Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 2nd 2016 Contents A37
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Sports & Games Santa Rosa FC,
known as the Big Cannons contin-
ued their reign at the top of the Pre-
miership Division of the CNG
National Super League on Sunday
after thrashing defending champs
T&T Defence Force 4-1 at the Marvin
Lee Stadium, Tunapuna.
The win for the Keith Look Loy-
coached Big Cannons came courtesy
a double strike from Keron Clarke in
the 35th and 50th minute and other
goals from Rashad Griffith (25th) and
Keston Henry on the stroke of reg-
ulation time (90th minute). The lone
item for the Army Coast Guard com-
bination came from Josimar Belgrave
in the 16th minute.
The win pushed the Cannons to 17
points in eight matches, winning five
and losing just once. They hold a nar-
row one-point lead on Petrotrin Palo
Seco and WASA Football Club, who
are both on 16 points from the same
amount of matches. After the game
Clarke thanked his coach for the con-
fidence he showed in him, saying he
has not scored a goal in six matches.
"It feels good, the defending cham-
pions coming home in our arena. I
went six games without a goal and I
am thankful to the coach for showing
that confidence and allowing me to
play, and I got two today," Clarke said.
Both his goals came from first-time
finishes from crosses. He is now rel-
ishing the opportunity to face Siparia
Spurs at home in their next match,
noting that he wants to ensure that
his team continues to lead the stand-
ings. Apart from the return of Clarke s
goal-scoring touch, the Big Cannons
were also celebrating the performance
of defender Curlan Dick who made
his debut in the Super League with
steady performance that helped keep
the Army s guns on safety mode. Dick,
who campaigned at the right back
position, said although they gave away
an early goal, his back-line stayed firm
and supported each other. Having
been elevated from the Eastern Football
Association (EFA), Dick described the
level of competition at the Super
League as more physical and tactical,
saying his next step is to cement his
position with the Big Cannons for the
rest of the season.
Meanwhile, second-placed Petrotrin
Palo Seco were also winners on Sun-
day, clobbering newcomers Queen s
Park CC by a similar 4-1 margin, fol-
lowing another double strike by Cory
Cyrus in the 34th and 41st minutes.
Romauld Aguillera opened the scoring
for the southerners in the 30th while
Angus John ended the scoring in the
43rd. The Parkites got their only goal
from Jared Bennett in the 46th.
In other games WASA shut-out
Real Maracas FC 2-0, courtesy goals
from Nathan Julien and Glen Walker
while fourth on the standings Matura
Re United edged Club Sando Moruga
2-1. Kerin Vincent opened the scoring
for Matura in the 16th minute and
later he got the winner in the 85th
minute, despite Club Sando s equal-
ising goal in the 60th minute from
Bethel United (Aaron Quashie 21st,
Kevon Woodley 35th minute) defeated
1976 Phoenix (LeJandro Williams 83rd)
2-1 while Police FC got a double from
Colin Williams in the 28th and 90th
and another item from Jason Boodram
in the 39th to clinch a 3-2 victory over
The Spurs goals came from Keston
Lindon (53rd minute) and Andy Lon-
don in the 70th.
'Big Cannons' continue atop
Super League standings
Members of Sports & Games Santa Rosa FC, the Big Cannons, before whipping defending champs Defence Force
4-1 on Sunday in the Premiership Division of the CNG National Super League.
Curepe Sports inflicted the heav-
iest defeat of the Courts Inter Club
T20 quarter-finals with a 155-run
drubbing of Dinsley Village Cricket
Club on Saturday at the National
Cricket Club in Balmain, Couva.
Opening batsman David Adams
cracked 111 off just 59 balls as
Curepe rattled up 195 for the loss
of three wickets in their allotted 20
overs after winning the toss and
electing to bat.
And Curepe stamped their dom-
inance on their fellow East Zone
rivals by dismissing Dinsley for a
paltry 51 in nine overs as Mark Gor-
don (four wickets for 17 runs), Rishi
Rampersad (three for 14), and Mar-
lon Bharath (two wickets for one
run) effected a spectacular rout.
Adams hit nine boundaries and
cleared the ropes seven times in an
innings lasting 76 minutes, and got
good support from fellow opening
Clevon Frederick who made 34 off
37 balls with two boundaries. The
pair were only separated with the
score on 110 after 13.2 overs.
Curepe will now join North East
Zone teams Unity and Biche Sports,
and BFL of the Central Zone in the
semi-finals of the $34,000 tour-
nament which are scheduled for
Saturday (August 6) in an eagerly
anticipated day-night double-head-
er at the NCC Ground at Balmain.
Earlier on Saturday, triple
crowned Central Zone champions
BFL defeated San Francique by 38
runs in a match reduced to 15 overs
after being put into bat and racing
to 145 for four wickets.
BFL opening pair of Sidel Diaz
and Suruj Ragoonath demolished
the San Francique bowling com-
bining well for an entertaining 120-
run partnership in 12.1 overs. Diaz
was the more aggressive crashing
75 off 41 balls with six boundaries
and four maximums, while former
Test and national player Suruj
Ragoonath made a run-a-ball 33.
In their turn at the crease, San
Francique made a valiant but vain
effort ending on 107 for eight wick-
ets, with opening batsman Clint
Deosaran making 23 with four
boundaries, captain Kamchand
Deosaran chipping in with 21 (two
fours and a six) and Kiran Bhimull
finishing undefeated with 25.
Sharing the wickets were Dylan
Diaz (two for 15), while Akean
Awong, Sidel Diaz, and Ragoonath
claimed one apiece as BFL qualified
for the last four stage of the tour-
nament in convincing style.
The winners of the Courts Inter
Club T20 tournament will collect
$15,000 together with the cham-
pionship trophy and gold medals.
The runners-up will pocket $10,000
and medals, and the third placed
team will take home $3,000.
The club placing fourth will be
entitled to $2,000.
There will also be $1,000 each
and a trophy at stake for the Most
Valuable Player of the tournament;
the Golden Bat winner (scorer of
the most runs); the Golden Arm
Award (bowler talking the most
wickets); and for the bowler fin-
ishing with the best economy rate.
On Thursday, Biche Sports beat
MGM Savannah Boys by 55 runs,
and Unity went past Debe T-Birds
by two wickets in the first two
quarter-final match-ups played
under lights at the NCC Ground.
The Courts Inter Club T20 features
the top two teams in the shortest
format of the game in the seven
affiliated zones of the T&T Cricket
Board, and the Tobago Cricket
Curepe Sports wins big in Courts T20
BMX racer Maris
Strombergs has earned the
nickname "The Machine." The
Latvian is the only man to win
BMX cycling gold in the
discipline's short Olympic
In 2008, Strombergs swept
through the competition from
the quarterfinals. He wasn't
quite as strong during the
early rounds in 2012, but won
the final anyway. Now 29,
Strombergs will be one of the
older competitors at the Rio
Olympics, where the average
age of a rider skews closer to
the early-to-mid 20s.
Strombergs does have that
Olympic pedigree , though.
USA Cycling BMX director
Jaime Staff said Strombergs
has the ability to peak toward
one or two events a year.
"A physical specimen for
sure, mentally very tough,"
Staff said. "He's able to switch
it on when he needs to." Both
the men's and women's fields
figure to be as competitive as
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