• Roach, Chase shine in tame draw

    CHELMSFORD, England, CMC – Kemar Roach’s impressive five-wicket haul and Roston Chase’s second half-century, highlighted the final day of West Indies’ drawn three-day first class game against English County Essex here Thursday.

    Right-armer Roach added two wickets to his overnight tally to end with five for 43 as Essex rallied to declare their first innings on 185 for nine at the County Ground.

    Paul Walter, at number seven, held the hosts innings together with an unbeaten 68 after it tottered at 56 for six in the morning session.

    Batting a second time, the Windies quickly found themselves in trouble at 30 for three after Walter struck twice with his left-arm seam to leave the innings in strife.

    But the right-handed Chase carved out his second half-century of the contest with an unbeaten 50 while Shai Hope struck 46, as West Indies ended on 135 for four.

    Walter (2-14) and 20-year-old seamer Callum Taylor (2-20) both finished with two wickets apiece.

    Resuming the day on 47 for four after the last two sessions of Wednesday’s second day were washed out, West Indies struck in the fifth over of the day when captain and fast bowler Jason Holder removed Taylor for 13 with the score on 52, caught low down at third third slip by Kyle Hope.

    Three overs later, left-hander Nick Browne followed in similar fashion, nicking Roach to Hope at third slip, after failing to add to his overnight 16 in the 24 additional deliveries faced.

    However, Walter and Aron Nijjar, who made 30, propped up the innings in a 50-run, seventh wicket stand. Walter struck nine fours and a six off 139 deliveries while Nijjar counted six fours in a breezy 37-ball innings.

    Pacer Miguel Cummins, who ended with two for 43, broke the stand when he had Nijjar caught at slip by Kieran Powell and Roach claimed his five-wicket haul when he had Aaron Beard playing on for 10.

    On 138 for eight at lunch, Essex fared well afterwards as Walter and Matt Dixon put on a defiant 53 for the ninth wicket to hold up the Windies march.

    Walter returned to haunt the Caribbean side with the ball again, claiming Kraigg Brathwaite caught at the wicket for two in the second over before bowling Kyle Hope first ball without scoring in his next over.

    When Powell was taken at the wicket off Taylor for 27 off 26 balls, the Windies were slumping badly but Chase and Shai Hope put on an attractive 82 for the fourth wicket to restore order.

    Chase faced 80 balls and struck eight fours and a six while Hope’s innings consumed 59 deliveries and included nine fours.

    West Indies face Kent on Sunday in their second three-day tour match.


    WEST INDIES 338 for eight decl. (Roston Chase 81, Kraigg Brathwaite 61, Jermaine Blackwood 59, Shane Dowrich 44 not out; Callum Taylor 2-44, Paul Walter 2-54) and 135 for four (Roston Chase 50 not out, Shai Hope 46, Kieran Powell 27; Paul Walter 2-14, Callum Taylor 2-20)

    ESSEX 185 for nine decl. (Paul Walter 68 not out, Aron Nijjar 30; Kemar Roach 5-43, Miguel Cummins 2-43)

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings 338-8 decl.

    ESSEX 1st Innings

    (overnight 47 for four)

    V Chopra c K Hope b Roach 0

    N Browne c K Hope b Roach 16

    D Lawrence b Roach 8

    +A Wheater lbw b Roach 0

    *R ten Doeschate lbw b Cummins 6

    C Taylor c K Hope b Holder 13

    P Walter not out 68

    A Nijjar c Powell b Cummins 30

    A Beard b Roach 10

    M Dixon lbw b Bishoo 8

    S Cook not out 0

    Extras (b10, nb13, lb3) 26

    TOTAL (9 wkts decl., 61.5 overs) 185

    Bowling: Roach 18-6-43-5, Cummins 14.5-3-43-2, Holder 15-2-56-1, Chase 5-1-13-0, Bishoo 9-3-17-1.

    WEST INDIES 2nd Innings

    K Brathwaite c wkp Wheater b Walter 2

    K Powell c wkp Wheater b Taylor 27

    K Hope b Walter 0

    S Hope c Chopra b Taylor 46

    R Chase not out 50

    J Blackwood not out 7

    Extras (lb1, nb2) 3

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 31 overs) 135

    Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-15, 3-30, 4-112.

