Paul, Pope fire but Windies lose opener to England

first_imgCHITTAGONG, 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.last_img read more

Individual v team sport: Would you rather be Daley Thompson or Danny Murphy?

first_imgAs the Ryder Cup gets set to tee off at Gleneagles, it has once more raised the question of what it’s like when individuals who compete against each other week in, week out come together as a team.And that got the Colin Murray team thinking – what’s best, being part of a group or the pursuit of individual excellence?And who better to ask than former Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy, and double Olympic decathalon champion Daley Thompson…GLORY AS A TEAMDanny Murphy: “When you achieve something and celebrate together, you feel as though you’ve shared that experience with other people, as a collective. It’s hard to compare. I haven’t experienced what Daley has, but he’s missed out on the comradery of the achievement as a team or a club. I don’t mean partying afterwards in a bar, I’ll never forget putting our arms round each, not just the players but all the members of staff, including the physio and kitmen who are all earning buttons, and singing, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ after winning the FA Cup. If I was on the pitch doing it on my own, I’m not sure it would have felt the same.”GLORY AS AN INDIVIDUALDaley Thompson: “It’s awesome. You’ve dreamed about it and all you’ve ever done is try and focus on that moment. It’s difficult to quantify when you’ve done it because you’re never sure what you’re going to expect. What you do have, as an individual, is the completely selfish knowledge that you’ve done it yourself. You don’t have to thank many other people. Obviously you have coaches but you’re out there doing it on your own.”DEFEAT AS A TEAMDM: “If it’s not your fault and someone else has made a huge error, then you can say, ‘we did well’. If you lose gallantly or put in a brave effort as a team, and it doesn’t quite go for you, there’s something nice about having people around you who are feeling the same way, to have empathy with you and understand what you’re going though. That’s a nice thing to be involved with as a collective when you are feeling down together. You lift yourself up and you have people around you to help pick you up.”DEFEAT AS AN INDIVIDUALDT: “It is all on your shoulders. It’s one of those things that occasionally you just have to bear. It is much easier in a team. You don’t want to have to go through it too often.”TRAINING AS A TEAMDM: “This is the easy one. Of course it’s easier. You are training, playing every day with a group of lads who are your mates, you have banter, fun. All my memories and the things I miss the most have been with the lads.”TRAINING AS AN INDIVIDUALDT: “I probably spent my first six or seven years of training two of three times a day 90, 95 per cent by myself, and that is seriously hard work. The most enjoyable times I had training were later on in my career when I had a bit of money and I used to go on training camps with the likes of Roger Black and Kris Akabusi. We used to have the best time, so I will have to agree with Danny.”REWARDS IN TEAM SPORTSDM: “Even when you get introduced to someone, when someone can say ‘Daley Thompson, Olympic gold medal winner’, it’s a very individual, brilliant accolade. That sounds better than ‘Danny Murphy, former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder’. Even if you’re introduced as a former World Cup winner, you can theoretically have done that without playing a single minute. It’s about longevity as well, because Daley created longevity in his sport and enjoyed success for a long time, which is not normal. There are people, I would imagine, who have won gold medals at the Olympics and if you said their name now, nobody would know them. What Daley did was create it over a period of time. Even for me, I’m quite proud that I remained at a decent level in my career for a long time and that’s more successful than necessarily winning one trophy here, or two trophies there. And that’s where Daley’s ability shone through. Everyone knows Daley, don’t they? And not everybody knows me.”REWARDS AS AN INDIVIDUALDT: “For me, because I started off when people weren’t getting any money, but now that I’m a much older person, probably the greatest thing that’s come from it is just the love of the people…  (Danny Murphy jumps in… ‘Hold on a minute, this is the man who said he’d swap his medals for my money! Talk about a different man off air…!’).”So, Danny or Daley? Team sport or individual? You decide. Comment below…last_img read more