St. Maarten Sports facilities took a hit with the passing of Hurricane Irma. The fence around most of sports fields and buildings were either blown down or just outright blew away.

MARIGOT—St. Martin proved this weekend that it can put on one of the toughest cycle races out there to test the best. To put that into perspective, just 18 riders were able to complete the third stage on Sunday from the original 53 who started on Saturday.

CUL DE SAC--The Methodist Agogic Centre Comprehensive Secondary Education (MAC CSE) cricketers scripted a magnificent come-from-behind win to walk away with the championship trophy of the Inter-secondary School Cricket Tournament at Caribe Lumber Ballpark on Friday afternoon.

SIMPSON BAY-- The St. Maarten U20 National Basketball team won the Leeward Island Basketball Association Tournament. St. Maarten defeated St. Kitts in the final 82-76. The team returned home Monday and was greeted by family, friends and Minister of Sports Silveria Jacobs.

LEEDS, England--Shai Hope became the first man to score a hundred in both innings of a first-class match at Headingley as he inspired the West Indies to a truly magnificent and wholly unlikely five-wicket win over England in a thrilling second test on Tuesday.

  Hope and fellow Barbadian Kraigg Brathwaite reprised their first-innings heroics to inspire a side written off and dismissed as "pathetic" after a crushing innings defeat in the first test at Edgbaston. The pair, who both scored hundreds first time around, again combined superbly, compiling another century partnership to provide the backbone of the Windies' gripping chase of 322 runs to level the three-match series.

  Jermaine Blackwood then muscled the visitors towards the finishing line with Hope, smashing a typically thunderous 41 off 45 balls including two sixes. It was the Windies' first victory in a test in England for 17 years and one of the most unexpected triumphs in the game's history such have been the recent woes of Caribbean cricket.

MARIGOT—The month-long August sports programme organised by insertion association Sem Ta Route, Semsamar, and its tenants associations in collaboration with the French side’s sports clubs, concluded on Friday with a prize giving for the football competition at the sports ground next to the library in Concordia.

MARIGOT--Meetings with the Préfecture to fine tune final preparations have been taking place ahead of the French Overseas Departments Cycling Championship set to start on both sides of the island on the weekend of September 2 and 3, 2017.
It is the first time this championship is being hosted by St. Martin.

Joey Priest won the R.H. Pool Club’s weekly tournament at the 8/9 Pool Bar in Sucker Garden Sunday. Priest bested a field of eight A-League shooters to win the 9-Ball competition. The club plays double elimination. Priest beat Michael Paris in the semi-final. Paris dropped to the loser’s bracket where he faced Patrick Franklin. Paris won. He moved into the final but again lost to Priest. R.H. Pool Club is divided into an A and B League with the top shooters in the A group playing at the 8/9 Pool Bar and the B at Café Rembrandt. Registration to play on Sunday must be done by Thursday 7:00pm. Call 524-5026 for more information or to register.

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