Haryana’s Harshal Patel and Rajasthan’s Rituraj Singh dream big after sensational Ranji start

first_imgSeamer-friendly conditions and two seamers accounting for 22 wickets is a rarity in domestic cricket. When Haryana and Rajasthan were fighting a battle of nerves in a Ranji Trophy semi-final at Lahli, Rohtak, this week, on a wicket that tested the batting skills of one and all, it made for some absorbing cricket, not always gripping, but one that kept almost every player engaged right through.The centre of attraction was two young pacers – Haryana’s Harshal Patel and Rajasthan’s Rituraj Singh – both bowling with discipline and consistency to reap the rewards. The two have clearly made an impression in their first year of first-class cricket.Patel, with seven Ranji matches under his belt, backed his eight for 40 against Karnataka in the quarter-final with another excellent performance, taking eight for 34 in the first innings against defending champions Rajasthan to finish with his maiden 10-wicket haul.Rituraj, playing only his third Ranji Trophy match, scalped 12 for 82, including 5/ 37 in the second innings that saw Rajasthan defend 184 runs and make it to the final inside two and a half days.At the start of the season, Patel found the going tough and got only nine wickets in his first five Ranji matches. But he learnt his lessons quickly, and when bigger occasions came, the 21-year-old stood counted. In the quarterfinal, against Karnataka’s strong batting line-up, Patel cleared the road for Haryana’s upset victory.”I will rate my bowling against Karnataka above my performance in the semi- final. It was a special one because the conditions were more difficult for a bowler. The Bangalore wicket was helpful only in the morning when it was fresh and after that it turned out to be a good batting wicket. The wicket at Lahli was sporting. There were runs for the batsmen, but at the same time the bowlers had a chance if they pitched it in the right areas,” Patel told Mail Today.advertisement”I did the basics right, bowled the desired line and length and maintained the intensity,” said Ahmedabad-based Patel, who headed to Haryana as he was not getting a berth in Gujarat team.Patel is well aware of his strengths and the aspects of his bowling that need to be polished. “I can move the ball both ways and that is my biggest weapon. I would like to be a little quicker.” For that he is making some adjustment in his action and working with well-known Essex coach and former fast bowler Ian Pont, who has a contract with Haryana.”You get a lot of wickets in junior cricket but it is a different ballgame when you play at the senior circuit. You have to be consistent and patient for a long time. Nothing comes easy. This is something I learnt after the first five Ranji matches,” said Patel, who started as a batting all- rounder before choosing to concentrate more on his bowling.Patel had to make a tough choice very early in his career and he has been proved right. His family had to shift to USA when he was 16. But Patel decided to stay back and pursue his cricket. “Initially, living alone was difficult. I was very young and had to take care of everything. Now I have adapted to the change. I visit my parents in summers. They backed my decision and are happy with my success.”Rituraj came as a replacement for medium-pacer Deepak Chahar, who made headlines in the previous season. Chahar was down with jaundice and that paved the way for Rituraj, trained by Anil Sinha, to grab a spot.He immediately turned the fortunes of Rajasthan around with 22 wickets in three matches that included three five-wicket hauls.Swing is Rituraj’s strong point even as he aims to improve his pace. His ability to bowl on and outside off left the Haryana batsmen laden-footed. “I believe in line and length and it helps my style. It was important that I did not get carried away by the helpful conditions at Lahli. It was a fine learning process for me.”I know this is just the first step for me. I have a long way to go. I have to improve and keep doing the good work,” says Rituraj, echoing the thoughts of Patel as well.last_img read more

Fajardo leads PBA Governors’ Cup BPC race; Durham top import

first_imgHowever, Fajardo’s quest for a record-setting sixth BPC plum is in peril if sixth-seed San Miguel does not make it past the quarterfinals, where it will take on a third-seed Ginebra armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.Meralco swingman Chris Newsome is at distant second with 33.273 SPs after leading the Bolts to the top seed at the end of the eliminations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGinebra center Greg Slaughter is at third with 33.091 SPs, San Miguel forward Arwind Santos at fourth with 32.273 SPs, and TNT’s Jayson Castro at fifth with 32.200 SPs.Rounding out the top 10 are Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel (30.273 SPs), Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort (29.444 SPs), Calvin Abueva of Alaska (29.000 SPs), Baser Amer of Meralco (28.900 SPs), and Kevin Alas of NLEX (28.727 SPs). Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA players express frustration with Trump’s words LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Meanwhile, Allen Durham is poised to reclaim the Best Import plum for the season-ending conference after averaging 27.82 points, 19.36 rebounds, 7.09 assists, and 1.18 blocks to amass 61.364 SPs.Chasing him for the award are TNT’s Glen Rice Jr. with 55.625 SPs, Phoenix’s Brandon Brown with 54.500 SPs, Blackwater’s Henry Walker with 53.250 SPs, and GlobalPort’s Murphy Holloway with 53.222 SPs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo is once again on pace to etch his name in the history books as he leads the statistical points race for the Best Player of the Conference in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The 6-foot-10 giant emerged as the top local performer after amassing 37.900 statistical points (SPs) powered by his averages of 18.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, and 1.7 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Navig8 Chemical Ends Quarter in Loss

