Global sports roundup
Edwards slams ton
BRIDGETOWN – West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards slammed a century and left-arm spinner Ryan Hinds grabbed four wickets on the first day of the three-day Barbados trial match at Queen’s Park today.
After winning the toss and going to the crease at No. 4, Edwards scored 115 in 168 minutes off 130 balls in his team’s 249 all out in 75.4 overs against Shamarh Brooks’ XI, who closed on 58 for one off 12 overs with Anthony Alleyne unbeaten on 32.
Edwards struck 14 fours and four sixes before he was bowled by left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican. He added 143 in 35 overs for the fifth wicket partnership with Roston Chase.
Edwards’ century came in 146 minutes off 109 balls with 12 fours and four sixes.
Chase made 45 and wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich contributed 36.
Hinds, who was brought on as the eighth bowler, took four for 15 off 10.4 overs, while medium-pacer Kevin Stoute picked up two for 28 off six overs, fast bowler Christopher Jordan, two for 36 off 11 overs and Warrican, two for 77 off 23 overs. (BCA)
Ivory Coast win opener
OHANNESBURG – Gervinho scored a late volley to give Ivory Coast victory in the first Group D game at the Africa Cup of Nations today.
Yaya Toure put the Ivorians ahead with a deflected shot from 12 yards and he almost doubled his side’s lead when his fierce drive hit the post.
Togo fought back to restore parity just before half-time, Jonathan Ayite sweeping in a corner from the right.
But Arsenal forward Gervinho met a free-kick to the far post with the outside of his boot to clinch the win.
Despite going into the game – and the tournament – as favourites, Ivory Coast made a surprisingly slow start and were almost behind after only three minutes.
Yaya Toure’s goal means he has now scored in four of the last five Africa Cup of Nations
Kolo Toure missed his kick when attempting a backpass and gifted possession to Emmanuel Adebayor, but the striker could not take the ball around keeper Boubacar Barry, who nicked the ball away brilliantly.
In a second match Youssef Msakni struck in stoppage time to hand Tunisia a 1-0 victory over Algeria.
Black Caps take ODI series
KIMBERLEY – New Zealand clinched their first ever One-Day international series in South Africa with a 27-run victory in the second match in Kimberley today.
After also tasting victory in the opening match, the result gave the Black Caps an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series and leaves the Proteas with plenty to think about.
A superb display of fielding plus some truly awful running between the wickets from South Africa saw New Zealand get five run-outs – equalling the most ever seen in an innings.
That saw the hosts crumble from 167-1 to 252 all out in the final over after losing their last nine wickets for just the addition of 85 runs.
Kane Williamson led the line for New Zealand as they batted first, as he made an unbeaten 145 off just 136 balls as the visitors made 279-8 from their 50 overs.
Grant Elliott weighed in with his 48 being the only other innings of note, with Morne Morkel starring with the ball as he took three wickets.