Hosts 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.
Sen Lawrence: “As of June 21, 2017, appallingly, the buying rate in some parts of the country was US$1 to L$120, while the selling rate was US$1 to L$125…”Over “Appalling Buying and Selling Rates of US$ and L$” The Senate chairman of the Committee on Post and Telecommunications has requested the plenary of the Liberian Senate to invite commercial banks and the Central Bank of Liberia to publicly provide answers to the many questions Liberians are asking regarding “their economy, especially the exchange rate.”In her letter to the Senate plenary recently, Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence asserted that the strength of the United States dollar against the Liberian dollar is causing small Liberian businesses to go out of business, while some in the medium-size category are “being strained to the point where they are no more profiting.”This situation, according to the Grand Bassa County lawmaker, “is largely due to the fact that they are compelled to buy the US dollar with the weak Liberian dollar before they can purchase their goods.”“As of June 21, 2017, appallingly, the buying rate in some parts of the country was US$1 to L$120, while the selling rate was US$1 to L$125, even though on the same date the Central Bank of Liberia mandated US$1 to L$112.75 and US$1 to L$113.46 for buying and selling rates, respectively.”The letter, which was voted upon and sent to the relevant financial and monetary Senate committees to report by Thursday, also noted that local banks and the Central Bank of Liberia may be able to inform the Senate to take appropriate actions “in order to curb these unprecedented circumstances.”In another development, the Senate has passed the report from the Joint Senate Committee on the Protocol and Loan Agreement between the Republic of Liberia and the African Development Bank and the African Development Fund on Electricity Expansion, ELWA-RIA Corridor and Pleebo to Fish Town.The Senate has also ratified a report from its Judiciary, Claims, Petitions & Human Rights and Ways, Means, Finance & Budget Committees on an Act to repeal Section 1165 and to Amend Section 1021(B) of the Revenue Code as amended in 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Tags: Ayub KhalifaBotswanaCOSAFA U17 Women’s ChampionshipsFauzia NajjembaJuliet NalukengeMargret KunihiraSouth Africatopzambia Ugandan players celebrate after scoring one of their 12 goals against Botswana on Friday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)COSAFA U17 Women’s ChampionshipsUganda 12-0 BotswanaSt. Francois Xavier Stadium, MauritiusFriday, 29-09-2019The Uganda Women’s U17 national team continued their exceptional goal scoring form as they thumped Botswana 12-0 to reach the finals of the COSAFA U17 championship.In the semi-final game played at St. Francois Xavier stadium, it was a three-star performance with Margret Kunihira, Juliet Nalukenge and Fauzia Najjemba scoring the goals.Kunihira who opened the scoring grabbed three in the 4th, 24th and 60th minute while Najjemba-voted woman of the match-helped herself to six as she found the back of the net in the 35th, 45th, 47th, 67th and 86th minute.Captain and tournament top scorer Juliet Nalukenge managed three to take her tally to 17. She has now scored in all four of Uganda’s matches at the championship so far.Speaking after the game, Uganda’s head coach Ayub Khalifa could not hide his satisfaction towards the result.“It was a good game, we had a convincing win scoring 12 goals, noted Khalifa after the game.“Our initial target was to win the game and we had worked so hard on how to try and make them concede in the first 10 minutes.“Good, we scored early and after that, we concentrated and started playing good football.”Uganda now awaits the winner between South Africa and Zambia in the other semi-final.Uganda’s starting XI against BotswanaDaphine Nyayenga (gk), Gillian Akadinda, Patricia Akiror, Margret Kunihira, Nagadya, Nyinagahirwa, Juliet Nalukenge (c), Kevin Nakacwa, Fauzia Najjemba, Stella Musibika, Bira NadungaSubstitutesJoan Namusisi (GK), Gift Nasasira (GK), Precious Atwine, Cissy Kabarwani, Samali Nakacwa, Zaitun Namaganda, Maureen Nangonzi, Sumayah Komuntale, Shakira Nyinagahirwa , Catherine Nagadya, Hadijah NandagoOfficialsHead Coach – Ayub KhalifaAssistant Head Coach – Hadijah NamuyanjaTeam Trainer – Olive MbekekaGoalkeeping Coach – James MagalaTeam Coordinator – Jackson NyiimaTeam Doctor – Stella NankumbaComments