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Showdance Kid gets another chance of long-awaited success today in a twelve-runner mile aged handicap on Lingfield polytrack, mount of Chris Lee, outstanding last year when his claim was reduced from 7lbs.
Four days ago Showdance Kid was tipped in this column, a wellbacked 6/1 shot, Kevin Frost’s charge came through to lead 300 yards out only to be outpointed, decisively, by the impressive surge of Air Of York; winning distance three lengths!
Air Of York is obviously on a challenging mark, expect him to be out within the next few days, carrying a penalty, in defiance of the handicapping system.
That effort over seven furlongs at this Surrey venue proved Showdance Kid had been looked after since being switched from yard of veteran Neville Bycroft but, unfortunately, they came across a wolf in sheep’s clothing!
All the best plans can go astray in this game, there is always someone just as cute lurking and trainer John Flint doubtless knew the strength of his Vale Of York gelding.
A negative is draw ten but Showdance Kid will probably be produced late, off an expected strong pace; keep fingers crossed he goes one better.
Another respected veteran trainer, Milton Bradley, is still adept and the old boy will drive his horsebox containing Kyllukey to the races for an aged sprint handicap over five furlongs; he’s booked AWR champion jockey, Luke Morris, clear of his rivals again following a clutch of winners during the last few days.
The ubiquitous Morris researches every mount, absolutely dedicated to his cause and you can bet he’ll have a plan for ex- Charles Hills-trained course winner, Kyllukey, a solid each-way proposition.
Morris is the thorough professional; he talks well and articulates but never tells us anything which probably explains why he rides principally for Sir Mark Prescott!
Natch attempts to retrieve recent losses in a six-runner Novice Stakes over twelve furlngs but John Gosden’s charge is limited and disappointing which is why we place significance on fact Michael Bell has recruited Jamie Spencer for twice-raced Artarmon, clear best in on the time-handicap despite an absence of 142 days.
HARARE, ZIMBABWE—Talismanic West Indies opener Chris Gayle says he is thrilled to be playing in next year’s World Cup in England, and says he will be focussing on his fitness in the interim as he prepares for what will be his final global 50-overs tournament.
The left-hander was part of the Caribbean side which defeated Scotland on Wednesday in their final Super Six match of the ongoing ICC World Cup qualifiers, to clinch one of the two available World Cup spots.
Defending a paltry 198, West Indies had reduced the Scots to 125 for five in the 36th over when a thunderstorm forced the abandonment of the contest.
Scotland were five runs short of the Duckworth-Lewis- Stern par score.
“I am so happy to have qualified for another World Cup. I just have to stay fit now and we have a young team, but it will be my last World Cup that is for sure, so I am looking forward to it,” an elated Gayle said afterwards.
He added: “I need a couple [of ] months to get properly fit and especially I love playing in England and Wales. Lots of the Windies fans over the world are sad that we are in this position, where we have to play the qualifiers.
“But, cricket is like life, you have ups and downs, and nothing is guaranteed in life.”
Gayle is the leading one-day player in an otherwise inexperienced Windies side, with 9 575 runs from 280 One-Day Internationals.
His 123 against United Arab Emirates was the 23rd hundred of an illustrious career, now in its twilight years.
The 38-year-old Gayle has played in four World Cups but has been missing from ODIs in recent years. In fact, he played just six of the Windies 23 ODIs last year, returning for the tour of England following a 2 1/2 year break.
Gayle said the World Cup provided him with an opportunity to appease the appetite of committed fans.
“The fans drive you, people always say, ‘Chris we want to see you back in Windies colours, want to see you play Test cricket in the whites again’, and I say one more time I will do it for you guys,” the Jamaican said.
“I will take on the journey and next year will play for them again and I look forward to it.”
Gayle has had mixed success in the qualifiers, with his century against UAE being the high point. Against Scotland, he was dismissed off the first ball of the match, caught at the wicket off a beauty from speedster Safyaan Sharif.
Nevertheless, the former captain said he had enjoyed the tournament, especially with the Windies having qualified.
“It has been a great tournament, the support here in Zimbabwe is always fantastic,” he said.
“It has been quite a while since I have been here, the people have been fantastic. We have come and accomplished what we came for.” (CMC)
Sprinter Marcus Duncan starred on the opening night of the 2018 NAAA's Sunset meet at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on Wednesday night.
The Rebirth runner took the Men's 100m dash in 10.42 seconds beating into the second place Jerod Elcock, who followed in 10.55 with Nathan Farinha third in 10.56.
On the women's side Rayare Thomas won in a time of 11.59. The Abilene sprinter was ahead of Jenea Spinks and Shikyla Walcott. In the under-20 category Kion Benjamin from Memphis Pioneers stood out with a run in 10.72 to capture the 100 metres run. He was better than Dominic Cole 10.85 from Abilene and Simplex's Shakeel John, who crossed in 10.94.
