Charlie Smith High drubbed Penwood High 8-1 at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday to move closer to a spot in the next stage of the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football competition.Led by a brace from Kemar James in the 44th and 48th minutes, Charlie Smith notched their fifth straight win. Also getting their names on the score sheet were Ronaldo McDonald (3rd), Shawn Ricketts (14th), captain Shaquille Notice who converted a penalty (23rd), Brian Harding (35th), and substitute Kurt Hibbert (67th).Penwood scored a late goal when Cherando Anderson converted a penalty in the 77th minute.From the kick-off, the home side was clearly the better team and they were quickly in the lead going two up in the first 15 minutes.In the second half, they missed a number of clear chances which could have seen them winning by a much wider margin.Wasted some chancesPenwood looked good in patches and also wasted some chances to make it a more respectable scoreline.Charlie Smith’s coach Jerome Waite was pleased with the three points as it pushed his team a step closer to the second round.”I expected more goals as we wasted about seven in the second half. It is always a concern when the team misses many chances,” Waite told The Gleaner.”However, I am satisfied with the win as we need one more victory to seal a spot in the next round. And, that is the objective,” the veteran coach, who has guided Charlie to three Manning Cup titles added.On the other hand, Penwood’s coach Orlando Clarke was pleased with his team’s performance in the second half.”Well, based on the second half, we improved as a team and got some chances. This team is young, so it is a work in progress,” Clarke said.Penwood are rooted at the bottom of the group without a point from six games.
An 18-year-old D’Urban Street teenager appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly on Tuesday to answer to a robbery charge, which was brought against him.The unrepresented teen, Chris Bollers, denied the charge which stated that he robbed Raheez Mohammed of a cellphone and cash on January 11, 2019 along Croal Street, Georgetown. The court also heard that during the commissioning of the robbery, he used personal violence.The Police stated that the teenager was positively identified by the victim as the one who committed the act. However, Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh did not object to bail being granted to the teen.As a result, the defendant was released on $40,000 bail and was ordered to report to the Brickdam Police Station on a weekly basis until completion of the matter. The case will continue on February 6, 2019 at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
While the vast majority of music consumers still buy CD albums, they are buying fewer of them, while digital tracks are exploding: According to Nielsen SoundScan, sales of physical CDs this year have declined 20 percent from the same point in 2006, from 112 million to 89 million. Digital tracks are up to 288 million from 242 million at the same period last year. And that’s not counting the millions of singles that are illegally downloaded. “Now, we’re in a very different place in terms of the single business,” Jim Donio, president of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, said in an interview. “The single business is alive and well, and it’s in the form of track downloads.” The same cannot be said, however, for albums. Even counting albums that are downloaded along with physical CDs sold, album sales are down 10 percent from the same period last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan, continuing a decline that has been growing for several years. The industry’s hard times are evident in recent label consolidations, widespread layoffs, reduction in budgets and an overall air of belt-tightening. In 1996, music companies shipped more than 1.1 billion units – all physical product – for a value of $12.5 billion, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Ten years later, despite a decline in physical product sold, the industry has “shipped” approximately 1.6 billion units – but its value is down by a billion dollars, to $11.5 billion. NEW YORK – It sounds like a horror movie: a beloved friend is callously exterminated, then reincarnated in a different form to wreak havoc on the killer. That’s the nightmare currently facing the music industry. Almost a decade after it virtually eliminated 45s and cassette singles, thereby forcing fans to spend more money on whole albums, the single is making a comeback, this time in digital form, and is largely responsible for the industry’s woes. Consumers no longer need to buy an album if they want that cool jam they heard on the radio – and in growing numbers, they’re choosing 99-cent downloads over $15 CDs. Some worry this trend is worsening the quality of albums as a cohesive musical work, and that label executives are more and more interested in quick hits than lasting music or artists. “There’s probably a fair amount