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BASSETERRE---Leon Johnson and captain
Dimuth Karunaratne struck centuries to
add to the run feast at Warner Park, as the
opening four-day "Test" finished in a tame
draw on the final day in St Kitts yester-
The left-handed Johnson carried his
overnight 80 to 144, a knock that helped
West Indies A to a huge 636 for eight
declared in their first innings.
Tail-ender Nikita Miller was unbeaten
on 50 at the end.
Off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal was the
best bowler with five for 238 while left-arm
spinner Angelo Perera claimed two for 69.
Karunaratne then stroked an enterprising
unbeaten 100 from 109 balls as Sri Lanka
A finished on 165 for four.
His knock brought to six the number of
centuries in the game.
On Friday s third day, captain Kirk
Edwards stroked a magnificent 190 while
Assad Fudadin hit 145, as West Indies A
dominated the Sri Lankan attack.
Edwards batted 404 minutes and faced
276 balls, stroking 26 boundaries and a six
while Fudadin s innings contained 16 fours
and a six, and spanned 409 minutes and
The pair added 256 for the second wick-
et.Resuming the final day on 494 for five,
West Indies pushed on despite losing wick-
etkeeper Chadwick Walton for six, bowled
by Kaushal with just nine runs added for
However, Johnson combined with Miller
to put on 95 for the sixth wicket and further
frustrate Sri Lanka s bowlers.
Johnson faced 205 balls in 309 minutes
at the crease and struck 19 fours and four
sixes while Miller hit three fours in his 85-
The partnership was broken when Johnson
played back to one from Perera that straight-
ened and was trapped lbw on the back foot.
With a lead of 164, Windies A made two
early breakthroughs when fast bowler Shan-
non Gabriel removed Udara Jayasundara (3)
and Kithruwan Vithanage (19) cheaply, to
leave Sri Lanka on 50 for two.
Jayasundara edged a short lifting delivery
behind while Vithanage was taken at second
slip by Jonathan Carter as he flashed outside
Any hopes of a surprise win were
squashed, however, as Karunaratne kept the
Windies bowlers at bay with an innings
containing nine fours and two sixes in 162
minutes at the crease.
The second "Test" bowls off Wednesday
at Arnos Vale in St Vincent. CMC
SRI LANKA A 472 (Chathuranga de
Silva 109, Dimuth Karunaratne 101,
Ashan Priyanjana 65, Kithruwan
Vithanage 62, Udara Jayasundara 57;
Nikita Miller 6-141) and 165 for four
(Dimuth Kuranaratne 100 not out;
Shannon Gabriel 2-23, Veersammy
WEST INDIES A 638 for eight declared
(Kirk Edwards 190, Assad Fudadin 145,
Leon Johnson 144, Nikita Miller 50 not
out; Tharindu Kaushal 5-238, Angelo
Centuries for Johnson,
Karunaratne in tame draw A newly-designed uniform kit for all national
teams will be unveiled on July 1 at a venue to
be announced in Port-of-Spain. This is among
several new concrete developments that have
come about in recent weeks aimed at improving
the image and operations of the local governing
Its president Raymond Tim Kee will use the
opportunity to speak on some of the new steps
initiated and carried out by himself and recently
appointed general secretary Sheldon Phillips and
the executive committee.
Among them is the switch back to the T&T
Football Association (TTFA) which was first incor-
porated by an Act of Parliament in 1982. The
TTFF logo was also used in an international match
for the final time on Friday in T&T s friendly
against Estonia in Tallinn and a new logo will be
unveiled as well.
"This is a new era for our football and we are
extremely satisfied about some of these new devel-
opments and equally excited about it," Tim Kee
said. "The TTFA is now back and we are pleased
about this direction we ve taken. This has been
under discussions for some time now since I took
office in December. The executive committee met
a couple weeks ago to ratify this among other
steps that we are taking which includes a new
logo for the association."
An improved approach involving the business
and operations of our national teams at all levels,
the development programmes and other projects
will take focus in the coming months according
to Tim Kee.
Tim Kee also met with president of the Roman-
ian Football Association Mircea Sandu as he led
a TTFA delegation which included Phillips and
director of communications Shaun Fuentes.
"President Sandu and the Romanian Federation
were most gracious hosts. They left nothing undone
with regards to ensuring our stay was most com-
fortable and enjoyable. The national team was
afforded luxurious accommodation in the heart
of Bucharest and the opportunity to train at some
excellent facilities in Bucharest and Buftea," Tim
The TTFA president said discussions were also
held about continuing relationships with the
Romanian and the Estonian Federations.
"We were able to exchange some ideas and they
have agreed to share with us some of the measures
and approaches they have applied over the years,
particularly with the structure of their Federation
and the operations of their Leagues Romania has
a rich football history and they must have been
doing something right and Estonia have also made
some inroads. Both countries have expressed a
willingness to maintain this relationship and pos-
sibly pay us a visit in the future," Tim Kee added.
