• de Silva hundred not enough as Windies A take control

    FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica, CMC – Skipper Dhananjaya De Silva struck his 11th first class hundred but West Indies A still manage to restrict Sri Lanka A on the penultimate day of the first four-day “Test” here Friday.

    The 26-year-old, who boasts two Test hundreds in 10 matches, struck 104 as the visitors reached 210 for seven in their first innings before rain and then bad light ended play prematurely at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.

    Wanindu Hasaranga chipped in with 24 and Dasun Shanaka, 20 but Sri Lanka A failed to come to grips with the Windies A probing attack.

    Fast bowlers Keon Joseph (2-28) and Sheldon Cottrell (2-41), along with leg-spinner Damion Jacobs (2-33) all finished with two wickets each.

    After the Windies A declared at their overnight 364 for eight, they quickly made inroads into the Sri Lankan innings, reducing it to 33 for two as Ron Chandragupta (11) and Sandun Weerakkody (0) perished cheaply.

    However, de Silva came to his side’s rescue, anchoring three successive partnerships to put the innings back on course.

    First, he put on 40 for the third wicket with Charith Asalanka (10), a further 35 for the fourth wicket with Shanaka before adding an invaluable 63 for the fifth wicket with Hasaranga.

    All told, the right-handed de Silva struck 10 fours and three sixes, in an innings lasting 143 balls and nearly four hours.

    They were well placed at 171 for four before Jacobs struck twice in successive deliveries to remove de Silva and Chamika Karunaratne (0) as three wickets tumbled for 10 runs in the space of 28 deliveries.

    WEST INDIES A 1st Innings 364-8 decl.

    SRI LANKA A 1st innings

    R Chandragupta c wkp Hamilton b Cottrell 11

    +S Weerakkody c Brooks b Joseph 0

    *D de Silva c Campbell b Jacobs 104

    C Asalanka c Ambris b Joseph 10

    D Shanaka c and b Cottrell 20

    W Hasaranga c Brooks b Cornwall 24

    S Jayasuriya not out 12

    C Karunaratne lbw b Jacobs 0

    M Pushpakumara not out 10

    Extras (b3, w1, nb6) 10

    TOTAL (7 wkts, 53 overs) 210

    To bat: L Kumara, A Fernando.

    Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-33, 3-73, 4-108, 5-171, 6-181, 7-181.

    Bowling: Cottrell 13-2-41-2, Joseph 8-1-28-2, Leveridge 10-2-28-0, Cornwall 13-1-68-1, Jacobs 9-0-33-2.

    Position: Sri Lanka A trail by 154 run with three wickets remaining.

    Toss: West Indies A.

    Umpires: C Wright, P Gustard.

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  • Ambris shines with hundred but rain wrecks play

    FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica, CMC – Sunil Ambris increased pressure on West Indies selectors by carving out his fourth first class hundred, but rain allowed just just 3-1/4 hours play, on the second day of the opening four-day “Test” against Sri Lanka A here Thursday.

    The 24-year-old struck 106 as the hosts, resuming from 236 for four, reached 364 for eight in their first innings before rain arrived 41 minutes after the lunch break to end play prematurely at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.

    Though the rain abated, conditions kept players off the field and play was eventually called off late in the day.

    Ambris was supported by overnight partner Vishaul Singh who hit 81 while all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall chipped in with 25.

    Left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara claimed three for 104 while medium pacer Chamika Karunaratne picked up two for 61.

    Right-hander Ambris picked up where he left off on Wednesday’s opening day as he dominated the Sri Lankan bowling yet again.

    Resuming on 62, the Vincentian stormed to three figures in an innings which included 12 fours off 156 deliveries in just under 4-1/2 hours, all told.

    The innings was a further reminder for the Windies selectors who ignored Ambris for the Pakistan, England and Zimbabwe series, despite his heaving recent scoring in the domestic competition.

    Ambris extended his fifth wicket partnership with Singh to 136 before adding a further 51 for the sixth wicket with Cornwall.

    In contrast, Singh’s innings was a patient one, lasting 219 balls in just under 5-1/4 hours and including four fours.

    Windies A were perched on 333 for six at lunch but only 15 overs were possible afterwards before the weather curtailed play.

    WEST INDIES A 1st Innings

    (overnight 236 for four)

    M Hodge  st Weerakkody b Pushpakumara 13

    J Campbell st Weerakkody b Jayasuriya 56

    *S Brooks run out 19

    V Singh lbw b Fernando 81

    +J Hamilton lbw b Pushpakumara 6

    S Ambris  c Fernando b Karunaratne 106

    R Cornwall c Jayasuriya b Karunaratne 36

    D Jacobs st Weerakkody b Pushpakumara 15

    S Cottrell not out 2

    K Joseph not out 1

    Extras (b10, lb3, w8, nb8) 29

    TOTAL (8 wkts, 120 overs) 364

    To bat: R Leveridge

    Fall of wickets: 1-44, 2-76, 3-127, 4-145, 5-281, 6-332, 7-354, 8-363.

    Bowling: Fernando 16-3-37-1, Kumara 16-1-63-0, Pushpakumara 36-6-104-3, Karunaratne 21-1-61-2, Jayasuriya 17-3-43-1, Silva 6-1-9-0, Hasaranga 3-0-15-0, Shanaka 5-2-19-0.

    SRI LANKA A – Dhananjaya De Silva (captain), Charith Asalanka (vice-captain), +Sandun Weerakkody, Ron Chandragupta, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Malinda Pushpakumara, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando.

    Toss: West Indies A.

    Umpires: C Wright, P Gustard.

  • Ambris, Singh half-centuries allow hosts to dominate

    FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica, CMC – Batsman Sunil Ambris continued to press his case for international selection while Vishaul Singh sent a reminder of his quality, as both batsmen stroked half-centuries on the opening day of the first four-day “Test” against Sri Lanka A here Wednesday.

    Opting for first knock at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, the hosts were 236 for four when bad light ended play on the country’s scenic north coast.

    The right-handed Ambris was unbeaten on a stroke-filled 62 while Singh was on a patient 58, the pair involved in an unbroken 91-run fifth wicket stand.

    Left-hander John Campbell also gathered a half-century with 56.

    Left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, who played two Tests against India last August, claimed two for 56.

    Openers Campbell and Montcin Hodge, who made 13, put on 44 and safely navigated the first hour to hand West Indies A a decent start.

    The right-handed Hodge perished shortly afterwards, however, going stumped off Pushpakumara in the third over following the drinks break.

    Campbell, who faced 108 balls in nearly three hours at the crease and struck six fours, put on a further 32 for the second wicket with captain Shamarh Brooks who made 19.

    However, Brooks perished via the run out route, paving the way for a 51-run, third wicket partnership between Campbell and Singh.

    Singh, who played three Tests against Pakistan earlier this year, faced 174 balls in just under four hours and counted three boundaries.

    Campbell and Jahmar Hamilton (6) fell 18 runs apart to leave Windies A on 145 for four but Ambris arrived to buttress the innings in a solid partnership with Singh.

    The 23-year-old Ambris, who played a single One-Day International against England last month, stroked 10 fours off a mere 75 deliveries in a robust innings.

    The knock came against the backdrop of his heavy scoring in the last domestic season when he amassed over 600 runs in the first class season and 400 runs in the Super50 one-day championship.

    WEST INDIES A 1st Innings

    M Hodge  st Weerakkody b Pushpakumara 13

    J Campbell st Weerakkody b Jayasuriya 56

    *S Brooks run out 19

    V Singh not out 58

    +J Hamilton lbw b Pushpakumara 6

    S Ambris  not out 62

    Extras (b8, lb1, w8, nb5) 22

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 76.1 overs) 236

    To bat: R Cornwall, D Jacobs, S Cottrell, K Joseph, R Leveridge.

