CRUISING West Indies, who were cruising at 147 for three, had lost two quick wickets, including Pope, who laid the foundation by putting on 44 runs for the first wicket with Tevin Imlach. Hetmyer arrived to lead the recovery of an innings which appeared to be wobbling and compiled a 64-run stand with Keacy Carty. Heymyer’s score of 60, his second straight half century, included 7 fours and a six, while Carty picked up two boundaries in his contribution of 22. Hetmyer’s departure threatened to tilt the game towards Bangladesh but when Jyd Goolie joined Springer, the two gathered 30 runs for the fifth wicket to take the score past 175. The run chase was disrupted again when left-arm spinner Saleh Ahmed Shawon, Bangladesh’s chief wicket taker with three for 37, struck twice in four balls to remove Goolie for nine and Paul for four. But Springer weathered the threat by teaming up with Michael Frew to steal singles and twos in a patient stand of 36. Springer, dropped on 15, was unbeaten on 62 with five fours and a six, and scored the winning runs for West Indies when he smashed Mohammad Saifuddin through the covers for four. Earlier, captain Mehedi was forced to rescue his side with a top score of 60 after they had slumped to 88 for four. Mehedi stitched together an 85-run partnership with Mohammed Saifuddin for the sixth wicket, which lifted the homeboys from 113 for five to almost 200. Paul broke the partnership, capturing the wicket of Mehedi and added two lower-order wickets to finish with impressive figures of three for 20 from three overs. DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC): West Indies will make their second appearance in the Under-19 World Cup final after a stunning three-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the semi-final at Shere Bangla National Stadium yesterday. West Indies, inspired by an all-round performance from man of the match Shamar Springer, silenced more than 10,000 fans at the stadium with a gutsy run chase to overhaul the 227 runs set by Bangladesh who won the toss and elected to field. Keemo Paul destroyed the Bangladesh lower order, grabbing three for 20, including the important scalp of captain Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who led the innings with a half century. Half centuries from Shimron Hetmyer and Springer, under pressure, complemented a positive innings from opener Gidron Pope as the visitors negotiated some anxious moments before romping to victory with eight balls remaining. They will now contest the showpiece championship match against India in Mirpur on Sunday. Pope, who was dropped on 23, started the chase in aggressive fashion, clobbering 14 runs in the first over on his way to 38.
The quality of a performance is largely determined by how skilful the performer is.Different skills are needed to perform and participate in different sport activities. The individual becomes familiar with these skills by practising, which eventually leads to mastering the skill. Once the skills are mastered, they can be executed effectively, consistently and efficiently within a competitive game or activity.Therefore, we can define skill as the learnt ability to choose and perform consistently the right techniques (basic patterns of movements) at the right time with maximum certainty and efficiency.Types of skillThere are many different sports and an amazing variety of physical skills. Physical skills involve the movement of the body and are normally called motor skills.Motor skills take time to learn and are the result of a series of mental and physical processes developed through practice.Some motor skills involve movement of a large group of muscles. These are known as gross motor skills. Example: activities that use large blocks of muscle to produce powerful and skilful movement such as javelin throws.Other motor skills involve the movement of a small group of muscles. These are called fine motor skills. Example: the action of the wrist movement in a badminton shot. Gross and fine motor skills need to be repeated consistently for successful performance.Motor skills can be divided into open and closed types. The division between open and closed skills is based on the type of situation or environment in which the skills are used.Open skillsThese are performed in situations that continually change and the player has to keep adapting to the changes as they happen. Successful performance depends on the player’s ability to see what is going on, accurately interpret what is happening, anticipate and act in the right way at the right moment. Example: intercepting passes, moving into position to receive passes and saving a goal, etc.Closed skillsThese are performed in predictable and stable conditions. You have to try to produce the movement in the same way each time. Skills such as cartwheels in gymnastics and free shots in basketball are examples.Most motor skills in sports lie somewhere between open and closed and can be considered as being at either end of a continuous system or continuum. Between the two ends of the continuum are skills made up of both open and closed elements. A continuum is a line which allows for skills made up of open and closed elements to be shown.All skills need to be practised under conditions as close as possible to those that they are going to be performed in. Open skills need to be practised in situations that involve change. Closed skills need to be practised in exactly the same way each time – repetitively. Skills with open and closed elements need both types of practice.Phases of skill learningThe learning of skills goes through phases. The length of each will depend on the difficulty of the skill, level of ability and the amount of practice. The three distinct phases are the cognitive, the associative, and the autonomous.