ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): West Indies were in full-blown crisis yesterday after Babar Azam slammed a record third successive One-Day International 100 to condemn them to a 136-run defeat as Pakistan pulled off an emphatic 3-0 series whitewash and sent the Caribbean side tumbling to number nine in the international rankings. The 21-year-old right-hander carved out 117 off 106 balls, while captain and opener Azhar Ali stroked 101 from 109 deliveries, two innings that powered Pakistan to 308 for six in the third and final ODI at the Sheikh Stayed Stadium – the first time in three years Pakistan surpassed 300 twice in a series. In the process, Babar became only the second batsman after South African Quinton de Kock to hit centuries in each game of a three-match ODI series and the third Pakistan player to score three successive ODI hundreds after Zaheer Abbas and Saeed Anwar. Not for the first time in the series, a lacklustre West Indies never rose to the challenge and crumbled for an embarrassing 172 all out off 44 overs. Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin top-scored with a painstaking 37 off 70 deliveries, while opener Kraigg Brathwaite got 32 from 44 balls, and captain Jason Holder, 26 from 25 balls. They were 75 for one in the 18th over, but with the required run rate already building towards seven per over, no one stepped up to produce the innings needed, and the last nine wickets crashed for 97 runs. West Indies have now lost every game of the tour following on from their 3-0 whitewash in the preceding Twenty20 series, leaving their tour in turmoil ahead of the three-match Test series starting later this month. The defeat also saw them slip out of the top eight in the ODI rankings, with Pakistan replacing them. Opting to bat first, Pakistan benefitted from an 85-run opening stand between Sharjeel Khan and Azhar, who finally found the form he craved to lash his third ODI hundred. Azhar struck eight fours and a six in a lively knock, while the enterprising left-handed Sharjeel gathered 38 from 41 deliveries with five boundaries. Once Sharjeel holed out in the deep in the 15th over off left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, Azhar and Babar took the game by the scruff of its neck in a demoralising 147-run second-wicket stand. Azhar reached his half-century off 61 deliveries in the 20th over with a single to mid-wicket off off-spinner Sunil Narine and then required another 46 balls to raise three figures in the 38th over. Babar, meanwhile, with knocks of 120 and 123 in the first two games in Sharjah, extended his superb nick, racing to his first 50 off 48 deliveries before reaching his century off 95 balls in the 44th over. Azhar was eventually bowled by Holder in the 39th over, missing a swing at a slower ball, and Babar followed in the 46th over, bowled by a full-length delivery from slow medium Kieron Pollard as he failed to connect with an improvised stroke. In reply, West Indies at no stage looked the part. Brathwaite and debutant Evin Lewis put on 45 off 56 balls for the first wicket but neither really threatened.
A CO Donegal artist has been commissioned to produce a sculpture of one of Co Derry’s most famous historical figures.Burt man Maurice Harron will unveil his sculpture of Finvola O’Cathain in Dungiven later this month.Folklore says Finvola, the young and beautiful daughter of Dermot, the chieftain of the O’Cathains, fell in love with Aengus McDonnell of the McDonnell Clan from the western isles of Scotland more than 700 years ago. Dermot consented to the marriage on the condition that on his daughter’s death, she would be brought back to Dungiven for burial.When she did die, Aengus would not return her body.On Benbradagh Mountain, Finvola’s two brothers heard a piercing wail and recognising the call of the banshee, Grainne Rua, knew that a member of their clan had died.The brothers set sail for Islay, where they recovered Finvola’s body and brought her home to Dungiven, setting the banshee’s cry to rest. Artist Maurice, pictured above with a previous work, said: “Finvola, a princess of the O’Cathain clan, is famous for her great beauty.“She united western Scotland and north-eastern Ireland through her marriage to Angus MacDonnell, Lord of the Isles.“In the larger than life size sculpture, she will be seen dancing, whirling in a dynamic movement and is in the act of playing the harp.“The design is informed by history and musical heritage. It is also a reference to the Bardic Harp School commemorated in the ‘Harper’s Walk’ path, close to the Priory.”Mr Harron worked with six local schools and community groups to create a ceramic wall panel, which is now on display inside Dungiven library. The collection extends across the main internal wall in the form of the flowing River Roe.“We held a series of active workshops and the children each made a ceramic tile, inspired by their locality and heritage,” said Mr Harron.Maurice’s works are on display all over the world – including his Hands Across the Divide work in Derry and Red Hugh in Roscommon.DONEGAL ARTIST TO CELEBRATE LEGEND IN NEW SCULPTURE was last modified: January 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:BURTdonegalDONEGAL ARTIST TO CELEBRATE LEGEND IN NEW SCULPTUREmaurice harron