• T&T lift three-day title after brushing aside Jamaica

    KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago lifted the three-day title of the Regional Under-19 Championship when they trounced Jamaica by 10 wickets on the final day of the third and last round here Monday.

    Set a paltry 58 for victory after dismissing Jamaica for 267 in their second innings, T&T were propelled over the line by the in-form Cephas Cooper who finished on an unbeaten 40 off 38 balls.

    Cooper, who struck seven fours and a six, ended the match without being dismissed after scoring a superb 173 not out in the first innings.

    Another century-maker had earlier taken the spotlight when opener Kirk McKenzie struck an excellent 129 as Jamaica lost just one wicket in the first session to stall T&T’s victory bid.

    Resuming the morning at the Arnos Vale Stadium on 54 with his side on 95 for three, McKenzie faced 186 balls in 162 minutes, striking 15 fours and three sixes.

    He anchored two key stands which threatened at one point to frustrate the Trinidadians. First, he put on 80 for the fourth wicket with Carlos Brown whose 40 came from 52 and included three fours and two sixes.

    When Brown was dismissed, McKenzie joined with Raewin Senior to put on a further 90 for the fifth wicket, to inject some hope into Jamaica’s efforts.

    But McKenzie’s innings ended at 230 for five and Jamaica then collapsed quickly, losing their last six wickets for 37 runs.

    Off-spinner Avinash Mahabirsingh proved key for T&T snapping up five for 90 while fellow slow bowler Navin Bidaisee claimed two for 63.

    T&T finished on 45.2 points with Barbados, who defeated Guyana by three wickets, second on 40.7 points.

    Deposed champions Guyana trailed in third in with 23.4 points with Jamaica also finishing on the identical number of points.

    Leeward Islands (23.1) and Windward Islands (13.1) finished fifth and sixth respectively.


    KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, Aug 13, CMC – Barbados were made to sweat by Guyana before pulling off a three-wicket victory in their third round match of the Regional Under-19 Championship here Monday.

    Resuming the final day at Park Hill on 31 without loss requiring a further 101 runs for victory, Barbados lost seven wickets before getting over the line to post their second win of the tournament.

    Nico Reifer top-scored with 39 and opening partner Shian Brathwaite got 22, extending their partnership to 43 before being separated.

    When Brathwaite departed, Kadeem Alleyne (13) joined Reifer to add a further 21 for the second wicket to leave Barbados well poised on 64 for one.

    However, left-arm spinner Kelvin Umroa ripped through the innings with a spell of five for 51 as Barbados lost six wickets for 44 runs in quick time.

    Tottering on 108 for seven, number nine Joshua Bishop came to Barbados’ rescue, striking two fours and a six in an 11-ball unbeaten 16, as he put on a crucial 26 in an unbroken eighth wicket partnership with Matthew Forde (14 not out).

    Umroa finished with match figures of 10 for 134.

  • Russell stuns Knight Riders with one-man demolition job

    A virtuoso all-round performance from skipper Andre Russell propelled Jamaica Tallawahs to the unlikeliest of victories over reigning Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) champions Trinbago Knight Riders as records tumbled on a crazy night at the Queen’s Park Oval.

    The Tallawahs appeared absolutely dead and buried when they slumped to 41/5 in response to TKR’s Hero CPL record score of 223/6. But Russell had other ideas as he blasted his way to a quite ridiculous 40-ball century having earlier taken a hat-trick at the back end of the Knight Riders’ own extraordinary innings.

    There appeared little to concern the Knight Riders when the big all-rounder was dropped first ball by Ali Khan, but it would prove to be the most dramatic of turning points as Russell launched a calculated but brutal assault on the Trinbago bowling attack.

    Favouring the leg-side but also striking spinners and seamers alike down the ground with a seemingly unstoppable combination of exquisite ball-striking and sheer brute force, Russell bent the game to his will.

    Initially it restored some pride. Then it made the game appear close. Then it made the game actually close. Then, finally, it clinched the most astonishing and unlikely win in Hero CPL – and perhaps all T20 – history.

    Two of Russell’s sixes cleared not only the ropes but also the Queen’s Park Oval stands. Dwayne Bravo shuffled his bowling options but could not stop the flow as six after six rained down on a disbelieving crowd in Trinidad.

    Russell found a willing ally in Kennar Lewis, who made 52 from 35 in a 161-run partnership, but this was all about one man.