first_imgzoom Although the chemical tanker market started sailing towards recovery, the chemical shipping company Navig8 Chemical Tankers ended the first quarter of 2017 with a net loss of USD 1.2 million, against a net income of USD 10.3 million seen in the same period a year earlier.Navig8 Chemical said that the decrease is mainly attributable to lower gross average daily time charter equivalent (TCE) rates achieved in the period, partially offset by an increase in total operating days compared to the same period in the prior year, and increases in vessel operating expenses, depreciation and interest income related to the expansion of the company’s operating fleet.“The chemical tanker market began to show signs of improvement in the first quarter, although rates remain under pressure primarily due to global fleet growth that has outpaced demand,” Nicolas Busch, Chief Executive Officer of Navig8 Chemical Tankers, said.Revenues for the period experienced a slight increase ending the quarter at USD 37.9 million, compared to USD 36.5 million reported in the first quarter of 2016.The total number of vessel operating days for the three months ended March 31, 2017 increased by 791 to 2,577 compared to the same period in the prior year, representing a surge of 44%.“Fleet growth, which exceeded 6% over the past 12 months based on deadweight tonnage, is expected to slow to beneath 2% over the next twelve months.  In the meantime, the demand outlook for 2017 and beyond is encouraging with increasing demand from Asia and acceleration in new long‐haul chemical production capacity in the Middle East and the US,” Busch added.Navig8 Chemical informed that the remaining three ships from the company’s newbuilding program of 32 chemical tankers are scheduled to be delivered by the middle of 2017.Upon their respective deliveries, the company’s vessels have and will be deployed in commercial pools managed by the Navig8 Group, including the Chronos8, Delta8 and Stainless8 pools.last_img read more

Norled to Build Worlds 1st HydrogenElectric Ferry

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Ferry company Norled AS and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration signed an agreement on Tuesday for the construction of the world’s first hydrogen-electric ferry.The newbuilding is expected to become operational in 2021, connecting the national road 13 between Hjelmeland – Skipavik – Nesvik in Rogaland.The zero-emission ferry will be able to carry 299 passengers and 80 cars.Norled won the development contract in competition with Fjord 1 and Boreal. The contract includes the development, construction and operation of the hydrogen-electric ferry where at least 50 percent of the energy requirement is covered by hydrogen.“On behalf of Norled, I am both proud and humble to be a part of this pioneer project. We are looking forward to cooperating on another development project initiated by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. This represents a green historical turning point for both Norled and the rest of the maritime sector,” Ingvald Løyning, Chairman, Norled, commented.“The concept of the new hydrogen ferry is clear. In front of us, both development work and detailed planning await. I am confident that Norled will deliver a new innovative product that will be a green milestone with success for all parties involved,” Løyning added.“Hydrogen will be the last piece to get zero emissions in the ferry sector. Hydrogen is the solution where electric operation alone is not possible,” Terje Moe Gustavsen, Director in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, said.Norway is said to be the world leader in zero and low emission technology. The Roads Director believes that players have a good starting point when next hydrogen projects are launched around the world.Zero emissions in the ferry sector result in an emission reduction of 600,000 tons of CO2 each year.last_img read more

Werder Bremen is pleased after the win

first_imgThe team had the chance to score many goals against Hannover today, but the game ended up only with a 1-0 Werder victory.Werder Bremen had many chances today against Hannover in the German Bundesliga.The “Greens” dominated the field from start to end, but the game finished 1-0.“It’s crazy that it only finished 1-0,” said coach Florian Kohfeldt after the game to the team’s official website.Klaassen is happy the pre-season is over Manuel R. Medina – August 7, 2019 Werder Bremen footballer Davy Klaassen is ready for the start of the 2019-2020 German Bundesliga season, as they meet Atlas Delmenhorst in the DFB-Pokal.“I saw the consistency that we needed today. I had a feeling. The boys wanted to win.”“On the whole, I’m pleased. It’s not easy to say where you stand and how you’ll start again after four weeks off,” he added.“The conditions today were very different to the training camp in South Africa, and there were different requirements.”“You never know how it’ll go. I think that we deserved to win the game. When you leave it open until the end, it’s always dangerous. Hannover never gave up, so it was exciting,” he concluded.last_img read more

United Launches Luxe Print Mag for Travelers

first_imgThe strategy is to draw high-end brands into the in-flight magazine category, says Simon Leslie, Ink’s co-founder. “We’ve spent a long time improving Hemispheres, but there’s been a need to target more of the premium brands,” he says. “A lot of the luxury brands have shied off of in-flight magazines, there’s a perception that in-flight is not as premium as it should be.”Leslie convinced United that there was an appetite with marketers for a luxury in-flight title and the first issue will hit in November.Each issue will be “roughly” 100 pages, ranging between 25 and 35 ad pages. Ink handles all of the editorial, production and sales. Hemispheres editor-in-chief Jordan Heller will also oversee Rhapsody.Leslie notes that in-flight magazines have a distinct advantage over other magazines, with their ability to avoid distribution headaches. “We’re right there in front of [travelers’] knees,” he says. “There’s the moment when they switch off the technology and they’ve got some me-time. Time on the plane is time that no one else can get a hold of them. Marketers are desperate for ROI and this works. And obviously, some of the flights are seven or eight hours long.” United Airlines has partnered with travel media and marketing agency Ink to publish a new luxury lifestyle magazine called Rhapsody, which will be available to first- and business-class travelers.Ink already produces Hemispheres for United, which all travelers get to read, but Rhapsody is aimed at a more affluent audience—those who sit at the front of the plane. The monthly magazine will have a 100,000-copy distribution, placed in seatbacks in first and business classes and will be available in 50 club lounges in 38 airports. last_img read more

Fresh clash at Sandeshkhali adds fuel to TMCBJP fire

first_imgKolkata: Despite two weeks having passed since the results of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 came out, political clashes continue to rage on in the state.On Saturday, a Trinamool Congress worker was allegedly shot dead by BJP-backed miscreants. Following that, workers of both the parties got involved in a clash and two BJP workers were reportedly killed in the scuffle. On Sunday, a delegation of Trinamool Congress visited Bhangipara in Sandeshkhali and alleged that BJP is trying to spark terror across the state. Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee on Sunday alleged that BJP is trying to instigate violence and killing their workers. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to sources, on Saturday afternoon local Trinamool leaders had organised an election review meeting at Bhangipara, Nyazat in Sandeshkhali. Following the meeting, Trinamool had arranged a rally in the area. It has been alleged that BJP workers attacked the Trinamool workers when the rally was underway. Within moments, the area nearly turned into a battlefield. During the clash, a Trinamool worker identified as Kayum Mollah was allegedly shot dead by BJP-backed miscreants. Following the alleged attack by BJP workers, Trinamool workers reportedly retaliated. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateOn the other hand, BJP workers alleged that Trinamool-backed miscreants had attacked the BJP workers and killed three of them. But till Sunday night, the death of only two BJP workers was confirmed. The BJP workers who were killed on Saturday were identified as Sukanta Mondal and Pradip Mondal. Upon receiving the news, police from Sandeshkhali police station went to the spot but were not able to reach there as the number of personnel was inadequate. Later, a huge police force along with Rapid Action Force (RAF) was called in. After entering the Bhangipara area, police were obstructed while taking away the bodies of the deceased. Later, police dispersed the mob and recovered the bodies. On Sunday, a delegation team of Trinamool Congress lead by the party’s North 24-Parganas President Jyotipriya Mallick went to Sandeshkhali to assess the situation. The other members of the delegation team were MLA Nirmal Ghosh, Sujit Bose and Tapas Roy. They talked with the local residents and police administration regarding Saturday’s clash. Later, Roy alleged that BJP is in a hurry to take over Bengal and for that they are resorting to violence. “The Union Home Ministry has sought a report on Saturday’s incident in Sandeshkhali. Why has it not been done for other areas? Why is the Home Ministry silent about the Nimta Trinamool worker’s murder or the incident of Barrackpore?” Roy questioned. Mallick also alleged that BJP is using contract killers to murder Trinamool workers. On Sunday, a BJP delegation team went to Sandeshkhali as well and interacted with the families of the two workers who were killed on Saturday. Later, party leadership tried to take the bodies to Kolkata, which was not permitted by the police, anticipating a law and order situation. The bodies were later taken back to Sandeshkhali for cremation.last_img read more

TravelBrands tapped as Karismas Preferred Partner for November

first_imgTags: Karisma Hotels & Resorts, TravelBrands Share Travelweek Group Posted by MIAMI — Karisma Hotels & Resorts has partnered with TravelBrands, naming the company as its Karisma Preferred Partner for the month of November for the Canadian market.Karisma picks a different tour operator partner from Canada and the U.S. each month, offering a variety of special activities to drive motivation while providing training on Karisma Hotels & Resorts and the Gourmet Inclusive Experience. Benefits include training support, sales incentives and assistance, weekly contests, web and social media exposure.The training, which takes place prior to the start of the month, focuses on reservations, groups, and sales with the intention of providing a better understanding of Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ differentiators, including the Gourmet Inclusive Experience. Incentives can include complimentary stays and the chance to enter to win a grand prize giveaway.With November’s promotion, TravelBrands clients will receive savings up to 44% off plus up to $1,250 in resort credits. Resort credits can be used towards services such as couples’ sky massages or candlelight dinners.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyThese offers are available for clients when booking by Nov. 30, 2017 for travel from Nov. 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018. The promotion is available for new bookings with a minimum stay of three nights and valid at El Dorado Spa Resorts, Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya and Generations Riviera Maya. The deal is also valid for both group and FIT bookings.Karisma Hotels & Resorts also offers its Preferred Partners exposure during the designated month, including a spotlight on Karisma’s travel agent portal.center_img TravelBrands tapped as Karisma’s Preferred Partner for November Friday, November 3, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more