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National captain Dwayne Bravo
says that it does not matter which
team shows up to play T&T in the
semifinals of the Nagico Super50
series. "That team is guaranteed
a tough game".
T&T qualified for the semis after
they whipped the Combined Cam-
puses and Colleges (CCC) by seven
wickets in their final preliminary
round clash on Sunday, after
bouncing back from a first match
loss to Barbados. T&T s Red Force
also blew the Leeward Islands on
the way to the semifinals.
T&T will meet Group A winners
jamaica in the first semifinal tomor-
row after Barbados defeated the
Leewards by four wickets and
earned a bonus point to finish top
of Group B. They will meet Group
A runners up Guyana in the second
semifinal on Thursday.
Speaking yesterday, Bravo said
he did not have a preference as to
which team T&T would like to
meet. "It does not matter who we
play in the semi-finals. Jamaica and
Guyana are two good teams and
any one of them will be tough. If
you want to win the tournament,
you have to beat everybody."
The all rounder who snared 3/19
against the CCC added that his
team will reach the finals if the
players fulfilled their potential. "We
need to play good cricket and play
to our true potential. If we did that,
we will win the game."
Bravo touched on the troubles
being faced by batsman Adrian
Barath saying that the right hander
has the full support of the team.
Barath has failed to live up to expec-
tations and made just one against
the students on Sunday, despite
being under no pressure.
"We are going to give him that
encouragement and support. He
has been one of our better per-
formers in the years gone by and
is currently going through a bad
patch...For the moment we are just
letting him enjoy his cricket while
he puts his game together."
Mystery spinner Sunil Narine
echoed his captain s comments say-
ing that their opponents in the
semifinals did not matter. "We don t
have a choice but whoever it is, we
will look to take care of them. We
need to go out and focus on what
we have to do and who plays better
on the day would win."
Narine said his bowling is getting
back to where he wants it. "I have
had a tough few months but my
bowling is coming back and I am
happy with that."
Narine bowled brilliantly against
the CCC to end with figures of 10-
2-14-1 as they were bowled out for
98.He said: "They were looking to
block me out but at the same time,
it was creating pressure at the other
end and they had to take chances
and the wickets were falling on the
other end. If I can bowl like this
and the wickets fall at the other
end and T&T wins, then I am
happy and will take that."
Red Force set
to go all the way
T&T's Adrian Barath leaves the middle after being dismissed for one against the Combined Campuses and
Colleges on Sunday. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET.COM
National cyclist Njisane Phillip
will not be returning to competition
This as doctors at Providence Lit-
tle Company of Mary Medical Cen-
ter in California, USA, are no closer
to discovering what caused him to
be admitted and ultimately warded
at hospital for seven days back in
The Olympic athlete made the
revelation during a telephone inter-
view on Friday. New tests would be
performed this week.
Phillip had his heart set on rep-
resenting T&T at this month s UCI
Track World Championships in
Colombia. The event is scheduled
to start on February 26.
His first appointment with
nephrologist Dr Steven Sawelson
and urologist Dr Timothy Lesser
was on January 30 at the medical
facility. He received the results on
His meeting with the medical staff
came 20 days after being discharged
following results from a successful
Lasix renal scan that showed steadily
dropping creatinine levels.
When he returned to the health
facility of February 3, medical experts
were still puzzled as to the cause of
Phillip s sudden illness that ulti-
mately led to him being admitted
and ultimately warded at hospital.
"Everything right now is at a
stand-still! I am training on and off,
depending on how I feel. I just don t
want to go all out until I get full
"Doctors want me do to do more
test next week. The same tests that
they ran when I was in hospital, are
the same test they re running again
to see what (is) going on; to see if
anything has changed. They still
don t know," he said.
More tests for Njisane
after sudden illness
Trinidad and Tobago will now face
Jamaica in the first semi-finals of the
Nagico Regional Super50 tournament
tomorrow at the Queen s Park Oval,
after Barbados defeated Leewards by
four wickets to finish as leaders of
Group B last night.
