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  • Round 2: Regional Under-17 Tournament

    The Cricket West Indies Regional Under-17 Tournament second round is today across three venues in Trinidad. All matches start at 9:30am.

    You can follow live updates, including videos of pictures @WindiesRegional on Twitter and Windies Cricket on Facebook.

    • Windwards vs Barbados – NCC
    • T&T vs Jamaica – Gilbert Park
    • Guyana vs Leewards – Brian Lara cricket Academy


  • Yadram, Royal salvage win for Young Windies

    PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa, CMC – Opener Bhaskar Yadram struck a critical half-century but West Indies Under-19 were forced to overcome a late innings slump before pulling off a two-wicket win over South Africa Under-19s in the second Youth One-Day International here Wednesday.

    Set a modest 208 for victory, the Young Windies were coasting along at 165 for three in the 39th over but suffered a collapse where five wickets tumbled for 35 runs in the space of 31 balls.

    Tottering on 200 for eight in the 44th, the Caribbean side were rescued by the lion-hearted Jeavor Royal who ended unbeaten on 31 off 17 deliveries, to take the team over the line.

    Yadram had earlier top-scored with 81 off 116 balls while captain Emmanuel Stewart chipped in with 45 off 69 balls.

    Sixteen-year-old fast bowler Gerald Coetzee led the attack with two for 55.

    The South Africans had been limited to 207 for eight off their 50 overs, after opting to bat first at City Oval, with wicketkeeper Wandile Makwetu top-scoring with 53 and openers Matthew Breetzke (37) and Jiveshan Pillay (36) playing supporting roles.

    Left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop claimed two for 30 from his 10 overs while Royal, also a left-arm spinner, laid the groundwork for his eventual all-round display with two for 34.

    The hosts got a healthy start from Breetzke and Pillay, the pair adding 81 for the first wicket before Royal’s introduction triggered a collapse where four wickets perished for nine runs in the space of 38 deliveries.

    Rocking on 90 for four, South Africa’s innings was repaired by Makwetu who faced 68 balls and counted four fours, while adding 38 for the fifth wicket with Hermann Rolfes (19), 25 for the seventh with Coetzee (7) and 23 for the ninth with Kenan Smith (19 not out).

    The 17-year-old Yadram then gave the visitors a solid start, putting on 43 for the first wicket with Keagan Simmons (14) and a further 75 with Stewart for the second wicket.

    Yadram struck eight fours and a six while Stewart counted five fours in knock. They were separated when Stewart was run out in the 31st over and nine balls Cephas Cooper was lbw to Coetzee for two, to leave the Windies on 122 for three in the 33rd over.

    The right-handed Yadram found an ally in Kirstan Kallicharan, who made 21, to add 43 for the fourth wicket and put Windies on course again.

    However, once Yadram perished in the 39th over, the innings went into a tail-spin before Royal arrived on his rescue mission which included five fours and a six. He lashed leg-spinner Jade de Klerk for a four and a six in the 44th over which cost 10 runs and punched two boundaries in the 45th from Coetzee, to finish the game emphatically.

    The five-match series is tied 1-1, with the next game scheduled for Friday at the same venue.


    J Pillay lbw b Royal 36

    M Breetzke c Yadram b Alleyne 37

    *R van Tonder c wkp Stewart b Yadram 5

    J Christensen lbw b Royal 0

    +W Makwetu b Bishop 53

    H Rolfes c Bishop b Spencer 19

    C Campher run out 8

    G Coetzee lbw b Bishop  7

    K Smith not out  19

    J de Klerk not out 6

    Extras  (lb2, w15) 17

    TOTAL (8 wkts, 50 overs) 207

    Did not bat: T Ntini

    Fall of wickets: 1-81, 2-90, 3-90, 4-90, 5-128, 6-143, 7-168, 8-191.

    Bowling: Spencer 10-0-45-1 (w4), Nedd 4-0-22-0 (w6), Alleyne 10-0-56-1 (w2), Bishop 10-2-30-2 (w1), Yadram 6-1-18-1, Royal 10-0-34-2 (w1).


    B Yadram c Christensen b Campher 81

    K Simmons c Smith b Rolfes 14

    *+E Stewart run out 45

    C Cooper lbw b Coetzee 2

    K Kallicharan  b Coetzee 21

    A Athanaze run out 1

    J Royal not out 31

    J Bishop lbw b de Klerk  0

    T Alleyne run out 1

    D Nedd  not out 0

    Extras  (lb2, w12) 14

    TOTAL (8 wkts, 44.4 overs) 210

    Did not bat: J Spencer

    Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-118, 3-122, 4-165, 5-177, 6-183, 7-183, 8-200.

