Bourda flooded, Leewards match threatened

Heavy and persistent rain on Wednesday night left the outfield of the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground, Bourda inundated, with only the pitch and parts of the 30-yard circle visible up to press time yesterday.

Waqar, Afridi eye redemption for Pakistan at World Cup

KARACHI, (Reuters) – Pakistan’s World Cup captain and  coach believe an outstanding performance in the tournament will  lead to the return of international cricket to the country and  also redeem Pakistan’s image in the cricket world.

Minnows Canada eye upsets, second round of World Cup

DHAKA, (Reuters) – Cricket minnows Canada have no  intention of being the whipping boys of the World Cup and are  determined to cause upsets and advance to the second round,  skipper Ashish Bagai said yesterday.

Match against England is like David versus Goliath

–Henry

National Sevens rugby Captain Theodore Henry told reporters shortly after arriving in Las Vegas for the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens World Series that their game against England tomorrow will be like David versus Goliath.

India must ignore Sachin and coach speculation – Dhoni

BANGALORE, (Reuters) – Speculation over the future of  master batsman Sachin Tendulkar and coach Gary Kirsten are more  distractions India will have to ignore if they are to lift the  World Cup on home soil, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said yesterday.

Australian Maxwell hits 19-ball half century

SYDNEY,  (Reuters) – While Ricky Ponting and co were  boarding a plane for the World Cup on Wednesday evening, lesser  known Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell was blasting his way  into the record books with a 19-ball half century.

Jazz coach Sloan resigns after lengthy tenure

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Longtime Utah Jazz coach Jerry  Sloan said yesterday a drop-off in energy was behind his  sudden decision to resign after 23 years with the NBA team.

Entire operations of GCB to be investigated

…following Friendly Societies meeting

The Registrar of the Friendly Societies has appointed an investigator to probe  the entire operations of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) after meeting the executives on Tuesday afternoon.

Revamped West Indies hope youth will deliver

MIAMI, (Reuters) – West Indies are hoping that youth  will provide the tonic needed to regain their status in the  one-day game after dismal failure on home soil four years ago.

Brathwaite rising to the challenge of senior level

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Kraigg Brathwaite admits that he’s now coming to terms with the challenges of the first-class game, despite his overwhelming success at the junior level.

Huge pressure dilutes India’s home advantage

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – The favourites’ tag will be the  albatross around India’s neck when Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his  team mates begin their quest for World Cup glory.

Pakistan’s banned Salman Butt turns TV expert

KARACHI, (Reuters) – Pakistan’s banned former test  captain Salman Butt has signed a contract with a Pakistani  television channel to appear as an expert for them during the  World Cup.

James named SEC Runner-of-the-Week

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, CMC – Kirani James earned the South-eastern Conference Runner-of-the-Week award, following his World-leading 400 metres last weekend.

Fighter of Year Martinez set to ring bell for 2011

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – Sergio Martinez does not boast  the name recognition of Manny Pacquiao yet he has something the  famed Filipino does not — Fighter of the Year honours for  2010, and the Argentine is aiming to continue his run.

Bravo looking to score heavily in tournament

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, CMC – Darren Bravo is hoping to transport his rich vein of form into the World Cup, which opens on February 19 and will be co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

WI bowlers must adapt to conditions says Taylor

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Jerome Taylor feels West Indies can be competitive at the World Cup, which opens on February 19 and is co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

Reece, Dick are Flying Ace’s male, female champion cyclists

The Flying Ace Cycle Club of Berbice held its 10th annual awards ceremony last Saturday at the New Amsterdam Town Hall where cyclists were awarded for outstanding performances while others were honoured  for supporting the club.

Organisers confident of safe World Cup

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – With Pakistan scratched from  the itinerary and peace descending on Sri Lanka, there is a  growing feeling that the spectre of terror is no longer stalking  the World Cup in the subcontinent like it did 15 years ago.

Ponting prepares to play through pain at World Cup

SYDNEY, (Reuters) – Australia skipper Ricky Ponting is  preparing to play through pain in his fifth World Cup but he  does not think the hangover from his broken finger will hamper  his performance.