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Monster in record time

19 hours 5 min ago

Hail Motul Monster, the 2018 T&T International Great Race winner and new Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) record holder for the fastest boat to reach Tobago from its twin island Trinidad.

Its lightning-quick 47 minutes and 23 seconds finish on the 95 mile course is now being compared to a Caribbean Airlines trek to Tobago daily, but driver Joey Sabeeney jokingly said he is not ready to transport travellers just yet. Monster’s feat has now eclipsed all other achievements in the event’s 50th-year history, having now been recognised by the world governing body for the sports UIM as an international event, which puts its time into the record books as the fastest in the world from Trinidad to Tobago.

“I am glad that we’ve set this record and have kept the T&T flag flying high in the midst of international competition,” Sabeeney said.

The victory for the 130mph A-Class competitor adds to its hat-trick of wins in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and is the first under new sponsors Motul. It also completes a magnificent record of 58 wins out of 65 races in the boat’s six years of racing in T&T.

After an 8am start at the foreshore, Monster found itself in an expected battle with arch-rivals Mr Solo Too, Jumbie and US entrant Lucas Oil early, but Sabeeney, who was accompanied by his son Joshua as the assistant throttleman, as well as Peter and Daniel Peake as the other crew members, successfully took control of the race after the boat avoided the hazard of floating debris.

The boats had to complete a two-lap circuit before exiting the gulf and later when they reached into Tobago waters.

Sabeeney said their biggest challenge came from a heavy downpour of rain midway through the course which affected visibility, but the crew managed to cross the finish-line as the fastest boat to the sister-isle.

Despite being credited with the fastest time, it was Bacchanal, the 95mph D Class contender that was first to reach Tobago after receiving a staggered start.

First timers Lucas Oil, which was driven by its leader Nigel Hook, stormed home for the second position some seven minutes behind Monster.

Hook later hailed the event as his third best race in the 25 he contested around the world.

“It was a well-organised race that posed much more of a challenge than I expected. I think we were lucky to finish the race in the second position after experiencing early electrical problems. In the end, you have to credit Monster for an excellent performance, but I think we will be back next year to turn our second- place finish into a win,” Hook explained.

Hook said the race exemplified what a great race really is and said he would challenge other US boats to get a taste of the T&T Great Race experience to see how good they really are.

Bacchanal, which was piloted by the father and son team of Wayne and Morgan Honnock, reached Tobago first to win in the D Class, while Mobil Outlaw, the most consistent boat for the year, expectedly took the top spot in the E Class for boats 80mph.

Meanwhile, Fire Chief took the win in the 70 mph F Class, continuing its dominance from the regattas while Limitless, another usual winner in the 60mph G Class, was again in winner’s row.

Joey Sabeeny said that he was delighted to win the bragging rights of this 50th anniversary ahead of Paramount and Mr Solo Too. He said conditions in the Bocas were rough and they lost visibility at one stage, and with an additional ten mile run in the circuit it was somewhat challenging, but in the end the only time they saw any other machine was when they arrived in Tobago.

T&T 2018 GREAT RACE RESULTS

A class 130 mph: Motul Monster
D class 95 mph: Bacchanal
E class 80 mph: Mobil Outlaw
F class 70 mph. Fire Chief II
G class 60 mph. Limitless From Tobago
Cruiser X class: Ruffin It
Cruiser S Class: Apple J

WALTER ALIBEY
 

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Jaglal, Goodridge start with gold

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 22:15

In its quest to lift a fifth consecutive title at the annual Goodwill Swim Meet which splashed off yesterday in Bridgetown, Barbados, T&T swimmers have so far secured 13 gold, 15 silver and 11 bronze medals.

There were record performances for the visitors on the opening night.

Dillon Jaglal equalled the 11-12 boys 50 metres breaststroke record with a 34.43 seconds swim which was set in 2015 by Justin Muler of Suriname. Kiara Goodridge won gold in the 11-12 girls 100m backstroke with a time of 1:11.81, smashing the 2011 record of 1:13 06 which was held by TT’s Ariel Cape.

In the 9-10 boys 4 x 100 medley relay, the team of Giovanni Rivas, Jacob Cox, Zachary Anthony and Liam Carrington set a new record of 5:05.78 to obliterate the 2016 record set by Team TT of 5:11.47. Kiara Goodridge, Amari Ash, Daniella Blackman and Sharana Balkaran combined to establish a new 11-12 girls record in the relay of 5:00.34, erasing TT’s 5:02.32 set in 2014.

The 15-17 girls joined in the record-breaking fray with a relay time of 4:52.07. Bianca Prevatt, Courtney Lawrence, Analee Maharaj and Kami Morean surpassed Suriname’s 2017 record of 4:54.05.

As part of the team’s preparations for the meet, the swimmers were given some inspirational words of advice by triple-Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games gold medal winner, Dylan Carter, who also represented T&T at Goodwill back in 2008.

Carter was present at the last team session last Saturday at the National Aquatic Centre, Balmain, Couva.

He also expressed his disappointment as he was dropped from the national water polo team in 2008, however, immediately after that disappointment, he decided to try swim training in afternoons.

His coach at the time Franz Huggins encouraged him to try out for the Goodwill Swim Team and the national Goodwill trials were his first competitive swim meet.

Eight years after he was in a FINA Senior World Swimming Championships final, Carter who also took photos with the swimmers encouraged them to use disappointments to their advantage as it can open doors for them, and acknowledged the Goodwill Swim Meet as one of the stepping stones to his success

Carter, who would have been eligible for Carifta Swimming Championship in 2008, but did not qualify for Carifta.

Following the Goodwill experience in 2008, in Carter’s second year in the 11-12 age-group in 2009, Carter swam to eight Carifta records, two national records, eight gold and one silver medal at his first Carifta in Aruba.

Speaking ahead of the meet, manager Nefertiti Acosta-Yates and coach Mark Alexis both expressed confidence in T&T’s chances.

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T&T comes up short against Bajans

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 22:12

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent—West Indies Under-19 batsman Kimani Melius propelled hosts Windward Islands to their second straight victory in Cricket West Indies (CWI) Under-19 One-day Championship yesterday.

A devastating spell from left-arm spinner Camarie Boyce swept Barbados to victory in their opening match and an all-round effort helped Jamaica rebound from a first-round defeat when the rain-affected, second round of the seven-team competition was contested.

Melius hit a boundary-studded 65 from 53 balls to top an even 50 from Uri Smith to carry the Windwards to a six-wicket victory over Leeward Islands at Cumberland.

Boyce followed up a solid 72 from Shian Brathwaite with 5-33 from 7.2 overs to spur Barbados to a 60-run victory under the Duckworth/Lewis/Stern Method over arch-rivals Trinidad & Tobago at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex.

