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It s been seven months since they last played T20 cricket
together and tonight when the T&T Red Force hits the ground,
they will be looking to continue their impressive run, which
dates back to Stanford T20 cricket many years ago.
T&T fans have been longing to see the Red Force in action, as
the recently completed Caribbean Premier League (CPL) would
have reminded them just how good the Red Force is. During the
CPL tournament Red Steel, a franchise team bearing the T&T
brand, played instead. Although reaching the semifinals, Red steel
had suffered three early losses and was considered by some fans
to be a mere shadow of the real deal.
At 7 tonight, Denesh Ramdin will lead his men out against the
second most successful regional T20 team, Guyana. They will play
two matches, the other being at the same time tomorrow night
at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.
The Red Force is using this two-match series as preparations
for the upcoming Champions League T20 series in India. Manager
of the team Omar Khan speaking to T&T Guardian yesterday said
his players were eager to play together after representing different
teams in the CPL.
"They want to start on a winning note. We have chosen to play
the two matches here because we believe that the conditions will
be similar to what we will encounter in India. It s great to have
the guys together at this point so that they can start understanding
their roles within the team set-up. With the final team for India
being named early next week, these matches provide a great oppor-
tunity for the guys to address the selectors."
Guyana has chosen a strong team and included in it as a guest
player is Jamaican Krishmar Santokie, who played for the Guyana
Amazon Warriors in the CPL. For T&T, pacer Ravi Rampaul will
be looking to show his fitness ahead of the Champions League.
Rampaul missed the entire CPL but is back and will be keen to
go at the hosts.
Also playing cricket after a lay-off during the CPL, are Jason
Mohammed, Evin Lewis and Yannick Ottley. The trio did not
attract any offers from the six CPL teams but will want to cement
their places on the T&T team for the Champions League.
After these two matches, T&T will fly to Dominica for two
matches against the Windwards before they leave for India for a
number of practice matches before playing their first match in the
CLT20 on September 22.
BRIDGETOWN---A Limacol Caribbean Pre-
mier League squad has been selected fol-
lowing the staging of the inaugural LCPL,
organizers announced yesterday.
The side, which includes six players from
the finalists, the Jamaica Tallawahs and the
Guyana Amazon Warriors, was chosen on the
basis of it being balanced and capable of play-
ing a match, said a release.
The team, captained by Tallawahs opening
batsman and skipper Chris Gayle, involves a
playing eleven plus a twelfth man and was
released in batting order.
"Selections were made from performances
in the tournament only; past records and rep-
utations were not taken into consideration,"
the statement said.
"The captain was only selected once the
side had been chosen".
The members of the team are Andre Fletcher
(St Lucia Zouks), Chris Gayle (Jamaica
Tallawahs, captain), Lendl Simmons (Guyana
Amazon Warriors), Shoaib Malik (Barbados
Tridents), James Franklin (Guyana Amazon
Warriors), Andre Russell (Jamaica Tallawahs),
Marlon Samuels (Antigua Hawksbills), Shakib
Al Hasan (Barbados Tridents), Rayad Emrit
(Barbados Tridents), Krishmar Santokie
(Guyana Amazon Warriors), Muttiah
Muralitharan (Jamaica Tallawahs) and 12th
man: Ashley Nurse (Barbados Tridents).
"It was agreed that a minimum number of
four matches had to be played by an individual
in the tournament in order to be eligible for
a place in the side," said the LCPL statement.
"The side was selected by a group of indi-
viduals brought together by the Limacol CPL
for their knowledge and understanding of the
game and their in-depth knowledge of player
performances during the tournament".
The selection panel was made up of Mike
Procter, the former South Africa all-rounder
and a match referee in the tournament, ex-
West Indies and Jamaica wicketkeeper-bats-
man Jeffrey Dujon, Mike Haysman, the former
South Australia batsman and Craig Cozier, a
journalist with extensive regional and inter-
KINGSTON---West Indies opener Chris Gayle
says he is mentally fatigued as a result of a hectic
playing schedule and is eagerly looking forward
to a three-month break from cricket.
His disclosure comes on the heels of the inau-
gural Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL)
where he steered Jamaica Tallawahs to title honours
by defeating Guyana Amazon Warriors in the
"It s been a long road, and I am very, very tired
mentally," said Gayle, who captured the man-of-
the-match award in the final.
