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  • 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

  • Regional Under-17 Round 2 hit by rain

    The most thrilling match of the day was Guyana vs Leewards. All 3 matches were rain affected. When the rain stopped play at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Guyana were 68/1. Upon the resumption and reduction of overs from 50 to 21, they were only able to add 3 runs to their total. Finishing their innings on 72/1. 
    The revised target according to the Duckworth and Lewis method was 140 from 21 overs. The Leeward Islands had a shaky start but their batsmen stead the middle innings and just when they looked certain for victory, requiring 42 runs from 48 balls.
    The Guyanese slow bowlers stormed back into the match. Grabbing 2 wickets in consecutive balls, with the last 5 wickets falling for just 11 runs. The leewards falling agonizingly 2 runs short of their revised target. Finishing on 138 all out on the very last ball.
    More to come…

    Guyana 72/1 (21 overs)

    Sachin Singh not out 37 

    Junior Sinclair not out 21

    Elroy Francis 1/9

    Leeward Islands

    T Francis 38

    P Miller  33

    Kelvin Umroa   5/26

    JAMAICA

    118 for 8

    R McIntosh 26

    M Thompson 19

    S Ali 3/13

    A Mahabirsingh  3/17


    T&T

    79 for 3 (D/L Revised Score) from 20 overs

    L Julien 38

    M Joseph 15

    M Meggs  2/20

    M Comerie 1/18


    Barbados was abandoned because of rain at NCC.
  • Pooran eligible for all three formats

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – In respect of the captioned matter, the Player, Nicholas Pooran, was suspended by CWI, in relation to a decision taken by the Player not to play in the Professional Cricket League at the start of the 2016-2017 domestic season, although he was selected by a domestic franchise team. The Player featured in the Bangladesh Premier League instead, after having been granted a NOC by CWI.

    The parties jointly state however, that following bilateral good faith discussions, they have decided to settle this matter amicably. The parties add that they are both committed to the development of West Indies Cricket at all levels and continue to have those interests uppermost in their minds.

    Whilst not delving into the merits of their respective positions on the matter, the parties regret that it occurred as it did and accept that this has served as a learning experience for both players and administrators, in terms of best practice for the professionalization of cricket in the region.

    The time period of the suspension has since expired and the Player is therefore now eligible to play in all three forms of the game for West Indies. Pooran was a member of the President’s XI vs Afghanistan in St Kitts last month.

    The parties also reaffirm their commitment to moving forward in strengthening their relationship in the best interests of West Indies Cricket. This statement represents the parties’ final public position on this matter.

  • Darren Bravo allowed to play for West Indies again

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua– Cricket West Indies (CWI) have today confirmed that batsman Darren Bravo is available with immediate effect to play in all forms of cricket,following his apology to CWI and the President, Dave Cameron.

    President Cameron said:

    “In early November 2016, I gave an interview to SportsMax TV during which I discussed player retainer contracts and the grades of contract that had been awarded to certainplayers. In the course of the interview I stated that Darren Bravo had previously been on an ‘A’ contract, which I have since been advised is not correct. I apologize for the misstatement, and wish to assure Mr. Bravo that there was no insult or offense intended towards him. Darren is a senior cricketer who has been a valuable part of the WINDIES set up for a long time, and I would hope to see his game continue to progress and mature, at both regional and international level.”

    Darren Bravo issued the following statement:  

    “On the 11th day of November 2016, after viewing statements made about me by Mr. Dave Cameron, President of the Cricket West Indies, on a television sports programme, I tweeted a response which referred to the President which was, inretrospect, inappropriate.  As I have always tried to uphold the best traditions of West Indies Cricket and its players, I now therefore wish to withdraw the comment made on my Twitter account and apologize to the President of CWI and to all WINDIES fans.

    I look forward to continuing to play a positive role in both the West Indies’ senior men’s team and regional cricket, as well as helping to grow and develop cricket in the region at all levels.”