HOSTS Guyana Jaguars capitalised on a dismal Trinidad and Tobago Red Force batting display, to close the opening day of the fifth round Regional Four-Day Championship fixture on top, after a rain-reduced day at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.The two-time defending champions produced a superb all-round bowling performance, with left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul being the pick of the bowlers as he returned impressive figures of 4-31.However, it was the seamers who first inspired the hosts. Left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer (3-32), Christopher Barnwell (2-20) and Keon Joseph (1-30) were all instrumental in ensuring the hosts seized an early advantage.From 63-5, though, the Red Force lower-order put in a good performance to reach a half-respectable total of 162, with Roshon Primus putting some of the more accomplished batsmen to shame with a knock of 42.The Jaguars were 9-0 off 2.1 overs when rain brought a premature end to the day’s play, with 8.5 overs remaining. Rajendra Chandrika is on eight, with Shimron Hetymer yet to score.Raymon ReiferWhen play finally started some 70 minutes after the scheduled time, the visitors’ decision to bat first in overcast conditions backfired, as their openers could put together only 28 runs before both were dismissed in the space of five balls.Kyle Hope kick-started the innings, with an impressive extra-cover boundary off Joseph, but after that stroke, the Guyanese seamers were particularly effective in tandem, and kept a probing line to trouble both Hope and fellow opener Imran Khan.The conditions were overwhelmingly pacer-friendly, and Reifer provided the first breakthrough in the tenth over, when he bowled the 28-year-old Hope (15), with a ball that shaped into the right-hander.With the floodlights in effect, the visitors continued to struggle in the conditions. However, Christopher Barnwell, whose selection once more remains questionable, got into the act when he had Khan caught at forward-square by Vishaul Singh.Isaiah Rajah, in partnership with Jason Mohammed, then took the Red Force to within ten minutes of lunch when rain brought them early relief. The visitors were 28-2 after 11.4 overs.Play was then suspended for a further 84 minutes. On resumption, the visitors’ innings plunged into further trouble with the loss of Mohammed and Yannic Cariah. Both batsmen fell off consecutive balls from Reifer, who continued to swing the ball both ways.Mohammed (7) played a lazy shot attempting to follow a ball that was angled across him, and got an edge to wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble, while Cariah was trapped leg-before with an inswinger, without scoring.Barnwell used the corridor with back-of-length deliveries to good effect, and was rewarded after a brief stand of 26 between the 23-year-old Rajah and Yannick Ottley.Rajah had nudged the ball around for his 12, but was bowled when he played down the wrong line.Ottley in company with Roshon Primus added 33 runs for the sixth wicket before Ottley was taken at point off Permaul for 15.The 21-year-old Primus, who was gaining some momentum, was joined by Steven Katwaroo, but at the stroke of tea, Primus’ breezy 65-ball innings came to end as he spooned a simple return catch to Permaul for a top-score 42.His innings lasted 71 minutes, and in the process he helped himself to seven sweetly timed boundaries.Permaul then removed Katwaroo (24) and Marlon Richards (4) before his fellow left-arm counterpart, Gudakesh Motie (1-40), claimed the final wicket of Khery Pierre for 17.Play resumes today at 09:00hrs. RED FORCE 1st iiningsK. Hope b Reifer 16I. Khan c Vishaul Singh b Barnwell 7I. Rajah b Barnwell 12J. Mohammed c wkp. Bramble b Reifer 7Y. Cariah lbw b Reifer 0Y. Ottley c Motie b Permaul 15R. Primus c & b Motie 42S. Katwaroo lbw b Permaul 24K. Pierre c Chandrika b Motie 17M. Richards c Chandrika b Permaul 4J. Jagessar not out 0Extras: (b-2, lb-6, w-2, nb-8) 18Total : (all out, 53.2 overs) 162Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-28, 3-37, 4-37, 5-63, 6-96, 7-117, 8-150, 9-158.Bowling: Joseph 8-3-30-0, Reifer 10-1-34-3, Barnwell 8-3-20-2, Permaul 14-5-30-4, Motie 13.2-2-40-1.JAGUARS 1st inningsR. Chandrika not out 8S. Hetmyer not out 0Extras: (nb-1) 1Total: (without loss, 2.2 overs) 9Bowling: Richards 1.2-0-5-0, Primus 1-0-4-0.Position: Jaguars trail by 153 runs with all ten wickets intact.
