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Matawan team hopes to improve with experience Matawan squad faces imposing B North schedule

Posted in mzibuqwe on May 31st, 2020

first_imgStaff Writer Matawan team hopes to improve with experience Matawan squad faces imposing B North schedule Defense and speed are the hallmarks of the Matawan Regional High School baseball team. The Huskies also have a good mix of senior leaders to go with several up and coming young players as they seek to best last spring’s 7-13 record. Tri-captains John Cherry, Mike Mairs and Tom Chomko are among coach John Kaye’s mainstays. Cherry is making the move to catcher after playing third base a year ago when he hit .260. Mairs, a pitcher, first baseman and catcher, batted .250 with 12 RBI last season and Chomko established himself as a good defensive outfielder. Other key seniors include second baseman/shortstop Kevin Bowerman, who hit .280 and stole 16 bases in as many tries, and is the team’s lead-off hitter and offensive catalyst; first baseman J.P. Adduchio and infielder Perry Medina. Junior Bryan Domenick will share the middle infield positions with Bowerman. Kaye also expects offense from junior outfielders Joe Granata and Chris Miele. Sophomores Chris Beccia (.280) and A.J. Roque (.240) should be more comfortable at the plate this year with a year of experience behind them. Sophomore first baseman Ian Karg can also hit. “We play on a big field so we’ll be looking to take advantage of our speed,” Kaye said. “We want to get on and be aggressive on the base paths. With Bowerman, Cherry, Chomko, Miele and Domenick, we have excellent team speed. We’ll be looking to take the extra base whenever we can to help manufacture runs.” Besides Miele, the Huskies will have a young pitching staff, as Beccia and Roque are the other two starters. “The key for our pitchers is to throw strikes,” Kaye said. “That sounds pretty basic, but we can’t afford to give up too many free passes. We also have the defense that can make the plays.” Thus far, Matawan has struggled, getting of to an 0-3 start, including a 12-3 loss in its Monmouth County Tournament first-round game against Monmouth Regional on Saturday. The Huskies play in the competitive Shore Conference Class B North, which is expected to be headed by solid teams from Ocean and St. John Vianney. Ocean is off to a fast 2-0 start, while Vianney was upset in its first-round SCT game by Howell, 5-4, on Saturday. Both Raritan and Red Bank Regional should also field solid squads, as will Red Bank Catholic and Long Branch. Matawan does not have any easy games on its schedule, and will have to play well to better last season’s mark. By Warren Rappleyea last_img read more

