Forget Mitchell Johnson, remember when West Indies truly ruled by pace

Mon, Aug 3, '15

 

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Geoff Miller, erstwhile Derbyshire and England off-spinner, national selector and wonderful raconteur, tells a terrific story of the time he was in the England party that toured the Caribbean in the spring of 1981.

It was the net session before the third Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados and the two teams were practising alongside one another. Miller watched as the West Indies gun batsmen, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Viv Richards and Clive Lloyd, had a bat against the top bowlers, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding (who a few days later was to deliver to Geoffrey Boycott perhaps the most famous over of all), Joel Garner and Colin Croft, and when done the octet retreated to the dressing room leaving Larry Gomes, next on the list, to warm up against the Bajan net bowlers brought in for the day.

Easy? The net bowlers, according to Miller, were Malcolm Marshall, Wayne Daniel, Sylvester Clarke and Ezra Moseley, a quartet which would compete strongly with any fielded in the history of the game – such riches. And players now are worried of the damage that can be caused by just one bowler of high pace in Mitchell Johnson.

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RAMDIN WAS NOT AXED

Mon, Aug 3, '15

 

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Contrary to reports in some circles experienced wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin was not dropped from the West Indies team for the proposed tour of Zimbabwe. According to information reaching CMC Sports, the 30-year-old Test captain was indeed picked in the squad which was due to play a tri-nation series with the hosts (Zimbabwe) and Pakistan. But the tournament was subsequently cancelled after Pakistan withdrew from the originally proposed dates of August 20 to September 3. The matches were to be played in Harare and Bulawayo.

 

read more at Trinidad Express

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Guyana repeat as regional U-19 cricket champions

Mon, Aug 3, '15

 

WI U-19

HOST Jamaica failed in their bid to dethrone Guyana in the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Under-19 Cricket Championship after going down by four wickets at Manchester High School yesterday.

Despite a composed knock of 92 by wicketkeeper/batsman Jevoy Spence, which comprised nine boundaries and two sixes, Jamaica failed to get enough runs on the board, and a lack of composure when fielding later led to their downfall.

Scores: Jamaica 245-6 (50 overs); Guyana 250-6 (46 overs).

 

read more at Jamaica Observer

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“West Indies could win ICC World T-20 in India in 2016!”

Sun, Aug 2, '15

by COLIN CROFT

Commentary

West Indies could win ICC’s next World T-20 tournament, to be held in India in March and April 2016, but that win would depend on many computations and selections.
I had also predicted, boasted even, during R. Allen Stanford’s 2008 T-20 tournament, that WI not only should, but would win World T-20 2012, as even by 2008, it was patently obvious that the T-20 format was best suited for our players and offered better possibilities for further WI success.
So, WI’s last international tournament win in 2012 at WT-20 in Sri Lanka did not surprise me. Oh, I have proof of that prediction too!
Also, by 2008, despite stalwarts Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Ramnaresh Sarwan, WI cricket had descended into being an international joke, with batsmen being selected to play Tests for WI without even one first-class century, while others seemed incapable of thinking through any game that lasted even one day.

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Regional U19 Final Round Results, and Points Table

Fri, Jul 31, '15

 

WI U-19

CANADA vs GUYANA

Canada 138 all out (34.1 overs), Guyana 142 for 6 (27.2 overs)

Result: Guyana Under-19s won by 4 wickets
Points: Guyana Under-19s 6.8 (6 for victory + 0.8 for fast bowling wickets), Canada 0


LEEWARDS vs TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

Lewward Islands 235 for 9 (50 overs) Trindad & Tobago Did not bat due to wet conditions

Result: No-result

Points: Trinidad & Tobago 2.1 (2 for no-result + 0.1 fast bowling points), Leewards 2 (2 for no-result)


BARBADOS vs JAMAICA

Barbados 212 all out (47 overs) Jamaica 252 all out

result Jamaica won by 39 runs.

Under 19 Points Table

Team                                Points

Guyana                                 32.0
Jamaica                                27.5
Trinidad & Tobago                 22.6

Windward Islands                 20.3
Leeward Islands                    15.9
Barbados                              14.9
Canada                                  7.1


Guyana and Jamaica advance to Sunday's Final at Manchester High School

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