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  • Defending champions T&T, off to a good start

    St Kitts – Defending regional three-day Under 19 champions, Trinidad & Tobago, are off to a good start as they cranked up 233 all out in 64.2 overs and had the Windward Islands on 68 for 5 at close of play. Sabia Batoosingh lead the batting for TT with 60 runs; while Lee Louisy had best bowling figures of 14-2-59-3 for the Windwards.

    Guyana scored 220 runs all out and had Leeward Islands struggling at 17 for 1 at the close of play in another encounter. Guyana won the toss and decided to bat. Ramnarine Chatura with 62 lead the batting for Guyana; Kian Pemberton 13-3-51-3 and Zawandi White 28-14-56-3 were the leading wicket takers for the Leeward Islands.

    In the other match for the day, Jamaica was left reeling at 11 for 2; with Barbados scoring 192 all out. Top batter for Barbados was Shian Brathwaite with 66 runs; while top wicket-takers for Jamaica were David Bird 23-9-53-3 and Kristoph Virgo 19.3-6-43-3.

    Matches continue tomorrow at Conaree, Verchilds and St Pauls, starting at 9:30 am.

    Scorecards are attached.

    Trinidad & Tobago vs Windward Islands

    Guyana vs Leeward Islands

    Jamaica vs Barbados

  • Simmons, Yadram fire Young Windies to dramatic series win

    DURBAN, South Africa, CMC – Off-spinner Bhaskar Yadram held his nerve to bowl a brilliant last over as West Indies Under-19s snatched a dramatic two-run victory over South Africa Under-19s to seal a 3-2 win in the five-match Youth One-Day International series here Wednesday.

    Set 245 to win at Chatsworth Oval, the hosts entered the final over requiring eight runs but Yadram conceded just five runs to restrict them to 242 for seven off their 50 overs.

    In fact, the Young Proteas were in pole position to take victory with just three required from the last two deliveries but Yadram kept Kenan Smith scoreless off both, to complete a phenomenal spell.

    All told, the Guyanese ended with three for 37 – including two wickets in the 44th over which blew the game wide open after South Africa U19s seemed to be cruising to victory.

    Left-arm spinner Jeavor Royal was again among the wickets with two for 31 from his 10 overs.

    The result was heartbreaking for opener Matthew Breetzke who struck exactly 100 – his second century of the series – while partner Jiveshan Pillay got 44 and Gerald Coetzee, 33.

    Earlier, West Indies U19s rode on the back of opener Keagan Simmon’s unbeaten 107 as they gathered 244 for five off their 50 overs, after being sent in.

    Opener Joshua Persaud, in only his second match of the series, struck 46 while Alick Athanaze extended his decent form with 40.

    Seamer Thando Ntini, the son of legendary South Africa Test fast bowler Makhaya Ntini, claimed two for 38.

    Simmons took the Man-of-the-Match honour while Yadram was adjudged Man-of-the-Series for his 205 runs – including two half-centuries – along with his five wickets.

    The Young Windies were handed a great start by Simmons and Persaud who put on 83 for the first wicket to frustrate the South Africans.

    While the left-handed Simmons faced 152 deliveries and counted 14 fours, wicketkeeper Persaud struck eight fours in his 62-ball innings.

    When Persaud perished in the 21st over, Simmons put on a further 39 for the second wicket with Yadram whose 21 came from 32 balls.

    But Yadram fell in the 32nd over at 122 and captain Emmanuel Stewart suffered the indignity of a first-ball ‘duck’ in the next over with no runs added, to leave the Windies stumbling.

    However, Simmons remained solid and found an ally in Athanaze who produced a busy innings containing four fours off just 45 balls, as the pair added a critical 93 for the fourth wicket.

    Trinidadian Simmons raised his half-century off 101 balls in the 34th over before stepping on the gas to gather his second fifty off just 46 deliveries.

    Right-hander Breetzke then put South Africa in the driver’s seat, anchoring a first wicket stand of 112 with Pillay and a further 70 for the second wicket with Coetzee, as the hosts marched to 182 for one in the 39th over.