Sport Shorts

Posted in hawtgbjn on May 31st, 2020

first_imgInterested in playing indoor (January to May) competitive volleyball? The Matawan-Aberdeen Recreation Volleyball League coordinates two co-ed community leagues, which play at the Matawan Avenue Middle School in Cliffwood, on Tuesday evenings (6-10 p.m.). Tryouts will be held 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the school gym on Jan. 7 for the B1 (intermediate/advanced) league and again on Jan. 14 for the B2 (novice/intermediate) league, space is limited. Visit the Web site at for detailed information about the leagues, tryouts, and to register. For questions, contact: Michael Mills (Email: or Joe Arias (732) 852-2299; e-mail: The Monmouth Power Sports Club is looking for dedicated, experienced, team-oriented and committed players and coaches who are willing to travel, for their boys’ teams for ages 10, 13, 14, 15 and 16 for the 2003-04 AAU season. Tryouts will take place in mid-February. For more information, contact (732) 833-5020 or send e-mail to Jersey Shore Lightning North U10 AAU basketball team is seeking talented, competitive players for tournament competition. Tryouts will be held on Jan. 12 and 18 in the greater Long Branch area. Coaches are Jim Hoffman and Bob D’Agostino. Interested candidates should call Jim at (732) 492-4674 or e-mail Middletown Babe Ruth Baseball/Softball League will be accepting registration for the spring baseball/softball season for ages 5-16 on Jan. 7 and 22, and Feb. 5 and 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Middletown Library. Registration will be taken at the Middletown Babe Ruth Clubhouse (McMahon Park) on Jan. 18 and 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22, and March 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Al Auerbach at (732) 495-6608. The league is looking for umpires for the spring season. Umpires must be at least 21 years old and have prior umpiring or playing experience. These are paid positions and are for the Rookie boys (ages 7-8) and Pioneer girls (ages 7-9). For more information, contact Al Auerbach at (732) 495-6608. Middletown Babe Ruth Baseball League is interested in forming a 16-18-year-old travel team. Players must live in Middletown. There will be approximately 14 games to be played Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from May to July. Last year, 14 area teams participated in this league. For more information, contact Al Auerbach at (732) 495-6608. The Jersey Shore Celtics of Middletown will be holding tryouts for their 13U AAU basketball team. Attendees must be male and currently in seventh grade or 13 years old or younger as of Sept. 1, 2003. Tryouts will be on Jan. 18 and 25 and Feb. 1 at 8 a.m. If interested, please call Steve at (732) 787-9589 to make arrangements and receive further information. The Jersey Ravens, a U14 boy’s competitive traveling baseball team, is looking for a few dedicated and serious players. The team plays in leagues plus tournaments and is going to Cooperstown Baseball World in the summer for a week. The team requires committed players for extensive training starting in December. For details, call Gary at (732) 866-8863. The Aberdeen Matawan Huskies, a boys’ U16 team, are looking for a few dedicated players for the upcoming spring season. Team will be playing in Mid-New Jersey league with home field and practices at Matawan HS. If interested, please e-mail read more

Eagles looking to dominate different division this year

Posted in puxsprkw on May 31st, 2020

first_img By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer A handful of key returnees will spearhead the Middletown High School South softball team as it looks to defend its NJSIAA Central Jersey and statewide Group III championships. The Eagles, 24-7 a year ago, a perennial contender for the Shore Conference’s Class A North title, will be moving to the B North division this spring. The division also houses powerful St. John Vianney, but under the trial system being used by the Shore Conference, the Lancers are not eligible for the division title, which they won last year. However, B North includes a very strong Raritan team and the improved Monmouth Regional squad. SJV and Middletown South square off this afternoon in the season-opener for both teams. Senior Megan Kiefer is back to lead the Eagles from the mound. The senior lefty went 20-6 last spring with a tiny 1.16 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 187 innings of work. Kiefer helped herself at the plate, batting a healthy .271. “Kiefer has the ability to keep us in games,” coach Tom Erbig said. “That’s going to be important because we’re inexperienced at catcher, shortstop and the outfield.” Second baseman Lindsay Moran and first baseman Cheryl Laue are back to anchor the right side for Middletown South. Moran, the No. 2 hitter, is coming off a .333 campaign with a homer, nine doubles and 17 RBIs. Laue, who bats fifth, hit .324 a year ago. Leah Minnick, the DH last season, moves over to third base and holds the clean-up spot in the batting order. Although she hit just .170, Erbig noted that Minnick had a strong finish to the season. Versatile Katie Collins, an outfielder and catcher, is also back. Key newcomers include catcher Stephanie Romano, who moves up from the JV, and shortstop Kaitlyn Dudzinski, a pair of juniors with good bats. Another junior, Lauren Ventola, will be the DH and provide depth on the mound. Sophomore center fielder Tara Pauley gives the Eagles a solid fly chaser and left-handed leadoff hitter with excellent speed. Other members of the team include juniors Kim Anderson, an outfielder, and Caitlyn Perlman, a pitcher; and sophomore outfielder Kelly Harris. “I think we’ll be able to score some runs, but we’re going to need consistent defense and the ability to occasionally make the big play,” Erbig said. The coach credited his assistants Chris Cuccia and Nick Trezza with helping the Eagles players develop their skills. Erbig also said that Jill Green, the catcher from last year’s team who now attends Rutgers, has been working with Romano. “We have good talent, it’s just that several of our girls haven’t played at this level,” Erbig said. “I think they’re ready but they still have to adjust, so we’ll be relying on our experienced players early in the season.” The Eagles will get their first look at Raritan on Saturday, when they host the Rockets in a key early-season contest at 2 p.m. By Warren RappleyeaStaff Writer last_img read more

