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  • Jaguars, Scorpions complete victory – 4th day, 5th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua  Half-centuries from Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Test batsman Leon Johnson formalised an eight-wicket victory for runaway leaders and reigning three-time champions Guyana Jaguars over Barbados Pride in the Digicel 4-Day Championship on Sunday.


     • 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.


    Chanderpaul, son of former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, was unbeaten on 62 and Johnson made 61, as the Jaguars, successfully chased 178 for victory on the final day of their fifth-round match at the Guyana National Stadium. 

    At Sabina Park, Jamaica Scorpions captain Nikita Miller completed a memorable match to set his side up for a comfortable 10-wicket victory over win-less Windward Islands Volcanoes.


     Pride (294) & (197) lost to Jaguars (314) & 181-2 by 10 wickets in Providence, Guyana 

    The younger Chanderpaul and Johnson shared 117 for the second wicket to ensure the home team had little trouble, as the home team wrapped up their fourth victory of the season close to an hour before the scheduled close. 

    Earlier, Pride, starting the day on 126 for seven, were bowled out about an hour after the scheduled start.

    Windies “A” Team fast bowler Keon Joseph ensured there was no comeback story for the Pride, when he collected their last three wickets cheaply to end with 4-38 from 12.5 overs.

    Windies One-day all-rounder Jonathan Carter showed some fight with a defiant, top score of 53 for the Pride and left-handed wicketkeeper/batsman Mario Rampersaud was not out on 27. 

    Former Windies Under-19 World Cup-winning all-rounder Keem Paul was named Player-of-the-Match for his wickets in the match which undermined the Pride’s batting. 


    Volcanoes (200) & (186) lost to Scorpions (352) & 35-0 in Kingston, Jamaica

    Miller grabbed three of the last four Volcanoes second innings wickets to end with 8-54 from 32.5 overs. He finished with match figures of 13-114, making him a shoo-in for the Player-of-the-Match award. 

    Set a modest 35 for their second straight victory of the season, Scorpions easily got over the finish line without losing a wicket.

    They are now unbeaten in four matches, since losing their first-round contest to the Jaguars.

  • RESULT: New Zealand beat West Indies by an innings & 67 runs

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand, CMC – Scoreboard from the penultimate day of the first Test between New Zealand and West Indies at the Basin Reserve on Monday.

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings 134

    NEW ZEALAND 2nd Innings 520-9 decl.

    WEST INDIES 2nd Innings

    (overnight 214 for two)

    K Brathwaite lbw b Santner 91

    K Powell c and b Henry 40

    S Hetmyer c Raval b Henry 66

    S Hope c Williamson b Wagner 37

    R Chase b Henry 18

    S Ambris c Taylor b de Grandhomme 18

    +S Dowrich c Santner b Wagner 3

    *J Holder c Boult b Wagner 7

    K Roach lbw b de Grandhomme 7

    M Cummins b Boult 14

    S Gabriel not out 4

    Extras (b4, lb4, w6) 14

    TOTAL (all out, 106 overs) 319

    Fall of wickets: 1-72, 2-166, 3-231, 4-257, 5-273, 6-286, 7-288, 8-301, 9-301, 10-319.

    Bowling: Boult 23-5-87-2, Henry 24-6-57-3, de Grandhomme 19-3-40-2, Wagner 22-3-102-2, Santner 17-7-25-1, Williamson 1-1-0-0.

    Result: New Zealand won by an innings and 67 runs.

    Series: New Zealand lead two-match series 1-0.

    Man-of-the-Match: Neil Wagner.

    Toss: New Zealand.

    Umpires: Ian Gould, Rod Tucker; TV – Bruce Oxenford.

  • Pierre, Khan spin Red Force to victory – 3rd day, 5th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – A career-best spell from left-arm spinner Khary Pierre supported by leg-spinner Imran Khan swept Trinidad & Tobago Red Force to an innings and 16-run victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the Digicel 4-Day Championship on Saturday. 

    The spin duo shared nine wickets to engineer a dramatic Hurricanes batting collapse that propelled the Red Force to their second victory of the season on the third day of their fifth-round match at Warner Park.


    • 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. 


    Meantime, front-runners and three-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars fortified their bid for victory against Barbados Pride at the Guyana National Stadium, following another destructive spell from Windies Under-19 World Cup-winning all-rounder Keemo Paul and gritty, lower-order batting led by a career-best knock from the unheralded Gudakesh Motie.

    And, veteran left-arm spinner Nikita Miller followed up a record, ninth-wicket stand with century-maker Fabian Allen with another purposeful spell to put Jamaica Scorpions in the hunt for victory against Windward Islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park.


    Hurricanes (207) & (137) lost to Red Force (360) by an innings and 16 runs in Basseterre, St. Kitts

    The 26-year-old Pierre, playing only his seventh first-class match, finished with 5-44 from 26.4 overs – his maiden five-wicket haul – after going wicket-less in the first innings, and the lanky Khan claimed 4-17 from 10 overs to follow up his three wickets in the first innings to put the skids on the Hurricanes.

    Starting the day on 60 without loss and faced with a first-innings deficit of 153, there was no sign of the collapse to follow, when Windies “A” Team opener Montcin Hodge and former Kent batsman Chesney Hughes pushed on nicely.

    Hodge struck four fours in the top score of 54 from 198 balls in 3-1/2 hours at the crease and former Kent batsman Chesney Hughes collected five fours and a six in his 96-ball knock 42.

    They shared an opening stand of 86 for the Hurricanes – but the breakthrough came for the Red Force, when Hughes missed a wild pull at a delivery from off-spinner Bryan Charles and was bowled.

    This opened the floodgates opened and the hosts lost their last nine wickets for 29 in the space of 19 overs with Jeremiah Louis scoring 17 to be the only other batsman that did not perish on the bridge between nought and 10.

    Khan was named Player-of-the-Match for his seven wickets in the game and first innings knock of 84.


    Pride (294) & 126-7 vs Jaguars (314) in Providence, Guyana

    Paul has so far taken 4-38 from 18.1 overs to follow up his first innings five-wicket haul and fellow all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford supported with 2-40 from 9.1 overs, as the Jaguars’ bowlers turned the screws on their rivals to fortify their bid for their fourth victory of the season.

    The Pride suffered an early set back, when Windies “A” Team fast bowler Keon Joseph removed left-handed opener Shayne Moseley in the fifth over, as the visitors reached 37 for one at tea.

    After the break, the Pride failed to ease concerns about their batting, as they slumped to 109 for seven.

    Anthony Alleyne has so far led the way with 32 and their captain Shamarh Brooks, the Windies “A” Team Test captain, made 22, but no other batsman reached 20.

    The match still appeared to hang in the balance after two days, but Motie frustrated the Pride for close to three hours to finish with an unbeaten 72 and shared a number of vital partnerships that inched the Jaguars past 300 and to a narrow first-innings lead.

    Jaguars, starting the day on 180 for four, rallied behind Motie, whose knock included 10 fours and one six from 147 balls, before Nurse took 3-33 from 8.4 overs and left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican 3-91 from 29 overs to wrap up the innings.


    Volcanoes (200) & 169-6 vs Scorpions (352) in Kingston, Jamaica

    Miller grabbed 5-45 from 25 overs with his left-arm spin to leave the Volcanoes nursing a slender lead of just 17 when stumps were drawn.

    It was the second five-wicket haul in the match and third straight for the Jamaica Scorpions captain, after he missed the first three matches, recuperating from a medical procedure he underwent just prior to the start of the season.

    This brought a close to a memorable day for Miller, the most successful bowler in the history of the West Indies first-class championship, as he also claimed an unprecedented 450th wicket in his 83rd #D4Day game when he had Taryck Gabriel caught by wicketkeeper Steven Taylor, the former United States captain, for 30.

    Miller earlier made 52 and ushered Allen to his landmark – a purposeful, undefeated 105 – his second hundred of the season – in a record ninth-wicket partnership, after the Scorpions, starting the day on 261 for eight, were bowled out in the post-lunch session.

    Allen, resuming from his overnight 57, reached his landmark just prior to the lunch interval and finished his innings with 11 fours from 205 balls in just under 5 ¼ hours of batting.