    But Royal struck key blows, accounting for Pillay in the 21st over before returning to claim Coetzee, sparking a collapse where six wickets tumbled for 55 runs.

    The turning point came when Breetzke, who faced 114 balls and struck seven fours and three sixes, was one of two wickets to fall in successive deliveries to Yadram, as the contest opened up in the 44th over.

    WEST INDIES U19s

    K Simmons not out 107

    +J Persaud c Breetzke b de Klerk 46

    B Yadram c Breetzke b Rolfes 21

    *E Stewart c Breetzke b Ntini 0

    A Athanaze b Ntini 40

    J Royal run out 16

    C Cooper not out 1

    Extras  (b1, lb6, w5, nb1) 13

    TOTAL (5 wkts, 50 overs) 244

    Did not bat: N Young, T Alleyne, M Patrick, D Nedd

    Fall of wickets: 1-83, 2-122, 3-122, 4-215, 5-243.

    Bowling: Campher 10-2-45-0, Ntini 8-0-38-2 (w2), Coetzee 10-2-39-0 (w1), de Klerk 8-0-39-1 (w1), Smith 5-1-19-0, Rolfes 9-0-57-1 (w1, nb1).

    SOUTH AFRICA U19s

    M Breetzke c wkp Persaud b Yadram 100

    J Pillay c wkp Persaud b Royal  44

    G Coetzee c Athanaze b Royal 33

    J Christensen c Nedd b Yadram  17

    +W Makwetu c wkp Persaud b Yadram 0

    H Rolfes run out 21

    *R van Tonder c wkp Persaud b Alleyne 4

    K Smith not out 3

    C Campher not out 3

    Extras (lb4, w11, nb2) 17

    TOTAL (7 wkts, 50 overs) 242

    Did not bat: J de Klerk, T Ntini

    Fall of wickets: 1-112, 2-182, 3-206, 4-206, 5-215, 6-233, 7-237.

    Bowling: Nedd 5-1-20-0 (w3), Alleyne 6-0-48-1 (w4), Young 5-0-27-0 (w2), Royal 10-0-31-2, Patrick 10-0-41-0 (w2, nb1), Yadram 7-0-37-3, Athanaze 7-0-34-0 (nb1).

    Results: West Indies U19s won by two runs.

    Series: West Indies U19s won five-match series 3-2.

    Man-of-the-Match: Keagan Simmons.

    Man-of-the-Series: Bhaskar Yadram.

    Toss: South Africa U19s.

    Umpires: S Gasa, L Gcuma.

  • Regional Under-19 set to bowl off next Monday

    JOHN’S, Antigua– Fresh from the Under 17 Regional Title, Trinidad and Tobago are ready to defend their title in the U19 three-day tournament, set to start in St Kitts, next Monday (July 24). Guyana will also defend their 50-over title, with that format beginning on Tuesday, August 15.

    The three-day competition will have the teams from the six territories, while in the 50-over competition, the ICC Americas will field a team for a group of seven tournament.

    Four venues will be used over the next six weeks by host country St Kitts, to effectively host both formats, with competition scheduled to end, Monday, August 28. The three-day format of this tournament will see the addition of two rounds for a total of five, as opposed to the three-round format used in previous years.

    Following the Windies win in the Under 19 World Cup in Bangladesh last year, the team is gearing up for the World Cup Championships in New Zealand next year. Rawl Lewis, the officer in charge of youth development at Cricket West Indies notes this tournament as an important part of the calendar of events.  “The Under 19 tournament is an integral part of the development of cricket in the West Indies. It is the final stage before first class cricket and many of our top players hone their skills here.” Fast-bowler Alzarri Joseph, one of the young and upcoming players on the Windies senior team is a prime example of this. Shimron Hetmeyer, former captain of the Under 19 team who secured the championship trophy last year, has also featured at the top of the order for the Windies test team as of late.

