Emotions spill over as PNG qualify for T20 World Cup

first_imgMELBOURNE (Reuters) – Global cricketers hailed one of the sport’s “feel good” stories of the year yesterday after Papua New Guinea dug themselves out of a huge hole at a Dubai qualifier to book their maiden appearance at the T20 World Cup in Australia next year. Emerging cricket nation PNG were 19 for six against Kenya after an early collapse at Dubai International Stadium but ended up thrashing the Africans by 45 runs on Sunday.PNG then had a nervous wait for the result of the Netherlands’ game against Scotland, but they ultimately topped their group at the tournament due to a higher net run rate and qualify directly for Australia, their first World Cup in any format.The PNG players celebrated wildly in the stadium’s terraces and their Australian coach Joe Dawes was overwhelmed. “I am feeling a little emotional,” former Queensland bowler Dawes told the global governing body ICC.“It’s been a pretty big two years, for them to achieve this is pretty special.”Dawes said planning for next year’s tournament could wait.   “We are just going to enjoy the moment. For them to achieve this is a great thing for us and for the nation,” he added. PNG’s automatic qualification came at the expense of the Netherlands, who defeated Scotland but will have to take the playoffs route to reach Australia.Cricket was introduced into PNG in the early 1900s by British missionaries but the national teams have struggled to make an impression on the world stage until recently.The men’s “Barramundis” team were awarded One Day International Status by the ICC in 2014 and they have benefited from development grants from neighbouring cricket power Australia. “The fact that Papua New Guinea have qualified for their first Men’s T20 World Cup in 2020 is one of modern cricket’s amazing feel good stories,” commentator and former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop tweeted.India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also hailed PNG’s entry to one of cricket’s biggest global stages.“So PNG qualifies for the T20 World Cup!! It’s amazing to see the game expanding globally and will surely bring more young ones to play the great game,” he tweeted.last_img read more

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Bowlers lead DCC past Sophia

first_imgThe Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) and the Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) yesterday recorded contrasting wins in the latest round of the New Building Society 40-over,  second-division tournament.  DCC, playing at home, thumped Sophia by 10 wickets after their bowlers routed the visitors for 62 in 14 overs. National under 19 bowlers Qumar Torrington and Daniel Mootoo picked up 3-14 and 3-8 respectively to lead their side’s bowling effort. DCC, in response, raced to 63-0 in six overs as Shamar Yearwood (25) and Brandon Jaikaran (16) punished the Sophia bowlers. Seamer Qumar Torrington bowled with a lot of steam  (Royston Alkins photos) Meanwhile, over at MSC, the host defeated GYO by 110 runs on the back of a brilliant all-round performance by Marcus Watkins. GYO, at the top of the day, won the toss and invited MSC to take first strike. They went on to post 248 before being dismissed in the 35th over with Watkins (63) and Shemroy Barrington (52) stroking half centuries. The pair of right handers received support from Jeremiah Scott (45) and Nickosie Barker (35) who both missed out on reaching personal milestones. Divesh Ramjattan (3-24)  who collected a hat trick and Trevon France (2-27) were the pick of the bowlers for GYO who, in response, folded for 135 as Watkins returned to nab 5-32 while Mervin Permaul (2-28) supported. France wielded his willow down at the bottom to top score with 37 as Joshua Ramsammy (20) and Michale Deonarine (20) failed to kick on.last_img read more

