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  • Failures for Taylor, Matthews as Vipers win opener

    SOUTHAMPTON, England, CMC – West Indies stars Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews both failed but Matthews came away with honours as Southern Vipers beat Western Storm by nine wickets in the opening game of the Women’s Super League here Thursday.

    Sent in at the Rose Bowl, Storm were bundled out cheaply for 70 off 18.5 overs with Georgia  Hennessy top-scoring with 22 off 31 balls.

    With Hennessy and Taylor, who made eight, involved in a third wicket stand of 28, Stormed reached 41 for two after losing two early wickets.

    Once Hennessy fell in the 10th over, however, Storm lost their last eight wickets for 29 runs.

    Seamer Suzie Bates (2-8) and left-arm pacer Tash Farrant (2-10) claimed two wickets apiece.

    In reply,  Bates struck an unbeaten 47 off 31 deliveries as Vipers marched to their modest target off nine overs.

    She put on 55 off 34 deliveries for the first wicket with teenager Matthews who made 15 off 18 deliveries with three fours before falling to the off-spin of her West Indies captain.

  • Day/night tour game crucial to first Test prep, stresses Holder

    DERBY, England, CMC – Captain Jason Holder says West Indies will be looking to sustain their intensity as they head into the final three-day tour game against Derbyshire here Friday, ahead of next week’s start of the ‘pink ball’ opening Test against England.

    The Caribbean side have turned in decent performances to draw both tour games so far – against Essex and Kent – and Holder said it was important they kept their focus over the next few days especially with the contest key to their preparation for the upcoming Test.

    Significantly, the game will be a day/night affair bowling off at 2 pm (9 am Eastern Caribbean time) and will be a crucial warm-up to the inaugural ‘pink ball’ Test at Edgbaston.

    “We’ve had two games before. I thought the first game was really good against Essex. We probably slackened off in the last game against Kent but I still think it was pretty good preparation,” the all-rounder said here Thursday.

    “Batsmen got to spend some time in the middle, bowlers got the chance to get a good run out. Going into this last game before the Test series starts, it’s important that we get accustomed to the pink ball here in England, see what it does, see what it doesn’t do and try and formulate some plans going into the first Test.”

    West Indies have already played a ‘pink ball’ Test – against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last year – and will have some experience going into the game.

    However, Holder pointed out the pink ball usually behaved differently in various conditions and it was therefore important to get a sense of what the ball would do the English pitches and in the unpredictable weather.

    “I’ve got to see how it goes; you never know with the pink ball,” Holder pointed out.

    “We’ve had the opportunity to play a few games with the pink ball, both in first class cricket and we’ve obviously played a Test match in Dubai but it varies depending on where you’re playing so I think it’s just a situation for us to go out and see what happens, especially when the day transitions into night.”

    Several West Indies batsmen have been among the runs over the two tour games with the likes of Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope all getting half-centuries.

    The fast bowling unit have also impressed with experienced seamer Kemar Roach grabbing a five-wicket haul against Essex and 20-year-old Alzarri Joseph picking up four wickets against Kent in an excellent outing.

    And with speedster Shannon Gabriel expected to get his first taste of action against Derbyshire, Holder said he was already pleased with how his pacers had performed so far.

    “Alzarri looked good in the last game. It’s good to see a youngster coming in and doing well in his first time here in England,” Holder noted.

    “Shannon has obviously played here [in England before] so he’ll be raring to go. I think in the last Test series which he played here he pulled up so I’m sure he’ll be looking to finish off this series and get through this series quite nicely for us.”

  • Jamaica’s Barnes makes Guyana toil, Brathwaite slams hundred

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Middle order batsman Brad Barnes stroked a half-century as leaders Jamaica played it safe against their nearest challengers Guyana, on the opening day of their final round match in the Regional Under-19 Championship here Thursday.

    The Jamaicans batted all day – and slowly – to end on 183 for nine with Barnes top-scoring with 64, Rajni Roye, 27 and Andre McCarty, 23.

    Seamer Ronaldo Ali Mohammed was the best bowler with five for 29 while left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd claimed three for 52.

    Sent in at Conaree, Jamaica lost Darren Small without scoring to the second ball of the day with a single run on the board before McCarty, Barnes and Roye rehabilitated the innings.