    Bowling: Cook 6-2-17-0, Walter 3-0-14-2, Taylor 7-2-20-2, Beard 5-0-35-0, Dixon 5-0-30-0, Nijjar 5-0-18-0.

    Result: Match drawn.

    Toss: Essex.

    Umpires: N Cowley, T Lungley.

  • Defiant Sinclair frustrates Barbadians

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Kevin Sinclair narrowly missed out on a hundred as Guyana frustrated Barbados to draw their third round game in the Regional Under-19 Championship here Thursday.

    Resuming the final day at Verchilds on 75 for two, Guyana batted for most of the day before declaring their second innings on 246 for eight, with Sinclair top-scoring with 93.

    Ramnarine Chatura chipped in with 45 while Kevelon Anderson added 35. Raymond Perez made 29 on Wednesday’s second day.

    Leg-spinner Shavon Brooks claimed four for 49 while left-arm spinner Camarie Boyce supported with two for 40.

    Set an improbable 192 for victory, Barbados were 19 for one from 12 overs when the game was abandoned.

    It was Sinclair’s innings which made the difference on the day, however. With Guyana starting the day just 10 runs ahead, Sinclair ensured there was no collapse as he produced an innings lasting 224 balls, a shade over four hours and containing four fours and a six.

    Pivotally, he put on 102 for the fifth wicket with Chatura who struck four fours in an innings off 114 deliveries.

    When Chatura became Brooks’s first wicket of the day, Sinclair added 22 for the sixth wicket with Adrian Sukwah (10) and 25 for the seventh with Richie Looknauth (13) to further frustrate the Barbadians.


    GUYANA 142 (Kevelon Anderson 26, Raymond Perez 23; Shavon Brooks 3-28, Camarie Boyce 3-33) and 246 or eight declared (Kevin Sinclair 93, Ramnarine Chatura 45, Kevelon Anderson 35, Raymond Perez 29; Shavin Brooks 4-49)

    BARBADOS 207 (Shian Brathwaite 86, Kilano Brathwaite 57; Kevin Sinclair 5-57) and 19 for one.

  • Eugene, Melius shine but Leewards snatch tense win

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Half-centuries from captain Johnnel Eugene and opener Kimani Melius underlined a gallant Windward Islands run chase but the knocks went in vain as Leeward Islands pulled off a narrow 15-run victory in their third round game in the Regional Under-19 Championship here Thursday.

    Resuming the final day on 49 for one in pursuit of 260 for victory at St Paul’s, the Windwards put up a good fight before they were bowled out for 244 in their second innings.

    Eugene top-scored with 70, Melius got 68 while Johann Jeremiah chimed in with 40.

    The Windwards appeared strong favourites for the win when they cruised to 125 for one but lost wickets steadily to watch their challenge fizzle out.

    Zawandi White led the Leewards with three for 32 while Jerome Thomas (2-31) and Kadeem Henry (2-46) collected two wickets apiece.

    Melius, starting the day on 26, controlled the earlier part of the innings in a 97-run stand with Jeremiah. He faced 147 balls in 201 minutes and counted five fours and a six while Jeremiah faced 116 deliveries without hitting a single four.

    Both perished within nine runs of each other but it paved the way for Eugene who then rallied the innings in a knock containing eight fours and two sixes, spanning 144 balls and just under three hours.

    He anchored three small partnerships – 25 for the fourth wicket with Dillon Douglas (10), 26 for the seventh with Jeremy Layne (14) and 32 for with Lee Louisy (4) which put the Windwards within sight of victory at 239 for eight.

    But both batsmen fell in the space of four deliveries in successive overs with no addition to the total, as the tail collapsed dramatically.


    LEEWARDS 180 (Uri Smith 58, Demari Benta 38, Jamie Cornelius 28; Lee Louisy 6-64, Sealron Williams 3-26) and 174 (Uri Smith 36, Javani Smith 26, Joshua Grant 24; Sealron Williams 4-48)

    WINDWARDS 95 (Dillon Douglas 21; Kian Pemberton 2-31) and 244 (Johnnel Eugene 70, Kimani Melius 68, Johann Jeremiah 40; Zawandi White 3-32, Jerome Thomas 2-31)

  • Jamaica deny T&T in dramatic finish

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Number 11 Kishawn Graham saw out the last four balls of a tense final day to stave off defeat for Jamaica and frustrate Trinidad and Tobago’s victory bid, in their drama-filled third round encounter of the Regional Under-19 Championship here Thursday.

    Chasing 131 for victory at Molineaux, Jamaica

    appeared well set at 39 for one before losing eight wickets for just 52 runs to collapse to 91 for nine.

    When David Bird’s 20-ball vigil over two ended in the day’s final over, T&T scented victory but Graham arrived to block the last four deliveries and earn Jamaica a share of the honours.

    First innings century-maker Raewin Senior top-scored with 32 and Andre McCarty got 28, but no other batsman reached double figures.

    The collapse was engineered by off-spinner Aaron Maniram who picked up four for 31 while left-arm spinner Justyn Gangoo finished with three for 30.

    Earlier, there was no indication of the drama that would ensue when T&T converted their overnight 95 for two into 228 all out in their second innings.

    Christian Thurton top-scored with 66, Leonardo Julien hit 54 on Wednesday’s second day while Sachin Seecharan added just four to his overnight 34.

    New-ball bowler McCarty (4-36) and off-spinner Brad Barnes (4-48) finished with four wickets apiece.

    Seecharan fell early in the day with just six runs added but Thurton dug in to ensure T&T made the most of the innings.

    He put on 45 for the fourth wicket with Saiba Batoosingh (21), added a further 27 for the fifth with Joshua James (14) and then a crucial 39 for the eighth wicket with Maniram (14).

    All told, Thurton struck seven fours in an innings lasting 179 balls and 3-3/4 hours before he was eighth out in a slide that saw the last three wickets fall for four runs.


    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 153 (Saiba Batoosingh 76; Kishawn Graham 4-41) and 228 (Christian Thurton 66, Leonardo Julien 54, Sachin Seecharan 38; Andre McCarty 4-36, Brad Barnes 4-48)

    JAMAICA 251 (Raewin Senior 120, David Bird 35, Shalome Parnell 29; Justyn Gangoo 3-34, Aaron Maniram 2-29, Joshua James 2-50) and 91 for nine (Raewin Senior 32, Andre McCarty 28; Aaron Maniram 4-31, Justyn Gangoo 3-30)

  • Roach anxious to prove worth following layoff

    CHELMSFORD, England, CMC – Resurgent West Indies seamer Kemar Roach believes the hard work during his recent protracted layoff from international cricket is set to pay dividends.

    The 29-year-old, returning to West Indies colours for the first time in 19 months, produced a superb spell of swing bowling to capture three wickets and rattle English County Essex on the second day of the three-day first class game here.

    Roach, who had struggled with loss of form and injury, said he was now focussed on delivering for West Indies especially as one of the senior players in the squad.

    “It’s pretty tough to go out there after two years

    off, getting back into the frame of things and adapting,” said the right-armer who has played 37 Tests.

    “Test cricket is the biggest format of cricket there is [and] two years off is a long time but I’ve been working hard, I’ve done all the right things to be back here so I’ll just go out there, help the younger guys in the team and just put some good performances out there.”

    Using the swing-friendly conditions to his advantage, Roach picked up three for 17 from his six overs as Essex, responding to the Windies’ 338 for eight declared in their first innings, stumbled to 47 for four at lunch.

    Heavy rain during the interval and into the afternoon forced the abandonment of play without another ball bowled.

    In a fine exhibition of swing bowling, Roach removed opener Varun Chopra for nought as the batman nicked an out-swinger to Kyle Hope at third slip without scoring, off the third ball of the innings.

    Roach then brought one back to comprehensively bowl Dan Lawrence for eight and then trapped Adam Wheater lbw without scoring with a full length delivery.

    “It feels good to get out on the park after training so hard for the last couple weeks,” Roach explained.

    “It feels good to actually get out there and get some match practice. The ball came out well today, the rhythm was on and I got a couple wickets so hopefully tomorrow we can go out there and continue the good job we’ve been doing.”

    He added: “I’ve been working on making the ball go both ways with the coach Roddy Estwick. I always had it in me but I needed to perfect it a little bit more so I’ve been working on that really hard and today it was perfect.

    “My line and length were spot on. That’s where I want to be so I’m going to to keep working and building on that.”

