• Batting collapses send Windies to crushing innings loss

    BIRMINGHAM, England, CMC – West Indies suffered a humiliating innings and 209-run defeat in the historic day/night opening Test after losing 19 wickets in a devastating capitulation on Saturday’s third day at Edgbaston.

    Resuming the day on 44 for one in their first innings facing the massive task of overtaking England’s imposing 514 for eight declared, West Indies were bundled out for 168 in their first innings despite an aggressive, better than-run-a-ball unbeaten 79 from Jermaine Blackwood.

    Forced to follow on by 346 runs, the Caribbean side were then rolled over for a paltry 137 in their second innings with only opener Kraigg Brathwaite showing any resistance with a top score of 40.

    On both occasions, the Windies were undermined by England’s seamers, with the innings failing to last 50 overs.

    The defeat left West Indies trailing 1-0 in the three-Test series, further extending their dismal record of having not won a Test in England in 17 years.

    Starting the day with high hopes of making a strong showing, the Windies confidence was dented early with a clatter of wickets, losing seven to find themselves tottering on 145 for eight at lunch.

    Kyle Hope failed to add to his overnight 25, stabbing a lifter from seamer Jimmy Anderson to Ben Stokes at gully in the day’s first over and Kieran Powell had added two two his overnight 18 when he failed to beat Anderson’s direct hit at the non-striker’s end and perished via the run out route in the next over.

    The Windies then lost their third wicket of the session for just three runs when Roston Chase was bowled by Anderson without scoring, as they limped to 47 for four.

    Blackwood looked in great touch as he dominated a 42-run fifth wicket partnership with Shai Hope who made 15, as West Indies rallied.

    Ther right-hander, dropped for the previous series against Pakistan, played with confidence to strike nine fours and two sixes off just 76 deliveries.

    However, once Shai Hope inside-edged a drive at seamer Toby Roland Jones an hour before the interval, the Windies slumped again with Shane Dowrich (4), captain Jason Holder (11) and Kemar Roach (5) falling cheaply.

    Dowrich was plumb lbw to Roland Jones, Holder nicked a push at off-spinner Moeen Ali to be caught at the wicket while Roach was comprehensively bowled by Roland-Jones.

    Unbeaten on 60 at the interval, Blackwood carried on where he left off afterwards but found no support as the innings folded half-hour into the second session.

    Alzarri Joseph, unbeaten on two at the break, was lbw to Broad in the fifth over before last man Miguel Cummins was run out without scoring.

    Anderson finished with three for 34 while Roland-Jones (2-31) and Broad (2-47) claimed two wickets apiece.

    The Windies fared little better in their second turn at the crease, losing Powell in the fifth over for 10, caught at first slip by Alistair Cook – edging a firm push at Anderson in the fifth over with 15 on the board.

    Kyle Hope then perished for 12 after adding 26 for the second wicket with Brathwaite, lbw to a full length delivery from Roland-Jones.

    And Kyle’s younger brother Shai Hope fell half-hour before tea, caught at second slip by captain Joe Root off seamer Stokes for four.

    Brathwaite, who failed to score in the first innings, played defiantly in a knock that consumed 76 deliveries and included seven fours but fell in the final over before tea, coming too far across to Moeen Ali and going lbw on review.

    Rocking at 76 for four at the interval, the Windies found solace afterwards in a 36-run, fifth wicket partnership between Chase who struck 12 and Blackwood, who made 12.

    Together, they saw West Indies past the 100-run mark before being separated when Blackwood missed a charge at Moeen and was stumped.

    His dismissal triggered a terminal decline as West Indies lost four wickets for 13 runs in the space of 38 deliveries to crash to 115 for eight.

    Roach (12) and Joseph (8) held up England albeit briefly with a 22-run, ninth wicket stand before both fell in successive overs to bring the innings to an end.

    Broad (3-34) once again led the attack while Anderson (2-12), Roland-Jones (2-18) and Moeen Ali (2-54) supported with two wickets each.

    ENGLAND 1st Innings 514-8 decl.

    West Indies 1st Innings

    (overnight 44 for one)

    K Brathwaite c wkp Bairstow b Anderson 0

    K Powell run out 20

    K Hope c Stokes b Anderson 25

    S Hope b Roland-Jones 15

    R Chase b Anderson 0

    J Blackwood not out 79

    +S Dowrich lbw b Roland-Jones 4

    *J Holder c wkp Bairstow b Ali 11

    K Roach b Broad 5

    A Joseph lbw b Broad 6

    M Cummins run out 0

    Extras (lb1, w2) 3

    TOTAL (all out, 47 overs) 168

    Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-45, 3-47, 4-47, 5-89, 6-101, 7-129, 8-134, 9-162, 10-168.