of purchases that would have been albums but are now individual track sales instead,” said Geoff Mayfield, director of charts at Billboard magazine. And at 99 cents or so, singles bring in much less profit than albums (which is why iTunes has been pressured by record companies to raise prices). Other signs show of the singles-driven market: One of the most consistent album chart-toppers is the blockbuster “Now That’s What I Call Music!” series, which features a compilation of the hottest tracks of the season and routinely debuts at No. 1. And of course there is the enormous popularity of music download services like iTunes. Recently, iTunes introduce its “Complete the Album” feature, an enticement that gives credit for songs purchased from an album toward purchasing the rest of it. The question remains whether consumers are as interested in completing the albums as they used to be. Ciara hopes so. The 21-year-old’s latest platinum album, “Ciara: The Evolution,” on La Face/Jive Records (a unit of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, a joint venture between Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann AG) wasn’t designed to provide just hits, but as an entire experience about her development into a woman. “For me growing up, there was nothing like listening to an album that you could literally sit down and listen to from the beginning to the end,” she said. “It can’t just be about singles. That’s the purpose of an album; it’s almost like a story within itself.” Avril Lavigne, 22, who’s latest album “The Best Damn Thing” on RCA (also a part of Sony BMG) debuted at No. 1, is also still in love with the album: “I’m so all about going to the store and buy a CD.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Spanish sports daily Marca said Ramos could be out for between two and three weeks. That could mean he would miss the second legs of a Copa Del Rey tie against Numancia and four games in La Liga, but should have time to regain match fitness before the first leg of the Champions League showdown with Paris Saint-Germain on February 14.Marca said that Ramos suffered the injury on Thursday in a training session for players who were not selected for the first leg against second-division Numancia which Real won 3-0.The injury adds to Zinedine Zidane’s problems for the league game in Vigo on Sunday. The Real coach is already without another defender Dani Carvajal, suspended for a red card in El Clasico in December.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sergio Ramos in action during the FIFA Club World Cup 2017 final against Gremio in December 2017 © AFP/FileMADRID, Spain, Jan 5 – Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos could miss two to three weeks, Spanish media estimated, after the club said on Friday that he has a calf injury.“He has been diagnosed with a muscular tear of the left soleus muscle,” Real Madrid said in a statement, adding that “his recovery will continue to be assessed.”
West Brom manager Tony Pulis admitted he is “concerned” by the lack of consistency from Premier League referees after seeing his side controversially reduced to ten men early in Saturday’s defeat to Man City.Barely two minutes had been played at the Etihad Stadium before Gareth McAuley was mistakenly sent off by referee Neil Swarbrick for a foul actually committed by team-mate Craig Dawson.The official paid no attention as McAuley desperately protested his innocence, and the early dismissal made for a totally one-way contest as the defending top flight champions secured a comfortable 3-0 victory.Pulis was left fuming following the final whistle, with the boss also insisting City’s second goal should not have stood after Fernando clashed with Saido Berahino in the build-up.“The inconsistency [from referees] is concerning,” said Pulis. “How in God’s name he sends off the wrong person is just beyond me.“Their second goal shouldn’t have been allowed. Fernando kicked Saido in the face while jumping, and if that’s not dangerous play with a high foot, I don’t know what is.“Those decisions just killed the game and I was just thinking about the 30,000 people who have spent good money to come and watch a spectacle, only for it to be all over within two minutes.”Pulis also added his voice to the growing furore over the introduction of video technology within football, saying that, for the good of the Premier League, referees must be given a helping hand to wipe out high profile errors.The Welshman said: “Refereeing is a very, very tough job, but people within the professional game have been very concerned about the standard this year.“We’ve got to find a way of helping the referees. I’d have two challenges for each manager, which can eradicate the mistakes that have affected games and results.“We don’t want to be talking about referees after the game, we want to be talking about the football.“The Premier League is a worldwide product, it’s the greatest sporting product in the world, without a shadow of a doubt, and we have to try and improve it.”
By Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER BOSTON – Garret Anderson’s slow recovery from conjunctivitis concerned the Angels enough to have the outfielder undergo a CT Scan of his head in Boston on Friday. Team doctor Lewis Yocum confirmed that the CT Scan took place, saying its purpose was to find out if a sinus infection or any other kind of similar illness was delaying Anderson’s recovery from his current right eye infection. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityNothing out of the ordinary was found and Anderson was back in the starting lineup and batting in the cleanup spot just as he was in the opener of the American League Division Series on Wednesday. There was no change in Anderson’s outward appearance as his eye continued to look swollen and aggravated. “Well, it looks puffier and puffier, but his vision is getting better and better,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before Friday’s game. “He had an eye exam today and his vision is fine. He’ll be in the lineup.” Scioscia said nothing more than Anderson saw an eye specialist on Friday and took an eye exam. But he did admit to having a discussion with Anderson regarding his ability to play. Anderson was quoted after Game 1 saying his eye “is not where it should be.” “Well I just talked to him about making sure he was OK, that I had heard that maybe it wasn’t (OK), and he assured me he was fine to see,” Scioscia said. “I think his vision is fine or he wouldn’t be playing. We’re very comfortable. I think his point was that it was maybe a bit uncomfortable but it’s not affecting anything he needs to do to go out there and play baseball. That’s the bottom line.” Mudders The Angels were greeted by a soggy track Friday when they arrived at Fenway Park. After Thursday’s workout, the Fenway Park grounds crew saturated the infield dirt. The Angels’ Gary Matthews Jr., who is not on the roster for this series but was working out with the team before the game, said it wasn’t the first time the Angels have experienced a wet infield. Matthews said the same thing was done at both New York and Texas this season. The idea is that a damp, heavy infield will neutralize the Angels’ running game. “You’re allowed to tailor some part of your field to your club,” Scioscia said. “Sinker ball pitchers like the high grass, or if you have a speed game, keep the foul lines sloped to keep bunts fair. But I didn’t see anything here to make me think (anything).” In quest of a deeper lineup Kendry Morales, a switch hitter, got the call over right-handed hitting Juan Rivera as the Angels’ designated hitter. The Angels were facing Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka in Game 2 on Friday. The DH spot opened up when Vladimir Guerrero pronounced himself fit enough to return to right field, where he hadn’t played since Sept. 4 because of a sore right triceps. “I think that from the left side, Kendry Morales is really swinging the bat well,” Scioscia said. “It’s a lineup we wanted to take a look at but weren’t able to because Vlad was occupying the DH spot. It gives us a chance to get a little deeper lineup.” Early getaway Red Sox pitchers Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett got an early start on their travel to Southern California. Both took a flight to Orange County during Game2. Schilling will start in Game 3 Sunday in Anaheim, and since Beckett would not be used no matter what happened in Friday’s game, he was allowed to leave early as well. Scioscia said there was a thought of sending Angels Game 3 starter Jered Weaver home early. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Last year’s turning on of the Letterkenny Christmas lights.Letterkenny is set to be buzzing once again when Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and Shop LK will be lighting up Letterkenny for Christmas this Friday, November 27th.There will be hot drinks, soup, mulled wine, mince pies, music and dancing all before Santa arrives.This year Mayor of the Letterkenny will once again accompany a young person from a local national school to turn on the switch for the Letterkenny Christmas lights.The lucky winner of the School Art Competition “Christmas in Letterkenny” will join the Mayor, Cllr. Gerry McMonagle at the Market Square to press the all important button to light up the Main Street. This year the winner and runners up will all receive prizes sponsored by AIB and there will be spot prizes on the night donated by local businesses. Cllr. Gerry McMonagle remarked; “The turning on of the Christmas lights in Letterkenny is a lovely family event and it is a privilege to be joined by the lucky competition winner. This night sets the scene for the festive season and