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Rugby men clobber Bajans 36-16
T&T'S senior men's rugby
team began its campaign in the
Rugby Americas North (RAN)
Caribbean Championship with
an impressive 36-16 victory
over visiting Barbados on Sat-
urday at the Mannie Ramjohn
T&T last won the regional
championship in 2015 and could
be in with a good chance if it can
hold off Guyana in its next match
on June 10 in Georgetown.
However, in its first showing
to the public for 2017 season,
the team received a hat-trick of
tries from Jamaal Stewart, who
spearhead the team's campaign
for regional glory. There were
other tries from Leon Pantor,
Gordon Dalgliesh and Samuel
Roberts, as well as two penalties
from Karlon Alexander took the
score to 36 , and on another day
the scores could have been worse
as the T&T fail to convert on their
six conversion attempts.
T&T last beat Barbados last year
but went down to the Guyanese
also a year ago. T&T manager Ron-
ald Annandsingh said afterwards
that his players have gotten over
the cobwebs in their opening game
of the season and will now look
forward to their other matches,
starting with the June 10th en-
He said he was satisfied with the
players performance but made it
clear there was much more work
to be done to improve their per-
formances ahead of the team's
future matches. Annandsingh
said his troops will return to the
training pitch soon, not having all
they would want to prepare, but
willing to work with the resources
they have in their possession.
A win for T&T against the Guya-
nese in the South pool will put it in
the finals with the winners of the
other North pool in July.
QPCC crowned champions again
Queen's Park Cricket Club was
crowned T&TCB Premiership
champions for another season
after it defeated Central Sports
by an innings and 63 runs in the
final round of the tournament at
the Queen's Park Oval, yesterday.
Leading Central Sports by 174 runs
on first innings, Queen's Park led by
brilliant bowling from Akeal Hosein
6/27 routed them for just 111 runs to
win the match with a day to spare.
They successfully defended their ti-
tle and finished the season with two
out of the three titles up for grabs.
They added the Premiership title to
the Sunday League crown.
Comets took first innings points
against Clarke Road on the first day
of their final at Pierre Road, bowling
them out for 143 in reply to their first
innings of 283. Spinners Imran Khan
and Bryan Charles took eight wickets
between them as Comets took a first
innings lead of 140 runs. Khan took
4/21, while Charles grabbed 4/28.
Down South rain continued to af-
fect the clash between PowerGen And
Victoria but not before Akeal Cooper
could have registered an unbeaten 114.
PowerGen closed the day on 303/8.
At Santa Cruz second place Merry-
boys continued to dominate against
Tableland. After completing their first
innings at 268 Merryboys bowlers
came to the party as bottom placed
Tableland continued their struggles.
Spinners held sway yet again as Ricky
Jaipaul grabbed 6/34 and Amir Khan
All matches will conclude tomor-
What we'll miss about Windies
Is the Champions Trophy
even watchable without West
Indies in it?
When the first ball of the ICC
Champions Trophy is bowled on
Thursday at The Oval in England
one of the most accomplished
teams in World cricket - the West
Indies will not be present. Cur-
rently ranked 9th in the world the
Caribbean side was unable to book
a place in this year's tournament
which ends on June 18.
The West Indies have won the
ICC Cricket World Cup twice,
in 1975 and 1979, the ICC World
Twenty20 twice, in 2012 and 2016,
the ICC Champions Trophy once,
The players from the Caribbean
bring to the tournament competi-
tion mixed with flair and entertain-
ment at every series in which they
participate with their big hitting,
big personalities and eye-catch-
ing celebrations. They even make
press conferences fun. Here's a list
of things we'll miss about them this
Marlon, oh Marlon
Ever seen a modern cricketer at a
press conference answering ques-
tions with his feet propped up on
the table, the pads still on? In Mar-
lon Samuels' world, that's par for
the course, along with taking tall
chases seemingly to the point of no
return and then finishing them off
in a blaze of glory.
"I'm a silent killer," he had said
before last year's World T20 final,
when requested for an interview.
