• Brooks with the bat, Reifer with the ball – WINDIES A in driver’s seat against India A

    TAUNTON, London – WINDIES A are in a good position against India A in the second 4-day (unofficial Test) on their current tour of England.

    Captain, Shamarh Brooks, continues to impress with the bat and has to his credit, 122 not out in the first innings of his Team’s total of 302. On Day on this the 2nd 4-Day, WINDIES A are in front by 206 runs with 9 wickets in hand at stumps on Day 2.

    Raymond Reifer must however be credited for his 5-wickets haul which held India A to only scoring 192. He ended his stint with figures 16-2-50-5. He had credible help from Oshane Thomas whose figures were 12-1-66-3. Romario Shepherd and Sherman Lewis had a wicket each.

    Play continues tomorrow with WINDIES A on 96/1. The batsman out is Devon Thomas 25; while John Campbell 43* and Jermaine Blackwood 23* are the batsmen at the crease.

    WINDIES A drew the first 4-Day against India A.

    Following this match which is due to end on Friday, July 13. The squad ends their summer tour of the UK with a 4-day against Surrey from July 16 – 19 in London.

    DIFFERENT STORY FOR THE 50-OVERS CATEGORY

    The WINDIES A unit were not so fortunate in the 50-overs version of the tour, as they ended the tri-nation series winless.

    The management unit is however optimistic that with less than a year to go before the CWC 2019, “once a WINDIES unit can score 300 runs or more consistently, that will be what is required for any team to be competitive in the Cricket World Cup 2019.”

    While the conditions were brilliant for cricket on and off the field, the management has said “with specific work in key areas, the players will adjust after weeks of intense sessions in a high-performance program. We have seen some areas of promise, but we think more can be done in the starts and rotation in the middle. We are hoping for our opening batsmen to improve their strike rates.”

    The management has also identified that “Jason Mohammed put on a promising show with two centuries and a half century. There were also promising signs from Chandrapaul Hemraj who had decent starts.”

    Squad for the 4-day

    • Shamarh Brooks – Captain
    • Sunil Ambris
    • Jermaine Blackwood
    • John Campbell
    • Rahkeem Cornwall
    • Chandrapul Hemraj
    • Chemar Holder
    • Sherman Lewis
    • Raymond Reifer
    • Romario Shepherd
    • Vishaul Singh
    • Odean Smith
    • Devon Thomas
    • Oshane Thomas
    • Jomel Warrican

    The support staff on tour consists of:

    • Andrew Richardson –Team Manager
    • Floyd Reifer – Head Coach
    • Rayon Griffith – Asst Coach
    • Orlando Griffith – S&C
    • Vernon ‘Khevyn’ Williams – Physiotherapist
    • Dinesh Mahabir – Analyst
  • T&T, Leewards, Windwards hunt more victories in Round 2

    Port of Spain, TT – Defending champions T&T will be going after their second win Thursday, when theWINDIES Under 17 Championship continues in Trinidad and Tobago.

    Following a comprehensive 154-runs victory in the opening match against Barbados, they are confident going into the match against Jamaica. That match will be at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Couva. Jamaica will try to recover from the one-wicket close encounter with the Leeward Islands in Round One.

    Across at Gilbert Park, the Windward Islands who made a brave showing with the bat in the opening round against Guyana, will be coming up against Barbados. The Barbadians will be down in confidence after the huge defeat against T&T but Windwards will still have their hands full because they will be looking to register their first win.

    Guyana and the Leeward Islands will do battle at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. Guyana were shocked after their loss to the Leewards and will be hoping to overcome going after their first win.

    All matches get underway at 9.30am

    Matches:

    • T&T vs Jamaica at the NCC
    • Windward Islands vs Barbados at Gilbert Park
    • Guyana vs Leeward Islands at Brian Lara

    Squads:

    BARBADOS – Rashawn Antonio Worrell, Seth Leage Ackeevu Agard, Nicholas Aaron Austin, Rivaldo Aldrian Clarke, Giovonte Tarqe Depeiza, Matthew Walter Forde, Shamar Jabari Forde, Amari Alexandre Goodridge, Jayden Orlando Hoyte, Jaden Jamal R Leacock, Antonio Ricardo D Morris, Ramon Romario Simmonds, D’Angelo Ronaldo Springer, Rondre Amari Yearwood.

