Cavalier SC won the battle of the east on Monday night as they stopped their more storied neighbours and rivals Harbour View 1-0 at the Harbour View Mini-Stadium, and in the process, moved farther away from relegation. The victory and the gains that came with it were due largely to a beautiful left-footed strike from distance by Cleon Price in the 50th minute. It resulted directly from a move where Harbour View failed to capitalise on a scoring opportunity and the ball ended up with Price on a quick counter. “I am feeling overjoyed to know that I scored the winning goal for my team and that we came out victorious,” said an obviously pleased Price at the end of the game. The strike was only Price’s fourth of the season and his second for Cavalier, following a move from Portmore United in the January transfer window. Already, Price is seeing the benefits of his move. “I am happy with the move. I am happy with the players and the club. This team is a good team and I think I can move forward from here. “I left Portmore because I wanted a change, a change to see if I could get more playing time and more eyes on me to see if I could get in the national team,” the 21-year-old former Dinthill striker said. The comfort he feels at Cavalier Price said goes beyond the field and it inspires him to do even better. “I am more appreciated now. The fans are really nice to me. They really appreciate me coming to their team and are giving me the support,” he said. While he is happy with his performance and the reception that he has received, Price is still unsure if the loan move – which runs until September 2016 – will become a permanent deal. “It is not a long-term move. It is a loan until September. But right now, I have not decided what will happen. I guess we just have to wait and see,” said the player who is a handful for defenders because of his physique, pace, movement, and skill. Since being at Cavalier, Price’s returns have not been enough to turn the heads of the national coaches. “I have received no indication as yet that I am getting the kind of looks that I need. I guess I have to play harder, score more goals, because the league is very competitive. We have a lot of strikers who are scoring a lot of goals, so I have to be in that rank before the national coach can give me a look,” Price said. With eight games to go in the regular season, Price promised to make a statement. “Great things can be expected from me for the remaining games. There will be more goals from me and more victories for Cavalier and we will be staying up for sure,” Price declared of his team, which now sits in seventh position and eight points above the relegation zone.
Luke Williams handed full-time manager job at Swindon 1 Swindon have appointed Luke Williams as head coach on a full-time basis, signing a five-year deal with the League One club.The 35-year-old took over at the County Ground on a temporary basis after Martin Ling resigned in December due to health reasons.Williams, who had previously coached Brighton’s reserves and under-21s, impressed the Robins enough to initially earn the job until the end of the season.And with Swindon having won four straight games in their division, chairman Lee Power announced on Wednesday that the arrangement with Williams would become a longer-term one.“Luke is an integral part of our project at Swindon Town,” Power said in a statement on the club’s official website.“He is a fantastic coach – the best I’ve come across in 25 years of football. He has had to do it the hard way and has certainly served his apprenticeship.“He finished as a player very early on due to injury and has put his whole life into coaching and improving players. He’s been an under-14s coach, a youth-team manager, an under-21s manager and an assistant manager and is now ready to be a head coach. He buys fully into the club’s model and is the ideal man to lead the club forward.“The reason we have taken a bit of time over the appointment is that we both wanted to make sure that he was ready and comfortable to take on the other parts of the job that he hasn’t had to do up to this point – mainly picking the side and dealing with the press.“If either of these jobs had detracted from the quality of his coaching, we would have looked at going down a different route but he has taken to the role in his usual calm, controlled manner and been totally unfazed.”
The former Australian allrounder Shane Watson is highly impressed with young team-mate Sarfaraz Khan’s control over his shots. Sarfaraz on Tuesday played a breezy cameo of 35 from 10 balls to propel Royal Challengers Bangalore’s score past 200 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )”He is an incredible young man and there is no doubt that he has worked extremely hard to get all kinds of shots right.”The control over shots he has… never seen before for a young talent like him. It shows he has practised hell of a lot, and we saw him this tonight,” he told at the post-match press conference. (Sarfaraz is like my son, says Cris Gayle )Watson also lauded AB de Villiers’ fluent knock of 82, which consisted of seven fours and six sixes.”What I saw tonight is as good as batting I have ever seen. He didn’t look like taking risk at all in his entire innings. One shot he played off the backfoot for a six is an incredible shot to play, and he does it with so much of ease is really a pleasure to watch. He executes his shots incredibly well,” he said.When asked about the batting order, Watson feels there is no need to tamper as the batting line-up looks quite settled at the moment.”This I saw happening in the previous season when I was playing as a rival for Rajasthan Royals. So, why should one change the order when the top three are delivering. You need to take early wickets, otherwise you are in deep trouble, and that’s what exactly happened tonight,” he said.advertisementHowever, he played down Chris Gayle’s early dismissal. “It is not going to be everyone’s day. Chris got out early, but we had depth in batting with likes of Kedar Jadhav, Sarfaraz, AB and Kohli in our side,” he said.Watson also said that the way Kohli and De Villiers batted together in their magnificent 157-run partnership he felt he wouldn’t get to bat. He eventually turned out to bat and contributed in his team’s cause with a 19-run cameo that had three sixes.”More than anything else playing before your home crowd is a very nice feeling. We did not get to play that many matches in Jaipur – my previous home ground,” he said. (Kohli, de Villiers star in RCB’s thumping win )Asked about his improving relations with Gayle, Watson said that it was amazing that a couple of commercials provided an opportunity for both to know each other better.”Relations with Gayle has been very good so far. We had couple of commercials as well which gave us a chance to know each other better after few run-ins in the past. Don’t know how it works when I am playing alongside him in one team. This is the beauty of cricket,” he said.Replying to a query, Watson said that he was happy to claim David Warner’s wicket because he had the potential to turn the match on its head with his power hitting.”Yes, it was a prize wicket because David has all the potential to score big runs. We remember him scoring 150 runs in T20. I am happy to have claimed his wicket, and once we saw his back, we knew we could squeeze the opponents,” he said.(with PTI inputs)