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  • New and improved Match Centre for Digicel Regional 4-Day

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Cricket West Indies (CWI) continues its role and function to grow the coverage of the Digicel Regional 4Day Championships, via the match centre on

    Cricket fans can follow ball by ball scores either on the website or via the WINDIES LIVE smartphone app, available on Android Google Play and the Apple App store.

    Fans will find full scorecards for each match, in addition to team, tournament and player statistics after each match and round of play. The tournament points standings are also updated after each round to reflect results and points leaders.

    CWI's new Match Centre on View full scorecards, team, tournament and player statistics.

    The live video streaming will be expanded to three cameras mid-way the tournament, giving fans will receive a better viewing experience. Audio commentary will also be available. Viewers will also be able to access wicket replays and full replay of matches available on the match centre platform from today (Tuesday, November 7).

    Commercial Director, Dominic Warne, says, “we’re delighted to increase the opportunities for our fans to watch live cricket. Streaming these Digicel Regional 4 Day Championship matches ensures that both avid fans and newcomers to cricket have the chance to follow every game and watch their local stars and future WINDIES heroes, wherever they are in the world.”

    This will also serve as the platform to reach not only the West Indian diaspora abroad, but to also make inroads in the Asian cricket market as well as non-traditional cricket markets.

    “The Digicel Regional 4Day Championships continue to be the premier tournament that fuels our cricket, particularly our Test team. We believe in growing and nurturing this product that has proven to be a success in the past and will only continue to aid West Indies Cricket in the future,” noted Warne.

    Round 3 bowls off this Thursday

    • Jamaica Scorpions vs Barbados Pride – Sabina Park
    • Leeward Islands Hurricanes vs Guyana Jaguars – Warner Park
    • Trinidad & Tobago Red Force vs Windward Islands Volcanoes – Queen’s Park Oval
  • Official Points Standings after the second round

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

    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

  • Cottrell, Mayers help Windies A level series

    FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica, CMC – Man-of-the-Match Sheldon Cottrell conjured up a lethal spell to fire West Indies A to a series-levelling 45-run win over Sri Lanka A in the final one-dayer of the three-match series here Sunday.

    Defending a paltry 152 at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, the hosts bundled Sri Lanka A out for 107 in the 39th over, with left-arm speedster Cottrell taking four for 19 from 8.3 overs.

    Opener Nipun Karunanayake top-scored with 47 but was one of just four batsmen in double figures and the only one to pass 13.

    Cottrell disposed of Sandun Weerakkody (6) and Roshen Silva (3) cheaply to leave the innings tottering on 12 for two in the fifth over.

    And when captain Dhananjaya De Silva was caught at the wicket off fast bowler Odean Smith for three, the visitors were slumping at 28 for three in the 11th over.

    Sheldon Cottrell with his signature salute celebration in the third One-day match between Windies “A” and Sri Lanka “A” on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the Trelawny Multiplex. © CWI Media/Athelstan Bellamy

    Karunanayake, who faced 113 deliveries and struck two fours, put on 25 for the fourth wicket with Charith Asalanka (10) – the highest stand of the innings – but once they were separated, the last seven wickets perished for 54 runs.

    Seamer Kyle Mayers was also superb, taking three for 24 to destroy the lower order.

    Earlier, Shamarh Brooks top-scored with 35 while Andre McCarthy got 27 but Windies A also faltered after opting to bat first.

    They were well placed on 115 for four just after the halfway stage but declined to lose their last six wickets for 37 runs.

    Windies A were undermined by left-arm pacer Vimukthi Perera who grabbed four for 25 while seamers Lahiru Kumara (2-30) and Shehan Madushanka (2-35) supported with two wickets apiece.

    Perera accounted for Montcin Hodge for one and Rahkeem Cornwall for 18, to leave the hosts on 22 for two in the seventh over.

    Brooks anchored two small but crucial stands, putting on 41 for the third wicket with Sunil Ambris (20) and a further 30 for the fourth wicket with McCarthy.

    Umpire Verdayne Smith watches Kyle Mayers bowl in the third One-day match between Windies “A” and Sri Lanka “A” on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the Trelawny Multiplex. © CWI Media/Athelstan Bellamy

    However, Brooks and McCarthy fell within 22 runs of each other and West Indies A then failed to recover.


