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Captain Faith Hagley led South East
Port-of-Spain (SEPOS) to numerous
netball titles this year including the
prestigious National Secondary
Schools netball crown.
In the national competition, where
all the champions in each of the eight
educational districts competed, South
East defeated Scarborough Secondary
9-2 to lift the title.
In the Under-17 division, South East
won the Port-of-Spain Educational
District competition defeating teams
such as Providence, Mucurapo West
and St Joseph's Convent.
South-East, coached by Sherry
Thomas and Josette Lord, entered the
T&T Netball Association U-16 tour-
nament and also came out with the
Led by T'Kia Scott and Aphesha
Bethelmy, South East demonstrated its
accuracy to win the Port-of-Spain and
national shooting competitions.
Hagley leads SEPOS
to netball titles
South East Port-of-Spain netball team, sitting from right, Nicolette Fraser, T'Kia
Scott, and Faith Hagley (captain). Standing from right, Sherry Thomas (coach), Le
Shay Belgrave, Aziza Sandy, Nakiba Purcell, Josette Lord (Teacher/Coach).
Missing from the photo are Shakera Knights, Yaphiya Quettelle and Nathalia
Happy Christmas! Like West
Indies in South Africa, try to be
safe. If unsure, abort!
WI's Christmas dinner in SA
would probably not taste as well
as it should, after the first Test but
they could taste, sparingly, of SA's
absolutely magnificent wines.
Remember, Test No 2 starts on
But as Jim Belushi also suggested
in that great 1980's comedy
National Lampoon's Animal
House', and I always reiterate too;
"When all else fails, start drinking
heavily!" This is as good a time
for that as any.
Anyway, it is normal, even when
WI was at the very top of its game
in 1970's, 80's and 90's, to start
especially a first Test of any series
conservatively, for any team would
hope to learn on-tour conditions.
However, as adroitly suggested
in my preview of this SA versus
WI series last week, when I high-
lighted five bowlers, WI selected
one bowler too few, only four, and
one batsman too many, for the
opening Test against SA.
Over the last decade or so, WI
have started Tests concentrating
on not losing instead of being
aggressive and able enough to think
about winning. To those who
played in that golden era, that is
a concept that is still hard to fath-
om. Winning was - always should
be---the main objective!
On a hiding to nothing, as sug-
gested by pundits, WI should have
come out punching above its
weight, purposeful and aggressive,
with five bowlers instead of stan-
dard four, taking the attack to SA.
That is the only way to try to
derail SA, get wickets at regular
intervals. WI cannot out-bat SA!
This reasoning takes on even
more importance since three of
the four bowlers had to be faster
bowlers, and, as is well known, to
win any Test, the victorious team
must take 20 wickets.
But one also has to be very real-
istic. Any four of Michael Holding,
Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, yours
truly, Malcolm Marshall, Sylvester
Clarke and Wayne Daniel, or Curtly
Ambrose, Courtney Walsh and Ian
Bishop, were not available, so one
has to make do with what one has
Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach,
Sheldon Cottrell and Suleiman
Benn make a decent bowling attack
but probably not one to have had SA
shaking in their socks.
Instead, SA's batsmen filled their
boots with runs galore, ending up much
more like a long practice batting session
than WI would want to accept.
WI were bound to find out that SA's
batting, on the best batting strip in
South Africa - Centurion - would have
been awesome, even with SA's two
greatest recent run-getting luminaries,
Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis, now
permanently absent; fully retired.
Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Faf du
Plessis, the indomitable Hashim Amla,
unbelievably talented AB de Villiers,
debutant Stiaan van Zyl and wicket-
keeper Quinton de Kock still present
a formidable batting line-up for the
hosts. Only four WI bowlers for this
long line-up was asking for trouble
from the get-go. As none of WI's
bowlers had had what can be thought
of as a "good roll-out", proper prepa-
ration games under their belts, as sug-
gested by chief selector Clive Lloyd,
that are really needed to get into espe-
cially bowling rhythm, then work-loads
were bound to be high. Hence injuries
Roach has been good for WI and
Taylor, at 30, more mature and a leader
but neither of them could guarantee
fitness even when in proper bowling
tune. For them, with Cottrell, who had
only one Test before No 1 versus SA,
to get wickets and control the game,
with spinner Benn, was asking much
Hence, one of Shannon Gabriel or
Jason Holder, the other faster bowlers
on tour, should have been considered
and included at the expense of a bats-
man, probably Devon Smith.
Gabriel has played in nine Tests for
22 wickets, while Holder only had one
game, for two wickets. But if batting
was the concern, Holder, a budding
fast bowling-allrounder, might have
filled that role with good lower order
batting. Leon Johnson could then have
again opened the batting.
Johnson got a good debut half cen-
tury opening against Bangladesh. While
SA has the world's best fast bowler
Dale Steyn and one of the world's most
consistent faster bowlers too, Vernon
Philander, at its disposal, with adversity
comes determination. As an opener,
Johnson would have coped well enough.
Realistically, if Shivnarine Chander-
paul and Marlon Samuels do not pro-
duce massive scores, WI will almost
always get less than 300 runs per
innings. That, in both innings, almost
always guarantees a loss.
Roach's injury is not as serious as
first though but would cause concerns
for the second and third Tests, if he
plays in them at all. Truth be told, he
should be rested from the ODI series,
with the bigger thought of proper reha-
bilitation and recuperation in prepa-
ration for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015,
a bigger event.
WI may not have much to celebrate
after Test No 1 but they must be much
more adventurous in team selection for
the second Test, start with five bowlers,
to have a relatively better showing.
WI must enjoy Christmas in S Africa anyway
COLIN EH CROFT
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