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  • Sri Lanka ‘A’ to tour West Indies in October

    JOHN’S, Antigua– Cricket West Indies has announced today the match schedule for the Sri Lanka “A” Tour of the Caribbean in October.

    The Sri Lankans will face West Indies “A” in a series of three “Tests” and three One-day matches – to be played between October 11 and November 5 in Jamaica.

    Sri Lanka “A” previously visited the Caribbean in June 2013, when the two sides – led by Kirk Edwards and Dimuth Karunaratne respectively – drew a series of two “Tests” 0-0 before Windies “A” won one of two Twenty20 matches (the other rained out) and the three-match, One-day series 2-1.

    MATCH SCHEDULE

    Wednesday, October 11 to Saturday, October 14

    1st “Test” – Trelawny Multiplex, Jamaica

    Thursday, October 19 to Sunday, October 22

    2nd “Test” – Trelawny Multiplex

    Thursday, October 26 to Sunday, October 29

    3rd “Test” – Sabina Park, Jamaica

    Wednesday, November 1

    1st One-day Match – Sabina Park

    Friday, November 3

    2nd One-day Match – Sabina Park

    Sunday, November 5

    3rd One-day Match – Trelawny Multiplex

  • West Indies Test squad for tour of England

    JOHN’S, Antigua– The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies today named a 15-member Windies Test squad for the Tour of England, starting later this month.

    Opening batsman Kyle Hope and left-handed all-rounder Raymon Reifer are the only two uncapped players in the squad for the tour which will feature the first ever day/night Test in England from August 18 to 22 at Edgbaston. The second match will be at Headingley (August 25 to 29) with the third at Lord’s (September 7 to 11).

    Following the Test matches, the Windies will have the limited overs segment of the tour. The squads for the five One-Day Internationals and one-off T20 International will be named at a later date.

    SQUAD

    Jason Holder (Captain)

    Kraigg Braithwaite (Vice Captain)

    Devendra Bishoo

    Jermaine Blackwood

    Roston Chase

    Miguel Cummins

    Shane Dowrich

    Shannon Gabriel

    Shimron Hetmyer

    Kyle Hope

    Shai Hope

    Alzarri Joseph

    Kieran Powell

    Raymon Reifer

    Kemar Roach

    On the announcement of the squad, Courtney Browne, Chairman of Selection Panel of CWI, said: “The core group of this squad has been playing together from the Test series against India last year in the Caribbean. The group is developing nicely and we are already seeing some good signs from some individual players and the team as a whole. Our bowling again has shown that hard work and consistency will bring success. This bowling group has played around 10 Test matches consecutively and quite a number of ODIs together over the last year, and they had success which augurs well for their continued development.

    On the selection of Kyle Hope and Raymon Reifer, Browne said: “We have two players who will be new to Tests, but they have experience at first-class level having played in the expanded Digicel Regional 4-Day Tournament. Kyle will be our third option as opener and he can also be a possible No.3. Raymon adds variety to our attack with his left-arm swing bowling and has proven to be very useful with the bat in the lower order. He, therefore, adds value to our team and could be very useful in English conditions. The reformatted Digicel R4Day has borne fruit over the last few years and the CWI is pushing ahead to continuously improve the competition.

    On the return of Kemar Roach, Browne said: “Kemar’s return is welcomed as he was one of the best fast bowlers in Tests in the recent past for us. We have seen him during the last Digicel R4Day season show signs of his return to form. He may not be bowling as quickly as before, but still possesses that skill we all knew he had, plus his experience adds greater depth to the attack.

    On his general expectations, Browne said: “We have three matches against County teams before the first Test. These warm-up matches will not only allow the team to acclimatise, but also give players a chance to challenge for the few spots that have opened up in the final 11. All of our players are accustomed to the pink ball. They have been exposed to it during the Digicel R4Day. Our team also played a pink-ball Test match against Pakistan last year in Dubai, so this will not be a new experience for them. Overall, it will be a tough series, but we all have seen this young team fight before and I am sure they will continue to show similar qualities on this upcoming trip.”

    NOTE: Darren Bravo was not considered for selection, as the squad was chosen before he issued his apology.