North hockey team earns the White Division title

Posted in hqpxmowc on May 31st, 2020

first_imgBY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer North hockey team earns the White Division title BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer It took several tiebreakers, but the Middletown High School North ice hockey team finally nailed down the Shore Conference White Division crown based on goal differential in divisional play. The Lions dropped a 5-4 decision to runner-up Toms River South on Sunday, but that left the teams tied at 6-1 in divisional play and set the stage for the tiebreakers, enabling Middletown North, 17-5 on the season, to prevail. With the victory, Middletown North can move up to the more competitive Shore Red Division next winter. In the meantime, coach Joe Campisano’s club is busily preparing for the division and state playoffs. One thing the coach is stressing is better discipline. At times the Lions have taken too many penalties. “That’s hurt us throughout the year,” Campisano said. “We were leading Bishop Eustace, 2-0, before we began a parade to the penalty box. That cost us the game. Against Toms River South we gave up three power play goals — that has to stop.” The Lions have two plusses heading into division competition, which commences this weekend: Middletown North gets a first-round bye for winning the division, and Campisano expects that defenseman Jim Hall, North’s captain, will be back in the lineup. The talented junior has missed all but eight games after suffering a broken arm. Hall’s absence, however, did increase the load on Brian Buhowski, who served as acting captain. Not only did the junior get more ice time, Campisano noted that Buhowski has played even tougher than he normally does to lead the team by example. In addition, seniors Mike Alessi, Mike Brown and hard-nosed sophomore Jerry Cardinale, who leads the Lions with 68 penalty minutes, have all played well in front of goalie Mike Artale. Offensively, the Lions’ top line — George Noble between Mike Foley and Brian Waitt — has clicked since day one. Noble leads the team in scoring with 13 goals and 22 assists, Foley has 11 goals and 19 helpers, and Waitt has 15 goals and 11 assists. After that, however, Middletown North struggles at times for goals, although Jesse Walton has six tallies and Griffin Faulks and Mike Flynn have five goals apiece. “We’ve got a lot of hockey left,” said Campisano, whose team closed out its regular season on Monday at Hudson Catholic. “We will benefit by moving up to the Red Division next year and I think the guys are ready for it. They’ll have the chance to show it in the division and state playoffs. This team has the potential to go places.”last_img read more