ï Cognitive phase – This is the beginner’s phase. The skill is new. Clear demonstrations, simple instructions and practice are needed. Emphasis must be on technique and not outcome. A lot of errors, jerky performance and inaccuracies will occur. However, praises for correct actions must be given.ï Associative phase – Techniques are learnt and the concentration is on practising the skill. Performance improves, fewer errors are made, and the individual begins to analyse movements and make corrections through internal (use of senses) and external (the coach) feedback.ï Autonomous phase – Expertise is developed and the skill is now performed automatically. The skill is now performed consistently, effectively and efficiently. More concentration is on decision making concerning strategies and tactics. Example: a tennis player concerned about where to play the best shot, rather than the shot itself.Knowing about the different phases helps coaches to plan training activities that match the development of each performer. It is important to learn the skill correctly as you move through the phases because bad habits in the cognitive or associative phases can be difficult to correct later.Next week: Factors affecting performance.
JAMAICA ended the 45th Carifta Games in St Georges, Grenada, last night in fine style as they had a clean sweep in the 4x400m to follow up on their sweep in the 4x100m on yesterday’s final day as the country ended with a record 86 medals.This included 43 gold, 28 silver and 15 bronze medals.The Bahamas was way behind in second place with 34 medals (6 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze), while Barbados occupied third place with 14 medals (6 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze).The girls’ Under-18 quartet of Shania Powell, Stacy-Ann Williams, Shian Salmon and Sanique Walker got the show going as the Jamaican team led from start to finish, clocking a fast 3:39.31 to win easily, as The Bahamas (3:43.06) and the British Virgin Islands (3:47.43) had to settle for silver and bronze.Despite some early challenge from Barbados, Jamaica’s quartet of Anthony Cox, Dashinelle Dyer, Jhevaughn Matherson and Christopher Taylor cooled their rivals to win the Under-18 boys’ event in 3:12.54.Satanya Wright, Semoy Hemmings, Junelle Bromfield and Tiffany James continued the streak in the Under-20 girls’ event, stopping the clock at 3:34.73 ahead of The Bahamas, 3:48.96 with Grenada finishing third in 3:47.43.WELL-CONTROLLEDRunning a well-controlled anchor leg, Akeem Bloomfield piloted the boys’ Under-20 team to a win in 3:10.55. The other members on the team were Jauvaney James, Nathan Brown and Kimor Barrett.It was a bright start for Jamaica on the track yesterday evening as it was a clean sweep for the country’s athletes in the sprint hurdles, with Dasazay Freeman setting the stage in the girls’ Under-18 100m hurdles, winning the gold medal in 13.44 seconds.In the girls’ Under-20 100m hurdles, Rushelle Burton captured the gold medal after winning in 13.36 seconds. It was close for second, but her teammate Sidney Marshall got the better of Jeminise Parris of Trinidad and Tobago for the silver as both athletes were given an identical time of 13.73 seconds.It was disappointment for Jamaica’s Dejour Russell in the boy’s Under-18 110m hurdles as he was disqualified for false-starting, but his teammate Damion Thomas, who was competing for the first time for Jamaica, captured the gold medal after stopping the clock at 13.32.Jamaica ended the sweep with Rohan Cole taking the Under-20 boys’ 110m hurdles gold after winning the event in 13.71 seconds.DOMINATE 800MIt was three out of four victories for Jamaica in the 800m with Cemore Donaldin the girls’ Under-18 and Shevon Parkes in the boys’ Under-20 leading the way, taking their second gold medals of the championships following wins in the 1500m on Saturday’s opening day.Donald clocked 2:10.66 for the win as teammate Chrissani May made it a one-two for Jamaica picking up silver in 2:13.90.Parkes’ winning time was 1:51.76 as team-mate Nathan Brown captured the silver in 1:52.99. Anthony Cox also picked up silver in the boys’ Under-18 event after finishing second in 1:52.23.Jamaica’s other win came in the girls’ Under-20 800m, as the outstanding Junelle Bromfield showed her class for a runaway win in a personal best 2:06.21.There was two success for Jamaica in the 200m as defending Under-18 girls’ champion, Shaniel English retained her title, while Michael Stephens won the Under-18 boys’ event.