On the women's side Naomi Campbell from PFNJ was the winner in a time of 12.35, with fellow clubmate Ayeolah John second in 12.50 and J'Da Browne of Memhis third in 12.70.
Action was also heated in the Under-17 category as Concorde's Reece Webster ran in a time of 12.54. Coming into second place was Arinnae Lucio, while Venessa Stephen also ended up on the rostrum. The times in the boys under-17 were very good as Shakeem McKay won in 11.11, while Willon Agard clocked 11.43 and Justin Sandy 11.44.
There was also action in the men's long jump where Andwuelle Wright cleared the high-bar at 8.03m. Kyron Blaise who competed unattached cleared 7.33m and Seon Stafford was not to be outdone after leaping 7.10 to secure third place.
WEDNESDAY'S NAAA SUNSET MEET RESULTS
Duncan, Marcus (Rebirth) - 10.42
Elcock, Jerod (Abilene) -10.55
Farinha, Nathan (Abilene) - 10.56
Thomas, Reyare (Abilene) - 11.59
Spinks, Jenea (Concorde) - 11.76
Walcott, Shikyla (Simplex) - 11.93
BOYS UNDER-20 100M
Benjamin, Kion (Memphis Pioneers) - 10.72
Cole, Dominic (Abilene) - 10.85
John, Shakeel (Concorde) - 10.94
GIRLS UNDER-20 100M
Campbell, Naomi (PFNJ) - 12.35
John, Ayeolah (PFNJ) - 12.50
Browne, J'Da (Memphis Pioneers) - 12.70
GIRLS U-17 100M
Webster Reece (Concorde) - 12.54
Lucio, Arianne (Memphis Pioneers) - 13.06
Stephen, Venessa (Silver Bullets) -13.25
BOYS U-17 100M
MC Kay, Shakeem (Abilene) - 11.11
Agard, Willon (PFNJ) - 11.43
Sandy, Justin (Abilene) - 11.44
Elcock, Jerod (Abilene) - 21.19
Abdullah, Khaliyq (Simplex) - 21.75
Williams, Xaverri (Stallion) - 22.15
Durant, Kamaria (Simplex) - 23.80
Lewis, Akilah (Concorde) - 24.20
Murray, Onika (Unattached) - 24.47
BOYS U-20 200M
Frederick, Timothy (Simplex) - 21.34
Benjamin, Kion (Memphis Pioneers) - 21.83
Pierce, David (Memphis Pioneers) - 21.83
GIRLS U-20 200M
Campbell, Naomi (PFNJ) - 25.61
John, Ayeolah (PFNJ) - 25.81
Lewis, Rochelle (Abilene) - 26.11
MEN'S 4X400M RELAY
Team Unattached - 3:12.26
Carifta Under-20 Team - 3:12.68
Memphis Pioneers Athletic Club - 3:19.19
Charles, Kriston (Richard Jones RA) - 9:27.13
Johnson, Kelvin (Ttrrc) - 9:29.27
Sylvester, Clifton (T & T Defence Force) - 9:37.50
MEN'S LONG JUMP
Wright, Andwuelle (Unattached) - 8.03m
Blaise, Kyron (Unattached) - 7.33m
Stafford, Seon (T & T Defence Force) - 7.10m
West Indies under-19 batsman Cephas Cooper was in great form yesterday, hitting 124 against Couva East in the second round of the PowerGen Secondary Schools Intercol series at Lewis Street in San Fernando.
His innings gave his school victory and a place in the quarter-finals of the tournament next week. Right hander looked good from the first ball and after his epic 59-ball contribution he saw his team reach 218 for five off their 20 overs. He got good support from Avinash Mahabirsingh who made 38, as Naps tallied am impressive 218 for five off 20 overs.
After this beating Couva East gave up and was skilled out for 81. Enrique Singh was excellent with the ball in taking 4/23, while Faiysal Mangeera and Ryan Bandoo collected two wickets each.
Joining Naps in the quarter finals as well will be Presentation College who defeated Manzanilla Secondary by nine wickets. Manzanilla has played good cricket all season in the North Championship but was eaten up by the big boys, as they Pres competed in the Premiership. Taking first strike Manzanilla made 124/9 off 20 overs with Emmanual Garcia getting 37 and Alex Ali contributing 40. There were two wickets apiece for Presentation College bowlers Isaiah Ali and Joel Sutherland. Shiva Ragoobar then scored a rapid unbeaten 70 and together with Aniel Pittiram 38 not out took their side home at 125/1.
Barrackpore West was also in good form and they won against ASJA Charlieville. The 109/9 that ASJA scored was not enough, as Brandon Singh with an unbeaten 48 steered Barrackpore home.
