• Vishaul century gives Jaguars upper hand

    File: Vishal Singh walks off after the close on the second day of the fourth round match between Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Guyana Jaguars in the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Queen’s Park Oval. Photo by WICB Media/Ashley Allen

    GROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – Left-hander Vishaul Singh turned the page on his recent ordinary form for West Indies A by stroking his seventh first class hundred, as three-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars snatched the advantage on day two of their second round encounter against Windward Islands Volcanoes.

    The visitors piled up 357 in their first innings on Friday at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground to lead Volcanoes by 206 runs, with Vishaul gathering a typically controlled 119 and wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble missing out on three figures with 90.

    Sherfane Rutherford, batting at number eight, smashed an entertaining 51.

    Left-arm seamer Obed McCoy grabbed three for 56 on first class debut while off-spinners Tyrone Theophile (2-48) and Shane Shillingford (2-67), along with pacer Sherman Lewis (2-81) all claimed two wickets each. Volcanoes then found themselves in early trouble when experienced

    opener Devon Smith fell without scoring, pulling a short ball from fast bowler Keon Joseph to be caught square on the on-side by Rutherford, with only 10 runs on the board in the third over of the innings.

    Theophile, however, counter-attacked, striking five fours and a six in a 46-ball unbeaten 36, putting on 44 for the second wicket with Kirk Edwards who was not out on 12.

    Heading into Saturday’s penultimate day, Volcanoes require another 154 runs to make Jaguars bat again.

    Starting the day tentatively placed on 117 for four, the visitors took control of the encounter courtesy of Vishaul and Bramble who extended their overnight fifth wicket partnership to 174 before being separated.

    Vishaul, resuming on 34, faced 252 deliveries and struck 11 fours while Bramble, on 13 not out at the start, faced 168 balls overall and counted 10 fours.

    Once Bramble fell, Jaguars lost wickets steadily with four tumbling for 55 runs runs, with Vishaul seventh out at 301.

    Rutherford, however, arrived to lash six fours and four sixes in an enterprising 59-ball innings as the tail wagged albeit briefly.

    VOLCANOES 1st innings 151

    JAGUARS 1st innings (overnight 117 for four)

    T Chanderpaul c McCoy b Lewis 1

    R Chandrika c Jordan b Lewis 0

    C Hemraj c Benjamin b Shillingford 50

    *L Johnson c Benjamin b McCoy 7

    V Singh c Hodge b Theophile 119

    +A Bramble c Cato b Jordan 90

    K Paul c McCoy b Theophile 3

    S Rutherford c Alexander b McCoy 51

    R Shepherd lbw b Shillingford 7

    V Permaul c Benjamin b McCoy 3

    K Joseph not out 0

    Extras (b4, lb8, w10, nb4) 26

    TOTAL (all out, 104 overs) 357

    Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-6, 3-33, 4-88, 5-263, 6-284, 7-301, 8-318, 9-353, 10-357.

    Bowling: Lewis 22-2-81-2, McCoy 15-2-56-3, Jordan 16-1-61-1, Shillingford 30-9-67-2, Alexander 11-0-32-0, Theophile 10-2-48-2.

    VOLCANOES 2nd Innings

    D Smith c Rutherford b Joseph 0

    T Theophile not out 36

    K Edwards not out 12

    Extras (b3, w3) 6

    TOTAL (1 wkt, 15 overs) 54

    Fall of wicket: 1-10.

    Bowling: Joseph 4.5-2-15-1, Shepherd 4-1-19-0, Hemraj 1.1-1-1-0, Paul 2-0-10-0, Permaul 3-2-6-0.

    Position: Volcanoes trail by 152 runs with nine second innings remaining.

    Toss: Jaguars.

    Umpires: Z Bassarath, C Tuckett.

  • Allen, Green put Jamaica in control but Red Force fight back

    TAROUBA, Trinidad, CMC – Fabian Allen’s superb unbeaten hundred and seamer Derval Green’s lethal burst rattled Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and put Jamaica Scorpions firmly in control of their second round encounter of the Regional four-day championship here Friday.

    Allen stroked a career-best 169 not out as Scorpions converted their overnight 246 for four into an intimidating 432 all out in their first innings on the second day of the contest at the Brian Lara Stadium.


    SCORPIONS 431 (Fabian Allen 169 not out, Brandon King 98, Derval Green 29, Dennis Bulli 28; Bryan Charles 3-64, Roshon Primus 2-69, Imran Khan 2-127)

    RED FORCE 133 for four (Yannic Cariah 52 not out, Tion Webster 49 not out; Dervan Green 3-36)

    Brandon King missed out on his maiden first class hundred when he perished for 98, and Green (29) and Dennis Bulli (28) both chipped in down the order to add to Red Force’s frustration.

