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  • Roach hails turnaround Windies effort

    LEEDS, England, CMC – Seamer Kemar Roach has praised the sterling West Indies bowling effort which undermined England on the opening day of the second Test at Headingley here Friday.

    England opted to bat first but were dismissed for a disappointing 258 in their first innings with Roach (4-71) and new-ball partner Shannon Gabriel (4-51) picking up four wickets apiece.

    Ben Stokes struck exactly 100 and captain Joe Root, 59, but England never really recovered from a weak start and were bowled out midway during the session.

    “It’s really great to see Shannon fit and raring to go. Obviously he’s been our best bowler for the last year and I will say ‘well bowled’ to him for his four-for,” Roach said following the day’s play.

    “I felt really good today and I just want to continue what I’m doing – working hard and getting more wickets for the West Indies.”

    Using a full length, Roach bowled superbly to continue where he left off in the opening Test at Edgbaston.

    He trapped Tom Westley lbw for three with a full delivery, had opener Mark Stoneman caught at the wicket for 19 pushing forward before claiming Moeen Ali for 22 to a low catch at point by Roston Chase.

    Roach claimed his fourth wicket by removing Chris Woakes for 23 to a catch at the wicket.

    “I wasn’t getting much [assistance] but obviously it’s about putting the balls in the right areas,” the Barbadian pointed out.

    “We had team meetings, we know where we need to bowl at these English batsmen and I think today we executed that pretty well. Some catches went down but we keep our heads high and we come back tomorrow.”

    Those dropped catches were perhaps the disappointment of the day for the tourists. They dropped Root when he had made eight and then let off Stokes on nine and 98.

    However, Roach said the missed chances were now a thing of the past and the Windies would look to improve throughout the game.

    “It’s quickly forgotten. Obviously the innings is off. I would’ve liked to get Stokes early; we didn’t want him to get to a hundred but he batted really well so kudos to him,” he explained.

    “But I think we know what we did wrong and there will be more team meetings and more open discussions and we’ll get the right thing done.”

    Friday’s performance was in stark contrast to the Caribbean side’s meek performance in the innings defeat inside three days at Edgbaston last weekend.

    And Roach credited the turnaround to frank meetings in recent days.

    “We had a very strong team meeting, a very open team meeting so guys know what we’re about on this tour,” he said.

    “It’s all about going out there, putting your best foot forward and working hard and performing for West Indies.”

  • T&T, Guyana register convincing wins

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago continued their march towards the Regional Under-19 one-day crown with a convincing nine-wicket win over ICC Americas in the fifth round here Thursday.

    Chasing a modest 96 for victory at Molyneaux, the Trinidadians cruised to target off a mere 12.2 overs, with Cephas Cooper stroking an attacking, unbeaten 56.

    He faced just 39 deliveries and blasted five fours and sixes, dominating an 84-run unbroken second wicket partnership with Keagan Simmons who finished 19 not out.

    Off-spinner Aaron Maniram had earlier taken five for 14 as ICC Americas, opting to bat first, were dismissed for 95 off 45.4 overs.

    Captain Akashdeep Gill top-scored with 40 of 88 deliveries to be the only batsman in double figures.

    At Molineaux: Trinidad won by nine wickets.

    ICC AMERICAS 95 off 45.4 overs (Akashdeep Gill 40; Aaron Maniram 5-14)

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 98 for one 12.2 overs (Cephas Cooper 56 not out)

    At Conaree, openers Joshua Persaud and Raymond Perez struck unbeaten half-centuries as Guyana trounced Barbados by 10 wickets.

    In pursuit of 167, Guyana coasted courtesy of 85 from Young West Indies player Persaud and 75 from Perez.

    Persaud faced 124 balls and struck six fours and a six while Perez counted six fours in a 111-ball innings.

    Barbados had earlier been dismissed for 166 off 45.2 overs after choosing to bat first, with opener Shian Brathwaite top-scoring with 59.

    Brathwaite faced 99 deliveries and struck seven fours and a six, putting on 53 for the first wicekt with Nico Reifer (17) and another 40 for the second wicket with Kadeem Alleyne (24).

    At Conaree: Guyana won by 10 wickets.

    BARBADOS 166 off 45.2 overs (Shian Brathwaite 59, Nyeem Young 27; Kevin Sinclair 4-23, Ashmead Nedd 4-29)

    GUYANA 167 without loss (Joshua Persaud 85 not out, Raymond Perez 75 not out)

    At Verchilds, Leeward Islands managed to defend 163 to beat Jamaica by 44 runs.

