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Hope and Taylor are Male and Female Cricketers of the Year

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Shai Hope and Stafanie Talyor are the WINDIES male and female cricketers of the year respectively for 2017. The emerging cricketer of the year went to Guyana’s Keemo Paul.

Cricket West Indies’ CEO, Johnny Grave in his summary remarks acknowledged Digicel for their support to West Indies cricket for 13 years; and welcomed Sandals Resorts as the new sponsor on board.

CWI’s President, Dave Cameron noted the increase in the number of players which has moved from 25 to 177 in five years and adding that “we have the requisite number of players to compete.  What we now need is to continue to ensure our programs build capacity for all our technical and administrative officials to continue to consistently produce world class players.

CEO and President of WIPA, Wavell Hinds acknowledged the commitment of the players to broaden their skills set off the field. Hinds pledged his organization’s commitment to continue with its programs to widen the scope and reach of all its members, while working closely with CWI to facilitate growth for players on the field of play.

In her keynote address, Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment, Hon Marsha Caddle, said that “West Indies Cricket is the blue print to advance regionalism.” In congratulating the work of CWI, the Minister wants the region to work closer together with cricket to create greater linkages with tourism and the creative arts sectors. She also called for “sport to be more integrated into education, as the focus and discipline of sport, can help young people to make better decisions about their lives, while acting as a signal to young people to use their talent more effectively.”

Minister Caddle declared her government’s and country’s intention to support West Indies Cricket and sees this as an opportunity for a “brand new relationship and partnership to move the cricket and by extension, sport, forward.”

The full list of winners are: 

  • WINDIES Cricketer of the Year – Shai Hope
  • WINDIES Test Cricketer of the Year – Shai Hope
  • WINDIES ODI Cricketer of the Year – Shai Hope
  • WINDIES T20 Cricketer of the Year – Evin Lewis
  • WINDIES Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Keemo Paul
  • WINDIES Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year – Deandra Dottin
  • WINDIES Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year – Stafanie Taylor
  • WINDIES Women Cricketer of the Year – Stafanie Taylor
  • CWI Lifetime Achievement Award – Carol Whilby-Maxwell
  • WIPA Lifetime Achievement Award – Dawnley Joseph
  • First Class Team of the Year – Guyana
  • Regional Under-19 Team of the Year – Guyana
  • First Class Four Day Cricketer of the Year – Devon Smith
  • First Class 50 Over Cricketer of the Year – Roston Chase
  • Caribbean T20 Cricketer of the Year – Chadwick Walton
  • WINDIES Under 19 Cricketer of the Year – Kirstan Kallicharan
  • Atlantic/WIPA in the Community Awardee – Rodney Sieunarine
  • CWI/WIPA Outstanding Foundation Awardee – The Marlon Samuels Foundation
  • WINDIES Umpire of the Year – Joel Wilson

The 6th joint awards (CWI and WIPA) was held at the Hilton Barbados last evening (June 20).

 

Source: Ryan Bacchoo – CricketWestindies.com

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Kensington Oval to host first day-night Test in the Caribbean

West Indies will host their first day-night Test match on June 23 when they play Sri Lanka in Barbados. The game will also mark the first time Sri Lanka play long-form cricket at the iconic Kensington Oval.

The day-night fixture will be the third match of the series, which begins on June 6 at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. According to the schedule announced by Cricket West Indies in December 2017, the third Test was to be played at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St. Lucia and the second at Kensington Oval. But a Sri Lanka Cricket release on Tuesday suggested the venues have been switched. St. Lucia will now host the second Test from June 14.

This will be Sri Lanka’s first Test tour of the West Indies in 10 years. The last one – in March 2008 – ended in a 1-1 draw, and was quite memorable for the visitors, who claimed their first win in the West Indies.

There have been eight day-night Tests since the first one between Australia and New Zealand in November 2015. West Indies have already been involved in two of them, without any success, whereas Sri Lanka beat Pakistan on their day-night Test debut.

 

Source : ESPNCricinfo

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Paul replaces Hetmyer for Sri Lanka series

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados- Keemo Paul will replace Shimron Hetmyer in the WINDIES Test Squad for the remainder of the Test Series against Sri Lanka.

Hetmyer will return home to Guyana to recover from a recent illness. While there, he will continue his preparations to return for the 2-day practice match against Bangladesh in Antigua.

WINDIES Head Coach Stuart Law said, “ Hetty is a big part of our future and now we want him to recover fully from his illness, so he can be at his best for the warm-up match versus Bangladesh.”

The third Test against Sri Lanka is the first Day/Night Test to be played in the Caribbean.

