• Chase taking fresh guard in new format

    GROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – Rising Test star Roston Chase said Wednesday he would not take his form in the recent Pakistan series for granted, as he looked to make his mark in the One-Day International series against Afghanistan starting here Friday.

    The right-handed Chase is the only uncapped player in the 13-man squad named for the three-match series scheduled for the Darren Sammy National Stadium, called up on the virtue of his heaving scoring in the recent three-Test series in the Caribbean.

    But the Barbadian said he was under no illusions that his form in the longer format would automatically translate into ODIs.

    “I’m confident coming in, having that series against Pakistan but this is a different format,” he noted.

    “I can’t really take that for granted. I now have to find my feet and work out what are the dos and don’ts at this level.”

    Chase finished as the leading scorer in the Pakistan series, amassing 403 runs at an average of 100, including two hundreds and two half-centuries.

    The performance came against the backdrop of his maiden Test hundred against India last year when he helped West Indies pull off a battling draw on a difficult last day wicket at Sabina Park.

    Chase, who averages only 25 in List A cricket, said he did not intend to make major changes to his approach to batting in the one-day format.

    “I think the main thing to focus on is not really changing my game too much because it’s one-day cricket,” he pointed out.

    “[It’s] not thinking about just fours and sixes but rotating the strike as I usually do and putting away the bad balls. That’s the main thing for me.”

    He added: “But if the team requires me to play a different role, I am more than happy to play the role the team requires me to do at that point in time.

    Since his last competitive innings almost a month ago, Chase has spent the time at home improving his fitness and making minor adjustments to his technique.

    And he said he hoped the improvements would further enhance his game as he looked forward to his one-day career.

    “I’ve been mainly doing some gym work and fitness work but in the batting department I’ve just been working on being a bit more forceful with some balls I’ve picked up the line of early,” the 25-year-old noted.

    “[I’m] just looking to be a little more aggressive but not too overly aggressive and just get my footwork [together] and just using the wrists a lot more to manoevre the ball into the gaps.”

  • Runs for Taylor but Windies fizzle in warm-up

    LOUGHBOROUGH, England, Jun 7, CMC – West Indies Women captain Stafanie Taylor showed early glimpses of form but the Caribbean side lost a warm-up match to a strong England Women XI here Wednesday, as they continued to gear up for the ICC Women’s World Cup later this month.

    The right-hander, who struggled somewhat in this year’s Regional Super50 Championship, struck an attractive 60 as the tourists were dismissed for a disappointing 150 off 49.3 overs at Loughborough University.

    Veteran Deandra Dottin chipped in with 25 and opener Hayley Matthews, 22, but they were three of only four to reach double figures.

    Matthews put on 39 for the first wicket with the uncapped Felicia Walters (12) before she was bowled by seamer Anya Shrubsole, leading to a slide where four wickets fell for 15 runs to leave the Windies Women on 54 for four in the 22nd over.

    However, Taylor and Dottin then combined to revive the innings in a 54-run stand. Taylor faced 86 balls and counted five fours and a six while Dottin struck two fours and a six in 50-ball knock.

    Once Dottin perished in the 39th over, however, the innings declined again as the last five wickets tumbled for 25 runs.

    Seamer Natalie Sciver finished with four for 39 while off-spinner Danielle Hazell picked up three for 21.

    In reply, England easily overhauled their target but batted the full 50 overs, to finish on 281 for seven.

    Dottin claimed two for 14 with her medium pace while leg-spinner Afy Fletcher finished two for 32.

    The game was part of the Caribbean side’s ongoing preparation camp before the ICC Women’s World Cup bowls off from June 24 to July 23.

  • Peters eyeing debut in upcoming World Cup

    SOUTHAMPTON, England, CMC – Rookie Akeira Peters says she is thrilled with her selection to the West Indies side for the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup, and is hoping to leave her mark on the tournament.

    The 23-year-old all-rounder was one of four newcomers named in the 15-member squad for the June 24 to July 23 campaign here, where West Indies enter as one of the favourites.

    “This opportunity means a great deal. Of course it’s a pleasure to be representing the region so it’s a great opportunity for me to go out there and showcase my talent. I was very happy I was selected and I am grateful for the opportunity,” the Grenadian said during the ongoing preparation camp at the Ageas Bowl here.

