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  • CWI appoints new Commercial Director

    CWI Director of Commercial, Marketing and Communications, Dominic Warne

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies (CWI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dominic Warne as our new Director of Commercial, Marketing and Communications.

    Dominic comes to CWI with over 20 years’ experience in marketing and sponsorship strategy and activation working for both major brands, sports rights holders and marketing consultancies.

    Dominic will be responsible for the development and execution of CWI’s commercial, marketing and communications initiatives. This includes:
    responsibility for the commercial operations and revenue generating activities;
    enhancing and establishing relationships with territorial boards and commercial partners;
    directing a new digital function to drive fan engagement, including new products and

    content; and improving the appeal and effectiveness of marketing campaigns and promotions.

    Dominic said, “I’m really excited to join CWI’s new leadership team and strengthen the iconic WINDIES brand. The flamboyant cricket, colour and atmosphere that so defines Caribbean cricket is unique. We have a great opportunity to connect with fans and excite commercial sponsors, so I’m looking forward to growing partnerships with the territorial boards and sponsors to make the cricketing heartbeat of the region beat stronger.”

    The appointment took effect on October 1, and Dominic will be based at CWI’s headquarters in Antigua.

  • Venues changed for Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ home matches

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies advised on Wednesday that it has approved a change in venues for two of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ home matches in the Digicel Regional 4-Day Championship.

    The change will impact on the third and fifth round matches against the Guyana Jaguars and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force respectively.

    Hurricanes will now face Jaguars and Red Force at Warner Park in Basseterre, St. Kitts, which is now set to stage all of the home matches of the Leewards’ franchise.

    The change has occurred, due to the unavailability of the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, which is being used to shelter Barbudan residents evacuated to Antigua, following the passage of Hurricane Irma in September.

    A revised schedule of matches is below.

    SCHEDULE OF MATCHES

    (Scheduled daily start time 10 am, except where indicated in brackets)

    Round 1 – October 26 to 29

    Jaguars vs Scorpions – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana (9:30 am)

    Pride vs Red Force – Kensington Oval, Barbados (3 pm)

    Volcanoes vs Hurricanes – National Cricket Stadium, Grenada

    Round 2 – November 2 to 5

    Red Force vs Scorpions – Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad

    Volcanoes vs Jaguars – Daren Sammy National Cricket Ground, St. Lucia

    Round 2 – November 1, 2, 4, 5

    Pride vs Hurricanes – Kensington Oval

    Round 3 – November 9 to 12

    Scorpions vs Pride – Sabina Park, Jamaica (3 pm)

    Hurricanes vs Jaguars – Warner Park, St. Kitts

    Red Force vs Volcanoes – Queen’s Park Oval

    Round 4 – November 16 to 19

    Hurricanes vs Scorpions – Warner Park

    Red Force vs Jaguars – Brian Lara Cricket Academy (3 pm)

    Volcanoes vs Pride – Arnos Vale Sports Complex, St. Vincent

    ***BREAK***

    Round 5 – November 30 to December 3

    Scorpions vs Volcanoes – Sabina Park

    Hurricanes vs Red Force – Warner Park

    Jaguars vs Pride – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am)

    Round 6 – December 7 to 10

    Scorpions vs Red Force – Sabina Park

    Hurricanes vs Pride – Warner Park

    Jaguars vs Volcanoes – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am)

    Round 7 – December 14 to 17

    Jaguars vs Hurricanes – Guyana National Stadium (3 pm)

    Red Force vs Pride – Brian Lara Cricket Academy

    Volcanoes vs Scorpions – Darren Sammy National Cricket Ground (3 pm)

    ***BREAK***

    Round 8 – January 4 to 7

    Red Force vs Hurricanes – Queen’s Park Oval

    Scorpions vs Jaguars – Sabina Park

    Pride vs Volcanoes – Kensington Oval

    Round 9 – January 11 to 14

    Scorpions vs Hurricanes – Sabina Park

    Pride vs Jaguars – Kensington Oval

    Volcanoes vs Red Force – National Cricket Stadium, Grenada

    Round 10 – January 18 to 21

    Pride vs Scorpions – Kensington Oval

    Jaguars vs Red Force – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am)

    Hurricanes vs Volcanoes – Warner Park (3 pm)

  • Bishoo hails Windies chemistry

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Oct 24, CMC – Devendra Bishoo on Tuesday pointed to strong team chemistry after West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 117 runs in the opening Test, to claim their third Test win in seven matches.

    Bishoo, who ended with a nine-wicket haul match-haul at the spin-friendly Queens Sports Club, said each member of the current unit was hungry for success as well as focussed on moving the team forward.

    “Our first plan is to win Test matches. If we can’t win them we try to draw them and I don’t think in any way we are just going about just playing … we want to win,” Bishoo told reporters following the West Indies victory.

    He added: “I knew we had the capability. We have Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope who had good series in England, Roston Chase he’s been among the runs for the last year and everybody believes in one another, that is one of the most important things about this group of cricketers.

    “The team togetherness is really good. Everybody helps one another, they are very comfortable with each other.”

    West Indies produced a clinical performance on the fourth day to bowl Zimbabwe out for 316, after the hosts were set an improbable 434 for victory.

    Leg-spinner Bishoo finished with a Man-of-the-Match nine-wicket match haul after taking four wickets on Tuesday, as Zimbabwe collapsed from 99 without loss after lunch.

    The 31-year-old, who had a difficult recent tour of England where he managed just three wickets in two Tests, said he had been aware his role would have been crucial in this Test.

    “After the first day when I saw how Zimbabwe were bowling, I know I had to play a big part in this Test match. I knew I would just have to be patient,” he stressed.

    The victory came on the heels of the success against Pakistan in Barbados last May and the stunning triumph at Leeds in August.

    West Indies face Zimbabwe again in the second Test starting Sunday at the same venue.

  • Man-of-the-Match Bishoo gives Windies series lead

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, CMC – Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo sliced through Zimbabwe to end with a nine-wicket match haul as West Indies easily brushed aside the hosts by 117 runs inside four days, to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series here Tuesday.

    Having set the African side an improbable target of 434 on the turner at Queens Sports Club, the Windies bowled them out for 316 in their second innings, with Bishoo picking up for for 105.

    The 31-year-old finished with figures of nine for 184 – the second-best bowling effort of his career – to earn Man-of-the-Match honours. Part-time off-spinner Roston Chase finished with two for 61.

    Brendan Taylor had earlier top-scored with 73 while Hamilton Masakadza stroked 57 and opening partner Solomon Mire, 47, as Zimbabwe initially put up resistance.

    But after being well placed at lunch on 76 without loss, the hosts surendered four wickets in the second session to lose their way, and the final six wickets clattered in the final session to avoid the match limping into the final day.

    There had been disappointment at the start for Chase after the Windies resumed on 369 for eight, as he agonisingly missed out on his fourth Test hundred when he added just four to his overnight 91.

    He lost Kemar Roach to the first ball of the day, bowled by leg-spinner Graeme Cremer and then missed a desperate swing at leg-spinner Sean Williams and lost his leg-stump, leaving West Indies all out for 373.

    Chase faced 139 deliveries in 3-1/2 hours and counted eight fours and a six.

    Graeme Cremer finished with four for 114 while Williams claimed three for 91 and seamer Kyle Jarvis, two for 66.

    Masakadza and Mire then made the most of the remainder of the session as they put on a handsome 99 for the first wicket to keep Zimbabwe in the contest.

    The right-handed Masakadza struck 10 fours in a 93-ball knock while debutant Mire, also a right-hander, faced seven balls and counted seven fours.

    West Indies got the breakthrough in the sixth over after lunch, however, when Masakadza fell to a catch close-in off part-time off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite, and Mire followed eight balls later in the next over, bowled by seamer Roach off his pads.

    Craig Ervine (18) and Taylor put on 32 for the third wicket to push Zimbabwe up to 141 for two but Bishoo stuck twice in quick succession to tilt the balance the visitors’ way.

