Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 7th 2015 Contents A62
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SYDNEY---Fast bowler Kemar
Roach is looking to use the
upcoming ICC World Cup to prove
he is back to full fitness and form,
after recovering from an ankle
injury which ruled him out of the
Test series against South Africa
The right-armer limped out of
the first Test at Centurion on the
first day after twisting his ankle
and took no further part in the
Included in the World Cup
squad, Roach said he was feeling
back to full strength and looking
to make his mark.
"I'm feeling fine. I'm coming
back from an injury with my ankle
but I've done all the rehab I needed
to do to get back here," he said.
"Right now the practice sessions
are going well and my body is feel-
ing well so I'm going to put my
best foot forward and win some
games for the West Indies."
After returning to his homeland
Barbados last December, Roach
worked closely with key fitness per-
sonnel including Morita Marshall,
Rene Best and Jacqui King, to get
his rehabilitation on track.
He focussed primarily on
strength training and finding proper
balance at the crease on delivery,
and credited the physiotherapy
team for his seamless recovery.
"Their work obviously got me
back here fit and ready to play the
World Cup for West Indies," he
Roach will help to spearhead a
West Indies seam attack that
includes fellow new ball bowler
Jerome Taylor, left-armer Sheldon
Cottrell, Andre Russell and Darren
During the last World Cup in
India, Roach starred when he picked
up a hat-trick as West Indies
crushed Netherlands. This time
around, however, Roach said he
was just aiming to play his role in
"Definitely a hat-trick would be
nice this World Cup but it is just
about me doing my part, playing
my role," he explained.
"As one of the fast bowlers in
the team it will be hard for us in
these conditions ... but I think one
you go out there, put your best foot
forward, do your skills best you can
you should come out on top.
He continued: "I see myself as
a member of the bowling group.
All of us have to play our role and
when we have the ball in our hands
we must lead ... and do the things
we have been practicing in the
West Indies arrived here a week
ago to begin preparation for their
Group B campaign which sees them
take on defending champions India,
Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa,
United Arab Emirates and Zimbab-
we.Roach said there was currently
a good mood in the camp and he
hoped his teammates could trans-
late this into major success at the
"It's a very good environment to
be in right now, the dressing room
and everyone is in good spirits so
it makes even easier for you," he
"We just have to get the mental
side right -- the physical side is
fine. We just have to get our minds
right for this very tough tourna-
ment. We'll definitely go out there
to win some games and hopefully
bring home the cup."
He added: "For me I haven't won
any major tournaments for West
Indies ever so for me, to be able to
win this World Cup would be the
biggest highlight of my career. I'm
looking forward to it, I'm putting
in the work. I would love to [lift
the cup] at the end of March and
bring some joy and hope back to
the Caribbean." CMC
Roach looking to prove his worth following injury break
KINGSTON---Embattled West Indies Cricket
Board president, Dave Cameron, remains
hopeful he can still garner the support of his
home territory, when he bids for a second
term in office at the Annual General Meeting
Media reports earlier this week said the
Jamaica Cricket Association had met Tuesday
and decided to throw their support behind Bar-
bados Cricket Association boss, legendary West
Indies fast bowler Joel Garner.
"I am not too perturbed by the developments,
which took place on Tuesday," the Jamaica
Gleaner quoted Cameron as saying.
"It is not the country, by and large, who are
not supporting me. It is the desire of some of
the board of directors.
"However, my understanding is that there
should be an annual general meeting of the
association (JCA) on February 17, at which time,
the decision by the directors could be over-
Cameron is seeking another two-year term
in office but has come under fire for his handling
of last October's abandoned India tour and the
subsequent fall out.
The West Indies one-day squad quit the five-
match series following the fourth ODI, a move
that also led the three-Test tour to be can-
Indian authorities placed the blame squarely
on the WICB and have since lodged a claim of
US$42 million in damages. They have also
threatened legal action if the WICB does not
Cameron argued, however, that the India
tour controversy was a matter being dealt with
by the board as a whole.
"The handling of the decisions surrounding
the India tour was WICB board of directors
decisions, not Dave Cameron's decisions," he
"And, at some point in time, we (WICB board
of directors) could make the minutes of these
board of directors meetings available."
Cameron is expected to have the support of
the Guyana Cricket Association and the Wind-
ward Islands board.
The AGM is scheduled to be held March 7th.
GROS ISLET---Tyrone Theophile
struck his maiden first class hundred
to extend Trinidad and Tobago Red
Force s misery in the WICB Profes-
sional Cricket League in St Lucia
The right-hander carved out an
attractive 136 which propelled Wind-
ward Islands Volcanoes to 388 for
eight at the close on the opening day
of the fifth round contest, and kept
the visitors under the cosh at the
Beausejour Cricket Ground.
Theophile faced 149 balls in just
under 3-1/4 hours at the crease and
struck 16 fours and four sixes, in an
Keddy Lesporis came within sight
of maiden regional hundred before
falling for 83 while captain Liam
Sebastien got 56.
Mervin Mathew, with an unbeaten
37 and Kenroy Peters, not out on 27,
further frustrated Red Force at the
end with an unbroken ninth wicket
stand of 48.
Leg-spinner Imran Khan was the
best bowler with three for 90 and got
support from pacer Shannon Gabriel
with three for 96.
Opting to bat first, the Windwards
got a 43-run stand for the first wicket
from Theophile and Devon Smith (16)
before losing two quick wickets.
Smith was caught at the wicket off
Gabriel who then removed Johnson
Charles, bowled without scoring off
the first ball he faced.
Theophile then posted 30 for the
third wicket with Sunil Ambris (18)
and 28 for the fourth wicket with
Andre Fletcher (3) before inspiring
two superb stands to take Red Force
out of the game.
He put on 120 for the fifth wicket
with Lesporis who hammered nine
fours and a six off a mere 89 balls,
before added a further 61 with
Sebastien whose knock required 86
balls, 108 minutes and contained seven
Red Force lies one from bottom in
the six-team standings. CMC
Theophile first class hundred
extends Red Force misery
Fast bowler Kemar Roach ... back to full fitness.
WINDWARDS 1st Innings
DSmithcwkpKatwaroobGabriel . . . . .16
*LSebastienlbwbMohammed . . . . . . . .56
SShillingfordcSolozanobKhan . . . . . . . .7
TOTAL(8wkts,90overs). . . . . . . . . . . .388
To bat: D Johnson.
Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-43, 3-73, 4-102, 5-
221, 6-282, 7-298, 8-340.
Bowling: Gabriel 13-0-96-3, Richards 9-3-
43-1, St Clair 6-0-34-0, Imran Khan 27-3-
90-3, Ottley 8-0-31-0, Cariah 12-0-48-0,
To ss : Windwards.
Umpires: L Abraham, V Smith
Barbados Pride vs Leeward Islands
BARBADOS PRIDE 182 for four (Kraigg
Brathwaite 72, Roston Chase 28 not out,
Shane Dowrich 27 not out) vs LEEWARD
Guyana Jaguars vs Jamaica Franchise
GUYANA JAGUARS 298 for eight
(Veerasammy Permaul 75 not out, Anthony
Bramble 47, Leon Johnson 41; Shiv
Chanderpaul 29) vs JAMAICA FRANCHISE
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