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

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).