Race against time UBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC): West Indies’ hopes of an automatic World Cup spot suffered yet another blow when they slid even further in the latest ICC One-Day International (ODI) rankings released yesterday. The Caribbean side remained ninth in the rankings but lost four ratings points to slip to 79, falling further behind eighth placed Pakistan in their race for a top eight place in order to qualify for the 2019 World Cup in England. Hosts England and the next seven highest-ranked sides at the September 30 cut-off date will qualify for the showpiece. With their latest slide, the Windies are now nine points adrift of Pakistan who dropped two points in the latest rankings. The two sides met recently in a pivotal three-match one-day series with Pakistan emerging winners by a 2-1 margin. Two-time World Cup champions West Indies are running out of time to improve their ranking with series against minnows Afghanistan in June and England in September remaining. Should the Windies fail to qualify automatically, they will enter a 10-team qualification tournament in an attempt to secure one of the two remaining World Cup berths. South Africa and Australia, meanwhile, have remained top of the ODI rankings, with the Proteas gaining four points to move up to 123 and the Aussies remaining stagnant. India, meanwhile, have gained five points and replace New Zealand in third place with the Black Caps dropping to fourth. England lie fifth on 109 points, Sri Lanka are sixth despite dropping five points while Bangladesh are seventh on 91.
McLean’s performance earned him the third star of the game honour.Fort St. John will have to wipe Friday’s trip to Peace River from their memory, and focus on their next task, a Saturday evening home game against the NWJHL’s last place team, the Beaverlodge Blades. Tonight’s game at the North Peace Arena begins at 8 p.m. It was a tough start for the Huskies, who spent the first five minutes of the game pinned in their own zone, thanks to a heavy Navigators forecheck. Luckily, Fort St. John starting goaltender Travis McLean was up to the challenge, stopping numerous point blank shots, keeping the Navigators from building a quick lead.As the Navigators attack continued, the home team eventually slipped on past McLean at 7:44, with Brenden Szmata opening the scoring for the Navs.However, roughly after the ten minute mark of the first, the momentum began to shift as the Huskies started to build steam following a few good shifts. The effort paid off, as at 15:02, Kyle Norris scored on a nice shot low blocker from just inside the left face-off circle, beating a very talented North Peace goaltender, Patrick Earle. – Advertisement -The second period began with the game tied at 1-1, but unfortunately, only one of the teams produced any offense for the remainder of the game.The North Peace Navigators scored twice in the second, and four times in the third, to conclude the game with the scoreboard reading 7-1 in favour of the Navs.It was a tough for the Huskies, who entered Peace River with only 13 skaters for the evening game and credit must be given to Huskies netminder Travis McLean, who faced 48 shots Friday, compared to the 21 the Huskies fired at Navigators Patrick Earle.Advertisement