Watford fight back to stun Tottenham and maintain perfect start to season

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Watford’s only attempt at goal saw Deeney head over Daryl Janmaat’s inviting cross but Alderweireld did well to put the striker off.Spurs carried on their dominance after the interval and found their breakthrough goal when Doucoure inadvertently diverted in Moura’s cutback into his own net after confusion in defence between Ben Foster and Christian Kabasele.They had a great chance to double their lead on 65 minutes but Harry Kane couldn’t find Moura with a through ball.And the Hornets nearly made them pay a minute later when Deeney shrugged off Davinson Sanchez before his cross was headed onto the bar by Alderweireld.The game switched from that moment and the hosts did get their goal when Deeney flicked Jose Holebas’ free-kick from the right into the corner of the net on 69 minutes. STAR MAN Spurs controlled the game for the first 60 minutes but to Watford’s credit, they had a real go in the final half an hour and started to play the game on their own terms.Spearheading the fightback was Deeney, who started to ask more questions of the defenders.Deeney got the equalising goal which inspired the rest of the team to push on and score the winner and claim a deserved win. shining This goal was the 100th game Deeney has scored in Watford colours making him only the fourth Hornets player to achieve that feat after Tommy Barnett, Ross Jenkins and Luther Blissett.The closing stages were a scrap which certainly suited the home side more and the game was turned on its head when Cathcart powerfully headed Holebas’ corner from the left to send the Watford faithful into pandemonium.Kane spurned a great chance to get his side a point on 86 minutes – the striker heading Kieran Trippier’s cross over the bar as Watford claimed their first Premier League win over Spurs. 5 5 5 possible standings Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Tottenham’s 100 per cent winning start to the Premier League was ended after Watford completed a stunning 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.Second-half strikes from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart after Abdoulaye Doucoure’s own goal gave Spurs the lead also means the Hornets continue their perfect start to the 2018/19 campaign. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware 5 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures center_img MOMENT OF THE MATCHThe first-half was not entertaining and didn’t improve greatly after Spurs opened the scoring.However, it really kicked into life when Deeney shrugged off Sanchez before the striker’s cross was headed onto the bar by Alderweireld.This moment got the Hornets faithful off their seats and encouraged them to go after their opponents more which led to Watford scoring the quick fire goals to claim the victory.PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Premier League News REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Deeney spearheaded Watford’s heroic comeback while Jose Holebas got the assists for both of their goals Spurs were left to rue their missed chances as the game got away from them in the second-half REVEALED Deeney’s leveller helped Watford claim the famous win smart causal no dice Deeney celebrates with Cathcart, who scored Watford’s second Both sides went into the game with 100 per cent winning starts so something was going to give and it was the visitors who seized the initiative in the first-half.Their first chance came when Dele Alli latched on to Toby Alderweireld’s searching ball but the England international’s looping header didn’t quite creep into the goal.Ten minutes later, Alli’s through ball found man of the moment Lucas Moura but the Brazilian could not quite get a shot away.Alli then missed from point blank range following a well worked corner but his blushes were spared by the offside flag. 5last_img read more

Cheteshwar Pujara stars in record chase as Saurashtra reach Ranji Trophy semi-final

first_imgIt is safe to say Cheteshwar Pujara’s failure with the bat in the first innings of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final for Saurashtra as the in-form batsman helped his side reach the semi-final of the tournament after completing a record chase against Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.Pujara scored an unbeaten 67 and stitched a 136-run stand with fellow half-centurion Sheldon Jackson (73*) as Saurashtra completed the highest run-chase in a Ranji Trophy match, gunning down 372 runs for the memorable win at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Stadium in Lucknow.Chasing a mammoth total of 372, Saurashtra got off to a solid start with Harvik Desai, the opener, scoring a 259-ball 116. With wicketkeeper-batsman Snell Patel scoring 72, Saurashtra’s got a 132-run opening stand.Saurashtra were in a spot of bother after losing Kamlesh Makvana cheaply and then Desai in a span of six overs. However, Pujara did what he does best control the temp of the game with a well-paced 110-ball 67.Notably, Pujara suffered a rare failure in the first innings when he was dismissed for 11 in the first innings by young U-19 World Cup-winning pacer, Shivam Mavi.Saurashtra 372/4 in 115.1 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 67* in 110 balls, Sheldon Jackson 73* in 109 balls)beatUttar Pradesh by six wickets at Lucknow in a record #RanjiTrophy run chase!Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 19, 2019Pujara, starred in India’s first-ever Test series win in Australia earlier this month, joined Saurashtra for the Ranji Trophy duty immediately after the completion the Test series Down Under.Pujara had scored 521 runs but what turned out to be more important than the number of runs he collected was the number of balls 1258 he had faced against a top quality Australian attack. India won the series 2-1 despite their captain, not scoring as consistently as he is known for.advertisementReigning champions Vidarbha reach semi-final Meanwhile, Reigning champions Vidarbha routed minnows Uttarakhand by an innings and 115 runs in their Ranji Trophy quarter-final here Saturday and made to the semifinals.India pacer Umesh Yadav (5-23) and slow left-arm orthodox bowler Aditya Sarvate (5-55) grabbed five wickets each to dismantle them for 159 in the second innings and script a memorable win.Trailing the hosts by 274 runs in the first innings and resuming the day at the overnight score of 152 for 5, Uttarakhand needed to bat out their skin to salvage a draw.But their innings folded up very quickly as they lost their last five wickets for only seven runs.It was an abject surrender by Uttarakhand as their lower middle order and the tail failed to put up any fight.Also Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Australia series win proudest moment of my 10-year career: Virat KohliAlso Read | India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK Prasadlast_img read more

