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Lara’s epic 153 not out; Adams takes us back to amazing win

March 30, 1999, will go down in cricket history as one of the greatest days for the West Indies. On that day, at the historic Kensington Oval in Barbados, a hero performed one of the game’s most amazing feats.

Brian Lara scored his epic 153 not out – rated by many observers as the best fourth innings knock in the game’s history. With the Windies needing a near impossible 310 for victory on a deteriorating fifth day pitch, Lara went where no man had gone before.

His score was just under half the team’s total, the Windies reached the improbable target with nine wickets down – Lara did what Lara did best – and the home fans left rejoicing with a victory by the narrow margin of one wicket.

Lara’s team found their mojo and their voice, and the entire region was caught up in rapturous merriment and celebration. The Aussies were stunned into silence.

It was 20 years ago, but Jimmy Adams, remembered the day like it was yesterday.

“This date marks the 20th anniversary of the third Test of the 1999 home series against Australia which was played in Barbados,” said Adams.

“The game was an interesting one in the context of the West Indies having been whitewashed in South Africa, losing the first Test of the series badly in Trinidad and then staging a very good comeback in Jamaica to square the series against the then world champions.”

Adams, who is now Cricket West Indies’ Director of Cricket added:

“The pressure on both teams going into the Barbados Test was huge with a lot at stake. My abiding memory is of Brian’s magnificent innings in the last innings which was set up by Walsh’s wickets in Australia’s second innings. To beat the best team in the world even after they had scored almost 500 runs in their first innings was a major achievement for our team.”

Walsh took 5-39 off 17.1 overs in the second innings, as the Aussies folded for 146. He would return with the bat in the second innings to help Lara complete the record win.

Earlier, Sherwin Campbell made 105 – his second Test ton on home soil – as the home side scored 329 in reply to 490.

“A lot of analysis has gone into that Test, in particular, and the series as a whole, but what is undeniable is the fact that a game of cricket played over five days can encompass every possible human emotion,” said Adams. “As a player, that game was one of the most emotionally draining encounters I had ever been through. To have made it through with a positive outcome will remain one of the highlights of my career.”


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WI v ENG: 3rd Sandals T20I | Match Highlights Powered By Suzuki

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – An International Home Tour in which they scaled memorable heights ended sadly for WINDIES, after another perplexing batting collapse saw the reigning World Twenty20 champions dismissed cheaply and England clinch an eight-wicket victory on Sunday here, to sweep the Sandals Twenty20 International Series.


The WINDIES batting was undermined by a destructive spell from left-arm fast-medium bowler David Willey, whose 4-7 from three overs – the second-best ever for an England bowler in T20Is – earned him the Player-of-the-Match award and set the visitors up in the final match at a smoke-filled Warner Park, caused by a nearby bushfire.

Choosing to bat, the WINDIES were bowled out for 71 – their third lowest total in a T20I ever – in exactly 13 overs – the fifth shortest completed T20I innings ever – two days after they fell for their lowest ever T20I total of 45. No batsman reached 20.

The WINDIES bowlers then failed to conjure up any magic, as England raced to victory with little trouble, although they lost the scalps of openers Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow before their captain Eoin Morgan firmly swept a flighted delivery from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo through backward square leg for four to formalise the result with 57 balls remaining.

The result meant that the WINDIES were swept 0-3 in the series, after they lost the first match by four wickets last Tuesday at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St. Lucia and the second match by 137 runs two days ago at this venue.

Today, Shai Hope was caught at cover off Willey for a duck, driving loosely at a slower delivery (nought for one, 0.1 overs).

Shimron Hetmyer was caught at mid-off for eight off Willey, miscuing a lofted drive (10 for two, 2.4 overs).

John Campbell was caught at cover for 11 off Willey, skying a lofted drive at a slower delivery (24 for three, 4.1 overs).

Darren Bravo was caught behind for four off Willey, edging a delivery that squared him up, then lifted and left him (24 for four, 4.3 overs).

WINDIES captain Jason Holder was caught inside the long-off boundary off part-time leg-spinner Joe Denly for 11, miscuing an ill-advised, lofted drive (45 for five, 8.5 overs).

Nicholas Pooran was caught at deep mid-wicket off Mark Wood for 11, pulling a short ball to deep mid-wicket (48 for six, 9.4 overs).

Fabian Allen was bowled by leg-spinner Adil Rashid for seven, playing back and across to a googly from leg-spinner Adil Rashid (54 for seven, 10.3 overs).

Carlos Brathwaite was brilliantly caught behind off Wood for a duck, trying to steer a delivery to third man and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, seemingly beaten for pace and lift, just stuck out a mitt and the ball stuck (56 for eight, 11.2 overs).

