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  • Jones, Carter save Pride after Red Force batting sets up victory bid

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – A half-century from first-class newcomer Aaron Jones and solid batting from Jonathan Carter earned Barbados Pride a hard-fought draw against arch-rivals Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the Regional 4-Day Championship on Sunday.

    Jones was unbeaten on 52 and Carter made 46, as the Pride, set 248 for victory in a minimum of 30 overs, reached 117 for four in their second innings when stumps were drawn on the final day of their first-round match at Kensington Oval.

    Half-centuries from left-handed opener Amir Jangoo, shaven-skull Ewart Nicholson and captain Denesh Ramdin prompted Red Force to declare their second innings on 257 for five about 10 minutes before the scheduled second break.

    Jangoo led the way with 63, Nicholson hit 55, his second half-century of the match, and Ramdin followed up his first innings hundred with 56 not out to make him a shoo-in for the Player-of-the-Match award on his return to the Regional 4-Day scene for the first time in three years.

    Barbados-born fast-medium bowler Roshon Primus sent shivers through the dressing room of the Pride when he had Shayne Moseley caught at long-leg for three from a top-edged hook and fellow left-handed opener Anthony Alleyne was caught behind for the same score off successive deliveries in the second over.

    When wicketkeeper/batsman Mario Rampersaud was lbw for a duck, offering no stroke to a delivery from Marlon Richards, the Pride were 15 for three, but Carter arrived to ease their nerves with an 87-run stand with Jones.

    When Carter was bowled for 46 playing forward to a delivery from off-spinner Bryan Charles, Jones was 46 and he duly reached his 50 to bring the match to a close.

    Earlier, Red Force started the day on 31 without loss, choosing discretion as the best part of valour as their top order batted resolutely to put them in a secure, if not match-winning position.

    The breakthrough came when Jeremy Solozano, pushing forward, was caught behind for 34 off Pride captain Kevin Stoute, bowling his medium-fast stuff, and part-time off-spinner Kenroy Williams had Jangoo caught down the leg side to leave Red Force 99 for two.

    Nicholson anchored a 57-run stand for the third wicket with Isaiah Rajah which carried Red Force past 150 before two wickets in three balls left them 156 for four.

    West Indies off-spinner Ashley Nurse bowled Rajah for two and had Tion Webster caught at leg-slip from a sweep.

    Nicholson got together with Ramdin to add 50 before he was caught at extra-cover off left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, leaving his captain and Primus to belt 52 from 49 balls in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand before the declaration.

    Red Force face Jamaica Scorpions in the next round, starting at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground on Thursday in Trinidad.

    Pride have just two days to prepare for their next match against Leeward Islands Hurricanes, starting on Wednesday at Kensington Oval in Barbados, where a rest day has been scheduled following the second day, due to a state funeral for former Barbados Governor-General, Sir Clifford Husbands.

    RED FORCE 1st Innings 300

    PRIDE 1st Innings 310 for nine declared

    RED FORCE 2nd Innings

    (overnight 31 without loss)

    +A Jangoo c wkpr Rampersaud b Williams 63

    J Solozano c wkpr Rampersaud b Stoute 34

    I Rajah b Nurse 25

    E Nicholson c (sub) Walsh b Warrican 55

    T Webster c Warrican b Nurse 0

    *D Ramdin not out 56

    R Primus not out 13

    Extras (b4, lb6, nb1) 11

    TOTAL (5 wkts decl’d, 74 overs) 257

    Fall of wickets: 1-99, 2-99, 3-156, 4-156, 5-206

    Bowling: Greaves 10-1-38-0; Clarke 7-2-20-0; Stoute 13-2-49-1 (nb1); Nurse 14-0-55-2; Williams 13-3-26-1; Warrican 17-2-59-1

    PRIDE 2nd Innings (target: 247)

    A Alleyne c wkpr Jangoo b Primus 3

    S Moseley c Richards b Primus 3

    M Rampersaud lbw b Richards 0

    A Jones not out 52

    J Carter b Charles 46

    *K Stoute not out 9

    Extras (lb1, nb3) 4

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 28 overs) 117

    Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-6, 3-15, 4-102

    Bowling: Richards 5-2-16-1; Primus 1-0-9-2 (nb1); Webster 3-0-17-0 (nb2); St. Clair 2-0-6-0; Khan 9-1-35-0; Charles 8-0-33-1

