Narine shines with bat in Renegades’ derby win

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia, (CMC):West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine starred in an unusual role for Melbourne Renegades as they beat city rivals Melbourne Stars by seven runs under Duckworth-Lewis in the Big Bash League on New Year’s Day.Better known for his clever slow bowling, Narine was elevated to the role of opener and slammed a quick-fire 21 from 13 deliveries to get the Renegades’ innings off to a flying start at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Sent in, Renegades stormed to 171 for four off their 20 overs, with the left-handed Narine striking two fours and six in posting 38 off 22 balls for the first wicket with captain Aaron Finch, who made 30 from 24 balls.Narine, whose knock included a commanding whip over backward square for six, finally perished in the fourth over to an excellent catch at mid on by former England star Kevin Pietersen off fast bowler Scott Boland.Cameron White then controlled the innings with an unbeaten 64 off 43 balls, in a 72-run fourth-wicket stand with Tom Cooper, who made 36.Set a revised target of 159, Stars got a top score of 45 from English opener Luke Wright, but could only muster 151 for nine.Narine was once again at the forefront, producing a stingy four-over spell, which cost just 26 runs and served up just one boundary.Left-arm spinner Brad Hogg was the leading bowler with three for 22 from his four overs.Renegades were playing without Narine’s West Indies teammate, Dwayne Bravo, who was forced out of the tournament last week with a serious hamstring injury.last_img read more

Caricom HoG Summit opens today!

first_imgA number of issues have been placed high on the agenda for the Caricom Heads of Government Meeting starting today.Caricom will meet for its 37th Regular Meeting on July 4-6, 2016, in Georgetown, Guyana, at the Guyana Pegasus Hotel.Among the issues to be discussed are the threats posed by international banks limiting or terminating their relationships with regional financial institutions, and the yet-to-be-determined implications of the British decision to leave the European Union (EU), a key partner in the Community’s development.The Brexit vote has sent Britain and the rest of the world into a tailspin. The pound sterling fell to its lowest value in 30 years, and international financial markets took a downturn, as the implications hit home.A Caricom statement explained that the Caribbean was not immune from the potential fallout, and economists and politicians alike are assessing the situation. It outlined that the majority of Caricom Member States were former colonies of Britain, which was a key ally of the Region within the EU.While some have adopted a wait-and-see stance, confident that any domino effect would not occur in the short term, others are predicting immediate consequences and want the Caricom Member States to appreciate the value of regional integration and band firmly together to chart the way forward.The concerns range from a drop in arrivals in tourist-dependent Member States such as St Lucia and Barbados where the UK is a major source market, a decrease in development assistance, to effects on trade agreements the Region has with the EU.The Meeting will also seek to advance matters pertaining to regional security – economic and otherwise – and the social well-being of the approximately 16 million people who make up the Caribbean Community.Critical services including remittance transfers, international trade, and the facilitation of credit card settlements for local clients, among other services, will be affected.The genesis of this issue lies in the signal by several international banks, mainly in the US and Europe, to client banks in the Region of an unwillingness to continue carrying their business, as part of a so-called “de-risking” strategy.The Caribbean has been labelled as a tax haven and accused of lax tax regimes and avenues for money laundering and terrorism financing, despite no evidence to prove this.Guyana’s President David Granger had also disclosed that the strained relationship between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago was an agenda item at the meeting.last_img read more