    He shared 141 for the ninth-wicket with Miller – a Jamaica first-class record – beating the previous mark of 124 between Mario Ventura and Franklyn Rose against Leeward Islands Hurricanes two decades ago at Webster Park in The Valley, Anguilla.

    Incredibly, Miller counted just one boundary in his 177-ball knock that occupied 3 ¼ hours of batting before Test off-spinner Shane Shillingford trapped him and Windies “A” Team fast bowler Reynard Leveridge lbw off the last balls of successive overs to bring the Scorpions innings to a close.

    Shillingford ended with 7-94 from 44 overs.

  • Jaguars, Pride battle hangs in the balance – 2nd day, 5th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – A century opening stand between Chanderpaul Hemraj and Tagenarine Chanderpaul gave current leaders and reigning three-time champions Guyana Jaguars a strong start to their reply, but a cluster of wickets in the final session helped Barbados Pride fight back in their key contest in the Digicel 4-Day Championship on Friday.

    Hemraj and Chanderpaul, son of former Windies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, hit half-centuries, but were among the wickets that the Jaguars lost late on the rain-hit second day of their fifth-round match at the Guyana National Stadium, that brought life back to the Pride’s challenge.


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    An unbroken, 60-run opening stand between former Kent batsman Chesney Hughes and Windies “A” opener Montcin Hodge also got the Leeward Islands Hurricanes off to a strong start in their second innings, after three Trinidad & Tobago Red Force batsman came close, but failed to reach hundreds in giving their side a big first-innings lead at Warner Park.

    And, a destructive spell from Shane Shillingford helped put the brakes on the Jamaica Scorpions following half-centuries from Windies “A” Team opener John Campbell and uncapped Fabien Allen against Windward Islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park.


    Pride (294) vs Jaguars 180-4 in Providence, Guyana

     Hemraj struck nine fours and four sixes from in 79 from 52 balls and the younger Chanderpaul made 52 that included just four boundaries from 152 balls.

    The Jaguars opening pair shared 117 for the first wicket, but the Pride snared them either side of tea among a cluster of wickets to leave things hanging in the balance when stumps were drawn with the elder Chanderpaul not out on 15 and night-watchman Gudakesh Motie not out on three.

    This followed a start that was delayed until after the scheduled lunch interval, due to wet conditions caused by rain, and a swift conclusion to the Pride’s first innings. 

    First-day Pride batting hero Justin Greaves failed to add to his overnight 72 and there was token resistance from the tail of the visitors’ batting. 

    Keemo Paul, the former West Indies Under-19 World Cup-winning all-rounder, grabbed the last three Pride wickets – including Greaves – and ended with 5-59 from 16.3 overs to be the most successful Jaguars bowler.

    West Indies “A” Team fast bowler Keon Joseph finished with 3-69 from 20 overs.


    Hurricanes (207) & 60-0 vs Red Force (360) in Basseterre, St. Kitts 

    Hughes was not out on 29 and Hodge was not out on 26, as they battled through 24 overs in almost 1 ½ hours of batting to defy the Red Force bowlers before stumps were drawn.

    This followed three Red Force batsmen perishing before reaching the landmark of a hundred to help give the visitors a 153-run, first-innings lead.

    Former Windies Under-19 left-hander Amir Jangoo led the way with 96; uncapped, veteran leg-spin all-rounder Imran Khan was not out on 84 and Windies batsman Kyle Hope made 84.

    Jangoo hit 10 fours and six sixes from 136 balls in close to 2 ¾ hours, and Hope collected 11 fours from 148 balls close to three hours.

    They shared 187 for the first wicket before the Red Force went into a tailspin, slumping to 235 for seven.

    But Khan led the recovery, hitting seven fours and two sixes from 142 balls in close to three hours and shared 79 with Khary Pierre to push them comfortably past 300.


    Volcanoes (200) vs Scorpions 261-8 in Kingston, Jamaica

    Test off-spinner Shillingford grabbed 5-72 from 33 overs and was the most effective Volcanoes bowler, as the Scorpions batted through the day to earn a hard-fought lead.

    Campbell struck seven fours and three sixes in the top score so far of 71 from 79 balls to give the Scorpions early momentum, dominating an opening stand of 96 with fellow left-hander Trevon Griffith.

