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Windie women lose to Australia

Windies women lost their World T20 warm-up match to Australia by 43 runs.
Australia put up 139/3 with Elyse Villani scoring 51.
Stacey Ann King hit 19 not out for the West Indies but they were bowled out for 96 in 19 overs.

Darren Sammy hit 50 off 28 balls to lead the West Indies to a thrilling three wicket victory over Australia in a World Cup warm-up match on Sunday.
West Indies were in trouble at 49/5 when Sammy came to the wicket but the St Lucian hit six fours and a six in his even 50 to take his team home. 
Earlier, Australia set West Indies 162 for victory after Shane Watson hit 60.
West Indies open their World Cup campaign against England on Wednesday at Mumbai. 
Machel Cedenio and Cleopatra Borel were named the Sportsman and Sportswomen of the Year 2015 at the First Citizen's Awards on Sunday night at Queen's Hall.
The pair also won the TTOC awards, while Cedenio was also triumphant at the NAAA awards. 

Cedenio won the 400 metre dash at the 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League in Stockholm, Sweden with a time of 44.97 seconds.

He also took home gold in the 4x400m relay and silver in the 400m men's final at the Pan American Games.

Borel became the first woman and only the sixth Trinidad and Tobago athlete in history to strike gold at the Pan American Games. 

She joined cycling's triple gold medallist Roger Gibbon, swimming's two-time champion George Bovell, two other cyclists, Leslie King and Gene Samuel, and weightlifter Rodney Wilkes.
NAAA won the award for the best administration of 2015. 
Trinidad and Tobago head coach Stephen Hart commenced preparations with a selection of home based professions on Monday morning at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium for Saturday's international friendly against Grenada in St George's.
Belgium-based midfielder Khaleem Hyland is expected to join the training on Tuesday as Hart conducts double sessions at the Manny Ramjohn and Ato Boldon Stadium.
Goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams suffered a dislocated shoulder while on duty with Central FC in Caribbean Club Championship and will not be involved in the fixture with Grenada.

Barbados beat T&T by 7 wickets

Barbados Pride beat Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by seven wickets in the Regional Four-Day tournament on Monday at Couva.
Set 71 for victory, Barbados got there for the loss of three wickets with Shai Hope getting 36 and Man of the Match Kraigg Braithwaite getting 31.
Earlier in the day, Trinidad and Tobago totalled 240 following on with Kyle Hope getting 76.
Barbados took 17 points from the encounter, while Trinidad and Tobago took three.
Barbados have now closed the gap on leaders Guyana Jaguars to seven points, with one match to go in the tournament. 
Guyana face Jamaica at Providence, while Barbados travel to St Kitts to face Leeward Islands.
Trinidad and Tobago face Windward Islands from Friday at Couva. 

West Indies vs England in World T20

West Indies face England in the World T20 World Cup on Tuesday night at Mumbai.
The Windies have eight members of the team that won the 2012 tournament, while England skipper Eion Morgan is the only member of the 2010 championship-winning campaign.
Darren Sammy said that the West Indies have an excellent chance to win the tournament. 
Here is Cricinfo's preview of the West Indies chances:

Till Shamar Springer rolled his chest rhythmically, there was Chris Gayle and co. galloping to the Gangnam Style, having won their maiden World T20 crown, their first world title in 33 years.

Four years on, the core of that 2012 batch remains intact. But there are many questions Darren Sammy and his band of merry men will have to answer if they are to repeat the 2012 feat. The biggest weakness for West Indies is a batting line-up that is powerful on paper, but low on returns and inconsistent in form.

Only Gayle, their best batsman, emerges unscathed. In his 43 T20I innings, Gayle has scored 1406 runs at an average of 35.15 and a strike rate of 142.60. Contrast that with Marlon Samuels, who was the Man of the Match in the 2012 final, but has scored just one half-century in his last 12 T20I innings. He has not played any T20 cricket since the Bangladesh Premier League last November.

