Barr’s Decision on Voter Fraud Inflames Existing Tensions With Anticorruption Prosecutors

first_imgA Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.The Public Integrity Section was created as a post-Watergate safeguard against abuses of power. It has secured bribery and extortion convictions against politicians as part of the Abscam scandal of the 1970s and early 1980s and a corruption conviction against the lobbyist Jack Abramoff in 2006.Its reputation suffered with the botched prosecution of Senator Ted Stevens, Republican of Alaska, a case the department ultimately dropped.The mistrust between lawyers in the Public Integrity Section and Trump officials began soon after Mr. Sessions became attorney general early in 2017.He asked public corruption lawyers to brief him on high-profile investigations that they had declined to prosecute under the Obama administration and whether they could be reopened — including inquiries into Bill and Hillary Clinton’s foundation and an I.R.S. employee’s denial of tax-exempt status to conservative groups, according to two people with knowledge of the conversation.Though public corruption staff members expressed views that Mr. Sessions’ questions were inappropriate, they were relieved when he did not push them to act after they explained why the cases had been closed, the people said. Mr. Sessions said in a statement that he did ask for briefings on “certain high-profile cases” that been heavily scrutinized, defending his requests as “entirely proper.” The move stunned Mr. Rabbitt, Mr. Amundson, Mr. Pilger and others inside the criminal division, according four people who spoke with them. Mr. Pilger stepped down from his post within hours for a nonsupervisory role at the department.Some colleagues expressed hope that his protest would send a message to the public and to other officials that they did not condone Mr. Barr’s memo. They told others that they feared he had set the stage for a U.S. attorney in a battleground state to announce an inquiry or take investigative steps that advance Mr. Trump’s debunked narrative that the election was stolen.Michael S. Schmidt and Coral Davenport contributed reporting. Mr. Rosen expressed doubts about the strength of the case and sought a stronger prosecution. The prosecutors agreed to work further, and the inquiry has not been officially closed, according to people familiar with the matter.The presidential race reignited the tensions in the weeks leading up the election. Mr. Barr told leaders in the criminal division, which oversees the Public Integrity Section, that he wanted to allow prosecutors to look into voter fraud allegations before the results of the presidential race had been certified, according to two people briefed on his conversations.Such a move would not only contravene a longstanding department policy intended to keep the department from inadvertently affecting the results of the race, but it would also allow federal prosecutors to bypass the Public Integrity Section and Mr. Pilger, who had long been assigned to approve requests to conduct election fraud investigations that fell outside of the department’s guidelines.Mr. Barr had a fundamental disagreement with Mr. Pilger over the original policy, which presumed that any overt investigative steps like questioning witnesses could harm an election. Mr. Barr had argued that fraud allegations should be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, according to a department official.The head of the criminal division, Brian Rabbitt, Mr. Barr’s former chief of staff, pushed back on the attorney general’s proposal. He and his staff considered the matter resolved when Election Day passed without Mr. Barr issuing any edict.But the attorney general concluded it was ultimately his call, the department official said. He made it on Monday, saying that with all the votes cast it was proper for prosecutors to look into claims of voting irregularities. “All of these incidents coming to light show that Barr has been single-minded in his efforts to end the longstanding norm that the Justice Department be independent from politics,” said Vanita Gupta, a former department official under the Obama administration and now the head of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. WASHINGTON — As the scandal over President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine unfolded in Washington last fall and prompted his impeachment, public corruption prosecutors in the Justice Department were stewing.They had examined Mr. Trump’s actions and found no campaign finance violations, and were initially given the green light to pursue a potentially explosive inquiry into whether he had broken any other laws.- Advertisement – But Attorney General William P. Barr and other top officials held them back while Congress investigated the same matter during impeachment hearings. After the Senate acquitted the president, Mr. Barr in effect took the case away from the Public Integrity Section, sending all Ukraine-related inquiries to the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, according to six people familiar with the matter.Compounding the prosecutors’ dissatisfaction was a stalled case around that time against a member of Mr. Trump’s cabinet, the former interior secretary Ryan Zinke. The deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, told the section’s lawyers that they needed a stronger case. “Ensuring the professionalism and integrity of the department is the high duty of the attorney general,” Mr. Sessions said. “No member of the department and no part of their work is above supervision and review.”Mr. Trump also took aim at the work of public corruption prosecutors in Washington and at U.S. attorney’s offices around the country, issuing pardons and commutations