Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 29th 2014 Contents A78
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The entire executive of the T&T Cricket
Board (TTCB) will meet with management
and captains of the Red Force team today,
as they continue their post mortem of this
country s performance during the Regional
First Class tournament.
T&T finished second in the WICB Presi-
dent s Cup and then lost to the Windwards
in the semi-finals of the Headley/Weekes Tro-
phy. The defeat against the Windwards left
fans very unhappy as they went under by 234
runs, to the same team they defeated by 185
runs in the league phase.
President of the TTCB, Azim Bassarath
revealed that he and his executive will meet
with the two captains Rayad Emrit and Denesh
Ramdin, as well as manager Manohar Ram-
saran and coach Kelvin Williams at 6pm this
"We will have our de-briefing session this
evening at the National Cricket Centre from
6pm. We have invited firstly the two captains
because Rayad Emrit and Denesh Ramdin both
captained the team. We have also included in
that the manager Manohar Ramsaran and the
coach Kelvin Williams.
"I want to make it clear to the public that
we are not hosting these meetings to point
fingers at anyone. The tournament is done
and over there is nothing we can do to change
the result but what we can do is to draw from
the players, certain information that we can
build on. We are looking for a positive meeting
with the players. We are looking forward and
not in the blame game."
Bassarath said that the most important
aspect of the exercise is getting information
from the players on what they think, should
be done, be it in preparation or actual matches,
that would lead to better results. The last time
T&T won the regional First class title was way
back in 2006 under the leadership of Daren
Ganga. Prior to this, they won the title in 1985
under the guidance of Rangy Nanan.
Bassarath added that he himself as president
of the board, has some ideas and he thinks
the members of his executive will also come
The Moruga resident said he went out into
the streets of Princes Town where took the
opportunity to hear from the general public.
"I took to the streets in Princes Town and
heard the views of the people. They are very
interested in the cricket and they obviously
had their say on the matter. I have taken note
of the some of the suggestions and I will take
it along with me to the board meeting."
Bassarath added that the TTCB will be
taking a very detailed view of all matters sur-
rounding the national team performance in
order to make the necessary changes.
"We have a committee in place that has
written a paper on the overhaul of our domestic
cricket and we are going to take this into con-
sideration. When we made changes to our
domestic structure we said at the time it was
dynamic. The clubs are crying for change and
we are most likely going to revert to three-
day cricket for the next season. We will look
to play 90 overs in a day, so that the batsmen
would have longer time out there batting and
would not have to rush. This would lead to
players getting accustomed to playing long
innings which is a major problem for us.
"The TTCB is also going to take a look at
the pitches. We are going to conduct tests on
all the major pitches in the country and bring
them up to standard, as part of the complete
After meeting with the management team
today, Bassarath would then meet individually
with the players from Wednesday.
GROS-ISLET---A slew of brilliant individual
performances shook the Headley/Weekes Tro-
phy Final to life yesterday here but a career-
best spell from leg-spinner Damion Jacobs
and Jermaine Blackwood s second half-century
of the match put Jamaica firmly in charge
against Windward Islands.
Blackwood followed up his 94 in the first
innings with an unbeaten 88 and defied a hat-
trick from Kenroy Peters, as Jamaica reached
147 for seven in their second innings at the
close on the third day of the finale to the Region-
al Four-Day Championship for an overall lead
Peters spiced up the contest, when he
removed John Campbell (14), Andre McCarthy
and Dave Bernard Jr with the third, fourth and
fifth balls of his first over to etch his name in
He became 16th bowler and the second from
the Windwards, following compatriot and cur-
rent coach Ian Allen, to take a hat-trick. He
ended the day with four for 44 from 10 overs,
adding the scalp of Jamaica captain Tamar Lam-
bert for 20 in a second spell later in the day.
Jacobs had held centre stage in the first half
of another compelling day at the Beausejour
Cricket Ground, when he triggered a dramatic
Windwards batting collapse and upstaged Devon
Smith s 23rd first-class hundred, as the home
team crumbled for 217 to concede a first innings
lead of 175.
The 29-year-old Jacobs, delivering with a
run-up and action similar to Australian legend
Shane Warne, finished with eight for 47 from
It was the fifth-best figures by a Jamaican
in the history of the modern West Indies first-
class championship (from 1966 onwards).
In between the carnage, Smith gave further
evidence that he remains the most accomplished
Windwards batsman. He hit one-dozen bound-
aries in the top score of 111 from 182 balls in
250 minutes at the crease.
He reached his milestone from 153 balls, when
he flicked left-arm spinner Nikita Miller past
the diving short fine-leg fielder for his last
boundary. It was his 17th Regional Four-Day
hundred for the Windwards and his fourth
Fellow opener Tyrone Theophile supported
with 59, but no other Windwards batsman
reached 20 with champion off-spinner Shane
Shillingford not batting due to his finger injury
sustained on the first day.
Jamaica chose not to enforce the follow-on
and suffered an early setback, when opener
Nkrumah Bonner was lbw to seamer Mervin
Mathew in the first over.
Blackwood came to the crease and got the
Jamaicans moving with typically crisp stroke-
play, taking the visitors past 50 in the company
of John Campbell.
Jamaica soon found themselves on the back-
foot, when Windwards captain Liam Sebastien
entrusted Peters with the final over before the
He had left-hander Campbell trapped lbw,
Andre McCarthy caught at second slip for a
first-ball duck playing defensively forward, the
same stroke that brought the downfall of Dave
Bernard Jr caught behind next ball for a duck,
leaving the Jamaicans 51 for four at tea.
After the break, Blackwood found Carlton
Baugh Jr and his captain Tamar Lambert steady
allies, as they neutralised the Windwards threat
and stemmed the free fall of wickets.
Blackwood reached his 50 from an equal
number of balls, when he pull/hooked a short,
rising ball from Peters through mid-wicket for
his 10th boundary.
Baugh spent 45 minutes in the middle and
was unusually subdued in a stand of 45 with
Blackwood. Just when it appeared he was getting
into the thick of things, the Jamaica wicket-
keeper/batsman was caught at slip off Mathew
for 14. (CMC)
Former Former Guardian sports editor
Horace Gordon died at a senior citizen s
home in Champ Fleur yesterday.
Gordon, who celebrated his 81st birthday
on March 16, leaves to mourn his wife, Mar-
ilyn, and three children, Victor, Wendy and
Up to late yesterday, his family was await-
ing a report on the cause of his death.
Gordon started his sports-writing career
at the Guardian in the 60s, before moving
up the ranks to sports editor in the late 70s.
He covered track and field and later football
and boxing, before succeeding John de Govia,
as head of the Sports Department.
He served the Guardian with distinction,
bridging the years from the early 60s to the
late 80s, before his retirement.
Commenting on his death, Guardian sports
editor Valentino Singh described Gordon as
a very passionate man, who was never afraid
to voice his views.
"He was old school, a man who held strong
views and was always prepared to stand
Singh noted that despite his age, Gordon
was still very active and visited the Guardian
two weeks ago. "He always had an opinion
to give, and still felt he had a contribution
to make. He wanted to bring back a column,
paying tribute to the finer moments of yes-
teryear. Unfortunately, he never had the time
to realise it."
Singh expressed condolences to Gordon s
family. "The sporting world has lost another
Former Guardian sports editor dies
Players answer to TTCB today
Jacobs, Blackwood seize initiative for Jamaica
JAMAICA 1st Inns 392
WINDWARD ISLANDS 1st Inns (o/n 113-0)
T.TheophilecJ.D.CampbellbJacobs . . . . . . . . . .57
K.PeterscJ.D.CampbellbJacobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Fall of wickets: 1-155, 2-162, 3-166, 4-176, 5-180,
6-193, 7-204, 8-215, 9-217.
Bowling: Taylor 12-1-41-0; Cottrell 7-1-39-0 (nb1);
Bernard 6-0-21-0 (w1); Miller 27-11-48-1; Lambert
5-1-12-0; Jacobs 22-6-47-8 (nb1)
JAMAICA 2nd Inns
T.LambertcwkpAmbrisbPeters . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-51, 3-51, 4-51, 5-96, 6-136,
Bowling: Matthew 11-0-35-2; Shillingford 11-1-33-
0; Johnson 1-0-18-0; Peters 10-2-44-4 (nb1);
Position: Jamaica lead by 322 with three second
innings wickets standing.
Points-to-date: Jamaica 5, Windwards 2
Jamaican batsman Jermaine Blackwood pulls to the boundary during his superb unbeaten 88 in
the Regional four-day final in St Kitts yesterday. PHOTO: WINDIESCRICKET.COM
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