Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 11th 2014 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Mystery spinner Sunil Narine has been
given a precautionary rest for the second
match of the West Indies versus England
T20 series which will be played from 2 pm
today at Kensington Oval, Barbados.
Narine slipped while fielding in the first
match and went off the field after bowling
Yesterday he was scheduled to have a scan
done on his leg but team management decided
against it as he was moving about easily at
the team s hotel Acca Beach. However, with
the World T20 in mind, the selectors decided
to rest him today.
Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin said victory
was crucial with the World T20 coming up
and the West Indies will be going all out to
make that happen today.
"We want to go to Bangladesh confident
and this means that we have to win this series.
The English is a very good team and it will
be difficult but if the players put together the
kind of performance they did on Sunday, we
should close out the series."
Ramdin said that he is feeling good about
his all round game and this is giving him a
lot of confidence.
"I am getting runs and feeling good and
when this happens all aspects of my game
comes along. I will be looking to play my part
to help us achieve this all important win.
He said slow bowlers should play a big part
and the West Indies are ready.
"We have good, quality spinners who have
done the job for us already and they should
play another big role. We are a good T20 team,
with explosive guys. Chris Gayle s return is a
boost. Our batting has been letting us down
recently but in this format, once the guys get
going you know how dangerous they are. We
have batting that can chase down any score."
England captain Chris Broad will sit out
England s next two matches in a bid to ensure
his fitness for the World T20, with the captain
revealing he has been managing a knee problem
with injections over the winter.
Broad said after England s defeat in the first
T20 that he was suffering from patellar ten-
donitis, which flared up during the third ODI
Broad downplayed the risk to his partici-
pation in the World T20, saying he "should
be okay", but with less than two weeks until
England s first game in Bangladesh, against
New Zealand on March 22, it is cause for con-
Broad said he had already had "four or five"
cortisone injections to his right knee, due to
the workload on England s disastrous tour of
Australia, and admitted that a long-term solu-
tion would have to be found.
Manager Manohar Ramsaran says the
national cricket team would not spend too
much time enjoying the early success fol-
lowing their runaway 186-run win over
the Windward Islands in their opening
match of the four-day regional tournament
Behind a mesmerising spell of spin bowling
from 20-year-old left-arm spinner Akeal
Hosein, T&T defeated the Windwards inside
three days at the Queen s Park Oval. Hosein
ended with remarkable match figures of 11/67.
Ramsaran said the team was satisfied with
its performance, but not elated, as the players
know there was still a lot of work to be done.
Ramsaran stated: "We had a job to do and
we did that, the season has now started, we
are satisfied but not elated." He spoke highly
of Hosein s performance, saying that the
team was proud of his efforts.
The manager said that fast bowler Shannon
Gabriel also put in a creditable performance
to back up the spinners, especially in the
second innings. Gabriel s figures were 8-4-
19-2, as the bowler generated good bounce
and pace off the wicket.
The batting display by the top order is a
bit of a concern at the moment for the Red
Force. "We are still worried about the top
order, we expect them to do better, " Ram-
saran said. T&T was reduced to 17/2 in the
first innings, followed by 8/2 in the second.
Ramsaran was however pleased that Darren
Bravo found some form in the second innings,
scoring a patient 69 to take T&T s lead past
the 300-run mark. "He fought it out, showed
great character and determination that I am
Also putting in a valiant effort for the
home team was all-rounder Yannic Cariah.
T&T closed day two on 127/7 in its second
innings, with an overall lead of 227. T&T
needed someone to hold up the lower order
to set the Windwards a challenging total.
Cariah was the man, as he added 41 runs to
his overnight eight not out to guide T&T to
210 all out. Chasing a massive 311 for victory,
the Windwards folded for 124. Cariah also
contributed a valuable 24 in the first innings.
Ramsaran thanked the die hard supporters
for coming out, but is hoping for more sup-
port as the season goes along. "I expected
more people to come out and support this
young team, but it was good to see the die
T&T will train tomorrow and Thursday
ahead of its third round match against the
Leeward Islands, which bowls off on Friday
at the Queen s Park Oval. The T&T/Leewards
match will be a day/night affair, starting at
3 pm everyday. T&T received a first round
Akeem Marshall, an 18-year-old gold
medalist from last year s Carifta Games,
swapped his athletic gear for court attire
yesterday when he appeared before a Sangre
Grande magistrate charged with marijuana
Marshall, from Grand Riviere, Matelot,
pleaded not guilty to the charge when he
appeared before Senior Magistrate Ejenny
Espinet in the Sangre Grande First Court.
Marshall, was one of the country s four gold
medalists in the competition held last year in
Nassau, Bahamas, winning the Under-20
5,000 metre title in 16:49.96.
The annual competition will be held in Port-
de-France, Martinique from April 19 to 21.
In requesting bail for the junior track and
field athlete, his lawyer Fareed Ali told the
court that if his client was remanded into cus-
tody it would affect his chances of retaining
Marshall, was arrested and charged with
the offence after he was allegedly found to
have 34 grammes of marijuana in his posses-
sion while walking near Matelot Roman
Catholic School on Saturday afternoon.
Espinet eventually released Marshall on
$20,000 bail, not before wishing him good
luck in his preparations for defending his title.
Marshall will reappear in court on April 1.
Defending National Sunday 50-over
League champions Queen s Park will face
Powergen in a semifinal day/night clash
today from 2.30 pm at Endeavour, Chagua-
Both teams won their quarterfinal matches
convincingly on Thursday. At UTT O Meara,
Queen s Park eased past Moosai by 64 runs.
Daron Cruickshank led the Parkites with an
all-round performance, scoring 63 and
returning later in the day to snatch 2/22 with
his medium pace. Queen s Park posted 200/9
batting first, as West Indies Under-19 bats-
man Jeremy Solozano supported Cruickshank,
scoring 48. Moosai never got close, as it was
bundled out for 136 in 43.2 overs. Khary
Pierre was the chief destroyer for Queen s
Park, taking 4/20.
At Kennedy Park in a match played simul-
taneously, Powergen cruised to a 100-run
win over Caldrac. The left-handed pair of
Nicholas Sookdeosingh (47) and Sherwin
Ganga (43) both showed form for Powergen,
guiding their team to an imposing 254/7.
Spin bowler Ancil Bhagan, who has been
taking many wickets this season, grabbed
4/32 to limit Caldrac to 154 all out in 42.1
overs. Ganga was also effective with the ball,
FCB Clarke Road and Jenexcon Tableland
will square off tomorrow in the second semi-
final at Syne Village, Penal, from 2.30 pm.
as WI look to
Satisfied, not elated
says T&T manager
QPCC, Powergen clash today
Bail for Carifta gold medalist
Marlon Samuels..had sound match on Sunday. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET.COM
WEST INDIES: Darren Sammy (Captain),
Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson
Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher,
Chris Gayle, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul,
Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar
Santokie, Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Smith.
ENGLAND: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb,
Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes,
Jos Buttler (wk), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan,
James Tredwell and Chris Jordan.
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