ICC World Cup 2015: Key Players from Zimbabwe

first_imgThe team, currently ranked 10th in the ODIs, will be led by Elton Chigumbura this year. Hamilton Masakadza, who made his international debut 14 years ago, is set to play in his first World Cup. Masakadza will form the batting core alongside Sikander Raza, Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine and Sean Williams.Here’s a look at the key players from Zimbabwe in the World Cup:Brendan TaylorPlaying role: Wicket-keeper batsmanThe 28-year-old Harare player is one of the brightest and most experienced candidate in Zimbabwe’s squad for the World Cup. An aggressive opening  batsman, Taylor has made a name for being a calm batsman in pressure situations.Taylor became the first Zimbabwean batsman to hit back-to-back One-Day International centuries (128 not out and 107 not out), achieved against New  Zealand in October 2011. His batting exploits were at full display when he smashed Mashrafe Mortaza for a six on the last delivery to guide Zimbabwe to a  series win over Bangladesh in 2006.In 2010, Taylor played a brilliant unbeaten knock of 145 runs to keep Zimbabwe in the mammoth 351-run chase against the mighty South Africans. With over  4800 runs comprised of 31 fifties and six hundreds in 161 ODIs, Taylor will be one of the crucial batsmen for Zimbabwe in the upcoming World Cup.Hamilton MasakadzaPlaying role: All-rounderThe 31-year-old Harare player is an integral part of the Zimbabwe cricket team over the years. A right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-pace  bowler, Masakadza boasts all the qualities of a genuine all-rounder.In February 2000 he became the first black Zimbabwean to score a first-class century. Soon after, in July 2001 he became the youngest player to make a  century on his Test debut. His innings of 119 was made against the West Indies in Harare and helped his side draw the match. He went into the record books  again against the West Indies in December 2007, this time in an ODI. His opening partnership of 167 with Vusi Sibanda was a national record, with  Masakadza making 80 of those runs.advertisementHis maiden ODI century against a Test-playing nation came on 14 August 2009, eight years after his Test century, when he scored 102 off 112 balls against  Bangladesh batting at Number three.He is also the first Zimbabwean to have two ODI scores of more than 150, both coming in one week when he scored  156 and 178 not out against Kenya in October 2009 in the first and fifth matches in Harare.Sean WilliamsPlaying role: All-rounderThe 28-year-old Bulawayo player is known as Zimbabwe’s most promising cricketers in modern day cricket. A left-hand top-order batsman and more than  useful left-arm spinner, Williams was the pick of Zimbabwe’s batsmen with 157 runs at 31.40 and five wickets during the Under-19 World Cup in 2004.With over 1700 runs including 17 fifties and 22 wickets in 69 ODIs, Williams will be eager to bring out his best for Zimbabwe in the upcoming World Cup.Elton ChigumburaPlaying role: All-rounderThe 28-year-old Kwekwe cricketer will lead Zimbabwe in the coveted World Cup this year. A right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler,  Chigumbura adds value to both Zimbabwe’s batting and bowling department.In 2007, Chigumbura played a pivotal role in Zimbabwe’s five-wicket win over the mighty Australians in the World T20 tournament. Chigumbura removed  both Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden to finish his spell at 3/20 as Australia stuttered to post a shambolic total of 138 runs. in 2009, he tormented the  Kenyan bowlers as he smashed consecutive scores of 79, 68, 43 and 36 at a strike rate well above a-run-a-ball and picking up seven wickets for good  measure.Probably the hardest-hitting batsman in the current side when on form and a athletic outfielder, Chigumbura will be key to Zimbabwe’s success in the  upcoming World Cup.Tendai ChataraPlaying role: Medium-fast bowlerA tall fast bowler with appreciable pace and the ability to move the ball away from the right hander, Chatara has risen quickly to become one of the  mainstays of Zimbabwe’s bowling attack in modern day cricket.Chatara made his ODI debut against West Indies in 2013 but went wicketless while conceding 64 runs in a losing cause. However, he recorded his best  bowling figures of 3/44 against Bangladesh in 2014. Having played only 21 ODIs wherein he claimed 27 wickets, Chatara is fairly new to the international  scene but he’s still regarded as one of the most promising young fast-bowling prospects in Zimbabwe.Squad: Regis Chakabva(wk), Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura(c), Craig Ervine, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Solomon Mire, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williamslast_img read more

