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  • World Cup experience was life changing – Alick Athanaze

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Alick Athanaze seems to be in the right place at the right time. He was a late replacement for the injured Delorn Johnson in the Windward Islands Volcanoes for the just concluded Super50.

    What a way he took the opportunity and made the best use of it.

    Following the passage of Hurricane Maria in his home in Dominica, Alick said the “experience played a huge role in his motivation to perform well at the recently-concluded ICC Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand.

    Athanaze and his coach in Dominica, Sam Kirnon, have been working together for the last year and after the passage of the hurricane found a way to work out to keep sharp to prepare for the World Cup. He credits Kirnon for the work they put in.

    Despite the team’s inability to get to the Championship round, Athanaze made 418 runs to emerge as the top runs scorer for the tournament. He describes the World Cup experience as “a life changing one which helped him to build his confidence and understanding of the game. One which also taught me how to deal with pressure and how to go about different scenarios at different stages of the game.”

    He was a bright spark for the WINDIES as he was the only representative on the ICC-select squad. The 19-year old says his best moment of the World Cup was his 110 not out against Sri Lanka; while his most disappointing was the loss and the manner in which his team lost to New Zealand.

    SUPER50 CUP

    Athanaze, just last Saturday (February 24), played a steady and calm inning to help his team, the Windward Island Volcanoes towards a three-wicket win over defending champions, Barbados Pride in the Super50 Cup FINAL. 

    With 28 still required from 33 deliveries, the 19-year-old Athanaze put on a mature performance to play a major role in a 31-run eighth-wicket stand with Captain Shane Shillingford, to steer the Volcanoes towards the Super50 Cup title final, taking home the Clive Lloyd trophy.

    Athanaze has a little ritual before he goes out to bat; “I put on all my left gear first and on approaching the rope, I say a little prayer.”

    In another three to five years, Athanaze thinks he will be an established franchise team player heading to the senior WINDIES team.

    His favorite food/meal is chicken burger with fries. And he enjoys dancehall music in his spare time.

  • Windies A (236) vs Lions 20-0 – 1st day, 3rd “Test”

    NORTH SOUND, Antigua, CMC – England Lions, replying to West Indies A’s first innings of 236 all out, were 20 without loss at the close on the opening day of the day/night third and final four-day “Test” at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here Monday night.

    Scores:

    WINDIES A 236 (Shamarh Brooks 63, John Campbell 35, Rahkeem Cornwall 33, Jermaine Blackwood 28, Raymon Reifer 27; Saqib Mahmood 3-50, Jack Leach 3-58)

    LIONS 20 without loss.

  • CWI increases investment in women’s cricket

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Cricket West Indies (CWI) has confirmed its continued commitment to further developing Women’s Cricket in the region.

    Following the successful declaration of the three host countries; Guyana, St. Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda, for the upcoming ICC Women’s World T20 2018 that will be held in the Caribbean in November, CWI Chief Executive Johnny Grave said, “As defending World T20 Champions, the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 provides us with the perfect platform for promoting and growing the women’s game throughout the Caribbean. 

    The CEO added “we will shortly be announcing our new five-year strategic plan and improving the opportunities for women and girls to get involved in cricket is one of our top priorities.  Our annual investment in Women’s Cricket is now approaching US$3 million a year, which includes significantly increased retainers for our WINDIES Women’s team, as well as their participation in the 2nd Edition of the ICC Women’s Championship.”

    CWI confirmed the following:

    1. As part of the new CWI five-year strategic plan (2018 – 2023); achieving equality in women’s cricket is one of the organization’s eight strategic objectives.
    2. The new WINDIES Women’s retainer contracts are higher than the regional professional male counterparts.
    3. The WINDES Women’s team are taking part in the 2nd Edition of the ICC Women’s Championship, and the recent series against Sri Lanka was streamed live on www.windiescricket.com.
    4. CWI’s regional Women’s tournament will take place in Jamaica in June with teams playing both 50-over and T20 formats.
    5. CWI has confirmed its support to the Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) in hosting the 2nd edition of a Women’s T20 Franchise Tournament. The event is open to all women’s players from the region and is scheduled for April 30 to May 12 this year. 
    6. More than 50 per cent of CWI’s executive workforce is female and Jennifer Nero has served on the board as an independent director for almost a decade.
    7. CWI will soon announce the appointment of a full-time WINDIES Women’s team head coach.

