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  • CWI announces Betway as official betting partner

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies (CWI) is delighted to announce Betway, one of the world’s leading betting and gaming companies, as their official betting partner. The partnership officially launched during the iPay International Homes Series between the WINDIES and Bangladesh ready for the forthcoming ODIs and IT20s. 

    CWI’s Commercial and Marketing Director, Dominic Warne, said “We are really pleased to announce this partnership with Betway and their major investment into international cricket such is their profile and international customer base.” Warne added, “With Betway also supporting our integrity and player education programme, the partnership enables CWI to strengthen the guidance and support offered to our professional cricketers as they build their careers at home in the Caribbean and on the global stage. “

    Warne is also keen to emphasise the recent success that CWI has had attracting new partners. “Cricket is the heartbeat of the Caribbean and the announcement of a second major international partnership within a six-week period underlines the appeal of West Indian cricket both in the Caribbean and worldwide.”

    Betway will benefit from branding at all WINDIES International Home Series matches until the end of 2019 as well as on the CWI website and its social media channels. 

    Betway’s Anthony Werkman said: “We are always looking to enhance and grow the Betway brand and that’s exactly what we have done by partnering with Cricket West Indies.

    “We are making huge investments across a wide-range of sports and are sure that this partnership will prove to be a successful one. We are really looking forward to all the action.”

    Hampshire Sports, a UK based sports marketing company has brought this partnership together and are pleased that Betway will become the “Official Betting Partner of Cricket West Indies”. Hampshire Sports Director, Janet Allen says “The partnership is a great fit and complements both the CWI and Betway brands and all remain fiercely committed to upholding the image of the sport.”

    About Cricket West Indies 

    CWI’s vision is for West Indies cricket to be the heartbeat of the Caribbean, loved by the world. This will be achieved by leading, inspiring and uniting cricket in the West Indies from thriving grassroots to exciting WINDIES teams, ensuring sustainable success. Cricket West Indies represents 16 Caribbean cricket-playing nations, uniquely represented on the international stage by the WINDIES teams. The WINDIES men’s and women’s teams are the current reigning ICC T20 World Champions. 

    About Betway

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  • Development programs reap rewards for WINDIES cricketers

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – When the opportunity was presented to have a team in the inaugural Global T20 Canada, Cricket West Indies (CWI) grabbed with both hands. At the time the team was being assembled, WINDIES A would have already been in the UK (June 14) for their tri-nation tour and the WINDIES were committed to host Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. 

    That therefore required up to 40 active male players in three formats of the game. At some point during the June 28 to July 15 period, WINDIES drew a Test Series with Sri Lanka, WINDIES A were being competitive against India and The Lions; but theWINDIES B were winning matches.

    It would have been one of the first time in the organization’s recent history that three male teams were competing against formidable opponents at home and away.

    In Round One, the team romped to four straight wins and made it to the play-offs, losing one of five matches. And in three matches in the play-offs, including the final, won only one. Leaving the tournament with a 5 wins 3 losses record was “commendable” according to Coach, Roddy Estwick.

    “The tournament was a great experience for all involved.” Estwick emphasized. He credited the players for adjusting quickly to the conditions and thought that “the exciting brand of cricket which was exhibited has left a mark on the cricket fans in Canada and those who watched the tournament.” He added that “faith is being restored in West Indies Cricket.”

    Estwick heaped praise on the squad and said “they adapted to the conditions well and played fearless cricket always believing in themselves. They adopted the ‘making the impossible, possible’ as their team motto.”

    Estwick shared the sentiments of the team that said the tournament was well organized and the Caribbean Community and other patrons were “treated to almost three weeks of exciting T20 cricket.”

