first_img “The platform was laid for a person like me with a little bit of power,” said Powell. “What I did therefore was to just take a few balls first and get going, and then after get going I could explode and go big.” Entering the fray with the Scorpions well-placed at 269 for two in the 36th over on the back of a record-equaling opening wicket stand of 174 between Chadwick Walton and Steven Taylor, and joining the then on-the-go Jermaine Blackwood, Powell went on to slam nine sixes and six fours in his electrifying act. The recent West Indies one-day debutant then returned to bowl with accuracy and variation to bamboozle the Red Force. The 31-year-old Walton topscored with 117, Taylor got 88, and Blackwood, an unbeaten 108. “The wicket kind of suited me,” he said of his bowling.” It was a not a fast wicket, and once the wicket is not fast, medium pacers, who bowl a lot of cutters and use their fingers on the ball can get a lot of assistance. I,therefore, just went out there to execute. He added: “I also would like to do same in the final, as the team is peaking at the moment, and I would like us to return home with the trophy.” The final is set for a 12:30 p.m. Jamaica time start, and is scheduled to be aired on cable television network, ESPN. -J.L. PLATFORM LAID Enterprising all-rounder Rovman Powell says execution was the order of the day for him against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the semi-finals of the WICB Regional Super50 Tournament and come today, he hopes to replicate this against Barbados Pride in the final at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua and Barbuda. A revelation for Jamaica over the past two seasons, the 23-year-old Powell smashed a whirlwind career-best 95 off a mere 45 balls, and claimed a career-best five for 36 off eight overs to help guide Jamaica to a record-breaking 292 runs win over the dethroned champions. The Scorpions batted first and made 434 for four before dismissing Trinidad for 142.last_img read more

first_imgCaldwell- Laurence Doe Innis, the brother of Liberia’s latest confirmed Ebola patient who passed away last week, has been experiencing shame and agony.The late Ruth Tugheh, 44, became ill on March 15 and admitted herself on Thursday of the same week after complaining of a sore throat and body pain. Unfortunately, Laurence was the one who took his sick sister to the hospital before her death. He says that he never knew that his sister was suffering from Ebola.According to the teary eyed man, it was his girlfriend, who’s name has not been mentioned, that helped the sick woman to sell her market of spaghetti and beans before she could was admitted to the hospital.“When Ruth couldn’t sell for herself for those four days, it was Laurence’s woman who helped. She would bring whatever she made on the school campus back to Ruth,” added Kelvin, his roommate.Laurence and his girlfriend are both being quarantined among the more than 80 people being quarantined in and around Ruth’s residence.Before Ruth’s death, rumor circulated in Caldwell about Laurence, and every day since then, Kelvin says, has been nothing but chaos for the two.Kelvin, who has become somewhat of a spokesperson for Laurence says, “The people in  the house where he lives would not allow him to enter. There came a time they began threatening to kill him and burn him alive,” he added.Kelvin says he has been actively fighting the fight against Ebola since it entered Caldwell before Ruth’s case. He feels that Laurence’s situation is sad.“He can’t even go home. I had to call the police the other night because of the chaos in our yard. They said he had Ebola according to one of my colleagues, Paradise, who came to our house to tell them,” he shared.“But it’s a lie.  So far Laurence has not begun to show any signs of sickness, so what my colleague did was bad,” he added.According to Paradise, who is an active contact tracer, he says he was not the one to have started the stigma on Laurence.“The yard says a boy driving a motorcycle gave them the information and since everyone knows that I drive one, they asked if it was me by name, and they said yes. But I would never do that,” he stated.Meanwhile, Laurence was whisked away to a secret location early last week by an organization that asked not to be mentioned.“He’s being protected for 21 days until we can figure out how to help him. Now that his sister has died, he was among the group that went to bury her and has decided to stay where we did the burial,” one of the organizers mentioned.Laurence, who does nothing but cry when he thinks about his family’s ordeal, seems to be in a safe place now.  Everyone in Caldwell has wished the family well and look forward to hearing that no one else has fallen to the disease.“So far Ruth’s daughter’s second test came back negative and she is okay, but we still worry for Laurence, his woman and the boy who slept with Ruth. We pray all goes well for them,” Kelvin added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more