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  • Volcanoes, Pride win – 4th day, 7th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Windward Islands Volcanoes and Barbados Pride logged comfortable wins to ensure all three matches in the Digicel 4-Day Championship ended with outright results and they got a timely boost ahead of the long break for the Christmas/New Year’s holiday. 

    • For “live” scores and webcasts of the matches, visit the Match Centre

    on the Cricket West Indies website and click the “DOMESTIC” tab: 

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    on the Windies Live app for your mobile device.

    It’s free! It’s available for iPhone and Android devices. 

    Windies “A” Team all-rounder Kyle Mayers completed a memorable spell to bowl Volcanoes to a 119-run victory over Jamaica Scorpions on the final day of their seventh-round match at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, to post their first win of the season.

    And, the spin bowling trio of Jomel Warrican, Hayden Walsh, Jr and Kenroy Williams swept Pride to a 207-run victory over Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground.

    Volcanoes (226-9 dec & 283) beat Scorpions (112-9 dec & 279) by 119 runs in Gros-Islet, St. Lucia 

    Mayers collected two of the last three Scorpions wickets to end with 5-92 from 23 overs, as the Volcanoes needed just over an hour to complete victory.

    Fabien Allen hit 42 and Odean Smith made 41, sharing 54 for the ninth wicket to frustrate the Volcanoes, but once the pair were separated, the last two wickets fell in successive overs.

    Veteran Volcanoes left-hander Devon Smith was named Player-of-the-Match for his hundreds in each innings which have carried his aggregate to a season-leading 873.

    Pride (316 & 221-7 dec) beat Red Force (214 & 116) by 207 runs in Tarouba, Trinidad 

    Test left-arm spinner Warrican was the most impactful, grabbing 3-13 from 12 overs to finish with match figures of 9-84 to earn the Player-of-the-Match award, as the Red Force, chasing 324 for victory, were bowled out just before tea.

    Leg-spinner Walsh took 3-41 from 14 overs, and Williams bagged 3-46 from 21.5 overs and had the privilege of formalising the result when he had Bryan Charles caught at slip for 13.

    Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin made 24 and was the only batsman on his to pass 20.

    Earlier, Pride added 33 to their overnight total at a little under a run-a-ball before they declared their second innings.

    Neither overnight batsman was dismissed – West Indies 2016 Under-19 World Cup-winning all-rounder Shamar Springer finished with the top score of an unbeaten 51 from his overnight 38 and wicketkeeper/batsman Mario Rampersaud, who resumed on eight, remained not out on 26.

  • Windies announce changes to ODI/T20I squads

    JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies announced changes to the Windies squads for the three-match One-Day International series and the three-match T20 International series on the Tour of New Zealand. These changes are due to injuries and unavailability.


    Sunil Ambris ruled out with a fractured left arm. Will be replaced by Shimron Hetmyer

    Alzarri Joseph ruled out with a back injury. Will be replaced by Sheldon Cottrell

    Marlon Samuels ruled out with an injury to his right ring finger. Will be replaced by Chadwick Walton

    T20 SQUAD

    Samuels will be replaced by Shai Hope

    Sunil Narine unavailable due to personal reasons. Will be replaced by Ashley Nurse


    1. Jason Holder (captain)
    2. Jason Mohammed (vice captain)
    3. Ronsford Beaton
    4. Sheldon Cotterell
    5. Chris Gayle
    6. Shimron Hetmyer
    7. Kyle Hope
    8. Shai Hope
    9. Evin Lewis
    10. Nikita Miller
    11. Ashley Nurse
    12. Rovman Powell
    13. Shannon Gabriel
    14. Chadwick Walton
    15. Kesrick Williams


    T20 SQUAD

    1. Carlos Brathwaite (captain)
    2. Samuel Badree
    3. Ronsford Beaton
    4. Rayad Emrit
    5. Andre Fletcher
    6. Chris Gayle
    7. Shai Hope
    8. Jason Mohammed
    9. Ashley Nurse
    10. Kieron Pollard
    11. Rovman Powell
    12. Jerome Taylor
    13. Chadwick Walton
    14. Kesrick Williams
  • Permaul follows up Bramble to put Jaguars in charge – 2nd day, 7th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – A destructive spell from Veerasammy Permaul followed up more epic batting from Anthony Bramble to tighten the Guyana Jaguars’ grip on their match against Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the Digicel 4-Day Championship on Friday.