    M Hodge  c wkp Weerakkody b Perera 1

    R Cornwall c Silva b Perera 18

    S Brooks c wkp Weerakkody b Perera 35

    S Ambris run out 20

    A McCarthy c wkp Weerakkody b Kumara 27

    J Campbell c wkp Weerakkody b Kumara 8

    *+J Hamilton b Aponsu 19

    K Mayers c Hasaranga b Madusanka 3

    S Cotterell b Madusanka 0

    O Smith b Perera 9

    R Beaton  not out 0

    Extras (lb2, w9, nb1) 12

    TOTAL (all out, 44.1 overs) 152

    Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-22, 3-63, 4-93, 5-115, 6-122, 7-129, 8-129, 9-152, 10-152.

    Bowling: Perera 9.1-0-25-4, Kumara 8-0-30-2, Madusanka 8-2-35-2, Aponsu 8-1-25-1, Jayasuriya 10-1-31-0, de Silva 1-0-4-0.


    +S Weerakkody b Cottrell 6

    N Karunanayake c Cornwall b Cottrell 47

    R Silva b Cottrell 3

    *D de Silva c wkp Hamilton b Smith 3

    C Asalanka c Campbell b Cornwall 10

    W Hasaranga lbw b Cornwall 0

    S Jayasuriya c Cornwall b Mayers 13

    S Madusanka b Mayers 0

    A Aponsu c Cornwall b Mayers 2

    V Perera c Campbell b Cottrell 13

    L Kumara not out 2

    Extras (lb4, w4) 8

    TOTAL (all out, 38.3 overs) 107

    Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-12, 3-28, 4-53, 5-53, 6-68, 7-68, 8-80, 9-102, 10-107.

    Bowling: Cottrell 8.3-2-19-4, Beaton 9-0-22-0, Smith 3-0-15-1, Cornwall 10-2-23-2, Mayers 8-0-24-3.

    Result: West Indies A won by 45 runs.

    Series: Three-match series tied 1-1.

    Player-of-the-Match: Sheldon Cottrell.

    Umpires: P Gustard, V Smith.

  • Red Force, Scorpions draw despite Khan heroics

    TAROUBA, Trinidad, CMC – Leg-spinner Imran Khan snatched his 19th five-wicket haul in first class cricket but it proved in vain as Trinidad and Tobago Red Force were held to a draw by Jamaica Scorpions on the final day of their second round contest here Sunday.

    The 33-year-old finished with six for 59 as Scorpions, resuming the day on 29 for one in their second innings were dismissed for a paltry 141 at the Brian Lara Stadium.

    Captain Paul Palmer top-scored with 52 and Derval Green got 30 but the visitors collapsed from 100 for four at one stage, losing their last six wickets for just 41 runs.

    Set 193 for victory, Red Force ended on 84 or three with captain Denesh Ramdin hitting an unbeaten 31 and Green returning with his pace to capture two for 55.

    Red Force stumbled early on losing both

    File: Imran Khan delivery stride on the first day of the sixth round match between Barbados Pride and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Kensington Oval. Photo by WICB Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks Latouche Photography

    openers as Jeremy Solozano fell for seven and Amir Jangoo for 17, both to Green in successive overs.

    Solozano was caught at the wicket and Jangoo bowled, as Red Force slipped to 29 for two and when Roshon Primus was run out for nine, Red Force were in deeper trouble at 45 for three.

    But Ramdin battened down the hatches in an innings lasting 42 deliveries and a shade over three-quarters of an hour, as he put on 39 with Tion Webster who ended 15 not out.

    Earlier, Scorpions slipped to 48 for four in the morning session after Garth Garvey (20), Brandon King (3) and Assad Fudadin (8), all fell in quick succession.

    With Scorpions only 99 runs ahead at this stage, Palmer and Green came together to frustrate Red Force in a 52-run fifth wicket partnership and take their side to lunch at 67 for four.

    For Palmer, it was his third first class half-century and he faced 183 balls, in just under 3-1/4 hours and struck three fours.

    Green, meanwhile, thumped three fours and a six in 69-ball knock before driving firmly back to Imran Khan who took a smart catch diving to his right.

