After a poor batting display by one team in the final Trinidad and Tobago Red Force trial match, head coach David Furlonge said he will be spending the next couple of weeks working with the batters to ensure they are up to scratch ahead of the return of regional first-class cricket in February.

The Imran Khan XI emerged victorious over the Khary Pierre XI on the penultimate day of the T&T Red Force four-day practice match at Gilbert Park in California, yesterday.

Khan’s team won by 280 runs after the T&T batters struggled for runs. Pierre’s team, who were dismissed for 137 in their first innings, made 81 the second time around.

Two batters were unable to return to the field with Jyd Goolie retiring hurt, having faced just two balls and being struck on the instep by Shannon Gabriel, and Kerwyn Sirju, who was unable to bat due to a groin injury. Both players will be assessed over the next few days.

Khan’s team did better with the bat, scoring 302 after batting first and then 197 in their second innings. Furlonge said based on what he saw in the final trial, they will be focusing their attention on the batting in the next few weeks.

He also indicated that they will be practicing in the middle and that the training group will be trimmed so as to focus on those players who they are looking at for the first set of matches of the first-class season. “We have to concentrate on the players going to tournament and on the batting in particular,” the coach noted.

Summarised Scores:

Khan XI 301 (Keagan Simmons 68, Imran Khan 66, Crystian Thurton 40; Kerwyn Sirju 3/45, Jason Mohammed 2/27, Yannic Cariah 2/54, Uthman Muhammad 2/17) & 197 (Kirstan Kallicharan 48; Jason Mohammed 4/16) vs Pierre XI 137 (Daniel Williams 38; Bryan Charles 6/45) & 81 (Yannic Cariah 25; Imran Khan 2/13)—Result: Khan XI won by 280 runs.


After 22 months off the field, team sports have been given the green light to start playing again.

Yesterday, through a Ministry of Sport release, Minister of Sport and Community Development, Shamfa Cudjoe, confirmed that her Ministry’s Safe Zone Return to Play plan has been approved and will take effect from today.

The Comoros Islands will have to use an outfield player in goal against hosts Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations after a Covid outbreak in the squad.

A total of 12 cases have been reported in their camp, the Comoros Football Federation said on Saturday, including their coach and two available goalkeepers ahead of today’s game.

The T&T women’s hockey team ended the group phase of the Pan American Cup tournament in Santiago, Chile, with another heavy defeat — 13-0 to Canada, yesterday.

But Peru’s 20-0 hammering at the stick of the United States women meant the local stickwomen still qualified for the knockout stage of the tournament as the third-placed team in Pool B.

The West Indies could not replicate the dominance they had exerted over England in the first match on Saturday, and paid the price, losing yesterday’s second T20 International by one run at Kensington Oval.

Given the chance to bowl at the English batters first up once more, the West Indies bowlers were unable to contain them in the way they had in game one.

TRINIDAD and Tobago’s Hayden Mitchell and Jermillle Danclar recently retained their posts on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) executive.

After being first appointed in 2020, Mitchell and Danclar will serve on the Beach Tennis Committee, and the Seniors Committee, respectively for another two years.

Miguel Angel Jimenez is off to another great start on the PGA TOUR Champions in Hawaii, on Saturday.

Jimenez, the cigar-smoking, free-spirited Spaniard, birdied the par-4 18th hole in regulation for a 6-under 66 and then beat Steven Alker on the second playoff hole to win the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai for the third time.