• Holder keeps Windies on top but England rally

    LEEDS, England, CMC – Captain Jason Holder’s telling all-round contribution kept West Indies with their noses in front but opposite number Joe Root was leading an England fightback, as the second Test at Headingley remained fascinatingly poised ahead of Monday’s penultimate day.

    At the end of a absorbing third day here Sunday, England were 171 for three in their second innings – a lead of two runs after conceding a first innings deficit of 169.

    Root was unbeaten on 45 and partnered by Dawid Malan on 21, while opener Mark Stoneman struck 54 to gather his first Test half-century in his second match at his level.

    Seamer Holder proved the Windies talisman, grabbing the key wickets of veteran opener Alastair Cook (23) and Tom Westley (8) to end with two for 44.

    The 25-year-old Holder had earlier helped lead a Windies rally as the Caribbean side were dismissed for 427 in their first innings after resuming the day 329 for five.

    He produced a cameo 43 off 54 deliveries while Jermaine Blackwood crunched a typically aggressive 49, in a 75-run, eighth wicket partnership which proved invaluable after West Indies lost wickets off the first two balls of the day.

    Shai Hope, unbeaten on 147 overnight, failed to add when he nicked seamer Jimmy Anderson behind and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich followed without scoring to a catch at second slip by Root off the next ball.

    However, Blackwood and Holder took the attack to England in an enterprising stand that took the total past 400.

    Blackwood, dropped at mid-on by Moeen Ali off seamer Stuart Broad in the day’s second over before he had added to his overnight 21, stroked seven fours in a breezy 63-ball knock while Holder also counted seven boundaries.

    Holder matched his partner for audacity, taking three consecutive boundaries from a Broad over. The first was a pull to backward square and the last two, exquisite off-side drives.

    With the score ticking over, Holder holed out down the ground off seamer Chris Woakes in the fourth over following the first drinks break and in the next over, Blackwood misjudged a second run and was run out at the striker’s end.

    Last men Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach further frustrated the English in a 23-run partnership before being separated, six minutes into an extended morning session.

    Anderson finished with five for 76 while Stokes picked up two for 63.

    England were then given a solid start in their second innings by Cook and Stoneman who put on an important 58 for the first wicket.

    The left-handed Cook played cautiously in a 63-ball knock that included two fours while Stoneman struck seven fours in a 124-ball knock.

    Holder, whose nine overs on the trot before tea cost just 10 runs, got the breakthrough about 20 minutes before the interval when he beat Cook on a couple of occasions before finding the edge through to wicketkeeper Dowrich.

    Unbeaten on 35 at tea with England on 68 for one, Stoneman reached his half-century about half-hour after tea with a boundary to fine leg off Holder.

    Westley, on four at tea, escaped being run out when West Indies bungled an ideal chance with the right-hander stranded mid-pitch but he perished in the next over, nicking a drive at Holder to Dowrich at 81 for two.

    Fast bowler Gabriel then returned to remove Stoneman with a superb delivery that angled in, straightened and rocked off-stump as the left-hander defended, leaving England stumbling at 94 for three.

    Windies had their tails up at this stage but Root, dropped on 10 by Kyle Hope at gully off pacer Kemar Roach, anchored an unbroken 77-run, fourth wicket partnership with Malan, to steer England safely to the close.

    The right-handed Root has so far faced 82 deliveries and counted nine fours.

    ENGLAND 1st Innings 258

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings

    (overnight 329 for five)

    K Brathwaite b Broad 134

    K Powell c Cook b Anderson 5

    D Bishoo c wkp Bairstow b Anderson 1

    K Hope c Root b Anderson 3

    S Hope c wkp Bairstow b Anderson 147

    R Chase c Cook b Stokes 5

    J Blackwood run out 49

    +S Dowrich c Root b Anderson 0

    *J Holder c Ali b Woakes 43

    K Roach not out

    S Gabriel lbw b Stokes 10

    Extras (b8, lb11, w5) 24

    TOTAL (all out, 127 Overs) 427

    Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-31, 3-35, 4-281, 5-296, 6-329, 7-329, 8-404, 9-406, 10-427.

    Bowling: Anderson 29-7-76-5, Broad 24-2-95-1, Woakes 21-4-78-1, Stokes 25-9-63-2, Ali 24-4-84-0, Westley 4-0-12-0.

    ENGLAND 2nd Innings

    A Cook c wkp Dowrich b Holder 23

    M Stoneman b Gabriel 52

    T Westley c wkp Dowrich b Holder 8

    *J Root not out 45

    D Malan not out 21

    Extras (b8, lb2, w7, nb5) 22

    TOTAL (3 wkts, 59 overs) 171

    Fall of wickets: 1-58, 2-81, 3-94.

    Bowling: Gabriel 14-3-41-1, Roach 11-5-34-0, Holder 17-4-44-2, Chase 15-3-31-0, Bishoo 2-0-11-0.

    Position: England lead by two runs with seven second innings wickets intact.

    Toss: England.

    Umpires: Chris Gaffaney, S Ravi; TV – Marais Erasmus.

  • Unbeaten Guyana eyeing one-day title

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Guyana enter Monday’s final round of the Regional Under-19 One-Day Championship in pole position to take the title, after trouncing the previously unbeaten Trinidad and Tobago by eight wickets on Saturday.

    Playing in the sixth round contest at Conaree, Guyana easily chased down the 111 set for victory to win their fifth game and remain unbeaten in the competition.

    On Monday, the Guyanese take on Windward Islands.

    Opting to bowl first, they bundled out T&T for a paltry 110 off 35.4 overs, with West Indies Under-19 star Kirstan Kallicharan top-scoring with 48 off 64 balls, with six fours and two sixes.

    Young Windies off-spinner all-rounder, Bhaskar Yadram, claimed three for 19 while left-arm spinner Keshram Seyhodan (2-4) led three bowlers – Ashmead Nedd (2-24) and Richie Looknauth (2-27) – with two wickets each.

    In reply, Raymond Perez slammed 47 not out and Joshua Persaud, 44, in an up tempo 78-run stand for the first wicket.

    Perez faced 69 balls and counted five fours and one six while Persaud belted five fours and two sixes in a 45-ball cameo.

    At Conaree: Guyana won by eight wickets.

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 110 off 35.4 overs (Kirstan Kallicharan 48, Cephas Cooper 23; Bhaskar Yadram 3-19, Keshram Seyhodan 2-4)

    GUYANA 111 for two off 21.5 overs (Raymond Perez 47 not out, Joshua Persaud 44; Te-Shawn Alleyne 2-18)

    At Warner Park, Barbados scraped their first win of the tournament when they easily got past Jamaica by eight wickets.

    Set 146 for victory, Barbados were guided home by Kadeem Alleyne who stoked an unbeaten 61 off 58 balls with three fours and two sixes.

    He put on 73 in an unbroken third wicket stand wit Marc Cyrus who made 27 not out.

    Opting to bat first earlier, Jamaica were carried by opener Shavar Christie whose 71 included six fours and a six and lasted 132 deliveries.

    At Warner Park: Barbados won by eight wickets.

    JAMAICA 145 off 47.4 overs (Shavar Christie 71; Raneil Smith 3-16)

    BARBADOS 149 for two off 31.4 overs (Kadeem Alleyne 61 not out)

    In the other game at Molyneaux, Windward Islands beat ICC Americas by 50 runs.

    At Molineaux: Windward Islands won by 50 runs.

    WINDWARDS 210 for nine off 50 overs (Alick Athanaze 52, Kimani Melius 42; Adhihetty Bhavindu 3-43)

    ICC AMERICAS 160 off 41.2 overs (Naress Kavian 52; Dillon Douglas 3-26)

  • Relieved Hope happy to help Windies dominate

    LEEDS, England, CMC – Shai Hope said his maiden Test hundred on Saturday against England had come with a sense of relief, following below-par performances in his previous 11 Tests.

    The stylish right-hander’s previous best in 21 innings was 90 against Pakistan in Bridgetown four months ago but he fashioned an excellent, unbeaten 147 at Headingley to finally crack triple figures.

    “It was a big relief. I know within myself that I should be performing much better than I am so I was just pleased to get over the line. Thanks to Kraigg (Brathwaite) again for the support in the middle, he made my job a little bit easier,” said the 23-year-old.

    “Honestly, [I was thinking] of staying out there as long as possible for the team. It was about trying to get as many runs on the board as possible so I’m actually pleased I got through the 90s a bit faster.

    “It was moreso the [total] and the time at the wicket that I was more concerned about than the 90s.”

    Hope was joined by opener and vice-captain Brathwaite who struck 134 – his sixth Test hundred – as West Indies flourished on day two of the encounter to reach 329 for five in their first innings.

    The pair added 246 for the fourth wicket to pull West Indies around from danger, after they slumped to 35 for three early in the morning session.

    Brathwaite said the focus of the partnership was determination and placing a high value on their wickets.

    “We communicated well. We knew there were some tough periods we had to fight through and I think we did that well,” he explained.

    “We knew the plan, we knew our plan and we just worked with it. We kept encouraging each other and the key word was ‘fight’.

    “I wasn’t worried [in the morning session]. I believe in the team and we showed it. The key for us was fight and that’s what we went out there and did.”

    Hope added: “It’s Test cricket, you have to dig in. England have some quality bowlers on their team so you had to make sure you stayed there as long as possible and not leave it for the other guys inside to do the job.”

    The performance was a far cry from the debacle of last weekend when the Windies lost 19 wickets on the third day to collapse to an innings defeat in the opening Test at Edgbaston.

    But Brathwaite said the Caribbean side had been eager to turn the page on that outing and build on Friday’s solid outing with the ball.

    “As a team I thought we had the belief – we weren’t going to give up. That was the mindset. We bowled them out for 258 and decided we would go out there and work hard, believe in ourselves and that’s what we did,” he noted.

    “We will play it as it goes. The key tomorrow for us is to build on the lead and we’ll take it from there as a a team.”

  • Brathwaite, Hope punish England as Windies flourish

    LEEDS, England, CMC – Opener Kraigg Brathwaite carved out his sixth Test hundred while immensely talented stroke-maker Shai Hope gathered his first, as West Indies dominated England to take a surprise advantage on the second day of the second Test at Headingley here Saturday.

    Under heavy criticism following a heavy innings defeat inside three days last weekend, the Caribbean side responded strongly by piling up 329 for five in their first innings at the close – a lead of 71 heading into Sunday’s third day.

    At the heart of the Windies enterprise were Brathwaite and Hope who combined prudence and aggression to subdue England’s much-vaunted seam attack.

    Hope was unbeaten on 147 at the close, an innings that has so far consumed six hours flat and lasted 252 balls, with 23 boundaries. The knock was also the highest individual score by a West Indies batsman in a Test in England in 22 years.

    He was partnered by Jermaine Blackwood who has already stroked four boundaries in a 23-ball 21.

    Brathwaite, meanwhile, gathered 134 – a knock that included 17 fours and two sixes, and came from 249 deliveries in six hours and 20 minutes at the crease.

    Together, he and Hope put on a superb 246 for the fourth wicket – the highest stand by the Windies in England in just over three decades – which pulled West Indies around from danger at 35 for three and saw them dominate the second session without losing a wicket.

    Resuming the day on 19 for one, England threatened a repeat of the opening Test at Edgbaston when seamer Jimmy Anderson removed nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo in the fifth over of the day for one and then followed up by knocking over new batsman Kyle Hope for three.

    Bishoo failed to add to his overnight score, wafting at a wide one and nicking a catch behind while Kyle Hope was well caught by captain Joe Root diving low to his left at second slip.

