England bound – Sunshine Girls look to bounce back against old foes

first_img The Jamaicans will be joined by captain Malysha Kelly and Vangelee Williams, from Australia and England respectively, where they play club competition. A full-strength Jamaican team is expected for the traditionally fierce match-ups and national coach Minneth Reynolds said she is expecting a much better performance this time around. “We are going out there to compete at our best, and if our best is good enough, then we can be victorious. Our shortcoming was in attack and with the inclusion of Jhaniele Fowler-Reid and Paula Thompson we should be able to compete much better than we did in New Zealand,” she assessed. Other squad members include; Stacian Facey, Adean Thomas, Shamera Sterling, Khadijah Williams, Shantal Slater. Under-21 players Hasana Williams and Carla-lee Tinglin are also included in the squad. “I am hoping to take my time and play the ball, and play my own game and prove myself on the court,” said Williams, 17-year-old from the Queen’s School. Tinglin, an 18-year-old University of the West Indies student is also looking forward to the experience. “I have always had this dream, didn’t know it would come so early though, but the Lord knows best and I will be giving it my all,” Tinglin said. NEW ADDITIONS Netball Jamaica President Dr Paula Daley-Morris is expecting the Sunshine Girls to put recent disappointments behind them and fight to defeat hosts England in their three-match international test series, slated for November 29 to December 4. Ten members of the national team, their management and coaching staff departed Netball House, located in Barbican, yesterday for the Norman Manley International Airport. According to the president, the team is targeting improvements following their recent 3-0 loss to number two ranked New Zealand. The Jamaicans also had a dismal Fast5 World Netball Series showing in Australia, winning two games against lower-ranked teams and losing four. “Well, we are hoping to improve on our performance from the other tours. We definitely need to improve, so that’s the plan,” she outlined. Daley-Morris, describing her team as a mix of youth and experience, feels they will be equipped to take on third-ranked England at home. The Sunshine girls are ranked fourth, behind Australia, New Zealand and England, respectively. “I am confident that it’s going to be fierce in terms of competition,” said the president. “Higher-ranked England? Listen, that is a matter of which year you are talking about, we are equally ranked, no fears, no. I am sure they are more fearful than we are, they have a lot more to lose,” she reasoned. Jamaica will be bolstered by the return of senior ace shooter, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid and Paula Thompson, while goal shooter Shanice Beckford will be hoping to continue her good run from New Zealand.last_img read more

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson stays a step ahead of the opposition: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgNew Zealand had come into the semi-finals against India on the back of three successive defeats but they turned their fortunes around and bounced back in style as they defeated the pre-tournament favourites to reach their second successive World Cup final on Wednesday.And a lot of their success throughout this tournament has got to do with Kane Williamson’s form with the bat and as captain of the Blackcaps.Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar reserved special praise for Williamson, the captain, for the way he led his team in the match against India in Manchester.”I have said in number of interviews that Kane Williamson as captain has a smart, thinking brain and he is always in control. He stays a step ahead of the opposition. I would give him high marks for that. New Zealand were fielding really well as well and they made the target seem much bigger.”It was remarkable to see the consistency from their fast bowlers. They didn’t do anything out of the ordinary and kept it simple,” Tendulkar told India Today after the match.Respect between two masters, after an epic tussle #CWC19 | #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/0O1HvkP6TUCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 10, 2019New Zealand posted a sub-par score of 240 on the board after batting first with Williamson scoring 67 while Ross Taylor made 74.Their fast bowlers then came to the party as Matt Henry and Trent Boult ripped apart the famed Indian top-order with the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul within the first four overs which derailed India’s chase in the first powerplay itself.advertisementIndia were ultimately reduced to 6 for 92 in 31 overs before Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni (50) bailed them out with a 116-run partnership for the seventh wicket.#KaneWilliamson & @BazmccullumTwo vastly different characters and two equally brilliant leaders, captaining New Zealand to back-to-back World Cup finals #CWC19 | #INDvNZ | #BACKTHEBLACKCAPS pic.twitter.com/9NaNiEJf17Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 10, 2019But the duo were sent packing in quick succession in the death overs and India ultimately got bowled out for 221 in 49.3 overs.Matt Henry was adjudged man-of-the-match for finishing with 3 for 37 from his 10 overs while Boult and Mitchell Santner grabbed two wickets each. James Neesham also chipped in with a wicket.Also Read | India’s World Cup dream over, New Zealand storm into finalAlso Read | Virat Kohli, KL Rahul had nervous energy while defending the ball: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Ravindra Jadeja had hunger and determintation to do something special: Sachin Tendulkarlast_img read more