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Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt August 18, 2013
It is amazing how a few
days can change everything
for you in sport. Last week-
end, the Red Steel was strug-
gling for a win, yesterday
they hammered the St Lucia
Zouks by six wickets at Sabi-
na Park in Jamaica to put one
foot into the semifinals of the
Limacol Caribbean Premier
League T20 tournament.
Chasing a paltry 100 runs
for victory, the Red Steel got
home for the loss of four
wickets with two overs and a
ball to spare.
Before play Brian Lara and
Sanath Jayasuriya were seen
speaking to the players and
Lara, after taking a look at the
pitch went straight across to
skipper Dwayne Bravo for a
very animated chat. When the
Red Steel ran out, Mahela
Jayawardene was with them
and all of a sudden the Red
Steel looked the part and they
proved that with a decisive
victory over the Zouks, send-
ing Darren Sammy s men
tumbling out of the tourna-
Before the Red Steel players
take breakfast this morning,
they would know if they are
into the semifinals because a
victory by Guyana Amazon
Warriors over the Antigua
Hawksbills would send the
Red Steel into the next round.
If not they would need to beat
the Jamaica Tallawahs in their
final match of the preliminar-
ies.Even if the Red Steel loses
today against Tallawahs and
Hawksbills defeat Warriors,
they could still go through on
net run rate. It is with this
message in mind that Kevin
O Brien and Adrian Barath
went to work on the target.
The burly O Brien took the
attack to the St Lucians and
twice deposited Garey Math-
urin into the stands in one
over, to signal the Red Force s
They added a rapid 56 in
just 8.4 overs before both left.
O Brien s tally was 37 off 33
balls with three fours and two
sixes, while Barath carved 17
off 20 balls.
Before the target was
achieved new man Mahela
Jayawardene gave Sammy his
first catch as wicketkeeper as
he edged Mathurin to the
West Indies allrounder, who
was deputising for an injured
Earlier, the pitched looked
pregnant with runs as the ball
was supposed to come on to
the bat. However, looks can
be deceiving and that is exact-
ly what transpired, as the pitch
ended up playing two-paced.
At one point Tamim Iqbal was
nearly beheaded by a Fidel
Edwards delivery and the next
Misbah-ul-Haq nearly had his
ankle knocked out by a
Samuel Badree delivery that
rocketed into the stumps.
However, when you fail to
score from 60 of your possible
120 deliveries you end up with
an inadequate total, which was
The free-flowing Fletcher
was caged in by the Red Steel
and although he batted
throughout the innings, all he
saw to his name at the end
was 46 not out. In the 59
deliveries sent his way, only
two went rolling into the ropes
and one over it. This innings
was in stark contrast to the
blistering 77 he got against
the Hawksbills a few nights
ago in Antigua.
The only cheer that came
from the big crowd was the
victory of Usain Bolt in the
200 metres at the Worlds ath-
letics meet in Moscow, as the
cricket was interrupted in the
13th over to beam the race to
the fans on the big screen.
The Red Steel bowlers were
awesome under the hot
Kingston sun and the team
looked a well-oiled and united
The bowlers were all on
song and the fielders backed
them up for the most part, all
a recipe for an excellent day
in the field.
Red Steel hammers Zouks
Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo says
the arrangement to have Brian Lara
and Sanath Jayasuriya is working more
like a business for his team.
According to the allrounder: "We
have chats about different things and
before we go into games we get together
and discuss all aspects and take from
it. We have different people giving their
views and then we take it out there like
a business. I am very happy to have
these guys in the backroom staff and
it is working very well for us."
Bravo added that having Mahela
Jayawardene around is a huge plus.
"He is one of the better players in
the world and to have him in our side
is great. He gives us that added insur-
ance just being there for us, plus he is
helping out a lot with his vast experience
in leadership and planning."
Looking ahead to today s game against
Jamaica, Bravo was confident saying:
"We have gotten three wins in a row
and this gives us confidence going into
the match. It is another final for us and
that is how we are approaching each
game as we move forward. We are con-
fident, we have one of the better bal-
anced sides in the tournament and once
we get into the semifinals we have the
team to go all the way."
Red Steel will come up against
Tallawahs from 2 pm (3 pm TT time)
at Sabina Park today, in their final pre-
liminary round match.
ANDRE E BAPTISTE
As the 14th edition of the World Championships draws
to a close today at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, T&T
go in search of more medals, to add to Jehue Gordon s gold
in the 400 metres hurdles on Thursday.
First in action at 8.31 am (TT time), will be T&T s 4x100m
women s relay team in heat three, where the top two from
each heat advance, as well as the two fastest losers. T&T have
been drawn in lane three with USA in lane four, Russia in
lane six and Poland in seven.
For T&T, Kamira Durant of Simplex will run the first leg,
Michelle-Lee Ahye of Rebirth the second, Reyare Thomas of
Neon Trackers, the third, with Kai Selvon of Airborne Sonics
running the final leg. The change in the order of running is
due to the absence of both Kelly Ann Baptiste and Semoy
Hackett. Hackett was set to run the anchor leg but Selvon
was handed the responsibility.
"Yes, normally I run the third leg but this time around,
I will run the final leg," said Selvon, who reached the semifinals
of the Women s 200m.
"We are confident ahead of the 4x100m relay, and we know
that we lost two of our other teammates, but we are still
going to go out there and give of our best and try to represent
ourselves and the country to the best of our ability."
Manager of the T&T team, Dexter Voisin told the Sunday
Guardian, "There is confidence. They can first reach the finals
and then let us see what happens. This team won the CAC
(Central American and Caribbean) gold medal recently in just
over 43 seconds, so they know each other well."
Next on the World stage, will be the T&T s men 4x100m
team, that won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics
in this same event.
T&T will race in heat one of three, with the same rules
as the women applying for progress to the finals.
The opening heat is clearly the toughest of the three groups
with T&T drawn in lane six, Russia in lane three, overwhelming
favourties Jamaica in lane two and Great Britain/Northern
Ireland in lane one. The US are in heat two.
There are two changes to the local sprint team. With Marc
Burns not available and Emmanuel Callender a reserve, Jamol
James will run the opening leg with Keston Bledman running
the second, Rondell Sorillo, the third and Richard Thompson
the anchor leg.
After failing to progress to the final of the Mens 100m,
Thompson is fired up saying: "We definitely have a chip on
our shoulders now and we just want to go in there and have
the flag flying in the final as it is not just about being in the
final of the 4x100. We have realistic goals in both events. For
me a realistic goal was to make the individual final in the
100m and a realistic goal is for us to medal in the 4x100m.
"We can pull together. It was a sub par season for me,
track and field is a funny sport but we are coming out to give
our best in the relays," said a defiant Thompson.
Bledman was third in the third semifinal in a time of 10.08
and is thriving for medal after missing out in his individual
"I now have to go back and focus on the relay and go out
there and try and get a medal," said Bledman.
"Marc (Burns) is not here but we have to do it for him,
going back to T&T on that long nine hour flight without a
medal will not be good."
Voisin feels that T&T have a credible chance of getting
success in the event.
"These are very talented guys and in this event, we have
a good record. They have trained well and they have promised
to come out and give everything from the start. They want
a medal and they are a very determined and dedicated bunch."
The women s 4x100m final is scheduled for 10.10am today
while the men s 4x100m finals will feature at 10.40am (TT
time), the last event at the Championships.
Aleesha Barber was T&T s only participant yesterday when
she competed in the Women s 100 metres hurdles.
Running in the third heat and in lane two, the 26-year-
old started well but was quickly out of contention as Olympic
champion Sally Pearson prevailed convincingly in a season
best 12.50 seconds. Barber finished a disappointing eighth in
13.52 and failed to advance to the final. Her time was the 23rd
best in the semifinals.
T&T relay teams seek
success on final day
Bravo: Team working like a business
Red Steel vs Zouks
Fall of wkts: 15, 17, 36, 56, 84,
Bowling: F Edwards 4-0-22-1, D Bravo 4-0-28-1, S
Badree 4-0-18-2, S Benn 4-0-11-0, K Cooper 4-0-18-1
Red Steel inns
MJayawardenecwkrSammybMathurin . . . . . . . .11
Fall of wkts: 56, 56, 75, 84,
Bowling: G Mathurin 4-0-24-2, D Sammy 3-0-22-0,
T Best 4-0-18-1, S Shillingford 4-0-20-1, L Sebastien 1.5-
Result: Red Steel won by 6 wkts.
Red Steel two points
St Lucia Zouks' Tamim Iqbal evades a Red Steel Fidel
Edwards bouncer during the Limacol Caribbean Premier
League at Sabina Park in Kinston, Jamaica, yesterday.
Red Steel won by six wickets.
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