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Llewellyn, Jordan push PoS to title

7 hours 21 min ago

Kianna Llewellyn and Janika Jordan picked up multiple medals in their respective age-groups to help Port-of-Spain dominate the Atlantic National Primary Schools Championships.

The duo sped across the track at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo, to each cop three gold medals which guided their district to 439 points to claim the title, a narrow 16 points more than Caroni which tallied 423. Third was favourite Tobago with 372. Filling the other places respectively were Victoria (301), St Patrick (282.50), St George East (278), North East (268) and South East (164.50).

Llewellyn completed the sprint double winning the Girls 100 metres dash in 12.71 seconds to comfortably beat Kevah Scott of Tobago into second in 13.08 and third was Victoria’s Akeila Phillip in 13.22.
In the afternoon session, Llewellyn returned to clock 26.82 to ease to victory in the 200m to cross ahead of Taneka Bonnett of North East (28.06) and Victoria’s Sydney Horsford (28.90), respectively.

Later, Llewellyn running the final leg in the Girls 800 Sprint Medley 13-15 relay while partnered with Tia Lewis, Darielle Prescod and Dominique Stewart won gold in a time of 3:29.31. North East was second in 3:31.01 and Tobago third in 3:33.60.

Jordan sprinted to victory in the Girls Under-13 100m and in the 400m event. Jordan was tested by Janae De Gannes but she pulled ahead to win in 12.75 ahead of the Tobagonian in 12.84 while Sierra Joseph (Victoria) was third in 12.98.

In the one-lap race, her 1:01.93-clocking earned her the top of the podium a second time in the morning session. Gianna Paul (St George East) was the runner-up in 1:03.05 and Keneisha Shelbourne (Caroni) crossed third in 1:04.71.

Jordan’s third gold came in the Girls U-13 4x100m relay when she ran the second leg in combining with Fatimah Springer, Shakira Joseph and Abigail Burton to speed across the line in 51.94, to beat Victoria (54.55) and Caroni (54.57).

Sprinter Jenna Thomas also starred on the day winning three gold medals and a bronze in the Girls U-11 category. Her wins came in the 100m, 200m and 300m in her individual events and she ran the opening leg in Caroni’s third-place finish in the Girls U-11 4x100m relay in 58.26. Capturing gold was Port-of-Spain in 56.51 and the silver medallist was North East in 57.56.

J’Nae Bertete (Port-of-Spain) also won two gold medals in the Girls U-9 category, winning the 60m (9.58) and 100m (15.28).

Kyle Williams of St George East was another athlete copping double gold in the Boys U-13 division, dominating the 200m (25.90) and 400m (58.90) events. He also won silver when his team followed Port-of-Spain (52.12), to the line in 52.23 in an exciting affair.

Port-of-Spain won six of the eight relays contested, also getting gold in both the boys and girls relay events in the U-11 division.

The district also dominated the long distance races winning the Girls 1,500m run thanks to the performance of Kayleigh Forde in 5:25.64. Her teammates Tafari Waldron (4:52.69) and Shaquille Lawrence (9:07.59) claimed the Boys Run and walk 1,500m Open titles, respectively.

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Outdoor Hockey season flicks off tomorrow

7 hours 24 min ago

The T&T Hockey Board (T&THB) is pleased to announce that the National Outdoor League is scheduled to commence tomorrow at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua for a ten-week period.

This late start is due to the unavailability of the playing surface at the National Hockey Centre as a result of electrical issues experienced by the facility, followed by the cleaning of the artificial surface, which has not been in productive use for 11 months.

The first game of the 2018 League will be a Trinity Women encounter between Harvard Checkers and Paragon from 12 noon.

The highlights of tomorrow’s opening day will be the Women’s Championship fixture between powerhouse Malvern and Notre Dame from 4 pm, and the Men’s Championship fixture featuring 2016 champions Petrotrin and T&T Defence Force from 7.30pm.

According to the T&THB press release, the playing of a One Round of competition for the Championship Men and Two Rounds for the Championship Women’s Division have been structured to cater for preparation and participation of the national senior teams for the upcoming Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games from July 20 to August 3, 2018 in Barranquilla, Colombia.

The executive of the T&THB wishes to make special mention of support by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs in addressing electrical and cleaning issues to make the playing of the 2018 season a reality.

Special mention must also be made of the efforts of the senior men’s national training squad and several members of the hockey family, working under the direction of the coach of the senior men’s national training squad, Glenn ‘Fido’ Francis, who has been spearheading the cleaning effort.

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Smith earns Windies recall

7 hours 29 min ago

Windward Islands batsman Devon Smith has been recalled to the Windies team for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka in the Caribbean.

The left-handed Smith and Leewards wicketkeeper/batsman, Devon Smith and Leewards wicketkeeper/batsman Jamar Hamilton comes in as the only surprises amongst a core group which played in the last Test series in New Zealand.

Smith gathered 1,095 runs at an average of 84.23 in the last Digicel PCL season.

He became the fourth batsman to score more than 1,000 runs in a single Windies first-class season and he has been rewarded for this.

He won the acclaim of chairman of the selection panel Courtney Browne who said: “We have retained the core of the Test team as they remain competitive even after a tough series in New Zealand. Devon Smith had an outstanding year and players who excel to that degree should be recognised. We are trying to improve our top order batting performances.”

Also coming into the team is Hamilton who was very good with bat and gloves against England A team, becoming the becoming the second Anguillan, behind Omari Banks to make the Test team.

According to Browne:“Jamar Hamilton comes into the squad after consecutive strong performances over the last three years and showed even better quality in the A Team series against the England Lions. We wish the team every success.”

T&T’s Denesh Ramdin who was the second highest scorer in the PCL with 799 runs at 61.46 with three centuries has been overlooked as a wicketkeeper/batsman.

The 13-man squad will start their busy summer schedule against Sri Lanka in the first Test which bowls off on Wednesday, June 6 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago.

The complete summer schedule includes five Tests, three ODIs and three T20s and CEO, Johnny Grave thinks these two international homes series “will provide an opportunity for the team to improve its rankings in the Tests and One-Day formats.”

The Sri Lanka series will also include the historic day/night Test, scheduled for the Kensington Oval, Barbados from June 23—27. The period will also mark the 90th anniversary since the West Indies became a Test-playing nation.

WINDIES TEAM

Jason Holder – captain, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jamar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach and Devon Smith.

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T&T, St Kitts showdown

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 22:00

T&T Women braces for a virtual final showdown with St Kitts/Nevis from 6:30 pm this evening at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, as the race for the top qualifying spot from Group C of the CONCACAF Caribbean Women's World Cup Qualifiers heats up.

