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  • Hope surges towards top-20 in latest rankings

    LONDON, CMC – In-form Shai Hope continued his surge in the International Cricket Council batting rankings, jumping another seven places to move even closer to the top-20 in the world.

    The 23-year-old was installed 24th in the latest rankings released on Wednesday, following his good form in the opening Test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo which saw him garner scores of 90 not out and 44.

    Hope has enjoyed a rich vein of form ever since his breakthrough hundred in the second Test against Headingley last August, scoring 490 runs at an average of 122.

    That form has seen the elegant right-hander make massive strides especially since starting the three-Test tour of England 99th in the batting rankings.

    Hope can now break into the top-20 in the rankings with another strong performance in the second Test against Zimbabwe starting Sunday, as he is only eight points behind 20th-ranked Usman Khawaja of Australia.

    Hope’s teammate, Roston Chase, also enjoyed progress, rising four places to 37th, following scores of 31 and 95 at in the opening Test.

    However, there was bad news for Jermaine Blackwood who plunged nine spots to 51st following his twin failure and for wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich who slipped eight places to fall to 100th.

    Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who scored 86 in the second innings in Bulawayo, is the highest ranked West Indies batsman and the only one in the top-20 at 18th.

    Meanwhile, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo leapt seven places to become the highest-ranked Caribbean side bowler at a career-best 21st in the rankings.

    The 31-year-old collected a nine-wicket match haul against Zimbabwe on Tuesday to bowl West Indies to 117-run win on the fourth day of the first Test.

    He surpassed fast bowler Shannon Gabriel who slid four places to 25th, and is now on the cusp of entering the top-20.

  • Aspiring Windies players keen for season opening

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – A number of regular faces will be missing and several young players are set to make their first-class debuts, when the 2017-18 Digicel Regional 4-Day Championship opens tomorrow.

    Several aspiring Windies players will be looking to lay early claim for higher recognition, as the battle for regional supremacy begins across the Caribbean.

    The ongoing Windies Test Tour of Zimbabwe, and the home series between Windies “A” and Sri Lanka “A” means that all of the teams and fans will get a glimpse of the depth of strength of the game in the region.

    Six of the teams will be under new leadership with Tyrone Theophile being the only completely new captain, having been put in charge of the Windward Islands Volcanoes.

    Some of the teams are also under new direction with former West Indies fast bowler Winston Benjamin appointed to head the support staff of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes and hoping to transform the fortunes of the sub-regional side.

    Jimmy Adams, the Cricket West Indies director of cricket, has termed this season an opportunity for players and Courtney Browne, the chairman of the CWI selection panel, has indicated that he and his crew will have a keen eye for consistent batsmen and tear-away fast bowlers to make it into the West Indies set-up.

    Here’s how the teams match-up for the first round of matches. . .

    Guyana Jaguars vs Jamaica Scorpions at the Guyana National Stadium in Providence, Guyana

    Reigning three-time champions Jaguars could not have chosen a better opponent against whom to start the season.

    The Jaguars have won the last six contests against the Scorpions in the Cricket West Indies Professional Cricket League era (2014-15 onwards) which should increase their level of confidence entering their opening match, but they may have to temper this excitement.

    The hosts are without six players that have played key roles in their championship sweep over the last three seasons.

    Ageless, veteran former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul misses the first game due to personal commitments; leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, left-handed opener Shimron Hetymer and left-arm, all-rounder Raymond Reifer are part of the Windies Test side in Zimbabwe; and left-hander Vishaul Singh and fast bowler Keon Joseph are on duty with Windies “A” against Sri Lanka.

    Akshaya Persaud is the only uncapped player named in the Leon Johnson-led, 13-member squad, gaining the nod approval following his prolific scoring in the recently-concluded Jaguars Franchise League for West Demerara.

    Johnson, Rajindra Chandrika and wicketkeeper/batsman Anthony Bramble are expected to be at the heart of the batting, vice-captain Veerasammy Permaul and fellow left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie will be the main bowling weapons, with a number of senior regional sophomores filling other key roles.

    On the opening match, Johnson said: “It’s good to start the season playing the Scorpions at the Guyana National Stadium, where we have had a good record over the last three seasons. It’s a new season and we have a number of inexperienced players, so we are not looking to get ahead of ourselves.”

    On missing key players, he said: “The players in the squad with the experience will have to step up and do well, not only in this game, but throughout the competition, but I am looking at it in a positive way – this is an opportunity for the inexperienced players.

    “These players have done pretty well over the last year or two years in our domestic franchise league, and they deserve a chance. They just need to grab their chance and put some pressure on the selectors and the same guys they are replacing.”

    On the four-peat, Johnson said: “I can’t say. I can’t say. We would love it to be four out of four. Every team has zero points entering the competition and it depends on how well you play in the competition. Ask me that question again at the halfway stage.

    “If we play well enough, it will be four out of four. If we don’t, but we tick certain boxes throughout the season, I think that would be satisfactory.”

    Like their opponents, the Scorpions have been set back with the absence of a number of couple of regular players which will also be a chance to test the depth of their talent.

