SECOND-INNINGS RESPONSE GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC): Emerging leg-spinner Gudakesh Motie unleashed his best bowling effort in only his second first-class match, as Guyana Jaguars continue to stamp their authority over Leeward Islands Hurricanes on the third day of their second-round match in the Regional First Class Championship at the National Stadium at Providence here yesterday. Motie, 20, produced a six-wicket haul that destroyed the Hurricanes’ first innings for a paltry 85 runs, 334 runs short of Guyana’s mammoth first-innings total of 419 for nine declared. However, half-centuries from Nkrumah Bonner and Daron Cruickshank inspired a courageous fight back, lifting the visitors to 215 for three in their second innings, after Jaguars enforced the follow-on. Still, Leewards trail by 119 runs with seven second-innings wickets in hand, and are likely to play for a draw when the match enters its final day on Monday. The visitors were unable to recover from their overnight score of 48 for four, and only succeeded in adding 37 runs before losing the remaining six wickets ahead of the lunch break. Motie, the former West Indies under-19 player, picked his way through the Leewards’ fragile batting line-up, snatching up two wickets when the score was on 26, and another two with the score on 84, to finish with six wickets, conceding 20 runs from 13.2 overs, seven of which were maidens. Opener Sherwin Peters, with a top score of 28, and Captain Steve Liburd, who scored 23, were the only batsmen to score more than 11 runs. Facing a huge first-innings deficit, Leewards gave a better account of themselves in the second innings, which started before lunch. LEEWARDS TRAIL BY 119 RUNS A carefully compiled 57 from Cruickshank, an aggressive 58 from Bonner and three half-century partnerships scripted a solid second-innings response. A stubborn opening stand of 50 between Peters (39) and Shane Jeffers (31) was an early indication that Leewards had not yet thrown in the towel. Jeffers was severe on Ronsford Beaten, but the Guyanese pacer got his revenge by uprooting his stump to end the opening stand. Cruickshank batted for 11 minutes, faced 83 balls and scored nine fours before he was trapped lbw to Motie. He and Peters consolidated with a second-wicket stand of 65. Bonner, who has already hit nine fours and a six for his unbeaten 58, and Orlando Peters, 25 not out, have already compiled 80 runs for the third wicket.
To be honest, Katie Smith was not the most popular choice to be Norco’s girls volleyball coach. She didn’t lack experience, but Smith wasn’t all that far removed from the program as a prep player. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Part of the concern in hiring Smith was that she would be too much of a friend to her players. Smith’s younger sister, Camille, a sophomore, already was on the team. Inland Valley Player of the Year Samantha Arriaran said rumors started early that Smith determined everyone’s role even before tryouts. So Arriaran went to Gonzalez, who tried to assuage the team’s fears. “He (Gonzalez) said, ‘You’ve got to have faith. She’s not going to do that,’ ” Arriaran said. “And I told him, ‘Mr. Gonzalez, I’m going to trust you.’ I thank God that she came. I feel like I could talk to her about anything.” But Smith was far from easy. Smith graduated from Norco in 1999, but she returned in 2005 to lead the Cougars to new heights, the CIF-Southern Section semifinals. The results came on the heels of a fifth-place Mountain View League finish the year before, earning Smith the Inland Valley Coach of the Year honors. “I caught a lot of flak for hiring her,” Norco athletic director Ben Gonzalez said. “But I knew Katie, and that really helped. And I was very impressed with her in the first meeting.” Win or lose, there were no off days from practice. “I didn’t give them a day off, and you have to know where to draw the line,” Smith said. “I let them know that in my first year.” Smith isn’t a teacher by profession, but her job of organizing youth athletics in Pomona helped her organize the Norco program. Coming off a fifth-place finish, Norco’s regular-season schedule wasn’t the most challenging. But a five-game victory against Riverside King in the final nonleague contest before Mountain View League play began gave Smith an inkling as to what the team could do. “The last game we won 16-14 when we were down 14-12,” Smith said. “We just played with everything we had at the end. We knew that if we got down, we could pick ourselves back up.” Smith, who is working on her master’s degree, acknowledges she isn’t long for the Norco job. “I would really like to move on to the next level,” she said, “to a JC or a small four-year school.” No matter how long she lasts, she always will have 2005. “I felt great going back to my alma mater,” she said. “Having that sense of community that Norco has. Having my sister on the team was work to get used to, but it was nice to get back home.” Although it didn’t start out that way, the feeling quickly became mutual. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!