• WINDIES to start its 16-ODIs trek to 2019 Cricket World Cup

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – WINDIES, still on a high from its 2-0 Test series win will turn its attention on the remaining 3-ODIs and 3-T20Is in the match-up against Bangladesh.

    With less than a year before the 2019 Cricket World Cup (May 30 to July 14) Head Coach, Stuart Law has his eyes fixed on gaining momentum heading towards the tournament. But before that Coach is clear on the team’s mandate. “This is the start of our prep for 2019 CWC. Opportunities for players to stake a claim to be included in the squad. Great to have Dre Russ back as well. His explosive power and energy will breathe life into an already motivated squad.”

    Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne notes “As we continue to prepare, there are only 16 ODIs leading up to the tournament. The panel will focus on giving opportunities from time to time to players that we believe can add value to the ODI team. Kemar Roach will be rested for the upcoming series as we continue to manage players’ work load. With the Super50 Championship set for October this year, we will also have an opportunity for regional players to perform heavily and place themselves in line to be considered for selection. The panel wishes Jason and his team every success in the upcoming series against Bangladesh.”

    The 1st ODI is set for Guyana on Sunday, July 22 at 9:30 am – tickets are already on sale.

    The 13-man squad reads:

    • Jason Holder – Captain
    • Devendra Bishoo
    • Chris Gayle
    • Shimron Hetmyer
    • Shai Hope
    • Alzarri Joseph
    • Evin Lewis
    • Jason Mohammed
    • Ashley Nurse
    • Keemo Paul
    • Kieran Powell
    • Rovman Powell
    • Andre Russell
  • WINDIES WOMEN take a break before August; ICC WT20 just over 100 days away

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – With just over 100 days to go before the WINDIES Women go after their 2nd World Twenty20 title, the squad just completed another high-performance camp in Antigua.

    This “Phase II” which ended yesterday (July 15) and was held for two weeks, focused on fitness, strength and conditioning; game sense scenarios and mental skills preparation.

    Head Coach, Henderson Springer is happy with the squad’s progress overall and notes “the enthusiasm from some of the younger squad members, while being pleased with the level of fitness from the more-experienced players.” He also thought that the WINDIES Women’s Championship held in Jamaica in June was timely and “complemented the work the pre-Championship camp entailed.”

    Some of the women will go off to Trinidad and Tobago for the Courts T20 Grand Slam which will run from July 18 – 28. The tournament will include up to 12 of the members of the WINDIES Women’s squad.

    Springer is also happy with the timing of the tournament as he thinks “some of the ladies will get the much-needed game practice in keeping with what is required to compete.”

    The Head Coach also noted that the women who return to their homes “will be involved in a skills maintenance program and they will be monitored by coaches in the respective islands/country.”

    The ladies will re-assemble for another camp for three weeks in Antigua, starting in August.

    SOUTH AFRICA AND INDIA

    The WINDIES Women will have at least two international series before they start their defense campaign. South Africa is scheduled to be in the region from September 10 to October 7. The 3-ODIs, 5-T20Is series is also part of the ICC Women’s Championship Fixtures.

    India is due to play in the Caribbean in early October. A full schedule will be announced soon.

    The 21-member squad reads:

    • Stafanie Taylor – captain
    • Shania Abdool
    • Merissa Aguilleira
    • Shemaine Campbelle
    • Shamilia Connell
    • Britney Cooper
    • Deandra Dottin
    • Afy Fletcher
    • Aria Fortune
    • Shabika Gajnabi
    • Sheneta Grimmond
    • Chinelle Henry
    • Qiana Joseph
    • Kycia Knight
    • Hayley Matthews
    • Natasha McLean
    • Anisa Mohammed
    • Chedean Nation
    • Akeira Peters
    • Karishma Ramharack
    • Shakera Selman

    The ICC WT20 will be held in Antigua, Guyana and St Lucia, November 9 – 24.