    MATCH SCHEDULE

    Tuesday, August 1 to Thursday, August 3

    Tour Match vs Essex – County Ground, Chelmsford

    Sunday, August 6 to Tuesday, Aug 8

    Tour Match vs Kent – St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury

    Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 13

    Tour Match vs Derbyshire – County Ground, Derby

    Thursday, August 17 to Monday, August 21

    1st Test – Edgbaston, Birmingham (day/night)

    Friday, August 25 to Tuesday, August 29

    2nd Test – Headingley, Leeds

    Saturday, September 2 to Sunday, September 3

    Tour Match vs Leicestershire – Grace Road, Leicester

    Thursday, September 7 to Monday, September 11

    3rd Test – Lord’s, London

  • England Lions to tour West Indies nest year

    JOHN’S, Antigua– Cricket West Indies has announced today the match schedule for the England Lions Tour of the Caribbean next February.

    The Lions, the official name of the England A-Team, will face their regional counterparts in a series of three “Tests” and three One-day matches – to be played between the islands of Jamaica and Antigua.

    “This series will provide an incentive for our players to excel during the next Digicel Regional 4-Day and Regional Super50 tournaments,” said CWI Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams.

    “It will also give the Selection Panel a chance to identify the next tier of players they believe have the capacity to be successful on the international stage and would offer those players the platform to announce themselves through the intensity of a higher level of competition against their peers from England.”

    It will be the first time in 12 years that the England Lions will be embarking on a Tour of the Caribbean to face West Indies “A”.

    On that trip, the Lions, led by Vikram Solanki, won a series of two “Tests” 1-0 against Sylvester Joseph’s side, which won the subsequent five-match One-day series 3-2.

    The England Lions have also twice played in the CWI Regional 4-Day Tournament, when they reached the semi-finals of eight-team competitions in 2001 and 2011.

    MATCH SCHEDULE

    Monday, February 5 to Wednesday, February 7

    Tour Match – Sabina Park, Jamaica

    Sunday, February 11 to Wednesday, February 14

    1st “Test” – Trelawny Multiplex, Jamaica

    Sunday, February 18 to Wednesday, February 21

    2nd “Test” – Sabina Park

    Monday, February 26 to Thursday, March 1

    3rd “Test” – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua

    Sunday, March 4

    Tour Match – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

    Tuesday, March 6

    1st One-day Match – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua

    Friday, March 9

    2nd One-day Match – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua

    Sunday, March 11

    3rd One-day Match – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua

  • Regional Under-17 Round 2 hit by rain

    The most thrilling match of the day was Guyana vs Leewards. All 3 matches were rain affected. When the rain stopped play at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Guyana were 68/1. Upon the resumption and reduction of overs from 50 to 21, they were only able to add 3 runs to their total. Finishing their innings on 72/1. 
    The revised target according to the Duckworth and Lewis method was 140 from 21 overs. The Leeward Islands had a shaky start but their batsmen stead the middle innings and just when they looked certain for victory, requiring 42 runs from 48 balls.
    The Guyanese slow bowlers stormed back into the match. Grabbing 2 wickets in consecutive balls, with the last 5 wickets falling for just 11 runs. The leewards falling agonizingly 2 runs short of their revised target. Finishing on 138 all out on the very last ball.
    More to come…

    Guyana 72/1 (21 overs)

    Sachin Singh not out 37 

    Junior Sinclair not out 21

    Elroy Francis 1/9

    Leeward Islands

    T Francis 38

    P Miller  33

    Kelvin Umroa   5/26

    JAMAICA

    118 for 8

    R McIntosh 26

    M Thompson 19

    S Ali 3/13

    A Mahabirsingh  3/17


    T&T

    79 for 3 (D/L Revised Score) from 20 overs

    L Julien 38

    M Joseph 15

    M Meggs  2/20

    M Comerie 1/18


    Barbados was abandoned because of rain at NCC.
  • Pooran eligible for all three formats

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – In respect of the captioned matter, the Player, Nicholas Pooran, was suspended by CWI, in relation to a decision taken by the Player not to play in the Professional Cricket League at the start of the 2016-2017 domestic season, although he was selected by a domestic franchise team. The Player featured in the Bangladesh Premier League instead, after having been granted a NOC by CWI.

    The parties jointly state however, that following bilateral good faith discussions, they have decided to settle this matter amicably. The parties add that they are both committed to the development of West Indies Cricket at all levels and continue to have those interests uppermost in their minds.

    Whilst not delving into the merits of their respective positions on the matter, the parties regret that it occurred as it did and accept that this has served as a learning experience for both players and administrators, in terms of best practice for the professionalization of cricket in the region.

    The time period of the suspension has since expired and the Player is therefore now eligible to play in all three forms of the game for West Indies. Pooran was a member of the President’s XI vs Afghanistan in St Kitts last month.

    The parties also reaffirm their commitment to moving forward in strengthening their relationship in the best interests of West Indies Cricket. This statement represents the parties’ final public position on this matter.

  • Darren Bravo allowed to play for West Indies again

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua– Cricket West Indies (CWI) have today confirmed that batsman Darren Bravo is available with immediate effect to play in all forms of cricket,following his apology to CWI and the President, Dave Cameron.

    President Cameron said:

    “In early November 2016, I gave an interview to SportsMax TV during which I discussed player retainer contracts and the grades of contract that had been awarded to certainplayers. In the course of the interview I stated that Darren Bravo had previously been on an ‘A’ contract, which I have since been advised is not correct. I apologize for the misstatement, and wish to assure Mr. Bravo that there was no insult or offense intended towards him. Darren is a senior cricketer who has been a valuable part of the WINDIES set up for a long time, and I would hope to see his game continue to progress and mature, at both regional and international level.”

    Darren Bravo issued the following statement:  

    “On the 11th day of November 2016, after viewing statements made about me by Mr. Dave Cameron, President of the Cricket West Indies, on a television sports programme, I tweeted a response which referred to the President which was, inretrospect, inappropriate.  As I have always tried to uphold the best traditions of West Indies Cricket and its players, I now therefore wish to withdraw the comment made on my Twitter account and apologize to the President of CWI and to all WINDIES fans.

    I look forward to continuing to play a positive role in both the West Indies’ senior men’s team and regional cricket, as well as helping to grow and develop cricket in the region at all levels.”

  • Round 2: Regional Under-17 Tournament

    The Cricket West Indies Regional Under-17 Tournament second round is today across three venues in Trinidad. All matches start at 9:30am.

    You can follow live updates, including videos of pictures @WindiesRegional on Twitter and Windies Cricket on Facebook.

    • Windwards vs Barbados – NCC
    • T&T vs Jamaica – Gilbert Park
    • Guyana vs Leewards – Brian Lara cricket Academy

    Fixtures:

  • Yadram, Royal salvage win for Young Windies

    PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa, CMC – Opener Bhaskar Yadram struck a critical half-century but West Indies Under-19 were forced to overcome a late innings slump before pulling off a two-wicket win over South Africa Under-19s in the second Youth One-Day International here Wednesday.

    Set a modest 208 for victory, the Young Windies were coasting along at 165 for three in the 39th over but suffered a collapse where five wickets tumbled for 35 runs in the space of 31 balls.

    Tottering on 200 for eight in the 44th, the Caribbean side were rescued by the lion-hearted Jeavor Royal who ended unbeaten on 31 off 17 deliveries, to take the team over the line.

    Yadram had earlier top-scored with 81 off 116 balls while captain Emmanuel Stewart chipped in with 45 off 69 balls.

    Sixteen-year-old fast bowler Gerald Coetzee led the attack with two for 55.

    The South Africans had been limited to 207 for eight off their 50 overs, after opting to bat first at City Oval, with wicketkeeper Wandile Makwetu top-scoring with 53 and openers Matthew Breetzke (37) and Jiveshan Pillay (36) playing supporting roles.

    Left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop claimed two for 30 from his 10 overs while Royal, also a left-arm spinner, laid the groundwork for his eventual all-round display with two for 34.

    The hosts got a healthy start from Breetzke and Pillay, the pair adding 81 for the first wicket before Royal’s introduction triggered a collapse where four wickets perished for nine runs in the space of 38 deliveries.

    Rocking on 90 for four, South Africa’s innings was repaired by Makwetu who faced 68 balls and counted four fours, while adding 38 for the fifth wicket with Hermann Rolfes (19), 25 for the seventh with Coetzee (7) and 23 for the ninth with Kenan Smith (19 not out).

    The 17-year-old Yadram then gave the visitors a solid start, putting on 43 for the first wicket with Keagan Simmons (14) and a further 75 with Stewart for the second wicket.

    Yadram struck eight fours and a six while Stewart counted five fours in knock. They were separated when Stewart was run out in the 31st over and nine balls Cephas Cooper was lbw to Coetzee for two, to leave the Windies on 122 for three in the 33rd over.

    The right-handed Yadram found an ally in Kirstan Kallicharan, who made 21, to add 43 for the fourth wicket and put Windies on course again.

