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West Indies wins only 2 matches of 9 in England

In the West Indies tour of England ending today (September 29, 2017), the West Indies

  1. lost the test series 1-2
  2. won the only T20 international
  3. lost the 5 match ODI 0-4, with one match rained out.  England basically scored at 7 – 8 runs per game in almost every match, something unheard of.  Even when the West Indies scored 359-5 in the 4th ODI, they still lost under the D/L method after giving up many runs to Moeen Ali late before rain ended play.

The negatives (weaknesses) for the West Indies were where England was strong.

  1. Batting was inconsistent
  2. Bowling was TERRIBLE

But there was Hope (Shai Hope particularly, not his brother).

The positives are

  1. Shai Hope, in particular, looked good in parts of the Test matches. Chase showed some grit also.
  2. About 4 players, including Gayle and Samuels, were brought in to play the T20 and all 5 ODIs and, at times, West Indies looked like they could make it a series.

What do you think?

USA dominates IAAF World Championships 2017 while Caribbean athletes stutter

The United States athletes soared as the USA dominated the IAAF World Athlethics Championships 2017 in Britain while the Caribbean athletes returned to earth after great past Championships and Olympics showings.

2017 Medal Tally

  • United States – 30 medals – 10 gold, 11 silver, 9 bronze
  • Great Britain  & Northern Ireland(host) : 6 medals – 2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze
  • Caribbean: 9 medals – 2 gold, 1 silver, 6 bronze

JAM –  4 medals – 1 gold, 0 silver, 3 bronze
TT  –  2 medals – 1 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze
BAH –  2 medals – 0 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
CUB –  1 medal  – 0 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze

In 2015, it went like this for the Caribbean:

  • Caribbean:20 medals – 9 gold, 5 silver, 6 bronze

JAM – 12 medals – 7 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze
CUB –  3 medals – 2 gold, 1 silver, 0 bronze
BAH –  2 medals – 0 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
TT  –  2 medals – 0 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
GRN –  1 medals – 0 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze

Usain Bolt

The track athlete of the past 10 years, Usain Bolt, announced he would retire, that this was his last World Championships and, last year, his last Olympics game.

He entered only the 100M and 4x100M events, finishing a close 3rd in the 100M and pulling up from injury in the 4x100m relay, a disappointing way for him to end a great career…  but we should be happy we had a Usain Bolt, regardless of this end to his career.

The Future

The future may seem grim to many but, having watched the ISSA Boys and Girls Championships the past few years, I expect to see some good talent come out of the Caribbean in the next 2 – 3 years.

Big ups to our athletes and congratulations to all who competed, whether they won medals or not.  And, by the way, Jamaicans and Caribbean people, stop making up stories about the athletes, some really bad stories.  Let’s just accept that they weren’t up to par this time around and hope the ones who remain and the ones who will step up to the table in the future will learn from these Championships.

Ireland and Afghanistan now both Test cricket nations

In an unprecedented move, the  International Cricket Council (ICC) have upgraded both Afghanistan and Ireland to “Test Cricket status”, up from next level of “Associate nations”, joining the other ten (10) full test playing nations of

  1. England – 1877
  2. Australia – 1877
  3. South Africa – 1889 (12 years later)
  4. West Indies – 1928 (39 years later)
  5. New Zealand – 1930 (2 years later)
  6. India – 1932 ( 2 years later)
  7. Pakistan – 1952 (20 years later)
  8. Sri Lanka – 1982 (30 years later)
  9. Zimbabwe – 1992 (10 years later)
  10. Bangladesh – 2000 (8 years later)

This marked the first time since cricket competition began with England and Australia in 1877 that 2 teams have been voted in together.  \

Ireland has beaten 3 test teams (Pakistan, England, and West Indies) in prior World Cups. Afghanistan was able to win an ODI (One Day International) match just about 2 weeks ago over the West Indies, in a drawn series.

Congrats to Ireland and Afghanistan.

 

Pakistan cricket team demolishes India in Champions League

In a surprising performance, it was Pakistan defeating India to win the 2017 Champions league trophy. The fact that Pakistan defeated their heated rivals was not the biggest surprise. It was the way in which they won, by 180  runs!  Pakistan scored 338-4 which was a huge total.  India, in reply, were skittled out for a paltry 158 runs after just over 30 overs.

But, for India, it was better than the West Indies who didn’t even qualify for the event, with Bangladesh making the semi-finals of that event.  Pakistan barely qualified in fact.  They thrashed the West Indies up and down in recent tours to move up the ranks and qualify for the 8-team Champions League competition, only to shock the talented Indian team, Indians, and the world.

Congrats to both teams for making the finals and to Pakistan for the impressive victory.