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– Ramraj, Seepersaud spin Demerara to nine-wicket winBOTH the Select Under-15 and Demerara registered first round wins in the Rubis Bel Air U-17 Inter-County 50-over cricket tournament, which commenced yesterday.The Select Under-15 beat Essequibo by 45 runs at Enmore Community Center while Demerara whipped Berbice by nine wickets at the Georgetown Cricket Club groundThis years’ tournament is being played under the Rubis Bel Air brand and managed through Cricket Guyana Inc., following the High Court ruling last Wednesday whereby the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) was deemed illegal.The tournament was made possible through the personal contributions of Lalta Gainda, Nazimul Drepaul, Anand Sanasie, Rahaman Khan and Richard Jodah.Earlier, at Enmore, Mavendra Dindyal struck a fighting 104, and single-handedly dominated the inning. Despite been dropped four times, the right-hander effort with the bat has been instrumental in taking the Select Under-15 side to 188-7.Thereafter off-spinners Krsna Singh (4-26) and Alvin Mohabir (3-13), then created the damage, restricting the Essequibo side to 144 all out in 42.3 overs.However, it was the 14-year-old Dindyal, who stood firm at one end to ensure the challenging total.After opting to bat, the Under-15s were left gasping for breath, at 44-3 inside the first 15 overs. Medium pacer Sheldon Charles (2-19), removed both openers, Jadon Campbelle (2), and Rampertab Ramnauth (10) before Tameshwar Mahadeo was stumped off left-arm spinner Ryan Alkinson (2-39), without scoring.Off-spinners Krsna Singh at left (4-26) and Alvin Mohabir (3-13), created the damage in the run chase.However, the right-handed pair of Dindyal and Mohabir then manufactured a salvage operation after they had been thrust together. They added 67 runs for the fourth-wicket during which the Diamond Secondary School student, Dindyal reached his fifty and his side passed the 100-run mark.Soon after off-spinner Abdul Nadir (1-18), bowled Mohabir for 29 but Dindyal who was joined by Captain Zachary Jodah, combined for a fifth-wicket stand of 49 runs before the latter was run out for 13. Dindyal, who toured with the West Indies Under-15 team last year to England, then brought up his hundred with his ninth boundary, but the innings lost some momentum towards the end with a couple of wickets, including the centurion.In the run chase, Essequibo lost opener Nadir, leg before to Isai Thorne without scoring before Charles and Scouten added 30 runs for the second wicket. Matthew Pattaya then broke the stand with the wicket of Scouten for 14.At that point the right-handed Charles dominated a third-wicket stand with Azizi Christian worth 58 runs.But Singh and Mohabir wreaked the havoc thereafter including the wickets of Charles, who made 52 and Christian (24).Meanwhile, Berbice were routed for just 66 in 29.1 overs with left-arm spinner Chanderpaul Ramraj (4-7) and off-spinner Andre Seepersaud (3-6), did the damage. Only Captain Marvan Prashad (31), managed double figures.In reply, Demerara raced to the winning target, reaching 67-1 in 28 overs. Seepersaud mane an unbeaten 31 while Reynaldo Mohamed contributed 14 not out.The second round is billed for today with Essequibo playing Demerara at GCC while Berbice take on the Select Under-15 at Everest.The third and final round is scheduled for tomorrow. Berbice will clash with Essequibo at GCC while the Select Under-15 will oppose Demerara at Everest ground.
