“This was a diligent process which brought us a number of highly-qualified candidates, but at the end of the day we felt as though the best fit was under our own roof with Jay Sirianni,” Williams said. “Jay has played such a big part in bringing this program to the level it is at, and we feel as though he is ready to continue the success that he has helped build with Bearkat Baseball.” Prior to his arrival in Huntsville, Sirianni served as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at UT Arlington for 10 seasons. He mentored more than 21 pitchers that were drafted or signed free agent contracts with MLB organizations while helping lead UTA to a pair of conference titles. “I’d like to thank Dr. Hoyt and Bobby Williams for this great opportunity,” Sirianni said. “Sam Houston State is a special place to myself and my family. It is a great honor to pick up the mantle as the head baseball coach at such a successful university. Our staff and I will work extremely hard to continue the high level of success this program has had.”Since joining Sam Houston prior to the 2015 season, Sirianni has tutored a pair of freshman All-Americans and another third-team All-American while having seven pitchers drafted in the MLB Draft. His pitching staff set a new program record with 522 strikeouts in 2017 with two of the top-three strikeout season totals in program history coming with Sirianni as coach, including the 2016 staff’s 439 strikeouts.The Bearkats captured their first-ever NCAA Super Regional appearance in 2017 and matched the previous program record with 44 victories. The win total marked the first time the Kats had produced consecutive 40-win seasons in Division I history.Sam Houston pitching played an integral role in the program reaching consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017, posting a 1.32 ERA while limiting opponents to a .167 average in four games at the Southland Conference Tournament in 2017 on their way to a run to the Tallahassee Super Regional.The Kats backed that up with consecutive Southland Conference regular season titles, going 44-16 in SLC play while winning 18 of 20 league series.Following the 2017 season, the squad finished nationally ranked in all six polls, checking in at No. 14 (Collegiate Baseball), No. 16 (NCBWA), No. 18 (D1 Baseball), No. 19 (USA Today Coaches), No. 20 (Baseball America) and No. 22 (Perfect Game).That year Sam Houston led the Southland Conference in ERA (3.80), strikeouts (522) and saves (20) while finishing second in opponent batting average (.258). The success came during a season in which the bullpen featured eight first-year players including six freshmen. Prior to joining the Kats, Sirianni had the UT Arlington pitching staff consistently as one of the best in its conference. He helped lead the Mavericks to three conference titles and two NCAA Regional appearances.Under Sirianni’s guidance, UT Arlington won a conference title in back-to-back years for the first time in program history. The Mavs made conference tournament appearances in seven of ten seasons.The 2012 UTA pitching staff finished the season with a 3.89 ERA, the program’s best ERA since 1992. His staff led the Southland in ERA in 2009 and followed up to lead the league in strikeouts in 2010.During his stay in Arlington, the Mavericks posted 26 wins over top-25 nationally-ranked opponents with six victories over top-10 ranked teams.All three of Sirianni’s weekend starters were drafted in the top-17 rounds of the 2010 MLB Draft – a first in Southland Conference history.Before his arrival at UT Arlington, Sirianni spent three seasons as the pitching coach at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas. While at Barton County, Sirianni helped lead the Cougars to a 113-56 record and qualified for three consecutive NJCAA Region VI Tournaments.He began his collegiate playing career at Texas A&M before transferring to Nebraska to play for head coach Dave Van Horn.Following his career at Nebraska, Sirianni was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Indians. He began his professional career with the Burlington Indians (Rookie League) and also spent time with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (New York-Penn League) and Kingston Indians (Carolina League).After finishing his pro career in January 2001, Sirianni returned to Nebraska for his final semester and earned a bachelor’s degree in history in May 2001. He served as a graduate assistant on the baseball coaching staff and helped the team make it to the College World Series. Sirianni played his prep career at Indianola High School. He earned 10 varsity letters with four coming in baseball and three each in track and field and football. He was a two-time All-State selection and a three-time All-Conference pick.Sirianni’s father, John, was the Director of Athletics at Division III Simpson College in Indianola for 28 years, spending 20 years as the school’s head baseball coach. His brother, Mike, the former head coach at Regis University (Division II) and is currently an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Wichita State. Courtesy of Sam Houston State Athletic CommunicationsHUNTSVILLE, Texas – Sam Houston State Director of Athletics Bobby Williams announced Thursday that Jay Sirianni has been elevated to head coach, taking over the reins of the Bearkat baseball program. Sirianni is the 10th head coach in program history and replaces Matt Deggs after Deggs took the head coaching job at the University of Louisiana last week. A native of Indianola, Iowa, Sirianni has served as the Bearkats’ associate head coach and pitching instructor each of the last five seasons on Deggs’ staff.He will be introduced on at a press conference on Tuesday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m. While at SHSU, Sirianni has been an integral part of taking Bearkat baseball to new heights with 187 total wins in that span. That mark includes Southland Conference regular season titles in 2016, 2018 and 2019, along with a berth in the NCAA Super Regionals in 2017.
