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  • Washout leaves Australia on edge

    first_img(REUTERS) – Australia and Bangladesh saw yesterday’s Champions Trophy match at The Oval washed out, just four overs short of forcing a result in a blow to both teams’ hopes of reaching the semi-finals.Having been rescued by the rain last week, London’s inclement weather turned the tables on Australia and left them needing to win their last Group A match to avoid going out.It was the second straight ‘no result’ for Australia after a similar outcome against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Friday.They have just two points in the standings, meaning they must beat England in Birmingham on Saturday to have any chance of advancing to the semi-finals.Bangladesh, who lost to England on Thursday, are also in peril.They were bowled out for 182 by Australia and then looked set to lose with their opponents handily placed 100 runs from victory with nine wickets in hand and 34 overs remaining when the rain came down.Australia, needing to bat 20 overs to conjure up a result, sat anxiously through a three-hour wait, willing away the clouds, but a persistent drizzle kept the covers on before the umpires abandoned play.WARNER QUICKDavid Warner had become the quickest Australian batsman to reach 4 000 ODI runs – achieved in 93 innings — on his way to an unbeaten 40 with captain Steve Smith not out on 22 when Australia came off after 16 overs at 83-1.“We were heading down a pretty good path and it was disappointing not to get a result in the end,” said Smith.“The game against England is now a quarter-final as such. They’re a good side and the equation is pretty simple now.”Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat with Tamim Iqbal falling five runs short of a second straight century in the tournament as Mitchell Starc took three wickets in four balls near the end of the innings as they were out in 44.3 overs.Tamim, who scored 128 against England in the opening game on Thursday, got 95 off 114 balls, picking up the pace and smashing some fierce strokes before being caught by Josh Hazlewood at long leg off Starc with the first ball of the 43rd over.The Australian paceman bowled Mashrafe Mortaza two balls later, took out the stumps of Rubel Hoosain with his next delivery and came within inches of a hat-trick as another swinging yorker flashed past Mustafizur Rahman.Starc finished with figures of 4-29 in 8.3 overs.Only two other Bangladesh batsmen – Shakib Al Hasan (29) and Mehedi Hasan Miraz (14) – reached double figures.Bangladesh must beat New Zealand in their last group game in Cardiff on Friday and hope England win their next two games in which case they would accompany the hosts to the semi-finals.“Australia were unlucky and we are lucky to still be in the tournament. We have to play hard again, but we beat New Zealand in Ireland (in a warm-up match) so you never know,” added Bangladesh skipper Mortaza.last_img read more