    McCarty put on 36 for the second wicket with Carlos Brown (4) but when both fell in successive overs to leave Jamaica wobbling on 39 for three, Barnes then anchored two partnerships to key Guyana at bay.

    First, he put on 37 for the fourth wicket with Raewin Senior (7) before adding a further 44 for the fifth with Stephan Pink who made 14.

    All told, Barnes struck seven fours off 147 deliveries.

    Again, both fell in quick succession but Roye led a 35-run seventh wicket stand with Dominic Samuels (19) as the inning recovered again.

    However, Ali Mohammed returned to snatch two late wickets as Jamaica lost three quick wickets for just 17 runs.

    Jamaica entered the game top of the standings on 55.5 points but just 5.5 clear of the chasing Guyana.

    At St Paul’s, opener Shian Brathwaite struck a swift hundred as Barbados snatched the advantage against Windward Islands.

    Brathwaite made 101 off 104 ball with 12 fours and three sixes as his third-placed side finished the day on 177 for two in reply to the Windwards’ 121 all out.

    He put on 146 for the first wicket with Nico Reifer who made 41 before Sealron Williams claimed both wickets to end with two for 46.

    Earlier, in-form opener Kimani Melius struck 52 but the Windwards’ batting flopped after they were asked to bat first.

    They were well perched on 100 for three after Melius and Dillon Douglas (15) added 46 for the fourth wicket but lost their last seven wickets for 21 runs.

    Off-spinner Dante Niles ripped the innings apart with four for 12 while left-arm spinner Camarie Boyce ended with three for 27.

    At Verchilds, Leeward Islands were solid in racking up 225 after opting to bat first, with Shacoy Floyd stroking an unbeaten 49, Uri Smith gathering 43, Jamie Cornelius, 34,and Dimitri Adams, 31.

    They appeared on course for a much larger total when a 73-run, third wicket partnership between Smith and Adams pushed them up to 133 for two.

    But they lost four wickets for a single run as off-spinner Avinash Mahabirsingh (5-69) and seamer Shaaron Lewis (2-41) triggered a collapse.

    In reply, Trinidad and Tobago were 54 for three, 171 runs adrift of first innings lead.

    At St Paul’s: Barbados lead by 56 runs.

    WINDWARD ISLANDS 121 (Kimani Melius 52; Dante Niles 4-12, Camarie Boyce 3-27, Jarion Hoyte 2-30)

    BARBADOS 177 for two (Shian Brathwaite 101, Nico Reifer 41; Sealron Williams 2-46)

    At Conaree: Jamaica batted all day.

    JAMAICA 183 for nine (Brad Barnes 64, Rajni Roye 27; Ronaldo Ali Mohammed 5-29, Ashmead Nedd 3-52) vs GUYANA

    At Verchilds: T&T trail by 171 runs.

    LEEWARDS ISLANDS 225 (Shacoy Floyd 49 not out, Uri Smith 43, Jamie Cornelius 34, Dimitri Adams 31; Avinash Mahabirsingh 5-69)

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 54 for three (Christian Thurton 22)

  • 2017-18 Digicel Regional 4-Day schedule

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies announced today the schedule of matches for the 2017-18 Digicel 4-Day Tournament.

    The #D4Day opens on October 26 and finishes on January 21, and all matches are now regularly scheduled to start on a Thursday, rather than Friday, in a break from the long-standing tradition in the modern history (1966 onwards) of the West Indies first-class championship.

    “We have tightened up the schedule, due to the heavy amount of cricket we have coming up, and it would also allow us to complete the #D4Day ahead of the Regional Super50 Tournament,” said Roland Holder, CWI manager for cricket operations.

    “A Thursday start also gives fans the option of coming out to see the end of the matches over the weekend, rather than having to take Monday off, so this is being done with them in mind.”

    Reigning three-time champions Guyana Jaguars will open their title defence against Jamaica Scorpions on home soil at the Guyana National Stadium.

    The other first round matches feature Windward Islands Volcanoes and Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada, and the fiercest rivalry in Caribbean sport between hosts Barbados Pride and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at Kensington Oval in one of six day/night matches on the season schedule.


    (Scheduled daily start time 10 am, except where indicated in brackets)

    Round 1 – October 26 to 29

    Jaguars vs Scorpions – National Cricket Stadium, Guyana (9:30 am)

    Pride vs Red Force – Kensington Oval, Barbados (3 pm)

    Volcanoes vs Hurricanes – National Cricket Stadium, Grenada

    Round 2 – November 2 to 5

    Red Force vs Scorpions – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad

    Volcanoes vs Jaguars – Daren Sammy National Cricket Ground, St. Lucia

    Pride vs Hurricanes – Kensington Oval

    Round 3 – November 9 to 12

    Scorpions vs Pride – Sabina Park, Jamaica (3 pm)

    Hurricanes vs Jaguars – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua

    Red Force vs Volcanoes – Queen’s Park Oval

    Round 4 – November 16 to 19

    Hurricanes vs Scorpions – Warner Park, St. Kitts

    Red Force vs Jaguars – Queen’s Park (3 pm)

    Volcanoes vs Pride – Arnos Vale Sports Complex, St. Vincent


    Round 5 – November 30 to December 3

    Scorpions vs Volcanoes – Sabina Park

    Hurricanes vs Red Force – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

    Jaguars vs Pride – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am)

    Round 6 – December 7 to 10

    Scorpions vs Red Force – Sabina Park

    Hurricanes vs Pride – Warner Park

    Jaguars vs Volcanoes – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am)

    Round 7 – December 14 to 17

    Jaguars vs Hurricanes – Guyana National Stadium (3 pm)

    Red Force vs Pride – Queen’s Park Oval

    Volcanoes vs Scorpions – Windsor Park, Dominica (3 pm)


    Round 8 – January 4 to 7

    Red Force vs Hurricanes – Queen’s Park Oval

    Scorpions vs Jaguars – Sabina Park

    Pride vs Volcanoes – Kensington Oval

    Round 9 – January 11 to 14

    Scorpions vs Hurricanes – Sabina Park

    Pride vs Jaguars – Kensington Oval

    Volcanoes vs Red Force – Windsor Park

    Round 10 – January 18 to 21

    Pride vs Scorpions – Kensington Oval

    Jaguars vs Red Force – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am)

    Hurricanes vs Volcanoes – Warner Park (3 pm)

  • Joseph helps Windies hit back after Dickson hundred

    CANTERBURY, England, CMC – Alzarri Joseph’s four-wicket haul helped West Indies rein in Kent after the hosts threatened an imposing first-innings total on the second day of their three-day game here Monday.

    The 20-year-old speedster claimed four for 72 as Kent, replying to West Indies’ 265 on Sunday’s opening day, declared in the day’s final over on 331 for nine.

    Opener Sean Dickson top-scored with 142 – his fourth first class hundred – while Zak Crawley struck 62, Will Gidman, 42 and Calum Haggett, an unbeaten 29.

    Occasional off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite supported with two for 22 as the remainder of the Windies attack toiled without much success.

    Resuming the day on one for one, Dickson and Crawley posted a club record 182 for the second wicket as Kent cruised to 183 without further loss.

    Dickson faced 210 deliveries and struck 19 fours and three sixes while Crawley hit seven fours and a six in a 131-ball knock.

    Due to the pair’s enterprise, Kent moved to 106 for one at lunch and 236 for three at the second interval, with Dickson on 128.

    Unbeaten on 41 at lunch, Crawley was one of two wickets to fall in the second session, caught at first slip by Kieran Powell off Joseph.

    Captain Sam Billings made a breezy 25 off 29 balls with three fours and a six and added 40 with Dickson before he was run out by good work by Shai Hope at mid-wicket.

    Dickson eventually fell about half-hour after tea, holing out on the long-off boundary off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo at 259 for four.

    Gidman added 32 for the fifth wicket with Adam Ball (3) to push Kent up to 291 for four but Brathwaite made key strikes, knocking over Ball and Adam Rouse without scoring, as the hosts lost three wickets for four runs in quick time.

    Haggett, though, hung around for 44 balls to frustrate the tourists until Joseph struck in successive overs to finally put the innings on the ropes.


