Charles, Watson inspire Zouks to nine-wicket win over Warriors
Mon, Jul 25, '16
A match-winning stand between Shane Watson and Johnson Charles saw the St Lucia Zouks to victory over Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) last night.Charles made a career best 94 not out as the Zouks made it three wins from three from their home leg to put themselves in the mix for finals week in St Kitts & Nevis. (Final scores: St Lucia Zouks 162-1 (J Charles 94 not out, S Tanvir 1 for 47) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 159-5 (C Lynn 86, J Taylor 2 for 26) by nine wickets with 23 balls remaining) The two batsmen paced the chase perfectly as they reached the victory target with some ease. Another impressive Zouks bowling performance in the six over PowerPlay kept the Amazon Warriors to just 28 runs inside the fielding restrictions. The Amazon Warriors lost opener Nic Maddinson in the first six having made two off 10 balls. Maddinson was playing his first Hero CPL match and his first game of cricket of any kind since March and he struggled to get going, departed bowled by Jerome Taylor.
WICB Women’s T20…Mohammed spins T&T to big win against Guyana
Mon, Jul 25, '16
A mesmerizing four-over spell of bowling by West Indies off-spinner, 27-year-old Anisa Mohammed, spun T&T to a five-wicket victory over Guyana at Providence as the WICB Regional t20 Women’s tournament continued yesterday. No Guyanese reached 15 as they limped to 63-8 in 20 overs. Mohammed grabbed 4-9 for T&T who raced to 64-5 with 72 balls to spare despite a slight scare when they lost four wickets for 10 runs.
The game between the Leewards and Windwards was abandoned after the Windwards reached 78-2 from 11 overs and the Leewards did not get a chance to bat. The game began 138 minutes late due to heavy morning rain and was reduced to 11 overs. Leewards Skipper Shawnisha Hector again bowled with impressive pace and struck West Indies batter Juliana Nero (10) on her head with a bouncer forcing the 37-year-old Vincentian, who played her only Test in 2004 and who was not wearing a helmet, to retire hurt. Akeira Peters hit an 11-ball 20 with four fours, opener Stacy Ann Adams made an undefeated 19 and Skipper Afy Fletcher scored 10 as both teams got off the mark with two points each.
Jamaica got the better of Barbados by two in the night game. Both teams were unbeaten before the last night game and the win put Jamaica into tonight’s final at Providence. T&T qualified for the final due to their superior net run rate over Barbados.
After lunch on day four, with India needing eight wickets to finish the match, Ashwin found dip and drift. Simultaneously, he cut out on the loose balls to earn a five-for and a hundred in the same Test for a second time, the most by an Indian. West Indies couldn't offer much resistance and folded in 78 overs, they only bettered that tally by 12.2 in the first innings.
Before Ashwin struck, Marlon Samuels and Rajendra Chandrika had managed to hold India up for 22 overs, which did frustrate India a little. Especially after an umpiring decision got India's goat. After Umesh Yadav had removed Darren Bravo in the first over of the morning - a repeat feeble push to a wide delivery from the first innings - Mohammed Shami, in his first over of the morning, hit Samuels' glove and offered a low chance to Wriddhiman Saha's left. The wicketkeeper claimed immediately.
Coach Anil Kumble, watching from the balcony, lifted his finger after the first replay. However, the replays - understandably not enough in terms of angles or quality for financial reasons - didn't return a verdict beyond reasonable doubt nor was there a soft signal made by the on-field umpires. So the benefit of that doubt went to Samuels. His bat obscured the front-on replay somewhat, and there was nothing else to go by. The third umpire erred on the side of caution.
Mohammed Shami bowled through the 2015 World Cup with a busted knee. By the end of it, he needed surgery, lost out on the IPL earnings and missed more than a year of international cricket. The BCCI compensated him for the loss of IPL money, a first such recorded instance. Once he was fit, Shami walked into the Test XI in Antigua, and showed why he might be a man worth looking after.
On a slow pitch where it looked difficult to dismiss batsmen who didn't play shots, Shami bowled with menace to take four wickets after which Umesh Yadav chipped in with a four-for of his own to make West Indies follow on 323 runs behind. In the follow-on, the other quick, Ishant Sharma got rid of Kraigg Brathwaite, a man known for quiet defiance who denied India for 218 balls in the first innings, in the first over.
The time away from the game was well spent from the looks of it. In his last Test series, Shami was guilty of offering leg-side runs when asked to bowl long spells. The coaches identified long strides in his run-up as the problem, a result of a huge workload in his first year with the Indian team. Shami came back with shorter strides, stayed at the batsmen for longer, provided fewer freebies, and took out the heart of the West Indies batting. A word of caution, though: West Indies, not the best going around, contributed to their dismissals.
The St Lucia Zouks have made it two Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) wins in two at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium thanks to the bowling of Sammy himself and runs from Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher. The win takes them to six points and makes qualification for the knockout stages for the first time in their history a real possibility for the St Lucian side.
Chasing just 138 to win Charles and Fletcher got the home side off to the best possible start. In the first 10 overs the openers managed 80 runs without losing a wicket. It was actually a quiet start until the ninth over that was delivered by Imran Khan. That one cost 17 runs as Johnson Charles smashed two sixes.
The Zouks lost Fletcher not long after that when he nicked a low catch through to Nicholas Pooran behind the stumps. Charles was joined by Shane Watson who could well have departed on 10 when he skied a catch off Ravi Rampaul that was well caught on the rope by Shoaib Malik. It was a no ball from Rampaul and Watson was reprieved.
A short rain delay shortened the chase by one over meaning that when play got back underway the Zouks needed 30 runs from 36 balls. It looked to be a cruise for the home team but the Tridents were given some hope when Charles went for 41 to the second ball after the resumption.