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Williamson rested for final two ODIs

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson

(CMC) – Captain Kane Williamson will be rested for the last two One-Day Internationals against West Indies, while George Worker will replace the injured Martin Guptill at the top of the order, for the three-match series starting next Wednesday.

Cricket New Zealand said Williamson would play the opening game in Whangarei before giving way to Tom Latham who will then lead the squad in the final matches in Christchurch.

Seamer Tim Southee will also be rested for the last two matches with Neil Broom and Mitchell Santner, coming in as replacements for him and Williamson.
“It’s a long summer, so for those guys playing in all three formats it’s important we keep them fresh and build depth leading into a World Cup year,” said selector Gavin Larsen.
“Tim and Kane will both take breaks during this series, but there will be others who will also rest throughout the season.”

Guptill, who has hit 12 centuries in 149 ODIs, is yet to recover from a hamstring injury, and selectors have gone with Worker to partner Colin Munro.
The 28-year-old left-handed Worker has played four ODIs, the last coming against Bangladesh in May earlier this year.
“We will miss Martin’s influence at the top of the order, but unfortunately he is not back to full fitness and this provides a well-earned opportunity for George in the ODI series,” Larsen noted.

All-rounder Todd Astle, meanwhile, is set to make his ODI debut as part of the 13-man squad, having already played a couple of Tests and Twenty20 Internationals.
Larsen said the 31-year-old had been deserving of his call-up.
“Todd with his all-round ability provides a straight swap for Mitchell in the first ODI,” Larsen pointed out.

“Todd has been one of the top domestic bowlers in the country for a number of years now and performed very well during the recent One Day New Zealand A tour to India.
“He was unlucky to to get injured before the Black Caps tour in India, but he’s continued to bowl well on return and thoroughly deserves this opportunity.”
SQUAD – Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, George Worker.

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a new dawn is about to arrive in United States cricket

As a new dawn is about to arrive in United States cricket, the immediate target is to build a keen rivalry against the neighbouring West Indies.

This was the comment made by International Cricket Council (ICC) USA Project officer Eric Parthen during a town hall meeting in Fort Lauderdale earlier this month. According to Parthen :”We need to put United States cricket on the right footing so that we can fight the bigger countries in the sport and draw attention to the game here. It would be wonderful to develop a keen rivalry against the West Indies, who are neighbouring to us. Imagine having a battle between these two teams and the amount of attention that would create here amongst the people.”

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Broken arm forces Ambris out of NZ ODI series

 

 

Batsman Sunil Ambris is out of ODI series.

HAMILTON, New Zealand (CMC) – A broken arm has put the luckless Sunil Ambris out of the one-day series against New Zealand starting next week.

The 24-year-old was struck on the forearm by aggressive left-arm seamer Neil Wagner while batting during the second innings of the final Test here yesterday, and was forced to retire hurt on five.
Subsequent X-rays revealed a broken ulna bone in his left arm.

It meant Ambris could not resume his innings as West Indies plummeted to 203 all out and slid a 2-0 defeat in the short series.
The Vincentian has endured a torrid run of luck on his first Test tour, twice dismissed hit-wicket in successive Tests in identical fashion, trodding on his stumps as he attempted to turn short balls into the on-side.

All told, he scraped together 25 runs from four innings.
His replacement in the one-day side is expected to be announced shortly.
West Indies clash with New Zealand in three one-day matches in Whangarei and Christchurch, December 20-26.

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Gayle smashes record-breaking 146 as Rangpur Riders win 2017 title

Chris Gayle struck a record 18 sixes and five fours for his unbeaten 146.

CHRIS Gayle smashed a record-breaking 20th T20 century that catapulted the Rangpur Riders to an emphatic 57-run victory over the defending champions Dhaka Dynamites and the 2017 Bangladesh Premier League title on Tuesday.

Gayle struck a record 18 sixes and five fours for his unbeaten 146 that came off just 69 balls as he and Brendan McCullum (51) posted a partnership of 201 for the Riders who scored 206 for 1 off their 20 overs.
Gayle went past his own record of 17 sixes, during his unbeaten 175 against Pune Warriors in the 2013 IPL.

Johnson Charles who opened the innings with Gayle failed to reproduce the form that saw him score an unbeaten hundred to propel the Riders to the finals. He made only 3, out caught and bowled by Shakib Al Hasan.
McCullum joined Gayle at the crease, and was, for the most part, a spectator to the Gayle typhoon that was unleashed at the other end. McCullum faced 43 balls for his unbeaten half-century that included four fours and three sixes.

Notwithstanding the onslaught Al Hasan gave up only 26 runs off his three overs and claimed the only wicket. However, the same cannot be said for his teammates who were brutalised by Gayle and McCullum.

Abu Hider’s two overs went for 26 while Kieron Pollard’s two went for 33. However, Khaled Ahmed came in for the worst treatment as his two overs yielded 39 runs.
The defending champions seemed shell-shocked as they began their chase.

They were quickly in trouble at 2 for 1 eight balls into their innings losing Mehedi Maruf and JL Denley for ducks in the space of five balls.
They were soon 29 for 4 after losing the wickets of Evin Lewis for 15 in the fourth over and Kieron Pollard for 8 in the fifth.