American Gwen Berry and Trinidad and Tobago’s Shakeil Waithe captured the women’s hammer throw and men’s javelin, respectively, at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet yesterday.In the first final, Berry set a National Stadium and meet record with a throw of 73.82 metres in the hammer. Another American, Jene Stephens McCall (71.06m), was second, and Britain’s Sophie Hitch (70.65m), third.Waithe had a winning throw of 76.30m in the javelin. The United States duo, Riley Dolezal (76.26m) and Cypress Hostetler (74.25m) took second and third. Jamaica’s Orlando Thomas (69.92m) was sixth.There was also early action in development events involving promising local athletes.World University Games 100 metres silver medallist Shimarya Williams and Kemarley Brown captured the women’s and men’s 100m, respectively. Williams clocked 11.39 seconds with Brown topping the men in a swift 10.03.Jody Ann Muir won the women’s 400m in 52.08 seconds, ahead of Dawnalee Loney, who ran a personal best 52.38.G.C. Foster College’s Demish Gaye maintained his great 2016 form, winning the men’s one-lap event in 45.61. Javere Bell (46.94) was second.
LONDON (AP):Arsenal manager ArsÈne Wenger says midfielder Jack Wilshere has fractured his left fibula and will face “a few weeks out”.Wilshere sustained the injury after a training-ground collision last week, but the extent of the damage was only revealed yesterday.Wenger said: “I had a bad surprise because it is a hairline crack in his fibula … there is minimal damage apart from bone damage.”The 23-year-old Wilshere, an England international, has had frequent injury problems throughout his career.He missed five months oflast season after surgery on a left ankle injury sustained against Manchester United in November.
NAGPUR, India (AP): New Zealand’s spinners inflicted a shock 47-run defeat on tournament favourites India in the first game of the Super 10 stage at the ICC World Twenty20 yesterday. Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner grabbed 4-11, leg-spinner Ish Sodhi took 3-18 and off-spinner Nathan McCullum added 2-15 on a helpful pitch as India were bowled out for 79 in 18.1 overs. New Zealand had earlier reached 126-7 in the Group Two match. Captain Kane Williamson’s decision to go in with three spinners paid off as India, which came into the tournament with 10 wins in 11 previous T20 games, failed to come to terms with the slow pitch. New Zealand have now beaten India in all five T20 games between the two teams, including two times at the World Twenty20. India had beaten South Africa inside three days in a Test here last year, but the turn on offer this time proved detrimental. Sodhi struck first ball as the in-form Virat Kohli (23) edged one to the wicketkeeper, at which stage India were 39-5. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried to rally his team, but his knock of 30 was of little use. “It was a low-scoring wicket,” Dhoni said. “I thought we restricted them to a good total, but the batting let us down. The shot selection kept putting pressure on the batsmen coming in. “They bowled well and exploited the conditions, but we lacked adaptability. We could have applied ourselves more.” Earlier, India restricted New Zealand to a moderate total with left-hander Corey Anderson holding the innings together. He scored 34 before being dismissed by pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah while trying to scoop the ball towards fine leg. Luke Ronchi got an unbeaten 21 off 11 balls down the order. “It was a tough surface,” Williamson said. “Any score was going to be tough here, but we would have liked to have a few more. We went in with this bowling attack after we had a look at the conditions.”