we love to see all the families and children taking part with such enthusiasm. This year we hope to spread lots of Christmas cheer in advance of what we all hope will be a fantastic Christmas season.”From 5.30pm businesses on the Main Street and surrounding area will be staying open a little later and will be giving out sweets, hot chocolate, mulled wine, and other Christmas treats. Some businesses will have stalls outside with goodies to keep you warm. Businesses are getting into the spirit of the event this year so as well as the usual lovely treats on offer , there are special discounts, storytelling and as a special addition, Cara House are having a Santa Dash/Stroll to accompany Santa to the Square. The Santa Dash starts at the Theatre and finishes at Boots.MC Keith Fletcher will entertain the crowds with music and singing from 5.30pm at the bandstand. Pinehill Studios will be there with a fantastic dance routine all in preparation for the special guest to arrive with his elves and his very special transport. Be there from 6.30pm for the official countdown for the lights at 6.45pm then welcome Santa to the Market Square shortly after.Brian McCormick President of the Chamber commented; “Turing on the Christmas lights in Letterkenny has become really popular creating a little bit of magic just in time for the Christmas season. This has been a fantastic year for Letterkenny and switching on the Letterkenny Christmas lights kick starts the wonderful Christmas season. We hope to see a l a large crowd in attendance to watch the Mayor and the school art competition winner switch on the lights in the Ireland’s Tidiest Town 2015. The Letterkenny Chamber urges everyone to done their Santa Hat or jumper and come to share in the fun and goodwill of a festive night. For more information check out the ShopLK website www.shoplk.ie or the ShopLK Facebook page www.facebook.com/shoplk .LETTERKENNY TO FLICK THE SWITCH ON CHRISTMAS LIGHTS THIS FRIDAY was last modified: November 23rd, 2015 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:Christmas lightsdonegalLETETRKENNYturning on
Portsalon in Top 25 Golf courses in IrelandGolf DigestThe waiting is over. Golf Digest have now published their updated Top 100 Irish Courses for 2013.Portsalon Golf Club has improved on its position by two places in 2011 to 25th in 2013 and are rated in the top twenty Golf Links Courses in Ireland. Due to the redevelopments we have consistently moved up the rankings over the past number of years. The Captain D P Logue said it was indeed his privilege to be Captain of Portsalon Golf Club at this time to see the course break into the top twenty-five courses in Ireland. He stressed the ongoing works, the commitment and co-operation from the members will only see the course gain further places next year and in the years to come. He congratulated everyone involved especially our head green keeper and his staff for the excellent condition of the course and to, Paul Mc Ginley and his staff on the improvements which he has recommended and have taken place to our course over the past few years. With the current improvements at the first and some more to be carried out throughout the course, we may see Portsalon Golf Club rise further up the charts next year. Our beloved Portsalon golf links ‘’The Bank’’ was first established in 1891 and has been described by many as a sleeping beauty in the North West. Portsalon Golf course is now recognised worldwide as a must play Irish links course. The scoring system employed by Golf Digest to assess golf clubs was as follows, degree of difficulty, shot making/variety, design variety, wow factor, memorability, condition and playability. Christmas Hamper.On Sunday 9th December the gents of Portsalon Golf Club contested for the Christmas hamper. The event attracted one of the largest ever turnouts with over 100 participating. Following the draw for tee times the event got underway in weather conditions. Due to the large turnout play was not as quick as normal and indeed a few complained about the slow play. Playing in good golfing conditions, the overall winner was Shaun Shields (13) 40 points, runner up Hugh Doherty (18) 39 points, gross Sean Kelly (8) 30points, 3rd Pauric Morrison (15) 38 points, 4th Sam Faulkner(14) 37 points. Best nines went to Ciaran Mc Fadden and Michael O’Hara. The CSS was 36 points. The captain D P Lougue thanked everyone who turned out on the day and a special thanks to the members who sponsored the Christmas hampers. EventsOn Saturday 15th December there is agents open competition. On Sunday 16th a members competition and on Wednesday 19th a gents open stableford competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to portsalongolfclub.com.Christmas