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Sunshine Girls take lead with
dominant opening victory
LONDON--Jamaica's Sunshine Girls
overcame a sluggish opening quarter to
draw first blood in their three-match se-
ries against England by cruising to a 66-49
victory in the opening contest at the Copper
Box on Tuesday.
The Caribbean side trailed 12-16 at the end
of the first quarter but produced a strong surge
to lead 31-27 at half-time, before dominating
down the stretch to come away easy winners.
Goal shoot Jhaniele Fowler-Reid made an
emphatic return to national colours, scoring
49 goals from 56 attempts while goal attack
Eboni Beckford-Chambers supported with
17 from 20.
For the hosts, Jo Harten led with 33
from 36 attempts while Kadeen Corbin
chipped in with 14 from
Fowler-Reid ... spearhead-
ed Jamaica's opening win.
England captain, Ama Ag-
beze, afterwards bemoaned
the inability of her side to sustain their early
"The energy and the link we had to a home
venue and crowd, we just didn't carry that on
which isn't really great," Agbeze said.
Harten combined with Corbin to provide the
early energy as England caught the Sunshine
Girls napping with their strong start.
However, Jamaica rebounded in the second
quarter with Vangelee Williams stealing pos-
session on one play for Fowler-Reid to convert.
Half-way through the quarter Jamaica drew
level and it was Fowler-Reid who put her side
ahead from long range, as the half approached.
England produced a surge in the third quar-
ter but Jamaica kept their wits about them to
maintain their advantage.
The high ball into Fowler-Reid was particu-
larly effective and she kept Jamaica in the lead
at 49-42 at the start of the final quarter, with
In a frantic final stanza, England made several
key mistakes while the Jamaicans were clinical,
out-scoring their opponents 17-7.
DHAKA---T&T's all-rounder Kevon Cooper has
found himself in trouble over his action again,
after being reported for a suspect bowling action
during the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League.
The 27-year-old, who bowls right-arm seam, has
a history of issues with his action and was also re-
ported during the Pakistan Super League earlier this
year and in the Indian Premier League two years ago.
In 2011, Cooper was also reported while playing in
the Caribbean Twenty20.
Cooper joins left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny who
was also reported for having a suspect action and the
BPL technical committee chairman, Jalal Yunus, said
the cases of both players were being dealt with.
All-rounder Kevon Cooper ... reported for suspect
"Sunny was reported once, in their (Rangpur
Riders) last game [on November 28]," Yunus
"The next step would be for the BCB's bowl-
ing action review committee to analyse video
footage of the delivery, which we will do soon after
the end of the tournament. We have sent Cooper's
footage to the WICB."
Cooper, who has played just two first class games
for Trinidad and Tobago, has mainly plied his trade
on the global T20 circuit.
He has played seven of Titans' 10 games but has
had little success with bat or ball.
Overall, he has taken 175 wickets in 148 T20s and
scored just over 600 runs.
Yunus said in the future the BPL would be
taking a closer look at foreign players who
had a history of suspect actions.
"In the next BPL, we hope to do the video
analysis of suspected bowling action during
the tournament itself," he noted.
"We will also have to be aware of foreign
players who have been reported previously, so
that we can inform our franchises beforehand.
We don't want to have such bowlers in future
Cooper is one of a plethora of West Indian
players currently plying their trade in the BPL.
Farrier offers overall
Using the sport of cycling as a pillar of nation-build-
ing is one of the main things on incumbent president
Robert Farrier's mind as he makes another bid to be
re-elected at the helm of the T&T Cycling Federation
at tomorrow's Annual General Meeting (AGM) and
Election of Officers at the National Cycling Centre,
Farrier will be challenged for the top spot by Rowena
Williams, an ex president under whose leadership the
construction of the National Cycling Centre took place.
But yesterday Farrier in a comprehensive manifesto,
outlined his intentions for the sport and the country if
he were to be returned as president. It included assisting
athletes in achieve their goals of performing at the high-
est level locally and internationally and promote health and
fitness to its members and thereby foster a healthier nation.
The local cycling boss is also advocating the use of bikes
as a preferred means of transport.
He believes the country is equipped with the potential
to qualify more than one sprinter to the 2020 Olympic
Games, saying the country has a great history of sprinters
and currently the talent pool is extremely high. "The
goal is to develop a pool of sprinters, both males
and females, for the Olympics. Additionally, a
provision should be made for athletes with the
potential to get into the first tier."
According to Farrier, the country is also filled
with men and women track endurance cyclists who are just
outside the top 10 at the Pan American level and gave
the assurance that a pool of riders will be developed
and development strategies will be implemented to
achieve podium finishes in the future. Farrier pointed
out that due to his good relationship with the COPACI
as well as the UCI, that the country has the opportu-
nity to host the 2017 Elite Pan Am Track Cycling
He also promised to pay particular attention to
the junior enhancement programme, as he noted
the country's junior riders have been very com-
petitive in the sprints at the Pan Am but said a
gap existed in their endurance programme. He be-
lieves to close this gap their young riders must be
exposed to more international competition. His
team comprises Joseph Roberts (vice president,
Racing), Ian Cole (vice president, Finance), Joseph
Baptiste (vice president, Discipline),Jacqui Corbin
(general secretary), Betty Daniel (assistant gener-
al secretary), Janelle Celestine (treasurer), Gary
Acosta (Racing secretary), David Francis (assistant
Racing secretary) and Rixanne Ramnath (PRO).
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