• Fans can share their views to strengthen Windies as part of a new CWI Fan Research Programme

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – As part of Cricket West Indies’ (CWI) new strategic plan, CWI has launched the first part of a major piece of cricket fan research. WINDIES fans and cricket fans throughout the region have the chance to have their say in improving how fans can follow and enjoy international and domestic cricket.

    The survey is now live and aims to capture thousands of views from passionate, casual and non-cricket fans. Anyone in the Caribbean can participate by visiting the following website link –https://start.yougov.com/refer/v5LnpbnvsTwQwb –  or clicking on the link on the homepage of windiescricket.com or via WINDIES social media channels.

    It is the first part of a larger fan research program at the heart of CWI’s new strategic plan which aims to improve the fan experience at matches, online and through the introduction of new events and activities.

    CWI’s new Commercial Director, Dominic Warne emphasized how “improving how our fans follow and contribute to cricket, including improving the unique Caribbean live match experience are a key focus of our efforts to strengthen the WINDIES and domestic cricket. Capturing fan views in this first phase of research will help us to deliver a better fan experience, identify new ways to excite fans and increase participation to ensure that cricket remains the sporting heartbeat of the Caribbean.’

    The entire process will take place over the next two months and CWI will then invite fans representing a broad demographic sample to explore many of the responses received, both positive and negative.

    The initial research survey will take a maximum of 15 minutes and Warne underlined the opportunity for fans to complete the survey. “Every fan and everyone who identifies with West Indies cricket has a wonderful opportunity to contribute to its improvement. We want as many people as possible to give their thoughts and passions and we’re excited about what we’re going to hear.”

  • Final stanza of the season begins

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Runaway leaders and reigning three-time champions Guyana Jaguars will be looking to start the New Year and the final leg of the race towards the Headley/Weekes Trophy, when the Digicel 4-Day Championship resumes on Thursday following the break for the end-of-year holidays.

    All three matches on the schedule for the eighth round of matches hold significance for the teams, as the Jaguars look to continue their unbeaten run for the season.

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     Jaguars were one of the three teams that collected wins in the previous round and this has allowed them to open up a sizeable, if not insurmountable lead over the rest of the teams in the Championship.

    The aim for them in the final three matches will be to consolidate their position at the top of the table with solid, if not spectacular play which will let them ride the crest of the wave to the title.

    Jamaica Scorpions vs Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica

    This is the feature match of this round and the return of key personnel from Windies duties in New Zealand will add some spice to the attraction.

    Jaguars landed a comprehensive victory when the two sides met in the first round of the season last October and will be aiming to complete the season sweep.

    Scorpions however, will fancy their chances with the return of inspirational leader and champion left-arm spinner Nikita Miller from Windies One-day International duty, along with Jermaine Blackwood from Windies Test duty and Windies “A” Team batsman Andre McCarthy from injury to boost their line-up.

    Windies Test left-handed all-rounder Raymon Reifer adds to Jaguars’ depth chart, along with fast bowler Keon Joseph, who was a late withdrawal from the previous match with an injury.

    Jaguars have lost none of their previous seven contests against Scorpions in the Professional Cricket League era and they will be hoping that trend continues over the next four days.


    SCORPIONS (from) – Nikita Miller (captain), Fabian Allen, Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Assad Fudadin, Derval Green, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Christopher Lamont, Andre McCarthy, Reynard Leveridge, Paul Palmer, Aldaine Thomas

    IN–Blackwood, McCarthy, Miller, OUT–Trevon Griffith, Odean Smith, Oraine Williams

    JAGUARS (from) – Leon Johnson (captain), Anthony Bramble, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Keon Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Akshaya Persaud, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Vishaul Singh

    IN–Joseph, Reifer, OUT–Antony Adams, Sherfane Rutherford

    UMPIRES: Jacqueline Williams, Johnathan Blades (Barbados)

    MATCH REFEREE: Denovan Hayles

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Christopher Wright

    Barbados Pride vs Windward Islands Volcanoes at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados 

    Buoyed by encouraging results in their two previous matches, Pride and Volcanoes hope they can regain the momentum and finish the season strongly, if not successfully.

    Pride have clawed their way into second place in the standings behind Jaguars thanks to a confluence of results including a draw and a victory in their last two encounters. At the same time, Volcanoes played to an historic tie against Jaguars and earned their first victory of the season.

    These two sides have had a roller-coaster season and will like to catch afire late in the season for different reasons.

    Pride still hold out hope that they could still sneak through to grab the title if other results fall their way and will be looking to complete the season sweep, and Volcanoes will look to continue giving proof of what could have been if their preparations for the season had not been hampered by the hurricane that ravaged their base last year in Dominica.

    Pride has been boosted by the return of the Windies duo of batsman Roston Chase and fast bowler Kemar Roach, but Volcanoes have not been so blessed, although batsman Kavem Hodge returns from injury and will be hoping to pick up from the solid start he made to the season.

