Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 29th 2013 Contents West Indies women will look to transfer
their form from the T20 Tri Series which
they convincingly won on the weekend
into the one day international series, when
they face England in the first of three
matches, starting today at the Queen s
Park Oval from 9am.
The Windies will go into the match as
favourites, as they easily defeated England
in the final of the Tri-series on Saturday
night in Barbados. New Zealand was the
other team in that tournament.
A good crowd is expected at the Queen's
Park Oval to support the women, who have
demanded attention with a string of won-
derful performances over the last few years.
West Indies player Stafanie Taylor will
go into the one-day series as the top-ranked
player across ICC women's player rankings
for ODIs. Taylor leads the batting, bowling
and all-rounder tables---the only player in
the history of the game to top the batting
and bowling rankings at the same time in
Tests or ODIs. The rankings were updated
after West Indies' recently concluded series
against New Zealand.
England captain, Charlotte Edwards is
also on the brink of an important landmark.
Edwards has captained England in 98 ODIs
and is likely to equal Belinda Clark's record
of 101 matches as captain in the three-
In head to head ODI battles, England
leads six to three out of the 10 times, they
have faced each other since 1979. The West
Indies will be out to better that statistic
against an England team that is not up to
full strength. First-choice players Katherine
Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Laura Marsh and
Heather Knight have been omitted in order
to recover from injuries sustained during
the Ashes, while Arran Brindle was not
included for personal reasons.
The English is currently rebuilding and
is testing their depth which is going to be
critical to England's success over the next
couple of years with more and more inter-
national cricket on the horizon, including
the return Ashes to Australia in January
2014 and the ICC World Twenty20 in
Both teams practiced at the match venue
yesterday, with England using the facilities
first at 10am, followed by the home team
at 2 pm. Rain affected the preparations of
both teams but having just finished the
Tri-series they were not really short of time
out in the middle.
Entry to any stand at the Oval today
costs $20 to the general public and fans
must be aware that all international reg-
ulations are in place when gaining entry to
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Windies star player Stafanie Taylor arrives
at the Queen's Park Oval for a training
PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET.COM
WI women look to extend
dominance over England
WEST INDIES: Squad---Merissa
Aguilleira (captain), Shemaine
Campbelle, Shanel Daley,
Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight,
Kyshona Knight, Natasha
McLean, Anisa Mohammed,
Subrina Munroe, June Ogle,
Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne
Smartt and Stafanie Taylor.
ENGLAND: Charlotte Edwards
(capt), Tammy Beaumont, Holly
Colvin, Katie Cross, Natasha
Farrant, Lydia Greenway, Jenny
Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy
Jones, Beth Langston, Natalie
Sciver, Sarah Taylor, Lauren
Winfield, Danielle Wyatt.
T&T s Under-20 national women s team
took a respectable runner-up finish at the
Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-20
Women s Championship following a narrow
1-0 loss to host team Jamaica, in the final
at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex,
in Kingston, on Sunday.
For the Reggae Girlz, 16-year-old Khadija
Shaw scored the lone goal of the encounter,
a powerful shot in the 13th minute, before
being named the tournament's Most Valuable
Despite a loss for the coach Izler Browne's
Soca Princesses, a place in the final was
enough to secure T&T, along with Jamaica,
a spot in the 2014 Concacaf Under-20
Women's Championship to be staged in the
Cayman Islands. The competition is an
eight-team qualifying tournament, of which
the top three teams advance to the Fifa
Under-20 World Cup.
In the opening fixture of the double head-
er, which determined the third-placed fin-
isher, the Dominican Republic defeated Cuba
2-1. Yaqueisi Soriano scored in either half
for the Dominican Republic, while Yoanna
Gonzanez scored one just before the half
T&T made it into the final after a 2-1
last-four win over the Dominican Republic,
after topping group with three wins over
Cuba, Anguilla and Grenada.
Four of T&T's standout were subsequently
named in a CFU All Star XI, including mid-
fielders Patrice Campbell and Shanelle
Henry, as well as defenders Daniella Findley
and Jonelle Warrick. The champions Jamaica
had five players in the all-star team, while
the Dominican Republic and Cuba were rep-
resented by one player each.
T&T's U-20 Women's team returned to
the Piarco International Airport last night.
past T&T in
President of the T&T Cricket Board
(TTCB), Azim Bassarath says that one
of the major things his executive wants
to achieve in this coming term is to get
cricket into all areas of Trinidad and
Tobago and hence they are calling for
the completion of the Brian Lara Sta-
dium at Tarouba.
Bassarath was returned to office for a
third successive term at the helm of the
TTCB at their annual general meeting on
Saturday. He defeated challenger Dinanath
Ramnarine, who was also defeated in his
attempt to become vice-president to Dr
Allen Sammy. At the end of the elections
for first vice-president the Ramnarine
camp gave up the fight and the rest of
Bassarath's executive returned un-
Yesterday, Bassarath said it is critical
that the board spread the game to the
villages. "Coming out of the AGM on the
weekend we have decided to intensify
efforts to take the game into the rural
areas. We think that we need more people
playing the game and with the T20 being
very attractive and bringing people back
to the game, we have to do our part and
take the game to them as well.
"The Brian Lara Stadium is critical to
our plans because we need to have region-
al and international matches played in
"In the past we held regional matches
at Guaracara Park and even at Wilson
Road in Penal. However, with the WICB
mandating that regional matches be
played at only Test venues, we cannot
stage matches at Guaracara Park.
Now get us clear, we agree that the
players must play at the best venues in
order to develop their game, so we are
not against this. We now have to look to
see what we can do, in order to get the
cricket out to other fans and not only to
those in the urban areas.
"As a result we see the completion of
the Brian Lara Stadium as critical and we
want to make a call to the minister of
Housing, to assist us in this regard, so
we can get the ground completed.
"It is my understanding that $185M
was set aside in the last budget for the
completion of the ground and we will
like to see work commence soon on this.
"We will also like to make a call to the
minister to include the TTCB in the refur-
bishment of the ground in terms of mak-
ing a tour of the facility with us, so we
can lend our professional advice."
Bassarath said the area where the Brian
Lara Stadium is located has excellent
parking facilities and this would ease a
lot of stress for fans.
"When you consider that parking is a
real issue around the Queen's Park Oval,
since none is allowed in King George V
Park, here is a situation where you have
excellent parking facilities. Also fans in
the South who have problems making it
into Port-of-Spain can get to see some
cricket too. These days matches are played
at nights and security is an issue for fans
travelling home far distances at night.
Having the Brian Lara Stadium as an
option can solve a lot of these issues."
Bassarath eyes Lara Stadium KOLKATA---A new venue has been announced
for the three-day warm-up fixture between the
touring West Indies Cricket team and Uttar
Pradesh, scheduled to begin on Thursday.
The match, originally down to be played at
Cuttack, has now been shifted to the Jadavpur
University Complex in Kolkata because of rain.
The Odisha Cricket Association says it is unable
to host the match due to torrential rains over the
The rain also forced the abandonment of India's
ODI against Australia on Saturday.
Mumbai had emerged as a frontrunner for host-
ing the warm-up game but Kolkata was said to
be the best option given the travel plans of the
West Indies cricket team.
West Indies, who were scheduled to arrive in
Kolkata yesterday, are expected to get an additional
day on November 3, originally scheduled to be a
travel day, to prepare for the opening Test.
The first Test between West Indies and India
will begin on November 6 at Eden Gardens while
the second Test is scheduled to start November
14.The three ODIs will be played on November
21, 24 and 27.
shifted to Kolkata
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