T&T leads the group by a superior goal difference over St Kitts/Nevis, but this afternoon the two teams will settle the score and maybe determine the team that will go through to the next CONCACAF qualifiers.

Yesterday T&T national coach Jamaal Shabazz said, "What Allah has written for us, will come to pass, but we will give our everything this evening as this game means a lot to us."

The T&T women thrashed USVI 10-0 in their opening match Saturday and followed that up with a hard-fought 3-0 triumph over Dominica on Monday. The wins have lifted the confidence level in the T&T team, but Shabazz will be careful his troops do not become too cocky for the match.

"We are expecting a very even contest, and our girls are excited about it, as they are aware of the importance of the game and what it means to them. St Kitts/Nevis, I think, have a very good programme, but on the other hand, the game will provide a good opportunity for us to re-establish ourselves in the CFU," Shabazz explained. He assured, "We will be confident but certainly not cocky."

St Kitts/Nevis have also scored big in their two matches to date, first edging Dominica 2-1 Saturday before hammering Grenada 10-0 on Wednesday.

Today's late encounter will be the feature contest of a double-header which will be preceded by another clash between Grenada and Dominica from 4 pm.

On Wednesday the Dominicans got their first victory of the tournament by thrashing USVI 3-0 in the late game at 6:30 pm, courtesy of a double strike from speedy forward Romeicia Phillips. Coach Rajesh Latchoo's girls went into all-out attack from the start and were rewarded in the 21st minute when Keanna Francis headed in a left side cross from striker Romeicia Phillips.

Afterwards, it was all Phillips, first slotting the ball past an onrushing goalkeeper Levania Lawrence while on a break in the 49th minute. And later the lanky Phillips galloped past the USVI defence before skilfully chipping the ball into the vacant left corner of Lawrence's nets in the 88th minute to complete the win.

STANDINGS:

TTeams P W D L F A GD Pts
T&T 2 2 0 0 13 0 13 6
St Kitts/Nevis 2 2 0 0 12 1 11 6
Dominica 3 1 0 2 4 5 -1 3
USVI 3 1 0 2 3 13 -10 3
Grenada 2 0 0 2 0 13 -13 0

WALTER ALIBEY

 

 

 

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Outdoor Hockey season flicks off tomorrow

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 22:00

The T&T Hockey Board (T&THB) is pleased to announce that the National Outdoor League is scheduled to commence tomorrow at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua for a ten-week period.

This late start is due to the unavailability of the playing surface at the National Hockey Centre as a result of electrical issues experienced by the facility, followed by the cleaning of the artificial surface, which has not been in productive use for 11 months.

The first game of the 2018 League will be a Trinity Women encounter between Harvard Checkers and Paragon from 12 noon.

The highlights of tomorrow’s opening day will be the Women’s Championship fixture between powerhouse Malvern and Notre Dame from 4 pm, and the Men’s Championship fixture featuring 2016 champions Petrotrin and T&T Defence Force from 7.30pm.

According to the T&THB press release, the playing of a One Round of competition for the Championship Men and Two Rounds for the Championship Women’s Division have been structured to cater for preparation and participation of the national senior teams for the upcoming Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games from July 20 to August 3, 2018 in Barranquilla, Colombia.

The executive of the T&THB wishes to make special mention of support by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs in addressing electrical and cleaning issues to make the playing of the 2018 season a reality.

Special mention must also be made of the efforts of the senior men's national training squad and several members of the hockey family, working under the direction of the coach of the senior men's national training squad, Glenn 'Fido' Francis, who has been spearheading the cleaning effort.

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SporTT settles $9M in debts

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 22:00
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The Sports Company of T&T Limited (SporTT) has presented its new Strategic Plan (2018-2023) and audited financial statements (2016 and 2017) to the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and Ministry of Finance. This follows the presentation of the audited statements in Parliament on 16 March 2018, and at the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 2 March 2018.

Dinanath Ramnarine, the chairman of sporTT said the completion of the Strategic Plan and audited statements, as well as the decision and commitment by the SporTT Board to strengthen the governance structure, signalled a turning point in the company’s performance since the Board was reconstituted.

In a release, yesterday Ramnarine stated, “SporTT has experienced a difficult and challenging period that has affected its ability to perform effectively, damaged the company’s reputation and eroded the national trust. Over the past year, we have focused on rebuilding institutional discipline and corporate governance to redefine how we function as a company and to do business with our partners and stakeholders.”

This transformation, he said, could not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of the Board of Directors, management team and employees. He also acknowledged the support of the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs (MSYA), the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Office of the Attorney General throughout the process.

The release pointed out some of SporTT’s key achievements:

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• Strengthening of the company’s compliance status with the relevant statutory bodies (MSYA and MOF) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

• Developing a prudent financial management process supervised by a Finance Sub-Committee which resulted in the more efficient use of limited funding

• Completion of several contractor negotiations and legal settlements resulting in cost savings of more than $9 million which was used to settle other outstanding debts.

• Implementation of more than 70 policies across multiple SPORTT departments including HSSE, Finance and Accounting, HR and Procurement

• Implementation of a Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy for both the Board of Directors and staff to ensure transparency and improved governance in operations

• Redefined Service Level Agreements (SLA) and compliance and governance rules with the National Governing Bodies (NGBs) for sports

• Completion of an organizational review and restructure to address both surpluses and shortages as well as resource gaps and areas where there can be gains in efficiency, all of which have so far resulted in a cost savings of more than $300,000.00.

• Significant reduction in the number of outstanding Industrial Relations and High Court matters

• Transformed the tendering process, in alignment with policy and legislation, into a robust fair and transparent one, using independent subject matter experts in the evaluation stages

The Chairman also said: “For any company to be effective and serve the purpose for which it was established, it must have the right governance and compliance structures. We needed to take the time to put these structures in place and to address issues so we could effectively serve our stakeholders and fulfil our mandate.”

With respect to Service Level Agreements (SLAs), the Chairman said it was critical to ensure National Governing Bodies (NGBs) were compliant with the rules and guidelines set forth by the SporTT in accordance with the National Sports Policy and the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs.

Ramnarine said, “Given the country’s persistent economic constraints, our funding has been significantly reduced and as such, SporTT is looking at other non-financial ways in which we can provide support both to the athletes and the NGBs. Many of the NGBs have been very receptive and open to the collaborative efforts to make sure they are fully compliant.”

The Chairman noted that SporTT has made significant strides in its functionality but acknowledges that there is still a lot of work to be done. One such area is the improvement of the quality and standard of the sporting facilities under SporTT’s purview. In this regard, SporTT is currently developing a facilities management and maintenance plan.

