Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 1st 2015 Contents A54
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Bovell resumes Pan Am,
World Champs prep
First Citizens Sportsman of the Year , George
Bovell will resume his build-up to next month s
Pan American Games in Canada and the FINA
World Aquatic Championship in Kazan a month
later, when he competes at the Tropheo Citta in
Rome Italy, over the next two days.
The three-time reigning Central American and
Caribbean (CAC) Games 50 metres freestyle cham-
pion and multiple Pan American Games medallists,
Bovell will compete in both the men s 50m freestyle
and 100m freestyle events.
Speaking ahead of the meet, Bovell said his
main aim in the 50m freestyle, his pet, event will
be to lower his time down to 22.2, an improvement
on his 22.46 clocking at the Belgian Open Swim-
ming Championship last month which was only
good enough for fifth spot.
After skipping the 100m freestyle in Belgian,
the Italian-based T&T Olympic bronze medal
winner says he will return to swimming the event
as he wants to work on his easy speed and stamina
for the last few metres of the 50m event.
Last month at the Belgian Open Swimming
Championship, Bovell picked up two silver medals
at the Olympic Swimming Pool, Wezenberg,
The 31-year-old Bovell got his first silver of the
meet when he set a national record in the 50m
breaststroke in 27.65 to trail Greek swimmer Loan-
nis Karpouzlis (27.61) with Belgium s Jonas Coreel-
man took third in 28.75.
The top T&T swimmer returned to the pool a
day later and picked up silver in the 50m backstroke
in 25.70 seconds behind his AND clubmate, Fran-
cois Heersbrandt who won in 25.50 seconds while
Greec Michail Kondizas took bronze in 25.81.
Following the meet he is expected to head to
Y40 pool Padova where he has been invited for
his first free diving meeting.
At that event, Bovell says he intends to swim
down to 40m and back up while holding his
breath, and with no fins.
He added, "This will be something that will no
doubt help me push the limits of my swimming
racing as well".
He will also compete at the Sette Colli also in
Rome (June 12-14) followed by Trofeo Rossini
(June 19-21), Treviso Swim Cup (June 26-27) and
French Open Championship in Vichy (July 4-5).
Rayad Emrit has cautioned Barbados Tri-
dents against complacency, as they prepare
to defend their title in next month s
Caribbean Premier League.
Tridents beat Guyana Amazon Warriors
in a rain-affected final in St Kitts last year
to win the 2014 edition.
And Emrit said even though Tridents had
an excellent chance of retaining their title,
he warned that other teams had strength-
ened significantly and winning again would
be no formality.
"The team has gelled really well and the
most important thing is that we have the
core players who have played in the last two
seasons," Emrit said.
"It s always good when you go into tour-
naments such as these -- franchise cricket
-- where this is a team that already knows
each other s strengths and weaknesses and
I think that s what we have over a lot of
"I personally think we have, if not the
best chance, one of the best chances of
winning the tournament so I think we can
He cautioned: "But it s easier said than
done and we have to work hard. Obviously
we are the champions and every team is
going to come and play us as hard as they
can, so we need to step up. We can t do the
same things we have been doing for the
past two seasons because teams are going
to work us out so we need to prepare well."
Tridents will launch the defence of their
title in the curtain-raising game of the tour-
nament, when they clash with Amazon
Warriors at Kensington Oval on June 20.
They will also do battle with 2013 cham-
pions Jamaica Tallawahs, last year s semi-
finalists Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel and
new-kids-on-the-block St Kitts and Nevis
Patriots, in the space of eight days at the
Despite the challenging nature of the
team s opening games, Emrit believes Tri-
dents had the ability to cope, especially
since gaining valuable experience at last
year s Champions Trophy in India.
Emrit snatched 12 wickets during the last
CPL campaign, and delivered telling per-
formances in the last two preliminary games
when Tridents crushed Tallawahs and Red
Steel, to book a direct spot in the final.
He said he enjoyed the responsibility of
big games, and was looking forward to sim-
ilar experiences in the coming season.
