Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 5th 2014 Contents A70
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, February 5, 2014
A good crowd is expected to
turn up at Shaw Park, Tobago,
this morning to see the national
cricketers in action, as they come
up against the Leeward Islands
in a must win match.
Both teams have lost their
respective opening matches in the
Nagico Regional Super50 tourna-
ment and they will be keen to get
into the winning column today.
Yesterday the Red Force received
a welcomed boost when the Sunil
Narine walked into their camp.
The mystery spinner was sadly
missed in the first match when
T&T bowlers were put to the
sword by the Barbadian batsmen.
Skipper Dwayne Bravo is over-
joyed by Narine s return:
"One of the best players in the
world coming into our set up must
be tremendous for us," said Bravo.
"Having Sunil around is a psy-
chological boost for us and we
sorely missed him in the first game.
However, we don t have a one man
team and everyone is expected to
Bravo is expecting the fans from
the sister isle to come to the party
and be the proverbial 12th man.
"It s been a long time since we
have played cricket in Tobago and
we are not sure what to expect.
"What we know is that the fans
would come out and support us
on the day. We are hoping to have
a good game because it is very
"Hopefully we get good condi-
tions and a good cricket pitch
because we aim to entertain our
fans across there."
T&T went down in their opener
but there are many things from
that match that the skipper wants
to take into this game.
"We did good things in the last
game and we are going to take
these things into the game against
the Leewards. We played one of
the better teams in the tournament
and took it to the end. Jonathan
Carter, Dwayne Smith and Sulie-
man Benn had a good game for
them and on the day they were
Bravo explained that the move
to send in Ravi Rampaul against
Barbados was a collective one.
"We made a team decision in
the end Denesh Ramdin and I
thought that because Ravi is left
handed and Benn was bowling so
good to the right handers, we
should send him in."
The move did not pay off as
Rampaul made just three and
Ramdin who came in lower down
remained unbeaten on 48.
Bravo said Ramdin more than
likely would revert to his original
number six position.
"We will play it by air because
we are a flexible team but more
than likely we will have the same
Bravo ended by saying that they
would not take the Leewards light-
"We respect all teams despite
their history. They have lost as
well and would want to rebound.
Any team that plays against T&T
raise their game. We have set huge
standards over the years and they
want to beat us badly."
Chairman of the organising
committee for the matches Azim
Bassarath said yesterday that
everything is in place for the match
and it should be a great time for
the fans in Tobago.
The match bowls off at 9 am.
T&T: Dwayne Bravo (captain),
Adrian Barath, Evin Lewis, Lendl
Simmons, Darren Bravo, Jason
Mohammed, Denesh Ramdin
(wicket-keeper), Rayad Emrit,
Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul,
Imran Khan, Yannick Ottley,
Shannon Gabriel, Kevon Cooper;
Kelvin Williams (coach).
LEEWARD ISLANDS: Kieran
Powell (captain), Devon Thomas
Justin Athanaze, Lionel Baker,
Quinton Boatswain, Rahkeem
Cornwall, Jahmar Hamilton,
Montcin Hodge, Sylvester
Joseph, Anthony Martin, Mali
Richards, Gavin Tonge, Hayden
Walsh Jr, Kelbert Walters; Ridley
A great foot soldier of T&T s cricket
Victor Nancoo passed away on Mon-
day evening at the age of 67.
Nancoo who hailed from La Plaisance
Road, La Romain, suffered multiple
strokes over the past few years but the
last one on January 12, proved to be
His funeral takes place tomorrow at
3.30 pm at Belgroves, San Fernando.
Nancoo came into cricket in the days
of the Numbers cricket league in the
early 80s. He forged close relations with
many administrators and players and
will be remembered as one of the most
generous people you could find.
President of the T&T Cricket Board
(TTCB) Azim Bassarath said the passing
of Nancoo was very sad.
"Victor was someone that did a lot
for cricket in the early stages of the
Trinidad Cricket Council coming into
being. He played an integral part in the
sponsorship of cricket and cricket owes
him a debt of gratitude.
"I will like to send condolences to
his family and to tell them that they
must be proud of a man who served
people in this country."
Guardian sports editor Valentino
Singh described Nancoo as one who
was not only passionate about cricket,
but someone who loved life.
"He helped everyone, and enjoyed
life to the fullest. He was a friend who
truly understood what the word meant."