Source: Ryan Bacchoo – CricketWestindies.com

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Gabriel tears through Sri Lanka to give Windies the edge

A Dinesh Chandimal century was not enough for Sri Lanka to assert themselves on day one of the second Test against the West Indies at Gros Islet as a Shannon Gabriel five wicket haul led a strong bowling display.

Gabriel was ably assisted by opening bowling partner Kemar Roach with the new ball pairing sharing nine wickets between them while skipper Jason Holder picked up the spare.

Mahela Udawatte lasted just two balls before nicking off to Gabriel and Sri Lanka found themselves sliding into a hole early on when Dhananjaya de Silva departed for just twelve castled by the same bowler, they were 15 for 2.

For a time Kusal Mendis (45) and Kusal Perera (32) offered some resistance progressing to 59 together before the latter became Roach’s 150th Test wicket

Dinesh Chandimal’s 119 was the only score of more than fifty for Sri Lanka.

 

Mendis would stick around with Chandimal to give the tourists hope of a strong middle order effort as they moved on to 126 but with fifty in sight Holder found the edge of his bat.

Of the lower order only Niroshan Dickwella (16) was willing to tough it out with Chandimal (119) and Sri Lanka crumbled to 253 all out.

Gabriel would end with figures of 5 for 59 while Roach bagged 4 wickets at the cost of 49 runs.

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Chandimal 119* saves Sri Lanka opening-day blushes

Shannon Gabriel delivered a brutal spell with the new ball, then later came back to blast out the middle order to take 5 for 59. Dinesh Chandimal hit a terrific 119 not out off 185 balls, but had little support from the rest of the batting order. The result: another day dominated by West Indies, who shot the opposition out for 253, before their openers survived the two overs before stumps unscathed. The Gros Islet surface rewarded seam bowling, but had largely appeared decent for batting. In fact, Sri Lanka had chosen to bat first, expecting big runs.

It was Gabriel’s early spell that defined the day. Second ball, he squared up debutant Mahela Udawatte, who sent a low catch toward third slip, where Jason Holder completed an excellent, diving low-take. Two overs late, after a confident Dhananjaya de Silva had hit two square boundaries off Gabriel’s short balls, he claimed de Silva’s wicket with a beauty. Having the ball jag towards the right-hander off a back-of-a-length, Gabriel struck de Silva on the forearm, watched the ball ricochet into the stumps, he gloated as he jogged past the injured batsman. De Silva had to be walked off the ground by a physio holding an ice pack, but although there were initial fears that a bone could have been fractured, X-rays have cleared de Silva of any serious injury, team manager Asanka Gurusinha said. As his arm is merely bruised, de Silva is likely to bat again in the second innings.

Gabriel took three more wickets, in much later spells. He had a length ball leap at Roshen Silva, who could only edge it to Holder again, at third slip. He drew Niroshan Dickwella into a drive and had him caught in the gully. Finally, he fired one in at the pads of Suranga Lakmal, who could not get his bat in the way, and was standing right in front of the stumps. This was Gabriel’s third five-wicket haul, the other two having come against Pakistan.

Chandimal’s hundred was in some ways predictable, though given the manner in which the remainder of the batting order folded, it was invaluable as well. He hit all but one of his fours behind square, but was proactive when there were singles or twos for the taking. It was not a whirlwind innings like, his knock against India in 2015. It wasn’t a stonewall, like his century in Abu Dhabi last year. This was something in the middle, and in this game, that is what his teammates needed. He had had two clear reprieves in the innings though. On 14, he was dropped by Devon Smith at second slip, off the bowling of Miguel Cummins. On 119, he top-edged a flick to the man at point, only for bowler Kemar Roach to have been shown to have overstepped. Towards the end of the innings, he even launched Roach over long off for six.

Elsewhere, West Indies’ bowlers ran rampant. Kusal Mendis had batted alluringly for 45, before trying a swat off his hips, which ended up looping into the air, to be caught by wicketkeeper Dowrich as he ran towards square leg. Holder was the bowler. Later in the day, Roach knocked out Nos. 10 and 11 in quick time, finishing with 4 for 49 himself.

Beyond Chandimal’s 67-run stand with Mendis, there were no fifty-plus associations among the Sri Lanka batsmen. Through the whole innings, only Mendis and Kusal Perera could cross 30. When their innings ended, West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Smith came to the crease, and saw out the final two overs.

 

Source: Andrew Fidel Fernando – ESPNcricinfo

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Defending champs TT, Barbados and hosts Jamaica go for second win

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Hosts Jamaica, following a convincing win in their opening match of the WINDIES Women’s Championship T20 Blast, will be on the hunt for another, when they face Windwards at Kensington Park today at 2.30pm.

The Jamaicans, led by Captain, Stafanie Taylor, sent out a warning to all comers that they are not going to be kind hosts, as they humbled Guyana by eight wickets in the opening round of the tournament at Sabina Park on Sunday.

Guyana batted first in the encounter and made just 75 for eight off their 20 overs. Skipper Stephanie Taylor was brilliant with the ball and took 2/11 in her four overs. Roshana Outar also shone with figures off 3/12 in her spell. The locals then romped to victory on the back of an opening partnership of 41 between Jodian Morgan who got 19 and Taylor who made 16. Chadean Nation with an unbeaten 16 and Natasha McLean 16 not out, ensured the victory.

Later today, they face a Windward Islands team that will be short on confidence as they lost to Barbados in the opening match of the tournament at Kensington Park, Barbados sealed an 18-run victory despite being restricted to 101 all out. Windies all-rounder, Deandra Dottin top scored with 40 for the Barbadians, who then kept the Windwards down to only 83 for the loss of eight wickets at the end of their 20 over-allotment.

Barbados battle Leeward Islands as they look for another win 

Barbados, after their win will be hoping to keep the Leewards winless as they face off at Sabina Park in Kingston from 6.30pm. The Leewards was dismantled by T&T on the back of a fine all-round performance from Stacy-Ann King. The T&T girls ran away winners by 68 runs in a game that they dominated from the start. King played a good hand in getting an unbeaten 38 to spur T&T on to 132/6 off their allotted 20 overs. Reniece Boyce 25 and Britney Cooper 24 chipped in as well. T&T then bowled very tight and with King returning 2/13, all they muster was 64 for five. This would give the Barbadians a lot of confidence going into this game, while the Leewards will be hoping to quickly pick up the pieces.

Defending Champions, TT goes for 2nd WIN

After their dominating display against the Leeward Islands, T&T is expected to face a stiffer challenge from a more experienced outfit in Guyana, when they clash in their second-round match from 9.30am at Sabina Park.

The T&T ladies, beaming with confidence, will look to upstage Guyanese who are still licking their wounds from their first-round loss to Jamaica who will be hoping that their batting comes good this time around.

TODAY’S MATCHES

  • T&T v GUYANA – SABINA PARK – 9.30am
  • JAMAICA v WINDWARDS – KENSINGTON PARK – 2.30pm
  • BARBADOS v LEEWARDS – SABINA PARK – 6.30pm

Source: Ryan Bachoo – Cricketwestindies.org

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Windies B squad for Global T20 League in Canada

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies now has a WINDIES B squad. That is the squad that has been assembled to travel to Canada for the inaugural Global T20 Canada League which will run from June 28 to July 15.

The international tournament is set to attract other elite T20 players from across, but Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams thinks “this is a great opportunity for players and feeds into the organization’s wider high-performance program which looks to develop all-round skills sets of the players and officials.”

Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne has said “with our Test and A Teams currently on tour, the Global T20 presents an opportunity for the panel to see some of our developing players in the region. The exposure and added development will assist us with identifying players with the potential to develop into international T20 cricketers.”

This WINDIES B squad is:

  • Anthony Bramble (Captain)
  • Fabian Allen
  • Alick Athanaze
  • Roland Cato
  • Justin Greaves
  • Derval Green
  • Kavem Hodge
  • Brandon King
  • Jeremiah Louis
  • Obed Mcoy
  • Khary Pierre
  • Nicholas Pooran
  • Sherfane Rutherford
  • Shamar Springer

The Team Management Unit includes:

  1. Stuart Williams – Coach
  2. Roderick Estwick – Coach
  3. Denis Byam – Physiotherapist
  4. Cyril Cox – Strength and Conditioning Trainer
  5. Trent Sargeant – Analyst

The Global T20 Canada league will see 22 matches played in a round-robin format followed by playoffs and the championship match to be held on July 15. All contests will take place at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in Toronto.

The contingent is set to leave the region on June 14.

 

Source: Ryan Bachoo – Cricketwestindies.org

 

 

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Financially-challenged CWI asks SLC help to host home series

Cricket West Indies may scrap one Test from Sri Lanka’s tour next month in favour of limited-overs internationals, according to Sri Lanka Cricket.

The teams were due to play three Tests only, including the Caribbean’s first day-night Test, but only a week out from Sri Lanka’s departure, SLC said it had been informed by CWI that financial concerns may force a change to the itinerary.

