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Jamaica whip T&T U20 women

Jamaica kept alive its hopes of advancing to the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship semifinals with an impressive 6-1 win over Trinidad & Tobago (0W-0D-3L, 0 points) on Tuesday at the Escuela Internacional Sampedrana.
Oshay Nelson-Lawes equaled a competition record for most goals scored in a single game with four, while Khadija Shaw and Chanel Hudson-Marks added one each. 
Tsaianne Leander had the lone marker for Trinidad.

Windies face Australia in 1st Test

The much-maligned West Indies are battling to regain respect against Australia in the first of three Tests starting in Hobart on Thursday, but the odds are heavily stacked against the once-mighty Caribbean team.
They have won just four of their last 20 Tests and were humbled by 10 wickets in their only warm-up game by a modest Cricket Australia XI. 
In contrast, third-ranked Australia are coming off a 2-0 home series win over New Zealand and spanked the Windies in two Tests earlier this year.

TTFA, players find way forward

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has announced that following lengthy discussions with the National Senior Men's Team Players' Representatives, a way forward has been agreed.

In a media release on Monday, the TTFA announced that the new administration looks forward to a swift conclusion to the negotiations.

The National Senior Players threatened to boycott the Copa America Centenario play-off match in January over unpaid match fees.

Here is the full media release:

Following lengthy discussions between the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and the National Senior Men’s Team Players’ Representatives, a way forward has been agreed.

The TTFA would like to thank the Players representatives for their candour and maturity in the conduct of these difficult discussions. They fully appreciated the state of the Association and demonstrated, in a very tangible way, their concern for the development and sustainability of the local game.

All parties undertook to respect the sensitivity of the matters under discussion and therefore we will not be putting the details of what was agreed in the public domain.

As stated previously, the TTFA will develop and consult on a policy that addresses the entitlement to, computation and timely payment of match fees so that a similar situation does not arise again.

There are a number of concerns raised by the players which we have undertaken to address immediately. The new administration at the TTFA looks forward to a very meaningful discussion and, most importantly, a swift conclusion.

The TTFA would like to take this opportunity to express its appreciation for the confidentiality in which these discussions were conducted.

All parties regard the matter of match fees for past games as closed. Stephen Hart, the Senior Team Head Coach, now has the opportunity to select the best possible team from the players available for the COPA America qualifier versus Haiti in Panama City on January 8, 2016.

Mr Hart will subsequently announce his 23-man squad in the coming days prior to the start of a live-in training camp in Trinidad starting on December 27th.

(Release ends)


Badree wicketless in Brisbane loss

Samuel Badree went wicketless as his Brisbane Heat team fell to a 20-run defeat at the hands of the Hobart Hurricanes.
Badree bowled four overs for 37 runs as the Hobart team scored 184/3.
Brisbane got 16 from Lendl Simmons and Badree did not bat as the Heat ended on 164/8.
Tomorrow, Chris Gayles Melbourne Renegades are in action against the Sydney Sixers.
Hobart Hurricanes 184/3 (20/20 ov)
Brisbane Heat 164/8 (20.0/20 ov)
Hobart Hurricanes won by 20 runs
Big Bash League - 7th match
22 December 2015 - night match (20-over match)
 Hobart Hurricanes innings (20 overs maximum)RB4s6sSR
  BR Dunk run out (Forrest) 5 7 0 0 71.42
  TD Paine*† not out 87 58 6 4 150.00
  KC Sangakkara c Simmons b Cutting 43 31 5 0 138.70
  GJ Bailey c Simmons b Fekete 40 21 5 1 190.47
  DT Christian not out 5 4 0 0 125.00
  Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 1, nb 1) 4        
  Total (3 wickets; 20 overs) 184 (9.20 runs per over)
  JK Lalor 4 0 32 0 8.00 (1nb)
  JS Floros 2 0 12 0 6.00  
  S Badree 4 0 37 0 9.25  
  AL Fekete 3 0 32 1 10.66 (1w)
  JR Hopes 3 0 37 0 12.33  
  BCJ Cutting 4 0 32 1 8.00  
 Brisbane Heat innings (target: 185 runs from 20 overs)RB4s6sSR
  JJ Peirson c Christian b Rainbird 29 19 4 1 152.63
  LMP Simmons c †Paine b Christian 16 17 1 1 94.11
  JS Floros c Rainbird b Boyce 42 23 3 3 182.60
  PJ Forrest c †Paine b Christian 2 5 0 0 40.00
  CA Lynn* c Christian b Rainbird 1 3 0 0 33.33
  NJ Reardon c Dunk b Tait 41 32 4 1 128.12
  BCJ Cutting c Christian b Rainbird 10 10 0 0 100.00
  JR Hopes c Christian b Rose 13 10 1 0 130.00
  JK Lalor not out 1 1 0 0 100.00
  Extras (lb 6, w 3) 9        
  Total (8 wickets; 20 overs) 164 (8.20 runs per over)
  SW Tait 4 0 25 1 6.25 (2w)
  SL Rainbird 4 0 37 3 9.25  
  CA Rose 4 0 33 1 8.25 (1w)
  DT Christian 4 0 22 2 5.50  
  CJ Boyce 3 0 31 1 10.33  
  DJG Sammy 1 0 10 0 10.00  


Toss - Hobart Hurricanes, who chose to bat
Points - Hobart Hurricanes 2, Brisbane Heat 0
Player of the match - TD Paine (Hobart Hurricanes)
Umpires - GJ Davidson and MW Graham-Smith
TV umpire - PJ Gillespie
Match referee - SR Bernard
Reserve umpire - H Wolff

Cricket Board mourns Carl Furlonge

THE Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) has extended its condolences to the family of former national cricketer Carl Furlonge who passed away on Friday at his home in Petit Valley. He was 83 years old.

Furlonge represented Trinidad and Tobago at cricket between 1953 and 1961, making an auspicious First Class debut against the touring Indian team, taking five catches in that match.

The dapper left-handed batsman, who bowled spin right-handed, was born in Fyzabad, south Trinidad but represented North in the annual inter-zone Beaumont Cup Classics. He was a constant fixture on the national team for close to a decade playing against the then British Guiana, Jamaica and Barbados.

He also made a significant contribution to Maple Cricket Club, where after his playing days, he spent much time in helping young cricketers develop their talent in the game. In retirement he also opened a store selling sports equipment.

Apart from playing against the touring Indians, he also turned out for Trinidad and Tobago against Australia, and the Marylebone Cricket Club, the oldest active cricket club in the world whose headquarters is at Lord’s in London.

Furlonge played a total of 15 matches for his country and scored 551 runs at an average of 22.95, with three half centuries. His best effort was an agonising 99.

Azim Bassarath, president of the TTCB said that Furlongerepresented what was best in the game despite not having the facilities, support systems and lucrative incentives that are now readily available.

“It was his natural talent, coupled with his dedication to doing his best that elevated him to the highest level of local cricket, and which afforded him the opportunity to represent his country throughout the Caribbean,” said Bassarath.

Furlonge had two younger brothers who played cricket: Hammond who got two caps for the West Indies, and the youngest Kenneth, also played for the national team.

His son David is currently the coach of Queen’s Park, one of the most successful clubs in local cricket.

His funeral service takes place on Wednesday (December 23) from 9.30 am at St Andrew’s RC Church, Petit Valley.


Windies lack confidence, says Bravo

Darren Bravo has put down the West Indies poor recent performances to lack of confidence.

Speaking after the team trained at the Gabba ahead of the second test, Bravo said that after losing matches in Sri Lanka and Hobart, the team is lacking belief.

"It's just a matter of confidence," Bravo said. "Coming in to this series most of our batsmen didn't really have that confidence. We lost the series in Sri Lanka, we lost the practice game as well in Brisbane. It's a matter of confidence.

"It's important that whenever we go to bat we spend some time out in the middle. If we spend time we're definitely going to score runs. Naturally we play aggressive cricket where batting is concerned. It's just a matter of us spending time out in the middle and putting up a very good fight.

"It's very important we look at the positives. In the practice game young Blackwood played pretty well, as well as Kraigg Brathwaite. The bowlers had a very good run, including Jerome Taylor. The guys are putting in the work, it's just a matter of us going out there and executing."

West Indies trained at the MCG on Tuesday for the first time ahead of the Test, which starts on Saturday, while the Australians will begin training on Wednesday. The Victorian fast bowler Scott Boland has been added to Australia's squad as an injury replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile, and while Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle and James Pattinson remain the likely attack, Bravo knows from his Hobart ton that scoring opportunities will present themselves.

"The Australian bowlers, they have a plan exactly how they want to get us out," he said. "You respect the good balls and put away the bad balls. Yes they are a very good team but at the end of the day they are still humans. They're going to present bad balls and it's just a matter of putting it away. I don't think you should be bogged down too much. Don't be intimidated by the Australian bowlers. Just back yourself and your ability.

"When you're not scoring runs it is difficult to pick yourself up. I believe the guys have that sort of resilience in them. Most of us have scored international hundreds. We have proven that we are definitely capable of playing at this level. It is just a matter of going out there and spending some time."

It was also easy to forget after the three-day result in Hobart that at lunch on day one, West Indies were arguably in the stronger position, having picked up three wickets after Australia chose to bat. However, they then allowed Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh to compile a record fourth-wicket partnership that batted West Indies out of the match.

"It's very important that whenever we're in the driver's seat we try and stay there," Bravo said. "I remember in the first Test match we had Australia three for 100 or something like that. We were in the driver's seat and we let loose. We need to maintain the momentum in the game."

The second test begins on Saturday, Boxing Day, and Australia hold a 1-0 series lead.

CRICKETERS interested in representing the East Zone of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board in the 2016 BGTT Under-15competition are reminded of the upcoming screening sessions for selection.

Those residing in the region between El Soccoro Road, San Juan, and Olton Road, Arima, are asked to attend screening sessions on January 4 and 6 from 3.30pm at Hardial Park, Tunapuna (on the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway, opposite the Coca Cola Bottling Company).

Players will then be short-listed for further trials during the following weeks.

According to zone secretary SukeshManiam, the BGTT competition commences on January 20, 2016 and the East Zone are the defending champions in the Under-15 age group. They are looking to retain the coveted title for the seventh time in nine years.

Maniam said interested players and/or parents can contact Kazim Mohammed at 290-3652 or Kelvin Arneaud at 290-2833 for further details.

Latin Dancer out of St Ann's Stakes

Latin Dancer will not race in the St Ann’s Stakes on Saturday.
Trainer Glenn Mendez has confirmed the pre-race favorite for the Grade One 1,350-metre Secretary of Tourism and Transportation sponsored event has been scratched.
Mendez told the Trinidad Express on Wednesday that the filly will not be in the ten-horse line-up.
The St Ann’s Stakes is the seventh race of ten on the Boxing Day holiday card at Santa Rosa Park.
Mendez told the Express, " We are not 100 per cent sure what is the problem, but she is sore on her left foreleg. We are trying to figure out what it is."
The Haitian Football Federation has announced Frenchman Patrice Neveu as its new head coach just in time for the upcoming CONCACAF Copa Centenario playoff qualifying match against T&T on January 8 in Panama City.
Neveu takes over from Marc Collat whose contract was not renewed. 
He met with Haitian football president Yves Jean Bart on Saturday to finalise the two-year contract. 
The winner of the match will play in the Centenario, which will be played in the USA in 2016, the first time the tournament will be played outside of South America.
Jason Holder has said opener Rajendra Chandrika must be given some time to find his way in international cricket, despite making three ducks from his first four Test innings. 
Chandrika has only one first-class hundred to his name, scored against Windward Islands last month, but the selectors view his game as adequate for the elite level.
Chandrika made a pair on Test debut against Australia in Jamaica in June and managed 25 and 0 in the first Test of this series in Hobart.
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