10 months agoBurnley boss Sean Dyche: We need to buy in January

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Sean Dyche: We need to buy in Januaryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche admits he wants to buy in January.Dyche said the club were actively looking to add in January.”We are but it is tough,” Dyche said. “We are looking to build a system and a model that is not just for this window but works in a longer period for the club.”There is no immediate pressure on him (football chief Mike Rigg) but it is helpful if he can add something to what we already do and if there is something out there that we think we can move on then we will do.”It’s not throwing money at every situation. It is finding the right situations for now, and there needs to be a competitive element for now quite obviously because we’ve got to get wins, but also the next layer of player and the next development of player.”There’s a lot of boxes need ticking to make sure they are the right players for this club and that makes it difficult but that’s the challenge we’ve been doing for the last six or so years.” last_img read more

a month ago​Shaqiri admits frustration with Liverpool game time

first_img​Shaqiri admits frustration with Liverpool game timeby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loverSwiss international Xherdan Shaqiri admits his frustration over game time at the club.The right winger has only played off the bench twice this season, which is a similar story to last season.While Shaqiri has made important contributions, he knows that he is having a tough time dislodging the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane from the wide positions.It is possible that Shaqiri will ask for a transfer in January, but a move next summer is the outcome that looks the most likely.”It is not easy for me, of course I am a little downbeat,” Shaqiri told Teleclub.”You have to be able to handle that and you have to accept it, I was always still in the squad.”You cannot ask the coach to play every match.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Solo sailor 73 describes sudden trouble at sea The boat had inverted

first_imgHALIFAX – Alone in the mid-Atlantic, 73-year-old Mervyn Wheatley awoke early Friday to heaving swells threatening to capsize his weathered sailboat, Tamarind.He stumbled from his bunk in the dark, grabbing a flashlight to assess the damage.Limp floorboards were stripped away, he said Monday, and water poured into the boat through a punctured porthole. His pump was clogged by floating socks.“It was in unbelievable shambles,” he said. “The boat had inverted. The mast was gone well down by the water.”Wheatley told his story to a packed theatre on the Queen Mary 2, the luxury liner that plucked him from his storm-damaged sailboat over the weekend and was bringing him to Halifax. At least three other boats in a transatlantic race from Plymouth, England, to Newport, Rhode Island, required rescue in rough seas.Tamarind, outfitted with a bathtub, had for decades been a second home to Wheatley, a former Royal Marine who was making his 19th trip across the Atlantic Ocean.But the race ran into heavy weather, and when he awoke Friday the boat he had helmed for years seemed to be falling apart. The steering was off. The engine cover was missing. Even the distress signal wasn’t working right.“I had no intention of sending a mayday at this stage … but I couldn’t turn it off,” he said, according to a recording of the event provided to The Canadian Press.A few ships offered assistance, but Wheatley said his ears perked up when he heard the Queen Mary 2 was near.As the cruise liner pulled up his rescue, Wheatley scuppered the nearly 20-year-old vessel for safety reasons.“It wasn’t easy getting off,” he said.The weekend rescues, including one sailor who was hoisted into a Cormorant helicopter and flown to St. John’s, were handled by the joint rescue co-ordination centre in Halifax.Spokesman Lt-Cmdr. Jordan Holder said Monday the centre was monitoring seven or eight boats that were still headed for Newport to complete the race.“They took a severe battering in very, very violent seas,” Holder said.“This is a yacht race that occurs on a fairly regular basis. One of the sailors I understand has completed the race five times. All of the sailors that were participating we’ve been involved with are experienced ocean-going sailors. So I think it took many people off guard, that it was as bad as it was.”Race organizers said Canadian authorities will likely bear the cost of the rescue operation.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, in Halifax Monday to outline Ottawa’s new, 10-year defence policy, said he was proud of the work the rescuers did.“When it comes to whether it’s protecting Canadians or it’s our obligations to respond to international disasters like this, we don’t look at the dollar cost,” he said.Commodore Charlie Thomson of the host club, the Royal Western Yacht Club in Plymouth, said one of the remaining competitors stopped briefly on the outskirts of Halifax Harbour Monday morning for minor repairs before resuming his trip south.Thomson said the race started with 21 entries — 16 solo sailors and five boats with two crew. By Monday, four yachts had been abandoned, one was under tow with a tug and three had been sunk or scuttled“It’s been really bad, it’s been really bad. In the many years of this event this is the worst one we can record,” said Thomson.Thomson said Wheatley is well-known in Plymouth, and joked of Wheatley’s cruise-ship rescuers that “it’s completely in character that he would have been picked up by such a vessel. He’s an original.”The Queen Mary 2, with Wheatley aboard, is expected to dock in Halifax Tuesday morning.last_img read more