    CWI President, Dave Cameron says his administration has delivered on some of its earlier promises which includes, but is not limited to:

    • Expanding the pool of players for competition through strategic development and high-performance programs
    • Growing the cricket industry

    Top performers from WINDIES B include:

    • Khary Pierre – first – Best Economy 6.31
    • Sherfane Rutherford – third in the batting – 230 runs
    • Fabian Allen – fourth – strike rate 181.72
    • Obed McCoy – fifth – wicket takers – 11

    The squad was:

    • Anthony Bramble (Captain)
    • Fabian Allen
    • Alick Athanaze
    • Roland Cato
    • Justin Greaves
    • Derval Green
    • Kavem Hodge
    • Brandon King 
    • Jeremiah Louis
    • Obed Mcoy
    • Khary Pierre
    • Nicholas Pooran
    • Sherfane Rutherford
    • Shamar Springer

    The Team Management Unit included:

    1. Stuart Williams – Coach
    2. Roderick Estwick – Coach
    3. Denis Byam – Physiotherapist
    4. Cyril Cox – Strength and Conditioning Trainer
    5. Trent Sargeant – Analyst
  • T&T hammers Windwards by 187 runs

    T&T kept themselves in with a chance of defending their CWI Regional U-17 cricket title, when they defeated the Windward Islands by a whopping 187 runs in their fourth round encounter at the Brian Lara Academy Monday.

    After they scored 259 for seven batting first off their 50 overs, the T&T bowlers came to the park to humble the visitors for 72 to record their massive victory. With the win T&T moves to 13.7 points but are still behind leaders Guyana, who has 18.9 points.

    T&T bowlers left the cushion of 259 runs ran in hard and the Windwards were soon tottering at 15/5 as pacer Jaden Seales ripped out three batsmen for just five runs in a hostile opening burst. He was ably supported by left arm spinner Nicholas Ali who took four wickets for 25 runs. T&T will now Leewards Tuesday at Gilbert Park in their final round match and will be hoping that Guyana lost to Barbados in their final match at the NCC to give them a chance. The other game of academic interest will take place at the Brian Lara Academy where, Windwards play Jamaica.

    T&T lost two early wickets and among them was the star batsman Leonardo Julien. It took an 82-run third wicket partnership with captain Antonio Gomez and opener Tariq Mohammed to get T&T back on track.

    Mohammed in particular looked good and hardly put a foot wrong during his composed knock. He was quick to pounce on anything short or off line and was able to dispatch the ball to the fence with ease. He however fell via the run out route after a dreadful mix up with Gomez for 43. He faced 77 balls and struck six fours in his solid knock. As soon as he left Gomez perished for 49 off 57 balls with three fours. Soon T&T were 109 for four and in danger of collapsing. Rivaldo Ramlogan came in and played a steady hand in getting 27 that helped pushed the score along. He faced just 21 balls and struck two sixes and two fours. Towards the end of the innings Isaiah Gomez took the game away from the Windwards by blasting their bowlers all over the ground. He ended the innings by hitting the last ball for six and walked off with an unbeaten 66 from 50 balls with four fours and five sixes. With him at the end was Anderson Mahase who scored 19 not out. For the Windwards Keydan Arnold took two wickets for 30 runs, while Simeon Gerson took 2/29.

    In Central, Guyana continued their impressive run after losing their first game, as they defeated Jamaica by 41 runs at Gilbert Park. Sachin Singh batted well scoring 48 to take them to 174/7 for seven off their 50 overs. He got good support from Andre Seepersaud who made 38. Brandon English and Romaine Jacob each took two wickets.

    When Jamaica replied their lost wickets at regular intervals and in the end was routed for 143.

    At the National Cricket Centre in Couva, rain played a hand in that game as well, with Barbados batting first and scoring a healthy 245/7 off their 50 overs. The Leewards made 115 all out to give the Barbadians there second victory on the trot.


    At Lara Academy: T&T 259/7 (50) (Isaiah Gomez 66no, Antonio Gomez 49, Tariq Mohammed 43, Rivaldo Ramlogan 27, Anderson Mahase 19no, Keydan Arnold 2/30, Simeon Gerson 2/29) vs Windwards 72 all out (25.1) (T Bishop 30, Jaden Seales 3 / 5, Nicholas Ali 4/25) – T&T won by 187 runs.