"It was a challenging time batting-wise in the
Tri-nation series and then against Pakistan, and
to have come and played a captain s part in the
CPL has been really, really, stressing."
Gayle, who scored 47 not out in the final to
lead the Tallawahs to a seven-wicket win over
Warriors, started the year with a stint with Sydney
Thunder in the Australia Big Bash League.
He represented West Indies in a one-day and
Twenty20 International series tour in late January
before returning to the Caribbean to participate
in Test and one-day international series against
Zimbabwe, followed by a run with Royal Chal-
lengers Bangalore in the popular Indian Premier
League in April.
The ICC Champions Trophy in England in May
followed soon after, with his last international
duties coming in June and July.
"It s been quite a lot, and I am really, really
happy that it is over now. No more cricket for me
until the next three months," Gaylea said.
A series of low scores in the earlier part of the
CPL had also raised concerns about his form.
West Indies are due to tour New Zealand from
December to play three Tests, five one-day inter-
nationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.
T&T will play for seventh posi-
tion at the Seventh International
Netball Federation (INF) World
Youth (Under-21 Championship in
Glasgow, Scotland, tomorrow after
going under to Wales, 54-61, in the
second of the fifth to eighth place
semifinals at the Emirates Arena,
Wales made it difficult for the
Amanda Cameron-captained Calyp-
so Girls on the centre pass but they
had a secret weapon, in USA-based
6 foot 2 inch goalshoot, Samantha
The high balls in were easily
received by her long reach, leaving
the Welsh defence hopeless against
her, but Wales pressured the ball into
the circle and got the vital turnovers
required, allowing them to lead 18-
15 at quarter time, and sound mid-
court pressure left them trailing 29-
31 at half.
With only four minutes left, the
score was level at 52, but Wales
kicked in with a seven-goal run and
raced ahead with their faithful crowd
cheering them on to take the victory.
Wales are now guaranteed to beat
their best ever seventh place per-
formance, set back in Toronto from
It was a proud day for Welsh net-
ball, but T&T, which was 12th in
2009 is still optimistic about their
final game against Barbados accord-
ing to captain Amanda Cameron.
Despite her team suffering a third
straight loss after winning its first
three matches, Cameron added,
"We ll come out seventh, I m sure
Force DENESH RAMDIN...back atthe helm off the read Red Force.
Simmons, Emrit in CPL 12 member team
Wales edge Calypso Girls 61-54 17th to 20th round-robin:
Cayman Islands 71 bt Israel 26
Malta 67 bt Republic of Ireland 17
13th to 16th playoff:
Papua New Guinea 49 bt Singapore
Northern Ireland 53 bt Bermuda 22
Ninth to 12th playoff:
Fiji 67 bt Namibia 49
Scotland 50 bt Samoa 35
Fifth to Eight semifinals:
South Africa 59 bt Barbados 20
Wales 61 vs T&T 54
Main Draw semifinals:
Australia 67 bt England 33
New Zealand 53 bt Jamaica 44
T&T: Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Yannick Ottley, Jason
Mohammed, Denesh Ramdin, Nicholas Pooran, Adrian Barath,
Samuel Badree, Sherwin Ganga, Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine,
Shannon Gabriel, Navin Stewart, Rayad Emrit, and Darren Bravo.
Technical Team: Dudnath Ramkeesoon, Omar Khan, David
Williams and Kelvin William, Oba Gulston and Dinesh Mahabir.
Guyana: Ramnaresh Sarwan, Narsingh Deonarine, Chris Barnwell,
Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Steven Jacobs, Trevon
Griffith, Paul Wintz, Krishmar Santokie, Anthony Bramble, Rajiv
Ivan, Leon Johnson, Robin Bacchus, Zaheer Mohamed,
Technical Team: Eusan Crandon (Coach), Orin Bailey (Asst Coach),
Alvin Johnson (Manager)
Israel vs Republic of Ireland
Malta vs Cayman Islands
Israel/Republic of Ireland Loser vs
Malta/Cayman Islands Loser
Israel/Republic of Ireland Winner vs
Malta/Cayman Islands Winner
13th - 14th: Papua New Guinea vs
15th - 16th: Singapore vs Bermuda
9th - 10th: Fiji vs Scotland
11th - 12th: Namibia vs Samoa
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