MOHALI, India, CMC – Opener Devon Smith says scoring his maiden One-Day International century has given him added confidence for West Indies’ clash with England next Thursday in Chennai. The left-hander made 107 last Friday as West Indies beat Ireland by 44-runs to inch even closer to a quarter-final spot of the ongoing World Cup. “I’m feeling very happy at the moment and I’m happy for the fantastic support of my team-mates and all those people who supported me and believed in me over the years,” said Smith, who surpassed his previous best of 91 against South Africa three years ago. “Winning a match for the West Indies feels great! I am now more confident and I’m looking ahead to the next game against England in Chennai. “That is the next step and that is all we are concentrating on at the moment. We will be look to move from strength to strength.”Smith faced 133 balls and struck 13 fours and one six, and anchored the innings after West Indies were sent in to bat. He put on a slow 89 for the first wicket with Shiv Chanderpaul (35) but was involved a frenetic 88-run stand for the fourth wicket with Kieron Pollard who fell just short of three figures with a robust 94. “Doing so well and helping the team to a victory … has given me great confidence,” said the 29-year-old. “I started slowly but I knew that if I battled out to the end of the innings I would be able to cash in and get a good score at the end. It’s all about the team and I batted for the team.”West Indies were missing talismanic opener Chris Gayle who pulled out of the side with an abdominal strain, and Smith said this was his cue to shoulder the responsibility. “With Chris out … I realised from very early that I had to step up and be counted in a big way,” he explained. “I was asked to take on the responsibility and I am happy I did it. It feels really good that I could get my first ODI century in a winning cause and help us get closer to next stage of the World Cup.” The victory left West Indies second in the standings on six points from four matches, with remaining fixtures against England and Group B leaders India. With the century, Smith moved to 202 runs for the World Cup at an average of 50.5.Source: Cana News Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Share NewsSports Smith pumped up for England clash by: – March 14, 2011 30 Views no discussions
Interestingly, Eunisell Group Managing Director, Chika Ikenga, watched the team for the first time earlier this month and charged the players in the dressing room before their 3-1 road trip victory at Remo Stars.Ikenga returned after the victory to boost their spirit with more messages for matches ahead.Remarkably, Ikengaâ€™s motivational talk was enough to sustain the team as they maintained their groove in August.â€œMr. Ikengaâ€™s motivational message served as our watchword,â€ said club Captain and goalkeeper, Rotimi Sunday.On Match day 33, Rivers shared points with Katsina United before the match day 34 victory at Remo Stars.A home win over Enyimba was next on Match day 35 and the month of August was concluded with the impressive draw at log leaders, Plateau United.Rivers Unitedâ€™s Technical Manager, Stanley Eguma is happy with the trend in August, particularly the draw with Plateau in Jos. He also was quick to heap praises on the players and said Plateau United should be happy for the draw they pulled.“I am happy we got this point, we would have won if not the penalty kick but the most important thing is that this is a big boost for us to give our best to remain in the top league.“It was a very good game and I must commend the team because they made me a happy man, it is draw but to me represents a big win,” Eguma said.Rivers United returns to Port Harcourt this Sunday to host already relegated Gombe United in a fixture most believe should count the full three points to stow them further away from the drop zone they had languished around for most of the campaign.They go into Sundayâ€™s game on 13th place with 49 points and will make the short drive to Umuahia on the last day against Abia Warriors.AITEO CUP(Round of 32)Sunshine 4-2 NasarawaAkwa Utd Vs Yobe Dâ€™ Stars (Uyo, 6 September 4pm)Osun Utd 0-0 Kwara Utd (4-3 penalties)Tornadoes 1-0 FC AteteNgwa FC 0-0 Lobi Stars (4-3 penalties)Unicem Rovers 1-1 Rangers (6-5 penalties)Ekiti Utd 1-1 Abia Warriors (4-2 penalties)FRSC FC 1-1 Heartland FC (4-5 penalties)IfeanyiUbah Feeders 0-2 IfeanyiUbahEl-Kanemi Babes 1-1 Almar FC (4-2 penalties)FC Abuja Vs Samba Kurna (Area 3, Abuja, 31 August)Plateau Utd 1-0 Ede UtdABS FC 6-3 Adamawa Utd FeedersKatsina Utd Feeders 1-1 Bayelsa Utd (4-3 penalties)Akwa Starlets Vs Doma Utd (Uyo, 6 September 2pm)Delta Warriors 0-2 Shooting StarsTEAMS IN ROUND OF 16:Sunshine Stars, Osun Utd, Niger Tornadoes, Ngwa FC, Unicem Rovers, Ekiti Utd, Heartland FC, FC IfeanyiUbah, El-Kanemi Babes, Plateau Utd, ABS FC, Katsina Utd Feeders, Shooting Stars*FC Abuja Vs Samba Kurna (Area 3, Abuja, 31 August)*Akwa Starlets Vs Doma United (Uyo, 6 September 2pm)*Akwa United Vs Yobe Desert Stars (Uyo, 6 September 4pm)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Rivers United made a bold statement in the month of August as the team kept a promise with front-of-shirt sponsor, Eunisell, to become the only unbeaten team in the Nigeria Professional Football League, in August.The month of August was completed in style on Sunday when Rivers delayed Plateau Unitedâ€™s victory party as their hosts came from behind to share points on match day.Emeka Ogbughâ€™s first half goal shocked the football community, but Plateau United fought back with an equaliser from Peter Eneji.