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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 15, 2015
DURBAN---West Indies failed in their bid
for a clean sweep, conjuring up a familiar
ragged all-round performance to slump to
a 69-run defeat to South Africa in the third
and final Twenty20 International in South
Lacking the sharpness exhibited in the
two previous games and opting to rest several
frontline players including Chris Gayle, the
Caribbean side found the target of 196 a
burden too heavy to carry and slumped to
126 all out off 19 overs at Kingsmead.
Opener Lendl Simmons gave them a light-
ning start with 49 off 31 balls, in a 48-run
first wicket stand with the out-of-sorts
Dwayne Smith (5), which lifted hopes of a
successful run chase.
However, once Smith missed a heave at
a straight one from left-arm spinner Aaron
Phangiso and was bowled in the sixth over,
the innings imploded and the last nine wick-
ets tumbled for 78 runs.
Kieron Pollard was the only other batsman
to reach the 20s but even then, he needed
23 balls for his unbeaten 20 and failed to
find the boundary once.
Medium pacer David Wiese ran through
the Windies innings to finish with five for
23 while pacers Marchant de Lange (2-26)
and Wayne Parnell (2-33) supported with
two wickets apiece.
However, it was opener Morne van Wyk s
maiden T20 International hundred that put
South Africa on their way to a daunting 195
for three from their 20 overs.
The 35-year-old right-hander pummeled
an unbeaten 114 off 70 balls as South Africa,
sent in, capitalized on wayward bowling
and loose fielding to take command of the
Van Wyk, who counted nine fours and
seven sixes, put on 111 for the first wicket
with Reeze Hendricks who struck 42 from
32 balls, and added then a further 47 with
Wiese who stroked 21 off 16 deliveries, after
being pushed up the order.
Surviving a chance to Smith at point off
seamer Carlos Brathwaite when he had made
just one in the second over, van Wyk dom-
inated the Windies bowling, reaching his
half-century off 35 balls off the final delivery
of the tenth over.
South Africa were then 96 without loss
and looking at a target well beyond 200 but
the Windies bowlers managed to pull things
back, as they hosts managed just 99 from
the next ten.
Van Wyk marched to three figures in cav-
alier fashion, swinging left-armer Sheldon
Cottrell straight for four and then depositing
him over the ropes at square leg next ball
in the penultimate over of the innings, to
storm into the 90s.
He reached his hundred off the second
ball of the final over, with a leg side single
off medium pacer Dwayne Bravo.
Simmons propelled West Indies in the
early overs, cracking five fours and two sixes
as Smith scratched around. He single-hand-
edly destroyed Parnell in the bowler s second
over -- the fourth of the innings which cost
23 -- smashing four fours and a six as West
Indies motored to 45 without loss after four
However Smith departed after labouring
ten balls and never finding the boundary
and Marlon Samuels steered Wiese to cap-
tain Justin Ontong at point in the seventh
over to fall for six with the score on 60 for
With a half-century beckoning Simmons
holed out in the deep off Wiese in the ninth
over and West Indies were slumping at 71
for four in the tenth when Andre Fletcher
was taken at third man for two by Kyle
Abbott off Parnell.
All-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Pollard,
at the centre of attention following their
axing from the World Cup squad, then came
together but could do little to stop the rot.
Bravo had faced 13 balls for his 12 when
he tried to go over the leg side but succeeded
only in top-edging a catch off Wiese to the
wicketkeeper running around to square leg,
in the 13th over at 84 for five.
Andre Russell flattered to deceive with a
six and four in 12 off seven balls and captain
Darren Sammy (8) and Carlos Brathwaite
(1) both perished in the 17th over at the
hands of Wiese, as the innings went awry.
This country s Under-20 Soca Warriors suf-
fered its first loss in Group A at the 25th Concacaf
Under-20 Championship when they went under
to Guatemala 2-0 at the National Stadium in
Kingston, Jamaica yesterday.
Starting the day in second spot with four points
from a 2-2 draw with Jamaica and a 5-1 thumping
of Aruba, the same as Guatemala, the Derek King-
coached Under-20 T&T squad went behind for
the first time in the tournament in the 25th minute
when a header from Guatemalan Mauro Portillo
went in past goalkeeper Johan Welch off defender
Despite the introduction of Jabari Mitchell (58th),
Akeem Humphrey (58th) and Levi Garcia (69th)
for the trio of Duane Muckette, Kevin Goddard
and Akeem Garcia, T&T failed to get back into
the contest and it was Portillo, who added a second
for his team with two minutes left in the match
to seal all three points.
With the loss, T&T slipped to third on the table
behind Guatemala (seven points) and Panama
which had maximum six points going into its
match last night with Jamaica, which had one
In yesterday s other Group A match, the Arubans
were hoping for their first point when they faced
USA, which was also coming off a loss, 1-0 to
On Monday night in Group B at the Montego
Bay Sports Complex, Mexico recorded a 2-0 victory
over Canada to solidify its Group B lead with
maximum six points after getting goals from Hirv-
ing Lozano in the 30th minute and second-half
substitute Diego Pineda in the 92nd. In the two
other Group B matches, Haiti rallied for 1-1 draw
with El Salvador and Honduras broke open a
scoreless stalemate by striking twice within five
minutes in the second half en route to a 3-0
victory over Cuba.
