• CWI mourns loss of another stalwart

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – The Cricket West Indies (CWI) family regrets the passing of Auckland Hector. The 72-year old Kittitian passed away on Sunday (December 31).

    For almost 40 years, Hector served in administration and was as a Director of the parent body, now CWI; Leeward Islands Cricket Board President and St Kitts Cricket Association President.

    He made his first class playing debut at age 19 for the Leeward Islands as a wicket-keeper against a team from Australia; and then for the Combined Islands in the 1965 in what was the Shell Shield Season at the time. His highest first-class score was 58 not out and was part of a 94-run ninth wicket partnership for the Combined Islands in 1969. He alternated between being a specialist batsman and a wicket-keeper until his retirement in 1975.

    The CWI family wishes to extend condolences to his family and friends.

  • Former Youth stars throw support behind title defence

    LONDON, Dec 31, CMC – Test captain Jason Holder has urged the West Indies Under-19 squad to be aggressive and take the initiative, as they prepare to defend their title at the Youth World Cup in New Zealand starting next month.

    Holder, who also leads the One-Day International side, was part of the regional Under-19s unit which contested the 2010 edition of the ICC tournament also staged in New Zealand.

    “Be the frontrunners, set the tone in every game you play,” said Holder, who made his senior team debut three years following his outing at the Under-19 World Cup before being appointed Windies ODI captain a year later.

    “Try to be upfront, be aggressive and not be lagging behind and playing catch up, that has probably been the trend in West Indies cricket for a number of years.

    “It will be really good to see these guys come back after being the defending champions, setting the tone for the tournament.”

    Captain of the successful 2016 side, Shimron Hetmyer, said winning the tournament had been a massive experience and threw his support behind the current squad.

    “Words can’t explain the feeling, it was fantastic. It was so, so great for us as the first time any team coming from the West Indies to win the Under-19 World Cup,” said the 20-year-old, now a member of the senior side in all three formats.

    “Go well guys, from me here and the rest of the West Indies team, I wish you all the best – just bring it home for us.”

    Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph a prominent member of the title-winning side under Hetmyer, said the tournament was important as it served as the ideal launching pad for an international career.

    “It’s a good platform for younger players to give themselves a name, so when they come back to their respective regions, they can get a chance to play first-class cricket and make a career from this game,” said the Antiguan, who has gone on to play Test and ODIs for West Indies.

    “You have to take every opportunity you get and make every chance count. Boys, come out, play hard, really play as a team and try your very best to get the World Cup back home to us in the West Indies.”

    West Indies Under-19s, led by Emmanuel Stewart, will open their campaign on January 13 against hosts New Zealand at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

  • Former regional umpire Clyde Cumberbatch dies

    St. John’s, ANTIGUA- Cricket West Indies (CWI) is saddened by the death of former Regional Umpire Clyde Cumberbatch. CWI wishes to extend sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

    Cumberbatch was a respected official in the cricketing fraternity, officiating in 12 Test Matches all involving the West Indies over a period of 14 years, from 1981-1995. He also officiated in 26 One Day International matches from 1984- 1997.

    After retirement from International Umpiring duties, Cumberbatch served as Chairman of the West Indies Umpires Training and Examination Committee. He served in this position for 12 years, retiring last June and was replaced by Peter Nero. Cumberbatch was honoured with an Honourary Life Membership in this same committee after his retirement.

    CWI and WINDIES fans have lost a truly knowledgeable gentleman, who stood out among the crowd, not only for his knowledge but his stature and personality. He has certainly left a lasting legacy throughout the region with the knowledge and support he has given to cricket officials and players alike.

  • Windies crumble to defeat in opener

    NELSON, New Zealand, CMC – West Indies were once again well below par as they crashed to a 47-run defeat to New Zealand in the opening Twenty20 International here Friday, to extend their wretched losing streak on the current tour.

    Chasing a challenging 188 at Saxton Oval, the Caribbean side’s batting crumbled yet again, and they could only muster 140 all out with six balls remaining.

    Andre Fletcher top-scored with 27, captain Carlos Brathwaite struck 21 and Ashley Nurse, 20 not out, but the Windies never came to terms with a demanding run chase and lost wickets regularly.

    They were torn apart by seamers Seth Rance (3-30) and Tim Southee (3-36) who both claimed three wickets apiece while medium pacer Doug Bracewell finished with two for 10.

    Glenn Phillips had earlier top-scored with 55 and Colin Munro chipped in with 53 as the Black Caps racked up 187 for seven off their 20 overs after they were sent in.

    Mitchell Santner supported with an unbeaten 23 at the end while seamers Brathwaite (2-38) and Jerome Taylor (2-41) picked up two wickets apiece.

