Gallant bid – Holder thrilled with Bravo, team effort despite defeat

first_img FALSE STROKES DUBAI, UAE (CMC): Captain Jason Holder has hailed Darren Bravo’s eighth Test century in difficult final day circumstances and said his entire team had showed plenty character, despite their 56-run defeat to Pakistan in the day/night opening Test here yesterday. Bravo stroked 116 at the Dubai International Stadium as West Indies, chasing 346 for victory, came up short on 289 in their second innings to fall 0-1 behind in the three-Test series. “It was a quality innings and he batted really well in both the first and second innings,” Holder told reporters afterwards. “I think he showed a lot of maturity in both those innings. He spent some time, he gave himself a really good chance to get a score and you could see the determination on his face and in his expressions and even his body language I thought it was very, very positive. “Hopefully we can continue in this vein and keep Darren Bravo leading our batting.” “That was obviously a crucial moment there. Bravo was the set batsman, he’d played beautifully up until that point, but it was tough coming out of the rough with Yasir Shah,” he explained. “I thought he bowled really well, he was very, very challenging and he made it difficult for us to score and also defend. “If you look back at it, you see a lot of things in hindsight, but obviously at the moment when Bravo got out we would’ve probably asked him to go on a little longer.” West Indies were always up against it once they conceded a lead of 222 on first innings after Pakistan had piled up a mammoth 579 for three declared in their first innings. However, with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo taking eight for 49, the Windies bundled out Pakistan for 123 in their second innings to open up the game. Holder said the batting effort from his side in both innings and the bowling in the Pakistan second innings, was cause for encouragement. “I am obviously disappointed that we lost. At the end of the day it is still a loss, but having said that there are lots of positives I can take from this game,” he pointed out. “One thing is I am really proud of the guys for the way they fought. I must commend the guys, they stuck it straight through to the end, all the bowlers gave a really big effort on a pitch that didn’t give much assistance to them and I can’t really fault the effort of the guys. “I just think it was a very, very good team effort. Unfortunately we didn’t get over the line and unfortunately we didn’t save the game, but there are a hell of a lot of positives to take from this game.” Scoreboard PAKISTAN 1st Innings 579-3 decl. WEST INDIES 1st Innings 357 PAKISTAN 2nd innings 123 WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 346) (overnight 95 for two) K Brathwaite b Mohammad Amir 6 L Johnson lbw b Mohammad Amir 47 D Bravo c & b Yasir Shah 116 M Samuels c wkp Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir 4 J Blackwood lbw b Mohammad Nawaz 15 R Chase b Yasir Shah 35 +S Dowrich b Wahab Riaz 0 *J Holder not out 40 D Bishoo lbw b Mohammad Nawaz 3 M Cummins run out 1 S Gabriel run out 1 Extras (b5, lb7, w5, nb4) 21 TOTAL (all out, 109 overs) 289 Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-87, 3-95, 4-116, 5-193, 6-194, 7-263, 8-276, 9-277, 10-289. Bowling: Mohammad Amir 23-5-63-3 (w1), Sohail Khan 10-1-22-0, Yasir Shah 41-6-113-2, Mohammad Nawaz 18-4-32-2, Wahab Riaz 17-1-47-1 (nb4). Result: Pakistan won by 56 runs. Series: Pakistan lead three-match series 1-0. Man-of-the-Match: Azhar Ali. CRUCIAL MOMENT Unbeaten on 26 at the start with West Indies on 95 for two, the left-hander survived the loss of veteran partner Marlon Samuels for four to the first ball of the day, to keep Pakistan at bay. All told, he faced 249 balls in a marathon 63/4 hours at the crease and struck 10 fours and a six. He anchored half-century stands with Roston Chase (35) and Jason Holder (40 not out), to carry West Indies’ victory bid late into the final session. However, with perhaps one of his few false strokes of the innings, he mistimed a drive back to Yasir Shah in the final hour to be seventh out at 263 and Holder said that dismissal was the turning point in the contest.last_img read more

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Arsenal appoint Unai Emery as Manager

first_img Tags: arsenaltop Emery has been PSG manager for the last two seasonsBBC – Arsenal have named former Paris St-Germain and Sevilla boss Unai Emery as their new manager.Emery, 46, joins the Gunners having left French champions PSG after guiding them to the Ligue 1 title.The Spaniard also won four domestic cups with the French giants, having previously guided Sevilla to three successive Europa League triumphs.Emery succeeds Arsene Wenger, who left Arsenal at the end of season after 22 years in charge.Manchester City assistant manager and former Gunners captain Mikel Arteta was strong favourite to replace Wenger, but Emery – who has a limited command of English – emerged as the unanimous choice following the recruitment process.He will lead Arsenal into a new era following the departure of Wenger, 68, who won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups – including two Doubles – with the club.Comments last_img read more