    “I hope that I get the opportunity to play and in doing that I can accomplish my task, whatever is given to me and as a result I can help the team in whatever way I can.”

    Peters, a left-handed batsman who bowls right-arm seam, has picked on potential after enduring an ordinary Regional Super50 Championship earlier this year for Windward Islands.

    She along with fellow uncapped players in Qiana Joseph, Felicia Walters and Reniece Boyce join a side boasting international stars like captain Stafanie Taylor, Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews, and noted there had been no problems fitting into the squad.

    “So far it has been really great. The girls are very warm and welcoming and they help you in anyway they can so it’s been really good so far,” he pointed out.

    Peters said the road to international colours had been a difficult one and believes if she makes her debut in the tournament, it would be a fitting way to crown her journey.

    “It’s been quite difficult sometimes. Having to go to work from 7 am and finishing four o’clock, five o’clock sometimes, and you go to the park and you only get a couple hours because it gets dark so it has been kind of difficult,” she explained.

    “However, whenever I got the opportunity I would use the time wisely and push some work and ensure I got what I planned to do on that day done.”

    She added: “It would mean a great deal [to play a World Cup match]. I don’t how to express myself … it would be such an exciting feeling.”

    West Indies Women play official warm-up matches against Pakistan on June 20 and against South Africa two days later, before opening their campaign with a clash with reigning champions Australia on June 26.

  • Skipper Brathwaite thrilled by Windies professionalism

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite has praised his side’s professionalism, after they trounced Afghanistan by seven wickets in Monday’s final Twenty20 International and complete a 3-0 series whitewash.

    Entering the series as heavy favourites to beat the ICC Associate nation, West Indies imposed their superiority to reduce each of the three games to a no-contest as they pulled off convincing victories in each.

    The gulf between the two teams was especially evident in the final game as right-hander Marlon Samuels produced a stroke-filled career-best unbeaten 89 as the Windies easily chased down 147 to win by seven wickets.

    “Marlon showed his experience, showed his class and he brought us home and the manner in which he did it was very, very clinical and it is very pleasing,” Brathwaite said.

    “You talk about being professional … and when you have teams on the back foot about keeping them there and that’s exactly what we did … so it’s very, very pleasing to come away three-nil.”

    He continued: “It would have been very easy to take a foot off the pedal and take this game for granted, lose the game, win the series 2-1 and be happy but the professionalism shown today was very commendable, very admirable and kudos to my team for bringing home the series in a whitewash.”

    Opting to bat first, Afghanistan posted the highest total of the series and when Chadwick Walton fell to the second delivery of the run chase without a run on the board, the Windies faced a challenging time.

    But Samuels arrived to see off the Afghan challening with a stroke-filled innings, that ensured there was no upset.

    “The pitch was a lot better for batting than the first two games so we had to make some minor adjustments,” Brathwite explained.

    “They got up to a score that we think if we had executed our skills a little better we could have got them for 10 runs less but nevertheless the score was on the board, it was manageable and going into the half-time break, I asked that one of the batters raise their hand, not only get a score but get a big score and come not out in a winning cause.”

    Brathwaite, however, reserved special praise for his bowlers who he said were superb throughout the series in keeping Afghanistan’s dangerous batsmen under tight rein.

    “The bowling performance and the consistency, that is something we asked for so that one box was ticked,” he said.

    “We (bowlers) did very well against Pakistan [in the recent series], we continually kept them down to 130 and as a bowling unit we strived to replicate what we did in that series.

    “I don’t want to single out one moment of brilliance because those moments of brilliance don’t come unless there is a solid base and I think that throughout the three games, bowlers put the team on that solid footing … which made the moments of brilliance actually brilliant.”

  • Afghanistan half-century up there with the best, says Samuels

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Veteran Marlon Samuels says he rates his career-best unbeaten half-century in Monday’s final Twenty20 International highly, even though it came against ICC Associate side Afghanistan.

    The stylish right-hander was at his sublime best, carving out an 89 off 66 deliveries to help West Indies to a comfortable seven-wicket victory at Warner Park and a clean sweep of the three-match series against the minnows.

    “As I always say, making a 90 and the team wins is very important. It means a lot to me,” the Jamaican said afterwards.

    “I think I’ll rate it at the top regardless of the team I’m playing against because I [made] 80, 85 against better teams but I’ll still put it at the top because given the situation if I had gotten out you never know what could have happened.”

