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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has began
with success a programme to bring the players closer
to the administration.
This according to WICB director Azim Bassarath,
who attended a retreat last weekend at the Accra Beach
Hotel and Resort in Barbados. Bassarath was one of the
directors along with his colleagues from the across the
region and the president of the WICB, Dave Cameron
who took part in the retreat that was called WI TEAM
UP.Speaking to the T&T Guardian exclusively he said:
"It was an enjoyable experience where we got the chance
to know and appreciate each other a lot more. The focus
of our WI TEAM UP weekend centred around how
must we team up to create a successful future for WI
Last Saturday the programme got under way and the
participants which also included the West Indies player
who were in a training camp in Barbados, explored the
potential of West Indies cricket as a tool for social and
economic transformation in the region.
On Sunday they dealt with exploring a vision of pos-
sibilities for WI cricket. They were then briefed on their
clear roles and responsibilities as they all committed to
the way forward for West Indies cricket. The programme
was facilitated by Barbadian Marguerite Orane with
assistance from Ulla Wyckoff Tomlinson.
Bassarath, also president of the T&T Cricket Board
(TTCB), added: "I think that Dave Cameron must be
very highly commended for organising this retreat. What
he has done is to show the regional boards the way for-
ward in getting a closer working relationships will all
stakeholders in cricket, especially the players.
"We at the TTCB and also the WICB value the players
and we see them as the major stakeholder in the sport.
As such we intend to continue the process of making
them feel included and part of the set up going forward.
I intend to also replicate this move in Trinidad very
soon and have the players and administrators attend a
retreat session. The problems of the past must be left
in the past and not repeated and we all need to work
closely together to take our cricket back to the top."
Former T&T player and manager Russell Latapy has won the Scottish
Cup with Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Latapy, also Inverness' assistant
manager, helped to guide his team to their first ever Scottish Cup with a
2-1 win over Falkirk.
CHELMSFORD, England -- West Indies
superstar Chris Gayle marked his Som-
erset debut with a typically stroke-filled
92 as the visitors beat Essex by three wick-
ets off the last ball, in the English T20
Blast here on Friday.
Set 177 to win, Somerset reached their
target when Max Waller and Lewis Gregory
scampered a single off the final ball of the
game sent down by medium pacer Ravi
However, victory was set up by the mer-
curial Gayle who slammed eight fours and
six sixes off 59 balls, to give Somerset a
He lost opening partner Marcus
Trescothick for 20 as Somerset slumped
to 49 for two in the ninth over but he pro-
ceeded to singlehandedly mastermind the
victory with a superb exhibition of hitting.
Firstly, the left-hander posted 43 for the
third wicket with James Hildreth (18) before
putting on a further 67 for the fourth wicket
with Jim Allenby (19).
Gayle started tentatively, gathering a
mere six runs from his first 18 deliveries
but after he exploded, required only 23
more balls to reach his half-century.
He took 19 from off-spinner Tom West-
ley s second over, the tenth of the innings,
before reaching 50 with a six off Bopara in
the 14th over.
Gayle then ripped into 21-year-old left-
arm seamer Reece Topley, taking 21 from
the bowler s third over and also clipped
seamer Graham Napier for a pair of sixes
in the 17th over. He was out to the second
ball of the penultimate over but by then
Somerset required 13 from 11 deliveries,
and managed to squeeze over the line.
Earlier, Westley top-scored with 68 from
56 and opening partner Jess Ryder got 54
from 28, in a first wicket stand of 90, which
set the stage for Essex s 176 all out off 20
overs, after being sent in. (CMC)
GLASGOW---Inverness Caledonian Thistle, a team
which has T&T s former international Russell Latapy
on its coaching staff, captured the Scottish Cup for
the first time on yesterday, beating second-tier Falkirk
2-1 in the final thanks to an 86th-minute winner
scored when the team was down to 10 men.
A match between two unlikely finalists burst into
life in the 75th minute when Inverness, which was 1-
0 up at the time, had left back Carl Tremarco sent
off.Falkirk equalised in the 80th minute through Peter
Grant and looked the more likely winner, only for
James Vincent to pounce on a rebound and score from
Inverness beat Scottish champion Celtic in the semi-
finals and finished third in the Scottish Premiership.
The Premiership side took the lead after 38 minutes
when Marley Watkins ran on to a clever Aaron Doran
pass to round goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.
Peter Grant nodded in an equaliser with 10 minutes
to go as Falkirk rallied, shortly after Carl Tremarco
was sent off for hauling down Blair Alston.
But, with the Championship side in the ascendancy,
Vincent scored a winner.
Inverness broke from defence and MacDonald,
Falkirk s semi-final hero, failed to hold a tame Watkins
shot, leaving Englishman Vincent a simple tap-in.
It meant that, having lost out in last season s League
Cup final, the Highland club celebrated the first major
trophy of the 21-year history.
Jamaica FF worried about
impact of FIFA scandal
KINGSTON---The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)
says it is worried that the current scandal rocking
football s governing body could have an adverse effect
on the sport.
The JFF also said it was disappointed after the arrest
of several high-level FIFA officials resulting from inves-
tigations by Swiss law enforcement authorities and
the USA Justice Department.
They include CONCACAF president and FIFA vice-
president, Jeffrey Webb who is from the Cayman Islands
and Trinidad and Tobago politician Jack Warner, the
former FIFA vice president.
"The Jamaica Football Federation has consistently
condemned all acts of corruption in the sport, and
this case is no different," said the release.
"I am extremely disappointed with the whole sit-
uation and the negative effects that this is having on
the sport globally and regionally" the JFF statement
quotes president Horace Burrell as saying.
Burrell, JFF vice-president Bruce Gaynor and general
secretary Raymond Grant are in Zurich, Switzerland,
for the FIFA Congress where the incumbent Sepp
Blatter was returned for a fifth term as president on
"The JFF also wants to reassure the Jamaican foot-
ball-loving public that all our programmes and our
commitment to the growth and development of the
game continue," the release said.
"We wish to thank all concerned for their under-
standing as we are unable to make any further com-
ments at this time as we await the results of ongoing
WICB, players begin new era
West Indies cricketers
Gayle's magical 92 powers Somerset to last-ball win
T&T's Latapy team Inverness wins Scottish Cup
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