“I didn’t think it (participation) would have led to this and all what took place, so everything has been unexpected. I am really surprised, I didn’t know that anything like this was going to happen,” he exclaimed. “From the moment I came through the airport, my family and school was there cheering me on, and it was just a feeling of excitement and feeling good to know my school can support me like this; whatever happened, they still have me as a winner, and I feel good to know I can make my country proud and my family and school happy,” he told The Gleaner. Mayhew, who has only been in the sport for over a year now, revealed that the track was not the best. “The environment at the track wasn’t perfect to get the best times. All the competitors’ times were slower than their best in training, so that really affected everyone. But I tried my best although the track wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t enough to win the race. “But I am 13th in the world, and that is awesome,” he beamed. “A lot of support was there. There were few Jamaicans, but everyone supported me because they love Jamaicans, and that was one of the factors that caused me to get my best time, and I really feel good and hope for the best in the future,” he continued. “My motivation is to make everyone proud and put my best in everything I do. I feel I can make it. I know I have the potential as I am doing the sport for 12 months and qualified for the Youth Olympics with lack of training and factors needed to perfect the sport. “But I am going somewhere in life, and that’s a challenge. I will keep on doing what I am doing to make everyone proud,” he said. Charlemont High School gave Daniel Mayhew a hero’s welcome for his performance at the Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway recently, with an open march celebration at the Linstead-based institution on Monday. The march started almost on the highway and the students travelled for little over a mile en route to the school, where the 17-year-old got an even greater reception from the waiting school populace, with banners and pictures of his achievement decorating the school. Mayhew became Jamaica’s first Junior Winter Olympics representative, finishing a creditable 13th in the monobob competition at the Games. “I thank Charlemont High School for putting it (celebration) on. The feeling I got was extraordinary, I felt so happy knowing I wasn’t a winner on the podium and I come home a winner because of the support everyone has shown me,” said Mayhew. SURPRISED
West Indies Women will have to come from behind if they are to top their five-match one-day international series against England Women after going down by 112 runs in game three at Sabina Park yesterday.Asked to get 221 for victory the West Indies, who won game two to level the series, imploded, and were dismissed for 108 with 13.2 overs remaining.Yesterday’s win handed England a 2-1 lead in the series with game four set for tomorrow at Sabina Park.”It was a tough match,” West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor said after the game and indeed it was, as England gradually took control after winning the toss and batting.England started cautiously and were 24 for two in the eighth over.BIGGEST TOTALHowever, led by opener Lauren Winfield, England posted what was their biggest total of the series.Winfield scored 79 and got good support from Natalie Sciver who made 58.The two shared a 94-run fourth wicket stand which took the total from 72 for three to 167 for four.Bowling for the West Indies Shaquana Quintyne took three for 36.When the West Indies batted they had a fair start and were 35 for one in the 13th over. However, as soon as captain Stafanie Taylor was bowled for nine by pacer Jenny Gunn to break a 20-run stand with opener Quintyne, it triggered a mini-collapse from which the home team never recovered.Quintyne hit a topscore of 21, and Shermaine Campbell got 20.Gunn, two for eight, left-arm spinner Alex Hartley, two for 24, and pacer Laura Marsh, two for 31, ended as England’s leading bowlers.”For us, it was just the kind of performance we were hoping for,” said England’s captain, Heather Knight.”Our batters did a good job to get us to a very competitive total, and