Wales game is massive – Whelan

first_img And while Wednesday’s game in Cardiff may only be a friendly, Whelan knows it is vital to continue a good run of form which has seen them lose just once in 2013 – to World and European champions Spain. “It is massive for us, we have gone on a good run and we need to keep that confidence going as we have got two big games next month,” said the Stoke player. “We put in a good performance against Spain, even though we lost, and everyone knows how friendlies can help build confidence, so we want a good result on Wednesday. “We have a few new players around the squad but they want to prove they can do a job on the big stage and we want to go into those games next month on a good performance and with the right result. “This is a derby game and we know it will be tough.” Opponents Wales will be without star player Gareth Bale, who will not be risked as he recovers from a foot injury. Whelan understands Bale reluctance to take any risks, given the prospect of a world-record move from Tottenham to Real Madrid before the transfer window closes. Speaking before Bale was ruled out of the match, he said: “He has got a big-money move lined up. No-one knows if it is on or off but if I was Gareth I would maybe be a little wary of playing before any deal is made. “But it’s up to himself and his manager. I dare say he would like to get a deal done and then play for his country, but if it isn’t done, I don’t think we’ll see him.” Trapattoni’s assistant Marco Tardelli believes Bale’s absence deprives Wales coach Chris Coleman of one of the world’s best players. “He is a very good player,” said the Italian. “At the moment he is up there with (Real forward) Cristiano Ronaldo and players of that calibre, and we saw this with what he did for Tottenham last season.” Of the reported £105million fee Real are ready to splash out on Bale, Tardelli added: “Times change but maybe in my time Diego Maradona may have been (worth that much). “I don’t know if Bale is worth that much but if someone pays it that is his value.” Ireland are firmly in the hunt to progress from Group C and are part of a three-strong group, along with Sweden and Austria, level on points behind leaders Germany. Next month sees Giovanni Trapattoni’s team face the Swedes and Austrians in two games which could define their campaign. Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan hopes a full-blooded Celtic derby against Wales will provide ideal preparation for next month’s vital World Cup qualifiers. Press Associationlast_img read more

PCL 4-Day Tournament…..

first_imgJaguars ride on Chanderpaul’s unbeaten tonTHE second day of the fifth round Regional Four-Day Championship fixture between hosts Guyana Jaguars and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force uniquely belonged to the implacable veteran left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul.At the National Stadium, Providence,yesterday, the 42-year-old Chanderpaul, the oldest player in the Jaguars’ line-up showed the younger men around him the big difference between batting and scoring runs, when he carved out an unbeaten 141.Chanderpaul walked out at No.5 and very early sent out his own distinct signal of how to be the controller of a situation.Guyana,the two-time defending champions ,closed the day on 357, a healthy first innings lead of 195, largely due to Chanderpaul’s second consecutive century in the tournament and his 73rd First-class ton, and 69 from skipper Leon Johnson.The West Indies most capped Test player has so far batted for 292 minutes, faced 221 balls and struct 14 boundaries and a six. Anthony Bramble is unbeaten on 18, and was partnering Chanderpaul when bails were lifted.Chanderpaul and Johnson batted determinedly after the Jaguars lost three wickets in the morning session to share a fourth-wicket stand of 149.Resuming at 9-0, Test opener Rajendra Chandrika started the day’s play in style when he stroke Marlon Richards to the extra cover boundary, but he unnecessarily swiped half-heartedly at the next delivery, which pitched just outside the off-stump and held its line to kiss the edge of the bat to wicket-keeper Steven Katwaroo.The 27-year-old Chandrika, who has five Tests to his credit, made 12;another disappointing display with the bat.Fellow opener Shimron Hetmyer along with Johnson joined forces and the intention was clear from the 19-year-old Hetmyer. He dominated the 32-run partnership,hitting five boundaries along with a six off of spinner Jon-Russ Jaggesar.However, Hetymer fell victim to his own ultra aggressive style, pulling a long hop to short mid-wicket off Jaggesar. He made 31 off 27 balls.In some bother at 45-2, the hosts rebounded through Johnson and Vishaul Singh, who put together 49 for the third-wicket before leg-spinner Imran Khan changed the tone of the innings, when he trapped Singh leg before wicket for 26.With conditions far better, the pitch far truer, Johnson and Chanderpaul made the most of it to ensure the hosts kept their foot firmly on the visitors’ throat.Lunch was taken with Guyana on 137 – 3, with Chanderpaul on 29 and Johnson on 28. After the interval the pair picked their battles shrewdly. Both batsmen played freely and gradually began to open up without taking any undue risks.They eventually took the hosts past the Red Force’s first innings score of 162 before Chanderpaul’s 76-ball half-century came up with his seventh four, when he lifted Jaggesar straight over his head to reach his 136th fifty in First-class cricket.Johnson then blasted a six off the same bowler to bring up his half-century off 143 balls.The left-handed duo continued to frustrate the visitors and during that period, Captain Yannick Ottley began shuffling his spinners. There was not much turn or bounce on offer, and nothing threatened the two well-set batsmen.Johnson then smashed left-arm spinner Khery Pierre for a four and six, but perished soon after when he stepped out to loft Jason Mohammed to the long-off boundary. Roshon Primus completed a well-judged catch, which ended Johnson’s 190-ball innings.The 29-year-old batted for 250 minutes and hit eight boundaries and two sixes.Christopher Barnwell went cheaply when he was trapped leg before to Pierre, but Raymond Reifer gave Chanderpaul good support in another productive stand of 89, with both batsmen collecting some easy boundaries.During that period Chanderpaul reached his century off 163 balls. However, Reifer’s 74-ball innings came to an end when he was trapped leg before wicket to Khan for 38. The 32-year-old Khan was the most successful bowler for the visitors, with 2-70.Anthony Bramble joined Chanderpaul and the pair batted to the close. Play resumes at 09:00hrs today, with the Red Force facing an uphill task.SCOREBOARDGUYANA JAGUARS 1st inningsR Chandrika c wk Katwaroo b Richards 12S Hetmyer c Carriah b Jaggesar 31L Johnson c Primus b Mohammed 69V Singh lbw b Khan 26S Chanderpaul not out 141C Barnwell lbw b K Pierre 3R Reifer lbw b Khan 38A Bramble not out 18Extras: (nb-7, w-1, b-8, lb-3) 19Fall of Wickets: 1-13, 2-45, 3-94, 4-235, 5-243, 6-332Total: (for six wickets; 101 overs) 357Bowling: Richards 13-3-53-1, Primus 8-0-33-0, Jaggesar 28-7-99-1, Khan 20-1-70-2, Mohammed 15-2-44-1, Pierre 17-2-47-1last_img read more

Former WI World Cup stalwarts reunite

first_imgTORONTO, Canada — It was a reunion of some sorts when Canada-based Guyanese Damodar Daesrath and Sewnarine Chattergoon met at the Hawaiian Arctic Cricket Club (HACC) annual presentation, dinner and dance held here recently. Chattergoon, who still resides in Guyana, was enjoying a well-earned vacation with his family.The two stalwarts from neighbouring villages in Corentyne, Berbice were part of the West Indies Under-15 World Cup side in England some 21 years ago. That 1996 team, who reached the semi-finals of the Costcutter tournament, was skippered by Trinidadian Zaheer Ally and also included Jamaican Marlon Samuels, Barbadian Ryan Hinds and Trinidadian Sherwin Ganga.Chattergoon, who hails from Fyrish and Daesrath from Cumberland also went on to represent Guyana at the Under-19 and senior levels while the former went a step further, donning West Indies colours in four Test matches and 18 One-day Internationals.Daesrath also led Guyana at the senior level before migrating to Canada and in 2012 he made his Canadian debut versus Scotland in Glasgow.He was also a prominent member of the Brampton Masters Cricket Club in the Toronto & District League and up until last season represented Hawaiian Arctic Cricket Club (HACC) in the Scarborough Cricket Association (SCA) Elite League tournament. (Frederick Halley)last_img read more

GERRY ROBINSON’S NEW SHOW RAKES IN MASSIVE AUDIENCE

first_imgDonegal business guru Sir Gerry Robinson is back on the box urging people to take stock of their lives before they pop their clogs – and pulling in 1.75 million viewers.The multi-millionaire presents “Can’t Take It With You” , a six-part series on BBC2 on Fridays that examines the importance of making a will, emotionally and financially.The Raphoe-based businessman said: “Writing a will is not really about the process of getting it down in black and white, it’s about dealing with emotional issues within families, which is absolutely bloody difficult.” Mr Robinson said it was not the amount of money or valuables being bequeathed but about making sure that what you leave behind feels right for those who are receiving it.He added: “You can get pretty hurt by the fact that, you know, she got the silver spoons and you only got the glasses.“The content of a will often comes as a total surprise to the surviving family members, and then there’s nobody to go to. If you sort it out when you’re still alive, you have the chance to explain.”In the UK 70 per cent of Britons haven’t made any provision for what should happen to their assets when they die. “If you don’t leave a will, it’s a flaming mess for whoever’s left behind,” said Robinson.The programme hopes to be able to help people face the issues surrounding making a will and guide them with sound advice.Sir Gerry is assisted by top lawyer Sue Medder, who sets out the legal options in various scenarios.The next show airs on BBC 2 on Friday January 28th.GERRY ROBINSON’S NEW SHOW RAKES IN MASSIVE AUDIENCE was last modified: January 24th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more