An extraordinary thing happened in Oxford UCCE’s game against Hampshire. Oxford declared on the final afternoon, setting Hampshire a target and giving both sides a chance of victory. Even the most assiduous watchers of Oxford cricket couldn’t remember the last time Oxford had been in a position to set up a game. Hampshire needed 291 to win, at a rate of nearly six an over. They were 141 runs shy of their total, with six wickets and just under 17 overs remaining, when a downpour put pay to any further cricket. The premature end was perhaps a greater disappointment for Oxford than the county side. With the spinners, Michael Munday and Paul McMahon, bowling in tandem, Oxford were looked genuinely threatening. The chances are that Hampshire would have blocked the proverbial out of it the moment they sensed they could lose, but there was always the hope that a combination of luck and inspiration might have seen Oxford through to a victory. Munday and McMahon bowled excellently. Munday, a leg spinner in his first year at Corpus and contracted to Somerset, bowled his first over for 12 runs. His next eight went for just 21, while at the same time he picked up three wickets. With the addition of Jamie Dalrymple – currently unavailable due to finals Oxford will field a spin bowling attack in the Varsity Match better than that of many counties. Hampshire, missing most of their big names, were furious at the lateness of the declaration. In particular, veteran spinner Shaun Udal, perhaps made unusually tetchy by the plight of West Ham, waved for Oxford to leave the field. He felt that their decision to declare on the second day to give Oxford a chance of setting a total had been snubbed by Oxford declaring 30 runs too late, to set up an extremely unlikely run-chase. Had they known it was going to be a draw, they might have batted on in their first innings. But from the Oxford perspective, it was understandable that they wanted the extra safety of making Hampshire force the pace. Oxford’s position in this game was almost entirely due to excellent innings from Joe Sayers and Ed Cowan. The latter, a former Australian under-19 batsman, made 99 off 148 balls, as Oxford sought quick runs to set up the declaration. He fell to an excellent piece of bowling from Udal and a low bounce. Looking to push the ball into the leg-side for this century, Cowan played across a quicker ball and was lbw. After a rapid start, Sayer’s first innings century was altogether more sedate. He slowed considerably as he neared his 50 and then his 100. But it was not a worse innings for lacking a shot-a-ball. On a pitch with increasingly uneven bounce and against a lively Hampshire attack, it was just the sort of innings that an opener should play. By the time he was ninth out for 122, he had shepherded the Oxford score to 273 – a total the last pair increased by eight. Hampshire were posed few problems in their first innings. McMahon bowled well, as, at times, did Tom Mees. Former Oxford blue Will Kendal made a century and Lawrence Prittipaul, a distant cousin of West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, made an unbeaten half-century. With the dismissal of Kendal, Hampshire declared, 19 runs behind Oxford’s first innings total, to try to get a good finish. It almost worked.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003
Share Tweet Share LocalNews West coast water supply project expected to immensely improve water systems in Dominica by: – March 29, 2012 Share 16 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Bernard Ettinoffe. (file photo)General manager of the Dominica Water and Sewage Company Limited (DOWASCO) Bernard Ettinoffe has described the West Coast Water Supply Project (WCWSP) as one which underscores the importance and emphasis the government of Dominica and DOWASC has placed on the development of water systems throughout the island.While addressing a ceremony to commemorate the official signing of lot one of the three phase projects at Cabrits on Wednesday, Ettinoffe highlighted the purpose of the project.“The WCWSP seeks to improve the portable water supplies to the communities of the west coast stretching from Salisbury in the south to Capuchin in the north; and to consolidate nine individual small water systems into an integrated network with two reliable sources of water, with each source having the capacity to supply water to the entire system independently”.The project he explained will also make provisions for adequate water treatment and provide for additional storage tanks to ensure that during times of adverse weather conditions adequate water would be stored and distributed without necessarily affecting the residents served.Ettinoffe further noted that “the project is expected to vastly improve the quality of water supply to the areas of the west coast already being served with these inefficient systems while at the same time expand the coverage to areas not presently served and will bring the coverage of persons served with portable water one step closer to a 100 percent coverage which is the ultimate goal”.The overall cost of the project is approximately $25 million with lot 1 and 2 costing in the region of $21 million which is funded by the European Union, while the government of Dominica has indicated its commitment to funding lot 3.Ettinoffe said this project represents the single largest investment which DOWASCO has made in water since the implementation of the Roseau water and sanitation project ten years ago at a cost of $65 million.Ace Engineering has been awarded the contract to undertake the water treatment tanks as well as other facilities required to ensure full completion of the west coast water supply project.Lot one is the construction of two intakes and treatment facilities.According to Ettinoffe, lot two had to be undertaken before lot one “to facilitate the construction of the West Coast Highway which is now 50% complete”.National Authorizing Officer for the European Development Fund in Dominica Carleen Roberts who also addressed the signing ceremony reiterated that the “European Union is strongly committed to promoting concerted international action to address the critical role of water for human and economic development”.Dominica Vibes News
The lock switches sides in the second row where he’ll be joined by Jean Kleyn, who has overcome last week’s illness to make his first European start for the province.Cahir’s Tommy O’Donnell will miss the match in Scotland due to the ankle sprain he suffered against Racing 92 last weekend – his place in the back row is taken by Jack O’Donoghue where he’ll operate alongside captain Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander.In the front row loose-head prop Dave Kilcoyne starts with Niall Scannell and John Ryan continuing at hooker and tight-head respectively. Conor Murray and Tyler Bleyendaal are again the half-back pairing, with no change to the midfield partnership of Rory Scannell and Jaco Taute.Keith Earls starts on the wing joining last week’s try scorers Andrew Conway and Simon Zebo in the back three.Clonmel man Dave Foley is among the replacements.