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Sancho: TTFA chief has questions to answer

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Former Sports Minister Brent Sancho says the dramatic resignation of men's head coach Tom Saintfiet has left Football Association president, David John-Williams, with plenty explaining to do.

The 43-year-old Belgian quit the post on Tuesday after a mere five weeks in charge, citing a lack of support from the FA and also claiming that John-Williams had "double-guessed" his appointment from the very first day.

"I think that is where he has some very strong questioning to face. I think the statements made by Mr Saintfiet contains some very serious allegations as it relates to staff selection and player selection," Sancho contended.

Outlaws keeping tabs on Russell

LONDON (CMC):

Nottinghamshire are weighing up another move for West Indies Twenty20 star Andre Russell, as they seek to strengthen for next summer's T20 Blast.

The 29-year-old impressed in three outings for the Outlaws last season and new head coach Peter Moores said the English County side was monitoring his availability with the hope of once again securing his services.

"I would think Andre Russell is at the top of most people's lists to sign. He's very much someone who bowls with pace and he hits the ball as cleanly as anyone in the game," said the former England head coach.

Narine fails to stop record run chase

MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):

A disruptive spell from West Indies Twenty20 star spinner Sunil Narine for Melbourne Renegades was upstaged by a maiden Twenty20 hundred from Ben McDermott that set up a thrilling, record two-wicket victory for the Hobart Hurricanes in a high-scoring Big Bash League match yesterday.

Narine was the most successful bowler for the Renegades, grabbing three for 27 from four overs, but the 22-year-old McDermott smashed eight fours and nine sixes in 114 from 52 balls to put the Hurricanes firmly on course for a target of 223 at the Docklands Stadium and the highest successful run chase in the tournament's history.

Before Narine trapped him leg before wicket in the 16th over, McDermott shared 151 for the third wicket with Australia international George Bailey.

Earlier, Australia international Aaron Finch hit the top score of 63 from 40 balls and Netherlands international Tom Cooper supported with an unbeaten 53 from 24 balls, as the Renegades posted 222 for four from their allocation of 20 overs.