Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 4th 2013 Contents A68
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, September 4, 2013
ST JOHN'S---Top regional Under
15 bowler, Guyanese Renaldo
Mohammed copped the Most
Outstanding Cricketer award at
the recently concluded West
Indies Cricket Board Sandals
Foundation Under 15 High Per-
formance Camp in Antigua.
Mohammed s team-mate, Richie
Looknauth won the trophy for Best
Bowler while T&T s Under 15 cap-
tain Kirsten Kallicharan was
adjudged the best batsman.
Mohammed was also the leading
bowler in the WICB Regional Under
15 tournament this year, finishing
the tournament with 33 wickets,
inclusive of a match haul of 14
wickets against the Leeward Islands.
The Best Fielder award went to
T&T s Chrystian Thurton and
another Trinidadian, Leonardo
Julien took the award for best
Antigua and Barbuda s Minister
of Sports, Winston Williams urged
graduates of the camp to be
unstinting and share the wealth
of experience and training afforded
to them. A similar camp was held
in St Lucia where the Jamaica, Bar-
bados, Windward Islands and St
Lucia Under 15 teams were
Speaking at the closing cere-
mony, Williams applauded the
players for successfully completing
the rigorous training program.
According to President of the
Antigua and Barbuda Cricket
Association (ABCA) Zorol Barthley,
the 57 elite young cricketers were
not only fortunate for being apart
of the camp but they are also
responsible for sharing the knowl-
edge with those not fortunate
enough to have gained it first hand.
"This project is established to
ensure that you become good
human beings. And it is important
that you understand the principles
and sacrifices made here for you,"
The former West Indies youth
captain also joined in applauding
the WICB for the expertise and
commitment injected into the pro-
Head Coach Dwain Gill was
pleased with the outcome of the
camp and reiterated his coaching
staff s focus for the past week. The
emphasis involved three main pil-
lars -- technical skills, techniques
and strategy, and life skills.
He said the limitations of the
players were identified early and
the coaching team used the camp
to address those specific points.
"Most of the participants would
have passed the test and we urge
them to take this knowledge and
talents back to their countries and
clubs," Gill said.
He said most players appeared
to have mastered what used to be
their flaws, and are now able to
develop further and become
"thinking" cricketers. (CMC)
Coach David Williams says resting
some of his key players for the second
T20 match against Guyana may have
been responsible for an eight-run loss
in the second of two games on the
T&T are currently preparing for the
Champions League Twenty20 in India
which starts on September 17 and have
at least four more matches lined up
before they leave for India on September
16, including two against the Windward
Islands in Dominica this weekend.
Both Darren Bravo and Sunil Narine
who are part of the T&T squad were
rested for the trip to Guyana.
The "Red Force" reached 136 for
seven in reply to Guyana s 144 for six
in the second match and Williams said
his players did extremely well to come
back in the match after losing some
Rookie player Evin Lewis helped
them get back into the contest with a
solid 54 and in the end, T&T fell short
by eight runs.
"We faltered a bit in the batting in
the second game and the death bowling
was not as good as it should have been
but all in all it was good performance,"
"After losing three wickets for four
runs, we came back well to post a good
total but we did rest some of our key
players," he explained.
"Lendl Simmons, Samuel Badree,
Ravi Rampaul and Yannick Ottley did
not play the second game so it was not
the strongest team but in the circum-
stances we wanted to give the other
players a run so all in all I am happy
with the two games. I think we played
two very good competitive games," the
But Williams also noted that T&T
did not get all they wanted from the
Guyana trip and expects pacer Ravi
Rampaul to get a longer run in Dominica
after bowling just one over in Guyana.
The coach explained that the damp
conditions and the state of the pitch
in Saturday s game meant that the
pacer, who is on the comeback trail
following an ankle injury, just bowled
"He bowled one over because the
conditions were not what we expected.
There was a lot of rain and it was wet
and slippery so we did not want to risk
it but come Dominica, he will get a
good run and we will be able to better
assess him from there," Williams
The T&T coach says the coaching
staff is still searching for the right first
team combination of players for their
trip to India, and their upcoming match-
es in Dominica and then at home in
Trinidad will go a long way in helping
them fine-tune for their big assignment.
