Jamaica goalkeeper Sydney Schneider, left, and Brazil’s Ludmila go for the ball during the Women’s World Cup
Group C soccer match between Brazil and Jamaica in Grenoble, France, Sunday, June 9, 2019.
Associated Press / Laurent Cipriani
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the margin could have been wider had
it not been for Ashley Nurse smashing
four consecutive fours to end the game
in a cameo that came a little too late.
Chris Gayle was given out twice to
New Zealand umpire Chris Gaffaney,
only on both occasions to have the
The 39-year-old Jamaican could
have had a third reprieve in the fifth
over when Mitchell Starc trapped him
lbw, for a delivery that showed it was
the “Umpire’s Call” and he departed
TV replays showed that the ball before
Gayle was dismissed, Starc overstepped
by about four inches, but no “no-ball”
was signaled by Gaffney. It would have
been a free hit on the ball with which he
was eventually given out.
Needing a partnership, Shai Hope
found an attacking Nicholas Pooran
and it set the regional side towards
their target until Pooran’s anxiousness
got the better of him. He was caught
on the boundary by a running Aaron
Hope and Shimron Hetmyer appeared
heading towards a sensible union until
Hope’s lapsed judgement saw Hetmyer
run out at a crucial stage.
West Indies threw away opportunities
to build match-winning partnerships
and eventually ran out of steam.
Hope made 68, while Captain Jason
Holder scored 51 and the hard-hitting
Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite
departed just when it seemed like the
West Indies, who beat Pakistan at the
same venue a week ago, would defeat
the five-time world cup champions.
West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran, left,
and Shai Hope at Trent Bridge in
Nottingham, Thursday, June 6,
2019. Associated Press / Rui Vieira
on, before another shower placed the
match further out of their grasp.
Set a new target of 208 in 20 overs,
the regional team finished on 87 for 6.
The win also earned England two
points in the ICC’s Women’s Championship
and took them to the verge
of qualification for 2021 World Cup in
The final match is carded for June
Sydney Schneider ensured the deficit
was only three goals. Among her
impressive saves was stretching to the
left and palming out a penalty kicked by
Striker Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw also
did not make it easy for the Brazilians
with constant raids on the defence of
the experienced South Americans.
The Brazilians who have never lost
a World Cup opener were led from the
front by striker and Player of the Match,
Cristiane Rozeira de Souza Silva, who
scored all three goals, in the 15th,
50th and a classic free kick in the 64th
minute. This was the first hat-trick by
a Brazilian since 1999.
Coach Hue Menzies thought that
the newcomer Girlz were too tentative
against the Brazilians, who entered the
game for their seventh straight World
“When we first started the game, we
showed too much respect for them,” he
said. But as the Girlz warmed-up before
an estimated 18,000 crowd of mostly
supporters, “I think in the second half,
“We have another big game that we
have to get a result,” he said of the coming
fixture against Italy on June 14.
“We showed a lot of resilience and we
haven’t seen the best of ‘Bunny’ Shaw,
so that is something that we are going
to push her a little bit and I do believe
that she is going to respond to that, so
we are just going to back and look at
things and identify some of the areas
that we need to fix and then after that
just work on it in training,” said a confident
Not only are the Jamaicans rookies
to the tournament but they also have
the average youngest at 23 years and
The United States players average 29
years, followed by the Brazilian at 28
years and five months.
The lone and historic Caribbean side
could take heart from the age statistics
as it means that regardless of the
results in their first outing many of
them could return to the next World
Cup in 2023, and beyond once Jamaica
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BRAZILIAN SCORES HAT-TRICK
By Azad Ali
The Hero Caribbean Premier League
Twenty20 tournament will bowl off in
Trinidad when the defending champion
team, Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR)
comes up against St. Kitts and Nevis
Patriots at 6 pm on Sept. 4, 2019.
The venue for the match is still to
be decided as General Secretary of the
Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC),
Colin Murray said that negotiations
are still underway as far as hosting the
matches at the Mecca of local cricket.
Last year, all five preliminary round
matches involving the TKR were
played at the Queen’s Park Oval, while
the knockout matches and final took
place at the Brian Lara Academy in
Tarouba, San Fernando.
It will be the third successive time
that the final will be played at the
Brian Lara Academy in Trinidad.
A total of three round-robin matches
in the first instance will be played
in Trinidad before the TKR hits the
road to continue their campaign in
TKR will complete their ‘home’
round robin matches on Sept. 30
against Guyana Amazon Warriors and
Oct. 2 against the Barbados Tridents.
The team will again be led by Dwayne