Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

Windies skipper Stafanie Taylor was satisfied with the team’s batting effort after recording a comfortable 83-run victory over Sri Lanka on Friday.

After being accused of going missing earlier in the tournament, following subpar performances against Bangladesh and South Africa, the Windies top order got their act together in time to punish the Sri Lanka bowlers. 

Led by a belligerent 62 from opener Hayley Matthews and 49 from Deandra Dottin, the Windies put on 94 for the first wicket.

Taylor, who came to crease when the partnership was broken after Matthews’ dismissal, then added 41 from 25 balls to help the team post an unassailable 187.

In response, the Sri Lankan’s anchored by 44 from their captain Chamari Atapattu, were helped by some sloppiness in the field but still fell far short of making the match competitive after being dismissed for 104. 

“We came to the party with our batting, but I can’t say the same for the fielding.  We looked a bit ragged there,” Taylor said.

“We said that we just needed to apply ourselves out there spent some time at the crease.  The reason for winning the toss and batting was that I found that the pitch might be a keeping a bit low,” she added.

Jamaica College (JC) coach Andrew Peart is looking for consistency from the unit ahead of a huge run of games, following an impressive show of strength against STETHS in the semi-finals of the ISSA Champions Cup on Friday.

A hat-trick from striker Earon Elliot and another from Javian Thompson led JC to a punishing 4-0 win over St Elizabeth High School (STETHS) at Sabina Park.  The result pushed the team into the final of the Champions Cup, where they will look to become the first team to win the competition twice.  The ‘Dark Blue’ will face Cornwall College (CC) in the final, who earlier defeated George’s 2-0.

Before then, however, JC will have to turn their attention to a semi-final against St Andrew Technical, a repeat of last year’s final four match-up.

Excellent performance but this is just the semi-finals,” Peart said of the result.

 “We have to try and repeat this on a much bigger stage and game by game.  Consistency is the key for us, that is the target and we just have to go again,” he added.

JC will attempt to become the first team to win the trophy twice.

St Elizabeth Technical coach Omar ‘Rambo’ Wedderburn has bemoaned a lack of tactical astuteness on the part of the team, on the back of a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Jamaica College in the ISSA Champions Cup semi-finals on Friday.

A hat-trick from JC front man Earon Elliot and another goal from the returning Javain Thompson sealed a victory that was relatively comfortable for the Dark Blues.  Elliot opened the scoring in the 15th minute and added another in the 36th with his third in the 69th coming after Thompson’s goal in the 65th.

Even though they created a few chances throughout the encounter, opportunities to score for STETHS were few and far between.

“The game started with us playing too deep.  We were playing like we came for a defensive session today.  We allowed JC to come at us and they made uses of the chances coming forward,” Wedderburn said.

“We weren’t ready tactically today because the team never carried out the instructions or play the way that we wanted them to, but these games do happen, it’s not a nice feeling but that’s how it is,” he added.

 The win saw Jamaica College advance to the final of the competition, where they will face Cornwall College who defeated St George’s 2-0 in the day’s earlier game.

Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite is one of two players released by Sunrisers Hyderabad ahead of the IPL 12 auction.

The 28 -year-old all-rounder endured a difficult season with the Sunrisers last season, after being left on the bench for the first half of the campaign.  In total, Brathwaite tallied 75 runs and grabbed 5 wickets in four matches.

Prior to that, the West Indian featured sparsely for the Delhi Daredevils for whom he played only 10 matches across two IPL seasons (eight in 2016 and two in 2017).  In addition to Brathwaite, the team also Wriddhiman Saha.

Yuvraj Singh was on Thursday released by Kings XI Punjab ahead of the Indian Premier League auction next month while Rajasthan Royals let go left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat after paying a whopping Rs 11.5 crore for his services earlier this year.

Delhi Daredevils expectedly released Gautam Gambhir, who stepped down as the team's in the middle of the 2018 season after a poor run of form.

Yuvraj, who last played for India in June 2017, was bought by KXIP at a base price of Rs 2 crore at the mega-auction held in January.

Chris Gayle, who too was lapped up by KXIP at his base price of Rs 2 crore, has been expectedly retained after a productive run in the 2018 edition. The deadline to retain players ended on Thursday.

Windies Women’s team skipper Stafanie Taylor has called upon the team to improve its performances at the crease, despite a 31-run win over South Africa in group A of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 on Wednesday.

In the end, a comfortable victory catapulted the Windies to the top of group A, with a second consecutive conquest.  Taylor’s career-best figures of four for 12 and a brilliant all-round fielding effort put the punctuation on a spirited Windies effort but for the second match in a row the team’s runs scoring effort seemed to have left the bowler with their work cut out.

The top order did not stick around long as top stars Hayley Matthews, Deadra Dottin and Taylor were all back in the pavilion with just 20 runs on the board and the team struggling at 4 for 29.

“We definitely need to improve in that area.  I find that the bowlers have been doing really well for us; so we just have to help out the bowling and put some runs on the board,” Taylor said.

“Tonight I think was one of those nights where the application wasn’t good, the shot selection wasn’t there.  I think if we could have been a bit more laid back and watched what the pitch is doing we would have been better off,” she added.

Windies skipper Stafanie Taylor has revealed she draw some motivation from an injury sustained midway a 31-run victory against South Africa in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 on Wednesday.

Windies captain Stafanie Taylor insists making history will be a key motivational factor for the women’s team who will get the defence of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 title under way on Friday.

Jamaica midfielder Kevin Rochester insists the team has not given up hope on qualifying for the next phase of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championships despite the team finding itself in a perilous situation.

After Raheem Sterling's controversial goal Pep believes VAR is the solution.  The panel agrees.

Former Windies captain Darren Sammy is looking forward to the start of the Women’s T20 World Cup, which will see the team have hopes of defending the title on home soil.

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal is hoping to return to the team in time for the match-up against the West Indies later this month.

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will predictably go for goals in their final two group matches of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship with the hope of catching up on group leaders Mexico.

Red Star Belgrade registered a shock 2-0 win over Liverpool to blow Group C wide open.

Windies T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite admits the team has been undergoing a period of experimentation to determine its best batting line-up, following another crushing defeat to India.

Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite is hoping to take the positives from a disappointing 71 run loss to India in the second T20 international on Tuesday.

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