    However, any hopes England had of another collapse were soon dashed as Brathwaite and Hope played positively to take the Caribbean side to lunch on 109 for three.

    Brathwaite, on 13 at the start, survived his share of anxious moments. On 35, he was given out LBW to seamer Stuart Broad only to be reprieved on review because of an inside edge.

    And on 46, he was again adjudged lbw only for reviews to show the impact outside the line.

    Brathwaite then released the tension by clearing the leg-side ropes off the very next delivery to raise his half-century, to be unbeaten on 63 at lunch with Shai Hope on 33

    West Indies added a further 97 runs in the next session, with Brathwaite cruising to triple figures in style. He moved into the 90s with back-to-back off-side boundaries off seamer Ben Stokes before lifting part-time off-spinner Tom Westley for a straight six off the penultimate delivery before tea, to reach his landmark.

    Shai Hope, meanwhile, looked in fine touch, moving into the 40s with a couple of boundaries off Anderson in the second over after lunch before reaching his half-century in the next over with a straight-driven four off seamer Chris Woakes.

    On 85 at tea with the Windies on 206, Shai eased into the 90s with a delight cover drive for four off off-spinner Moeen Ali before stylishly pulling Stokes to the square boundary in the next over to move to 99.

    A single to long leg off the next delivery brought him his maiden hundred in his 12 Test.

    The pair frustrated England for the next hour before Brathwaite finally perished in the third over following the drinks break, bowled by Broad as he prodded forward.

    There was no joy for new batsman Roston Chase as he lasted 20 balls in scoring five before fending one from Stokes that bounced, to Alastair Cook at first slip.

    ENGLAND 1st Innings 258

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings

    (overnight 19 for one)

    K Brathwaite b Broad 134

    K Powell c Cook b Anderson 5

    D Bishoo c wkp Bairstow b Anderson 1

    K Hope c Root b Anderson 3

    S Hope not out 147

    R Chase c Cook b Stokes 5

    J Blackwood not out 21

    Extras (b4, lb7, w2) 13

    TOTAL (5 wkts, 102 overs) 329

    To bat: +S Dowrich, *J Holder, K Roach, S Gabriel.

    Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-31, 3-35, 4-281, 5-296.

    Bowling: Anderson 23-7-46-3, Broad 20-2-73-1, Woakes 13-2-58-0, Stokes 22-8-60-1, Moeen Ali 20-3-69-0, Westley 4-0-12-0.

    Position: West Indies tlead by 71 runs.

    Toss: England.

    Umpires: Chris Gaffaney, S Ravi; TV – Marais Erasmus.

  • Roach hails turnaround Windies effort

    LEEDS, England, CMC – Seamer Kemar Roach has praised the sterling West Indies bowling effort which undermined England on the opening day of the second Test at Headingley here Friday.

    England opted to bat first but were dismissed for a disappointing 258 in their first innings with Roach (4-71) and new-ball partner Shannon Gabriel (4-51) picking up four wickets apiece.

    Ben Stokes struck exactly 100 and captain Joe Root, 59, but England never really recovered from a weak start and were bowled out midway during the session.

    “It’s really great to see Shannon fit and raring to go. Obviously he’s been our best bowler for the last year and I will say ‘well bowled’ to him for his four-for,” Roach said following the day’s play.

    “I felt really good today and I just want to continue what I’m doing – working hard and getting more wickets for the West Indies.”

    Using a full length, Roach bowled superbly to continue where he left off in the opening Test at Edgbaston.

    He trapped Tom Westley lbw for three with a full delivery, had opener Mark Stoneman caught at the wicket for 19 pushing forward before claiming Moeen Ali for 22 to a low catch at point by Roston Chase.

    Roach claimed his fourth wicket by removing Chris Woakes for 23 to a catch at the wicket.

    “I wasn’t getting much [assistance] but obviously it’s about putting the balls in the right areas,” the Barbadian pointed out.