    With West Indies set 147 for victory, Samuels found himself at the crease as early as the first over of the innings after Chadwick Walton was dismissed off the second ball without scoring.

    The 36-year-old punched nine fours and three sixes, adding 61 for the second wicket with opener Evin Lewis (19) before putting on a further 65 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand with Jason Mohammed who ended unbeaten on 23.

    Samuels said with the loss of the early wicket, his role had become even more pivotal in the innings.

    “I’ve been batting well, playing the role the team requires and the teams asks me to play,” he explained.

    “[If we lose] early wickets, [I have] go out there and build a partnership, bring [the innings] back together. Get a good start, go out there and step on the gas a little bit and still control the innings.

    “It worked out good for us in the end and it’s just for me to continue to play a mature innings in the middle for the team.”

    Samuels, voted Man-of-the-Match and Man-of-the-Series, said the series win was also important for the side especially since it now comprised some inexperienced players.

    “We are still the World champions – two times,” he said.

    “We’ve got some new players but nevertheless they are coming through and learning fast and it’s good that some of them are getting the opportunity to know that T20s are like regardless of it’s against South Africa or Afghanistan whichever team.”

  • Vintage Samuels sees Windies to clean sweep

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Veteran Marlon Samuels dominated with a classy career-best half-century as West Indies brushed aside minnows Afghanistan by seven wickets in the final Twenty20 International to sweep the three-match series here Monday night.

    Chasing an uncomplicated 147 for victory at Warner Park, the hosts reached their target with four balls to spare, with the right-handed Samuels finishing unbeaten on a superb 89 from 66 deliveries to earn Man-of-the-Match and Man-of-the-Series honours.

    Jason Mohammed ended on 23 not out, adding 65 with Samuels in unbroken fourth wicket stand which required 39 balls.

    Outstanding rookie seamer Kesrick Williams had earlier grabbed three for 34 to help restrict Afghanistan to 146 for six off their 20 overs, after the Asian side threatened a large total following a frenetic start.

    Mohammad Nabi blasted 38 off 30 deliveries while opener Noor Ali’s exciting cameo 35 required all of 19 balls. Wicketkeeper Shafiqullah chimed in with an entertaining 25 off 15 balls.

    Williams finished the series with eight wickets following a similar three-wicket haul in Saturday’s second T20 and two wickets in the opener last Friday.

    Afghanistan were in early trouble after opting to bat when opener Javed Ahmadi perished without scoring to the second ball he faced, plumb lbw to leg-spinner Samuel Badree in the second over with the score on 14.

    Noor Ali counter-attacked, hammering five fours and two sixes – including three consecutive boundaries off wayward seamer Jerome Taylor in the third over which leaked 13 runs.

    In the following over, the right-hander cleared the ropes at long-off with Badree and then swept him square for four as Afghanistan raced to 40 for one after just four overs.

    But Williams struck in his first over, bowling Noor Ali with his final delivery as the batsman improvised too far across his stumps and medium pacer Rovman Powell also got lucky in his first over, having captain Asghar Stanikzai caught at mid-wicket by Williams for 13.

    Stumbling at 57 for three in the ninth over, Afghanistan were propelled by two key partnerships. Nabi thumped a pair of four and sixes in adding 39 with Karim Janat (8) for the fourth wicket while Shafiqullah carved out three fours and a six in putting on 30 for the sixth wicket with Najibullah Zadran (10 not out).

    West Indies’ run chase began disastrously when Chadwick Walton drove the second ball of the innings from left-arm speedster Shapoor Zadran to extra cover to depart without scoring.

    Samuels arrived, however, to destroy any hopes the Afghans harboured of pulling off a consolation win.

    Playing with gay abandon and with his trademark power and timing on full display, the Jamaican struck nine fours and three sixes, while adding 61 for the second wicket with Evin Lewis (19) and another precious half-century with Mohammed.

    Dropped on 40 off a stinging caught and bowled chance off off-spinner Nabi at 60 for one in the 10th over, Samuels went on to raise his 10th T20I half-century off 46 balls with a pulled four through mid-wicket off seamer Janat in the 14th over.

    He lost Lewis also in the 10th, lbw to one speared into leg stump from Nabi and saw the back of Lendl Simmons for 15 in the 13th over, holing out to long-off off leg-spinner Rashid Khan.

