Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 11th 2015 Contents A54
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T&T s senior footballers were
back on the pitch at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo,
yesterday evening less than 24
hours after returning home fol-
lowing their 2-1 victory over Pana-
ma on Thursday night.
Skipper Kenwyne Jones and his
teammates arrived in Port of Spain
shortly before midnight on Friday
prior to checking into the Carlton
Savannah Hotel where they will be
based for the duration of the train-
ing camp leading into Tuesday s
international friendly with
Nicaragua at the Hasely Crawford
Stadium which kicks off at 7 pm.
English-based defender Gavin
Hoyte who started against Panama
was only called up for that
encounter based on an arrangement
between the club and Hart to have
the player return to Barnet FC on
Following the win in Panama
City, Jones expressed satisfaction
on the team s showing, saying they
had proven to themselves that over-
coming opponents such as Panama
and other potent CONCACAF rivals
away from home is not beyond the
"It was a perfect indication of
what we are going to face away
from home especially in the Central
American countries. We went out
and tried a few things to see how
it would work in the game and
under the pressure and the envi-
ronment we did very well," Jones
Commenting on his strike which
was his 21st goal for T&T, he said,
"Coming to places like this you
have to try and strike the first blow
and I saw the opportunity to take
the shot early after having a chance
before to have a shot. I just went
with it. I went with instinct and
thankfully it went into the net."
He was particularly pleased about
the team showing mettle to grind
out a result away from home after
Panama began piling on the pres-
sure in the second half.
"That just shows the strength,
character and depth in the team.
Even though after making changes,
the players that came in did pretty
well in soaking up the pressure.
"Of course Panama would have
some dominance because they were
at home but for our team I think
over these two years we have grown
quite a lot and you can see by the
way that we play and the togeth-
erness of the group that we have
been getting better and stronger.
"It s no surprise that we can go
to places and hold out on pressure
and especially where we are on top
it gives us confidence to hold for
Looking ahead to Tuesday s
encounter with Nicaragua, the
Cardiff City man said, "For us, we
are just going to go forward pos-
itively. It s good preparation for us.
We are looking forward to playing
in front home fans since the Gold
Cup. Hopefully the masses will
come out and support the team
because it s important that we have
this support especially going into
the qualifiers that we can feel
because home advantage does
Defender Radanfah Abu Bakr,
who scored the 52nd minute winner
with his headed goal, said it was
important for T&T to get into the
habit of bringing home positive
COLOMBO---Carlos Brathwaite belted
a cameo half-century and seamer
Kemar Roach picked up two early
wickets but West Indies were made
to toil against the Sri Lanka Cricket
President s XI on the second day of
their three-day tour match in Sri
Resuming from their overnight 127
for six, West Indies were dismissed for
209 with the right-handed Brathwaite
slamming 54 off 46 balls, batting at
Fast bowler Kemar Roach celebrates
after taking one of this two wickets on
Saturday s second day. (Photo courtesy
Off-spinner Ruraj Randiv finished
with five for 73 while seamer Sunranga
Lakmal picked up three for 26.
In a torrid six-over period before
lunch, right-armer Roach (2-25) then
rocked the hosts with wickets off the
first two balls of the innings without
a run on the board before opener Udara
Jayasundera and Minod Bhanuka
stroked hundreds to guide their side to
233 for three at the close at the Sin-
halese Sports Club.
Jayasundera, a 24-year-old left-han-
der, was unbeaten on 124 while Bhanu-
ka, a 20-year-old wicketkeeper with
just two first class games to his name,
West Indies were definitely on top
when Roach claimed Kusal Mendis off
the first ball of the innings, caught at
point by Jermaine Blackwood.
Off the very next delivery, Roach
found the edge of captain Lahiru Thi-
rimanne s bat and wicketkeeper Denesh
Ramdin took a straightforward offering,
as the Sri Lankans slumped to 22 for
two at lunch.
Any hopes, however, of rolling over
the President s XI were quickly
squashed as Jayasundera and Bhanuka
batted with aplomb in a 214-run, third
Jayasundera faced 177 balls and
counted 17 fours and two sixes while
Bhanuka carved out 15 fours and a six
off 160 deliveries.
Their enterprise pushed the Presi-
dent s XI to 149 for two at tea abd they
appeared set to carry to the close when
Bhanuka perished 25 minutes before
the end at the hands of seamer and
captain Jason Holder.
