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  • Royal stars with bat and ball in Jamaica win – 2nd round

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, CMC – A strong all-round performance from Javeor Royal propelled Jamaica Under-19s to a four-wicket victory over ICC Americas Under-19s in the Regional One-day youth tournament on Thursday.

    Important half-centuries from Cephas Cooper and Kirstan Kallicharran, as well as Jamie Cornelius also saw Trinidad & Tobago Under-19s and Leeward Islands Under-19s collected victories in the second round of matches.

    Royal hit an unbeaten 66 from 29 balls that included one four and an incredible eight sixes to lead the Jamaicans’ successful chase of 195 for victory against the Americas at St. Paul’s.

    Jamaica were under a little pressure, when Bhavindu Adhihetty held a return chance to dismiss Dominic Samuels for 42 in the 39th over, but Royal put the result beyond any doubt, scoring 44 of the 54 required in the remaining overs in an unbroken, seventh-wicket stand with Shalome Parnell that carried his side over the finish line.

    Earlier, Royal had grabbed an impressive 6-32 from 9.5 overs, defying 75 from Akashdeep Gill and 52 from Arslan Khan, to lead the demolition of the Americas’ batting for 194 in 48.5 overs.

    At Conaree, Cooper hit six fours in the top score of an unbeaten 85 from 107 balls and a run-a-ball 74 from Kallicharran led T&T to a comfortable victory over arch-rivals Barbados.

    The pair shared an unbroken, third-wicket stand of 131 that ushered T&T past their target of 209.

    Earlier, Nyeem Young had led the way with 74, but Aaron Maniram snared 4-18 from nine overs to keep the Barbadian batting in check and help restrict them to 208 for eight from their allocation of 45 overs in the rain-affected contest.

    In the other match at Conaree, opener Cornelius hit seven fours and two sixes in 61 from 91 balls to pave he way for the Leewards’ successful chase of 136 against Windward Islands.

    He shared an opening stand of 102 with Kadeem Henry before they were dismissed within seven balls of each other, but the rest of the Leewards batting held their nerve against incisive bowling Sealron Williams to limp over the finish line with 12.4 overs remaining.

    Williams ended with 5-17 from six overs, but they were not enough runs on the board for him to end the match as the hero.

    Windwards’ batting had failed to click with West Indies Under-19 captain Emmanuel Stewart dismissed for just one and it took a rearguard of 41 from Darron Nedd to beef up their total, as Mikyle Louis undermined them with 4-22 from 10 overs.


    At St. Paul’s: Jamaica Under-19s won by four wickets

    ICC AMERICAS UNDER-19s 194 all out off 48.5 overs (Akashdeep Gill 75, Arslan Khan 52; Javier Royal 9.5-1-32-6). JAMAICA UNDER-19s 199 for six of 46.5 overs (Javier Royal 66 not out, Dominic Samuels 42, Stephan Pink 31, Raewin Senior 28; Rishiv Goshi 2-27).


    At Molineaux: Leeward Islands Under-19s won by three wickets

    WINDWARD ISLANDS UNDER-19s 135 off 40.5 overs (Darron Nedd 41, Alick Athanaze 29; Mikyle Louis 4-22, Shacoy Floyd 2-23). LEEWARD ISLANDS UNDER-19s 136 for seven off 37.2 overs (Jamie Cornelius 61, Kadeem Henry 26; Sealron Williams 6-0-17-5).


    At Conaree: Trinidad & Tobago Under-19s won by eight wickets

    BARBADOS UNDER-19s 208 for eight off 40.5 overs (Nyeem Young 74, Shem Watson 32, Dante Niles 27 not out, Jarion Hoyte 24 not out; Aaron Maniram 4-18, Matthew Patrick 2-40). TRINIDAD & TOBAGO UNDER-19s 209 for two off 38 overs (Cephas Cooper 85, Kristan Kallicharran 74 not out, Keagan Simmons 29).