    The WINDIES Women are now in New Zealand preparing for their upcoming series of three ODIs and five IT20s.

  • Volcanoes hold nerve to lift Super50 title

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua- In a nail-biting finish, the Windward Islands Volcanoes defeated defending champions Barbados Pride by 3 wickets to claim their third Super50 Cup title, at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.

    Pride Captain Kraigg Brathwaite won the toss and elected to bat first, going on the pattern from the last 5 matches that rain played an important role in the second innings. 

    Omar Phillips was the first Pride batsman to go, when he was bowled by Ryan John without scoring.

    Then the experienced duo of Jonathon Carter and Brathwaite took the scoring to the Windwards. They put away the bad deliveries and kept rotating the strike.

    They put on 69 runs together before Brathwaite was stumped by Johnson Charles for 30.

    Carter was then joined by another senior batsman in Roston Chase and the pair went about building the Pride innings. Carter being the aggressor of the pair.

    Chase chose his shots with accuracy and precision, dissecting the Volcanoes fielders. -This pair posted a 68-run partnership before Carter fell for a Pride top-score of 80.

    Shamar Springer and Chase then added a quick 36 together before debutant Alick Athanaze provided what was surely the catch of the tournament, flying to his left to dismiss Springer for 22.

    Barbados Pride posted 232/9 from their 50 overs. Keon Harding and Tevyn Walcott the not out batsmen. Shane Shillingford, Obid McCoy and Larry Edward had 2 wickets each.

    The Windward’s run-chase had a solid opening reply, when they got to 44 before Devon Smith fell for 29 off Dominic Drakes.

    Jonathon Carter then bowled Johnson Charles for 16 and Kirk Edwards lasted 25 balls for his 10 runs before he was run out.

    Then came the partnership that put the Volcanoes innings back on track. Kavem Hodge and Roland Cato took apart the Pride bowlers in the middle overs, despite being interrupted by rain.

    This pair blasted 80 runs in a batting display that had the spectators off their seats and waving flags on the grass berms.

    Hodge was caught behind off a fine edge for 39. Cato departed soon after for a well-played 54.

    Kyle Myers then played a very important had, striking a run a ball 32 to ensure the Volcanoes remained ahead of the Duckworth Lewis par score.

    WINDIES U19 batsman and leading run-scorer from the recent ICC U19 World Cup Alick Athanaze showed cricket intuition far beyond his teenage years in a calculated and patient innings of 23 not out.

    Athanaze and volcanoes Captain Shane Shillingford batted through a gritty defense by the Barbados Pride who slowed down the match with long fielding planning.

    It came down to the Volcanoes needing 3 runs from the last over. And as a fitting end, Athanaze struck the winnings runs.

    Windward Islands Volcanoes finished on 236/7 with 3 balls to spare.

    Roland Cato was Man of the Match.

  • Windies will be on their toes, assures skipper Holder

    HARARE, Zimbabwe, CMC – Captain Jason Holder says West Indies will be taking nothing for granted during the upcoming ICC World Cup Qualifiers, despite entering as the highest-ranked side.

    The Caribbean side, two-time former World champions, are the favourites to grab one of the two remaining spots for next year’s World Cup in England, especially up against the likes of minnows United Arab Emirates and Papua New Guinea in the peliminary round.

    However, Holder said it was important not to underestimate any of their opponents in spite of the apparent gulf in experience.

    “In a tournament like this we know the opponents will be fearless, they have nothing to lose and everything to gain,” the all-rounder said.

