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Hinds banned! J’can skipper out till year-end for alleged verbal abuse of umps

Posted by Dresonic on August 5, 2007

HINDS… allegedly verbally abused officials in Super Cup match

Wavell Hinds, Jamaica’s senior cricket captain, has been banned for the remainder of this calendar year after being found guilty of breaching the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) disciplinary code during a Super Cup match June 23-24.

Information reaching the Sunday Observer is that during the game involving the Hinds-led Kensington Cricket Club and Trelawny Parish at Kensington Park, Hinds allegedly verbally abused the officials.

On-field umpires Errington Malcolm and Desmond Edwards subsequently filed an official complaint. On Friday, July 27, the Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Justice Howard Cooke and including attorneys Jeffrey Mordecai and Dr Lloyd Barnett; former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Tony Irons; and the informal chaplin of the Jamaica Cricket Association, Rev Selvin Watson, found the 30-year-old Hinds guilty of an infringement.

Hinds, who missed last weekend’s game against Manchester Parish, has the right to an appeal, which must be filed “within 14 days”, according to Paul Campbell, first vice-president of the JCA. However, the local governing body has yet to receive an appeal from the player.

When contacted by the Sunday Observer, the JCA’s Honorary Secretary Milton Henry would not confirm or deny Hinds’ ban, but conceded “there was a hearing” on July 27, involving the player.

Hinds could not be reached for a comment.
The duration of the ban, if an expected appeal is unsuccessful, could significantly affect the stuttering career of the left-handed batsman, who last represented the West Indies in the triangular One-Day International series against Australia in India in November 2006.

With the regional cricket season tentatively set to begin later this year (October) Hinds would be ineligible for selection to the national team until next January, should the ban stand.

The ban would leave the national selectors with no option but to replace Hinds as Jamaica captain – a job he has held for the past three seasons. West Indies opener and close friend Chris Gayle who led West Indies to a surprise 2-1 One-Day International Series win over England in that country last month, and Tamar Lambert who has led Jamaica with success on occasions, are the likely contenders to replace Hinds as Jamaica captain.

Additionally, the former Camperdown High School star could also miss an opportunity to play in the Stanford Twenty20 tournament, as the Ruddy Williams-led selection panel may opt for a player who is in-form and match-ready for the January-February tournament.

Hinds’ absence is a major blow to his club Kensington, which began the defence of their domestic one-day title last weekend on a losing note.

Kensington have struggled in the two-day version of game this season – despite Hinds being one of the leading runscorers in the Super Cup competition – and have been relegated from the top flight for the second time in three years.

Meantime, it has been confirmed that Marvin James and Ricardo Howe of Police were slapped with one-match suspensions by the Disciplinary Committee after they were also found guilty of breaching the disciplinary code of the JCA during their July 7-8 Red Stripe Senior Cup match against Clarendon at Garvey Maceo High School.

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Lara bids Adieu!

Posted by Dresonic on April 21, 2007

 Capacity crowd set for master batsman’s departure

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Strangely enough, organisers are expecting a full house for the last World Cup Super Eight match between West Indies and England today at Kensington Oval which has absolutely no significance in the outcome of the competition.

West Indies captain Brian Lara raises his bat while leaving the nets during a training session at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, yesterday. (Photo: AP)

The lines outside ticket centres in the Barbados capital were lengthy, and a match that promised very little since both teams have failed to reach the semi-finals will provide the backdrop for a grand farewell for two loyal servants of the game.

The retirement from international cricket of West Indies captain Brian Lara and influential England coach Duncan Fletcher will take centre stage when the two teams meet.
West Indies coach Bennett King spoke glowingly about Lara’s contribution to the game.

He labelled the batting superstar as “a genius”, and said he will be sorely missed from the international arena.
“He’s a genius,” King said. He’s a person who can hit balls in virtually any area of the field off the same sort of ball.
“He could do things that other people couldn’t. He was very resilient. He always stayed on the field, hardly ever comes off. He was a tough cricketer. His mental fortitude was amongst the best I’ve seen.”

King felt that Lara sometimes could be a little different to what people think with his tactics.
“With the side that we’ve got and the skills we’ve got, we have to try different things,” King said.
“Generally, it’s very hard for us to take some wickets or create opportunities to win. He was prepared to take the risk, and I always encouraged him to take a risk.

“We’re losing a wonderful cricketer, a cricketer who brought people through the turnstiles. We don’t want to create robots and certainly he was one of a kind.”

