Rain-ruined Test heads for drawSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Cricket Australia announced that the last day of the third and final Test against West Indies will be free to spectators, as the rain-ruined affair appeared destined for draw following a second straight wash-out here yesterday.The adverse weather, which forced the abandonment of the third day, ensured the fourth’s day play was similarly abandoned without a ball bowled at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Only 11.2 overs were possible on the second day on Monday.Some showers have been forecast for the final day but once play is possible, CA is set to allow patrons in free to witness the final rites and Australia lifting the Sir Frank Worrell Trophy. Patrons will be refunded for the two abandoned days.West Indies ended day two on 248 for seven with opener Kraigg Brathwaite top-scoring with 85 and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite getting 69. Denesh Ramdin is not out on 30.Australia lead the series 2-0 after winning the opener in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs and following up with a 177-run victory in Melbourne.Sammy’s Hurricanes lose againMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):West Indies Twenty20 skipper Darren Sammy was powerless to stop his Hobart Hurricanes from sliding to a second straight defeat – an eight-wicket loss to Melbourne Stars here yesterday. Sent in at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Hurricanes were limited to 124 all out off their 20 overs, with George Bailey top-scoring with 55 from 40 deliveries.Sammy gathered 17 from 14 balls to be one of just four batsmen in double figures as leg-spinner Adam Zampa (2-18) and seamer Scott Boland (2-26) stifled the innings.In reply, Glenn Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 56 from 32 balls, while in-form Englishman Luke Wright gathered 51 not out from 41 deliveries, as Stars cantered to their target with five overs left to spare. Sammy’s one over of medium pacer went for six runs.10 radio stations to broadcast Super50ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Radio stations across 10 Caribbean countries have agreed to carry live commentary of the NAGICO Super50 championship which begins today. The West Indies Cricket Board announced that the region’s premier one-day cricket tournament will be broadcast on radio stations in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.GEM Radio Five Limited, part of the One Caribbean Media Group, is coordinating the broadcast, headed by noted commentator Andrew Mason.”We decided to make the commentary feeds available at no cost to the broadcasters in order to ensure that the matches are carried live in all the territories,” general manager, GEM Radio Five Limited, Richard Purcell, said.”By so doing, we are keeping alive the great West Indian tradition of listening to cricket on radio.”
Gor Mahia began their season in emphatic fashion, blowing away Nakumatt FC 4-0 last Saturday in a match head coach Dylan Kerr believes should have had a bigger goal haul, but the tactician believes the result gives them a psychological edge ahead of Saturday’s game.“We should have had at least six goals in each half and I was a bit frustrated with the finishing. However, creating those many chances means we are doing something positive and we can improve that in training,” the coach said.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr shouts instructions during their KPL SUper Cup win over AFC Leopards in Nakuru on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It gives us some boost of confidence and the players now see that many things are possible. This week we will work on a few areas of weakness and ensure we are very ready for Saturday,” the tactician further added.K’Ogalo will have a third feel this year of the Machakos Stadium on Tuesday when they play Sudanese champions Al Hilal in a friendly match and Kerr says he will give playing time to those he feels have not had enough time to prove their worth.“They have to show me that they want to be part of the team on Saturday and this is their chance. I already know most of the first team players but there are some especially the new ones who have not had quite the opportunity to show,” Kerr noted.Among those who are likely to earn starts include midfielder Cersidy Okeyo who came on as a sub against Nakumatt, Lawrence Juma and Bernard Ondiek who were all January arrivals at the club.AFC started their season with a 1-1 result against Posta Rangers but boosted their confidence with a 4-2 win over Al Hilal on Sunday.Head coach Robert Matano is looking on the brighter side of things, noting his team has been improving since their Super Cup loss to Gor Mahia.“The new players are integrating into the team very well and the most important thing is that as a team we are improving. I am confident in the players and we will get very good results this season,” added the experienced tactician.AFC Leopards players line up before the Kenyan premier League Super Cup clash against Gor Mahia on January 28, 2017 at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluGor Mahia moved to the top of the standings after this weekend’s results having blasted four unanswered goals past Nakumatt while Bandari who produced the other shock of the weekend start off at second after beating Sofapaka 3-0.Ken Odhiambo, taking up his first full season as head coach made a statement of intent with his boys doing a commendable job against a star studded Sofapaka side in Narok.Sofapaka gaffer Sam Ssimbwa was left red-faced after the result challenging his side to improve on their performance or risk watching the team play from the sidelines.Elsewhere, Ulinzi Stars new boss Dunstan Nyaudo began his tenure in emphatic fashion, leading the military side to a commanding 4-2 victory over Zoo Kericho at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.It was sweet revenge for Ulinzi who lost home and away to Zoo last season and for Nyaudo, it was a priceless launch into the KPL as Ulinzi looks to win their fifth league title, their last being in 2010 under Benjamin Nyangweso who was fired at the close of last season.The league’s two new boys, Wazito and Vihiga United had contrasting debuts with Wazito knicking away a 1-0 win over Sony Sugar at Camp Toyoyo while Vihiga United let off a 1-0 lead before losing 2-1 to Mathare United at Bukhungu.Wazito FC head coach Frank Ouna shouts instructions during their KPL match against Sony Sugar at Camp Toyoyo on February 3, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaWazito boss Frank Ouna praised his boys for starting up the season with a win and was quick to outline that his primary target is to survive relegation and ensure another season in top flight.“We have set ourselves a target of getting 40 points this season and that is what we are working on. We don’t want to be too ambitious and set unrealistic targets. We go a game at a time and I am pleased that we could start with a win,” Ouna said.Sony on their side were left ruing the loss with head coach Salim Babu tearing down at the referee as well as the Camp Toyoyo pitch.“That field should not host a Premier League match because it is very small and below standard. Also, we were let down by very poor officiating because I simply couldn’t understand what the referee was doing the whole afternoon,” Babu fumed after the game.The slim win by Ouna’s men sees them start the season at eighth.KPL weekend results: Saturday: Ulinzi Stars 4 Zoo Kericho 2, Posta Rangers 1 AFC Leopards 1 (Afraha Stadium), Gor Mahia 4 Nakumatt 0, Chemelil Sugar 2 Tusker FC 0 (Chemelil Complex), Nzoia Sugar 0 Kariobangi Sharks 1 (Sudi Stadium, Bungoma), Wazito 1 Sony Sugar 0 (Camp Toyoyo).Sunday: Sofapaka 0 Bandari 3 (Narok Stadium), Thika United 0 Kakamega Homeboyz 1 (Thika Stadium), Vihiga United 1 Mathare United 2 (Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr congratulates his players after their KPL Super Cup win over AFC Leopards in Nakuru on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 5- Kenyan Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia and GOtv Shield holders AFC Leopards had contrasting starts to the 2018 season last weekend, but that little detail will be put behind when they shift their focus to continental assignments this weekend.The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has given the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega thumbs up it will host AFC’s tie against Madagascan side FOSA Juniors FC on Sunday while Gor will start their campaign against Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea on Saturday in Machakos.