Pitches not conducive to big scores – Holder

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Test captain Jason Holder says the standard of regional pitches needs to be improved if teams are to produce more attractive cricket.The 24-year-old, also the Barbados Pride skipper, said that scores in the ongoing Regional Super50 had been low because pitches were slow and turning and not conducive to good strokeplay.”It’s been tough. Obviously, the scores are not what we’ve been accustomed to in one-day cricket, and I think that’s been due to the slow pitches,” Holder said.”I’ve found it very difficult so far batting in this tournament, in the middle overs especially, and trying to get the ball off the square. I think spinners are dominating it, and that’s because the ball has spun quite early and quite sharply.”I just think we need to work a little bit more on improving our pitches and … strokeplay, and the viewing of the cricket would be a lot better.”The highest total of the tournament has been Jamaica Scorpions’ 260 against minnows ICC Americas at the Sir Frank Worrell ground at St Augustine here in the second-round Group ‘A’ contest.In Group ‘B’ played in St Kitts, the highest total there was 255 by Guyana Jaguars in the final round when they chased down a competitive total set by Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners.Between both groups, there have been 14 totals under 200 runs, with four of these coming at Queen’s Park Oval, and Holder said that the par score at the tournament’s premier venue would be quite small.”It’s been a tough pitch. The games I’ve seen here and have played here have been tough going in terms of batting, so you have to be very sharp in the field in terms of restricting opposition under 200 runs. I think 200, 210 is probably a par score on this track.”The tournament is in its final stages. Barbados Pride clash with Windward Islands Volcanoes in the second semi-final today.last_img read more

Looking to cruise, Aces slog past Dyip on Harris’ heroics

first_img“Absolutely,” Compton said when asked if he thinks that the Sunday clash against Blackwater is crucial. “We better be a different team [for that game] because it’s going to be a hard game for us if we play this way.”“Good thing that he (Harris) is a stud,” Compton said. “But we don’t want to be overreliant on our import.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Motolite-Ateneo holds off Tacloban gals PBA IMAGESIt was easy to understand why Alex Compton looked and sounded defeated even though he was doing the customary winning coach’s interview.Playing a team that has done practically nothing worth remembering in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Compton’s Alaska Aces needed 44 points and 27 rebounds from import Mike Harris to turn back Columbian, 104-94, to earn at least a tie for a playoff berth in the season-closing conference on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments For a powerhouse team to be dragged into a close contest by such a lowly squad, Compton faced reporters with a long face, a somber tone and words of displeasure toward his charges who are up for a crucial game with another top four contender on Sunday.“It’s an interesting feeling; we won that game but I am really unhappy right now,” he said even after the Aces improved to 6-2 and tied Blackwater for third spot with less than three weeks left in the elimination round. “No disrespect to anybody, but my concern is my team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I think we’re a stronger team than Columbian, but we didn’t play the way we needed to play,” he said. “We have to get better.”The Aces slug it out with the Elite on Sunday in a match that could very well determine either side’s aspirations for a top four finish and a twice-to-beat privilege that goes with it. MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Forget the busway – explore the bike path

I flew along the path at 12, 13 mph, exhilarated. I wanted to kiss the genius who had greenlighted the plan for the bike path – until I hit the first stoplight, that is. The folks from the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition that I met last Saturday were right: The pedestrian buttons on the signal poles are designed for pedestrians, and are simply too far away from the curb cuts for a cyclist to reach them easily. The lights also take forever to change. That was a problem for Eric Foxman, 54, of West Hills, who took time out this particular morning for a bike ride before work. “You spend as much time sitting as you do riding,” he complained. Averaging 22 mph on his bike, he couldn’t possibly keep pace with the bus and catch all the green lights in time. The pathway was nice and smooth, but with all the stops, “it’s not much of a workout,” he said. Around Balboa Boulevard, the bike path abruptly ended. No problem, I had a map in my backpack. Or did I? No, I apparently had left it in my car. The Balboa Station was no help – the map showed only the bus route, not the bike path, and while I had spotted plenty of MTA employees at other stations, there were none here. On a hunch, I continued along Victory Boulevard, and was relieved to see bike path markings painted on the sidewalk. But along about White Oak, the markings ended again. Ah, but there was a bike lane on the street I could take … Great. Riding on White Oak in rush-hour traffic is not my idea of fun, but I managed to find the bike path again at Oxnard. Note to MTA: More signage would help. The bikeway abruptly ended again at Variel. I looked to the south: No bike lane. I looked to the west: just a sidewalk. But I knew the terminus of the Orange Line was just two blocks away on Owensmouth, so I forged on. After dodging a few low-hanging branches, I pulled into the Warner Center station at 9:30 a.m. Total distance: 15 miles. Total ride time, 1 hour, 23 minutes and 25 seconds. Average speed: 10.7 mph, with a maximum speed of 16 mph. Not bad, but nothing that was going to keep Lance Armstrong awake at night. Now I needed to get back to my car. Buying the one-way ticket from one of the machines was a cinch. Getting the bike on the bus – not so much. The bus’s bike racks were a mystery. I found a pin I was supposed to pull and two hooks with instructions like “put the wheel in A.” Which wheel? Where’s A? I was baffled. An older gentleman wheeling a bike with a flat tire was baffled. An MTA employee shouted encouragement from the curb, but the bus pulled away, leaving me clinging to a strap, still confused. I attempted to work the origami-like device for two more stops, then gave up and just sat down with the bike leaning against me. The ride was a little jouncy, but smooth enough that I wasn’t in danger of impaling myself on the handlebars. The ride back to North Hollywood took exactly 40 minutes. As I settled back into the comfortable seat, I realized suddenly that I didn’t have to think. I could just relax and breathe. After a few years, a car commute becomes routine, but you can never quite relax – you have to always be on your guard for the idiot in the Infiniti who pulls into your lane without signaling, the moron in the SUV talking on the cell phone, the flying tire tread from the semi in front of you that takes out your front headlight. But not on the bus. Maybe it was the endorphins, but I felt a Zen-like calm drift over me. I pondered all the people who think they’re too good for mass transit, and thought: Suckers. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD – I’m no Lance Armstrong, which made me the right person to ride the bike path that parallels the 14-mile Orange Line busway, which opened this week between North Hollywood and Warner Center. If I could do this, anyone could. The task itself got off to a rocky start. I’d strapped my bike to a rack on the trunk of my car for the trip to the MTA’s North Hollywood Station, where I arrived at 7:20 a.m. to find the parking lot full. I eventually found a two-hour spot on the street, then had to spend a couple of minutes finding the start of the bike path. That’s because the first two miles aren’t a path at all, but a bike lane along Chandler Boulevard. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Fortunately, it’s a nice, wide bike lane, and I didn’t feel the slightest bit threatened by the traffic whizzing by. The actual bike path materialized at Ethel Avenue, and I was instantly charmed. To my left, separated by a green fence, I could see the busway. To my right was a sculptured soundwall. The smooth asphalt path ahead of me was completely empty, and the air was fresh and crisp, like champagne. I met Walter Boge, 84, of Sherman Oaks, who said he and his wife had ridden the Orange Line bus last Saturday and had liked it. He had since incorporated the route’s jogging path into his morning walk. ‘`I go 20 minutes, a half-hour – that’s enough for an old man like me,” he joked. “It’s kind of pretty, although the wall blocks out the view a little, but the landscaping is coming along.”