… Batsmen should take full responsibility, says GrimmondTHE Guyana Jaguars 20-run defeat at the hands of Jamaica Scorpions in the Super50 match on Tuesday evening in Barbados is their fourth defeat in seven matches and they are now effectively out of the competition. Their final game against ICC Americas today is merely a formality.The performances from the Jaguars are simple the worst in a long time, and definitely an explanation is needed from head coach Esaun Crandon, assistant coach Rayon Griffith and skipper Leon Johnson when the team returns home.The blame game has been going on in full force, but much of the wrath has been directed at some of the Jaguars’ wretched batsmen, who have looked incompetent.However, in an invited comment yesterday, coach Clive Grimmond, who worked with all the players prior to their departure for Barbados, blamed the batsmen’s lack of consistency as the chief reason for the team’s failure.“Our batting let us down. We all know the strength of the batting department, but some of them failed to come to grips and be consistent,” Grimmond said.He added, “Once we put runs on the board, we have a bowling unit who can defend the totals, but our batsmen, especially at the top failed us.”.Flashback! Clive Grimmond assists Leon Johnson during one of the Jaguars’ training session.Grimmond strongly feels that the batsmen should take full responsibility for the Jaguars’ poor showing.When questioned if preparations leading up to the tournament could have had some effect for such poor performances Grimmond said, “No way, I think the preparation was spot on.“I don’t think the preparation could have been any better. We focused immensely on our strength and conditioning prior to the tournament, so I don’t think preparation was an issue, as I said before our batting let us down.”The team failed to muster 250 runs in any single innings during the seven matches, with only Shivnarine Chanderpaul managing a century.Barring the top order failure, Chanderpaul has been the backbone of the Jaguars’ batting line-up. Always reliable, throughout most of his illustrious career, the 42-year-old is the second top Jaguars batsman with an aggregate of 199 runs at an average of 66.33.Skipper Leon Johnson is the highest runs scorer, with 230, followed by Raymon Reifer 189, Assad Fudadin 183, Rajendra Chandrika 107 and Anthony Bramble 105 – the other batsmen with more than a hundred runs.Eight half-centuries have been scored to date, with Johnson scoring three, two apiece to Reifer and Fudadin while Chanderpaul scored the other.Just recently an official from the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) hinted that careers could be on the line at the conclusion of the tournament.With such performances Guyana needs fresher players now.Drastic changes must be made now!
No. 14 Syracuse (6-1) faces former Big East rival Georgetown (3-3) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Orange is coming off a 66-58 overtime loss to Wisconsin on Wednesday night, its first of the season. Mike Hopkins will coach his first game as SU’s head coach following the NCAA’s ruling on Jim Boeheim’s appeal of a nine-conference-game suspension.Here’s how our beat writers predict the rekindled rivalry will unfold:Sam Blum (5-2)Syracuse 65, Georgetown 58Hop scotchTwo major storylines will converge at the Verizon Center on Saturday in one of the biggest nonconference games in Syracuse history. And Hopkins will help the Orange skip its way to a big win. SU proved it can compete even when it’s at its worse like it was on Wednesday, but expect the Orange to get up for its old Big East rival.Sam Maller | Staff Photographer AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJesse Dougherty (5-2)Syracuse 74, Georgetown 69Start of something newIn the first game of Jim Boeheim’s nine-game suspension, and the first of Hopkins’ head coaching career, Syracuse rallies to beat its old Big East rivals. Hopkins, known as a relentless motivator, has the players ready to compete in a game that is decided in the closing minutes. As Georgetown clamps down on Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney, Malachi Richardson steps up on the biggest stage of his young career and ultimately steals the show.Matt Schneidman (5-2)Syracuse 67, Georgetown 62Hey, old friendThe Orange knows what a dominant frontcourt looks like after getting bullied by Wisconsin on the glass. Georgetown has another, but big-man specialist Hopkins won’t let SU get dominated as it did against the Badgers. Dajuan Coleman rebounds from a no-point, five-minute performance and is the X-factor against the Hoyas. Comments Published on December 4, 2015 at 3:04 pm Related Stories Mike Hopkins will coach his 1st game ever on Saturday against GeorgetownWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s loss to WisconsinJim Boeheim: I had no involvement with underlying violations of this caseSyracuse basketball primer: What to know about Wisconsin and GeorgetownGallery: Wisconsin hands Syracuse its 1st loss of the season Facebook Twitter Google+