Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 6th 2015 Contents A54
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National cyclist Njisane Phillip
qualified with the fifth fastest time
in the men s 200-metre sprint event
at the International Cycling Union
(UCI) Class One US Sprint Gran
Prix in Trexlertown, USA, yester-
Phillip, who had a miserable 2014
following kidney problems early that
year, seems to be making his way
back to top form clocking 10.502
seconds. Before the meet in Trexler-
town, Phillip was ranked 40th in the
world in the men s sprint following
some solid performances recently.
New Zealand rider Matt Archibald
blazed his way to a new track record
with a time of 10.319 to qualify with
the fastest time. The previous record
En Fa Tjon of Suriname was sec-
ond in 10.407, Dutch rider Jeffrey
Hoogland was third in 10.451 and
Archibald s countryman Ed Dawkins
broke the tape in 10.482 seconds to
Kate O Brien of Canada broke the
track record in the women s 200m
sprint event to qualify with the
fastest time. O Brien broke American
Connie Young s record of 11.569
which stood since 1996. The event
continued last night after press time.
Samuels and Dowrich
continued to battle well
until five minutes before
tea, when the latter final-
ly fell for a well played
70. He faced 185 balls,
struck five fours and a
six.Dowrich s association
with Samuels was worth
144 runs in one ball short
of 50 overs. His dismissal
was the beginning of the
end for the home team,
as Jermaine Blackwood
and Samuels fell to poor
shots soon after.
With the pitch allowing
generous turn, Blackwood
ran down to spinner Lyon
and was stumped for 12.
Samuels essayed a pull
shot from outside off
stump and carried it to
deep backward square leg
where Starc held a fine
catch. His innings of 72
occupied 184 balls with
seven fours and a six.
Soon after his exit skip-
per Denesh Ramdin con-
tinued his wretched match
when he played on to
Lyon for three.
The bandwagon now
shifts to Jamaica where
the second and final Test
will begin on Wednesday.
Prime Minister of Dominica
Roosevelt Skerrit says that dis-
graced former Fifa official Austin
Jack Warner is going about trying
to clear himself in the wrong
Warner is named among nine
Fifa officials for allegedly collecting
bribes in return for lucrative con-
tracts. He was arrested in T&T last
week and spent one night in jail
before securing bail.
Skerrit spoke to the T&T
Guardian while attending the third
day s play of the first Test between
the West Indies and Australia at
Windsor Park in Dominica.
Asked if he has contacted Warn-
er since his arrest, Skerritt said:
"Mr Warner is not my friend. I
have had contact with him once
many years ago and since then I
have not spoken to him, so he is
not my friend."
Warner has been mounting
political platforms and even pro-
duced an address to the nation
where he said he was going to
prove a link between Fifa and Unit-
ed National Congress election
Speaking on this issue Skerrit
mentioned: "He has a legal issue
to deal with and not a political one
and instead of doing what he is
doing now I think that he should
be concerned with engaging
lawyers. He is going about what
he has to do to clear himself in the
Skerritt also had some harsh
words for Fifa saying: "Fifa made
a fundamental error in thinking
that governments must not have
a say in the running of sport. They
take a stand off approach when it
comes to even getting advice from
governments and have landed
themselves in this very serious
problem. I say let the chips fall
where it may. Let them deal with
it and clean up the sport.
"They have to understand that
they are accountable to the people
even though they are an independ-
ent body. It is unfortunate that
this has happened and my hope
is that Sepp Blatter uses his next
few months before he goes to make
the changes that is required to put
He continued: "At the end of
the day everybody is innocent until
proven guilty, so they need to allow
people to present their defence
and take it from there."
Meanwhile, speaking about his
country s effort to host the Test
match, the man who is serving his
fourth consecutive term as Prime
Minister said: "We have indicated
to the WICB that Dominica is a
premier venue for international
cricket. We always put our best
foot forward in terms of prepara-
tions and we have done that again.
The government here has taken
sports very seriously as we see it
as not only recreational but also
essential in leading a healthy
The Dominican government has
sponsored the current Test match.
West Indies captain Denesh
Ramdin has killed off suggestions
that the West Indies selectors
would go back to the axed Shiv-
narine Chanderpaul for the sec-
ond Test match starting in
Jamaica on Wednesday.
The West Indies were soundly
beaten in the first Test of the Sir
Frank Worrell series yesterday at
Roseau in Dominica.
Batting first, West Indies made
148, to which Australia replied with
318. Batting a second time the
regional side slipped from 181/3
to 216 all out --- setting Australia
47 runs to win the Test, which
they did by nine wickets.
In response to a question as to
whether Chanderpaul will be
recalled, Ramdin said, "The deci-
sion has already been made on
Shiv and we have to move on at
this point. The same squad will
go to Jamaica for the next Test."
Ramdin said they will be looking
for the positives despite the loss.
"It was tough. Young (Shane)
Dowrich showed character and
Marlon Samuels batted well but
we kept losing wickets. Adam
Voges set it up for them. (Deven-
dra) Bishoo was fantastic, he
bowled good deliveries and some
magical ones. I think the manner
in which we bowled in the first
innings was positive.
"We just have to take the pos-
itives out of this match and move
on. We have to continue learning
from our mistakes as well as stick
together as a unit."
Ramdin also hinted that there
might be no change to the opening
"I think that Shai Hope has
shaped up well enough and you
can t just remove a guy after one
Test match. We have to stick with
the players and show them that
confidence that we have in them."
Meanwhile, Ramdin s opposite
number Michael Clarke said: "I
thought West Indies fought excep-
tionally hard. Credit to our bowlers,
they found a way to take wickets
on this slow pitch. Our bowlers
stuck at it and our fielding was
really good. The way (David)
Warner and (Shaun) Marsh batted,
you will see more aggression in
Jamaica. (Adam) Voges is class act
and he rightly deserves the oppor-
tunity and I think with that matu-
rity and experience, he has grabbed
it with both hands."
loss no Chanders
for second Test
Skerrit: Warner has a legal
battle not a political one
Aussies go one up
WI VS AUSTRALIA
WI inns 148 all out
Australia inns 318 all out
WI 2nd inns
DBravocWarnerbHazlewood. . . . . . . . . . . . .5
SDowrichcWatsonbHazlewood. . . . . . . . . .70
Fall of wkts: 21, 21, 37, 181, 198, 198, 206, 206,
Bowling: M Johnson 15-3-38-2, M Starc 18-7-28-
4, J Hazlewood 16-7-17-2, N Lyon 24-7-67-2, S
Smith 2-0-16-0, S Watson 7-3-6-0, A Voges 2-0-
15-0, M Clarke 2-0-8-0.
Australia 2nd inns
Fall of wkts: 42.
Bowling: J Taylor 3--0--22--1, S Gabriel 2--0--25--0.
Result: Australia won by 9 wkts.
Australia leads series 1--0.
Man of the match: Adam Voges.
West Indies' Shane Dowrich, right, bats as Australia wicket keeper David Warner
looks on during the second innings on the third day of their first cricket Test
match in Roseau, Dominica, yesterday. Dowrich scored a half century (70) but the
regional team still suffered a nine-wicket loss. AP PHOTO
Phillip qualifies fifth in men's sprint
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