Brathwaite leads Windies batsmen in rankings

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):Opener Kraigg Brathwaite has ended 2016 as the West Indies’ highest-ranked batsman in Tests.The 24-year-old opener was 20th in the latest International Cricket Council rankings released on December 31, with fast bowler Kemar Roach, the highest-placed bowler at 28th in the rankings.Brathwaite tallied 613 runs in eight Tests last year, averaging 55 and scoring one century – a magnificent unbeaten 142 in the third Test against Pakistan in Sharjah last October, which West Indies won by five wickets.The Barbadian also scored 60 not out in the second innings to become the first opener to finish unbeaten in both innings of a Test.Left-hander Darren Bravo, currently in a stand-off with the West Indies Cricket Board after being sent home from the tour of Zimbabwe for disciplinary reasons, is the next highest-ranked Windies player at 30th, with Jermaine Blackwood lying 46th and veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels, 49th.Roach, meanwhile, has remained in the top 30 of the bowlers’ rankings despite having played just one Test in the last 12 months.BACK IN ACTIONThe right-armer has struggled with injury and loss of form, but recently returned to action for Barbados Pride in the West Indies first-class competition, and has taken 12 wickets in five outings.Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, meanwhile, is ranked 29th after taking 23 wickets in six Tests last year, including a career-best eight for 49 against Pakistan in the day or night first Test in Dubai last October.Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, with 14 wickets in seven Tests last year, lies 40th, while captain and seamer Jason Holder is 50th.Australia captain Steve Smith starts 2017 in the same position he did last year – on top of the rankings – while India off-spinner Ravi Ashwin leads the bowling.In the One-Day International (ODI) rankings updated on New Year’s Day, Samuels was the highest-ranked West Indies batsman at 28th despite opting out of the Tri-Nations Series last November involving hosts Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.Bravo is the only other batsman in the top 50 at 47th.In the ODI bowlers’ rankings, wily off-spinner Sunil Narine lies third, with Holder in at 16th. They are the only two West Indies players in the top 40.South Africa’s AB de Villiers sits on top the batting while New Zealander Trent Boult holds the number one slot in the bowling.last_img read more

City of Fort St John to shutdown recreational facilities for annual maintenance

first_imgThe annual closure for the North Peace Leisure Pool is scheduled to take place September 2 to the 29, 2019.For more information on these closures, you can visit the City of Fort St. John’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has announced the dates for its annual shutdown of recreational facilities. According to the City, the Pomeroy Sport Centre, Kids Arena Field House, and the North Peace Arena will be closed to the public from July 22 to August 5 and will reopen August 6.The City says this closure includes the Northern Vac Walking Track, basketball court, ping pong tables, and the indoor playground at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.- Advertisement -In most cases, the facilities are open 20 hours per day, seven days a week and, as a result, each facility requires maintenance and upgrading.These shutdowns also provides an opportunity for staff training.During the closure, the Visitor Centre will be relocated to Centennial Park, 9522 100 Street, near the North Peace Leisure Pool and will be open between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily.Advertisementlast_img read more

Combined Manchester United and Arsenal XI based on form and fitness

first_img 10. Left wing: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) 11. Striker: Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) 11 11 11 1. Goalkeeper: Petr Cech (Arsenal) – click the arrow above to see the remaining 10 players that make our combined XI 3. Centre back: Chris Smalling (Manchester United) 11 4. Centre back: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) 5. Left back: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) 11 11 Manchester United and Arsenal go head-to-head at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, kick off at 2.05pm, and it’s live on talkSPORT.The Gunners are embroiled in the chase for the title, while their old Premier League rivals hope to reduce their six-point gap on the top four.The pair have experienced different fortunes this season, but, together, they could form a pretty impressive side, right? talkSPORT has assessed the squads of each side and put together a combined XI, crucially, based on current form and fitness.Take a look at the line up by clicking the arrow above. 11 11 9. Attacking midfield: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) 7. Centre midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United) 11 2. Right back: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) 11 8. Right wing: Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) 11 6. Centre midfield: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) last_img read more