Fish On

Posted in myekaaeu on May 31st, 2020

first_img Ron Nuzzolo Warm weather means plenty of fish around “Fish On!! Fish On!!” – that’s what New Jersey anglers are saying after taking advantage of the unusually warm weather this weekend. Striped bass fishing was exceptionally good, as anglers were picking bass right from the surf in Sandy Hook and a good number of bass were released along the surf. Once again the white storm shad produced most of the action. John Russo of Keyport reported releasing up to 25 stripers from 18 to 21 inches in a little over two hours. Monmouth Beach was boiling at one point, according to Bob Sweeney of Middletown, who released over 35 bass in the surf. You can’t do that in the Florida Keys; only the Garden State can produce such action in January. All aboard the Mack Express According to my friends at, they reported from the Miss Belmar Princess and the Golden Eagle that everything was going very well. Anglers fared nicely with good-sized mackerel covering the decks and filling coolers. Mackerel fishing is underrated, to say the least. Get the kids, pick a nice day and get out there. Where else can you hook three, four and five fish at a time? Believe me, you will be hooked. It’s a great confidence builder if you haven’t had much success fishing in the past. The Mud Hole is a buffet with all the Ling you can eat. Capt. Matt on the Norma K III is reporting red hot ling action, with most anglers catching 15 to 25 ling per trip, along with a good mix of sea bass and porgies on the off-shore wrecks. Dean Kastagnola of Ocean Township was high hook with 32 ling. Rich Napoliello also had a great day with 27 in the cooler. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention all of the tautog action that was seen this weekend. Down south, I spoke to Wayne Smith who went out on the Searcher ll from Barnegat Light for tautog. Most anglers picked a great day Saturday and hit their limit. Jeff Calandra, from Princeton Junction, was the pool winner with a 9-pound whopper tautog. Wayne Smith from Jackson maxed out and topped the day with a 6-pound tautog. Once again this brings me to my point. I mentioned six different species of sport fish right in our backyard and I didn’t even talk about cod fishing yet. Did I mention it’s January? Just a little tease for those cod lovers – keep reading “Fish On” weekly and you won’t be disappointed. In my last article, I mentioned a great event for all anglers right here in the Garden State. Sunday was the last day at the 24th annual Garden State Sportsmen Show in Edison. I did attend the show on Sunday with my family. It was nice to see so many New Jersey residents introducing their kids to hunting and fishing. I can report camaraderie and smiles from all those who attended. It is