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Red Steel hopes for good weather
With the T&T Red Steel looking to push for top spot at the end of the preliminary round of the 2014 Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament, rain may be a concern as a weather system is approaching St Lucia, where they are carded to play at 4 pm tomorrow.
The T&T Red Steel currently leads the standings with ten points from six matches and if they win their final three preliminary round matches, they will end as league leaders, which will put them directly into the finals.
Tomorrow they battle the St Lucia Zouks at the Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet and finish off their matches against the Antigua Hawksbills and Barbados Tridents in St Kitts.
Yesterday, the St Lucia government urged citizens to remain vigilant as the island prepared for a low pressure system that weather officials predict could become the region’s first major cyclone for the 2014 hurricane season.
“I urge St Lucians to monitor closely the approaching weather system. We can’t afford to be caught off guard.
“Let us remain alert at this time and throughout the hurricane season,” Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony said in a statement.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Centrer (NHC) said that showers and thunderstorms associated with an area of low pressure located about 1000 miles east of the southern Windward Islands have been gradually decreasing since yesterday.
“However, environmental conditions are marginally conducive for the development of this system into a tropical depression during the next couple of days. while it moves generally west-northwestward near 15 mph,” the NHC said, urging residents in the Lesser Antilles to monitor the progress of this system.
Last December, at least five people were killed and St Lucia suffered millions of dollars in losses after a low level trough system caused widespread damage also in neighbouring islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica.
Meanwhile, the T&T Red Steel continued their preparations in good conditions yesterday, training at the match facility.
Manager Colin Borde told the T&T Guardian: “We have been having great conditions here since our arrival. We have had a little rain in the night but apart from that, we have had no rain to hamper us.”
“We are hoping that the predicted bad weather blows away before our game because the guys have a goal in mind and that is winning the remaining three matches.
“We have great momentum with us at the moment and after the excellent performances last weekend at the Queen’s Park Oval, the players are eager to get out on the pitch and do their thing.
“The rest we have had since the weekend, has given the management time to work with the players in terms of some niggling injuries and at this time all the guys are fit and ready for action.
“The coaches have been doing a fantastic job and they will have been working very hard in keeping the players focused on the task at hand as we approach the final stage of the tournament away from home.”
Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR
T&T Red Steel 6 5 1 0 0 10 +0.869
Guyana Amazon Warriors 6 4 2 0 0 8 +0.341
Jamaica Tallawahs 4 3 1 0 0 6 +0.550
Barbados Tridents 5 3 2 0 0 6 +0.115
Antigua Hawksbills 5 0 5 0 0 0 -0.835
St Lucia Zouks 4 0 4 0 0 0 -1.518