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Glamorgan women retains B vball title

13 hours 33 min ago

Reigning champion Glamorgan women and Central Warriors claimed the first titles at stake when the final day of competition in the Flow T&T Volleyball Federation Indoor League season served off at the Jean Pierre Complex in Mucurapo, yesterday.

In the opening match of the day’s six-game schedule Glamorgan retained the Women’s B Division with a straight sets defeat of West Side Trendsetters 25-12, 25-15.

However, in the Men’s B Division decider, Central Warriors stop Glamorgan from repeating a clean sweep of the division with a hard fought 25-23, 25-17 triumph.

Last night the Super League men and women third place and finals was to bring the season to an end at the same venue.

In the Women’s championship match, title-holder Glamorgan came up against West Side Stars.

This after both teams won their semifinal match-ups at the same venue in straight sets on Saturday afternoon.

In the first semifinal West Side Stars, the regular season round-robin winners with a 5-0 record powered past Southern United Volleyball Academy 25-15, 25-8, 25-19 while Glamorgan rallied past bitter rival and former champion University of T&T (UTT) 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 in a rematch of the opening game of the season which Glamorgan won in four sets.

Stars went into the decider brimming with confidence after beating Glamorgan 25-19, 25-20, 25-19 in their round-robin league decider prior to the playoffs. Also last night, Men’s Super League holders Glamorgan came up against Zenith for the title.

In the semifinals, Glamorgan humbled Titans 25-13, 20-25, 25-22, 25-23 and Zenith silenced Defence Force 25-15, 25-12, 25-18.

On Friday night at the same venue, Police men and Zenith women secured third spot playoffs win.

In the Men’s B Division, Police came-from-behind to beat Vishnu Boys 20-25, 25-22, 15-13 while Zenith denied Police double glory on the night by sweeping its women’s team 25-9, 25-18 in their bronze medal contest.

Late quarter lapses see Wallace’s Swifts fall

13 hours 35 min ago

A spirited performance from T&T international goal shoot Samantha Wallace and her New South Wales Swifts was unable to prevent a 49-63 loss to the Sunshine Coast Lightning in Round 13 at the Suncorp Australian Super Netball League at University of Sunshine Coast, Australia, on Saturday.

As soon as the game was underway it was obvious strong defensive pressure would play a key in deciding the result.

The Swifts were the first to reap the rewards, with Sarah Klau having a great start against Australian Diamond goal shoot Caitlin Bassett, providing the visitors with the first two shots of the game.

However the quarter soon fell into a see-sawing battle with the Lightning falling into step with the Swifts. But the visitors were their own worst enemy at times, throwing away crucial possession which saw them fall behind the host side and a late flurry of consecutive goals set up Lightning to take a three goal buffer into the first break, 15-12.

While the Swifts stayed in touch, the Lightning showed incredible speed across the court—at times catching their opponents off guard when switching from defence into attack.

This was especially damaging early in the second quarter with Lightning putting up five unanswered goals to stretch their advantage.

Despite the deficit, the Swifts defensive unit continued to work hard for every opportunity and as the match approached half-time the visitors began to find their mojo again.

A quick change introduced captain Abbey McCulloch to wing defence, with Paige Hadley moving to wing attack to match up on New Zealand netball legend Laura Langman.

The move seemed to reinvigorate the Swifts who found more movement through the attacking third, but the visitors couldn’t make it count on the scoreboard with Lightning’s prolific scoring continuing to score at will to lead 33-26 at the half-time whistle.

Despite the 23-year-old Toco-born Wallace picking up an injury the Swifts were able to stay with the Lightning for the majority of the third quarter until the hosts began to flex their muscles in the closing minutes to maintain a 47-38 lead at the final break.

Lightning made a few changes for the final quarter and the moves paid dividends as it brought more speed to their attacking third, which saw their advantage grow and in the end the move mattered little as Lightning saw out the match with a comfortable victory,

Wallace ended with 39 goals from 45 attempts for 82 per cent accuracy to improve her season tally to 475 from 533 attempts, fourth best in the competition while Amy Sommerville added ten from 15 in the absence of England international Helen Housby.

For Lightning, star player Bassett returned to top form with 49 goals from 52 attempts, Stephanie Wood got nine from 11 and Cara Koenen, chipped in with five from six attempts.

Bassett is now second in overall scoring with 550 goals from 585 attempts just behind fellow Australian international Caitlin Thwaites of Magpies Netball who leads with 550 goals from 603 attempts. Jamaican Romelda Aiken of Queensland Firebirds is third with 480 goals from 588 attempts.

A week ago, finished with scored 33 goals from 36 attempts and Housby tallied 17 of 17 in a 50-62 loss to Magpies which got a game-high 48 goals from 51 attempts by Caitlin Thwaites, C

The Swifts will return to Qudos Bank Arena for their final match of the season in recent rivals the Firebirds in Round 14 on Saturday.

Ahye cops silverin Jamaica invi

13 hours 37 min ago

T&T’s Michelle-Lee Ahye made a brilliant run to secure a silver medal in an intense women’s 100 metres at the Jamaica International Invitational, an IAAF World Challenge meeting on Saturday in Kingston.

Christania Williams had a bullet start while Allyson Felix on her immediate right was two strides behind. Felix and Morolake Akinosun began to chisel into the lead with Shillonie Calvert-Powell also mounting a challenge on the inside.

Ahye’s top end speed kicked in and she joined the party in earnest with 20 metres to go before the top-three blanket finish.

Akinosun, Ahye and Felix were nearly inseparable at the line, with Akinosun getting the nod over Ahye. Both were credited with 11.06 seconds, 0.01 ahead of Felix.

In the men’s race Emmanuel Callender placed fifth in a time of 10.25. Jamaican Yohan Blake won the dash in 9.93.

In the women’s 200m, local sprinter Semoy Hackett just missed out on a medal, placing fourth in 22.87. Winning was double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica in 22.09.

Middle-distance runner Alena Brooks of T&T too missed out on a top three finish in the women’s 800m, crossing fourth in 2:03.09.

Away from the track, Ayanna Alexander was the lone T&T athlete active on the field and she placed seventh in the women’s triple jump. Her best effort measured 13.27m.


Denoon, Parris and Warren Zakiya Denoon, Jeminise Parris and Portious Warren each picked up gold in their respecitve events at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Hutchinson, Kansas, USA, over the weekend.

Denoon of Monroe College completed the women’s sprint double, getting gold in the women’s 100m dash in 11.59. Sophomore Mauricia Prieto of South Plains College also competed in the event and she was 10th overall in 11.93, while Shania Alexander of Neosho County Community College was 17th in 12.16.

Denoon cross the line in 24.01 to win the women’s 200m. Prieto won the bronze in 24.17, while Alexander’s time of 25.54 placed her 17th overall.

Parris of Central Arizona College claimed gold in 13.49 in the women’s 100m hurdles final. She also raced in the 400m hurdles and the freshman clocked 1:06.91 to finish ninth.

Prieto was part of the South Plains unit that placed second in the women’s 4x400m relay in 3:44.74 while Parris team just missed out on a medal, placing fourth in 3:47.54. Alexander’s team was 15th overall in 4:14.21.

