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The countdown is well and truly on. It’s only two days before the grand mini Olympics or interprimary athletic meet which will be held at the ET Willet Park for the final time, on Wednesday 5th April.

According to Meet coordinator, Lester Blackett, the 2018 meet is expected to be held at the brand new track, currently being constructed at Long Point.

Significantly, the meet is in its 25th year of being sponsored by Gulf Insurance and local affiliates, A L Evelyn and the 8 participating schools, all seem geared up and pumped up for the event.

In the A division, are the more populated schools: Reigning champions St. Thomas’ Primary; Charlestown Primary; Joycelyn Liburd Primary and the Ivor Walters’ Primary and in the B division: Reigning champions Elizabeth Pemberton Primary; Violet Nicholls Primary; St. James’ Primary and Maude Cross Preparatory School.

The meet will be held under the patronage of former Olympic sprint queen, Meritzer Williams and will see the athletes competing in the 60 meters; 100; 200; 400; 800; 1200; 4X100 and 4X400 meters.

However, on the day prior-tomorrow Tuesday, to be exact, there will be an impressive march past of athletes through the streets of Charlestown, culminating with an impressive opening ceremony at the ET Willet Park.

A division champs St. Thomas’ Primary, are confident that they will repeat this year; Ivor Walters, who placed second last year, are indicating that they will do one better this year; Charlestown Primary are indicating that they are coming back for what is rightfully theirs; while Jocelyn Liburd Primary are saying quite loudly: ‘Bounce back up!’

In the B zone, EPPS are certain of an unprecedented six times hold on the championship; Maude Cross Preparatory already knows what it feels like to be champions at this level and St. James’ and VOJN are quietly saying that they may not win, but they will certainly create some upsets in some of the races.

It makes for a really hyped and exciting meet and the thousands of spectators expected in the Park on the big day, are certainly in for a rare treat.





PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC — Saturday’s convincing victory proved only a false dawn as West Indies quickly returned to their unpleasant old habits, plunging to a seven-wicket defeat to Pakistan here Sunday, to concede the four-match series 3-1.

Chasing what would have been a series-tying victory at Queen’s Park Oval, West Indies struggled from the outset when they were restricted to a modest 124 for eight off their 20 overs.

Opener Chadwick Walton top-scored with 40 from 31 deliveries while captain Carlos Brathwaite chipped in with an unbeaten 37 off 24 balls down the order.

New ball seamer Hasan Ali was brilliant, snaring two for 12 from his four overs to clinch Man-of-the-Match honours while 18-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan once again played a key role, taking two for 16, to be adjudged Man-of-the-Series.

In reply, Pakistan were propelled by opener Ahmed Shezad who lashed 53 from 45 balls, as they marched to their target with an over to spare.

The consistent Babar Azam chimed in with 38 from 36 balls, while rookie seamer Kesrick Williams finished with two for 26 to be the best bowler for West Indies.

The disappointing series defeat was the second straight one for the reigning T20 World champions, following their 3-0 whitewash at the hands of Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last September.

Summarized scores: West Indies 124 for 8 (Walton 40) Hasan 2-12, Shadab 2-16 Pakistan 127 for 3 (Shehzad 53)

Kesrick Williams 2 for 16

Pakistan won by seven wickets 


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