Pakistan win toss, send West Indies in to bat in historic Test

first_img The Windies have handed maiden Test caps to 2016 ICC Youth World Cup-winning captain Shimron Hetmyer and fellow Guyana Jaguars left-hander Vishal Singh. They become the 310th and 311th players to wear the maroon cap for West Indies in Tests. The Test is the 50th to be staged at this venue and between the two sides. Teams: WEST INDIES: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer (on debut), Shai Hope, Vishal Singh (on debut), Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wicketkeeper), Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel PAKISTAN: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Younus Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Muhammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Muhammad Abbas (on debut) UMPIRES: Richard Illingworth (England), Richard Kettleborough (England) VIDEO UMPIRE: Bruce Oxenford (Australia) MATCH REFEREE: Stuart Broad (England) FOURTH UMPIRE: Gregory Brathwaite (Barbados) West Indies will bat first, after Pakistan won the toss on the opening day of the historic first Test in the Brighto Paints presents the Q Mobile Cup Series today at Sabina Park here.last_img read more

Winds chop down trees on Christmas

first_imgGale-force Santa Ana winds peaking at 112 mph whipped through the region Tuesday, knocking out power for 4,000 Los Angeles residents and ripping large trees from the ground. Hundreds of Valley residents from Granada Hills, Northridge, North Hills and Woodland Hills sat in the dark for part of Christmas Day after ferocious 60 mph winds blew from the north, knocking out power along the way. About 35 crews from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power scurried around town to restore electricity Tuesday afternoon to Valley residents as red-flag fire alerts hung over Los Angeles and Ventura counties. “The winds come through the Santa Susana Pass. That helps push them,” said Kim Hughes, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles DWP. “Usually those areas up against the mountains see higher wind velocities.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonFrom Monday night through Tuesday, 10,000 Los Angeles residents – largely in the Valley – lost power from the roaring winds. At least one San Fernando Valley transformer caught fire, officials said. The most extreme winds in the area topped out Tuesday morning at 112 mph at Whitaker Peak in the Angeles National Forest, west of the Golden State Freeway and Teplin Highway, authorities said. Malibu Hills in the Topanga Canyon area felt 78 mph winds about 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, which dropped to 70 mph by afternoon. Sitting five miles north of Castaic Lake, Warm Springs was jolted with wind averaging 71 mph throughout the day. Despite the high winds, wildfires feared by fire officials failed to materialize. Around town, wind rattled buildings, windows and doors, setting off burglar alarms and creating some confusion and annoyance for nearby homeowners. In the West Valley, police received 40 calls – three times more than usual – about blaring burglar alarms. “The wind blows the doors and windows and causes a break in the system,” said Los Angeles police Lt. Greg Baltad. Gusts in Winnetka sent a large tree crashing onto a minivan at Bassett and Oso streets, residents said. Another fallen tree blocked a traffic lane on Don Juan Place in Woodland Hills, causing motorists to swerve around it as they headed out to holiday celebrations. It’s been four straight days of rugged winds blowing across the Southland – unusual for the Santa Anas, which usually last a day and a half, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. It’s different this time. As the high pressure blows from Nevada into California, it’s being fueled by strong winds 10,000 feet high and also mixing with low pressure from the coast, Seto said. “They pile up on top of each other,” Seto said. Windy weather should decrease today, with peak gusts expected to fall to 30 mph. But the wind is expected to gain speed again by Thursday, peaking at 45 mph. Come Friday, Seto warns, have your umbrellas on standby: There’s a 30 percent chance of rain, which could stretch into Saturday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more