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Defending champs in 50-Overs Finals

THE defending 50-Overs champions in both the Premiership I, and II Divisions will have an opportunity to maintain their stranglehold on their crowns when both prestigious finals hold the spotlight on Friday (May 13) and Saturday (May 14).

First to bowl off on Friday is the Premiership II championship match between reigning title-holders Central Sports against Queen’s Park which gets going at 1.30 pm at the National Cricket Centre Ground in Balmain, Couva.

And on Saturday, Queen’s Park I, will be seeking to keep their Premiership I silverware for another year against Alescon Comets, also from 1.30 pm at the NCC Ground.

The match will be a replay of the recent NGC Group T20 Festival final which the Parkites won impressively,but the Charlieville, Chaguanas-based Comets will be looking to turn the tables on their much fancied rivals.

Chairman of the National League, Patrick Rampersad, said on Thursday that both finals will assume a festival type atmosphere and he expects cricket fans of the four finalists to take advantage of the opportunity to come out in their numbers and support their teams.

Rampersad said admittance to the venue is free as is parking, and that families are encouraged to bring along their coolers, and cooking implements to enjoy an evening of  great cricket and fun in a safe and secure environment.

Kallis joins TKR as Chief Mentor

Shah Rukh Khan owned Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) has announced that legendary South African cricketer Jacques Kallis will serve as its Chief Mentor for the 2016 HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign.

Kallis, an accomplished all-rounder who scored 19,695 first-class runs and took 427 wickets overall in an illustrious career across all three formats, was a key part of the team's victorious campaign last year. Now he, along with head coach, Simon Helmot, will lead the charge as defending champions.

"We are very glad to have the legend on-board in the TKR set-up as Chief Mentor and I look forward to working with him closely this year", said Simon Helmot, Head Coach of TKR.

Kallis has a long-standing association with the Knight Riders family. He played for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) from 2011 to 2014 and played a big role in helping KKR win two IPL championships in 2012 and 2014.

He then became part of the coaching set-up of the team, before taking over the mantle of Head Coach of KKR this year.

Former West Indies Cricket Board Director Baldath Mahabir on the passing of Tony Cozier:

 

My condolences go out to the family, friends and relatives of the legendary Tony Cozier on his sad passing.

To persons of my genre, who were introduced to International Cricket via radio, newspapers, magazines and books, Tony Cozier was our link with the World. His dulcet tones, at midnight from Australia, or very early in the morning from England, warmed our hearts as this lone ranger, through his West Indian eyes and accent, saw and described the game for all of us who were not there to see our beloved West Indies in action.

Cricket commentary to me, will always be measured by how good Mr. Cozier was.Cricket writing is not dissimilar. I would have not always agreed with his opinions or his positions but his style and the way he crafted his articles, made compelling reading. Tony Cozier may be the most documented and the most widely read West Indies cricket writer or sport journalist of all time.

Later, when television brought pictures to our living room, it was Cozier who was our first International star. The Jamaican Roy Lawrence may have pipped him as the first top radio cricket commentator in the Region but Cozier made us proud on television.

Today a number of others are trying to follow the footsteps of the great man but in these times, to be as versatile, knowledgeable, balanced, professional and prolific as Tony Cozier is nigh on impossible.

Cricket on radio, television and print media, for me is etched in my mind, as almost the exclusive domains of the late great Tony Cozier.

Gone, but never will he be forgotten,Regionally or Internationally.

Locally, let me also extend my condolences to the family of the late Desmond Baxter, former player and long serving administrator of Trinidad & Tobago cricket. A humble, ever charming, people’s person, Desmond was a true patriot of our country and a cricketing elder who was always willing to share from his vast store house of knowledge.

Surely Tony and Desmond will continue to follow the futures of our cricket from another place.

Respectfully submitted.

Baldath Mahabir

Mike Grayson honored in US

Former national midfielder and legendary St. Augustine Secondary and Arima Senior Comprehensive coach, Michael Grayson, was inducted into the Davis and Elkins College Athletic Hall of Fame this past weekend. 
 
Grayson was one of four new inductees who were honored at the ceremony held on Saturday, May 14th at the Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.
 
The Athletic Hall of Fame was opened in 1974 and commemorative plaques are displayed in the Hilda and Robert R. Butler Lobby of The McDonnell Center. 