    The latest defeat was the sixth for West Indies in recent weeks following on from clean sweeps in the two-Test series and the three-match one-day rubber.

    Their start was a bright one when Taylor pinned Martin Guptill lbw for five with as many on the board in the second over, but Phillips and Taylor then combined in an 86-run, second wicket stand to take control of the innings.

    The 21-year-old Phillips faced 40 balls and struck four fours and two sixes to mark his maiden T20I half-century while Munro blasted six fours and a pair of sixes off 37 deliveries.

    Nurse eventually accounted for Munro to a catch at long on by Brathwaite in the 12th over before leg-spinner Samuel Badree had Phillips bowled, missing a slog sweep in the 14th over.

    In all, five wickets tumbled for 40 runs in 31 balls as the Windies stalled the hosts’ momentum but seamer Kesrick Williams then conceded 25 runs in the final over, to let the Black Caps off the hook.

    Required to score at nearly 9-1/2 per over, West Indies wilted from early. Chris Gayle departed for 12 in the third over, brilliantly caught by wicketkeeper Phillips running back and then diving to hold the left-hander’s spiraling top-edge.

    Off the very next delivery, Chadwick Walton (7) drove Rance to Anaru Kitchen at cover, to leave the Windies struggling at 19 for two.

    Fletcher and Shai Hope (15) then rebuilt the innings in a 42-run, third wicket stand, temporarily halting the slide and offering hope of a Windies resurgence.

    The right-handed Fletcher looked in a good touch, striking three fours and an extra cover-driven six in a 25-ball knock while Hope, on his T20I debut, consumed 17 balls and managed a single boundary.

    West Indies’ final decline started when Fletcher missed a charge at leg-spinner Ish Sodhi and was stumped in the 10th over and Jason Mohammed following in the next over for three, slicing Bracewell to Ross Taylor at point.

    When Hope pulled Bracewell to Munro at mid-wicket two balls later in the same over, West Indies had lost three wickets for six runs in the space of 10 deliveries to slip to 67 for five.

    Brathwaite slammed a pair of sixes in a brief 14-ball stay but once he picked out Tom Bruce at long-onn off Southee, all realistic hopes of a Windies victory also perished.

  • Windies swept again after depressing collapse

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, CMC – There was no end in sight to West Indies’ misery after they suffered a depressing 66-run defeat in the rain-ravaged third One-Day International here Boxing Day, to endure the pain of another clean sweep to New Zealand.

    Not even the return of the fit-again Chris Gayle could inspire the Caribbean side as they folded meekly for 99 for nine, chasing a target of 166 in a contest reduced to 23 overs per side at Hagley Oval.

    The Black Caps, opting to bat first, were 83 for three after 19 overs when persistent rain halted the match for nearly five hours.

    Left with only four overs to face on resumption following the revised playing conditions, the Black Caps got up to 131 for four with Ross Taylor unbeaten on 47 and captain Tom Latham getting 37.

    Left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell was the best bowler with two for 19.

    In reply, the Windies surrendered without so much as a whimper in pursuit of a revised target under Duckworth/Lewis. They were steamrolled by lethal left-arm seamer Trent Boult who claimed three for 18 and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, who picked up three for 15.

    Pacer Matt Henry finished with two for 18.

    He and Boult combined in a devastating new-ball spell to reduce the Windies innings to ruins at nine for five, and only captain Jason Holder with an attacking 34 from 21 balls managed to resist.

    Holder was the only one in the top six to reach double figures, with number nine Nikita Miller (20 not out) the only other player to reach 20.

    The defeat was the Windies’ seventh in their last eight ODIs and left them with a single win in their last 14 matches.

    More dishearteningly, the Caribbean side are still without a win on tour after being swept in the two-Test series and also failing to win any of the warm-ups.

    Hoping to salvage some pride after already having conceded the series, the visitors started strongly, reducing New Zealand to 26 for three in the sixth over.

    Cottrell got left-hander George Worker (2) to drag on a pull at a short ball in the third over and Gayle pouched a couple of chest-high catches at first slip to account for Neil Broom (2) and opener Colin Munro (21) off Cottrell and Holder respectively.

    However, Taylor combined with Latham in a 73-run, fourth wicket stand to rally the innings, on either side of the protracted rain break.

    The right-handed Taylor struck six fours in a 54-ball knock while Latham, a left-hander, faced 42 balls while hitting five boundaries.

    Unbeaten on 32 when the rains arrived, Taylor led the charge on resumption, as the Black Caps gathered 48 off the remaining 24 balls.

