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West Indies wicket-keeper
Denesh Ramdin will lead T&T
into Saturday s regional semifinal
clash against the Windward
Islands at the Queen s Park Oval.
He will take over from Rayad
Ramdin resumes his post after
representing the Caribbean team
in the defence of their ICC Wortld
T20 title in Bangladesh. The West
Indies reached the semifinals before
losing to eventual champions Sri
Allrounder Akeal Hosein will
also return as the Red Force go
after in place in the final for a
chance to lift the George
Headley/Everton Weekes trophy.
Hosein was a surprise package,
recording two brilliant perform-
ances against the Windward
Islands and Leeward Islands in the
league competition. In round two
against the Windwards, Hosein
took 11 wickets in the match to
lead the team to a 186-run win.
Hosein proved his all-round
ability in the next match, scoring
his maiden first class 100 (102 not
out) in T&T's victory by an innings
and 107 runs. However, he suffered
a leg injury and was forced to miss
the next three matches. He passed
a fitness test yesterday.
T&T, who finished second in
the league competition to Barbados
on Monday, are hoping to bring
home some silverware this season.
The top four teams from the league
competition will play for the
Headley/Weekes trophy. The
T&T/Windward Islands match will
bowl off on Saturday at 10 am at
the Queen's Park Oval. Barbados
will host Jamaica in the other semi-
final at Kensington Oval, also start-
ing on Saturday.
Ramdin was declared fully fit
after suffering a thumb injury at
the recently concluded Champi-
onship in Bangladesh.
T&T Cricket Board executive
member Patrick Rampersad, who
was at the national team's training
session yesterday, is glad the duo
is returning. Rampersad said he
was very happy. "Ramdin is a West
Indian player and Hosein did well
in the last outing for his club
(Queen's Park) and did well pre-
Hosein, a left-arm spinner, took
11 wickets for Queen's Park in the
team's national league two-day
match against Munroe Road last
Rampersad stated that T&T has
been clinical at home and the team
will have the edge over the Wind-
wards. "Any game at home is con-
sidered an advantage, we have
become more adaptable at home,
it is a clear advantage."
Rampersad is extremely proud
of the younger players this season,
but wants more from the senior
Ramdin and Hosein will replace
wicket-keeper Steven Katwaroo
and right-hand batsman Jonathan
T&T SQUAD: Denesh Ramdin
Barath, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo,
Jason Mohammed, Imran Khan,
Rayad Emrit, Shannon Gabriel,
Amit Jaggernauth, Ricky Jaipaul,
Marlon Richards, Lendl Simmons,
Akeal Hosein, Kelvin Williams
(Coach), Manohar Ramsaran
(Manager), Clinton Jeremiah
T&T Soca Warriors will face
yet another World Cup bound
team in a friendly international
in Buenos Aires.
The Football Association yes-
terday finalised a match against
Colombia scheduled for June 1.
The match will precede T&T's
friendly with Argentina in La Plata
on June 4 and Iran in Sao Paolo
on June 8+.
TTFA president Raymond Tim
Kee was elated about the match-
"This is by every means our
World Cup group and I think it's
speaks volumes of our ability as
a country and as an association
to line up matches of this calibre
against three world class oppo-
nents," Tim Kee said.
"The last time our country had
such a schedule would have been
in our build up to the 2006 World
Cup where we played Czech
Republic which was ranked num-
ber two in the world at the time.
Now we will face potentially
one of the World Cup favorites
and another in Colombia who are
traditionally a powerhouse in
South America. Then you have
Iran which is the top ranked team
from Asia," Tim Kee added.
TTFA secretary Sheldon
Phillips, who has been instru-
mental in arranging the matches,
said the line up of games would
go a long way in Stephen Hart's
preparations for the Caribbean
Cup and the Concacaf Gold Cup
and 2018 World Cup campaign.
"Some may see it as a risk with
us playing three World Cup teams
but we believe ideally this is what
we need in terms of quality oppo-
nents for our preparations.
"We want to be able to compete
with the best teams around and
this has all the ingredients
attached to it," Phillips said, also
crediting the Ministry of Sport
and Sportt for their ongoing sup-
port towards the national teams.
"We want to give our national
teams and players the best oppor-
tunities possible when it comes
to preparations and experience.
"We think it says something
about where we are heading with
these teams giving us the oppor-
tunity to rub shoulders and to
take them on over 90 minutes
just prior to the World Cup."
Hart is expected to announce
his squad for the three games in
May and the TTFA will announce
further details on the options for
fans to witness the games over
the next two weeks.
Colombia, coached by Argen-
tine Jose Peckerman is still hoping
it will be able to count on striker
Radamel Falcao when it plays in
the World Cup for the first time
in 16 years.
Falcao has been working hard
to recover from a knee injury that
has put his participation in doubt.
If he doesn't heal by the time the
World Cup arrives, it will be up
to 22-year-old James Rodriguez,
Falcao's teammate at Monaco, to
carry the hopes of Colombian
With or without Falcao,
Colombia has a solid squad that
cruised through South American
qualifying, finishing second only
to Argentina in the nine-team
group. Its defence was the best
in the region, led by veteran Mario
ABU DHABI---A four wicket haul
from West Indies spin sensation Sunil
Narine stunned champions Mumbai
Indians to a disappointing start in the
opening match of the Indian Premier
League (IPL) yesterday.
Narine grabbed four for 20 to curtail
a run chase as Kolkata Knight Riders
crushed Mumbai by 41 runs in Abu
Mumbai stumbled to 122 for seven
after Kolkata scored 163 for five with
half centuries from Jacques Kallis and
Manish Pandey, 72 and 64.
Kolkata got off to a poor start, losing
a scoreless Gautam Gambhir to be 1-
4 in the second over after winning the
toss and opting to bat.
However, they quickly bounced back
with Kallis and Pandey putting on a
131-run partnership before Lasith
Malinga claimed the second wicket.
Malinga was a bright light for the
otherwise lacklustre Mumbai, taking
4-23 off four overs.
Mumbai needed 63 off 28, but their
big-hitting allrounders, Kieron Pollard
and Corey Anderson, struggled against
Narine who became the quickest bowler
to 50 wickets in the tournament. (CMC)
Sunil Narine...proved to be a handfull as the Mumbai Indians fell yesterday.
WORCESTER---Former West Indies
batsman Brendan Nash top scored but
failed to ignite a run chase as Kent
suffered a 125 run defeat at the hands
of Worcestershire in their County
Championship Division two match
Chasing 226 for victory on the fourth
and final day Nash led with a knock
of 28 counting four boundaries but
could not avert a collapse as Worces-
tershire bowled out Kent for 140.
Darren Stevens contributed 27 to the
In his first innings, Nash added just
two to his overnight score of one before
he was deceived by a short delivery
from Jack Shantry.
Scores: Worcestershire 224 & 270,
Kent 229 & 140. (CMC)
to lead T&T
Soca Warriors line up Colombia Narine destroys
Nash top scores as
Kent bites the dust
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