Hetmyer’s magnificent 125 helps Windies level series

first_imgMan-of-the-Match Shimron Hetmyer stroked his maiden ton at home, as the Windies levelled the ODI series 1-1 after completing a three-wicket win in Wednesday’s day/night affair at Providence.Shimron Hetmyer acknowledges the supporters after reaching his first ODI century on his home turf against Bangladesh at the ProvidenceFollowing up his fifty from Sunday, the former Windies U-19 World Cup winning skipper became the youngest Guyanese to score an ODI ton as he dealt primarily in sixes as he smoked seven huge maximums and three fours in his majestic 125 off 93 deliveries.Rovman Powell flexed his guns for a bit, hitting four fours in his 44 and added a century stand of 103 with Hetmyer, to help the hosts rack up 271 all out in 49.3 overs. Fast bowler Rubel Hossain was the pick of the lot with 3-61 while Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan bagged two apiece.Bangladesh almost got there thanks to fifties from Tamim Iqbal (54); Shakib Al Hasan (56) and Mushfiqur Rahim (68) as the visitors ended on 268-6. Windies used six bowlers with five returning a wicket each in a collective effort.Anamul Haque smashed 23 off nine balls with two fours and as many sixes to help the Tigers rocket to their fastest team 50 in ODIs, before Joseph accounted for his dismissal. Tamim and Shakib continued from Sunday where they added 200-plus runs during an amazing partnership.Khan reached his second fifty in succession striking at nearly 70, while Al Hasan also made a repeat of the first match by registering his mini milestone a few deliveries after. After toying with the Windies seamers for the majority of their 97-run stand, the introduction of spin yielded rewards for the hosts.Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal was stumped by wicketkeeper shortly after passing the half century markBishoo outfoxed Tamim, who was stumped by Shai Hope while Shakib was caught off Nurse’s bowling to leave Bangladesh 145-3. Top scorer Rahim and Mahmudullah then staged another fight-back which seemed fruitful before their respective dismissals. They steered the chase with a little more to do than Mossdek Hossain and Mashrafe Mortaza could have pulled off as they ended not out on 3 and 1 respectively.Earlier, Evin Lewis looked ominous during his brief innings of 12 as he cleared the ropes once, while managing just one four, prior to Mortaza winning a successful LBW appeal. Chris Gayle (29), meanwhile, opened up his arms with a couple of fours and a six off Mehedy to keep the score ticking.Windies’s team 50 came up in the 13th over with the big left-hander looking settled, but soon after he was pinned leg before wicket by Mehedy, who got his revenge for being smashed earlier by Gayle.At 55-2, Hetmyer, the top-scorer from the last match, came out to join Shai Hope (25) who continued to scratch around the crease. Shakib capitalised on Hope’s lack of form and had him caught by Sabbir in the covers after he escaped with his wicket following a beauty of a delivery, the ball before.A nice sweep for four by Hetmyer raised Windies’ 100 in the 23rd over with the Guyanese looking more comfortable with every delivery. Jason Mohammed’s (12) woes continued as he picked the wrong delivery from Rubel to cut and picked out backward point.Hetmyer absorbed the pressure around him and soon reached his second consecutive fifty as he and Powell added a solid fifty-partnership. That soon turned into a century stand between the two as both batsmen looked to acquire as many boundaries as possible before the innings ended.The Jamaican upped his scoring with a wide array of short-arm jabs and pulls, but the partnership was broken by Rubel, who got one to disturb the stumps of the right-hander, just six short of what would have been a well-deserved fifty.Holder (07) joined in on the fun, smashing Shakib for a six back over his head before the veteran left-arm spinner had him stumped the very next delivery to send Windies plummeting further. Nurse imploded for 3, gifting his wicket to Mustafizur while Paul was caught behind off Rubel for 4.But the milestone could not be prevented as Hetmyer reached his first international ton on home soil with a dab off Mustafizur, which he celebrated with much elation. Bishoo was knocked over by Mustafizur soon after as the Caribbean side’s innings came to an end.last_img read more

Tottenham’s hopes of signing Jack Grealish could finally be over

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tottenham’s chances of signing Jack Grealish could be diminished as he is set to sign a new deal at Aston Villa with a £60million release clause.The midfielder was heavily linked with a move to Spurs in the summer, however, the Championship side insisted their star player was not for sale. RANKED Grealish is consoled by John Terry after Villa’s Championship play-off final defeat to Fulham in May Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on targets LIVING THE DREAM Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest Transfer News REVEALED center_img LATEST targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 1 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Villa turned down a £25m offer from the north London club and a new contract will include a set fee for clubs to meet.And according to the Daily Express, the asking price will increase to £60m which is likely to scare off any interest from Mauricio Pochettino’s side.In August, Villa boss Steve Bruce said the club were in talks with Grealish but there was one big hurdle preventing a deal.“We hope to reward him, we’re in talks with him now. I hope that it can progress,” he said. “It’s difficult at the moment because we haven’t got a CEO to do those discussions, but we’ve learnt from the owner very quickly that what he says goes.“He said by the end of the month that we can get an agreement with Jack and keep him here.”The Villans narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League last season and they have not made the best start to their Championship campaign this season.They are currently 13th in the second tier having lost 2-1 at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.last_img read more

Clippers’ Owner Sterling Sues NBA

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has pulled his support from a deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and will pursue his $1 billion federal lawsuit against the NBA, his attorney said.The $2 billion sale was negotiated by his estranged wife Shelly Sterling after Donald Sterling’s racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the National Basketball Association moved to oust him as owner.The lawsuit alleges the league violated his constitutional rights by relying on information from an “illegal” recording that publicized racist remarks he made to a girlfriend. It also said the league committed a breach of contract by fining Sterling $2.5 million and that it violated antitrust laws by trying to force a sale.“We have been instructed to prosecute the lawsuit,” said attorney Maxwell Blecher. He also said Donald Sterling would not be signing off on the deal to sell.Sterling agreed to ink the deal and drop the suit last week assuming “all their differences had been resolved,” his attorneys said. But he decided to not sign the papers after learning the NBA won’t revoke its lifetime ban and fine.Shelly Sterling utilized her authority as sole trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers, to take bids for the team and ultimately negotiate a deal with Ballmer. The deal would have record-breaking if approved by the NBA’s owners.An individual familiar with the negotiations who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly said that there were two options for Donald Sterling — to either sign or go to court.But even if he wins in court, he’s ultimately going to be paying himself the damages the individual said because his wife Shelly Sterling has agreed to indemnify the NBA against all lawsuits, including by her husband.Donald Sterling’s comments to V. Stiviano included telling her to not bring black people to Clippers games, specifically mentioning Hall of Famer Magic Johnson. They resulted in a storm of outrage from the public and players and even prompted President Barack Obama to comment on what he called Sterling’s “incredibly offensive racist statements.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver ultimately decided to ban Donald Sterling for life, fine him millions, and began efforts to force Sterling to sell the team. Those efforts ended with Shelly Sterling’s deal with Ballmer.If this deal ultimately goes through, its terms allow Shelly Sterling to remain close to the organization by allowing for up to 10 percent of the team — or $200 million — to be spun off into a charitable foundation that she would essentially run.Shelly Sterling and Ballmer would be co-chairs of the foundation, which would target underprivileged families, battered women, minorities and inner city youths.Under the deal Shelly Sterling would also get the title of “owner emeritus” and be entitled to continuing perks such as floor seats, additional seats at games and parking.One of the individuals said the deal also includes conditions that allow Ballmer to buy back the 10 percent portion of the team for a pre-designated price upon Shelly Sterling’s death.(TAMI ABDOLLAH)___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more