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and RESHMA RAGOONATH
Both the cycling and cricket fra-
ternities were thrown into mourn-
ing with news that former national
athlete and coach Clinton Grant
and former T&T s Under-19 crick-
eter Tevin Robertson died in sep-
arate car accidents.
According to police reports Grant,
who was 42, was pedalling along
the Audrey Jeffers Highway heading
west with triathlete Rosanne Abra-
ham when they were struck by a
vehicle, yesterday morning.
Grant was rushed to the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital where he
succumbed to his injuries. Abraham
was taken to St Clair Medical Centre,
where she had to undergo emergency
surgery. Up to news time, she was
said to be resting comfortably.
Robertson, 19, of Princes Town of
Princes Town, died instantly when
his white Mazda wagon, PDB 8842,
crashed into a wire perimeter fence
near the Gasparillo entrance of the
Petrotrin oil refinery.
Last November, Grant was named
coach of the year by the T&T Cycling
Federation. Up to the time of his
death, Grant was employed with
insurance giant Sagicor as a sales
representative and was coach of
Arima-based Bike Smith Cycling
Grant s entry into the world of
competitive cycling at age 16 marked
the continuation of a prestigious
legacy the Grant family had in the
His father Winston Grant, 80, who
will celebrate his birthday on April
2, was an official on the Cycling Fed-
eration. His uncle Steve Grant and
his brother Christian Grant were
both national athletes.
Grant (Christian), 52, still com-
peted in events for athlete 50 years
and over. He said his brother was
not married and did not have chil-
dren, but he had a girlfriend who
was traumatised by the day s events.
Rowena Williams, president of
the T&T Cycling Federation, when
contacted, said, "I have been on
the road all day. I have been up
and down trying to make sense
of this entire situation. Clinton
was a national cyclist, a medallist
at the CAC Games and one of our
top sprinters in the country.
"He was also the coach of Bike
Smith Cycling Club. His recent
achievement was with Kianna Lester
who was a gold medallist last year
at the Junior Road Championships.
Clinton had a long history with
Sport Minister Anil Roberts
expressed sadness that such a young
man could be taken in the prime of
"He was a fantastic coach who
was already giving back to many
young cyclists across T&T. I do not
have the details. I have heard things
that are disturbing. I have sent out
condolences to his family, his friends,
his athletes--all those who rode and
represented T&T with him. Some-
times you cannot explain or do not
understand what life would bring,
however, I will like to once again join
with the Minister of Transport, the
Minister of National Security and
all other ministers in urging the pop-
ulation to share the roads, drive
defensively, be aware, do not drink
and drive, do not text and drive, do
not talk on the phone and drive.
Focus and make sure that all of us
could enjoy the roads safely."
Yesterday, Robertson s coach Amin
Forgenie told the Sunday Guardian
that T&T lost a rising cricketing star.
"Everyone liked Tevin. He was
happy-go-lucky. In 2013, he played
for the national cricket team as a
left-handed fast bowler and he was
on trials with the T&T senior men s
cricket team since 2013.
"He was aspiring to the national
cricket team. He always had a pas-
sion for cricket, a passion for sports,"
Police reports state that around 6
am, Robertson was heading north
along the Sir Solomon Hochoy High-
way when he crashed into the fence.
Robertson had been heading to his
El Dorado apartment.
T&T loses 2 sportsmen to road accidents
A brilliant knock of 220 by right-
handed Jason Mohammed put the
national team in a commanding
position halfway through the sec-
ond day s play yesterday at the
Queen s Park Oval in Port-of-
Spain, against the Combined Col-
leges and Campuses (CCC).
Mohammed was the last T&T
batsmen dismissed, taking the home
team to a massive 451/8 declared.
The man from Powergen spent more
than seven hours at the crease (460
minutes), hitting 24 fours and five
sixes in a 344-ball innings.
Resuming on 328/4 yesterday,
Mohammed lost his partner Steven
Katwaroo early for ten. Evin Lewis,
who was forced to retire on Friday
due to a leg injury, then joined
Mohammed. The CCC continued
its indisciplined bowling. When fast
bowler Dwayne Sealy bowled his
21st no ball, it brought up the 50th
extra for T&T.
Sealy then turned from villain to
hero, getting the wicket of Lewis
for 26, his first scalp of the match.
In an attempt to pull a delivery from
outside the off stump over mid-on,
Shacaya Thomas took a brilliant
diving catch running back to the
The players had to scamper off
for the second time in as many days
during the first session because of
rain, with Mohammed on 185 and
Imran Khan not yet off the mark.
