Bramble pleased to continue role as Windies ‘B’ Captain

first_img– eyeing good results against CanadiansBy Clifton RossWith the Cricket Canada Summerfest just days away, West Indies ‘B’ team Captain Anthony Bramble said he’s eager to fulfil his current role while tipping his young team to do well against the Canadians.Bramble, the Guyana Jaguars wicket-keeper/Batsman and the lone Guyanese in the playing squad, following a training session on Tuesday at the Everest Ground told Guyana Times Sport that he was happy to again be selected to lead the Windies B team into action.“Its good games for the team, a few One day internationals and some T20’s. So we just want to go and continue from the Canada T20 tournament and I want to look to lead the team once again and lead the West Indies to a tournament win this time,” said Bramble.The aggressive right-hander will likely have triple the responsibility as a batsman, wicket-keeper and a captain but having led his team into the finals of the Global T20 Canada tournament in July; against pretty stacked franchises with players from around the globe.Preparing to resume his role, the hard-hitting Berbician was nevertheless eager to continue his stint as captain and optimistic that his players can do well against the Canadians at the Toronto’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club.“Captaining the West Indies team is always a pleasure looking forward to another good tourney, leading the team and getting them motivated so they will be in the frame of mind that we are here to win,” he added.The selectors have gone for a few youngsters while a few seasoned faces like; Sunil Ambris, Derval Green, Kyle Mayers, Kacey Carty, John Campbell and more will lend ideal experience and class to the side. Fresh from an exciting 102 runs from 58 balls, Kimani Melius, the leading run-scorer for the Under 19 Championship was also named in the squad for the 9-day tournament.Speaking on the make-up of the team, the 27 year-old was adamant that the new guys will put their hands up while his expectations of the more senior players is that of proper execution of plans. “West Indies picked a few youngsters to help give them some exposure and I think it’s a good thing the sectors did. To bring youngsters to the T20 team and give them exposure and the opportunities will help groom them to be a leading West Indies T20 players” he ended.Meanwhile, Windies B team will play a series of four T20s, including a warm-up match, along with two 50-overs matches starting from September 1.West Indies B team- Anthony Bramble (Captain), Sunil Ambris, Alick AthanazeSheeno Berridge, John Campbell, Keacy Carty, Justin Greaves, Derval Green, Jahmar Hamilton, Sherman Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Kimani Melius, Jeavor Royal and Jomel WarricanTeam Management Unit- Esuan Crandon (Head Coach), Sir Curtly Ambrose (Coach), Alexander Forde (Strength & Conditioning Trainer), Neil Barry (Physiotherapist) and Avenesh Seetaram (Data Capturer)SCHEDULE OF MATCHESAug 29 T20 Warm-up – Toronto Bear vs WINDIES “B”– Maple Leaf Cricket Club (MLCC), TorontoSep 1 T20 – Canada “A” vs WINDIES “B” – MLCCSep 2 T20 – Canada vs WINDIES “B” – MLCCSep 3 T20 – Toronto Bears vs WINDIES “B” – MLCCSep 5 50 overs/side – Canada vs WINDIES “B” – MLCCSep 7 50 overs/side – Canada vs WINDIES “B” – MLCClast_img read more

Middlesbrough ‘devastated’ by relegation, says dejected boss Steve Agnew

first_imgDespondent Middlesbrough head coach Steve Agnew revealed the team’s dressing room was “devastated” after the 3-0 defeat at Chelsea confirmed their relegation.Boro, who needed an unlikely win against the champions-elect to have any hope of avoiding the drop, were outplayed on Monday night and suffered a record-equalling fourth demotion from the Premier League.After losing to goals from Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic, Agnew explained: ”Everybody’s devastated.“We’ve worked so hard for a number of years to get back into the Premier League and we know how tough the Premier League is.”We’ve pulled up short. I’ve left a very silent dressing room. Everybody, staff and players, are absolutely gutted.”The bottom line is we haven’t won enough games and haven’t scored enough goals.”It’s a Premier League football club in terms of everything about it. The supporters, the stadium, the training ground, the infrastructure is all there.”Boro have a home match against Southampton on Saturday, before finishing the campaign at Liverpool on May 21 – and Agnew wants the team to finish a disappointing campaign with a flourish. He added: ”The most important thing is we finish the season strong, we make sure we gain more points and then everything moving forward will be towards getting members of the football club back into the Premier League as soon as possible.””The task now is to put a performance on for the supporters on Saturday.”Agnew declined to comment on a minor nudge in rush-hour traffic which contributed to the delayed arrival of the Boro bus.He added: “Tonight has been very, very emotional and disappointing for everybody and the last thing in my mind was whether there’s been any contact on the bus on the way to Stamford Bridge.”The disappointment is losing the game.” 1 Boro boss Steve Agnew last_img read more