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Spinners, McCullum power TKR home

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00
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A mature, sensible knock from the experienced Brendon McCullum, who scored and unbeaten half-century (65 off 45 balls), guided Trinbago Knight Riders to a seven-wicket win over Guyana Amazon Warriors in match 17 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) at the Guyana Stadium, yesterday.

This was after Knight Riders’ twirlers had displayed all of their skills to restrict the target to a very gettable 131. Their victory means Knight Riders have become the first team to qualify from the group stages for the Playoffs which will take place at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, in Tarouba, south Trinidad from September 5-9.

McCullum’s innings set the bedrock for Knight Riders’ pursuit and allowed his side’s other batsmen the freedom to play as they wished. Darren Bravo and Colin Munro took the opportunity to attack, striking 11 off 8 and 27 off 19 respectively, while Denesh Ramdin enjoyed some time in the middle, finishing on 20 off 19.

The role of platform-building is not one McCullum often plays, with him more often choosing to attack from ball one, but it’s a job he performed with aplomb, as he put the result beyond doubt before exploding, taking 20 runs off a Roshon Primus over and bringing the game to an early finish.

McCullum didn’t have everything his own way, and was troubled in particular by 18-year-old Afghan Rashid Khan, who finished with exceptional figures of three overs for 11 runs. McCullum survived two consecutive LBW appeals from the leg-spinner, but made sure he capitalised on his reprieves, striking four fours and four sixes, before Ramdin brought an end to proceedings with another six with Knight Riders victors by seven wickets and with 4.1 overs remaining.

Earlier, after Dwayne Bravo won the toss and chose to bowl, Knight Riders’ spinners played a key part in restricting Amazon Warriors to a chaseable total. Their trio of slow bowlers—Sunil Narine, Nikita Miller, and Khary Pierre—conceded just 60 off their combined 12 overs, with Narine’s 1-11 off 4 overs the standout. Meanwhile the seamers—Robert Frylinck, Ronsford Beaton, and Dwayne Bravo—went for 68 runs off their eight overs. Captain Bravo in particular came in for some punishment, going for 35 off his three overs.

The main resistance came from Jason Mohammed, who bided his time before adding some late acceleration. In the face of consistent bowling and the loss of batting partners, he reached 50 at exactly a run a ball, before striking two fours and a six in his next eight balls, the last of which, also the last of the innings, bowled him for 66.

The result leaves Guyana Amazon Warriors facing an uphill struggle to qualify.

Guyana Amazon Warriors are next play Barbados Tridents today.

SCORES

Khan works Oracle in Arima

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00
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The in-form trainer Shaffique Khan did what he promised and worked the ‘Oracle’ with Blue Oracle yesterday in the feature event for Horses rated 70-55 over 1,200 metres on the main track at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.

Last Saturday, Blue Oracle played ‘second fiddle’ to returning stable-mate Bergeron Boy in the feature event and was spot on for this weekend’s main event.

Khan, who is not famous bringing his horses back quickly, had no hesitation in sending the Jamaican bred five-year-old horse to win today. The Aga Khan owned thoroughbred won at odds of 5/2 for apprentice jockey Ri Hernandez.

Punters made the John Loetaud trained Criminal Intent ridden by Brian Boodramsing the overwhelming favourite and this horse disappointed once again as he ran no race at all.

From the off King Ronan was sent to front by Jovika Boodramsing with the intent of making all the running. He was followed by Central Square, Golden Bid and Blue Oracle. These were being tracked by Crown The King, Dublin Fashion with War Brigade and Criminal Intent at the rear of the field.

Going to the far turn King Ronan had established a three-length lead on Central Square with Golden Bid and Blue Oracle in close proximity.

At the top of the straight King Ronan still held sway but the challengers headed by Blue Oracle were ready to deliver their challenges. With 250 metres remaining Rico Hernandez gave the son of Blue Pepsi Lodge /Quick Burst the office and he settled the issue in a matter of strides. King Ronan came under pressure and hoisted the white flag as Central Square and Bublin Fashion moved forward close to the line, with Dublin Fashion taking second.

The winner record the time of 1:12.4 for his 1 1/4 lengths victory.

Training honours fell to Chester Roberts who saddled two winners in 25/1 shock winner Sing Sing Sing and the Speedy Chelsi Magic.

No jockey was able to land a double on the eight-race card.

Racing continues on Independence Day–August 31—with the running of the Trinidad Derby where Leading Lady and Carlos Montalvo will look to double up after their Midsummer Classic romp.

CPL 2017 GLANCE

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

Today

Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents (Guyana)

Friday’s results

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots defeated Barbados Tridents by 17 runs under Duckworth/Lewis,

Yesterday’s Results

Trinbago Knight Riders bt Guyana Amazon Warriors by seven wickets

Top Performers

TKR’s Brendon McCullum 65 n.o; Darren Bravo 27

Guyana Amazon Warriors’ Jason Mohammed 66 (Bowling - Sunil Narine 1 for 11)

Tomorrow

St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Jamaica Tallawahs (St. Kitts & Nevis)

See Reports on Page A 36 & 37

Lawrence, Whitmore emphasise on home player development

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00
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T&T head coach Dennis Lawrence and his Jamaica counterpart Theodore Whitmore are welcoming the opportunity to utilise their home-based talent in Thursday’s International Friendly at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo. The match kicks off at 8 pm.

Lawrence has selected a provisional squad that includes only three overseas-based players in Aubrey David (Finland) and US-based duo of Cordell Cato and Mekeil Williams. Whitmore also has a squad comprising of mainly Jamaican-based players with at lest five of those players being part of the squad which came second at the recent CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Some of the home-based players now coming into the set-up for T&T include Kevon Villaroel of North East Stars, Julio Noel of San Juan Jabloteh, Neil Benjamin Jr of W Connection, Shane Sandy of MIC IT St Ann’s Rangers, Jared London of Club Sando and Taryk Sampson and Nathaniel Garcia of Central FC, along with more seasonal national team players such as Hughtun Hector, Nathan Lewis, Marvin Phillip, Alvin Jones and Curtis Gonzales.

