Simmons fails as Heat lose in Big Bash

first_imgPERTH, Australia (CMC):West Indies limited overs opener Lendl Simmons scored a first ball ‘duck’ as his Brisbane Heat went down to Perth Scorchers by nine wickets in the Big Bash League on Boxing Day.In a low-scoring encounter at the West Australia Cricket Association ground, Heat could only muster 117 for seven off their 20 overs, with the 30-year-old right-handed Simmons dismissed off the second ball of the game.He was caught behind off left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff with just two runs on the board.Captain Chris Lynn lifted the innings with an unbeaten 75 off 58 balls, with three fours and four sixes, and was just one of two players in double figures and the only one to pass ten.In reply, Scorchers raced to their target with nearly five overs to spare and captain Michael Klinger stoking an unbeaten 53 off 42 deliveries.He put on 46 for the first wicket with Marcus Harris (36) and a further 70 in an unbroken second-wicket partnership with Ashton Agar, who was unbeaten on 24 at the end.Simmons’ West Indies teammate and fellow Trinidadian, Samuel Badree, went wicket-less from four overs of leg-spin, which cost 26 runs.last_img read more

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Sofapaka hit Mathare to narrow Gor gap

first_imgSofapaka’s Elli Asieche chases down Mathare United striker Clifford Alwanga during a Kenyan premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on July 8, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUMACHAKOS, Kenya, Jul 8- Sofapaka moved to within nine points of Kenyan Premier League leaders Gor Mahia after beating fourth placed Mathare United 3-2 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday evening.Goals from Kepha Aswani, Elli Asieche and Piston Mutamba handed the 2009 champions maximum points despite Mathare coming off stronger in the final half hour of the game with Alphonce Ndonye’s goal after an hour giving them some hope, but they couldn’t go past that. Batoto ba Mungu had to live on the edge in the final minutes of the game after Mathare piled pressure, but they had just enough within themselves to ensure they pick their third consecutive win.Sofapaka broke the deadlock in the 10th minute when Aswani’s seemingly harmless header off an Elli Asieche free kick fizzled through keeper David Okello’s fingers and into the back of the net.It was a rewarding start for Sofapaka who seemed the most attacking of the two sides with Aswani having earlier had a shot off the left being saved by Okello. Quickly on the other end, Mathare broke off on the counter but Chris Oduor’s shot from Cliff Nyakeya’s tee up went wide. Aswani’s afternoon which had started brightly on a goal-scoring mood was however cut short abruptly when he had to limp off injured barely five minutes after scoring. He was replaced by Teddy Osok which now meant coach John Baraza had to re-arrange his tactical plan for the game.Mathare collected themselves up after conceding early and they made a response in the 18th minute when Omondi scored from the penalty spot after new signing Dennis Odhiambo handled inside the box.Sofapaka’s Mousa Omar closes down on Mathare United striker John Mwangi during a Kenyan premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on July 8, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe game turned out to be an evenly balanced affair, the two sides doing their best to outwit each other especially in the middle of the pack. Mathare passed the ball nicely around the park, but they could not get that pass to break off the defense.On the half hour mark, Sofapaka came close when keeper Okello had to be at his best to tip the ball over for a corner from Piston Mutamba’s curling freekick from the left.Five minutes later, Sofapaka were 2-1 up from the penalty spot after Mutamba was axed in the box by keeper Okello after he intercepted a short back pass from left back David Owino back to the keeper. Asieche stepped up and converted.­­­­Batoto ba Mungu kept the engine running in the second half and they needed just three minutes to stretch their lead further when Mutamba got on the score sheet after breaking the offside trap from a ball headed back from a clearance before gliding past and slotting in an empty net.Mutamba should have had his brace on the hour mark after George Owino’s defensive header off a Yussuf Mohammed cross fell on his path but his eventual shot was wide.Two minutes later, Mutamba was in the thick of things once again when he cited an intelligent run from Waruru before feeding him, but the former Ulinzi hit man’s shot from the left went over.Against the run of play, Mathare pulled one back and started their journey for a memorable comeback when substitute Alphonce Ndonye struck a belter from inside the box catching keeper Wycliffe Kasaya off guard.Mathare piled the pressure in the consecutive minutes pushing Sofapaka back but they could not get a goal to pick at least a point off the tie.(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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SOUTH DAKOTA LAWMAKERS FAIL TO OVERRIDE DAUGAARD VETOES

first_imgSouth Dakota lawmakers failed to override three vetoes by Gov. Dennis Daugaard Monday on the final day of the legislative session.One bill would have let lawmakers introduce legislation earlier before a session starts, the second a bill that would have given home-schooled students another path to get a state scholarship and the third vetoed bill was aimed to impose new requirements for college tuition assistance programs.While a majority of lawmakers voted to override each veto, none of the votes had the required two-thirds margin required for an override.last_img

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