Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 28th 2015 Contents A45
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INDIANAPOLIS---Former West Indies
pacer Courtney Walsh was among
officials who welcomed players selected
for Phase 2 of the ICC America's
combine during an event on the track at
the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS)
on Saturday. Indianapolis Mayor Greg
Ballard was also on hand to welcome
the players at the IMS which hosts the
Indianapolis 500, the largest one-day
sporting event in the world that attracts
a crowd of over 300,000 fans.
Walsh, a West Indies legend and an
ICC Cricket Hall of Famer, also bowled to
Mayor Ballard in a game of street
cricket which also involved Indy car
driver Conor Daly, and some of the
Combine players at the IMS.
Thirty-three players from Bermuda,
Canada, Suriname and the US have
been selected for Phase 2 of the
Combine that commenced Saturday at
the Indianapolis World Sports Park.
An ICC Americas team will be
selected after the Combine to
participate in the WICB's Nagico Super
50 event in January 2016. The Combine
will conclude on September 27.
Walsh, internationally renowned
American fielding Coach Mike Young
and former Indian international and ICC
Asia Development Officer Venkatapathy
Raju are part of the coaching panel.
Walsh on track at America's welcome
BRIDGETOWN---Former batting star Brian Lara
stroked a typically elegant unbeaten half-century
but the WICB President s XI still got the better of
the UWI Vice-Chancellor s XI by seven wickets in
the Dominica Relief Celebrity charity game here
Opting to bat first at Kensington Oval, the Vice-
Chancellor s XI rallied to 154 for six off their 20 overs,
with the left-handed Lara finishing on 63 and Dwayne
Off-spinner Stafanie Taylor, the West Indies
Women s captain, snared two for ten while leg-spinner
Devendra Bishoo claimed two for 16.
In reply, the big-hitting Kieron Pollard struck a 22-
ball 49 and veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul,
an unbeaten 46, as the President s XI coasted to their
target with 32 balls remaining.
Ex-West Indies left-arm seamer Ian Bradshaw
picked up two for 32.
The game, staged to raise funds for the rebuilding
effort in Dominica following the devastation caused
by Tropical Storm Erika, was a collaboration between
the West Indies Cricket Board and the University of
West Indies, and UWI Vice-Chancellor, Sir Hilary
Beckles, hailed the effort as a resounding success.
"Dominica won both sides. Heads Dominica won,
tails Dominica won. We were doing this for Dominica,"
Sir Hilary said.
"Dominica is one of the jewels of the Caribbean.
It is one of the most beautiful islands with some great
people and what has befallen them, all of us have to
rally and we have rallied and I believe the people here
represent the core of Caribbean decency."
Lara, still showing much of the class that made
him perhaps the finest batsman of the contemporary
era, stroked eight fours and a six off 53 balls as he put
on 31 for the first wicket with fellow left-hander
Darren Bravo (14).
The former West Indies captain also added 64 for
the third wicket with Darren s older brother, Dwayne
Bravo, whose 35 came from 32 balls and included two
fours and two sixes.
In reply, the President s XI lost Garth Garvey in the
second over for one with the score on six and though
Marlon Samuels stroked a cameo 26 off 11 deliveries
with five fours and a six, his side were still 34 for two
in the third over.
However, Pollard and Chanderpaul then took charge
of the innings, posting an entertaining 70 for the
The right-handed Pollard crunched two fours and
five massive sixes in a typical flurry of savage strokes
while Chanderpaul, a left-hander, faced 38 balls and
counted two fours and two sixes.
By the time Pollard retired at 132 for three in the
13th over, the President s XI were well on their way
The contest also featured the likes of Jamaican
sprint star Yohan Blake, ex-Trinidad and Tobago and
Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke and legendary
former fast bowler, Sir Curtly Ambrose.
President's XI rules
...despite Lara's unbeaten 63
West Indies men's
captain Jason Holder
Indies women's team
captain Stafanie Taylor
Charity T20 match for
Yohan Blake gets
advice from Brian Lara.
in the game.
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