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Chase leads Windies stars rise in rankings
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--
Roston Chase's second Test century
has catapulted him into the top 50 in
the latest ICC Test batting rankings
while his teammate and fellow Bar-
badian Shai Hope, has moved to the
brink of cracking the top 100 for the
This comes after both produced excel-
lent performances tohelp West Indies crush
Pakistan by 106 runs on the final day of the
second Test at Kensington Oval in Bridge-
town on Thursday.
Chase carved out 131 in the first innings
as West Indies made 312 while Hope hit a
career-best 90 to see the Caribbean to 268
all out in their second innings.
As a result, the 25-year-old Chase has
jumped21 places to a career-best 49thwhile
Hope, 23, has moved up 19 spots to 101st.
For Hope, the innings was his maid-
en Test half-century in his ninth match,
breaking a run of low scores in his career.
There was also success for Man-of-the-
Match fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and
captain Jason Holder who made healthy
strides in the bowlers rankings.
Gabriel, who was brilliant in the second
innings with a spell of five for 11 to end with
a nine-wicket match haul, has entered the
top-20 for the first time after jumping 14
places to 19th.
Seamer Holder, meanwhile, who took
three wickets in each innings,has moved up
12 spots to 40th, after also making progress
in the rankings following the opening Test
at Sabina Park two weeks ago.
He also reiterated his status as a promis-
ing all-rounder with a half-century in the
first innings of the Barbados Test which
has seen him leap five places to 11th in the
all-rounders rankings. (CMC)
T&T's Guerra scores
TAMPA, Florida--A hat-trick from
Jamaican forward Dane Kelly and a
winninggoalfrom Ataulla Guerra were
the highlights from Caribbean players
plying their trade in the United Soccer
League on Saturday.
Kelly blasted two first-half strikes and
followed to hit one of two in the second half,
as Reno 1868 dismissed home stadium ad-
vantage to claim their first victory of the
season, when theypummelledPhoenix Ris-
ing 4-0 at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Com-
plex. Elsewhere, Guerra connected for his
third goal of the season to hand Charleston
Battery a 1-0 victory over Bethlehem Steel
at the MUSC Health Stadium.
In Scottsdale, Arizona: A crowd of 6,067
came hoping to see the debut of former
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, but it was
Kelly, the USL all-time scoring leader with
53 career goals, that made the biggest im-
pact, carrying his aggregate for the season
to five and giving expansion side Reno a
morale-lifting first win.
Reno goalkeeper Matt Bersano played
the ball deep after two minutes and Chris
Wehan got a touch from the left side to Kelly,
who chested the ball down,darted towards
the goal and slammed a right-footed shot
from 23 yards out into the bottom left-hand
corner to give Reno the lead.
Kelly extended the advantage four min-
utes later in a counter-attacking move,
blasting a left-footed shot from the middle
of the penalty area into the bottom right-
hand corner off a right-sided cross from
fellow Jamaican striker Brian Brown.
The rest of the half unfolded without
either team making any inroads, as Kelly
missed was twice saved on the line in the
final minute of the first half, when Ris-
ing's netminder Josh Cohen stopped his
initial shot and veteran defender Jordan
Stewart cleared his second attempt from
the rebound. But Kelly was not be stopped
and he put the match out of the reach of
Phoenix six minutes into the second half,
when changed direction after running onto
a through-ball from Lindo Mfeka enough
to create time and space for him to fire the
ball into the bottom right-hand corner.
Wehan ensured there was to be no come-
back story for the home team, when Mfeka
set him up and he shot a crisp left-footed
shot from the centre of the box into the
bottom right-hand corner of the net in
the 77th minute.
In Charleston, South Carolina: The
17th-minute strike from Trinidad & To-
bago forward Guerra was the only item
that separated the Battery and the Steel.
Playing without their Jamaican scoring
leader Romario Williams, the Battery were
looking for a new hero and the 29-year-old
Guerra filled the breach.
Antigua & Barbuda international Quin-
ton Griffith spedtoward the end line to cross
the ball from the right and Heviel Cordovés
flickedheader was redirected toward the left
of the six-yard area, where Guerra volleyed
low inside the left post for the lead.
The second half turned into a battle of at-
trition, as the Battery clung to their narrow
lead and the Steel tried their best with little
success to break down their opponents'de-
fence to open the game up. (CMC)
...as Jamaican Kelly leads Reno to first win
T&T midfielder Ataulla Guerra, left, and Central FC Youth Development Manager
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