  • Gold is Money, Broad Street clinch quarter-final spots with last-gasp wins

    first_imgDEFENDING Georgetown and National Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ champions, Gold is Money, needled LA Ballers to clinch progression to the quarter-finals on the final night of the Group Stage action at the Berlin tarmac on Thursday night.Meanwhile other crowd favourites Broad Street also left it late to seal their quarter-final berth with a win over John Street.In the second game of the night Broad Street took to the tarmac needing a win in normal time to progress from Group ‘A’. They faced newcomers John Street and took an early lead through the talented Akeem Sam in the fourth minute.However, Venezuelan Oswaldo Gil equalised for John Street in the 8th minute to pile pressure on Broad Street. In the remainder of the game Broad Street made several attacks but they could not find the target.Two minutes from the final whistle, Sam finished off an impressive team move to tap home a Guinness Goal (any goal scored in the final 3 minutes counts as 2) and send the crowd into frenzy with Broad Street holding a 3-1 lead.The youthful LA Ballers exited the tournament despite winning two of their three games in Group ‘A’ as Gold is Money needled them on the night to draw level on six points, but progressed due to a better goal difference.Needing to win without conceding, the defending champions put in a workmanlike effort. Michael Pedro netted in the seventh minute to hand Gold is Money a 1-0 lead which they never relinquished. LA Ballers attacked for the greater part of the game but could not penetrate their opponents’ defence.With both Leopold Street and Tiger Bay sealing progress since last weekend, they clashed in a game to decide who would top Group ‘C’ and did not disappoint as Tiger Bay came out on top after 20 minutes of high octane action.Leopold took the early advantage through skipper Okeene Fraser who continued `his goal-scoring form by finding the back of the net in the eighth minute. The first half ended without any more goals and it seemed as though Leopold Street would hold on to their 1-0 lead but James Meredith had other ideas.He drew Tiger Bay level in the 15th minute before netting a Guinness Goal in the 18th minute to hand his side the 3-1 win which propelled them atop Group ‘C’.Sparta Boss faced Albouystown-B in another top-of-the-group decider, to close off the night’s action. The latter needled Sparta Boss to secure maximum points with three wins from three matches in Group ‘B’ courtesy of a Melvorn Ross goal in the sixth minute This proved to be enough as Albouystown-B held Sparta scoreless.Earlier in the night Alexander Village opened the night’s proceedings with a resounding 5-0 win over Charlotte Street; Quincy Porter netted a double in the 12th and 14th minutes while Shem Porter (8th), Leon Yaw (15th) and Delon Williams (16th) scored one goal apiece.Albouystown-A handed Future Stars a victory by failing to show up for their engagement. For that infringement they were handed a one-year ban from the tournament.Sophia progressed from Group ‘D’ after beating Rising Stars 4-1 through Guinness Goals from Dwayne Lowe and Gerald Grittens who netted in the 18th and 20th minutes respectively. Earlier it had looked bleak for the Sophia unit who conceded an early goal with Ray Smith on target for Rising Stars in the fifth minute.Also advancing from Group ‘D’ were Back Circle who managed a 2-1 victory over rivals North East La Penitence.Back Circle had grabbed the early advantage with Adrian Aaron finding the back of the net in the fifth minute. However Keifer Grant drew North East level with a goal of his own in the seventh minute.Jermaine Beckles had the final say with his strike in the 14th minute proving to be the decider as Back Circle ran out 2-1 winners.The quarterfinals and semifinals were played last evening at the National Cultural Centre tarmac. However, up to press time no results were available. A subsequent article will be published with the results of those matches.Winner of the event will collect $500 000 and the championship trophy, with the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers copping $300 000, $200 000 and $100 000 respectively and the corresponding trophy.They will also automatically seal a place in the National Championship in August.To date Beacons (Bartica champions), Melanie-B (East Coast Demerara winners), Brothers United (West Demerara/East Bank Demerara winners), Trafalgar (Berbice champions) and High Rollers (Linden champions) have sealed automatic berths to the National Championship.Quarterfinal Matchups(1) Broad St vs Leopold Street – 19:00hrs(2) Albouystown-B vs Back Circle – 19:45hrs(3) Sparta Boss vs Sophia – 20:30hrs(4) Gold is Money vs Tiger Bay – 21:15hrsSemifinal MatchupsWinner (1) vs Winner (4)Winner (2) vs Winner (3)last_img

  • Thurles CBS lift Fitzgerald Cup

    first_imgThurles won the competition for Under 17 A schools hurling yesterday as they beat Nenagh CBS 2-22 to 1-21 in the final at Templederry.The North Tipp school led by 2 points at half time on a 1-9 to 1-7 scoreline.However Thurles pushed ahead in the second half with the aid of a strong breeze and ran out winners by 4 points. Photo © Tipp FMlast_img

  • BBPA calls for protection to AWPs in wake of government FOBT cutback

    first_img Submit Share BGC: Scottish government must reconsider ‘baffling’ gaming machines u-turn July 23, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles BGC takes over The Senet Group’s duties and responsibilities April 6, 2020 UK government backs £100m RET commitment from ‘big four’ June 15, 2020 The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has responded to the government’s consultation on gaming machines and social responsibility proposals, and has called on protection for Category C amusement with prize (AWP) machines, so that they continue to form a vital revenue stream for Britain’s pubs.In a detailed response, the BBPA calls for the government to allow a modest rise in stakes and prizes for these machines. It is also calling for an urgent consultation on the Category C technical standards to ensure the pub amusement machine can survive into the future.The BBPA argues that its outlined suggestions will keep pub amusement machines attractive without impacting on social responsibility or problem gambling. It was also claimed that the recent research does not identify AWP machines in respect of problem gambling. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the BBPA, said: “The amusement machine offer in pubs needs to be able to develop to meet the expectations of the consumer and form part of a low stake, low prize entertainment offer in a pub. Our proposals to increase both stake and prize should help keep pub amusement machines competitive.“Any gaming machine use in pubs is overseen by the licensee/manager and their team, and pubs represent, much as they do for drinking, a socially responsible environment. The BBPA already has a long-established code of practice to ensure machines are operated responsibly. “Operating costs for pubs are under pressure from high beer duty, business rates, the apprenticeship levy, and mandatory auto-enrolment pensions for employees. Income from amusement machines can be vitally important in keeping many pubs viable, and an increase in prize for Category C machines will enable pubs to invest in the business and keep an important social resource viable.”last_img read more