    WEST INDIES 265 (Shai Hope 57, Jermaine Blackwood 50, Kyle Hope 36, Alzarri Joseph 31; Charlie Hartley 4-80, Adam Ball 2-27, Adam Riley 2-37)

    KENT 331 for nine decl. (Sean Dickson 142, Zak Crawley 62, Will Gidman 42, Calum Haggett 29 not out; Alzarri Joseph 4-72, Kraigg Brathwaite 2-22)

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings 265

    KENT 1st Innings

    (overnight one for one)

    D Bell-Drummond c wkp Dowrich b Joseph 0

    S Dickson c Joseph b Bishoo 142

    Z Crawley c Powell b Joseph 62

    *S Billings run out 25

    W Gidman b Reifer 42

    A Ball st wkp Dowrich b Brathwaite 3

    +A Rouse b Brathwaite 0

    C Haggett not out 29

    C Hartley c Powell b Joseph 5

    A Riley b Joseph 0

    M Hunn not out 0

    Extras (lb6, nb12, w5) 23

    TOTAL (9 wkts decl., 93.2 overs) 331

    Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-182, 3-223, 4-259, 5-291, 6-295, 7295, 8-328, 9-330.

    Bowling: Joseph 22-5-72-4, Cummins 22.2-6-58-0, Reifer 24-3-100-1, Bishoo 16-1-74-1, Brathwaite 9-3-21-2.

    Position: Kent lead by 66 runs.

    Toss: West Indies.

    Umpires: J Middlebrook, A Wharf.

  • Barbados, T&T head for tense finish; Jamaica eye win

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Barbados hit back against defending champions Trinidad and Tobago while Jamaica got the upper hand against Leeward Islands, on the second day of the fourth round of the Regional Under-19 Championship here Monday.

    At Molineaux, Barbados entered the day trailing by 66 on first innings after being bundled out for a paltry 77 but returned to bowl out out T&T for 116 and set up an interesting final day on Tuesday.

    Sachin Seecharan once again led T&T with 40 while Avinash Mahabirsingh, batting at number nine, chipped in with 23.

    The Trinidadians failed to make the most of their first innings advantage, crashing to 18 for four before Seecharan and opener Leonardo Francis – who spent three hours and 140 balls over 17 – revived the innings in a 50-run, fifth wicket stand.

    Left-arm spinner Camarie Boyce was the best bowler with there for 33 while Kemar Burrowes (2-10), Jarion Hoyte (2-12) and Raniel Smith (2-12), all picked up two wickets each.

    Barbados require 183 on Tuesday for victory.

    At Conaree, Jamaica put the Leewards under pressure heading into the final day after securing a first innings lead of 56 runs.

    Resuming on 114 for four, they were eventually dismissed for 219 with Raewin Senior converting his overnight unbeaten 25 into 38 while Dominic Samuels got 30 and Darren Small, 28.

    They were 170 for seven at one stage but Samuels and Kristoph Virgo (22) rallied the innings in a 41-run eighth wicket stand.

    Fast bowler Kian Pemberton snatched four for 28.

    In their second turn at the crease, the Leewards lost two wickets in ending the day on 44 – still 12 runs behind.

    At St Paul’s, the contest between Guyana and Windward Islands seemed headed for a draw after the Guyanese batted all day to reach 206 for four and carve out a first innings lead of 52 runs.

    Resuming on 90 for one, they got half-centuries from Kevelon Anderson who made 60 and opener Javid Karim who converted his overnight unbeaten 44 into 57.

    The pair put on 81 for the second wicket to lay the foundation for the innings.

    At St Paul’s: Guyana lead by 52 runs with six wickets intact.

    WINDWARD ISLANDS 154 (Kimani Melius 77; Ashmead Nedd 5-37)

    GUYANA 206 for four (Kevelon Anderson 60, Javid Karim 57, Kevin Sinclair 29)

    At Molineaux: Barbados require 183 runs to win.

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 143 (Sachin Seecharan 53, Navin Bidaisee 51; Dante Niles 4-27, Jarion Hoyte 3-25) and 116 (Sachin Seecharan 40; Camarie Boyce 3-33, Kemar Burrowes 2-10)

    BARBADOS 77 (Avinash Mahabirsingh 5-28)

    At Conaree: Leewards trail by 12 runs with eight second innings wickets intact.

