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National player Faith Gillezeau
defeated her men's T&T teammate in
the opening round of the T&T Squash
Association Junior Graded tournament
at the Cascadia Squash Courts, St
Ann's on Thursday night.
Facing Jonathan Blanc on court two
in the blue category (A category),
Gillezeau jumped out to a two-set lead
winning the first two sets 11/9, 11/7.
Blanc fought back to win the third set
11-6, but Gillezeau prevailed in the
fourth set 11/8 to seal the match.
Gillezeau represented T&T at the
Under-17 and senior level last year.
Gillezeau beats teammate in junior squash
Blue Category (A)
Christian Edghill def
11/3, 11/5, 11/2
Nicholas Caddle def
Yearwood 11/9, 11/5,
Faith Gillezeau def
11/9, 11/7, 6/11, 11/8
Joshua Chin Lee def
Jinan Al-Rawi 11-4,
11-8, 5-11, 7-11, 11-6
Anthony def Gaby
Scott 11-4, 11-8, 11-8
Michael Chin Lee
def Justin Cheeping
11/6, 11/6, 11/5
Matthew Innes def
11/8, 11/6, 11/5
Joshua Poon def
Shane Daniel 8/11,
11/7, 9/11, 11/7, 11/1
Seth Thong def
John Wilson 11/5,
Chloe Walcott def
12-10, 11-4, 11-9
The West Indies Cricket Board has
been an institution of dysfunction for
nearly a generation now.
And the cricket on the field has
somehow reflected the own chaotic
confusion of the board room---petty-
men with personal agendas not mindful
enough of a once proud regional insti-
The history of misadventure, mischief
and just madness makes it---by default
and suspicion---a difficult body to
When it comes to the WICB, you
always have second thoughts.
But there has been a sense for a long
time---both on and off the field---that
something has to give.
We have had the same bad results
for too long---to even suggest allowing
things to continue as they are.
Call it desperation if you will---but
being number eight for so long, with
no obvious way up---may indeed inspire
moves embedded in desperation.
When you're a corned tiger, you
gamble and take your chances.
When we played windball cricket,
our village mantra was: "When in
doubt, hit out."
So when the West Indies Cricket
selectors this past week announced the
world cup squad---and omitted former
ODI skipper Dwayne Bravo and bats-
man Kieron Pollard---the initial reaction
was to treat it with more than just a
hint of suspicion.
Truth be told, the WICB's DNA is
more rooted in vengeance than jus-
tice---and old habits are hard to break.
So it was natural to wonder quiet-
ly---and sometimes not so quietly---
whether Clive Lloyd, the venerated
skipper of the golden era, was acting
on direction not to include the two for
the role they played in the unforget-
table---and perhaps unforgivable India
debacle---which had everybody with
eggs on their faces---and the cricket
board with a 42-million-dollar bill to
There might even be a case for mad-
ness---when sanity has not worked;
only that there should be a method to
And that's the problem with the
omission I am trying to navigate; what
is the method to the obvious madness.
For one of the few times, I am very
conflicted by all of this. Every day this
week, I have woken up with a different
view. And then I slept on it again---
only to get up with another view.
And that is the problem with West
Indies cricket. Everything lacks clari-
ty.So I am in a state of confessed con-
fusion. Completely beaten outside the
I want to take Lloyd at his word, that
his committee acted purely on the need
to try to navigate a different direction---
since the team and the path---have not
brought us the results we desire.
And that the non-selection of the
two veteran players, coming on the
heels of the abandonment of the Indian
tour, is simply co-incidental. That Bravo
and Pollard's omission is not "village
Statistically, I think there is a genuine
case to make for Pollard's omission.
The Twenty20 bully has not delivered
consistently enough to be considered
an automatic one day international
The case for Bravo's exclusion---
whose stats over the last year, at least
in the format, were reasonable---is hard-
er to make.
And so there must be non-cricket
reasons---except that the WICB has
denied them; which make the omission
logically difficult to follow.
I am cool, frankly, with omitting
people from teams for reasons not just
tied to performance; such as, if you
feel their presence will disrupt the flow
of the rest of the team. I just wish
everybody could be candid, and just
I don't think that Bravo and Pollard
are committed enough to the West
Indian cause. And maybe they should
pay for it. But they are not alone.
Too many of our players now treat
West Indies cricket as an inconven-
ience---and sometimes the old beast
can bite back.
I am from the old school that grad-
uated the likes of Sir Frank Worrell and
Sir Vivian Richards---yes, you have to
make a living; but the living also has
to make you---what you should
become---a great ambassador of a proud
But in this day and age of this new
world order, maybe the idea of West
Indianess has lost its currency and its
It is one of those times in life when
you either face the truth, or live the
(Hamlet Mark is a freelance writer
on politics, cricket and
entertainment. He is also the
managing director of the
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stations in the Caribbean).
Swing Bowler is 'expected' to topple her rivals
in the £155000 Betfair Handicap Hurdle over two
miles of 'soft' Newbury today and land yet another
colossal big-race gamble for 'the racing family
At this point I've got to mention we took a chance
a few days ago and backed the eight-year-old Galileo
mare at 40/1!
Swing Bowler finished fifth in this highly-pres-
tigious race last year, formerly the 'Schweppes' back
in 1968 when one napped Persian War to beat
nearly forty others!
That's when yours truly 'penned' his first racing
article on the way to a fantastic life which has
lasted fifty years. You can't beat experience!
Martin Pipe changed the shape of National Hunt
training, completely dominating this great winter
sport; now his son, David, holds the license but
'the old man' is still around supervising operations.
Success on this occasion would bring back incredible
Pipe senior trained the dam, Lady Cricket, one
of the best and most consistent jumping mares in
NH history owned by the late David Johnson who,
apparently, founded Ocean Finance.
Pointless trolling through twenty-three runners
because we know that Swing Bowler has been laid
out, 100 per cent, for the 'Betfair' and if she repli-
cates her best time-handicap mark there can only
be one winner.
We're also into Houblon des Obeaux for the Chel-
tenham Gold Cup next month having taken odds
of 50/1 plus; hopefully Venetia Williams will be in
the winners' enclosure with him after the grade
two Denman Chase over three miles.
Gallop reports suggest Houblon des Obeaux is
in tremendous form and ticks enough boxes this
Lingfield stages a seven-race polytrack fixture
and Persepolis comes out clear 'best-in' for the
eight-runner 'aged' handicap over ten furlongs;
trainer Lee Carter set up a successful gamble earlier
Get into the Swing
2.25 Houblon des Obeaux
3.35 Swing Bowler (nap-e.w)
3.10 Persepolis (e.w).
Beaten outside the off stump
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