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L I Champions, Under-15 Cricket team return to Montserrat

Under-15 cricket team - LI champs

Under-15 cricket team – LI champs

The 2014 Under-15 Leeward Islands cricket championship was just completed in St. Kitts-Nevis. The Montserrat players returned home today by Ferry at mi-day.

The Montserrat Under-15 cricket team lost to Nevis and won Antigua, St. Kitts and Anguilla in good fashion.

They returned to a big welcome by parents and fans. The team travelled with Ben Greenaway, coach and Vickie Locker Asst. they both managed the players and reported they were most disciplined.

See photos of the team and welcome back as victors.

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Angelica Morrone and Gary di de Silvestri of Dominica


Jamaican athletes

Jamaican athletes

A number of athletes representing the tropical Caribbean region will participate in the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in the Black Sea city of Sochi in South-Eastern Russia from February 7-23.

Among the featured athletes from the Caribbean are a five-member Bobsleigh delegation from Jamaica, a husband and wife team from Dominica and athletes from the US Virgin Islands (USVI), the Cayman Islands and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

Peter-Adam-Crook of the British virgin islands

of the British virgin islands

CEO of CANOC Broadcasting Inc. (CBI), Larry Romany said it’s another moment of pride for the Caribbean to have athletes representing their national countries at the Winter Olympics and vying for medals.
“Our Caribbean athletes have demonstrated that they have an unconquerable spirit and it is this undeniable perseverance and grit determination that has put them at the top of their field and also for many individuals, to achieve personal excellence.
Angelica Morrone and Gary di de Silvestri of Dominica

Angelica Morrone and Gary di de Silvestri of Dominica

“We know our Caribbean athletes in Sochi will make us proud and it will be another unifying period for our region to support these exceptional athletes who spent countless hours working hard to qualify for the Winter Olympics,” said Romany.

Jamaica’s five-member delegation to the games are pilot Winston Watts, brake-man Marvin Dixon, crew members Wayne Blackwood, alternate crew; Thomas Samuel, coach, and Nelson Christian Stokes, Chef de Mission.
The Jamaican Bobsleigh team gained international fame during their debut in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Alberta as underdogs among the professional and was the inspiration for the major motion picture, Cool Runnings.
jamaican_bobsled_teaUnited States-based Gary di Silvestri and his Italian-born wife Angelica Morrone di Silvestri who have Dominican citizenship will represent the island at the Games. Di Silvestri will take part in the men’s 15-kilometre classical race and his wife in the women’s 10-kilometre classical race.
Jasmine Campbell, representing the USVI, Dow Travers, the Cayman Islands and Peter Adam Crook, the BVI said they were all looking forward to the Winter Olympic s and doing their personal best to represent their countries.
“I will be going to the Olympics trying to ski my personal fastest, my personal strongest, my personal best. That is all I can really hope to do. The Olympics are also about bringing the world together in a community of sport and human excellence. It’s a time to transcend beyond differences and divisiveness. I will consider my time at the Olympics a success by doing my own personal best, while connecting with this very special community of athletes,” said Campbell who feels honoured to represent the Virgin Islands.

Jasmine-Campbell of the US Virgin Islands

Jasmine-Campbell of the US Virgin Islands

Born and raised in the Grand Cayman, Travers, 26, competed for the island in the 2009 Val D’Isere Alpine World Championships and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. The eldest of three talented athletic brothers, Travers who lives and works full time in the Cayman after graduating from Brown University with a degree in Geology-Biology said he’s fully prepared for the Winter Games.
“I believe I am prepared and as ready as I’ll ever be,” said Travers who has been training in Aspen with his brother Dean under Coach, former Olympic skier, Jake Zamansky and the Aspen Valley Ski Club
Travers who will be competing in the Giant Slalom said he has been training during the week and racing as much as possible followed by strength training in the gym.
Crook who lives in Utah said he is “excited and a little nervous” about his first Winter Olympics and representing the small mountainous island of Tortola.
“When people hear I’m representing Tortola, they always ask me if I ski there! Is there snow there! And then I have to explain it all over again,” said Crook who started competing professionally four years ago.
“It’s a small island and the support for me from the people there is unreal. My biggest goal at the Olympic is to make it through the final round. You never know what can happen. I’d just like to make everyone proud,” he added.
CANOC Broadcasting Inc. (CBI) is a company that has been formed by the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) across the Caribbean to purchase, monetise and manage the broadcast rights for the Olympic Games and other sporting properties. CBI’s mission is to develop extensive Olympic broadcast coverage that maximises the public’s awareness of National Olympic Committees, Commonwealth Games Associations, Caribbean Athletes and the Olympic Movement, and create long‐term sustainable sources of funding for Caribbean NOCs and CGAs through the acquisition and sale of broadcast rights for sporting events.
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January 30, 2014

