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Thursday, January 4, 2018
The T&T Red Force derailed in its last
game against the Barbados Pride, will
be looking to rebound today, when it
host the Leewards Hurricanes in the
teams Eighth round CWI, Digicel PCL
First Class clash at the Queen’s Park
Oval, Port-of-Spain from 10 am.
The Red Force which lies third in
the standings with three rounds to
go, has struggled at home, losing two,
drawing one and winning just one
encounter but significantly, that lone
win came at the Queen’s Park Oval
against the Windwards Volcanoes.
The host has 71.6 points, way below
leaders Guyana Jaguars on 118 ,but
just 3.6 points shy of Barbados Pride
which lies in second position.
Meanwhile, there are four changes
to the team that will contest this
match, as the Queen’s Park duo of
Yannic Carriah and Tion Webster are
back after missing one match and
wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo has
made the squad for the first time this
season. The returning West Indies
opener Kyle Hope has also been se-
lected for this clash.
President of the TTCB, Azim Bas-
sarath is looking towards a much im-
proved performance after the break.
He said, “We did not have the best of
seasons before the break but the guys
have had some time over the Christ-
mas break to reflect and one hopes
that they will come out stronger and
better this year. They need to put
the negatives away and build on the
positives. This is a new year and they
must look for a change of fortunes.
Work hard, fight hard and the results
will come their way.”
As reported in yesterday Guardian,
the pitch at the Oval is expected to be
much quicker than what the locals
faced at the Brian Lara Cricket Acad-
emy. The track at the BLCA has been
slow and low and favours the side bat-
ting first. T&T Red Force lost the toss
against Guyana when it suffered a
huge innings and 217 runs defeat, and
also against the Barbadians when the
host went down by 208 runs.
Head groundsman at the Mecca of
local cricket Shaker Mano revealed
that the pitch there is expected to
play even faster than the one against
the Windwards. He told Guardian
Media Sports that, “When I spoke to
the team members they said it was
still not as fast as they wanted, so this
one that I have prepared is expected
to be a yard faster.”
Woeful West Indies ended their
ill-fated tour of New Zealand in
the same wretched manner in
which it started, plummeting to
a heavy 119-run defeat in the final
Twenty20 International yester-
Colin Munro’s record-breaking
third career T20I hundred of 104
was the catalyst behind the hosts’
imperious 243 for five off their 20
overs—their highest-ever total in
the shortest format.
Fellow opener Martin Guptill
stroked 63 and Tom Bruce, 23, en-
suring New Zealand maintained
their momentum to gather the
seventh-highest total in T20s.
In reply, West Indies produced
yet another dismal batting perfor-
mance, collapsing to a depressing
124 all out in the 17th over.
Only Andre Fletcher with a pol-
ished 46 from 32 balls showed any
sense of purpose, and was one of
only three frontline batsmen to
reach double figures and the only
one to pass 20.
The Caribbean side’s woes were
compounded by the unavailabilty
of Shai Hope who injured his
shoulder while fielding and was
unable to bat.
Not for the first time this tour,
the Windies were tormented by
seamer Tim Southee (3-21) and
new-ball partner Trent Boult (2-
29) while leg-spinner Ish Sodhi
claimed two for 25, as the Black
Caps claimed their biggest-ever
win in T20s and the third largest
For West Indies, the defeat was
their seventh on tour in interna-
tionals, after losing both Tests, all
three one-dayers and two T20s.
The second T20I was washed
out after just nine overs on New
The reigning T20 World cham-
pions have also now lost six of
their last 12 matches in the short-
Opting to bat first at Bay Oval,
New Zealand were propelled by
a 136-run opening stand between
Munro and Guptill – the country’s
third-highest stand for any wicket
The left-handed Munro was
utterly dominant en route to his
third score of fifty or more in the
series, facing 53 balls and striking
three fours and 10 sixes.
No Windies bowler was spared
from the 30-year-old’s brutal all-
out assault, as he raced to his
half-century off 26 balls before
reaching three figures off 47 deliv-
eries to mark the fastest-ever hun-
dred for New Zealand in T20s and
joint sixth-fastest of all all time.
He also became the first bats-
man to score three hundreds in
The Windies then had a dis-
astrous start to their run chase
when Chadwick Walton drove
the first ball of the innings from
Southee into Munro’s lap at cover.
Four balls later, superstar Chris
Gayle was surprised by a short
ball and gloved a simple catch
behind to depart without scoring,
leaving the Windies tottering on
one run for two wickets.
Powell holed out to cover off
Kitchen in the fourth over and
Shimron Hetmyer was tragically
run out for seven in the fifth over,
leaving West Indies on 49 for four.
Superstar opener Chris Gayle
walks off after failing to score in
the third Twenty20 International.
Tion Webster poses with his Men’s Cricketer of the Year trophy
at the Queen’s Park 2017 Annual awards function in December
at the Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair.
1. GUYANA JAGUARS
2. BARBADOS PRIDE
3. T&T RED FORCE
4. JAMAICA SCORPIONS
5. LEEWARDS HURRICANES
6. WINDWARDS VOLCANOES
T&T Red Force: Denesh Ramdin, Kyle Hope,
Jeremy Solozano, Ewart Nicholson, Bryan
Charles, Steven Katwaroo, Khary Pierre, Amir
Jangoo, Imran Khan, Daniel St Clair, Anderson
Phillip, Yannic Carriah, Tion Webster.
Leewards: Devon Thomas (capt), Akeem
Saunders, Elvin Berridge, Jacques Taylor,
Garvin Tonge, Jahmar Hamilton, Jason
Campbell, Jeremiah Louis, Jacey Carty, Mervin
Mathew, Montcin Hodge, Nkrumah Bonner,
Rakheem Cornwall, Shane Burton.
Windies end tour
with crushing loss
New Zealand vs West Indies–3rd T20I
M Guptill c wkp Walton b Emrit
C Munro c Hetmyer b Brathwaite 104
T Bruce b Brathwaite
A Kitchen run out
K Williamson b Taylor
G Phillips not out
M Santner not out
Extras (lb4, w7, nb1)
TOTA L (5 wkts, 20 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-136, 2-191, 3-204, 4-226,
Bowling: Taylor 4-0 -53 -1,
Badree 4-0 -51-0,
Nurse 4-0 -43-0,
Brathwaite 4-0 -50 -2,
Emrit 4-0 -42 -1.
C Walton c Munro b Southee
C Gayle c wkp Phillips b Southee
A Fletcher b Sodhi
R Powell c Williamson b Kitchen
S Hetmyer run out
C Brathwaite c Bruce b Boult
A Nurse not out
R Emrit lbw b Sodhi
J Taylor c Santner b Boult
S Badree c Bruce b Southee
S Hope did not bat
Extras (w4, nb2) 6
TOTAL (9 wkts, 16.3 overs) 124
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-1, 3-42, 4-49, 5-80,
6-92, 7-99, 8-114, 9-124
Bowling: Southee 2.3-0 -21 -3,
Boult 4-0 -29-2 (3w, 2nb),
Kitchen 4-0 -33 -1 (1w),
Santner 2-0 -16-0,
Result: New Zealand won by 119 runs.
Series: New Zealand won three-match
Man-of-the-Match: Colin Munro.
Man-of-the-Series: Colin Munro.
Umpires: Wayne Knights, Shaun Haig; TV
– Chris Brown.
Bassarath backing T&T
to win against Leewards
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