Ambris, Hope plunder New Zealand A with centuries

first_imgLINCOLN, New Zealand, (CMC) – Sunil Ambris wasted little time in pressing his claim for a spot in the West Indies Test side with an exhilarating, better than run-a-ball hundred against New Zealand A here Saturday.The right-hander smashed a stroke-filled 153 while Shai Hope gathered a composed 110 as the Caribbean side amassed 451 for nine on the opening day of the three-day tour match at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval.Roston Chase chipped in with 49, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich scored 35 while captain Jason Holder got 31, to ensure the tourists’ domination in excellent conditions.West Indies had struggled early on, however, slumping to 45 for three in the morning session before the recovery came.Impressive fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, who finished with five for 67, removed both openers Kraigg Brathwaite (17) and Kieran Powell (7), before seamer Logan van Beek (2-60) accounted for Shimron Hetmyer (12).Brathwaite fell half-hour into the session with the score on 28, nicking a defensive prod behind and the left-handed Hetmyer lasted nine balls before he was taken in the cordon by Todd Astle with 45 on the board.Approaching the hour, Powell departed when he was lbw to Ferguson, leaving West Indies with a rebuilding job.Hope, classy and composed, then inspired the Windies fightback, adding 81 for the fourth wicket with Chase and a further 155 for the sixth wicket with Ambris.All told, the right-handed Hope faced 133 deliveries in 218 minutes and counted 20 fours and a six. Unbeaten on 20 at lunch with West Indies on 108 for three, he reached his half-century in the second session, to be 94 not out at tea.He raised three figures soon afterwards off 122 deliveries.Chase, meanwhile, unbeaten on 41 at lunch, perished in the sixth over afterwards – caught at second slip by captain Tom Latham off Ferguson at 126 for four.Jermaine Blackwood followed cheaply for four but Ambris arrived to plunder the hosts’ attack in an innings that required 145 balls, in just under 3-1/4 hours and included 24 fours and a six.He was not out on 51 at tea and eventually brought up his landmark off a mere 85 balls with 18 fours and a six.On 247 for five at the last interval, West Indies swiftly gathered 204 runs in the final session as Ambris went on a rampage against a tiring attack.The 24-year-old, who struck two hundreds in the recent Windies A series against Sri Lanka A in the Caribbean, displayed his superiority as he put on a further 89 with Dowrich for the seventh wicket and 53 for the eighth with Holder.WEST INDIES 1st inningsK Brathwaite c wkp Blundell b Ferguson 17K Powell lbw b Ferguson 7S Hetmyer c Astle b van Beek 12S Hope b Ferguson 110R Chase c Latham b Ferguson 49J Blackwood c Neesham b van Beek 4S Ambris c wkp Blundell b Ferguson 153+S Dowrich c Bennett b Worker 35*J Holder c Worker b Bennett 31R Reifer not out 1A Joseph not out 12Extras (b5, lb11, nb3, w1) 20TOTAL (9 wkts, 90 overs) 451To bat: D Bishoo, M Cummins, S Gabriel, K Roach.Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-45, 3-45, 4-126, 5-135, 6-290, 7-379, 8-432, 9-438.Bowling: Bennett 16-1-87-1, Ferguson 18-2-67-5, van Beek 17-5-60-2, Neesham 14-1-67-0, Astle 14-2-97-0, Bruce 6-0-28-0, Worker 5-0-29-1.New Zealand A – *T Latham, J Raval, G Worker, N Broom, T Bruce, +T Blundell, J Neesham, T Astle, L Ferguson, L van Beek, H Bennett.last_img read more

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Asian Games: Neeraj Chopra creates history by winning India’s first ever GOLD medal in…

first_imgAdvertisementIt shouldn’t be disputed by anybody if Neeraj Chopra is termed as the ‘Golden Boy’ of India. Teen Javelin sensation Neeraj Chopra on Monday won the gold medal at the eighteenth edition of Asian Games 2018.The 20-year old from Haryana took India’s Gold tally to eight and also threw 83.46 meters off his first throw and that set the mark for a medal finish.However, Chopra’s second throw was declined by the officials, but in his third attempt, he absolutely dwarfed other Javelin throwers with his monstrous 88.06m to win the gold medal and also create a new national record.However, even though he won the gold medal, he failed to break the Asian Games record of 1.09m, but he beat his own national record of 87.43m, which he threw at the Diamond League Meeting in Doha earlier this year in May.Chopra’s gold is only the second medal India has won in the javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.Liu Qizhen of China was a distant second, with a best throw of 82.22m, while Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem won the bronze with an 80.75 effort. However, it’s worth noting that Neeraj was eligible to win gold with his first throw itself.Speaking to Asian News International, Neeraj Chopra said:“The competition was good, I had trained well and was focused on getting a gold medal for the country. I dedicate my medal to Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji who was a great man.”The farmer’s son from Khandra village near Panipat, making a habit of harvesting gold! Wins men’s javelin throw at the Asian Games with a new NR of 88.06m. He is 6m clear of an outclassed field. Neeraj has now won gold in 2016 Jr World Championship, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2018 Asian Games with Olympic games taking place in 2020, he is ready to script history.Meanwhile, Twitter went absolutely bonkers and congratulation messages poured in from everywhere for the 20-year old.NEERAJ CHOPRA creates a NATIONAL RECORD WITH HIS GOLDEN THROW! Unstoppable @Neeraj_chopra1 shatters a national record to claim a 🥇in men’s Javelin Throw at the #ASIANGAMES2018. His consistent performance speaks volumes about his hard work! WAY TO GO NEERAJ 🎉🎉🌟🌟 #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/q7GDhsSN8d— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 27, 2018 All put your hands together for #NeerajChopra. Another gold.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 27, 2018VIDEO:Video Playerhttps://www.sportsindiashow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Our-flag-bearer-at-the-opening-of-AsianGames2018-NeerajChopra-wins-us-a-Gold-and-how-Even-his-lowest-throw-was-higher-than-anyone-elses-highest.mp400:0000:0001:45Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Also Read-Asian Games: Sushil Kumar Suffers Shocking First-round Defeat Advertisement Medal rush continues for India 💪8th Gold in #AsianGames2018 won by Neeraj Chopra in #JavelinSudha Singh bags Silver in Women’s 3000m Steeple ChaseDharun Ayyasamy wins Silver in men’s 400m HurdlesCongratulations!#NeerajChopra #DharunAyyasamy #AsianGames #SudhaSingh pic.twitter.com/AT6keRILdM— Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) August 27, 2018 A NEW NR for Neeraj Chopra in the men’s javelin throw. 88.06 m. He’s blowing apart the field here in Jakarta. Locked in on GOLD!— jonathan selvaraj (@jon_selvaraj) August 27, 2018last_img read more

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