Meanwhile, Whitmore expects his bunch to give a strong account of themselves in the Caribbean derby as they are all pressing for regular selection.

“It does not really matter whether it is a FIFA date, this is something we want for the local national players to have enough games for them to expose themselves and in environment like this,” Whitmore said.

“Against quality opponents like a T&T, who is preparing for two World Cup Qualifying games, it gives us a chance to look at other players. We need more games like these for our local players. This is our base,” he added.

Lawrence also expressed similar feeling saying, “The local-based players have come in and done very well. They have applied themselves well and of course with proper international matches like the Ecuador game and now Jamaica helps to bring them up to a level so that in a situation where we need them to step to the call when we have World Cup qualifiers with the full roster available, then it will not be a culture shock or something totally new to some of these guys.”

“Matches like this one on Thursday are vital for our development and getting the younger players exposed to the real challenges of international football. This then gives myself and the rest of the coaching unit that opportunity to make a proper assessment of what is available to us in terms of selection and ensuring we have the best possible team together for the qualifiers and other big international assignments ahead of us,” Lawrence added.

Dortmund impresses without Dembele in Bundesliga-opener

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00
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BERLIN

United States international Christian Pulisic scored one goal and set up another.

Dembele remains suspended after missing training when Barcelona made a bid for the player. Dortmund is yet to receive a second offer after turning down a bid reportedly worth 85 million euros ($100 million) with another 20 million ($23.4 million) in add-ons.

Dortmund fans have turned against the 20-year-old Dembele, who had six goals and 13 assists in his debut Bundesliga season after joining for 15 million euros from Rennes last year. One supporter attending yesterday’s game altered his Dembele jersey to read “Dumbele.”

Pulisic scored Dortmund’s first league goal of the season after good work by Mario Goetze, who was making his first Bundesliga start since December after illness. Goetze spotted Pulisic free to his right and played in the teenager. Pulisic scored with a great finish inside the far post midway through the first half.

Marc Bartra made it 2-0 with a brilliantly curled shot from a difficult angle inside the top corner.

Dortmund continued its domination in the second half when Pulisic crossed for last season’s top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to start his tally for the 2017-18 campaign.

Andrej Kramaric scored late for Hoffenheim to beat Werder Bremen 1-0, and Hannover celebrated its return to the league with a 1-0 win at Mainz. (AP)

Lyon concedes two late

goals in 3-3 home draw

PARIS—Forward Nabil Fekir’s early contender for goal of the season was not enough, as Lyon conceded two late goals to draw with Bordeaux 3-3 in a thrilling French league match yesterday.

After midfielder Lukas Lerager’s 88th-minute goal, forward Malcom earned Bordeaux a point with a fine strike in injury time.

Right back Kenny Tete and forward Bertrand Traore scored their first goals for Lyon, which was reduced to 10 men after midfielder Sergi Darder was sent off in the 36th minute.

Fekir opened the scoring in the 10th, intercepting a wayward Bordeaux pass inside his own half, skipping past one player and sprinting toward the halfway line before sending a stunning shot arrowing over goalkeeper Benoit Costil, who was standing near his penalty spot.

The somewhat low trajectory of the ball, hit with the inside of Fekir’s foot, still beat Costil because of the power and timing.

Tete, who played alongside Traore for Ajax against Lyon in the Europa League semifinal last season, anticipated a free kick from the right and volleyed home neatly from close range midway through the first half.

Five minutes after Darder’s sending off for a second yellow card, Malcom scored with a shot from the edge of the penalty area that deflected off Lyon striker Mariano Diaz.

Diaz, who has three goals since arriving from Real Madrid, shook his head in frustration when substituted for midfielder Jordan Ferri just before halftime.

Diaz seemed disproportionately unhappy, given Lyon was protecting a lead and a man down, sitting with his head buried in his hands.

Traore then whipped in a free kick from 25 meters into the left corner to make it 3-1. But Malcom’s shot, hit with great power from a similar distance and also into the top left, was even better.

Neymar is set for his home debut when Paris Saint-Germain faces Toulouse today. (AP)

England embarrasses Windies

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00
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BIRMINGHAM—

England won with time to spare on Day 3 of the day-night test at Edgbaston, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series in the most commanding fashion.

The loss was the sixth heaviest ever for the West Indies in their test cricket history. West Indies, resuming on 44-1, was all out for 168 in its first innings after lunch and, asked to follow on, all out again for 137 in the third session.

England bowled West Indies out twice in less than 100 overs in total, and the tourists were miles short of England’s first-innings total of 514-8 declared.

England’s rampant performance was full of significant moments, not just because it was the first day-night test to be played in England or involving England.

Making the pink ball game look easy, Alastair Cook scored a fourth double-century and passed 11,500 career runs in England’s innings. Joe Root’s 136 saw him become just the sixth man to make a half-century in 11 straight tests.

And yesterday, Stuart Broad overtook Ian Botham to become England’s second-highest test wicket-taker with 384.

Pre-match predictions were that the young and inexperienced West Indies would struggle in the series, but maybe not to the extent of their showing in the first three days at Edgbaston.

West Indies hasn’t won a test in England since 2000. Despite having a reasonable record at home against the English, they have been outclassed on tour, losing their last four series in England 4-0, 3-0, 2-0 and 2-0.

This series looks like it might be completely one-sided too.

The margin of the West Indies’ defeat in the series-opener was the biggest in test cricket for two years, with the last defeat on this scale also involving the West Indies, when they lost by an innings and 212 runs in Australia in December 2015. (CMC)

3rd day 1st Test

(overnight 44 for one)

Bairstow b Anderson 0

K Powell run out 20

K Hope c Stokes b Anderson 25

S Hope b Roland-Jones 15

J Blackwood not out 79

S Dowrich lbw b Roland-Jones 4

J Holder c wkp Bairstow b Ali 11

K Roach b Broad 5

A Joseph lbw b Broad 6

M Cummins run out 0

Broad 16-3-47-2,

Roland-Jones 6-0-31-2,

Stokes 7-0-40-0,

Ali 3-1-15-1.