    Off-spinner Bryan Charles was the best bowler with three for 64 while fast bowler Roshon Primus (2-69) and leg-spinner Imran Khan (2-127) supported with two wickets apiece.

    In reply, Red Force were floundering at 38 for four before Yannic Cariah carved out an unbeaten 52 and Tion Webster, 49 not out, to steer the hosts to 133 for four at the close.

    They trail by 298 runs heading into Saturday’s third day.

    Resuming the day in a strong position, Scorpions benefited early on as King, unbeaten overnight on 91 and Allen, 80 not out at the start, added a further 34 runs to extend their fifth wicket stand to 195.

    File: Fabian Allen during the eighth round match between Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Jamaica Scorpions in the WICB PCL Regional 4 Day Tournament on Saturday, March 25 at Queens Park Oval. WICB Media Photo/Ashley Allen

    However, King failed to reach three figures when he was lbw to pacer Marlon Richards nearing the first hour.

    There was no such misfortune for Allen, however, as he completed his maiden first class hundred while inspiring successive half-century stands with Green and Bulli.

    He put on 51 for the sixth wicket with Green who struck two fours and a six in a 52-ball knock, before adding 54 for the seventh wicket with Bulli who faced 59 deliveries and counted four boundaries.

    All told, the 22-year-old right-handed Allen – in only his sixth first class match – struck 16 fours in an innings spanning 279 balls and just under 6-1/2 hours.

    Facing a tall order, Red Force were quickly in trouble at 19 for two as they lost openers Jeremy Solozano (1) and Amir Jangoo (13) both to catches by Allen, as Green and new-ball partner Jason Dawes made quick inroads.

    And when Green knocked over Ewart Nicholson (2) and captain Denesh Ramdin (12) in quick succession, the Red Force innings was in turmoil.

    But Cariah and Webster came together in a crucial unbroken fifth wicket stand of 95 which propped up the innings.

    The left-handed Cariah stroked eight fours in a 107-ball knock that consumed nearly 2-3/4 hours while Webster hammered eight boundaries off 88 balls.

    SCORPIONS 1st innings (overnight 246 for four)

    T Griffith c Nicholson b Charles 21

    G Garvey c wkp Jangoo b Primus 1

    A Fudadin lbw b Webster 18

    B King lbw b Richards 98

    *P Palmer lbw b Primus 21

    F Allen not out 169

    D Green c wkp Jangoo b Imran Khan 29

    D Bulli run out 28

    +R Morris c Imran Khan b Charles 12

    J Dawes c wkp Jangoo b Imran Khan 2

    P Harrison c Primus b Charles 13

    Extras (b14, lb3, w2, nb1) 20

    TOTAL (all out, 140.3 overs) 432

    Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-40, 3-44, 4-85, 5-280, 6-331, 7-385, 8-401, 9-406, 10-432

    Bowling: Richards 14-1-45-1, Primus 20-4-69-2, Charles 25.3-4-65-3, Webster 10-0-34-1, Imran Khan 40-7-127-2, Pierre 31-5-75-0.

    RED FORCE 1st innings

    J Solozano c Allen b Green 1

    +A Jangoo c Allen b Dawes 13

    Y Cariah not out 52

    E Nicholson c wkp Morris b Green 2

    *D Ramdin c Palmer b Green 12

    T Webster not out 49

    Extras (lb1, nb3) 4

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 39 overs) 133

    Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-19, 3-22, 4-38.

    To bat: Imran Khan, B Charles, M Richards, K Pierre, R Primus.

    Bowling: Dawes 10-1-36-1, Green 12-2-36-3, Garvey 1-0-11-0, Harrison 8-1-18-0, Bulli 6-0-24-0, Allen 2-0-7-0.

    Position: Red Force trail by 299 runs with six first innings wickets remaining.

    Toss: Red Force.

    Umpires: J Wilson, D Butler.

  • Law backs unchanged squad for NZ tour

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, CMC – If West Indies head coach Stuart Law had his way, the 15-man squad which toured Zimbabwe would remain unchanged for the two-Test Test series in New Zealand starting later this month.

    The Australian told reporters here that the current group, retained from the England tour last August, were developing nicely as a unit and to make any changes would be disruptive going forward.

    “I’ve made it pretty open and pretty clear to the chairman of selectors (Courtney Browne) and the selection panel that I think that this group we have together is worth working with,” Law said following the drawn second Test against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club here Thursday.

    “It’s a short turnaround between now and New Zealand as well. To bring someone else in or a number of players in, I don’t think would be a great move in the sense that we would have to start again with those players.”

    West Indies beat Zimbabwe in the first Test by 117 runs at the same venue almost two weeks ago but were frustrated on Thursday in their bid for a clean sweep when the hosts batted the entire day to force a stalemate.

    The Test win was their fourth in successive series, following a run of 11 matches without a single victory. They beat Pakistan in the final Test in Sharjah last November, trounced them again in Bridgetown in the second Test of the return home series in May before stunning England in the second Test at Headingley last August.

    Law, who took over the unit at the start of the year, said those results reflected a gelling of the current side and performances would only get better if the unit were kept together.

    Windies Men's Head Coach Stuart Law, during the post match press conference after the Windies drew the second and final Test against Zimbabwe. Both teams played to a draw with the Windies winning the series 1-0.

    “The players we’ve got here, we’re starting to make strides, we’re starting to go forward. We competed very well in England [and] we’ve now come to Zimbabwe away from home and won a series.” Law argued.

    “I would think it would be great of we could keep the same group of guys together. Those guys who have struggled, in the next Test match they might be our heroes – they’ve got that type of ability.”

    Top order batsman Kyle Hope is perhaps one of the players whose place will come under scrutiny. The right-hander managed 41 runs in six Test innings on the England tour, including scores of 3, 0, 0 and 1 in his last four outings.

    The Zimbabwe series saw no change of fortunes for the 28-year-old as he scraped together 60 runs from three innings.

    Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich’s place had also come under the microscope following a poor England tour where he scored 24 runs from six Test innings and struggled with his glove-work.

    He managed 11 and 12 in the first Test against Zimbabwe but then produced a maiden hundred in the second match, to ease the pressure.

    With New Zealand expected to be challenging series, Law reiterated the importance of resisting the “need to chop and change” at such an important time.

    “It’s a fine line. I understand that some people out there are saying we need to chop and change and do this,” he stressed.

    “But if we keep the same group together, we learn together and we start becoming one, we’ll start putting more results on the board.”

    West Indies are expected to travel to a preparation camp in Australia before heading to New Zealand for the series which bowls off with a three-day tour match on November 25.

  • Speedsters Gabriel, Roach on the rise, Dowrich makes leap

    Shannon Gabriel ended the second innings of the second Test against Zimababwe with figures of 2-34.

    LONDON, CMC – Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has moved into the top 20 of the ICC World bowling rankings, following his strong performance in the drawn second Test against Zimbabwe which ended Thursday.

    The right-armer jumped five spots to a career-best 18th to become the only West Indies player in the top 20 and the highest ranked from the region.

    Gabriel bowled with impressive pace to snare four wickets on an unresponsive Queens Sports

    Club pitch, as West Indies were frustrated by Zimbabwe in their attempts to pull off a clean sweep of the two-Test series.

    He finished the series with five wickets after picking up just one in the first Test which West Indies won by 117 runs at the same venue.

    Gabriel, who climbed to 18th earlier this year, has emerged as the spearhead of the Windies attack of late and now has 76 wickets from 30 Tests.

    New ball partner, Kemar Roach, also enjoyed movement up the rankings, rising four places to 23rd after claiming five wickets in the match.

    He ended with eight wickets in the series and has now taken 19 wickets in five matches since his return to the Test arena last August, following a near two-year absence.

    Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo slipped one place to 22nd after getting four wickets in the second Test.

    The top ten in the bowling rankings, headed by England’s Jimmy Anderson, remained unchanged.

    Meanwhile, West Indies wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich jumped 17 places following his 103 in

    Kemar Roach during the second day of the first Test match between Zimbabwe and Windies at Queen's Sports Club, Bulawayo.

    the earlier this week which represented his maiden Test hundred. The innings helped the 26-year-old Barbadian rise to 83rd in the batting rankings.

    Captain Jason Holder, with whom Dowrich shared a West Indies record eighth wicket stand of 212 in the second Test, rose five places to 57th following his 110 – his second Test hundred.

    Opener Kieran Powell, who struck 90 in the game, is now 63rd after climbing five spots but fellow opener Kraigg Brathwaite, previously the only West Indies batsman in the top 20, fell three places to 21 after scoring just 32 in the Caribbean side’s only innings.

    Australian Steve Smith leads an unchanged top 10.

  • One to year to go to Women’s World Cup in the Caribbean

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Today, November 3, we begin the one-year countdown to the official start of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World T20 Championship. Our Windies Women are the defending champions.

    The event which is set for November 3 – 25, 2018 will position the region as a premier sport destination and one which will assemble the best women’s cricketers along with the best brands in the world.

    West Indies lift the trophy after winning the Women's ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Final between Australia and the West Indies at Eden Gardens on April 3, 2016 in Kolkata, India. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

    This Championship comes at a time when women’s sports are dominating headlines in a positive way while improving and growing viewership figures and reach across all platforms. We see this as an exciting opportunity to partner and highlight our support in a meaningful way to the wonderful women’s cricketers of the Caribbean. Windies Women are the defending champions and with a repeat likely, the partnership will offer a tremendous spotlight opportunity.

    As we prepare for this world-class event, we look forward to all our fans coming out to support our women. We will be rolling out several targeted programmes for women and girls; with the aim of growing support and awareness.

    Some of the targeted programmes will include

    • Online registration platform for all categories of professional women in the region
    • Selection of Patrons from all across the region
    • Additional clinics for girls who may be inspired to participate in cricket and related activities

    The Championship is another opportunity to show the world the real Caribbean spirit. We look forward to your full support. 

    One Love.

  • Rutherford six-wicket haul rocks Volcanoes

    GROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – Teenaged seamer Sherfane Rutherford snatched a six-wicket haul to put Guyana Jaguars in command of their second round match in the Regional four-day championship against Windward Islands Volcanoes here Thursday.

    The 19-year-old, playing in only his third first class match, finished with six for 32 as Volcanoes, sent in at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, were bundled out for 151 on the opening day of the contest.

    Kavem Hodge top-scored with 48 to provide the only real resistance as the right-arm Rutherford scythed through the innings for career-best figures.

    In reply, Jaguars ended the day on 117 for four, only 34 runs adrift of first innings lead, heading into Friday’s day two.

    Chandrapaul Hemraj has so far top-scored with 50 while West Indies A batsman Vishaul Singh was unbeaten on 33.

    Pacer Sherman Lewis has picked up two for 30.

    Earlier, Volanoes were in early trouble when they lost their top three with just 38 runs on the board as pacer Keemo Paul (2-28) struck twice with the new ball.

    Hodge then anchored two small partnerships to revive the Volcanoes innings. First, he put on 36 for the fourth wicket with former Test batsman Kirk Edwards, who made 24, before adding a further 44 for the fifth wicket with wicketkeeker Gian Benjamin (24).

    Edwards, who faced 47 balls and struck one four, became Rutherford’s first victim when he was bowled in the fourth over before lunch, as Volcanoes went to the interval on 88 for four.

    Unbeaten on 26 at the break, Hodge carried the fight for his side afterwards in an innings lasting 61 deliveries and including five fours and a six.

    When he fell inside the first hour after lunch, caught at the wicket off left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, Benjamin added 22 for the fifth wicket with Shane Shillingford (6) before the innings went into decline as Rutherford grabbed the last five wickets to fall for just 21 runs.

    In reply, Jaguars plunged to 22 for three as Lewis grabbed two early wickets to leave the three-time reigning champions in disarray.

    However, Hemraj combined with Vishaul in a 66-run stand to stabilise the innings and deny Volcanoes any further immediate success.

    Hemraj faced 69 balls and counted five fours and a six while fellow left-hander Vishaul has notched three boundaries in a patient 74-ball knock.

    Off-spinner Shillingford accounted for Hemraj deep in the final session but Anthony Bramble, unbeaten on 13 not out, helped Vishaul steer Jaguars safely to the close.

    VOLCANOES 1st innings

    D Smith c Johnson b Paul 12

    *T Theophile c Rutherford b Shepherd 0

    R Cato c wkp Bramble b Paul 4

    K Edwards b Rutherford 24

    K Hodge c wkp Bramble b Permaul 48

    +G Benjamin c wkp Bramble b Rutherford 24

    S Shillingford c wkp Bramble b Rutherford 6

    A Alexander c Johnson b Rutherford 12

    R Jordan b Rutherford 4

    S Lewis lbw b Rutherford 0

    O McCoy not out 0

    Extras (b5, lb8, w3, nb1) 17

    TOTAL (all out, 50.4 overs) 151

    Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-34, 3-38, 4-74, 5-108, 6-130, 7-131, 8-141, 9-143, 10-151.

    Bowling: Joseph 10-2-26-0, Shepherd 11-3-28-1, Paul 10-2-28-2, Rutherford 10.5-1-32-6, Permaul 9-2-24-1.

    JAGUARS 1st innings

    T Chanderpaul c McCoy b Lewis 1

    R Chandrika c Jordan b Lewis 0

    C Hemraj c Benjamin b Shillingford 50

    *L Johnson c Benjamin b McCoy 7

    V Singh not out 34

    +A Bramble not out 13

    Extras (b1, lb1, w8, nb2) 12

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 34.3 overs) 117

    To bat: K Joseph, K Paul, R Shepherd, V Permaul, S Rutherford.

    Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-6, 3-33, 4-88.

    Bowling: Lewis 8-0-31-2, McCoy 6-2-16-1, Jordan 6-0-31-0, Shillingford 9.3-2-24-1, Alexander 5-0-13-0.

    Position: Jaguars trail by 34 runs with six wickets remaining.

    Toss: Jaguars.

    Umpires: Z Bassarath, C Tuckett.

  • King, Allen dominate Red Force as Scorpions flourish

    File: Brandon King hits six between Barbados Pride and Jamaica Scorpions in the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament. Photo: WICB Media/Randy Brooks

    TAROUBA, Trinidad, Nov 2, CMC – Fine, unbeaten half-centuries from Brandon King and Fabian Allen pulled Jamaica Scorpions out of trouble on the opening day of their second match against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force here Thursday.

    Sent in, the visitors were tottering on 44 for three before recovering to reach 246 for four at the close at the Brian Lara Stadium.

    King was unbeaten on 91 at the close and partnered by the equally enterprising all-rounder Allen who was 80 not out.

    Speedster Roshon Primus has been the best bowler with two for 41.

    In the maiden first class match at the newly-constructed venue, the hosts made the early running as Garth Garvey (1), Assad Fudadin (18) and Trevon Griffith (21) all perished cheaply.

    The revival began when King and captain Paul Palmer (21) put on 41 for the fourth wicket, a partnership which saw Scorpions to lunch on 80 for three.

    When Palmer fell seven balls following the resumption, Allen joined King in a brilliant 161-run, fifth wicket partnership to dominate the remainder of the day.

    The right-handed King has struck 11 fours in a 241-ball innings to mark his third first class half-century while Allen has faced 133 deliveries and counted nine fours in registering his fourth fifty, in only his sixth first class match.

    SCORPIONS 1st innings

    T Griffith c Nicholson b Charles 21

    G Garvey c Jangoo b Primus 1

    A Fudadin lbw b Webster 18

    B King not out 91

    *P Palmer lbw b Primus 21

    F Allen not out 80

    Extras (b9, lb3, w1, nb1) 14

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 83.1 overs) 246

    Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-40, 3-44, 4-85.

    To bat: J Dawes, D Green, D Sewell, D Bulli, +R Morrison.

    Bowling: Richards 8-1-26-0, Primus 13-4-41-2, Charles 15-3-41-1, Webster 5-0-17-1, Imran Khan 21-4-61-0, Pierre 21.1-5-48-0.

    RED FORCE – *D Ramdin, T Webster, Imran Khan, B Charles, M Richards, K Pierre, R Primus,Y Cariah, +A Jangoo, E Nicholson, J Solozano.

    Toss: Red Force.

    Umpires: J Wilson, D Butler.

  • Tonge follows up Louis to destroy Pride

    File: Gavin Tonge bowls during the second day of the second round match of the Digicel PCL Regional 4-Day Championship between Barbados Pride and Leeward Islands Hurricanes on Thursday, November 2 at Kensington Oval. Photo: CWI Media/Kerrie Eversley

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Gavin Tonge proved there was life left in the old man yet with an incisive spell of fast-medium, swing bowling that catapulted Leeward Islands Hurricanes to a stunning, innings-and-four-run victory over Barbados Pride in the Digicel 4-Day Championship on Thursday.

    Tonge collected 6-21 from 12 overs, finishing with match figures of 9-26, as the Pride were bowled out for 116 in their second innings about 50 minutes before the scheduled close on the second day of their second-round match at Kensington Oval.

    Ashley Nurse hit eight fours and three sixes in the top score of 67 from 71 balls in 1 ¾ hours stay at the crease and was the only Pride

    batsman that reached 20. Jeremiah Louis, the Player-of-the-Match for a memorable all-round performance, formalised the result for the Hurricanes, when he had Nurse caught at long-off to end with 3-43 from 10.3 overs – and match figures of 9-112 to follow up a crucial first-innings half-century earlier in the day.

    The result meant that the Hurricanes gained 19.8 points and the home team earned a meagre 3.6.

    It was the Hurricanes’ first victory over the Pride at the West Indies first-class level in eight years, when they won by an innings and five runs at the North Stars Cricket Ground in Barbados’ most northerly parish of St. Lucy.

    Also, it was the Hurricanes’ eighth victory ever over the same opponents, whom they have only ever beaten once in the Leewards.

    Tonge’s performance followed a rearguard led by Louis that gave the Hurricanes a 120-run, first-innings lead, when they were bowled out for 233 around 20 minutes past the scheduled lunch interval.

    Louis, the Hurricanes first-day bowling hero, gathered 62 from 109 balls in close to two hours to lead the way with the bat for the visitors.

