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I have always made this abundantly clear,
I will criticise what is not right in my opinion
but I am always quick to give credit where
it is due and today I would like to single out
the people at the Tobago Cricket Association
(TCA) and the Tobago House of Assembly.
Last Saturday, I would have taken the officials
in Tobago to task for not having Shaw Park
ready for cricket action.
T&T Red Force played the West Indies
Under-19s in their first match of the Nagico
Super50 Challenge on January 16 and the place
was far from ready.
To my amazement I showed up last Monday
and the place was as ready as it could be. The
ground was in fine condition, the media box
was ready too and the hospitality was great.
The guys even went out of the way to equip
the media room with new curtains. But come
on guys...normal coffee and tea would have
been in good order, but the Mochaccino was
a bit overcompensating, however much appre-
I must say hats off to the guys in Tobago
because many people would have taken a dim
view of what I wrote in my column last week.
You guys took it like big men and women and came
out with the tremendous pride you have, to show
what Tobago is made of. Well done and keep on striving
to be professionals in whatever you do. A great sense
of satisfaction comes with this package.
I must also commend the president of the T&T
Cricket Board (TTCB), Azim Bassarath for the mature
approach he took to the same issue. He was quick to
point out that improvements were needed and made
sure things fell nicely into place.
Special mention should also go out to Clayton Clarke
of the THA. He tried his utmost to keep the media
comfortable and was there from very early on Monday,
making sure everything was in order for us. He under-
stands media and he understands what sport entails
in terms of coverage, as he has travelled extensively
covering athletics and knows the requirements.
Having said all of that, I want to make a call to the
Government to have a first class cricket facility built
in Tobago. We have had many good cricketers coming
from Tobago but this has dried up. We need to have
a proper facility for first class matches, so that the
young ones can get to see their stars and get inspiration
and hopefully a cricket bug biting them. This is the
only way we can improve the standard and quality of
players coming from the sister Isle. Shaw Park is basi-
cally a football facility that is used for cricket. The
ground reminds me of so many in New Zealand, which
are also built for rugby.
Land needs to be found somewhere in Tobago to
construct a proper first class cricket facility, so that
development can take place. We have seen the excellent
tennis programme that Tobago has developed, where
many of our top talent is coming from. The tennis
facility is a good one at Shaw Park and the coaches
have one programme which they all follow and this
has brought great results.
A proper cricket academy can be set up to harness
the raw talent that is available in Tobago. When you
visit the beaches, you see young men playing cricket
and the first thing that comes to mind is that if they
are to reach anywhere, they need to come to Trinidad.
I don t know the relationship between the central
cricket body the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) and the
TCA but they need to get together---if not already---
and provide a united front to the authorities to have
this facility built. Just as football has a top class venue
with the Dwight Yorke Stadium, we need a cricket
facility built similarly to serve the gentleman s sport.
Guaya Dream Team won and then suffered a loss
as they climbed to the top of the Championship
Division of the National Table Tennis League by
the slimmest of margins on Thursday.
First Guaya, led by Franklyn Seechan s wins over
Sherdon Pierre (4-11, 11-2, 11-9, 12-10) and Issa Bais-
den (11-7, 11-7, 11-6) defeated D Abadie Youths I, 3-
1. Neville Corbin got the other victory for Guaya, 3-
11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6 over Baisden while Ronald
Williams got the only win for D Abadie, 11-8, 11-9,
11-4 against Michael Mc Comie.
However, when Guaya came up against Himalaya
Tough Guys, it was the latter who showed their class
with a 3-0 blanking.
For Himalaya, Vinoo Maharaj outlasted Seechan
11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 13-15, 11-9; Richard Abasali overcame
Corbie 11-3, 15-13, 11-8 and Ferdinand Castillo defeated
Mc Comie, 11-8, 11-4, 12-10.
With the three points picked up from the two
matches, Dream Team carried its points tally to 29
and a 12-5 record, one point ahead of the trio of
Arima Hawks, UTT and D Abdie Youths I, all with
Hawks got two wins from Rawle Parsons in its 3-
1 whipping of Solo Crusaders, D Abadie Youths II
blanked Central Warriors 3-0 while the latter then
got a win by default from Carenage Blasters.
Guaya win, lose, go top
Take a bow THA, TCA
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