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  • Record-breaking Smith, steady Permaul are top performers

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Left-handers Devon Smith of Windward Islands Volcanoes and Veerasammy Permaul of Guyana Jaguars were the top individual performers in the 2017-18 Digicel 4-Day Championship which ended on Sunday.

    Smith gathered 1,095 runs at an average of 84.23 to cover himself in personal glory. He became the fourth batsman to score more than 1,000 runs in a single WINDIES first-class season and establish a new record for the most runs in a single WINDIES first-class season.

    It was a remarkable achievement for the veteran left-handed opener, considering he reached the mark in just 10 matches. He earns the Viv Richards Award and a US $1,500 cheque.

    Permaul collected exactly 50 wickets at 18.90 apiece. It is the second time that the left-arm spinner has finished with the most wickets in a season. He earns the Courtney Walsh Award and a US $1,500 prize.

    Jaguars’ Anthony Bramble effected 45 dismissals, comprising 42 catches and three stumpings, and was the leading wicketkeeper this season and takes the Deryck Murray Award and a US $1,500 cheque, the same amount that has been secured by Jonathan Carter along with the Clive Lloyd Award for holding 17 catches in the field.

    Two other individual awards, chosen by the selection panel of Cricket West Indies, have been announced.

    John Campbell of Jamaica Scorpions has earned the Malcolm Marshall Award and a US $1,500 payday for being the top all-rounder, having accumulated 603 runs at an average of 43.07 and collected 19 wickets at 24.52 apiece.

    Shermon Lewis of Windward Islands Volcanoes has won the Andy Roberts Award and a US $1,000 cheque for being the most promising fast bowler. He collected 30 wickets at 21.70 apiece in his first full season of the #D4Day.

    Champions Guyana Jaguars also pocketed US $36,000, comprising US $15,000 for winning the Championship and US $21,000 for winning seven matches.

    For winning each match, the teams gained US $3,000. As a result, Barbados Pride and Jamaica Scorpions earned US $9,000, and Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Windward Islands Volcanoes and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force pocketed US $6,000.

    TOP PERFORMERS

    Following is the list of the most prolific batsmen and most successful bowlers in the 2017-18 Digicel 4-Day Championship after the ninth round of matches.

    Batting tabulated under: M-matches, I-innings, NO-not outs, R-runs, HS-highest scores, AVG-average, 100-hundreds, 50-half-centuries

    Bowling tabulated under: M-matches, O-overs, R-runs, W-wickets, BB-best bowling, AVG-average, 10w-10 wickets or more in a match, 5w-five wickets or more in an innings

  • Official points standings after the final round of matches

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

  • Wins for Jaguars and Pride, record for Smith highlights final day of season – 4th day, 10th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – It was far from a mundane final day of the Digicel 4-Day Championship season, as Guyana Jaguars were formally crowned champions for the fourth straight year on Sunday.

    Jaguars needed a mere 45 deliveries to complete an innings and 81 runs victory over Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, whose Jason Mohammed, the WINDIES One-day batsman, signed off the season with his seventh first-class hundred on the final day of the 10th round match at the Guyana National Stadium.

    Jaguars captain Leon Johnson was beaming when he received the Headley/Weekes Trophy, symbol of WINDIES first-class supremacy, from CWI Director of Cricket and former WINDIES captain Jimmy Adams.


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    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

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     Keon Harding followed up a second hundred of the season for left-handed opener Shayne Moseley with incisive fast bowling to rip apart Jamaica Scorpions’ batting and set up a 216-run victory for Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval.

    And, Devon Smith covered himself in personal glory, when he collected his 35th first-class hundred, claimed the single season scoring record and shared a sensational, unbroken second-wicket stand with his captain Tyron Theophile, who notched a third first-class hundred, to earn Windward Islands Volcanoes a draw with Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Warner Park.


    Trinidad & Tobago Red Force (135) & (324) lost to Guyana Jaguars (540-9 dec) by an innings and 81 runs in Providence, Guyana

    Though Mohammed finished undefeated on 103, there was little joy for Red Force.

    Mohammed faced 210 balls in nearly 4 ¼ hours at the crease, and counted 16 fours.

    On 92 at the start, Mohammed received great support from Bryan Charles on the way to his landmark, as the pair put on 30 for the ninth wicket.