And, Jamaica’s bowlers, led by Sanjay Brown, set things up before their batting guided them to an easy, seven-wicket win over Canada at Sion Hill.

The third round of matches on Monday features: Guyana vs Jamaica at Cumberland, Windward Islands vs Barbados at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex and Leeward Islands vs Canada at Sion Hill. (CMC)

Scores

At Arnos Vale Playing Field
Barbados defeated Trinidad and Tobago by 60 runs via the Duckworth Lewis System.
BARBADOS 193 for seven in 43 overs (Shian Brathwaite 72, Mekhail Marshall 29, Matthew Forde 24 not out; Avinash Mahabirsingh 2-47, Teron Jadoo 2-57)
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 149 in 36.2 overs (Leonardo Julien 38, Mbeki Joseph 37, Crystian Thurton 31; Camarie Boyce 5-33, Shemar Persaud 2-32).
At Sion Hall Playing Field
Jamaica defeated Canada by seven wickets.
CANADA 91 for eight in 30 overs (Eshan Sensarma 23; Sanjay Brown 3-12, Roberto Simpson 2-13)
JAMAICA 99 for three in 20.5 overs (Carlos Brown 37 not out, Andre McCarthy 36 not out; Randhir Sandhu 2-19).
At Cumberland Playing Field
Windward Islands defeated the Leeward Islands by six wickets.
LEEWARD ISLANDS 155 for nine in 43 overs (Uri Smith 50, Zawandi White 40; Micah Joseph 3-18, Jeron Noel 3-23, Jahseon Alexander 2-29)
WINDWARD ISLANDS 156 for four in 33.3 overs (Kimani Melius 65, Johnel Eugene 29; Mikyle Louis 2-36).

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Rouse starts perfect in El Salvador

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 22:09

N’Kosi Rouse got his campaign in the Junior Boys Singles round robin playoffs, of the International Table Tennis Federation Junior Circuit in El Salvador, off to a perfect start yesterday.

He whipped hometown favourite Omar Villalta 3-1 to position himself for a spot in the Main Draw. Rouse who only the day before saw his compatriot Mikhail Dookie go down in his opener on Friday, raced to an opening set lead 11-6, but stumbled in the second 6-11. Afterwards, he executed perfectly, winning 11-2 and 11-5 to complete the win.

Meanwhile, Jesse Dookie dominated his opponent Arnoldo Tucubal of Guatemala 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-4) before going down to Diego Orantes of El Salvador 1-3 (4-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-3) last week. And yesterday he again finished on top to a battling Chilean Alonso Hidalgo 3-2.

The TT player claimed the opening set 11-4 but he could not stop the Chilean taking the other two matches 11-8, 11-8. But he sealed the win by holding off his counterpart 13-11 and 11-6 in the final two sets.

Dookie later joined forces with Rouse in the Boys Doubles but they went down to the pair of Joel Cisneros (Peru) and Jadriel Villanueva (Puerto Rico) 1-3.

The same pair (Cisneros/Villanueva) later defeated the TT team of Mikhail Dookie and Derron Douglas 3-1.

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General JN speeds to victory

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 22:06

The John Leotaud trained General JN won the feature Modified Benchmark Handicap for Horses Rated 80-60 over 1,750 metres with contemptuous ease out at Santa Rosa Park, Arima, yesterday.

The Jerry Narace Triple Crown aspirant was put at the ahead of affairs from the starts by a very confident Brian Boodramsing and he never saw his rivals after that.

He never gave his backers any anxious moments as he cruised into a two-length lead going down the backstretch with rider Boodramsingh doing precious little. The three-year-old champion was always holding sway ahead of second favourite Nuclear Power which beat his when they first met on February eight this year by five lengths.

He exacted this revenge and by the far turn 600 metres out Boodramsing was noticeably unsaddling so much better was the son of Forest Danger travelling than his rivals.

At the far turn, General JN skipped three lengths clear of Nuclear Power with Caesar Country moving up on the inside as Maha Raja hoisted the red flag. These were followed by Blind Date, Eye See You, Reggae Dancer and Leading Lady which was not travelling well.

At the top of the straight, the race was on for second place as General KN quickened away in great style for an impressive victory

Nuclear Power outstayed Caesar Country for second with Blind Date running on when it was all over to get fourth.

The running time was good 1:50.63

Punters had a good day as three punters walked home with big bounties.

In the sixth event, the combination of King of the Band, Well Connected, San Antonio, Captain Sparrow and Star Rocket gave a punter an excellent Independence Day gift of $38,470.20.

In the final event which was won by Acus Reus which was well punted at 3/1, the combination of favourite Gus No Fuss, Why Kapalua, Golazo and Lombard gave two lucky punters $20,376.60 for their knowledge.

The leading trainer yesterday was Glenn Mendez who saddled two winners in Road Rage and Integrity.

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TKR in revenge mode

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 22:02

Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) will be looking to exact revenge on the Jamaica Tallawahs when the two clash in a fifth round Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match at the Central Broward Regional Park, USA, this evening from 6 pm.

TKR scored 223 runs for six wickets when the two teams met at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad, over a week ago and then looked on in disappointment as Tallawahs captain Andre Russell stroked a winning century that saw his team emerge from a desperate position of 41 for five and looking beaten, to record an outstanding four-wicket victory that stunned the opposition and their fans that packed the venue.

Going into today’s clash the TKR will be looking for a ‘roadwin’ to improve on its record which reads two wins and two losses.

The team’s two losses came at home at the Queen’s Park Oval.

TKR got its first win away from home in St Lucia on Thursday when it chased down 213 for victory behind Darren Bravo’s commanding unbeaten knock of 94 off 36 balls that helped registered a five-wicket win. There’s no doubt that he will be looking to repeat his heroics at a venue in which he scored two centuries at the 2017 US Open T20 championships.

While TKR batting seems to be in very capable hands, the bowling continues to be the team management concern as the bowlers have conceded over 200 runs in each of its last three matches. Only Muhammad Ali Khan and Fawad Ahmed have made an impression, while skipper Dwayne Bravo has appeared to out of form by giving up over 50 runs in each of his last three matches. In his first match against Stars, he took three for 11.

The word from the dressing room is that TKR’s technical staff is considering giving Windies Test pacer Shannon Gabriel, a rest and bring in Queen’s Park spinner Khary Pierre, as the team seek to take pace off the ball in an effort to tame the rampaging Tallawah batsmen headed by the dangerous Russell and New Zealand import Ross Taylor.

The toss this evening will be crucial as well because teams batting first have won over 80 per cent of the matches at the venue.

As the match progresses the pitch tends to become two-pace which makes it difficult for run scoring.

The Tallawahs are now using the American venue its home base, so they could get greater support from hundreds of Jamaican residents and general West Indian cricket fans that reside in Lauderhill, Florida. The organisers expect a capacity of 15,000 to be chanting for both teams. The two teams have met 13 times in the CPL with Tallawahs winning nine times and the TKR four.

TEAMS

Trinbago Knight Riders Squad: Amir Jangoo, Anderson Phillips, Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin,Dwayne Bravo, Hamza Tariq, Javon Searles, Shannon Gabriel, Kevon Cooper, Khary Pierre, Nikita Miller, Muhammad Ali Khan, Fawad Ahmed, Sunil Narine, Terrence Hinds.

Jamaica Tallawahs: Johnson Charles, Glenn Phillips, Andre McCarthy, Ross Taylor, Rovman Powell, David Miller, Jermaine Blackwood, Andre Russell, Imad Wasim, Krishmar Santokie, Kemar Roach, Samuel Badree.

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Wallace, Housby and Klau recommit to Swifts

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 23:47

The New South Wales Swifts are delighted to announce that international representatives Helen Housby, T&T’s Samantha Wallace and Sarah Klau have re-signed with the club for the 2019 Australian Suncorp Super Netball season.

The trio becomes the fourth, fifth and sixth players to recommit after the Swifts last week secured the services of Maddy Turner, Maddy Proud and Sophie Garbin.

Trinidad & Tobago international Wallace, who also joined in 2017 after being talent spotted at the 2015 Netball World Cup, re-sign on a two-year deal and will look to continue her potent connection with Housby.

The 24-year-old has an impressive shooting record of 932 goals from 1044 attempts over the past two seasons of Super Netball, placing her fifth on the all-time competition ladder.

Housby will remain a Swift until 2021 at least after signing a three-year deal.

The 23-year-old has become one of the most feared and respected attackers in the world since making the move to Australia from England in 2017 and forming a strong partnership with fellow Test star Wallace.

She won Commonwealth Gold with England on the Gold Coast earlier this year and backed it up with another stellar Super Netball campaign.

Klau, also 23, re-signs on a one-year deal after continuing her impressive form in the Swifts’ defensive end which earned her a place in the 2018-19 Australian Diamonds Squad.

Since making the move to Sydney from Adelaide in 2017 the goal keeper’s stock in the game has risen significantly and her partnership with Turner has been key to the Swifts’ successes over the past two seasons.

Head Coach Briony Akle said she was delighted to have secured the signatures of all three players ahead of the 2019 season.

“This is great news for everyone at the Club and it is a credit to the environment that Netball NSW has created that all players were very eager to stay in Red,” she said.

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Boyd brothers sting Trailblazers

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 23:45

Twin brothers, Ahkeem Boyd and Ahkeel Boyd combined for 60 points to lead Stories of Success (SOS) Basketball Academy to an emphatic 130-92 demolition of Trailblazers in the Men’s Premier Division of the Barry Stewart Invitational Basketball League at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo on Thursday night.

Ahkeem poured in a tournament-high 38 points while Ahkeel added 22 in a dominant offensive performance for SOS which also got 21 points from player/coach Kern George.

Juvani Edwards did his best to keep Trailblazers in the match with 34 points, while Akil Paynther got 18 and Jalani Mapp, 15, in the loss.

In the second match on the night, Detour Shak Attack had a much tougher battle on its hands before coming away with a 73-70 triumph over Brian Chase Basketball Academy.

Forward Reynold “Pie” Hospedales led the way for Shak Attack with 17 points while Ancil Ollivierre added 13, and Wadikie Felix, 11 for the winners, which allowed a 24-13 first quarter lead to slip at the end of the first-half which ended 35-all, before regaining a slight advantage at the end of the third, 52-47.

Nathan Lewis led all scorers with 21 points for Brian Chase with keya Blackett and Kushiah King netted 19 and ten points respectively

THURSDAY RESULTS

Men’s Premier Division
n SOS Academy (70) 130 (Ahkeem Boyd 38, Ahkeel Boyd 22, Kern George 21) bt Trailblazers (35) 92 (Juvani Edwards 34, Akil Paynther 18, Jalani Mapp 15)
n Detour Shak Attack (35) 73 (Reynold Hospedales 17, Ancil Ollivierre 13, Wadike Felix 11) bt Brian Chase (35) 70 (Nathan Lewis 21, Keya Blackett 19, Kushiah King 10)

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Springer lifts Cemeteries to PoS Corporation title

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 23:44

Nippy forward Orsaze Springer scored a first-half double as Cemeteries held off Transport & Cleansing 2-1 in a virtual decider to lift the Port-of-Spain City Corporation Inter-Department Seven-a-Side Football League crown on Tuesday night at Nelson Mandela Park (formerly King George V Park), St Clair.

Going into the future match of the day’s double-header which was postponed by two days due to unplayable conditions at the venue, Transport & Cleansing held a two points lead over Cemeteries on the eight-team round-robin table and needed only a draw to capture the title.

However, Springer had other ideas and bagged a first-half double to hand Cemeteries a comfortable 2-0 lead.

Cemeteries then wasted a number of chances to extend its advantage and with less than five minutes left in the 30-minutes half, Christopher Wilson reduced the deficit.

In the end, Cemeteries held on for the narrow win to lift its points tally to 17 points from eight matches, one more than Transport & Cleansing.

In the day’s opener, last year’s winner City Hall and Central/Eastern battled to a 1-1 draw to end in fourth and third placed respectively. On completion of the league last night, the knockout competition will kick off at the same venue on Tuesday, August 21 with quarterfinal matches.

The semifinals are carded form Wednesday, August 29 while the final will come off on September 1.

TUESDAY’S RESULTS

n City Hall 1 (Kushaiah King) vs Central/Eastern 1 (Marvin Harper)
n Cemeteries 2 (Orsaze Springer 2) vs Transport & Cleansing 1 (Christopher Wilson

LATEST STANDINGS

Teams P W D L F A Pts
1. Cemeteries 7 5 2 0 29 8 17
2. Transport & Cleansing 7 5 1 1 11 4 16
3. Central/Eastern 7 4 2 1 18 4 15
4. City Hall 7 4 0 3 8 5 13
5. Western Division 6 1 1 4 10 14 4
6. Public Health 6 1 1 4 5 17 4
7. Central Market 6 0 2 4 6 18 2
8. St James Division 6 0 1 5 3 21 1

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General JN takes on Nuclear Power

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 23:41

Triple Crown aspirant General JN will have his final run before the Trinidad Derby today when he will contest the Modified Benchmark Handicap race for three-year-old and over horses rated 80 - 60 over - 1,750 metres. The field will be chasing a purse of $41,225 to the winner on the main track at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.

