Champs Memories!!!

first_imgIt is Champs 1976 and grand showdowns loomed in more ways than one.Everald Samuels’, St Andrew Technical High School’s meteoric rise loomed large.Samuels seemed destined to upstage the reigning 100 metres champion, Balford ‘Bally’ Reid of Kingston College (KC).It was an era when KC harboured the notion that although red, the stadium track was its domain.Samuels and Calabar High had different plans.And so it was also a year when the long reign of KC as Boys’ athletics champions was under severe threat.KC had been victorius for 14 consecutive years, stretching from 1962 to 1975.A year earlier, Bally Reid had set a new mark of 10.4 seconds (hand-timed). But in 1976, Samuels, the high-kneed wonder boy, emerged out of the Bumper Hall-based school hitherto devoid of a reputation in the sprints.On Friday, the first of the two-day event, 40 years ago, both Reid and Samuels cruised through the heats of the 100 metres.Tensions were lifted to fever pitch, however, as the dominant duo drew the same semi-finals race.The stage was set in an arena that was not for the faint of heart.There was silence at the start of the race and noise in between. When it was done, there was a thunderous hush in the section of the bleachers painted ‘purple’.Samuels not only conquered the mighty ‘Bally Reid’, he also equalled the record of 10.4 seconds set by Reid the previous year.A new star was born, underlining the beginning of the end of the long dynasty of the redoubtable KC as Calabar, perennial rivals, rebounded with colour and ferocity for the first time in 15 years to secure the Mortimer Geddes Trophy.Samuels, though, was not done.He was even more dominant in the 200 metres, becoming the first schoolboy athlete to run under 21 seconds (hand-timed).His record 20.9 seconds stood until it was broken by Clarendon College’s Norman Mills in 1979.last_img read more

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India now top Test team after demolishing New Zealand

first_imgINDORE, India (AP):India completed a comprehensive demolition of New Zealand yesterday, winning the third Test by a massive 321 runs within four days and completing a 3-0 series whitewash.India’s first innings 557-5 declared snatched the initiative and New Zealand, chasing an improbable 475 to win, collapsed to 153 all out against the spin of Ravichandran Ashwin, whose 7-59 added to his first-innings haul of 6-81, giving him 13 wickets in the game.India won the series 3-0 after convincing wins in Kanpur and Kolkata earlier. They are now the number one ranked Test team.Kane Williamson (27) and Martin Guptill (29) added 35 runs for the second wicket. Ashwin got the breakthrough as he trapped Williamson lbw. Ross Taylor (32) then added some quick runs, hitting five fours and a six in his 25-ball stay. Umesh Yadav (1-13) had trapped Tom Latham (6) lbw before tea.Taylor was clean bowled by Ashwin and then the slide truly began as New Zealand lost their last seven wickets for 73 runs. Ravindra Jadeja (2-45) had James Neesham caught at short midwicket.Ashwin bowled Luke Ronchi (15) and then ran through the tail. First he bowled Mitchell Santner (14) and Jeetan Patel (0) in quick succession. Matt Henry (0) holed out to mid-off then.The game ended in the final over of the day as Trent Boult (4) offered a simple return catch to Ashwin.SIXTH HAULThis was a sixth 10-wicket haul in Test cricket for the off-spinner, who finished with match figures of 13 wickets for 140 runs.”We tried to play positive cricket in the second innings so that we give our bowlers enough overs to bowl at the opposition and give them enough runs to express themselves,” said captain Virat Kohli, who anchored India’s first innings with a score of 211.”New Zealand have played good cricket. It is not easy for anyone coming to India. But they put us under pressure at different times. We just responded well and bounced back and didn’t allow them to put us under pressure again,” he added.Earlier, India finished their second innings at 216-3 declared in 49 overs. Cheteshwar Pujara (101 n.o.) scored his eighth Test hundred and faced 148 deliveries, scoring nine boundaries.He put on 76 runs with Gautam Gambhir (50), who came out to bat at the fall of Murali Vijay (19) after retiring hurt on Monday. He provided instant impetus to the innings and went on to score his 22nd Test half-century off 54 balls, inclusive of six fours.New Zealand lost all three tosses in this Test series and skipper Kane Williamson thought it was a crucial factor.”Winning the toss would be helpful and then you certainly have to be at your best. It is important to spend time at the crease creating pressure batting first if possible. This India side a very good team and they know these conditions better than anyone,” he said.India next host England for a five-match series in November and December.last_img read more

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