Cottrell’s all-round heroics help Scorpions sting PridePORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Tail-ender Sheldon Cottrell smashed a brace of sixes at the death as Jamaica Scorpions escaped with a nervy two-wicket win over hapless Barbados Pride to post their second victory of the Regional Super50 here yesterday.With the game still very much an open contest with Scorpions tottering on 118 for eight at the start of the 33rd over in pursuit of 139 for victory, Cottrell twice cleared the ropes at the expense of debutant left-arm spinner Dane Currency, to ease the tension at Queen’s Park Oval.Man of the Match Cottrell, who ended on 16 not out, and Nikita Miller, seven not out, then calmly gathered the remaining nine runs in singles to clinch victory at the end of the 38th over.Cottrell had earlier claimed three for 18 with his left-arm pace, and leg-spinner Damien Jacobs, three for 38, as Pride were bundled out for 138 off 45.5 overs after opting to bat first.Captain Kevin Stoute hit 39 from 74 balls, but wicketkeeper Mario Rampersaud was the only other batsman to reach the 20s with exactly 20.In-form AndrÈ McCarthy then laid the foundation for the successful run chase with a top score of 49 from 76 balls, while Antiguan Devon Thomas chipped in with 33 from 65 deliveries.With the pair involved in a comfortable 84-run, third-wicket stand and Pride seemingly out of ideas, Scorpions appeared to be romping to an easy win.But experienced left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn turned the game on its head in a second spell which accounted for both batsmen and yielded four for 28 from 10 overs overall.His spell triggered a slide which saw six wickets fall for just 13 runs in the space of 42 balls, to give Pride a scent of an unlikely victory.Wickets continued to tumble until Cottrell arrived to strike two key blows and rescue the innings.AT ST PAUL’S SPORTS COMPLEX: Guyana Jaguars defeated Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners by six wickets in their Group B, third-round game in the Regional Super50 at St Paul’s Sports Complex here yesterday.Scores: MAROONERS 149 all out off 48.3 overs (Ryan Hinds 47; Veerasammy Permaul 4-22, Paul Wintz 3-21). JAGUARS 153 for four off 35 overs (Assad Fudadin 71; Vikash Mohan 2-25).SCOREBOARDPRIDE INNINGSD Smith c D Thomas b Gordon 1K Corbin lbw b Cottrell 0*K Stoute lbw b Campbell 39S Brooks st A Thomas b Miller 19J Carter c King b Campbell 18R Chase b Jacobs 2J Greaves b Jacobs 3+M Rampersaud b Cottrell 20A Nurse lbw b Jacobs 9S Benn not out 18D Currency b Cottrell 0Extras (lb4, w5) 9TOTAL (all out, 45.5 overs) 138Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-9, 3-36, 4-80, 5-82, 6-86, 7-89, 8-99, 9-138, 10-138.Bowling: Cottrell 4.5-1-18-3, Gordon 4-1-12-1, Miller 8-1-20-1, Jacobs 10-1-38-3 (w2), Campbell 10-0-32-2 (w3), Lambert 6-0-14-0.SCORPIONS’ INNINGST Griffith c Brooks b Nurse 4*J Campbell c Benn b Nurse 8D Thomas c wkp Rampersaud b Benn 33A McCarthy c Smith b Benn 49T Lambert c Smith b Benn 0B King lbw b Currency 8+A Thomas lbw b Benn 0N Miller not out 7D Jacobs run out 0S Cottrell not out 16Extras (w12, nb2) 14TOTAL (8 wkts, 38 overs) 139Did not bat: N GordonFall of wickets: 1-9, 2-21, 3-105, 4-107, 5-116, 6-116, 7-117, 8-118.Bowling: Nurse 6-0-35-2 (w8, nb2), Greaves 2-0-13-0 (w1), Currency 4-1-24-1 (w1), Benn 10-1-28-4 (w1), Chase 2-0-10-0 (w1), Smith 6-0-14-0, Carter 8-1-15-0.Result: Scorpions won by to wickets.Points: Scorpions 5, Pride 0.Man-of-the-Match: Sheldon Cottrell.Toss: Pride.Umpires: N Duguid, P Nero.
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Djokovic shut himself down for the last half of 2017, sitting out the U.S. Open among other events and, after a brief attempt to play at the start of this season, had an operation in February.Now he is one win from a second consecutive Grand Slam title, after his triumph at Wimbledon in July.“It absolutely gives me empathy. Even before I went through the whole process of surgery, post-surgery recovery, I was still feeling for players that went through injuries,” Djokovic said.“There was always part of me that believed I could come back relatively quickly to the level of tennis that I once was playing. But at the same time, I felt like the six months off served me very well to find new motivation, inspiration, to recharge my batteries, and also to understand how I want to continue playing tennis, in which way, whether there are certain changes that I want to make with my racket and my game itself,” he continued. “I had more time to work on certain things.”This will be Djokovic’s eighth U.S. Open final, equaling Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras for the most for a man in the 50-year professional era, but he is only 2-5 so far. In addition to seeking a third trophy at Flushing Meadows, he is trying to collect No. 14 from all Slams, which would pull even with Sampras for the third-most for a man, trailing only Federer’s 20 and Nadal’s 17.Djokovic is 14-4 against del Potro across their careers, including 4-0 at majors, and is pleased to see him at this level again.“I personally like him very much, not just as a player but as a person. He’s a dear friend, someone that I respect a lot. We all felt for his struggles with injuries that kept him away from the tour for two, three years,” Djokovic said. “But he was always a top-five player in the eyes, I think, of everyone, even when he dropped his ranking and started to work his way up. But we all knew that he has a capacity and a quality to get to the point where he is at the moment. It was just a matter of time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum By then, so much time had passed since his crowning achievement, winning the 2009 U.S. Open at age 20 by beating Roger Federer in five sets in the final. So much of that time had felt wasted. And del Potro was in a dark place.As he prepares to play in his first Grand Slam final since that one nearly a decade ago, meeting 13-time major champion Novak Djokovic for the championship at Flushing Meadows on Sunday, del Potro seems at ease talking about it all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I couldn’t find a way to fix my wrist problems. I (was) suffering a lot. I got depressed for a couple of months, also. I didn’t get the chance to feel better with myself, to do this again. That was the bad moment for me,” said the 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Argentine with the 100 mph (160 kph) forehand and 135 mph (215 kph) serves. “But I think that is completely in the past. And now I’m having a good present, looking forward for the future.”“Everything,” he added with a smile, “is almost perfect.” Now ranked a career-high No. 3, del Potro would establish a professional-era record for most major appearances from a first to a second such title, 22, if he wins Sunday.It was shortly after that triumph nine years ago in New York that del Potro’s surgery on his dominant right wrist happened. That was followed by three procedures on his left wrist, which sidelined him for 2½ years’ worth of Grand Slam tournaments.When he returned, he had to rebuild his backhand, first by relying solely on a slice, and only recently able to strike meaningful two-handed shots with confidence.“I’ve been fighting with many, many problems to get (to) this moment. I’m here now,” he said after advancing when defending champion Rafael Nadal quit after two sets in their semifinal because of right knee tendinitis.Djokovic can relate to the climb back from a body breakdown.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, reacts after Rafael Nadal, of Spain, retired from a match during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — It was in 2015, the year of his fourth wrist operation, that Juan Martin del Potro was pretty sure he’d had enough.Enough of the risks of surgery. Enough of working his way back only to get injured yet again. Enough, really, of tennis.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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