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Defending Caribbean Singlewicket cham-
pion Dwayne Smith will have to be at his best
at Saturday's second annual event as Indian
Premier League star Kieron Pollard will be
among 12 allrounders aiming for the top prize
The top allrounders in the Caribbean will
battle at UWI, St Augustine from 4 pm to 11
pm in what is described as a seven-hour cricket
and music extravaganza. The players will line
up in four groups of three in one-on-one
matches with each player facing two overs.
Fieldsmen and wicketkeepers will take part to
make up the cricket regulations.
In group one, Lendl Simmons (T&T), Marlon
Richards (T&T) and Devon Thomas (Antigua)
will square off. In group two, defending cham-
pion Smith (Barbados), Narsingh Deonarine
(Guyana) and a UWI wild card, who has not
yet been selected, will battle.
Pollard (T&T), who is one of the most popular
T20 players in the world, will headline group
three. Standing in Pollard's way will be Kevon
Cooper (T&T) and Michael Brown (Antigua).
Christopher Barnwell (Guyana) and the T&T
duo of Rayad Emrit and Navin Stewart will
play in group four.
The seeded players are Smith (one), Pollard
(two), Simmons (three) and Barnwell (four).
The top player in each group will advance to
the semifinal stage.
At a press conference held yesterday at the
Normandie Hotel, St Anns, the organisers said
a Smith-Pollard final is a possibility as they
are on opposite sides of the draw. Secretary of
the Singlewicket foundation Forbes Persaud
said they were hoping to get Sunil Narine to
play, but the spinner has an injury. Persaud
stated: "Sunil Narine, who played with us last
year had to undergo an X-Ray yesterday (Mon-
day), he has an injury to a finger."
Many incentives are up for grabs including
prizes for most catches by a fielder, most stump-
ings, most sixes in an innings and most out-
standing T&T player.
Soca and chutney stars will entertain the
spectators, who are allowed to walk with coolers.
The admission fee is $60.
Phoenix Women and Hibiscus
Ladies won the T&T Women's
Cricket Association T20 premier-
ship and championship division
titles respectively at the Inshan
Ali Park, Preysal, on Sunday.
Due to rain, the championship
final between Hibiscus and Players
Sports was reduced to only one
over per team. Players batted first
and was dismissed for three by
Hibiscus captain Sheniece Pascall.
Hibiscus got to 4/1 with two wides
and two runs from Marcia Sama-
The rain stopped and allowed
a full premiership final between
Moosai and Phoenix. Bowling first,
Phoenix limited Moosai to 68/8
as Samantha Bissoon grabbed
3/16. Shenelle Lord (2/16) and
Stephanie Ramcharan (2/12) were
also among the wickets, taking
Right-handed Britney Cooper
led the chase, scoring an unbeaten
18 to lead Phoenix to 69/2 in 14.3
Felicia Walters supported Coop-
er hitting 10 not out.
Special advisor to the T&T Boxing
Board of Control (TTBBC), Boxu Potts
has called on the Ministry of Sport to
continue its support of training camps
for boxing, which he says has yielded
many social benefits for this nation's
The national Under-16 team was based
at Alicia's Palace, on Lady Chancelor
Hill, St Ann's from March-December,
2013. According to Potts, who produced
a letter from one of the athlete's principal,
the teenagers who attended the camp
have "turned their lives around for the
better and have gotten good reports from
their parents, trainers, schools and peers".
He indicated one such student, Jarel
Nunes. Potts said Nunes' mother was
emotional when she explained her son's
transformation since attending the camp.
Nunes said she was delighted with his
(Jarel's) performance. She said he even
influenced his peers to start a study
"They (the school) said he made a
complete turn around and his behaviour
has totally improved," she said.
Teckler Thomas, principal of Tuna-
puna Secondary School wrote to Cecil
Force, president of the T&T Amateur
Boxing Association (TTABA) explaining
that Nunes, "in times past would never
attempt to tap his potential and was
constantly off task. However, Thomas
was able to compliment Nunes, who
"within the last year has matured and
transformed into a harworking and
focused young man."
"Jarel is undoubtedly a leader. He has
confidence and strength which has won
him the respect of his peers," Thomas
Potts said some others who benefitted
from the camp were Akmal Stroude and
Ryan Cummings, both of whom he said
have improved in their grades.
He said the TTBBC in collaboration
with the TTABA is promoting the launch
of the board's anti-bullying initiative
which started in Success Laventillle Sec-
ondary School, where young female boxer
Lexine Duke took first place in the Royal
Bank anti-bullying initiative.
He said, "at these training camps, we
teach the children about camaraderie,
respecting their peers, love for each other,
how to talk it out not fight it out and
even remedial classes."
"Another one of our campers, Justin
Paris, who is the national champion in
his weight class, recently went to the
Cayman Islands for an invitational tour-
nament and won a gold medal," he
"Instead of sitting by and accusing
the youth of negative things we must
rather say that we have failed them and
so, create ways to help them. Rather
than we plan how to build more prisons
and courthouses we should implement
more sporting and social programmes
and hire competent people who would
not want to undermine the programme
and have an eat-a-food mentality."
Smith, Pollard headline
Phoenix, Hibiscus claim women's titles
Hibiscus cricket team which won the T&T Women's Cricket Association Championship T20 title on Sunday at Inshan Ali Park, Preysal.
Secretary of the Caribbean Singlewicket Foundation Forbes Persaud, centre, at the Caribbean
Singlewicket tournament draw yesterday at Normandie Hotel, St Ann's, Port-of-Spain, along with
Raymond Chin Lee, right, Director Meeting and Conference at Normandie Hotel, and Andre
Phillips, one of the directors of the foundation. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
Championship Final: Players Sports 3 (1
over) vs Hibiscus Ladies 4/1 (Marcia
Samaroosingh 2) Hibiscus won by one
Premiership Final: Moosai 68/8
(Samantha Bissoon 3/16, Shenelle Lord
2/16, Stephanie Ramcharan 2/12) vs
Phoenix 69/2 (14.3 overs) (Britney Cooper
18 not out, Felicia Walters 10 not out)
Phoenix won by eight wickets
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