Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 13th 2015 Contents MIRPUR---Andre Russell s Comilla Victorians
thrashed Darren Sammy s Rangpur Riders to
reach the Bangladesh Premier League final while
Chris Gayle and Kevon Cooper both played key
roles to help Barisal Bulls to a win over Dhaka
Dynamites and on the verge of a berth in the
Playing in the qualifier at the Shere Bangla Sta-
dium yesterday, Victorians racked up 163 for seven
off their 20 overs and then restricted Riders to 91
all out from 17 overs, to win by 72 runs and secure
an automatic spot in Tuesday s final.
Sent in, Victorians were given a fine start by
Imrul Kayes who struck a top score of 67 in a 79-
run opening stand with Liton Das who hit 28.
Ashar Zaidi smashed an unbeaten 40 from 15
deliveries while Russell fell cheaply for three.
West Indies limited overs batsman Lendl Sim-
mons then stroked a top score of 25 from 20 deliv-
eries but Riders never got their run chase going
and collapsed badly.
Sammy, batting at number nine, made only six.
Russell finished with one for 15 from his two
overs while Ashar Zaidi abd Abu Hider captured
four wickets apiece.
In the second game at the venue, the left-handed
Gayle stroked 31 from 19 balls to help lift Bulls up
to 135 for five, after they were sent in.
Gayle smashed four fours and two sixes in a 70-
run, second wicket stand with Sabbir Rahman who
top-scored with 41.
Trinidadian seamer Cooper then produced a
brilliant spell of three for 17 from four overs to help
restrict Dynamites to 117 for eight off their 20 overs.
Bulls will take on Riders today in the final qualifier
to determine who will meet Victorians in the cham-
pionship game. (CMC)
Morvant Caledonia United picked up its
first win of the season, via 2-1 win over Japs
North East Stars when matches in the Digicel
T&T Pro League continued at the Larry
Gomes Stadium, Malabar, yesterday.
With Defence Force and Central FC losing
on Friday night, Stars had a chance to go top
of the table, however, Caledonia had other
plans with Jamal Harvey netting as early as
the second minute and Kyle Bartholomew
getting a second in the 25th before national
midfielder Keron Cummings pulled a goal
back for Stars in the 40th.
With the win, Morvant Caledonia improved
to four points from five matches while Stars
remained on ten points, one behind Defence
Force and Central FC.
On Friday night, Police FC and Play Whe
San Juan Jabloteh denied Defence Force and
defending champions Central FC from taking
outright leads at the top with 1-0 shock wins,
For Police, Makesi Lewis netted his sixth
league goal of the season in as many games
against Defence Force which ended the first
match of a double-header contested at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo with
The win moved coach Richard Hood s Law-
men up a spot to now occupy fifth with nine
points, just two points away from Defence
Force and Central FC.
Defence Force, coming off Wednesday s
impressive 5-1 win over Point Fortin Civic,
were left ruing a basket of missed chances
last night while Police was celebrating full
Police s liveliest player on the night, Chris-
ton Thomas, had circled Defence Force
defender Marvin Jones before playing in striker
Lewis inside the box, who controlled the ball
off his right boot before firing beyond goal-
keeper Sheldon Clarke and into the back of
the net off his left boot with 24 minutes left.
Jones was later ejected by referee Keon
Yorke, who initially awarded the defender a
yellow card for diving, but then followed up
with the red card for dissent, leaving his team
to play the remaining six minutes of regulation
time with ten men.
However that wasn t the real disappoint-
ment for Defence Force, who had ample
opportunity for maximum points.
The Marvin Gordon coached-Defence Force
were denied by the frame three times within
the first eight minutes of play.
Devorn Jorsling missed out on a gift of an
opportunity seconds into the match when
his right-footed attempt cannoned off the
upright running onto a neat Kerry Joseph
defence-splitting pass and skipping away
from Police goalkeeper Adrian Foncette.
Jorsling, who in the 64th minute directed
a free-kick onto the upright, also had a seventh
minute deflected strike skid off the upright.
Then from the resulting corner swung in
by Joseph, a cheeky flick off the outside of
Jerwyn Balthazar s boot at the near post,
struck the frame.
But it wasn t only the frame that stood in
Defence Force s way as Foncette made three
saves in the second-half, denying Dave Long,
Jorsling and Joseph to keep a clean sheet
before team-mate Lewis winner.
Central FC then failed to capitalise on
Defence Force s loss by suffering a similar 1-
0 loss which left the door open for previous
leaders North East Stars to regain top spot,
which it failed to do yesterday.
