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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, September 19, 2013
National junior tennis player Breana
Stampfli, eased her way into the quarterfinal
of the Copa Maya ITF Junior tournament in
El Salvador on Tuesday with a straight sets
win to set up a rematch with Cristina Rovi-
ra.Number one seeded Stampfli, who won the
Copa Dunlop ITF tournament last week in
El Salvador, made light work of Paola Carpio
on her home court, winning 6-0, 6-2.
Rovira of USA also dominated her second
round match, defeating Daniela Obando of
Honduras 6-0, 6-2. When Stampfli and Rovira
clashes in the quarterfinal, Stampfli will start
as the favourite. Stampfli got past Rovira at
the Dunlop final 6-4, 6-3.
The clay court tournament concludes on
West Indies A
Team will enter
the third and
match full of
they face India A
in the series-
Powell said that
after the defeat in
match on Sunday,
regrouped and had a superb win in the second
match on Tuesday.
Describing this win as a "massive boost",
Powell said Windies A will be looking to
repeat the good things in the crucial third
contest at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
"We had some rain during our training ses-
sion today (yesterday) but we managed to get
in some work so we are ready for the match.
We are playing on the same square so we are
quite familiar with the conditions and what
to expect," Powell said after yesterday s train-
"We were off to a tough start in the opening
match but we felt we recovered and rebounded
well and played really well to win the second
match and get back level in the series. We
were excellent in all three departments."
He added: "We executed really well in the
last match. The aim now is to repeat that
kind of performance ... once we repeat and
win the match...win the series...which would
be a great achievement to beat India A in
In the second match left-hander Jonathan
Carter made a match-winning century as the
Windies posted a winning score of 279-6 off
50 overs. That performance was backed up
by a four-wicket haul from fast bowler Miguel
"Carter came in and played exceptionally
well after missing the first match. We batted
quite well in partnerships and posted a score
we knew we could defend," Powell noted.
"Cummins has been leading the attack.
He is a quick learner and has adjusted really
well to the conditions here."
Windies A lost the tour opener by 77 runs
before rebounding to win by 55 runs in the
second game, to leave the series evenly poised.
Stampfli eases into
Copa ITF quarters
of Windies A
victory in final ODI
When the national players turn out to
play at the Queen s Park Oval in regional
cricket, they can roam freely about the
place and interact with the fans as they
At Guaracara Park in Pointe-a-Pierre the
situation is even more relaxed and as they
can exit the back of the pavilion and enjoy
a corn soup with the fans.
However, the big times have now hit them
and it will not be business as usual in this
Karbonn Smart Champions League tour-
nament in India. With the very fabric of
the game under threat from the corruption
cancer the Board of Control for Cricket in
India (BCCI) there partners Cricket Australia
(CA) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) have
decided to implement the strictest of security
measures at all the venues and player move-
ment will be tracked for suspicious activ-
ity.The Red Force are settled in at Ranchi
already where their first match of the tour-
nament against the Brisbane Heat out of
Australia will be played on Sunday. The
organisers of the tournament have attached
a retired army official courtesy the Inter-
national Cricket Council (ICC) and a security
officer to the team. These guys will be mov-
ing with the Red Force throughout the tour-
nament, will be visible at the practice ses-
sions, official team functions, matches and
even in the dressing rooms.
Manager of the Red Force, Omar Khan
says he has no issues with the measures
taking place and in fact embraces it.
"Our players have been educated on what
and not what to do when it comes to dealing
with match fixing and we are confident that
they would do the right thing.
"The players are here in India to play
cricket and represent their country as
ambassadors and this they will be doing.
The fact that the extra security personnel
is present would not detract us from the
job at hand. We understand that measures
must be taken to protect the game and the
players and we are all for it."
After the long flight from T&T, the players
are now looking to refresh before continuing
their preparations for the main draw. On
Saturday, they get their first hit out against
the Perth Scorchers at Ranchi, before their
opening match of the tournament.
