– pleads for a chance to move cricket forwardSUNDAY’s presidential elections of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) were conducted in a free, fair and transparent environment, according to president-elect Dhirendranauth Somwaru.Somwaru made the disclosure yesterday during an exclusive interview, saying that there were no signs of manipulation, despite complaints and widespread criticism from a majority of the cricket stakeholders in that county, who have rejected the results, saying the elections were rigged.“The elections were free, fair and transparent, so I would ignore all the criticisms,” the 64-year-old said.He added “It you take on everything that people say about you or the elections, then you will get sicker than I am, so I just ignore everything. This is a democratic country, and people have the right to say what they want, once they are not libelous”.The BCB’s electoral process and results have now engage the attention of the courts, so the cricket problems in the Ancient County is nowhere close to being resolved.However, Somwaru is of the opinion that court actions will not help the development of the game, and as such, is calling on cricket stakeholders to work together to resolve the existing differences.“We want cricket to go on, we want cricket to be played, so how will cricket move on if we are not allowed to function.Give us (BCB executives) a chance, and if we are not doing well then kick us out, I would agree with that, but give us a chance,” Somwaru pleaded.Further, Somwaru is appalled by the comments made by secretary of the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association, Winston Roberts, who said on Tuesday that he did not accept the position of vice-president as was reported in the media.Roberts stated that he cannot accept any position on the present administration because the process to elect them in his mind was flawed and not in any form democratic.He further mentioned that he never agreed to accept any position and was not even aware that he was nominated, as he and the rest of the Upper Corentyne delegation had refused to be a part of the elections.However, Somwaru pointed out that Roberts was indeed consulted on the position prior to the elections.“I met him (Roberts) personally, with Vickram Seubarran and Leslie Solomon, and I ask him if he is willing to accept the vice-president position…he didn’t say no.I even spoke to Mr. Dennis DeAndread, president of the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association what I had in mind once we won the elections, is for the vice-presidents position to stretch out in Berbice, Upper Corentyne, Central Corentyne and West Berbice. I would also like a selector from Upper Corentyne,” Somwaru pointed out.Meanwhile, Chronicle Sport understands that stakeholders from the Berbice cricket fraternity, have filed two separate court orders following Sunday’s contentious elections.Information reaching Chronicle Sport indicates that an injunction was filed yesterday against the current board, preventing those officials from performing their duties until the application to set aside the elections is heard and determined.A second application of contempt was filed on Tuesday against Somwaru, Godwyn Allicock and secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board, Anand Sanasie.
A FINE all-round performance from Akean Hiles led the Buxton Carl Hooper Cricket Club (CHCC) to a six-run win over Trinidadian cricket club, Secret Storm, in their second clash of the Evergreen Sports Club T20 Cricket Festival, which is currently underway in the Twin Island Republic.The visiting club’s opening clash on Sunday was rained out.In their latest game, on Monday evening, at the Evergreen Sports Club ground, San Fernando, Buxton CHCC won the toss and opted to take first strike. Led by Hiles, who scored 29, the visitors were able to bat their way to 131-6 in a match reduced to 18 overs.Number three batsman Hiles, who clobbered three fours and a six, got support from Nicholas Kanhai (24) who smashed two sixes and a four batting at number six. Also playing a few shots was opener Owen Andrews 20 (1×4, 1×6).Secret Storm were led by R. Motilall and K. Rampersaud, who finished with two wickets each.In their reply, Secret Storm were restricted to 125-5, although A. Ballah had scored a match-high 38.Pacer Hiles returned with the ball to pick up 3-36. He got support from Rawley Fredericks, who grabbed 2-16 from four overs with his off-spin bowling.The Marvin Cato led side will play again this evening (fixtures changed due to rain).
The Lakers finished their fourth game in five nights with the injury bug offering a stronger pinch. While D’Angelo Russell (left knee) and Nick Young (right foot) remained sidelined, the Lakers ruled out forward Larry Nance Jr. (right knee contusion) beforehand and guard Jose Calderon (strained right hamstring) eight minutes into the game.Nance and Calderon said they felt fine, though the Lakers will reevaluate them on Sunday. Russell will see team doctors on Monday. Young has stopped wearing a boot to protect the strained muscle in his right calf since Friday, though he is sidelined for one to three more weeks. “We had a lot of guys play big minutes out of position and in lineups they weren’t used to playing with because of injuries,” Walton said. “Instead of focusing on the disappointment of the loss, I’m going to focus on the fact we got after it.” Still, the Grizzlies (13-8) did not have Vince Carter (right hip), Mike Conley (lower back), James Ennis III (right calf), Chandler Parsons (left knee), Zach Randolph (personal) and Brandan Wright (left ankle). Memphis did just fine with Troy Daniels (31 points), Marc Gasol (19) and JaMychal Green (16) leading the way. Despite Walton’s encouraging outlook, he wanted more from Randle after posting 39 double-doubles in his first 100 games of his NBA career. Walton yanked Randle after he collected his third foul with 7:13 left in the third quarter. Walton and Randle then talked in depth before he went to the bench. Randle said Walton pointed out various issues, including his foul trouble and how he can improve on helpside defense. “We expect Julius to be great. There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with that,” Walton said. “Everything that I tell Julius is all about trying to make him better and make him realize this is his team as much as anybody else’s.”Walton correctly thought Randle took the feedback constructively. “It’s important to have an open communication and open dialogue,” Randle said. “He trusts what I’m saying and for me, I’m able to accept (Walton) and trust what he says.”All of which captured the Lakers’ latest growing pains both with their health and development. MEMPHIS >> The overwhelming feeling increased as the Lakers’ roster size dwindled. With everything influx, the Lakers’ available options could not come together in crunch time.The Lakers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 103-100 on Saturday at FedEx Forum, ending a four-game trip that featured the team failing to rise to the moment. After finishing with only six points on 3-of-8 shooting and six rebounds, Lakers forward Julius Randle missed three foul shots that could have tied the game with 5.9 seconds left. “It’s over with,” Randle said. “You just try to move on to the next one.” After posting eight points on a 4-of-16 mark from the field, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson missed a game-tying 3-pointer moments after Randle’s missed foul shots. Randle rebounded the ball and found Clarkson, whose 24-foot 3-pointer fell short with 4.8 seconds left.“I’ve been playing like some (crap) recently,” said Clarkson, who has shot 35 percent from the field in the past five games. “I have to pick it up.”Despite finishing with his second career-best performance with 40 points on a 11-of-20 mark from the field and 14-of-14 clip from the free-throw line, Lou Williams could not lift the Lakers to victory. He missed a 23-foot fade-away that could have tied the game with 20.8 seconds remaining. “At that point in the game, I’m just trying to get a shot off,” Williams said. “I’ll take that shot.”The Lakers (10-12) did not want to take a 1-3 record on their latest trip. Nonetheless, Lakers coach Luke Walton told his players he felt “real proud of the way we fought” because of external circumstances. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error