    West Indies were then quickly in strife, losing Gayle for four to the sixth ball the innings, caught by Munro running back at point after the left-hander miscued a heave over the in-field.

    Shai Hope (2) pulled the fourth ball of the next over from Boult to Taylor at mid-wicket and his older brother, Kyle, departed to the first ball of the following over, lbw to Henry for one.

    Jason Mohammed missed a drive at a fill length delivery from Boult and was bowled for one in the fourth over and half of the Windies side were gone three balls later when the Man-of-the-Series strike bowler yorked opener Chadwick Walton without scoring.

    Holder arrived to make a fist of it, playing with abandon to strike three fours and a six as he put on 48 for the sixth wicket with Rovman Powell.

    But having spent 22 balls over 11 without hitting a single boundary, Powell swung wildly at the next ball he faced from Santner, managing only to top-edge a catch to short third man, and end a promising partnership.

    Ashley Nurse (1) was bowled by a Todd Astle googly in the next over and once Holder holed out to cover off Santner six balls later in the 13th over, the Windies’ serious resistance was over.

  • New Zealand beat West Indies by 66 runs

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, CMC — New Zealand defeated West Indies by 66 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method, in the rain-affected third One-Day International at Hagley Oval here on Monday.

    The game was reduced to 23 overs per side because of rain. I


    NEW ZEALAND 131 for four off 23 overs (Ross Taylor 47 not out, Tom Latham 37, Colin Munro 21; Sheldon Cottrell 2-19)

    WEST INDIES 99 for nine off 23 overs (Jason Holder 34, Nikita Miller 20 not out; Mitchell Santner 3-15, Trent Boult 3-28, Matt Henry 2-18)

  • Batting collapses as Windies go down in 2nd ODI

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, CMC – Scoreboard from the second One-day International between New Zealand and West Indies on Saturday at Hagley Oval:


    G Worker c Powell b Beaton 58

    C Munro c Mohammed b Cottrell 30

    N Broom c Holder b Cottrell 6

    R Taylor c wkpr S Hope b Holder 57

    *+T Latham c wkpr S Hope b Holder 20

    H Nicholls not out 83

    T Astle b Cottrell 49

    D Bracewell not out 5

    Extras (lb3, w14) 17

    TOTAL (6 wkts, 50 overs) 325

    M Henry, L Ferguson, T Boult did not bat

    Fall of wickets: 1-50 (Munro, 6.5 overs); 2-66 (Broom, 10.4); 3-124 (Worker, 18.6); 4-169 (Latham, 30.1); 5-186 (Taylor, 32.6); 6-316 (Astle, 49.2)

    Bowling: Cottrell 10-0-62-3 (w2); Holder 10-0-52-2 (w1); Beaton 8-0-60-1 (w3); Gabriel 10-0-75-0 (w3); Nurse 10-0-45-0 (w4); Powell 2-0-28-0 (w1)


    E Lewis c Bracewell b Boult 10

    K Hope b Boult 4

    +S Hope c Latham b Boult 23

    S Hetmyer c Worker b Boult 2

    J Mohammed c and b Ferguson 18

    *J Holder c Munro b Ferguson 13

    R Powell b Ferguson 0

    A Nurse c Worker b Boult 27

    S Cottrell c Latham b Boult 8

    R Beaton not out 12

    S Gabriel b Boult 0

    Extras (lb1, w2, nb1) 4

    TOTAL (all out, 28 overs) 121

    Fall of wickets: 1-10 (K Hope, 1.6 overs); 2-15 (Lewis, 3.3); 3-21 (Hetmyer, 5.1); 4-52 (S Hope, 9.5); 5-70 (Mohammed, 15.3); 6-70 (Powell, 15.4); 7-86 (Holder, 17.6); 8-100 (Cottrell, 21.3); 9-121 (Nurse, 27.4)

    Bowling: Henry 7-0-36-0; Boult 10-3-34-7; Bracewell 5-0-19-0 (w2); Ferguson 4-0-17-3 (1nb); Astle 2-0-14-0

    Result: New Zealand won by 204 runs

    Series: New Zealand lead three-match series 2-0

    Player-of-the-Match: T Boult (New Zealand)

    Umpires: W Knight, B Oxenford (Australia)

    TV umpire: C Shamshuddin (India)

    Match referee: A Pycroft (Zimbabwe)

    Reserve umpire: C Brown (New Zealand)

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  • Windies chasing series after opening defeat

    WHANGAREI, New Zealand, CMC – West Indies were left to chase their three-match series against New Zealand after unconvincing batting, coupled with a subdued bowling effort, left them with a five-wicket defeat in the opening One-Day International here Wednesday.

