CAGEY START CAUGHT AND BOWLED Winning the toss and electing to take first strike, the West Indies made a cagey start when they lost the wicket of out-of-form opener, Hayley Matthews, for eight with score on 12 in the fourth over. However, unlike the previous match, which was also played at the same venue, there was not to be a steady fall of wickets. This was due largely to Taylor, who shepherded three key partnerships, the first of which was between herself and opener Shaquana Quintyne. The two put on stroke-filled stand of 69 for the second wicket, before Quintyne was caught for 41 in the 24th over. This brought together Taylor and hard-hitting Deandra Dottin, who put on 36 for the third wicket before the latter was run out for 18. The third alliance, between Taylor and former captain, wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira, put on 45 for the fourth wicket, with Aguilleira going on to hit a series-high 32 off 33 deliveries. Set the highest total of the series to win, England got a brilliant start before falling away mid-way their innings. It is all square heading into the final game of the one-day international (ODI) series between West Indies Women and England Women. The five-match series is currently tied at 2-2 after the West Indies recorded a 42-run win over their opponents in game four at Sabina Park yesterday. The victory, which also provided two World Cup qualifying points for the hosts, was engineered by Player-of-the-Match and captain, Stafanie Taylor. The multiple-time West Indies Women’s Cricketer of the Year first put in a brilliant batting display of 85 to pilot the home team to 223 for six, before returning to claim three for 22 to help bowl out England Women for 181. ”After losing the third game there was a lot of introspection and we asked the girls to show a bit more fight going forward,” explained Taylor. ”It was therefore pleasing to see that happened today and we hope it will continue on Wednesday in the final game.” Their opening pair of Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont put on 95 for the first wicket, before the latter was caught and bowled by Taylor in the 20thover for 51. This then brought to crease captain Heather Knight and together with Windfield they put on 38 for the second wicket, taking the score to a threatening 133 for one. However, after Winfield was run out for 51, the visitors collapsed and only Knight, 36, and last Laura Marsh, 13, who was the last player dismissed, passed double figures. Part-time off-spinner Matthews took two for 25. ”We did not take our chances when we were in the field and the West Indies capitalised,” declared England’s Knight. ”However, having said that, credit must go to the West Indies how they kept us out of the game and we now look forward to the final fixture,” she added.
Members of the Guyanese American Rights Association (GARA) have written United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concerning the looming political crisis in Guyana, calling for the North American powerhouse nation to intervene and restore democratic practices here.US Secretary of State Mike PompeoThe letter dated March 4, 2019, reminded the Department of State official of Vice President Mike Pence’s statement while addressing the Lima Group of nations in Colombia on February 25, 2019, that “a new day is coming in Latin America… liberty, prosperity and democracy are being reborn”.Reference was also made to the Vice President’s commitment to the people of Venezuela, assuring them that America stands with them “until democracy…. is restored”.GARA expressed deep appreciation for these principles by the US Government, drawing its attention to the political developments in Guyana.“As your Georgetown-based diplomatic team may have briefed your office, Guyana’s National Assembly successfully voted on a No-confidence Motion against the Government of Guyana on December 21, 2018. Article 106 (7) of Guyana’s Constitution states that elections must be held within 90 days thereafter. The deadline for the holding of these elections is March 21, 2019. If elections are not held within this timeframe, Guyana will slip into unchartered political waters and unconstitutional rule,” GARA said in the missive to the US Secretary of State.The Association of Guyana-born Americans further highlighted the potential Guyana has as an important player in the oil and gas industry within the next year; using the expertise and capital of ExxonMobil.Against this backdrop, the members of GARA emphasised that it is imperative that a legitimately elected Government administer the country, noting that Guyana’s history of rigged elections must be avoided at all cost.“We are, therefore, seeking the use of your good office to ensure that Guyana returns to the fold of democratic rule as wished for by the Government of the United States. We plead with you to help the Guyanese people fulfil their democratic ambitions by helping them to further empower their independent institutions in order to better promote democracy as a means to collectively achieving stability, and prosperity across the Hemisphere,” the Association asserted.It went on to point out that if Guyana continues to regress, the entire Hemisphere will suffer.“We therefore seek your diplomatic intervention to reinforce the full implementation of democratic practices which can be denied to our people by way of unconstitutional rule after March 21, 2019. Ultimately, without the support of the United States, Guyana can become another failed State as it again steps away from timely and constitutionally due free and fair elections. The founding father of these United States fought for that sacrosanct right of the people to choose their leaders. We wish the same for Guyana,” Association said in the letter.In fact, the GARA members indicated to Secretary Pompeo that they are committed to meeting with him or a representative to further discuss this matter.Despite Articles 106 (6) and (7) outlining that the President and his Cabinet should resign and call elections following the passage of a No-confidence Motion, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition refused to resign, saying that there is no provisions for a caretaker Government.In fact, the Administration has challenged the validity of the resolution in the courts. Last month, acting Chief Justice Roxane George found that the No-confidence Motion was validly passed, and that Cabinet should have resigned.However, Government has since appealed the High Court’s decisions. Those matters are set for hearing next week at the Appeal Court.In the meantime, the Guyana Elections Commission has already indicated that it cannot hold elections before the constitutional March deadline. The Commission’s officials are meeting with President David Granger today.
The course brought together 40 participants at the Utalii Hotel, who were taken through basic coaching by FIFA Instructor Jacqueline Shipanga.“As a Federation, we are looking to invest in young women through coaching education and referees training, and we expect that they will share the knowledge at the grassroots,” Muthomi said during the closing ceremony.“We will also fully support the participants, in line with our long-term goal of developing women football at the grassroots,” added Muthomi.FKF Deputy President Doris Petra, in the meantime, officially rolled out the Kisumu edition which will run for a week, with a referees training also underway in Meru.A leadership workshop for elected women representatives has also been lined up in January next year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FKF General Secretary Robert Muthomi hands a souvenir jersey to FIFA Instructor Jacqueline Shipanga during the closing ceremony of the week long course at the Utalii Hotel. Photo/FKFNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 17 – Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has set plans to develop a strong women’s grassroot football structure, according to the federation General Secretary Robert Muthomi who was speaking after the culmination of the week-long coaching course in Nairobi.The coaching course is part of the FIFA/FKF Pilot Project for women football development’s initial implementation plan.