    His hundred came up from a Hero CPL record-equalling 40 balls with a record-breaking 12th six. By now, though, Russell’s targets were not personal ones and he was still there at the end to send the winning six – his 13th of the night – high into the Trinidad sky and over the ropes off Sunil Narine with three balls remaining. His final tally was 121 not out from 49 balls with six fours to go with those 13 Hero Maximums.

    Remarkably, Russell is the second man to take a hat-trick and score a hundred in the same T20 match, England’s Joe Denly having done so for Kent only last month in the Vitality Blast.

    But such was the nature of the single-handed transformation Russell wrought upon this game that this must surely stand alone among all individual T20 performances.

    It all seemed so unlikely in the first half of the evening.

    Having blasted a Queen’s Park Oval record 195/6 in the opening game of the tournament 48 hours ago, TKR obliterated that mark with 223/6. For two hours, it stood as an all-time Hero CPL record.

    A power-packed Knight Riders batting line-up sent 14 sixes over the boundary ropes – astonishing at the time but later put firmly in perspective by Russell’s one-man wrecking mission.

    The Knight Riders’ was an innings built in New Zealand with Colin Munro and Brendon McCullum both blasting half-centuries, with McCullum’s particularly dramatic.

    Munro backed up his 68 in the opener with 61 from 42 balls here, but it was McCullum who sent an already imposing total truly stratospheric.

    Having struggled to 7 not out from his first 12 deliveries, McCullum smashed a further 49 from his next 14 balls to propel the score well beyond 200.

    Nine of those 14 balls, starting with a generous and extremely costly full-toss from Kemar Roach, went to or over the boundary in a blitz that left the Tallawahs shell-shocked.

    The 19th over, Roach’s fourth, brought 30 runs – 29 of them from the flashing blade of McCullum, including a six that came desperately close to winning him $20,000 for hitting the Sunshine Snacks target positioned beyond the boundary at midwicket.

    Russell then took the responsibility of bowling the final over and dismissed McCullum before bowling Darren Bravo and having Denesh Ramdin caught in the deep to complete a hat-trick.

    It would turn out to be only the very start of Russell’s game-changing night.

    The early impetus in the TKR innings had come from Chris Lynn, who plundered 46 from 27 balls and shared a 30-ball 50 partnership with Munro, while McCullum was ably supported by Darren Bravo (29 from 16) during the late carnage.

    Only the spinners managed to escape the worst of the punishment, with Imad Wasim conceding just six runs in a two-over spell with the new ball and ending with figures of 1/23 that would look more significant still when the final reckoning came, while Aussie leg-spinner Adam Zampa’s four overs yielded 1/35.

    Any hope the Tallawahs harboured of chasing the total down appeared to have been shattered within the first three overs of the run-chase as Ali Khan ripped out three wickets in six balls.

    Glenn Phillips and Andre McCarthy were caught in the first over, but best of the lot was a rapid nip-backer that was too quick for the vastly experienced Ross Taylor, trapped plumb in front for just a single.

    Shannon Gabriel bowled Rovman Powell off a bottom edge in the next over, while Fawad Ahmed struck with his very first ball for the game in a row when he trapped Johnson Charles lbw with a googly for 24 to leave the game seemingly done and dusted at 41/5.

    But in strode Russell to be promptly dropped by Ali Khan at deep midwicket. The rest is history.

  • Tigers send Windies to third straight series loss

    LAUDERHILL, Florida, CMC – West Indies were left to rue an underwhelming batting performance as they went down by 19 runs under DLS in the third Twenty20 International against Bangladesh, to plunge to their third straight series defeat and seventh loss in nine outings here Sunday.

    Chasing a difficult 185 in the series decider at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium, the Caribbean side were heading towards defeat at 135 for seven in the 18th over, when rain arrived to end the match prematurely.

    At that point, West Indies were well adrift of the par score of 155, handing Tigers a well-deserved win and a sweep of the Florida doubleheaders following their 12-run win at the same venue on Saturday night.

    The reigning T20 World champions were slumping at 32 for three at the end of the sixth over and not even Andre Russell’s whirlwind top score of 47 from 21 deliveries could rescue the run chase.

    Rovman Powell slammed 23 and Denesh Ramdin, 21, but left-arm speedster Mustafizur Rahman, who ended with three for 31, made key strikes to keep the Windies innings in strife throughout.

