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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, November 10, 2015
The race for the presidency of the T&T
Football Association heats up, with just
about 20 days away from the Annual General
Meeting (AGM) and Election of Officers on
November 29, but vice president of the
embattled football association Lennox Wat-
son is asking "what s all the fuss about?"
He told the Guardian yesterday that the
position of president is not a paying position
within the football association which should
leave all to wonder why there is all the cam-
paigning and fighting to be at the helm of
local football. "We must ask ourselves that
question and see what answer we get," Watson
Watson, who revealed that he will not be
seeking re-election as a vice president, said
that he is fed up of the politics within the
sport when it does not benefit the young
men and women who play it, as well as those
the football association was supposed to help.
"All they are fighting for as president of
the TTFA are the perks," Watson explained.
And when quizzed on what exactly he meant
by perks, he said: "They are fighting to get
trips abroad. They may also try to get what
they can from the odd uniform deal and
moreso possible TV rights deals."
Watson, a former prisons officer, made it
clear that in the TTFA there was only one
paying position and that is General Secretary.
Ironically, Sheldon Phillips, the son of former
T&T goalkeeper Lincoln Phillips, was sacked
by incumbent president Raymond Tim Kee
from that position for not following direc-
The Guardian learnt that the board of the
TTFA met after questioning whether proper
precedure was followed in the sacking of
Phillips. Watson revealed that the matter is
yet to be resolved by the board, which will
meet again very soon.
The TTFA presidency is being contested
by incumbent Tim Kee, W Connection pres-
ident David John-Williams, former T&T ref-
eree and businessman Ramesh Ramdhan,
president of the Veteran Football Federation
(VFF) Selby Browne and Clynt Taylor---a first
vice president of the Trinidad & Tobago Foot-
ball Referees Association (TTFRA).
Meanwhile, Tim Kee launched his cam-
paign following a press conference more than
a week ago at the Hasely Crawford Stadium,
Mucuparo, while Ramdhan did likewise on
Watson, who took over as president of the
TTFA from Oliver Camps in 2009, said:
"Apart from the general secretary position,
the rest of us receive absolutely nothing, not
even a little stipend to help us with the gas
we use to go meetings and games and so on,
so we work for free at the football association
and I have done this, along with many others,
KANDY, Sri Lanka---Embattled West Indies
failed to arrest their losing skid on their
already failed tour of Sri Lanka when they
crashed to a 30-run defeat in the opening
Twenty20 International yesterday.
Chasing an imposing 216 for victory at the
Pallekele International Stadium, the Caribbean
side were dismissed for 185 with one delivery
remaining in the innings, as the misery which
began in the two-Test rubber and continued
in the one-day series, followed them into
the game s shortest format.
Opener Andre Fletcher smashed 57 off 40
balls---his fourth T20I half-century---and
Kieron Pollard chipped in with 26 and
Dwayne Bravo, 24, but West Indies never
really recovered from a position of 29 for
two in the fifth over and failed to keep up
with the required run rate of nearly 11 an
They were undone by off-spinner Sachithra
Senanayake who scythed through the middle
and lower order with a spell of four for 46,
to earn Man-of-the-Match honours.
Captain Lasith Malinga picked up two for
19 while off-spinner Milinda Siriwardana
claimed two for 41, to support Senanayake.
Asked to bat first earlier, Sri Lanka were
dominant from the outset, as they piled up
215 for three off their 20 overs.
Opener Tillakaratne Dilshan blasted 56 off
37 balls, Dinesh Chandimal stroked a 19-
ball, unbeaten 40 while opener Kusal Perera
got 40 from 30 deliveries.
All-rounder Angelo Mathews produced an
awe-inspiring 13-ball unbeaten 37 and Shehan
Jayasuriya, 36 off 32 balls, as every Sri Lankan
batsman cashed in.
Medium pacer Kieron Pollard captured two
for 40 but West Indies found themselves vir-
tually powerless to stall Sri Lanka s rampage.
It started at the top with Dilshan and Perera
adding 91 off 58 balls for the first wicket, a
partnership that set the tone for the rest of
the innings. The right-handed Dilshan struck
eight fours and Perera, a left-hander, six fours
and one six.
Pollard, however, got the breakthrough,
removing both batsmen in successive overs
in the space of 13 deliveries to leave Sri Lanka
on 101 for two in the 12th over but Jayasuriya
and Chandiman put on 54 for the third wicket
off 27 balls to sustain the tempo.
The left-handed Jayasuriya, who struck
two fours and two sixes and took 23 from
Pollard s final over, was eventually brilliantly
caught and bowled by off-spinner Sunil Nar-
ine running backward.
But there would be no let up and Mathews
and Chandimal then produced an astonishing
display of power-hitting to rattle up 60 off
22 deliveries in an unbroken fourth wicket
Chandimal hammered four fours and two
sixes, combining with Mathews to take 22
runs from the 18th over by Bravo while Math-
ews clobbered two fours and four sixes as
the last five overs leaked 72 runs.
In reply, fast bowler Malinga then yorked
Johnson Charles middle stump without a run
on the board off the second ball of the innings
and Marlon Samuels followed, holing out to
deep midwicket off Senanayake for ten.
Fletcher and Andre Russell (16) counter-
attacked in a 48-run, third wicket stand off
19 deliveries, a stand that raised the hopes
of the visitors if only temporarily.
The right-handed Fletcher crunched three
fours and six sixes---two coming in one over---
the sixth of the innings---from debutant seam-
er Dushmanta Chameera which cost 19 runs.
Russell struck two sixes before missing a
heave at Siriwardana and going bowled in
the eighth over and five balls later, Fletcher s
cameo ended when he was bowled off-stump
by Chameera, attempting to make room to
cut at 86 for four in the ninth over.
Pollard and Bravo then offered West Indies
hope, albeit faint, in a fifth wicket partnership
worth 51 off 27 deliveries, to lift the ailing
innings to 137 for four in the 13th over.
Both batsmen struck a pair of fours and
sixes but fell within four balls of each other
in separate overs to leave the Windies strug-
gling once more.
Captain Darren Sammy (3) and Jason Holder
(2) perished in the 15th over with the score
on 143 as West Indies lost four wickets for
six runs in the space of 11 balls---a position
from which they could not recover. (CMC)
Windies lose again despite Fletcher half-century
TTFA presidency no paying position
Sri Lanka vs West Indies---1st T20I
K Perera c Sammy b Pollard
T Dilshan b Pollard
S Jayasuriya c & b Narine
D Chandimal not out
A Mathews not out
Extras (lb2, w3, nb1)
TOTAL (3 wkts, 20 overs)
Did not bat: M Siriwardana, N Kulasekara, L
Malinga, D Chameera, C Kapugedera, S
Fall of wickets: 1-91 (Perera, 9.4 overs), 2-
101 (Dilshan, 11.5), 3-155 (Jayasuriya, 16.2)
Bowling: Holder 2-0-27-0 (w2), Taylor 3-0-
34-0, Sammy 2-0-26-0, Narine 4-0-20-1
(w1), Bishoo 1-0-11-0, DJ Bravo 4-0-53-0,
Pollard 4-0-42-2 (nb1).
J Charles b Malinga
A Fletcher b Chameera
M Samuels c Siriwardana b Senanayake 10
A Russell b Siriwardana
DJ Bravo c wkp Perera b Senanayake 24
K Pollard c Kulasekara b Siriwardana 26
D Sammy c Kapugedera b Senanayake 3
J Holder c Siriwardana b Senanayake 2
S Narine b Jayasuriya
J Taylor c Chandimal b Malinga
D Bishoo not out
Extras (lb1, w11)
TOTAL (all out, 19.5 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Charles, 0.2 overs), 2-29
(Samuels, 4.2), 3-77 (Russell, 7.3), 4-86
(Fletcher, 8.1), 5-137 (Bravo, 12.4), 6-139
(Pollard, 13.1), 7-143 (Sammy, 14.2), 8-143
(Holder, 14.3), 9-168 (Taylor, 18), 10-185 (Narine,
Bowling: Malinga 4-0-19-2, Kulasekara 4-0-37-
0 (w3), Senanayake 4-0-46-4, Chameera 3-0-
30-1 (w2), Siriwardana 4-0-41-2 (w1),
Jayasuriya 0.5-0-11-1 (w1).
TTFA First vice president...Lennox Watson
Result: Sri Lanka won by 30 runs.
Series: Sri Lanka lead two-match series 1-0.
Man-of-the-Match: Sachithra Senanayake.
Toss: West Indies
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