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  • 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.


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    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.

  • Gabriel says Windies attack forced to reassess

    HAMILTON, New Zealand, CMC – Speedster Shannon Gabriel says West Indies were forced to reassess their approach in order to make inroads into New Zealand’s batting on Saturday’s opening day of the second Test.

    He conceded the seam attack had not quite gotten their lengths right, allowing the Black Caps to take command at 154 for one, at one stage during the second session at Seddon Park.

    However, the Windies hit back mainly through Gabriel and pacer Miguel Cummins, to limit the hosts to 286 for seven at the close.

    “I think we were trying too much. We didn’t really assess the wicket well enough but after lunch we decided we wanted to be patiet and luckily things happened for us throughout the rest of the day,” Gabriel told reporters.

    “When we started this morning I think we bowled a little too full – myself I thought I was a little too full. I didn’t really assess the conditions well enough but as the day went along things got the better.”

    Left-handed opener Jeet Raval top-scored with 84, Colin de Grandhomme chipped in with an aggressive 58, while captain Kane Williamson scored 43.

    But the Windies prised out Raval and Williamson just before tea, snared Ross Taylor (16) and Henry Nicholls (13) just after the resumption before grabbing another couple wickets through Gabriel near the close.

    Gabriel ended with three for 79 while Cummins bowled consistently all day to pick up two for 37.

    “We always told ourselves once we soaked up the runs and bowled the ball back into the wicket, it was going to be a bit difficult to score runs and once we built that pressure, we knew that 90 per cent of the time a wicket was going to come so that was the plan,” Gabriel said of the Windies’ approach after lunch.

    “I think most of the guys started well this morning. Just me, I didn’t start as well as I wanted to. Hats off to Raymon (Reifer), it was his first day of Test cricket and I think he bowled beautifully. The figures really don’t show it but I thought he went out there and stuck to his task.

    “Cummins had a great day along with (Kemar) Roach, it’s just me that was flagging after the first [session]. I knew once I believed in myself and as patient, things were going to work out.”

  • Windies fight back to keep tabs on Black Caps

    HAMILTON, New Zealand, CMC – West Indies twice fought their way back into the second Test against New Zealand, to steal a share of the honours on the opening day at Seddon Park here Saturday.

    Opting to bowl first, the Caribbean side managed to limit the Black Caps to 286 for seven, ensuring that none of their top batsmen surived long enough to inflict irreparable damage.

    Left-handed opener Jeet Raval top-scored with 84 and the in-form Colin de Grandhomme slammed an aggressive 58 while captain Kane Williamson got 43.

    A couple other batsmen got starts but the Windies snuffed them out before they flourished.

    Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel recovered from a poor start to end with three for 79 while Miguel Cummins picked up two for 37.

    Raval ensured the Kiwis had a strong start anchoring 65 for the first wicket with Tom Latham who made 22 and a further 89 for the second wicket with Williamson.

    With the Windies seamers too full in length, Raval and Latham played positively and had gathered 47 runs in the first hour with ease.

    However, West Indies finally got the breakthrough half-hour before the interval when Latham entangled himself with an attempted pull at a short one from Cummins and edged a catch behind to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.

    Raval, unbeaten on 44, and Williamson saw New Zealand to lunch on 87 for one, before extending their partnership following the resumption to put West Indies on the back foot.

    The left-handed Raval faced 157 balls and struck 15 boundaries while Williamson counted five fours off 96 deliveries.

    They kept West Indies without success in the first hour and were threatening to end the session without being separated when the visitors struck twice in quick succession.

    The right-handed Williamson tried to turn an innocuous leg-side delivery from Cummins and was taken by Dowrich, 25 minutes before tea.

    And Raval followed three overs later, caught low down by Dowrich, nicking one that Gabriel got to shape away.

    Left with the task of rebuilding at 173 for three at tea, New Zealand were dealt another blow in the third over following the resumption when Ross Taylor (16) attempted to cut one too close to him from pacer Kemar Roach, and top-edged a catch to Dowrich who pouched it on the second attempt.

    When left-hander Henry Nicholls (13) was lbw three overs later, missing one angled in, to give debutant left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer his first Test wicket, New Zealand were slumping 189 for five.

    However, de Grandhomme arrived to repair the damage for the Kiwis, fuelling a 76-run, sixth wicket stand with Mitchell Santner who scored 24.

    The right-handed de Grandhomme, coming off a maiden hundred in the first Test in Wellinglast week, continued where he left off as he dominated the Windies bowling.

    He belted five fours and four sixes, including two off Roston Chase in the part-time off-spinner’s 12th over which leaked 19 runs.

    De Grandhomme raised his half-century off exactly 50 balls when he clobbered stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite over the ropes at backward square in the final hour.

    The Black Caps were romping towards the finish at 265 without further loss when Gabriel struck twice in quick succession, to engineer yet another Windies fight back.

    Firstly, he bowled Santner middle stump with the second delivery with the second new ball, about half-hour before the close, before claiming the prized wicket of de Grandhomme – bowled with a full length delivery.

  • Campbell, Moseley hit landmark hundreds – 2nd day, 6th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Windies “A” Team opener John Campbell and uncapped, fellow left-handed opener Shayne Moseley grabbed the headlines with contrasting, landmark hundreds in the Digicel 4-Day Championship on Friday.

    Campbell went on the rampage to hit a career-best hundred to lead solid batting down the order that put Jamaica Scorpions in charge against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force before rain slowed their advance on the second day of their sixth-round match at Sabina Park.


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

    http://cricketwestindies.org/index.php/match-centre/ 

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     Moseley completed his maiden first-class hundred to upstage purposeful bowling from Rahkeem Cornwall and prop up Barbados Pride’s batting against Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Warner Park, to bring the tally of hundreds for the season to 16.

    And, Windward Islands Volcanoes, led by veteran off-spinner Shane Shillingford, fought back to bowl out Guyana Jaguars cheaply before their batsmen again frittered away a promising position at the Guyana National Stadium.


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

    Campbell hit 156 – his third first-class hundred – to power the Scorpions batting before rain drove the players off the field early and they never returned.

    Campbell struck 11 fours and seven sixes from 183 balls in a 4 ¼ hours stay at the crease to inspire the remainder of the Scorpions batting of which skipper Paul Palmer was unbeaten on 68 and Brandon King made 63.

    Left-arm fast-medium bowler Daniel St Clair was the most successful Red Force, taking 2-48 from 13 overs, but he and the rest of the visitors’ attack would have welcomed the rain interruption late in the day that saved them from further punishment.

    Scorpions slipped to 36 for two early in the day before King and Campbell transformed the complexion of the game with some dynamic batting in a 157-run, third-wicket stand – at close to 5.5 runs an over –that put the Red Force attack on its heels.

    King’s near two-hour stay at the crease yielded seven fours and three sixes from 107 balls before he his dismissal which brought Scorpions’ skipper Palmer to the crease to carry on the rampage with Campbell.

    They shared 89 for the fourth wicket before Campbell’s masterpiece came to a close at the hands of veteran leg-spinner Imran Khan.

    The rain however, soon arrived, to the delight of the Red Force, as Palmer and Fabian Allen were just about getting into the swing of thing.


    Pride (394) vs Hurricanes 61-1 in Basseterre, St. Kitts

    The lanky, languid Moseley gathered a resolute 117 and all-rounder Justin Greaves was unbeaten on 79, as the Pride were bowled out about 15 minutes after tea.

    Cornwall, the Windies “A” Team off-spin all-rounder and Hurricanes captain, was the pick of his side’s bowlers, grabbing 5-113 from 51.3 overs and fast-medium bowler Jeremiah Louis supported with 3-80 from 23 overs on the typically unforgiving Warner Park surface.

    Hurricanes suffered a setback, when former Kent pro Chesney Hughes fell for 17 before they reached 61 for one in reply when stumps were drawn with Windies “A” Team opener Montcin Hodge not out on 27 and Nkrumah Bonner not out on seven.

    Moseley, playing his first season of #D4Day matches, struck 17 fours from 303 balls in close to 6 ½ hours at the crease to be the rock upon which the Pride built their total.

    After resuming from his overnight total 70, he added 53 for the third wicket with fellow left-hander Jonathan Carter, as the Pride made a strong start to the day after they continued from 174 for two.

    When Cornwall trapped Moseley lbw about 25 minutes before lunch, the Pride were 251 for five, but Greaves came to the crease and led a rearguard action with the bottom half of the batting to extend the Pride’s innings.

    Greaves struck nine fours and one six from 141 balls in a shade over three hours. He shared 80 with Antigua & Barbuda-born, former Hurricanes leg-spinner Hayden Walsh, Jr, whose 38 helped to knock the wind out of the hosts, and then added 48 for the last wicket with Keon Harding to further frustrate the home team.


    Volcanoes (117) & 127-6 vs Jaguars (194) in Providence, Guyana

    Veteran Test left-handed opener Devon Smith was unbeaten on 49 and doing his best to hold things for the win-less Volcanoes.

    After their captain Tyrone Theophile was caught behind for 16 following a painstaking opening stand with Smith, fast-medium bowler Sherfane Rutherford bowled Taryck Gabriel and trapped Miles Bascombe to set the decline in motion.

