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Chemar Holder was bowling in Bas-
seterre in St Kitts and Nevis less than three
weeks ago when West Indies Under-19
were playing a bilateral series in
Bangladesh, just before the World Cup
warm-ups. West Indies lost all three youth
ODIs against a second-string Bangladesh
side, but Holder finished with a five-for
while playing for Combined Campuses
and Colleges in Nagico Super50, West
Indies domestic 50-over tournament, in
only his fourth List-A match.
About ten days later, Holder got a call
that one of the Under-19 players, Obed
McCoy, was injured in Bangladesh and that
he had been picked as the replacement.
Needless to say, Holder was not expecting
"It was a big news. I was happy but
shocked," Holder said with a laugh after
West Indies got through to the semifinal
with a five-wicket win against Pakistan.
Holder flew in, got two practice sessions
and made his debut straightaway. He
grabbed everyone's attention by cranking
up some good pace along with their lead
pacer Alzarri Joseph. Holder stuck to a
strangling line outside off, got the ball to
move off the pitch and picked up two wick-
ets in his first three overs.
"Well, yes it is different conditions com-
pared to the ones back home," Holder said.
"The pitch is a bit faster at home. So I had
to bowl at fuller length."
Not many people knew where Holder
had come from. Just 17 years old, he had
not been picked for any of the three West
Indies Under-19 camps in 2015 and had
only played for Barbados Under-19s until
then. He had not really set the Under-19
regional tournament on fire, with three
wickets from four matches, but was soon
picked for the Nagico Super50.
"Well, really and truly it was a good feel-
ing because I played against international
players," Holder said about his five-wicket
haul. "And taking five is a big thing. So
coming here now, I am not getting com-
placent. The wickets may not be as good,
so I just keep it simple."
West Indies captain Shimron Hetmyer
could hardly stop smiling after the quar-
ter-final win, and sung praises of Holder,
who joined the team only a few days back.
"The boys have coped with the wickets
and conditions very quickly," he said. "Even
Holder bowled very well today. Just leading
from the front with the ball with him and
we have Alzarri Joseph also, so he was very
good. Very good day for us."
Holder and Joseph provided their team
with a dream start by reducing Pakistan to
57 for 5 before Umair Masood led their
recovery with a century and put on 164
runs in 28.1 overs with Salman Fayyaz. Het-
myer admitted that the team became a little
"complacent" after taking the early wick-
"Possibly I think we got a little bit too
relaxed after taking the first five wickets of
the game," he said. "We got complacent
and possibly we could have just kept grind-
ing them and possibly it would've been a
lower score for us to chase."
Even though the pitch was not flat like
it usually is in Fatullah, Hetmyer said West
Indies were always confident of chasing
down the target. Opener Gidron Pope looked
to slog from the first ball he faced and even
though he did not succeed in his first four
attempts, the openers soon set the tone
with an important stand of 45 in 6.2 overs.
Pope fell for an 18-ball 25 and Imlach top-
scored with a more composed 54.
"I think that probably wasn't the plan
(how Pope started)," Hetmyer said with a
smile. "That's how he plays his natural
game and for a couple of balls he played,
he should have given himself a chance.
After he got accustomed to the pitch and
how the bowler was bowling and he got on
top of them and kept banging them as hard
as he could.
"We thought we gave them a score of
possibly about 190 and they scored 227.
We still thought we could get this score
because it wasn't that much of a big score.
And just have a bat and get a few good
partnerships. That's what we did today, got
good opening partnerships and with me
and the keeper (Imlach) as well.
"For the game today, how I came on to
bat, I was just trying to play my natural
game. The way I play back home in the
Caribbean and how I play my cricket right
through. I think it helped me today because
I came out in a positive mindset and to
play my shots, hit the balls in the air, I
played my shots and I guess it came off for
Hetmyer also agreed that many people
may not have expected his team to come
this far in the tournament after having a
poor run of form in the build-up to the
tournament. But their fortunes turned once
the World Cup started. Including the warm-
ups, West Indies have now lost only one
of the six matches they have played so far.
"I think probably coming into the tour-
nament a lot of people thought that because
we lost the three games against Bangladesh
all here, we wouldn't really get this far. I
think the guys got accustomed to the con-
ditions and adapted as fast as they could,
very fast I should say. We have just been
playing our normal cricket as we play in
the Caribbean and that's what we have to
continue from now on and play our normal
UNDER-19 WORLD CUP
Captain Hetmyer admits
WI got 'complacent'
West Indies Under-19 have lost just one game this World Cup © International Cricket Council.
Melissa Joseph is honored after official notifi-
cation yesterday that she was selected on the T&T
National Taekwondo Team to represent the country
at the Olympic Qualifiers, in Aguascalientes, Mexico
this March. This was after her progressive and
brave performance this past week at the US Open
2016 International Taekwondo Tournament, held
in Reno, Nevada, USA.
Many of the world's Olympic hopefuls and best
medallists in the world used this High Level com-
petition as a test for their respective countries selec-
Joseph fought strong in defeat in the toughest
seeded bracket division, among the world's top ranked
contenders. The task was the stiffest from the begin-
ning, as Joseph was seeded against the world's top
6th ranked fighter, Yun Tao Weren from China, who
was defending her gold medal title from last year's
Open, when defeating a six-time worlds medalist
in that very final from Brazil. The Chinese competitor
dwarfed joseph in size, standing at least a solid six
foot which made the T&T athlete uphill task that
This opportunity was a very good measuring stick
for her by coming up against one of the worlds best.
Joseph expressed that her competitor's front kicks
were like a snakes multiple strike, being precise,
from different angles and fast. However, she stated
that it never hurt her, as she was up to the task and
beyond, but the opponents height was a big disad-
vantage for her.
Joseph would like to take this time to thank her
coaches both in T&T and the US for all they have
done in helping her and the T&T Taekwondo Asso-
ciation in having the faith to believe in her, by allowing
her to exemplify her performance to compete at this
high level and be selected among other Olympic
gold medallists from other countries, all heading to
the Olympic Qualifiers in the Quest for Rio 2016
Olympic Games. It's just one more step now between
Joseph and Rio Olympics 2016. Joseph said she's
training and preparing herself like she has never
before in the next four weeks as the dream is within
Joseph fights her
way to Olympic
T&T Red Steel batsman Narsingh Deonarine has
praised the recently retired Shiv Chanderpaul as a
cricketer with great intellect and humility, and who
was always willing to help younger players.
The 41-year-old Chanderpaul announced his retire-
ment from international cricket two weeks ago fol-
lowing a stellar 164-Test career which yielded 11 867
Deonarine, who like Chanderpaul is Guyanese,
said the veteran left-hander had had a profound
impact on his career.
"Sometimes I would sit and talk to Shiv about
cricket and he makes the game sound very easy and
simple. The way he talks about batting and the man-
ner in which he analysed how bowlers would try and
attack a batsman showed his intellect," said Deonarine,
also a left-hander.
"Simple things like when a fast bowler is swinging
the ball in both directions, how to negate this threat.
The first thing he said to us young batsmen is always
play for the ball coming back in because once the
ball comes back in there is a greater chance of getting
"If the ball swings away there is no major threat
once we played tight and close to our bodies since
the ball will miss the bat. It is simple things like that
he was able to work out quickly."
Deonarine was fortunate enough to play alongside
Chanderpaul, having managed 18 Tests and 31 One-
Day Internationals for West Indies. (CMC)
Deonarine hails Shiv's
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