  • T&T goes under to Guyana in WINDIES Under-17 Championship

    PORT-OF-SPAIN: T&T lost their third round clash in the Cricket West Indies Regional U-17 championships by three wickets in a low-scoring at Gilbert Park in California Saturday.

    T&T was bundled out in the rain affected encounter for just 65 runs and despite a good fight back by their bowlers, Guyana still got home at 66 for seven to claim the points. T&T batting first found the going very tough and there was a steady stream of batsmen to and from the pavilion. Only three T&T batsmen got into double figures as the others struggled. Opener Tariq Mohammed 14, all rounder Rivaldo Ramlogan scored 14 and wicketkeeper Leonardo Julien got 13.

    Dwain Dick was the best of the Guyana bowlers taking three wickets for 16 runs, while Sheldon Charles also grabbed three and Nigel Deodat took two. Guyana would have expected to get to their winning target without fuss but in the end they found it very tough. They got an opening stand of 24 and this would have signalled to the locals that the game was over. However, Nicholas Ali and Samir Ali got into groove as soon Guyana were 50/7. At this point T&T would have fancied their chances but it was not to be as Charles with nine not out and Deodat with eight featured in an unbroken stand of 16 for the eight wicket to bring home the win. The only Guyanese player to get into double figures was opener Sachin Singh who made 21. Nicholas ended with 3/30 and Samir 3/15.

    At the Brian Lara Academy, Barbados got their first win of the tournament, when they easily defeated Jamaica by six wickets. The Jamaicans sent in to bat scored 204 for nine off their allotted 50 overs with Razak Williams getting a hard 83 made off 88 balls with eight fours and three sixes. He got good support from wicketkeeper Lennox Simpson who made 23. The Barbadian bowling was good on the day with two wickets apiece for Jaden Leacock, Rivaldo Clarke and Ramon Simmonds.

    When Barbados took to the crease they lost two early wickets to Williams but Rashawn Worrell stood firm. The left hander held the innings together is scoring 69 off 119 balls with four fours and six. Antonio Morris made 37 in a 73-run stand with Worrell that brought the Barbadians right back into the contest. When he left Clarke came in and played the innings of the match. He dispatched the bad balls and was able to easily pick the singles in getting to 55 not out when the victory was formalised. He faced 60 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes.   

    CWI REGIONAL UNDER-17 SCORES

    At Brian Lara Academy: Jamaica 204/9 (50) (Razak Williams 83, Lennox Simpson 23, Jaden Leacock 2/40, Rivaldo Clarke Ramon 2/45, Simmonds 2/31) vs Barbados 204/4 (44.2) (Rashawn Worrell 69, Rivaldo Clarke 55no, Antonio Morris 37, Razak Williams 2/40) – Barbados won by four wickets. 

  • Man-of-the-Series Holder inspires Windies clean sweep

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The exceptional Jason Holder destroyed Bangladesh with his maiden 10-wicket haul in Tests and the best figures by a West Indies captain on Caribbean soil, as the hosts marched to an emphatic 166-run victory inside three days in the second Test, to record their first home series win in four years here Saturday.

    Despite being rolled over for their lowest-ever total against Bangladesh when they were dismissed for 129 in their second innings, West Indies quickly hit back with vengeance, crushing the tourists for a meagre 168 to complete a 2-0 series win and climb back above their opponents to eighth in the ICC Test rankings.

    The 26-year-old Holder was at the forefront of the Windies success, claiming six for 59 – his third five-wicket haul in the last six innings – to finish with career-best match figures of 11 for 103 and 16 wickets in the series.

    For his superb efforts, Holder picked up the Man-of-the-Match and Man-of-the-Series awards, to leave his stamp on on the series.

    “[For me it’s] just heart, just fight,” Holder said afterwards in reference to his performance.

    “I always ask the guys for one last push, I always ask the guys to give everything and I just feel as if I do it from the front, the guys would be able to follow.

    “That’s my mantra basically, to go out there and just put everything in. I expect tough days in cricket and tough days in life so it’s just about coping with it and getting through.”

    Set an improbable 335 for victory, Bangladesh never came to grips with the Windies attack as Shakib top-scored with 54, opener Liton Das struck a run-a-ball 33 while former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim chipped in with 31.

    They stumbled at the start of their run chase when experienced opener Tamim Iqbal fell without scoring in the third over with the score on two, lbw to Holder defending.

    Liton Das played positively, however, cracking six fours in a 38-run, second wicket stand with Mominul Haque (15).

    Ten minutes before tea, however, Das sliced a tentative drive at debutant pacer Keemo Paul and was caught at gully by Shai Hope, and with the last ball before the interval, Mominul missed a forward defensive prod at one from off-spinner Roston Chase (2-20) which went on with the arm, and perished lbw.

    Wobbling on 52 for three at tea, Bangladesh lost their fourth wicket 20 minutes after the resumption, Mahmudullah (4) playing an atrocious heave at Chase and gifting his wicket to a catch at mid-wicket.

    Shakib, however, found an ally in Mushfiqur and together they put on 54 for the fifth wicket, to temporarily avert danger for Bangladesh.

    The left-handed Shakib stroked 10 fours in a flowing 81-ball knock in nearly 2-1/4 hours hours while Mushfiqur lasted 36 balls and struck six fours.

    Holder returned to gain the breakthrough, bowling Mushfiqur off the inside edge, 45 minutes before the scheduled close, and then hitting Nurul Hasan in front off the next ball.

    Speedster Shannon Gabriel had Mehidy Hasan (10) caught at second slip by Devon Smith at 138 for seven before Holder claimed the prized wicket of Shakib, beating a defensive push and up-rooting the left-hander’s leg stump.

    Holder wasted little time in wrapping up the innings as he claimed the last two wickets in his next over.

    Earlier, Windies had been anything but stellar as their batting flopped spectacularly, undermined by the superb Shakib who claimed six for 33 with his quality left-arm spin.

    Chase top-scored with 32 but was the only one to pass 20 as the Windies lost their last nine wickets for 110 runs after resuming the morning on 19 for one.

    Shakib struck in the fourth over of the morning when he drew opener Smith from his crease, for Nurul to complete a well-timed stumping, and send the left-hander on his way for 16 with the score on 28.

    Nightwatchman Paul scored 13 but was bowled by Shakib attempting a second successive six and left-hander Kieran Powell once again played freely for his 18 which included a four and a six before falling on the stroke of the hour, trapped lbw on the crease by the same bowler.

    Hope, still searching for form and confidence, played down the wrong line in the next over to left-arm spinner Taijul Islam and perished lbw for four, leaving the Windies on 64 for five.

    Chase then settled the innings down in a 33-run stand with left-hander Shimron Hetmyer who again looked in fine touch in his 18 from 31 balls.

    But with lunch beckoning, Hetmyer played back to seamer Abu Jayed and was adjudged lbw, as the hosts stumbled to 108 for six at the interval.

    Chase could only add a further nine to his lunch time 23 before he was bowled round his legs by off-spinner Mehidy Hasan, missing a sweep, in the fourth over after the resumption.

    His dismissal triggered the slide which saw the last four wickets tumble for a mere 21 runs, with off-spinner Mehidy Hasan chipping in with two for 45.

