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Bennett said he is impressed with
the development of several players
during the recent West Indies A
Team tour of India.
Bennett has identified opening
batsman Kraigg Brathwaite and fast
bowler Miguel Cummins as two
players "who performed brilliantly"
during the month-long tour.
"I was very impressed with
young Cummins. He worked really
hard and stood up on every occa-
sion,"Bennett told WICB Media.
"I believe he has what it takes
to move on to the next level and
we should really invest in him. He
is a really good talent for West
West Indies came from behind
to beat India 2-1 in the One Day
However India A won the one-
off T20, while the three-match
four-day series ended 1-1.
"The spin bowling was also very
good," said Bennett.
"When you look at the stats in
the Test matches Nikita Miller
bowled over 140 overs and Permaul
bowled over 90 overs and they were
consistent throughout. Credit to
our bowlers, they did exceptionally
well on those surfaces."
The team returned to the
Caribbean on Tuesday. CMC
of Windies A players
Port Elizabeth, South Africa---
Two of South Africa s most expe-
rienced players return to the
SPAR national netball team for
the Tri-nations series against
England and T&T in Port Eliza-
beth next week (October 20-25)
at the Nelson Mandela Metropol-
itan University in South Africa.
Wales was expected to participate
Goal shooter Chrisna Bootha,
and centre court player Zanele
Mdodana were included in the
squad announced by Netball South
Africa (NSA) after missing the
recent tour of England because of
England won the three-Test
series against the world sixth
ranked South Africa 3-0, but head
coach Elize Kotze said she believed
her team was closing the gap and
the addition of the two experienced
players would bring the SPAR Pro-
teas within reach of the world
number three team. "Chrisna
offers us more variety in the goal
circle, which is a luxury we didn t
have in England," she said. "She
had a fantastic training camp last
weekend, and you could see she
was back to her best. She offers
us the option of switching between
the very tall, but more static Melis-
sa Myburgh, and Chrisna s more
mobile style of play.
Kotze said the return of Mdo-
dana was also very significant.
"She has such a presence, both
on and off the field, and she makes
a big difference to the team. She
is playing very confidently."
Aneret Viljoen has also returned
to the team. "It is good to have
Aneret back, especially as Vanes-
Mari du Toit is injured. She com-
bines very well with Adele Nie-
mand in defence."
Dr Eljse Jordaan has been
brought onto the management
team to assist Kotze in coaching
on specialist attack. "It is a great
asset to have Elsje as a part of the
management team" said President
of Netball South Africa, Mimi
Mthethwa, "we are sure that she
will make a positive contribution
to our attacking style of play."
Kotze said it was a luxury having
played world third ranked England
less than three weeks before the
start of the Tri-nations.
"The players realised during
that tour that the England players
were just ordinary human beings,
and although we lost all three
matches, we have brought the goal
difference down from 30 or 40 to
11 and 12 in two matches, and 18
in the other. The players are begin-
ning to realise just what they are
capable of and they will not be
The T&T team, ranked ninth in
the world left for South Africa,
yesterday and will be under the
supervision of first-time senior
team coach Wesley "Pepe" Gomes.
The Tri-nations tournament will
be followed by the Diamond Chal-
lenge for South Africa against
Zambia and Zimbabwe, which will
also be played in Port Elizabeth
from October 27-30.
A different team will be selected
for that, as many of the Proteas
are students who are involved in
Two top players back in
South Africa netball squad
Tri-Nations tournament: Shooters---Chrisna Bootha, Melissa
Myburgh, Maryka Holtzhausen, Lindie Lombard; Centre court---
Simnikiwe Mdaka, Bongiwe Msomi, Zanele Mdodana, Precious
Mthembu; Defenders---Karla Mostert, Aneret Viljoen, Nontle
Gwavu, Adele Niemand.
SOUTH AFRICA NETBALL TEAM
The Youth for Christ T&T
Organisation (YFCTT) in con-
junction with Heartline Com-
munity Outreach will host its
first annual National 5K Road
Race on Saturday at 5 am.
Registration is open to the pub-
followed by the race at 6 am. The
race will start at the Couva Junc-
tion and end at the Access Road
to the Ato Boldon Stadium.
This event will be followed by
a Sports and Family-Fun Day on
October 26 at the Ato Boldon
Stadium from 9 am. The sports
day includes a march past, tug-
o-war, a bouncy castle, track and
field events and a youth rally.
Both events will be hosted under
the theme "Working together,
playing together, praying togeth-
For further information
contact 461-3655, 374-9317 or
Youth for Christ to host 5K
KINGSTON---A new executive
director is to be appointed to the
embattled Jamaica Anti-Doping
Commission, (JADCO) nearly nine
months since the last permanent
holder of the position was fired.
Minister with responsibility for
sports, Natalie Neita-Headley, has
confirmed that the position, which
was occupied between May and
mid-August 2013 by four-time
Olympian Cathy Rattray Samuel,
has been filled.
JADCO has come under
increased scrutiny in recent months
following a rash of positive doping
tests by Jamaican athletes
"I have been advised by the
board of commissioners that they
have reached the point of selection.
They seem to have done all the due
diligence and are comfortable with
the gentleman who they have
selected," the minister said, without
revealing a name.
"It s someone who has strong
administrative and managerial
skills, and that s really what we
need now to be able to pull JADCO
together and push it forward".
A series of damaging articles
published locally and internationally
by the former executive director,
Renee Anne Shirley, has exposed
weaknesses within the commis-
sion s testing programme.
Reports this week suggest that
the World Anti-Doping Agency
(WADA) is to conduct an "extra-
ordinary" audit of Jamaica s testing
of its athletes between February
and July 2012 when the commission
failed to conduct out-of-compe-
tition tests leading up to the Lon-
"The new ED will have to ensure
that all of our plans are executed
on time and within the rules and
regulations and to ensure that we
are compliant, and where we fall
short that we make up quickly,"
"The new ED will put in place
a stronger programme of education,
which is really my focus and the
focus of the board of commission-
There has been increased inter-
national scrutiny of Jamaica s drug
testing programme triggered by
eight positive doping tests since
the start of the year.
These include Olympians Veron-
ica Campbell Brown, Asafa Powell,
Sherone Simpson, Traves Smikle,
Allison Randall, and martial artist
"We will be working closely with
the Ministry of Education to ensure
that we put in place as part of the
physical education curriculum in
schools, this notion of anti-doping
and good nutrition," the minister
"Those will be his primary focus,
but also to pull the organisation
together and to ensure that it runs
Jamaica appoints new drug testing chief
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