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Darren Mitchell scored twice to lift two-time
champions Central FC to a 2-1 comeback win over
Club Sando in their second Digicel Pro League
game of the season on Friday night.
The victory pushed the Central Sharks to the
top of the standings, booting off Police FC who
will next face seasoned campaigners W Connection
In the first game of a double-header at Mahaica
Oval, Mitchell, who scored the opener in a 2-1 win
over rivals W Connection last Tuesday, first drew
the Sharks level before the hour mark, then snatched
the winner in the final minute of regulation time
to earn full points and take his tally of goals to
His goals came after Kemuel Rivers fired Sando
in the lead a minute into the second half from a
delightful 22-yard free kick that beat the jump of
the wall, as well as the outstretched arms of goal-
keeper Javon Sample.
The Angus Eve-coached Club Sando outfit came
close to another item in the 56th minute when
midfielder Akeem Humphrey, fired his shot across
the face of the goal with only the keeper to beat.
The play-maker was also held accountable for
missing a golden opportunity by heading wide of
an open goal when Akeem Roach picked him out
unmarked in the tenth minute.
However, Mitchell made it 1-1 when he beat goal-
keeper Stefan Berkeley off a feed from Marcus
Joseph in the 59th. The southerners were unlucky
not to have been given a penalty soon after when
an effort from Jamaican midfielder Keithy Simpson
struck the arm of Central substitute Kevon Villaroel,
but the referee waved play on.
Disaster struck in the 90th minute for Club Sando
however. Mitchell swooped in quickly to pounce
on a fumble by Berkeley after Leston Paul s rasping
shot was too steamy for him to hold.
In the second game Point Fortin Civic suffered
their second defeat in as many matches after falling
2-0 to visiting Ma Pau Stars.
Elton John opened the scoring from a free kick
and former English Premier League forward Jason
Scotland, in his second game back in the Pro League
since 2002, completed the two-goal win from the
penalty spot as Ma Pau rebounded from a 5-1 open-
ing loss to Police.
Civic looked a slightly improved bunch following
last week s 3-1 defeat against Morvant Caledonia
United at the same venue, but fell behind at the
half hour mark John s 30-yard free kick bounced
awkwardly past goalkeeper Myles Goodman, as
Scotland and Anthonty Wolfe failed to make contact.
Goodman who did well to keep out Scotland s
initial penalty strike in the 69th minute after Wolfe
was brought down in the area by Shevon Abraham,
could do nothing when Scotland quickly pounced
on the lose ball for his team s second goal.
Civic suffered an early blow when pre-season
signing Kehinde Adeshigin had to be rushed to
hospital for a suspcted fracture after the 43rd minute
when he was taken down by a rash Adrian Noel s
tackle that left his socks torn at the ankle.
The best chance for the home side fell to Sylvester
Teesdale from the penalty spot after a handball in
the box against Noel six minutes from the end.
However Teesdale was denied by Glenroy Samuel
who also denied the veteran forward Jamille
Boatswain on the follow up.
President of the T&T Cricket
Board Azim Bassarath has
launched a stirring defence of the
national cricket organisation as it
gears up for its annual general
meeting (AGM), and election of
officers later this month.
Bassarath, who is tipped to be re-
elected to head the TTCB for a third
consecutive term, told attendees of
the second biennial awards function
of the T&T Umpires and Scorers
Council on Saturday last that the
game has been well-served under
his administration. The former
umpire rattled off a long list of
notable achievements locally, region-
ally and internationally by T&T
cricketers which he said stand as
testimony to the successful policies
and plans of the TTCB.
He debunked the criticisms of
some people who he said have
embarked on a campaign to tarnish
the image of the sport and disrupt
the TTCB s smooth administration
and record of success which they
have worked very hard to achieve.
At present a number of member
clubs are calling the TTCB boss to
amend the constitution before the
AGM to reflect One-Man One Vote"
which will remove the unfair advan-
tage that his executive enjoys with
nominated members and executive
officers having 12 votes even before
the AGM takes place.
But Bassarath said the TTCB is
fulfilling its mission to sustain and
develop cricket as the most suc-
cessfully organised sport in T&T
which gives priority to its players,
zones, clubs, administrators, affiliates
"We have been providing admin-
istrative strength for 40 National
League clubs, 122 zonal clubs, 12
women s clubs, 12 clubs in Tobago,
527 primary schools, 138 secondary
schools, 200 umpires and scorers,
the Women s Cricket Association
and the Tobago Cricket Association"
He noted the TTCB has an expan-
sionary concept of cricket develop-
ment which envisions a greater role
for its stakeholders which will soon
embrace all coaches, cricket analysts
and other professionals who bring
their expertise and knowledge to
"This approach breaks the mould
of the restrictive structure of the
past and has overseen the phenom-
enal growth and success of women s
cricket and the importance of
schools (primary and secondary)
which comprise the largest group
of participants nationally to carry
the torch of our development pro-
grammes," said Bassarath.
He pointed to the marked growth
of the game in Tobago which he said
continues to rise with the introduc-
tion of training programmes which
are geared towards building capacity
and create an environment to
nurture and encourage young
He said the TTCB administrative
framework of governance has yield-
ed immeasurable results with the
emergence of a generation of out-
standing cricketers following in the
footsteps of Brian Lara, the greatest
batsman to have played the game.
Bassarath pointed to the domi-
nance of the national Red Force team
in the shorter formats of the game
(T20 and 50-Overs), and the string
of successes enjoyed by the national
age group teams in regional com-
Cricket Board most successful says Bassarath
Central out front
...as Scotland gets off the mark for Ma Pau
....as clubs call for 12-vote advantage to be recinded
President of the T&T Cricket Board Azim Bassarath, right, presents a
posthumous award to the son of Parasram Ramsubhag at the second
biennial awards function of the T&T Umpires and Scorers' Council on
Saturday at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva.
PHOTO COURTESY TTCB
Harvard's Shakeel Dyte, left, out jumps Caribs Jamal Clarke during their
TTRFU CDL Big Four playoff match at UWI Grounds, St Augustine last
Saturday. Harvard won 10-3. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
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