    Fall of wickets: 1-44, 2-76, 3-127, 4-145.

    Bowling: Fernando 8-1-21-0, Kumara 11-1-43-0, Pushpakumara 19.1-4-62-2, Karunaratne 12-1-33-0, Jayasuriya 16-3-39-1, Silva 6-1-9-0, Hasaranga 1-0-9-0, Shanaka 3-1-11-0.

    SRI LANKA A – Dhananjaya De Silva (captain), Charith Asalanka (vice-captain), +Sandun Weerakkody, Ron Chandragupta, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Malinda Pushpakumara, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando.

    Toss: West Indies A.

    Umpires: C Wright, P Gustard.

  • Windies Women defeat Sri Lanka Women by 6 wickets

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua- Player of the Match Hayley Matthews helped the Windies Women to 2 valuable points in a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka Women in the 1st ODI in Trinidad. The three-match ODI series is part of the ICC Women’s Championships, used as qualification for the 2021 World Cup.

    Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. Yosada Mendis top scored for the tourists, followed by Dilani Manodara 28 for 136 all out in 49.4 overs.

    Hayley Matthews was destructive with the ball taking 3/18 from her allotted 10 overs, which included 2 maidens. Skipper, Stafanie Taylor took 3/24 from 10, and Afy Fletcher also had 3/42 from 9.4 overs.

    Both Kycia Knight and Captain Stafanie Taylor fell early in the run-chase. But Hayley Matthews and Chedean Nation restored the innings as they shared in 37 run partnership before Matthews had to retire hurt.

    Deandra Dottin and Nation then added 12 together before Nation became Ranaweera’s first scalp for 24. Dottin was next to go when she gave herself too much room and her stumps were rattled by Ranaweera for 22.

    Merissa Aguilleira 34 not out  and Kyshona Knight 21 not out then took the charge to victory. This match- winning partnership of 42 took the Windies Women home to victory by six wickets.

    The next match is a Day/Night game on Friday 13 from 2:30pm at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.

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    Toss: Sri Lanka Women won the toss and elected to field

    Windies Women XI: Stafanie Taylor*, Anisa Mohammed, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Merissa Aguilleira, Shamillia Connell, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Shakera Selman.

    Sri Lanka Women XI: Inoaka Ranaweera*, Sripali Weerakkodi, Nipuni Hansika, Yosada Mendis, Chamari Athapaththu, Dilani Manodara, Shashikala Siriwardena, Prasadani Weerakkodi, Rebaka Vandort, Ama Kanchana, Hansima Karunarathne, Achini Kulasooriya, Chandima Gunarathne.

  • Brooks, Windies “A” look to make home advantage count against Sri Lanka “A”

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Shamarh Brooks said one of the major aims of Windies “A” was to stoutly defend home soil against Sri Lanka “A” and avenge the series loss the side suffered when they faced the same opponents in their backyard two years ago.

    The Windies “A” captain was speaking on the eve of the start of the three “Test” series which opens tomorrow at the Trelawny Multiplex in Jamaica, where all of the matches, including three One-dayers, will be staged.

    Brooks was also at the helm of Windies “A” when they lost a hard fought, three-match series 2-1 last October in Sri Lanka and this was one of the things uppermost in his side’s mind, as they prepared for the first “Test”.

    On the players’ approach to the series, Brooks said: “The players have been pretty excited. We had a camp in Antigua and it went pretty well. It was pretty strenuous and it was a good blow-out for the players coming back off of white-ball matches. It helped to get them back into the groove of red-ball matches, so it went very well. We arrived last week in Jamaica to complete our preparations for the series. We know we lost the “Test” series the last time the Windies “A” Team visited Sri Lanka last year, so we are pretty pumped about getting back at them on our home soil.”

