Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical High is a very special talent. Yesterday the middle distance star completed one of the most difficult feats at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships with gold medals in the 400m, 800m and 1500m events. After taking the 1500 metres in 4:40.77 on Friday, the St Elizabeth star returned to take the 400m in early afternoon yesterday in 51.74. Two hours later she dismantled the 800 metres field clocking 2.09.70 to bring the National Stadium crowd to its feet. A modest Bromfield said her accomplishment was not as difficult as it appeared. “It wasn’t that difficult because I paced myself throughout the rounds and I kept my composure in all my races and that is how I was able was deliver in all of them,” she said. “I feel very proud, because I am being strongly motivated by my mother and father and my coach is always there pushing me and that is how I was able to accomplish what I did,” she added. The middle distant sensation was also touched by the reception the stadium crowd gave her in the final 100 metres of the 800m. “It was heart warming because I know that STETHS do not have many supporters, it’s mainly KC and Calabar and all those schools, so for all of them (spectators) to be supporting me I really appreciate it,” she said.
The man from Madhya Pradesh who was recently taken into custody by Pakistan for allegedly crossing over without valid documents had been missing since 2017 and was mentally ill, said the police. Bari Lal from Damoh district is the sixth “mentally ill” person from Madhya Pradesh to be detained by Pakistan in the past six years. Two of them have still not returned home, said a police official, requesting anonymity. Bari Lal was arrested along Prasanth Maidam from Telangana. As media reports about their arrest began trickling in on Tuesday, police matched his details with a missing-person report filed by the family in March 2017, said Vivek Singh, Damoh Superintendent of Police. “The complaint said he was mentally ill. We recently visited his house at Shispur Patti village. The family confirmed they consulted a doctor for his illness,” said Mr. Singh. The man had run away on three previous occasions, but was either found by the family or he had returned on his own. “When he didn’t return for a month, they filed a complaint,” he said.Madhya Pradesh police spokesman Ashutosh Chouhan said they were in touch with the Centre to bring back the man. “We’re coordinating with the Centre for his return through diplomatic channels.”In the past six years, Budhram Marko of Dindori, Anil Kumar of Rewa, Raju Laxman of Khandwa, Arjunwar of Seoni and Sunil Uikey of Balaghat had gone missing and were later found in the custody of Pakistan. “It’s confounding how the six, all mentally ill, found themselves in Pakistani jails. We’re still trying to figure a pattern, if it exists,” said an intelligence official. Bari Lal and Maidam were arrested last week in the Cholistan desert area of Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistani police had earlier confirmed. A case was registered against them under the Pakistan (Control of Entry) Act on November 14. Police sources had said they would most likely be repatriated after the due process was followed.
West Indies star Sunil Narine has bamboozled batsmen from all over the world with his mystery spin-bowling and has been the trump card for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. But on Thursday, Narine added another feather to his cap by succeeding as an opener for the KKR against Kings XI Punjab at the Eden Gardens. (KKR ride on Gambhir, Narine heroics to register 8-wicket win over KXIP)WATCH: All you need to know about Indian Premier League centurionsGautam Gambhir decided to open the batting with Narine in the absence of the injured Chris Lynn and the surprise move paid rich dividends for the home team. Narine smashed 37 runs off 18 balls with four boundaries and three sixes to deflate the Kings XI bowling attack early in their run chase. (Scorecard)Narine’s innings saw the tide turn in KKR’s favour as they chased down the target of 171 with 8 wickets and 21 balls to spare. Gambhir guided his team home with an unbeaten 72 while Manish Pandey (25*) and Robin Uthappa (26) also made useful contributions. (Umesh Yadav makes immediate impact on IPL comeback, Sunil Narine stars as opener)After the match Gambhir revealed that there was a method to the madness and a specific strategy behind opening with Narine in this match. (KKR vs KXIP, IPL 2017: Match Highlights)”I need to start trusting him (Narine) with the bat now. He’s the leader of the (bowling) attack with the kind of quality he has. We discussed and wanted someone to go hard and there was no point keeping Sunil back at number nine. We have a long batting line up and we could afford someone to go hard at the top,” Gambhir said at the post-match presentation.advertisementNarine said he enjoyed his batting: “It came off today. Some days it might not. Yes, I enjoyed batting. I opened there at the BBL (Big Bash League where he plays for Melbourne Renegades) and today I said ‘anything for the team’.”Narine though, is no stranger to opening the innings and has done it on three occasions for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League last season in Australia. Narine’s highest score prior to this innings was 13 while his highest T20 international score is 30.Meanwhile, Gambhir now holds the orange cap for being the highest run-getter this season with 167 runs in four matches, overtaking Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner (139 runs).Speaking on his personal form, Gambhir said: “It doesn’t really matter if I have the orange cap or not. What matters is where we are in the points table. Personal runs do not make me happy.”Earlier, it was Umesh Yadav’s four-wicket haul and Chris Woakes’ twin strikes which helped KKR restrict KXIP to 170 for 9 after electing to bowl first. Umesh, who was playing his first match in the IPL this season after coming back from injury, picked up three wickets in the 18th over while Woakes got two in the final over which dented Punjab’s chances of getting to a huge total.Gambhir praised KKR’s bowling and Umesh’s performance in particular afterwards.”We have some quality fast bowlers and with Umesh coming back, it makes my job easier. It was a beautiful wicket, had good pace and carry. We have a game coming up in a day’s time and we have to take the momentum going forward,” he added.The Knight Riders clinched the top spot in the points table, by virtue of this win. This was KKR’s eighth successive win over KXIP in the IPL.