Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 12th 2014 Contents T&T s Soca Princesses will be going all
out to secure a first ever semifinal spot in
a Concacaf Under-20 Women s Champi-
onship when it faces host Cayman Islands
in their second Group B encounter at the
Truman Bodden Sports Complex, George
Town, from 8.30 pm (9.30 pm TT time).
In today's first match, Mexico faces Hon-
duras in a all-Central American from 5 pm
(6 pm TT time).
This after the Izzler Browne-coached T&T
women blanked Honduras 2-0 in their tour-
nament opener on Friday night with a goal
each from captain Anique Walker and Brianna
Ryce for its first win ever at this level in six
tournament appearances while Mexico dom-
inated Cayman Islands 6-0 in the second
For the match against the Central Amer-
icans, who were making their tournament
debut, the Soca Princesses wore black arm-
bands as a mark of respect for deceased
national men's player Akeem Adams.
And on a request to Concacaf from the
T&T Football Association, there was also a
moment's silence before the start of the match
in memory of the former player, who had
appeared in the men's version of the Concacaf
U-20 World Cup Qualifying final round.
When the match kicked off Honduras,
which qualified for the tournament as winners
of its four-team round-robin Central American
group which also included Belize, El Salvador
and Guatemala, started brightly and remained
active throughout the evening.
In the 19th minute, Lauren Hall dribbled
into the right side of the T&T box and
unleashed a shot that goalkeeper Tanesha
Palmer did well to palm over the crossbar.
Two minutes later, T&T went on attack
as the influential Patrice Campbell burst into
the left side of the Honduran box, ripping an
attempt that goalkeeper Kelin Palma couldn't
catch, however Maribiz Guevara was able to
clear the ball from danger.
At the half-hour mark, Honduras was pre-
sented with a free-kick positioned at the
upper-right corner of the penalty area. Hall's
ensuing effort did not miss by much as it
whistled past the near post.
Ryce then showed some silky skills, drib-
bling on the left-side and snaking a cross
that travelled in front of the Honduran goal
before it was kicked out of bounds at the far
T&T, though, would not pass up on the
next opportunity that presented itself in the
39th minute when Campbell delivered a cor-
ner-kick that Walker flew through the air to
meet powerfully and despite Palma getting
her hand to it, the ball rebounded off the
crossbar and landed just over the goalline for
Two minutes after the interval, Campbell
was in the thick of the action once again as
the 19-year-old lofted a delightful feed on
the right side of the box to Donika Murray,
who cut back inside and cracked a left-footed
shot that Palma saved.
The ball bounced around with Ryce and
Campbell looking to follow up, but the Hon-
durans kept it out of the net as the Soca
Princesses searched for a second goal.
Ryce eventually made it 2-0 in the 49th
minute, sending a wonderful glancing header
past Palma off a left-side cross from the ever-
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between Brendon McCullum
and Luke Ronchi rescued New
Zealand from a precarious posi-
tion to win the first Twenty20
International against West
Indies by 81 runs yesterday.
The 85-run stand from 43
balls helped the hosts to 189-5
batting first and restricted West
Indies to 108-8 after 20 overs.
Fletcher, who joined the team
this week, was West Indies'
highest scorer with 23. Fletcher
joined Johnson Charles (16) fol-
lowing the dismissal of Lendl
Simmons without scoring.
Nikita Miller and Samuel
Badree batted out the West
Indies' innings, finishing on 15
and 14 respectively.
Nathan McCullum (4-24) and
James Neesham (3-16), led the
bowling for New Zealand.
Earlier, New Zealand reached
189-5, thanks mainly to Brendon
McCullum and Ronchi, who
frustrated the West Indies'
bowlers. Both batsmen closed
their side's innings unbeaten on
60 and 48 respectively.
Tino Best, who made the ini-
tial breakthrough with the dis-
missal of Martin Guptill for 25,
finished with 4-30 from four
overs and Nikita Miller had 2-
26 from three overs.
