Cricket news first and it’s that West Indies were batting a second time today, third day of their First Test of two versus Sri Lanka. West Indies were bowled out for 251 in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings score of 484 – a deficit of 233 and batting a second time the Windies were 10 runs for one wicket a short while ago – opener Shay Hope the man out. Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath took six Windies first innings wickets.
Group B of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Under 20 Finals kicked off with excitement in Port Au Prince Haiti last evening as defending champions Jamaica defeated St. Vincent and the Grenadines 4 goals to 1 and Trinidad and Tobago also scored four in beating Curaçao by the same 4-1 score-line.
The Vincentians began their match against Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz as the aggressors but failed to score as after Jamaica’s brilliant Khadija Shaw scored the first of her three goals in the 15th minute., St. Vincent’s equaliser was an own goal by Konya Plummer in the 29th minute.
Shaw scored her second a penalty to hand Jamaica a 2-1 halftime lead and completed her hattrick in the second half before Rasha Roberts closed the scoring in a match eyed by Trinidad and Tobago who have to play the Jamaicans on Monday to determine the Group winner.
Seven national teams are contesting the Caribbean Championship which will also qualify the top three for the CONCACAF Age-Group title tournament to be held December 3rd to 13th in Honduras.
Last edition’s runners-up Trinidad and Tobago had to come from behind to defeat an organised Curaçao team in last evening’s closer to the double-header.
Curaçao got off the mark in the 2nd minute when Ketsiah Wahr fired a long-range shot that caught Trinidad and Tobago’s goalie Rebecca Almandoz off her line.
Curaçao would then defend throughout first half, frustrating the Soca Princesses.
But Trinidad and Tobago found the equaliser in the 37th minute courtesy Tsaianne Leander, and the first half ended 1-1.
The second half was a different story as the Trinidad and Tobago women displayed cool heads and carved out three goals in just five minutes.
Leander scored in the 48th, Maya Matouk in the 52nd and Kedia Johnson rounded up things in the 53rd, ending the match 4-1.
Trinidad & Tobago play St Vincent and the Grenadines tomorrow while Jamaica take on Curacao.
Bermuda defeated Puerto Rico 1-nil in the Group A lone championship-opening match on WEdnesday. Haiti is the other team in the group.