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T&T Red Steel plays cat and mouse with rain
With Tropical Storm Bertha heading towards St Lucia, today’s Limacol Caribbean Premier League clash between T&T Red Steel and St Lucia Zouks at Beausejour Cricket Stadium seems under serious threat.
The match is scheduled to get off at 4 pm and while the cricket was supposed to capture the attention of everyone here, it’s not the case, as they are busy preparing in case Bertha smashes into the Island.
Information coming to hand is that Tropical Storm Bertha formed late Thursday night, about 275 miles east-southeast of Barbados and is now tracking quickly toward the Windward Islands.
A tropical storm watch was issued yesterday as the conditions were possible within the area.
Tropical storm-force winds (sustained wind speeds of 39 mph or greater) was expected to spread into the warned areas of the Windward Islands from last night and sweep through today and unto Puerto Rico by tonight.
An area of low pressure aloft (called a tropical upper tropospheric trough or TUTT) is interacting with the tropical storm, producing wind shear (change in wind direction and/or speed with height) that is hostile for tropical cyclone intensification.
Yesterday the T&T Red Steel had their morning training session called off as the rain, which started falling here from Thursday night continued way into the day.
In the afternoon, there was a slight break in the rain and the players rushed off to the Beausejour for a hastily arranged training session.
Manager Colin Borde said: “The situation here does not look good in terms of the weather. The management of the team is aware of the weather pattern developing and we are hoping that somehow we can get in some cricket tomorrow.
“We have had to play cat and mouse with the rain because there are still some areas that we would like to pay particular attention to, leading into the match and we need some time in the nets. We are going down to the ground with the hope that the rain stays away long enough, so that we can get in some meaningful work out there.”
T&T Red Steel is currently at the top of the standings, having won five of their six matches to date.
The Zouks have lost all five matches and hence the Red Steel will start as favourites to win this match. If rain intervenes and the match is called off, it could hurt the Red Steel chances of finishing in the top sport.
Jamaica is right on their heels and has lost just one match as well.
T&T Red Steel: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Ross Taylor, Darren Bravo,
Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Kevon Cooper, Nasir Jamshed,
Kevin O’Brien, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Shannon Gabriel,
Fidel Edwards, Jason Mohammed, Kenar Lewis and Javon Searles.
St Lucia Zouks: Darren Sammy (captain), Sunil Ambris, Tino Best, Johnson Charles, Henry Davids, Andre Fletcher, Ray Jordan, Keddy Lesporis, Mervin Mathew, Garey Mathurin, Liam Sebastien, Shane Shillingford, Sohail Tanvir, Roelof van der Merwe and Tonito Willett.