Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 2nd 2014 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Another inept batting display by the T&T
Red Force saw Jamaica walk away with a 38-
run win in their third round WICB Profes-
sional Cricket League (PCL) clash at the
Queen s Park Oval yesterday.
Chasing 239 runs to claim the victory, the
local boys lost early wickets when they resumed
on 24 for one and slipped to 84 for six, under
some brilliant slow bowling by Nikita Miller,
who grabbed 7/63, as they made 201 all out.
Youngsters Nicolas Pooran 55 and Akeal
Hosein 35 not out, pointed to a better future
but again T&T s batting let them down. The
last four wickets were able to conjure up 117
runs but after the top order collapse, it was
difficult to spring a win. Jamaica with the win
gets 15 points from this match, while Red Force
got three. Jamaica moves into second place
in the standings with 34 points---five behind
leaders Guyana. Red Force slips to fourth posi-
tion on 23 points, with Barbados ahead of
them on 27. Windwards are fifth with 22, fol-
lowed by Leewards on seven.
Earlier, when play got off half an hour early
at 9.30am to make up for time lost, the
Jamaicans were immediately on song. Left
arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell sent back night-
watchman Marlon Richards for a duck. This
gave the visitors an immediate lift and put
more pressure on the locals. While Simmons
was finding it difficult to middle the ball and
scratching around, spinner Miller kept search-
He sent back Jason Mohammed for a duck
caught at slip playing a nothing shot and
finally scalped Simmons---who was stumped
for 27. Simmons who has endured a rough
start to the season, batted for 76 minutes,
faced 56 balls and struck three fours and a
six, in the same over he was dismissed.
At 53 for four, the writing was on the wall
and the Jamaicans seemed more interested in
looking over the Republic Bank Stand---where
the rain comes because only the heavens could
have saved the Red Force from that point.
Young Yannick Ottley who scored an
unbeaten 76 in the last match was joined by
Nicholas Pooran and they took the score to
81 for four when rain came at around 11am
to force the players off.
An early lunch was taken and when play
resumed, a double strike by Miller pushed
T&T back even further. Ottley was caught at
slip was John Campbell and wicketkeeper
Stephen Katwaroo was caught behind for his
second duck of the match---giving Miller his
Skipper Rayad Emrit came in to join Pooran
and both batsmen decided to counterattack.
The Jamaicans receded and T&T had a glimmer
of hope. The two added 65 runs for the seventh
wicket with Pooran smashing T&T s only half
century of the match off 84 balls with five
fours and three sixes in 90 minutes batting.
He then fell soon after going for another big
hit off Miller. Cottrell running in from long
on held on to a fine catch low down and Pooran
was on his way for 55.
At this point a lot depended on Emrit but
he did not deliver, as he found Dave Bernard
at long on off the impressive Miller. He made
30 off 48 balls in 53 minutes with four fours
and a six.
T&T will next play Guyana from Friday at
the Queen s Park Oval.
This country s senior women s
footballers will have the backing
of over 22,500 spectators at a sold-
out Hasely Crawford Stadium,
Port-of-Spain from 6 pm this
evening when they meet Ecuador,
as both teams attempt to qualify
for next year s Fifa Women s World
The vast majority of tickets have
already been sold out, yet fans are
expected to flock to the venue from
early hours today in a last-ditch
attempt to salvage an experience
similar to that of the men s team
when it met Bahrain in 2005 and
the USA in 1989.
The women s team has very sim-
ilar ambitions, as they are aiming
to qualify for their first ever Fifa
Women s World Cup.
T&T has never reached this close,
and according to head coach Randy
Waldrum, there has never been a
better opportunity to qualify.
A win today will see T&T join
World Cup host Canada, along with
the USA, Costa Rica and Mexico for
a record number of representatives
from Concacaf. T&T too, will
become the smallest country by
population, behind Equatorial
Guinea, to qualify for World Cup
with a win.
Today will see a battle of tactics
between Waldrum and his counter-
part Vanessa Arauz and on the field
between Warriors captain Maylee
Attin Johnson and her opposite
number Ligia Moreira.
The variables that define the fix-
ture are straightforward. T&T s
Women Soca Warriors must avoid
a loss. A goalless draw after full time
and extra time will see the match
decided on a penalty shoot-out,
while a win or a draw by any result
other than a goalless one, will see
These scenarios were constructed
as a result of the goalless draw in
the first leg in Quito, Ecuador, early
The "away goal rule" gives goals
from away teams more strength than
those scored by the home team, but
only in the case where both teams
are tied after both legs. Given that
the first match ended without any
goals, Ecuador will advance to the
World Cup if the match ends 1-1 or
2-2 and so forth.
Both teams returned to the venue
yesterday for successive one-hour
Kennya Cordner is expected to
start up front and will likely have
the support of Mariah Shade and
winger Akheela Mollon, with John-
Total support for Women Warriors
...in final bid for World Cup glory
Members of the T&T Women Warriors go through their final paces at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, yesterday. The
T&T women meet Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier with the winner qualifying for next year's World Cup.
PHOTO JEFF MAYERS
T&T: Kimika Forbes; Brianna
Ryce, Rhea Belgrave, Arin King,
Lauren Hutchinson, Kadhidra
Debessette, Maylee Attin
Johnson, Karyn Forbes, Ahkeela
Mollon, Mariah Shade, Kennya
Ecuador: Shirley Berruz, Ingrid
Rodriguez, Lorena Aguilar, Ligia
Moreira, Angie Ponce, Mayra
Olvera, Andrea Pesantes, Erika
Vasquez, Kerly Real, Ambar
Torres, Monica Quinteros.
Red Force out
The Football Association (TTFA) yester-
day clarified that at an emergency executive
committee meeting called by the TTFA on
Sunday, the committee agreed to accept
Darren Millien s offer to voluntarily with-
draw his services until the issues surround-
ing the Argentina tour have been resolved.
Millien stressed that his decision in no
way reflected an admission or acceptance
of guilt in this matter but, allowed for due
process to take place.
TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee said:
"Mr Millien met with me on Friday Novem-
ber 28, when we had a frank and open dis-
cussion, during which he voluntarily offered
to withdraw his services until the matter has
been satisfactorily resolved."
The TTFA said it reaffirmed its commit-
ment to due process in the resolution of the
TT RED FORCE VS JAMAICA
Jamaica 1st inns 172 all out
T&T 1st inns 131 all out
Jamaican 2nd inns 196 all out
T&T 2nd inns target 239
LSimmonsstBaughbMiller. . . . . . . . . . .27
MRichardscThomasbCottrell . . . . . . . . .0
YOttleycCampbellbMiller . . . . . . . . . . . .16
JMohammedcCampbellbMiller . . . . . . .0
NPoorancCottrellbMiller. . . . . . . . . . . . .55
DSt.ClaircBaughbLambert. . . . . . . . . . . .5
Fall of wkts: 23, 29, 49, 53, 84, 84, 149,
155, 180, 201.
Bowling: S Cottrell 13-3-46-1, M Mindley
6-1-20-0, D Jacobs 18-4-60-1, N Miller 29-
11-63-7, T Lambert 0.5-0-1-1.
Result: Jamaica won by 38 runs.
T&T Red Force
T&T's opener lendl Simmons (27) is stuumped by wicket keeper Carlton Baugh during
yesterday's final day of the match between T&T and Jamaica at The Queen's Parjk Oval.
TTFA: Millien voluntarily withdrew his services
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