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Emrit confirmed for Golden Republic T20 bash

first_imgFormer West Indies and Guyana Amazon Warriors all-rounder, Rayad Emrit will turn out for the Golden Republic T20 Bash on Friday. Emrit’s participation was confirmed by Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board, Anand Sanasie who added that the 38-year-old Trinidadian will turn out for Rutherford Renegades who battle Hetmyer Hurricanes in a T20 showdown.Emrit brings a wealth of experience with 136 T20s under his belt coming with 149 wickets and a strike rate of 115. In the past, he has led Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League and turned out for other teams such as St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots and Barbados Tridents.It was also disclosed the possibility of having other regional stars including Chadwick Walton and former West Indies T20 captain, Carlos Brathwaite have been discussed but are yet to be finalized. The two sides led by Sherfane Rutherford and Shimron Hetmyer will battle at 18.00 hours for One Million Dollars in recognition of Guyana’s 50th Republic Anniversary as a collaboration between the Ministry of Social Cohesion and Guyana Cricket Board.According to Sanasie, the best T20 players available in Guyana will be on show but while the two teams are yet to be finalized, it is expected that the likes of Trevon Griffith, Christopher Barnwell, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Raymon Reifer, Steven Jaccobs, Anthony Bramble, Kevin Sinclair and a host of national players and cricketers from the Cricket Guy Inc. Academy will be on display.Prior to the match, there will be a softball contest between Regal All-Stars and Ariel Speed Boat, all of which will be broadcasted live with commentary through the National Communications Network. Entrance to the ground is set at $2000 for stand and is available at the Guyana Cricket Board’s Bourda office.last_img read more

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Pride increases lead on second placed Jaguars

first_imgGuyana Jaguars maintained their second position but Barbados Pride extended their lead after round six of the West Indies Championships. Five-time defending champions, Jaguars earned 18.2 points from their seven-wicket win over the Jamaica Scorpions and now has  79 points while Pride earned 24 points from their 127-run victory against the Windward Islands Volcanoes to move to 108.2 points, extending their lead over the Jaguars to 29.2 points.Scorpions remains third on 61.2 points while Volcanoes are in fourth with 56.8 points. Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are two points behind Volcanoes in fifth and the Leeward Islands Hurricanes round out the table with 40.4 points.Veerasammy Permaul’s career best of 15-77 brought his tally of wickets this season to 45.In the wickets column, left-arm spinner, Veerasammy Permaul’s career best of 15 for 77 helped him distance himself from the pack with a tally of 45 wickets, 15 more than Red Force’s Akeal Hosein who is second. Pride duo, Chemar Holder and Keon Harding have 29 and 28 wickets respectively while Hurricane’s Rahkeem Cornwall picked up 10 wickets in the drawn encounter against Red Force to bring his total to 23. Meanwhile, in the runs chart, Kyle Mayers of Pride leads the way with 579 runs following his highest First Class score of 140. Veteran Volcanoes batsman, Devon Smith is second with 495 runs. The pair is followed by Scorpion’s Jermaine Blackwood (450) and Pride’s Shane Moseley (449).Jaguars’ leading run getter is Christopher Barnwell with 376 while Leon Johnson (362) and Chandrapaul Hemraj (329) are the only batsmen with over 300 runs.Round seven begins Thursday with Jaguars hosting Hurricanes at Providence and Pride traveling to Trinidad to play Red Force while Volcanoes invite Scorpions to their home.last_img read more

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Nuggets coach Malone says he had coronavirus

first_imgDenver Nuggets coach Michael Malone revealed Monday that an antibody test showed he had the coronavirus. He told CBS4 in Denver that he had symptoms soon after the NBA halted play on March 11. He said he believed he had COVID-19 but was unable to get tested.“I’d say around March 20, I started not feeling well, and we began reaching out to team doctors to see if I could get a test,” Malone said. “Unfortunately, at that time, there was no testing available.”That month, the Nuggets said a different employee tested positive but didn’t disclose the person’s name. Malone told the TV station that he had an antibody test around Memorial Day, and it showed that he had been infected.“I like to say that I got coronavirus and I kicked its butt,” Malone, 48, said.When play was suspended, the Nuggets were 43-22 and in third place in the Western Conference. They are one of the 22 teams scheduled to return to the court next month in the league restart at The Walt Disney World resort near Orlando, Fla. —Field Level Medialast_img read more