    Man-of-the-Match Liton Das had earlier stroked an entertaining 61 off 32 deliveries to propel Bangladesh to 184 for five off their 20 overs, after they had opted to bat first.

    Veteran Mahmudullah lashed a crucial 32 not out off 20 balls while captain and Man-of-the-Series Shakib-al-Hasan contributed 24 and Tamim Iqbal, 21.

    Das and Tamim gave the innings a flying start by adding 61 from 28 balls, as West Indies struggled to get a grip on the must-win encounter.

    The right-handed Das struck six fours and three sixes in a 32-ball innings while the left-handed Tamim sparkled briefly with three fours and a six off 13 balls.

    With the game in danger of running away from the Windies, captain Carlos Brathwaite (2-32) got the breakthrough when he had Tamim scooping to Kesrick Williams at short fine leg.

    Soumya Sarkar perished five balls later in the next over for five, deceived by a slower ball from pacer Keemo Paul (2-26) and holing out to Powell at long on.

    However, a series of key partnerships then buttressed the innings. Das posted 31 for the third with Mushfiqur Rahim (12) before both batsmen fell in the space of five deliveries, leaving Bangladesh on 102 for four in the 11th over.

    Mahmudullah and Shakib quickly combined in a 44-run fifth wicket stand and following a break for rain, Mahmudullah provided the innings with a rousing finish by adding 38 off 24 balls with Ariful Haque (18 not out).

    For the second straight night, the Windies started poorly and were staring down the barrel early.

    Andre Fletcher (6) sliced Mustafizur to Nazmul Islam at point in the fourth over, ChadwickWalton holed out to long for 19 off pacer Sarkar in the next over while Samuels got one that crept from left-arm spinner Shakib in the following over, and was bowled for two.

    Not for the first time in the series, Powell arrived to attempt a rescue mission, posting 45 for the fourth wicket with Ramdin, in a partnership which took West Indies to 61 without further loss at the half-way stage of the innings.

    By that point, however, the required run rate had risen to nearly 12-1/2 an over and the pressure told, with Ramdin missing a slog at speedster Rubel Hossain and having his stumps shattered in the 12th over.

    Russell wasted little time in finding his range, teeing off with Rubel over the ropes at mid-wicket before belting Shakib for a couple of sixes in the following over – the 13th which leaked 13 runs.

    All told, Russell counted one four and half-dozen amazing sixes but lost Powell in the 14th and Brathwaite in the 17th before eventually falling to the first ball of the 18th, drilling a low full toss from Mustafizur into Ariful’s hands at long off.

    Almost on cue, the rains arrived to usher in a defeat that was almost certain anyway, with the Windies still requiring 50 runs from 17 balls.

    BANGLADESH

    Liton Das c Nurse b Williams 61

    Tamim Iqbal c Williams b Brathwaite 21

    Soumya Sarkar c Powell b Paul 5

    +Mushfiqur Rahim c wkp Ramdin b Brathwaite 12

    *Shakib Al Hasan c Nurse b Paul 24

    Mahmudullah not out 32

    Ariful Haque not out 18

    Extras (lb4, w6, nb1) 11

    TOTAL (5 wkts, 20 overs) 184

    Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-66, 3-97, 4-102, 5-146

    Did not bat: Islam, Rony, Hossain, Rahman.

    Bowling: Badree 3-0-23-0, Nurse 3-0-31-0, Russell 3-0-36-0 (w1), Brathwaite 4-0-32-2 (w3), Paul 3-0-26-2 (w1), Williams 4-0-32-1 (w1, nb1).

    WEST INDIES

    C Walton c (sub) Sabbir Rahman b Soumya Sarkar 19

    A Fletcher c Nazmul Islam b Mustafizur Rahman 6

    M Samuels b Shakib Al Hasan 2

    R Powell c Abu Hider b Mustafizur Rahman 23

    +D Ramdin b Rubel Hossain 21

    A Russell c Ariful Haque b Mustafizur Rahman 47

    *C Brathwaite c (sub) Sabbir Rahman b Abu Hider 5

    A Nurse not out 0

    Extras (b4, lb3, w5) 12

    TOTAL (7 wkts, 17.1 overs) 135

    Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-30, 3-32, 4-77, 5-96, 6-128, 7-135.

    Did not bat: K Paul, K Williams, S Badree.