    GUYANA – Sachin Singh, Seon Glasgow, Navindra Persaud, Yeudister Persaud, Andre Seepersaud Hrithik Singh, Niran Bissu, Nigel Deodat, Gevon Schultz, Bhadesh Parsotam, Sheldon Charles, Silvan Williams, Leon Swamy, Dwain Dick.

    JAMAICA – Daniel Beckford, Brandon English, Oneil Roberts, Nicholas Lewin, Lenox Simpson, Razaq Williams, Romaine Bennett, Joseph Simpson, Chevonnie Grant, Andel Gordon, Jemario Wint, Akeel Hanchard, Romaine Jacob, Rajiv Redhi.

    LEEWARD ISLANDS – Rasheem Henry, Demari Benta, Clinton Reece, Jahiem Africa, Kenny Sutton, Hilroy Andrew, Jaylen Francis, Antonio Fernandes, Taeiem Tonge, Aidan Livan, Kelvin Pitman,  Tariq Newman, Essan Warner, Solomon Gokrran.

    T&T – Antonio Gomez (capt), Ryan Bandoo, Leonardo Julien, Rivaldo Ramlogan, Darren Samlal, Anderson Mahase, Nicholas Ali, Leon Basanoo, Sameer Ali, Tariq Mohammed, Isaiah Gomez, Aaron Bankay, Jayden Seales, Vanir Maharaj, Surujdath Mahabir manager, Gregory Davis coach.

    WINDWARD ISLANDS –  Teddy Bishop, Tiron Charles, Jamie Buddy, Jahiel Walters, Ethan Doctrove, Jedd Joseph, Mickel Riviere, Keygan Arnold, Lee Solomon,  Garvin Serieux, Dominic Auguste, Tyran Theodore, Simeon Gerson, Ackeem Auguste.

  • Warner Park Cricket Stadium being refurbished ahead of two ODIs

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – After hosting the St Kitts Music Festival, the Warner Park Cricket Stadium is being refurbished to ensure the pitch and outfield are in pristine condition for the two upcoming ODIs between the West Indies and Bangladesh.

    According to Anthony Wiltshire, Director of the Department of Sports, attempts to reduce damage to the field during the three-day festival were mostly successful.

    A special matting was placed on the grass to protect the playing surface from the thousands of patrons who packed the facility to see some of the best from the local, regional and international music industry. This measure was particularly important given that two ODIs will be played on July 28 and 31 between the West Indies and Bangladesh.

    Wiltshire said staff had performed exceptionally well in preparing the playing surface for international matches after the festival in the past, and he was confident they would live up to their reputation.

    The cricket pitch was also rebuilt a few months ago by the department’s staff and Ken Crafton, a pitch consultant with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), who inspected the work during a recent visit to St. Kitts commended the work done.

    “He [Ken Crafton] was here just a week or so ago and he has submitted a very good report on what is happening,” Wiltshire said.

    “In fact, he is satisfied with the work being done on the pitch. [There] are just a few areas that we need to work on and he is highly satisfied that we will be ready for the matches at the end of this month.”

    Refurbishment is also taking place in some of the skyboxes where pigeons had made their home.

    “The contractor is here ensuring that all the areas that these pigeons might have been able to get into are blocked up and the roofs for the various boxes have been repaired. We have not had any issues with the birds,” Wiltshire added.

    Other cosmetic repairs are being performed at the facility and Wiltshire said he was looking forward to welcoming patrons to the stadium for the aforementioned “Windies” matches and the home stand of the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots during the 2018 Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 (CPLT20) tournament.

    Matches will be held at Warner Park on August 28 and 30, as well as September 01, 02 and 04.

  • Brooks’ century leads Windies A recovery against India

    AUNTON, England, CMC – A fighting century from West Indies A captain Shamarh Brooks led a West Indies A fightback, but honours were left evenly shared at the end of the opening day of the second four-day “Test” against India on Tuesday.

    Brooks led from the front, stroking an unbeaten 121 as the Windies closed on 301-9 after winning the toss and electing to bat at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

    His knock was one of the few bright sparks, as no other Windies batsman made 50, and only two made more than 20.

    Brooks was the mainstay of the innings, having batted for one-minute shy of five hours and faced 224 balls. He has so far struck 15 boundaries.

    With the Windies struggling on 222-8 and in serious danger of being bowled out, the skipper found an unlikely partner in Sherman Lewis.