    Bowling: Coetzee 9.4-0-55-2 (w2), Ntini 7-0-39-0 (w6), Rolfes 8-2-22-1, Campher 7-2-23-1 (w1), de Klerk 9-1-36-1, Smith 4-0-33-0.

    Result: West Indies U19s won by two wickets.

    Series: Five-match series tied 1-1.

    Player-of-the-Match: Bhaskar Yadram.

    Toss: South Africa U19s.

    Umpires: S Gasa, D Smith

  • Cricket West Indies Regional Under 17 Competition bowls of in Trinidad

    Defending Regional Under 17 Champions and hosts of this years’ competition, Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), began the competition with a 5-wicket win at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.  Playing against Barbados, who won the toss and elected to bat first, Trinidad and Tobago were made to chase 169 runs.  Barbados amassed this total in 46.3 overs before being bowled out. Johnli Jordan and Nico Reifer had 33 and 30 runs respectively, while Leonardo Francis picked up 2/15 and Nicholas Ali picked up 2/22 bowling for T&T.  In response, the defending champions were able to attain their target in 43.3 overs, scoring 170 runs with major contributions from Leonardo Julien and Avinash Mahabirsingh, who both scored 41, the latter remaining unbeaten.  The Bajan bowling effort was led by Ramon Simmonds, who picked up 2 wickets for 26 runs, but it wasn’t enough to avoid his team seeing defeat.

    The other two results on the day may be deemed upsets.  These results highlight the openness of this years’ competition and the competitive nature of all teams.

    At the National Cricket Centre (NCC), Jamaica were comprehensively beaten by the Leeward Islands.  Jamaica won the toss and chose to bat first.  They flew through the Jamaican batting line-up, taking 10 wickets before they could amass 100 runs.  The Jamaicans were 96 a/o after 31.4 Overs, despite a resilient batting display by Ricardo McIntosh, who scored 24.  Zawandi White and Elroy Francis Jr. were the pick of the Leeward Islands bowlers, finishing with figures of 3/18 and 2/18 respectively.  Leeward’s quickly chased down the target, however, not without a few mishaps.  Jamaica tried to pull back the game with some reasonable bowling, but their low score didn’t allow for any magic to happen.  Leeward’s lost wicket’s rapidly, but were eventually steered home by Francis Jr., who scored 17 not out.  Uri Smith top scored with 36 runs.  Romaine Jacobs of Jamaica was responsible for majority of the nervy moments during that inning, picking up 3 wickets for 31 runs.

    Guyana and the Windward Islands did battle at Gilbert Park and had another low-scoring encounter, mostly due to the quality of bowling.  The Guyanese won the toss and elected to bowl first. Kimani Melius had the first half century of this years’ competition, scoring 53 of the Windward Islands’ 124 runs, with them being all out within 45.2 overs.  Lee Solomon contributed 22.  Kevlon Anderson and Junior Sinclair were exceptional with the ball for Guyana, with the former picking up 4 wickets and the latter getting 3.  In reply, Guyana could only get to a total of 105 before losing all their allotted wickets. Kevlon Anderson had 27 runs, while Ashmead Nedd contributed 17.  Leading the bowling attack for the Windwards, Simeon Gerson picked up 3/10 and Jahseon Alexander also got 3 wickets, but went for 25 runs.

    The competition continues on Thursday July 13, as all six (6) compete once again.  The Windward Islands will come up against Barbados at the National Cricket Centre.  Trinidad and Tobago will face-off against Jamaica at Gilbert Park and the Leeward Islands play Guyana at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

    Jamaica won toss and elected to bat first vs Leeward Islands at National Cricket Centre in Couva.

    Jamaica Innings

    96/AO   31.4 overs

    Ricardo McIntosh 24

    Michael Thompson 17

    Zawandi White  3/18 (10)

    Elroy Francis 2/18 (10)

    Leeward Islands Innings

    97/5 – 27.5 overs

    Uri Smith 36

    Elroy Francis 17*

    Romaine Jacobs 3/31

    Leeward Islands win by 5 wickets.

    Barbados won toss and elected to bat first vs Trinidad & Tobago at Brian Lara Cricket Academy.