    With six runs added, Romaine Morrison followed, caught low down at forward short leg by Solozano off Imran Khan for five.

    And first inning century-maker Fabian Allen offered little resistance this time around when he failed to score, missing a cut five balls later in the same over and seeing his stumps rattled.

    Palmer reached the tea interval on 48 with Scorpions 133 for eight, and managed to add just four more runs before he was ninth out to the third ball following the resumption, lbw to left-arm spinner Khary Pierre.

    SCORPIONS 1st innings 431

    RED FORCE 1st innings 380-7 decl.

    SCORPIONS 2nd innings (overnight 29 for one)

    T Griffith c Richards b Primus 10

    G Garvey b Imran Khan 20

    A Fudadin c wkp Jangoo b Imran Khan 8

    B King lbw b Richards 3

    *P Palmer lbw b K Pierre 52

    D Green c and b Imran Khan 30

    +R Morris c Solozano b Imran Khan 5

    F Allen b Imran Khan 0

    D Bulli lbw b Imran Khan 3

    J Dawes not out 2

    P Harrison c Charles b Pierre 3

    Extras (b3, nb2) 5

    TOTAL (all out, 83 overs) 141

    Fall of wicket: 1-18, 2-37, 3-40, 4-48, 5-100, 6-106, 7-106, 8-119, 9-137, 10-141.

    Bowling: Richards 11-6-13-1, Primus 5-2-16-1, Imran Khan 37-12-59-6, Pierre 19-5-40-2, Charles 11-7-10-0.

    RED FORCE 2nd Innings (target: 193 runs)

    +A Jangoo c wkp Morris b Green 8

    J Solozano b Green 17

    R Primus  run out 9

    *D Ramdin not out 31

    T Webster not out 15

    Extras (b1, w3) 4

    TOTAL (3 wkts, 19 overs) 84

    Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-29, 3-46.

    Bowling: Green 9-0-55-2, Dawes 7-0-23-0, Harrison 2-0-2-0, King 1-0-3-0.

    Result: Match drawn.

    Toss: Red Force.

    Umpires: J Wilson, D Butler.

  • Windies announce Test squad for Tour of New Zealand

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies has announced a 15-member Windies squad for the two-Test series on the Tour of New Zealand, starting later this month.


    Jason Holder (Captain)

    Kraigg Brathwaite (Vice-Captain)

    Sunil Ambris

    Devendra Bishoo

    Jermaine Blackwood

    Roston Chase

    Miguel Cummins

    Shane Dowrich

    Shannon Gabriel

    Shimron Hetmyer

    Shai Hope

    Alzarri Joseph

    Kieran Powell

    Raymon Reifer

    Kemar Roach

    Team Management Unit

    Stuart Law (Head Coach)

    Joel Garner (Team Operations Manager)

    Roddy Estwick (Assistant Coach)

    Toby Radford (Assistant Coach)

    Ryan Maron (Assistant Coach)

    C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist)

    Ronald Rogers (Strength & Fitness Coordinator)

    Jeffrey Gay (Massage Therapist)

    Dexter Augustus (Video Data Analyst)

    Philip Spooner (Media Relations Manager)

    Ambris has replaced Kyle Hope in the only change to the squad that earned a 1-0 series victory in Zimbabwe.

    The team will have a training camp until November 21 in Brisbane, Australia, before flying across the Trans-Tasman channel to New Zealand.

    Commenting on the squad, Chairman of the CWI Selection Panel, Courtney Browne said:“The panel congratulates the players and the entire team management unit on the series victory in Zimbabwe. It was a strong team effort and highlighted by those players that did not do as well as expected on the recent Tour of England, playing critical roles in the team’s success. 

    “Their success augurs well for the selection process and the philosophy of continuity which has underpinned our selection for the Tour of New Zealand, and not the chopping and changing mentality.”

    On the selection of Sunil Ambris, Browne said: “Sunil has replaced Kyle Hope in the squad, and this is on the basis of his consistent performances across formats and his outstanding returns for the Windies ‘A’ Team in the ‘Test’ series against Sri Lanka ‘A’. This type of consistency is very welcomed by the panel.

    “Kyle is encouraged to return to the first-class championship and turn in the strong performances his talent suggests he can deliver.”

  • Webster, Cariah dominate to leave contest in balance

    TAROUBA, Trinidad, CMC – Splendid hundreds from Tion Webster and Yannic Cariah pioneered a Trinidad and Tobago Red Force fightback to leave their second round match against Jamaica Scorpions interestingly poised here Saturday.

    The right-handed Webster, in only his fourth first class match, slammed a career-best 178 while Cariah, a left-hander, stroked 127, as Red Force compiled 380 for seven in their first innings on the penultimate day of the contest.

    Seamer Derval Green was the best bowler with three for 77 while left-arm spinner Paul Harrison finished with two for 60.

    In an attempt to force an outright result, captain Denesh Ramdin called time on the innings half hour from the close with Red Force still 51 runs behind on first innings, and the move quickly paid dividends as the visitors lost an early wicket to end on 29 for one.

    Left-hander Trevon Griffith fell in the sixth over of the innings, driving a Roshon Primus full toss to cover where Marlon Richards took a diving catch.

    They lead by 80 runs heading into Sunday’s final day the Brian Lara Stadium.

    Earlier, Webster and Cariah batted superbly to put on 273 for the fifth wicket as Red Force, resuming on 133 for four, dominated the first two sessions, keeping Scorpions without any success.

    Webster faced 316 deliveries and stroked 17 fours and five sixes as he recorded his second first class hundred, while Cariah notched his third with an innings that comprised 306 balls

    Trinidad and Tobago Red Force batsman Tion Webster smashes a drives during his knock of 178 against the Jamaica Scorpions on the third day's play of the Digicel Regional 4-Day tournament at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba. Photo: Red Force Cricket

    with 14 boundaries. Red Force went to lunch on 213 for four with Webster unbeaten on 96 and Cariah on 80, and the pair added a further 71 runs in the second session as both reached triple figures.

    Scorpions tasted success for the first time, 40 minutes after tea, when Cariah was brilliantly taken at deep mid-wicket by Green as he hit out against Harrison.

    Webster then passed his 150 as he put on 61 for the sixth wicket with Primus whose 26 required only 35 balls and included three fours.

    Once Webster missed a sweep at a straight one from off-spinner Brandon King and was lbw, Primus followed in the next over, bowled around his legs by full length delivery from Harrison, with the declaration coming soon after.

    SCORPIONS 1st innings 431

    RED FORCE 1st innings (overnight 133 for four)

    J Solozano c Allen b Green 1

    +A Jangoo c Allen b Dawes 13

    Y Cariah c Green b Harrison 127

    E Nicholson c wkp Morris b Green 2

    *D Ramdin c Palmer b Green 12

    T Webster lbw b King 178

    R Primus b Harrison 26

    Imran Khan not out 6

    M Richards not out 2

    Extras (b4, lb2, w3, nb4) 13

    TOTAL (7 wkts decl, 118 overs) 380

    Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-19, 3-22, 4-38, 5-311, 6-372, 7-372.

    Did not bat: B Charles, K Pierre.

    Bowling: Dawes 19-5-53-1, Green 27-6-77-3, Garvey 1-0-11-0, Harrison 27-6-60-2, Bulli 30-0-135-0, Allen 9-2-21-0, Fudadin 3-0-13-0, King 2-0-4-1.

    SCORPIONS 2nd innings

    T Griffith c Richards b Primus 10

    G Garvey not out 17

    A Fudadin not out 0

    Extras (nb2) 2

    TOTAL (1 wkt, 12 overs) 29

    Fall of wicket: 1-18.

    Bowling: Richards 3-0-10-0, Primus 5-2-16-1, Imran Khan 3-2-3-0, Pierre 1-1-0-0.

    Position: Scorpions lead by 80 runs with nine second innings wickets remaining.

    Toss: Red Force.

    Umpires: J Wilson, D Butler.

  • Jaguars dismiss Volcanoes to win second on trot

    File: Veerasammy Permaul leaves the field of play with the match ball on the final day of the fourth round match between Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Guyana Jaguars in the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament.

    GROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – Guyana Jaguars made it a little messy in the end but rattled off their second straight win in the Regional four-day championship when they defeated Windward Island Volcanoes by seven wickets inside three days here Saturday.

    The three-time reigning champions limited the hosts to 244 all out in their second innings, with frontline left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul claiming four for 53 and West Indies A fast bowler Keon Joseph picking up three for 53.

    Nineteen-year-old seamer Sherfane Rutherford supported with two for 50 to end the match with an eight-wicket haul.

    Former Test batsman Kirk Edwards top-scored with 54, Kavem Hodge got 44 while skipper Tyrone Theophile scored 37 and Shane Shillingford, 36.

    Set a mere 39 runs for victory, Jaguars lost three wickets before stumbling over the line, to follow

    up their victory over Jamaica Scorpions in Georgetown last weekend. Resuming the day on 54 for one – still 152 runs behind – Volcanoes suffered an early blow when Theophile fell in the day’s second over after adding a single run to his overnight 36, edging Joseph to Rajindra Chandrika at second slip with the score on 58.

    Edwards then anchored a key 58-run, third wicket stand with Roland Cato, who made 19, as Volcanoes rebuilt.

    The right-handed Edwards faced 80 balls and struck four boundaries before becoming the first of two wickets to fall in the space of seven balls when he was smartly caught at first slip by Chandrika off Rutherford.

    Cato followed soon after to leave Volcanoes on 120 for four but Hodge arrived to prop up the innings in a 43-run, fifth wicket partnership with wicketkeeper Gian Benjamin who made 17, before adding a further 35 for the sixth wicket with Shillingford.

    Hodge struck five fours in a 96-ball knock before he was sixth out, playing on to Joseph, sparking a slide that saw the last five wickets fall for 46 runs, as Permaul ran through the tail.

    Jaguars then made things difficult for themselves as they lost a handful of wickets before reaching their target.

    Chandrika top-edged an ill-advised pull at a short ball outside off-stump from pacer Obed McCoy and was caught by Hodge at short leg for seven with the score on nine.

    With the score on 25, Chandrapaul Hemraj fell for seven, nicking an uncertain prod at pacer Ray Jordan (2-23) and captain Leon Johnson flashed at a wide one from the same bowler and was taken at gully by Audy Alexander for four, with five runs added.

    VOLCANOES 1st innings 151

    JAGUARS 1st innings 357

    VOLCANOES 2nd Innings (overnight 54 for one)

    D Smith c Rutherford b Joseph 0

    *T Theophile c Chandrika b Joseph 39

    K Edwards c Chandrika b Rutherford 54

    R Cato c Johnson b Shepherd 19

    K Hodge b Joseph 44

    +G Benjamin c Vishaul Singh b Permaul 17

    S Shillingford c wkp Bramble b Permaul 36

    A Alexander c Chanderpaul b Permaul 11

    R Jordan c Permaul b Rutherford 11

    S Lewis lbw b Permaul 0

    O McCoy not out 0

    Extras (b3, lb6, w4, nb2) 15

    TOTAL (all out, 65.3 overs) 244

    Fall of wicket: 1-10, 2-58, 3-116, 4-120, 5-163, 6-198, 7-211, 8-236, 9-237, 10-244.

    Bowling: Joseph 16-4-53-3, Shepherd 13-5-43-1, Hemraj 1-1-1-0, Paul 7-0-36-0, Permaul 20.3-5-53-4, Rutherford 8-1-50-2.

    JAGUARS 2nd innings (target: 39 runs)

    T Chanderpaul not out 11

    R Chandrika c Hodge b McCoy 7

    C Hemray c wkp Benjamin b Jordan 8

    *L Johnson c Alexander b Jordan 4

    V Singh not out 8

    Extras (w2, nb1) 3

    TOTAL (3 wkts, 14.5 overs) 41

    Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-25, 3-30.

    Bowling: McCoy 3-1-8-1, Jordan 7-1-23-2, Cato 4.5-0-10-0.

    Result: Jaguars won by seven wickets.

    Toss: Jaguars.

    Umpires: Z Bassarath, C Tuckett.

  • Fletcher stars as Sixers make winning start

    SYLHET, Bangladesh, CMC – West Indies Twenty20 star Andre Fletcher helped raise the curtain on the 2017 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League in style, when he stroked a handsome half-century to steer Sylhet Sixers to a comfortable victory here Saturday.

    Chasing 137 at Sylhet International Stadium, Sixers swept past Dhaka Dynamites by nine wickets with 19 balls to spare, to make a winning start to the tournament.

    The right-handed Fletcher carved out 63 off 51 deliveries, blasting five fours and three sixes, as he added 125 for the first wicket with Sri Lankan Upul Thuranga who hammered an unbeaten 69 off 48 balls.

    They looked to be taking the hosts to victory when Fletcher perished in the 16th over, holing out to long-on off England leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

    Earlier, Dynamites mustered only 136 for seven off their 20 overs, with Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara top-scoring with 32 and West Indies opener Evin Lewis chipping in with 26.

    After losing Mehedi Maruf to the sixth ball of the innings, Dynamites benefitted from a 54-run stand between Sangakkara and Lewis.

    Left-hander Lewis, a rising star in international cricket, struck three fours and a six off 24 balls while Sangakkara faced 28 balls and also counted three fours and a six.

    West Indies big-hitter Kieron Pollard failed with 11 while former Jamaica and Windies left-arm pacer Krishmar Santokie went wicket-less from his four overs which cost 36 runs.

    In the second game of the doubleheader at the venue, not even a small cameo from two-time former T20 World Cup-winning captain, Darren Sammy, was enough to avert a six-wicket defeat for Rajshahi Kings.

    Sent in by Rangpur Riders, Kings rallied to 154 for eight off 20 overs, with Rony Talukdar top-scoring with 46 and Sammy blasting 29 off 18 balls, with a four and two sixes, down the order.

    Sammy put on a brisk 45 for the sixth wicket with New Zealander James Franklin (26 not out) after Kings slipped to 90 for five in the 13th over.

    In reply, Windies opener Johnson Charles fell cheaply for nine but Riders got 46 from Mohammad Mithun and an unbeaten 39 from Ravi Bopara, as they romped to their target with seven deliveries remaining.

  • Mission-minded Holder embracing team over self

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Jason Holder stumbled across success earlier than most.

    He gathered his maiden Test hundred in only his fourth match and had been entrusted with the one-day captaincy by age 23, and with just 21 ODIs behind him. Just months later and two shy of his 24th birthday, Holder was handed the cherished mantle of the Test captaincy, with just eight Tests under his belt.

    And while one would have understood the temptation to chase personal glory, the giant yet mild-mannered all-rounder has preoccupied himself with the concept of team, and the role of his abilities in the overall collective.

    He is almost philosophical as he articulates his role as a young captain and his expectations of the teams he leads, and deliberately never disconnects his performances from that of his unit.

    Holder turns 26 on Sunday and after 28 Tests, just over 1200 runs and a shade over 50 wickets, says he has found his footing in international cricket and now struck the right blend between leadership and player.

    “When Clive Lloyd was chairman [of selectors], he told me it takes three years to understand Test cricket and I felt it strange at that time to understand it, but as I’ve played a lot more Test cricket, I’ve seen so many different things that it’s clear to me that it probably would take you three, maybe four years to get attuned to actual Test cricket and the Test arena,” the unassuming Holder told CMC Sports in a wide-ranging interview prior to the start of the recent Zimbabwe series.

    “It was very difficult at the beginning finding a routine and things that work. I’ve done a fair bit of trial and error in terms of decision-making and ways I would like to push things down to the guys.

    “I think I am managing it a lot better now and that’s with the help of the guys because they have been so receptive and open to things I’ve brought.”

    Opening ceremony during the first day of the first Test match between Zimbabwe and WIndies at Queen's Sports Club, Bulawayo.

    And what he has brought has been a more disciplined approach in work ethic and an almost scholarly awareness of what team success comprises. He speaks about “the process” with a sense of religious fervour and the role of personal responsibility in team performance.

    It should not be surprising then, that West Indies, despite their lowly international ranking and  recent struggles, have shown glimpses of becoming the type of quality side the Caribbean has craved since the halcyon days decades ago.

    Holder’s first Test in charge was a chastening experience, an innings defeat to Sri Lanka in Galle and he subsequently went 11 matches without a win.

    However, he oversaw his first success when the Windies produced a magnificent effort to beat Pakistan by five wickets in the third and final

    Test in Sharjah last year October. The victory was their first in 19 months and the first on foreign soil in four years, and significantly, the first away win over a higher ranked side in almost 10 years.

    West Indies have since won a Test in every series following, beating Pakistan in Bridgetown last May in the return Home Series before stunning England at Headingley in August – the Caribbean side’s first Test win on English soil in 17 years.

    That a young side with an average age of 26 and without a single player with 50 Tests could be making small but purposeful strides, is no accident. According to Holder, this success has come from a relentless focus on the process instead of the end result.

    In addition, he said the current group of players, though relatively inexperienced, represented a special breed who had West Indies cricket at heart.

    “There’s no point sitting down thinking about results. You’ve got to do so many things in order to get a result and that’s the process,” he explained.

    “And I just like to dial in on the process – what is required of each individual in order for us to get the team goals achieved – and everybody needs to understand their role and go out there and execute their role. I think that makes the job a lot easier.”

    He added: “I must say the Test team is probably easier to manage where everybody is pushing towards the same goals. It’s not to say that’s not the same in the one-day team but this Test team I believe brings a new kind of feeling towards West Indies cricket, in my opinion.

    “There’s a great sense of something to look forward to and I can feel it within the group, and I don’t think we’re that far off from clicking it. We’ve been together for a little while now so hopefully going forward, if we can stay together a lot longer, we can do some special things on the field.”

    Despite the heavy responsibility of captaincy, Holder has also recognised the need for personal development and has quietly gone about his business, carving out a niche as a genuine all-rounder.

    His unbeaten 103 in Antigua two years ago came under tough circumstances on the final day of the opening Test, helping West Indies to a tense draw. He has gone on to add five half-centuries and now has six overall, and his 110 against Zimbabwe in the second Test in Bulawayo last week, was further proof of his immense ability with the bat.

    While he averages 30 at the crease, his 52 wickets have come at 37 apiece, and with a single five-wicket haul to his name, Holder is anxious to correct this record. However, he again stressed that team goals remained paramount, noting he was comfortable playing the role required by the team as situations dictated.

    “It’s been a while since I scored a Test hundred and I would really love to end off the year at least scoring one. It’s difficult to bat at number eight and get one but I don’t think it is impossible,” he pointed out prior to scoring his second hundred.

    “But I just try to bat situation, I don’t really get too caught up with personal goals because you never know what situation you will be faced with in a game and I am a big believer in playing for the team.

    “As captain, that is something I really want to push down to the other guys in the group so I don’t really get too caught up in personal glory. I just try to to do what is required for the team and if the team requires me to go out there and dig in, I dig in.

    “If it’s a chance for me to express myself, I try to express myself depending on which role I have in terms of the bowling. At the end of the day, I would really love to have a Test century at the end of the year and at least another five-wicket haul as well.”

    The Barbadian is driven not simply by performance but by a sense of mission. And with his responsibilities spawning both the Test and one-day formats, he is acutely aware that his fitness is key to the targets he has set.

    Though the heavy workload associated with a busy international schedule has taken its toll, Holder said the sense of commitment to team has continued to drive him onto the field, regardless of small injuries from time to time.

    “During tours you can get a bit of topping up done but there’s not much time to actually put your fitness together so I just try to make sure I’m ready for the next day,” he noted.

    “I’ve been battling through some niggling injuries as well but nothing to keep me off the park. I just try to cross the [boundary] line every time and when I cross the line, I make sure I’m able to give a hundred per cent.”

  • 2nd One Day Match rained out, not a ball bowled

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – Not a ball was bowled in the second One-day match between Windies “A” and Sri Lanka “A” today at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, due to wet conditions caused by rain.

    Windies “A” trail in the three-match series 0-1, following a two-wicket defeat in the first One-day match on Wednesday at the same venue.

    The series concludes on Sunday at the Trelawny Multiplex in Florence Hall on the Jamaica north coast.

    Covers protect the pitch in the second One-day match between Windies “A” and Sri Lanka “A” on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Sabina Park. © CWI Media/Athelstan Bellamy
    Groundstaff pull the covers on in the second One-day match between Windies “A” and Sri Lanka “A” on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Sabina Park. © CWI Media/Athelstan Bellamy