    Dennis Phillip, president of the St Kitts Cricket Association says that preparations are well underway and venues will be ready for final inspection on Saturday July 22. Final rounds of meetings with event staff will be completed by this Friday afternoon. “As with everything, there are one or two kinks to be worked out, but we will be fully prepared on Monday”

    MATCH SCHEDULE

    Three Day

    Round 1 July 24th-26th

    Trinidad & Tobago v Windward Islands-Conaree

    Leeward Islands v Guyana-Verchilds

    Barbados v Jamaica –St. Pauls

    Round 2 July 28th-30th

    Guyana v Trinidad & Tobago –St. Pauls

    Jamaica v Windward Islands-Verchilds

    Leeward Islands v Barbados –Molineux 

    Round 3 Aug 01st-03rd

    Trinidad & Tobago v Jamaica –Molineux

    Guyana v Barbados –Verchilds

    Leeward Islands v Windward Islands –St. Pauls

    Round 4 Aug 06th-08th

    Barbados v Trinidad & Tobago-Molineux

    Leeward Islands v Jamaica –Warner Park

    Windward Islands v Guyana –St. Pauls

    Round 5 Aug 10th-12th

    Leeward Islands v Trinidad & Tobago –Verchilds

    Barbados v Windward Islands –St. Pauls

    Jamaica v Guyana –Conaree

    One Day

    Round 1 Aug 15th

    ICC Americas v Guyana -Verchilds

    Leeward Islands v Trinidad & Tobago –Molineux

    Windward Islands v Jamaica –Conaree 

    Round 2 Aug 17th

    Barbados v Trinidad & Tobago –Conaree

    Jamaica v ICC Americas –St. Pauls

    Leeward Islands v Windward Islands –Molineux

    Round 3 Aug 19th

    Guyana v Jamaica –Molineux

    Windward Islands v Barbados –Verchilds

    Leeward Islands v ICC Americas –Conaree

    Round 4 Aug 22nd

    Windward Islands v Trinidad & Tobago –Molineux

    Leeward Islands v Guyana –St. Pauls

    ICC Americas v Barbados –Conaree

    Round 5 Aug 24th

    Leeward Islands v Jamaica –Verchilds

    Trinidad & Tobago v ICC Americas –Molineux

    Barbados v Guyana –Conaree

    Round 6 Aug 26th

    ICC Americas v Windward Islands –Molineux

    Jamaica v Barbados –Warner Park

    Guyana v Trinidad & Tobago-Conaree

    Round 7 Aug 28th

    Leeward Islands v Barbados –Conaree

    Windward Islands v Guyana –Warner Park

    Trinidad & Tobago v Jamaica –Molineux

  • T&T emerge champions after TS Don ruins final round

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago retained their Regional Under-17 title after all three final round matches were abandoned because of heavy rain from the passage of Tropical Storm Don here Tuesday.

    The hosts ended on 19.8 points with Barbados second on 16 and Windward Islands third on 14.7. Leeward Islands finished narrowly ahead of Guyana (13.3) with 13.4 while Jamaica were bottom on 1.3 after sustaining four defeats in their five matches.

    Playing at the National Cricket Centre, T&T limited Leewards to 214 all out off 47.3 overs, before the rains arrived and ruined any chance of a reply.

    Demari Benta, batting at number seven, top-scored with 47 while opener Uri Smith got 27 and captain Elroy Francis, 26.

    There were two key partnerships during the innings with Smith adding 48 for the first wicket with Shaquan Pemberton (24) and Francis and Paul Miller (18) posting another 44 for the fifth wicket.

    When Leewards slumped from 128 for four to 148 for seven, Benta then shepherded the innings, striking seven fours in a 60-ball knock.

    Off-spinner Avinash Mahabirsingh was the best bowler with three for 48 from his 10 overs.

    At Gilbert Park, Barbados dismissed Guyana for 149 off their 50 overs before rain also prevented them from starting their reply.

    Opener Sachin Singh top-scored with 29 while Kevin Christian and Kevlon Anderson both chipped in with 25 apiece.

    Anderson and Singh put on 41 for the third wicket before Christian and Ashmead Nedd (23) added 35 for the fifth wicket but Guyana lost their last six wickets for just 23 runs.

    Fast bowler Matthew Forde led the Barbados attack with four 34 while fellow new ball seamer Ramon Simmonds claimed three for 44.

    In the other game at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, opener Kirk McKenzie struck a stroke-filled 81 off 60 balls as Jamaica reached 186 for seven off 48 overs against Windward Islands before the game was abandoned.

    McKenzie counted 14 fours and two sixes, dominating a 53-run third-wicket stand with Geordae Seymour (9) and a 44-run, third wicket partnership with Jerome Johnson who was unbeaten on a patient 40.

    Off-spinner Garvin Serieux was the leading bowler with three for 33.

  • CWI confirms temporary player amnesty

    St John’s, ANTUGUA – Cricket West Indies (CWI) has reached an agreement towards a temporary player amnesty based on the existing participation rules.

    The current rules stipulate that players participate or make themselves available for the domestic tournaments in the formats of the cricket they wish to play at the elite level. CWI Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Johnny Grave, following meetings with the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) says “the agreement forms part of a wider strategy to be more inclusive and to improve player relations aimed at re-engaging all players within our system so that they can perform at their best for the WINDIES Teams.”

    The CEO also noted that a working group of the Cricket Committee is due to present their findings on player eligibility criteria this month end. Those recommendations will be tabled at the next quarterly Board of Directors meeting, due mid-September.  Whilst these recommendations are being considered all CWI registered players will be available for selection.

    “We recognize that it is highly unlikely that we will now automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup, so whilst the qualifying tournament has yet to be confirmed by ICC, we may only have eight (8) ODIs against England and New Zealand in the next six months to prepare.  It is crucial that we can have our best performing WINDIES players available for selection in these important games,” indicated the CEO.

    Also to come on stream is a registration process which will seek to “compile the full list of all players in the Windies system, male and female and all age groups,” added President, Dave Cameron.

    With the registration guidelines to be ready by October 2017, the President believes that “this will show commitment on the part of the players to be available for the format/s of the game they wish to play; a commitment to participate in the regional set-up and to honour the system to be in place by then.” Ideally “we must be able to identify the full slate and categories of players we have in the West Indies,” the President emphasized.

    The WINDIES Team is being prepared for the qualification process for the 2019 World Cup and all measures are being put in place for the team to secure a spot. The WINDIES are currently in ninth place.

    The region’s premier Super50 is scheduled for late January into February 2018. The WINDIES Men’s team will depart the region end of July for a 10-week tour of the UK.

  • Athanaze, Yadram level series for Young Windies

    PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa, CMC – Lower order batsman Alick Athanaze struck a bold, unbeaten half-century to lift West Indies Under-19s to a crucial four-wicket win over South Africa Under-19s here Sunday and set up a thrilling end to the five-match series.

    Chasing a modest 208 for victory in the fourth Youth One-Day International at City Oval, West Indies got home in the 45thover with Athanaze top-scoring with 66 not out.

    Bhaskar Yadram extended his good run of form with 65 while Matthew Patrick chipped in with 28 on debut.

    Sixteen-year-old off-spinner Kgaudisa Molefe claimed three for 51.

    The hosts had earlier stumbled to 207 all out off 48.2 overs, after they were sent in, with opener Matthew Breetzke stroking 55, captain Raynard van Tonder, 38, and Hermann Rolfes, 37.

    Nyeem Young, a 16-year-old pacer from Barbados, picked up three for 42 while Patrick ended with two for 26 with his off-breaks.

    The victory levelled the series at 2-2 with Wednesday’s fifth match in Durban now a virtual final.

    South Africa were handed a great start when Breetzke anchored two successive half-century stands at the top of the order to propel his side up to 111 for one.

    He counted seven fours in an 83-ball knock, putting on 51 for the first wicket with Jiveshan Pillay (23) and 60 for the second with van Tonder who faced 44 deliveries and counted four boundaries.

    Van Tonder’s run out in the 23rd over triggered a slump where six wickets tumbled for 22 runs to leave South Africa tottering on 133 for seven in the 35th over.

    Rolfes and Fraser Jones (24) then staged a rearguard action with 53 for the eighth wicket to bolster the innings late.

    Molefe than rocked the Young Windies, grabbing two early wickets as the visitors crashed to 59 for four in the 16th over.

    But Athanaze came to his side’s rescue in an innings which required 80 deliveries and included nine fours and a six. More importantly, the Dominican put on 99 for the fifth wicket with Yadram who hit nine fours in his 75-ball knock.

    Molefe returned to get the breakthrough, trapping Yadram lbw in the 32nd over but Patrick held his nerve in a 45-run sixth wicket stand with Athanaze to put the Windies over the line.

  • Under-17 Championship to be decided on final day

    Couva, Trinidad – T&T and the Leeward Islands both lost their matches today in Round 5 of the Regional Under-17 tournament meaning the final day will decide who wins the title. Please see scorecards for all three matches below with a full summary to follow.

    T&T vs Windward Islands

    Guyana vs Jamaica

    Leeward Islands vs Barbados

  • Sri Lanka ‘A’ to tour West Indies in October

    JOHN’S, Antigua– Cricket West Indies has announced today the match schedule for the Sri Lanka “A” Tour of the Caribbean in October.

    The Sri Lankans will face West Indies “A” in a series of three “Tests” and three One-day matches – to be played between October 11 and November 5 in Jamaica.

    Sri Lanka “A” previously visited the Caribbean in June 2013, when the two sides – led by Kirk Edwards and Dimuth Karunaratne respectively – drew a series of two “Tests” 0-0 before Windies “A” won one of two Twenty20 matches (the other rained out) and the three-match, One-day series 2-1.

    MATCH SCHEDULE

    Wednesday, October 11 to Saturday, October 14

    1st “Test” – Trelawny Multiplex, Jamaica

    Thursday, October 19 to Sunday, October 22

    2nd “Test” – Trelawny Multiplex

    Thursday, October 26 to Sunday, October 29

    3rd “Test” – Sabina Park, Jamaica

    Wednesday, November 1

    1st One-day Match – Sabina Park

    Friday, November 3

    2nd One-day Match – Sabina Park

    Sunday, November 5

    3rd One-day Match – Trelawny Multiplex

  • West Indies Test squad for tour of England

    JOHN’S, Antigua– The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies today named a 15-member Windies Test squad for the Tour of England, starting later this month.

    Opening batsman Kyle Hope and left-handed all-rounder Raymon Reifer are the only two uncapped players in the squad for the tour which will feature the first ever day/night Test in England from August 18 to 22 at Edgbaston. The second match will be at Headingley (August 25 to 29) with the third at Lord’s (September 7 to 11).

    Following the Test matches, the Windies will have the limited overs segment of the tour. The squads for the five One-Day Internationals and one-off T20 International will be named at a later date.

    SQUAD

    Jason Holder (Captain)

    Kraigg Braithwaite (Vice Captain)

    Devendra Bishoo

    Jermaine Blackwood

    Roston Chase

    Miguel Cummins

    Shane Dowrich

    Shannon Gabriel

    Shimron Hetmyer

    Kyle Hope

    Shai Hope

    Alzarri Joseph

    Kieran Powell

    Raymon Reifer

    Kemar Roach

    On the announcement of the squad, Courtney Browne, Chairman of Selection Panel of CWI, said: “The core group of this squad has been playing together from the Test series against India last year in the Caribbean. The group is developing nicely and we are already seeing some good signs from some individual players and the team as a whole. Our bowling again has shown that hard work and consistency will bring success. This bowling group has played around 10 Test matches consecutively and quite a number of ODIs together over the last year, and they had success which augurs well for their continued development.

    On the selection of Kyle Hope and Raymon Reifer, Browne said: “We have two players who will be new to Tests, but they have experience at first-class level having played in the expanded Digicel Regional 4-Day Tournament. Kyle will be our third option as opener and he can also be a possible No.3. Raymon adds variety to our attack with his left-arm swing bowling and has proven to be very useful with the bat in the lower order. He, therefore, adds value to our team and could be very useful in English conditions. The reformatted Digicel R4Day has borne fruit over the last few years and the CWI is pushing ahead to continuously improve the competition.

    On the return of Kemar Roach, Browne said: “Kemar’s return is welcomed as he was one of the best fast bowlers in Tests in the recent past for us. We have seen him during the last Digicel R4Day season show signs of his return to form. He may not be bowling as quickly as before, but still possesses that skill we all knew he had, plus his experience adds greater depth to the attack.

    On his general expectations, Browne said: “We have three matches against County teams before the first Test. These warm-up matches will not only allow the team to acclimatise, but also give players a chance to challenge for the few spots that have opened up in the final 11. All of our players are accustomed to the pink ball. They have been exposed to it during the Digicel R4Day. Our team also played a pink-ball Test match against Pakistan last year in Dubai, so this will not be a new experience for them. Overall, it will be a tough series, but we all have seen this young team fight before and I am sure they will continue to show similar qualities on this upcoming trip.”

    NOTE: Darren Bravo was not considered for selection, as the squad was chosen before he issued his apology.

    MATCH SCHEDULE

    Tuesday, August 1 to Thursday, August 3

    Tour Match vs Essex – County Ground, Chelmsford

    Sunday, August 6 to Tuesday, Aug 8

    Tour Match vs Kent – St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury

    Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 13

    Tour Match vs Derbyshire – County Ground, Derby

    Thursday, August 17 to Monday, August 21

    1st Test – Edgbaston, Birmingham (day/night)

    Friday, August 25 to Tuesday, August 29

    2nd Test – Headingley, Leeds

    Saturday, September 2 to Sunday, September 3

    Tour Match vs Leicestershire – Grace Road, Leicester

    Thursday, September 7 to Monday, September 11

    3rd Test – Lord’s, London

  • England Lions to tour West Indies nest year

    JOHN’S, Antigua– Cricket West Indies has announced today the match schedule for the England Lions Tour of the Caribbean next February.

    The Lions, the official name of the England A-Team, will face their regional counterparts in a series of three “Tests” and three One-day matches – to be played between the islands of Jamaica and Antigua.

    “This series will provide an incentive for our players to excel during the next Digicel Regional 4-Day and Regional Super50 tournaments,” said CWI Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams.

    “It will also give the Selection Panel a chance to identify the next tier of players they believe have the capacity to be successful on the international stage and would offer those players the platform to announce themselves through the intensity of a higher level of competition against their peers from England.”

    It will be the first time in 12 years that the England Lions will be embarking on a Tour of the Caribbean to face West Indies “A”.

    On that trip, the Lions, led by Vikram Solanki, won a series of two “Tests” 1-0 against Sylvester Joseph’s side, which won the subsequent five-match One-day series 3-2.

    The England Lions have also twice played in the CWI Regional 4-Day Tournament, when they reached the semi-finals of eight-team competitions in 2001 and 2011.

    MATCH SCHEDULE

    Monday, February 5 to Wednesday, February 7

    Tour Match – Sabina Park, Jamaica

    Sunday, February 11 to Wednesday, February 14

    1st “Test” – Trelawny Multiplex, Jamaica

    Sunday, February 18 to Wednesday, February 21

    2nd “Test” – Sabina Park

    Monday, February 26 to Thursday, March 1

    3rd “Test” – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua

    Sunday, March 4

    Tour Match – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

    Tuesday, March 6

    1st One-day Match – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua

    Friday, March 9

    2nd One-day Match – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua

    Sunday, March 11

    3rd One-day Match – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua