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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, February 18, 2016
BRIDGETOWN - World Under-19 champions West
Indies returned to the Caribbean on Tuesday after-
noon to a heroes welcome, following their triumph
last Sunday at the ICC Youth World Cup in
They were greeted at the Grantley Adams Interna-
tional Airport here by Barbados Cricket Association
president and West Indies Cricket Board director, Joel
Garner, along with WICB chief executive Michael
Legendary West Indies opener Desmond Haynes,
Barbados Sports Minister Stephen Lashley and Tourism
Minister Richard Sealy also attended the welcome cer-
An elated captain Shimron Hetmyer said his side
had remained confident despite their sluggish start to
"I think the turnaround came after the game against
England where we knew we had to win the other
games to get through," the Guyana left-hander said.
"I think after then the guys really got serious and
really got down to their stuff and that started in the
practice from the next day. The guys then did everything
in their power to make sure we won the next couple
games and, even in the Zimbabwe game, had had some
very positive performances."
West Indies were whitewashed by Bangladesh in a
warm-up three match series before losing their opening
match of the tournament to England by 61 runs.
However, they rebounded to crush minnows Fiji by
262 runs before eking out a narrow two-run win over
Zimbabwe in controversial circumstances in their final
group game, to reach the quarter-finals.
West Indies then produced clinical run chases to
beat Pakistan by five wickets and Bangladesh by two
wickets in the semi-finals to clinch their spot in the
final against previously unbeaten India Under-19s.
Yet again, the strung together a successful chase to
win by five wickets chasing a small total of 146.
Manager Dwain Gill said the confidence level in the
squad had remained high throughout the tournament
and pointed to the warm-up matches as being key to
"It feels great of course being part of a World Cup-
winning squad as went there to win," he noted.
"It started off quite challenging with the warm-up
matches against Bangladesh but that is the reason we
went there -- to get acclimatised to the conditions and
see the opposition."
Family members of the Barbados players along with
well-wishers were also present to welcome the squad.
Striker Kennya "Yaya Cordner netted twice
as T&T s senior Women Soca Warriors drubbed
Guyana "Jaguars" 5-1 in their final Group B
match to secure their berth in the semi-finals
of the 2016 Concacaf Women s Olympic qual-
ifiers at the BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston,
Texas, USA on Tuesday evening.
T&T went into the match trailing Guyana on
goal-difference with both teams on three points
each, three adrift of Canada, who had already
qualified for the semifinals ahead of their match
with Guatemala. T&T needed a win to advance.
T&T women made certain of qualifying with
Ahkeela Mollon and Mariah Shade plus an own
goal helping to power T&T to their second win
of the tournament, and their biggest in the com-
petition to end second in the four-team pool
with six points behind Canada, who trounced
Guatemala 10-0 in the night s second match.
T&T will now meet reigning Olympic and
World champions, USA at the same venue from
9:30pm TT time on Friday in the second semi-
final, while Canada play Costa Rica in the first
T&T knew they had to take the game to the
Guyanese who were coming off a 2-1 win over
Guatemala and fancying their chances of an
upset. But Guyana were left with much to think
about inside the opening 20 minutes.
Cordner put T&T 1-0 ahead in the 7th minute
as she and Mollon combined and the forward
would meet a through pass and round goalkeeper
Chante Sandiford before slotting home.
Shade doubled T&T s lead two minutes later
when she sent a left footer into the top left corner
of the net from just inside the penalty area fol-
lowing a ball from Mollon and Guyana were in
further trouble in the 15th minute when Alyson
Heydorn turned a left side ball from Cunningham
into her own net.
Mollon put the game out of Guyana s reach
with a simple finish in the 21st minute.
Guyana pulled a goal back in the 43rd minute
when goalkeeper Kimika Forbes poor clearance
was picked up by Bria Williams and she nailed
it home from way out.
Cordner got her second item in the 61st when
she cleaned up an initial attempt by Mollon which
Sandiford couldn t hold onto.
Hood, in his first tournament as coach of the
senior women s team, was pleased with the win
but felt T&T finished the game too lightly on
"We have achieved the goal we set out to com-
ing into this tournament which was getting into
the semi finals. I think it is a tremendous achieve-
ment. We went into the match looking to start
quickly and put them on the backfoot from early
and we did just that. I was happy to see us four
goals so early," Hood said.
On meeting the USA, Hood added: "It will be
an extremely difficult task. It will always be an
honour to take the field against such a team. We
will do the best that we can I think that is all
that we can do at this time."