K Powell c Cook b Anderson 10

S Hope c Root b Stokes 4

R Chase lbw b Broad 24

J Blackwood st Bairstow b Ali 12

S Dowrich b Broad 5

J Holder c Cook b Broad 0

K Roach b Anderson 12

A Joseph c Stokes

7-104, 8-115, 9-137, 10-137.

Roland-Jones 6.4-3-18-2,

Stokes 9-4-9-1,

Ali 13-2-54-2.

Double gold, record for Morean in Goodwill Swim

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

Kami Morean, one of the captains of the T&T Goodwill Swim Team, won the first gold medal for Team T&T, establishing a new 15-17 Girls meet record on Friday evening at the National Aquatic Centre in Guyana.

Morean won the 15 - 17 Girls 100m freestyle in a personal best 1:00.83, to erase the 2015 record of Kaisha Rouse of 1:01.05. She achieved a second gold when she went on to win the 50m breaststroke in 37.02.

Naomi Walters also won gold for T&T with her 38.20 clocking in the 11-12 girls 50m breaststroke while her team-mate Isabella Edwards secured bronze in 38.65, which added to the bronze she won earlier in the 100m freestyle (1:05.67).

Joy Blackett sped to the wall in the girls 9-10 100m backstroke to win gold and set a personal best time of 1:20.04. Blackett earned bronze in the 100m free (1:09.43) just behind her compatriot Amelia Rajack who got silver (1:08.39).

Blackett went on to win a third medal by securing bronze in the 50m breast in 40.22.

However, Jamie Williams won T&T’s fourth gold with his 31.26 time in the 15-17 male 50m breaststroke. T&T’s Nathaniel Pascall won bronze in 31.26.

Eight and under swimmer Isabella Mendoza picked up two medals, taking silver in the 100m freestyle (1:20.27) and bronze in the 50m breaststroke (48.06).

Liam Carrington earned a double bronze in the 8 & under 100m freestyle (1:12.05) and 50m breast (44.12). Zachary Anthony was the bronze medallist in the 9 - 10 boys 100m freestyle (1:07.65), with Keishawn Daniel (1:02.07) and Prince Moreau (1:02.36) winning silver and bronze in the 11-12 male equivalent.

Daniel also won silver in the 100m back (1:12.91) ahead of teammate Sheni St Hillaire (1:14.39) who won bronze.

T&T was in the medals again with 13-14 boy Jordon Mc Millan winning 100m free silver in 56.68, while Kristoff Vialva and Derelle Augustine got bronze in the 11-12 boys (36.46) and 13-14 male (33.51) 50m breast respectively.

There were medals also from Analee Maharaj, who won silver in the 13-14 girls equivalent (37.38), as well as the pair of Giovanni Rivas and Caitlyn Look Fong, earning bronze in the 9-10 boys 100m backstroke (1:20.92) and 11-12 female 100 m back (1:18.25), respectively.

Day one of the Goodwill meeting came to a premature end due to poor lighting. T&T leads the point standings after the opening day with 265 points, ahead of Suriname (214.5) and Bahamas (181).

Hosts Guyana are currently in fourth with 155 points.

Thompson, Yorke set for Junior Worlds

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00
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Jeron Thompson and Kael Yorke will represent T&T at the biennial World Junior Swimming Championships at the Indiana University Natatorium Swimming Pool in Indianapolis, USA, from August 23 - 28.

Thompson recently returned from the Bahamas after winning T&T’s first ever swimming medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games, claiming bronze in the 50m freestyle. He qualified for Worlds in the 50m breaststroke, but will also compete in the 50 and 200 free, and the 100 and 200 breast.

Yorke qualified for Worlds in the 50m butterfly, but will also compete in the 100m and 200m butterfly events. Both athletes represented T&T at the Carifta and CCCAN Swimming Championships this year, with Yorke winning gold medals in the 15-17 male CARIFTA 50, 100 and 200 fly.

They leave today under the guidance of coach Joseph Mc Leod, who also accompanied Thompson at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Thompson will be the first to face the starter’s gun. He will contest the 100 metre breast stroke, while Yorke will close his participation on August 28 with the 200m butterfly.

The FINA World Junior Swimming Championships were first held in 2006 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and the last edition, two years ago, in 2015 was held in Singapore. Many Rio 2016 medallists made their international debut at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. Thompson and Yorke will be competing for the first time.

The sixth edition of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships will get underway on Wednesday (August 23), and is open to girls in the 15-18 age bracket and boys between 14-17.

Over 600 young promising swimmers from 93 national federations, will be taking part in this six-day competition.

Husbands fire City Hall to PoS football title

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00
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Anthony Husbands scored a pair of goals as City Hall battled past Transport & Cleaning 3-2 to lift the 2017 Port-of-Spain Corporation Inter-Department Football Tournament League title at Nelson Mandela Park (Formerly King George V Park) on Wednesday night.

Going into the contest, Transport & Cleaning led the eight-team table with 16 points from six matches, two clear of previous joint-leader City Hall, and needed only a draw to be crowned champions.

However, it was not to be as Husbands’ double and one from N’Kosi Raphael cancelled out Nicholas Solomon and Andy Charles strikes for Transport & Cleaning.

With the win, City Hall ended with 17 points, one ahead of Transport & Cleaning and St James Division, the latter of which grabbed second spot on goal-difference after hammering Public Health 6-0 in the final league match on Thursday.

For St James Division, Marvin Harper, Michael Harris, Kalim Young, Keston Williams, Sekou Long-Kujufi and Aton Thomas were all on target in the one-sided contest.