King described his relationship with Lara as “good”, despite they did not always see eye-to-eye.
“As coach, sometimes you have to speak firmly, and as captain, he speaks firmly back,” he said.

“Generally speaking, we had a good relationship. I’d certainly invite him to dinner, and I’d hope he’d invite me.
“He is something to see. He hasn’t got a Test average of 52 for nothing. He’s done it in adverse situations, most of the times when our backs are to the wall. He’s come out fighting. It’s just a wonderful trait he’s got.”

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Lankans aim to stop Aussies for semis berth

Posted by Dresonic on April 16, 2007

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Sri Lanka will aim to halt Australia’s juggernaut and secure their semi-final spot when the two teams meet in their Cricket World Cup, Super 8 match today at the National Stadium here.

After losing their opening second round match to South Africa, Sri Lanka have rattled off three successive wins but meet an Australian team who are unbeaten in the tournament and who have become increasingly ruthless as the competition has worn on.

Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Vaas (left) bowls in the nets yesterday ahead of today’s Super Eight Cricket World Cup match against Australia in St George’s, Grenada. (Photo: AP)

Sri Lanka’s Australian coach Tom Moody told reporters yesterday that his side would be gunning for full points against the Aussies but would be sticking to their natural style of cricket.
“From our personal point of view it would be great to win tomorrow (today) and continue the momentum that we have had so far in this tournament,” Moody told reporters.

“We [will] concentrate on our brand of cricket and don’t try to chase Australia’s style. They play a unique style which has been successful and admired by all the cricketing world.
“But what has made Sri Lanka successful is concentrating on our brand of cricket and that’s what we’ll be bringing to the game tomorrow.”

He continued: “Australia is playing a power game at the moment. They have got a very, very strong batting line-up that’s led at the front with Hayden and Gilchrist who play a power game up front. Most teams, if at all, have one player that plays that role, they have a couple.
“They also have the depth of fast bowling and with Watson fit, [they have] the all-round option in the middle order so the way they are playing their cricket is slightly different from Sri Lanka and most other teams.”

Fast bowler Lasith Malinga, one of the tournament’s leading wicket-takers, will sit out his second successive match as Sri Lanka’s team management are not yet ready to risk the right-armer after recently recovering from an ankle injury.
Australia’s captain Ricky Ponting acknowledged Sri Lanka’s deadly bowling attack and said the key to winning would be to avoid losing early wickets. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ireland stun Bangladesh by 74 runs

Posted by Dresonic on April 16, 2007

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Ireland batted competently, then bowled and fielded purposefully to complete a stunning 74-run victory over Bangladesh in their World Cup Super 8 match here yesterday.

Ireland successfully defended a target of 244, when they dismissed Bangladesh for 169 in 41.2 overs to earn a morale-boosting two points in the Super Eight stage.
Fittingly, Ireland captain Trent Johnston completed the rout, when he bowled Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar for 32.
Bangladesh’s batsmen badly let them down, and apart from Bashar, only Mohammad Ashraful (35) and Tamim Iqbal (29) showed any measure of resistance.

Ireland’s players celebrate their 74-run victory over Bangladesh in the Cricket World Cup Super 8s match at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, yesterday. (Photo: AP)

Kyle McCallan, Dave Langford-Smith, Johnston, and Boyd Rankin, all collected two wickets apiece in a memorable victory for Ireland, an ICC Associate side over the Test-playing Bangladeshis.
Ireland bravely chose to bat on another lively Kensington Oval pitch and posted a respectable 243 for seven from their allocation of 50 overs.

William Porterfield hit the top score of 85 off 136 balls which earned him the Man-of-the-Match award.
Porterfield shared 92 for the first wicket with Jeremy Bray, who scored 31, and Kevin O’Brien made 48 and Trent Johnston got 30 in a late flurry to beef up the Ireland total.
Mashrafe Mortaza was the most successful Bangladesh bowler with two wickets for 38 runs from his allotment of 10 overs.
Then Boyd Rankin got the breakthrough in the seventh over for Ireland, when opener Shahriar Nafees was caught behind for seven top-edging a hook. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lara to be axed by WICB

Posted by Dresonic on April 16, 2007

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) “is set to axe Brian Lara as captain of the West Indies team”, and ahead of the forthcoming tour of England this summer, according to a report published in today’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper in England.

Written by Scyld Berry, the report, which is contrary to the latest defence of Lara as captain by the WICB’s president Ken Gordon, states:

“Hanging by a thread in the next few days is the career of Brian Lara, the West Indies captain and world record-holding batsman. Unless the West Indies selectors have a change of heart, Lara will not be touring England this summer or anywhere else again…”
Lara, who last week publicly apologised for the very poor performances by the West Indies team in the current Cricket World Cup, has already announced that beyond the coming two remaining matches, he has no intention of playing any longer in One-Day Internationals (ODIs).

The first of the two remaining matches for the West Indies in the Super Eights segment of the tournament takes place at Kensington Oval on Thursday against Bangladesh.
According to the Sunday Telegraph’s report, Lara was “never selected to be West Indies captain for this World Cup”.
It claims that “selectors who know their stuff – Gordon Greenidge, Clyde Butts and Andy Roberts – chose Ramnaresh Sarwan, the Guyanese former prodigy, who has enough about him to begin the long process of regeneration… Read the rest of this entry »

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World Cup failure a big blow, says Lara

Posted by Dresonic on April 12, 2007

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Under-fire West Indies captain Brian Lara said Tuesday his side’s failed World Cup campaign was a big blow to him personally and again signalled his intention to retire from One-Day Internationals after the tournament.

The embattled 37-year old, who recently indicated his plans to quit One-Day cricket once again, stopped short of discussing his retirement plans but said he would deal with the issue after the Windies campaign was over.

“I’m going to be in the World Cup for the next two games and I’m not here to talk about that part of it (his future),” Lara told reporters. “At the end of the World Cup is maybe the best time to speak.”

Lara, who had quit One-Day cricket a year ago but returned after being appointed captain for the third time, has already said he wants to continue playing Test cricket while opting out of the abbreviated form of the game.

The record holder for the highest scores in Test and first-class cricket said the team’s failed campaign had been a huge blow to him personally as he had harboured thoughts of playing in the advance stages of the tournament.

“It’s definitely a huge disappointment [for me]. It’s a situation where you are playing your last few one-dayers and you hope that you can end up in a World Cup finals or semi-finals or something like that,” Lara lamented.

“For me, I’m hugely disappointed but I have had a very fruitful career, I’ve enjoyed playing for West Indies in the one-day arena and will continue to enjoy it for the next couple of games. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lara still harbouring semi-final thoughts

Posted by Dresonic on April 2, 2007

windies.jpgGEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – West Indies captain Brian Lara is clutching onto hopes of a semi-final spot in Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007 in spite of his side’s dismal form in the Super-8 series and precarious position in the standings.

West Indies crashed to their third consecutive loss in the CWC second-round Sunday when Sri Lanka whipped them by 113 runs at the Guyana National Stadium at Providence.

With only two points and needing to make the top four to advance, West Indies are a low sixth in the eight-team standings, although they have played more games than all the other teams.

“I am an eternal optimist,” Lara told reporters at Sunday’s post-match press conference.

“We’ve got to pick up and fight because you never know what can happen,” he added.

The beleaguered Windies, who have not tasted a CWC victory since leaving Jamaica where they won all three games in the first round, have three matches remaining.
They play next on Tuesday April 10 against World No 1 South Africa in Grenada, before playing Bangladesh and England.

“We’re going to have a couple of days off and re-assess the situation. We have to be sure we are fresh for the last three matches,” Lara said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Scotland Yard cops arrive for Bob Woolmer murder probe

Posted by Dresonic on April 2, 2007

Four Scotland Yard detectives, led by Superintendent John Sweeney, arrived in the island yesterday to assist local cops probing the murder of former Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer.

The four detectives from Scotland Yard’s Specialist Crime Directorate will be briefed by Deputy Commissioner Mark Shields, who is heading local investigations into Woolmer’s March 18 murder.

Days after Woolmer’s naked body was found in room 374 on the 12th floor of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Shields had announced that overseas assistance would be sought if local police deemed it necessary.

Yesterday, he insisted that the Scotland Yard sleuths were not here because local cops were incapable of handling the probe.

“This is normal procedure, we have to start retracing our steps to see if we left anything out,” Shields said.

Shields also dismissed reports in the British media that Woolmer downed a bottle of whisky in his room on March 18 during the hours after Pakistan’s humiliating loss to Ireland and the time he was found by a housekeeper. Read the rest of this entry »

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West Indies’ World Cup disasters deal a blow to fragile Caribbean cricket

Posted by Dresonic on April 2, 2007

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) – It didn’t look as though Brian Lara had lost a cricket match. It was as if he had lost much more.

