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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, September 24, 2015
LONDON---West Indies speedster Shan-
non Gabriel warmed up for the tour of Sri
Lanka next month with a splendid five-
wicket haul for Worcestershire while dis-
carded fast bowler Fidel Edwards produced
a season-best six-wicket performance for
Hampshire, in the English County Cham-
pionship on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old Gabriel, playing in the
final game of a two-match contract, finished
with five for 35 as the home side, opting to
bowl first, routed Middlesex for a paltry 98
on the opening day at New Road. At the
close, Worcestershire were in strong reply
at 79 for one. Right-armer Gabriel, a mem-
ber of the 15-man squad which will play
two Tests in Sri Lanka next month, bowled
with pace and hostility on a helpful surface
to unsettle the visitors.
He took just one of the first five wickets
to fall as Middlesex slumped to 51 but snared
four of the last five to blow away the visitors'
The effort was Gabriel's third five-wicket
haul in first class cricket. At Trent Bridge,
Edwards also bowled superbly to take six
for 88 as Nottinghamshire were bowled out
late on the opening day for 340. The 33-
year-old, in the twilight of his international
career, always threatened and removed the
first three Notts batsmen with just 39 runs
on the board inside the first nine overs of
Riki Wessels then hit 104 and Steven Mul-
laney, 58, in a 115-run, fourth wicket stand
to pull the innings around. However, Edwards
returned to ensure a swift end to the Notts
innings, claiming the scalps of for former
England wicketkeeper/batsman Chris Read
(9) and England Test all-rounder Stuart
Broad (37) among his last three wickets.
Edwards has been a success with Hamp-
shire this season, taking 41 wickets at an
average of 21.53 apiece.
The Barbadian has not played for West
Indies in three years. (CMC)
National Under-19 fast
bowler Anderson Phillip is back
in contention for selection on
the West Indies U-19 team.
Phillip was shockingly ommit-
ted from the 19-man West Indies
training squad after a series of
strong performances for the
Young Red Force at the West
Indies Cricket Board Regional
Under-19 tournament in Jamaica
earlier this year.
West Indies Under-19 coach
Graeme West and bowling coach
Vasbert Drakes included Phillip
in their two-day coaching camp
at the National Cricket Centre
recently. West and Drakes also
evaluated the progress of T&T
players Akeel Seetal, Jyd Goolie,
Kirstan Kallicharan and Keagan
Simmons, who are all on the
West Indies U-19 training squad.
"We saw him play in Jamaica
and he impressed. The problem
for him was that there were a lot
of very good fast bowlers in the
competition and we could only
select so many," said West.
He continued: "We know that
he is involved with the profes-
sional players here so Vasbert did
not get an opportunity to work
with him in Jamaica so it was
nice for Vasbert to see him here."
The Head of the West Indies
Academy stated that if Phillip
continues to show massive strides
in the Red Force setup, the door
may open for him to be included
in the West Indies team to com-
pete at the ICC Under-19 Youth
World Cup in Bangladesh next
West added: "If he suddenly
accelerates his development we
would be foolish to ignore that.
It is a question of having a look
and keeping in touch with the
coaches here because if they feel
he has really pushed on then we
must pay attention to that."
Phillip had an extensive session
with Drakes, and West felt that
it was important for Drakes and
Phillip to meet since the national
Under-19 fast bowler has a great
deal of potential and might be
part of future Academy pro-
"Whether we choose to involve
him in this particular programme
or a programme in the future it
is beneficial for Vasbert to see
him now and start building a
relationship with him," said West.
Gabriel routs Middlesex, Edwards
stirs memories with six-wicket haul Bacher hails Dalmiya as
"ultimate Bengal Tiger"
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa---Affluent for-
mer South Africa Cricket administrator Ali
Bacher has paid tribute to the late Jagmohan
Dalmiya, praising him as the "ultimate Bengal
tiger" and a "smart businessman".
Bacher, who served as managing director
of South Africa Cricket and played an instru-
mental role in leading the country's re-admis-
sion into international cricket, said Dalmiya
had used his sharp business acumen to trans-
form India into the financial powerhouses
they had become.
Dalmiya, the Indian Cricket Board president,
died last Sunday night after being admitted
to hospital three days prior complaining of
chest pains. "I was very close to him in the
early 1990s. I never met anybody who was
so persistent in getting other administrators
to support his point of view," Bacher was
quoted as saying.
"He was a smart businessman and he was
the start of creating an India as the financial
powerhouse of world cricket it is now. He
never understood the word no. He was the
ultimate Bengal tiger. "In the early part of
1991, we must have spoken 25 times and had
developed a good relationship. He had received
support in the BCCI to propose South Africa's
return at the scheduled June meeting."
Since Dalmiya's death, tributes have poured
in from around the globe from administrators
of the game, including from West Indies Crick-
et Board president, Dave Cameron.
He has been labelled a visionary and credited
with helping to expand cricket as a global
force. Bacher, a former Test captain, said
Dalmiya's use of media rights and sponsorship
to make Indian cricket wealthy would remain
"In November, 1991, we were in Kolkata for
the first game and I asked Dalmiya who would
be televising the games. He advised me it was
the state broadcaster, Doordarshan, and that
the BCCI would receive no payment," Bacher
said. "I then offered him a quarter of a million
rand to ensure the games would be broadcast
in South Africa for this historic tour."Dalmiya's
eyes lit up and he saw for the first time the
possible financial television fees.
That was the start of Dalmiya in the 1990s
using the cricket market extensively to accrue
huge television and sponsorship income for
the benefit of Indian cricket. That is his legacy."
Dalmiya was cremated on Monday. (CMC)
Phillip in contention for WI U-19s
Bowling coach Vasbert Drakes, right, gives instructions on
performing a bowling drill to Anderson Phillip, left, and Akeel
Seetal at a two-day training camp at the National Cricket Centre in
Balmain, Couva, recently.
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