After an early lunch, play resumed
with T&T on 398/6.
Mohammed, who was strong
through the point and backward
point region, got to 194 with a six
over extra over of spin bowler Ryan
Austin. The magical moment came
with a leg side, which was appre-
ciated by the small crowd.
Mohammed then got some quick
runs before being the last man out,
when the declaration came. At the
tea break, CCC was 41/2.
On Friday night, a solid 227-run
partnership between Mohammed
and Emrit put T&T in a comfortable
At the tea break, T&T was on
181/3 with Mohammed on 75 and
Emrit on 45.
In the first over after tea, Emrit
survived a confident lbw appeal from
Raymon Reifer. Mohammed
remained unfazed, hitting a six over
the mid-wicket region off medium
pacer Thomas in the next over.
Mohammed was now in the 80s
and eyeing his 100.
Emrit then brought up a deserved
50 off 83 balls. Mohammed got a
chance on 84, as wicket-keeper
Chadwick Walton failed to hang on
to a difficult chance down the leg
side of Thomas bowling.
Mohammed brought up his 100
with an exquisite off drive. His cen-
tury came off 151 balls, which
included 13 fours and two sixes.
The pair continued to dominate
the CCC bowlers, as Emrit got closer
to his century. Emrit, who has
shown some form with the bat this
season, brought up his hundred.
Emrit was dismissed soon after for
100 by CCC captain Steven Jacobs.
Emrit s knock came off 170 balls,
including eight fours and four sixes.
T&T closed day one on 328/4 with
Mohammed on 149 and Katwaroo
Barbados vs Jamaica
BARBADOS 423 (Kirk Edwards 105,
Shane Dowrich 102, Jason Holder
46, Ashley Nurse 40, Carlos
Brathwaite 34, Kraigg Brathwaite
29; Nikita Miller 4-95) vs JAMAICA
150 for four (Jermaine Blackwood
64, Nkrumah Bonner 31 not out,
Jon-Ross Campbell 31; Jonathan
Windwards vs Leewards
WINDWARDS 292 (Romel Currency
76, Devon Smith 47, Sunil Ambris
53, Keddy Lesporis 30, Mervin
Matthew 30, Tyrone Theophile 27;
Kieran Powell 3-38, Gavin Tonge 2-
46, Anthony Martin 2-62, Yannick
Leonard 2-74) and 135 for three
(Devon Smith 76 not out, Tyrone
Theophile 27) vs LEEWARDS 171
for nine decl (Devon Thomas 44,
Orlando Peters 41, Tonito Willett 27,
Kieran Powell 26; Shane Shillingford
5-60, Orlando Peters 2-19, Nelon
Mohammed slams double hundred
T&T Red Force 1st Inns
c C Walton b R Reifer .....................12
c S Thomas b D Sealy....................26
D Bravo b R Reifer...........................10
c A Alleyne b S Jacobs...............220
c C Walton b A Dewar......................4
c K Corbin b S Jacobs..................100
c A Alleyne b R Reifer ....................10
I khan lbw b K Hodge ........................4
A Jaggernauth not out .....................1
Did not bat: S Gabriel, R Jaipaul
Extras 29nb 6w 10lb 19b............64
Bowling: D Sealy 18-0-91-1, J Levy
11-1-42-0, R Austin 27-5-64-0, R
Reifer 20-4-65-3, A Dewar 15-1-
73-1, S Jacobs 11.5-2-52-2, S
Thomas 5-2-11-0, K Hodge 9-2-24-
1Fall of Wkts: 43, 56, 80, 307, 343,
397, 447, 451
CCC 1st Inns
c S Katwaroo b S Gabriel ...............5
A Alleyne not out ...............................8
K Corbin lbw b S Gabriel...............14
R Reifer not out..................................10
Still to bat: S Jacobs, R Austin, A
Dewar, K Hodge, J Levy, C
Walton+, D Sealy
Extras 2w 1lb 1b...................................4
Bowling: S Gabriel 7-2-19-2, D
Bravo 6-1-18-0, A Jaggernauth 1-1-
0-0, R Jaipaul 1-0-2-0
Fall of Wkts: 7, 29
T&T's captain Rayad Emrit
jumps for joy as he reaches
his century, on the first day
of their fifth round of
match in the Regional
Four-Day Championship at
the Queen's Park Oval,
Port-of-Spain, Friday night.
PHOTO: ASHLEY ALLEN
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