The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer
No. 809 • April 30, 2010
 
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By Curtis Morton

 

6th May 2010

ATHLETICS

Great fun at CSS 60th Anniversary Sports Festival-but disappointing turn out
The CSS 60th anniversary sports festival was held on Monday May 3rd at the Elquemedo Willet Park, shortly after the annual Church Ground marathon was completed. There was a disappointing turn out by past and present students of the illustrious institution. Indications are that this was due to the many competing events being held on the same day. However, those who showed up, enjoyed themselves tremendously.

The first event was a six a side cricket match between the current players of the Charlestown Secondary School cricket team. This came down to an exciting last over decider.

The small number of participants caused the committee to abort plan A which was to have participants categorized according to the houses.

The ladies present then challenged the youthful, skillful footballers to a match. Later, much excitement was generated from the Fun Events. These involved past and present students, Teachers and Primary school children. The winners received complimentary prizes from Digicel.

The event continued with a 10/10 cricket match between the females and the males. Despite a solid partnership between Rosie Dunrod and Lydia Claxton, the males reached the target of 67 with 1.4 overs remaining, losing 3 wickets in their chase (Manners, Lawrence and Jackson each took a wicket).

The day climaxed with the athletics. Pickup loads of the members of the A-1 Technology Titans Athletic Club rolled into the Elquemedo Willet Park to a warm welcome to celebrate their outstanding performance in Antigua. The Club President, Mr Timothy Caines, announced the accomplishments of the team. A few relay races preceded the 50m and 100m.

The appreciative crowd was entertained by the sounds of DJ Mad Links; general commentary was done by Pat Claxton and cricket commentary by 'Wise' and Eddy. A number of domino boards were occupied and a few persons engaged in some other board games.

The Winners for the day were:

Balloon Toss Relay: Curleane Parris, Earla Dyer, Shoya Lawrence & Tasha Parris-Forrester
Sack Race Relay Teachers: Khadou, Stuart and Clarke
Lime & Spoon Iona Powell (f), Tewan (m) and Junique (children)
Needle & Thread Iona Powell and Lydia Claxton (f) Javian & Tewan (children)
Three legged Teachers: Jackson & Stuart , Tangela & Deandre (children)
Wheel barrow Teachers: Jackson & Stuart, Tewan & Javian (children)

60M:
U11 (females) Afiaya Caines 1st, Tangela Dunrod 2nd , Orlesia Tyson 3rd
U11 boys Tajarie Arthurton, Jaquan Bartlette 2nd
Open females Fayola Tross 1st, Lavanda Forbes 2nd, Bethia Pogson 3rd
U20 males Mervin Jones 1st, Jason Wallen 2nd, Javid Stapleton 3rd
U30 males Dendy Fahie(DJ Mad Links 1st, Clive Walters 2nd, Jermaine Bartlette 3rd

100m:
U12 females: Afiya Caines 1st, Orlesia Tyson 2nd, Tangela Dunrod 3rd
U12 males Tajarie Arthurton 1st, Jaquan Bartlette 2nd, Kaden 3rd
Over 12 Sadiki Tyson 1st, Kevraun Ellis 2nd, Lorenzo Phillip 3rd
Females Britney Morton 1st, Chloe Williams 2nd, Lavande Forbes 3rd
Males Javid Stapleton 1st, Mervin Jones 2nd, DJ Dendy 3rd
The organizers would like to use this medium to thank all of those persons who attended and especially those who participated. A special thank you is also extended to Digicel-the bigger, better network for their kind sponsorship of the many top up cards and other prizes.


TITANS FORGE OVERSEAS LINKS

President of the Titans Track and field club, Timothy Caines, yesterday revealed that his club has forged crucial links with at least one overseas based track and field club, which could reap huge dividends in the future. Due to the outstanding performance of the Titans in the recently concluded Sir Reginald Samuels classics held in Antigua, he was approached by officials of the 'TOP NOTCH' track and field club based in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, to forge a link between the two clubs. Out of the discussions it was agreed that for starters, the Top Notch club would be travelling to Nevis to participate in the upcoming annual Titans grand prix event, slated towards the end of June and in return, the Titans will participate in similar events to be held by the Top Notch club.

Caines is very enthused about the idea because of the friendly rivalry already created between the two clubs, the friendship opportunities provided for athletes in both clubs and possible links to scholarship opportunities that may result from the link.
Caines also revealed that his club was already back in training after the intense weekend in Antigua and the club members are looking forward to several upcoming events which include: The Leewards Islands youth championships which will be held in about three weeks time; the Titans grand prix slated for June 27th and an upcoming meet in Tortola with the Top Notch club. He was high in praise for team sponsor Mr. Mackey Tross and his wife Fayola Tross of A 1 Office Technology and other sponsors who made his club's trip to Antigua possible. He also thanked all those persons who supported the fund raisers hosted by his club.

Assistant PRO of the club, Orvis Tyson was high in praise for the leadership qualities of Mr. Caines. "He would not boast about himself and the hard work he has put in, so I will talk about him", Tyson said. He was also high in praise of the Coaching qualities of Sherman Caines, the younger brother of the President.

Some of the athletes also expressed thanks for the opportunities that they are being provided through Athletics.


BASKETBALL

FOUR SKABA PLAYERS SLAPPED WITH SUSPENSIONS

Basseterre, St.Kitts (May 1st 2010):-Four players from the SKABA League have been handed suspensions as a result of incidents over the last week.

Guard Ansel "Bonzi" Revan has been slapped with a 2 year, 2 game suspension while his team has been fined $1000 for two recent incidents involving confrontations with SKABA officials. The young very talented guard received the automatic penalties for his actions which took place a Basketball City as well as at a SKABA sanctioned Challengers Community League game where according to reports, Revan hit and shoved referee Rawlston Richardson. The confrontation resulted in the forced stoppage of the game with minutes remaining. Details of the report from SKABA's Games Committee on the incidents which resulted in the unprecedented penalties were that:

1. On Monday 26 April 2010 during the game Hitters vs Blue Devils, Ansel Revan verbally abused referee Mr. Grason Richards. Although he was spoken to by the said referee he made no attempt to cease with such abuse.

According to the SKABA rules and regulations article #3 subsection (i) clearly states that verbal abuse of any official would result in an automatic two (2) game suspension which goes into effect on receipt of this letter.

2. On Wednesday 28 April 2010 during a Basketball Championship matchup in the SKABA sanctioned Challengers Community League Fig Tree "Behive" vs Rebels in challengers Ansel Revan was a player in said game and competition. Mr. Revan physically abused the Referee Mr. Rawlston Richardson by shoving/ chucking him in the chest.

His action caused the game to be blown off by the said referee and as such a report was submitted. The Games Committee will not tolerate any such behavior from players and as such we are adamant in upholding the rules and regulations.

In keeping with the rules and regulations Article #3 subsection (vi) Mr. Revan is hereby suspended for two (2) years from SKABA League or any other SKABA sanctioned event.

The SKABA Games Committee report also went on to state that in accordance with SKABA's rules and regulations Revan's SKABA team the Rams Hitters has been charged a fine of one thousand ($1000.00) dollars to be paid no later than Friday 07 May 2010.

The suspension will no doubt affect the fortunes of the Rams Hitters who opened the season with a first time loss to the Joseph Parry Cotton Ground Rebels. Revan has been a critical component of the team's success over the last few years.

In 2009 Horsford's Ghetto Roots player Berlie Francis was slapped with an almost similar penalty when he was suspended for one year for verbally abusing Chief Referee Ian Liburd also at a Challengers Community League match-up early in 2009. Francis was forced to sit out the entire season.

"SKABA is striving to raise the standard of the game through a number of initiatives and chief among these is to raise the standard of the behavior of players and the safety and security of our officials," said SKABA General Secretary Wallis Wilkin. "Players must at ALL times exhibit self-control and at all times act in a manner that reflects positively on the SKABA, as all players are ambassadors of SKABA and must act accordingly at all times," Wilkin continued. "The SKABA just recently implemented stiffer penalties for this sort of behavior and Hopefully this suspension will send a clear message to all players that their behavior in and around all SKABA and SKABA sanctioned events will be closely monitored to ensure a high level and standard ."
In 2006 Revan led the SK Richards Chappurtin to a successful season which resulted in the team's promotion to the Premier Division. He returned to the Hitters the following year where he became the teams and arguably the league's best defensive player and one of the league's top all around players.

In his last game against the Joseph Parry CG Rebels Revan was the 2nd leading scorer for Hitters with 13 pts, 5 rebs, and 5 steals.

St.Pauls Tuff Knots player Clevon Douglas was handed an automatic 2 game suspension for involvement in the incident that resulted in the 2 year suspension of "Bonzi" Revan. According to the SKABA Games committee report Douglas was given the automatic 2 game suspension as a result of his verbal abuse of referee Rolston Richardson. According to the SKABA rules and regulations article #3 subsection (i) clearly states that verbal abuse of any official would result in an automatic two (2) game suspension.

It was also revealed that Village Tickers player Darren Richards and Trinity Exodus' Alvin Nias were both hit with immediate suspensions pending further action by the SKABA disciplinary committee. Both players were suspended for the alleged use of on an illegal substance namely marijuana while in team uniform and on the SKABA grounds.

According to a SKABA Executive member the suspensions were in line with the SKABA's rules and regulations and the association new and strict zero tolerance policy for players who commit infractions of the rules and regulations. Especially those infractions that can negatively impact the standard and image of the league and as a result its development.

It is not yet clear whether the 3 players will appeal the penalties.


CRICKET

Dottin hurricane gets Windies off the mark
Cricinfo staff

Deandra Dottin became the first woman to score a Twenty20 century, as her whirlwind unbeaten 112 off 45 balls helped West Indies open their account in the ICC World Twenty20 at Warner Park. The most incredible feature of Dottin's innings was that she came in to bat in the tenth over, and yet managed to reach three figures off just 38 balls; her second fifty came off just 13. The record for the fastest century in men's cricket is 50 balls - Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum are joint-best - but Dottin was even more ruthless. She smashed nine sixes and seven fours in her knock, which was a match-turning one because West Indies were scratchy at 52 for 4 when she walked in.

