HOSTS Guyana Jaguars met with unexpected resistance in the final session of the third day of the fifth round Regional Four-Day Championship fixture against Trinidad and Tobago’s Red Force, with a 93-run second-wicket stand between opener Kyle Hope and Isaiah Rajah.However, they were still 120 runs behind, and it will take a collective team performance to make the two-time defending champions bat again, let alone avoid defeat in the final day.Faced with a huge first innings deficit of 216, the tourists were 96-2 in their second innings at stumps, after they lost the 23-year-old Rajah in the day’s final over for 63.Hope is still at the wicket on 20,along with night watchman Khery Pierre, who is yet to score.Earlier, the start of play was delayed by 75 minutes because of overnight and early morning showers, which were consistent and brisk.However, when the game eventually got under way, the visitors were quick to make up for the lost time. In the five-over spell during the morning session, the visitors removed veteran left-handed batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Veerasammy Permaul.Chanderpaul added two to his overnight score of 141 before he edged a routine catch to Yannick Ottley at first slip off leg-spinner Imran Khan. The 42-year-old innings spanned 311 minutes and he faced 231 deliveries and struct 14 fours and a six.Anthony Bramble resumed on 18 and was quickly into his stride, belting left-arm spinner Khery Pierre for a massive six before Permaul (2) edged Pierre to Jason Mohammed at first slip, when the weather intervened again at 10:37hrs.After the lengthy stoppage, play resumed at 12:42hrs.Khan, who finished with figures of 4-77, and Pierre (3-49)picked up the final two wickets,that of Bramble 33, and Gudakesh Motie two.Starting their second innings with a deficit of 216 runs, the visitors managed to bat a single over before another sharp shower sent the players off the field.Because of the showers in the post-lunch session, the umpires took an early tea. Upon resumption the intermittent spells of rain also ensured there was enough moisture on the surface for the bowlers to procure some movement.Keon Joseph, especially, made good use of it, and immediately trapped Khan leg before wicket for three.Thereafter,the hosts allowed a steady stream of runs, with Hope and Rajah at the wicket. The right and left-hand combination displayed a measure of grit, with Rajah the more attacking of the two batsmen.The left-handed Rajah batted superbly in getting to his fifty,with seven fours and a six in 155 minutes at the crease. However, he was trapped leg before wicket to Permaul in the closing stage of the day’s play. His innings spanned 116 balls, 141 minutes and included eight fours and a six.He is the son of the former Trinidad & Tobago batsman Aneil Raja.On the other hand, the 28-year-old Hope played a more measured innings, and has so far faced 123 balls, in 156 minutes at the crease. Play will resume today at 09:00hrs, with the visitors facing an uphill task.SCOREBOARDGUYANA JAGUARS 1st inningsR Chandrika c wk Katwaroo b Richards 12S Hetmyer c Carriah b Jaggesar 31L Johnson c Primus b Mohammed 69V Singh lbw b Khan 26S Chanderpaul c Ottley b Khan 143C Barnwell lbw b K Pierre 3R Reifer lbw b Khan 38A Bramble c Hope b Khan 33V Permaul c Mohammed b Pierre 2G Motie st Katwaroo b Pierre 2K Joseph not out 0Extras: (nb-7, w-1, b-8, lb-3) 19Fall of Wickets: 1-13, 2-45, 3-94, 4-235, 5-243, 6-332, 7-369, 8-374, 9-378, 10-378Total: (all out; 108.2 overs) 378Bowling: Richards 13-3-54-1, Primus 9-0-43-0, Jaggesar 28-7-99-1, Khan 24-1-77-4, Mohammed 15-2-44-1, Pierre 19.2-1-49-1T&T RED FORCE 2nd inningsK Hope not out 20I Khan lbw b Joseph 3I Rajah c wk Bramble b Permaul 63K Pierre not out 0Extras: (nb-4, w-1, b-4, lb-1) 10Total: (for two wickets; 41 overs) 96Fall of Wickets: 1-3, 2-96Bowling: Joseph 7-3-21-1, Reifer 3-0-8-0, Motie 15-5-40-0, Barnwell 5-1-6-0, Permaul 9-6-6-1, Johnson 2-0-10-0
FOLLOW US Written By Last Updated: 30th August, 2020 09:44 IST Giants Snap 3-game Skid, Beat Diamondbacks 5-2 Evan Longoria hit two doubles, Brandon Belt reached base four times and the San Francisco Giants snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 on Saturday night Associated Press Television News COMMENT First Published: 30th August, 2020 09:44 IST Evan Longoria hit two doubles, Brandon Belt reached base four times and the San Francisco Giants snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 on Saturday night.San Francisco starter Trevor Cahill retired his first eight batters but left the game abruptly in the fourth inning with left hip discomfort. The move came a few pitches after he gave up a two-run homer to Christian Walker that pulled the D-backs within 4-2.The Giants leaned on an outstanding bullpen effort the rest of the way. Jarlin García (2-1), Sam Coonrod, Trevor Gott, Tony Watson and Tyler Rogers combined for 5 2/3 scoreless innings and gave up just one hit. Rogers earned his second save.