    On the value of “A” Team matches, he said: “It is a valuable experience. Coming on the back of our expanded first-class season, getting the opportunity to play against this type of opposition is a good experience and good exposure for our players. It is a very important litmus test to indicate where is our game at that period of time, so it is very important level of the game. I think we have a good, balanced side. I can’t say that batting or bowling is our strength. I think we have a good, all-round unit.”

    On his own personal goals, Brooks said: “As a batsman in any type of match, your aim is also to score as many runs as you possibly can, allow the weight of runs to speak for itself, and when you break it down, the goal is always to score hundreds, so that will be one of the things I will be looking to do. In a nutshell, amass as many runs as I can and try to be as consistently prolific as I can be.”

    On how conditions will affect strategy, he said: “Practising on the surfaces adjacent, it looks like it will be a good pitch. It would appear that both the fast bowlers and the spinners can get some amount of assistance from the surface. It seems like there will be some bounce for the fast bowlers, once they are prepared to put in the hard work, but I believe we are a well-rounded side and whatever conditions we are presented, we should be able to adapt and execute.”

    On the definition of success, other than winning the serie, Brooks said: “Sticking together – this will be the key. We have been playing with and against each other for some time, so we should have a pretty good understanding of each other and enjoy each other’s company. We have built up a strong camaraderie from the time we assembled for the camp two weeks ago in Antigua, so team unity will be important. We cannot take the Sri Lankans for granted. There are some pretty good players in their team, especially when you look at the numbers, so sticking together and backing each other will play a vital role in us being triumphant in this series.”

    SQUAD

    Shamarh Brooks (Captain)

    Vishaul Singh (Vice-Captain)

    Sunil Ambris

    John Campbell

    Yannic Cariah

    Rahkeem Cornwall

    Sheldon Cottrell

    Jahmar Hamilton

    Montcin Hodge

    Damion Jacobs

    Keon Joseph

    Reynard Leveridge

    Oshane Thomas

    Team Management Unit

    Graeme West (Head Coach)

    Dwain Gill (Team Operations Manager)

    Corey Collymore (Assistant Coach)

    Khevyn Williams (Physiotherapist)

    Zephrynus Nicholas (Fitness Coordinator)

    Dinesh Mahabir (Video Data Analyst)

  • West urges players to advance claims during “A” Team series

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Windies “A” head coach Graeme West said the imminent home series against Sri Lanka “A” is the perfect opportunity for a number of fringe players to advance their claims for recognition by the Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies at the highest levels of the game.

    West was speaking ahead of the start of the series that begins with the first of three “Tests”, which opens on Wednesday at the Trelawny Multiplex in Jamaica, where all of the matches in the series, including three One-dayers, will be staged.

    On the importance of players showing consistency, West said: “The players that have progressed to the senior team over the last 12 or 18 months have done it on the backs of some consistent performances in “A” Team matches. More of the same is required from the team, as a collective to do well, but with strong contributions from each individual. We have players in this squad at different points in their career, but there a few of them that will feel they need to really make a move forward over the next few weeks and ahead of the start of the next regional season, so this is a really great opportunity to get ahead of the game.

    On how preparations for the series have gone, he said: “I am very pleased with the work that the players have put in. The work in Antigua we did was good. Several of the players did not have a great opportunity to practice, due to the hurricanes in the Caribbean, but I feel everyone has got up to speed very quickly, and the two sessions we have had in Trelawny have been excellent. The quality has been high and the intensity has steadily increased as game-day arrives on Wednesday.”

    On how he would define success in the series, West said: “Sri Lanka has come with a good mix of experienced and very promising players, so it would be pleasing to record a series victory against any them or any other visiting side for that matter. Apart from this, it would be good to see batsmen like Montcin Hodge and John Campbell, as well as Vishaul Singh, who has had an opportunity to play for the senior team, and captain Shamarh Brooks get significant scores. It will also be a big test for two of our fast bowlers, Reynard Leveridge and Oshane Thomas, they have just five matches between them, but they great ability and can bowl quickly, so it will be important to see if they can keep it going throughout a day and a four-day match. In the spin bowling, we have players that are familiar with the “A” Team set-up and have been consistently performing in regional tournaments, so it would be a good opportunity for them to push their claims by taking wickets and bowling effectively in the conditions that we find throughout the series.”

