ARAB TIMES, THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011
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                                                                                                Ireland crash to five wickets defeat

‘Phenomenal’ Berrington sees Scots to shock win
EDINBURGH, July 13, (AFP):                     Berrington and Davey revived a           Cup in India earlier this year with            “You have to give credit to the            Extras (lb9, w7) . . . . . . . . . . . .16   R. Berrington c Dockrell b Mooney
Scotland captain Gordon Drummond            chase that was fading after openers         batsman Kevin O’Brien hitting the           way Scotland played but I thought             Total (8 wkts, 50 overs) . . . . .320        56
saluted the “phenomenal” perform-           Kyle Coetzer (89) and Fraser                fastest-ever hundred in the tourna-         we were a wee bit sloppy in the               Did not bat: G Dockrell                      S. Sharif not out . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
ance of Richie Berrington after the         Watts (54) had laid a solid founda-         ment’s history.                             field, as we have been before this               Fall of wickets: 1-63 (Porterfield),      Extras (b7, lb11, w4, nb2) . . . .24
batsman’s whirlwind 56 saw the team         tion.                                          But on Tuesday he was brilliantly        summer.                                       2-182 (Stirling), 3-267 (Poynter), 4-        Totakl (5 wkts, 48.3 overs) . . .323
to a shock five-wicket win over                Drummond said: “That’s the thing         caught for nought.                             “We had an intense fielding ses-           267 (O’Brien), 5-271 (Cusack), 6-              Did not bat: M Haq, G
Ireland here on Tuesday.                    - all our batters are in touch at the          However, Ireland captain William         sion on Sunday and I don’t know               281 (Mooney), 7-309 (Wilson), 8-             Drummond, G Maiden, G Goudie
   Berrington hit sixes in just 23 balls                                                Porterfield said it was his side’s field-   why it didn’t click today.”                   319 (Johnston)                                 Fall of wickets: 1-129 (Watts), 2-
at the crease before Josh Davey, his                                                    ing that had cost them dear in their                                                         Bowling: Drummond 6-1-34-0                181 (Coetzer), 3-197 (MacLeod,),
                                                          CRICKET                                                                                Scoreboard                       (1w); Sharif 7-0-44-1; Goudie 5-0-           4-232       (Mommsen),               5-313
middle-order partner, struck the win-                                                   second and last match of this triangu-       IRELAND                                      33-0 (1w); Davey 7-1-41-3 (1w);              (Berrington)
ning boundary top finish on 50 not                                                      lar series following Monday’s total         W. Porterfield c Coezter b Davey 21           Berrington 7-0-53-0 (1w); Haq 10-0-            Bowling: Rankin 9-0-74-2 (2w);
out as Scotland made 323 for five           minute, they have all been scoring          wash-out against World Cup finalists        P. Stirling c Berrington b Haq .113           49-1; Coetzer 3-0-31-0 (2w);                 Johnston 9-0-60-0 (2nb); Mooney
with nine balls to spare in reply to        heavily in club cricket and regional        Sri Lanka.                                  A. Cusack c Goudie b Sharif . .71             Mommsen 5-0-26-3 (1w)                        4.3-0-37-1; Stirling 9-0-38-0 (1w);
World Cup giantkillers Ireland’s 320        games.                                         “We got a score that was defend-         A. Poynter lbw b Mommsen . . .51                 SCOTLAND                                  Dockrell 10-0-58-2 (1w); Cusack 5-
for eight.                                    “Apart from big Boyd (Rankin),            able, although it wasn’t as strong as       K. O’Brien c Haq b Mommsen . .0               F. Watts lbw b Dockrell . . . . . . .54      0-26-0; White 2-0-12-0
   “It’s a remarkable innings, phe-         their bowling is a much of a much-          we would have liked going into the          G. Wilson b Davey . . . . . . . . . .22       K. Coetzer b Rankin . . . . . . . . .89        Result: Scotland won by five
nomenal. When he went in, it was do         ness with ours.                             last 10 overs,” said Porterfield.           J. Mooney b Mommsen . . . . . . .5            C. MacLeod c Wilson b Rankin 29              wickets
or die, we needed that impetus,”              “So we thought we could definite-            “Any time you get over 300 it’s a        T. Johnston c MacLeod b Davey17               J. Davey not out . . . . . . . . . . . .50     Toss: Scotland
Drummond said of Berrington’s bat-          ly chase this down with the                 pretty good total, but we didn’t exe-       A. White not out . . . . . . . . . . . . .4   P. Mommsen c Johnston b Dockrell               Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA)
ting effort.                                  Ireland beat England at the World         cute it well.                               B. Rankin not out . . . . . . . . . . . .0    20                                           and Ian Ramage (SCO)

                                                                Several veterans struggle on the range                                                                                                                           Best of the Rest

Bernardo narrowly misses top spot                                                                                                                                                                                                Bryant hails Yao: Kobe Bryant on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Wednesday hailed fellow NBA super-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 star Yao Ming for the Chinese giant’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 contribution to basketball amid reports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the Houston Rockets centre would
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 soon retire.