Barbados will play Guyana in the
second semis on Thursday at the Oval.
Last evening, off-spinner Ashley
Nurse with a man of the match per-
formance, snared six wickets for 29
runs to cripple the Leewards and
ensured they left this country without
Leewards crashed to 103 all out off
39.5 overs and Barbados struggled to
reach the target, losing six wickets in
Kraigg Brathwaite scored a patient
29 not out off 98 balls as they reached
the target in 34.5 overs, to claim five
points inclusive of a bonus point. With
the win Barbados ended on 11 points---
one point ahead of T&T.
Earlier, the Leewards won the toss
and decided to take first strike on a
pitch that was dry and offered assis-
tance to the spinners.
Of all three pitches used for this tour-
nament, this pitch started off as a slow-
est and is even slower now with the
tournament 12 days old.
After a watchful start by the openers,
Keiran Powell and Montcin Hodge, the
Leewards fell apart. The duo put on
46 the first wicket off 16.5 overs, before
Dwayne Smith got the breakthrough
sending back Hodge for 14. It was at
this point that Nurse took over and the
Leewards lost nine wickets for 44 runs.
Powell was the main contributor scoring
34 runs off 65 balls with three fours.
DUBAI---West Indies Under 19s
scored a comprehensive nine-
wicket victory over Afghanistan
Under 19s yesterday in a warm-
up game ahead of the ICC under
19 World Cup here.
Afghanistan were bowled out for
84 runs in 39.4 of the allotted 50
overs while the Caribbean side sur-
passed the target in 18.4 overs losing
one wicket at ICC Academy Ground
Captain Ramaal Lewis, Ray Jor-
dan and Jerome Jones grabbed three
wickets each as the young Afghans
crumbled without much of a fight.
Opener Usman Ghani top scored
with 27, tailender Muslim Musa
chipped in with 24 while the only
other player to pass single digits
was Nasir Ahmadzai with 12.
A solid opening partnership
between Shimron Hetmyer and
Tagenarine Chanderpaul yielded 50
runs and carried West Indies within
sight of victory.
It ended when Chanderpaul was
caught on 19 after facing 32 balls
and hitting three fours.
Jeremy Solozano joined Hetmyer
and in a 35 run stand carried West
Indies to victory with 188 balls
remaining. Hetmyer was not out
on 46 which included six fours and
Solozano who struck a boundary
was unbeaten on 13.
West Indies begin their campaign
in the ICC Under 19 World Cup
against South Africa in Dubai on
Young WI crush Afghanistan in warm-up
Bajans beat Leewards
to top Super50 group
Barbados vs Leewards
M Hodge c Nurse b Smith
K Powell lbw Nurse
M Richards c Dowrich b Nurse 7
S Joseph run out
D Thomas lbw Benn
J Hamilton lbw Nurse
H Walsh st Dowrich b Nurse
J Athanaze b Nurse
L Baker lbw Benn
K Welters c Stoute b Nurse
A Martin not out
Extras 1b, 14w
Total all out
Fall of wkts: 46, 59, 59, 74, 92, 100,
100, 100, 101, 103.
Bowling: J Holder 5-0-13-0, F
Edwards 4-0-14-0, C Brathwaite 5-0-
15-0, D Smith 5-1-10-1, K Stoute 2-0-
6-0, A Nurse 10-2-29-6, S Benn 8.5-
K Brathwaite not out
D Smith b Walters
R Boucher lbw Martin
J Carter lbw Martin
K Stoute lbw Baker
S Dowrich c Thomas b Baker 2
C Brathwaite b Walters
A Nurse not out
Extras 7lb, 5w
Total for 6 wkts
Fall of wkts: 6, 51, 61, 74, 83, 98.
Bowling: L Baker 7.5-0-40-2, K
Walters 4-1-10-2, J Athanaze 10-2-
17-0, A Martin 10-5-8-2, Hayden
Walsh 2-0-15-0, M Richards 1-0-7-0.
Result: Barbados won by four
Man of match: Ashley Nurse.
West Indies 85-1
WI U-19 won by 9 wickets
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