The John Leotaud trained, Jamaican Bred horse has been winning his races with ease and looks likely to land the ‘Triple Crown,’ but today he will have to be at his absolute best to win his beaver-trick and turn back the improving Nuclear Power from the Walter Debysingh barn.

This filly beat General JN over course and distance on February 8th and came back to finished second to Desert Dancer last time out over shorter. She will be a formidable rival over this trip and could inflict a second beating on the champion.

The John O’Brien trained 2017 Derby winner Leading Lady which will be ridden by the in-form apprentice Ri Hernandez with 53.5 kilos is absolutely thrown in at the weights. This is the best chance for Leading Lady to return to winning ways but Nuclear Power may well improve past them all.

General JN’s half brother, Momentum, was the last Triple Crown winner at Santa Rosa Park, four years ago.

Owner, Jerry Narace and trainer Leotaud are both optimistic of a win. At Sunday’s workout, General JN ran an exceptional five furlongs in one minute. Brian Boodramsingh will be riding the three-year-old this weekend for the second time in his career, as he tests his wit against old rival, Nuclear Power.

The prospect of a Triple Crown victory is expected to add to the anticipation and excitement on race day next month, as Cape Canaveral, also a strong contender for the Derby, is hoping to steal the win from the General and deny the chestnut the Triple Crown.

However, on form General JN is the horse to beat and he will be a short-priced favourite to continue his winning ways.

Eight horses have been entered for the feature.

Post time for the first event on the ARC eight-race card is 1:05 pm.

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Bravo, McCullum fire TKR to sensational victory

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 23:39

GROS ISLET, St Lucia – Darren Bravo and Brendon McCullum produced one of the greatest displays of power hitting in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to lead the Trinbago Knight Riders to a shocking win over the St Lucia Stars Thursday night.

Bravo belted an unbeaten 94 from just 36 balls – laced with six boundaries and 10 sixes – and McCullum smashed 68 from 42 balls during a fourth-wicket stand of 137 to help the Knight Riders snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, overhauling the Stars’ challenging total of 212 for two, to reach 218 for five in 19.5 overs.

The result left fans at the Darren Sammy Stadium in disbelief, as their team’s losing streak increased to 15, dating back to 2017.

After Rahkeem Cornwall had struck twice in successive overs to leave the Knight Riders on 20-2, a Stars victory seemed on the cards.

And even when Bravo joined the hard-hitting McCullum at 71-3, few believed there was any hope for the Knight Riders, including St Lucia’s Prime Minister Allan Chastanet, who was in the stands.

Brendan McCullum (left) and Darren Bravo led the Trinbago Knight Riders to a shock victory over the St Lucia Stars

Heading into the final five overs they required 85 runs for a seemingly impossible victory.

But in the ensuing over, Bravo took his fellow countryman Pollard to the cleaners, smashing him for five huge sixes in an over which yielded 32 – the most expensive ever in the history of the CPL.

McCullum then joined in on the act, clouting Obed McCoy for two sixes and a four in the next over which went for 21, as the Stars’ bowlers suddenly began to lose their composures.

By the time Mitchell McClenaghan returned to account for the wickets of McCullum and Javon Searles within three balls of each other in the 19th over to leave the score on 209-5, the damage had already been done.

Denesh Ramdin hammered the final nail with a six, the 34th of the match, off the penultimate ball that not only sealed the win but also equalled the record for most sixes in a Twenty20 match.

Earlier, half-centuries by David Warner, Rahkeem Cornwall and Pollard had pushed the Stars to their highest ever total overs and given them a real chance of picking up their first win in the competition in over a year.

It was the first time in CPL history that three batsmen had scored half-centuries.

Following the dismissal of Andre Fletcher for 17, and the score on 49 in the sixth over, Pollard made the bold decision to promote Cornwall.

That immediately paid dividends as he pummelled Fawad Ahmed over midwicket for six and soon after hit fast bowler Shannon Gabriel out of the ground twice.

He quickly raced to the third-fastest 50 in this year’s competition, off just 25 balls, before losing his wicket soon after.

That brought Pollard to the crease and together with Warner, belted 80 runs from the last five overs.

Pollard’s 50 came from just 18 balls, the joint-fastest ever in the CPL’s history, as he finished unbeaten on 64 off 23 balls inclusive of one boundary and seven sixes.

Warner was much more patient, his unbeaten 72 requiring 55 balls and containing four boundaries and three sixes.

In the end though it wasn’t enough, as the Knight Riders claimed their second win of the competition while handing the Stars their fourth loss.

Khan resigns as Stars manager

The General Manager of the St. Lucia Stars Mohammad Khan resigned yesterday. The man who was largely responsible drafting the current St. Lucia Stars team made the announcement after the Stars registered their 15th consecutive defeat.

Khan visited the set of 758 Sports Talk a few weeks ago. In the exclusive interview on DBS TV, Khan was enthusiastic about this year’s team and believed that the Stars would have a successful 2018 campaign. So far, the opposite has happened.

Stars have had three consecutive games where they were in a position to win but still remain the only team without a point in the competition.

Perhaps the most devastating defeat occurred at home on Thursday night where the Stars registered an impressive 212 first inning total and still came out on the losing end. Speculation is rife that the now former General Manager may have been at odds with the franchise owner on a number of key issues.

Last year, the franchise decided to move away from Daren Sammy as Captain, indicating that when a team is not winning something has to change. This therefore may be the first of many moves to come, as the Stars continues to seek some form of success. (CMC)

SCOREBOARD

vs TKR
9th match
St Lucia Stars
A Fletcher c Searles b Gabriel 17
D Warner not out 72
R Cornwall c wkp Ramdin b Searles 53
K Pollard not out 65
Extras (lb1, w3, nb1) 5
TOTAL (2 wkts, 20 overs) 212
Did not bat: L Simmons, C Hemraj, D Sammy, K Hodge, M McClenaghan, Q Kamawal, O McCoy.
Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-128.
Bowling: Searles 4-0-36-1, Ali Khan 4-0-49-0, Narine 3-0-26-0, Gabriel 2-0-28-1, Fawad Ahmed 3-0-22-0, DJ Bravo 4-0-50-0.
Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR)
S Narine c Pollard b Cornwall 9
C Lynn lbw Cornwall 4
C Munro c Hemraj b Pollard 25
B McCullum c wkp Fletcher b McClenaghan 68
DM Bravo not out 94
J Searles c wkp Fletcher b McClenaghan 0
D Ramdin not out 8
Extras (b1, w8, nb1) 10
TOTAL (5 wkts, 19.5 overs) 218
Did not bat: DJ Bravo, M Ali Khan, Fawad Ahmed, S Gabriel.
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-20, 3-71, 4-208, 5-209.
Bowling: Hodge 4-0-31-0, Cornwall 4-0-52-2, Pollard 4-0-52-1, Hemraj 2-0-21-0, McClenaghan 3-0-21-2, McCoy 2.5-0-40-0.
Result: TKR won by five wickets.
Man-of-the-Match: Darren Bravo.
Toss: TKR.
Umpires: N Duguid, G Brathwaite; TV – L Rusere

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Douglas closes in on Cadet Boys main draw spot

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 23:35

National Under-15 Singles champion, Derron Douglas moved to within a win of advancing to the main draw knockout of the Cadet Boys Singles competition at the El Salvador Junior and Cadet Open International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Junior Circuit in San Salvador, yesterday.

