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Pacer Beaton back with Trinbago Knight Riders

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 23:54

Guyanese pacer Ronsford Beaton who played a great hand in the Trinbago Knight Riders winning the Hero CPL title last year is back with the team after being forced to miss out due to injury.

Beaton joined the team in Barbados where they are currently preparing to go into action tomorrow against the Barbados Tridents in their sixth match of the 2018 campaign. Speaking on Beaton’s return manager of the team Colin Borde said,”Beaton hasn’t replaced anyone on the team.

We have brought him to work with the coaching staff and bowling coach Carl Crowe. Ronsford has done his testing and while he is awaiting results, he is working with us to continue his rehabilitation. We’ve been working with him, alongside CWI, over the past months on an effort to support him in his quest to return to international cricket. He is part of our TKR family and we continue to support players when in need, so him being with us is one part of his return to play phase. The entire team is happy that Beaten is back in the fold although he may not be playing soon. He is looking very fit, focussed happy and healthy.”

Meanwhile, the team will continue their preparations today ahead of tomorrow’s crucial game. Last night they held fielding drills and played a little bit of football at the Kensington Oval from 6 pm to 9 pm. Today, they will train at the Police ground from 1 pm and all-rounder Kevon Cooper is expected to undergo a fitness test. Apart from him the rest of the squad is fit and raring to go.

The TKR is currently lying second in the standings behind the Guyana Amazon Warriors. They have six points from five matches, having won three matches, one at home and two on the road. After this game against the Tridents tomorrow, they then play the St.

Kitts Patriots next week before coming home to wrap up their home games with games against Guyana Amazon Warriors on September 5 and Barbados Tridents on September 7.

They play their final preliminary round match against the Warriors on September 9 in Guyana before the playoffs begin.

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TKR back to the grind after boat ride

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 00:27

After a couple days rest, the Trinbago Knight Riders resumed preparations yesterday for their clash against the Barbados Tridents at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday and all is reported well.

The team was unlucky to get in a two and a half-hour session at the nets behind the 3Ws stand despite all the rain over the last two days in that country. Manager Colin Borde said the session was excellent and the players are all very eager to get on with the games. The TKR second in the standings behind the Guyana Amazon Warriors with three wins from five matches will be locking horns with the Tridents which have two wins from three matches at 6 pm on Sunday.

After the session yesterday the TKR management took the team on a boat cruise along the scenic West Coast of Barbados as the team continued its team building process. “We have a people from all over the world on our team, so it is important to continue that team building and bonding process. The core group of the guys from last year is still around but there are newcomers as well and what better place to enjoy some time off the field than in beautiful Barbados. We’re going to take the team out, let them swim with the turtles a bit and just enjoy a day off because as you know the T20 games are very intense and we need have had to very hard games in recent times. The boys are feeling good about their cricket and we as management are looking to keep the right balance for them.”

Borde added, “The Tridents are coming off a good win against the Jamaica Tallawahs in Florida and they are playing at home so they will be a difficult proposition and as I have said before the competition is a lot keener this year. We will have our hands full but the talent in our group is great and the boys are focussed. When this happens they are very hard to beat. We are looking forward to winning this game on Sunday because we are treating each match as a final from now on.”

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Austin powers Rangers to first points

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 00:25

Rondell Austin celebrated his first top-flight goal, a match-winning strike, as Terminix St Ann’s Rangers recorded their first 2018 T&T Pro League win, a 1-0 victory over Point Fortin Civic at Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, Arima on Wednesday night.

The win which saw Rangers bounce back from a 10-0 loss to Defence Force lifted the Dave “Hog Head” Quamina-coached team into the sixth spot on the ten-team standing, with three points from four matches, nine points off the top held by W Connection.

Austin’s powerful right-footer in the 69th minute at the back post beats Point Fortin Civic goalkeeper Miles Goodman after 19-year-old substitute Miquel Williams’ left side cross was allowed across the six-yard-area.

Austin, who operates on the right wing, was later replaced injured but stood the hero of a rookie Rangers side that this week secured the services of the veteran poacher and all-time T&T Pro League second top scorer Kerry Baptiste, behind Defence Force forward Devorn Jorsling.

Baptiste, who won titles with San Juan Jabloteh, Joe Public, North East Stars and Central FC, represented the “Couva Sharks”as recently as last Saturday in a 6-1 loss against W Connection before making the switch to Rangers, a side loaded with players 23 and under.

Baptiste, 36, who had a header foiled by Goodman 11 minutesfrom time, provided an excellent opening for Austin after 15 minutes but the winger flopped the opportunity.

However, Austin redeemed himself midway through the second half to lift Rangers (3 points) four spots off the bottom into sixth on the ladder, one spot ahead of Civic (2 points) who are without a win after four games with their last two ending in loses.

Point Fortin Civic forward Nion Lammy wasted a chance which had a goal written all over it in the 34th minute before he was replaced at the restart by Akinola Gregory in a double change by  coach Reynold Carrington who introduced veteran midfielder Hughtun Hector in place of Shaquille Dublin.

Gregory added life to the Civic attack, but after twice troubling the side netting and forcing 17-year-old goalkeeper Josiah Perez into a 54th-minute save, it wasn’t enough a fourth straight winless match in all competitions. Meanwhile, Wednesday’s double- header carded for the Hasely Crawford Stadium—Morvant Caledonia v North East Stars and Defence Force v Police FC—was postponed due to safety concerns in the wake of Tuesday’s earthquake. Competition in the league resumes tonight with San Juan Jabloteh against Club Sando and Defence Force taking on leaders W Connection from 6 pm and 8 pm, respectively, in a doubleheader at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva

RESULTS AND STANDINGS

Wednesday’s Results
St Ann’s Rangers 1 (Rondell Austin 69’) vs Point Fortin Civic 0
Current standings:
Teams P W D L GF GA Pts
1. W Connection 4 4 0 0 15 1 12
2. Jabloteh 4 3 1 0 6 1 10
3. Defence Force 3 2 1 0 15 4 7
4. Club Sando 4 2 1 1 4 4 7
5. Central FC 4 1 1 2 4 10 4
6. St Ann’s Rangers 3 1 0 2 1 13 3
7. Pt Fortin Civic 4 0 2 2 2 4 2
8. Morvant Caledonia Utd 2 0 1 1 5 6 1
9. North East Stars 3 0 1 2 1 4 1
10. Police FC 3 0 0 3 2 8 0

FIXTURES

Tomorrow’s Matches
Pt Fortin Civic vs Police FC, Mahaica
Oval, Pt Fortin, 6 pm
North East Stars vs St Ann’s Rangers,
Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, 4
pm.
On Sunday
Central FC vs Morvant Caledonia
United, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva,
4 pm.