never too early to introduce this passion to your children. Fishing is one of the only sports that can last a lifetime. There are so many of us who have cherished memories of fishing with our grandparents, parents and friends. The show was not only very educational, but I was able to replenish my tackle box with some fair bargains. Overall, it was a really fun show for the whole family. Did you know? The world-record striped bass was landed in Atlantic City. On Sept. 21, 1982, Albert R. McReynolds landed a 78.8 pound monster. Since world records are usually off the chart, the estimated age of Mr. McReynold’s fish is approximately 25 to 30 years old. Finally I want to thank you for your e-mails. If you have any questions, need advice or want to share a story or photo with our readers, please send them to me at Striped Bass Conversion Chart Length12″ . . 13″ . . 14″ . . 15″ . . 16″ . . 17″ . . 18″ . . 19″ . . 20″ . . 21″ . . 22″ Age . . 1 . . 1 . . 2 . . 2 . . 2 . . 3 . . 3 . . 3 . . 3 . . 4 . . 4 Max. lb. . . 1.0 . . 2.0 . . 2.5 . . 3.0 . . 3.5 . . 4.0 . . 4.5 . . 5.0 . . 5.0 . . 6.0 . . 6.8 Avg. lb. . . 1.0 . . 1.5 . . 2.3 . . 2.5 . . 3.0 . . 3.5 . . 4.0 . . 4.3 . . 4.8 . . 5.0 . . 5.8 Min. lb. . . 1.0 . . 1.0 . . 2.0 . . 2.0 . . 2.5 . . 2.8 . . 3.0 . . 3.5 . . 4.0 . . 4.3 . . 4.8 Length . . 23″ . . 24″ . . 25″ . . 26″ . . 27″ . . 28″ . . 29″ . . 30″ . . 31″ . . 32″ . . 33″ Age . . 4 . . 5 . . 5 . . 6 . . 6 . . 6 . . 7 . . 7 . . 8 . . 8 . . 9 Max. lb. . . 7.5 . . 8.3 . . 8.8 . . 10.0 . . 11.0 . . 12.0 . . 12.9 . . 14.0 . . 15.0 . . 16.7 . . 17.8 Avg. lb. . . 6.3 . . 7.0 . . 7.8 . . 8.5 . . 9.8 . . 10.3 . . 11.0 . . 12.3 . . 13.0 . . 14.5 . . 15.8 Min. lb. . . 5.0 . . 6.0 . . 6.3 . . 7.0 . . 8.0 . . 8.8 . . 9.7 . . 10.3 . . 11.0 . . 12.0 . . 13.0 Length . . 34″ . . 35″ . . 36″ . . 37″ . . 38″ . . 39″ . . 40″ . . 41″ . . 42″ . . 43″ . . 44″ Age . . 9 . . 10 . . 10 . . 11 . . 12 . . 12 . . 13 . . 13 . . 14 . . 14 . . 15 Max. lb. . . 19.0 . . 20.5 . . 22.0 . . 23.5 . . 25.5 . . 27.2 . . 29.5 . . 31.0 . . 33.5 . . 36.3 . . 39.0 Avg. lb. . . 16.5 . . 18.0 . . 19.5 . . 20.7 . . 22.0 . . 24.5 . . 26.0 . . 27.3 . . 29.7 . . 32.0 . . 34.0 Min. lb. . . 14.0 . . 15.5 . . 16.8 . . 17.5 . . 19.0 . . 20.7 . . 22.0 . . 23.0 . . 25.0 . . 27.0 . . 29.0 Length . . 45″ . . 46″ . . 47″ . . 48″ . . 49″ . . 50″ . . 51″ . . 52″ . . 53″ . . 54″ . . 55″ Age . . 15 . . 16 . . 16 . . 17 . . 17 . . 18 . . 18 . . 19 . . 19 . . 20 . . 20 Max. lb. . . 41.0 . . 44.0 . . 47.5 . . 51.0 . . 54.0 . . 58.0 . . 62.0 . . 65.0 . . 68.0 . . 73.0 . . 80.0 Avg. lb. . . 36.0 . . 38.7 . . 42.0 . . 44.0 . . 47.0 . . 50.0 . . 55.0 . . 58.0 . . 60.0 . . 64.0 . . 70.0 Min. lb. . . 30.5 . . 32.5 . . 35.0 . . 37.0 . . 39.0 . . 42.0 . . 45.0 . . 47.0 . . 49.0 . . 52.0 . . 56.0last_img read more

