(By Stephan Sookram in Barbados, compliments of B.M. Soat, John Fernandes Limited and Mohamed’s Enterprise)IN spite of technically winning the 2017 Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC)’s super stock title, Bryce Prince does not intend to let up as he heads to Guyana.Prince, who spoke exclusively to the Guyana Chronicle on Sunday afternoon, contended that there is still some work to be done.“We knew that if we came to Barbados and we could bring home three more wins then we’d be able to wrap up the championship, and that was the goal coming into the series; to try and win as many races and do as well as we can and win the Championship.”“It takes a little pressure off going into Guyana. I mean we can see what else we can do to try and push for some faster lap times there. I know Mohamed wants to see us improve.”He contended that he wanted to leave an indelible mark on the series which he believes has been done by setting the lap times.“We want to go to the events and be the best that we can; so the way we see to do that is to set the fastest laps by a bike, ever, and it’s been good for us,” he added.Prince has managed a clean sweep since his introduction in the series this year under the team Mohamed’s Enterprise banner aboard their R6.He has also copped the lap records in Jamaica, Barbados and Guyana thus far, as he gets ready to collect his trophy at the final leg in November.
CMC – Led by a world record One Day International (ODI) opening stand between John Campbell and Shai Hope, the West Indies romped to an emphatic 196-run win over Ireland in the first match of the Tri-Nation series here at the Clontarf Cricket Club Sunday.Campbell, who scored 179 and Hope who made 170, added 365 runs for the first wicket to help propel the West Indies to 381 for three, their second highest ever ODI total.Ireland never threatened their mammoth target, and once they were reduced to 21 for three early on, eventually folded for just 185 with off-spinner Ashley Nurse being the main destroyer with four wickets.But the day belonged to the two 25-year-old batsmen who set a number of records during their historic partnership.They broke the previous highest ODI opening stand of 304 between Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq set last year.They also became the second set of openers behind New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and James Marshall to both score 150 in an ODI.Campbell and Hope also came agonisingly close to posting the highest ever partnership in ODIs, but fell just short of the 372 put on by fellow West Indians, Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, four years ago.And had they batted out the 17 balls remaining prior to Campbell’s dismissal, they would have become the first set of ODI openers to bat through the entire first innings of an ODI.In the absence of Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle, who are both still in the IPL, Campbell took full advantage of the opportunity to open the batting.With no real threats, Ireland’s bowlers were put to the sword by Campbell and Hope.Apart from a few anxious moments courtesy of opening bowlers Tim Murtagh and Mark Adair, the two West Indies batsman completely dominated play.They scored just 37 runs from the first 10 overs, but then motored along, adding 222 runs in the next 30 overs and 106 runs from the final 44 deliveries they faced.Adair went for 21 in the 41st over, George Dockrell for 16 in the 42nd, Josh Little for 16 in the 45th, Adair for 18 in the 46th, and Murtagh for 17 in the 47th.Campbell was the more aggressive, smashing six sixes and 15 boundaries during his 137-ball knock, while Hope struck 22 boundaries and two sixes in his 152-ball innings.But in sight of the record Gayle and Samuels set two months ago against England, Campbell was caught by captain William Porterfield when his top-edged shot ballooned to mid off.It was Ireland’s first ODI wicket in 374 balls.Hope then followed four runs later, picking out the fielder at deep square leg as the Windies could only muster 16 runs from the final three overs.In Ireland’s turn at the crease, fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Sheldon Cottrell virtually decided the outcome within the first few overs.Roach bowled Paul Stirling for a duck and removed Potterfield soon after to leave Ireland 21 for two.Cottrell then accounted for the wicket of Lorcan Tucker without another run added.Kevin O’Brien, who topscored with 68 brought some respectability to Ireland’s total, as he teamed up first with Andy Balbirnie to add 68 and then with Gary Wilson, who made 30.That initial partnership was broken up when Balbirnie was forced to retire hurt on 28 after being struck on the helmet by Shannon Gabriel.O’Brien then found a willing partner in Wilson and the pair added 63 runs to frustrate the Windies bowlers.But once Ashley Nurse struck to dismiss O’Brien and claim the first of his four wickets, Ireland’s innings quickly capitulated and they lost their last six wickets for just 32 runs to be bowled out in under 35 overs.Nurse was the pick of the bowlers ending with 4-51, while Gabriel took 3-44 and Roach 2-28.ScoreboardWEST INDIESJ Campbell c Porterfield b McCarthy 179+S Hope c Tucker b McCarthy 170D Bravo not out 9*J Holder c O’Brien b Adair 1Extras (b1, lb4, nb2, w15) 22TOTAL (3 wkts; 50 overs) 381Fall of wickets: 1-365, 2-369, 3-381.Did not bat: J Carter, S Ambris, R Chase, A Nurse, K Roach, S Cottrell, S Gabriel.Bowling: Murtagh 10-0-71-0, Adair 10-1-84-1, Little 10-0-72-0, McCarthy 10-0-76-2, Dockrell 7-0-57-0, O’Brien 1-0-10-0, Stirling 2-0-6-0.IRELAND*W Porterfield c Cottrell b Roach 12P Stirling b Roach 0A Balbirnie c Ambris b Gabriel 29L Tucker lbw b Cottrell 0KJ O’Brien c Holder b Nurse 68+G Wilson c Roach b Gabriel 30G Dockrell lbw b Nurse 2M Adair b Gabriel 10B McCarthy st Hope b Nurse 9T Murtagh not out 10J Little b Nurse 0Extras (lb 3, nb1, w11) 15TOTAL (all out; 34.4 overs) 185Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-21, 3-21, 4-152, 5-152, 6-155, 7-159, 8-166, 9-185, 10-185.Bowling: Cottrell 6-1-33-1, Roach 7-0-28-2, Gabriel 8-0-44-3, Holder 6-0-26-0, 7.4-0-51-4.
