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  • Miller: My time to stand up

    HARARE, Zimbabwe – Experienced left-arm spinner Nikita Miller says he is willing to do “all that’s required for the team” to see the Windies qualify for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

    The 35-year-old showed his skill and control on Thursday with a brilliant spell of bowling as Windies overcame United Arab Emirates in a lowscoring warm-up match Harare Sports Club. He took five for 20 off 10 overs to dismiss the UAE for 83, after Windies made 115 on a surface offering generous turn to the slow bowlers.

    “It was a good day for me. I got five wickets at a crucial stage in the match and did was required by the team. That’s what its all about for me, doing what the team needs to win. I’m all about doing the job,” Miller said. “It was very important for us to get some solid cricket under our belts as we prepare for the tournament.

    “We didn’t go so well in the first warm-up match against Afghanistan, which didn’t go according to plan. So we had to get things together, and even though we didn’t get enough runs, our bowling display was excellent and congrats must go to all the bowlers for putting in a very good performance, especially Kemar Roach the early part of their innings. I think the bowling display was very good today.”

    Miller is one of the most experienced members of the Windies squad at the qualifier tournament. He made his international debut in 2008 against Australia but has been in and out of the team. He played in two World Cups in Asia in 2011 and the 2015 edition in Australia and New Zealand. He made a return to Windies colours on the tour of New Zealand late lest year and has been impressive.

    “The main goal is to get to the World Cup. We need to apply ourselves and get full ready for that opening match. We have some very experienced players who have played a lot of international cricket and have seen many situations in the game so we will be ready for whatever is thrown at us,” Miller said. “We will have play to our strengths and draw on our experience. I made my debut 10 years and I have played a lot of cricket. I’m not thinking about myself but I’m thinking about the team in every situation.”

  • Windies Women win warm-up as championship prep continues

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand- The WINDIES Women romped to a 7-wicket victory over the Canterbury Magicians at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, as part of their preparations for Round 2 of the ICC Women’s Championships versus New Zealand White Ferns starting on Sunday March 4.

    WINDIES Women won the toss and elected to bowl first. Canterbury lost Frances Mackay for 7 and the dangerous Amy Satterthwaite for 1. Then Evelyn Jones and Kate Ebrahim consolidated for the Magicians, scoring 98 and 84 respectively as the Magicians posted 216/5 from their 50 overs.

    Leg-spinner Afy Fletcher had the best bowling figures for WINDIES women, taking 3/44 from her allotted 10 overs.

    In their reply, the WINDIES Women got off to the perfect start thanks to openers Hayley Matthews and Kycia Knight, who put on 75 for the first wicket. Matthews and Kycia blasted the Magicians bowling with Matthews being the aggressor, smashing 13 fours on her way to 61.

    Captain Stafanie Taylor had a short stint at the wicket, then Kycia was joined by Chedean Nation. Kycia and Nation both reached half-centuries in a partnership worth 109 runs before Nation fell for a well-played 55.

    Kycia and twin Kyshonna then took the WINDIES Women to the target in 34 overs, finishing on 70 and 14 not out respectively.

    Speaking after the game, Captain Stafanie Taylor said “I thought we bowled and fielded well, especially the opening spell from Shamilia Connell and Tremayne Smartt. Then Kycia and Hayley set the tone and pace in the powerplay, which gave us the start we needed, and it was backed up by Chedean Nation and Kyshonna. Our preparation for the Championships are coming along as expected and we are ready for the challenge that I know that team New Zealand is coming with.”

    WINDIES Women tour to New Zealand 2018

    MARCH 2018

    Sunday 4      1st ODI at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University

    Thursday 8   2nd ODI at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University

    Sunday 11      3rd ODI at Hagley Oval, Christchurch

    Wednesday 14   1st T20 International at Bay Oval, Mt. Maunganui, Tauranga

    Friday 16            2nd T20 International at Bay Oval, Mt. Maunganui, Tauranga

    Tuesday 20       3rd T20 International at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

    Thursday 22      4th T20 International at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

    Sunday 25        5th T20 International at Seddon Park, Hamilton

  • Wobbly Windies down UAE but questions remain

    HARARE, Zimbabwe, CMC – An unconvincing West Indies needed left-arm spinner Nikita Miller’s five-wicket haul to beat minnows United Arab Emirates by 32 runs, as their dodgy start to the ICC World Cup Qualifiers continued here Thursday.

