Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 15th 2015 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, October 15, 2015
Soca Warriors captain is expected to be
available for this country s opening match
of the Concacaf Semi-final Round Group C
World Cup qualifier away to Guatemala on
This after the 31-year-old Jones of Cardiff
City avoided serious injury in a collision with
Nicaraguan goalkeeper Justo Collado during
their international friendly encounter at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, on
Tuesday night, which ended 0-0.
The injury occurred in the 61st minute
when Jones, who was on target in the 2-1
win away to Panama a week ago in Panama
City, tried to latch onto a through pass from
Keron Cummings but collided with Collado.
Following treatment on the field by the
Soca Warriors medical staff, Jones was
stretchered off and taken to St Clair Medical
Centre for observation and after being exam-
ined by doctors, the T&T Football Association
stated that X-rays on the English-based striker
indicated that he suffered no bone damage.
Team Doctor Israel Dowlat stated that Jones
sustained soft tissue injury to the left lower
leg and was presently non-weight bearing
with crutches and is on anti inflammatory
medication, and should be able to take the
field again in at least two weeks.
Hart pleased with second-half display
Soca Warriors Stephen Hart said he was
please with his team s second-half display in
a 0-0 draw with Nicaragua.
The drawn result extended the team s
unbeaten run in regulation-time matches to
seven matches, since a 3-0 loss away to Jordan
on the eve of the CONCACAF Gold Cup,
where T&T s only loss came at the quarterfinal
stage, 6-5 on sudden-death penalties to Pana-
ma after a 1-1 draw.
Speaking after the match, Hart said, "I
think we were a bit too lethargic in the first
half, and maybe its because we went too hard
in training with long sessions or maybe it
was the fact that we were playing at home.
But the way they played the second-half you
will have to question that as well. So it could
be just the nerves of playing the game at
home after a long time.
"But I was really really pleased with the
second-half. I thought we just took over the
game and Nicaragua realised that and decided
to break the whole rhythm of the game and
killed the game.
"So on the second-half performance we
know what is possible because in the sec-
ond-half, physically, mentally and technically,
I thought it was a very good second-half."
Questioned as to how his players can deal
with the rough tactics of Central Americans
teams, Hart said his players could not do
anything about it against Panama or Nicaragua
but hoped the referee would have taken charge
of the match.
He said, "Kenwyne was down on the floor
for seven minutes, and they had six minutes
overtime, and ok it s just an exhibition game
so I m not really worried about that, but its
"The amount of time they (Nicaragua)
went down, I mean every time they went
down, they kept calling for the stretcher, so
it just killed the whole second-half because
they realised it was just a matter of time
before we probably scored."
Asked what he would like to take from the
contest into the opening home match against
USA in the Concacaf World Cup qualifiers
Hart said, "In the second-half when we put
the ball on the ground or moved it with a
shorter quicker speed and got the wider play-
ers involved I thought that made all the dif-
ference and if you look at the amount of
crosses we got in and our penetration we got
from the right side and the shots on goal we
had I was quite please with that."
With just under a month before T&T plays
away to Guatemala in its 2018 World Cup
qualifying opener before meeting USA at
home four days later, Hart, when asked what
areas of his teams he will need to improve
first, noted that he already has in his head
his final squad but noted he doesn t have the
team until we get together again in Novem-
"But I m very pleased with the second-
half, and if we put two halves together the
way we played the second-half, we will be
a difficult team to play against.
"I mean Aikim Andrews came on and gave
us some good penetration, Cyrus got into
some good positions to deliver crosses and
he did so, and Joevin came to life in this game
after he was a little sluggish in the Panama
"Sometimes the game goes that way, but
it wasn t for the lack of us playing football,
its just one of those games.
Look at the opening seven minutes of the
match where we had three chances out of
one chance to score, but it just did not go
in."Commenting on his opponents, a former
Canada national team coach Hart stated that
Nicaragua is a nice team and moved the ball
well while not too dissimilar to Guatemala.
