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ST GEORGE'S---West Indies A defeated Sri Lanka
A by 90 runs in their second ODI at the Grenada
National Stadium yesterday, levelling the series at
one match apiece.
A fine all round performance from Guyanese player
Narsingh Deonarine give the home team the win
after they lost the opening encounter on Sunday at
the same venue.
Batting first the West Indies tallied 240 for nine
off their allotted 50 overs, with Jamaican Nkrumah
Bonner banging an aggressive 61. Also among the
runs was right hander Lendl Simmons, who followed
up his century in the first game with a rapid 40.
Deonarine, who was also on sound in the first match,
scored 34 and Andre Fletcher got 30 in front of his
home crowd. Chathuranga De Silva 3--43 and Suranga
Lakmal 2--59 were the main wicket takers for the
Sri Lanka would have harboured hopes of easily
eclipsing the target, as they chased well in the first
game but it was not to be. Spinners Deonarine 3/25
and Nikita Miller 2/32 was difficult to get away and
they also lost wickets early to left arm paceman Shel-
don Cotterell 2/25.
Dimuth Karunarathne 51 and Niroshan Dickwella
41 found the pitch to their liking but the others failed
to negotiate the slow pitch and Sri Lanka crashed to
147 all out. CMC
back to win
WEST INDIES A:
240 for 9 (Nkrumah Bonner 61; Lendl Simmons
40; Narsingh Deonarine 34; Andre Fletcher 30;
Chathuranga De Silva 3--43; Suranga Lakmal
SRI LANKA A:
147 (47.1 overs) (Dimuth Karunarathne 51,
Niroshan Dickwella 41; Narsingh Deonarine 3--25;
Nikita Miller 2--32; Sheldon Cottrell 2--25).
RESULT: West Indies A won by 90 runs.
Former national captain and goalkeeper
Shaka Hislop is all in support of the return
of Dutchman Leo Beenhakker to the T&T
Football Association (TTFA) set up.
Beenhakker has been appointed director
of football for a six month period. Hislop,
now an ESPN analyst, covering and assessing
some of the world s best managers, teams
and players, said he welcomes Beenhakker
back to T&T with opened arms.
"I m a huge Leo Beenhakker fan. I main-
tain he s the best coach, bar none, that I ve
worked under. I welcome having him back,
in any capacity," Hislop said.
Hislop wants Beenhakker to play an inte-
gral part in developing the team for the 2018
World Cup qualifying campaign and essen-
tially the overall development of all national
teams, the TTFA s main purpose of his
appointment, despite the fact that a six
month deal has been put on the table ini-
"As much as it immediately precedes the
Gold Cup, I don t think that is or should
be our focus as to the direction our football
is heading. Our focus should always be con-
sistently qualifying for World Cups, and at
the very worst competing, really competing,
in the final stages of World Cup qualifying,"
said the former West Ham shot-stopper.
Hislop empathised somewhat with the
local coaches who are not fully in support
of Beenhakker s return and the appointment
of Stephen Hart, but hopes it works out in
the long run and that there is some level
of understanding among the sides involved.
"I understand why some coaches wouldn t
support the move. The underlying issue
really is the disconnect between the TTFA
and the Ministry of Sport. With a clearer under-
standing of respective roles and responsibilities for
both the association and the ministry, and clearer
expectations for coaches we wouldn t be having this
Hislop stands by TTFA president Raymond Tim
Kee s decision making regarding the introduction of
Beenhakker and Hart.
He said Tim Kee could not be faulted for his deci-
sion making and believes it was all genuine.
"I truly sympathise with the positions of Charles
and Shabazz. I really do. They gave for our country s
football in a manner that not many else would have
done, especially so given the uncertain circumstances
around our football for far too long. But similarly,
the TTFA, through its president Mr Tim Kee, will
have to make unpopular decisions from time to time.
As long as those decisions are made genuinely in the
best interest of the game, I won t criticise. And every-
thing I ve seen and experienced first-hand from Mr
Tim Kee tells me he acts genuinely," Hislop stated.
Hislop added that he didn t know a great deal
about Hart but wished him the very best in his tenure
as head coach with the senior men s national team.
Hislop supports Beenhakker appointment
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