South Africa held the early advantage after winning the toss, dismissing the openers within the first two overs. Charlize van der Westhuizen and Chloe Tyron got the early wickets and restricted West Indies to a run rate of not more than six within the first ten overs on the small ground.

But Dottin changed the complexion of the game once she came in at the fall of Britney Cooper's wicket. She hit three sixes and four fours to get to a half-century, off 25 balls. She needed just 13 balls to score her second fifty, which featured an additional six sixes. Coincidentally, she matched the feat of West Indian Chris Gayle, who opened the 2007 World T20 with the first ever international T20 century, also against South Africa. Only this time, the South Africans didn't win.

"It feels really good to be the first woman to make a century in Twenty20 cricket and this record and win mean a lot," Dottin said of her achievement. "I am happy I did it for the team when we needed it most. People have been telling us that teams like Pakistan and Australia are two of the favourites to win. However, today we proved that we are here to win the cup in the Caribbean".

As a demonstration of Dottin's dominance, she shared in a crucial 5th wicket partnership with Daley of 118 runs and Daley scored just 10 runs out of that.
West Indies Women 175 for 5 (Dottin 112*) beat South Africa Women 158 for 4 (Fritz 58, Britz 43) by 17 runs

Deandra Dottin


Australia win after Super Over eliminator
Cricinfo staff

Australia beat England in the Super Over courtesy of their greater number of sixes hit after a dramatic final-over run-out sealed a tie in St Kitts.

In a low-scoring encounter England were rolled over for 104 but fought back to take the match into the eliminator over which earned Australia the two points in Group A. Time and again in a fluctuating contest, it looked as though Australia would stretch clear of England only for the defending champions to surge back and it was fitting that, ultimately, the teams could not be separated.

Australia 104 tied with England 104 (Australia won the one-over eliminator)

Other matches played yesterday:
1. Australia 141 for 7 (M Hussey 47*, Smith 27) beat Bangladesh 114 all out (Shakib 28, Nannes 4-18) by 27 runs
2. South Africa 139 for 7 (Kallis 34, Hamid 3-21) beat Afghanistan 80 (M Morkel 4-20, Langeveldt 3-12) by 59 runs

Matches for Thursday 6th May:
Men: 13th Match, Group E: England v Pakistan at Bridgetown
May 6, 2010 (09:30 local, 13:30 GMT)
14th Match, Group E: New Zealand v South Africa at Bridgetown
May 6, 2010 (13:30 local, 17:30 GMT)
Women: 3rd Match, Group B: Pak Women v SL Women at Basseterre
May 6, 2010 (10:00 local, 14:00 GMT)
4th Match, Group B: India Women v NZ Women at Basseterre
May 6, 2010 (14:00 local, 18:00 GMT)


5th May 2010

ATHLETICS

Titans make huge impression in Antigua


The 2nd Annual Sir Reginald Samuel Track and Field Classic, held at the YASCO Stadium in St. Johns Antigua, concluded on Sunday May 2 with one overwhelming consensus: Everyone-spectators and competitors alike, will remember the Titans. Already featured in the radio ads promoting the event in Antigua, the Titans Athletics Club did not disappoint. Such was the impression made, that by the second day, other athletes showed up to compete in the now trade mark black & grey Titans colors.

With 30 competitors, Titans was the largest contingent among 17 clubs from 6 countries: (Antigua/Barbuda, Montserrat, Anguilla, Tortola BVI, and Nevis). The meet became a de facto Leeward Island Championship and featured some Carifta medalists from the region, with high level performances especially in the Under 17 and Under 20 categories. So much so, that had it not been for the automatic electronic timing and photo finish, the judges would not have been able to award correct positions, for being caught up in the excitement of the races. Notwithstanding, the Titans athletes were up to the challenge. Titans won a total of 29 medals comprising of: 11 gold, 8 silver and 10 bronze. The Titans athletes set 9 new records and won 3 most outstanding athlete awards…(Uniqueko Willet for the Under 13 Girls, Tajarie Arthurton for the Under 11 Boys and Shyan Stanley for the Under 15 Girls) Most athletes recorded personal best performances but there were some exceptional performances worthy of special mention:

· Uniqueko Willet set 3 new records in the 100, 200 and 400 meters Under 13 Girls (13:59 / 27:78 / 1:03:91)

· Tajarie Arthurton set 2 new records in the 100 and 200 meters Under 11 Boys (13:68 / 27:78)

· Shyan Stanley set 2 new records in the 800 and 1500 meters Under 15 Girls (2:36 / 5:26)

· Jamal Jean-Jacques set a new record in the Open Male High Jump at 1.80 meters

· Senaldo Willet, Nicola Fraser, Shaniqua Tyrell and Britney Morton set a new record in the Under 20 Female 4X100 meters at 51:81

· Lawvinton Forbes' 11:28, a personal best, won bronze in the Under 20 Male 100 meters; and is qualifying time for the 1st Youth Olympics to be held this year in Singapore.

· Sadiki Tyson destroyed the competition to win the Under 15 Boys 200 meters in 24:87 seconds

Complete results are available under "Meet Results" on the club's website at titansathletics.com

The Titans use this opportunity to express sincerest thanks to its team sponsor A-1 Office Technology Ltd. and Owner/Manager Mr. Mackie Tross, for the tremendous support and assistance given to Titans Athletics Club; without whom the club's successes thus far would not have been possible. Mr. and Mrs. Tross travelled with the team, lending a hand whenever needed to ensure that all went as smoothly as possible. The Titans also express a very special thank you to Mr. Glen Jeffers and the St. Kitts/Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, whose efforts and support played a great part in the club being able to travel to Antigua. The club is even more grateful for the continued assistance of the SKNAAA considering the misconception of non-support for Nevisian athletes by the Association.

The club also extends thanks to the following businesses and individuals for their part in the success of club in Antigua: The Iris Foundation Ltd., Ms Myrna Liburd, Dr. Simeon Daniel, Marcel Structural Metal Works, Mobile Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, TDC Home and Building Depot, Island Moldings Ltd, The Ministry of Sports (NIA), Nevis Cooperative Credit Union Ltd., Beyond Homes Appliances and Hardware, Caribbean Development & Environmental Consultants Inc. (CANDENCO), Mr. Phil Jones and all who supported our luncheon, bar-be-que and bake sales and those who contributed to specific parents/athletes. The club looks forward to the continued support of all in its attempt to make well rounded scholars and world class athletes of our youngsters.

Titans just prior to Antigua trip
 
Timothy Caines--Titans President
 

CRICKET

Nevis Masters getting busy

After several weeks of obvious inaction, the Nevis Masters have been finally motivated to get busy and commence earnest preparation for the upcoming Leeward Islands Masters' tournament which is slated for Friday May 21st to Sunday May 23rd in Antigua.

With two of the obvious team leaders unavailable in Lewis Newton and Stuart Williams, the current championship holders seemed totally at a loss as to the way forward in the defense of their title. Despite the fact that a squad was released only a few persons have shown up for practice sessions thus far.

However, yesterday afternoon, Ronald Powell, President of the Nevis Cricket Association, literally took the bull by the horns in an effort to motivate the players towards a meaningful defence of their title, when he chaired a meeting with interested persons at the Elquemedo Willet Park.

Powell was ably assisted by veteran Masters Players, Glen Herbert and Eustace Johnson and certain critical decisions were made which will map the way forward for the Nevis Masters team.

· Two trial matches will be played next week: One on Tuesday 11th and the other on Thursday 13th May.

· Resulting from the two matches, a squad for the Antigua trip will be finalized

· Players selected will be expected to pay for travel, accommodation and meals

· Team uniform will be finalized as a matter of urgency

· The Nevis Cricket Association will pay for the preparation of pitches for the two trial games and provide the balls. According to Powell: 'All the players have to do-is just show up'.

· Both matches will be played at the Elquemedo Willet Park commencing at 5pm on both days.

· Matches will be in accordance with tournament rules-twenty overs per innings.
· A team captain will be selected after the trial matches

· The three selectors are: Glen Herbert, Eustace Johnson and Errol Somersall

· Players will be assessed on current form, regularity and punctuality at practice sessions and the trial matches and general attitude.

· Players were encouraged to commence serious training sessions immediately in order to be competitive.

Based on the discussions, the Nevis Masters are fully aware that the defense of their title will not be easy. The Antiguan team is still smarting from their defeat in the finals last year and will be going all out to ensure that they are not defeated on home turf. Additionally, Nevis will be missing some key players who contributed significantly to the team's success last year: Captain Stuart Williams is off to Bangladesh on tour with the West Indies A team as Asst. Coach and chief selector on tour; Winston Sutton has made himself unavailable and former team Captain Lewis Newton is currently off island.

A lot will depend on the skills of some of the newly qualified members of the team to add to the experience of the past players. The players at the meeting however appeared very 'upbeat' and are promising to ensure that Nevis indeed returns with the coveted title.

The following players are kindly asked to show up for the two scheduled trial matches next week:

Vance Amory, Eustace Johnson, Colin Mills-Archibald, Tony Grant, Wendell Wallace, Charles Hendrickson, Phil Hobson, Gerard Charles, Teddy Liburd, Curtis Morton, Earl Rawlins, Wilson Liburd, Oneil Walters, Franklyn Daniel, Alexis Browne, Sterling Marshall, Frank Monzac, Deryck Parry, Merlin Liburd, Carl Tuckett, Mickey Mills, Juniour Mills, Ray Phillip, Malcolm Ramsey, Ralph Allen, Alexis Browne, Joseph Eddy, Earl David, Elroy David, Ellison Smithen, Curtis Dore, Bernette Thompson, Ronald Powell, Rudy Browne and Brain Dyer.


Windies girls confident as they start World T20 Tournament
Windiescricket.com

The West Indies Women's team will start their pursuit for the ICC World T20 title when they face South Africa at Warner Park in St Kitts today. First ball is 10 am (9 am Jamaica Time).

