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Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bisses-
sar made a surprise appearance at the
Queen s Park Oval yesterday and con-
firmed that the Red Steel has been al-
lowed to retain T&T for the Limacol
Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20
The CPL was asked by minister of
sport Anil Roberts to remove the coun-
try s name from Red Steel. It was done
immediately before the toss at the first
game between Red Steel and Barbados
Tridents in Grenada.
Roberts made strong arguments but
CPL continued to negotiate with offi-
cials of the government and last week
they issued a release stating that they
received approval to use the name.
After meeting the players before the
start of the T&T Red Steel versus St
Lucia Zouks match, she made the an-
nouncement. She said that her cabinet
decided to allow Red Steel to retain
T&T because of the tremendous op-
portunities it presented for tourism.
The ministry of Tourism is one of the
sponsors for the team.
PM confirms name for T&T Red Steel
"I will be extremely
happy if we can hit
six gold medals and
if we can get a total
of 12 medals."
Minister of Sport
ANIL ROBERTS on
his projections for
T&T at the ongoing
Games in Scotland.
Call: 623-8870 (Ext:
2213, 2711, 2212, 2192)
45.13 seconds to
claim the 400m gold
in another junior
world leading time at
the IAAF World Jun-
in Athletics, on
Twenty-four years ago, Port-of-Spain
was painted in red---the blood of an
attempt coup. Yesterday, however, it
was painted in red again---the love of a
nation for the T&T Red Steel, who did
not disappoint and gave them a won-
derful nine-wicket victory over the St
The battlefield this time was not the
Red House but the Queen s Park Oval
and soldiers stationed at the venue were
not involved in battle but were there to
ensure that the exuberant fans did not
rush onto the field after Red Steel reg-
istered their fifth win in the Limacol
Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20
After incisive bowling from Dwayne
Bravo s men restricted the Zouks to 136
for nine off their 20 overs, the home
team romped to victory at 137 for one
off 14.4 overs.
The assault by Evin Lewis and Kevin
O Brien could well spark an inquiry into
the performance of the opposition, as
they attacked with full force.
Lewis armed with a heavy BAS bat
flayed the offerings from the Islanders
and the white missile took to the air,
landing among the civilians. He rushed
to a half century off just 24 balls---hitting
four sixes and four fours. This landmark,
his second in successive games after his
72 against the Jamaica Tallawahs, all but
ended the interest of the Zouks.
Lewis and O Brien posted their century
stand off just 10.4 overs and the fans
were jumping. While the two batted, life
in T&T looked perfect, as total strangers
were hugging each other in the stands,
celebrating the T&T Red Steel. Lewis
fell just before the victory was formalised,
getting 77 off 45 balls with 12 fours and
O Brien then brought up his second
half century off the series off 40 balls
with three sixes and three fours. He
remained 55 not out at the end.
Earlier, Sammy won the toss and sur-
prisingly batted first given the fickle
nature of the weather. Prior to him win-
ning the toss, he had to contend with
the bad news that Under-19 player Ray
Jordan broke the arm of one of his top
batsmen Brad Hodge during practice,
ruling him out of the tournament.
The Red Steel, on the other hand,
received a boost with the visit of Prime
Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar lending
her support, after two weeks of uncer-
tainty as to whether the T&T brand could
be used as part of the team s name.
Zouks openers Johnson Charles and
Andre Fletcher failed to get going and
leg-spinner Samuel Badree had both
men back in the dug out with just 33
runs on the board. Charles swiped at a
googly and was stumped and Fletcher s
dismissal was even uglier as he played
an awful heave only to see the ball crash
into his stumps. He gave Badree his 100th
wicket in all T20 cricket and soon the
PowerGen man would complete his spell
of four overs conceeding only 13 runs.
The South African Rolef van der
Merwe then swatted two fours and a six
but Badree then had a hand in sending
him back via a Javon Searles long-hop,
he made 21 off 18 balls.
Another cameo was on the menu as
Keddy Lesporis sent two balls into the
stand before he was snapped up by
Dwayne Bravo. His 20 off 17 balls, gave
the visitors hope but he was too anxious
for big shots and paid the ultimate price.
After this, there was a steady proces-
sion to and from the dug out as only
skipper Sammy withstood the challenge
from a well-oiled Red Steel unit.
The West Indies T20 captain stayed
to the end and finished 46 not out off
35 balls with four sixes and one four.
The bandwagon now shifts to St Lucia
where the T&T Red Steel will meet the
St Lucia Zouks again on Saturday.
...as Red Steel does home trick
Red Steel vs Zouks
J Charles st Pooran b Badree15
R Merwe c Badree b Searles 21
KLesporisbBravo. . . . . . . . .20
T Willett c Taylor b Cooper .10
S Tanvir c Badree b Edwards 1
SShillingfordrunout. . . . . . . .1
GMathurinnotout. . . . . . . . .0
Total9wkts(20ovs) . . . . . .136
Fall of wkts: 20, 33, 52, 70, 97,
101, 103, 112, 133.
Bowling: F Edwards 4-0-33-1
(1w), S Badree 4-1-13-2, S
Benn 4-0-31-0 (1w), J Searles
1-0-14-1, DBravo3-0-18-1, K
T&T RED STEEL innings
E Lewis c Charles b Shillingford .77
Fall of wkts: 129.
Bowling: S Tanvir 2-0-16-0, G
Mathurin 2.4-0-26-0, D
Sammy 1-0-20-0, M Mathew
2-0-18-0, R Jordan 2-0-19-0, S
Shillingford 4-0-26-1, T Willett
Result: T&T Red Steel won by
Man of match: Evin Lewis.
T&T's Samuel Badree delivers during his miserly spell of 4-1-13-2 against the
St Lucia Zouks at the Queen's Park Oval yesterday. PHOTO ABRAHAM DIAZ.
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