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  • Office Closure – Passage of Hurricane Irma

    Dear Partners

    We wish to advise you that the office of Cricket West Indies (CWI) in Antigua will be closed at noon today Tuesday, September 5. The island of Antigua and Barbuda is under a hurricane watch as Hurricane Irma approaches and strengthens. (it is now a Category 5).

    We have taken precautionary steps to secure the assets of the property. We ask that you bear with us while we manage through this unpredictable period.

    I am available via my mobile telephone highlighted in blue. Once the storm passes and the island’s services are back to normal, we will be in touch.

  • Weather scuppers Windies warm-up but Holder pleased with outing

    LEICESTER, England, CMC – Captain Jason Holder said he was pleased West Indies had gotten valuable batting practice in their two-day tour match against Leicestershire, even though their hopes of giving their bowlers time in the middle ahead of next week’s Lord’s Test was foiled by bad light and rain here Sunday.

    Ony 73 deliveries were possible on the final day of the encounter at Grace Road before fading light and rain brought a premature end to play

    In the 1-1/4 hours play possible, the hosts had reached 70 for one with Harry Dearden unbeaten on 42.

    Holder said despite the final day disappointment, however, the Windies’ first innings of 377 for seven declared meant they had accomplished much in the contest.

    “I would say we got what we wanted from this game. The most important thing was for the batsmen to get some time in the middle as we look forward to Lord’s,” Holder said.

    “Hetmyer showed what he’s capable of with that powerful knock yesterday, and Shane (Dowrich) made the most of it by batting solidly and also scoring a hundred.”

    The 20-year-old Hetmyer smashed a better than run-a-ball hundred to finish unbeaten on 128 from 120 balls while Dowrich fashioned a composed 108 not out.

    Coming on the heels of their triumph in the second Test at Headingley last week, the performance added to the Windies confidence with the third and final Test beginning at Lord’s on Thursday.

    Holder said the touring side were relaxed and focussed, and streamlining their preparation for the series decider.

    “We have stayed focused and we won’t put too much pressure on ourselves,” the all-rounder stressed.

    “We wanted our batsmen to get runs and prepare well for the Lord’s Test. We will now head down to London and continue our preparation and build-up. There a lot to play for.”

    The 20-year-old left-handed Dearden faced 45 balls and struck seven fours and put on 61 for the first wicket with 19-year-old Sam Evans who made 18 on his first-team debut.

    Evans was the only wicket to fall, edging a full-length delivery from pacer Alzarri Joseph for Shai Hope to hold a low catch diving to his right at gully.

    Joseph came on first change, replacing speedster Shannon Gabriel, and bowled with pace and accuracy to trouble the batmen.

    Dearden, with just 12 first-class matches under his belt, looked solid as he gathered boundaries on both sides of the wicket.

    West Indies lost the opening Test at Edgbaston by an innings and 209 runs inside three days before rebounding to snatch an amazing five-wicket victory in the second match at Headingley last week.

    WEST INDIES 1st innings 377-7 decl.

    LEICESTERSHIRE 1st innings

    H Dearden not out 42

    S Evans c S Hope b Joseph 18

    A Ali not out 6

    Extras (w1, nb3) 4

    TOTAL (1 wkt, 12.1 overs) 70

    Did not bat: *N Eckersley, T Wells, Z Chappell, H Swindells, R Sayer, D Klein, G Griffiths, R Jones.

    Fall of wickets: 1-61.

    Bowling: Gabriel 4-0-21-0, Cummins 6-1-35-0, Joseph 2.1-0-14-1.

    Result: Match drawn.

    Umpires: P Baldwin, C Watts

  • Hetmyer, Dowrich keep Windies confidence bubbling

    LEICESTER, England, CMC – Rookie Shimron Hetmyer produced a stunning unbeaten century while wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich also chipped in with three figures, as West Indies dominated the opening day of their two-day match against Leicestershire here Saturday.

    The 20-year-old left-hander struck 128 not out at better than a run-a-ball as the Windies registered 377 for seven declared off 88 overs, after winning the toss and electing to bat at Grace Road.

    Dowrich also made the most of his opportunity, scoring 108 not out off 176 balls with 16 fours as he regained touch in the lead-up to the decisive third Test at Lord’s next week.

