Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 20th 2013 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, September 20, 2013
BANGALORE---Kirk Edwards made a case for a
return to the senior side by hammering a century
as West Indies A claimed the series with a 45-
run victory over India A in the third unofficial
One Day International here yesterday.
Edwards, who last played for the West Indies
in May last year, increased his comeback chances
with a top score of 104 to anchor the Caribbean
side s second victory in a row following their
opening lost to India A.
A half century from Leon Johnson as well pow-
ered the visitors to a formidable 312 for nine in
50 overs while the Indians stumbled to 267 for
8 in 50 overs after the collapse of a promising
third wicket century stand.
Edwards arrived at the crease after a powerful
74 run opening stand in just 13 overs between
skipper Kieran Powell and Andre Fletcher.
Edwards was guilty of not converting his starts
in the first two matches. In the first match on
Sunday, he edged to the keeper after making a
brisk 19; on Tuesday he moved to 36 after smash-
ing a six over square leg but was stumped down
the leg side the following ball while trying to
repeat the stroke. Yesterday, he held back, initially
preferring to play from the crease. Three boundaries
off Yuvraj Singh, through the off side and over
midwicket, got him going.
What would have helped settle Edwards early
was the start provided by the openers. Kieran
Powell, who had struggled to push on in the earlier
matches, made a conscious effort to force his way
into form, risking his wicket with a few top edges.
When Edwards walked in at No. 3, he had the
cushion of 74 runs made in just over 13 overs.
Powell scored 40 from 33 balls including four
fours and a six while Fletcher s knock of 28 yielded
two fours and a six.
Edwards built his innings steadily taking singles
before accelerating and reaching fifty with a mas-
sive six over long-on that was headed perilously
close to the press box windows.
He hit 12 fours and three sixes and shared stands
of 66 and 93 with Jonathan Carter and Leon John-
Johnson scored an aggressive knock of 54 in 42
balls that contained four fours and three sixes.
Carter followed up his century in the second match
with a well played 35.
The good start rubbed off on Carter and Johnson
as well, who shared stands of 66 and 93 with
Edwards. Edwards knock was a typical one-day
innings - steady building followed by acceleration.
He focused on taking singles, and as his fifty
approached, had the confidence to waltz down
the track to the offspinner Yusuf Pathan and loft
over deep midwicket.
He took apart the part-timers, cutting the
offspin of B Aparajith past the wicketkeeper and
short third man for boundaries. Johnson s more
aggressive knock at the other end put West Indies
on the path to a big score and after he was dis-
missed, caught at cover, Edwards took control.
West Indies made 100 runs off the last ten overs
to shut out the hosts.
Jaydev Unadcat was the pick of the Indian
bowlers with five for 55.
The only effort that kept India in the hunt was
the third-wicket stand of 112, off 117 balls, between
Baba Aparajith and Yuvraj.
Yuvraj powered along at more than a run-a-
ball, slogging the spinners several rows back.
Aparajith, who replaced the out-of-sorts Unmukt
Chand, made good use of the opportunity with
some positive drives. A worried Powell summoned
his troops for a quick chat after the stand grew.
When Yuvraj played back to a straight delivery
by Ashley Nurse and lost his stumps, India s resist-
ance receded. India needed another big partnership
to wrest the initiative but Yuvraj s departure proved
Aparajith hit six fours and a six while Singh
smashed four boundaries and his three sixes as
he continued his run of form with 61.
Veerasammy Permaul grabbed three for 55 while
Miguel Cummins picked up two for 46. CMC
All rounder Navin Stewart says
he is the only link between the T&T
Red Force and Tobago.
Tobago-born Stewart made the
inaugural Champions League trip
with the Red Force back in 2009
and is now back in the mix, after
an excellent domestic season with
both bat and ball. His efforts forced
the national selectors to look in his
direction and now he is in India
waiting to make his country proud.
According to Moosai Sports play-
er: "It s always a pleasure represent-
ing my country. I m elated to be
back on the team. Being off the
team, I went back to my club and
worked at my skills, had a really
good club season 2013 and the work
put in enabled me to get back on
Stewart believes that T&T can
reach far in this year s competition
:"One thing we always thrive on is
our one-ness. Our team spirit is
what gets us through the tight sit-
form has not been better. I think
I m playing the best I ve ever played
at this moment. It is nice to have
both aspects of my game coming
together at the right time. That
would be a plus for our team because
I can provide the lower order batting
impetus at the end of the innings
with big shots and bowl meaningful
spells when we take the field."