    He trapped Ervine plumb lbw and then had William stumped in the third over before tea, as Zimbabwe stumbled to 159 for four at the interval.

    A fifth wicket stand of 64 between Taylor and Sikandar Raza (30) then frustrated West Indies for an hour following the resumption, as Zimbabwe threatened to take the game into the final day.

    Taylor faced 151 balls in just under 3-1/4 hours and struck eight fours while Raza belted two fours and a six off 65 deliveries.

    But Bishoo broke the stand on the stroke of the hour, getting Raza to slap an innocuous delivery to Chase at cover, and five wickets then tumbled quickly for 44 runs to leave West Indies on the cusp of victory.

    That bid was frustrated by number 11 Chris Mpofu who pummeled four fours and a six in a cameo 25-ball 33 as he posted 53 for the last wicket with Jarvis who made an unbeaten 23.

    It was Chase who delivered victory for the tourists late in the session, claiming Mpofu to a catch in the deep.

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings 219

    ZIMBABWE 1st Innings 159

    WEST INDIES 2nd Innings

    (overnight 369 for eight)

    K Brathwaite lbw b Sikandar Raza 86

    K Powell b Cremer 17

    K Hope lbw b Jarvis 43

    S Hope lbw b Jarvis 44

    R Chase b Williams 95

    J Blackwood st Chakabva b Williams 3

    +S Dowrich c Masakadza b Williams 12

    *J Holder c Mpofu b Cremer 24

    D Bishoo c Williams b Cremer 44

    K Roach b Cremer 0

    S Gabriel not out 0

    Extras (b3, lb2)5

    TOTAL (all out, 126 overs) 373

    Fall of wicket: 1-25, 2-107, 3-174, 4-211, 5-224, 6-244, 7-277, 8-369, 9-369, 10-373.

    Bowling: Jarvis 24-1-66-2, Mpofu 10-3-30-0, Williams 35-8-91-3, Cremer 34-5-114-4, Sikandar Raza 19-4-53-1, Mire 2-0-5-0, Waller 2-0-9-0.

    ZIMBABWE 2nd innings (target: 434 runs)

    H Masakadza c S Hope b Brathwaite 57

    S Mire b Roach 47

    C Ervine lbw b Bishoo 18

    B Taylor run out 73

    S Williams st Dowrich b Bishoo 6

    Sikandar Raza c Chase b Bishoo 30

    M Waller run out 11

    +R Chakabva c & b Chase 1

    *A Cremer c & b Bishoo 9

    K Jarvis not out 23

    C Mpofu c Powell b Chase 33

    Extras (b5, lb1, nb2) 8

    TOTAL (all out, 90.4 overs) 316

    Fall of wickets: 1-99, 2-109, 3-141, 4-155, 5-219, 6-246, 7-249, 8-253, 9-263, 10-316.

    Bowling: Roach 13-3-34-1, Gabriel 10-2-50-0, Holder 12-4-30-0, Bishoo 32-8-105-4, Chase 13.4-2-61-2, Brathwaite 10-01-30-1.

    Result: West Indies won by 117 runs.

    Series: West Indies lead two-Test series 1-0.

    Man-of-the-Match: Devendra Bishoo.

    Toss: West Indies.

    Umpires: K Dharmasena, P Reiffel; TV – S Fry.

  • Patient perseverance provides success for Cornwall

    FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica – Patience and persistence, they say, are the providers of progress which Rahkeem Cornwall continues to learn every time he takes the field.

    The 24-year-old from Antigua was the most successful Windies “A” bowler in the second “Test” against Sri Lanka “A” which ended in three days last Saturday at the Trelawny Multiplex.

    Cornwall collected 2-85 and 5-107, moving his aggregate for the series to 13, but the home team lost the second “Test” by a whopping 280 runs to leave the three-match series level 1-1 and set up a final showdown under lights, starting on Thursday at Sabina Park.

    “Our performance was not up to standard,” he told CWI Media. “We did not bat well enough to keep the Sri Lankans out of the game and win the series in the second match.

