Hero Caribbean Premier League 2019…ꟷ Taylor seals easy win for RevellersHero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) broke another barrier with the introduction of women’s cricket to the marque tournament when the inaugural National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) Women’s T10 Challenge was played on Thursday, October 10 at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago.West Indies Women’s Captain Stafanie Taylor, who was also the captain of the NLCB Revellers, won the toss after a rain delay and opted to bowl in cool afternoon conditions on the big outfield against Courts Gladiators. The game was played on the same pitch that was later used by Trinbago Knight Riders and Barbados Tridents in the men’s second qualifier and proved to be a good strip for batting.Hayley Matthew of Courts Gladiators hits four during her unbeaten innings of 46The Gladiators were off to a bad start when Sheneta Grimmond was clean bowled by seamer Caneisha Isaac at the end of the second over for a duck at 7-1. Opener Hayley Matthews was then joined by Kycia Knight for the partnership of the match. The Barbadian pair put on 54 for the second wicket before left-hander Knight was caught low down by Britany Cooper at long on for 24 (20 balls; 1 x4; 1 x6) in the ninth over with the score at 61-2.Matthews, who hit seven boundaries from 33 balls, carried her bat for a game-high 46 not out as the Gladiators ended on 74 for 2 from their 10 overs with Quiana Joseph not out on one at the end. Right-arm medium pacers, Isaac (1-13) and Chinelle Henry (1-13) were the successful bowlers while off-spinners Taylor (0-11), Anisa Mohammed (0-13) and Karishma Ramharack (0-9) and left-arm seamer Stacy-Ann King (0-15) were wicketless.Player-of-the-match Stafanie Taylor goes through the onsideIn reply, the Revellers raced to 28-1 half-way through the fourth over before King was adjudged lbw to Gladiators skipper Afy Fletcher for 15 (12 balls; 3x4s). Taylor, who was having a good day at the office, then went to work and blasted an 18-ball 36 (6×4’s) to hasten the run chase which ended at 78 for 2 in 9.2 overs. With opener Britany Cooper, Taylor put on 46 from 31 balls before she was taken at backward point by Akeira Peters off Matthews in the ninth over at 74-2 when scores were levelled.Cooper then easily dispatched medium pacer Shakiba Gajnabi for a four back over her head to end the game on 22 not out from 25 balls. It was victory for the Revellers by eight wickets with four balls to spare, but women’s cricket is the bigger winner having made its debut on the CPL stage.Off-spinner Matthews (5-1) and leg-spinner Fletcher (26-1) were the wicket-takers for the Gladiators, who will have another opportunity to level the series on Saturday when the teams meet again ahead of the men’s final.At the end of the match, Taylor welcomed women’s cricket at CPL while Fletcher is optimistic that young girls and more spectators will come out and support their game.Four of the five Guyanese players – Grimmond, Erva Giddings, Gajnabi, Kaysia Shultz made their debut while Cherry-Ann Fraser will look to break in to the team on Saturday.Saturday’s game is dubbed Courts Invitational and will bowl off at 12:30h at the same venue. (John Ramsingh)
In the most surreal bit of sports news to hit Tuesday’s wires, Geno Smith, the incumbent starting quarterback for the New York Jets, is going to miss six to 10 weeks with an injury. And it wasn’t just any kind of injury; it was the kind you get when a teammate punches you and breaks your jaw.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, now-cut linebacker IK Enemkpali slugged Smith because he failed to reimburse Enemkpali for a $600 plane ticket. Jets fans — at least, Jets fans in the FiveThirtyEight office — rejoiced. But coming into the preseason, this Jets team showed at least a vague sense of promise. Are the Jets really better off without Smith? Last year, New York went 4-12 (3-10 under Smith) with one of the NFL’s worst passing offenses, and Smith was pretty bad for the second straight season. In fact, his career has gotten off to one of the worst starts of any QB since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Although Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Terry Bradshaw kicked off their careers with equally bad passing efficiency numbers, it’s far more likely that Smith is a talent on par with, say, Kyle Boller than that he’s harboring hidden star potential.And while Smith will be 25 this season, an age at which QBs still show a decent amount of improvement, the typical aging curve wouldn’t even carry Smith to league-average status at his peak.Meanwhile, the Jets’ backup quarterback isn’t a bad one. Longtime Buffalo Bills starter Ryan Fitzpatrick occupied the seat behind Smith and — statistically speaking — he’s probably a better QB than the man slated for the huddle, at least in the short term. Over the past two seasons (when he was with the Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans), Fitzpatrick’s Total QBR1ESPN’s play-by-play-based measurement of quarterbacking performance, which grades on a 0-100 scale. of 54.1 was better than Smith’s 41.2 mark during that span, and Fitzpatrick’s cumulative ProFootballFocus grade of +11.3 vastly outpaced Smith’s total of -37.3. By the numbers, the Jets are better off with the glass-jawed Smith out of the game, holding a clipboard on the sidelines.Of course, these kinds of assessments always come with the caveat that individual football statistics are obscured by countless interactions, coaching decisions and other contextual factors. And the Jets did add a good receiver over the offseason, Brandon Marshall, so it’s possible Smith would have improved significantly in 2015 had he not run afoul of Enemkpali’s fist. But Jets fans shouldn’t worry too much about what might have been: The team’s offense will probably be better with Fitzpatrick under center than it would have been with Smith.