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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, August 17, 2013
At 5.25 pm yesterday afternoon, Mahela
Jayawardene walked into the Jamaica Pegasus
Hotel to be part of the Red Steel for the rest
of this Limacol Caribbean Premier League
Whether or not he plays today will depend
on his readiness after two days of travelling to
get to Jamaica from Sri Lanka. Today, the Red
Steel takes on St Lucia s Zouks at 10 am (11
am Eastern Caribbean time), looking for a vic-
tory to get into the semifinals of the tournament.
If Red Steel wins today and Guyana s Amazon
Warriors defeat the Hawksbills then the former
will make an appearance in front of their home
crowd at the Queen s Park Oval in the semi-
Jayawardene has flown in and the owners
of the team have also brought in legends Brian
Lara and Sanath Jayasuriya to be around the
team as mentors and to assist in any way they
can. Jayasuriya and Jayawardene were both met
by co-owner of the team John Talarico and
manager Colin Borde at the Pegasus yesterday.
According to the latter: "We will have a team
meeting tonight and we will see how best
Jayawardene fits into the plan. He is a world
class player and any team would love to have
him and we are very happy that he is here with
us. Whether or not he plays against the Zouks
will depend on him and his readiness after his
long flight. All this will be discussed at the
team meeting tonight as then a decision will
be made on who plays against the Zouks."
Borde also remarked on the presence of Lara
and Jayasuriya: "These guys are greats of the
game and having them here will assist us
tremendously. Brian has spoken to the batsmen
and just having him around is a great motivation
for the guys."
Yesterday, the players had a session in the
sweltering heat at Sabina and most of them
were relieved to get back into pool at the hotel,
as the temperatures hit around 37 degrees cel-
cius. After their session the players were allowed
some time for themselves and were to re-con-
vene for a final team meeting last night.
The Zouks, on the other hand, flew into
Kingston yesterday around 2 pm and had no
time for practice. They just milled around the
hotel and will be looking for that final effort
from their team to get into the semis.
Team manager Adriel Richards said the play-
ers were getting a chance to recharge after their
win against the Hawksbills on Thursday night
in Antigua. Today will mark the final match
that Misbah ul Haq plays for the Zouks as he
joins his teammates for Pakistan s tour of Zim-
Jetlag could be factor in Jayawardene's appearance
Sri Lankan star player Mahela Jayawardene, right, and legend Sanath Jayasuriya are greeted by
co-owner of the Red Steel, Jon Talarico and manager Colin Borde on arrival at the Pegasus Hotel
in Jamaica, yesterday afternoon. PHOTO: VINODE MAMCHAN
NORTH SOUND---Saint Lucia Zouks
kept hope alive for a top four finish
after the preliminary stage of the inau-
gural Limacol Caribbean Premier
League with a 17-run win over Antigua
Hawksbills by the Duckworth/Lewis
method at the Sir Vivian Richards sta-
dium in Antigua Thursday night.
After an initial half hour interruption
ten overs into their innings Hawksbills
were 72 for two chasing 180 for victory.
On resumption, Tino Best delivered
four legitimate deliveries, the final of
which yorked Jamar Hamilton for 24
that left Hawksbills 76 for three.
Rain again interrupted play and the
match was eventually called off, after
10.4 overs. The Duckworth/Lewis par
score for that stage of the game was 93
Captain Marlon Samuels was left 22
not out. Johnson Charles struck three
consecutive boundaries off Garey Math-
urin in the first over of the Hawksbills
reply, but was bowled for 12 from the
fifth ball of that same over. His opening
partner Kieran Powell also mustered 12
off six balls before offering a return
catch to Mathurin from a leading edge.
Mathurin finished with two for 26 off
St Lucia Zouks won the toss and rat-
tled up the highest score of the tour-
nament so far---179 four four off 20
Andre Fletcher registered his second
half-century of the tournament and
Darren Sammy blasted 35 not out to
dominate the innings.
Fletcher stroked a belligerent 76 off
53 balls smashing four fours and three
sixes. He shared in an opening stand of
46 with Tamim Iqbal who made 20.
Fletcher also featured in a second wicket
partnership of 46 with Devon Smith
who stroked 29 and a further 59 with
Darren Sammy for the fourth wicket.
Marlon Samuels, with the wickets of
Tamim Iqbal and Andre Fletcher bagged
two for 33 and Rahkeem Cornwall
snared Misbah Ul-Haq and Devon Smith
for final figures of two for 36 with his
The victory for the Zouks moved
them to four points from six matches
while Hawksbills remained on four, also
from six matches.
T&T s Red Steel are also on four
points, but from five games.
Barbados Tridents and Guyana Ama-
zon Warriors sit at the top of the stand-
ings, with eight points from six matches
with 17-run win
At Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
Saint Lucia Zouks 179-4 (20 overs)
Andre Fletcher 76, Darren Sammy 35
not out, Devon Smith 29, Tamim Iqbal
20. Marlon Samuels 2-33, Rahkeem
vs Antigua Hawksbills 76-3 (10.4
overs) (Jahmar Hamilton 24 , Marlon
Samuels 22 no. Johnson Charles 12,
Kieran Powell 12; Garey Mathurin 2-26).
St Lucia Zouks won by 17 runs
ANDRE E BAPTISTE
A sixth-place finish in the final of the men s
4x400-metres relay event on Day 7 of the
IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Rus-
sia, has left the local unit pondering its deci-
sions ahead of the feature race, yesterday.
The T&T quartet, which included Lalonde
Gordon, Jarrin Solomon, Deon Lendore and
400m hurdles gold medallist Jehue Gordon
crossed in a time of three minutes, 01.74 sec-
Led by LaShawn Merritt, the Americans, who
also had David Verburg, Tony McQuay, Arman
Hall, defended their title, winning in 2:58.71
seconds. Jamaica was second in 2:59.88 and
Russia was third in 2:59.90.
The T&T unit was favoured to be among the
top finishers but found themselves in a dilemma
before the start of the contest and never recov-
Firstly, Deon Lendore, who had run the anchor
leg at the 2012 London Olympics, when T&T
won the bronze behind Bahamas and the USA
in the 4x400 metres relay, had to withdraw
overnight, due a hamstring injury.
Then early yesterday, Olympic 400m bronze
medallist Lalonde Gordon, who had looked slug-
gish in the 4x400m heats, when T&T placed
second, decided to compete in the men s 200m
heats at 11.17 am (3.17am TT time).
He finished third to Usain Bolt, to advance
to the semifinals at 7.40pm (12.40 pm TT time).
Lalonde went on to finish last in the next round
When the 4x400 finals came around at 9.30
pm (1.30 pm TT time), it was Quow giving the
team a fair start before handing over to Lalonde
for the second leg.
He did not seem able to handle the pace and
by the third leg handover to Jehue, T&T had
dropped from third to seventh, and despite
valiant efforts from both Jehue and particularly
Solomon on the final leg, the gap was too huge
Solomon, according to replays of the race,
believes he was impeded when he was about
to make a strong challenge about 150 metres
"The Great Britain runner obstructed me and
I lost my balance and could not past the Belgium
runner, so I lost two spots...he kicked me in the
back and then he come by and elbowed past
me so I lost my balance completely. I did lodge
a protest but they had to find the team s officials,"
On his team s overall race plan, he said, "I
think we could have run a more strategic order
but the coaches decided that."
Questioned on if Lalonde Gordon s decision
to run the two 200m races and the 4x400 metres
relay had affected the result, Solomon honestly
answered: "Yes, I think so, but you know people
make their own decisions, (and) sometimes
these are the consequences of decisions.
"This was not a team decision, it was an indi-
vidual decision, as far as I am aware.
"My decision was that he should not have
run as I have stated, I felt a better decision could
have been made according to what we were
trying to do as a team and according to medals,
something like that but everybody wants to run
an individual event, and that is just the way it
goes sometimes, nothing more we can do about
it. It is up to the officials and coaches to make
those decisions, and that is just a decision, they
made this time," added an unhappy Solomon.
Although not getting success, Jehue Gordon
was glad for the experience saying: "This was
my first major 4x400, so I knew it would be
my last race at the championships, so I put
everything out, I was doing this for the team."
Earlier, T&T s 4x400-metre women s relay
team finished fifth in their qualifying heat yes-
terday morning and failed to advance to the
finals today. The team of Shawna Fermin, Sparkle
McKnight, Domonique Williams and Romona
Modeste started brightly and were in third at
one stage but faded in the end to finish in a
time of 3.33.50.
"I feel good for a women s 4x400 to come
here and compete, but we did not accomplish
what we wanted to accomplish, but at the end
of the day we came out here and did our best,"
Aleesha Barber, running in heat five in the
women s 100m hurdles placed fourth in 13.33
to advance to today s semifinal at 10.36 am (TT
time), via being one of the fastest times outside
of the top three in each preliminary heat.
However, Barber will have it all to do in her
semifinal, as she will start from Lane 3 against
the likes of American Dawn Harper in Lane 4,
with Sally Pearson in Lane 5 and Queen Harrison
in Lane 6.
T&T relay men 6th at Worlds
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