Michael Snaer got everyone at the photo shoot laughing – including Kawhi Leonard, the reserved Riverside King High boys’ basketball star with whom Snaer was sharing the 2008-09 Riverside Press-Enterprise Player of the Year honor.Snaer, an effervescent standout for Moreno Valley’s Rancho Verde High, was a five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American who was headed to Florida State, where he’d lead the Seminoles to their first ACC Tournament championship.Leonard, who was neither a McDonald’s All-American nor a highly rated recruit, was bound for San Diego State, the NBA and basketball orbit.“We both did have great seasons,” Leonard said Monday before his L.A. Clippers’ final preseason practice. “And you can’t predict the future, but you can always prepare for the best and the worst, and at that time my mindset was just to getting to a college and playing well and being able to get drafted.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Ten years after sharing the Inland Empire’s player-of-the-year honor, 62 percent of NBA general managers surveyed said Leonard has become the best small forward in the game.Moreover, the two-time NBA Finals MVP, who this summer became the highest-profile free agent ever to sign with the Clippers, is included in the broader conversation for best overall.When Leonard steps on the Staples Center court on Tuesday night in his signature New Balance sneakers, it will be for his first official home game in Southern California as a pro. He arrives as a two-time NBA champ and one of the main attractions in a heavyweight basketball showdown unlike any L.A. has seen.The Lakers are headlined by LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Clippers by Leonard and, when he returns from rehab on his shoulders, Paul George.In a tantalizing first for L.A. basketball fans, both teams are set up to contend for the crown at the same time. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Their respective quests begin in earnest against each other in Tuesday’s season opener, for which nearly 400 credentials had been issued as of midday Monday.Leonard’s focus a decade ago growing up in Moreno Valley might have been on just getting to the league, but anyone looking for clues of his forthcoming ascent would have found them in his preparation, a work ethic that hasn’t waned.Between his junior and senior seasons of high school, Leonard became a matchup nightmare, growing an inch and putting on close to 15 pounds to become dominant inside while managing to maintain his sweet shooting stroke.He led King to a second consecutive appearance in the CIF-State Division 1 regional finals after they won the CIF-SS Division I-AA title. In that championship game victory, the “Board Man”-to-be controlled 20 rebounds to single-handedly outrebound a Mater Dei frontcourt that featured two McDonald’s All-Americans.More recently, Clippers coach Doc Rivers has watched Leonard, long a top-tier defender, continue his progression professionally, improving both that shot and his facilitating aptitude.“If you saw how much he worked, you would understand why he keeps getting better,” Rivers said. “It’s great for our young guys to watch. There are no secrets – and not just in sports but in life. If you work hard enough at it, you’re probably gonna get better at it.”And Leonard works.“He’s maniacal and it’s long and it’s very serious,” Rivers said, noting that being exposed to such effort benefits young players and young coaches alike. “The seriousness that he takes with his workouts, I’ve seen a couple of (similar) players that I won’t name that I’ve had, but other than that I haven’t seen anything like that.“He’s not goofing around. He’s getting it done. No chat. It’s work time. He approaches practices that way and I think it gives a lot of guys a serious focus that a coach can’t give you – only your best player can give you. And I think he does a great job there.”And with championship experience with two organizations, Leonard said he hopes also to be able to imbue the Clippers with perspective born from those experiences.“It is just the simple fact of trying to get all 15 guys on the same page and just buying into the goal,” said Leonard, who this summer signed a three-year $103 million contract with the Clippers, with a player option for the third year.“You know, how are we going to respond after big wins, tough losses, missed shots?” Leonard added. “That is what it’s about, just keeping a steady mindset on the ultimate goal and not getting discouraged when things go bad or things get too good.”His Clippers teammates aren’t surprised by anything Leonard’s brought to camp – except for how often they hear his voice.“He’s not quiet,” Clippers guard Patrick Beverley said. “I thought he was quiet coming in, but he’s really not. … He’s a really dope dude, man.”Related Articles Said rookie guard Terance Mann: “I always thought you know from outside looking in that he’s a quiet guy … but I feel like being on the same team as him, he’s real vocal. He always gives me advice.”After spending the first eight seasons of his NBA career playing for teams in San Antonio and Toronto, Leonard gets to pursue a third title in front of his family in Southern California.They’ll be at Tuesday’s game, he said, and at every one after that.“They all understand what it is,” he said. “It’s been good. It’s like any other day, just on some of the off days I do have, I am able to see my nieces and nephews.”Still, the season is starting and they know Uncle Kawhi has to go to work.“It’s not a vacation,” he said. “It’s the same mindset in any other state or city that I play in.”And now everyone understands what that means. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error