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Khellawan leads Cadet t-tennis team

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 00:21

Priyanka Khellawan will spearhead this country’s medal hopes when a 16-member team depart tomorrow for the 2018 Caribbean Regional Table Tennis Federation Mini and Pre Cadet (Under-11 and Under-13) Championship schedule for the Dominican Republic. The tournament runs from August 26 to 31.

Last year when the competition was held in Kingston, Jamaica, Khellawan was part of the team that won two gold, four silver and four bronze medals.

A winner in the Under-13 Mixed Doubles with Nicholas O’Young, Khellawan crushed Jamaica’s Solesha Young in the Girls Under-13 Singles gold medal contest 11-6, 11-5, 11-5.

T&T’s Imani Edwards-Taylor got bronze after she defeated Jamaica’s Jevera Prendergast 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 in her quarterfinal before going under to Young, 1-11, 4-11, 6-11 in their semifinal.

This time around, Khellawan, Edwards-Taylor, Rebekah Sterling who formed the silver medal-winning team from the Girls Under-13 competition will be joined by Sheneika Collette.

The trio of Khellawan, Edwards-Taylor, and Sterling ended their round-robin with a 3-1 record after defeating Jamaica ‘B’ 3-0, Dominican Republic 3-2 and Guyana/St Vincent and The Grenadines combined, 3-0 and were beaten by champions Jamaica ‘A’ who ended with a perfect record of 4-0. The Dominican Republic got bronze with two wins and two defeats.

Leading the charge in the Boys Under-13 will be O’Young and Jalen Kerr, the latter of whom earned a silver medal in the Singles competition last year after he fell to Dominican Republic’s Marcos Tavarez in their final, 6-11, 13-11, 4-11, 11-9, 9-11.

In the Under-13 Boys competition, Kerr, Young, Jamalli Mauge and Nicolas Lee also picked up a silver medal after losing 3-1 to the Dominican Republic in the final.

The two players were accompanied by their mothers Debbie Mc Ewen and Leah Fraser and manager of the national team, former T&T champions Verna Edwards, an ITTF Level 3 coach Verna Edwards.

T&T TEAM

Girls
Under-11: Chloe Fraser, Ashlea Mohammed, Lyllana Boodhan, Shreya Maraj.
Under-13: Priyanka Khellawan, Imani Edwards-Taylor, Sheneika Collette, Rebekah Sterling
Boys
Under-11: Gabriel John, Dillon Bruce, Sekel Mc Intosh, Kayode Lee
Under-13: Jalen Kerr, Nicholas O’Young, Jamalli Mauge, Samuel Humphreys
Technical staff: Aubrey Andrew Edwards (coach), Edwin Humphreys (coach), Hazare Gopaul (coach), Verna Edwards (manager)

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Waldropt, Ramnauth bag boxing gold

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 00:19

T&T’s Blessing Waldropt and Faith Ramnauth won a gold medal each at the recently concluded Caribbean School Boys and Girls Tournament in Georgetown, Guyana.

The team also captured five silver and two bronze medals as T&T placed second overall behind champion Guyana after three nights of competition.

Waldropt copped T&T’s first gold medal when he outmanoeuvred feisty Guyanese Mark Crawford to snatch a 5-0 unanimous decision in the finals. In the very next bout, while Ramnath brought in gold again when she made light work of Guyanese Anyalis Trellis.

Ramnath dominated from the first bell and at 1:38 into the first round, the referee saved Trellis from further punishment.

The Trinbago team had to settle for some close decisions that went the other way, as Tyrique Hussein and Juan Rodriguez lost their closely fought bouts against homeboys Francis Sukhu and Christopher Romeo respectively. Many felt Rodriguez did enough to take the gold, but he had to settle for the silver.

The talented Nyrell Hussein was leading on the cards until his opponent stepped up the pace during their semi-final match-up. The fitter and more experienced Guyanese, Leon More, took the victory, leaving Nyrell to settle for bronze. Similarly, slippery Abdul Taylor was ahead on points, but faltered with ten seconds to go, allowing his opponent Richard Howard to land a telling blow that made the referee call the bout to a stop.

A newcomer to the ring, Sharika Elias stole the crowd’s attention when she punished Jamaican Britney McFarlane in one of the best bouts of the tournament.

However, the judges saw it differently and awarded McFarlane the bout. A protest was lodged, of which a decision which is still pending. Meanwhile, the youngest member of the team, 12-yearold Aleisha King fought gallantly against a very aggressive Alicia Jackman. The south-based boxer came on strong in the last round but ran out of time to take the victory.

In the final bout of the event, Joshua Sylvester started quite confidently, but unfortunately, his efforts to land his power punches caused a shoulder injury.

The referee called the bout to an end as Sylvester was unable to continue.

The TTBA president, Cecil Forde indicated that it was a good showing by the local boxers and he is predicting that the team will take the overall title next year and promised to start preparations as soon as possible.

Overall, Guyana won ten titles to continue their dominance since its inauguration in 2016 in Guyana.

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Goals galore in NFA Fruta Cup

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 00:14

There were 39 goals scored in seven matches as the 2018 Northern Football Association(NFA) 2018 season started over the weekend with seven matches in the NFA Fruta knockout competition.