    He added 50 for the last wicket with Jason Campbell to frustrate the Pride, after the Hurricanes slumped to 183 for nine and looked in danger of being dismissed for less than 200.

    Part-time off-spinner Kenroy Williams collected a career-best 5-50 from 20 overs to be the pick of the Pride’s bowlers. Shakeem Clarke supported with 2-15 from 8.1 overs.

    Forced to use a makeshift opener, due to Shayne Moseley being struck on the helmet when fielding, Pride captain Kevin Stoute chose to partner Anthony Alleyne.

    The experiment lasted just 22 balls before Tonge had Stoute caught behind for four in the fourth over of the innings.

    Tonge has been playing at the West Indies first-class level for close to two decades and on a helpful pitch, the brittle Pride batting was no match, as his next three wickets all came through catches to either his captain Devon Thomas, the Hurricanes wicketkeeper, or second slip fielder Nkrumah Bonner.

    Pride crashed to 18 for five, but Nurse and Moseley stemmed the fall of wickets for just over an hour, putting on 61 for the sixth wicket.

    Moseley was however, needlessly run out for 15 before Louis and Tonge carved up the rest of the batting with mean, purposeful bowling.

    Starting the day on 116 for four, the Hurricanes suffered a setback to their plans, when Bonner gave a return catch to Williams after adding eight to his overnight 20.

    After his dismissal, the floodgates were flung open and Williams, in the main, worked his way through the Hurricanes batting.
    Campbell came to the crease and frustrated the Pride with Louis for close to an hour, forcing the home team to take the second new ball which Stoute, bowling medium-fast, strangely shared with Nurse, bowling off-spin.

    After this experiment failed miserably, Shakeem Clarke was handed the new ball and had Campbell caught in the slips for 18, fending a short ball to bring the innings to a close.

    Hurricanes host Guyana Jaguars at Warner Park in St. Kitts in the next round of matches, which features Jamaica Scorpions against the Pride at Sabina Park in Jamaica.

    PRIDE 1st Innings 113

    HURRICANES 1st Innings (overnight 116 for four)

    C Hughes c Stoute b Clarke 9

    K Carty c Nurse b Stoute 19

    A Saunders c Moseley b Williams 41

    *+D Thomas c Alleyne b Warrican 25

    N Bonner c and b Williams 28

    J Taylor c wkpr Rampersaud b Williams 8

    T Warde b Williams 18

    J Louis not out 62

    M Stoute b Williams 1

    G Tonge run out 1

    J Campbell c Warrican b Clarke 18

    Extras (lb1, nb2) 3

    TOTAL (all out, 84.1 overs) 233

    Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-31, 3-78, 4-116, 5-127, 6-134, 7-163, 8-169, 9-183

    Bowling: Greaves 13-6-23-0; Clarke 8.1-3-15-2 (nb1); Stoute 13-4-36-1; Nurse 9-0-54-0 (nb1); Warrican 21-4-54-1; Williams 20-5-50-5

    PRIDE 2nd Innings

    A Alleyne c wkpr Thomas b Tonge 1

    *K Stoute c wkpr Thomas b Tonge 4

    A Jones c Bonner b Tonge 13

    J Carter c Bonner b Tonge 0

    K Williams c wkpr Thomas b Louis 0

    S Moseley run out 15

    A Nurse c Taylor b Louis 67

    J Greaves lbw b Louis 0

    +M Rampersaud b Tonge 1

    J Warrican c Warde b Tonge 0

    S Clarke not out 8

    Extras (lb5, nb2) 7

    TOTAL (all out, 32.3 overs) 116

    Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-7, 3-7, 4-18, 5-18, 6-79, 7-85, 8-94, 9-94

    Bowling: Matthew 8-3-24-0 (nb1); Tonge 12-6-21-6; Louis 10.3-0-43-3; Campbell 2-0-23-0 (nb1)

    Result: Hurricanes won by an innings and four runs

    Points: Hurricanes 19.8, Pride 3.6

    Player-of-the-Match: J Louis (Hurricanes)

    Umpires: G Brathwaite, D Ramdhanie (Trinidad & Tobago)

    Match referee: S Proverbs

    Reserve umpire: R Willoughby

  • Windies frustrated as Zimbabwe avoid sweep

    Devendra Bishoo was named Man of the Series.

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, CMC – West Indies’ bid for a clean sweep ended in frustration as wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva struck a defiant half-century to earn Zimbabwe a precious draw on the final day of the second Test here Thursday.

    Starting the day confident of victory at Queens Sports Club, West Indies managed to take just three Zimbabwe wickets as the hosts produced a gritty performance to end on 301 for seven in their second innings, when the match was abandoned mid-way through the final session.

    Chakabva was at the heart of the effort with an unbeaten 71 while Sikandar Raza, unbeaten on 58 overnight, missed out on three figures for the second time in the contest with 89, following his first innings 80.

    Peter Moor stroked 42 while captain Graeme Cremer chipped in with 28 to help frustrate West Indies, especially in the final session.

    It was a 91-run, unbroken eighth wicket stand between Chakabva and Cremer which steered the hosts safely through the final session and left the visitors out of options.

    West Indies bowler toiled on an unresponsive track and fast bowlers Shannon Gabriel (2-34) and Kemar Roach (2-37), along with with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (2-74) all only managed to take two wickets each.

    Resuming the day on 140 for four but more importantly, only 18 runs ahead, Zimbabwe suffered a major setback in the day’s second over when Moor perished after adding just three runs to his overnight 39 – wafting at one from Gabriel and providing Shai Hope with a catch at gully.

    Raza, unbeaten on 58 overnight, then combined with Malcolm Waller, who made just 15, to keep West Indies at bay for the remainder of the hour.

    Shannon Gabriel ended the second innings of the second Test against Zimababwe with figures of 2-34.

    West Indies bowler toiled on an unresponsive track and fast bowlers Shannon Gabriel (2-34) and Kemar Roach (2-37), along with with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (2-74) all only managed to take two wickets each.

    Resuming the day on 140 for four but more importantly, only 18 runs ahead, Zimbabwe suffered a major setback in the day’s second over when Moor perished after adding just three runs to his overnight 39 – wafting at one from Gabriel and providing Shai Hope with a catch at gully.

    Raza, unbeaten on 58 overnight, then combined with Malcolm Waller, who made just 15, to keep West Indies at bay for the remainder of the hour.

    Waller batted nearly an hour and escaped with several near misses before falling in the first over following the first drinks break, edging Bishoo to Jermaine Blackwood at slip at 172 for six.

    West Indies had the upper hand at this stage with Zimbabwe only 50 runs ahead but Raza and Chakabva then came together in a 38-run, seventh wicket stand which steered Zimbabwe safely through the remainder of the session to be 199 without further loss at the interval.

    All told, Raza faced 203 deliveries in exactly five hours and counted six fours and a six while Chakabva stroked five fours in a knock spanning 192 balls and 3-3/4 hours.

    Raza, reprieved by DRS after he was adjudged lbw to Roach on 72, seemed set for three figures before his marathon innings ended in the third over after the break when he was bowled by captain and seamer Jason Holder by one that jagged back to claim off-stump.

    However, any hopes West Indies had of steamrolling the Zimbabwe lower order then evaporated as Chakabva remained solid, and found an ally in Cremer to deny the visitors any further success.

    Dropped on 28 by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich off Bishoo, Chakabva rallied to 48 not out at tea with Zimbabwe on 259 for seven, and he raised his fourth Test half-century in the fourth over following the break with a single square on the on-side off Bishoo.

    Both he and Cremer, whose innings lasted just over 2-1/2 hours, then wore the West Indies bowlers down, and the introduction of Blackwood and Kieran Powell into the attack was more a sign of resignation, with Zimbabwe ahead by well over 150 runs.

    West Indies took the series 1-0 after winning the first Test nine days ago by 117 runs at the same venue.

    ZIMBABWE 1st innings 326

    WEST INDIES 1st innings 448

    ZIMBABWE 2nd innings (overnight 140 for four)

    H Masakadza b Roach 5

    S Mire lbw b Roach 0

    C Ervine b Bishoo 22

    B Taylor lbw Gabriel 10

    P Moor c S Hope b Gabriel 42

    Sikandar Raza b Holder 89

    M Waller c Blackwood b Bishoo 15

    +R Chakabva not out 71

    *A Cremer not out 28

    Extras (b10, lb8, nb1) 19

    TOTAL (7 wkts, 144 overs) 301

    Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-8, 3-23, 4-46, 5-144, 6-172, 7-210.

    Bowling: Gabriel 21-7-34-2, Roach 22-10-37-2, Brathwaite 17-2-44-0, Holder 22-7-42-1, Bishoo 34-7-74-2, Chase 17-3-31-0, Blackwood 10-4-21-0, Powell 1-1-0-0.

    Result: Match drawn.

    Series: West Indies won two-match series 1-0.

    Man-of-the-Match: Sikandar Raza.

    Man-of-the-Series: Devendra Bishoo.

    Toss: Zimbabwe.

    Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Simon Fry; TV – Paul Reiffel.

