Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 20th 2014 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, May 20, 2014
AHMEDABAD---West Indies left-arm
seamer Krishmar Santokie took two
wickets on his Indian Premier League
debut but it was teammate Lendl Sim-
mons s half-century that fired Mumbai
Indians to a comfortable 25-run win
over Rajasthan Royals here yesterday.
Opting to bat first at the Sardar Patel
Stadium, Mumbai piled up a challenging
178 for three from their 20 overs, with
Simmons stroking 62 at the top of the
Santokie then picked up two for 50
from his four overs as Royals were limited
to 153 for eight in reply.
Mumbai are sixth in the eight-team
standings on eight points while Royals
remain third on 14 points.
Simmons and Australian Mike Hussey
gave Mumbai a great start with an open-
ing stand of 120, before being separated
in the 15th over.
The right-handed Simmons faced 51
balls and counted six fours and two sixes
in his top score while the left-handed
Hussey scored 56 from 39 deliveries,
including three fours and two sixes.
Simmons was the first to fall when he
holed out in the deep to his T&T team-
mate Kevon Cooper off left-arm spinner
Hussey followed in the same over three
balls later, also finding Cooper s lap at
deep long on.
Captain Rohit Sharma then arrived to
play a blinder, smashing a scintillating
40 from 19 balls with three fours and
four sixes, before being run out off the
last ball of the innings.
T&T and West Indies big-hitter Kieron
Pollard blasted a six in finishing 14 not
out from 12 balls.
Medium pacer Cooper went wicket-
less from three overs that cost 27 runs.
In their turn at the crease, Royals lost
wickets steadily to decline to 75 for seven
in the 12th over. Opener Karun Nair car-
ried the fight with a top score of 48 from
24 balls but found no support.
Australians Brad Hodge (40) and James
Faulkner (31 not out) stroked cameos in
a 69-run, eighth-wicket stand but the
rally was too little too late.
Santokie suffered at their hands, going
for 18 runs in his fourth over ---the 19th
of the innings---as both players threw
caution to the wind. (CMC)
LEICESTER---Former West Indies cap-
tain Ramnaresh Sarwan stroked a half-
century in his first innings of the county
season as Leicestershire made a strong
reply against Hampshire on the second
day of the Division Two encounter yes-
The elegant right-hander, who is the
Leicestershire captain, top scored with an
attractive 60, an innings which carried
the hosts to 296 for nine in their first
innings at the close, in reply to Hampshire s
Leicestershire enter the third day of the
game needed a further 37 runs to overhaul
Sarwan, who has been sidelined by a
back injury, showed little effects from the
layoff as he strung together a couple of
partnerships to keep Leicestershire in the
hunt early in the innings at Grace Road.
The Guyanese built on Leicestershire s
foundation of 92 for two, adding 37 for
the third wicket with Ned Eckersley (34)
and a further 58 for the fourth wicket
with Josh Cobb (37).
Sarwan faced 81 balls in 92 minutes at
the crease and struck nine fours and a six,
playing some crisp strokes as Leicestershire
scored briskly. He hammered seamer Matt
Coles over cover for four to raise the 100
and then drove to the mid-on boundary
off the very next ball.
He took a particular liking to Coles,
driving and cutting the 23-year-old for
two more boundaries and picked up
another four when he cut left-arm spinner
Danny Briggs to the ropes.
In the penultimate over before the tea
break, Sarwan cleared the ropes at mid-
wicket with James Vince to go to break
unbeaten on 60, with Leicestershire on
187 for three.
He failed to add after the break, however,
skying the first ball on resumption to Coles
at mid-wicket off South Africa seamer
Rob Taylor then propped up the innings
with 53 from 71 balls.
Earlier, Hampshire added just 11 runs
after they resumed on 321 for eight. (CMC)
Olympic medallist Deon Lendore, 21, is expressing doubt
over his ability to represent T&T at the XX Commonwealth
Games in Glasgow, Scotland, this July, despite the fact that
he now holds the second fastest time in world.
At Saturday s Southern Conference Track and Field Cham-
pionships, in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, Lendore, captured
gold in 400m in a time of 44.36 seconds and as a consequence
broke the four-and-a-half decade old stadium record.
Although he ran under the banner of his school Texas A&M,
at the weekend, his polished performance had booked him
a place on the national team for the Commonwealth Games.