This after Douglas held a 1-1 winless record after two matches in his fourplayer Group Six round-robin series with a remaining fixture against winless David Mange to complete group play.

Douglas was first beaten by Puerto Rico’s Axel Torres Torres 6-11, 11-13, 11-4, 11-9, 7-11 in a tense five-set battle before he rebounded to defeat Guatemalan, Sergio Carrillo 6-11, 11-7, 12 10, 11-7 ahead of his final match with Mange, who was beaten in his first two matches.

T&T’s other entrant in the Cadet Boys, Mikhail Dookie had little chance of advancing from his group after losing his first two matches.

Dookie went under to El Salvador’s Edgardo Sanchez, 7-11, 12-14, 8-11, and Costa Rican, Johnny Vasquez, 11-9, 10-12, 5-11, 5-11 ahead of his final match versus unbeaten Kenzo Carmo of Brazil.

The local trio of Luc O’Young, N’Kosi Rouse and Jesse Dookie were all carded to serve off their campaign in the Junior Boys Singles late yesterday as well.

Rouse faced Puerto Rican Angel Naranjo ahead of his final match against Omar Villalta of El Salvador today in Group Three; O’Young came up against Cristian Carrillo of Chile and El Salvador’s Rene Escobar in Group Seven; while in Group Nine, Dookie ( J) met El Salvador’s Diego Orantes and Arnoldo Tucubal of Guatemala before he concludes his pool play today versus Chile’s Alonso Hidalgo.

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Tallawahs thrash Patriots to record third straight victory

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 05:38

KINGSTON, Jamaica—The Jamaica Tallawahs registered their third consecutive victory in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) by outclassing the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by 47 runs on Wednesday night.

Led by an unbeaten half-century from Ross Taylor, the Tallawahs posted a competitive 178-4 in their 20 overs and then used a stifling bowling performance to limit the Patriots to just 131-9 from their 20 overs.

The Tallawahs were given a scorching start by openers Kennar Lewis (49) and Glenn Phillips (41), who put on 64 in 6.2 overs.

Phillips was lucky not to have lost his wicket when he was just 11 after he miscued a pull off Carlos Brathwaite, but substitute fielder Hayden Walsh Jr who was on for an injured Chris Gayle spilled the chance.

Just when it seemed as if the Tallawahs were running away with the contest, the Patriots struck twice in three deliveries through legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane.

First, he accounted for the wicket of Lewis and then had Andre McCarthy lbw two balls later for a duck to leave the score 65-2.

That brought Taylor to the crease and together with Phillips, they added 42 for the third wicket.

Taylor was fortunate not to have been dismissed on six, skying a catch to extra cover off the bowling of Anton Devcich. However, he was called back to the crease after it was realized Devcich had overstepped the crease.

It proved to be a costly error, as after a slow start Taylor scored 40 runs off his last 15 balls, with the Tallawahs plundering 65 runs off their final five overs.

He was especially severe on fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, whom he dispatched for three huge sixes in the 16th over, which went for 20 runs.

Rovman Powell hit a quickfire 18 from just 14 balls and captain Andre Russell hit an unbeaten 10 to help the Tallawahs up their final score.

Taylor’s unbeaten 51 came off 35 balls and contained two boundaries and four sixes.

With an out-of-sorts Chris Gayle still opting to open the batting, the Patriots never posed a threat in their run chase.

In the first two overs bowled by Oshane Thomas and Krishmar Santokie respectively, Gayle scored just one run from the 12 balls he faced.

Things then got even worse when Thomas produced a brilliant delivery which Evan Lewis could only edge behind to the wicketkeeper to leave them 1-1 after 2.2 overs.

Tom Cooper’s wretched run in the CPL continued as he was dismissed for just 7, before Gayle’s miserable stay at the crease finally came to an end, his 24 runs coming from 25 balls, as the Patriots stumbled to 39-3 at the end of the sixth over.

The wickets of Devcich, Devon Thomas and Ben Cutting followed soon after, as they fell into further trouble at 61-6. (CMC)

Scores

n TALLAWAHS 178 for four off 20 overs (Ross Taylor 51 not out, Kennar Lewis 49, Glenn Phillips 41; Sandeep Lamichhane 2-21)
n PATRIOTS 131 for nine off 20 overs (Chris Gayle 24, Mahmudullah 22; Kishmar Santokie 2-13, Imad Wasim 2-21, Adam Zampa 2-38)

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Balthazar scores handful

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 05:36

Jerwyn Balthazar struck five times in the first half to lead Defence ForForce FC to a 10-0 humiliation of St Ann’s Rangers in Round One Match Day Two of the 2018 T&T Pro League fixture at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, on Wednesday night.

The 35-year-old Balthazar scored in the 19th, 21st, 32nd, 36th and 40th minutes after Thurlani George opened the scoring for the ‘Tetron Boys’ in the 15th minute against the youthful St Ann’s Rangers line-up under the supervision of a new coaching staff headed by Dave “Hog Head” Quamina.

Former St Ann’s Rangers striker Dylon King was also on target for Defence Force to make it 8-0 in the 43rd minute after club captain Chadley David was credited with a 29th-minute own goal which made it 4-0.

In the second-half, Brent Sam netted a double in the 48th and 61st minute to improve his tally to eight goals in all competitions so far this season to complete the 10-0 romp against a side that are made up of mostly Pro League newcomers and more than half the “development” roster teenagers – and none above 23.

With the win, Defence Force improved to maximum six points from two matches and top of the standings, ahead of W Connection on goal-difference after the ‘Savonetta Boys’ whipped Police FC 4-0 in the second match of a double- header at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.

Former champions, Central FC and Club Sando follow in third and fourth, respectively, with four points each as San Juan Jabloteh, after playing to a 1-1 draw in the first game in Couva.

Club Sando had led the Central from 12 minutes when recent signing Shackiel Henry got the better of experienced T&T goalkeeper Marvin Phillip to poke the Oranges in front 1-0.