    “The pitch was spin-bowling friendly. I got seven wickets and (Malinda Pushpakumara) got 12, so the result hinged on whichever team batted the spin well – Sri Lanka did it and we did not, so they won.”

    He added: “We have the final ‘Test’ coming up and this will be played under the lights, which will be a challenge in itself, so it is important that we prepare well and get everything ready and right for that game because once we play to our potential there is no doubt that we can win the series.

    “But we have to go to practice over the next couple of days, work hard and do what we got to do to continue to perform strongly, and win the series. When we get into the game, we need to exhibit patience in batting and bowling, and the outcome we had in the first game can be repeated.”

    Cornwall has made a name for himself, as a mean off-spinner, generating bounce from his 6-foot, 4-inch frame and sharp turn from a whippy action.

    He has taken 154 first-class wickets at an average of 24.96 apiece in 32 matches, including 12 hauls of five wickets or more in an innings and one haul of 10 wickets or more in a match.

    Cornwall said the biggest lesson he has learnt from the two matches against Sri Lanka “A” is the value of patience.

    “My bowling is getting back there,” he said. “I have been out of the game for a little bit. I went to the United States to work on my fitness and so I am working on getting my bowling back to where it was previously.

    “My success in the two matches so far has all been about being patience and putting the ball in the right areas, and also in my batting, using the patient approach, playing as straight as possible, playing in the ‘V’ and when they come into your areas, look to score.”

    Cornwall said he has taken a lot of confidence from his early performances in the series and hopes to continue to reap the sweet rewards of his patience.

    “I have been trying very hard to stick to the basics and trying to continuously do the things that work for me. I get the ball to bounce, so I try to bring the batsman forward as much as possible,” he said.

    “Being patient enough to consistently put the ball in the right areas is also important because it leaves the batsman to either make the mistake or a good ball to take a wicket.

    “I have to repeat the good things over and over, and see where it leads me and how it can help put the team in a match-winning position.”

    Meantime, the Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies has confirmed an unchanged 13-member squad for the final “Test”.

    SQUAD

    Shamarh Brooks (Captain)

    Vishaul Singh (Vice-Captain)

    Sunil Ambris

    John Campbell

    Yannic Cariah

    Rahkeem Cornwall

    Sheldon Cottrell

    Jahmar Hamilton

    Montcin Hodge

    Damion Jacobs

    Keon Joseph

    Reynard Leveridge

    Oshane Thomas

    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)

  • Chase banking on victory but expects Zimbabwe resistance

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Oct 23, CMC – Batsman Roston Chase says he is confident of a West Indies victory in the opening Test but does not expect Zimbabwe to simply roll over in their second innings.

    The Caribbean side held a dominant position at the end of Monday’s day three, reaching 369 for eight in their second innings to lead by 429 runs, heading into the penultimate day of the encounter at Queens Sports Club.

    “It’s not going to be easy [to win]. I don’t think the Zimbabwe guys are going to lie down and play dead,” said Chase, who was unbeaten on 91 at the close.

    “The same way we fought back in our second innings, I think they will be looking to do that as well but I’m putting all faith in my bowlers to get those 10 wickets. We’re most likely going to have two days to get them so I’m really looking forward for us to get this victory.”

    He added: “I think the Zimbabwe players are going to put down their heads a lot more so it will probably take us a little bit more overs to get the job done, so I may be needed to give the fast bowlers a rest.

    “I think (Devendra) Bishoo will be key for us. He bowled really well in the first innings and that set the tone for us so I’m hoping he can do it again in the second innings and give us the victory.”

    Chase played a key role in helping the Windies assert themselves after they resumed the day on 88 for one.

    Opener Kraigg Brathwaite struck a battling 86, Shai Hope got 44 and Kyle Hope, 43, but West Indies lost a clatter of wickets approaching tea, to surrender some of their momentum.