    Volcanoes slumped to 71 for four before Donwell Hector came to the crease made 20 and stemmed the fall of wickets before Test left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul trapped him lbw and former Windies Under-19 World Cup-winning all-rounder Keemo Paul bowled Kyle Mayers for 11 to bring the curtain down on the day.

    Earlier, Shillingford grabbed 4-36 from 18 overs, and pacers Sherman Lewis and Kyle Mayers shared five wickets, as the Jaguars endured one of their infrequent batting meltdowns.

    Shivnarine Chanderpaul, another veteran Test left-hander, led the way for the Jaguars with 59 and a few other batsmen including Tagenarine, his son, got starts without carrying on, but the home team would have been disappointed that they were dismissed for under 200 for the first time this season.

    Their bowlers however, quickly brushed that aside and, perhaps, turned the Volcanoes’ joy into mourning, scything through their top order with delight.

  • Permaul gives Jaguars early edge – 1st day, 6th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Veerasammy Permaul was back to his destructive best and gave Guyana Jaguars the early edge over Windward Islands in the Digicel 4-Day Championship.

    The diminutive left-arm spinner with the whippy action failed to take a wicket in the previous round against Barbados Pride, but he pushed his tally of wickets for the season pass 30 to trigger a Volcanoes batting collapse at the Guyana National Stadium on the first day of the sixth round of matches.

    In the key battle at Sabina Park, John Campbell and Derval Green brushed aside concerns that Jamaica Scorpions may miss regular captain and champion left-arm spinner Nikita Miller when they led the demolition of the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force batting.

    And, Windies “A” Team “Test” captain Shamarh Brooks and rookie left-handed opener Shayne Moseley hit purposeful half-centuries to help Barbados Pride erase bad memories of their second-round match against Leeward Islands Hurricanes with a strong start to their match at Warner Park.


    Volcanoes (117) vs Jaguars 78-2 in Providence, Guyana

    Permaul grabbed 5-40 from 21.3 overs to lead the demolition of the Volcanoes’ batting after they were put in to bat.

    Volcanoes’ captain Tyrone Theophile hit the top score of 33 and wicketkeeper/batsman Dennis Smith was the only batsman to reach 20, as the batting caved in under the pressure of mean, tight bowling from the Jaguars.

    There were no significant batting partnerships for which the win-less Volcanoes could hang their hats until Shane Shillingford came to the crease and put on 33 for the eighth wicket with Smith to take the visitors past 100.

    After this, the innings went into swift decline with former Windies Under-19 left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie taking 2-11 from six overs and Sherfane Rutherford bagging 2-27 in 10 overs.

    Jaguars lost the wickets of Chanderpaul Hemraj following an opening stand of 48 with Tagenarine Chanderpaul, and their captain, Test batsman Leon Johnson in quick succession – but they were within sight of taking the lead and setting the pace for the rest of the game.


    Red Force (243) vs Scorpions 16-0 in Kingston, Jamaica

    Campbell grabbed 4-40 from 17.5 overs with his part-time off-spin and fast-medium bowler Green snared 4-45 from 19 overs, as the Red Force were bowled out about half-hour before the close.

    Campbell, the Windies “A” Team opener, returned to finish not out on 14 and fellow left-hander Trevon Griffith was not out on two, as they batted through until stumps were drawn in fading light.

    Miller, whose 23 wickets and stubborn lower-order batting in the previous two matches has sparked a Scorpions revival, flies out of the Caribbean this week destined for New Zealand, where he will be a part of the West Indies One-day International squad for a series of three matches against the hosts.

    The Scorpions had concerns about the ability of their bowling to take 20 wickets – but Campbell and Green eased their worries.

    Jeremy Solozano hit the top score of 62 for the Red Force, Ewart Nicholson supported with 50, Amir Jangoo made 39 and Tion Webser added 29 before the visitors’ innings closed quietly.

    Red Force started solidly with Jangoo and Solozano sharing 71 for the first wicket, but they stumbled to 110 for two at lunch.

    Nicholson led a recovery in the afternoon session, sharing 73 for the third wicket with Solozano before his dismissal triggered a mini collapse and Red Force went in to tea on 188 for five.

    After the break, there was token resistance from the rest of the Red Force batting, as Green and Campbell worked their way through the tail and tightened the Scorpions’ grip.


    Pride (174-2) vs Hurricanes in Basseterre, St. Kitts

    Brooks hit 79 and Moseley was unbeaten on 70, as the Pride batted through a rain-hit day.