    Roach is expected to play a leading role in the Windies attack in the upcoming three-Test series, especially as one of just three players in the squad who have ever played a Test in England before.

    The Barbadian also played a handful of matches for Worcestershire in the 2011 County Championship and he said this had given him valuable experience in English conditions.

    “I’ve been here for Worcestershire and I’ve been here on a Test tour as well so I know certain grounds and how the pitches play and atmosphere and stuff,” he pointed out.

    “It’s all about adapting quickly, it’s not back home, it’s not Barbados – it’s a little cold over here. It’s about adapting quickly and just going out there and doing the basics right.”

  • Windwards face daunting task, Barbados edge ahead

    Sixteen wickets tumbled on Wednesday’s penultimate day but Windward Islands were left facing a daunting task in order to win their third round game in the Regional Under-19 Championship against Leeward Islands.

    Resuming from their overnight 77 for five at St Paul’s, the Windwards were bundled out for 95 to concede a first innings lead of 85.

    Elroy Francis was the best bowler with four for six while pacer Kian Pemberton ended with three for 44.

    In their second turn at the crease, the Leewards were bowled out for 174 with first innings top-scorer Uri Smith again leading with 36, Javani Tyson getting 26 and Joshua Grant, 24.

    Smith, who faced 59 balls and struck five fours, added 43 for the second wicket with Kadeem Henry (22) while Dimitri Adams (22) and Demari Benta (21) put on a further 30 for the fourth to keep the innings ticking over.

    When the Leewards slumped to 130 for six, Tyson arrived to whack two fours and a six in a 41-ball knock while anchoring a 30-run, seventh wicket stand with Grant.

    Sealron Williams was the best bowler with four for 48.

    Set 260 for victory, the Windwards lost Wayne Edward for eight with the score on 28 but in-form opener Kimani Melius struck an unbeaten 26 from 51 balls with four boundaries, to carry his side’s hopes on the final day.


    LEEWARDS 180 (Uri Smith 58, Demari Benta 38, Jamie Cornelius 28; Lee Louisy 6-64, Sealron Williams 3-26) and 174 (Uri Smith 36, Javani Smith 26, Joshua Grant 24; Sealron Williams 4-48)

    WINDWARDS 95 (Dillon Douglas 21; Kian Pemberton 2-31) and 49 for one (Kimani Melius 26 not out)

    Raewin Senior’s hundred put Jamaica in charge of their third round game in the Regional Under-19 Championship against Trinidad and Tobago but the reigning champions were fighting back on the second day at Molineaux.

    Senior carved out a wonderful 120 as Jamaica were dismissed for 251 in their first innings, to secure a crucial 98-run lead.

    At the close, however, T&T were rallying on 95 for two – just three runs shy of canceling out their deficit.

    Resuming the day on 106 for seven in reply to T&T’s 153, Jamaica flourished through the efforts of Senior, while David Bird supported with an invaluable 35.

    Senior, starting on 26, played well to strike 12 fours and two sixes in an innings spanning 206 deliveries and four hours.

    Bird, meanwhile, converted his overnight three into 35, an innings that required 78 balls and included a single four.

    Together, they added 96 for the eighth wicket to frustrate the Trinidadians and carve out an important lead.

    When they were separated, Senior found an ally in number 11 Kishawn Graham (9 not out) to put on 41 for the last wicket.

    Left-arm spinner Justyn Gangoo failed to add to his overnight tally and finished with three for 33 while off-spinners Avinash Mahabirsingh (2-29) and Aaron Maniram (2-50), along with new-ball bowler Joshua James (2-51) all ended with two wickets each.

    T&T had the worst possible start to their second innings when Navin Bidaisee perished for two with as many runs on the board but Leonardo Julien struck 54 and Sachin Seecharan, an unbeaten 34, to stablise the innings.

    Julien faced 90 deliveries and crunched six fours and two sixes while Seecharan hit four fours in his 59-ball innings, in a 93-run stand for the second wicket.


    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 153 (Saiba Batoosingh 76; Kishawn Graham 4-41) and 95 for two (Leonardo Julien 54, Sachin Seecharan 34 not out)

    JAMAICA 251 (Raewin Senior 120, David Bird 35, Shalome Parnell 29; Justyn Gangoo 3-34, Aaron Maniram 2-29, Joshua James 2-50)

    Barbados snatched two key wickets to hold the edge against Guyana heading into Thursday’s final day of their second round match in the Regional Under-19 Championship at Verchilds.

    The Barbadians extended their overnight 140 for five to 207 all out to secure a first innings lead of 65 runs before striking twice as Guyana ended the second day on 75 for two – a lead of just 10 runs.

    Kevelon Anderson, batting at number three, was resisting with an unbeaten 30 while opener Raymond Perez made 29.

    The pair came together after Aley Algoo fell cheaply for five with 12 on the board, putting on a crucial 47 for the second wicket.

    Anderson has so far faced 99 balls and struck a single boundary while Perez counted four boundaries in his 69-ball innings.

    Earlier, Kilano Brathwaite completed a responsible 57 but Barbados lost their last five wickets for 67 runs to squander some of their advantage.

    Resuming the day on 24, Brathwaite faced 121 deliveries in 139 minutes and counted seven boundaries, before he was ninth out.

    He put on an important 34 for the seventh wicket with Raneil Smith who made nine.

    Off-spinner Kevin Sinclair was the best bowler with five for 57.


    GUYANA 142 (Kevelon Anderson 26, Raymond Perez 23; Shavon Brooks 3-28, Camarie Boyce 3-33) and 75 for two (Kevelon Anderson 30 not out, Raymond Perez 29)

    BARBADOS 207 (Shian Brathwaite 86, Kilano Brathwaite 57; Kevin Sinclair 5-57)

  • Brilliant Roach brightens rain-hit day as Essex stumble

    CHELMSFORD, England, CMC – Fast bowler Kemar Roach erased any doubt about his form and fitness with a brilliant spell which brightened an otherwise dour second day of the West Indies three-day tour game against Essex here Wednesday.

    Only two hours play were possible at Essex County Ground as heavy rain, which started during lunch and continued into the afternoon, forced officials to abandon play at 3:15 pm.

    However, Roach made the most of the time available, putting on an excellent exhibition of swing bowling, to end with three for 17 from six overs as Essex stumbled to the interval on 47 for four.

    West Indies had earlier declared their first innings on 338 for eight after resuming the day on 309 for eight. Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, starting on 28, scored 44 not out off 67 deliveries with seven boundaries.

    Roach then increased West Indies’ stranglehold on the contest when he had opener Varun Chopra caught at third slip by a diving Kyle Hope off the third ball of the innings for nought, edging an out-swinger without a run on the board.

    He followed up by comprehensively bowling Dan Lawrence for eight in the seventh over with one that nipped back before completing a suberb spell by trapping Adam Wheater lbw, also without scoring, with a full length delivery nine balls later.

    Slumping at 19 for three, Essex found themselves in further trouble when pacer Miguel Cummins, who shared the new ball, claimed captain Ryan ten Doeschate lbw for six.

    Opener Nick Browne then managed survive the Windies onslaught, battling 52 balls and a 1-1/4 hours for his unbeaten 16, to take Essex to lunch without further loss.

    Roach is returning to the Windies side for the first time in 19 months after battling injury and loss of form, and his performance will be a huge boost for the Caribbean side ahead of their three-Test tour against England starting in two weeks.


    WEST INDIES 338 for eight decl. (Roston Chase 81, Kraigg Brathwaite 61, Jermaine Blackwood 59, Shane Dowrich 44 not out; Callum Taylor 2-44, Paul Walter 2-54)

    ESSEX 47 for four (Kemar Roach 3-17)

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings

    (overnight 309 for eight)

    K Brathwaite b Taylor 61

    K Powell b Cook 15

    K Hope b Walter 22

    S Hope b Walter 22

    R Chase b Taylor 81

    J Blackwood lbw b ten Doeschate 59

    +S Dowrich not out 44

    *J Holder c Chopra b Dixon 6

    D Bishoo c and b Lawrence 4

    K Roach not out 12

    Extras (b1, nb6, lb5) 12

    TOTAL (8 wkts decl., 100 overs) 338

    Did not bat: M Cummins.

    Fall of wickets: 1-19 2-55, 3-106, 4-150, 5-269, 6-275, 7-292, 8-309.

