Sat, Apr 29, '17



Arnos Vale, St. Vincent – Trinidad and Tobago Divas’ Captain, Merissa Aguilleira, is confident that her team can overcome the impressive Barbados Women in the Regional Women’s Super50 Competition, due to come to a thrilling end at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex tomorrow, Sunday, April 30.
After what Aguilleira considers a ‘mishap’ in their first game, where they lost to the Barbadians, she believes the team has exhibited the necessary skills and temperament to retain their title, won last year in Guyana. It has definitely shown in the results, as their record thereafter remains unblemished, with their latest victory coming at the expense of the Windwards on Friday (April 28).
She thinks due to the wealth of experience in both squads, we are bound to have a fantastic final encounter. However, Aguilleira insists that if her team sticks to their tasks and are efficient in all aspects of their game, they will come out on top. Batting for long periods is one thing she stressed on (which was reiterated by her T&T and West Indian teammate Britney Cooper), as the players and coaching staff believe that in a tournament like this, spending time at the wicket almost guarantees you big scores. With most matches turning out to be low-scoring affairs in this year’s competition, this key component could prove to be the difference between the eventual winners and the disappointed finalists.

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Matthews, King set up Grand Final between Barbados T&T

Fri, Apr 28, '17



KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – A strong all-round performance from West Indies Women’s star Hayley Matthews allowed Barbados to crush Leeward Islands by eight wickets today and finish unbeaten in the preliminary competition of the Women’s Regional Super50 Tournament.

This result and the same for defending champions Trinidad & Tobago over hosts Windward Islands – inspired by Windies Women’s all-rounder Stacy-Ann King – set up a mouth-watering Grand Final featuring the two teams from regional sport’s fiercest rivalry on Sunday at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex.

At Sion Hill: The 19-year-old Matthews grabbed 6-16 from 7.2 overs with her flighty off-spin and the fragile Leewards batting collapsed for 65 in 27.2 overs, after they were put in to bat in the fifth round match.

Windies Women’s fast bowler Shamilia Connell took 2-12 from eight overs to help with the demolition, as Saneldo Willett, the daughter of former West Indies off-spinner Elquemedo Willett, whose sons Tonito and Akito also played regionally for the Leewards on the men’s side, was the only player to make it to double figures, leading the way with 13.

Matthews then struck six fours and one six in the top score of 43 from 31 balls to anchor the Barbadians to victory with 237 balls remaining before the scheduled lunch interval and finish the preliminary competition with 24 points.


At the Arnos Vale Sports Complex: King featured in an unbroken 98-run, third-wicket stand with opener Felicia Walters that pushed T&T past the Windwards.

King hit five fours in 58 from 109 balls and Walters was not out on 40, as T&T successfully chased 122 for victory with 85 balls remaining to claim a bonus point.

T&T were 25 for two in seventh over, after losing opener Reniece Boyce for nine and Windies Women’s batsman Britney Cooper for a six-ball duck – but King came to the crease and with the obdurate Walters guided her side over the finish line with little fuss.

Earlier, Lee-Ann Kirby was the pick of the T&T bowlers with 3-17 from 10 overs, as the Windwards were bowled out for 121 in 47.2 overs.

Spinners Karishma Ramharack and Kamara Ragoobar snapped up two wickets apiece to break the back of the Windwards’ batting which was led by veteran Juliana Nero’s 25 and 20 from Roylin Cooper.


At Park Hill: Jamaica captain Stafanie Taylor saved her best for last, hitting a fluent 89 to lead her side to their first victory of the tournament by 112 runs over Guyana.

The incumbent Windies Women’s captain gathered seven fours and one six from 117 balls innings, as the Jamaicans were dismissed for 188 – the highest total of the tournament – from their allocation of 50 overs.

The innings was built around a 106-run, seventh-wicket stand between Taylor and Tameka Sanford that rescued Jamaica from 66 for six in the 24th over.

Once Sanford was bowled by international Subrina Munroe for 31 in the 48th over, the rest of the batting, including Taylor, succumbed for 16 in the same number of balls.

