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FRANCHISE CRICKET COMES TO TOBAGO
$.1m boost for
Power Blast T20
The first ever Tobago franchise cricket tourna-
ment, which is scheduled for June 28-July 1, had
received a financial boost of $100,000 from Min-
ister in the Office of the Prime Minister and Toba-
go East MP Ayanna Webster-Roy.
The cheque was handed over to Kerwin John,
president of the Tobago Cricket Association (TCA),
at the ministry's office at Orange Hill Road last
According to Webster-Roy, "Through initiatives
like these, we are hoping to reach as many Toba-
gonians as possible so that they can understand
that the Office of the Prime Minister is here as an
agency working for the development of all of Toba-
g o ."The four-day tournament, which is named CAST
Tobago Power Blast, will see four teams battling
for a winner's purse of $40,000.
The tournament has attracted two of the coun-
try's biggest clubs, Clarke Road and recent-
ly-crowned National Twenty/20 winners Merryboys.
The likes of Lincoln Roberts, Reyad Emrit, Sherwin
Ganga, Yannick Ottley, Imran Khan and Shazam
Bhawah will feature in the tournament.
Two matches will be played daily at 3 pm and
6.30 pm at the home for night cricket -- the Cyd
Gray Sporting Complex, Roxborough.
An entrance fee of $20 for general and $60 for
the party stand will be charged. There is also the
option of a season pass for $70.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 28:
(Cyd Gray Sporting Complex) Merry Boys vs
Tobago Smashers -- 3 pm; Clarke Road vs
YML&THR United -- 6.30pm
THURSDAY JUNE 29
(Shaw Park) Tobago Smashers vs
Clarke Road - 12noon
(Cyd Gray Sporting Complex)
YML&THR United vs Merryboys - 7 pm.
FRIDAY JUNE 30
(Cyd Gray Sporting Complex)
Tobago Smashers vs YML&THR United -3pm;
Merryboys vs Clark Road -- 6.30 pm
SATURDAY JULY 1
(Cyd Gray Sporting Complex)
Presentation -- 10 pm
humbled in opener
TAUNTON -- Out-of-sorts West
Indies proved no match for world
champions Australia and crashed to
a heavy eight-wicket defeat, as they
opened their ICC Women's Cricket
World Cup on a disappointing note
here on Monday.
They opted to bat first but were
dismissed for 204 in the 48th over,
with teenaged opener Hayley Mat-
thews top-scoring with 46, captain
Stafanie Taylor getting 45 and Che-
dean Nation 39.
All-rounder Deandra Dottin
chipped in with a brisk 29, but vet-
eran seamer Ellyse Perry grabbed three
for 47, while leg-spinner Kristen
Beams (2-30) and left-arm spinner
Jess Jonassen (2-39) claimed two
wickets apiece to cripple the Wind-
The Caribbean side were well placed
at one stage on 123 for two in the
33rd over but failed to kick on and
lost their last eight wickets for 81
In reply, opener Nicole Bolton
struck her third One-Day Interna-
tional hundred -- a delightful, unbeat-
en 107 -- as the Aussies cantered to
their target in the 39th over without
raising a sweat.
The left-hander hit 14 boundaries
off 116 balls, adding 171 in a first-wick-
et stand with opening partner Beth
Mooney, whose 70 required 85 deliv-
eries and included seven fours and a
six.Off-spinner Taylor claimed two for
33 but the Windies bowling lacked
edge and their fielding effort was
ordinary, especially late in the innings
as frustrations grew over the produc-
tive opening stand.
Heading into the contest here on
the backs of five straight defeats in
warm-ups, the Windies were always
facing a tough challenge against the
clinical Aussies and played true to
The 19-year-old Matthews
accounted for much of West Indies'
early momentum, putting on 34 for
the first wicket with Felicia Walters
(7) and 52 for the second wicket with
Walters, on ODI debut, laboured
for 30 deliveries before pulling Perry
to Elyse Villani in frustration, to
depart in the 11th over.
Matthews and Nation steadied the
innings, but their partnership hardly
rattled the Aussies as it required 80
deliveries and Windies were still short
of three figures at the half-way stage.
All told, Matthews faced 63 deliv-
eries and counted seven fours and
appeared headed for her fifth ODI 50
when she gifted her wicket, bowled
loosely driving down the wrong line
Nation, who faced 73 balls and hit
two fours and a six, was joined by
Taylor and they put on a further 37,
again without pressuring the Aussies.
With the tempo needing a boost,
Nation whipped Beams to Alex Black-
well at short mid-wicket in the 33rd
over, to set the Windies back.
Dottin arrived to play a typical
cameo in adding 34 for the fourth
wicket with Taylor. She smashed six
boundaries off a mere 20 balls and
was accelerating the innings nicely
when she missed a drive at Perry and
lost her off stump in the 37th over.
The innings then declined quickly
as former skipper Merrissa Aguillei-
ra holed out to cover for one off
seamer Megan Schutt in the 39th
before the last recognised batsman
Shanel Daley miscued a Beams full
toss to long on to perish for six in
Taylor tried to keep the innings
together but holed out in the deep
in the 46th over after facing 57 balls
and counting a four and a six.
Australia cruised in reply as Bolton
and Mooney removed any doubt about
the result with their dominant open-
ing stand off just 181 deliveries.
The Windies struggled badly and
their only bright spark came when
Matthews took a brilliant running
catch in the deep to dismiss captain
Meg Lanning in the 35th over for 12.
West Indies take on India on Thurs-
day in their second match of the
West Indies Women opener Hayley Matthews goes on the attack during her top
score of 46 against Australia Women, yesterday. (Photo courtesy ICC)
C&B cruise into Inter-club semis
Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and Tobago West MP Ayanna Webster-Roy hands over cheque of
$100,000 to president of Tobago Cricket Association Kerwin John for the hosting of the CAST Tobago Power
Blast T20 tournament.
C&B United eased into the semi-finals of the
Courts Inter-club T20 tournament on Sunday
Playing against Woodlands Sports Club at the
Cyd Gray Sporting Complex, Roxborough, C&B
restricted the visitors to 136 for seven after winning
the toss and inviting them to take first strike.
Off-spinner Raj Singh sent down his four overs
for 14 runs and took three wickets in the process.
In reply, the Canaan-based team got to victory
with an over and two balls to spare and for the
loss of five wickets. Opener Joel Boyce top-scored
with 36 while Ako George and Marcus Daniel
chipped in with 25 and 24 respectively.
A date for the semi-finals is yet to be announced.
Woodlands 136-7 (20) - (Sidel Diaz 36; Raj Singh
3/14) v C&B United 139 for 5 (18.4) - (Joel Boyce
36, Ako George 25, Marcus Daniel 24; Bisoon Angard
3/22) - C&B United won by 5 wickets
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