“We have made significant progress in improving our governance, strengthening our corporate rigour and charting a strategic direction for SporTT. As we move forward to the next phase in our transformation, we are committed to working with our stakeholders and partners to ensure we build a strong company that supports the growth and development of sport in T&T.”

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Brother, sister capture Sagicor golf titles

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 22:00
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Wan Ju Lee and his sister Ye Ji walked away with the men’s and women’s Championship trophies at the Sagicor-St Andrews Golf Club Invitational held on the weekend. The annual event, in its 18th year under the Sagicor brand, saw 98 participants take to the greens.

Participants were grouped in flights based on their handicap and age, and competed against golfers of equal skill level. The tournament had seven flights play 36 holes as individual stroke play: Men’s Championship; 1st Flight; 2nd Flight; 3rd Flight; Seniors 1st Flight 50-plus; Super Seniors 60-plus; and Women's Championship.

The top finishing golfers have been awarded points, based on their performance, towards selection for the national golf team.

Wan Ju, this year’s winner with a record low score, claimed victory in the Championship Flight with scores 71, 69 a total of four under the golf course par. Wan Ju has represented T&T on both the junior and senior national teams. He continues to show much improvement every time he returns from Coker University in South Carolina, where he plays on their division II golf team.

In the women's category, Ye Ji, last year's champion, has maintained her number one ranking in T&T over the last year among the local golfers competing.

Ye Ji reclaimed the title after shooting 76, 75 which is four shots better than her winning score last year. Ye Ji, 14, has represented T&T on both the junior and senior national teams as well. Her future looks promising as she continues to improve as a high-performance women’s athlete.

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Volleyballers host fundraising boat ride

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:00

The T&T Volleyball Federation (TTVF) is taking a new approach to fundraising amidst the current economic challenges and lack of funding for its sport.

Tomorrow, the Federation’s senior men’s and women’s teams will host a cooler boat ride party to raise money for their upcoming competition season. The event takes place on the Harbour Master and boarding time is 7:00 p.m. at C3 Marina

Both the Federation’s senior men’s and women’s teams have a hectic calendar of events for 2018. The women are scheduled to compete in five tournaments from May to October including the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Women's World Championship which takes place in Japan.

Meanwhile, the men are looking forward to competing in four tournaments, starting in June in Cuba, then in Suriname, followed by tournaments in Colombia and Mexico. The anticipated proceeds from the boat ride are needed to help cover the cost of airfare, accommodation, uniforms, medical supplies, registration fees and other competition expenses.

The estimated budget for the competition season for both teams is in excess of TT$2.5 million dollars.

According to coach of the senior men’s team, Sean Morrison, “We appreciate that it’s a tough economic climate right now, and while we hope to continue to get support at the state level and some from private sponsorships, we need to do everything possible to try to help ourselves if we are to continue to advance in the sport on the international stage. We’re trying something new with this boat ride and hope that our friends, family and well-wishers together with supporters of the volleyball fraternity we would get the support and have a good time while at it.”

The qualification for the upcoming tournaments is due to the success of both teams. The men are currently ranked 50th in the world, while the women are ranked 34th. However, the progress comes at a high cost. The Federation is calling on other sporting organisations and members of the public to come out support our fundraising project. Tickets are $200 dollars and interested persons can contact anyone within the Federation, message its Facebook page or call 721-8361 for tickets or information.

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St Kitts & Nevis send 10-0 warining

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:00

Hat-tricks from Cloey Uddenberg and Brittaney Lawrence guided St Kitts/Nevis to a convincing 10-0 victory over Grenada yesterday in the Concacaf Caribbean Women's Qualifiers at the A to Boldon Stadium in Balmain Couva.

The win took St Kitts/Nevis to six points in the group and level with T&T, but the host still has the lead by a superior goal difference. T&T has scored 13 goals and St Kitts & Nevis 11.

Only Monday T&T coach Jamaal Shabazz said St Kitts/Nevis would be his hardest test in the tournament, and yesterday the team showed why it should not be taken for granted after a superb display of organized attacking football that left fans curious of what the scoreline would be at the end.

Uddenberg began the goal fest, shooting past an almost non-existent Grenada goalkeeper in the sixth-minutes. And four minutes later Phoenetia Browne got her first of a double for St Kitts/Nevis captain.

Uddenberg got her second and her team's third when Lavern Francis stormed down the right side and centred for her unmarked in the box in the 19th before Lawrence completed a 4-0 half-time score with a thunderous drive that flew past the goalie and into the roof of the net.

Shabazz immediately began taking notes, but it appeared too much as St Kitts/Nevis women were even more aggressive after the break.

Browne got her second in the 52nd minute when she was put through an open defence and skilfully chipped the ball over the advancing goalkeeper.

And later she turned provider when again racing clear down the right side and with the goal at her mercy, she instead unselfishly centred for the onrushing Uddenberg to complete her hat-trick in the 71st.

Lawrence then scored back to back goals in the 71st and 81st minutes for her hat-trick. And Lyania Bailey Williams and Leranja Wilkinson completed the rout with goals in the 82nd and 88th minutes respectively.

St Kitts/Nevis and T&T will clash tomorrow to determine the top team in the group after three matches each. Only the top in the group will advance to the next round of the qualifiers.

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Red Force drafts Da Silva, Smith

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:00
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St John’s, ANTIGUA – T&T Cricket Board has drafted two newcomers in Odean Smith and Joshua Da Silva when the draw for the 2018-2019 Professional Cricket League (PCL) was made yesterday at the Cricket West Indies Headquarters in Antigua. The proceedings took place under the guidance of Auditing Firm, KPMG when the pair was selected alongside Jeremy Solozano, Marlon Richards and Isaiah Rajah.

T&T Red Force head coach Kelvin Williams, whose team placed at the bottom of the pack in the Four-day regional tournament earlier this year said he's optimistic that the team will improve its chances with the “mix of experience and youth in the team. We think we have a rounded team and with the addition of a fast bowler, we think we will be competitive.”

Fast-bowler Smith of Jamaica who made his international debut in the historic T20 series against Pakistan earlier this year, and of and former T&T Under-19 player Da Silva of Queen's Park were outstanding in the T&TCB's Zonal 50-Over tournament.

Meanwhile, defending the Four-day champion team, Guyana Jaguars have assembled a strong team.

The Jaguars, having won four four-day titles back to back will be on the hunt for their 5th title, but won’t be complacent in their approach for the upcoming season. President, Anand Sanasie thinks “the continued investment we have made in youth to develop along the current system on a pathway to West Indies, continues to be the approach we will take. That has worked for us so far. We, however, expect the teams to be even more competitive this season and we think the mix of youth and experience will serve us well.”

The Barbados Pride which was second place in both the 4-Day and 50-overs formats has added what they call “an experienced fast bowler who we think will support the cast of the younger bowlers in the team. We think the draft went well for us,” according to Chairman of Selectors, Hendy Wallace.

Chairman of Selectors, Leeward Islands, Stuart Williams is also happy with the picks and thinks “the addition of the two fast bowlers and the younger players will create the balance needed for the team to improve its standings.”

Head Coach, Jamaica Scorpions, Robert Samuels thinks his squad is balanced, but he is more fascinated that “there are five other Jamaicans being picked up by other franchises.”

President and CEO of the Windward Islands Volcanoes, Gregory Shillingford, says “The players selected to form part of an overall programme which is developing, and they are confident in the process which has so far helped them to the win in the 50-overs format.”

CWI Professional Cricket League

SQUADS

GUYANA JAGUARS – Veerasammy Permaul, Leon Johnson, Vishual Singh, Chandrapul Hemraj, Gudakesh Motie, Tagenrine Chanderpaul, Keon Joseph, Anthony Bramble. Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd.

Draft picks – Ramaal Lewis, Christopher Barnwell, Tevin Imlach, Ashaya Persaud, Javier Spencer.

BARBADOS PRIDE – Anthony Alleyne, Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Dominic Drakes, Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Chemar Holder, Shayne Moseley, Shamar Springer, Haydn Walsh Jr.

Draft picks – Marquino Mindley, Kevin Stoute, Aaron Jones, Tevyn Walcott, Mario Rampersaud.

LEEWARD ISLANDS HURRICANES – Rahkeem Cornwall, Montcin Hodge, Jahmar Hamilton, Keacy Carty, Jeremiah Louis, Devon Thomas, Terrance Warde, Sheeno Berridge, Akeem Saunders, Ross Powell.

Draft picks – Damion Jacobs, Sheldon Cotterell, Oralndo Peters, Nelson Bolan, Jason Peters.

JAMAICA SCORPIONS – Nikita Miller, Assad Fudadin, Derval Green, Chadwick Walton, John Campbell, Brandon King, Paul Palmer Jr, Aldaine Thomas, Andre McCarthy, Fabian Allen.

Draft picks – Oshane Thomas, Reynard Leveridge, Kenroy Williams, Denis Bulli, Steven Taylor

WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOES – Devon Smith, Shane Shillingford, Kyle Mayers, Obed McCoy, Tyron Theophile, Roland Cato, Audy Alexander, Shermon Lewis, Delorn Johnson, Alick Athanaze.

Draft picks – Kirk Edwards, Ray Jordon, Tarryck Gabriel, Denis Smith, Josh Thomas

T&T RED FORCE – Kyle Hope, Tion Webster, Yannic Cariah, Amir Jangoo, Denesh Ramdin, Imran Khan, Daniel St Clair, Bryan Charles, Khary Pierre, Jason Mohammed.

Draft picks – Odean Smith, Jeremy Solozano, Marlon Richards, Isaiah Rajah, Joshua Da Silva.

(CMC)

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The Fantastic Four reach IPL Play-offs

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:00
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The final four teams in this year’s thrilling IPL T20 tournament have at last been decided after some 50 matches being played in the league's round-robin phase. When I previewed the tournament last month, I predicted the Chennai Super King (CSK), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the Mumbai Indians (MI) would progress to the final four and if I was pushed to name the fourth qualified team, I would have said Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Two out of three is fair as T20 cricket is unpredictable as if you have a bad day, you may as well kiss that particular game goodbye; unlike Test cricket where I have seen teams play well for three and a half days, then have one bad session and lose the test either through poor bowling or a batting collapse.

I did say I favoured CSK to win the tournament and my opinion still holds. In MS Dhoni, that team has the most experienced and innovative captain who is willing to take risks and somehow his gambles always seem more often than not to pay off. His performance with the bat at the death has been scintillating. He is averaging 89.20 having hit three half-centuries. Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson have both been effective at the top of the order with Rayudu scoring close to 600 runs. Faf Du Plessis can also be used as an opener and his experience is invaluable. Suresh Raina at #3 has been good but I am certain Dhoni would have wanted more runs from the talented left-hander. Batting with Dhoni at the death has been Sam Billings, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja and they have all come good at one time or the other. It is their varied bowling attack that has impressed me the most. The right-arm medium pacer - Shardul Thakur - has accounted for 14 wickets thus far in the tournament; well supported by Dwayne Bravo with 11, and three players namely Jadeja, Deepak Chahar and the South African latest pacer - Lungi Ngidi - each with nine. Ngidi made his international debut in January 2017 and has impressed all who have seen him. Hopefully, somewhere out there are a few West Indian pacers waiting to break through.

CSK also has the experienced Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir to call upon. You now understand when I use the term ‘varied attack’.

KKR is also a well-balanced and experienced team with the star of the show none other than our very own ‘the quiet assassin’ - Sunil Narine. What a season he is having thus far; 327 runs and 16 wickets – he is a captain’s dream. The Jamaican superman Andre Russell has not been far behind with 264 runs and 13 wickets but it is KKR’s batting that has been outstanding. Dinesh Karthik has led from the front and together with the latest recruit in Chris Lynn, they have amassed over 400 runs. Robin Uthappa has also scored runs at vital times but their batting is far stronger than their bowling so it is going to be interesting when they pick their best XI for the play-offs. There is an 18-year-old youngster in this team - Shubman Gill. He is destined to follow in the footsteps of Sunny Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kholi. Keep an eye out for him.

Sunrisers Hyderabad - the team of West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite, who has only featured in one match has surprised me. Their position at the top of the league phase is due to captain Kane Williamson who has smashed 661 runs with 8 half-centuries from 14 innings at an average of 60.09. What superlative batting from the New Zealand captain. The Barbados Tridents must be wondering if this is the same man who played for them in the 2017 CPL and scored 172 runs from 10 innings averaging 17.20. Shikhar Dhawan has given Williamson some support scoring 437 runs. the next best is Manish Pandey with 276 runs so one can understand the importance of Williamson and Dhawan to this team. It is obvious Sunrisers’ strength is in their bowling and in Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma and Shakib Al Hasan, they have quite possibly a bowling attack that can not only limit the opposing team’s ability to score runs but take wickets as well.

The fourth qualifier was another surprise - Rajasthan Royals. In Jos Buttler, the English keeper, they had a player scoring runs heavily and quickly with a strike rate of 155. However, he has returned to England to prepare for the test series against Pakistan, so their chances of moving forward have been severely dented even with the stylish Sanju Samson and skipper Ajinkya Rahane. The Barbadian born pacer Jofra Archer, together with the left arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat has been their wicket leading takers. Any pitch that offers their leg spinners Shreyas Gopal and Ish Sodhi some assistance could lead to them surprising the top three teams.

Of the others Mumbai Indians simply did not score enough runs, Royal Challengers Bangalore depended on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers with the bat and Umesh Yadav with the ball far too much. Kings XI Punjab was all about KL Rahul and Andrew Tye while Delhi Daredevils wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was even more sensational with the bat than Williamson scoring a century and 5 half-centuries. All who failed to qualify simply depended on too few players to come good all the time.

Editor's Note: This column was written before yesterday's second semifinals.

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King, Mamchan help Naps win title

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:00
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Romario King and Liam Mamchan lead from the front and helped Naparima College end a nine-year drought in the PowerGen Under-14 Division of the South Zone Cricket tournament. Naps recorded a thrilling victory over arch-rivals Presentation College at the Woodland Recreation ground in La Romaine, yesterday.

National under-15 batsman Khaleem Mohammed batted well to score 56 and take Presentation to a fighting 154 for six off their 35 overs.

Naps in return squeezed home thanks to mature batting from King and Mamchan. King the right-hander from South East was classical in his stroke play and was the cornerstone of the Naps batting effort.

While he stood firm, wickets tumbled around him until skipper Mamchan joined him. The big left-hander who opened the bowling for T&T in the recently concluded regional Under-15 series turned batsman and together the pair added 31 runs for the fifth wicket. King fell just three runs short of his half-century, facing 71 balls and hitting six fours and a six.

Upon King's departure, Mamchan took over and guided the rest of the batting. Firstly, he forged a useful association with Additya Persad worth 22 runs. However, Persad was run out and Naps slipped to 118 for seven after another breakthrough from Jalim, who nabbed three wickets.

Mamchan then found an able ally in Arion Babwah and they added an unbroken 39 for the eight wickets that sealed the victory. Mamchan ended with an unbeaten 36 off 64 balls with five fours.

Earlier, Mohammed batting at number three played a well-controlled innings to keep Presentation College on track for a good score. The right-hander got support from Nickyle Jalim as the duo added 71 for the fourth wicket. Mohammed finished on 56 off 72 balls with seven fours and a six. Jalim gave good support to Mohammed in getting 14. King, who steady with the ball also grabbed two wickets for 18 runs off his seven overs.

POWERGEN SECONDARY SCHOOLS SCORES

Presentation College 154/6 (35) (Khaleem Mohammed 56, Nickyle Jalim 14, Romario King 2/18) vs Naparima College 157/7 (31.3) (Romario King 47, Liam Mamchan 36no, Nickyle Jalim 3/20, Shane Rajaram 2/22) - Naparima College won by three wickets.

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Morrison: lack of venues hurting vball training

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:00
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National men’s senior team volleyball coach Sean Morrison is calling on the relevant authorities to come to his team’s aid in getting training facilities made available to his players as they get ready for the start of their 2018 international season.

T&T, the reigning Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (Cazova) champion team (2010, 2014 & 2017) is currently preparing to compete in the six-team Norceca Men Challenge Cup, a continental qualifying event carded for Cuba, from June 3 - 11.

This will be followed by the 23rd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Colombia (July 20 - August 3); 13th Pan American Cup in Mexico (August 12-20) and finally, the defence of their Cazova Men’s Championship in Suriname (August 4 – 11).

Yesterday, a frustrated Morrison, a former national player himself said,

"The national team has been having problems with regards to the use of training facilities since last year. Before the Cazova Championships we hosted last year we were provided with the use of the indoor area of the National Cycling Centre, in Balmain, Couva and back then we were told it was going to be the new home for the sport of volleyball. However, this has not really been the case as after we returned from the Norceca Senior Men Continental Championships in Colorado Springs in October, we have been faced with problems. We have seen other sports like karate, gymnastics, cheer-leading and kickboxing all given use of the facilities ahead of us when we need as much training time as possible."

With just under two weeks before his team departs for Cuba, Morrison noted that the training has been very hectic and when they manage to get venues they make sure and have a full turn out and work hard.

For the tournament in Cuba, Morrison will be without key duo, Portugal-based Marc-Anthony Honore, and Brandon Legall for the matches in the round-robin series against host Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

Morrison said that Honore is coming off a very tough season with SL Benfica in which they were beaten in the Portugal A-1 Division final by Sporting CP in the best-of-five series, 3-2.

Honore’s SL Benfica captured the Portugal Cup yet again and was quarter-finalist in their European club exploits as well.

“We agreed for Marc (Honore) to get some rest and rejoin the team for the remaining tournaments inclusive of the CAC Games, 13th Pan American Cup in Veracruz, Mexico and Cazova Championship.

With respect to Legall, Morrison explained that it’s understood that with the current spike in crime, Police Officer Legall, who was voted as the ‘Most Valuable Player’ in leading T&T to the regional crown last year will have some difficulty in getting time off at this point in time and should rejoin the team at the end of June.

Looking ahead to Cuba, the T&T coach said he was not too worried about the duo’s absence as he was more focused on the development and giving some of the younger athletes the experience like Nicholas Prescott and Daynte Stewart.

The tournament caters for 14 players per team, but due to lack of funding, we are only taking 12 players to Cuba, so we had to leave behind Clinton Williams and Che Cockburn.

“It would have been nice to give them the exposure for the future when the older players start retiring, but all in all it’s a build-up for CAC and Cazova because we are lacking playing experience right now

The local squad will be led by Glamorgan’s Ryan Stewart who captained the locals to the Caribbean crown last year and will include Kwesi Daniel, Akim Bushe, Marlon Phillip, Daneil Williams, libero Joshua Mohammed, Newton Grant, setter Kameron Daniel and USA-based pair, Adriel Roberts (Charleston University), and Mikheil Hoyte.

All the players named above with the exception of Grant were part of the Cazova 2017 Championship winning team.

‘We also have the experienced middle-blocker Russell Pena, who could have stepped in for Honore out injured, so we have brought in two new players in Nicholas Prescott and Daynte Stewart, who should be no strangers to the group

The team currently trains four days a week at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex, Mucurapo; Thursdays and Fridays (8.30 pm – 11 pm) and Saturdays and Sundays (7.30 pm – 11 pm).

T&T senior men’s Challenge Cup volleyball squad: Nicholas Prescott, Daynte Stewart, Kwesi Daniel, Adriel Roberts (Charleston University), Mikheil Hoyte, Akim Bushe, Marlon Phillip, Daneil Williams, Ryan Stewart (captain), Joshua Mohammed (libero), Newton Grant, Kameron Donald (setter).

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Jabloteh chases three FYPL Cups

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:18

San Juan Jabloteh and long-time rivals W Connection will clash in two Flow Youth Pro League (FYPL) Cup finals on Sunday at a venue to be determined after the San Juan Kings continued stretched their youth powerhouse status into the inaugural knockout competition by reaching the final in all three divisions.

Jabloteh and Connection will battle for the Under-14 and 18 Cup titles, separated by the San Juan Kings’ title clash against Club Sando in the Under-16 category.

Jabloteh Under-18s completed the semifinal round trifecta when they kayoed their North East Stars counterparts 4-3 on penalties following a late 1-1 draw at Larry Gomes Stadium in one of three semis that were determined via the spot while Connection U18s edged Police FC 3-2 at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium training field.

The result in Malabar was a slap in the face for the Stars which had only weeks ago sacked their U18 coach Kevin Jeffrey after the arrival of new club coach Zoran Vranes who had recruited then Jabloteh U18 coach, Gilbert Bateau. Jeffrey had since joined Jabloteh to fill the vacant post.

Jabloteh Under-14s were also made to advance from the spot, defeating Defence Force FC 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the Malabar venue to advance to the title-match into the final against W Connection who defeated Point Fortin Civic 2-0 in their semi-final clash at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium training field.

Club Sando also needed spot-kicks at the Marabella venue to dispatch Police FC 6-5 in the Under-16 division after allowing a 3-0 first-half lead to slip. Justin Araujo-Wilson scored twice before teammate Caleb Straker added a third to send Sando in at the break with the healthy cushion, but a double from Jesus Delicia after Jordel John had reduced the deficit saw the Blues manage a 3-3 regular-time score.

Simultaneously at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Jabloteh were comfortable 5-1 winners over Point Fortin Civic in their U16 clash with Jerry Morris and Malachai Daniel each scoring twice and Terrell Wiley converting a first-half penalty.

SEMIFINAL RESULTS

Under-14 Division
• San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Nkosi Ambrose 22’) vs Defence Force FC 1 (Jean-Pierre Reyes 67), 10 am Larry Gomes Stadium,
Jabloteh won 4-3 on penalties;
• Point Fortin Civic 0 vs W Connection 2 (Molik Khan 68’, Dantaye Gilbert 70’+), at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium training field 1.
Under-16 Division
• San Juan Jabloteh 5 (Jerry Morris 4’, 73’, Terrell Wiley 14’ pen., Malachai Daniel 16’, 80’) vs Point Fortin Civic 1 (Mordecai Brown 73’), at Larry Gomes Stadium;
• Club Sando 3 (Justin Araujo-Wilson 14’, 23’, Caleb Straker 42’) vs Police FC 3 (Jardel John 47’, Jesus Delecia 58’, 78’), at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium training field 1.
Sando won 6-5 on penalties.
Under-18 Division
• San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Kesean St. Rose 78’) vs North East Stars 1 (Ackeem Mason 90’ pen.), at Larry Gomes Stadium,
Jabloteh won 4-3 on penalties;
• Police FC 2 (Kai Phillip 31’, 61’) vs W Connection 3 (Andre Raymond 59’, 76’, Tyrike Andrews 70’ pen.), at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium training field 1.

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Andrews snares U-20 Decathlon title

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:16

Joel Andrews scored the most points on the weekend in the National Association of Athletics Administration (NAAA) Combined Events Championships, to emerge the champion of the Boys Under-20 Decathlon.

The D’Abadie Progressive athlete tallied 5,959 points to win the 10-discipline event at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo against initially eight competitors.

After day one of competition on Saturday, Andrews led with 3,199 points against initially eight competitors but went down to seven with the exit of Morvant Jets’ Kyle Phillips following the second discipline.

Then Andrews placed fourth in the 100 metres in 11.54 seconds to earn 744 points and fifth in the long jump with a 5.90m-leap (565). He went on to score 591 in placing first in the shot put (11.74m), 585 for fourth place in the high jump (1.75m) and 714, placing second in the 400m (52.25 seconds).

On the second day, Andrews was best in the discus with 36.41m (592), the pole vault with 3.20m (406), third in javelin with 40.94m (456) and second in the 1,500m in 5:05.17 (530).

Anson Mason of Tobago Falcons was Andrews closest challenger tallying 5,567 and third was Aaron Caesar (Unattached) with 5,540. Franklyn Stanisclaus (Kaizen Panthers) was fourth with 5,505 and Shaquille Benjamin (Zenith) fifth with 5,122.

The men’s version of the event was a two-man competition between Kerlon Ashby (Kaizen Panthers) and Omari Benoit of Tobago Falcons after Jameel Joseph made an early exit. Ashby won gold with 5,622 with Benoit copping silver with 5,327.

In the Girls U-20 Heptathlon, Safiya John of Kaizen Panthers prevailed with a 4,551-point effort, finishing ahead of Antonia Sealy (Unattached), who mustered 4,185 and Aquilla St Louis (D’Abadie Progressive) with 4,072.

John came from behind to win gold after St Louis had ended the first day with 2,743 points from the opening four disciplines including 110m hurdles in 14.87 (859), high jump with 1.54m (666), shot put with 8.00m (399) and 200m in 25.75 (819). In comparison, John was a close second with 2,709 with respective results of 15.53m (773), 1.57m (701), 9.44m (493) and 26.64 (742), in the first four disciplines.

She rebounded on day two winning the long jump with 5.57m (720), and 800m in 2:38.32 (592) and placed second in the javelin with a 32.79m-throw for 530 points.

Sealy elevated her performance on the second day as well to sneak into silver medal spot. Her results read: 16.54m (649), 1.39m (502), 10.67m (573), 26.98 seconds (713), 5.06m (576), 36.42m (599) and 2:40.02, respectively.

OTHER RESULTS

Decathlon
Boys U-17: 1 Nathaniel Mathura (D’Abadie Progressive) 4,854; 2 Justin Guy (Kaizen Panthers) 4,836; 3 Che Saunders (Kaizen Panthers) 4,022; 4 Anthony Diaz (La Brea Athletics) 3,701; 5 Dimitri Francis (Morvant Jets) 3,462
Boys U-15 NACAC: 1 Keone John (Memphis Pioneers) 4,253; 2 Dorian Charles (La Brea Athletics) 4,030; 3 Aaron Antoine (Neon Wolves) 3,954; 4 Wayne Edwards (Memphis Pioneers) 3,896; 5 Le Bron James (Tobago Falcons) 3,670
Heptathlon
Girls U-17: 1 Malika Coutain (PFNJ) 3,754; 2 Sanaah Richards (Oasics) 1,566; 3 Jade Lawrence (Newton) 1,396; 4 Jenique Lewis (Oasics) 1,078
Girls U-15 NACAC: 1 Natasha Fox (PFNJ) 3,801; 2 Kayla Caesar (Memphis Pioneers) 2,938; 3 Aalisha Jones (Oasics) 2,664; 4 Salisha Marshall (D’Abadie Progressive) 2,578; 5 Kevisjah Figaro (Unattached) 2,240
Pentathlon NACAC
Boys U-13: 1 Jaidi James (Tobago Falcons) 2,634; 2 Jahaziel David (Tobago Jaguars) 2,531; 3 Andre Joseph (Unattached) 2437; 4 Maurice Guevara (ZC Athletics) 2,290; 5 Mahkaya Mahon (Oasics) 2,251
Girls U-13: 1 Gianna Paul (D’Abadie Progressive) 2,491; 2 Kernesha Shelborne (Oasics) 2,403; 3 Rhianna Jackson (Air Bon Sonics) 2,300; 4 Janae Thomas (PFNJ) 2,067; 5 Chloe James (Mercury) 2,032
Tetrathlon
Boys U-11: 1 Tyrique Vincent (ZC Athletics) 2,019; 2 Darius Marcus (Tobago Falcons) 1,668; 3 Jaleel Eugene (Memphis Pioneers) 1,602; 4 Kai James (Tobago Jaguars) 1,588; 5 Roshan Jackson (Air Bon Sonics) 1,575
Girls U-11: 1 Tenique Vincent (ZC Athletics) 1,570; 2 Nailah Isles (ZC Athletics) 1,497; 3 McKailah Warde (ZC Athletics) 1,401; 4 Teshawna Pope (Memphis Pioneers) 1,352; 5 Andreen Sylvester (Morvant Jets) 1,286
Triathlon
Boys U-9: 1 Amarley Henry (Tobago Jaguars) 1,131; 2 Malik Charles (PFNJ) 1,020; 3 Michael Paul (D’Abadie Progressive) 966; 4 Kristian Thomas (Concorde) 938; 5 Niam Sealy (Unattached) 862
Girls U-9: 1 Kiwanna Simmons (Laura Pierre Eagles) 585; 2 Kyann Nicholson (Air Bon Sonics) 524; 3 Ella-Marie Young (Concorde) 522; 4 Jadel Joseph (PFNJ) 520; 5 Jade Ramsaran (La Brea Athletic) 518

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Lara to play in BMW PGA

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:11

Legendary World cricketer Brian Lara will participate in the 2018 BMW PGA Golf Championships but important to him, he is taking along a young golfer from T&T to share in the experience.

Lara, who has participated at the championships before and has carried young golfers previously, will be accompanied by Christopher Richards Jr.

Richards Jr is following in the footsteps of Ross Cabral, Zico Correia and young Barbadian, Iz Hustler, all of whom have continued that upward mobility towards their lifelong dreams of becoming professional golfers, after making the trip with Lara.

Lara’s vision is to expose the young golfers to such tournaments with the main aim of providing them with the experience of the PGA circuit in an effort to further spark and ignite their passion for the game.

His ultimate hope is that these talented youngsters can learn, see and feel the game so that they will be inspired to continue being avid students of the game and go on to represent our beloved twin-island public.

While there, young Richards Jr will have the opportunity to meet some of the greatest players in the world, such as Rory Mc llroy, Ernie Els, Ian Poulter, Martin Kaymer and many more.

He will have the opportunity to observe and learn from some of the professional golf teachers that will be present at the event and hopefully come back with a greater desire to play the game at the highest level.

Lara said: “We have produced only one true professional golfer in Stephen Ames, who has made us incredibly proud of his achievements. I believe we need more of his kind in this sporting discipline.”

When contacted, Cabral, one of the young golfers who attended this in 2014, said it was “the best-golfing experience of his life.”

Correria said: “I was twelve at the time and it was a great experience and I will love to go back. My dream is to become a professional golfer and to follow in the footsteps of some of those iconic players that I saw.”

This year’s initiative is being held in conjunction with the Scott Anderson Young Achievers Award.

Scott Anderson, before his passing in 2017, dedicated his life to helping the less fortunate and Trinidad and Tobago’s talented young golfers.”

The Scott Anderson golf tournament will be happening soon to continue Scott’s work in ensuring equality for all in the golfing fraternity.

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BPTT Mayaro night cricket gets going

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:09

Cricket skills and community spirit were the main ingredients on display as the 2018 BP T&T Mayaro Night Cricket Windball Competition bowled off to an exciting start at the Mayaro Government School Recreation Ground recently.

Seventeen teams were dressed to the hilt in colourful uniforms as they took part in the march past and round-robin competitions.

Officially opening the new cricket season was Joel Primus, Community Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations Advisor, BPTT, who said: “It’s wonderful to see so many teams in their magnificent uniforms, ready to play and win.

“BPTT has always been an active social investor in this community and the turnout of both teams and supporters is confirmation that this community appreciates our efforts. More than just fun, this competition is focused on developing talent, sporting excellence and community camaraderie. As such, it is with great pride that I announce the official start of this cricket competition.”

The Mayaro Windball Night Cricket Competition has been sponsored by energy company BP T&T since 1999 and represents just one aspect of their support for sports development in Mayaro. Managing the league since last year is the All Mayaro Sports Foundation (AMSF), a community-based non-governmental organisation which has been charged by BPTT with the responsibility of guiding and facilitating sports development in the wider Mayaro region.

Primus said: “In our constant drive to offer greater opportunities to Mayaro, I want to announce that next year this competition will be launched at the refurbished ground at the BPTT Mayaro Resource Centre.

Work on the upgrade will begin soon and this community will benefit from access to an improved facility that has become a hub of community development and empowerment in Mayaro.”

AMSF’s Corporate Secretary, Jameson Rigues said: “This is one of the top sporting competitions in our community and teams from all over Trinidad come here to play in this fun and competitive atmosphere.

Win, lose or draw, the teams always compete with respect and discipline and bring excitement and pride to our beautiful community. This competition truly embodies our motto of ‘sport for the enrichment of life’ and we look forward to a bigger and better 2018 competition.”

In addition to main sponsor BPTT, Rigues also thanked the other companies supporting the league, including Laing Sandblasting and Painting Company Limited and B Ramkissoon Hardware Limited of Rio Claro, as well as supporters and members of the AMSF who assisted in the successful launch of the competition.

Following the march past, the teams were divided into groups and competed for bragging rights as the winners of the round-robin competition that saw teams playing against each other in an intense four-over clash.

Strikers put on an all-around effort to defeat a dangerous Bomb Squad in the female division. In the keenly contested men’s division, Late Boys put on a challenging 33 runs on the board which Cascadoux All-Stars could not chase down despite their valiant efforts.

Derick Ramphal, captain of the Siparia-based Late Boys, was elated with his team’s victory, “This win means a lot to us and is the best possible start we could have asked for. We want to win the league and knock-out, but that won’t be easy because all the teams are very strong. This cricket league is first-class and you wouldn’t expect any less from BPTT and the AMSF. We’re glad to be here in Mayaro and look forward to playing and winning in this top-notch cricket competition.”

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Rochford double sinks French Guiana 3-1

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:07

T&T Under-20 Men’s footballers closed off their three-match campaign at the Guadeloupe six-nation tournament with a come from behind 3-1 victory over French Guiana on Monday afternoon.

Midfielder John-Paul Rochford came off the bench to score a double and assist in the other goal which lead Russell Latapy’s troops to their first win of the three-match tour. The win followed 2-0 and 2-1 defeats by Costa Rica and Martinique at the weekend.

French Guiana took a 20th-minute lead before Rochford equalised in the 46th minute. Shaqkeem Joseph put the junior Soca Warriors ahead with a 60th-minute item, while Rockford delivered the lethal blow with his goal six minutes later.

Costa Rica claimed the title by defeating Haiti 4-3 on penalties, following a 1-1 draw in regulation time in the Final. And in an earlier game, Martinique got the better of Guadeloupe 2-1 in the third/fourth place match.

Afterwards Latapy, the T&T coach said he was pleased to have come away with a win in the closing match, but noted there is much room for improvement. “We started with some players who hadn’t played as much over the first two games, as I wanted to give every player some time to gain experience and show what they are capable of,” Latapy said.

“We didn’t pass the ball as well as we can but I thought we had the better of the first half, creating a few chances on goal. Another lapse in concentration saw us concede and we had to come back and work ourselves back into the match which I thought we did well in by showing character and taking charge of the match.”

“With the changes at halftime we started to take control of the midfield and created better chances which we took with two really good finishes,” Latapy explained further, adding there were a few positives to take from the tournament.

The T&T team will continue preparations with the CONCACAF Qualifiers set for November.

“We could take away a few things which are obviously the experience for the team at this level. Players are now understanding that international football has some key elements which include hard work, desire to give everything and tactical awareness. It’s not only about the technical ability which we are fortunate to possess but with still work to do to get up to the level at which we want to be at,” Latapy concluded.

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Shabazz: Biggest test against St Kitts/Nevis

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:06

Despite a dogged 3-0 win over Dominica in the Concacaf Caribbean Women’s Qualifiers on Monday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, coach Jamaal Shabazz has said his biggest test in the tournament will come from St Kitts/Nevis on Friday when the team meet in a 6:30 pm contest.

The T&T coach was left smiling for the first time in a long while, due mainly to the progress being made in the women’s game. The Soca Princesses are expected to top the group.

On Saturday, T&T go off to flying start by crushing USVI 10-0. However, the Dominicans, being coached by T&T’s Rajesh Latchoo who was an understudy to Shabazz at Morvant Caledonia United, provided more resistance than expected with a defensive strategy.

In a post-match press conference, Shabazz didn’t believe his understudy provided his biggest test in the five-team Group C play-off, saying it will come from St Kitts/Nevis, as they have demonstrated the ability to play, bring the ball down and start the attack. St Kitts/Nevis got the better of the Dominicans 2-1 in its opening match Saturday and will be hoping for maximum points today when they clash with the Grenadians in Couva from 4 pm. In the other game today the United States Virgin Islands will tangle with Dominica from 6:30 pm.

Against Dominica, Shabazz girls produced a decent display in a match that served as a learning experience for them.

“Good tactical game in defence by Dominica, but we are just happy to come away with three goals and three points. Latchoo showed the intelligence that he couldn’t play open, that they had to literally park the bus and they did it well. I think the tactics used by Dominica reminded me of when we played the USA back in 2002 where we defended for our lives and focussed on getting the ball to Mollon,” Shabazz explained.

He believes there was disinterest among his players by the defensive strategy but said they know now how to deal with such a tactic.

T&T’s defensive midfielder Karyn Forbes has been Shabazz’s ace card in tight situations, displaying her ability to strike the ball powerfully to goal.

Forbes who has been as steady as a rock in the defence, was among the scorers in the opening game, a scorcher from the wide left, and again Monday she curled one in from a similar position from a free kick.

The team is expecting to be strengthened further with the inclusion of Ahkeela Mollon and Maylee Attin-Johnson, both of whom are abroad coaching, as well as two new surprise players that will fit into the team perfectly.

WALTER ALIBEY
 

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Brathwaite’s IPL best in vain

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:04

MUMBAI, India—Carlos Brathwaite struck his Indian Premier league career-best score but it was not enough to prevent table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad from going down by two wickets to Dwayne Bravo’s Chennai Super Kings, in the first playoff game yesterday.

Sent in at Wankhede Stadium, Sunrisers were on the ropes at 88 for six in the 15th over before Brathwaite produced a sterling unbeaten 43 from 29 balls to lift the innings up to 139 for seven off their 20 overs.

The West Indies Twenty20 captain, in only his second match of the season, struck one four and four sixes, as he dominated a 51-run seventh wicket stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (7).

Brathwaite began slowly, gathering just seven runs from his first 15 deliveries before teeing off with two consecutive sixes off seamer Shardul Thakur at the start of the 18th over which eventually leaked 17 runs.

The Barbadian once again got stuck into Thakur in the final over, lashing two sixes and a four as 20 runs came from the last six balls of the innings.

Captain Kane Williamson and Yusuf Pathan had earlier both scored 24 but medium pacer Bravo snatched two for 25 from his four overs, to help CSK made inroads.

In reply, CSK found themselves reeling at 62 for six in the 13th over before South Africa’s Faf du Plessis stroked a match-winning unbeaten 67 from 42 balls to put his side into next Sunday’s final with five balls to spare.

He added 30 for the seventh with Deepak Chahar (10) and a further crucial 27 for the ninth wicket with Thankur (15 not out).

The contest was still in the balance at the start of the 18th over with CSK requiring 43 from 18 balls for victory, but seamer Brathwaite conceded 20 runs from his third over, to simplify the equation for CSK.

Seventeen runs then gushed from the next over leaving CSK with a mere six to get from the final over.

Bravo had earlier fallen cheaply in the 12th over, edging a long hop from Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan to slip for seven.

Brathwaite finished wicket-less from his three overs which cost 31 runs.

Sunrisers will have a second chance to reach the final when they face the winner of Wednesday’s second playoff match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, in the second qualifier on Thursday. (CMC)

BRIEF SCORES

SRH 139/7 in 20 overs (Carlos Brathwaite 43*; Dwayne Bravo 2-25) lost to CSK 140/8 in 19.1 overs (Faf du Plessis 67*, Rashid Khan 2-11) by 2 wickets.

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