Windies Women’s medium-fast bowler Chedean Nation then grabbed 3-20 from 8.3 overs and Chinelle Henry took 2-17 from seven overs, as the Guyanese were bowled out for 76 in 30.3 overs.

The run outs of openers June Ogle and Melanie Henry, as well as captain and Windies Women’s fast-medium bowler Tremayne Smartt did not help the Guyana chase – and the Jamaicans claimed a bonus point victory in a strong finish to the tournament.


(After the fifth round of matches)

1 Barbados 24 points
2. Trinidad & Tobago 19
3. Windward Islands 15
4. Jamaica 7
5. Guyana 5
6. Leeward Islands 2

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Bravo dismisses WICBís CEO claims

Fri, Apr 28, '17



West Indies Left-hand Batsman, Darren Bravo, who, through his attorneys have taken up an issue involving the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) chief executive officer, Johnny Grave said he was never contacted about the article that was published on the ESPN Cricinfo website last Friday under the headline: WICB “frustrated” by Bravo damages claim.

From the Office of Leslie F Haynes QC, Attorney-at-Law, “Ellangowan”, Strathclyde, Barbados, a statement was issued yesterday on behalf of Bravo saying that he remains committed to representing the West Indies in all forms of the game, “as he has shown repeatedly, but obviously in an environment of mutual trust, confidence and respect.”

On April 21, an article appeared on the ESPN Cricinfo website under the headline : WICB “frustrated” by Bravo damages claim.

Haynes said that unfortunately, neither Bravo nor any one of his lawyers was contacted or has any record of any attempt being made to contact any one of them.

“Perhaps this is what led to the omissions and mischaracterizations in this piece,” the QC’s letter stated.

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Stephenson critical of Law

Fri, Apr 28, '17



It is going to be very difficult for Stuart Law to turn West Indies cricket around because he does not understand the people and culture of the region, says former outstanding Barbadian first class cricketer Franklyn Stephenson.

Stephenson, head of the cricket academy that bears his name and which won the recently concluded Under-13 domestic tourney, suggested the Australian cultural experience and that to be found in the region, were different, and should have been taken into consideration by the powers-that-be.

“He does not understand our people and culture. West Indians are a very diverse group of people. In order to get someone to listen to you, sometimes one must get into the back of that person’s head. Our cricketers are drawn from the West Indian society. There is no way Stuart Law can come here from Australia and in a short space of time understand anything about our cricket. He can talk about techniques and theories, but our guys do not work like that, it is not part of their character, “ Stephenson told Barbados TODAY.

Franklyn Stephenson

Stephenson who played first-class cricket in England, Australia and South Africa, said the culture of West Indian cricketers was vastly different from what Law was accustomed to. He suggested this would present a problem for the Australian coach.

“Our cricketers are not  suddenly  going to come to terms with all of the various  theories and techniques that he will be talking about, this is going to confuse their thinking.  It is going to take them way back. By the time they get back to thinking proper cricket it will be too late,”, Stephenson said.

see also WI coaching re-think needed.


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BCCI loses revenue and governance vote at ICC meet

Thu, Apr 27, '17



India's Champions Trophy participation in jeopardy?

The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) towering influence in world cricket came to a screeching halt as the majority voted for a change in the ICC's Governance and Revenue structures. BCCI lost the vote on governance and constitutional changes by a 2-12 margin while the revenue model, which was the bigger bone of contention, was passed 13 votes to one.

Out-voted in its opposition to dilute the Big Three structure, BCCI's revenue now has been nearly halved. The Indian board will now receive $293m across the eight-year cycle while the England and Wales Cricket Board and Zimbabwe Cricket will get $143m and $94m respectively, confirmed ICC in a media release on Thursday (April 27). The rest of the seven full members will be receiving $132m each while the Associate members will get a funding of $280m.

"This is another step forward for world cricket and I look forward to concluding the work at the Annual Conference," Manohar stated in the ICC release. "I am confident we can provide a strong foundation for the sport to grow and improve globally in the future through the adoption of the revised financial model and governance structure."

BCCI had been adamant on getting the lion's share out of ICC's revenue on grounds that it contributes the most to the coffers, and is bargaining for the same figure ($570 million) that it received under the Big Three revenue model, which now stands discarded.

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