• Coach Estwick hails Ambris approach to improvement

    Sunil Ambris during Windies training session at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, New Zealand. CWI Photo/Philip Spooner

    LINCOLN, New Zealand, CMC – West Indies’ latest batting recruit, Sunil Ambris, has been praised for the way he has transformed his game, in order to make the rise to the international level.

    The 24-year-old has scored heavily over the last year, subsequently forcing his way into the West Indies one-day squad before being recently called up for the Test tour of New Zealand.

    He sent a clear signal to tour selectors with an audacious 153 off 145 balls in the three-day tour match against New Zealand A which ended here Monday.

    “Having seen Sunil at the Under-19 level – he obviously toured Australia with the West Indies in 2012 when I was coach – I know Sunil quite well,” said assistant coach Roddy Estwick.

    “What he has done [since then], he’s made adjustments to his game. He doesn’t hit the ball much in the air at all, he knows where to find a single, he’s quite organised. He’s carried the good form forward.”

    The right-handed Ambris was in superb form in the last first class season, amassing 608 runs at an average of 43 – including a cracking double century of 231 against Leeward Islands Hurricanes in March.

    He also piled up 423 runs in the Regional Super50 to be one of the leading run-getters.

    On the one-day tour of England last September, he stroked an unbeaten 38 in his only innings before returning to the Caribbean to plunder two centuries in the two-match four-day “Test” series against Sri Lanka A.

    “I thought he batted well in the one game he played in England and he went to the A team and got two centuries as well, so he’s brought that confidence and that form [with him],” Estwick noted.

    Last weekend’s hundred helped Ambris press his case for a spot in the starting XI in the first Test against the Black Caps bowling off December 1 in Wellington.

    But Estwick said aside from Ambris’s form, what had impressed him even more was the player’s attitude to improvement.

    “What I admired most about him when the fast bowlers wanted to have a workout during the first day [of the tour match],” Estwick explained.

    “Sunil was the first to put his pads on and he said to me ‘I’m batting the five best fast bowlers in the region’ and the best five best fast bowlers had about an hour, hour-and-a-half bowling at him.

    “He was able to bat them and he took that knock straight out in the middle and you could see the benefits from it.”

  • 15-member Windies U-19 team for World Cup

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Cricket West Indies (CWI) Selection Panel today announced a 15-member team and three reserves to participate in an 11-day camp in St. Kitts & Nevis.

    The camp which will run from December 10-20 is the last round of preparation before they depart the region on December 28. Windies Under 19 are the defending champions for the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup New Zealand 2018. The tournament runs from January 13 to February 3. 

    Head Coach Graeme West expressed excitement at the team chosen,” it’s an exciting time for these guys now that they’ve discovered they’re going to be going to a World Cup. It’s a bit of a younger side than the last one we took to Bangladesh. However, we have a very established, experienced batting group, with the likes of Kirstan Kallicharan and Emmanuel Stewart who went to the last World Cup.”

    West thinks there will be “a lot more attention on the West Indies in this tournament, after the last tournament and title in Bangladesh. In the group stage, we’re in a very tough group as the #1 seeds, so we’re going to have to hit the ground running, just to succeed in the group stage.”

    The team is scheduled to depart the region on December 28.  A one-week camp will be held in New Zealand prior to the start of the World Cup.

    SQUAD

    • Emmanuel Stewart – Captain (Windward Islands- Grenada)
    • Kirstan Kallicharan – Vice Captain (Trinidad & Tobago)
    • Ronaldo Alimohammed- (Guyana)
    • Alick Athanaze- (Windward Islands- Dominica)
    • Cephas Cooper- (Trinidad & Tobago)
    • Jarion Hoyte- (Barbados)
    • Kimani Melius- (Windward Islands- St. Lucia)
    • Ashmead Nedd- (Guyana)
    • Kian Pemberton- (Leeward Islands- St.Kitts & Nevis)
    • Raymond Perez- (Guyana)
    • Joshua Persaud- (Guyana)
    • Jeavor Royal- (Jamaica)
    • Keagan Simmons- (Trinidad & Tobago)
    • Bhaskar Yadram- (Guyana)
    • Nyeem Young- (Barbados)

