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The biggest challenge for West
Indies cricket, especially our senior
men, is to try to be relevant for
2014. After embarrassingly dismal
tours of India and New Zealand
2013/2014, that is a very big task!
We should also focus more on the
women s senior team, led by Ms
Marissa Aguilera, as they, despite
not being given the visibility as the
senior men, have kept WI pride up
and flags flying.
New Year 2014 clicked over, but
nothing changed for WI s men in
NZ. For ODI No. 3, they must have
had an excuse, that they supped too
much of celebratory fare. ODI No.
4 s bowling was nearly as bad too!
Having previously suggested that
NZ, our ambassadors have under-
done themselves with another
absolutely atrocious effort; January
1, 2014, no less; even beneath that
previously imagined, losing terribly,
a real no-contest, really, ODI No. 3.
50-overs and T-20 s, emphasis
on the latter, are formats that West
Indies revel in, but they were badly
beaten in a game of only 21 overs,
almost a regular T-20 game, by a
mammoth 159 runs!
What the hell has happened to
our team in NZ anyway? One cannot
rebuild on regular utter shambles!
So, can anyone tell me why, in
God s name, does the entire WI
squad in NZ; players, coaches, selec-
tors all; not just do like Darren Bravo,
even at this very late stage, and sim-
ply abandon this wretched tour?
WI were fully marooned at
Queenstown, and should have flown
the white surrender flag, then
immediately boarded an Airbus A-
380 or Boeing 777, flying straight
back to the Caribbean.
This voyage started as a welcomed
inclusion to celebrate Sachin Ten-
dulkar s international departure. It
has turned into a shambolic, gutless,
blood-letting rout of WI cricket as
has never before seen.
Nothing positive can come of this
dastardly twin-tour that has featured
India and New Zealand anymore.
Real supporters will know why the
abandonment would have
occurred---inadequacy and useless-
Without prejudice, West Indies
grave is deeper now than ever before,
the team getting even worse!
Anyway, recently, there was an
entertaining spectacle during Eng-
land v Australia, Test No. 4, MCG,
when former Aussie pacer Brett Lee
bowled at, and rightly roughed up,
CNN s talk show host Piers Morgan,
who, being English, hoped to see
England win a Test in Australia.
Morgan, like some blindfolded WI
supporters, is also dreaming!
So, here is another challenge, and
I would not even have to train hard
to achieve this.
I am nearly 61 years old, still in
pretty good shape, and I would chal-
lenge any world team s batsmen,
from Chris Gayle to new world-
record holder for quickest ODI hun-
dred, NZ s Corey Anderson, to hit
me now, not when I played back
when, but right now, for 64 runs in
three overs; 18 legal deliveries!
Present WI bowlers are aged
between 22 and 31 years old, sup-
posedly in the prime of natural and
especially cricketing life. Yet, never
has a set of young, supposedly intel-
ligent cricketers looked so lost!
Have you ever seen such ruthless
carnage as in ODI No. 3? Ravi Ram-
paul---3 overs for 64 runs; Sunil Nar-
ine---4 overs for 50 runs; Jason Hold-
er---4 overs for 48 runs; Nakita
Miller--- 4 overs for 44 runs; Dwayne
Bravo---4 overs for 48 runs; Lendl
Simmons---2 overs for 29, or Tino
Best, in ODI No. 4---9 overs for 70
What were they bowling? Sweet-
In ODI No. 3, NZ made 227 runs
in the last 16 overs, nearly 15 runs
per over; outright cricketing murder!
What exactly are they learning
from, or indeed being taught by, the
obviously very poor coaching team?
Is it all blah-blah, bravado and
brawn, but, with results in ODI s
No. 3 and No. 4, no real thinking
In no game that I played in my
senior Guyana, Lancashire CCC, or
WI career; 1972 to 1983; can I
remember all, not just some, or one,
but all of the bowlers being so badly
At least one bowler would have
been as tight as a drum---normally,
for West Indies, Joel "Big Bird" Gar-
ner---and quite proud to be so. None
of the present WI bowlers were even
vaguely frugal in ODI No. 3!
Bravo and Coach Ottis Gibson talk
great games. The captain even sug-
gested that "West Indies was caught
cold" after that hammering. This,
after he had suggested that "our
bowlers give us the edge!" Really?
