Hope wants consistency after success

first_img(CMC) – Shai Hope says he will use his outstanding performances in the just concluded Regional Super50 to kick-start his career for West Indies.The 23-year-old right-hander struck 101 in Saturday’s final to help power Barbados Pride to the Super50 title with a 59-run victory over Jamaica Scorpions at Coolidge Cricket Ground.Hope finished the tournament as one of the leading run-scorers with 482 runs and two centuries, following his 125 in the semi-final against Leeward Islands Hurricanes last Thursday.“I just have to stay consistent, consistent in front and behind the stumps. (I have to) score as many runs as possible and take the chances that come to me,” Hope said in reference to his international career.He added: “We set out to win the tournament, I set out to score runs, perform for my team and I was glad to be able to do that.”It was Hope’s 127-run, sixth-wicket partnership with captain Jason Holder which transformed the contest, after Scorpions had put a stranglehold on the Pride innings.Hope struck five fours and five sixes in a 98-ball knock while Holder exploded in a 47-ball 69, as Pride clawed their way back from 138 for five in the 35th over to reach 271 for nine off 50 overs.“The key was not to panic at all. It was a crucial stage there when we lost a few wickets,” he noted.“But having said that, we knew we had batting right down to the end so it was just about capitalising on any bad balls they gave us and keep rotating the strike until we get down to those last 10 overs and then launch.”He continued: “I wouldn’t say that they bowled badly, I actually think they bowled well especially in the initial stages and I just have to give credit to Jason, he came out and really gave the innings that boost that we needed to get to the 271.”Hope has played seven Tests and four One-Day Internationals since making his West Indies debut two years ago.last_img read more

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Syracuse splits doubleheader with Army

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (16-12, 4-5 Atlantic Coast) split its doubleheader with Army (11-17, 2-1 Patriot) on Wednesday afternoon in West Point, New York. The Orange won the first game, 4-1, with Alexa Romero throwing a career-best 14 strikeouts in a complete game effort. Army got its revenge in the rematch and downed SU, 5-1.In the first game, Syracuse scored all four of its runs in the second inning. After a Toni Martin bunt advanced Gabby Teran to third base, Lailoni Mayfield singled to give SU its first run of the game. A batter later, Michala Maciolek extended the lead to three with a two-RBI single to left center.Alexa Romero started in the circle, three days after allowing five runs in four innings against Florida State. The sophomore returned to the top of her game, pitching a complete game and striking out a career-high 14 hitters. Romero registered her record-breaking 14th strikeout on the last batter of the game. It was the second time she achieved her record on the last batter this season, with the first time coming on March 13 against Elon.Although Syracuse’s bats went quiet after the second inning, mustering just three hits, Romero’s brilliance preserved the lead. Army finally got on the board in the sixth inning when Amelia Trotter hit a solo shot to center field, but it did not spark a comeback.Martin got things started again in the second game with an RBI single in the first inning with two outs. Army then evened the score in the second inning when Kristen McPeek smacked an RBI double to left center.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnnaMarie Gatti started in the circle for SU. She allowed one run in the first two innings before two throwing errors — one apiece from Gatti and Sammy Fernandez — handed Army four unearned runs in the third. After the third, neither team scored a run for the rest of the game. The Orange tallied just one hit after the second inning.Syracuse resumes play on Saturday with its home opener, a doubleheader against Boston College set to start at 1 p.m. Comments Published on March 28, 2018 at 7:03 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edulast_img read more

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