On Friday, Warren dominated the women’s shot put competition again. The Central Arizona College athlete grabbed gold in the event with a 15.89 metres effort in her second throw. It was not her best performance having to contend with stormy weather conditions, but it was enough to earned her the top spot on the podium.

Her other tosses measured 14.78m on the first try, 15.48 in the third, 14.92 and 15.44m in the fourth and fifth, respectively and had a foul in her final attempt. This followed her up her record-breaking performance at the NJCAA Region I Track & Field Championships in Arizona two weekends ago, when Warren erased a 27-year-old record, when the Central Arizona College athlete threw a personal best 16.90m to grab gold in the women’s shot put, to better the 16.86m NJCAA standard achieved in 1990 by Nigerian Grace Apiafi.

Then she was fourth in the hammer throw with a 48.39m effort but on Friday she was unable to get a mark, fouling on each her three throws.

Warren returned on Saturday to place 14th with a 40.82m effort in the discus and in the javelin, she was 12th with a 32.79m throw.

Dragon to scare them off

13 hours 38 min ago

Ventura Dragon to further enhance exploits of his sire by beating eight rivals in a Novice Stakes over five furlongs of ‘good to firm’ Carlisle today; must have missed the rains around the famous Lake District.

Every time I’ve visited the beautiful picturesque North-Western area it has rained. It represented a colossal journey but Richard Fahey is based at Malton, Yorkshire, by no means out of reach for the ‘winning machine’ who was absolutely thrilled when Ribchester made all to land the group one ‘Lockinge’ at Newbury last Saturday; told you it was a ‘penalty-kick!’

Dragon Pulse is rapidly making his mark, Komodo landed our 5/1 nap last week and Dragons Tail also complimented our time-handicap with a scintillating, unchallenged, victory over five at Chester.

His progeny are sharp and can certainly run; Ventura Dragon made a promising debut when third to Brandy station in a fast-run juvenile race at Pontefract last month and a replication of that debut effort should be good enough; improvement is likely.

Another once-raced juvenile which justifies support is Out Of The Flames, one of ten ‘decs’ for a Novice Stakes over five furlongs of ‘soft’ Windsor, abandoned last Monday due to indiscriminate watering; clerk of the course was subsequently replaced.

William Haggas-trained Out Of The Flames was beaten ‘two noses’ by Mrs Gallagher and Ertiyad over the minimum trip at Ascot ten days ago; Richard Hannon often gets results by running two-year-olds back quickly.

On the TH this is a bet!

Luca Cumani has obviously been vexed with well-bred Spinnaka but has found a gilt-edged opportunity in the Maiden Fillies’ Stakes over seven furlongs of ‘good to firm’ Redcar; another failure would be extremely disappointing, Luke Morris is booked.

10.20 Ventura Dragon (nap)

11.10 Spinakka (e.w)

1.55 Out Of The Flames.

Pollard, Simmons help Mumbai to 3rd IPL title

13 hours 44 min ago

Supergiant lost three wickets in the last over—bowled by Mitchell Johnson (3-26)—to be restricted to 128-6 after Mumbai Indians scored 129-8.

Supergiant needed 11 runs off the last over but Johnson dismissed Manoj Tiway and top-scorer Steve Smith (51) off successive deliveries after conceding a boundary off the first ball.

But Johnson conceded only five more runs off the next three deliveries as Dan Christian was run out off the last ball while going for the third run to tie the match.

“I’m calm now, it was a great game of cricket,” Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said. “To be able to defend a score like this was a brilliant effort, I couldn’t ask for more.

“When three overs were left, I had confidence in the bowlers ... it was about giving freedom to them because they’re the masters and they’ve done it before. I just told them to do whatever they want and set the field accordingly,” Rohit said.

Earlier, Krunal Pandya’s 47 off 38 balls lifted Mumbai Indians after a collapse to 79-7 in the 15th over.

Jaydev Unadkat (2-19) rattled the top order with two early wickets and then Adam Zampa got the prized wickets of Rohit (24) and Kieron Pollard (7).

Unadkat took one of the finest catches in the IPL to dismiss Lendl Simmons when the ball stuck in his left hand fingers just above the ground as he dived full length off his follow through.

But Krunal kept his composure and added a vital 50 runs for the eighth wicket with Johnson before he fell off the last ball of the innings which gave Christian (2-34) his second wicket of the innings.

Supergiant looked to have the match in the bag until losing Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the 17th over and slipped to 98-3 as Jasprit Bumrah conceded only three runs.

Needing 30 off the last three overs, Lasith Malinga gave away only seven runs in the 18th before Smith hit Bumrah for a six in the next over and brought the target down to 11 off the last six balls.

But the pressure seemed to get to Supergiant in the last over as Tiwary holed out to long on and Smith threw away his wicket off the next ball while attempting to clear Ambati Rayudu at sweeper cover.

“It’s a hard one to swallow. Just disappointing to lose, it wasn’t the fairy tale finish we wanted,” Smith said.

“They (Mumbai) were probably below par with 129, but it was a tough wicket to get runs, everyone could see that, just couldn’t get over the line.”

It was Mumbai Indians’ first win against Supergiant this season after losing both its league matches and also the first qualifier. Mumbai Indians’ earlier IPL titles came in 2013 and 2015. (AP)

Chanderpaul hundred rallies Lancashire

13 hours 46 min ago

The 42-year-old gathered a fluent 106 as the hosts, replying to the London side’s 448 for eight declared, finished on 264 for six at Old Trafford.

Lancashire was slumping at 68 for four before Chanderpaul arrived to steady the innings, adding 57 for the fifth wicket with Dane Vilas (29) and another 112 for the sixth wicket with Ryan McLaren who finished the day unbeaten on 63.

All told, Chanderpaul struck 11 fours and a six in a knock spanning 199 deliveries and a shade over 4-3/4 hours, for his 75th first class hundred.

Former England left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom ended with two for 41.

Earlier, tail-ender Jack Brooks completed his maiden first hundred with an unbeaten 109 as Middlesex resumed the day on 421 for seven.

He was 94 not out overnight and added the six runs required for his landmark, allowing the visitors to declare eight overs into the day’s play.

Chanderpaul has been in great for since joining the north England county, hitting 182 against Surrey in his last appearance in the Championship.

The former West Indies star played 164 Tests and scored 11 687 runs with 30 hundreds, before being axed by selectors two years ago due to poor form.


Babwah scalps 10 against Merryboys

13 hours 48 min ago

Former national player and current captain of Central Sports Shazan Babwah had a wonderful all round performance against Merryboys yesterday by taking 10 wickets and scoring a half century but his efforts still could not give his team victory.

Merryboys starting the day on 60 for five and an overall lead of 122 runs, were bowled out for 139 - setting Central Sports a victory target of 202. Lincoln Roberts top scored with 35 as the bowling of Central Sports was on spot. Skipper Shazan Babwah had 5/40 to follow up his first innings 5/57.

Babwah then struck 63 and Kamil Pooran made 30 but they were unable to take their team to victory as they reached 137/6 at the end of play. Babwah batting at number five took the attack to Merryboys and slammed eight sixes and two fours of just 37 balls. His dismissal forced Central Sports to close up shop and settle for the draw.