    Pride will have their hands full trying to put a lid on veteran Volcanoes left-handed opener Devon Smith. He has been the toast of the batsmen this season and requires a further 196 to become the leading single season scorer in the history of the Windies first-class championship.

    The match also marks the 100th Windies first-class championship appearance for Volcanoes’ champion off-spinner Shane Shillingford. He also needs just four wickets to reach the 450-mark.


    PRIDE (from): Shamarh Brooks (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Justin Greaves, Shayne Moseley, Kemar Roach, Shamar Springer, Kevin Stoute, Tevyn Walcott, Hayden Walsh Jr, Jomel Warrican, Kenroy Williams

    IN–Chase, Roach, Walcott, OUT–Keon Harding, Aaron Jones, Mario Rampersaud

    VOLCANOES (from) – Tyrone Theophile (captain), Miles Bascombe, Roland Cato, Larry Edward, Kirk Edwards, Kavem Hodge, Delorn Johnson, Shermon Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Shane Shillingford, Denis Smith, Devon Smith, Josh Thomas

    IN–Hodge, Edward, OUT– Kenneth Dember, Donwell Hector

    UMPIRES: Leslie Reifer Jr, Christopher Taylor (Jamaica)

    MATCH REFEREE: Reon King (Guyana)

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Troy Tudor

    Trinidad & Tobago Red Force vs Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad

    Both Red Force and Hurricanes started the season with promising, but they have failed to find the results to keep them in contention for the title.

    A mix of results in the second stage of the season just before the holiday break has taken a toll on their confidence and left them searching for answers.

    The return of Kyle Hope from Windies duty, Yannic Cariah from injury and the introduction of Steven Katwaroo for the first time this season could help turn things around for Red Force.

    Hurricanes batting has been boosted with return of Kieran Powell from Windies duty and Keacy Carty from injury, and the importation of Barbadian opener Rashidi Boucher.

    Though the loss of Rahkeem Cornwall and veteran fast bowler Gavin Tonge will weaken the bowling, the addition of another Barbadian, off-spinner Chaim Holder, could help them to overcome.

    Red Force will be looking to complete the season sweep, but three times the teams have met in Trinidad has produced a win for each and a no-result last year.


    RED FORCE (from): Denesh Ramdin (captain), Yannic Cariah, Bryan Charles, Kyle Hope, Amir Jangoo, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Ewart Nicholson, Anderson Philip, Khary Pierre, Jeremy Solozano, Daniel St. Clair, Tion Webster

    IN–Cariah, Hope, Katwaroo, Webster, OUT–Akiel Cooper, Ricky Jaipaul, Roshon Primus, Isaiah Rajah,

    HURRICANES (from) ­– Kieran Powell (captain), Sheeno Berridge, Rashidi Boucher, Shane Burton, Jason Campbell, Keacy Carty, Jahmar Hamilton, Chaim Holder, Montcin Hodge, Jeremiah Louis, Mervyn Matthew, Akeem Saunders, Devon Thomas

    IN–Boucher, Campbell, Carty, Holder, Powell, OUT–Nkrumah Bonner, Rahkeem Cornwall, Chesney Hughes, Gavin Tonge, Terence Warde

    UMPIRES: Zahid Bassarath, Carl Tuckett (Nevis)

    MATCH REFEREE: Michael Ragoonath

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Kellman Kowlessar

  • Windies end tour with crushing loss

    MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand, CMC – Woeful West Indies ended their ill-fated tour of New Zealand in the same wretched manner in which it started, plummeting to a heavy 119-run defeat in the final Twenty20 International here Wednesday.

    Colin Munro’s record-breaking third career T20I hundred of 104 was the catalyst behind the hosts’ imperious 243 for five off their 20 overs – their highest-ever total in the shortest format.

    Fellow opener Martin Guptill stroked 63 and Tom Bruce, 23, ensuring New Zealand maintained their momentum to gather the seventh-highest total in T20s.

    In reply, West Indies produced yet another dismal batting performance, collapsing to a depressing 124 all out in the 17th over.

    Only Andre Fletcher with a polished 46 from 32 balls showed any sense of purpose, and was one of only three frontline batsmen to reach double figures and the only one to pass 20.

    The Caribbean side’s woes were compounded by the unavailabilty of Shai Hope who injured his shoulder while fielding and was unable to bat.

    Not for the first time this tour, the Windies were tormented by seamer Tim Southee (3-21) and new-ball partner Trent Boult (2-29) while leg-spinner Ish Sodhi claimed two for 25, as the Black Caps claimed their biggest-ever win in T20s and the third largest overall.

    For West Indies, the defeat was their seventh on tour in internationals, after losing both Tests, all three one-dayers and two T20s. The second T20I was washed out after just nine overs on New Year’s Day.

    The reigning T20 World champions have also now lost six of their last 12 matches in the shortest format.