    • For “live” scores and webcasts of the matches, visit the Match Centre

    on the Cricket West Indies website and click the “DOMESTIC” tab:

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    It’s free! It’s available for iPhone and Android devices.

     Devon Smith was eyeing another Windies first-class batting record after fast-medium bowlers Shermon Lewis and Kyle Mayers bowled Windward Islands Volcanoes into a superior position against Jamaica Scorpions on the second day of seventh round matches at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.

    And, a brilliant spell of left-arm spin bowling from Jomel Warrican topped a defiant half-century from Denesh Ramdin to give Barbados Pride the upper hand over Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground.

    Jaguars (417) vs Hurricanes (114-9) in Providence, Guyana 

    The pint-sized Permaul – the most successful bowler this season – grabbed 6-21 from 12 miserly overs to wreck the Hurricanes batting.

    Only two batsmen reached 20 – Shane Burton and Devon Thomas – but it was token resistance only, as the Jaguars fortified their bid take the long break for the holidays after the match with a virtually unassailable lead.

    Earlier, Bramble came close to turning his maiden hundred into a double-hundred, but he ran out of partners down the stretch.

    Bramble finished undefeated on 196 that included 23 fours and five sixes from 292 balls in a near 7 ½ hours stay at the crease.

    After he and Permaul carried the Jaguars past 300 with a ninth-wicket stand of 44, Bramble got together with Gudakesh Motie and further frustrated the Hurricanes with a record 110-run, last-wicket stand that carried the home team’s innings past the lunch interval.

    Hurricanes’ captain Rahkeem Cornwall ended with 3-117 from 30 overs with his off-spin and fast-medium bowler Mervin Matthews finished with 2-31 from 22 overs.

    Volcanoes (226-9 dec) & 142-3 vs Scorpions (112-9 dec) in Gros-Islet, St. Lucia 

    Smith was unbeaten on 75 – eyeing his second hundred of the match, following his undefeated 107 in the first innings. If he completes the feat, he will become the first batsman to achieve the milestone twice in the modern era (1966 onwards) of the Windies first-class championship.

    Again, Smith remained unflappable throughout his 137-ball innings which included six fours, as the rest of the top-order batting once failed to give stable support.

    Earlier, Mayers ended with 4-32 from 12 overs and Lewis finished with 4-36 from 12.3 overs, as Scorpions, resuming from 33 without loss, lost wickets steadily throughout the first session of the day.

    Only two players made more than 20 for the Scorpions – left-handed opener John Campbell and fast bowler Derval Green – before the visitors made a tactical declaration, like their opponents the previous day, to take advantage of the discomfort batsmen typically encounter facing up to a new pink ball under the lights which failed to materialise.

    Pride (316) vs Red Force 145-8 in Tarouba, Trinidad

    Warrican grabbed 6-52 from 30 overs, but Ramdin, the Red Force batting, was carrying the fight for his side to remain competitive in the match with an unbeaten 74.

    Left-hander opener Jeremy Solozano made 41, sharing 56 for the fourth wicket with Ramdin, and was the only other Red Force batsman to pass 20, after the hosts wrapped up the Pride’s first innings about 40 minutes before lunch.

    Solozano and fellow left-handed opener Amir Jangoo gave Red Force a balanced start, reached 37 without loss before Warrican grabbed three wickets in 21 balls to put the hosts in a spin.

    Red Force were 39 for three when Ramdin arrived and with Solozano stabilised the innings before Warrican triggered another slide that saw the home team lose five wickets for 72 runs in the final session.

    Pride, starting the day on 267 for five, lost their last five wickets for 38 in less than 100 balls with club-mates Kevin Stoute adding just two to his overnight 29 and Justin Greaves gathering a handy 30.

    They were dismissed before the Pride reached the 300 mark, but Hayden Walsh, Jr joined West Indies Under-19 World Cup-winning all-rounder Shamar Springer and carried them past 300 to earn a third batting point before veteran leg-spinner Imran Khan bowled him and Warrican off successive balls to bring the curtain down on the innings.

    Khan was the most successful Red Force bowler with 4-81 from 41.2 overs, left-arm fast medium bowler Daniel St Clair ended with 3-73 from 21 overs and off-spinner Bryan Charles finished with 2-58 from 20 overs.

  • Keen rivalry expected in final round ahead of holiday break

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – There is a great incentive for all six teams to finish the second stage of the Digicel 4-Day Championship season on a successful note before the long break for the Christmas/New Year’s holidays, when they suit-up for the seventh round of matches, starting tomorrow.

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    For the first time this season, no team won a match in the previous round which was highlighted by an historic, first-ever tie in the 152-year history of the West Indies first-class championship between Guyana Jaguars and Windward Islands Volcanoes.

    Against this backdrop, the teams, especially those closest to the current table leaders and reigning three-time champions Jaguars, will be looking for a big haul of points in a bid to keep the race for the Headley/Weekes Trophy ignited.

    Guyana Jaguars vs Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the National Cricket Stadium in Providence, Guyana

    Set back by the tied game, Jaguars will enter this contest with caution. In the last two seasons, the Hurricanes seem to be the only side that has the formula to topple them.

    Prior to last weekend’s tied game, Hurricanes were the only side to have avoided defeat against the Jaguars this season – and this followed a sweep of their contests last season – including a stunning victory at the venue for this week’s match which had previously been a fortress for the hosts.

    There is cause for optimism for Jaguars and some pessimism for the Hurricanes, as the visitors have lost two of their last three matches this season, so there may be a crisis of confidence on their part.

    This may be enough for the Jaguars to exploit and take a giant leap to ensuring they cannot be denied securing their fourth straight title, but the Hurricanes proved in their last match that they can be quite unpredictable coming with 26 runs of victory in what looked a highly improbable, if not impossible chase.

    To add a wrinkle to the contest, the match is being played under lights, which presents its own set of challenges.


    JAGUARS (from) – Leon Johnson (captain), Anthony Bramble, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Keon Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Akshaya Persaud, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Vishaul Singh


    HURRICANES (from) ­– Rahkeem Cornwall (captain), Sheeno Berridge, Nkrumah Bonner, Shane Burton, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Chesney Hughes, Jeremiah Louis, Mervin Matthew, Akeem Saunders, Devon Thomas, Gavin Tonge, Terence Warde


    UMPIRES: Shannon Crawford, Patrick Gustard (Jamaica)

    MATCH REFEREE: Michael Ragoonath (Trinidad & Tobago)

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Imran Moakan

    Trinidad & Tobago Red Force vs Barbados Pride at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground in Tarouba, Trinidad

    Red Force will be hoping that it will be third time fortunate at this venue, where they face the Pride in the renewal of one of Caribbean sports’ most fierce rivalries.

    In their previous two matches at this newly-inaugurated venue, Red Force have had to settle for a draw followed by a heavy defeat.

    But they will hope that the same pitch conditions which prevailed in those matches continue, as they typically don’t favour their rivals and this could be the springboard for their first taste of success at this ground.

    Red Force enter the match feeling battered however, following their great escape last weekend in Kingston, thanks mainly to the weather, after they conceded the highest total of the season – and they will also want to erase from their collective memories that the previous highest total this season they also conceded – at this venue.

    Pride have had an up-and-down season, due to a number of largely inexperienced players forming the core of their side, and they too, may have some apprehensions following the tense finish to their previous match.

    When the two sides met in the first leg of the tournament in Bridgetown, the Pride got the edge over the Red Force in a drawn match, but they will be hoping to defy the conditions and grab a timely boost of points and confidence.


