WI coach places high value on England ODIs

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC : New West Indies head coach Stuart Law has underscored the value of the three-match one-day series against England starting here today, especially with the regional side already setting their sights on the 2019 World Cup.With only the top seven teams in ICC one-day rankings as of September 30 this year earning automaticqualification along with hosts England, West Indies currently lying ninth are in danger of missing out.”The main aim is to qualify for the next World Cup, so these one-day games are extremely important to us, so that’s our main focus really at this stage,” the Australian said ahead of the start of the series at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.”I know we have Pakistan coming for T20s, Tests and one-dayers as well, but the one-day series probably will take paramount importance.”I’m not going to focus on becoming number one in the world at this stage. I’m focusing on building a culture, building a work ethic in the dressing room that will put the little bricks in place so they can be the best they can be.”In their current position in the ODI rankings, West Indies would be forced to enter a 10-team qualifying tournament set for next year March, in order to secure one of the two non-automatic spots at the World Cup.Already, the regional side has seen their lowly ranking cost them dearly, missing out on a spot at this year’s Champions Trophy in England, as only the top-eight sides in the rankings qualified.Law said having experienced that setback, it was imperative the regional side poured all their energies into reaching the marquee ICC limited overs showpiece.”There always is [disappointment over failing to qualify]. It’s a great little tournament, the Champions Trophy the mini World Cup and to not be there probably isn’t where you want to be,” Law told reporters.West Indies’ immediate challenge will be facing a confident England, who are ranked fifth in the world and who have lost just three of their last 16 outings in ODIs.They boast a talented squad with the likes of captain Eoin Morgan Joe Root and all-rounder Ben Stokes, all expected to play key roles, but Law said West Indies would be looking to capitalise on their chances in the series.”They (England) areplaying an exciting brand of cricket. They go out there, they are carefree which can be extremely great to watch, but there are opportunities as well,” he pointed out.”They do offer opportunities the more aggressive you are, you can kind of not hit one clean enough and get caught. It’s going to be a great contest. That’s for sure.””We understand that England are a team that’s way up there and we’re looking to build a solid unit to go forward as well, so we’re looking forward toa good contest.”last_img read more


first_imgIrish Schools Final Qualification for Fodhal.A huge congratulations to Club athlete Fodhla McFadden who had a very successful day at the Ulster Secondary Schools finals in Antrim Forum yesterday. Competing for Pobailscoil Ghaoth Dobhair (P.S.G.) in the senior girls triple jump she qualified for the prestiges Irish schools finals to be held in Tullamore at the beginning of next month. The youngest competitor in the event, Fodhla has another two year competing in this age group and will no doubt have her sights clearly fixed on an Irish title in the future. A great achievement by her and a great honour for Pobailscoil Ghaoth Dobhair. Well done from all at Rosses Athletic Club. Ardara G.A.A 5K:A great performance by Michael Logue winning the Ardara 5k in a fast time of 17.51.  Michael trains extremely hard and its great to see his dedication paying off.Donegal Childrens Games:Thanks to Finn Valley AC for hosting the Donegal childrens games yesterday evening and for all the officials that helped out. There was impressive performances from Tara McElroy, Aine Ferry, David Geoghegan and Joe McElroy. Well done to our up and coming stars. Cavan T&F Championships :Great performances in Clones at the weekend by Leah McGarvey, Emma brown and Joe Sharkey.  All three picked up medal in a number of events. Its great to see our young athletes willing to travel to various meets to gain valuable competition experience.Table Quiz a Great success.The Rosses Athletic Club would like to thank all those who came out last night and supported the Table quiz. We had a total of 12 tables. A special world of thanks to John Bosco and his team and to Caislean Oir for their generosity and use of facilities.Training Times:Track & Field: Tue/Thur all ages 7+.  Sunday 13yrs and older.Endurance training:Industrial estate, Tue/thur 7pm and Sunday 11am blue bridge. PICTURE FOR PAPER:Ulster Schools Track & Field Championships:Rosses AC athlete Fodhla McFadden, who competed for Pobailscoil Ghaoth Dobhair (P.S.G.) in the senior girls triple jump at the Ulster Schools Track & Field Championships in Antrim Forum at the weekend. Fodhla jumped superbly and qualified for the prestiges Irish schools finals to be held in Tullamore at the beginning of next month.ATHLETICS: ROSSES AC STAR FODHLA MCFADDEN QUALIFIES FOR IRISH SCHOOLS FINAL was last modified: May 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AtleticsFodhla McFaddenROSSES ACSportlast_img read more