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Oxford Threaten County Side

first_imgAn 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 2003last_img read more

DRC Pummel Libya 4-0

first_imgDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC) brushed aside Libya 4-0 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier which was played yesterday evening in Kinshasa. It took only six minutes for Dieumerci Mbokani to fire DRC into the lead with a left-footed finish with Yannick Bolasie grabbing an assist.Jonathan Bolingi doubled DRC’s lead when he scored with a left-footed effort deep inside the Libyan box and the home side were leading 2-0 at half-time.The Leopards of DRC continued their dominance in the second-half they went on to score twice against the Mediterranean Knights. In the 56th minute, tricky midfielder Mpeko Issama set-up centre forward Mbokani who made it 3-0 to the Leopards with a decent finish. While Ndombe Mubele sealed DRC’s 4-0 victory when fired past a hapless Khaled Warfali in the Libya goal in the 69th minute.Russia 2018 QualifiersDR Congo 4 – 0 LibyaGabon 0 – 0 MoroccoIvory Coast 3 – 1 MaliBurkina Faso 1 – 1 South AfricaSenegal 2 – 0 Cape VerdeGermany 3 – 0 Czech RepublicPoland 3 – 2 DenmarkEngland 2 – 0 MaltaScotland 1 – 1 LithuaniaSlovenia 1 – 0 SlovakiaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse offense is leaning on Chris Nanco’s aggressive play

first_img Published on September 2, 2015 at 9:39 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+ In the final seconds of a 2-1 loss against Hofstra, Chris Nanco fired a low shot right to the goalkeeper. He threw his hands up in disbelief. Earlier he tried scoring on a side volley that was miraculously saved, a shot he thought was “for sure” going in.Four times he challenged Pride goalkeeper Patric Pray with a shot between the posts, and had nothing on the scoreboard to show for it.Several days later came the admission: Missing shots can get in his head.“Sometimes it’s bad luck,” Nanco said, “sometimes unlucky bounces, sometimes goalies make terrific saves.“It’s pretty frustrating. You want to get goals and help your team win.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe junior forward is pacing his teammates with 10 shots through two games, seven of which have been on target. But Syracuse largely came away empty in scoring opportunities during its season-opening week, scoring only twice.The Orange (1-1) is leaning on Nanco’s aggressiveness to bear success in its home-opening weekend against UC Riverside (1-1) on Friday at 2 p.m. and Rutgers (1-0) on Sunday at 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium.Head coach Ian McIntyre takes no exception to the outward aggressiveness displayed by Nanco, and is encouraged that one of his team’s premier shooters is getting a high volume of opportunities.“We’re not the New York Knicks and you worry about if a certain player is taking too many shots, it’s at the expense,” McIntyre said. “In our game … we don’t score 100 points a game so you want guys to have that, when an opportunity to present itself, get shots off.”Junior Oyvind Alseth makes up the other half of SU’s starting forward contingency along with Nanco. Alseth has taken only four shots this year, but netted Syracuse’s lone goal on a penalty kick in the loss to Hofstra.Nanco’s shooting tendencies notwithstanding, Alseth is dissatisfied with the quality of offense SU has displayed over 180 minutes of soccer. The team is shooting only five percent this season, a 1-for-20 clip.“If we keep producing a lot of opportunities without scoring goals, we can’t just blame it on bad luck anymore,” Alseth said.A slice of the early offensive struggles can be attributed to a team in a state of transition. Brushing aside that the Orange is only returning about 30 percent of its offensive output from last season, McIntyre said Nanco is still converting to a forward.Previously, he played further outside as a wingman, and now the onus is on him to take up the position of primary forward. Syracuse can’t afford to have Nanco overwhelmed by his early-season dry spell, as he’s the only top-four goal scorer returning from last season.“I feel like I need to do more,” Nanco said. “I think I put more pressure on myself every season, but I think that’s a good thing.”Nanco has done more this season in at least one column of the score sheet. He’s on pace to take 85 shots this year compared to his 37 last season, but is adamant there’s been no concerted effort to take the majority of SU’s shots.It’s been a team-oriented mindset of offensive aggressiveness. Alseth warned that a byproduct of that could be overcomplicating the team’s style of play, resulting in more dribbling and individuals trying to do too much.The numbers indicate that may be the case with Nanco through two games, but his head coach’s confidence isn’t wavering.Said McIntyre: “There’s goals in Chris Nanco.” Commentslast_img read more