    Bowling: Abu Hider 3-0-27-1, Rubel Hossain 4-0-28-1, Mustafizur Rahman 3.1-0-31-3 (w1), Nazmul Islam 0.3-0-2-0, Soumya Sarkar 2.3-0-18-1, Shakib-al-Hasan 4-0-22-1.

    Result: Bangladesh won by 19 runs (D-L-S method)

    Series: Bangladesh won three-match series 2-1.

    Man-of-the-Match: Liton Das.

    Man-of-the-Series: Shakib-al-Hasan.

    Toss: Bangladesh.

    Umpires: G Brathwaite, N Duguid; TV – J Wilson.

  • WINDIES Under 15s head to the UK for six-match tour

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – For the fourth straight year, a WINDIES Under 15 squad will go on a two-weeks tour of the UK. This is an ongoing exchange between Cricket West Indies and the England Barmy Army’s Colts. This year, the team from the West Indies has attracted support from Virgin Atlantic.

    The squad will face six teams in a series of 50-over matches including the Colts. The squad was assembled following the championship held in March this year.

    The squad reads:

    • Hilroy Andrew –                      Antigua/Leeward islands
    • Ackeem Auguste –                  St Lucia/Windward Islands
    • Nimar Bolden –                       Barbados
    • Carlon Bowen-Tuckett –        Nevis/Leeward Islands
    • Mavendra Dindyal –                Guyana
    • Jordan Johnson –                   Jamaica
    • Johan Layne –                         Barbados
    • Jaden Leacock –                     Barbados
    • Tariq O’Neale –                       Barbados
    • Andrew Rambaran –               Trinidad and Tobago
    • Yawani Regis –                        Dominica/Windward Islands
    • Che Simmons –                       Barbados
    • Sanjay Walker –                      Jamaica
    • Rashad Worrell –                    Barbados

    The team will play a 20/20 warm up match against the London Schools Cricket Association on Friday, August 10 before starting the official schedule on Sunday, August 12.

    The match tour schedule is

    • Sunday, August 12 –                WINDIES Under 15 v Hertfordshire
    • Monday, August 13 –               WINDIES Under 15 v Hampshire
    • Tuesday, August 14 –             WINDIES Under 15 v South West England
    • Thursday, August 16 –            WINDIES Under 15 v Ireland Under 15s
    • Friday, August 17 –                 WINDIES Under 15 v Barmy Army Colts
    • Sunday, August 19 –               WINDIES Under 15 v London and East Region

    The squad will have Dr Oba Gulston as Manager & Physiotherapist and he will be accompanied by Richard Clarke (Head Coach) and Steve Liburd (Assistant Coach). The squad is scheduled to return to the region on August 20.

  • Sinclair fifty gives Guyana upper hand

    KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, CMC – Kevin Sinclair’s half-century put Guyana in a strong position to force victory on Sunday’s final day as wet conditions ravaged the two other fixtures on the second day of the opening round of matches in the Regional Under-19 Championship here Saturday.

    Resuming on 58 for two against Leeward Islands, Guyana were lifted to 229 all out in their first innings at Arnos Vale Stadium, with Sinclair top-scoring with 51.

    Left-hander Sachin Singh chipped in with 49 while Young Windies star Bhaskar Yadram struck 35 and Javid Karim, 30.

    Behind by 113 runs, the Leewards reached close on 22 without loss – still requiring a further 91 runs to make Guyana bat again.

    Guyana were propelled by two major partnerships as they easily overhauled the Leewards’ paltry first innings of 116.

    Firstly, Singh and Yadram extended their overnight third wicket stand to 51 before being separated, to give Guyana a solid start to the day.

    Opener Singh faced 97 deliveries and struck three fours and two sixes while Yadram belted five fours and a six in a breezy 45-ball innings.

    Once the partnership was broken, Sinclair arrived to control the innings for Guyana, putting on 32 for the fourth wicket with Singh before adding a further 48 for the fifth with Kevelon Anderson (17).

    All told, Sinclair faced 68 balls in nearly 1-1/2 hours at the crease and struck five fours and a six.

    New-ball bowler Javin Spencer finished with five for 70 while Zawandi White took three for 16.

    At Sion Hill, Kadeem Alleyne made a half-century as Barbados had the better of the exchanges on a rain-shortened day.

    Alleyne, unbeaten on 35 overnight, made 54 to get his side from 175 for five at the start to 223 all out in their first innings.