    However, once Yadram perished in the 39th over, the innings went into a tail-spin before Royal arrived on his rescue mission which included five fours and a six. He lashed leg-spinner Jade de Klerk for a four and a six in the 44th over which cost 10 runs and punched two boundaries in the 45th from Coetzee, to finish the game emphatically.

    The five-match series is tied 1-1, with the next game scheduled for Friday at the same venue.

    SOUTH AFRICA U19s

    J Pillay lbw b Royal 36

    M Breetzke c Yadram b Alleyne 37

    *R van Tonder c wkp Stewart b Yadram 5

    J Christensen lbw b Royal 0

    +W Makwetu b Bishop 53

    H Rolfes c Bishop b Spencer 19

    C Campher run out 8

    G Coetzee lbw b Bishop  7

    K Smith not out  19

    J de Klerk not out 6

    Extras  (lb2, w15) 17

    TOTAL (8 wkts, 50 overs) 207

    Did not bat: T Ntini

    Fall of wickets: 1-81, 2-90, 3-90, 4-90, 5-128, 6-143, 7-168, 8-191.

    Bowling: Spencer 10-0-45-1 (w4), Nedd 4-0-22-0 (w6), Alleyne 10-0-56-1 (w2), Bishop 10-2-30-2 (w1), Yadram 6-1-18-1, Royal 10-0-34-2 (w1).

    WEST INDIES U19s

    B Yadram c Christensen b Campher 81

    K Simmons c Smith b Rolfes 14

    *+E Stewart run out 45

    C Cooper lbw b Coetzee 2

    K Kallicharan  b Coetzee 21

    A Athanaze run out 1

    J Royal not out 31

    J Bishop lbw b de Klerk  0

    T Alleyne run out 1

    D Nedd  not out 0

    Extras  (lb2, w12) 14

    TOTAL (8 wkts, 44.4 overs) 210

    Did not bat: J Spencer

    Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-118, 3-122, 4-165, 5-177, 6-183, 7-183, 8-200.

    Bowling: Coetzee 9.4-0-55-2 (w2), Ntini 7-0-39-0 (w6), Rolfes 8-2-22-1, Campher 7-2-23-1 (w1), de Klerk 9-1-36-1, Smith 4-0-33-0.

    Result: West Indies U19s won by two wickets.

    Series: Five-match series tied 1-1.

    Player-of-the-Match: Bhaskar Yadram.

    Toss: South Africa U19s.

    Umpires: S Gasa, D Smith

  • Cricket West Indies Regional Under 17 Competition bowls of in Trinidad

    Defending Regional Under 17 Champions and hosts of this years’ competition, Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), began the competition with a 5-wicket win at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.  Playing against Barbados, who won the toss and elected to bat first, Trinidad and Tobago were made to chase 169 runs.  Barbados amassed this total in 46.3 overs before being bowled out. Johnli Jordan and Nico Reifer had 33 and 30 runs respectively, while Leonardo Francis picked up 2/15 and Nicholas Ali picked up 2/22 bowling for T&T.  In response, the defending champions were able to attain their target in 43.3 overs, scoring 170 runs with major contributions from Leonardo Julien and Avinash Mahabirsingh, who both scored 41, the latter remaining unbeaten.  The Bajan bowling effort was led by Ramon Simmonds, who picked up 2 wickets for 26 runs, but it wasn’t enough to avoid his team seeing defeat.

    The other two results on the day may be deemed upsets.  These results highlight the openness of this years’ competition and the competitive nature of all teams.

    At the National Cricket Centre (NCC), Jamaica were comprehensively beaten by the Leeward Islands.  Jamaica won the toss and chose to bat first.  They flew through the Jamaican batting line-up, taking 10 wickets before they could amass 100 runs.  The Jamaicans were 96 a/o after 31.4 Overs, despite a resilient batting display by Ricardo McIntosh, who scored 24.  Zawandi White and Elroy Francis Jr. were the pick of the Leeward Islands bowlers, finishing with figures of 3/18 and 2/18 respectively.  Leeward’s quickly chased down the target, however, not without a few mishaps.  Jamaica tried to pull back the game with some reasonable bowling, but their low score didn’t allow for any magic to happen.  Leeward’s lost wicket’s rapidly, but were eventually steered home by Francis Jr., who scored 17 not out.  Uri Smith top scored with 36 runs.  Romaine Jacobs of Jamaica was responsible for majority of the nervy moments during that inning, picking up 3 wickets for 31 runs.

    Guyana and the Windward Islands did battle at Gilbert Park and had another low-scoring encounter, mostly due to the quality of bowling.  The Guyanese won the toss and elected to bowl first. Kimani Melius had the first half century of this years’ competition, scoring 53 of the Windward Islands’ 124 runs, with them being all out within 45.2 overs.  Lee Solomon contributed 22.  Kevlon Anderson and Junior Sinclair were exceptional with the ball for Guyana, with the former picking up 4 wickets and the latter getting 3.  In reply, Guyana could only get to a total of 105 before losing all their allotted wickets. Kevlon Anderson had 27 runs, while Ashmead Nedd contributed 17.  Leading the bowling attack for the Windwards, Simeon Gerson picked up 3/10 and Jahseon Alexander also got 3 wickets, but went for 25 runs.

    The competition continues on Thursday July 13, as all six (6) compete once again.  The Windward Islands will come up against Barbados at the National Cricket Centre.  Trinidad and Tobago will face-off against Jamaica at Gilbert Park and the Leeward Islands play Guyana at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.


    Jamaica won toss and elected to bat first vs Leeward Islands at National Cricket Centre in Couva.

    Jamaica Innings

    96/AO   31.4 overs

    Ricardo McIntosh 24

    Michael Thompson 17

    Zawandi White  3/18 (10)

    Elroy Francis 2/18 (10)

    Leeward Islands Innings

    97/5 – 27.5 overs

    Uri Smith 36

    Elroy Francis 17*

    Romaine Jacobs 3/31

    Leeward Islands win by 5 wickets.


    Barbados won toss and elected to bat first vs Trinidad & Tobago at Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

    Barbados

    169/ All Out 46.3 Overs

    Jonlhi Jordan 33

    Nico Reifer 30

    Leonardo Francis 2/15

    Nicholas Ali 2/22

    T&T

    170/5  43.3 Overs

    Leonardo Julien 41

    Avinash Mahabirsingh 41*

    Ramon Simmonds 2/26

    TT won by 5 wickets


    Guyana won the toss and elected to bowl first vs Windward Islands at Gilbert Park.

    Windward Islands

    124/ All Out 33.4 Overs

    Kimani Melius  53

    Lee Solomon   22

    Kevlon Anderson took 4 wickets.

    Junior Sinclair took 3 wickets

    Guyana Innings

    105/ All Out 45.2 overs

    Kevlon Anderson 27

    Ashmead Nedd 17

    Simeon Gerson 3/10

    Jahseon Alexander 3/25

    Windward Islands won by 19 runs

  • Busy period for youth cricketers begin

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua –Cricket West Indies announced today its schedule of age group development tournaments for the Caribbean summer, starting with the Regional Under-17 Tournament to be contested in Trinidad.

    The Under-17 tournament which opened today will be followed a week later by the Regional Under-15 Tournament in Barbados and the busy period for the youth players in the Caribbean comes to a conclusion with the Regional Under-19 Tournament, starting on July 24 in St. Kitts.

    Rawl Lewis, the CWI project officer for youth tournaments, said: “The aim of our youth tournaments is to identify players with talent and give them an opportunity to further develop their skills through the intensity of competition against their peers from around the region.

    “We’ve done a lot of planning and preparation for this period which will be quite busy, but we are looking forward to see how our young players are developing and hope that they grab this opportunity with open arms.

    “There are also incentives for the best of our young players to play for an age group West Indies team, as the Under-15s are scheduled to go to England again next month and a strong performance could see a few players squeeze into the Under-19 side for the ICC Youth World Cup early next year in New Zealand.”

    There is something extra special about each of the regional youth tournaments taking place this year.

    The Under-17s will get to christen the recently inaugurated Brian Lara Cricket Academy located in the south Trinidad district of Tarouba. It will be the first time any kind of regional matches will be played there, and will inform local and CWI officials about the quality of the venue, as it seeks to become fully integrated into the regional circuit.

    For the Regional Under-15 Tournament, this will be the first time that it will be played in Barbados and teams can look forward to playing matches at a number of picturesque, rural venues, especially the KMV Oval at Lakes in the north-eastern parish of St. Andrew.

    At the same time, the Regional Under-19 Tournament will return to a full slate of matches, following a few years of truncated competition. The region’s leading youth players will get a chance to mix it up in five rounds of three-day matches, as well as seven rounds of 50 overs-a-side matches that also include a composite side from ICC Americas.