Bravo must have been talking
about the weather, but most should
have been acclimatised by now, hav-
ing been in NZ for some time. The
greatness has all come from only
NZ s players! All these guys do is
wholesome, babbling cheer-leading,
with no positive results to follow!
With West Indies cricket season
2014 starting at January s end, with
the 50-overs regional competition,
most places in the men s senior team
are up for grabs.
Go for broke, you young non-
Massive challenge to make West
Indies cricket relevant in 2014
Jordan Reynos helped himself
to a treble to lead Queen s Park
to a 5-4 upset of two-time
defending champions Petrotrin
when matches in the Men s Open
Division of the 11th Ventures Invi-
tational Indoor Hockey Tourna-
ment continued at the Wood-
brook Youth Facility,
Hamilton-Holder Street on Friday
Dominic Young and Nicholas
Camacho added one each for the
Parkites in the victory, their second
from three matches while Solomon
Ecccles got two, and Dwain Quan
Chan and Ariel Bowen one each
for the Oilmen.
Earlier in the day, Queen s Park
was held to a 3-3 draw by Knott
DF while the Oilmen drilled Knott
DF (a late replacement for Defence
Force), 7-4, and in the other
match, Notre Dame outscored
Reigning Women s Open cham-
pions, Ventures II continued its
free scoring with a 9-1 thumping
of visiting USA-cub, The Edge led
by a handful from Yesenia Luces.
The quartet of Emerald Piper,
her sister Jade Piper, Kristin Abeu
and her mother, Cristina Abreu
got the other goals for Ventures II
while Molly Johnson got The Edge
Paragon also won for a second
straight match, 11-3 over Notre
Dame with Alanna Lewis also
scoring five, Pauline Joseph three,
and Zene Henry, Lisa Smith and
Rolana Cuffy-Bernard, one apiece
In the Veterans Division, title-
holder Defence Force improved to
a 2-0 record after it followed up
its opening day 9-7 win over
Queen s Park with a hard fought
4-3 victory over Fatima in a repeat
of last year s final.
For the "Teteron Boys" Nicholas
Wren netted a double while Gor-
don Snow and Roger Daniel
chipped in with one each to cancel
out strikes from Lawrence Mc
Master, Rolph Young and Paul
Aglehoffz for Fatima which defeat-
ed Shape in its opener.
Queen s Park rebounded with a
7-4 whipping of AM & Friends
while the latter also won, 9-2 over
Shape in its other encounter on
the day. The tournament ends
today from 9 am.
Reynos tricks champs Petrotrin
...Ventures II, Army stay perfect
Defence Force 4 (Nicholas Wren
2, Gordon Snow, Roger Daniel)
vs Fatima 3 (Lawrence Mc
Master, Rolph Young, Paul
QPCC 7 (Raphael Govia 5, Andre
Attale 2) vs AM & Friends 4
(Albert Marcano 2, Randall
Rasammy, Nigel Simon)
AM & Friends 9 (Albert Marcano
4, Anthony Marcano 3, Selwyn
King 2) vs Shape 2 (Sheridan
QPCC 3 (Shawn Lee Quay,
Stefon Mouttet, Jerry Bell) vs
Knott DF 3 (Roger Daniel 2,
Petrotrin 7 (Wayne Legerton 2,
Atiba Whittington 2, Brian
Garcia, Solomon Eccles, Triston
Grant) vs Knott DF 4 (Roger
Daniel 2, Marcus James, Che
Notre Dame 6 (Shaquille Daniel
4, Chad Pedro, Dillon Campbell)
vs Paragon 3 (Akim Toussaint,
Kiel Murray, Cogie Butler)
QPCC 5 (Jordan Reynos 3,
Dominic Young, Nicholas
Camacho) vs Petrotrin 4
(Solomon Eccles 2, Dwain Quan
Chan, Ariel Bowen)
Ventures II 9 (Yesenia Luces 5,
Emerald Piper, Jade Piper, Kristin
Abreu, Cristina Abreu) v The
Edge 1 (Molly Johnson)
Paragon 11 (Alanna Lewis 5,
Pauline Joseph 3, Zene Henry,
Lisa Smith, Rolana Cuffy-
Bernard) vs Notre Dame 3.
COLIN EH CROFT
West Indies cricketers celebrate after capturing a wicket against New Zealand yesterday. PHOTO: CRICINFO.
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