for people they had prosecuted, including Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, a staunch supporter of the president who had been convicted on contempt of court charges.Mr. Barr’s confirmation hearing early last year did little to alleviate the prosecutors’ fears of continued interference. He testified that he had urged Mr. Sessions to end the department’s bribery and corruption prosecution of Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, whose first trial had ended in a hung jury. The department did withdraw the case under Mr. Sessions.He said that the case was similar to some he had taken issue with during his first stint as attorney general in the first Bush administration and that he “the prosecution was based on a fallacious theory” that could have long-term consequences for the department.The anti-corruption lawyers’ fears about Mr. Barr were put to the test in August 2019 when the department learned that Mr. Trump had urged President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine in a phone call to work with Mr. Barr to announce investigations that could help Mr. Trump politically.Mr. Barr deterred two intelligence officials from forwarding a whistle-blower’s complaint about the phone call to Congress and said that the department would handle the criminal referral against Mr. Trump. The Public Integrity unit, which examines allegations of political corruption including campaign finance law violations, took on the matter.Officials asked Mr. Pilger, who oversaw election-related crimes, and another lawyer to look into the matter, according to three people familiar with the inquiry. He and a colleague determined after about two weeks that Mr. Trump’s actions did not meet the threshold necessary to open an investigation into violations of campaign finance law, the subject of the referral. “All relevant components of the department agreed with this legal conclusion, and the department has concluded the matter,” the department said in a statement in September 2019. Officials said at the time that the campaign finance determination did not preclude further investigatory work on any other potential issues.Mr. Trump’s allies seized on that determination on the narrow question of campaign finance law to declare his innocence. But lawyers in the Public Integrity section had not examined any other potential violations, according to five people familiar with the section’s work.It was not clear whether that office pursued an inquiry into Mr. Trump.Their swelling frustration was a test for the new head of the section, Corey Amundson, who had joined from the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility that September.At the start of his tenure, Mr. Amundson told staff members that he had prewritten a resignation letter that he would submit if he felt he was asked to act unethically. He soothed tempers in the Ukraine matter in part by agreeing that the reconstructed transcript of the call issued by the White House left open questions about whether Mr. Trump had violated other statutes, according to four people with knowledge of the discussions.He said that more investigation was warranted and notified his boss, Brian A. Benczkowski, then the head of the criminal division, about the tensions over the Ukraine call. Mr. Benczkowski agreed that further inquiry would be appropriate, the people said.But once Congress began its impeachment inquiry, top Justice Department officials decided that an investigation of Mr. Trump had been overtaken by the events of impeachment, according to two people briefed on the matter. Then any inquiry into the call was consolidated with other Ukraine matters at the beginning of this year under the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office. Under the Trump administration, the department has often moved politically fraught work to prosecutors far from Washington. Those investigations have rarely resulted in charges. The details of their case are not public, making it difficult to evaluate its strength, but the response from Mr. Rosen exacerbated a sense inside the Public Integrity Section that top department officials would hinder investigations into Mr. Trump and his officials, according to several people familiar with the inquiry who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive investigations.- Advertisement – Around that time, the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, also told prosecutors in the section that they could not proceed with charges against Mr. Zinke of making false statements to federal investigators, a case that stemmed from a referral from the Interior Department inspector general, according to three people familiar with the case. The boiling frustration was a critical moment in the long-running tensions between the Public Integrity Section and the Trump administration that began under Attorney General Jeff Sessions. They spilled into the open this week Mr. Barr issued a memo authorizing prosecutors to investigate voter fraud claims before the results of the presidential race are certified, prompting the section’s lawyer who oversees voter fraud investigations, Richard Pilger, to step down from the post in protest.“Having familiarized myself with the new policy and its ramifications,” Mr. Pilger wrote in an email to colleagues, “I must regretfully resign from my role as director of the Election Crimes Branch.”The encounters were the latest example of Trump appointees at the top of the Justice Department overruling career prosecutors, drawing criticism that the administration was eroding the department’s typical separation from politics. Critics have also accused Mr. Barr of using the department to protect Mr. Trump and further his interests.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

