THE executive and members of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) wishes to express its immense appreciation and satisfaction with the performance of Guyanese and West Indies Under-19 star, Bhaskar Yadram.Yadram was among a 14-member West Indies youth team on the recently-concluded tour to South Africa, where the Caribbean side won the five-match series, 3-2.Yardam, the talented all-rounder was fittingly named the Man-of-the-Series, and was the leading run scorer with 205 runs in five innings at an average of 41 and strike rate of 72.69. He made two fifties with a best of 81.Yadram was one of only three West Indian players to score a fifty in the series, and the only one to do so twice.He was also effective with the ball, claiming five wickets at an average of 22.60. He finished with an economy rate of 3.89 and a best of 3-37, which is the best bowling figures by a West Indian in the series.According to the GCB, they are extremely proud of his indisputable talent and accomplishments and join the entire Guyana in wishing him well in his future exploits on the cricket field.The GCB also congratulated the entire West Indies Under-19 team and its management for a great series win.
A SECOND century of the season for Dwayne Smith set up a crucial 29-run victory for the Barbados Tridents against St Lucia Stars in Match 27 of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Thursday night. The victory keeps the Tridents in the hunt for a final spot and ensures the Stars end their season without a win.After winning the toss the Tridents promoted Nicholas Pooran to open the batting for only the third time in his T20 career and he justified their decision in an explosive 20-ball 36.While Dwayne Smith struggled for fluency early on Pooran displayed his power and timing as he struck two sixes and four fours. When he was dismissed with two balls remaining in the Powerplay – duped by a well-disguised slower ball from Obed McCoy – he had scored more than 80% of the Tridents’ runs.In the six overs after the Powerplay the Tridents began to lose their way. First Kane Williamson was brilliantly stumped by Andre Fletcher down the leg side off the bowling of Rahkeem Cornwall and then Kieron Pollard mis-timed a rank short ball from Cornwall in the twelfth over to leave the Tridents 83 for 3 after 11.3 overs.Having struggled for timing in the Powerplay, Smith then begun to find his range, striking his first six in the 12th over and another a few balls later before taking 22 off a Shane Watson over to really get the innings moving.Smith lost his partner, Eoin Morgan, but continued unabated scoring boundaries on both sides of the ground, pulling well off the back foot and driving with typical aplomb off the front foot.The Stars have struggled to restrict run-scoring in the death overs this season and their weakness was once again exposed as Smith punished some wayward lines. 28 runs came from the 18th and 19th overs before a 42-minute stoppage due to a floodlight failure which delayed the bowling of the last over.When they eventually returned Watson struggled to bowl the right length and Christopher Barnwell and Smith took 22 from the over, with Smith reaching his century with consecutive sixes. Watson finished with figures of 0 for 55 from just three overs and the Tridents with 195 for 5 – the equal highest total at Kensington Oval.The Stars innings started in frenetic fashion when Andre Fletcher hit a six and a four in the opening over before mis-timing a short ball from Ravi Rampaul to Eoin Morgan in the deep. Watson briefly threatened to get going, scoring 22 before pulling a Wahab Riaz short ball to mid-wicket. Three Cornwall boundaries helped the Stars to 54 for 2 after six overs.The relaxing of the field restrictions did nothing to slow Cornwall who cleared the ropes three times in the two overs after the Powerplay and moved to his fifty in the 11th over, off just 26 balls. Johnson Charles struggled for fluency and timing and scored just 13 off 20.Cornwall was having no such troubles however and continued to find the boundary regularly enough to keep the run rate in check. He should have been dismissed in the 9th over when he picked out Barnwell at long off who dropped the catch.With five overs remaining and 59 required Cornwall begun to show signs of tiring, complicating the Stars strategy. Running between the wickets ceased to be an option and after the equation had been reduced to 48 off 16 balls Cornwall decided to retire, allowing Darren Sammy to come in.Two balls later Marlon Samuels picked out Pollard on the boundary. In the face of a spiralling run rate and some tight death bowling the Stars were unable to stay with the Tridents and eventually fell short by 29 runs. (CPLT20)
Former Nigeria’s Under-17 Golden Eaglets’ star boy, Philip Osondu is dead. The Canada ’87 U17 player was reportedly died in Belgium at the age of 48 after taking self to the hospital to be examined on Thursday.Osondu was said to have felt unwell at work and decided to visit the hospital where he subsequently died.Osondu played regularly for the youth teams of Nigeria, but never featured for the senior team.In 1987 he participated in the World U-16 tournament in Canada in which Nigeria reached the final, but then lost on penalties to the then Soviet Union. He was voted the best player of the tournament of the competition and was awarded the Golden Ball.Osondu was born on 28 November, 1971. He played in Belgium for teams, including RSC Anderlecht and RWDM.Osondu played in his native Nigeria for El Kanemi Warriors when RSC Anderlecht brought him to Belgium in 1988.The attacker was seen as an emerging football talent and was transferred to Anderlecht that was a promising team. A year later, the 18-year-old striker made his debut at the highest level in an away match against Germinal Ekeren in 1989 playing under Coach Aad de Mos.However, there was a lot of competition at Anderlecht with players like Luc Nilis, Luis Oliveira, Marc Van Der Linden and Gert Verheyen which made Osondu appear barely at the games. Between 1990 and 1992 the Nigerian was also loaned to neighbors RWDM.When RWDM got Osondu, Coach Hugo Broos gave him more playing opportunities. For the first time in the First Division, he also found the back of the goal. Osondu scored his first goal in a 4-1 win over Beerschot VAV.A year later Broos left for Club Brugge and was succeeded by Ladislav Novák. This led to fewer opportunities to play for Osondu, which in the summer led to his return to Anderlecht.In 1994, Osondu moved to second division club La Louviere, where the small and technically gifted striker scored five times in 20 matches.A season later he swapped La Louvière during the winter break for Union Saint Gillis, where he completed the rest of the season. Afterwards he played several years for Diegem Sport and FC Merchtem 2000.Osondu, who was regarded in his own country as a great talent and also received high praise as a youth international, could never fulfill his potential in Belgium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram