Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 1st 2014 Contents A62
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BRIDGETOWN---Newly appointed West
Indies captain Denesh Ramdin has
expressed concern over his side s batting,
and wants to see a bigger effort in that
department before the first Test against
New Zealand which bowls off in eight days.
The Windies batsmen generally struggled
in a three-day match against a Barbados
Select XI which ended on Wednesday. Dar-
ren Bravo got 124 and Kirk Edwards, 50, in
the first innings of the fixture at 3Ws Oval
but no other batsman got a half-century.
"All the guys are putting in the work that
is required leading up to the first Test match.
We had the three-day practice match...our
batters didn t get their time out in the
middle that they would have liked. The
bowlers had a good outing, they bowled
out the opposition quite cheaply," Ramdin
"In the second innings [our batsmen] had
poor selection of shots. I would like to see
the guys settle down and bat a bit longer.
In the build up to the first Test...we would
like the guys to put in the extra work.
"We have a two-day practice match and
hopefully they can put in that work and try
and bat some time in the middle as we get
prepared for the first Test in Jamaica which
is a very crucial first match."
Of concern will be stroke-maker Marlon
Samuels who gathered scores of nine and
four, and left-handed opener Kieran Powell
who got nine and 22.
Samuels struggled this year in the Twen-
ty20 World Cup and in the limited overs
series against England. He also looked out
of touch against New Zealand last year,
managing just 117 runs from six innings and
in the previous two-Test series against India,
scoring a mere 99 runs from four innings.
Injury doubts remain over talismanic
opener Chris Gayle who was to seek advice
from a specialist in Germany last week over
a persistent back problem that hampered
his form in the Indian Premier League.
Ramdin said there were some bright spots,
however, pointing to the fit-again fast bowl-
ing pair of Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach,
and the return of off-spinner Shane Shilling-
ford and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn.
"All these guys are very excited. They
want to do well. I believe once they get the
opportunity they will [do well] and put the
team first," Ramdin said.
The wicketkeeper batsman is leading the
regional side in his first ever series as skipper,
after taking over from Windward Islands
all-rounder Darren Sammy earlier this
West Indies take on New Zealand in the
first Test in Jamaica starting June 8th, before
following up with matches in Port of Spain
from June 16-20 and in Georgetown from
Ramdin said he had set some basic objec-
tives for his unit in the upcoming series.
"I would like to see us improve as a team.
Once we improve in all our departments of
the game, we will get the results we want
which is winning Test matches," he pointed
"Once we win Test matches, hopefully
we will win the series which is important
to us. We re playing at home so we have
all the support that we need and we will
have the conditions going our way. We just
need to plan and strategise really well so
we can be ahead of the opposition."
West Indies play their final practice match
starting Monday before winding up their
preparation camp on Wednesday. (CMC)
Skipper Ramdin wants
bigger effort from batsmen
A 26-run unbroken eighth wicket part-
nership between Khary Pierre and Fidel
Edwards led Queen s Park Cricket Club
(QPCC) to an exciting three-wicket win
over Powergen on Friday night in the final
of the T&T Cricket Board NGC T20 Festival
at the Queen s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain.
Chasing 139 for victory, Powergen held
the upperhand as Queen s Park was reduced
to 115/7 when Akeal Hosein was dismissed
for 24. Barbadian Fidel Edwards, more known
for his fast bowling, came out to the middle
with QPCC needing 24 off nine balls. Edwards
and Khary Pierre fought hard for Queen s
Park, taking the score to 137/7 with one ball
remaining. Needing two runs for the win,
right-handed Edwards struck a four giving
the Parkites the narrowest of victories.
Edwards finished on 11 not out off only
four balls, hitting one four and one six, while
Pierre slammed an unbeaten 23 off 12 balls,
which included two sixes.
QPCC captain Justin Guillen struck 26 at
the top of the innings, while Vaaroon Samaroo
was the pick of the bowlers for Powergen,
grabbing 3/30 in four overs. Kevon Cooper
and Kieron Pollard, who both recently
returned from the Indian Premier League
did not score many for QPCC, contributing
one and 18 respectively.
Earlier, Powergen skipper Gregory Mahabir
top scored with an unbeaten 39 to lead his
team to 138/4 after getting off to a poor start.
Powergen were 17/2 after Nicholas
Sookdeosingh and Rajendra Chandrika both
fell for eight. When Narsingh Deonarine was
dismissed for 28 Powergen sunk to 70/4 in
the 13th over.
Mahabir and Akeil Cooper then joined
forces batting the remainder of the overs.
