Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago played to a 1-1 draw at Children’s Mercy Park on Wednesday night in a Caribbean derby in Kansas City in which Guyana picked up a historical first ever point in a Gold Cup. 

Panama became the first team from Group D of the CONCACAF Gold Cup to make it to the quarterfinals after two goals in each half gave them a 4-2 win over Guyana at the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. 

The United States started their CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign with a comfortable 4-0 win over Guyana on Tuesday.

USA ended a three-game winless run in fine fashion, dominating Guyana for the most part in the Group D clash at Allianz Field in Minnesota.

Paul Arriola opened the scoring in the 28th minute before a Tyler Boyd brace and Gyasi Zardes goal in the second half.

Having been under some pressure after struggles in friendlies, it was the ideal start for the defending champions as they joined Panama on three points in the group.

Christian Pulisic was particularly bright down the left early for USA, who while dominant took time to create clear-cut chances.

Boyd fired a chance wide in the 18th minute, while Pulisic was denied by a good save from Guyana goalkeeper Akel Clarke.

But USA found a deserved opener through Arriola in the 28th minute.

Weston McKennie did brilliantly down the left before passing inside to Arriola, who curled an effort past Clarke and into the far corner from inside the area.

Pulisic almost teed up Nick Lima for USA's second, but the full-back's strike was well saved by Clarke after a pass from the attacker.

USA should have gone into the break with a 2-0 lead, however Pulisic made poor connection with a header from a Lima cross at the back post on the stroke of half-time.

But Boyd's first international goal would double USA's lead six minutes into the second half.

Michael Bradley's pass found Boyd, who took an excellent first touch before powering an angled finish into the bottom corner for USA's 1,000th goal.

Zardes was fortunate to add to USA's lead, Arriola's powerful strike partially cleared by a defender into the forward's face and into the back of the net.

USA were in control from then on, although McKennie came off with a suspected hamstring injury.

Boyd completed his brace in the 81st minute, taking a pass from Arriola before his 20-yard strike took a deflection and beat Clarke.

 

What does it mean? USA make bright start

After disappointing friendly losses to Jamaica and Venezuela earlier this month, USA's win was much-needed. Large parts of the performance would have also pleased head coach Gregg Berhalter and the group stage at the CONCACAF Gold Cup could be an opportunity for a much-needed confidence boost.

Boyd, Arriola provide plenty of spark

Although it was against Guyana, Boyd and Arriola showed their worth. They combined for the fourth goal after earlier scoring one each and their pace and creativity were crucial for USA.

McKennie injury a worry for USA

It was all going so well for USA before McKennie came off with a suspected hamstring injury in the 74th minute. The Schalke midfielder had set up the opener and his absence would be a blow for USA.

What's next?

USA's campaign continues against Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday, while Guyana take on Panama on the same day.

Guyana Jaguars captain Leon Johnson said it is an extra special feeling to have received the Golden Arrow of Achievement at such a young age. He commended his family and several past West Indies greats for being instrumental to his success.

Burgeoning Windies talent Shimron Hetmyer admits to being thrilled to represent the region at the upcoming ICC World Cup but confesses such an early breakthrough has come as a surprise.

Fast-becoming a real favourite among Caribbean fans, the 22-year-old Guyanese native made his ODI debut two years ago against New Zealand in Whangarei.  Despite having only 25 appearances, few would have imagined a Windies squad without the former Under-19 captain.

“I always dreamt about playing in a World Cup for the West Indies, but I never thought I would be playing for the West Indies this young and at the World Cup as well.  It’s a fantastic feeling for me and I will do everything possible to make sure the West Indies win the World Cup,” Hetmyer said in a recent interview.

“Actually being part of the West Indies team for about three years now is fantastic for me. I’m just trying to grow from strength to strength in whatever way. I was in the IPL, CPL and just before that we were playing England in the Caribbean, thus far it's been great,” he added.

Despite fighting a battle with inconsistent performance and on occasion, questionable stroke play, few can argue about the impact Hetmyer has made with the regional team.

In his 25 appearances, the top order batsman has an average of 40.86, with four centuries to his credit. Overall, Hetmyer is the 5th quickest to score three ODI centuries.

 

The Guyana Amazon Warriors have signed Trinidadian batsman Nicholas Pooran as their Marquee Player for the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League set for September 4 to October 12.

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has described the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group D as an interesting one.

