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rescue Red Force
half-centuries from Yannic Ca-
riah and wicketkeeper Steven
Katwaroo rescued Trinidad and
Tobago Red Force on the opening
day of their sixth round four-day
clash against Windward Islands
Playing at the National Cricket
Stadium on Friday, Red Force were
flirting with total collapse at 57 for
five after being sent in, before Cari-
ah stroked 92 and Katwaroo, 59, to
steer the visitors to 250 for seven at
Together, they added 114 for the
sixth wicket -- a partnership that saw
Red Force to lunch on 63 for five and
then helped them dominate the sec-
ond session to be 163 for five at tea.
The left-handed Cariah was eyeing
his maiden first class century when
he was forced to retire hurt late in the
final session. He has so far faced 197
deliveries in just over 4-1/2 hours and
counted eight fours and a six.
Katwaroo, meanwhile, struck sev-
en fours in an innings lasting 101 balls
and 126 minutes.
When the partnership was broken,
Khary Pierre stepped up to lend sup-
port to Cariah, hitting an unbeaten
39 off 110 balls in already over two
hours at the crease. He has struck
Barbadian seamer Kyle Mayers
was the best bowler with three for 24
while pacer Sherman Lewis weighed
in with two for 48. (CMC)
TTFA, T&T Pro League extend condolences to John's family
The Trinidad and Tobago Pro
League, on behalf of its chair-
man, CEO and board members,
extend deepest condolences to
the family of legendary Trin-
idad and Tobago striker and
current national team assistant
coach Stern John on the passing
of his daughter Nikela John.
Nikela, 19, passed away on
Thursday evening at her Cunupia
home due to medical causes still
to be determined according to a
press release from the Trinidad
and Tobago Football Association
(TTFA) on this morning (Friday).
Stern John, T&T's all-time top
scorer and current Central FC
assistant coach, according to the
release, was on his way to pick up
duties with the national team for
a practice session at Ato Boldon
Stadium on Thursday when he
received a phone call informing
him that his daughter was not well.
He was excused from the session.
Nikela was pronounced dead later
The former Holy Name Con-
vent spent her early childhood in
England during her father's time
at Birmingham City Football Club.
TT Pro League CEO Dexter
Skeene, on behalf of his chair-
man and board of directors, said,
"...condolences to Stern and his
family in this time of grief. We
stand behind them, supporting
them through this difficult period.
We pray that he leans on God and
God comforts him and his family
during this time of bereavement."
TTFA President David John-Wil-
liams also expressed condolences,
saying, "My thoughts and prayers
are with Stern today. This is indeed
a difficult time for him and his
family as well as our TTFA family.
As President I will like to urge Stern
to stay strong. Words are difficult
to find at this time to say to him.
We ask for God's blessings upon
him at this time and may she (Ni-
kela) rest in peace."
T&T head coach Dennis Law-
rence, teammate of Stern at the
2006 FIFA World Cup in Germa-
ny, stated: "We want to extend our
condolences to Stern and his family
and also let him know that we have
him in our thoughts and we share
in this time of grief with him.
"We know that no amount of
words can really help to ease the
pain he is bearing, but we pray that
the comfort of God helps him and
his family through this difficult
"Stern is one of us and we will
give him the time and support he
needs right now and welcome him
back at the appropriate time," end-
Trinidad and Tobago national
team will take on Barbados in a
friendly from 7pm today at the Ato
Boldon Stadium in Couva.
Meanwhile the TT Pro League
has postponed Sunday's Flow
Youth Pro League games between
Central FC and Morvant Caledonia
United in the Under-13, Under-15
and Under-17 divisions which will
be rescheduled at a later date due
to the passing of John's daughter.
a 'big player'
KARACHI---Pakistan cricket leg-
end Imran Khan angered fans
Tuesday after a leaked video
emerged of him describing in-
ternational stars who agreed to
play in the country despite secu-
rity threats as "third-class" and
The remarks by the 64-year-old
who now leads a major political party
were captured by a local journalist on
a mobile phone and uploaded online,
where it sparked a furious backlash
including from many of his own sup-
Khan, a vocal critic of the govern-
ment of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,
had opposed staging Sunday's final
of the Pakistan Super League in La-
hore instead of the UAE where earlier
matches were played, citing security
He later appeared to soften his po-
sition, using Twitter to congratulate
the public on their participation and
enthusiasm in a match widely hailed
by observers for unifying the country,
which has not hosted a major national
team since 2009 when Islamist gun-
men attacked a touring Sri Lanka side.
But speaking to party aides on
Tuesday, he criticised the tournament
and poked fun at the nine foreign
players who agreed to play despite a
recent resurgence in violence.
"I didn't even know the names of
the 'phateechar' players," he said, us-
ing a derogatory term that roughly
translates as "third-class"
others around him laughed.
"I think they grabbed some people
from Africa and others from else-
where to claim that they were foreign
players," he added.
The video went viral online where
many rushed to defend the foreign
stars, particularly two-time World
T20 winner Darren Sammy of the
West Indies, who led Peshawar Zal-
mi to victory and whose dancing
celebrations and effusive praise of
Pakistan had made him a major hit
Some suggested Khan was moti-
vated by petty jealousy because the
government which he opposes had
taken credit for the success of the
He later appeared on the local TV
network Geo News, doubling down
on his position.
"Sammy was captain but he is not
a big player," he said.
"Had Chris Gayle come, had Kevin
Pietersen come, I would have said
they were big international stars."
Gayle featured for Karachi Kings in
the matches held in Dubai and Shar-
jah but his team failed to qualify for
Pietersen withdrew from the final
over security fears along with other
Quetta players Rilee Rossouw from
South Africa, Luke Wright and Tymal
Mills, who are both from England.
The row also reached parliament
with defence minister Khawaja Asif
condemning Khan on a point of order.
"I can't even repeat those derog-
atory remarks because they are so
insulting to the players," he said.
T&T assistant national coach and
former national player Stern John
and his daughter 19-year-old Nikela
John in happier times.
Yannic Cariah ... retired hurt on 92.
Volcanoes vs Red Force
1st day, 6th round
RED FORCE Innings
K Hope c Theophile b Lewis 9
J Solozano c wkp Ambris b Lewis 2
I Rajah c Sebastian b Mayers 29
N Alexis c Smith b Mayers
Y Cariah ret. hurt
Imran Khan lbw b Mayers
S Katwaroo c Smith b Peters 59
K Pierre not out
M Richards lbw Sebastian
B Charles not out
Extras (b2, lb4, w1)
TOTAL (7 wkts, 83 overs) 250
To bat: S Cottrell.
Wkts: 1-10, 2-20,
3-38, 4-57, 5-57,
Bowling: Johnson 13-4-21-0, Lewis 13-
1-48-2 (w1), Peters 12-3-39-1, Mayers
12-5-23-3, Shillingford 19-5-38-0, Se-
VOLCANOES---L Sebastien, D Smith,
T Theophile, +S Ambris, T Gabriel, K
Lesporis, S Shillingford, S Lewis, D
Johnson, K Mayers, K Peters.
Umpires: D Butler, J Blades.
OTHER SCORE (Day 1)
At Sabina Park, Jamaica - Jaguars trail
by 186 runs with all 10 wickets intact.
255 (Chadwick Walton 101, Brandon
King 30, Jermaine Blackwood 29,
Devon Thomas 26; Keon Joseph 7-53)
69 without loss (Shimron Hetmyer
51 not out)
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