    With his half-century out of the way, Samuels upped the tempo, lashing consecutive sixes off Nabi in the 16th over which cost 16 runs and his third six a couple overs later off Janat, saw him tie his previous career-best of 85, as West Indies cruised towards victory.

    The hosts won the opener last Friday by six wickets and the second match on Saturday by 29 runs under Duckworth/Lewis in a rain-hit affair.

    They face Afghanistan again on Friday in St Lucia in the first One-Day International of a three-match series.

    AFGHANISTAN

    Noor Ali Zadran b Williams 35

    Javed Ahmadi lbw b Badree 0

    *Asghar Stanikzai c Williams b Powell 13

    Mohammad Nabi c Powell b Williams 38

    Karim Janat c Lewis b Taylor 8

    +Shafiqullah b Williams 25

    Najibullah Zadran not out 10

    Gulbadin Naib not out 7

    Extras (lb3, w7) 10

    TOTAL (6 wkts, 20 overs) 146

    Did not bat: Rashid Khan, Shapoor Zadran, Amir Hamza

    Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Javed Ahmadi), 2-45 (Noor Ali Zadran), 3-57 (Asghar Stanikzai), 4-96 (Mohammad Nabi), 5-108 (Karim Janat), 6-138 (Shafiqullah)

    Bowling: Taylor 4-0-33-1 (w1), Badree 4-0-26-1 (w1), Williams 4-0-34-3, Brathwaite 1-0-3-0, Powell 3-0-20-1, Narine 4-0-27-0 (w1).

    WEST INDIES

    +C Walton c sub (Samiullah Shenwari) b Shapoor Zadran 0

    E Lewis lbw b Mohammad Nabi  19

    M Samuels not out  89

    L Simmons c Najibullah Zadran b Rashid Khan 15

    J Mohammed not out 23

    Extras (w1) 1

    TOTAL (3 wkts, 19.2 overs) 147

    Did not bat: R Powell, *C Brathwaite, J Taylor, S Narine, S Badree, K Williams.

    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Walton), 2-61 (Lewis), 3-82 (Simmons)

    Bowling: Shapoor Zadran 3.2-0-27-1 (w1), Mohammad Nabi 4-0-31-1, Amir Hamza 4-0-24-0, Karim Janat 4-0-41-0, Rashid Khan 4-0-22-1.

    Result: West Indies won by seven wickets.

    Series: West Indies won three-match series 3-0.

    Man-of-the-Match: Marlon Samuels.

    Man-of-the-Series: Marlon Samuels.

    Toss: Afghanistan.

    Umpires: Joel Wilson, Leslie Reifer Jr; TV – Nigel Duguid.

  • Windies Squad to face Afghanistan in ODI Series

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies has named the Windies 13-man squad for the upcoming One-Day Internationals against Afghanistan.

    The squad includes one uncapped player in this format – Roston Chase, the 25-year-old allrounder. He made his international debut last year and has so far played 10 Test matches with 728 runs, including three centuries.

    The ODI Series will be played at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia on June 9, 11 and 14. First ball in the day/night matches is 2:30pm (1:30pm Jamaica Time).

    FULL SQUAD

    Jason Holder (captain)

    Devendra Bishoo

    Jonathan Carter

    Roston Chase

    Miguel Cummins

    Shannon Gabriel

    Shai Hope

    Alzarri Joseph

    Evin Lewis

    Jason Mohammed

    Ashley Nurse

    Kieran Powell

    Rovman Powell

    Quotes from Courtney Browne, CWI Chairman of Selectors

    On the composition of the squad: Roston Chase is the one new player in the squad. He was considered before for ODI selection, primarily because of his all-round ability.  With his prolific run scoring in the last Test series and his continued steady all-round performances in the PCL we now feel it’s time to introduce him to ODI cricket. He was not among the leading runscorers in the Super50 tournament earlier this year, but we believe with his skill set and the way he has been playing he could be an asset. His outstanding efforts with the bat could not be ignored any longer coupled with his useful bowling can only add value to our squad.

    On the bowling attack: Our bowling attack remains the same with four seamers and two specialist spinners. With Roston now adding an additional spinning option for the captain, this offers further variety to the bowling attack. This gives the team the option of playing an additional fast bowler if required.

