Cricket World Cup: Ireland are beaten by West Indies

first_img Share Tweet 30 Views   no discussions Share NewsSports Cricket World Cup: Ireland are beaten by West Indies by: – March 11, 2011center_img Sharing is caring! Share ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Group B, Mohali: West Indies 275 (50 overs) bt Ireland 231 (49 overs) by 44 runs.Devon Smith scored a career-best 107 and Kieron Pollard smashed 94 off 55 balls as West Indies beat Ireland by 44 runs in World Cup Group B in Mohali.West Indies were labouring on 142-3 from 35 overs before Pollard smashed five sixes to lift them to 275 all out. Ed Joyce and Gary Wilson kept Ireland on target for a win with a stand of 91. But Joyce’s dismissal for 84 sparked a collapse from 177-3 to 231 all out, with left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn taking four wickets. The defeat leaves Ireland needing to beat South Africa on Tuesday and the Netherlands next Friday to stand any chance of reaching the quarter-finals.Pollard’s pyrotechnics provided a much-needed boost to the West Indies, who made a sluggish start in the absence of Chris Gayle, who was ruled out on the morning of the match with an abdominal strain. Smith and Shivnarine Chanderpaul used up 24.2 overs in an 89-run opening partnership. But Kevin O’Brien struck to remove Chanderpaul and then Dwayne Bravo in the same over. At 142-3 after 35 overs, the Windies gambled by taking their batting powerplay and the tactic paid off as five overs yielded 55 runs.Pollard smashed O’Brien for two sixes in an over on his way to fifty from 35 balls and Smith accelerated to post his first one-day international hundred. Three more sixes from Pollard followed before he was caught on the boundary trying to bring up his hundred in style as West Indies lost their last four wickets for eight runs. O’Brien finished with a career-best 4-71 and John Mooney removed Pollard and Andre Russell in successive balls. Benn gave West Indies the perfect start, removing Paul Stirling via an inside edge in the second over.Ireland’s captain William Porterfield and Joyce responded with some meaty shots before Wets Indies’ skipper Darren Sammy reined them in with three consecutive maidens. Porterfield was the first to succumb to frustration, attempting to drive Sammy over the top and lofting a catch straight to mid-on. Joyce kept Ireland in the hunt with a well-paced innings, adding 44 with Niall O’Brien and 91 with Wilson, who struck six fours and a six in his 62-ball innings. But just when another famous Irish victory looked on the cards, debutant Andre Russell fired a yorker behind Joyce’s feet and took out his leg stump.When Kevin O’Brien was brilliantly caught in the deep by Pollard for five, the onus was on Wilson to play the hero’s role but he was dismissed in controversial fashion. Given out leg-before to Sammy, Wilson sent the decision for review and looked set for a reprieve when replays showed the impact was outside the line of off-stump. But the umpire upheld his decision after ruling that Wilson was not playing a shot, leaving the clearly unhappy batsman to trudge back to the With that went Ireland’s last hope, although George Dockrell (19) fought hard to see the match into the 49th over before he was bowled by the outstanding Benn.Source: BBC Sportslast_img read more

Groundbreaking held for downtown Mason City apartment & town house complex

first_imgMASON CITY — The groundbreaking was held this morning for a $16 million downtown Mason City housing development. Talon Development LLC of Sioux Falls is constructing the development that will include 113 apartments and 20 town houses on the site that used to be the overflow parking lot south of Southbridge Mall. The project is seen by city leaders as one of the first spinoffs of the River City Renaissance project.Talon president Steve Boote says with the work involving the River City Renaissance project, they wanted to place this development in a downtown location.  “It was clear that Mason City is on the right track. The Renaissance project was gaining steam. We wanted to be downtown. I think when the corridor and the city was driving us around, we were looking at outskirts, we’re looking at farm fields, we’re looking at all the classic places to build an apartment. We started to drive around this part of downtown, and I said this is where we want to be.”The land on where the complex will go has been classified as an “Opportunity Zone”, which Boote says was perfect for this project.  “Most people probably don’t even know what the Opportunity Zone is, but it’s really a key element of the Trump tax cuts. What it does is it offers some incentives for people that have capital gains to invest in blighted areas, areas in communities that that are underserved, and it just so happens that this part of downtown is one of the Opportunity Zones. So fast forward today, a year later, we are forming the first qualified Opportunity Zones in Mason City, and one of the first few in Iowa.”North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation president Chad Schreck says this project helps address the need for affordable mid-range  housing in the community.  “Looking back at the old records, it’s been over 20 years probably since the last major developments happened in that area. As we were doing out strategic planning initiative, we were going through interviews and surveys of our community, our businesses, over and over again the housing issue, rental issue came up. As we’re bringing in teachers, bringing in nurses, we’re brining in young professionals that can’t afford a house right off the bat, they have had a hard time finding that market rate, high-quality, newer, modern place to live, and we just haven’t been able to get that and lost people because of it.”Boote and Schreck made their comments on the “Ask the Mayor” program earlier today on AM-1300 KGLO. Listen back to the program by clicking on the audio player below.last_img read more