Frustrated Holder says Windies were not up to scratch

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – A frustrated captain Jason Holder yesterday offered a sobering assessment of his side’s performance, after they were humbled by 186 runs in the third and final One-Day International to suffer another series whitewash.Speaking after the defeat at Kensington Oval, Holder said the team had been found wanting in nearly every department and under pressure now to improve quickly.“Obviously it wasn’t up to scratch. I thought we were very poor in the field, we gifted a lot of free runs,” the 24-year-old said.“The bowlers were decent, just that I thought we were taken off our length in the middle and then we came back strongly in the end. But having said that, we didn’t put up a good fight with the bat at all.”West Indies arrived here earlier this week off the back of two defeats at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua. In both games, they had chances to push England but squandered them on each occasion.They were completely outplayed yesterday, however, with England equalling their highest-ever total against the West Indies in scoring 328 off their 50 overs, and then bundling the hosts for a near record low 142.“(I am) a bit frustrated. I felt as though – although we weren’t getting the wins – we were moving in the right direction in terms of improvement,” Holder lamented.“We need to string together a strong collective game and we haven’t been able to do that in the series.”The series loss represented the second straight for the regional side, following on from their similar 3-0 whitewash at the hands of Pakistan last October in United Arab Emirates.West Indies have now won just one ODI in their last 10 outings but Holder said the squad needed to remain optimistic and focused on improvement.“There’s only one place we can go and that’s forward. We’ve just got to get it right,” the all-rounder said.“We’ve got to be a lot tighter in the field, sharper in the field and take our chances. If you look back right throughout the entire series, we’ve let a good few chances slip and batsmen capitalised on these chances so it’s just a situation where we need to improve on our fielding and move forward with the bowling and batting.”He added: “We have to remain patient. It’s still a young group and we definitely need to perform. Everybody is trying to make his mark on the international circuit. We are still very green in a sense and we just need to improve and learn quickly.”last_img read more

Collection of best/worst memes from Giants’ three game sweep of Dodgers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error A quick check of the calender shows that it’s indeed May. San Francisco Giants fans celebrated Thursday’s three-game sweep of the Dodgers like it was October. And it was pretty funny.Here are some of the best/worst memes from what Giants fans were calling #SweepLA.Viewing on mobile? Click here to view.last_img

Men’s Basketball Defeats Rider, 76-58

first_img Live Stats 1350 ESPN FS2 Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster DES MOINES, Iowa- In its final home game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic, the Drake men’s basketball team made a season-high 13 three-pointers to cruise to a 76-58 victory over visiting Rider Wednesday, Dec. 19. Drake was led by freshman D.J. Wilkins (Merrillville, Ind.) who had a career night with 17 points behind 5-of-7 shooting from the three-point arc. Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) gathered his 10th career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Nick Norton (Bloomington, Ill.) chipped in 13 points and seven assists. “D.J. gave us a big burst in the second half and got us a cushion where we could play with a lead,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries.The Bulldogs struggled early on offense, falling behind the Broncs, 10-5. However, a three from Wilkins sparked a 10-2 run to give Drake its first lead, 16-15, with 10:13 left to play in the opening half. Drake struggled from the field shooting just 35.5 percent (11-of-31) from the floor in the first twenty minutes. However, a late Norton lay-up gave Drake the halftime lead, 29-28.”I thought we shared it as well as we have all our and really moved it,” DeVries said. “Defensively we were stingy, but they [Rider] were mixing up man and zone [defenses] and getting us out of rhythm. In the second half, we responded and were unselfish in making the extra pass.”The Bulldogs came out firing in the second half where they jumped out to an 11-2 run forcing a Bronc timeout with 16:51 on the clock. Drake never surrendered its lead to move to 8-2 on the season and 5-0 in the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs shot 48.2 percent from the floor and outrebounded Rider 38-32 for the game. In the second half alone, the Bulldogs converted on 64 percent of their shots while holding Rider to 28.1 percent shooting in the period.”A big part of that [second half] was we were getting stops,” DeVries said. “Because we were getting stops we were able to get out in transition and drive and kick for some better rhythm shots. The stops dictated our tempo.”Rider was led by junior Tyere Marshall who scored 21 points as the Broncs move to 4-5 on the season. The Broncs’ 58 points were a season low.Drake will depart central Iowa for Las Vegas for the final two games of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. The Bulldogs will take on New Mexico State (8-2) on Thursday, Dec. 22, at 6:30 p.m. CST. vs. New Mexico State 12/22/2018 – 6:30 p.m. Story Links Previewcenter_img Box Score (PDF) Box Score (HTML) Print Friendly Version Next Game:last_img read more