    Embarrassingly bundled out for 115 in the 34th over at the at Harare Sports Club, the Caribbean side rebounded to rout UAE for 83 off 29 overs, and claim victory in their last of their official warm-up matches before their Group A campaign gets underway next Tuesday against the same opponents.

    The 35-year-old Miller bagged five for 20 and seamer Kemar Roach, three for 15, as West Indies avoided another potential disaster following on from Tuesday’s shock defeat to Afghanistan.

    Sent in, there was no sign of what was to unfold when the Caribbean side reached 81 for three in the 18th over.

    Veteran Chris Gayle (16) and rookie Evin Lewis (10) put on 31 for the first wicket before Shimron Hetmyer, who top-scored with 20, added 34 with Marlon Samuels (15) for the second wicket.

    The left-handed Hetmyer was bowled by off-spinner Rohan Mustafa (2-10) in the 16th over after facing 28 balls and counting a single four and Samuels followed 13 deliveries later, caught at the wicket off leg-spinner Imran Haider who was the best bowler with four for 16.

    West Indies then capitulated, losing their last seven wickets for just 34 runs as Haider and left-arm spinner Ahmed Raza (2-14) ran through the middle and lower order.

    Seamer Mohammed Naveed accounted for both openers to finish with two for 27.

    In reply, UAE were tottering early when Roach claimed the first three wickets to fall to leave the World Cricket League Division 2 champions on 36 for three in the 10th over.

    With a run added, Miller knocked over Chirag Suri for one and the Jamaican then combined with off-spinner Ashley Nurse (2-21) to wreck the UAE innings.

    Rain halted play with UAE on 58 for seven and the Windies clinically wiped out the tail once play resumed.

    Despite the victory, the performance will raise even more questions for West Indies, especially about their batting, especially after they were dismissed for 110 in pursuit of a revised 140 in a rain-hit encounter against Afghanistan.

    West Indies will also face Papua New Guinea, Ireland and the Netherlands in the preliminaries as they bid for a spot in the Super Six second stage of the qualifiers.

    The top two teams will qualify for the final and also secure the remaining spots at next year’s ICC World Cup in England.

  • Brathwaite – Qualifying all that matters to me

    HARARE, Zimbabwe — World T20-winning Windies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has stressed that winning the Cricket World Cup Qualifier is all that matters to him and his team despite the fact they’d rather not be playing it at all.

    Asked what he was looking forward to about the tournament, which will decide the two final teams to make the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England, the 29-year-old seamer and big-hitter said: “To win the trophy. With all due respect to the competition, we didn’t want to be here. We wanted the direct passage to the World Cup.

    “Be that as it may, we are here, and we have to play these games, play them well, and be at our best throughout the competition. And be there and lift the trophy at the end of the competition, and ease a few fears back home of possibly missing out on the World Cup. That will be a job well done in my eyes.”

    Windies failed to qualify automatically for the flagship 50-over tournament next year due to their ninth placed ICC team ranking in ODIs. Only the top eight teams have secured their places, with Windies, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Nepal, UAE, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea fighting it out for the final two spots at the Qualifier.

    Brathwaite – who has fond memories of ICC tournaments having blasted the Windies to glory in the last over of the 2016 World T20 final against Ben Stokes – admitted his side are favourites in Zimbabwe but said they would not be underestimating any opponent.

    “We probably have a target on our backs, and teams will really be game when it comes to playing against us,” he said. “We need to firstly not underestimate any team – I don’t think we will – and then secondly, we need to do as well we can, perform day in and day out. At the end of the two weeks or so, let’s be raising the cup as champions of the World Cup Qualifier.

    “I will concede that we’re probably the better team on paper, the team with most history. But cricket is played on the day. Each and every day we step on the park, we need to act as though we are the best team on paper, act like the best team in the competition. And then have the results to show for it.”

