Hope says didn’t do enough in ODI series, looks forward to T20s

first_imgKANDY, Sri Lanka (CMC) – Despite being the West Indies’ lead scorer in two of the three matches in the just concluded ODI series, Shai Hope has lamented that he did not do enough to give his side a desired victory over Sri Lanka.Hope made 238 runs at average of 79.3 runs per innings in the three-match series, top-scoring in the first match with 115 and again in the third with 72. He put 51 on the board in the second match against the hosts.But speaking to the media after West Indies lost their last contest to suffer a whitewash at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here on Sunday night, the 26-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman said he wanted to do more as his team tried to record their first series win on Sri Lankan soil.“I feel as if I’m not scoring enough runs. I’m just trying to do my job for the team,” said Hope, who was on the field more than any other player in the series.“My job is to bat long and score runs and it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get the wins in this series. They say there’s a learning curve for everything, so hopefully we can learn from this as quickly as possible and move on from there.”Hope also acknowledged that, overall, the West Indies “didn’t play the crucial moments well”, especially in the first and last contests.“Cricket is one of those games where you have to grasp those game-changing moments and we didn’t do that. I think Sri Lanka did that pretty well. So that’s one thing that I can highlight for this series and going forward, that is one thing we should really point out as a team,” he added.As the Caribbean men prepare for their T20 International series which will also be played here – the first match today and the second on Friday – they will be hoping to put the series loss behind them and learn from their mistakes.“We just have to continue believing in what we know we can do and what the team can achieve. We’ve done enough to get here and we just need to tick a few more boxes to get us across that line,” Hope said.“We’ve had a decent run of form in the past few ODI tours that we’ve had. So yes, it’s a 3-0 loss and a setback for us, but there’s a lot to look forward to. We can say we ticked some boxes in this series, but having said that, there’s a lot that we can work on. So, we’re looking forward to see what we have in store for the next series.”The squad will be looking to build momentum towards the ICC T20 World Cup which will be played in Australia later this year.Included are dynamic all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell who played vital roles when the West Indies won the World Cup under captain Darren Sammy in 2012 and again in 2016.Hope said he was pleased to be back in the T20 squad and hoped to learn from the duo.“I played one game against the Afghanistan team in India and I always want to play every format if I can. I’m just glad to be here again. They’ve (Russell and Bravo) been playing T20 cricket for however long now, and they have a heap of experience.I’m sure that the guys coming up, the new ones in the team, like myself, we can get some knowledge from them and hopefully they can continue doing what they do best and we can win this series coming up,” he said.last_img read more

Maleah Davis Stepfather Confesses She Is Dead

first_img“Quanell did not disclose the exact location of where Maleah’s body was dumped,” Fox 26 added.The development as the latest plot twist to what Vence originally reported was a violent kidnapping that left him unconscious. Vence was ultimately jailed under a charge of tampering with a corpse over traces of blood and the odor of a decomposed body in his car, but he had avoided more serious charges.Various members of the extended family took turns blaming one another as suspicion of Maleah’s mother, Brittany Bowens, intensified over whether she was being completely forthcoming.Quannell X quit representing her this week and accused her of lying to help out Vence.“There was not a lot of tears. She was always calm, fluid, clear,” he said of Bowens on Thursday. “Now whenever there was a public thing, she would always break down. Ain’t no way in hell a parent with common sense would have handled this entire situation the way Brittany handled this entire situation.”Bowens also caught some grief on social media for posting Instagram photos of Maleah with Vence after the girl’s disappearance.Vence originally told Sgt. Mark Holbrook of the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division that he, Maleah and his two-year-old son were on their way to George Bush Intercontinental Airport Friday night to pick up Maleah’s mother, who was flying in from Massachusetts. Vence said he heard a “popping noise” and pulled over. He said a blue pickup truck pulled up behind his vehicle and two Hispanic males got out and hit him in the head. He said he lost consciousness and woke up at 6 p.m. the next day. He said Maleah was missing but his son was still there. Vence claimed he then walked to a hospital, received treatment and then reported Maleah as missing. The Associated Press reported that Houston authorities said Vence’s account has “changed several times.”SEE ALSO:Charlamagne Tha God Compares Elizabeth Warren To Rachel DolezalAmid Go-Go Fight, D.C. Gentrification Threatens Important Black-Owned Bookstore Derion Vence, Maleah Davis, Brittany Bowens The stepfather of a missing little girl admitted to killing her and told police where four-year-old Maleah Davis‘ body was, according to a new report. Maleah had been missing from Houston for nearly a month before Derion Vence reportedly offered his confession, Fox 26 reported.Activist Quannell X, the now-former representative for Maleah’s mother, made the announcement on Friday.“He says Vence told him that Maleah’s death was an accident and that he admitted to dumping Maleah’s body in a ditch in Arkansas,” Fox 26 wrote in its report.center_img A Disturbing Timeline Of 4-Year-Old Maleah Davis Going Missing After Being Left With Her Stepfather Brittany Bowens , Derion Vence , Maleah Davis , Quannell Xlast_img read more