Saints, QPCC win U-16 and U-13 outdoor hockey titles

first_imgTHE VISITING Queen’s Park Cricket Club won the U-13 battle, while Saints defeated Old Fort in the U-16 final of the Guyana Hockey Board Outdoor Boys’ Challenge, yesterday at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground.In a tense U-16 final, it took a single goal in the last minute of the first half to decide the winners between Guyanese clubs Saints and Old Fort.Naresh Mahadeo took a short corner and the ball was passed around several times, before Samuel Garnett managed to make a shot on goal. Although the shot was partially deflected, Mahadeo was able to collect the ball at the mouth of the goal and he made no mistake.Old Fort made several runs in the second period, but none threatened to change the score.In the first semi-final, a first-half strike from Garnett propelled Saints ahead of GCC (1-0); while Old Fort had defeated QPCC 2-1 on penalties after a 0-0, full-time score, in semi-final number two.U-13 FINALPrior to the U-16 battle, QPCC had stormed to a 10-0 victory against Saints in the U-13 Boys ‘final.Adam Wyatt and Nicholas Siu Butt both scored hat tricks to lead the visiting team.  Christiano Austin and Caiden Mack supported with two goals each.Three teams competed in the U-13 competition and four in the U-16 division.The battle continues today with the indoor Challenge at the National Gymnasium.last_img read more

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IPL 2020 to be held in UAE

first_imgTHE 2020 edition of the IPL will be played in United Aeab Emirates (UAE), Brijesh Patel, the IPL Governing Council chairman, confirmed to ESPNcricinfo yesterday. Patel said that a formal announcement on the matter would be made when the body meets next.Patel did not confirm the dates for the tournament, but as reported recently, the BCCI has pencilled in the window between September 26 and November 7 for the IPL, which comprises 60 matches. Patel said that the BCCI had been waiting for the ICC to formally postpone the men’s T20 World Cup this year, which has happened now, and freed up a window for the tournament.“We were waiting for the ICC to officially announce (the postponement),” Patel said. “We have applied (for permission) with the Indian government. Should get it.”Patel said Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah would be the three main venues. Asked about whether the tournament would be played behind closed doors, Patel said that “depends on the UAE government”. It is understood that the franchises are yet to be formally informed about the tournament being shifted out of India.In April, the BCCI had postponed the IPL indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the BCCI had intended to host the IPL in India, the pandemic’s spread over the last few months has made that unfeasible. With officially more than a million COVID-19 infections confirmed, India ranks third on the list of active cases worldwide.When the plan was to host the tournament in India, the BCCI wanted to conduct it behind closed doors in limited venues and had singled out Mumbai as the hub, but India’s commercial capital has a huge number of COVID-19 infections, putting paid to those thoughts.This would be the second time for the IPL in the UAE, after the first 20 matches of the tournament were staged in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in 2014 because of the general elections in India. The franchises are likely to set up their bases a month in advance if and when the green light is given – for training and also to abide by any quarantine measures imposed by the UAE government.It is understood that the main reason for marking November 7 as the date for the IPL final was to ensure Indian players get enough time to travel to Australia for the four-match Test series, set to begin in December. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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