Party NightSean Mc Gettigan is putting the final touches together for these seasons Portsalon’s Christmas Party. The event will take place on Friday 21st December in the clubhouse. For further details and tickets for this prestigious event contact Sean Mc Gettigan on 074 9159459ResultsThe winner of the Wednesday open competition played on 5th December was Eamon Farrelly (27) 38 points, runner up Brian Boyle (15) 37, gross Joe Coyle (8) 29 points, third Tony Morrison (15) 37 points. The CSS was 37 points. On Saturday the winner of the open competition was Eamon Mc Dermott (4) 37 points, runner up Garry Duffy (10) Starbane 35 points Gross Stephen Connolly (5) 30 points 3rd Aidan Friel Letterkenny (10) 33 points. The CSS was 33 points.Christmas Golfing events. Portsalon Golf Club have just announced their golfing schedule for the Christmas/New Year. Events get underway on Wednesday 26th with a ladies and gents open, Thursday 27th a gents open , Friday 28th four ball betterball any combination, Saturday 30th Ladies and Gents open, Sunday members competition, Monday 31st Gents open, Tuesday 1st January Ladies and Gents open, Wednesday 2nd Gents open. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon Golf Club, contact 0749159459 or go online to portsalongolfclub.com to make sure of your golfing times over the Christmas holiday period.Portsalon BookA reminder that Sean Mc Cormack is currently gathering information for the next edition of the Portsalon Book.It is planned to have the book with the printers in early January. So if you have any old photographs or stories of interest please forward to Sean.New Members Portsalon Golf Club are offering an attractive deal for new member, for further details contact the clubhouse on 0749159459Local Rule-Stakes and RopesAll members and visitors are reminded that a local rule is in operation regarding the identified areas surrounding our greens. This is an action taken to protect the areas surrounding the greens.PlacingMembers and visitors should note that six inch placing on all fairways only was is in operation at Portsalon Golf Club.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comDivot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenanceGOLF NEWS: PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 16th, 2012 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:Portsalon Golf Club Notes
A Co. Donegal man who celebrated his 60th birthday in style as he collected a cheque for €50,000 following his win on a €5 All Cash Platinum scratch card.The winning All Cash Platinum ticket was sold at the Spar store in Derrybeg.After making the long journey from Donegal by bus with his family, the lucky winner said that he would have to let his win sink in first before he decided on how to spend his winnings He said “This is a marvellous surprise and it’s just in time for my birthday. I’m going to enjoy the next few days celebrating with my family and after that we’ll see about spending some of the prize money.”Playing National Lottery funds good causes across Ireland. In 2016 alone, the National Lottery raised over €210 million good causes.This level of funding has made a significant difference to communities, projects and individuals in the areas of Youth, Sports, Recreation, Amenities, Health, Welfare, Arts, Culture, National Heritage and the Irish Language.Man celebrates 60th birthday by scooping €50,000 on a scratch card! was last modified: July 26th, 2017 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:derrybegdonegallottoscratch card
Embed from Getty ImagesEden Hazard is in line for a return to the Chelsea starting line-up for Wednesday’s EFL Cup match against Nottingham Forest. Hazard, who had ankle surgery during the summer, has not started a match for the Blues so far this season.The Belgian’s latest appearance as a substitute came in Sunday’s goalless draw with Arsenal and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte looks likely to include him from the start against Forest.“I think in the last 20 minutes Hazard played very well,” said Conte.