    The two added 70 valuable runs in a ninth-wicket partnership which helped to carry the Windies to relative safety and frustrated the Indian bowlers in the process.

    By the time Lewis was dismissed for 18, caught behind off the bowling of Mohammed Siraj, the score had grown to a respectable 292.

    Oshane Thomas (2), is the other unbeaten batsman.

    Earlier, the West Indies had wasted a decent start from John Campbell and Devon Thomas, who added 49 in an opening partnership.

    Once Thomas lost his wicket for 27, it led to a mini-batting collapse with the Windies losing three wickets for 65 runs.

    Campbell was bowled for 41 by Vijay Shankar, and soon after the wickets of Jermaine Blackwood (12) and Sunil Ambris who made a duck, soon followed to leave them on 114-4.

    Vishual Singh didn’t last long either, making just eight, as Raymond Reifer (11), Romario Shepherd (5) and Jomel Warrican (5), followed in quick succession.

    Brooks and Lewis though steadied the ship to see the Windies batted through the end of the day.

    Shahbaz Nadeem has been the pick of the Indian bowlers so far having taken 3-42, while Mohammed Siraj ended with 3-67.

    WEST INDIES A 1st innings

    J Campbell b Shankar 41

    +D Thomas c Vihari b Gurbani 27

    J Blackwood b Nadeem 12

    *S Brooks not out 121

    S Ambris lbw b Nadeem 0

    V Singh c Nair b Yadav 8

    R Reifer c Nadeem b Siraj 11

    R Shepherd b Siraj 5

    J Warrican c Pant b Nadeem 5

    S Lewis c Pant b Siraj 18

    O Thomas not out 2

    TOTAL ( 9 wickets, 90 overs) 301

    Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-86, 3-114, 4-114, 5-166, 6-210, 7-216, 8-222, 9-292.

    Bowling: Siraj 22-4-67-3, Gurbani 20-3-53-1, Shankar 6-0-20-1, Yadav 20-1-79-1, Nadeem 22-4-42-3.

    Umpires: M Newell, N Bainton.

  • Windward Islands make good start to WINDIES Under 17 Championship

    PORT-OF-SPAIN: The Windward Islands made an excellent start to the 2018 WINDIES UNDER 17 CHAMPIONSHIP when they defeated a highly fancied Guyana by 59 runs at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Couva.

    The Windwards batted first on a good batting strip with the ball coming on and scored 284 for eight off their 50 overs. Garvin Serieux was the star of the show and cracked the first century of the 2018 tournament. He scored a brilliant 122 to lead the effort after Windwards lost their first wicket without a run on the board. Serieux and Teddy Bishop who made 91, added 204 runs for the fourth wicket, before Serieux left for 122. He batted for 144 minutes, faced 130 balls and struck 15 fours and one six. Bishop who looked very fluent during his innings fell nine short of a century. He was at the crease for 136 minutes, faced 115 balls, ten of which he sent to the fence. Apart from these two Lee Solomon made 31. There were two wickets apiece from Silvan Williams and Sheldon Charles.

    When Guyana batted they got an opening partnership off 88 from Navindra Persaud and Sachin Singh. This was the perfect platform to launch after the huge score but it was not to be. Singh fell for 52 off 60 balls with seven fours and a six, and Persaud made 35 off 85 balls with three fours.

    When both left, number three batsman Seon Glasgow struck 51 but the others failed to come to the part and Guyana folded for 225 in 47.5 overs. Glasgow faced just 40 balls for his half century, hitting three fours and two sixes.  Dominic Auguste and Ackeem Auguste were the chief destroyers with both men taking four wickets each.

    SCORES

    At the NCC: Windward Is 284/ 8 (50) (Garvin Serieux 122, Teddy Bishop 91, Lee Solomon 31, Silvan Williams 2/43, Sheldon Charles 2/32) vs Guyana 225 all out (47.5) (Sachin Singh 52, Seon Glasgow 51, Navindra Persaud 35, Ackeem Auguste 4/50, Dominic Auguste 4/42) – Windwards won by 59 runs.

    Click here for full scorecard.

  • T&T opens with big win

    PORT-OF-SPAIN: T&T under-17 cricketers open the defence of their CWI Regional U-17 title, with a crushing win over Barbados in the opening round at the Brian Lara Academy in Tarouba on Tuesday.

    Led by brilliant batting from Leonardo Julien and excellent spin bowling from Samir Ali, the T&T boys ran away winners by 154 runs. Batting first, the two-time defending champions got 83 from Julien to post a competitive 250 for eight off their 50 overs. Barbados had no answers to the T&T slow bowlers and Ali picked up 3/13, as they crashed to 96 all out.

    Julien the Merryboys left hander was in fine form from the moment he went to the crease and took charge of proceedings. He and Tariq Mohammed posted 60 runs for the second wicket before Mohammed left for 31. Julien battled on and posted his half century. He found an able partner in Rivaldo Ramlogan and they shared 82 runs for the fifth wicket. When Julien departed for 83, he had faced only 115 balls in 158 minutes of batting, striking six fours and three sixes.

    Ramlogan scored a quickfire 57 off just 49 balls with two fours and three sixes. Towards the end Isaiah Gomez made 22 not out from 17 balls. The pick of the bowlers for Barbados was Mathew Forde who took 2/37.

    When Barbados batted they failed to forge any meaningful partnerships and this crippled their reply. Opener Rashawn Worrell hit a top score of 19. Apart from Ali, fellow spinner Anderson Mahase took 2/25. Ramlogan, Jaden Seales, Gomez and Nicholas Ali each took one wicket.

    CWI REGIONAL U-17 SCORES

    T&T 250/8 (50) (Leonardo Julien 83, Rivaldo Ramlogan 57, Isaiah Gomez 22no, Mathew Forde 2/37, Alexandre Goodridge 2/45) vs Barbados 96 all out (29.4) (Samir Ali 3/13, Anderson Mahase 2/25) – T&T won by 154 runs.

  • Leewards take low-scoring thriller

    PORT-OF-SPAIN: The Leeward Islands defeated Jamaica by one wicket in their opening round encounter of the WINDIES Under 17 Championship on Tuesday at Gilbert Park in California, Trinidad. 

    The Leewards after a wonderful bowling display had to chase only 138 for victory and they got home at 139 for nine wicket with just one ball to spare.  

    Antonio Fernandes and Jaylen Francis came together with Leewards on 125 for nine and was able to get the required 13 runs without being separated to spark wild celebrations among the Leewards players.  

    Earlier, Jamaica found the going tough and despite an admirable 42 from Lenox Simpson, they were only able to score 137 all out. Simpson faced 91 balls, hitting a four and a six and got some support from Oneil Roberts who scored 27. Jamaica’s innings could have been much worse but for a last wicket stand of 39 runs from Simpson and Akeel Hanchard.

    The best of the Leewards attack was Tariq Newman who scalped four batsmen in a destructive spell that cost only 14 runs. Kenny Sutton was also good with the ball and he grabbed 3/32.

    When the Leewards batted they were going well at 61/1 until a collapse ensued and they slumped to 82 for five. Sutton who was the mainstay at the top of the order fell for 29. Razaq Williams, Hanchard and Brandon English bowled their hearts out in an effort to bring the victory to Jamaica but in the end the last pair took the Leewards home. Williams took 2/27, English 2/28 and Hanchard 3/29.

    At Gilbert Park: Jamaica 137 (43.1 overs) (Lenox Simpson 42, Oneil Roberts 27, Tariq Newman 4/14, Kenny Sutton 3/32) vs Leewards 139/9 (49.5 overs) (Kenny Sutton 29, Akeel Hanchard 3/29, Brandon English 2/28, Razaq Williams 2/27)

    RESULT: Leewards won by one wkt.

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  • Lewis slips but still remains Windies’ top T20 batsman, Badree still top bowler

    LONDON, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago opening batsman Evin Lews dropped two spots but still remains the highest ranked West Indian, while Samuel Badree maintained his rank when the ICC released its latest T20I player rankings on Monday.

    Lewis slipped from number five to number seven, but still remains the only Windies player in the top 20 having accumulated 753 points.

    He is only eight points behind Australian Glenn Maxwell (761) who dropped three spots to sixth.

    Maxwell’s teammate Aaron Finch currently sits atop the rankings with 900 points, becoming the first player in T20 history to break the 900-point mark.

    The West Indies have two players among the top 20 bowlers, thanks to Trinidad and Tobago’s spinning duo of Badree, who holds on to his number five ranking with 674 points, and Sunil Narine, who slipped one place to be ranked 18th on 587 points.

    Banlgadesh’s Rashid Khan (816) is still the number one ranked bowler with Shadab Khan of Pakistan (769) a distant second.

    The West Indies are still the seventh-ranked T20 team on 114 points, the same as sixth-ranked South Africa.

    Australia plus the next nine highest-ranked sides will automatically qualify for the ICC Men’s World T20 2020 to be held in Australia.

  • Joseph in; Roach has been ordered to rest

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – Young fast bowler, Alzarri Joseph is in the 13-man Test Squad to face Bangladesh in the 2nd Test to start at Sabina Park this Thursday.

    Joseph on his return to international cricket was the most successful bowler for the President’s XI side vs Bangladesh with 4 for 53 from 15 overs just under two weeks ago.

    Absent from the squad is Kemar Roach who has been ordered to rest following a hamstring strain in the first innings of the Test in Antigua that the WINDIES won by an inning and 219 runs.

    The squad reads:

    1. Jason Holder – Captain
    2. Devendra Bishoo
    3. Kraigg Brathwaite
    4. Roston Chase
    5. Miguel Cummins
    6. Shane Dowrich
    7. Shannon Gabriel
    8. Shimron Hetmyer
    9. Alzarri Joseph
    10. Shai Hope
    11. Keemo Paul
    12. Kieran Powell
    13. Devon Smith

    The win in the first Test, saw some positive movements in the ICC rankings for several players. Roach, 20th and Brathwaite, 16th are now in the Top 20 in bowling and batting respectively; while Captain Holder moves up two places to 52nd and to 23rd in the bowling. Other players to be tagged in the ranking are Powell up five places to 61stand Cummins, up 12 places to 55th.

    Here are the scenarios for the WINDIES based on results in this two-match Test Series, which could see the team move up from the current 9th-placed Test ranking:

    • Drawn series – Bangladesh 75; WINDIES 72
    • WINDIES win 1-0 – WINDIES 75, Bangladesh 69
    • WINDIES win 2-0 – WINDIES 77, Bangladesh 67
  • Women in full swing as ICC World T20 Championship gets closer

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – We are almost down to the 100-days mark before WINDIES Women start their defense of the World Twenty20 Championship Title come November 9 – 24.

    The WINDIES Women have been in two high performance camps since April 30. They took a working break in June where they represented their national sides for the Women’s CHAMPIONSHIP. Barbados and Jamaica emerged as the Super50 and T20 Blaze Champions respectively.

    Up to July 16, the squad of 20 will be in Antigua for another high-performance program which will include on and off the field sessions not limited to yoga, nutrition, mental conditioning along with simulation of game conditions and other cricketing techniques. In May, the women in camp were also exposed to the UNICEF Child Protection course.

    The squad will have a warm up in September when they host South Africa. Henderson Springer, Head Coach and his support team are running the sessions in Antigua.

    Shania Abdool, Aria Fortune, Sheneta Grimmond, Karishma Ramharack are the new additions; while we welcome the return of Natasha McLean, Chinelle Henry, Akeira Peters and Shabika Gajnabi.

    The 20-member squad in camp reads:

    • Shania Abdool  – TT
    • Merissa Aguilleira – TT
    • Shemaine Campbelle – Guyana
    • Shamilia Connell – Barbados
    • Britney Cooper – TT
    • Deandra Dottin – Barbados
    • Afy Fletcher – Windward Islands
    • Aria Fortune – Windward Islands
    • Shabika Gajnabi – Guyana
    • Sheneta Grimmond – Guyana
    • Chinelle Henry – Jamaica
    • Qiana Joseph – Windward Islands
    • Kycia Knight – Barbados
    • Hayley Matthews – Barbados
    • Natasha McClean – Jamaica
    • Anisa Mohammed – TT
    • Chedean Nation – Jamaica
    • Akeira Peters – Windward Islands
    • Karishma Ramharack – TT
    • Shakera Selman – Barbados

    Captain, Stafanie Taylor is unavailable due to other commitments and will play for the Western Storm in the UK in the Kia Super League which ends in August. Western Storm are the defending champions.

    WINDIES WOMEN CONTINUE TO SOAR

    An ESPN Cric info Jury only last week named an all-time T20 eleven and three WINDIES Women are in that list

    • Stafanie Taylor
    • Deandra Dottin
    • Anisa Mohammed

    Taylor and Dottin are considered all-rounders, while Mohammed is among the best of the bowling unit.