Kingston Gleaner, April 19, 1997, Page 15

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Kingston Gleaner {Newspaper} - 1997-04-19,Kingston, Kingston SATURDAY, APRIL 19,1997 The World's Möst Trusted Name In BEL.TS & HOSES! BJ. HANNA & SONS tTD. 7 FTETtnCMCNT    K(¡N, S TCL;    9Z9-9SS1. aiüCUBSlHÏ. TAX: »e&4HBä CRIOKET- ByTo^Beccd Senior Sports Editor : GEORGETOWN; Co^rtJiey Walsh is niat ergóying the ; best of fortuniss in the current Test, seines between the Ayé^t. Indies and India. Iiijury forced him put of the third Test and robbed him' the opportunity of bpvylihg on a Kensington Oyàl pitch Which was tai lor- made f;or_hirn ■ and up to the close of, pJay on the first day of ' the fifth arid final Te?t át Bourda, lie had only four wickets to his :ciiedit, '    ' ■■■■ ; On top of all that, fans and explayers around the i^gjqn are calU iñg for him to be replaced- as the ^ West Indies captáitt - partly because they believe that as nice a person;,^ he: is', he is neither a . rabiivalor îior á good ■.taeticiari,'-partly because they want. Brian . Lara Who they bèjieve is a. magician and alsb tough to the core; and partly because Lara was thé captain at Kensington Oval when; the TpiVest Indies, after leaving India a victôiy target of 120 runs, routed theni for 8Ï tó win the " mátch-    'Í It is nb secret either that he amd , the máhágeitient of the Wçst . Indies team did Jiot seb .eye to eye during the rccenl tour of Australia, that, based on the W'ord going-die rpijaidá/the Telationship ' has not improved during this series, arid that a couple of,the selectors liavc been influenced and áre jpushing for Lara to take, over - starting from' the one-day vseries a^dnst India which opens at Queen's Park Oval oh April 26. The question is this; will it hap- , pen, did Walsh toss the coin for the last: timé as thè West Indies . çaptâin when he did so on thé opening rnprriihg Of this Test . mat^^    : '■ The Mswer? It shoilid riot happen. Walsh was sclccted. by the West Indies Cricket Board whose ^ responsibility it is. tp do so, cap-tâin of the West Indies - not for / the Test senes done, btit for thé entire tour. :■    -’ Decisions fcan be reversed and    that time, it v|/in, understiindably, captains: have been.reraoyed, not    6e Walsh versus Lara for thé cap- only during a tour^.but alsfflii the    taincy of the West Indies. ■ ; middle of a Test senes. Walsh Kight nOW, Walsh is the West howe ver, has. neither ehibiutassed    Indies captain. "Í don't know what ' hirhseif nor W,és't Indies criçkêt,    all thé talk is about,^ said , Board neitheiP: on the field nor off the    président Pat Rousseau y field, and it would be surprising if    " Walsh is the ,captain, he was the iBoard si^ by and allow itself :    named by the Board and only the to-be rd^cpaded iiii^doing some-    Board .can replace him?’ tliihg it'appears it does not Want ; It is no secrët, that some of thb to do at this time. '    -    selectors warned 1 ,ara as captain The hext timci based oh its cus-    for this 'Test series and that the tom andits earlier décision, that    Board politely sa the Board, bariing any,embarras-'    no secret ,th'àt, th.& selectors then ’ ing' epispde,.should look at the .    recommended/Walsh as captain- captaincy is at the end pf this tour    for the test series ànd Lara as : in prepatatipn , for : Sri ;Lahka; . At    captain for. the one-day series and ' Off=tlOiCET -j GEORGETPW: ! A V Y eariÿ: momirig raiii; and-, persl$t.ent, drizzle Jhroughout the day forced the abandonment of the second day’s play of the fifth and final Test of the Gable 'and Wireless series between the West Indies and India at Bourda yesterday. ; ■. The day’s play was called at one ; o'clock after umpires. Guyanese ■ Edward Nichols - appearing in his. fust. TeSU-and Englishman George .Sharpe inspected the ground,aiid . .decided, that even, if the rain stopped the field was too saturated for play.' :    ^ I At the: end pF the fust <^y, India one down 'in-the series, were on ; : 194 ifor two after winning thie toss and electing to bat. The hot out, , batsmen were Rahul Dravid on' 71 arid captain Sachin Tenduikar on ■ '62.'". , ^Yesterday was.a Muslim holi- -' day - Eid Ul: Ahz^, and according . to Chetram Singh, president of the Guyana Board of Control, after the poor attendante on the opening day, the expectation was for a hugecrpwd; '    '., - '- . “We could still have bumper crowds on Saturday arid Sunday however," Said Chetram Singh yesi^idaÿ: ‘Tendulkar is still batting; (Mòhainmad) Azhaniddin is stül to come, and the people can-i not wait to see (Shívnarine) Chanderpaul, (Carl) Hooper, and .