Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 10th 2014 Contents NIGEL SIMON
Boosted by its 6-1 thrashing of
Dominican Republic on Wednesday,
this country s Soca Warriors will
look to secure an early spot in next
month s 18th Caribbean Football
Union Cup Finals in Montego, Bay,
Jamaica, when they meet Antigua
& Barbuda in their second Group
Seven semifinal round match at
Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, from
Both teams will enter the match
with three points each, but the
Stephen Hart-coached Soca Warriors
will be ahead in goal-difference after
Antigua & Barbuda, the world top
ranked CFU team, came from behind
to register a last gasp 2-1 win over
St Lucia in the first match on
Wednesday at the same venue.
W Connection midfielder Kurt
Frederick handed St Lucia a 1-0 lead
in the 42nd but Keiran Mutajh drew
Antigua & Barbuda even in the 66th
before Joshua Parker scored the win-
ner two minutes into injury time.
When Cardiff City striker Ken-
wyne Jones and his fellow Soca War-
riors take to the field tonight they
will also be seeking to avenge a 2-
0 loss to their opponents, suffered
in the 2012 finals at the Antigua
A win for either team will put
them on maximum six points ahead
of Sunday s final round of matches.
Antigua and Barbuda will face
Dominican Republic from 4pm and
T&T will be up against St Lucia from
6.15pm. The top two teams will qual-
ify for the eight-team final in Jamaica
from which the top four would
advance to next year s Concacaf Gold
On Wednesday night, Orlando
City striker Kevin Molino got the
Soca Warriors off to an astonishing
start with two well taken goals from
pint-point Lester Peltier right sided
centres from which Dominican
Republic never recovered.
Molino made it a hattrick in the
25th while capatin Kenwyne Jones
(40th, 55th) and Trevin Caesar (77th)
combined for the rout.vs Johnathan
Fana Frias got Dominican Republic s
consolation in the 88th minute.
Molino side footed home from
inside the six-yard box from a Peltier
cross after only three minutes and
two minutes later he stooped low to
head home another decisive centre.
Molino completed his first inter-
national hat-trick for T&T by latch-
ing on to a long ball from Vancouver
Whitecaps defender Carlyle Mitchell,
and easily tapping past the former
W Connection goalkeeper, Miguel
Lloyd to make it 3-0.
That was the last bit of action for
Peltier who sustained a leg injury
and was replaced by Cordell Cato.
Five minutes before the break,
Jones finally converted for T&T to
lead 4-0 at the half.
Jones added his second in the 55th
while USA-based speedy striker
Trevin Caesar, who replaced Molino
in the 61st added his name to the
list of scorers in the 77th, his first
in national colours.
At the end of each group, the top
two teams will advance to the eight-
team finals in Montego Bay, Jamaica
from November 10-18.
Host and five-time champion
Jamaica, and defending champion
Cuba have already qualified for the
finals from which the top four teams
would qualify for next year s Con-
cacaf Gold Cup .
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, October 10, 2014
The West Indies Cricket Board has
claimed that the players new payment
structure was discussed in "good spirit"
and was "properly negotiated".
WICB president Dave Cameron, speaking
from Jamaica yesterday is reported in The
Asian Age as saying: "There is no crisis at
our end. The terms of payment to the play-
ers were properly negotiated and decided
with their association representatives and
it has been well documented.
"I wonder why players now say they are
unaware about the same."
Calls to Wavell Hinds, president of the
West Indies Players Association, went
unanswered. However, reports from Jamaica
said Hinds was likely to arrive in India later
this month. This was confirmed by
Yesterday, Tony Irish, president of the
Federation of International Cricketers (FICA)
said while the matter was between WIPA
and the West Indies players, FICA would
like to assist them in getting a resolution.
West Indies players are calling for Hinds
to resign, accusing him of a conflict of
interest and failing to place their interests
as top priority in the recently negotiated
Collective Bargaining Agreement/Memo-
randum of Understanding (CBA/MOU)
with the West Indies Cricket Board.