    He added an unbroken stand of 186 with Hetmyer for the eighth wicket after West Indies’ innings seemed to be petering out tamely at 191 for seven in the final session.

    Earlier in the day, left-handed opener Kieran Powell also tuned up with a stroke-filled 82. He batted 3-½ hours, faced 154 balls and hit 12 fours and a huge six over midwicket.

    However, the day belonged to the exciting Hetmyer who made his Test debut against Pakistan earlier this year but is yet to feature in the ongoing Test series against England.

    Coming at number nine in just his third innings on tour, Hetmyer hit 17 fours and five sixes in just over two hours off 120 balls. He treated spectators to an array of breathtaking strokes on both side of the wicket, reaching his half century off 49 balls with nine fours and two sixes.

    He then accelerated to raise his century off 100 balls, counting 12 fours and five sixes – two of which came in the same over from off-spinner Robert Sayer.

    After reaching the landmark, Hetmyer continued to dominate and the declaration came in fading light as he cracked three boundaries in the final over of the day from left-arm pacer Dieter Klein.

    Earlier in the day, the visitors slipped to five for two in the fourth over when opener Kraigg Brathwaite (2) and Kyle Hope (1) were both trapped leg-before in then space of seven balls.

    Second Test hero Shai Hope then joined Powell and they repaired the early damage, adding 48 for the third wicket.

    Hope counted six boundaries in a fluent 28 off 33 balls before he was bowled by seamer Richard Jones, leading to two quick wickets for seamer Gavin Griffiths, who finished with two for 70.

    Roston Chase was lbw for two, trapped on the crease as Griffiths got a delivery to swing in and two balls later Jermaine Blackwood fell for a duck, well held at cover from a powerful drive.

    Powell then began the revival for West Indies, putting on 117 for the sixth wicket with Dowrich, before Hetmyer arrived to swing the game in favour of the tourists.

    Left-arm seamer Dieter Klein was the best bowler with three for 77.

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings

    K Brathwaite lbw b Klein 2

    K Powell c wkp Swindells b Klein 82

    K Hope lbw b Chappell 1

    S Hope b Jones 28

    R Chase lbw b Griffiths 3

    J Blackwood c Sayer b Griffiths 0

    +S Dowrich not out 108

    *J Holder b Klein 4

    S Hetmyer not out 128

    Extras (b7, lb4, w5, nb5) 21

    TOTAL (7 wkts, 88 overs) 377

    To bat: D Bishoo, Roach, Gabriel, A Joseph, M Cummins, R Reifer.

    Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-5, 3-53, 4-64, 5-64, 6-181, 7-191.

    Bowling: Chappell 19-2-75-1, Klein 19-4-77-3, Jones 12-3-50-1, Griffiths 18-1-70-2, Sayer 11-1-53-0, Wells 8-0-24-0, Ali 1-0-17-0.

    LEICESTERSHIRE – Ned Eckersley (captain), Harry Dearden, Samuel Evans, Aadil Ali, Tom Wells, Zak Chappell, Harry Swindells, Rob Sayer, Dieter Klein, Gavin Griffiths, Richard Alan Jones.

    Toss: West Indies.

    Umpires: P Baldwin, C Watts.

  • Brathwaite, Hope make big rise

    DUBAI, CMC — Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope have made career-best moves up the ICC Test Rankings following their memorable batting in the second Test against England which West Indies won by five wickets on Tuesday at Headingley.

    Brathwaite and Hope defied the odds and the form book to lead the West Indies batting in the Headingley Test and help them successfully chase 322 in an unforgettable victory.

    They both gained massively in the latest rankings that also took into account the opening Test in Dhaka which saw Bangladesh pull off a 20-run win over Australia on Wednesday.

    Opener Brathwaite has risen 14 slots to 16th position after his innings of 134 and 95 in the second Test of the three-match series.

    Hope’s knocks of 147 and 118 not out, the first pair of hundreds in any first-class game at Headingley, have helped him secure a massive gain of 60 places to reach 42nd position.

    Windies captain Jason Holder has gained in both batting (up four places to 57th) and bowling (up two places to 37th) rankings, while pace bowler Shannon Gabriel has gained two slots to reach 18th position after taking six wickets in the match.

  • Skipper Holder, Brathwaite lavish praise on remarkable Hope

    LEEDS, England, CMC – Shai Hope’s astonishing batting at Headingley during the second Test has drawn unreserved praise from West Indies captain Jason Holder and vice captain Kraigg Brathwaite.

    Holder and Brathwaite were teammates of Hope at age-group levels in Barbados and also played first class cricket together for Barbados Pride team, and watched him emerge into one of the Caribbean’s leading young players.

    The 23-year-old Hope announced himself on the world stage with two astounding knocks of 147 and 118 not out to secure one the greatest comeback in sports this century as West Indies stunned England by five wickets on the final day on Tuesday.

    “We were underdogs and to come here and perform this way to level the series is truly amazing, and credit must go to this man here, Shai Hope,” Holder said after the victory.

    “What a performance – peaking at the right time – to put the team on your shoulders and take us to victory. Truly something memorable, truly something to cherish.”

    He added: “The team is already looking forward to the decider at Lord’s. For many of us it’s a childhood dream to play a Test match at Lord’s and to come into Lord’s with a chance of winning the series.

    “Remember the first press conference we had people asked what are our chances. I gave us the same chances that England probably gave themselves to win the series and that’s what we set out to do.

    “It doesn’t always happen that way but the main thing for us is to keep progressing as a side and I think we’re showing that.”

    Hope shared a record partnership of 246 with Brathwaite in the first innings and another century stand in the second innings. Brathwaite helped to set up the victory with 134 in the first innings and 95 in the second innings.

    Last year when the Windies beat Pakistan in Sharjah, Brathwaite was again at the helm with scores of 146 not out and 62 not out.

    “Shai played really, really well. What was truly remarkable was the fact that he made his first Test century and then converted again in the second innings. We always knew he had it in him to do well at Test level and he proved it in this match,” Brathwaite said.

    “We batted well together, we always bat well together, we understand each other and we offer support to each other. What was special about this match was the fact that we got runs, and we were able to help the team to victory.

    “It was a special match for us as a team. The bowlers were magnificent and as batsmen we had to make sure that the hard work paid off. We are very focussed and want to win at Lord’s and take the series. We know it can be done.”

    Hope became the first batsman to score two centuries in a first-class match at Headingley – coming in the 534th first-class match at the venue and 76th Test match. He became the third West Indian to achieve the feat of twin tons in a Test in England – the others being the legendary George Headley at Lord’s in 1939, and Gordon Greenidge at Old Trafford in 1976.

    The chase was also the highest by the Windies in England since the memorable nine-wicket win at Lord’s in 1984 and the victory the first in England since 2000.

  • Windies’ squad for one T20I in England

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies today named a 13-member Windies squad for the NatWest International T20 scheduled for Saturday, September 16 at the Emirates Riverside, Durham.

    The squad reads:

    Carlos Brathwaite (Captain)
    Ronsford Beaton
    Chris Gayle
    Evin Lewis
    Jason Mohammed
    Sunil Narine
    Ashley Nurse
    Kieron Pollard
    Rovman Powell
    Marlon Samuels
    Jerome Taylor
    Chadwick Walton
    Kesrick Williams

    Samuel Badree is unavailable due to a prior commitment.

    Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne says, “we have a good mix of experience and youth that should adapt to English conditions quickly. Coming off the series win against India in the Caribbean in July our expectations is to see the team play a highly competitive game and bring that T20 Caribbean atmosphere to England.

  • Magnificent Hope spurs Windies to historic win

    LEEDS, England, CMC – Shai Hope became the first player in 127 years of first class cricket at Headingley to score a century in both innings as West Indies stunned England by five wickets in the second Test, to register their first Test victory in England in 17 years here Tuesday.

    Coming on the backs of a humiliating innings defeat inside three days last week at Edgbaston, West Indies tore up the form books as they chased down 322 on the final day, to deny England their second straight win and tie the three-Test series at 1-1, ahead of the final match at Lord’s starting September 7.

    Hope fashioned a superb unbeaten 118 to spearhead the run chase while opener Kraigg Brathwaite struck an excellent 95.

    The pair put on 144 for the third wicket, a stand that pulled West Indies around from danger at 53 for two in the morning session and laid the foundation for the successful run chase.

    The stylish hope faced 211 deliveries and counted 14 boundaries while Brathwaite struck 12 fours off 180 balls.

    Jermaine Blackwood chipped in with a typical attacking 41 off 45 balls which further embellished the innings while Roston Chase carved out 30 to also lend support.

    England found their much-vaunted seam attack blunted and right-arm spinner Moeen Ali was the best bowler with two for 76.

    Resuming the day on five without loss, West Indies showed determination from the outset as Brathwaite and Kieran Powell (23) put on 46 for the first wicket.

    The left-handed Powell had stroked five fours in a 50-ball knock when he edged a defensive prod at seamer Stuart Broad and was caught at fourth slip by Ben Stokes, on the stroke of the hour.

    West Indies then suffered another setback in the third over after drinks when Kyle Hope was unluckily run out without scoring. A firm drive by Brathwaite ricocheted off the bowler Broad and onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end, finding the batsman short of his ground.

    There was no implosion, however, as Brathwaite and Shai Hope – for the second time in the game – set about repairing the innings, steering the tourists to 86 without further loss at lunch.

    Brathwaite, dropped on four by Alastair Cook at slip off seamer Stuart Broad in the fourth over of the morning, played positively to be unbeaten on 49 at the first interval and raised his half-century in the third over following the resumption with three to mid-wicket off pacer Chris Woakes.

    Shai Hope, unbeaten on 11 at lunch, played delightfully on resumption, combining a series of beautiful off-side drives and wristy leg-side strokes, as he marched to his half-century inside the first hour.

    With his second century of the game in sight, Brathwaite perished in the penultimate over before tea, caught at slip driving lazily at Ali to raise England’s hopes of a late comeback.

    However, Hope remained resolute, anchoring two successive critical stands in the final session that assured Windies of victory.

    First, he put on 49 for the fourth wicket with Chase who faced 58 balls and struck three fours before falling to a brilliant catch at mid-on by substitute Mason Crane off Woakes.

    However, it was the arrival of Blackwood that hastened the scoring and rammed home the Windies advantage. The attacking right-hander stroked three fours and two sixes, adding 74 for the fifth wicket with Hope, to put the Windies within touching distance of victory.

    In the interim, Hope had reason for personal celebration when he raised three figures in the first over after the final drinks break with a single to cover, to mark his second Test hundred.

    Blackwood, meanwhile, was bouncing along merrily when he missed a charge at Ali and was stumped with two required for the win but Hope sparked team celebrations late in the day under the glare of floodlights when he clipped Woakes square for a couple to take the Windies over the line.

    ENGLAND 1st Innings 258

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings 427

    ENGLAND 2nd Innings 490-8 decl.

    WEST INDIES 2nd innings

    (overnight five without loss)

    K Brathwaite c Stokes b Ali 95

    K Powell c Stokes b Broad 23

    K Hope run out 0

    S Hope not out 118

    R Chase c sub (M Crane) b Woakes 30

    J Blackwood st Bairstow b Ali 41

    +S Dowrich not out 0

    Extras (b4, lb9, w1, nb1) 15

    TOTAL (5 wkts, 91.2 overs) 322

    Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-53, 3-197, 4-246, 5-320.

    Bowling: Anderson 24-6-73-0, Broad 25-4-91-1, Ali 25-3-76-2, Woakes 12.2-2-44-1, Stokes 5-0-25-0.

    Result: West Indies won by five wickets.

    Series: Three-match series tied 1-1.

    Man-of-the-Match: Shai Hope.

    Toss: England.

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

  • Leading Windies to victory was my duty, says hero Hope

    LEEDS, England, CMC – West Indies batting hero Shai Hope said Tuesday he saw it as his duty to see the team to victory on the epic fifth and final day of the second Test against England at Headingley.

    Windies started the day on five without loss chasing 322 for victory and Hope made a superb 118 not out as the visitors won under lights after another enthralling day’s play.

    The win boosted the Windies hopes of redemption especially following their innings defeat inside three days in the Edgbaston first Test, and now gives them a real sniff at a series win with one match left at Lord’s.

    “Someone had to do it and that someone was me. Today was my day and I felt I had to dig deep and take us home. This was a five-day battle and we gave it all we had. It was a remarkable Test match,” the 23-year-old said.

    “I feel elated. We’ve worked hard as a team and we’re pleased to get over the line. I am a professional cricketer for a reason so I always believe in myself. We fought hard throughout the game, so we needed to do well with the bat.”

