WI aim to make home turf count

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):West Indies batting coach Toby Radford said yesterday that the regional side would try to make home advantage count in the upcoming Twenty20 series against Pakistan, as they attempted to make amends for their dismal showing last September.Just seven months ago, the reigning T20 World champions found themselves on the end of a humiliating series whitewash in the United Arab Emirates as Pakistan convincingly won the three-match series on ‘home turf’.However, with much more familiar conditions expected, Radford said he was anticipating a change in fortunes.”I think the big thing when we played out there is we found that the pitches were particularly slow and obviously suited their spin bowlers, and they made very, very big boundaries and made us run a lot,” the Englishman pointed out.The four-match series opens on Sunday at Kensington Oval here before heading to Trinidad and Tobago for the last three games at Queen’s Park Oval.West Indies have been in training since they assembled on Wednesday and Radford said everyone looked in fine form.”We had a good session this morning and all the batters looked in really good touch, which is encouraging,” he said.”There’s one big game coming up in Barbados this weekend and then it’s off to Trinidad for three games there. It will be a really exciting series and, hopefully, they’ll put in a really good performance.”While the side will be without the likes of T20 stars Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell, it includes other big names like batsmen Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels, along with leg-spinner Samuel Badree.GOOD FORMSelectors have also opted for first-timers Jonathan Carter, Jason Mohammed and Veerasammy Permaul coming on the heels of their good form against England in the recent one-day series, and the move is one Radford endorsed.”Carter and Jason Mohammed played very well in the 50-over tournament recently against England, and I think it is great their form has been recognised by the board and they’ve been given an opportunity in this format as well,” he pointed out.Radford continued: “I think it’s an exciting team, a mix of real talent that’s been there and done it and some youngsters who show real quality, and I think putting those together, I would love to see [West Indies] put some good performances together.”last_img read more


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first_img CITY OF DERRY JAZZ AND BIG BAND FESTIVALFREE JAZZ DANCE WORKSHOPS AT GUILDHALL AND STRABANE LIBRARY ShareTweet CALLING all dance and music lovers – if you don’t want to be left on the edge of the dance floor throughout the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival, why not sign up for some free Dance Workshops and learn how to strut your stuff in style?Places are already filling up fast for the four week programme, which takes place in both Derry and Strabane in the build up to the celebrated musical extravaganza set to take over the city throughout the May Bank Holiday weekend.The dance workshops will be held in the Guildhall every Tuesday during April and at the Strabane Community Library every Wednesday.The workshops are free and are perfect for those of you who are keen to get your dancing shoes on and try out a range of jazz dance moves to a variety of music rhythms including swing, jazz and boogie-woogie. Classes are available on a first come first served basis and booking in advance is essential. The dance workshops have been a huge success to date and are a fantastic way of getting into the festival fever.The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival is now in its 16th year and is once again offering music lovers a fantastic programme of live music. Taking place between 27th April and 1st May, the Festival is the North West region’s most anticipated and talked about social event of the year.Festival and Events Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Andrea Campbell, says the dance workshops are a hugely popular part of the festival and encouraged those interested in taking part to secure their place as soon as possible.“We are delighted to welcome back a number of festival favourites and welcome for the first time a variety of hotly tipped Jazz acts from across the globe. The Council, as organisers of the Jazz Festival, are delighted to bring live music acts to over 70 venues and featuring over 200 musical acts over the Bank Holiday weekend,” Andrea added. To sign up to the Dance Workshops contact the Guildhall at 028 71 376510 or the Strabane Community Library at 028 71 883686 or book online through www.jazzdanceclass.eventbrite.co.ukClasses take place in Strabane Community Library on Wednesday 5th April, 12th April, 19th April, 26th April (7:30pm – 9pm). In Derry the workshops will be hosted in the Whittaker Suite, Guildhall on Tuesday 4th April, 11th April, 18th April, 25th April (7:30pm – 9pm)The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival is organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council with the support of Diageo.The full festival programme is now available at venues across the City and District and online providing details of all the events taking place at www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com.For all the latest news and event updates check out City of Derry Jazz Festival on Facebook, or follow the Twitter page @derryjazzfest.This event is organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council with support from Diageo and Tourism Northern Ireland Events Fund.For details on any remaining accommodation deals during the Jazz Festival contact www.visitderry.comFREE JAZZ DANCE WORKSHOPS AT GUILDHALL AND STRABANE LIBRARY was last modified: March 28th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more