    On conditions in St Lucia: Over the last few years, the pitch has produced good bounce and carry for faster bowlers. If the pitches stay true to form we can expect to see that extra bit of assistance for our pace attack.

    MATCH SCHEDULE

    Friday, June 9: 1st ODI — Daren Sammy Cricket Ground

    Sunday, June 11: 2nd ODI — Daren Sammy Cricket Ground

    Wednesday, June 14: 3rd ODI — Daren Sammy Cricket Ground

  • Windies clinch series with easy win in rain-hit affair

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – West Indies easily beat an out-of-sorts Afghanistan by 29 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis system in a low-keyed, rain-hit affair, to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series here Saturday night.

    In a contest reduced to 15 overs per side at Warner Park, West Indies rallied to 112 for three with Chadwick Walton top-scoring with 29, his opening partner Lewis getting 25 and Marlon Samuels, 22.

    Set a revised target of 123, Afghanistan never looked the part and faded quickly without so much as a whimper to end on 93 all out with nine balls remaining.

    Seamer Kesrick Williams finished with three for 11 to take Man-of-the-Match honours while captain and medium pacer Carlos Brathwaite claimed two for 26.

    West Indies, who won Friday’s opener by six wickets, will now look to make a clean sweep of the series in the final match on Monday at the same venue.

    Saturday’s win broke a losing slide for the reigning World champions who had lost back-to-back T20 series to Pakistan in the last 10 months.

    Opting to bat first, West Indies were away to a flier as Walton and Lewis put on 42 off 27 deliveries.

    The right-handed Walton faced 17 deliveries and struck four fours and one six before holing out to long-on off off-spinner Mohammad Nabi in the fifth over.

    Lewis, who blasted a four and a six in a 28-ball knock, put on a further 32 for the second wicket with Samuels before he perished in the 10th over, pulling seamer Karim Janat into the deep.

    West Indies had reached 79 for two after 11 overs when heavy rain caused a near two-hour break in the innings.

    With just four overs left to face after a revision of overs on resumption, the hosts managed to add only 33 runs as the Afghan bowlers kept their wits about them under pressure.

    Afghanistan appeared to lack a clear plan for their run chase and quickly lost Gulbadin Naib in the third over for 12, bowled by leg-spinner Samuel Badree with the score on 15.

    Williams then struck twice in the following over – the first of his spell – to further set back the visitors.

    First, he had opener Noor Ali Zadran caught at short fine leg by Jerome Taylor for six after being tucked up by a short ball and off the very next delivery, claimed Samiullah Shenwari without scoring to a catch at the wicket.

    Tottering on 19 for three, Afghanistan continued to lose wickets steadily. Mohammad Nabi stylishly cut off-spinner Sunil Narine behind square for four in the seventh over but was then run out five balls in the same over looking for a non-existent single.

    And captain Asghar Stanikzai perished two balls later in the following over from Brathwaite when he tugged a short ball to Lendl Simmons running around from mid-wicket to mid-on, after clearing the ropes at mid-wicket with the previous delivery.

    Three more wickets fell for 14 runs in the space of 18 balls to leave Afghanistan in danger of their lowest-ever T20 total at 55 for eight in the 11th over.

    But top-scorer Karim Janat struck a four and two sixes in a 15-ball 20, putting on 30 off 10 balls for the ninth wicket with Dawlat Zadran (9).

    The charge, however, came a little too late and though the 12th over from Brathwaite leaked 18 runs, the required run rate remained onerous at 13 and in the end proved overwhelming.

    WEST INDIES

    +C Walton c Noor Ali Zadran b Mohammad Nabi 29

    E Lewis c Gulbadin Naib b Karim Janat 25

    M Samuels c Najibullah Zadran b Gulbadin Naib 22

    L Simmons not out 17

    *C Brathwaite not out 8

    Extras (b2, lb2, w7) 11

    TOTAL (3 wkts, 15 overs) 112

    Did not bat: J Mohammed, R Powell, J Taylor, S Narine, S Badree, K Williams

    Fall of wickets: 1-42 (Walton), 2-74 (Lewis), 3-97 (Samuels)

    Bowling: Dawlat Zadran 3-0-33-0 (w2), Karim Janat 3-0-19-1 (w1), Amir Hamza 2-0-11-0, Mohammad Nabi 2-0-21-1, Rashid Khan 3-0-14-0, Gulbadin Naib 2-0-10-1.

