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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Stand-in captain Kieron Pollard has
blasted as disappointing the West Indies
39-run loss to Sri Lanka in the Celkon
Mobile Cup ODI at Queen s Park Oval on
West Indies failed to guarantee themselves
a place in the final despite an aggressive
123-run fifth-wicket partnership between
Lendl Simmons (67) and Darren Bravo (70)
in a match twice interrupted by rain.
"We as batsmen have to come up and
take responsibility," declared Pollard.
"But having said that when you look at
the way we bowled and the way we had Sri
Lanka yesterday, it was very disappointing
with them getting to 219".
West Indies pacers gave them the advan-
tage as Sri Lanka were reeling on 60 for 3
after play was rained out on Sunday after
But the following day when the match
continued veteran Kumar Sangakarra
slammed an unbeaten 90 of 95 balls that
turned the game in Sri Lanka's favour.
"We have to regroup if we are to be totally
honest with ourselves we have not really batted well as a batting unit.
"Chasing scores we have lost wickets
unnecessarily," said Pollard.
"Players including myself making the
same mistakes over and over and it's about
time that we actually have a look at ourselves
now because we were in a position where
all we had to do was come to Trinidad and
win one game."
West Indies run chase was interrupted
by rain and crippled by a four wicket haul
from Angelo Matthews.
They seemed to have already lost steam
at 31 for four after Chris Gayle, Johnson
Charles and Marlon Samuels all succumbed
to short deliveries early in their innings.
"We gave away our wickets at significant
point in time so we can't blame anybody
but ourselves,' said Pollard who was dis-
missed for a four-ball duck.
"We can't really sit down here and blame
any particular individual. We play as a team,
a total disappointment in all areas of our
The defeat ruined West Indies hopes of
an automatic qualification for tomorrow's
Pollard says Windies
T&T s President s select won its second
match in succession, and went top of the
"trophy" round-robin table in the Nacra
Under-19 Rugby Championship last
evening when it crushed St Lucia 70-0,
in the second match of a double-header
at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucu-
The trophy competition, which is open
to the lesser established teams in the U-19
division, has thus far been dominated by
T&T's B' team which was only recently
invited to join the tournament after the
withdrawal of the Bahamas.
Just two days after the T&T trophy team
whipped the Turks and Caicos Islands 33-
3, several players found themselves back
on the scoresheet, including fly-half Leon
Pantor who had yet another memorable
Pantor converted two of the five tries in
the first half. Cathal Long scored the first
and third try, while Caleb Edwards, Elon
Thomas and Sherron Edwards got one each
as the half ended 29-0 in favour of the
T&T continued to dominate and made
the gap an embarrassing one with tries from
Akash Bejai, Jordan Rodriguez, Jamie Ablack,
another from Long and a pair of tries from
Pantor. Pantor sconverted two of the six
second half tries.
T&T's win followed another one-sided
encounter, a shocking 34-0 win for the
Turks and Caicos Islands over Guyana, the
latter of which is a stronghold in senior
rugby within the region.
With two wins T&T tops the group, while
Guyana and the Turks and Caicos Islands
have secured one win each, and St Lucia,
The winner will be determined at Friday's
double header at Fatima College Ground,
Mucurapo. Turks and Caicos Islands will
meet St Lucia at 2 pm, before T&T B' and
Guyana clash in the final match at 4 pm.
Today, T&T will play Barbados in the
main competition, the cup tournament, in
second match of a double header at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium, Wrightson Road.
A win will assure T&T top spot in Pool B,
which will see it through to Sunday's title
match. The winner of Pool B will play Pool
A's winner, which will be determined in the
first match of today's double header between
the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.
Cayman Islands currently leads the Pool
A pack with a one-sided 33-0 win over
Jamaica, on Monday.
Jamaica also won its first match 10-3
over Bermuda. Thus, even a loss may see
the Cayman Islands through to the title
The fifth place play-off (12 pm), the third
place play-off (2 pm) and the title match
(4 pm) will all be played on Sunday at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium.
According to the regional Nacra, a pro-
motion and relegation scenario between
the cup and trophy competitions may be
considered after the tournament based on
the standard of performance.
T&T crushes St Lucia 70-0 in Nacra trophy
Sport television giant ESPN, recog-
nising the growing popularity of Hard-
Core, visited T&T to film and produce
a TV special which took place on Sat-
urday at Chaguaramas.
HardCore was partially sponsored by
the Ministry of Sport and Sports Com-
pany of T&T and attended by the Hon-
ourable Anil Roberts, Minister of Sport.
Roberts was interviewed by Joanna
Ankier of ESPN about the HardCore
event and about the growing interest in
T&T as a sport tourism destination. More
than 2500 participants braved the ele-
ments and the military-style obstacles
at the Hard Core 2013 endurance event.
The course was physically and mentally
demanding and required considerable
endurance. This type fun physical
endurance event is tremendously popular
in North America and T&T is one of the
first English-speaking Caribbean nations
to introduce the concept to our sport-
According to Minister Roberts, "with
the world coming to this hemisphere, to
Brazil for the World Cup in 2014 and
the Olympics in 2016, Trinidad and
Tobago is seeking to capitalise on the
increased traffic and revenue to be
derived. I want this country---melting
pot of cultures as it is---to be the sporting
nexus between Brazil, North America
ESPN films HardCore in T&T
Sports Minister Anil Roberts interviewed
by Joanna Ankier of ESPN.
fine form in Sagicor
Emma-Rose Trestrail continued her fine
form this year, defeating Farisha Mohammed
in straight sets in the Girls Singles Under-16
category at the Sagicor Junior Tennis Tour-
nament yesterday at the Eddie Taylor Public
Courts, King George V Park, St Clair.
The tournament was played in a round robin
format yesterday and Monday. The top players
will then advance to the knockout stage today.
Trestrail won the Lease Operators Ltd Junior
Tennis U-14 girls singles title last month,
defeating Emma Davis 6-4, 7-6. It was smooth
sailing for Trestrail yesterday, as she got past
Mohammed 6-1, 6-1.
In other girls U-16 matches yesterday, Davis,
Dominique Coutain and Ma-Ling Goodridge
were all in the winning column. Goodridge
defeated Joni Mae Ammon 6-4, 6-4, while
Davis and Coutain did not have to break a
sweat, getting past Sherisse Arjoon and Celine
Ramsumair respectively, by a walkover.
In the boys singles U-12 category, Adam
Ramkissoon, Kaiell George, Joshua David and
Samuel West all made it two wins in as many
matches. Ramkissoon, who won the U-12 title
at the Lease tournament, blew past Yohance
Ng Saye 4-0, 4-0. George and David won their
matches in identical fashion. They outlasted
Ethan Jeary and Edward Laquis respectively,
4-1, 4-1. West, who beated Georani Austin 4-
2, 4-0 on Monday, continued his good form
defeating Jaydon Alexis 4-0, 4-2.
Action continues today until Friday from 9
Girls Singles U-16
Emma Rose Trestrail def Farisha Mohammed 6-
Ma-Ling Goodridge def Joni Mae Ammon 6-4, 6-
4Dominique Coutain def Sherisse Arjoon -
Emma Davis def Celine Ramsumair - w/o
Boys Singles Under-12
Adam Ramkissoon def Yohance Ng Saye 4-0, 4-
0Samuel West def Jaydon Alexis 4-0, 4-2
Kaiell George def Ethan Jeary 4-1, 4-1
Joshua David def Edward Laquis 4-1, 4-1
Christian George def Vashist Kelly 4-0, 4-2
Boys Singles U-10
Nathen Valdez def Thor Fletcher 6-0
Charles Devaux def Michael West 6-2
Jaydon Singh def Haleem Mohammed 6-3
Ebolum Nwokolo def Kyle Kerry 6-4
Girls Singles U-12
Osenyonye Nwokolo def Victoria Koylass 4-2, 4-
0Boys Singles U-18
Clint Singh def Timothy Davis 6-4, 6-4
Boys Singles U-14
Patrick Honore def Josiah Smith 4-2, 2-4, 10-2
Boys Singles U-12
Adam Ramkissoon def Daniel Ammon 4-0, 4-0
Kaiell George def Anfernee Belfon 4-1, 4-1
Edward Laquis def Vashist Kelly 4-0, 4-0
Joshua David def Christian George 4-2, 2-4, 10-7
Jaydon Alexis def Georani Austin 4-0, 4-0
Samuel West def Georani Austin 4-2, 4-0
Boys Singles U-14
Nico Auguste def Nicholas George 4-1, 5-4 (7/5)
Che Andrews def Josiah Smith 4-0, 4-0
Kaelan Leggard def Patrick Honore 4-0, 4-0
Sanjeev Seenath def Xavier Sylvester 4-0, 4-1
Girls Singles U-12
J. Tom Yew def C. Edwards 4-0, 4-0.
West Indies bowler Kemar Roach
celebrates a wicket during Monday's
Tri Nation match against Sri Lanka
at the Queen's Park Oval.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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