Jermaine LannamanGleaner WriterWest Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell believes title-holders Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has more than what it takes to beat Melbourne at Up Park Camp in quarter-final action of the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup, beginning today.The match-up, one of two on the weekend, will see the JDF – winners of Zone A, entering the contest as slight favourites against the Nikita Miller-captained Melbourne, who ended as runners-up in Zone D.The other quarter-final encounter will see Zone D winners St Thomas CA hosting Zone A runner-up St Ann at Goodyear Oval.”The JDF is normally a very confident team and we are looking forward to any challenge that Melbourne may bring,” said Cottrell.”We are also defending champions and want to defend our crown, as after winning the last two titles the aim is to win five.”Cottrell, who is on the comeback from a knee injury, is set to lead the soldiers attack along with national trial invitees, fellow pacemen Reynard Leveridge and Leighton Leslie, as well as his national team-mate, left-arm spinner Dennis Bulli.Their batting, in the meanwhile, is expected to see in-form national one-day opener, Jermaine Harrison, looking to add to his recent back-to-back hundreds, leading their charge along with Rasheed Outar and Joseph Palmer.However, Robert Samuels, coach of Melbourne, is expressing equal confidence, stating that his team is in a comeback mode.”Melbourne has been missing out on the Senior Cup in recent years due to a number of reasons,” he said.”But I am confident that this time will be different.”We will be missing Damion Jacobs, who is overseas, but still have in our line-up Jamaica players Nikita Miller, Andre McCarthy and Guyanese opener, Trevon Griffith.”There is also young Jamaica fast bowler, Oshane Thomas, who is bowling fairly quick, and should pose some problems.”The St Thomas versus St Ann encounter, in the meantime, will see Carlton Baugh Jr leading the home team against St Ann, which will be captained by opener John Campbell.
4 January 2007Overseas investment in South African stocks hit a record high for the second year running in 2006, Bloomberg reports, as foreigners sought to profit from the longest period of uninterrupted economic growth in the country’s history.Foreigners invested a net R73.7-billion in SA’s stock exchange in 2006 – up by 47% from 2005 – buying R480.8-billion of shares on the JSE and selling R407.1-billion, in the process driving the benchmark All Share index to a succession of all-time highs.South Africa’s economy shrugged off a string of interest rate hikes in the third quarter of 2006 to notch up its 32nd quarter of growth since 1998 – the longest sustained upswing in the country’s history.Bloomberg put this growth down to an expanding black middle class, increased government spending and surging prices of gold and platinum, the country’s biggest exports.“At the same time, government pressure on companies to boost black participation is boosting the wealth of blacks, so pushing up sales of everything from cars to clothes and boosting corporate profits,” Bloomberg stated.Centaur Asset Management’s Warren Goldblum told Bloomberg that foreigners were “increasingly looking at emerging markets for growth opportunities on the back of the commodities boom,” adding that greater spending on construction was also helping to boost growth in South Africa.According to Statistics SA, construction activity rose by 14.3% in the third quarter of 2006, with real value added by the industry over the first three quarters rising by 13.2% compared to the first nine months of 2005.The government, partly in preparation for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, plans to spend in the region of R410-billion on infrastructure development over the next three years.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No major changes in the forecast this morning, but we are watching the last part of next week closely for any potential changes in the days ahead.Today we turn out mostly sunny and cool, but dry. Tomorrow we turn warmer with strong south flow developing. Sunny, breezy conditions are expected.On Saturday we start with sunshine but will see clouds increase through the day. Scattered showers develop in the evening and then continue through mid morning Sunday. Rain totals are still unimpressive, mostly .3″ or less, with 70% coverage. The balance of Sunday brings a return of sunshine and warm air holds.Rain totals Monday night-TuesdayOn Monday look for sun to be followed by increasing clouds, but we should be dry for all day time hours. A strong cold front sweeps through overnight Monday night through Tuesday early afternoon. This front has potential for .25″-.75″ rains with coverage at 100%. Thunderstorms are possible too, but will have the biggest farther west of Ohio. We should be breezy on both sides of the frontal passage, from the south first, and then the north-northwest, as colder air blasts in behind the front.Partly to mostly sunny skies expected for next Wednesday and Thursday. We will be cool Wednesday, but should warm again on Thursday. This will be ahead of another front for late in the week. Clouds build on Friday and we are keeping a chance of showers and thunderstorm in our forecast. Some models have dramatically reduced the rain potential from the front, but we are leaving our forecast alone right now, and will revisit in the days ahead. We currently see the front with .25″-1″ rain potential and 60% coverage. We turn colder again behind the front on Saturday the 26th, even if precipitation threats get reduced.For the extended 11-16 day period, we see potential for showers over the southern half to third of Ohio Sunday the 27th, with .25″-.75″ of moisture and 60% coverage from I-70 south. The rest of the state turns out partly to mostly sunny. Then we are dry the rest of the period right on through November 1, with colder air in play. In fact, we cant rule out a few early morning flurries over northern parts of Ohio Tuesday the 29th, but that is not a big threat at the moment.The main takeaway this morning from the forecast is that we are going to start to see more significant swings in temperatures, and the next two weeks will feature more frequent swings back and forth in temps too. This will likely serve to enhance precipitation threats, when they are around.
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed AjmalThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday suspended Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who is currently perched at the top of its ODI rankings, after his bowling action was found to be illegal following an independent analysis.”The International Cricket Council today confirmed that an independent analysis has found the bowling action of Pakistan’s off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to be illegal and, as such, the player has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect,” the ICC said in a statement.The analysis of the 36-year-old’s action revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.”Saeed, who was reported after the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle last month, can apply a re-assessment after he has modified his bowling action in accordance with clause 2.4 of the Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions,” the ICC statement read.The analysis was performed on August 25 by the ICC’s accredited team of Human Movement Specialists at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.Reported to match referee Andy Pycroft by on-field umpires Ben Oxenford and Ian Gould, Ajmal played the second match only to see his team lose the game and the series.The venue and time of the analysis was decided in consultation with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).Ajmal has played 35 Tests for Pakistan, grabbing 178 wickets. His ODI record stands at an impressive 183 wickets from 111 matches. His 63 T20 appearances have yielded 85 wickets.He was first reported for a suspect action in 2009 — his debut year — but was cleared after tests at the University of Western Australia in Perth. The bowler was reported for his ‘doosra’.advertisementThis time, the ICC changed its protocols for testing bowling actions reported by umpires and match referees and the tests were held in Brisbane.Apparently, the change was made after too many bowlers were cleared by the biomechanics in Perth.