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  • Stewart fires Windwards as Guyana, T&T also win easily

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Batsman Emmanuel Stewart returned from West Indies Under-19 duty to immediately stamp his authority, as he steered Windward Islands to a convincing seven-wicket victory over Jamaica in the opening round of the Regional Under-19 one-day championship here Tuesday.

    The 17-year-old Grenadian, who toured South Africa and Zimbabwe recently with the Young Windies, struck an unbeaten 76 as the Windwards overhauled their target of 141 to win easily at Conaree.

    Free-scoring Kimani Melius perished cheaply for nine at 19 for one in the seventh over but Stewart stepped up to anchored a trio of partnerships to see his side home.

    He dominated a 32-run second wicket stand with Johann Jeremiah (3), added a further 59 for the third wicket with Johnnel Eugene (26) before staging an unbroken fourth wicket partnership of 31 with Alick Athanaze (6 not out).

    All told, captain Stewart faced 95 deliveries and struck five fours.

    Earlier, new-ball bowler Shermill Lewis snatched four for 20 as Jamaica, opting to bat first, were dismissed for 140 off 39.3 overs.

    Young Windies all-rounder Jeavor Royal, also returning to the Jamaica side following international duty, top-scored with 43 while captain Brad Barnes made 33.

    Lewis grabbed the first four wickets to fall as Jamaican tumbled to 30 for four in the 10th over and never recovered.


    JAMAICA 140 39.3 overs (Jeavor Royal 43, Brad Barness 33; Shermill Lewis 4-20, Alick Athanaze 3-19)

    WINDWARDS 141 for three off 34.4 overs (Emmanuel Stewart 76 not out, Johnnel Eugene 26)

    At Verchilds, Guyana were the dominant side as they overpowered ICC Americas by 148 runs to make a winning start.

    Choosing to bat first, Guyana were powered by half-centuries from Kevin Sinclair (82) and Raymond Perez (58) as they posted an imposing 295 for seven off their 50 overs.

    Ronaldo Ali Mohammed struck 49 while Young Windies stroke-maker Bhaskar Yadram chipped in with 43.

    Sinclair hammered six fours off 116 deliveries while Perez faced 85 balls and belted four fours and a pair of sixes, as they added 116 for the first wicket.

    Sinclair also put on 56 for the second wicket with Joshua Persaud who made 28 on his return to the squad from international duty.

    Ali Mohammed and Yadram bludgeoned the ICC Americas bowling. Ali Mohammed blasted three fours and four sixes in a 22-ball cameo while Yadram faced just 27 balls and clobbered a four and four sixes.

    In reply, captain and opener Adhihetty Bhavindu was the only batsman to pass 20 with 36 as off-spinner Yadram snared four for 24 to wreck the ICC Americas innings.


    GUYANA 295 for seven off 50 overs (Kevin Sinclair 82, Raymond Perez 58, Ronaldo Ali Mohammed 49, Bhaskar Yadram 43; Gill Akashdeep 3-40)

    ICC AMERICAS 147 for nine off 50 overs (Adhihetty Bhavindu 36; Bhaskar Yadram 4-24)

    At Molineaux, Trinidad and Tobago made light work of a target of 122 to beat Leeward Islands by seven wickets.

    Leonardo Julien top-scored with 41, putting on 68 for the first wicket with Keagan Simmons (22) to lay the foundation for the successful run chase.

    Off-spinners Avinash Mahabirsingh (3-12) and Matthew Patrick (3-18) had earlier claimed three wickets apiece as the Leewards declined from 68 for one to lose their last nine wickets for 54 runs.


    LEEWARDS 122 off 39.2 overs (Uri Smith 33, Kadeem Henry 27; Avinash Mahabirsingh 3-12, Matthew Patrick 3-18)

    T&T 124 for three off 21.5 overs (Leonardo Julien 41, Cephas Cooper 22, Kegan Simmons 22; Shacoy Floyd 2-24)

  • Disappointing Windies end World Cup on losing note

    Afy Fletcher of West Indies during the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 match between England and the West Indies at The County Ground. (Photo by Harry Trump via Getty Images)

    BRISTOL, England, CMC – West Indies Women squandered the ideal opportunity to end their disappointing ICC World Cup campaign on a high when they crashed to a 92-run defeat to hosts England Women in their final match here Saturday.

    The Caribbean unit, led by the exceptional leg-spinner Afy Fletcher, managed to restrict England to 220 for seven off 50 overs at the Gloucestershire County Ground but their batsmen let them down badly and they collapsed to 128 for nine, slumping to their fifth defeat in seven matches.

    Opting to bowl, the Windies spinners did the job on a slow, turning pitch, and only captain Heather Knight with a top score of 67 and Tammy Beaumont, 42, managed to show enterprise.

    Laura Marsh, batting at number nine, chipped in with a valuable unbeaten 31 while veteran Jenny Gunn scored 24 not out.

    Fletcher was excellent, taking three for 33 from her 10 overs while off-spinner Anisa Mohammed also proved stingy, conceding just 32 runs from her 10 overs.

    In their turn at the crease, West Indies got 29 from teenaged opener Hayley Matthews and 23 from Chedean Nation, but no other player passed 20 in yet another concerning display with the bat.

    Seamer Natalie Sciver took three for three from four overs but it was left-arm spinner Alex Hartley, with one or 25 from her 10 and off-spinner Laura Marsh, with one for 25 from 10 overs, who put the squeeze on the innings.

    West Indies ended the tournament sixth on four points from their last two victories over Pakistan Women and Sri Lanka Women, with all three teams along with fifth placed New Zealand Women suffering elimination.

    England ended top of the standings on 12 points, reigning champions Australia Women finished second also on 12 points but with an inferior net run rate, while India Women were third on 10 and South Africa Women fourth on nine.

    Already eliminated after losing their opening four games, West Indies entered their contest playing for pride but once again let themselves down with ordinary cricket – especially over the second half of the game.

    Beaumont put on 47 off 56 deliveries for the first wicket with Lauren Winfield who made 11 before picking out Matthews on the mid-wicket boundary with rookie left-arm seamer Akeira Peters.

    In the next over, Sarah Taylor edged a sharp catch to Matthews at slip off medium pacer Deandra Dottin, to depart without scoring at 54 for two in the 11th over.

    Knight, who faced 88 balls and struck five fours, then put on 37 for the third wicket with Beaumont who faced 71 deliveries and counted six fours.

    But once Beaumont scooped a full toss from Fletcher to the wicketkeeper in the 22nd over, three wickets fell for 14 runs to leave England stumbling on 105 for five in the 26th over.

    Knight then shepherded the innings, putting on 36 for the sixth wicket with Katherine Brunt (14) and 31 for the seventh with Gunn, before Gunn and Marsh added 48 off 39 balls at the end to provide a final thrust.

    In reply, West Indies got a slow start and once they started losing wickets steadily, the innings fell apart.

    Matthews added 34 for the first wicket with Kycia Knight who made 17 before she was run out in a mix-up over a non-existent single in the 10th over.

    Three overs later, captain Stafanie Taylor chose not to review a questionable lbw decision and perished without scoring. Replays showed the ball clearly missing.

    Stumbling at 37 for two, Matthews steadied the innings in a 27-run stand with Nation. The 19-year-old faced 64 balls and struck a four and a six while Nation hit a single boundary off 57 deliveries.

    But Matthews was hit in front to Hartley and lbw in the 24th over and Deandra Dottin (7) missed a sweep at off-spinner Heather Knight and was also lbw 20 balls later at 73 for four in the 27th over.

    Nation pulled a Sciver long hop to be brilliantly caught in the deep by Beaumont and once veteran Merissa Aguilleira played across  straight one and was lbw for eight at 90 for six in the 32nd over, the result was a foregone conclusion.


    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has made another strategic appointment to its Executive team. This time it is the appointment of Verlyn Faustin as Chief Operating Officer (COO).


    Faustin, who is the current Corporate Secretary, will be responsible for the day to day operations of the business, ensuring the organisation has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures. She will also lead the charge to put people systems in place to effectively grow the organisation and to ensure its financial strength and operational efficiency.

    Faustin’s appointment comes at an interesting time in the WICB as the organisation embraces management and operational changes aimed at making the organisation more effective on and off the field. The appointment falls within the time frame that the technical team has been boosted with the appointments of Jimmy Adams and Stuart Law as Director of Cricket and Men’s Head Coach; and Johnny Grave as CEO.

    Faustin, an attorney by training has been with the WICB for the last five years and has served as a key member of the Executive team. She retains the role of Corporate Secretary.

    President. Dave Cameron, welcomes the appointment. “Verlyn’s previous work is of quality standard, and I have no doubt she will continue along that path. We look forward to her valuable contributions.”

    Faustin’s appointment became effective January 1, 2017.

  • Tickets available for England series

    during the 1st T20i West Indies v England at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

    during the 1st T20i West Indies v England at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Patrons will be able to purchase tickets online tomorrow (Wednesday, February 1) for the three-match one day international series, West Indies vs England.  

    The series set for March 3, 5, (Antigua & Barbuda) & 9 in Barbados used an Official Tour Operators Programme. The arrangement was with International Cricket Tours, Howzat Travel, Sports Tours Plus, Living with the Lions and Gullivers’ Sports Travel.

    Commercial Manager, WICB, Nelecia Yeates says, “I am pleased with the take-up of tickets so far. The five Official Tour Operators we partnered with, have delivered on expectations. We therefore hope that the rest of the region will capitalise on the package we have for the usually-popular West Indies vs England match-up series in the Caribbean.

    Yeates added that “any series with West Indies vs England always attract keen attention from fans all around the world. We look forward to welcoming them to what is expected to be an exciting series.”

    There is a special promotion for children which gives 50 per cent off, once purchased with an adult ticket. There is also a special promotion for patrons over 60. The allocation is one (1) free ticket. That promotion is within the first week of Box Office ticket sales and are for Caribbean Nationals ONLY. Those tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons will also have to honour the NO-ENTRY rule.

    Ticket prices for the series range from US $25 – $75. Prices are listed on and through ticket partners Kyazoonga at

    Schedule of Matches

    Vice Chancellor’s XI vs England, Saturday, February 25 Warner Park

    President’s XI vs England – Monday, February 27 Warner Park

    1st ODI – Friday, March 3 Sir Viv Stadium

    2nd ODI – Sunday, March 5 Sir Viv Stadium

    3rd ODI – Thursday, March 9 Kensington Oval

  • Brathwaite to fly home for Super50

    257657Cricinfo article.

    Carlos Brathwaite will exit the Big Bash League after defending champions Sydney Thunder’s final league match against the Adelaide Strikers on Wednesday. 

    Brathwaite will return to the Caribbean to represent Barbados in the Regional Super50 domestic one-day tournament.

    Brathwaite said he will leave Australia on Thursday morning for Barbados, where the hosts will play their first Super50 match against Guyana on January 24. “Unfortunately, I still have to go home on [Thursday] morning to play in the Super50 tournament,” Brathwaite told the Daily Telegraph Australia.

    Brathwaite was hired by the Thunder as a replacement for fellow West Indies allrounder Andre Russell, who suffered a combination of hamstring and knee injuries.

    In the two matches he has played so far in the BBL, Brathwaite has taken five wickets: 2 for 31 against Hobart Hurricanes and 3 for 21 in the Saturday Sydney derby against the Sixers. He batted only against the Hurricanes and scored 6. He had become an instant hit in the tournament with his ‘dab’ celebrations.

    Currently, the Thunder are placed sixth on the table and a win against the Strikers would keep them in contention for the knockouts.

    First Published On Cricinfo.

  • Benjamin – Hurricanes not a one-man team


    Antigua Observer article.

    Coach of the Leeward Island’s Hurricanes, Reginald Benjamin, has warned that his team’s batting will not be solely dependent on any one player during the WICB’s Regional Super50 slated to start next week.

    The Antiguan was, at the time, responding to questions regarding the inclusion of experienced West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels and whether the team’s batting would hinge on the Jamaican.

    “We are not going to center our batting on any one player. We are a team in which everyone holds a certain [amount of] responsibility; and we have other players that incase Marlon shows up and he is not in the best of form that they can step up. We’re a team that depend on each other but, at the same time, the top players will be ready to step up and we welcome Marlon and he knows that,” he said.

    Samuels was included in the Hurricanes’ final 14 to contest Group A of the tournament starting January 24 here in Antigua and also in Barbados.

    Benjamin re-affirmed his confidence in his squad and their ability to advance from the group stage of the tournament.

    “I think that we have a solid team and we have people who believe that we can do it within the team so it’s a different approach than just showing up. We know that we have a lot to gain from advancing in this tournament and that’s the focus,” he said.

    Addressing what has since become a highly debated topic, Benjamin said the issue of inviting players from other Caribbean countries to trials has been a common practice for the Leeward Islands, adding that he sees nothing wrong with the move.

    “Players reach out to Leeward Islands to offer their services on the field or off the field and we as an entity saw it fit to then invite these players; but as I said before, this does not guarantee they are going to play with the team. Who performs get selected and who does not perform gets left out and that’s how the process work,” the coach said.

    The Leeward Islands Hurricanes will play in Group A of the competition alongside defending champions Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, as well as Windward Islands Volcanoes, West Indies Under-19s and English county side, Kent Spitfires.

    Group B comprises the Guyana Jaguars, Jamaica Scorpions, Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners and ICC Americas along with home team Barbados Pride.

    First Published In The Antigua Observer.

  • Crandon satisfied with practice games

    Kaieteur News article.

    Head Coach Esuan Crandon is satisfied with the Guyana Jaguars’ two practice matches in preparation for the 2017 Regional Super50 cricket tournament from January 24 to February 18 in Barbados and Antigua.

    Crandon, former Guyana pacer, said that the Providence track was good for batting with some help for the bowlers who put in the effort, adding that most of the batsmen looked in form.

    The track used for the two practice matches and yesterday’s simulation game was one of the two untouched pitches. The four middle pitches have been relayed and are expected to be ready for Guyana’s eighth round match in the PCL four-day competition in late March when they face the Leewards.

    “I expect the pitches in Barbados to have a bit more pace and bounce than those here but we have a strong batting line-up and I am confident that we can do well and qualify for the Semi-final in Antigua,” Crandon said.

    In 2005 at Bourda, Guyana beat Barbados in near darkness to take the last of their six Regional 50-over titles and while they have reached the semi-finals on seven occasions since then they are yet to claim Championship honours.

    The Jaguars, led by West Indies batsman Leon Johnson, play in the Barbados zone ‘B’ along with last year’s runners-up Barbados Pride, Jamaica Scorpions, Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners and the ICC Americas.

    All of the Jaguars games will be day games, while if they qualify for the semi-finals, it is set for the Coolidge Cricket Ground (old Stanford ground) under lights. The Semis and Final will be televised live by ESPN.

    Crandon explained that yesterday’s simulation game, which was washed out after 20 overs, was set for 50 overs with eight batsmen batting to get a target 250 runs. Crandon explained that the first four batsmen had to get 125 in 25 overs but once a batsman got dismissed they have to come in.

    The next four batsmen needed to get 125 in the last 25 overs with the eight batsmen having to face the six bowlers during the 50 overs.

    After Shemron Hetymer fell cheaply Johnson and Assad Fudadin joined forces. Fudadin, like he did in the first practice game, looked very positive and dumped left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer for two sixes in the same over and could open the batting with Hetymer in the opening game against Barbados.

    The team is scheduled to depart the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Saturday morning and will spend five hours in Trinidad before leaving for Barbados.

    First Published In By Kaieteur News.

  • Katwaroo, Rajah, Nicholson notch 50s


    Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

    Steven Katwaroo, Isaiah Rajah and Ewart Nicholson scored fifties in the 50-overs practice match among the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force senior players preparing for the WICB Super50 tournament scheduled to start on January 24.

    Katwaroo topscored with 79 for the Imran Khan XI which compiled 223 all out in 49.5 overs while Rajah and Nicholson chalked up 56 and 58 respectively for the Rayad Emrit XI which replied with 173 for two in 39 overs when play was called off due to fading light at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain, Couva yesterday.

    Katwaroo hit three fours off 94 balls received and shared a 46-run fourth wicket partnership with Jason Mohammed (35 runs, 3x4s off 41 balls) and 41-run for the fifth wicket with skipper Imran Khan who made 18 (2x4s off 39 balls).

    Earlier, West Indies ODIs opener Evin Lewis made 31 and smashed three sixes and one four off 27 deliveries.

    The main wicket-takers were Bryan Charles (10-0-50-3), Sheldon Cottrell (7.5-0-52-2) and Kerwyn Sirju (8- 0-36-2) while Shannon Gabriel (5-1-17-1), Rayad Emrit (7-0-29-1) and Ricky Jaipaul (10- 2-36-1) had one each

    First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.