In another match, Central Market blasted Central/Eastern 10-0, led by a hat-trick from Tikeste Jules and two from Akeem Young.

The quintet of Jabari Bruce, Dillon Murrel, Yevan Rajpaul, Ysama Young and Kibwe Patterson also netted. And in the other match played, St James Medical edged Western Division, 2–1, with Stephan Guun and Tevin Figaro scoring for the winners while Akinola Paul got the losers’ lone item.

Attention now switches to the knockout competition which will kick off on Monday, August 21 with the final set for September 2.

Results

Final PoS Inter-Department Team standings

Teams P W D L F A Pts

1. City Hall 7 5 2 0 18 6 17

2. St James Division 7 5 1 1 25 9 16

3. Transport & Cleaning 7 5 1 1 12 5 16

5. St James Medical 7 2 1 4 5 12 7

6. Public Health 7 2 0 5 13 14 6

7. Western Division 7 1 0 6 7 15 3

8. Central Market 7 0 1 6 2 33 1

City Hall

St James Division

Transport & Cleaning

Central/Eastern

Tuesday, August 29 & Wednesday, August 30, 5 pm

Eugene Mc Auely All Stars

Final, 6 pm

Pollard’s 63 not enough as Tridents lose again

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00
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BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Aug 19—

Sent in at Warner Park, the Tridents mustered a competitive 168 for six off their 20 overs, with Pollard top-scoring with an unbeaten 63 off 40 balls.

Opener Dwayne Smith chipped in with 33, Pakistani Shoaib Malik got 29 while Nicholas Pooran scored 20.

Leg-spinner Samuel Badree picked up two for 27 to lead Patriots.

In reply, the hosts had reached 84 for one when rain arrived at the half-way stage of the innings to end play prematurely, 17 runs ahead of the par score.

Captain Chris Gayle was unbeaten on 38 while Mohammed Hafeez ended 30 not out.

The victory was the fourth in fifth outings for Patriots and it left them second on eight points while Tridents slipped to their third defeat and lie fourth on four points.

Tridents were off to a stuttering start, losing New Zealander Kane Williamson (7) and Chris Barnwell (1) cheaply to be 34 for two in the fourth over.

Smith threatened briefly, belting five fours and two sixes in a 16-ball cameo before picking out mid-off with Badree in sixth over to leave Tridents on 50 for three.

Akeal Hosein (3) and Shoaib, who struck a four and a six off 30 balls, followed in quick succession as the visitors slumped to 89 for five in the 13th.

Not for the first time this season, Pollard came to his side’s rescue, pummeling a four and half dozen sixes to up the momentum.

Crucially, he put on 57 for the sixth wicket with left-hander Pooran who slammed a pair of sixes in 14-ball knock.

Tridents then struck early when they bowled, prising out the dangerous Evin Lewis for seven in the first over, miscuing a stroke to third man off left-arm spinner Hosein with the score on 14.However, Gayle and Hafeez then came together in a potential match-winning stand as they added 70 in an unbroken second wicket partnership.

The left-handed Gayle clubbed four fours and two sixes off 25 balls while Hafeez faced 29 deliveries and struck four boundaries.

With both players set, the match was nicely poised for an interesting finish when the elements intervened. (CMC)

TRIDENTS

168 for six off 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 63 not out, Dwayne Smith 33, Shoaib Malik 29; Samuel Badree 2-27)

PATRIOTS

84 for one off 9.3 overs (Chris Gayle 38 not out, Mohammad Hafeez 30 not out)

(See more CPL news on page 38)

Shane Watson appointed as St Lucia Stars captain

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:22
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The management of the St Lucia Stars have appointed Shane Watson as their captain for the remainder of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL),whilst Marlon Samuels will be his vice-captain.

After six successive defeats in the 2017 season the management has made the switch in leadership and incorporated some fresh thinking as the team completes this season and builds for 2018. The Stars management thanked Daren Sammy for his contribution as Captain this season and throughout the last four editions of Hero CPL, stating that, Daren is a St Lucian icon and has been a fantastic servant of both St Lucian and West Indian cricket. They stressed that Daren remains an important part of the St Lucia Stars squad and his performances with both bat and ball will be vital for the rest of the 2017 tournament and in the future.

Lawrence firm with his approach ahead of crucial qualifiers

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:22
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T&T’s Dennis Lawrence is implementing the right approach towards getting this country’s National Senior Men’s team adequately ready for its upcoming International three-game schedule with Jamaica, Panama and Honduras.

This is according to a trio of home-based players who are currently in the squad to face Jamaica on Thursday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium from 8pm.

Lawrence will finalise his roster to face Honduras next week but in the meantime he is balancing his squad between home-based and overseas-based players heading into the Jamaica clash. The likes of Cordell Cato, Mekeil Wiliams and Aubrey David are all expected to be in the mix for Thursday’s encounter.

“At the moment the head coach is putting the puzzle together and working with the right approach to get the best possible team ready for the qualifiers coming up against Honduras and Panama,” W Connection midfielder Hughtun Hector told TTFA Media on Friday.

“We know how important preparation is and having the Jamaica game is a major boost for us to really put our work into practice before the qualifier. It is important that we put our heads down and implement the things he is asking of us in training on the actual playing field on gameday. It is a process we are working on and hopefully getting it right in time for the matches,” Hector added.

San Juan Jabloteh winger Nathan Lewis is also looking forward to his first international against the Reggae Boyz.

“This will be my first encounter with Jamaica so yes I am pretty excited because I know it’s a big rivalry and players live for these kind of clashes. I think they will come hard but we will also have to show what we are made of. The intensity of the game I think should make it a really good preparation game for us against Honduras,” Lewis said.

The team continues training today and tomorrow at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Ramsingh strolls into U-19 Girls last-eight

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:22
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T&T’s Ananda Ramsingh was gifted a spot in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Under-19 Singles at the Caribbean Regional Badminton Championship hosted by the T&T Badminton Association after a default win against Barbadian Cheyanna Burnette-Griffith at the National Racquet Centre, Tacarigua on Thursday night.

