GALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies captain, Jason Holder, has blamed sloppy fielding by his side for their innings defeat to Sri Lanka in their first cricket Test, which ended at the Galle International Stadium here yesterday.Holder’s men crashed to an innings and six-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the second session of the fourth day of the Test match.The West Indies effort was marred by several sloppy misfields, two missed run-out attempts and five shelled catches, including a sixth that was not attempted.”We created chances with the ball, but we just didn’t take them when we came,” lamented Holder.”If we had, their first innings total would have looked a lot different. If we had new batsmen in at crucial stages when our fast bowlers were fresh, we would have had a chance to have a good burst at them.”Jermaine Blackwood, in a gallant attempt to avert an innings defeat, fell eight runs shy of a century as West Indies were bowled out for 227 in their second innings.Apart from Blackwood the only other West Indian batsman to score a half-century in the match was Darren Bravo with an even 50 in the first innings.Several frontline batsmen again failed to capitalise on starts as the left arm spinner, Rangana Herath, took four second-innings wickets to finish the match with his fifth 10-wicket haul in Tests.”It’s important that we put up a first innings total that’s respectable,” said Holder, who played his first match as Test captain, in just his ninth Test overall.”We only scored 250-odd in the first innings and it set us back. We were pretty much behind the game from there. It was a track you could score runs on once you applied yourselves. Not much in it for the bowlers. Even Rangana Herath – I thought with the harder ball, he was more effective.”Devendra Bishoo grabbed four for 143 as Sri Lanka piled up a huge first-innings score of 484 all out. The 23-year-old skipper applauded the efforts of his bowlers.”I must commend our bowlers. They did really well in the first innings. To come back at the opposition and actually bowl them out was very, very commendable,” Holder said.”I thought our spinners bowled reasonably well and our part-timers in Marlon Samuels and Kraigg Brathwaite did a wonderful job for us. I thought the combination was good enough for this game. It was unfortunate that we didn’t hold our chances. I guess we paid for it.”The second Test will be played in Colombo starting next week Thursday.
Well, what a surprise. Is Pam Anderson the one-time “Baywatch” actress turned middle-age spectacle, splitting from her third husband, Rick Salomon, after less than three months of matrimonial bliss? Salomon, most famous for being in Paris Hilton’s sex video and profiting off of it, has also been married three times – including once to Shannen Doherty. And remember, gay people in this country can’t even get married once. Previously married to Tommy Lee and Kid Rock, Pam filed divorce papers Friday. A few days later, she was seen shopping with him. Then on Monday, she posted this message on her web site: “P.S. We’re working things out.” I have my own message for Pam: P.S. Stop getting married! You don’t seem to be very good at it. Evert finds love in golfer Norman And while we are on the topic of multiple marriages, Chris Evert is hoping she will be third-time luckier in the matrimony department than three-strikes-you’re-out Pamela Anderson Lee Rock Salomon. America’s tennis-playing sweetheart during much of the ’70s and ’80s, announced her engagement over the weekend to golfer Greg Norman. Chrissie, now 53, has had a storied love life including a broken engagement to Jimmy Connors, dates with Burt Reynolds and then-President Ford’s son, Jack, marriage to British tennis player John Lloyd, an affair with British singer Adam Faith, a second marriage to Olympic skier Andy Mill. The six-time U.S. Open champion had three sons with Mill before a shock announcement in fall 2006 that they had split after 18 years. The timing was curiously close to the break-up of Norman’s 28-year marriage. Norman’s ex-wife, Laura Andrassy, has called Evert a home-wrecker but told London’s Sunday Telegraph: “I don’t really care. But if that’s what they want, then so be it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the months before the acclaimed drama “The Kite Runner” opened in theaters last weekend, director Marc Forster tried to explain to the film’s star, Khalid Abdalla, that life as he knew it was about to change. “He keeps telling me, `Enjoy your anonymity while you can,”‘ Khalid told me recently. The movie, just nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, is based on the novel of the same name. Khalid plays Amir, a man who returns to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to heal his past after spending two decades in America. Although he’s been acting professionally since he was 15, much of Khalid’s work had been on the London stage. “The Kite Runner” is just his second film, which he shot after completing a role in “United 93.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe 27-year-old actor divides his time among London, Paris and Cairo but is quick to say “wherever there’s a great job, that’s where I want to be. … I want to be part of films that tell extraordinary stories whatever they may be whether they’re comic, tragic, human, horror. That’s what I want to do.” Khalid was born in Glasgow, Scotland, of Egyptian heritage and honed his acting skills while attending Cambridge University. He gives much credit to Forster – the director of “Monster’s Ball” and “Finding Neverland” among other films, for helping him transition from stage to screen. “He’s an extraordinary director,” Khalid said. “You don’t get to work with the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Kate Winslet, Johnny Depp, Emma Thompson, Halle Berry – and the list goes on and on – you don’t get to work with the likes of those people unless you are someone very, very special. He’s an extraordinary, sensitive man with a great eye on people and on the world and he’s a technical master of his craft. You feel supported no matter what you’re doing.” Third time not a charm