Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 24th 2013 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, May 24, 2013
Central spun their way into the semifinals of
the BGTT Under-15 InterZone competition yes-
terday with a seven-wicket win over South, ini-
tiated by the destructive duo of Emilio Gopaul
and Siba Batoosingh.
Resuming on their overnight 109/1 in their
second innings, South lost their last nine wickets
for only 42 runs, as they were skittled out for 151.
Off-spinner Gopaul finished with 4/32, while the
left-arm orthodox bowling of Batoosingh took
3/27. The in form Simmion Ramjattan could only
add eight runs to his overnight 39. Ramjattan struck
a match winning 64 last week against South-East.
Chasing 131 for victory, Batoosingh showed his
talent with the bat as well. His unbeaten 64 guided
Central to 131/3 in 33.5 overs. Christian Turton
followed up his 65 not out in the first innings with
39. South still advanced to the semifinals behind
Central in Group A.
In Group B, North and East advanced to the
semifinals. Shoundell Letron's five-wicket haul
(5/8) led North to a seven-wicket win over North-
East, while Kristian Kallicharan had a brilliant all-
round performance to lead East past Tobago by
an innings and 38 runs.
Gopaul, Batoosingh put South in a spin
Valiants produced a very clinical display to take
care of Queen s Park II in the semifinals of the T&T
Cricket Board (TTCB) Championship T20 semifinals
at Guaracara Park, last evening.
The La Romaine boys made the southern fans very
happy on the night as they took care of the more
fancied Queen's Park. They chased down Queen's
Park II's score of 111/9 with relative ease and when
the winning runs came the score read 112/3 off 18.1
After losing an early wicket in their chase, Valiants
number three batsman Chris Patia took matters into
his own hands and scored an unbeaten 45 not out
and together with former Wanderers player David
Livingston (25 not out) took his team home. Also
among the runs was Devon Nelson who got 26. The
Parkite bowlers failed to make an impression on a
pitch that was starting to play slow and low and
Valiants thoroughly deserved their win. They will
now play Tableland for the Championship T20 title
today, also at Guaracara Park.
Earlier, Queen's Park II, batting first would have
expected a better score than their eventual 111 for
nine after their 20 overs.
Much would have depended on national opener
Jeremy Solozano but after he fell for three, Valiants
had their tails up and never let up from that point.
Dwight Joseph played a solid hand off 22 from 25
balls and at one point he took his team to a position
where they could have launched an assault in the
final eight overs. However, it was not to be.
At 67 for one, Charles fell, and in the space of 13
runs five other men followed him back to the hut.
Queen's Park II slipped to 80 for seven and from
that point their eventual score would have always
Championship T20 scores
QPCC II 111/9 (20) (Dwight Joseph 22, Magnum
Nanan 2/17) vs Valiants 112/3 (18.1) (Chris Patia 45
n.o., David Livingston 25 n.o., Devon Nelson 26,
Israel Canning 2/26). Valiants won by 7 wkts.
blasts Parkites II
Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA secured
a spot in the 2013/2014 Concacaf Cham-
pions League main draw group com-
petition after battling to a 2-2 draw
with Jamaica s Portmore United in their
Caribbean Football Union Club Cham-
pionship third-place play-off second-
leg match at the Ato Boldon Stadium,
Couva, on Wednesday night to advance
3-2 on aggregate.
The Morvant/Laventille club, reigning
CFU Club title-holders, entered Wednes-
day's encounter with a 1-0 advantage
following its win in the first-leg match
The Jerry Moe-coached club took a
13th-minute lead through winger Nathan
Lewis when he raced into Portmore's 18-
yard box with the ball, but then took a
heavy touch on the ball for what seemed
an easy take by Foster, who unexplicably
failed to collect.
The visitors equalised in the 61st
minute when Williams capped off a solo
run on goal by slipping a strike past
Samuel and into the net to give his team
But Portmore's joy was short-lived as
midfielder Keyon Edwards restored Cale-
donia's lead in the 68th minute when he
blasted the ball past Foster from inside
the penalty area, three minutes after
Portmore managed to get one back in
the 74th when Andrew Vanzie unleashed
a low strike from distance that beat
Samuel on his near upright to set up an
interesting final 15 minutes.
Despite holding the advantage with
the score at 2-2, Caledonia did not ease
up and pressed for the win but were
denied by two saves from Foster in the
77th and 80th minutes.
With six minutes left, Portmore almost
got another lifeline but luckily for Cale-
donia, Cuban referee Marco Brea
Despaigne waived off an appeal by
Williams for a penalty for what he felt
was a foul on him by goalkeeper Samuel
as the match whittled out into an enter-
taining 2-2 draw.
Caledonia now joins fellow T&T Pro
League club DirecTV W Connection and
Haiti's Valencia as qualifiers for the Con-
cacaf Champions League group draw on
Denesh Ramdin has backed
West Indies to make a smooth
transition to the 50-over format
when they open their campaign
in the ICC Champions Trophy
starting next month.
Several leading members of
the squad have been campaign-
ing in the Indian Premier League
over the last six weeks but
Ramdin said yesterday he
expected no fallout from this.