  • Windies toil, Cook, Root share the spoils

    BIRMINGHAM, England, CMC – A day that started brightly ended in typical uncertainty for West Indies, after Alastair Cook and Joe Root plundered hundreds to give England an early hold on the historic first Test on Thursday.

    After wickets for Kemar Roach and Miguel Cummins in the first hour put a smile on the Windies’ faces, the unflappable Cook batted through the opening day of the first ever day/night Test in this country and was undefeated on 153, and Root, the player that succeeded him in the post of England captain, made 136, as the home team reached 348 for three in their first innings at the close.

    The pink Dukes cricket ball being used and an easy-paced Edgbaston pitch, hosting its 50th Test, offered little assistance to the visitors’ attack that comprised mainly four fast bowlers – Roach, Cummins, skipper Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph.

    For the better part of the day, there was little for West Indies to celebrate, after Roach and Cummins removed debutant left-handed opener Mark Stoneman and rookie Tom Westley respectively, both for eight, to leave England 39 for two.

    A lack of consistency from the Windies’ bowlers saw Cook and Root purposefully wrestle the balance power England’s way with a record 248-run, third-wicket stand.

    Small periods of attrition from the Caribbean side were often broken by crisp strokes for boundaries from Cook and Root, as they majestically advanced their own and their side’s cause before a near capacity crowd.

    Holder came close to breaking the stand in the period between lunch and tea, when Root top-edged a cut through the slips to third man for his 10th boundary to reach his 50 from 83 balls before he later swept a wayward delivery from part-time off-spinner Roston Chase hard down the leg-side for his 19th four to bring up his 13th Test hundred from 139 balls.

    Chase was again in the thick of things, when Cook chopped a delivery to backward point for a single to reach his 31st Test hundred from 187 balls in the third over after tea.

    Roach, playing his first Test in 19 months after battling back from a succession of injuries and patchy form, used his vast experience and was easily the pick of the bowlers.

    He was rewarded for his persistence throughout the day, when he bowled Root in the final hour of regulation time, after the England captain essayed a tired-looking drive at a delivery that moved back after pitching to finish with 2-2 from 20 overs.

    Things might have looked better for West Indies had slip fielder Jermaine Blackwood held onto a very sharp chance, after Dawid Malan, on two, top-edged a cut at a delivery from the part-time off-spin of Kraigg Brathwaite.

    Holder’s strange decision to delay taking the second new ball when it became due after 80 further epitomised the lack of purpose from the Windies in the closing stages, as Malan batted through the remainder of the day to usher Cook to his 150 which came when he drove Joseph through mid-on for his 23rd boundary.

    Before lunch, Roach had made the initial breakthrough with the first delivery of his second over, the third of the day, when he bowled Stoneman with a peach of a delivery that moved across the left-hander and hit the top of the off-stump.

    Cummins, playing for the first time since last October ahead of out-of-sorts, regular spearhead Shannon Gabriel, earned an lbw verdict to remove Westley, following a review of a highly questionable decision from umpire Marais Erasmus.

    For the close to the next 4 1/2 hours, there was no further success for the Windies, as Cook and Root gave proof of their class batting through either side of the interval to repair the early damage, as they have become accustomed in recent Tests taking England to lunch on 108 for two.

    West Indies endured a fruitless toil between lunch and tea, as Root raced to his milestone and Cook inched to his landmark, fortifying England’s early grip, as they took their side to 215 for two.

    ENGLAND 1st Innings

    A Cook not out 153

    M Stoneman b Roach 8

    T Westley lbw b Cummins 8

    *J Root b Roach 136

    D Malan not out 28

    Extras (lb8, w3, nb4) 15

    TOTAL (3 wkts, 90 overs) 348

    B Stokes, +J Bairstow, M Ali, T Roland-Jones, S Broad, J Anderson to bat

    Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-39, 3-287

    Bowling: Roach 20-5-72-2; Joseph 17-2-85-0; Cummins 19-3-61-1; Holder 15.3-3-58-0; Chase 12.3-0-58-0; Brathwaite 6-0-6-0

    WEST INDIES: K Brathwaite, K Powell, K Hope, S Hope, R Chase, J Blackwood, +S Dowrich, *J Holder, K Roach, A Joseph, M Cummins

    Toss: England

    Umpires: M Erasmus, S Ravi

    TV umpire: C Gaffaney

    Match referee: D Boon

    Reserve umpire: M Gough

  • England win toss, batting vs West Indies

    BIRMINGHAM, England, CMC – England won the toss and decided to bat against West Indies on the opening day of a historic first Test on Thursday at Edgbaston.