“Now on Wednesday he has the possibility to start against Forest and then to complete his recovery. We hope everything is okay after this (Arsenal) game.” Chelsea youngsters’ comebackEmbed from Getty ImagesCallum Hudson-Odoi scored a late equaliser as Chelsea’s Under-23 side came back from two down to draw 2-2 with Manchester United.The young Blues trailed with 18 minutes of the Premier League 2 match at Aldershot remaining.Hudson-Odoi hit the post early on and Chelsea were on top before Tosin Kehinde scored against the run of play eight minutes before half-time.James Wilson headed United further ahead early in the second half but the home side battled on.They had a strong shout for a penalty waved away when Hudson-Odoi seemed to be fouled in the box.And they were eventually rewarded for their persistence when Hudson-Odoi back-heeled the ball towards Issac Christie-Davies, who fired home.The outstanding Hudson-Odoi netted with a cool finish eight minutes from time to earn a draw. Wilkins calls for Costa returnEmbed from Getty ImagesRay Wilkins believes Chelsea should recall Diego Costa and play him as well as Alvaro Morata.Speaking on Sky Sports News, Wilkins insisted the out-of-favour Costa should be in London with the rest of the Blues squad.Wilkins said: “When I look at Diego Costa and I look at Morata I see a better footballer in Morata – better control, better movement and probably quicker.“But when I look at the beast, in Costa, and what he gives you – he upsets people – I’d sooner have Costa than Morata.“Why we haven’t got both, I don’t know. Costa still has, is it one or two years left on his contract? He should be at Stamford Bridge.“We should be using both of them and then we would have a proper strikeforce.“I cannot for the life of me see why Costa is still on the beach in Brazil playing five-a-side with his mates.“He’s still a Chelsea footballer and he should be back here in London.” Onuoha out for up to four monthsEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR captain Nedum Onuoha might be out for four months with a torn hamstring. Boss Ian Holloway said after Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Middlesbrough that Onuoha, 30, was facing three months on the sidelines.But Rangers believe the defender could be out for slightly longer, perhaps not returning until the new year, depending on how quickly the injury heals. Onuoha, who requires an operation, suffered the injury during last week’s draw at home to Millwall.It leaves the R’s with serious problems in defence because James Perch is out with a long-term knee injury and Grant Hall and Steven Caulker are also unavailable.However, Joel Lynch is seemingly close to a return following a hamstring problem. QPR youngsters loseQPR’s development side lost 4-1 at Sheffield Wednesday on Monday afternoon.It ended the Under-23s’ 100% record this season – they had won all five of their previous matches, scoring 17 goals in the process.The visitors trailed 2-0 at the interval and Dan Darbyshire pulled a goal back early in the second half before Wednesday scored two more. Mepham’s new dealBrentford boss Dean Smith says Wales Under-21 international defender Chris Mepham can challenge for a regular first-team spot after signing a new five-year contract at Griffin Park.“Chris has shown a real progression during the last 12 months and is developing into a player that we believe can get to a high standard,” Smith said.“With a fierce determination and excellent attitude to go with his footballing ability, we are pleased that he has chosen to continue his development with Brentford. I fully expect him to be pushing the senior centre-backs within the first team.” No Edwards for Spurs tieEmbed from Getty ImagesTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Marcus Edwards will not be involved in the EFL Cup game against Barnsley.The highly-rated Edwards, 18, made his senior debut in the competition a year ago and has not made a first-team appearance since.Youngster Tashan Oakley-Boothe could feature at Wembley after being named in the squad for Tuesday’s tie.But Pochettino says Edwards is building his fitness and confidence following an ankle injury and is not in contention to play against the Tykes.“Last season was difficult for him. He was injured and then he had an operation,” Pochettino said.“He dropped a little bit, but that is normal after nearly one season that he didn’t play. Now he is building his confidence again.“I think we need to wait a little bit for him to build his physical condition and his confidence more. He’s better playing in the Under-23s. Holden confident he can progressMiddlesex teenager Max Holden says the club’s track record of promoting youth convinced him he would be handed a chance in the first team.The 19-year-old batsman made his senior debut for the club in their severely rain-affected County Championship Division One draw against Hampshire at Uxbridge.“I’ve played with those guys in the second XI, so of course it was pleasing to see them progress and it gave me confidence that if I kept working hard, the opportunity would come,” said Holden.“It shows the path is definitely there for guys who work hard and score runs in the seconds. [Managing director of cricket] Gus Fraser has said that previously – if young guys perform, they will be backed. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook