Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 9th 2013 Contents T&T President Anthony Carmona, right, receives an autographed Manchester United football club jersey
from football coach Dion La Foucade of the La Foucade Soccer Clinic at the St Joseph's Convent grounds,
Federation Park, on Tuesday. The President's son and daughter are members of the football training club
and La Foucade said knowing that Carmona was a big fan of both Manchester and Liverpool FC, he
initiated the goodwill gesture to get the shirt autographed by all the players as well as managers Sir Alex
Ferguson and Brendon Rogers. PHOTO: ANDY HYPOLITE
After arriving early yesterday
morning in Barbados for the
finals of the Regional 4-day Tour-
nament against that country, the
T&T cricketers were given an
immediate pep talk before hitting
the training grounds.
Moments after settling down at
the Barbados Beach Club Hotel,
the players were told by manager
of the team Omar Khan that they
needed to remember the frame of
mind they took into the last game
against Jamaica and replicate that
never-say-die attitude in the finals,
which gets underway at 10 am at
Kensington Oval this morning.
By noon, the Red Force was out
in full numbers at the nets at Kens-
ington Oval under the scorching
sun, going through their final
preparations. According to Khan:
"We had a talk to the players as
soon as we came in and the bats-
men have been told in no uncertain
terms that they need to focus on
their game and give the bowlers
some breathing space.
"Our strength going into this
game is obviously our bowlers but
we are looking to the batsmen to
play their part and give us that
Looking at the conditions at
Kensington Khan, he said it is very
dry. "The field is parched, I have
never seen an outfield like this at
Kensington before. This means
that the outfield is going to be
lightning fast and batsmen will get
value for shots.
"With the current dry condi-
tions being experienced here, the
pitch will dry out quickly and the
spinners might come into play as
the match progresses, which will
work in our favour. However, we
need to put up the runs on the
board to stand a chance of beating
the Barbadians here."
Meanwhile, Barbados have
dropped their two most experi-
enced fast bowlers in Tino Best
and Fidel Edwards for this match.
The selectors announced an
unchanged 13-man squad for the
match and found no room for Best,
31, a veteran of 98 first-class
matches, and fellow West Indies
pacer Edwards, 31, who boasts 84
In defending the move, chair-
man of selectors Hendy Wallace
said they were keeping faith with
the players who had served them
well this season.
Best, who has recovered after
spraining his ankle in the final pre-
liminary match on April 10, could
not hide his disappointment.
"I am shocked. I'm fully fit. I
can't really worry about it. I've
just got to stay focused and con-
centrate on what is important,"
In the absence of Best and
Edwards, the attack will be spear-
headed by fellow West Indies pacer
Kemar Roach, who had been
restricted to one match this sea-
The other fast bowlers in the
squad are rookie Miguel Cummins,
one of the standouts for Barbados
in the tournament with 26 wickets
in seven matches, and Javon Sear-
les, who has taken six wickets in
T&T squad: Jeremy Solozano,
Lendl Simmons, Steven
Katwaroo, Jason Mohammed,
Akeal Hosein, Denesh Ramdin
(captain), Imran Khan, Rayad
Emrit, Amit Jaggernauth, Yannic
Carriah, Shannon Gabriel, Marlon
Richards and Adrian Barath.
Officials: David Williams (coach),
Omar Khan (manager).
Barbados squad: Kirk Edwards
(captain), Kraigg Brathwaite,
Rashidi Boucher, Jonathan Carter,
Kevin Stoute, Shane Dowrich,
Ashley Nurse, Sulieman Benn,
Javon Searles, Kemar Roach,
Miguel Cummins, Roston Chase,
Shai Hope. Officials: Hartley Reid
(manager), Hendy Springer
(coach), Jacqui King (physio),
Shannon Lashley (trainer),
Rodney Ashby (analyst).
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, May 9, 2013
Title contenders Chennai Super
Kings put up yet another comprehen-
sive performance as they thrashed
Sunrisers Hyderabad by 77 runs to
assert their supremacy in the Pepsi
Indian Premier League in India, yes-
Riding on Suresh Raina's blistering
unbeaten 99 and Mike Hussey's smash-
ing 67, Chennai Super Kings managed
a massive 223 for three.
The chase was out of question as
Sunrisers lost wickets at regularly to
restrict them to 146 for eight.
It was a match where CSK outplayed
the home team in all departments of
the game with consummate ease. While
Raina and Hussey nearly batted the
opponents out of the match, the CSK
bowlers also didn't let the guard down
as Sunrisers lost their first match at
While CSK with 20 points sits pretty
at the top of the table, the huge loss
should be a cause of worry for the Sun-
risers as it remains on 14 points from
12 games. The margin of defeat, how-
ever, dented its net run rate, which
dipped to -0.228.
The loss could also have an impact
on Sunrisers' chances of qualification
for the play-offs during the home
stretch of the tourney.
A target of 224 is as daunting as it
can get and Parthiv Patel hit a flurry
boundaries initially although Shikhar
Dhawan (3) and skipper Kumar San-
gakkara (3) were dismissed cheaply.
While Dhawan failed to beat rival
captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's direct
throw, Sangakkara's woeful season con-
tinued as he tried to sweep the ball and
gave the easiest of catches to Chris
Morris standing at short fine leg.
To consistently score at more than
11 runs per over from the start is near
impossible and Sunrisers lost half of
the side even before the halfway mark
of the innings. Parthiv fought it out
with a gutsy 44 off 30 balls with six
fours and a six.
Mohit Sharma (2/28) continued
impress as Ravichandran Ashwin (1/23)
with clever variations also stifled the
run chase. 'Purple Cap' holder Dwayne
Bravo was accurate as usual giving 25
runs in his four overs and taking a wick-
et in the process. The victory came so
easily that one of its strike bowlers
Morris bowled only two overs.
Sunrisers by 77 runs
Kycia Knight gets assistance from West Indies Women captain Merissa Aguilleira
during a batting drill in the two-week training camp which started on Monday in
Cave Hill, Barbados. PHOTO: COURTESY WICB WEB SITE
CAVE HILL---West Indies Women s
coach Sherwin Campbell said he
hopes to use a two-week training
camp to refine the technical and tac-
tical skills of his players.
A squad of 13, including current
Windies Women's captain Merissa
Aguilleira, top all-rounder Stafanie Tay-
lor, off-spinner Anisa Mohammed and
talismanic batter Deandra Dottin, start-
ed the training camp on Monday at
the Sagicor West Indies High Perform-
ance Centre here.
Campbell will be looking to take his
side through their paces ahead of a
schedule in the next few months that
also includes a home tri-nation series
with highly-regarded women's teams
England and New Zealand.
"The purpose of this camp is to get
the players together, since we have not
done anything as a group after we
returned from the ICC Women's World
Cup and the tour of Sri Lanka," said
Campbell. "We want to get the players
together, so we could do remedial work
on their game and continue to set plans
going forward from here about what
we want the team to be able to do."
Campbell said he wanted to zero in
on some of the basic skills of the game,
recognising that at the international
level players always have to be working
on improving your skills.
"We will be looking at all the basics,
batting, bowling and fielding," he said.
"We need to examine each player's
game and work on the areas in which
they need to improve.
Campbell is being assisted by Sagicor
WIHPC coaches Graeme West, Andre
Coley and Roddy Estwick. (WICB)
Windies Women focus
on basics at HPC camp
Focus on your game,
T&T batsmen told
...Barbados drops Best, Edwards for final
MAN UTD GIFT
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