AN assured team performance from the Guyana Amazon Warriors produced a six-wicket victory against St Lucia Stars in Match 12 of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) last night.After pulling the Stars back from 91 for 2 to 152 for 8, a calm cameo from Gajanand Singh guided the Amazon Warriors to the target, despite a late blip which took the match deep into the last over.After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Stars innings was given a quick start by Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher. Fletcher only lasted eight balls however, before being beaten for pace by a back of a length ball from Sohail Tanvir.Fletcher’s demise did not seem to perturb his partner Charles who clattered a four and a six off the two balls immediately after the wicket and then hit an enormous Hero Maximum off Rayad Emrit which bounced off the roof of the stadium and down the road. A scratchy innings of 2 off 7 balls from Marlon Samuels was ended with a top-edged pull off Emrit and a tight sixth over, bowled by Rashid Khan meant the Stars ended the Powerplay 47 for 2.Two driven fours from Shane Watson gave the innings fresh impetus before Charles tore into some full tosses from Keemo Paul, taking the 9th over for 21. At the half way stage the Stars were 90 for 2, thanks largely to Charles who batted with typical belligerence, muscling the ball across the line, scoring 50 of his 53 runs on the leg side.His dismissal off the second ball of the tenth over by Rashid Khan changed the complexion of the innings. Kamran Akmal was stumped for 2 off 4 balls, charging down the pitch to Khan. Some tight overs and two more wickets – Watson for 32 and Kyle Mayers for 1 meant the Stars had lost 4 for 19.More quiet overs followed as Darren Sammy and Rahkeem Cornwall struggled to get the ball away, particularly from Rashid Khan who finished with 2 for 9. With 12 balls remaining the Stars were just 122 for 6.Those 12 balls brought the Stars 30 runs as Sammy finally found his range, slamming three sixes—two over mid-wicket and one straight–before he was dismissed looking for a fourth, for 26 off 24 balls. The Stars finished with 152 for 8 – well below the two previous first innings at this venue of 196.Chadwick Walton gave the Amazon Warriors chase a frantic beginning by hitting four boundaries in the first two overs. However, the Stars pulled things back in the next three overs, conceding just 15. After Walton was dismissed by a good short ball from Jerome Taylor, the Amazon Warriors ended the Powerplay 42 for 1 with Martin Guptill being kept quiet on 4 off 12.Once the field dropped back the Stars bowled accurately, giving the Amazon Warriors very few boundary balls. After a brief but unspectacular partnership, Babar Azam was caught and bowled by Shane Shillingford for 12 off 14. At the halfway stage the Amazon Warriors required 84 more runs to win.When Guptill was eventually dismissed, well caught at deep point by Samuels off the bowling of Mayers, the Stars probably felt they were in with a chance. Although the required run rate of 8.93 was not steep, it required an acceleration that the Amazon Warriors had shown little sign of giving.It did however eventually come with 48 required from 30 balls as Jason Mohammad and Gajanand Singh took Shillingford’s final over for 16, putting them back in charge of the contest. A brilliantly flicked six and two slapped drives from Gajanand further reduced the equation.Despite the boundaries the Amazon Warriors never truly pulled away and a tight penultimate over from McClenaghan ended with the wicket of Mohammad and left them requiring 8 from the last over.After only two runs came from the first three balls, bowled by Sammy, the Stars had come from nowhere to stand on the brink of winning. However, Roshon Primus heaved a four and scampered two to ensure The Amazon Warriors recorded their first victory of the season.
As soon as the 2008 NCAA football schedule was released,many circled the week three matchup between Wisconsin and Fresno State, markingit as an early road trap for the Badgers against a tough WAC opponent.Saturday night, the Badgers (3-0) went into a sold-out Bulldog Stadium andemerged with a 13-10 victory, ending Fresno State’s (1-1) hopes of becomingthis season’s BCS buster.During his weekly press conference Monday, UW head coach Bret Bielema discussedwhat the win meant to the team.“[Fresno State] was the first non-conference opponent thatwe beat that was ranked in the last 50 years,” Bielema said. “It was a greataccomplishment not only for our team, but for our program, and the Universityof Wisconsin.”The last time the Badgers recorded a road win over a rankednon-conference opponent was in 1958.When asked what this win meant for the remainder of the season, Bielema wasquick to point out the team’s next road test in Ann Arbor.“I think it’s just the phrase ‘been there, done that,’”Bielema said. “We are going to be going on the road to Michigan. It’s been along time since we’ve been able to win up there as a program. … I think there’ssomething you want to draw from the way our kids handled the road. Theyembraced the environment.”Hill, Shaughnessy earn game honors from coachBielema handed off the offensive game ball to running back P.J. Hill, whorushed for 112 yards. “Although he didn’t get in the end zone, I don’t know ifI’ve seen him play better,” Bielema said of Hill. “The way that he handled thegame, the situations that came at him, he really did a good job to hang ontothe football.”Despite senior linebacker DeAndre Levy being named Big Ten Defensive Player ofthe Week with an interception, a sack and nine total tackles, Bielema awardedthe defensive game ball to senior defensive lineman Matt Shaughnessy.“Matt Shaughnessy was outstanding in the game,” Bielemasaid. “He obviously created the big play.”Shaughnessy only finished with two tackles, but the big playBielema referred to was a deflection in which Shaughnessy got his hand on apass from Fresno State quarterback Tom Brandstater. The ball was batted intothe air and was intercepted by Levy.Injury reportSophomore defensive back Aaron Henry has missed the first three games of theseason, but Bielema is optimistic that he may be available for next Saturday’smatchup against the Wolverines.“Our goal [for Henry] has always been to be back for Michigan,”Bielema said.Junior linebacker Javery McFadden suffered an injury in Saturday night’s winand had to leave the game with a clubbed hand. He will undergo surgery thisweek and is expected to be back next Tuesday.Both quarterback Allan Evridge and Jason Chapman experienced cramps during thegame. Though Evridge did not return, Bielema said his signal caller is in goodhealth and ready to practice. Bielema noted that Chapman, however, also “hadsome ligament damage to his hands. He will be casted and ready to play.”The Badgers welcomed back senior tight end Travis Beckum and senior outsidelinebacker Jonathan Casillas from injuries. Beckum caught four balls for 51total yards, while Casillas recorded seven tackles. Bielema said havingCasillas and Beckum back was “huge.”“I think just for the energy during the course of the week,” Bielema said. “Agame on Saturday may have been won during the course of the week when Travispracticed the way he did.”Effects of overturned fumble call still lingerThe Badgers managed to hang on despite officials overturning what looked to bea Fresno State fumble. It appeared Levy recovered the ball on the Bulldogs’26-yard line, but a challenge resulted in the call being overturned.“Obviously as a Wisconsin fan, a Wisconsin coach, anybody that has a W on theirheart, they felt that was one that should have stayed with the ruling on thefield,” Bielema said of the call. “But the officials, you’ve got to trust whatthey say.”The ensuing drive ultimately resulted in a missed field goal attempt by FresnoState kicker Kevin Goessling.
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