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  • Dowrich, Holder hundreds leave Zimbabwe with little hope

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, CMC – Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich struck a maiden Test hundred and captain Jason Holder his second, before seamer Kemar Roach produced a lethal new-ball burst to leave Zimbabwe staring down the barrel in the second Test here Wednesday.

    At the close of an intriguing fourth day at Queens Sports Club, the hosts had recovered to reach 140 for four in their second innings – a lead of 18 runs – and a marked turnaround after they languished at 46 for four at one stage during the second session.

    Behind by 122 runs on first innings after West Indies converted their overnight 374 for seven into 448 all out, Zimbabwe were blown away by Roach’s first spell to stumble to lunch on eight for two, before finding themselves in deeper trouble when they lost two further wickets on resumption.

    However, Sikandar Raza carved out his second half-century of the match with an unbeaten 58 while Peter Moor stroked 39 not out, as they put on 94 in an invaluable 94-run, fifth wicket stand.

    Raza has faced 157 deliveries and counted four fours and a six while Moor hit two boundaries in a 152-ball knock, and the pair now carry Zimbabwe’s hopes heading into the decisive final day on Thursday.

    Roach, who bowled beautifully first up, finished with two for 14.

    The Caribbean side’s advantage, however, was achieved through Dowrich and Holder, who both carried their enterprise from Tuesday’s third day into the morning session to reach three figures.

    Dowrich, under pressure at the start of the match with a mere 47 runs in his last eight outings, made 103 in an innings lasting 232 deliveries and including 10 fours and a six.

    Holder, whose last hundred came in his fourth Test two years ago, fashioned 110 off 198 balls and struck nine fours and two sixes.

    Together, they extended their overnight stand to 212 – a new Windies record for the eighth wicket – in the process snuffing the spirit out of the Zimbabwe side.

    Holder, starting the day on 71, survived a chance in the sixth over of the morning when he had added just seven when wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva grassed a chance off leg-spinner Graeme Cremer.

    He steadied himself, however, to cruise into the 90s before reaching his century in the first over following the drinks break with an elegant drive to the cover ropes off left-arm spinner Tendai Chisoro.

    Dowrich followed suit in the next over, raising his landmark in imperious fashion by clearing the ropes at long-off with Cremer.

    He perished soon after, lbw missing a sweep at Chisoro and Holder followed in the bowler’s next over, bowled around his legs also missing a sweep, as the last three wickets fell for just six runs.

    Left with a short but tricky half-hour period before lunch, Zimbabwe were completely undone by Roach. In the fourth over, he removed the off-stump of opener Hamilton Masakadza for five as the right-hander offered no stroke and in his next over, had Solomon Mire lbw without scoring, after misjudging the length and missing an ill-advised pull.

    Much rested on the experienced shoulders of Craig Ervine (22) and Brendan Taylor (3) but neither managed to get among the runs following the resumption.

    In fact, Taylor survived 32 balls before departing approaching the hour mark, lbw to a full length delivery from the pacy Shannon Gabriel at 23 for three.

    And Ervine stuck three fours in a 57-ball knock but was deceived and bowled by one from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, as the innings slipped into turmoil.

    However, Raza and Moor propped up Zimbabwe’s innings, taking the hosts to tea at 66 for four before keeping West Indies wicket-less in the final session with purposeful batting.

    ZIMBABWE 1st innings 326

    WEST INDIES 1st innings

    (overnight 374 for seven)

    K Brathwaite c Masakadza b Cremer 32

    K Powell c Ervine b Mpofu 90

    D Bishoo c & b Sikandar Raza 23

    K Hope lbw b Sikandar Raza 1

    S Hope b Sikandar Raza 40

    R Chase lbw b Sikandar Raza 32

    J Blackwood c Cremer b Sikandar Raza 5

    +S Dowrich lbw b Chisoro 103

    *J Holder b Chisoro 110

    K Roach lbw b Chisoro 0

    S Gabriel not out 5

    Extras (b3, lb3, nb1) 7

    TOTAL (all out, 178.2 overs) 448

    Fall of wickets: 1-76 , 2-131, 3-135, 4-163, 5-219, 6-225, 7-230, 8-442, 9-443, 10-448.

    Bowling: Mpofu 28-10-55-1, Mire 5-2-5-0, Cremer 52-8-161-1, Raza 48-12-99-5, Chisoro 41.2-9-113-3, Masakadza 4-1-9-0.

    ZIMBABWE 2nd innings

    H Masakadza b Roach 5

    S Mire lbw b Roach 0

    C Ervine b Bishoo 22

    B Taylor lbw Gabriel 10

    P Moor not out 39

    S Raza not out 58

    Extras (b1, lb5) 6

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 67 overs) 140

    Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-8, 3-23, 4-46.

    Bowling: Gabriel 13-6-16-1, Roach 12-7-14-2, Brathwaite 9-1-19-0, Holder 12-2-29-0, Bishoo 13-3-38-1, Chase 2-0-7-0, Blackwood 6-3-11-0.

    Position: Zimbabwe lead by 18 runs with six wickets remaining.

    Toss: Zimbabwe.

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

  • Powell shines but Dowrich, Holder wrest control for Windies

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, CMC – Opener Kieran Powell agonisingly missed out on a century but wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich chose the ideal time to break out of a protracted slump as he and captain Jason Holder carved out polished, unbeaten half-centuries to put West Indies in control of the second and final Test here Tuesday.

    At the close of the pivotal third day at Queens Sports Club, the Windies were 374 for seven in their first innings, in reply to Zimbabwe’s 326 all out – a lead of 48 heading into Wednesday’s penultimate day.

    The left-handed Powell top-scored with 90 to fall short of his fourth Test hundred while Dowrich stroked 74 and Holder, 71, as West Indies fought back gallantly against a spirited Zimbabwe side on an attritional day.

    Shai Hope extended his excellent form with 40 while Roston Chase scored 32 and nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo, 23.

    West Indies were tested by off-spinner Sikandar Raza who ended with five for 82 and managed to rock the visitors with key strikes in the second session that left the innings tottering at 230 for seven at one stage.

    Resuming the day on 78 for one, West Indies flourished early on as Powell and Bishoo extended their second wicket stand to 55 before being separated.

    The left-handed Bishoo, yet to the score at the start, faced 52 deliveries and struck a single boundary before becoming the first casualty of the morning.

    Dropped on 21 at mid-wicket by Brendan Taylor of leg-spinner Graeme Cremer, Bishoo failed to capitalise on his good fortune, chipping a gentle return catch back to Raza.

    And with just four runs added, Kyle Hope’s misery at international level continued when he played back and was trapped lbw to Raza for one, leaving the Windies 135 for three at the first drinks break.

    Powell then set his sights on three figures as he and Shai Hope set about stabilising the innings. He reached his fourth Test half-century in the third over of the morning and then carefully went about compiling a crucial innings which lasted 230 balls and included seven fours.

    He had added 28 with Shai Hope and looked a sure bet for a hundred when he perished half-hour before lunch, fending off a short ball from pacer Chris Mpofu to be well caught by Sean Ervine diving to his right at gully.

    On 188 for four at lunch with Shai Hope and 23 and Chase on 16, West Indies suffered key blows on resumption to leave the contest in the balance.

    The pair had put on 56 for the fifth wicket when Chase missed a reverse sweep at Raza and was lbw and Jermaine Blackwood lasted just 13 deliveries before falling to a catch at midwicket by Cremer for five, off Raza.

    Zimbabwe then struck a key blow when Shai Hope misjudged one from Raza, played down the wrong line and was bowled after facing 101 deliveries and stroking five fours, as West Indies lost three quick wickets for 11 runs.

    Tottering dangerously, the innings was rescued by Dowrich and Holder who have so far put on 144 in an enterprising eighth wicket stand.

    Dowrich, who managed just 24 runs in six innings on the recent tour of England and scores of 11 and 12 in last week’s first Test, finally found his touch to hammer nine fours in a 153-ball knock.

    Holder, meanwhile, tucked his seventh fifty in Tests, facing 132 balls and cracking six fours and a six – a clean hit over long-on off Raza on the stroke of the final hour of the day.

    Unbeaten on 36 at tea with the Windies on 288 for seven, Dowrich reached his sixth Test half-century in the seventh over after the break, square-driving Chisoro for four.

    Holder, on 25 at the interval, played positively throughout, taking a couple of boundaries off Mpofu in the second over following the resumption before raising his landmark with an ambitious reverse sweep for four off Cremer.

    ZIMBABWE 1st innings 326

    WEST INDIES 1st innings

    (overnight 78 for one)

    K Brathwaite c Masakadza b Cremer 32

    K Powell c Ervine b Mpofu 90

    D Bishoo c & b Sikandar Raza 23

    K Hope lbw b Sikandar Raza 1

    S Hope b Sikandar Raza 40

    R Chase lbw b Sikandar Raza 32

    J Blackwood c Cremer b Sikandar Raza 5

    +S Dowrich not out 75

    *J Holder not out 71

    Extras (b2, lb2, nb1) 5

    TOTAL (7 wkts, 150 overs) 374

    To bat: K Roach, S Gabriel.

    Fall of wickets: 1-76 , 2-131, 3-135, 4-163, 5-219, 6-225, 7-230.

    Bowling: Mpofu 21-7-46-1, Mire 5-2-5-0, Cremer 43-7-134-1, Raza 43-12-82-5, Chisoro 34-7-94-0, Masakadza 4-1-9-0.

    Position: West Indies lead by 48 runs with three wickets remaining.

    Toss: Zimbabwe.

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

  • Garvey fined for breaching Code of Conduct

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies confirmed today that Jamaica Scorpions opener Garth Garvey was fined for a breach of the Code of Conduct in the Digicel 4-Day Tournament during the first round of matches which ended on Sunday.

    Garvey was reported by on-field umpires Nigel Duguid and Danesh Ramdhanie, along with reserve umpire Nandkumar Shivsankar, for a Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct during the match between the Scorpions and Guyana Jaguars at the Guyana National Stadium.

    Match referee Colin Stuart imposed a fine of 10 per cent of Garvey’s match fee, after he breached paragraph 1.2 of the Code of Conduct by showing dissent at the umpire’s decision by delaying his departure from the wicket, when he was adjudged lbw off the fourth delivery of the first over in the Scorpions’ first innings.

    The player admitted to the offence and accepted the imposition of the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

  • Windies “A” looking to bounce back in One-day matches

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – Windies “A” captain Jahmar Hamilton said bowling is the strength, but batting will be the key to success for his side in the three-match, One-day series against Sri Lanka “A”, starting tomorrow under the lights at Sabina Park here.

    Hamilton said Windies “A” were keen to put behind them the disappointment of losing the preceding “Test” series, which the Sri Lankans won 2-1, but the batting will have to improve.

    “It is very important for us to win this series,” the wicketkeeper/batsman said. “We have been training very hard, but we failed to get the results in the ‘Tests’ we wanted, so we want to come out and win this series which will do a world of good to our confidence.

    “Our batting let us down in the ‘Tests’, but I believe if our batting line-up can put some runs on the board and give our bowlers sizeable totals to defend, that would be key to our success.

    “During the ‘Tests’, the bowlers were bowling them out, so I think if the batsmen can get it together, they will put their hands up again and defend the runs.”

    On lessons learnt about the Sri Lankans during the “Tests”, he said: “We got to see how they play and they are naturally aggressive in their batting and they have a decent all-round attack. It is for us to do the basics and do them consistently well, and we will be successful.”

    On the workload, following his appointment as captain for the matches, Hamilton said: “I did not get the runs in the ‘Tests’, but that is behind me now. I have been stroking the ball well, so it’s just about spending some quality time in the middle and once that happens, the runs will come. There is no additional pressure from being captain. I know the players well. They are a great bunch of guys, so that should make the task even easier for me.”

    Four players that did not play in the preceding “Tests” have been chosen to reinforce the One-day squad. They are: Guyana Jaguars fast bowler Ronsford Beaton, Windward Islands Volcanoes all-rounder Kyle Mayers, along with the Jamaica Scorpions pair of Andre McCarthy and Odean Smith, a member of the West Indies Under-19 side that won the ICC Youth World Cup last year in Bangladesh.

    SQUAD

    Jahmar Hamilton (Captain)

    Sunil Ambris

    Ronsford Beaton

    Shamarh Brooks

    John Campbell

    Rahkeem Cornwall 

    Sheldon Cottrell

    Montcin Hodge 

    Damion Jacobs

    Reynard Leveridge

    Kyle Mayers 

    Andre McCarthy

    Odean Smith

    Team Management Unit

    Graeme West (Head Coach)

    Dwain Gill (Team Operations Manager)

    Corey Collymore (Assistant Coach)

    Khevyn Williams (Physiotherapist)

    Zephrynus Nicholas (Fitness Coordinator)

    Dinesh Mahabir (Video Data Analyst)

  • Pride, Hurricanes meet in key battle

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Barbados Pride and Leeward Islands Hurricanes will get the second round of the Digicel 4-Day Championship off and running, starting tomorrow at Kensington Oval.

    The two teams start a day earlier than the rest of the teams, due to the state funeral of former Barbados Governor-General, Sir Clifford Husbands, on Friday.

    Pride and Hurricanes are now scheduled to play the first two days tomorrow and Thursday, enjoy a rest day on Friday, before returning to complete the match on Saturday and Sunday.

    Here’s how the two teams match-up. . .

    Barbados Pride vs Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados

    This will be the key match of the round, after Pride and Hurricanes earned the majority of the points in their first-round matches, having secured draws against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Windward Islands Volcanoes respectively.

    Hurricanes, lately the “Cinderella” side of the Championship, are currently second in the standing and the Pride, the bridesmaid in each of the three Cricket West Indies Professional Cricket League seasons, are third.

    Both teams will be looking to take things a step further and secure victory to give a boost their position in the standings and stay within reach of current leaders and reigning three-time champions, Guyana Jaguars.

    History favours the Pride in this contest: They have won five of the six matches between the two sides in the PCL era, including all three at Kensington Oval.

    The Hurricanes however, can hang their hats on their home match last season, when they ran the Pride close and almost achieved victory, but several of the main players in that performance are missing, due to Windies duty.

    Both sides have listed unchanged squads for the contest, meaning the result will depend mainly on the advancement of the young players on the Pride, along with the stability brought by the seniors, against a Hurricanes side packed with far more regular faces.

    Squads:

    PRIDE (from) – Kevin Stoute (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Jonathan Carter, Shakeem Clarke, Justin Greaves, Aaron Jones, Shayne Moseley, Ashley Nurse, Mario Rampersaud, Shamar Springer, Hayden Walsh, Jomel Warrican, Kenroy Williams

    HURRICANES (from) ­– Devon Thomas (captain), Elvin Berridge, Nkrumah Bonner, Jason Campbell, Keacy Carty, Chesney Hughes, Jeremiah Louis, Mervin Matthew, Akeem Saunders, Stanny Simon, Jacques Taylor, Gavin Tonge, Terrence Warde

    UMPIRES – Gregory Brathwaite, Danesh Ramdhanie (Trinidad & Tobago)

    MATCH REFEREE – Stephen Proverbs

    RESERVE UMPIRE – Ryan Willoughby

  • ICC starts Women’s World Twenty20 2018 venue inspections

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – A team from the International Cricket Council is visiting the Caribbean as part of preparation and planning for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 to be staged in November next year.

    The team from the sport’s world governing body will inspect 11 venues in eight countries in 12 days, starting with Sabina Park today.

    Cricket West Indies will recommend the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 venues to the ICC, which is expected to approve at the first of its four Board meetings of 2018 in February.

    “The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 offers the Caribbean the opportunity to once again showcase their love, support and passion for the game,” said CWI Commercial Manager, Nelecia Yeates.

    “The region should be very familiar with these venue inspections, following our staging of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and the ICC World Twenty20 2010.”

    She added: “There are several aspects to tournaments of this nature and the ICC team will be inspecting venues from an operational and marketing perspective – looking at playing, spectators, broadcast, sponsor and media facilities.

    “The best female players in the World will be on show and we want show the best of the Caribbean to the World, so we need to assess the capability of each venue, since we will have just under a year to put everything in place and execute.”

    Simon Jelowitz, ICC’s Senior Event Operations Manager, who is leading the delegation, said: “We are delighted to return to the Caribbean which has a rich heritage and culture in the game.

    “The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 will take place on the back of the ground-breaking ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 in the United Kingdom.”

    He added: “As such, it is important we come here a year out to inspect the venues and, finalise operational, marketing and promotional details in collaboration with Cricket West Indies, so that we can put together an event which not only maintains the momentum from the ICC Women’s World Cup 201, but takes the women’s game to the next level.

    “Over the enxt 12 months, we will work closely with CWI to put together a truly global event with the Caribbean flavour which, in turn, will not only inspire young girls and boys to take up the sport, but also attract new audiences.”

    Eight sides currently participating in the ICC Women’s Championship have qualified directly for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018.

    The remaining two sides will progress from the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier 2018, which will be staged next June in the Netherlands. Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Uganda and two Asia qualifiers will vie for the two available places.

    Windies Women will defend title next year, after Stafanie Taylor’s side won the 2016 edition in April last year in the Indian city of Kolkata, where they beat Australia in the Final.

    VENUE INSPECTION SCHEDULE

    October

    Tue 31 – Sabina Park, Jamaica (9 am)

    November

    Wed 1 – National Cricket Stadium, Grenada (8 am)

    Thu 2 – Brian Lara Cricket Ground (9 am), Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad (3 pm)

    Fri 3 – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana (11 am)

    Sat 4 – Three Ws Oval (11 am), Kensington Oval, Barbados (3 pm)

    Sun 5 – Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia (11 am)

    Mon 6 – Coolidge Cricket Ground (11 am) and Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua (3 pm)

    Tue 7 – Warner Park, St. Kitts (9 am)

  • Official points standings after the first round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Following are the Official Points Standings after the first 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

    POINTS SYSTEM

    Scoring of Points: As below plus any points under the bonus points system –

    Completed match (win)
    12 points for the winner + batting + bowling points + pace bowling points

    Scores equal in a completed match (tie)
    6 points each team + batting + bowling points + pace bowling points

    Incomplete match (draw)

    3 points each team + batting + bowling points + pace bowling points

    Abandoned match (no-result)
    In the event of a match being abandoned without any play having taken place 1 point each

    Abandoned match due to dangerous pitch
    Home Team 0
    Visiting Team 12

    Referee awarding match
    Team Awarded Match 12
    Other Team 0

    Bonus Points

    (a) Batting and bowling points awarded for performances in the first 110 overs of each team’s first innings only and retained whatever the result of the match.

    A maximum of five batting points will be awarded based on runs scored by each team as follows:

    200 to 249 runs – 1 point

    250 to 299 runs – 2 points

    300 to 349 runs – 3 points

    350 to 399 runs – 4 points

    400 runs or over – 5 points

    A maximum of three bowling points will be awarded based on wickets taken by each team as follows:

    3 to 5 wickets taken – 1 point

    6 to 8 wickets taken – 2 points

    9 to 10 wickets taken – 3 points

    For the avoidance of doubt, “wickets taken” shall relate exclusively to batsmen dismissed under Laws 30 to 39 inclusive and to batsmen retired out.

    If penalty runs are awarded to a team which at that time had faced less than 110 overs in their first innings, or completed their first innings before they had faced 110 overs, those penalty runs will be considered as counting towards the total as far as the award of bonus points is concerned.

    If penalty runs are awarded to a team which had already faced 110 overs or more in their first innings, or had previously completed their first innings after they had faced 110 overs, those penalty runs will not be considered as counting towards the total as far as the award of bonus points is concerned.

    (b) Pace Bowling Points awarded for each wicket taken by a pace bowler during the match in both the first and second innings.

    0.2 pace bowling points will be awarded to the fielding team and will be retained whatever the outcome of the match. Each team must declare its pace bowlers to the Match Referee on the team sheet at the Toss. Points will only be awarded to those wickets taken by pace bowlers who have been declared on the team sheet at the Toss.

  • Windies “A” squad for One-day matches against Sri Lanka “A”

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies has announced a 13-member Windies “A” squad for the three One-day matches against Sri Lanka “A”, starting this week.

    SQUAD

    Jahmar Hamilton (Captain)

    Sunil Ambris

    Ronsford Beaton

    Shamarh Brooks

    John Campbell

    Rahkeem Cornwall 

    Sheldon Cottrell

    Montcin Hodge 

    Damion Jacobs

    Reynard Leveridge

    Kyle Mayers 

    Andre McCarthy

    Odean Smith

    Team Management Unit

    Graeme West (Head Coach)

    Dwain Gill (Team Operations Manager)

    Corey Collymore (Assistant Coach)

    Khevyn Williams (Physiotherapist)

    Zephrynus Nicholas (Fitness Coordinator)

    Dinesh Mahabir (Video Data Analyst)

    Four players that did not play in the preceding “Tests” have been chosen in the squad. They are: Guyana Jaguars fast bowler Ronsford Beaton, Windward Islands Volcanoes all-rounder Kyle Mayers, along with the Jamaica Scorpions pair of Andre McCarthy and Odean Smith, a member of the West Indies Under-19 side that won the ICC Youth World Cup last year in Bangladesh.