The clash between Victoria and Alescon Comets ended in a draw with the former taking first innings. After making 277 all out on the back of a brilliant 130 from Sherwin Ganga, Victoria bowled well and ended Comets fight just before the scheduled end of the match for 179. National all rounder Rayad Emrit opening the batting top scored with 48, while there were 21 apiece for Emile Rajah and Kastri Singh. Emrit and Singh posted 70 runs for the first wicket before they departed and Comets lost all ten wickets for the addition of just 109 runs. Spinner Sanjiv Gooljar took 6/83, while Windward Islands player Garey Mathurin snared 4/43.

Leaders Queen’s Park could consider themselves unlucky, as rain played a major hand in their clash against Tableland, which ended in a draw. After bowling out Tableland for just 101, Queen’s Park showed up at the venue yesterday morning on 218/8. However, there was no play until 3pm and the Parkites given their quality still fought for victory. They declared on their overnight score of 218 and had Tableland struggling to stave off defeat at the end on 80/8. Tableland was batting a player short so Queen’s Park had to take nine wickets to win the match. After the eight wicket fell, there was still half an hour to play but Tableland hung on for the draw.

At Syne Village: PowerGen 358/7 dec (Nicholas Sookdeosingh 118, Ewart Nicholson 106) vs Clarke Road 172 all out (Gregory Mahabir 65, Daniel Williams 49, Kavesh Kantasingh 6/80, Jason Mohammed 2/4) & 167 all out (Yannick Ottley 52, Akheel Mollon 28no, Kavesh Kantasingh 5/69, Ansil Bhaggan 3/31) - PowerGen won by an innings and 19 runs.


At Tableland: Tableland 101 all out (Khary Pierre 5/34, Akeal Hosein 5/37) & 80/8 (Khary Pierre 4/27) vs QPCC 218/8 dec (Justin Guillen 77). Match Drawn.


At Brian Lara Rec: Merryboys 193 (Mario Belcon 52, Jeetendra Sookdeo 31, Marlon Richards 28, Isaiah Rajah 22, Shazan Babwah 5/57, Kissoondath Magram 3/57, Stephen Shaddick 2/20) & 139 (Lincoln Roberts 35, Isaiah Rajah 32, Shazan Babwah 5/40, Stephen Shaddick 2/34) vs Central Sports 131 (Kjorn Ottley 65, Amir Khan 5/35, Ranga Latchana 4/41) & 137/6 (Shazan Babwah 63, Kamil Pooran 30) - Match Drawn.

At Pierre Road: Victoria 277 all out (Sherwin Ganga 130, Andrae Bryce 65, Marcelle Jones 39, Kastri Singh 6/59, Bryan Charles 2/50) vs Alescon Comets 179 all out (Rayad Emrit 48, Kastri Singh 21, Emile Rajah 21, Sanjiv Gooljar 6/83, Garey Mathurin 4/43). Match Drawn.

Cadogan, Stampfli snare tennis titles

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 00:29



Breanna Stampfli and Joe Cadogan made triumphant returns to local competition whem both won their respective Singles final matches to be crowned Bmobile National Open champions at the National Racquet Centre, Tacarigua on Friday night.

Stampfli, the 21-year-old tennis ace crushed three-time defending champion Carlista Mohammed in straight sets for the Women’s title, first coasting to a 6-2 win in the opening set, before sealing the victory and officially dethroning her opponent as the best in T&T with a 6-3 triumph in the second set.

Afterwards Stampfli said she was pleased to have won the tournament, especially in front of her home fans. She said she had been in good form, having played a lot on the professional circuit abroad but on Friday she did not play her best tennis. “I just knew I was not playing to my best against Carlista but experience has taught me to adjust quickly and do what is necessary to win, which was what I did” Stampfli said.

She was hardly affected by Carlista’s dominance in local tennis, saying, “I basically focussed on my game and my strengths.”

Stampfli who is due to graduate with a degree in Resort and Hospitality Management in December from the Florida Gulf Coast University, USA, told Guardian Media Sports that her dream is to get an international ranking. Though being out of T&T for a number of years, Stampfli confirmed her commitment to her country by announcing that she will be seeking a place on the country’s Fed Cup team.

“I will resume my training when I return to the US and will focus on representing T&T while pursuing my dream of an international ranking” she noted. Her victory was followed by an equally impressive 6-0, 6-2 triumph by Cadogan over Richard Chung which came as no surprise due to his dominance on the courts since his returned home. A performer on the international circuit, Cadogan said he was nervous going into the Friday’s final, knowing that once you take the court, any player had a chance to win.

“However, I settled in nicely and played some pretty good tennis which really decided the match. It was actually the difference in the game as Chung was a really good player also” Cadogan explained. The 28-year-old admitted he had never won the ‘Nationals’ before and reminded all that he was beaten in the semi-final round in his only foray in the tournament approximately five years ago.

Like Stampfli, he said he will like to represent T&T in the Davis Cup. “I now intend to recover from this tournament and then try to figure out what’s next for me. I would like to play for T&T in the Davis Cup as I see no reason why I should not.”

Meanwhile, there was also success for the pair of Colin Auguste and Yin Lee Assang who claimed the Mixed Doubles crown by beating the team of Dexter Mahase and Lindy-Ann Farrier 7-5, 6-4.

FPA gets $.1m from Scotiabank golf

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 00:16

Janouras Custom Design Ltd, which was represented by the pair of Anthony Hosang and Adrian Sampson claimed the top spot in the Scotiabank Charity Golf Tournament on Friday at St Andrews Golf Course Moka, Maraval.

They finished the one-day affair with a combined score of 46 after Hosang produced a total of 24 at the end of the day and Sampson shot 22 to better all other efforts by their counterparts in the two-ball better-ball format. They later collected the trophy for their achievement, but the real winner at the end however was the Family Planning Association (FPA) which received a whopping $100, 000 from Scotiabank’s commitment to bettering the lives of women in communities.

Speaking at the Prize Giving Ceremony, Anya Schnoor – Senior Vice President and Head, Caribbean East and South, Scotiabank and Chair of the Scotiabank Foundation highlighted the reach of the tournament over its 18-year existence, noting that 0ver 500 corporate entities have supported the event over the years with more than 1,500 participants. The proceeds raised have impacted the lives of over 17,000 women. “Scotiabank and the Scotiabank Foundation are committed to helping people and communities become better off. Furthermore, we readily support women and women’s causes. I am honoured to be a part of an organization that values the contributions of women and leverages diversity as a strength,” she said.

She noted “Scotiabank acknowledged that the World Health Organization’s priority areas for women include not only cancer, but also reproductive health, domestic violence, mental health, HIV and sexually transmitted diseases and non-communicable diseases. With the FPA’s focus on sexual and reproductive care and vast array of services offered to women, this year’s chosen NGO therefore underscores Scotiabank’s commitment to women’s causes and engaging women in the community.”

The Scotiabank’s Charity Golf Tournament, along with the Women Against Breast Cancer 5K, are the two hallmark events under the umbrella of the Scotiabank Women Against Breast Cancer Programme. Last year, tournament proceeds went to the T&T Cancer Society, towards their Community Cancer Screening.

