WI close in on rare win

first_imgSHARJAH, UAE (CMC):West Indies were on the verge of their first Test win in 19 months and the first on foreign soil in four years, but a nervous final day lay ahead of the unpredictable Caribbean side in their quest to capture the third and final Test against Pakistan.Set a modest 153 for victory on the penultimate day of the contest at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium here yesterday, the Windies produced one of their now familiar implosions to slump to 67 for five on the stroke of the first hour after tea, before recovering to reach 114 for five at the close.Once again, vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite was at the heart of the West Indies’ enterprise, stroking an unbeaten 44 in an unbroken 47-run, sixth wicket stand with wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich, who was not out on 36.Brathwaite, who carried his bat in the first innings for 142, has so far faced 88 deliveries and counted four fours, while Dowrich has consumed 61 balls and struck three fours and a six.Together, the Barbadian duo propped up the innings, which looked like it was coming apart at the seams when leg-spinner Yasir Shah ripped through the innings after tea, to finish with three for 30.Left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz also snapped up two quick wickets for 30 runs as West Indies stumbled, jeopardising their pursuit of a first Test win since they beat England in Bridgetown last year May.West Indies require another 39 runs for victory.On a day when 11 wickets tumbled, captain and seamer Jason Holder captured his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests as Pakistan were dismissed for 208 in their second innings after resuming on 87 for four.Opener Azhar Ali converted his overnight 45 into a top score of 91, while wicketkeeper/batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, unbeaten on 19 at the start, made 42.The pair extended their fifth wicket stand to 86 before being separated as the hosts surrendered their last six wickets for 74 runs.Holder claimed two of those wickets to end with superb figures of five for 30 while leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo picked up three for 46.SCOREBOARDPAKISTAN 1st Innings 281WEST INDIES 1st Innings 337PAKISTAN 2nd Innings(overnight 87 for four)Sami Aslam c Joseph b Holder 17Azhar Ali c Bravo b Bishoo 91Asad Shafiq c Bravo b Holder 0Younis Khan c wkp Dowrich b Holder 0*Misbah-ul-Haq c Bishoo b Chase 4+Sarfraz Ahmed c Bravo b Bishoo 42Mohammad Nawaz c Johnson b Bishoo 19Mohammad Amir run out 8Wahab Riaz c Johnson b Holder 1Yasir Shah lbw b Holder 0Zulfiqar Babar not out 15Extras (b2, lb1, w6, nb2) 11TOTAL (all out, 81.3 overs) 208Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-41, 3-41, 4-48, 5-134, 6-175, 7-189, 8-192, 9-193, 10-208.Bowling: Gabriel 15-1-36-0 (w1, nb2), Joseph 14-3-41-0 (w1), Holder 17.3-5-30-5, Brathwaite 1-0-5-0, Chase 15-1-47-1, Bishoo 19-2-46-3.WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 153 runs)K Brathwaite not out 44L Johnson lbw b Yasir Shah 12D Bravo c wkp Sarfraz Ahmed b Yasir Shah 3M Samuels c Zulfiqar Babar b Yasir Shah 10J Blackwood b Wahab Riaz 4R Chase c Mohammad Nawaz b Wahab Riaz 2+S Dowrich not out 36Extras (lb2, nb1) 3TOTAL (5 wkts, 36 overs) 114Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-35, 3-57, 4-63, 5-67.Bowling: Mohammad Amir 8-0-29-0 (nb1), Wahab Riaz 8-0-30-2, Yasir Shah 13-4-30-3, Zulfiqar Babar 3-1-3-0, Mohammed Nawaz 4-0-20-0.Position: West Indies require a further 39 runs for victory with five wickets intact.last_img read more

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Fear not Arsenal fans! Here’s four alternative signings to Remy

first_img 4 4 4 Jackson Martinez (Porto) – Click the arrows to view more strikers – The Colombian has gone goal crazy in Portugal, netting 60 goals in 91 games for Porto and has already admitted he would love a move to Arsenal – the club he has supported all his life. The Gunners are understood to have held discussions with the 25-year-old but that was prior to Alexis Sanchez’s arrival and since then things have gone a tad quiet. Martinez has made it known he would happily accept a move to the Emirates but it will take £35m to prise him away from Estadio do Dragao. Javier Hernandez (Manchester United) – The Red Devils forward has proven since moving to Old Trafford in 2010 that he has an eye for goal. A natural poacher, he is quite possibly the exact type of player Arsenal are crying out for. Currently he is one of six United players who are thought to be having their futures assessed by new boss Louis van Gaal. But should the Dutchman conclude his time is up, then Arsene Wenger should act quickly to snap up the Mexico international for what is likely to be only £7m. 4 Mario Balotelli (AC Milan) – Click the arrows to view more strikers – The difficult Italian striker is well known on these shores and Arsenal have been linked with a move for his services all summer. The Italy international – England’s scourge in their World Cup match – is thought to be available for £15.8million and while almost double the fee Liverpool are paying for Remy, he is younger and is considered more of an explosive star, both on and off the pitch. Wilfried Bony (Swansea) – Click the arrows to view more strikers – Liverpool and Arsenal have competed for various players this summer. – Alexis Sanchez chose the Gunners while it seems Remy has opted for the Reds. Bony is another player both have cast their eye over with the Merseyside club reportedly agreeing terms for the Ivory Coast international but failing to meet Swansea’s £20m valuation. Brendan Rodgers’ decision to bring Remy to Anfield indicates he is no longer interested in the Jacks forward and with the striker making it obvious he wants a move to a ‘top six’ club, Arsenal could benefit from Liverpool’s failure to bring in the 25-year-old, who scored 25 goals in his debut season on English soil. Loic Remy and Arsenal were meant to be. It was always thought the French striker would head to the Emirates, particularly when he was spotted in the stands at the Gunners’ last home game of the season. But somehow it appears he is now on his way to Liverpool for £8.5m instead.It’s fair to say Gooners are used to Arsene Wenger’s dithering in the transfer market in recent seasons, but this one left a particularly sore mark as they always felt the QPR forward was bound to move to north London. Remy has history of doing the unexpected – QPR signed him from right under the noses of Newcastle, who thought they had a deal tied up – but while Arsenal fans are unimpressed by their failure to land the France international it should not be all doom and gloom.Wenger has since said he is not looking for new strikers but with plenty of time left in the transfer market, he could yet change his mind and as these players prove, there are still options out there for the Gunners.Click the arrows to view four forwards Arsenal could sign.last_img read more

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TRAGIC MUM LORRAINE FINDS HAPPINESS AGAIN WITH BIRTH OF BABY BOY

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: The mother of the two teenage girls who took their own lives has found happiness again after giving birth to a baby boy.Lorraine Gallagher – delighted with new arrival Lennon.Lorraine Gallagher’s life fell to pieces when daughters Erin, 13 and Shannon, 15, died by suicide within weeks of eachother last year.Now Lorraine, from Ballybofey, has taken the first steps to rebuilding her life after giving birth at Letterkenny General Hospital on Saturday last. Lorraine and fiancée Phelim Quinn, who got engaged in January, have named the baby Lennon.The couple say they are over the moon with their new arrival.Lorraine already has a son Sean James who is five.Lorraine is back at home in Ballybofey and said she is delighted that the baby is healthy. The late Erin and Shannon GallagherShe said “We are just relieved that we are home and that little Lennon arrived okay.“He is a very happy little boy and we are just asking to be left alone so we can start our lives together,” she said.Lorraine, 37, said she is trying her best to get on with her life following the devastation of losing her two daughters last year.She said she is planning to tell little Lennon all about her older sisters in time.“Nothing will ever ease the pain fully and there’s not an hour that goes by that I don’t think about Erin and Shannon. “They were my life and now they are gone forever.“I have tried by best to lead as normal a life as possible for Sean James but it’s difficult.“Now I have two lovely little boys to look after, I can try and rebuild my life.“When the time is right, I will tell Lennon what beautiful sisters he had and how much joy they brought to everyone they knew,” she said. Erin and Shannon, both pupils at Finn Valley College in Stranorlar, died within less than two months of eachother last year.Erin, 13, was found dead at her home on October 27th last amidst claims that she was being bullied.Her sister Shannon, 15, took her own life on December 14th.At the time mum Lorraine said her eldest daughter simply could not carry on without her best friend and younger sister Erin.TRAGIC MUM LORRAINE FINDS HAPPINESS AGAIN WITH BIRTH OF BABY BOY was last modified: May 22nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:baby LennonErin GallagherLOrraine Gallaghershannon gallagherlast_img read more

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