"We now head to Dominica for two
more competitive games. We are always
trying to find the right combination
and these matches will help us to do
that before we get to India," said
"Narine and Bravo are back in the
team and that will strengthen the squad
Lendl Simmons is not going to Domini-
ca but we still have a very good team.
"We want to make sure we have the
right combination and we want the
guys running into good form when we
head to India.
"That is the key and we have guys
who have been doing very well," he
T&T leave for Dominica tomorrow
with matches scheduled for Friday and
T&T Squad: Denesh Ramdin
(captain), Evin Lewis, Adrian Barath,
Nicholas Sookdeosingh, Darren Bravo,
Jason Mohammed, Jason
Mohammed, Rayad Emrit, Yannick
Ottley, Nicholas Pooran, Ravi
Rampaul, Sherwin Ganga, Sunil
Narine, Navin Stewart, Shannon
Gabriel, Samuel Badree. Omar Khan
(manager), David Williams (coach),
Kelvin Williams (assistant coach), Oba
Gulston (physio), Dinesh Mahabir
Caledonia AIA head coach
Jamaal Shabazz believes there is a
gap between Caribbean clubs and
those of North and Central Amer-
ica, although claiming that his team
was not outclassed by Concacaf
Champions League group stage
opponent CSD Comunicaciones of
Guatemala in a 3-0 defeat last
"I thought that we had our chances
to get the ball in the back of the net,"
the Caledonia boss said during the
post match press conference.
"On four occasions we had clear-
cut chances. I think the score-line
made it look as if they were far supe-
rior to us. But the truth and in fact,
they weren t that superior to us. It s
just that the margin for error at Con-
cacaf level, as opposed to Pro League
level, or the Caribbean level, is so slim.
It is a learning curve for us to take."
"We showed that we had the abil-
ity to get behind them, but we
showed that we lacked the final pass,
and the final tuck away in goal. I
thought we didn t do that well in
that aspect of the game. But, in
terms of competing with them and
keeping our shape and getting behind
them, I thought we showed that we
are able to play in this (Champions)
league," said the former T&T national
"But, still you can see there is a
with the rest of Concacaf. The prac-
tice of exercising tactical discipline
at another level of the game is some-
thing we are still learning."
Learning it is, as Caledonia in its
second consecutive and overall CCL
campaign, remains at the bottom of
Group 6 without a point and out of
the race for a quarterfinal spot.
After two matches, Mexico s
Deportivo Toluca leads the group
with maximum six points, and cour-
tesy of a hat-trick scored by Liver-
pool FC s Luis Suarez s older brother
Paolo against Caledonia, the
Guatemalan club remains in the race
with three points.
Caledonia, which was defeated 3-
1 in Mexico against Toluca in the
first leg, will welcome the Mexicans
on September 18 at the Hasely Craw-
ford Stadium, Mucurapo, and then
travel to Guatemala on September
25 against Comunicaciones at the
Estadio Cementos Progreso. Toluca
and Comunicaciones will later wrap
up the group matches against each
other on October 23 at the Nemesio
Díez Riega, Toluca, Mexico.
"It s our second time around in
the Champions League and we are
learning as the games progress,"
Shabazz added. "We welcome the
two (remaining) games.
"We still have to consider who we
are, and whom we represent. We rep-
resent T&T. We represent
Morvant/Laventille; We represent the
Caribbean and we have two valuable
games at a very high level in which to
gather experience and try to give a
performance and raise our level of play,"
concluded the Caledonia tactician.
Shabazz says Caribbean clubs lagging in Concacaf
Red Force loss
Mohammed cops 'Outstanding
Cricketer' at Sandals camp
Most Disciplined Team --
Team Spirit Award -- Asher
Cornelius (Antigua and
Most Promising Players
Uri Smith -- Antigua and
Ashmead Nedd -- Guyana
Javani Tyson -- Leeward
Nathaniel McDavid --
Trinidad and Tobago
Javani Tyson of the Leeward Islands collects his
Outstanding Player award from Minister of Sport
Guyanese Renaldo Mohammed collects his Most
Outstanding Cricketer award from Sandals'
Foundation OBrian Heron.
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