Spinner Sameer Ali was at the top of his game, snaring five wickets to lead Vishnu Boys College to victory over Carapichaima East. Vishnu Boys batted first and scored 122 as Rupdeen Sookdeo took 4/22 for Caps. The Central school then replied with 110 all out as Ali grabbed 5/11 in his four overs.
Champions Hillview continued to show their distance from the other schools in terms of quality, as they bowled out Trinity College East for just 42 runs at Tunapuna. Hillview batted first and scored an imposing 169/4 off their 20 overs with Leonardo Julien getting 52 not out, Sachin Seecharan 50 and Kirstan Kallicharan 42. Kareem Muradali snatched four wickets for five runs and Navin Bedassie three wickets for seven runs to humble them for 42, giving Hillview victory by 27 runs.
At Freeport: Vishnu Boys College 122 (20ovs) (Sachin Dookie 23, Travin Mohan 18, Rupdeen Sookdeo 4/22) vs Carapichaima East 110 all out (James Duncan 37, Renaldo Lezama 18, Sameer Ali 5/11, Giovani Gajadhar 2/10) - Vishnu Boys won by 12 runs.
At Barrackpore: ASJA Charlieville 109/9 (20) (I Ramrattan 40, G Daniel 30, A Sonnylal 3/11, R Ramkissoon 2/17) vs Barrackpore West Secondary 112/3 (14.1) (B singh 48no, S Mohammed 31no) - Barrackpore won by 7 wkts.
At Chaguanas: Manzanilla Secondary 124/9 (20) (Emmanual Garcia 37, Alex Ali 40, Isaiah Ali 2/21, Joel Sutherland 2/27) vs Presentation Chaguanas 125/1 (Shiva Ragoobar 70no, Aniel Pittiram 38no) - Pres won by 9 wkts.
At Lewis Street: Naparima College 218/5 (20) (Cephas Cooper 124, Avinash Mahabirsingh 38) vs Couva East 81 all out (Enrique Singh 4/23, Faiysal Mangera 2/27, Ryan Bandoo 2/2) - Naps won by 137 runs.
At Tunapuna: Hillview 169/4 (20) (Leonardo Julien 52no, Sachin Seecharan 50, Kirstan Kallicharan 42, Kareem Muradali 4/5, Navin Bedassie 3/17) vs Trinity College East 42 all out (Kareem Muradali 4/5, Navin Bedassie 3/17) - Hillview College won by 127 runs.
The silence is deafening these days regarding the the aborted Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the TTFA last week.
At this point in time, the variety of confusing issues could make the image of the local game become more difficult to accept and it can even push away the start of the upcoming season for all the Football leagues in the country.
My understanding is that the AGM which was scheduled some time ago and was postponed because of the absence of a quorum.
A restart was attempted and while the original number of participants did not reach the quota stage, the ruling indicated that the meeting must continue with the number present.
Nevertheless, my question is: why was the original meeting date did not bring the participants together, especially when the substance of the meeting was the financial statement, one which need to be addressed by all key stakeholders on the TTFA.
FIFA has committed itself to a large sum of money which literally covered the various areas of the administration, the national programmes, the youth development, the women's' senior and junior teams.
We are all aware of the poor management skills of the TTFA over the years and the current administration should be more than careful as to the request by the general council to display the figures where the FIFA contributed, and where the moneys were disbursed.
The request turned into turmoil because the request for the document could not be made available by the executive committee.
Cross talk followed the refusal to carry on the meeting by the leader ignited a “he say, she say” exchange of words, few of which referred to the spent funds. From what was said in the news, it was clear that the floor members were upset over the desire of the hierarchy to terminate the meeting.
Whether this was so or not, surely the reasons should have been explained to the gathering and maybe share some thoughts on the next move forward.
This apparently did not happen and the meeting turned itself into an environment which more resembled an unruly fish market.
It would appear that some preferred to go the route of personalisation among the group which had the responsibility to conduct the business of Football and none could have request for the financial statement examined.
And almost simultaneously. Another group called the “Proleague” executives, some recently resigned their positions, decided to ignore the august body for Football and went straight to the Minister of Sport office in search of special grant of funding for their league, which is a franchise oriented league.
This was confusing to my own mind, simply because I was always of the belief that the Government's subvention to sport in the country must be shared through the national associations whose duties in turn must provide a budget which will identify the direction of the funds allocated by the TTFA..
This is not the case and immediately, the thought of this process of funding to a “Private” body which calls itself the professional league is tantamount to a number of business who invested their money in the game of football with the hope of making a profit on same.
The poor performances on the field provided them with concrete evidence that better quality football is the answer to earn a profit and continue with the investment.
If the government accepts the request to hand out monies to the Proleague, then they will have to continue their precedent and finance the clubs affiliated to the northern, eastern, central, southern and the Tobago leagues.
These are the leagues which need the financial support most, especially as they do not have gate receipts, they have to pay their referees, and they have to pay registration fees for club.
Their community grounds are not well kept, a factor which invites postponed games because of uncut grass and sometimes two teams scheduled for the same field.
This quagmire has to stop and the clubs must make their present felt in the midst of serious dialogue regarding the restructuring of all football in the country. There were successful methods used in the past and the fans supported the game. To return to a successful past is not unproductive, but rather more intelligent.
The T&T Cycling Federation is facing legal action for its failure to pay costs for airline tickets for cyclists Njisane Phillip, Nicholas Paul and Kwesi Browne to compete at the Tissot UCI World Cup in Minsk, Belarus in January.
Yesterday, Attorney at Law Peter A.C. Taylor, representing Skylight Travel & Tours Limited, the travel agency
that booked the airline tickets for the cyclists, issued a pre action protocol letter to the cycling federation demanding payment of $45,493.12 which represents the amount incurred by the agency.
The letter stated that: "Team Manager Gary Acosta contacted Skylight’s Manager Sharon Gomez to make flight arrangements for the travelling party to travel to Minsk from Port- of- Spain via New York, USA and Moscow.
However, Gomez advised Acosta that the team would require visas to enter Russia. Acosta insisted that the team would not require visas and instructed Gomez to issue the tickets for travel via Russia."
It added " Upon arrival in New York, USA the team was advised that they would require visas to enter Russia. Acosta telephoned Gomez from New York and asked her to re-issue tickets to travel via Warsaw, Poland and undertook to make good on the additional cost of $45,493.12 incurred by Skylight when he returned to Trinidad."
The agency has since been unable to recover monies after it received no response from calls to the office of the T&TCF, and also when it sent a letter to Robert Farrier, the T&TCF president.
Contacted Farrier said he was unaware of attempts to reach him and his federation's office as there is usually no one operating out of that office.
With just 14 days given to respond to the lawsuit, Farrier has since immediately instructed the finance chairman and his committee to summon Acosta to a meeting to address the issue.
The federation has already found itself in a financial depression with desperate attempts underway to secure funding to put on the traditional Easter International Cycling Grand Prix next weekend. Farrier said his organisation The federation has been strapped for cash and called again on corporate T&T to join the T&TCF with its initiatives which would save the sport in the long term.
The Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute ( THTI) would be holding its First Golf Tournament on July 14 and 15 at the Magdelena Grand Hotel, Tobago. This was announced last Friday at a formal launch of the tournament at the THTI’s Blenheim, Mt St George campus. Stephen Sheppard, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the THTI said the golf tournament would contribute to the brand development for the THTI and towards the tourism thrust of Tobago. Sheppard said he expects two big name golfers are expected to participate in the event.
He said, “Competitive advantage is no longer natural but is increasingly based on the human element driven by science, technology, information, innovation and customer service excellence.” He said tourism has experienced continued growth and deepening diversification to become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world becoming a key driver for socio economic progress.
Sheppard pointed out that, “Today, the business volume of tourism equals or even surprises that of oil exports, food products or automobiles and has become one of the major players in international commerce and represents at the same time one of the main income sources for many developing countries.”
He said according to the UN long term forecast report, tourism is expected to increase by 3.3 percent a year between 2010 and 2030 to a figure of 1.3 billion persons by 2030. He sighted T&T as one of the emerging markets to grow faster than established destinations.
Sheppard said tertiary education institutes are being called in to play a greater role in their funding. Funds raised through the golf tournament would be used to supplement the subvention given from the THA for the running of the institution and undertake new projects. Hs said, “There are sponsorship plans available and these range from $3,000 to $175,000 and we are asking everyone for the benefits of the students to give generously.”
Guardian Media Sports was told that THTI is also practising diversification and would be launching strategic business units as the THTI Explore, an educational tour company to take tours around the world, THTI Comida, a venture that would be hosting happy hours from 5- 7 daily and taking orders for food, THTI Grow, an agricultural project to grow organic produce on the 99 acres controlled by the institute and market surplus production
The tournament is a two-ball-better-ball tournament with a maximum handicap of 18. Sponsorship for a team of two persons cost $6,000 per team. There is also room for advertising and other ventures at the event. Further information can be sought from the The THTI calling 660-2196 or emailing [email protected]
T&T senior national women’s team goal shoot, Kalifa Mc Collin played a key supporting role as benecos Mavericks moved into second place in the England Vitality Netball Superleague following a close 52-49 triumph over Manchester Thunder at the Thunderdome, Manchester on Friday.
Coming off a narrow 46-44 win over UWS Sirens at Hertfordshire Sports Complex less than a week early Mavericks with Karyn Bailey and Mc Collin in attack trailed 13-16 at the end of the first-quarter and 26-29 at the half-time whistle following an even second period.
However, Mavericks defence turned up the heat in the third quarter which resulted in good offense as they dominated 15-8 to grab a 41-37 lead ahead of their final period, where they managed to go point-for-point before hanging onto the slim margin of victory.
The win was the sixth in seven matches this season for Mavericks, now with 18 points, six behind unbeaten defending champions Wasps who are 8-0.
With the loss, Manchester Thunder dropped into a two-way tie with Team Bath, both with 5-1 records and 15 points in third followed by Loughborough Lightning (4-3), Mc Collin’s former club Celtic Dragons (2-4) for six points, former champions Surrey Storm (1-5), Severn Stars (1-6), UWS Sirens (1-5) and winless Team Northumbria (0-7).
The league will now enjoy a five-weeks break a break for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia from April 4-15 before resuming on April 21 with Mavericks versus Lightning, Team Bath (April 29) and Surrey Storm (May 5) to end the first-half of the season.
Last year, Mc Collin was on fire for the Dragons ending as the league’s sixth best scorer with 526 goals from 567 attempts at a league best 92.8 shooting percentage.
She was eventually voted as the T&T Netball Association 2017 ‘Player of the Year and First Citizens Sports Foundation awards nominee.
De-Nicha Lewis, 14, of Mango Rose, Laventille. The student of Holy Name Convent, Port-of-Spain represented T&T on six previous occasions. She capture of three gold (50m backstroke, freestyle and butterfly) and one silver (50m breaststroke) at the bmobile National Secondary Schools Swim Meet in January.
Lewis, of Flying Fish Swim Club, was recently honoured with a Top Performer Award and bursary by Secondary Schools Swim Meet sponsors - bmobile.
She also won dance titles at SanFest with the Malick Folk Performers and despite her sporting activities she maintains an ‘A’ grade at school and is determined to expand her competitive prowess on the international stage.
HARARE—Captain Jason Holder said West Indies had deserved the slice of luck which came their way, though they had been confident of defending their modest total, in yesterday’s do-or-die Super Six match against Scotland.
Needing to win in order to qualify for next year’s World Cup in England, West Indies were dismissed for a disappointing 198 in the penultimate over.
With the game in the balance, the light rain, which halted play with Scotland 125 for five in the 36th over, then became persistent and heavy, wrecking any remaining hopes of a resumption at Harare Sports Club, and leaving the Scots five runs shy of the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern par score of 130.
Afterwards, a relieved Holder said he had no idea when the weather stopped play that it would have ended the contest prematurely.
“I was actually shocked to be honest. I knew there was some rain about but I didn’t actually think it would end the game. Then to see the amount of rain that fell, it was actually quite shocking,” the all-rounder said.
“But I guess some things have to go our way at certain times. We have endured some really tough times in the last few years and to get some luck at some stage is pretty good.”
He added: “At the half-way stage, seeing how the pitch played, I felt we had enough and it was just a matter of having a good new-ball burst. We saw what Scotland did with their new ball and we thought we could’ve done the same and make things hard for their middle order.
“Maybe 200 would have looked psychologically a lot better but seeing how the pitch played, and it was a fresh wicket where the ball went through and there was a little tackiness up front and the ball holding up a little in the pitch, I knew anywhere around 200 would have been enough.”
Opener Evin Lewis top-scored with 64 and Marlon Samuels weighed in with a valuable 51, putting on 121 for the third wicket to pull West Indies out of trouble at two for two in the third over.
However, they innings fell away badly once they were separated, with the last eight wickets tumbling for 75 runs.
The Windies bowlers also started strongly, reducing Scotland to 25 for three in the seventh over and then keeping a lid on the scoring despite a couple of defiant partnerships in the middle.
Holder said the Caribbean side were yet to pull the ideal game together and were now hoping to execute for the final.
“[There were] one or two boundary balls when we bowled that we could’ve probably tightened up on but good shots do play in cricket and we must respect that as well,” Holder pointed out.
“We were half decent in the field. We could’ve held on to one or two half chances and made things a lot easier for us but all in all, I don’t think we’ve played the perfect cricket game here in this competition so far and still been able to win games.
“My message to the guys in the dressing room is to look to play the perfect final.”
Despite entering the qualifying tournament as hot favourites, the Windies endured some nervous moments against several of the so-called minnows, en route to finishing the preliminary round unbeaten.
They were felled by Afghanistan in their opening Super Six match last week, forced to complete their fifth highest run chase in ODIs to beat Zimbabwe on Monday before overcoming Scotland.
Holder said the success had been testament to the attitude and commitment of the side.
“I’m definitely relieved. Coming into this tournament, being here for the first time in a World Cup qualifier and knowing what was at stake, I was just really pleased to see how the guys responded,” he explained.
“It was one of the better times that we really came together as a squad and everybody put their heads together to try to do what’s best for West Indies cricket and what’s best for ourselves.
“I can’t see two or three individuals dominating in every single game – it was a strong collective effort most of the time in every game which we’ve won, and that’s a strong sign of a good side.”
Hosts Zimbabwe can join West Indies in Sunday’s final and in next year’s World Cup, once they defeat United Arab Emirates on Thursday. (CMC)
Scotland vs West Indies
– Super Sixes
WEST INDIES Innings
C Gayle c wkp Cross b
E Lewis lbw b Wheal........................66
S Hope c wkp Cross b
M Samuels c Sole b Leask..............51
S Hetmyer c wkp Cross b Leask....4
J Holder c MacLeod b Evans .........12
R Powell b Safyaan Sharif..............15
C Brathwaite c Munsey b Wheal..24
A Nurse c Wheal b Berrington......5
K Paul b Wheal..................................5
K Roach not out................................0
Extras (lb3, w13)..............................16
TOTAL (all out, 48.4 overs).......198
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-2, 3-123,
4-135, 5-135, 6-158, 7-176,
8-184, 9-198, 10-198.
Bowling: Safyaan Sharif 9-1-27-3,
Wheal 9.4-0-34-3, Evans 10-0-58-1,
Sole 7-0-28-0, Leask 10-0-36-2,
M Cross b Holder .............................4
K Coetzer c Lewis b Roach.............2
M Jones c Powell b Roach .............14
C MacLeod c & b Nurse ..................21
R Berrington lbw b Nurse .............33
G Munsey not out ...........................32
M Leask not out ...............................14
TOTAL (5 wkts, 35.2 overs) ......125
Did not bat: Safyaan Sharif, T Sole, A Evans, A Evans, B Wheal.
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-12, 3-25, 4-67, 5-105.
Bowling: Roach 7-2-20-2, Holder 7-0-31-1, Paul 5-0-12-0, Brathwaite 7-2-27-0, Nurse 9.2-0-35-2.
Result: West Indies won by five runs (DLS).
Points: West Indies 2, Scotland 0.
Series: West Indies qualify for World Cup.
Man-of-the-Match: Safyaan Sharif.
Umpires: P Wilson, S George; TV – S Fry.
T&T Women’s football coach Jamaal Shabazz is hoping for a sizeable crowd when his girls take on Panama in the first of two international friendly matches at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva from 6:30pm this evening.
Captain Tasha St Louis and company will begin their campaign for World Cup qualification in earnest and at the price of $20 football fans could be in for a treat this evening. Both teams will meet again on Saturday at 4pm at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium.
Shabazz said apart from looking to see how well the team adapts to the physical demands of the match, he wants to see a strong mental attitude in front of their home fans.
“What we are looking for from this game is to see the girls put down the boogie of playing at home, the nervousness, as it’s going to be a tough opponent. We’ve got to get them accustomed to playing in front of their home crowd and being able to take that tension and pressure,” Shabazz said.
“We are looking to see how they try to play in the game and implement some of the things we’ve done in training. Of course it’s everybody's wish and dream for us to qualify for the World Cup. But more importantly these games are also to help us widen our pool and to show how they can adapt tactically and physically to the demand of international football,” Shabazz added.
Janine Francois, one of the surviving members the 2014 squad that narrowly missed out on qualification for the last Women’s World Cup, is excited about the team’s upcoming campaign.
“I’m excited and all the girls are really looking forward to these two games and then the two tournaments coming up. We’ve been working constantly over an extended period and now it’s up to us to show it on the pitch. I think these games will give us a very good test to see where we’re at and hopefully the exercise will turn out to be beneficial for us,” Francois said.
The Panama team trained at 4pm at the Couva venue, prior to T&T’s late evening session. Panama’s best showing in regional competition was a quarter-final finish at the 2006 Women’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Victor Suarez, the Panama coach is also looking forward to the encounter saying “It’s a good opportunity for us to be in T&T for the match. It’s a good practice for us for our preparations and we are looking forward to two well contested matches.”
Recently modified Motul Monster again dominated at the second National Championship Regatta of the T&T Powerboat Association on Sunday.
Monster which won almost every race it participated in a couple months ago, was again in unstoppable form racing to a maximum 1260 national points by virtue of its victories in three out of its four races in the 130 mph A Class category.
In the opening regatta it accumulated 600 points and added another 660 points on Sunday, getting the better of Iron Man in second and third Mr Solo Too.
The event sponsored by Track Batteries also saw Ultra Rush in cruise control in the 95 mph D Class as their opponents Bacchanal and Chris Gone Wilder did not make it to the start line.
There was also fierce competition in the 80 mph E Class between Mobil Outlaw and Papi Chulo with Mobil Outlaw taking three out of four wins.
Dominating in the 70 mph F Class was Fire Chief II as Extreme Measures was plagued by mechanical problems. Meanwhile Trident also won all its races on the day, declaring itself king of the 60 mph G Class.
In spite of the performances of Monster however it was Mobil Outlaw that took the overall lead on points at the end of Round Two in the national championships.
The 36th annual Special Olympics Games took place in several venues throughout North Trinidad with over 680 athletes competing in eight disciplines including aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, equestrian, football, powerlifting and volleyball.
In opening the Games, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Darryl Smith brought greetings to Special Olympics T&T (SOTT) and the athletes and was in high praise of the Digicel Foundation for its philanthropy and for its support to the Special Olympics over the past 12 years.
“This is the type of corporate social responsibility in which we are encouraging the private sector to engage,” he said. “The Foundation’s holistic approach to the support provided, has allowed these athletes to develop their skills and compete successfully at both the national and international levels.”
Digical Foundation CEO, Penny Gomes thanked SOTT for the partnership saying: “Being welcomed into your family has been a major win for us at the Foundation. We have never felt like a sponsor but always felt so well-connected with the strategic direction of an organisation that wholeheartedly serves so many vulnerable people.”
Throughout the day, the cheerleaders – the Blue Eagles – appeared at the various venues where they cheered on the athletes. Also, there was excitement for family members and other supporters who had the opportunity to win Digicel Top up cards and register for Family Sims.
Among the audience, the school with the largest contingent, the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), went away with a movie lime courtesy Digicel IMAX and pizza vouchers from Pizza Hut.
One of the highlights of the event, the “Torch Run”, began in Diego Martin. The last leg of the Torch run was led by Mayor of Port of Spain, Joel Martinez who carried the torch, along with Tamika Campbell, together they lit the symbolic Special Olympics cauldron symbolising the close of the Games.
The closing ceremony and Gala concert was a huge hit, with Latin dancing performed by the Lady Hochoy, Gasparillo, entertainment pieces by the Flick, Jason ‘Fridge’ Seecharan from H2O Phlo and Samantha Johnson.
Gov't to rescue team
Fed up of being ignored, two parents have pulled their children out of the T&T team to contest the Carifta Swimming Championships in Jamaica from March 31- April 3.
Yesterday, Michael Nelson, whose sons Marquise and Malik Nelson were scheduled to be among the travelling party to Jamaica on March 30, has decided to pull them out because of the hefty $15, 000-plus amount he is being asked to pay.
Joseph Mc Leod, the former president of the Amateur Swimming Association of T&T (ASATT) also confirmed yesterday that his son Michael Mc Leod, who competes in the 14-16 age bracket, has been pulled out of the team, saying he will inform the ASATT executive via email.
Parents of the swimmers were asked to pay $9,000 which entailed $6,100 for airfare and $2,900 for jerseys/uniforms and to cover costs for seven officials. But parents were reluctant to cover the cost for officials and asked that they pay for themselves.
Nelson said because his request for clarity on the breakdown to parents on Monday was ignored, he could not budget his finances.
"I have had to pay monthly for my boys' to swim ($650, for gym $600, vitamins $700, to eat well, and for lessons $1, 000) as they spend a lot of time away from school. All I asked for is to be informed of how much I will have to pay for my sons, so that I could have made the necessary adjustments, but not even that was forthcoming. Therefore, I had to stand as a man and make a decision in the interest of their careers," Nelson explained yesterday.
Guardian Media Sports understands that due to the concerns raised by the parents the Sport Company of T&T asked for a meeting with them on Saturday at 9 am at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva. From the overall cost for the team to go to the Carifta Games, SporTT agreed to cover the cost of accommodation at $112,000, and last week it added a further $60,000, specifically to cover the costs for officials. However, this information may not have been communicated to parents.
Yesterday, Jason Wickham, ASATT's Public Relation's Officer said while it was unfortunate that swimmers had to be pulled out of the team, his association had to be guided by what is before them. He said ASATT is still to receive a cheque from government to cover its bills, including the additional $60, 000 promised for officials' cost.
"Last week our secretary addressed the parents and told them of the ministry's intention to cover the cost for officials, but to date we have not received any cash in hand," Wickham explained.
He believes it would be misleading to give parents an overall cost when they cannot back it up. "As such the amount will remain at $9,000 for each parent," Wickham said.
According to Wickham once the government gives the $60,000, then parents will have only airfare to pay for their children.
Centre court player Candice Guerero showed up big to help Fire Services win the Premiership Division Knockout title in the Courts All Sectors Netball League over Police, 36-23 at the Centre of Excellence in Macoya on Monday night. The 27-year-old firewoman is rightly nicknamed “Flyer”, as she is one of this country’s most agile, athletic and versatile netballers. The national player from Embacadere, San Fernando, began playing netball at the San Fernando Girls’ Anglican School and is one of T&T's stand-out performers at present.
Six Tobagonians have been named on the national youth team that will compete at the Caribbean Netball Association’s CNA) Jean Pierre Under-16 Netball Tournament set from April 6-12 in St Lucia.
They are Kelelecia George, Esther James and Kelaiah Stewart, who are students of Bishops High School, Tobago and Kaliyah Stephen, Ashley Greig and Phoebe Warner, who attend Scarborough High.
The T&T Netball Association (TTNA) yesterday announced the team that will coached by Velma Hazelwood. She will be assisted by former national captain Lystra Solomon-Simmons. Serving as trainer is Sojourner "Susie" Hyles-Lewis with Coreen David functioning as manager.
This edition marks 20 years since the inception of the competition in 1998 and the junior "Calypso Girls" will be hoping to make an impact in a Championship that they have never won.
The last time T&T finished among the top three places was in 2012 when it placed third behind Barbados and St Lucia, respectively. The highest position the national junior team has ever reached was second in 2001, 2000 and in the inaugural year.
Stand-out player Kayshanna Duncan of Tranquillity Government Secondary returns to the fold after making her debut in 2016. Then the local side had placed seventh in the eight-team competition.
Duncan was named among the final squad last year for the tournament, which was to be held in here in T&T but was cancelled due to financial constraints to a number of countries that was participating.
The junior squad trains three days a week, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Jean Pierre Complex in Port-of-Spain.
In the team's final stage of preparation, TTNA will host an Easter Invitational Tournament, from March 30 - April 1, that will feature the Woodhouse Grove School team from England, to raise funds before the team departs on April 5, returning April 13.
The other local teams competing in the invitational are Tunapuna Tigers, Police Youth Club (PYC), Horizon, CHIPS and a team from Tobago.
The T&T National Under-15 team warmed up for the upcoming West Indies Regional U-15 tournament with an very good performance against Carapichaima East Secondary at UWI Spec yesterday.
Caps batting first were reeling on 73/7 when the rain came and after a short shower, they refused to continue the match against the youngsters. Top scoring for Caps was Joel Bristol who made 19. Opener Renaldo Lezama was bowled for 13 after hitting two fours early in the innings. However, he was the first to be dismissed bowled by pacer Liam Mamchan and this opened the floodgates. Fellow pacer Ricardo Chase was impressive in grabbing three wickets for 24 runs.
Central Zone left-arm orthodox spinner Ronillster Perreira took two wickets for 25 runs. South off-spinner Avalon Changoor was his normal miserly self bowling four overs three maidens one wicket for one run. National player Nickyle Jalim who was used as a guest player for Caps weathered the storm set up by his team-mates on the national team.
Manager of the team Narine Bideshi said he has a well rounded team and he is hoping for good things from them. After T&T finished last in 2017, the T&T Cricket Board decided to change the team management and now Bideshi and coach Keshava Ramphal will be in charge.
He said, "The guys are really gelling well. We've had some good sessions with them and they are coming along nicely. The coach is a young man who is doing well in his career and he has really done well with this team. He is a bright boy and we are seeing his good work.”
Bideshi, who served as manager of the T&T Under-21 team some years ago said, "The key for our players will be how quickly the boys adapt to the conditions on tour. The pitches in Jamaica could be a little different from what we have at home, but I think our boys will be fine.”
The national team will continue their preparations over the weekend before flying out to Jamaica Monday morning.
Police had a mountain to climb in order to bypass the Unit Trust Corporation (UTC) to be winner of the Championship Division in the Courts All Sectors Netball League but it did not materialise instead it fell to a surprise 43-42 defeat to Fire.
It was an impossible ask from the get go for Police when it met Fire in their final league match on Tuesday evening at the Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Macoya
The policewomen would have had to win by a margin of 37 goals to elevate to the top of the eight-team standings to knock off UTC, who emerged the champion ending the season with six victories and a loss for a total of 12 points.
Police placed second with the same - five-win, two-loss - record as third-placed Bermudez but had a better goal-difference of 48 compared to Bermudez's 11.
Fire, which finished in seventh place, earned only its second win for the season thanks to the shooting of Cameisha Leslie, who netted 29 goals from 54 attempts.
Her goal-attack Daniella Hall added the other 14 goals from 25 tries in a match which their team led by a narrow one goal (13-12) at the end of the first period.
That lead was shortlived as Police, off the shooting of Jeselle Navarro (21/25) and Donessa Wickham (20/33), pulled ahead at the half, 24-20 maintaining its lead into the third session to lead 34-31 heading into the fourth period.
Fire fought back well outscoring its opponent, 12-8, in the final session to claim the narrow one-goal win.
In the later match, Defence Force played against TSTT and came away with an easy 42-17 victory. Shooting for the army/coast guard combination unit were Melissa Snaggs (15/21), Jody Sprott 14/37 and Makeda Pierre (13/25).
After seven rounds of matches, Defence Force ended in fourth spot with eight points while the winless TSTT team placed last.
In today's action, teams in the Alternative Division will begin their battle for the double elimination knockout title from 5.30 pm. The semifinals and final are carded for Saturday.