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T&T U-15s go down in opener
T&T Under-15 cricket team went down
to Jamaica by 43 runs in their opening
match of the CWI Regional U-15 cricket
series at Brighton in Barbados.
In a low scoring affair, the T&T batsmen
could not get a small victory target of 121.
Brilliant bowling by the young Red Force
restricted Jamaica to 120 all out but when
their turn came to bat, the T&T boys could
muster only 73 runs.
T&T got off to a bad start when Kyle Roop-
chand fell for just one. The big blow came
shortly after when dependable captain Tariq
Mohammed was also send back by Andel
Gordon, without scoring. Two early wickets
down and still the T&T camp was confident
because of the talent to come. Little opener
Aaron Bankay was playing a steady hand but
every time he looked up at the non-strikers
end, he saw another one of his teammates
on his bike.
Jamaica delivered the coup de gras when
all rounder Darren Samlal who was brilliant
with the ball earlier, fell via the run out route
for one. The loss of four early wickets and
with Mohammed and Samlal among them,
was bound to play on the minds of the T&T
youngsters and when Bankay left for 24 the
end was near. The left hander faced 61 balls
and struck two fours. The only other batsmen
to get into double figures were Anderson Ma-
hase and Gerard Chin, both of whom got 10.
The wickets were shared among the Jamai-
cans, with the best of the lot being skipper
Rajiv Redhi with two for nine of 10 overs.
Earlier, Samlal was excellent in taking 2/14
of 10 overs and Aniel Pittiram 3/24, as Ja-
maica struggled against the slow bowlers.
Brandon English top scored with 25, while
Nicholas Lewin made 20 at the top of the
In other matches, Barbados defeated
Windwards by four wickets at Weymouth
and Leewards got the better of Guyana by
36 runs. VM
REGIONAL U-15 SCORES
At Brighton: Jamaica 120 all out (Brandon English
25, Nicholas Lewin 20, Aneil Pittiram 3/24, Darren
Samlal 2/14, Chadeon Raymond 2/15) vs T&T 77 all
out (Aaron Bankay 24, Brandon English 2/13, Andel
Gordon 2/22, Rajiv Redhi 2/9) - Jamaica won by 43
At Weymouth: Windwards 103 all out vs Barbados
104 for six - Barbados won by four wickets.
At Crab Hill: Leewards 87 all out vs Guyana 51 all out -
Leewards won by 36 runs.
Grant hails Commonwealth athletes
A vibrant bunch returned home on
Tuesday night from the Commonwealth
Youth Games (CYG) in the Bahamas, with
a number of them decorated with medals
won at the sixth edition of the event which
ended on Sunday.
The young local athletes were the guests of
honour at the welcome ceremony held at the
VIP Lounge at the Piarco International Airport,
in celebration of T&T's two gold medals, two
silver and one bronze won at the games. This
represented the country's largest haul ever won
at the games, exceeding the previous best of
one bronze won in 2011 in the shot put com-
petition by Hezekiel Romeo in the Isle of Man.
The individual medallists included sprinter
Adell Colthrust, swimmer Jeron Thompson
and javelin thrower Tyriq Horsford, and the
team sports medallists were the girls' and boys'
beach soccer teams.
T&T's CYG Chef de Mission Rheeza Grant,
a national indoor and outdoor beach volley-
ball player, was proud of the achievements,
not only of those who won medals but of all
"They were all amazing," said Grant yester-
day. "It was an excellent experience."
Seventeen year old Colthrust, the Carifta
Under-18 sprint champion, captured T&T's
first ever CYG gold medal when he won the
boy's 100 metres final.
"Adell winning that first medal set the tone
for the rest of the competition," said Grant.
"Everybody was elated. That set the pace for
Following Colthrust on the podium, was
Thompson, who also made history by win-
ning this nation's first-ever swimming medal
at the Games by taking bronze in the 50 me-
tre freestyle. That very night, the girls beach
soccer team wrote their names in the history
book by becoming the first T&T team sport
to win a medal at a multi-sport games. They
were soon followed by the boys' team, who
won the silver medal.
"Thompson would have competed in 2015
but did not win any medals," said Grant. "He
worked extremely hard to get this medal, a
bronze, and I am proud of him. He is a true
Of the girls beach soccer team Grant had only
praising words for them for their outstanding
"I am totally amazed by this team. They were
the last team of athletes to be selected," Grant
said. "The association had limited amount of
time to select the team and they probably had
a month to work toward achieving this gold
medal and they did it.