    West Indies have handed a Test debut to Barbados-born, Trinidad & Tobago Red Force captain Kyle Hope, making him the 312th player to wear the maroon cap in Tests, but fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo have failed to find favour and Miguel Cummins will help form a four-pronged pace bowling attack with skipper Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph and the recalled Kemar Roach.

    England have handed a Test debut to opener Mark Stoneman, making him the 12th partner for former

    captain Alastair Cook, since the retirement of another former captain Andrew Strauss.

    For two reasons, the match is historic. It is the first day/night Test to be contested in England and marks the 50th Test to be staged at the venue.

    Teams:

    ENGLAND: Joe Root (captain), Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman (on debut), Tim Westley, Dawad Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Moeen Ali, Toby Roland-Jones, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson

    WEST INDIES: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Kyle Hope (on debut), Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (wicketkeeper), Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins

    UMPIRES: Marais Erasmus, Sundaram Ravi

    TV UMPIRE: Chris Gaffaney

    MATCH REFEREE: David Boon

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Michael Gough

  • SVGCA investing in youth program

    Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines – The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association (SVGCA) Inc. continues to invest in its’ youth program. The value of the investment is approximately US$20,000 a year towards the Lennox John National Cricket Academy.

    The players in the programme have been outfitted with playing shoes and multiple sets of training gear. Additionally, Cricket West Indies (CWI) also provided the Academy of 20 players with two sets of uniforms, to support the effort.

    Both CWI and SVGCA Inc. have over the years shown a keen interest in youth cricket, with a comprehensive long-term plan of returning the regional side to the top of world cricket.

    Kishore Shallow, a Director of CWI and President of SVGCA Inc., said he was most pleased with the opportunity to support the development of young players. “It is quite pleasing to be able to collaborate with CWI to materialize this project for these young Vincentian cricketers in the national academy, who I am sure will relish and capitalize on this tremendous opportunity,” said Shallow. He further articulated, “particularly exciting for me is that we have a blend of male and female in this developmental program with our top coaches, an approach that could only bear fruits for our cricket in the future.”

    There is a support staff of five for the 20 players, which comprises a coordinator, a head coach, and three assistant coaches.

    The academy was launched in March 2017 and was named after the stalwart cricket administrator, Mr. Lennox John.

  • The Hope brothers on life in the maroons

    Kyle and Shai Hope are the newest dynamic duo of brothers to hit the Windies team. Both hail from the island of Barbados and are on the current Test squad team touring the UK.

    Some of the other brothers include Marlon and Robert Samuels; Pedro Collins and Fidel Edwards and more recently, Dwayne and Darren Bravo.

    In a recent sit-down, the Hope brothers offered a bit of insight into their backgrounds and day to day activities. The right-handed batsmen are well rounded athletes, who come from a family with a strong sporting inclination.

    They have been engaged in numerous sporting activities, over the years, involving “anything with a ball,“ according to Shai. Cricket, football, table tennis, basketball and even board games; you name it they’ve played it; Kyle has even played table tennis at a regional level in Barbados.

    Though very similar in their outlook and upbringing, the brothers have their own distinct personalities. When asked whether they would play another sport professionally, Kyle’s preference would still be the game of cricket. Shai, on the other hand, would try his hand at basketball. And as true brothers, they agree on who their favourite athlete is… and the award goes to Chicago Bulls basketballer, Dwyane Wade as their favourite athlete.

