyond Tim Howard.last_img read more

Lottery Ticket to make winning debut

first_img (1) BALLON D’OR/SHINE (2) MAMETA/SONG ON TRACK (3) CAMOUFLAGE/BATIDOR DE MUNDO (4) LOTTERY TICKET (5) RUNAWAY GIRL/LIKE A LADY (6) FORCE DE JOUR/BIG GEORGE FANCIES The exotic bets start anew on tomorrow’s 11-race Caymanas Park programme after punters cashed in over the Easter weekend. Both Super-6s offer the guaranteed minimum of $750,000, the first commencing from race one through to race six, and the twilight six embracing race six to 11. We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a 4-y-o and up restricted stakes over 1700 metres to be contested by six starters, including the likely favourite BALLON D’OR, to be ridden by top apprentice Linton Steadman for top-line trainer Anthony Nunes. The former record-priced yearling at the 2013 TOBA yearling sale has finished second in his two recent races, failing by 1-1/2 to beat MIND SET over 1400 metres, a performance that gives him the edge over SHINE (running well) over what is a more ideal trip for him. The improving filly MAMETA, with Orlando Foster aboard, holds the key to the second race for maiden four-year-olds over 1100 metres following her good second to CHEXIMAKIT in the Al Gopie Memorial Cup over the straight last Saturday. MAMETA, a lightly raced 4-y-o filly by Storm Craft from the stables of Patrick Lynch, looked improved when running with Lasix for the first time six days ago and now pointed in the right direction, should lead home SONG ON TRACK and IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST in a field of nine. Six horses from the $250,000 $210,0000 claiming spread will contest the third race over 1500 metres. Down in class 4-y-o colt CAMOUFLAGE, with only 52.0kg for the services of 3.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey, should have the measure of the consistent BATIDOR DE MUNDO with Jevanne Erwin aboard. These two look a cut above the others and it should be close between them. A field of 10 maiden three-year-olds is slated for the fourth race over 1100 metres, from which the well-forward debutante LOTTERY TICKET (Omar Walker up) is tipped to open her account right away. Trained by 15-time champion Wayne DaCosta, this 3-y-o bay filly by Seeking The Glory out of Just A Flutter has looked sharp at exercise, catching the eye on March 12 when galloping 1100 metres in a brisk 1:08.0 by 1:01.4. Only last Saturday, she looked easy in a 1000 metres gallop in 1:02.0, and with her preparation complete, should lead home fellow debutante AUNTIE RHONDA (Shane Ellis up) and FLYING MACHINE. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by another DaCosta-trained first-time runner RUNAWAY GAL, (working well) with Walker aboard, and recent winner FORCE DE JOUR under the improving apprentice Javaneil Patterson in the sixth race over the straight for high claimers. Their respective dangers are LIKE A LADY and BIG GEORGE.center_img FIRST SUPER-6last_img read more