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Costa Rica is the first stop that the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca- Cola plane will be used. It will now carry football’s most coveted trophy and the global trophy tour team all over the world.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy jets off in style on the Caribbean leg

Costa Rica is the first stop that the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca- Cola plane will be used. It will now carry football’s most coveted trophy and the global trophy tour team all over the world.

Costa Rica is the first stop that the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca- Cola plane will be used. It will now carry football’s most coveted trophy and the global trophy tour team all over the world.

Jamaica Observer (By – After a successful launch at the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a bird’s-eye view of the iconic Estádio do Maracanã, the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola jetted off to start its international tour by visiting Tahiti, Fiji and Vanuatu.

With three of 89 countries having already welcomed the trophy, it was now time to set off on the Caribbean leg of the tour.

In true superstar fashion, the most sought-after symbol of football had at its disposal its very own branded plane. This plane has started to carry world football’s most coveted trophy and the global trophy tour team all over the world, with the final destination set to be back in the FIFA World Cup host country to start its domestic tour.

The plane was first spotted when it landed in Costa Rica last Friday, where the trophy spent three days before heading off to an unprecedented 34 member associations from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

Joining the tour in five of the upcoming stops is former Aston Villa, Manchester United and Trinidad & Tobago forward Dwight Yorke, a man who has great experience winning trophies, with UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, and FA Cup titles to his name. Yorke was also captain of the Trinidad and Tobago squad during the 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign. He will be accompanying the trophy in Haiti on the 25th to the 27th of October, Grenada on the 28th, Suriname on the 29th, Guyana on the 30th, and finally in his home country Trinidad and Tobago on the 31st of October.

“Having won almost every trophy there is in my career, this is still the one that got away,” joked Yorke. “It’s just as surreal for me to have the opportunity to be so close to the trophy as I’m sure it will be for all the people that get the chance to see it on this worldwide tour. It really is the ultimate prize for any football fan or player. It’s a great opportunity and a joy to have it brought over to a part of the world that doesn’t often get these opportunities. I can’t wait to join the tour,” added Yorke.

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Curtly Ambrose feels the need for a drastic structural improvement in the way cricket is played in Antigua © Getty Images

Curtly Ambrose suggests strong measures to improve cricket in Antigua

By Indo-Asian News Service
St John’s (Antigua):

Curtly Ambrose feels the need for a drastic structural improvement in the way cricket is played in Antigua © Getty Images

Curtly Ambrose feels the need for a drastic structural improvement in the way cricket is played in Antigua © Getty Images

Former West Indies pacer Curtly Ambrose believes that an overhaul of the entire structure of Caribbean cricket is needed for the game to improve.

Ambrose said more attention should be paid to development of talent at the grassroots level, reports CMC.

Ambrose bemoaned the lack of Antiguans on territorial teams citing demise of quality in the island’s cricketers.

“I mean, when you look at Antigua national team, Leeward Islands and even the West Indies team, we don’t have any Antiguans really on the West Indies team and that to me is sad because when West Indies were at their strongest they had Antiguans on that particular team and I am proud to say that,” said Ambrose.

“I think we need to look after our cricket here in Antigua a bit better and a little more so that we could get a few more international cricketers,” he said

Ambrose said the structure at school-level must be changed first.

“I believe that the whole structure needs to change from schools level and come right up because you can’t change the top level and the bottom isn’t good. You have to start from the grassroots level.