Among the big winners on the were Football Factory, now coached by veteran Allister Ramdoo who hammered newcomers Combined Forces 9-1 to set up a meeting with Belmont FC, 3-1 winners over Harvard FC, to spoil their ongoing 75th-anniversary celebrations.

In the other first-round matches played, St Francois Nationals trounced Morvant Elements 3-0;

Block Eight hammered Petit Valley 7-0; Miscellaneous Laventille United edged Patna FC 3-2; Paramin Scholars spanked Malvern FC 5-2, and Trendsetter Hawks outclassed RSSR 3-0.

The match between last year’s ‘Club of the Year’, Cantaro FC and newcomers North Coast Academy carded for the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo was postponed.

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T&T whips Windwards by 114 runs

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 00:13

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent—T&T defeated the Windward Islands by a 114 runs in their Regional Under-19 50-over Championships at Park Hill Playing Field yesterday.

T&T posted the day’s highest total of 219 and then routed Windwards for just 105.

Nathaniel McDavid (44), Avinash Mahabirsingh (39) and Justyn Gangoo, who made 24, mounted a serious lower order fightback for T&T after they had slumped to 84 for five.

Then in a sensational bowling performance, the T&T opening pair of Jayden Seales and Joshua James dismissed Windwards first four batsmen for ducks to practically seal the contest.

James finished with figures of 4-34, and with help from Justyn Gangoo who claimed 3 for 16, and Seales (2-16), they helped to wrap up T&T’s innings.

Meanwhile, front runners Barbados and Guyana maintained their unbeaten run in the Regional Under-19 50-over Championships, while Canada remained winless following the completion of the fourth round of matches yesterday.

Barbados and Guyana each notched their third consecutive victories with wins over Canada and the Leeward Islands respectively.

After finishing second in the 4-day competition, Barbados continued their push for the title with a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Canada.

Canada could only muster 175 in 45.3 overs, with Barbados making light work of the target as they ended on 176 for two in 34.4 overs.

At one stage, Canada had looked set to post a competitive total, thanks to an 89-run second wicket partnership between opener Benjamin Calitz and Randhir Sandhu that saw them coasting at 99-1 early on.

But once Camarie Boyce removed Calitz for 36 and Sandhu followed four runs later for 42, Canada’s middle and lower order collapsed.

That collapse was led by spinner Joshua Bishop, who took three quick wickets as Canada crumbled to 144 for seven.

Boyce (4-28), was ably supported by Boyce who grabbed three wickets and Nyeem Young (2-23), as Canada eventually folded meekly.

A third wicket partnership between Antonio Morris, who stroked an unbeaten 54 and Nico Reifer who finished on 35 not out, comfortably carried Barbados to victory after they had been given a decent start.

Shian Brathwaite (17) and Mekhail Marshall who made 58, put on 45 runs in an opening stand, before Marshall and Reifer added another 45 runs for the second wicket.

Guyana comfortably defeated the Leeward Islands by 114 runs to stay on track with Barbados and set up a key clash on Saturday.

After posting 215 for eight in their 50 overs, they then restricted the Leewards to 101.

Guyana owed their eventual total to a 78-run sixth-wicket partnership between Javid Karim (39) and Junior Sinclair (36), who rescued them from the precarious position of 107 for five.

Qumar Torrington and Joshua Jones then tore through the Leewards top order to leave them with little chance of reaching their target.

Torrington accounted for the wickets of Elroy Francis and Uri Smith, while Jones snared Joshua Grant and Paul Miller to leave them stuttering on 20 for four.

Kevin Sinclair then joined in on the act, claiming three scalps as no batsman other than Zawandi White, who scored 53, showed any resistance.

Scores

n At Arnos Vale Playing Field: Barbados defeated Canada by eight wickets.
n CANADA 175 in 45.3 overs (Randhir Sandhu 42, Benjamin Calitz 36; Joshua Bishop 4-28, Camarie Boyce 3-28, Nyeem Young 2-23)
n BARBADOS 176 for two in 34.4 overs (Mekhail Marshall 58, Antonio Morris 54 not out, Nico Reifer 35 not out).
n At Park Hill Playing Field: Trinidad and Tobago defeated the Windward Islands by 114 runs.
n TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 219 in 50 overs (Nathaniel McDavid 44, Avinash Mahabirsingh 39, Justyn Gangoo 24; Shermill Lewis 4-54, Daneal Dupigny 3-28)
n WINDWARD ISLANDS 105 in 27.3 overs (Micah Joseph 25; Joshua James 4-34, Justyn Gangoo 3-16, Jayden Seales 2-16).
n At Cumberland Playing Field: Guyana defeated the Leeward Islands by 114 runs.
n GUYANA 215 for eight in 50 overs (Javid Karim 39, Joshua Persaud 37, Junior Sinclair 36; Elroy Francis 3-25, Javin Spencer 2-41)
n LEEWARD ISLANDS 101 in 30.5 overs (Zawandi White 53; Kevin Sinclair 3-17, Joshua Jones 3-30, Qumar Torrington 2-26). (CMC)

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De Boulet off to senior Carebaco win

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 05:06

T&T’s Under-19 badminton ace Chequeda De Boulet continued her excellent form at the recent Carebaco Under-19 Championship at the weekend by staking her claim in the Women’s Singles play-off at the Senior Championship at the Ring Sports Centre in Suriname yesterday.

Only a few days after guiding T&T to three medals among the juniors, De Boulet opened her account with a convincing 21-15, 23-21 triumph over hometown favourite Anjali Paragsingh to highlight her presence.

Her victory was one of only three for T&T on Tuesday night in the Suriname capital city of Paramaribo, after which Vance Juteram clobbered another hometown boy Jamal Jared Thijssen in two sets 21-17, 22-20, and the pair of Renaldo Sinanan and Avril Plaza-Marcelle whipped Suriname’s team of Kevin Yao Lin Zou and Paragsingh in the Mixed Doubles.

Juteram, who teamed up with De Boulet for the silver medal at the weekend, had a relatively comfortable victory despite minor resistance from Thijssen, but he stumbled in his second match, later on, going down to Dakell Jonathan Thorpe, the Barbadian taking the win comfortably in straight sets 21-13, 21-11.

