United States midfi elder Julie Ertz (8) and Costa Rica midfi elder Raquel Chacon (20) collide as they go for a
header while Costa Rica forward Maria Salas (17), midfi elder Lindsey Horan (9) and midfi elder Katherine Alvarado
(16) look on during the fi rst half of a CONCACAF women’s Olympic qualifying soccer match Monday, Feb. 3, 2020,
in Houston. Associated Press / Michael Wyke
Caribbean L 50 ife, February 7-13, 2020
Coach Education Program, a key part
of the new “Cricket First” strategy and
investment plan to develop coaches
and players to strengthen cricket in
the West Indies for long-term success.
CWI said in a statement that newlyappointed
education manager, Chris
Brazon, international and franchise
coaches will be working together to
develop a framework as to how all
coaches in the region will work together
to improve player development and
shape the players of the future.
Adams said he is pleased that CWI
is putting resources behind player
development through the strengthening
of its coaching pathway, adding,
“we need to have all our coaches in the
region playing a consistent and integrated
role in player development and
this forum will be a significant part of
Following the West Indies coaches
forum, Brazon will visit all regional
franchises to meet with regional pathway
coaches to understand how CWI
can better support them and how all
coaches can work together with the
new education program.
By Azad Ali
West Indies Under-19 crashed out
of the ICC Under-19 World Cup after
a shocking two-wicket defeat to New
Zealand and missed out on a spot in the
final four of the One-Day International
(ODI) last week in South Africa.
The regional team dropped four
catches, missed a vital run out while
conceding 38 runs from the last three
full overs, as they squandered a winning
Defending 238 runs at Willomoore
Park, the Caribbean side reduced the
young Kiwis to 153 for eight in the 35th
over after left-arm spinner Ashmead
Nedd had ripped through the innings
with an excellent spell of three for 33
runs from his 10 overs.
But eventual Man-of-the-Match,
Kristian Clarke, with an unbeaten 46
and Joey Field, 38 not out, displayed
composure and maturity beyond their
years in a record unbroken ninth-wicket
partnership of 86, to turn the game into
a nail-biting finish for New Zealand to
gain victory with two balls to spare.
Clarke struck three fours and a six off
42 balls, while Field faced 58 balls and
counted three fours.
With the pressure mounting, West
Indies’ fielding fell apart and New Zealand
capitalized to whittle down a
required asking rate from nearly 11 by
taking 14 runs from both the 47th and
48th overs and another 10 from the
order to increase attendances.
“I want to take all the politics out of
the decision-making when it comes to
allocating games,” Grave told the Mason
and Guest cricket show in Barbados.
He noted that the biggest crowd in
the West Indies vs Ireland series was
Grenada, which did not have cricket
between 2015 and 2019 and it is important
to spread cricket around the international
Grave is hoping that the board continues
to support the policy where every
international ground will get either a
Test match or two either T20s or ODIs
or combination of every single year.
The Ireland series, comprising One-
Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20
Internationals — the first international
homes series this year, was Barbados,
Grenada and St. Kitts.
When the New Zealand team arrives
in July, the white-ball series will be
hosted in Antigua, Dominica, and Guyana,
with Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia
and Jamaica staging matches on South
Africa’s full tour of the Caribbean in
July and August.
determined on Tuesday when Canada
plays Mexico on Tuesday in Edinburg,
Texas. The winner of that match will
avoid the top-ranked Americans.
Press extended her scoring streak to
four straight games with a goal in the
fourth minute. Lindsey Horan, who
had a hat trick in the U.S. team’s 8-0
victory over Panama on Friday, scored
some six minutes later.
Press, who plays for Utah of the
National Women’s Soccer League,
added her second goal in the 36th
Mewis scored on a free kick by Press
in the 63rd minute and Jessica McDonald
added a goal in the 77th before
Mewis’ second goal, which appeared to
just barely hit the line after deflecting
down off the crossbar.
The crowd at Houston’s BBVA Compass
Stadium was announced at 7,082.
Already eliminated, Haiti beat Panama
6-0 in the other group game earlier in
Costa Rica rested top players Shirley
Cruz and Raquel Rodriguez in anticipation
of the semifinals on Friday.
The U.S. has qualified for every
Olympics since women’s soccer was
introduced in 1996, and has won the
gold medal four times. The team has
five consecutive titles in the qualifying
Six teams have already made the
field for Tokyo: Japan, Brazil, Great
Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden and
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Cricket West Indies CEO, Johnny
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US WOMEN QUALIFIES IN GROUP
No politics in match venues
WI Under 19
fails to qualify