when we bowled we kept the pressure up from the get-go.”SCOREBOARDENGLANDL. Winfield b Dottin 79T. Beaumont c King b Connell 4G. Elwiss b Dottin 3*H. Knight c Cooper b Fletcher 22N. Sciver c Dottin b Fletcher 58D. Wyatt b Quintyne 17+A. Jones c Campbelle b Matthews 12K. Brunt c Fletcher b Quintyne 2J. Gunn b Quintyne 7L. Marsh st Aguilleira b Matthews 0A. Hartley not out 1Extras (lb2, w12, nb1) 15Total (all out; 49.5 overs) 220Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-24, 3-72, 4-167, 5-185, 6-208, 7-210, 8-213, 9-214, 10-220.Bowling: Connell 8-0-42-1 (w1), Dottin 10-0-45-2 (w6, nb1), Fletcher 10-1-39-2 (w1), Mohammed 5-0-19-0, Quintyne 8.5-0-36-3, Matthews 4-0-20-2.WEST INDIES WOMENH. Matthews lbw b Brunt 5S. Quintyne c Knight b Gunn 21*S. Taylor b Gunn 9D. Dottin c Brunt b Knight 20+M. Aguilleira run out 0B. Cooper lbw b Marsh 4S. Campbelle b Hartley 18S. King lbw b Elwiss 8A. Fletcher c Knight b Hartley 0A. Mohammed c Elwiss b Marsh 9S. Connell not out 2Extras (lb3, w9) 12Total (all out; 35.4 overs) 108Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-35, 3-47, 4-48, 5-64, 6-69, 7-94, 8-94, 9-105, 10-108. (Mohammed, 35.4)Bowling: Brunt 5-1-11-1 (w1), Sciver 4-0-13-0, Marsh 9.4-1-31-2 (w1), Gunn 5-0-8-2 (w4), Hartley 7-0-24-2, Knight 4-0-16-1, Elwiss 1-0-2-1 (w1).Result: England Women won by 112 runs.Series: England Women lead five-match series 2-1.Toss: England Women.Umpires: G. Brathwaite, N. Duguid.
Rohit Sharma missed out on the opportunity to score runs on a flat deck but his Mumbai team-mates Kaustubh Pawar and Suryakumar Yadav slammed centuries to frustrate New Zealand on day two of the tour game at the Ferozshah Kotla.Rohit managed to retain his spot in the Test squad for the New Zealand series despite going through a lean patch with the bat. However, the right-handed batsman missed out on getting some quality practice after getting dismissed for 18.On a flat wicket, his Mumbai team-mates thrived including Pawar (100 off 228 balls), Yadav (103 off 86), Siddhesh Lad (86 not out off 62) and rookie Arman Jaffer (69 off 123). (Also read: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane receive Arjuna awards)Mumbai, resuming the innings at 29/1, went on to reach 431/5 at stumps on the penultimate day after New Zealand had posted 324/7 on the opening day. A total of 402 runs were scored in 90 overs at a run rate of 4.46.For the visitors, it was a tough day in the field with their bowlers toiling in the sun with little success. Not a lot was expected from the quicker bowlers on a flat deck but the effort from New Zealand’s spin trio of Ish Sodhi (2/132), Mitchell Santer (1/71) and Mark Craig (0/60) was also nothing noteworthy.The spinners were expected to make an impact even though the pitch continued to play true, without offering much turn. (Also read: Cheteshwar Pujara should play ahead of Rohit Sharma: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)Looking ahead to the Test series, the lone disappointment from the India’s point was the early fall of Rohit, who also featured in the Duleep Trophy final to gain some form. Walking into the middle after the fall of Jaffer, Rohit took 10 balls to get off the mark but he opened his account in style, a straight hit for a six on the bowling of leg-spinner Sodhi.advertisementHowever, that was the sole high point of his brief stay as another attempt to hit Sodhi out of the park saw him being stumped. For that brief period post lunch, Sodhi and left-arm spinner Santer were in the middle of a probing spell, leading to Rohit’s dismissal.But it was all Mumbai after that as Yadav joined Pawar at the crease. Yadav would have gone back without scoring had Sodhi not made mess of a regulation catch off his own bowling. That dropped catch proved costly for New Zealand. (Also read: Stuart Binny, Shardul Thakur dropped from India’s Test squad vs New Zealand)Whether it was the express pace of Trent Boult and Neil Wagner or the three spinners, it did not matter much to Yadav. Such was his dominance that he brought up his 50 as well as his 100 with a six.He ended up smashing eight sixes with a majority of them going over midwicket, to go with nine fours. He raced to his hundred post tea and was dismissed soon after.(With PTI inputs)