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guardian.co.tt Saturday, March 25, 2017
Under pressure from all quarters to at least be com-
petitive in the current Digicel PCL Four-day tourna-
ment, the T&T Red Force struck back at their critics
yesterday with an accomplished performance against
the Jamaican Scorpions on day one at the Queen's Park
Oval in Port-of-Spain.
They ran out at the Oval a motivated and committed bunch
and with Jamaica reeling at 150 for nine in mid-afternoon they
would have felt accomplished. However, taking the foot off the
gas a bit allowed the last pair of Durval Green and Marquino
Mindley to add a valuable 51 runs that took the Jamaicans to
an eventual 201 all out.
In reply, the Red Force grafted and reached 79 for three with
captain Kyle Hope leading by example with an unbeaten 33 of
121 balls, including three fours. With him is Yannic Carriah
unbeaten on 19.
Earlier, it was the Jamaican Cottrell playing his trade as
an overseas player in Trinidad, who made the early inroads.
He would have left the diehards in the streets of Kingston
very upset when he fired three salvos their way and all of a
sudden three men down. Trevon Griffith the Guyanese (1),
John Campbell (19) and Andre McCarthy (1) would have been
on time to catch the CNC3 midday news in the Brian Lara
pavilion, as they did not last long.
At 50 for three things were not looking good but the West
Indian batsman Jermaine Blackwood and Paul Palmer add-
ed 51 runs for the fourth wicket that took the score past the
100-run mark. Palmer left for 13 via the good work of Rayad
Emrit and another collapsed ensued. Blackwood would soon
join him for 68 that required looking at only 83 red balls and
hitting nine of those to the fence.
Leg-spinner Imran Khan was into his work after an in-
different game against Guyana on the weekend. The twirler
from Charlieville got assistance from the Oval track and saw
the back of the lower middle order. With assistance from the
new boy Bryan Charles, Khan was able to see Jamaica slump
to 150 for nine.
However, the end was not near and he had to continue rip-
ping that red cherry out of the back of the hand for another 51
runs, as Green lent bat to ball in making 53 batting at number
10. He faced 56 balls, striking eight fours and two sixes. Khan
would finish with 4/28, his spin partner Charles 2/55 and the
man who bowls the ball a lot faster than them, Cottrell 3/34.
back on track
Under fire USA-based midfielder
Kevin Molino got the lone goal as
T&T's Soca Warriors edged Panama
1-0 to get their 2018 Russia Fifa World
Cup Concacaf Final Round Qualifying
campaign back on track at the Hase-
ly Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, last
Losers of their first two matches in the
six-team final round home-and-away
qualifiers to Costa Rica (0-2) and Hon-
duras (1-3), T&T took to the field under
the guidance of former national World Cup
defender Dennis Lawrence in search of a
And from early on, the locals, led once
more by another under fire striker Ken-
wyne Jones, asserted themselves against
the visitors, just as coach Lawrence hoped.
Early on it was all one-way traffic with
Seattle Sounders utility player Joevin Jones
firing a free-kick over bar from just outside
the 18-yard box in the fourth minute, while
nine minutes later, the Carenage-born
danger man had Panama goalkeeper Jaime
Penedo Cano at full stretch to tip over a
scorching effort from a left sided shot that
looked destined to sneak in the underside
of the crossbar.
Panama managed to withstand the early
pressure from T&T and on the half-hour
mark created its best chance with striker
Abdiel Arroyo heading wide of the target
after being left unmarked in the Soca War-
riors' 18-yard box.
The game was now crying out for a goal,
as both teams began to send passes astray
with no one seeming ready to seize control
of the contest.
And nine minutes before the interval,
Molino fired T&T ahead as his team cap-
italised on an undermanned Panama.
Panama defender Roman Torres was
forced to leave the field, albeit very slowly,
to tie his left shoe lace after his boot was
dislodged from his foot in a tangle with
the battling Jones.
Urged on by coach Lawrence from the
sidelines, Central defender Daniel Cyrus
forced the ball up the centre of the field to
Molino, who held off two challenges and
from the edge of the 18-yard box, fired a
low right-footed shot that nestled into
the bottom right hand corner of the goal
It was a much welcome return for the
Minnesota United striker, who had drawn
the wrath of former coach Stephen Hart
for breaking team camp twice during the
semifinal round, which eventually led to
a two-match ban.
On the stroke of half-time Panama, who,
like T&T, held the ball well in possession,
had a chance to get on even terms from a
free-kick. However, goalkeeper Jan-Mi-
chael Williams, who up to that point was
much busier with back passes from his
team-mates, was equal to the task and
parried away right-footed shot from Ed-
gar Yoel Barcenas, with veteran right back
Carlos Edwards on spot to head away the
rebound for a corner.
The Panamanians started the second
half in much brighter fashion and pinned
T&T back for a few minutes, but the closest
they came to a goal was a few wild flashes
across the T&T penalty area which were
easily dealt with.
At the other end, the lively Cordell Cato
created a great chance for T&T to double
its advantage in the 62nd, but after running
almost 40 yards with the ball and finding
a surging Molino, he could only fire into
the body of Cano low down.
Four minutes later, Jones had his big
chance to silence his critics just like Mo-
lino did, when he outran Panama captain
and Last stopper Felipe Baloy.
However, with acres of space to carry the
ball towards Cano and two team-mates as
options, a weary looking Jones fired a wild
left-footed shot into the side netting to
the dismay of his team-mates and spec-
Nevertheless, it was much better show-
ing by Jones in his 88th appearance for the
red, white and black, and when he even-
tually made way for feisty Defence Force
striker Jamille Boastwain in the 82nd min-
ute he was deservedly applauded for his all
round effort, more so on the defensive end.
In the end, Molino's strike was enough
to secure T&T's first three points in the
final round on the road to Russia 2018, and
a sure confidence booster ahead of Tues-
day's match against Mexico at the same
venue from 7 pm, where coach Lawrence
will look to add to his debut World Cup
Red Force vs Scorpions
J Campbell b Cottrell
T Griffith c Hope b Cottrell
J Blackwood c Cottrell b Charles
A McCarthy b Cottrell
P Palmer c Katwaroo b Emrit
D Thomas b Charles
F Allen lbw Khan
D Jacobs b Khan
N Miller c Katwaroo b Khan
D Green c Katwaroo b Khan
M Mindley not out
Extras 2b, 6lb, 3w
Total all out
Fall of wkts: 13, 43, 50, 101, 127, 134, 142, 143, 150, 201.
Bowling: S Cottrell 8-1-34-3, M Richards 9-0-42-0,
R Emrit 9-2-34-1, B Charles 15-4-55-2, 9.4-2-28-4.
Red Force inns
K Hope not lut
J Solozano c Thomas b Mindley
I Rajah lbw Green
N Alexis lbw Jacobs
Y Carriah not out
Extras 4b, 3lb, 2w, 3nb
Total for 3 wkts
Fall of wkts: 17, 21, 49.
Bowling: M Mindley 10-4-22-1, D Green 10-3-19-1,
J Blackwood 4-1-7-0, D Jacobs 10-1-12-1,
N Miller 5-0-12-0.
T&T's striker Cordell Cato, fights for the ball with three Panamanian players during the FIFA/Concacaf World Cup Qualifier at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo last night. T&T won 1-0. PHOTO: CHEVAUGHN CHRISTOPHER
....as Molino's strike sinks Panama
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