    Bowling: Anderson 15-6-34-3, Broad 16-3-47-2, Roland-Jones 6-0-31-2, Stokes 7-0-40-0, Ali 3-1-15-1.

    WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (following on)

    K Brathwaite lbw b Ali 40

    K Powell c Cook b Anderson 10

    K Hope lbw b Roland-Jones 12

    S Hope c Root b Stokes 4

    R Chase lbw b Broad 24

    J Blackwood st Bairstow b Ali 12

    +S Dowrich b Broad 5

    *J Holder c Cook b Broad 0

    K Roach b Anderson 12

    A Joseph c Stokes b Roland-Jones 8

    M Cummins not out 0

    Extras (b9, lb1) 10

    TOTAL (all out, 45.4 overs) 137

    Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-41, 3-60, 4-76, 5-102, 6-104, 7-104, 8-115, 9-137, 10-137.

    Bowling: Anderson 7-2-12-2, Broad 10-4-34-3, Roland-Jones 6.4-3-18-2, Stokes 9-4-9-1, Ali 13-2-54-2.

    Result: England won by an innings and 209 runs.

    Series: England lead three-match series 1-0.

    Man-of-the-Match: Alastair Cook.

    Toss: England.

    Umpires: Marais Erasmus, Sundaram Ravi; TV – Chris Gaffaney.

  • Windies fight back after Cook plunders fourth double

    BIRMINGHAM, England, CMC – Rain halted a promising West Indies fightback after opener Alistair Cook struck his fourth career double hundred, to put England in command of the day/night opening Test at Edgbaston here Friday.

    When rain halted play a mere seven overs after tea on the second day of the historic contest, the Windies were on 44 for one in their first innings, with debutant right-hander Kyle Hope unbeaten on 25 and opener Kieran Powell on 18.

    They have so far added 44 for the second wicket following opener Kraigg Brathwaite’s demise at the hands of seamer Jimmy Anderson without scoring.

    Earlier, England had piled up 514 for eight declared behind an excellent 243 from veteran left-hander Cook.

    He began the day on 153 and all told, faced 407 balls and struck 33 boundaries, before becoming the last of four wickets to tumble in the post-lunch session, triggering England’s declaration.

    Dawid Malan chipped in with 65 – his maiden Test half-century – but the Windies hit back in the second session snatching four wickets for just 48 runs to limit the damage.

    Part-time off-spinner Roston Chase was behind the mini-collapse, finishing with four for 113 while seamer Kemar Roach failed to add to his overnight tally and ended with the two for 86.

    Resuming the day on 348 for three in their first innings, England flourished as Cook and Malan extended their fourth wicket stand to 162 before being separated.

    They survived a testing period from Roach in the opening session before opening up, with Cook gathering back-to-back boundaries off pacer Alzarri Joseph’s first over – the 11th of the day – to move into the 170s.

    He was perched on 182 at the first drinks break and reached his double hundred about 25 minutes before lunch with a fortuitous boundary, guiding Roach to third man where Kyle Hope made a hash of a simple fielding effort on the ropes.

    The left-handed Malan, meanwhile, picked off boundaries almost at will to reach his half-century and also appeared set for three figures when he edged one from Chase that spun, to be caught at first slip by Jermaine Blackwood in the last over before lunch.

    He faced 139 deliveries and struck 10 fours.

    After the break, West Indies enjoyed the better of the exchanges. In just the fourth over, Chase had the dangerous Ben Stokes caught by Blackwood at slip for 10, gloving a reverse sweep.

    And Cook put on 34 for the sixth wicket with Jonny Bairstow who made 18 before playing on to give captain Jason Holder his only wicket at 505 for six.

    In the very next over, Moeen Ali holed out to Brathwaite at cover without scoring to give Chase his third wicket and England called time on their innings when Cook played down the wrong line to Chase and was lbw on review.

    Left with an hour to survive before tea, the Caribbean side lost Brathwaite in the third over, nicking a defensive prod at an Anderson outswinger to the wicketkeeper, without a run on the board.

