ANTHONY Bramble warmed up with an unbeaten second-innings half-century to complement pacer Keon Joseph’s five- wicket haul as Leon Johnson’s XI secured a 5-wicket win over Anthony Adams’ XI in yesterday’s final day of the first 3-Day practice game played at Providence. After making 174 in the first innings, Adams’ XI ended on 154 all out batting a second time.Top-scorer Raymond Perez, who overnighted with 40, failed to convert on the final day, while his partner Jonathan Foo who had 27 was removed for 35, with Ronaldo Alimohamed the next best scorer with 27.Senior Jaguars pacer Joseph got himself going as he bagged 5 for 75 from 10 overs for the Johnson’s XI. Left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie also gained some confidence ahead of the season with returns of 3 for 33. Eyeing a 100-plus run target on Day 3, Johnson’s XI batsmen were focussed despite losing a few wickets on their way to a much-needed win, ending on 202 for 5 after they were steamrolled for a measly first-innings 127.Guyana’s leading run-scorer in 4-Day matches over the past few seasons, wicketkeeper Bramble, led the way with an unbeaten 55 off 49 with 8 fours, making up for his first-innings failure.Middle-order batsman Vishaul Singh (47) narrowly missed a half-century but he too made amends for his failed first attempt as he dug in for 118 minutes.The openers, Chandrapaul Hemraj and Trevon Griffith, also got their feet moving as they hit 30 and 26 respectively. Skipper Johnson looked good with 3 sweet fours but eventually fell for 17 as his woes continued. All-rounder Chris Barnwell scored 17 but his recent form is a reminder that he could possibly score a big one in the second match.Adams’ XI managed to find success with Foo who returned with 3 wickets and Ricardo Adams 2 for 36.Jaguars marquee players Devendra Bishoo had 5 wickets, Academy and Windies Youth player Kevin Sinclair hit the only other half-century, apart from Bramble, and bagged wickets as well as Joseph who got into good rhythm on the final day – all good signs ahead of the Regional 4-Day.Meanwhile, players will look to make their final impressions when the final two-day practice match bowls off on Thursday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
Teofimo Lopez, American-Honduran boxer and number one contender in the IBF Lightweight division, has revealed that that his dream bout with Ghana’s Richard Commey, may not happen if he fails to sort his personal issues that are bothering him at the moment.Lopez defeated Masayoshi Nakatani on July 19 to become the mandatory challenger to Richard Commey’s reign as Lightweight champion but it turns out that the bout could suffer.Lopez himself has stated that his mother and sister were not at his wedding as they did not approve of his choice of wife and that caused relations in the family to strain.Lopez, in an interview with Max Kellerman, on ESPN’s Max on Boxing, last week, revealed that serious disagreements in his family may pose a big problem to the possibility of Commey vs Lopez bout in the future.“If we don’t sort these things out, there won’t be a fight between myself and Richard Commey. I have to regroup within myself. I can beat all these guys, impressively and without any flaws in the ring.But if Teofimo is not happy when he’s in the ring, then those are the problems that—the only person that can beat me, is me.“Of course it’s only going to get harder. The competition gets tougher. I will fight again, but not until everything is organized again and back at ground one.”With this latest development, it is unclear when the bout will happen and fans will have to wait until Lopez is ready for the showdown.