    Bowling: Cook 23-6-57-1, Beard 16-0-65-0, Dixon 17-3-56-1, Walter 15-0-54-2, Nijjar 10-2-38-0, Lawrence 4-2-6-1, Taylor 12-2-44-2, ten Doeschate 3-0-12-1.

    ESSEX 1st Innings

    V Chopra c K Hope b Roach 0

    N Browne not out 16

    D Lawrence b Roach 8

    +A Wheater lbw b Roach 0

    *R ten Doeschate lbw b Cummins 6

    C Taylor not out 9

    Extras (b4, nb4) 8

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 17 overs) 47

    To bat: P Walter, A Nijjar, A Beard, M Dixon, S Cook.

    Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-10, 3-19, 4-33.

    Bowling: Roach 6-1-17-3, Cummins 6-2-8-1, Holder 5-1-18-0.

    Position: Essex trail by 291 runs with six wickets intact.

    Toss: Essex.

    Umpires: N Cowley, T Lungley.

  • Rain ruins fourth round of Regional Under-15

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Only 39.4 overs were possible in the Regional Under-15 Championship here Wednesday, as heavy rain across the island wrecked the fourth round of the competition.

    All the action came at KMV Oval in the rural northern parish of St Andrew where hosts and title favourites Barbados clashed with Guyana in a contest that was eventually rained out.

    In the other two encounters – Trinidad and Tobago versus Windward Islands at St Catherine and Jamaica against Leeward Islands at Rubis – play was washed out without a ball bowled.

    The adverse weather resulted from a tropical wave which passed through the Eastern Caribbean on Wednesday.

    Opting to bat first after play got underway at 10:48 am, Guyana rallied to 66 for nine in a game eventually reduced to 35 overs aside, with only Andre Seepersaud reaching double figures with 14.

    Tremaine Dowrich (2-8), Thierry Walcott (2-10) and Renacko Belgrave (2-13) all finished with two wickets each.

    Chasing a revised target of 64 off 30 overs, the Barbados innings lasted 17 deliveries and 15 minutes before rain returned at 4 pm to end play prematurely.

    Each team earned a point from the no-results.

    The final round is set to bowl off Friday.

    At St Catherine: Match abandoned – rain.


    At Rubis: Match abandoned – rain.


    At KMV Oval: Match abandoned – rain.

    GUYANA 66 for nine (Tremaine Dowrich 2-8, Thierry Walcott 2-10)

    BARBADOS nine without loss.

  • Brathwaite hails Windies solid start to England tour

    CHELMSFORD, England, CMC – Opener Kraigg Brathwaite has praised West Indies’ start to the tour of England, after they batted all day against English County Essex to surpass 300 runs here Tuesday.

    The right-hander scored 61 to be one of the three players to gather half-centuries, with Roston Chase top-scoring with 81 and Jermaine

    Blackwood scoring an attacking 59, as West Indies ended the opening day of the three-day first class game on 309 for eight.

    “I thought it was a decent knock. The new ball seamed a bit and I think the guys bowled really well and I’m quite pleased with the knock,” Brathwaite said.

    “I think as a team this is a good start to the tour. Tomorrow we have to come and bat, put on as much runs as possible and when we do bowl, stick to our disciplines and have a good game.”

    Brathwaite put on 51 for the third wicket with Shai Hope (22) and a further 44 for the fourth wicket with Chase.

    However, it was the fifth wicket stand between Chase and Blackwood that proved the turning point of the innings as they posted exciting 119 to entertain the large crowd at the County Ground.

    Brathwaite said more important than the runs was the Windies players spending time at the crease in order to get acclimatised to the English conditions.

    “I think Jermaine batted really well. It was just unfortunate he couldn’t go on and get a hundred, “ he said.

    “Roston played well and it was a good partnership. I think we had a decent day for the batters. We just have to keep learning, keep getting accustomed to the conditions and it should be good for the tour.”

    All three players are on their maiden tour of England as part of an inexperienced 15-man West Indies squad. The match against Essex is the first of three first class matches in the lead up to the first Test against England beginning at Edgbaston on August 17.

    Brathwaite said it was important that the Windies batsmen made adjustments, especially with the element of the swinging ball in the difficult English conditions.

    “One of the keys is to play the ball as late as possible. The weather tends to change a lot and when it gets overcast the ball tends to swing a little more so you’re never in,” he explained.