“I believe sometimes there are too many teams and you got some teams that are just not ready and I believe we should not just have 12 teams so we have numbers. If it means taking six teams so that you can get quality, then so be it,” said Ambrose, who turns 50 next Saturday.

Ambrose, who played his last Test for the West Indies against England at The Oval in 2000, took 405 Test wickets and 225 in the ODIs. In all, he played 98 Tests and 176 ODIs.

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Limacol CPL CEO Damien O'Donohoe with Jamaica Tallawahs Captain Chris Gayle PPI_8673

Tournament ends with as much fanfare as it started

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League has been hailed by organisers and players as a “massive success.”



The tournament ended on Saturday night in front of a full house at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad with the Jamaica Tallawahs crowned as the champions after beating the Guyana Amazon Warriors by seven wickets with 15 balls in hand.

A spectacular fireworks display, confetti, champagne and pyrotechnics followed by a free concert featuring soca artistes Super Blue, Iwer George, Denise Belfon, Blaxx and Black Stalin, put an exclamation point on what has been an event jam-packed with entertainment, excitement and sport.

It was the culmination of 24 matches over 26 days involving six franchise teams from across the region, with those matches played out at packed venues.

Limacol CPL CEO Damien O'Donohoe with Jamaica Tallawahs Captain Chris Gayle PPI_8673“We have exceeded every benchmark we set for the Limacol Caribbean Premier League when we embarked on this project,” said the Limacol CPL Chief Executive Damien O’Donohoe. “By every measure there is no doubt it has been a massive success.

“For the first time in many years venues in the Caribbean have been consistently packed to the rafters and the atmosphere the fans have generated has been incredible.

“The staggering public support has been matched by unprecedented commercial support, the like of which this region has never seen for a cricketing event, with local and international business joining the party.”

Even before a ball was bowled 37 commercial partners were on board, including nine league sponsors, an apparel partner and sponsors for each of the six franchises as well as four national tourism boards also supporting the event.

On top of that, high profile individuals from the worlds of entertainment and business also got involved and threw their weight behind the Limacol CPL with Hollywood actors Mark Wahlberg and Gerard Butler taking equity shares in the Barbados Tridents and Jamaica Tallawahs respectively while Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group backed the Antigua Hawksbills.

“We have had a global audience for the action through outstanding broadcast coverage on television and radio, and the Limacol CPL has also enjoyed a significant presence on social media through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube,” said O’Donohoe.  “I cannot thank the fans enough for showing up in their numbers each night and showing the world how we do cricket in the Caribbean.  Caribbean cricket fans are like no other on the planet and their support of this Tournament played a huge, integral part in its success.  We are grateful for, and inspired by their love for the game.

“In addition, the commercial partners and players as well as the staff who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes, and the army of volunteers enlisted at each of the venues, have all contributed to the final result and every one involved deserves thanks for their efforts.

“The result has exceeded our expectations and now our task is to build on what we have achieved this year, ensure the Limacol Caribbean Premier League goes from strength to strength and that it becomes even bigger and better next year.”

Ajmal Khan, Chairman of Verus International and Founder of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League said: “When we set out on this journey we asked everyone involved to come and play – and that is exactly what has happened.

“We wanted the Limacol Caribbean Premier League to be the biggest party in sport and there is no doubt we achieved it.

“The players did their part by producing a host of memorable performances, the fans came and enjoyed themselves in huge numbers and our sponsors backed the event like never before in this region.

“The Limacol Caribbean Premier League has shown both the West Indian public’s enduring love for cricket and the limitless potential for growth and success that there is in this region.

“Within an incredibly short space of time we have established the Limacol Caribbean Premier League as something that everyone – players, fans and commercial partners – wants to be involved in.

“Our task now is to ensure that we build on this success starting with the second edition next year.”

Jamaica Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle summed up the feelings of players from each of the six franchises when he said: “It has been a great tournament and I am really happy to be here at the end.

“I give thanks to the fans for turning out and supporting us. I am very happy with the (Limacol) CPL and hopefully next year it will be even bigger and better – and I will be here again.”

Ramnaresh Sarwan, the captain of the Guyana Amazon Warriors added: “I was fortunate to play in the IPL a few years ago but I think this (Limacol Caribbean Premier League) is right up there and I can only see it getting bigger and better.”