    “We had team meetings, we know where we need to bowl at these English batsmen and I think today we executed that pretty well. Some catches went down but we keep our heads high and we come back tomorrow.”

    Those dropped catches were perhaps the disappointment of the day for the tourists. They dropped Root when he had made eight and then let off Stokes on nine and 98.

    However, Roach said the missed chances were now a thing of the past and the Windies would look to improve throughout the game.

    “It’s quickly forgotten. Obviously the innings is off. I would’ve liked to get Stokes early; we didn’t want him to get to a hundred but he batted really well so kudos to him,” he explained.

    “But I think we know what we did wrong and there will be more team meetings and more open discussions and we’ll get the right thing done.”

    Friday’s performance was in stark contrast to the Caribbean side’s meek performance in the innings defeat inside three days at Edgbaston last weekend.

    And Roach credited the turnaround to frank meetings in recent days.

    “We had a very strong team meeting, a very open team meeting so guys know what we’re about on this tour,” he said.

    “It’s all about going out there, putting your best foot forward and working hard and performing for West Indies.”

  • T&T, Guyana register convincing wins

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago continued their march towards the Regional Under-19 one-day crown with a convincing nine-wicket win over ICC Americas in the fifth round here Thursday.

    Chasing a modest 96 for victory at Molyneaux, the Trinidadians cruised to target off a mere 12.2 overs, with Cephas Cooper stroking an attacking, unbeaten 56.

    He faced just 39 deliveries and blasted five fours and sixes, dominating an 84-run unbroken second wicket partnership with Keagan Simmons who finished 19 not out.

    Off-spinner Aaron Maniram had earlier taken five for 14 as ICC Americas, opting to bat first, were dismissed for 95 off 45.4 overs.

    Captain Akashdeep Gill top-scored with 40 of 88 deliveries to be the only batsman in double figures.

    At Molineaux: Trinidad won by nine wickets.

    ICC AMERICAS 95 off 45.4 overs (Akashdeep Gill 40; Aaron Maniram 5-14)

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 98 for one 12.2 overs (Cephas Cooper 56 not out)

    At Conaree, openers Joshua Persaud and Raymond Perez struck unbeaten half-centuries as Guyana trounced Barbados by 10 wickets.

    In pursuit of 167, Guyana coasted courtesy of 85 from Young West Indies player Persaud and 75 from Perez.

    Persaud faced 124 balls and struck six fours and a six while Perez counted six fours in a 111-ball innings.

    Barbados had earlier been dismissed for 166 off 45.2 overs after choosing to bat first, with opener Shian Brathwaite top-scoring with 59.

    Brathwaite faced 99 deliveries and struck seven fours and a six, putting on 53 for the first wicekt with Nico Reifer (17) and another 40 for the second wicket with Kadeem Alleyne (24).

    At Conaree: Guyana won by 10 wickets.

    BARBADOS 166 off 45.2 overs (Shian Brathwaite 59, Nyeem Young 27; Kevin Sinclair 4-23, Ashmead Nedd 4-29)

    GUYANA 167 without loss (Joshua Persaud 85 not out, Raymond Perez 75 not out)

    At Verchilds, Leeward Islands managed to defend 163 to beat Jamaica by 44 runs.

    At Verchilds: Leewards won by 44 runs.

    LEEWARD ISLANDS 163 off 42.2 overs (Mikyle Louis 45, Javani Tyson 35; Kishawn Graham 5-28)

    JAMAICA 119 off 42.1 overs (Brad Barnes 34, Raewin Senior 29; Dimitri Adams 2-15)


  • Windies bowlers shine as England struggle

    LEEDS, England, CMC – West Indies eased some of the pain of last weekend’s debacle at Edgbaston, stunning England with an incisive bowling display despite an even hundred from Ben Stokes, on the opening day of the second Test here Friday.

    Asked to bowl first at Headingley, the Caribbean side sent England tumbling to 258 all out in their first innings, with Stokes leading the way with a typical attacking hundred and captain Joe Root getting 59.

