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The victorious T&T women cricketers
were greeted on their return yesterday
with the news that the local board will be
hosting a T20 franchise league in Trini-
dad, involving four teams.
This was revealed by CEO of the T&T Crick-
et Board (TTCB), Suruj Ragoonath at the VIP
Lounge of the Piarco International Airport,
as the team returned home from St Vincent,
where they defeated Barbados in the finals
of the WICB Regional Super50 tournament.
According to Ragoonath: "We want to have
four franchise teams in East, Central, North
and South Trinidad and play a T20 league. As
a matter of fact a local cricketer has already
bought one of the franchises and the other
three are up for sale. We are hoping to get this
tournament going soon, with the finals to be
played at the Brian Lara Stadium on May 19.
We are inviting at least two women cricketers
from the region for each team, as we look to
put a regional flavour to it."
Minister of Sport Darryl Smith was also on
hand and brought the news that the women
will be taken care of in terms of their training
and development at the Brian Lara Academy,
as soon as it gets going in Tarouba. He said
that the women have brought great positivity
to the country and will be treated well.
He said to them: "You all are great ambas-
sadors, going out and winning is great for us.
We're here to work with you all, when the Lara
academy gets going we are going to have you
all involved. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley
and the Cabinet are very pleased with this
victory by you girls."
President of the T&T Women's Cricket
Board, Joyclen Opadeyi also thanked the
T&TCB for their support in assisting to have
the girls properly prepared for the tourna-
ment. "The pressure is always on you to per-
form. After winning the First Citizens sports
team award it put you on a high and all you
wanted was to go out there and win this title.
We are going to keep that supremacy in the
Caribbean. We will continue to provide things
for you to perform."
Skipper Merissa Aguilleira, who went into
the final very confident of defending the title
that the team won a year ago, said the victory
was owed to the Lord's intervention. "We said
a special prayer on the way to the match. One
of the things that a young player mentioned
while on the way to the match was that you
don't get too many chances. We got a second
chance and we showed the Barbados team
that we came here to do something and that
was to be victorious. I believed in my team,
the potential, the dedication and discipline
and not only at the tournament but even in
preparation were excellent and it paid off. God
had no other choice but to help us win. It was
earned and well deserved as we fought as a
team, we prayed as a team, we quarrelled as
a team but stayed united."
(SEE PAGE 39)
guardian.co.tt Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The only thing that anyone can
predict about West Indies and Pa-
kistan is that they are unpredict-
able and this was evident on the
second day of the second Brighto
Cup Test match at Kensington
Oval in Barbados yesterday.
West Indies started the day on 286
for six and looked good for a score
over 350 but it was not to be as they
were bowled out for 312. Pakistan,
in reply, was responding nicely on
155 without loss---only to lose three
wickets in the space of six runs to
reduce them to 161 for three.
They would eventually close the
day on 172/3 - still 140 runs behind
the West Indies with seven wickets
After the last four West Indies
wickets fell for 26 runs, Pakistan got
the lift they wanted and went about
building their reply. Luck was not in
the West Indies corner and the La-
bour Day crowd at Kensington was
left very quiet in the stands.
Ahmed Shehzad was the lucky one
and it all started when he reached
three, as he was put down by Vishaul
Singh at mid-on. He and Ali took
their time and kept the West Indies
bowlers at bay. They went into lunch
at 36 without loss and on resumption
the luck continued.
Shehzad was trapped leg before
by Shannon Gabriel but got a re-
prieve as he received a no-ball. As
if this was not enough to frustrate
the West Indies, off-spinner Ros-
ton Chase had him stumped and on
review the delivery was adjudged a
no-ball. Ali looked the better of the
two and brought up his half century
of 102 balls with six fours. The two
went on to record Pakistan's sixth
100-run opening stand since 2014
and Shehzad raised his bat soon after
for 50 of 147 balls with six fours.
The West Indies bowlers tried hard
to get the breakthrough and when it
seemed that impossible, Devendra
Bishoo ripped a leg-spinner across
Shehzad to have him caught at slip
for 70. He had a 191-ball grind and
struck eight fours.
Gabriel immediately got into the
act and had Babar Azam caught and
bowled without scoring. The luck
started to shift the West Indies way,
when Younis Khan pulled a long-hop
into the hands of Gabriel at short
mid-wicket, also without scoring.
Earlier, the West Indies resumed
on the overnight position of 286/6
with great hopes of getting a sizable
first innings score. Holder touched
an inswinger from Mahammad Abas
to keeper Sarfraz for his overnight
58 and next over Roston Chase was
caught at slip for 131. His final stats
read, 217 balls 14 fours and he took
his team out of a hole and into the
light. After this the rest eked out a
further 26 runs before the innings
folded. Abas ended with 4/56, while
Amir collected 3/65.
WICKET CELEBRATION... West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel celebrates the
wicket of Babar Azam who was caught and bowled without scoring on the
second day of the Second Brighto Paints Q Mobile Cup Series between West
Indies and Pakistan at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, yesterday.
PHOTO WICB MEDIA/RANDY BROOKS
WELCOME... T&T skipper Merissa Aguilleira, right, presents a team cap to senior team debutant
Caneisha Isaac before the start of the T&T and Barbados Regional Super 50 match in St Vincent
on April 20. PHOTO COURTESY T&TCB
Windies in late fightback WI vs Pakistan
K Brathwaite c Sarfraz b Amir 9
K Powell lbw Amir
S Hetmyer c Ali b Abas
S Hope c Safraz b Shah
R Chase c Younis b Amir
V Singh c Younis b Abas
S Dowrich c Younis b Shadab 29
J Holder c Sarfraz b Abas
D Bishoo c Shah b Abas
A Joseph b Shah
S Gabriel not out
Extras 4b, 10lb, 2w
Total all out
Fall of wkts 12, 13, 37, 102, 107, 154,
286, 286, 312, 312.
Bowling Mohammad Amir 26-5-65-3,
Mohammad Abas 23-6-56-4,
Yasir Shah 25.2-2-83-2,
Shadab Khan 23-3-90-1,
Azhar Ali 1-0-4-0.
A Ali not out
A Shehzad c Hope b Bishoo 70
Y Khan c Gabriel b Bishoo 0
Extras 2b,3lb, 9w
Total for 3 wkts
Fall of wkts 155, 156, 161.
Bowling S Gabriel 16-3-45-1 (8nb),
Alzari Joseph 11-3-24-0,
Roston Chase 11-1-37-0 (1nb),
Jason Holder 10-6-8-0,
Devendra Bishoo 21-8-53-2.
Women's T20 franchise
league coming to T&T
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