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Jamaica aim to dethrone Guyana in WICB U19 final

first_imgHosts Jamaica and title-holders Guyana will today meet in the final of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Under-19 Championship at Manchester High School. Led by St Elizabeth Technical off-spin all-rounder Michael Frew, the Jamaicans will enter the contest as slight underdogs, having finished second to the Guyanese at the end of the seven-team preliminary round. Guyana, with five victories and one defeat, tallied 32 points to Jamaica’s 27.5, with the latter recording four wins and two losses. Trinidad and Tobago with three wins, two losses and a no-result, ended with 22.5 to round off the top three. Jamaica defeated Guyana by five wickets in both teams’ opening match of the tournament, with their South American mainland opponents posting 203 off 44.3 overs. Jamaica replied with 204 for five, with 4.4 overs to spare. “They (Guyana) will be difficult as they are an attacking team with, as usual, spin being their strength,” said Junior Deans, manager of Jamaica. “They have two left-arm spinners and two off-spinners. “However, we are optimistic about our chances, as we have been improving with each game and, if we play like we did in our last game against Barbados, where we fought hard and came off the field battered and bruised, we should do well.” Conditioned by Robert Samuels, Jamaica, in addition to Frew, will again be hoping for impressive performances from batsmen Abijhai Mansingh and Leonardo Friginette, as well as West Indies Under-19 fast bowling all-rounder Odean Smith and pacer Miguel Smith. Opener Mansingh and Friginette are coming off back-to-back half centuries, while Miguel, with seven wickets in their last two games, and Odean, the team’s leading wicket-taker, have been leading efforts with the ball. “When we bat, we just have to ensure that when we don’t just get boundary balls; we rotate the strike,” noted Deans. “Meanwhile, when we bowl, it’s about getting the ball in the right areas as much as possible, as well as showing support in the field,” he added. Guyana will look to West Indies Under-19 opener Shimron Hetmyer, who has highest scores of 135 not out and 98, captain Travis Persaud, and batting all-rounder Keemo Paul to lead their charge. Jamaica (from): Michael Frew (captain), Abijhai Mansingh (vice captain), Brad Barnes, Ryan Burnett, Shahid Crooks, Tyrone Daley, Ramone Francis, Leonardo Friginette, Gareth Henry, Miguel Smith, Odean Smith, Oshane Thomas, George Walker. Guyana (from): Travis Persaud (captain), Ronaldo Alimohamed (vice-captain), Akenie Adams, Balchan Baldeo, Grisean Grant, Shimron Hetmyer, Tevin Imlach, Kassem Khan, Parmesh Parsotam, Keemo Paul, Akshaya Persaud, Nathan Persaud, Parmanand Ramdhan, Sherfane Rutherford.last_img read more

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Mourinho v Wenger, Fergie and Benitez – fastest boss to 100 clean sheets

first_img 10 10 2) Alex Ferguson: 214 matches taken to reach 100 Premier League clean sheets – click the arrow to see which manager reached the feat in the quickest time – During his long Premier League reign Sir Fergie kept 359 clean sheets in 810 games, winning 13 titles before retiring in 2013. 10 10 10 6) David Moyes: 305 matches taken to reach 100 Premier League clean sheets – click the arrow to see which manager reached the feat in the quickest time – Moyes has always had a decent selection of defenders to choose from at both Everton and Man United, with Phil Jagielka, Nemanja Vidic and Joleon Lescott among those at his disposal. He has kept 148 clean sheets. 10) Harry Redknapp: 380 matches taken to reach 100 Premier League clean sheets – click the arrow to see which manager reached the feat in the quickest time – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, now in his second spell as manager at Stamford Bridge, has already kept 100 clean sheets in his short Premier League managerial career so far. The feat was reached against one of Redknapp’s former clubs, West Ham, in a recent 1-0 win at Upton Park. Ex-Tottenham, QPR and Pompey boss Redknapp has actually managed sides that have kept 181 clean sheets in 641 games, reaching the century mark in 380 matches. 10 9) Sam Allardyce: 357 matches taken to reach 100 Premier League clean sheets – click the arrow to see which manager reached the feat in the quickest time – West Ham manager Allardyce has been in the dugout for 121 Premier League clean sheets, taking 357 games to the reach 100. He has also managed Bolton, Blackburn and Newcastle in the top flight. 3) Rafa Benitez: 222 matches taken to reach 100 Premier League clean sheets – click the arrow to see which manager reached the feat in the quickest time – Napoli manager Benitez has taken charge of both Liverpool and Chelsea, keeping 114 clean sheets in total. Will he return to the Premier League to improve on this, though? Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has already clocked up 100 Premier League clean sheets.Having a great defence clearly has its benefits and this season Mourinho has been helped by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as well as Kurt Zouma, John Terry and Gary Cahill in front of him.It has taken the Portuguese boss just 185 games to reach the feat, so here talkSPORT looks at the Premier League managers who have taken the fewest games to keep 100 clean sheets.Chelsea’s next match against Southampton is live on talkSPORT from 1pm on Sunday 15 March. 1) Jose Mourinho: 185 matches taken to reach 100 Premier League clean sheets – When Mourinho’s Chelsea kept a clean sheet against West Ham in their 1-0 win, it was the 100th Premier League game the Blues boss’ side had kept a clean sheet in the competition. As you can see he easily beat the great Sir Alex Ferguson to top spot, though with two Premier League titles – and closing in on a third – he still has a long way to go to beat Fergie’s 13 crowns. Chelsea are up against Southampton next (live on talkSPORT), with the Saints currently having the best defensive record in the league, conceding just 20 goals compared to the Blues’ 22. 10 4) Arsene Wenger: 234 matches taken to reach 100 Premier League clean sheets – click the arrow to see which manager reached the feat in the quickest time – Wenger has taken charge of Arsenal for 704 Premier League games, winning the competition three times and keeping 275 clean sheets. 7) Martin O’Neill: 314 matches taken to reach 100 Premier League clean sheets – click the arrow to see which manager reached the feat in the quickest time – O’Neill has managed in 359 Premier League games, though has been out of club management since 2013, taking charge of the Republic of Ireland. 10 8) Steve Bruce: 343 matches taken to reach 100 Premier League clean sheets – click the arrow to see which manager reached the feat in the quickest time – As a player Bruce won three Premier League titles as captain of Man United and though he has not come close to managing a side to glory, he has built a good reputation as a gaffer. Bruce earned promotion to the Premier League with Birmingham and Hull, who he also guided to the 2014 FA Cup final. 10 5) George Graham: 265 matches taken to reach 100 Premier League clean sheets – click the arrow to see which manager reached the feat in the quickest time – Graham has managed Arsenal, Leeds and Tottenham in the Premier League and although he never won the competition, he won two First Division titles prior to the formation of the Premier League in 1992. Graham has kept 107 clean sheets in total. 10last_img read more

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