ADELAIDE, Australia, (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard shone with the ball but then flattered to deceive with the bat, as his Adelaide Strikers were eliminated from play-off contention with a six-run loss to Sunil Narine’s Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League yesterday. Opting to field first, Strikers watched as the visitors rallied to a challenging 171 for nine from their 20 overs but could only muster 165 for eight in reply, to come up short. The defeat kept Strikers bottom of the eight-team standings on four points while Renegades moved into fifth spot on six points, to stay alive in the tournament. Opener Marcus Harris slammed 85 from 53 deliveries while Callum Ferguson chipped in with a 16-ball 26, to propel the Renegades innings. The left-handed Harris put on 55 for the first wicket with captain Aaron Finch (19) and a further 45 for the second wicket with Cameron White (10). Narine, batting at number seven, made only two. Pollard finished with three for 30 from three overs of slow medium, claiming the dangerous Ferguson in the final over caught in the deep off a slower ball. In reply, several batsmen got starts but failed to carry on as Strikers slumped to their fifth defeat of the season. Opener Ben Dunk top-scored with 32 off 25 deliveries in a 53-run, first wicket stand with Tim Ludeman who made 29 from 22 balls. Once they were separated, however, wickets fell steadily as Sri Lankan seamer Thisara Perera sliced through the innings to finish with four for 25. Pollard, who has struggled with the bat throughout the tournament, struck 22 from 17 deliveries with a four and a six batting at number four, helping to add 27 for the third wicket with Jake Weatherald (11). The Trinidadian was fourth out in the 14th over with the score on 98 for four, brilliantly taken on the deep square leg boundary by Ferguson off Perera. FIFTH DEFEAT
Former California Gov. Jerry Brown appeared destined to return to the state government he ran 24 years ago, taking an early lead Tuesday over L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo for the Democratic nomination for attorney general. Brown, 68, the Oakland mayor for the past eight years, will face Republican state Sen. Chuck Poochigian of Fresno in the Nov. 7 general election. Poochigian, who was unopposed in the GOP primary, has been stalking Brown for months, trying to gain attention by joining Delgadillo in criticizing Brown. For Delgadillo, 45, the chance to run for attorney general was one he said he could not pass up, despite battling against the more than 50-year political legacy of the Brown family in California. Brown relied almost exclusively on his history with California Democrats in the primary, spending relatively little on television or print advertising. Delgadillo ran a campaign that began with attacks on Brown and only in the final days tried to identify himself to voters and offer a message that he would be a candidate for the future. During the campaign, Delgadillo also was embarrassed by news stories questioning whether he had inflated his resume about playing professional football he said he tried out with a Canadian football league team. Delgadillo was an upset winner for city attorney six years ago, a feat he’d hoped to repeat against Brown. He will remain city attorney through 2009, when he will be termed out. For Brown, the election brings him full circle to the consciousness of California voters. The son of one of California’s most popular governors Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Jerry Brown began his political career on the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees. From there, he went on to become state controller and secretary of state before being elected governor in 1974. He was given the nickname “Governor Moonbeam” by a Chicago columnist for his then-unconventional views on the role of government and his high-profile relationship with rock singer Linda Ronstadt. But he was credited with changing the face of state government, appointing more women and minorities to key positions than any other previous governor. He also emphasized issues that would come into vogue years later the environment and support for emerging technologies. Brown ran for president while still governor and twice more after leaving office. He went to India to work with Mother Teresa and returned to serve as chair of the state Democratic Party, later renouncing his party affiliation to run for mayor of Oakland. He then rejoined the party when he decided to run for attorney general. The attorney general is the state’s top law enforcement official, overseeing more than 1,100 attorneys, 700 peace officers and 3,200 other staff. Most of the work involves providing legal advice to state agencies, but the office also has broad powers to initiate legal actions. Poochigian, 57, is an attorney who got his start in politics working for then-state Sen. George Deukmejian, who was running for attorney general in 1978. Poochigian worked in a number of appointed jobs for Deukmejian and former Gov. Pete Wilson before winning election to the state Assembly in 1994 and then moving up to the state Senate in 1998. He has made public safety one of his top issues. Unopposed in the Republican primary, he has tried to draw attention to his campaign with criticism of Brown’s administration as mayor in Oakland. Also qualifying for the November ballot are Libertarian Kenneth Weissman, Jack Harrison of the Peace and Freedom Party, and Michael Wyman of the Green Party. [email protected] (213) 978-0390 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!