Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 9th 2016 Contents JOHANNESBURG---England limited-overs
captain Eoin Morgan quashed speculation
that Kevin Pietersen might be recalled for
the World Twenty20, saying "that door is
completely shut" for the country s leading
runscorer in all formats.
Pietersen has become a T20 specialist
since his acrimonious departure from the
England setup following the 2013-14 Ashes
series, and the batsman has returned some
impressive performances in the South African
and Australian T20 leagues.
But speaking to British newspaper The
Daily Mail from England s tour of South
Africa, Morgan said: "That door is completely
shut. Kevin will not be picked. That s from
Morgan s comments prompted a response
on Twitter from Pietersen, who has regularly
said he still wants to play for England.
"Interesting he s saying it s HIS call! Very
interesting! Hmmmmm...!" Pietersen tweeted
Pietersen was the second-highest runscorer
in South Africa s Ram Slam late last year,
with 401 from just seven games at an average
of 80.20. Quinton de Kock, the top runscorer,
made 437 runs but played 11 games.
The 35-year-old Pietersen was the third-
highest scorer in Australia s Big Bash League.
His teams made the final in both tourna-
His success in the shortest format prompt-
ed suggestions England might re-think its
position with Pietersen and consider recalling
him. Morgan said it would not happen.
England appears to have moved on from
Pietersen anyway, sealing a 2-1 test series
win in South Africa last month for its first
series victory over the South Africans in
more than a decade. The ODI team is looking
good in South Africa, too, with a 2-0 lead
in the five-match series ahead of the third
game on Tuesday.
The World T20 in India starts on March
8. England is in a group with defending
champion Sri Lanka, South Africa, West
Indies and a fifth team that s still to qualify.
Shimron Hetmyer struck a half-
century in a timely return to form
while opener Tevin Imlach chipped
in with another, as West Indies
Under-19s reached the final four
of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup
with a convincing five-wicket over
Pakistan Under-19s yesterday.
Playing in the last quarter-final at
Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium,
the Young Windies successfully
chased down 228 with ten overs to
spare, to set up a meeting with hosts
Bangladesh on Thursday.
They were carried by Imlach who
top-scored with 54 and Hetmyer,
who turned the page on a run of
indifferent form with 52.
Shamar Springer chimed in with
37, Jyd Goolie got an unbeaten 26
while Gidron Pope, 25, and Keemo
Paul, 24 not out, played key roles as
The Caribbean side cruised at 122
for one in the 20th over but lost three
wickets for 25 runs to slump to 147
for four in the 28th over.
However, any hopes of a late Pak-
istan comeback were dashed as Goolie
anchored two successive stands to
see his side home. He first added 43
for the fifth wicket with Springer
before putting on 39 in an unbroken
sixth wicket partnership with Paul.
"This is a wonderful result for us.
It feels good to be through to the
semi-finals," Hetmyer said afterward.
"We just stuck to our plans and
executed what we had worked on at
practice. It was probably a good toss
to lose because our bowlers did very
well to take those early wickets."
Opting to bat first, Pakistan slid
to 57 for five at the end of the 21st
over before recovering to reach a com-
petitive 227 for seven off 50 overs.
They were helped by a brilliant 113
from wicketkeeper Umair Masood
who added 164 runs for the sixth
wicket with Salman Fayyaz who fin-
ished on 58 not out.
Fast bowler Chemar Holder, play-
ing in his first game of the tournament
after being called up last week as an
injury replacement, snapped up two
for 26 in a quick spell.
He removed captain Zeeshan Malik
for three in the fourth over, top-edg-
ing a pull at a short ball for Ryan John
to take an easy catch running in from
New batsman Shadab Khan fol-
lowed for one in Holder s next over,
caught at slip by Hetmyer and when
impressive fast bowler Alzarri Joseph
trapped Mohammad Umar lbw with
a yorker for eight, Pakistan were sink-
ing at 21 for three in the ninth over.
Saif Badar (10) and Hasan Mohsin
(19) fell to catches at the wicket soon
after but Masood and Fayyaz then
rescued the innings with a splendid
Masood faced 115 balls and counted
15 fours and two sixes while Fayyaz
hammered three fours and a six in a
The partnership ended off the first
ball of the final over when Masood
was caught at the wicket, trying to
scoop a full toss from seamer John
over the keeper s head.