Central FC was dealt another blow in the 57th minute when defender Jared London, who joined the ‘Couva Sharks’ this year from Club Sando, was shown the red card by referee Kellon Bacchus after picking up his second yellow card of the second half for a tug on Henry which took the former Pt Fortin Civic and W Connection forward to ground in the final third.

But just as Central caretaker Walt Noriega was about to make a tactical change at the expense of veteran poacher Kerry Baptiste with his team down to ten men, the former Pro League Player of the Year and second all-time goalscorer, combined brilliantly with Duane Muckette in the 64th minute at the edge of the Sando area for the latter to score the equaliser past a hapless Kelvin Henry to level the scores at 1-1 following a left side move by Jameel Neptune.

In the night’s second game, Kadeem Corbin opened W Connection’s scoring against Police with a superb volley past goalkeeper Adrian Foncette in the 35th minute before W Connection captain and St Kitts/Nevis international Gerard Williams doubled the advantage from the penalty spot in the 48th minute after referee CJ O’Brien ruled a handball in the box against Police defender Ryan O’Neil.

Jomal “Bebo” Williams then came off the bench to score a brilliant solo goal from 25 yards to put the score at 3-0 while Marcus “Lobo” Joseph completed the 4-0 rout in the 90th minute with his ninth goal in all competitions this season.

W Connection returns to play against rivals Central FC tomorrow in Match Day Three for the first Couva Clasico of the season from 6 pm Couva, preceding a 4 pm clash between Defence Force and North East Stars. 

Simultaneously at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella, Police FC faces Jabloteh from 4 pm, and from 6 pm at Mahaica Oval, Pt Fortin, Club Sando tackles Pt Fortin Civic

RESULTS

ON WEDNESDAY
• Club Sando 1 (Shackiel Henry
12th) vs Central FC 1 (Duane
Muckette 64th)
• W Connection 4 (Kadeem Corbin
35th, Gerard Williams 48th, Jomal
Williams 79th, Marcus Joseph 90th)
vs Police FC 0
• Defence Force FC 10 (Thurlani
George 15th, Jerwyn Balthazar
19th, 21th, 32nd, 36th, 40th,
Chadley David o.g 29th, Dylon King
43rd, Brent Sam 48th, 61st ) vs
St. Ann’s Rangers 0
ON TUESDAY
• San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Sean Bonval
76th) vs North East Stars 0
• Pt Fortin Civic 2 (Nion Lammy
30th, Hughtun Hector 38th) vs
Morvant Caledonia United 2
(Richard Williams 3rd,
Malik Mieres 47th)

ROUND 1 MATCH DAY 3 FIXTURES

TOMORROW
• Police FC vs Jabloteh,
Mannie Ramjohn Stadium,
Marabella, 4pm
• Defence Force FC vs North East
Stars, Ato Boldon Stadium,
Couva, 4 pm
• Central FC vs W Connection,
Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, 6 pm
• Pt Fortin Civic vs Club Sando,
Mahaica Oval, Pt Fortin, 6 pm

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Female boxers set for history-making moment

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 05:31

History is set to be made when a junior female boxing team will represent the country at an international tournament for the first time.

The team comprises three young, bright talents- Sharika Elias, Aleisha King and Faith Ramnath, all scheduled to compete at the Caribbean Schoolboys/Schoolgirls Development Boxing Tournament from today until Sunday in Georgetown, Guyana.

Team coaches Ria Ramnarine and Jason Aqui are concerned about the team’s travel, due to ongoing funding issues. A release yesterday stated “The T&T Boxing Association (TTBA) is currently trying to ensure that both male and female teams are able to travel to the event. While president Cecil Forde has been trying to work magic with the limited funding he receives, it may require some miracle to get it done”.

Ramnarine, a former world champion boxer, said she was quite excited that a young female team is being groomed for international tournaments.

“It’s a lot of time, dedication and discipline required, but these girls are at the perfect age. Thus far they have shown good potential and this event will most certainly be beneficial in their development”.

She explained the parents of the girls have been quite helpful financially, but further funding is required “It’s quite encouraging that parents have come forward and are collaborating with the TTBA. But we do still need the assistance of corporate or private T&T to help these young aspiring athletes”.

Persons interested in sponsoring the team are asked to contact the TTBA (736-4715 / 763-1187 or [email protected]).

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Winter, Wilkinson on target for Police

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 05:29

An all-out team effort from Police inspired by centre-court player Don Wilkinson and forwards Wesley Vincent and Ronell Winter saw the officers complete its second straight win in the Barry Stewart Basketball League on Wednesday night.

The Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Chaguanas came alive with the intense match-up between Police and Prisons in the Men’s Premier Division and it was the former getting a 70-56 victory.

This affair followed Trailblazers dominating performance against Valencia Heat in the Boys Under-19 category, winning 51-18.

In the feature match, Wilkinson powered his way in the low post with 15, linking up with both small forward Vincent and Winter finished with 14 points each. Police jumped out to 15-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The trio was productive in the second session as Police remained out front despite a run by the Prisons team sparked by Mikhail Williams (23), almost matching its opponent offensively, 12 compared to Police’s 14 to trail by eight (29-21) at half-time.

The third quarter was the best for the policemen, effortlessly adding 30 points to gain a 22-point (59-37) advantage going into the final period.

The Prisons unit upped its game in the fourth quarter and attempted to make a comeback which was piloted by William and teammate Michael Jerome. Prisons outscored the opposition 21 to 11, but it was not enough to overcome the huge deficit built by Police in the previous quarter.

Police have done well thus far to bounce back from its first loss to Defence Force (99-89) on the opening day. In its first win in the second edition of the competition, Police defeated Detour Shak Attack, 66-54.

The Police outfit will be back on the court on Saturday night hoping to extend its win streak in the final of five matches against Straker Nets at the Jean Pierre Complex in Port-of-Spain from 8 pm.

