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TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands---St
Vincent and the Grenadines, and
Barbados, scored contrasting victories,
to break their winless trends on day
three of the Caribbean Basketball
Championships on Thursday. Playing at
the Multi-purpose Sports Complex, the
Vincentians edged Antigua and
Barbuda by a point, 93-92 while
Barbados blew out Guyana 80-69.
In the other games played, the
Bahamas dismissed Cuba 77-71 while
the United States Virgin Islands
remained unbeaten with a convincing
89-60 verdict over hosts British Virgin
(Ext: 2213, 2711,
T&T world leading
clocked 10.98 seconds
in the women's 100m
dash, the same as Ivory
Coast's Murielle Ahy-
oure but won in a
photo finish yesterday
in the International
Association of Athletics
Federation (IAAF) Dia-
mond League at Lau-
"Although Neymar is
ahead of him in general
terms, the Colombian
is right up there with
him during this tour-
nament. Neymar is a
global star and
Rodriguez is not quite
there yet. They are both
22 but the Brazilian is
at one of the biggest
clubs in the world,
arguably the best foot-
balling nation in the
world. But I m sure the
lad can catch him up."
striker EMILE HES-
KEY says Colombia star
Rodriguez is catching up
One retired over seven years ago. The
other just under seven months.
But very few will deny that the buzz sur-
rounding today's bicentennial match which
commemorates 200 years of cricket at Lord's,
surrounds the Prince of Port-of-Spain, Brian
Lara, and Sachin Tendulkar, the batting genius
who the pundits argue, rival him as the best
batsman of their generation.
Both will line up on the same team for the
second time in their careers, having batted
together way back in 1994 at the Sky Dome
in Toronto where they enjoyed a fruitful part-
nership, as Tendulkar recalled yesterday.
The Indian maestro will lead the MCC
team, opening the batting alongside Australia's
Aaron Finch, with his former team mate and
captain Rahul Dravid, batting at three and
Lara, at four. Australian Shane Warne leads
the Rest of The World team.
Tendulkar, the highest run-getter in both
Tests and One-Day cricket has been in the
nets over the past 12 days and confessed yes-
terday that he was still trying to find the
centre of the bat.
"It is nice to be back in gear and hitting
a few balls, but I'm still trying to find the
centre of the bat."
The 41-year-old, Tendulkar who made his
debut at Lord's as a teenager, said his presence
at Lord's brought back great feelings.
"No matter how many times you come
here, the feeling is always special. To be part
of what is happening is indeed an honour."
Most of the players are seeing the occasion
as an opportunity to leave their mark on his-
tory, and yesterday's training sessions, saw
a full turn out, and was conducted with an
intensity that emphasised its competitive
Lara, who failed to score a Test century at
Lord's in an illustrious career that brought
him 34, smashed a superb 56 in a game for
MCC against Hertfordshire a few days ago.
But that only seemed to have rekindled his
enthusiasm. He has been in the nets almost
every day since, ironing out the chinks in his
armour, of which there aren't many. Father
Time and an absence of time in the middle,
may have slowed down both reflexes and
foot movement, but the Prince of Port-of-
Spain can never be faulted for cashing it
when the big moment arrives.
Now 45, and the oldest player in today's
match, he is eager to ensure that he provides
something special for the fans, who lapped
up every available tickets for the match within
30 minutes of them going on sale.
"The idea is to celebrate the occasion and
give something special to the spectators," he
said yesterday. "The occasion demands it."
On Thursday, Lara and all the other mem-
bers of the teams attended an anti corruption
meeting which spelled out the dos and don'ts
as it related the game.
"They are taking this event seriously, the
officials, the players, the fans...everyone, so
it is important that we do well and make it
a special occasion."
The weather here has been wonderful over
the past week and everyone will be keeping
their fingers crossed in the hope that it
remains that way at least until the game ends
It's a 50-over affair.
SVG, Barbados break losing trends in CBC
MCC: Sachin Tendulkar (captain),
Aaron Finch, Rahul Dravid, Brian Lara,
Chris Read, Umar Gul, Brett Lee, Saeed
Ajmal, Shiv Chanderpaul, Daniel Vettori,
Rest of the World: Shane Warne
(captain), Tino Best, Kevin Pietersen,
Muttiah Murilitharan, Shahid Afridi,
Adam Gilchrist, Paul Collingword, Tamin
Iqbal, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh.
Lara prepares to
go bat in the
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