However, fellow T&T players Waynetta Thomas, Sandhy Cassie and Ralitsa Wong were not so fortunate and were beaten in the round-of-16 matches.

In the Boys Under-19 Doubles, the local teams of Aleem Ali and Mikael Joachim, and Stefano Bedasie and Renaldo Sinanan are through to the quarterfinals as well.

This after Ali and Joachim defeated Barbadians Aaron Godding and Nicholas Sobers 21-12, 8-21, 21-8 while Bedasie and Sinanan overcame another Bajan team of Kodie King and Gavin Robinson, 19-21, 21-16, 21-17.

Missing out were T&T’s Leon Cassie and Josef Gonzalez, as well as Vance Juteram and Nathaniel Khillawan.

In the Mixed Doubles, Khillawan and Wong advanced to the last-eight after beating Barbadians, Nicholas Sobers and Robyn Sobers 21-10, 21-12 while Leon Cassie and his sister, Sandhya Cassie battled past fellow locals, Renaldo Sinanan and Nelida Bedasie 21-19, 17-21, 21-18 .The tournament continues today at the same venue from 5 pm.

Thursday’s Carebaco results:

Round-of-16:

Shane Wilson (Jam) bt Bruno Deza (Canada) 21-10, 21-8

Shae Martin (B’dos) bt Jehu Gaskin (B’dos) 21-10, 21-18

Nicolas Macias (Canada) bt Keshern Moore (B’dos) 21-9, 21-12

Diego Tokumura (Canada) bt Leon Cassie (T&T) 21-17, 21-13

Giovanni Toti (Mex) bt Joel Angus (Jam) 21-17, 21-13

Diego Mini (Canada) bt Kodie King (B’dos) 21-5, 21-4

Round-of-16:

Nairoby Jimenez (Dom Rep) bt Ralitsa Wong (T&T) 21-6, 21-5

Priyanna Ramdhani (Guy) bt Waynetta Thomas (T&T) 21-3, 21-3

Ananda Ramsingh (T&T) bt Cheyanna Burnette-Griffith (B’dos) walkover 21-0, 21-0

Ines Castillo (Canada) bt Shemara Lindveld (Sur) 16-21, 21-2, 21-18

Fernandes Rivva (Canada) bt Imani Mangroe (Sur) 21-13, 21-12

Men’s Under-19 Doubles:

Round-of-32:

Jascha Atmodikromo/Shemara Lindveld (Sur) bt Josef Gonzales/Ananda Ramsingh (T&T) 21-9, 21-13

Shae Martin/Amanda Haywood (B’dos) bt Brandon Graham/Waynetta Thomas (T&T) 21-6, 21-6

Nicolas Sobers/Robyn Sobers (B’dos) bt Mackenzie Legen/Eban Sandy (T&T) 21-18, 20-22, 21-18

Cesar Gonzales/Nairoby Jimenez (Dom Rep) bt Shane Wilson/Alana Bailey (Jam) 21-14, 18-21, 21-18

Bruno Deza/Ines Castillo (Peru) bt Stefano Bedasie/Demi Ramdial (T&T) 21-10, 21-14

Diego Tokumura/Fernanda Rivva (Peru) btVance Juteram/Chequeda De Boulet (T&T) 21-8, 21-11

Diego Mini/Paula Regal (Peru) bt Kodie King/Cheyanna Burnette/Griffith (B’dos) 21-0, 21-0 walkover

Leon Cassie/Sandhya Cassie (T&T) bt Renaldo Sinanan/Nelida Bedasie (T&T) 21-19, 17-21, 21-18

Shae Martin/Amanda Haywood (B’dos) bt Johnathan Mangra/Priyanna Ramdhani (Guy) 21-12, 21-18

Jascha Atmodikromo/Shemara/Lindveld (Sur) bt Gavin Robinson/Krystal Clarke (B’dos) 21-10, 21-9

Nathaniel Khillawan/Ralitsa Wong (T&T) bt Nicholas Sobers/Robyn Sobers (B’dos) 21-10, 21-12

Round-of-16:

Aleem Ali/Mikael Joachim (T&T) bt Aaron Godding/Nicholas Sobers (B’dos) 21-12, 8-21, 21-18

Jehu Gaskin/Shomari Smith (B’dos) bt Brandon Graham/Mackenzie Legen (T&T) 21-6, 17-21, 21-14

Jascha Atmodikromo/Geordan Tjon Kon Joe (Sur) bt Leon Cassie/Josef Gonzalez (T&T) 24-22, 21-13

Shae Martin/Keshern Moore (B’dos) bt Vance Juteram/Nathaniel Khillawan (T&T) 21-13, 21-14

Stefano Bedasie/Renaldo Sinanan (T&T) bt Kodie King/Gavin Robinson (B’dos) 19-21, 21-16, 21-17.

Imani Mangroe/Mary-Ann Zhong (Sur) bt Cheyanna Burnette-Griffith/Krystal Clarke (B’dos) 21-0, 21-0 walkover

Govt blanks T&TCB box at Lara Academy

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:22

The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) is upset that they have been overlooked for a hospitality suite for the knockout stages of CPL T20 tournament at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba.

The TTCB wrote a letter to the minister of Sport asking that they receive a hospitality suite at the newest First Class venue in the region. President of the TTCB, Azim Bassarath wrote the minister of August 8 asking for the suite but to date the TTCB has not been successful.

CEO of the TTCB, Suruj Ragoonath has been in contact with Dinanath Ramnarine chairman of SPORTT who is managing the affairs of the venue. Ramnarine the former West Indies leg-spinner tried to explain to the board that the government due to the significant investment on the venue and the CPL, will be looking to maximise the earning potential of these suites and as such would not be able to just give one to the TTCB.

According to Ramnarine :”The hospitality boxes at the BLCA are presently oversubscribed and committed in principle to numerous organizations. As you know, the Government would have invested significantly both on the venue and on the tournament itself. As such, this is the only form of revenue for Government in this event. You would appreciate following this event the Government has responsibility to maintain and keep the facility to a high standard as such commercialization of the venue is going to be critical.

“Further and given that TTCB is a shareholder of WICB who would have sold the rights of this tournament to CPL for 50 years, one would have expected consideration be given to the Regional Boards as to what are their benefits and entitlements. It’s unfair and unreasonable to put blame on the Government when the WICB of which the TTCB is a shareholder has failed to properly address the issue of hospitality and other relevant benefits. With the above in mind and given our policy of a first come first basis, if hospitality boxes remains available consideration will be given to the TTCB. We will advise accordingly in due course.”

Ragoonath responded by saying :”I think it is only proper for the host board to have a hospitality box at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. The TTCB needs to be respected irrespective of what Govt’s objectives are. The TTCB is the recognized governing body for the sport in T&T and consultation on the hosting of any cricketing event here is a must, not an afterthought. In as much as the government is looking to sell the corporate boxes for the CPL to get some revenue it would be disgraceful if the TTCB is not accommodated. We cannot want the CPL to respect the local body if our own government doesn’t. Can you imagine being the President of the TTCB and having to see your board members and sponsors be given seats in the stands? The TTCB has been very instrumental in getting approval for the BLCA to host matches having worked very closely with Udecott to ensure that international hosting standards were met. We wrote to the CWI to get the final sign off having arranged for visits by WIPA and CWI reps to tour the facility, including the CWI’s CEO. I hope that the decision makers do not have short memories and that good sense prevails and the TTCB is given a hospitality box for the CPL.”

The knockout phase of the CPL T20 begins on September 5 with the finals on September 9.

Williams leads Tallawahs to last-over win

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:12
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GEORGETOWN, Guyana–

With the hosts requiring eight runs for victory in pursuit of 129 for victory at the Guyana National Stadium, Williams conceded a mere five runs while picking up two wickets to fire Tallawahs to their fourth win in five outings. Jason Holder, who made 24 not out and Pakistani Babar Azam, who scored 23, put on 49 in a measured fourth wicket stand and with both at the crease at the start final over, the odds were on an Amazon Warriors victory.

But Williams conceded a single run from the first two deliveries and then had Mohammed dropped in the deep off the third, as the batsmen scrambled three runs. Babar holed out to long-on off the next ball to leave Amazon Warriors needing four from the last two but Babar drilled a length ball to Rovman Powell at long-on to fall, Mohammed scrambled a single off the fifth before new batsman Roshon Primus slogged a catch to deep mid-wicket off the final delivery. Seamer Williams was outstanding, finishing with three for 30 while let-arm spinner Imad Wasim, even though going wicket-less, yielded just 15 runs from his four overs. Opener Chadwick Walton top-scored with 37 off 33 balls, paving the way for a successful run chase in a 67-run opening stand with captain Martin Guptill who struck 33 from 41 balls. Both fell in successive overs leaving Mohammed and Babar to consolidate for Amazon Warriors. Earlier, New Zealander Glenn Phillips stroked 51 as Tallawahs, sent in, stumbled to 128 for seven off their 20 overs.

Opener Lendl Simmons and lower-order batsman Jonathan Foo both chipped in with 20 apiece. Off-spinner Steven Jacobs (2-18), seamer Rayad Emrit (2-24) and Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan (2-38) all finished with two wickets each.

Phillips, who faced 47 balls and struck four fours and two sixes, anchored the innings, putting on 30 for the first wicket with Simmons before adding 33 for the fifth wicket with Foo. He was eventually sixth out in the 19th over, lbw to seamer Sohail Tanvir looking to reverse hit. (CMC)

Stokely Vale blanks Georgia in TFA

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:12

Three different players were on target as Stokely Vale blanked Georgia FC 3-0 when matches in the Tobago Football Association continued on Thursday.

David Mc Dougall opened the scoring in the 19th minute for Stokely Vale while Onasie Fored made it 2-0 two minutes later before Jamaine Walters added a third item with six minutes left in the contest.

Goal City 2

Stokely Vale 3

Richards, Cedenio honoured in hometown

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:00
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As Point Fortin celebrated their son of the soil with a grand street procession and the keys to the borough, the double World Championships medallist Jereem Richards had one wish—the completion of the long awaited Mahaica Oval.

Accompanied by a music truck, Mayor Abdon Mason and MP Edmund Dillon joined scores of people who proudly celebrated Richards and his relay team Machel Cedenio, who is also from Point Fortin, Jarrin Solomon and Lalonde Richards in capturing gold in the 4x400 men’s metres relay last Sunday in London.

Richards brought home a bronze medal in the 200 metres final.

Mason said: “Today we decided that we will be celebrating our heroes. We are also recognising a Kashief King, a member of the under 20 4x400 gold medal winning team from the Junior Carifta Games that ran off earlier this year, all from Point Fortin. Today we are recognising and celebrating excellence.”

The mayor said they would identify appropriate streets, in consultation with Richards and Cedenio, to determine the ones to be named in their honour.

Mason said they would continue to honour the athletes by using them as an example to the young people.

“I have said it over and over again, Trinidad and Tobago is going to transform into a place of positivity but the positive changes in Trinidad and Tobago will begin in Point Fortin,” he said.

Saying that it was a great feeling to be recognised by his own town, Richards said it was an honour to be part of greatness and represent T&T and Point Fortin in international events.

Reflecting the challenges he faced training in Point Fortin, he said: “I would love to see Mahaica Oval finished and give athletes somewhere to train.

“For me, training in Point Fortin sometimes was hard because when it rains it is hard to train and I know the struggles athletes will have to go through and I think with having the oval it would be a great opportunity to have the access to train and the facilities.”

