BARBADOS GO TOP, JAMAICA STILL WINLESS

Wed, Apr 26, '17

 

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, CMC – Barbados brushed aside Windward Islands to take control of the Women’s Regional Super50 while Trinidad and Tobago kept Jamaica winless, following the fourth round of the competition here Wednesday.

In a clash of the tournament’s two unbeaten teams, Barbados used their potent pace attack to good effect to set up a comfortable by six-wicket victory at Arnos Vale Stadium, and leapfrog their opponents to the top of the points standings.

Sent in, Windwards were restricted to 83 all out off 24.3 overs, with Nerissa Crafton getting 26 and Quiana Joseph, 25.

West Indies fast bowler Shamilia Connell extended her excellent form in the tournament by grabbing four for 15 from six overs while new-ball partner Shakera Selman, who also wears international colours, supported with two for 16.

The pair ripped the heart out of the Windwards with a devastating opening burst, reducing the innings to the strife of 15 for six in the 10th over before Crafton and Joseph put on a face-saving 58 for the eighth wicket.

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Five things Sabina taught us

Wed, Apr 26, '17

by GARTH WATTLEY

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For a change, let’s talk cricket. Not the politics of cricket mind you. The distinction needs to be made because so much of what we read and speak about these days is taking place away from the pitch. In the past week for instance, there was Darren Bravo’s decision to get legal with the West Indies Cricket Board in his now five-month long standoff with its president, Dave Cameron. And on the weekend, news leaked that Brian Lara wants one of the stands at the new Cricket Academy in Tarouba named after Sachin Tendulkar. Go back a little further, and there was Prime Minister Keith Rowley’s hijacking claim against what he called a clique within the WICB/Cricket West Indies and his assertion that, “unless there are drastic changes to the current arrangements, West Indies cricket will never get back to where we expect it to be.” I’ll sum up all of that by saying this: Blah, blah, blah!If it could take more than five months to settle matters over a tweet, then one has to wonder if the business of Bravo’s playing cricket for West Indies is really a priority for either the player or the WICB president. As for the Tendulkar Stand brouhaha, why people place such value on naming things after others is beyond me. 

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First Test Fallout

Wed, Apr 26, '17

 

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West Indies fined

West Indies has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the first Test in Jamaica, which Pakistan won by seven wickets on Tuesday.

Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Jason Holder’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

As such, Holder been fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while his players have received 10 per cent fines. If West Indies commits another minor over-rate breach in a Test within 12 months of this offence with Holder as captain, it will be deemed a second offence by Holder and he will face a suspension.

Holder pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Bruce Oxenford and fourth umpire Gregory Brathwaite.

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Holder, Dowrich and Gabriel among West Indies players to reach career-best rankings

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq has gained six slots to reach 20th position in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after the first Test against the West Indies in Kingston which his team won by seven wickets on Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Misbah, who along with former captain Younus Khan has announced that this will be his last Test series, notched unbeaten knocks of 99 and 12 to put himself in a position to further gain in the batsmen’s rankings, in which he attained a career-best sixth position in October 2013. Younus, a former top-ranked batsman, has maintained his eighth position with innings of 58 and six.

Among other Pakistan batsmen, Sarfraz Ahmed‘s first innings knock of 54 has seen him gain one place to move up to 24th position while Babar Azam has gained 14 places to reach 94th position after scores of 72 and nine not out.

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Pacers, Yasir spur Pakistan to victory

Tue, Apr 25, '17

 

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Pakistan took a giant stride towards winning their first-ever Test series in the Caribbean, after an efficient bowling performance helped ease to seven-wicket win in Kingston. After Yasir Shah's six-for in the second innings left Pakistan chasing 32, Misbah-ul-Haq, who walked in at the fall of Younis Khan's wicket with the side needing eight, hit two successive sixes to complete the formalities.

Pakistan, emboldened by pushing West Indies to a tight corner last evening, spent the morning session closing in. They picked up six wickets for 59 as West Indies, resuming 93 for 4, were bowled out for 152.

Misbah was in no mood to experiment, getting his two best bowlers - Mohammad Amir and Yasir Shah - into the attack straight away. At perhaps no stage of the Test did a wicket look as imminent as it did in the first 10 overs. Amir tormented nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo with an unwavering line outside off stump. Or perhaps it was the other way round, as Bishoo kept missing, somehow managing to keep his outside edge from making contact with the ball.

 

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Pakistan eye win as Shah strong, Misbah left on 99

Tue, Apr 25, '17

 

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Yasir Shah ripped through the top order of the West Indies second innings in the final session of another long day to put Pakistan on course for victory at the end of the fourth day of the first Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Monday.

After captain Misbah ul Haq became just the sixth batsman in Test history to be left stranded on 99 not out as Pakistan were dismissed for 407 in their first innings, the hosts, trailing by 121 runs, were reduced to 93 for four at stumps with Shah taking all four wickets.

They go into the final day needing another 28 runs to erase the first innings deficit with the pair of nightwatchman, Devendra Bishoo and debutant Vishaul Singh, expected to be under immense pressure, especially from the rampant leg-spinner, when play gets underway on a wearing pitch on the final morning.

 

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