    But Charles was bowled by left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul for 15 in the seventh over of the day and Anderson Phillip followed in the next over, lbw to Keemo Paul for 11.

    Permaul ended with 3-73 from 29 overs and Paul finished with 3-118 from 19.5 overs to be the main destroyers in the Red Force second innings.

    The wicket meant Permaul ended the season with 50 and Paul with 45.

    The victory was the seventh for Jaguars and allowed them to finish the season unbeaten, but the defeat was the fourth on the trot for Red Force, leaving them to ponder what unfolded in a season they entered with great promise only to finish at the bottom of the table.


    Barbados Pride (427) & 169-0 beat Jamaica Scorpions (247) & (133) by 216 runs in Bridgetown, Barbados

    Needing a Herculean effort to avoid defeat, Scorpions found no such resolve after being set exactly 350 for victory and were bowled out about three quarters-of-an-hour into the final session.

    The slim Harding, playing in his fifth first-class match, led the Pride’s young pace quartet dutifully, grabbing a career-best 5-66 from 10.5 overs.

    Lanky left-arm fast bowler Dominic Drakes, son of former WINDIES all-rounder Vasbert Drakes, playing in his first match, due to injury to WINDIES fast bowler Miguel Cummins, and former WINDIES Under-19 all-rounder Justin Greaves completed the demolition with identical figures of 2-11 from four overs.

    Earlier, Moseley, playing in his maiden first-class season, made an even, undefeated 100, as Pride declared about 25 minutes before lunch, after resuming a rain-marred day on 147 without loss.

    Moseley, starting the day on 87, reached his landmark in an innings that spanned a shade over three hours, required 173 deliveries and included 11 fours and a six.

    His senior partner and club-mate, WINDIES opener Kraigg Brathwaite, added eight to his overnight 50, hitting six fours off 105 balls.

    After rain prevented play in the first session, Pride declared 31 balls into the second session, leaving the visitors with just under two sessions to survive.

    The result gave the hosts their third win of the season, ensuring they finished a campaign that started on shaky ground in the runners-up spot behind the Jags for the fourth straight season. Scorpions’ fourth defeat meant they fell to fourth in the final standings.


    Windward Islands Volcanoes (197) & 342-1 drew with Leeward Islands Hurricanes (405-9 dec) in Basseterre, St. Kitts

    Smith slammed a majestic, undefeated 151 – his 29th WINDIES first-class hundred – and Theophile cracked a superb, unbeaten 160 – to erase any prospects of the Hurricanes claiming a season-ending victory.

    The left-handed Smith, batting at three, started the match with 944 runs. His 5 ½-hour vigil which included 15 boundaries from 289 balls ensured not only that he became the fourth batsman to score 1,000 runs in a season.

    He also eliminated the record of 1,068 held by former Jaguars and WINDIES batsman Narsingh Deonarine for the most runs in a single WINDIES first-class season.

    His stand of 323 – unbroken – with Theophile also established a new record for the second wicket in the 152-year history of WINDIES first-class competitions.

    The result however, meant more to Hurricanes, as they finished third in the table, their highest finish after more than a decade of languishing near the bottom.

    For Volcanoes, it was satisfactory conclusion to a season that started in uncertainty, due to the destruction that Hurricane Maria wrought on their training base in Dominica. After struggling to find their feet in the first half of the season, they recovered to play unbeaten through their last five games.

  • Jaguars within reach of victory to end the season unbeaten – 3rd day, 10th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Guyana Jaguars bowlers mowed down the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force batting in the final hour on Saturday and looked set to cap their side’s fourth straight title success with a season-ending victory in the Digicel 4-Day Championship.

    But WINDIES One-day batsman Jason Mohammed was within reach of his seventh first-class hundred and made Leon Johnson’s side keep the champagne on ice on the third day of their 10th and final round contest at the Guyana National Stadium.


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    • Also, get the scores of the matches

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    Opener Shayne Moseley hit his second half-century of the match and WINDIES opener Kraigg Brathwaite got his own to upstage a face-saving 72 from Chadwick Walton, and fortify Barbados Pride’s grip on their match against Jamaica Scorpions at Kensington Oval. 

    And, Windward Islands Volcanoes suffered an early setback, after Devon Thomas hit a career-best hundred to put Leeward Islands Hurricanes in control of their day/night match at Warner Park.