In a G-Sport interview yesterday, he said: "The Common-
wealth Games right now is a kind of iffy situation, because
this season I have really been hitting it hard. I went from
being number one indoor where I ve been running some fast
times back-to-back, to coming outdoor and dropping some
Lendore added, "And I had an injury (groin and hamstring)
earlier at the Texas relays like a month ago...Back from that
injury and having to lead the 4x100m relay (team) which is
a new race for me, I have been running a lot of races compared
to everybody else. Then at the NCAA Championships, I will
be running like six races. I don t think I will be in the shape.
Everybody else (is) not running the collegiate circuit. They
don t know how hard I have it right now to be running all
He said following last weekend s Conference Championship,
attention would now shift to the Regional Championships
where he would be expected to compete in another three
"Within a month, I m going to run like 12, 13, 14 races.
Everybody else will have like two races. I will be at a disad-
vantage. I will be tired. I won t be able to give it my all,"
He paused to reflect on his double feat at the weekend.
During the 400m event, the top national athlete, said: "I
went out there and during the first 100m, I stayed focused.
After I got to 200m, I started to pick up and the last 50m,
I started to move and coming off the turn I started to pull
away. I just kept pumping on, looking toward the line, trying
to run straighter than everyone. When I crossed the line I
looked at the clock. It was saying 44.4 then it ran down to
44.3. I just stood there for a while, because I was shocked.
It was really a fast time. I ended up breaking the Stadium
While he was not expecting to clock this time, Lendore
said it was on his coach s radar.
Running the 4x100 got him warmed for the 400m. He
served as the anchor in the previous race.
He described the vibe in the 4x100m event as "nice" and
declared that the atmosphere was hyped.
"It was a short race. The sprint always tends to be hyped
to the max because and you have to go all out from the get
go. I tried to remain calm, trying to stay focused, because the
4x100m isn t my type of thing. Even though I am a quar-
ter-miler, I don t even run 100m.
"I don t even know how fast I can run a 100m. But I had
to do it for the team. I knew once I ran a good leg, it would
help me with my 400m. I got the stick the same time LSU
got their stick, but I put my all into it and we ended with
the win," he said.
Jeffrey Webb believes there must
be a process of sustainable devel-
opment in the region before another
English-speaking Caribbean team
can qualify for a FIFA World Cup
Speaking ahead of the World Cup
in Brazil which starts in just under
four weeks, Webb said that with
smaller countries more open to chal-
lenges than developed football nations,
it was important the Caribbean
embarked on a system which ensured
consistent growth in its football.
To date, only Jamaica s Reggae Boyz
and T&T s Soca Warriors of English-
speaking regional national teams have
achieved the feat of securing spots at
the massive global showpiece.
"To have real development it has
to be sustainable. We have had hits
and misses. The only way we re going
to be able to get a real competitive,
sustainable edge where we have rep-
resentatives at a World Cup, is through
development," Webb said.
"Every national team around the
world has peaks and valleys. We have
seen even big countries such as Eng-
land not qualify for a World Cup. We
have seen national teams have peaks
and valleys. Spain of course is at an
incredible peak but if you look back
at Spain a few years ago in the 2002
and 1998 World Cup, it wasn t that
He continued: "In small territories
the peaks and valleys are even more
harsh so for me, it is all about devel-
opment from a sustainable stand-
Jamaica became the first English-
speaking team from the region to make
it to a World Cup finals when they
qualified for the event staged in France
Trinidad and Tobago followed in
the 2006 edition in Germany but
since then the Caribbean has struggled
to qualify a team in the prestigious
Part of that sustainable develop-
ment path, Webb said, was getting
younger players in the region more
involved in football.
"We have a problem ... in some
parts of the region when players turn
17, 18 years old, all of a sudden football
is not a priority anymore. They
become so distracted," he pointed out.
"Today you have football access 24
hours a day, more football on television
than ever before but some (kids) are
more interested in video games than
actually playing the game itself."
Webb, who assumed the leadership
of CONCACAF two years ago, said a
Caribbean professional league would
play a critical role in helping to develop
He said CONCACAF was studying
the prospect of a pro league but want-
ed to be sure any such project would
Record breaker Lendore
doubtful for Glasgow
Sarwan signals return with half-century
CONCACAF head: Development must precede WC qualification
Lendl Simmons plays the ball
back down the ground during his
half century for Mumbai Indians
against Rajasthan Royals in the
IPL yesterday. PHOTO CRICINFO
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