The teams wrap up the two-
match T20I series on Wednes-
day in Wellington. (CMC)
M Guptill c Charles b Best
J Ryder c Charles b Miller
B McCullum not out
R Taylor c Bravo b Miller
C Munro c †Fletcher b Best
C Anderson c Powell b Best
L Ronchi not out
Total: (for 5)
Fall of Wickets: 1-38 (Guptill, 3.5 ov), 2-56 (Ryder,
6.4 ov), 3-66 (Taylor, 8.6 ov), 4-103 (Munro, 12.2 ov),
5-104 (Anderson, 12.5 ov).
Did not Bat: Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Adam
Milne, James Neesham.
West Indies Bowling: S Badree 4-0-25-0, T Best 4-
0-40-3, S Narine 4-0-46-0, N Miller 3-0-26-2,
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-24-0, A Russell 1-0-23-0.
West Indies (Target: 190)
J Charles c Ronchi b Neesham
L Simmons c Ronchi b Milne
A Fletcher c Ryder b N McCullum
K Powell c Guptill b N McCullum
D Bravo c Ryder b N McCullum
A Russell c Guptill b N McCullum
C Walton c Munro b Neesham
N Miller not out
S Narine c Milne b Neesham
S Badree not out
Total: (for 8):
Extras: (lb 2, w 7)
Fall of Wickets: 1-11 (Simmons, 1.4 ov), 2-31
(Charles, 4.3 ov), 3-53 (Powell, 8.3 ov), 4-59 (Fletcher,
10.1 ov), 5-64 (Russell, 10.6 ov), 6-75 (Bravo, 12.5 ov),
7-77 (Walton, 13.3 ov), 8-77 (Narine, 13.5 ov).
Did not Bat: Tino Best
New Zealand Bowling: T Southee 4-0-36-0, A Milne
4-0-15-1, J Neesham 4-0-16-3, Nathan McCullum 4-0-
24-4, C Anderson 4-0-15-0.
Result: New Zealand win by 81 runs
To s s : New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat
Man of the Match: Brendon McCullum
Twenty20 International Debuts: K Powell & C Walton
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney & Derek Walker
TV Umpire: Gary Baxter
Match Referee: Chris Broad (England)
Reserve Umpire: Wayne Knights
Windies fall to 81-run
defeat in first T20
The body of deceased national footballer Akeem
Adams will return home on Tuesday evening along
with his mother Ancilla Dick-Adams and his brother
Adams, who joined Hungarian side Ferencvaros in
August last year, died at the age of 22 on December
30 in Hungary after a heart attack in September that
left him in critical condition at hospital.
The former two-time World Youth Cup player
underwent four emergency operations, including one
in which he was fitted with an artificial heart and
a life-saving procedure in which his left leg was sur-
gically removed due to necrosis (cell death) in that
limb. That complication arose because of the collapse
of Adam's circulation following the heart attack.
The surgery was successful and Adams' circulation
stabilised but his condition remained critical. Chief
cardiologist at Hungary's National Sport Centre Dr
Szelid Zsolt had said that the surgeries prevented the
possibility of further heart attacks but Adams' vascular
system was still critical.
Adams' health had improved in November and
doctors were hopeful that he would have been strong
enough for a heart transplant before Christmas. How-
ever, the anticipated transplant never materialised
because of slow healing following the amputation of
Adams, who made his professional debut in 2008
with W Connection, before moving to United Petrotrin
a season later, had slipped into a coma on December
28 and never recovered.
The funeral service of Adams is tentatively sched-
uled for Friday at 11.30 am at the Mahaica Oval in
Akeem's body to
arrive on Tuesday
blank Honduras 2-0
West Indies bowler Tino Best celebrates the wicket of Corey
Anderson of New Zealand during the first Twenty20 International
yesterday at Eden Park in New Zealand. West Indies lost by 81
runs. PHOTO: WICB WEB SITE
Lauren Hall, of Honduras battles with T&T's Shanisa Camejo for the ball in their Concacaf
Under-20 Women's Championship Group B encounter at the Truman Bodden Sports
Complex, George Town, Cayman Islands, on Friday night. T&T won 2-0. PHOTO: COURTESY
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