      Continued from Page 46                                                                                                                                                                                                        Los Angeles Lakers guard Bryant,
   The “brilliant” gunslingers who                                                                                                                                                                                               in the Philippine capital on the first
failed to hold on to their places in the                                                                                                                                                                                         stop of a three-nation Asian tour, said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 he had not heard from Yao about his
“Men’s line up” were Abdullah Al                                                                                                                                                                                                 supposed retirement but said the 30-
Kandari, Hamad Al Mansoor,                                                                                                                                                                                                       year-old’s legacy to the sport was
Romano          Marcelino,         FAST                                                                                                                                                                                          enormous.
Tournament Director Chris Veitch and                                                                                                                                                                                                “His contributions to the NBA can-
David Bridges while FAST Adviser                                                                                                                                                                                                 not be overstated. He is such a huge
Danny San Juan and Bill Blumenthal                                                                                                                                                                                               man and on top of that, he is a phe-
were the two veteran shooters who                                                                                                                                                                                                nomenal player,” Bryant, 32, told
continued to stay in the “Magnificent                                                                                                                                                                                               “We were talking about his injuries
7” this week. They were joined by                                                                                                                                                                                                but when he was playing and he was
Omar Ansari, FAST Tournament                                                                                                                                                                                                     healthy he was dominant in the NBA,”
Director Lambert Bernardo, “El                                                                                                                                                                                                   said Bryant, a five-time NBA title win-
Presidente” Manny Cornelio, Issam                                                                                                                                                                                                ner himself.
Ibrahim and FAST Assistant Secretary                                                                                                                                                                                                The 2.29-metre (7ft 6in) Yao, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 first Asian superstar of the National
Cesar Isidro. Al Mansoor and                                                                                                                                                                                                     Basketball Association, is reported to
Marcelino lost their places because                                                                                                                                                                                              have told the Rockets and the NBA
they were missing from the range this                                                                                                                                                                                            that he had retired after injuries limit-
week.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ed his playing in the past two seasons.
   While some of the top shooters                                                                                                                                                                                                   His groundbreaking eight-season
were vying for a place in the                                                  David Bridges                                                                              Ian Anderson                                           career in the NBA helped the global
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 growth of basketball and made him
“Magnificent7”, Chris Veitch —                                                                                                                                                                                                   one of China’s most famous exports.
FAST Tournament Director and one                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yao’s agent in China told reporters
of the Three Musketeers— appeared                                                                                                                                                                                                the player would make an announce-
to have been out shopping early for                                                                                                                                                                                              ment in his home city of Shanghai on
his holidays and looked tired by the                                                                                                                                                                                             July 20, fuelling speculation in
time his turn came to go over the                                                                                                                                                                                                China’s media that he would formally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 announce his retirement then. (AFP)
   Veitch took 50.71 seconds to finish                                                                                                                                                                                                    ❑         ❑          ❑
the course while getting 12 Alpha, 6                                                                                                                                                                                             Timberwolves sack Rambis:
Charlie and 2 misses for a 1.1438 hit                                                                                                                                                                                            Minnesota relieved head coach Kurt
factor. He was more tired by the time                                                                                                                                                                                            Rambis of his duties on Tuesday after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 two years guiding the Timberwolves.
the lights went out at the range                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rambis had the worst record in the
because he kept looking for the place                                                                                                                                                                                            National Basketball Association last
the missed bullets might have landed                                                                                                                                                                                             season with just 17 wins. The
and as he could not pinpoint the loca-                                                                                                                                                                                           Timberwolves won just 15 games the
tion the other gunmen were of the                                                                                                                                                                                                year before.
opinion the projectiles might have                                                                                                                                                                                                  “People can argue about this should
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 have happened and that should’ve hap-
gone into orbit especially since the US                                                                                                                                                                                          pened, but I think collectively we felt
has now cut down on its space pro-                                                                                                                                                                                               that we were doing the right thing in
gram.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            terms of the way we approached it,”
   While Veitch was looking for the                                                                                                                                                                                              team president David Kahn said.
lost bullets he noticed Abdullah Al                                          Matthew Caswell                                                                             Richard Swan                                               Kahn hired Rambis in 2009 to turn
Kandari doing the same but for double                                                                                                                                                                                            around one of the league’s struggling
the number. Al Kandari had initiated                                                                                                                                                                                             franchises. But Rambis went 32-132 in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 his two seasons, including a league-
the evening’s event and it seemed to                                                                                                                                                                                             worst 17-65 in 2010-11.
be holding no hidden demons when                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rambis spent 10 seasons as an
his name was picked to have the first                                                                                                                                                                                            assistant coach with the Los Angeles
go.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lakers before joining the ‘Wolves.