    Chris Woakes chipped in with 23 while Moeen Ali scored 22, but the remainder of the England batting collapsed in good conditions against impressive fast bowling from Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach.

    Gabriel, recalled after missing the opener in Birmingham, snared four for 51 while Roach continued his decent form on his return to Test cricket with four for 71.

    England stumbled to 37 for three in the morning session and even though they made a partial recovery, West Indies were clinical in closing out the innings.

    In the 45 minutes available before the close, the Windies lost left-hander Kieran Powell for five, caught at first slip by Alastair Cook off seamer Jimmy Anderson, to end the day on 19 for one.

    Seeking to turn the page of their recent misery, the Windies made an enterprising start when they grabbed three early wickets to leave England reeling on 37 for three just after the first hour.

    Gabriel removed first Test double century-maker Cook in the eighth over, caught by Kyle Hope low at third slip for 11 with the score on 19, prodding at a good length delivery.

    Three overs later, Roach trapped Tom Wesley lbw for three with a full length delivery and the right-armer returned four overs later – the third over following the drinks break – to have opener Mark Stoneman caught at the wicket off the inside edge for 19.

    England were then propped up by Root and Dawid Malan (8) who put on 34 for the fourth wicket, as the hosts reached lunch on 61 without loss.

    However, the Windies struck a key blow in the third over after the interval when the left-handed Malan was bowled, playing on to captain and pacer Jason Holder with 10 runs added.

    In desperate need of a partnership, England got one courtesy of Root and Stokes who rode their luck to help post 69 for the fifth wicket.

    Root, dropped on eight by Powell at slip off Gabriel at 44 for three, faced 98 deliveries and counted nine fours to follow up his hundred last weekend.

    The left-handed Stokes, meanwhile, played with typical flair, hitting 17 boundaries off 124 deliveries.

    He was let off on nine by Kraigg Brathwaite at second slip off Roach at 100 for four and was given another life on 98 when Gabriel at mid-on grassed another chance off the unlucky Roach.

    England were clawing their way back when the Windies made two key strikes towards the end of the session in the space of 21 balls. Root was first to fall, caught at slip by Jermaine Backwood sweeping at leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and Johnny Bairstow edged a drive at Gabriel and was taken at second slip by Holder for two.

    Tentatively placed on 156 for six at tea, England were lifted by Stokes who anchored two key stands – adding 68 for the seventh with Moeen and a further 38 for the eighth with Woakes.

    Moeen eventually drove Roach low to Roston Chase at point to fall softly and Stokes completed his sixth Test hundred before top-edging a pull at Gabriel to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.

    The Windies then finished the innings off clinically, as the last three wickets fell with no addition to the total.

    ENGLAND 1st Innings

    A Cook c K Hope b Gabriel 11

    M Stoneman c wkp Dowrich b Roach 19

    T Westley lbw b Roach 3

    *J Root c Blackwood b Bishoo 59

    D Malan b Holder 8

    B Stokes c wkp Dowrich b Gabriel 100

    +J Bairstow c Holder b Gabriel 2

    M Ali c Chase b Roach 22

    C Woakes c Dowrich b Roach 23

    S Broad b Gabriel 0

    J Anderson not out 0

    Extras (b2, lb3, w4, nb2) 11

    TOTAL (all out, 70.5 overs) 258

    Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-26, 3-37, 4-71, 5-140, 6-152, 7-220, 8-258, 9-258, 10-258.

    Bowling: Roach 19.5-1-71-4, Gabriel 17-4-51-4, Holder 16-5-45-1, Chase 12-1-59-0, Bishoo 6-0-27-1.

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings

    K Brathwaite not out 13

    K Powell c Cook b Anderson 5

    D Bishoo not out 1

    TOTAL (1 wkt, 12 overs) 19

    To bat: K Hope, S Hope, R Chase, J Blackwood, +S Dowrich, *J Holder, K Roach, S Gabriel

    Fall of wicket: 1-11.

    Bowling: Anderson 6-3-5-1, Broad 5-1-12-0, Woakes 1-0-2-0.

    Position: West Indies trail by 239 runs with nine first innings wickets intact.

    Toss: England.

    Umpires: Chris Gaffaney, S Ravi; TV – Marais Erasmus.

  • Windies still up for fight despite Edgbaston humbling, says Law

    LEEDS, England, CMC – Head coach, Stuart Law, says embattled West Indies are anxious to prove their worth, after enduring a storm of criticism over their humiliating innings defeat to England in the day/night opening Test at Edgbaston last weekend.

    The Caribbean side lost 19 wickets on Saturday’s third day to tumble to an embarrassing innings and 209-run loss, and extend their woeful record of not having won a Test in England in 17 years.

    Despite the firestorm, however, Law said his side, though disappointed, had continued to show the necessary temperament and commitment.

    “The boys know it’s an attitude change. They need to stand up and fight and they’ve all spoken about that,” Law told reporters here Wednesday.

    “There has been no negative talk in our dressing room. We’ve tried to highlight what we have done well since we’ve arrived and what we need to do better. It’s all positive talk in our room.

    “The criticism will come whether we win lose or draw – we’re pretty accustomed to that so we just have to get on with it.”

    West Indies entered the Test in good nick after encouraging performances in their opening first class matches against Essex, Kent and Derbyshire.

    In fact, four players scored hundreds in the drawn three-day encounter in Derby, a total contrast to the showing in Birmingham when they were rolled over for 168 and 137 in quick time.

    Law, who took over helm of the side in March, said confidence had been understandably low following the drubbing but the players had rebounded well.

    “After a loss like that you always feel a little underconfident but we’ve been honest with our assessment … all the boys are very honest with the assessment of what went on and we’re aiming to put it right over the next five days ,” the Australian explained.

    “These guys need the chance to prove that they are good enough to play for West Indies and I am backing them a hundred per cent. There’s a lot of talent in our dressing room and they have the opportunity to turn it around.”

    He added: “We understand that there are a lot of people out there who are disappointed in our performance but I can tell you there is no one more disappointed than the dressing room itself.

    “We had a good long chat after the game, we had a good session up in Birmingham as well which highlighted the fact that we are thinking about turning this around.”

    West Indies clash with England in the second Test starting Friday at Headingley, knowing another defeat there will keep their disappointing record in tact of not having won a series in England in three decades.

    The Caribbean side’s last two Tests at the venue – in 2000 and 2007 – ended in innings defeats for the visitors but Law said they were hoping to do well.

    “We came here full of expectations again. Our preparation has been good,” he noted.

    “If you dissect the game [at Edgbaston] we had to bat against two pretty decent bowlers in favourable conditions under lights and in overcast conditions. Taking that in, we understand we have to be better and we’re aiming to do that.”

  • Kallicharan hundred keeps T&T unbeaten

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Kirstan Kallicharan’s hundred kept Trinidad and Tobago unbeaten in the Regional Under-19 one-day championship here Tuesday, as they trounced Windward Islands by eight wickets.

    Chasing a tricky 209 to win at Molyneaux in the fourth round contest, T&T motored to their target in the 39th over, with Kallicharan stroking an unbeaten 102.

    The 17-year-old right-hander, already a key member of world champions West Indies Under-19s, tore into the Windwards attack striking seven fours and seven sixes in a 79-ball cameo.

    With his side stumbling at 43 for two in the 11th over, he put on 166 in an unbroken third wicket stand with Cephas Cooper whose unbeaten 55 came from 93 deliveries and included eight fours.

    Earlier, Kallicharan’s Windies Under-19s teammate Emmanuel Stewart struck 52 as the Windwards ended on 208 for eight off their 50 overs after opting to bat.

    He put on 78 for the third wicket with Johnnel Eugene, who made 40 from 63 balls, to help pull Windwards around from 35 for two in the 11th over.

    Off-spinners Cooper (2-20) and Aaron Maniram (2-30) finished with two wickets apiece.

    At Conaree, ICC Americas produced a solid batting display to upset Barbados by 48 runs.

    Opting to bat first, ICC Americas were powered to 258 for five off their 50 overs with Pranav Sharma top-scoring with 79, Arslan Khan getting 66 and Akashdeep Gill, exactly 50.

    They were tottering on one for one in the first over before Sharma stroked fours in a 109-ball innings and Khan gathered five fours in a 100-ball knock, to rescue their side in a 157-run second wicket stand.

    In reply, Barbados were dismissed for 210 in the final over with Dante Niles top-scoring with 35 and Nico Reifer getting 34.

    At St Paul’s, Raymond Perez carved out an a fluent unbeaten 52 as Guyana overhauled Leeward Islands’ 116 to win by eight wickets.

    Opener Perez faced 71 ball and counted five fours and a six and put on 106 in an unbroken second wicket partnership with Kevelon Anderson who made an unbeaten 51 off 81 balls, with four fours and a six.

    West Indies Under-19 star Bhaskar Yadram had earlier taken six for 16 with his off-spin to limit the Leewards to 116 all out off 45.3 overs.


    At St Paul’s: Guyana won by eight wickets.

    LEEWARD ISLANDS 116 all out off 45.3 overs (Kadeem Henry 28; Bhaskar Yadram 6-16)

    GUYANA 118 for two off 26.1 overs (Raymond Perez 52 not out, Kevelon Anderson 51 not out)

    At Molyneaux: Trinidad and Tobago won by eight wickets.

    WINDWARD ISLANDS 208 for eight off 50 overs (Emmanuel Stewart 52, Johnnel Eugene 40, Daneal Dupigny 30 not out; Cephas Cooper 2-20, Aaron Maniram 2-30)

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 209 for two off 38.2 overs (Kirstan Kallicharan 102 not out, Cephas Cooper 55 not out)

    At Conaree: ICC Americas won by 48 runs.

    ICC AMERICAS 258 for five off 50 overs (Pranav Sharma 79, Arslan Khan 66, Akashdeep Gill 50;

    BARBADOS 210 all out off 49.5 overs (Dante Niles 35, Nico Reifer 34; Rommel Shahzad 3-54)

  • Chase, Holder tumble in ICC rankings

    LONDON, CMC – The fallout from West Indies’ humbling innings defeat to England in the opening Test weekend has continued with several of the Caribbean players slumping in the latest International Cricket Council rankings.

    Roston Chase, who entered the contest at Edgbaston on a high following heavy run-scoring against Pakistan last May, fell seven spots in the batting rankings to 32nd while opener Kraigg Brathwaite dropped three spots to 30th.

    The right-handed Chase managed scores of 0 and 24 while Brathwaite scored 0 and 40 as West Indies went down by an innings and 209 runs inside three days in the day/night encounter.

    Captain Jason Holder, whose stock as a genuine all-rounder has risen in recent times, tumbled 10 places and is now ranked 61st.

    The only real spark in the rankings for the Windies was Jermaine Blackwood who jumped six spots to 41st after hammering an aggressive unbeaten 79 in the first innings at Edgbaston.

    Blackwood was playing his first Test in 10 months after being left out for the Pakistan series.

    In the bowling rankings, there was more bad news for the Windies as 20-year-old speedster Alzarri Joseph lost 11 places to drop to 77th while seamer Holder also fell four spots to 39th.

    Neither impressed at Edgbaston with Joseph going wicket-less and Holder claiming a single victim in England’s massive first innings of 514 for eight declared.

    Chase, who grabbed four wickets with his part-time off-spin, climbed four places to 73rd.

    Australia’s Steve Smith leads an unchanged top five in the batting while India’s Ravindra Jadeja heads an unchanged top five in the bowling rankings.