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings 354

    BANGLADESH 1st Innings 149

    WEST INDIES 2nd Innings

    (overnight 19 for one)

    K Brathwaite b Shakib-Al-Hasan 8

    D Smith st Nurul Hasan b Shakib-Al-Hasan 16

    K Paul st Nurul Hasan b Shakib-Al-Hasan 13

    K Powell lbw b Shakib-Al-Hasan 18

    S Hope lbw b Taijul Islam 4

    S Hetmyer lbw b Abu Jayed 18

    R Chase b Mehidy Hasan 32

    +S Dowrich not out 12

    *J Holder st Nurul Hasan b Mehidy Hasan 1

    M Cummins b Shakib-Al-Hasan 1

    S Gabriel b Shakib-Al-Hasan 0

    Extras (b1, lb2, w1, nb2) 6

    TOTAL (all out, 45 overs) 129

    Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-28, 3-53, 4-60, 5-64, 6-97, 7-122, 8-124, 9-129

    Bowling: Abu Jayed 8-1-21-1 (nb1, w1), Mehidy Hasan 11-2-45-2, Kamrul Islam 2-0-3-0 (nb1), Shakib-Al-Hasan 17-5-33-6, Taijul Islam 7-0-24-1.

    BANGLADESH 2nd Innings (target: 335)

    Tamim Iqbal lbw b Holder 0

    Liton Das c Hope b Paul 33

    Mominul Haque lbw b Chase 15

    *Shakib-Al-Hasan b Holder 54

    Mahmudullah c Hope b Chase 4

    Mushfiqur Rahim b Holder 31

    +Nurul Hasan lbw b Holder 0

    Mehidy Hasan c Smith b Gabriel 10

    Taijul Islam not out 13

    Kamrul Hasan lbw b Holder 0

    Abu Jayed b Holder 0

    Extras (b4, lb2, nb2) 8

    TOTAL (all out, 42 overs) 168

    Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-40, 3-52, 4-67, 5-121, 6-121, 7-138, 8-162, 9-168, 10-168.

    Bowling: Holder 13-3-59-6, Gabriel 9-2-29-1, Paul 7-0-34-1 (nb1), Cummins 5-1-20-0 (nb1), Chase 8-4-20-2.

    Result: West Indies won by 166 runs.

    Series: West Indies win two-Test series 2-0.

    Man-of-the-Match: Jason Holder.

    Man-of-the-Series: Jason Holder.

    Umpires: R Illingworth, S Ravi; TV – R Kettleborough.

  • Windies assert control after Holder wrecks Bangladesh

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – An inspired West Indies captain Jason Holder grabbed an outstanding five-wicket haul to rip Bangladesh to shreds and leave them with a mammoth task of saving the second and final Test.

    A whopping 17 wickets tumbled on Friday’s second day at Sabina Park as West Indies, resuming on their overnight 295 for four, lost their last six wickets for 59 runs to be bowled out for 354 in their first innings.

    Holder then scythed through the Bangladesh batting to finish with five for 44 – his third five-wicket haul in Tests – while fellow seamers Shannon Gabriel (2-19) and debutant Keemo Paul (2-25) supported with two wickets apiece, as the innings folded for 149.

    Veteran opener Tamim Iqbal top-scored with 47, captain Shakib-al-Hasan chipped in with 32 and former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, 24, but the remainder of the batting buckled under the pressure applied by the pace attack.

    In nine overs possible before the close, West Indies lost first innings century-maker Kraigg Brathwaite for eight when he was bowled by left-arm spinner Shakib, to end the day on 19 for one – already 224 runs in front heading into Saturday’s third day.

    The opening session was a disappointing one for the Windies as they displayed little of the enterprise of the opening day, and were dismissed about 15 minutes before the scheduled lunch break.

    Left-hander Shimron Hetmyer, eyeing a maiden Test hundred when he resumed on 84, added just two before becoming the first casualty of the session when he flirted with one from seamer Abu Jayed outside off and was caught behind in the day’s third over.

    Roston Chase, on 16 at the start, saw his poor run of form continue, missing a flick at Abu Jayed and falling lbw for 20 with West Indies on 302 for six.

    Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich paid the price for hitting against the turn and was caught at cover off a leading edge off left-arm spinner Taijul Islam for six and Paul endured a forgettable debut with the bat when he failed to score.

