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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, November 18, 2014
While most of the country prayed
for rain to cease because of the dev-
astation it caused over the last few
days, T&T cricketers were doing the
opposite yesterday. As it turned out,
the heavens opened to wash out most
of the final day and rescue the Red
Force in the opening match of the
WICB Professional Cricket League,
at the Queen s Park Oval.
Starting the day on 165 for three and
still needing 99 runs to make Barbados
bat again, the local boys were in trouble
at 213 for five when the rain sent the
players off the field for the final time
at 10.32 am. Under the new points allo-
cation system, T&T did not fare badly,
as they got five points (three for the
incomplete game and two bowling
points). Barbados got eight points (three
for the incomplete game, two batting
points and three bowling points).
T&T lost a wicket in the very first
over of the day when Kemar Roach
plucked the scalp of Jason Mohammed.
The right hander who played an enter-
prising hand towards the end of play
on Sunday evening, was caught at sec-
ond slip by Ashley Nurse without
adding to his overnight 32.
Test captain Denesh Ramdin looked
in fine touch with two wonderful
straight drives but just as he was getting
into his groove, he touched one from
Smith to be caught at second slip.
Smith bowled with a lot of guile from
the Northern end, as the previous deliv-
ery he pitched in the same area but
had the ball in-swinging.
Next ball and it was over for Ramdin,
as it pitched in the same area and
Ramdin showed his disgust with the
dismissal, knowing fully well that his
team was depending on him to get
them out of trouble.
Where the batsmen failed, the rain
did not, and pretty soon there were
puddles of water on the green carpet.
T&T will be seeking to add
to its illustrious trophy cabinet
for regional competitions today
when the "Soca Warriors" meet
host Jamaica in the final of the
Caribbean Football Union
(CFU) Caribbean Cup, from 9
pm (TT time).
The match will follow the
tournament s penultimate fix-
ture, a third-place decider
between Cuba and Haiti.
Jamaica reached the final with
a 1-1 draw against Martinique
and wins over Antigua/Barbuda
(3-0) and Haiti (2-0) while T&T
enjoyed unconvincing wins over
Curacao (3-2), French Guiana
(4-2) and a draw against
dethroned champion, Cuba (0-
0).T&T s draw against Cuba offi-
cially booked both teams spots
at next year s Concacaf Gold
Cup, along with Jamaica and
Group B runner-up, Haiti.
Today, Jamaica and T&T meet
for the fourth time in 18 finals.
Over three finals, Jamaica holds
a 2-1 record over T&T. Most
recently in 1998, Jamaica edged
T&T 2-1 in the title match.
Today, joint leading scorer in
this tournament, Kevin Molino
will return to action after miss-
ing the draw with Cuba. Molino
has three goals, as does Darren
Mattocks who is expected to
start for Jamaica.
Molino said yesterday he was
feeling good. "I d like to play
every game but the coach had
to make a decision because of
the tight schedule. Now I m
focused and ready. It s always a
big game and a final is always
huge. I wanted to meet Jamaica
because the atmosphere with
the home fans and then the
rivalry is the kind of games I live
for," said the Orlando City strik-
er.Putting several shaky per-
formances aside from both
teams, the final promises to be
a thrilling one as each will have
nearly full strength squads com-
prising mostly overseas-based
players. Unfortunately, T&T will
be without Carlyle Mitchell who
was suspended for an accumu-
lation of yellow cards, but will
have the advantage of an added
day s rest after completing group
action on Saturday, a day before
T&T head coach Stephen
Hart, took an optimistic but
cautious approach to today s
"Jamaica at home has been a
fortress for years," he said,
adding, "...but it s a one off
game and we re confident and
it should prove to be quite an
"Overall I m pleased with
what I ve seen. We have talked
about our capacity to maintain
concentration and focus regard-
less of what is happening around
us. You will expect that some-
times from the stress of the
game that the focus might waver
but what we need is to put two
solid halves of football together,"
The deadline for the West Indies cricketers to
indicate their willingness to tour South Africa
is 5 pm today and from all reports the 15 players
selected will sign their contracts and board the
plane for South Africa.
The men selected to tour South Africa were
given their match/tour contracts last week by the
WICB, who asked them to put pen to paper by
5 pm or consider themselves out.
Information reaching the T&T Guardian is that
the players will all be signing. A source close to
the situation said the players have agreed to allow
the process of resolution to take place while they
compete against the South Africans.