Following Janouras was the team of Rentokil, represented by Christopher Henriques and Gerry Sampson taking the second position with a score of 44 while FLOW secured third with a similar total of 44. Rentokil’s Henriques and Sampson (Gerry) produced individual scores of 23 and 21 which proved to be better than FLOW duo of Shiva Ramlogan 22 and Peter Chang 22.

PWC’S team of Ravi Deonarine and Wayne Ali was fourth with 43 while Lifestyle Motors’ team of Annan Rajpaulsingh (21) and John Chin Yuen Kee (22) was fifth, dispite finishing with the same total (43).

Meanwhile Esau Oilfiel Supplies Co. Ltd was voted the best dressed team Men and Risk Management Services Ltd the best dressed team Women. 

Glamorgan, WS Stars tangle in vball final

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 00:13

Reigning champions Glamorgan and West Side Stars will contest the Women’s Super League final in the 2017 Flow T&T Volleyball Federation Indoor League season at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo from 7pm tonight.

This after both teams won their semifinal match-ups at the same venue in straight sets yesterday.

In the first semifinal West Side Stars, the regular season round-robin winners with a 5-0 record powered past Southern United Volleyball Academy 25-15, 25-8, 25-19 while defending champions Glamorgan rallied past bitter rival and former multiple champions University of T&T (UTT) 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 in a rematch of the opening game of the season which Glamorgan won in four sets.

Tonight, Stars will go into the decided brimming with confidence after it defeated Glamorgan 25-19, 25-20, 25-19 in their round-robin league decider prior to the playoffs.

Last night in the Men Super League semifinals, Titans came up against defending champions Glamorgansl while Defence Force met Zenith.

Last weekend, Titans, featuring a core of national Under-21 players led by Enrique Henry, Daynte Stewart, Nathaniel Noreiga, Mali Davidson and Tyrique Bcekles, Titans, prevailed over Technocrats 15-25, 25-23, 26-28, 25-16, 15-13 in a grueling five-set quarterfinal while Zenith steamrolled Southern United Volleyball Academy 25-13, 25-17, 25-12.

Also today, in the Men’s B Division Glamorgan and fellow unbeaten club, Central Warriors will meet in their divisional decider from 2pm. 

Gayle, Bravo, Narine in all-time IPL XI

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 00:04

After six weeks of voting by our readers, 31 nominees were selected for ESPNcricinfo’s all-time IPL XI. Over the past week our 17-member panel, comprising five former Test cricketers and a selection of our staff, got a flavour of life as an IPL team owner, making decisions to ensure their sides achieved the perfect balance. Our panel did not have a budget cap or bidding from competitors to worry about, but despite the lack of those constraints, there were hard choices to be made.



1. Chris Gayle, 2. Virender Sehwag, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. Suresh Raina, 5. Rohit Sharma, 6. MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7. Dwayne Bravo, 8. Sunil Narine, 9. R Ashwin, 10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11. Lasith Malinga


The panel unanimously decided that AB de Villiers would be the 12th man.

The no-restrictions XI, featuring seven overseas players:

• Chris Gayle

• David Warner

• Virat Kohli

• Suresh Raina

• AB de Villiers

• Shane Watson

• MS Dhoni

• Dwayne Bravo

• Sunil Narine

• Bhuvneshwar Kumar

• Lasith Malinga


Team composition

Our all-time XI is a reflection of how some of the best sides in the tournament have lined up—six batsmen, one allrounder, and four specialist bowlers. Some of these batsmen have had success rolling their arm over in the past, and while there was temptation to extend the batting order with an extra man, the final XI has five proven bowlers who will rarely fail as a collective, in any conditions.


The overseas players

Our list of 31 nominees featured 14 overseas players, from which our panel had to choose four, keeping in mind the balance of the side. There were clear trends, starting with a split down the middle while picking the openers. There was, by all accounts and logic, only place for one overseas opener, and Gayle received one more vote than David Warner.

AB de Villiers’s omission was partly due to the strength of the all-Indian middle-order, and is likely to spur a few debates below the line. The choice between Bravo and Shane Watson for the lone allrounder’s slot was decided based on the lack of room in Watson’s favoured batting positions at the top of the order, and Bravo’s marginally superior numbers and consistent wicket-taking ability while bowling at the death. The bowlers picked themselves, with Malinga, the tournament’s highest wicket-taker, and Narine, its most economical bowler, rounding off the overseas roster.

Bostock cops French II Player of the Year award

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 23:57

T&T Soca Warriors target, England-born midfielder John Bostock of RC Lens was voted as the French League II Player of the Year and in the Team of the Year in his first season in France on Monday last.

A former Crystal Palace and Tottenham Spurs player, Bostock joined the French club from OH Leuven last July and scored eight goals in 37 appearances before an injury last month forced a premature end to his season.

And it was a bitter end for Bostock and his Lens team-mates as despite a 3-1 win Niort they missed out on automatic promotion and the promotion playoffs as well to Ligue I by a mere point on Friday night when they were one of six clubs which could have still claimed the Ligue 2 title on the final day of the season.

When the round was completed, RC Lens with its win, ended with 65 points from 38 matches, the same as fifth placed Brest, but one shy of joint second placed Amiens and Troyes, while Strasbourg claimed the title with 67 points.

With the two gaining automatic promotion, Strasbourg was joined by Amiens which ended with a better goal-difference of plus-18 to Troyes’ plus-16, within the latter set to play the 18th place finisher in Ligue I for the chance to stay in the top flight.

The Lens midfielder has been named French Ligue 2 Player of the Year, but the news has opened old wounds for Jordan.

The businessman, who tried and failed to convince the 16-year-old to stay at Selhurst Park instead of moving to Tottenham in 2008, immediately took to Twitter to slam the midfielder and his father for the move eight years ago.

Bostock tweeted: “Truly honoured to win the Ligue 2 player of the year award & to also have been selected in team of the year.”

Bostock was sought after by former T&T coach Stephen Hart to wear the national colours during the Semifinal Round of the 2018 Russia Fifa World Cup Concacaf Qualifying Campaign and was set to play against his first match for T&T versus St Vincent and the Grenadines on March 25, 2016.

However a mix-up with his international clearance paperwork from the T&T Football Association forced him out of the match.

A former England Under-17 captain, Bostock who’s father John Bostock Sr grew up in Diego Martin, was later called up for World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala and USA, but again he missed those matches due to what he said via his twitter account was the hold up of FIFA’s decision with his international clearance and the recent theft of his British passport.

WICB could rethink ODI selection policy

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 23:51

West Indies could have their limited-overs stars in the fray for national selection, particularly for the 50-over format, after Courtney Browne, the chairman of selectors, hinted at the possibility of the WICB revisiting the eligibility criterion.

Currently, the WICB has followed a stringent policy of considering only those players who have featured in the domestic 50-over competition, one that goes back to 2010, under the regime of Julian Hunte and Ernest Hilaire.

The current criterion has ruled out a bunch of senior players including Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell. None of them were part of West Indies’ most recent series against Pakistan, which they lost 2-1, falling further behind in their race to be among the top eight teams in the ICC rankings and so qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup. But if this change in selection policy is cleared, West Indies could significantly boost their chances of fielding a full-strength team leading up to the showpiece event.