Karolina Pliskova, the 2016 US Open runner-up, lost to Johanna Konta.Ashleigh Barty, the French Open champion, lost to Wang Qiang.Serena Williams suffered an ankle injury which required a medical time-out. New Delhi: Serena Williams overcame an injury scare to maintain her pursuit of a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the US Open on Sunday while Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova crashed out in the last 16. Williams, a six-time US Open winner, romped to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Croatian 22nd seed Petra Martic to set up a quarter-final with China’s Wang Qiang, the conqueror of world number two Barty. The 37-year-old American star required a medical timeout in the second set after rolling her right ankle as she approached the net but promptly recovered to reach the last eight in New York for the 16th time. “I feel fine right now physically,” said Williams, who received further strapping to an already heavily taped ankle. But I’ll see tomorrow. So far I’m good. I have been managing it. We’ll see tomorrow. Eighth-seeded Williams, who has also suffered knee and back injuries this season, felt a mental setback when it happened but battled through to win. “I’ve had a rough year with injuries,” she said. “It was like, ‘Oh my God. Not again. I’m finally walking.'” Williams, who last won a major at the 2017 Australian Open and hasn’t won the US Open since 2014, is seeking a 24th career Slam title to match Margaret Court’s all-time record.Also Read | Serena Williams releases a video to spread awareness on breast cancerShe will play 18th seed Wang for the first time as the Chinese 27-year-old extended her best Slam run with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of an erratic Barty. The Australian, who beat Wang twice last year in their only prior meetings, was undone by 39 unforced errors at Louis Armstrong Stadium.Also Read | US Open title ‘not the happiest memory’, says Osaka”It’s a tough day at the office today. But it has been a year where we’ve hit our goals,” Barty said. “We’ve had a great season in Grand Slams for singles. We’ve made the second week every single one, which has been really special. Now we’ll sit back, reflect, and look forward to a big couple months to finish off the year.” McNamara spirit with Wang Wang became the first Chinese player to reach the women’s quarter-finals since Peng Shuai made it to the last four in 2014. “I think I’m really focused on the court, really enjoyed the way I played. I’m so happy I won,” said Wang, whose breakthrough run has been fuelled by the memory of her late coach, Peter McNamara. The former Australian Davis Cup tennis star and Wimbledon doubles champion passed away in July at the age of 64 after a battle with prostate cancer. “He helped me a lot. It was really tough to me to hear he passed,” Wang said. “I think he has always been there with me.”Johanna Konta avenged her Rome final loss to Pliskova in May, beating the Czech third seed for just the second time in eight tries, 6-7 (1/7), 6-3, 7-5. The British 16th seed has raised her game at the Slams this season, and is enjoying her best run at Flushing Meadows, having twice reached the fourth round. “To go one step further is a massive achievement for me and I’m really hoping to make that one, two, three steps forward,” Konta said. Konta has experienced middling fortunes on the WTA circuit this year while producing some of her best tennis at the majors, reaching the semi-finals at Roland Garros and then advancing to the last eight at Wimbledon. “To make the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the third time this year is a massive achievement for me,” she said. Pliskova, the 2016 US Open runner-up, saw her hopes of returning to world number one this fortnight extinguished by the loss. Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina advanced to her first US Open quarter-final with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over 2017 runner-up Madison Keys. “I’m very happy because I was always playing well here but never went past the fourth round,” said Svitolina, whose best Slam showing was her run to the Wimbledon semi-finals in July. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Head coach Brent Crouch was proud of the effort his squad displayed despite injuries and is confident in its abilities going forward. With 10 of their 20 remaining matches coming against ranked opponents, the squad will be challenged to respond to adversity as it has done early on this season if it wants to build on last year’s strong performance. “We are not 100% [health-wise],” Crouch said. “We are getting there … We are looking forward to getting everyone practicing at 100% and really [hitting] the Pac-12 schedule in stride.” This is USC’s third 3-0 sweep this season, and it hopes to carry this momentum into Pac-12 play beginning Wednesday against UCLA. The Bruins were swept in their last two matches by No. 11 Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara, while the Trojans enter conference play ranked No. 25 in the nation. Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had a season-high 18 kills along with 19.5 points against the Toreros. USC regained its strength in the second game of the week against Long Beach State. The Trojans had 15 kills and four aces in the first set, taking it 25-21. They easily won the second set 25-11 with an additional 15 kills. The third set proved to be more difficult, but USC held the lead, finishing the sweep 25-20. The match against San Diego was a tough fight throughout the full five sets. USD won the first two sets, and USC struggled to keep up given the Toreros’ effective blocking. However, the Trojans stayed resilient after going down 2-0 and were able to battle back in the third and fourth sets to tie it up 2-2. Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had a combined 39.5 points in the Trojans’ two games this past weekend. ( Sinead Chang / Daily Trojan) The fifth set was tight, but USC fell behind 14-11 due to an overturned call. The Trojans couldn’t come back from the deficit, losing 15-13 and ending in a three-games-to-two loss. Lanier led the Trojans in the second match with 20 points and 17 kills. Junior outside hitter Brooke Botkin had a career high with six kills, six digs and four of the Trojans’ 12 service aces. Following its three-win performance at the Trojan Invitational — including a sweep of Villanova, which entered the game with a 5-1 record on the season — No. 20 women’s volleyball fell to San Diego 3-2 Thursday before swiftly defeating Long Beach State 3-0 Friday.