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Miller not bothered by snub from WI selectors

first_imgSpin bowler Nikita Miller is hopeful that another breakout season in the WICB First-Class League will be able to propel his career to another level. At present, the leading wicket-taker with 48 wickets after seven rounds of matches in the 10-round tournament, Miller is again on course to top the bowling charts, something he has been doing consistently for the past nine years. ONE OPPORTUNITY However, for all his regional dominance and subsequent WICB/WIPA Cricketer of the Year awards, the 33-year-old has only ever got one opportunity to prove himself for the West Indies at the Test level. That Test appearance came against Bangladesh when he was drafted among a group of replacement players following the withdrawal of senior players over payment contract disputes in 2009. In that match, he went wicketless for 67 runs off 22 overs, an economy rate of 3.04. Since then, left-arm bowler has only featured in one-day and Twenty20 Internationals. “I am not somebody who dwells on those things too much, as I can’t control it,” Miller outlined, after claiming seven for 69 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in their first innings at Sabina Park. The haul was his 22nd five-wicket haul at the first-class level. “What I can control is what I do for Jamaica when I get the ball to do my thing. Whenever I go into a tournament, I look to get the most wickets everytime,” he declared. In 46 one-day internationals, Miller has taken 46 wickets at an average of 36.80 and an economy rate of 4.65. In Twenty20, he played nine matches for the Windies and claimed 11 wickets at an average of 20.36 and an economy rate of 7.07. But why have regional selectors not picked him for Test matches or even as a regular member of their one-day or Twenty20 outfits? REPRESENTING THE WEST INDIES “I am one of the few privileged players to have represented the West Indies, and it is always an honour to play for the team,” stated Miller, who has claimed 386 first-class wickets at an average of 16.93 and impressive economical rate of 1.96. Regarding claims that he should be selected, Miller said: “I have heard that, but I don’t want to comment. You just have to accept what the position is and what decisions are made.” He added: “I am one that believes that once a player is there, he should be given his opportunity to do what he is doing. “There is Warrican that is there now, and he should be given the opportunity to do what he has been doing. “If it doesn’t work out, then you can make your changes. But for now, I am comfortable performing for Jamaica, and wherever that takes me, I am happy.”last_img read more

OUTGOING MAYOR OF DONEGAL REFLECTS ON YEAR OF ‘SPECIAL MOMENTS’

first_imgOutgoing Mayor of Donegal, Cllr Ciaran Brogan.Outgoing Mayor of Donegal Cllr Ciaran Brogan will today hand over his chain of office to his successor with Ardara’s Cllr Terence Slowey the favourite to succeed him.Here the Fianna Fail stalwart reflects on his year in office which he says was filled with “special moments.”This is his statement in full. Later today at our AGM I will hand over the chain of office to the newly elected Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and this will mark the completion of my own term of office as Cathaoirleach or Chair of the Council.It has been an honour and a privilege for me to be the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and as such the first citizen of the county. The last year has presented many special moments and memorable occasions for me.I have visited every part of the county, I have met hundreds of volunteers and community based organisations and I have gained a great insight into the wide range of events and activities that Donegal County Council is involved in.I have always said that we in Donegal should play to our strengths and focus on the great things we can do. In my year as chairman of the council I wanted to go out and meet the business people in every part of the county and tourism was also an important priority for me. I have seen first hand the huge success stories we have in Donegal and these businesses have been very vocal in their appreciation of the support and assistance provided by the Council as well as other development agencies. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me during the last twelve months including the elected members, the Chief Executive, the Senior Management Team and the employees of the Council as well as my party colleagues, my parents and of course my wife Lorraine, my son Oran and my daughter Maoliosa.I would also like to take this opportunity to wish my successor every success in the coming year. I firmly believe Donegal is a great place, with wonderful resourceful people and with a great story to tell and I look forward to continuing to work hard get our story heard.OUTGOING MAYOR OF DONEGAL REFLECTS ON YEAR OF ‘SPECIAL MOMENTS’ was last modified: June 15th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Ciaran BroganMayor of Donegallast_img read more