ABU DHABI, UAE (AP): Captain Alastair Cook kept England in the game with an unbeaten century yesterday, although Pakistan fought back with two late wickets on the third day of the first Test. Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz removed Ian Bell and night-watchman Mark Wood, but England reached 290-3 at close of play thanks to Cook’s gritty knock of 168 not out at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Cook scored his 28th Test hundred and he and Ian Bell put on 165 runs for the second wicket – England’s all-time highest in the UAE. Joe Root was giving him company, at stumps, not out on three. “I think he has shown that he can bat for days in these parts of the world,” Bell said of Cook. “He is ready to go in tomorrow and carry on from where he left. The thing with Cookie is that he is so organised, his defence is so good, and his shot selection against the spinners was excellent.” Bell finally departed five overs before close of play for a streaky 63, cutting a Riaz delivery into the hands of Mohammed Hafeez at point. One over later, Riaz got rid of Wood, who fended a rising delivery into his wicket. But it was a battling knock under the hot sun by Cook, although he was dropped by Fawad Alam on 147 when attempting to sweep left-arm orthodox spinner Zulfiqar Babar. Cook played aggressive cricket in the pre-lunch session when he was unbeaten on 78 and played several shots, including stepping out against Babar and sweeping him repeatedly, but was more circumspect in the next two sessions as the Abu Dhabi pitch started showing some effects of wear and tear. He did reach his century with a boundary, though, a cracking shot through the cover area off Wahab Riaz. Khan troubled him early in his second spell of the day midway through the first session but was rewarded with the wicket of Moeen instead when he nudged at an away going delivery and edged it to wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed. Moeen had made a cautious 35, eschewing all risk and hitting just two boundaries in his 131-ball stay before his indiscretion against Imran. He and Cook put together 116 runs for the first wicket. “I think Cook batted beautifully, and we have seen him do this often in the sub-continent,” Pakistan bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed said. “He has the ability to kill the little bit of zip that the seamers and spinners were getting out there. The way he played, he also took the pressure off other batsmen.” England still trail Pakistan’s first-innings total of 523 for eight declared by 233 runs.
…bridge linking villages destroyedResidents of the Amerindian community of Wakapau, Pomeroon, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are displeased with the demolition of a functional bridge that provided full access in and out of the community. They are now appealing to the relevant authorities for swift efforts to be taken into the reconstruction of the bridge.The destroyed bridgeIn addition, the bridge also served as a linkage to the community of Akawini. According to reports reaching Guyana Times, the discovery of the dismantled connections was made by residents who were about to use the bridge on October 26, 2018.The bridge is utilised by both communities, mainly for logging, since this is the main source of income in both communities. The residents of Wakapau believe that due to a boundary dispute between the two communities, someone may have decided to destroy the bridge, using a chainsaw to cut the logs into pieces with the intention of stopping all tractors from transporting logs from Akawini to Wakapau.The Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry has been informed of the incident, which resulted in Minister Valerie Garrido-Lowe visiting the area last Saturday, along with several Police. Investigations have led to the arrest of a suspect from Akawini.Residents have since expressed deep concern over the incident and are pleading for investigations to be done speedily, along with assistance for the fixing of the damaged bridge so that their livelihood would not be further hindered. The probe is still ongoing.
The Northern Brain Injury Association is receiving $91,252 from the B.C. government to support people with acquired brain injuries.Funding will build services in the northeast, Quesnel and enhance services in the northwest and inform all Northerners about brain injury.“These funds provide a dramatic increase to our client services as well as our brain injury education and injury prevention programs in the remote and often very isolated communities of northern British Columbia,” Northern Brain Injury Association program developer Will Lewis said.- Advertisement -“If left untreated, brain injuries can lead to issues that impact the entire community,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said. “The hard work the Northern Brain Injury Association does will improve many lives.”In May, the government provided $3 million in funding over three years to the Brain Injury Alliance, which has distributed funding to organizations in two stages. In the first stage, $10,000 was provided to each of B.C.’s 16 community-based, non-profit brain-injury service providers to help with operational costs.In the second stage, brain-injury organizations in B.C. receive funding based on applications for programs specific to their needs. These organizations run programs and services to help reduce the incidence of injury or directly help those affected by brain injuries.Advertisement Learn more about the Brain Injury Alliance at braininjuryalliance.ca.