As time ticks towards the 10 am start to the Jamaica Scorpions versus Trinidad and Tobago Red Force regional 4-day cricket match at the Queen’s Park Oval, and to the 7 pm kickoff to the Panama versus Trinidad and Tobago CONCACAF World Cup 2018 qualifier at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, a bug has bitten into Trinidad and Tobago’s latest competition challenge at home and abroad.
Akiel Duke and Richard Chung, hometown favourites in the Tranquility Open Clay Court Tennis Championships, both took a beating from their Jamaican opponents in last evening’s men’s singles semifinals at Victoria Avenue.
Damion Johnson lost the first set 3-6 to Duke but won the next two 6-2, 6-1 and a place in tomorrow’s all Jamaican final against Rowland Phillips who downed Chung 6-2, 6-love.
Duke with Javier Lewis and Chung with Jerome Ward later had recovery straight-set victories in their respective men’s doubles quarterfinal against local pairs.
Duke and Chung have a quick chance to avenge their defeats in this afternoon’s round of men’s doubles semifinals – Duke and Lewis versus Antiguan Kevin Gardener and Phillips, Chung and Ward against Johnson and St Lucian Vernon Lewis.
Away in South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago’s Raymond Smith finished 6th and last in the men’s 55 years 200 metres final in the World Indoor Masters Track and Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
Smith who had also made it to the final of the 60 metres had an impressive preliminary round win in the 200 and a third in the semifinal to reach the final.
But TT end its competition with just the bronze earned by Martin Prime in the 60-metre final for men 50 years.
Fifth of the six teams with three rounds of matches to play including this one starting in three hours time, the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force aim to stop the rut against the visitors who lie third on the standings and who have beaten Trinidad and Tobago comvincingly in both the first-round of this competition and in the Super50 semifinal.
Out of the TT team which was beaten at the Oval on Monday by 10 wickets by leaders and two-time defending champions the Guyana Jaguars are top-order batsmen Evin Lewis and Jason Mohammed.
Out of contention for next year’s FIFA’s World Cup finals in Russia, Trinidad and Tobago’s men’s football team may well be if they dont’t beat Panama who come into tonight’s match with a one-win, one-draw record against twice-defeated TnT.
The match marks the baptism of former national player Denis Lawrence as coach, a drawing card for locals curious as to his plan of attaxk and defence against the Panamanians.
A TT men’s hockey team is also in line to throw down the challenge to Russia in one of four matches tomorrow afternoon, opening round of the Hockey World League 8-nation qualifying tournament at the National Hockey Centre in Tacarigua.
And on Sunday afternoon at the Ato Boldon Stadium it’s a TT women’s team in the first of a two-match international football friendly against Venezuela.