    LEEWARD ISLANDS 163 (Jamie Cornelius 40, Dimitri Adams 36, Kadeem Henry 31; Brad Barnes 5-37, Kristoph Virgo 3-56) and 44 for two.

    JAMAICA 219 (Andre McCarty 42, Raewin Senior 38, Dominic Samuels 30, Darren Small 28; Kiam Pemberton 4-28)

  • Law pleased with Windies batters in tour opener

    CHELMSFORD, England, CMC – West Indies head coach Stuart Law says the drawn Essex tour game was pivotal in helping the Caribbean accomplish their objectives, as they continued their preparation for the three-Test series against England starting later this month.

    The tourists put in a good shift with the bat during the three-day first class contest and also saw their bowlers get a good stint in the field, in what was the first of three tour games before the August 17 start of the Test series.

    Middle order batsman Roston Chase got half-centuries in both innings while opener Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood also notched fifties in the first innings.

    “We came here with a target of [getting] batsmen to spend some time in the middle [and] our top six have done that,” Law said.

    “Roston Chase has had quite a bit of time out there which is great for us but I think everyone has got a bit of time and understood what English wickets and conditions provide. The other guys who didn’t score all the runs they wanted to, [they know] that there are plenty hits in the nets.

    “We’ve come here and accomplished what we wanted to and the bowlers had a pretty good hit out too which is good.”

    West Indies posted 338 for eight declared in the first innings before limiting Essex to 185 for nine declared. The last two sessions of the second day were washed out.

    The Windies, however, suffered a top order slump in their second innings to be tottering on 30 for three before Chase (50 not out) and Shai Hope (46) put on 82 for the fourth wicket to stabilise the innings.

    Law said while the slide was not a major issue, batsmen needed to quickly come to grips with the English conditions.

    “I wasn’t too concerned. The mode of dismissals we’ll talk about as a batting group and we’ll work out what we can and can’t do,” the Australian explained.

    “There’s an easy way to score runs here and there’s a hard way so if we continue to learn, continue to ask questions we’re only going to get better but I’m glad like guys like Shai Hope had a decent hit in the middle.

    “I think he’s one of our class acts on tour and I’m looking forward to seeing him produce over the next couple weeks as well.”

    Law was also quick to praise returning seamer Kemar Roach who bowled superbly to pick up a five-wicket haul, in his first game back for West Indies following a 19-month break.

    The right-armer swung the ball prodigiously and caused trouble right throughout the Essex innings.

    “[He was] fantastic. It was great to see Kemar back in it,” Law said.

    “He’s been away from it for a while but to come back in and make a statement like that with a five-for and not just bowling well but really well, it’s really a good sign.”

    West Indies face Kent in their second three-day tour game starting Sunday.

  • Barbados crowned champions after nipping T&T

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Barbados crowned themselves champions of the Regional Under-15 Championship when they beat Trinidad and Tobago by 15 runs in the final round of the tournament here Friday.

    Needing just a point to clinch their fourth title, Barbados claimed full honours from the contest at North Stars in the rural northern parish of St Lucy, ending on 26.4 points.

    Leeward Islands, meanwhile, finished second on 19.8 points after beating Windward Islands by 59 runs at Windward Cricket club while Guyana, who finished fourth on 14.7 points, snatched a 26-run win over Jamaica at St Catherine.

    Windwards finished third on 13.9 points, Jamaica were fifth on 7.6 while win-less Trinidad and Tobago were last on 1.7.

    In the key fixture, leaders Barbados were dismissed for 172 off 43.3 overs after opting to bat first, with Che Simmons holding the innings together with a top score of 47 not out while Thierry Walcott got 23.

    The hosts were stumbling at 102 for seven in the 26th over until Simmons arrived to add 34 for the eighth wicket with captain Renacko Belgrave (19) and 34 for the last wicket with Jordan Knight (6).

    Justin Manick (2-22) and Darren Samlal (2-34) finished with two wickets apiece.