“There is some discussion going on about revisiting the eligibility rule,” Browne told Line and Length, a Barbados-based network. “I know it’s with a working committee. That will then go to the board. But we have to understand our domestic cricket is key.

“Players coming out of domestic cricket and showing they can perform at the international level is important. Yes, we have to look at it [the eligibility rule] but also be mindful that we have to develop our own domestic product, a stage where we can have a very good standard of regional cricket.”

However, Browne also made it clear he would rather not have a situation where young players who have come through the regional system are ignored. Vishaul Singh and Shimron Hetmyer, who captained West Indies to the Under-19 World Cup title last year, are two examples he cited while explaining the need to maintain continuity. The pair gave modest returns—159 runs in 12 innings between them—having played their first three Tests over the last couple of months.

“We have a lot of young developing players, they’re all bunched together in terms of number of Tests, that’s par for the course. When you have a bunch of people you’re exposing to international cricket, you will tend to get these sorts of performances. But the good thing about it is, you have the coaching team and you have to give them some time to develop players.

Browne was pleased with the enthusiasm of the new recruits. “They’ve shown the fans here’s a bunch of young people who are showing fight. It has shown the players too that with determination and passion like that, you can be competitive.”(ESPNcricinfo)

Kirby guides Starblazers to T20 Grand Slam title

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 23:36

Lee Ann Kirby played a brilliant all-round game to give her team Sasha Cosmetics Northern Starblazers the inaugural Courts Women’s T20 Grand Slam title.

Playing against the TECU Southern Titans at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, the Northerns held sway and walked away with a pretty comfortable seven-wicket victory much to the adoration of the estimated 1500 fans that showed to witness the game.

Kirby, one of the leading players with local club Moosai, led from the front and the first thing she did well on the night was to win the toss. Knowing that the dew later on would play a factor in the Southern spinners gripping the ball, she decided to bowl first.

She then opened the bowling with her right-arm medium slows and had Titans in early strife by sending back the dangerous Shennele Lord for 22.

She would come back later in the innings to take another wicket and end with the remarkable figures of two for 14 from her allotted four overs.

National captain Merissa Agueilliera with 13 and Britney Cooper, 20, showed some resistance but the Northerns were always in control. Afy Fletcher, the Windward Islands captain grabbed three for 12. Also among wickets was Rhonda Samaroo with three wickets for 11 runs.

When Starblazers started their innings, they found the slow Brian Lara track difficult to negotiate and got to only 19 runs from the six-over powerplay, while also losing two wickets.

Titans looked in total control until Kirby stepped in. Initially she was intent on seeing a few balls before attacking and was able to add 20 runs with Amanda Samroo. The latter left her for 20 and at 38 for three, the writing was on the wall.

However, Kirby, a right-hand batter who would go on to win the Player of the Tournament award, took matters into her own hands and the runs started to flow. Fletcher, a West Indies leg-spinner from Grenada, followed suit and soon the match was a no-contest.

Kirby slammed two fours to end the match on 50 not out. Fletcher at the other end was 15 not out.


Starblazers vs Titans


Titans innings

S Lord c Polluckinsigh b Kirbi 22

S Abdool b Fletcher 11

B Cooper b R Samaroo 20

S Bissoon lbw Fletcher 3

M Aguilliera c Ramharack b R Samaroo 13

C Henry b R Samaroo 11

A Peters c Pereira b Fletcher 0

G Seetahal c Nation b Kirby 8

R Dookie not out 4

C Emmanuel not out 2

Extras 2b, 2lb, 3w, 2nb 9

Total for 8 wkts 103

Fall of wkts: 32, 37, 41, 68, 82, 84, 89, 96.

Bowling: L Kirby 4-0-14-2, C Nation 4-0-31-0, A Fletcher 4-0-12-3, K Ramharack 4-0-31-0, R Samaroo 4-0-11-3.


Starblazers innings

A Samaroo c & b Lord 20

R Vincent lbw Peters 3

C Nation st Peters b Lord 0

L Kirby not out 50

A Fletcher not out 15

Total for 3 wkts (17) 106

Fall of wkts: 13, 18, 38.

Bowling: S Bissoon 3-0-20-0,

A Peters 3-1-4-1, S Lord 4-0-22-2, G Seetahal 3-0-22-0, B Cooper 1-0-14-0, K Dalgir 3-0-19-0.

Result: Starblazers won by 7 wkts.


Winner: Sasha Cosmetics Northern Starblazers

Most Runs: Lee Ann Kirby (111)

Most Wickets: Shenelle Lord (10)

Player of the Final: Lee Ann Kirby

Player of the Tournament: Lee Ann Kirby


The four above received gift packages from Courts.

All players of the games received Samsung Tablets from Courts.

The player of the series receive a 55 inch TV from Courts.

Kantasingh takes 13 scalps

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 23:34

Left-arm orthodox spinner Kavesh Kantasingh grabbed 13 wickets yesterday to bowl out First Citizens Clarke Road twice and gave an his team PowerGen victory by an innings and 19 runs in the sixth round of the TTCB Premiership Division I at Syne Village in Penal.

PowerGen declared on their overnight scored 358 for seven and asked Clarke Road to bat from the very first ball of the second day. PowerGen opened the bowling with the spin twins Kantasingh and Ancil Bhaggan. The pair caused immediate problems for their opponents and half the side was down before lunch.

The only players to offer resistance were former PowerGen captain Gregory Mahabir who counter-attacked on the turning pitch for 65 of 50 balls with 11 fours and a six. Assisting the former national batsman was Daniel Williams who made 49. Kantasingh finished the innings with six for 80.

Asked to bat again, Clarke Road made only 167, with national player Yannick Ottley getting 52 and towards the end Akheel Mollon thumped 28 not out. Kantasingh took five for 69 to return match figures of 13/149. Bhagan supported well with three for 31.

An interesting battle in developing between Merryboys and Central Sports at Santa Cruz. Merryboys resuming play on 144 for six, were bowled out for 193 with Shazan Babawah collecting five for 57. The Patna Boys then struck back to tumble Central Sports for 131 - for a first innings lead of 62 runs.

Batting a second time Merryboys closed the day on 60 for five - a total of 122 runs on with five wickets standing.

After the first day’s play in this encounter was totally washed out, former national player Sherwin Ganga slammed nine sixes in an innings of 130 for Victoria against Alescon Comets at Pierre Road in Charlieville. The left hander was in top form and added ten fours to those nine sixes of 150 balls. Andrae Bryce batted well with him in getting 65. Kastri Singh kept Comets in the game with excellent figures of six for 55. At the close Comets were 14 without loss.

Leaders Queen’s Park looking to make up for the loss of the opening day to rain, bowled out Tableland for just 101 with five wickets apiece to spinners Akeal Hosein and Khary Pierre. Skipper Justin Guillen then batted beautifully to get 77 as Queen’s Park closed on 218 for eight.

Jabloteh, Cibao in CFU Club final

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 05:47

Former champion San Juan Jabloteh of T&T and Dominican Republic outfit Cibao FC will contest the final of the 2017 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship tomorrow evening at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo from 8pm.

