Russell, Smith fire Islamabad to PSL title

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Andre Russell’s three-wicket haul and Dwayne Smith’s hostile half century fired Islamabad United to a six-wicket victory over Quetta Gladiators in the finals of the inaugural Pakistan Super League here yesterday. Smith struck 73 off 51 balls – 52 of which came from boundaries, to anchor an impressive run chase at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. “It was a good pitch, and I said to myself, just go there and back yourself,” said Smith, who was named the Man of the Match. “It’s a very good group, and I feel at home with everyone, and from the time I came here, I saw that, and I knew this team was going to win the tournament.” Smith’s fireworks came after his West Indies compatriot Russell led a bowling attack that restricted Gladiators to 174 for seven in 20 overs, following half centuries from Ahmed Shehzad and Kumar Sangakkara. Shehzad, who hit nine sixes, top-scored with 64 before he was caught by Samuel Badree from a Mohammad Sami delivery, while Russell removed Sangakkara for 55, which included seven sixes. Russell, the main wicket-taker for the champions, grabbed three wickets for 36 runs, while Samuel Badree picked one for 38. “Winning has been following me; I’ve won three in a row now – Big Bash, BPL, and now, PSL,” said Russell. “Once you’re enjoying the game, success is going to follow you. The only problem that I had, or a few others might have had, is the back-to-back games we had, but we are athletes.” – CMClast_img read more

Christmas Tree pickup this weekend

first_imgThe Christmas tree pickup program is set to commence Jan.8, 2011.Saturday, between 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Visions of Change and the Girl Guides will be in charge of collecting used Christmas trees in Fort St. John.Residents looking to dispose of their tree are asked to leave it on their curb before 9 a.m. and to strip the tree of all decorations.- Advertisement -People can also drop off their trees at the City Snow Removal Dump Site which is located at 79 Ave. and 93 St.The collected and dropped off trees will be chipped and used for summer mulching as well as composting programs.last_img read more