Barbados swept aside Guyana to add the Cricket West Indies Women’s T20 Blaze title to the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 title they won over a week ago.

The Guyana High Court on Wednesday declared that the executives of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) are illegal and cannot hold themselves out to be office bearers or to do anything as it relates to the operations of the Guyana Cricket Board because their last elections were unlawful, illegal, null, void and to no legal effect

Guyana will not be heading to the CONCACAF Gold Cup just to make up the numbers after a memorable first qualifying campaign under Michael Johnson.

Former Jamaica international Johnson was appointed as head coach in June 2018 and brought about a dramatic upturn in their fortunes.

Guyana had never qualified for a major tournament prior to the ex-Birmingham City and Derby County defender's arrival, but after three wins from four matches – including a crucial 2-1 victory over Belize - they will be at the 2019 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Despite their inexperience and being ranked 177 in the world, Johnson is adamant his squad have got ambitions beyond just turning up to enjoy the experience.

"It's a bit surreal actually, it's been a real rollercoaster over the last couple of days with emotion, but it's wonderful," Johnson told Omnisport. "To achieve what we've achieved is fantastic.

"[Now] we've got ambitions, and I say we meaning me, the players and my staff as well.

"We've sat down together and we've spoken about the chances, and we really believe that we could go there [and compete]. I'm not saying we're going to win it, but we're not just going to go there and say, 'Okay, that's it'. 

"We'll do well, we want to perform well and I think, for me, more than looking at getting to the second round, I think it's about the performance. 

"If we can get the players to perform to a level where we are happy and they take on board what we are trying to implement, then I'll be delighted, wherever that takes us."

Johnson – who helped Jamaica reach the 1998 World Cup – hopes to channel the spirit of the Reggae Boyz when Guyana make their debut.

"That [Jamaican success] is definitely a catalyst," said the coach. "For me, I'm using my experience of that time, because I was one of the Reggae Boyz who came through and obviously you see what can happen from when we qualified for the '98 World Cup.

"I think what's now needed is to make sure that we handle the success of the Gold Cup in the right and proper way.

"So, how can that benefit the nation? How can that benefit the infrastructure? How can that benefit coach education? These things that need support, how can this current climate benefit that?"

Johnson has taken his first foray into full-time management with Guyana after struggling to be given a chance in England despite going for numerous interviews.

"It's nice for someone to actually believe in you and say, 'Okay, let's give this guy a shot' - based on nothing [more] than the credibility of his CV," he added.

"And once the industry starts to do that, we'll be in a much better place. And that's all you can do, go and get your education and time learning from people and then adapting it to your own philosophy going forward."

Hayley Matthews won two of the top prizes at the prize-giving ceremony of the 2019 Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 Cup on Tuesday.

Barbados defeated Trinidad and Tobago by 28 runs at Enmore on Monday to defend the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup.

Former West Indies Cricket team manager Ricky Skerritt has been appointed as the new president of Cricket West Indies (CWI) after securing the necessary votes at the association’s Annual General Meeting, at the Jamaica Pegasus on Sunday.

By the official count, Skerritt and his running mate Dr Kishore Shallow defeated incumbents Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron and Emmanuel Nanthan by an 8-4 margin.  Unofficially, it is reported that Skerritt and Shallow managed to secure the support of Trinidad and Tobago, Leeward Islands, Windward Islands and Camron’s home nation Jamaica.  The incumbents Cameron and Nantan are believed to have received the support of Barbados and Guyana.

The result ended a three-term spell for the Jamaican, which spanned a six-year period.  Cameron was first elected to the office in 2013 when he toppled former St Lucian diplomat Julian Hunte, to whom he had served as vice-president from 2007 until he took office.  During his tenure, Cameron has been credited with implementing improved retainer contracts for players and officials, restructuring the regional competitions and improved relations with the West Indies Player’s Association (WIPA).  On his watch, the Windies team while struggling in the world rankings, claimed two T20 world titles, and the women’s and youth titles. 

Heading into the election the Kittitian Skerritt had painted the incumbent as not having enough of a pro-cricket stance with his governance and failing to commit to the establishment of term limits.   

Citing the development of regional cricket via the professional cricket league as his main reason, recently retired Windies veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul is backing the incumbent Dave Cameron to serve another term as CWI president.

A mammoth score and centuries from Shemaine Campbelle and Stafanie Taylor and a record score highlighted the second round of the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 Cup on Tuesday.

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