Hope Spearheads Batting Effort As Windies Shine

Mon, Oct 16, '17

 

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BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, (CMC) – Batsmen Shai Hope, Roston Chase and Kraigg Brathwaite all gathered half-centuries as West Indies made a bright start to their tour of Zimbabwe here Sunday.

Opting to bat first on the opening day of the three-day tour match against Zimbabwe A, the Caribbean side ended on 301 for six with Hope top-scoring with 85, Chase stroking 79 and Brathwaite chipping in with 53.

Kyle Hope, Shai’s older brother, missed out on a half-century with 42 while seamer Michael Chinouya, who played his only two Tests against New Zealand last year, was the best bowler with two for 55.

In the only warm-up match before the first Test starting next Saturday, West Indies made the most of the outing with their main batsmen getting among the runs.

They lost left-hander Kieran Powell cheaply for one with a mere seven runs on the board in the day’s fifth over but Brathwaite and Kyle Hope posted 87 for the second wicket to repair the innings.

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WI sweeps Sri Lanka three - zip

Mon, Oct 16, '17

 

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The West Indies women completed a 3-0 series sweep of Sri Lanka women in their three-match limited overs series at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba yesterday.

Wonderful batting by Stephanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews took the West Indies to 182 for seven of 45 overs and followed up by excellent bowling performances by Shakera Selman reduced the visitors to 141 all out, giving the host victory by 41 runs.

Taylor spanked 55 and the consistent Matthew 41 to take the West Indies to 182 for seven wickets of 45 overs. The match was reduced to 45 overs per side because of heavy early morning rain.

Set 183 runs, the Sri Lankans were expected to get over the line but not against a determined West Indian bowling unit. Selman put the West Indies immediately on top with a double strike including batting mainstay Chamari Attapatu. At 18 for two the West Indies were well on their way but a stubborn partnership between Yashoda Mendis and Dilani Manodara that took them past the 50-run mark.

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Jacobsí 6-27 skittles Sri Lanka to give Windies A innings victory

Sun, Oct 15, '17

 

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FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica, (CMC) – Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs snatched a six-wicket haul to propel West Indies A to a crushing innings and 13-run victory over Sri Lanka A, on the final day of the opening four-day “Test” here Saturday.
The 32-year-old finished with six for 27 as the visitors, following on by 152 runs, were dismissed cheaply for 139 in their second innings to fall 1-0 behind in the three-match series.
Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall supported with three for 53 as Windies A ruthlessly disposed of the Sri Lankans in just three hours.
Opener Sandun Weerakkody struck an aggressive 56 and partner Ron Chandragupta, 27, but once they both departed, the last nine wickets tumbled spectacularly for a mere 45 runs.
Resuming the day at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium on 210 for seven, Sri Lanka lost their last three wickets for two runs in the space of 22 balls.
Fast bowler Keon Joseph (3-33) and Cornwall (3-69) both ended with three wickets apiece while Jacobs (2-33) and left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell (2-41) claimed two wickets each.

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Spinners fire again to help West Indies wrap up series

Sat, Oct 14, '17

 

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West Indies' spinners, led by legspinner Afy Fletcher, sparkled again to skittle Sri Lanka for 162 and set up a series-clinching seven-wicket victory at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba. Fletcher, Anisa Mohammed, and Stafanie Taylor claimed combined figures of 29-3-71-7 to slice through Sri Lanka's batting line-up, after which West Indies chased down the target in 39.4 overs.

ESPNcricinfo has the full report and scorecard

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Draw beckons!

Sat, Oct 14, '17

 

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Florence Hall , Trelawny — Captain Dhananjaya de Silva's classy, stroke-filled century (104) kept Sri Lanka A afloat as West Indies A turned in a compelling bowling performance on another rain-hit day of the first 'Test' at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium here.

Scores ahead of today's final day of the four-day contest: West Indies A 364-8 declared; Sri Lanka A 201-7. Fifty-three overs were bowled on the third day as the entire post-tea session was lost to a combination of lightning, rain and bad light.

With only 44 overs possible on the second day, the game seems destined for a draw although Sri Lanka A, with three wickets in hand, still need another 14 runs to avoid the possibility of being asked to follow on.

Shehan Jayasuriya and Malinda Pushpukamara, both on 11, will resume for the visitors on today's final day.

The 26-year-old de Silva, who walked to the crease at the fall of Sandun Weerakkundy's wicket in the second over at 1-1, smashed three sixes and 10 fours off 143 balls in a cultured, yet powerful display.

The captain's 11th first class century was all the more critical since the West Indies A bowlers, pacers and spinners alike, gathered wickets at regular intervals to keep the visitors under pressure.

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