Holland end Ireland hopes

first_img New man Borren’s audacious ramp went for six but O’Brien struck in his next over when Cooper, on 43, slashed a full toss to deep cover. Ireland’s hopes of an unlikely victory were squandered when Borren and Max O’Dowd took 16 runs in the 17th over bowled by George Dockrell to turn the tide firmly in Holland’s favour. Although O’Dowd became O’Brien’s third victim, Borren was able to guide Holland home with five wickets and 11 balls to spare. Press Association Holland’s victory set up a clash with Scotland, who earlier defeated Hong Kong at the same ground, and ensured a new champion will be crowned on Sunday, with Ireland having won the last two editions. The hosts were put into bat first and lost captain Will Porterfield to a rash shot in the third over, with the left-hander’s pre-meditated sweep off Bukhari spooning up to Borren at cover. Fellow opener Paul Stirling had hammered two fours and a six in his 18 but miscued Bukhari to mid-on before Andy Balbirnie and wicketkeeper Gary Wilson put on a patient 46. Balbirnie made a run-a-ball 31 before slicing to wicketkeeper Wesley Barresi off Paul van Meekeren, while Wilson could not build on his start after being cleaned up for 20 by Roelof van der Merwe. Burly all-rounder Kevin O’Brien smashed three sixes in an enterprising 33 from 18 balls but his departure heralded a collapse that saw Ireland lose their last six wickets for the addition of just 16 runs. Bukhari took the wickets of Stuart Poynter and Stuart Thompson in the same over, giving the seamer figures of four for 28 as Ireland failed to complete their overs. Holland lost opening batsmen Stephan Myburgh and Barresi for single figure scores before Ben Cooper and Michael Swart steadied the ship with a stand of 57 for the third wicket. Cooper was the more aggressive of the two although it was Swart who perished with a big hit, lofting straight to Ponter at long-on off O’Brien after making 21. Bukhari took four wickets on a sluggish Malahide pitch as Ireland collapsed to 128 all out in 19.5 overs, having been 112 for four at one stage. Despite a paltry victory target, the game was still in the balance with Holland requiring 31 from the final 24 balls but they got over the line, thanks in the main to captain Borren’s unbeaten 36. Mudassar Bukhari and Peter Borren starred with ball and bat respectively as Holland booked their place in the final of the World Twenty20 Qualifier with a five-wicket victory over hosts Ireland in Dublin.last_img read more