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888 Holdings posts ‘resilient 2015’ despite increased regulatory impacts

first_imgShare Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor July 20, 2020 Presenting its audited full-year 2015 results (period ending 31 December 2015), the governance of FTSE listed igaming operator 888 Holdings (888) has described 2015 corporate performance as resilient in facing imposed regulatory impacts.Outlining 2015 core metrics, 888 would post group revenues of $462 million (£320 million), 2% up on 2014’s $455 million. The operator noted that on a like-for-like basis its group revenues would have reached $508 million.The operator’s ‘Casino B2C’ division continues to be 888 main performance driver reporting $231 million in revenues (representing 57% of total group revenues).As anticipated 888 would present downturn in its EBITDA results, posting FY earnings of $59 million, down 39% on FY 2014’s $97 million.888 governance stated that its EBITDA results were a ‘resilient outcome’ as the operator had paid $32 million in newly introduced gaming duties, and its earnings performance had further been impacted by adverse $ movements.Despite presenting a weakened earnings results, 888 would highlight that its core products had gained in active customers during 2015, with the company registering 20.5 million in ‘Real Money’ players, up 15% on 2014’s 17.9 million.Commenting on 2015 corporate performance Brian Mattingley Chairman of 888 Holdings “The 888 team has delivered another strong operational result in a year when we successfully confronted a number of external challenges. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank each of my colleagues across the world for their commitment during the year.”“This strong performance reflects the continued execution of our focused growth strategy as well as the quality of our brands, best-in-class technology and CRM expertise and was achieved despite the significant external challenges that impacted the online gaming industry and our profitability. In line with our strategic focus, we made further progress across regulated markets with growth in Spain, aided by the launch of slots in the first half, Italy, where mobile continues to drive market penetration, and Denmark, where we have seen an encouraging performance following our successful launch in the second half of the year.”888 Holdings FY 2015 Performance Overviewlast_img read more

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Yggdrasil Gaming releases third online slot in Jokerizer series

first_img Submit SkillOnNet powers Royalbet’s Europe launch December 17, 2019 Yggdrasil Gaming selects SBC Summit to showcase latest innovations February 17, 2020 Related Articles Yggdrasil Gaming have announced the release of Wicked Circus, the third online slot in the Jokerizer series, which enables players to chase bigger wins via a new hold feature.Wicked Circus builds upon the success of The Dark Joker Rizes, which remains a strong performer for Yggdrasil across all markets more than a year after launch.The Jokerizer series is part of the Yggdrasil portfolio, which includes popular casino games such as Vikings Go Wild, Joker Millions and Nirvana.Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO at Yggdrasil Gaming, said: “Yggdrasil’s two previous Jokerizer slots have enjoyed massive success over the past couple of years, so it was a no-brainer to launch a third in the series.“Like all our games, Wicked Circus includes unique gameplay mechanics and I’m sure players are going to love using the new hold feature to chase even bigger mystery wins.“And as ever, operators will be able to use our wide range of promotional tools to help Wicked Circus reach both new and returning players.”The slots are backed up by Yggdrasil’s industry-leading collection of promotional tools, BOOST, which is designed to increase engagement and retention. Share StumbleUpon Share EveryMatrix enhances offering with Yggdrasil partnership September 18, 2018last_img read more

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LeoVegas Casino player wins five-star trip to Italy and €20,000

