SCOREBOARD BATTING CHARM VIJAYAWADA, India (CMC): Captain Stafanie Taylor returned to form and West Indies Women to their winning ways, as they rolled over India Women by six wickets in the opening Twenty20 International of the three-match series, to claim their first win of an otherwise dismal tour here yesterday. The right-handed stroke-maker carved out a brilliant 90 off 51 balls to fall just short of her maiden T20 century as the visitors clinically chased down a target of 151, with five balls to spare at the Mulapadu Cricket Stadium. Her runs proved precious as no other batter passed 20, again reiterating the challenges the Windies Women have experienced with their batting on the ongoing tour, where they suffered a 3-0 whitewash in the one-day series. New ball bowler Shikha Pandey was the best bowler with three for 31. Earlier, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur stroked an unbeaten 68, while Veda Krishnamurthy struck 50 as the hosts, opting to bat first, posted 150 for four off their allotted 20 overs. With their slide stumbling at 28 for two in the sixth over, the pair came together to add 88 for the third wicket and rally the innings. Both right-handers, Kaur stroked six fours and three sixes in a 50-ball knock, while Krishnamurthy faced 46 deliveries and counted six fours and a six. When Krishnamurthy became the second of seamer Shakera Selman’s two wickets in the 17th over, Kaur and Jhulan Goswami (11 not out) put on an important 21 off 15 balls for the fourth wicket to end the innings strongly. In reply, Taylor took immediate control of the run chase for West Indies Women, anchoring a series of partnerships to ensure her side victory. Returning to her opening slot after mostly batting one-down in the three-match series where she managed just 48 runs, Taylor displayed all of her batting charm as she hammered 12 fours and three sixes in an attractive innings. She put on 31 off 24 balls for the first wicket with Hayley Matthews (18), 40 off 39 balls for the second wicket with Britney Cooper (16) before dominating a 70-run fourth wicket stand off 41 balls with former skipper Merissa Aguilleira who made 15. Her stand with Aguilleira put the contest firmly in West Indies Women’s favour and even when both fell in the 18th over, the result was all but done and dusted. The second T20I is set to start at 11:30pm tonight. INDIA WOMEN V Vanitha lbw b Selman 3 S Mandhana c wkp Aguilleira b Dottin 11 V Krishnamurthy c Kycia A Knight b Selman 50 *H Kaur not out 68 J Goswami c Selman b Nation 11 A Patil not out 0 Extras (lb2, w4, nb1) 7 TOTAL (4 wkts, 20 overs) 150 Did not bat: E Bisht, S Pandey, P Yadav, P Bose, +N Parween. Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-28, 3-116, 4-137. Bowling: Selman 4-0-26-2 (w2, nb1), Dottin 4-0-19-1, Matthews 4-0-14-0, Mohammed 2-0-19-0, Fletcher 2-0-26-0 (w1), Nation 4-0-44-1 (w1). WEST INDIES WOMEN H Matthews c Bisht b Pandey 18 *S Taylor b Pandey 90 B Cooper st Parween b Preeti Bose 16 +M Aguilleira c Vanitha b Pandey 15 D Dottin not out 11 Kycia Knight not out 2 Extras (w2) 2 TOTAL (4 wkts, 19.1 overs) 154 Did not bat: S Quintyne, A Mohammed, S Selman, C Nation, A Fletcher. Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-71, 3-141, 4-142. Bowling: Goswami 4-0-29-0, Pandey 4-0-31-3 (w2), Bisht 2-0-16-0, Patil 3.1-0-27-0, Poonam Yadav 2-0-19-0, Preeti Bose 3-0-20-1, Kaur 1-0-12-0.
Bush, who will meet with lawmakers on Wednesday, said: “We should not legislate defeat in this vital war.” He said he’s willing to discuss a way forward with Congress, but he stood firm in opposing any measure that restricts military commanders, sets a withdrawal timetable or includes billions of dollars of spending unrelated to the war. “Listen, I understand Republicans and Democrats in Washington have differences over the best course in Iraq,” Bush said. “That’s healthy. That’s normal, and we should debate those differences. But our troops should not be caught in the middle.” Democrats, who do not appear to have the votes to override a presidential veto, are not backing down. They want funding for the war tied to redeploying troops out of Iraq, and possibly contingent on the Iraqis’ progress in securing their nation.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The move by al-Sadr, who went underground at the start of the new Baghdad security plan in February, appeared to be an effort by the young cleric to shore up his reputation as the leading opposition figure in Iraq’s fragmented and acrimonious political landscape. Al-Sadr has long demanded that the Americans withdraw from Iraq, but al-Maliki has resisted setting a timetable. Al-Sadr’s diminished presence in the government could complicate U.S. efforts to draw the cleric and his militia, the Mahdi Army, away from violence by giving them more of a stake in the political process. Despite talk of a fractured Mahdi Army, al-Sadr has shown an ability and a willingness to rein in large segments of the militia under the new American security plan, perhaps concerned that resistance could cost him some of his political gains. The immediate effect of the pullout on the day-to-day work of the government and its ministries is unclear. Al-Maliki did not announce replacements, and the six ministries that had been controlled by al-Sadr, one of the larger blocs in the cabinet, could stagnate if Iraq’s various political parties engage in protracted haggling over the new appointments – a common feature of politics here. In Washington, President George W. Bush surrounded himself with military families on Monday to push anew for a war-funding bill that isn’t tied to pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq. The Senate’s Democratic leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, responded that Bush must choose between holding to “discredited policies” in Iraq or working with lawmakers on a new course. BAGHDAD – Muqtada al-Sadr, the rebellious Shiite cleric, withdrew his six ministers from the Iraqi Cabinet on Monday, in the first major shake-up of Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki’s government since it was installed a year ago. It is the first time al-Sadr has followed through with a threat to cut some of his ties with the government and with al-Maliki, a conservative Shiite whose grip on authority largely rests on al-Sadr’s political support. Legislators working for al-Sadr said that he was pulling his ministers from the 38-member Cabinet because the government had refused to set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. In a written statement, al-Sadr said he was motivated by Iraqi nationalism, asserting that his action was intended to give the government a chance to appoint new ministers who would not be beholden to any political party or have sectarian agendas. “I ask God to bestow upon the people an independent devoted government to be like a candle in the middle of the darkness, away from occupation,” said the statement, which was read at a news conference by Nassar al-Rubaie, a senior al-Sadr legislator.
Glenties native Dervla McKay has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Aircoach, Ireland’s leading private bus and coach operator.The company who provide frequent services between Dublin to the airport, Cork and Belfast, is a subsidiary of First Group which is one of the world’s largest surface transportation companies. Ms McKay started in her new position at the beginning of May.Joining First Group in 2005 as a graduate trainee, Ms McKay has worked in operational and management roles in England, with her most recent position as Head of Operations for First Hampshire, Dorset & Berkshire. Commenting on her appointment, Ms McKay said: “I’m delighted to join the Aircoach team. Aircoach is committed to delivering high quality public transport services and has been instrumental in increasing the level of public transport usage in Ireland over the last number of years and I look forward to providing for Aircoach’s growing customer base in the future.”Speaking about the appointment, Giles Fearnley, Managing Director of First Bus, said: “Dervla has a wealth of experience and passion for the role, industry and Aircoach’s customers and will bring new ideas and a fresh way of thinking to help the business to continue moving forward.”Aircoach provides all car park and shuttle bus services at Dublin Airport under contract to Dublin Airport Authority and are forecasting to carry over 2 million passengers this year on services to and from Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport.Donegal woman travels to the top as new Managing Director of Aircoach was last modified: May 31st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)