Strong Thunderstorm moving towards Dawson Creek

first_imgThe storm is capable of producing very strong winds and up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.  The storm should reach Dawson Creek by 9 p.m. Sunday.See the full warning below.Issued at 2018-07-30 03:37 UTC by Environment Canada:Severe thunderstorm warning continued for:B.C. South Peace River, B.C. (087310)Current details:At 8:37 p.m. MST, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.The storm is on highway 97 near Pine River moving eastward at 30 km/h. This storm will reach Dawson Creek in about 30 minutes.Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. UPDATE – At 9:10 p.m. MST, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.The storm is on Highway 97 near the junction with Highway 52 moving eastward at 30 km/h but appears to be weakening. This storm will reach Dawson Creek in about 15 minutes.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Environment Canada says a strong thunderstorm is moving along Highway 97 and headed towards Dawson Creek. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

Wildfire risk reduction grants benefit northern BC

first_imgRecipients of community resiliency investment grants in the Prince George Fire Centre include:Mackenzie: $181,450 to assist with fuel and vegetation management, and FireSmart activities on private landFort Nelson First Nation: $100,000 to assist with education, fuel and vegetation management, and FireSmart activities on private landKwadacha Nation: $98,665 to assist with the development, and fuel and vegetation managementTsay Keh Dene Nation: $15,660 to assist with education and planningEstablished in September 2018, the community resiliency investment program assisted local governments and First Nations to lower wildfire risks around their communities with $50 million. As part of Budget 2019, the B.C. government has provided an additional $10 million.It is the responsibility of the provincial government, local governments, First Nations, industry, stakeholders and individual British Columbians to mitigate wildfire threats. The community resiliency investment program takes a holistic approach to risk reduction and fuel management treatments by considering fire prevention activities on provincial Crown land, private land, local government land and reserve land.A key component of the program is that it lets communities apply for funding to cover up to 100% of a wildfire risk reduction project. Eligible applicants facing a lower wildfire risk can apply for up to $25,000, while applicants facing a demonstrated higher wildfire risk can apply for up to $100,000.The Union of B.C. Municipalities administers the community resiliency investment program and processes grant applications.To read more about community resiliency investment program; CLICK HERE PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – More than $395,000 is being provided by the B.C. Government as community resiliency investment grants to support projects in the Prince George Fire Centre.“Community resiliency investment funding will help Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities increase their resiliency to wildfire threats,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “The program is designed to support projects at the local level to help keep British Columbians safe.”According to the Government, more than $6 million in community resiliency investment grants have been provided to 85 municipalities, regional districts and First Nations throughout the province, following the program’s first application intake. To read more about FireSmart and the seven FireSmart disciplines; CLICK HERETo read more about the application process is available on the Union of B.C. Municipalities website; CLICK HERElast_img read more

JT Barrett named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for record 7th

Despite watching the majority of the fourth quarter from the stands, Ohio State redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has been named the Big Ten Offensive Freshman of the Week for the seventh time this season, breaking the Big Ten record set by Nathan Scheelhaase.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native accounted for three touchdowns and 265 yards of total offense in a 42-28 win over the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday before leaving the game in the fourth quarter after suffering a fractured ankle.Barrett finished his 2014-15 with 3,772 total yards of offense and 45 touchdowns responsible for, which breaks the Big Ten record held by former Purdue and current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.The redshirt-freshman took over for injured senior Braxton Miller less than two weeks before the start of the season after Miller suffered a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.The Big Ten Offensive Freshman of the Week award has now been given to a Buckeye in eight out of 14 weeks this season, as redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall won the award last week after a four-touchdown performance against Indiana.Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones is expected to make his first career start Saturday against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game in place of Barrett.Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. read more

