PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (CMC) – Vice-captain Vishaul Singh struck a career-best fifth first-class century to spearhead a massive West Indies A batting effort on the second day of the second four-day ‘Test’ against Sri Lanka A here Tuesday.Unbeaten on 81 overnight at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, the left-hander carved out a superb 161 to lift West Indies to 509 for nine declared in their first innings.Opener Rajendra Chandrika, who had retired hurt on 51 on Tuesday’s opening day, returned to make 84 while tail-ender Kemar Roach chipped in with 39.At the close, captain Dimuth Karunaratne was holding the hosts’ innings together with an unbeaten 66 as they reached 128 for four – still 381 runs behind heading into today’s penultimate day.Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella was not out on 38 and has so far put on 91 for the fifth wicket with Karunartne, a partnership which pulled Sri Lanka A around from danger at 37 for four.Seamer Roach trapped Avishka Fernando lbw for seven at 19 for one and Test batsman Lahiru Thirimanne followed for three, at 32 for two, when he was caught at the wicket off fast bowler Keon Joseph, who has taken two for four from four overs.Joseph removed Roshen Silva for a first-ball duck at 36 for three and with a run added, Charith Asalanka was lbw to off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall for one.However, first ‘Test’ century-maker Karunaratne produced yet another excellent innings to stave off the collapse, facing 124 deliveries and counting 12 fours while Dickwella has struck two fours in his 65-ball knock.Earlier, resuming from their overnight 331 for five, West Indies A flourished thanks to the Guyanese pair of Vishaul and Chandrika who put on 54 for the sixth wicket.While Vishaul faced 306 deliveries and struck 16 fours, Chandrika hit nine boundaries off 84 balls, falling with his second first-class century in sight, when he was lbw to leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay.Vishaul, who reached triple figures 40 minutes before lunch, then added a further 90 for the seventh wicket with Roach, who hit four fours and two sixes in his 80-ball stay at the crease.The partnership took West Indies to lunch at 410 for six and helped the visitors increase their dominance in the second session, before Roach finally departed, an hour after the resumption.Off-spinner Charith Asalanka was the best bowler with four for 104.WEST INDIES 1st innings (o/n 331 for five)R. Chandrika lbw b Vandersay 84K. Powell c wkp.. Dickwella b Anuk Fernando 29S. Hetmyer b Asalanka 48S. Brooks c wkp. Dickwella b Kumara 3V Singh b Asalanka 161J. Hamilton run-out 99R. Cornwall lbw b Karunaratne 1K. Roach c Avishka Fernando b Asalanka 39G. Motie-Kanhai lbw b Asalanka 9D. Johnson not out 8Extras: (b-8, lb-3, w-9, nb-8) 28Total: (9 wkts decl., 137.4 overs) 509Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-120, 3-140, 4-328, 5-331, 6-385, 7-475, 8-494, 9-509.Bowling: Asitha Fernando 19-2-63-0 (w-2), Kumara 20-2-78-1 (w-1, nb-2), Anuk Fernando 13-0-76-1 (w-6, nb-4), Vandersay 31-2-110-1, Gunaratne 17-3-61-0 (nb-2), Asalanka 33.4-7-104-4, Karunaratne 4-2-6-1.SRI LANKA 1st inningsD. Karunaratne not out 66Avishka Fernando lbw b Roach 7L. Thirimanne c wkp. Hamilton b Joseph 3R. Silva c Brooks b Joseph 0K. Asalanka lbw b Cornwall 1N. Dickwella not out 38Extras: (b-8, lb-4, nb-1) 13Total: (4 wkts, 40 overs) 128Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-32, 3-36, 4-37.Bowling: Roach 8-3-18-1, Johnson 8-3-25-0, Cornwall 14-3-38-1, Joseph 4-1-4-2 (nb-1), Motie-Kanhai 6-0-31-0.Position: Sri Lanka A trail by 381 runs with six wickets intact.Toss: Sri Lanka A.Umpires: N. de Silva, R. Kottahachchi.
