DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies A made a stuttering start to the opening unofficial one-day international (ODI) against Sri Lanka A before rain intervened to end play prematurely at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here yesterday.Opting to bat first, the Caribbean side had reached 69 for two in the 13th over, with opener Kyle Hope unbeaten on 28 and Andre Fletcher on seven. The game will be concluded on today’s reserve day.Head coach Graeme West rued the weather interruption and said West Indies A would need to find their momentum again on what was a good batting track, if they were to put Sri Lanka A under pressure.”We got ourselves into a good position with some positive batting, and we’ll certainly need more of the same tomorrow,” West said afterwards.”It looks a good wicket, (there’s) not much happening for the spinners and it’s pretty slow for the quicks, so we need to build around Kyle Hope and Andre Fletcher … and set something up for some of the positive players to come later on in the innings and try and post something that will put the Sri Lankans under pressure.”They’ve certainly got an experienced and powerful top six themselves so we’ll certainly need a big score to put them under pressure.”The right-handed Hope put on 40 for the first wicket with Chadwick Walton, who made 16 from 12 balls with two fours and a six, before falling in the sixth over.Hope, who has counted four boundaries in a 39-ball innings, then added a further 23 with left-hander Assad Fudadin, who scored 14 off 10 deliveries with two fours and a six, before perishing in the eighth over.The game is the first of a three-match series against the hosts, with Jason Mohammed leading the unit.West Indies A, under the leadership of Shamarh Brooks, suffered a 2-1 defeat in the three-match, four-day Test series, which ended last week.
The Donegal captain, Michael Murphy, led the tributes to ‘a perfect friend and team-mate’ Pat Shovelin, who died yesterday evening, aged 41.A native of Ardara, he lost his battle with cholangiocarcinoma, the rare form of cancer he had been fighting since early 2017.Pat is survived by his wife, Chrissie, and two young boys, Ethan (5) and Tom (22 months). He was the goalkeeping coach for the Donegal senior football team during Jim McGuinness’s reign as manager.He was also involved with McGuinness at Under-21 level and this year was the goalkeeping coach for the Donegal Under-21s, who won the Ulster Under-21 title.The tributes have been pouring in for a man described in a statement by the Donegal County Board as ‘special’ and a ‘genuine soul’.@patshovelin1 you will be hugely missed. Always loyal and forever positive no matter what the situation. A perfect friend and teammate. RIP pic.twitter.com/s1yOoiIM7b— Michael Murphy (@murphm95) October 21, 2017 Great words for a great man. Thanks for everything Pat. Great character and great person. RIP Pat. https://t.co/V6GTXuEIu2— neil gallagher (@neilgerardgalla) October 21, 2017 Horrible news to get of the sad passing of @patshovelin1 one of life’s true gentlemen who fought the good fight. Left his mark on the hills.— Éamonn Ó Dochartaigh (@eamonn_doherty) October 22, 2017 Extremely sad news about @patshovelin1 great person & great friend. He will be hugely missed. Thoughts and prayers are with his family. RIP— Ryan McHugh (@McHughRyan) October 21, 2017 One of a kind so many memories @patshovelin1 gone but never forgotten…💚💛— martin mcelhinney (@rooskey14) October 21, 2017 RIP to our good friend Pat Shovlin ,will be sorely missed, was a pleasure to work with ya.— neil mcgee (@Niallmacaoidh) October 21, 2017 A sad evening. RIP Pat Shovelin… No 1 in the hearts of all at CLG Ard an Ratha and so many others too. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam pic.twitter.com/kOHQSa2GY4— Ardara GAA (@ArdaraGAA) October 21, 2017 Bad night for Harps but perspective brought by passing of Pat Shovelin. Only met him once but enough to see why he was so admired. RIP.— Aidan Campbell (@aidocampbell) October 22, 2017 Bad night for Harps but perspective brought by passing of Pat Shovelin. Only met him once but enough to see why he was so admired. RIP.— Aidan Campbell (@aidocampbell) October 22, 2017 ‘A perfect friend and team-mate’ – tributes pour in for ‘special’ Pat Shovelin was last modified: October 22nd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArdaraDeclan BonnerJim McGuinnessPat Shovelin