Windies save worst for last … Crumble to historic low against England

first_imgENGLANDJ Roy c Holder b Joseph 17A Hales c Nurse b Joseph 110J Root c C Brathwaite b Joseph 101+J Buttler b Holder 7*E Morgan b Nurse 11B Stokes c K Brathwaite b Holder 34M Ali c & b Joseph 0C Woakes c Bishoo b Holder 13L Plunkett run out 11A Rashid run out 9S Finn not out 2Extras (b1, lb3, w8, nb1) 13TOTAL (all out, 50 overs) 328Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Roy, 5.5 overs), 2-219 (Hales, 36.2), 3-232 (Buttler, 37.4), 4-249 (Morgan, 41.1), 5-263 (Root, 42.4), 6-264 (Ali, 43), 7-304 (Woakes, 47.3), 8-304 (Stokes, 47.4), 9-317 (Rashid, 49.2), 10-328 (Plunkett, 50).Bowling: Holder 10-1-41-3 (w2), Joseph 10-0-76-4 (w2, nb1), Bishoo 5-0-44-0 (w1), C Brathwaite 10-0-56-0 (w3), Nurse 8-0-57-1, Carter 4-0-28-0, K Brathwaite 3-0-22-0.WEST INDIESK Powell c Hales b Finn 6E Lewis c & b Woakes 0K Brathwaite c Hales b Woakes 5+S Hope c Root b Plunkett 16J Mohammed b Plunkett 10J Carter c Stokes b Finn 46*J Holder c wkp Buttler b Plunkett 0C Brathwaite lbw b Stokes 7A Nurse c Plunkett b Woakes 6D Bishoo c Roy b Rashid 10A Joseph not out 22Extras (b4, lb1, w9) 14TOTAL (all out, 39.2 overs) 142Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Powell, 0.3 overs), 2-8 (Lewis, 1.3), 3-13 (K Brathwaite, 3.4), 4-32 (Mohammed, 12.1), 5-45 (Hope, 16.2), 6-45 (Holder, 16.3), 7-75 (C Brathwaite, 25.1), 8-87 (Nurse, 28.2), 9-113 (Carter, 35.3), 10-142 (Bishoo, 39.2)Bowling: Finn 10-1-35-2 (w2), Woakes 8-1-16-3 (w2), Stokes 7-2-27-1 (w4), Plunkett 8-2-27-3 (w1), Moeen Ali 5-0-27-0, Rashid 1.2-0-5-1.Result: England won by 186 runs.Series: England won three-match series 3-0.Man-of-the-Match: Alex Hales.Man-of-the-Series: Chris Woakes. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC):An inept West Indies suffered their heaviest one-day international defeat to England, when they crashed to a 186-run loss in a lopsided series finale here yesterday.Reserving their worst performance of the three-match series for the historic Kensington Oval, the hosts batted and bowled with equal indifference, as England pulled off their first-ever clean sweep of an ODI series in the Caribbean.Sent in, England equaled their highest-ever total against the West Indies and the highest ever at the venue with 328 all out off their 50 overs, with fit-again opener Alex Hales gathering 110 and Joe Root, 101.The pair dominated the West Indies bowling, adding 192 for the second wicket to pull their side around from the early loss of Jason Roy for 17 in the sixth over with 27 runs on the board.Twenty-year-old fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, playing his first game of the series in place of the injured Shannon Gabriel, claimed four for 76, while captain and fellow seamer Jason Holder picked up three for 41.SUCCESSFUL CHASEHaving never successfully chased a total in excess of 300 to win an ODI, West Indies buckled under the weight of history and collapsed for 142 all out off 39.2 overs – narrowly avoiding their lowest-ever venue total of 141, 23 years ago.Only left-hander Jonathan Carter with 46 showed any enterprise, but he was the sole batsman to pass 20 and one of just three to reach double figures.West Indies were tormented by seamers Chris Woakes (3-16) and Liam Plunkett (3-27) who finished with three wickets apiece while Steven Finn claimed two for 35.Once the hosts collapsed to 45 for six in the 17th over, the mission became one of avoiding embarrassment, and they needed Joseph’s entertaining unbeaten 22 off 13 balls at number 11, to avert total disaster.SCOREBOARDlast_img read more