    On the value of “A” Team matches in the development of the players, he said: “They are invaluable to the players. It allows them to play against different methods. This is a home series, but when you travel and play in different conditions, it adds to a player’s methods, it adds to his experience and the beauty of having them back on the calendar, I feel that the players coming through the programme will be better prepared to move forward to the next level. It is required to be fitted in between the regional tournaments and international level, so they must be treated with importance. We use them to develop the players not just for the time we are together, but that they can take back to their franchises that would allow them to progress on a long-term basis than just in a three-match series.

    SQUAD

    Shamarh Brooks (Captain)

    Vishaul Singh (Vice-Captain)

    Sunil Ambris

    John Campbell

    Yannic Cariah

    Rahkeem Cornwall

    Sheldon Cottrell

    Jahmar Hamilton

    Montcin Hodge

    Damion Jacobs

    Keon Joseph

    Reynard Leveridge

    Oshane Thomas

    Team Management Unit

    Graeme West (Head Coach)

    Dwain Gill (Team Operations Manager)

    Corey Collymore (Assistant Coach)

    Khevyn Williams (Physiotherapist)

    Zephrynus Nicholas (Fitness Coordinator)

    Dinesh Mahabir (Video Data Analyst)

  • Opportunity knocks says Adams ahead of Digicel 4-Day Tournament

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Opportunity was the recurring theme, as Cricket West Indies director of cricket Jimmy Adams looked forward to the new regional season – and the Digicel 4-Day Tournament in particular.

    The six regional franchises have started preparations for the upcoming #D4Day season which gets going on Thursday, October 26, and Adams said he was bubbling with excitement at the prospects the new season holds for the game in the Caribbean.

    “It’s an opportunity for the talented players in our game to stake a claim for a place in international matches,” he said.

    “It’s also an opportunity for us to see young players that have just come out of youth cricket and it’s another opportunity for us to showcase the depth of West Indies talent, so I am quite looking forward to the start of this Digicel 4-Day season.”

    Adams added: “This tournament is critical to our game in view of its length, since there are return matches. It provides so many opportunities for young players and for some that have been around for a long time to get a lot of matches under their belt.

    “I think it is also good for the selectors to have an opportunity to see more of the players in different conditions, so it will throw up a lot of very, very useful information and give us a better indication about the quality of our players. It’s a very important cog in the wheel of the development cycle, so I am looking forward to seeing how players have progressed from the end of last season.”

    The Regional 4-Day Tournament, being sponsored for the second straight year by Digicel, was expanded to 10 matches three years ago, when CWI inaugurated the Professional Cricket League featuring six territorial franchises playing home and away matches, and a system that promotes player movement.

    “The feedback has been very positive from every one,” said Adams. “Just the fact that they are playing consistently more games, it has been critical for a lot of our players along that development curve to be able to play as much as they can within the season.

    “I don’t think there is anybody out there that can deny it has been a ‘net-positive’ having 10 games in comparison to maybe five or six that we used to play in the past.”

    The #D4Day concludes on January 21, and all matches are now regularly scheduled to start on a Thursday, rather than Friday, in a break from the long-standing tradition in the modern history (1966 onwards) of the West Indies first-class championship.

    The schedule has also been tightened up, due to the heavy amount of international matches that CWI will be staging in the coming months, and it would also allow the regional governing body to complete the #D4Day ahead of the Regional Super50 Tournament.

    A Thursday start has also been introduced to give fans the option of coming out to see the end of the matches over the weekend, rather than having to take Mondays off.

    “It will be a demanding season for the players and to be able to cope with the level of sustained physical and mental pressure, we will need them to be in top condition, so that they can repeat good performances and so it has to be a massive part of their preparation going into the season,” he said.