Prior to leaving for the tourna-
ment, Stewart returned figures of
4-0-15-0, 4-0-26-0 and 4-0-19-
2 in three games against Guyana
and the Windward Islands.
Now he is in India, Stewart is
ready for action and looking to make
"Its always a nerve wrecking
experience playing in front of crowds
in excess of 40,000, but with the
necessary experience gained over
the years we should be good.
"Obviously we will need the expe-
rienced guys around as well as a
knowledgeable staff to help one deal
with those butterflies.
"We are going to take it game by
game, win by win and try to go deep
into the tournament. Last time I
was there in 2009, we played six
games, won five but lost the all
important one, the finals. So I m
hoping and being optimistic that
we can go one better this time
"That would be even more special
as this is the last time we would be
playing as the Red Force which is
a bitter/sweet feeling. All in all, we
are going to give it our best shot to
make our country proud and per-
sonally for me, the people of Tobago
as I m the direct link in making this
team Trinidad and Tobago."
The Red Force landed in India on
Wednesday and checked into the
Radisson Blu Hotel. Later, they were
taken for a session of aerobics in
the gym, in order to recover from
two and a half days of travel.
Yesterday, the guys had a shirt
and bat signing session at 10am, a
team meeting at 11am and then took
to the field for their first practice
session at 5.30pm.
National player Breana
Stampfli, had to dig deep on
Wednesday to get past Amer-
ican Cristina Rovira in her
Girls Singles Under-18 quar-
terfinal match at the Copa
Maya ITF (International Ten-
nis Federation) Junior tour-
nament in El Salvador.
This was Stampfli s and
Rovira s second meeting in the
last five days, after the pair
clashed last Saturday at the
Copa Dunlop final, also in El
Salvador. On that occasion,
Stampfli was a comfortable
winner in straight sets (6-4,
6-3), but this time Rovira
proved more of a challenge.
Stampfli got off to a great
start, winning the first set 6-
2. However, Rovira fought back
to win the second set 6-4 to
set up an exciting final set.
Unfortunately, Rovira did not
have the legs to go the full dis-
tance, as Stampfli cruised to a
6-1 win in the third set to
advance. Stampfli will now face
her American doubles partner
Miranda Ramirez in the semi-
Stampfli and Ramirez, who
are ranked number one in the
Girls U-18 Doubles draw, easily
advanced to the semifinals. The
pair only lost one game, crush-
ing the El Salvadorian pair of
Sofia Chang and Carolina
Merz, 6-1, 6-0.
T&T has retained its sta-
tus as the smallest nation
ever to qualify for the FIFA
World Cup following the
suspension of Cape Verde
from the final round of qual-
ification in Africa.
Cape Verde defeated
Tunisia 2-0 to win their group
but was disqualified for field-
ing an ineligible player.
They would have entered
the 10-team playoffs that
decides Africa s five repre-
sentatives in Brazil next year
but FIFA said its disciplinary
committee decided that Fer-
nando Varela should have
been serving a suspension and
Cape Verde were subsequent-
ly thrown out of the playoffs
and replaced by Tunisia.
Cape Verde---an archipel-
ago of 10 islands in the central
Atlantic Ocean, 350 miles off
the coast of western
Africa---has a population of
500,000 and seemed to be
in with a fighting chance of
qualifying for Brazil.
Had they done so, they
would have erased the record
held by T&T, whose popula-
tion of more than a million
gives WI series
Stewart ready to put form to test in India
Kirk Edwards made a case for a return to the
T&T retains status as smallest ever World Cup qualifier
Girls Under-18 Singles
Breana Stampfli (T&T) def
Cristina Rovira (USA) 6-2, 4-6,
Miranda Ramirez (USA) def
Swara Kulkarni (IND) 6-1, 6-2
Julia Eshet (USA) def Camila
Ramazzini (GUA) 6-1, 6-2
Antonella Bramato (MEX) def
Summer Garrison (USA) 6-1, 6-
Girls U-18 Doubles
(T&T)/Miranda Ramirez (USA)
def Sofia Chang
(ESA)/Carolina Merz (ESA) 6-
Paola Carpio (ESA)/Daniela
Obando (HON) def Valentina
Lemos Crispino (COL)/Ana
Kristin Schedelgar Fabian
(GUA) 6-3 6-4
Rosalinda Calderon Recinos
(ESA)/Nancy Menjivar (ESA)
def Swara Kulkarni
(IND)/Rebeca Reyes (GUA) 6-1
(GUA) def Mishelle Cordero
Lopez (GUA)/Julia Eshet
(USA) 7-5 6-4
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