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Pollard urges attention to detail ahead of St Kitts T20 double-header

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada, (CMC) – Captain Kieron Pollard has urged his side to pay attention to the small details and improve their bowling discipline, as they seek to come from behind and win the three-match Twenty20 series against Ireland.Labelling those areas as the “one percenters”, Pollard said doing the small things properly was often the difference between winning and losing a cricket match, and said the Windies had been guilty of not paying attention to these details.West Indies slumped to a narrow four-run defeat to Ireland in Wednesday’s opening T20 International here, to leave themselves with the challenge of winning the next two matches in St Kitts at the weekend in order to avoid a third straight T20 series defeat.“The attitude of some of the guys in the field –  that cost nothing. It’s just a matter of showing up for 120 balls and again, the discipline was out the window again with the wides and no-balls,” Pollard pointed out.“(There were problems with) backing up and misfielding and when we’re batting, not having that urgency running between the wickets.“We know we’re a good power-hitting team but again when the singles are there, when the twos are there we need to run hard between the wickets and not just settle for one.“We saw that when Ireland were batting – they hit the ball to a fieldsman and they ran and that is something we didn’t do. At the end of the day, it’s all a learning experience. I was very, very disappointed we didn’t get over the line because we were in the chase for most of the way.He added: “But it was good to see the batsmen coming out with that sort of intent and that sort of intensity. We have a couple things to speak about (as a team) and now we move on to St Kitts.”West Indies were under pressure from early as Paul Stirling (95) and Kevin O’Brien (48) smashed a record 93 inside the first power-play, before going on to add 154 for the first wicket.Though West Indies eventually pulled the scoring back, they found themselves chasing 209 which proved insurmountable, as only opener Evin Lewis with 53 and Pollard with 31, managed to really get going.“Ireland came out and came hard and they took the initiative in the first 10 overs or so but I thought the bowlers really came back well when we decided to bowl one side of the wicket and tried to execute our skills,” Pollard said.“I thought Hayden Walsh in all the carnage that was taking place – he bowled four overs on the trot – was consistent with his line and length as well. So there are still some positives in the bowling aspect but we need to execute our skills properly.”He continued: “Batting-wise, all the way through we were in with a chance but in the last overs we let it slip.”last_img read more

Argentinian Media: B&H Team Plays Football Well, Scores Three Goals Per Game

first_imgThe Argentinian newspaper ‘Univision Deportes’ writes that B&H is debuting at the World Cup, and noted that this is a team that has quality football players who play in various parts of the world.Argentina is in group F with B&H, Iran and Nigeria, and the B&H and Argentina will play the first game in this group in June 2014.‘’In the case of B&H, it is a very young and talented team with stars such as striker Edin Džeko and midfielder Miralem Pjanić. They are participating in the World Cup for the first time in the 21 years of the existence of this team, which was formed after the bloody war’’, writes ‘Univision Deportes’.The article says that the B&H team scores an average of three goals per match, which, according to this media source, is a sufficient reason to be cautious.‘’Coach Safet Sušić was named as the best player of all time in B&H, and he will also be remembered as the first trainer who brought his team to the World Cup. He will also be remembered as the trainer who forces a beautiful offensive style of football with an average of nearly three goals per game’’, writes the Argentinian newspaper.It adds that strikers Edin Džeko and Vedad Ibišević are players of crucial importance ofr B&H because they are ‘very dynamic and represent the most efficient weapon against their opponents’’.It also writes that players on the B&H team play for well-known clubs such as Manchester City, Rome, Stoke City and Bayer Leverkusen.However, it notes that the greatest weakness of the B&H team is that they do not have enough players who are ready to play in their first composition, and that it suffers from a chronic lack of classic defensive midfielders.(Source: read more