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August 11, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Sometimes all you need is a little inter-
vention from a genius and things turn around
Brian Lara drives into the Queen s Park Oval,
tells the security guard on duty, "Go to the
Red Steel dressing room and tell (Adrian)
Barath and Sonnyboy (Darren Bravo) I want
to see them."
The two youngsters came out, Lara asked
for the lights at the indoor nets to be switched
on and for 30 mins threw down balls at them,
highlighting some of their problems and giving
Barath then goes out to bat and smashes
29 in a first-wicket partnership of 95 with
star of the night Kevin O Brien and the Red
Steel, winless in this tournament, go on to
record their first victory.
Darren Bravo, finding it impossible to get
the ball away in this tournament so far, scores
seven not out off four balls and his team ends
on a good score of 159 for four.
Then skipper Dwayne Bravo puts his bowling
worries behind him to finish as the top bowler
with 2/21 to lead his team to a narrow three-
run victory and a valuable first two points.
Local boy Lendl Simmons started off in
rapid fashion with a six off first ball and raced
to 18 before Fidel Edwards got his wicket. He
was the leading batsman for the Warriors this
tournament and once the head is off the Ama-
zon is not as fearsome.
Towards the end, James Franklyn banged
an imperious 60 off 34 balls with five fours
and three sixes but he could not revive the
Amazon, which was undone by some good
teamwork from the Red Steel.
With three overs to go and 46 runs needed,
the visitors looked dead and buried. Franklyn,
with some clean hitting, and Chris Barnwell,
with awesome power, brought it down to 20
off the final over bowled by Kevon Cooper.
The medium pacer, of Rajasthan Royals
fame, sent down three deliveries which passed
the bat of Barnwell. A bye was taken of the
third and a wide off the fourth. Franklyn
smashed the fourth ball for six. Cooper
responded with another wide before the next
ball was sent racing to the fence for four and
the Red Steel started the after party.
Earlier, Red Steel s innings took flight from
ball one as O Brien pulled Chris Barnwell for
six with the help of Stephen Jacobs at deep
square leg, who parried it over the line.
The intentions of the Red Steel men were
clear as they were given license to play free
and that is exactly what they did. O Brien
dealt the Warriors some meaty blows, while
Barath was turning the strike over nicely.
Soon the Warriors were retreating as the
Red Steel kept on hammering the attack. The
first power play brought 43 runs and after 10
overs, the openers were still there, the score
reading 83 without loss and the beverages
tasting a lot better.
As bottle after bottle of beer was consumed,
an Irishman man was sparking up the party
and the fete was on. A packed house with
another 300 to 400 fans outside had forgotten
the three losses so far, in this tournament.
The crowd cheered every run and O Brien
became an instant favourite among them.
Barath left with the score on 95, edging behind
for a 31-ball 29, but O Brien and Taylor brought
up the century in just 12.2 overs.
O Brien, with a century on the horizon,
then smashed a powerful drive to Hafeez, who
took a sprawling catch at cover to send him
back for 70. He faced just 47 balls, hitting two
fours and six sixes. Taylor then took over and
careened the bowling for an unbeaten 39 as
the Red Steel ended on 159 for four.
Red Steel spikes Warriors
Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo came back well with a very good spell of 2/21 off his four
overs. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
T&T s George Bovell had
to settle for bronze in the
men s 100m individual med-
ley final when the 2013 FINA
Short Course (25m Pool)
World Cup continued at the
Schwimm- und Sprunghalle
im Europa-Sportpark (SSE)
Pool, Berlin, Germany yes-
Last year he won gold in
the 100m IM in a then,
national record time of 51.20.
This time around, however,
swimming from lane five,
Bovell---who was third at the
half-way stage with a split of
23.75 seconds to trail Kenneth
To (23.10) and Vladimir Moro-
zov (23.41)---raced home in
51.65 seconds for bronze.
Morozov managed to sur-
pass to take gold in 51.13 sec-
onds with To second in 51.21.
The other finishers were
Germany s Markus Deibler
(52.47), Australian Daniel
Tranter (52.65), South African
Darian Townsend (52.91), Ger-
man Dimitri Colupaev (52.99)
and Japan s Kosuke Kitajima
During the morning heats,
the 30-year-old Michigan-
based Bovell III, who was
seeking a second straight gold
in the 100m IM won the third
and final 100m individual
medley heat in 52.90 ahead
of Colupaev (53.15) and Deibler
Today he will hope for a
better showing when he lines
up in the fourth of five men s
50m freestyle heats. Last year
he took silver in the 50m
freestyle in 20.97.
On Wednesday, Bovell, a
four-time Olympian began the
2013 Short Course (25m Pool)
World Cup with gold in the
100m individual medley in a
new national record mark.
Swimming out of lane
seven, he touched the wall in
51.15 seconds, which bettered
his 51.20 clocking set in win-
ning gold on October 20, last
year in Berlin, Germany---the
fifth stop of the 2012 World
Cup. Second home in the final
was his World Cup rival To in
51.31, while Morozov got
bronze in 51.50.
The other finishers in the
final were Tranter (52.09),
Germany s Markus Deibler
(52.56), Holland s Mike Maris-
sen (52.97), Townsend (53.17)
and Kitajima in 53.20.
As T&T s top two
sprinters, Keston Bledman
and Richard Thompson
prepare for the 100m
semifinals (at 12.35pm TT
time) at the 2013 World
Championships, both men
are excited and looking to
bring glory home.
Bledman was second in
heat 3 in a time of 10.02
behind eventual winner
American Justin Gatlin
(9.99), and he told the
T&T Guardian after the
race, "I feel good; this was
a wonderful race, a per-
sonal best outside of the
US, and I am in great
shape. I feel fit and excited,
so I am just going to warm
down and relax and be
"What I really like is that
I did not see Gatlin until
the end, and I was moving
...there is no preference for
the semifinals, I just want
to get into the finals; it is
two years that I have been
finishing ninth and I want
to change that."
Bledman says he is not
going to be disturbed by
Usain Bolt, "He is a great
athlete, and I know and we
all know how good he is,
best and give my all for my
country and do what I have
to do....I am going to try
to win this race"
"And I know, I have a
better time in me, and I
can go under 10 on Sun-
day...I am ready."
Richard Thompson who
was also second in his heat
in a time of 10.14, also
admitted that his focus is
reaching Sunday s final
(1.50 pm), and he is happy
with the end result if not
the process, "The first part
of my race was not good,
I was in fifth after 50
metres, but I improved in
the second halve and that
"The focus now has to
be to improve my start and
then follow through at the
can run a faster time and
reach the final and then
once you are in the final
you have a chance."
Bovell bags Berlin 100m IM bronze
progress to 100m semis
ANDRE E BAPTISTE
Red Steel vs Amazon Warriors
Red Steel inns
K O'Brien c Hafeez b Barnwell*70
A Barath c Ramdin b Jacobs*29
R Taylor not out*39
N Pooran c Guptill b Santokie*3
DJ Bravo b Santokie*8
DM Bravo not out*7
Extras: 1lb, 2w*3
Total: for 4 wkts (20)*156
Fall of wkts: 95, 125, 128, 147.
Bowling: C Barnwell 3-0-22-1, K Santokie 4-
0-25-2, M Hafeez 2-0-11-0, S Narine 4-0-35-
0, J Franklyn 2-0-25-0, V Permaul 4-0-30-0,
S Jacobs 1-0-10-1.
Amazon Warriors inns
L Simmons c Pooran b Edwards*18
M Guptill c Benn b Johnson*6
M Hafeez c Pooran b Bravo*35
R Sarwan c Pooran b Bravo*4
J Franklyn not out*60
C Barnwell not out*23
Extras: b2, lb3, w5*10
Total for 4 wkts: (20)*156
Fall of wkts: 22, 41, 47, 78.
Bowling: F Edwards 4-0-47-1, D Johnson 4-
0-25-1, K Cooper 4-0-35-0, S Benn 4-0-23-0,
D Bravo 4-0-21-2.
Result: Red Steel won by 3 runs.
Brandon Ramdial top-scored with 35
yesterday for the National Under-19
cricket team as they defeated Barbados
by 40 runs in a low-scoring encounter,
as action bowled off in the West indies
Cricket Board Regional U-19 tourna-
ment in St Kitts.
Batting first at EGSC Molineaux, T&T
posted a mediocre 170 all out in 49.4
overs behind Ramdial s knock. Jeremy
Solozano, who finished the three-day
tournament as the leading run-scorer,
pitched in with 27, while Jofra Archer
grabbed 4/38 for the Bajans.
Vikash Mohan led from the front, tak-
ing 3/18 to dismiss Barbados for 130 in
42 overs. Tion Webster snatched 2/23,
while Kevin Walcott struck 45 for Bar-
In other matches, Jamaica defeated
Windward Islands by 31 runs and Guyana
got past ICC Americas by seven wickets.
T&T will face Jamaica today at Verchilds
in round two.
AT EGSC MOLINEAUX: T&T 170
(49.4 overs) (Brandon Ramdial 35,
Jeremy Solozano 27, Vikash Mohan
22, Jofra Archer 4/38, Jameel Stuart
2/35) vs Barbados 130 (42 overs)
(Kevin Walcott 45, Aaron Jones 27,
Mohan 3/18, Tion Webster 2/23)
T&T won by 40 runs.
Ramdial leads T&T to opening win
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