However, T&T’s pair of Sinanan and Plaza-Marcelle was among the bright sparks for the red, white and black, despite being made to battled tooth-and-nail to prevail in the end.The pair claimed the opening set comfortably 21-12, but could not hold off the battling Surinamese clinching the second 21-15. In the final however they sealed the win 21-18 to remain among the contenders for the title.

Earlier in the evening, Sinanan was beaten in his men’s singles encounter by Dylan Darmohoetomo of Suriname 21-14, 22-20 in the men’s singles, and Plaza-Marcelle also tasted defeat in her first game to Monyata Riviera of Barbados in three sets 21-12, 15-21 and 21-15 in the women’s singles.

There were also losing starts for a number of T&T players including- Amir Mahabir, going down to Narayan Ramdhani of Guyana in the men’s singles 21-6, 21-2: Brandon Graham falling to Alain Toney of Suriname 21-16, 21-16 (men’s singles): Meera Mahabir being defeated by Rugshaar Inshaak (Suriname) 21-4, 21-5 in women’s singles: and Cathline Ramroop suffering a 21-14, 21-7 loss to Santusha Ramzan (Suriname) in the women’s singles.

Meanwhile the T&T team of Graham and Mahabir also stumbled to a 21-11, 21-7 defeat to the Suriname duo of Darmohoetomo and Crystal Leefmans in the mixed doubles: Juteram and De Boulet went down 21-13, 21-23, 21-8 to Mitch Aubrey Chung Tong and Ramzan: and the pair of Graham and Mahabir tasted defeat to Suriname’s team of Soren Opti and Mary Ann Zhong in the mixed doubles 21-3, 21-5.

WALTER ALIBEY
 

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‘20 Steps Stronger’

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 05:00

This year’s 20th edition of the Scotiabank Women Against Breast Cancer 5k under the theme ‘20 Steps Stronger’ will come off at one venue only, the Queen’s Park Savannah on September 29 from 4 pm with athletes assembling from 3 pm ahead of the 3.30pm warm-up.

The race will start at the corner of Stanmore Avenue and Queen’s Park Savannah and finish at The Paddock, Queen’s Park Savannah.

The event was launched at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, yesterday

According to race officials, Scotiabank appreciates the support the event has received at other previous locations, but this year in commemoration of its 20th anniversary, they decided to bring the event back to where it all started.

One event at the Queen’s Park Savannah is symbolic of revitalizing the purpose to continuously press forward with an unwavering commitment to an event that has grown into a public display of solidarity as we raise awareness of breast cancer and women’s health and wellness.

In general, the aim of the 5k race is to bring women in T&T together to show solidarity, empathy and support for thousands of women affected by the disease of breast cancer.

Over the years, proceeds from the race have benefitted over 18,500 women with free breast cancer screening and educational programmes.

Registration is open to persons online at www.raceroster.com/events/19393 and for teams of 25-plus @ [email protected] or calls 357-0293.

Corporate teams (25-plus persons) are also being welcomed once again to participate with registration set to begin from Monday, August 27 at US$15 or the $TT equivalent based on the day’s exchange rate.

Donations to the fight against breast cancer will also be accepted on the www.raceroster.com/events/19393 website or any branch of Scotiabank.

Persons who do not have a credit card to sign up online dependent on the availability of race numbers can register at the Package Collection on September 15 or September 22.

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Pollard: It’s back to square one

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 04:58

GROS ISLET, St Lucia—St Lucia Stars skipper Kieron Pollard has lamented Tuesday night’s disastrous display against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots but has held out hope his side can still turn around their failing campaign.

Sent in at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, the hosts were bowled out for 69 inside 13 overs—the third lowest-ever total in Caribbean Premier League – and Patriots wasted little time in chasing down their target off eight overs to complete an uncomplicated seven-wicket victory.

Ironically, the loss came on the heels of their first win in 15 matches last Friday when they amassed a CPL-record 226 to brush aside Barbados Tridents, but Pollard felt those heroics may have played in role in Tuesday’s limp performance.

“Everything [went wrong] from the start. People expected a continuation [from the Tridents game] and I guess we went out and batted like we were continuing batting from the last game,” Pollard said afterwards.

“I was having a small conversation with some guys in the dressing room and I was telling them in this sort of scenario in cricket we start zero for zero – we don’t start with what transpired in the last game.”

He continued: “I think that is exactly what happened and none of us as senior batsmen or batsmen as a whole decided to bat a couple overs to see if we could scrape to a 120, 130 and put up a fight and I think that was the most disappointing part – that no one after seeing what had transpired in front of them, took that initiative to hang in there and see what we could get instead of getting bowled out for 69.”

The defeat was the Stars’ fifth in six outings and it left them languishing bottom of the standings on two points, facing a must-win situation in their remaining games in order to reach the playoffs.

They host Guyana Amazon Warriors on Friday night and Jamaica Tallawahs 24 hours later, before ending their preliminary round campaign with two road games.

Pollard said the attitude and approach of the players to the remaining games would be critical to the outcome.

“[We can expect] obviously an improved performance from this. I told the guys and I have stressed about complacency in the dressing room,” Pollard said.

“Cricket is a funny game as we’ve all seen so it’s about regrouping and coming back better.” (CMC)

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Mahadeo, Murray CrossFit champs

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 04:58

Dillon Mahadeo and Lyndsay Murray secured the top spots when the Third Annual International CrossFit 12-12-12 Throwdown took place at the Woodbrook Youth Facility on Saturday.

Over 75 athletes competed in several Workout’s Of the Day (WOD), as the event was a display of agility, strength, speed and endurance. The Caribbean was well represented with competitors from Barbados, Guyana, Suriname, Martinique, Aruba and the host T&T.

This year, new 12-12-12 Throwdown champions were crowned with top honours going Rx athlete Lyndsay Murray, from IGone CrossFit Trinidad, followed by Amanda Morris from Limitless Performance of Barbados into second place with Aruba’s Yvette Tromp from A297 CrossFit in rounding off the top three.