    Result: Match drawn

    Points: Pride 10.4, Red Force 10.2

    Player-of-the-Match: D Ramdin (Red Force)

    Umpires: L Reifer Jr, J Williams (Jamaica)

    Match referee: S Proverbs

    Reserve umpire: K Sisnett

  • Jaguars crush Scorpions to get title defence up and running

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Three-time reigning champions, Guyana Jaguars, started their quest for a fourth straight title in style by crushing Jamaica Scorpions by 263 runs, on the final day of their opening round clash in the Regional four-day championship here Sunday.

    Resuming the day on 61 for two in their second innings in pursuit of an improbable 483 for victory at the Guyana National Stadium, Scorpions were dismissed in the final session for 219.

    Wicketkeeper Romaine Morrison top-scored with 68, left-hander Assad Fudadin got 40 while Brandon King chipped in with 35 and Dennis Bulli, 32.

    Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul picked up four for 55 to end with match figures of 10 for 84 while seamer Keemo Paul supported with two for 25.

    For the victory, Jaguars gathered 18.4 points while Scorpions claimed 4.2.

    Scorpions started the day well with Brandon King and Assad Fudadin extending their third wicket stand to 73 before being separated.

    King, unbeaten on 22 at the start, was first to fall with the score on 98 and when captain Paul Palmer was run out for one 11 balls later with a single run added, Scorpions were stuttering badly.

    The left-handed Fudadin, who started the day on 11, looked to be making a fight of it when he reached 40 off 132 deliveries with four fours and a six but his demise, and that of Fabian Allen for nine 15 balls later, left the visitors in dire straits on 115 for six.

    Morrison then found an ally in Bulli and together they provided a rearguard effort for Scorpions, posting 85 for the seventh wicket.

    While Morrison faced 107 balls and lashed nine fours and two sixes, Bulli hammered five fours in a 110-ball innings.

    Once they were separated, however, the last four wickets tumbled for a mere 19 runs.

    JAGUARS 1st Innings 266

    SCORPIONS 1st Innings 99

    JAGUARS 2nd Innings 315-8 decl.

    SCORPIONS 2nd Innings (target: 483)

    (overnight 61 for two)

    T Griffith c Yadram b Rutherford 12

    G Garvey c Johnson b Permaul 13

    A Fudadin c Motie b Paul 40

    B King c Paul b  Permaul 35

    *P Palmer run out 1

    +R Morrison b Shepherd 68

    F Allen c Chandrika b Paul 2

    D Bulli c & b Motie 32

    D Sewell c Chandrika b Permaul 9

    D Green c Rutherford b Permaul 0

    J Dawes not out 0

    Extras (b3, lb3, w1) 7

    TOTAL (all out, 98.4 overs) 219

    Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-25, 3-98, 4-99, 5-113, 6-115, 7-200, 8-218, 9-218, 10-219.

    Bowling: Shepherd 16-2-57-1, Paul 16-5-25-2, Motie 24-9-49-1, Permaul 35.4-14-55-4, Rutherford 6-3-25-1, Johnson 1-0-2-0.

    Result: Jaguars won by 263 runs.

    Umpires: N Duguid, D Ramdhanie.

  • Volcanoes settle for draw after Smith’s masterful hundred

    ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – Devon Smith cracked his 30th first-class career hundred, but the Windward Islands Volcanoes’ bid for an unexpected victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes failed and they had to settle for a draw in the Regional 4-Day Championship on Sunday.

    The 36-year-old Smith, the most prolific batsman in the history of the regional competition, was undefeated on a masterful 185 that helped him to earn the Player-of-the-Match award and carry the Volcanoes to 331 for three declared in their second innings – for a lead of 221 – on the final day of their first-round match at the National Cricket Stadium.

    Chasing 222 for victory, the Hurricanes stumbled against the spin bowling triumvirate of Shane Shillingford, Liam Sebastien and Audy Alexander and were fortunate to escape with the result, finishing on 112 for six.

    Left-handed opener Smith collected 14 fours and three sixes from 235 balls in close to six hours to post his 24th regional first-class hundred.

    He shared century stands with Kirk Edwards for the second wicket and Kavem Hodge for the fourth wicket before the declaration came.

    Edwards, the Barbados-born, discarded West Indies batsman, made 64 that included five fours from 143 balls in 3 ½ hours of batting and Hodge, a former West Indies Under-19 batsman, was unbeaten on a run-a-ball 56 in close to 1 ½ hours of occupation to hasten the declaration.

    The three Volcanoes spinners then collected two wickets apiece, but the Hurricanes on the back of Keacy Carty, their youngest batsman, with the top score of 48, managed to defy them long enough to come away with the majority of the points.

    Volcanoes face reigning three-time champions Guyana Jaguars in the next round, starting at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Ground on Thursday in St. Lucia.

    Hurricanes have just two days to prepare for their next match against Barbados Pride, starting on Wednesday at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

    VOLCANOES 1st Innings 233

    HURRICANES 1st Innings 343

    VOLCANOES 2nd Innings

    (overnight 93 for one)

    D Smith not out 185

    *T Theophile c Warde b Louis 0

    K Edwards c Taylor b Campbell 64

    R Cato b Taylor 18

    K Hodge not out 56

    Extras (b4, lb1, w1, nb2) 8

    TOTAL (3 wkts decl’d, 78 overs) 331

    Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-173, 3-202

    Bowling: Matthew 10-2-32-0; Louis 16-4-64-1 (nb1, w1); Warde 12-1-61-0; Tonge 17-2-78-0; Campbell 18-2-77-1; Taylor 5-0-14-1 (nb1)

    HURRICANES 2nd Innings (target: 222)

    K Carty c Cato b Alexander 48

    C Hughes b Shillingford 0

    A Saunders b Alexander 20

    *+D Thomas lbw b Sebastien 8

    N Bonner not out 19

    J Taylor c Smith b Sebastien 5

    T Warde c Cato b Shillingford 0

    J Louis not out 0

    Extras (lb1, nb6, pen5) 12

    TOTAL (6 wkts, 43 overs) 112

    Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-55, 3-82, 4-88, 5-99, 6-112

    Bowling: Lewis 5-1-11-0; Shillingford 15-4-41-2; Alexander 12-1-39-2 (nb6); Sebastien 9-3-12-2; Hodge 2-0-3-0

    Result: Match drawn

    Points: Hurricanes 10.8, Volcanoes 5.8

    Player-of-the-Match: D Smith (Volcanoes)

    Umpires: J Blades (Barbados), J Wilson (Trinidad & Tobago)

    Match referee: C Felix

    Reserve umpire: R Davis

  • Masakadza hundred keeps Zimbabwe afloat

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, CMC – Opener Hamilton Masakadza struck his fifth Test hundred and second against West Indies to rescue Zimbabwe, but rain curtailed a see-sawed opening day of the second Test at Queens Sports Club here Sunday.

    The 34-year-old was unbeaten on 101 when the forecast bad weather arrived half-hour after tea with the hosts on 169 for four, after winning the toss and opting to bat first.

    Peter Moor, in for his first match of the series, supported with 52 but he fell just before the rain swept across the venue.

    No other Zimbabwe batsman made it into double figures as surprisingly, West Indies seamers took prominence as they ruthlessly disposed of the top order inside the first hour of play.

    Seamer Kemar Roach finished with two for 24 while new-ball partner Shannon Gabriel grabbed the other wicket in a productive first session as Zimbabwe reached lunch at 56 for three.

    Hoping for a better outing following two disappointing displays with the bat in last week’s first Test, Zimbabwe enjoyed no such luxury, quickly finding themselves three wickets down inside the first hour.

    Roach struck first in the day’s fourth over with four runs on the board, luring Solomon Mire (4) into a tentative prod at an away-swinger, with wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich taking the edge low down to his right.

    Three overs later, Gabriel snapped Craig Ervine’s middle stump with one angled in to send the experienced right-hander on his way without scoring, with seven runs added to the total.

    And the innings was in further turmoil when Brendan Taylor played on to Roach for one nearing the hour, leaving Zimbabwe tottering on 14 for three.

    However, Masakadza combined with Moor to rescue the innings in a productive 142-run stand for the fourth wicket, to see Zimbabwe safely to lunch and keep West Indies wicket-less in the second session.

    All told, the right-handed Masakadza struck nine fours and two sixes in a 171-ball knock while Moor, also a right-hander, faced 155 deliveries and counted three fours.

    Masakadza gained a reprieve on 15 when he seemed to edge a mis-timed pull at a short one from Gabriel onto his body and into the hands of gully. He was given not out but when West Indies resorted to DRS, replays showed the bowler had over-stepped.

    Along with Moor, he then navigated the last hour before lunch but not without alarm as twice edges fell just short of Dowrich as he lived a charmed life.

    Unbeaten on 35 at the interval with Moor on 15, the pair put on 91 in the session without being separated, as the West Indies attack toiled in vain.

    Masakadza reached his half-century with a pull for four off captain and seamer Jason Holder and celebrated in the following over by depositing leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo over the ropes at mid-wicket.

    He strolled into the 60s by whipping Bishoo to the mid-on boundary, drove Gabriel to the straight boundary to move into the 70s before belting part-time off-spinner Roston Chase over mid-wicket for his second six, to edge towards the 90s.

    Given out on 86 caught at short leg off Chase before having the decision overturned via DRS, Masakadza inched nervously to tea on 93, and raised three figures in the seventh over after the break with a single to long-on off Chase.

    His previous century against West Indies came in 2001 in Harare in his debut Test.

    Moor, unbeaten on 47 at tea with Zimbabwe on 147 for three, completed his third Test half-century in the third over following the resumption when he punched a Chase full toss to the cover boundary.

    Zimbabwe were strengthening their position when Moor misjudged one from Chase two overs later and was bowled.

    Rain ended play shortly afterwards leaving an early start on Monday’s second day with 98 overs scheduled.

    ZIMBABWE 1st innings

    H Masakadza not out 101

    S Mire c wkp Dowrich b Roach 4

    C Ervine b Gabriel 0

    B Taylor b Roach

    P Moor b Chase 52

    Sikandar Raza not out 9

    Extras (nb2) 2

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 61 overs) 169

    To bat: M Waller, +R Chakabva, *A Cremer, C Mpofu, T Chisoro.

    Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-11, 3-14, 4-156.

    Bowling: Gabriel 13-3-37-1, Roach 10-4-24-2, Blackwood 4-1-8-0, Holder 11-1-28-0, Bishoo 14-2-46-0, Chase 9-1-26-1.

    WEST INDIES – *J Holder, K Brathwaite, K Powell, K Hope, S Hope, R Chase, J Blackwood, +S Dowrich, K Roach, D Bishoo, S Gabriel.

    Toss: Zimbabwe.

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

  • CWI clarifies position on HPC operations

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The following is a statement in response to an article carried by Barbados Today which was entitled “High Performance Academy launched”.

    The article stated that according to Beckles, “the University has always maintained that the relationship had to be inclusive of University of West Indies (UWI) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) and efforts to persuade Cameron to re-enter the tripartite arrangement have proved futile.”

    “West Indies Cricket Board chose to withdraw from the partnership. We have brokered a tripartite arrangement, UWI, Sagicor, WICB, a tripartite arrangement that gave us the academy that has produced all of these young cricketers. All of these young men who are doing so well, fighting for West Indies, came through the academy.

    “I tried to persuade CWI and Mr. Cameron to come back into the tripartite arrangement and they [CWI] have opted not to because they have another approach. We at the University believe in the effectiveness of our research, we believe in the effectiveness of our model. It has been proven that the youngsters who are now fighting for West Indies’ future are products of that mental construct. We have confidence in them and we believe that when they return home, they should return home to an academy,” he said.


    To clarify, CWI, in partnership with UWI, ran a High-Performance Center (HPC) at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados between 2010 and 2016. The HPC was sponsored by Sagicor for a 4-year period, but their contract was unfortunately not renewed.  CWI is very grateful to Sagicor for their support over the years and confirms that it would encourage a tripartite relationship and is open to dialogue on the same.

    CWI is currently working on a new strategic plan for 2018-2023, and has already held formal discussions with UWI on developing a comprehensive partnership across many different areas of the University. 

    CWI continues to fund the development of the Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners cricket team and is looking forward to their participation in the Super50 tournament this season.

    CWI is committed to developing world-class cricketers and is confident that a new long-term agreement with UWI will be finalised in 2018.

