DURBAN, South Africa (AP):James Taylor led England’s fightback on the first day of the first test against South Africa as his half-century took the tourists out of trouble and to 179-4 at stumps yesterday.The 5-foot-6 Taylor – affectionately nicknamed ‘Titch’ – stood tall for England to make 70 after Dale Steyn’s fiery early burst had the tourists struggling at 12-2 in overcast, fast-bowler-friendly conditions in Durban.”It couldn’t have been more perfect conditions for the South African bowling unit, so, overall, I thought it was a pretty solid day for us,” Taylor said.Steyn struck the first blows with the dismissals of England captain Alastair Cook for a duck and Test debutant Alex Hales for 10. Joe Root’s aggressive innings of 24 ended swiftly, leaving Taylor and Nick Compton to steady the innings.Compton was 63 not out and helped Taylor rescue England with a 125-run partnership on the opening day of the four-Test series against the top-ranked Proteas.Steyn ended their resistance when he tempted Taylor to hang his bat out and feather an edge to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers right at the end of the day.”I loved batting today. It’s just a shame I couldn’t kick on,” Taylor said.
Month: February 2020
Tomorrow’s matches Spring Village take lead Spring Village are the surprise leaders in the City of Kingston Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League, after they eased past Highlight Strikers 300-285 in Sunday’s 13th round of matches, which were hampered by the islandwide power cut. Spring Village are currently on 48 points, two ahead of Exceptional International (44), which stopped Right Stuff 248-213 in an unfinished game. Third place Spit Fyah (45), the former leaders, defeated Chedwin Strikers 300-281. The League continues tomorrow with a full slate of matches. The games are (home teams named first): Spring Village vs Exceptional International, Ken’s Wildflower vs Soursop Tree, Passagefort United vs Naggo Head, Correctional Services vs Memory Lane, Waterhouse United vs Chedwin Strikers, Highlight Strikers vs Felluchie Strikers, Right Stuff vs Masterpiece, Garveymeade vs Unity Strikers and Eradication vs Unity Strikers. Portmore United turned the heat on Westchester, as they hit six past their Sunshine City rivals in a lopsided game in the St Catherine Football Association Under-13 Football League at Lime Tree Oval last Sunday. In other games, Wanderers whipped Daytona 4-0 through a double strike from Kammani Maxwell and a goal apiece via Mario Smith and Gary Wilson; East Portmore Portals defeated Royal Lakes 3-1 courtesy two goals by Qwane Walcott and another goal by Keneil Kelly from the penalty spot; Village Linx defeated De La Vega City 2-0; Windsor Lion thumped Rivoli United 4-0; and Angels whipped Tredegar Park 5-0. The biggest clash, on schedule, pits Edgewater against a free scoring Portmore United team this afternoon at 2:00 at the Lime Tree Oval. Two other matches are scheduled for that venue. At 3:30 p.m., Daytona tackle Portals, while at 4:45 p.m. Royal Lakes and Westchester meet in a clash of winless teams. PFM International bow out Portmore United hit Westchester for six St Catherine teams dominate Confed league North Street Cups starts with fierce battles Greater Portmore Strikers top INSPORTS Community League Greater Portmore Strikers copped the Portmore leg of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Community Football League with an impressive 3-1 win over Christian Gardens in the final at Dunbeholden playing field last Sunday. Kareem Harvey (fifth), Ruel Gabbidon (57th) and Rushane Webber (61st) scored for Greater Portmore, while Andre Miller (31st) scored for Christian Gardens. The winners will receive prize money of $50,000 and a full set of gear to play in the next round of the all-island championship. Six-time champions Power of Faith International (PFM Int’l) bow out of the Power of Faith Ministries Twenty20 Cricket League in the elimination stages, as their brother team, Power of Faith Ministries Development (PFM Dev) humbled them by nine wickets at Bridgeport Cricket ground last Saturday. Scores: PFM Dev won the toss and asked PFM Int’l to take first strike and were bowled out for 77 in 16. 