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

    IN–Cooper, Jaipaul, Phillip, OUT–Yannic Cariah, Sheldon Cottrell, Tion Webster

    PRIDE (from): Shamarh Brooks (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Jonathan Carter, Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Aaron Jones, Shayne Moseley, Mario Rampersaud, Shamar Springer, Kevin Stoute, Jomel Warrican, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kenroy Williams


    UMPIRES: Zahid Bassarath, Verdayne Smith (Jamaica)

    MATCH REFEREE: Hayden Bruce

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Kellman Kowlessar

    Windward Islands Volcanoes vs Jamaica Scorpions at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Gros-Islet, St. Lucia

    Both teams will enter this match high in confidence following their performances in the previous round, after Volcanoes played hard to earn that historic tie, and for once, the batting of the Scorpions clicked so that they could post the highest total of the season.

    Both teams will be looking to carry the momentum they gained from their respective performances into this match, as things have been tough this season for the Volcanoes, having lost four of their six matches, but the Scorpions have sprung to life in their last three matches following a slow start to the season.

    It was a 10-wicket victory on home soil that sparked this revival of the Scorpions and completing the season sweep of their rivals will be something heading into the break for the Christmas/New Year’s holidays.


    VOLCANOES (from) – Tyrone Theophile (captain), Miles Bascombe, Roland Cato, Kenneth Dember, Kirk Edwards, Donwell Hector, Delorn Johnson, Sherman Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Shane Shillingford, Dennis Smith, Devon Smith, Josh Thomas

    IN-Edwards, Thomas, OUT-Audy Alexander, Taryck Gabriel

    SCORPIONS (from) – Paul Palmer (captain), Fabian Allen, John Campbell, Assad Fudadin, Derval Green, Trevon Griffith, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Christopher Lamont, Reynard Leveridge, Odean Smith, Aldaine Thomas, Oraine Williams

    IN–Lamont, OUT– Thomas

    UMPIRES: Deighton Butler, Leslie Reifer, Jr (Barbados)

    MATCH REFEREE: Patrick Felix

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Ericson Degallerie

  • Windies suffer clean sweep after batting buckles

    HAMILTON, New Zealand, CMC – West Indies suffered a 2-0 clean sweep here Tuesday after New Zealand needed just two sessions to wreck the remainder of the Caribbean side’s innings and inflict a punishing 240-run defeat in the second Test at Seddon Park.

    Resuming the penultimate day on 30 for two in pursuit of a world record 444 for victory, the Windies lost their last eight wickets for 173 runs, to be dismissed for 203 at the scheduled tea break.

    The defeat followed on the heels of the innings and 67-run loss in the opening Test in Wellington, which also ended inside four days, and extended the Windies’ unenviable streak of having not won a series on New Zealand soil in 22 years.

    Captain Kraigg Brathwaite said afterwards the Windies batting plan for the second innings never took shape.

    “Individuals have different styles but the key was to take it over by over, session by session,” Brathwaite said. “Obviously it didn’t work out that way.

    “[The message was] don’t think much about the 444 but take it over by over – unfortunately we didn’t do it.”

    Roston Chase top-scored with 64 and tail-ender Kemar Roach entertained with 32, while Raymon Reifer resisted for 29, but none of the key batsmen stayed around long enough to turn the game into a real contest.

    Their misery was compounded by the loss of Sunil Ambris who was forced to retire hurt on five with a broken arm, after being struck by a short ball from the aggressive left-arm pacer Neil Wagner.

    Wagner claimed three for 42 while fellow seamers Trent Boult (2-52) and Tim Southee (2-71), along with left-arm spinner while left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (2-13), all ended with two wickets each.

    The signs were there from the first session when West Indies lost opener Brathwaite for 20, Shai Hope for 23 and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich without scoring, to tumble to 106 for five at lunch.

    Brathwaite, resuming on 13, was first to fall in the sixth over of the morning when his firm cut was taken at gully by captain Kane Williamson, to give Boult his 200th Test wicket.

    Hope played a couple of beautiful drives but followed on the stroke of the first hour, caught at long leg hooking at Wagner, and Dowrich lasted just two balls before fending a short one from Wagner to short leg.

