• Windies lose opener despite Simmons, Melius fifties

    MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand, CMC – Openers Keagan Simmons and Kimani Melius carved out contrasting half-centuries but reigning champions West Indies Under-19s suffered a disappointing start to their title defence when they went down to hosts New Zealand Under-19s by eight wickets here Saturday.

    Sent in at Bay Oval in the opening Group A clash, the Caribbean side raced to 123 without loss but a cluster of wickets in the middle overs hurt their momentum,restricting them to 233 for eight off their 50 overs.

    Simmons carried his bat for a top score of 92 not out while debutant Melius unfurled a stroke-filled 78 off 85 deliveries.

    Left-arm spinner Rachin Ravindra (3-30) and fast bowler Matthew Fisher (3-61) picked up three wickets apiece while left-arm spinner Felix Murray supported with two for 37.

    In reply, the hosts hardly put a foot wrong as they stormed to their target in the 40th over, with the exciting Finn Allen smashing an unbeaten 115 and Jakon Bhula, 83.

    New Zealand took charge from the outset with Bhula and Ravindra (16) putting on 46 from 60 deliveries for the first wicket before Allen arrived to put the result beyond doubt.

    The right-hander plundered 15 fours and two sixes in a 100-ball knock, dominating a 163-run, second wicket stand with Bhula who faced 105 balls and counted nine boundaries.

    Allen reached his half-century off 43 balls and raised three figures off 92 deliveries in the 37th over, with NZ already on the cusp of victory.

    West Indies had earlier made the Kiwis nearly rue their decision to field first when Simmons and Melius dominated the first half of the innings with their century stand.

    The left-handed Simmons produced a measured knock, facing 132 deliveries and striking seven fours and a six while Melius was far more expansive, crunching six fours and four sixes in an 85-ball outing.

    Melius started circumspectly, gathering a mere four runs from his first 16 deliveries before exploding with an extra cover-driven six off Fisher in the sixth over.

    He reached his half-century off 66 balls and continued to free his hands until finally departing in the 28th over, top-edging a slog-sweep at Ravindra to be caught by Bhula next to the square leg umpire.

    Bhaskar Yadram joined Simmons to add 22 for the second wicket before holing out to long on off left-arm spinner Murray in the 32nd over, sparking a slide which saw three wickets tumble for five runs in the space of 20 deliveries.

    Kirstan Kallicharan was lbw for two to a straight one from Fisher and captain Emmanuel Stewart followed in the next over, chopping on to Murray for one.

    Stumbling on 150 for four in the 36th over, Simmons and Alick Athanaze then combined in a 49-run, fifth wicket partnership to stem the flow of wickets.

    While Simmons anchored, the left-handed Athanaze was free-scoring, belting two fours and a six in an attractive 33-ball 26.

    They were setting the innings up nicely for a strong finish when Athanaze failed to clear the long-on boundary with Ravindra and was taken just inside the ropes in the 45th over.

    Simmons, on 75 then, stepped up his scoring but the Windies managed only 34 runs from the last five overs.

  • Jaguars tighten their grip, as Volcanoes, Scorpions advance – 3rd day, 9th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Gritty batting, led by Tagenarine Chanderpaul, tightened the grip of newly-crowned champions Guyana Jaguars on their Digicel 4-Day Championship match against Barbados on Saturday.

    Chanderpaul, the son of former WINDIES captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul, hit an unbeaten half-century to bat the Jaguars into a superior position on the third day of their ninth-round match at Kensington Oval.


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    Denesh Ramdin continued to his solid form with the bat, stroking his third half-century of the season to move to the brink of 700 runs for the season, but Trinidad & Tobago Red Force still faced a huge challenge to save their match against Windward Islands Volcanoes at the Grenada National Stadium.

    And, an all-round effort from WINDIES “A” Team opener John Campbell overshadowed a career-best spell from Sheeno Berridge to put Jamaica Scorpions on the brink of victory against Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Sabina Park.


    Jaguars (297) & 154-4 vs Pride (199) in Bridgetown, Barbados 

    The younger Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 66 when bad light stopped play 20 minutes past the scheduled close with the Jaguars holding an overall lead of 252.

