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Captain Chris Gayle has
welcomed the arrival of Sri
Lankan batsman Kumar San-
gakkara in the Jamaica
Tallawahs ahead of their
semifinal clash against Bar-
bados Tridents in the Limacol
Caribbean Premier League
Sangakkara, considered one
of the best batsmen of the
modern game, is set to join
Tallawahs following the recent
departure of young Pakistan
opener, Ahmed Shehzad,
because of international duties.
Gayle says the addition of
Sangakkara will strengthen the
team's batting in tomorrow's
semifinals at the Queen's Park
Oval in St Clair.
"Having a player like San-
gakkara join the team is a wel-
come boost," said Gayle.
"Everyone knows what he
is capable of, the damage he
can do if you allow him to play
Sangakkara has impressive
Test and one-day international
averages of 56.98 and 39.99,
respectively, and averages 31.83
in T20 internationals.
Sangakkara, expected to bat
at his preferred number three
position, is expected to add
substance to the Tallawahs'
battling line-up, which has in
the past two matches struggled
following the dismissal of
"We are extremely happy to
have him joining us," said
"We look forward to him
settling in, helping us reach the
final and hopefully winning the
The 35-year-old San-
gakkara is coming off a recent
tour of South Africa with Sri
The hottest commodity in
Trinidad and Tobago right now is
tickets for the semifinals and finals
of the Caribbean Premier League.
Abigail Edwards an official of the CPL
has stated that there are only a few tick-
ets remaining and that is for the second
semifinals between Tridents and
Tallawahs on Friday night at the Oval.
She added that these tickets are for
the Learie Constantine Stand and they
are currently available at the ticket
office at the Queen's Park Oval.
Tickets for the semifinals featuring
Red Steel and Amazon Warriors
scheduled for tonight and tickets for
the grand finals on Saturday have
been sold out.
An indifferent performance in
the preliminaries can all be for-
gotten if the Red Steel wins its
Limacol Caribbean Premier
League T20 semifinal encounter
against Guyana Amazon Warriors
tonight at the Queen s Park Oval
in St Clair, starting at 8 pm.
The Red Steel got into the semi-
finals based on the fact that the
Warriors defeated Antigua Hawks-
bills in a cliff-hanger in Antigua
last week. They finished fourth with
three wins and the Warriors topped
the group with five victories.
Going into tonight's clash the
Red Steel will remember that of
the two losses that were inflicted
on the Warriors was by them at
the very Queen's Park Oval.
This would sure play on the
minds of the players, as they go
into action in front of a packed
Tonight's mouth-watering affair
has a Sri Lankan flavour to it, as
one of the best batsmen in the
world Mahela Jayawardene lines
up for the Red Steel and he will
face off against two of his coun-
trymen in Lasith Malinga and
Tillekeratne Dilshan, who have
been recently acquired by the
Mahela has played two matches
for the Red Steel thus far, while
Dilshan and Malinga have not had
a match as yet and this could also
Yesterday, both teams had their
final session at the Oval and all
players are fit and raring to go.
Warriors captain Ramnaresh
Sarwan says despite their success,
his side will remain firmly ground-
ed as they know the job is unfin-
"What we're doing is taking it
step-by-step. We're just focusing
on our goal and the process," said
the experienced middle order bats-
"We would love to be in the
final. We're in the semifinals so I
think it is just a matter of taking
the next game that we've got in
stride and trying to continue with
this momentum. We don't want
to be looking too far ahead of our-
selves. I think for us it has been
a process and we just want to con-
tinue that process."
The Red Steel may toy with the
idea of shuffling their batting order
as over the last few matches, they
have failed to turn over the strike
in the first ten overs. In the last
match, they had 33 dot balls in the
first 10 overs and with Jayawardene
being one of the best workers of
the ball, it is highly likely that he
may be coming in earlier than his
number four position.
Coming back into the side will
be the rested Barbadian duo of
Fidel Edwards and Sulieman Benn.
Both were given the match off
against the Tallawahs on Sunday
and were badly missed in the
attack. Expected to make way for
them will be fellow Barbadian
Miguel Cummins and T&T leg-
spinner Yannick Cariah.
Red Steel: Dwayne Bravo
(captain), Samuel Badree,
Adrian Barath, Sulieman Benn,
Darren Bravo, Yannick Cariah,
Kevon Cooper, Miguel
Cummins, Fidel Edwards,
Justin Guillen, Mahela
Jayawardene, Delorn Johnson,
Kevin O'Brien, Nicolas Pooran
(Wicket keeper) and Ross Taylor.
Amazon Warriors: Ramnaresh
Sarwan (captain), Christopher
Barnwell, Narsingh Deonarine,
James Franklin, Trevon Griffith,
Tillekeratne Dilshan, Steven
Jacobs, Keon Joseph, Lasith
Malinga, Sunil Narine, William
Perkins, Veerasammy Permaul,
Denesh Ramdin (wicket
keeper), Krishmar Santokie
and Lendl Simmons.
na Quintyne showed her class
yesterday afternoon, rescuing
Barbados to guide her team to
a 30-run win over T&T as they
advanced to the final of the West
Indies Women s T20 cricket
tournament in Grenada.
Batting first at the National
Stadium, Barbados were in all
sorts of trouble on 54/5 after 12
overs when Quintyne took over.
Quintyne found an able part-
ner in Charlene Taitt, and the
pair began to repair the damage.
Barbados raced to 96/5 after 17
overs with Quintyne on 40 and
Taitt on 17.
An additional 20 runs of the
last three overs propelled Bar-
bados to a competitive 116/5.
Quintyne finished on an unbeat-
en 50, while Taitt contributed 27
Kirbyina Alexander was the
pick of the bowlers, snatching
T&T did not get off to the best
of starts, as they were reduced
to 16/2 after five overs. Quintyne
showed her all-round ability, tak-
ing 3/14 as T&T could only
muster 86/7 off their 20 overs.
T&T captain Merissa Aguilliera,
top-scored with 22.
In the other semifinal at Tan-
teen, Tameka Sanford led from
the front with an unbeaten 27 as
Jamaica also progressed to the
final, getting past Guyana by five
Jamaica will face Barbados in
the final today at the Grenada
National Stadium from 2 pm.
AT GRENADA NATIONAL
STADIUM: Barbados 116/5
(Shaquana Quintyne 50 no,
Charlene Taitt 27 no, Kirbyina
Alexander 3/19) vs T&T 86/7
(Merissa Aguilliera 22,
Quintyne 3/14). Barbados
won by 30 runs.
AT TANTEEN: Guyana 97
(19.4 overs) (Tremayne
Smartt 35 no, Shemaine
Campbell 22, Shanel Daley
2/9) vs Jamaica 99/5 (19.4
overs) (Tameka Sanford 27
no, Chinelle Henry 20 no,
Phaffiana Millington 2/9).
Jamaica won by five wickets.
Red Steel goes
after spot in final
T&T Red Steel's Darren Bravo bats in the nets during his team's final practice
session yesterday at the Queen's Park Oval, St Clair, ahead of the Red Steel
match against Guyana Amazon Warriors in the semifinals of the Caribbean
Premier League, today, at the same venue. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
T&T women go down
to Barbados by 30 runs
Tickets for second semifinal still available
Gayle welcomes the arrival of Sangakkara
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