    “I believe every side in this tournament is dangerous and we must not take any team lightly. We will take every game as a final.”

    West Indies arrived here last week for the March 4-25 tournament and have been undergoing their final preparation before their campaign in Group A.

    Following warm-up matches against Afghanistan and Nepal, West Indies open their bid on March 6 against UAE, who recently won the ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament in Namibia, before taking on PNG two days later and Ireland on March 10.

    They wind up their group action against the Netherlands on March 12.

    Holder said his players were all entering the tournament on the heels of the Regional Super50 and coupled with the upcoming warm-up matches, expected them to be well prepared.

    “Leading up to the first match against the United Arab Emirates, we should be more than ready when that challenge comes,” he pointed out.

    “We have two warm-up matches before the first tournament match, so we have been preparing well. We should not be short of cricket when that first match comes around.”

    Windies boast the likes of veteran batsmen Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, who among them have played a combined 467 One-Day Internationals, and also include the youth of Shai Hope, Rovman Powell and 20-year-old former Youth World Cup skipper, Shimron Hetmyer.

    Experienced seamer Kemar Roach has been included for the trip with all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite also recalled, and Holder said the squad possessed the quality to be successful in the tournament.

    “We have a very good balance. We have guys who can bowl the new ball very well and others who can take wickets in the middle overs and finish off well,” he noted.

    “In our batting we have power at the top of the order and power at the end. We also have players in the middle, who can consolidate and take over when necessary.”

    The top three from each group will advance to the Super Sixes, where they will each play three matches against teams they did not meet in the preliminaries.

    The finalists will secure the final two berths at the ICC World Cup scheduled for England next year from May 30 to July 15.

  • Match officials for the Grand Final

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies has announced the match officials for the Grand Final of the Super50 Cup between Barbados Pride and Windward Islands Volcanoes, starting at 2 pm tomorrow at the Coolidge Cricket Ground here.

    Standing umpires:  Nigel Duguid, Patrick Gustard

    TV umpire: Leslie Reifer, Jr

    Match referee: Michael Ragoonath

    4th umpire: Deighton Butler

  • Hodge and Volcanoes erupt on Jaguars Super50 Cup run

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua- Kavem Hodge produced an outstanding all-round performance in batting, bowling and fielding in second semifinal, as the Windward Islands Volcanoes knocked out favourites Guyana Jaguars from the Super50 Cup.

    Guyana won the toss, electing to field first. Johnson Charles was the first Windward batsman to fall, he made 8 when he chucked a Romario Shepherd delivery onto his stumps.

    Devon Smith and Tyron Theophile then went about rebuilding the Volcanoes innings. After 25 runs together, Smith was brilliantly caught by Shivnarine Chanderpaul for 25.

    Kirk Edwards and Theophile combined for a solid 73-run partnership which steadied the Volcanoes after the 2 early wickets. Edwards then fell for 27.

    No panic was shown from the Volcanoes batsmen as Theophile was joined by Kavem Hodge and both batsmen relished the situation before them.

    They matched each other stroke for stroke and combined for an unbeaten partnership of 107. Theophile knocking 55 of them; while Hodge accounted for 51.

    Theophile fell soon after, bowled by Chanderpaul Hemraj for 107 off 104 balls. Hodge went a few deliveries later.

    Kyle Myers and Captain Shane Shillingford ended the Volcanoes innings on 18 and 16 not out respectively.

    Windward Islands Volcanoes posting 286/7 from their 50 overs. Bowling for Guyana Jaguars, Ramaal Lewis had the best figures, with 3/54 from 9 overs.

    Chanderpaul Hemraj and Tagenarine Chanderpaul opened the batting for Guyana, but Hemraj fell for 4 to Ryan John.

    Then came a partnership rarely seen in sports, the father son duo of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Tagenarine Chanderpaul manned the creases for Guyana.

    In what seemed like a comfortable partnership, Tagenarine lost his wicket in the most bizarre fashion. His father struck the delivery straight back, which ricocheted off the bowler onto the non-striker’s stumps, thereby running out Tagenarine.

    Seeming to make amends for the dismissal of his son, Shivnarine then went on a run spree much to the delight of the Jaguars supporters.

    He became the first of Hodge’s 3 wickets, as he was caught for 34 from 38 deliveries. Leon Johnson once again found it difficult to add to his run-tally, as Hodge had him caught and bowled for 4.

    Christopher Barnwell and Anthony Bramble had a good partnership going. They shared 39 runs together but the rain came and after the resumption, both men fell 6 runs apart. Barnwell for 25 and Bramble for 27.

    The unlikely partnership of the Jaguars innings came between Sherfane Rutherford and Verasammy Permaul, as the tailenders batted valiantly to try and achieve the remaining spot in the final.

    This pair put on 71 before Permaul was brilliantly caught by Hodge for 37 off Obid McCoy. Rutherford was left frustrated as he was cheekily runout by Mc Coy who kicked the ball onto the stumps, leaving Rutherford stranded on 49.

    Ramaal Lewis struck 17 not out, but the writing was already on the wall as the Guyana Jaguars innings finished on 231 all out in 44.2 overs, 52 runs short of the revised Duckworth Lewis target of 284 from 47 overs.

    Kavem Hodge took 3/49 from 10 overs.

    Kavem Hodge was Man of the Match.

  • Official declaration of Antigua as host country for ICC Women’s World T20 West Indies 2018

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Antigua and Barbuda is the last stop of three for the ICC Women’s World T20 Team official declaration of countries to host the November 3-25 World Championship.

    This Friday (February 23), the event will include the symbolic presentation of a cricket bat to signify Antigua and Barbuda’s commitment to host their leg of the event. The ceremony will have greetings and remarks from the Government, CWI, WIPA and ICC.

    The event will take place at the Government House, the official office of the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda. The site is among one of the many heritage sites on the island. The facility was restored back in 2014. A short but exciting entertainment package will be added featuring the 73-year old Hells Gate Steel Band Orchestra.

    Guyana, Saint Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda won the bids to host the three-week historic tournament, which will showcase the women’s version of the game in a stand-alone global event for the first time.

    The ceremony for the official declaration will run from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and is being hosted jointly by the People and Government of Antigua and Barbuda, the Local Organizing Committee supported by Cricket West Indies.

    The WINDIES women are now in New Zealand for a five-week tour. They are down to play three ODIs and five T20Is. WINDIES Women are defending World Champions.

  • Brathwaite ton leads Barbados Pride to a second Super50 final

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua- Barbados Pride ended Kent CCC’s run at the 2018 Super50 Cup with a 13-run victory via the Duckworth Lewis method in another rain affected match at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.

    Winning toss and electing to bat first, Pride got the opening partnership vital to a solid total. Kraigg Brathwaite and Omar Phillips looked impenetrable from the Kent bowling attack.

    Phillips was the aggressor of the pair. He smashed the loose deliveries from the Spitfires bowlers, while Brathwaite played a patient innings, building on the easy singles.

    Phillips was the first Pride wicket to fall when he was trapped by Adam Riley for 62, with the Barbados score on 93 after 21.3 overs.

    Jonathon Carter stay at the crease was short, as Imran Qayyum had him caught by Sean Dickson for 4.

    Next was the in-form Roston Chase. He joined his Captain and the pair had a cautious start. They frustrated the Kent bowlers, sneaking quick singles and the occasional boundary.

    Brathwaite got to his half-century first and Chase a few over later. That’s when Chase turned on the assault from his bat. He shared in a mammoth 144-run partnership with Brathwaite. Grant Stewart eventually had chase caught for a well-played 81.

    Brathwaite reached his first century for the 2018 Super50 and third in List A cricket. He finished the Pride innings on 105 not out, with him was Shamar Springer who faced the last ball of the innings.

    Barbados Pride posted 263/3 from their allotted 50 overs.

