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T&T Under-20 national women s team
will be confident of clinching a semifinal
spot from Group B of the Caribbean Foot-
ball Union (CFU) Women s U-20 Cham-
pionship when it comes up against St Vin-
cent and the Grenadines at the Stade Sylvio
Cator, Port-au-Prince, Haiti from 4 pm
Two hours later, defending champion
Jamaica will also fancy its chances of secur-
ing a spot in the tournament s last-four
when it meets Curacao.
Currently, T&T and Jamaica sit at the
top of the four-team table with three points
each after winning their opening matches
on Thursday night, by similar 4-1 margins
over Curacao and St Vincent and the
For the Jason Spence-coached T&T
women, Tsainne Leander scored in each
half in its come-from-behind 4-1 win on
Winners of their first round three-team
pool with wins over St Vincent and The
Grenadines (6-0) and Dominica (2-0) in
July, the Women Soca Warriors suffered
an early set-back when Curacao which
booked its placed in the finals as runner-
up to Puerto Rico in Group One took a sec-
ond minute lead through Ketsiah Wahr with
a long-range shot that caught T&T goal-
keeper Rebecca Almandoz off her line.
Curaçao would then defend throughout
first half, frustrating the Women Soca War-
riors until eight minutes from the half-time
whistle when Leander, who scored both
goals in the first round defeat of Dominica,
got T&T level.
Th second-half was a different story as
the Rene Mike-captained T&T women dis-
played cool heads and carved out three goals
in just five minutes.
First, Leander scored in the 48th minute
to put her team ahead 2-1 before Maya
Matouk and debutant Kedia Johnson added
items in the 52nd and 53rd minutes for a
4-1 lead, which T&T held until the final
Spence credited his team for their efforts,
particularly their ability to remain composed
and orchestrate a comeback following the
early goal scored by Curacao.
"Overall it was a great team effort. Cura-
cao got the very early goal and that was a
bit of a setback but we never lost our cool
and we kept our shape and composure.
"The players dug deep and once we lev-
eled the scores we were able to show our
class and surge ahead early in the second
half. I think it was a good start for us result
wise but we will work on a few areas before
going into our remaining matches in the
In the night s second match, Jamaica
defeated St Vincent and the Grenadines by
a similar 4-1 margin led by a hat-trick from
On Wednesday in Group A, Aaliyah Nolan
got the lone goal as Bermuda edging Puerto
Rico, which came up against host Haiti, last
West Indies batsman Darren Bravo says the key
to performing with the bat in the current Test match
against Sri Lanka is staying positive.
Bravo will resume batting this today on 20 not out
with the West Indies on 67/2 following on against
the home team.
Sri Lanka batted first and scored 484 all out to
which the West Indies replied with 251. Asked to
follow on they have so far lost Shai Hope (6) and
Kraigg Brathwaite (34).
Bravo who topscored with an even 50 in the first
essay said: "It is important as a batting unit that we
stay positive out there. "(Rangana) Herath is the
threat and we need to respect him but at the same
time when a bad ball comes our way we need to put
"It is a very good batting wicket and once you
spend time out there, runs will come."
The West Indies struggled in the first innings and
Bravo thought many of the batsmen including himself
got starts and threw it away.
"We won t able to capitalise after getting starts.
I myself threw away my hand after scoring a half
century and it worked against us. We need to try to
build on those starts and from now look to keep Sri
Lanka out in the sun for as long as possible.
"We have to learn from the mistakes made, some-
times you play a particular way but things don t
Bravo averages 69.00 in Sri Lanka having five half
centuries in six innings and thinks his defence has
"The key to my success here is that I back my
defence which is most important. I like to hit the
spinners down the ground but with the wicket taking
spin I need to take my time, build partnerships with
my teammates and look to take this match far.
"Herath will remain a threat because he is very
consistent and this is why he is one of the best spin-
ners in the world. He is not too difficult for me to
pick but when he is bowling to the right hands, he
gets the ball to drift.