The Limacol Caribbean Premier League took place between 30 July and 24 August and involved six franchises – the Antigua Hawksbills, the Barbados Tridents, the Guyana Amazon Warriors, the Jamaica Tallawahs and the St. Lucia Zouks, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel – from across the region.

Photo Caption: Limacol CPL CEO Damien O’Donohoe with Jamaica Tallawahs Captain Chris Gayle and Former Jamaica Prime Minister The Most Honourable PJ Patterson


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LCPL cricket: Semi-final 1…Guyana Amazon Warriors melt T&T Red Steel in own their backyard, book final spot

By KNews |

image001By Sean Devers

Guyanese fans celebrating at Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad

Guyanese fans celebrating at Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad

The atmosphere in Port- of-Spain last night was like a funeral instead of the usual Carnival as Guyana Amazon Warriors made the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel fans see red.
A partisan capacity crowd of over 25,000 left the Queens Park Oval dejected and disappointed as the Amazon Warriors produced a professional performance to whip the Red Steel by seven wickets in the first Semi-final of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket tournament.

Guyana marched into tomorrow’s final, as T&T, urged on by a raucous crowd which created a sea of red in the stands, stumbled in their own backyard after the South American based team reached 107-3 off 16.2 overs replying to the 103 all out in 19.3 overs by the home team.

Man-of-the-match Tillakaratne Dilshan, with a cultured 39 from 27 balls decorated with three fours and a six, led the Guyana run chase after Krishmar Santokie, Dilshan, Lasith Malinga and Veersammy Permaul conspired to take two wickets each to shackle the home team batsmen.

Pep talks from West Indies batting Maestro Brian Lara and an impassioned flag-waving crowd, which danced to rhythms of Tassa Drummers, Steel pan players and the pulsating music blaring from the Trini Possie Stand, failed to produce the impetus to propel T&T into the finals after Guyana won the toss and elected to field first under lights.

T&T would have gotten some confidence from their win against Guyana when the teams last met at this venue and Kevin O’Brian got going with a boundary in the opening over from the tournament’s leading wicket-taker left-arm seamer Santokie.

Dilshan (2-14) struck in the second over when he removed O’Brian (8) to a sharp return catch to leave T&T on 11-1. It was soon 14-2 in the third over when Mahela Jayawardene (2) popped an easy catch to extra cover as the hosts slipped to 14-2 and the large Guyanese contingent in the crowd, which also included several Hollywood movie stars and former great West Indies players, went wild with delight.



‘Slinger’ Malinga was introduced in the fourth over and Sunil Narine in the next over as Skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan cleverly wrung the changers as Ross Taylor joined Adrian Barath.

Taylor (6) top-edged Permaul into ‘no man’s land’ before he pulled the left-arm spinner to deep mid wicket in the same over to leave T&T on 25-3 in the sixth over.

The left-handed Darren Bravo joined Barath on a track offering assistance to the spinners. The noisy crowd was stunned into silence when Barath (12) was run out at 32-4 and Bravo (3) fell off Dilshan without addition to the score in the ninth over.

Skipper Dwayne Bravo was joined by 17-year-old Nicholas Pooran, who scored 54 against Guyana on debut from 18 balls, and together they took the score to 56 before Pooran (14), who hit the first six of the match, edged a cut off Permaul, next ball.

Kevin Cooper, who clobbered Narine for two sixes and his Captain, who smashed a Santokie full toss to cover for only the second four of the innings, tried to orchestrate a mini-revival as they carried T&T to 101-7 before Cooper, who hammered 27 from 17 balls, lofted Narine to long-on in the 18th over.

After clarification from the third Umpire, Suleiman Benn was give out caught at point by Permaul for duck as Santokie took his 16th wicket in the competition as he finished another excellent spell to finish with 2-20 from his four overs.

It was 103-9 when Bravo (24) was taken on the cover boundary before Malinga, who ended with 2-18, finished the match on a hat-trick by bowling Fidel Edwards (1) first ball.



William Perkins, playing his first match in tournament, and fellow Trinidadian Lendl Simmons pounced on leg-spinner Samuel Badree, who opened the bowling, and smashed him for four.