    He faced 74 deliveries and counted three fours and six but Barbados lost their last five wickets for 20 runs as left-arm spinner Raewin Senior picked up seven for 58.

    In reply, leg-spinner Camarie Boyce claimed three for 15 to limit Jamaica to 61 for four – still 162 runs adrift of first innings lead.

    There was no play at Park Hill in the contest between Trinidad and Tobago and Windward Islands due to a water-logged outfield.

    1. #GUYvLI – Bad Light stopped play on Day 2. Scores Guyana 229 all out; Leewards 116 & 22/0 – Scorecard
    2. #BARvsJAM – Barbados 223; Jamaica 61/4 – Scorecard
    3. No Play – RAIN – #TTvWI – Scorecard
  • Tamim, Shakib help sink WINDIES and level series

    LAUDERHILL, Florida, CMC – Half-centuries from veterans Tamim Iqbal and Shakib-al-Hasan condemned West Indies to a 12-run defeat in the second Twenty20 International here Saturday, helping Bangladesh level the three-match series and set up a decisive game three here Sunday night.

    Chasing 172 for victory at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium, West Indies got joint top scores of 43 from Andre Fletcher and Rovman Powell but the remainder of their batting flopped, leaving the reigning World champions short of their target at 159 for nine.

    Left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam (3-28) and left-arm spinner Mustafizur Rahman (3-50) both finished with there wickets apiece while captain Shakib, another left-arm spinner, was brilliant in claiming two for 19 from his four overs.

    Shakib had earlier combined with Tamim to fire Bangladesh to a competitive 171 for five after they were sent in.

    Man-of-the-Match Tamim top-scored with 74, adding 90 for the fourth wicket off just 50 balls with Shakib who chipped in with 60.

    Together, they pulled Bangladesh around from a shaky position of 48 for three in the eighth over after off-spinner Ashley Nurse (2-25) had struck twice inside the first four overs to give the Windies the early momentum.

    Nurse removed Liton Das in the second over for one, caught at cover by captain Carlos Brathwaite and in his next over, had Mushfiqur Rahim (4) taken by Andre Russell at point on the reverse sweep.

    Soumya Sarkar holed out at long-off off pacer Keemo Paul (2-39) for 14 before Tamim and Shakib settled in to revive the Bangladesh innings.

    Tamim faced faced 44 balls and struck six fours and four fours while fellow left-hander Shakib belted nine fours and a six in an attractive 38-ball knock.

    The stand was broken when Tamim picked out long on with pacer Russell at the end of the 16th over, and Bangladesh only managed to gather 33 runs from the last four overs.

    West Indies’ run chase started badly when Evin Lewis was trapped on the crease, lbw to Mustafizur for one in the second over with the score on five.

    Russell entertained briefly with a four and a couple of sixes in a 10-ball 17 before edging a swing at a short one from Mustafizur and falling to a catch at the wicket in the fourth over.

    Marlon Samuels (10) found deep mid-wicket with Shakib in the fifth over at 48 for three and Denesh Ramdin controversially perished lbw on review for five as the Windies crumbled to 58 for four in the eighth.

    Fletcher and Powell then breathed hope into the run chase courtesy of a 58-run, fifth wicket stand but the stand required 43 balls and the required run rate had risen to nearly 10 an over at the half-way stage of the innings.

    Opener Fletcher counted three fours and two sixes in a 38-ball knock while Powell faced 34 balls and produced an identical boundary count.

    Nazmul struck the crucial blow in the 15th over when Fletcher miscued to Shakib at point and the dangerous Brathwaite then holed out in the deep off Shakib for 11, as West Indies stumbled again.

    They required 39 runs from the last three overs but the demise of Powell, brilliantly caught one-handed at the wicket by Mushfiqur off Mustafizur in the penultimate over, saw all hope of a win disappear.

    BANGLADESH

    Liton Das c Brathwaite b Nurse 1

    Tamim Iqbal c Paul b Russell 74

    +Mushfiqur Rahim c Russell b Nurse 4

    Soumya Sarkar c Powell b Paul 14

    *Shakib-Al-Hasan c (sub) Walton b Paul 60

    Mahmudullah not out 13

    Ariful Haque not out 1

    Extras (lb2, w2) 4

    TOTAL (5 wkts, 20 overs) 171

    Did not bat: Nazmul Islam, Abu Hider, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.

    Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Liton, 1.5 overs); 2-24 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 3.3); 3-48 (Soumya Sarkar, 7.4); 4-138 (Tamim Iqbal, 15.6); 5-167 (Shakib-Al-Hasan, 19.3)

    Bowling: Badree 2-0-14-0; Nurse 4-0-25-2 (w1); Russell 4-0-33-1; Paul 4-0-39-2 (w1); Williams 3-0-29-0; Brathwaite 3-0-29-0.

    WEST INDIES

    A Fletcher c Shakib-Al-Hasan b Nazmul Islam 43

    E Lewis lbw b Mustafizur Rahman 1

    A Russell c wkpr Mushfiqur Rahim b Mustafizur Rahman 17

    M Samuels c Liton Das b Shakib-Al-Hasan 10

    +D Ramdin lbw b Rubel Hossain 5

    R Powell c wkpr Mushfiqur Rahim b Mustafizur Rahman 43

    *C Brathwaite c Liton Das b Shakib-Al-Hasan 11

    A Nurse c Ariful Haque b Nazmul Islam 16

    K Paul b Nazmul Islam 2

    K Williams not out 09

    S Badree not out 1

    Extras (b1, w9) 10

    TOTAL (9 wkts, 20 overs) 159

    Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Lewis, 1.2 overs); 2-33 (Russell, 3.4); 3-48 (Samuels, 4.8); 4-58 (Ramdin, 7.1); 5-116 (Fletcher, 14.2); 6-131 (Brathwaite, 16.2); 7-146 (Powell, 18.3); 8-158 (Nurse, 19.3); 9-158 (Paul, 19.5)

    Bowling: Abu Hider 4-0-26-0; Mustafizur Rahman 4-0-50-3 (w5); Rubel Hossain 4-0-35-1 (w2); Shakib-Al-Hasan 4-0-19-2 (w1); Nazmul Islam 4-0-28-3 (w1)

    Result: Bangladesh won by 12 runs

    Series: Three-match series level 1-1

    Toss: West Indies

    Player-of-the-Match: Tamim Iqbal.

    Umpires: L Reifer Jr, J Wilson; TV – G Brathwaite.

  • CWI names 13-man squad for T20I series versus Bangladesh

    ST JOHN’S, ANTIGUA – WINDIES will now turn its attention to the three T20Is remaining on the Bangladesh tour of the region with one match in St Kitts and the other two in Florida, starting tomorrow at 8pm.

    The Selection Panel has assembled a 13-man squad to face the visitors. The squad reads:

    • Carlos Brathwaite – Captain
    • Samuel Badree
    • Sheldon Cottrell
    • Andre Fletcher
    • Evin Lewis
    • Ashley Nurse
    • Keemo Paul
    • Rovman Powell
    • Denesh Ramdin
    • Andre Russell
    • Marlon Samuels
    • Chadwick Walton
    • Kesrick Williams

    Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne, says “we have rested Chris Gayle and have added left-arm pacer, Sheldon Cottrell for variety to the bowling attack. The team reflects the last squad that performed well in the charity match in the UK.”

    Going forward, the panel thinks the talent pool for the T20 version is widening and acknowledges “the strong performances of the young players in the WINDIES B team during the T20 series in the Canada’s Global T20 League and this augurs well for our T20 game.”

    Head Coach, Stuart Law has not hidden his disappointment in the 1-2 loss in the ODI but is “optimistic that the players are beginning to understand the direction they need to go. The players are gradually working harder and we expect the results to turn in our favor.”

  • Andre Russell to miss last ODI match

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts- Andre Russell has been ruled out the last One Day International against Bangladesh at Warner Park in St. Kitts due to a knee injury.

    He has since had treatment to his knee and should be fit for selection for the 3-match T20 series.

    Sheldon Cottrell has been named as Russell’s replacement for the last ODI on Saturday in St. Kitts.

    The 3-match T20 series will start in St. Kitts on July 31, with the last two matches being played at Central Broward Regional Park in Florida on August 4 and 5.

