Defending regional Under-17 cricket champions Trinidad and Tobago stopped their losing streak at three games after they won their fourth match yesterday, beating Leeward Islands by three wickets in this year’s second edition tournament taking place in Tobago.
The victory was the second counted in four sporting events featuring Trinidad and Tobago in a weekend that again had World Cup football as centre-point of sports fans interest.
On Saturday night, Trinidad and Tobago women’s basketball team lost their third game in a row to finish fourth in the eight-team Caribbean Championship staged in the British Virgin Islands.
On Saturday afternoon the TT Under-19 Boys rugby team suffered a last-gasp 17-19 loss against the United States South in the opening match for both in the North America and Caribbean Rugby Association’s age-group tournament on the Fatima College Ground.
Earlier Saturday though, away in Glasgow, Scotland, in-form TT lady sprinter Michelle Lee Ahye produced another brilliant run to post a ninth consecutive 100-metre victory in 2014, numbering among her also-rans the reigning World and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica and former world champion and Olympic star Carmelita Jeter of the United States.
Saturday afternoon in Grenada saw Trinidad and Tobago cricketers Darren and Dwayne Bravo at the heart of Red Steel’s win in their opening match of the second season of the Caribbean Premier League T20 competition.
TT’s Under-17 cricket win followed losses to Barbados, Guyana and Jamaica.
Yesterday they claimed the win by three wickets against the Leeward Islands at Louis D’Or in windward Tobago where they replied with 247 for 7 with one over to spare, chasing the islanders’ 243 for 9.
Half centuries by Brandon Maharaj (65) and Keegan Simmons (53) coupled with Kirstan Kallicharan’s 33 and an unbeaten 28 from Bryan Boodram who earlier took four wickets for 48 runs spared TT the blushes.
The TT womens’s basketball team won their first two matches in the Caribbean tourney, 57-43 versus St Vincent and the Grenadines and 96-33 against Guyana but in successive nights lost 35-49 against eventual champions Jamica, 38-63 against first runners-up Dominican Republic and 52-65 versus third-placed Virgin islands.
The TT rugby lads led 17-12 late before the young Americans tied scores with a try and a conversion to seal the win.
Lee Ahye meanwhile re-inforced her status as fastest at 100 metres this year – 10.85 in Port-of-Spain in June – with her second victory in her second Diamond League appearance.
She collared Fraser-Pryce close home to win in 11.01 to the Jamaican’s 11.10 with Ivorian Murielle Ahoure 3rd.
TT’s javelin throw 2012 Olympic Games champion Keshorn Walcott was sixth in Glasgow on Saturday while in the men’s 100 contested on Friday evening, Richard Thompson was also sixth, Jamaicans Nickel Ashmeade and Nesta Carter, first and third and American Mike Rodgers 2nd.