(Brian) Lara.” . Forty-five minutes after the -day's play was called off, the rain had stopped, and the covers were removed. The clouds were dark however and there was still the threat of more rain. The removal of the covers exposed two wet spots - one in the middle of the pitch and probably of.no consequence, and one, on the right-hander’s legstump at the northern end. which could be dangerous - especially for the left-Sanded baLsmcn.    , T^Dse'^ó spots aside, the pitch .wás úritdüched by the r3Íri-' ; The; weather foréc^t is foríhün-derstúriñs , ob Sâturday and ■■ Sunday, and the fear around Georgetown is tliat, as was the case their previous two visits, rain will once again destroy the India ' Test at Bourda. In the drawn Test ' of 1983, there wa.s no play on the second and fourth days, and in the dr;iwn Test of 1989, there was no play on the last tlircc days. . In 1976, the Test match sched-, uled for Bourda was shifted to Queen's Park Oval because of ^ rain; and thes- Test riiatch against England in 198$ was completely rained put. : - '. -: V .: T^is season, three Red Stripe Cup matches scheduled for Güyáná; - against ihè Leeward " Islands, Jainaica, arid Trinidad and Tobago - were washed out; Rain also prevented play on the first day of the Guyana/Barbados encounter . ' .“This is. very disappointing,” . said India’s coach Madan Lai yesterday. “We are one down, we need , to win this one to share the series, and after losing only two wickets on the first day, we were in a fairiy good position.” "Sàrves . them right,” said, a taxi driver. “They do hot deserve to win. Look how slowly they batted yesterday (Thursday), .    ■ For the West Indies, the rain could be a blessing, not only because a draw would hand them thé series, but because the pitch, so slow and lifeless on the first day, could have .something in it for their fast bowler^ if and whenever play resumes. India, as comfortable as they appear to be with only two wickets down, have only one specialist batsman in Azuharuddin to come, and if the West Indies can break. through early they would süll have a chance of winning the game. Tony Becca the tour of Sri Lankai and that the iBoard,:iri rertiinding ihcrii.that: the captain'hits always .been, s.elccted -.after ortc tout'and before the next, ■again said rio^v ; : . 'The latest developriient is'that. the selec tors are planning to nariie' what lhG.y- ,consider the bd.st oii'c-, day players lor. the- qricrday scries, against India, That is-now the: ititrigiie, for .while that is what should have been happening ;all along, there ai'e- those who believe it is a move to side-track .the Board arid to put Lara on centre stage;.:, - , ' '■ -, . -Jf the ..best players arc^scleetcd fjbr .the-phC'day scric.s; Walsh 'may not be' in*understandably so when his 'ftelditig and batting; are : takeri' into 'account,; Lara would be in - defihitely so, aridi ohviousiy,; he would be ;the captain.' ■ ; ■■ - , ' OFtlOICIET St^CalJfeiirife ST, CATHERINE C;C. will Seek to- take oyer sole leadership of ■ the, NCB ScrijPr Clip- cricket ; -; Gompietition when they host Kehsihgtpn in the riihth round GOTHENBURG: Costa Riea's CUttulat Poll celebrates her gold medal and new world record in the world short-eouTse women's ¿00 metre fi^Style yêsterdày. M Caribbean swimmers make history GOTHENBURG, Sweden. -Barbadian Leah Maitindale and Siobhan Cropper of Trinidad and Tobago created swimrning history for the English-speaking Caribbean yesterday although they failed to win medals at the world short course championship. The two, coached in Trinidad by Anil Roberts, qualified for the women's 50-metre freestyle final, and although Germany's Sandra Voelker dominated the race