DUBAI, 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.
The date is set. The plans are laid. The course has been verified. The entries are stacking up. Training’s almost complete.The Donegal Marathon is looking for volunteers.But Donegal’s first competitive marathon in over thirty years now needs just one more vital ingredient. So what are we missing to ensure the success of this historic event?… The help and support of the people of Donegal.The steering committee wish to put a call-out for volunteers to come along on marathon day, Sunday 24th August, 2014. Stewards will be required all along the route, at the various water stations, and also to help out with the celebrations that will be held in conjunction with the event. A host of ancillary activities are planned which is aimed at creating a day of community celebration.The Steering Group Chairman, Dessie Larkin, stated “We are calling on members of the community to register with the Volunteer Centre, by clicking on their website at www.volunteerdonegal.ie or www.donegalmarathon.ie to fill out a form, or alternatively by calling the Donegal Volunteer Centre on 074 9126740. An information evening will be arranged when the volunteer team has been established.“We are delighted to have the support of local companies getting behind the event, such as Pramerica in Letterkenny, who have pledged the support of staff members for the event and we welcome any other companies that may wish to get involved in a similar fashion”.In addition to volunteers, Myles Sweeney, Donegal Sport Partnership and committee member, said they hope that as many people as possible turn out to line the route to give their vocal support to the competitors. “We want to see the route turned into a sea of green and yellow flags and banners to inspire our home-grown participants and to give a unique feel to the event for all those who will have travelled from further afield”.After witnessing the recent first sub four minute mile in the county, the organisers are hoping that we might see some more records broken on the day, so come along a be a part of history in the making. DONEGAL MARATHON ORGANISERS SEND OUT SOS FOR VOLUNTEERS was last modified: July 29th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL MARATHONvolunteers