Trying to make the play

Posted in rbiazxks on May 31st, 2020

first_imgPHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR staff Left: Middletown High School North’s Chelsea Gallo hurls to a Central Regional High School batter during a softball game at Middletown North on May 22. Top: Middletown North’s Brittni Wurst tries to get a piece of a pitch. The Lions lost to Central Regional, 5-0.last_img


Posted in hawtgbjn on May 31st, 2020

first_imgMonmouth University’s Drew Von Bargen (15) takes to the air to avoid contact with the Mercer County College goalie during a home scrimmage on Aug. 24.last_img

Eagles, Lions are braced for SC division rematch

Posted in rbiazxks on May 31st, 2020

first_imgDefending NJSIAA Group III state champion Middletown High School South and crosstown rival Middletown North are off to great starts in girls softball as they move closer to a renewal of their rivalry and their Shore Conference A North Division showdown May 2 at Middletown South.Middletown North shocked the Eagles the first time, 4-3, on another of its comeback victories in a 7-1 season coming into this week. Middletown South is 6-2 coming into the week and has won four straight since that loss and has changed its lineup as shortstop Julia Kuhn has moved to catcher. She’ll be back at shortstop next season at Northwestern.“We need her behind the plate to take control of the field,” coach Tom Erbig said of the move of Kuhn, who also did much of the pitching last year. “We’re playing better now. We’re settling down”In that first game between the two Middletown teams, hot-hitting Courtney Paone lined a triple to right field and continued around to score the tying run for Middletown North when the ball was bobbled on the relay. In the bottom of the seventh, freshman left fielder Kaitlin Quinn lashed a hit and scored when a bunt laid down by junior right fielder Emily Reid was thrown away.“We capitalized on their mistakes,” said Middletown North coach Lisa Smith, who played in high school at Middletown South but who may miss the rematch because she is due this week to have a baby. Cheryl Krol, an assistant who has moved up to co-coach and will take over the team when Smith is on leave, is a former Middletown South standout first baseman.“We played really good defense in that [first] game,” Smith said. “That’s how you beat good teams: with great defense and capitalizing on their mistakes. And we hope to score early against them [on May 2].”Paone, an outfielder headed to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, was moved to the mound, where she is 5-1 with good movement on her pitches.“I like her confidence,” said Smith. “She hits her spots and is a competitor.”As for Middletown South, hitting is the key, said Erbig, whose team had some flutters at the plate late last season before regrouping to win the state title. “We need better at-bats,” Erbig said. “We’ve gotten it done defensively, but we haven’t had the one hit to open it up.”Erbig said the team has gotten steady hitting from shortstop Jill Troiano and third baseman Allie Muratore, both cranking out .500 averages. First baseman Erika Falvey tagged a big two-run homer in a recent 3-1 victory over Freehold Township.Two injuries have made it tougher on the Eagles. Erbig hopes center fielder Jackie Bates, bound for Rutgers, is back from a concussion by the end of the week. Grace Heller has taken over for Bates. Pitcher Allison Nolan is out with tendonitis in her arm, but Erbig expects to see her on the mound by May 2. Junior Alli Podmajersky has gone 5-1 on the mound in Nolan’s absence and pitched a 5-1 victory over perennial A South power Toms River East on April 15.Middletown South, whose other loss this season is to St. John Vianney, plays host to Howell on April 27 and takes on Red Bank Catholic on April 30. Red Bank Catholic won last year’s game, 9-1.Middletown North looked to avenge its only loss in its season opener to Manalapan, 3-1, when it went on the road for the A North game on April 27. The following day, Middletown North plays Freehold Township, which it beat in a comeback earlier this season before the Middletown South game.Coming into the week, Paone is batting .571 with nine RBIs and a .750 on-base percentage, all team highs, while batting No. 3 in the order. Sophomore utility player Julie Gross has sparked Middletown North’s hitting of late with a .556 average. Also hitting well in the seniorladen infield are third baseman Ally Zitzman at .455 and Annmarie Sarcone at .400. Seniors Chelsea Conklin and Cortney Doll play shortstop and first base, respectively. Doll also has the other two pitching wins. Junior Nicole Neri is the catcher. Sophomore cleanup hitter Devon Freshnock starts in center field, and junior Dana Egan is the designated player.While Heller is playing in center field for Middletown South’s injured star Bates, Dana Shea is starting in left field and her sister, Kristen, is the catcher. Taylor Landis starts in right field. Alex Jacinto has earned Erbig’s praises for her steady defensive play at second base in her first season starting at that spot. Teams play at South on May 2 BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent last_img read more