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Letterkenny gets a health kick with the launch of new outdoor gym

first_imgThe sun shined, the birds sang and the smell of freshly cut grass lingered in the air as the new outdoor gym in Letterkenny Town Park was officially opened on Thursday afternoon.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Gerry McMonagle and Mayor of Letterkenny MD Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh, were joined by Donegal County Council staff member Christopher McBrearty to do the honours and launch the new inclusive facility. Elected council members, Council staff, representatives from the Donegal Older Persons Council, Pobal and the Donegal Local Community Development Committee attended the enjoyable event.The outdoor gym is another welcome addition to what is one of the finest public parks in the country and offers a wide range of equipment including a walker, cross trainer, bicycle, stepper, chest press, hand cycle, arm stretch, fitness rider and bench presses. Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle with Donegal County Council staff member Christopher McBrearty and Mayor of Letterkenny MD Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh trying out the equipment at the new Outdoor Gym at Letterkenny Town Park at the official opening yesterday.The concept of the outdoor gym has grown in popularity across the world and studies show that exercising outdoors has additional health benefits in that it helps lower blood pressure and reduces stress.Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle believes that this new outdoor gym will go a long way to encouraging greater levels of activity among all age groups saying “having this type of a facility, in such a lovely setting, will certainly encourage more people to get active.“The equipment is easy to use and a simple twenty minute workout a few times a week will make such a difference to someone’s health, I would encourage everyone to come along and give it a go. I would also encourage groups both in Letterkenny and throughout the county to make use of this new facility, which is free of charge, by bringing groups along and supporting them to use the equipment.”Grainne Hynes from the Donegal Older Persons Council with Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle at the official opening of the new Outdoor Gym in Letterkenny Town Park yesterday.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, Mayor of Letterkenny MD agreed and also highlighted the positive mental health benefits of an initiative such as this. “This is Mental Health Awareness Month and I think it is very fitting that we are officially opening this new outdoor gym at this time. There is such a close link between positive mental health and physical activity and to have this facility available, open and accessible to everyone is an important step forward in creating healthier and more active communities. I think this new facility will go a long way in supporting initiatives such as the HSE’s very successful Green Prescription initiative.” Council staff from the Letterkenny Roads Service and the Parks & Outdoor Spaces section trying out the equipment in the new Outdoor Gym at Letterkenny Town Park which was officially opened yesterday.This new outdoor gym was funded under the Healthy Ireland Fund which is administered by Pobal and the Donegal Local Community Development Committee (LCDC). Chair of the committee Cllr. Martin McDermott said “the value brought to bear by this funding is clear for everyone in community to see and the Donegal LCDC is keen to ensure that all the funding streams that are administered through the committee has a real and meaningful impact on the lives of people living in Donegal and this new outdoor gym is a great example of this.”Also speaking at the event, Director of Service with Donegal County Council Liam Ward acknowledged the input and support received from various community led groups in particular the Donegal Older Peoples Council in the development of this new outdoor gym. He also acknowledged that their support was fundamental in securing funding under the Healthy Ireland fund. €43,000 was secured under this fund for the equipment and material for the Outdoor Gym while the Council’s Letterkenny Roads and Parks & Outdoor Spaces sections undertook the work.Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle and Mayor of Letterkenny MD Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh officially opening the new Outdoor Gym at Letterkenny Town Park yesterday with guests including elected members, Council staff, representatives from the Donegal Older Persons Council, Pobal and the Donegal Local Community Development CommitteeThe management and staff of Councils Roads Service and the Parks and Outdoor Spaces section were thanked and there was a special mention for the town gardener David Donnelly and his team who work hard to keep the park in tip top shape throughout the year.The Council’s Community & Enterprise Directorate, the Donegal Sports Partnership and the Older Persons Council were also acknowledged and funders including the Department of Health, Healthy Ireland Fund, Pobal and Donegal Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) were also thanked for supporting this initiative.Letterkenny gets a health kick with the launch of new outdoor gym was last modified: May 28th, 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) Tags:exerciseHealthy IrelandLetterkenny Town Parkoutdoor gymlast_img read more

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