    When asked about role models the brothers keep it all in the family. The younger of the two, Shai looks up to this older brother Kyle while Kyle’s biggest influence has been their father. They share similar sentiments on their biggest accomplishment to date – being given the opportunity to represent the region on the Windies cricket team.

    Kyle notes that there are many individuals who would love the chance to live the dream that they are both living right now. According to Shai, the only accomplishment that can top this one is a World Cup win. The advice that the brothers have for young, aspiring players is simple yet powerful. “Push for your dreams so hard that people have no choice but to believe in you.”

  • From U19 to Test, Hetmyer and Joseph speak

    There is a pathway to getting to the top and teammates from the 2016 World Cup Championship team, Shimron Hetmyer and Alzarri Joseph are in a great position to show the merit to that pathway. The two “rising stars” who are on their debut Senior tour of England plan to fill the shoes of the former greats who they watched growing up and who they continue to admire.

    Hetmyer was the captain, while Joseph was the young fast bowler in that winning team last February (2016) in Bangladesh. The young Windies team defeated India by five wickets. The young Guyanese and Antiguan, respectively, have had steady progress in their careers so far representing their respective teams in all formats.

    The 20-year old Joseph has to his credit, 5 Tests, 12 ODIs and 21 First Class matches; while Hetmyer, who is also 20, has so far had 3 Tests and 22 First Class matches.

    Having played such a strong leadership role previously, batsman, Hetmyer, is currently able to lend his assistance to his team in any way that he possibly can. While, fast bowler, Joseph, believes his self-imposed responsibilities are to “take early wickets and keep the pressure on.”

    When asked about role models, Alzarri mentions his coach Winston Benjamin as well as international great, South African cricketer, Dale Steyn. His fondest memory to date is sharing in the moment of the Under19 World Cup win 2016.

    Shimron’s role models include Sir Clive Lloyd, David Warner and his brother who he says had a very instrumental role to play in his sporting upbringing. When he’s off the field he spends time with family and friends and tries to stay active. He watches a bit of football and plays volley ball and basketball.

    Alzarri has played both tennis and football but has kept his focus on cricket recently and continually improving his skills. When asked what they would choose to be in another life if given the chance, neither would change a thing. They live the life they love playing the game of cricket.

  • Windies in command after Chase, Hope hundreds

    DERBY, England, CMC – Unbeaten hundreds by Roston Chase and Shai Hope, along with an incisive bowling effort spearheaded by captain Jason Holder, put West Indies in command of their three-day match against English County Derbyshire here Saturday.

    Playing on the second day of the day/night contest at Derbyshire County Ground, West Indies amassed 427 for three declared with Chase stroking 110 not out and Hope, 107 not out.

    The hosts then crumbled for 181 all out as Holder sliced through the innings with three for 48 while Roston Chase (2-5), Kemar Roach (2-31) and Shannon Gabriel (2-64) all claimed two wickets each.

    Calum Brodrick top-scored 52 and Ben Slater got 39 but Derbyshire lost wickets steadily and never recovered.

    In their second turn at the crease, West Indies motored to 60 for one with left-handed opener Kieran Powell unbeaten on 41.

    Entering Sunday’s final day, the Caribbean side lead by 306 runs and are in a great position to force a morale-boosting victory ahead of next Thursday’s start of the opening Test against England.

    Resuming the day on 340 for three, the Windies’ position was further strengthened by Chase and Hope who extended their unbroken fourth wicket partnership to 196.

    Hope, resuming on 69, struck 16 fours and faced 218 deliveries while Chase, unbeaten on 62 at the start, made an up tempo hundred with an innings requiring 113 balls and 18 fours.

    Derbyshire then cruised to 78 for one after Slater and Thomas Wood (15) put on 53 for the second wicket.

    However, six wickets tumbled for 37 runs to leave them struggling on 115 for seven before Brodrick anchored a 55-run eighth wicket stand with captain Tony Palladino (18) to prop up the innings.

    All told, Brodrick faced 91 deliveries and counted seven boundaries.

    Kraigg Brathwaite then failed again, falling for 11 but Powell picked up where he left off in the first innings with nine fours in an entertaining 43-ball knock.

