Head coach Law rues West Indies tame bowling effort in second ODI

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Head coach Stuart Law has rued the tame bowling effort which paved the way for West Indies’ 105-run defeat to India in the second One-Day International on Sunday and says the Caribbean side is lacking the cutting edge.Opting to bowl first in a contest reduced to 43 overs following a two-hour delayed start due to rain at Queen’s Park Oval, the Windies watched as the visitors piled up 310 for five with opener Ajinkya Rahane top-scoring with 103.Captain Virat Kohli struck an imperious 66-ball 87 while left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan chimed in with 63.“We didn’t bowl anywhere near as well as we could’ve done and that’s probably the first time that’s happened since I’ve been here so you can live with that to a certain extent,” Law told reporters following the defeat.“But you’ve got to be better than that with the ball. The way we started, the way we set the tone for our innings wasn’t how we wanted to do it and I think at times our plans didn’t quite work out.”Opener Shai Hope’s classy 81 stood out in the Windies reply but they never quite recovered from a position of four for two in the third over, to end on 205 for six off their allotted overs.Law, in his fourth series with the Caribbean side after taking over earlier this year, said the experience gained in the defeat would be beneficial to the young team.“Some of our boys haven’t played a lot of international cricket so to get some time in the middle against some quality bowlers is good for thei confidence,” the Australian pointed out.“When we batted I thought Shai Hope played extremely well.”With the gulf between the two sides evident in the encounter, Law said the Windies were aware of the odds against them up against a powerful India side.However, he argued that West Indies still possessed enough ability to challenge the Indians, especially against the backdrop of their encouraging performances against Pakistan recently.“We’ve got to understand that India are number three in the world for a reason and they’ve ben hovering around that top three for quite a while now.,” Law explained.“They’ve got some of the best players, if not the best players in the world up there so we know that we’ve got to play really well and compete really hard to get anything out of these games but there is no reason why we can’t.“We pushed Pakistan all the way when they were out here recently. We beat them chasing down 308 in the first ODI and in the last two we nearly got over the line as well so those performances are in us.“We’re lacking a little bit of something, a little bit of edge with our bowling and with our batting we are not quite getting off to good starts consistently.”last_img read more

Former Syracuse player Paolo Ciferri to return to Dome a coach

first_img Published on February 6, 2018 at 10:41 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Syracuse escaped with a 9-8 victory over Binghamton in April 2017. The game followed a trend of close fourth-quarter comebacks from the Orange and was one of 11 one-goal games that year. This year, though, Binghamton returns to the Carrier Dome to open the season with an extra edge.Instead of playing under Syracuse head coach John Desko, former defensive midfielder Paolo Ciferri is now an assistant coach at Binghamton. Ciferri said the Bearcats are “hungry” for revenge and that he knows the tendencies of his former teammates. That in turn helps Binghamton slow down a young SU offense that sports just three returning players on its starting line.“It’s a big emotional feeling here, always going to be great to go back to the Dome,” Ciferri said. “… But I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity to take down the Orange now.”Since being hired by Binghamton head coach Kevin McKeown, Ciferri has been assigned to three units. He assists with the defensive unit with McKeown, who also serves as the “defensive coordinator,” and heads both the faceoff and riding units. The riding unit counters the opposing team’s clears.To understand how to coach the faceoff unit, Ciferri “shadowed” SU assistant Kevin Donahue at times last year. He already knew the role of the wings during faceoffs because he manned that position for a few years at Syracuse, but faceoff specialists remained a relatively unknown area. So, Ciferri paid attention to what Donahue would point out to Syracuse’s faceoff specialists and brought over drills to develop certain faceoff techniques. Most of the drills Ciferri now runs at Binghamton were picked up from Donahue, Ciferri said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe even sat down with former Syracuse faceoff specialist Joe DeMarco and spoke with two-time Tewaaraton Nominee Ben Williams about different tactics. From DeMarco, Ciferri learned the techniques Williams used to become one of the best faceoff specialists in the country. Talking to Williams was an added bonus.“Conversations and conversations and film and film,” Ciferri said. “That’s where I learned what I know, and hopefully I’ll be able to apply that to give us a little advantage on Saturday.” Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorThe biggest advantage for Ciferri comes from being a captain and fifth-year player under Desko. He’s familiar with the system and run-and-gun style Syracuse runs, and he defended current SU players like Jamie Trimboli and Matt Lane, among others, in practice.He was also the veteran who offered advice to many of Syracuse’s now-starting defenders. Ciferri still keeps in contact with most of the team, even joking around with them over text.“He must’ve seen the tape (on me),” said redshirt sophomore and defensive midfielder Nick Martin, “because he texted me saying, ‘Hey, you gotta pull that one in transition.’ Because I didn’t shoot when I had a decent look … It’s gonna be fun seeing him.”The hardest task come Saturday, Ciferri said, will be learning about and watching the freshmen. Tucker Dordevic has started every scrimmage at midfield, and Brendan Curry is on the second midfield line. There’s little information available outside of word-of-mouth and players’ recruitment processes, Ciferri said, so seeing how players perform on the big stage leads to mid-game adjustments.For many players, playing against a former teammate who is now a coach is a first. And for Desko, it’s more about coming out and taking home a win in Syracuse’s first game of the season.“You want to show (Paolo) who the coaches are and who the players are,” Desko quipped.Desko also said it’s rare for players to join a college coaching staff a year after graduating. But Ciferri has always wanted to coach; that’s why he took a liking to shadowing Donahue and spoke with many former players to understand areas of the game he was relatively unfamiliar with.“I can’t see myself separating myself from the game,” Ciferri said. “If I can’t play as much as I used to, then I figure the next best thing is coaching.“I feel like I have a high-level lacrosse mind, and it’d be a shame to waste it.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more