Former Central FC winger Tyrone Charles,
who rattled the upright from a 30-yard free-
kick seven minutes into the match, scored
the winner in the 66th minute to earn Jabloteh
full points over the Couva Sharks.
Charles, unleashed by a long ball forward
from Fabien Reid, showed good speed,
strength and determination when he out-
muscled defender Kaydion Gabriel to slip the
ball beyond goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams
and into the net from just inside the area for
his seventh goal in all competitions this sea-
Surely, the win was a boost in ego for
Jabloteh coach Keith Jeffrey, who last month,
referred to Central the "old Jabloteh" due to
the fact that their roster boasts quite a number
of former Jabloteh players.
Central, without veteran creative midfielder
Marvin Oliver, failed to create much tempo,
while Jabloteh seemed well-drilled when it
came to swamping their area defensively with
green shirts whenever the Couva Sharks
Central, coached by Ross Russell, conjured
a few late attempts---twice from Plaza and
once from substitute Darren Mitchell---but
other than Plaza s half-volley strike in the
82nd minute, none troubled Jabloteh goalie
Shemel Louison, who also did well to put
behind a left-footed strike from Marcus Joseph
four minutes from the break.
In yesterday s early match at at the Ato
Boldon Stadium, Couva, Jamille Boatswain
scored a goal in each half to lead Pt Fortin
Civic to a come-from-behind 3-1 win over
Last night, recent First Citizens Cup and
Toyota Classic winners, DirecTV W Connec-
tion faced St Ann s Rangers at Couva.
Morvant Caledonia gets first win
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...as Stars, Defence Force, Central falter
Medium pacer Kevon Cooper...claimed three for
Morvant Caledonia United 2 (Jamal
Harvey 2nd, Kyle Barthomolew 25th) vs
North East Stars 1 (Keron Cummings
Pt Fortin Civic 3 (Jamille Boastwain
25th, 62nd, Andrei Pacheco 58th) vs Club
Sando 1 (Kevon Woodley)
Police FC 1 (Makesi Lewis 70th) vs
Defence Force 0
San Juan Jabloteh 0 (Tyrone Charles
66') vs Central FC 0
HOBART---Cricket Australia chief
executive, James Sutherland, says
he hopes West Indies cricket
authorities "take on board" the rec-
ommendations of Caricom s Gov-
ernance Review Panel.
The longstanding administrator, who
said he had some input during the
panel s review while in Barbados earlier
this year, said the problems plaguing
the game in the Caribbean could only
be addressed by authorities there and
hoped they moved in the right direc-
"Ultimately it s an issue for West
Indies cricket how they go," Sutherland
was quoted as saying.
"I was in the West Indies, as in Bar-
bados, in June this year for the ICC con-
ference and I m fully aware of that review
because I was actually part of it. I was
there as part of that review and the
prime ministers of the nations put
together an eminent panel of experts to
come up with their recommendations.
"I ve only seen some headlines out
of what their recommendations were
to the board. I understand it s in the
hands of the board.
"From my perspective, we get experts
together and you all hope people take
on board the recommendations just like
Australian cricket did at the time we
did our own governance review."
The Governance Review Panel,
chaired by UWI Cave Hill Campus prin-
cipal, Professor Eudine Barriteau, pro-
posed the "immediate dissolution of the
West Indies Cricket Board and the
appointment of an interim board whose
structure and composition would be
radically different from the now proven,
obsolete governance framework."
Additionally, the panel recommended
the resignation of the entire board of
directors and the appointment of a
change management expert to run the
affairs of cricket in the region until the
new governance structure could be
And while chairman of Caricom s
Cricket Governance Committee, Grena-
da s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell,
said he was confident the board would
accept the recommendations, WICB
president Dave Cameron has already
indicated his concern about the inter-
vention of governments.
"International sporting organisations,
such as the IOC, FIFA and the ICC, are
concerned about two major things, and
that is governance---which has to do
with our structures and accountability
throughout the organisation -- and our
autonomy, which means that the organ-
isation and its leadership must be select-
ed free of interference from govern-
ments," Cameron said last month.
"We re not saying we don t want the
Governments to participate. We re saying
that the decisions of the organisations
must not be influenced by governments."
Cameron and the WICB directors are
mulling over the report s recommen-
dations at a meeting in St Lucia this
Russell's Victorians through to final Sutherland hopes WICB
'take on board' Caricom report
...Gayle, Cooper put Bulls on verge
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