    Commenting on the squad, Chairman of the CWI Selection Panel, Courtney Browne said: “The squad builds on our last President’s XI squad which played against England earlier this year with Jahmar Hamilton retained as captain.

    “Players coming into the square are those to replace the players that have moved up to the senior team or those that are not available at this time.”

    He added: “Our ‘A’ Team programme is a stepping stone to our senior team and the panels want to encourage players to focus on consistent performances.

    “With a full year of One-day International matches coming up next year, including the ICC World Cup qualifiers next March in Zimbabwe, this is another opportunity, along with the Regional Super50 Cup next January, for players to present themselves for any places available in the senior team.”

  • Powell leads Windies reply after Zimbabwe rally

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Oct 30, CMC – Kieran Powell was closing in on his second half-century of the series but opening partner Kraigg Brathwaite fell just before the close, to spoil an otherwise flawless West Indies reply on the second day of the second Test against Zimbabwe here Monday.

    The left-handed Powell was unbeaten on 43 as the Windies reached 78 for one in their first innings at stumps, in response to the hosts’ decent 326 all out at Queens Sports Club.

    West Indies appeared set to complete the day without losing a wicket when Brathwaite perished three overs before the close for 32, edging a flat leg-break from Graeme Cremer to Hamilton Masakadza at slip.

    Brathwaite faced 160 deliveries and counted two fours, adding 76 for the first wicket with Powell who has so far struck four fours in a 123-ball knock.

    West Indies trail by 248 runs heading into Tuesday’s day three.

    Zimbabwe had earlier rallied to their eventual total after beginning the day on 169 for four, with opener Hamilton Masakadza extending his fifth Test hundred to 147 and Sikandar Raza gathering an invaluable 80.

    The pair put on 90 for the fifth wicket which pushed the Zimbabwe total past the 200-run mark and kept West Indies without success in the first hour.

    The right-handed Masakadza, on 101 at the start, faced 240 balls in a shade over six hours and counted 16 fours and two sixes.

    Raza, meanwhile, gathered his fifth Test half-century, hitting six fours and a six in a knock spanning 147 balls and just over three hours.

    Kemar Roach claimed three for 44 while fellow seamer Shannon Gabriel (2-64) and leg-spinner Bishoo (2-82) supported with two wickets apiece.

    Following an opening day cut short by rain, Zimbabwe prospered on resumption Monday, as Masakadza and Raza added a further 59 runs in the first hour after play started half-hour early.

    Masakadza drove the first ball of the day from Roach to the cover boundary and collected another boundary off Gabriel with a wristy flick through wide mid-wicket.

    Raza, meanwhile, was also positive after resuming on nine, driving part-time off-spinner Chase through cover for four before pulling a full toss from the same bowler a few overs later to the mid-wicket boundary, to raise the team’s 200.

    West Indies tasted success for the first time about an hour before lunch when Masakadza top-edged a sweep at Bishoo to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, and Malcolm Waller followed five balls later without scoring, bowled first ball by part-time off-spinner Brathwaite.

    Wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva perished cheaply for 10, bowled missing a sweep at Bishoo but Raza and captain Graeme Cremer (10) propped up the innings with an eighth wicket partnership of 43, carrying Zimbabwe to 296 at lunch without further loss.

    The right-handed Raza raised his half-century in style, belting Bishoo over the ropes at mid-wicket and again attacked the bowler by whipping a full toss to the mid-wicket boundary in the bowler’s following over.

    Unbeaten on 68 at the interval, Raza eventually fell in the fifth over following the resumption, edging a defensive push at Gabriel to Kyle Hope at second slip.

    His dismissal triggered the collapse of the tail as the last three wickets perished for 16 runs.

    ZIMBABWE 1st innings

    (overnight 169 for four)

    H Masakadza c wkp Dowrich b Bishoo 147

    S Mire c wkp Dowrich b Roach 4

    C Ervine b Gabriel 0

    B Taylor b Roach 1

    P Moor b Chase 52

    Sikandar Raza c K Hope b Gabriel 80

    M Waller b Brathwaite 0

    +R Chakabva b Bishoo 10

    *A Cremer run out 11

    T Chisoro lbw b Roach 9

    C Mpofu not out 4

    Extras (lb6, nb2) 8

    TOTAL (all out, 109.1 overs) 326

    Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-11, 3-14, 4-156, 5-246, 6-248, 7-267, 8-310, 9-31, 10-326.