    Brooks and Moseley shared 168 for the second wicket to help the visitors quickly erase the bad memories of the second-round contest at Kensington Oval in Barbados, where the Hurricanes blew them away in two days.

    Unlike that previous match, when the pace bowlers led the demolition, Hurricanes captain Rahkeem Cornwall has been the sole wicket-taker so far, grabbing 2-58 from 25 overs, including the prized scalp of his Brooks, his West Indies “A” Team “Test” captain.

    After the start was delayed until after the scheduled lunch interval, Pride lose left-handed opener Anthony Alleyne lbw to Cornwall for 21 in the 12th over.

    But Brooks and Moseley gave the batting a spark that has been missing in recent matches.

  • Crucial battles, as return leg begins

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Runaway leaders and reigning three-time champions Guyana Jaguars will be looking to start their push towards a fourth straight title, when the return leg of the Digicel 4-Day Championship opens today.

    All three matches on the schedule for the sixth round of matches hold significance for the teams, as the Jaguars look to continue their unbeaten run for the season.


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

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

    http://cricketwestindies.org/index.php/match-centre/ 

    • 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.


     Guyana Jaguars vs Windward Islands Volcanoes at the Guyana National Stadium in Providence, Guyana

    No one has been able to stop the Jaguars this season and the win-less Volcanoes are not expected to buck the trend.

    The Jags will be looking to put away their opponents with the same aplomb that they did in the first leg of the season, and the Volcanoes will be hoping that they can spring an upset and deliver their maiden victory of the season.

    Jaguars have won all three of the contests between the two sides in the Professional Cricket League era (2014-15 onwards) at the venue for this weekend’s match and the tide is expected to continue flow in that direction.

    Squads:

    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

    Unchanged

    VOLCANOES (from) – Tyrone Theophile (captain), Audy Alexander, Miles Bascombe, Roland Cato, Kenneth Dember, Tarryck Gabriel, Donwell Hector, Delorn Johnson, Sherman Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Shane Shillingford, Dennis Smith, Devon Smith

    Unchanged

    UMPIRES: Shannon Crawford, Christopher Taylor (Jamaica)

    MATCH REFEREE: Colin Stuart

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Ryan Banwarie


    Leeward Islands Hurricanes vs Barbados Pride at Warner Park in Basseterre, St. Kitts

    Inconsistent is the word that would best describe how things have unfolded for Hurricanes and Pride since their epic second-round match at Kensington Oval.

    Hurricanes blew Pride away by an innings and four runs inside two days in that match – a result that prompted hopes of a return to the glory days for the winners, while providing a sharp wake-up call for the losers.

    Hurricanes followed up with another strong performance that allowed them to be the only side that avoided losing to the Jaguars and even earned the lion’s share of the points against them – but then suffered two deflating losses against Jamaica Scorpions and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force.

    Pride rebounded from that defeat with a draw against Scorpions and victory over the Volcanoes – but last weekend’s loss against the Jaguars may have been a dagger to their self-confidence.

    Both teams will be looking to turn their mourning into rejoicing – but Pride will be under pressure with the result of last month’s contest uppermost in their minds and the fight they endured against the same opponents in this corresponding fixture last season at the same venue.

    Squads:

    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

    IN–Bonner, Matthew, OUT–Elvin Berridge, Stanny Simon

    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

    IN–Walsh, OUT–Ashley Nurse

    UMPIRES: Carl Tuckett, Patrick Gustard (Jamaica)

    MATCH REFEREE: Stewart Rawlins

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Bernard Joseph


    Jamaica Scorpions vs Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica

    As the two closest sides to the Jaguars, this will be the key battle of the round to see if they can keep up with the front-runners.

    Both Scorpions and Red Force enter the contest with wind behind their sails, following convincing wins in the previous round of matches. Fortune however, has favoured Red Force and left Scorpions with a bitter-sweet taste in their mouths.

    Scorpions regular captain and champion left-arm spinner Nikita Miller has been the catalyst for their surge in the last two rounds of matches. He however, departs this week for New Zealand, where he will be part of the Windies One-day International squad.

    In just two matches since he returned to the squad following a medical procedure during the off-season, Miller has taken an extraordinary 23 wickets at 8.73 runs apiece. His uncomplicated lower-order batting also came to the rescue in the two matches to give the Scorpions valuable leads over their opponents.

    Along with his leadership, it will be a big price to pay for progress – so this along with the Red Force’s success at this venue in the PCL era, if not last year, will be reason to give the Scorpions pause, as they consider the prospects for this match.

    Not that Red Force has been unscathed, as opener Kyle Hope and fellow batsman Jason Mohammed will be on the same flight to New Zealand with Miller, and this too, may upset the balance of power in terms of their batting.