    At Gilbert Park: Guyana 174/7 (50) (Sachin Singh 48, Andre Seepersaud 38, Romaine Jacob 2/24, Brandon English 2/37) vs Jamaica 143 all out – Guyana won by 31 runs.

    At NCC: Barbados 245/7 (50) (M Forde 68, A Morris 50, Jaden Leacock 42no, J Francis 2/51) vs Leewards 115 all out (S Gokrran 27, J Hoyte 3/29, N Austin 2/26) – Barbados won by 130 runs.

  • WINDIES to start its 16-ODIs trek to 2019 Cricket World Cup

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – WINDIES, still on a high from its 2-0 Test series win will turn its attention on the remaining 3-ODIs and 3-T20Is in the match-up against Bangladesh.

    With less than a year before the 2019 Cricket World Cup (May 30 to July 14) Head Coach, Stuart Law has his eyes fixed on gaining momentum heading towards the tournament. But before that Coach is clear on the team’s mandate. “This is the start of our prep for 2019 CWC. Opportunities for players to stake a claim to be included in the squad. Great to have Dre Russ back as well. His explosive power and energy will breathe life into an already motivated squad.”

    Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne notes “As we continue to prepare, there are only 16 ODIs leading up to the tournament. The panel will focus on giving opportunities from time to time to players that we believe can add value to the ODI team. Kemar Roach will be rested for the upcoming series as we continue to manage players’ work load. With the Super50 Championship set for October this year, we will also have an opportunity for regional players to perform heavily and place themselves in line to be considered for selection. The panel wishes Jason and his team every success in the upcoming series against Bangladesh.”

    The 1st ODI is set for Guyana on Sunday, July 22 at 9:30 am – tickets are already on sale.

    The 13-man squad reads:

    • Jason Holder – Captain
    • Devendra Bishoo
    • Chris Gayle
    • Shimron Hetmyer
    • Shai Hope
    • Alzarri Joseph
    • Evin Lewis
    • Jason Mohammed
    • Ashley Nurse
    • Keemo Paul
    • Kieran Powell
    • Rovman Powell
    • Andre Russell
  • WINDIES WOMEN take a break before August; ICC WT20 just over 100 days away

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – With just over 100 days to go before the WINDIES Women go after their 2nd World Twenty20 title, the squad just completed another high-performance camp in Antigua.

    This “Phase II” which ended yesterday (July 15) and was held for two weeks, focused on fitness, strength and conditioning; game sense scenarios and mental skills preparation.

    Head Coach, Henderson Springer is happy with the squad’s progress overall and notes “the enthusiasm from some of the younger squad members, while being pleased with the level of fitness from the more-experienced players.” He also thought that the WINDIES Women’s Championship held in Jamaica in June was timely and “complemented the work the pre-Championship camp entailed.”

    Some of the women will go off to Trinidad and Tobago for the Courts T20 Grand Slam which will run from July 18 – 28. The tournament will include up to 12 of the members of the WINDIES Women’s squad.

    Springer is also happy with the timing of the tournament as he thinks “some of the ladies will get the much-needed game practice in keeping with what is required to compete.”

    The Head Coach also noted that the women who return to their homes “will be involved in a skills maintenance program and they will be monitored by coaches in the respective islands/country.”

    The ladies will re-assemble for another camp for three weeks in Antigua, starting in August.


    The WINDIES Women will have at least two international series before they start their defense campaign. South Africa is scheduled to be in the region from September 10 to October 7. The 3-ODIs, 5-T20Is series is also part of the ICC Women’s Championship Fixtures.

    India is due to play in the Caribbean in early October. A full schedule will be announced soon.

    The 21-member squad reads:

    • Stafanie Taylor – captain
    • Shania Abdool
    • Merissa Aguilleira
    • Shemaine Campbelle
    • Shamilia Connell
    • Britney Cooper
    • Deandra Dottin
    • Afy Fletcher
    • Aria Fortune
    • Shabika Gajnabi
    • Sheneta Grimmond
    • Chinelle Henry
    • Qiana Joseph
    • Kycia Knight
    • Hayley Matthews
    • Natasha McLean
    • Anisa Mohammed
    • Chedean Nation
    • Akeira Peters
    • Karishma Ramharack
    • Shakera Selman

    The ICC WT20 will be held in Antigua, Guyana and St Lucia, November 9 – 24.

  • T&T goes under to Guyana in WINDIES Under-17 Championship

    PORT-OF-SPAIN: T&T lost their third round clash in the Cricket West Indies Regional U-17 championships by three wickets in a low-scoring at Gilbert Park in California Saturday.

    T&T was bundled out in the rain affected encounter for just 65 runs and despite a good fight back by their bowlers, Guyana still got home at 66 for seven to claim the points. T&T batting first found the going very tough and there was a steady stream of batsmen to and from the pavilion. Only three T&T batsmen got into double figures as the others struggled. Opener Tariq Mohammed 14, all rounder Rivaldo Ramlogan scored 14 and wicketkeeper Leonardo Julien got 13.

    Dwain Dick was the best of the Guyana bowlers taking three wickets for 16 runs, while Sheldon Charles also grabbed three and Nigel Deodat took two. Guyana would have expected to get to their winning target without fuss but in the end they found it very tough. They got an opening stand of 24 and this would have signalled to the locals that the game was over. However, Nicholas Ali and Samir Ali got into groove as soon Guyana were 50/7. At this point T&T would have fancied their chances but it was not to be as Charles with nine not out and Deodat with eight featured in an unbroken stand of 16 for the eight wicket to bring home the win. The only Guyanese player to get into double figures was opener Sachin Singh who made 21. Nicholas ended with 3/30 and Samir 3/15.

    At the Brian Lara Academy, Barbados got their first win of the tournament, when they easily defeated Jamaica by six wickets. The Jamaicans sent in to bat scored 204 for nine off their allotted 50 overs with Razak Williams getting a hard 83 made off 88 balls with eight fours and three sixes. He got good support from wicketkeeper Lennox Simpson who made 23. The Barbadian bowling was good on the day with two wickets apiece for Jaden Leacock, Rivaldo Clarke and Ramon Simmonds.

    When Barbados took to the crease they lost two early wickets to Williams but Rashawn Worrell stood firm. The left hander held the innings together is scoring 69 off 119 balls with four fours and six. Antonio Morris made 37 in a 73-run stand with Worrell that brought the Barbadians right back into the contest. When he left Clarke came in and played the innings of the match. He dispatched the bad balls and was able to easily pick the singles in getting to 55 not out when the victory was formalised. He faced 60 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes.   


    At Brian Lara Academy: Jamaica 204/9 (50) (Razak Williams 83, Lennox Simpson 23, Jaden Leacock 2/40, Rivaldo Clarke Ramon 2/45, Simmonds 2/31) vs Barbados 204/4 (44.2) (Rashawn Worrell 69, Rivaldo Clarke 55no, Antonio Morris 37, Razak Williams 2/40) – Barbados won by four wickets. 

  • Man-of-the-Series Holder inspires Windies clean sweep

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The exceptional Jason Holder destroyed Bangladesh with his maiden 10-wicket haul in Tests and the best figures by a West Indies captain on Caribbean soil, as the hosts marched to an emphatic 166-run victory inside three days in the second Test, to record their first home series win in four years here Saturday.

    Despite being rolled over for their lowest-ever total against Bangladesh when they were dismissed for 129 in their second innings, West Indies quickly hit back with vengeance, crushing the tourists for a meagre 168 to complete a 2-0 series win and climb back above their opponents to eighth in the ICC Test rankings.

    The 26-year-old Holder was at the forefront of the Windies success, claiming six for 59 – his third five-wicket haul in the last six innings – to finish with career-best match figures of 11 for 103 and 16 wickets in the series.

    For his superb efforts, Holder picked up the Man-of-the-Match and Man-of-the-Series awards, to leave his stamp on on the series.

    “[For me it’s] just heart, just fight,” Holder said afterwards in reference to his performance.

    “I always ask the guys for one last push, I always ask the guys to give everything and I just feel as if I do it from the front, the guys would be able to follow.

    “That’s my mantra basically, to go out there and just put everything in. I expect tough days in cricket and tough days in life so it’s just about coping with it and getting through.”

    Set an improbable 335 for victory, Bangladesh never came to grips with the Windies attack as Shakib top-scored with 54, opener Liton Das struck a run-a-ball 33 while former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim chipped in with 31.

    They stumbled at the start of their run chase when experienced opener Tamim Iqbal fell without scoring in the third over with the score on two, lbw to Holder defending.

    Liton Das played positively, however, cracking six fours in a 38-run, second wicket stand with Mominul Haque (15).

    Ten minutes before tea, however, Das sliced a tentative drive at debutant pacer Keemo Paul and was caught at gully by Shai Hope, and with the last ball before the interval, Mominul missed a forward defensive prod at one from off-spinner Roston Chase (2-20) which went on with the arm, and perished lbw.

    Wobbling on 52 for three at tea, Bangladesh lost their fourth wicket 20 minutes after the resumption, Mahmudullah (4) playing an atrocious heave at Chase and gifting his wicket to a catch at mid-wicket.

    Shakib, however, found an ally in Mushfiqur and together they put on 54 for the fifth wicket, to temporarily avert danger for Bangladesh.

    The left-handed Shakib stroked 10 fours in a flowing 81-ball knock in nearly 2-1/4 hours hours while Mushfiqur lasted 36 balls and struck six fours.

    Holder returned to gain the breakthrough, bowling Mushfiqur off the inside edge, 45 minutes before the scheduled close, and then hitting Nurul Hasan in front off the next ball.

    Speedster Shannon Gabriel had Mehidy Hasan (10) caught at second slip by Devon Smith at 138 for seven before Holder claimed the prized wicket of Shakib, beating a defensive push and up-rooting the left-hander’s leg stump.

    Holder wasted little time in wrapping up the innings as he claimed the last two wickets in his next over.

    Earlier, Windies had been anything but stellar as their batting flopped spectacularly, undermined by the superb Shakib who claimed six for 33 with his quality left-arm spin.

    Chase top-scored with 32 but was the only one to pass 20 as the Windies lost their last nine wickets for 110 runs after resuming the morning on 19 for one.

    Shakib struck in the fourth over of the morning when he drew opener Smith from his crease, for Nurul to complete a well-timed stumping, and send the left-hander on his way for 16 with the score on 28.

    Nightwatchman Paul scored 13 but was bowled by Shakib attempting a second successive six and left-hander Kieran Powell once again played freely for his 18 which included a four and a six before falling on the stroke of the hour, trapped lbw on the crease by the same bowler.

    Hope, still searching for form and confidence, played down the wrong line in the next over to left-arm spinner Taijul Islam and perished lbw for four, leaving the Windies on 64 for five.

    Chase then settled the innings down in a 33-run stand with left-hander Shimron Hetmyer who again looked in fine touch in his 18 from 31 balls.

    But with lunch beckoning, Hetmyer played back to seamer Abu Jayed and was adjudged lbw, as the hosts stumbled to 108 for six at the interval.

    Chase could only add a further nine to his lunch time 23 before he was bowled round his legs by off-spinner Mehidy Hasan, missing a sweep, in the fourth over after the resumption.

    His dismissal triggered the slide which saw the last four wickets tumble for a mere 21 runs, with off-spinner Mehidy Hasan chipping in with two for 45.

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings 354

    BANGLADESH 1st Innings 149

    WEST INDIES 2nd Innings

    (overnight 19 for one)

    K Brathwaite b Shakib-Al-Hasan 8

    D Smith st Nurul Hasan b Shakib-Al-Hasan 16

    K Paul st Nurul Hasan b Shakib-Al-Hasan 13

    K Powell lbw b Shakib-Al-Hasan 18

    S Hope lbw b Taijul Islam 4

    S Hetmyer lbw b Abu Jayed 18

    R Chase b Mehidy Hasan 32

    +S Dowrich not out 12

    *J Holder st Nurul Hasan b Mehidy Hasan 1

    M Cummins b Shakib-Al-Hasan 1

    S Gabriel b Shakib-Al-Hasan 0

    Extras (b1, lb2, w1, nb2) 6

    TOTAL (all out, 45 overs) 129

    Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-28, 3-53, 4-60, 5-64, 6-97, 7-122, 8-124, 9-129

    Bowling: Abu Jayed 8-1-21-1 (nb1, w1), Mehidy Hasan 11-2-45-2, Kamrul Islam 2-0-3-0 (nb1), Shakib-Al-Hasan 17-5-33-6, Taijul Islam 7-0-24-1.

    BANGLADESH 2nd Innings (target: 335)

    Tamim Iqbal lbw b Holder 0

    Liton Das c Hope b Paul 33

    Mominul Haque lbw b Chase 15

    *Shakib-Al-Hasan b Holder 54

    Mahmudullah c Hope b Chase 4

    Mushfiqur Rahim b Holder 31

    +Nurul Hasan lbw b Holder 0

    Mehidy Hasan c Smith b Gabriel 10

    Taijul Islam not out 13

    Kamrul Hasan lbw b Holder 0

    Abu Jayed b Holder 0

    Extras (b4, lb2, nb2) 8

    TOTAL (all out, 42 overs) 168

    Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-40, 3-52, 4-67, 5-121, 6-121, 7-138, 8-162, 9-168, 10-168.

    Bowling: Holder 13-3-59-6, Gabriel 9-2-29-1, Paul 7-0-34-1 (nb1), Cummins 5-1-20-0 (nb1), Chase 8-4-20-2.

    Result: West Indies won by 166 runs.

    Series: West Indies win two-Test series 2-0.

    Man-of-the-Match: Jason Holder.

    Man-of-the-Series: Jason Holder.

    Umpires: R Illingworth, S Ravi; TV – R Kettleborough.

  • Windies assert control after Holder wrecks Bangladesh

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – An inspired West Indies captain Jason Holder grabbed an outstanding five-wicket haul to rip Bangladesh to shreds and leave them with a mammoth task of saving the second and final Test.

    A whopping 17 wickets tumbled on Friday’s second day at Sabina Park as West Indies, resuming on their overnight 295 for four, lost their last six wickets for 59 runs to be bowled out for 354 in their first innings.

    Holder then scythed through the Bangladesh batting to finish with five for 44 – his third five-wicket haul in Tests – while fellow seamers Shannon Gabriel (2-19) and debutant Keemo Paul (2-25) supported with two wickets apiece, as the innings folded for 149.

    Veteran opener Tamim Iqbal top-scored with 47, captain Shakib-al-Hasan chipped in with 32 and former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, 24, but the remainder of the batting buckled under the pressure applied by the pace attack.

    In nine overs possible before the close, West Indies lost first innings century-maker Kraigg Brathwaite for eight when he was bowled by left-arm spinner Shakib, to end the day on 19 for one – already 224 runs in front heading into Saturday’s third day.

    The opening session was a disappointing one for the Windies as they displayed little of the enterprise of the opening day, and were dismissed about 15 minutes before the scheduled lunch break.

    Left-hander Shimron Hetmyer, eyeing a maiden Test hundred when he resumed on 84, added just two before becoming the first casualty of the session when he flirted with one from seamer Abu Jayed outside off and was caught behind in the day’s third over.

    Roston Chase, on 16 at the start, saw his poor run of form continue, missing a flick at Abu Jayed and falling lbw for 20 with West Indies on 302 for six.

    Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich paid the price for hitting against the turn and was caught at cover off a leading edge off left-arm spinner Taijul Islam for six and Paul endured a forgettable debut with the bat when he failed to score.

    Miguel Cummins followed quickly for a first-ball ‘duck’ but Holder counter-attacked, smashing a pair of fours and sixes in a positive 42-ball, unbeaten 33 as he added 35 for the last wicket with Gabriel (12).

    Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan ended with five for 93 and Abu Jayed, three for 38.

    On 10 without loss at lunch, Bangladesh fell apart after the interval with Gabriel and Holder sharing the four wickets to fall in the second session.

    Liton Das (12) was trapped lbw by Gabriel in the fifth over following the resumption with 10 runs added to the total and Mominul Haque followed two balls later without scoring, edging to Shai Hope at gully.

    Tamim struck six fours off 105 balls in just under three hours as he then combined with Shakib in a 59-run, third wicket stand to bail Bangladesh out of trouble.

    However, Holder struck twice in the space of three deliveries about 20 minutes before tea, to rock Bangladesh once more. He claimed Shakib, playing on attempting to cut one too close to him, and then trapped Mahmudullah on the crease without scoring.

    On 92 for four at tea, Bangladesh lost their last six wickets for just 57 runs to be dismissed 25 minutes before the scheduled close.

    Tamim carried the fight initially in a 38-run, fifth wicket partnership with Mushfiqur but became Paul’s first wicket in Tests when he played down the wrong line and lost his off-stump.

    Paul trapped Nurul Hasan lbw next ball to find himself on a hat-trick and even though it was averted, Mushfiqur fell soon afterwards when steered Holder to Hope at gully at 128 for seven.

    Holder bowled Taijul Islam with his very next delivery only to discover he had over-stepped but atoned for his indiscretion by getting the same batsman bowled for 16, after speedster Miguel Cummins had gained an lbw verdict against Mehidy Hasan (3).

    Fittingly, Holder finished off the innings by rattling Abu Jayed’s stumps before the tail-ender had scored.

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings

    (overnight 295 for four)

    K Brathwaite c Taijul Islam b Mehidy Hasan 110

    D Smith c Mominul Haque b Mehidy Hasan 2

    K Powell lbw b Mehidy Hasan 29

    S Hope c wkpr Nurul Hasan b Taijul Islam 29

    S Hetmyer c wkpr Nurul Hasan b Abu Jayed 20

    R Chase lbw b Abu Jayed 20

    +S Dowrich c Mehidy Hasan b Taijul Islam 6

    *J Holder not out 33

    K Paul c Mominul Haque b Mehidy Hasan 0

    M Cummins lbw b Mehidy Hasan 0

    S Gabriel b Abu Jayed 12

    Extras (b20, lb7) 27

    TOTAL (all out, 112 overs) 354

    Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-59, 3-138, 4-247, 5-297, 6-302, 7-318, 8-319, 9-319

    Bowling: Abu Jayed 18-7-38-3; Shakib-Al-Hasan 22-3-60-0; Mehidy Hasan 29-9-93-5; Taijul Islam 25-4-82-2; Kamrul Islam Rabbi 10-1-34-0; Mahmudullah 8-1-20-0

    BANGLADESH 1st Innings

    Tamim Iqbal b Paul 47

    Liton Das lbw b Gabriel 12

    Mominul Haque c Hope b Gabriel 0

    *Shakib-Al-Hasan b Holder 32

    Mahmudullah lbw b Holder 0

    Mushfiqur Rahim c Hope b Holder 24

    +Nurul Hasan lbw b Paul 0

    Mehidy Hasan lbw b Cummins 3

    Taijul Islam b Holder 18

    Kamrul Islam not out 0

    Abu Jayed b Holder 0

    Extras (lb5, nb8) 13

    TOTAL (all out, 46.1 overs) 149

    Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-20, 3-79, 4-79, 5-117, 6-117, 7-128, 8-135, 9-149, 10-149.

    Bowling: Gabriel 10-3-19-2; Paul 9-2-25-2 (nb3); Cummins 9-1-34-1 (nb4); Holder 10.1-1-44-5 (nb1); Chase 8-0-22-0

    WEST INDIES 2nd Innings

    K Brathwaite b Shakib-Al-Hasan 8

    D Smith not out 8

    K Paul not out 0

    Extras (w1, nb2) 3

    TOTAL (1 wkt, 9 overs) 19

    Fall of wickets: 1-19

    Bowling: Abu Jayed 4-1-8-0 (nb1, w1); Mehidy Hasan Miraz 2-1-8-0; Taijul Islam 2-0-3-0 (nb1); Shakib-Al-Hasan 1-1-0-1

    Position: West Indies lead by 224 runs with nine second innings wickets standing.

