Bonner, Merchant punish Pride in Scorpions win

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts  (CMC) – Nkrumah Bonner sustained his great form with a fourth List A hundred before off-spinner Jamie Merchant snatched a four-wicket haul, as Jamaica Scorpions exacted revenge on Group A leaders Barbados Pride with a 26-run victory here yesterday.Behind the 30-year-old Bonner’s near run-a-ball 112, Scorpions piled up a tournament-best 331 for nine off their 50 overs at Conaree, with West Indies all-rounder Rovman Powell falling narrowly short of his second century of the campaign, blasting a 59-ball 97.In reply, Pride came up short on 305 for eight despite a superb effort from captain Jonathan Carter, who stroked a scintillating 97 off 90 balls.Opener Leniko Boucher struck a breezy 47 while all-rounder Roshon Primus lashed an unbeaten 39 down the order but Merchant proved the difference with a destructive spell of four for 35.The victory for Scorpions was an important one as it revived their semi-final quest, pulling them alongside second-placed Leeward Islands Hurricanes on 16 points.Pride, meanwhile, remained on top of the group with 20 points, after their second defeat in seven matches.Looking to avenge their 75-run thrashing by Pride nearly two weeks ago at Warner Park, Scorpions looked anything but doing so when they slumped to 41 for three in the 11th over, with seamer Kyle Mayers (2-26) striking twice.However, Bonner arrived at number five to take control of the innings for Scorpions – first in a 37-run, fourth-wicket stand with Andre McCarthy (24) then in a record fifth-wicket partnership of 151 with Powell.Already with two half-centuries in the tournament, the right-handed Bonner marched to his third off 53 balls in the 31st over before completing three figures in the 48th over with a single to third man off speedster Primus.Overall, he faced 111 balls and struck nine fours and three sixes.It was Powell who brought the innings to life, however, belting seven fours and sixes in a ferocious assault on the Pride bowlers, as he raced to his half-century off just 34 balls in the 28th over with a boundary to long on off Ashley Nurse’s off-spin.He needed only another 25 balls to find himself on the verge of his second 100 of the tournament when he was clean-bowled by fast bowler Shamar Springer at the start of the 37th over.Three wickets then fell for just 18 runs in the space of 26 balls but Bonner joined with Merchant to add 60 off 50 deliveries with Merchant for the eighth wicket, to give the innings a strong finish.Pride’s run chase started positively as Boucher and Kjorn Ottley put on 64 off 63 deliveries for the first wicket to turn the game into a real contest.Merchant’s introduction changed the game, however. He claimed Boucher in his first over after the right-hander had faced 49 balls and counted eight fours, brilliantly taken one-handed at slip by Dennis Bulli diving to his left.Two balls later, Merchant deceived left-hander Nicholas Kirton and had him caught-and-bowled without scoring and when he also accounted for Ottley in the 17th over, Pride were 91 for three and in need of impetus.Carter provided it, slamming 10 fours and four sixes and posting 56 for the fourth wicket with Mayers (29), 30 for the fifth wicket with Tevyn Walcott (5) and a further 50 for the sixth wicket with Springer (28).When Carter failed to keep out a full-length delivery from seamer Derval Green and had his stumps shattered in the 41st over, Primus tried to rescue the run chase with three fours and a six in a 30-ball cameo but it was ultimately in vain.last_img read more

Bazdarevic published the updated List of Players

first_imgHead coach of the National team of B&H Mehmed Bazdarevic has shortened the list of candidates for the matches against Wales and Cyprus.Performance of the captain Edin Dzeko is in question due to the injury, while head coach decided to pass by Marin Anicic from Astana, Riad Bajic from Konyaspor and Izet Hajrovic from Eibar this time.After he revealed a short list, Bazdarevic explained that he is seriously counting on before mentioned three players in the future. It is interesting that Bazdarevic is counting on Haris Medunjanin for the upcoming matches, who has not recorded a single minute playing for Deportivo from La Coruna for months.On the final list for the matches against Wales and Cyprus are: Begovic (Chelsea), Sehic (Qarabag), Buric (Lech), Sunjic (Stuttgart), Vranjes (Gaziantepspor), Spahic (HSV), Bicakcic (Hoffenheim), Mujdza (Freiburg) Kolasinac (Schalke), Cocalic (Mechelen), Zukanovic (Sampdoria), Pjanic (Roma), Grahovac (Rapid) Hadzic (Sturm), Stojan Vranjes (Legia) Medunjanin (Deportivo), Susic (Hajduk), Stilic (APOEL), Lulic (Lazio), Salihovic (Guizhou), Visca (Basaksehir), Zec (Gabala), Hodzic (Dinamo), Djuric (Cesena), Ibisevic (Hertha), Dzeko (Roma).(Source: read more

Skip Bayless blames Phil Jackson as ‘real villain’ who destroyed Bulls dynasty

first_imgSkip Bayless is back with a load of Bulls.The former print journalism superstar and current Fox Sports caricature took to the airwaves following the ending of ESPN’s “The Last Dance” with a twist. While social media debated how former (and now deceased) GM Jerry Krause was the man who ended the Bulls dynasty, Bayless pegged Phil Jackson as the one “real villain” who was responsible. [email protected] on Phil Jackson declining to come back after the 1998 season:”This was a bombshell. This incriminated Phil Jackson as the real villain, not Jerry Krause. I’m convinced Phil Jackson already had some kind of handshake deal with the Lakers.”— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) May 18, 2020DECOURCY: Jerry Krause was a major reason for Bulls’ successWe may never get the truth about the breakup of the Bulls, thanks to one small detail: Because Krause died in 2017, he wasn’t able to give his side of the story throughout the docuseries, aside from archived footage during the Bulls years.One thing seems certain: There’s more than enough blame to pass around for the end of one of the greatest dynasties the sports world has ever seen. “This did incriminate Phil Jackson as the real villain. Not Jerry Krause — Phil Jackson,” Bayless said. “I had lengthy interviews with both Phil and Jerry late in that season in Chicago, and I walked away from my interview with Phil, not trusting him at all, in this sort of Svengali hold, this way that he could hypnotize Michael Jordan and get him to do what Phil wanted to do. “That Jerry Reinsdorf overruled Jerry Krause as GM, went to Phil after that sixth — and what became final — championship, and said, ‘Hey Phil, I want you to come back.’ … The owner, thank you Gods, came to his senses, overruled the GM, and said, ‘Phil, you’ve gotta come back.’ And Phil said, ‘No, I’m done, Jerry Reinsdorf. I need some time away.'”MORE: Seven topics we wanted more of in “The Last Dance”So, in summation: Because Jackson labeled the 1998 season “The Last Dance,” he’s the one to hold blame for ending the dynasty. It does make some modicum of sense, because Jackson seemed stubborn enough not to accept coming back after winning the last title.It might seem like another gasbag segment from Bayless, but he does have some level of insight as to what was happening in Chicago at the time. In 1998, he joined the Chicago Tribune as a columnist, covering the Bulls during the 1998 season. Bayless says he conducted multiple interviews with Krause, Jackson and Jordan at the time.Bayless says that Jackson passed off the exiting blame to Jordan, saying that Jordan was essentially washed during the final championship run in 1998. There’s also the fact of taking Jerry Reinsdorf’s comments at face value. Reinsdorf has come under criticism in years past for his management of both the Bulls and the Chicago White Sox. Who’s to say Reinsdorf isn’t saving face with his comments?You can view the full segment here:last_img read more