Earlier, West Indies lost Shai Hope
in the day s fifth over after the right-
hander added just two to his overnight
24, with the score on 136.
An over later without a run added,
Holder fell to the first ball he faced but
Brathwaite arrived to rescue the innings.
He blasted four fours and four sixes
in putting on 30 with Ramdin (20) for
the ninth wicket before dominating a
last wicket stand of 43 with Roach (11
not out), before he was last out.
WEST INDIES 209 (Carlos
Brathwaite 54, Kraigg Brathwaite 46,
Shai Hope 26, Darren Bravo 21,
Denesh Ramdin 20; Suraj Randiv 5-73,
Suranga Lakmal 3-26, Vishwa
PRESIDENT'S XI 233 for three
(Udara Jayasundera 124 not out,
Minod Bhanuka 101; Kemar Roach 2-
shine but Jayasundera,
Bhanuka put hosts on top
Fast bowler Kemar Roach celebrates after taking one of his two wickets on
yesterday's second day of their three-day tour match against Sri Lanka Cricket
President's XI in Colombo, Sri Lanka. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET.COM
Tickets priced at $200 and
$100 for Tuesday's encounter
can be purchased online at
& Games nationwide, The Fan
Club, Fan Zone, Kenny's Sports
in Port of Spain and Ramsingh's
Sportworld in Couva.
COLOMBO---Following defeats in their last three
series, stand-in head coach Jerome Jayaratne said
he has urged Sri Lanka to use the West Indies tour
to begin their turnaround in form.
Sri Lanka were swept 2-0 in New Zealand at the
start of the year, were beaten 2-1 by Pakistan at home
in June/July before going down 2-1 against at home
to India in August.
Head coach, former Test batsman Marvin Atapattu,
quit following the India series prompting Sri Lanka
Cricket to appoint Jayaratne, who was previously head
of coaching, on an interim basis.
Jayaratne said he had spoken to the players about
expectations during the two-Test series against West
Indies and was looking for a response.
"I would like to believe that we have a better chance
of getting back to winning ways but I definitely won t
underestimate them (Windies)," Jayaratne said.
"We ve done a bit of research on the West Indies
and know our line of attack. They are an unknown
quantity in the sense something of a mix with some
known players like (Kemar) Roach, (Darren) Bravo and
(Denesh) Ramdin coupled with a few new faces.
"They did well against England at home and had
some decent performances."
Sri Lanka have been significantly weakened by the
recent retirements of batting legends, Kumar Sangakkara
and Mahela Jayawardene, both of whom amassed over
11 000 Test runs in their respective careers.
All-rounder Angelo Matthews, who averages 52
with the bat after 52 Tests, has led the team for the
last two years and is expected to mould a team around
the likes of vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushal
Silva and Dinesh Chandimal.
Jayaratne said the side was aware of his expectations
and believes positive results in the series against West
Indies will do wonders for their confidence.
"I spoke to all of them individually before they went
to the nets. We got a good feedback. They were well
disciplined and they accepted they had fallen behind
in performance and had two bad series," said Jayaratne.
New coach urges Sri Lanka
to use WI series as renaissance
ST JOHN'S---No room has been
found for all-rounders Shaquana
Quintyne and Shemaine Campbelle
in a 13-member West Indies
Women s squad announced yester-
day for the One-Day International
series against Pakistan starting later
The 19-year-old Quintyne, who
captained Barbados to the Regional
50-overs tournament in August, is
one of five players failing to make the
final cut along with Campbelle,
Chedean Nation, Karishma
Ramharack and Vanessa Watts.
Selectors had called up 18 players
to the ongoing camp in St Lucia last
A leg-spinner and a capable right-
handed batsman, Quintyne has taken
26 wickets in 29 ODIs and 31 wickets
from 33 Twenty20s but has not suited
up for West Indies in nearly a year.
During the regional tournament,
however, she was good enough to
average 46 while taking four wick-
ets.The 22-year-old Campbelle, mean-
while, is a seasoned campaigner, hav-
ing played 61 ODIs and 68 T20s,
since making her debut six years ago.
She has a century---105 against Sri
Lanka two years ago---and has taken
21 wickets with her medium pace.
Quintyne, Campbelle overlooked for Pakistan series
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