    Toss: Bangladesh.

    Umpires: R Illingworth , S Ravi; TV – R Kettleborough.

  • ‘Fearless’ Windies B playing like they belong on big stage: Estwick

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – West Indies B’ coach, Roddy Estwick, believes his side’s “fearless mindset” has been crucial to their success in the inaugural Global T20 Canada.

    The Caribbean side, comprising young development players, were the least fancied when they entered the tournament two weeks ago, but have since emerged as favourites for Sunday’s final after pulling off a number of surprises to reach the championship match.

    Up against several far more experienced players, Windies B have played an attractive brand of attacking and entertaining cricket, with several outstanding performances and superb collective displays.

    “They have been fearless. They have been street-wise and clever,” Estwick told CMC Sports from the team hotel in Toronto.

    “They have performed like they belong – they have demonstrated to the cricket world that they have immense talent, but also importantly, they also have the desire to win and they know how to win.”

    He added: “We came here with nothing to lose and everything to gain. I urged them to go out and enjoy the tournament and make the most of this golden opportunity. We agreed ‘let’s make the impossible possible’. They have been brilliant in every match.”

    The highlight of the tournament so far was a breathtaking century from teenager Sherfane Rutherford in the opening play-off against Chris Gayle’s Vancouver Knights on Thursday at the Maple Leaf North-West Ground.

    The 19-year-old Guyanese scorched 134 not out off 66 balls with 11 fours and 10 sixes as the Windies chased down 216 for victory, to win by six wickets off the last ball.

    Rutherford added 130 for the third wicket with fellow left-hander Nicholas Pooran, who made 44 off 28 balls. Earlier in the match, Rutherford took two wickets with his right-arm medium pace, an all-round performance which guaranteed him the Man-of-the-Match award.

    “He’s a brave young man. He has a big heart and he is very determined,” Estwick pointed out.

    “When the tournament started we were looking for openers and we identified Rutherford as one of the best options at the top of the order. He opened in the first five matches and did well.

    “On Thursday, we made a tactical adjustment to combat their leg-spinners. We felt that if we had two left-handers at numbers four and five, we could handle the spin.

    Estwick added: “…so we moved Rutherford to four and Pooran to five and that worked wonders. He (Rutherford) played a wonderful innings and Pooran showed the value of his experience for know-how.

    “For such a young man to play so freely from a score of 17 for three, chasing over 200 at a rate of more than 10 runs per over and win the game, was world-class.

    “This tournament has been a great showcase for talent in the West Indies and it shows we have what it takes to compete with the best in the world.”

  • Teams hope for better weather Saturday

    PORT-OF-SPAIN: Regional cricket teams will be hoping for better weather Saturday, when the third round of the CWI Regional U-17 cricket tournament takes place at venues in Central and South Trinidad.

    T&T the leaders thus far will come up against Guyana at Gilbert Park in California however given the fact that rain fell all day Friday and the drainage at Gilbert Park is not up to international standard the game may start late even if there is no rain Saturday. Rain is also forecasted for Saturday and they will do well to even get in a shortened version. T&T won their first game handsomely against Barbados at Brian Lara Academy but could not go unto the playing field for the second match against Jamaica at the NCC.

    Across at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Balmain rain is also on the agenda and with the drainage not as excellent as the Brian Lara Academy play Saturday between Windwards and Leewards may also be affected. Windwards won their opening game against Guyana at the NCC and they will be hoping to get some action against the Leewards today. The Leewards won their opening encounter against Jamaica but lost by 68 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis system at Lara Academy.

    Although rain was belting down all over the place, there was still action at the Lara Academy in Tarouba and this is why both Barbados and Jamaica may well expect cricket to be played when they arrive at the venue for their clash.


    At Gilbert Park: T&T vs Guyana

    At NCC: Windwards vs Leewards

    At Brian Lara: Barbados vs Jamaica