Sheldon Cottrell was bowled by Wood for four, making room and essaying a flashy drive (60 for nine, 11.5 overs).

And, Obed McCoy was bowled by Rashid for 10, playing back and across to a googly to bring the innings to a close, leaving Devendra Bishoo not out on three.

Bowling: Willey 3-0-7-4; Curran 1-0-8-0; Jordan 2-0-14-0 (w1); Denly 2-0-14-1; Wood 3-0-9-3; Rashid 2-0-18-2.

When WINDIES bowled, Holder had Alex Hales caught at deep back square leg for 20 from a miscued hook (21 for one, 4.3 overs).

And, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo bowled Bairstow for 37, playing back and across to a delivery that spun sharply (60 for two, 8.1 overs).

Bowling: Cottrell 1-0-16-0; Allen 4-1-25-0; Holder 3-0-19-1 (w1); Bishoo 1.3-1-11-1; Campbell 1-0-1-0.

Barbados-born, England pace bowler Chris Jordan was named Player-of-the-Series.



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Official Tour Packages: England Tour of the West Indies 2019

So the big one is coming. One of the great international cricket rivalries resumes when England arrive in the West Indies on 11th of January 2019, to start the biggest International Home Series between the two teams since 2009.

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The big one is coming, and WI are ready. Tickets are now on sale and available to buy online as of today (November 1) for the 2019 West Indies vs England series, the biggest England tour to the Caribbean in the last 10 years.

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Marooners crowned Super50 champions 2018/19

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners are the new champions of the West Indies Super50 Cup.

A whirlwind half-century from opener Kyle Corbin to follow a stifling bowling performance propelled the Barbados-based composite side to a six-wicket victory over Guyana Jaguars in the Grand Final on Sunday at Kensington Oval here.

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All but 12 of Corbin’s 72 from 53 balls were in boundaries and he shared a Marooners record opening stand of 109 with left-hander Kjorn Ottley to help them successfully chase a target of 205 for a victory that gave them their first regional title at the third time of asking.

Left-hander Nicholas Kirton formalised the result with 74 balls remaining, when he pulled a short ball from Romario Shepherd to the wide long-on boundary for four, sparking jubilant scenes among the Maroooners faithful.

Earlier, Jermaine Levy topped a defiant half-century from Tagenarine Chanderpaul with a return of 4-43 from 10 overs, as the Jaguars, sent in to bat on a slow pitch, were bowled out for 204 in 49.1 overs.

Marooners captain Carlos Brathwaite, the WINDIES Twenty20 captain, snared 3-42 in his allotted 10 overs and Akeem Jordan captured 2-30 from 7.1 overs.

Chanderpaul led the way for the Jaguars with 56 from 95 balls that included just four fours, Raymon Reifer supported with 38 and Trevon Griffith added 20.

But the Jaguars failed to build significant partnerships and every time it looked like they would break free they lost a wicket and lost their chance to draw level with Trinidad & Tobago Red Force on 11 titles.

Source: WindiesCricket

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PUNE, India – Shai Hope with another calculated batting innings and Ashley Nurse with an explosive 40 off 22 balls helped the WINDIES to secure a 43-run victory over India in the 3rd One Day International in Pune and level the 5-match series 1-1.

India won the toss for the third consecutive time in the ODI series, this time they sent the WINDIES in to bat first. This, after getting a scare in the second match when the WINDIES chased down the target but unfortunately came up 1-run short, resulting in a tie.

Kieran Powell and Chandrapaul Hemraj once again started strong for the WINDIES. Hemraj went after Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah with the new ball. He carted them for 2-fours and 1-six for his 15 runs, while Powell had the exact 2-fours and 1-six for his 21, but Bumrah had the last laugh, as he accounted for both openers. WINDIES 38/2 in 8.1 overs. The scoring was slow to come by as the newly added Indian pace attack tried to wade deeper into the WINDIES batting order.

Centurion from the previous match Shai Hope started his calculated innings, tucking around the ball for quick singles and twos in the spread field-setting. Marlon Samuels made 9 which included 1 boundary, but despite single-digits in his batting card, his bowling would prove more useful later on in the match.

Once again Hope combined with Hetmyer and the world got another glimpse into the bright future of WINDIES cricket. The pair batted with comfort and synchronization, continuing their brilliant partnership from the 3rd ODI. Hetmyer flashed his bat to the bowlers without fear, playing the difficult Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal to all parts of the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, on his way to 2-fours and 3-sixes. But Kuldeep who has provided some trouble to Hetmyer during the tour, scalped his wicket once again, when Dhoni with his quick hands, took off the bails to stump Hetmyer for 37. The partnership was worth 56 runs. WINDIES 111/4.

Rovman Powell only lasted 4 runs before Kuldeep accounted for his wicket as well. Then came captain Jason Holder, like Hetmyer, he and Hope batted in tandem to rebuild the WINDIES innings. The Skipper and Hope added 76 runs together to carry the WINDIES total to something defendable, before Holder skied one high up and was caught for 32 off Kumar. Hope hung his head in despair just as the pair was inching closer to a 300 total. Kohli reintroduced Bumrah and he produced a beauty of a Yorker to light up Hope’s stumps shortly after. Shai Hope fell an agonizing 5-runs short of a second consecutive century. His innings included 6-fours and 3-sixes.

Just when it looked like the WINDIES would fold quickly, Ashley Nurse stepped to the crease and showed why he’s known as a big-hitting tailender. He smashed 4-fours and 2-sixes on his way to a blistering 40 off 22 balls before Bumrah trapped him LBW. Kemar Roach got in on the action as well, hitting 1-four and 1-six to finish on 15 not out and Obed McCoy on 0 not out.

The WINDIES 283/9 from 50 overs. Jasprit Bumrah had the best figures for India, taking 4/35 from his 10 overs.

Rohit Sharma’s batting woes continued for a second match, where he managed 2-fours before Holder bowled him for 8. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli set about to show why they’re ranked in the top-three batting order in the world. The pair added 79 runs before Dhawan who struck 5-fours on his way to 35 was LBW to Nurse.

Once again Kohli carried on his batting masterclass as he raced to another century. He was ably supported by Ambati Rayudu. After a 47-run partnership, Rayudu was bowled by Obed McCoy for 22. Rishabh Pant made a quick 24 runs in a 37-run contribution with Kohli before Nurse had him caught behind off a faint edge. India 172/4 after 31.1 overs.

Kohli remained in the middle determined to take his team to victory while wickets fell around him. Dhoni never troubled the scorers as Holder had him caught behind for 7 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar added 10 runs before McCoy had him caught for 10.

The game changer came in 42nd over when Holder introduced Marlon Samuels into the bowling attack. He got the wicket the WINDIES were desperately seeking, when he bowled Kohli for 107. The match was all but now victory for the WINDIES. Kemar Roach had Chahal caught for 3, while Samuels returned to clean up the Indian innings, taking the wickets of Khaleel Ahmed and Bumrah for 3 and 0 respectively.

India all out for 240 in 47.4 overs, handing the WINDIES victory by 43 runs and leveling the series 1-1. Samuels finished with the best bowling figures for the WINDIES with 3/12, McCoy had 2/38, Nurse 2/43 and Holder 2/46.

Shai Hope for his 95 runs was the Bankable Player of the Match, while Ashley Nurse for his 40 off 22 and 2/43 was the Player of the Match.

The fourth ODI takes place on October 29 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.


Source:  WindiesCricket

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St John’s, ANTIGUA – Cricket West Indies salutes Dwayne Bravo for his 12 years’ service to West Indies Cricket. This following the all-rounder’s announcement of his retirement from international cricket, yesterday (October 24).

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Hope ties game against India with last-ball boundary

India 321 for 6 (Kohli 157*, Rayudu 73) tied with West Indies 321 for 7 (Hope 123*, Hetmyer 94, Kuldeep 3-67)

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SUPER50 CUP: Marooners enhance semi-final claims, as Cornwall slams hundred

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Half-centuries from emerging talents Jonathan Drakes, Amir Jangoo and Kjorn Ottley helped Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners enhance their chances of reaching the semi-finals of the Super50 Cup and earn bragging rights over territorial rivals Barbados Pride with a comprehensive, 125-run victory in their crucial Group “B” match on Thursday here.

Drakes hit the top score of 70 from 98 balls spiced with half-dozen boundaries, Jangoo supported with 62 from 76 balls and Ottley made 57 from 67 balls, as the Marooners fortified their hold on second place in the group with a bonus point victory that carried them to 20 points.

In the other Group “B” contest: A boundary-studded, fourth Super50 career hundred from Rahkeem Cornwall laid the groundwork for a 47-run victory under the Duckworth/Lewis/Steyn Method for Leeward Islands Hurricanes over the United States.

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At Kensington Oval:The Marooners entered the contest tied on 15 points with the Pride and a superior net run rate that put them second in the group, behind runaway group leaders Jamaica Scorpions.

