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Calypso Girls in
trouble of missing CG
As of now T&T senior net-
ball team will play no part in
next year's Gold Coast Com-
monwealth Games to be held
in Brisbane, Australia.
The "Calypso Girls" recent
3-0 loss to Barbados in a three-
match series has proven to be
detrimental, dropping the na-
tional team four spots from
ninth place to 13th on Interna-
tional Netball Federation (INF)
On Saturday, the INF updated
its rankings to reflect matches
played between the March 20
and July 1. Matches played be-
tween July 2014 and June 2016
now have a 50 per cent weight-
ing, those played since July
2016 (and up to June 2018) are
weighted at 100 per cent. Match-
es played before July 2014 are no
longer included in determining
the world rankings.
The latest rankings include
matches from the T&T versus
Barbados, Jamaica vs Barba-
dos, USA vs Bermuda, Uganda
vs Malawi, Zambia vs Namibia,
Northern Ireland vs Ireland,
Netball Europe Open (Chal-
lenge Section), Northern Ireland
Summer Quad Series and Africa
T&T took on the Barbados
"Gems" in a series hosted by
the Dr Patricia Bucther-led T&T
Netball Association (TTNA) at
the National Cycling Centre in
Balmain, Couva last monthand
was brushed aside 46-32 in the
opening match, 47-37 in the sec-
ond and 44-40 in the third and
final match-up. Two weeks ear-
lier, the Barbadians drew anoth-
er three-match series, 1-1, with
Caribbean powerhouse Jamaica.
The success of the Bajan team
now sees them move up one
place to 11 which means if the
Games were to start today, they
are in and T&T is out.
The top eight teams remain
unchanged---Australia, New Zea-
land, England, Jamaica, South
Africa, Malawi, Fiji and Wales,
respectively. Uganda replaced
T&T in ninth spot, moving up
four places as a result of defeat-
ing Malawi and winning the Af-
rica Netball Cup.
Amongst other changes,
Northern Ireland moved up to
10 after winning the Summer
Quad series between Barbados,
Singapore, Ireland and Northern
Ireland and the test series against
Ireland. As a result of the Netball
Europe Open between Ireland,
Gibraltar, Bermuda and Isra-
el, Ireland has climbed up two
places to 22 and Gibraltar climb
three places to 29. Bermuda gain
a ranking of 28 and Israel gain a
ranking of 36 along with Namib-
result of facing Zambia.
Twelve (12) teams will be se-
lected by INF to compete in the
netball competition at Gold
Coast 2018. The host nation is
entitled to enter one team and
the top 11 Commonwealth Games
Associations (CGAs) in the INF
world rankings, having consid-
eration for regional representa-
tion. Where at least four of the
six CGF regions are non-repre-
sented continent will be selected
within these 11 teams.
At present the senior team
under the guidance of head
coach Wesley "Pepe" Gomes is
preparing to compete in a rank-
ing tournament in St Lucia next
month, hoping to return among
the top 12-ranked teams. St Lucia
is currently ranked 19th.
Played Weighted Points Rating
New Zealand 46 31
South Africa 33 21
N Ireland 29 19
Barbados 30 20
Tough day for
T&T junior golfers had a mixed day on the first
day of the 2017 Caribbean Junior Golf Cham-
pionships being played at the St Andrews Golf
Course in Moka, Maraval.
Sam Avey and defending Individual Champion
Sachin Kumar both shot a 76 to combine to lead the
Boys Under 18 division.
Team captain Liam Bryden shot a 78 (to tie with
Ryan Peters playing as an individual) for fifth place.
Zoe Correia is tied first in the 15 and under girls with
the Dominican Republic's Eun Yae Kim both shooting
81 with Yeji Lee, a stoke further back in third position.
Chris Richards Jnr shot a fine 77 to be tied for first
in the 13 and under boys after he birdied his final hole,
the difficult 9th. Chris is tied with Justin Hastings of
the Cayman Islands and Puerto Rico's Gustavo Belardo
Serena Mackenzie shot 81 to hold on to second place
behind Puerto Rico's Valeria Pacheco.
