first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): Jamaica Scorpions jeopardised their chances of a semi-final spot in the Regional Super50 when they stumbled to a 73-run defeat at the hands of Barbados Pride following another weak batting effort here yesterday. Chasing 247 for victory at the National Cricket Centre, Scorpions collapsed from a strong position of 61 without loss after eight overs to 173 all out off 46.5 overs, to suffer their third loss of the competition and slip to third spot in Group A. With their win, Pride moved into second on 14 points and can confirm their semi-final berth with a win over hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the final round of matches tomorrow. Scorpions, who remained on ten points, can still qualify for the semi-finals but need to beat ICC Americas in their final game also tomorrow and hope Pride lose to Red Force. However, they could have avoided the unnecessary permutations had they not squandered a great start from openers John Campbell, who scored 42 and rookie Jermaine Harrison who struck 22. Once they were separated, however, wickets fell steadily as Pride bowlers slowly dissected the innings. In-form right-hander Andre McCarthy resisted with 33 from 63 balls but found no support, with the last six wickets tumbling for 57 runs. Part-time medium pacer Jonathan Carter once again made his presence felt with three for 26, while Test left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican snapped up three for 32. Earlier, attacking opener Dwayne Smith broke out of his slump with a powerful 86 to lead Pride’s charge to 246 for nine off their 50 overs, after they were sent in. The right-hander got support from wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich with 48, while tail-ender Ashley Nurse chimed in with 23. Skipper Campbell claimed three for 57 with his off-spin, while Test fast bowler Jerome Taylor picked up two for 30. Facing a must-win scenario in order to remain alive in the competition, Pride started poorly when Taylor removed both openers with just 33 runs on the board. He removed the proflic Kraigg Brathwaite, caught at the wicket for one in the third over with nine runs on the board and returned to prise out another Test batsman Shai Hope for four, also caught behind in the ninth over. Man of the Match Smith, coming off scores of two, one, four and nought, added 33 for the third wicket with left-hander Jonathan Carter who scored 16 before he was run out in a bad mix-up in the 16th over. Smith then combined with Shamarh Brooks (20) in a pivotal 66-run stand for the fourth wicket which once again gave the innings momentum.last_img read more


first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): Pep Guardiola sat with his arms folded, frustration clearly building inside him. The Manchester City manager was fielding another question about the seemingly uncertain future of Sergio Aguero and could not disguise his displeasure. “I spoke 10 times about that. Ten times. You know my opinion,” Guardiola said, snappily. “He is so happy. I am so happy. We are happy. 10 times I answer. No more please.” Unfortunately for Guardiola, there’s little hope of the Aguero talk dying down. Not when the striker is fuelling the conversation himself. Aguero had just scored two goals for the second straight game in City’s 5-1 win over Huddersfield in the FA Cup on Wednesday when he addressed his future at a club where he is regarded as a great. Despite proclamations from the club that it wants him to stay, Aguero said he has yet to receive such assurances in person. “One thing is that the club officially says it and another thing is to tell me,” Aguero said. “My intention is to stay. The club can say what it wants but in June they will have to meet with me.” Aguero’s future is shrouded in doubt because he lost his place in the team to new signing Gabriel Jesus, a 19-year-old Brazil striker. For four straight games, Aguero started among the substitutes, getting a few minutes here and there as his new teammate slotted seamlessly into City’s attack and scored three goals. It was an unusual situation for Aguero, one of the world’s most highly regarded strikers. He only got his place back in City’s team because Gabriel Jesus broke a bone in his foot against Bournemouth, which will rule him out for most of the rest of the season. Aguero’s future will likely be sorted out in the offseason, and he won’t be satisfied with starting the 2017-18 campaign as City’s second-choice striker. The return of Aguero, however, has coincided with some strong attacking showings from City, which have scored 10 goals in their last two games entertaining victories over Monaco in the Champions League and then Huddersfield. Aguero is working harder off the ball, something Guardiola has demanded of him, and demonstrating his typical potency in front of goal. “It’s (getting) much better and that makes me confident,” Guardiola said. “We are far away from the first game in the Premier League.” That was against Sunderland at Etihad Stadium, and City needed an 87th-minute own-goal to scrape a 2-1 victory. Seven months later, the teams meet again tomorrow, with City in third place and Sunderland in last. It will be a good yardstick as to City’s progress under Guardiola. “We are in a good moment now,” said Guardiola, whose team is unbeaten in eight games, “but we have to repeat every single game, again and again.”last_img read more