    After Campbell was caught behind off leg-spinner Audy Alexander in the final hour before lunch, there was limited stability from the rest of the Scorpions’ batting until their skipper Nikita Miller, batting at 10, linked up with Allen to share 52 – unbroken – for the ninth wicket.

    A few other batsmen got starts without carrying on, led by Trevon Griffith with 37 and Brandon King with 35, but every time it looked a pair of Scorpions batsmen were building a partnership, one of them would throw their hand away.

    Scorpions slumped to 209 for eight before Allen, not out on 57 that included seven fours from 113 balls, and Miller batted through practically the final session to extend the home team’s innings.

  • de Grandhomme record hundred breaks Windies spirits

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand, CMC – Colin de Grandhomme smashed the fastest-ever maiden Test century and the second-fastest by a New Zealander, to put West Indies to the sword and leave them with little chance of saving the opening Test at the Basin Reserve.

    The 31-year-old’s aggressive 105, in only his seventh Test following his debut a year ago, propelled the Black Caps to a massive 447 for nine in their first innings on day two here Saturday – a massive lead of 313 runs with three days left in the contest.

    Arriving at number seven in the second over of the final session, de Grandhomme reached three figures off a mere 71 balls to also record the joint ninth-fastest Test hundred of all time and the fastest ever against West Indies.

    Stroke-maker Ross Taylor missed out on his 17th Test hundred when he fell for 93 while Henry Nicholls hit 67 and wicketkeeper Tom Blundell, an unbeaten 57 on debut.

    Seamer Kemar Roach bowled impressively to end with three for 73 while pacer Miguel Cummins (2-74) and off-spinner Roston Chase (2-83) picked up two wickets apiece, on a chastening day for the Windies.

    Resuming the day on 85 for two, New Zealand prospered courtesy of Taylor who extended his overnight third wicket stand with opener Jeet Raval (42) to 41 before adding a further 127 for the fourth wicket with Nicholls.

    West Indies seamers toiled without reward, managing a single in each of the first two sessions, as the Black Caps controlled the game, adding 95 runs in the morning period and 86 in the post-lunch.

    The left-handed Raval, starting the day on 29, added 13 off another 24 balls before he fell 45 minutes into the session, edging a defensive prod at the first ball of Roach’s opening spell, to give wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich a straightforward catch at 109 for three.

    Taylor and Nicholls then set about the Windies bowling with some gusto, gathering runs freely on both sides of the wicket.

    The right-handed Taylor, on 12 at the start, raised his half-century about half-hour before the interval when he top-edged a hook at speedster Shannon Gabriel to the long leg boundary. He reached lunch unbeaten on 66 with Nicholls on 24, and continued his domination of the Windies bowling afterwards.

    He looked to be closing in on a three figures when he was lbw to Roach to a full length delivery which struck him on the back leg. Initially given not out, the decision was overturned on review, ending a polished knock that came from 160 balls and included 10 fours.

    Nicholls, meanwhile, enjoyed a huge slice of luck in the first over after lunch when he gloved a pull at captain Jason Holder to Dowrich, only to be reprieved after replays showed the seamer had over-stepped.

    He made the most of the opportunity to carve out his fifth Test half-century, before falling 10 minutes after tea when he helped a short ball from Cummins into the lap of Gabriel at deep backward square.

    Thirteen balls later, Mitchell Santner was late on a defensive stroke and bowled off-stump by Cummins for 17 at 281 for six, leaving the Windies with the ideal opportunity to limit the hosts.

    de Grandhomme’s arrival ended any such hopes, however. The Zimbabwe-born all-rounder attacked from the outset, storming to his half-century off just 44 balls, with his second fifty requiring only 27 deliveries.

    In the process, he posted 148 for the seventh wicket with Blundell, who faced 100 deliveries and counted six fours, a partnership that quenched the Windies fight.

    de Grandhomme raced into the 90s with a massive six over long-on off Chase, edged Cummins to the third man boundary in the following over to move to 99 before running three to deep backward point off the next ball, to reach his landmark.

    All told, he faced 74 balls and crunched 11 fours and three sixes, before holing out to long-on off Chase, half-hour before close.

    Blundell watched as another two wickets fell cheaply for five runs but by then the damage had already been done.

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings 134

    WEST INDIES 2nd Innings

    (overnight 85 for two)

    T Latham c Roach b Holder 37

    J Raval c wkp Dowrich b Roach 42

    *K Williamson c Hope b Roach 1

    R Taylor lbw b Roach 93

    H Nicholls c Gabriel b Cummins 67

    M Santner b Cummins 17

    C de Grandhomme c Powell b Chase 105

    +T Blundell not out 57

    N Wagner b Chase 3

    M Henry c wkp Dowrich b Gabriel 4

    T Boult not out 2

    Extras (b4, lb2, nb13) 19

    TOTAL (9 wkts, 127 overs) 447

    Fall of wickets: 1-65, 2-68, 3-109, 4-236, 5-272, 6-281, 7-429, 8-437, 9-442.

    Bowling: Gabriel 26-3-8-1, Roach 19-5-73-3, Cummins 24-7-74-2, Holder 27-7-85-1, Chase 23-2-83-2, Brathwaite 8-0-46-0.


    Position: New Zealand lead by 313 runs with one wicket intact.

    Toss: New Zealand.

    Umpires: Ian Gould, Rod Tucker; TV – Bruce Oxenford.

  • Miller wins battle with Smith to give Scorpions the edge

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Jamaica Scorpions captain Nikita Miller upstaged veteran opener Devon Smith in the battle between the top bowler and batsman in Windies first-class history to give his side the early edge over Windward Islands Volcanoes when the Digicel 4-Day Championship resumed on Thursday.

    Left-arm spinner Miller led the demolition of the Volcanoes batting, but the left-handed Smith batted brilliantly to hit his third hundred of the season on the first day of their fifth round of match at Sabina Park.


     • 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.


    In the feature match, half-centuries from Justin Greaves and Kenroy Williams breathed life back into the Barbados Pride batting after Windies “A” fast bowler Keon Joseph left the reeling early against Guyana Jaguars at the Guyana National Stadium. 

    A century opening between former Windies Under-19 opener Amir Jangoo and senior Windies Test batsman Kyle Hope gave Trinidad & Tobago Red Force a strong start against Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Warner Park.


     Volcanoes (200) vs Scorpions 43-0 in Kingston, Jamaica 

    Miller, the most successful bowler in the history of the Windies first-class championship, captured 5-60 from 29 overs with his steady left-arm spin, as the Volcanoes were bowled out inside the first hour after tea.

    Playing only his second match of the season, due to a medical procedure during the off-season, he carved up the Volcanoes batting after he belatedly brought himself into the attack on a pitch that was offering assistance to the spin bowlers from early.

    But Smith, the most prolific batsman in Windies first-class history, slammed an undefeated 116 and was the only Volcanoes batsman that offered prolonged resistance to the Scorpions’ bowling.

    He became the first batsman this season to pass 400 runs and batted just under five hours for his 26th Regional 4-Day and 31st first-class career hundred that came from 254 balls and included seven fours and four sixes.

    John Campbell, bowling his uncomplicated off-spin, supported Miller in the demolition of the Volcanoes batting with 3-38 from 14 overs.

    Campbell returned to finish not out on 37 and Trevon Griffith was not out on five, as the Scorpions started their reply strongly before stumps were drawn.

    Pride 282-8 vs Jaguars in Providence, Guyana

    Greaves was not out on 72 and Williams scored 68 to resuscitate the Pride after a top-order collapse left them wobbling on 123 for five, after they decided to bat against the current leaders and reigning three-time champions.

    Greaves and Williams shared 121 for the sixth wicket, after left-handed opener Shayne Moseley made 47 and all-rounder Kevin Stoute hit 43 to bring the visitors back in the game following an early stumble on 32 for three.

    Moseley and Stoute put on 78 for the fourth wicket before they were dismissed within seven overs of each other, paving the way for the Greaves-Williams partnership.

    Joseph has been the most successful Jaguars bowler, taking 3-63 from 17 overs, and fellow pacer Keemo Paul, the former Windies Under-19 World Cup-winning all-rounder, grabbed 2-54 from 13 overs.