    At Verchilds: Leewards won by 44 runs.

    LEEWARD ISLANDS 163 off 42.2 overs (Mikyle Louis 45, Javani Tyson 35; Kishawn Graham 5-28)

    JAMAICA 119 off 42.1 overs (Brad Barnes 34, Raewin Senior 29; Dimitri Adams 2-15)


  • Windies bowlers shine as England struggle

    LEEDS, England, CMC – West Indies eased some of the pain of last weekend’s debacle at Edgbaston, stunning England with an incisive bowling display despite an even hundred from Ben Stokes, on the opening day of the second Test here Friday.

    Asked to bowl first at Headingley, the Caribbean side sent England tumbling to 258 all out in their first innings, with Stokes leading the way with a typical attacking hundred and captain Joe Root getting 59.

    Chris Woakes chipped in with 23 while Moeen Ali scored 22, but the remainder of the England batting collapsed in good conditions against impressive fast bowling from Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach.

    Gabriel, recalled after missing the opener in Birmingham, snared four for 51 while Roach continued his decent form on his return to Test cricket with four for 71.

    England stumbled to 37 for three in the morning session and even though they made a partial recovery, West Indies were clinical in closing out the innings.

    In the 45 minutes available before the close, the Windies lost left-hander Kieran Powell for five, caught at first slip by Alastair Cook off seamer Jimmy Anderson, to end the day on 19 for one.

    Seeking to turn the page of their recent misery, the Windies made an enterprising start when they grabbed three early wickets to leave England reeling on 37 for three just after the first hour.

    Gabriel removed first Test double century-maker Cook in the eighth over, caught by Kyle Hope low at third slip for 11 with the score on 19, prodding at a good length delivery.

    Three overs later, Roach trapped Tom Wesley lbw for three with a full length delivery and the right-armer returned four overs later – the third over following the drinks break – to have opener Mark Stoneman caught at the wicket off the inside edge for 19.

    England were then propped up by Root and Dawid Malan (8) who put on 34 for the fourth wicket, as the hosts reached lunch on 61 without loss.

    However, the Windies struck a key blow in the third over after the interval when the left-handed Malan was bowled, playing on to captain and pacer Jason Holder with 10 runs added.

    In desperate need of a partnership, England got one courtesy of Root and Stokes who rode their luck to help post 69 for the fifth wicket.

    Root, dropped on eight by Powell at slip off Gabriel at 44 for three, faced 98 deliveries and counted nine fours to follow up his hundred last weekend.

    The left-handed Stokes, meanwhile, played with typical flair, hitting 17 boundaries off 124 deliveries.

    He was let off on nine by Kraigg Brathwaite at second slip off Roach at 100 for four and was given another life on 98 when Gabriel at mid-on grassed another chance off the unlucky Roach.

    England were clawing their way back when the Windies made two key strikes towards the end of the session in the space of 21 balls. Root was first to fall, caught at slip by Jermaine Backwood sweeping at leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and Johnny Bairstow edged a drive at Gabriel and was taken at second slip by Holder for two.

    Tentatively placed on 156 for six at tea, England were lifted by Stokes who anchored two key stands – adding 68 for the seventh with Moeen and a further 38 for the eighth with Woakes.

    Moeen eventually drove Roach low to Roston Chase at point to fall softly and Stokes completed his sixth Test hundred before top-edging a pull at Gabriel to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.

    The Windies then finished the innings off clinically, as the last three wickets fell with no addition to the total.

    ENGLAND 1st Innings

    A Cook c K Hope b Gabriel 11

    M Stoneman c wkp Dowrich b Roach 19

    T Westley lbw b Roach 3

    *J Root c Blackwood b Bishoo 59

    D Malan b Holder 8

    B Stokes c wkp Dowrich b Gabriel 100

    +J Bairstow c Holder b Gabriel 2

    M Ali c Chase b Roach 22

    C Woakes c Dowrich b Roach 23

    S Broad b Gabriel 0

    J Anderson not out 0

    Extras (b2, lb3, w4, nb2) 11

    TOTAL (all out, 70.5 overs) 258

    Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-26, 3-37, 4-71, 5-140, 6-152, 7-220, 8-258, 9-258, 10-258.

    Bowling: Roach 19.5-1-71-4, Gabriel 17-4-51-4, Holder 16-5-45-1, Chase 12-1-59-0, Bishoo 6-0-27-1.