    Bowling: Gabriel 22-4-64-2, Roach 18.1-5-44-3, Blackwood 4-1-8-0, Holder 16-2-49-0, Bishoo 25-2-82-2, Chase 14-1-50-1, Brathwaite 10-0-23-1.

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings

    K Brathwaite c Masakadza b Cremer 32

    K Powell not out 43

    D Bishoo not out 0

    Extras (b1, lb1) 3

    TOTAL (1 wkt, 49 overs) 78

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

    Fall of wickets: 1-76.

    Bowling: Mpofu 11-5-17-0, Mire 4-2-2-0, Cremer 12-2-31-1, Sikander Raza 13-6-10-0, Chisoro 9-4-15-0.

    Position: West Indies trail by 248 runs with nine wickets remaining.

    Toss: Zimbabwe.

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

  • Ramdin excited about return, Red Force play

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Denesh Ramdin returned to the Digicel Regional 4-Day Championship scene for the first time in three years with a bang.

    The Trinidad & Tobago Red Force captain hammered a first innings hundred and followed up with a half-century in the second innings to earn the Player-of-the-Match award, as his side earned a draw with fierce rivals Barbados Pride in their first-round match which ended on Sunday at Kensington Oval here.

    • For scores from the matches, visit the Match Centre

    on the Cricket West Indies website and click the “DOMESTIC” tab:

    http://cricketwestindies.org/index.php/match-centre/

    Ramdin, a former Windies captain, passed 6,000 first-class career runs during the match and said it was exciting be back on the park for this format of the game, after a long period and playing white-ball matches around the globe.

    “I wasn’t sure if I would have been able to concentrate long enough to be successful, but it appears that I still have something left in the tank,” he said.

    “I was able to spend collectively five to six hours in the middle, which is good, and so hopefully I will be able to get better and better as the season wears on. I however, am hoping that the younger players can step up and take some pressure off me, so that we can get into better positions and win some games.”

    Just four balls were possible on the first day of the match, after Red Force were sent in to bat.

    They returned the following day to post 300 in their first innings, with Ramdin scoring 101, before the Pride gained a 10-run lead in reply and declared with nine wickets down.

    Ramdin, opener Amir Jangoo and Ewart Nicholson hit second innings half-centuries to prompt a Red Force declaration on 257 for five just 10 minutes before tea on the final day, which ended with the home team reaching 117 for four.

    On the result of the match, Ramdin said: “I am happy with the team effort. One day was lost due to rain which we would have loved to have played to see what would have been the outcome.

    “Several of our young batsmen stood up and got ‘starts’, but failed to carry on. With the experience of myself batting with the middle order and lower order, we got a decent first innings total, and we have stressed the importance of putting the runs on the board during the first innings, so there will be less pressure on the bowlers.

    “We backed it up in the second innings, but we needed a bit more time to try and bowl out the opposition on a good pitch.”

    On the confidence the Red Force gained from the match, he said: “We take a lot. The batsmen pout runs on the board and the bowlers were able to take wickets on a good pitch. Playing the Pride in Barbados, we would take this draw, although the last contest we had at this venue, we won.

    “We are happy with the result. We will go back home now, reassess and try to make the most of our home games coming up to get some victories under our belt.”

    On the major take-away from the match, Ramdin said: “Highlighting to the younger batsmen in the squad that if you get a ‘start’, the importance to the team and the value of being able to carry on. If you get a good ball from a bowler, there’s not much you can do, but getting a ‘start’ and giving their hands away, they need to improve.

    “There will be days when they may get a harsh decision or things not going your way, so it’s important for them to understand that they have to make the best use of each opportunity that they are given.”

    On the next match, he said: “We play the Scorpions at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground. It’s a good surface for batsmen, so I expect it will be a high-scoring match. We expect that it will be competitive because they typically play tough and put up good fight.

    “We will need to reassess, and put up good totals on the board and wickets will come with our bowling, if we can bowl more in partnerships. We were a bit rusty in this first match, but we are looking to come better and harder in the second game.”