Share on: WhatsApp Cameroon international midfielder and captain Stephane Mbia tweeted his shock.“Our Cameroon football family has lost a brother. I cannot believe this. Condolences to his family. RIP Patrick Ekeng.”Spanish club Cordoba also tweeted: “There are no words to express our sorrow over the death of Patrick Ekeng. We mourn your loss. We will never forget you friend. RIP.”The Spanish La Liga also took to Twitter to express their condolences alongside a photo of the player in his Cordoba shirt, who last season played in the first division.“La Liga expresses its regret at the death of Patrick Ekeng and sends its condolences to his loved ones.” Bucharest, Romania | AFP |Cameroon international Patrick Ekeng has died after collapsing on the pitch playing a first division match on Friday with his Romanian side Dinamo Bucharest.The 26-year-old midfielder fell to the ground without any contact with another player in the 70th minute of the game against Viitorul, just seven minutes after coming on as a substitute.Ekeng, who joined the Romanian club in January, was rushed to hospital where staff were unable to resuscitate him.“Resuscitation attempts were made for an hour and half without success,” Dinamo team doctor Liviu Batineanu told journalists.Fans express griefFans of the Bucharest club gathered outside the hospital late into the night to express their grief at the player’s death.Club executive director Ionel Danciulescu expressed his shock after a death which recalled that of another club player Catalin Haldan who died playing a friendly in October 2000.“I can’t believe it. It’s a nightmare. For me, for the team and for all Dinamo supporters. It’s too much,” said Danciulescu.“It’s as if we are cursed.”Before arriving in Romania, Ekeng played for several European clubs, spending four seasons with French Ligue 2 side Le Mans from 2009 to 2013.The player from Yaounde then transferred to Lausanne in Switzerland from 2013-2014 and Spanish side Córdoba from 2014-2015 before joing Dinamo. “We will love you forever, Patrick Ekeng!” the Bucharest club wrote on Facebook, adding the player had ” gone to a better world wearing the white-red shirt to join Catalin Haldan and other players who have written the history” of the club.Cameroon careerEkeng made his debut for Cameroon in January 2015 and was named in the squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations from which Indomitable Lions’ were eliminated in the group stage.His death also echoed that of his countryman Marc-Vivien Foe, who died of a heart attack in 2003 playing an Confederations Cup match against Colombia at the Gerland Stadium in Lyon, France.More recently defender Gregory Mertens died three days after suffering a heart attack playing for his Belgian side Lokeren in April 2015.
Submitted by The United Churches of OlympiaThe United Churches of Olympia is excited to welcome the Reverend Elsa A. Peters as its next pastor. Reverend Peters begins her duties in mid-September. Her first sermon as The United Churches of Olympia’s new pastor will be Sunday, September 23.Reverend Peters comes to The United Churches of Olympia (TUCO) following the retirement of the Reverend Mark F. Dowdy in 2010 after 23 years as TUCO’s pastor and two years of service by the Reverend Tammy Stampfli as the church’s interim pastor while the national search was conducted.“Elsa feels called to ministry with us in Olympia and has found a home where she can put down roots. She believes ministry is all about relationships and is very interested in forming meaningful ties with those in our congregation and our community,” says Cynthia Cook, moderator of the Church Council. “Elsa is particularly interested in our witness to social justice, both locally and internationally. She is passionate about our focus in the areas of homelessness and LGBT issues.”“Elsa is enthusiastic, mature, intelligent, a strong preacher, and an innovative leader. She brings with her a passionate spirit and a fabulous sense of humor,” says Mike Segawa, chair of Personnel for The United Churches of Olympia.The Reverend Elsa Peters was born not far from New York City. She attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City. During her studies, she served as a Chapel Minister at the seminary and a Minister of Children and Families in two different churches. In 2006, Elsa was called to the First Congregational Church in South Portland to serve as the Associate Pastor.Reverend Peters is also a writer. She actively writes liturgy and articles on faith issues and maintains a personal blog.The United Churches of Olympia is located at 110 11th Ave SE. It is a federated church with a Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination and a United Church of Christ (UCC) denomination worshiping as one church. More information about The United Churches of Olympia can be found at the church website: http://www.theunitedchurches.org/. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0