    But Kyle Hope and Powell overcame a testing time from the new-ball pair of Anderson and Stuart Broad to reach tea at 13 for one before steadily growing in confidence afterwards.

    Hope has so far struck four fours and faced 44 balls while Powell, dropped on two by Stokes at gully off Broad at eight for one in the third over before tea, has also faced 44 deliveries and counted two boundaries.

    However, the anticipated bad weather finally arrived about 25 minutes after tea, forcing players from the field and ending the action prematurely.

    ENGLAND 1st Innings

    (overnight 348 for three)

    A Cook lbw b Chase 243

    M Stoneman b Roach 8

    T Westley lbw b Cummins 8

    *J Root b Roach 136

    D Malan c Blackwood b Chase 65

    B Stokes c Blackwood b Chase 10

    +J Bairstow b Holder 18

    M Ali c Brathwaite b Chase 0

    T Roland-Jones not out 6

    Extras (lb10, w3, nb7) 20

    TOTAL ( 8 wkts decl., 135.5 overs) 514

    Did not bat: S Broad, J Anderson

    Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-39, 3-287, 4-449, 5-466, 6-505, 7-506, 8-514.

    Bowling: Roach 28-8-86-2, Joseph 22-3-109-0, Cummins 24–87-1, Holder 29.3-4-103-1, Chase 26.2-2-113-4, Brathwaite 6-0-6-0.

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings

    K Brathwaite c wkp Bairstow b Anderson 0

    K Powell not out 18

    K Hope not out 25

    Extras (w1) 1

    TOTAL (1 wkts, 16 overs) 44

    To bat: S Hope, R Chase, J Blackwood, +S Dowrich, *J Holder, K Roach, A Joseph, M Cummins.

    Fall of wickets: 1-0.

    Bowling: Anderson 8-2-17-1, Broad 8-1-27-0.

    Position: West Indies trail by 470 runs with nine wickets intact.

    Toss: England.

    Umpires: Marais Erasmus, Sundaram Ravi; TV – Chris Gaffaney.

  • Royal stars with bat and ball in Jamaica win – 2nd round

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, CMC – A strong all-round performance from Javeor Royal propelled Jamaica Under-19s to a four-wicket victory over ICC Americas Under-19s in the Regional One-day youth tournament on Thursday.

    Important half-centuries from Cephas Cooper and Kirstan Kallicharran, as well as Jamie Cornelius also saw Trinidad & Tobago Under-19s and Leeward Islands Under-19s collected victories in the second round of matches.

    Royal hit an unbeaten 66 from 29 balls that included one four and an incredible eight sixes to lead the Jamaicans’ successful chase of 195 for victory against the Americas at St. Paul’s.

    Jamaica were under a little pressure, when Bhavindu Adhihetty held a return chance to dismiss Dominic Samuels for 42 in the 39th over, but Royal put the result beyond any doubt, scoring 44 of the 54 required in the remaining overs in an unbroken, seventh-wicket stand with Shalome Parnell that carried his side over the finish line.

    Earlier, Royal had grabbed an impressive 6-32 from 9.5 overs, defying 75 from Akashdeep Gill and 52 from Arslan Khan, to lead the demolition of the Americas’ batting for 194 in 48.5 overs.

    At Conaree, Cooper hit six fours in the top score of an unbeaten 85 from 107 balls and a run-a-ball 74 from Kallicharran led T&T to a comfortable victory over arch-rivals Barbados.

    The pair shared an unbroken, third-wicket stand of 131 that ushered T&T past their target of 209.

    Earlier, Nyeem Young had led the way with 74, but Aaron Maniram snared 4-18 from nine overs to keep the Barbadian batting in check and help restrict them to 208 for eight from their allocation of 45 overs in the rain-affected contest.

    In the other match at Conaree, opener Cornelius hit seven fours and two sixes in 61 from 91 balls to pave he way for the Leewards’ successful chase of 136 against Windward Islands.

    He shared an opening stand of 102 with Kadeem Henry before they were dismissed within seven balls of each other, but the rest of the Leewards batting held their nerve against incisive bowling Sealron Williams to limp over the finish line with 12.4 overs remaining.

    Williams ended with 5-17 from six overs, but they were not enough runs on the board for him to end the match as the hero.

    Windwards’ batting had failed to click with West Indies Under-19 captain Emmanuel Stewart dismissed for just one and it took a rearguard of 41 from Darron Nedd to beef up their total, as Mikyle Louis undermined them with 4-22 from 10 overs.


