Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 3rd 2015 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, December 3, 2015
BRISBANE---Left-hander Darren Bravo
was nearing a half-century as he led a
West Indies fightback on the rain-hit
opening day of their four-day tour match
against a Cricket Australia XI yesterday.
Opting to bat first, West Indies finished
on 154 for six, on a day at the Allan Border
Field when only 60 overs were possible
because of interruptions for weather.
Bravo was unbeaten on 46 at the close,
an innings that helped to stabilise the
Caribbean side s innings after it lay in virtual
ruins at 83 for five inside the first hour
However, Bravo anchored two stands to
revive the innings, adding 32 for the sixth
wicket with captain Jason Holder who
scored 26 and a further 39 in an unbroken
seventh wicket stand with Carlos Brath-
waite, who was unbeaten on 25 at the close.
Holder faced 34 balls and counted two
fours and a six while Brathwaite s knock
has required 46 deliveries and included a
four and two sixes.
Bravo has so far consumed 135 balls and
included six fours and a six. He was missed
on one off leg-spinner Cameron Boyce but
put his head down to be unbeaten on 11
when bad light forced lunch to be taken
early at 52 for two.
West Indies got a cautious start from
Kraigg Brathwaite and Rajindra Chandrika
who put on 32 for the first wicket before
both fell to 20-year-old seamer James Bazley
within 34 balls of each other with just three
Chandrika batted an hour and faced 45
deliveries for his ten before missing a full
length delivery and falling lbw while Brath-
waite hit 21 from 64 balls before driving at
a wide delivery and nicking a catch to Josh
Inglis at first slip.
Marlon Samuels, unbeaten on six at
lunch, scored a run-a-ball 19 with two
fours and a six put on 21 with Bravo but
was one of three wickets to fall for 17 runs
as Jermaine Blackwood (1) and Denesh
Ramdin (0) also perished cheaply.
Bazley has so far taken two for 27 while
fast bowler Simon Milenko has chipped in
with two for 33. The game is the only tour
fixture before West Indies face Australia in
the opening Test in Hobart on December
BRISBANE---West Indies bats-
man Lendl Simmons has been
hailed as a "match-winner"
after it was announced he will
ply his trade for Brisbane Heat
in the Australian Big Bash, due
to start next week.
The 30-year-old top order
batsman, who can also keep
wicket and is a handy medium
pacer, replaces New Zealand cap-
tain Brendon McCullum.
He has been very successful
in Twenty20 franchise cricket
for Guyana Amazon Warriors in
the Caribbean Premier League
and for the Mumbai Indians in
the Indian Premier League.
Simmons has signed up to
play for Brisbane Heat in Aus-
tralia s Big Bash.
He joins the Heat and will play
alongside fellow Trinidadian and
West Indies leg-spinner Samuel
Badree, who is a new ball spe-
cialist in the T20 format. They
were members of the West Indies
team, which won the ICC World
T20 Championship in Sri Lanka
"We are pleased to be able to
sign such a talented batsman as
Lendl Simmons," said Brisbane
Heat Coach Daniel Vettori.
"Having coached against him
in the IPL and played against
him in the Caribbean Premier
League, I know he is a match-
Several other West Indians are
involved in this year s Big Bash.
West Indies T20 captain Darren
Sammy, all-rounders Andre Rus-
sell and Dwayne Bravo, as well
as power-hitter Chris Gayle will
play in the men s league.
World recorder holder Deandra
Dottin and teenaged allrounder
Hayley Matthews, also Barbados
players, will play in the inaugural
women s format.
Keiron Pollard s participation
was hampered due to an injury
sustained last week paying in
the South African Ram Slam T20
Challenge while Sunil Narine
was forced to withdraw when
his bowling action was banned
by the International Cricket
Council last Sunday. (CMC)
T&T Under-20 women Soca Warriors will go
into their match against Canada as underdogs
when they meet in the opening Group A match of
the 2015 eight-team Concacaf Under-20 Champi-
onship in San Pedro Sula, Honduras at the Estadio
Francisco Morazán from 5 pm.
Two hours later, host Honduras and Jamaica will
close out the first day of competition and Group A
Coached by Jason Spence, the T&T women qual-
ified to the tournament as Caribbean Football Union
third placed finishers, defeating Puerto Rico 4-3 on
penalty-kicks after a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation
and extra-time, at the end of October, in Port-au-
Since then the team s preparations was plagued
with problems, mainly due to the absence of players
who were also attached to the Under-17 or senior
women s teams as well as away at US schools or
In addition, the T&T women were only able to
depart for Honduras on Tuesday and yesterday in
two batches, meaning they will have little time to
get acclimatise to the conditions in Honduras.