Share StumbleUpon Share Submit In the first of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka takes a look at the history of gambling law and identifies the key elements that link the most successful regulations.When I joined the online gambling industry ten years ago one of the ultimate regulatory goals was to convince the European Commission to harmonise online gambling regulation on the EU level – this would have effectively meant that a single EU licence would have opened the doors to online gambling markets in all the EU Member States.Paradoxically, this would have also meant that my then nascent career could have been over even before it began. Online gambling regulation in all EU nations would have been one and the same; outside of Europe, the US authorities were at that point of the very firm view that online gambling needed to remain prohibited and most other countries around the world had next to no appetite to wrestle with the joys and intricacies of online gambling. As a result, back then there would have been no need to have had one of my kind, i.e. a gambling regulatory lawyer.Fast forward ten years and behold the regulatory landscape…. how things and times have changed. Most of the EU Member States have regulated – most of them in their own specific way. Following the decision in the Murphy v. NCAA case, an ever-increasing number of US states are getting to grips with what I have heard ESPN lovingly refer to as the “betting thing” (i.e. online betting and its regulation). The province of Buenos Aires intends to launch its own betting licence tender process and the Brazilian government is figuring out the most efficient way of tackling online gambling regulation in their country.In the wake of these developments gambling regulatory lawyers, who at one point would have appeared to be heading for the job centre, have been busier than ever; trying their best to navigate the choppy waters and stranger tides of regulation – sometimes with a lot of wit, at other times rather at our collective wit’s end.It is not only the gambling regulatory landscape that has changed massively throughout the years. Gambling-related technology and digitalisation processes have been evolving at a vertiginous pace as well. Most, if not all the processes, that were still manual a few years ago are fully automated these days.As an industry we are even looking into introducing sophisticated AI processes on our sites and technological stacks with a view to further enhancing the level of consumer protection we already offer our customers, in particular in the spheres of responsible gambling, sports integrity and anti-money laundering. All this sounds glorious, and actually it is (in particular for somebody with a law degree who might never be able to decipher the technical knottiness that underlies all these systems). But it also begs the question whether regulation can keep pace with these developments and in what way this can be achieved.In this regard, and many others, there is no such thing as perfect regulation providing a silver bullet that could whizz through the air and knock down all its targets, in this case in the form of gambling concepts that require regulation.Having said that, I strongly believe that any gambling regulation needs to meet two key general requirements to be successful:1) be sufficiently flexible to be able to cater for product and technological evolution while permitting voluntary commitments at the industry’s end going above and beyond the letter of the law2) be strict but reasonable with a view to ensuring the highest possible levels of consumer protection without however putting a regulatory onus on the operators beyond the point of commercial viability.The example of the French regulation has demonstrated throughout the years that a combination of a high turnover tax and a ban on one of the two most popular online gambling categories is conducive to persistence, if not a growth, of a black market.On the other hand, jurisdictions such as Denmark or Spain have managed to show that sensible regulation that meets the two key principles outlined above has the ability and power to steer online gambling into controllable channels, the existence of which, is ultimately beneficial to everyone involved; the operators, the regulators and most importantly, the customers.The whole industry is now looking into how the proverbial regulatory gauntlet will be worn in the US, Brazil and (with rather bated breath) in Germany and the Netherlands.I would suggest that all the four jurisdictions (or individual states therein) draw inspiration from the jurisdictions that have successfully regulated their respective gambling markets in the recent past and take advantage of the best practices that already exist. This is the best way to avoid a situation where customers might be tempted by the shady tentacles of the black market, i.e. the market of those online gambling operators that will never ever be prepared to take out any licences anywhere.More about all this next time …Martin Lycka is Director of Regulatory Affairs at GVC Group. Before that he spent nearly ten years at Paddy Power Betfair working on international markets. He is a self-confessed fan of Love, Actually. Views expressed are personal and not necessarily those of GVC Group.