   Al Kandari was confident of doing                                                                                                                                                                                                He helped the Lakers to NBA titles
well when he started the run to claim                                                                                                                                                                                            in 2002 and 2009. (AFP)
the best time of the evening as he fin-                                                                                                                                                                                                   ❑        ❑          ❑
ished his shoot in only 36.01 seconds                                                                                                                                                                                            Selig defends Jeter: Major
but he seemed to have sacrificed accu-                                                                                                                                                                                           League Baseball commissioner Bud
racy for speed because he missed 4                                                                                                                                                                                               Selig defended Derek Jeter’s decision
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to skip the all-star game on Tuesday
shots which is not his norm.                                                                                                                                                                                                     saying the New York Yankees captain
   These misses proved costly as they                                                                                                                                                                                            has paid his dues.
not only pulled him out of men’s line-                                                                                                                                                                                              Major League Baseball’s 2011 all-
up but also affected his hit factor as he                                                                                                                                                                                        star game has been hit with a mass
managed only a 1.1108 average while                                                                                                                                                                                              exodus of players as a half dozen play-
the rest of his bullets brought him 16                                                                                                                                                                                           ers pulled out on the weekend bringing
Alpha.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the total of no shows to at least 16.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jeter came off the disabled list last
   Al Kandari remained undaunted                                                                                                                                                                                                 week but looked pretty good on
and stepped up to the course for a sec-                                                                                                                                                                                          Saturday, going five-for-five at the
ond time and this time he was much                                                                                                                                                                                               plate to get his milestone career
better as he achieved a 1.7058 hit fac-                                       Faruk Mujawar                                                                            Mohammad Al Ali                                           3,000th hit. Jeter said he needed to rest
tor based on 15 Alpha, 3 Charlie and 2                                                                                                                                                                                           because of the calf injury that had
misses in 37.52 seconds but this failed                                                                                                                                                                                          sidelined him.
                                            for a 0.8523 hit factor based on 8          counted towards the competition. He         tom of the table when it took him 50.21       appearance at the range due to work,              “There isn’t a player that I’m more
to improve his position as second           Alpha, 1 Bravo, 6 Charlie and 2 Delta.      finished the shoot in 76.36 seconds for     seconds to complete the course but it         Oscar Cordova found out that absence           proud of in the last 15 years than
attempts are not counted towards the           After over 6 months of absence from      a 0.6548 hit factor based on 8 Alpha, 2     was not the fault of his feet because         from the weekly shoots does leave the          Derek Jeter. He has played the game
competition.                                the country due to call of duty, Erick      Bravo, 8 Charlie and 2 misses.              both this magazines got stuck in the          shooting arms unsteady as he missed            like it should be played,” Selig said.
   David Bridges, a veteran shooter         Elizondo made sure that he took the            FAST Tournament Director Raja            holster. Finally, when he was able to         5 shots although he was still able to             “He’s even been a better human
who seems to be taking a roller-coast-      day off Tuesday evening to once again                                                                                                                                                being off the field, as great as he is on
                                                                                        Sulaiman, who made sure to be on the        load the gun he filled all the alphabets      put the rest of the bullets in 9 Alpha, 4      the field. So any concerns I keep hear-
er ride after collecting five trophies      be with his beloved FAST family.            range early to set up the course so that    in the targets to collect 6 Alpha, 8          Charlie and 2 Delta in 57.39 seconds           ing about Derek Jeter isn’t here. I
this season, had a “head-shot” game         Once back he showed that he had not         the gunslingers enjoy the fruit of his      Bravo, 2 Charlie and 1 Delta while            for a 0.1568 hit factor                        respect that. And I must tell you, I
plan which seemed to be working well        misplaced his shooting arm as he com-       labor and enhance their skills, once        missing 3 shots for a 0.6174 hit factor.         On the other hand, shooting out of the      think I’d have made the same decision
except for the fact that there was only     piled a 0.7735 hit factor composed of 8     again failed to master his own cre-           After      a     relaxing     holiday,      competition was Eric Ragma, one of the         that Derek Jeter did. So any suggestion
a thin line that separated the Alpha        Alpha, 6 Charlie and 3 Delta while          ation.                                      Mohammad Al Ali was back on the               finest Range Officers in the arena.            to the contrary, Derek Jeter has
and Bravo spots.                            missing 3 shots in 40.08 seconds.                                                                                                                                                    brought to this sport great pride. He’s
                                                                                           Sulaiman was not troubled at all by      range and 2nd in line to go over the          Ragma showed how things are done by            become a role model, earned it and is
   On checking the targets, it was             Erick took to the course for a sec-      the result as he knew that he had pro-      course. He finished in 60.15 seconds          gathering a 2.1439 hit factor based on
found that Bridges’ bullets had landed                                                                                                                                                                                           still earning it.” (AFP)
                                            ond time and as he was aware that this      vided the FAST members with a chal-         for a 0.4988 hit factor based on 11           13 Alpha, 1 Bravo and 5 Charlie while
in 5 Alpha, 12 Bravo and 1 Charlie                                                                                                                                                                                                         ❑          ❑        ❑
                                            score would not be counted he just          lenging scenario.                           Alpha, 5 Charlie and 4 misses.                also finding a maverick in his gun. Not
while two of the bullets seemed to          enjoyed the run, not really focusing           Sulaiman finished 3rd from the bot-        After over two months of non                only was Ragma the second best with            ‘Stadiums reviewing safety’:
have ricocheted off the targets to give     on the shoot which resulted in him                                                                                                                                                   Commissioner Bud Selig said
him a 1.0459 hit factor after he fin-                                                                                                                                             the gun, he also had best time of the          American baseball teams are review-
                                            failing to collect any score as he                                                                                                    evening when he took only 34.05 sec-           ing safety at their stadiums after a
ished the course in 42.07 seconds           missed 7 shots.                                                                                                                                                                      Texas Rangers fan plummeted to his
   Ian Anderson, a new shooter who                                                                                                                                                onds to go over the course.
                                               Faruk Mujawar, one of the loyal                                                                                                       Meanwhile, FAST officials have              death during a game last week.
was at the range for the last couple of     FAST members, managed a 0.7726 hit                                                                                                                                                      Selig said Major League Baseball
weeks, will be truly missed since he is     factor based on 8 Alpha, 2 Bravo, 6                                                                                                   announced that all newcomers wish-             clubs are looking at potential danger
about to go on his holiday later this       Charlie, 1 Delta and 3 misses in 45.30                                                                                                ing to participate in the weekly shoot         spots in stadiums to see if improve-
week. For Anderson, it was the 2nd          seconds. Mujawar was off the range                                                                                                    must come to the range well ahead of           ments can be made. But Selig said
                                                                                                                                                                                  time for a “dry run” over the course.          there are no plans to ban the players
time to join the weekly fun shoot but       for quite a while due to injury and                                                                                                                                                  from throwing souvenir balls into the
he proved that he has the right shoot-      only started shooting again last week.                                                                                                The aim of this dry run is to ensure the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 stands. Shannon Stone, a 39-year-old
ing arm when he walked home—to the             Newcomer Richard Swan per-                                                                                                         newcomer’s safety as well as that of           Texas fireman, died Thursday at the
amazement of all — with a 1.0041 hit        formed well considering that it was                                                                                                   all those present at the range. Those          Rangers’ ballpark while attending the
factor in a safely run 68.72 seconds.       his first time to join the fun shoot.                                                                                                 newcomers who fail to turn up for this         game with his six-year-sold son
Although he had a maverick bullet this      Giving priority to safety, he took his                                                                                                dry run will not be allowed to take            Cooper.
week, the rest of the bullets brought                                                                                                                                             part in the actual competition.                   He lost his footing and flipped over
                                            time over the course and finished in                                                                                                                                                 the railing while catching the ball
him 12 Alpha, 6 Charlie and 1 Delta         64.07 seconds.                                                                                                                           FAST officials would like to invite         thrown into the outfield stands by
   Meanwhile, Sunny Andrade — one              Swan’s shooting was not bad as he                                                                                                  everyone on Tuesday evenings to                Rangers’ outfielder Josh Hamilton and
of the veteran gunslingers— can’t           put the bullets in 9 Alpha, 7 Charlie,                                                                                                their     Weekly       Fun      Shooting       plunged eight metres to his death.
seem to find the right antidote to get      and 2 Delta while getting 2 misses for                                                                                                Competitions at the Mayadeen                      “I think everybody is reviewing
back into the “Magnificent 7” lineup        a 0.7492 hit factor. Swan enjoyed his                                                                                                 Shooting Range in Subhan. For                  parts of their ballparks where some-
because he is tied up with the late shift                                                                                                                                         details contact FAST President                 thing like this could happen,” Selig
                                            initial run and decided to give it anoth-                                                                                                                                            said prior to Tuesday’s all-star game.
he has to work at a hospital. This          er go but the second time around he                                                                                                   Manny Cornelio 6673-7298 and                   “Maybe there’s some things that they
seems to have affected his sharpness        appeared a little more relaxed since he                                                                 Photos by Mahmoud Jadeed      FAST Vice-President Chito Lamigo               can or can’t do. (AFP)
as he missed 3 shots in 38.72 seconds       knew that the 2nd shoot was not                                            Cathy Palos Cordova                                        9958-2781.