In reply, West Indies got two solid
stands up front to take firm control
of the encounter. Imlach put on 45
off 38 deliveries for the first wicket
with Pope whose 25 needed just 18
balls and included two fours and two
When Pope slapped an innocuous
delivery from left-arm spinner
Ahmad Shafiq to Mohsin at point,
Hetmyer joined Imlach to post a fur-
ther 77 for the second wicket.
The left-handed Hetmyer, with
just 23 runs from his previous four
innings, faced 42 deliveries and
counted eight fours and a six while
Imlach carved our five fours off 76
Three balls after reaching his half-
century, Hetmyer as deceived in flight
by leg-spinner Shadab Khan and
stumped, triggering a slide which
saw Keacy Carty (7) and Imlach both
perish via the run out route.
Springer then helped rally the
innings with his run-a-ball knock
containing three fours and two sixes
in partnership with Goolie that took
the Young Windies to within sight
Springer s demise---holing out at
cover off seamer Sameen Gul---saw
Goolie settle down with Paul to steer
West Indies to a comfortable win.
All told, Goolie faced 32 balls and
counted two fours while Paul reeled
off a cameo, striking four fours and
a six in a 16-ball knock. (CMC)
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COMMERCE CITY, Colorado---T&T s defender
Mekeil Williams has signed for Major League
Soccer club Colorado Rapids from Guatemalan
champions Antigua GFC, ahead of the new sea-
son which kicks off next month.
The 25-year-old has 11 caps for T&T and was
a member of the squad that reached the quar-
ter-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League
Williams started his professional career as an
18-year-old in the T&T Pro League for Ma Pau
SC back in 2009 before moving on to giants W
Connection two years later.
He then had a short loan stint in Poland fol-
lowed by eight appearances for FC Fyn in Denmark
in 2012, before returning to W Connection for
a second run.
Last summer, he joined Antigua GFC, making
20 appearances in all competitions and scoring
"I m very excited to be here. I ve been looking
forward to playing in the MLS for a while,"
"I ve been following the league and there are
a lot of top players coming to the league so I m
excited and I m just ready to get going."
Rapids get their season underway on March 6
against San Jose Earthquakes. (CMC)
after inking MLS
deal with Rapids
Hetmyer, Imlach see Windies into semi-finals
England captain Morgan:
Door is shut on Pietersen return
Pakistan vs West Indies
Zeeshan Malik c John b Holder*3
Mohammad Umar lbw b Joseph*8
Shadab Khan c Hetmyer b Holder*1
Saif Badar c wkp Imlach b Springer*10
Hasan Mohsin c wkp Imlach b Paul*19
Umair Masood c wkp Imlach b John*113
Salman Fayyaz not out*58
Hasan Khan not out*1
Extras (b4, lb1, w9)*14
TOTAL (6 wkts, 50 overs)*227
Did not bat: Hayatullah, Sameen Gul, Ahmad Shafiq
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-14, 3-21, 4-40, 5-57, 6-221.
Bowling: Joseph 10-0-28-1 (w4), Holder 7-2-26-2 (w2), Springer 7-1-43-1 (w1),
John 10-1-38-1, Paul 10-1-53-1 (w1), Pope 4-0-20-0 (w1), Goolie 2-0-14-0.
WEST INDIES UNDER-19s
G Pope c Hasan Mohsin b Ahmad Shafiq*25
T Imlach run out*54
S Hetmyer st Umair Masood b Shadab Khan*52
K Carty run out 7
S Springer c Shadab Khan b Sameen Gul *37
J Goolie not out*26
K Paul not out*24
Extras (b1, lb1, w2)*4
TOTAL (5 wkts, 40 overs)* 229
Did not bat: M Frew, R John, A Joseph, C Holder.
Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-122, 3-138, 4-147, 5-190.
Bowling: Sameen Gul 5-0-32-1, Hasan Mohsin 2-0-18-0 (w1), Hayatullah 5-0-37-0,
Ahmad Shafiq 7-0-35-1 (w1), Shadab Khan 10-1-54-1, Hasan Khan 9-0-38-2,
Salman Fayyaz 2-0-13-0.
Result: West Indies U19s won by five wickets.
Series: West Indies U19s advance to semi-finals.
Man-of-the-Match: Umair Masood.
Umpires: T Robinson, C Shamshuddin; TV -- R Palliyaguruge.
Keemo Paul (left)
celebrates with Jyd
Goolie after West
beat Pakistan Under-
19s in the quarter-
final of the Under-19
Cricket World Cup
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