Somerset eager for Gayle’s return

first_imgLONDON (CMC):Somerset officials said they were anxiously anticipating Chris Gayle’s appearance in the Twenty20 Blast later this year, after the West Indies batting star signed off on a six-match deal to represent the English county.The 36-year-old Jamaican had a massive impact when he played in last year’s tournament, smashing scores of 92, 151 not out and 85 not out to pile up 328 runs in just three games.Director of Cricket Matthew Maynard said the club was already looking forward to Gayle’s presence.”We are absolutely delighted to have secured the services of Chris Gayle once again. He is a genuinely world-class player and was absolutely phenomenal for us last year,” Maynard said.”He is probably the biggest name in the sport at the moment and his performances in the Big Bash recently have only underlined his status as one of the most explosive players that cricket has ever seen.Club chief executive Guy Lavender said what had been even more impressive about Gayle during his stint with Somerset last year was his community involvement and charity work.This aspect, Lavender pointed out, had been a key factor in extending the relationship with the superstar left-hander.”Everyone sees the runs that he scores, but not everyone will be aware of his willingness to help off the pitch. It is these two elements which have maintained our desire to ensure that he would be back with us in 2016.”Gayle is arguably the most valued T20 batsman in the international game and is coming off a successful outing in the Australia Big Bash for Melbourne Stars.His stint for Somerset will run from June 1-17 following his campaign in the Indian Premier League, and Gayle says he is keen on helping Somerset qualify for the advanced rounds of the competition.”I really enjoyed my time at Somerset last year. It’s a great Club and the supporters were absolutely incredible,” Gayle said.”I’m looking forward to seeing the fans again and to scoring some more runs. Hopefully, I can help the club make it through to the later stages of the NatWest T20 Blast.”last_img read more

Fort St. John tops October precipitation average in first week, again

first_imgLast year the first seven days of the month resulted in 29.7 millimetres, including 28.2 on the first day. However, it was the tenth of the month before we received the first measurable snowfall of the season of 4.4 centimetres. This year it appears we’ll wait longer than that, as the current seven day forecast indicates we dodged another possibility of overnight flurries, and the only precipitation now predicted through Thanksgiving Day is a 60 per cent chance of showers tomorrow. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Africa won World Cup 2018, tweets Amitabh Bachchan. Twitterati responds

first_imgFrance defeated Croatia 4-2 in a dramatic final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to win the FIFA World Cup for the second time in 20 years. Veteran Bollywood Star Amitabh Bachchan saw things differently.Immediately after France won their second World Cup on Sunday, a user on Twitter pointed out to Big B that several players in the French squad are of African origin which includes the likes of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, N’Golo Kante, Samuel Umtiti, Steven Nzonzi, Presnel Kimpembe, Ousmane Dembele, Steve Mandanda, Benjamin Mendy and Blaise Matuidi among others.And Bachchan responded : “That’s it then…AFRICA won the World Cup 2018!!!”Thats it then Africa won the World Cup 2018 Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 15, 2018The tweet did not go down well with some Twitter users explaining that it was France’s diverse team who had won, and others saying that it was in poor taste.French players proud to represent AfricaBachchan senior put out another tweet where he congratulated France for the World Cup win and Russia for hosting the tournament.”Congratulations France for winning the World Cup ! Congratulations Croatia for winning our hearts!..and CONGRATULATIONS Russia for a most fantastic WC 2018..systematic, efficient, secure, filled with incredible hospitality and smiling faces everywhere..,” he tweeted.T 2868 – – Congratulations France for winning the World Cup ! Congratulations Croatia for winning our hearts ! .. and CONGRATULATIONS Russia for a most fantastic WC 2018 .. systematic, efficient, secure, filled with incredible hospitality and smiling faces every where .. ! Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 15, 20182018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”It has always been the case that the French team has always had players from Africa and from other countries and territories, and not just in football but in other sports,” France coach Didier Deschamps said ahead of the final.”They are all French and they are all proud to be French but through their origins, through their childhood, they have friends, they have families in these countries so they have a certain attachment to these countries and a certain pride that these people will see them play in a World Cup Final.” N’Golo Kante played an integral part in France’s World Cup 2018 triumph (AP Photo)Deschamps on Sunday became only the third man in history to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach. The former Juventus coach equalled the record of Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.As for the match, a first-ever own goal in a World Cup final gave France the lead as Mario Mandzukic headed a free-kick into his own net in the 18th minute but Croatia pulled level through a strike from Ivan Perisic in the 28th minute.Also read- Coach Didier Deschamps says it is ‘marvellous’Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty in the 38th minute to regain France’s lead which was further increased to 3-1 by Paul Pogba in the 59th minute.Kylian Mbappe (65th) made it 4-1 before Mandzukic pounced on a blunder from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to reduce the difference to two in the 69th minute, giving some hope to Croatia. But the third goal from Croatia never arrived as the talented French side, coached by Didier Deschamps sealed a deserving triumph.Antoine Griezmann soaks in surreal atmosphere after France win World CupFrance thus pulled level with South American powerhouses Argentina (1978, 1986) and Uruguay (1930, 1950) as the third nation with two World Cup titles.With this win, Deschamps, who captained the title winning 1998 French side, achieved the rare distinction of becoming only the third man, in history — after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and German legend Franz Beckenbauer — to win the World Cup both as a player and a head coach.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more