"They are not a team that is going to phys-
ically run with you, but they try to play among
you and past you and I thought we handled
it well, and I am not sure how many shots
they had on goal as well."
Looking ahead to the USA match and the
tough patch they have endured, four straight
defeats, Hart said it s a problem for their
coach, former Germany World Cup winner,
"But I think USA will always be a formi-
dable team. They will play with power and
strength, and will look to physically beat up
on you with a lot of hard running , but right
now my thoughts are just with Guatemala."
West Indies coach Eldine Baptiste said that
dropped catches may have cost his side the initiative
on the opening day of the first Test of the
Sobers/Tissera series at Galle, yesterday.
Two dropped catches let the West Indies down
and at the end of the day, the home team reached
an imperious 250 for two. When play resumes today,
opener Dimuth Karunaratne will continue on 135 and
Dinesh Chandimal on 72.
Earlier in the day Darren Bravo dropped Lahiru
Thirimanne at slip but it was not detrimental as he
was out soon after for 17. Jerome Taylor then floored
a chance by Chandimal off Devendra Bishoo on 16
and that proved very costly.
Baptiste the interim coach of the team said: "Def-
initely the bowlers put the hard work in bowled bril-
liantly in the circumstances and at the end of the
day things could have been better. It could have been
220 for five if we had taken our catches, instead it
is 250/2. We now have to go home recover and come
back tomorrow (today) and hopefully take our catch-
es.The former Test allrounder was high in praise of
skipper Jason Holder, who was making his debut as
Test captain, saying: "I thought Jason did extremely
well, everything that came his way he handled very
well. As the cliches goes catches win matches , no
one wants to drop a catch, we just need to come
back and prepare to work hard tomorrow.
"Give credit to the Sri Lankan batters they played
according to the conditions although we bowled well."
Baptiste shared that he is impressed with the atti-
tude of this West Indies team and he has enjoyed
his stint thus far with them during this tour. He said,
"So far everything has been good, they have been
very professional, I have no complaint about this
team and that is the way to go forward."
From Page A56
After the break the West Indies bowlers continued
to toil but the home team batsmen were up for the
grind. Karunaratne and Thirimanne took the score
past 100 but soon after the introduction of Bishoo,
the latter fell. He was caught by substitute Rajendra
Chandrika for 16, to continue his struggles in the
critical number three position.
All the while Karunaratne was as solid as the rock
fort behind him. He respected what was good that
came his way and dispatched those balls that were
not so worthy. He got past his half century off 114
balls with five fours and when tea was taken in the
country famous for it, he was still there unbeaten
on 82 and the score 141/2. The session was again
taken by Sri Lanka who scored 74 runs for the loss
of one wicket.
After tea the bowlers lines and lengths started to
wane and willow met leather. Runs were aplenty
with the small scattering of fans in the ground and
outside the wire fencing on the Fort End lapping up
the action. Karunaratne marched towards his hundred
and actually raised it with a six off Bishoo. His third
Test century came off 207 balls and included a six
and eight fours.
Soca Warriors midfielder Keron Cummings, left, tries to keep possession against Marlon
Moreno of Nicaragua in an international friendly at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-
Spain, on Tuesday night. The teams played to a 0-0 draw. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
Jones out for
WI toil on day one
West Indies vs Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka inns
D Karunaratne not out ............................................................................135
K Silva c Ramdin b Roach.......................................................................17
L Thirimanne c sub Chandrika b Bishoo ...................................16
D Chandimal not out...................................................................................72
Extras: (5lb, 5nb) ..........................................................................................10
Total 2 wkts ...............................................................................250
Fall of wkts: 56, 101.
Bowling: J Taylor 12-2-35-0, K Roach 13-3-33-1, J Holder
13-4-20-0, S Gabriel 11-2-36-0, M Samuels 18-4-42-0, D
Bishoo 22-1-78-1, K Brathwaite 1--0-1-0.
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