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It was a day when flying fish tasted better
than curried cascadoo, as Barbados domi-
nated their southern Caribbean rivals T&T,
to be fully in charge at the end of the opening
day of the 2013 Regional Four-Day Tourna-
ment finals at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Scores: T&T 110 all out versus Barbados
Greeted by a heavily grassed pitch at the
region s Mecca, the T&T boys became pre-
occupied with it and self-destructed. Almost
every ball sent down by pacer Miguel Cummins
came out like a bomb and he sliced through
the T&T batting, taking 5/30 to flatten T&T
for an embarrassing 110 all out.
By the end of the day, Barbados negotiated
and dominated a less then penetrative bowling
attack to close at 144 for two---a lead of 34
Even with a score of 110 and Barbados not
having the best season with the willow, T&T
would have fancied themselves to at least stay
in touch with the hosts. However, the pitched
dried out under a scorching sun and batting
became easier. Added to this, the T&T bowlers
did not use the pitch as the Bajans did and
runs that were at a premium earlier on, started
Opener Rashidi Boucher took the attack to
Shannon Gabriel and unsettled the strongly-
built pacer. Kraigg Brathwaite, on the other
end, was solid like a rock and the pair looked
unfussed in an opening stand of 62 runs.
Boucher thrilled the small crowd made up
mainly of family members of the local players,
with some bold shots. He batted for 67 mins
and struck eight fours and one six.
When he left courtesy leg-spinner Imran
Khan, skipper Kirk Edwards came in and
together with Brathwaite hammered home the
advantage. The Larry Gomes-like Brathwaite
remained unbeaten on 49 off 149 balls in 193
minutes batting when stumps were drawn.
Edwards was dismissed for 48 by Lendl
Simmons just before the close for 48 off 110
minutes off 85 balls with five fours and one
six.Earlier, Ramdin called wrongly at the toss
and T&T was sent in on the green top and
this must have played on the minds of the
batsmen. With only eight runs on the board,
the out-of-sorts Adrian Barath was snapped
up at slip for one off the impressive Cummins.
The very next ball, Cummins sent back
Yannic Cariah for a "duck." Two for eight and
there was still hope of a foundation as the
experienced Simmons was still out there.
However, it would not be his day as he fended
a ball coming back into in from Kemar Roach
and left for five with the score at nine.
Next on the victim s list was the struggling
Jason Mohammed who was caught at slip for
The experience of Ramdin was needed but
he seemed preoccupied by the pitch and fell
for five and at 19 for five, two young batsmen
were left to fend for T&T on a quick Kens-
They did not set the place afire but what
they did was to show the senior men that
application and patience were the tools needed
to tame this attack. Akeal Hosein and Stephen
Katwaroo added 32 runs with sensible batting
and Katwaroo looked in very good form.
Just after all their hard work in getting the
pacers off Hosein relaxed and was dismissed
by spinner Ashley Nurse for 17. Lunch was
soon taken at 64 for six and soon after the
resumption, Katwaroo fell. In the semis when
he withstood the Jamaican attack for 32 runs,
he fell first ball after a water break and yes-
terday he fell second ball after lunch for 24---
which he took 75 minutes to construct.
After that it looked as if T&T would have
folded for their lowest score at Kensington---
104 in 2003---but Emrit lashed a quick 34 in
a last wicket stand with Shannon Gabriel of
40, to take them to their final score off 110.
MOHALI---A masterful death bowling effort,
and Ajinkya Rahane s third straight fifty,
helped consolidate Rajasthan Royals place
in the top four as they beat Kings XI Punjab
by eight wickets in Mohali.
Kevon Cooper was the primary architect of
Kings XI s slowdown towards the end of their
innings, as his measured slower deliveries
exploited the slow nature of the Mohali surface,
and swept away much of the momentum
Shaun Marsh and Adam Gilchrist had secured
in a 102-run stand. Having arrived at the 14th
over at 100 for 1, Kings XI could only stumble
to 145 for 6 in their 20 overs and the batsmen
failed to hit a boundary in the last four overs
of their innings.
Cooper s first victim was Gilchrist who bat-
ted securely for 42 from 32, and helped Marsh
overcome an indifferent start, until he offered
Cooper a return catch off an off-cutter. Cooper
returned in the 17th over and prove difficult
to get away. He got both Marsh and David
Miller next over off slower balls finishing with
3 wickets for 23 from his four overs.
