Soured Sunday yesterday for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and the West Indies cricket teams, both swallowing unsavoury defeats on home territory, but sweet it was for the Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Hockey team, convincing winner in Hockey World League Round Two Day 2 competition at Tacarigua last night and for the Trinidad and Tobago women’s Football Team with a face-saving goalless draw in last evening’s international friendly with Venezuela at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
Beaten 3-1 by world-ranked 22 Russia in Saturday night’s wrap on four opening-day matches at Tacarigua, Trinidad and Tobago, world-hockey-ranked 33, rebounded last night with a 6-2 beating of 30th-ranked Switzerland.
The Swiss scored a fifth-minute first goal but wilted under mounting TT offensive pressure as Stephan Mouttet made an equalising eighth-minute penalty corner count.
Eighteen minutes later Marcus James, scorer in TT’s loss to Russia, gave TT a 2-1 lead with his fine field goal and it was TT 4-1 within two minutes as their 39-year-old brilliant player Kwan Browne scored back-to-back penalty corners.
Then Tariq Marcano hit in another penalty corner at 37 minutes for a 5-1 TT advantage, 5-2 at 50 minutes before Shaquille Daniel struck from the field approaching the hour.
A rest day today and tomorrow night it’s TT versus undefeated 16th ranked Japan who defeated Russia 3-1 yesterday.
The TT Women’s football team play the Venezuelans again on Wednesday night back at the Ato Boldon giving new coach Italian Carolina Moracie a second-look at a competitive outfit while fans hope for goals and not another stingy stalemate,
Reigning World Twenty20 champions West Indies hardly looked that in crashing to a soft six-wicket defeat against Pakistan at Kensington Oval in Barbados in yesterday’s first match of their four-match Twenty20 International series.
The Windies managed only 111 for eight after they were sent in and the tourists eased to their target in 17.1 overs with 115 for the loss of four wickets.
It was West Indies’ fourth successive defeat against Pakistan in the extra shorter form of the game after a 3-0 drubbing in the United Arab Emirates last September.
West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite entertained a crowd of more than 6 000 with an unbeaten 34 off 27 balls as his team tried to recover from 49 for six as the cream of the batting was undermined by debutant 18-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan, the Mn Of The Match who took three wickets for 7 runs in four overs..
Trinidad and Tobago players contribution in the match – Evin Lewis ten runs, Lendl simmons one,Kieron Pollard 14, Sunil Narine one, Samuel Badree one wicket for 24 runs, Narine none for 22, Pollard none for ten one over.
Red Force cricket loss coming up.