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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, April 9, 2015
T&T s Open Water swimmer
Christian Marsden lived-up to his
pre-race hype when he took gold
in the 15-17 boys Open Water
swim at Carlisle Bay, the final day
of the 30th Carifta Swimming
Championship in Barbados, yes-
It was the lone Open Water
medal for the T&T contingent to
place fifth with 15 points. The other
T&T Open Water participants were
Shania David who was eighth in
the 15-17 girls age-group while the
the trio of Gabriel Bynoe (seventh),
Graham Chatoor (eighth) and Sab-
rina David (eight) had low placings
in their respective 13-14 races.
On Tuesday night at the Nation-
al Aquatic Centre in Wildey, T&T
failed to add to its gold medal haul
of 12 but picked up four silver and
two bronze to end with 38 medals
overall (12 gold, 13 silver, 13 bronze)
and third spot with 494.5 points.
Bahamas kept hold of its title
with 756 points and 54 medals (29
gold, 17 silver, 8 bronze) while host
Barbados was second with 642.5
points and 52 medals, its most in
history (30 gold, 12 silver, 10
Leading the way for T&T on the
fourth and final night of swimming
was boys 13-14 Age-Group High
Point second placed finisher Jeron
Thompson, who picked up silver
medals in the 50-metre freestyle
(25.19 seconds) and 100m back-
stroke (1:10.40 minutes).
The other silver winners on the
night for the T&T contingent
under the guidance of first year
head coach Chabeth Haynes were
Amira Pilgrim (115-15 girls 50m
freestyle in 27.31); Jahmia Harley,
the 11-12 girls High Point bronze
finisher, in the 200m backstroke
in 2:38.64, and the 15-17 boys
4x50m freestyle relay combination
of Justin Samlalsingh, Jabari Bap-
tiste, Osaze Riley and Canada-
based Adrian Goin in 1:36.49.
Harley also added a bronze in
the 400m freestyle (4:53.22) and
Baptiste did likewise, in the 15-17
boys 50m freestyle in 24.26.
USA-based Tyla Martin, who
won three individual gold medals
for T&T, also got third spot in the
15-17 girls Age-Group High Point
Meanwhile, US and Olympic
coach Todd Schmitz, the personal
coach of American multi-Olympic
and World gold medallist Missy
Franklin will begin a three-day
clinic today at the Dr Joao Have-
lange Centre of Excellence Swim-
ming Pool, Macoya as well as St
Joseph s College, St Joseph.
Speaking on the team s arrival
at the Piarco International Airport
yesterday, head coach Haynes, said,
"We were glad to improve on our
fifth place finish last year.
"It was a tough meet and our
team featured quite a few new-
comers however, the experienced
and seasoned swimmers were able
to pull out big points in crucial
events for us to secure third spot."
Looking ahead Haynes said she
was sure the younger swimmers
gained a lot from the experience
as well as from the more senior
local and foreign based swimmers
over this tour.
KOLKATA---Embattled West Indies
off-spinner Sunil Narine went sur-
prisingly wicket-less but his Kolkata
Knight Riders still managed to over-
come Kieron Pollard s Mumbai Indi-
ans by seven wickets in the opening
contest of the new Indian Premier
League season yesterday.
Playing at Eden Gardens, Mumbai
rallied to 168 for three off their 20
overs, after being sent in and the hosts
cruised to their target with nine deliv-
Opener Gautam Gambhir top
scored with 57 while Suryakumar
Yadav slammed an unbeaten 46 off
20 deliveries with five sixes and a
Manish Pandey chipped in with 40
from 24 balls.
Earlier, opener Rohit Sharma
stroked an unbeaten 98 off 65 balls
with 12 fours and four sixes, to rescue
Mumbai from a shaky position of 37
for three in the sixth over.
He put on 131 in an unbroken fourth
wicket stand with New Zealander
Corey Anderson who struck 55 not
out off 41 balls.
Narine, under fire over his action
and forced to undergo an Indian
Cricket Board-sanctioned biome-
chanical test last week in order to be
eligible for the IPL, sent down four
overs for 28 runs.
His West Indies counterpart, all-
rounder Andre Russell, bowled three
overs of medium pace for 21 runs.
Pollard did not bat in the Mumbai
Stuart Broad came through an
injury scare and Jonny Bairstow fell
just short of a century against his
own teammates as England s Test
warm-ups descended into a glorified
Events at Lord s, where the decision
was made to cull England and Wales
Cricket Board managing director Paul
Downton, seemed rather more relevant
to the future of English cricket than
the mix-and-match day at Warner
Park, where four members of the tour-
ing party were parachuted in to bolster
the local team.
Jonathan Trott (nought) and Gary
Ballance (17) largely failed to do so,
but Bairstow made 98 and Joe Root
ended the day 87 not out in a score
of 303 for nine.
It seemed entirely in keeping with
the unsatisfactory nature of England s
Test preparation week that Bairstow,
the only member of the seconded
quarter not likely to feature in the
series, had the most productive day.
At least Broad averted serious injury
when he collapsed clutching his left
ankle in the second over.
Broad initially looked in trouble
when his boot slid through the crease
and he tumbled to the ground, and
coach Peter Moores was concerned
enough to stride out to the middle to
assess the damage.
But he spent just short of an hour
off the field with an ice pack and later
returned to the attack.
Broad was concerned enough about
the run-ups to summon the ground-
staff the ball before coming to grief.
He initially suggested bowling round
the wicket in search of firmer footing
but decided to go back to his original
angle of attack after sawdust was
When he went down the game was
just ten balls old---the same number
of deliveries that were possible in the
infamous abandoned Test in Antigua
six years ago.
By that stage, the first of England s
honorary Kittitians had already come
Trott opened the batting but lasted
just three balls, guiding James Ander-
son straight to James Tredwell at third
That was hardly the added steel
England were looking for.
The same was largely true of Bal-
lance, who seems short of his best
after a troubled World Cup, and man-
aged only 17 before an ill-judged cut
against Tredwell ended up in Jos But-
tler s gloves.
The game lacked all semblance of
competitive edge, even as Root com-
piled a trouble-free half-century of
his own, but there were some possible
pointers ahead the first Test in Antigua.
James Tredwell clearly outbowled
Adil Rashid in the race for the spinner s
role and Chris Jordan failed to take a
wicket despite seeing plenty of the
The West Indies Cricket Board
has announced changes to the
dates for the two-Test series
between West Indies and Aus-
tralia, with the matches being
advanced by two days.
The first Test will now start on
June 3 in Dominica, while the sec-
ond Test will be played from June
11 at Sabina Park in Jamaica. The
three-day tour game, originally
scheduled to begin on May 30 at
North Sound, will now be played
from May 27-29.
"We are fully aware that there
are a number of fans planning to
travel around and to the Caribbean
for the Australia tour, and we want
to explain to them that the change
was absolutely necessary, due to
a number of logistical challenges
beyond our control," WICB Man-
ager, Cricket Operations Roland
ST JOHN'S---Captain Denesh
Ramdin believes the experience
of veteran left-hander Shiv Chan-
derpaul and the senior bowlers,
will be critical if West Indies are
to seriously challenge England in
the upcoming three-Test series.
The Windies face their old foes
starting here Monday, attempting
to reverse a trend that has seen
them win just two Tests in 27 out-
ings over the last 15 years.
Ramdin said Chanderpaul s pen-
chant for long innings in the mid-
dle order would be important in
West Indies tallying big scores.
"His experience is second to
none [especially with] all those
matches he has played at interna-
tional level," the Trinidadian said.
"I m sure he will go on to get
the most runs for West Indies as
a Test player and I m sure that s
his goal but with his experience
in the middle order, batting all
those balls, getting his hundred,
70s or whatever, [we need] guys
to bat with him to get partnerships
and get big totals so we have
opportunities to win matches.
"The last time England were
here, we won 1-0 in that series. It
was a very hard fought series.
Hopefully we can get good things
going in this series again."
After dominating England in the
1980s and early 1990s, West Indies
have struggled in recent years.
They have suffered 17 defeats
since the turn of the century and
have lost all but one series---in
2009 when a shock innings win
at Sabina Park handed them suc-
cess in the five-match series.
Ramdin said he as under no illu-
sions about the size of the task,
however, but believes that new ball
bowlers like Jerome Taylor and
Kemar Roach, along with frontline
spinner Sulieman Benn, would be
crucial in limiting England s batting
machine, especially in Caribbean
Ramdin has also placed pressure
on himself to perform. He averages
a respectable 33 against the English
and has hit two hundreds --
including a career-best 166 at
Kensington Oval during the 2009
However, he struggled last year,
averaging just under 23 from eight
Tests but is looking to rebound.
"I have two half-centuries and
a couple half centuries against the
opposition so I m looking forward
to getting stuck in to their bowling
attack," Ramdin said.
"They have a good bowling
attack, you can t take that away
from them but you just need to
spend time out there." (CMC)
Marsden bags Carifta
Open Water gold
FINAL MEDAL TABLE
Barbados . . . .30. .12. .10 .52
Bahamas. . . . .29. .17. . .8.54
Guadeloupe . . .8. .11. . .6.25
Cayman Islands5 . .4 . . .5 . .14
Bermuda. . . . . .4. . .8. .10.22
FINAL POINTS TABLE
7CaymanIslands. . . . . . . . .289
WICB reschedules Australia Test matches
Ramdin: Experience crucial to WI
England bowler Stuart Broad grabs
his ankle on the first day of the two-
day tour match between St Kitts
Invitational XI and English XI
yesterday at Warner Park, St Kitts.
Broad fine after injury worry
Narine starts slow but KKR wins
Mumbai Indians 168 for 3 (Rohit
Sharma 98*, Anderson 55*) vs
Kolkata Knight Riders 170 for 3 (G
Gambhir 57, S Yadav 46, M Pandey
40). Kolkata won by seven wickets.
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