Holmdel girls have built solid, winning x-c program

Posted in jnroxoco on May 31st, 2020

first_img Holmdel Before the first meet of the fall, Holmdel High School’s girls cross country team held a meeting to discuss the goals for the season. The Hornets placed fourth in last season’s NJSIAA Group II championship meet, barely missing a chance to compete in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions. This time around, they expect to be there.“We missed the Meet of Champions by one place. We want it this year,” head coach Kaci Redding said. “This is a group that any coach would want to have. That is what the program is about. The girls want to keep the tradition going.”The Holmdel cross country program is steadily improving, and the progress became evident last year when the team advanced deep into the state championship races and won the Central Jersey Group II state sectional title. With the program’s recent success, Redding is carefully selecting the team’s participants in each race. Holmdel’s goal is clear, and Redding wants to avoid wearing out the runners before the Monmouth County and Shore Conference championship meets.“We’re trying to be smart early on so we can be at our best at those meets. It is tough to stay rested with divisional meets on Tuesdays and races on Saturdays,” Redding said.Most of Holmdel’s top runners did not take part in last weekend’s Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational in Jackson. Holmdel freshmen and sophomores had the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the competitive meet.“I decided not to run some of our top girls. We have been racing a lot, and I wanted to give some of the older girls time to train,” said Redding, who is Holmdel’s head coach for the fifth season. “It gave some junior varsity runners a chance to run in the varsity race, and some freshmen were able to compete in the junior varsity race.” Sophomore Irene Garidas ran well in the varsity race, giving her more confidence going forward, Redding added. Freshman Gypsy Blue Cooper finished 14th overall in the junior varsity race and has consistently finished in the top seven this season.Those types of performances are not uncommon for the Hornets these days, despite having a young team with only four seniors. Holmdel’s depth, an attribute that gives the school a formidable junior varsity squad, has made the difference so far.“It is very telling when you have freshmen and sophomores in your top seven, and I think they will get better and better this season,” Redding said, adding that the upper classmen “helped build the program into what it is now.”Seniors Katie Little, Sara Mansuri, Alexa Grajo and Alyson Eng bring senior leadership to the cross country squad. Lennon Cooper, who won the Junior race at Thompson Park in Jamesburg with a time of 19:28 earlier this year, emerged last season as one of the best runners in the state last year. She qualified individually for the MOC by finishing eighth at the Group II state championship meet. She was 53rd at the MOC.“I’m really happy with where they are this early in the season. The competition is tough, but we have the talent to be the top team in the county. We’re definitely looking to be in the top three at the Monmouth County meet [Oct. 18 at Holmdel Park],” Redding said.As for the elusive Meet of Champions, Holmdel is confident that it can build on what it accomplished last season. Most of the same pieces are in place this fall, giving the Hornets little reason to doubt they will get their chance.“For the past few years, we have really built the program. Winning the state sectional two years in a row would be something special,” Redding said. BY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent last_img read more

England lose to West Indies despite Lumb century

Posted in hawtgbjn on May 26th, 2020

first_imgOpener Michael Lumb top-scored with a fluent 106 on his debut but was unable to prevent England from slipping to a 15-run defeat by West Indies in the first one-day international (ODI) in North Sound, Antigua on Friday.In reply to the West Indies total of 269 for six from 50 overs at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, England collapsed from a commanding 180 for two to 254 for six as they began the post-Kevin Pietersen era with a reverse.Left-hander Lumb reached three figures off 109 balls, hitting seven fours and two sixes, as he became the ninth player to score a century on his ODI debut.He was finally removed with the total on 180 in the 37th over, caught by a leaping Dwayne Bravo in the covers off paceman Ravi Rampaul having put England in a good position to push on for victory.Lumb combined with fellow debutant Moeen Ali (44) in a first-wicket partnership of 96, then added 74 for the third wicket with Joe Root (37).However, England lost momentum as Ben Stokes (five), Root and Jos Buttler (12) went in quick succession and the tourists fell short of their target despite a late flurry from Ravi Bopara (23 not out) and Tim Bresnan (14 not out).Earlier, West Indies captain Bravo blasted a quickfire 87 not out to help his team post a good total after they were put in to bat by England skipper Stuart Broad.Bravo shared stands of 108 with Lendl Simmons (65) for the fifth wicket and 116 with Darren Sammy (61) for the sixth as the home team recovered from a shaky 45 for four in the 16th over.Though Bravo struck eight fours and a six in his 91-ball innings, Sammy was even more destructive as he hit five fours and four sixes in a 36-ball assault.Medium-fast bowler Bresnan was the chief wicket-taker for England, returning three for 68, while off-spinner James Tredwell was the most economical, taking one for 23 in 10 overs.The series continues at the same venue with matches on Sunday and Wednesday before West Indies host England in three Twenty20 internationals in Barbados.Former West Indies greats Andy Roberts, Richie Richardson and Curtly Ambrose were knighted by the Antigua and Barbuda Government during the lunch interval in front of more than 5,000 fans.“Today is a great day in West Indies cricket,” said board president Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron.“These three great servants have been rewarded for their outstanding contribution to their country, to this region and to world cricket.”last_img read more