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Florida matches off
The proposed two T20 matches be-
tween the West Indies and Pakistan
set for Florida, USA in March has been
called off due to visa issues concerning
the Pakistani players.
Originally the matches were carded
to take place on March 25 and 26 at the
Central Broward Regional Park. The
matches would have preceded Paki-
stan's tour of the West Indies. Guardian
Media understands that the organis-
ers could not secure visas for some of
the Pakistani players and hence
a decision was taken to scrap
the two matches.
West Indies will host Pakistan
for a seven-week tour beginning
at the end of March, comprising
two T20Is, three ODIs and three
Tests spread across five venues in
the Caribbean. It is the first Paki-
stan tour of the West Indies since
2013 --- when Pakistan won a five-
match ODI series 3-1 and swept a
pair of T20Is --- and their first Test
series in the Caribbean since a drawn
two-match series in 2011.
The Trincity Cricket League will
be staging its award function on
Sunday, from 6 pm, at the Tacari-
gua Community Centre on Bally
Street off Tahvenot Street.
At the annual event, there will pres-
entation of prizes to the various win-
ners of the Sonny Rampersad Two
Evenings 20-overs competition,
and the Saturday/Sunday 30-overs
competition, including Buggy
Haynes Coaching School, the
top club from last season.
Bobby Kallie of Paradise
Youth Organisation (PYO)
will be specially honoured for
his contribution to the league
over the years.
The new season is expected
to begin in March. The dead-
line for registration for this
year's competition is on
Teams interested in com-
peting are asked to contact
Bernard Bailey at 640-0443.
EFA Big-4 to
The champions of the Eastern
Football Association Big-Four
competition could well be decided by
its Referee's Association.
This after a clash between WASA FC and
Heights United at WASA Ground, St Joseph
on Saturday only lasted 72 of the regulation
stipulated 90 minutes, forcing both teams
management to lodge an official com-
plaint with the EFA's executive.
At the time the match was halted,
host WASA FC held a comfortable
2-0 lead over the EFA FA trophy
runner-up, with the latter needing
a draw or to lose by less than three
goals to take the title.
Contacted for comment, EFA Presi-
dent, Linus Sanchez confirmed that the
final outcome of the match will be
taken after a meeting is held by the
Referee's Association which is in
possession of written complaints
from both clubs involved.
Should the match resume
where it was halted then WASA,
currently third on the table with
three points from two matches
will need to get another goal
while blanking its opponent to
grab the title on goal-difference.
On Tuesday night at Eddie Hart
Ground, Tunapuna, SKHY FC also
kept its chances of lifting the crown
alive with a 1-0 defeat of WASA FC thanks
to a 22nd minute strike from Shamar De
Gannes while Heights United made it two-
wins from two completed matches, without
even breaking a sweat as scheduled oppo-
nent BM Spurs, the zone's FA winners for
a second straight season failed to show for
a third straight match.
LEICESTER---Leicester earned some
respite amid a difficult spell in its Pre-
mier League title defense by beating
Derby 3-1 in a fourth-round replay in
the FA Cup, with Demarai Gray's sla-
loming solo strike clinching victory
in extra time yesterday.
The English champions, who
are languishing near the rele-
gation zone, fielded a starting
team filled with fringe players and
were held 1-1 by their second-tier
opponents after normal time.
Wilfred Ndidi came on at the start of
extra time to put Leicester ahead in the
94th minute and Gray --- the stand-
out player at King Power stadium
--- finished Derby off by cutting in
from the left, beating two defenders
and driving a rising shot high into
the net in the 114th.
Leicester will play another sec-
ond-tier team, Millwall, away in the
last 16 on February 18.
Before then, Leicester faces relega-
tion rival Swansea on Sunday, a crucial
match that prompted coach Claudio
Ranieri to gamble on 10 changes to his
lineup against a Derby side led by former
England manager Steve McClaren.
Leicester's victory came a day after
the Thai-owned club gave its "unwaver-
ing support" to Ranieri in a public show
of faith for the manager who collected
FIFA's Coach of the Year award just a
Andy King's 46th-minute opener for
Leicester was cancelled out by a deflect-
ed free kick from Guinea international
Abdoul Camara in the 61st. The teams
drew 2-2 last month, setting up a replay.
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