first_imgShare Jack Woodward, 21, won a five-star break to Italy with professional skier Jon Olsson, after playing on LeoVegas’ new Live Casino product.The digital marketer from High Wycombe was selected for the luxury trip to Italy, which included an airport transfer in Jon’s Lamborghini, a two night stay at the prestigious St Vincent Resort and Casino, and a helicopter tour of Monte Cervino.The prize also included €10,000 that Woodward had to stake on either red or black at the roulette wheel. He placed the bet on red and walked away with the huge €20,000 pay out.He said: “I had an unbelievable time in Italy, from the airport transfer in Jon’s Lambo to winning €20,000 at the roulette table. I’m a massive fan of Jon, so to do all this cool stuff with him made it even better and now I’m in a great position to start saving for a house.“I’d never played on an online casino before, but I’m really glad I chose LeoVegas’ new game. I really enjoyed playing on their Live Casino product and I’ll definitely be playing it again in the future!”Shenaly Amin, UK Country Manager at LeoVegas, said: “We are very excited to have added LeoVegas Live Casino to our offering of products. It means that new and existing customers will be able to use LeoVegas to play real time casino games and receive a totally unique gambling experience.“It was great fun working with Jon Olsson to help launch our new Live Casino product, and we’re all really glad to hear Jack enjoyed himself. It looked like he had an amazing time!”The competition was part of the launch of LeoVegas’ NetEnt Live Casino product, which allows customers to experience the thrill of a real casino inside their own home. The product includes 24-hour live roulette and blackjack with real croupiers as well as a celebrity-concept blackjack table. Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Share StumbleUpon CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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Ravens-Falcons: Inactives and pre-game notes

first_imgBALTIMORE — Appearing at M&T Bank Stadium for the only time in the month of October, the Ravens hope to improve to 5-2 as they take on the struggling Atlanta Falcons, who have lost three straight games.Winners in four of their last five games, the Ravens will again be without the starting left side of their offensive line as rookies James Hurst and John Urschel will start in place of the injured Eugene Monroe and Kelechi Osemele. Baltimore is hopeful to have Monroe and Osemele back for next week’s key road game in Cincinnati after both practiced on a limited basis this past week.The Ravens also deactivated cornerback Chykie Brown and wide receiver Marlon Brown, which doesn’t speak well for either player’s current standing on the depth chart. Chykie Brown is inactive for the first time this season, meaning veteran Dominique Franks is the only backup cornerback behind Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb. Marlon Brown was listed as probable on the final injury report, but rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro is instead active after catching a touchdown in his NFL debut last week.After being moved to the 53-man roster on Saturday, safety Will Hill is active and will make his 2014 season debut.Second-year linebacker Arthur Brown was a healthy scratch for the seventh straight game and is the only player on the 53-man roster all season who has yet to be active for a game.Meanwhile, the Falcons have embarked on a brutal stretch of their schedule as they were scheduled to fly straight to London from Baltimore following Sunday’s game. Atlanta will not play another true home game at the Georgia Dome until Nov. 23 after having lost three straight entering Sunday’s tilt against the Ravens.Sunday marks the fifth all-time meeting between these teams in the regular season as both the Ravens and the Falcons have won two apiece. The Ravens won the only meeting between these teams in Baltimore in 2006 and will try to improve to 3-0 against the NFC South with a win over the 2-4 Falcons.The referee for Sunday’s game will be Carl Cheffers.According to Weather.com, Sunday’s forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-50s with sunny skies and winds up to 15 miles per hour.The Ravens will be wearing black jerseys and black pants — with pink accessories mixed in for Breast Cancer Awareness month — while Atlanta dons white tops and white pants.Below are Sunday’s inactives:BALTIMOREWR Marlon BrownCB Chykie BrownLB Arthur BrownLT Eugene MonroeG Kelechi OsemeleTE Ryan TaylorDE Chris CantyATLANTAQB Sean RenfreeCB Javier ArenasLB Tyler StarrOT Cameron BradfieldG Harland GunnWR Harry DouglasDT Cliff Matthewslast_img read more