    “I think that is one of the keys. Once you have the mindset that will carry you through to help you to get big scores.

    “I think the Essex bowlers were disciplined and they had the ball doing a fair bit throughout the day so I think that [staying patient] was the key and obviously capitalising on the bad balls.”

  • Chase among runs as Windies flourish against Essex

    CHELMSFORD, England, CMC – Roston Chase made an enterprising start to his maiden tour of England, leading a trio of half-century makers as West Indies prospered on the first day of their opening tour match against Essex here Tuesday.

    Sent in at the Essex County Ground, the Caribbean side reached 309 for eight courtesy of Chase’s top-score of 81, opener Kraigg Brathwaite’s 61 and Jermaine Blackwood’s aggressive 59.

    Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich ended the day unbeaten on 28 while brothers Shai and Kyle Hope both got 22 but failed to carry on.

    Rookie 20-year-old seamer Callum Taylor (2-33) and left-arm pacer Paul Walter (2-50) ended with two wickets apiece.

    Up against an under-strength side with Essex choosing to rest five key players in view of Sunday’s County Championship clash against Yorkshire, the Windies made the most of the opportunity with key batsmen getting among the runs.

    They suffered the early loss of Kieran Powell for 15 when the left-hander was bowled by 19-year seamer Sam Cook on his Essex first class debut but Brathwaite then anchored the innings to see the tourists to lunch on 102 for two.

    The right-hander put on 36 for the second wicket with Kyle Hope before adding a further 51 for the third wicket with Shai.

    Unbeaten on a patient 38 off 91 balls at he interval, Brathwaite lost Shai in the third over following the break – bowled by Walter – but moved to his half-century from 135 balls while adding 44 for the fourth wicket with Chase.

    Brathwaite, dropped on 53 by Nick Brown at second slip off 19-year-old pacer Aaron Beard, eventually perished with the score on 150, bowled by Taylor after facing 155 deliveries in nearly 3-3/4 hours at the crease and hitting eight fours.

    West Indies then enjoyed the best stand of the innings as Chase and Blackwood played freely to put on 119 for the fifth wicket to lift their side to 177 for four at tea.

    Chase struck 12 fours and a six off 138 balls in three hours at the crease while Blackwood stroked eight fours and a six in a 70-ball cameo.

    At the break, Chase was unbeaten on a cautious 27 from 78 deliveries while Blackwood, in contrast, carved out 21 from a mere 13 balls.

    Blackwood entertained afterwards, reaching his half-century off 48 balls while Chase stepped up the pace as well to raise his landmark off 101 deliveries.

    Chase was going through the gears when he was bowled by Taylor at 169 for five and 14 balls later Blackwood, who had been caught off a no-ball on 58, perished lbw to captain Ryan ten Doeschate.

    They were two of four wickets to tumble for 40 runs in the last session as the Windies lost their way.


    WEST INDIES 309 for eight (Roston Chase 81, Kraigg Brathwaite 61, Jermaine Blackwood 59, Shane Dowrich 28 not out; Callum Taylor 2-33, Paul Walter 2-50) vs ESSEX.

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings

    K Brathwaite b Taylor 61

    K Powell b Cook 15

    K Hope b Walter 22

    S Hope b Walter 22

    R Chase b Taylor 81

    J Blackwood lbw b ten Doeschate 59

    +S Dowrich not out 28

    *J Holder c Chopra b Dixon 6

    D Bishoo c and b Lawrence 4

    Extras (b1, nb6, lb4) 11

    TOTAL (8 wkts, 89.4 overs) 309

    To bat: K Roach, M Cummins.

    Fall of wickets: :1-19 2-55, 3-106, 4-150, 5-269, 6-275, 7-292, 8-309.

    Bowling: Cook 20-6-49-1, Beard 16-0-65-0, Dixon 17-3-56-1, Walter 12-0-50-2, Nijjar 10-2-38-0, Lawrence 1.4-1-1-1, Taylor 10-2-33-2, ten Doeschate 3-0-12-1.

    ESSEX – R ten Doeschate (captain), V Chopra, N Browne, D Lawrence, A Wheater, C Taylor, P Walter, A Nijjar, A Beard, S Cook, M Dixon.

    Toss: Essex.

    Umpires: N Cowley, T Lungley.