… 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!
With their home season coming to an end, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team will pack up for yet another road trip. On the agenda for head coach Kelly Sheffield’s Badgers will be a trip to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.A sweep of their matches last weekend versus Indiana and Purdue gives the team momentum to build off heading into the final two weeks of the regular season and then the NCAA Tournament.The Buckeyes, sitting at only 3-13 in the conference, haven’t been much of a threat to the Badgers in the past. But after playing Wisconsin early on in the season, The Ohio State’s tally on a huge upset over now ranked No. 7 Penn State. A win like this means that The Ohio State is not a team to be underestimated or taken lightly.Men’s basketball: Trio of Happ, Trice, Davison power Badgers past Xavier 77–68The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team took a trip down to Cincinnati for the 2018 Gavitt Tipoff Games Tuesday Read…Wisconsin finds itself tied in the AVCA coaches poll with Penn State at the No. 7 ranking after last weekend’s success over Purdue and Indiana. Wisconsin is one of five Big Ten teams within the top 10 ranking in the country.The Badgers haven’t faced off against the conference rival Buckeyes in nearly two months. Last time, it was Wisconsin taking care of business almost too easily — sweeping the Buckeyes on 25–19, 25–17, 25–15 set scores.The Badgers out served The Ohio State with Molly Haggerty recording four of the team’s ten aces. Dana Rettke led the offense with 11 kills. Tionna Williams recorded four blocks. Sydney Hilley had 35 assists and Tiffany Clark had 16 digs.Wisconsin will face off against Vanja Bukilic, who is the kills leader for the Buckeyes but was slow in kills last time these two teams played each other as well.The second matchup of this weekend for the Badgers is the Maryland Terrapins. The Terrapins, sitting at the middle of this tough Big Ten Conference is not a team to be taken lightly. They pose a defensive threat that has kept a lot of teams’ big hitter searching for holes that aren’t there.Women’s hockey: Badgers look to continue their dominance against Bemidji StateThe Wisconsin Badgers women’s hockey team (11-1-0, 5-1-0 WCHA) are slated to take on the Bemidji State Beavers (2-9-1, 2-5-1 Read…Freshman libero Allegra Rivas was recently named the Big Ten Defensive player of the week for the third time this season. She recorded a total 24 digs in the Terrapins recent upset over No. 15 Michigan.Maryland is on a two-match win streak from this past weekend, including wins over Michigan and the Ohio State. The Terrapins dominated after only three sets in each game.Although this will be the first weekend Wisconsin does not face a ranked opponent since Sept. 19, it will not be a weekend taken lightly by the Badgers. With the postseason rapidly approaching, they know they need to prepare themselves to be as best as they can be.The Badgers will face off against The Ohio State Friday at 6 p.m. from Columbus, Ohio, and they will play the Maryland Terrapins Saturday at 6:30 p.m. from College Park, Maryland.