    The biggest blow is the loss to injury of veteran left-arm spinner and last season’s captain, Nikita Miller. He was the leading bowler overall in the Championship for the last two seasons and his wicket-taking ability, especially in tough or tight situations will be missed.

    Big-hitting wicketkeeper/batsman Chadwick Walton recently departed for the Bangladesh Premier League, while left-hander John Campbell, fellow batsman Andre McCarthy, as well as fast bowler rookie fast bowlers Reynard Leveridge and Oshane Thomas are part of Windies “A”.

    The Scorpions hope however, that Guyana-born left-hander Assad Fudadin, a familiar face to the Jaguars, will help to add some backbone to their batting, and others like fellow Guyana-born opener Trevon Griffith, captain Paul Palmer and Brandon King can elevate their game to give more punch.

    The bowling lacks experience with Jason Dawes the only recognisable face, but others like Derval Green and Dennis Bulli have had some regional exposure in recent seasons.

    On the opening match, Palmer said: “We are a young group of players, but we are looking forward to the challenge. Going into the match, we have to do our best to execute all of our plans – and this is always important on any day of the game.

    “Whichever side execute their plans the best, will come out victorious at the end of the match – and that’s what our focus is right now.”

    On missing key players, he said: “There is no way to replace a player like Nikita Miller. He’s the kind of player that you cannot replace overnight because he has done a lot and bowled us to victory many times previously.

    “We however, have to remain positive about what is before us and try not to focus his absence or the absence of other players. We still have a game to play and we will have to use our resources well to get the outcome we want.”

    Squads:

    JAGUARS (from) – Leon Johnson (captain), Anthony Adams, Anthony Bramble, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Rajendra Chandrika, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Akshaya Persaud, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Bashkar Yadram

    SCORPIONS (from) – Paul Palmer (captain), Fabian Allen, Dennis Bulli, Jason Dawes, Assad Fudadin, Garth Garvey, Derval Green, Trevon Griffith, Paul Harrison, Brandon King, Romaine Morris, Damani Sewell, Keno Wallace

    UMPIRES – Nigel Duguid, Danesh Ramdhanie (Trinidad & Tobago)

    MATCH REFEREE – Colin Stuart

    RESERVE UMPIRE – Nandkumar Shivsankar

    Barbados Pride vs Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados

    Two of Caribbean sport’s fiercest rivals begin the season under the lights with a point to prove.

    The Pride have been the dominant side in the PCL era of this match-up, winning three of the six contests, with rain spoiling two others.

    But the Red Force’s 130-run victory in the ninth round of last season at the same venue – a rare achievement for the T&T franchise – will stick in the craw of the hosts and this will be the motivation for both sides.

    The Pride will want to prove that result was a fluke, achieved due to a lack of regular playing personnel, and the Red Force will want to prove that it was not, coming through the dint of hard work.

    The Pride’s ranks have been decimated by the absence of practically their whole first squad, either playing for Windies in Zimbabwe or Windies “A” in Jamaica, but it’s something of which they have become accustomed in recent seasons.

    On playing the opening match under lights, Pride captain Kevin Stoute said: “They beat us in this corresponding fixture last year. It was also a day/night game and they bowled very well, but the team bowling in the night-time always has an advantage in these games, and it just seemed that every time we had to start batting in that game, it was during the night which is very difficult with the pink ball doing so much.  

    “But that’s how sport goes, you win some and you lose some. We will have to adapt ourselves to the challenge of the pink ball. We tried to get a few practice games under the lights, but the weather did not allow it. What we do have working for us however, is that we have been playing club matches for the last three to four months on weekends, so we had valuable match practice.”

    On missing key players, he said: “Most of those guys have been in and out over the last two seasons and we have still been able to come second, which I think it is a very good sign because it shows that we have a lot of depth when it comes to players who are capable of playing at the first-class level. We can’t dwell too much on it and must think about what we have to do as a team.”

    The return of Denesh Ramdin to the position of captain adds substance to the Red Force batting which has suffered in recent seasons from the lack of experience.

    Ramdin has not played a first-class match, since he played the last of his 74 Tests for Windies last January in Sydney, Australia. He will be at the helm of a squad packed with young, inexperienced players, as the Red Force look to make waves in a form of the game in which they have lacked consistent success in recent seasons.

    Ramdin will depend on players like leg-spinner Imran Khan, vice-captain Marlon Richards, sophomore Barbados-born all-rounder Roshon Primus, as well as emerging left-handed batmen Amir Jangoo and Jeremy Solozano to excel in their roles for Red Force to be competitive.

    On facing the Pride in the opening match, Ramdin said: “There is always big rivalry when we play them, but we are playing in their backyard which gives them an advantage, so it is important for us to play well. With a number of our senior players away, we have a number of young players, so it will be a good match-up.

    “It was very good for a young team to come last season and beat Barbados. It is still fresh in the memories of the players that played that game. I am looking forward to helping them do it again, so hopefully we can execute in our batting, bowling and fielding. Our batting needs to step up throughout the Championship because I think our bowlers have been getting the wickets, but the batting has not been putting the scores on the board.”