    AFGHANISTAN (target: 123 off 15 overs)

    Gulbadin Naib b Badree 12

    Noor Ali Zadran c Taylor b Williams 6

    *Asghar Stanikzai c Simmons b Brathwaite 9

    Samiullah Shenwari c wkp Walton b Williams 0

    Mohammad Nabi run out 8

    Karim Janat c Brathwaite b Williams 20

    +Shafiqullah run out 1

    Najibullah Zadran b Brathwaite 11

    Rashid Khan b Narine 2

    Dawlat Zadran b Taylor 9

    Amir Hamza not out 6

    Extras (b4, lb4, w1) 9

    TOTAL (all out; 13.3 overs)  93

    Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Gulbadin Naib), 2-19 (Noor Ali Zadran), 3-19 (Samiullah Shenwari), 4-34 (Mohammad Nabi), 5-40 (Asghar Stanikzai), 6-41 (Shafiqullah), 7-52 (Najibullah Zadran), 8-55 (Rashid Khan), 9-85 (Dawlat Zadran), 10-93 (Karim Janat)

    Bowling: Badree 3-0-11-1, Taylor 2-0-13-1 (w1), Williams 2.3-0-11-3, Narine 3-0-24-1, Brathwaite 3-0-26-2.

    Result: West Indies won by 29 runs (D/L).

    Series: West Indies lead three-match series 2-0.

    Man-of-the-Match: Kesrick Williams.

    Toss: West Indies.

    Umpires: Joel Wilson, Gregory Brathwaite; TV – Nigel Duguid.

  • Sunil Narine spins Windies to a 1-0 lead

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Jun 2, CMC – West Indies lacked the clinical edge but still did enough to breeze past minnows Afghanistan by six wickets in the opening Twenty20 International here Friday night, and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

    Asked to bowl first at Warner Park, the Windies restricted the Afghans for a paltry 110 off their 20 overs, with off-spinner Sunil Narine claiming three for 11 and seamers Carlos Brathwaite (2-16) and Kesrick Williams (2-19) picking up two wickets apiece.

    The 18-year-old Rashid Khan, batting at number seven, top-scored with 33 off 27 while number 10 Amir Hamza chipped in with 21. However, they were the only two to pass 20 and only two of three in double figures.

    With the visitors slumping quickly at 58 for eight in the 14th over, they came together to rescue the innings in a ninth-wicket stand of 36.

    In reply, West Indies suffered a few hiccups in losing four wickets but still got home with time, effort and 21 balls to spare.

    Veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels struck a top score of 35 from 36 deliveries while openers Evin Lewis (26) and Chadwick Walton (22) both got starts but failed to carry on.

    Rashid Khan proved a handful with his leg-spin conceding just 14 runs from his four overs and taking one wicket but was unable to make major inroads into the innings.’

    Beaten the last time the two teams met at last year’s T20 World Cup in India, West Indies ensured there was no such embarrassment this time around, even though their batsmen made heavy weather of an uncomplicated target.

    Lewis and Walton looked at ease as they gave West Indies a handy starting by putting on 33 of 21 balls for the first wicket.

    Walton had struck five fours in a 15-ball knock when he pulled left-arm seamer Shapoor Zadran low to mid-wicket where Usman Ghani held the catch.

    The left-handed Lewis, who clobbered three sixes and a four off 16 balls, put on a further 30 for the second wicket with Samuels before holing out in the deep on the leg-side off an innocuous delivery from medium pacer Karim Janat.

    Lendl Simmons (6) never got the measure of Rashid Khan and after clearing the ropes back overhead with the bowler, missed a swipe at the next delivery and was bowled in the ninth over.

    Samuels looked in great touch, smashing the fourth ball he received from left-arm spinner Amir Hamza for a giant six over long on before slapping Janat for an imperious off-side boundary and then another huge leg-side six, off back-to-back balls in the eighth over.

    He should have been there at the end but also gifted his wicket, missing a wild swing at Shapoor on the seamer’s return for a final spell, and was spectacularly bowled off the first ball of the 15th over.

    Jason Mohammed, completely bemused by Rashid Khan and put down on one at slip by captain Asghar Stanikzai, then held his nerve to see the Windies to victory with 18 not out.

