Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 6th 2016 Contents KINGSTON, Jamaica---Veteran batsman and former
captain Tamar Lambert has been axed from the
Jamaica Scorpions squad for their sixth round clash
against minnows Leeward Islands Hurricanes in
the Regional Four-Day Championship, which
resumes next week.
The 34-year-old Lambert, who is just one game
away from his 100th first class match, was not includ-
ed in a 13-man squad announced by selectors.
Paul Palmer continues as captain of the squad
which sees the inclusion of the batting trio of Shacaya
Thomas, Jermaine Blackwood and Kirk Edwards.
Thomas is yet to play this season, Test player
Blackwood has returned following West Indies duty
in Australia while Edwards is back in the side after
sitting out the Regional Super50 last month.
Lambert was also left out of the start of the season
but then recalled for the third round to help solidify
Scorpions faltering batting.
However, the right-hander s form proved patchy
with 120 runs from six innings at an average of 20.
His highest score was 45 against Trinidad and Tobago
Red Force in Port-of-Spain, in his first game back.
He could only scrape together 47 runs from four
innings in the Regional Super50, as Scorpions failed
to reach the semi-finals.
Scorpions are third in the standings on 53 points
behind leaders Guyana Jaguars on 83 points, with
Barbados Pride second on 63 points. (CMC)
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SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates---
Not even a sensational beaver-trick
by former Jamaica and West Indies
left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie
could prevent Gemini Arabians
from pulling off a 12-run victory
over Sagittarius Strikers in the
Masters Champions League yes-
The 31-year-old, who played the
last of his 12 Twenty20 Interna-
tionals two years ago, grabbed four
consecutive wickets off the first
four balls of the final over to help
restrict a rampant Arabians to 224
for seven off their 20 overs at the
Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Opting to bat first, Arabians were
propelled by Indian opener Virender
Sehwag who belted 134 off 63 balls,
with ten fours and 11 sixes.
He put on 86 for the first wicket
with South African Jacques Rudolph
who hit 27 and a further 135 for the
second wicket with Sri Lankan
Kumar Sangakkara who scored 51
from 33 deliveries.
Recently retired West Indies left-
hander Shiv Chanderpaul was
unbeaten on one from two deliv-
eries at the end.
Santokie, who had taken one
wicket in an earlier spell, finished
with five for 30 in a superb four-
over spell to be the leading bowler
He bowled Sangakkara with the
first ball of the over and then pro-
ceeded to remove Brad Hodge,
Justin Kemp and Naved-ul-Hasan
all without scoring, while conceding
just one run from the final over of
In reply, Imran Farhat stroked 52
from 32 deliveries, Yasir Hameed,
41 from 22 balls with a four and
four sixes and Yasir Arafat a 16-
ball 32 with four sixes but Strikers
still slumped to 177 for nine in the
However, Santokie arrived to
smash an unbeaten 23 from nine
balls with three sixes in a 35-run,
last wicket stand with Shane Bond
who got 12 not out, as Strikers came
up short in the end. (CMC)
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados---Afy Fetcher has
emerged as the most successful player in the two
warm-up matches put on by the West Indies
women s team as they prepare for the tour of South
The 28-year-old all-rounder from Grenada
secured two four-wicket hauls and made a match-
winning knock in the day-night matches at the
3Ws Oval over the last week here.
On Tuesday, she took four for 17 with her leg-
spin and returned on Thursday night to take four
for 33. She followed up with 39 not out off 41
balls to help her team win the 50-over contest.
"I m enjoying my return to the team. I was out
for a while so I m looking to make every moment
count now that I m back," she said.
"I worked hard when I was out and it is paying
off. I know what I have to do---that is to look for
wickets when I come on, because I see myself as
a wicket-taking bowler.
"I am mainly a bowler, but I know I can con-
tribute with the bat, and when I go to the crease
I also look for runs."
In Thursday s match, she added an unbroken
106 for the eighth wicket with Deandra Dottin,
who made 66 not out off 82 balls.
Fletcher was recently voted Sportswoman of
the Year in Grenada and said she was determined
to improve and cement a spot in the team.
She made her international debut in 2008 but
lost her place a year later. She returned to the set-
up last year and has been impressive since.
Overall, she has played 17 One-Day Internationals
and seven T20 Internationals.
"The pitch here (in Barbados) favours my bowling
and I was able to do very well. I know the pitches
in South Africa might not favour the spinners, so
I know I will have to make an adjustment," Fletcher
"I have been speaking to the coaches about that
and we have outlined what changes, if any, will
have to be made. We will see when we get there."
Fletcher added: "The pitches in India will take
turn, so I am looking forward to playing there. I
have never played there before so it will be a new
experience for me, but I am willing to learn and
West Indies take on South Africa in four One-
Day Internationals and three Twenty20s from Feb-
ruary 22 to March 3.
They then travel to India for the ICC Women s
World T20 Tournament starting in March. (CMC)
form ahead of
South Africa tour
Leg-spinner Afy Fletcher...heading into South Africa tour on the heels of solid
Lambert axed on verge
of 100th first class match
for Santokie in losing cause
Paul Palmer Jr (captain), John Campbell, Kirk
Edwards, Jermaine Blackwood, AndrÈ McCarthy,
Devon Thomas, Carlton Baugh Jr, David Bernard
Jr, Nikita Miller, Damion Jacobs, Sheldon Cottrell,
Marquino Mindley, Shacaya Thomas.
Former captain Tamar Lambert ... axed from the
Scorpions squad for the sixth round clash with
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