(CMC) – CAPTAIN Carlos Brathwaite believes West Indies need to bring their ‘A’ game to the three-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand starting here today.The all-rounder reminded that the Caribbean side were World champions in the shortest format and therefore had a duty to themselves and their fans to play accordingly.“Any time you have the title of world champions you need to defend it, not only at the World Cup but in every series,” Brathwaite said, ahead of the opener at Saxton Oval which bowls off at 15:00hrs (22:00hrs Thursday Eastern Caribbean time).“Regardless of whether we win or lose we need to play like world champions. People in the Caribbean look to the T20 format for the success and feel good and we need to do that. If there’s added pressure, then so be it. We have a legacy to carry on.”West Indies are winless on tour so far and the T20 series represents the ideal chance for the visitors to make their mark.Their record against the Black Caps, however, is a dodgy one, having drawn the last two-match series they played in the Caribbean and suffering a clean sweep in a similar two-match rubber the last time they were in New Zealand three years ago.Since capturing the T20 World Cup in India last year April, the Windies have won seven of 14 matches – with three of those wins coming against minnows Afghanistan.Brathwaite will be featuring for the first time in the series and joins the side on the heels of solid performances in the Bangladesh Premier League where he topped the batting averages for Khulna Titans.The 29-year-old, the hero of the last T20 World Cup, said his focus was on making strong contributions to the unit.“I’m not the saviour,” he stressed.“But for me I’m always my own harshest critic and for me it’s just about controlling what I can control and making sure I get through my four overs as economically as possible and grab a few wickets if I can.”He cotninued: “Batting-wise I’m having a decent year, averaging around 40 (48) with the bat so it’s about closing out the year well and going into 2018 with the next two games and hopefully starting next year as well as I can.”The last two T20s will be played at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on New Year’s Day and January 3.
Sumner Newscow report â€” The following message was provided by Wellington Lions Club member Heidi Theuer:Unfortunately, our club will not be selling the community birthday and anniversary calendars this year. As technology has progressed, cell phones and the internet are commonplace; calendars have become less relied upon. It has been increasingly difficult to reach people and verify a familyâ€™s information because of cell phones; therefore, the calendars often had incorrect information.Our Lions Club members spent countless hours trying to produce the best possible product. This fundraiser started 65 years ago, but profits have diminished as people have decided not to purchase the calendar the last few years. Because of the loss in calendar sales, the Lions Club makes no money. We realize many in our community will miss this, but the fundraiser is no longer economically feasible.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 270 weeks ago Wow thats sad to read. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments