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Bonus $$ for Steel

12 hours 39 min ago

T&T Red Steel players are likely to get more prize money than they catered for after winning the 2015 Hero CPL T20 tournament at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday night. In front of a packed house, Dwayne Bravo’s men turned back defending champions Barbados Tridents to claim their first title in the third edition of the tournament.

Batting first the Red Steel got to 178 for five off 20 overs with half centuries from Pakistani Kamran Akmal and South African Cameron Delport. Dwayne Bravo smashed a quickfire unbeaten 29 as well. Tridents got off to a great start but the Red Steel bowlers held their nerve to win the match and send the just over 18,000 fans into a frenzy.

The team pocketed US$400,000 for winning the tournament. They money was expected to be shared 50/50 between the owners Red Chillies Entertainment and the players. This meant that the players and management would have had  to share US$200,000. 

However, an official in the set up said that the owners are likely to forfeit their share of the prize money, since they were impressed with the performance of the Red Steel, which had not only been match winning, but had also given them a good enough return on their investment. “The owners are  likely to improve on what was promised and it is likely that the players would get double what they expected.”

The owners would have made a tidy sum given the fact that all advertising spots available on the players gear were snapped up by local companies. Also the Oval was sold out on most days with an average of 110,000 patrons going through the turnstiles over the seven matches that were held at the Oval.

T&T defeats Jamaica in Regional U-15

12 hours 43 min ago

The national Under-15 cricketers finally got some time out in the middle and made full use of it, crushing Jamaica by nine wickets in round three of the West Indies Cricket Board Regional U-15 tournament in Guyana, yesterday.

T&T’s matches against Guyana and Windward Islands were both abandoned due to rain. Bowling first at the Guyana National Stadium yesterday, T&T dismissed Jamaica for 125 in 40.1 overs. Fast bowler Jayden Seales was the top bowler for T&T taking the first four wickets to leave the Jamaicans in trouble on 32/4. Sameer Ali finished off the tail grabbing three of the last four wickets. Ali ended with 3/9 in 6.1 overs, while Seales took 4/44 in nine overs. Michael Thompson and Geordae Seymour was the best batsmen scoring 26 and 24 respectively.

Opening batsman Sachin Dookie led the chase, cracking an unbeaten 45 off 99 balls to guide T&T to 126/1 in 34.3 overs. Dookie, who struck five fours in his innings, was supported by Joshua James who finished on 29 not out. Dookie and James shared in an unbroken 83-run second wicket partnership after Matthew Patrick fell for 16. Kirk McKenzie was the lone wicket taker for Jamaica, taking 1/13 in five overs.

The results of the Barbados-Guyana match and the Windward Islands-Leeward Islands encounter were not available up to press time. T&T will hope for sunny skies again today when it plays Leeward Islands at Bourda.

SCORES

At Guyana National Stadium: Jamaica 125 (40.1 overs) (Michael Thompson 26, Geordae Seymour 24, Jayden Seales 4/44, Sameer Ali 3/9) vs T&T 126/1 (34.3 overs) (Sachin Dookie 45 not out, Joshua James 29 not out) T&T won by nine wickets

TODAY’S FIXTURES

Guyana vs Jamaica at Enmore Recreation Ground
Leeward Islands vs T&T at Bourda
Windward Islands vs Barbados at Guyana National Stadium

Petrotrin Palo Seco, Bethel Utd stay perfect in Super League

12 hours 45 min ago

Petrotrin Palo Seco and Bethel United moved into a joint two-way tie for the lead at the top of the revamped 15-team National Super Football League Premier Division after picking up their second win from as many matches on Sunday. Both have amassed a maximum of six points. 

Coming off a hard fought 2–1 win over Defence Force in its opener, nine days ago, Petrotrin Palo Seco recorded a much more convincing 3–1 whipping of fellow southerners, Siparia Spurs at Palo Seco Municipal Stadium. The match was all over before the half-time whistle as Marvin Mark (11th), Brent Garcia (30th) and Corey Cyrus (42nd), the latter of whom also scored in the first round, netted a goal each for the comfortable lead.

Petrotrin Palo Seco failed to add to its tally in the second-half, while at the other end of the field, Spurs pulled a goal back through the prolific Andy London on the hour mark. However, that was as close as they got as Petrotrin Palo Seco stood firm to pick up victory number and the table lead from Bethel on goal-difference.

Further south, at Guaya Recreation Ground, visiting Bethel United registered another 1–0 win, this time over Guaya United thanks to Vernon Wilson 42nd minute strike, three minutes earlier than his winner in round one against Stokely Vale.

Up at the WASA Ground, St Joseph, round one leaders WASA, which clobbered FC Santa Rosa 6–1, was brought crashing back down to earth in a 1–0 loss to Police FC with the lone goal coming off the boot of Real Didier, eight minutes from full-time. The lawmen moved into third spot on four points, level with 1976 FC Phoenix, which also won 1–0 against Stokely Vale via Dominic Mc Dougall’s 11th minute goal at Plymouth Recreation Ground.

The biggest winners on the day were newcomers, Marabella Family Crisis Centre, which thrashed FC Santa Rosa 6–2 at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella, led by a Kevin Modie hat-trick.

Modie opened the scoring as early as the fourth minute and added second-half tallies in the 54th and 56th for the winner, which also got help from its opposition which conceded an own goal in the 35th to add to other strikes from ex-national youth player Juma Clarenece (38th) and Renford Martin (77th).

Down at the Youth Camp Ground, Macqueripe, Chaguaramas, Aaron Lester’s 79th decisive goal earned Defence Force an entertaining 3–2 win over Real Maracas. Dexter Thornhill put the “Teteron Boys” ahead in the 14th minute and Josimar Belgrave doubled the advantage in the 32nd before Dillon Bartholomew cut the lead in the 41st.

Bartholomew then silenced the host by drawing his team level in the 75th, but that joy was short-lived as Lester banged home the winner four minutes later. And in the day’s other contest, Joel Hoyte’s 44th item denied defending champions Club Sando Moruga a winning start, as it battled to a 1–1 draw with Matura Reunited at Matura Recreation Ground.

Marcus John had given Club Sando a 28th minute lead. The third round of matches will take place on Sunday, August 2, with Petrotin Palo Seco away to National Lotteries Control Board La Horquetta SA at Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabara, from 4 pm, and Bethel United on the road against fellow Tobago club, 1976 FC Phoenix at Canaan Ground, Bon Accord, at 5 pm.

Results

Sunday, July 26:
Matura Reunited 1 (Joel Hoyte 44th) vs Club Sando Moruga 1 (Marcus John 28th)

Defence Force 3 (Dexter Thornhill 14th, Josimar Belgrave 32nd, Aaron Lester 79th) vs Real Maracas 2 (Dillon Bartholomew 41st, 75th)

Bethel United 1 (Vernon Wilson 42nd) vs Guaya United FC 0

Petrotrin Palo Seco 3 (Marvin Mark 11th, Brent Garcia 30th, Corey Cyrus 42nd) vs Siparia Spurs 1 (Andy London 60th)

Marabella Family CC 6 (Kevin Modie 4th, 54th, 56th, own goal 35th, Juma Clarance 38th, Renifiord Martin 77th) vs FC Santa Rosa 2

Police 1 (Real Didier 82nd) vs WASA FC 0

1976 FC Phoenix 1 (Dominic Mc Dougall 11th) vs Stokely Vale 0

Standings

Teams    P    W    D    L    F    A    Pts
Petrotrin P/S    2    2    0    0    5    2    6
Bethel Utd    2    2    0    0    2    0    6
Police FC    2    1    1    0    3    2    4
Phoenix    2    1    1    0    1    0    4
WASA    2    1    0    1    6    2    3
Marabella Family    2    1    0    1    8    6    3
La Horquetta    1    1    0    0    2    0    3
Guaya Utd    2    1    0    1    4    3    3
Defence Force    2    1    0    1    4    4    3
Matura Reunited    2    0    2    0    1    1    2
Club Sando Moruga    1    0    1    0    1    1    1
Siparia Spurs    2    0    1    1    3    5    1
Stokely Vale    2    0    0    2    0    2    0
Real Maracas    2    0    0    2    2    5    0
FC Santa Rosa    2    0    0    2    3    12    0

Fixtures

Sunday, August 2:
Club Sando Moruga vs Stokely Vale FC, Lumsden Recreation Ground, Gasparillo, 4 pm
La Horquetta SA vs Petrotrin Palo Seco, Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, 4 pm
Matura Reunited vs Marabella Family Crisis Centre, North Eastern Recreation Ground, 4 pm
Defence Force vs Police FC, Youth Camp Ground, Macqueripe, Chaguaramas, 4 pm
Guaya United vs WASA FC, Guaya Recreation Ground, 4 pm
FC Santa Rosa vs Siparia Spurs, Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, 4 pm
1976 Phoenix vs Bethel United, Canaan Ground, Bon Accord, 5 pm

Golden era for sport at hand

12 hours 48 min ago

The goal of achieving 10 or more Olympic Gold medals by the year 2024 created debate. There were those who felt, and probably still do, that its unrealistic.  They think that making the leap from two Olympic champions to 10 by 2024 is beyond real. Then there are those who understand that achieving that goal must first begin in the mind.

What comes next?  Having accepted mentally that achieving  10 golds is possible and is not out of reach, the next step is how are we  going to get those 10 or more gold medals. The  Olympic Committee has conducted a survey and a follow up is now due. The survey and other research based sources are aimed at providing important data and  analysis.

Budgets have to be done. Assessments,monitoring and evaluation. What are the targets and projections? These specific targets must be established within the context of a long term athlete development programme. Harnessing the abundant talent and potential can be done if there is a systematic approach. Winning medals are the end result of a systematic approach be it local or foreign.

When one considers the performances of T&T on the sporting stage in recent weeks. It’s about time that we put our collective energies to work. We can make a name a positive name for T&T on the global sport stage. I accept that based on all the economic experts T&T is facing a daunting economic future. The predictions are that who ever wins the upcoming national election must make some hard decisions. 

That being so. There may well be the view that sport is surplus to requirements. It is hoped that this is not going to be the attitude towards sport. Give T&T sport a fighting chance. Double even triple the allocations to sport. But put in effective monitoring and evaluation systems.  Get the key stakeholders involved. Let them say what they want.

The funny thing is that even as this column is calling to triple the allocation, we are mindful that certain changes require an attitudinal and mindset change more than a monetary one. It can be done. Lets give it a really good go. With one year to go to Rio Olympics lets put  a huge effort behind a podium quest.

Lets aim to exceed the London 2012 medal count. Be not afraid of the challenge. Lets not be intimidated. Lets go for it. There is little margin for error with 365 days to go to Rio 2016. Let me take this opportunity to congratulate this country's Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games team, Soca Warriors and The Red Steel. They all lifted the spirits of a nation buffeted by an intolerable crime situation.

The joy that spreads through the nation because of the positive exploits on the field of sport is there for all to see. Time and time again sport has delivered. What more can sport do to prove its case? T&T,  the dawn of a new golden era for sport is at hand. Lets not blow it because of short sightedness.

Brian Lewis is the president of the T&T Olympic Committee. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the Olympic Committee. 
Support #10Golds24 Athlete Welfare and Preparation Fund make your donations to any branch of Scotiabank account number 171188. 

Birchwood to fire

12 hours 54 min ago

Air Vice Marshall won’t be asked to reverse recent placings with Birchwood this afternoon, in the group two Vintage Stakes for two-year-olds over seven furlongs of good ground, on the first day of Glorious Goodwood which stretches into next Saturday; a wonderful five-day meeting awaits with several juicy high-profile juvenile races for decision at this magnificent, picturesque, venue.

Seventeen days ago, Birchwood was a length too good in a similar race on the Newmarket July course for which Richard Fahey’s charge is penalised 3lbs; unfortunately Aidan O’Brien-trained Air Vice Marshall was taken out yesterday morning and so was stable-companion Gleneagles for the group one Sussex tomorrow; softish ground conditions are reasons given!

There isn’t a faster drying course in the United Kingdom and we don’t buy the excuse(s) given; extremely disappointing for racegoers. On a point of classification this high-profile race leaves a lot to be desired, perhaps Birchwood will improve considerably and become a classic prospect; whatever his recent mark should prove good enough on this occasion 

Don’t forget on the first day of any Festival fixture it’s best to watch, monitor, and get a feel of conditions; adopt a patient attitude and stick with our three daily patent selections through thick and thin. Major meetings are all about prices, the chance to grab a big ‘un and mine is to supply readers with such opportunities but they are tough, heart-breaking at times, and yet serious punting at the cutting edge is so exciting; nothing compares.

Far from the madding crowd there is also a seven-race turf-flat programme scheduled for good to firm Beverley where Crombay is nap material in the 2-y-o Maiden Stakes over five furlongs; sixth time lucky? You can bet on it especially with experience such a major factor, be lucky! There are two jumping cards, click on to www.dailyearner.co.uk for updates. 

SELECTIONS

10.35 BIRCHWOOD
10.10 PETRIFY
11.20 CROMBAY 

Jamaica falters as Mexico wins seventh crown

12 hours 56 min ago

PENNSYLVANIA—Jamaica’s dream of becoming the first-ever Caribbean side to win the prestigious Concacaf Gold Cup ended in disappointment, when they suffered a 3–1 defeat to giants Mexico in the final on Sunday night. Entering the contest at the Lincoln Financial Field as massive underdogs against six-time champions Mexico, the Reggae Boyz’ task was made even harder when they fell behind to an Andres Guardado strike to be down, 1–0, at half-time.

They conceded two more goals early in the second half through Jesús Manuel Corona and Oribe Peralta to trail 3–0 after 61 minutes and though Darren Mattocks pulled one back in the 80th minute, the chance of history had already slipped though their fingers. With the victory, Mexico added to their titles in 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009 and 2011, while for Jamaica, their berth in the final represented the first time a Caribbean nation had advanced that far in a Gold Cup.

Despite the defeat, Reggae Boyz head coach Winfried Schafer said he was proud of his unit. “Mexico was a good team. They played great football in the first minutes and had chances. However, the mistakes we made were reflected in goals from Mexico,” the German said. “[Mexico] were better, stronger but congratulations to my team, everybody should be proud of them.”

Jamaica began competitively but came under sustained pressure from Mexico mid-way during the opening half. Goalkeeper Ryan Thompson palmed away a goal-bound effort from Corona in the 25th minute and moments later Jesus Duenas sent another shot wide. 

Guardado made no mistake in the 31st minute, however. Paul Aguilar picked him out at the far post after collecting Jonathan Dos Santos’ corner, and the PSV Eindhoven beat Thompson from about ten yards out with a left-footed volley. Trailing by the one goal at half-time, Jamaica saw their chances of making a comeback dashed, when they conceded two minutes after the restart.

Michael Hector dawdled on possession and was robbed by Corona who then beat Thompson with his shot from just outside the area. Fourteen minutes later, another defensive error cost Jamaica. Hector again was at fault, failing to properly deal with a cross from Aguilar and Peralta latched onto the loose ball to clip his finish past Thompson from close range.

With the game all but over barring a miraculous comeback, Jamaica managed to salvage some pride when Mattocks got on the scoresheet with ten minutes left in the encounter. A 60th minute substitute for Garath McCleary, the Vancouver Whitecaps striker cut inside the box after being played in by Jobi McAnuff, to curl a right-footer past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. There would be no fairy-tale end, however, as the scoreline remained intact.

CMC

Serrette: Toronto is just a stepping stone

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 23:56

President of the National Association of Athletic Administration Ephraim Serrette hopes that T&T’s performance at the recently concluded Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada will be a stepping stone for bigger things to come. T&T’s squad bagged eight medals at the meet, a national record, including six in track and field to rank 15th out of 29 countries overall.

Looking ahead to next month’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing and further down the road to the Olympics in Rio next year, Serrette said the country’s athletes were showing a lot of promise. “It was an exceptional performance,” he said. “The athletes did us proud and it augers well for the future.”

The track and field athletes won three gold medals (Kershorn Walcott (Javelin), Cleopatra Borel (Shot Put) and the 4x400 metres relay quartet of Machel Cedenio, Jarrin Solomon, Renny Quow and Lalonde Gordon. Mikel Thomas (110 Hurdles) and Machel Cedenio (400m) won silver. However, he noted that a different standard of competition would await them in Beijing.

“The Pam Am Games are something of a dress rehearsal for the World Championships, but we have to remember that the Americans and Jamaicans sent second and third string teams. They were still strong but a lot of big names were missing. It served as good preparation but our athletes who medalled will now have to turn up a gear to succeed on the world stage.”

Serrette commended the T&T Olympic Committee for recently launching its medal incentive programme, which he felt had had its desired effect. “I can’t say exactly how much it influenced the athletes but it was a good gesture by the TTOC,” he said. He added that he hoped to see improvement from the Women’s 4x100m team, which did not complete its semifinal in Toronto.

“I hope they will go back to drawing board,” he said. “We had high expectations from them after they won bronze at the IAAF World Relays in May. Now with Kelly Ann (Baptiste) and Semoy (Hackett) back on the team, they should be a very strong unit.”

UTT takes women’s Solo team title

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 23:54

The University of T&T captured the women’s team title in contrasting when the Solo National Table Tennis Championship continued at the Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Chaguanas, on Sunday. In a three-team round-robin series, the UTT trio of 11-times national women’s singles champion Aleena Edwards, Brittany Joseph, also a former singles champ and Jamilla Alexander had 3-0 wins over both Tobago Slammers and Carenage Blasters.

First, UTT defeated Slammers with Edwards beating Jevaune Stewart 11-9, 11-9, 11-7; Joseph overcoming Jasher De Gannes 10-12, 11-6, 11-4, 13-11 and Alexander and Joseph outlasting De Gannes and Ackayla Lucas 11-8, 7-11, 11-4, 13-11. Next up was the clash with Blasters and despite mixing up their line-up, UTT started off in the same way, when Joseph brushed aside Adefa James, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8.

Edwards then made it 2-0 in the best-of-five team series with a comfortable 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 victory over Chelsea Fong before Alexander and Joseph outclassed James and Fong 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9 in the doubles to complete the sweep and a 2-0 record for the crown. Slammers took second spot with a similar 3-0 brushing aside of Balsters, but it was not as easy as the final outcome suggested.

De Gannes rallied for a 9-11, 11-9, 4-11, 12-10, 11-9 win over Fong; Stewart battled past James 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-8 and in the doubles, De Gannes and Lucas proved too much for James and Fong 11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9.
 
Burke sends St Louis’ Crusaders packing
However, the shock result of the day came in the men’s semifinal as Arima Hawks, inspired by five-time former national champion Reeza Burke took down Solo Crusaders led by five-time Caribbean champion, France-based Dexter St Louis. Nothing that had happened before alerted the fraternity that history was about to be created as St Louis, his step-daughter and fellow five-time regional champion Rheann Chung were the overseas stars present for Crusaders.

Last year with overseas based national Khaleel Asgarali in their ranks Crusaders were crowned National Champions. 

This year, with St Louis and Chung, the Crusaders camp was again confident, but Burke changed that when he pulled out the long handle and with a series of heavy drives that defied his size and defeated  Anthony “Sandfly” Brown 11-4, 9-11, 11-13, 12-10, 11-8. He then had St Louis shaking his head as he won 12-10, 8-11, 15-13, 11-9 in a gripping contest to get his team even in the contest at 2-2.

But with the crowd expecting a fifth and deciding contest between Hawks’ Anson Wellington and Crusaders’ Brown, the latter was nowhere to be found and showed up after the five minute time allotted, losing the match by default and handing Hawks a 3-2 victory and a spot in the final. In the other semifinal WASA stopped Carenage Blasters 3-2 led by Curtis Humphreys two wins.

Curtis Humphreys handed WASA a good start beating Caribbean Senior bronze medal winner and Junior champion Aaron Wilson 8-11, 12-10, 11-4, 3-11, 11-9 and Dookram punished Kenwin Small 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 for a 2-0 lead.

However, Sanga Quamina playing in the third position for Blasters scored a good come from behind 8-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 victory over Kenneth Permanand to spark Blasters after they had fallen behind while Wilson displaying good form, defeated Dookram,  11-9, 11-5, 11-3 to level the match at 2-2.

In the decider, Blasters’ Kenwin Small pushed Curtis Humphreys but fell short losing 6-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11/9, 7/11. The men’s tournament was divided into two groups of four with all the top teams participating. Group One brought together Solo Crusaders, UTT, Carenage Blasters and Gladiators while Group Two featured WASA, D’Abadie Youths, PowerGen and Arima Hawks.

Leander brace gives U-20 Women opening win

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 23:52

Tobagonian, Tsaianne Leander scored a goal in each half as T&T Under-20 Women Soca Warriors kicked off their Fifa Under-20 World Cup qualifying campaign with a comfortable 2-0 blanking of host St Vincent and The Grenadines at Victoria Park, Kingstown, St Vincent and The Grenadines on Sunday night.

Going into the opening Group Four match, in the three-team series which also includes Dominica, T&T coach Jason Spence said he wanted to pounce on his opponents early and Leader did just that by firing the young Women Soca Warriors in the 19th minute after which the visitors were denied on numerous occasions by some outstanding goalkeeping.

Despite their dominant play, T&T only had a 1-0 lead to show at the half, but in the second period Leander doubled the advantage on the hour to seal the easy win. Commenting on the team’s performance coach Spence while not pleased with his team’s wastefulness in front of goal was happy for the victory.

He said, “I must congratulate the girls on a job well done and picking up the all important three points. We went out there with a game plan and they stuck to their task, played very organised and disciplined football. “We wanted to score more goals, but credit to their goalkeeper on the night, she was outstanding and was no doubt the difference between us getting a larger margin of victory.

Looking ahead to today’s encounter against Dominica at the same venue from 5pm, Spence said his team will be going all out for another victory to seal top spot in the group and not wait on the outcome of the final match between the host and Dominica on Thursday. “We know that a win against Dominica will secure top spot in the group and we will be approaching the match with the same positive mindset.

“The only edge they have on us is that they were able to see us in action against St Vincent and The Grenadines, while we don’t know what to expect from them, but we are a confident group and we are not fearful of any opponent,” ended Spence. Over at the Mindoo Phillip Stadium, Castries, St Lucia, Jamaica outplayed Grenada 5-0 in Group Two while in Group Three, Bermuda hammered St Kitts/Nevis 7-0 at the Estadio Panamericano San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic.

Today, in other matches, Jamaica faces St Lucia in Group Two and Dominican Republic tackles St Kitts/Nevis in Group Three, both from 5 pm.

T&T Women’s U-20 squad:

Rebecca Ann Almandoz, Celeste Thomas, Shaunalee Govia, Naomie Guerra, Zoe Swift, Renee Mike, Chelcy Ralph, Chelsea Federick,  Chevonne John, Maya Matouk, Eden Charles, Corel Carmichael, Sawsha Woznuk, Amaya Ellis, Tsaianne Leander, Raenah Campbell, Ranae Ward, Kelsey Henry, Nicolette Craig.

Technical staff: Jason Spence (coach), Desire Ann Sarjeant (assistant coach),  Lecia Fraser Baptiste (equipment manager), Ashlee Alonzo (strength and  conditioning athletic performance coach), Phillip Ian Dore (physiotherapist), Jamiyla Muhammad (manager).

Soca Warriors open WC in group with US

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 08:01

ST. PETERSBURG—The United States’ road to the 2018 World Cup opens in November with a four-nation group that includes Trinidad and Tobago.

Given a bye in the first three rounds along with the other powers of the North and Central American and Caribbean region, the 34th-ranked United States was drawn into Group C for the fourth round. In addition to the No. 64 Soca Warriors, the group will include 105th-ranked Guatemala or No. 107 Antigua and Barbuda, and 135th-ranked Aruba or No. 115 St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Seeking its eighth straight World Cup appearance, the Americans start with a pair of games on November 13 and 17. Play resumes March 25 and 29, and then takes a six-month break before concluding September 2 and 6, 2016. The top two nations advance to the final round Hexagonal, which will produce three qualifiers and determine the fourth-place team that meets Asia’s No. 5 team in a playoff for a berth. The Hexagonal starts November 7, 2016, and ends October 10, 2017.

Mexico is in Group A with Honduras, Canada or Belize, and El Salvador or Curacao. Group B includes Costa Rica, Jamaica or Nicaragua, and Haiti or Grenada.

World Cup qualifying draw

EUROPE (13 nations qualify - Russia also qualifies as host)

Sept. 4, 2016, to Oct. 10, 2017

Group winners qualify

Top eight second-place teams advance to playoffs

Group A_Belarus, Bulgaria, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden

Group B_Andorra, Faeroe Islands, Hungary, Latvia, Portugal, Switzerland

Group C_Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Germany, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino

Group D_Austria, Georgia, Ireland, Moldova, Serbia, Wales

Group E_Armenia, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, Romania

Group F_England, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia

Group G_Albania, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Spain

Group H_Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece

Group I_Croatia, Finland, Iceland, Turkey, Ukraine

Playoffs

Nov. 9-14, 2017

Winners qualify

 

SOUTH AMERICA (4 or 5 nations qualify)

Sept. 4, 2016, to Oct. 10, 2017

One group of 10 nations

Double round robin

Top four teams qualify

Fifth-place team advances to playoff vs. Oceania

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela

 

NORTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN (3 or 4 nations qualify)

Third round

Aug. 31 to Sept. 8, 2015

Winners advance

Antigua and Barbuda vs. Guatemala

Canada vs. Belize

Curacao vs. El Salvador

Grenada vs. Haiti

Jamaica vs. Nicaragua

St. Vincent and the Grenadines vs. Aruba

Fourth round

Nov. 7, 2015, to Sept. 6, 2016

Double round robin

Top two teams in each group advance

Group A_Canada-Belize winner, Curacao-El Salvador winner, Honduras, Mexico

Group B_Costa Rica, Grenada-Haiti winner, Jamaica-Nicaragua winner, Panama

Group C_T&T, US, Antigua and Barbuda-Guatemala winner, St. Vincent and the Grenadines-Aruba winner 

Fifth round (Hexagonal)

Nov. 7, 2016, to Oct. 10, 2017

Double round robin

Top three teams qualify

Fourth-place team advances to playoff vs. Asia

ASIA (4 or 5 nations qualify)

Second round

June 11, 2015, to March 29, 2016

Double round robin (drawn April 14)

Group winners and top four second-place teams advance

Group A_East Timor, Malaysia, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Group B_Australia, Bangladesh, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan

Group C_Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, Maldives, Qatar

Group D_Guam, India, Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan

Group E_Afghanistan, Cambodia, Japan, Singapore, Syria

Group F_Iraq, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam (Indonesia disqualified)

Group G_Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Myanmar, South Korea

Group H_Bahrain, North Korea, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Yemen

Third round

Aug. 29, 2016, to Sept. 5, 2017

Two groups of six

Double round robin

Top two teams in each group qualify

Third-place teams advance to playoff

Fourth round

Oct. 2-10, 2017

Winner advances to playoff vs. CONCACAF

AFRICA (5 nations qualify)

First round

Oct. 5-13, 2015

Winners advance

Central African Republic vs. Madagascar

Chad vs. Sierra Leone

Comoros vs. Lesotho

Djibouti vs. Swaziland

Eritrea vs. Botswana

Gambia vs. Namibia

Liberia vs. Guinea-Bissau

Mauritius vs. Kenya

Sao Tome e Principe vs. Ethiopia

Seychelles vs. Burundi

Somalia vs. Niger

South Sudan vs. Mauritania

Tanzania vs. Malawi

Second round

Nov. 9-17, 2015

Winners advance

Angola vs. South Africa

Benin vs. Burkina Faso

Central African Republic-Madagascar winner vs. Senegal

Chad-Sierra Leone winner vs. Egypt

Comoros-Lesotho winner vs. Ghana

Djibouti-Swaziland winner vs. NigeriaEritrea vs. Botswana winner vs. Mali

Gambia-Namibia winner vs. Guinea

Liberia-Guinea-Bissau winner vs. Ivory Coast

Libya vs. Rwanda

Mauritius-Kenya winner vs. Cape Verde Islands

Morocco vs. Equatorial Guinea

Mozambique vs. Gabon

Sao Tome e Principe-Ethiopia winner vs. Republic of Congo

Seychelles-Burundi winner vs. Congo

Somalia-Niger winner vs. Cameroon

South Sudan-Mauritania winner vs. Tunisia

Sudan vs. Zambia

Tanzania-Malawi winner vs. Algeria

Togo vs. Uganda

Third round

Oct. 3, 2016, to Nov. 14, 2017

Five groups of four

Double round robin

Group winners qualify

 

Shakerattllnroll at Windsor

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 07:36

Shakerattlenroll  is fancied to recoup recent losses in the sixteen-runner 2-y-o Maiden Stakes over six furlongs of ‘good to soft’ Windsor tonight when retiring champion jockey Richard Hughes has rides in all seven races.

‘Hughesy’ has been a ‘standing dish’ at the Thames-side course for more than a decade, partnering ‘steering jobs’ supplied by his father-in-law Richard Hannon who handed the license to namesake son last year.

This time next week Hughes will himself be a licensed trainer, Pat Dobbs and Sean Levey will ride for ‘the racing family Hannon’, which has specialised with juveniles so successfully; all good things come to an end but the show goes on, hopefully Paul Cole-trained Shakerattlenroll achieves his debut time-handicap mark under Cam Hardie, apprenticed to Hannon!

‘Shake’ was a promising third at Brighton and then attempted to make all from the worst draw (12!) at Wolverhampton over seven furlongs; ‘you can’t do it at both ends’ is a well-known saying and sure enough Shakerattlenroll capitulated down the straight, finishing an ignominious sixth, beaten eight lengths.

Dropped back in distance and drawn much better Shakerattlenroll justifies each-way support and a speculative nap selection because the price will be right.

Once-raced Mont Kiara is a ‘steal’ in the 2-y-o Maiden Stakes over five furlongs of Southwell fibresand, if able to cope with the dreaded ‘deep stuff!’

Trainer Kevin Ryan will know, you can bet he’ll have transported to Mont Kiara to the Nottinghamshire venue for a spin round and it’s just a question of Jamie Spencer doing the biz’ aboard this           well-regarded French-bred colt; they       were a close second to Husbandry in a fast-run race at York sixteen days ago. A ‘cert’ if...!

Nine go to post for the nursery handicap over the same course and distance, Scott Dixon-trained Misu Moneypenny won her only start over it ten weeks ago and there isn’t a better system for nurseries; handicappers haven’t a clue how to assess once-raced winning juveniles.

Lara re-affirms will to help Windies cricket

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 07:31

Former West Indies captain Brian Lara says officials of the West Indies Cricket Board cannot restore the sport to its former glory on their own.

He has therefore declared his intent to make overtures to assist administrators in the resurgence of the game.

Lara reaffirmed his willingness to help rebuild WI cricket and told the T&T Guardian he would do everything possible to help nurture young talent in T&T and across the region, because the future of the sport demanded it.

Lara had the support of sports minister Brent Sancho.

While issues related to cricket were not dealt with by individual ministers of sport across the region, but at the level of Caricom, said Sancho, he firmly believed the return of Lara was one way to boast the quality of performances and the consequent championship titles the people of the Caribbean expected. 

Lara said the WICB was trying but what you see in terms of performances by the players, is not necessarily the true reflection of  the sport here.     Administratively, they need help. Again, I am willing to help but the relationship has to be built, for me to have trust in the people I am working with.    

When questioned about the positive impact the Hero Caribbean Premier League had on the coffers of the WICB, Lara stated:     Financially it must have benefitted the WICB. In terms of the shorter version of the game, West Indies have proven they can play with the best teams in the world.  Unfortunately, we did not have our best team in the recent ICC World Cup in Australia, but I think as a purist, it’s really down to the test version of the game. I don’t know how much CPL could do for that. As I’ve said, the best cricketers I have seen in the past are able to play all forms of the game, Lara said. 

He added,     The youngsters want to play for an Indian Premier League (IPL) team or a CPL team, but they should also want to play for West Indies. Putting on that white clothes and the burgundy cap still should be the most important thing for any young cricketer. I’m sure the CPL understands that. The fact that they are playing cricket and are bringing the crowds out should create  interest among the youngsters.

Relay gold gives T&T best Pan Am show

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 07:20

A gold medal run in the Men’s 4x400m final rallied T&T to its most successful showing ever at the Pan American Games at the CIBC Athletics Stadium in Toronto on Saturday night. The quartet of Jarrin Solomon, Renny Quow, Machel Cedenio and Lalonde Gordon recorded a season’s best of 2:59.60 to narrowly edge the Cuban contingent of Raidel Acea, Adrian Chacon, Williams Collazo and Jose Luis Gaspar (2:59.84) for the title. The USA, represented by Jeshua Anderson, Marcus Chambers, Kerron Clement, Kyle Clemons and James Harris, nabbed third in 3:00.21.

 It marked T&T’s third gold at the games and eighth medal overall, bettering the performances of the 1967 (Winnipeg), 1971 (Cali) and 2003 (Santo Domingo) national teams, which each managed seven.   

The foursome joined Cleopatra Borel (shot put) and Keshorn Walcott (javelin) as T&T’s other gold medallists.

 The haul ranked T&T 15th of 29 countries in the standings while its six athletics medals (3-2-1) placed it fifth in the sport behind USA (13-14-14), Canada (11-7-8), Cuba (5-3-1) and Jamaica (3-3-2).

In other events, T&T’s men’s 4x100m team was awarded the bronze two hours after the final under controversial circumstances. Having originally placed fourth in 38.69, Rondel Sorrillo, Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender and Dan-Neil Telesford were bumped up one spot when officials stripped the Canadian team of its gold, having adjudged that Gavin Smellie stepped on the line during the leaf leg.

The infraction was allegedly brought to the attention of the officials by former T&T sprinter Nic-Conner Alexander, who was watching from the stands. He tweeted shortly afterwards:     The officials said they didn't see any evidence of the lane infringement until yours truly pointed it out. #TeamTTO.    

A joint protest by USA, T&T and Brazil led to a two-hour deliberation between the officials, who ultimately disqualified the heartbroken Canadians. The decision also denied local hero Andre De Grasse a coveted triple crown following his golden runs in the 100m and 200m finals.

Canadian head coach Peter Eriksson was frustrated with the turn of events.

    There is no margin of error when you step on the line,     he said     You step on the line you should be disqualified...however it happens many times that people can get away with it.    

Meanwhile, T&T’s Women’s 4x400m team, comprising of Janeil Bellille, Ramona Modeste, Alena Brooks and Sparkle Mc Knight, placed seventh in its final in 3:33.31. That event was won by the USA in 3:25.68 followed by Jamaica (3:27.27) and Canada (3:27.74).

The games formally ended last night with a Closing Ceremony featuring performances by rappers Kanye West and Pitbull.

List of T&T medal winners 

List of T&T Medal Winners at 2015 Pan Am Games:

Gold 

Cleopatra Borel (Women’s Shot Put)

Keshorn Walcott (Men’s Javellin)

Jarrin Solomon, Renny Quow, Machel Cedenio and Lalonde Gordon (Men’s 4x400m Relay)

Silver 

Njisane Phillip (Men’s Match Sprint)

Machel Cedenio (Men’s 400m)

Mikel Thomas (Men’s 110m Hurdles)

Bronze 

George Bovell (Men’s 50m Freestyle)

Rondel Sorrillo, Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender and Dan-Neil Telesford (Men’s 4x100m Relay)

 

Men of steel

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 07:18

Left to defend 26 runs from the last over against Barbados Tridents, Sulieman Benn conceded only five runs and at the end of it, T&T Red Steel was crowned the 2015 Hero CPL T20 champions and members of the team were US$400,000 richer at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain Sunday night.

Set a daunting 179 runs to win the match, the Tridents were in the game up until the penultimate over when Dwayne Bravo allowed just 10 runs, leaving spinner Benn to do the job in the last over, which he did without any fuss, as big hitters Keiron Pollard and Jason Holder stuttered. 

Thousands of fans were glued to their seats and no one moved until the final ball was bowled by Benn, who charged straight to the Carib Stand where the fans were jumping and waving.

Dwayne Smith and American Stephen Taylor started off as if they were late for a flight as they raced to 47 off just four overs. The little known Taylor stunned the fans as he clobbered 20 off 10 balls before Johan Botha got him. Smith continued to beat ball in the company of Kyle Corbin. They took the score to 85 in the 10th over when Sulieman Benn bowled Smith one short of his half century. He faced 30 balls, struck three sixes and four fours in an innings that left the Red Steel men flat.

Benn returned to get Misbah ul Haq to end a stubborn stand with Corbin that was worth 32 of 27 balls. Derone Davis then snared Corbin for 20, made off 28 balls and the home team was back in this contest.

Earlier, Bravo won the toss and understandably took first strike as the pitch was expected to be best for batting first. Jacques Kallis and Cameron Delport reeled off three boundaries early and that excited the sellout crowd.  Kallis was dismissed in the third over off the bowling Robin Petersen for eight as the Tridents maintained a tidy line and length for most of the powerplay overs that brought just 32 runs.

Akmal and Delport forged a productive partnership for the second wicket and although the runs did not come at a fast clip initially, the two grew nicely into the task and the crowd was kept on their feet dancing away the Sunday afternoon. Akmal was the more aggressive of the two, as the pint sized Pakistani was hitting balls to all parts of the grounds. He kept the run rate hovering over seven consistently while Delport picked the singles.

Pollard, for all his tactical strength as a captain, was unable to stop the two as they took their measured assault to the Tridents to keep their team on a firm footing for a sizeable score.

Akmal brought up his half century off 41 balls with two sixes and four fours. At the end of the 14th over the score was 101 for one and substitute fielder Mark Deyal rushed out with a message to the batsmen. Delport then dumped two sixes of his countryman Robin Petersen and in the next over brought up his half century of 37 balls with two sixes and five fours. Soon after reaching the landmark he left caught and bowled Keiron Pollard for 50 and  Akmal followed next ball for 60 made off 45 balls with two sixes and five fours.

It was now time for the Bravo show, as Dwayne joined Darren and they did not disappoint. They hammered 40 runs from just 2.4 overs and Ravi Rampaul felt the brunt of their attack. Bowling over number 18 he went for 24 runs including a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and also had three wides. Darren got just nine but Dwayne finished with a 15-ball unbeaten 29.

The Tridents were very tardy in their over rate as the innings was due to finish at 5.50pm but instead went on to 6.34pm. There are no penalties in this tournament.

SCOREBOARD

Red Steel vs Tridents

Red Steel inns

J Kallis b Petersen*8

C Delport  c & b Pollard*50

K Akmal c Nurse b Pollard*60

DM Bravo c Petersen b Emrit*9

DJ Bravo not out*29

K Cooper c Pollard b Emrit*4

J Botha not out*1

Extras 2b, 4lb, 11w*17

Total  for 5 wkts (20ovs)*178

Fall of wkts: 18, 120, 120, 160, 165.  

Bowling: R Emrit 4-0-25-2, R Rampaul 3-0-47-0, R Petersen 4-1-24-1, K Pollard 4-0-28-2, A Nurse 2-0-15-0, I Khan 1-0-12-0, J Holder 2-0-21-0.

Tridents inns

D Smith  b Benn*49

S Taylor lbw Taylor*20

K Corbin  c Delport b Benn*20

M ul Haq   c Cooper b Davis*21

K Pollard   not out*20

J Holder   not out*20

Extras  4b, 1lb, 3w*8

Total for 4 wkts (20ovs)*158

Fall of wkts: 47, 85, 117, 118. 

Bowling: S Badree 4-0-39-0, D Bravo 4-0-39-0, K Cooper 4-0-22-0, J Botha 1-0-11-1, D Davis 3-0-18-1, S Benn 4-0-22-2.

Result: T&T Red Steel won by 20 runs.

 

Computer literacy a must for 21st century

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 23:34

Dual citizens of T&T and even Green Card residents of the US will not be eligible to vote in the September 7 election unless they become aware of a series of steps and are willing to jump through hoops to fulfill them. Forget whether you have a national ID, if you do not establish residence and inform the ID office of your return, you are not automatically registered to vote, like other T&T residents, when you receive a national ID card.

Eligibility is then determined by the last date of entry on your passport. If that date is within two months of the election date, the ID office will not register you to vote, even if, like me, you travelled in June and returned in July, because the office was not notified of your initial return. Who knew? And what sense does all of that make? 

According to the clerk, it does not have to make sense, it’s the rule.

Then what about the date of issue on my ID card? That should be an indicator of my return. No, said the clerk, because it doesn’t tell them when you picked it up. Whaaat? I had to sign and date a form to receive it so it should be in a database somewhere or scanned and entered into my file. And just imagine the opposition leader promised if the PNM won he would prioritise teaching the history of T&T. 

Take that to Massy Stores and see how much groceries you can get. No Dr Rowley, your first priority should be the re-education of our students by redesigning all high schools to accommodate computer rooms where they can learn to use modern software and become computer literate in an ever-increasing technological world. 

That way the public will not be subjected to such foolishness when they do business with government offices. Also, the private sector will have a cadre of high school leaving students who can walk into private sector jobs and hit the ground running.

Gerard Johnson

T&T Red Steel CPL Kings

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 22:23

VINODE MAMCHAN

 

Left to defend 26 runs from the last over against Barbados Tridents, Sulieman Benn conceded only five runs and at the end of it, T&T Red Steel was crowned the 2015 Hero CPL T20 champions and US$400,000 richer at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain Sunday night.

Set a daunting 179 runs to win the match, the Tridents were in the game up until the penultimate over when Dwayne Bravo allowed just 10 runs leaving spinner Benn to do the job in the last over, which he did without any fuss, as big hitters Keiron Pollard and Jason Holder could not bring it home.

Thousands of fans were glued to their seats and no one moved until the final ball was bowled by Benn, who charged straight to the Carib Stand where the fans were jumping and waving.

Dwayne Smith and American Stephen Taylor started off as if they were late for a flight as they raced to 47 off just four overs. The little known Taylor stunned the fans as he clobbered 20 off 10 balls before Johan Botha got him. Smith continued to beat ball in the company of Kyle Corbin. They took the score to 85 in the 10th over when Sulieman Benn bowled Smith one short of his half century. He faced 30 balls, struck three sixes and four fours in an innings that left the Red Steel men flat.

Benn would return to get Misbah ul Haq to end a stubborn stand with Corbin that was worth 32 of 27 balls. Derone Davis then snared Corbin for 20 made off 28 balls and the home team was back in this contest.

Earlier, Bravo won the toss and understandably took first strike as the pitch was expected to be best for batting first. Jacques Kallis and Cameron Delport reeled off three boundaries early in the piece that got the crowd excited. However, Kallis would go in the third over off the bowling Robin Petersen for eight. The Tridents maintained a tidy line and length for most of the powerplay overs that brought just 32 runs.

Akmal and Delport forged a very good partnership for the second wicket and although the runs did not come at a fast clip initially the two grew nicely into the task and the crowd was kept on their feet dancing away the Sunday afternoon. Akmal was the more aggressive of the two, as the pint sized Pakistani was hitting balls very hard. He kept the run rate hovering over seven consistently while Delport picked the singles.

Pollard for all his tactical strength as a captain was unable to stop the two as they took their measured assault to the Tridents to keep their team on a firm footing for a sizeable score.

Akmal brought up his half century off 41 balls with two sixes and four fours. At the end of the 14th over the score was 101 for one and substitute fielder Mark Deyal rushed out with a message to the batsmen. Delport then dumped two sixes of his countryman Robin Petersen and in the next over brought up his half century of 37 balls with two sixes and five fours. Soon after reaching the landmark he left caught and bowled Keiron Pollard for 50. Next ball Akmal followed him for 60 made off 45 balls with two sixes and five fours.

It was now time for the Bravo show, as Dwayne joined Darren and they did not disappoint, they hammered 40 runs from just 2.4 overs and Ravi Rampaul felt the brunt of their attack. Bowling over number 18 he went for 24 runs including a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and also had wides in there. Darren got just nine but Dwayne finished with a 15-ball unbeaten 29.

The Tridents were very tardy in their over rate as the innings was due to finish at 5.50pm but instead went on to 6.34pm. There are no penalties in this tournament for slow over rates but had this occur in the England Natwest T20 Blast, Tridents would have been fined 60 runs.

 

US$400,000

 

SCOREBOARD

 

Red Steel vs Tridents

 

Red Steel inns

 

J Kallis    b Petersen*8

C Delport   c & b Pollard*50

K Akmal     c Nurse b Pollard*60

DM Bravo   c Petersen b Emrit*9

DJ Bravo    not out*29

K Cooper   c Pollard b Emrit*4

J Botha       not out*1

Extras       2b, 4lb, 11w*17

Total  for 5 wkts (20ovs)*178

Fall of wkts: 18, 120, 120, 160, 165.  

Bowling: R Emrit 4-0-25-2, R Rampaul 3-0-47-0, R Petersen 4-1-24-1, K Pollard 4-0-28-2, A Nurse 2-0-15-0, I Khan 1-0-12-0, J Holder 2-0-21-0.

 

Tridents inns

 

D Smith    b Benn*49

S Taylor   lbw Taylor*20

K Corbin    c Delport b Benn*20

M ul Haq    c Cooper b Davis*21

K Pollard    not out*20

J Holder      not out*20

Extras    4b, 1lb, 3w*8

Total for 4 wkts (20ovs)*158

Fall of wkts: 47, 85, 117, 118.

Bowling: S Badree 4-0-39-0, D Bravo 4-0-39-0, K Cooper 4-0-22-0, J Botha 1-0-11-1, D Davis 3-0-18-1, S Benn 4-0-22-2.

 

Result: T&T Red Steel won by 20 runs.

 

T&T Red Steel is the 2015 Hero CPL Champions.

Red Steel, Tridents tangle for Title Today

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 02:14

On Friday night they would have been confined to their homes after the jailbreak in Port-of-Spain but last night the fans were dancing on the streets of Port-of-Spain, as the The T&T Red Steel defeated the Guyana Amazon Warriors by six wickets to book a place in the finals of the 2015 Hero CPL T20 tournament at the Queen’s Park Oval.

This evening at 4.30 pm they return to the Mecca of local cricket to battle the defending champions Barbados Tridents in the Championship match. The local team bowlers were excellent on the night, restricting the Amazon Warriors to 108 for nine off their 20 overs and at that point the game was as good as over. Chasing 109 off 20 overs in front of their home crowd was not going to be a hard task and try as hard as the Guyana bowlers did, they could not provide an upset. 

The early loss of Cameron Delport would have given them hope but Jacques Kallis used up all his experience to hang around on the turning pitch until the score advanced to 48. He left the arena for just eight but was there to see Kamran Akmal, the star of the batting last night, smash 21 runs from a David Wiese over that effectively gave the team visions of glory.

Akmal played positively until he went back to mystery spinner Narine and was bowled for 49. He faced 41 balls hitting seven fours and a six. Prior to his dismissal Darren Bravo also left for 22 with two fours and two sixes to help seal the Guyanese faith. Earlier, Denesh Ramdin won the toss and decided to take strike. Simmons started well by hitting two beautiful fours underlining his rich form. Griffith joined him and the ball beating started. 

However, Kevon Cooper put a halt to it when he sent back Griffith for five. Ramdin came in and batted sensibly in forging a 31-run partnership. He picked the singles, Simmons picked the boundaries and the massive crowd was kept quiet. 

However, Ramdin was outfoxed by Sulieman Benn and the Warriors’ horror story began. Benn and his spin twin Samuel Badree engineered a collapse that turned the Oval into a party centre. Four wickets fell in the space of six runs and the innings was crippled. Brad Hodge (4), Sunil Narine (0) and Umar Akmal (0) all joined Ramdin in the dugout before he could have settled into his seat.

Simmons all the while was staging a one man show and when he got past 35, he reached 1,000 runs in CPL cricket. Needing to bat out the middle overs in order to stage a late innings charge, the Warriors lost the plot, when Chris Barnwell was run out for 12. The pair added 21 runs in five overs to keep the Red Steel at bay.

After this dismissal Guyana needed Simmons to bat through, which he nearly did, being run out in the final over for 64. But the bowling was too accurate for him or the lower order to cut loose. Simmons faced 51 balls and struck eight fours in his mature knock.

Scoreboard

Red Steel vs Warriors Warriors inns

L Simmons run out        64
T Griffith c Botha b Cooper    5
D Ramdin c & b Benn    6
B Hodge DM Bravo b Badree    4
S Narine b Badree        0
U Akmal c Kallis b Benn    0
C Barnwell run out        12
D Wiese c & b Bravo    5
V Permaul c Searles b Bravo    1
M de Lange not out    2
D Bishoo not out        2
Extras: 2b, 4lb, 1w        7
Total: for 9 wkts (20ovs)    108
Fall of wkts: 19, 50, 55, 55, 56, 77, 87, 101, 101.    
Bowling: D Bravo 3-1-19-2, J Kallis 3-0-16-0, K Cooper 4-0-14-1, D Davis 3-0-20-0, S Benn 4-0-24-2, S Badree 4-1-9-2.

Red Steel inns
J Kallis  c Akmal b Bishoo    8
C Delport  b Permaul    3
K Akmal b Narine        49
DM Bravo c Simmons b de Lange    22
DJ Bravo not out        8
J Mohammed not out    17
Extras: 2w        2
Total: for 4 wkts(18.3ovs)    109
Fall of wkts: 7, 48, 78, 85.
Bowling: V Permaul 4-0-20-1, M de Lange 4-0-16-1, D Wiese 2-0-32-0, D Bishoo 4-1-15-1, S Narine 4-0-23-1, L Simmons 0.3-0-3-0.

Result: T&T Red Steel won by 6 wkts.

T&T Red Steel qualifies for the finals    

 

Soca Warriors, USA tangle in Group C for 2018 W/Cup

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 02:06

Trinidad and Tobago’s senior footballers will have to face the United States both at home and away in Group C of the CONCACAF Semi-final round of World Cup qualification for the Russia 2018 World Cup, beginning in November. This was determined at the preliminary draw held in St Petersburg, Russia yesterday. T&T will face off with the United States and the winners of the St Vincent/Grenadines versus Aruba and Guatemala versus Antigua/Barbuda ties.

It was also determined at the draw that CONCACAF’s fourth placed team will meet Asia’s fifth placed team in the intercontinental playoff for a place in Russia. The top two teams from Group C will advance to the Final Round of Six teams from which the top three automatically qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals.

In an immediate response, T&T Senior Team head coach Stephen Hart warned that the Group will be a challenging one. 

“The draw is favourable on paper,” Hart told TTFA Media. “But home and away matches are always an  extremely difficult and complex situation. If you look at how Guatemala looked in in the Central American qualification for the Gold Cup, they were almost unbeatable at home and they went all the way to the Final. They can be a very tricky opponent if they get into that round,” Hart added. “And of course we will not take any of the other opponents lightly regardless of who they are.”

Regarding T&T’s build up to the November start of Group C, Hart says it was in T&T’s hands now. “Hopefully we can play on every FIFA Date between then and now and play against similar opposition to what we will meet.

“It’s unrealistic to look at the team’s performance at Gold Cup and think this is just going to transfer itself unto the World Cup qualification. The team needs to prepare properly. If we don’t have proper preparation, things like this are a rolling of the dice.” Hart also thanked the various supporters during T&T’s recent Gold Cup campaign, including the TTFA, the Ministry of Sport, Sportt and all those who contributed in some manner.

“Thanks very much on behalf of the players, myself and the staff. We put everything out there and your support meant a lot to us,” Hart added. 

St Vincent and the Grenadines are likely to be tricky opposition. Both teams met in the semi-final stage of the 2006 qualification and it took an Errol McFarlane double in the 80th and 85th minutes to come away 2-0 winners at Arnos Vale. In the return match, T&T came from a goal down to win 2-1 on goals by Angus Eve and Hector Sam in the closing seven minutes. Guatemala proved to be formidable opponents for T&T in the semi-final phase in 2008 and the final round in 2005.

In 2008, T&T and USA were also in the same semi-final group for the 2010 qualifiers with T&T coming in second, defeating the US 2-1 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on goals by Russell Latapy and Dwight Yorke.

CONCACAF SemiFinal Groups
Group C: USA, T&T, St Vincent and the Grenadines/Aruba, Antigua and Barbuda/Guatemala.
Group A: Mexico, Honduras, Curacao/El Salvador, Canada/Belize.
Group B: Costa Rica, Panama, Grenada/Haiti, Jamaica/Nicaragua

Windies out Champions Trophy

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 02:02

West Indies cricket has now struck an all time low, as they will miss the next Champions Trophy carded for England in 2017. The West Indies is currently ranked ninth in the Reliance ICC ODI ratings and with the Zimbabwe tour not on, they would now have no ODI cricket before the September 30th cut off date, which means they are out of the Champions Trophy, which caters for the top eight teams in the world.

The West Indies, since the ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year, has been leapfrogged by both Bangladesh and Pakistan and is now on 88 points and ninth place. Their performance at the World Cup where they failed to make the semis hurt the West Indies badly, besides their loss to minnows Ireland in their first match at Nelson.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) entered into discussions with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) with the hope of including them in their home series to play a tri-nation against the hosts and Pakistan. However, T&T Guardian understands that the Pakistanis are not interested in going to Zimbabwe for that series as they don’t want to risk the chance of not qualifying for the Champions Trophy if they lose matches.

This has now put the WICB in a spin and they can no longer get their team into the Champions Trophy. In addition to the team not playing, the WICB will also suffer a financial loss since these world events are lucrative for respective cricket boards. What may now happen is that the WICB may still send a team to Zimbabwe to play T20 matches, however there is also a cap on how many international T20s you can play per year and this may also pose a problem.

RELIANCE ODI RANKINGS

Pos    Team    Pts    Rating
1    Australia    4889    129
2    India    5875    115
3    New Zealand    4710    112
4    South Africa    5360    109 
5    Sri Lanka    6064    103
6    England    4592    98
7    Bangladesh    3253    96
8    Pakistan    4430    90
9    West Indies    3094    88
10    Ireland    549    50

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Year        Performance
1998        Runners-up
2000        First round
2002        First round
2004        Champions
2006        Runners-up
2009        First round
2013        First round

Coroneo Preaches to Holy Man

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 01:55

The Harriram Gobin trained four-year-old  colt Coroneo returned to winning ways after more than a year when he impressively won the feature  event over 1300 metres on a sloppy main track, yesterday,  at Santa Rosa Park, Arima. In an event for  horses rated 100-70 which looked set for the two AGA Stables Stars Holy Man and Clermont County to dominate, Ron Ali on the Chevan Maharaj owned Coroneo had other ideas.

Sent off as the 2-1 third choice in the betting behind the  Shaffique Khan pair of Holy Man favoured at even money and Clermont County the 4-5 favourite, Coroneo made every yard of the running and pulled away in the final 200 metres for an emphatic success,  in the five horse affair. Holy Man out-battled stablemate Clermont County for second.

Coroneo registered the good time of 1:16.4 for the trip while scoring by two and a quarter lengths. The identical distance separated the second form the third. Champion trainer John O 'Brien was the day's leading trainer saddling two winners in Big Fove O and Don Pedero. Riding honour for the day went to Ronald Ali who rode two winners on the eight race programme. He partnered Risky Trail in the opening event and Coroneo in the main attraction.

Racing continues next Saturday- Emancipation Day at Santa Rosa Park.

ARC DAY 26 RESULTS

R1: 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 60-45 - 1,750M - $40,000
1    (4)    Risky Trial    R Ali    54    
2    (6)    Royal Pioneer    N Samaroo    56    
3    (2)    Jacob's Dream    B Boodramsing    57    
4    (1)    Cloud Nine    N Mohammed    57    
TIME: 1:52.1    DISTANCES: 5, 4 1/4, 2, 2 1/2.
$1PARI: (4) $8.15; $14.25; (6) $4.55
$1EXACTA: $40.00
TRIFECTA: $302.20
SUPERFECTA: $139.30
WINNER: 3y.o. DK B colt. – Bridled Quest/Delay The Trial (Skip Trial)
OWNER: Errol Stables  TRAINER: G Mendez
BREEDER: TrevorR. James (Jamaica)
ALSO RAN: 5. Quick City J Boodramsing 54; 6. A Great Moment N Flavenney 57.

R2: 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 20-0 - 1,100M (TURF) - $26,000
1    (4)    All Is Yours    R Hasranah    57    
2    (9)    Really Classy    J Stephen    57    
3    (10)    Natural Justice    N Patrick    55    
4    (2)    Insidious    K Khelawan    54.5    
5    (8)    Skyzim    K Razack    51    
TIME: 1:08.0    DISTANCES: 8,1 1/4, 1 1/2, 1 1/2.
$1PARI: (4) $3.30; $1.55; (9) $1.45 (10) $1.40
$1EXACTA: $12.80
TRIFECTA: $38.40  
SUPERFECTA: $160.40
WINNER: 5 y.o. b.m – Big Country/ Yaa Asantewaa (J.D.Gump)
OWNER: Camanie Lalloo  TRAINER: I Danglade
BREEDER: Ms. Wilma Primus
ALSO RAN: 6. Eyes Of The Wolf R Jadoo 52; 7. Danceinthepark J Boodramsing 52; 8. Roxanne P Badrie 55.5; 9. Western Wish L A Seecharan 49; 10. Dig Deep L C Seecharan 51.5; 11. Music Show D Butcher 54.

R3: WI BRED 3 YO MAIDENS -1,350M - $43,000
1    (8)    Way To Go    W Galviz    51    
2    (4)    Irois Forest    P Badrie    57    
3    (3)    Glorioussaga    R Angnoo    50    
4    (5)    San Antonio    L C Seecharan    45.5    
5    (9)    Twist Of Fate    L Keizer    53    
TIME: 1:24.4   DISTANCES: Head, 3 1/4, 1 1/4, 20.
$1PARI: (8) $2.10; $1.00; (4)$1.00 (3) $1.00
$1EXACTA: $4.80
TRIFECTA: $8.30
SUPERFECTA: $11.60
WINNER: 3 y.o. B colt – Maraahel/ Bandora (Bandsman)
OWNER: Dave Chadee      TRAINER: H Chadee
BREEDER: Mrs Mary Camacho
ALSO RAN: 6. Luminary N Samaroo 53; 7.Back In Black R Jadoo 55; 8. Positive Note J Boodramsing 53.
NON-RUNNER: Winners Brew.

R4: 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 40-0 - 1,400M (TURF) - $40,000 
1    (3)    Don Pedro    R Angnoo    55.0    
2    (10)    Saynomore    J Boodramsing    54    
3    (5)    D'Sportsman    W Galviz    57    
4    (12)    Uncle Max    D Khelawan    55.5    
TIME: 1:24.0   DISTANCES: 1 1/2, 1 1/4, 1/2, 1 1/2.
$1PARI: (3) $8.50; $2.35 (10) $1.65 (5) $1.55
$1EXACTA: $48.20
TRIFECTA: $209.00
SUPERFECTA: $559.00
WINNER: 3 y.o. B gelding – Gold Market/ Burning Red (Freshly Squeezed)
OWNER: Raroma Stable  TRAINER: J O'Brien
BREEDER: Poon Tip Stud Farm
ALSO RAN: 5.  Little Otis S Rodrigo 54.5; 6. Seal The Deal L Keizer 55; 7. Super Sonic D Butcher 54.5; 8. Layla P Badrie 54; 9. Half Price N Patrick 55.
NON-RUNNERS: Victoryinthevalley, Danzig's Day, Messi.
R5: IMPORTED 3 YO &OVER MAIDENS WI BRED 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 75-50 -  1,400M- (TURF) - $48,500
1    (6)    Big Five O    K Khelawan    54.5    
2    (2)    The Tactician    D Khelawan    56.0    
3    (7)    Soca Rhapsody    W Galviz    55.5    
4    (5)    Diamond Flirt    R Angnoo    55    
5    (3)    Blue Oracle    R Ali    51    
TIME: 1:21.1  DISTANCES: 1 1/2, 3/4, Head, 4 1/4.
$1PARI: (6) $6.15; $1.60; (2)$2.05 (7) $1.85
$1EXACTA: $90.10
TRIFECTA: $530.80
SUPERFECTA: $2,540.40
WINNER: 4 y.o. DK B colt – Midnight Lute/Glister Girl  (Glitterman)
OWNER: Raroma Stable  TRAINER: J O'Brien
ALSO RAN: 6. Rocketman N Samaroo 53.5; 7. Market Rally P Badrie 54; 8.Masterpiece B Boodramsing 53.5.
NON-RUNNER: Against The Odds.

R6: 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 30-0 - 1,250M - $31,000
1    (4)    Upset D Dance    J Stephen    56     
2    (11)    Best Defence    K Khelawan    53    
3    (1)    Asia    D Rodrigo    54    
4    (8)    The Conqueror    R Ali    53.5    
TIME: 1:19.2   DISTANCES: 3/4, Neck, 1, Neck.
$1PARI: (4) $3.35; $1.90 (11) $2.70 (1) $5.00
$1EXACTA: $51.10
TRIFECTA: $458.50
SUPERFECTA: $584.10
WINNER: 5 y.o B gelding - Settle Up/ Wild About Becca (Joyeux Danseur)
OWNER: Kavita Persad  TRAINER: B Persad
BREEDER: Richard Freeman
ALSO RAN: 5. Gold Coin J Boodramsing 54; 6. Intangibility P Badrie 55.5; 7. Poppy Love W Galviz 55; 8. Red Wine N Flavenney 53; 9. Resurgence L A Seecharan 52.5; 10. Measured Response R Jadoo 54.5; 11. Macho Me N Samaroo 54; 12. Dream Marshall J Reyes 53.
NON-RUNNERS: Waka Waka, Stormin Angel.

R7: 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 100-70 - 1,300M - $60,000
1    (6)    Coroneo    R Ali    51    
2    (2)    Holy Man    D Khelawan    58.5    
3    (4)    Clermont County    P Badrie    52    
4    (3)    Thays    L A Seecharan    46.5    
5    (5)    Indian Medicine    K Razack    47    
TIME: 1:16.4  DISTANCES: 2 1/4, 2 1/4, 8, 3
$1PARI: (6) $3.35
EXACTA: $9.00
TRIFECTA: $9.70
SUPERFECTA: $22.20
WINNER: 4 y.o GR colt - Value Plus/Seeking The Cape (Cape Town)
OWNER: Chevan Maharaj   TRAINER: H Gobin
BREEDER: George De Benedicty (Florida, U.S.A)
NON-RUNNER: Lang Amour.
  
R8: 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 45-0 - 1,350M - $34,000
1    (10)    Just Honest    P Badrie    56.5    
2    (9)    Afterthebooks    K Khelawan    57    
3    (5)    Aztec Gold    J Boodramsing    54    
4    (4)    Surya    D Khelawan    55.5    
5    (2)    King Ronan    R Angnoo    53.5    
TIME: 1:21.4  DISTANCES: 5 3/4, 6 1/2, 1/2, 3/4.
$1PARI: (10) $3.40; $1.40; (9) $1.50; (5) $2.45
EXACTA: $11.10
TRIFECTA: $50.70
SUPERFECTA: $162.90     Hi-5: $1,170.20
WINNER: 4 y.o. CH gelding- War Marshall/Minerva (Legal Process)
OWNER: Suraj Hayban  TRAINER: T Thomas
BREEDER: Henry W. Jaghai O.D.J.P (Jamaica)
ALSO RAN: 6. Farad L Keizer 57; 7. Bold Destiny R Jadoo 56.5; 8. Amarillo Ro B Boodramsing 57.
NON-RUNNER: Red Cloud.

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