    169/ All Out 46.3 Overs

    Jonlhi Jordan 33

    Nico Reifer 30

    Leonardo Francis 2/15

    Nicholas Ali 2/22


    170/5  43.3 Overs

    Leonardo Julien 41

    Avinash Mahabirsingh 41*

    Ramon Simmonds 2/26

    TT won by 5 wickets

    Guyana won the toss and elected to bowl first vs Windward Islands at Gilbert Park.

    Windward Islands

    124/ All Out 33.4 Overs

    Kimani Melius  53

    Lee Solomon   22

    Kevlon Anderson took 4 wickets.

    Junior Sinclair took 3 wickets

    Guyana Innings

    105/ All Out 45.2 overs

    Kevlon Anderson 27

    Ashmead Nedd 17

    Simeon Gerson 3/10

    Jahseon Alexander 3/25

    Windward Islands won by 19 runs

  • Busy period for youth cricketers begin

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua –Cricket West Indies announced today its schedule of age group development tournaments for the Caribbean summer, starting with the Regional Under-17 Tournament to be contested in Trinidad.

    The Under-17 tournament which opened today will be followed a week later by the Regional Under-15 Tournament in Barbados and the busy period for the youth players in the Caribbean comes to a conclusion with the Regional Under-19 Tournament, starting on July 24 in St. Kitts.

    Rawl Lewis, the CWI project officer for youth tournaments, said: “The aim of our youth tournaments is to identify players with talent and give them an opportunity to further develop their skills through the intensity of competition against their peers from around the region.

    “We’ve done a lot of planning and preparation for this period which will be quite busy, but we are looking forward to see how our young players are developing and hope that they grab this opportunity with open arms.

    “There are also incentives for the best of our young players to play for an age group West Indies team, as the Under-15s are scheduled to go to England again next month and a strong performance could see a few players squeeze into the Under-19 side for the ICC Youth World Cup early next year in New Zealand.”

    There is something extra special about each of the regional youth tournaments taking place this year.

    The Under-17s will get to christen the recently inaugurated Brian Lara Cricket Academy located in the south Trinidad district of Tarouba. It will be the first time any kind of regional matches will be played there, and will inform local and CWI officials about the quality of the venue, as it seeks to become fully integrated into the regional circuit.

    For the Regional Under-15 Tournament, this will be the first time that it will be played in Barbados and teams can look forward to playing matches at a number of picturesque, rural venues, especially the KMV Oval at Lakes in the north-eastern parish of St. Andrew.

    At the same time, the Regional Under-19 Tournament will return to a full slate of matches, following a few years of truncated competition. The region’s leading youth players will get a chance to mix it up in five rounds of three-day matches, as well as seven rounds of 50 overs-a-side matches that also include a composite side from ICC Americas.

  • Sensational Dottin hundred sees Windies to second win

    LEICESTER, England, CMC – The mercurial Deandra Dottin stroked an aggressive maiden one-day hundred as West Indies Women produced their best performance of an otherwise disappointing campaign, with a 19-run win over Pakistan Women in the ICC Women’s World Cup here Tuesday.

    Sent in at Grace Road in their sixth game of the tournament, West Indies rattled up an authoritative 285 for four off their 50 overs with the right-handed Dottin smashing an unbeaten 104 off just 76 balls.

    Captain Stafanie Taylor missed out on a sixth career hundred when she perished for 90 while Chedean Nation scored 35 and Merissa Aguilleira, 24 not out.

    Seamer Asmavia Iqbal led Pakistan with two for 76.

    Rain during the break forced Pakistan to chase a revised target of 245 off 38 overs but when the adverse weather returned, they had reached only 117 for three off 24 overs – short of the par score of 136.

    Javeria Khan top-scored with an unbeaten 58 off 72 balls while opener Nahida Khan made 40 from 46 deliveries.

    Veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed was once again at the forefront of the Windies attack, taking two for 21 from her four overs.

    The victory was the Caribbean side’s second on the trot following last Sunday’s 47-run win over Sri Lanka Women in Derby which broke a sequence of four successive defeats.

    However, it was Dottin who took centre stage, striking the fastest-ever hundred by a West Indies batsman off just 71 balls and the first triple figure score for her side in four years.

    No such enterprise was envisioned when Asmavia removed both openers cheaply to leave the Windies struggling on 26 for two in the fifth over.

    Teenager Hayley Matthews got a leading edge back to the right-armer in the very first over to depart for one with two runs on the board while the left-handed Kycia Knight tickled a catch behind for 17 off 13 balls.

    Taylor and Nation then steadied the innings in a sensible 87-run, third wicket stand which established the platform for Dottin’s later assault.

    The right-handed Taylor was classy in striking 11 pristine fours – comprising mostly cuts and off-side drives – along with a six off 107 balls while Nation faced 68 balls and counted five fours.

    Approaching the half-way stage of the innings, the right-handed Nation was bowled, missing a sweep at left-arm spinner Nashra Sandhu with the Windies on 113 for three in the 25th over.

    Dottin then joined Taylor and dominated their 91-run, fourth wicket stand, leading a devastating assault on the Pakistan attack.

    All told, the 26-year-old Dottin counted 12 fours and three sixes – a combination of impetuous off-side strokes and wristy leg-side shots.

    She started slowly, requiring 16 balls for her first seven runs without a boundary before accelerating to reach her half-century off just 49 deliveries.

    Dottin took boundaries at will off every bowler and when Asmavia returned for a second spell, she whipped her through mid-wicket for four and then smashed her over long on for six, in the 37th over which leaked 12 runs.

    She motored to her second fifty off just 22 deliveries, whacking left-arm spinner Sadia Yousuf for a four and a six in the 45th over before smashing back-to-back fours off off-spinner Sana Mir in the 46th over that cost 14 runs.

    Dottin stormed into the 90s with a pair of boundaries off Sandhu in the 48th before raising her hundred in style by clearing the ropes at long on with Asmavia in the penultimate over.

    Taylor had earlier appeared set for three figures before she chipped a return catch to seamer Diana Baig in the 40th over at 204 for four.

    However, Aguilleira kept Dottin company in an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 81 as West Indies picked up the tempo to gather 51 runs from the last five overs.

    West Indies then struck early when rookie seamer Akeira Peters had Ayesha Zafar caught at mid-on for nine with 27 on the board in the sixth over but Javeria and Nahida put on 80 to raise Pakistan’s hopes.

    With rain hovering and pressure building on the Windies, Mohammed struck two key blows. First, she bowled Nahida with a full length delivery as the batsman made room outside leg in the 21st over before having Iram Javed holing out to cover in her next over, trying to clear the infield as the rains arrived.


    H Matthews c & b Asmavia Iqbal 1

    Kycia Knight c wkp Sidra Nawaz b Asmavia Iqbal 17

    *S Taylor c & b Diana Baig 90

    C Nation b Nashra Sandhu 35

    D Dottin not out 104

    +M Aguilleira not out   24

    Extras  (b1, lb2, w11) 14

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 50 overs) 285

    Did not bat: Kyshona Knight, S Daley, A Fletcher, A Peters, A Mohammed

    Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Matthews, 1 over), 2-26 (Kycia Knight, 4.3), 3-113 (Nation, 24.4), 4-204 (Taylor, 39.5)

    Bowling: Asmavia Iqbal 10-0-76-2, Diana Baig 10-0-57-1 (w6), Sana Mir 10-0-49-0 (w1), Nashra Sandhu 10-0-58-1 (w3), Sadia Yousuf 10-1-42-0 (w1)

    PAKISTAN WOMEN (Target: 245 off 38 overs)

    Ayesha Zafar c Fletcher b Peters 9

    Nahida Khan b Mohammed 40

    Javeria Khan not out 58

    Iram Javed c Nation b Mohammed 5

    Extras  (lb2, w3) 5

    TOTAL (3 wkts, 24 overs) 117

    Did not bat: Nain Abidi, *Sana Mir, +Sidra Nawaz, Asmavia Iqbal, Nashra Sandhu, Sadia Yousuf, Diana Baig

    Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Ayesha Zafar, 5.4 overs), 2-107 (Nahida Khan, 21.5), 3-117 (Iram Javed, 24)

    Bowling: Dottin 4-0-23-0 (w1), Peters 4-0-20-1 (w2), Taylor 8-0-29-0, Daley 4-0-22-0, Mohammed 4-0-21-2.

    Result: West Indies Women won by 19 runs (D/L method).

    Points: West Indies Women 2, Pakistan Women 0.

    Player-of-the-Match: Deandra Dottin.

    Toss: Pakistan Women.

    Umpires: S Redfern, L Rusere.

  • Regional Under-17 Tournament Starts Today

    The Cricket West Indies Regional Under-17 Tournament starts today across three venues in Trinidad. All matches start at 9:30am.

    You can follow live updates, including videos of pictures @WindiesRegional on Twitter and Windies Cricket on Facebook.

    • T&T vs Barbados – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
    • Guyana vs Windwards – Gilbert Park
    • Leewards vs Jamaica – NCC


  • PREVIEW: Windies Women eyeing second win but spin test awaits

    LEICESTER, England, CMC – West Indies Women are bracing for a trial by spin when they face winless Pakistan Women here Tuesday, aiming to secure their second victory of the ICC Women’s World Cup.

    The Windies broke a wretched spell of four straight losses when they brushed aside Sri Lanka by 47 runs at Derby on Sunday and are focussed on another positive result to further boost their battered confidence.

    But Pakistan, despite their poor form in the tournament, will prove a challenge for the Windies with their slower bowlers and captain Stafanie Taylor said they were preparing for the test.

    “We know their usual – they’re going to come with their spinners,” Taylor told reporters.

    “I think that’s what they mostly do to all the teams. We saw a bit of that [against Sri Lanka] so we should counteract their bowlers on Tuesday.”

    She added: “Pakistan have always been a fighting team whenever playing against any team but I think all the teams think West Indies is a team that you want to beat. So I think all the teams do come out really hard [there’s] no doubt about Pakistan [doing the same.]”

    In their best showing of the campaign, West Indies rallied to 229 for nine – their highest total of the series – even though their batsmen again failed to register a half-century.

    Veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed then claimed three for 39 to emerge with Player-of-the-Match honours while left-arm spinner Shanel Daley and leg-spinner Afy Fletcher picked up two wickets apiece.

    Taylor said the victory coming when it did would energise the spirits of her side as they sought to finish the tournament strongly.

    “We wanted to win so badly and [Sunday] meant a lot to us. Coming out here, we knew this game would be crucial because Sri Lanka hadn’t won a game also and we know that we had to play some good cricket, some tough cricket,” Taylor pointed out.

    “[Sunday’s win] would have added to our confidence, seeing that it’s a win. We’ve been fighting really hard to win a game and we know it’s just … two more games to go so we know how important these games are.

    “We definitely want to win [and] go home on a high. Going into Tuesday’s game we know it’s not going to be easy because Pakistan haven’t won a game.”

    West Indies entered the campaign as Twenty20 World champions and as finalists of the last 50-overs World Cup in India four years ago, so understandably the camp has felt the weight of disappointment.

    However, Taylor said it was important the Caribbean side took the results and put them in perspective.

    “Sometimes you win some and sometimes you lose some,” she asserted.

    “We’re not putting ourselves under too much pressure where that is concerned because sometimes you lose some and sometimes you win so we’re just embracing that. I am really happy we won [on Sunday].”


    WEST INDIES – Stafanie Taylor (captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman, Felicia Walters, Kycia Knight, Subrina Munroe

    PAKISTAN – Sana Mir (captain), Asmavia Iqbal, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Ghulam Fatima, Iram Javed, Javeria Wadood, Kainat Imtiaz, Marina Iqbal, Bibi Nahida, Nain Abidi, Nashra Sundhu, Sadia Yousaf, Sidra Nawaz, Waheeda Akhter.

  • Kallicharan ton not enough to save Windies U-19s

    DURBAN, South Africa, CMC – Scoreboard of the first unofficial One-Day International between South Africa Under-19s and West Indies Under-19s at Chatsworth Stadium here Sunday:


    K Simmons lbw b Ntini 0

    B Yadram c de Klerk b Campher 20

    *+E Stewart b Ntini 0

    C Cooper lbw b de Klerk 5

    K Kallicharan c Pillay b Ntini 101

    A Athanaze run out 16

    J Royal lbw b Coetzee 28

    J Bishop c wkp Makwetu b Ntini 16

    M Louis not out 14

    Extras (b4, lb3, w15) 22

    TOTAL (8 wkts, 50 overs) 222

    Did not bat: D Nedd, J Spencer

    Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-10, 3-33, 4-33, 5-78, 6-125, 7-184, 8-222.

    Bowling: Coetzee 10-1-39-1 (w5), Ntini 10-0-56-4 (w4), Campher 7-1-38-1 (w5), de Klerk 10-3-25-1, Rolfes 9-2-32-0, Smith 4-0-25-0 (w1),


    M Breetzke c wkp Stewart b Spencer 2

    J Pillay c wkp Stewart b Nedd 1

    *R van Tonder not out 131

    J Christensen lbw b Bishop 14

    +W Makwetu b Bishop 35

    H Rolfes lbw b Nedd 26

    C Campher not out 0

    Extras (b1, lb1, w11, nb1) 14

    TOTAL (5 wkts, 41.1 overs) 223

    Did not bat: G Coetzee, K Smith, J de Klerk, T Ntini

    Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-16, 3-44, 4-156, 5-222.

    Bowling:Spencer 8-1-46-1 (w1), Nedd 8.-0-40-2 (w9), Yadram 3-0-14-0, Bishop 10-0-50-2 (w1), Louis 2-0-16-0, Royal 10-0-55-0.

    Result: South Africa Under-19s won by five wickets.

    Series: South Africa Under-19s lead five-match series 1-0.

    Man-of-the-Match: Raynard van Tonder.

    Toss: South Africa Under-19s.

    Umpires: S Gasa, L Gcuma.

  • Lewis leads West Indies demolition in T20I

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Opener Evin Lewis led a brutal assault with a record-breaking hundred as West Indies sensationally battered India to win the one-off Twenty20 International by nine wickets here Sunday.

    In pursuit of 191 for victory at Sabina Park, the Caribbean side staged the third-highest successful run chase in their history to get home with nine balls to spare and notch their third victory over India inside the last 15 months.

    The left-handed Lewis slammed a scintillating unbeaten 125 off a mere 62 deliveries, belting six fours and 12 giant sixes – the last of which off left-armer Ravi Jadeja sailed over wide long-on and ended the game in style.

    He dominated an 82-run, first wicket stand with superstar Chris Gayle who made 18 from 20 balls in his first match for West Indies since last year’s T20 World Cup in India, before adding 112 in an unbroken second partnership with Marlon Samuels who was flamboyant in an unbeaten 36 off 29 deliveries.

    With his hundred, Lewis became only the third batsman to score two hundreds in T20 Internationals joining the illustrious company of Gayle and New Zealander Brendon McCullum.

    He also eclipsed Gayle’s 117 against South Africa 10 years ago for the highest score by a West Indian in T20 Internationals and overtook Australian Shane Watson for the third highest-ever score.

    India had earlier posted a challenging 190 for six off their 20 overs after being sent in, with Dinesh Karthik top-scoring with 48 off 29 deliveries and captain Virat Kohli getting 39 off 22 balls.

    Teenager Rishabh Pant, in his third T20I, chipped in with 38 off 35 balls while opener Shikhar Dhawan made a swift 23, but India lost momentum during their innings and never cleared the 200-run mark.

    Kohli and Dhawan gave them a lightening quick start, however, racing to 54 without loss after the first five overs as the Windies leaked runs early on.

    Kohli had smashed a six and a four off the first two balls of the sixth over from seamer Kesrick Williams when he was deceived by a slower one and taken at mid-on by Sunil Narine.

    All told, he struck seven fours and a six.

    Two balls later, Williams’s brilliant direct hit at the non-striker’s end following through off his own bowling, accounted for Dhawan, leaving India to regroup.

    They did so through an 86-run third wicket stand between Karthik and the 19-year-old Pant, as the visitors put themselves in a strong position on 140 for two with five overs left.

    But West Indies hit back, grabbing four wickets for 13 runs in the space of 14 deliveries to leave India on 164 for six at the end of the 18th.

    Karthik was third out in the 16th over at 151 for three, bowled by Samuels after striking five fours and three sixes and seamer Jerome Taylor knocked over MS Dhoni (2) and Pant in 17th over, before Williams had Kedar Jadhav (4) brilliantly caught by Narine at deep square at the end of the 18th over.

    In reply, West Indies started slowly, managing just 17 runs from the first three overs before Lewis sprang to the life in the fourth over, blasting boundaries off the last three balls as seamer Mohammed Shami’s first over leaked 19 runs.

    He clobbered off-spinner Ravi Ashwin for back-to-back sixes in the next over which cost 16 runs before taking another 14 runs from pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s following over.

    Lewis, who survived two chances in the deep just five balls apart in separate overs, raced to his half-century off 24 balls when he cleared the ropes at long on with left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav at the start of the seventh over.

    Gayle, who punched a four and a six in a sedate knock, top-edged a pull at Kuldeep in the ninth and was caught by wicketkeeper Dhoni but Lewis continued unfazed, needing 28 balls to complete his second fifty.

    He marched into the 90s with a straight six off Jadeja, moved to 99 two balls later with a massive six over long off before sprinting a quick single to raise three figures off 52 deliveries and follow up his maiden century against the same team last August in Florida.

    Not to be left out, Samuels produced some exquisite strokes, taking 16 from one over from Shami, en route to finishing with five fours and a six.


    *V Kohli c Narine b Williams 39

    S Dhawan run out 23

    R Pant c wkp Walton b Taylor 38

    D Karthik b Samuels 48

    +MS Dhoni c Samuels b Taylor 2

    K Jadhav c Narine b Williams 4

    R Jadeja not out 13

    R Ashwin not out 11

    Extras (lb6, w6) 12

    TOTAL (6 wkts, 20 overs) 190

    Did not bat: Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, B Kumar

    Fall of wickets: 1-64 (Kohli, 5.3 overs), 2-65 (Dhawan, 5.5), 3-151 (Karthik, 15.4), 4-156 (Dhoni, 16.4), 5-156 (Pant, 16.5), 6-164 (Jadhav, 18)

    Bowling: Badree 4-0-31-0 (w1), Taylor 4-0-31-2 (w1), Williams 4-0-42-2, Brathwaite 2-0-26-0 (w3), Narine 3-0-22-0, Samuels 3-0-32-1.


    C Gayle c wkp Dhoni b Kuldeep Yadav 18

    E Lewis not out 125

    M Samuels not out 36

    Extras (b5, lb2, w8) 15

    TOTAL (1 wkt, 18.3 overs) 194

    Did not bat: +C Walton, K Pollard, R Powell, *C Brathwaite, S Narine, S Badree, J Taylor, K Williams.

    Fall of wicket: 1-82 (Gayle, 8.2 overs)

    Bowling: Kumar 4-0-27-0, Ashwin 4-0-39-0 (w2), Shami 3-0-46-0 (w1), Kuldeep Yadav 4-0-34-1 (w3), Jadeja 3.3-0-41-0 (w2).

    Result: West Indies won by nine wickets.

    Series: West Indies won one-off T20 International.

    Man-of-the-Match: Evin Lewis.

    Toss: West Indies.

    Umpires: N Duguid, L Reifer; TV – J Wilson.

  • Windies Women break losing streak with Sri Lanka win

    DERBY, England, CMC – West Indies Women overpowered Sri Lanka Women by 47 runs to end their wretched unbeaten run at the ICC Women’s World Cup and begin their quest to salvage some pride from an otherwise depressing campaign.

    With four defeats in their previous outings, the Caribbean side turned the page on the disappointing run by posting their best total of the tournament with 229 for nine off 50 overs and then successfully defending it, holding the Sri Lankans 182 off 48 overs.

    While the victory handed the Windies their first points of the tournament with two games remaining, it kept Sri Lanka as one of two winless sides along with the bottom-placed Pakistan Women.

    Sent in at Derbyshire County Ground, veteran Merissa Aguilleira top-scored with an unbeaten 46 while Deandra Dottin stroked 38 and Kyshona Knight and Hayley Matthews got 26 apiece.

    Seamer Sripali Weerakkody claimed three for 38 while pacer Ama Kanchana (2-50) and left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera (2-56) finished with two wickets apiece.

    Not for the first time, 19-year-old opener Matthews got a start, hitting three fours in a breezy 32-ball knock as she added 34 for the first wicket with Kycia Knight who made 19.

    However, she missed a pull at Weerakkody and was lbw in the eighth over and West Indies suffered a huge blow 10 balls later when captain Stafanie Taylor was taken behind off the same bowler for just four, at 42 for two.

    Chedean Nation made 20 off 38, posting 33 for the third wicket with Kycia Knight but the partnership required 61 and put a drag on the innings.

    The right-handed Nation perished in the 20th over, edging a loose drive at Weerakkody behind and Kycia Knight’s 53-ball labour ended in the 25th over when she bungled a sweep and was lbw to off-spinner Shashikala Siriwardene at 102 for four.

    Dottin dazzled in her first significant innings of the tournament, facing just 25 deliveries and striking seven delightful boundaries all around the ground.

    Sri Lanka’s bowlers were just about out of ideas when Dottin attempted a reverse paddle to a full length ball and was palpably lbw to Ranaweera in the 28th over at 124 for four.

    From there on, Aguilleira managed the innings well for the Windies in a knock that lasted 59 balls and included two fours. She started slowly but then picked up the tempo, adding 37 for the sixth wicket with Kyshona Knight and 31 for the seventh wicket with Shanel Daley (21).

    Kyshona Knight lived a charmed life, surviving a run out, a stumping and a caught and bowled chance before finally going bowled in the 39th over missing a heave at Ranaweera, after facing 49 deliveries and striking three fours.

    Daley counted a four and a six in a busy 22-ball knock before holding out in the deep off Kanchana.

    Sri Lanka, in reply, were then hurt by Player-of-the-Match Anisa Mohammed who claimed three for 39 while spinners Shanel Daley (2-30) and Afy Fletcher (2-38) supported with two wickets apiece.

    Shashikala Siriwardene top-scored with 33, Prasadani Weerakkody chipped in with 30 while  Chamari Jayangani got 26.

    Off-spinner Taylor, taking the new ball, got the breakthrough when she had Hasini Perera well caught at the wicket by Aguilleira for four in the fifth over. And four balls later in the next over, off-spinner Matthews bowled Nipuni Hansika for nine, after getting one to drift and beat the left-hander’s drive.

    Siriwardene and Jayangani combined to bolster the Sri Lankan innings, frustrating the Windies in a stand of 61 for the third wicket.

    While the right-handed Siriwardene faced 67 balls and struck five fours, her left-handed partner counted two fours and faced 50 balls.

    When Jayangani was brilliantly stumped off Mohammed in the 25th over, three wickets tumbled for four runs in the space of 14 balls as Sri Lanka slumped to 88 for five in the 27th over.

    Prasadani Weerakkody and Oshadi Ranasinghe held up the Windies advance with a 42-run sixth wicket stand but once the partnership was broken, the last five wickets went down for 52 runs.


    H Matthews lbw b S Weerakkody 26

    Kycia Knight lbw b Siriwardene 19

    *S Taylor c wkp P Weerakkody b S Weerakkody 4

    C Nation c wkp P Weerakkody b Kanchana 20

    D Dottin lbw b Ranaweera 38

    +M Aguilleira not out 46

    Kyshona Knight b Ranaweera 26

    S Daley c Surangika b Kanchana 21

    A Fletcher c wkp P Weerakkody b S Weerakkody 3

    A Peters run out 4

    A Mohammed not out 7

    Extras (lb9, w5, nb1) 15

    TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 229

    Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Matthews, 8 overs), 2-42 (Taylor, 9.4), 3-75 (Nation, 19.5), 4-102 (Kycia Knight, 24.3), 5-124 (Dottin, 27.1), 6-161 (Kyshona Knight, 38.3), 7-192 (Daley, 44.3), 8-196 (Fletcher, 45.1), 9-206 (Peters, 47.2)

    Bowling: Prabodhani 9-1-35-0 (w2), S Weerakkody 10-2-38-3 (w1), Ranaweera 10-1-56-2 (w1, nb1), Siriwardene 10-0-33-1, Kanchana 9-1-50-2 (w1), Ranasinghe 2-0-8-0.


    N Hansika b Matthews 9

    H Perera c wkp Aguilleira b Taylor 4

    C Jayangani st Aguilleira b Mohammed 26

    S Siriwardene b Mohammed 33

    D Surangika lbw b Mohammed 0

    +P Weerakkody run out 30

    O Ranasinghe b Daley 20

    A Kanchana c Taylor b Daley 17

    S Weerakkody not out 13

    U Prabodhani st Aguilleira b Fletcher 10

    *I Ranaweera b Fletcher 1

    Extras (b2, lb2, w14, nb1) 19

    TOTAL (all out, 48 overs) 182

    Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Perera, 5 overs), 2-23 (Hansika, 5.4), 3-84 (Jayangani, 24.1), 4-84 (Surangika, 24.2), 5-88 (Siriwardene, 26.3), 6-130 (P Weerakkody, 36.4), 7-147 (Ranasinghe, 40.1), 8-159 (Kanchana, 42.3), 9-180 (Prabodhani, 47.2), 10-182 (Ranaweera, 48)

    Bowling: Taylor 10-0-35-1 (w3), Dottin 2-0-13-0 (w3), Matthews 10-1-23-1 (w1), Mohammed 10-0-39-3, Fletcher 9-1-38-2 (w3, nb1), Daley 7-0-30-2.

    Result: West Indies Women won by 47 runs.

    Points: West Indies Women 2, Sri Lanka Women 0.

    Player-of-the-Match: Anisa Mohammed.

    Toss: Sri Lanka Women.

    Umpires: S George, C Polosak.