    Squads:

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

    IN–Smith, Thomas, Williams, OUT–Garth Garvey, Nikita Miller, Steven Taylor

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

    IN–Nicholson, Rajah, OUT–Kyle Hope, Jason Mohammed

    UMPIRES: Jacqueline Williams, Gregory Brathwaite (Barbados)

    MATCH REFEREE: Denovan Hayles

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Rushane Samuels

  • Invitation to tender

  • Nikita Miller recalled for ODIs, Rayad Emrit chosen for T20Is

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies announced the Windies squads for three-match One-Day International and three-match Twenty20 International series on the current tour of New Zealand.

    ODI SQUAD

    1.    Jason Holder (Captain)

    2.    Jason Mohammed (Vice Captain)

    3.    Sunil Ambris

    4.    Ronsford Beaton

    5.    Shannon Gabriel

    6.    Chris Gayle

    7.    Kyle Hope

    8.    Shai Hope

    9.    Alzarri Joseph

    10.Evin Lewis

    11.Nikita Miller

    12.Ashley Nurse

    13.Rovman Powell

    14.Marlon Samuels

    15.Kesrick Williams

    T20I SQUAD

    1.    Carlos Brathwaite (Captain)

    2.    Samuel Badree

    3.    Ronsford Beaton

    4.    Rayad Emrit

    5.    Andre Fletcher

    6.    Chris Gayle

    7.    Jason Mohammed

    8.    Sunil Narine

    9.    Kieron Pollard

    10.Rovman Powell

    11.Marlon Samuels

    12.Jerome Taylor

    13.Chadwick Walton

    14.Kesrick Williams

    * The CWI Selection Panel noted that left-handed opener Evin Lewis will miss the T20I Series, due to personal reasons.

    The CWI Selection Panel has recalled Nikita Miller for the ODI Series. The experienced left-arm spinner last played for the Windies during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in New Zealand and Australia. He has made 46 appearances in this format.

    For the T20I series, experienced all-rounder Rayad Emrit has been called up for the first time in this format. A medium-fast bowler and powerful lower-order batsman, he played two ODIs for Windies a decade ago in India.

    Commenting on the ODI squad, Courtney Browne, the chairman of the CWI Selection Panel, said: “Miller has played ODI cricket previously. Along with his vast experience in our domestic competitions, we felt that he is the right fit to form a part of our ODI bowling unit at this time. With the World Cup qualifiers fast approaching, we felt that this is not the right time to introduce an inexperienced slow bowler.”

    He said: “This series against New Zealand and our CWI Regional Super50 Cup next year are the only chances we will have for preparation prior to the World Cup qualifiers, which are scheduled to be played next March in Zimbabwe.

    “So these matches will be used to help us identify the players that will play during the qualifiers, and this is why we have also taken the opportunity to introduce Ronsford Beaton. Though, he is more known for his pace and variations in T20I cricket, we believe he can add value within our ODI bowling unit.”

    On the selection of the T20 squad, Browne said: “The selection of Emrit is to fill one of the all-rounder roles. He has always been on the fringes of selection and now gets his opportunity. He is a whole-hearted player, and has been a consistent performer in our domestic competitions and so the opportunity has now presented itself for him to join our T20I squad. 

    “Our T20I team has been playing well and continues to develop. Our strength and depth lies within the vast experience of our senior players, and good performances from some of our young players who draw their strength and learn from the senior players, so the battle against the Black Caps should make for an exciting series as they are ranked above us in this format.”

  • Official points standings after the fifth round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Following are the Official Points Standings after the fifth round of matches 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

  • Windies to face Sri Lanka in three Tests next June

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies announced today the schedule for the International Home Series between Windies and Sri Lanka next year.

    Windies will face the Sri Lankans next June in three Tests in Trinidad, Barbados and St. Lucia.

    Sri Lanka have previously played Tests at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground (formerly Beausejour Cricket Ground) in St. Lucia – but this will be the first time they will play a Test at the iconic Kensington Oval in Barbados.

    This will be the Sri Lankans’ fourth official Tour of the Caribbean, where they have won one, lost three and drawn two of the six Tests they have played.

    SCHEDULE OF MATCHES

    Wed, May 30 to Fri, Jun 1                   Tour Match – Brian Lara Cricket Ground, Trinidad

    Wed, Jun 6 to Sun, Jun 10                   1st Test – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad

    Thu, Jun 14 to Mon, Jun 18                 2nd Test – Kensington Oval, Barbados

    Sat, Jun 23 to Wed, Jun 27                  3rd Test – Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia