Sammy stunner eliminates Vikings, takes Kings a step closer to BPL final
Tue, Dec 6, '16
Darren Sammy's blistering knock of 55 runs from 27 balls led Rajshahi Kings to a three-wicket win over Chittagong Vikings, taking his team a step close to the summit clash of Bangladesh Premier League 2016. Courtesy this loss in the Eliminator played on Tuesday (December 6), Chittagong Vikings have been knocked out. Rajshahi Kings will now face the loser of the qualifier clash between Dhaka Dynamites and Khulna Titans.
In a match that changed course every half-quarter, anticipating a winner was as tough as it gets. Vikings had lost Dwayne Smith for a five-ball duck early in the first innings, but what followed was a brutal 74-run stand between Tamin Iqbal and Chris Gayle, who interestingly batted at number three in this game to allow Smith to open. Having carted two fours and five sixes in his 30-ball 44, Gayle spooned a slower delivery from James Franklin to long on, to allow Kings some control in the game.
Officials of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have taken a decision to reconcile their differences with T&T and West Indies batsman Darren Bravo. However, it will depend on the left-hander and if he’s willing to play his part.
A well-placed source close to the latest developments at the WICB has indicated to the Trinidad Guardian that the board’s officials are willing to provide counselling and career guidance for the player, who hails from Santa Cruz, in order to get his career back on track as quickly as possible.
According to the source: “The board has recognised that Bravo is a young man with immense cricketing talent but it believes he’s not dealing with issues in the right way at the moment. The source continued he (Bravo) has exhibited actions that are not in his best interests of his well-being and the sport. Imagine being sent home for disciplinary reasons and going ahead to post a tweet ‘home sweet home’.
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Anthony Alleyne and Rahkeem Cornwall are the top performers following the first three rounds in the Digicel Regional 4-Day Tournament. Alleyne, the Barbados Pride left-handed opener, has been the most prolific batsman so far with 443 runs from five innings in three matches at an average of 88.60. He entered the first break in the season with four successive scores of 50 runs or more, including a maiden first-class hundred of 186 against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the second round of matches at Queen’s Park Oval in the T&T capital of Port of Spain.
The 23-year-old Alleyne, a former West Indies Under-19 player, is the only batsman to aggregate more than 300 runs for the season – and only six others – including former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul – have reached the 200-run threshold.
Cornwall, the Leeward Islands Hurricanes off-spin bowling all-rounder, has been the most successful bowler so far with 19 wickets at an average of 23.68 runs apiece. The 23-year-old from Antigua & Barbuda has continued in the rich vein of form from the recent West Indies A-Team trip to Sri Lanka, where he was the visitors’ most successful bowler.
He has twice captured five wickets or more in an innings twice this season, including a best bowling performance of 6-82 against two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars in the second round of matches at Warner Park in the St. Kitts capital of Basseterre.
Former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards has suggested that suspended batsman Darren Bravo is being hounded for previous issues involving the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The Antiguan, who scored 8,540 runs in 121 Test matches at an average of 50.23, including 24 centuries, said there could be more to the story than meets the eyes. “I just believe that maybe, young Darren Bravo himself could be in that persecuting sort of a lane because of maybe, other stuff that was done with his brother (Dwayne) so it’s a long story,” Sir Viv said.
Bangladesh board to probe allegations of fixing in BPL
Wed, Nov 30, '16
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has launched a probe into allegations by a player that he was asked to fix matches during the latest Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 tournament. Rangpur Riders’ Jupiter Ghosh had alleged on Monday (November 28) that Sanuar Hossain, the team manager, had told him to fix match results just before the start of the tournament earlier this month. He claimed he was dropped from the team when he refused to comply. “The BCB is investigating complaints lodged by a cricketer of BPL 2016 franchise Rangpur Riders against an official of the same team,” the board said. “The BCB recognises that the allegations and counter allegations brought forward by the player and the official concerned, which includes breach of discipline and corrupt practice, are of serious nature.”