    RESERVES

    • Brad Barnes- (Jamaica)
    • Joshua Bishop- (Barbados)
    • Javier Spencer- (Leeward Islands- Antigua & Barbuda)

    MANAGEMENT TEAM

    Graeme West- (Head Coach)

    Dwain Gill- (Team Operations Manager)

    Corey Collymore- (Assistant Coach)

    Khevyn Williams- (Physiotherapist)

    Zephyrinus Nicholas- (Strength & Conditioning Coach)

    Dinesh Mahabir- (Analyst)

  • CWI hosts Women’s WT20 Venue Summit in Antigua

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – With less than a year to go before the 2018, ICC Women’s World T20 Championship, Cricket West Indies (CWI) hosted a Venue Summit with the Territorial Boards who have indicated interest in hosting matches.

    Tournament Director, Jennifer Nero along with the team from CWI used the opportunity to brief the participants from all six regions, on the expectations for the event.

    Nero explained that “the hosting of this event, comes at an important time in the socio-economic development of the region. Therefore, it is CWI’s vision to bring the unique Caribbean flamboyance by successfully hosting the first ever stand-alone Women’s World T20 championship.”

    The Tournament Director also noted, that “as defending World T20 Champions, CWI aims to use this Championship for the advancement of our cricketing landscape, the advancement of women in sport, attract business and other partners, while maintaining the positive global momentum around women’s cricket.”

    Additionally, Nero emphasized the role CWI will play as they use this event to achieve objectives articulated in its strategic plans, initially, over the next five years:

    • To promote gender equality in the region through cricket
    • To grow participation in women’s and girls’ cricket in the West Indies
    • To discover the future players of the Windies Women
    • To establish cricket as a genuine career option for young women
    • To provide a legacy for women and girls’ cricket throughout the region
    • To re-engage with WINDIES fans.

    The ICC Chief Executive, Dave Richardson, made the point that “The West Indies is a unique place to play cricket and we are confident that the players will receive a warm welcome, excellent playing conditions and facilities that allow players to shine.”

    This stand-alone ICC Women’s World T20, will be managed by a Project Team from CWI, as well as a Regional Committee and the various Local Organizing Committees (LOCs) of the venues chosen.

    The two-day summit was held November 21 and 22 in Antigua at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.

  • Windies Under-19 paceman Chemar Holder playing for Port Adelaide this season

    He is a former middle-distance runner who idolises Curtly Ambrose and does not mind bowling bouncers.

    West Indies under-19 international Chemar Holder has joined Grade club Port Adelaide until late next month while he is in SA with the Darren Lehmann Academy.

    And the 190cm paceman from Barbados is already making his mark at the Magpies after snaring 5/10 off 9.1 overs in the club’s win over Southern District on Saturday.

    “I’ve always been a fast bowler,” Holder, 19, says.

    “I just picked up the ball, ran in and bowled as fast as I could, and coaches and family always gave me a lot of support, so I fell in love with it.

    “I’ve always liked (former West Indies star) Curtly Ambrose.

    “Back home when I was playing youth level the coach would say I looked like him when he bowls – the run-up, aggressive and attacking with a decent bouncer.”

    Holder played three games for West Indies at last year’s Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh.

    He claimed 5/82 from 27 overs, including 1/20 in the final – a five-wicket win over India.

    The Barbados Cricket Association and Holder’s family encouraged him to head to Adelaide during the Caribbean winter to test himself in a foreign environment.

    “It’s a different way of playing cricket than home so I’m just having to adapt to situations and go with the game plan,” he says.

    “The conditions are different, it’s a lot colder than back home … and the pitches have a lot more grass.”

    His father was a club soccer player but Holder had to choose between cricket and athletics, in which he ran the 400m, 800m and 1500m during high school.

    “I had good (running) times and could’ve had even better times with more training.

    “I was pushing for a scholarship in athletics but I got the chance to play cricket at a senior level so I went with cricket.”

    Holder hopes to get fitter and improve his batting during his time in Adelaide.

    His long-term goal is a senior international call-up with the West Indies.

  • Bonner, Warde and Carter fined for breaches of Code of Conduct

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies confirmed today that the Leeward Islands Hurricanes pair of Nkrumah Bonner and Terence Warde, as well Barbados Pride left-hander Jonathan Carter were all fined for breaches of the Code of Conduct during the fourth round of matches which ended on Sunday in the Digicel 4-Day Championship.

    All three players admitted to their offences and accepted the imposition of the proposed sanctions, so there was no need for formal hearings.

    Bonner and Warde were reported by on-field umpires Carl Tuckett and Leslie Reifer, Jr, along with reserve umpire Bernard Joseph, for Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct during the match between the Hurricanes and Jamaica Scorpions at Warner Park in Basseterre, St. Kitts.

    Bonner’s breach was upgraded to Level 2, due to this being his second breach within a year, and match referee Stewart Rawlins imposed a fine of 50 per cent of the player’s match fee. The player breached paragraph 1.2 of the Code of Conduct by showing dissent at an umpire’s decision, when he showed his bat in obvious disappointment after being adjudged lbw in the 56th over of the Hurricanes’ first innings.

    Rawlins however, imposed a fine of 10 per cent of Warde’s match fee, after he similarly, breached paragraph 1.2 of the Code of Conduct by showing dissent at an umpire’s decision, when he showed his bat in obvious disappointment after being adjudged lbw in the 49th over of the Hurricanes’ second innings.

    Carter was reported by on-field umpires Deighton Butler and Verdayne Smith, along with reserve umpire Roger Davis, for a Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct during the match between the Pride and Windward Islands Volcanoes at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex in Kingstown, St. Vincent.

    Match referee Carlyle Felix imposed a fine of 50 per cent of Carter’s match fee, after the Pride player breached paragraph 1.3 of the Code of Conduct by using language that was obscene, offensive or insulting towards Volcanoes’ off-spinner Shane Shillingford, when leaving the field following his dismissal in his side’s second innings.

    Cricket West Indies Regional 4-Day Code of Conduct.
  • Official points standings after the fourth round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Following are the Official Points Standings after the fourth round of matches ended on Sunday in the 2017-18 Digicel 4-Day Championship.

    Abbreviations: PTS-total points, M-matches, W-won, L-lost, I-incomplete match, T-tied, A-abandoned match, DP-Abandoned match due to dangerous pitch, MR-match referee awarding match, BAT-batting points, BOWL-bowling points, PB-pace bowling points

  • Spinners dominate as Jaguars head winners’ list

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Veerasammy Permaul almost singlehandedly completed the demolition of the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force’s second innings batting to help Guyana Jaguars extend their lead in the Digicel 4-Day Championship with a comprehensive, innings-and-217-run victory in their top-of-the-table match on Sunday.

    Permaul snatched three of the last four Red Force wickets that fell on the final day of their day/night, key fourth-round contest at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground, to give the Jaguars their third victory of the season, which now breaks for one week before resuming the following week.

    At Warner Park, the spin duo of Nikita Miller and Damion Jacobs bowled Jamaica Scorpions to a 157-run victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes.

    And, part-time off-spinner Kenroy Williams was the unlikely bowling hero, when Barbados Pride completed a 135-run victory over Windward Islands Volcanoes at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex.



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     Jaguars (484-8 dec) beat Red Force (120) & (147) by an innings and 217 runs in Tarouba, Trinidad 

    Permaul claimed 5-54 from 32.1 overs, ending with match figures of 9-97, as the Red Force, starting the day on 108 for six in their second innings and with little hope of saving the match, were dismissed about 10 minutes before the first interval. 

    The diminutive left-arm spinner formalised the result, when Sheldon Cottrell gave wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble the last of his five catches in the innings. 

    Imran Khan and Daniel St. Clair, both not out overnight, hit the joint top score of 28 for Red Force, and their injured captain Denesh Ramdin, batting at nine, finished on 22 not out. 

    Jaguars – top of the standings on 46.6 points prior to the match – earned 18.2 points comprising 12 for victory, two batting points, three bowling points and 1.2 pace bowling points. Red Force – previously second on 41.4 – gained just 0.4 pace bowling points.


    Scorpions (342) & (191) beat Hurricanes (209) & (144) by 157 runs in Basseterre, St. Kitts

    Left-arm spinner Miller bagged 5-31 from 20 overs, ending with match figures of 10-87, and leg-spinner Jacobs collected 3-65 from 19.4 overs, as the Hurricanes were dismissed about 50 minutes before the scheduled tea break.

    Windies “A” Team opener Montcin Hodge and rookie Terence Warde led the way with 30 apiece, former Scorpions’ all-rounder Devon Thomas made 25 and Hurricanes captain Rahkeem Cornwall added 23. 

    Hurricanes had the entire day to chase 302, but they started knowing they were one batsman short, after former West Indies Under-19 World Cup 2016 Final hero Keacy Carty sustained a fractured right hand.

    After they subsided to 95 for four at lunch with Miller and Jacobs well into their work, the Hurricanes offered token resistance in the period after the interval.

    Scorpions – fifth in the standings on 18.2 points prior to the match – earned 18.4 points comprising 12 for victory, three batting points, three bowling points and 0.4 pace bowling points. Hurricanes – previous third on 38.6 – gained six points consisting of three bowling points, one batting point plus two pace bowling points.


    Pride (360) & (171) beat Volcanoes (222) & (174) by 135 runs in Kingstown, St. Vincent

    Williams grabbed 4-36 from 15.5 overs to trump an enterprising 76 from Barbados-born all-rounder Kyle Mayers, as the Volcanoes failed to successfully chase 310 for victory and were dismissed about 45 minutes after tea.

    Mayers, a member of the Windies “A” Team One-day squad that played in the recent home series against Sri Lanka “A”, struck nine fours from 119 balls in 2 ½ hours at the crease to collect his second half-century of the match.

    Taryck Gabriel made 33 and shared 55 for the fifth wicket with Mayers, but no other Volcanoes batsman reach 20, and the home team was forced to bat one man short following an illness that sidelined Test batsman Kirk Edwards. 

    Resuming from their overnight total of 148 for nine, Pride added a further 23 runs before they were dismissed about 20 minutes into the morning session.

    They however, quickly had Volcanoes in trouble, as the hosts slumped to 62 for three at lunch, including the loss of key batsman Devon Smith, the season’s leading scorer.

    They never fully recovered, sliding further to 133 for eight at tea, as the visitors chipped away at their batting.

    Pride – fourth in the standings on 23.2 points prior to the match – earned 19.2 points from 12 for victory, three batting points, three bowling points and 1.2 pace bowling points. Volcanoes – previously last on 15.6 – gained just 2.8 points consisting of one bowling point, one batting point plus 0.8 pace bowling points.

  • Jaguars tighten grip after Singh’s hundred, record stand

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Vishaul Singh hit his second hundred of the season and shared a record stand with fellow left-handed century-maker Leon Johnson to help Guyana Jaguars build a massive first innings total against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in their key Digicel 4-Day Championship match on Friday.

    But Red Force openers, Windies batsman Kyle Hope and former Windies Under-19 player Amir Jangoo, gave their side a strong start to their reply on the second day of their top-of-the-table, day/night, fourth-round battle at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground.

    At Warner Park, a defiant, half-century stand between Windies “A” Team all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall and rookie Terence Warde led a late recovery Leeward Islands Hurricanes, after Jamaica Scorpions captain and champion left-arm spinner Nikita Miller undermined their middle order.

    And, a couple of late wickets for Test left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican tilted the balance Barbados Pride’s way against Windward Islands’ Volcanoes at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex.



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    Jaguars (484-8 dec) vs Red Force 51-0 in Tarouba, Trinidad

    Jangoo was not out on 32 and Hope was not out on 18, as they batted through 19 overs in an hour-and-a-half before stumps were drawn to give Red Force a strong start to their reply.

    Singh made an even 100 – his eighth first-class hundred – to become the second century-maker of the innings behind Johnson, whose 165 helped to propel Jaguars to a declaration just over an hour before the scheduled close.

    Singh has reeled off scores of 119, 8 not out, 97 and 34 prior to this innings after he missed the first match of the season, due to his involvement with the Windies “A” Team in their three “Test” home series against Sri Lanka “A”.

    He put on 183 with Johnson, establishing a new Jaguars third-wicket record against Red Force in the modern era of the West Indies first-class championship (1966 onwards) to eclipse the previous mark of 179 shared between legendary, former Windies captain Clive Lloyd and another former Windies batsman Len Baichan 44 years ago at Skeldon in Guyana.

    Sophomore off-spinner Bryan Charles captured 5-134 from 43 overs to be the pick of the Red Force bowlers on an unresponsive pitch.


    Scorpions (342) vs Hurricanes (209) in Basseterre, St. Kitts

    Cornwall followed up a typically steady bowling effort with a resolute batting to reach 28 not out and Warde was not out on 21, as they helped their side recover from a mid-innings crisis triggered by Miller.

    The pair has so far shared 59 – unbroken – for the seventh wicket to stabilize the Hurricanes’ innings, after Miller, playing his first match of the season, grabbed 3-56 from 27 overs to leave the home team wobbling on 150 for six.

    Hurricanes had failed to build on a half-century opening stand between Windies “A” Team opener Montcin Hodge and rugged, former Kent left-hander Chesney Hughes, losing wickets at regular intervals to undermine their bid for a strong reply.

    Hodge has led the way for the Hurricanes with an even 50, Devon Thomas and Jamaica-born Nkrumah Bonner both made 33, and Hughes supported with 20.

    This followed token resistance from the Scorpions before they were bowled out in their first innings with Paul Palmer, their captain for the first three matches in Miller’s absence, leading the way with 86.

    Cornwall was the most successful Hurricanes bowler, taking 4-86 from 29.3 overs, and there were two wickets apiece for Jeremiah Louis and Sheeno Berridge.


    Pride (360) vs Volcanoes 151-5 in Kingstown, St. Vincent

    Warrican struck twice in as many balls, knocking over two players with whom he is very familiar to put the Volcanoes on the back foot.

    The home team were in good shape on 89 for two, but Warrican removed Barbados-based batsman Kavem Hodge for 38 and former Pride captain Kirk Edwards without scoring in successive deliveries.

    But Roland Cato, not out 47, and Barbadian Kyle Mayers, not out on 21, batted through almost an hour to carry the Volcanoes through to stumps.

    Earlier, Pride were dismissed about 40 minutes after lunch, after resuming from their overnight 273 for five.

    All-rounder Kevin Stoute hit the top score of 84 and his clubmate Justin Greaves carved out 54 in a valuable 91-run, sixth-wicket stand.

    Volcanoes captain Tyrone Theophile captured a career-best 5-56 from 23 overs with his part-time off-spin to be the unlikely bowling hero for his side and Test off-spinner Shane Shillingford supported with 3-102 from 45 overs.

  • Regional coaches complete Level 1 and Level 3 coaching programmes

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Cricket West Indies (CWI) just concluded two important sessions as part of its continued efforts to improve its role in coaching education. 

    The Level 3 course was the second one in the region, the first was held in Barbados in 2016. A total of 25 Regional coaches participated in the course including former Windies players Curtly Ambrose, Stuart Williams, Ryan Hinds and Pedro Collins.

    The course focused on equipping the coaches with the technical and soft skills to develop performance players and elite players. Coaches were reminded that they have a responsibility towards the athletes. They were given guidelines to develop management styles, leadership qualities and communication channels with their players. The sessions were a mixture of practical and theoretical learning, with focus on sports science, strength and conditioning and psychology. 

    The course was led by the ECB with eight coaches; while four coaches from the West Indies (Gus Logie, Henderson Springer, Anthony Gray and Jeffery Dujon) co-presented on fast and spin bowling, fielding and wicket-keeping. 

    The coaches in the course came from Jamaica, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. Coaches from Canada, Bermuda (ICC Americas) also participated, as part of CWI’s commitment to ICC America’s cricket development. WIPA also had a representative in the course.

    Tim Dellor, Operations Manager of the ECB’s Level 3 coaching programme and facilitator of this course in Antigua said, “First of all, I always think it’s important that they enjoy it…. We also tried to give them opportunities to actually coach whilst we’re with them…. So they can go out and practice that.”

    At the end of the course, the coaches were given assignments to complete. They will complete these in their respective home countries and then reassemble for a final assessment to complete the course in February 2018.

    Upon completion, Level 3 certified coaches from the region will be able to work as recognized level 3 coaches in the UK.

    The course ran for ten days and ended on Wednesday, November 15 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground. 

    LEVEL ONE

    Another 10 coaches from around the region and St. Maarten completed a Level 1 programme. The course was facilitated by Junie Mitchum, Kumar Rampat and Steve Liburd. 