     The younger Chanderpaul, whose 197-ball innings in just under five hours includes a mere five boundaries, shared solid stands of 44 with fellow left-handed opener Chanderpaul Hemraj for the first wicket and 73 with Vishaul Singh for the third wicket.

    West Indies Under-19 World Cup winner Chemar Holder has been the most successful Pride bowler with 3-56 from 18 overs.

    Earlier, West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach hit the top score of 51, as the Pride surrendered a first innings lead of 98, when they were bowled out about 66 minutes after play started half-hour earlier, due to time lost on the first two days because of rain.

    Roach shared a rear-guard of 52 for the eighth wicket with Jomel Warrican that offered Pride hope of reaching the 200-run mark and earning a batting point, but they fell agonisingly short.

    Romario Shepherd was the pick of the Jaguars bowlers, grabbing 5-40 from 14 overs, and Keemo Paul snapped up 2-41 from 15.5 overs.


    Volcanoes (366) vs Red Force (172) & 93-2 (following on) in St. George’s, Grenada 

    Ramdin, the Red Force captain, gathered a resolute 75, but it was not enough to prevent his side from being forced to follow on 194 runs behind.

    Not for the first time this season however, the 32-year-old Ramdin rescued the visitors. He faced 182 balls and struck seven fours, but more importantly, anchored two key partnerships to push Red Force past 150.

    Ramdin put on 51 for the sixth wicket with Steven Katwaroo and 46 for the seventh wicket with Imran Khan.

    The resistance ended with Khan’s departure, as Red Force lost their last four wickets for 18 runs, with Ramdin ninth out with his fourth century of the campaign in sight.

    Ramdin, a former WINDIES captain, now has 695 runs for the season – the second highest aggregate for the 2017-18 season.

    Needing an improved batting effort the second time around, Red Force were again in early trouble, losing Jeremy Solozano and Ewart Nicholson cheaply, but left-handed opener Amir Jangoo has carried them with an unbeaten 58, sharing an unbroken third-wicket stand of 62 with Yannic Cariah.


    Scorpions (197) & (235) vs Hurricanes (171) & 159-6 in Kingston, Jamaica 

    Campbell followed up a valuable second innings half-century with 3-12 from eight overs with his uncomplicated off-spin to undermine the Hurricanes batting, as they pursued a victory of 262.

    WINDIES “A” teammate Damion Jacobs, the wrecker-in-chief of the Hurricanes first innings, supported with 2-68 from 20 overs with his leg-spin, as the visitors failed to build on a half-century from Test wicketkeeper/batsman Devon Thomas and 45 from WINDIES “A” opener Montcin Hodge.

    Thomas scored 52, Hodge made 43 and Akeem Saunders added 22, but no other batsman reached 20, as the Hurricanes lacked stability apart from an opening stand of 43 between Hodge and WINDIES opener Kieran Powell, and 49 between Hodge and Thomas.

    Earlier, Berridge snapped up 5-59 from 14.1 overs to complete the demolition of the Scorpions second innings, after the hosts continued from their overnight 182 for seven.

    There was token resistance from the Scorpions’ tail and they were bowled out inside the first hour of play, with Berridge capturing the last three wickets.

  • Jaguars fight fire with fire – 2nd day, 9th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Aggressive bowling from Romario Shepherd trumped a memorable debut for WINDIES Under-19 World Cup winner Chemar Holder to leave Barbados Pride on the ropes against champions Guyana Jaguars in the Digicel 4-Day Championship today. 

    Shepherd broke the backbone of the Pride’s batting before rain and bad light brought an early close on the second day of their ninth-round match at Kensington Oval.


    • For “live” scores and webcasts of the matches, visit the Match Centre

    on the Cricket West Indies website and click the “DOMESTIC” tab:

    http://cricketwestindies.org/index.php/match-centre/ 

    • Also, get the scores of the matches

    on the Windies Live app for your mobile device.

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    Former WINDIES Under-19 batsman Kavem Hodge struck a career-best hundred, but uncapped left-arm fast-medium bowler Daniel St. Clair answered with a personal best of his own, yet Trinidad & Tobago Red Force found themselves against the ropes at the Grenada National Stadium.

    And, a destructive spell from WINDIES “A” Team leg-spinner Damion Jacobs bowled Jamaica Scorpions back into their contest against Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Sabina Park.