Hood s team enjoyed 63 percent of the ball
possession and outshot their opponents 11 to 5.
Yesterday T&T focussed on recovery and will
resume their preparations today ahead of the
semi-final clash. Canada will take on Costa Rica
in tomorrow s other semi final.
Trinidad and Tobago (4-2-3-1): 1.Kimika Forbes
;5.Arin King, 6.Khadidra Debesette, 14.Karyn
Forbes, 2.Jenelle Cunningham; 9.Maylee Attin-
Johnson (captain), 11.Janine Francois (15.Liana
Hinds, 65); 12.Ahkeela Mollon, 10.Tasha St Louis
(8.Victoria Swift, 72), 19.Kennya Cordner; 3.Mariah
Shade (16.Jo Marie Lewis, 64)
New Zealand wicket-
keeper batsman Brendon
McCullum has named West
Indies cricket legend Sir
Viv Richards as his
favourite player of all time.
McCullum has described
the former West Indies cap-
tain as "the leader of cricket"
around the world during his
Richards, who has been
dubbed by many as the
most destructive batsman
of all time , averages 50.23
with the bat in Tests and 47
"My favourite West Indies
player of all time has to be
Sir Viv Richards. He was the
leader of cricket right around
the world throughout his
time; his charisma, the way
he carried himself, the way
he led his team and obvi-
ously the way that he played
as well," said McCullum.
"He wasn t just one of my
favourite West Indies play-
ers; he was one of my
favourite players of all time
as well. I had the opportu-
nity to meet him not long
ago. Sometimes it s danger-
ous to meet your heroes, but
not on this occasion. It was
a really cool moment, and
what a guy he is as well."
McCullum is among sev-
eral international players
selected to play in the fourth
edition of the Caribbean
Premier League (CPL) due
to start later this year.
The New Zealand wick-
etkeeper batsman will rep-
resent Trinbago Knight Rid-
ers, one of six franchises in
"I m super excited to be
featuring in this edition of
the 2016 CPL. It s really spe-
cial to be playing in the
Caribbean; the fan engage-
ment and carnival atmos-
phere is something I ve
heard a lot from a lot of
players around the world,"
said McCullum, who has
gathered 2140 runs from 71
T20 International matches
with a top score of 123.
"My favourite memories
of playing in the West Indies
are in touring around some
of the boutique grounds I ve
been involved in. I guess
there s the cultural aspects
of the Caribbean (as well),
and just getting to meet
some of the great people
McCullum is representing
a franchise that also includes
South African Hashim Amla,
Umar Akmal of Pakistan and
former West Indies stroke-
maker Ramnaresh Sarwan,
a surprise choice during last
week s player draft.
ST JOHN'S - The Caribbean will have an additional
set of activities within the next year from cricket as
the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) gets set to host
a number of regional and international tours.
Emphasizing that the preparation of the winning
Under 19 team was part of a comprehensive programme,
president of the WICB Dave Cameron is calling on
Caribbean businesses and governments to "consolidate
their efforts and invest in the rebuilding of the overall
cricket programme. "Now is as good a time as ever for
public and private sector organisations to join forces
with the WICB."
The tours will include the visits of South Africa and
Australia for a One-Day International Tri-Nation series;
Caribbean Premier League and the Indian tour in July;
England early next year; and Pakistan thereafter; the
cricket calendar is set to be active.
According to a release from the WICB, the last eco-
nomic impact survey done from a tour of the region
by England in 2014, reported considerable benefit to
three countries in particular. The upcoming games will
be hosted in a few more venues/countries and there
is considerable expectation both from the fans as well
as from the economies that will benefit.
The overall direct economic impact for the region
was estimated at US$59.8 million at an average of
US$5.1 million a day spend from the REPUCOM report
generated-survey for that period "and we see where,
with proper planning in place, we can generate more
revenue and certainly greater interest," Cameron stat-
ed.Cameron noted that "the region is still celebrating
with the young men who defined true Caribbean bril-
liance in executing a carefully crafted win over India
in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup and wants
the region to rally to show true support."
return to big welcome
names Viv as
Cameron calls for support from business, governments
West Indies Under-19 captain Shimron Hetmyer and Barbados Sports Minister, Stephen Lashley at the
arrival ceremony for the victorious West Indies team at the Grantley Adams International Airport in
Barbados on Tuesday. WICB MEDIA PHOTO
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