JOCKEY QUOTESTIAGO PEREIRA, STARR OF QUALITY, and WINNER: “This was an easier spot today. It looked like Coco Kisses was the only speed and that’s the way it worked out. My filly wanted to go at the half mile pole, but we waited and she ran really good. Nice win.”TRAINER QUOTESBILL SPAWR, STARR OF QUALITY, WINNER: “The race went pretty much as we drew it up on paper. We thought Mike (Smith on Coco Kisses) might take the lead and force us to go outside and that’s what happened, but Tiago and I talked about that this morning.“Being a short favorite in a small field adds pressure, but we had the best horse and it worked out, so we’re happy.”OWNER QUOTESJON LINDO, STARR OF QUALITY, WINNER: “She had a lot of conditions we thought we could take out and we were having trouble finding the right races for her. We ran in an open race when she still had the Cal-bred condition and I didn’t think anyone would take her, but when they ran her back we said, ‘Well, we still have the condition,’ so we went back and it has worked out very well.“We waited to put her in a graded stakes because there wasn’t one available for Cal-breds until this one.“She doesn’t handle the turf as well as she does dirt, so we have been trying to keep her on the dirt, and getting the two-turn races for fillies and mares has been a bit difficult, so when you get the chance you have to run. Trying Paradise Woods last time out maybe wasn’t a good idea, so we thought we would do something else.”NOTES: The winning owners are Tom Acker and Jon Lindo.
JOSE MOURINHO has been warned Spurs’ transfer budget will be slashed this summer if they don’t get into the Champions League.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy gave the grim forecast in a meeting with the club’s Supporters’ Trust.1 Levy has warned Mourinho transfer funds will be limited in Spurs don’t get into the Champions LeagueSaturday’s 1-1 draw at Burnley left Mourinho’s side eighth in the table.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursThat’s seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and four behind Manchester United in fifth.Spurs go into their last-16 Champions League second-leg clash against RB Leipzig 1-0 down.Mourinho has vowed not to make “massive changes” – and he has been buoyed by the sight of Harry Kane back in training following surgery.And it is the promise of creating another Harry – Winks, not Kane – that is seeing Levy tighten the purse string.Minutes from the meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust read: “Daniel Levy [DL] responded that Spurs have a net base spend of £200million in the last four years on players but maintained there is little correlation between money spent and winning.”It’s about making the right decisions.”Funds were ring-fenced for the summer, however not qualifying for the Champions League would have an impact all round.”DL felt it was wrong to say Spurs didn’t pay competitive wages. Spurs are a club that makes superstars.”Jose Mourinho wants to bring in players who give everything for the club because they recognise the opportunity.”People need to understand there’s a DNA in the dressing room.”DL spoke of Harry Winks being given the captaincy [against Wolves] and how proud he was to have watched Harry progress through the ranks.latest spurs newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer”Keeping that philosophy is really important. DL believes Spurs have a unique character.”The significant bad luck with injuries was something out of anyone’s control.”DL said there are lots of attacking players in the squad. The club was disappointed not to be able to bring in another striker but pleased they were able to bring in another attacking player [Steven Bergwijn] in the recent window.”Harry Kane spotted in Tottenham training for first time since hamstring injury in huge England Euro 2020 boost
