CHRISTCHURCH – Recovering international batsman Jesse Ryder is being targeted by the Caribbean Premier League.
Reports out of New Zealand indicate that the burly Kiwi left-hander had been approached by Caribbean Premier League officials before a recent assault by thugs outside a bar that left him nursing a serious head injury.
Ryder is likely to be one of the CPL’s international franchise players if he is fully fit for the July tournament. Although he is slowly recovering from his injuries, his manager Aaron Klee said Ryder was still very weak and needed more time to recover. He mentioned that it might take another couple of months for him to get back on his feet again. Ryder was kept in an induced coma after suffering head and lung injuries in the attack outside the Christchurch bar.
He has a 308,000 NZ dollar-deal with the Delhi Daredevils team in the Indian Premier League but is unlikely to get paid unless he is available for the competition which runs until May 26.
Bajans peg back Jamaica
CHORRERA – Barbados came from behind twice yesterday to draw 2-2 with Jamaica at the Estadio Muquita Sanchez in Panama in the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.
Striker Raffique Bryan handed the Jamaicans the lead with a chipped effort in the seventh minute, but Shaquille Boyce pulled Barbados level with an equally composed finish in the 17th minute.
Jamaica captain Junior Flemming (37th minute) grabbed his second goal of the tournament – both penalties – to restore the one-goal lead heading into the half-time interval.
However, 10 minutes into the second half, the Bajans made it 2-2 when Shakille Belle struck the ball into the net from close range.
The Jamaicans have two points from as many matches – to lead Group A – after previously drawing with home team Panama.
Barbados and Panama, who meet each other tomorrow, follow with one point a-piece.
A win for either team will allow Jamaica to progress to the quarters as the second-placed team from the group. A draw, which would leave all three countries tied on two points, could also see the Jamaicans advance.
Only the top two countries from each of the four groups will make the quarter-final stage.†
Mumbai win again
MUMBAI – Mumbai Indians won their second match of this year’s Indian Premier League with a 44-run triumph over the Delhi Daredevils today.
Despite winning the toss and electing to bat, Mumbai found themselves in trouble when openers Ricky Ponting (0) and Sachin Tendulkar (1) were both dismissed cheaply before the second over of the innings had been completed.
However, the hosts recovered thanks to a superb century partnership between Dinesh Karthik (86) and Rohit Sharma (74 not out) to post a total of 209-5 from their 20 overs.
Delhi opener David Warner attacked the Mumbai bowling unit in trademark fashion, scoring 61 from 37 balls before being dismissed by fellow Australian Mitchell Johnson.
Warner’s departure seemed to end any realistic hopes of a victory for the Daredevils as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.
The visitors eventually reached 165 for 9 to record their third successive defeat in the competition.