    Reigning three-time champions Guyana Jaguars will open their #D4Day title defence against Jamaica Scorpions on home soil at the Guyana National Stadium.

    The other first round matches feature Windward Islands Volcanoes and Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada, and the fiercest rivalry in Caribbean sport between hosts Barbados Pride and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at Kensington Oval in one of six day/night matches on the season schedule.

  • Digicel Regional 4-Day Championship – Selectors eyeing batsmen, fast bowlers says Browne

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Wanted: a few quality batsmen and express fast bowlers.

    That’s the word from Chairman of the Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies Courtney Browne, as he looked forward to the start of the Digicel Regional 4-Day Championship later this month.

    The six regional franchises have started preparations for the upcoming #D4Day season, and Browne identified batting and fast bowling, as two key areas for which the selection panel will be keeping a keen eye.

    “Finding a few consistent batsmen is important, but what is also key for us is to unearth some young fast bowlers, so that we can add to the pool that we currently have, especially players that can clock in the high 80 to 90 mph range.

    He added: “So this upcoming regional season is key for players. There is an upcoming tour to the Caribbean by the England Lions early next year and such a high-profile “A” Team tour has not happened in a number of years.

    “It is where our players can showcase their talent and we can identify players for selection to our “A” Team. Regional tournaments are very key in player development, so we are very happy when we have regional tournaments and “A” Team tours running closely behind each other.”

    This will be the fourth year that #D4Day in its current form will be contested over 10 matches. It followed the inauguration of the Professional Cricket League by CWI and features the six territorial franchises of Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Jamaica Scorpions, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Windward Islands Volcanoes playing home and away matches, and a system that promotes player movement.

    “As selectors, we are happy with the length of the season,” said Browne. “We believe 10 matches in the #D4Day is a good yardstick for the players and for us. It helps us to see a player over a period of time and puts us in a better position to analyse if he has what it takes to be considered for the higher level.

    “In a shorter season, a player may do well in a few matches and you may consider him, but in the longer season, there will be highs and lows, and you get to see how he handles different situations. This put selectors in a better position to gauge how well he is doing by the end of the season.

    “We would also like to urge players to work on their fitness and aim at achieving the fitness levels expected as our international teams have ramped up their fitness and conditioning work.

    Browne urged players to show a higher level of consistency in performance, since this is one of the ways that the selectors use to measure a player’s quality.

    “When you look at the regional tournaments, it is a pathway into our representative teams as well,” he said. “It is a breeding ground for us and it is very important when we sit as selectors to look at players that have done well in the regional tournaments to identify those players that can go into our “A” Team programme.

    “CWI now has a full “A” Team programme which helps to develop a better player and also helps to shorten their learning curve in international cricket.”

    He said: “There are cases where players do perform and may not make it into the senior team as quickly as persons expect.

    “If there are players in the senior team that are already there, they have to be given a full opportunity and the emerging player will have to wait a bit longer than usual, rather than the chopping and changing approach. But we would urge them to continue to strive for consistency and show it over a longer period and not a one-off performance.”

    The #D4Day concludes on January 21, and all matches are now regularly scheduled to start on a Thursday, rather than Friday, in a break from the long-standing tradition in the modern history (1966 onwards) of the West Indies first-class championship.

    The schedule has also been tightened up, due to the heavy amount of international matches that CWI will be staging in the coming months, and it would also allow the regional governing body to complete the #D4Day ahead of the Regional Super50 Tournament.

    A Thursday start has also been introduced to give fans the option of coming out to see the end of the matches over the weekend, rather than having to take Mondays off.

    Reigning three-time champions Guyana Jaguars will open their #D4Day title defence against Jamaica Scorpions on home soil at the Guyana National Stadium.

    The other first round matches feature Windward Islands Volcanoes and Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada, and the fiercest rivalry in Caribbean sport between hosts Barbados Pride and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at Kensington Oval in one of six day/night matches on the season schedule.