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Exciting Cricket in Hon. Ezechiel Joseph 20/20 Competition over the Weekend

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Victories for Des Barras, Touring United, Leatherbacks and Chaz Cepal Cacao were recorded in the Honorable Ezechiel Joseph 20/20 Competition on Sunday August 9, 2020.

Touring United defeated Hilltop ballers by 39 runs in a very exciting match played at the Des Barras Playing Field. Touring batting first piled up an impressive 266 for 7 in their allotted 20 overs. Tarryck Gabriel lead the batting with a magnificent 113 off 53 balls with 9 fours and 10 sixes. Other useful support with the bat for Touring United came from skipper Shervon Joseph 43 off 24 balls and Alvin Lafeuille 30 not out.

The main wicket taker for Hilltop ballers was veteran, Lloyd Chastanet with 3 for 48 from 4 overs. Hilltop in reply, scored 227 for 6 in 20 overs. Ryan Goodman with 78 runs off 45 balls with 4 fours and 9 sixes, Jehan Boodha 47 (31 balls, 5 fours 3 sixes ) and Tyrel Chicot 37 off 18 balls contributed to Hilltop spirited chase. However, Tarryck Gabriel bagged 3 for 25 from 4 overs to peg Hilltop back and lead his team to victory with an excellent all-round performance.

Earlier in the day, Des Barras defeated Pythons by 8 wickets. In a match reduced to 12 overs because of late start due to rain Pythons managed 54 for 6 in 12 overs.  Carlton Jones with 14 was only batter to get double figures for Pythons. Tonius Simon with 2 for 8 was the pick of the bowers for Des Barras. Des Barras easily chased down their target ending on 57 for 2 in 5.3 overs. Kissinger Anthony scored 33 not out to lead the batting for Des Barras. Nini Gustave bagged 2 for 0 in solitary over when Des Barras needed 4 runs for victory. Two matches were played at the Balata Playing Field. In the first match Babonneau Leatherbacks defeated Balata by 93 runs. In a match reduced to 15 overs because of late start due to rain Leatherbacks batting first scored 168 without loss in their allotted 15 overs.  Caleb Thomas hit his first century of the tournament when he compiled an even 100 not out off 47 balls with 9 fours and 7 sixes. He shared an unbroken 168 runs partnership with Qwaine Henry who finished on 45 not out off 43 balls with 4 fours and 1 six. At their turn to bat, Balata managed a meager 75 for 8 in 15 overs. Vishal Singh, Anselm Gittens and Johnnel Eugene each bagged two wickets to guide Leatherbacks to victory by 93 runs.

In the other match played at Balata, Chaz Cepal Cacao defeated Garrand by 5 run D/L method. Chaz Cepal Cacao finished on 170 for 8 in 20 overs. Leading with the bat for Cacao were Vernillius Gabriel 55 off 43 balls, Kester Charlemagne 46 off 39 balls and Dillan John 28 not out off 12 balls. The wicket takers for Garrand were Devon Eugene 3 for 28 from 4 overs, Tarrique Edward 2 for 33 from 4 overs and Shane David 2 for 12 from 2 over. Garrand in turn reached 106 for 6  after 14.2 overs to lose by 5 runs on D/L method. Tarrique Edward with 36 off 24 balls and Devon Eugene 17 not out led the Charge for Garrand with the bat. Larry Edward with 2 for 8 from 2.2 overs  was the pick of the bowlers for Chaz Cepal Cacao.

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Two SKN and Two TT Players Not Allowed to Travel for CPL Due to Positive COVID-19 Test

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The squads for the 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament have been confirmed, with all players and coaching staff now in TT. Five of the six teams had to make changes owing to COVID-19 and travel restrictions. The foreign CPL players are now in a 14-day quarantine which will end just days before the tournament begins on August 18. A CPL release said, “There were three players and one coach who have not been able to travel as a result of the stringent protocols to ensure the safety of the CPL cohort and the population of TT. Every person was tested 72 hours before they travelled in order to ensure that all members of the party were travelling virus-free.” St Kitts and Nevis player Dennis Bulli and the team’s Australian coach Simon Helmot tested positive and were not allowed to travel to TT. Jamaica Tallawahs pair Andre McCarthy and Jeavor Royal were exposed to Bulli and will not play in the tournament. They were replaced by Jermaine Blackwood and Ramaal Lewis. West Indies bowling legend Courtney Walsh will join the Patriots’ coaching staff for Helmot. Michael Hall, CPL tournament operations director, said: “These withdrawals are a sign of the testing protocols that CPL put in place working as they should, and while it is disappointing for the players and coaches involved it is vital that CPL does nothing to compromise the safety of all those involved in the tournament and the public of Trinidad. “There have been other changes to the squads and support staff as a result of other logistical challenges to the difficulty of travelling at the current time.” The Trinbago Knight Riders are the only team that did not have to make changes.

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No Wickets for Cornwall. “I don’t Feel Too Bad” he says

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Many have questioned the inclusion of Rahkeem Cornwall in the final Test of the #raisethebat Series in Manchester, England after the West Indies were thoroughly beaten by a strong England showing with bat and ball. Cornwall, who went wicketless throughout the game, still feels his inclusion had value. According to the off-spinner, on another occasion, going wicketless does not mean he bowled badly. “I don’t feel too bad about my performance and maybe on a different day wickets would have come my way, but I didn’t get any wickets. I think I bowled pretty well. Opportunities came about but it was just not my day to get wickets,” said Cornwall. Cornwall has not been deterred by his performance in the least and believes there is only better for him to get. “Going forward I just think that I have to work on my game and make sure I can perform under every condition that I might be going to but I wouldn’t say it was a bad tour, I just have to move on and learn from it,” he said

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SLFA National Youth League Begins This Weekend

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The SLFA National Youth League will get on the way on August 15th 2020. The tournament will feature players in the under 11, under 13 and under 17 divisions. As such, the competition will be played at the following venues:

  • The Phillip Marcellin Grounds in Vieux Fort
  • The Anse La Raye Playing Field
  • The SLFA Technical Center in Dennery North
  • The Gros Islet Playing Field

The tournament will get on the way from 10am – 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays. All COVID-19 protocols will be strictly implemented. The SLFA National Youth League is expected to be completed by December 31st 2020.

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