Mahabir s knock came off 38 balls while
Cooper ended on 27 not out from 23 balls.
The spin duo of Hosein and Amit Jagger-
nauth were the best bowlers for Queen s
Park, taking 2/14 (four overs) and 1/21 (four
Pierre, Edwards lead QPCC to T20 crown
This country s 22-man squad will depart for
Buenos Aires this morning with all intentions
of producing a spirited performance in next
Wednesday s Friendly International against South
American giants Argentina at the Estadio Mon-
Coach Stephen Hart conducted his last two
sessions on home soil at the Larry Gomes Stadium
on Saturday and will be hoping to see his squad
members give everything in the highly anticipated
encounter at the home venue for top Argentina
club River Plate.
Team captain Kenwyne Jones says his teammates
will not be bothered by who Argentina head coach
Alejandro Sabella includes in his starting eleven
for the 4.30 pm kick off (3.30 pm T&T Time).
"We are happy to be going to play the game
and we are going to put our best foot forward.
We re focused and we intend to take that into the
match. We re not too bothered about who their
coach is going to select in his starting team," Jones
told TTFA Media.
"We ve been in camp since the 20th and prepa-
ration have been coming along quite well. We had
a nice blow out in the final scrimmage and the
team and everyone seems in pretty good condition
as we head into Argentina.
"Of course it s a big test to play Argentina . It s
no different to us going to play Guatemala or
Honduras in Honduras. I think it s going to be the
same kind of atmosphere. Of course they are
preparing for a World Cup and they have some
of the world s best players but we are going to go
there to try and improve on the things we have
done in the past and also work on some new stuff.
For us it s all about moving forward with our
preparation for the next World Cup campaign,"
the Cardiff City forward stated.
DirecTV W Connection midfielder Joevin Jones
is also keen on taking the field against the two-
time World Cup winners.
"I ve been in some big games before but this
has to be the biggest of my career. I m just con-
centrating on my task. I d like to play my part in
trying to help the team give a strong showing. I ll
be thinking about everything that I have to do on
matchday over the next few days," Jones said.
Meantime, the team, along with the local sup-
porters will now depart on a Caribbean Airlines
charter at 9.30 am today, instead of the previously
scheduled 1 am departure.
'Warriors' upbeat on
way to Buenos Aires
Goalkeepers: Jan-Michael Williams (Central
FC), Marvin Phillip (Point Fortin CC)
Defenders: Justin Hoyte (Millwall), Gavin
Hoyte (Dagenham & Redbridge), Radanfah
Abu Bakr (FK Kruoja Pakruojis)
Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Carlyle
Mitchell (Vancouver Whitecaps), Sheldon
Bateau (KV Mechelen), Yohance Marshall
Midfielders: Khaleem Hyland (Racing Genk),
Ataullah Guerra (Central FC), Andre Boucaud
(unattached), Kevan George (Dayton Dutch
Lions), Lester Peltier (Slovan Bratislava),
Joevin Jones (W Connection), Densill Theobald
(Caledonia AIA), Kevin Molino (Orlando City)
Forwards: Marcus Joseph (Point Fortin CC),
Rundell Winchester (Central FC), Willis Plaza
(Central FC), Trevin Caesar (North East Stars),
Kenwyne Jones (Captain,Cardiff City)
Technical staff: Stephen Hart (coach),
Hutson Charles (assistant coach), Derek King
(assistant coach), Michael Maurice (goalkeeper
coach), William Wallace (manager), David
Muhammad (manager), Peter Rampersad
(manager), Dave Isaac --(football therapist),
Michael Williams (equipment manager), Israel
Dowlat (Doctor), Shaun Fuentes (Press
At Queen's Park Oval
Powergen 138/4 (20 overs) (Gregory
Mahabir 39 no, Narsingh Deonarine 28,
Akeil Cooper 27 no, Akeal Hosein 2/14,
Amit Jaggernauth 1/21) vs Queen's Park
141/7 (20 overs) (Justin Guillen 26,
Hosein 24, Khary Pierre 23 no, Fidel
Edwards 11 no, Vaaroon Samaroo 3/30,
Kavesh Kantasingh 2/20)
Queen's Park won by three wickets.
Sir Garfield Sobers, right, and Darren Bravo during a training session for the West Indies
Team at Kensington Oval, Barbados, yesterday.
Powergen batsman Rajendra Chandrika is
bowled by Queen's Park spinner Akeal
Hosein for eight on Friday in the T&T
Cricket Board NGC T20 final at the Queen's
Park Oval, Port-of-Spain. Queen's Park won
by three wickets. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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