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Taylor targets Windies recall
HOVE, England---Jerome Taylor
said he welcomed the chance to
play county matches in England
and hoped his brief stint with
Sussex can spur a recall to the West
The 32-year-old fast bowler last
month reversed his decision to retire
from Tests last year, admitting he made
a mistake and was working hard to re-
gain a place in the Caribbean side for
"I think I might have jumped the gun
retiring from international cricket.," he
told the Argus newspaper.
"When I sit at home and watch, I just
want to get back out on the park and
play for the West Indies again. I want to
give back to West Indies cricket. That is
what I always wanted to do growing up
and hopefully I can do it again."
Taylor has played 46 Tests, 85 One-
day and 23 Twenty20 Internationals for
West Indies between 2003 and his de-
cision to step away from Tests last July.
He played in the Regional Super50
Tournament earlier this year for the
Jamaica Scorpions, showing he had
lost little of his fire and collected 16
wickets at 18.81 apiece in eight of his
side's 10 matches, and he also turned
out for the franchise in four Regional
4-Day matches in which he grabbed
eight wickets at 28.62 each.
The West Indies selection panel,
headed by Courtney Browne, how-
ever, ignored his claims and a record
that include 130 Test scalps at 34.46,
126 ODI wickets at 28.16 and 24 T20I
wickets for the preceding England ODI
and ongoing Pakistan home series.
For now, Taylor is relishing the
chance of replacing injured South
Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander
at the 1st Central County Ground.
He is looking to play a more prom-
inent role having been disappointed
with his figures of 1-54 from eight overs,
as the Sharks secured a much-needed
win on his debut against Glamorgan
last Tuesday, having only arrived from
the Caribbean 24 hours earlier.
It was only the county's second win
in the One-Day Cup since August 2014
and boosted their hopes of challenging
for a place in the knockout stages.
"It was great to get the win, but I was
not satisfied with my performance,"
he said. "I was still probably a bit jet-
lagged, but I don't want to blame it on
that. It is a game of cricket and I have
played enough cricket to know what
"There is a lot of room for improve-
ment, and hopefully, I can give some
very good performances for Sussex
while I am here. It is only a couple of
weeks, but I will try to adapt as quickly
He said: "I'm loving every minute
of it so far and the lads in the dressing
room have made it a lot easier for me
to settle in. But my body needs to ac-
climatise to the different temperature
over here and the pitches are different.
"It was also a bit strange bowling
down the hill, but after the first three
or four overs, you know you have to pull
yourself up a bit. This is home for the
next two to three weeks so I need to
get used to it.
"I've been in England before, but a
long while ago, so it is about learning
all over again. I am willing to do that
and I'm sure it won't take me long to
hit top form." (CMC)
KATHMANDU, Nepal---An 85-year-
old man from Nepal died Saturday
while attempting to scale Mount
Everest to regain his title as the
oldest person to climb the world's
highest peak, officials said.
Min Bahadur Sherchan died at the
Everest base camp yesterday evening
but the cause of death was not immedi-
ately clear, said Dinesh Bhattarai, chief
of Nepal's Tourism Department.
Mountaineering official Gyanendra
Shrestha, who is at the base camp, said
the cause was likely cardiac arrest but
he could not elaborate due to a poor
Sherchan, a grandfather of 17 and
great-grandfather to six, first scaled
Everest in May 2008 when he was
76---at the time becoming the oldest
climber to reach the top.
His record was broken in 2013 by
80-year-oldJapanese climber Yuichiro
He had trained for months before the
attempt, saying that he did not suffer
from any respiratory problems and his
blood pressure was normal.
Being born in the mountains, he said
he had did not have any problems with
high altitude or the low levels of oxygen
T&T reigns as best golfers in the region
T&T golfers successfully de-
fended the Caribbean Seniors
Golf Championships that they
won in 2016 in Jamaica.
The team of Reynold Deonath and
Deryck Gonsalves won the Francis
Steele Perkins Cup in the Seniors Di-
vision shooting after posting a 1 un-
der par 71 yesterday at the Champi-
onship and the Classic events played
in Punta Cana at the golf courses at
the Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa
Resort in the Dominican Republic.
Another outstanding performance
came from Fabian Lee Foon, who re-
tained the Higgs & Higgs Cup (Super
Seniors) with a new partner Monty
Chapman after they recorded a 71.
Pauline Figuera-Raynor and her
partner Amoy Chang Fong won the
Women's plus 50 category.
The Mid-Amateurs team of Rich-
ard "Pecos" Camacho and Clint Al-
fred had their best round of the tour-
nament yesterday after they shot a
72 to move up to 4th position. The
winners in this division were the Bar-
badian team of James Johnson and
Julian Jordan who shot a total score
of 12 under par for the three rounds.
The depth and good play of the
six men and two women golfers who
made up the national team is what
secured the Ambrose Gouthro Cup
as the Overall Seniors Champions
of the Caribbean. The team was led
by Manager Wayne Baptiste, who is
to be congratulated for once again
leading the team to victory.
De Leon wins at
Two weeks after claiming
the Bikini E Class at the Arnold
Schwarzenegger Classic in Brazil,
T&T's Jenna De Leon yesterday
won again in her class at the same
Classic in South Africa this time.
Competing against the best in the
world in the high profile Bodybuilding
and Fitness Classics, De Leon contin-
ued her successful stint by winning
both in her class and the overall title.
The 25-year-old De Leon has been
unbeaten in local and regional compe-
tition although she entered the sport
only last year.
Apart from winning the Junior Na-
tionals last year she also landed the
Senior national title, as well as the
overall titles in both.
And at her first outing in St Maarten
in 2016, De Leon also copped the title
in her class before returning home to
add to her trophy cabinet by winning
again at the Sportworld Classic at the
Centre of Excellence, Tunapuna.
President of local bodybuilding Su-
sanna Hadad said she was extremely
impressed by De Leon's achievements
and labelled her as the rising talent
in the spsort.
She revealed that De Leon finished
second overall in Brazil two weeks ago
and after her successes yesterday, will
be aiming at the Arnold Classic in
Spain on June 10.
De Leon was the only TT athlete to
have gone to Brazil and now South Af-
rica, which was based on her rankings
and the fact that she got a sponsor.
"I am really expecting great things
from Deleon in the future," Hadad
Jenna De Leon poses with her trophy after winning her class at the Arnold
Classic in South Africa yesterday.
Members of two teams---from left Clint Alfred and Richard Camacho
teamed up to form the Mid-Amateurs team, while Richard "Pecos"
Camacho and Clint Alfred comprised the Francis Steele Perkins Cup in the
Jamaica and West Indies fast bowler, Jerome Taylor.
Nepal man, 85, dies trying to
become oldest Everest climber
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