West Indies will play three Test matches against
South Africa, starting on December 17. This will
be followed by three T20s and five ODIs, leading
up to the World Cup in New Zealand and Australia
The West Indies cricketers left their tour of
India prematurely after talks broke down over their
payment structure under the new MOU, signed
between the WICB and the West Indies Players
Association (Wipa). Under the new MOU, the
players had to part ways with the US$35,000 per
day image rights fee.
In the new match/tour contract, the WICB has
decided to take a different approach with section
5.5 of their contract and will either let the matter
go to negotiation, arbitration or some sort of
dispute resolution soon.
Whatever the players receive from the process
will be paid to them retroactively. The WICB is
asking them to play cricket in the mean time and
hold for a decision on the resolution process.
All on board for
South Africa tour
Denesh Ramdin (capt), Sulieman Benn,
Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren
Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sheldon
Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Jason
Holder, Leon Johnson, Kemar Roach, Marlon
Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton.
Lambert calls on
batsmen to perform
KINGSTON---Jamaica Franchise captain Tamar
Lambert has called on batsmen in the team to
look into themselves as they prepare to take on
Barbados Pride, on Friday, in the second round
of the WICB four-day Professional League.
The comments follow the Jamaicans nail-biting
13-run win over the Windwards Volcanoes at
Sabina Park yesterday.
Jamaica, after making a modest 208 in their first
innings, were bowled out for 162 in their second,
thus setting the visitors, who had earlier made 110
in their first innings, a competitive victory target
However, thanks to a seven-wicket haul from
leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, the Windwards were
restricted to 247 late on day three.
Lambert, who saw Jamaica fail to lift the four-
day title for the past two seasons, in the meanwhile,
was full of praise for his bowlers.
Pacer David Bernard Jr, two for 20, and spinner
Nikita Miller, two for 51, were next best to Jacobs,
who was claiming his second five-wicket haul in
as many matches.
Jacobs picked up eight for 47 and two for 25,
to lead Jamaica to victory over the Windwards in
the consolation Headley and Weekes Trophy Chal-
lenge last season.
Warriors hunt ninth CFU title
Goalkeepers: Jan-Michael Williams,
Marvin Phillips, Adrian Foncette.
Defenders: Radanfah Abu Bakr,
Justin Hoyte, Joevin Jones, Daneil
Carlyle Mitchell, Aubrey David,
Midfielders: Khaleem Hyland,
Andre Boucaud, Kevan George,
Ataulla Guerra, Leston Paul, Jamal
Gay, Hughtun Hector
Forwards: Lester Peltier, Kenwyne
Jones, Jonathan Glenn, Kevin
Molino, Shahdon Winchester,
Goalkeepers: Dwayne Miller, Andre
Blake, Ryan Thompson.
Defenders: Jermaine Taylor, Demar
Phillips, Nicholay Finlayson, Alvas
Powell, Kemar Lawrence, Nyron
Nosworthy, Keithy Simpson.
Midfielders: Rodolph Austin, Je-
Vaughn Watson, Jobi McAnuff,
Romario Campbell, Hughan Gray,
Simon Dawkins, Joel Grant.
Forwards: Dane Richards, Darren
Mattocks, Michael Seaton, Deshorn
Brown, Jamar Loza, Craig Foster.
T&T batsman Denesh Ramdin evades a good bouncer
from Kemar Roach during yesterday's drawn match
against Barbados Pride at The Queen's Park Oval.
PHOTO: ASHLEY ALLEN
T&T Red Force vs Barbados Pride
Barbados 1st inns 360
Red Force 1st inns 96
Red Force 2nd inns (o/n 165/3)
L Simmons lbw Roach
E Lewis lbw Warrican
Y Ottley c Smith b Nurse
J Mohammed c Nurse b Roach
Y Carriah not out
D Ramdin c Nurse b Smith
A Hosein not out
Extras lb1, b1, nb3
Total for 5 wkts
Fall of wkts: 38, 128, 165, 165, 93.
Bowling: K Roach 12-4-46-2, J Holder 5-1-23-0, C
Brathwaite 8-3-16-0, A Nurse 10.1-2-41-1, J Warrican
15-5-39-1, R Chase 8-2-25-0, J Carter 2-1-4-0, D
Smith 6-3-11-0, K Brathwaite 2-1-6-0.
Points: Barbados 8pts, T&T 5pts.
Man of match: Kraigg Brathwaite.
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