On the men’s Rx side, Mahadeo of Guyana’s CrossFit 592 took home the first prize, with Demron Thompson of CrossFit Islandfit of Barbados, second and Shane Rojas Hamel-Smith of We Heart CrossFit of T&T, third.

Meanwhile, head coach of CrossFit 12-12-12 and the event’s organiser, Rodney Vire expressed his satisfaction with the turnout by both athletes and spectators from across the region as well as T&T for the event.

He has expectations that the event will continue to grow to include many more athletes from Latin America and the Caribbean regions in the future.

Republic Bank supported the event which promotes health and wellness through an activity that is both a physical exercise philosophy and competitive fitness sport.

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Petro Jazz, Army win big

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 04:57

Petro Jazz and Defence Force stayed in contention for the Men’s Division title in the Barry Stewart Invitational Basketball League with lopsided victories over the University of West Indies (UWI) and Prisons teams respectively at the Southern Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Pleasantville on Tuesday night.

Playing the opener of the doubleheader, the Army/Coastguard combination dominated from the first jump ball and led 24-6 at the end of the first quarter which they pushed to 50-29 at the half-time buzzer.

With the trio of Jamille King, Kerry Mc Millan and Jonathan Donowa leading the scoring, the “Teteron Men” continued to punish their rivals by an 18-8 third-quarter margin to extend the lead to 68-37 before closing out the match with relative ease, despite being outscored 10-15 in the final period.

King top scored with 24 points for the winners and Mc Millan and Donowa chipped in with 15 and ten respectively while Marvin Hayes had a team-best 17 for Prisons, with Michael Jerome, the next best scorer with 12.

Petro Jazz was even more dominant in their match, crushing UWI 103-55 thanks to the trio of Ako Pascall, Fabrice Fisher and Michael Pantin, who scored 19, 18 and 14 points respectively.

For UWI, Jonathan Weeks netted a match-high 20 points, and Tyrik Singh got 11.

On Monday night, Straker Nets men and women were both in winners row after overcoming deficits.

In the Men’s Division, Triston Benjamin led three players in double-figures as Straker Nets outplayed Police, 82-61.

Benjamin tallied 18 points, and the pair of Sadiki Guerra and Jeffrey Harris, 13 points each as Straker Nets overcame a 12-19 first-quarter deficit to lead 36-27 by the half-time interval before they pulled away in the third quarter by outscoring the Lawmen 26-12, to lead 62-39 to make it four wins from as many matches for maximum eight points, one ahead of Defence Force.

Dexroy Manswell had 15 to lead Police and he was assisted by Ronell Winter with 12, and the duo of Don Wilkinson and Wesley Vincent with 12 each.

In Monday’s opener, national netballers Jameela Mc Carthy, Crystal-Ann George and Kielle Connelly all scored in double-digits to rescue Straker Nets against a competitive Brian Chase outfit 61-57.

In fact, it was Brian Chase which led by national Allison Young’s 21 points and 12 from Stephanie Isaac that set the pace after the first three sessions of play 19-11, 28-23 and 40-38, before coming up short in the closing minutes of the fourth and final quarter.

Mc Carthy’ 29 points proved crucial along with George’s 12 and Connelly with 11, in outscoring Brian Chase 23-17 in the final quarter to seal the win.

TUESDAY’S RESULTS

Men’s Division
Defence Force (50) 78 (Jamille King 24. Kerry Mc Millan 15, Johnathan Donowa 10) vs Prisons (29) 52 (Marvin Hayes 17, Michael Jerome 12, Mikhail Williams 9)
Quarter scorers: 1st: 24-6 Defence Force; 2nd: 50-29 Defence Force; 3rd: 68-37 Defence Force
Petro Jazz 103 (Ako Pascall 19, Fabrice Fisher 18, Michael Pantin 14) vs UWI 55 (Jonathan Weeks 20, Tyrik Singh 11, Justin Medina 8)
Quarter scores: 1st: 26-14 Petro Jazz; 2nd: 51-25 Petro Jazz; 3rd: 76-46 Petro Jazz.

CURRENT MEN’S STANDINGS

Teams P W L Pts
1. Strakers 4 4 0 8
2. Defence Force 4 3 1 7
3. Police 4 2 2 6
4. Petro Jazz 4 2 2 6
5. Trail Blazers 3 1 2 4
6. Prisons 4 0 4 4
7. Brian Chase 2 1 1 3
8. SOS Academy 2 1 1 3
9. Detour Shak Attack 2 1 1 3
10. UWI 2 1 1 3
11. Maloney Pacers 1 0 1 1

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Pollard: It’s back to square one

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 04:54

GROS ISLET, St Lucia—St Lucia Stars skipper Kieron Pollard has lamented Tuesday night’s disastrous display against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots but has held out hope his side can still turn around their failing campaign.

Sent in at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, the hosts were bowled out for 69 inside 13 overs—the third lowest-ever total in Caribbean Premier League – and Patriots wasted little time in chasing down their target off eight overs to complete an uncomplicated seven-wicket victory.

Ironically, the loss came on the heels of their first win in 15 matches last Friday when they amassed a CPL-record 226 to brush aside Barbados Tridents, but Pollard felt those heroics may have played in role in Tuesday’s limp performance.

“Everything [went wrong] from the start. People expected a continuation [from the Tridents game] and I guess we went out and batted like we were continuing batting from the last game,” Pollard said afterwards.

“I was having a small conversation with some guys in the dressing room and I was telling them in this sort of scenario in cricket we start zero for zero – we don’t start with what transpired in the last game.”

He continued: “I think that is exactly what happened and none of us as senior batsmen or batsmen as a whole decided to bat a couple overs to see if we could scrape to a 120, 130 and put up a fight and I think that was the most disappointing part – that no one after seeing what had transpired in front of them, took that initiative to hang in there and see what we could get instead of getting bowled out for 69.”