COVID-19: Surabaya ‘plus two’ to apply together for PSBB

first_imgPresent at the meeting were acting Sidoarjo regent Nur Ahmad Syaifuddin, Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini and acting Gresik administrative secretary Muhammad Nadlif, as well as East Java Police Chief Insp. Gen. Lucky Hermawan and Brawijaya Military Command chief of staff Brig. Gen. Bambang Ismawan.Khofifah said that the three administrations would be working with the East Java COVID-19 task force to draft their PSBB proposal for submitting to the Health Ministry for approval.”At the same time, we are drafting a gubernatorial regulation on the PSBB so that once the Health Ministry grants the PSBB, we need only two or three days to inform the public before implementing it,” she said. Sidoarjo’s Nur Ahmad told reporters that implementing the PSBB would mean that many factories in the regency would be prohibited from operating.  The Surabaya municipal administration and two regencies of its greater metropolitan area, Gresik and Sidoarjo, decided on Sunday to apply to the Health Ministry for permission to impose the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said that the three regional administrations had agreed to apply to the ministry together to implement the PSBB during a two-hour closed-door meeting on Sunday afternoon at his residence in the provincial capital. “The multilayered measures that we have all taken to contain COVID-19 [transmission] don’t seem to be enough,” Khofifah told reporters after the meeting. Read also: ‘Outbreak won’t end in 14 days,’ says Anies as he gears up to extend PSBB in Jakarta”The social and economic impacts of the PSBB will be bitter for all of us. But we must be brave in taking this correct but difficult decision if we want to stop this virus from spreading further,” he said. Surabaya Mayor Risma, however, declined to answer questions from reporters after the meeting and headed straight to her car. East Java, home to around 40 million people, has the third highest COVID-19 tally in the country with 588 confirmed cases and 56 deaths as of Sunday. Surabaya is considered the epicenter of the outbreak in the province, with 299 confirmed cases and 31 deaths. “The number of confirmed cases in Surabaya has doubled at least four times,” Khofifah said, adding that the virus had spread to all 31 districts in the city.Surabaya’s close ties to Sidoarjo and Gresik meant that the PSBB should be implemented in the two regencies simultaneously, she added. Sidoarjo regency borders the provincial capital on the southeast, while the regency of Gresik lies to the west. Sidoarjo is the second hardest-hit regency in East Java with 57 confirmed cases and 6 deaths, while Gresik has the fourth highest tally in the province with 20 confirmed cases and two deaths. Topics :last_img read more

Charlie Nicholas slams Unai Emery’s decision to stick with ‘dreadful’ Nicolas Pepe against Watford