In the most recent letter sent by players
representative and one-day captain Dwayne
Bravo, the players said they no longer had
any confidence in Hinds and the top brass
of the players union, and urged them to
resign. The players wrote that it appeared
as if Hinds many roles, in addition to the
fact that he belonged to the same cricket
club in Jamaica as WICB president Dave
Cameron, had now "clouded his judge-
Hinds, also WIPA s chief executive, serves
as Jamaica s chairman of selectors and is
a Board member of the Jamaica Cricket
The threat of strike action loomed over
the first One-Day International on Wednes-
day, as players protested the new terms of
WIPA s CBA/MOU deal with the WICB.
KOCHI---Indian captain MS Dhoni has praised his
bowlers despite their 124 run defeat to West Indies
in the opening One-Day International yesterday.
Dhoni says he was "happy" with the performance
of his bowler and described them as doing a "decent
job" in their death bowling.
After leaking 52 in the batting Powerplay, India s
bowlers gave away 66 between overs 41 and 49,
before Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy scored
15 off the final over.
"Most our bowlers apart from Bhuvaneshwar gave
runs. Considering that we restricted them to a total
of 321 on this wicket, I must say our bowlers did
a decent job,"Dhoni said.
"I was quite happy with the death bowling and
they bowled quite consistently maintaining their
lengths and we were able to put fielders in right
areas. Overall, I am quite happy with the bowling."
Bhuvneshwar was wicketless and he conceded
only 38 in ten overs, Ravindra Jadeja had the next
best economy rate---5.80 while the other four bowlers
went at more than 6.50 runs per over.
"I think we had to do something because we have
seen the impact of dew here. There was no surety,
but dew plays a factor more often than not so the
team is forced to bowl first," Dhoni said.
"It was very hot and the fast bowlers were having
a tough time and they would love to bowl few more
overs. It was quite hard also to keep them rotating.
I could not really rotate them well." (CMC)
The morning after the West Indies ter-
rific victory over India in the opening
Micromax limited overs match, the fans
here were still talking about how great it
was for the Caribbean men.
On the streets in Kochi, a number of
Indians were just happy that the West
Indies, which they say is their second side,
is now competing.
Muna, a travel agent, said he stopped
looking at West Indies cricket after the
Clive Lloyd/Viv Richards era but decided
to look at the first game because he thought
that this current team is very good in lim-
ited overs one. "I love West Indies cricket
but had stopped following them since all
the beating. Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards
were my favourite players and we used to
get so much joy looking at them.
"Then the beating start but it is good to
see that the young players in this team are
coming into their own and looking to bring
back pride to Caribbean cricket."
A medical student by the name of Kamal
Ashabi who also attended the game said
he thinks that the West Indies can win the
World Cup in Australia. "I can see this West
Indies team reaching very far in the World
Cup and could even win it. India and West
Indies are my two teams and they will make
a huge impact in this World Cup. Many of
your players play in India and I think that
they have developed a lot here while play-
As the match progressed at the Nehru
Stadium, fans were blowing their vuvuzellas
for both teams. When Marlon Samuels was
on the go during his unbeaten 126, they
were cheering the boundaries.
Even when it was clear that the Indians
were going under, fans stayed on and sup-
ported the West Indies. (VM)
Soca Warriors eye
CFU finals spot
WICB says MOU 'properly negotiated'
Indian fans happy with Windies success
Antigua & Barbuda 2 (Keiran
Mutajh 66th, Joshua Parker
92nd) vs St Lucia 1 (Kurt
T&T 6 (Kevin Molino 2nd, 3rd,
25th, Kenwyne Jones 40th, 55th,
Trevin Caesar 77th) vs Dominican
Republic 1 (Johnathan Fana Frias
Haiti 2 French Guiana 2
Barbados 3 St Kitts/Nevis 2
Guadeloupe 3 St Vincent and The
Martinique 1 Curacao 1
Soca Warriors' winger Lester "Corn Curls" Peltier goes past the challenge of
Dominican Republic's Rafael Flores in their 18th Caribbean Football Union
Cup Group Seven semifinal round match at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on
Wednesday night. T&T won 6-1. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
WEDNESDAY'S CFU RESULTS
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