New captain John Campbell is hoping for a change in fortunes when the Jamaica Scorpions meet title-hopefuls Barbados Pride in the eighth round of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Professional League at Sabina Park, beginning today. Parachuted into the leadership position last weekend following the axing of fellow opener, Paul Palmer Jr, Campbell lost his opening game in charge to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by eight wickets. This followed another below average batting display by the Scorpions, who made 225 in their first innings and 155 in their second. “I would have loved to have started off with a win, but it didn’t happen,” said Campbell. “However, I have to try and put that behind me. We have three games left, and I am definitely looking forward to winning these three games.” Set for a 10 a.m. start, third-place Jamaica, on 60 points, will enter the contest with three wins, four defeats and a mere mathematical chance of winning the title. This is in comparison to Barbados, who with four wins, two draws and a defeat, are second on 90 points, 17 off league leaders and title favourites Guyana Jaguars, with three rounds of matches to go. “We are not playing the best cricket at the moment, but I think we will get there,” stated Campbell, one of several batsmen in the team who is yet to score a century in 14 first class innings. Middle-order batsman Andre McCarthy, with a ton in the fourth round, is the only player to pass triple figures. “We definitely do have the talent inside the dressing room, but talent is not all; production is it. “It’s kind of hard to be positive when you’re not getting any runs, or you’re trying to survive. But we need to believe in ourselves some more,” Campbell stated. “We are playing for Jamaica, so we are good enough, and as such, need to look into ourselves. The Scorpions will enter the contest with three changes to their 13-man squad. This is after the Wavell Hinds-led selection panel dropped West Indies fast bowler, Sheldon Cottrell and young fast bowler Marquino Mindley; and left out Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood. According to the Jamaica Cricket Association, the latter has not fully recovered from an injury sustained against the Red Force. Replacing the trio are young batsman Brandon King, who was dropped after the team’s first two matches; Guyanese-born opener Trevon Griffith; and left-arm seamer Gavon Brown. Barbados, in the meantime, have brought their strongest available team, which includes West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite. The other West Indies players in the 13 are batsmen Jonathan Carter and Kyle Hope and Omar Phillips, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and left-arm spinner, Jomel Warrican. Exciting fast bowler, Miguel Cummins, who was drafted for West Indies recent tour of Australia but did not play, is also in the Barbados squad. FOUR WINS
Henry is famous for his time at English Premier League Club Arsenal where he was part of the invincible team that won two league titles and three FA Cups as well as leading his team to the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final in his role as captain.Named Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year twice and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year three times, Henry enriched the football viewing experience for all fans of the sport.Thierry Henry was in 2016 appointed the Belgium national team assistant coach. Photo/CourtesyHe will work with Guinness in Kenya and across Africa to shine a light on those who demonstrate their Made of Black spirit.“I am so excited to be working with a globally renowned brand like Guinness. The Made of Black campaign is something I can really relate to,” Henry who is the Belgium national team assistant coach said.“This will be my first visit to Kenya and I have heard a lot about the huge passion for football that exists there. I can’t wait to arrive and meet all of the dedicated football fans and hear their stories,” teh 40-year-old celebrated icon added.While making the announcement, Head of Beer, Kenya Breweries Limited, Janice Kemoli said Henry will leave a mark to many Kenyan football fans.Thierry Henry was in the Arsenal invincible team that won two league titles and three FA Cups as well as leading his team to the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final in his role as captain.“We are really excited to be working with such a football legend this year. Henry carved his own path to bring his creative flair to the game, he worked hard to demonstrate and his skill and ability ultimately changing the way the game was played in England and showing that he was truly Made of Black,” she announced.“He is an inspirational ambassador for our Made of Black campaign,” she added.Henry enjoyed success with the France national team, winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2000 and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup.In October 2007, he surpassed Michel Platini’s record to become France’s top goalscorer. After amassing 123 appearances and 51 goals, Henry retired from international football after the 2010 FIFA World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is set to visit Kenya in December.Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 4 – Arsenal great Thierry Henry is scheduled to tour Kenya in December.As part of the Guinness Made of Black programme, the Kenya Breweries Limited brand will be working with Henry to celebrate the unique passion of African fans and giving Kenyan football fans the chance to meet the legendary Arsenal Centre Forward when he visits Kenya.