Chase, Hope fifties hand Windies easy win

first_imgLUCKNOW, India, (CMC) – Roston Chase narrowly missed out on three figures while Shai Hope kept up his heavy scoring in One-Day Internationals with another half-century, as West Indies effortlessly strolled to a seven-wicket victory over Afghanistan in the opening match of the three-match series here Wednesday.Asked to chase a modest 195 at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium, Chase carved out a polished 94 and Hope, an unbeaten 77, to guide West Indies to their third win in seven ODIs against the Afghan side.The Windies were tottering on 25 for two in the eighth over at one stage before Chase and Hope came together in a third wicket stand worth 163, to erase any doubt over the result.Chase played positively from the outset to hit 11 fours in 115 balls at the crease while Hope emerged from an uncertain start especially against off-spinner Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, to lash five fours in 133 deliveries.Right-hander Chase looked poised for his maiden ODI hundred but missed a pull at one from Mujeeb and was bowled in the 44th over, with just seven runs required for victory.West Indies had earlier restricted the hosts to 194 all out in the 46th over after choosing to bowl first, with Rahmat Shah top-scoring with 61 and 19-year-old wicketkeeper Ikram Alikhil carving out 58.With the two cantering along in a third-wicket stand worth 111, Afghanistan looked well poised for a competitive total at 126 for two in the 27th over.However, once the stand was broken, West Indies controlled the second half of the innings, taking the last eight wickets for 68 runs as fast bowlers Jason Holder (2-21) and Romario Shepherd (2-32), along with Chase (2-31) all claiming two wickets each.Inspired by Holder, West Indies reduced the hosts to 15 for two in the sixth over after left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell bowled Hazratullah Zazai leg-stump for nine in the fifth and Holder forced Javed Ahmadi (5) to edge one to Nicholas Pooran at second slip.However, Rahmat and Ikram halted the slide in an enterprising stand which frustrated West Indies, and carried Afghanistan past three figures.The right-handed Rahmat looked a class act in stroking six fours and a six off 80 balls while Ikram produced an identical boundary tally in a 62-ball knock before perishing in bizarre fashion the 27th over.He grounded his bat at the striker’s end after completing a run to mark Rahmat’s half-century but then ambled out of his crease, apparently to congratulate his partner, before the ball was ruled dead.Wicketkeeper Hope promptly broke the stumps and Ikram was adjudged run out.Three balls later in the same over, Najibullah Zadran (0) nicked a forward defensive prod at Chase for Holder to take a sharp chance at slip, and suddenly Afghanistan were 126 for four.Rahmat tried to rebuild in a 26-run, fifth wicket stand with Asghar Afghan, who made 35 off 52 deliveries, but he too fell to Chase, caught at Holder around the corner trying to scoop a delivery in the 33rd over.Debutant Shepherd, whose four-over opening spell cost 25 runs, came back strongly with two wickets at the end as West Indies snared the last six wickets for just 42 runs.In reply, there were some concerns when Evin Lewis played back to Mujeeb and was trapped lbw on the backfoot in the fifth over for seven and left-hander Shimron Hetmyer (3) nicked a peach of out-swinger from seamer Naveen-ul-Haq to be caught at the wicket three overs later.But Chase and Hope steadied the innings, first negating the threat posed from Mujeeb and then leg-spinning captain Rashid Khan, before accelerating to ensure the Windies domination.Hope was the first to his landmark at the end of the 27th over, raising his 14th half-century by working Rashid Khan to the mid-wicket ropes for his fourth boundary.Chase, meanwhile, reached his half-century – only his second in ODIs – at the end of the 31st over when he cut Naveen to point for his fifth four.last_img read more

Broncos hopeful after longest playoff drought for SB champ

first_img Associated Press Television News Written By 8 months ago Green, Lee help short-handed Warriors beat Rockets After changing his head coach or starting quarterback each of the past five winters, John Elway seems to have finally hit on rookies Vic Fangio and Drew Lock.A second-round draft pick from Missouri, Lock has won three of four starts, injecting a mix of nerve, novelty and mobility into a position that’s been a torrent of trouble in Denver ever since Peyton Manning’s retirement.Since a winless September that featured two last-second losses, the Broncos have gone 6-5 under Fangio, a first-year head coach at age 61.While the Broncos are finally feeling good about the two most important positions on the team, their ugly 2-6 start has doomed Denver to a third consecutive losing season for the first time since the Nixon administration.A loss Sunday to Oakland (7-8) would give the Broncos a third straight season with double-digit losses, something that hasn’t happened in more than half a century.Only two other Super Bowl winners have followed their victory parade with four consecutive non-playoff seasons — the post-Vince Lombardi Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants following Eli Manning’s second upset of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in 2012.”It’s like eating at a five-star restaurant and then next thing you know, you’re eating at McDonald’s every day,” defensive end Derek Wolfe said.“When you’re winning, everybody loves you. When you’re losing, everybody’s looking at you, like ‘Oh, maybe it’s his fault.’ And you take burden on yourself, you take that loss on yourself,” said Wolfe, who’s on IR with an elbow injury. “A true leader points fingers back at himself. So, it’s like I’m taking responsibility for all these losses, and it’s like, man, what more can I do?”The Packers and Giants also posted three losing records during their four-year playoff drought following Super Bowl wins, but Green Bay (.452) and New York (.438) had better winning percentages during their skid than Denver’s .428 winning clip since 2016.”It breaks your heart to keep losing like this,” Wolfe said after a loss at Buffalo last month.”It just defeats my soul,” suggested linebacker Von Miller after a loss at Kansas City two weeks ago.There are three other starters still on the roster who won Super Bowl 50 rings and all of them said they understand such deep feelings over the Broncos’ 27-36 record since beating Carolina for the title.”Oh yeah, definitely. I hate to lose,” cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. “They definitely dig into me.”Inside linebacker Todd Davis said lots of teams go through tough times but when they follow a successful Super Bowl run, the losing is harder to take — and shake.”They say the worst feeling is to have something and then lose it,” Davis said. “If you’ve never had it, you don’t understand the feeling. If you’ve been there and you won it, that’s all you want. All you want is that feeling again.”Kicker Brandon McManus said the precipitous decline is what bothers him the most.”I think it hurts even worst for the fact that we won the Super Bowl and didn’t even make the playoffs the year afterward, even though we were 9-7,” McManus said. “So you went right off the mountain down to the bottom, so you didn’t even slope down the hill. It was more of just you crashed.”So, losing now obviously I definitely agree it hurts because we know the work we put in during the week and the grind is the same, it’s just that we’re not getting the same results.”Unlike Davis, who said it hurts too much to watch the playoffs, McManus can’t turn away from the postseason.”Yeah, I watch every game. I’m a football fan at heart,” said McManus, who set an NFL record by going 10-for-10 on field goals in the Broncos’ run to their most recent title. “It’s difficult not playing in the playoffs because we’ve done it and that’s all our aspirations is to get there and to play in the big game.”There’s nothing we can do about it now. Obviously, we didn’t do enough early in the season to give us a chance here down the stretch, but we’re looking forward to figuring out the best way to make sure we’re not sitting here in the same position next year.”All five of those Super Bowl 50 veterans said there’s reason for optimism in Denver — even more so if Harris and Wolfe don’t leave via free agency — because the Broncos finally have stability at head coach and quarterback.“It’s a stepping stone in the right direction,” McManus said. “Now you know who you’re rolling with.” 8 months ago French tourist hurt in fall from rocks in Sydney Last Updated: 26th December, 2019 11:01 IST Broncos Hopeful After Longest Playoff Drought For SB Champ After changing his head coach or starting quarterback each of the past five winters, John Elway seems to have finally hit on rookies Vic Fangio and Drew Lock. 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Local non-medical cannabis retail owners remain in limbo

first_imgThe Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch is currently processing more than 400 cannabis retail store licence applications throughout the province.Application requirements are detailed and robust in the interest of due diligence and public safety.Government can’t comment on information related to specific non-medical cannabis retail store applications as any interaction between the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch and an applicant is private. This protects the applicant’s business decision making.Retail cannabis applications have been following a standard process since cannabis legalization. Applications are placed in the queue as they are received by the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.There are many factors that can affect application timelines. These include: applicants submitting all required and correct documentation and the complexity of the corporate structure. Applications containing correct information and documentation are prioritized over those with outstanding documentation.Applicants are contacted as soon as there are updates to communicate or information that applicants need to know.There is no link between the LCRB’s approval process for cannabis retail store licenses and cannabis-related job fairs.To read more on the Job Fair; CLICK HERE- Advertisement – FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Three privately owned non-medical cannabis retail owners in Fort St. John continue to wait as it has been almost a year since starting the process of opening shop.On July 9, 2019, the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch will be holding a job fair in Fort St. John to recruit prospective employees for its B.C. Cannabis Store.One of the local private company owners shares their frustration of being in limbo holding up the financial end of the business, by the cost of the application and covering a lease on an empty building with no answers as to the future of approval to start renovations and hire employees.With non-medical cannabis retail stores open in Pouce Coupe, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek, it is unclear of the hold up of the Fort St. John locations applications.The Ministry of Attorney General’s response as to why applications could be held up is as follows;last_img read more