Sports News In brief
- Gayle fails, Lions miss final
South Africa (CMC):
Chris Gayle failed and so did the Highveld Lions, as André Russell's Knights reached the final of the Ram Slam Twenty20 League with a comfortable eight-wicket victory yesterday.
Choosing to bat in the play-off semi-final at the New Wanderers Stadium, Lions rattled up 148 for five off 20 overs, with Gayle managing just 15.
In reply, Knights cruised to their target in the 18th over, thanks to half-centuries from opener Reeza Hendricks (74 not out) and Rilee Rossouw (58).
In Friday's final, Knights will now face Cape Cobras, which features West Indies big-hitter Kieron Pollard.
Gayle looked dangerous early on, smashing off-spinner Werner Coetsee for a six and a four in the opening over. However, he was tied down thereafter and finally pulled a short ball from seamer Malusi Siboto to short mid-wicket, to perish in the fourth over.
Russell played little role in the game, claiming one for 44 and finishing unbeaten on nought when Knights chased.
- Under-17 coach, manager for draw
National Under-17 coach Andrew Edwards and team manager Roy Simpson travelled yesterday to Honduras to witness the official draw for the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.
The draw will take place today at the Convention Centre of the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Cortes, San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
The draw will sort the 12 qualifying nations into two groups of six. The championship will take place from February 27 to March 15, 2015 and will qualify four teams to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be held in Chile.
Coach Edwards recently returned from Panama, where he observed qualifying matches involving Panama, Nicaragua and Guatemala.