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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 24, 2014
Some 200 players have been looked at during
two screening sessions conducted by the T&T Foot-
ball Association for selection on the National Under
20 Men s Team.
Sessions were held on Saturday and Tuesday at
the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar and continued
yesterday (Wednesday) at the Ato Boldon Stadium,
Couva for players from the South and Central regions.
Under-20 coach and former national defender
Derek King and other senior staff members Stephen
Hart, Hutson Charles, Dale Saunders and Muhammad
Isa have been present at the sessions.
The action shifts to Tobago on Saturday with a
session carded for the Dwight Yorke Stadium from
9am. Players must be born on or after January 1,
1995 and must walk with identification, Red and
White playing tops and black pants and red socks.
King noted that there has been some quality in
the mix so far.
"We ve seen a lot of enthusiastic and talented
players in the screening so far coming from local Pro
League clubs such as W Connection, North East
Stars and St Ann s Rangers as well the schools in the
Secondary Schools League," King told TTFA Media.
"We ve seen maybe 200 players so far and they
are a few guys with quality that can definitely bring
something to the squad.
"We ll continue to assess their ability and their
potential before cutting the squad for a first set of
official training sessions next week at which point
we will bring in the current pool of players from the
past National Under 17 team and some other faces
we ve already added," King said.
"And the staff at the sessions are all very experienced
with a keen eye for talent which is a great boost for
the process at this time."
T&T are preparing for the second round of the
Caribbean Football Union leg of the 2015 Fifa Under-
20 World Cup qualifiers which will be played in T&T
from September 10-19.
The Concacaf Final round will be played from Jan-
uary 9-25 at a venue to be determined from which
the top four teams will qualify for the Fifa Under-
20 World Cup in New Zealand from May 30 - June
to Tobago on
The national Under-19 team
improved its performance yes-
terday in Guyana on day two
against the Windward Islands
in the West Indies Cricket
Board Regional U-19 three-day
tournament, but still has a lot
of work to do to avoid defeat.
T&T closed day two on 49/1
in the second innings, still trail-
ing the Windwards by 126 runs.
The experienced duo of Jeremy
Solozano (34) and Brian Christ-
mas (12) were both unbeaten at
the crease. Both players partic-
ipated at the regional U-19 tour-
nament last year. Opening bats-
man Amir Jangoo fell for duck
as his miserable tournament
continued. In the first innings
Jangoo contributed 11 to T&T s
first innings score of 74.
Earlier, the Windwards
declared on 249/9 a massive
lead of 175 runs. Captain Roland
Cato led from the front scoring
43, while Anson Latchman and
Melvin Gordon struck 38 and
32 respectively. Samuel Roop-
narine bowled 26 overs for T&T
on the day, taking 3/53. Spinner
Jesse Bootan who was also a
member of the team last year,
grabbed 3/42 in 23 overs. Tevon
Jadoo (2/39) and Justin Joseph
(2/39) both snatched two wick-
ets.All matches conclude today.
At Enmore: T&T U-19 74
(Jeremy Solozano 18, Jeron
Maniram 12, Amir Jangoo 11,
Ryan John 3/14, Gidron Pope
3/8) and 49/1 (Solozano 34 not
out, Brian Christmas 12 not out)
vs Windward Islands 249/9 dec
(Roland Cato 43, Anson
Latchman 38, Melvin Gordon
32, Samuel Roopnarine 3/53,
Jesse Bootan 3/42, Tevon
Jadoo 2/39, Justin Joseph 2/39)
At National Cricket Stadium:
Guyana 270 vs Leeward Islands
At Everest: Barbados 120
and 211 vs Jamaica 130 and
T&T improve, but face difficult task
GEORGETOWN, Guyana---Ramaal Lewis and Odean
Smith restored the balance of power to leave Jamaica
hunting for a victory, after a career-best spell from
Barbados captain Chad Williams restricted them
to a narrow first innings lead in the Regional Under-
19 Tournament yesterday.
Lewis, the Jamaica and incumbent West Indies
Under-19 captain, captured 5-75 from 29.1 overs
with his flighty off-spin to end with match figures
of 10-122, as Barbados were dismissed for 211 in the
second innings about 35 minutes before the close on
the second day of their first round match at Ever-
est.Odean Smith supported Lewis with 4-44 from 13
overs with his incisive fast-medium bowling and had
put the early skids on the Barbadians with his late
movement through the air on another hot, sunny
day in the Guyana capital.
Jamaica, chasing 202 for victory, then reached 10
for one in their second innings when stumps were
drawn with Odaine McCatty not out on one and
Ramone Francis not out on zero.
Lewis, Smith shine
after Williams' best
---2nd day, 1st round
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