    In reply, opener Aaron Bankay struck an unbeaten 62 while Tariq Mohammed got 45 but both were sluggish innings and T&T found themselves short of their target when the 50 overs were completed.

    Bankay faced 150 balls and struck four boundaries while Mohammed hit four fours and a six off 94 deliveries, in a 92-run second wicket stand.

    Simmons returned to complete a strong all-round performance, taking two for 28.

    The Leewards also turned in a strong showing with the ball to successfully defend their modest total.

    Sent in, the Leewards were dismissed for 138 off 42.3 overs with Clinton Reece getting 28 and Kenny Sutton scoring 20.

    With the innings headed in the wrong direction at 59 for six in the 17th over, Sutton and Reece combined in a 42-run seventh wicket stand to propel their side past triple figures.

    Kervyn Gangadeen was the best bowler with three for 13 while Keygan Arnold took two for 23.

    In reply, the Windwards were bundled out for 79 with Jaden Carmichael destroying the innings with four for 30 and Carlton Tuckett getting two for 19.

    Guyana, too, ensured they finished their campaign on a winning note, tallying 139 for nine off 42 overs with Anthony Williams top-scoring with 35 and Ricardo Ramdeholl hitting 26.

    Brandon English was the best bowler with three for 20.

    Jamaica then faltered in their run chase, falling to 113 all out off 40.2 overs, despite Shemar Phillips’s 32.

    Andre Seepersaud (2-8), Sheldon Charles (2-21), Guarav Ramesh (2-23) and Romel Retemiah (2-28) all took two wickets each.

    At Windward Cricket Club: Leewards won by 59 runs.

    LEEWARD ISLANDS 138 all out off 42.3 overs (Clinton Reece 28; Kervyn Gangadeen 3-13)

    WINDWARD ISLANDS 79 all out off 33.4 overs (Jaden Carmichael 4-30)

    At North Stars: Barbados won by 15 runs.

    BARBADOS 172 off 43.3 overs (Che Simmons 47 not out, Thierry Walcott 23; Justin Manick 2-22)

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 157 for four off 50 overs (Aaron Bankay 62 not out, Tariq Mohammed 45; Che Simmons 2-28)

    At St Catherine: Guyana won by 26 runs.

    GUYANA 139 for nine off 42 overs (Anthony Williams 35, Ricardo Ramdeholl 26; Brandon English 3-20)

    JAMAICA 113 all out off 40.2 overs (Shemar Phillips 32; Sheldon Charles 2-21, Guarav Ramesh 2-23)

  • Ryan Maron named new Windies Assistant Coach

    CHELMSFORD, England – Cricket West Indies (CWI) today announced Ryan Maron as the new assistant coach with special responsibilities for fielding for the Windies team. The 42-year-old replaces Andre Coley, who was recently named as Head Coach for the Windward Islands Volcanoes.

    Maron, who played professionally for Western Province in South Africa, previously worked with the Dolphins franchise in South Africa and the Afghanistan men’s team as a fielding specialist.

    Jimmy Adams, CWI’s Director of Cricket, welcomed the new coach to the team management unit.

    “We are pleased to have Ryan join us. He has a vast knowledge of the game and has done some very good work. As we prepare for the upcoming Wisden Trophy Test Series in England and I am sure he will be a great addition to the coaching staff.”

    Maron joins Roddy Estwick and Toby Radford as the assistant coaches on the staff, headed by Stuart Law.

    Maron said: “This is a massive privilege to be involved in West Indies cricket and I’m delighted to join the Windies coaching staff. I have followed West Indies cricket over the years as a kid and then as a player and a coach and I’m just happy to be offered this opportunity to make a contribution as a coach.” 

    He added: “The game in the West Indies has a great history and here in this group we have a young bunch of cricketers who will perform well. I’m also looking forward to working with the ODI and T20 sides as we look to climb back up the ladder in world cricket.”

  • Roach, Chase shine in tame draw

    CHELMSFORD, England, CMC – Kemar Roach’s impressive five-wicket haul and Roston Chase’s second half-century, highlighted the final day of West Indies’ drawn three-day first class game against English County Essex here Thursday.

    Right-armer Roach added two wickets to his overnight tally to end with five for 43 as Essex rallied to declare their first innings on 185 for nine at the County Ground.

    Paul Walter, at number seven, held the hosts innings together with an unbeaten 68 after it tottered at 56 for six in the morning session.

    Batting a second time, the Windies quickly found themselves in trouble at 30 for three after Walter struck twice with his left-arm seam to leave the innings in strife.

    But the right-handed Chase carved out his second half-century of the contest with an unbeaten 50 while Shai Hope struck 46, as West Indies ended on 135 for four.

    Walter (2-14) and 20-year-old seamer Callum Taylor (2-20) both finished with two wickets apiece.

    Resuming the day on 47 for four after the last two sessions of Wednesday’s second day were washed out, West Indies struck in the fifth over of the day when captain and fast bowler Jason Holder removed Taylor for 13 with the score on 52, caught low down at third third slip by Kyle Hope.

    Three overs later, left-hander Nick Browne followed in similar fashion, nicking Roach to Hope at third slip, after failing to add to his overnight 16 in the 24 additional deliveries faced.

    However, Walter and Aron Nijjar, who made 30, propped up the innings in a 50-run, seventh wicket stand. Walter struck nine fours and a six off 139 deliveries while Nijjar counted six fours in a breezy 37-ball innings.

    Pacer Miguel Cummins, who ended with two for 43, broke the stand when he had Nijjar caught at slip by Kieran Powell and Roach claimed his five-wicket haul when he had Aaron Beard playing on for 10.

    On 138 for eight at lunch, Essex fared well afterwards as Walter and Matt Dixon put on a defiant 53 for the ninth wicket to hold up the Windies march.

    Walter returned to haunt the Caribbean side with the ball again, claiming Kraigg Brathwaite caught at the wicket for two in the second over before bowling Kyle Hope first ball without scoring in his next over.

    When Powell was taken at the wicket off Taylor for 27 off 26 balls, the Windies were slumping badly but Chase and Shai Hope put on an attractive 82 for the fourth wicket to restore order.

    Chase faced 80 balls and struck eight fours and a six while Hope’s innings consumed 59 deliveries and included nine fours.

    West Indies face Kent on Sunday in their second three-day tour match.


    WEST INDIES 338 for eight decl. (Roston Chase 81, Kraigg Brathwaite 61, Jermaine Blackwood 59, Shane Dowrich 44 not out; Callum Taylor 2-44, Paul Walter 2-54) and 135 for four (Roston Chase 50 not out, Shai Hope 46, Kieran Powell 27; Paul Walter 2-14, Callum Taylor 2-20)

    ESSEX 185 for nine decl. (Paul Walter 68 not out, Aron Nijjar 30; Kemar Roach 5-43, Miguel Cummins 2-43)

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings 338-8 decl.

    ESSEX 1st Innings

    (overnight 47 for four)

    V Chopra c K Hope b Roach 0

    N Browne c K Hope b Roach 16

    D Lawrence b Roach 8

    +A Wheater lbw b Roach 0

    *R ten Doeschate lbw b Cummins 6

    C Taylor c K Hope b Holder 13

    P Walter not out 68

    A Nijjar c Powell b Cummins 30

    A Beard b Roach 10

    M Dixon lbw b Bishoo 8

    S Cook not out 0

    Extras (b10, nb13, lb3) 26

    TOTAL (9 wkts decl., 61.5 overs) 185

    Bowling: Roach 18-6-43-5, Cummins 14.5-3-43-2, Holder 15-2-56-1, Chase 5-1-13-0, Bishoo 9-3-17-1.

    WEST INDIES 2nd Innings

    K Brathwaite c wkp Wheater b Walter 2

    K Powell c wkp Wheater b Taylor 27

    K Hope b Walter 0

    S Hope c Chopra b Taylor 46

    R Chase not out 50

    J Blackwood not out 7

    Extras (lb1, nb2) 3

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 31 overs) 135

    Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-15, 3-30, 4-112.

    Bowling: Cook 6-2-17-0, Walter 3-0-14-2, Taylor 7-2-20-2, Beard 5-0-35-0, Dixon 5-0-30-0, Nijjar 5-0-18-0.

    Result: Match drawn.

    Toss: Essex.

    Umpires: N Cowley, T Lungley.