WITH last year’s winners eliminated, a new champion is set to be crowned as the semi-finals for both the League and Knockout competitions in the 2015-16 Bull Investment Limited-Cable Pro Data Services-sponsored Golden League football competition will be played today at the National Water Commission playing field, Mona.At 3:30 p.m., Harbour View will tackle Kush and Park Rovers will face Nautica in the knockout competition, and at 5 p.m., Kings will play Real Mona and Santos battle Dunn’s All Stars in the league.This competition is for players over 45 years and a few former national players will be competing. The Jermaine Johnson-coached Harbour View will be looking to Ian McNaughton, Neil Stewart, Paul Aiken, Donovan Green and Corey Rowe to get them in the final, while Kush will be looking to player-coach Vincent McGowan, Lance Craig, Mario Hackett, Omar McDermott and Lennox Broderick.Park Rovers, who were the league champions for 2014 and 2015, will be trying to win their first knockout title and will be looking to Woodrow Coleman, Garfield Cooke, Jerome Wilson, Jeffrey James and Donald Broderick. Nautica will look to player-coach Lenworth ‘Teacher’ Hyde, Donovan Lofters, Patrick Williams, Devon Hardware, and Barrington Washington.Santos are favourites to win their fourth Golden League title as they are the only unbeaten team in the competition. All four semi-finalists are from the same preliminary zone, which Santos won by 10 points. Their defence is very mean and has only conceded one goal in 13 matches this season.Coach Lyndon Dawes is expecting them to go all the way and will look to Trevor ‘TC’ Campbell, Bryan Leon, Joseph Henry, Jeffrey Dillion, Clint Reid, and Ian Burnett for victory.Dunn’s All Stars is the only team to defeat Santos as they stopped them 2-0 in the knockout competition in January.However, Santos returned the favour, winning 1-0 in the league’s preliminary round.CONFIDENTCOACHCoach Norris Grant is confident Dunn’s will win again and is looking to former Arnett Gardens striker Denton Shedden, Michael McQueen, Delroy Dixon, Raymond Williams, and Steve Dunn.The other semi-final will see Kings playing Real Mona. Kings’ player-coach David Williams will be looking to Nicholas Ziadie, Gary Peryer, Robert Murray, and Chris Denny, while the Ian Bond-coached Real Mona will look to Christopher Williams, Roger Bishop, Crafton Walker, Chris Green, and the prolific Mark Miller, who still plays for the Jamaica Defence Force in the KSAFA Major League football competition.
ASSESSMENTS ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Manager of the West Indies team on tour of the United Arab Emirates, Joel Garner, has strongly rejected as “misleading” claims of disorganisation in the regional side from veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. Garner released a statement on Monday saying the team management is “disappointed but not surprised” by Bravo’s comments during an interview on i95.5 FM in Trinidad. The charges and countercharges between Bravo and Garner came on the heels of ordinary performances by West Indies, which have resulted in them losing all five limited-overs games played so far against Pakistan. “The management of the West Indies team in Dubai is disappointed but not surprised by the comments made in the press by Dwayne Bravo,” the statement said. “Mr Bravo, with prior permission, by the former head coach, turned up on the day before the first Twenty20 match. His suggestion of disorganisation in the team’s plans and preparation is, therefore, false and misleading.” Apart from suffering a whitewash in the three-match T20 series, West Indies have already lost two of the three one-day international (ODI) matches and are in danger of losing the final one today. “I was there in Dubai and basically, players were lost, the management team looked lost … we were looking like school kids again,” Bravo had said. “The team meetings had no sort of positive input or anything like that. It was like we were just there.” But Garner, the former West Indies pacer, said the team was “well prepared” to play Pakistan. He said part of the preparation included a session on September 10 and 11 in Barbados for physical screening and fitness assessments. Garner also pointed to a seven-day build-up to the first T20 match against Pakistan, which included a warm-up match. “This team was well prepared to engage Pakistan considering the conditions and the adjustments that were necessary to bring meaningful benefits to this team. While change is difficult to manage, none of the players were neglected by the coaching and support staff in the execution of their duties,” said Garner. “The team’s preparation consisted of acclimatisation, recovery sessions, strength and conditioning, nets and skill sets, and management-planning meeting, which were supported by video footage of the opposition, bullet point reminders and input from our experienced coaching staff and inclusive of the T20 and ODI captains and the players.” Bravo also pointed out that the West Indies Cricket Board’s decision to sack head coach Phil Simmons on the day of the squad’s departure for Dubai had left the Caribbean side demoralised. But Garner did not react to those comments.