The Windies girls have been on the island for over two weeks. They had an intense training camp and were successful in their preparations matches. Now, according to Coach Sherwin Campbell, it's time to put all the hard work into action. He said the players had renewed self belief when they made over 150 to beat world Number 2 New Zealand in their last T20 warm-up match on Monday.

Speaking on Tuesday after the team's training session, Campbell said: "We have played several matches over the last two weeks and I am pleased with the improvements I have seen, especially our batting. Although, most of our previous games against Pakistan and Sri Lanka were low scoring, we played really well against one of the top teams in the world and scored over 150 runs. I am also pleased with our bowling. We are aware that in a T20 spin will play a major role, as they will take the pace off the ball in the middle overs. Our win over New Zealand was just what we needed - the girls played with the kind of intensity they will need to win this tournament."

The Windies will be banking on the special talents of allrounder Stafanie Taylor, who will open the batting and also bowl her off-spin. The other main batters are veteran Pam Lavine at the top of the order; as well as the reliable Cordel Jack and the power-hitter Deandra Dottin in the middle. The bowling is led by Vice Captain Anisa Mohammed, with her clever off-spin; teenaged leg-spinner Shemaine Campbelle, and the seamers --

Lavine, Dottin and Shakera Selman.

Campbell is predicting high scoring matches at Warner Park.

"It's normally a very good batting strip and we were very happy with it when we played here last year. I am expecting some very good scores. The women's game is progressing really quickly and I believe all the matches will be competitive … with T20 anything can happen, its how a team plays on the day that will determine who wins."

Dr Julian Hunte, President of the West Indies Cricket Board is in St Kitts to see the Windies girls perform. The second match will be England on Friday and then the Australians on Sunday.

TEAMS

West Indies: Merissa Aguilleira (Captain), Anisa Mohammed (Vice Captain), Kirbyina Alexander, Shemaine Campbelle, Britney Cooper, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Cordel Jack, Stacy-Ann King, Pamela Lavine, Juliana Nero, Shakera Selman, Tremayne Smartt, Stafanie Taylor; Sherwin Campbell (Coach)
South Africa: Cri-Zelda Brits (Captain), Dane van Niekerk, Chloe Tryon, Marcia Letsola, Shabnim Ismail, Mognon duPreez, Sunette Loubser, Charlize van der Westhuizen, Angelique Taai, Ashlyn Kilowan, Trisha Chetty, Shandre Frtiz, Susan Benade, Alicia Smith; Noor Rhode (Coach)


Rain saves England in tense washout

England inched their way into the Super Eights after a tense washed-out contest at Providence, as the same Guyana weather that had contributed to their downfall against West Indies came to their aid in a fraught and low-scoring contest against the underdogs of Ireland.

After being limited to a mediocre 120 for 8 following a superb bowling display led by Trent Johnston, England had restricted Ireland to 14 for 1 after 3.3 overs of their reply, but persistent bad weather denied them the chance to complete their run-chase, and so England went through by virtue of a superior run-rate.
England 120 for 8 (Morgan 45) v Ireland 14 for 1 - match abandoned



New Zealand in Super Eights after easy rain-hit win

Cricinfo

Zimbabwe came into the tournament as one of the form teams after shocking Pakistan and Australia in the warm-ups, but they subsided to one of the lowest Twenty20 totals against New Zealand to become the first team to bow out of the competition. After making a sprightly start, they collapsed spectacularly - losing eight wickets for sixteen runs - to ease New Zealand's path to the Super Eights.
New Zealand 36 for 1 beat Zimbabwe 84 (McCullum 3-16, Styris 3-5) by seven runs by D/L method


4th May 2010

ATHLETICS

Kaska Rules the Waves

If ever there is a recommendation for male athlete of the year for Nevis in 2010, the name Kashka Forbes would be high on the list of nominees. The long distance super star from the Charlestown Secondary School added another feather to his already colourful cap when he completely outran his competitors to take the coveted first spot in the illustrious Church Ground marathon. Kashka, a first timer in the event, was almost misled at the junction of the Federal office at Government Road, when the Police lead vehicle took the wrong route but managed to stay on course even though he wasted a few precious moments before the confusion was cleared. Earlier in the year, Kasha demolished the 35 year old record of Andy Liburd in the 1500 meters and went on to set another record in the Carifta trials held in St.Kitts.

Champion runner and winner for the previous three years, Tazzie Bartlette was on hand to congratulate the new winner. Tazzie was unable to compete due to the fact that he had twisted an ankle recently and had also suffered a dog bite from one of his own dogs.

Asked if he thought that he could have 'handled' Kashka, the three -peat champion confidently responded: "…….and I heard that the man walk so much---nobody can beat me walking so much!"

In the female category, veteran athlete, Vernice Wattley shook off a stout challenge from first timer Vanessa Williams to take the coveted first spot in the absence of the winner for the previous year, Miranda Fellows who was away in Grenada competing in another meet.

A total of thirty-nine athletes started the race and all of thirty -seven made it to the tape. There was one minor casualty as 10th placer Carl Tyson had to be rushed to the Alexandra Hospital due to apparent dehydration.

Among those completing the course was Minister of Agriculture, the Hon. Robelto Hector. Minister of Health and Sports, Hon Hensley Daniel who was conspicuous at the starting line, never commenced the race. Two Nevisian cricketers were also in the top twenty finishers in Tonito Willet in 7th place and Curtis Morton Jr in 19th. Veteran Nevis Footballer, Colin Stapleton also represented well in 8th spot.

All of the participants received a $10.00 top up compliments of LIME and a T-shirt.

The overall top placements were as follows:

1st place-Kashka Forbes in 43.30-He received a magnificent trophy, compliments of Clinton Weekes of Miami; $200.00 compliments of the Nevis Bakery; one night stay for two at the Hermitage Inn; an $80.00 phone card compliments of LIME and a Toaster from SL Horsfords Ltd

2nd Place-Delvon Clarke in 43.35-He received a trophy compliments Clinton Weekes; one night stay for two at Golden Rock Hotel; a $40.00 phone card from LIME and a pair of binoculars from TDC

3rd place- Reece Walters in 43.46-He received a trophy from Clinton Weekes; lunch for two at Sunshine's and a $40.00 phone card from LIME

4th place-Phil Jones in 50.43-He received a toaster oven from SL Horsfords Ltd

5th place-Carlton Davis in 52.44-He received a Toaster from TDC

6th place-William Wilkinson in 53.21-He received lunch for two compliments of the Patio Restaurant

7th place -Tonito Willet in 54.15-He received a LIME beach towel

8th place-Colin Stapleton in 54.53-He received a LIME beach towel

9th place-Elroy Kelly in 55.13-He received a LIME beach towel

10th place-Carl Tyson in 56.42- He received a LIME beach towel

13th place and 1st in the females-Vernice Wattley in 58.00-She received a magnificent trophy compliments of Clinton Weekes of Miami; $200.00 compliments of Nevis Bakery; one night stay for two at Nisbett's Plantation Inn; an $80.00 phone card and a clock from SL Horsfords Ltd

16th place and 2nd in the females-Vanessa Williams in I hour and 2 minutes-She received a trophy from Clinton Weekes; lunch for two at Mt Nevis Hotel; $40.00 phone card from LIME and a heater/iron from SL Horsfords Ltd

22nd place and 3rd in the females-Stevee Jones in 1 hour 8 minutes and 12 seconds-She received a trophy from Clinton Weekes; lunch for two at MT Nevis Hotel and a $40.00 phone card from LIME.

On hand to deliver the prizes to the winners was the Federation's supreme athlete. Mr. Kim Collins in his capacity as patron of the event. He was accompanied by his wife and child. He also received a warm reception from the fair sized gathering.
President of the Church Ground Sports Club (the race organizers), Mr. Spencer Hanley, was thrilled with the outcome of the event and lauded the sponsors who still gave generously to the athletes, despite the present economic turmoil.

Church Ground Marathon runners are off
 
Three top placers: Center-Kashka Forbes-winnere; left Delvon Clarke-second and right-Reece Walters -third
 
Vernice Wattley -1st female
 
Patron Kim Collins meets Minister Daniel
 
Trophies donated by Clinton Weekes
 
Minister Hector completed the course
 
Curtis Morton Jr-19th spot
 
Curtis Morton Sr meets with Kim Collins
 


Basketball

A1 Technology Finalists declared

CG Rebels fresh from another win in St.Kitts on Saturday night, stormed into the finals of the A1 Technology sponsored Basketball league, on the evening of Sunday 2nd May. The Cotton Ground team handcuffed the Police with a score line of 62 to 24.

Brown Hill Crisis on the other hand, barely averted a crisis when they waltzed into the final two with a score line of 36 to 32 over a competitive Church Ground Massives team.

This now sets up what is expected to be a very exciting weekend upcoming when on Saturday 8th May the Police will engage Church Ground Massives to determine 3rd and 4th spots and then on Sunday 9th May, CG Rebels will take on Brown Hill Crisis, as was the case in the Church Ground league last year, to determine the champions of the league. Both games are scheduled to commence at the Old Manor hard court at 7.00 pm.

The closing ceremony and prize giving will follow immediately after the match on Sunday night.

Church Ground Massives in time out mode
 
Brown Hill Crisis plans strategy
 


CRICKET

Highlights Continues Dominant run


The Highlights Int team continued their dominant run in this year's Digicel sponsored Nevis Cricket Association 1st division league when they totally outclassed a powerful SL Horsfords Empire line up to seize first innings honours and threatened to take the match outright.

Highlights batted first and chalked up an impregnable 389 all out with Carlon Smithen slamming 114; Ian Byron 76; Kittitian guest player Jaques Taylor 76; Ardie Liburd 35 and Duan Phillip 31.

Wasim Mintos for the Empire team continued his impressive run of form this year with a five wicket haul.

The Empire men in response were bundled out for 174 with West Indies player Kieran Powell top scoring with 73; Kejel Tyson got 42 and Andre Browne scored 29. Dennis Browne was virtually unplayable with his 7 for 28 from 9 overs.

Empire sent in to bat a second time, struggled to eventually save the game. When the umpires called it a day, they were on 198 for 5. Andre Browne led the way with 72; Kieran Powell 62 and Captain Joel Simmonds scored 24.

For Highlights, Wendell 'Micey' Wallace got 2 for 28; Ardie Liburd 1 for 9 and Dennison Browne 1 for 44. Highlights taking away six points from the encounter.

Meanwhile, in another game played at the Elquemedo Willet Park, Jessups winning the toss and batting first versus Brown Hill, found the going rather difficult and were bowled out for 169. Captain Craig Johnson top scored with 38; Loren Daniel 37 and Kirt Grant 31.

For the Bronx men, veteran spinner and Leeward Islands record holder, Harvey Stapleton bagged 4 for 25; his son, Tesson Stapleton got 2 for 40 and Shaheed Tyson got 2 for 52.

The Brown Hill team in response batted their way to an impressive 276 for 7 declared. Tesson Stapleton scored an impressive 97; Shaheed Tyson 57; Shane 'Murphy' Parry blazed his way to 42 and Blair chipped in merrily with 33.

Left arm seamer Rakesh for the Jessups team bagged 5 for 75 and Gaston Eddy picked up for 29.

Nevisian left arm leg spinner Jurnel Turner went wicketless for 86 runs from his 20 overs.

Jessups sent in to bat a second time managed to save the game when the stumps were eventually drawn-152 for 5.

Craig Johnson again top scored with 41 and Loren Daniel scored 36.
Harvey Stapleton was again their main tormentor with 4 for 43.
The Brown Hill team coming away with 6 points from the encounter.

The third scheduled game between Pennyless All Stars and Cotton Ground Pioneers was not played. Unconfirmed reports indicate that by the time the umpires called 'play', the home team Cotton Ground did not have enough players to take the field.


England fall victim to rain rules
Cricinfo

West Indies booked their place in the Super Eights with a controversial rain-assisted victory over England at Providence, as Chris Gayle justified his decision to bowl first with a fiery but short-lived 25 from 12 balls - an innings that proved sufficient, under the provisions of Duckworth-Lewis, to carry West Indies to a revised target of 60 in six overs, after England had produced arguably their finest batting display in the format's history to post an imposing 191 for 5.

England's defeat should not prove costly in the long run, so long as they overcome Ireland in their second group match on Tuesday, but it was nevertheless an unfortunate way for a beautifully poised contest to unravel - and for England it was a case of history repeating itself, after West Indies eliminated them from the last World Twenty20 in a similar scenario at The Oval in June.

The result was more or less a foregone conclusion from the moment that the D/L calculators were brought into play. While the method is unrivalled as a means of resolving rain interruptions in 50-over cricket, it is not so well suited to the hustle and bustle of the 20-over format. It just so happened that the match did come down to the wire - Andre Fletcher eventually sealed it with a pulled four through midwicket with one ball to spare.

West Indies 60 for 2 (Gayle 25) beat England 191 for 5 (Morgan 55, Wright 45*) Sammy 2 for 22 - D/L method

In other matches played over the weekend:

1. NewZealand 139 for 8: Ryder 42 Muralitharan 2 for 25 beat Sri Lanka 135 for 6: Jayawardene 81 Bond 2 for 35

2. West Indies 138 for 9: Sammy 30; Dockrell 3 for 16 beat Ireland 68 all out: Wilson 17; Sammy 3 for 8

3. India 116 for 3: Vijay 48; Hassan 1 for 8 beat Afghanistan 115 for 8: Noor Ali 50; Nehra 3 for 19

4. Pakistan 172 for 3: Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt 73 each; Shakib Al Hasan 2 for 27 beat Bangladesh 151 for 7: Mohammad Ashraful 65; Mohammad Sami 3 for 29

5. India 186 for 5: Raina 101; Kleinveldt 2 for 48 beat South Africa 172 for 5: Kallis 73; Pathan 2 for 42

6. Sri Lanka 173 for 7 (Jayawardene 100) beat Zimbabwe 29 for 1 in five overs by 14 runs (D/L method)

7. Australia 191 (Watson 81, D Hussey 53, Aamer 3-23) beat Pakistan 157 (Misbah 41, Tait 3-20, Nannes 3-41) by 34 runs

8. India 186 for 5 (Raina 101, Yuvraj 37) beat South Africa 172 for 5 (Kallis 73) by 14 runs


NOTICE

The following players are kindly asked to note that they have been selected to a Nevis Female squad which will engage a touring Antigua team on the Whit weekend. Players are kindly asked to show up at the Elquemedo Willet Park for practice sessions from Monday to Friday until match day, commencing Tuesday 4th May 2010.
The squad:

Nevilla Daniel
Patsy Hanley
Curleanne Parris
Malva Rawlins
Judy Morton
Adona Bussue
Celsa Jn Lewis-Jones
Sherilyn Smithen
Esther Matthew
Rosie Dunrod
Udona Liburd
Rubie Chapman
Judy Prentice
Catherine Joseph


30th April 2010

CRICKET

Female Squad selected for Friendly

A Nevis Female Cricket team squad has been selected for a friendly match versus an Antiguan female team which is due in Nevis on the Whit-sun weekend from the 22nd to the 24th May,

It has been revealed that the Antiguan club team will comprise of thirty players which involves male and female cricketers. The original information suggested that they wanted to play at least four female cricket matches but updated information indicates that they are seeking to play two male teams and two female teams.

