Shai Hope, Sheldon Cottrell lead West Indies to dominating win

Mon, Dec 17, '18


Windies v Bangladesh

Shai Hope walloped the third-fastest T20I fifty to help West Indies overpower Bangladesh by eight wickets in Sylhet. The hosts were undone by Sheldon Cottrell's awkward short balls to be bowled out for 129 and then a bumper crowd sat in silence as Hope battered six sixes and three fours to end the contest in a hurry.

Hope reached his fifty off 16 balls, behind Yuvraj Singh (12 balls) and Colin Munro (14 balls). The innings had plenty of brutality in it - especially when he played the pull shot or the slog sweep - but it wasn't wanting in finesse as a ramp to the third man boundary showed. Hope shared an opening stand of 51 runs in 3.2 overs with the returning Evin Lewis, and then put on 47 in 4.2 overs with Nicholas Pooran.

The visitors raced to 91 for 1, equalling the highest score in the Powerplay alongside Australia, Ireland and Netherlands, who had also got there in Sylhet, four years ago during the World T20 2014.

Keemo Paul did justice to his promotion to No 4, hitting an unbeaten 28 off 14 balls with a four and three sixes, one of which carried 96 metres, as West Indies completed victory in 10.5 overs.

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Regional 4 Day, Dec 16

Sun, Dec 16, '18


Regional 4 Day

Hurricanes vs Jaguars

Jaguars needed just two overs to wrap up the home team’s second innings – claiming the last two wickets for eight runs.

Gudakesh Motie collected both wickets and finished with 3-11 from six overs to follow up the destructive work of fellow left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul on the previous day.

The Hurricanes were left short-handed, as Guyana-born opener Rajendra Chandrika was unable to bat, due to injury.

Set 32 for victory, the Jags lost Tagenarine Chanderpaul for one in the second over, but their captain Leon Johnson hastened the conclusion with three boundaries in 15 not out.

Hurricanes, table leaders before the match, dropped to third place on 22.2 points.

Scores in brief; Hurricanes (182 & 138), Jaguars (289) & 32-1

Volcanoes vs Red Force

Shillingford, who took six in the first innings, grabbed three of the five wickets Red Force lost on the day to end with 6-73 from 35 overs.

Starting the day on 133 for five chasing 270 for victory, Red Force were bundled out in the final half-hour before lunch.

Rookie wicketkeeper/batsman Joshua Da Silva finished with the top score of 41, but no other batsman reached 20.

Once a budding, sixth-wicket between Da Silva and Tion Webster came to an end, the last five Red Force wickets fell for 47, leaving their captain Imran Khan not out on 15.

The result was a welcomed outcome for Volcanoes, after they lost their opening match against the Jaguars. They are fourth on 21.4 points, ahead of fifth-placed Scorpions on five points and bottom-placed Red Force on 4.4.

Scores in brief; Volcanoes (206 & 288), Red Force (225 & 193)

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Preview: BANvWI 1st T20I

Sun, Dec 16, '18


Windies v Bangladesh

It’s over to Carlos Brathwaite as the West Indies embark upon the final leg of their subcontinent tour when the first of three T20Is bowls off in Sylhet on Monday morning. The visitors will welcome back specialist opener—Evin Lewis, after he missed the tour of India due to personal reasons; also returning to the team are Sheldon Cottrell and Kesrick Williams. Having hosted seven previous T20Is, Sylhet will entertain just it’s second of 2018, the previous six having come back in 2014 during the ICC World Twenty20. Windies’ full squad reads: Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Kesrick Williams, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Shai Hope, Sherfane Rutherford, Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas.

The visitors will have much to prove as they set out to accomplish what they failed to do in the ODIs—avenge their home series defeat to Bangladesh. With the lack of a specialist opener being a major talking point from the Indian tour (T20I series), West Indies will be happy to have the services of Lewis at their disposal: with Shai Hope expected to resume opening duties alongside the Trinidadian.

After making a statement against India in the final T20I with a blistering 53 from 25 deliveries not not, Nicholas Pooran went on to dominate the 2018 T10 Cricket League 2018; in 9 innings the left-hander accumulated 324 runs at an average of 54 with a strike rate of 245.45. Much will rest on the shoulders of the 23-year-old in the Windies middle-order. Hetmyer will be hoping that with a change of format comes a change of fortunes as the Guyanese failed to make an impact in the just-concluded ODI series. While Oshane Thomas should be back as the “main man” after being left out of the last ODI. The match bowls off at 2:30 am (ECT).

Predicted XI: Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Carlos Brathwaite (cpt), Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Oshane Thomas.

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Review: BANvWI 3rd ODI

Sun, Dec 16, '18


Windies v Bangladesh

Windies’ eight-wicket loss to Bangladesh in the 3rd ODI on Friday morning means that the Caribbean side’s miserable tour of Asia persists. In what was a colossal opportunity to avenge their loss of the reverse fixture in the Caribbean, the West Indies chose to engage combat without the talented Oshane Thomas. However, the fight did not last long enough to regret that decision, as the hosts got to the measly target of 198 with 69 deliveries to spare.

In the initial stages of the tour of the subcontinent with Holder and Law at the helm, the West Indies made several bemusing decisions, slimming their already meagre chances in several matches before a ball was even bowled. Still, in the absence of both, now under the tutelage of Rovman Powell and Nic Pothas, decisions akin to those made on the Indian tour are still at play.

In this regard, with all due respect to Kemar Roach and the servant he has been to West Indies cricket—in a top cricketing nation, with all things being equal, Oshane Thomas does not miss out while Roach retains his place as a wicket-taking bowler in a series-decider. No one is lamenting Windies’ thought process behind the extra spinner, but instead who paid the consequences for that decision.

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Blame yourselves not the players

Sun, Dec 16, '18



ONCE again the leadership of Cricket West Indies (CWI) is blaming the players for their lack of commitment and discipline and for the sad state of West Indies cricket. Just a few days ago, Dave Cameron, the president of CWI questioned the commitment of the players and warned that “serious decisions” will be taken at board level to curb the problem. He stressed that the board was spending “millions of dollars” to develop players but was not managing to maximise its investment.

The players and coaches must accept responsibility for the team’s poor performance but so too must CWI. Instead, the leadership of CWI has adopted the “Trumpian” philosophy of blaming other people and other factors for its own incompetence, mistakes and failures. This blame culture is endemic in CWI; it encourages members to dismiss crucial and accurate feedback about themselves and their performance and to ignore deficiencies in the board’s management and leadership. Effective leaders do not blame other people or circumstances for results. They look for the circumstances they want and if they can’t find them, they create them.

Blame is about the past, not the future. Instead of creating hope, aspiration and growth it produces fear, anger, resentment and defensiveness. It reminds players about what they have been and what they have done, not what they can become and what they can achieve. CWI must now see its players in terms of future potential not past performance or behaviour.

The depth of an organisation’s motivation and self-discipline often determines the level of its performance. Building awareness, responsibility, commitment and self-discipline should therefore be CWI’s first important priorities. That the president is complaining about the players’ lack of commitment confirms the fact that CWI has failed to create the environment in which those values and priorities can grow and flourish.

When I speak to former players about West Indies cricket, without exception, they point their fingers at CWI for the weak state of the game. They go to great lengths to stress that none of its members has had any experience in elite sport nor any understanding of what is required to achieve success at the highest levels of cricket. Some of these players even claim that performance on the cricket field is less important to CWI than some of its business imperatives.

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