Pollard upstaged in Strikers win

first_imgADELAIDE, Australia (CMC):Chris Jordan outshone West Indies star Kieron Pollard as Adelaide Strikers won for only the second time in five outings with a five-wicket victory over Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League here yesterday.Sent in, Hobart managed 161 for eight off their 20 overs at Adelaide Oval, with number seven Beau Webster hammering an unbeaten 67 off 43 deliveries and Jonathan Wells getting 55 from 37 balls.The pair dug Hobart out of a hole at 30 for five in the sixth over, putting on an invaluable 89 for the sixth wicket.Jordan, the Barbados-born England all-rounder, bowled superbly to claim three for 24 from his four overs.In reply, Adelaide got home in the penultimate over with left-handed opener Ben Dunk top-scoring with an unbeaten 79 from 49 balls.He added 69 for the third wicket with Brad Hodge who made 30 and then partnered with Jordan in an unbroken 31-run, sixth wicket stand to see Adelaide to victory.Jordan struck 15 not out off 14 balls with a single six.However, Pollard’s struggles with the bat continued as he made just 15 off seven balls with three fours before falling lbw to seamer Daniel Christian in the 14th over.The 29-year-old has scored just 60 runs in five innings during the tournament.With the win, Strikers climbed into sixth spot in the eight-team standings on four points while Hobart remained fifth on four points.last_img read more

Cech makes Chelsea return as technical advisor

first_img0Shares0000Back at the Bridge: Petr Cech has returned to Chelsea in an advisory role© AFP ADRIAN DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, June 21 – Petr Cech will return to Chelsea in an advisory role after retiring from his duties as a goalkeeper last month, aged 37.Cech will perform an intermediary role between the club’s new manager and director Marina Granovskaia, which had been left vacant since Michael Emenalo quit as technical director nearly two years ago. “Petr Cech returns to Chelsea as Technical and Performance Advisor,” said Chelsea in a statement.“The focus of the job will be to provide advice on all football and performance matters throughout the club as well as embed and facilitate strong links between our men’s and academy teams, ensuring that the various support departments are working together effectively.”Cech won 13 major honours, including four Premier League titles and the Champions League, in a stellar 11-year career with Chelsea before joining Arsenal in 2015.The former Czech international’s final game before retirement came in a 4-1 defeat by Chelsea as the Blues lifted the Europa League in May.“I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to join Chelsea FC again and help create the best possible high level performance environment to continue the success the club has had over the past 15 years,” said Cech.“I’m looking forward to the new challenge and hope I can use all of my football knowledge and experience to help the team achieve even more success in the future.”Cech could soon be working closely with one of his former teammates with Frank Lampard also expected to return to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea’s new manager following Maurizio Sarri’s departure for Juventus.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more