Caribbean Cup Playoff Madness
The road to the championship continues as fans witness two spectacular playoff games on Sunday, August 13, 2017.
The first game saw the defending champions Antigua/Barbuda take on St. Lucia. In a dead lock battle for ninety plus minutes. From the game whistle St. Lucia went on the attack trying to take advantage of an under manned Antigua/Barbuda team. The early attack paid off as Tariq Hippolyte finds the back of the net from a beautiful cross from the winger Kerwin Edwin.
Antigua/Barbuda battled on gallant trying to find the equalizer but John Perry Joseph held off every threat by marshalling the St. Lucian defense. The first half ended with St. Lucia leading by 1 goal the better.
The second half started with Antigua/Barbuda a much balance team and showing their championship form. They launched attack after attack but John Perry Joseph along Tisson Bradley was too much for the Antiguan forwards. As the second went on with relentless pressure from the Antiguan forwards the inevitable happens, Antigua/Barbuda hit the mark with the tying goal. At the end of regulation time the score was still lock at 1-1. The game went into penalty kicks to decide the winner in which Antigua/Barbuda came out on top. Final score - 4-3 (Penalty Kicks) Second and Feature game was between Haiti and Guyana.
This game was featured as speed against finest. Guyana tried to use their speed to get by the Haitian defense but stern defensive work from David Daout and Dorelien William kept the Guyanese forwards at bay. The Haitian goal keeper Wilfred Henry was the final line of defense that gathers any miss by the center back.
Guyana was without their captain and champion defender Roger Cambridge but the defense held up well under the counter attack pressure of the Haitians forwards. After two halves of defensive work by both teams, at the regulation whistle the score was tied 0-0.
The game went into penalty kicks to decide the winner in which Guyana came out on top. Final score - 3-1 (Penalty Kicks)
PHOTO BY KEITH A DAWSON
England Defeats West Indies
LONDON, United Kingdom (CMC) | Captain Jason Holder has leapt to the defence of his batting unit, after West Indies slumped to a nine-wicket defeat at Lord’s to concede the three-Test series, 2-1 on Saturday. Resuming the third day on 93 for three, the Windies were dismissed for 177, with only the in-form Shai Hope getting among the runs with 62.
At Headingley when West Indies stunned England in the second Test by five wickets, Hope was again the main run-scorer with 147 and 118 not out, while opener Kraigg Brathwaite got 134 and 95.
Jermaine Blackwood was the only other Windies batsman in the series to score a halfcentury but Holder said the batting element of the side continued to be a work in progress. “I think a lot of your batsmen shaped up pretty well but didn’t carry on. We got drawn in, trapped on the crease a lot of times and taken across to off stump and [got out] nicked behind,” the all-rounder explained.
“It’s something that happens to lots of people when they come here playing in England and as a first tour for many of us, I think think it is a hell of an achievement and a hell of a fight which we put up.
“Hopefully we can learn from this. We have New Zealand at the end of the year which will probably be similar conditions and similar type of bowlers too so it should be a good chance to take what we have learnt here and take into that series.”
In the day/night first Test at Edgbaston, West Indies’ batsmen struggled badly, mustering totals of 168 and 137, to lose by an innings and 209 runs inside three days. Headingley proved the high point of the series for the Windies as they tallied 427 and 322 for five but they perished for 123 in the first innings at Lord’s, in a disappointing showing. Holder said despite the ups and downs of the series, the young side had shown definite improvement all-round and would use the experience to further develop.
“I think we’ve shown improvement. When we sit down and critique each series we try to look for improvement and we’ve definitely shown improvement especially in our bowling,” he contended.
“We’re improving in our consistency there. Our batters are still finding their way, still relatively inexperienced but Shai really showed what he can do. He obviously struggled early on in his Test career and to have a series like he’s had now is remarkable. “Kraigg has really led our batting now for the last couple years and to see guys like Roston Chase in the last series and now Shai in this series putting up their hands [has been great]. It’s just us coming together a little bit more and having a more collective effort when we step out with the bat.”
He continued: “We’ve seen a guy like Kieran Powell shape up really well but not carrying on and that’s hampered us a lot. There’s still a lot of room for improvement but hopefully the guys can gain a lot of confidence from this series against a world class side, a top class bowling unit. To be able to achieve something in this series speaks a lot.”
Holder also pushed back on suggestions he had made the wrong decision to bat first on Thursday’s opening day at Lord’s. “[There are] no regrets about batting first. We obviously didn’t bat well enough on a day with some quality bowling but at the end of the day’s play it justified what the conditions were like,” he said in reference to the murky conditions that emerged half-hour into the day’s play.
“When we flipped the toss outside was pretty sunny and the overhead conditions changed drastically. There are no regrets, that’s just how the game goes sometimes. Hopefully we can learn from it and move on.
World Cup dream ends for T&T
PANAMA CITY, Panama (CMC) | Trinidad and Tobago’s bid to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia ended in disappointment here Tuesday night when they crashed to a 3-0 defeat to Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernandes.
The Caribbean side fell behind to Gabriel Torres’s 39th minute strike to be 1-0 down at half-time. A 58th minute own goal from Carlyle Mitchell and Abdiel Arroyo’s strike seven minutes from time, sealed the heavy loss.
For T&T, it was their seventh straight defeat in the tournament, leaving them at rock bottom in the CONCACAF final round standings on three points with two games left in the campaign. Powerhouse Mexico top the standings on 18 points and have already secured qualification to next year’s showpiece while Costa Rica lie second on 15 and Panama, third on 10. T&T head coach Dennis Lawrence said afterwards the entire side was disappointed by the outcome of the campaign. “Obviously we knew coming into the game it would have been very difficult because Panama are a well organised team,” Lawrence said.
“I thought the game was very tight until [we conceded the first two goals] and then from there was difficult because Panama showed a good drive and determination to try and get a victory, which I congratulate them on.” He added: “Of course it’s very disappointing. We knew what was at stake tonight. If we could have managed to get a positive result [it would have] still kept us in it so we are very, very disappointed.”
T&T opened strongly but had their spirits dampened six minutes from the break when a counter-attacking move ended when Torres beat goalkeeper Marvin Phillip with a clinical finish.
Four minutes following the restart, Nathan Lewis forced a save out of Jose Calderon as T&T came close an equaliser. Once again, however, T&T ruined all their positive work when Alberto Quintero sent in a cross from the right side and defender Mitchell headed an attempted clearance into his own net.
With virtually no way back for T&T, Panama put the final nail in the visitors’ coffin when Arroyo struck in the 83rd minute.