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Nehemiah Perry Says Extra Spinner Preferred over Fourth Seamer.

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Former West Indies cricketer Nehemiah Perry says he agreed with the regional side’s strategy to use five specialist bowlers against visitors Sri Lanka, but would have preferred an extra spinner instead of the fourth seamer.

The two-Test series — contested at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua — ended in a nil-all stalemate. Though stacked with five specialist bowlers, including four pacers and off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall, the West Indies bowling lacked penetration in the second innings of both Tests, albeit on pitches which appeared more benign as the match went on. Perry, the former wily off-break bowler who played four Tests for West Indies in the late 1990s, said he would have included left-armed finger spinner Jomel Warrican at the expense of one of the pace bowlers. “I think you definitely needed five bowlers, but on a pitch like that I would have gone in with two spinners and three seamers,” he told the Jamaica Observer during a telephone interview. “I would have gone with spinners Rahkeem Cornwall and Warrican, because looking at the pitch you knew it wasn’t conducive to fast bowling. You need 20 wickets, so I would have gone with left-arm spin for a little more variety and then rotate the fast bowlers from one end, or you could bowl the spinners in tandem,” the Jamaican explained. Entering the Test series, Sri Lanka were ranked seventh in the world, one place ahead of the Kraigg Brathwaite-captained West Indies.

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Steph Curry Scores 2nd NBA Scoring Title

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Stephen Curry secured his second NBA scoring title with a game-high 46 points in the Golden State Warriors’ 113-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Curry finished the regular season with a 32.0-point scoring average, taking top spot ahead of the Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal who finished on 31.3 points per game. Curry, 33, joins Michael Jordan as the only NBA players to win a scoring title after turning 33. He won his first in 2016.

In winning their sixth straight game, the Warriors claimed the number eight position in this week’s play-in tournament. The play-in tournament has been introduced on a one-year basis for the 2020-21 season, and will determine who takes the seventh and eighth seeded positions in each conference for the play-offs. In the Western Conference, the Warriors will play the Los Angeles Lakers, while the San Antonio Spurs face the Grizzlies. In the Eastern Conference, the Washington Wizards take on the Boston Celtics, and the Charlotte Hornets play the Indiana Pacers. The NBA play-in tournament starts on Tuesday, while the play-offs start on 22 May.

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Chelsea to play Man City in Champions League Final in Instanbul

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Chelsea will face Manchester City in the Champions League final in Istanbul after convincingly overcoming a fading Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

On a night of high tension, even behind closed doors, Chelsea fully deserved a victory that sets up an all-English final against Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders on 29 May. Timo Werner headed in from almost on the goal-line in the 28th minute. Mount, sealed Chelsea’s place in their first Champions League final since they won the competition in 2012. Fans of this beautiful game will get a dry run of this final, as Chelsea is scheduled to take on Manchester City on Saturday from 12:30pm in the English Premier League.

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ManU Upcoming Games

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Manchester United’s postponed home Premier League match with Liverpool has been rearranged for Thursday, 13 May. The decision means United must play two games in the space of 50 hours as their home game against Leicester has been moved forward a day to Tuesday, 11 May. Liverpool’s game at West Brom, which was thought might be moved to accommodate the fixture, will remain as scheduled on Sunday, 16 May. As such, Manchester United will play a total of 4 games in just 8 days.

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