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Emboldened by a sumptuous driven
four, he was gone two balls later, fencing
indecisively at Broad and finding Cook
in reliable form at slip.
There was even worse to come for
the West Indies when their anchorman
Chanderpaul guided Ben Stokes to point
with minimal prompting.
For Stokes, who had earlier hurt his
knee sliding in the outfield, it was a
much-needed moment of fortune.
After 32 wicketless overs last week,
he struck gold with just his second
delivery here courtesy of a confused
stroke from Chanderpaul, who failed
to give himself a solid base.
Samuels and Jermaine Blackwood
shepherded the score to 102 for four at
tea, but England would have departed
in reasonable heart.
They would have been even happier
had Samuels first real rush of blood
He aimed a big drive at Jordan, unde-
terred by a wide ball that shaded away
even further off the pitch, but was for-
tunate to see Cook juggle the chance.
With the pitch flattening out, it was
a chance England needed to take.
Broad also let Blackwood slip through
his fingers, failing to gather a firm return
catch in his follow through, but it did
not prove costly.
Blackwood, a centurion in Antigua,
fell lbw to Jordan for 26 after Cook
wisely referred a not out verdict upstairs.
That left the Windies vulnerable at
129 for five but Samuels responded to
the pressure by cutting loose with four
boundaries in eight balls.
His half-century had taken a
painstaking 141 deliveries, but the enter-
tainer in Samuels had begun to emerge.
Samuels greeted the return of Moeen
with two commanding fours off the
back foot, and pulled the all-rounder
for his 13th boundary to finish the day
six short of a seventh Test century.
ST GEORGE'S---The West Indies
Cricket Board (WICB) and the
Caricom committee on cricket
governance say they have ended
a "productive" meeting where an
agreement has been reached on
"the way forward" for West Indies
However both parties have
declined to comment on the
specifics of the agreement following
their meeting which ran for nearly
five hours at the upscale Spice
Island Beach resort in Grenada s
southern tourist belt late Monday.
WICB president Dave Cameron
and Grenada s Prime Minister Keith
Mitchell said details of the agree-
ment will be contained in a joint
press release to be issued on Tues-
"We also agreed that we will have
a joint press release from the West
Indies Cricket Board and of course
the Prime Minister s team," Prime
Minister Mitchell told the media at
the end of the meeting.
"I believe we have reached a pos-
itive conclusion which will chart
the way forward. We will be work-
ing together with the board and all
concerned to move West Indies
Prime Minister Mitchell chaired
the meeting, which was also
attended by Bahamas Prime Min-
ister Perry Christie, the current
Caricom chairman; Antigua & Bar-
buda Prime Minister Gaston
Browne, and St. Vincent & the
Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph
All 18 directors of the WICB,
including President Cameron and
Vice President Emmanuel Nanthan,
along with chief executive officer
Michael Muirhead and corporate
secretary Verlyn Faustin met with
the Caricom Committee which also
included Caricom Secretary General
"I think the meeting was very
productive. We have agreed a way
forward and a joint release will be
issued. So you will get the details
very shortly," said Cameron.
"I think the meeting was very
positive. We have a shared vision.
All of us want to see West Indies
cricket back at the top and we are
committed to making this happen."
The two sides were expected to
discuss the abandoned tour of India
last October, the reform and gov-
ernance of West Indies Cricket, and
the relationship between the Cari-
com Committee on Cricket Gov-
ernance and the WICB.
Also in attendance were West
Indies cricket legends who met with
the four Caricom Prime Ministers
earlier in the day at the same venue.
Reports from inside that meet
say the legends---Andy Roberts, Sir
Vivian Richards, Deryck Murray,
Wes Hall, Gordon Greenidge, Sir
Garry Sobers and Michael Holding
on the telephone from Miami and
the Prime Ministers---were united
on the need for change in the Gov-
ernance structure of the WICB.
"Today was a very important one
for West Indies cricket in the sense
that we had the views and of course
clear passion of the legends that
have built West Indies cricket,"
"They were here with us and
expressed strong support for mov-
ing this process forward and even-
tually we were able to meet with
the board to express the view for
the necessity for change and I think
we have reached a conclusion in
that respect." (CMC)
President of the T&T Cricket Board
(TTCB), Azim Bassarath says that Caricom
should look at the current situation where
regional governments are spending a lot
on Caribbean Premier League (CPL) cricket
and not assisting the regional cricket bod-
ies.Bassarath made his comments, as the
directors of the West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB) sat down in Grenada on Monday to
discuss the way forward for both regional
bodies and to assist West Indies with finding
ways to repay their US$41.95M debt to the
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
He said: "Caricom must engage some of
their attention to the fact that regional gov-
ernments are quite willing to put money
into the private CPL tournament, rather
than assisting the respective regional cricket
"The Governments of the region are
charged with the responsibly of developing
young people in the Caribbean and they
must understand that the WICB touches
the lives of many young people.
"While we continue to struggle financially
at the WICB level, the Governments are
coming out with big money and assisting
CPL is a private entity that is controlled
by Irish telecom firm Digicel. The tourna-
ment will enter its third edition on June 21
and matches will be played across the region.
Many of the Governments in the region
have come out with sponsorship packages
and T&T leads in this regard. The T&T Gov-
ernment is paying CPL US$3.1M in order
to get the two semi-finals and finals of the
2015 tournament. In addition to this the
Government will have to spend additional
funds in providing security, transport and
other services at the tournament.
Bassarath added that the T&T Red Force
a recognised name in the world of T20 crick-
et, would again play in tournaments. The
Red Force was dismantled when the CPL
came on board and the players have been
playing for different franchises across the
Bassarath added: "If we want to have the
Red Force play cricket in tournaments there
are certain guidelines and permission that
we need from CPL. We have looked at what
is needed and we intend to look at our
options soon in terms of getting this team
back on the field together, playing T20 crick-
et."The T&T Red Force has been the most
successful team in regional T20 cricket and
represented the Caribbean at the Champions
League on a total of four occasions. They
reached the finals of the first event in India
in 2009 and lost out to the New South Wales
The Football Association (TTFA) named Zoran-
Vranes as coach of the Under 23 team, yesterday,
and will immediately start preparation for the
upcoming Caribbean Football Union s (CFU)
Olympic qualifiers which begins in early August.
Vranes will oversee the preparation of the team
for its opening qualifying round in Puerto Rico
from June 22. He will also oversee preparation for
the Pan American Games in Canada in July.
The CFU will announce T&T s group for the
opening round of the Olympic qualifiers in due
The top two teams from the Caribbean will
advance to the Concacaf Final Olympic qualifying
round which takes place in the United States
between October 1-15. The region will be represented
by two teams for the Rio 2016 Olympics. The third-
placed team will advance to the Concacaf--Con-
mebol play-off where they will play against a rep-
resentative from Conmebol.
Included in Vranes squad are North East Stars
midfielder Neveal Hackshaw, Shannon Gomez and
Jomal Williams who made their senior international
debut against Panama last month, Martieon Wat-
son, Brendon Creed, Josiah Trimmingham, Levi
Garcia, Akeem Garcia, Kadeem Corbin, Kevon
Goddard, Jabari Mitchell, Aikim Andrews and Alvin
Jones, another member of the T&T Senior team.
Vranes said the Olympic qualification is sure to
be challenging. "I am very happy to be back. I ve
had some great experiences with national teams
of Trinidad and Tobago and this is now a contin-
uation. Of course we went to the Under 20 World
Cup in Egypt in 2009 and I was the coach of that
team with players like Kevin Molino, Akeem Adams
and Sheldon Bateau and now we have a chance
to go to Brazil for the Olympics in 2016," Vranes
said. "But this is going to be a difficult task. We
are a little bit behind but this is not something we
cannot overcome. I think the qualification is more
challenging than the World Cup because only two
teams from Concacaf will qualify directly. We have
a lot of work to do but I think there are players
with a lot of potential and experience in the squad,"
"I have worked with many of these players and
observed in the Pro League and this is also an
opportunity to prepare the players knocking on
the door for the senior team and I know they will
be quite eager to do well in the Olympic team,"
Vranes is also a former T&T senior team head
coach and assistant coach.
The T&T team will train at 8 am today at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Vranes in charge
of Olympic team
Caricom, WICB reach agreement
Bassarath says Caricom should
be concerned with CPL spending
Poor start for Windies West Indies vs England
West Indies 1st inns
KC Brathwaite b Anderson .....................1
DS Smith c Buttler b Jordan ................15
DM Bravo c Cook b Broad....................35
MN Samuels not out ...............................94
S Chanderpaul c Ali b Stokes ...............1
J Blackwood lbw b Jordan ....................26
D Ramdin not out ........................................ 6
Extras (b 5, lb 3, w 1, nb 1) ..................10
Total (5 wickets; 70 overs) ............... 188
Fall of wickets 1-2 (Brathwaite), 2-28
(Smith), 3-65 (Bravo), 4-74
(Chanderpaul), 5-129 (Blackwood)
Bowling: Anderson 15-8-18-1,Broad 16-
5-42-1, Jordan 16-3-40-2, Ali 12-1-45-
0,Stokes 10-4-33-1, Trott 1-0-2-0.
UMPIRES: Steve Davis and Bruce
Oxenford TV---Billy Bowden.
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