PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Lendl Simmons and Denesh Ramdin lashed half-centuries as Trinbago Knight Riders maintained their winning streak in the Caribbean Premier League with a comfortable seven-wicket win over St Lucia Zouks here Sunday.Asked to chase an uncomplicated 168 at Queen’s Park Oval, TKR marched to their target in the 18th over, to win their third on the trot and sit on top the standings on six points.Simmons made a fiery 63 off 39 balls at the top of the order while Ramdin hit an unbeaten 50 from 38 deliveries to see his side home alongside captain Kieron Pollard who finished 26 not out.West Indies opener John Campbell had earlier top scored with 43 off 42 deliveries as Zouks, choosing to bat first, rallied to 167 for five off their 20 overs.Opener Rahkeem Cornwall blasted 33 off just 12 balls while Andre Fletcher and Najibullah Zadran struck 26 apiece.The loss was the second straight for the Zouks following their opening defeat to Guyana Amazon Warriors last Thursday in Georgetown.Zouks had a whirlwind start compliments of Cornwall, who struck five fours and two sixes to energise a 42-run opening stand off 22 deliveries with Fletcher.Off-spinner Sunil Narine broke the stand when he had Cornwall lbw missing a sweep but Fletcher, who counted two fours and a six in a patient 32-ball knock, added a further 30 for the second with Campbell.Fletcher holed out in the deep in the 10th over but the 46-run, third wicket stand that followed between Campbell and Zadran was a slow one and Zouks were stalling at 118 for three in the 16th over when the partnership ended.Captain Sammy then belted two sixes in scoring 16 from 13 balls, in a 39-run fourth wicket with Campbell, to help the innings along.The target was never going to be enough to really challenge TKR even though they found themselves 34 for two in the fifth over after losing Sunil Narine (7) and Tion Webster (2) cheaply.Simmons then tore into the Zouks bowling, counting five fours and five sixes as he added 72 for the third wicket with Ramdin whose knock included five fours and a six.With victory in sight, Simmons was stumped off left-arm spinner Kavem Hodge and Ramdin formalised the result in an unbroken 62-run, fourth wicket partnership with Pollard, who punched two sixes and a four in a quick-fire knock.
After a stressful month of play, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team will travel over 3,000 miles in hopes of recapturing their championship glory from last season. Saturday, the Badgers were officially swept by Boston College in a rematch of last year’s Frozen Four title game, and this weekend, they will resume conference play when they travel to Anchorage, Ala. Despite the Badgers daunting trek, UW head coach Mike Eaves believes a road trip is just what his team needs. “I’m looking forward to [the trip]. It’s exactly what we need right now; we need to get out of town,” Eaves said in his weekly press conference. “It’s early in the season, and it’s basically a five day trip for us; and we get to be on the road and get to know each other. … It’s going to be a great opportunity for us to become closer as a team.”The Badgers were outscored 7-1 this weekend due in large part to the Eagles’ edge in experience. B.C. returned 16 players from last year’s title bout, while UW returned nine, losing major contributors to graduation and the NHL. Their rookie replacements, most notably Jamie McBain, Mike Davies and John Mitchell, all seemed to be overwhelmed by the magnitude of a championship rematch.”The whole coaching staff, we were disappointed in the way we played; we wondered what happened with this young group … I think our kids were too tight Friday night, they wanted to play so well and they were outside their ideal performance state and they were too tight and didn’t play the way they were capable of,” Eaves said. “On Saturday we saw them play the way they were capable of, and because of their youth, when we go into another big weekend, we can be more sensitive to that fact and get them to loosen up a little bit.”The talented freshman class has shown flashes of greatness this season, but Eaves knows it is a long process before they reach their full potential.”We’re a younger group, and we have to get these younger guys up to speed with the older guys and upperclassmen as quick as we can,” Eaves said. “Last year, we were an all upperclassman team for the first time, and as coaches, we could sit back and let the team do the work. This year, we have to work with our captains and everybody else to bring them up to speed as quickly as we can.”Despite the disappointing result, Eaves has found a number of bright spots in the Badgers’ forgetful weekend. Eaves attributes much of Boston College’s success to stellar goaltending from Cory Schneider while crediting his team for bouncing back in the series finale. “I watched the [Boston College game Sunday], and by our count, we out-chanced them and we played pretty well,” Eaves said. “We talked Saturday night about how [Boston College] scored on their scoring chances and on our chances (Cory) Schneider was pretty good and he made some terrific saves.”Regardless of the Badgers’ disappointing .500 record, Eaves maintains that the team’s spirits are high, dismissing the idea that a championship repeat is unattainable. Eaves sees the upcoming road trip as a chance for Wisconsin to build on past performances as well as afford them the opportunity to discover who they are as a team.”This is a growth process, and there are a lot of good things we can take away from this weekend even though we lost,” Eaves said. “It’s early in the season, and now we kind of find out where we’re at as a group … can we regroup ourselves here with a direction and an attitude that will help us in the upcoming weekend.” Injury ReportUW forward Jack Skille is continuing to participate in skating drills, and Eaves is hopeful the sophomore standout will be able to increase mobility in his injured elbow. “He is going to have a stick in his hand this week and hopefully get to the point where he can do some skill drills with us, but the contact is a little bit away,” Eaves said.