Denesh Ramdin is the other batsman who is struggling. If not for his wicketkeeping, he might have found it hard to retain his place. In 34 T20I innings, he has managed 385 runs at an average of 16.73, which is the lowest among all wicketkeepers who have played 20 or more T20I innings. The other specialist batsmen, Johnson Charles (22 T20I innings, 463 runs at 21.04), Andre Fletcher (24, 427 at 19.40) have been equally inconsistent.

West Indies' biggest strength remains their quartet of allrounders: Dwayne Bravo, Sammy, Carlos Braithwaite and Andre Russell. These four can destroy bowling attacks mercilessly as Sammy showed in the second warm-up match against Australia in Kolkata which West Indies won. In the absence of Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard, these four men will also take the responsibility of leading the bowling attack.

As Sammy has been saying, this tournament is the last chance to win big. For him. For Gayle. For Bravo. For Samuels. And, probably, even Russell, who is battling knee problems. These men have at times been labelled bandits for choosing lucrative T20 leagues over representing West Indies. Will they now help West Indies loot the ransom at the World T20? If so, it would be worth watching how they attempt to outdo the "Springer roll".

FIFA gunning for ex-officials

Fifa wants to reclaim "tens of millions of dollars" taken illegally by its members and other organisations.
It also says corrupt officials who served on its former executive committee were guilty of selling their votes in World Cup bidding contests.
Former officials Chuck Blazer, Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb are among those being sued by Fifa, which has submitted documents to US authorities.

Gayle hundred topples England

Chris Gayle smashed an unbeaten off 48 balls as West Indies whipped England by six wickets in their World T20 opener at Mumbai.
The Jamaican smashed 11 sixes and five fours and shared a partnership of 55 with Marlon Samuels as the Windies successfully chased 183 with 11 balls to spare.
Earlier, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell took two wickets apiece as England totalled 182/6 in their 20 overs.

Kumar wins T&T Open Golf title

Sachin Kumar won his second T&T Open Golf title when he beat Clint Alfred in a dramatic play-off on Sunday at Moka.

Kumar holed a double-bogey putt on the first play-off hole after Alfred missed a wicked downhill putt on the 18th green at St Andrew’s Golf Club.

Alfred dodged a bullet after hitting his tee shot on the play-off hole out of bounds.

However, the 2014 champion Kumar then hit his approach shot out of bounds to hand Alfred a reprieve.

On the green, Alfred was unable to hole a downhill putt, while Kumar sank a five-foot putt from below the hole to claim his second title in three years.

Both men ended tied on 301, with Kumar shooting a final day 74 to Alfred’s 78.

Sol Joanni was third, five shots behind.

Last year’s champion James Johnson did not defend his title this year.

Ysabelle Lawrence strolled to a commanding victory in the women’s championship division.

Thomas Bannon (336) won the First Flight title by one shot over John Henry (337)

Zico Correia grabbed the headlines on the final day, winning the Second Flight with a final day 83.

The 11-year-old is the youngest person ever to win the T&T Open Second Flight title.

Carlos Beckles won the Seniors title by three shots over Reynold Deonath, while

Fabian “Rocker” Lee Foon won the Super Seniors title with a nine shot victory over Tyrone Leong.


Molino, Bostock join Soca Warriors

Trinidad and Tobago Head Coach Stephen Hart announced his Final 22-man Squad for the upcoming 2018 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Matches against St Vincent and the Grenadines on March 25th and 29th.

Hart made the disclosure following T&T’s 2-2 draw with Grenada on Saturday night in St George’s.

His selection signals the return of Kevin Molino to the national team following the player’s lengthy lay off due to injury while former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and England National Under 17 captain John Bostock has also been included as well as Dutch-based starlet Levi Garcia.  Bostock’s grandmother is Trinidadian which makes him eligible to play for T&T. Born in Kamberwell, England, the 24-year-old former Crystal Palace player already possesses a Trinidad and Tobago passport.

Missing from the squad due to injury are Cordell Cato, Radanfah Abu Bakr, goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams and Keron Cummings.

The squad, which will be captained by Kenwyne Jones, includes six players who were involved in Saturday’s match in Grenada including goalkeepers Marvin Phillip and Adrian Foncette, Central FC midfielder Sean De Silva and DirecTV W Connection trio Daneil Cyrus, Jomal Williams and Shahdon Winchester,

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