first_imgCeballos was replaced in the second half at Vicarage Road (Picture: Getty)‘It is starting to effect Ainsley Maitland-Niles and some of the other young players. Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock came on and could not keep the ball.‘It is the manager’s responsibility. He must resolve this and come to a conclusion on how to sort this out. [Kieran] Tierney, [Hector] Bellerin, and [Rob] Holding should play [against Eintracht Frankfurt].‘I would play them this week and take a defeat if it meant they got the game time they needed.’ Luiz has had a shaky start in Arsenal colours (Picture: Getty)‘What is the attraction to Sokratis Papastathopoulos? I would play Kieran Tierney on Thursday and see if Hector Bellerin could start too. Regarding Sunday’s game against Watford, when you see David Luiz giving instructions with 20 minutes to go, you know you are in trouble.‘Konstantinos Mavropanos is still game time away from being fit. It would be the end if Shkodran Mustafi was to be brought back.‘We need to get Rob Holding, Bellerin and Tierney back into the side as soon as possible. I would take a hit and play these players to give them game time and let them get match fitness.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesEmery bizarelly claimed that he substituted Ceballos because he wanted to inject fresh impetus into his ‘struggling’ Arsenal side on a ‘very, very hot’ day.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It was very, very hot. We needed in the second half, some fresh players,’ he said after the final whistle.‘We were struggling second half and I was thinking how we can improve with three players, fresh players, to give us more energy and give us also more capacity to be strong physically and tactically and also technically.’MORE: Unai Emery set to name strong Arsenal XI against Frankfurt with Bukayo Saka involved in training again Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Sep 2019 4:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Comment Nicolas Pepe had a ‘dreadful’ game against Watford, says Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas has criticised Unai Emery for substituting Mesut Ozil and Dani Ceballos instead of Nicolas Pepe during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Watford.The Gunners looked to be cruising towards their third Premier League victory of the season as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a quickfire double in the first half at Vicarage Road.However, Watford’s players refused to give up under returning manager Quique Sanchez Flores and Tom Cleverley pulled a goal back for the home side just after the break.Arsenal’s defence looked increasingly shaky as the match wore on and Roberto Pereyra leveled from the spot in the 81st minute after being fouled by £8million summer signing David Luiz.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCeballos, Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi were all replaced before Watford found their equaliser and Nicholas believes Emery’s poor substitutions were partly to blame for Arsenal dropping points.The former Arsenal forward insists Pepe had an abysmal game and should have been hauled off instead.‘Nicolas Pepe was dreadful against Watford,’ Nicholas said in his Sky Sports column.‘How Emery took Mesut Ozil and Dani Ceballos off ahead of him [Pepe] was beyond me. Advertisement Advertisement Emery reflects on ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw with WatfordTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:47FullscreenEmery reflects on ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw with Watford is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Nicholas claims the incompetence of Arsenal’s defence has been ‘scary’ this season and has pleaded with Emery to risk Tierney, Bellerin and Holding on Thursday night.‘God only knows what defence Unai Emery will pick. I don’t know how often we will have to say it as Arsenal fans,’ Nicholas added.‘They are very good going forward, as are the youngsters. The balance from midfield to front is not bad either, but it is scary how bad Arsenal are defensively. Charlie Nicholas slams Unai Emery’s decision to stick with ‘dreadful’ Nicolas Pepe against Watfordlast_img read more

Dutch parliament wants legal guarantees for pension statements

first_imgPieter Omtzigt, CDAAt the time, Koolmees said that pension funds were entitled to reclaim wrongfully paid benefits in case of mistakes, while promising to give the issue a more thorough assessment when future legislation for pension communication was evaluated.Omtzigt’s motion also stipulated that the pensions statement should mention how flexible pension rights were, and that rights cut were possible if pension funds were significantly underfunded.However, liberal party VVD and right-wing religious party ChristenUnie – both members of the four-party governing coalition – opposed the motion.“It ignores the conditional character of pension claims and would make rectifying mistakes impossible,” argued Roald van der Linde, MP for the VVD.He said he was concerned that the result would be a number of disclaimers on the uniform pensions statement – “exactly something we don’t want”.The Pensions Federation, which represents the country’s pension funds, said it wanted to retain the possibility of rectifying administrative errors “at least for mistakes made elsewhere”.Such mistakes shouldn’t come at the expense of the collective nature of a pension fund, the industry organisation said.Rogier de Haan, ombudsman for Omroep MAX, the broadcaster for over 50s that ran a programme about the issue, said he wanted to bring the case to court together with a group of affected members.In the opinion of pensions lawyer Jim Kaldenberg, such a claim could be successful, given existing precedents. Last week, Omtzigt asked Wouter Koolmees, the minister for social affairs, how it was possible that participants could not have legal guarantees for pensions that had already been paid. The Dutch parliament wants pension fund annual statements to be legally binding, removing the risk that pension funds can reclaim benefits they have paid out in error.A large majority supported a motion to allow pension fund members to derive legal guarantees from their statements. It was tabled by Pieter Omtzigt, MP for the Christian Democrats (CDA).The motion was triggered by civil service scheme ABP’s attempt to adjust benefits incorrectly paid to approximately 1,000 participants. As many as 700 received too much.ABP had established the payments based on data provided by social security body SVB, which later turned out to be incorrect.last_img read more

Klopp won’t get angry as Liverpool look to strike back

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Legendary Movies To Learn History From7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Infamous Mistakes That Cost People Billions Read Also: Klopp hopes defeat fuels Liverpool’s fire Klopp expects Liverpool to make amends for the Watford defeat when they head to Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round on Tuesday. “Of course, they want to strike back. This is an exceptional group of players. The situation we are in is special,” he said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “I am not interested that after the meeting I feel better. I am interested in the boys getting the right information and it can be more emotional – I would not say angry – or less emotional. “If you need to analyse, you analyse and analysis is not really emotional. It is looking at the facts and we were just not good enough. That is the easy answer.” Loading… Jurgen Klopp revealed he refused to read the riot act to his Liverpool stars after they suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season at Watford. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp kept calm after the shock loss at Watford Saturday’s shock 3-0 loss at Vicarage Road ended Liverpool’s 44-match undefeated run in the top flight and prevented the Reds setting a new Premier League record of 19 successive victories. But, instead of laying into his players after their poorest performance in over a year, Klopp gave them a calculated assessment of where they had gone wrong after rewatching the match on his return home. Klopp’s calm review was a mark of respect for what the world and European champions have achieved over the last year. And the Reds boss said he would be an “idiot” if he now began to doubt a team who are 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League. “It can happen that I get angry with the players, but I didn’t get angry with the players in this meeting,” he said. “From a common sense point of view, if I go in that meeting and shout at them like they have lost the last 10 games in a row because of a bad attitude, that would be really strange.last_img read more

Becker starts holiday weekend with Sprint win at Dodge City

first_imgBecker gridded the feature outside the front row but it was 16-year-old pole starter Kyler Johnson gunning into the initial lead of the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car main event. Fourth starting Jake Bubak handled Becker on lap two to move into the runner-up spot.  Also Thursday night, Kale Beavers bested the IMCA Modifieds, Gregg Schell snared IMCA Sunoco Stock Car honors, Luke Stallbaumer scored the IMCA SportMod win and Brady Bencken handled the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 2) – The Independence Weekend got off to an early start at Dodge City Raceway Park with Brett Becker picking up the $1,000 winner’s share in the Mel Hambelton Ford Racing POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series vs. DCRP Sprint Car Clash. Working through traffic much of the way, Becker fought off a bid from Bubak at the midway point and then had Johnson on his tailtank again after a Bubak miscue on the 16th lap. Dodge City Raceway Park fires back into action on Saturday, July 18, with the $1,000-to-win Stock Car Shootout along with a full slate of championship chase action. Brett Becker was the early holiday weekend winner when the United Rebel Sprint Series traveled to Dodge City Raceway Park for the Sprint Car Clash. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley)center_img By lap five Becker found the bottom to his liking, moving back by Bubak and taking the lead one lap later from Johnson.   By Lonnie Wheatley Becker found open track with five laps to go when the race’s only caution flew after Taylor Velasquez got into the outside wall.  Becker took off on the restart to secure his first URSS win ahead of Johnson with Zach Blurton coming from 10th to claim the hard charger award and Ray Seemann and Bubak rounding out the top five.  Feature results – 1. Brett Becker; 2. Kyler Johnson; 3. Zach Blurton; 4. Ray Seemann; 5. Jake Bubak; 6. Luke Cranston; 7. Mike Woodruff; 8. Jeremy Huish; 9. Ty Williams; 10. J.D. Johnson; 11. Jordan Knight; 12. Shane Sundquist; 13. Cale Cozad; 14. Cody Lampe; 15. Koby Walters; 16. Taylor Velasquez; 17. Lance Davis; 18. Kris Moore; 19. Brian Herbert; 20. Tyler Knight.last_img read more

Brad Sites is best in Empire State Series at Skyline

first_imgCORTLAND, N.Y. (May 24) – Brad Sites put himself in good position to capitalize on Matt Cole’s bad luck in Sunday’s IMCA Empire State Series main event at Skyline Raceway.Sites worked his way from 10th starting in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature to se­cond, trailing only Matt Cole when the leader coasted to a stop on the 22nd of 30 laps.After taking over the point for the restart, Sites led to the finish for his career third series win and first-ever Skyline victory.“I knew I had some work to do after starting 10th and was really able to start picking off cars about mid­way,” he said. “I’d finished second and third at Skyline before and it’s good to finally get a win there.”He held off a late-race challenge from eventual runner-up Jason Benjamin.Rodney Morgan earned his best-ever Skyline finish with a third place effort. Saturday night fea­ture winner Dan Searls finished fourth and Drue Perrault rounded out the top five.Feature results – 1. Brad Sites; 2. Jason Benjamin; 3. Rodney Morgan; 4. Dan Searls; 5. Drue Perrault; 6. Gary Roberts; 7. Eddie Sites; 8. Doug McKane; 9. Nate DeGraw; 10. Jeff Cardinale; 11. Matt Cole; 12. Keith Lamphere; 13. Will Ward; 14. Billy Ward; 15. Chris Fleming; 16. Brad Smith; 17. Logan Terry.last_img read more

RHT Pepsi crush Young Achievers by innings and 33 runs

first_imgTHE ROSE HALL Town Pepsi Under-19 team crushed Young Achievers of West Berbice by an innings and 33 runs to reach the semi-finals of the Berbice Cricket Board-sponsored New York Business Group cricket tournament. Asked to bat first, Young Achievers were bowled out for a paltry 90. Rickey Daniels 29, Randy Wade 17, and Titus Webster 16, were the only batsmen to reach double figures.Bowling for Rose Hall Town Pepsi, off-spinner Brandon Corlette took 3-7, while he received support from skipper Brandon Prashad 2-6, Junior Sinclair 2-22 and medium pacer David Prahalad 1-8.In reply, RHT Pepsi declared at 181-3, with a first-innings lead of 91 runs. Junior Sinclair made an attractive 57 from 83 balls with nine boundaries. Keith Simpson 41 not out, Prashad 28 and Sylus Tyndall 15 not out were the chief contributors with the bat.Sinclair was the backbone in the run chase. He shared 70 for the second wicket with Prashad and 64 with Simpson.Batting a second time, with 33 overs remaining in the day’s play, the Young Achievers batsmen failed to apply them, and were dismissed for 58 off 19.4 overs.Titus Webster was the only batsman to offer any sort of resistance, with an aggressive 27.Pacer Tyndall took 2-6, while of- spinners Joel Pike 2-10, Junior Sinclair 2-11 and Joshua Gobin 2-13 also bowled well.last_img read more

Pakistan steady, Aussies in control after Handscomb ton

first_imgBy Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Azhar Ali and Younus Khan forged a 120-run partnership to stall a rampant Australia on day two of the third and final Test yesterday after a Peter Handscomb century had helped drive the hosts to 538-8 declared.Opener Azhar, who hit a double-century in the second Test defeat in Melbourne that lost Pakistan the series, had contributed 58 to his side’s 126 for two at close of play, while veteran Younus had forged ahead of his partner with 64 not out.Handscomb had earlier completed the third century of Australia’s innings, matching openers David Warner and Matt Renshaw, as Steve Smith’s men poured on the runs before the declaration, which came seven overs before tea.Paceman Josh Hazlewood immediately drove home the advantage by removing debutant Sharjeel Khan and Babar Azam cheaply inside five balls to leave the hapless tourists reeling at 16-2 at the second break.Half-centuries from Azhar and Younus may have raised Pakistan’s flagging spirits but the Australians will still be confident of victory and a series sweep going into day three at the Sydney Cricket Ground with a lead of 412 runs.Handscomb had resumed on 40 with Australia 365-3 and never looked like missing out on his second Test hundred, becoming only the second Australian to score 50 or more in his first four Tests along the way.Brought into the side with Renshaw in the wake of the Hobart humiliation at the hands of South Africa in November, the 25-year-old has proved a rock in what had become a fragile Australian middle order.He brought up the milestone with a single off the 194th ball he faced and had nine fours on the board when he was out for 110 in bizarre circumstances.A TV review showed he had got too deep into his crease when facing a Wahab Riaz delivery and his bat had dislodged a bail, resulting in a rare ‘hit wicket’ dismissal.Australia’s fielders had the opposite problem as they tried to break up Pakistan’s third-wicket partnership in the final session and Handscomb rued two missed run-out chances.“It would have been nice to take one of those run-out opportunities and you never know what could have come from there if we had them maybe four or five down,” he said.“We just need to come out tomorrow and keep that pressure on.”Renshaw earlier fell short of dislodging Don Bradman as Australia’s youngest double centurion, the 20-year-old chopping on for 184 in the first hour of the day, and debutant Hilton Cartwright (37), Matt Wade (29) and Mitch Starc, who hit two huge sixes in his 16, also departed before the declaration.Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur admitted bowlers Mohammad Amir and Yasir Shah were “not in good shape” – the latter carrying a left hamstring injury – but thought the third-wicket stand had given his side a glimmer of hope.“The resilience and character and intent that has been shown by Younus and Azhar have been a real example to the rest of the dressing room of how we need to play,” the South African said.“We’ll carry on with same intent and see where that gets us tomorrow.” AUSTRALIA 1st innings (o/n 365-3)M. Renshaw b Imran Khan 184D. Warner c S. Ahmed b Riaz 113U. Khawaja c S. Ahmed b Riaz 13S. Smith c S. Ahmed b Shah 24P. Handscomb hit wicket b Riaz 110H. Cartwright b Khan 37M.Wade c B. Azam b Ali 29M. Starc c sub. (Rizwan) b Ali 16S. O’Keefe not out 0Extras: (b-5, lb-1, w-2, nb-4) 12Total: (8 wickets decl; 135 overs) 538Fall of wickets: 1-151, 2-203, 3-244, 4-386, 5-477, 6-516, 7-532, 8-538.Bowling: Amir 24-2-83-0, Khan 27-4-111-2, Riaz 28-4-89-3, Shah 40-2-167-1, Ali 14-0-70-2, Shafiq 2-0-12-0PAKISTAN 1st inningsA. Ali not out 58S. Khan c Renshaw b Hazlewood 4B. Azam lbw b Hazlewood 0Y. Khan not out 64Total: (2 wickets, 41 overs) 126Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-6.Bowling: Starc 10-2-34-0, Hazlewood 11-3-32-2, O’Keefe 7-1-11-0, Lyon 9-1-34-0, Cartwright 4-0-15-0last_img read more

Azhar hits 127 but Windies persevere to bowl out Pakistan for 376

first_imgPAKISTAN 1st inningsAzhar Ali b Chase 127Shan Masood c Holder b Chase 9Babar Azam c Powell b Joseph 55Younis Khan lbw b Holder 18Misbah-ul-Haq c wkp. Dowrich b Chase 59Asad Shafiq c Vishaul Singh b Chase 17Sarfraz Ahmed c Hope b Bishoo 51Mohammad Amir b Holder 7Yasir Shah c Powell b Holder 0Mohammad Abbas stp. Dowrich b Bishoo 4Hasan Ali not out 8Extras: (b-4, lb-6, w-3, nb-8) 21Total: (all out, 146.3 overs) 376Fall of wickets: 1-19 (, 2-139, 3-177, 4-241, 5-274, 6-311, 7-322, 8-322, 9-367.Bowling: Gabriel 32-9-67-0 (w-1, nb-7), Joseph 27-9-64-1, Chase 32-5-103-4, Holder 32-9-71-3 (w-2, nb-1), Bishoo 23.3-3-61-2.WEST INDIES 1st inningsK. Brathwaite not out 5K. Powell not out 9Total: (without loss, 11 overs) 14Bowling: Mohammad Amir 5-2-5-0, Mohammad Abbas 3-1-2-0, Yasir Shah 2-0-4-0, Hasan Ali 1-0-3-0.Position: West Indies trail by 362 runs with all 10 wickets intact. ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) – West Indies defied opener Azhar Ali’s 14th Test century and Pakistan’s attritional batting with sheer perseverance, to leave the decisive third Test at Windsor Park well poised on the second day here yesterday.The Caribbean side were forced to toil on a lifeless pitch but did so manfully to dismiss Pakistan in their first innings for 376, an hour before the close.Azhar, starting the day unbeaten on 85, carved out 127 – his second successive hundred following his 105 in the first innings of the Barbados Test last week.Captain Misbah-ul-Haq struck 59 playing in his final Test while wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed produced a breezy 51 down the order.Part-time off-spinner Roston Chase was the best bowler with four for 103 while captain and seamer Jason Holder claimed three for 71 and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, two for 61.Left to navigate 11 tricky overs at the end, West Indies openers Kieran Powell (9 not out) and Kraigg Brathwaite (5 not out) endured little horrors to reach the close unscathed on 14 without loss.The Caribbean side trail Pakistan by 362 runs heading into the pivotal day three of the match.Rsuming the day on 169 for two, the visitors inched their way painfully through an extended opening session, adding a mere 58 runs from 30 overs sent down.The lone casualty of the morning was veteran outstanding right-hander Younis Khan, like Misbah in his final Test of a glittering career, fell lbw to Holder 45 minutes into the day after adding just eight to his overnight 10.He was adjudged to be struck in front by one that came back and he failed to get a reprieve after resorting to DRS.Azhar, however, reached his century an hour before lunch when he turned Holder to fine leg for a couple and was unbeaten on 122 at the interval with Pakistan crawling to 227 for three.He had put on 64 for the fourth wicket with Misbah when he finally perished half-hour after lunch, bowled missing a wild swing at Chase with the runs having dried up.All told, the 32-year-old faced 334 balls and struck eight fours and two sixes, and is now just 35 runs short of 5 000 runs in Tests.Misbah then took control of the session, adding 33 for the fifth wicket with Asad Shafiq (17) and 37 for the sixth with Sarfraz, as he strolled to his 39th half-century.Shafiq tried to push the scoring along, showing urgency with two boundaries off 38 balls before he fell to a catch in the deep by Vishaul Singh off Chase, 33 minutes before tea.Dropped by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich off Holder before he had scored to the sixth ball he faced before lunch, Misbah emerged from ultra-cautious start to hit six fours and a six in a 148-ball knock.He was unbeaten on eight at lunch from 60 deliveries but upped the tempo as tea approached and reached his landmark by crashing the ineffective Bishoo over mid-off for four, in the penultimate over before tea.Misbah then cleared the ropes with Chase off the first ball of the final over before the break but his ambition got the better of him and he top-edged a reverse sweep off the next ball and was taken by Dowrich.On 311 for six at the interval, Pakistan were further rocked in the third over after the resumption when Holder produced a double-wicket maiden, bowling Mohammad Amir for seven and then having Yasir Shah caught by Powell at first slip off the next delivery.But Sarfraz, unbeaten on eight at tea, provided the late flourish for Pakistan in a busy innings that needed only 73 balls and contained four fours.Significantly, he posted an invaluable 45 with Mohammad Abbas who made only four, as the tail wagged for Pakistan.Bishoo, though, then struck a decisive blow when he removed Sarfraz to a catch at slip by Shai Hope, with the fifth delivery after the drinks break and Dowrich, who had earlier mis-stumped Abbas, then made amends by claiming the batsman in similar fashion in Bishoo’s next over.last_img read more