    Sent in at Cobham Oval, West Indies got contrasting half-centuries from opener Evin Lewis who top-scored with 76 off 100 deliveries and Rovman Powell, who struck 59 off 50 balls down the order.

    Debutant 20-year-old Shimron Hetmyer (29) and Chris Gayle (22) got starts but failed to convert, leaving the Caribbean side well short of a competitive total at 248 for nine off their 50 overs.

    Seamer Doug Bracewell shone on his return to the host side, picking up four for 55 while debutant leg-spinner Todd Astle claimed three for 33 and speedster Lockie Ferguson, two for 49.

    With the pressure immediately on the Windies bowlers, they proved loose early on, allowing opener George Worker to post a career-best 57 while Ross Taylor stroked an unbeaten 49 and Colin Munro, 49.

    Captain Kane Williamson chimed in with 38, as the Black Caps eased to victory with 24 balls remaining.

    Skipper Jason Holder (2-52) and off-spinner Ashley Nurse (2-55) ended with two wickets apiece.

    Lewis and Gayle had earlier handed the Windies a solid start, posting 40 for the first wicket before wickets tumbled in clusters.

    The left-handed Gayle started slowly but threatened to to explode when he clobbered three fours and a giant six – the latter a clean blow down the ground off seamer Tim Southee.

    But Gayle nibbled at one from Bracewell at the start of the 10th and was caught at the wicket and Shai Hope followed off the next legitimate delivery, given out caught behind off the inside edge, though subsequent DRS replays yielded little conclusive evidence of an edge.

    Lewis, who counted seven fours and a six in his knock, then put on 62 with left-hander Hetmyer to prop up the innings, with both playing freely before another collapse ensued.

    Hetmyer holed out to long off in the 24th over off Astle, triggering a slide that saw the Caribbean side lose three wickets for 31 runs to slip to 134 for five in the 31st over.

    Lewis, who posted his first ODI half-century off 77 balls in the 28th over, revived the innings as he paired with Powell to add a further 43 for the sixth wicket.

    Seemingly cruising towards a third hundred, Lewis was the victim of a poor decision when he was adjudged lbw in the 36th over after missing a sweep at a googly from Astle, with replays showing the ball clearly missing off-stump.

    His was one of three wickets to tumble for 24 runs, leaving the Windies tottering on 201 for eight but the right-handed Powell, who blasted two fours and four sixes, ensured a rollocking end to the innings as he put on 45 for the ninth with Kesrick Williams (16 not out).

    New Zealand were gifted easy runs early on in their run chase as the Windies seamers found themselves either too full or short, allowing Worker and Munro to dominate in a 108-run opening stand.

    Worker struck eight fours in a 66-ball knock while Munro also crunched eight fours in his 36-ball stay at the crease.

    Pacer Williams got the breakthrough when the left-handed Munro drove a simple catch to Nurse at short cover in the 17th over, and Worker followed in the next over when he was bowled by Nurse trying to cut one too close to him.

    On 118 for two, the Black Caps were steadied by a 57-run, third wicket stand between Taylor and Williamson which put the hosts in sight of victory.

    Taylor faced 76 balls and counted only two fours in a composed knock while Williamson was more expansive, striking five boundaries off 45 balls.

    When Williamson played on to Holder in the 32nd over, Taylor remained solid to add 26 for the fourth with Tom Latham (17) and 29 for the fifth with Henry Nicholls (17) to see New Zealand to a 1-0 lead in the series.

    The second ODI will be played in Christchurch on Saturday.

  • CWI reports three consecutive years of surplus

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Cricket West Indies is reporting three consecutive years of surplus following its achievement of the target set for the financial year (2016 to 2017) which ended, September 30.

    President, Dave Cameron remains optimistic that “the policies in place and the newly formulated strategic plan will continue to keep the organization’s financial management efficient, even as we look ahead to what could be considered a difficult year ahead up to September 2018.”

    The Board of Directors, at its last quarterly meeting for 2017, held in Nevis, December 2 – 3, has accepted the recommendations for the five-year strategic plan which seeks to:

    • Produce world class players and winning teams
    • Unlock the full potential of the Windies brand
    • Achieve equity of opportunities throughout the sport in the region
    • Increase the number of Caribbean people involved in the playing of the sport

    The focus of the five-year plan has been informed by a series of stakeholder consultations with the policy and operational teams which examined both the internal and external environments of the organization.


    As early as January, the organization will make a series of key announcements regarding new player contracts, a player registration system, venues for the region’s hosting of the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Championship and the push towards the strengthening of the regional competitions in all formats.

    The next quarterly meeting for the Board of Directors is due in March 2018.