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CAPE TOWN---West Indies were special guests
of the legendary Archbishop Desmond Tutu as
a special morning meeting recently in this coastal
Several members of the team were joined by
Archbishop Tutu and members of his staff at the
Tutu Legacy Foundation at the V&A Waterfront,
as the South African freedom icon spoke on his
love for the game of cricket and his passion for
The West Indies delegation was led by team
manager Sir Richie Richardson and T20 captain
"What an amazing moment to meet such a
great man and have a conversation with him and
get worlds of wisdom from him," Sammy noted.
"He has such vast knowledge on a wide range
of issues and it was simply an eye-opener to sit
and listen to him as he spoke to us. You could
see the passion as he spoke and we were truly
Sammy added: "He also has a remarkable mem-
ory and recalled so many of the legends and heroes
of West Indies cricket, the rich history and what
it meant to the people of South Africa."
Archbishop Tutu, 83, was one of the leaders in
the fight against apartheid in South Africa. He
was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. He
is also Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town.
He visited the Caribbean in 2003 along with
Nelson Mandela as part of the South African bid
to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. (CMC)
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, January 12, 2015
JOHANNESBURG---Chris Gayle was again
sensational as West Indies incredibly pulled
off the highest ever run chase in the history
of Twenty20 Internationals, to beat South
Africa by four wickets with four balls to
spare, and clinch a winning 2-0 lead in
the three-match series here yesterday.
The big-hitting opener top-scored with
a stunning 90 off 41 balls to help West
Indies overhaul South Africa's 231 for seven
and silence a capacity crowd which crammed
into the Wanderers.
Gayle struck nine fours and seven sixes
and put on a record 152 for the second wicket
with Marlon Samuels who stroked a classy
60 from a mere 39 balls, with seven fours
and two sixes.
Their heroics outshone South Africa's
captain Faf du Plessis who unfurled a classic
119 off 56 balls, his maiden T20 hundred,
to guide the hosts to the fourth highest T20
International total, after they were sent in.
South Africa lost two early wickets but
du Plessis counted 11 fours and five sixes
and combined with David Miller, who struck
47 off 26 balls with four fours and three
sixes, in an up tempo 105 for the third wick-
et.The partnership was finally broken when
Andre Russell ran out Miller at the non-
striker's end in the 11th over with the
Windies running out of ideas, and du Plessis
added a further 66 for the fifth wicket with
Farhaan Behardien (8 not out), before he
holed out at the end of the 19th over off
pacer Jason Holder.
Seamer Dwayne Bravo (2-32) and Holder
(2-40) finished with two wickets apiece.
Left with the challenge of re-writing his-
tory, the Windies seemed in danger of wast-
ing the brilliance of Gayle and Samuels
when they lost five wickets for 38 runs,
slumping from 171 for one in the 14th over
to 206 for six in the 18th.
But captain Darren Sammy uncorked a
little cameo of 20 not out off seven balls,
with two fours and a six, that lifted West
Indies over the line.
The game, though, remained up for grabs
with the Caribbean side requiring 21 runs
from the last two overs only for Sammy
and Denesh Ramdin (7 not out) to belt way-
ward speedster Kyle Abbott for 18 runs off
the penultimate over.
With three runs needed from the last six
balls and victory all but assured, Sammy
finished the game in style by depositing fast
bowler Marchant de Lange over the ropes
at deep mid-wicket, to spark celebrations
among the visitors.
Needing to score at nearly 12 an over to
win, West Indies displayed their attacking
intent from as early as the first over when
Dwayne Smith gathered three fours off
Abbott. He took another one off de Lange
in the second over before missing the next
delivery and falling lbw for 17.
Gayle and Samuels then launched an
exhibition of stroke-play which left South
Africa in disarray.
While Gayle struck the ball with brute
force, Samuels was surgical in his execution,
as they scored at a remarkable rate of 13
runs an over through the first ten overs.
The left-handed Gayle came to life in the
third over bowled by Abbott. The first ball
was a dot one but Gayle then crunched four
consecutive off-side boundaries before fin-
ishing off with a six over mid-wicket.
Not to be left out, Samuels punched
seamer David Wiese past mid-off for four
in the next over and then struck him for a
straight six to end the over---a shot that
raised the Windies fifty off just 24 deliv-
Gayle took another two fours and a six
off Abbott in the fifth over that cost 15 runs
while Samuels singlehandedly took another
16 from the sixth over from Wiese, as the
first six overs gushed 86 runs.
A straight six off leg-spinner Imran Tahir's
third ball of the innings brought Gayle his
second half-century in three days, and his
13th in T20 Internationals, and he quickly
celebrated by tearing into Aaron Phangiso
with two sixes and a four in the left-arm
spinner's second over.
The century stand---the best for any wick-
et against the Proteas in T20s---came off
43 balls in the ninth over and Samuels
strolled to his half-century off 29 balls in
the 13th over, before the partnership ended
when Gayle missed a tired- looking dab to
third man and was caught behind off Wiese
Samuels followed nine balls later with
seven runs added, holing out to long on in
Wiese's next over, and the customary col-
lapse followed with Kieron Pollard (7), Andre
Russell (14) and Bravo (10) all perishing
cheaply as the game tilted South Africa's
Sammy, however, kept his wits about him
and pulled the innings around with a late
Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine have refused
the annual retainer contracts offered to them by
the WICB, while it would appear Kieron Pollard
wasn't offered one by the board. The contracts
are for the period between October 1 2014 and
September 30 2015.
Dwayne Bravo, who along with Pollard was left
out of West Indies' squad for the 2015 World Cup,
is among the 12 contracted players. The contracts
were approved at a WICB board meeting in
Antigua on Saturday.
"Selection for central retainer contracts was
done on the basis of player performance in the
various formats, with Test cricket being the premier
format followed by one-day internationals and
twenty20 internationals," the WICB said in a
Gayle had accepted a WICB contract in 2014
for the first time in three years, though Pollard
had not been given one last year either. In 2010,
Gayle, Bravo and Pollard had refused retainer con-
National cyclist Sei Daniel, representing
the Arima Wheelers Cycling Club, won
medals in the junior sprint and junior
keirin events as action continued at the
Milton International Challenge in Ontario,
On Saturday, Daniel defeated Canadian
Nick Wammes in the final to capture gold
in the junior sprint. It was Daniel's first
experience riding on a 250-metre banked
velodrome. Canadians Thierry Kirouac Mar-
cassa and Lucas Taylor finished third and
Yesterday, Daniel got on the podium again
when he grabbed bronze in the men's junior
keirin event. T&T cyclist Kwesi Browne
earned his second medal of the meet yes-
terday when he won bronze in the men's
keirin final. On Friday, Browne, Njisane
Phillip and Keron Bramble won gold in the
men's team sprint.
On Saturday, Phillip defeated Evan Carey
(Canada) in two straight rides to seal bronze
in the men's sprint event. Recently crowned
national Canadian champion Hugo Barette
outlasted his countryman Joseph Veloce to
snatch gold, winning two of the three rides.
Up to press time yesterday, national
endurance rider Varun Maharajh representing
his club Rigtech Sonics, was in medal con-
tention in the six-event men's omnium.
Maharajh was in fourth place on the stand-
ings with only the points race remaining.
Another national cyclist Akil Campbell who
had a memorable 2014 at junior level, was
in ninth position in the omnium. In the 1km
time trial, the fourth event of the omnium,
Campbell recorded a personal best of
1:07.155. Over 20 riders are competing in
the omnium event.
Aziza Browne (T&T) advanced to the sec-
ond round of the women's keirin after win-
ning her repechage heat. Keiana Lester, Kol-
lyn St. George and Jodi Goodridge (Arima
Wheelers) also represented T&T in the
women's keirin. Up to press time it was not
certain if the trio advanced to the second
Action at the meet concluded last night.
Record chase hands WI big win Gayle, Narine
Sulieman Benn, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo,
Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jason
Holder, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Andre
Russell, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Jerome
West Indies' batsman Chris Gayle plays a
shot during their 2nd T20 cricket match
against South Africa at the Wanderers
stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
West Indies vs South Africa
RRossouwcwkpRamdinbHolder . . . . .15
FduPlessiscBravobHolder . . . . . . . . . . .119
TOTAL(7wkts,20overs) . . . . . . . .231
Did not bat: M de Lange, Imran Tahir, A
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (van Wyk, 0.5 overs),
2-21 (Rossouw, 2.2), 3-126 (Miller, 10.3), 4-
156 (Ontong, 13.3), 5-222 (du Plessis, 19), 6-
228 (Wiese, 19.2), 7-231 (Abbott, 20)
Bowling: Benn 3-0-42-1, Cottrell 3-0-47-0
(nb1), Holder 4-0-40-2 (w2), Russell 4-0-
39-0 (w4, nb1), Bravo 4-0-32-2 (w1),
Sammy 1-0-17-0, Pollard 1-0-12-0.
CGaylecwkpvanWykbWiese . . . . . . . .90
MSamuelscBehardienbWiese . . . . . . .60
KPollardcBehardienbWiese . . . . . . . . . . .7
DJBravocOntongbPhangiso . . . . . . . . . .10
TOTAL(6wkts,19.2overs) . . . . . . .236
Did not bat: J Holder, S Benn, S Cottrell.
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Smith, 1.5 overs), 2-
171 (Gayle, 13.4), 3-178 (Samuels, 15.1), 4-
185 (Pollard, 15.5), 5-198 (Russell, 16.4),
6-209 (Bravo, 17.4)
Bowling: Abbott 4-0-68-1 (w1), de Lange
3.2-0-42-1 (w2), Wiese 4-0-43-3 (w3),
Phangiso 3-0-33-1, Imran Tahir 4-0-29-0
(w1), Ontong 1-0-17-0.
Result: West Indies won by four wick-
ets. Series: West Indies lead three-match
series. Man-of-the-Match: Chris Gayle.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: S George, A Holdstock; TV---J
Daniel pedals to two medals in Canada
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