Mens Basketball Chris Holtmann wills Ohio State to unexpected win in Round

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann puts his hands out in the first half of the game against Indiana on Feb. 10. Ohio State won 55-52. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThere was a lot to be excited about with where Ohio State men’s basketball was headed after the 2017-18 season.Following a 25-9 record, including a 15-3 record in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes won in the Round of 64 against South Dakota State, then put up a fight in a second-half comeback before falling to Gonzaga.The future looked bright for this program after exceeding expectations in head coach Chris Holtmann’s first year.The future, as in the 2019-20 team that will be led by a trio of four-star prospects: guard DJ Carton, forward EJ Liddell and forward Alonzo Gaffney.But not the 2018-19 season. Not with a team lacking Keita Bates-Diop, Jae-Sean Tate and Kam Williams, who combined for 55.3 percent of the team’s points and 45.9 percent of the rebounds in 2017-18.Yet somehow, someway, Holtmann brought this Ohio State team to the NCAA Tournament. Beyond that, the Buckeyes won a game, stunning six-seeded Iowa State before falling to Houston in the Round of 32.But it didn’t go as smoothly as it did a season ago.After hearing his team’s name called on Selection Sunday, Holtmann said he thought if Ohio State played well, that it would be “very close” on if it would make the tournament.To start the season, Holtmann’s team did play well, with the Buckeyes winning 12 of their first 13 games behind dominant play from sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson.That success didn’t last into conference play. Ohio State dropped its next five games, and 12 of its last 18 games to end the regular season, playing much more like the team that many counted out before the season began.A year removed from Bates-Diop, Tate and Williams had Ohio State drop from No. 4 in points per game and No. 1 in points allowed per game during conference games to No. 13 and No. 7, respectively.And yet the Buckeyes were a Big Ten tournament win away from going dancing for back-to-back years.That win would be no easy task: Indiana had won four straight games, two of which came against ranked opponents, and was finally playing to the potential many thought the team had all season long.But Holtmann got his team to do what Holtmann’s teams do the best: lock up.The Hoosiers shot 30 percent in the first half, taking until desperation time to get their offense working. By that time, Ohio State did just enough to get the 79-75 win, ultimately securing its bid to the tournament.A seven-point loss to the top team in the Big Ten later, and the Buckeyes got their No. 11 seed, a win that surpassed most of the wildest expectations for this team.But senior guard C.J. Jackson’s expectations were even wilder.“We are not here just to play one game in the tournament,” Jackson said. “We are here to actually win some games and make a run.”Ohio State is not built like a team that can make a run in the NCAA Tournament. The team’s defense is strong, but the offense is strictly mediocre. The Buckeyes were undersized, inconsistent and lacking in terms of momentum.Iowa State, on the other hand, had one of the best offenses in the country, preferred to play up-tempo and was playing its best basketball of the season on the way to winning the Big 12 tournament.It didn’t matter. Holtmann and Ohio State found a way to get it done.In the 62-59 win, the Buckeyes held the Cyclones to the second-fewest points they have scored all season, while Wesson and redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods combined for 40 of the 62 points.The win made Holtmann 5-0 in Round of 64 games, all in consecutive seasons for Ohio State and Butler, but the 11-seeded Buckeyes are the lowest-ranked team Holtmann has worked his magic on thus far.The Ohio State head coach does have something he can improve on: with the loss to Houston, Holtmann moved to 1-4 in the Round of 32, but this Ohio State team had no real business being in the second round to begin with.Nothing about the Buckeyes, from the lack of scoring options to the unimpressive offensive numbers and streaky tendencies, made them seem like a team ready to win an NCAA Tournament game this season.Yet here they are, and Ohio State is only going to get better, much better, in the upcoming season.“Ohio State is back,” Jackson said. “And it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon.” read more

Mina talks for the first time after Everton transfer

first_imgThe Colombian defender says is important that his club wants to fight for something valuable this seasonColombia National Team footballer Yerry Mina moved from Barcelona to Everton this Thursday.And he’s already talking what to expect from him and his club in the 2018-2019 Premier League season.“It is important that the club want to fight for something,” Mina told Everton TV as reported by Sky Sports News.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“This is why I am here. I have watched the Premier League for a long time. It is the best league in the world,” he added.The defender commented that “this is a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to competing here.”“I know about Everton’s players and I look forward to being able to play with my new team.”“I have spoken a lot to the coach and I know his passion for Everton and determination to be successful. I am also determined to do my best for Everton.”last_img read more