Perkins climbed into the lively Edwards and swatted him for a boundary before Simmons (8) was beaten for pace and removed in the same over to leave Guyana on 14-1 in the third over.

Perkins, who sweetly cut Badree for four and Dilshan who played a ‘Dilscope’ for six off Edwards before gloriously stroking back-to-back fours off Benn, took the score to 47 before Benn got rid of Perkins in the sixth over.

Sarwan got the shock of his life when he tried to use the electronic bail to mark his guard and the bail started to light up when it was removed from the stumps.

However, the right-handed former West Indies Captain settled down to support Dilshan, who played an array of audacious shots, in their 31-run partnership before Sri Lankan Dilshan was caught and bowled by Cooper at 78-3 in the 11th over.

James Franklyn (16) and Sarwan (18) then saw Guyana home in emphatic fashion with 22 balls to spare.
Tonight, Jamaica led by Chris Gayle face-off with the Kieron Pollard led Barbados in the second semi-final to decide who will battle Guyana in the grand finale tomorrow.

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Limacol CPLT20 move to the final phase

image001So ends that phase of the Limacol CPLT20, everyone calling it a success. And what entertainment it has provided so far!

The organisers invite: Okay! That ends the League Phase of the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League. We now take a 3-day break and return on Thursday, 22nd August, 2013 at 8 pm local at Trinidad where Ramnaresh Sarwan’s Guyana Amazon Warriors take on the home side, Trinidad and Tobago, in the first semi-final! The following day, at 8 pm local again, will witness the second semi-final between Jamaica Tallawahs and Kieron Pollard’s Barbados Tridents. The last few days of this tournament have been action packed and we certainly hope that the final three days end in a frenzy! And we invite you to join us for the party and enjoy the carnival! Until then, on behalf of the commentators and scorers, ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

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O'Brien Acknowledging his Half Century

T&T Red Steel Victory Owed to Brian Lara Says Skipper


Bravo Attributes First Win to Lara’s Words of Advice

O'Brien Acknowledging his Half Century

O’Brien Acknowledging his Half Century

Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago – On Friday night the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel picked up its first win of the team’s four matches to date in the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 Tournament, and skipper Dwayne Bravo credits fellow Trinidadian Brian Lara for the victory.

Bravo says that Lara called and invited him over to his house for a chat, and then took some time to speak with the batsmen, which he said made a big difference to the team and helped him as a captain.

“He told me there’s a lot of outside pressure but it’s for me to stay calm and remember that I deal well with pressure.  As Coach says, the pressure is always there but it’s how you deal with the pressure.”

Kevin O’Brien who was named Man of the Match for his 70 off 47 balls obviously benefited from Lara’s words of wisdom also.

“He told us that we have to play every game as if it was the finals, and that there was a lot of pressure but that we need to embrace the pressure,” said O’Brien.  “He also told us to play the way that we know how to play but also play collectively as a team which struck home for us.”

“We really needed that win to stay alive in the tournament,” added Bravo.  “We had a good chat together as a group, starting with the Head Coach [Gordon Greenidge] and the Assistant Coach [David Williams].  We all planned very well, knowing the importance of last night’s game.  Having said that, this victory is attributed to one person, and that is Brian Charles Lara.”

The Red Steel is now on the points table with two points.  They will face the Antigua Hawksbills on Sunday, 11 August at the Queens Park Oval at 8pm EST.  The Barbados Tridents, who have won all four of their matches and lead the points table with eight, will play the Guyana Amazon Warriors at 3pm EST.

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Dwayne Bravo announced as West Indies ODI captain


Dwane Bravo – new West Indies ODI captain

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — The West Indies Cricket Board has announced Dwayne Bravo as West Indies One Day International captain.

The Selection Panel recommended to the Board of Directors that Bravo be appointed captain of the West Indies One Day International Cricket Team and the Board of Directors approved the recommendation.

The Selection Panel has also indicated that Darren Sammy will be retained as West Indies Test and Twenty20 International captain.

Chairman of the Selection Panel, Clyde Butts explained the recommendation of the Selection Panel.