The West Indies, that most artificial of geographical groupings based loosely on former British colonies, had just lost their third World Cup match in a row, breaking the hearts of a region that is used to decades of cricket supremacy.
The fact that the World Cup was being staged in the Caribbean for the first time did not help either.

In most countries, such a failure might result in the captain or the coach being fired along with the selectors.

But in the Caribbean, the very future of West Indies cricket is at stake. The sport is under pressure from the growing American influence of basketball and the global pull of soccer.

Cricket is simply not the number one choice for young Caribbean sports fans anymore.

West Indies cricket officials had hoped the World Cup would rekindle interest in the sport in the Caribbean. But the murder investigation into death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer in Jamaica and the poor performance of the home team have cast a pall over the tournament.

Lara’s team was hammered by 103 runs by Australia, seven wickets by New Zealand and 113 runs by Sri Lanka. These results are unacceptable to West Indies fans, knives are already out and recriminations have started.

Colin Croft, one of the seemingly endless chain of pace bowlers once produced by the West Indies in the 1970s and 80s, said Sunday’s toothless loss against Sri Lanka was embarrassing. “The West Indies cricket team, based on what I saw yesterday, is in a very bad state overall,” he wrote in the country’s main newspaper The Guyana Chronicle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Windies fined for slow over rate

Posted by Dresonic on April 2, 2007

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – West Indies have been fined for a slow over rate during their 113-run loss to Sri Lanka in their Cricket World Cup, Super Eight match Sunday.

The regional side were two overs short of the target at the scheduled finish of the Sri Lanka innings, match referee Jeff Crowe said.

In accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct regulations governing over-rate penalties for players, captain Brian Lara has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while the other players have received 10 per cent fines.

Sri Lanka condemned West Indies to their third straight loss in the Super Eight by raising 303 for five off 50 overs and then dismissing the hosts for 190 in 44.3 overs.

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323 FOR VICTORY!

Posted by Dresonic on March 28, 2007

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St Peter’s, Antigua – West Indies pacer Daren Powell (right) reacts to a false shot from Australia’s Matthew Hayden during their Super 8 match at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium yesterday. (Photo: AP)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (AFP) – Matthew Hayden’s commanding innings of 158 left world champions Australia in a strong position against hosts West Indies before rain forced the opening Super Eight match of this World Cup into a second day.

Hayden’s record-breaking display was the centrepiece of Australia’s 322 for six after they’d lost the toss.

But rain, which had been falling steadily during the Australia innings, meant the West Indies’ reply never got started in the first major match staged at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
The match will be resumed at 9:30 am local time today with the hosts chasing 323 to win off 50 overs.

Earlier, Hayden produced one of the great World Cup innings, providing a master class in how to pace a big score after taking 18 balls to get off the mark following West Indies captain Brian Lara’s decision to field first in overcast conditions.

His hundred, his second in as many matches, was the highest score by an Australian at the World Cup, surpassing the 143 not out made by Andrew Symonds four years ago against Pakistan in Johannesburg, and the ninth best in the history of the tournament.

This innings came after Hayden’s 101 in the 83-run win against South Africa on Saturday.

It was also the 35-year-old left-handed opener’s third hundred in as many one-day internationals against Test nations following his Australian record 181 not out against New Zealand last month in Hamilton. Read the rest of this entry »

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Big test for Windies

Posted by Dresonic on March 27, 2007

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Hosts West Indies will face perhaps their sternest test to date in the 2007 Cricket World Cup when they clash with world champions Australia in the first match of the Super Eights at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here today.
Both teams finished the group stage with perfect records and are focusing on extending that success into the all-important second round.

West Indies’ cricket captain Brian Lara bats in the nets during a practice session at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in St John’s, Antigua, yesterday. West Indies will play Australia in the first match of the Super Eights round of the Cricket World Cup today. (Photo: AP)

“For us it’s important. Both teams already advanced with two points after beating the other qualifier and Australia will of course start as favourites tomorrow (Tuesday) and will continue as favourites until the exit the tournament or win the tournament,” West Indies captain Brian Lara told a media conference yesterday.

“So for us it’s a huge game. We have had some success against them in the recent past. We know it’s going to be tough, Australia’s never-say-die attitude will always be present and we are going to work hard to make sure we get the better of them.”
Ponting earlier labelled the West Indies as “dangerous”, noting they were a very good One-Day side.
Lara played down the compliment, pointing out that Australia were playing at their best and his team needed to match the defending champions’ skills.

“That’s good. It’s nice to know that he considers us dangerous. I still think that we have got a lot of work to do to match the skills of the Australian team consistently,” Lara said.
“We have beaten them in the past. They are more than dangerous if you want to put it that way. If the West Indies are dangerous they are more than dangerous.

“They are playing at their best and I can tell by the way they are playing that they are here to make a hat-trick of wins. You have got to respect that. They are very confident with their ability.
“But it’s nice to know they consider us dangerous. I hope that they do of the entire 15 players because that’s what we are trying to create – a lot more dangerous players.”

He added: “I’m pretty confident we are going to do well in this tournament. It’s not about being giant killers. This tournament has still got a month left and it is important for us to take each game at a time and don’t get over confident if we get a win tomorrow, just go on and execute.”

Ponting said the match-up at the venue, named after Antigua & Barbuda’s only living national hero and former West Indies captain and master-batsman, will be a special one for CWC 2007.
“Once again it is another very exciting game in this World Cup. The West Indies are a very dangerous team. They are on home soil. They should know these conditions better than anybody else. They will have great support all round the Caribbean,” said Ponting, who is just two runs away from completing 1000 in CWC.

“Every step you take in this tournament it becomes more and more exciting and Tuesday, once again, is going to be one of our biggest games in the World Cup.”
While both teams are expected to announce the final XI before the start of game, West Indies are likely to replace left-arm seamer Ian Bradshaw with medium-pacer Corey Collymore who missed the last game.
Australia are expected to retain the line-up that beat World number one South Africa convincingly in their final Group A match on Saturday.

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3 Pakistanis quizzed a second time

Posted by Dresonic on March 25, 2007

Police say they found inconsistencies in initial statements

Jamaican police probing the murder of Bob Woolmer yesterday said that three senior members of the Pakistan cricket delegation were questioned a second time after minor inconsistencies showed up in their initial statements.

The three – team manager Talat Ali, assistant coach Mushtaq Ahmed, and captain Inzamam-ul-Haq – were interrogated in Montego Bay yesterday afternoon, a few hours before they boarded a flight to London.

 

At a press conference called at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, where Woolmer was killed a week ago, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark Shields said the interrogation was standard procedure and didn’t mean any of the three were suspects in the murder.

“This is a serious murder investigation, we have to plug all leaks,” Shields said.
The revelation threw cold water on reports that circulated earlier in the day that two Pakistani cricketers had been detained by local police in connection with the murder of the Pakistan team coach.

Even though the Pakistan team and officials have been allowed to leave the island, it does not mean that they have been ruled out as possible murder suspects, Shields said.
“There is no extradition treaty between Jamaica and Pakistan, but we trust that the Pakistan Government will co-operate on this issue,” Shields told the Sunday Observer minutes after the press conference.

Pakistani diplomat Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri (right) and Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark Shields leave a news conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston yesterday. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

Pakistani diplomats, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri and Said Ahmed, who flew into the island yesterday morning, are here to assist the Jamaican Government with their investigations into the high-profile murder, which has attracted the attention of media houses around the globe.
The two join team trainer Murray Stevenson, and Pakistan Cricket Board operations manager Asad Mustafa, who will stay in the island until a coroner’s inquest is completed and Woolmer’s body is released to his family. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ja grab innings points

Posted by Dresonic on February 7, 2007

ja_grab_innings_points__1.jpgNain, St Elizabeth – Jamaica took first-innings points, but thanks to a sensational last-wicket partnership, Trinidad & Tobago fought back from the brink of disaster to a position of parity on day two of their final round Carib Beer Series clash at the Alpart Sports Club yesterday.

At 139-9 in mid afternoon, the Trinidadians replying to Jamaica’s 254 seemed doomed to a large first-innings deficit.
But No 10 batsman Dave Mohammed, who hit an unbeaten career-best 74, and last man Amit Jaggernauth (25), shared a last-wicket stand of 97 in 100 minutes to carry the visitors to 236 all out – within 19 of overhauling the Jamaican total.

Fastbowler Ravi Rampaul then removed Lorenzo Ingram (4) in late afternoon before the umpires offered bad light at 4:32 with 17 scheduled overs remaining and Jamaica 26-1.
That leaves the Jamaicans, who must win this game while denying the opposition any points in order to reach the Carib Beer Challenge Final, with a second-innings lead of 44 with nine wickets standing.

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First-innings centurion Brenton Parchment, not out 19 – dropped at 0 by Kieron Pollard at second slip off Rampaul – will resume today on 19 with Danza Hyatt, three, on a pitch that was reasonably good yesterday, despite a cracked surface.

The Jamaicans should have been blaming themselves last night for the extent of the Trinidad & Tobago recovery as Mohammed was dropped three times, at 29, 59, and 65.
By the time the innings ended, the 27-year-old left-hander, who is a good enough batsman to average 32.14 in five Tests with a highest score of 52, had hit eight fours and two sixes off 89 balls. Read the rest of this entry »

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Parchment’s ton helps Ja to 254

Posted by Dresonic on February 6, 2007

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Nain, St Elizabeth – Opener Brenton Parchment, who has so often flattered only to deceive, came good yesterday with his second first-class century, but Jamaica were restricted to 254 by defending champions Trinidad and Tobago on day one of their crucial Carib Beer Series fixture at Alpart Sports Club.

Fast bowler Jermaine Lawson then made sure play ended on a high for Jamaica, scattering the middle and off stumps of Lendl Simmons (8) in the final act of an enthralling day.
That left Trinidad and Tobago, still with an outside chance of winning the Carib Beer league and needing only a draw to reach the Challenge Final, on 10-1 from 3.2 overs.
Sixteen-year-old batting sensation Adrian Barath will resume today on one.

The stylish 24-year-old, right-handed Parchment was for the most part impeccable in his shot selection, while holding the Jamaica innings together with his career-best 111 before being ninth out in late afternoon.

By then Parchment, who hails from Great Bay in South-West St Elizabeth, and is a past student of the St Elizabeth Technical High School, had counted two sixes and 10 fours in his chanceless 195-ball knock. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bad day for Windies

Posted by Dresonic on February 1, 2007

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VADODARA, India (CMC) – The little master Sachin Tendulkar stroked his 41st One-Day International ton and helped steer India to a massive 160-run victory over West Indies in the last game of the four-match pre-Cricket World Cup series yesterday.

 Sent to bat, the Indians piled up 341-3 off 50 overs and West Indies never threatened the target, crashing to 181 all out off 41.4 overs in reply at the IPCL Sports Complex Ground.

The emphatic triumph, a huge boost in their build-up for CWC 2007 in the Caribbean in March and April, gave India the series, 3-1.

Predictably, Tendulkar was named man-of-the-match, and he also collected the man-of-the-series prize after leading his team’s batting average at 63.6.

Set a daunting 342 to win, West Indies slipped to 32-2 and never mounted a serious challenge throughout their innings.

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Samuels stars in Windies’ victory

Posted by Dresonic on January 28, 2007

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CHENNAI, India (CMC) – Marlon Samuels fell two runs short of a hundred and captain Brian Lara hammered a typically fluent half-century, but West Indies were forced to survive some anxious moments at the end before pulling off a three-wicket victory over India in their third One-Day International of the four-match series yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shocking defeat! Jamaica lose low-scoring game after batting collapse

Posted by Dresonic on January 26, 2007

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Nain, St Elizabeth – At 39-0 in the 11th over, chasing defending champion Guyana’s 163, Jamaica seemed set for a comfortable hand ride to victory.

But as the fair-sized crowd watched in amazement, the Jamaicans squandered all 10 wickets for 74 runs in 30 overs, as Guyana, bowling with discipline and fielding like tigers, romped to their first KFC limited overs win of the season – by all of 40 runs.

Scores in the game played on a sluggish pitch at the Alpart Sports Club, Guyana 163 in 41 overs, Jamaica 123 in 41 overs and two balls.

For the Guyanese who desperately needed to win to salvage their season after dropping out of contention in the four-day Carib Beer tournament, the hero was 17-year-old man-of-the-match Veerasammy Permaul. Read the rest of this entry »

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Windies lose 2nd one-dayer

Posted by Dresonic on January 25, 2007

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CUTTACK, India (AFP) – India’s spinners stopped a tense run chase by the depleted West Indies here yesterday to help the hosts take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jamaica face Guyana today

Posted by Dresonic on January 20, 2007

 
Guyana, strengthened by the return from injury of captain and West Indies star batsman
Ramnnaresh Sarwan, as well as the dependable West Indies ‘A’ opener Sewnnarine Chattergoon, take on Jamaica in the third round of the four-day Carib Beer series at Kensington Park starting at 10:00 am today. Both teams – Jamaica in joint second place on nine points after two draws and Guyana in joint third with eight after two rain-ruined no results – had an air of confidence yesterday. “If everything goes according to plan, I am expecting we will be much closer to the lead at the end of this round,” said Jamaica’s chairman of selectors, Ruddy Williams following a lengthy late evening selection meeting.
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