Opening batsman Keagon Simmons and
off-spin bowler Daniel Khan led from the
front yesterday to give the East Zone con-
trol at the end of the first day against Cen-
tral in the BGTT Under-15 InterZone Final
at the National Cricket Centre, Couva.
Both teams were allotted 31 overs in the
first innings when East won the toss and
decided to field first. Khan (2/21) and Kristan
Kallicharan (2/20) took two wickets apiece
to reduce Central to a mediocre 109/6. Ear-
lier, a 40-run fifth-wicket partnership
between Matthew Patrick and Brandon Ali
rescued Central from an uncomfortable 59/4.
The pair joined forces, taking the total to
99, when Ali fell for 18. Opening batsman
Crystian Thurton also contributed 23.
In reply, Simmons was in a no nonsense
mood, striking eight fours in his knock of
71 at the top of the order, taking East to
126/5. Simmons was well supported by
Sachin Seecharan, who made an unbeaten
17. Saiba Batoosingh was the only Central
bowler to give the East batsmen some prob-
lems, grabbing 3/33.
The Central Zone struggled in their second
innings, closing on 51/7, with a slim 34-run
lead. Khan had devastating figures of seven
overs, four maidens, ten runs and four wick-
ets. Kyle Madoo offered some resistance,
ending the day on 19 not out. The Central
Zone will be counting on Madoo to continue
his innings today to give them a chance.
AT NATIONAL CRICKET CENTRE:
Central 109/6 (31 overs) (Crystian Thurton
23, Matthew Patrick 25 n.o., Shawn Vialva
21, Kristan Kallicharan 2/20, Daniel Khan
2/21) and 51/7 (Kyle Madoo 19 n.o., Vialva
15, Khan 4/10) vs East 126/5 (31 overs)
(Keagon Simmons 71, Sachin Seecharan 17
n.o., Saiba Batoosingh 3/33, Madoo 1/25)
Emma Davis shocked Emma-Rose Trestrail yes-
terday to win the Girls Singles Under-16 title in the
Lease Operators Ltd Junior Tennis Tournament at
the Trinidad Country Club, Maraval.
Both Davis and Trestrail got through the semifinal
round in identical fashion, as both players won their
matches 6-1, 6-4. Davis defeated Anya King, while
Trestrail got past Cheyenne Chin.
Trestrail, who outlasted Davis last Sunday 6-4,
7-6 in the U-14 final, would have gone into the match
with a psychological edge. However, Davis was better
on the day, winning the match in straight sets to lift
the crown. Davis drew first blood, cruising past Tre-
strail 6-3 in the first set. The second set was more
competitive, but Davis prevailed in a tie break 7-6.
Davis takes Lease
girls U-16 singles title
Joshua Johnson, Fatima College stu-
dent and national junior chess champion,
added another trophy to his growing col-
lection when he topped the under-20
section of the Indian Arrival Day Junior
Chess tournament held at Presentation
The one-day rapid play contest, now
in its ninth year, was organised by the
T&T Chess Foundation and sponsored by
Indus Merchant Limited. A total of 83
players from various parts of the country
took part in the five-round contest.
Johnson who has experience of high-
level competition both nationally and
internationally, finished half a point ahead
of his closest rival Mahendra Singh of
Presentation College who scored four
points. Johnson was denied a perfect score
when he was held to a draw by Simon
Ramdath of Naparima College in the final
round. Ramdath, another promising
youngster, took third place.
The competition offered cash prizes
and trophies for the first top five players
in each category. In the under-14 section,
three players finished on top with four
points each. The tie-breaker placed Sean
Bridglalsingh of Naparima first with Daniel
Bhola of Presentation and Rishon Ram-
logan of Hillview College taking second
and third places.
The under-12 category was dominated
by Mikel Martin of Grant Memorial Pres-
byterian School who played unbeaten, fin-
ishing with a perfect score of five out of
five. Behind him were Della-Marie Walcott
of St Joseph s Concent, Port-of-Spain and
Nicholai Mohammed of Grant Memorial,
who were separated by the tie-breaker
after scoring four points each.
Tyrese Henry topped the field of 38
players in the Novices division, also win-
ning with a perfect score of seven. Again
the tie-breaker was used to separate Jor-
daine Ramnarine of Grant Memorial, sec-
ond, and her schoolmate Athena Martin,
third, who both finished on six points.
In his closing remarks, sponsor Jed Jan-
wani, Managing Director of Indus Mer-
chant, thanked players, teachers and par-
ents for supporting the event. He
confirmed the company s sponsorship for
the tenth edition of the tournament which
will be held in the same occasion and
venue next year.
Johnson wins Arrival Day chess
BGTT U-15 INTERZONE FINAL
put East in control
Winners in the Indian Arrival Day Chess tournament with their trophies.
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