The final of the tournament is set for July
26 in Trinidad and Tobago. (CMC)
Anthony tops U-13 squash
Christopher Anthony did not drop a set on
his way to the boys Under-13 title at the T&T
Squash Association National Junior Champi-
onships, which concluded at the Cascadia Squash
Courts, St Ann s, on Saturday.
Anthony won the round robin division after
defeating Joshua Poon, Benjamin Decle, Seth
Thong and Joshua George all in straight sets.
Anthony eased past Thong 11-3, 11-3, 11- 3 and
outlasted Decle 11-8, 11-0, 11-0. The top junior
player got more competition from Poon and George
but still prevailed in straight sets.
He defeated Poon 11-6, 14-12, 11-5 and got past
George 11-5, 11-7, 11-6. It was Anthony s second
title recently after the 12-year-old won the boys
U-13 crown at a Junior Squash Preparation tour-
nament in April. Anthony also competed in the
boys U-15 round robin category but had to settle
for second place behind Kobie Khan.
Also winning titles on Saturday were Chloe
Walcott (girls U-13), Jinan Al Rawi (girls U-15),
Marie-Claire Barcant (girls U-17), Faith Gillezeau
(girls U-19), Nicholas Caddle (boys U-17) and
Chad Salandy (boys U-19).
The junior players are preparing for the
Caribbean Junior Championships in Barbados in
July. The national team is expected to be selected
in the coming weeks.
A review of Sunday s action in the
NatWest T20 Blast as Chris Gayle s blis-
tering century was not enough to earn
Somerset victory against Kent.
Chris Gayle s remarkable century on his
home debut for Somerset was in vain as
Kent won by three runs in their NatWest
t20 Blast South Group encounter at the
The 35-year-old West Indian struck 10
fours and 15 sixes in an unbeaten 151 off 62
balls. However, despite an innings that
should have been good enough to win any
game, Gayle finished on the losing side.
Batting first, Kent lost Joe Denly in the
second over, run out by Max Waller to leave
them 11 for one. After that, Sam Northeast
(114) and Daniel Bell-Drummond (51) put
on a wonderful exhibition of batting.
Bell-Drummond, who was dropped on
37 by Craig Overton off Waller, reached his
fifty in the 10th over but was snapped up
by Lewis Gregory, off Waller, off the very
Northeast continued to make hay as Som-
erset bowled too short and wide. He struck
14 fours and two sixes before passing three
figures in the 18th over. Having led the home
attack a merry-dance for the best part of
17 overs, he was one of four batsmen out
in the final over as Kent finished on 227 for
Enter Gayle and co.
The left-hander struck five fours and four
sixes in reaching his fifty off 29 balls and
continued to make light of a Kent attack
that simply had no answer. He put three
balls into the River Tone and as many into
St James churchyard.
Bet now on England v New Zealand in
the second Test!
James Hildreth departed in the 13th over,
for 29, with Somerset still needing 93 to
win and Jim Allenby followed off the second
ball of the 16th over with 63 still required.
However, Gayle went through three figures
off just 45 balls and kept Somerset in with
a chance until the penultimate ball. It was
the sixth highest individual score in the his-
tory of Twenty20 cricket.
In the North Group, a bristling half-cen-
tury from Riki Wessels and an inspirational
debut performance from West Indies inter-
national Darren Sammy helped Notting-
hamshire Outlaws to a 15-run victory over
Durham Jets at Trent Bridge.
Wessels made 67 from 41 balls - including
four fours and five maximums - and shared
in a 100-run partnership with Samit Patel,
who added 46.
Sammy, who joined Notts for a short
four-match stint, altered the complexion
of the afternoon by removing Calum
MacLeod and Paul Collingwood, when both
were set, to claim figures of two for 31.
The home side posted a competitive 175
for seven after being invited to bat first with
Durham s Usman Arshad returning two for
19 with the ball.
The visitors response floundered after
losing openers Mark Stoneman and Phil
Mustard cheaply as they closed on 160 for
six with Gordon Muchall finishing on 42
not out - although the Jets never really
recovered from Sammy s twin-strike in the
Gayle heroics all in vain
Chris Gayle...blasted 151 from just 62 balls but saw his team lose
Emrit warns Tridents
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