This after both teams topped their respective three-team round-robin groups at the same venue on Thursday night.

Winner of the competition in 2003 and runner-up three years later Jabloteh let a two-goal lead slip late on in a 2-2 draw with Jamaican champion and 2005 CFU winner Portmore United while Central FC, winner of the past two CFU competition stumbled to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Cibao.

In the night’s opener Jabloteh, which reached the CFU Club Championship finals as the best team of the first round group play earlier this year, looked well on its way for a fifth straight win of the campaign thanks to a 2-0 lead at the break.

Andre Reid, one of three former Portmore players in the local team, captain Damian Williams and Keithy Simpson, fired the Keith Jeffrey-coached San Juan club ahead from the penalty spot in the 34th minute after defender Kareem Manning bundled Vurlon Mills to the ground in a desperate attempt to clear a dangerous cross from Nathan Lewis.

Reid, the Jabloteh penalty specialist left Portmore goalkeeper Shaven Sean Paul anchored to the ground with his effort which nestled into bottom right bottom corner.

Mills then doubled the advantage in the 41st minute with a glancing header to beat Paul off a right side free-kick from Williams.

Sue Lae Mc Calla, who was replaced less than ten minutes after the break, had Portmore’s best attempt of the first-half with an ambitious strike from distance which whisked past goalkeeper Javon Sample’s top corner.

On the hour mark, Simpson had a chance to extend Jabloteh’s lead to 3-0, but he struck the upright with the goal at his mercy after

Lewis had initiated a counter-attack before he put through Kadeem Corbin into an vacant Portmore half with only goalkeeper Paul at his mercy.

Portmore got the all important third goal in the contest when Jeremie Lynch, who replaced Michael Binns beat Sample five minutes from time after meeting a pass from Cleon Pryce inside the 18-yard-box.

Then two minutes later Portmore captain Ewan Grandison drilled in a low shot into Sample’s bottom corner after making contact connecting with a Javon East cross to level the scores at 2-2.

However, Sample came up big for his team a few minutes later as he kept out a goal bound effort from Lynch that would have send the visitors into tomorrow’s final.

Portmore will enter the third place match against Central FC without the services of Manning after he was shown a second yellow card by Guyanese referee Sherwin Moore, for dissent just before the final while. It was a busy night for Morre overall as he had to dip into his pocket on five other occasions to issue yellow card to Portmore players.

With the drawn result, both Jabloteh and Portmore ended with four points each, however, Jabloteh which defeated Haiti’s Racing Fc 2-0 on Tuesday topped the table with a superior goal-difference of plus-two, to the Jamaicans’ plus-one.

Meanwhile, Central FC also went into its match needing only a draw to reach an unprecedented third straight CFU Club final, however Cibao’s Patrick Soko scored the decisive item eight minutes into the second-half half after host was reduced to ten men following’s Nathaniel Garcia dismissal for a second yellow card a minute from the break.

Cibao’s Argentine goalkeeper Juan Pablo Dominguez, one of three changes made by former Barcelona youth coach Albert Benaiges Sala for the clash, preserved his team’s lead on the night with a superb one-handed save, tipping over Central’s Sean De Silva’s attempt in the first half of the second game.

In the end, the result lifted Cibao to four points, one ahead of a lacklustre Central FC to top Group A while Antigua & Barbuda’s Grenades FC ended with a point.

Control Unit, Whisper Light clash again

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 05:46

When last the Glenn Mendez trained pair of Stewards Cup winner Control Unit and Whisper Light clashed, the latter came out best over 1,350 metres at Santa Rosa Park in Arima.

Today, the distance is 1,100 metres and at his best it will be difficult to beat the Sprint Champion Control Unit if he breaks alertly in the feature Handicap for three year olds and over horses dated 70 and over.

That being said stable-mate Whisper Light seems to be coming back to form and with Ricky Jadoo in the saddle, this horse is expected to ‘open the gates.’

However, in the $51,000 purse event the John O’Brien trained Takeoneforjoey looks attractively weighted and with apprentice LC Seecharan taking off another three kilos, he could well upset the applecart in the five-horse event.

Desert Dancer has always been beaten in small field and today will be no exception.

I will take Whisper Light to continue the good form of the Mendez stable. He should get home ahead of Takeoneforjoey with Control Unit back in third.

Post time is 12.30 pm.


989 1 Silver & Things R Ramroop/S Rodrigo 54 Can go close

079 2 Southern Express B Persad/L Keizer 54.5 Respected here

756 3 Seal The Deal R Stephen/J Boodramsing 57 Scratched

927 4 Wonder Girl J Rampersad/A Poon 55 Can take this

800 5 Red Wine J Rampersad/D Rodrigo 52.5 Chance

509 6 Izdihar R Ramroop/R Jadoo 54.5 Will be around

754 7 Language Of Love L Alexis/W Galviz 56.5 Scratched

465 8 Luminary L Alexis/S Rodrigo 55.5 Big shout

584 9 All Is Yours L Alexis/R Hernandez 57 Can take this

048 10 Kentucky Woman B Persad/Y Serrano 54.5 In and out


R2: 1.05 PM - WI BRED 4 YO & OVER MAIDENS HANDICAP - 1,350M - $27,200

086 1 Heart Of Glass W Debysingh/D Khelawan 51.5 Must improve

362 2 Angelobluz Dr A Griffith/J Boodramsing 51 Big shout

9RR 3 Good Faith B Persad/H Emamalie 57 Scratched

062 4 Doc Holiday R Ramroop/L C Seecharan 45.5 Chance

575 5 Yabba Dabba Doo H Gobin/A Poon 46 Place chance

832 6 Doctor James R A Dube/R Hernandez 53 Ready

443 7 Euphoria F DeFreitas/Y Serrano 48 Weighted to win

660 8 Superheat HiRoyal D Bennett/L Keizer 52 In tough

608 9 Adore The Shots H Gobin/R Jadoo 48 Outsider

-08 10 Eager J Rampersad/K Jadoo 54 Scratched

733 11 A Fleeting Moment V Lewis/RiHernandez 47 Can go close


R3: 1.40 PM - HANDICAP 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 70 & OVER - 1,100M - $51,000

133 1 Free Passage D Mosca/D Rodrigo 47.5 Needs longer

522 2 Desert Dancer J O’Brien/A Poon 46 Well weighted

133 3 Whisper Light G Mendez/R Jadoo 54.5 Can take this

221 4 Takeoneforjoey J O’Brien/L C Seecharan 50.5 One to beat

114 5 Control Unit G Mendez/W Galviz 60 Champion


R4: 2.15 PM - HANDICAP 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 60-45 - 1,600M (TURF) - $34,000

333 1 Sweet Genius B Persad/Y Serrano 56.5 Chance

037 2 Cramers Rule H Chadee/J Reyes 54 No form

851 3 Trovatore JW-Samaroo/N Mohammed 54 Repeat

655 4 Red River J Mosca/J Boodramsing 53 Chance

764 5 King Arthur J O’Brien/L C Seecharan 52 Will go close

420 6 Mafia Man H Chadee/Ri Hernandez 53.5 In tough

234 7 Electrify M Carew Jnr/W Galviz 55 Can surprise

322 8 Sunset Cloud L Alexis/S Rodrigo 54 In good form

542 9 Wild Shuffle T Thomas/D Khelawan 55.5 Big shout

133 10 Golden Bid G Mendez/R Jadoo 57 Will be around

311 11 Treasure Queen H Gobin/E Ramsammy 53 In great form


R5: 2.55 PM - HANDICAP 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 40-25- 1,200M - $28,200

413 1 Red Moon R Rammroop/D Rodrigo 50 Good sort

562 2 Pearl Secret R A Dube/W Galviz 56 Chance

238 3 Glorify H Gobin/R Ali 57 Outsider

897 4 Al Kahina R A Dube/N Mohammed 53.5 Speedy

664 5 Precise Moment S Khan/R Jadoo 57 Don’t trust

731 6 Star Pharoah J Mosca/J Boodramsing 56.5 Repeat

--- 7 Bridal Falls J O’Brien/Ri Hernandez 50 Debut

007 8 Nawab R Stephen/J Stephen 55.5 Can surprise

890 9 Chicarito R Bartolo/K Almarales 56.5 Lost form

360 10 Drogbar L Latchmansin/J Stephen 55.5 Chance

215 11 Sling Shot G Villiers/A Poon 57 Scratched

099 12 Delightful R A Dube/S Rodrigo 56 Shown speed

267 13 Mischief Maker J Mosca/J Reyes 53.5 Must improve

880 14 It’s An Icon T Thomas/Y Serrano 55.5 No form

730 15 Jacob’s Dream L Alexis/R Hernandez 56 Good sort

954 16 The King’s Gift M Boxie/L Keizer 55.5 Improved last

471 17 Veins Of Gold R Ramroop/L C Seecharan 54 Repeat

908 18 Winning Report Dr A Griffith/O Mohammed 56.5 No form


R6: 3.30 PM - HANDICAP 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 50-35 - 1,350M - $30,940

-91 1 Make Some Noise D Mosca/O Mohammed 50 Repeat

151 2 San Antonio H Gobin/Y Serrano 55.5 Can go in

112 3 Saint Honey G Mendez/W Galviz 56 Big shout

960 4 Why Kapalua R A Dube/L Keizer 55.5 Lost way

855 5 Against The Odds H Gobin/R Ali 56 Running on

323 6 Fast’N’Furious T Thomas/S Rodrigo 56.5 One to beat

076 7 Wonderbabe R Lalla-Mahar/J Stephen 56.5 Respected

616 8 Colonial Cat JW-Samaroo/H Emamalie 55.5 In and out

451 9 Rough’N Tumble S Khan/Ri Hernandez 50 Outsider

821 10 Rocket Princess M Carew Jnr/D Khelawan 57 Ready


R7: 4.05 PM - WI BRED 3 YO MAIDENS HANDICAP - 1,750M - $36,550

--2 1 Missionpossible H Gobin/R Jadoo 57 Will go close

045 2 Juneau J O’Brien/D Khelawan 56 Highly regarded

--- 3 Galaxy Ja O’Brien/S Rodrigo 57 Chance

708 4 Brisk Woman R A Dube/A Poon 44.5 Shown little

722 5 Well Connected S Khan/Y Serrano 49.5 Chance

775 6 Thepromise C Roberts/Ri Hernandez 48.5 In tough

--0 7 El Chapo L Alexis/D Khelawan 52 Forget for now

800 8 Getaway H Chadee/D Rodrigo 44.5 Ditto

708 9 Big In Class J Rampersad/L C Seecharan 44.5 Outsider

-57 10 Golazo B Nurse/D Butcher 51.5 Don’t trust

693 11 Settled Account R A Dube/H Emamalie 47.5 Outsider


R8: 4.40 PM - HANDICAP 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 30-0 - 1,100M - $25,500

102 1 Fleet Admiral M Boxie/S Rodrigo 56.5 Chance

030 2 Intangibility R Ramroop/N Mohammed 55.5 Disappointed last

710 3 Always Ready H Chadee/D Butcher 56 Can surprise

606 4 Morning Breeze R A Dube/R Hernandez 57 Respected

356 5 Helena’s Pride C Roberts/J Boodramsing 55.5 Outside shot

004 6 Best Defence R Ramroop/O Mohammed 55 Must drop again

883 7 Sorayah B Persad/A Poon 56 Can go close

712 8 Mirkana T Thomas/Y Serrano 56.5 Big shout

100 9 Poppy Love Dr J Suratsing/D Blackman 55 Shown speed

338 10 Mary’s Girl Chile R A Dube/L Keizer 55.5 Outsider

735 11 Rio Grande H Gobin/R Ali 56.5 Speedy

982 12 Pretty Cool S Khan/D Khelawan 55 Chance

723 13 Indomeneo R Ramroop/L C Seecharan 54.5 Respected

705 14 Bird Man H Chadee/J Reyes 55 Shown little


R9: 5.20 PM - HANDICAP 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 45-30 - 1,750M (TURF) - $29,050

108 1 Louisville Gal S Khan/J Reyes 55.5 No form

945 2 War Council B Persad/Y Serrano 57 Ready

311 3 Sweetmaninsouth S Jardim/O Mohammed 55.5 Hattrick

801 4 Royal Ballet D Bennett/L Keizer 47 Repeat

578 5 Single Bullet R A Dube/S Rodrigo 57 Nothing

941 6 Just Honest L Alexis/Ri Hernandez 56.5 In tough

509 7 Raeven Renae C Roberts/R Hernandez 55.5 No form

096 8 Rhea’s Toy Soldier B Persad/A Poon 53 Forget

621 9 Man On Fire D Ojar/E Ramsammy 55.5 In tough

373 10 Country Boy H Chadee/D Butcher 56 Can go close

429 11 Part Time Lover D Ojar/D Khelawan 55 Place chance

Holder rested, Taylor recalled for T20I series

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 05:41

They have chosen to rest Test captain Jason Holder, sought to give the attack an edge with the recall of Jerome Taylor to international duty and cast an eye to the future with the choice of Ronsford Beaton as the only newcomer in the squad to be led by Carlos Brathwaite.

Holder has been a regular member of the T20I squad since his debut three years ago, but Courtney Browne, the chairman of the West Indies selection panel, said the lanky Test and One-day International captain has been given a break with a view to having him recharged and ready for significant ODI contests in the next two months.

West Indies face a race against time to qualify directly for the 2019 ICC World Cup to be hosted by England and Wales, and the selectors clearly see Holder’s role as important to the team’s bid to avoid having to play in the qualifying tournament next year in Bangladesh.

The World Cup will feature 10 teams with hosts England, and the top seven other teams in the ICC ODI Rankings on September 30 this year, earning automatic qualification with the remaining two spots being decided at the qualifying tournament.

“He has requested a break and, after discussion with the staff, we have granted him this period to refresh himself and prepare for the upcoming ODIs against Afghanistan and India.”

As a consequence of Holder’s absence, veteran fellow fast bowler Taylor gets a chance to give the selectors cogent proof that he is serious about fully resuming his international career, after he has announced his retirement from Tests and ODIs last year.