    Hurricanes (207) vs Red Force 148-0 in Basseterre, St. Kitts

    Left-hander Jangoo was not out on 81 – eyeing a maiden first-class hundred – and got resolute support from Hope – not out on 61 – as Red Force made a dominant reply against the Hurricanes.

    Jangoo, in his seventh first-class match, made light work of the Hurricanes attack, striking seven fours and half-dozen sixes from 112 balls in just over 2 ¼ hours, and Test batsman Hope has collected a silky eight fours from 113 balls.

    Earlier, wicketkeeper Devon Thomas top-scored with 46 and Hurricanes captain Rahkeem Cornwall, the Windies “A” Team off-spin bowling all-rounder, made 43, as the home team collapsed from 60 for one, after opting to bat first.

    Shane Burton got 29 and Chesney Hughes added 29, but the remainder of the batting failed to show enterprise.

    Fast bowler Roshon Primus was the most successful Red Force bowler, taking 4-57 from 12 overs, leg-spinner Imran Khan claimed 3-26 from just six overs and off-spinner Bryan Charles supported with 2-53 from 13 overs.

  • Roach, Holder hit back for Windies

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand, CMC – Scoreboard on the opening day of the first Test between New Zealand and West Indies at the Basin Reserve on Friday:

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings

    K Brathwaite c Nicholls b Wagner 24

    K Powell c Raval b Boult 42

    S Hetmyer c Latham b Wagner 13

    S Hope c wkp Blundell b Wagner 0

    R Chase c Raval b Wagner 5

    S Ambris hit wkt b Wagner 0

    +S Dowrich run out 18

    *J Holder b Wagner 0

    K Roach not out 14

    M Cummins b Boult 1

    S Gabriel c Latham b Wagner 10

    Extras (b2, lb5) 7

    TOTAL (all out, 45.4 overs) 134

    Fall of wickets: 1-59, 2-75, 3-79, 4-80, 5-80, 6-97, 7-97, 8-104, 9-105, 10-134.

    Bowling: Boult 16-8-36-2, Henry 11-1-39-0, de Grandhomme 4-1-13-0, Wagner 14.4-2-39-7.

    NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings

    T Latham c Roach b Holder 37

    J Raval not out 29

    *K Williamson c Hope b Roach 1

    R Taylor not out 12

    Extras (b4, nb2) 6

    TOTAL (2 wkts, 38 overs) 85

    To bat: H Nicholls, +T Blundell, M Santner, C de Grandhomme, M Henry, N Wagner, T Boult.

    Fall of wickets: 1-65, 2-68.

    Bowling: Gabriel 10-2-22-0, Roach 9-4-27-1, Cummins 8-5-6-0, Holder 9-4-19-1, Chase 2-0-7-0.


    Position: New Zealand trail by 49 runs with eight wickets intact.

    Toss: New Zealand.

    Umpires: Ian Gould, Rod Tucker; TV – Bruce Oxenford.

     

  • Jaguars, Pride renew long-standing rivalry

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The oldest rivalry in the history of first-class matches in the Caribbean will have special meaning, as the Digicel 4-Day Championship hits the halfway stage with fifth round matches, starting tomorrow in Guyana, St. Kitts and Jamaica.


    • 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.


    All six franchises will be looking to give cogent proof that last weekend’s break in the tournament for rest and recovery was beneficial, as they continue to chase the Headley/Weekes Trophy, symbol of regional 4-Day supremacy.

    Front-runners and three-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars and traditionally-strong Barbados Pride started it all in the first-ever, regional first-class match more than 150 years ago, and there will be plenty at stake when they renew this bitter, long-standing rivalry in the feature match of the round.

    Leeward Islands Hurricanes and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, two teams that suffered setbacks in the previous round, will face each other looking to get back on track, and Jamaica Scorpions will target their second straight victory against a revamped Windward Islands Volcanoes, yet to win this season.


    Jaguars vs Pride at the Guyana National Stadium in Providence, Guyana

    Jaguars are currently the only unbeaten side in the Championship and hold a double-digit lead over the Hurricanes, their nearest rivals. A woefully depleted Pride missed a few tricks in their first two matches, but have gradually regained their composure, moving into third place.

    The objectives for both are quite clear: For the Jaguars, win and forge further out of reach of the rest of the pack, putting them on course for a fourth straight title; for Pride, win and slow the roll of the Jaguars in the hope of making a title run down the stretch.

    A review of the key performance indicators in the last three seasons point to how competitive the two sides have been over the past three seasons, as the Pride have finished runners-up on each occasion.

    The two sides have each won once in three matches at the Guyana National Stadium in the Professional Cricket League era, with the other match ending in a draw last year, and in the six matches during the PCL era, they have led each other on first innings three times apiece.

    The only advantage is that the Jaguars have won twice and Pride once in the six matches in the PCL era between the two sides.

    For the Pride however, they have an extra reason to play a little harder: Tomorrow marks the 51st anniversary of Barbados achieving independence from Britain and a victory would be a fitting gift to the island – but the Jaguars have a far more established side and this should put them over the top.

    Squads:

    JAGUARS (from): Leon Johnson (captain), Anthony Bramble, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Keon Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Akshaya Persaud, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Vishaul Singh

    IN-Persaud, OUT-Rajendra Chandrika

    PRIDE (from): Shamarh Brooks (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Jonathan Carter, Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Aaron Jones, Shayne Moseley, Ashley Nurse, Mario Rampersaud, Shamar Springer, Kevin Stoute, Jomel Warrican, Kenroy Williams

    IN–Springer, OUT–Hayden Walsh, Jr

    UMPIRES: Zahid Bassarath, Verdayne Smith (Jamaica)

    MATCH REFEREE: Reon King

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Imran Moakan


    Hurricanes vs Red Force at Warner Park in Basseterre, St. Kitts

    Both sides suffered crushing blows to their confidence in the previous round and will be looking to regain their poise.

    This is also expected to be a keen affair which pits the well-served Hurricanes bowling attack against a solid Red Force batting line-up.

    This match is likely to be decided by how well the Hurricanes batting handles the steady, if not fearsome Red Force attack, which includes leg-spinner Imran Khan, one of the season’s most successful bowlers.

    Recent history favours the Red Force in this contest: They have won four of the six matches the two sides have contested in the PCL era, including all three at the venue for this weekend’s match.

    Squads:

    HURRICANES (from) ­– Rahkeem Cornwall (captain), Elvin Berridge, Sheeno Berridge, Shane Burton, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Chesney Hughes, Jeremiah Louis, Akeem Saunders, Stanny Simon, Devon Thomas, Gavin Tonge, Terence Warde

    IN–Elvin Berridge, Burton, Tonge, OUT–Nkrumah Bonner, Keacy Carty, Mervin Matthew

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

    Unchanged

    UMPIRES: Johnaton Blades (Barbados), Leslie Reifer, Jr (Barbados)

    MATCH REFEREE: Stewart Rawlins

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Carl Tuckett


    Scorpions vs Volcanoes at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica

    Scorpions won handsomely in the previous round, ensuring Volcanoes are the only side without a win this season, so this means there is plenty for which the two sides can play in this round.

    For Scorpions, they will be hoping that the wet weather weeks stays away long enough for them to notch another victory to move further up in the standings, and for Volcanoes, it will be to capture that elusive maiden victory.

    Bowling is the strength of both sides, so the deciding factor will be how their batting line-ups cope with the pressure.

    Recent results highly favour Scorpions however, as they have won four of the six contests between the two sides in the PCL era, including all three at Sabina Park.

    Squads:

    SCORPIONS (from) – Nikita Miller (captain), Fabian Allen, John Campbell, Assad Fudadin, Garth Garvey, Derval Green, Trevon Griffith, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Paul Palmer, Steven Taylor, Oshane Thomas

    IN–Allen, OUT–Dennis Bulli

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

    IN-Bascombe, Dember, Hector, Johnson, Dennis Smith, OUT-Gian Benjamin, Kirk Edwards, Kavem Hodge, Ray Jordan, Liam Sebastien

    UMPIRES: Christopher Taylor, Gregory Brathwaite (Barbados)

    MATCH REFEREE: Denovan Hayles

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Jacqueline Williams

  • Windies stronger following tough Zimbabwe tour: Brathwaite

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand, CMC – West Indies vice-captain, Kraigg Brathwaite, believes the difficult recent tour of Zimbabwe served as excellent preparation for the two-Test series against the Black Caps starting here Friday.