  • Carter, Alleyne lead Pride batting, but Red Force still in contention

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Half-centuries from left-handers Jonathan Carter and Anthony Alleyne helped Barbados Pride claim a narrow first innings lead, but purposeful bowling gave Trinidad & Tobago Red Force a chance for a second straight victory over them in the Regional 4-Day Championship on Saturday here.

    Carter hit the top score of 85 and opener Alleyne made 84, as the Pride declared on 310 for nine – for a first innings lead of 10 – about 35 minutes before the scheduled close on the third day of their first-round match at Kensington Oval.

    Veteran leg-spinner Imran Khan led the bowling effort to keep Red Force in the game, taking 3-68 from 33 overs, Daniel St. Clair grabbed 2-51 from 17 overs and leg-spinner Bryan Charles 2-63 from 23 overs.

    Naturally, Red Force erased the deficit before the close, reaching 31 without loss in their second innings – for a lead of 21 when stumps were drawn – with Amir Jangoo not out on 19 and Jeremy Solozano not out on 10, setting up an intriguing final day on Sunday.

    Earlier, Carter hit 11 fours and one six from 180 balls in close to four hours at the crease and Alleyne collected 14 fours fours and one six from 128 balls in just over 2 ½ hours.

    The flambuoyant Alleyne held the top half of the batting together, sharing 91 for the second wicket with left-handed wicketkeeper/batsman Mario Rampersaud, before he was one of two wickets off successive balls that left the innings at the crossroads on 127 for four.

    The flashy Carter interspersed crisp stroke-play with periods of consolidation and shared successive half-century stands with his captain Kevin Stoute and Kenroy Williams before they all departed with the 300-run mark within reach.

    Ashley Nurse with a typically muscular 20 rallied the lower order to get Barbados past the 300-run mark before his dismissal and the declaration aimed at sticking the Red Force batsmen in a precarious period before the close under the lights.

    Starting the day on 42 for one, Alleyne was one of three batsmen dismissed, as the Pride reached 159 for four at the first interval.

    Rampersaud made 24 and was caught at second slip off Charles, who also had Alleyne caught at backward point before Khan trapped regional newcomer Aaron Jones lbw for five next delivery to leave the Pride 127 for four.

    After the interval, Red Force met resistance from Carter in combination with Stoute before he was caught behind off St. Clair for 21 and then Williams, as the Pride reached 236 for five.

    In the final period, the Red Force bowling tightened up with the lights in full effect, scoring became more difficult for the Pride batsman, and Williams cracked under the pressure when he was lbw playing back to Khan before Carter was run out looking for a needless second run.

    RED FORCE 1st Innings 300

    PRIDE 1st Innings

    (overnight 42 for one)

    A Alleyne c Solozano b Charles 84

    S Moseley b St Clair 3

    +M Rampersaud c wkpr Ramdin b Charles 24

    A Jones lbw b Khan 5

    J Carter run out 85

    K Stoute c wkpr Jangoo b St. Clair 21

    K Williams lbw b Khan 27

    J Greaves c wkpr Jangoo b Webster 15

    A Nurse c (sub) Pierre b Khan 20

    J Warrican not out 6

    S Clarke not out 0

    Extras (b7, lb4, nb9) 20

    TOTAL (9 wkts decl’d, 104 overs) 310

    Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-118, 3-127, 4-127, 5-200, 6-260, 7-274, 8-304, 9-304

    Bowling: Richards 11-1-39-0; St Clair 17-5-51-2 (nb2); Primus 15-7-38-0 (nb5); Charles 23-5-63-2; Khan 33-10-68-3; Webster 5-0-40-1 (nb2)

    RED FORCE 2nd Innings

    A Jangoo not out 19

    J Solozano not out 10

    Extras (lb1, nb1) 2

    TOTAL (without loss, 6 overs) 31

    Bowling: Greaves 2-0-14-0; Clarke 1-0-5-0; Stoute 2-0-7-0 (nb1); Nurse 1-0-4-0

    Position: Red Force lead by 21 with all second innings wickets standing

    Umpires: L Reifer Jr, J Williams (Jamaica)

    Match referee: S Proverbs

    Reserve umpire: K Sisnett

  • Smith, Edwards help Volcanoes finish wet day strong

    ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – An unbroken second-wicket stand between veterans Devon Smith and Kirk Edwards helped Windward Islands Volcanoes significantly cut their deficit against Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the Regional 4-Day Championship on Saturday.

    Left-handed opener Smith was not out on 56 and Edwards was not out on 35, as the Volcanoes reached 93 for one in their second innings – still trailing by 17 – before bad light stopped play with 18 overs remaining on the rain-hit third day of their first-round match at the National Cricket Stadium.

    The two experienced batsmen made light work of the Hurricanes’ bowlers, after Jeremiah Louis dismissed their new captain Tyrone Theophile for a first-ball duck in the second over and a one-hour stoppage for rain.

    Smith, the most prolific regional batsman, struck four fours and one six from 71 balls in close to the two hours of batting and Edwards collected just three boundaries from 78 balls in almost 1 ¾ hours.

    Earlier, Nkrumah Bonner hit 69 to anchor the bottom half of the Hurricanes batting before the visitors were bowled out for 343 for a first innings lead of 110.

    Sherman Lewis was the pick of the Volcanoes bowlers with 3-51 from 24 overs, Audy Alexander helped to run through the lower-order with his leg-spin, ending with 3-63 from 21.3 overs, and veteran off-spinner Shane Shillingford grabbed 2-94 from 39 overs.

    Starting the day on 231 for four, the Hurricanes were set back early, when Jacques Taylor was lbw to Shillingford for 25.

    Terrence Warde came to the crease and batted resolutely to put on 66 with Bonner and carry the Hurricanes to past the 300-run mark before Theophile bowled him for 28 with his uncomplicated slow-medium bowling.

    Mervin Matthew fell three overs later lbw to Lewis for seven and Alexander came to mop up the rest of the batting, including the scalp of Bonner, whose knock included just two fours from 171 balls in four hours of occupation.

    VOLCANOES 1st Innings 233

    HURRICANES 1st Innings

    (overnight 231 for four)

    C Hughes lbw b Lewis 89

    K Carty b Johnson 74

    A Saunders lbw b Saunders 6

    *+D Thomas c Alexander b Shillingford 4

    N Bonner lbw b Alexander 69

    J Taylor lbw b Shillingford 25

    T Warde b Theophile 28

    M Matthew lbw b Sherman 7

    J Louis c Cato b Alexander 14

    G Tonge not out 5

    J Campbell c Cato b Alexander 1

    Extras (b13, nb8) 21

    TOTAL (all out, 125.3 overs) 343

    Fall of wickets: 1-151, 2-175, 3-184, 4-184, 5-236, 6-303, 7-312, 8-338, 9-343

    Bowling: Johnson 7-2-14-1; Lewis 24-6-51-3; Shillingford 39-10-94-2; Sebastien 24-0-78-0 (nb2); Alexander 21.3-1-63-3 (nb6); Hodge 2-0-10-0; Theophile 8-0-20-1

    VOLCANOES 2nd Innings

    D Smith not out 56

    *T Theophile c Warde b Louis 0

    K Edwards not out 35

    Extras (b2) 2

    TOTAL (1 wkt, 25 overs) 93

    Fall of wickets: 1-0

    Bowling: Matthew 5-2-7-0; Louis 3-1-12-1; Warde 6-1-27-0; Tonge 7-2-21-0; Campbell 4-0-24-0

    Position: Volcanoes trail by 17 with nine second innings wickets standing

    Umpires: J Blades (Barbados), J Wilson (Trinidad & Tobago)

    Match referee: C Felix

    Reserve umpire: R Davis

  • Paul’s hundred, early wickets leave Jags scenting victory

    PROVIDENCE, Guyana, CMC – A maiden first-class hundred from Keemo Paul and a couple of early wickets put reigning three time champions Guyana Jaguars firmly on course for a seventh straight victory over Jamaica Scorpions in the Regional 4-Day Championship on Saturday.

    Paul, a member of the 2016 West Indies Under-19 side that won the ICC Youth World Cup, hit 107 to drive the Jaguars to 315 for eight declared in their second innings on the third day of their first-round match at the Guyana National Stadium.

    Scorpions, chasing 483 for victory, reached 61 for two at the close with Guyana-born left-hander Assad Fudadin not out on 11 and the highly-touted Brandon King not out on 12.

    Scorpions made a steady start to their chase, but lost their openers Garth Garvey and the Guyana-born Trevon Griffith in the space of six deliveries of each other, leaving the visitors on 25 for two.

    King came to the crease and with Fudadin batted through more than 20 overs to the close, extending the game into the final day on Sunday.

    Earlier, Paul struck 12 fours and four sixes from 129 balls and shared successive half-century stands with his captain Leon Johnson and all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford in the face of a steady bowling from the Scorpions led by Denni Bulli with 5-104 from 22 overs.

    Johnson made a flat 50 and put on 72 for the seventh wicket with Paul before he was caught behind of Derval Green to leave the Jaguars 229 for seven.

    Paull added a further 68 – unbroken – for the eighth wicket Rutherford, not out on 16, before Bulli bowled him a few overs before the declaration.

    Starting the day on 106 for four, the Jaguars were set back early, when Bulli bowled overnight batsman Bhaskar Yadram for one.

    Anthony Bramble made a brisk 26 and with Johnson carried the Jaguars’ lead past 300 before Bulli trapped him lbw, bringing Paul to the increase which transformed the complexion of the game.

    JAGUARS 1st Innings 266

    SCORPIONS 1st Innings 99

    JAGUARS 2nd Innings

    (overnight 106 for four)

    T Chanderpaul lbw b Allen 33

    R Chandrika c wkpr Morrison b Bulli 35

    C Hemraj b Sewell 17

    *L Johnson c wkpr Morrison b Green 50

    G Motie c wkpr Morrison b Bulli 9

    B Yadram b Bulli 1

    +A Bramble lbw b Bulli 26

    K Paul b Bulli 107

    S Rutherford not out 16

    R Shepherd not out 11

    Extras (b2, lb4, w4) 10

    TOTAL (8 wkts decl’d, 86.5 overs) 315

    Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-85, 3-89, 4-106, 5-114, 6-157, 7-229, 8-297

    Bowling: Dawes 9-4-16-0; Green 16-3-51-1 (w4); Garvey 3-0-6-0; Sewell 29-8-90-1; Bulli 22-1-104-5; Allen 8-0-42-1

    SCORPIONS 2nd Innings (target: 483)

    T Griffith c Yadram b Rutherford 12

    G Garvey c Johnson b Permaul 13

    A Fudadin not out 11

    B King not out 22

    Extras (b1, lb2) 3

    TOTAL (2 wkts, 34 overs) 61

    Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-25

    Bowling: Shepherd 5-1-16-0; Paul 5-1-5-0; Motie 8-4-10-0; Permaul 11-3-19-1; Rutherford 4-3-6-1; Johnson 1-0-2-0

    Position: Scorpions need 421 more runs to win with eight second innings wickets standing

    Umpires: N Duguid, D Ramdhanie (Trinidad & Tobago)

    Match referee: C Stuart

    Reserve umpire: N Shivsankar

  • Ambris’ hundred fails to stop Sri Lanka “A” taking control

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Sunil Ambris struck an imperious second hundred of the series to further strongly advance his claims for higher duty, but another calamitous batting collapse left West Indies “A” under pressure to win the rain-hit, decisive third “Test” against Sri Lanka “A” on Friday.

    Ambris gave the West Indies selection panel 101 more reasons why he should be travelling with the senior team for the Test series in New Zealand later this year, but no other Windies “A” batsman could match his endurance and they were bowled out for 181 in their first innings, after they chose to bat on the scheduled second day at Sabina Park.

    The tall, languid Vincentian struck eight fours and two sixes from 156 balls in close to three hours of dominance of the Sri Lankan attack in the face of a destructive spell of 4-67 in 23 overs from troublesome left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara to whom he fell soon after reaching his landmark.

    With the series tied 1-1 and a day lost to wet conditions due to rain, Sri Lanka “A” fortified their chances of a decisive victory, when they reached 132 for three at the close with their prolific captain Dhananjaya De Silva leading the charge on 58 not out and Roshen Silva not out on 15.

    West Indies “A” failed to ease concerns about their batting durability, when they ran into trouble at 71 for six in the first session, and they never recovered from the slide.

    Opener Montcin Hodge was bowled by Kasun Rajitha for four in the third over and the struggles of Windies “A” captain Shamarh Brooks continued when he fell for four to Lahiru Kumara in the following over.

    Left-hander John Campbell was lbw to Shehan Jayasuriya’s off-spin for eight in the 10th over, and two overs later, Jahmar Hamilton was caught behind off the same bowler for two, bringing Ambris to the crease.

    Before he could get into stride however, left-hander Vishaul Singh fell to Kumara for 15 in the next over before the first signs of any resistance from the home team came in a 36-run stand between Ambris and Rahkeem Cornwall.

    But Cornwall too, feigned resolve and gave a return catch to the clever Pushpakumara which signalled Ambris to cut loose.

    He took control in a stand of 60 for the seventh wicket with Damion Jacobs during which he passed 50 and further accelerated in a stand of 37 with Keon Joseph for the eighth wicket.

    When Joseph became the third scalp for Pushpakumara, Ambris still needed 10 for his hundred which he duly completed before he too, gave a return catch and became the final victim of the same bowler.

    Four balls later, Pushpakumara was involved in the action again, when he ran out Oshane Thomas to bring the hosts’ innings to a close.

    Striving for wickets to get their side back into the game, the West Indies “A” bowlers failed to consistently hit their marks and Sri Lanka “A” were able to score freely.

    Keon Joseph however, made the breakthrough, when he removed opener Ron Chandraguptha for 16 in the seventh over, and following a rain delay, added the scalp of Nipun Karunanayake caught behind for 26 to leave Sri Lanka “A” 80 for two.

    Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs culled an early scalp, when Hodge held a catch to dismiss Charitha Asalanka for four, but the visitors were past 100 and were within sight of a first innings lead when stumps were drawn.

    WEST INDIES “A” 1st Innings

    M Hodge b Rajitha 4

    J Campbell lbw b Jayasuriya 8

    *S Brooks c Hasaranga b Kumara 4

    V Singh c Hasaranga b Kumara 15

    +J Hamilton c wkpr Weerakkody b Jayasuriya 2

    S Ambris c and b Pushpakumara 101

    R Cornwall c and b Pushpakumara 19

    D Jacobs c Chandraguptha b Pushpakumara 18

    K Joseph c wkpr Weerakkody b Pushpakumara 4

    O Thomas run out 1

    R Leveridge not out 1

    Extras (lb1, w1, nb2) 4

    TOTAL (all out, 60.3 overs) 181

    Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-11, 3-23, 4-31, 5-35, 6-71, 7-131, 8-168, 9-180

    Bowling: Rajitha 11.2-3-31-1; Kumara 10-2-35-2 (nb2, w1); Jayasuriya 11.1-2-41-2; Pushpakumara 23-2-67-4; Hasaranga 5-1-6-0

    SRI LANKA “A” 1st Innings

    R Chandraguptha c Ambris b Joseph 16

    N Karunanayake c wkpr Hamilton b Joseph 26

    *D De Silva not 58

    C Asalanka c Hodge b Jacobs 4

    R Silva not out 15

    Extras (b1, lb5, w1, nb6) 13

    TOTAL (3 wkts, 37 overs) 132

    +S Weerakkody, S Jayasuriya, M Pushpakumara, W Hasaranga, L Kumara, K Rajitha to bat

    Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-80, 3-108

    Bowling: Joseph 8-1-36-2 (nb3, w1); Thomas 9-1-32-0 (nb3); Leveridge 5-1-7-0; Cornwall 11-1-36-0; Jacobs 4-1-15-1

    Position: Sri Lanka “A” trail by 49 with seven first innings wickets standing

    Toss: West Indies “A”

    Umpires: P Gustard, V Smith

    Match referee: M Ragoonath

    Reserve umpire: R Samuels

  • Windies A (181) vs Sri Lanka A 132-3 – 2nd day, 3rd “Test”

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Sri Lanka A, replying to West Indies A’s 181, reached 132 for three on the opening day of the decisive day/night third four-day “Test” at Sabina Park here Friday night.


    WEST INDIES A 181 (Sunil Ambris 101; Malinda Pushpakumara 4-67, Lahiru Kumara 2-35, Shehan Jayasuriya 2-35)

    SRI LANKA A 132 for three (Dhananjaya de Silva 58 not out, Nipun Karunanayake 26; Keon Joseph 2-36)