ERIC DIER accepts he could be punished for jumping into the crowd to confront a fan but insists he feared for his brother’s safety.The Tottenham star leapt over advertising hoardings and raced up the West Stand after his side lost to Norwich on penalties in the FA Cup on Wednesday.2Credit: Rex Features Dier was pictured and filmed arguing with supporters in the home endVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 01:04Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -01:04 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.PlayMuteCurrent Time 00:00/Duration 00:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -00:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Eric Dier climbs into Tottenham stand and appears to confront fans as alleged altercation takes place2 The Tottenham and England midfielder was confronting supporters over an alleged incident involving his brother (left)Credit: TwitterA source revealed the fan had been screaming “horrendous” abuse in the direction of Dier.His younger brother, Patrick – who was seated nearby – then tried to calm the man down.It is believed the pair got into a heated exchange and the Three Lions star jumped into the stands to protect his sibling.The Football Association have now launched an investigation into the incident, which the Spurs ace insists he had “no choice” but to intervene in.A source told the Daily Mirror: “He accepts he is going to get punished.”The player is understood “to be philosophical about any potential FA charge and ban following” with senior figures at Spurs believed to be seeking action against the 26-year-old.That is despite Jose Mourinho saying immediately after the match that he does not want Dier punished.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursLATEST FOOTBALL NEWSCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticNumerous videos showed Dier leaving the pitch and then climbing 20 ROWS to make his way towards a section of supporters inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.The England international clambered over rows of seats and waded past supporters – most of whom scattered to let him pass.But then as he got closer to the incident, Dier could be heard shouting “he’s my brother” as he was restrained by supporters and stewards.The player was then ushered out through a door at the back of the stand with Patrick joining him inside the dressing-room. Tottenham fan’s extraordinary eyewitness account of Eric Dier row in stands says ‘he lost plot, he was like Incredible Hulk’
In the afternoon match against Vanuatu, the PNG men bounced back from one set down to defeat their Melanesian brothers. The win maintains their standing as pool leader in their group.Kilarupa and Mea’s combined effort in the blocks, set and hitting department won them the match.Vanuatu won the first set 23-21, and PNG replied with 21-10 and 15-7 to win.While in the earlier encounter, PNG defeated Fiji men’s 2 sets to nil.
“It would have been better to have a couple more races prior to doing the 100m butterfly to allow me to get comfortable with the pre-race set-up and the racing environment, but unfortunately this wasn’t the case,” Pini said.“I’m grateful to my team PNG teammates who were able to come out and support me and also all the people in PNG that woke up to watch the race,” he added.Evaluating on his fourth Olympics, Pini said he felt proud to compete in his fourth Olympics comparing his first Olympic attendance in Athens.“With my first Olympics in 2004 in Athens, I was so excited to be at the Olympics that I remember taking photos with the Olympic Rings whenever I came across them,” he said.And now in his fourth Games, he is happy to say he has grown used to seeing the rings and it is easier for him to remain focused on his training and competition.”I love representing my country and to be able to do it four times at the highest level of sporting competition is something very special,” he stated.The Rio Games have been great for swimming. The pool layout is nice, especially with bringing the Oceania swimmers together, he said.“It was amazing to carry the PNG flag at the opening ceremony, a special moment which I will cherish,” Pini said.He is also one of 24 candidates up for the IOC Athletes Commission elections during the Rio Olympics.Moreover, Chef de Mission Emma Waiwai also commended Pini for his dedication and urged other Papua New Guinean athletes to follow his path.“Ryan is a role model elite athlete and it’s an honour to watch him compete at his 4th Olympics. His commitment to his training and his behavior is exemplary and I hope all athletes follow his example.“I congratulate him for everything he has achieved for PNG,” Waiwai said.
More than a decade after his last stage in the goal of Bayern, Kahn returns to the club to which he owes much, but also to the one who gave much. Kahn and Bayern were an ideal symbiosis from 1994 to 2008. “I am deeply connected to the club, it has had a very strong influence on my life. I have experienced an incredible amount of emotional moments, ups and downs”said Kahn. The former German soccer player Oliver Kahn, 50, celebrates the new year with his return to Bayern Munich as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bavarian club, where he played from 1994 to 2008 and with which he conquered 8 Bundesligas, the Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup, among other achievements. The announcement, made several days ago, is now confirmed with the entry of 2020. This has been communicated by the entity:Nicknamed ‘Titan’, the exporter He will work alongside the management team around Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, whom he will replace as head at the end of 2021. Uli Hoeness was responsible for the signing, which he agreed with Rummenigge and his successor in the presidency of Bayern, Herbert Hainer.“Oliver will bring his experience as a former world-class player and now also as a frontline entrepreneur. Oliver will enrich us. We will work well together,” Rummenigge said.Khan will meet the team during a visit to the Qatar training camp, from January 4 to 10, which will last several days. On January 19 he will attend the match against Hertha Berlin, the first of the second round of the Bundesliga of the Juerguen Klinsmann team.Klinsmann became a Bayern coach after Kahn’s career ended in the summer of 2008. The then coach was the one who downgraded Kahn to second goalkeeper behind Jens Lehmann at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The Supervisory Board, still under the direction of Hoeness, signed a five-year contract. Ottmar Hitzfeld, who has won several titles with Kahn as coach, including the Champions League in 2001, has absolute confidence in him to take the lead. “People know Oliver. He speaks simple language. He is a type of leader. He has the Bayern gene inside and a total identification with the club.”said Hitzfeld.The return of Kahn has unleashed the euphoria among the fans of Bayern, who celebrated the return of his ‘Titan’ at the annual general meeting in November almost more frantically than outgoing President Hoeness.They say that Kahn has prepared meticulously. Little has been heard from his mouth, only he wanted face the “new challenge” with “passion and enthusiasm”.Kahn was the least loved player in rival stadiums, where bananas were thrown from the stands. This intensified in 2000 in a duel in Freiburg when a fan threw a golf ball at his head. Kahn ran across the grass bleeding heavily. The wound was stapled without ceremony, Kahn returned to the arch the last seconds.Bayern has more than one thousand employees and an annual turnover of 750 million euros. In Munich only the titles count, at national and European level, along with serious business. Hoeness, Rummenigge and the new President Hainer believe that Kahn is capable of doing the most important job.Kahn was Hoeness’s idea. Both met again and again to talk. “At some point he clicked on me,” Hoeness described: “Oliver knows football, companies and carries Bayern’s DNA.” And he brought with him something indispensable: “We need someone in a leadership position who has been a footballer”.Maybe Kahn becomes the face of the club after Hoeness’s withdrawal from the front row: “Oliver was our titan in the field. And titanium does not oxidize. Consequently, we can get ready. Or that the other 17 Bundesliga clubs be prepared“.
Two players that did not involve large investments, which have rendered extraordinarily and currently, between the two, add a market value of 190 million euros. Undoubtedly, two of Liverpool’s best sports movements in its history and that, in addition, have a whole future in Reds tones so that the Anfield stand continues to marvel at its fantastic sports level.The magical trident: Salah-Firmino-Mané.Liverpool has in its ranks one of the best attacks on the planet. The trident formed by Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané has become one of the biggest nightmares for the English and European defenses in the last two seasons. Its scoring figures are at the height of very few in the world and its performance has been, without a doubt, one of the main keys for the Red team to be signing glorious years and of authentic sports shine. Having 3 of the best attackers on the planet in their ranks is one of the strongest assurances you can have at your Klopp controls. When it is not Salah, it is Mané, and if any of them fails, Firmino appears. Not to mention the afternoons in which the three decide to create a total party for the interests of their own. Without a doubt, one of the most feared attacks of the moment and, consequently, one of the most underlined keys in the recent great performance of this Liverpool. The impeccable management of Jurgen Klopp.Winning titles was the great burden of Klopp in England. After triumphing in Dortmund, the German coach added several seasons generating good results, offering serious approaches, winning tactical battles in big dates, but that had his long-awaited happy ending in 2019. Jurgen Klopp’s close personality has once again been key in his career sport to, now, succeed and be making history on the banks of the river The pressure on the rival.One of its most outstanding brands. The character and personality of this team is based, in large part, on a huge physical state that allows it to establish a pressure on the departure of rival high-flying game. With possession for and against. This Liverpool is able to drown its rivals with the start of brilliant matches in which it often manages to get ahead on the scoreboard against teams that are surprised. However, when it is time to replicate, when the protagonism falls to the opponent, he is able to close the pitch, he is able to compress the spaces to generate a feeling of sports suffocation that often precipitates the decision-making process and possession in favor. Undoubtedly, one of the most worked sections in Melwood by Jurgen Klopp and his.Alexander-Arnold and Robertson: the ideal complement outsideTwo of the players that have evolved most in the ranks of Liverpool by Jurgen Klopp. Alexander-Arnold, from the quarry. Robertson, from the Hull. Two names that appeared little by little, almost out of nowhere for the general public, but that have been enshrined as two of the best laterals in the world, each in its profile.The importance and contribution of the pair in the Liverpool outdoor game has made them two real daggers, two ubiquitous players that accumulate prominence and contribution in equal parts. While other stars of this Liverpool came at the blow of a booklet with large disbursements, in the case of the sides quite the opposite. If Alexander-Arnold ascended from the Melwood quarry, Robertson arrived from Hull City after paying a lower figure close to 9 million euros. Virgil van Dijk: historical signing to strengthen the defense.A case very similar to that of Alisson, but this time in defense, and with a much greater media impact. Liverpool signed two years ago, in the winter market of 2018, Virgil van Dijk from Southampton. After a hard negotiation with the southern team, the Reds were forced to pay the stratospheric figure of 85 million euros for the Dutch defense, who at that time became the most expensive center in history. Now that ‘honor’ falls to Maguire (Manchester United).A historical investment that began to bear fruit from the first moment. Virgil van Dijk was already considered one of the most desired defenses in England and Liverpool risked more than anyone to, now, have in their ranks what is considered by many the best defense on the planet. In Liverpool he has achieved firmness, security, has continued to explode his aerial game in attack, has continued to file his physical strength in the race and in short spaces, and has even been awarded at an individual level fighting against legends like Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. Its market value has exploded commercially. If when I was in Southampton it had a commercial value of 30 million euros, it has now tripled steadily to reach the imposing 100 million euros. After years of doubts and sports emptiness that generated hundreds of defensive nightmares, Liverpool closed, thus, one of its biggest ballasts to have a real life insurance in the defense. Liverpool lived a year 2019 of authentic dream to be European champion in the Champions League (in front of Tottenham), be champion of the European Super Cup (against Chelsea) and be a historic runner-up in Premier League after getting 97 points (only surpassed by Manchester City, with 98 points).But, as if that were not enough, closed the year being the incontestable leader of the 2019/20 Premier League with a practically absolute favoritism in order to be the next champion in English territory. Only an unexpected (and almost historical) twist of script would make the showcases of Anfield did not host at the end of the campaign a new league title. His figures scare. They have only lost 14 of their last 100 games played, and this season they still don’t know the defeat after 20 games played (they have a pending game against West Ham for the club world cup).They are the great rival to beat on British soil and one of the great candidates to be champion in continental territory. But, why is this Liverpool squad showing such a high level of sports excellence? What reasons allow this template to be considered one of the best in the history of Liverpool?Alisson Becker: one of the best goalkeepers in the world.In the summer of 2018 Liverpool made one of the most expensive signings in its history when it officially closed the incorporation of the Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, from Rome. The English team got their signing after paying the imposing amount of 62.5 million euros. At that time he was considered the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of football, but that same summer Chelsea paid the clause of Kepa Arrizabalaga and granted the Spanish the ‘prestigious’ commercial honor.A large number of which no one speaks on the islands, since the level of Alisson has been excellent. It is, without a doubt, one of the most fit goalkeepers in the Premier League and the world. The percentage of matches he has managed to sign with the goal to zero since his arrival in Anfield is very high and his performance in each match is up to what the team needed. With him in the team Liverpool closed, thus, one of its main weaknesses. Now, two questions, two doubts. Will Liverpool be the Premier League champion this season? Everything seems to indicate yes. But will he manage to do so undefeated, without losing a single game? Without a doubt, the great challenge. With the title virtually in the pocket for many connoisseurs in the British Isles, some no longer question the outcome, but the forms.
The sixth Valencia League got here after a historic comeback. Solely 12 days from the top, Valencia was eight factors behind Actual Madrid, chief in day 26. Solely ten days later, Valencia added its 77 level in Seville (26 of 30 factors), whereas Madrid stayed at 70. This was the one time in the whole historical past of the championship that the champion traced eight factors within the final 12 days. Thus, Rafa Benítez turned the one coach in Valencia’s historical past to win two Leagues (2001-02 and 2003-04). Earlier than, Ramón Encinas (1941-42); Eduard Cubells (1943-44); Luis Pasarín (1946-47); and Alfredo di Stéfano (1970-71) had proclaimed themselves league champions with Valencia.From this League that Valencia raised till in the present day, tAll of the Leagues have been won by Barcelona or Actual Madrid, aside from the 2013-14 through which the champion was Atlético. In that League, Valencia misplaced solely seven video games and none of them by multiple aim.The Valencia goalkeeper, Cañizares, was the goalless aim scorer this season (25 targets conceded) with a median of 0.68 targets obtained per sport. He left his aim to zero in 20 league video games, a file that in the present day continues to be the file of a ché goalkeeper. CRISTINA QUICLER ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The gamers celebrated the league title in 2004.CRISTINA QUICLER Valencia won their final league 16 years ago in the present day. On Might 9, 2004, the Ché crew won its second league in three years after profitable at Sánchez Pizjuán (0-2) with targets from Vicente and Baraja. There have been two days left till the top and, on this approach, Valencia won the sixth league title in its complete historical past, led by Rafa Benítez. Ten days later, Valencia achieved their double, in a historic 12 months, after they beat Olympique de Marseille (2-0) within the UEFA Cup last in Goteborg.
Ensuring proper state Fritz Harris, secretary of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), says his organisation is awaiting reports on the reasons behind the abandonment of the third Jamaica Franchise trial match at Sabina Park on Wednesday. The game, which formed part of the selection process of players for the upcoming four-day WICB Professional League tournament, was called off inside the first over of the second day due to safety concerns. Several players representing both John Campbell’s XI and Paul Palmer’s XI suffered injuries and bruises throughout the affair. “It’s unfortunate that the game had to be called off,” said Harris, whose association owns the Jamaica Franchise team. “It robs the players, coaches and everybody involved in the trials of valuable time and opportunities ahead of the season. “The JCA, therefore, looks forward to reports from the match officials, as well as officials of the franchise, to see what led to the abandonment,” he declared. The encounter, which had Palmer’s XI on 86 for one in reply 124 made by Campbell XI on day one, saw three players picking up injuries. They are batsman Andre McCarthy, Shacaya Thomas, and wicketkeeper-batsman, Kemar Marshall. McCarthy had damage to one of his fingers and had to retire hurt, Marshall was hit on the head, and complained of dizziness afterwards while Thomas was hit five times, including twice on the head. Thomas, not out on 57, and Marshall, not out three, were the batsmen at the crease when the stumps were pulled four balls into the day. Harris, who explained that he expected JCA and the Jamaica Franchise’s chief executive officer, Courtney Francis, to be in receipt of the first set of reports yesterday, said he was also looking to a speedy closure to the matter. “We are fast approaching the regional first-class tournament, and would not want to go into it unprepared, or with doubts surrounding the state of our wickets,” Harris said. “It is, therefore, important that we bring closure to the matter as soon as possible, take the appropriate actions, and put in place measures, where necessary, to prevent a repeat.” The management of the five pitches at Sabina Park, Harris explains, falls under the purview of Anthony Walters, the venue’s property manager, and, chief curator, Michael Hylton. Harris, in the meantime, also expressed hope that the fourth trial match, which is also scheduled Sabina Park, will go ahead as planned. “The hope is that this set back will not disturb the schedule of trial matches, as we still have a tournament to play,” he said. The WICB Professional League is scheduled to start in early November.