"We need to trust in our abilities for things to
work out. To be quite honest we are behind the eight
ball but we have a lot of time to bat and it is important
that we bat as long as possible. take it one ball at
Herath who claimed 6/68 in the first innings and
has taken one of the two wickets to fall thus far in
the second innings said Bravo was the best of the
batsmen he bowled to in the innings.
"Bravo batted really well out there. He got out to
a fantastic catch by (Dinesh) Chandimal but other
than that he was playing the situation really good
and we will have to look to get him soon tomorrow."
From Page A56
Half the side was down with just 132 runs
on the board and from that point every bats-
man that came in put a price on their wicket
with the exception of last man Shannon
Skipper Jason Holder clobbered 19, Ramdin
chipped in with 23. The partnership that
was refreshing for the West Indies then came
next between Roach and Taylor.
They batted as if they wanted to ensure
they don t have to go back into the heat to
spend another 10 hours. They added 46 runs
for the eight wicket to give the visitors a
glimmer of hope that they would get past
the follow on mark.
Taylor then fell for 31 but ensured that for
the third Test running, the seventh or lower
wickets put together the biggest stand for
the West Indies.
Bishoo taking example from the dup came
and played in similar vein getting an unbeaten
23, while Roach fell for 22 and the West
Indies just failed to avoid the ignominy of
batting a second time.
BERNE---David Nakhid s campaign team says the
former T&T captain has submitted his candidacy
to FIFA to stand in February s emergency presi-
Campaign strategist Josanne Leonard said by email
that "Nakhid s papers and five nominations have
been lodged with FIFA."
Presidential hopefuls have until October 26 to sub-
mit their candidacies for approval by FIFA s election
As well as being backed by five federations, can-
didates must have had an active role in soccer for
at least two of the last five years and pass integrity
Those checks could prevent Michel Platini from
being declared a candidate since he is currently
serving an ethics suspension.
Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan on Thursday
submitted his candidacy paperwork to FIFA.
Leander scores double
in T&T's 4-1 victory
Bravo: West Indies
need to stay positive
Windies struggling against Sri Lanka
Nakhid submits poll
candidacy to FIFA
GROUP A: WEDNESDAY
Bermuda 1 (Aaliyah Nolan 29th)
vs Puerto Rico 0
GROUP B: THURSDAY
T&T 4 (Tsainne Leander 37th,
48th, Maya Matouk 52nd, Kedie
Johnson 53rd) vs Curacao 1
(Ketsiah Wahr 2nd).
Jamaica 4 (Khadija Shaw 15th,
46th, 52nd, Rasha Roberts 70th)
vs SVG 1 (Konya Plummer o.g 29th
West Indies vs Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 1st inns 484 all out
WI 1st inns
West Indies inns
K Brathwaite lbw Herath..........19
S Hope b Herath.............................23
DM Bravo c Chandimal b Herath
M Samuels b Herath ....................11
J Blackwood c Siriwardana b
D Ramdin c Perera b Pradeep23
J Holder c Perera b Prasad ......19
K Roach st Perera b Herath....22
J Taylor c Mathews b Kaushal31
D Bishoo not out ............................23
S Gabriel b Herath ...........................0
Extras: (b4, lb7, nb7, w1) .........19
Total all out ....................................251
Fall of wkts: 33, 49, 70, 111, 132,
165, 171, 217, 251, 251.
Bowling: K Prasad 16-6-38-2, N
Pradeep 15-4-56-1, R Herath
32.6-9-68-6, T Kaushal 14-4-65-
1, M Siriwadana 5-2-13-0.
West Indies 2nd inns
K Brathwaite lbw Herath........34
S Hope b Siriwadana......................6
DM Bravo not out .........................20
D Bishoo not out...............................6
Extras: (1nb) ........................................1
Total for 2 wkts.............................67
Fall of wkts: 18, 60
Bowling: D Prasad 3-1-4-0, R
Herath 7-3-17-1, N Pradeep 4-1-
7-0, M Siriwadana. 6-1-30-1, K
West Indies batsman Shai Hope looks back at his wicket after being bowled out off the
bowling of Sri Lanka's Milinda Siriwardana as wicketkeeper Kusal Perera watches during the
third day of the first Test cricket match between them in Galle, Sri Lanka, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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