MANCHESTER, England (CMC) – Legendary former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has insisted that the West Indies are solely responsible for their dismal performance at the ongoing ICC World Cup.The Windies have recorded just one victory in their seven matches played, with only games against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka remaining.Lloyd, who had predicted the regional side would go all the way, said in too many matches the West Indies were in full control, only to let the advantage slip out of their grasps.“West Indies’ chances of making the semi-finals are now over – and that really has to be called a disappointment, particularly considering what a good start they made to their campaign.“They won well against Pakistan and then when they had Australia at 79-5 in their second game – I really thought they might be able to do something special this year. But in the end that Pakistan game has been their only victory and they have only themselves to blame,” Lloyd, the last man to lead the regional side to World Cup glory said.And while he lauded the fielding and said the bowling was impressive at times, he was particularly harsh on the Windies’ batsmen, who he said simply did not apply themselves.He charged that batsmen gave their wickets away needlessly.“Too many times the batsmen have got themselves out when all it needed was a bit more application. They have lacked the experience needed to bat their opponents out of a game,” Lloyd said.“The odd batsman has received one with their name on, but really very few balls have really deviated and caught somebody unaware.“They have some terrific young players in this side. Guys like Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer have shown in flashes that they are a match for anyone in the world, but no-one has really made a big score,” he argued.
The 2017 ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open has garnered rave reviews from tennis body, International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) after more than 29.35m viewers watched the five-day tournament worldwide making it the ITTF Challenge with the most coverage globally.The successes recorded has prompted the international table tennis body to put their weight behind the tournament while also confirming that next year’s edition will be held from August 8 to 12.Nigeria Open is the second highest prize money tournament behind the Spanish Open on the ITTF Challenge series calendar and the latest edition attracted over 20 countries across the world.The aforementioned statistics were revealed by CSM Media Research-KantarSport, which was contracted by ITTF to monitor television viewership of its tournaments.According to the firm, over 29.35m watched Nigeria Open on Supersport Channels globally.Kantarsport revealed that the Nigeria Open was mostly watched on Supersport channels via the following statement:“The ITTF Challenge events, we found in our worldwide sports programs tracker (within all channels we monitor), the Belarus Open (aired on Belarus TV-5 Sports: that channel reaches 6.2 of the 6.9 m Belarussians), as well as the Nigeria Open 2017. The Nigeria Open was shown live and non-live on Super Sport 9 & Super Sport Blitz (South African channels) as well as on Pan-African channel Super Sport 5 (which we track in Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa). It might have been telecast too on some channels or OTT platforms that are not included into our tracke.“Supersport 9 in South Africa is a PAY-TV channel received by 19.7% of all TV households (13.65 m TV HH / 45.00 m TV ind.) so it is available to a potential of 8.86 m. viewers. As for SuperSport 5, it reaches 11.4% or 5.13 m potential viewers. No such information is available for Nigeria (no measurement at all), nor Senegal (a French company just started measuring Dakar, 1.71 m TV users).” the statement further read. RelatedTABLE TENNIS: 2019 Nigeria Open Seamaster ITTF Challenge Plus Gets Improved Prize MoneyMay 13, 2019In “Table Tennis”Nigeria Open Is a Model to Others, Says ITTFAugust 7, 2019In “Table Tennis”Lagos is the Center of Table Tennis in Africa – Wahid OshodiMay 29, 2019In “Table Tennis”
Raleigh D. Long, longtime Edmond, Oklahoma resident, died Friday, June 06, 2014 at the Sumner County Care Center in Wellington, at the age of 77.Raleigh was born the son of Raymond and Lola (Owens) Long on Tuesday, November 10, 1936 in Cherryvale, Kansas.Survivors include daughter, Allison Ebberts of Shawnee, Kans.; son, Jerry Long and his wife Michelle of Augusta, Kans.; daughter, Beverly Sellers and her husband Alan of Milan, Kansas, eight grandchildren and a brother, Marvin Long and his wife Joyce of Cherryvale, Kans.A private service will be held at the Duncan Municipal Cemetery in Duncan, Okla.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.