    As one of the team’s big names, Brathwaite will be expected to perform on the big stage. “I don’t know how much pressure is on me externally,” he said, “but I always put pressure on myself to do as well as I can. At the end of this World Cup Qualifier, I want to be able to look in the mirror and say that I’ve been put everything in. The team qualifying is the ultimate goal.”

  • Zadran hat-trick condemns Windies to shock defeat in warm-up

    HARARE, Zimbabwe, CMC – Fast bowler Dawlat Zadran grabbed a hat-trick to send favourites West Indies to a stunning 29-run defeat under Duckworth/Lewis, in their opening warm-up match of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers here Tuesday.

    Chasing a modest revised target of 140 from 35 overs, the two-time former World champions collapsed from 80 for two in the 14th over, to 110 all out in the 27th over at Harare Sports Club.

    Opener Evin Lewis top-scored with 36 and veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels got 34 but remarkably were the only two batsmen to reach double figures.

    The drama, however, erupted during the 20th over of the innings when Zadran knocked over Shimron Hetmyer (1), Rovman Powell (9) and Carlos Brathwaite (0) in successive deliveries, to leave West Indies reeling on 99 for eight.

    First, Zadran had the left-handed Hetmyer caught at gully by caught at gully by Najibullah Zadran, removed Powell to a catch at the wicket before trapping Brathwaite lbw.

    Zadran finished with four for 26 while dangerous leg-spinner Rashid Khan (2-7) and left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf (2-21) snapped up two wickets apiece.

    The Afghans had earlier battled to 163 for nine in a game reduced to 35 overs, with Gulbadin Naib, batting at number 10, top-scoring with 48 from 38 deliveries and number eight Samiullah Shenwari hitting a valuable unbeaten 42.

    The pair staged a courageous ninth wicket stand of 91 after the innings lay in shambles at 71 for eight in the 23rd over.

    Naib smashed three fours and a pair of sixes while Shenwari lashed two sixes in a 55-ball knock.

    Left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell, who finished with three for 43, rocked the top order with a couple of early wickets while fellow seamers Jason Holder (2-27) and Kesrick Williams (2-34) added a brace each.

    Veteran left-handed opener Chris Gayle then fell cheaply for nine in the sixth over of the Windies run chase with the score on 25 and Shai Hope followed in the seventh over for one, caught at the wicket to give Zadran his first wicket.

    Lewis and Samuels, however, combined in a third wicket stand of 44 which appeared to be taking the Windies to an uncomplicated victory.

    The left-handed Lewis faced 40 balls and counted a pair of fours and sixes while Samuels required 36 deliveries for his knock and stroked four fours.

    But both perished along with Jason Mohammed (0) in the space of 18 balls with just eight runs added, before Zadran struck the lethal blows to condemn the innings.

  • World Cup experience was life changing – Alick Athanaze

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Alick Athanaze seems to be in the right place at the right time. He was a late replacement for the injured Delorn Johnson in the Windward Islands Volcanoes for the just concluded Super50.

    What a way he took the opportunity and made the best use of it.

    Following the passage of Hurricane Maria in his home in Dominica, Alick said the “experience played a huge role in his motivation to perform well at the recently-concluded ICC Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand.

    Athanaze and his coach in Dominica, Sam Kirnon, have been working together for the last year and after the passage of the hurricane found a way to work out to keep sharp to prepare for the World Cup. He credits Kirnon for the work they put in.

    Despite the team’s inability to get to the Championship round, Athanaze made 418 runs to emerge as the top runs scorer for the tournament. He describes the World Cup experience as “a life changing one which helped him to build his confidence and understanding of the game. One which also taught me how to deal with pressure and how to go about different scenarios at different stages of the game.”

    He was a bright spark for the WINDIES as he was the only representative on the ICC-select squad. The 19-year old says his best moment of the World Cup was his 110 not out against Sri Lanka; while his most disappointing was the loss and the manner in which his team lost to New Zealand.