    In free fall at the interval, the Windies found renewed hope in Chase and Reifer as they added 78 for the sixth wicket, to keep the Black Caps without success for the next hour.

    Chase faced 80 balls and struck eight fours in just under three hours at the crease while Reifer stroked five boundaries in an innings lasting a shade over 2-1/2 hours and 109 deliveries.

    The right-handed Chase appeared completely at ease until seemingly losing concentration in the second over following the drinks break, and falling to catch at deep backward square off an ill-advised hook at Wagner.

    Reifer departed four overs later, brilliantly caught at gully by Williamson sparring at a wide ball from Southee, as the Black Caps closed in for the kill.

    Roach then smashed a four and a six in a 44-ball cameo as he put on 37 for the eighth wicket with Miguel Cummins (9) but it was a partnership which only served to delay the inevitable.

  • Official points standings after the sixth round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Following are the Official Points Standings after the sixth round of matches which ended on Sunday in the 2017-18 Digicel 4-Day Championship.

    Abbreviations: PTS-total points, M-matches, W-won, L-lost, I-incomplete match, T-tied, A-abandoned match, DP-Abandoned match due to dangerous pitch, MR-match referee awarding match, BAT-batting points, BOWL-bowling points, PB-pace bowling points

  • Devon Smith fined for breach of Code of Conduct, Volcanoes for slow over rate

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies confirmed today that Devon Smith was fined for an individual breach of the Code of Conduct, and he and the rest of his Windward Islands Volcanoes teammates were penalised for an over-rate violation during the sixth round of matches which ended on Sunday in the Digicel 4-Day Championship.

    Smith and Volcanoes captain Tyron Theophile admitted to the respective offences, and accepted the imposition of the proposed sanctions, so there was no need for formal hearings.

    Smith was reported by on-field umpires Shannon Crawford and Christopher Taylor, along with reserve umpire Ryan Banwarie, for a Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct during the match between Volcanoes and Guyana Jaguars which ended in an historic tie at the National Cricket Stadium in Guyana.

    Match referee Colin Stuart imposed a fine of 30 per cent of Smith’s match fee, after the veteran Volcanoes left-handed opener breached paragraph 1.2 of the Code of Conduct by showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse, when he questioned umpire Crawford about adjudging Miles Bascombe lbw in the 21st over of the Volcanoes’ second innings.

    Match referee Stuart also fined the Volcanoes for an over-rate violation during the contest.

    The visitors ended two overs short of their target after all allowances were taken into consideration.

    As per the Code of Conduct, Theophile has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while the rest of the Volcanoes’ players have been fined 10 per cent.

    Theophile will face a suspension if Volcanoes commit another minor over-rate breach in another match within 12 months of this offence with him as captain.

    This charge was levelled by umpires Crawford, Taylor and Banwarie.

  • Shillingford earns Volcanoes historic tie with Jaguars – 4th day, 6th round`

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Brilliant. Exciting. Stunning. Thrilling. Astonishing. Dramatic.

    These are just some of the adjectives that could be used to describe the finish of the historic tie between Guyana Jaguars and Windward Islands Volcanoes in the Digicel 4-Day Championship on Sunday.

    Needing a further 60 on the final day of their sixth-round contest at the Guyana National Stadium, table leaders and reigning three-time champions Guyana Jaguars were undermined by a memorable spell from Test off-spinner Shane Shillingford.

    It was the first time in the 152-year history of the Windies first-class championship that a match ended in a tie.

     • For “live” scores and webcasts of the matches, visit the Match Centre

    on the Cricket West Indies website and click the “DOMESTIC” tab: 

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    It’s free! It’s available for iPhone and Android devices.

    A defiant third first-class hundred from Devon Thomas and a career-best knock from Akeem Saunders upstaged a destructive spell from left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican to carry Leeward Islands Hurricanes to a draw against Barbados Pride at Warner Park.

    And, rain and resolute batting – led by Trinidad & Tobago Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin – ruined Jamaica Scorpions’ bid for victory, leaving them to settle for a draw at Sabina Park.

    Volcanoes (117) & (241) tied with Jaguars (194) & (164) in Providence, Guyana 

    The odds at the start of the day were stacked heavily in favour of the Jaguars, but Shillingford turned the game upside down, when he snapped up 5-47 from 16.2 overs to earn Volcanoes a share of the honours. 

    It was the 40th time the lanky tweaker from Dominica had taken five wickets or more in an innings in a first-class match and he finished the contest with 9-83 to earn the Player-of-the-Match award.

    Test left-hander Vishaul Singh, unbeaten on 48 at the start, carried Jaguars’ hopes of victory, but he was lbw to Shillingford in the fifth over of the morning for a top score of 56 with 47 needed. 

    Wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble then led the Jaguars batting, but the Volcanoes continued to apply the pressure which yielded the scalps of Sherfane Rutherford for two and Keemo Paul for three. 

    Bramble continued to keep the scoreboard ticking, hitting four fours, but Shillingford held a return catch to dismiss Veerasammy Permaul and had Gudakesh Motie caught at slip in the space of three balls in his 16th over, leaving the Jaguars needing seven. 

    Fast-medium bowler Kyle Mayers conceded four from his next over and Shillingford two from the first ball in the following over before he dramatically trapped Bramble lbw with just one run needed for victory.

    Pride (394) & (163-4 dec) drew with Hurricanes (246) & 286-4 in Basseterre, St. Kitts

    Thomas hit the top score of 103 – his first hundred in two years – and Saunders supported with a resolute 64 – his first ever half-century – as the Hurricanes finished just shy of their target of 312.

    The pair defied the Pride attack for close to two hours either side of tea with a stand of 108 for the fifth wicket after the Hurricanes looked in danger of crumbling on 133 for four.

    They were separated about an hour after tea and the Pride attack, led by Warrican with 6-89 from 28 overs, made a big push for the win, but the Hurricanes tail-enders chose discretion as the best part of valour in the closing stages.

    Earlier, the Pride overnight pair of Kenroy Williams, not out 49, and Kevin Stoute, not out on 32, had used the first hour of the day to advance the visitors to 163 for four with an unbroken, fifth-wicket stand of 79 before they declared.

    Hayden Walsh, Jr was named Player-of-the-Match.

    Red Force (243) & 163-6 vs Scorpions (535) in Kingston, Jamaica

    Ramdin was unbeaten on 52 and shared two crucial stands that frustrated the Scorpions before rain halted play for the final time about six minutes after tea.

    Red Force – starting the day still 271 in arrears – were reeling on 62 for four, but Tion Webster came to the crease and shared 58 with Ramdin to stem the fall of wickets before he was stumped off leg-spinner Damion Jacobs for 30.

    Ramdin also found stability from veteran Imran Khan and they put on 40 unbroken for the seventh wicket before the rain came and saved the Red Force from defeat.

    Windies “A” Team fast bowler Reynard Leveridge was the most successful member of the Scorpions’ attack with 3-23 from 11 overs.

    John Campbell was adjudged Player-of-the-Match.

  • Windies on the ropes chasing world record target

    HAMILTON, New Zealand, CMC – Opener Kieran Powell completed a ‘pair’ to leave West Indies in dire straits in their pursuit of a world record target of 444 runs, after Ross Taylor’s 17th Test hundred put New Zealand in a near invincible position, in the seond and final Test here Monday.

    Resuming the third day at Seddon Park on 215 for eight in their first innings, West Indies added just six runs before being dismissed for 221, to concede a lead of 152 runs.

    The Black Caps then scored at a decent clip to declare at 291 for eight in their second innings, with the outstanding Taylor gathering an unbeaten 107 to join the illustrious Martin Crowe and current captain Kane Williamson at the top of the century-maker’s list for his country.

    Left with 40 minutes before close, the Windies lost the left-handed Powell without scoring for the second time in the match when he was squared up by left-arm seamer Trent Boult and caught low down at third slip by Tim Southee.

    And left-hander Shimron Hetmyer stroked three fours in a run-a-ball 15 before becoming the second casualty in the day’s penultimate over, loosely driving pacer Southee to Neil Wagner at short extra cover.

    Captain Kraigg Brathwaite, unbeaten on 13 at the close, will carry the fight for the Caribbean side heading into Tuesday’s day three, along with Shai Hope on one.

    Ironically, the record for the highest run chase is held by West Indies, achieved 14 years ago against Australia in Antigua.

    Last August, the Windies chased down 322 on the last day at Headingley to beat England, with both Brathwaite and Hope at the forefront.

    Earlier, New Zealand needed just 17 deliveries to finish off the Windies first innings, with Boult bowling both Miguel Cummins (15) and Shannon Gabriel in successive deliveries, to end with four for 73.

    Tim Southee (2-34), Colin de Grandhomme (2-40) and Neil Wagner (2-73) all supported with three wickets each.

    West Indies then struck early when fast bowler Cummins, who finished with three for 69, removed Jeet Raval for four in the eighth over with 11 on the board, as the left-hander bungled a pull and gave the bowler a return catch.

    However, captain Williamson then took the Windies’ momentum away with an urgent 54, anchoring two small stands to lift the Black Caps to 96 for two at lunch.

    The right-handed Williamson faced 64 balls and struck eight fours, adding 31 for the second wicket with opener Tom Latham (22) and a further 58 for the third with Taylor.

    Cummins broke the stand in the second over after the interval, shattering Williamson’s stumps with a searing yorker before removing Henry Nicholls cheaply for five, but any hopes of engineering a New Zealand collapse were quickly scuppered as Taylor took control of the innings.

    Dropped on 35 by Hope at gully off Gabriel, Taylor made the most of his luck to reach his half-century off 119 balls before gathering his second fifty off a mere 53 balls, with a lovely punch down the ground for four off left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer.

    All told, Taylor faced 198 balls and struck 11 fours.

    Along the way, he posted exactly 50 for the ffith wicket with Mitchell Santner (26) and 51 for the sixth with Colin de Grandhomme (22), as New Zealand pushed their total past 200 in the final session and their lead to over 350.

    Tom Blundell (1) and Wagner (8) perished cheaply but Southee caused the Windies frustration at the end, hitting a cavalier unbeaten 22 in an unbroken 34-run, ninth wicket partnership with Taylor.

  • Jaguars face tricky chase to the finish – 3rd day, 6th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Test batsman Vishaul Singh will hold the key to leaders and reigning three-time champions Guyana Jaguars successfully completing a modest run chase against Windward Islands Volcanoes, after they lost a cluster of early wickets in the Digicel 4-Day Championship on Saturday. 

    Singh is the only one of the front-line Jaguars batsmen remaining, after the Jaguars lost the cream of their batting – including veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Test batsman Leon Johnson – before the close on the third day of their sixth-round match at the Guyana National Stadium, after they were set 165 to win.

    Singh will be required to shepherd the lower order in the hunt for the 60 now needed to take the Jaguars to their fifth victory of the season and a step closer to their fourth hold on the Headley/Weekes Trophy, symbol of first-class supremacy in the Caribbean.

    • For “live” scores and webcasts of the matches, visit the Match Centre

    on the Cricket West Indies website and click the “DOMESTIC” tab: 

    • Also, get the scores of the matches

    on the Windies Live app for your mobile device.

    It’s free! It’s available for iPhone and Android devices.

    Jamaica Scorpions captain Paul Palmer completed his maiden first-class hundred, but he was upstaged by the big-hitting of a former West Indies Under-19 World Cup-winning star that gave their side a huge advantage over Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at Sabina Park.

    And, former Leeward Islands Hurricanes leg-spinner Hayden Walsh, Jr led the demolition of his former teammates, as Barbados Pride tightened their grip on their match at Warner Park.

    Volcanoes (117) & (241) vs Jaguars (194) & 104-4 in Providence, Guyana

    Singh was unbeaten on 48 at stumps and has so far counted seven fours in a 75-ball knock that has taken him past 450 runs for the season.

    Volcanoes had earlier put up an admirable fight with veteran left-handed opener Devon Smith falling for 95 – five short of his fourth hundred of the season.

    Smith struck seven fours from 185 balls in 4 ½ hours of batting that saw him carry his aggregate for the season to 612, one more than than last season, making him the first batsman to reach the 600-run threshold this term. 

    Resuming on 49 with his side on 127 for six, Smith anchored a crucial seventh-wicket stand of 69 with wicketkeeper/batsman Dennis Smith which took Volcanoes to the cusp of the 200-run mark.

    Following his dismissal, Shane Shillingford and Delorn Johnson posted 30 for the ninth wicket to extend the innings and further frustrate the Jaguars. 

    All five Jaguars bowlers used ended with two wickets.

    In pursuit of their small target, Jaguars ran into early trouble, when left-hander Tagenarine Chanderpaul, son of Shivnarine, was lbw to left-arm seamer Johnson without scoring to the sixth delivery of the innings. 

    Johnson struck again in the ninth over to bowl his namesake for 12 and when medium pacer Kyle Mayers trapped opener Chandrapaul Hemraj lbw for 19, Jaguars were tottering on 51 for three.

    Singh came to crease and with the elder Chanderpaul stabilised the innings in a 37-run, fourth wicket stand before off-spinner Shane Shillingford struck a crucial blow, removing the Windies legend four overs before the close.

    Red Force (243) vs Scorpions 318-4 in Kingston, Jamaica

    Palmer became the second century-maker for the Scorpions, gathering a resolute 136, to follow John Campbell’s 156 on the previous day.

    But it was the audacious batting of Odean Smith, playing his maiden first-class match, that captured the headlines, as the Scorpions were bowled out about an hour before the scheduled close.

    Smith, a member of Shimron Hetmyer’s Youth World Cup-winning side last year, smashed one four along with an incredible seven sixes in 54 from just 27 balls in just under half-hour to help the Scorpions add 59 from their last two stands of the innings which further frustrated the visitors.

    Left-arm fast-medium bowler Daniel St Clair was the most successful Red Force bowler, taking 4-68 from 19 overs, veteran leg-spinner Imran Khan had easily his most forgettable spell in R4Day matches, but still ended with 3-180 from 37 overs, and left-arm spinner Khary Pierre scalped 2-83 from 26 overs.

    The Scorpions tightened their grip on the match, when fast bowler Reynard Leveridge had left-handed opener Amir Jangoo caught by Smith in the deep for nine, as the Red Force finished the day still 271 in arrears.

    Pride (394) & 110-4 vs Hurricanes (246) in Basseterre, St. Kitts

    St. Croix born, but Antigua raised, Walsh has emerged from the development programmes of the Leewards, but he has not been able to command a regular place in the sub-regional side in recent seasons.

    But the Cricket West Indies Professional Cricket League franchise system that is now in its fourth season has come to the rescue of the 25-year-old leg-spinner, whose late father Hayden Sr was a gritty opener for the Hurricanes in the 1990s.

    Walsh has been picked up by the Pride in the Player Draft over the last few seasons and has made sparodic appearances for the franchise in the Championship, due to the line of succession which includes Windies Test left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, One-day off-spinner Ashley Nurse and veteran Sulieman Benn.

    But Walsh embodied the biblical passage about the stone the builder failed to use being put to a greater purpose, when he claimed 6-48 from 20 overs, as the Hurricanes were bowled out about half-hour before tea.

    All-rounder Kevin Stoute snared 4-58 from 18.3 overs to help complete the demolition of the Hurricanes’ batting, as they slumped from the relative comfort lost their last seven wickets for 58.

    Windies “A” Team opener Montcin Hodge hit the top score of 82 for the Hurricanes, Akeem Saunders made 31, Devon Thomas got 26, and Nkrumah Bonner and skipper Rahkeem Cornwall added 23 apiece.

    Batting a second time, Pride recovered from a shaky start, only to lose two key wickets in the final to finish the day with an overall lead of 258.