Video highlights available from 4 pm (EC Time) on the WINDIES Cricket YouTube channel,

Ottley slammed five fours and three sixes and dominated an opening stand of 74 with Kyle Corbin that set the tone for the rest of the Marooners’ batting, as they posted 259 for seven from their allocation of 50 overs – their highest total ever in this format against the Pride.

After Ottley was dismissed to leave the Marooners 95 for two in the 20th over, Drakes joined Jangoo and either side of a near hour-long break for rain shared 104 for the third wicket to fortify the Marooners’ position.

Marooners were 195 for two entering the last 10 overs and typically lost a few wickets needlessly in trying to increase the scoring rate.

Shamar Springer was the Pride’s most successful bowler, bagging 3-48 from eight overs, and Kevin Stoute snared 2-40 from 10 overs.

Left-arm spinner Yannick Ottley, Kjorn’s brother, and Marooners’ captain Carlos Brathwaite, the WINDIES Twenty20 International captain, then shared six wickets between to undermine the Pride batting and dismissed them for 134 in 35.1 overs.

Ottley grabbed 3-24 from 10 overs to destroy the Pride top order and Brathwaite belatedly introduced himself into the attack to run grab the last 3-12 from 3.1 overs.

Jonathan Carter’s 26 was the best effort with the bat for the Pride, who lost for the second time in the tournament to their Barbados-based rivals – and by their widest margin ever to this opponent.

At the Three Ws Oval: Cornwall put his hitting power on display to lead the Hurricanes to 248 for seven, after wet conditions caused by rain forced a reduction of the innings to 49 overs.

When Cornwall entered, the Hurricanes were wobbling on 74 for four in the 21st over, but he led a remarkable recovery, cracking six fours and 10 sixes in an undefeated 125 from 93 balls.

He found Orlando Peters a worthy ally and they put on 114 for the seventh wicket at the height of the fight-back.

Left-arm spinner Nosthusha Kenjige was the most successful American bowler, taking 3-62 from eight overs and Trinidad & Tobago-born fast bowler Kyle Philip captured 2-28 from his quota of 10 overs.

United States then limped to 131 for seven off 36 overs when rain brought an early end to the match, with the Americans short of the required target.



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WINDIES SUPER50 CUP: United States, Marooners stage upsets

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados– Nosthusha Kenjige and Timil Patel sent ripples through Group “B” of the 2018-19 WINDIES Super50 Cup, when they bowled the United States to an 88-run victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes on Wednesday here.

Left-arm spinner Kenjige and part-time leg-spinner Patel shared five wickets and backed up the work of their side’s pace bowling side, as the Americans claimed their first victory of the Tournament.

In the other Group “B” contest, Carlos Brathwaite put in the clichéd captain’s performance to lead Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners to a seven-wicket victory over territorial rivals Barbados Pride.

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At Kensington Oval:Kenjige grabbed 3-22 from eight overs to earn the Player-of-the-Match award and Patel completed a tidy all-round performance with 2-4 from 2.1 overs to undermine the Hurricanes’ pursuit of a target of 198.

Orlando Peters hit half-dozen boundaries in the top score of 37 from 35 balls, but no other batsman reached 20, as the Hurricanes were bowled out for 109 in 30.1 overs.

Earlier, Patel was one of a handful of United States batsmen that got starts, but failed to carry on, leading the way with a circumspect 39 from 80 balls.

Monank Patel scored 27, Steven Taylor made 22 and Alex Amsterdam got 21.

Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs was the pick of the Hurricanes bowlers with 3-40 from 10 overs; Rahkeem Cornwall, Jeremiah Louis and Chesney Hughes supported with two wickets apiece.

At the Three Ws Oval: Brathwaite struck three fours and three sixes in an unbeaten, even 50 from 31 balls, as the Marooners successfully chased 175 for victory.

He shared a 90-run – unbroken – fourth-wicket stand with Jonathan Drakes, whose 41 from 46 balls included four boundaries.

Marooners had a strong start with openers Kyle Corbin and Kjorn Ottley sharing 70 before they were dismissed – and the home team stumbled to 88 for three in the 20th over.

Brathwaite joined Drakes and they carried the Marooners over the finish line in the 32nd over.

There was neither substance nor stability from the Pride, after they were sent in to bat, except for a period where Kevin Stoute joined left-hander opener Shayne Moseley and they put on 40 for the fourth wicket.

Moseley made 49 from 87 balls to lead the way, Stoute supported with 37, Shamar Springer got 22 and Miguel Cummins made 20.

Brathwaite was the pick of the Marooners’ bowling with 3-21 from 10 overs and Akeem Jordan took 3-36 from 9.2 overs.


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