“We know we’re going to have to play good ball to be a playoff team,” Cahill said. “I think we’re up for the challenge. We’ve been on an exciting run the last couple weeks.”Cahill’s injury issue appeared to start in the third inning with the pitcher grimacing as he walked around the mound. Manager Gabe Kapler and a trainer came out to check on him but he remained in the game until the fourth.The veteran right-hander gave up two runs over 3 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.“It’s something that’s always there, it’s just never gotten to a point where I felt like it’s actually affected me pitching,” Cahill said. “Today was the day. I just got sore to the point where I just couldn’t go anymore.”Kapler said Cahill would get an MRI on Sunday. The Giants already have two starting pitchers on the injured list, including left-hander Drew Smyly and right-hander Jeff Samardzija.San Francisco jumped ahead 2-0 in the first after Longoria and Belt hit back-to-back RBI doubles. The Giants added another run in the third when Mike Yastrzemski’s double brought home Mauricio Dubon and pushed ahead 4-0 in the third when Pablo Sandoval’s single scored Longoria.Wilmer Flores hit a solo homer in the ninth to put the Giants up 5-2.“I thought we did a nice job on offense tonight,” Kapler said. “We really haven’t been able to kind of throw the right hook and land a knockout blow and I do think that that’s something that we’re going to have to be able to do to be the kind of team that we want to be.”It was a disappointing outing for Arizona’s Luke Weaver (1-5), whose ERA ballooned to 8.23. The right-hander was coming off two consecutive encouraging starts but regressed against the Giants, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and a walk in just three innings. He struck out six.“I think Luke had good stuff, but there were just too many middle (of the plate) mistakes,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “When you make middle mistakes at this level, you’re going to pay for them.”Arizona has lost nine of its past 10 games. The D-backs managed just three hits and are the second team in the National League to lose 20 games this season, joining the Pittsburgh Pirates.On paper, Arizona’s offense has several accomplished offensive players like Kole Calhoun, Ketel Marte, Starling Marte, David Peralta and Walker, but it hasn’t translated to results. The D-backs expected to compete for a spot in the playoffs this season but they’re running out of time to make a move.“It’s been fairly inconsistent, I know that,” Lovullo said. “We’re all aware, it’s something we’re working on every single day.”WELL TRAVELEDCahill has started on the mound for eight different MLB teams: Oakland, Arizona, Atlanta, San Francisco, San Diego, Kansas City, the Los Angeles Angels and the Chicago Cubs. That’s the most for an active pitcher.The all-time record is 12 teams by Mike Morgan, who played 22 seasons in the big leagues from 1978 to 2002.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: Lovullo said that LHP Madison Bumgarner (back) was scheduled to throw a bullpen on Saturday night.UP NEXTGiants: San Francisco sends RHP Johnny Cueto (2-0, 5.40) to the mound for Sunday’s series finale.Diamondbacks: Arizona counters with RHP Taylor Clarke (1-0, 2.33), who makes his second start of the season.Image credits: AP WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV
AMES — An Iowa State University extension economist says high-tech farming methods aren’t something most farmers are trying.Alejandro Plastina says the issue is getting enough payback to make the investment. “Typically the investment required to be able to use those practices might be higher than traditional practices. They claim to be able to recover that investment cost and actually be more efficient and have lower costs,” Plastina says.He says those costs have held back its widespread use. “So far, precision agriculture is not a widespread as it could be — because mostly the initial investment required to use it,” he says.Plastina, who specializes in figuring the cost of production for farmers, says GPS tracking and other technology can give farmers a lot of information. “I don’t think currently — especially mid-sized commercial farmers — are benefiting from all that extra big data information on Iowa fields,” Plastina says.He says farmers that get the data need to know how to use it. Other farmers can benefit by using the old-fashioned data they gather and putting that to use as they prepare for planting. “Look for opportunities to be more efficient in production –but also more efficient in marketing grains,” Plastina says. “In order to be a good marketer — you need to start with a good feeling for what the break-even price is for a particular operation.”Plastina says you can find a lot of information to help you make those calculations on the ISU Extension website.