GROS ISLET, St Lucia, (CMC) – Fifteen-year-old Shafali Verma and opening partner Smriti Mandhana pummelled enterprising half-centuries to condemn a listless West Indies Women to an 84-run defeat in the opening Twenty20 International here Saturday night.Player-of-the-Match Verma smashed a scintillating 73 from 49 balls while the classy Mandhana carved out 67 from 46 deliveries, innings that propelled the visitors up a challenging 185 for four off their 20 overs.West Indies never threatened in their run chase and timidly subsided to 101 for nine off their 20 overs with Shemaine Campbelle the only batsman to show resistance with 33.With the defeat, the Windies fell 1-0 behind in the five-match series, but will have a chance to level when they face India in the second match here Sunday.Verma and Mandhana snatched the game away from West Indies early when they dominated in a stroke-filled 143-run opening stand.The right-handed Verma belted six fours and four sixes, racing to her maiden T20 half-century off 30 balls in the 10th over, while the left-handed Mandhana raised her landmark off 31 balls in the next over with a paddle sweep for four off leg-spinner Afy Fletcher.Together, they raised the hundred off just 61 balls and West Indies had run out of ideas when Verma skied fast bowler Shakera Selman (2-36) to Kyshona Knight at cover point in the 16th over.Mandhana, dropped on 39 at long off by Natasha McLean off Fletcher in the ninth over, finally holed out to long off with off-spinner and stand-in captain Anisa Mohammed (2-35) in the following over.However, captain Harmanpreet Kaur belted a 13-ball 21 not out as India gathered precious runs towards the end.In reply, West Indies lost Hayley Matthews cheaply in the second over after she hammered three fours in an eight-ball 13, bowled by one from seamer Shikha Pandey (2-22) which nipped back.And when McLean picked out Kaur at mid-off with left-arm spinner Radha Yadav’s (2-10) first ball, West Indies were 13 for two in the third over.Chedean Nation struck a six – a clean blow over mid-wicket off Pandey – in a run-a-ball 10 but then drove the next ball to mid-off where Kaur took a running catch in the sixth over.Campbelle, who counted two fours and a six in a busy 34-ball knock, then put on 21 with Kyshona Knight (12) for the fourth wicket and a further 24 for the fifth wicket with Stacy-Ann King (13), to keep the innings afloat.However, at 61 for four at the half-way stage, the required run rate of over 12.5 an over proved to much for the Windies and they managed only 40 runs over the last 10 overs.
England’s Marco Penge was just pipped in the French men’s international amateur championship when he lost a title play-off on the second extra hole in heavy rain at Chantilly.The honours went to Ivan Cantero of Spain but Penge, who holed a 50-footer to birdie 18 and get in the play-off, was not disappointed. “It’s a learning curve for me,” he said.“I gave it a good go and tried my best,” said the 18-year-old international from Golf at Goodwood in Sussex. “This time it wasn’t enough, but next time, you never know.“I’ve had good start to the year and I’m really happy with the way I’m playing and looking forward to the St Andrews Links Trophy,” he went on. Penge, from the England Golf men’s squad, has proven good form north of the border, having previously won the 2015 Scottish men’s open stroke play.Penge was five-under par and leading the French championship after 36 holes, surging to the top of the leaderboard with a second round of five-under 66, which included an eagle and five birdies. But the third round was washed out by heavy rain and the championship reduced to 54 holes.When play resumed, Penge had to play through heavy rain on his final nine holes, losing at least one shot to the bad weather when he had to putt through puddles. “I wasn’t happy with that, but the putt on the last gave it back to me,” he remarked, after holing the monster putt for a level par last round – and five-under overall.The Chantilly green staff made a tremendous effort to prepare one hole for the play-off, the short 16th. The green was squeegeed and the bunkers were pumped out and, first time round, both players halved in three. Cantero also managed another three at the second attempt to win the championship and the Coupe Murat.Chantilly will host the European men’s team championship this summer and this event attracted an excellent quality field of players keen to gain course knowledge.England Golf’s Men’s Performance Manager, Steve Burnett, watched the final round and commented: “This is a really good result for Marco in a very strong field.”Marco also had the support of his girlfriend, England women’s international Sophie Lamb, who caddied throughout, despite the drenching rain.Click here for full scoresImage © Filipe Farinha 22 May 2016 Marco is pipped in French championship play-off
27 Feb 2019 New guide to help clubs attract more young players Tags: Club Support, growing the game, Junior Golf A new guide to help golf clubs gain greater understanding of young people and to attract them into the sport has been produced by England Golf.The potential is huge: England Golf research shows that in 2017, 67% of all young people took part in some form of golf activity. That’s about 5.35 million youngsters in England.But at the same time, they’re turning their backs on golf clubs and traditional junior memberships are dropping.Understanding Your Junior Market has been created to help reverse the trend. It forms part of a raft of measures identified in the wider national Children and Young People Plan “Growing the Game for the Future” which is supported by the Golf Foundation and the Professional Golfers’ Association.The guide highlights ways to find out what young people want from golf and golf clubs – and what could put them off. It uses the specially created profiles of seven different types of youngster to show how they and their parents view golf.A supporting video and online training are available to show clubs how to use the profiles to understand their current juniors and their families, create activities to attract new players, develop retention plans to keep their interest and market these successfully.Lee Dolby, England Golf’s Young People Manager, commented: “Attracting young people in to golf is essential for the future of golf clubs and, to do that successfully, they need a better understanding of what young people want from their golfing experience.“One size definitely does not fit all. Young people change faster than at any other time in life and what appeals to a six-year-old may not be right for a 16-year-old. But, many clubs still just offer one version of junior golf.“We need to think about the individuals, their motivations and the barriers they encounter. Traditional membership is dropping among young people; that doesn’t mean they don’t want to belong and feel part of a club, it does mean they don’t like what clubs are offering.“We want to work with clubs to create new and exciting ways to engage young people and inspire a love of golf which will last a lifetime.”Emily Furniss, from Gaudet Luce Golf Club in Worcestershire is a Young Ambassador for England Golf and the Golf Foundation, and has written a message to clubs in the guide.She comments: “Not everyone wants to be the next Rory McIlroy, some young people just want to belong, to make friends or play for fun. So listening to the opinions and needs of the next generation of golfers will broaden the appeal of the game.“This booklet is a great starting place for clubs to understand their young customers and we hope you’ll use it to take positive steps to get more young people into golf.”The new guide complements England Golf’s wider package of support for clubs, Understanding Your Market. This helps clubs retain members and identify potential new members by focussing on what their customers want.Click here to view Understanding Your Junior Market. For more advice contact your local Club Support Officer.Image copyright Leaderboard Photography
Facebook1Tweet0Pin0 Olympia Brew Fest, on August 3 from 1:00 – 8:30 pm, showcases Northwest micro-breweries and supports Thurston County Economic Development. Everyone 21 years of age or older with a valid ID is welcome at the Port Plaza.More than 30 Northwest breweries will be on hand with 60+ beers along with five local food vendors and live music. General admission includes a commemorative mug and six taste tickets for $25. You may also purchase additional taste tickets. Admission for designated drivers is discounted to $5.Port of Olympia is a sponsor of this event which benefits the Thurston County Chamber Foundation Small Business Development Program.You will find the Port Plaza just north of Percival Landing, behind Anthony’s Homeport. Look for the tall viewing tower.Submitted by Port of Olympia