    Miguel Cummins followed quickly for a first-ball ‘duck’ but Holder counter-attacked, smashing a pair of fours and sixes in a positive 42-ball, unbeaten 33 as he added 35 for the last wicket with Gabriel (12).

    Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan ended with five for 93 and Abu Jayed, three for 38.

    On 10 without loss at lunch, Bangladesh fell apart after the interval with Gabriel and Holder sharing the four wickets to fall in the second session.

    Liton Das (12) was trapped lbw by Gabriel in the fifth over following the resumption with 10 runs added to the total and Mominul Haque followed two balls later without scoring, edging to Shai Hope at gully.

    Tamim struck six fours off 105 balls in just under three hours as he then combined with Shakib in a 59-run, third wicket stand to bail Bangladesh out of trouble.

    However, Holder struck twice in the space of three deliveries about 20 minutes before tea, to rock Bangladesh once more. He claimed Shakib, playing on attempting to cut one too close to him, and then trapped Mahmudullah on the crease without scoring.

    On 92 for four at tea, Bangladesh lost their last six wickets for just 57 runs to be dismissed 25 minutes before the scheduled close.

    Tamim carried the fight initially in a 38-run, fifth wicket partnership with Mushfiqur but became Paul’s first wicket in Tests when he played down the wrong line and lost his off-stump.

    Paul trapped Nurul Hasan lbw next ball to find himself on a hat-trick and even though it was averted, Mushfiqur fell soon afterwards when steered Holder to Hope at gully at 128 for seven.

    Holder bowled Taijul Islam with his very next delivery only to discover he had over-stepped but atoned for his indiscretion by getting the same batsman bowled for 16, after speedster Miguel Cummins had gained an lbw verdict against Mehidy Hasan (3).

    Fittingly, Holder finished off the innings by rattling Abu Jayed’s stumps before the tail-ender had scored.

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings

    (overnight 295 for four)

    K Brathwaite c Taijul Islam b Mehidy Hasan 110

    D Smith c Mominul Haque b Mehidy Hasan 2

    K Powell lbw b Mehidy Hasan 29

    S Hope c wkpr Nurul Hasan b Taijul Islam 29

    S Hetmyer c wkpr Nurul Hasan b Abu Jayed 20

    R Chase lbw b Abu Jayed 20

    +S Dowrich c Mehidy Hasan b Taijul Islam 6

    *J Holder not out 33

    K Paul c Mominul Haque b Mehidy Hasan 0

    M Cummins lbw b Mehidy Hasan 0

    S Gabriel b Abu Jayed 12

    Extras (b20, lb7) 27

    TOTAL (all out, 112 overs) 354

    Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-59, 3-138, 4-247, 5-297, 6-302, 7-318, 8-319, 9-319

    Bowling: Abu Jayed 18-7-38-3; Shakib-Al-Hasan 22-3-60-0; Mehidy Hasan 29-9-93-5; Taijul Islam 25-4-82-2; Kamrul Islam Rabbi 10-1-34-0; Mahmudullah 8-1-20-0

    BANGLADESH 1st Innings

    Tamim Iqbal b Paul 47

    Liton Das lbw b Gabriel 12

    Mominul Haque c Hope b Gabriel 0

    *Shakib-Al-Hasan b Holder 32

    Mahmudullah lbw b Holder 0

    Mushfiqur Rahim c Hope b Holder 24

    +Nurul Hasan lbw b Paul 0

    Mehidy Hasan lbw b Cummins 3

    Taijul Islam b Holder 18

    Kamrul Islam not out 0

    Abu Jayed b Holder 0

    Extras (lb5, nb8) 13

    TOTAL (all out, 46.1 overs) 149

    Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-20, 3-79, 4-79, 5-117, 6-117, 7-128, 8-135, 9-149, 10-149.

