Difficult first weekend of FIVB World Grand Prix for Cranston and team Canada

first_imgThe team opened play on Friday night against Peru. Peru took the first two games 25-21, 25-18. Canada responded to take the third game 27-25, but fell in the fourth 25-16 to give Peru the 3-1 win.Saturday’s match against Poland also resulted in a 3-1 defeat for Cranston and her teammates. Poland took the first game 25-15, but Canada won the second 25-14. Poland took the final two games by scores of 25-21, and 25-11.Belgium was Canada’s opponent on Sunday and the final had Belgium winning 3-0. Games in the contest were 25-13, 25-19, 28-26.- Advertisement -Cranston and team Canada will be looking to turn their fortunes around this weekend as they’ll be in Leuven, Belgium for three more games as the FIVB World Grand Prix continues. They’ll have a rematch with Belgium on Friday. That will be followed by games against Argentina on Saturday, and the Netherlands on Sunday.All of Canada’s games will be broadcast on Sportsnet. For a schedule of the games click here.last_img read more

IPL 2017: Royal Challengers Bangalore not in race for play-offs, concedes Virat Kohli

first_imgConceding that the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are virtually out of the race for the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs, courtesy another pathetic batting display, skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday said the team can only learn from such experiences.RCB’s hopes of making it to the top four were dashed after they lost by 61 runs to Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here.The 2017 edition of the IPL has been a disappointing one for the Bengaluru franchise, losing seven of their 10 outings so far.”I think it’s for everyone to see we lost that game. It’s hard for a captain to stand here and speak after a performance like this,” Kohli said after his side was restricted to 96/9 in their response to Pune’s 157/3.”But got to learn and move on from these kind of experiences. We lost the game rather than them winning it. We are pretty much not in the race for the Play-offs, all we can do is enjoy the four remaining games.”The 28-year-old Kohli said there could be multiple reasons for the batting debacle, especially after the same side reached the final of the tournament last year.”It could be a few reasons, expectations, people looking at us as a good batting side that made the Playoffs last year. I can’t really pinpoint something — could be hesitation to get out, to get runs,” he said.Meanwhile, home skipper Steve Smith hailed his team for putting up a comprehensive effort against the Bengaluru franchise.advertisement”It’s nice to have a got a nice little streak going. We didn’t know what would be a good score at the halfway mark, to be honest, but we wanted a complete performance today and we got that,” Smith said.”We executed our plans really well tonight, Lockie Ferguson bowled beautifully. They’re being very consistent for us, hopefully, then can continue it and win us a few more games. It’s a magnificent effort from Lockie, hit good lengths and bowled good bouncers as well. He is an exciting player for the future,” he added.Playing his second IPL game, New Zealand quick Lockie Ferguson was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his excellent figures of two wickets for seven runs off his four overs.The Kiwi credited the start from the Pune bowlers for his brilliant show, which is only the fourth time in the IPL when a bowler has conceded seven or less in an innings.”I think we were probably 15-20 short today, but we started really well, which made my job easier. I could create some pressure,” Ferguson said.”The boys were incredible, and obviously, feels pretty good to do well personally well too. My strength lies in back of a length, I try to bowl a few cutters as well. But credit to the other guys as well for building up the pressure, I couldn’t have done it without that,” he added.last_img read more