The defeat was the Stars’ fifth in six outings and it left them languishing bottom of the standings on two points, facing a must-win situation in their remaining games in order to reach the playoffs.

They host Guyana Amazon Warriors on Friday night and Jamaica Tallawahs 24 hours later, before ending their preliminary round campaign with two road games.

Pollard said the attitude and approach of the players to the remaining games would be critical to the outcome.

“[We can expect] obviously an improved performance from this. I told the guys and I have stressed about complacency in the dressing room,” Pollard said.

“Cricket is a funny game as we’ve all seen so it’s about regrouping and coming back better.” (CMC)

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Brathwaite falls short in Notts runs chase

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 10:02

LONDON—West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite missed out on a well-deserved half-century as Nottinghamshire were left with a huge task today, the final day to win their County Championship Division One match against Hampshire.
Set a massive 511 or victory at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, Notts ended the day on 128 for four in their second innings – still requiring a further 383 runs to reach their target.
The right-handed Brathwaite, in his debut match for Notts, made 48 but perished after facing 123 balls in 2-3/4 hours at the crease and striking four fours.
Crowded by close-in fielders, the West Indies Test star edged left-arm spinner Liam Dawson (2-58) and was caught at slip.
Brathwaite added 32 for the fourth wicket with captain Steven Mullaney who was unbeaten on 29 at the close, in an unbroken 43-run fourth wicket stand with Riki Wessels (17 not out).
Hampshire had earlier converted their overnight 253 for four into 399 for seven declared, with captain James Vince hitting 147 and wicketkeeper Tom Alsop falling agonisingly short of three figures for 99.
Ex-Barbados and West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards had grabbed six for 50 on Monday to send Notts tumbling to a paltry 166 all out in their first innings.
At Hove, Sussex’s Barbadian star Jofra Archer lashed a quick-fire unbeaten 31 as the hosts took command against Ravi Rampaul’s Derbyshire.
Archer’s knock, which included a pair of sixes off just 19 balls, helped provide the late flourish which got Sussex up to 353 for six declared in their second innings.
Set 405 for victory, Derbyshire were six without loss at the close, 399 runs adrift of their target.
Rampaul did not bowl in Sussex’s second innings because of injury. (CMC)

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Rathbone to solve a complex cases

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 10:01

Watan has an opportunity to become a realistic classic prospect by supplementing first-up gains in the prestigious group three two-year-old Acomb Stakes over seven furlongs of good to firm York this afternoon, when the fabulous four-day(s) Ebor Festival meeting gets under way with a seven-race programme.
It was a must attend for yours truly back in the twentieth century!
Unfortunately heavy traffic, an overwhelming fixture list, and commitment to my time-handicap precludes unnecessary travel arrangements, which involve colossal wasted hours spent on gridlocked roads throughout England. Better to invest in giant TV screens and see everything, and more!
Mine is a streamlined, business-like, approach and modus operandi is justified by virtue of our consistent success through decades specialising with two-year-old racing; no other racing scribe has ever attempted anything similar, why?
Anyway it suits to have the juvenile field to myself, at least it’s an original concept and I’ll bet you readers have no complaints whatsoever.
Incidentally, all three were first past the post Monday, unfortunately short-head winner Fuente was disqualified for touching Get The Rhythm in the last strides and knocking him very slightly off balance. The decision was correct and we were denied another fortune!
Watan went off a 6/1 chance at Glorious Goodwood earlier this month, despite being ridden by Ryan Moore and tanked through before storming home to beat stable-companion Dirty Rascal by two lengths; immediate post-race assessment, impressive, wants further!
Seven previous winners make for a genuine juvenile trial which has been won by several top-notchers and, hopefully, this Toronado colt will leap to favouritism for the 2000 Guineas next May with a classical display under Oisin Murphy.
Moore rides Broome for the somewhat out-of-form Aidan O’Brien; never thought I’d write that but never underestimate genius! For what it’s worth Cylax (sidelined) and Advertise (bottomed when narrowly successful on the Curragh) have not achieved grade one marks but Pretty Polyanna did, along with Signora Cabello, when they beat Morny rivals four lengths in France three days ago.
Michael Bell’s charge is 8/1 on the Betfair betting exchange, fantastic price.
My strict policy of giving losing naps another chance brings in Rathbone, one of twenty decs for a Nursery Handicap over six furlongs which concludes business on the first day.
Rathbone has been beaten a total of two lengths in three defeats, twice on this fabulous racecourse; last time Kevin Ryan’s charge finished only a nose behind King Of Tonga, two lengths second to our nap, Topical (Toronado!), at Thirsk, Monday when carrying a 6lbs penalty.
Rathbone has a solid chance and justifies an each-way punt with four places available; Ryan was hoping he would prove better than this and indeed entered the Foxwedge colt for the Acomb!
Far from the madding Knavesmire crowd Chris Wall-trained Lucky Charm represents a solid each-way betting proposition in the eight-runner Maiden Stakes over an extended five furlongs of good to firm Brighton with Tom Queally booked.
Hope there aren’t any non-runners but bookmakers will be ‘on the case!’

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India needs 1 wicket for victory