At the toss, Dravid had cited his side s pref-
erence for chasing scores as a reason for fielding
first, and his choice proved an insightful one
as Royals executed a smooth run chase to
record their seventh-straight victory batting
Watson and Rahane put on 66 before Wat-
son was dismissed by Chawla. Rahane and
18-year-old Sanju Samson relied largely on
singles and twos to form the base of their
partnership, but quickly began finding the
boundary as well. Samson was unbeaten on
47 from 33 with Rahane on 59 from 49.
Marsh s 64-ball 77 was the backbone of
Kings XI s foundation, but their failure to kick
on from a good start ultimately cost them the
Rajasthan Royals 147 for 2 (Rahane 59,
Samson 47) beat Kings XI Punjab 145 for 6
(Marsh 77, Cooper 3-23) by 8 wickets
Kolkata Knight Riders 152 for 6 (Gambhir 50,
Bhuvneshwar 3-25) beat Pune Warriors 106
(Mathews 40, Balaji 3-19) by 46 runs
Kensington Oval, Barbados
drives through the
covers during his
against T&T in the
final at Kensington
Cooper helps Royals overpower Kings
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Fed-
eration (TTFF) has a new secretary.
Sheldon Phillips, son of former national
goalkeeper and technical advisor Lincoln
Phillips, yesterday took over from former
secretary Richard Groden, who vacated office
last week after serving since 1998.
TTFF president Raymond Tim Kee
expressed satisfaction with the selection of
Phillips, which was also passed by the exec-
utive committee at a meeting on Wednes-
day.Phillips is reported to have strong football
understanding and had a successful spell in
sports management in the United States and
other parts of the globe. His role with the
TTFF will include managing key external
relationships, particularly with other local
and international bodies as well as various
stakeholders and partners.
Tim Kee said the federation was impressed
by the work Phillips did. "We are confident
that his appointment will provide strong
leadership and stability...
"I thought also with his legal background
and the leverage he enjoys in getting things
done on a global stage would be a major
asset. You must begin with the end in mind
and my end is getting T&T back to being
among the top nations in Concacaf and to
a highly respectable position in world football.
With those goals and objectives in mind, I
believe Sheldon is the ideal person to work
along with me and the rest of the federation
in going about achieving all of this."
Phillips said he was ready to do everything
in his power to help lead the federation back
to stability. "Our organisation will be zealous
in our activism and advocacy of all things
football-related because we are keenly aware
of the power of the game and how it shapes
lives both on and off the field of play. I am
humbled at the opportunity."
Phillips was instrumental in the settlement
discussions with the 2006 World Cup players
as well as the setting up of international
matches against Peru, Belize, Romania and
Phillips takes over as TTFF general secretary
T&T vs Barbados
ABarathcBrathwaitebCummins . . . . . . . . .1
YCarriahcDowrichbCummins . . . . . . . . . . .0
JMohammedcNursebCummins . . . . . . . . .0
SKatwaroostDowrichbBenn. . . . . . . . . . .24
REmritBrathwaitebCummins . . . . . . . . . .43
Fall of wkts: 8, 8, 9, 9, 19, 51, 64, 69, 70, 110.
Bowling: Cummins 12.4-2-30-5 (7nb), Roach
12-4-35-2, Searles 7-2-28-0 (5nb), Nurse 1-0-
3-1, Benn 5-1-13-2.
K Edwards c Mohammed b Simmons . . . .48
Fall of wkts: 62, 141.
Bowling: Gabriel 8-0-37-0, M Richards 9-5-
19-0, Emrit 8-2-17-0, Khan 7-3-21-1, Hosein
7-0-23-0, Y Carriah 7-2-21-0, L Simmons 4-2-
T&T s beach soccer team may have rued
the change in schedule which saw it pitted
against Mexico in its first ever match as a Fifa
recognised team, as they succumbed to a 9-
1 defeat by the Central Americans, in Nassau,
The Bahamas, last evening.
It was also T&T s first match of the Concacaf
Beach Soccer Championship, a qualifying com-
petition for this year s Fifa Beach Soccer World
Cup, but Mexico s second. To T&T s consolation,
the Mexicans were even more ruthless on the
opening day when they dropped Canada 10-
0. Regardless of the result, T&T would have
needed to recover within hours for its second
match of Group B, against Canada, which is
scheduled for 10.45 am, this morning.
As it stands, T&T is second in the table ahead
of third-placed Canada. Only one best sec-
ond-placed team of the three groups will
advance to the semifinal stage. The two finalists
will qualify for November s World Cup. Tomor-
row, knockout action will begin, two semifinals,
as well as the seventh to tenth-place play-offs.
T&T sunk 9-1 by Mexico in beach soccer opener
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