The influential trio of midfielder Zoe Swift, Chelcy
Ralph and Corel Carmichael are also missing from
the T&T team , but coach Spence is still optimistic
about his team s chances of qualifying as one of the
three Concacaf teams to Fifa U-20 Women s World
Cup Papua New Guinea 2016.
Swift asked to be excluded from the team due to
school commitments while Ralph and Carmichael
are both recovering from knee injuries.
The trio were also absent for the previous round
of qualifiers along with Eden Charles, Ranae Ward
and USA-based Amaya Ellis, and looking ahead to
the competition, Spence said he was positive about
"We have faced a few problems but I expect the
team to remain in good spirits. We had a camp on
the weekend and the girls all looked bright and sharp
and the vibe in the camp was good," Spence said.
Prior to the team s departure, Skeene said, "I have
insisted to the players that they need to place all
their focus on the next three games, particularly the
opening game and they have been responding very
well to this. I certainly believe that this group will
be one with some very exciting close games.
"The mood of the team surrounding the football
is one of confidence and calm. The opening match
certainly has a great impact on the rest of the matches
as it will set the stage psychologically. We are ready
to do our best out on the field.
A former St Ann s Rangers coach Spence was also
full of praise for his technical team saying, "My tech-
nical staff members continue to give their best to
make the journey of this tournament a success and
it is important that the supporting public only feed
us their positive energy Negativity is not allowed
and accepted around my team it s one of the rules
I set for the players and staff and now I am setting
it for the public," Spence added.
While T&T s preparations has been a bumpy one,
Canada headed by Daniel Worthington travelled to
San Pedro Sula on Monday after a brief camp in
Sunrise Florida, with the 20 players having already
benefited from more than 1,700 days in the Canadian
national youth programme, with Victoria Pickett
and Sarah Kinzner amongst the most experienced
Canada has won the Under-20 title twice and
qualified for six of seven Fifa Under-20 Women s
World Cups since the biennial tournament was ini-
tiated in 2002, including a sixth-place finish on
home soil last year.
Jeanille Lawrence scored a pair of goals
to lead Scarborough Secondary to a com-
fortable 3-0 trouncing of Tranquility Gov-
ernment in the lone quarterfinal match
of the BGTT/First Citizens Secondary
Schools Football League (SSFL) Girls
National Inter-Col at Mt Pleasant on
Cherise Roberts fired in the Tobago
champions over the North Zone Inter-Col
and Senior Division winners, who suffered
its first loss of the season, to set up a semi-
final encounter with East Zone champion,
Bishop Anstey East at San Juan North Sec-
ondary Ground, Bourg Mulatresse, San
Juan, tomorrow from 3.30 pm.
The winner will come up against Nation-
al Big-Four and South Zone double winners,
Fyzabad in the national final on Sunday
December 6, after it crushed Central Senior
Division victors, Marabella South in their
For Fyzabad, Denecia Prince led the way
with a hat trick while Ray-Ann Mantano
and Kadean Louison added two apiece,
and goalkeeper Shaminka Rocastle, in a
rear outfield start, at the Mannie Ramjohn
Stadium, Marabella, last Sunday to reach
the final to be played at a yet to be deter-
Scarborough trashes Tranquil to reach semis
Match winner Simmons signs for Heat
Cricket Australia XI vs West Indies
---1st day, tour match
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
K Brathwaite c Inglis b Bazley
R Chandrika lbw b Bazley
DM Bravo not out
M Samuels c wkp Peirson b Boyce 19
J Blackwood c Carder b Lees
D Ramdin c Andrews b Milenko 0
J Holder c wkp Peirson b Milenko 26
C Brathwaite not out
TOTAL (6 wkts, 60 overs)
To bat: D Bishoo, K Roach, S Gabriel
Fall of wickets: 1-32 (Chandrika), 2-35
(KC Brathwaite), 3-66 (Samuels), 4-69
(Blackwood), 5-83 (Ramdin), 6-115
Bowling: Milenko 14-3-33-2, Lees 13-9-
10-1, Bazley 10-4-27-2, Boyce 12-1-43-1,
Short 7-1-30-0, Andrews 4-2-5-0.
CA XI: J Peirson, J Silk, J Carder, N
Stevens, J Inglis, , M Short, J Bazley, T
Andrews, C Boyce, R Lees, S Milenko.
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: P Gillespie, S Nogajski. (CMC)
Darren Bravo helped stabilise the innings after early strife.
Bravo, Brathwaite defy rain
to lead Windies fightback
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