ESPNcricinfo understands that CWI informed SLC of the costs of hosting Sri Lanka and discussed whether they would be willing to make any contribution to ensure the tour goes ahead as planned.

“CWI are experiencing a really challenging financial year as they only have home series scheduled against us and Bangladesh,” SLC CEO Ashley de Silva said. “They have been talking to us about sharing the costs of the tour and at this stage they haven’t given us any indication that the tour might get postponed altogether.”

Although CWI are not exactly planning to cut down any games form the itinerary at this stage, de Silva did not rule out the possibility. “Most probably the boards will reduce the number of Test matches to two, and play a couple of one-dayers,” he said. “CWI are going through a bit of a crisis. They have been talking to us.”

Both teams have small home audiences and the operational expenses outweigh the money earned from broadcast deals and sponsorships. Limited-overs games, meanwhile, are more attractive to broadcasters and are less expensive to host.

Although many smaller nations struggle to sustain Tests against other small nations, Tests between these two sides – particularly those scheduled in the Caribbean – have been especially vulnerable. A three-Test series in 2013 had also been scrapped, in favour of an ODI tri-series featuring India, on that occasion.

SLC expects CWI to confirm the new itinerary early next week. Sri Lanka’s tour was supposed to start with a three-day practice match beginning on May 30, in Trinidad. The first Test was scheduled for June 6.

Source: ESPN CricInfo

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Windies and Bangladesh to play T20 matches in Florida

West Indies and Bangladesh will play two Twenty20 matches in Florida in August, Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced on Tuesday.

The scheduling continues CWI’s efforts to make inroads into the largely untapped North American market, following on the heels of two matches between West Indies and India at the same venue two years
The August 4-5 matches will be held at the Central Broward oval in Lauderhill, south Florida.

“Both matches are scheduled for the weekend and will be played under the lights,” CWI chief executive Johnny Grave said.

“Our intention is to work with ICC Americas members, USA Cricket & Cricket Canada in partnership to establish cricket as a popular sport from North to South America.”

Though West Indies has fallen on hard times at the five-day Test level, they remain a powerhouse in the short three-hour version of the game and are the reigning world champions.

The Bangladesh tour of the Caribbean will include two Tests in July, followed by three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s.

Sri Lanka will also tour the Caribbean, with three Tests next month — one each in Trinidad, St. Lucia and Barbados.

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Source: Times of India

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Brathwaite to captain the WINDIES for Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge

Carlos Brathwaite

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua –Carlos Brathwaite returns to captain the WINDIES in the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge against the ICC Rest of the World XI at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, on Thursday, May 31.

This charity match is being staged with the support of the MCC, ECB and ICC to raise funds to rebuild and restore five major cricket venues at the heart of Caribbean communities that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 

Match winning all-rounder, Andre Russell, returns to the WINDIES T20 squad following his return to cricket during the Super50 Cup and the IPL.  Explosive openers Evin Lewis and “Universe Boss” Chris Gayle – also return to the squad following the Pakistan Series along with spinner Ashley Nurse.

“We welcome the return of the players who missed the Pakistan Series and are delighted to recall Andre Russell to the squad, as we believe he will have a key role in our white ball cricket. Denesh Ramdin and Keemo Paul keep their places after encouraging performances at both regional and international level.,” says Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne.

CWI’s CEO, Johnny Grave, commented “On behalf of CWI, I’d like to thank the players for their commitment to and support of this vital cause.  We’re hoping to raise a significant sum from the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge and are very grateful to the MCC, ECB and ICC, without whom this match would not be taking place.”

Tickets are now on sale – https://tickets.lords.org/ – with all proceeds from the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge going towards rebuilding and renovating the five major venues damaged during the hurricanes as well as other community cricket facilities:

  • Ronald Webster Park, Anguilla – damaged in Irma
  • Sir Viv Richards Stadium, Antigua – temporarily converted to host refugees from Barbuda following Irma
  • Windsor Park Stadium, Dominica – damaged in Maria
  • A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground, BVI– damaged in Irma
  • Carib Lumber Ball Park, St Maarten – damaged in Irma

Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge, WINDIES Squad:

  1. Samuel Badree
  2. Carlos Brathwaite (Captain)
  3. Rayad Emrit
  4. Andre Fletcher
  5. Chris Gayle
  6. Evin Lewis
  7. Ashley Nurse
  8. Keemo Paul
  9. Rovman Powell
  10. Denesh Ramdin (Wicketkeeper)
  11. Andre Russell
  12. Marlon Samuels
  13. Kesrick Williams

Source: Ryan Bachoo – Cricketwestindies.org

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