    However, Chase stepped up to take responsibility for the innings in a knock that has so far lasted 127 deliveries and included eight fours and a six, putting on 33 for the seventh wicket with captain Jason Holder (24) and 92 for the eighth wicket with Bishoo who made 44.

    Chase said he and Holder had made a deliberate attempt to be aggressive after the interval.

    “It started from me and the skipper. We both said that we would counter-attack to put a little pressure back on the Zimbabwe guys seeing that we had a sizeable lead already,” Chase told reporters.

    “We were just looking for some quick runs and it paid off for us, and made it a lot easier for Bishoo to come out there and just bat normally, and that worked for us in the end.”

  • Chase nearing hundred hundred, Windies eyeing win

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, CMC – Roston Chase was within touching distance of a fourth Test hundred as West Indies carved out a lead in excess of 400 runs to increase their stranglehold on the opening Test against Zimbabwe, on the third day at Queens Sports Club here Monday.

    The right-hander was unbeaten on 91 at the close, leading a resilient batting display from the Caribbean side that saw them to 369 for eight – a lead of already 429 runs heading into Tuesday’s penultimate day.

    Opener Kraigg Brathwaite buttressed the Windies effort by fashioning his 14th Test half-century with a battling 86 while the classy Shai Hope and tail-ender Devendra Bishoo both scored 44 and Kyle Hope, 43.

    Leg-spinner Graeme Cremer once again led the attack with three for 111 while seamer Kyle Jarvis (2-66) and Sean Williams (2-90) both ended with two wickets apiece.

    Resuming the day on 88 for one, West Indies lost Kyle Hope inside the first hour when he played across a full length one from Jarvis and perished lbw, after adding just 11 to his overnight score.

    Brathwaite and Shai Hope then combined in a 67-run third wicket stand which pushed the Windies to 155 for two at lunch, and kept Zimbabwe at bay for a nearly an hour afterwards.

    On 38 at the start, Brathwaite raised his fifty on the stroke of the hour with a couple to mid-wicket off Williams and then survived a chance on 60 to Hamilton Masakadza at slip off Cremer, to be unbeaten on 70 at lunch, partnered by Shai Hope on 24.

    He was was eyeing three figures when he played around one from off-spinner Sikander Raza and was lbw just before the next drinks break at 174 for three, after facing 229 deliveries and striking four fours and a six.

    Shai Hope, who faced 106 balls and counted five fours, put on a further 37 for the fourth wicket with Chase but the introduction of the second new ball put an end to the threatening stand, when Hope was hit in front by Jarvis.

    His demise triggered a slide that saw three wickets tumble for 33 runs, to leave West Indies on 244 for six at the tea interval.

    Jermaine Blackwood was drawn from his crease and stumped for the second time in the match, this time off Williams for three, while wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich fell to the final delivery before the break, caught by Masakadza at slip for 12 off Williams.

    Unbeaten on 38 at tea, Chase took control of the innings to ensure West Indies dominated the final session, first posting 33 for the seventh wicket with captain Jason Holder (24) and then an invaluable 92 for the eighth wicket with Bishoo.

    All told, he faced 127 balls and struck eight fours and a six to put himself on course for his third hundred this year. He gathered his fifty about 40 minutes following the resumption and after losing Holder, caught at point off Cremer, joined forces with the plucky Bishoo to ram home the Windies advantage.

    He drove Jarvis to the extra cover boundary and then flicked him square for four in one over to move into the 80s, and Bishoo was no less enterprising, lashing four fours and a six – a slog over long-on off Cremer – in his 71-ball knock.

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings 219

    ZIMBABWE 1st Innings 159

    WEST INDIES 2nd Innings

    (overnight 88 for one)

    K Brathwaite lbw b Sikandar Raza 86

    K Powell b Cremer 17

    K Hope lbw b Jarvis 43

    S Hope lbw b Jarvis 44

    R Chase not out 91

    J Blackwood st Chakabva b Williams 3

    S Dowrich c Masakadza b Williams 12

    J Holder c Mpofu b Cremer 24

    D Bishoo c Williams b Cremer 44

    Extras (b3, lb2) 5

    TOTAL (8 wkts, 122.3 overs) 369

    Fall of wicket: 1-25, 2-107, 3-174, 4-211, 5-224, 6-244, 7-277, 8-369

    Bowling: Jarvis 24-1-66-2; Mpofu 10-3-30-0; Williams 33-7-90-2; Cremer 32.3-5-111-3; Sikandar Raza 19-4-53-1; Mire 2-0-5-0; Waller 2-0-9-0

    Position: West Indies lead by 429 with two second innings wickets standing

    Umpires: K Dharmasena, P Reiffel

    TV umpire: S Fry

    Match referee: J Srinath

    Reserve umpire: L Rusere

  • Dottin ton leads Windies Women whitewash of Sri Lanka

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua– The Windies women completed a double series whitewash over Sri Lanka after they won the third and final T20 International by 31 runs at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua yesterday.

    The victory was extra special, as Deandra Dottin struck her second T20 century, becoming the first woman to achieve such a feat. She scored 112 from 67 balls. Hayley Matthews hit 34, as the Windies Women posted 159/6 from their 20 overs.

    Dottin’s batting had the crowd enthralled as they watched her hit 5-sixes and 9-fours on her way to the match-winnings innings. She along with Matthews posted a 130-run partnership for the second wicket when Matthews departed run out.

    Ama Kanchana was the best Sri Lanka bowler, taking 2/24. The Sri Lankans had something to celebrate as Shashikala Siriwardena and Rabecca Vandort both struck half-centuries in their team’s run-chase.

    Hayley Matthews had a fantastic spell with the ball, taking 4/18, as the Windies Women kept a tight bowling attack.

    Sri Lanka finished on 128/5 from their allotted 20 overs.

    Deandra Dottin was Player of the Match as well as Player of the Series for her accumulative score of 154 runs and 1 wicket.


    Windies Women Innings: 159/6 (20 Overs). D Dottin 112, H Matthews 34, Kyshona Knight 6, S Taylor 5; A Kanchana 2-0-24-2, S Weerakkody 4-0-21-1, C Gunaratne 4-0-27-0, S Siriwardene 4-0-27-0.

    Sri Lanka Women Innings: 128/5 (20 Overs). R Vandort+ 50, S Siriwardene 50, N Hansika, Y Mendis 9; H Matthews 4-0-18-4, S Taylor 3-0-22-1, S Connell 4-0-15-0, A Fletcher 4-0-29-0.


    WEST INDIES WOMEN

    H Matthews run out 34

    *S Taylor b Weerakkodi 5

    D Dottin lbw b A Kanchana 112

    Kyshona Knight run out 6

    B Cooper run out 0

    +M Aguilleira b Kanchana 0

    Kycia Knight not out 1

    S Connell not out 0

    Extras (nb1) 1

    TOTAL (6 wkts, 20 overs) 159

    Did not bat: A Fletcher, A Mohammed, A Peters.

    Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-130, 3-147, 4-158, 5-158, 6-159.

    Bowling: Weerakkodi 4-0-21-1, Gunaratne 4-0-26-0, Kanchana 2-0-24-2, Ranaweera 4-0-34-0, Siriwardena 4-0-28-0, Atapattu 2-0-26-0.

    SRI LANKA WOMEN

    Y Mendis st Aguilleira b Matthews 9

    N Hansika st Aguilleira b Taylor 12

    C Atapattu st Aguilleira b Matthews 0

    S Siriwardena c Mohammed b Matthews 50

    +R Vandort b Matthews 50

    P Weerakkody not out 1

    C Gunaratne not out 0

    Extras (lb2, w4) 6

    TOTAL (5 wkts, 20 overs) 128

    Did not bat: A Kanchana, H Karunaratne, *I Ranaweera, S Weerakkodi.

    Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-14, 3-42, 4-126, 5-128.

    Bowling: Connell 4-0-15-0, Matthews 4-0-18-4, Mohammed 4-0-31-0, Taylor 3-0-22-1, Fletcher 4-0-29-0, Peters 1-0-11-0.

    Result: West Indies Women won by 31 runs.

    Series: West Indies Women won three-match series 3-0.

    Player-of-the-Match: Hayley Matthews.

    Toss: West Indies Women.

    Umpires: C Tuckett, J Williams.

  • Bishoo’s five puts Windies in control at Queens

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Oct 22, CMC – Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo’s fourth five-wicket haul in Tests handed West Indies a precious 60-run first innings lead, and the Caribbean side then batted themselves into control of the opening Test against Zimbabwe on the second day here Sunday.

    Exploiting the turning pitch at Queens Sports Club, the 31-year-old picked up five for 79 as Zimbabwe, responding to West Indies’ disappointing 219, were restricted to a paltry 159 in their first innings.

    Pacers Kemar Roach (2-23) and Jason Holder (2-25) both supported with two wickets apiece to ensure there was no revival by the hosts.

    Opener Hamilton Masakadza top-scored with 42, Craig Ervine got 39 and Solomon Mire chipped in with 27, but the hosts lost their way from their lunch time position of 101 three – their last seven wickets tumbling for a mere 58 runs.

    Left-hander Kieran Powell then fell cheaply for 17 as West Indies stumbled slightly at the start but opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who ended 38 not out and Kyle Hope, unbeaten on 32, guided the visitors to the close on 88 for one, courtesy of an unbroken 63-run, second wicket partnership.

    Brathwaite has so far consumed 99 deliveries and struck a four and a six while Hope has counted four boundaries in a 65-ball innings.

    The partnership was crucial as it takes West Indies into the third day of the fast-moving Test, 148 runs to the good.

    Having endured the worst of the exchanges on Saturday’s day one, the Windies were keen on finding early breakthroughs and managed one in the first hour, after Zimbabwe resumed on 19 without loss.

    Masakadza put on 44 for the first wicket with debutant Mire who faced 36 balls and counted four fours and a six before gifting his wicket by tugging Roach to Brathwaite at mid-wicket, half-hour into the day’s play.

    Zimbabwe consolidated well as Masakadza and Ervine staged a 47-run, second wicket partnership which denied the Windies any further immediate succcess.

    The right-handed Masakadza faced 78 balls and struck four fours and a six while the left-handed Ervine gathered five boundaries in an 89-ball knock.

    Masakadza was positive from the outset, with a couple of boundaries off Roach and pacer Shannon Gabriel early in the day, and greeted the introduction of Bishoo with a heave over the ropes at long-on.

    But with lunch beckoning, he feathered a defensive push at Bishoo through to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich to depart at 91 for two.

    West Indies then made a key strike 14 balls later when new batsman Brendan Taylor (1) bungled a reverse sweep at Bishoo and was taken by Jermaine Blackwood moving around at slip, leaving Zimbabwe stuttering at the interval.

    Much depended on Ervine – unbeaten on 27 at lunch – and he managed to survive the first hour afterwards before falling to the first ball following the drinks break, missing a sweep at Bishoo and going lbw.

    He was the third wicket to fall in the session with Sean Williams, on two at the break, adding five before being caught at the wicket off Roach and Sikandar Raza (6) holing out to deep mid-off off Bishoo.

    Tottering on 133 for six, there was no way back for the hosts as they lost their last four wickets for 20 runs in quick time.

    Malcolm Waller was bowled for 11 after missing a defensive prod at Holder and losing his middle stump, and wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva (12) gave Bishoo his fifth wicket when he got into a tangle, attempting to pull out of a cut, and offered a simple catch to Roston Chase at point.

    Captain Graeme Cremer played on to Holder without scoring and Gabriel disposed of last man Chris Mpofu for 10, to end the innings at tea.

    Left with a session to navigate, the Windies’ only setback came when Powell missed one from Cremer and lost his off-stump at 25 for one, after striking a four and a six off 34 balls.

    Hope survived a chance to short leg off Cremer before he had scored but then got off the mark with a rasping drive through mid-on off in the bowler’s next over, en route to his highest Test score in eight innings.

    WEST INDIES 1st innings 219

    ZIMBABWE 1st innings

    (overnight 19 without loss)

    H Masakadza c wkp Dowrich b Bishoo 42

    S Mire c Brathwaite b Roach 27

    C Ervine lbw b Bishoo 39

    B Taylor c Blackwood b Bishoo 1

    S Williams c wkp Dowrich b Roach 7

    Sikandar Raza c Gabriel b Bishoo 6

    M Waller b Holder 11

    +R Chakabva c Chase b Bishoo 12

    *A Cremer b Holder 0

    K Jarvis not out 2

    C Mpofu c wkp Dowrich b Gabriel 10

    Extras (lb2) 2

    TOTAL (all out, 61.3 overs) 159

    Fall of wickets: 1-44, 2-91, 3-93, 4-110, 5-123, 6-133, 7-139, 8-147, 9-147, 10-159.

    Bowling: Gabriel 11.3-4-24-1, Holder 14-5-25-2, Bishoo 24-4-79-5, Chase 1-0-6-0, Roach 11-5-23-2.

    WEST INDIES 2nd innings

    K Brathwaite not out 35

    K Powell b Cremer 17

    K Hope not out 32

    Extras (b1) 1

    TOTAL (1 wkt, 33 overs) 88

    Fall of wicket: 1-25.

    Bowling: Jarvis 5-1-6-0, Mpofu 3-0-12-0, Williams 10-2-19-0, Cremer 9-1-36-1, Sikandar Raza 6-1-14-0.

    Position: West Indies lead by 148 runs with nine second innings wickets intact.

    Toss: West Indies.

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

  • Taylor, Fletcher seal series for Windies Women

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Scintillating fielding and a magical 5/13 wicket haul for Afy Fletcher saw the Windies Women take an unbeatable 2-0 series lead in the 3-match T20I series vs Sri Lanka at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.

    Stafanie Taylor won the toss and the Windies took first strike. Hayley Matthews fell in the first over for 0. Deandra Dottin then joined Taylor and the two experienced players posted 45 runs for the second wicket, when Dottin departed for 27.

    Kycia Knight joined her Captain and the pair posted the highest partnership for the match of 49 runs. But Taylor fell one run short of a brilliant half-century, for 49. Merissa Aguilleira was then out for 5.

    Britney Cooper then shared in a 30-run partnership with Kycia as the pair looked set to take the Windies past the 140 total from the first match on Thursday (October 19). But Cooper was trapped lbw for 23. Kycia was then joined by her twin sister Kyshona who then produced some batting fireworks, hitting a six and 3-fours on her way to 19 off 7 balls.

    The Windies Women posted 154/6 from their 20 overs. Sri Lanka Captain Inoka Ranaweera had the best bowling figures for her team, taking 2/47.

    Sri Lanka had 33 runs on the board before they lost Hansika for 22. Next best batter for the visitors was Chamari Athapaththu who top-scored with 30.

    But the second innings belonged to Afy Fletcher. She spun magic with her off-spin, to wrap up the Sri Lanka middle and lower order batters. Sri Lanka 107 all out. Afy Fletcher finished with 5/13 and Hayley Matthews 2/25. Afy Fletcher was Player of the Match.

    Shakera Selman suffered an injury while fielding and is currently under observation.

    The final match of the series is on for this evening at 6:30 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua. Watch it live on cricketwestindies.org


    Windies Women Innings: 154/6 (20 Overs). S Taylor 49, D Dottin 27, Kycia Knight 23, B Cooper 23; I Ranaweera 4-0-47-2, S Weerakkody 2-0-10-1, C Gunaratne 4-0-20-1, A Kanchana 3-0-27-1.

    Sri Lanka Women Innings: 107 all out (19.4 Overs). Chamari Atapattu 30, Y Mendis 22, R Vandort+ 14, Dilani Manodara 11; A Fletcher 3.4-0-12-5, H Matthews 4-0-25-2, S Taylor 4-0-16-0, A Mohammed 4-0-19-0.