Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 26th 2015 Contents A54
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Trinidad and Toba-
go s senior footballers
will have to face the
United States both at
home and away in
Group C of the CON-
round of World Cup
qualification for the
Russia 2018 World Cup,
beginning in November.
This was determined
at the preliminary draw held in St Petersburg, Russia
yesterday. T&T will face off with the United States
and the winners of the St Vincent/Grenadines versus
Aruba and Guatemala versus Antigua/Barbuda ties.
It was also determined at the draw that CON-
CACAF s fourth placed team will meet Asia s fifth
placed team in the intercontinental playoff for a
place in Russia.
The top two teams from Group C will advance
to the Final Round of Six teams from which the top
three automatically qualify for the 2018 FIFA World
In an immediate response, T&T Senior Team
head coach Stephen Hart warned that the Group
will be a challenging one.
"The draw is favourable on paper," Hart told TTFA
Media. "But home and away matches are always
an extremely difficult and complex situation. If
you look at how Guatemala looked in in the Central
American qualification for the Gold Cup, they were
almost unbeatable at home and they went all the
way to the Final. They can be a very tricky opponent
if they get into that round," Hart added. "And of
course we will not take any of the other opponents
lightly regardless of who they are."
Regarding T&T s build up to the November start
of Group C, Hart says it was in T&T s hands now.
"Hopefully we can play on every FIFA Date
between then and now and play against similar
opposition to what we will meet.
"It s unrealistic to look at the team s performance
at Gold Cup and think this is just going to transfer
itself unto the World Cup qualification. The team
needs to prepare properly. If we don t have proper
preparation, things like this are a rolling of the dice."
Hart also thanked the various supporters during
T&T s recent Gold Cup campaign, including the
TTFA, the Ministry of Sport, Sportt and all those
who contributed in some manner.
"Thanks very much on behalf of the players,
myself and the staff. We put everything out there
and your support meant a lot to us," Hart added.
St Vincent and the Grenadines are likely to be
tricky opposition. Both teams met in the semi-final
stage of the 2006 qualification and it took an Errol
McFarlane double in the 80th and 85th minutes to
come away 2-0 winners at Arnos Vale. In the return
match, T&T came from a goal down to win 2-1 on
goals by Angus Eve and Hector Sam in the closing
seven minutes. Guatemala proved to be formidable
opponents for T&T in the semi-final phase in 2008
and the final round in 2005.
In 2008, T&T and USA were also in the same
semi-final group for the 2010 qualifiers with T&T
coming in second, defeating the US 2-1 at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium on goals by Russell Latapy and
Soca Warriors, USA
tangle in Group C
for 2018 W/Cup
West Indies cricket has now struck an
all time low, as they will miss the next
Champions Trophy carded for England in
The West Indies is currently ranked ninth
in the Reliance ICC ODI ratings and with
the Zimbabwe tour not on, they would now
have no ODI cricket before the September
30th cut off date, which means they are out
of the Champions Trophy, which caters for
the top eight teams in the world.
The West Indies, since the ICC World Cup
in Australia and New Zealand earlier this
year, has been leapfrogged by both Bangladesh
and Pakistan and is now on 88 points and
Their performance at the World Cup where
they failed to make the semis hurt the West
Indies badly, besides their loss to minnows
Ireland in their first match at Nelson.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
entered into discussions with the Zimbabwe
Cricket Union (ZCU) with the hope of includ-
ing them in their home series to play a tri-
nation against the hosts and Pakistan.
However, T&T Guardian understands that
the Pakistanis are not interested in going to
Zimbabwe for that series as they don t want
to risk the chance of not qualifying for the
Champions Trophy if they lose matches.
This has now put the WICB in a spin and
they can no longer get their team into the
In addition to the team not playing, the
WICB will also suffer a financial loss since
these world events are lucrative for respective
What may now happen is that the WICB
may still send a team to Zimbabwe to play
T20 matches, however there is also a cap on
how many international T20s you can play
per year and this may also pose a problem.
Windies out Champions Trophy
The national Under-19 cricket team
finally got the ball rolling, narrowly defeat-
ing Windward Islands by two wickets in
round three of the West Indies Cricket
Board Regional U-19 50-over tournament
at Chedwin Park in Jamaica, yesterday.
After the Windward Islands posted 209/8
in 50 overs behind an unbeaten 66 from
Ryan John, T&T got to 210/8 with four balls
remaining. Details of the win were sketchy
up to press time. It was T&T s first win of
the tournament after losing to Barbados
and Guyana in low scoring matches.
In other matches, Jamaica crushed Canada
by 167 runs at St Elizabeth Technical High
School, while Guyana defeated Leeward
Islands by six wickets at Manchester High
RELIANCE ODI RANKINGS
3 New Zealand 4710 112
4 South Africa 5360 109
5 Sri Lanka
7 Bangladesh 3253 96
9 West Indies 3094 88
WI AT CHAMPIONS TROPHY
T&T U-19s get off the mark At St Elizabeth Technical High:
Jamaica 280/2 vs Canada 113
(37.2 overs) -- Jamaica won by 167
At Manchester High:
Leeward Islands 217 (46.2 overs)
vs Guyana 220/4 (35.1 overs)
Guyana won by six wickets
At Chedwin Park:
Windward Islands 209/8 (Ryan
John 66 not out) vs T&T 210/8
T&T won by two wickets
T&T Red Steel spinner Samuel Badree, right, is congratulated by his teammates
after taking a wicket during the second semifinal of the Caribbean Premier
League at the Queen's Park Oval in St Clair, yesterday. Red Steel won the match
by six wickets. PHOTO: CPL T20 LTD
T&T vs Canada, Jamalco
Guyana vs Barbados, Chedwin Park
Windward Islands vs Leeward Islands,
St Elizabeth Technical High School
Group C: USA, T&T, St Vincent and the
Grenadines/Aruba, Antigua and
Group A: Mexico, Honduras, Curacao/El
Group B: Costa Rica, Panama,
CONCACAF SEMIFINAL GROUPS
Red Steel vs Warriors
L Simmons run out
T Griffith c Botha b Cooper
B Hodge DM Bravo b Badree
S Narine b Badree
U Akmal c Kallis b Benn
C Barnwell run out
V Permaul c Searles b Bravo
M de Lange not out
D Bishoo not out
Extras: 2b, 4lb, 1w
Total: for 9 wkts (20ovs)
Fall of wkts: 19, 50, 55, 55, 56, 77, 87, 101, 101.
Bowling: D Bravo 3-1-19-2, J Kallis 3-0-16-0, K
Cooper 4-0-14-1, D Davis 3-0-20-0, S Benn 4-0-
24-2, S Badree 4-1-9-2.
Red Steel inns
J Kallis c Akmal b Bishoo
C Delport b Permaul
K Akmal b Narine
DM Bravo c Simmons b de Lange
DJ Bravo not out
J Mohammed not out
Total: for 4 wkts(18.3ovs)
Fall of wkts: 7, 48, 78, 85.
Bowling: V Permaul 4-0-20-1, M de Lange 4-0-
16-1, D Wiese 2-0-32-0, D Bishoo 4-1-15-1, S
Narine 4-0-23-1, L Simmons 0.3-0-3-0.
Result: T&T Red Steel won by 6 wkts.
T&T Red Steel qualifies for the finals
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