Cricket in Asia has undergone a lot of
damage because of alleged match fixing and
this season the Champions League organisers
are taking a more stringent approach to
player security in terms of contact with
bookies by increasing the security staff. This
has come about because of the match fixing
allegations coming out of the Indian Premier
League (IPL) this season.
Rajasthan Royals s player Shantakumaran
Sreesanth has been banned for life after
being found guilty.
Not business as
usual for Red Force
T&T s Calypso Spikers will be involved
in quarterfinal action today at the 23rd
Norceca Women s Continental Volleyball
Championship at the Ralston Arena,
Omaha, Nebraska, against one of three
second placed pool teams which was yet
to be determined up to press time last
This after the local senior women s vol-
leyballers were beaten in their Pool A decider
of the nine-team tournament by world
eighth ranked Dominican Republic 13-25,
20-25, 13-25 yesterday to finish pool play
with a 1-1 record to its opponent, 2-0 mark.
The "Calypso Spikers", ranked 33rd in the
world entered the match on a high, following
their tense five-set (25-14, 22-25, 21-25, 27-
25, 15-13) win over Costa Rica in their open-
ing Pool A on Tuesday, which guaranteed
a quarterfinal spot in the tournament, only
the second time T&T has done so in five
The 26th ranked Costa Ricans, who were
in a a must-win situation against T&T to
reach the quarterfinals after losing their
opener, on Monday night to Dominican
Republic 13-25, 6-25, 20-25, ended with a
0-2 mark and will compete for positions
eighth and ninth.
In the win over Costa Rica, T&T had a
balanced scoring with four players scoring
in double-digit scoring led by former Poland-
based out-side hitter Channon Thompson,
with 21 points, 19 of which were kills while
France-based Darlene Ramdin, a middle-
blocker got 20, comprising 14 kills.
T&T s other starting middle-blocker
Sinead Jack contributed 15 points inspired
by six blocks while team captain Krystle
Esdelle, who scored the winning point tallied
14, veteran Kelly-Anne Billingy, nine and
setter Renele Forde, six valuable points.
For Costa Rica, which ended with two
points, one behind T&T, Verania Willis had
a team high 17 points while her sister and
captain Angela Willis Lindo added 16 points,
followed by Paola Ramirez s 13 and Mijel
The Francisco "Panchee" Cruz-coached
"Calypso Spikers" held sizeable advantages
in blocks (20-10) and kills (63-48), while
Costa Rica dominated from the service nine
with an 8-4 ace advantage and also benefited
from 35 errors by T&T, something coach
Cruz was surely not pleased about. Costa
Rica made only 23 errors.
Commenting on the see-saw encounter
Esdelle said after clawing their way out of
a jam in the fourth set and having to over-
come a match point, she said to her team-
mates, "No more joking around. We have
to get this set. We are there, let s take it
A cool Cruz said it was always good to
get the win as all victories are good, however
he lamented on his team s lack of prepara-
tions at home which is hampering its
progress on the international stage.
Cruz said, "The problem is not the players;
the problem is the conditions of training in
T&T. That team (T&T) only trains six hours
a week. At that level it is necessary to train
24 or more hours a week. They have come
to the tournament to gain experience
In Tuesday s other matches, Canada
brushed aside Eastern Caribbean champion
and debutant St Lucia 25-14, 25-9, 25-14
to set up a group decider with Puerto Rico
last night, after the latter also swept the
Caribbean nation in straight sets on Monday
25-8, 25-15, 25-12 in Pool c while in Pool B,
Mexico kept its hope alive of qualifying for
the quarterfinals with a five-set win over
Cuba, 25-18, 25-23, 23-25, 21-25, 18-16.
Dom Republic tops Calypso Spikers
Costa Rica's Dionisia Smith Thompson (1) tries to block T&T's Sinead Jack (6) return during
the fourth Women's Pan American Cup at the Ralston Arena, multi-sport facility in the
suburbs of Omaha, Nebraska on Tuesday night. T&T won 25-14, 22-25, 21-25, 27-25, 15-13.
PHOTO COURTESY NORCECA WEB SITE
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