  • Sri Lanka “A” defy Cottrell, Hodge to clinch tense victory

    Charitha Asalanka gets the mean eye from Sheldon Cottrell in the 1st One Day match between Windies “A” and Sri Lanka “A” on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Sabina Park. © CWI Media/Athelstan Bellamy

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Hometown boy Sheldon Cottrell followed up a half-century from Montcin Hodge with a destructive spell of left-arm fast bowling, but Sri Lanka “A” defied them to clinch a two-wicket victory over West Indies “A” in the first One-day match on Wednesday.

    Cottrell grabbed 4-44 from his allotted 10 overs to lead the Windies “A” bowling, as the Sri Lankans successfully chased 177 for victory under the lights at Sabina Park to take a 1-0 lead in three-match series.

    Amila Aponsu formalised the result for Sri Lanka “A”, when he hit the only six of the visitors’ innings with 12 balls remaining.

    Montcin Hodge guides a delivery to third man in the first One Day match between Windies “A” and Sri Lanka “A” on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Sabina Park. © CWI Media/Athelstan Bellamy

    Leeward Islands Hurricanes opener Hodge anchored the West Indies “A” batting with 54 from 69 balls and Rahkeem Cornwall made 37 to get them to a respectable total off 176 in 48.4 overs following a batting collapse.

    Aponsu was the most successful Sri Lankan bowlers with 3-34 from 10 overs, fellow left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara took 2-34 from 10 overs and Chamika Karunaratne bagged 2-36 from seven overs.

    Ronsford Beaton grabbed an early scalp for Windies “A”, when he removed Sandun Weerakkody in the second over of the chase, but Cottrell put the Sri Lankans under further pressure removing Roshen Silva and Dhananjaya De Silva cheaply before the end of the first Power Play.

    Cottrell and off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall continued to make inroads into the Sri Lanka “A” batting, leaving them 126 for seven in the 38th

    over. But the Windies “A” met stiff resistance from the visitors’ lower-order with Shehan Jayasuriya, not out on 31, rallying with Pushpakumara and Aponsu to add 55 and take them over the finish line.

    Earlier, Windies “A” failed to build on an opening stand of 67 between Hodge and left-handed hometown boy John Campbell.

    After Campbell gave Pushpakumara a return catch in the 19th over, there was little substance from the rest of the batting with Cornwall being the only other batsman to pass 20.

    The series continues on Friday with the pivotal second match again under the lights at this venue before they return to the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Complex on Sunday for the series finale.

    WEST INDIES “A” (maximum 50 overs)

    M Hodge c Silva b Pushpakumara 54

    J Campbell c and b Pushpakumara 13

    S Brooks lbw b Aponsu 14

    S Ambris c Kumara b Aponsu 16

    A McCarthy c Asalanka b Aponsu 6

    *+J Hamilton b Kumara 6

    R Cornwall c Jayasuriya b Karunaratne 37

    K Mayers b Kumara 0

    D Jacobs b Kumara 10

    R Beaton c and b Karunaratne 1

    S Cottrell not out 4

    Extras (lb4, w3, nb8) 15

    TOTAL (all out, 48.4 overs) 176

    Fall of wickets: 1-67, 2-77, 3-105, 4-107, 5-112, 6-133, 7-133, 8-162, 9-167

    Bowling: Kumara 7.4-0-26-3 (nb5, w1); Jayasuriya 5-2-7-0 (w1); De Silva 3-0-11-0; Amila Aponsu 10-2-34-3 (nb1); Karunaratne 7-0-36-02 (nb2, w1); Pushpakumara 10-0-35-2; Hasaranga 6-0-23-0

    SRI LANKA “A” (target: 177 off 50 overs)

    +S Weerakkody c Ambris b Beaton 7

    N Karunanayake c Brooks b Cornwall 24

    R Silva b Cottrell 4

    *D De Silva b Cottrell 12

    C Asalanka c Brooks b Cottrell 33

    W Hasaranga lbw b Cornwall 6

    C Karunaratne c Mayers b Cottrell 14

    S Jayasuriya not out 31

    M Pushpakumara b Mayers 11

    A Aponsu not out 16

    Extras (w23) 23

    TOTAL (8 wkts, 48 overs) 181

    Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-18, 3-45, 4-61, 5-83, 6-118, 7-126, 8-149

    Bowling: Cottrell 10-1-44-4 (w6); Beaton 10-3-32-1 (w5); Mayers 9-1-37-1 (w4); Cornwall 10-2-31-2 (w7); Jacobs 5-0-26-0; Campbell 4-0-11-0 (w1)

    Result: Sri Lanka “A” won by two wickets

    Series: Sri Lanka “A” lead three-match series 1-0

    Toss: Windies “A”

    Player-of-the-Match: A Aponsu (Sri Lanka “A”)

    Umpires: V Smith, C Taylor

    Match referee: M Ragoonath

    Reserve umpire: R Samuels