    Full Squad:

    • Jason Holder – Captain
    • Devendra Bishoo
    • Chris Gayle
    • Shimron Hetmyer
    • Shai Hope 
    • Alzarri Joseph
    • Evin Lewis
    • Jason Mohammed
    • Ashley Nurse
    • Rovman Powell
    • Sheldon Cottrell
    • Keemo Paul
    • Kieran Powell 
  • WINDIES sent in to bat in 2nd ODI

    Jason Holder flips the coin for the Toss watched by match referee Chris Broad, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza and TV presenter Danny Morrison. (© CWI Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks Latouche Photography)

    PROVIDENCE, Guyana – WINDIES will bat first, after Bangladesh won the toss in the secondiPay One-day International powered by Minister co-sponsored by Marcel today at the Guyana National Stadium.

    The home team have made one change, bringing hometown boy Keemo Paul in to replace injured, fellow all-rounder Andre Russell.

    Bangladesh, who lead the three-match series 1-0 after a 48-run victory on Sunday are unchanged, as they look to wrap up the series.

    For “live” scores, click here: http://cricketwestindies.org/index.php/match-centre/

    Teams:

    WINDIES: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Shai Hope (wicketkeeper), 4 Jason Mohammed, 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Jason Holder (captain), 7 Rovman Powell, 8 Devendra Bishoo, 9 Keemo Paul, 10 Ashley Nurse, 11 Alzarri Joseph

    BANGLADESH: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), 5 Shakib Al Hasan 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mosaddek Hossain, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

    UMPIRES: Gregory Brathwaite, Richard Illingworth (England)

    TV REPLAYS UMPIRE: Sundaram Ravi (India)

    MATCH REFEREE: Chris Broad (England)

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Joel Wilson

  • Windies sunk by Tamim, Mortaza – 1st ODI

    PRODVIDENCE, Guyana, CMC – Hamstrung by a slow pitch, West Indies failed to fire, and Bangladesh, led by their most capped opener Tamim Iqbal and most capped bowler Mashrafe Mortaza, won the first One-day International by 48 runs on Sunday here.

    With the Guyana National Stadium pitch in stark contrast to the surfaces they have exploited throughout the last 1 ½ months in Tests against Sri Lanka and this opponent, the Windies bowlers gained slow bounce and little movement, to the delight of the Bangladeshi batsmen, and Tamim collected his 10th One-day International hundred, an unbeaten 130, to anchor his side to 279 for four in 50 overs after they chose to bat.

    The home team’s batsmen however, failed to adjust to the conditions and though there were periodic explosions from the bat, the resolve required was absent and they limped to 231 for nine in 50 overs with Mortaza using his vast experience to nurdle out 4-37 from 10 overs.

    Before it was over, Shimron Hetmyer increased his value with a typically flambuoyant 52 from 78 balls that included five fours, veteran Chris Gayle gathered 40 before he was run out just when it looked like he was getting into gear, and Alzarri Joseph and hometown boy Devendra Bishoo, both finished on 29, providing some tail-end entertainment in an unbroken last-wicket stand of 59.

    The result meant the visitors take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series which continues on Wednesday under the lights at the same venue before it concludes three days later at Warner Park in St. Kitts.

    Apart from the pitch, West Indies were let down by sloppy fielding, and Tamim survived an early chance to plunder 10 fours and three from 160 balls to lead the charge for the tourists.

    Four clear misses and a number of close calls blotted the Windies’ copy-book, paving the way for a 207-run stand between Tamim and Shakib-Al-Hasan, whose 97 from 121 balls included just six fours.

    Entering the final stages, the host still seemed to have a rein on things with Bangladesh 211 for two, but Mushifqur Rahim arrived to blast a quick-fire 30 and put on 54 in 21 balls with Tamim to add meat to their team’s total.

    West Indies failed to get a flourishing start from Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis to put early pressure on their opponents in the chase, and gradually Bangladesh tightened the screws with steady bowling.

    Lewis was caught at mid-off off Mortaza for 17, slicing a drive in the ninth over and Shai Hope departed for six after he failed to review a dubious lbw decision when he played across the line to a delivery from Rubel Hossain in the 13th over to leave West Indies 41 for two.

    Windies immediate past and immediate future stars Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer came together and looked to be setting a foundation for a charge to the finish.

    Gayle however, was run out in the 22nd over, when Hetmyer failed to respond to his call for a single to short third man, leaving West Indies 81 for three – and the innings lost momentum from this point onwards.

    Hetmyer reached his 50 from 70 balls with a single to long-on off Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s off-spin in the 33rd over, but he nor the rest of the batting could demystify the Bangladesh bowling and crumbled before Joseph joined Bishoo for a little fun.

    Earlier, West Indies conceded dropped Tamim on 17 and Shakib survived three chances, as they built a foundation for their side, after Jason Holder had Anamul Haque caught at second slip for a third-ball duck in the second over.

    The Windies bowled with such discipline early on, Bangladesh got their first boundary, when Russell conceded the three in the ninth over to Tamim.

    But this also precipitated a period in which the fielders failed the bowlers, as Ashley Nurse put down Tamim, on 17, at cover in the 11th over; Nurse too, bowling his off-spin, suffered, when an under-edge from Shakib, on 15, deflected from the thigh of wicketkeeper Shai Hope and flew past Chris Gayle at slip, and next over, Joseph had the same batsman, on the same score, dropped for a second time, when Gayle, again at slip, parried a shoulder-high chance.

    The hosts did not get a sniff of a chance again until Shimron Hetmyer, fielding at fine leg, muffed a simple chance, when Shakib, on 84, top-edged a sweep at a delivery from Bishoo in the 39th over.

    Bishoo however, was rewarded for his persistence, when he removed Shakib with Hetmyer this time holding onto a skier at deep mid-wicket from a top-edged slop/sweep in the 45th over.

    Tamim reached his 100 from 146 balls, when he squirted a full-length delivery from Joseph into the covers and got a single in the next over before Bishoo had Sabbir Rahman stumped for three in the 47th over.

    The figures of Russell and Holder were spoiled, when Tamim and Mushfiqur clattered a succession of boundaries off them, as Bangladesh added 69 from the final five overs.

    But Russell got his own back, when he had Mushfiqur caught at fine leg by a diving Bishoo off the penultimate delivery of the innings.

    BANGLADESH (maximum 50 overs)

    Tamim Iqbal not out 130

    Anamul Haque c Nurse b Holder 0

    Shakib-Al-Hasan c Hetmyer b Bishoo 97

    Sabbir Rahman st Hope b Bishoo 3

    +Mushfiqur Rahim c Bishoo b Russell 30

    Mahmudullah not out 4

    Extras (lb7, w8) 15

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 50 overs) 279

    Mosaddek Hossain, *Mashrafe Mortaza, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain did not bat

    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Anamul Haque, 1.3 overs); 2-208 (Sabir Rahman, 44.3); 3-221 (Sabbir Rahman, 46.3); 4-275 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 49.5)

    Bowling: Russell 9-0-62-1 (w2); Holder 9-0-47-1 (w1); Joseph 10-0-57-0; Nurse 10-0-39-0; Bishoo 10-0-52-2 (w5); Mohammed 2-0-15-0

    WEST INDIES (target: 280 off 50 overs)

    C Gayle run out (Mahmudullah/Mosaddek Hossain) 40

    E Lewis c Mahmudullah b Mashrafe Mortaza 17

    +S Hope lbw b Rubel Hossain 6

    S Hetmyer c Shakib-Al-Hasan b Mustafizur Rahman 52

    J Mohammed st Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib-Al-Hasan 10

    J Holder c Mosaddek Hossain b Mashrafe Mortaza 17

    R Powell c wkpr Mushfiqur Rahim b Mustafizur Rahman 0

    A Russell c Mahmudullah b Mashrafe Mortaza 13

    A Nurse c Mahmudullah b Mashrafe Mortaza 7

    D Bishoo not out 29

    A Joseph not out 29

    Extras (b4, lb1, w6) 11

    TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 231

    Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Lewis, 8.4 overs); 2-41 (Hope, 12.1); 3-81 (Gayle, 21.3 overs); 4-111 (Mohammed, 28.2); 5-141 (Hetmyer, 35.2); 6-141 (R Powell, 35.3); 7-151 (Holder, 36.5); 8-163 (Russell, 38.5); 9-172 (Nurse, 40.4)

    Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 10-1-37-4; Mehidy Hasan Miraz 10-0-37-1; Rubel Hossain 8-0-52-1 (w1); Mosaddek Hossain 7-0-22-0 (w1); Mustafizur Rahman 8-0-35-2; Shakib-Al-Hasan 7-0-43-0 (w4)

    Result: Bangladesh won by 48 runs

    Series: Bangladesh lead three-match series 1-0

    Player-of-the-Match: Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)

    Umpires: J Wilson, S Ravi (India)

    TV Replays umpire: R Illingworth (England)

    Match referee: C Broad

    Reserve umpire: G Brathwaite