to win easily, with Martindale fifth and Cropper eighth, it was the first time ever that a world-level swimming final featured two swimmers from the Eriglish-speaking Caribbean. Martindale'.s fifth place lime of 25.32 seconds, was off her season-best 25.26 and personal- best 24.97. but Cropper.who had a personal-best 25.58 seconds in the morning heats, appeared in her first ever w'orld final to finish eighth in 25:68. "Siobhan did fantastic, doing her best time in the morning and coming back with a solid time in the evening." coach Roberts said on Cana Radio’s sports programme CANA SPORT yesterday. - ÁTHLETios / Top teams roa.dy .DEFENDING champions G.C. Foster Sports College will attempt lo retain their premier position at today's Inicrconcgiatc    Athletic Championships which begin at - 9:00 a,m- Formerly held .at (he .Vaiional Stadium or G.C. Foster over two day.';, this year's championships have been shifted lo EX ED in a year when iO coIlcgcs will vie for supremacy over one day. Over (he yc-ars. ihc champi-on.ships have seen a number oi changes by organisers, one such example cariie in 1995 when it was twinned with Girls' Chathpponships in an effort to increase iti. pt^pulariiy. During that year, the^Coilcge of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST) collccted a rare win, reigning supreme in the men’s scction, while G.C. Foster look the honours in the female sec-lion. Coming into this year’s meet. the championship was scheduled to run concurrently with Giris’ Championships in March, but svas postponed due lo (he period of mourning for former Prime Minister, the late Michael Manley;    ' G.C, Foster College are the defending champions in the male and female sections and arc expecled lo be remain very competitive. Twenty eight finals arc scheduled to be contested 15 for mens and 13 for the females. Lining up 10 challenge ihc defending champions arc CAST. EXfiD, University of the West Indies. Mtco, Knox, Sairt Sharpe College. Church. Mo-Bay and Bcih. Matches, are: St, Catherine C.C. ys Kehsingtpii at Checjwin Park - unipites R. Roberts glid K. ThiJmas; Melbpuriie v,s Tivoli .at ; MeJboufne -, urnpires T; Wilson and's;,- Stehnett; Police vs, Portland at Elletson Road -umpires R. Thomas .and B: ColHhs; Kirigstpn ys JDF à Sabina Park - umpires Av-Gaynor ; and F. Haughton. , : ' ; ■/;; St. Catherine C-C. and ; .kingston;,have, 21 points' from ' seven, games, Kensington: lurk ' menacingly;in third.with 20 from six, Lucas have 18 -from six, Meibourrie 15 from six, Portlarid ,- 15 frorh six. Ppliee 14, from six, :'JDF 13‘ from seven, St. Thomas : eight from seven, Tivoli iix fpm •six and Boys’ Tow’ri; two' from 'six.' \    ■ ' - , ' ■' St^ Catherine, with an otitright v ictory Óver Tivoi i at the w eek-end, will play Kensington oii their favourite hunting gtound and with left-handed batsman Tony Powell back in their line up after completing duties with the . .Jamiiica team against; the Windwards, , : ' - The 1995 charnpions will also look to Milton Thomas, Randy Nelson, Ransford Evaris. Re.nford Pinnock Jrir, Maurice Pinnock, Deiroy Barron and Andrew Green wood i to get.the better of Kensington.    . Ken.sington will be gunning for ; at least first innings with Wayell Hinds. Brian Murphy, Mark Grey. Robert Haynes, Julian Royal, Robert Turner/ Errol ' Wilson and Patrick Patterson leading the charge.    . Kingston with an outright win over Boys' Town and first innings points over Tivoli,.St. Catherine C.C., Police and St. Thomas, will hope to get at least first innings points over the, Soldiers with seasoned players James .A.dams. Mario Ventura, Vatcniino Ventura.- Nehemiah Perry, Jeff Dujon. Michael Millwood, Raymond Furguson, Lloyd Black along with young pacers Kavon Gillespie and Dw'isihl Mais. REPORTS By Tony Becca on the WEST INDIES vs INDIA CRICKET Series is brought to you by: /pod/ D®w«top<r>efii( BWIA ^911^ IntorrwffofmlAlfweys WvtIVOiXMmi» EVERY MONDAY m ON ONE I ThisWeeli’s featured pcrsonaiity Wesley Henry Ne'w'sfaperÎI lì GH.I V E UT1HE SUN SHINE ON YOU! I>í5tr«M9atr cai«CTWft«>s»wattuMtia> JBOwaiwuuJihe Kan S .N'ëws.fâ‘f:erI ;

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