    Grant Stewart, Adam Riley and Imran Qayyum had 1 wicket each, bowling for Kent CCC.

    Kent’s run-chase started totally opposite to the Pride’s own. Zak Crawley fell for 5 with the score on 13.

    Daniel Bell-Drummond was the next wicket to fall when Dominic Drakes had him caught behind for 23. Kent now 41/2.

    The only lengthy partnership for the Spitfires was between Sean Dickson and Adam Rouse, they put on 64 runs with Dickson reaching another half-century in the tournament. He was eventually dismissed for 51, caught and bowled by Hayden Walsh Jr.

    Rouse soldiered on, combining with Calum Haggett for 27 runs. The rains came at various intervals, breaking the rhythms that Kent were finding.

    Haggett and Grant Stewart looked like they might take the charge to Barbados, but it was not to be as Shamar Springer removed Haggett for 31.

    Needing 37 runs from the last 2 overs, Grant Stewart tried to go for the big shots but misfired on more than he had to spare.

    Barbados Pride bowlers, kept their line and length and achieved the win that their Captain laid with his bat at the start of the match.

    Kent CCC finished on 216/8 from 43 overs. Hayden Walsh Jr had the best bowling figures for Barbados, taking 2/45 while Dominic Drakes had 2/49.

    Barbados Pride winning by 13 runs via the Duckworth Lewis Method and earning a spot in the Super50 final on Saturday February 24.

    Kraigg Brathwaite was Man of the Match

  • Warrican, Cornwall bowl Windies A to victory – 3rd day, 2nd “Test”

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Spinners Jomel Warrican and Rahkeem Cornwall combined to bowl West Indies A to a stunning innings and 17 runs victory and an unbeatable 2-0 series lead over England Lions in the second “Test” on Tuesday.

    Left-arm spinner Warrican bagged 4-69 from 27.2 overs to end with match figures of 12-103, making him a shoo-in for the Player-of-the-Match award, and off-spinner Cornwall supported with 4-88 from 38 overs, as the Lions were bowled out for 260 in their second innings about half-hour before the scheduled close on the third day of the match at Sabina Park.

    Several of the Lions’ batsmen got starts without carrying on – Liam Livingstone leading the way with 48, Paul Coughlin supporting with 47, Jack Leach made 29, Mason Crane got 25, Nick Gubbins added 22, Alex Davies scored 21 and their captain Keaton Jennings contributed 20.

    The result followed a two-wicket victory for the hosts in the first “Test” which ended last Sunday at the Trelawny Multipurpose Complex on the Jamaica north coast.

    West Indies A had an encouraging start to the day, as the England Lions slumped to 104 for five at lunch, after they resumed from their overnight total of 34 without loss.

    Jeremiah Louis engineered the run out of Hameed for 18 in the fourth over of the day, and he was followed on the stroke of half-hour by Jennings lbw to Cornwall.

    Joe Clarke was bowled for six by left-arm fast-medium bowler Raymon Reifer five overs later, and Warrican got into action when he trapped Gubbins lbw three overs later and had Davies caught close in two overs before the interval.

    After lunch, Windies A saw the first signs of stiff resistance from the Lions, when Liam Livingstone and Paul Coughlin combined for a stand of 81 for the sixth wicket.

    But Cornwall struck in successive overs to remove Livingstone caught by Louis in the deep and Toby Roland Jones lbw for two to leave the visitors on 185 for seven.

    Further resistance when Jack Leach, the England Lions bowling hero in the series, came to the crease and shared two useful stands with Coughlin and fellow spinner Mason Crane.

    Coughlin stuck around with Leach to carry the Lions to 205 for seven at tea before he was lbw to Cornwall in the fourth over after the break.

    Leach remained to take the English side past the 250-mark in a stand of 43 with Crane before Warrican bowled him and had James Porter lbw for a duck in successive overs to bring the innings to a close.

    The series now shifts to Antigua, where the third and final “Test” will be contested from February 26 at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.