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings

    K Brathwaite not out 13

    K Powell c Cook b Anderson 5

    D Bishoo not out 1

    TOTAL (1 wkt, 12 overs) 19

    To bat: K Hope, S Hope, R Chase, J Blackwood, +S Dowrich, *J Holder, K Roach, S Gabriel

    Fall of wicket: 1-11.

    Bowling: Anderson 6-3-5-1, Broad 5-1-12-0, Woakes 1-0-2-0.

    Position: West Indies trail by 239 runs with nine first innings wickets intact.

    Toss: England.

    Umpires: Chris Gaffaney, S Ravi; TV – Marais Erasmus.

  • Windies still up for fight despite Edgbaston humbling, says Law

    LEEDS, England, CMC – Head coach, Stuart Law, says embattled West Indies are anxious to prove their worth, after enduring a storm of criticism over their humiliating innings defeat to England in the day/night opening Test at Edgbaston last weekend.

    The Caribbean side lost 19 wickets on Saturday’s third day to tumble to an embarrassing innings and 209-run loss, and extend their woeful record of not having won a Test in England in 17 years.

    Despite the firestorm, however, Law said his side, though disappointed, had continued to show the necessary temperament and commitment.

    “The boys know it’s an attitude change. They need to stand up and fight and they’ve all spoken about that,” Law told reporters here Wednesday.

    “There has been no negative talk in our dressing room. We’ve tried to highlight what we have done well since we’ve arrived and what we need to do better. It’s all positive talk in our room.

    “The criticism will come whether we win lose or draw – we’re pretty accustomed to that so we just have to get on with it.”

    West Indies entered the Test in good nick after encouraging performances in their opening first class matches against Essex, Kent and Derbyshire.

    In fact, four players scored hundreds in the drawn three-day encounter in Derby, a total contrast to the showing in Birmingham when they were rolled over for 168 and 137 in quick time.

    Law, who took over helm of the side in March, said confidence had been understandably low following the drubbing but the players had rebounded well.

    “After a loss like that you always feel a little underconfident but we’ve been honest with our assessment … all the boys are very honest with the assessment of what went on and we’re aiming to put it right over the next five days ,” the Australian explained.

    “These guys need the chance to prove that they are good enough to play for West Indies and I am backing them a hundred per cent. There’s a lot of talent in our dressing room and they have the opportunity to turn it around.”

    He added: “We understand that there are a lot of people out there who are disappointed in our performance but I can tell you there is no one more disappointed than the dressing room itself.

    “We had a good long chat after the game, we had a good session up in Birmingham as well which highlighted the fact that we are thinking about turning this around.”

    West Indies clash with England in the second Test starting Friday at Headingley, knowing another defeat there will keep their disappointing record in tact of not having won a series in England in three decades.

    The Caribbean side’s last two Tests at the venue – in 2000 and 2007 – ended in innings defeats for the visitors but Law said they were hoping to do well.

    “We came here full of expectations again. Our preparation has been good,” he noted.

    “If you dissect the game [at Edgbaston] we had to bat against two pretty decent bowlers in favourable conditions under lights and in overcast conditions. Taking that in, we understand we have to be better and we’re aiming to do that.”

  • Kallicharan hundred keeps T&T unbeaten

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Kirstan Kallicharan’s hundred kept Trinidad and Tobago unbeaten in the Regional Under-19 one-day championship here Tuesday, as they trounced Windward Islands by eight wickets.

    Chasing a tricky 209 to win at Molyneaux in the fourth round contest, T&T motored to their target in the 39th over, with Kallicharan stroking an unbeaten 102.

    The 17-year-old right-hander, already a key member of world champions West Indies Under-19s, tore into the Windwards attack striking seven fours and seven sixes in a 79-ball cameo.

    With his side stumbling at 43 for two in the 11th over, he put on 166 in an unbroken third wicket stand with Cephas Cooper whose unbeaten 55 came from 93 deliveries and included eight fours.

    Earlier, Kallicharan’s Windies Under-19s teammate Emmanuel Stewart struck 52 as the Windwards ended on 208 for eight off their 50 overs after opting to bat.

    He put on 78 for the third wicket with Johnnel Eugene, who made 40 from 63 balls, to help pull Windwards around from 35 for two in the 11th over.

    Off-spinners Cooper (2-20) and Aaron Maniram (2-30) finished with two wickets apiece.

    At Conaree, ICC Americas produced a solid batting display to upset Barbados by 48 runs.

    Opting to bat first, ICC Americas were powered to 258 for five off their 50 overs with Pranav Sharma top-scoring with 79, Arslan Khan getting 66 and Akashdeep Gill, exactly 50.

    They were tottering on one for one in the first over before Sharma stroked fours in a 109-ball innings and Khan gathered five fours in a 100-ball knock, to rescue their side in a 157-run second wicket stand.

    In reply, Barbados were dismissed for 210 in the final over with Dante Niles top-scoring with 35 and Nico Reifer getting 34.

    At St Paul’s, Raymond Perez carved out an a fluent unbeaten 52 as Guyana overhauled Leeward Islands’ 116 to win by eight wickets.

    Opener Perez faced 71 ball and counted five fours and a six and put on 106 in an unbroken second wicket partnership with Kevelon Anderson who made an unbeaten 51 off 81 balls, with four fours and a six.

    West Indies Under-19 star Bhaskar Yadram had earlier taken six for 16 with his off-spin to limit the Leewards to 116 all out off 45.3 overs.


    At St Paul’s: Guyana won by eight wickets.

    LEEWARD ISLANDS 116 all out off 45.3 overs (Kadeem Henry 28; Bhaskar Yadram 6-16)

    GUYANA 118 for two off 26.1 overs (Raymond Perez 52 not out, Kevelon Anderson 51 not out)

    At Molyneaux: Trinidad and Tobago won by eight wickets.

    WINDWARD ISLANDS 208 for eight off 50 overs (Emmanuel Stewart 52, Johnnel Eugene 40, Daneal Dupigny 30 not out; Cephas Cooper 2-20, Aaron Maniram 2-30)

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 209 for two off 38.2 overs (Kirstan Kallicharan 102 not out, Cephas Cooper 55 not out)

    At Conaree: ICC Americas won by 48 runs.

    ICC AMERICAS 258 for five off 50 overs (Pranav Sharma 79, Arslan Khan 66, Akashdeep Gill 50;

    BARBADOS 210 all out off 49.5 overs (Dante Niles 35, Nico Reifer 34; Rommel Shahzad 3-54)

  • Chase, Holder tumble in ICC rankings

    LONDON, CMC – The fallout from West Indies’ humbling innings defeat to England in the opening Test weekend has continued with several of the Caribbean players slumping in the latest International Cricket Council rankings.

    Roston Chase, who entered the contest at Edgbaston on a high following heavy run-scoring against Pakistan last May, fell seven spots in the batting rankings to 32nd while opener Kraigg Brathwaite dropped three spots to 30th.

    The right-handed Chase managed scores of 0 and 24 while Brathwaite scored 0 and 40 as West Indies went down by an innings and 209 runs inside three days in the day/night encounter.

    Captain Jason Holder, whose stock as a genuine all-rounder has risen in recent times, tumbled 10 places and is now ranked 61st.

    The only real spark in the rankings for the Windies was Jermaine Blackwood who jumped six spots to 41st after hammering an aggressive unbeaten 79 in the first innings at Edgbaston.

    Blackwood was playing his first Test in 10 months after being left out for the Pakistan series.

    In the bowling rankings, there was more bad news for the Windies as 20-year-old speedster Alzarri Joseph lost 11 places to drop to 77th while seamer Holder also fell four spots to 39th.

    Neither impressed at Edgbaston with Joseph going wicket-less and Holder claiming a single victim in England’s massive first innings of 514 for eight declared.

    Chase, who grabbed four wickets with his part-time off-spin, climbed four places to 73rd.

    Australia’s Steve Smith leads an unchanged top five in the batting while India’s Ravindra Jadeja heads an unchanged top five in the bowling rankings.

  • Benjamin appointed Hurricanes head coach

    The Leeward Islands Cricket Development Company announces the appointment of Mr. Winston Benjamin as Head Coach of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes Cricket franchise.

    Mr. Benjamin, a former West Indies fast bowler who debut for the West Indies against India in 1987-88, was one of two candidates interviewed for the post.

    In his career for the West Indies, Mr. Benjamin played a total of twenty one (21) tests and eighty five (85) one day internationals capturing 61 and 100 wickets at averages of 27.01 and 30.79 respectively.   

    Mr. Benjamin, who is a certified level three (3) coach has been involved in coaching for in excess of twenty years. During this period, he has contributed to the development of players at the grass root, school, community, national, sub regional and international levels.

    His most recent assignments are as Coach of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes under 17 team and the under 19 team where he is currently performing duties.