“Our results in Tests and T20s have been showing consistent improvement and Sammy deserves every kudos for the work he has done in leading and moulding the team in these formats. We remain confident in his leadership in these formats and will recommend that he continues as the captain for Test and T20 cricket. However, our ODI results have not been as strong and we believe that it is best that we freshen the leadership of the team in this format,” Butts said.

“Dwayne Bravo is an experienced, seasoned and senior cricketer who has demonstrated leadership qualities. He has served as West Indies vice captain and has had some success when he has led the West Indies team on occasion. We believe that his transition to the position of captaincy will be a smooth one. The Selection Panel therefore recommended to the Board of Directors that Bravo be appointed captain and we are pleased that the Board has approved the recommendation,” Butts added.

“We have every confidence in Bravo as the leader of the ODI team and while his first assignment – the Champions Trophy – will be a challenging one we believe he will receive the full support of the players and the Team Management for a successful campaign. The decision will also allow Sammy to focus on the Test and T20 formats as captain while he will remain in consideration for One Day cricket as an all-rounder,” he said.

Bravo said he was honoured to be appointed West Indies captain.

“To be named captain of the West Indies One Day Team is one of the highest honours and I am truly humbled to have been appointed to this most prestigious position. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to lead a great team that has a combination of young talent and experienced players,” Bravo said.

“I must say congratulations to Sammy in his leadership of the team and I am very happy to be taking over from him. I am even happier that he remains in the team and I am looking forward to working with him along with the Team Management and all the players, especially vice captain Denesh Ramdin, Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels,” he added.

“The brand of cricket that I intend to bring is a never-say-die attitude and I am really looking forward to the opportunity,” Bravo said.

Sammy congratulated Bravo and said he will give the new ODI captain his full support.

“I congratulate Dwayne Bravo and give him my full support as he leads the ODI team and he can be assured of my unwavering commitment to the team and our plans to be champions of One Day cricket,” Sammy said.

West Indies squad for ICC Champions Trophy:

1. Dwayne Bravo – Captain
2. Denesh Ramdin – Vice Captain/Wicketkeeper
3. Tino Best
4. Darren Bravo
5. Johnson Charles
6. Christopher Gayle
7. Jason Holder
8. Sunil Narine
9. Kieron Pollard
10. Ravindranath Rampaul
11. Kemar Roach
12. Darren Sammy
13. Marlon Samuels
14. Ramnaresh Sarwan
15. Devon Smith

Commenting on the squad, Butts said that it was one which has a strong combination of experience and up-and-coming talent which is capable of doing well in the tournament.

“We have some of the most accomplished cricketers in the world along with some young talent who have shown tremendous promise and quality and we believe that the team will gel well, play as a unit and do the Caribbean proud,” Butts said.

“We have shown confidence in the players who have served well in both the batting and bowling departments and have identified some young players such as Jason Holder and Johnson Charles who add quality to the squad,” he said.

Kieran Powell was not considered for selection due to a finger injury.

Dwayne Bravo ODI career stats:

DoB: October 7, 1983
Age: 29 years old
ODI debut: April 18 2004 at Bourda, Guyana v England
ODI Matches: 137
Runs: 2,311
Highest score: 112*
Wickets: 160
Best Bowling: 6/43

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3rd place Men team, Gunners

MSS steals Easter Monday spotlight

MSS ladies make new record in Easter Monday Relay 42:38.
Top 3 girl teams came in before the previous time of 44.36

Male Winners new time: 50:20 Conscious Vybz. previous record. 51:15
Mss boys in second place – 52:25

The MSS relay teams

The MSS relay teams

The Montserrat Secondary Scholl (MSS) girls and boys stole the spotlight at the annual Easter Monday Relay, 2013, as records tumbled. As a result, both MSS girls team and Conscious Vybz planted their teams in the record books.

1st place Men team Conscious Vybz

1st place Men team Conscious Vybz

The men’s team Conscious Vybz smashed the previous record, running from Lookout to the Salem Park in 50 min 15 seconds (50:15) beating 50:20 set by the police team previously. They beat the MSS boys, 52:25 who placed second, and Gunners, out of five teams.