"They had lost to Jamaica in the preliminary
round and then to come from behind to beat
them is just amazing."
Horsford grabbed a silver in the boys' javelin
event. He too faced many challenges accord-
ing to Grant, in his preparation for the event.
She said, "We know the challenge Tobago
is facing concerning the ferry so he did not
get to travel for training in Trinidad before
Grant also praised the managers and coaches
for their contributions saying: "They worked
together. There were no cliques. They operated
like a family," said Grant. "The young athletes
were away from their parents and they needed
to know they had support and the managers
and coaches did that."
T&T was 13th on the medals table with Eng-
land topping with 51 medals (23 gold, 16 silver
and 12 bronze), Australia was second with 39
(14, 14, 11) and New Zealand third with 31 (8,
Recently, the Commonwealth Games Feder-
ation (CGF) chief executive David Grevemberg
said that he believes there are "strong argu-
ments" in favour of holding the Youth Games
every two years instead of four.
It was reported that Grevemberg said at the
Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games
that "robust" discussions into the possibility
of staging the event on a biennial basis should
T&T U-19s whip Windwards
Skipper Navin Bidaisee had a brilliant
all round game, as T&T U-19s defeated
the Windward Islands by 120 runs in
their opening match of the Regional
U-19 series at Coneree in St Kitts yes-
Set 288 runs for victory, the Windwards
fell to spinners Justin Gangoo and Bidaisee
for 167 to spark celebrations among the Red
Force players. Bidaisee who nabbed four
wickets for 29 runs in the first essay, came
back to take 4/69 in the second, for match
figures of 8/98. In addition to his wonderful
bowling he scored 39 runs in his team's sec-
ond innings, taking them over the 200-run
mark after they resumed on the third and
final day on 112/2. T&T finally made 207 all
out to set the Windwards 288 for the win.
Joining in the demolition job was Naparima
College student Justin Gangoo. He snared
four wickets for 30 runs, as the Windwards
batsmen continued their struggle against
spin. The man standing in between the two
teams was Tahj Taveneir who made 57. He
was the final man dismissed to give T&T the
In another match, Guyana defeated the
Leewards by 63 runs.
T&T: 233 (Saiba Batoosingh 60, Leonardo Julien
42; Dillon Douglas 3-27, Lee Louisy 3-59) & 207
(Sachin Seecharan 44, Navin Bidaisee 39, Krystian
Thurton 27, Dillon Douglas 2/28, Lee Louisy 2/38) vs
WINDWARDS: 149 all out (Jeremy Layne 54, Wayne
Edward 39; Navin Bidaisee 19-9-29-4, Aaron Maniram
25.2-13-33-5) & 167 all out (Tahj Taveneir 57, Justin
Gangoo 4/30, Navin Bidaisee 4/69) - T&T won by 120
Team two boys
T&T's Under-12 tennis players had a mixed
tournament at the Caribbean Development
Championships held at the National Racquet
Centre in Tacarigua over the weekend. T&T's
Team Two Boys won the doubles category
and as such qualified for the Junior Masters
Tournament next month in Central America.
However, the other teams didn't enjoy
the same success. T&T's Team One Boys
came fourth. The Team One Girls also placed
fourth while the Team Two Girls finished
third at the tournament. In all, T&T had four
teams at the championships.
President of the Tennis Association of T&T
Hayden Mitchell, congratulated the players
saying, "This is really what we want Trinidad
to be - the developmental hub for the region,
and it's part of our strategic plan. By hosting
this tournament, we were able to have two
boys and girls teams which gave our athletes
experience and we saw our teams rose to
the top and the boys team won."
Commonwealth youth 100m sprint prince Adell Colthrust,centre, flanked by fellow countrymen
Tyriq Horsford,right, and swimmer Jerron Thompson, following their arrival at the Piarco
International Airport on Tuesday night. PHOTO: CA-IMAGES/ALLAN CRANE
I am totally amazed by this team. They
were the last team of athletes to be
selected," Grant said. "The association
had limited amount of time to select the
team and they probably had a month to
work toward achieving this gold medal
and they did it.
---Rheeza Grant, T&T's CYG Chef de Mission
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