Buchanan’s strike condemned St George’s College to only their third loss at Winchester Park since 2007. A fired-up Buchanan, who was one of the former champions’ standout performers on the day and also this season, due to his powerful dribbling skills and ability to play on both sides of the field, said he was anticipating a good performance against the St George’s team. “Well, it’s a great feeling scoring against St George’s College. Anytime scoring against STGC, it’s a great feeling. I am very happy,” Buchanan added. Excelsior High will welcome Tivoli Gardens today in a game that should bring a comfortable win for Buchanan and his teammates. THIRD LOSS Influential Excelsior High school footballer Thorne Buchanan says he is ready to lead his Mountain View-based outfit to success in this season’s ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup competition after another solid outing in his last game. The skillful attacking player scored a clever 17th-minute penalty strike against many-time champions St George’s College in a spirited contest, which saw his school slide one point ahead of the ‘light blues’ in the race for group honours. The result was an important one in what seems destined to be a hard-fought Group A, with the teams scheduled to replay a match, which was called off on September 20, due to the sudden death of Dominic James – St George’s former captain. Buchanan described the win as a special one and said that he was also looking forward to their next coming together. “Yes, playing George’s again, hard work again, next victory. We are looking forward to it. I am motivated for this game, especially,” Buchanan stressed. “This can be a big year for me. I just need to continue putting in the work and performing. I am looking forward to scoring at least 12 goals, but I am heading for more,” he told The Gleaner in reference to what was his fifth goal of the season, last week.
National netballer Nicole Aiken-Pinnock says that she is suffering from fatigue because of inactivity after her Clarendon Gators’ 55-22 loss to the St Catherine Racers in the Berger Elite Netball League at the Leila Robinson Courts on Saturday night.Aiken-Pinnock played at goal defence during the game and says that she is not yet where she needs to be physically.”I haven’t played netball in a very long while, from Fast5 (Netball World Series), I actually just started back my personal training this week so it’s gonna take a lot of work to get me back to fitness.”Aiken-Pinnock says that she hopes she can quickly get back to where she needs to be physically, in order to gel, as she describes it, with her teammates.MORE PRACTICE NEEDED”We need more practice time together,” she says. “We just have to work on some strategies and some techniques that can help us to win games.”The Gators, who are the defending champions, have lost both their matches played to date and Aiken-Pinnock says that the team’s performance is not acceptable for the Elite league.”For an attacking team, we have to get it together and we have to shoot,” she says. “At the end of the day, goals win matches and not just defensive work. We have to get the movement correct, we have to get the passes correct, and we just have to keep working at it and I’m sure that if we work on it, we’ll get it right.”Saturday’s fixtures also saw National Under-21 player Simone Gordon score twenty eight of thirty five goal attempts as the Under-21 Suns beat the Under-21 Shiners 45-36 to get their first win of the season.Former national player Simone Forbes registered twenty one of 29 attempts as the St Ann Orchids kept their 100 percent record going, with a 43-35 win over the Kingston Hummingbirds.firstname.lastname@example.org