Ahye silver in Germany

Michelle-Lee Ahye earned silver in the women's 100 metres dash, at the adidas Athletics Boost Meeting, in Germany, yesterday.
 
 The Trinidad and Tobago track star clocked 11.07 seconds, her fastest legal time this season, to finish behind American Tori Bowie, the winner in 10.91. 
 
Ahye won her first four 100m races in 2016. 
Machel Cedenio completed a hat-trick of men's 400 metres victories at the Cayman Invitational track and field meet, in George Town, late on Saturday. 
 
The Trinidad and Tobago quartermiler clocked 45.10 seconds to secure the top spot, ahead of Jamaica's Demish Gaye, the runner-up in 45.30, and France's Mame-Ibra Anne (45.98). 
 
Cedenio, winner of the one-lap title in 2014 and 2015, produced a strong run in the second half of the race to dismiss Gaye's challenge.

Windies players in camp in Barbados

Seven West Indies Test players are part of a 14-member squad named for a week-long training camp focusing on spin bowling and batting under head coach Phil Simmons, at the High Performance Centre in Barbados.
 
West Indies are slated to play four Tests at home against India in July and August, after which they will take on Pakistan in three away Tests in September and October.
 
WICB is also expected to organise a camp ahead of the 50-over tri-series against Australia and South Africa, starting June 3.
Curtley Ambrose, the former West Indies fast bowler, has said the decision to remove him as West Indies' bowling consultant came as "a bit of a shock". 
 
Ambrose was replaced with Roddy Estwick on the weekend.
 
The Antiguan said head coach Phil Simmons told him the decision was made because Simmons wanted someone who is "more technical" to coach the team's fast bowlers.

The Biggest Party in Sport is about to become even more fun for young fans and families as the HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) launches “Dizzy Cricket”, a new cricket challenge that will take place at selected CPL matches in the Caribbean and USA this summer from 29 June to 7 August. 

At these fixtures, three young fans (who must be under the age of 16) wearing their team’s colours will be chosen from the crowd to take part in the CPL “Dizzy Cricket” Challenge during the innings break. 


The competitors will need to spin around a cricket bat 10 times before attempting to strike a cricket ball from a tee while in a state of unsteadiness.  In each CPL host country, the person who achieves the longest distance in the challenge will win a trip for two (which must include either a parent/guardian) to the CPL Finals.


Jamaica Tallawahs opener Chadwick Walton and some of his local club team-mates were on hand to help demonstrate how the challenge works, with the normally prolific Walton failing to strike the ball on three attempts! Fans can check out the video of Chadwick and his friends attempting “Dizzy Cricket” HERE.


Commenting at the launch of the CPL “Dizzy Cricket” Challenge, James Wynne, Head of Marketing at CPL, said: “We are always looking for ways we can make the CPL experience even more fun and engaging for fans and families and this is just one of a number of initiatives we’ll be rolling out to enhance the spectator experience at CPL games. 


“We have the best T20 cricketers in the world performing in the fourth staging of CPL, which will no doubt be an inspiration to the next generation of cricketers.  While the star players will bring the inspiration, CPL wants to make sure we bring the fun!”


More information on fan promotions, ticket information and fixtures can be found at www.cplt20.com.

Central Zone quarter-finals May 26

THE quarter-finals of the 40-Overs competition of the Central Zone of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board will be staged on Thursday, May 26 (Corpus Christi Holiday).

Qualifying for the last eight knockout stage are the winners and runners-up in the four contested groups.

Heading the list of teams bidding for semi-final spots are Caroni Conquerors, Spoilers, Exchange Village and Balmain. The other quartet seeking to turn the tables are Lange Park, Supersonics, Brickfield and Balmain United.

 

Group A:

1st Caroni Conquerors

2nd Lange Park

 

Group B:

1st Spoilers

2nd Supersonics

 

Group C:

1st Exchange

2nd Brickfield

 

Group D

1st: BFL

2nd Balmain

 

Quarter Final Matches

Thursday May 26, 2016

 

1.Winner “C” vs Runner Up “D”

Exchange vs Balmain

 

2. Winner “D” vs Runner Up “C”

BFL vs Brickfield

 

3. Winner “A” vs Runner Up “B”

Caroni vs Supersonics

 

4. Winner “B’’ vs Runner Up “A”

 Spoilers vs Lange Park

First-named teams will host the match-ups.

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