    On his return to the side, he said: “It feels a bit strange. I have not played a lot of four-day matches recently, so I have been working very hard in the nets, trying to leave alone a lot of balls, batting to time. Hopefully, I am able to spend a lot of time in the middle and it is a good season ahead and it is good to be around these young guys. They are working hard and want to do well.”

    Squads:

    PRIDE (from) – Kevin Stoute (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Jonathan Carter, Shakeem Clarke, Justin Greaves, Aaron Jones, Shayne Moseley, Ashley Nurse, Mario Rampersaud, Shamar Springer, Hayden Walsh, Jomel Warrican, Kenroy Williams

    RED FORCE (from) – Denesh Ramdin (captain), Bryan Charles, Akeal Cooper, Amir Jangoo, Imran Khan, Ewart Nicholson, Khary Pierre, Roshon Primus, Isaiah Rajah, Marlon Richards, Jeremy Solozano, Daniel St. Clair, Tion Webster

    UMPIRES – Leslie Reifer Jr, Jacqueline Williams (Jamaica)

    MATCH REFEREE – Stephen Proverbs

    RESERVE UMPIRE – Kevin Sisnett

    Windward Islands Volcanoes vs Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the National Cricket Stadium in St. George’s, Grenada

    Volcanoes are another side that should relish their opening match, also starting against a side they have dominated in the PCL era.

    Volcanoes have won five of the six matches the two sides have contested in the last three seasons and held the aces in the other match which ended in a rain-affected draw two seasons ago in the United States Virgin Island of St. Thomas.

    The home team’s preparations for the season were badly disrupted, due to the passage of Hurricane Maria, which dealt a devastating blow to their training base in Dominica.

    They subsequently moved to the Grenada capital to continue preparing and it will be intriguing to see how well the players have recovered from the natural disaster.

    A string of good results in the first phase of the Championship, starting this weekend, could well help to lift the collective mood of the people in Roseau and the rest of the sub-region.

    On how they managed to cope, Volcanoes captain Tyrone Theophile said: “Some of the players returned home, but we were able to re-assemble a few weeks ago for a camp here and things have been coming along.

    “We have been hampered a bit by the rain, but we were still able to squeeze in a practice match, and the batsmen worked on occupation of the crease and bowlers on hitting good lines and lengths. To be honest, I have been quite satisfied with what I have seen from the batsmen and bowlers going into the season, and looking forward to the start of play.”

    On rivalry with the Hurricanes, he said: “We do not take any team for granted. They will make us work for whatever result. We just want to play confidently. We just want to be positive whether we are batting, bowling or fielding, and the rest will work itself out.”

    On being elevated to the captaincy for the first time, Theophile said: “I am looking forward to the challenge. It is an opportunity. All I can do is to give of my best at all times and try to work hard, so that the team will be successful by the end of the season.”

    The visitors have quietly prepared for the season and they too, have had a bit of disruption to preparation, due to the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    As the last-placed side in the Championship over the last few seasons, they will want to reverse this trend and a strong opening performance could be an early motivating force.

    The key loss for the Hurricanes is the wicket-taking ability of off-spin all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall on Windies “A” duty, as well as West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph on the tour of Zimbabwe.

    Hurricanes batting looks strong on paper though, with Devon Thomas transferring from the Scorpions to be named captain, and the likes of Nkrumah Bonner, former West Indies Under-19 star Keacy Carty and Chesney Hughes at the heart.

    A familiar face will confront the Volcanoes, with Mervin Matthew having transferred to the Hurricanes and should form a testing new-ball attack with Gavin Tonge with Jeremiah Louis to offer further pace support, even though Cornwall’s spin bowling will be missing initially.

    On his return to the Hurricanes, Thomas said: “It’s great to be back around the players with whom I grew up playing. I have been away for two years, but I have got a lot more experience. We are looking to bring a lot of confidence into the first game, even though we know the Volcanoes have a decent group of players, but we just have to know our game and stick to our plans, and we will get the results for which we are looking.

    On missing key players: “We have got a few young players, some of whom will be making their debuts this season, and all we can hope is that they can take their opportunities and do their best. Our preparations were hampered a bit by the weather, but we still got in some valuable time, so now we are just looking forward to taking. Once we can identify our strengths and weaknesses quickly, and we can adapt, we can put everything in to play.”

    Squads:

    VOLCANOES (from) – Tyrone Theophile (captain), Audy Alexander, Gian Benjamin, Roland Cato, Kirk Edwards, Tarryck Gabriel, Kavem Hodge, Delorn Johnson, Sherman Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Obed McCoy, Liam Sebastien, Shane Shillingford

    HURRICANES (from) ­– Devon Thomas (captain), Elvin Berridge, Nkrumah Bonner, Jason Campbell, Keacy Carty, Chesney Hughes, Jeremiah Louis, Mervin Matthew, Akeem Saunders, Stanny Simon, Jacques Taylor, Gavin Tonge, Terrence Warde

    UMPIRES – Jonathan Blades (Barbados), Joel Wilson (Trinidad & Tobago)

    MATCH REFEREE – Carlyle Felix

    RESERVE UMPIRE – Roger Davis

  • 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.