Puncheon strike boosts Palace

first_img Back-to-back wins have put clear water between Palace and the drop zone, which looked unthinkable when they were floundering at the bottom just two months ago. Manager Tony Pulis now wants to add four or five new faces before Friday’s transfer deadline but on the evidence of the last few weeks, he may not actually need them. Instead it was Hull who paraded their January purchases, giving a first run-out to their new strikeforce of Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic. But the £14million duo barely got a sniff as the Tigers slipped to a fourth straight defeat, a run which has seen them gradually sucked back into the relegation battle. Long’s only real contribution was going down under a challenge by Danny Gabbidon which should have earned Hull a first-half penalty. But referee Roger East waved away the appeals and moments later Puncheon fired what proved to be the winner. The Tigers also finished with 10 men after goalkeeper Allan McGregor saw red in stoppage time. Palace had two chances to take the lead in the opening three minutes. Press Association First a well-worked free-kick sent Dean Moxey round the back of Hull’s defence and his shot was deflected just wide. And from the corner Mile Jedinak was inches away from prodding into an empty net but the Eagles skipper could not adjust his feet in time as the ball fizzed past. In the 16th minute Palace did take the lead, but only after a big moment of controversy went in their favour. Long was certain he should have had a spot-kick when he tumbled in the area as the outpaced Gabbidon scrambled to get back. The striker definitely had a point as he was first to a high ball over the top and was then sent sprawling amid a tangle of legs – but referee East was having none of it, to the disbelief of Hull manager Steve Bruce. And Bruce’s mood worsened moments later as Palace charged down the other end and promptly took the lead. There was more than an element of fortune about the goal as well. Yannick Bolasie reached the byline and his cross, at the second attempt, reached Puncheon whose initial header was flying well wide. However, it hit the back of team-mate Marouane Chamakh and fell perfectly for Puncheon to crash high into the net. Jedinak almost added another with a fierce free-kick which McGregor tipped over the crossbar. The closest Hull came to an equaliser in the first half was in stoppage time when Julian Speroni was almost embarrassed by a free-kick from Tom Huddlestone, which was swerving wildly before the Palace keeper managed to swat it clear. Hull did improve after the break but Palace stood firm as Jake Livermore blazed over and Long hit the side-netting. Jelavic’s evening was summed up when he sliced horribly into the stand behind the goal and Liam Rosenior passed up Hull’s best chance when he prodded Livermore’s low cross wide from a couple of yards out. Hull’s misery was compounded when McGregor was shown a second yellow card in stoppage time following his clash with Stuart O’Keefe. Jason Puncheon grabbed another vital goal as Crystal Palace’s Barclays Premier League revival gathered pace with a 1-0 victory over Hull. Puncheon, who was ridiculed for his penalty miss against Tottenham a fortnight ago, has since responded by hitting winners against Stoke and now the Tigers. His latest strike hauled Palace level on points with Hull, who were just a point outside the top 10 when the teams kicked off. last_img read more

Mayers defies Tallawahs  spinners to inspire Tridents win

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Kyle Mayers defied the magic of Mujeeb-ur-Rahman and Sandeep Lamichhane with a sensational half-century to propel Barbados Tridents to a 36-run victory over struggling Jamaica Tallawahs and reignite the reigning champions’ ailing title defence.With Tridents under a vicious spin assault from the unrelenting duo, the left-handed Mayers counter-attacked brilliantly with a career-best 85 off 59 deliveries, which steered the innings to a competitive 148 for seven off 20 overs.Mujeeb, the 19-year-old off-spinner from Afghanistan, finished with three for 14 from his four overs while Lamichhane, a 20-year-old leg-spinner from Nepal, claimed two for 16 from his full quota.In reply, Tallawahs never looked the part and crumbled for 112 for nine off 20 overs, with only Nkrumah Bonner with 31 and Jermaine Blackwood, 28, showing any enterprise albeit briefly.Kiwi left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner spearheaded the Tridents attack with a miserly four-over spell which yielded two for 10 after he was handed the new ball, while left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer (2-13) and fast-bowling captain Jason Holder (2-18) gave adequate support.The die was cast once Tallawahs slumped to 27 for four at the end of the seventh over and with superstar Andre Russell sitting out the contest, they were without any firepower at the back end of the run chase.For Tridents, the victory broke a three-game losing skid and lifted them to third place in the six-team standings with four points from two wins.Tallawahs, meanwhile, remained on four points but slipped to fifth, with just two wins in five outings.Sent in at Queen’s Park Oval, Tridents tumbled to 20 for two in the fourth over, after Mujeeb knocked over both openers Shai Hope (8) and Johnson Charles (3) in successive overs.The right-handed Hope, still searching for form, missed a reverse sweep and was adjudged lbw while Charles played down the wrong line and edged to captain Rovman Powell at first slip.Mayers then led an incredible counter-attack, slamming three fours and eight sixes as he dominated a 63-run, third wicket stand with Holder (15).Exuding both elegance and power, Mayers smashed a four and two sixes from the eighth over sent down by Powell which leaked 17 runs before reaching his maiden T20 half-century in the 12th over.Holder fell in the 11th over as Tridents lost four wickets for seven runs in the space of 17 balls in the middle overs but Mayers survived the mesmerising onslaught from Mujeeb and Lamichhane to launch yet another counter-attack, this time in a 50-run, seventh wicket partnership with Santner (20 not out).Dropped behind on 54 in the 15th over off Mujeeb, Mayers made the Tallawahs pay dearly, belting 29 runs off the 18th over – including four sixes and a four – bowled by seamer Carlos Brathwaite.Tridents then struck early in the run chase, Santner bowling Glenn Phillips with the fifth ball of the innings without a run on the board and Holder removing the out-of-form Chadwick Walton (10) to a catch behind in the next over.Powell (4) and Asif Ali (2) followed in quick succession and Tallawahs were crawling at 36 without further loss at the half-way stage of the innings.Bonner, who faced 28 balls and struck three fours and a six, and Blackwood, who counted a four and two sixes in a run-a-ball knock, tried to revive the run chase in a 39-run, fifth wicket stand.But once Blackwood miscued a heave at Santner and holed out on the edge of the circle, the innings plunged into further decline.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, April 3, 2014

first_imgWellington police notes for Thursday, April 03, 2014:•8:00 a.m. Officers  investigated the report of a missing person.•9:27 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to windows and siding in the 900 block S. A, Wellington.•11:11 a.m. Officers took report of a purse/id.•11:57 a.m. Officers investigated a child in need of care in the 2000 block of N. A.•3:18 p.m. Ty M. Carlson, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 40 mph in a 30 mph zone. (radar)•4:26 p.m. Officers investigated a battery in the 600 block of E. Harvey.•3:30 p.m.  Officers investigated a non-injury accident in the 1100 block of N. A., involving a vehicle operated by Mary K. Buzzell, 65, Wellington and a fence owned by Sonic Drive In.•4:33 p.m.  Officers investigated the report of a runaway in the 700 block of W. 3rd. The person was located.last_img read more