Rain ruins Round 1 of Under 17 Tourney
 

SCARBOROUGH, TOBAGO - Persistent rainfall in Tobago prevented any play in Round 1 of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Under 17 Tournament that was scheduled to begin on Sunday.

Early morning rain on the island delayed the start of play at all three venues and did enough damage to force the abandonment of play when it did stop falling.

Within two hours after lunch, matches between the six participating regional teams were called off. At Shaw Park, where hosts Trinidad and Tobago were to take on the Leeward Islands, there were a total of six inspections within half-hour of the start of play and the 1:30PM call-off time.

The first inspection took place at 8:30AM, after the early morning rains had held up. Half an hour later, when the match was due to start, another inspection by umpires Shannon Crawford & Zahid Bassarath proved futile. While the ground staff worked feverishly at mopping up, a short, sharp shower came again.

At 11:30AM, another inspection was conducted to determine the damage the most recent shower had caused. The effects weren’t bad, and so, eighteen minutes later (11:48AM), the umpires again took to the field.

It would be the penultimate inspection of the day for the match at Shaw Park as further rain into the afternoon forced the players and officials to take lunch. At 1:45PM, after the final inspection fifteen minutes earlier, the umpires met and decided the outfield was too dangerous to allow the players on.

Match Referee, Hayden Bruce, stated the playing surface at Shaw Park was in satisfactory condition and up to standard but the outfield was of utmost concern. He said, “On the outfield, from fifteen meters going out, is deemed unsafe and unfit to play.

In the interest of the players’ safety and wellbeing, the match has to be abandoned.” He went on to explain the state of the outfield would deprive the fielding team of proper footholds to play.

It was a similar story at Bon Accord where Barbados was scheduled to take on Jamaica, and at Louis D’or, where Guyana was to meet the Windward Islands. Persistent rain throughout the morning kept the players bored and inside. They tried entertaining themselves with mini games of cricket under the pavilion, but would have been happier out in the middle competing against their fellow rivals. Just after 1:30PM, all matches across the island were abandoned.

On Monday, the players will have a rest day, although Trinidad and Tobago Head Coach, Dasrath Maharaj, wants his team out on the training field. He refuses to be bugged down by the weather, and despite missing out on a chance to play an underprepared Leeward Islands, Maharaj wants to his team to play hard cricket in the tournament. He stated, “In the game of cricket, you can’t think about weak teams and strong teams. We have to be prepared to play good cricket to beat everybody.” 

His opposite number, Head Coach of the Leeward Islands team, Winston Benjamin, admitted to being disappointed with the game being washed out, but his goals for the tournament don’t change. Benjamin said, “Winning is important but it is not the ‘be-all’ and ‘end-all’. I want to see them [his team] go out and play proper cricket, give a hundred percent. If we win, we win. If we lose, at least we can say we tried out best.”

All six teams will enter the second round of matches on Tuesday July 3rd, 2012, with one point each. Teams will have the opportunity to pick up bonus points in the tournament if a bowler takes five wickets or more in a match, with his team set to receive an additional 0.5 points.

Sunday July 1

Match Abandoned; Trinidad & Tobago v Leeward Islands – Shaw Park (1 Point)

Standing umpires: Shannon Crawford & Zahid Bassarath

Standby umpire: Alorna Alleyne

Match referee: Haydn Bruce

Match Abandoned; Guyana v Windward Islands – Louis D’or (1 Point)

Standing umpires: Anthony Sanowar & Athol Hamilton

Standby umpire: Morgan Sobers

Match referee: Miriam Perreira

Match Abandoned; Barbados v Jamaica – Bon Accord (1 Point)

Standing umpires: Lyndon Rajkumar & Danesh Ramdhanie

Standby umpire: Steve Kennedy

Match referee: Keane Gibbs

Tuesday July 3

Trinidad & Tobago v Windward Islands – Shaw Park

Standing umpires: Athol Hamilton & Lyndon Rajkumar

Standby umpire: Morgan Sobers

Match referee: Keane Gibbs

Jamaica v Leeward Islands – Bon Accord

Standing umpires: Anthony Sanowar & Shannon Crawford

Standby umpire: Steve Kennedy

Match referee: Miriam Perreira

Barbados v Guyana – Louis D’or

Standing umpires: Danesh Ramdhanie & Zahid Bassarath

Standby umpire: Alorna Alleyne

Match referee: Eugene Antoine

Wednesday July 4

Trinidad & Tobago v Jamaica – Shaw Park

Standing umpires: Shannon Crawford & Danesh Ramdhanie

Standby umpire: Steve Kennedy

Match referee: Camal Basdeo

Windward Islands v Barbados - Plymouth

Standing umpires: Athol Hamilton & Danesh Ramdhanie

Standby umpire: Alorna Alleyne

Match referee: Keane Gibbs

Leeward Islands v Guyana – Bon Accord

Standing umpires: Lyndon Rajkumar & Anthony Sanowar

Standby umpire: Morgan Sobers

Match referee: Michael Alexander

Friday July 6

Trinidad & Tobago v Barbados – Bon Accord

Standing umpires: Shannon Crawford & Lyndon Rajkumar

Standby umpire: Steve Kennedy

Match referee: Keane Gibbs

Guyana v Jamaica – Shaw Park

Standing umpires: Athol Hamilton & Danesh Ramdhanie

Standby umpire: Morgan Sobers

Match referee: Camal Basdeo

Leeward Islands v Windward Islands – Plymouth 

Standing umpires: Zahid Bassarath & Anthony Sanowar

Standby umpire: Alorna Alleyne

Match referee: Miriam Perreira

Saturday July 7

Trinidad & Tobago v Guyana – Shaw Park

Standing umpires: Danesh Ramdhanie & Anthony Sanowar

Standby umpire: Alorna Alleyne

Match referee: Haydn Bruce

Barbados v Leeward Islands - Plymouth

Standing umpires: Shannon Crawford & Athol Hamilton

Standby umpire: Morgan Sobers

Match referee: Keane Gibbs

Jamaica v Windward Islands – Bon Accord

Standing umpires: Lyndon Rajkumar & Zahid Bassarath

Standby umpire: Steve Kennedy

Match referee: Michael Alexander

Date: 
Sun, 07/01/2012 - 13:50