    Trinidad & Tobago Red Force (135) & 282-8 vs Guyana Jaguars (540-9 dec) in Providence, Guyana 

    Mohammed’s effort appears unlikely to save Red Force from a heavy defeat and their fourth straight, after they lost a cluster of wickets in the final hour to undermine their stability.

    Red Force had looked in good shape, but collapsed from 244 for three, losing five wickets in the final hour to stagger to the brink of defeat. 

    Mohammed’s unbeaten 92, an innings that has so far included 14 boundaries from 185 deliveries in around 2 ½ hours, helped Red Force to keep up appearances however.

    Tion Webster supported with a whirlwind 77 off 54 balls and Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin, the former WINDIES captain, struck 47, missing out on his second half-century of the match and fifth of the campaign. 

    Fast-medium bowlers Sherfane Rutherford and Keemo Paul, along with left-arm spinners Veerasammy Permaul and Gudadesh Motie, all finished with two wickets apiece, as they carried their side to the brink of finishing the season unbeaten.

    Earlier, WINDIES left-handed all-rounder Raymon Reifer notched his maiden first-class century, when he converted his overnight 85 into an unbeaten 108, as Jaguars the piled the pressure on the Red Force.

    Reifer, playing only his third match of the season after returning from WINDIES duty, faced 217 balls in a shade under five hours at the crease and struck 10 fours.

    More significantly, he extended his eighth-wicket stand with Keemo Paul to 88, completely shutting Red Force out of the game.

    Paul, a WINDIES Under-19 World Cup winner, was not out on 35 overnight, but pushed on to make 53.


    Barbados Pride (427) & 147-0 vs Jamaica Scorpions (247) in Bridgetown, Barbados

    Moseley followed up his first innings 79 with an unbeaten 87 and was closing in on his second hundred in his maiden first-class season.

    Club-mate Brathwaite was not out on 50 in an unfinished opening stand that has extended the Pride’s lead to 327, heading into Sunday’s final day. 

    Earlier, Scorpions survived a wobble at the start of the day to consolidate, thanks to a 68-run, sixth-wicket stand between Walton and WINDIES teammate Rovman Powell.

    The visitors lost overnight batsman Paul Palmer for two and then Fabian Allen without scoring inside the first half-hour before Walton combined with Powell to halt the rut.

    Walton slammed 10 fours and one six from 82 balls and Powell belted six fours and a couple of sixes in a 47-ball cameo before they were both dismissed within four overs of each other in the final half-hour before lunch.

    Tottering on 200 for seven at the interval, it was left to Scorpions captain Nikita Miller coax some valuable runs from the tail following the interval and get his side close to 250.


    Windward Islands Volcanoes (197) & 28-1 vs Leeward Islands Hurricanes (405-9 dec) in Basseterre, St. Kitts 

    Thomas slammed an impressive 172 that included 12 fours and five sixes from 253 balls in 5 ¼ hours at the crease. 

    He anchored two successive century stands with Montcin Hodge and Terence Warde that put the Hurricanes firmly behind the wheel.

    WINDIES “A” Team opener Hodge made 61 and Warde scored 47, but purposeful knocks of 40 from Rahkeem Cornwall, 37 from Jeremiah Louis and 31 from Jahmar Hamilton beefed up the Hurricanes’ total. 

    Kyle Mayers was the pick of the Volcanoes bowlers with 3-64 from 17.4 overs and spinner Larry Edward snared 3-109 from 38 overs.

    Volcanoes, trailing by 208, lost former WINDIES Test vice-captain Kirk Edwards cheaply, but their captain Tyron Theophile, not out on 10, and veteran Devon Smith, not out on nine, carried them through to the close. 

    This is Smith’s last chance to make an assault on the record books, chasing the 1,000-run mark and the single-season record of 1,068.

  • CWI sends condolences to Windies U19 player Joshua Persaud

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Cricket West Indies (CWI) would like to express heartfelt condolences to WINDIES U19 player Joshua Persaud on the death of his mother, who died in a car accident in the USA. 

    Persaud has been a part of the WINDIES U19 team currently participating at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. All arrangements were made by CWI to allow him to immediately depart for Guyana to be with family and close ones during this difficult time.

    Both Persaud and injured player Raymond Perez, left New Zealand last night and are on their way back home to Guyana. Brad Barnes will depart the Caribbean today, en route to New Zealand to replace Perez. No replacement has been requested for Persaud.

