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National senior men's table-tennis
duo, Aaron Wilson and Curtis
Humphreys will leave today for San
Salvador, El Salvador where they will
link up with France-based Dexter St
Louis to compete at the 27th Central
American and Caribbean Sports
Games Qualification Tournament.
The tournament serves as a qualifier
to the CAC Games Table-Tennis Tour-
nament which will be held in Vera Cruz,
Mexico, from November 15 to 20, at
the Omega Complex in Xalapa and the
local trio who represented T&T at the
recently concluded Commonwealth
Games in Glasgow, Scotland will be
hopeful of qualification.
On the weekend, Wilson of Carenage
Blasters warmed up for his exploits in
El Salvador when he won the North
Zone Third Monthly Rating Tourna-
ment which saw its largest participation
list.Wilson was the class act on show,
with spectators gasping at his repertoire
of strokes as he defeated Mark Modeste
11-5, 11-2, 11-8 and Issa Baisden 11-5,
11-5, 11-6 in his round-robin pool
He continued in the same vein, beat-
ing Kyle Bennett 11-4, 11-8, 11-3 in
quarter finals and Declan John 11-6,
11-5, 12-10 in the semifinals before out-
lasting Anson Wellington of Arima
Hawks 12-14, 11-9, 11-3, 10-12, 11-5 in
Earlier the 1700- 2000 Rating seg-
ment was played with the "Top Five"
layers slated to join the seven A-1 players
in four groups of three.
The qualifiers were Baisden, Daniel
Henriques, Modeste, former national
women's champion Brittney Joseph and
Davonne Joseph, It was however Hen-
riques, a Fatima College and Maloney
Tigers player who returned to the green
table after his performances saw him
being selected as the player who sur-
passed his rating by the highest level
for which he earned a hamper for his
Henriques in his quest started with
a 3/1 victory over Under 1700 June's
Rating champion Luc Oyoung, followed
by an 11-9, 11-9 victory over July's
under 1800 rating champion, 12 year-
old Dylan Lee, and a 2-0 sweep of Uni-
versity of T&T (UTT) Davonne Joseph.
He then stunned A-1 player, Modeste
of Arima Hawks with a 5-11, 11-8, 11-
7 in the semis, however, in the finals
Baisden of D'Abadie Youths cooled off
Henriques 11-8, 9-11, 14-12
Baisden, the beaten finalist in July
over 1800 Rating showed his consis-
tency and solid play by lifting the 1700-
2000 Rating tourney.
In the Open Gender tournament
which featured nine women, national
Under-18 marquee player Brittney
Joseph won her group and got to the
last five with an 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 victory
over Ferdinand Castillo.
They both held a rating of 1925 before
Nalini Boodoo, the Under-18 national
player, with a 1700 rating qualified sec-
ond in her group of the 1700-2000
rating and in the Under 1700 rating
Naomi Garraway, Chelsea Fong, Danielle
Dick, Adefa James and Anjane Valsalaan,
all qualified from their groups.
The most improved performance
came from Valsalaan, who was rated
1525 before the tournament but scored
four victories prior to her 11-5, 10-12,
9-11 loss to eventual winner Mathew
Mootra in her semifinal.
D'Abadie Youths had further reason
to be proud with 15 year-old Mootra's
continued returned to beat the expe-
rienced Eddie Moses 9-11, 12-10, 11-
9, surviving a five point deficit to win
the final game 11/9
hopes of a consolation victory over
Canada in the final match of the
triangular ICC Americas Under-17
Match Play Tournament at the
National Sports Centre were dashed
when rain forced the umpires to
abandon the game without a ball
Table-toppers Canada won all
three of their completed matches,
beating the United States twice and
Bermuda once. The US lost to Cana-
da twice but beat Bermuda, the
hosts, twice to finish second.
In the penultimate game Arbraash
Khan rattled up a half-century as
Canada crushed the US by 82 runs.
Canada, who won by seven wick-
ets when the teams first met, over-
powered the US again, notching up
212 for seven and then routing their
neighbours for 130 in the 41st over.
Having been sent in, Canada's top
order prospered with Khan, their
Pakistan-born captain, leading the
way at number four with a 56-ball
62, including eight fours, after open-
ers Thursaanth Anantharajah (48)
and Harsh Thaker (26) added 60 for
the first wicket and Akash Gill
chipped in with 23 before he was
Left-arm spinner Jash Patel was
the pick of the US attack with two
for 26 from seven overs.
In reply, the US reached 50 for
the loss of two wickets but there
was little response from the lower
order once Kushal Ganji departed
for 28 and Mohak Buch for 23.
Thaker was Canada's most suc-
cessful bowler with three for 26 from
10 overs, while Kurt Ramdath took
two for 12 from five overs and Har-
man Sidhu two for 23 from 6.2 overs.
The tournament was used to help
the teams prepare for the 2015 ICC
Americas World Cup qualifier.
leave for CAC qualifiers
Canada 212-7 innings closed
(Arbraash Khan 62, Thursaanth
Anantharajah 48; Jash Patel 2-26),
United States 130 in 40.2 overs
(Harsh Thaker 3-26, Kurt Ramdath
2-12, Harman Sidhu 2-23). Canada
beat United States by 82 runs.
Rain washes out Bermuda's hopes
Dexter St Louis.
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