    Opting to bat first at Bay Oval, New Zealand were propelled by a 136-run opening stand between Munro and Guptill – the country’s third-highest stand for any wicket in T20s.

    The left-handed Munro was utterly dominant en route to his third score of fifty or more in the series, facing 53 balls and striking three fours and 10 sixes.

    No Windies bowler was spared from the 30-year-old’s brutal all-out assault, as he raced to his half-century off 26 balls before reaching three figures off 47 deliveries to mark the fastest-ever hundred for New Zealand in T20s and joint sixth-fastest of all all time.

    He also became the first batsman to score three hundreds in T20Is.

    Guptill, meanwhile, was more than just a spectator, lashing five fours and a pair of sixes in a 38-ball knock – his 11th half-century in this format.

    With the Windies bowlers loose, the pair cashed in, plundering 52 off the first five and 118 at the half-way point of the innings.

    Debutant medium pacer Rayad Emrit’s first two deliveries in T20 cricket were greeted with a couple of leg-side sixes by Munro, in an over which leaked 16 runs and saw the South Africa-born dynamo to his half-century.

    Guptill eventually edged a wide one from Emrit to fall to a catch at the wicket in the 12th over but Munro and Bruce kept the pressure on the Windies in a 55-run, second wicket parnership.

    Even when the hosts lost four wickets for 35 runs in 19 deliveries, the runs kept flowing with 60 runs gushing from the last five overs.

    The Windies then had a disastrous start to their run chase when Chadwick Walton drove the first ball of the innings from Southee into Munro’s lap at cover.

    Four balls later, superstar Chris Gayle was surprised by a short ball and gloved a simple catch behind to depart without scoring, leaving the Windies tottering on one run for two wickets.

    Fletcher and Rovman Powell (16) then staged the best partnership of the innings, putting on 41 for the third wicket.

    The right-handed Fletcher struck four fours and three sixes – two of which were sweetly-timed back-to-back inside out blows over extra cover in the sixth over by left-arm spinner Anaru Kitchen which went for 20 runs.

    Powell holed out to cover off Kitchen in the fourth over and Shimron Hetmyer was tragically run out for seven in the fifth over, leaving West Indies on 49 for four.

    Fletcher posted 31 off 20 balls for the fifth wicket with captain Carlos Brathwaite (15) to temporarily stem the flow of wickets but once the Grenadian missed a heave at a straight one from Sodhi and was bowled off-stump, the last four wickets tumbled for 44 runs.

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  • Rain wrecks Windies hopes as Munro shines

    MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand, CMC – Any hopes West Indies entertained of rebounding to win their three-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand were dashed when rain wiped out the second match here New Year’s Day.

    The adverse weather, which had forced a 20-minute delayed start, returned after nine overs with New Zealand on 102 for four, ending play prematurely in the contest at Bay Oval.

    With the disappointment, the Windies will now head into the final game on Wednesday at the same venue needing a win in order to avoid another another series defeat.

    They trail 0-1 following a 47-run defeat in the opener in Nelson last Friday.

    In the play possible before the rains arrived, opener Colin Munro stole show with a pulsating 66 of 23 deliveries, following up his 53 in the first game.

    The 30-year-old left-hander smashed 11 fours and three sixes, an innings which put the visitors under pressure early after they won the toss and opted to field first.

    West Indies claimed an early victim when left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell had Martin Guptill caught at the wicket for for two off the fourth ball of the match, with three runs on the board.

    But Munro then took charge, dominating a 75-run, second wicket stand with captain Kane Williamson (17 not out) which required a mere 31 deliveries.

    His mood was evident when he took a couple off-side boundaries off leg-spinner Samuel Badree in the second over before following up with a pair of sixes over long-on off Cottrell in the next over which leaked 17 runs.

    Munro then ripped into captain Carlos Brathwaite in the fifth over, smashing a six and three fours in the medium pacer’s solitary over which went for 21.

    He clipped the final delivery of the over for a single to backward square to raise his half-century off 18 balls – the second fastest-ever for New Zealand.

    In the following over from pacer Kesrick Williams, Munro punched consecutive boundaries off the first four balls of the over and appeared to be eyeing something special when he holed out in the deep trying to clear the long-on boundary with the fifth delivery.

    West Indies them admirably clawed their way back, picking up three wickets for 19 runs in the space of 16 balls.

    Glenn Phillips missed a straight one from Badree and was lbw for 10 in the eighth over and Brathwaite produced a one-handed stunner at mid-wicket to account for Tom Bruce for three off off-spinner Ashley Nurse.

  • CWI mourns loss of another stalwart

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

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

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

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

  • Former Youth stars throw support behind title defence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Former regional umpire Clyde Cumberbatch dies

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

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

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

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

  • Windies crumble to defeat in opener

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Windies swept again after depressing collapse

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Pacer Matt Henry finished with two for 18.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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