Skaneateles gets revenge on Cazenovia behind Pat Hackler’s 4 touchdowns

first_img Comments Published on November 3, 2018 at 7:27 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Earlier this week, in preparation for Saturday’s rematch against Cazenovia, Skaneateles coach Joe Sindoni sat his team down in the film room. Instead of showing them highlights of this current iteration of Cazenovia, he rewound the clock to 2016, replaying the 51-0 Cazenovia win over Skaneateles in the first round of sectionals. “This group was formed by a very bad loss to Cazenovia two years ago,” Sindoni said. “They were freshman and sophomores and they played Caz, who won the sectionals that year, and they really put it on us. I said to the kids ‘That’s who you want to be. Here’s what you have to do to get there.’”On Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome, Skaneateles (10-0) enacted revenge against Cazenovia (8-2) in the Section III Class B championship, winning 41-10. From the first drive, when junior Nick Wamp caught a Pat Hackler 14-yard pass in the front right corner of the end zone, Hackler and Skaneateles dominated Cazenovia. The duo connected on another touchdown on the day, a 19 yard strike where Wamp “Mossed” his defender, Hackler said. “We’ve played together since we were six,” Wamp said. “We’ve always had that connection and we’re great friends.”On the second Skaneateles drive of the game, Hackler stood in the shotgun. He took a three step drop and fired a pass over the middle. Wamp outraced two Cazenovia defensive backs and hauled in the 52-yard catch, down to the Cazenova 27-yard line. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThree plays later, Hackler evaded multiple tackles on a quarterback draw, high-stepping his way into the end zone for the second Skaneateles score of the game.Pat Hackler (10) threw three touchdowns and ran for another in the Skaneateles win. Max Freund | Asst. Photo EditorOn its only three drives of the first half, Skaneateles scored three touchdowns. Yet Cazenovia still had an opportunity to cut the Skaneateles lead to one possession before the end of the second quarter. In the final minute of the first half, Cazenovia senior James Pavelchak hauled in a crossing route from senior quarterback Drew Johnson at the 28 yard line. The wide receiver outran two Skaneateles linebackers and sprinted toward the left side of the end zone. As he and Hackler converged near the out of bounds line, Pavelchak outstretched the ball toward goal line. The two seniors stared at the referee for a decision: Pavelchak was one yard short with only four seconds remaining. On the next play, Skaneateles smothered junior running back Ryan Romagnoli for a two yard loss, forcing Cazenovia head coach Jay Steinhorst to call a timeout. Instead of risking an empty possession to throw for the endzone, Steinhorst elected to kick a field goal, cutting the lead to 20-10.   “It looked like they had scored at the end of the half. To make that play and force them into a field goal there, that was a big win for us,” Sindoni said. “It saved them from having a little more momentum at the half.”In the second half, Skaneateles capitalized on a Cazenovia error. On the second Cazenovia drive of the half, Hackler stepped in front of a deep throw and returned it within 35 yards of the end zone. As he walked toward Sindoni to receive the ensuing play call, the Skaneateles student section shouted, “That’s our quarterback.”Skaneateles outscored Cazenovia 21-0 in the second half, a sign of his defense’s courage, Sindoni said.“I thought our defense showed a lot of resiliency,” he said. “My defensive coaches made adjustments and they worked.”As the clock ticked to zero, Skaneateles didn’t sprint on the field and rejoice. No one mobbed Sindoni or Hackler. Senior Will Frank, a few minutes after the game ended, remarked, “I just want the T-shirt.” Skaneateles didn’t want to celebrate the win. They were looking ahead to next weekend’s matchup against five-time state champion Chenango Forks. “We have a bigger look on the season,” Hackler said. “Our mindset is on Forks honestly.” last_img read more

Fortuna Group posts strong showing with latest results

first_img Related Articles Share Submit SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience  April 27, 2020 Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Fortuna completes Playtech IMS upgrade for Polish profile May 7, 2020 Share Fortuna Entertainment Group have reported a strong performance in their consolidated results for the first nine months of 2017.Driven largely by the growth of online betting, particularly fixed odds betting in Fortuna operated nations, the firm announced a group wagering total of €1.3bn, a 69.1% year over year (yoy) rise.For the first nine months of the year Fortuna have also recorded total gross win figures of €185.3, an increase of 54.1% compared to the same period in 2016.  However, unfavourable sports betting results in Q1 were highlighted when pointing to an anticipated gross win decline.Total EBITDA and net profit for the company were impacted by one off costs, relating to mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and integration, more specifically Fortuna’s 2017 purchases of Hattrick Sports which was concluded in May for €135m, and Fortbet Romania for €47m in March.EBITDA for the period reached €28.3m, a 77.9% increase, but when adjusted for one off costs a rise of 105.6% yoy is reported, amounting to €31.6m.Net Profit saw a slight decline of 18% to €7.9m for Fortuna, however, with adjustments related related to ‘M&A, integration costs and intangible assets impairment’ factored in, that figure reaches €14.4m, a 59.5% increase yoy.Per Widerström, CEO of Fortuna Entertainment Group, commented:  “The solid reported financial results for the first nine months of 2017 reflect our growth strategy with investments into operational excellence, new platforms and regional expansion. Thanks to that, we recorded a substantial growth in all reported key indicators. “Our Amounts Staked increased by 69.1% yoy to €1.3 billion, Gross Win amounted to €185.3 million and EBITDA reached €28.3 million a yoy increase of 54.1% and 77.9% respectively. “If we adjust for one-off costs related to M&A and Integration, the EBITDA increased 105.6% yoy. We also would like to confirm our original guidance for markets for the rest of 2017 and the increased guidance if we include the acquisitions.“ Speaking on their guidance for the remaining period of the year, including the Hattrick Sports Group and Fortuna Romania brands, the company outlines an expected amounts staked increase to €1.9bn and an EBITDA growth of 80-95% yoy.last_img read more