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Holder wants young
Windies to embrace
West Indies captain Jason Holder has urged
his inexperienced side to make the most of the
three tour games in the build-up to the opening
Test of the three-match series against England
later next month. The tourists face Essex in a
three-day contest starting Tuesday and will
follow up with matches against Kent from Au-
gust 6-8 in Canterbury and against Derbyshire
from August 11-13.
The opening Test will be a day/night affair be-
ginning August 17 at Edgbaston.
"I think it is extremely good that we have three
games leading into the first Test match, all of
them being three-day games and one being a
day-nighter, so that's more than enough
preparation time to go into the first
Test and into the Test series," the
"The guys need to use
these games importantly
and make sure we make
use of them to the best of
our ability and get what
we need out of them. It's
important that batsmen
spend some time at the
crease, get accustomed
to the conditions and the
quicker we get acclima-
tised to the conditions,
I think the better off we
"We need to get com-
fortable and make sure that
we give ourselves the best
chance to perform."
The series is expected to be
a difficult one for West Indies,
especially with the majority of the squad making
their maiden Test tour of England. In fact, of the 15-
man squad only opener Kieran Powell and pacers
Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel have ever played
a Test here.
Further, two players -- Kyle Hope and Raymond
Reifer -- are uncapped while six others have played
less than 15 Tests.
Holder, who has led the Windies in 15 of
his 23 Tests, said critical to the success of
the tour would be the squad's ability to
play as a unit and build on recent encour-
aging performances against Pakistan.
"The biggest thing is for us to gel as
a side. We've preached family in the
dressing room and we have planned a lot
of activities to try and bring the group
together," he explained.
"I have been seeing some won-
derful progress. The last two
Test series we played against
Pakistan have been a great suc-
cess for us, although we didn't
get the perfect results in terms
of the overall picture.
"We saw many of the guys
improve -- they are a lot more
assertive at the crease as bat-
ters and the bowlers being a lot
more consistent in their lines
"We can only ask the
guys to continue in that
vein and once we do the
small things well ... we
will get the end results
we're looking for."
Des Vignes takes
U-18 Tobago tennis title
Daynelle Des Vignes snatched the
Girls Under-18 Singles title on Thursday
as the curtains came down on the RBC
Tobago Junior Tennis Championships at
Shaw Park, Tobago.
She was hard-pressed for a silver-
ware and did not disappoint in the final
where she defeated a usually consistent
Victoria Koylass in two sets 6-3, 6-3.
Koylass looked good for the title
when she disposed of Emily Lawrence
in the semi-final by a similar 6-3, 6-3
margin. But she had paid little attention
to the unranked Des Vignes, moving to
the final by dismissing number two seed
Celeste Steele in the other semi-final
encounter to set up a mouth watering
contest in the final.
An all-Tobago affair was the fea-
ture in the boys U-18 final but Kobe
James could not stake his claim this
time around against Joshua Arnold.
Instead Arnold eked out a 6-4 triumph
in the opening set and later beat his
compatriot 6-3 in the second.
Alijah Leslie copped the U-14 boys
crown, prevailing over Andre Crawford
in the final, while James Hadden took
care of Alexander Merry for the boys
U-10 title 4-0, 4-1.
Nero 10th in
Bix 7-mile run
T&T's Tonya Nero placed 10th in the
43rd annual Quad-City Times Bix 7 road
race that took place at Brady Street
in Davenport, Iowa, USA on Saturday.
Nero finished the seven-mile run in a
time of 39 minutes and 37 seconds in
an event which saw some 8,146 runners
competing under sunny skies.
"It was a great experience running
with some of the top girls in the USA.
I'm grateful that all went well," Nero
posted on her facebook page after the
Winning the very demanding route,
which included a number of hills, was
Aliphine Tuliamuk of Santa Fe, New
Mexico in 36:30 followed by Marielle
Hall of Mount Laurel, New Jersey in sec-
ond in 37:34 and third was Sara Hall of
Redding, California (37:53).
This race attracts the greatest long
distance runners in the world compet-
ing to win thousands of dollars in prize
money. It is said to be the highest purse
of any non-marathon race.
Back in March, Nero emerged as
the top local athlete at the 13th North
American, Central American and Carib-
bean (NACAC) Cross-Country Champi-
onships at the South County Regional
Park, Boca Raton in Florida.
T&T's top woman distance runner
crossed the line in 12th position in the
women's 8km in a time of 29:11 seconds.
Joevin Jones inks two year
deal with Darmstadt
Trinidad and Tobago football-
er Joevin Jones has signed with
German Bundesliga 2 club SV
Darmstadt 98 until June 2020.
The deal which runs from Janu-
ary 2018 was confirmed yester-
day by way of an announcement
by the club.
The 25-year-old former W Con-
nection player will move from Amer-
ican Major League Soccer (MLS) club
Seattle Sounders, after arriving there
in January of 2016. His first stint in
the MLS began in January 2015 when
he signed for the Chicago Fire before
being traded to Seattle.
"This is a big step for me, to move
to Darmstadt 98 and to enter German
football after the last two and a half
years in the American MLS. I am
very happy for the chance to prove
myself at Darmstadt and I cannot
wait to start with the club and help
them achieve great things" Jones told
TTFA Media on Sunday.
"I would like to thank everyone
who has been there for me. I have
had a solid and a half two years in
the MLS which I have enjoyed and I
would like to thank everyone at Seat-
tle Sounders, my teammates and the
fans who have supported me. Now
I am moving onto another chapter
in my career and I am looking for-
ward to achieving great things with
Darmstadt," Jones added.
The club manager Torsten Frings
stated: "We are very pleased that Jo-
evin has decided to join us. He is an
absolutely dream player and a player
that we really wanted to have rather
today than tomorrow. We trust him
to pick up on his performances in the
Major League Soccer and we are sure
Frings is a former midfielder with
Bayern Munich and played 79 match-
es for the German national team.
Having tasted team success by
lifting the MLS Cup last season with
Seattle, Jones will have the chance to
pursue individual glory before joining
Darmstadt in January. At present, the
former T&T youth player is within
distance of a record-breaking season
for assists from a defender. Jones has
nine assists from the left wing-back
position, which is only four shy of
the MLS record.
At Darmstadt Jones will join Amer-
ican Terrence Boyd at the club. Also
at Darmstadt is former Turkish in-
ternational and ex-Real Madrid and
Bayern Munich midfielder Hamit Al-
tintop, Polish international Artur So-
biech, Slovenia international Roman
Bxzjak and Australian international
SV Darmstadt were promoted
to the German Bundelisga for the
2015-2016 season but were relegat-
ed to Bundelisga 2 after losing 1-0 to
Bayern Munich on the final match
day last season.
T&T left full-back, Joevin Jones has agreed to join German Bundesliga 2 team,
SV Darmstadt 98 from Seattle Sounders in the MLS. PHOTO: www.sv98.de
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