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 09:57

NOTTINGHAM—A first Test century from Jos Buttler and late resistance from Adil Rashid helped England take the third test against India into a final day despite having little chance of victory at Trent Bridge.
India took an extra half-hour at the end of the day’s play in a bid to wrap up victory, but England survived and will return today on 311-9—still needing 210 more runs for what would be a world-record chase.
England had two mini-collapses either side of a partnership of 169 between Buttler (106) and Ben Stokes (62), who both demonstrated the kind of discipline and patience the top order failed to produce in slumping from 27-0 to 62-4.
Buttler was one of three batsmen dismissed by India paceman Jasprit Bumrah in eight deliveries as England lost four wickets in 21 balls.
Rashid (30 not out) and Jimmy Anderson (8 not out) got through the final overs to frustrate the Indians, who are looking for a win to keep the series alive. Bumrah had figures of 5-85.
England leads 2-0 after wins in Edgbaston and Lord’s but is highly likely to be 2-1 up heading to Southampton for the fourth test next week.
England resumed on its overnight score of 23-0 and, within an hour, it had turned into a damage-limitation exercise.
India paceman Ishant Sharma removed Keaton Jennings (13) with the fifth ball of the day and fellow opener Alastair Cook (17) in his next over, both to catches behind the wicket.
England captain Joe Root chased a wide delivery from Bumrah and edged to Lokesh Rahul at second slip for 13, one of his seven catches so far in the match. India captain Virat Kohli, a century-maker on Monday, then produced a brilliant diving catch at third slip to remove Ollie Pope for 16 four balls later and England was 84-4 at lunch.
Stokes and Buttler scored 89 runs in a second session, showing patience despite being naturally aggressive batsmen. Soon after tea, Stokes reached his slowest test half-century—off 147 balls—before Buttler hit successive fours to register three figures for the first time in his 23 tests.
It was a timely innings from the limited-overs specialist, who had a top score of 39 in his four previous innings this series.
Buttler departed when he left a delivery from Bumrah that jagged back and trapped him lbw. England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow, who broke a bone in the middle finger of his left hand on Monday, came out to bat with the finger heavily strapped but he was bowled first ball by Bumrah.
The paceman than made it three wickets in eight balls as Chris Woakes gloved him behind for 4. And when Stokes edged Hardik Pandya to Rahul in the slips, it seemed the English wouldn’t survive to stumps.
Rashid just about ensured they did. (AP)

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Reggae Boyz survive Bajan scare

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 09:56

BRIDGETOWN—Jamaica Reggae Boyz scored twice in the last ten minutes as they came from two goals down to snatch a thrilling 2-2 draw against a spirited Barbados in their international friendly on Monday night.
Playing at the Wildey Turf at the Garfield Sobers Complex, Jamaica were stunned in the first half as a Chevone Marsh own goal in the 33rd minute and Zico Edmee’s strike in the 43rd minute, handed the hosts the shock advantage.
But despite threatening for most of the game, Jamaica looked to be heading for a surprise defeat before Marvin Morgan scored in the 80th minute to pull one back.
And three minutes later, Peter-Lee Vassell netted from the penalty spot to draw Jamaica level, and setting up a dramatic end to the contest under lights.
“We allowed them to play in the first half and then we played a better second half,” Jamaica’s manager Roy Simpson said afterwards. Jamaica, coming off 5-1 hammering of Grenada last Friday in St George’s, looked distinctly the better side as they attacked down the wings with fluency in the early stages of the contest.
However, they failed to force a single save out of goalkeeper Kishmar Primus and paid dearly for their lack of finishing as Barbados produced two moments of brilliance to take the lead.
Firstly, after repeatedly putting pressure on the Jamaican defence with long balls down the centre, Barbados opened the scoring when Rashad Jules’s goal-bound volley ricochetted off Marsh and beat goalkeeper Damion Hyatt.
Ten minutes later, Barbados came up with a sublime move down the left that ended in Edmee easily driving past Hyatt from close range.
Jamaica rallied in the second half with Barbados content to continue to defend in numbers and then hit on the counter.
The strategy frustrated Jamaica but Morgan finally broke the resistance when he fired past replacement custodian Jason Boxhill from just inside the 18-yard box, after Primus left the game injured. Primus had earlier pulled off a superb save to deny Fabion McCarthy from the penalty spot.
With the momentum behind them, Jamaica found the equaliser from the spot when Raheem Sargeant’s handled the ball in the box under pressure and Vassell punished Barbados from the spot. (CMC)

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Campbell takes criterium gold

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 09:55

Akile Campbell, a bronze medallist at the recent Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia continued his rich form at the T&T Cycling Federation’s National Criterium Championships at the car park of the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, by claiming gold in the Elite category. 
Up against a competitive field on Sunday that included Tyler Cole, Jovian Gomes, Sheldon Ramjit and Kemp Orosco among others, the PSL rider stormed out front in the 32-kilometre event and maintained it to the finish. He was followed in second by Cole of Team DPS and Gomes in third for his club PSL. 
The junior category provided an equally entertaining encounter, but in the end, it was Heatwave’s Enrique De Comarmond taking the top spot. Maurice Burnette of Phoenix stormed home for the runner-up silver medal while Thair Alexander, the Team Woods rider, was third.  
D’Angelo Harris, who represented Rigtech Sonics at the event later took home the title for in the Juvenile division, out-doing his field to finish ahead of second place Joshua Rawlins of Southclaine and third Tariq Woods of Team Woods. 
 Among the Masters the usually-dominant Pat Nelson of Breakaway again raced to the gold medal in the Masters 70-plus division while Mark Antonio followed him in the Masters 60-69  and Ancil Roberts (Rigtech Sonics) took the win in the Masters 50-50 age bracket.

Masters 70-plus: 1st- Pat Nelson (Breakaway), 2nd- Lennox Laing (Southampton), 3rd- Lennox Parris (Southampton), 4th- Benny Sumair (Southampton). 

U-13 Boys: 1st- Judah Neverson (Rigtech Sonics), 2nd- Kersheve Paul (Rigtech Sonics), 3rd- Gabriel Fortune (Open Road), 4th- Kevin Lewis (Rigtech Sonics). 

U-11 Boys: 1st- Jaquan Elbourne (Open Road), 2nd- Nikhyl Leotaud (Rigtech Sonics), 3rd- Aksel Johnson (Rigtech Sonics), 4th- Gervaughn Salandy (Open Road). Tinymites: 1st- Benjamin Mouttet (Breakaway), 2nd- Jarel Mohammed (Southclaine), 3rd- Mosi Williamson (Rigtech Sonics). Masters 60-69: 1st- Mark Antonio (Unattached), 2nd- Stephen Aboud (Team Pharmaco), 3rd- Peter Hernandez (Hammertime). 