Techsafe Princes Town West Sec-
ondary lost its first match of the Pow-
erGen Secondary Schools Cricket
League season yesterday, as fast
bowler Jarlarnie Seales along with an
all-round batting performance led
Vishnu Boys to a comfortable six-
wicket win at the Esmeralda Recre-
Going into the match, Princes Town
were joint leaders with Barrackpore
West Secondary, but Vishnu tied for
fourth place, is loaded with national
players and could not be taken lightly.
Bowling first, national Under-17 player
Seales, snatched 5/42 to help limit
Princes Town to 179 all out in 37.2 overs.
Shakeem Prince (2/42) and Deoraj Nar-
ine (2/45) took two wickets each, while
Terrance Nanan top scored with 43 for
In reply, national U-15 captain Kirstan
Kallicharan led from the front, scoring
48. However when Kirstan was dis-
missed, Vishnu was limited to 130/4,
as Princes Town got a glimmer of hope.
However, Kirstan s older brother Hance
(30 not out) and Bryan Boodram (25
not out) shared in an unbroken 60-
run stand to see Vishnu to the target.
Elsewhere, Barrackpore West also
lost its first match of the season, going
down by 22 runs to Trinity College
East. Trinity s Brandon Sooklal was in
good touch, scoring 66 to lead Trinity
to 215/9 in 50 overs. Barrackpore fought
hard, but was dismissed for 193 in 45.3
AT ESMERALDA RECREATION
GROUND: Techsafe Princes Town West
179 (37.2 overs) (Terrance Nanan 43,
Gabriel Blackwell 33, Jarlarnie Seales
5/42, Shakeem Prince 2/42, Deoraj
Narine 2/45) vs Vishnu Boys 180/4 (35
overs) (Kirstan Kallicharan 48, Hance
Kallicharan 30 no, Bryan Boodram 25 no,
Daniel Ramkissoon 1/4) Vishnu won by
AT WILSON ROAD: Hillview 199/7
(44 overs) (Camillo Carimbocas 68,
Afdal Khan 43, Casim Mohammed 3/45,
Dominic Nandlal 2/42) vs Naparima 92
(37 overs) (Roberto Samai 26, Jesse
Bootan 3/34, Khan 2/8, Carimbocas
2/19, Nikolai Nyron 2/22) Hillview won
by 107 runs
AT BARRACKPORE WEST: Trinity
East 215/9 (Brandon Sooklal 66, Brian
Christmas 37, Keagan Simmons 33,
Jeron Maniram 4/33, Quane
Ragoonanan 3/42) vs Barrackpore West
193 (45.3 overs) (Jerve Cummings 47,
Dillon Mohammed 27, Josiah Mendoza
3/15, Deon Bells 3/50 ) Trinity won by
AT HONEYMOON PARK:
Presentation, Chaguanas 152/9 (32
overs) (Kamil Pooran 53, Zuveer
Ramsook 20, Nathaniel McDavid 4/12)
vs El Dorado East 147/6 (32 overs)
(McDavid 51, Tevon Jadoo 38, Sachin
Balai 4/25) Match Drawn
AT FATIMA: Fatima 114/8 (27 overs)
(Kelly Rosales 26, Anderson Phillip
2/22) vs Carapichaima East 89/7 (27
overs) (Dejourn Charles 18, Jesse khan
5/12) Match Drawn.
LONDON---England will enter a new
era without one of their greatest-ever
batsmen after the ECB decided not to
consider Kevin Pietersen for selection
for the forthcoming tour of the
Caribbean and subsequent World
A career that spanned 104 Tests and
more than 150 limited-overs appear-
ances over nine years, during which
time Pietersen became England s lead-
ing run-scorer in international cricket
yet became one of the most divisive
players in England s history, now
appears to be over, little more than a
year after his successful "reintegration"
to the team on the tour of India.
The ECB said in a statement that the
decision had been unanimous among
the England management, adding that
"now was the time to start the rebuild-
ing process" after the disappointment
of being whitewashed in Australia.
Paul Downton, the new managing
director of England cricket, led discus-
sions with Alastair Cook, the Test and
one-day captain, Ashley Giles, the lim-
ited-overs coach who has just returned
from Australia, and James Whitaker,
the national selector. (ESPN Cricinfo)
Bravo calls on
Tobago for support
T&T captain Dwayne
return of Sunil Narine.
PHOTO ASHLEY ALLEN
servant passes on
Vishnu Boys hand Princes
Town first defeat of season
Pietersen out Caribbean tour
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