4 overs. Marlon Hoilette top-scored with 24, while Demar Johnson was the most successful bowler for PFM Dev, claiming 2-20 from three overs. In response, PFM Dev. made 80-1 in seven overs. Leading scorers were Gladstone Anderson, 31 not out and Demar Johnson, 18 not out. Bowling for PFM Int’l, captain Leon Edwards took 1-14 from two overs. The competition continues today with the Eliminator Two matchup between Faith Temple New Testament and PFM Dev. at 11:30 a.m. Fiercely competitive games highlighted the opening round of the North Street Cup, the latest edition of high school lacrosse in Jamaica recently. Taino Cup champions St George’s College battled to a 4-3 win over North Street rivals Kingston College (KC), while Holy Trinity staved off a strong challenge to triumph 4-3 over Wolmer’s Boys. Despite the losses, it looks like KC and Wolmer’s are much improved from February’s Taino Cup competition, where they were humbled by their rivals. The game of lacrosse is on the rise since its inception in the island in 2013. Porus lead Pat Anderson U17 semi-final charge Jamalco Open round-up The St Catherine pair of Dunbeholden and Tru-Juice hold the respective pole positions in the JB Rum/South Central Confederation Super League football competition. Dunbeholden lead Group Two with nine points over St Bess FC (six) of St Elizabeth, while Tru-Juice lead Group One with seven points over Jamalco of Clarendon, who have six points. Earlier this week, Black Stars FC were able to eke out a win over Jamalco via a goal from Davian Ash’s penalty. Ricam Academy of Manchester suffered their third consecutive defeat, losing 1-2 to Tru-Juice FC at Brooks Park and are out of contention. Dunbeholden FC also suffered their first loss in this competition, going down 1-2 to St Bess. Shaneil James scored for St Bess FC in the second minute, followed quickly by Fredrick Thompson in the 11th minute. Nico Christian found the net in the 57th minute to reduce the deficit. In the final midweek games, New Bowens FC shared the points with Downs FC in a 2-2 finish. The competition continues tomorrow. Games are Jamalco FC vs Ricam Academy at Wembley Centre of Excellence, Black Stars FC vs Tru-Juice at Black River Community Centre, Dunbeholden FC vs New Bowens FC at Dunbeholden, Downs FC vs St Bess FC at Downs Community Centre. A full slate of matches will take place in the third round of the Clarendon Netball Association Jamalco Open, at the Mineral Heights Sports Centre tomorrow, starting at 2:15 p.m. In last weekend’s second round at the same venue, Cable Pro scored the largest margin of victory, shutting out Glenmuir A 41-10. Team R of Mandeville were just as ruthless on the youthful Glenmuir B team, outscoring them 37-4. Other big winners were Hayes A, which hammered Richmond 31-5 and newcomers Girls United, which had a powerful 24-8 win over Fogo High. Porus predictably waltzed into the semi-finals of the 2015-16 Moorland Development/Pat Anderson/Manchester FA U17 football competition with a 4-0 whipping of Christiana Academy last weekend. Their comprehensive win was set up by two strikes from Javel Coley, one of the standouts of the competition so far. Porus are unbeaten so far and have only conceded one goal. Also making it to the semi-finals are Ricam, 360 Degrees and Hillstars. Nakia Stone’s second half goal pivoted Ricam to a 1-0 win over Alligator Pond, 360 Degrees outscored Villa United 4-3 and Hillstars qualified with a 2-0 shutout of Cross Keys. The first semi-final will be contested on tomorrow between Porus FC and 360 Degree at Brooks Park in Mandeville, starting at 3:30 p.m. At 2:15 p.m.: May Day vs Denbigh B, Team R vs Fogo High At 3 p.m.: Holmwood vs Ridgemount, Glenmuir A vs Portland Cottage At 3:45 p.m.: Hayes A vs Holmwood, Water Lane vs Glenmuir B At 4:30 p.m.: Denbigh A vs Girls United, Jamalco vs Portland Cottage B At 5:15 p.m.: Bell Plane vs Hayes B, Hayes C vs Scott Pass
SPURS (4-2-3-1)LLORIS,WALKER, ALDERWIRELD, VERTONGHEN, ROSE,DIER, MASON,LAMELA, ALLI, ERIKSEN,KANESOUTHAMPTON (4-1-3-2)LONG,TADIC, DAVIS, MANE,CLASIE, WANYAMA,BERTRAND, VAN DIJK, FONTE, MARTINA,FORSTERAfter the disappointment of Monday night, when Tottenham Hotspur drew 2-2 at Chelsea and with that stalemate saw their final hopes of winning the Barclays Premier League come to an end, they return for their final home game of the season.The incentive for Spurs now is to try and finish in second place. If they beat Southampton and Arsenal fail to win at Manchester City, they will be guaranteed that second spot.And if they do confirm the runners-up spot it will be their best ever finish in the Premier League and highest since they were second in 1962-63 in the old First Division.Spurs are now unbeaten in their last eight games in the Premier League games while they last lost at White Hart Lane in January against league champions Leicester City.Southampton, meanwhile, have lost just once in their last eight in the league – and that was also against Leicester, in April.But their record at White Hart Lane is poor. They have lost on their last four visits and last won there in September 2003.