    Bowling: Gabriel 10-3-19-2; Paul 9-2-25-2 (nb3); Cummins 9-1-34-1 (nb4); Holder 10.1-1-44-5 (nb1); Chase 8-0-22-0

    WEST INDIES 2nd Innings

    K Brathwaite b Shakib-Al-Hasan 8

    D Smith not out 8

    K Paul not out 0

    Extras (w1, nb2) 3

    TOTAL (1 wkt, 9 overs) 19

    Fall of wickets: 1-19

    Bowling: Abu Jayed 4-1-8-0 (nb1, w1); Mehidy Hasan Miraz 2-1-8-0; Taijul Islam 2-0-3-0 (nb1); Shakib-Al-Hasan 1-1-0-1

    Position: West Indies lead by 224 runs with nine second innings wickets standing.

    Toss: Bangladesh.

    Umpires: R Illingworth , S Ravi; TV – R Kettleborough.

  • ‘Fearless’ Windies B playing like they belong on big stage: Estwick

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – West Indies B’ coach, Roddy Estwick, believes his side’s “fearless mindset” has been crucial to their success in the inaugural Global T20 Canada.

    The Caribbean side, comprising young development players, were the least fancied when they entered the tournament two weeks ago, but have since emerged as favourites for Sunday’s final after pulling off a number of surprises to reach the championship match.

    Up against several far more experienced players, Windies B have played an attractive brand of attacking and entertaining cricket, with several outstanding performances and superb collective displays.

    “They have been fearless. They have been street-wise and clever,” Estwick told CMC Sports from the team hotel in Toronto.

    “They have performed like they belong – they have demonstrated to the cricket world that they have immense talent, but also importantly, they also have the desire to win and they know how to win.”

    He added: “We came here with nothing to lose and everything to gain. I urged them to go out and enjoy the tournament and make the most of this golden opportunity. We agreed ‘let’s make the impossible possible’. They have been brilliant in every match.”

    The highlight of the tournament so far was a breathtaking century from teenager Sherfane Rutherford in the opening play-off against Chris Gayle’s Vancouver Knights on Thursday at the Maple Leaf North-West Ground.

    The 19-year-old Guyanese scorched 134 not out off 66 balls with 11 fours and 10 sixes as the Windies chased down 216 for victory, to win by six wickets off the last ball.

    Rutherford added 130 for the third wicket with fellow left-hander Nicholas Pooran, who made 44 off 28 balls. Earlier in the match, Rutherford took two wickets with his right-arm medium pace, an all-round performance which guaranteed him the Man-of-the-Match award.

    “He’s a brave young man. He has a big heart and he is very determined,” Estwick pointed out.

    “When the tournament started we were looking for openers and we identified Rutherford as one of the best options at the top of the order. He opened in the first five matches and did well.

    “On Thursday, we made a tactical adjustment to combat their leg-spinners. We felt that if we had two left-handers at numbers four and five, we could handle the spin.

    Estwick added: “…so we moved Rutherford to four and Pooran to five and that worked wonders. He (Rutherford) played a wonderful innings and Pooran showed the value of his experience for know-how.

    “For such a young man to play so freely from a score of 17 for three, chasing over 200 at a rate of more than 10 runs per over and win the game, was world-class.

    “This tournament has been a great showcase for talent in the West Indies and it shows we have what it takes to compete with the best in the world.”

  • Teams hope for better weather Saturday

    PORT-OF-SPAIN: Regional cricket teams will be hoping for better weather Saturday, when the third round of the CWI Regional U-17 cricket tournament takes place at venues in Central and South Trinidad.

    T&T the leaders thus far will come up against Guyana at Gilbert Park in California however given the fact that rain fell all day Friday and the drainage at Gilbert Park is not up to international standard the game may start late even if there is no rain Saturday. Rain is also forecasted for Saturday and they will do well to even get in a shortened version. T&T won their first game handsomely against Barbados at Brian Lara Academy but could not go unto the playing field for the second match against Jamaica at the NCC.

