GEELONG, Australia (CMC):Opener Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood both gathered half-centuries as West Indies survived a day of extreme temperatures to flourish on the opening day of their two-day tour fixture against Victoria XI yesterday.Brathwaite struck 78, while Blackwood carved out 69 at the Simonds Stadium with the mercury reaching 308C and soaring to 438 by the afternoon – one of the hottest days on record in the history of Australia.Several West Indies batsmen got starts but none were able to reach three-figures. However, the outing served as a much-needed build-up for the second Test match against Australia, slated for the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting on Boxing Day.Marlon Samuels hit 45, Denesh Ramdin scored 38 not out, while opener Rajindra Chandrika chipped in with 28.Leg-spinner Jeremy Hart was the best bowler with four for 93.The 23-year-old Brathwaite again looked in good touch and appeared set for a century before he retired at the tea break after facing 175 balls and counting eight boundaries on both sides of the wicket off both pace and spin.He was largely untroubled throughout his knock and it backed up his stroke-filled 94 in the first Test.The right-hander shared three productive stands to give West Indies a handy start, posting 47 for the first wicket with Chandrika, 68 for the second wicket with Samuels and a breezy third-wicket stand of 99 with Blackwood.The right-handed Blackwood’s knock was important, especially after failing to score in either innings of the Hobart Test. He faced 102 balls and hit seven fours and a six in what was a good comeback following the double failure.Samuels showed a glimpse of his prowess with an innings containing seven crisp boundaries off 39 balls, but touched an out-swinger to the keeper just when he looked set for much more.The innings slipped from 226 for three to 257 for seven in the final session as West Indies lost four quick wickets for 31 runs. However, Ramdin found a good partner in Jomel Warrican and the pair has so far added 43 in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand.Ramdin, who looked solid off both the front foot and back foot, has so far counted four fours off 73 deliveries, while Warrican mixed unorthodox defence with measured aggression to close on 22 not out.
A Judge has expressed his “considerable disappointment” that the trial of a man in one of Ireland’s most high profile dangerous driving cases has not gone ahead.The crash killed eight peopleThe case of Shaun Kelly, a Co Donegal man charged with causing the deaths of eight people, has been adjourned a number of times. All eight people, including seven of Kelly’s friends, were killed following a crash outside Clonmany in Co Donegal in July, 2010.Judge John O’Hagan had ordered the trial of Shaun Kelly to go ahead after a number of previous adjournments on February 4th.However at the latest sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court last week before Judge Keenan Johnson, the court was told the trial was still not ready to go ahead.Defence barrister Peter Nolan told the court last week that Kelly, 24, was not fit to plead.He told the court that a psychological report had been made which he had just sent to the state barrister.Judge Johnson adjourned the case until April 1st with peremptory against the accused.Judge John O’Hagan said today that he is determined that the case go ahead at the next siting of the circuit court.He said he was considerably disappointed that his colleague, Judge Johnson, was constrained from allowing the case to go ahead.“I cannot emphasise strongly enough how anxious I am that it must proceed. This is a case that should go on,” he said.The men who died in the crash on July 11th, 2010 were Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany, Eamon McDaid (22)of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin, (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.JUDGE EXPRESSES HIS DISAPPOINTMENT THAT INISHOWEN CRASH CASE HAS NOT GONE AHEAD was last modified: February 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:crashInishowenJUdge John O’HaganShaun Kelly