Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 20th 2016 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Champions T&T Red Force are
weary of a dangerous spin attack
when they meet Guyana Jaguars in
the first semi-final of the NAGICO
Super50 Tournament at the
Queen s Park Oval today.
Captain Jason Mohammed yes-
terday admitted that his batsmen
will have to step-up if they are to
defeat the persistent Jaguars and
remain on course to retain their title.
However Mohammed appears
undaunted by the bowling threat
posed by Guyana and says his outfit
has adequate "ammunition" to
counter Guyana s spinners.
"I think the batting department
is going to be the most difficult part
of it. We see that the pitch is spin-
ning a lot and they have some quality
spinners but in saying that we have
some quality batters in our team as
well well," said Mohammed.
"So I think we have the ammu-
nition to counteract the Guyana
bowlers and hopefully we will come
out on top tomorrow in terms of the
batting and the bowling will take
care of itself".
In the preliminary phase of the
tournament, Guyana posted four
wins and suffered two defeats while
T&T Red Force registered four wins
and one loss.
Mohammed says despite their
three wicket defeat against Barbados
Pride on Sunday, the mood remains
high among his players.
"I think the mood is still good
yes we lost a game. It s the only
one we lost in the tournament and
what s important we topped the
group," the captain said.
"It s going to be a tough game at
the end of the day we have to enjoy
it as cricketers. This is the moment
we cherish when we beat the best
team and we come up good against
the best team and the best bowlers".
The match will be a repeat of last
year s Grand Final, when the Red
Force---inspired by a hundred from
Mohammed and spell-binding bowl-
ing from Sunil Narine---completed
a comprehensive, 135-run victory to
take the title.
"I don t think the guys will be
thinking a lot about it (revenge),"
declared Leon Johnson, the captain
of the Guyana Jaguars.
"I think it will be a negative...us
losing last year in the finals to Red
Force ...but we will probably have
it a little bit in the back of our
Mohammed will be looking to find
form to spur his side into the Grand
Final on Saturday for the third
Johnson, his opposite number, will
be looking to make his presence felt,
after he missed last year s tourna-
ment, due to the West Indies Tour
of South Africa.
"We just have to go out and play
the game hard," he said.
"They will have a lot of crowd
support obviously and we normally
get good support here in Trinidad
as well so we are looking forward to
a good game".
Red Force wary of Jaguars spin
LONDON---Aston Villa avoided FA
Cup embarrassment in this mis-
erable season by overcoming
fourth-tier Wycombe at the sec-
ond attempt, winning a replay 2-
0 to reach the fourth round yes-
But Villa took 75 minutes to find
a breakthrough against a team from
England s lowest professional
league, with Ciaran Clark heading
the Premier League s bottom side
Villa s passage to a January 30
meeting with Manchester City was
not smoothed until Idrissa Gana
netted his first goal for the club in
West Bromwich Albion also won
its third-round replay, with
Salomon Rondon scoring early in
the second half to clinch a 1-0 win
over second-tier Bristol City and
a home match next against fourth-
Chelsea discovered its fourth-
round opponent after MK Dons
eliminated Northampton 3-0.
There are no non-league teams
remaining in the competition after
Eastleigh lost 3-2 at second-tier
SYDNEY---Former Australia Test
captain Steve Waugh is appealing
for some form of intervention to
rescue West Indies cricket from
its downward spiral.
Waugh issued his appeal in the
aftermath of West Indies heavy
two-nil loss to Australia in the three
match Test series which ended
While the regional outfit moved
up to the top of the ICC T20 chart
earlier this month, they are lan-
guishing at the bottom in Test and
"We have to ensure the West
Indies are a force to be reckoned
with because you can t play Test
cricket between three or four
decent nations," said Waugh, who
led Australia in 15 of their world-
record 16 consecutive Test wins.
"Someone must ensure they get
back to the level they were [once]
at."Waugh has likened the Interna-
tional Cricket Council s apparent
failure to pull West Indies out of
its hole to a scenario in the sport
"Someone has to step up and
say: We can t let this happen to
the West Indies ,"said Waugh who
played 168 Test matches and scored
"It s a bit like watching the All
Blacks wither and die on the vine.
Do you think rugby would let the
AllHowever the former Australian
skipper says the biggest issue was
the failure of crowds to attend Test
He is suggesting a uniform pay-
ment for all Test teams, saying that
was something the ICC could
"I think the ICC needs to put a
fee on Tests and ensure everyone
is paid equally," he said.
"They have to do that if they
want to save Test cricket". (CMC)
MELBOURNE---Controversial opener Chris
Gayle has launched a scathing attack on several
former and present cricketers after an explosive
innings, possibly his last in the Australian Big
Bash T20 League.
Gayle, who equaled Yuvraj Singh s record for
the fastest half-century in T20 history playing
for Melbourne Renegades against Adelaide Strik-
ers on Monday, launched his blistering attack
in an instagram tirade yesterday.
The explosive Jamaican batsman did not hold
back in his assessment of former players who
shared the BBL franchise s view of his conduct.
"I think a lot of past and present cricketers
who smile in front my face could ve have their
say In the public when my so call issue was
going on, but y all don t have the balls to stand
firm when it matters," said Gayle.
"But yet when u (you) see me you re like,
Chris that s BS against you, it was blown out
of proportion. Don t tell me, tell the media and
The 36-year-old West Indies opener has come
under fire for appearing to openly flirt with
Australian reporter Mel McLaughlin, by telling
her during a live TV interview: "I wanted to
come and have an interview with you as well,
that s the reason why I m here. Just to see your
eyes for the first time. It s nice."
He continued: "So hopefully we can win this
game and we can have a drink after. Don t blush,
Gayle was subsequently censured by Cricket
Australia and Big Bash League organisers, and
also fined $10 000 (US$7 000)
His comments led to him being criticized by
the likes of former Sydney Thunder teammate
Chris Rogers, current BBL players Shane Watson
and Ed Cowan as well as former England skipper
Andre Flintoff and former Australian Test captain
Ian Chappell who recommended a worldwide
"The real ppl (people) who stand by Gayle
worldwide through the so call BS against me
in the media, Thank You. To the MEDIA, Thank
You all so! The Haters, I Thank you even more,"
Gayle posted in social media-speak on his Insta-
"The past cricketer who said I make myself
look like a chop, the other who claim I was no
good to the youngsters while playing for the
thunder, the next one who said he expect that
sort of behaviour from Chris---Y all can...I love
Australia and I will be back again" (CMC)
Gayle launches attack on critics
Controversial West Indies batsman Chris Gayle mixes with fans after his explosive innings for
Melbourne Renegades against Adelaide Strikers on Monday, in the Australian Big Bash T20 League.
help to rescue
Villa, West Brom advance in FA replays
T&T Red Force: Jason Mohammed (captain), Narsingh Deonarine,
Rayad Emrit, Kyle Hope, Akeal Hosein, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin,
Jon Russ Jagesar, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Kjorn
Ottley, Yannick Ottley and Marlon Richards.
Guyana Jaguars: Assad Fudadin; Kevon Boodie; Shivnarine
Chanderpaul; Leon Johnson (Captain); Vishaul Singh; Christopher
Barnwell (Vice Captain); Raymon Reifer; Anthony Bramble; Steven
Jacobs; Veerasammy Permaul; Gudakesh Motie; Paul Wintz; Romario
Shepherd and Royston Crandon.
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