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Promising teenage batsman
Nicholas Pooran blasted an unbeat-
en 130 and Rayad Emrit struck 72
before retiring, as the three-day
trial match between Jason
Mohammed s XI and Yannick Ott-
ley s XI petered out into a tame
draw at the National Cricket Centre,
Replying to Mohammed XI s 276,
Ottley s XI resumed at 228-5, and
after losing Imran Khan (1) and Ottley
(15), Pooran and Emrit took over in
an enterprising partnership that
yielded 154 runs, before Emrit retired.
Their respective innings inspired
their team to 441.
Mohammmed s team reached 159
for six in their second turn at the
crease, with Daron Cruickshank
blasting his way to 78.
Emrit, who is returning from an
injured shoulder, showed no traces
of difficulties, playing some big shots
which included seven fours and three
sixes. He and Pooran added 50 in
just 77 deliveries.
Pooran, in particular, looked in
good form, starting slowly before
blasting his way to 50 from just 58
balls. His hundred came off 96 balls
and he struck 11 fours and four sixes
in his stay at the crease.
Shannon Gabriel who took 3-72
was the best bowler while Amit Jag-
gernauth took 2-58.
There was a wicket each for
Derone Davis, Kissondath Magram,
Yannic Cariah and Ricky Jaipaul.
In their second turn at the crease,
Mohammed s XI lost Jeremy
Solozano (22), Nicholas
Sookdeosingh (22) and Justin Guillen
(12) before Cruickshank and Steven
Katwaroo (25 not out) steadied the
innings in a partnership of 104.
Cruickshank s knock included 10
fours and three sixes. His 50 came
off just 51 balls.
Sherwin Ganga took 2-25.
The team is preparing for the
Super50 series which will be con-
tested here in Trinidad later this
West Indies fast bowler Tino Best
believes that West Indies are on
course to defending their World T20
title in March in Bangladesh despite
their current up and down perform-
ances in New Zealand and their
recent losses in India.
Best said the current group in New
Zealand was not a full strength West
Indies team but the Caribbean was
likely to be back to its best players
for the defence of its title. He said
the weakened squad had made the
New Zealand tour much tougher.
He noted that the absence of their
big hitters, due to injuries, impacted
the West Indies performance
"I can tell you, if our key players
were here like Chris Gayle, Kieron
Pollard, Darren Sammy and Dwayne
Smith, it would be a whole different
ballgame. When we played them
(New Zealand) in the Caribbean with
our full-strength team, they didn t
turn up but here, we re in their back-
yard and a bit weakened. But we ve
still got a good team spirit going so
we have to keep fighting. The guys
feel very very positive," Best said.
Best picked up 3 for 40 from his
four overs in a huge West Indies loss
by 81 runs in the first T20 on Sat-
urday. New Zealand made 189 and
West Indies replied with 108.
Asked if the disappointing tour was
getting to the West Indies players,
Best said, "International cricket is
hard so you ll be a bit chirpy. It s a
gentleman s game, yes, but in T20
cricket, you get more fired up (as a
bowler) as guys will play extraordinary
shots off you. So you just want to
give them a twerp to let them know
that you re still bowling hard and to
show some respect. But it s all good
Best said New Zealand played well.
"I thought New Zealand played well.
They played to their strengths so all
credit to them," he said. "I think that
in our situation right now, we don t
have all our big hitters. In T20s, you
need all your six hitters. But we have
one more game to go and can level
the series there."
West Indies need to win the second
game in Wellington on Wednesday
to square the series.
Barry Luces of Rigtech Sonics, riding with a heavy heart,
won the first T&T Cycling Federation road race of the year
Luces father Kent Luces, a former national cyclist, passed
away at age 63 on Tuesday from a heart attack. Barry broke
the tape first in the 60 km trek from the Mucurapo Foreshore,
Audrey Jeffers Highway to Couva, and back to the Foreshore.
James Hadeed (Heatwave) and Paul Deverteuil (Corkies) fin-
ished second and third respectively.
Among the ladies, Christiane Farah took the top prize
ahead of Bike Smith duo Tamiko Butler and Keiana Lester.
Due to requests by the T&T Police Service, tinymites and
junior women were not allowed to compete.
The funeral of Kent Luces will take place today at 3 pm
at Guides Funeral Home, Coffee Street, San Fernando.
GEORGETOWN---The highly rated leg-spinner
Devendra Bishoo is eyeing a recall to the West
However, in order to get the attention of the
West Indies selectors again, Bishoo must first
stamp his authority during the upcoming West
Indies Cricket Board s NAGICO Super50 tour-
nament, starting January 30 in Trinidad and
The 28-year-old, who is a part of the national
14-man squad, insists that once he bowl to his
best and takes wickets regularly he will have a
good chance of catching the eyes of the selectors
"Right now I m concentrating hard on my
bowling because I know all I need to do is to
continue taking wickets. I just have to be con-
sistent during the upcoming regional tournament
and once that has been achieved it s up to the
selectors," Bishoo said on Saturday during an
exclusive interview with Guyana Times Sport.
The ICC 2011 Emerging Player-of-the-Year,
who played his last international game in 2012,
has been pushed down the pecking order by
the emergence of off-spinner Sunil Narine and
fellow Guyanese, left-arm spinner Veersammy
Permaul, as well as Shane Shillingford, who
was suspended from bowling in international
cricket by the International Cricket Council
(ICC) last December.
However, rather than rolling over and playing
dead, Bishoo, who has represented the West
Indies in 11 Tests, 13 One-Day Internationals,
and four Twenty20 Internationals, is working
feverishly to improve his game.
He responded the best way he could by being
the leading wicket-taker in the recently con-
cluded Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Com-
pany (GT&T)\Hand-in-Hand senior four-day
Inter-county tournament, claiming 25 wickets.
"I must say I have been in good bowling
form," he said.
Pooran, Emrit show trial form
for dad, Kent
Cyclist Barry Luces leads the field in yesterday's first Cycling Federation road race of
Barry Luces - Sonics
James Hadeed - Heatwave
Paul Deverteuil - Corkies
Stephen Mangroo - The Braves
Michael Phillips - Mikes Bikes
Gevan Samuel - The Braves
Jymes Bridges - Team DPS
Tamiko Butler - Bike Smith
Keiana Lester - Bike Smith
Dominique Lovell - AWCC
Akil Campbell - Sonics
Kazim Charles Walcott -
Zachary Orr - Bike Smith
Justin Mitchell - Slipstream
Mark Singh - Slipstream
Audie Murphy - Team Foundation
Scott Fabres -Team SR
Dexter Nicholls-Team SR
Wayne Samuel - Southclaine
Courtney Mark - Corkie
Hatim Mustapha -Team SR
Gary Delzin - Slipstream
Godfrey Clyne - Southclaine
Andrew Coker - Unattached
Earl Mc Leod - Heatwave
Rafael Guterrez - Unattached
Tyler Cole- Sonics
Ramon Belmontes-The Braves
Confident Bishoo eyeing Windies recall
of big hitters
JASON MOHAMMED XI 276 & 159-6 (D.
Cruickshank 78, S. Katwarroo 25 not out)
OTTLEY'S XI 441 (N. Pooran 130 not out, R
Emrit 72 ret., S Gabreil 3-72, A Jaggernauth 2-
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