NOTTINGHAM, England, CMC – Shai Hope and captain Jason Holder struck half-centuries, but a late batting collapse sent West Indies to a hugely disappointing 15-run defeat to Australia, squandering an ideal opportunity to notch their second straight win of the ICC World Cup here Thursday.Poor officiatingIn pursuit of 289 at Trent Bridge in a contest marked by poor officiating, West Indies were well placed at one stage on 190 for four in the 35th over but then watched as five wickets tumbled for 66 runs, as the Caribbean side paid the price for injudicious strokes late in the innings and ended on 273 for nine off their 50 overs.Hope top scoresHope top-scored with a patient 68 off 105 balls that included seven fours, and appeared to be steering West Indies to victory but his demise in the 35th sparked the West Indies slide, handing Australia their second straight win of the tournament.Holder struck 51 off 57 balls with seven fours and a six and hopes of a Windies victory were kept alive once he remained at the wicket. Mitchell Starc’s return for a final spell, however, sounded the death knell, as he knocked over Carlos Brathwaite (16) and Holder in the 46th over to quickly end the Windies bid.Left-hander Nicholas Pooran struck 40 while Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer both got 21, but West Indies lost wickets at key moments which hurt their run chase.Aussie left-arm seamer Starc claimed five for 46 while fast bowler Pat Cummins supported with two for 41.Tail-ender Nathan Coulter-Nile had earlier struck a career-best 92 and stroke-maker Steve Smith, 73, as Australia recovered from 38 for four in the eighth over to reach 288 all out off 49 overs.Coulter-Nile, batting at number eight, struck eight fours and four sixes in a robust 60-ball knock which dug the Aussies out of trouble while Smith faced 103 balls and counted seven fours.Carlos Brathwaite got wickets at the back end of the innings to end with three for 67 while fellow pacers Andre Russell (2-41), Sheldon Cottrell (2-56) and Oshane Thomas (2-63) finished with two wickets each.
Speaking to Capital Sport after his side’s win over Dagoretti at the Kisumu Polytechnic, head coach Rodgers Wekesa has disclosed that his decision to reduce the intake of light meals has been the secret to their success.“In 2017, we were at the nationals in Under-20 and we were beaten 13-0 by Kakamega High School after playing a very good first half. Last year, a team from our region also came and despite tying 1-1 at half time with Olblosat, they ended up losing 6-1,” Wekesa narrates.“We went back as North Eastern and asked ourselves what the problem was. In this region we have a lot of football talent. You can see the footwork is there, the passes are there, but we lack one thing; endurance. We can play a brilliant first half but when we come in the second half, we don’t have strength,” further stated the coach.The Boys Town players are now no longer easy pushovers as a simple diet change has made them stronger and hungrierHe says; “We tried a very simple thing which might look silly, but we have seen how it has transformed our team. We changed our diet. You know in our region we are used to eating a lot of rice and anjera, but now we have started eating more of ugali and fish. It has become so popular that if you put rice on the table, the boys will refuse and ask for ugali.”He says, looking at the players after the simple diet change, the difference is massive. This was visible against Dagoretti as they scored two second half goals to win 2-0 and defended with a lot of vigor to progress to their first ever Copa semi final.The tactician as also said good preparations have seen the team do well. They have not dropped a single game since the zonal competitions and also won the Lenana High School invitational tournament before coming to the nationals.Strong in the air! Boys Town players are no longer easy pushovers“We train very well and we start from very early in the morning before the students go to class. In the evenings we play a lot of friendly games. We have very many FKF registered teams in the region and before coming here, we made sure we played all of them and I lost only once,” the tactician further states.He has now warned anyone not to underrate them as they have the aim of going all the way to the final and clinching the title for the very first time in their history.“Previously, people looked at teams from North Eastern as ones who come in to donate points. Now, we have come with a slogan that we mean business. We take each match at a time and I want us to go all the way to the final and take this Cup to Garissa,” he addedBoys Town will face off with Western Region’s Koyonzo in Friday’s semi-final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Boys Town (red) taking on Dagoretti High School during the Copa Coca-Cola tournament in KisumuKISUMU, Kenya, Aug 1 – The decision to do away with ‘light meals’ anjera and rice from their menu to more ‘hardened’ food like ugali has been the secret to a team from North Eastern region going all the way to the semi-finals of the national school games.Boys Town from Garissa progressed to the semi-finals of the Copa Coca-Cola Under-16 championship with a 100pc record and their victory over pre-tournament favorites Dagoretti High School from Nairobi on Thursday perhaps turned more heads to just how tough the team is.