    Hope added: “I’m just pleased to get the win. We needed this win. We fell way short in the first match so we sat down, looked at ourselves and came up with a plan on how to fight back, not just for ourselves as a team, but for the people who support us.

    “We know that we came here to play and that we have the fight, the belief and the players to do it, so we just needed to go out there and execute. I was just pleased to get the win, that was the main thing, just to get us back in the series.”

    It was Windies’ first Test win in England for 17 years and the highest run chase in England since Gordon Greenidge’s double century to lead the great West Indies side to victory at Lords in 1984.

    Hope’s unbeaten 118 – with 14 boundaries off 211 balls – guided the Windies to an emphatic victory after they resumed the day on five without loss. This followed his first innings 147 – making him the first batsman to score two centuries in a first-class match at Headingley.

    The Test was the 534th first-class match at the venue and 76th Test match.

    He also became the third West Indian to achieve the feat of twin tons in a Test in England – the others coming via the legendary George Headley at Lord’s in 1939, and Gordon Greenidge at Old Trafford in 1976.

    Hope shared a match-winning stand of 144 with Kraigg Brathwaite, who made 95 off 180 balls with 12 fours, to follow up his 134 in the first innings. Overall he batted for 10 hours in the match.

    “Kraigg was brilliant throughout the match, he really set it up for us. In the first innings he made 134 and came back in the second innings to play another amazing knock, full credit to him,” Hope said.

    “He has done it a lot for us and he’s become the rock of our batting. We played well in this match and we want to carry that momentum with us to Lord’s where we believe we can win the series.”

  • Guyana takes Regional Under-19 One Day title

    The attached are the scorecards for Round 7 (Final Round) of the CWI Regional Under 19 which ended in St Kitts.

    Full report to follow…

    Summary

    • Guyana defeated Windward Islands by 6 runs
    • Trinidad & Tobago defeated Jamaica by 6 wickets
    • Barbados defeated Leeward Islands by 5 wickets
  • Windies squandered big moments, says Estwick

    LEEDS, England, CMC – Bowling coach, Roddy Estwick, conceded Monday that West Indies had failed to properly negotiate the big moments on the penultimate day of the second Test but warned pundits not to write off the Caribbean side ahead of a tense final day on Tuesday.

    West Indies entered the day in a strong position with England on 171 for three – only two runs ahead – but let the advantage slip, allowing the hosts to pile up 490 for eight declared in their second innings at Headingley.

    Set a challenging 322 for victory, the Windies finished the day on five without loss.

    “We didn’t play the big moments well at all today. When the captain Joe Root got out they were 40-odd for four [overall] and we then dropped a catch soon after so the big moments we didn’t play well at all,” Estwick told reporters.

    “But it’s a very young team [and] we’re still learning. They’ve got to learn that when you have the initiative and the momentum you’ve got to run with it for as long as possible.”

    West Indies were hurt by half-centuries from Moeen (84), Root (72), Chris Woakes (61 not out), Dawid Malan (61) and Ben Stokes (58), all of whom cashed in on a tame Windies attack in good batting conditions.

    West Indies seemed to be pulling things back when they grabbed three wickets for just 27 runs in the second session to reduce England to 357 for seven at tea – a lead of 188 runs – but Ali and Woakes then posted 117 for the eighth wicket to keep their side on top in the final session.

    Estwick said by then, the workload had begun to take its toll especially on the Windies seamers and there was little to give as they searched for the important breakthrough.

    “When you go in with three seamers it is always very difficult and on a very good pitch … it’s been a good pitch all the way through and it was difficult after tea,” Estwick lamented.

    “You could see the boys really wanted to put in a big effort but they didn’t have a lot of energy left.”

    West Indies have not won a Test in England in 17 years and following their humbling innings defeat inside three days at Edgbaston last weekend, the odds are already on another defeat on Tuesday.

    But Estwick remained positive, stressing there was still fight left in the Windies despite the disappointing day.

    “The match is far from over. For us, we have 317 runs to make tomorrow and we’ve still got to believe that we can win the game,” he contended.

    “I can go back as far as 1984 when [England] declared and gave us 300-odd to win and we got it with two wickets down so don’t write us off yet, we’re not out of it yet. We’ll be back and we’ll be fighting and we’ll regroup tonight.

    “We’ll have our discussions and we’ll come back fighting.”