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Feb 2008 Compliments of the Nation News
St Maarten's and former Windward Islands' batsman, St Lucian-born John Eugene, raising his hands in triumph after scoring the first ever century in Stanford 20/20 cricket. (Picture by Brooks LaTouche.)
THE EVENTS of the past few days have demonstrated there are no predictable results in Cricket World Cup 2007.
As West Indies prepare to face Zimbabwe at Sabina Park today, they would have sat back and taken note of what Ireland did to Pakistan and what Bangladesh did to India on Saturday.
The shock results have thrown the notion through the window that the majority of group stage matches were going to be predictable with results in favour of the eight leading international nations against the fledgling countries.
Against that background, West Indies captain Brian Lara is not under-estimating either Zimbabwe or Ireland.
"It's going to be very competitive. Zimbabwe and Ireland have shown they cannot be taken lightly," Lara said yesterday.
"We're going to play the game with the same gusto like we had against Pakistan. A win tomorrow [today] will put us into the second stage, but it doesn't mean we have any points as yet.
"We've got a very important two games left and we're going to take each game one at a time." < Read more >
March 13th 2007 Compliments of the Barbados Nation News by HAYDN GILL in Jamaica
THE REHEARSALS and warm-ups are over. Today it is serious business. And following yesterday's final practice session at Kensington Park in Jamaica, Brian Lara and his men geared themselves mentally for their first mission of Cricket World Cup 2007 – beat the Pakistanis in today's lead-off first-round match of the tourney. Here (from left) Lara, Dwayne Smith, Kieron Pollard and Daren Powell going through a final exercise routine. (Picture by Brooks LaTouche Photography.) < Read more >
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