A time will come when reason prevails over West Indies cricket. Right now, despite the discomforts being aired, we are champions of the world three times over. That’s no mean feat.Mere weeks after victory in the Under-19 World Cup, the West Indies took two titles in the space of just a few hours at the T20 World Cup on the weekend. Those wins didn’t come easily. The men’s innings rode on the back of good bowling, a stable innings of 85 by Marlon Samuels and a swashbuckling finish by Carlos Brathwaite.Sunday’s double dominance can’t gloss over the problematic issues that attend West Indies cricket. It can’t, by itself, heal the cracks of trust that are evident. It doesn’t even guarantee that a great Test team will emerge soon with a blend of veterans and debutants from the Under-19 team, even though anything is possible.It does, however, reassert the region’s potential for greatness in cricket. Twenty20 isn’t Test cricket, but when one nation can win three world titles in a matter of weeks and two on the same day, it shows that there is definitely something worth saving.JUST AS VALUABLEFor many, these three victories are just as valuable as triumphs over England and Australia in Tests. As offered in the space recently, the Under-19 success provides hope for the future. Our women, led by Stafanie Taylor, look set for a long reign among the world’s best.The quarrels are reminiscent of the street protests in Sydney by Jamaican athletes in 2000 when Merlene Ottey replaced Peta-Gaye Dowdie on the team roster for the Olympic 100 metres. Then, as now, frustrations bubbled over and led to an airing of dirty linen in public. Instead of celebration, sanction is the watchword.When the dust settles, one hopes that all will agree that eligibility to play for the West Indies will rest on participation in regional tournaments with some concomitant flexibility to allow the professional cricketer the chance to make some money elsewhere, while it is there for the taking.In the meantime, this is still a time for celebration. Even in the turbulent aftermath of the big double, the image of our women and then our men dancing happily with the World Cup trophies are inspiring.Combined with the recent Under-19 success, it is a sign of how great we can be in cricket.n Hubert Lawrence has attended the Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London.
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The heartbroken family of a young Donegal woman who was drowned in Australia have been told it could be two weeks before her body is flown back to Ireland.Devastated Jimmy and Margaret Morrow from Ballintra are still coming to terms with the loss of their eldest daughter Elaine.The 23 year old was drowned after going on a scuba-diving adventure with friends off Langford Island in the Whitsundays Islands in Queensland on Monday afternoon last. She was on the second day of a three day dive on board the boat Summertime, was with about a dozen other tourists.However she failed to resurface and her body was found a short time later on the floor of the eleven metre deep ocean.When she reached the surface, a number of people tried CPR but failed to revive her.The former Colaiste Colmcille, Ballyshannon pupil was then rushed to Haman Island Medical Centre where a nurse administered CPR but this also failed to revive Elaine. Department of Foreign Affairs officials have made contact with the dead woman’s family here in Donegal.Her mother and father Margaret and James (Jimmy) and her two younger sisters are said to be devastated by the accident.Last night local county councillor Phonsie Travers described the Morrows as “decent and hard-working people” who didn’t deserve what had happened to them.“I was over in the house earlier and there’s just a numbing silence. Nobody knows what to say to Jimmy and Margaret because there is little we can say. It’s just awful for them.“To see Elaine’s friends calling to her home and to see the hurt on their faces was just terrible. “The worst thing about it is that it will be a couple of weeks before everything is sorted and Elaine can be flown home again to where she belongs – with her family.“Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this time,” he said.It’s understood Elaine had been visiting the famous Whitsunday Islands as a tourist and had been part of a group who had chartered a boat.The islands are hugely popular as a tourist destination and attract thousands of diving enthusiasts every year. It’s believed Elaine had left Donegal for Australia in January and had been based in Sydney.Whitsunday water police are said to be investigating the incident.Sergeant Graeme Pettigrew of Whitsundays Water Police said initial investigations suggested the woman had become separated from the group while diving and then failed to resurface with the other divers.‘‘The person involved was on a resort – introductory – dive. She was not an experienced diver. She became lost from the group,’’ he said.Another police spokesman told donegaldaily “She failed to resurafce and was then found on the ocean floor a short time later.“She was brought back up and CPR was attempted but she could not be revived.”The boat was docked at Airlie Beach, where scenes of crime investigators have examined the vessel.The boat’s operator Whitsundays Sailing Adventures said its practices were to the highest safety standards.“All of our tours are operated to the highest safety standards. The operator involved carried out all emergency procedures including CPR, but unfortunately the young lady could not be revived,” the company said in a statement.“Whitsundays Sailing Adventures and the vessel operator are currently working with the appropriate authorities in regards to this incident.“Our condolences go out to the family and friends, and counselling support is being given to the other guests and crew of the vessel.”Police investigations are continuing.Mayor of Ballyshannon Brendan Travers said he was deeply saddened to hear of such a young death.“It’s always sad to hear of a person’s death but it is especially sad at such a young age and in such tragic circumstances. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family,” he said.HEARTBREAKING WAIT AHEAD FOR FAMILY OF DROWNED DONEGAL WOMAN was last modified: April 20th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AustraliaBallintradrowningElaine Morrowscuba diving