In fact, he contended that the
IPL would have been good
preparation for the players head-
ing into the Champions Trophy.
"Most of the guys are pro-
fessional cricketers and they have
the ability to make that transi-
tion---the Chris Gayles, the
Dwayne Bravos, the Kieron Pol-
lards, those guys---they can sit
down and bat and play long
innings," Ramdin said prior to a
training session at the 3Ws Oval.
"They've been doing well in
the IPL so that will be good for
their confidence going into Eng-
land. I'm sure they've done well
in England before, so it's just
about gelling together and the
batters batting long in the mid-
"Fifty overs are a lot of balls
so we're not going to bash it
around. We have a strong middle
and lower order so if we get a
good start with Gayle and the
other guys at the top of the order
we can capitalise lower down."
West Indies are currently
winding down a five-day camp
which started Monday, as they
prepare for the June 6-23 tour-
nament in England and Wales.
The regional side, which cap-
tured the 2004 edition which
was also played in England, has
been installed in Group B along-
side reigning World champions
India, Pakistan and South Africa.
While acknowledging the
quality of the opposition,
Ramdin said he believed West
Indies possessed the ability to
spring a few surprises.
"The first game is very impor-
tant. Once we can overcome in
that game, it will give us some
form of confidence," Ramdin
"Pakistan is a team, you know,
where anything can happen on
the day with those guys. India
is one of the best teams in the
world along with Australia and
South Africa. Those teams are
playing really good one day
cricket but with the conditions
you never know.
"If you win the toss and put
in a team, it's two new balls that
you're using now, so if you pick
up four or five wickets in the
first 20 overs you can set up a
match and it can go either way
as we have a good bowling unit
West Indies have endured
mixed results in the one-day
format of recent, sweeping min-
nows Zimbabwe 3-0 in the
Caribbean last February but suf-
fering a heavy 5-0 drubbing
Down Under at the start of the
Ramdin pointed out, however,
that the Windies were improving
and had the right balance in the
side to begin to produce positive
results in the one-day format.
"I believe in the past we have
[been competitive] in patches.
We have the ability to [be com-
petitive]. We have guys like Dar-
ren Bravo and Marlon Samuels
who can sit down and bat in the
middle. We would like to get the
big starts from the Gayles [and
company] which will be very
important for us to overcome
the opposition," he noted.
"They (other teams) have been
ahead of us in one-day cricket
and I believe we are starting to
[improve]. We're batting out our
overs and once we can do that,
we have guys who can explode
down at the bottom there.
"Hopefully we can get that in
this tournament and get the
chemistry right. Conditions are
going to be tough, especially
playing in May, June in England.
Every player who goes up there
finds it challenging. We will try
to get that combination right
and see how it goes."
West Indies leave the
Caribbean on Saturday for
another camp in Wales before
taking on Australia and Sri Lanka
in official warm-up fixtures.
T20s won't hamper WI says Ramdin
Caledonia books second straight CCL spot
At Rousillac: South-West 134 (30
overs) (Leeron Peters 35, Jordan
Hansraj 25, Avinash Mahabirsingh
3/24, Vishal Roopnarine 2/19) and 85
(29 overs) (Kareem Hamilton 15,
Mahabirsingh 3/14, Jase Assoon 3/17)
vs South-East 188/5 (30 overs)
(Stephan Katwaroo 52 n.o.,
Roopnarine 45 n.o., Ronnie Goddard
2/75) and 32/1 (Lennard Cooper 8
n.o.). South-East won by 9 wickets.
At Evergreen Ground: South 117/8
(32 overs) (Aaron Sinanan 49, Vishal
Gunness 16, Emilio Gopaul 4/34, Siba
Batoosingh 3/30) and 151 (29 overs)
(Sinanan 55, Simmion Ramjattan 47,
Gopaul 4/32, Batoosingh 3/27) vs
Central 158/2 (Christian Turton 65 n.o.,
Batoosingh 53) and 131/3 (33.5 overs)
(Batoosingh 64 n.o., Turton 39).
Central won by 7 wickets.
At St Mary's Grounds: North-East
63 (30 overs) (Zidane Dookeran 20,
Vinod Baran 16, Shoundell Letren 5/8,
Tyrell Job 4/10) and 103 (Ronaldo
Sinanan 16, Ryan Monsegue 17, Kallis
Romain 3/7, Tyron Phillip 2/17) vs
North 74/4 (Job 16, Sinanan 3/6) and
93/7 (Romain 25 n.o., Kevon Sorzano
15, Dookeran 3/10, Rondell Barnwell
2/21). North won by 7 wickets.
At Shaw Park: Tobago 75 (Davion
Sange 14, Joshua James 11, Kristian
Kallicharan 3/20, Nathaniel McDavid
2/3, Neil Beharrysingh 2/9) and 51
(Kiki Joseph 11, Kallicharan 4/21,
McDavid 2/8, Beharrysingh 2/16) vs
East 164/5 (Kristian Kallicharan 54,
Keegan Simmons 40, Sange 2/29).
East won by an innings and 38 runs.
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