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil drops writ for May 30 election

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotians will go to the polls May 30 as Premier Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government seeks its second mandate following a term in office largely marked by frugal spending and public sector labour strife.McNeil kicked off the campaign Sunday with a rally at a Lebanese cultural centre in the heart of a key Halifax riding, shortly after meeting with Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant at Government House.In a speech before a packed room of enthusiastic supporters and party workers, McNeil acknowledged his government had made some unpopular decisions since being elected in 2013.“We had to make tough choices, choices that weren’t always popular,” said McNeil. “I believe you either shape change or change shapes you. We had to shape our own change.”At dissolution the Liberals held 34 seats in the 51-seat legislature, the Progressive Conservatives had 10 and the NDP 5. There was one Independent and one seat was vacant.The election follows nearly two months of election-style spending announcements by the Liberals, and a budget tabled Thursday offering a broad, though modest tax cut to about 500,000 low and middle income Nova Scotians.It was the second consecutive balanced budget for the Liberals. The government has exercised strict wage restraint for public sector unions, including nurses and teachers, while making a series of cuts to programs affecting areas such as seniors’ long-term care and initiatives run by public service organizations.“Thanks to our choices the province is in better shape than it was three and a half years ago,” McNeil told the crowd.He also took shots at his campaign opponents, accusing the Tories of being “negative about the province’s future” and saying the NDP were ready to “write a blank cheque to big labour.”The government’s budget died with the election call, leaving McNeil to explain to reporters why it wasn’t voted on in the legislature before the writ was dropped. He said it’s a matter of letting the public decide.“I’m not presumptuous enough to believe that all of them (the public) agree with my vision,” McNeil said. “So let me present my vision to them, we will let the other two parties present their vision, and then Nova Scotians will decide.”McNeil also made no apologies for his government or its policies.“There will be some who obviously in the last three-and-a-half years have not been happy with us, he said. “I am not running from the record.”Tory Leader Jamie Baillie pitched himself Sunday as a sunny alternative to four years of Liberal austerity, which he said has hurt Nova Scotia’s rural communities, allowed infrastructure to crumble and sent doctors and young people away from the province in “droves.”“(Nova Scotians) will have to decide if they want to invest and jobs and in their communities, or if they want more McNeil cuts,” said Baillie, surrounded by Tory candidates. “Only the Progressive Conservative party has the plan to allow Nova Scotians to stand proudly on their own two feet once again.”Baillie said the premier’s heavy hand in dealing with public sector unions has resonated through the province, and said if elected, he would push for a “middle way” that would keep wages at roughly current levels but increase investment in public services.Baillie’s speech was replete with promises of prosperity, but when pressed for specifics, the Tory leader often pivoted back to attacking McNeil.Baillie has been sounding confident that his party, which hasn’t won an election since 2006, is poised for an electoral breakthrough. That’s critical for Baillie, who is leading the party through his second campaign — and may not get a third opportunity if expectations aren’t realized.Baillie has painted the provincial race as a referendum on McNeil. He said the Tories will release a party platform “very soon.”NDP Leader Gary Burrill told dozens of supporters at a west-end cafe Sunday that an NDP government would prioritize “investments in our people” over a balanced budget to tackle issues like hunger, access to education and hospital overcrowding.“All the evidence is that the McNeil Liberals are not the objects of anyone’s affection in Nova Scotia at the moment,” Burrill told reporters. “I think that the door has opened to any possibility now with the announcement of the election and we’ll see what happens in the next month.”Burrill said he’s putting “every ounce of energy” into his own race in the Halifax-Chebucto riding, having won his party’s leadership race last year without a seat in the provincial legislature.He aims to revive the fortunes of a party that had a dramatic fall from grace in 2013, when it was swept from government by the Liberals.The election call comes after spring polling that indicated the Liberals had fallen in popularity, although they were still in majority territory as of March, according to Cape Breton University professor David Johnson.Decided voter support for the Liberal party dropped from 56 per cent to 44 per cent, according to a survey of 1,210 adults conducted by Halifax-based Corporate Research Associates Inc. The Progressive Conservatives stood at 28 per cent, up eight points, and the New Democrats were at 23 per cent, up from 19 per cent, while five per cent supported the Green Party.“They are pretty much back to where they were in 2013,” Johnson said in an interview last month. “Forty-four per cent will win them a strong, healthy majority government if that number hold up during the election campaign.”Johnson said the key would be holding onto ridings in metro Halifax.“The Liberals dominate metro (currently) and whomever dominates metro, that’s the pathway into a majority government,” he said.— With files from Adina Bresge and Kieran Leavittlast_img read more