    Earlier, the Windies had a great start when leg-spinner Samuel Badree bowled opener Gulbadin Naib for 12 in the fourth over at 21 for one and Usman Ghani was run out for eight in a terrible mix up in the following over with five runs added.

    Wickets then fell steadily and when Narine struck twice in the 12th over to remove Samiullah Shenwari (7) and Shafiqullah (0), and then prised out Najibullah Zadran (4) in his following over, Afghanistan were against the ropes.

    But Rashid Khan rallied the innings, belting two fours and two sixes as the visitors gathered 48 runs from the last five overs.

    AFGHANISTAN

    Usman Ghani run out 8

    Gulbadin Naib b Badree 12

    *Asghar Stanikzai c & b Williams 5

    Karim Janat c wkp Walton b Brathwaite 8

    Samiullah Shenwari lbw b Narine 7

    Mohammad Nabi c Taylor b Brathwaite 2

    Rashid Khan c Narine b Taylor 33

    +Shafiqullah c & b Narine 0

    Najibullah Zadran c wkp Walton b Narine 4

    Amir Hamza c wkp Walton b Williams 21

    Shapoor Zadran not out 1

    Extras (b4, lb3, w2) 9

    TOTAL (all out, 20 overs) 110

    Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Gulbadin Naib), 2-26 (Usman Ghani), 3-26 (Asghar Stanikzai), 4-42 (Karim Janat), 5-46 (Mohammad Nabi), 6-46 (Samiullah Shenwari), 7-46 (Shafiqullah), 8-58 (Najibullah Zadran), 9-94 (Rashid Khan), 10-110 (Amir Hamza)

    Bowling: Taylor 4-0-38-1 (w1), Badree 4-0-19-1, Williams 4-1-19-2(w1), Narine 4-0-11-3, Brathwaite 4-0-16-2.

    WEST INDIES

    +C Walton c Usman Ghani b Shapoor Zadran 22

    E Lewis c Samiullah Shenwari b Karim Janat 26

    M Samuels b Shapoor Zadran 35

    L Simmons b Rashid Khan 6

    J Mohammed not out 18

    R Powell not out 2

    Extras (lb1, w4) 5

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 16.3 overs) 114

    Did not bat: *C Brathwaite, J Taylor, S Narine, S Badree, K Williams.

    Fall of wickets: 1-33 (Walton), 2-63 (Lewis), 3-82 (Simmons), 4-99 (Samuels)

    Bowling: Shapoor Zadran 3.3-0-30-2 (w2), Mohammad Nabi 3-0-23-0, Amir Hamza 4-0-24-0, Rashid Khan 4-0-14-1 (w2), Karim Janat 1-0-12-1, Samiullah Shenwari 1-0-10-0.

    Result: West Indies won by six wickets.

    Series: West Indies lead three-match series 1-0.

    Man-of-the-Match: Sunil Narine.

    Toss: Afghanistan.

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

  • CWI coverage to reach fans across the world

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts – Cricket West Indies (CWI) today announced details of the live ball-by-ball coverage of the upcoming series between the Windies and Afghanistan in the West Indies.

    The coverage is being produced by CWI and fans across the Caribbean will be able to see all the matches via Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) stations in their home territory. Spectators outside the region may view  the matches on Sony in Asia (except in Afghanistan), Moby in Afghanistan, and Fox in Australia.

    Nelecia Yeates, Commercial Manager, CWI, outlined details of the broadcast.

    “CWI has made a commitment to ensure the matches are seen by our audience and we are delighted that we can provide our valued fans with top-quality coverage of the series between our world champions, Windies, and the Afghanistan team,” Yeates said.

    “This tour is historic for the visiting team and we made sure that it can be accessed by our fans in the region and around the cricketing world. Through our partners CMC, the matches will be available to 15 stations in our region. We also have global partners and the coverage will reach several million viewers.”

    CWI has assembled an experienced and knowledgeable commentary panel, headed by Sir Curtly Ambrose, the legendary former West Indies fast bowler. Jeff Dujon, one the greatest wicket-keepers in the history of the sport, is also part of the expert panel. The other members are: Fazeer Mohammed and Barry Wilkinson, two well-respected broadcasters.

    The series opens on Friday (today) with the first T20 International at Warner Park in St Kitts. First ball is 7:30pm (6:30pm Jamaica Time). The tour will feature three T20s at Warner Park and three One-Day Internationals at Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia.