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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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Jamaica in the Pacific: Reggae’s got a hold on Guam

Posted by Dresonic on April 22, 2007

It’s a cool and breezy Marley birthday in Lower Tumon, Guam, and I’m sitting on the second story veranda of the Tumon Bay Bar and Grill. A reggae roots trio is entertaining tonight, led by Art Chan, a local reggae hero.

By Roger Steffens

Their bassist is ill tonight, so Fanai Tafari features a guest percussionist from the States named Brett, alongside Tomas, a round, sweet-faced 18-year-old ukelele virtuoso. On their first number, a soulful cover of Santana’s Europa, Tomas masterfully duplicates Carlos note-for-note, but with just four short strings. Brett has three large Polynesian-patterned congas, and a rectilinear box that makes a sound like a muffled cymbal.

Guam is an island that knows many RAW artistes, proven by Fanai Tafari’s cover of Bambu Station’s Gunsmoke. Art says, “People ask me all the time how come you love the music that’s from all the way over on the other side of the world.” He pauses, as if the answer is obvious. “It’s the message.” As for his own musical intentions, he is adamant that “the road to success is always under construction”.

I was brought to the island through the good graces of RAW’s members in Guam, a small band of true believers who meet once a week at the small apartment of Math Teacher/Reggae Fanatic Tom Pearson. Tom took over the leadership of this worldwide networking organisation following the retirement of its co-founder, Papa Pilgrim, almost a decade ago. He is a stocky, white-bearded fellow, whose life is devoted to the multi-cultural mix of students at St John’s School, the campus on which he lives.

He acts in loco parentis for at least nine of them, and – though a bachelor – seems to have his parenting skills down, a mix of discipline and a bit of nose-thumbing at authority, combined with goofy nicknames for his charges like Dirt Bag, Squishy and Gangsta. His other passion is Jah Music and the unheralded singers and players of instruments outside of Jamaica who are equally devoted, but given little chance to be heard. Thus his livication to the principles of RAW. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Lara to be axed by WICB

Posted by Dresonic on April 16, 2007


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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Rising Jamaican Artist With His Latest Music Videos

Posted by Dresonic on April 15, 2007

Rising Star Munga Representing Jamaica to the fullest

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World Cup failure a big blow, says Lara

Posted by Dresonic on April 12, 2007


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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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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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.


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


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


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


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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‘World Cup reviving Caribbean unity’

Posted by Dresonic on January 26, 2007


With the ninth edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup roughly a month away, a renewed spirit of togetherness within the Caribbean has surfaced, according to Chris Dehring, managing director and CE of ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 Inc.

“It’s really unprecendented the kind of level of co-operation across the Caribbean… and getting things done to time lines,” Dehring told the Observer recently.

“It is unprecedented what has taken place in the Caribbean,” he reiterated, adding that that was “part of the thing that makes me proud to be involved. The things that Cricket World Cup… has been able to accomplish is nothing short of mind boggling”.

Dehring, who is seen as the man who wrote and won the rights for the West Indies to host this year’s Cricket World Cup, is spearheading a team mandated to deliver the best show in the sport’s history. 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


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


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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