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T20 Champs Queen's Park
faces Central at Lara Stadium
THE Brian Lara Stadium at
Tarouba will gets its first real test
when the T&T Cricket Board's T20
Festival moves into high gear with
the staging of two quarter-final
matches from this afternoon.
Finally completed after first being
indentified as a venue for matches in
the 20o7 ICC World Cup, the cricket
facility, named after arguably the best
ever batsman in the game of cricket,
the facility recently received the green
light to open its doors.
In the first match from 3 pm, Merry
Boys of Diego Martin will play Cane
Farm of Tacarigua; while in the second
fixture of the double-header defending
champions Queen's Park I will come up
against Central Sports.
On the line will be a place in the
semi-finals for the Premiership Divi-
sion clubs, with two other quarterfinals
scheduled for Sunday (April 30) for the
next two slots in the last four of the
In the first encounter on Sunday,
Courts Orange Field, promoted this
season, will clash with FCB Clarke
Road, while in the later match, Pow-
erGen Penal comes up against Victoria,
in a battle of two south Trinidad clubs.
After series of trial matches over the
past few weeks, the wicket will be un-
der scrutiny by the top club cricketers
who will be getting their first taste of
top class action in the country's newest
South-East T20 crown
NAZARITE defeated Killdeer by
seven wickets to clinch the South-
East Zone T20 title in an exciting final
last Sunday at the Sancho Recreation
Ground in St Julien Village in Princes
"Man-of-the-Match" Negus Smith
took four wickets for 12 runs in his four
overs as Killdeer, batting first made 130
for nine wickets in the allotted 20 overs.
He got good support from McLean
Smith who grabbed two for 12, while
Kyle Downer and Carlos Moore snared
Roshan Lobin top-scored for Kill-
deer with 57 and took the award for the
highest individual score.
In their run-chase Nazarite cruised
to 131 for three wickets in 18 overs as
Ade Smith slammed 52 not out in the
winning effort. The successful bowlers
for Killdeer were Roshan Lobin, Clifton
Eccles and Reifer Mohammed who took
one wicket apiece.
KINGSTON, Jamaica--- Fast bowler
Shannon Gabriel has come in for
high praise from bowling coach
Roddy Estwick over his work ethic,
following his recovery from injury.
Speaking during the ongoing first
Test, Estwick, hailed the effort by
Gabriel after the Trinidadian speed-
ster took two crucial wickets during
the third day of the contest at Sabina
Park, to finish with three wickets in
the Pakistan first innings.
"Shannon is now the leading fast
bowler in the team and he is the leader
of the attack. He has really accepted
that responsibility and is willing to
work hard for personal success as well
as team success," Estwick said.
"I'm confident that he's on the right
path and he will make a big impact.
He's fully focused and knows what is
required at this level.
"Test cricket is tough, it's a true test
of your skills and I'm working closely
with Shannon and the other bowlers
as we have a long year of Test cricket
ahead. This is just the first (Test) match
for the year and we have an exciting
Gabriel has been nagged by injuries
in recent months, and missed a portion
of the West Indies tour of Australia in
2015-2016 with an ankle injury.
Last November, he also missed a cru-
cial One-Day International during the
Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe and in
March he pulled up in the ODI series
against England in the Caribbean.
"He's a very hard worker, he's al-
ways been a hard worker since I first
worked with him in Barbados (at the
WICB High Performance Centre) and
it's really good to see that effort paying
off," Estiwck said.
Gabriel bowled with pace and pene-
tration to have Younis Khan caught at
cover for 58, and three balls later clean
bowled Babar Azam for 72 after a solid
Younis's wicket was Gabriel's 50th
in Test cricket, ending an innings in
which the Pakistan legend surpassed
10,000 runs. Pakistan made 407 in re-
ply to West Indies' 286, to carve out a
first innings lead of 121. (CMC)
West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel
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