After Carlos Brathwaite had hit
the winning runs, Samuels was
ready to talk. He called Ben Stokes
a "nervous lad"
Shane Warne for making critical
comments about him. "I don't
know [why Warne has a problem
with me]. Maybe it's because my
face is real and his face is not,"
Samuels said. He will be missed
by fans this Champions Trophy,
but also by journalists and head-
Warne famously said once that
he had nightmares of Sachin Ten-
dulkar dancing down the track to
hit him over his head. Chris Gayle
didn't need to move his feet to let
Brett Lee feel the way Warne did
when he razed down Australia's
169 without breaking a sweat -
46 off his 88 runs came off 18 Lee
deliveries - at The Oval. The one
glimpse of Gayle in London this
time unfortunately won't be at
The Oval, but at a charity dinner
in which all the ammunition he has
used to dispatch bowlers around
the world will be up for auction.
One thing we won't miss
Their pre-tournament contracts
dispute. But thanks for trying,
Australia. (SOURCE: ESPNcricinfo)
United States head coach Bruce Are-
na announced a 23-man roster on Sun-
day to face T&T and Mexico in World
Cup qualifying action on June 8th and
The US squad will begin a training camp
in Denver from today before facing Vene-
zuela in an international Friendly in Salt
Lake City on Friday. Members of the T&T
squad have been in Denver, USA at a train-
ing camp since May 23rd.
T&T Head Coach Dennis Lawrence will
announce his roster for the qualifiers next
week after assessing the players currently
in camp at Prentup Field.
The roster breakdown for the US is: 14
players from MLS, nine from European
leagues, three from the Mexican circuit
and one (Brad Guzan) who is in the process
of moving to MLS (Atlanta) from England
Arena selected a larger-than-usual group
(27 instead of 23 or 25) because of a tight
timetable (two games in four days instead
of five as Mexico has to play earlier due ),
the possible effects of playing at altitude
and the yellow card situation. Geoff Cam-
eron, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Michael
Bradley and Matt Besler are carrying cards
and, with their next booking, will have to
sit out one match.
"I think we have a good group," Arena
said in a release. "I'm still in the early go-
ings with this team and I haven't seen all
of our players, so this camp gives me the
opportunity to see six new faces we haven't
had in with the team yet, which is valuable.
"It's also great that we're able to bring
back 21 players that have been in with our
program already in 2017. We have a roster
that has good balance all over, we have good
young players and hopefully it's a team we
can put together to get us points in both
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Atlanta
United), Ethan Horvath (Club Brug-
ge), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids),
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Hous-
ton Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting
Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha
Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City),
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frank-
furt), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca),
Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Tim Ream
(Fulham), Jorge Villafaña (Santos La-
guna), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle),
Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).
Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dal-
las), Paul Arriola (Tijuana), Alejandro
Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael
Bradley (Toronto FC), Fabian Johnson
(Moenchengladbach), Dax McCarty
(Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe
(Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC),
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders),
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders),
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
RAN Caribbean Champion-
2017, T&T 36- Barbados 16.
Tries were scored by :
Jamaal Stewart - 3
leon Pantor - 1
Gordon Dalgliesh - 1
Samuel Roberts - 1
Karlon Alexander - 2 penal-
no convertions were made.
At the Oval: Central Sports 99 all out (Jahran Alfred 36, Javon
Searles 5/37, Akeal Cooper 3/21) & 111 (Terrence Hinds 3/21,
Akeal Hosein 6/27) vs QPCC 273 (Tion Webster 59, Kevon
Cooper 50, Shazan Babwah 3/85, K Magram 3/57). QPCC
won by an inns and 63 runs.
At Pierre Road: Comets 283 (Steven Katwaroo 99, Imran Khan
58) 97/3 vs Clarke Road 143 (Adrian Ali 43, Kerry Hollness
48, Bryan Charles 4/28, Imran Khan 4/21).
At Syne Village: Powergen 303/8 (Akeal Cooper 114no, Mark
Deyal 49, Nicholas Sookdeosingh 48) vs Victoria.
At Santa Cruz: Merryboys 268 (Rishaad Harris 71, Mario
Belcon 31, Jeetendra Sookdeo 31) vs Tableland 77 all out
(Ricky Jaipaul 6/34, Amir Khan 3/28).
TTCB PREMIERSHIP CRICKET SCORES
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