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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, June 15, 2013
Olympic champion Keshorn Wal-
cott is among 15 local athletes, who
have attained the qualifying standards
for the 2013 IAAF World Outdoor
Track and Field Championships set
for Moscow, Russia, from August 10-
18.Walcott, who won the men s javelin
gold medal at the London Olympics in
August, has surpassed the 83.50m A
standard required to make the trip to
Moscow with his season opening throw
of 84.58 at the TnT Elite Twighlight
Games at the Hasely Crawford Stadium
on May 3.
The 20-year-old has not come near
the mark in his subsequent perform-
ances on the Diamond League circuit,
failing to get over 80m.
London Olympic bronze medallists
Deon Lendore, Keston Bledman and
Richard Thompson also A standard
qualifiers along with fellow sprinters
Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Michelle-Lee Ahye
and hurdlers Mikel Thomas and Jehue
Lendore sped to a quick time of
44.94 seconds in the men s 400m in
finishing second at the NCAA Division
one Championships in Oregon, USA,
on June 7. The Olympic men s 4x400m
bronze medal team anchor was well
under the 45.28 standard. He also had
times of 45.00, 45.02 and 45.10 earlier
in the season.
Bledman and Thompson both
recorded times of 10.14 in the men s
100m to just edge under the 10.15 A
standard. Bledman ran the time in Flori-
da on March 11, while Thompson
notched his mark also in Florida on
Saturday. Both were members of T&T s
men s 4x100m squad which won bronze
Rondel Sorillo matched the B stan-
dard of 10.21 in Guadeloupe on May 8.
Baptiste, the reigning World Champi-
onships women s 100m bronze medal-
list, opened her season with a 11.06 in
finishing second in the women s century
at the Jamaican Invitational on May 4,
while Ahye zoomed to 11.07 at the Pres-
ident Classic at the Hasely Crawford
Stadium in April.
Lee-Ahye s time is somewhat in
doubt as no wind-reading gauge was
used at the meet.
Thomas raced past the 13.40 A stan-
dard with a national record run of 13.19
in winning in Star Athletics Sprint Meet
2 also on Saturday. Thomas also ran
13.39 earlier in the season.
KINGSTOWN---Kraigg Brathwaite and
Narsingh Deonarine led West Indies
A s charge against Sri Lanka A in their
first innings after another rain-hit day
in the second Test at Arnos Vale.
In many ways, the day started similar
to that of Day 2, when not a ball was
bowled. Rain was in the air throughout
the early morning but held up enough
for the groundstaff to dry the ground
and have it ready for a 9.30 am start.
However, the clouds hung low, and just
after the first over was delivered by
Sheldon Cotterell, a heavy drizzle came
But yesterday s periods off the field
were no where near as long as Day 2.
Within a short space of time, the players
were back out. As if the rain had some-
thing to do with it, Cotterell and quickie
partner, Miguel Cummins fired up.
The former had been threatening for
much of his early spell and he was
rewarded with the big wicket of cen-
turion Kaushal Silva for 119.
Not long after, Cummins would
account for the wicket of right-arm
pacer, Suranga Lakmal. Eventually Sri
Lanka A were bowled out twenty min-
utes before Lunch for 314. Cummins
finished with 4-70 while Jonathan
Carter had 3-51. With 10 minutes to
lunch, the West Indies A opening bats-
men had to see out a tricky two overs.
Kraigg Brathwaite and Assad Fudadin
saw the hosts to the break. However,
after the break, Fudadin pushing at a
delivery outside off-stump, gave Lakmal
his first wicket.
At 4/1, skipper Kirk Edwards strolled
out to the middle. But he didn t last
very long, falling victim to a delivery
that kept a little low, and uprooting his
off-stump. West Indies A were now
Leon Johnson helped Brathwaite do
some minor repairs, but after being
dropped twice, he failed to take advan-
tage of his luck, pushing a delivery from
Lakmal straight into the hands of cover.
Narsingh Deonarine and Brathwaite
would take West Indies A to Tea on
77/3. Both batsmen would start their
own show in the final session. As they
both settled in and became more com-
fortable at the crease, the Sri Lanka A
bowlers became frustrated.
Brathwaite crossed his 50 in no time.
He was well supported by Deonarine,
who also crossed his 50.
West Indies cricket captain
Dwayne Bravo wished there had
been an extra ball to prevent
what he called a "sad end" to a
thrilling match which led to his
team being eliminated from the
Champions Trophy on net run-
Before Ryan McLaren started
what turned out to be the final
over, West Indies were four runs
ahead of the par score, which
was 186 for 5 after 26 overs. After
just one ball, which witnessed
Kieron Pollard caught brilliantly
at wide third man by Dale Steyn,
the equation had changed in
South Africa s favour as the par
scores were tied and West Indies
had played their delivery of the
Bravo along with his prede-
cessor Darren Sammy were left
stranded in the wet as the South
Africans vanished within a
moment when the umpires
decided the rain was too heavy.
When Steve Davis and Rod
Tucker decided to call off the
match it was roughly 20 minutes
after the official closing time of
7.22 pm which accounted for the
extra hour allocated in the playing
In fact, it is understood that
Andy Pycroft, the match referee,
had thought hard about imposing
a penalty on South Africa, who
it turns out were slightly behind
the over rate.
But the match officials had
been lenient to both teams while
allowing as many allowances as
they could to extend the game
despite the late drizzle which
was making things difficult for
In the end Bravo made it clear
he was not blaming the umpires.
"I must be honest that I am dis-
appointed with the way the game
ended," he said. "But I am not
disappointed at what the umpires
to the best of their abilities. We
as players have no control over
any decision they make.
"I think it would have been
fair to both teams and to the fans
if that extra ball had been bowled
or something like that. It was
very difficult for both teams,"
"It was a sad end to what
would have been a fantastic
game. I know the fans would
have loved to see the finish. But
that is how it goes some time."
Bravo also gave his backing to
Pollard despite the game-chang-
"Why should we blame him?
His innings along with Marlon
Samuels allowed us to get where
we were at that point of time.
Kieron did his part. Unfortu-
nately he got out. The game was
still in our hands. Kieron did his
part. Sammy was to bat, Myself
was to bat. Narine was to bat. It
was a great run chase."
Minutes before the media con-
ference, Bravo had walked into
the indoor school for the after
match presentation with his laces
untied. You could see him try
hard not to let his emotions show
too much and he tried even hard-
er to put on a smile as the South
African pair of AB de Villiers and
Colin Ingram gave him man hugs
while passing their commisera-
The day before the match
Bravo said the onus was on South
Africa, who had succumbed to
pressure previously in big match-
es, thereby earning the unwanted
moniker of chokers. Now, 24
hours later, Bravo was trying hard
not to choke himself.
As disconsolate as he was,
Bravo said despite a rain-filled
Friday, both teams had managed
to stir up a lot of excitement.
Despite a stiff target he always
had the belief in his batsmen to
surmount the challenge.
"South Africa batted very well,
and my guys, the way how we
went out there and the run chase,
we always thought that 230-odd
on a small ground with a fast
outfield [was gettable] and we
always backed ourselves actually
to get right back into the game.
Up until the last up to when
Kieron got out, we were right
there within striking range.
"So, I m disappointed we
didn t go all the way, but I must
say I give credit to all my guys.
They played very well. We should
be proud of ourselves but we
have struggled in this tourna-
ment, and we are just looking
forward to building some
momentum and trying to build
a stronger one day team."
Although the Duckworth-
Lewis par score was being dis-
played after every over on the
big screen, teams have fumbled
at times with working out exactly
where they need to be. Consid-
ering the power hitters present
in their lower order, West Indies
would have remained confident
of chasing down any target.
"It s always good to be ahead,"
"We were right within range,
one run behind or something like
that. Kieron got out at a crucial
time, but as I said, it s a great
opportunity for us to learn from
"There is no reason for us to
actually blame or point fingers
at anyone. We should be proud
of the way how we went about
the short chase, but unfortu-
nately we did not make it to the
next round, but these things can
actually make us stronger as a
West Indies captain Darren Bravo and teammate Darren Sammy
walk off dejected as rain begins during their final match in Group B
of the Champions Trophy in Cardiff, Wales, yesterday. Windies were
eliminated from the Champions Trophy on net run-rate after the
match ended tied on the Duckworth-Lewis method.
PHOTO COURTESY ESPNCRICINFO
Walcott leads World Champs qualifiers
No blame on Pollard
after 'sad end'---Bravo
Brathwaite, Deonarine lead response
SRI LANKA A
U Jayasundera c Carter b Cummins ....4
D Karunarathne c Walton b Carter ...24
K Withanage c Walton b Carter ..........10
K Silva LBW Cotterell ...............................119
A Perera c Walton b Miller ......................50
A Priyanjana LBW Cummins .................20
C de Silva b Permaul ....................................33
T Kaushalya c Walton b Carter .............15
S Lakmal c Brathwaite b Cummins ...12
A Pushpakumara c Fudadin b Cummins
V Perera not out ................................................0
Total: ........................................314 all out
Fall of Wickets: 1-29, 2-33, 3-51, 4-215, 5-
160, 6-193, 7-252, 8-275, 9-294, 10-314
West Indies A Bowling: Cotterell 21-4-
42-1 (2nb), Cummins 25.1-70-4 (6nb),
Carter 11-1-51-3 (1wd), Miller 21-2-55-1,
Permaul 22-3-65-1 (1nb), Deonarine 9-3-
WEST INDIES A
K Brathwaite .....................................................70
A Fudadin c b Lakmal .....................................1
K Edwards b Lakmal .......................................1
L Johnson c b V. Perera ..............................12
N Deonarine .......................................................58
Fall of Wickets: 1-4, 2-9, 3-40
Sri Lanka A Bowling: Lakmal 12-2-23-2
(3nb), V Perera 10.5-2-36-1 (1nb), M
Pushpakumara 9-1-40-0 (1nb), T
Kaushalya 11-0-49-0 (1nb)
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