CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh, (CMC):Half-centuries from Keemo Paul and Gidron Pope failed to save West Indies Under-19s from a 61-run loss to England Under-19s in their opening game of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup here Friday.Chasing an imposing 283 for victory at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, West Indies collapsed for 221 all out off 43.4 overs, with Paul top scoring with an aggressive 65 and opener Pope gathering an equally fluent run-a-ball 60.However, the Caribbean side were hamstrung by the loss of two wickets off the first four deliveries of the innings and never recovered.Fast bowler Saqib Mahmood tormented the Windies with four for 42 while left-arm seamer Sam Curran (2-23) and leg-spinner Dan Lawrence (2-38) provided support with two wickets apiece.Earlier, England paced their innings well to reached 282 for seven off their 50 overs, after opting to bat first.Callum Taylor, with 59 and Lawrence, 55, stroked half-centuries while George Bartlett struck 48, James Burnham, 44, and Curran, 39.Pope was the best West Indies bowler, picking up two for 45 with his off spin.England benefited from several partnerships early on which provided the ideal foundation.Lawrence, who faced 56 balls and counted eight fours, posted 43 for the first wicket with Max Holden (4) before adding a further 41 for the second wicket with Burnham.When Lawrence was bowled by off-spinner Michael Frew in the 15th over, Burnham and Taylor put on 62 for the third wicket to give England momentum at the half-way stage of the innings.Pope got the breakthrough in the 28th over when he removed Burnham caught and bowled but Bartlett anchored two key partnerships to sustain the momentum, posting 50 for the fourth wicket with Taylor and another 67 for the fifth wicket with Curran.
Local marketers selling food items such as dried and fresh fish, palm oil, and fresh pepper have begun to take over Broad Street. The marketers, who line up their businesses stretching from Broad and Gurley streets intersection to Broad and Mechlin streets intersection every evening, say they are selling in the area to generate money to feed themselves for the July 26 Independence celebration. They also told our reporters that they are bringing their businesses on the main Broad Street because more customers and potential buyers troop the street. But pedestrians who commute the affected areas say the street sellers are posing serious sanitation challenge to the area. They want the Liberia National Police (LNP) to take action to remove the marketers from the sidewalks as they (pedestrians) can no longer walk freely in the area. Our reporters, who visited the Broad and Randall Streets intersection yesterday, confirmed the marketers were selling dry rice, dry fish and pepper dust and palm oil on the sidewalks. The marketers prevented reporters from taking their photos. Crowds of market women and Yana boys told our reporters that they do not want their photos in the press. Some angry pedestrians have vowed to take the issue with the LNP as the marketers are adamant to go back to the marketplace down Water Street. Broad Street is the major economic center in Monrovia for mainly white collar government and private workers. The part of Broad Street being occupied by the sellers is mainly the Executive Pavilion area which is considered by many as the heart of Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)