Our 14-15 boy's team of Dravid Bhim 91 and Loren-
zo Kent 104 are in 7th position. With Puerto Rico's
Andres Aranguren recording a 74 and his team mate
Pablo Robles 79 saw them out front.
In the 13 and under girls Chloe Ajodha is the leading
T&T player in 13 place.
The boys 18 and under and 15 and under divisions
count the two best scores from three and the other
four divisions all count the best score from each team.
Simmons joins race
for India coaching job
MUMBAI, INDIA---Media reports here say former
West Indies coach Phil Simmons has applied for
the hotly contested position of India head coach.
The 54-year-old, who has in recent months served
as a coaching consultant to Afghanistan, joins the
likes of Indians Ravi Shastri and Virender Sehwag,
along with Australian Tom Moody and Cricket West
Indies' former director of cricket, Englishman Richard
Pybus in the race for the highly regarded position.
Simmons applied during the second round of appli-
cations which was initiated by the sudden resignation
of incumbent Anil Kumble.
The legendary former Indian leg-spinner's one-year
contract was up for renewal but he was favoured to
retain the position based on a recommendation by
the Indian Cricket Board's (BCCI) cricket committee.
In a sudden turn of events just prior to the start of
India's ongoing tour of the Caribbean, Kumble stood
down citing an "untenable" relationship with captain
Following Kumble's shock decision, the BCCI ex-
tended the application deadline to July 9.
Simmons spent just over a year in charge of West
Indies, during that time leading them to the Twenty20
World Cup title in India.
However, he was abruptly axed by CWI for what
the board termed "differences in culture and strategic
Prior to his Caribbean stint, the Trinidadian also
spent several years overseeing the Ireland side and
Simmons played 26 Tests and 143 One-Day Interna-
tionals for West Indies between 1987 and 1999. (CMC)
ST JOHN'S, ANTIGUA---Super-
star opener Chris Gayle has
been named in a West Indies
13-man squad to face India in
the one-off Twenty20 Inter-
national at Sabina Park on
region's most expe-
rienced player in the short-
est format, has not suited up for
West Indies since helping them
to the capture of the T20 World
Cup in India in April last year.
He was picked in a squad to
face the Indians in a two-match
T20 series in Fort Lauderdale last
August but never played because
of fitness issues.
Chief selector Courtney
Browne said Gayle would further
strengthen West Indies for the
"We welcome Chris back to
the T20 squad. He is the most
prolific batsman in this format
and will add value to our team
at the top of the order," Browne
"He will get the chance to play
on his home ground and against
a top-quality Indian team."
Gayle has played 295 T20s
and recently became the first
batsman to crest 10 000 runs in
the format. His form during the
recent Indian Premier League
was worrying, however, as he
managed a mere 200 runs with
a single half-century.
For West Indies, he has plun-
dered two centuries, the last
coming during the T20 World
Cup in the opening match
The hig-hitting left-hander
will join the likes fellow T20 su-
perstars Kieron Pollard, Marlon
Samuels and Sunil Narine in the
squad which will be again led by
all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite.
Gayle is the only change to the
squad that swept Afghanistan
last month, replacing Lendl Sim-
mons who had scores of six, 17
and 15 in the three-match series.
Test and one-day captain Ja-
son Holder remains rested with
the heavy workload of the Eng-
land tour on the horizon while
all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has
not been included.
"This squad has a good mix
-- experience within the batting
and bowling -- it is a well-bal-
anced squad," Browne said.
"Again, this is an opportunity
for the young players to show-
case their talent and for the ex-
perience players to perform and
help nurture the young players."
The last time the two teams
met in a T20, West Indies won
a nail-biter in Fort Lauderdale
by one run.
However, the Windies have
had a poor run of results in re-
cent months with just four wins
in their last 10 outings. (CMC)
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle during the 2015 ICC Cricket World
Cup match between the West Indies and Zimbabwe at Manuka Oval
on February 24, in Canberra, Australia. (GETTY IMAGES)
Former West Indies coach Phil Simmons
Dr Patricia Butcher
Gayle returns to face India
Carlos Brathwaite (captain),
Samuel Badree, Ronsford Bea-
ton, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Ja-
son Mohammed, Sunil Narine,
Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell,
Marlon Samuels, Jerome Tay-
lor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick
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