    Athanaze, just last Saturday (February 24), played a steady and calm inning to help his team, the Windward Island Volcanoes towards a three-wicket win over defending champions, Barbados Pride in the Super50 Cup FINAL. 

    With 28 still required from 33 deliveries, the 19-year-old Athanaze put on a mature performance to play a major role in a 31-run eighth-wicket stand with Captain Shane Shillingford, to steer the Volcanoes towards the Super50 Cup title final, taking home the Clive Lloyd trophy.

    Athanaze has a little ritual before he goes out to bat; “I put on all my left gear first and on approaching the rope, I say a little prayer.”

    In another three to five years, Athanaze thinks he will be an established franchise team player heading to the senior WINDIES team.

    His favorite food/meal is chicken burger with fries. And he enjoys dancehall music in his spare time.

  • Windies A (236) vs Lions 20-0 – 1st day, 3rd “Test”

    NORTH SOUND, Antigua, CMC – England Lions, replying to West Indies A’s first innings of 236 all out, were 20 without loss at the close on the opening day of the day/night third and final four-day “Test” at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here Monday night.


    WINDIES A 236 (Shamarh Brooks 63, John Campbell 35, Rahkeem Cornwall 33, Jermaine Blackwood 28, Raymon Reifer 27; Saqib Mahmood 3-50, Jack Leach 3-58)

    LIONS 20 without loss.

  • CWI increases investment in women’s cricket

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Cricket West Indies (CWI) has confirmed its continued commitment to further developing Women’s Cricket in the region.

    Following the successful declaration of the three host countries; Guyana, St. Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda, for the upcoming ICC Women’s World T20 2018 that will be held in the Caribbean in November, CWI Chief Executive Johnny Grave said, “As defending World T20 Champions, the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 provides us with the perfect platform for promoting and growing the women’s game throughout the Caribbean. 

    The CEO added “we will shortly be announcing our new five-year strategic plan and improving the opportunities for women and girls to get involved in cricket is one of our top priorities.  Our annual investment in Women’s Cricket is now approaching US$3 million a year, which includes significantly increased retainers for our WINDIES Women’s team, as well as their participation in the 2nd Edition of the ICC Women’s Championship.”

    CWI confirmed the following:

    1. As part of the new CWI five-year strategic plan (2018 – 2023); achieving equality in women’s cricket is one of the organization’s eight strategic objectives.
    2. The new WINDIES Women’s retainer contracts are higher than the regional professional male counterparts.
    3. The WINDES Women’s team are taking part in the 2nd Edition of the ICC Women’s Championship, and the recent series against Sri Lanka was streamed live on
    4. CWI’s regional Women’s tournament will take place in Jamaica in June with teams playing both 50-over and T20 formats.
    5. CWI has confirmed its support to the Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) in hosting the 2nd edition of a Women’s T20 Franchise Tournament. The event is open to all women’s players from the region and is scheduled for April 30 to May 12 this year. 
    6. More than 50 per cent of CWI’s executive workforce is female and Jennifer Nero has served on the board as an independent director for almost a decade.
    7. CWI will soon announce the appointment of a full-time WINDIES Women’s team head coach.

    The WINDIES Women are now in New Zealand preparing for their upcoming series of three ODIs and five IT20s.

  • Volcanoes hold nerve to lift Super50 title

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua- In a nail-biting finish, the Windward Islands Volcanoes defeated defending champions Barbados Pride by 3 wickets to claim their third Super50 Cup title, at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.

    Pride Captain Kraigg Brathwaite won the toss and elected to bat first, going on the pattern from the last 5 matches that rain played an important role in the second innings. 

    Omar Phillips was the first Pride batsman to go, when he was bowled by Ryan John without scoring.

    Then the experienced duo of Jonathon Carter and Brathwaite took the scoring to the Windwards. They put away the bad deliveries and kept rotating the strike.

    They put on 69 runs together before Brathwaite was stumped by Johnson Charles for 30.

    Carter was then joined by another senior batsman in Roston Chase and the pair went about building the Pride innings. Carter being the aggressor of the pair.

    Chase chose his shots with accuracy and precision, dissecting the Volcanoes fielders. -This pair posted a 68-run partnership before Carter fell for a Pride top-score of 80.

    Shamar Springer and Chase then added a quick 36 together before debutant Alick Athanaze provided what was surely the catch of the tournament, flying to his left to dismiss Springer for 22.

    Barbados Pride posted 232/9 from their 50 overs. Keon Harding and Tevyn Walcott the not out batsmen. Shane Shillingford, Obid McCoy and Larry Edward had 2 wickets each.

    The Windward’s run-chase had a solid opening reply, when they got to 44 before Devon Smith fell for 29 off Dominic Drakes.

    Jonathon Carter then bowled Johnson Charles for 16 and Kirk Edwards lasted 25 balls for his 10 runs before he was run out.

    Then came the partnership that put the Volcanoes innings back on track. Kavem Hodge and Roland Cato took apart the Pride bowlers in the middle overs, despite being interrupted by rain.

    This pair blasted 80 runs in a batting display that had the spectators off their seats and waving flags on the grass berms.

    Hodge was caught behind off a fine edge for 39. Cato departed soon after for a well-played 54.

    Kyle Myers then played a very important had, striking a run a ball 32 to ensure the Volcanoes remained ahead of the Duckworth Lewis par score.

    WINDIES U19 batsman and leading run-scorer from the recent ICC U19 World Cup Alick Athanaze showed cricket intuition far beyond his teenage years in a calculated and patient innings of 23 not out.

    Athanaze and volcanoes Captain Shane Shillingford batted through a gritty defense by the Barbados Pride who slowed down the match with long fielding planning.

    It came down to the Volcanoes needing 3 runs from the last over. And as a fitting end, Athanaze struck the winnings runs.

    Windward Islands Volcanoes finished on 236/7 with 3 balls to spare.

    Roland Cato was Man of the Match.

  • Windies will be on their toes, assures skipper Holder

    HARARE, Zimbabwe, CMC – Captain Jason Holder says West Indies will be taking nothing for granted during the upcoming ICC World Cup Qualifiers, despite entering as the highest-ranked side.

    The Caribbean side, two-time former World champions, are the favourites to grab one of the two remaining spots for next year’s World Cup in England, especially up against the likes of minnows United Arab Emirates and Papua New Guinea in the peliminary round.

    However, Holder said it was important not to underestimate any of their opponents in spite of the apparent gulf in experience.

    “In a tournament like this we know the opponents will be fearless, they have nothing to lose and everything to gain,” the all-rounder said.

    “I believe every side in this tournament is dangerous and we must not take any team lightly. We will take every game as a final.”

    West Indies arrived here last week for the March 4-25 tournament and have been undergoing their final preparation before their campaign in Group A.

    Following warm-up matches against Afghanistan and Nepal, West Indies open their bid on March 6 against UAE, who recently won the ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament in Namibia, before taking on PNG two days later and Ireland on March 10.

    They wind up their group action against the Netherlands on March 12.

    Holder said his players were all entering the tournament on the heels of the Regional Super50 and coupled with the upcoming warm-up matches, expected them to be well prepared.

    “Leading up to the first match against the United Arab Emirates, we should be more than ready when that challenge comes,” he pointed out.

    “We have two warm-up matches before the first tournament match, so we have been preparing well. We should not be short of cricket when that first match comes around.”

    Windies boast the likes of veteran batsmen Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, who among them have played a combined 467 One-Day Internationals, and also include the youth of Shai Hope, Rovman Powell and 20-year-old former Youth World Cup skipper, Shimron Hetmyer.

    Experienced seamer Kemar Roach has been included for the trip with all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite also recalled, and Holder said the squad possessed the quality to be successful in the tournament.

    “We have a very good balance. We have guys who can bowl the new ball very well and others who can take wickets in the middle overs and finish off well,” he noted.

    “In our batting we have power at the top of the order and power at the end. We also have players in the middle, who can consolidate and take over when necessary.”

    The top three from each group will advance to the Super Sixes, where they will each play three matches against teams they did not meet in the preliminaries.

    The finalists will secure the final two berths at the ICC World Cup scheduled for England next year from May 30 to July 15.