The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force crashed to their fifth loss of the season yesterday, leaving skipper Kyle Hope again lamenting the under-performance of his batsmen.Set 229 to beat the Jamaica Scorpions at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, the home team were dismissed for 141 to hand the visitors an 87-run victory.Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller seemed to have intimidated the Red Force batsmen who were unsure how to deal the top wicket-taker in the Regional four-day competition.Miller, with figures of 4-39 when the Red Force were dismissed for 174 in the first innings, grabbed his 26th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket yesterday, grabbing five for 45 yesterday as the hosts crashed to 141 all out.
BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC — Former West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford was leading a one-man assault against Leeward Islands Hurricanes, as he pushed his Windward Islands Volcanoes to the brink of victory in their eighth round contest here Sunday. The 34-year-old claimed six for 78 to send Hurricanes tumbling for 240 in their first innings after the hosts resumed the penultimate day on 135 for four at Warner Park. Forced to follow on by 300 runs, Hurricanes once again came under pressure from Shillingford as he picked up both wickets to leave them on 105 for two — still requiring a further 195 runs to avoid an innings defeat. Opener Montcin Hodge was leading the fightback for Hurricanes on an unbeaten 51 from 145 balls with six fours. He put on 46 for the first wicket with captain Kieran Powell who made 17 before shouldering arms to Shillingford and having his stumps shattered.
In a nutshell For arguably the two most volatile sides in world cricket, this was a rare predictable day as Pakistan eased to a six-wicket win over the West Indies at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. Pakistan won the toss, bowled first and stifled the hosts with spin. Chasing 112, Pakistan, as if to stay true to their reputation, lost three top three cheaply, before Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam took control of the chase and steered them home. The game was dominated by its youngest player: 18-year old Pakistan legspinner Shadab Khan who enjoyed a debut that bordered on the surreal. He took three wickets with his first eight balls in international cricket as West Indies slumped to 49 for 6. Carlos Brathwaite and Kieron Pollard came together, and two of the game's most fearsome hitters were forced to play a consolidating role. Brathwaite managed to inject some momentum in the closing overs, but all that ensured was his sidejust about managed to get to three figures. Pakistan weren't authoritative in response, with Kamran Akmal and Ahmd Shehzad reminding everyone why they have spent long stints in international wilderness. However, with the asking rate never rising above six, West Indies' spirited display in the field merely delayed the inevitable.
Needing 230 to avoid an innings defeat, Guyana Jaguars, following-on, were 119-3 and fighting for survival at the end of the third day of their eighth round contest against Barbados Pride in the Digicel Regional Four-Day match at the Kensington Oval yesterday. A well played 77 by 26-year-old Keeper Anthony Bramble and a carefully constructed 50 from Shiv Chanderpaul added 106 for sixth wicket to lift the Jaguars from 133-5 before the last five wicket tumbled for 11 runs in 8.4 overs as they fell for 250 in 89.2 overs in reply to the 480-3 declared made by the Pride. Raymon Reifer (31) who shared a 47-run fifth wicket stand with Chanderpaul, was the only other batsman to reach 25. The 26-year-old Miguel Cummins registered his ninth five-wicket haul (5-41) and was supported by off-spinner Roston Chase (4-46) and by the close the Jaguars in their second innings were fighting back on 119-3 with Chanderpaul (30) and Vishaul Singh (14) at the crease with the Jaguars still 111 runs behind.
Trinidad&Tobago vs Jamaica
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC — Fabian Allen lashed an aggressive half-century in his first match of the season and second in first class cricket, to help Jamaica Scorpions keep their noses in front on day two of their eighth round game against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force here Saturday. After eking out a small 27-run first innings lead, Scorpions found themselves stumbling badly on 66 for five in their second innings at Queen’s Park Oval before the 21-year-old arrived at the crease to pummel a top score of 60 of 68 balls, and help lift the visitors to 172 for seven at the close — an overall lead of 199 runs heading into Sunday’s third day. Allen blasted five fours and four sixes as he posted his maiden first class half-century but more importantly, put on 65 for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Devon Thomas who made 38.
BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Mar 25, CMC — Sunil Ambris’s monumental double hundred ensured Windward Islands Volcanoes took full honours for the second straight day of their eighth round game in the Regional four-day championship at Warner Park.
The 24-year-old right-hander, resuming from his overnight 155 not out, carved out a splendid career-best 231 as Volcanoes piled up a mammoth 540 in their first innings on day two here Saturday.
Windies 13-man squad for first and second T20s vs Pakistan
Sat, Mar 25, '17
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Selection Panel announced the 13-man squad for first and second Twenty20 Internationals against Pakistan.
The World T20 champions will play the series-opener against the visitors on Sunday at Kensington Oval in Barbados. From there the series moves to Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.
First ball in all matches is 12:30pm (11:30am Jamaica Time).
FULL SQUAD 26. Carlos Brathwaite (Captain) 77. Samuel Badree 98. Jason Holder 17. Evin Lewis 93. Jason Mohammed 74. Sunil Narine 55. Kieron Pollard 52. Rovman Powell 7. Marlon Samuels 54. Lendl Simmons 75. Jerome Taylor 57. Chadwick Walton 60. Kesrick Williams
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC — Shai Hope’s second career first class double hundred battered Guyana Jaguars and left them fighting to remain afloat in their eighth round Regional four-day championship game against Barbados Pride here Friday.
The 23-year-old Hope piled up a career-best unbeaten 215 as Pride, starting the second day at Kensington Oval on 293 for two, declared on an imposing 480 for three in their first innings.
Part-time off-spinner Roston Chase then picked up two wickets as Jaguars stumbled to the close on 119 for four, still 361 runs adrift of their target.
The Jamaica Scorpions were aggressive and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, tentative. However, both teams struggled for runs on the opening day of their regional four-day encounter at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, yesterday.Sent in to bat, the Scorpions were dismissed for 201. It could have been less were it not for a last wicket stand worth 51, between Derval Green and Marquino Mindley, which kept the hosts in the field until tea.The Red Force closed the day on 79 for three, still trailing by 122 runs, having lost three top-order batsmen before skipper Hope and Yannic Cariah came together to see the hosts to stumps without further damage.