Masters 50-59: 1st- Ancil Roberts (Rigtech Sonics), 2nd- Martin Wharwood (Hummingbird), 3rd- Walter Paul (Rigtech Sonics). Juveniles: 1st- D’Angelo Harris (Rigtech Sonics), 2nd- Joshua Rawlins (Southclaine), 3rd- Tariq Woods (Team Woods), 4th- Mickel Lopez (Rigtech Sonics). Juniors: 1st- Enrique De Comarmond (Heatwave), 2nd- Maurice Burnette (Pheonix), 3rd- Thair Alexander (Team Woods), 4th Adam Francis (The Braves). 

Elite: 1st- Akil Campbell (PSL), 2nd- Tyler Cole (Team DPS), 3rd- Jovian Gomes (PSL), 4th- Kemp Orosco (Team DPS), 5th- Christopher Govia (Breakaway), 6th- Nathan Alexander (Team Woods), 7th- Sheldon Ramjit (Hummingbird). 

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Campbell takes criterium gold

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 09:50

Akile Campbell, a bronze medallist at the recent Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia continued his rich form at the T&T Cycling Federation’s National Criterium Championships at the car park of the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, by claiming gold in the Elite category. 
Up against a competitive field on Sunday that included Tyler Cole, Jovian Gomes, Sheldon Ramjit and Kemp Orosco among others, the PSL rider stormed out front in the 32-kilometre event and maintained it to the finish. He was followed in second by Cole of Team DPS and Gomes in third for his club PSL. 
The junior category provided an equally entertaining encounter, but in the end, it was Heatwave’s Enrique De Comarmond taking the top spot. Maurice Burnette of Phoenix stormed home for the runner-up silver medal while Thair Alexander, the Team Woods rider, was third.  
D’Angelo Harris, who represented Rigtech Sonics at the event later took home the title for in the Juvenile division, out-doing his field to finish ahead of second place Joshua Rawlins of Southclaine and third Tariq Woods of Team Woods. 
 Among the Masters the usually-dominant Pat Nelson of Breakaway again raced to the gold medal in the Masters 70-plus division while Mark Antonio followed him in the Masters 60-69  and Ancil Roberts (Rigtech Sonics) took the win in the Masters 50-50 age bracket.

Masters 70-plus: 1st- Pat Nelson (Breakaway), 2nd- Lennox Laing (Southampton), 3rd- Lennox Parris (Southampton), 4th- Benny Sumair (Southampton). 

U-13 Boys: 1st- Judah Neverson (Rigtech Sonics), 2nd- Kersheve Paul (Rigtech Sonics), 3rd- Gabriel Fortune (Open Road), 4th- Kevin Lewis (Rigtech Sonics). 

U-11 Boys: 1st- Jaquan Elbourne (Open Road), 2nd- Nikhyl Leotaud (Rigtech Sonics), 3rd- Aksel Johnson (Rigtech Sonics), 4th- Gervaughn Salandy (Open Road). Tinymites: 1st- Benjamin Mouttet (Breakaway), 2nd- Jarel Mohammed (Southclaine), 3rd- Mosi Williamson (Rigtech Sonics). Masters 60-69: 1st- Mark Antonio (Unattached), 2nd- Stephen Aboud (Team Pharmaco), 3rd- Peter Hernandez (Hammertime). 

Masters 50-59: 1st- Ancil Roberts (Rigtech Sonics), 2nd- Martin Wharwood (Hummingbird), 3rd- Walter Paul (Rigtech Sonics). Juveniles: 1st- D’Angelo Harris (Rigtech Sonics), 2nd- Joshua Rawlins (Southclaine), 3rd- Tariq Woods (Team Woods), 4th- Mickel Lopez (Rigtech Sonics). Juniors: 1st- Enrique De Comarmond (Heatwave), 2nd- Maurice Burnette (Pheonix), 3rd- Thair Alexander (Team Woods), 4th Adam Francis (The Braves). 

Elite: 1st- Akil Campbell (PSL), 2nd- Tyler Cole (Team DPS), 3rd- Jovian Gomes (PSL), 4th- Kemp Orosco (Team DPS), 5th- Christopher Govia (Breakaway), 6th- Nathan Alexander (Team Woods), 7th- Sheldon Ramjit (Hummingbird). 

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Borde: TKR is prepared for CPL challenges

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 09:47

The Trinbago Knight Riders have had some very close games thus far in the 2018 Hero CPL but this was expected according to the manager of the team Colin Borde.
The team landed in Barbados on Monday after a last-ball win over the Jamaica Tallawahs at their Florida, USA base. Needing three runs off the last ball Javon Searles slashed a four through backward point to win the TKR’s third match in five outings. Prior to this, they won in the last over in St. Lucia chasing down a mammoth 213 thanks to a brilliant unbeaten 94 from Darren Bravo.  
The TKR will be hoping to continue their winning ways this Sunday when the team meet the Barbados Tridents at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. They have settled in nicely at the Hilton Barbados and will be taking a rest today before continuing their preparations tomorrow for the game on Sunday. The TKR will have a three-hour session in the morning at Kensington Oval before working on specialised skill sets on Friday. 
Borde said, “We always knew and said that this year’s tournament was going to be tougher than last year. Each year the level of competition has improved. We expected these challenges and this makes for an even more exciting  tournament.”
Borde thinks that his team has found the way forward. He said, “We just have to play smart, consistent cricket.  Stay in the moment and follow the process and we will be good.” The TKR lost two of their three home games so far with two to come at the back end of the tournament in September. With regards to the two losses so far he said, “Losses are losses. The expectation is that you try to win most of your games at home but its the game. Of greater importance is that we bounce back from each disappointment and press on.”
Borde pointed out that as preparation continues the TKR has just one injury concern apart from the regular niggles to deal with. All-rounder Kevon Cooper who smacked 47 not out in the third game against the St. Kitts Patriots at the Queen’s Park Oval in the third game, is still down with a hamstring injury. 
He said, “We have the usual niggles with only Cooper still nursing a hamstring strain which is being attended to by the medical team. We expect recovery by Saturday. Whether he plays or not will be a call that they will make closer to the time.”

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