    The right-handed opener said conditions in the African nation had forced the Caribbean side to rely on grit and determination in order to succeed, attributes which would also be vital in the upcoming series.

    Brathwaite said the batsmen especially had received a stern test.

    “Zimbabwe, despite them not being ranked very high, was a tough tour. The pitches were quite slow

    Kraigg Brathwaite during the third day of the first Test match between Zimbabwe and Windies at Queen's Sports Club, Bulawayo on Monday, October 23, 2017.

    and low and spinning from day one, and from how they set the fields according to how they play, it wasn’t easy to score runs,” Brathwaite said. “But I thought as batsmen, especially playing the spin, we found the gaps, we rotated the strike well and I thought that momentum gave us the ability to score what we did.

    “It was a tour where we had to stay disciplined despite it was Zimbabwe and keep strong in our minds. Things weren’t easy but we fought as a team and we keep improving tour by tour.”

    West Indies won the first Test by an innings inside four days but were thwarted in their attempts at a clean sweep, as the hosts batted the entire final day of the second Test to earn a draw.

    While leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo relished the conditions, the pace trio of Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach and captain Jason Holder struggled to make inroads on the lifeless tracks.

    However, Brathwaite said the bowlers had learned valuable lessons which would be put to use against the Kiwis.

    “Bishoo did extremely well but all the bowlers put in a good effort, especially the fast bowlers as the pitch wasn’t assisting them at all,” Brathwaite pointed out.

    “Coming into the [three-day tour game] here, we bowled very well. We made plans and we stuck to them. We took some good catches and that was good for us. Moving forward, we just need to take that into the Test series.”

    The three-day tour game against New Zealand A in Lincoln finished in a draw Monday with impressive performances for the visitors with both bat and ball.

    Both Sunil Ambris (153) and Shai Hope (110) scored centuries while Brathwaite got 88 in the second innings following a first innings failure.

    He said with conditions much better for batting on the bouncier pitches here, he expected the Windies to capitalise.

    “I think it is quite similar to England. Pitches tend to have a little more grass but I think once you have a clear mind and you play the ball as late as possible, I think as batsmen we can do well,” he noted.

    “As a team, once we can stick to our plans and stay disciplined, I believe we can come out on top.”

    He continued: “Obviously we can take some confidence from the tour of England. Obviously New Zealand have some quality bowlers so it will be hard work but I think we will be up to the task because it is similar to England, so I think once we go out there and stick to the basics we will be good.”

  • Bishoo, Hope make strides as opening Test looms

    Devendra Bishoo during Windies training session at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, New Zealand. CWI Photo/Philip Spooner

    LONDON, CMC – Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo will have the chance to break into the top 20 of the International Cricket Council’s bowling rankings, if he suits up for the opening Test against the Black Caps in Wellington starting Friday.

    In the latest rankings released on Tuesday, the 32-year-old Guyanese rose two places to 21st, to lie just outside of the top 20 in the world.

    Bishoo is coming off a productive tour of

    Zimbabwe where he grabbed 13 wickets in the two-Test rubber, to emerge as Man-of-the-Series. He was particularly impressive in the opening Test when he claimed a nine-wicket match haul as West Indies won by an innings inside four days.

    There is no guarantee, however, that Bishoo will find a spot in the starting XI as West Indies have several pace options at their disposal in conditions which will be favourable to seam.

    Speedster Shannon Gabriel is the highest ranked Windies bowler at 20th and will also have the opportunity to improve his ranking, as he is expected to spearhead the attack.

    Kemar Roach, who returned to the Test arena against England last summer, has risen one place to 23rd while captain Jason Holder has dropped one spot to 32nd, in the rankings led by England seamer Jimmy Anderson.

    Meanwhile, Windies opener Kraigg Brathwaite is now 19th after jumping one place in the latest rankings while batsman Shai Hope has risen two places to 23rd.

    Both batsmen are in great form and like Bishoo, could force their way further up the rankings with strong performances at the Basin Reserve.

    Roston Chase remains 37th while the estranged Darren Bravo is up one place to 38th despite having not played for West Indies in over a year.