Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 29th 2015 Contents A50
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, June 29, 2015
Essex---Cricket legend Sir
Garfield Sobers had youngsters
captivated as he visited South
Woodham Ferrers Cricket Club
The 78-year-old Barbadian,
considered possibly the game s
greatest all-rounder, met adults
and colts from the club, based
in Saltcoats Park, Creekview
Sir Garfield, also known as
Garry, is visiting the country to
promote his International
Schools Cricket Tournament for
U18s, held in Barbados every year.
The West Indian, who scored
8032 Test runs at an average of
57.78 and took 235 wickets at
an average of 34.03, spoke to
the club s youngsters, posed for
photographs and signed any-
thing thrust his way at the club
Peter Blackman, the club s
Sunday XI captain, who
helped organise the event said:
"It s not very often you get to
meet a living legend.
"We had to tell the colts what
he had achieved, but when he
started talking to them they
were spellbound. He had them
hanging on every word he said.
"The colts were a credit to
the club, they were brilliant, we
were so proud of them."
Blackman revealed the visit
had inspired the club to enter
their current U15 team into the
"It s an opportunity for them
to go out there and learn from
Sir Garry and his coaches," said
Sir Gary visits South Woodham
Sir Garfield Sobers
T&T Under-23 (Olympic) men footballers were
eliminated from the 2016 Olympic Qualifying race
when they suffered a 5-3 defeat to St Vincent and
The Grenadines in their opening Caribbean Football
Union Group phase match at the Juan Ramon Louriel
Stadium in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on Saturday night.
The team, coached by Zoran Vranes, went into the
encounter needing at least a draw to maintain their
chances of advancing to the CFU semifinal round, but
suffered early setbacks, trailing 4-0 in the opening
The loss for the young Soca Warriors could have
been much worse after St Vincent and The Grenadines
stormed into a 4-0 half-time lead.
Tevin Slater fired the "Vincy Heat" into a 17th minute
and two minutes later Seattle Sounders FC II forward
Oalex Anderson doubled their advantage.
Seven minutes before the half-time whistle St Vincent
and The Grenadines added to their tally against the
woeful T&T squad through Slater and in the 42nd the
match was all over as a contest with Brad Miguel
making it 4-0.
USA-based striker Rundell Winchester, a member
of T&T senior squad for next month s Concacaf Gold
Cup got T&T on the scoreboard in the 55th minute
while Defence Force striker Akeem Roach brought the
Vranes squad within two goals with his first international
item in the 68th.
Roach then got another in the 79th to make it 3-
4, but any hopes T&T had of salvaging anything from
the contest ended in the 85th when Slater completed
his hat-trick to extend the margin to 5-3.
Vranes was disappointed and said his team was pun-
ished for inexcusable mistakes on all of the goals.
"We made some huge mistakes and that cost us the
match very early on," Vranes told TTFA Media after
"They didn t make any counters really but they
scored when we made mistakes. They punished us
and I could say it was soft goals but it killed us in the
first half. Before they scored their goals we had chances
to go ahead and it didn t work out for us. I think maybe
they have five good chances and they scored all five
of them. What can you say about that?" he added.
"The ball was out feet maybe 70 per cent but we
could not capitalise. A lot of things did not go smoothly
for us and we have one more game left here. Even
though we had some problems with the team here
before the game, I think we have more work ahead.
We have to look at the future of our game. We have
to come good again," Vranes said.
T&T will face Puerto Rico today with the home
side, on one point, needing a convincing win to advance
to the next stage ahead of the Vincentians who are
now on four points. Only the group winners will
advance to the next phase.
Aaron Enil, Jesus Perez, Josiah Trimmingham,
Aikim Andrews (Duane Muckette 70th minute),
Jelani Felix, Alvin Jones, Neveal Hackshaw,
Kadeem Corbin, Jomal Williams (Akeem Roach
65th ), Shackiel Henry (Ricardo John 31st ),
Subs not used: Montel Joseph, Leland Archer,
Martieon Watson, Xavier Rajpaul, Jabari Mitchell
SVG 5 (Tevin Slater 17th, 38th, 85th, Oalex
Anderson 19th, Brad Miguel 42nd) vs T&T 3
(Akeem Roach 68th, 79th minutes, Rundell
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