Brathwaite’s wicket key for Scorpions – Campbell

first_imgJohn Campbell, captain of Jamaica Scorpions, believes the wicket of Barbados Pride opener Kraigg Brathwaite will be key if the Jamaica Scorpions is to make a comeback in their WICB Professional League encounter at Sabina Park.Brathwaite, the captain of the Pride, at the close was on 66 when his team closed on 103 for three on the first day.This was in reply to the Scorpions pedestrian first-innings total of 177 after they had won the toss and elected to bat.”His (Brathwaite’s) wicket will be key, and if we can come out and get his wicket, I think their batting will be under some pressure,” stated Campbell, who is leading the Scorpions for the second time.Coming off scores of 117, 30 and 34 since his return from Australia with the West Indies Test team, Brathwaite, in his usual accumulating style, has so far batted for close to two and, half hours and hit 11 fours.Of note, as well, was his duel with the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, left-arm spinner Nikita Miller.Closing with competitive figures of three for 22 off 14 overs, Miller got the ball to turn considerably, putting Brathwaite and others under pressure at times.”Miller put in a good spell,” conceded Brathwaite, who is eyeing a 16th first class in the process.”Once the spinners hit in the right areas, it is not easy scoring as the pitch is turning.”But its’ just about trusting my defence and staying positive when I see the ball to score and rotation of the strike.He continued: “I would like to score a hundred here at Sabina Park. The last couple of times, I scored two 90s.”I am working towards that, but, at the end of the day, I am looking to build a foundation with my team to get a big score.”With him at the close was the in-form Royston Chase, who has batted for 39 minutes and is nine not out.Earlier, the Jamaica Scorpions, hoping to break a string of three consecutive defeats, were led to their total by Andre McCarthy, 52, and opener Shacaya Thomas, 50.McCarthy, entering the fray with Jamaica at 42 for one, batted for one hour and 48 minutes and counted six fours and a six, while Thomas batted for an hour and 34 minutes on his way to hitting his second half century in as many matches.Former West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Justin Greaves with five for 41, his first five-wicket-haul in his third first-class encounter, was the pick of the bowlers.New West Indies left-arm spinning recruit Jomel Warrican ended with two for 43.”We did not get anywhere close to the runs that we wanted,” Campbell highlighted.”But, having said that, the total is already there and is a task for our bowlers to go and defend.”last_img read more

Major parties need to rein their supporters in

first_imgDear Editor,In recognising the intensification of a variety of threats to peace posed by the political tensions that surround the current election campaigns, the Universal Peace Federation – Guyana, wishes to condemn the political rhetoric that is causing great confusion, annoyance, distrust and humiliation within the minds and hearts of the citizens of Guyana.These unnecessary pains, which are obviously acting up on the emotionalism of some of our peoples, could turn riotous. We have recently seen tensions in Laing Avenue, Sophia and certain parts of Region Five.It would appear that there is a very thin line that is keeping the side being attacked from retaliating. And, we fear that when or if they do, this could foment into mini riots or even a civil war. We have seen wasted lives and unnecessary pains unleashed on families in countries like Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, the Congo, South Africa, India and Pakistan – where people are being killed, injured and/or destroyed by these uncalled-for incidences. Locally, we saw such similar incidences in Agricola, when the city was actually locked down. In the late 1990s, just after the elections, some people were brutalised in our city while heading home from work.The Universal Peace Federation has been involved with dozens of countries around the world to create a state of harmony and peace. We are, therefore, calling all our political leaders and political parties, especially the more mature ones, to please watch the rhetoric and try not to humiliate one another when they enter the political field. Also, the Opposition needs to avoid calling for the chasing out of the President, the Ministers or the leaders when they visit certain areas and communities where they predominate. This goes for the APNU/AFC Government as well.Further, The Universal Peace Federation urges all party members and their respective supporters not to misbehave. All political parties vying for elections need to show maturity, intellect and avoid putting our country to shame. We recommend that these political parties urgently sign the powerful peace accord that is in the process of being created and stick to the terms and conditions of this accord.The Universal Peace Federation calls upon everyone to show respect and to have restraint. Each party has a right to state their case. No one should obstruct or block them from going into any particular area. Also, people also have a right to ask their questions to the presenters. It is unfortunate that this political heckling is a normal part of the Caribbean culture, but the violent boisterous behaviour and insults are uncalled for from the two major parties of Guyana.In conclusion, we, the members of The Universal Peace Federation wish to remind the Government, Opposition and the general public that we may not always agree with each other, but it is important we respect each other.Sincerely,Hajji Dr Roshan KhanNational ChairmanUniversal PeaceFederation – Guyanalast_img read more