How to seal the deal on a client call

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Scenario: You’ve just fired off the most impressive proposal of your life. The phone conversation with this potential client was amazing, and you’ve got this new project in the bag. Or… so you think.You hit send. And then, crickets. The client doesn’t sign like they said they would, and they certainly don’t pay the initial deposit invoice to get things started.It hurts. Because even though we “know” we shouldn’t take instances like this personally, we do. We’re freelancers. We are our work, and our work is us.And while this scenario sometimes happens because the client was never serious in the first place, sometimes it’s because something you did or said during the call caused confusion or uncertainty to enter the picture.It’s a hard truth to swallow, but after analyzing my own lost deals over the last decade of freelancing and now coaching other freelancers for the last two years, it’s definitely a thing.But here are some ways you can avoid it.Always price anchorBy “price anchor,” I don’t mean compare your costs to other freelancers in the field. What I mean is anchoring your price in comparison to what the client stands to make (or save) by hiring you. If you’re designing a new app feature, for example, how many users will purchase this upgrade, and how much money will that make the client over the course of a year? How does that compare to what you’re charging?Don’t be afraid to ask the client about their numbers so that you can do the math for them. A lot of freelancers shy away from things that “aren’t their business,” but if a slient is hiring you for a return on investment, making that ROI happen is your business.Ideally, tell them how much they’ll make first, and introduce your price later. Doing this makes working with you less about price shopping and more about results shopping — which is way more attractive to good clients.Focus on the big pictureThis is especially important if your work isn’t directly tied to a financial outcome. Make sure to ask the client what their ideal big picture would look like after they work with you on this project. Then, ask them what this would be worth to them.Often times, “what” it’s worth is something the client can’t exactly put their finger on. But even if you can’t get them to identify a dollar amount, this one small move will really differentiate you. Most sales calls for freelancers are order-taking notes, followed by a price tag. Not that exciting. But big-picture goals are exciting. Plus, this question shows the client that you’re on their side in making sure that their dream comes to fruition and that you are worth the investment.Stay focusedThis can be tough, especially with a client who isn’t 100% sure of the scope of work. What should be a 20-minute call can easily end up lasting 45 minutes to an hour, as you walk the client through the steps you’d take to get from point A to point B.But If the prospective client starts to go off on a tangent, remind them how many minutes you have left on the call and bring them back to center. Have a bullet-point list of things that are a must to go over on the call, including price anchoring. While it may feel curt, having a structure for your calls and a hard cut-off time really demonstrates that you’re serious about your work and that you’re in-demand. Plus, it makes your knowledge that much more desirable, and therefore worth paying for.Close the dealWhen we hear the words “That’s too expensive for me” or “Can you lower the fee?” come out of the client’s mouth, it feels like it’s over. But when we don’t ask, we don’t get. And our chances of getting it lessen if we let a lot of time pass between the sales conversation and asking for the money.As uncomfortable as it is, go ahead and ask if your offer is something they want to sign on to. This is particularly wise if you feel that the potential client is “sold” on every other aspect of working with you.You may not always get the project, but you’ll definitely start getting more.In conclusionHaving talking points for sales conversations and hard cut-off times might seem counter-intuitive to a freelancer — especially when we chose that career path to be “free” of typical constraints.But structure is comforting, especially for clients who don’t work with freelancers all the time. Having this structure shows them that you’re serious about their success, and that you’re not just another order-taker like the other freelancers they might be talking to.Chelsea Baldwin is a business coach who cut her business chops owning and running a copywriting agency. Now that her agency basically runs itself, she specializes in helping freelancers and solopreneurs. Sign up for her weekly dispatch at read more