Windies in good position – Holder

first_imgSHARJAH, UAE, (CMC):West Indies captain Jason Holder says he believes an impressive late afternoon session yesterday against Pakistan, has put his side in a “good position” to press for its first win in 14 Test matches.Four wickets fell for eleven runs in a dramatic post tea session, as Pakistan stumbled to 87 for four in their second innings on the third day of their third and final Test at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.West Indies are trailing by 31 runs after scoring 331 in their first innings in reply to Pakistan first innings score of 281.”We knew there’s just limited time in the last session, so we wanted to just give it our all,” Holder told Ten Sports.”Fortunately for me, I was able to get some balls to lift off a good length, which took the edge or the gloves. Fortunately, we had some luck in this session. I think we put ourselves in a good position because of this session.”Three of the four wickets to have fallen are as a result of a hostile spell of fast bowling from Holder, who has captured three wickets for ten runs from nine overs including four maidens.Pakistan were at one stage reeling on 43 for one and the West Indies captain says his three-wicket haul was motivated by the patient unbeaten century from opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who anchored the Windies first innings.Brathwaite accumulated 142 off 318 balls with eleven boundaries and carried his bat through the innings to hand his side a 56-run first innings lead.”He showed great character, great composure, great faith. It was very inspirational for me and gave me the energy to go and do what we did in the end,” said Holder.ELUSIVE WIN”I have played a lot of cricket with Brathwaite – Under-13, 15, 17 and 19, and now senior cricket. He has scored a lot of runs in junior cricket.”West Indies are aiming to press their advantage on the fourth day as they hunt an elusive win on a wretched tour in which they have lost all of their matches in back-to back T20, ODI and Test series losses against Pakistan.The West Indies skipper believes leg spinner Devendra Bishoo will have a major role to play.”As the pitch wears out, Bishoo will come into the picture. He has a big job to do for us tomorrow. The plan is to just keep rotating bowlers,” said Holder.”It’s important to keep them under pressure in the first hour. We just have to continue to maintain the intensity. We all have to really toil for the wickets. We are very happy with the situation but we need to start well tomorrow.”last_img read more

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Car Crash Kills Cards’ Taveras

first_imgSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Oscar Taveras, the St. Louis Cardinals’ outfielder regarded as one of the majors’ top prospects, died Oct. 26 in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22.Taveras was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro at the time of the crash on a highway between the beaches of Sosua and Cabarete in Puerto Plata, about 215 miles north of the capital of Santo Domingo, said Col. Diego Pesqueira of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency.“He wasn’t carrying documents at the time of the accident, but his body was identified by family members,” Pesqueira said.National police spokesman Jacobo Mateo Moquete said he was told by the mayor of Sosua that Taveras lost control of his vehicle and went off the road. Edilia Arvelo, 18, who was in the car with Taveras, also died in the accident, Pesqueira said.Taveras made his major league debut this year. He hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games for the NL Central champions.“I simply can’t believe it,” Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said in a release. “I first met Oscar when he was 16 years old and will forever remember him as a wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life who lived every day to the fullest.”Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said the organization was “stunned and deeply saddened.”“Oscar was an amazing talent with a bright future who was taken from us well before his time,” DeWitt said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends tonight.”Taveras was a teenager when he signed with St. Louis as an international free agent in 2008. Before this season, Taveras was ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect by MLB.com and Baseball America, and had a.321 average over six minor league seasons.He homered against the Giants’ Yusmeiro Petit in his major league debut May 31. He also had a big solo drive in the seventh inning of Game 2 in the NL Championship Series against San Francisco.“All of us throughout Major League Baseball are in mourning this evening,” baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “Oscar, a young member of the baseball family, was full of promise and at the dawn of a wonderful career in our game, evident in his game-tying home run against the Giants exactly two weeks ago.”It looked as if Taveras was headed to the majors in 2013, but he had surgery for a high right ankle sprain last August for an injury that did not respond to treatment. He then got off to a nice start at Triple-A Memphis this season, earning a promotion by batting .325 with seven homers in 49 games.“Oscar had a very promising future, on and off the field, and this news is heartbreaking on many levels,” Tony Clark, the leader of the players’ association, said in a statement. “It’s never easy to lose a member of our fraternity, and to lose one so young is devastating news.”Giants outfielder Juan Perez heard about Taveras’ death during Game 5 of the World Series. He hit a two-run double in the eighth inning of San Francisco’s 5-0 victory and dedicated the hit to his fallen countryman.“He’s a really close friend of mine,” Perez said. “I know his family pretty good, I know his mom, his dad, his brothers, we were really close. It’s a huge loss for all his family, his teammates and the people that care about him.”Several of Taveras’ Cardinals teammates took to Twitter to express their condolences.“Last 30 minutes I’ve been sick to my stomach. Keep thinking about Oscar’s big smile in the dugout whenever we made a big play/got a big hit,” All-Star reliever Pat Neshek posted.Rookie second baseman Kolten Wong tweeted: “RIP you will be missed buddy.”___By Dionisio Soldevila. AP Sports Writers Antonio Gonzalez in San Francisco and R.B. Fallstrom in St. Louis contributedTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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