Salary Cuts: Gov’t’s New Headache

first_imgPresident George WeahCould affected integrity institutions be weakened?President George Weah’s recent pronouncement to cut salaries of government officials, especially appointees and some civil servants, may undermine the independence of anti-graft institutions such as the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), General Auditing Commission (GAC) and Internal Audit Agency (IAA), documents in the possession of the Daily Observer reveal.The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), particularly the office of the Comptroller General, in a memo to line ministries, agencies and commissions said “The payroll deduction will be effective from May 2018 and anticipate your usual cooperation.”President Weah indicated that appointees and civil servants who make US$1000 to US$1,500 will take a 3.5% reduction, US$1,500 to US$2,500 will get a 5% shaved off their salaries, US$2,500 to US$5,000 will make 7.5% less and those making US$5,000 to US$7,861 will get a 10% reduction.The Daily Observer source said anti-graft institutions like GAC, IAA and LACC can accomplish their tasks objectively and effectively only if they are independent of audited entities and are protected against outside influence.“President Weah needs to ensure that the salary cuts do not affect our independent institutions like Internal Audit Agency (IAA), and the General Auditing Commission (GAC) in order for them to maintain their independence,” said the Daily Observer source who welcomes the salary cuts.Section 2.1.4 of the General Auditing Commission (GAC) says “The Auditor General shall be paid a remuneration package that is commensurate with equivalent regional heads of Supreme Audit Institutions, as determined through an independent and transparent salaries and remuneration vetting process.”Auditor General, Yusador S. GayeThe Observer source said there is a need for Liberia’s anti-graft institutions, particularly GAC and IAA to be free of politics especially if President Weah is to succeed in the fight against corruption.“The GAC has helped the government to save lots of money and has also recommended to government the way forward to reduce or end corruption in the public sector and must be taken seriously. Government has invested in these anti-graft institutions and must be supported,” said the Observer source.The inclusion of GAC, LACC and IAA in President Weah’s salary cuts, the Observer source said, will help to undermine the independence of these institutions.“The salaries of heads and staff of these institutions must not be cut. They must be free of politics. We don’t need to have people working at these institutions under the influence of President Weah,” the source added.According to the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAI), of which Liberia is a member state, “Although state institutions cannot be absolutely independent because they are part of the state as a whole, Supreme Audit Institutions shall have the functional and organizational independence required to accomplish their tasks.The ISSAI, which is called The Lima Declaration, further states that “the establishment of Supreme Audit Institutions and the necessary degree of their independence shall be laid down in the Constitution; details may be set out in legislation.”CENTAL program manager, Gerald YeakulaThe Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) in its recent 100 Day Assessment report of the Weah led-Administration said although President Weah has vowed to support anti-corruption efforts, key integrity institutions with major anti-corruption mandates have little access to the President.Gerald D. Yeakula, CENTAL program director who presented the findings said the President has met with the Governance Commission but is yet to hold similar dedicated meetings with institutions such as the GAC and LACC.At the Cabinet retreat held from May 17-18, Yeakula said “Integrity institutions were afforded the opportunity to make first-time presentations. However, such gatherings fall short of providing integrity institutions the space and access to the President, whose political will and support is critical to fighting corruption.”He said the President recently constituted a committee to investigate corruption around the sale of Oil ‘Block 13’ as reported by Global witness, but failed to include on said committee, the LACC, which has a Statutory mandate to investigate corruption. These developments weaken the morale of the integrity institutions concerned, he added.Mr. Yeakula emphasized the issue of limited moral support to integrity institutions by the Weah led-Administration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Fantastic’ Liverpool surpass Klopp’s expectations

first_imgMohamed Salah’s brace was followed by goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, who also struck twice to leave Liverpool five up by the 68th minute.Liverpool let their guard down in the closing stages and Roma netted twice to give themselves a slender chance of a second-leg escape act in Italy.But Klopp admitted he couldn’t have hoped for a more dynamic display from his team.“It was the perfect performance for pretty much 80 minutes. We made defensively one mistake, then their penalty is not a penalty but that is the situation and now it is 5-2,” he said.“Of course we would have been more happy with 5-0 or 5-1 but 5-2 is a fantastic result. We go there and try again.“It is absolutely better than I thought before the game.”Following Klopp’s game-plan, Liverpool exploited Roma’s creaky defence as Salah and Mane ran them ragged with their pace and movement.“We had all these runs behind, it changed the game completely and they couldn’t cope with that. We scored these goals and could have scored more,” Klopp said.“That is all positive, at this moment it doesn’t feel all positive because they scored these two goals but tomorrow I will see the really good part of the game.”Aside from Roma’s late double, the only problem for Klopp on a memorable evening was the injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that saw him carried off in the first half.“Oxlade-Chamberlain is probably a really bad injury,” Klopp said.“That is bad news for us. The squad doesn’t get bigger at the moment so we need to be creative in the next few games.”Although Liverpool fans will be dreaming of a final showdown with Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, their players are well aware Roma staged a stunning fightback to eliminate Barcelona in the quarter-finals.The Italians lost the first leg 4-1, but won 3-0 in Rome to go through on away goals.Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admitted there was frustration at letting Roma back into it and he warned his team-mates not to let down their guard in the return leg.“It felt as though we were in full control but we basically gave them two goals, you can’t do that in the Champions League,” he said.“At the same time we played well, we will go there with a three-goal advantage.“Overall we have got to stay positive. We knew it would not be easy here, we know it will not be easy there.“It will be a challenge but one we will look forward to and one we will hopefully finish them off.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp (R) applauds the Liverpool fans along with James Milner after Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg win over Roma © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 25 – Jurgen Klopp saluted Liverpool’s “fantastic” 5-2 demolition of Roma on Tuesday as the Reds manager soaked up a Champions League semi-final first leg goal spree that was beyond his expectations.Klopp’s side are within touching distance of the final after crushing Roma at Anfield.last_img read more