King, 19, of Guapo also has his eyes set at capturing gold at the world championships.

“This is just a small step in my book to get out there,” he said.

MP Edmund Dillon chimed in saying that the entire contingent of athletes had done the country proud.

“At the end of the day it is not just those who have won the gold medals that we have to celebrate but those who have given out an effort and qualified to be part of the game,” he said.

Dillon said: “Just as the relay team worked together as a team it suggests that we in T&T can also work together as a team to achieve gold in other areas.

“In my area, we can work together to look in the area of crime for instance, let us come together as a team, just like the relay team, passing the baton and working together in co-ordination, let us work together in co-ordination with a sense of community spirit and deal with the other issues in T&T.”

With regards to the Mahaica oval which was promised eight years ago, he said this year the Government budgeted for two areas—Diego Martin and Point Fortin.

“So Point Fortin is due to kick off next year, as early as January you will see some measures being taken at the Mahaica Oval and then the Civic Centre.”

Knight Riders seek play-off win

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:00

 

Faced with a pitch that will be very different to the one they dominated opponents on at the Queen’s Park Oval, the Trinbago Knight Riders will face the struggling Guyana Amazon Warriors in their seventh match of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament tonight at Providence Stadium in Guyana.

The TKR boys have been in great form winning five out of their six matches to date and needs just one more win to guarantee themselves a place in the knockout phase.

The Warriors on the other hand have played five matches, losing four and winning just one. They narrowly went down to the Jamaica Tallawahs by two runs in their first home game on Thursday night. The slowness of the Providence pitch can be a serious factor in TKRs plan to humble the home team. The visitors have lost the excellent leg-spinner Shadab Khan, so Sunil Narine who has played many times at Providence during his time with the Warriors, will have a major role to play. The TKR is likely to thinker with their line-up and so into the clash packed with slower bowlers.

Guyana, on the other hand, have their backs to the wall and will need to win their remaining five matches to stand a chance of making a trip to Tarouba for the finals.

TKR team operations manager Colin Borde said that although Khan will not be available, the squad has men who can come in and do a job. “When this squad was selected we choose players for different courses and as such we have the men to play well on the slow tracks in Guyana. We also have enough fire power in there make up for the loss of Shadab so we are confident. We know that we will be facing a 15,000-strong contingent in terms of the crowd and they would be reminding us that we are in enemy territory. However, we have to be guarded and just go out there, taking it one match at a time and looking to do our best.”

Teams:

TKR: Dwayne Bravo (capt), Darren Bravo, Hamza Tariq, Kevon Cooper, Brendan McCullum, Mehedi Hasan, Colin Munroe, William Perkins, Sunil Narine, Anderson Phillip, Denesh Ramdin, Nikita Miller, Shadab Khan, Ronsford Beaton and Javon Searles.

Guyana Amazon Warriors: Martin Guptill (capt), Sohail Tanvir, Rayad Emrit, Rashid Khan, Chadwick Walton, Jason Mohammed, Steven Taylor, Veerasammy Permaul, Roshan Primus, Gajanand Singh, Assad Fudadibn, Keon Joseph, Steven Jacobs, Stephen Katwaroo, Muhammad Ali Khan, Kemo Paul.

Cook double-century leaves Windies with uphill task

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:00
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Hosts England tightened their grip on West Indies on day two of the day-night Test at Edgbaston yesterday.

Cook batted for almost ten hours, his eventual dismissal prompting England’s declaration at 514-8.

West Indies had reached 44-1, 470 behind, when rain forced the players off with 26 overs left to bowl.

That was a decent effort from the regional side considering they lost Kraigg Brathwaite in the third over, spent a day and a half in the field, and were facing the pink ball in cold, cloudy conditions.

Still, West Indies, who have not won a Test in the UK since 2000, face a huge task simply to avoid the follow-on.

Play will start half an hour earlier than scheduled on the remaining three days today to make up for the lost overs.

West Indies, replying to England’s 514 for eight declared, reached 44 for one in their first innings at the close on the second day of the day/night opening Test at Edgbaston, yesterday.

Scores:

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WEST INDIES:

Criminal to stop Oracle

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:00

Trainer John Leotaud who has had a very quiet season thus far, can get his name on the score sheet today with Criminal Intent in the feature event for Horses rated 70-55 over 1,200 metres on the main track at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.

Criminal Intent is not the force that he was in his two-year-old and three-year-old days but he is down in a grade where he can get back on the winning track.

With the track showing a speed bias for the past two weeks, it could pay to back Criminal Intent with Brian Boodramsing astride.

However, he won have it easy trainer Shaffique Khan is eking to work the ‘Oracle’ with aptly named Blue Oracle.

Last Saturday, Blue Oracle had to play ‘second fiddle’ to returning stable-mate Bergeron Boy in the feature event and is spot on for this weekend’s main event. Khan is not famous for having his horses making quick return to racing and the tip should be taken.

Champion trainer John O’Brien has the speedy Crown The King engaged and once anywhere close to his best this Jamaican bred thoroughbred will go close. The in-form Central Square from the Lester Alexis barn will go close. Post time for the first event today is 1 pm.

R1:1:00PM – HANDICAP 3Y.O & OVER HORSES RATED 35-0 – 1750M - $26,350

009 1 Red Howler L Latchmansin/R Hernandez 56.5 Running on

431 2 Always Ready H Chadee/J Boodramsing 56.5 Repeat

563 3 Final Notice S Khan/R iHernandez 51 Chance

057 4 Jacob’s Dream L Alexis/D Rodrigo 55.5 Not at best

719 5 Mirkana T Thomas/O Mohammed 56 In and out

280 6 Lady Messiah L Alexis/I Pimentel 57 Respected

R2: 1:35PM - HANDICAP 3Y.O & OVER HORSES RATED 30-0 – 1600M (TURF) - $26,350

590 1 Unguarded Moment R Stephen/N Abrego 57 Can take this

516 2 All Is Yours L Alexis/R Hernandez 56 Can go close

608 4 Bird Man H Chadee/J Boodramsing 57 Shown little

325 5 Poppy Love Dr J Suratsing/A Poon 54.5 Chance

541 6 Little John H Gobin/B Boodramsing 57 Can repeat

805 7 Bas Choice J Rampersad/N Ortiz 52.5 Outside shot

040 1 Born A Prince L Alexis/O Mohammed 57 Disappointing

90D 2 Sing Sing Sing C Roberts/J Reyes 57 Shown little

446 3 Embrace The Storm C Roberts/N Abrego 54 Chance

023 4 A Fleeting Moment T Thomas/R iHernandez 54 Will go close

--- 5 Show Me The Way W Debysingh/L C Seecharan 57 Debut

237 6 Adore The Shots L Alexis/B Boodramsing 54 One to beat

265 7 Language Of Love G Mohammed/A Poon 54 Respected

603 8 Superheat Hiroyal R Ramroop/R Jadoo 54 Place chance

R4:2:45PM – NATIVE 3 Y.O. MAIDENS – 1600M (TURF) - $36,550

--- 1 Little Casino T Thomas/A Poon 54 Debut

430 2 Class Act R Ramroop/F Urdaneta 57 Respected

007 3 Beth W Debysingh/L C Seecharan 54 On upgrade

-00 5 Musical Score H Gobin/C Rubio 54 Shown little

854 6 Infortheglory B Nurse/D Butcher 54 Chance

754 7 Sahara S Jardim/D Khelawan 54 Forget for now

009 8 Princess Charlotte H Gobin/R Ali 54 No form

-67 9 Captain Sparrow D Ojar/N Abrego 57 Improving

277 10 Gold Express G Mendez/C Lara Avila 57 Don’t trust

080 11 Brave Venture M Carew Jnr/N Ortiz 57 Must improve

000 12 El Chapo D Mosca/R Thomas 57 Forget this chap

--- 13 The Big Saint M Boxie/R Jadoo 57 Debut

982 14 Illegal Prince G Mendez/H Emamalie 57 Can take this

225 15 Well Connected S Khan/I Pimentel 57 Good sort

775 16 Settled D’Account R Stephen/N Abrego 57 Respected

058 17 Fortune Teller H Chadee/J Boodramsing 54 Can surprise

700 18 Pepper R Ramroop/J Reyes 54 Nothing yet

739 1 Sweetmaninsouth S Jardim/O Mohammed 55.5 Running on

252 2 Work Of Art B Persad/C Lara Avila 56.5 Chance

394 3 Country Boy H Chadee/J Boodramsing 56 Can go close

463 5 Why Kapalua R Ramroop/N Ortiz 56.5 Good run last

654 6 Single Bullet R Stephen/N Abrego 52.5 Forget

096 7 Amritsar R Lalla-Mahar/D Khelawan 55 Speedy

081 8 Caliburn L Alexis/R Hernandez 56.5 Repeat

031 9 Waka Waka W Debysingh/L C Seecharan 50 In tough

D40 10 Pure Pleasure R Ramroop/R Jadoo 56.5 Very speedy

290 11 Murano B Persad/F Urdaneta 56 Ready to win

757 12 Indy Anna Baby D Ojar/A Poon 57 Can take this

225 13 Legacy Of Hope H Gobin/B Boodramsing 56.5 Chance

488 14 Hung Jury S Khan/C Rubio 54 In tough

560 15 Consideritdone H Gobin/R Ali 56 Running on

507 16 Osceola Parkway D Mosca/J Reyes 56 Lost way

536 17 Don Pedro L Alexis/R Hernandez 53.5 Place chance

000 1 I’mmissinghighbury B Persad/F Urdaneta 56 No form

360 2 Naughty N Nice Dr J Suratsing/H Emamalie 55.5 Outside shot

518 3 Bridal Falls J O’Brien/D Khelawan 54 Can go close

109 4 Chelsi Magic C Roberts/N Ortiz 56.5 Speedy

010 6 Mischief Maker J Mosca/D Butcher 55.5 Not today

458 7 Pearl Secret R Ramroop/N Abrego 55.5 Outsider

704 8 Spontaneous H Gobin/I Pimentel 57 Not recommended

152 9 Drogbar L Latchmansin/R Hernandez 57 One to beat

226 1 Central Square L Alexis/R Hernandez 55.5 Chance

735 2 Crown The King J O’Brien/C Lara Avila 55 Disappointing

077 3 Dublin Fashion B Persad/L C Seecharan 52.5 Shown little

372 4 Blue Oracle S Khan/R iHernandez 54.5 Ready to win

786 5 War Brigade D Mosca/F Urdaneta 51.5 Well weighted

078 6 King Ronan H Chadee/J Boodramsing 51 In tough

762 7 Golden Bid G Mendez/R Jadoo 53 Can make all

463 8 Criminal Intent J Leotaud/B Boodramsing 57 One to catch

876 1 Discouldrun H Chadee/J Boodramsing 52.5 Can take this

451 2 Vantage Point L Alexis/R iHernandez 57 Repeat

318 3 Just Honest L Alexis/C Lara Avila 56 Outside shot

714 5 Precise Moment S Khan/J Reyes 55.5 In and out

678 6 Final Effort D Bennett/D Butcher 55 At best will win

000 7 Masterpiece H Gobin/C Rubio 55.5 Can surprise

423 8 Against The Odds H Gobin/O Mohammed 56.5 Loves turf

570 9 Canfield Casino H Chadee/A Poon 56 Disapppointing

879 10 Treasure Queen H Gobin/R Thomas 56 Speedy

641 11 Luminium H Gobin/N Abrego 56 Repeat

632 12 Eatmydust T Thomas/B Boodramsing 55 Chance

146 13 Shining Example H Gobin/R Jadoo 52 Well weighted

615 14 Louisville Gal S Khan/I Pimentel 55.5 Respected

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