    At St. Paul’s: Jamaica Under-19s won by four wickets

    ICC AMERICAS UNDER-19s 194 all out off 48.5 overs (Akashdeep Gill 75, Arslan Khan 52; Javier Royal 9.5-1-32-6). JAMAICA UNDER-19s 199 for six of 46.5 overs (Javier Royal 66 not out, Dominic Samuels 42, Stephan Pink 31, Raewin Senior 28; Rishiv Goshi 2-27).


    At Molineaux: Leeward Islands Under-19s won by three wickets

    WINDWARD ISLANDS UNDER-19s 135 off 40.5 overs (Darron Nedd 41, Alick Athanaze 29; Mikyle Louis 4-22, Shacoy Floyd 2-23). LEEWARD ISLANDS UNDER-19s 136 for seven off 37.2 overs (Jamie Cornelius 61, Kadeem Henry 26; Sealron Williams 6-0-17-5).


    At Conaree: Trinidad & Tobago Under-19s won by eight wickets

    BARBADOS UNDER-19s 208 for eight off 40.5 overs (Nyeem Young 74, Shem Watson 32, Dante Niles 27 not out, Jarion Hoyte 24 not out; Aaron Maniram 4-18, Matthew Patrick 2-40). TRINIDAD & TOBAGO UNDER-19s 209 for two off 38 overs (Cephas Cooper 85, Kristan Kallicharran 74 not out, Keagan Simmons 29).

  • Windies toil, Cook, Root share the spoils

    BIRMINGHAM, England, CMC – A day that started brightly ended in typical uncertainty for West Indies, after Alastair Cook and Joe Root plundered hundreds to give England an early hold on the historic first Test on Thursday.

    After wickets for Kemar Roach and Miguel Cummins in the first hour put a smile on the Windies’ faces, the unflappable Cook batted through the opening day of the first ever day/night Test in this country and was undefeated on 153, and Root, the player that succeeded him in the post of England captain, made 136, as the home team reached 348 for three in their first innings at the close.

    The pink Dukes cricket ball being used and an easy-paced Edgbaston pitch, hosting its 50th Test, offered little assistance to the visitors’ attack that comprised mainly four fast bowlers – Roach, Cummins, skipper Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph.

    For the better part of the day, there was little for West Indies to celebrate, after Roach and Cummins removed debutant left-handed opener Mark Stoneman and rookie Tom Westley respectively, both for eight, to leave England 39 for two.

    A lack of consistency from the Windies’ bowlers saw Cook and Root purposefully wrestle the balance power England’s way with a record 248-run, third-wicket stand.

    Small periods of attrition from the Caribbean side were often broken by crisp strokes for boundaries from Cook and Root, as they majestically advanced their own and their side’s cause before a near capacity crowd.

    Holder came close to breaking the stand in the period between lunch and tea, when Root top-edged a cut through the slips to third man for his 10th boundary to reach his 50 from 83 balls before he later swept a wayward delivery from part-time off-spinner Roston Chase hard down the leg-side for his 19th four to bring up his 13th Test hundred from 139 balls.

    Chase was again in the thick of things, when Cook chopped a delivery to backward point for a single to reach his 31st Test hundred from 187 balls in the third over after tea.

    Roach, playing his first Test in 19 months after battling back from a succession of injuries and patchy form, used his vast experience and was easily the pick of the bowlers.

    He was rewarded for his persistence throughout the day, when he bowled Root in the final hour of regulation time, after the England captain essayed a tired-looking drive at a delivery that moved back after pitching to finish with 2-2 from 20 overs.

    Things might have looked better for West Indies had slip fielder Jermaine Blackwood held onto a very sharp chance, after Dawid Malan, on two, top-edged a cut at a delivery from the part-time off-spin of Kraigg Brathwaite.

    Holder’s strange decision to delay taking the second new ball when it became due after 80 further epitomised the lack of purpose from the Windies in the closing stages, as Malan batted through the remainder of the day to usher Cook to his 150 which came when he drove Joseph through mid-on for his 23rd boundary.

    Before lunch, Roach had made the initial breakthrough with the first delivery of his second over, the third of the day, when he bowled Stoneman with a peach of a delivery that moved across the left-hander and hit the top of the off-stump.

    Cummins, playing for the first time since last October ahead of out-of-sorts, regular spearhead Shannon Gabriel, earned an lbw verdict to remove Westley, following a review of a highly questionable decision from umpire Marais Erasmus.

    For the close to the next 4 1/2 hours, there was no further success for the Windies, as Cook and Root gave proof of their class batting through either side of the interval to repair the early damage, as they have become accustomed in recent Tests taking England to lunch on 108 for two.

    West Indies endured a fruitless toil between lunch and tea, as Root raced to his milestone and Cook inched to his landmark, fortifying England’s early grip, as they took their side to 215 for two.

    ENGLAND 1st Innings

    A Cook not out 153

    M Stoneman b Roach 8

    T Westley lbw b Cummins 8

    *J Root b Roach 136

    D Malan not out 28

    Extras (lb8, w3, nb4) 15

    TOTAL (3 wkts, 90 overs) 348

    B Stokes, +J Bairstow, M Ali, T Roland-Jones, S Broad, J Anderson to bat

    Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-39, 3-287

    Bowling: Roach 20-5-72-2; Joseph 17-2-85-0; Cummins 19-3-61-1; Holder 15.3-3-58-0; Chase 12.3-0-58-0; Brathwaite 6-0-6-0

    WEST INDIES: K Brathwaite, K Powell, K Hope, S Hope, R Chase, J Blackwood, +S Dowrich, *J Holder, K Roach, A Joseph, M Cummins

    Toss: England

    Umpires: M Erasmus, S Ravi

    TV umpire: C Gaffaney

    Match referee: D Boon

    Reserve umpire: M Gough

  • England win toss, batting vs West Indies

    BIRMINGHAM, England, CMC – England won the toss and decided to bat against West Indies on the opening day of a historic first Test on Thursday at Edgbaston.

    West Indies have handed a Test debut to Barbados-born, Trinidad & Tobago Red Force captain Kyle Hope, making him the 312th player to wear the maroon cap in Tests, but fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo have failed to find favour and Miguel Cummins will help form a four-pronged pace bowling attack with skipper Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph and the recalled Kemar Roach.

    England have handed a Test debut to opener Mark Stoneman, making him the 12th partner for former

    captain Alastair Cook, since the retirement of another former captain Andrew Strauss.

    For two reasons, the match is historic. It is the first day/night Test to be contested in England and marks the 50th Test to be staged at the venue.

    Teams:

    ENGLAND: Joe Root (captain), Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman (on debut), Tim Westley, Dawad Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Moeen Ali, Toby Roland-Jones, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson

    WEST INDIES: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Kyle Hope (on debut), Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (wicketkeeper), Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins

    UMPIRES: Marais Erasmus, Sundaram Ravi

    TV UMPIRE: Chris Gaffaney

    MATCH REFEREE: David Boon

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Michael Gough

  • Stewart fires Windwards as Guyana, T&T also win easily

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Batsman Emmanuel Stewart returned from West Indies Under-19 duty to immediately stamp his authority, as he steered Windward Islands to a convincing seven-wicket victory over Jamaica in the opening round of the Regional Under-19 one-day championship here Tuesday.

    The 17-year-old Grenadian, who toured South Africa and Zimbabwe recently with the Young Windies, struck an unbeaten 76 as the Windwards overhauled their target of 141 to win easily at Conaree.

    Free-scoring Kimani Melius perished cheaply for nine at 19 for one in the seventh over but Stewart stepped up to anchored a trio of partnerships to see his side home.

    He dominated a 32-run second wicket stand with Johann Jeremiah (3), added a further 59 for the third wicket with Johnnel Eugene (26) before staging an unbroken fourth wicket partnership of 31 with Alick Athanaze (6 not out).

    All told, captain Stewart faced 95 deliveries and struck five fours.

    Earlier, new-ball bowler Shermill Lewis snatched four for 20 as Jamaica, opting to bat first, were dismissed for 140 off 39.3 overs.

    Young Windies all-rounder Jeavor Royal, also returning to the Jamaica side following international duty, top-scored with 43 while captain Brad Barnes made 33.

    Lewis grabbed the first four wickets to fall as Jamaican tumbled to 30 for four in the 10th over and never recovered.

    Scores:

    JAMAICA 140 39.3 overs (Jeavor Royal 43, Brad Barness 33; Shermill Lewis 4-20, Alick Athanaze 3-19)

    WINDWARDS 141 for three off 34.4 overs (Emmanuel Stewart 76 not out, Johnnel Eugene 26)


    At Verchilds, Guyana were the dominant side as they overpowered ICC Americas by 148 runs to make a winning start.

    Choosing to bat first, Guyana were powered by half-centuries from Kevin Sinclair (82) and Raymond Perez (58) as they posted an imposing 295 for seven off their 50 overs.

    Ronaldo Ali Mohammed struck 49 while Young Windies stroke-maker Bhaskar Yadram chipped in with 43.

    Sinclair hammered six fours off 116 deliveries while Perez faced 85 balls and belted four fours and a pair of sixes, as they added 116 for the first wicket.

    Sinclair also put on 56 for the second wicket with Joshua Persaud who made 28 on his return to the squad from international duty.

    Ali Mohammed and Yadram bludgeoned the ICC Americas bowling. Ali Mohammed blasted three fours and four sixes in a 22-ball cameo while Yadram faced just 27 balls and clobbered a four and four sixes.

    In reply, captain and opener Adhihetty Bhavindu was the only batsman to pass 20 with 36 as off-spinner Yadram snared four for 24 to wreck the ICC Americas innings.

    Scores:

    GUYANA 295 for seven off 50 overs (Kevin Sinclair 82, Raymond Perez 58, Ronaldo Ali Mohammed 49, Bhaskar Yadram 43; Gill Akashdeep 3-40)

    ICC AMERICAS 147 for nine off 50 overs (Adhihetty Bhavindu 36; Bhaskar Yadram 4-24)


    At Molineaux, Trinidad and Tobago made light work of a target of 122 to beat Leeward Islands by seven wickets.

    Leonardo Julien top-scored with 41, putting on 68 for the first wicket with Keagan Simmons (22) to lay the foundation for the successful run chase.

    Off-spinners Avinash Mahabirsingh (3-12) and Matthew Patrick (3-18) had earlier claimed three wickets apiece as the Leewards declined from 68 for one to lose their last nine wickets for 54 runs.

    Scores:

    LEEWARDS 122 off 39.2 overs (Uri Smith 33, Kadeem Henry 27; Avinash Mahabirsingh 3-12, Matthew Patrick 3-18)

    T&T 124 for three off 21.5 overs (Leonardo Julien 41, Cephas Cooper 22, Kegan Simmons 22; Shacoy Floyd 2-24)

  • SVGCA investing in youth program

    Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines – The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association (SVGCA) Inc. continues to invest in its’ youth program. The value of the investment is approximately US$20,000 a year towards the Lennox John National Cricket Academy.

    The players in the programme have been outfitted with playing shoes and multiple sets of training gear. Additionally, Cricket West Indies (CWI) also provided the Academy of 20 players with two sets of uniforms, to support the effort.

    Both CWI and SVGCA Inc. have over the years shown a keen interest in youth cricket, with a comprehensive long-term plan of returning the regional side to the top of world cricket.

    Kishore Shallow, a Director of CWI and President of SVGCA Inc., said he was most pleased with the opportunity to support the development of young players. “It is quite pleasing to be able to collaborate with CWI to materialize this project for these young Vincentian cricketers in the national academy, who I am sure will relish and capitalize on this tremendous opportunity,” said Shallow. He further articulated, “particularly exciting for me is that we have a blend of male and female in this developmental program with our top coaches, an approach that could only bear fruits for our cricket in the future.”

    There is a support staff of five for the 20 players, which comprises a coordinator, a head coach, and three assistant coaches.

    The academy was launched in March 2017 and was named after the stalwart cricket administrator, Mr. Lennox John.

  • The Hope brothers on life in the maroons

    Kyle and Shai Hope are the newest dynamic duo of brothers to hit the Windies team. Both hail from the island of Barbados and are on the current Test squad team touring the UK.

    Some of the other brothers include Marlon and Robert Samuels; Pedro Collins and Fidel Edwards and more recently, Dwayne and Darren Bravo.

    In a recent sit-down, the Hope brothers offered a bit of insight into their backgrounds and day to day activities. The right-handed batsmen are well rounded athletes, who come from a family with a strong sporting inclination.

    They have been engaged in numerous sporting activities, over the years, involving “anything with a ball,“ according to Shai. Cricket, football, table tennis, basketball and even board games; you name it they’ve played it; Kyle has even played table tennis at a regional level in Barbados.

    Though very similar in their outlook and upbringing, the brothers have their own distinct personalities. When asked whether they would play another sport professionally, Kyle’s preference would still be the game of cricket. Shai, on the other hand, would try his hand at basketball. And as true brothers, they agree on who their favourite athlete is… and the award goes to Chicago Bulls basketballer, Dwyane Wade as their favourite athlete.

    When asked about role models the brothers keep it all in the family. The younger of the two, Shai looks up to this older brother Kyle while Kyle’s biggest influence has been their father. They share similar sentiments on their biggest accomplishment to date – being given the opportunity to represent the region on the Windies cricket team.

    Kyle notes that there are many individuals who would love the chance to live the dream that they are both living right now. According to Shai, the only accomplishment that can top this one is a World Cup win. The advice that the brothers have for young, aspiring players is simple yet powerful. “Push for your dreams so hard that people have no choice but to believe in you.”

  • From U19 to Test, Hetmyer and Joseph speak

    There is a pathway to getting to the top and teammates from the 2016 World Cup Championship team, Shimron Hetmyer and Alzarri Joseph are in a great position to show the merit to that pathway. The two “rising stars” who are on their debut Senior tour of England plan to fill the shoes of the former greats who they watched growing up and who they continue to admire.

    Hetmyer was the captain, while Joseph was the young fast bowler in that winning team last February (2016) in Bangladesh. The young Windies team defeated India by five wickets. The young Guyanese and Antiguan, respectively, have had steady progress in their careers so far representing their respective teams in all formats.

    The 20-year old Joseph has to his credit, 5 Tests, 12 ODIs and 21 First Class matches; while Hetmyer, who is also 20, has so far had 3 Tests and 22 First Class matches.

    Having played such a strong leadership role previously, batsman, Hetmyer, is currently able to lend his assistance to his team in any way that he possibly can. While, fast bowler, Joseph, believes his self-imposed responsibilities are to “take early wickets and keep the pressure on.”

    When asked about role models, Alzarri mentions his coach Winston Benjamin as well as international great, South African cricketer, Dale Steyn. His fondest memory to date is sharing in the moment of the Under19 World Cup win 2016.

    Shimron’s role models include Sir Clive Lloyd, David Warner and his brother who he says had a very instrumental role to play in his sporting upbringing. When he’s off the field he spends time with family and friends and tries to stay active. He watches a bit of football and plays volley ball and basketball.

    Alzarri has played both tennis and football but has kept his focus on cricket recently and continually improving his skills. When asked what they would choose to be in another life if given the chance, neither would change a thing. They live the life they love playing the game of cricket.

  • Windies in command after Chase, Hope hundreds

    DERBY, England, CMC – Unbeaten hundreds by Roston Chase and Shai Hope, along with an incisive bowling effort spearheaded by captain Jason Holder, put West Indies in command of their three-day match against English County Derbyshire here Saturday.

    Playing on the second day of the day/night contest at Derbyshire County Ground, West Indies amassed 427 for three declared with Chase stroking 110 not out and Hope, 107 not out.

    The hosts then crumbled for 181 all out as Holder sliced through the innings with three for 48 while Roston Chase (2-5), Kemar Roach (2-31) and Shannon Gabriel (2-64) all claimed two wickets each.

    Calum Brodrick top-scored 52 and Ben Slater got 39 but Derbyshire lost wickets steadily and never recovered.

    In their second turn at the crease, West Indies motored to 60 for one with left-handed opener Kieran Powell unbeaten on 41.

    Entering Sunday’s final day, the Caribbean side lead by 306 runs and are in a great position to force a morale-boosting victory ahead of next Thursday’s start of the opening Test against England.

    Resuming the day on 340 for three, the Windies’ position was further strengthened by Chase and Hope who extended their unbroken fourth wicket partnership to 196.

    Hope, resuming on 69, struck 16 fours and faced 218 deliveries while Chase, unbeaten on 62 at the start, made an up tempo hundred with an innings requiring 113 balls and 18 fours.

    Derbyshire then cruised to 78 for one after Slater and Thomas Wood (15) put on 53 for the second wicket.

    However, six wickets tumbled for 37 runs to leave them struggling on 115 for seven before Brodrick anchored a 55-run eighth wicket stand with captain Tony Palladino (18) to prop up the innings.

    All told, Brodrick faced 91 deliveries and counted seven boundaries.

    Kraigg Brathwaite then failed again, falling for 11 but Powell picked up where he left off in the first innings with nine fours in an entertaining 43-ball knock.