But, it was the MSS teams that took big honours with the girls smashing the previous record of 44:36 by almost two minutes at 42:38 with 12-year-old Mikila Gittens, running the toughest leg of the race. The women race began at the Government Headquarters, Brades, with the second leg, run by MSS student Mikilia beginning at Cudjoe Head, down and up Fogarthy Hill to Hill Top.

The MSS star runner must have been still celebrating her MSS sports Victrix Ludorum spotlight having beaten her Primary school nemesis and all in sight at the school’s road race as well as all the long races at the sport meet on March 27.

She told TMR while speaking with the two other front runners, she slowed down once going up Fogarthy, confirming, “I ran down Cudjoe Head and up Fogathty Hills, it was painful, but I feel so excited,” Mikila said.

Mikila running the 2nd leg up Fogathy on the 1st S Corner

12-year-old Mikila running the 2nd leg up Fogathy on the 1st S Corner

Kenesha Farrell, did the third leg, Hill Top to picking up the extended lead by Mikila to St. Augustine school. “… I ran from the Hill Top to St. Augustine School, I did my best I don’t stop on the way because I knew we were going to get victory. it was downhill, I pushed myself so I can give the last person that was running a good lead so we can be in front,” she said. Meanwhile Janet Turner who did the first leg from Government Headquarters up to Cudjoe Head, explained how she moved away leaving the rest the runners, after she passed Lyme complex sticking to their plan for the race and building the first lead in the race.

Then Samantha Williams who took the baton home and across the finish line told us, “It was quite interesting. We all practiced to win…we won the race, and we felt happy about what we did and we were very impressed in the time that we came in.” She added: “…we set a time limit again and we are looking forward for next year to do a more excellent job at this running.”

But it is Samatha’s last year for MSS and captain of the girl’s team. “Definitely,” she responded as she was praised for being a good motivator for the team. “I was captain for three years and I mean I had to put my last year in because I’m graduating this year. I definitely put out my best even though my house didn’t turn out on top (at the school competition), but I rather we do our best than win most times, it’d be good to win but I mean doing your best is always good,” she exclaimed, admitting, “Yes I’m a good motivator and I’m happy about that.”

Conscious Vybz , consisting of Kavoy Jarrett, Jaison Peters, Delroy Campbell and Leon Williams, were favourites to win, breaking the record easily, according to Jaison. He told reporters: “Yeah, well the race was, you know, it was not that competitive, but I think we had a good race this morning everybody turned out…I must say thanks to everyone, our sponsors Jermaine Wade, fans everybody turn out well and so it was a good race.””

He explained how he ran the second leg. “I had fire and school was right behind me, but I was not worrying about anything because – I put in hard work when I trained so I what I’m capable of doing. When the fire guy pass me at one time I was not worried, I was smiling because I know I got him right where I want him – Yeah I just had to shift gear because…” he said gleefully.

One teammate, Leon Williams said that he was not worried when he heard during the first leg that Conscious Vybz was in third position. “Once they are close to each other that’s all I want…” showing his confidence.

For the girls section, Jam Rock, placed 2nd, while Bad n Out took the third spot. Firecrackers was the other participating team.

In the men section, MSS took the second position, while Gunners was the third placed team. Other teams were Fire and Police in that order.

New sporting developments

Sports Minister, Colin Riley

Sports Minister, Colin Riley

Minister of Sports, Colin Riley spoke briefly announced that there will be some new sporting facilities by year-end. “The sports development continues. The highlight this year is going to be the development of an indoor facility at Brades, where, we’re going to have basketball and netball indoors for the first time and hopefully we will be able to open a facility by the end of the year,” he announced.

He expressed his satisfaction at the increase in teams participating in the event, and hoped for even better in the coming years noting out the performance of the school girls.

Raymond Cabey from the sports department directed the event. He announced the winners who received their prizes from Parliamentary Secretary Germaine Wade. He thanked everyone for their participation including the sizeable crowd that had turned out early for the event. He invited more people to participate in the teams asking that registration be done early and exposing that they started with more teams but some had dropped out.

2nd place Jamrock girls

2nd place Jamrock girls

Out n Bad girls team took 3rd spot

Out n Bad girls team took 3rd spot

3rd place Men team, Gunners

3rd place Men team, Gunners












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