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guardian.co.tt Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Caribs RFC cries for a new home
The Caribs Rugby Football
Club is forging ahead with its
search for a new place to call
home as officials say they have
now engaged the attention of the
Port-of-Spain City Corporation
in trying to find a suitable loca-
tion to house the displaced club.
Mayor Joel Martinez is said to
be seriously considering ways to
assist the organisation, which lost
the long-time home it shared with
the Girl Guides of T&T when it was
seriously damaged in a fire on March
22 of this year.
The club has all but given up hope
on returning to the plot of land which
housed "the Hut"
, located between
Chancellor Hill and the Emperor
Valley Zoo, Queen's Park North, after
it said no dialogue has been facili-
tated by either the Girl Guides or the
Zoological Society since whatever
was left of the structure following
the fire was completely demolished
in early June.
But in an impassioned plea led
by club president Jean Paul Pierre
at Northerns Rugby Club's club-
house on Cipriani Boulevard, Port-
of-Spain, yesterday, members also
reached out to corporate and pri-
vate citizens who can donate cash
or premises as a start.
"Caribs RFC are in search of a
new home and we are reaching out
to the Government and private sec-
tor to help us to continue our legacy
of youth development. Never has
it been more important to give our
youth a purpose, a sense of belong-
ing. A belonging to a legacy that is
equally about family and country,"
he stated while holding back tears.
Pierre added: "As was done 33
years ago when we first moved into
that spot, Caribs RFC has once again
embarked upon fund-raising events
to purchase equipment and material
that was destroyed in the fire."
The rugby fraternity, including ri-
val teams and administrative bodies,
supported members of the club at
yesterday's press conference.
President of the T&T Rugby Un-
ion (TTRFU) Leslie Figaro said, "You
have to look at Caribs in the context
of the overall rugby development of
T&T. When you look at the strategic
location that the clubhouse was in,
and that clubhouse for that haven
for the youth, the school's rugby for
various clubs who utilize the savan-
nah, the national teams and that tells
you that Caribs was the pseudo home
for rugby which is Caribs."
...says youth development most affected
LEICESTER---The mercurial De-
andra Dottin stroked an aggres-
sive maiden one-day hundred as
West Indies Women produced
their best performance of an oth-
erwise disappointing campaign,
with a 19-run win over Pakistan
Women in the ICC Women's
World Cup here Tuesday.
Sent in at Grace Road in their sixth
game of the tournament, West In-
dies rattled up an authoritative 285
for four off their 50 overs with the
right-handed Dottin smashing an
unbeaten 104 off just 76 balls.
Captain Stafanie Taylor missed
out on a sixth career hundred when
she perished for 90 while Chedean
Nation scored 35 and Merissa Agu-
illeira, 24 not out.
Seamer Asmavia Iqbal led Pakistan
with two for 76.
Rain during the break forced Paki-
stan to chase a revised target of 245
off 38 overs but when the adverse
weather returned, they had reached
only 117 for three off 24 overs -- short
of the par score of 136.
Javeria Khan top-scored with an
unbeaten 58 off 72 balls while open-
er Nahida Khan made 40 from 46
Veteran off-spinner Anisa Mo-
hammed was once again at the fore-
front of the Windies attack, taking
two for 21 from her four overs.
The victory was the Caribbean
side's second on the trot follow-
ing last Sunday's 47-run win over
Sri Lanka Women in Derby which
broke a sequence of four successive
However, it was Dottin who took
centre stage, striking the fastest-ev-
er hundred by a West Indies batsman
off just 71 balls and the first triple
figure score for her side in four years.
No such enterprise was envisioned
when Asmavia removed both open-
ers cheaply to leave the Windies
struggling on 26 for two in the fifth
Teenager Hayley Matthews got a
leading edge back to the right-armer
in the very first over to depart for one
with two runs on the board while the
left-handed Kycia Knight tickled a
catch behind for 17 off 13 balls.
Taylor and Nation then steadied
the innings in a sensible 87-run,
third wicket stand which established
the platform for Dottin's later as-
The right-handed Taylor was
classy in striking 11 pristine fours
-- comprising mostly cuts and off-
side drives -- along with a six off 107
balls while Nation faced 68 balls and
counted five fours.
Approaching the half-way stage of
the innings, the right-handed Na-
tion was bowled, missing a sweep
at left-arm spinner Nashra Sandhu
with the Windies on 113 for three in
the 25th over.
Dottin then joined Taylor and
dominated their 91-run, fourth
wicket stand, leading a devastating
assault on the Pakistan attack.
All told, the 26-year-old Dottin
counted 12 fours and three sixes -- a
combination of impetuous off-side
strokes and wristy leg-side shots.
She started slowly, requiring 16
balls for her first seven runs with-
out a boundary before accelerating
to reach her half-century off just 49
Dottin took boundaries at will
off every bowler and when Asma-
via returned for a second spell, she
whipped her through mid-wicket
for four and then smashed her over
long on for six, in the 37th over which
leaked 12 runs.
She motored to her second fifty off
just 22 deliveries, whacking left-arm
spinner Sadia Yousuf for a four and a
six in the 45thover before smashing
back-to-back fours off off-spinner
Sana Mir in the 46th over that cost
Dottin stormed into the 90s with
a pair of boundaries off Sandhu in
the 48th before raising her hundred
in style by clearing the ropes at long
on with Asmavia in the penultimate
Taylor had earlier appeared set for
three figures before she chipped a
return catch to seamer Diana Baig in
the 40th over at 204 for four.
However, Aguilleira kept Dottin
company in an unbroken fifth wicket
stand of 81 as West Indies picked up
the tempo to gather 51 runs from the
last five overs.
West Indies then struck early
when rookie seamer Akeira Peters
had Ayesha Zafar caught at mid-
on for nine with 27 on the board in
the sixth over but Javeria and Nahida
put on 80 to raise Pakistan's hopes.
T&T got its first win at the
Netball Youth World Cup, taking
down Wales 36-32 at Ditshupo
Hall in Botswana, yesterday.
It was the third match for the
junior "Calypso Girls" at the event
currently ongoing in the host city,
Garborone. On Saturday, the local
team fell to Fiji, 55-28, and to Eng-
land, 75-27 on Monday.
Though happy to finally to get a
victory in the 20-team competition,
coach Rhonda John-Davis was not
fully satisfied with her players'
performance, citing that they were
guilty of making similar mistakes as
they did in the opening losses.
"It will always feel good to come
out with the victory and we give God
all the glory but we still continue to
make the same errors. We continue
to struggle with keeping possession
of the ball," said John-Davis.
T&T was the aggressor from the
first pass and held a 9-6 lead at the
close of the opening period. Wales
stepped up in the second quarter and
almost matched T&T goal-for-goal,
converting nine compared to T&T's
ten but the local team stayed ahead
at the halfway mark, by a narrow
four-goal (19-15) margin.
The T&T unit regained momen-
tum in the third session and pushed
its advantage to seven (29-22) but
the Welsh team refused to go away.
Wales managed to outscore T&T
again in the fourth and final quar-
ter, 10-7, but the girls dressed in red,
white and black held on to complete
the four-goal win.
"The scoreline should have been
further than it ended up but we
are just thankful for the win," said
John-Davis. "We just have to contin-
ue working and keeping possession."
Today, the T&T team will get a
chance to improve on its game when
it takes on Grenada in the team's final
preliminary match of Pool D. A win
against its Caribbean neighbour will
move the "Calypso Girls" to third
place in the five-team group. The
Grenadians fell to their third defeat
against Fiji, 74-23.
Earlier, another Caribbean neigh-
bour Jamaica suffered a shock defeat
to host team Botswana, 48-46 in a
Baptiste raced to vic-
tory in the women's
100 metres at Spitzen
Leichtathletik in Lu-
Baptiste stopped the
clock at 11.16 seconds to
finish ahead of American
Aaliyah Brown in 11.38
and Jamaica's Jura Levy
(11.41) in heat A in three
Burchell, winner of heat
B in 11.23, had the second
fastest time and placed
just behind the local
sprinter. Brown had the
third best time of 11.38.
The win follows up
Batispte's second place
finish in the dash at the
NGC/ Sagicor National
Association of Athletics
Track and Field Cham-
pionships on the week-
end of June 23-25 at the
Hasely Crawford Stadi-
Baptiste, the former
record holder, won sil-
ver in 10.88 behind Mi-
chelle-Lee Ahye, who
struck gold in a national
record time of 10.82.
Baptiste was also in
winners' row at the JN/
Racers Grand Prix meet
in Jamaica clocking 11.13,
beating American Jenna
Prandini in 11.16 and Na-
tasha Morrison of Jamai-
can (11.26) to the line. RK
T&T's Kelly-Ann Baptiste, right, and USA's Barbara Pierre
during the Women 100m race at the International Athletics
Meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Sensational Dottin hundred
sees Windies to second win
Baptiste sprints to Swiss title
beat Wales 36-32
POOL D TABLE
WEST INDIES WOMEN
H Matthews c & b Asmavia Iqbal 1
Kycia Knight c wkp Sidra Nawaz
b Asmavia Iqbal
*S Taylor c & b Diana Baig
C Nation b Nashra Sandhu
D Dottin not out
+M Aguilleira not out
Extras (b1, lb2, w11)
TOTAL (4 wkts, 50 overs)
Did not bat: Kyshona Knight, S Daley, A
Fletcher, A Peters, A Mohammed
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Matthews, 1 over),
2-26 (Kycia Knight, 4.3), 3-113 (Nation,
24.4), 4-204 (Taylor, 39.5)
Bowling: Asmavia Iqbal 10-0-76-2, Diana
Baig 10-0-57-1 (w6), Sana Mir 10-0-49-0
(w1), Nashra Sandhu 10-0-58-1 (w3), Sadia
Yousuf 10-1-42-0 (w1)
(Target: 245 off 38 overs)
Ayesha Zafar c Fletcher b Peters 9
Nahida Khan b Mohammed
Javeria Khan not out
Iram Javed c Nation b Mohammed 5
Extras (lb2, w3)
TOTAL (3 wkts, 24 overs)
Did not bat: Nain Abidi, *Sana Mir, +Sidra
Nawaz, Asmavia Iqbal, Nashra Sandhu,
Sadia Yousuf, Diana Baig
Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Ayesha Zafar, 5.4
overs), 2-107 (Nahida Khan, 21.5), 3-117
(Iram Javed, 24)
Bowling: Dottin 4-0-23-0 (w1), Peters 4-0-
20-1 (w2), Taylor 8-0-29-0, Daley 4-0-22-0,
Result: West Indies Women won by 19 runs
Points: West Indies Women 2, Pakistan
Player-of-the-Match: Deandra Dottin.
To ss : Pakistan Women.
Umpires: S Redfern, L Rusere.
Cook Islands 39 vs Uganda 52
Barbados 35 vs Zimbabwe 58
Scotland 36 vs Northern Ireland 55
Samoa 73 vs Sri Lanka 49
South Africa 74 vs Singapore 22
Botswana 48 vs Jamaica 46
Fiji 74 vs Grenada 23
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