Month: August 2020

Windies suffer setback with shock warm-up defeat

first_imgLUCKNOW, India,  CMC – West Indies were dealt a heavy blow in their buildup to tomorrow’s opening One-Day International when they slumped to a shock four-wicket defeat to an Afghanistan XI in a one-day warm-up match here yesterday. In their first and only preparation game before the limited overs series, West Indies’ batsmen yet again failed to produce anything of real worth after collapsing to 156 all out in the 39 overs, and then watched as the hosts chased down the modest target with over 15 overs to spare at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Stadium.Roston Chase was the foundation of the Windies’ effort with a top score of 41 while former captain Jason Holder chipped in with 31 and Evin Lewis, 24.Twenty-year-old seamer Naveen-ul-Haq (3-22) and 24-year-old left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf (3-34) claimed three wickets apiece while pacer Gulbadin Naib supported with two for 34.  West Indies were in dire straits at 12 for three in the sixth over after Naveen knocked over Shimron Hetmyer and Brandon King both without scoring, and opener Shai Hope perished for one.The left-handed Lewis tried to repair the damage in a 24-run fourth wicket stand with Nicholas Pooran (20) but he was fourth out in the 11th over after striking four fours in a 35-ball knock, caught at the wicket off 21-year-old pacer Karim Janat.When Naib removed Pooran and captain Kieron Pollard (3) in successive overs, West Indies were tottering on 64 for six in the 18th over. Chase and Holder then came together to provide the first sign of resistance, adding 47 for the seventh wicket to get West Indies past three figures.Chase faced 52 balls and hit four fours while Holder belted a four and a six in a 43-ball stay at the crease.Naveen returned to break the stand when he bowled Chase in the 28th over and his dismissal signalled the end of all resistance as the last four wickets tumbled for 45 runs. Needing early wickets in defence of a small total, uncapped fast bowler Romario Shepherd (3-16) wreaked havoc at the top, removing both openers Hazratullah Zazai (1) and Javed Ahmadi (9) cheaply as the hosts limped to 12 for two in the fourth over. And once Ikram Alikhil followed for one in the seventh over, the Afghanistan XI were up against it at 23 for three.But they staged a daring recovery, Rahmat Shah hammering a top score of 47 off 76 balls with six fours in a 55-run fourth wicket stand with Najibullah Zadran whose 44-run 40 included seven fours.Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph accounted for Rahmat in the 21st over but even then, Zadran found an ally in Asghar Afghan, whose 33 not out off 35 balls helped him put on a crucial further 35 for the fifth wicket. Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr, in his first appearance in maroon colours, broke the stand when he bowled Zadran in the 27th over. However, any last ditch hopes of a Windies win were dashed as Asghar and Mohammed Nabi (18) added 34 for the sixth wicket to erase any doubt over the result.last_img read more

Diamond United edges Herstelling Raiders

first_imgDiamond United edged Herstelling Raiders 6-4 when the East Bank Football Association [EBFA] Senior League continued yesterday at the National Training Centre, Providence. For the winner, Jomo George tallied a brace in the second and 36th minute, while Shaquan Brathwaite added two goals in the fifth and 38th. Assisting with conversions in the 33rd and 44th minute respectively were Carlos Wilkie and Romeo Bradford.On the other side, Solomon Austin scored twice in the 15th and 39th minute, while Quazim Yussuf and Seon Sue Jr netted in the fifth and 41st minute apiece.Meanwhile, Friendship defeated Agricola won via walkover. The tournament continues today at the same venue with another round of matches. Complete ResultsGame-1Diamond United-6 vs Herstelling-4 Diamond ScorersJomo George-2nd and 36thShaquan Brathwaite-5th and 38th Carlos Wilkie-33rdRomeo Bradford-44thHerstelling Scorers Solomon Austin-15th and 39thQuazim Yussuf-5thSeon Sue Jr-41stGame-2 Friendship vs AgricolaFriendship won via walkoverlast_img read more

MVP Sports onboard with GFF Super 16 Cup

first_imgMVP Sports has joined the growing list of sponsors to support the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Super 16 Cup which commencs tomorrow at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary. The entity made a timely presentation at their Giftland Mall location. Receiving the sponsorship on behalf of the federation was Youth Development Officer Bryan Joseph.Manager of the establishment Eon Ramdeo said, “We look forward to continuing the support not only for this tournament but football in general with the GFF and other sports as well.”  Joseph thanked MVP Sports for its  support which, he said, will aid with the successful staging of the event.last_img read more

India captain Kohli no fan of four-day test concept

first_imgMUMBAI, (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli does not endorse the idea of reducing test matches to four-day affairs and yesterday warned administrators against tinkering too much with the purest format of the game. The International Cricket Council (ICC), the world governing body of the sport, is set to reflect on the idea of making test matches four-day affairs to free up a crammed international calendar and reduce player workload.Australia have said they will seriously consider the concept, while England will back making it mandatory from 2023. The cash-rich Indian board (BCCI) are yet to declare their stance on the matter.Australia test captain Tim Paine has been joined by his team mates Travis Head and Nathan Lyon in criticising the idea. “I am not a fan,” Kohli told reporters in Guwahati on the eve of the first of the three Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka.“I think the intent will not be right then because then you will speak of three-day tests, I mean where do you end? Then you will speak of test cricket disappearing. I don’t endorse that at all.“I don’t think that’s fair to the purest format of the game. How cricket started initially and five-day test matches was the highest of tests you can have at the international level. According to me, it shouldn’t be altered.” Four-day matches were given the green light by the ICC in 2017, when South Africa hosted one against Zimbabwe, while England played a four-day test against Ireland last July.With an increasing number of test matches ending prematurely, the administrators are keen to free up more space in the schedules for lucrative shorter-form matches.The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations fears the new gaps in the calendar could well be filled with more cricket. In November, India became the latest major cricket playing nation to embrace day-night tests when the Eden Gardens in Kolkata hosted Bangladesh.Kohli, one of the best batsmen of his generation, feels innovations in the longest format should end at pink-ball test matches.“I was asked about the 100-ball (in England), I said I’m not going to try myself in another format because there’s already so much going on,” he added. “Day-night cricket is the most that needs to be changed about test cricket, according to me. I mean then you’re purely going to be talking about getting the numbers in and entertainment.“Day-night is another step towards commercializing test cricket and creating excitement around it but it can’t be tinkered with too much.”last_img read more

Sukhwa leads Albion to BCB/Raffik 100-ball title

first_imgAdrian Sukhwa guided Albion Community Center Cricket Club to a nine-wicket win over Rose Hall Town and lift the Berbice Cricket Board/Raffik 100-ball second division title yesterday. With heavy winds and sweltering heat at the Port Mourant Community Centre ground, Rose Hall Town won the toss and opted to bat where they were contained to 73 all out off  98 balls while Albion responded with 74 for one, winning with 42 balls to spare.Sukwah, 21, smashed five boundaries, three of which went for sixes, including a straight drive into the sightscreen over Keith Simpson’s head as he raced to 45 not out from 35 balls.Junior Sinclair played the lone hand for Rose Hall Town (Romario Samaroo photo)After Sukwah lost his opening partner, Jeetendra Outar (06) who was run out via direct hit from Jonathan Rampersaud with the score on 23, he forged an unbroken partnership of 51 with his captain, Sharaz Ramcharran, who made a 16-ball 23, highlighted by three boundaries. After the match, Ramcharran thanked the Berbice Cricket Board and the sponsors for a well-organized tournament while stating that the final was keenly contested between the two sides. Ramcharran thanked his side for sticking to the plan and executing perfectly and called on the troops to bring the same momentum as they face the same opposition today inAdrian Sukhwa played a responsible innings to lead Albion to the title (Romario Samaroo photo)the Lower Corentyne final of the Let’s Bet 100-ball tournament on their home turf. Earlier, Rose Hall Town skipper, Junior Sinclair was the only batsman with a substantial score of 29 from 28 balls, laced with three boundaries before he pulled out a ‘dilscoop’ which is a variation of the paddle scoop only to be caught at short fine leg.Sinclair added 31 for the opening partnership with Surendra Kissoonlall (13) before Kissonlall was trapped leg before wicket to Leon Cecil. Left-arm spinner, Kelvin Umroa, then rocked the middle order claiming three for 19 and inflicting two crucial runouts as well as a diving catch at long on to dismiss Simpson for 12.last_img read more

Schultz pressing for West Indies selection

first_imgNational left-arm spinner Kaysia Schultz is banking on a solid performance in the  Regional Women’s Super50 competition  to stake a claim for a West Indies call-up. Already a consistent feature whenever the Caribbean ladies have their training camps, Schultz, who turned 23 yesterday said, “It means a lot to play for the West Indies Women and represent my nation and I believe it will happen if I have a good outing in the regional tournament, I just have to keep working.”The Craig, East Bank Demerara resident, has set herself the personal goal of finishing as the leading wicket-taker while cashing in on decent performances.“Actually the goal is to take as much wickets as I can and hopefully, end as the leading wicket-taker which is something I believe I can accomplish. “Also, I want to grab the opportunity with both hands whenever given to bat and get some runs to my name,” she added.Schultz had little bowling opportunities in last year’s regional tournament with her confidence being one of the reasons. However, since then the Bartica-born spinner said she has worked hard to remedy that and is now ready to take the proverbial bull by the horn.“One of the biggest things I can say I have improved on is my confidence when bowling and I have gained a lot of knowledge from the training camps so I think I’m ready to go up against the best,” Schultz stated. Schultz picked up six wickets from three matches in the Guyana Cricket Board senior female 50-over Inter-County tournament with a best of four for 26 against the Select Under-19 last month.Since then, the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has halted all cricket and forced the postponement of the regional tournament until later this year, a move in which Schultz sees can work in her favour.“I am really looking forward to playing the regional tournament and it’s sad to see how the virus has stopped everything but with the tournament postponed, I am using the time to get some more training done,” she explained. Schultz, the second of five sisters, revealed that while the country is on partial lockdown and all public venues closed, she is training at home with her youngest sister, Keira as she aims to be fitter.“Mostly I’ve been training with my smallest sister at home in Craig, she keeps me disciplined and helps motivate me…I’ve been trying my best to improve continuously,” she noted while explaining that apart from exercising and bowling to her sister, she has been utilizing YouTube to get guidance and see how other bowlers manage with variations while looking back at videos of herself to compare.last_img read more

GAW to face TKR in CPL 2020 opener

first_imgThe fixture for the 2020 HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has been released with last year’s beaten finalist the Guyana Amazon Warriors playing the first match against hosts, Trinbago Knight Riders at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba from 10.00 hours. The opener will be followed by defending champions, Barbados Tridents opening their defence against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots at 17.30 hours.Due to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, CPL has confirmed that the tournament will be played in Trinidad and Tobago alone from August 18 to September 10.The six-team tournament will see a number of double headers being played each day with 33 matches scheduled. Twenty three (23) of those will be played at Tarouba including the final and semis while 10 will be contested at the Queen’s Park Oval. According to a release from the organizers, “The tournament will take place behind closed doors in a bio-secure environment with a series of stringent protocols in place to protect those involved in the tournament and the wider population from the spread the COVID-19 virus.”The release also indicated CPL’s Chief Executive Officer, Damien O’Donohoe, was excited about the upcoming season.“This year will be a different CPL, but the standard will be higher than ever. We have seen the appetite for live sport since it has returned after a prolonged absence, and the interest in CPL will be higher than ever with it being the first franchise T20 tournament to return,” he declared. Speaking about the announcement of the tournament fixtures Hero CPL’s COO, Pete Russell, said “We would like to express our gratitude to the government of Trinidad & Tobago for helping us to put on this tournament in such difficult circumstances. We are delighted that we are able to deliver a tournament that is ensuring the safety of the public and the players and that will be of such a high standard.”last_img read more

SIS forms ‘one stop shop’ specialist trading team for operators

first_img Betting technology and data provisions provider SIS has launched a bespoke sports trading department for its UK and international customers. the specialist team will aim to provide pricing in tandem with SIS’ established portfolio of high-quality pictures, data and streaming products.The service comes complete with comprehensive pricing on UK and Irish horseracing as well as BAGS greyhound racing, following a September soft-launch which included international horseracing pricing.Adam Conway, Head of Trading for SIS said, “As a data provider, we’ve got the advantage of being at the sharp end of the pricing journey, delivering UK and international markets to operators quickly and accurately.“We’ve already proved that our versatile picture, data and streaming products can provide an ideal solution for bookmakers of all sizes. With the addition of our comprehensive pricing service, SIS offers operators another piece of the betting puzzle. It’s the perfect one-stop shop for bookmakers.”The full pricing provision from SIS Trading Services includes:HorseracingFull comprehensive coverage of UK racing Irish racing including The Curragh, Leopardstown and PunchestownFrench racing including Chantilly, Deauville and LongchampInternational racing including Australia, Dubai, LARC and Singapore and South Africa SIS expands into the numbers game with 49’s takeover  June 29, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020center_img Submit StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 GreyhoundsBAGs greyhound racing from their 20 tracks across the UKlast_img read more

