Hamilton’s second century, Jacobs’ five scalps share centre stage

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Jahmar Hamilton hit his second straight hundred for Leeward Islands Hurricanes, whose batting was undercut by an incisive spell of leg-spin bowling from Damion Jacobs in the WICB Regional 4-Day Tournament on Thursday.The 26-year-old Hamilton cracked the top score of 103, Rahkeem Cornwall supported with 66 and Chesney Hughes made 30, but Jacobs grabbed 5-103 from 37 overs, as the Hurricanes were bowled out for 243 in their first innings.Scorpions reached 33 without loss in reply at the close on the opening day of the day/night, fifth round contest at Warner Park with Shacaya Thomas not out on 22 and John Campbell not out on nine.The diminutive Hamilton, a wicketkeeper/batsman from Anguilla, continued in the rich vein of form which he has found following the break in the tournament a fortnight ago, after he made 94 and 125 in the previous match against Windward Islands Volcanoes at Windsor Park in Dominica.He struck 10 fours and two sixes from 200 balls in 4 ½ hours of batting and reached his milestone from seven fewer deliveries, when he swung Jacobs over the deep mid-wicket boundary for his final six before Rovman Powell had him caught at slip to bring the curtain down on the Hurricanes innings.Hamilton shared two vitals stands that propped up the Hurricanes’ batting. He put on 72 for the fourth wicket with left-hander Hughes, his fellow Anguillan, to rescue the home team from a wobbly 24 for three, and shared 102 for the sixth wicket with Cornwall after the hosts stumbled to 96 for five.Jacobs made the breakthrough after the Hurricanes elected to bat, when he trapped left-handed opener Kieran Powell, the home team captain, lbw for 18 in the first half-hour.The wickets of Montcin Hodge, caught in the slips off returning Scorpions fast bowler Marquino Mindley, and Kacey Carty, run-out, both for ducks, left the innings at the crossroads before Hamilton came to the crease and put the visitors on the back-foot with Hughes with typically effervescent batting.After taking the Hurricanes to the dinner break on 77 for three, Hughes played back to a flatter, faster delivery from Jacobs and was bowled, a similar fate four overs later that befell Tonito Willett, playing a regional first-class match for the first time in more than 2 ½ years.But Cornwall came to the wicket and defied the Scorpions for a little over 1 ¾ hours to add backbone to the Hurricanes batting with Hamilton. They carried the total 183 for five at tea with the heavy-set Cornwall reaching his 50 from 62 balls with two sweetly-timed on-drives.After the break, Hamilton tickled Jacobs to deep fine leg for a boundary to bring up the 100-partnership, but the leg-spinner bowled Cornwall and Jeremiah Louis for a duck in the space of four deliveries with the first batting point in sight.Hamilton continued his charge towards a hundred and carried the Hurricanes past 200 with Gavin Tonge before the home team lost their last three wickets for 16 in the space of 23 balls.Carty, a member of the West Indies Under-19 World Cup-winning squad, all-rounder Willett and fast-medium bowler Quinton Boatswain were brought into the Hurricanes line-up from the previous match in place of the ill Nkrumah Bonner, as well as out-of-favour Akeem Saunders and Jacques Taylor.Mindley was the only change to the table-leading Scorpions, replacing fellow fast-medium bowler Derval Green.Scorpions lead the current standings with 46.8 points and Hurricanes are fourth with 36.6. HURRICANES 1st inningsK. Powell lbw b Jacobs 18M. Hodge c Blackwood b Mindley 0C. Hughes b Jacobs 30K. Carty run-out 0J. Hamilton c Campbell b Powell 103T. Willett b Jacobs 1R. Cornwall c wkp. D. Thomas b Jacobs 66J. Louis b Jacobs 0G. Tonge c King b Miller 13A. Joseph c Blackwood b Miller 4Q. Boatswain not out 0Extras: (lb-2, w-2, nb-4) 8Total: (all out, 80.5 overs) 243Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-23, 3-24, 4-92, 5-96, 6-198, 7-227, 8-243, 9-243.Bowling: Leveridge 6-0-27-0 (nb-4, w-1), Mindley 7-3-22-1, Jacobs 37-6-103-5 (w-1), Powell 9.5-2-40-1, Miller 21-3-49-2.SCORPIONS 1st inningsJ. Campbell not out 9S. Thomas not out 22Extras: (lb-1, nb-1) 2Total: (without loss, 9 overs) 33Bowling: Cornwall 3-3-0-0, Joseph 2-0-7-0, Tonge 2-0-9-0, Louis 1-0-11-0, Boatswain 1-0-5-0 (nb-1).Position: Scorpions trail by 210 with all first innings wickets standinglast_img read more

Sample to give commencement address

first_imgThe university announced Friday that President Steven B. Sample, whose 19-year tenure as president concludes in August, will be this year’s commencement speaker.Honors · President Steven B. Sample, pictured here christening a crew skull named in his honor, will speak at commencement. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanSample, who announced his decision to retire in November, will address more than 10,000 graduates May 14 at the 127th annual commencement ceremony. Previous commencement speakers include Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ted Koppel, Neil Armstrong and Bill Cosby.John Callaghan, a professor who is organizing the annual commencement ceremony and is serving as the university marshal, said he believes commencement will be the best opportunity for Sample to say goodbye to the university.“It will be the perfect occasion for him to address the students for the last time, and I am sure that he is very much looking forward to this opportunity,” Callaghan wrote in an e-mail. “But I am equally sure that he will feel considerable sadness after 19 years at the helm, when he has been so very close to so many students and their activities.”Many USC seniors said they are also happy that Sample is getting a chance to speak to them for the last time, but some said they feel short-changed, since the commencement address is traditionally given by a high-profile figure from outside the university.Justin Layman, a senior majoring in political science, said the announcement was definitely not what he expected.“Last year, having Arnold Schwarzenegger was a big thing,” Layman said. “This is more of a safe pick.”Layman also said, however, that he believes this was a good choice because Sample was one of the best presidents in USC’s history.“This is the one case where I would be okay with not having a high-profile speaker,” Layman said. “Some people might feel robbed, but … in terms of USC, he is high-profile.”Miho Aoki, a senior majoring in biology, said she is happy the university is honoring Sample but is disappointed the commencement speaker is not somebody unaffiliated with USC.“I feel like we’re missing out on the whole commencement experience,” Aoki said. “As students, we don’t really have a say on who the commencement speaker is.”Aoki said she believes the university should consider allowing students to give their input in the future.Vanessa Kuroda, a senior majoring in electrical engineering, said she is excited for Sample’s commencement address because she has never heard him give a speech before.“From what I’ve read about President Sample, he seems to be very inspiring,” Kuroda said. “I’m interested in what he has to say.”Kuroda said she understands why seniors would be disappointed, but thinks this is a good chance for Sample to give his parting words.Henry Ho, a senior majoring in biology and political science, said although he does not care much about the speaker, he is a little let down by the choice.“Given that Arnold Schwarzenegger was the speaker last year, I guess I’m slightly disappointed,” Ho said. “But the commencement speaker isn’t a big deal for me.”Despite slight disappointment, many seniors said they are glad to see the university honor Sample.“I definitely think it’s great for the university because of the progress it has made under his presidency,” said Eloy Ledesma, a senior majoring in business administration. “The experience he has provided here has been invaluable and it is incomparable to other schools.”last_img read more