    CWI sends its prayers and thoughts to the Persaud family and with Joshua’s teammates in New Zealand during this time.

  • Jaguars take command against Red Force – 2nd day, 10th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Purposeful batting from all-rounders Sherfane Rutherford and Raymon Reifer looked set to put Guyana Jaguars firmly in charge against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the Digicel 4-Day Championship on Friday.

    Rutherford narrowly missed out on a maiden first class century while Test star Raymon Reifer was closing in on three figures, as Trinidad and Tobago Red Force felt the full might of the Jaguars’ batting power on the second day of their 10th and final round match at the Guyana National Stadium.


    • 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.


     Barbados Pride’s young pace quartet of Chemar Holder, Keon Harding, Justin Greaves and Dominic Drakes brought to life a pedestrian day with hostile bowling in the final session to put Jamaica Scorpions on the back-foot at Kensington Oval.

    And, only 2.4 overs were possible between Leeward Islands Hurricanes and Windward Islands Volcanoes, due to a wet outfield.


    Trinidad & Tobago Red Force (135) vs Guyana Jaguars (466-7) in Providence, Guyana

    Rutherford, batting at number eight, lashed an enterprising top score of 93 and Reifer was unbeaten on 85.

    WINDIES left-hander Shimron Hetmyer, in his first innings of the season, made 46, wicketkeeper/batsman Anthony Bramble got 42 and Tagenarine Chanderpaul added 36 to put the Jaguars in command.

    Part-time leg-spinner Yannic Cariah and off-spinner Bryan Charles finished with two wickets apiece, but the Red Force attack was forced to labour on a day of few rewards.

    Starting the day on 116 for one, Jaguars found themselves at the crossroads on 198 for five, but any hope Red Force had of limiting the damage disappeared, as Reifer, Rutherford and Bramble all tucked into the visitors’ attack.

    Reifer, the WINDIES all-rounder, playing his third match since returning from the Tour of New Zealand, put on 52 for the sixth wicket with Bramble, who hammered a pair of fours and four sixes in a 32-ball, counter-attacking knock.

    Bramble’s dismissal paved the way for Rutherford’s arrival, as the 19-year-old forged the best stand of the innings – a 161-run partnership with Reifer for the seventh wicket.

    Rutherford slammed 11 fours and four sixes in a knock requiring only 133 balls in 2 1/2 hours at the crease. It was his second first-class half-century, following his 51 last November against Volcanoes.

    Reifer posted his 11th half-century at this level, facing 163 balls in just over 3 3/4 hours and striking nine fours.

    With a century within touching distance, Rutherford was however, bowled by Tion Webster, but once again Red Force found themselves thwarted, as new batsman Keemo Paul piled on the pressure with an unbeaten 35 off 32 deliveries in an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 55 with Reifer.


    Barbados Pride (427) vs Jamaica Scorpions 93-3 in Bridgetown, Barbados

    Extracting pace and bounce from the helpful pitch, the Pride pace quartet rattled the Scorpions’ top order, claiming the prized scalp of WINDIES batsman Jermaine Blackwood.

    This followed close to five hours of dour play from the Pride batting which featured a career-best 166 from their captain Shamarh Brooks before they were bowled out about half-hour after tea.

    No other Pride batsman reached 50, but overnight batsman Jonathan Carter made 36 and left-hander Drakes, batting at eight, hit a brisk 33.

    Scorpions’ batsmen approached their task with typical flair, but this hardly deterred the young Pride quartet and cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd, they reaped rewards.

    Holder made the breakthrough, when WINDIES “A” opener John Campbell was caught off the top edge for 16 by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, running to gully, from a miscued pull at a short ball.

    Three overs later, WINDIES “A” batsman Andre McCarthy was caught behind for three off Harding for three to leave Scorpions 38 for two.

    Blackwood came to the crease with Walton, they gave as good as he got from the pacers, who kept coming and continued to beat the bat, hit the batsmen’s pads and every now again produced the nasty rising delivery.

    With the shadows steadily encroaching, Blackwood tried to flat bat a short, rising ball from Greaves and was bowled off a thick inside edge for 39.

    Earlier, Pride, starting the day on 261 for two, batted inexplicably cautiously, reaching 299 for four at lunch and failing to earn more batting points before the 110-over cut-off mark.

    The tempo only changed when Brooks was dismissed for a marathon 8 ½ hours innings in which he struck 19 fours from 357 balls, leaving Pride 394 for seven.


    Windward Islands Volcanoes (197) vs Leeward Islands Hurricanes (99-2) in Basseterre, St. Kitts

    Hurricanes, starting the day on 93 for two, made modest progress in the day/night contest before umpires Verdayne Smith and Joel Wilson halted play because the run-up on the northern end of the venue proved to be problematic.

  • Brooks leads the way with hundred – 1st day, 10th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Barbados Pride captain Shamarh Brooks hit the headlines with his fourth first-class hundred to lead his side’s batting against Jamaica Scorpions in the Digicel 4-Day Championship on Thursday.

    Brooks, the WINDIES “A” Team “Test” captain, shared two significant stands with left-handers Shayne Moseley and Jonathan Carter that gave Pride the upper hand in the battle for the runners-up spot in the Championship on first day of the 10th-round match at Kensington Oval.


     • 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.


     At the same time, compatriot and WINDIES left-handed all-rounder Raymon Reifer bowled with purpose to undermine the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force batting and give newly-crowned champions Guyana Jaguars the edge at the Guyana National Stadium.

    And, veteran left-hander Devon Smith failed in his first attempt to make an assault on two pending landmarks when Windward Islands Volcanoes’ batting collapsed against Leeward Islands Hurricanes in their day/night contest at Warner Park.


    Barbados Pride 261-2 vs Jamaica Scorpions in Bridgetown, Barbados

    Brooks was undefeated on 104, as Pride batted all day after they won the toss and decided to bat on a hard, true pitch.

    It was his first hundred in 24 first-class #D4Day matches, since he collected 111 against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in November 2015 at this venue.

    Brooks, a hometown favourite, due to his languid batting style, reached his landmark from 194 balls, when he turned left-arm spinner Christopher Lamont into square leg for a single, bringing a huge roar of approval from the crowd.

    He has so far batted 264 minutes, faced 194 balls and struck 14 fours, sharing 108 for the second wicket with Moseley and 96 – unbroken – for the third wicket with Carter.

    Moseley made 72, passing the 500-run mark for the season, and Carter was not out on 36.


    Trinidad & Tobago Red Force (135) vs Guyana Jaguars 116-1 in Providence, Guyana

    Reifer grabbed 5-40 from 11 overs with his left-arm fast-medium bowling and WINDIES Under-19 World Cup winner Keemo Paul supported with 3-36 from 14.3 overs to dismantle the Red Force batting.

    Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin, a former WINDIES captain, stroked his fourth half-century of the season, an even 50, to make a giant stride towards the 800-run mark, but his side’s poor batting form continued.

    Ramdin moved his season aggregate to 752, second only to Smith, while left-handers Yannic Cariah and Jeremy Solozano produced supporting knock of 26 and 21.

    In reply, the unbeaten Jaguars rammed home their advantage courtesy of a typically breezy 72 from opener Chandrapaul Hemraj.

    Tagenarine Chanderpaul, son of former WINDIES batsman Shivanrine Chanderpaul, extended his good form with a typically resolute 34 not out, in a 109-run, first-wicket stand with Hemraj, who fell just before the close.

    For Hemraj, the innings took him 623 runs for the season.


    Windward Islands Volcanoes (197) vs Leeward Islands Hurricanes 93-2 in Basseterre, St. Kitts

    Smith, the season’s leading scorer, suffered the indignity of being dismissed off the very first ball of the match, when he was caught behind off Jeremiah Louis.

    The veteran left-hander started the match needing 56 the fourth batsman to become the fourth batsman in the history of the WINDIES first-class championship to score 1,000 runs in a single season and 125 to establish a new single season scoring mark.

    Though Roland Cato hit 46 and Kavem Hodge made 45 to give the innings some backbone, lanky fast bowler Delorn Johnson, batting at nine, carried them to a respectable total with a typically flourishing 48.

    Hurricanes had a shaky start, losing WINDIES opener Kieran Powell and WINDIES Under-19 World Cup winner Keacy Carty cheaply to fast bowler Shermon Lewis, and were wobbling on 12 for two.

    But Devon Thomas with 56 not out and WINDIES “A” Team opener Montcin Hodge with 31 not out put on 81 – unbroken – for the third wicket to bring some stability before stumps were drawn.

  • Teams make last stand – 10th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Guyana Jaguars will look to sign off their capture of the Headley/Weekes Trophy, symbol of WINDIES first-class surpremacy, for a fourth time with a victory over Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the Digicel 4-Day Championship. 

    Jaguars have played unbeaten all season and will be looking to keep this status alive, when they host Red Force in the 10th and final round of matches at the Guyana National Stadium, starting tomorrow. 


    • 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.


     Barbados Pride and the ultra-competitive Jamaica Scorpions, the two teams nearest to the Jaguars on the table, will duke it out at Kensington Oval to determine which side finishes in the runners-up spot, and Leeward Islands Hurricanes will look to spoil Windward Islands Volcanoes flourishing finish to the season at Warner Park.


    Guyana Jaguars vs Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in Providence, Guyana

    Jaguars will be looking to formalise their fourth straight title success against a Red Force side that has lost their last three matches to fall out of contention.

    The home team settled for a draw against Pride in the previous round and a few of their players made lasting impressions – and this is likely to continue over the next four days.

    Recent results favour Jaguars. They have won all but one of their last seven matches which have been played in Professional Cricket League era and will be looking to complete the season sweep after winning the fourth-round contest by an innings and 217 runs at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground.

    WINDIES left-handed batsman Shimron Hetmyer makes his first appearance for the Jaguars this season following the Tour of New Zealand and Jason Mohammed returns following the same tour for the One-day International squad.

    Squads:

    JAGUARS (from) – Leon Johnson (captain), Anthony Adams, Anthony Bramble, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Akshaya Persaud, Raymon Reifer, Sherfane Rutherford, Vishaul Singh

    IN–Adams, Hetmyer, OUT–Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Romario Shepherd

    RED FORCE (from): Denesh Ramdin (captain), Yannic Cariah, Bryan Charles, Amir Jangoo, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Jason Mohammed, Anderson Philip, Khary Pierre, Isaiah Rajah, Jeremy Solozano, Daniel St. Clair, Tion Webster

    IN–Mohammed, OUT–Ewart Nicholson

    UMPIRES: Shannon Crawford, Deighton Butler (St. Vincent & the Grenadines)

    MATCH REFEREE: Reon King

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Javed Persaud


    Barbados Pride vs Jamaica Scorpions in Bridgetown, Barbados

    Pride and Scorpions have fought some titanic battles over the years and this is expected to again be the case, as they both hunt points to claim the second-place prize.

    The hosts failed to push Jaguars in the previous round and had to settle for a draw, but Scorpions romped to a come-from-behind victory over Hurricanes.

    Earlier in the season, Pride were unfortunate not to complete a victory in badly rain-affected match, but the weather is set to be fair for the weekend, and a keen battle should ensue.

    Pride have won three of the seven contests in the PCL era with the other four drawn, but the outcome will be decided on how well the home team’s batting copes with the visitors’ experienced spin duo left-arm spinner Nikita Miller and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, whose 12 wickets last weekend bowled the Scorpions to victory.

    Injury has sidelined WINDIES fast bowler Kemar Roach, perhaps taking the edge off the Pride’s attack, but the Scorpions’ batting has been boosted with the return of WINDIES all-rounder Rovman Powell from overseas duty.

    Squads:

    PRIDE (from): Shamarh Brooks (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Chemar Holder, Shayne Moseley, Shamar Springer, Hayden Walsh Jr, Jomel Warrican

    IN–Harding, OUT–Kemar Roach

    SCORPIONS (from) – Nikita Miller (captain), Fabian Allen, Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Derval Green, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Christopher Lamont, Andre McCarthy, Marquino Mindley, Paul Palmer, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton

    IN–Powell, OUT–Assad Fudadin

    UMPIRES: Leslie Reifer Jr, Mike Burns (England)

    MATCH REFEREE: Stephen Provers

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Kevin Sisnett


    Leeward Islands Hurricanes vs Windward Islands Volcanoes in Basseterre, St. Kitts

    Another competitive battle is expected between Hurricanes and Volcanoes, as they each try to finish above a position that has been very familiar for them in the recent past.

    Several possibilities of an unexpected finish to the season abounds for both sides if they can harness their talents and play soundly over the next four days.

    Hurricanes have tapered off after starting the season with some promise, but Volcanoes have surged in the second half of the season and have not lost in their last four matches.

    Earlier in the season, Hurricanes outplayed Volcanoes, but they were unable to get over the finish line, so a win for either side will give them bragging rights until next season.

    Recent results suggest Volcanoes have the edge, having won five of the seven matches in the PCL era, but this venue seems to bring out the best in the home team, so they had better watch out.

    Also, the spotlight will again fall on Volcanoes opener Devon Smith to see if he can score the 56 required for 1,000 runs – making him the fourth batsman behind Narsingh Deonarine (1,068), the late Runako Morton (1,010) and former WINDIES captain Floyd Reifer (1,002) to reach this milestone in the history of the WINDIES first-class championship, and secondly, get the other 69 required to establish a new single season scoring mark.

    Squads:

    HURRICANES (from) ­– Kieran Powell (captain), Sheno Berridge, Shane Burton, Rahkeem Cornwall, Keacy Carty, Jahmar Hamilton, Chaim Holder, Montcin Hodge, Jeremiah Louis, Mervyn Matthew, Ross Powell, Devon Thomas, Gavin Tonge

    IN–Cornwall, Tonge, R. Powell, OUT– Rashidi Boucher, Jason Campbell, Akeem Saunders

    VOLCANOES (from) – Tyrone Theophile (captain), Miles Bascombe, Roland Cato, Larry Edward, Kirk Edwards, Kavem Hodge, Delorn Johnson, Shermon Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Shane Shillingford, Denis Smith, Devon Smith, Josh Thomas

    Unchanged

    UMPIRES: Verdayne Smith (Jamaica), Joel Wilson (Trinidad & Tobago)

    MATCH REFEREE: Stewart Rawlins

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Carl Tuckett

  • Windies exit World Cup but court controversy in defeat

    MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand, CMC – West Indies Under-19s’ title defence ended in shambles with a heavy 76-run defeat to South Africa Under-19s, but controvery accompanied their disappointing exit from the ICC Youth World Cup here Wednesday.

    Asked to chase 283 at Bay Oval, the young Caribbean side collapsed from 177 for four in the 39th over to 206 all out in the 46th, to crash to their second straight defeat following their loss to hosts New Zealand Under-19s in their opener last Saturday.

    Alick Athanaze top-scored with 76 and Kirstan Kallicharan chimed in with 44 but fast bowler Hermann Rolfes rocked the Windies with four for 33 to put South Africa in command.

    The defeat left the reigning champions third in Group A without a point and eliminating them from reaching the second round.

    To complicate matters, captain Emmanuel Stewart sparked a firestorm during the South Africa innings when he appealed for an obstructing the field dismissal and had batsman Jiveshan Pillay controversially given out.

    The left-handed Pillay had effortlessly cruised to 47 off 51 deliveries when he inside-edged a drive at fast bowler Jarion Hoyte and then watched carefully as the ball rolled to a stop next to his stumps.

    However, he subsequently picked up the ball and tossed it to Stewart who then appealed and after umpires consulted, Pillay was given out for obstruction under Law 37.4.

    Stewart’s actions drew heavy criticism from past and current players, reminiscent of the Mankad incident during the last Under-19 World Cup when West Indies also found themselves at the centre of controversy.

    The contentious decision also soured the contest and detracted from South Africa’s innings, highlighted by a superb, run-a-ball unbeaten 99 from wicketkeeper Wandile Makwetu.

    Gerald Coetzee chipped in with 29 and Kenan Smith, 22, as the South Africans got up to a challenging 282 for eight off their 50 overs after they were sent in.

    Pillay, who struck five fours and two sixes, put on 56 off 64 balls for the first wicket with Matthew Breetzke (18) before five wickets tumbled for 56 runs to leave the young Proteas tottering on 112 for five in the 27th over.

    The right-handed Makwetu, batting at number five, then stitched up the innings in a 58-run for the sixth wicket with Smith before adding a further 31 for the seventh wicket with Jade de Klerk who made a cameo 21 from 16 balls.

    However, it was Makwetu’s 67-run, eighth wicket stand with Coetzee which provided the late momentum as South Africa gathered a whopping 77 runs from the last five overs.

    Makwetu struck 12 fours and a six and combined with Coetzee to plunder 27 from the final over sent down by fast bowler Ronaldo Alimohamed.

    In reply, West Indies were given a sound start by openers Kimani Melius (24) and Keagan Simmons (20) who put on 38 off 42 deliveries for the first wicket.

    Once the left-handed Simmons was given out caught behind down the leg-side off seamer Coetzee (2-21), however, the Windies lost four wickets for 49 runs to decline to 87 for four at the end of the 21st over.

    Stewart was bowled for two in the 12th over needlessly giving Rolfes the charge, Melius nicked a push at left-arm pacer Akhona Mnyaka and was caught behind while Bhaskar Yadram (13) was also caught at the wicket by Makwetu, cutting at left-arm spinner de Klerk (2-40).

    With West Indies stuttering, the left-handed Athanaze combined with Kallicharan in a 90-run, fifth wicket stand which put the South Africans under pressure.

    Athanaze faced 100 balls and counted six fours and a six while Kallicharan stroked five fours and a six in a handsome 50-ball knock.

    Rolfes proved the trump card in the end, returning to trap Kallicharan lbw in the 39th over, triggering a dramatic slide which saw the last six wickets perish for 29 runs.

    Athanaze was ninth out in the 45th over, smashing a return catch back to the enterprising Rolfes.

  • Windies lose opener despite Simmons, Melius fifties

    MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand, CMC – Openers Keagan Simmons and Kimani Melius carved out contrasting half-centuries but reigning champions West Indies Under-19s suffered a disappointing start to their title defence when they went down to hosts New Zealand Under-19s by eight wickets here Saturday.

    Sent in at Bay Oval in the opening Group A clash, the Caribbean side raced to 123 without loss but a cluster of wickets in the middle overs hurt their momentum,restricting them to 233 for eight off their 50 overs.

    Simmons carried his bat for a top score of 92 not out while debutant Melius unfurled a stroke-filled 78 off 85 deliveries.

    Left-arm spinner Rachin Ravindra (3-30) and fast bowler Matthew Fisher (3-61) picked up three wickets apiece while left-arm spinner Felix Murray supported with two for 37.

    In reply, the hosts hardly put a foot wrong as they stormed to their target in the 40th over, with the exciting Finn Allen smashing an unbeaten 115 and Jakon Bhula, 83.

    New Zealand took charge from the outset with Bhula and Ravindra (16) putting on 46 from 60 deliveries for the first wicket before Allen arrived to put the result beyond doubt.

    The right-hander plundered 15 fours and two sixes in a 100-ball knock, dominating a 163-run, second wicket stand with Bhula who faced 105 balls and counted nine boundaries.

    Allen reached his half-century off 43 balls and raised three figures off 92 deliveries in the 37th over, with NZ already on the cusp of victory.

    West Indies had earlier made the Kiwis nearly rue their decision to field first when Simmons and Melius dominated the first half of the innings with their century stand.

    The left-handed Simmons produced a measured knock, facing 132 deliveries and striking seven fours and a six while Melius was far more expansive, crunching six fours and four sixes in an 85-ball outing.

    Melius started circumspectly, gathering a mere four runs from his first 16 deliveries before exploding with an extra cover-driven six off Fisher in the sixth over.

    He reached his half-century off 66 balls and continued to free his hands until finally departing in the 28th over, top-edging a slog-sweep at Ravindra to be caught by Bhula next to the square leg umpire.

    Bhaskar Yadram joined Simmons to add 22 for the second wicket before holing out to long on off left-arm spinner Murray in the 32nd over, sparking a slide which saw three wickets tumble for five runs in the space of 20 deliveries.

    Kirstan Kallicharan was lbw for two to a straight one from Fisher and captain Emmanuel Stewart followed in the next over, chopping on to Murray for one.

    Stumbling on 150 for four in the 36th over, Simmons and Alick Athanaze then combined in a 49-run, fifth wicket partnership to stem the flow of wickets.

    While Simmons anchored, the left-handed Athanaze was free-scoring, belting two fours and a six in an attractive 33-ball 26.

    They were setting the innings up nicely for a strong finish when Athanaze failed to clear the long-on boundary with Ravindra and was taken just inside the ropes in the 45th over.

    Simmons, on 75 then, stepped up his scoring but the Windies managed only 34 runs from the last five overs.