A late penalty kick by Jonel Desire (88th minute)
handed the Haitians their first point after Jose
Villavicencio - scorer of a dramatic 90th minute
equalizer from the penalty spot in a 2-2 draw
with Honduras on Saturday -- put El Salvador in
front, 1-0, in the 27th minute.
For Honduras, Alberth Elis (60th), John Suazo
(65th) and Jhow Benavidez (83rd) tallied in the
Today, El Salvador and Canada meet from 4
pm (TT time) followed by Mexico against Honduras
(6.30 pm) and Haitia versus Cuba from 9 pm, all
at the Montego venue.
After all the talk off the field concerning
the selection of the West Indies World Cup
team, the attention finally moves to the
field today, when the Nagico Super50 series
bowls off in T&T with two matches.
Defending champion Barbados Pride will
travel to Central Trinidad to do battle with
the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC)
in a match that will get off at 9 am. Later
on in the day, the second match comes off
and this will involve the Guyana Jaguars
against the Windwards Volcanoes. This match
will be played at the Queen s Park Oval, Port-
of-Spain, and will be a day/night affair. The
first ball is timed to be delivered at 1.30 pm
and tickets for the matches can be bought
at the match venues.
The Barbadians prevailed over hosts and
long-standing regional sports rival, T&T, in
the Grand Final at Queen s Park Oval last
year and this would be a feather in their caps,
going into this year s tournament.
The title, their seventh in the regional
One-day format (including one shared),
would have been a source of great relief for
the Pride, since their previous title was shared
with Leeward Islands Hurricanes following
a tied Grand Final five seasons ago.
Barbados returns to the tournament as
passionate about success as they were last
season but recognises that it will be chal-
lenging due to the pressure of defending the
title and the loss of a number of players that
were key to their success last year because
of West Indies international duty.
The CCC has been known to upset the
bigger named teams and Barbados will be
fully aware of this. Their head coach the for-
mer Barbados player Floyd Reifer thinks his
side is more in the tournament for develop-
"It is not about us trying to prove anything.
Our role in this cricket is to develop players
and in the last seven years we have developed
a lot of players through the CCC programme.
I could call a list of more than 20 players
that have passed through the programme---
some are playing for West Indies "A", we
have Chadwick Walton on the West Indies
team and we have other players that have
gone back to their territories and dominated
the game there.
"So we have done well in terms of our
role in development, in terms of young players
in the Caribbean, but it s sad we are not
involved in the Four-Day Tournament because
we have a lot of young talent this year and
we are very excited about it. We have a good
crop of young fast bowlers and batsmen, so
we will be looking forward to the Nagico
Super50 and allowing these young players
to showcase their talents."
As the second most successful side in the
history of the tournament, the last seven
years without a title will feel almost like an
eternity for Guyana Jaguars. However, table-
topping performances in the WICB Profes-
sional Cricket League Regional Four-Day
Tournament at the end of last year has
prompted optimism that they could end the
Coach Esaun Crandon said, "A lot of people
may identify us as favourites. Obviously, we
have got to back ourselves to win the tour-
Windwards coach Ian Allen is also backing
his team to do well.
He said, "I think we have a good chance.
We won it only two years ago, but we did
not do too well last year and the players are
conscious of it. They are working hard to
improve upon that performance and get close
to the level of confidence that will allow
them to execute."
Van Wyk 100, Wiese keep
Windies from clean sweep Guatemala
1. Johan Welch (GK), 2. Shannon Gomez (capt),
3. Martieon Watson, 13. Brandon Creed, 4. Jesus
Perez, 6. Duane Muckette (10. Jabari Mitchell
58th), 7. Akeem Garcia (11. Levi Garcia 69th), 8.
Neveal Hackshaw, 15. Aikim Andrews, 18. Kevon
Goddard (17. Akeem Humphrey 58th), 9.
Subs not used: 21. Javon Sample, 5. Leland
Archer, 19. Maurice Ford, 12. Kishun Seecharan,
14. Matthew Woo Ling, 16. Ricardo John
Coach: Derek King
1. Nicholas Hagan (GK), 2. Kevin Grijalva, 6.
Cristian Jimenez, 20. Rene Maltes (17. Pablo
Aguilar 61st), 15. Carlos Estrada, 13. Stheven
Robles, 14. Jose Ruiz, 16. Julio Ortiz, 8. Kevin
Bordon, 9. Mauro Portillo
Substitutes: 12. Julio Ochoa, 3. Allen Yanes, 4.
Nicolas Samayoa, 19. Jose Morales, 5. Luis De
Leon, 10. Diego Alvarez, 18. Benedicto Aldana, 7.
Coach: Carlos Ruiz
SOUTH AFRICA 195 for three off 20
overs (Morne van Wyk 114 not out,
Reeza Hendricks 42, David Wiese 21;
Kieron Pollard 1-13) vs WEST INDIES
126 all out off 19 overs (Lendl
Simmons 49; Kieron Pollard 20 not out;
David Wiese 5-23, Marchant de Lange
2-26, Wayne Parnell 2-33).
Nagico Super50 tourney bowls off today
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