    Jaguars (297) vs Pride 147-7 in Bridgetown, Barbados

    Shepherd ended the day with 4-27 from 10 overs following a destructive spell after tea, when he removed the WINDIES pair of Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich, as well as WINDIES “A” Team “Test” captain Shamarh Brooks to rock the hosts’ batting.

    Brooks has so far led the way for Pride with 25, opener Shayne Moseley, also dismissed by Shepherd, made 24 and fellow left-hander Jonathan Carter added 21.

    This followed Holder, a member of the triumphant Windies Under-19 World Cup side, capturing 5-57 from 17.5 overs on his first-class debut to lead the Pride bowling.

    WINDIES fast bowler Kemar Roach supported with 3-31 from 16.4 overs before he pulled up lame and left the field.

    Jaguars, starting the day on 185 for four, extended their first innings to 20 minutes after lunch with WINDIES all-rounder Raymon Reifer leading a rear-guard action with 33, Sherfane Rutherford making 32 and veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul gathering 30.


    Volcanoes (366) vs Red Force 51-4 in St. George’s, Grenada

    Hodge converted his overnight 87 into a splendid 128, as Volcanoes rallied past lunch, but St. Clair – not to be left out – snatched 6-62 from 20.4 overs – his maiden five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.

    Red Force were then floored by a two-wicket burst from left-arm seamer Delorn Johnson, as they staggered to the close.

    Left-handed Amir Jangoo stroked 24, but was one of two wickets to fall in the space of 17 balls towards the end of play.


    Scorpions (197) & 182-7 vs Hurricanes (171) in Kingston, Jamaica

    Jacobs collected 7-74 from 27.3 overs, as the Hurricanes were bowled out before lunch to give the Scorpions a narrow lead.

    WINDIES Under-19 World Cup winner Keacy Carty defied the trend with a top score of 78 and WINDIES “A” wicketkeeper/batsman Jahmar Hamilton made 40 – but the rest of the batting failed to click and no other reached 20.

    WINDIES batsman Jermaine Blackwood then hit 70 – his second half-century of the match – and WINDIES “A” opener John Campbell made 55 to lead the Scorpions’ batting before the Hurricanes fought back with a cluster of late wickets.

  • Teams aim for strong finish to the season – 9th round preview

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – With the destination decided for the Headley/Weekes Trophy, symbol of WINDIES first-class surpremacy, focus will shift naturally to individual performances of the players, but there are still goals which each of the teams will be looking to fulfill in the Digicel 4-Day Championship.

    Barbados Pride will look to spoil newly-crowned champions Guyana Jaguars celebrations when they meet in the feature match of the ninth round, starting tomorrow at Kensington Oval.


     • For “live” scores and webcasts of the matches, visit the Match Centre

    on the Cricket West Indies website and click the “DOMESTIC” tab:

    http://cricketwestindies.org/index.php/match-centre/ 

    • Also, get the scores of the matches

    on the WINDIES Live app for your mobile device.

    It’s free! It’s available for iPhone and Android devices.


     Windward Islands Volcanoes and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force clash at the Grenada National Stadium with the aim of improving their final position in the table after a topsy-turvy season, the same goal when Jamaica Scorpions host Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Sabina Park.


     Barbados Pride vs Guyana Jaguars in Bridgetown, Barbados

    Boosted by the return of three WINDIES players and the inclusion for the first time of a WINDIES Under-19 World Cup winning fast bowler, Pride will be looking to crash Jaguars’ party, if the weather holds.

    It was raining heavily on the eve of the match in the Barbados capital and the two sides will be hoping that the weather improves to give them another at a battle which has ultimately decided the last four seasons.

    When the two sides met in the first leg, the Jaguars rolled over an inexperienced Pride side still trying to find its feet by eight wickets at the Guyana National Stadium.

    With Kraigg Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich and Miguel Cummins bringing to bear their collective experience, along with emerging fast bowler Chemar Holder eager to showcase what he learnt on a recent training stint in Australia, the newly-crowned champions could be on a roller-coaster ride this weekend.

    Jaguars however, will rest easy in the knowledge that on their previous three trips to Kensington Oval in the Professional Cricket League era, they have won once and showed enough resilience to earn two hard-fought draws, after coming under intense pressure.

    Squads:

    PRIDE (from): Shamarh Brooks (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Justin Greaves, Chemar Holder, Shayne Moseley, Kemar Roach, Shamar Springer, Hayden Walsh Jr, Jomel Warrican

    IN–Brathwaite, Cummins, Dowrich, Holder, OUT–Anthony Alleyne, Kevin Stoute, Tevyn Walcott, Kenroy Williams

    JAGUARS (from) – Leon Johnson (captain), Anthony Bramble, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Akshaya Persaud, Raymon Reifer, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Vishaul Singh

    IN–Rutherford, OUT–Keon Joseph

    UMPIRES: Johnathan Blades, Patrick Gustard (Jamaica)

    MATCH REFEREE: Stephen Proverbs

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Ryan Willoughby


    Windward Islands Volcanoes vs Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in St. George’s, Grenada

    Blessed with good fortune in their last three games that have brought them a tie, a win and a draw, Volcanoes will be hoping that the positive trends continue.

    Red Force however, are strongly favoured to complete the season sweep, even though fortune has not been too kind to them, and they have slumped to defeats in their last two matches after starting the season strongly.

    The visitors have won their last three matches against Volcanoes, including the corresponding contest at this same venue last season.

    Squads:

    VOLCANOES (from) – Tyrone Theophile (captain), Miles Bascombe, Roland Cato, Larry Edward, Kirk Edwards, Kavem Hodge, Delorn Johnson, Shermon Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Shane Shillingford, Denis Smith, Devon Smith, Josh Thomas

    Unchanged

    RED FORCE (from): Denesh Ramdin (captain), Yannic Cariah, Bryan Charles, Amir Jangoo, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Ewart Nicholson, Anderson Philip, Khary Pierre, Isaiah Rajah, Jeremy Solozano, Daniel St. Clair, Tion Webster

    IN–Rajah, OUT–Kyle Hope

    UMPIRES: Deighton Butler, Mike Burns (England)

    MATCH REFEREE: Carlyle Felix

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Ericson Degallerie


    Jamaica Scorpions vs Leeward Islands Hurricanes in Kingston, Jamaica

    Another ding-dong battle is expected between Scorpions and Hurricanes, two teams whose confidence are in different places at the moment.

    Hurricanes have been buoyed by their sensational, come-from-behind victory over Red Force in the previous round, at the same time that Scorpions crashed to defeat against Jaguars.

    Based on the pattern over the last three seasons in the PCL, Hurricanes are favoured to win the return leg of the series, after they were beaten soundly in the first leg.

    But this expectation has to be tempered, due to the fact that they have won just once in the their three previous matches at this venue – albeit last year.

    Squads:

    SCORPIONS (from) – Nikita Miller (captain), Fabian Allen, Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Assad Fudadin, Derval Green, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Christopher Lamont, Andre McCarthy, Marquino Mindley, Paul Palmer, Chadwick Walton

    IN–Mindley, Walton, OUT–Reynard Leveridge, Aldaine Thomas

    HURRICANES (from) ­– Kieran Powell (captain), Sheeno Berridge, Rashidi Boucher, Shane Burton, Jason Campbell, Keacy Carty, Jahmar Hamilton, Chaim Holder, Montcin Hodge, Jeremiah Louis, Mervyn Matthew, Akeem Saunders, Devon Thomas

    Unchanged

    UMPIRES: Verdayne Smith, Danesh Ramdhanie (Trinidad & Tobago)

    MATCH REFEREE: Michael Ragoonath

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Rushane Samuels

  • Bramble, Singh, Fudadin fined for breaching Code of Conduct

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies advised today that Guyana Jaguars’ pair of Anthony Bramble and Vishaul Singh, along with Jamaica Scorpions’ Assad Fudadin were penalised for Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct during the eighth round of matches which ended on Sunday in the Digicel 4-Day Championship.

    Bramble, Singh and Fudadin all admitted to their respective offences – which occurred in the match between Scorpions and Jaguars at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica – and accepted the imposition of the proposed sanctions, so there was no need for formal hearings.

    The charges were brought by umpires Jacqueline Williams and Johnathan Blades, along with reserve umpire Christopher Wright.

    Match referee Denovan Hayles imposed fines as per the Code of Conduct having considered the umpires’ reports.

