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T&T s winless streak extended to six games as
they suffered their third straight loss in a 1-0 defeat
to Estonia at the A Le Cog Stadium in Tallinn last
The "Soca Warriors" put up a much better fight
than their 4-0 loss to Romania on Tuesday but their
efforts were cancelled out by a well struck goal by
Henri Anier in the 13th minute.
Estonia are preparing for their 2014 World Cup
qualifier against the Netherlands in September and
their head coach Tarmo Ruttli actually gave credit
to the T&T for their showing against his side in
"It was a good result which is very important but
it was a very difficult game for us," Ruttlin said.
"I was happy to get the goal in the first half and
win the game. T&T have unbelievably strong guys.
It s not everytime in Europe you can play against
guys like this. They are tall, strong, technically sound
and fast as well. It was a very different type of oppo-
sition for us. And it was a very beneficial.
"I think there was some luck for us in the game
also and we had to work very hard to end up with
T&T s Jamaal Shabazz said it was important that
the matches be looked at as preparation for the
upcoming Concacaf Gold Cup and not just solely
for the results.
"I thought the team did very well today. They
worked hard and they played like Warriors. It has
started to smell a little bit of what we want. From
these games we were able to see things that we need
to work on," Shabazz said.
"We pressed them well in their half of the field
and we were solid. We ve also got to be patient with
results. We must recognise that is just the preparation
"These are matches to show us what we ve got
to work on. What is to come is near and we will see
in the end what the outcome of this team will be."
T&T managed to create a couple good scoring
opportunities in the opening half and had Estonia
pegged in their half in the closing 10 minutes of the
match as they pressed for the equalising goal which
would have been their first in six matches.
Playing before 3,500 fans, T&T had the first look
at goal in the third minute when Notts County mid-
fielder Andre Boucaud fired wide after a surge forward
from the middle of the pitch by Ataullah Guerra.
Two minutes later Boucaud would turn provider
when his perfect tackle to win the ball from a defender
on the edge of the box allowed him to play inside
for Guerra but the end shot on goal did not trouble
Estonia goalkeeper Sergei Pareiko.
Estonia got the go ahead goal when Ruttli fired
from just inside the box past Jan Michael Williams
into the left of the goal.
On the resumption after half time, T&T continued
to press against an Estonian team that played very
direct and were precise at it but T&T defensive duo
Radanfah Abu Bakr and Daneil Cyrus were equal to
the task and managed to keep the home side at bay.
English-born duo Justin Hoyte and Boucaud also
produced solid performances, the latter having another
crack at goal which was narrowly off in the second
half. Densill Theobald and Joevin Jones also held
their own in the midfield for T&T.
Shahdon Winchester and Kevin Molino were intro-
duced in the second half and when Cornell Glen
entered the match in the 77th minute, he injected
some life into the T&T attack with his surges into
the Estonia box. He was fouled around the area on
four occasions, one resulting in a free kick on the
edge which Theobald struck just over bar. The equal-
ising goal, however, did not come for T&T as Estonia
held on for the win which leaves T&T winless in six
games dating back to last December.
The squad returns home tomorrow.
'Gutsy' T&T falls
1-0 to Estonia
West Indies A batsman Kirk Edwards pulls Sri Lanka A bowler Chathuranga de
Silva on the third day of the opening four-day "Test" in Basseterre, St Kitts,
yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY: WICB WEB SITE
Former T&T batsman Bryan
Davis has criticised West Indies
vice-captain Denesh Ramdin
for claiming a catch he did not
take during yesterday s victory
over Pakistan at the Oval. With
Pakistan at 17 for three, Ramdin
fumbled an edge from Misbah-
Ul-Haq (then yet to score) off
the bowling of Kemar Roach
but appealed along with the rest
of his teammates.
The batsman was given out
before square leg umpire Nigel
Long opted to review the deci-
sion and Ramdin s gaff was
Davis said Ramdin s actions
were unbecoming of a vice-cap-
"It was pure dishonesty and
it has no part in a cricket game.
I don t understand how he could
do that in the glare of the cam-
eras. What was he thinking? He s
vice captain of the West Indies!
That s no way to play cricket."
Davis added that it was not
the first time he had been dis-
appointed by Ramdin s on field
"I ve seen it once or twice
before with him. I see him
appeal a lot when there no
chance of dismissal, he said. "If
I was manager or captain I would
talk to him about it. What s the
point behind doing that? It
makes the whole team look bad
and damages his own reputa-
Aside from the incident, Davis
said he was impressed with the
team s performance and newly-
appointed captain Dwayne
"They showed a fighting spir-
it. I thought Dwayne did a good
job of leading the team and
rotating the bowlers. He looks
well at home and the players
look happy to be playing under
him. He has a type of personality
where he s well liked."
Davis also felt that the wicket
made for an interesting contest.
"People like to think One Day-
ers should be lots of runs on flat
wickets. I like to see a more bal-
anced game," he said. "This pitch
was not easy to bat on. [Seven
foot tall] Mohammed Irfan was
getting lift so it wasn t easy to
settle in. Batsmen had to show
skill and I thought it made for
a great cricket game."
The Queen s Park Cricket Club
manager said the Champions
Trophy would provide cricket
fans with an interesting next few
"It s one of the more unpre-
dictable tournaments. I don t
see any team as being favourites
and our chances are as good as
everyone else s."
Davis criticises Ramdin
for claiming catch
BASSETERRE---West Indies A,
responding to Sri Lanka A s 472 all
out, reached 496 for five in their
first innings at the close of the third
day of the first four-day "Test" at
Warner Park in St Kitts yesterday.
Leading the charge were capatin
Kirk Edwards and Assad Fudadin
with centuries and Leon Johnson,
who remained unbeaten on 80 at the
close of play.
Edwards scored 189 while Fudadin
reached 145 as the duo put the
Windies A team in charge. Kraigg
Brathwaite also added 37, to help give
the regional A team 24-run lead,
heading into the final day.
SRI LANKA A 472 (Chathuranga
de Silva 109, Dimuth Karunaratne
101, Ashan Priyanjana 65, Kithruwan
Vithanage 62, Udara Jayasundara 57;
Nikita Miller 6-141).
WEST INDIES A 496 for five (Kirk
Edwards 189, Assad Fudadin 145,
Leon Johnson 80 not out, Kraigg
Edwards, Fudadin put
Windies A in charge
LONDON---Legendary West Indies
pacer Michael Holding does not like
to commit on who he thinks will win
the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy,
but he made some interesting obser-
vations based on his experience.
Holding, who is working as a com-
mentator here, said: "The shorter the
tournament, the more luck will be the
The 59-year-old considers the cur-
rent West Indies team to be an impres-
sive one. "We have good match winners
in Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and
Dwayne Bravo, but I consider South
Africa as the best for any format," he
said. "This does not mean they will
win the tournament, as India have
some outstanding batsmen and Eng-
land in their conditions can be tough
When asked who the players to
watch out for are, he said: "Of course
Gayle and Dale Steyn. England s Jimmy
Anderson too might do well."
Holding, who was known for his
beautiful bowling action and immac-
ulate line and length, made an inter-
esting observation about today s inter-
national bowlers. "When I played, if
you bowled your ten overs for 40 runs
we used to feel ashamed. Today the
attitude towards batting has changed
so much that a bowler conceding only
40 runs is considered very good."
(WICB Web site)
Holding: Luck could decide Champions
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