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Published:Thursday | December 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Kemar Roach

Champs Eltham will defend Grace title

Eltham High's cricket coach, Oral Simpson, has denied reports that the school will be pulling out of next year's Grace Shield urban area cricket competition.

Simpson told The Gleaner yesterday that the allegations are totally false and that they will definitely be defending their title next year.

'We would never withdraw from the competition, so I don't know where that information came from. I don't know, I don't know (about withdrawing). I know that we will be defending our trophy at the start of the season," he stated.

Simpson, who guided the school to its sixth hold on the coveted schoolboy trophy earlier this year said his team is presently making all the necessary preparations for the upcoming season.

'The team is in preparation and we are focusing on registration on January 7. But I am not going to be with them for now as I will be jetting off (overseas). But we will be preparing for the competition for next year," he confirmed.

WI sweating on Roach injury

CENTURION, South Africa (CMC):West Indies have been left sweating on the fitness of frontline fast bowler Kemar Roach after he pulled up with an ankle injury during the first day of the opening Test against South Africa yesterday.

The 26-year-old sustained an injury to his right ankle while running into bowl his 16th over, in the evening session with the hosts in command at SuperSport Park here.

Roach was treated on the field by physio C.J. Clark and then taken to a medical facility in Pretoria, where he underwent a MRI scan. The results are supposed to be known later Monday.

Team spokesman Philip Spooner said team management was hopeful Roach would be fit to participate in the second day's play today.

Roach was the best bowler for the visitors on Wednesday, finishing with two for 52 as South Africa piled up 340 for three after being sent in.

NZ clinch nervy 7-run win

ABU DHABI, UAE (AP):New Zealand shrugged off Younis Khan's first limited-overs century for six years to clinch a seven-run victory over Pakistan yesterday in a fourth one-day international where players wore black armbands following the attack on a military school in Peshawar.

The Pakistan Cricket Board went ahead with the match a day after 148 people - most of them children - were killed by the Taliban in the attack in Pakistan's northwestern city.

Scores: New Zealand 299 for five (50 overs); Pakistan 292 for eight (50 overs).

Dominica launches youth cricket academy

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):Dominica has launched a cricket academy for the first time specifically targeting young cricketers around the island.

The weekend cricket academy, a collaboration between the government and the Dominica Cricket Association, began last weekend, attracting 17 aspiring cricketers.

The players will be attending the academy for weekend sessions, starting Friday afternoons and concluding late Sunday.

Dominica and Windward Islands player, Liam Sebastien, has been appointed director of the academy, which is also being used to will develop the young players to compete in the division one cricket competition as a unit, next year.

Government parliamentarian Ian Douglas has encouraged the players to play dominoes, draughts and chess in their spare time to help build their ability to concentrate.

Herrera denies match-fixing in Spain

MADRID (AP):Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has denied accusations that he participated in a match-fixing scheme while playing in Spain for former club Zaragoza.

On his Facebook page, Herrera wrote, "I have never had and will never have anything to do with manipulating match results. If I am ever called to testify in any judicial hearing, I'll be happy to attend, as my conscience is totally clear."

A complaint filed by a prosecutor on Monday named Herrera, Atletico Madrid captain Gabriel 'Gabi' Fernandez and Japan coach Javier Aguirre among players from both teams and Zaragoza officials for allegedly fixing Zaragoza's 2-1 win over Levante on May 21, 2011. In Spain, match-fixing is a crime that can lead to prison sentence.

Hope for Michael Clarke

BRISBANE, Australia (AP):Michael Clarke still has a chance to play at the Cricket World Cup following surgery on his right hamstring.

That was about the only good news for Australia on the injury front yesterday when the bowling attack fell apart against India in stifling conditions on day one of the second Test.

Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said the 33-year-old Test skipper had surgery on a tendon in his right hamstring.

"Speaking to the surgeon, everything went really well," Kountouris said. "He found what he expected to find, there were no surprises, and he's managed to do a good repair, and from that he's very confident that Michael is going to make a good recovery.

"Our aim is for him to take part in the World Cup so that will be the goal," he said. "He's had the surgery, he's going to do the rehab with that intent, and we'll only know that in the coming weeks when we know how he is recovering."