Fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell has listed patience as the main ingredient for his Player-of-the-Match performance, which led Jamaica Scorpions to a two-wicket win over Barbados Pride in the WICB/NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament at Queen’s Park Oval on Monday. The top fast bowler in the Jamaica bowling line-up, Cottrell claimed an impressive three for 18 off 7.5 overs as Barbados Pride, electing to bat, were bowled out for 138 inside 45.5 overs. Jamaica, who led with 49 from the in-form AndrÈ McCarthy and 33 from Antiguan Devon Thomas, stole victory at 139 for eight off 38 overs. “The approach was to stay patient and not fight the wicket with the new ball as the wicket was on the slower side,” Cottrell explained. “Therefore, in my first six overs, I tried to focus on putting the ball in the right areas instead of going for pace. And then coming back with the old ball, I simply tried to bowl full and straight.” Less renowned for his batting exploits, Cottrell, who ended unbeaten on 16, also expressed satisfaction with his performance, saying that it was an area of his game that he had been working on. Entering the run chase with Jamaica in dire straits at 118 for eight, Cottrell slammed back-to-back sixes to ease the pressure before guiding home the team along with spinner Nikita Miller. “I’m getting stronger with each game, not only with the ball, but also with the bat,” stated Cottrell. “It (Player-of-the-Match award) was a well-needed one for me personally because I’m striving to be at my best right now as the team’s aim is to be the leading fast bowler, if not the best all-rounder in the tournament.” Jamaica, second in Group A on 10 points, will today turn their attention to leaders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force (12 points) at Shaw Park, and according to Cottrell, he is again looking to perform. The top two teams from the group after double round-robin play will contest the semi-finals. “Trinidad is always a tough team to beat, plus they have the home advantage,” he said. “But I have done well against them more times than not. “We also know in order to win this tournament we have to beat the so-called big teams,” he added.
Every weekend there a plethora of intrguing and fascinating facts and statistics which come out of the Premier League results.Whether it be about goalscorers, providers, managerial records or passing success, the numbers are there to be analysed and either back up or destroy arguments.Here at talkSPORT we’ve decided to look at some of the best stats from the weekend’s action and help give you some brilliant ammo for when you’re chatting about the beautiful game with your mates.Click the right arrow above to find out the weekend’s best… 10. Tottenham Hotspur have won 100% of matches Dele Alli has started and won 0% of games when he hasn’t this season in all competitions – check out another nine amazing stats from the weekend’s football by clicking the arrow above 10 10 10 10 4. Memphis Depay, wearing the No.7 jersey, became the seventh Dutchman to score for Manchester United in the league in his seventh Premier League game 7. Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede has scored 21 headers in league competition since August 2013, more than anyone in the top four tiers of English football. 1. Daniel Sturridge’s double against Aston Villa means he has the best goals per game ratio of any Liverpool player (0.65) in Premier League history. 10 10 6. No player won more tackles than Liverpool star Lucas Leiva (8) at the weekend, while no player completed as many passes (100). 8. Since his debut in August 2012, Santi Cazorla has recorded more assists (32) than any other Premier League player. 10 5. Harry Kane’s strike against Manchester City was his first goal in all competitions after a wait of 12 hours and 28 minutes. 3. Crystal Palace’s victory over Watford means there have been more away wins (25) than home wins (24) in the Premier League this season. 10 10 9. Newly promoted Watford are the only Premier League team not to have conceded a first-half goal this season. 2. Alexis Sanchez is the first player to have scored a hat-trick in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A. 10