Dansk Spil confirms Christian Madsen CEO departure for 2017

first_img Submit Share Danske Spil elects ‘political heavyweight’ Peter Christensen as new Chairman  June 23, 2020 Share Christian MadsenDenmark state-owned gambling operator Dansk Spil has informed the market that CEO Christian Madsen will step down from the leadership of the firm in April 2017.Dansk Spil governance will now seek to replace Madsen who has served as CEO since 2005, with a successor expected to be announced by the start of 2017.The news of Madsen’s departure follows speculation of the potential sale of Dansk Spil by ruling conservative-liberal party Venstre.However Danish business news sources report that at present the national cabinet remains split regarding the sale of its state gambling asset and its impact on the funding of several charities and social initiatives.The governance of Dansk Spil thanked Madsen for his 12 years’ service, which they declared had been critical in creating an effective and leading European state-owned gambling  operator.Furthermore, Madsen leadership had been key to meeting the challenge of Denmark opening its market to international competitors and maintaining its positions as the country’s biggest gambling provider. Related Articles Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Spillemyndigheden adds technical requirements on game and wagering reporting June 23, 2020last_img read more

BOS Speaker Profile – Pavol Krasnovsky – RTSmunity

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon RTSmunity extends esports partnership with Sazkabet August 25, 2020center_img Pavol Krasnovsky, founder and CEO of RTSmunity, is speaking on ‘Data Crunching – live betting in esports’ at the upcoming Betting on Sports conference (September 15-16) in London. Pavol Krasnovsky, RTSmunityWe caught up with him ahead of the two day event to discuss the work RTSmunity has been doing in the past year, the development of its analytical system and more.SBC: Hi Pavol, can you talk us through the various services that RTSmunity offers, and the relationships you’ve developed in the betting industry to date?Pavol: We focus mainly on providing premium in-play odds for professional matches in games such as League of Legends and Dota 2.We are the first company worldwide to provide the odds feed based on fully automated algorithmic systems, so that is what makes us stand out. Besides that, we aspire to cover other aspects of the expanding field too. We’ve been working on our fraud detection system for a long time and we’re hoping that it will bring new and successful methods in tackling match fixing. We’re not forgetting the players either; we have developed in-game applications that they can use to improve their skills.In the short time since we started the company, we have made connections mostly in Asia, where there are many devoted esports fans and agencies providing services for them. In addition we’ve joined forces with some of the tournament providers, such as the Turner ELEAGUE or E-frag, for which we are now an official partner. SBC: How long has your fraud detection been in the developmental stages? The sheer amount of data that is involved in assessing esports is monumental, just how different is it to traditional sports?Pavol: The fraud detection system has been a long running project. We have been trying to come up with a new, more effective approach for about two years, and the work has become more intense for the past six months with some additions to the team. I hope that it will soon be ready to be used in the field. The nature of esports can be an advantage for us but it also makes it more challenging. See, esports is so much more complex in that there is huge amount of data that we have to analyse in order to find a pattern. Every move of the team or a hero can be measured and quantified, but it is far from easy and requires advanced algorithmic models. SBC: Is your own background very much in esports, are you a fan and gamer yourself or do you stick to the stats?Pavol: Truth be told, I mostly stick to the stats! It is the mathematical complexity of esports that fascinates me, it’s even more interesting than derivates exchange.SBC: What can attendees expect from your talk at Betting on Sports?Pavol: I would like to show the process of creating live odd feeds, which starts with processing the data from the game and then continues with series of steps to the final outcome.The attendees will have a chance to see the process explained on an intuitive model.SBC: What else does RTSmunity have coming up?Pavol: First of all, we will be covering new games, specifically Overwatch and Hearthstone.We also have new project regarding risk management system to keep us busy, and market making systems, too! Related Articles You can come and listen Pavol Krasnovsky discuss live betting in esports, and meet him afterward, at Betting on Sports (September 15-16) at London’s Grange Tower Bridge.Tickets are available now, and you can contact sam@sbcnews.co.uk or sales@sbcnews.co.uk for more information. Sharelast_img read more