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Predicting the Ravens’ 53-man roster at the end of 2016 preseason

first_imgWith the 2016 preseason now history, the Ravens can turn their full attention toward the season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 11.But first, it’s time to go on the record with the final projection of the Ravens’ 53-man roster to begin the regular season as head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome will make their final decisions by 4 p.m. on Saturday. Of course, this will only be the first regular-season roster as the Ravens can explore the possibility of adding other players who will be made available over the next few days.Though the coaching staff and the front office are aware of the number of players at each position, trying to boldly pinpoint a specific number of receivers or linebackers isn’t the most accurate way of projecting the roster. In filling out the back end of their roster, the Ravens look carefully at players’ special-teams abilities in addition to what they bring to their offensive or defensive positions.The numbers in parentheses indicate the total number of players they are projected to keep at that given position.QUARTERBACKS (2)IN: Joe Flacco, Ryan MallettOUT:  Josh Johnson Skinny: Johnson has played well enough this preseason to earn a job somewhere, but the Ravens appear content with Mallett backing up Flacco this season.RUNNING BACKS & FULLBACKS (5)IN: Justin Forsett, Kyle Juszczyk, Terrance West, Buck Allen, Kenneth DixonPHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM LIST: Lorenzo TaliaferroOUT: Stephen Houston Skinny: It would have been interesting to see whether Allen’s job was truly in danger before the knee injury suffered by Dixon, but the Ravens appeared to be protecting the former’s health on Thursday.WIDE RECEIVERS (7)IN: Steve Smith, Kamar Aiken, Breshad Perriman, Mike Wallace, Chris Moore, Michael Campanaro, Jeremy ButlerOUT: Keenan Reynolds, Chris MatthewsSkinny: Keeping seven receivers isn’t ideal from a roster construction standpoint, but the number of injury risks in this group makes it easier to justify carrying Butler for the present and future.TIGHT ENDS (3)IN: Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, Dennis PittaSUSPENDED: Nick Boyle, Darren WallerOUT: Daniel BrownSkinny: If Williams and Pitta are bigger question marks for the opener than Harbaugh indicated this week, Brown could find his way onto the 53-man roster temporarily.OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)IN: Marshal Yanda, Ronnie Stanley, Rick Wagner, Jeremy Zuttah, John Urschel, Alex Lewis, Ryan Jensen, De’Ondre WesleyOUT: Vlad Ducasse, James Hurst, Matt Skura, Blaine Clausell Skinny: Lewis’ ability to play left tackle and left guard will push Hurst off the roster while Ducasse is an unfortunate victim of the numbers game despite a good summer.DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (7)IN: Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan, Lawrence Guy, Carl Davis, Brent Urban, Willie Henry, Michael PierceOUT: Kapron Lewis-Moore Skinny: Pierce was already in the roster discussion before his exceptional performance on Thursday and is an interesting talent to retain since Williams is scheduled to become a free agent next offseason.INSIDE LINEBACKERS (3)IN: C.J. Mosley, Zachary Orr, Kamalei CorreaOUT: Arthur Brown, Patrick Onwuasor Skinny: Brown’s status as a former second-round pick will no longer save his roster spot, and Albert McClellan or Anthony Levine can play inside linebacker if game-day injuries were to pile up.OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (5)IN: Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Za’Darius Smith, Albert McClellan, Matt JudonOUT: Chris Carter, Victor Ochi, Brennen Beyer Skinny: The veteran Carter should find a job elsewhere with ease while Ochi is a raw and talented prospect the Ravens will hope to sneak onto the practice squad.CORNERBACKS (5)IN: Jimmy Smith, Shareece Wright, Jerraud Powers, Tavon Young, Will DavisOUT: Sheldon Price, Maurice Canady, Julian Wilson, Carrington Byndom Skinny: The Ravens will gamble that Price or Canady — or both — will make it to the practice squad, but depth is a clear concern at this position with the play of Wright and Powers in the preseason.SAFETIES (5)IN: Eric Weddle, Lardarius Webb, Terrence Brooks, Anthony Levine, Kendrick LewisOUT: Matt ElamSkinny: Kendrick Lewis missed the final three preseason games, but his veteran experience should count for something as a backup to Weddle and Webb.SPECIALISTS (3)IN: Sam Koch, Morgan Cox, Justin TuckerOUT: None Skinny: This trio stays together for the fifth consecutive season, a rarity in this day and age in the NFL.last_img read more

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