    Across at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Balmain rain is also on the agenda and with the drainage not as excellent as the Brian Lara Academy play Saturday between Windwards and Leewards may also be affected. Windwards won their opening game against Guyana at the NCC and they will be hoping to get some action against the Leewards today. The Leewards won their opening encounter against Jamaica but lost by 68 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis system at Lara Academy.

    Although rain was belting down all over the place, there was still action at the Lara Academy in Tarouba and this is why both Barbados and Jamaica may well expect cricket to be played when they arrive at the venue for their clash.

    SATURDAY’S GAMES

    At Gilbert Park: T&T vs Guyana

    At NCC: Windwards vs Leewards

    At Brian Lara: Barbados vs Jamaica

  • Guyana defeats Leewards in rainy Round 2

    PORT-OF-SPAIN: Rain gave the entire country a good wash down Thursday but eased up enough in Tarouba to allow Guyana to record a 68-run victory under the Duckworth Lewis method over the Leewards at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.

    The clash underway at 10.32am after early morning rain and after Guyana reached 19 for one the heavens opened again. When they went on a second time at 2.25pm the match was reduced to a 28-over affair. Batting first Guyana made 116 for nine with Leon Swamy getting a top score of 41 from 34 balls with five fours and a six. The inform Sachin Singh made 19 at the top of the order and Nigel Deodat 14.  

    The best of the bowlers for the Leewards was Tariq Newman who grabbed four wickets for nine runs from six overs. Medium pacer Jaden Francis was also on top of his game with two wickets for 16 runs.

    Guyana after losing their first game to the Windwards badly needed to win this one and their bowlers came out hungry. They dismissed the Leewards for a paltry 49 runs. The Guyanese displayed a good allround bowling effort with four men getting two wickets each. Guyana with the win got 6.2 points which puts them on a total of 6.6 after two games.

    The Leewards who were second in the standings behind T&T got 0.4 points and now sit on 6.6 points.

    In the other games, T&T and Jamaica had to sit and look at the rain fall at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) as play was not possible in Central Trinidad.

    All teams involved in the washout games each got one point. T&T retains the lead however and with the point moves on to 7.2 points. Jamaica who had 0.4 point coming into this game is now 1.4.

    The clash between the Windwards and Barbados also ended in a no-result at Gilbert Park in California. Windwards after their big win in the first game and with this solitary point moves on to seven. The Barbadians have now moved on to 1.5.

    Second Round Matches:

    At Gilbert Park: Windward Is vs B’dos – no play

    At National Cricket Centre: T&T vs Jamaica – no play

    At Brian Lara: Guyana 116/9 (28) (Leon Swamy 41, Sachin Singh 19, Tariq Newman 4/9, Jayden Francis 2/16) vs Leewards 49 all out (22) (Silvan Williams 2/9, D Dick 2/16, N Deodat 2/7, A Seepersaud 2/10) – Guyana won by 68 runs under Duckworth/Lewis.

  • Batting collapse leaves India A odds-on bet for win

    TAUNTON, England, CMC – Test star Jermaine Blackwood and attacking opener John Campbell struck half-centuries but West Indies A suffered a batting collapse to let India A back into the second four-day “Test” here Thursday.

    Resuming the penultimate day at the Somerset County Ground on 96 for one in their second innings, Windies A were eventually dismissed for 210, with Blackwood top-scoring with 67 and Campbell getting 61.

    However, the last nine wickets tumbled for 85 runs, as new-ball seamers Mohammed Siraj (4-64) and Rajneesh Gurbani (3-64) ran through the innings.

    Left with a target of 321, India produced another sterling second innings effort to end on 214 for three, with Hanuma Vihari top-scoring with an unbeaten 65, captain Karun Nair stroking 55 and Abhimanyu Easwaran chiming in with 31.

    The right-handed Easwaran ensured a solid start to the innings when he put on 51 for the first wicket with Ravikumar Samarth (18).

    Left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer removed Samarth to a catch at the wicket while fast bowler Romario Shepherd also claimed Easwaran to a catch also behind, to put West Indies A in control at 78 for two.

    However, Vihari and Nair then combined in a solid 136-run, third wicket stand that put the Indians back in control of the run chase

    The right-handed Vihari struck five fours in an innings lasting 123 balls in just over 2-1/2 hours while Nair slammed eight fours in a counter-attacking 63-ball knock before perishing to the final delivery of the day.

    Blackwood and Campbell had earlier extended their second wicket stand to 74 before being separated.

    Resuming on 23, Blackwood belted eight four and a six off 84 balls in 142 minutes while Campbell, on 43 at the start, counted seven fours and a six in an innings spanning 102 balls and in just about 2-3/4 hours at the crease.

    WINDIES A 1st Innings 302

    INDIA A 1st Innings 192

    WINDIES 2nd Innings 210

    (overnight 96 for one)

    J Campbell c wkp Pant b Mohammed Siraj 61

    +D Thomas c wkp Pant b Gurbani 25

    J Blackwood b Gurbani 67

    *S Brooks c wkp Pant b Mohammed Siraj 2

    S Ambris c (sub) b Nadeem 5

    V Singh c Samarth b Mohammed Siraj 16

    R Reifer c Easwaran b Gurbani 0

    R Shepherd c wkp Pant b Mohammed Siraj 5

    J Warrican c (sub) b Yadav 1

    S Lewis b Yadav 0

    O Thomas not out 6

    Extras (b7, lb12, w1, nb2) 22

    TOTAL (all out, 57.3 overs) 210

    Fall of wickets: 1-51, 2-125, 3-137, 4-160, 5-180, 6-180, 7-203, 8-204, 9-204, 10-210.

    Bowling: Mohammed Siraj 20-3-64-4, Gurbani 17-1-64-3, Yadav 7.3-2-23-2, Nadeem 13-2-40-1.

    INDIA A 2nd Innings (target: 321 runs)

    R Samarth c wkp Thomas b Reifer 18

    A Easwaran c wkp Thomas b Shepherd 31

    K Nair c Campbell b Warrican 55

    H Vihari not out 65

    Extras (b25, w17, nb3) 45

    TOTAL (3 wkts, 46 overs) 214

    Fall of wickets: 1-51, 2-78, 3-214.

    Bowling: Lewis 9-1-35-0, Thomas 10-1-54-0, Reifer 12-1-29-1, Shepherd 5-1-25-1, Warrican 7-0-30-1, Campbell 3-0-16-0.

    Position: India A require 107 runs with seven wickets intact.

    Toss: Windies A.

    Umpires: M Newell, N Bainton.

  • Sabina Park in pristine condition ahead of final Test match

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Jamaica Cricket Association’s (JCA) chief executive officer Courtney Francis has given the assurance that the Sabina Park’s pitch and outfield will be in top condition for Thursday’s second and final Test match between West Indies and Bangladesh.

    West Indies, who ended 1-1 with Sri Lanka in their recent three-Test series, have a one-nil lead against Bangladesh after sweeping to an innings and 219-run victory in the opening match in Antigua.
    The Windies, ranked ninth in the ICC Test team rankings — a place below Bangladesh, can leapfrog their Asian opponents if they can secure a series win.
     
    “The preparation has been excellent, and we are confident that we have done all that we can under the circumstances,” Francis told the Jamaica Observer.
     
    “There are some standards set out and we have met all the standards. We met with the [Cricket] West Indies representatives this morning and they were impressed with where we are,” he said while insisting that all operational personnel are aware of their roles.
     
    Francis said proper security measures will be in place and urged West Indies cricket supporters to throw their weight behind their team.
     
    “We want people to come out and lend some support, seeing that West Indies are showing some consistency and winning some matches.
     
    “While we curse them when they are not doing well, when they are doing well we need to lend the support to ensure we give them that morale boost and hope they can climb the rankings,” Francis said.