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Young Barbadian batsman Kraigg Brath-
waite slammed a century to lead West Indies
into a very strong position at the end of the
opening day of the first Dhaka Bank Test
match at Arnos Vale in St Vincent yesterday.
The home team walked off the picturesque
Arnos Vale cricket ground with 264 runs in
the bank for the loss of three wickets. Brathwaite,
who has given West Indies tremendous solidity
at the top of the order in recent Tests, was at
it again. He finished the day undefeated on 123
off 269 balls with eight fours in 330 minutes.
Keeping him company was the veteran Shiv-
narine Chanderpaul with one.
After Chris Gayle had scored a typically
aggressive 64 in an opening stand off 116 with
Brathwaite, Darren Bravo came in and scored
an attractive 62, before throwing away his hand
at the end. He faced 126 balls, struck six fours
and one six.
However, the day belonged to the young man
from Black Rock, as he showed his appetite for
batting yet again. When play resumes on the
second day today, he would continue his journey
with one of the greatest of journeymen in West
Indies cricket, Chanderpaul.
Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and decided
to insert the opposition, with the hope that
the early morning moisture could have given
their rookie pacers some assistance.
Gayle and Brathwaite played untroubled and
the only thing that threatened was the rain,
which came close to an hour into play. By that
time, the openers had put together 52 runs.
After the rain break, the batsmen continued
to plunder the bowling and runs came at relative
ease. Gayle played some beautiful shots all
around the park much to the delight of the
handful of spectators who came to the ground.
The big left hander went on to record his
37th Test fifty soon after off 60 balls with eight
fours and a six. Brathwaite was positive in this
innings, continuing in the mode he set against
New Zealand earlier in the summer. He was
piercing the field well and provided good support
The right hand/left hand combination
brought up the 100-run partnership off 170
balls just before the lunch break, which was
taken at 103 without loss. Gayle was unbeaten
on 61 and Brathwaite 40. It was the first opening
century stand for the West Indies since Gayle
and Keiran Powell posted 254 against New
Zealand at North Sound in 2012.
Brathwaite followed Gayle to his half century,
getting to the milestone off 126 balls with five
fours. The two were finally separated at 116,
when debutant Shuvugata Hom, sent back
Gayle for 64.
Up next was Kirk Edwards and although he
came with a positive frame of mind, hitting a
six and four, he fell for 10, to debutant Taijul
Darren Bravo joined Brathwaite and they
guided the West Indies to 182 for two at the
tea break. Bangladesh fought back well in the
session, restricting the homesters to just 79
runs for the loss of two wickets but Brathwaite
smoothly went on to his second Test hundred.
It came from 219 balls and included eight
watchful fours. It continued a great second
coming from the third year UWI Cave Hill
student. Since his re-introduction to Test cricket
in June against New Zealand he has recorded
scores off 128, 14 not out, 68 and six.
A relatively youthful Soca Warriors
squad will face Guadeloupe in a friendly
encounter at the Dwight Yorke Stadium,
Bacolet, Tobago Tonight from 4pm in a
match that has been arranged as a warm
up for both countries preparing for
The T&T team comprises several national
Under-20 players as well as senior team
goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams and for-
mer national Under-20 captain and USA-
based midfielder Leston Paul.
T&T head coach Stephen Hart and
Under-20 coach Derek King both witnessed
Thursday s first encounter in which Guade-
loupe defeated a Tobago XI 3-0 at the same
venue as they continue their preparations
for upcoming Caribbean Football Union
Cup Finals qualifiers in October.
King has been overseeing the preparations
of the national Under-20 team for the past
few weeks ahead of the upcoming
Caribbean Under 20 Championship Finals
which will be played in Trinidad from Sep-
"I believe this game will be very good
preparations for a lot of the players we
have from the Under 20 team that will fea-
ture in the match against Guadeloupe. We
had a look at them on Thursday and they
are definitely a team that will give us a
decent test and we are welcoming that at
this stage of our preparations," King told
"The main thing for me will be to see
how the players react to the challenge and
the instructions that will come there way
heading into a game like this. I know a lot
of them are very eager to take the field and
the senior players we have added will com-
pliment the squad," King added.
The other players that Hart will have a
look at include Keon Boucher of Tobago,
and former US-college based player Kareem
Bacchus as well as former European-based
defender Mikhail Williams.
Former members of the previous national
Under-17 team that came to within one
victory of qualifying for the 2013 Fifa
Under-17 Men s World Cup.
Those included Shannon Gomez, Akeem
Garcia, Andre Fortune, Josiah Trimming-
ham, Kishun Seecharan and Levi Garcia.
