Archive for March 28th, 2007


Posted by Dresonic on March 28, 2007

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St Peter’s, Antigua – West Indies pacer Daren Powell (right) reacts to a false shot from Australia’s Matthew Hayden during their Super 8 match at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium yesterday. (Photo: AP)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (AFP) – Matthew Hayden’s commanding innings of 158 left world champions Australia in a strong position against hosts West Indies before rain forced the opening Super Eight match of this World Cup into a second day.

Hayden’s record-breaking display was the centrepiece of Australia’s 322 for six after they’d lost the toss.

But rain, which had been falling steadily during the Australia innings, meant the West Indies’ reply never got started in the first major match staged at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
The match will be resumed at 9:30 am local time today with the hosts chasing 323 to win off 50 overs.

Earlier, Hayden produced one of the great World Cup innings, providing a master class in how to pace a big score after taking 18 balls to get off the mark following West Indies captain Brian Lara’s decision to field first in overcast conditions.

His hundred, his second in as many matches, was the highest score by an Australian at the World Cup, surpassing the 143 not out made by Andrew Symonds four years ago against Pakistan in Johannesburg, and the ninth best in the history of the tournament.

This innings came after Hayden’s 101 in the 83-run win against South Africa on Saturday.

It was also the 35-year-old left-handed opener’s third hundred in as many one-day internationals against Test nations following his Australian record 181 not out against New Zealand last month in Hamilton. Read the rest of this entry »


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All set for Boys’ & Girls’ Champs

Posted by Dresonic on March 28, 2007


FOLLOWING months of training and intense competition in more than 20 development meets, more than 2,300 athletes from 78 Girls’ and 89 Boys’ teams will lay it on the line over the next four days of the GraceKennedy/ISSA National Athletics Championships at the National Stadium.

Defending champions Kingston College (KC) and Holmwood Technical will be aiming to retain their respective Boys’ and Girls’ titles.

KC (233.5 points), who are searching for the seventh straight hold on the Mortimor Geddes Trophy and 31st overall, are expected to again be challenged by last year’s second-placed finisher, Calabar (231.5), in a contest that experts say is too close to call.

Coach of the ‘Purples’, Lennox Graham, told the Observer his team is rounded in all three classes, in all disciplines, and his charges are up for the challenge.

“To pick a class and say it’s our strongest I would have to say Class One… we have good strength in Class Two – good hurdlers, good middle distance runners, good throwers, who are coming on at the right time…

“In Class Three, we have a nice, rounded bunch and the relays are fairly strong,” Graham said, noting that winning will depend on how his team performs each day. Read the rest of this entry »

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