    Over his coaching career, Mr. Benjamin also performed duties with age group and senior national teams of Antigua and Barbuda, the Leeward Islands senior team, and as consultant for the Bermuda National Team and for the West Indies team. He has also been credited with the development individual players including the current West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph.

    Mr. Benjamin will take up his assignment from September 01, 2017 and in his role as Head Coach he will be tasked with the responsibility of developing Leeward Island Cricket to an elite level.

    The Board congratulates Mr. Benjamin on his appointment and wishes him every success in his new role as Head Coach of the franchise.

  • CWI names ODI squad for current UK tour

    “With regards to the selection of the ODI squad, the panel welcomes back Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, who will both add value to our batting and help with the nurturing of the young batsmen in the team. Both Sunil Narine and Darren Bravo have declined to be considered for ODIs in England. Narine has however confirmed his desire to play 50-over cricket again but has asked to play in our Regional Super50 before he is considered and Darren said he was not available for selection. Dwayne Bravo said he is still not 100% fit, but is looking at a possible return to international cricket next year.”
    ODI Schedule
    • September 13 – vs Ireland, Stormont, Belfast
    • September 19 – 1st Royal London ODI  (D/N) Emirates, Old Trafford
    • September 21 – 2nd Royal London ODI (D/N) Trent Bridge, Nottingham
    • September 24 – 3rd Royal London ODI County Ground, Bristol
    • September 27 – 4th Royal London ODI, (D/N) Kia Oval
    • September 29 – 5th Royal London ODI (D/N) Ageas Bowl
  • Windies, Pakistan for T20I series in late November

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies and the Pakistan Cricket Board are advancing discussions that will see the Windies team playing three Twenty20 matches with the Pakistan cricket team in Lahore in late November 2017.

    The tour would be subject to the safe conclusion of the ICC World XI team’s three match series in Lahore in September and affirmation of manageable security by the ICC sponsored international security company overseeing the security arrangements of the World XI in September. 

    This follows discussions between CWI President, Dave Cameron and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi.

    Both sides expressed a desire to facilitate the return of international cricket to Pakistan.

  • We can’t let our heads drop, Holder urges Windies

    BIRMINGHAM, England, CMC – Under-fire West Indies captain Jason Holder has urged his players not to lose confidence despite their embarrassing innings defeat inside three days in the day/night opening Test at Edgbaston.

    The Caribbean side were rolled over twice on Saturday’s day three, losing 19 wickets to plummet to an innings and 209-run loss and fall behind 1-0 in the three-Test series.

    And with the team coming under heavy criticism from nearly all quarters, Holder said his charges needed to continue believing in their ability to turn their fortunes around.

    “Obviously the guys are disappointed. We got beat within three days and we just weren’t up to scratch,” a glum Holder told media here.

    “But it’s just important for us to regroup. We can’t drop our heads. It’s only one Test match down [and] the series is not lost. It’s important for us to come back stronger.”

    He added: “I obviously believe [we can win]. I have to believe. There is no point in me dropping my head. I think any team is beatable on any particular day. We just have to come out and play the cricket that would suggest that.

    “We’ve got to keep our heads in the game, we’ve got to remain positive and play the game of cricket that we know how to play.”

    West Indies began the day on 44 for one in their first innings in reply to England’s massive 514 for eight declared but capitulated quickly to be all out for 168, half-hour after lunch.

    Following on by 346, the Windies were then steamrolled for 137, just over an hour after tea, to extend their dismal record of not having won a Test in England in 17 years.

    With little time to regroup before the next Test bowls off in Leeds on Friday, Holder held out hope that turning the series around was not mission impossible.

    “It’s not an easy job but I don’t think it’s impossible. We’ve just got to believe,” Holder reiterated.

    “It’s important that we don’t drop our heads. [We have] to stay in the game, stay in the fight. England were beaten a couple Test matches ago by South Africa and we’ve competed really in the last few Test matches we’ve played.

    “We’ve beaten Pakistan who beat England here last year so it’s just important for us to stay with it. We need to go back and formulate some plans and recuperate and come back stronger.”

    Amidst the gloom of defeat, Holder singled out batsman Jermaine Blackwood whose attacking, unbeaten 79 in the first innings saved the Windies from total embarrassment.

    “We were disappointing in this Test match. We lacked consistency when we bowled and obviously we didn’t put up any runs in the first or second innings,” he pointed out.

    “One positive obviously is Jermaine Blackwood. I was really, really appreciative of the way he played. He was like his normal self after coming back into Test cricket so I was very, very pleased with him.”