Among the new call ups are Guaya United
defender Marcus Ramkhalawan and St
Ann s Rangers forward Kadeem Corbin and
another Central FC forward, Nicholas Dil-
T&T Olympian Cleopatra Borel
threw a season best 19.13m to fin-
ish fourth in the women s shot
put in the final leg and fourth
overall at the IAAF Diamond
League Belgacom Memorial Van
Damme in Brussels, Belgium.
Both she and Richard Thompson
narrowly missed the podium after
a long season of the series of global
series, with both finishing fourth
Renny Quow, meanwhile, won
the International 400m race at the
same venue, although it was not
an official Diamond League race.
Quow clocked 45.37 seconds, ahead
of Kevin Borlee (45.44) of the host
country and Anderson Freitas Hen-
riquez (45.52) of Brazil.
Despite finishing fourth, Borel,
T&T s most decorated shot put
thrower, who recently claimed sil-
ver at the Commonwealth Games
in Glasgow, Scotland, landed the
iron ball at 19.13 metres, three-
hundredths of a metre further than
her previous season best, which
she recorded in Cuba, earlier this
That was her third attempt, with
the others reading 18.81, 18.27, 18.52,
18.11 and 18.27.
Valerie Adams of New Zealand
was crowned the overall Diamond
League women s shot put cham-
pion, winning the final event and
amassing 32 points.
Meanwhile, Thompson, who has
seen mixed results in a hectic
schedule as of late, retained his
fourth place in the men s 100m
standings, even after he finished
down the pack in seventh. Thomp-
son, who held the world leading
time in the men s 100m (9.82 sec-
onds, personal best) earlier this
season, ran 10.10 seconds (wind
+0.6). Thompson won one 100m
race on the Diamond League circuit
this season, in Oslo, Norway, where
he produced a 10.02 mark.
A number of T&T athletes,
including Thompson, Borel,
Keshorn Walcott and Michelle-
Lee Ahye, will shift their focus to
the IAAF Continental Cup, in Mar-
rakech, Morocco, from September
13-14, where they will represent
T&T s Rayad Emrit will captain the Bar-
bados Tridents in the upcoming Champions
League T20 tournament in India.
Emrit takes over from countryman Keiron
Pollard who led the Tridents to the Caribbean
Premier League T20 title last month. Based
on that performance they have landed a
place at the prestigious Champions League,
which gets underway in two weeks time.
Pollard has opted to play for his Indian
Premier League IPL team Mumbai Indians
who have also qualified for the tournament.
The Tridents will also be without the
services of two other main players in Dwayne
Smith (Chennai Super Kings) and Shoaib
Malik who have opted to play for other
An official close to the Tridents team said
that they wanted to replace these players
with other players from the Caribbean but
they were told by the Champions League
that they could not have chosen any player
who played In the CPL for other teams.
Instead they could have chosen men who
were on the CPL draft but who were not
chosen by any of the six Caribbean sides.
It is understood that the Tridents were
interested in TT Red Steel opener Evin Lewis
and the St Lucia Zouks captain Darren
Sammy but they were denied.
Emrit to skipper Tridents in Champions League
Borel throws season best in Diamond League finale
gives Windies the edge
West Indies vs Bangladesh
West Indies inns
KEdwards cMominulbIslam . . . . . . . .10
DM Bravo c Mahmudullah b Islam . . .62
Fall of wkts: 116, 133, 261.
Bowling: Al Aim Hossain 14-7-30-0, R
Hossain 16-0-55-0 (1nb), Mahmudullah
5-0-31-0, Shuvagata Hom 27-4-76-1, T
at Bacolet, Tobago
Goalkeeper: Jan-Michael Williams (Central
FC), Javon Sample (Central FC), Akeem Awong
Defenders: Josiah Trimmingham (San Juan
Jabloteh), Martieon Watson (W Connection),
Shannon Gomez (W Connection), Maurice
Ford (W Connection), Mikel Williams (W
Connection), Marcus Ramkhalawan (Guaya
United), Neveal Hackshaw (North East Stars)
Midfielders: Kevon Goddard (Central FC),
Leston Paul (Central FC), Kishun Seecharan
(Defence Force), Andre Fortune (un-attached),
Matthew Woo Ling (W Connection), Aikim
Andrews (San Juan Jabloteh), Keon Joseph
(North East Stars), Akeem Humphrey (Club
Sando), Jabari Mitchell (W Connection), Keron
Noucher (W Connection)
Forwards: Kadeem Fortune (St Ann's
Rangers), Akeem Garcia (W Connection), Levi
Garcia (Central FC), Nicholas Dillon (Central
FC), Jamoul Francois (North East Stars),
Keagan Bacchus (un-attached), Weah Adams
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