The Nevis Cricket Association is presently assisting with the arrangements for the tour.

In light of this the Nevis Cricket Association has released a squad which will go into training from next week in preparation for at least one of the matches versus the touring team. The full squad reads:

Nevilla Daniel
Patsy Hanley
Curleanne Parris
Malva Rawlins
Judy Morton
Adona Bussue
Celsa Jn Lewis-Jones
Sherilyn Smithen
Esther Matthew
Rosie Dunrod
Udona Liburd
Rubie Chapman
Judy Prentice
Catherine Joseph


Head Coach, Wendell 'Micey' Wallace has indicated that practice sessions will be held from Mondays to Fridays until the match day but due to the fact that Monday May 3rd May is a public holiday, the sessions will commence at the Elquemedo Willet Park on Tuesday 4th May -starting at 4.30 pm



ST KITTS IS READY TO BRING IT

With only five days left before the ICC WT20 female matches in St Kitts ,the local venue office is all but ready to stage a successful and historic event. So far West Indies, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and England have arrived in St Kitts and are hard at work practicing and playing warm up games. The West Indies girls have won all but one of their matches so far. This is a hopeful sign for fans in St Kitts who are ready to "Bring It" in a big way.
The final week of activities leading up to this exciting tournament was highlighted by the Bring It Bus Tour to Nevis on April 28 with stops at the DR Walwyn Plaza, Gingerland High, and Charlestown Secondary. Prior to these stops the bus pulled up at the Charlestown Primary to a huge cheer from the student body who on the same day was celebrating their 18th anniversary.

Local hero Elquemedo Willett, who is the first player from the Leeward Islands to play test cricket for the West Indies senior male team, was on hand to receive the first Bring It T-shirt presented. He spoke convincingly and passionately to both boys and girls who want to walk in his footsteps. Principle Kevin Barrett also accepted tickets and a Bring It t-shirt in recognition of the significant achievement of the school.

Back in St Kitts, tickets were been distributed at a very brisk rate for the series of matches starting on May 5 which will see four teams emerge to compete in the semis. The Warner Park stadium has also taken on a new life as the Twenty20 dug-outs have been put in place along with brand new boundary boards and signage.

Meanwhile, the communities of St Pauls, Molineaux and Cayon are waiting patiently for their opportunity to impress with warm-up matches on Sunday May 2 and Monday May 3.

St Kitts Event Manager Val Henry has promised an impactful event with far reaching benefits to St Kitts. He also had high praise for all the workers and volunteers who are ready this time to bring the fun of Caribbean cricket to St Kitts once again.

Bring it bus at Charlestown Primary with Headmaster Kevin Barrett and children



ATHLETICS

ALL Set for CSS Sports Fes'

The committee responsible for the grand sports festival which is a part of the CSS 60th anniversary celebrations, is indicating that all is in place for the sports fes' which is due to take place on Monday May 3rd at the Elquemedo Willet Park.

According to Chairperson of the sports committee, Ms Hazel Manners the response for the cricket games which will be played between houses, has been tremendous. The response for the fun sports and the athletic aspect of the meet has not been as good. She is however hoping that once persons arrive at the Park, they would be influenced to participate. She has also indicated that some prizes will be available for some of the top performers in the form of Digicel top up cards and there is a real possibility that top up cards may also be available from LIME and CHIPPIE.
She indicated that the sports festival will commence immediately after the prize giving ceremony for the Church Ground marathon which will be held on that same day and culminate at the Park.

The meet will commence with the Cricket matches between the four house teams. These will be in the 10/10 format. These will be followed by the fun races and will climax with the 100 meters to 800 meters.

Ms Manners is inviting the general public to show up in their numbers as she promises that it will be a day of real fun and excitement.



NOTICE

From : The St. Christopher-Nevis Taekwondo Federation (SCNTF).

Re: Reminder registration for member Clubs & prospective member Clubs is ST. Kitts & Nevis now opened and closes today Fri 30th April, 2010.

The St. Christopher-Nevis Taekwondo Federation (SCNTF) wishes to advise all member Clubs and prospective members Clubs in both St. Kitts & Nevis, that registration that has been opened earlier this month, will close today Friday 30th April, at 6.00 pm.

All member Clubs of the SCNTF and those wishing to become members are reminded that registration must be done on the forms provided by the SCNTF, and interested parties are asked to contact the President Mr Andy Otto at 669-1333 or 2nd Vice President Troy Bif Mills at 668-2055 to collect registration forms.

Clubs and prospective Clubs are reminded that the Annual General Meeting of, and Elections of Officers for, the SCNTF will be held shortly, and only registered members will be able to participate in the AGM and the Elections.

For any clarification and/or further information please contact the above persons.

 
 
 
 
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