Earlier, Trailblazers coached by Stephen Leonce did a great job which saw his players sharing the ball to earn the 33-point victory over and youthful and inexperience Heat outfit playing competitive basketball for the first time. Jacob Benjamin top-scored with 15 and Timothy Joel added 11 for the winner

Results

Wednesday
Men’s Premier Division
n Police (29) 70 (Don Wilkinson 15, Wesley Vincent 15, Ronell Winter 14) vs Prisons (21) 56 (Mikhail Williams 23, Michael Jerome 16).
n Valencia (12) 18 (Ozarre Daniel 4, Tareeq Gentle 4) vs Trailblazers (17) 51 (Jacoba Benjamin 15, Timothy Joel 11, Jamal Williams 9).
Tuesday: Men’s Premier Division
n Petro Jazz (34) 72 (Ako Pascal 21, Kevin Sargent 13, Fabrice Fisher 10, Steve McSween 10) vs Straker Nets (47) 80 (Jeffrey Harris 23, Joel Hinds 10, Chike Augustine 9).
U-19 Div
n Petro Jazz (24) 49 (Uriyl Cuffie 14, Jason Friday 12, Taber Mason 8) vs Straker Nets (37) 66 (Shakiem Jessop 26, Jerheim Elder 17, Yasin Ryan 12).
Matches
Today (At Pleasantville)
U-19 Division
n Petro Jazz vs Brian Chase Academy, 7.30 pm
Men’s Premier Division
n Petro Jazz vs Defence Force, 8.30 pm
Saturday (At Jean Pierre Complex)
U-15 Division
n Trailblazers vs Enterprise, 2 pm
n Grande Young Stars vs Spartans, 3.30 pm
Women Division
n UWI vs Enterprise, 5 pm
ntraker Nets vs Brian Chase Academy, 6.30 pm
Men’s Premier Division
n Straker Nets vs Police, 8 pm

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Lara Academy to host South Africa women

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 05:27

CAPE TOWN, South Africa—The Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba will be the venue for four of five matches T20 Internationals when South Africa women’s team with three new faces tour the Caribbean next month from September 10 to October 6, 2018 to take on the West Indies women.

Fans will be treated to action on September 28th and 30th and October 3rd and 6th, while Barbados will host the three One-day international and the first of five T20s.

Powerade National Academy graduates Tumi Sekhukhune, Saarah Smith and Robin Searle will embark on their first international tour when the Proteas in a three-match One-Day International (ODI) and five-match T20 International series in Barbados and Trinidad.

The trio was selected at the conclusion of the third annual CSA North vs South competition in Pretoria, where 26 of the country’s most promising cricketers were assembled for a grueling three days of competitive T20s.

The Proteas will play three ODIs and five T20s during their tour of the Caribbean

Their selections also follows the Proteas’ recent disappointing tour of England where they lost the ODI series 3-1 and also performed poorly in the T20 triangular series that included New Zealand.

Ayabonga Khaka has been ruled out of the tour after undergoing shoulder surgery. She will be out for four to six weeks as she targets a return to action in the World T20. Other team movements see the return of veteran wicket-keeper Trisha Chetty.

Speaking on the new squad, National Convenor of Selectors Clinton du Preez, said he was pleased with the balance of the team.

“As a selection panel, we conducted a debrief from the England tour and also the successful Bangladesh tour prior to that. We discovered that there were a few areas where the team was falling short and we realized we had to look at different options and different types of skill-sets to try and set ourselves up well for the West Indies tour with the World Cup not far behind after that,” Du Preez said.

The Proteas squad to West Indies: Dané van Niekerk (captain), Chloe Tryon (vice-captain), Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Suné Luus, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Masabata Klaas, Zintle Mali, Trisha Chetty, Robyn Searle, Tumi Sekhukhune, Saarah Smith. (CMC)

More info

MANAGEMENT: Hilton Moreeng (Head Coach), Salieg Nackerdien (Assistant Coach), Sedibu Mohlaba (Manager), Abram Ramoadi (Performance Analyst), Russell Clarke (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Molebatsi Theletsane (Physiotherapist), Sipokazi Sokanyile (Media Liaison).
TOUR SCHEDULE
Sunday, September 16: 1st IWC ODI – Kensington Oval
Wednesday, September 19: 2nd IWC ODI – Kensington Oval
Saturday, September 22: 3rd IWC ODI – Kensington Oval
Monday, September 24: 1st T20I – Kensington Oval
Friday, September 28: 2nd T20I – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Sunday, September 30: 3rd T20I – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Wednesday, October 3: 4th T20I – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Saturday, October 6: 5th T20I – Brian Lara Cricket Academy

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T&T U19s trounce Leeward Islands

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 05:24

KINGSTOWN—T&T’s quest to do the double got off to the perfect start when they thoroughly defeated the Leeward Islands by a mammoth 176 runs in the first round of the Regional Under-19 50-over Championship yesterday.

Fresh from capturing the three-day title, T&T produced a solid batting performance on their way to posting the day’s highest total of 249 for seven from their 50 overs.

Leonardo Julien top-scored with 82 and Joshua James who stroked an unbeaten 53, were the mainstay of T&T’s innings.

Julien, who faced 114 balls and smashed four boundaries and four sixes, shared in two half-century partnerships to help guide T&T from a spot of bother early on.

He joined forces with Crystian Thurton (26) to add 62 runs for the third wicket after they had slipped to 34-2.

Following the dismissals of Thurton and Mbeki Joseph (9), he and James then added 60 runs in 12 overs to help push the score to 189-5.

Once Julien lost his wicket trying to up the tempo, James found a worthy partner in Rivaldo Ramlogan who smashed a quickfire 35 from just 20 balls to help them up to their eventual score.

James’ hit two fours and one six in his unbeaten 64-ball knock.

The Leewards never came close to mounting a serious challenge, with Teron Jadoo and Justyn Gangoo running through the middle and lower-order to skittle them out for just 73.

With the score on 43-2, the Leewards incredibly lost their last eight wickets for just 30 runs, with Elroy Francis, who scored 32 being the only double-digit contributor.

Jadoo finished with the spectacular figures of three wickets for one run, while Gangoo snagged 3-14. Both Guyana and the Windward Islands recorded six-wicket victories over Canada and Jamaica respectively.

Thanks to a four-wicket haul by Kevin Sinclair, Guyana bundled out Canada for 146 runs, with Kavian Naresh being Canada’s main contributor scoring 57.

Propelled by Joshua Persaud’s 62-ball knock of 80, Guyana then made light work of the total, racing to 147 for four in just 24 overs.

It was a similarly comfortable win for the Windward Islands who dismissed Jamaica for a paltry 159. They then motored along at almost six runs at over on their way to scoring 164-4 in 27.5 overs.

Openers Kimani Melius, who top-scored with 86 and Jahseon Alexander 58, put on 146 for the first wicket to set the Windwards on the path to victory. (CMC)

Scores

At Arnos Vale Playing Field: Guyana defeated Canada by six wickets.
CANADA 146 in 38.3 overs (Kavian Naresh 57, Raqib Shamsudeen 24; Kevin Sinclair 4-23, Kelvin Umroa 2-24)
GUYANA 147 for four in 23.5 overs (Joshua Persaud 80; Kavian Naresh 2-24).
At Sion Hill Playing Field: Trinidad and Tobago defeated the Leeward Islands by 176 runs.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 249 for seven in 50 overs (Leonardo Julien 82, Joshua James 53 not out, Rivaldo Ramlogan 35, Crystian Thurton 26; Javin Spencer 3-55, Kian Pemberton 2-42)
LEEWARD ISLANDS 73 all out in 27.2 overs (Elroy Francis 32; Teron Jadoo 3-1, Justyn Gangoo 3-14, Avinash Mahabirsingh 2-11).
At Cumberland Playing Field: The Windward Islands defeated Jamaica by six wickets.
JAMAICA 159 in 48.5 overs (Carlos Brown 70, Dominik Samuels 25; Johnel Eugene 3-21, Shermill Lewis 3-29)
WINDWARD ISLANDS 164 for four in 27.5 overs (Kimani Melius 86, Jahseon Alexander 58; Sanjay Brown 2-22).

 

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Shameful TTFA; Congratulations TTPBA

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 00:39

When I think about the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB), I think of a soap opera; a never-ending drama series but, along comes to an action-packed horror movie desperately trying for the #1 rating: the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).

Just like cricket, you hold steadfast to the belief that our football can’t get any worse than it already is, and wham! a headline hits you, “McIntyre: Williams, TTFA dropped the ball”. I asked myself, who is Mc Intyre? I was unfamiliar with the goodly gentleman, but I assumed he may have been associated with some aspect of football. To my absolute horror, I realised the man is the Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy and penned an unprecedented release, accusing Williams and his jokers of total inefficiency in not obtaining visas for our National Girls Under-15 team to compete in the CONCACAF Girls Under-15 Championship in Florida, USA.

Can you imagine the hurt and pain that these young girls would have been made to endure by not getting the opportunity to showcase their talents in the USA? I am certain many football scouts, who would be on the lookout for young recruits to give them scholarships to attend their respective universities, will be present. What about their parents who would have been psyching them up for this tournament? How would they be feeling? How do they now explain this to their daughters?

There is absolutely no excuse for submitting visa applications with inadequate information to the US Embassy on 31st July 2018, to be processed by 3rd August 2018 with a public holiday on August 1st. I have neither seen nor heard of the US embassy coming out and penning a release about why a particular group had not obtained visas. They have always been known to not comment on individual cases; of course, the TTFA has once again created history for the wrong reasons. The US Embassy officials must have felt betrayed by the TTFA’s President’s statement that CONCACAF looked into the idea of hosting the event (and others in the future) in other countries because most Caribbean nations are faced with problems when trying to acquire US visas. The US has hosted many tournaments, both at the junior and senior level, and there are a procedure and time span for clubs, teams and countries to obtain visas. You can check with your technical director if you were ignorant to the procedure, as he tours yearly with his club team; I am sure he is well aware of how you obtain visas to play in the USA.

It is glaringly obvious that the TTFA and its President didn’t drop the ball, but rather turned up at the wrong venue for the match. To be blunt, this Administration continues to be inept. Its failure to plan has adversely affected these young girls and they then have the audacity to blame the US Embassy.

Now the horse has bolted, the TTFA is requesting a meeting with the same people who were lambasted and blamed for not getting the visas. What has quite obviously shocked the TTFA President is the response from the Embassy. My dear readers, the jokers never expected such a response from the Embassy, so the goodly President gave us his usual garbage to hold and thought we would have accepted it hook, line and sinker; but may the good Lord bless Chargé d’Affaires McIntyre who came out and told us the truth. But it is unfortunate because the jokers don’t care. I hope they get their wish for a meeting.

If I was McIntyre, I would tell Williams December 25th as he seems to enjoy having meetings on public holidays.

On another note, TTFA Board Member Keith Look Loy is still waiting for over two years for the financials from the “Home of Football” and has gone the legal route to get the TTFA to supply some form of accountability to the members.

He has now called for the TTFA executive to resign (he must be dreaming!) after this latest debacle and in his own words, “collectively they have engineered the calamitous deterioration of our football”. Look Loy has listed close to a dozen examples of total mismanagement by this bunch and as he says, “the frightening aspect is the bunch have taken football to its lowest point and it might be a position we may never recover from”. A scary thought indeed, didn’t I say it was a horror show starring the TTFA executive?

Anyway, on a more positive note, congratulations to the Trinidad and Tobago Powerboat Association (TTPBA) as this Saturday we will witness the 50th running of the Great Race. The Great race has gone from being a national event to an international event with the sanctioning of the race by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), the world governing body for all powerboating activities which makes the event eligible for the UIM record books. This year also sees a foreign boat joining the competition in Lucas Oil; something which I have been clamouring for as I felt our racers need to be exposed to more international competitors.

Godspeed to all the participants! My wish for you is a safe crossing and great racing on the 50th running of the Trinidad and Tobago Great Race.

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Morvant Caledonia, Pt Fortin share points

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 00:37

Point Fortin Civic FC and Morvant Caledonia United will go into the third round of matches in the 2018 T&T Pro League season still searching for a first win, after a 2-2 draw in their round two fixture at Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin on Tuesday night.

Beaten 4-3 by Defence Force in its season opener, Morvant Caledonia went ahead just after three minutes through Richard Williams.

However, on the half-hour mark, former national youth team player, Nion Lammy drew the host level and eight minutes later, Point Fortin Civic which drew goalless with former champions, San Juan Jabloteh in its first-round clash, took the lead courtesy national and W Connection midfielder Hughton Hector, which it took into the half-time interval.

However, two minutes after the re-start, Morvant Caledonia United got back on even terms when Malik Mieres also netted his first goal for the club after which both teams failed to find a winner.

The share of the points left, Point Fortin Civic, sixth on the ten-team table with two points from as many matches, one ahead of Morvant Caledonia AIA.San Juan Jabloteh led the table with

four points after edging past defending champions, North East Stars 1-0 in an earlier match of Tuesday at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar with Sean Bonval 76th minute item the decider.

The trio of W Connection, Central FC and Defence Force, all former multiple title winners were joint second with three points ahead of matches last night with Club Sando facing Central FC, and W Connection versus Police FC, both at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva while Defence Force tackled St Ann’s Rangers at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

Round Three matches will take place on Saturday while Morvant Caledonia will resume play on August 22 against North East Stars, a completely new side headed by a new management and staff and a bunch of players under development this season - nothing from the bunch that won the league last season under Derek King, now coach of T&T Super League outfit, FC Santa Rosa.

TUESDAY’S RESULTS

• North East Stars 0 vs San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Sean Bonval 76’)
• Point Fortin Civic 2 (Nion Lammy 30th, Hughtun Hector 38th) vs Morvant Caledonia United 2 (Richard Williams 3rd, Malik Mieres 47th)

SATURDAY’S MATCH-UPS• Pt Fortin Civic vs Club Sando, Mahaica Oval, Pt Fortin, 6 pm
• Police FC vs Jabloteh, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella, 4 pm
• Defence Force vs North East Stars, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, 4 pm
• Central FC vs W Connection, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, 6 pm

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