    Bramble was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for a breach of Section 1.2 of the Code of Conduct during Jaguars’ second innings, when he was dismissed.

    The umpires reported that Bramble pointed to his shoulder, indicating the ball did not touch his bat, when he was given out caught behind in the 13th over of his side’s second innings, displaying behaviour that could be deemed as showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse.

    Singh was charged 20 per cent of his match fee for a breach of Section 1.1 of the Code of Conduct during Jaguars’ second innings, when he was dismissed.

    Singh was reported by the umpires for slamming his bat into the pavilion wall on leaving the field after his dismissal and then hitting a bottle in the direction of the reserve umpire, displaying behaviour that could be deemed as abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings.

    Fudadin was also fined 15 per cent of his match fee for a breach of Section 1.2 of the Code of Conduct during the 38th over of the Jaguars’ second innings, when batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was ruled “not-out” following an appeal.

    The umpires reported that Fudadin threw the ball and his helmet to the ground in dissatisfaction following the umpire’s ruling, displaying behaviour that could be deemed as showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse.

  • Official points standings after eighth round

    JOHN’S, Antigua– Following are the Official Points Standings after the eighth round of matches which ended on Sunday in the 2017-18 Digicel 4-Day Championship.

    Abbreviations: PTS-total points, M-matches, W-won, L-lost, I-incomplete match, T-tied, A-abandoned match, DP-Abandoned match due to dangerous pitch, MR-match referee awarding match, BAT-batting points, BOWL-bowling points, PB-pace bowling points

  • Jaguars take giant leap towards the title – 3rd day, 8th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Three-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars placed one hand firmly on the Headley/Weekes Trophy, symbol of WINDIES first-class supremacy, when they prevailed over long-standing rivals Jamaica Scorpions by two wickets in a nail-biting finish to their match in the Digicel 4-Day Championship on Saturday.

    Jaguars were left to chase 136 for victory, after they bowled out the Scorpions before lunch on the third day of their eighth-round match at Sabina Park. But they collapsed from 64 for two to 84 for six before their lower-order ushered them over the finish line to post one of two victories in the Championship on the day.


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    on the Cricket West Indies website and click the “DOMESTIC” tab:

    http://cricketwestindies.org/index.php/match-centre/ 

    • Also, get the scores of the matches

    on the Windies Live app for your mobile device.

    It’s free! It’s available for iPhone and Android devices.


     Veteran leg-spinner Imran Khan completed a 10-wicket match haul, but former WINDIES international wicketkeeper/batsman Devon Thomas and WINDIES opener Kieran Powell led the charge before it was left to tail-ender Jason Campbell to formalise a come-from-behind, one-run victory for Leeward Islands Hurricanes over Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at Queen’s Park Oval.

    Meantime, Barbados Pride’s bid to stay in the hunt and keep the pressure up on the Jaguars hit a major snag, when rain disrupted play in their contest against bottom-of-the-table Windward Islands Volcanoes at Kensington Oval.


    Scorpions (106) & (212) lost to Jaguars (183) & 136-8 by two wickets in Kingston, Jamaica

    Veteran left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, the Scorpions captain, bagged 4-64 from 19 overs, but a crisp 40 from left-handed opener Chanderpaul Hemraj set up the chase for the Jaguars.

    But four wickets fell for 20 in the space of 92 deliveries before former WINDIES World Cup-winning all-rounder Keemo Paul counter-attacked, lashing three sixes in an 11-ball cameo of 21 to put on a crucial 30 for the seventh wicket with former WINDIES captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul to edge Jaguars closer to their target.

    Drama ensued however, when Paul was stumped off Miller, and with only nine runs added in the next 10 overs, Chanderpaul was caught close-in off Miller for 16 looking to work the ball away into the leg-side.

    The double success for Miller left Jagurs tottering on 123 for eight, handing Scorpions a huge chance to snatch a late win.

    But Brandon King dropped Gudakesh Motie at second slip in a critical miss for Scorpions and he remained with Veerasammy Permaul turn off-spinner John Campbell into the leg-side for a single to complete the Jaguars’ sixth win of the season.

    Jaguars can be confirmed champions as early as Sunday, if the match at Kensington Oval ends in a draw.


    Red Force (222) & (162) lost to Hurricanes (163) & 226-9 by one wicket in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

    Khan collected 5-87 from 25.3 overs to put Red Force on track for victory, after they were bowled out in the morning session.

    Hurricanes suffered a shaky start in their chase of 221, losing WINDIES “A” Team opener Montcin Hodge and former WINDIES Under-19 batsman Keacy Carty cheaply.

    But Thomas came to the crease and put on 93 for the third wicket with Powell to take the visitors past the 100-run mark.

    Thomas hit the top score of 65 and Powell made 41, but their dismissals saw a steady stream from the pavilion and Hurricanes slumped to 205 for nine, as Khan worked his way through their batting.

    Campbell however, farmed the bowling in partnership with last-man Sheeno Berridge and slammed Khan for a six over long-on to bring up the victory in style.

    Earlier, Berridge, who ended with 4-40 from 14.4 overs, and Mervin Matthew, who finished with 2-27 from 14 overs, took the last two Red Force wickets fairly quickly to leave their side almost the entire day to pursue victory.


    Pride (316) vs Volcanoes 241-6 in Bridgetown, Barbados

    Not a ball was bowled, due to wet conditions caused by persistent rain. Play was officially abandoned for the day following the scheduled tea break – and will commence half-hour earlier on Sunday’s final day.

  • Fans can share their views to strengthen Windies as part of a new CWI Fan Research Programme

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – As part of Cricket West Indies’ (CWI) new strategic plan, CWI has launched the first part of a major piece of cricket fan research. WINDIES fans and cricket fans throughout the region have the chance to have their say in improving how fans can follow and enjoy international and domestic cricket.

    The survey is now live and aims to capture thousands of views from passionate, casual and non-cricket fans. Anyone in the Caribbean can participate by visiting the following website link –https://start.yougov.com/refer/v5LnpbnvsTwQwb –  or clicking on the link on the homepage of windiescricket.com or via WINDIES social media channels.

    It is the first part of a larger fan research program at the heart of CWI’s new strategic plan which aims to improve the fan experience at matches, online and through the introduction of new events and activities.

    CWI’s new Commercial Director, Dominic Warne emphasized how “improving how our fans follow and contribute to cricket, including improving the unique Caribbean live match experience are a key focus of our efforts to strengthen the WINDIES and domestic cricket. Capturing fan views in this first phase of research will help us to deliver a better fan experience, identify new ways to excite fans and increase participation to ensure that cricket remains the sporting heartbeat of the Caribbean.’

    The entire process will take place over the next two months and CWI will then invite fans representing a broad demographic sample to explore many of the responses received, both positive and negative.

    The initial research survey will take a maximum of 15 minutes and Warne underlined the opportunity for fans to complete the survey. “Every fan and everyone who identifies with West Indies cricket has a wonderful opportunity to contribute to its improvement. We want as many people as possible to give their thoughts and passions and we’re excited about what we’re going to hear.”

  • Regional Super50 Festival begins January 30

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies revealed on Thursday the schedule of matches for the Super50 Festival which opens on January 30 and will be contested in Barbados and Antigua.

    The six CWI franchises and Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners will be joined by English county sides Hampshire and Kent, as well as ICC Associate side, United States, for the #Super50 which concludes with the Grand Final on February 24 under the lights at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.

    The 10 teams have been divided into two groups with reigning champions Barbados Pride, along with Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Marooners, Windward Islands Volcanoes and Hampshire forming Group “A” to be contest in Barbados, and last season’s runners-up Jamaica Scorpions together with Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Guyana Jaguars, United States and Kent in Group “B” to be played in Antigua.

    Each team will play against every other team in their group twice with the top two qualifying for the semi-finals, also to be staged under the lights at the CCG.

    Two matches will be played every other day at match venues in the two host territories: In Barbados, Three Ws Oval and Windward Cricket Ground will stage all the daytime matches and Kensington Oval will host all day/night matches; and in Antigua, the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground will stage all the daytime matches and the CCG all day/night matches.

    SCHEDULE OF MATCHES

    GROUP “A”

    (IN BARBADOS)

    Barbados Pride, Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners,

    Windward Islands Volcanoes, Hampshire

    • Matches starting at 9 am

    • Matches starting at 2 pm

    GROUP “B”

    (IN ANTIGUA)

    Jamaica Scorpions, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Guyana Jaguars, United States, Kent

    • Matches starting at 9 am

    • Matches starting at 2 pm

    NOTES

    ● Visit the CWI website, www.cricketwestindies.org, for tournament information

    ● On Twitter: @windiesregional

    ● Regional Super50 Festival hashtag: #RS50

  • Jaguars hit back after Scorpions sting – 2nd day, 8th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Reigning three-time champions and table leaders Guyana Jaguars defied half-centuries from left-handers John Campbell and Assad Fudadin to take a stronger grip on their Digicel 4-Day Championship match on Friday.

     Campbell and Fudadin led a Scorpions fight-back after their side trailed by 77 runs on first innings before a cluster of wickets late on the second day of their eighth-round match at Sabina Park put the Jaguars in a favourable position.


     • For “live” scores and webcasts of the matches, visit the Match Centre

    on the Cricket West Indies website and click the “DOMESTIC” tab:

    http://cricketwestindies.org/index.php/match-centre/ 

    • Also, get the scores of the matches

    on the Windies Live app for your mobile device.

    It’s free! It’s available for iPhone and Android devices.


     Leeward Islands Hurricanes fought back to leave Trinidad & Tobago nursing a 201-run lead with two second innings wickets standing, after veteran Imran Khan had undermined their batting earlier in the day with another destructive spell of leg-spin at Queen’s Park Oval.

    And, half-centuries from promising Windward Islands Volcanoes pair of Kavem Hodge and Roland Cato were undermined by purposeful Barbados Pride bowling, led by WINDIES fast bowler Kemar Roach, at Kensington Oval to leave their game hanging in the balance.


    Scorpions (106) & 167-5 vs Jaguars (183) in Kingston, Jamaica

    Scorpions made an excellent start to their second innings, as Campbell stroked 62 and the Guyana-born Fudadin, not out on 61, gave them a solid base of 112 for the first wicket.

    Campbell typically took the attack to the Jaguars’ bowlers, but Fudadin played the anchor role to perfection, preferring to put the grind on his former teammates.

    Once Campbell became the first of two wickets for left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie, things started to unravel and the Scorpions lost five wickets for 41 runs.

    Earlier, former WINDIES captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul made exactly 50, but received little support from the rest of the Jaguars’ batting.

    He extended his overnight fourth-wicket stand with Vishaul Singh to 39 before the last seven wickets tumbled for 81.

    Left-arm spinner and Scorpions captain Nikita Miller was again his side’s main bowler, grabbing 4-30 from 14.5 overs and seamer Derval Green ended with 3-39 from 14 overs.


    Red Force (222) & 143-8 vs Hurricanes (163) in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

    Khan bagged 5-25 from 15 overs and left-arm spinner Khary Pierre took 2-26 from 10 overs, as the Hurricanes crumbled after starting the day on 36 for three.

    Uncapped Akeem Saunders hit the top score of 49, WINDIES “A” Team ODI captain Jahmar Hamilton made 28 and Mervin Mathew finished on 22 not out.

    Leading by 58, Red Force’s again failed to ease concerns, as the Hurricanes bowlers, led by Sheeno Berridge 3-34 from 12 overs, whittled away at their batting.

    Left-handed opener Amir Jangoo with 38 and Red Force skipper Denesh Ramdin, the former WINDIES captain, with 28 were the only batsmen to show any resistance.


    Pride (316) vs Volcanoes 241-6 in Bridgetown, Barbados

    Hodge hit the top score of 63 and fellow former WINDIES Under-19 batsman Cato made 56, but Roach grabbed 3-45 from 16 overs, including the prized scalp of Devon Smith, the season’s most prolific batsman, to keep Pride in the hunt.

    Hodge shared 68 for the fourth wicket to bring a bit of stability back to the visitors’ batting, after they were wobbling on 96 for three, but they were both guilty of gifting their wickets.

    Hodge swung Roston Chase’s uncomplicated off-spin to deep backward square leg and Cato was needlessly run out looking to steal a single.

    Earlier, Smith, whose 873 runs is the highest aggregate for the season, and regular opening partner Tyron Theophile, the Volcanoes’ captain, appeared to be giving their side a solid start before Roach bowled the veteran left-handed opener for 26, leaving him one short of the 900-run mark for season.