Suffering Windies cricket and T&T football fans

I have had some won­der­ful Sat­ur­days but my good­ness, Sat­ur­day, June 24th was def­i­nite­ly a day to for­get.

It start­ed well enough, as I went to the beach in the com­pa­ny of my beau­ti­ful grand­daugh­ter, who made me do any­thing she want­ed; and be­fore that, I had looked at In­dia strug­gle against Afghanistan.

Then I saw the West In­dies grab the ear­ly ini­tia­tive against the Ki­wis in a must-win en­counter for the Caribbean side.

Lat­er in the evening, af­ter the West In­dies game had fin­ished, I planned to set­tle down to see the So­ca War­riors com­pete against the USA in the Gold Cup in a game the Amer­i­cans dubbed “re­venge.”

They were ob­vi­ous­ly still hurt­ing from the 2-1 de­feat at the Ato Boldon Sta­di­um in No­vem­ber 2017 which elim­i­nat­ed them from par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 2018 FI­FA World Cup.

First­ly, let us ex­am­ine the West In­dies game. Once again, we snatched de­feat from the jaws of vic­to­ry.

The New Zealan­ders, I thought, got about 20 runs too many. In oth­er words, I was hop­ing to lim­it them to around 275; es­pe­cial­ly tak­ing in­to ac­count that af­ter 12 overs they were 36 for two and when Kane Williamson got out there were 21 balls left and the low­er half of the bat­ting added 40 pre­cious runs. Again, like against the Aussies, I felt our bat­ting was ca­pa­ble of reach­ing the tar­get if they bat­ted sen­si­bly.

Enough has been said about the dis­missal of Nicholas Pooran, Shim­ron Het­my­er and Chris Gayle, who had the op­po­si­tion on the back foot.

The fields were de­fen­sive; sin­gles and twos were there for the tak­ing, but no. The two swash-buck­ling left-han­ders had to show that they were ma­cho men and tried to blast the bowlers in­to or­bit.

It was just a mat­ter of time be­fore their luck would run out and they would have al­so known that we had an in­jured bats­man in Evin Lewis who would on­ly bat out of ne­ces­si­ty. From a com­fort­able 142 for two, we slid like la­va from a vol­canic erup­tion to 164 for sev­en.

Here we go again must have been the gen­er­al con­sen­sus amongst West In­dies fans with an­oth­er em­bar­rass­ing de­feat loom­ing af­ter Eng­land and Bangladesh, ex­cept for one man, Car­los "Re­mem­ber the Name" Brath­waite.

I must ad­mit I nev­er had him in the squad, far less the fi­nal eleven but he played one of the finest ODI in­nings I have had the plea­sure to wit­ness.

He turned Old Traf­ford from a wake in­to a deliri­ous West In­di­an fren­zy and all the while we were on the edge of our seats. Un­for­tu­nate­ly, he got out to the one bowler whom I thought would not get his wick­et in Jim­my Nee­sham; but he bowled in­tel­li­gent­ly.

He saw how Brath­waite dis­man­tled Matt Hen­ry with 25 runs off the 48th over and slowed down his bowl­ing, mak­ing Brath­waite reach for the ball. He missed the first two and then, in the end, was caught at long-on while go­ing for the six to win the match.

Reporter: Colin Murray

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