    The ten coaches would have previously been trained in first aid, certified in the CWI/UNICEF Child Protection Courses and have a clean police record.

  • Round-up: Digicel 4-Day Round 4, Day 1

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Guyana Jaguars captain Leon Johnson gathered his fifth first-class hundred to give his side a firm foundation in their top-of-the-table, Digicel 4-Day Championship match against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force on Thursday.

    The Test left-hander also shared a record second-wicket stand with fellow left-hander, opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul, son of former Windies captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul, that gave the Jaguars the early ascendancy in their day/night, key fourth-round match at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground.

    In the other two matches: batsmen flourished, as a handful reached half-centuries, but unlike Johnson, none carried on to a hundred, as Jamaica Scorpions and Barbados Pride made strong starts against Leeward Islands Hurricanes and Windward Islands Volcanoes at Warner Park and Arnos Vale Sports Complex respectively.



    • For “live” scores and webcasts of the matches, visit the Match Centre

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    on the Windies Live app for your mobile device.

    It’s free! It’s available for iPhone and Android devices. 



    Jaguars 245-2 vs Red Force in Tarouba, Trinidad

    Johnson batted resolutely for close to five hours for an undefeated 106 that was the rock upon which the Jaguars built, after they decided to bat.

    He struck hit 11 fours from 218 balls and put on 174 with the younger Chanderpaul, establishing a new Jaguars second-wicket record against Red Force in the modern era of the West Indies first-class championship (1966 onwards).

    They coincidentally, eclipsed the previous mark of 165 shared between two former West Indies star left-handers, the late Roy Fredericks and Alvin Kallicharran, 45 years ago at Queen’s Park Oval.

    Chanderpaul fell for 84 in the final hour of play, but Test left-hander Vishaul Singh came to the crease and stayed with Johnson until the close during which time the Jaguars captain reached his landmark from 201 balls. 

    Red Force, whose bowling unit was boosted with the return of Test left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, got little assistance from the pitch and the pink-ball failed to play tricks on the Jaguars batsmen.


    Scorpions 315-7 vs Hurricanes in Basseterre, St. Kitts

    Paul Palmer will be eyeing his maiden first-class hundred after helping the Scorpions finish with the day’s highest total, after they decided to bat. 

    Palmer was unbeaten on 78, but left-handers Assad Fudadin and John Campbell made 58 and 57 respectively, as the Scorpions used the well-known Warner Park batting paradise to restore confidence. 

    The trio were involved in a combination of partnerships that saw the visitors plunder a weakened Hurricanes attack to their hearts’ delight before losing a cluster of wickets in the final session, as the home team fought back.

    Hurricanes captain Rahkeem Cornwall opened the bowling with his off-spin and was the pick of his side’s attack, taking 3-84 from 28 overs.

    After a brief delay to the start, Campbell and fellow opener Garth Garvey used the first hour to give their side a solid base with a stand of 47 before the Hurricanes made the breakthrough. 

    Fudadin came to the crease and ushered Campbell to his 50, as they consolidated for the Scorpions with a stand of 55.

    After Campbell’s dismissal sent the Scorpions to lunch on 102 for two and they stumbled to 129 for three with the dismissal of Brandon King, Fudadin continued merrily to his 50 and shared 70 with Palmer he was dismissed in the final over before tea, which saw the Scorpions reach 199 for four.

    After the break, the runs continued to flow for the Scorpions, but they continued to bleed wickets, as former United States captain Steven Taylor was one of three wickets that fell inside the final hour.


    Pride 273-5 vs Volcanoes in Kingstown, St. Vincent

    Uncapped left-handed opener Anthony Alleyne led a strong batting parade from the Pride with 82 and was one of four batsmen that plundered half-centuries, after they were put in to bat.

    All-rounder Kevin Stoute was not out on 59, Kenroy Williams made 55 and left-handed opener Shayne Moseley scored 54 as reward for resolute batting in a solid effort from the Pride. 

    Volcanoes captain Tyrone Theophile was the unlikely bowling hero for his side, grabbing 3-54 from 20 overs with his uncomplicated, part-time off-spin, but Test off-spinner Shane Shillingford conceded just 83 from 34 overs to keep things tight for most of the day at the other end.