Taylor has played 23 T20Is for West Indies, the last of which was against Pakistan in September 2016, in addition to 46 Tests and 85 One-day Internationals, and is part of a core of experienced players that includes veteran batsman Marlon Samuels, spinners Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine, as well as marauding batsman Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons that Browne hoped would fortify the squad in the game’s shortest format.

“After the T20I series against Pakistan, we felt that it was important to keep the same group together so that the coaches can continue developing the young players,” he said. “This coupled with the vast T20 experience of some of our senior players can help us to build a very formidable unit.

“In developing a high performance unit, there is never room for complacency and our expectation is to win against a team that is ranked lower than us in the ICC Rankings.”

On the inclusion of Beaton, Browne said: “Our head coach Stuart Law has asked for someone who can add some firepower to the attack. We felt that Ronsford has shown he can bowl with sustained pace in T20 cricket and we are confident he will do very well.”

The 24-year-old Beaton has not quite lived up to the promise he showed as a precocious teenaged fast bowler and has grabbed 31 wickets from 36 T20 matches, most of which have been for either the Guyana Amazon Warriors or Trinidad & Tobago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League.

Nicholas Pooran, whose participation in the last regional season hit a snag, when he chose to play in the Bangladesh Premier League and was subsequently suspended by the WICB, is one of the players named in the President’s XI squad. (CMC)

T&T’s Benny off to Man U

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 01:24

St Ann’s Rangers Under-17 midfield prodigy Che Benny and Antigua and Barbuda’s Ronaldo Flowers left T&T yesterday (Thursday) for Manchester United, England, after winning the Flow Ultimate Football Experience 2017 challenge final at President’s Grounds in St Ann’s, two weekends ago.

The 16-year-old Benny and 13-year-old Flowers, fondly referred to as ‘little Ronaldo (Brazil)’, stood out amongst a group of 30 finalists from across the Caribbean who were put to the test by Manchester United Academy coaches Mike Neary and William Miller.

Benny, who scored an instinctive half-line goal during the first of two scrimmages during the Flow Ultimate Football Experience final, said it’s a dream come true to visit his favourite club, Manchester United, and meet his favourite player, Spain’s Juan Mata, as well other stars such as France international Paul Pogba and Spain international Ander Herrera.

“It was at the start of the second half and I (quickly) spotted to goalkeeper off his line,” said the Belmont-born T&T Under-17 footballer as he recalled the moment.

“After I scored Mike (Neary) came and congratulated me, and he gave me a wink. I knew from then I had made it, although it didn’t stop me from working.”

A member of the St Anthony’s College Secondary Schools Football League squad, Benny also said that former T&T World Cup captain Dwight Yorke, a Manchester United legend and Ambassador who he made a bet with before for shooting tips during a training session with the national T U1-7s, reminded him on the day that he was representing T&T in the Flow Ultimate Football Experience challenge.

Benny who dribbled his way to the top prize said he has also been weaving through all the attention over the past two weeks which included on-camera interviews.

Flowers, who, like Benny, wants to become a professional footballer, said, “The Ultimate Football Experience challenge was very difficult because there were other talented players but I played hard.”

Both Benny and Flowers will enjoy a VIP experience, not limited to themselves but also a guardian and their respective club coach, at Old Trafford, Manchester United’s iconic stadium in Greater Manchester over a four-day period.

“This is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and definitely the ‘ultimate football experience’ that these two young footballers have been given through Flow’s partnership with Manchester United,” said Wendy McDonald, Flow’s senior director of communications for the Caribbean, in a news release by the company. “We will continue to follow their journey to Manchester United and we hope this will encourage even more aspiring footballers from the Caribbean to be ready for opportunities like this.”

Rangers U17 coach Everette “Rocket” Williams, who will accompany Benny and his uncle Kevin Villafana, said the visit will include touring the famous Manchester United museum, witnessing a training session under the Red Devils’ first team boss José Mourinho and witness the club’s final English Premier League clash of the season against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday.

This ‘Mission’ has been noted

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 01:16

Top Mission scheduled for division one of a 3-y-o Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of ‘good’ ground Newbury today; last month we noted Saeed Bin Suroor’s charge after he just failed to land favouritism in a similar race at Newmarket under Silvestre de Souza.

William Carson becomes the third jockey to partner Godolphin-owned Top Mission, marginally ‘best-in’, judged on that effort, from Clive Cox-trained See The Master, mount of Adam Kirby.

Any one of ten well-bred, lightly-raced, rivals could progress considerably but TH marks, achieved by both twice-raced duo Top Mission and See The Master, look formidable; we might just have a dual forecast.

This is a race to monitor closely; at this particular Berkshire course there are always plenty of ‘non-triers’ in set-weight maidens, mine is to spot them and make due notes after computation of race-times.

That’s what one does and I’m ‘still here’ as they say and have no intention of going anywhere else!

Incidentally don’t forget thoroughbreds need to either win or have three runs before they can be officially handicapped; local trainers know they can effect qualification without too much expense, and do.

Non-triers are everywhere but such ‘practice’ does not extend to horses owned by Godolphin!

Division two is too difficult, along with the rest of an eight-race programme, but Newcastle stages seven-races which include an opportunity for consistent, hitherto luckless Deansgate in an ‘aged’ Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of tapeta.

Significantly 4-y-o Deansgate achieved a ‘career-best’ time-figure over course and distance but the year younger, Richard Fahey-trained, Navarone comes out similarly!

Obviously the latter has a ‘built-up’ mark by virtue of weight-for-age and because I’m not convinced weight is so important over sprint distances Deansgate is selected as an each-way ‘cert!’ It’s a tough life, my hobby!


Kennedy out with broken leg

Jack Kennedy faces around four months on the sidelines after suffering a broken femur in a fall at Punchestown.

The rider, who landed this year’s Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on Labaik, suffered the injury when he was unshipped from Bobbie’s Diamond at the last fence in the La Touche Restaurant Novice Chase on Wednesday evening.

The Turf Club’s senior medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick is expecting the rider, who has broken a leg twice in the past year, to have another lengthy spell out of action.

He said: “He’s going to have surgery this afternoon when they will put a nail through the bone.

“Four months is about the average recovery time for this kind of injury and it is a clean break.

“I’m sure he will respond well, but it’s not at all like his other breaks as they were small bones and this is the biggest bone in the body.”


Morrison runner tests positive for steroid

Hughie Morrison could lose his training licence after one of his horses tested positive for an anabolic steroid, the Berkshire handler told the Daily Telegraph.

Morrison is facing the prospect of a suspension of between one and 10 years after he said Our Little Sister was found to have contained nandrolone in her system after a race at Wolverhampton on January 14.

Our Little Sister finished last of eight runners in an extended two-mile handicap, in which she was sent off at odds of 12-1.

Morrison has denied all wrongdoing and said he has offered a cash reward for information that would lead to his name being cleared.

The Group One-winning trainer told The Daily Telegraph: “I am doing everything I possibly can to get to the bottom of this.

“I’ve reported it to Thames Valley Police who, along with the BHA (British Horseracing Authority), were supportive in my offering a reward to see if this could take things forward.”

Newbury, 10.30 Top Mission (e.w)

Newmarket, 1.25 Tadween (e.w)

Newcastle, 5.30 Deansgate (e.w)