  • Guyana crush Jamaica to lift title

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Guyana thrashed Jamaica by nine wickets to lift the 2017 Regional Under-19 Championship title on the last day of the final round of matches here Saturday.

    Playing at Conaree, Guyana declared at their overnight 250 for eight and quickly bowled out Jamaica for 139 in their second innings.

    Raewin Senior top-scored with 31 while Darren Small got 30 but seamer Ronaldo Ali Mohammed (4-25) and left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd (4-67) grabbed four wickets apiece to wreck the innings.

    Set 77 for victory, Guyana cruised to their target with Raymond Perez striking an unbeaten 44.

    The victory lifted Guyana top of the standings with 68.9 points while Jamaica, who started the game as table leaders 5.5 points clear, ended second on 58.6 points.

    Scores:

    JAMAICA 187 (Brad Barnes 64, Rajni Roye 27; Ronaldo Ali Mohammed 5-30, Ashmead Nedd 3-52) and 139 (Raewin Senior 31, Darren Small 30; Ronaldo Ali Mohammed 4-25, Ashmead Nedd 4-67)

    GUYANA 250 for eight decl. (Richie Looknauth 61 not out, Ramnarine Chatura 59, Kevelon Anderson 38; Brad Barnes 3-45, David Bird 2-61) and 80 for one (Raymond Perez 44 not out)


    At St Paul’s, Barbados beat Windward Islands convincingly by eight wickets to finish third on 50.8 points while Verchilds, Leeward Islands whipped Trinidad and Tobago by 86 runs.

    Despite their defeat, defending champions T&T finished fourth on 48.9 points while the Leewards ended fifth on 47 and Windwards last on 25.7.

    Trailing by 63 runs on first innings, Jamaica struggled in their second turn at the crease, sliding to 16 for two before Small and captain Brad Barnes with 25, put on 46 to stabilise the innings.

    However, both perished within six overs of each other to leave Jamaica on 77 for four and the last six wickets then tumbled for 62 runs.

    The result was never in doubt once Perez stroked eight fours in his 61-ball knock, putting on 50 for the first wicket with Javid Karim (17).

    Barbados also enjoyed similar dominance, taking the last two Windwards wickets for the addition of nine runs as they were bowled out for 219.

    Set 59, Barbados romped to their target with Nico Reifer hitting an unbeaten 28 and opening partner Shian Brathwaite getting 27 in a 56-run first-wicket stand.

    Scores:

    WINDWARD ISLANDS 121 (Kimani Melius 52; Dante Niles 4-12, Camarie Boyce 3-27, Jarion Hoyte 2-30) and 219 (Tahj Tavenier 57, Johnnel Eugene 33, Kimani Melius 31; Dante Niles 3-45, Shavin Brooks 3-49)

    BARBADOS 282 (Shian Brathwaite 101, Kilano Brathwaite 46, Nico Reifer 41, Shavin Brooks 26; Sealron Williams 6-85, Lee Louisy 3-52) and 61 for two (Nico Reifer 28 not out, Shian Brathwaite 27)


    Leewards, meanwhile, ended their campaign in style when they converted their overnight 219 for nine into 250 declared in their first innings and then dismissed T&T for 256 in their second innings.

    For Trinidad, Christian Thurton top-scored with 70, Leonardo Julien got 48 while Saiba Batoosingh chipped in with 45.

    Chasing an improbable 344 for victory, T&T benefitted from a 61-run opening stand between Julien and Leonardo Francis (14).

    When both fell to leave T&T on 82 for two, Thurton anchored two key stands to keep the innings rollicking along – adding 55 for the third wicket with captain Navin Bidaisee (22) and a further 49 for the fourth wicket with Batoosingh.

    All told, Thurton faced 133 balls and counted two fours and six.

    Scores:

    LEEWARDS ISLANDS 225 (Shacoy Floyd 49 not out, Uri Smith 43, Jamie Cornelius 34, Dimitri Adams 31; Avinash Mahabirsingh 5-69) and 250 for nine decl. (Uri Smith 73, Shacoy Floyd 48, Zawandi White 30 not out; Joshua James 3-38, Shaaron Lewis 3-44)

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 133 (Saiba Batoosingh 39, Christian Thurton 22; Uri Smith 3-24, Dimitri Adams 2-11) and 256 (Christian Thurton 70, Leonardo Julien 48, Saiba Batoosingh 45; Zawandi White 3-31, Dimitri Adams 2-26)

  • Failures for Taylor, Matthews as Vipers win opener

    SOUTHAMPTON, England, CMC – West Indies stars Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews both failed but Matthews came away with honours as Southern Vipers beat Western Storm by nine wickets in the opening game of the Women’s Super League here Thursday.

    Sent in at the Rose Bowl, Storm were bundled out cheaply for 70 off 18.5 overs with Georgia  Hennessy top-scoring with 22 off 31 balls.

    With Hennessy and Taylor, who made eight, involved in a third wicket stand of 28, Stormed reached 41 for two after losing two early wickets.

    Once Hennessy fell in the 10th over, however, Storm lost their last eight wickets for 29 runs.

    Seamer Suzie Bates (2-8) and left-arm pacer Tash Farrant (2-10) claimed two wickets apiece.

    In reply,  Bates struck an unbeaten 47 off 31 deliveries as Vipers marched to their modest target off nine overs.

    She put on 55 off 34 deliveries for the first wicket with teenager Matthews who made 15 off 18 deliveries with three fours before falling to the off-spin of her West Indies captain.

  • Day/night tour game crucial to first Test prep, stresses Holder

    DERBY, England, CMC – Captain Jason Holder says West Indies will be looking to sustain their intensity as they head into the final three-day tour game against Derbyshire here Friday, ahead of next week’s start of the ‘pink ball’ opening Test against England.

    The Caribbean side have turned in decent performances to draw both tour games so far – against Essex and Kent – and Holder said it was important they kept their focus over the next few days especially with the contest key to their preparation for the upcoming Test.

    Significantly, the game will be a day/night affair bowling off at 2 pm (9 am Eastern Caribbean time) and will be a crucial warm-up to the inaugural ‘pink ball’ Test at Edgbaston.

    “We’ve had two games before. I thought the first game was really good against Essex. We probably slackened off in the last game against Kent but I still think it was pretty good preparation,” the all-rounder said here Thursday.

    “Batsmen got to spend some time in the middle, bowlers got the chance to get a good run out. Going into this last game before the Test series starts, it’s important that we get accustomed to the pink ball here in England, see what it does, see what it doesn’t do and try and formulate some plans going into the first Test.”

    West Indies have already played a ‘pink ball’ Test – against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last year – and will have some experience going into the game.

    However, Holder pointed out the pink ball usually behaved differently in various conditions and it was therefore important to get a sense of what the ball would do the English pitches and in the unpredictable weather.

    “I’ve got to see how it goes; you never know with the pink ball,” Holder pointed out.

    “We’ve had the opportunity to play a few games with the pink ball, both in first class cricket and we’ve obviously played a Test match in Dubai but it varies depending on where you’re playing so I think it’s just a situation for us to go out and see what happens, especially when the day transitions into night.”

    Several West Indies batsmen have been among the runs over the two tour games with the likes of Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope all getting half-centuries.

    The fast bowling unit have also impressed with experienced seamer Kemar Roach grabbing a five-wicket haul against Essex and 20-year-old Alzarri Joseph picking up four wickets against Kent in an excellent outing.

    And with speedster Shannon Gabriel expected to get his first taste of action against Derbyshire, Holder said he was already pleased with how his pacers had performed so far.

    “Alzarri looked good in the last game. It’s good to see a youngster coming in and doing well in his first time here in England,” Holder noted.

    “Shannon has obviously played here [in England before] so he’ll be raring to go. I think in the last Test series which he played here he pulled up so I’m sure he’ll be looking to finish off this series and get through this series quite nicely for us.”