Had it not been for an even half-century off 38 balls by Juhurul Islam, the situation would have been much more embarrassing for the Dynamites who managed to muster 149 for 9 off their 20 overs.

Shakib Al Hasan, 26; Lewis and Sunil Narine, 14, were the only other batsmen to make double figures as the Dynamites wilted under scoreboard pressure and tight bowling from the Riders.

Sohag Gazi, I Udana and Nazmul Islam each claimed two wickets for the new champions who have Gayle to thank for the ease at which they claimed the title.

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West Indies batsmen fail to stick to instructions in test loss to New Zealand

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Kraigg Brathwaite couldn't muster the type of innings the West Indies needed against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

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Shai Hope didn't last long against the Black Caps attack.
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Henry Nicholls takes a catch to dismiss Shane Dowrich off the bowling of Neil Wagner in the West Indies' second innings.


Who'd be a coach?

On Monday evening, West Indies batting coach Toby Radford laid out his masterplan to the media on how his troops could somehow bat their way to victory in Hamilton.

We listened intently - but his best batsmen appeared to have turned a deaf ear.

"This is going to be a stiff ask, but I think we'll want to see lots of things," the affable Radford said.

 

"It's about individual performances - for us it's the last test match of the year, it's been a long busy year, some of these players have been on the road for a long period of time, and it's their last opportunity in test match cricket for a good number of months now - we don't play until four or five months into next year.

"So I'm sure they'll really want to finish the year with a personal milestone or go out on a bang, as well as a team effort."

"I think what we are wanting is a lot of fight and to really show what we can do," Radford said.

Instead, they could only bat 63.5 overs as they were dismissed before tea on day four.

"I'd love to see Kraigg [Brathwaite] and Shai [Hope] do something similar to what they achieved at Headingley against England a couple of months ago. Bat long, get a couple of hundreds and show people what we can really do," Radford had said.

In reality? Brathwaite, the rock of their previous three innings in NZ, cut Trent Boult hard but aerially enough for opposing skipper Kane Williamson to catch at gully after adding just seven to his overnight score while their Great Young Hope was all at sea against the short-pitched bowling of Neil Wagner before falling for 23.

Radford had been asked if his batsmen needed to temper their natural aggression in the test arena, particularly given the match situation where they had two days available.

"Not at all. I think we've got a mix. You've seen Kraigg bat, he can bat all day, bat six or seven hours. Shai Hope also plays that way." ​

Er, yeah ...

"I think it'll be play hour by hour and session by session, and break it down into manageable bits," Radford said the night before Brathwaite and Hope fell within the first hour.

"But also still be positive, you don't just want to be batting to survive, you've still got to put bad balls away and still look positive at the crease and move positively. So go out there with an intent to score runs still, and you can be positive in defence, I think we've got to do that."

Roston Chase at least proved he had a good pair of ears, and something in between them.

"The middle order. Roston Chase has had a very good year, scored hundreds against Pakistan. It's about doing it here isn't it? It's a different test wherever you go around the world," Radford had said.

"Obviously in Wellington they were very aggressive and short on a quick wicket. Here it's a bit more swing, [Tim] Southee and [Trent] Boult bowled very well. It's been a different test I think and it's coping with that and coming up with methods to play that."

Chase did his best to negate both as he got to 64 off 98 balls through mostly resolute defence and judicious shot-making before blotting his copybook by hooking the merciless Wagner to Colin de Grandhomme at fine leg.

He got excellent support from debutant Raymon Riefer batting at No 8, with the left-hander showing why he has a first-class batting average of 25 and a desire to be a genuine international allrounder.

Radford said the technique to cope with swing was to "play late, know where you're off-stump is, be positive, don't get stuck on the crease."

But he acknowledged talk could be cheap.

"Simple things, but you can talk it, you've actually got to go out and deliver it, under pressure."

His charges simply couldn't. 

- Stuff

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Black Caps set West Indies mammoth task

The West Indies believe they have the batsmen to defy New Zealand, despite the mammoth task facing them to save the second Test in Hamilton.

The tourists will resume on the fourth day at 2-30, ambitiously eyeing what would be a world record chase of 444, or more likely trying to survive for two days.

Captain Kraigg Brathwaite is 13 not out and Shai Hope is on one.

West Indies batting coach Toby Radford was disappointed they lost two wickets late on day three after previous good starts in the series, although they are 1-0 down in the two-match series.

He did not believe he had to tell the players to temper themselves.

"You've seen Kraigg bat, he can bat all day, bat six or seven hours. Shai Hope also plays that way," he said.

"The middle order. Roston Chase has had a very good year, scored hundreds against Pakistan. It's about doing it here isn't it?

"Here it's a bit more swing, (Tim) Southee and (Trent) Boult bowled very well. It's been a different Test I think and it's coping with that and coming up with methods to play that."

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Stephney bats to safeguard the legacy of Essequibo’s cricket

Keemo Paul

 

I WAS invited along with other former cricketers and distinguished guests to attend an awards ceremony and dinner at the Regional State House recently in celebration of Essequibo’s senior cricketers’ historical achievement of winning the 3 day GCB Franchise League tournament.

It was the first time in the history of Essequibo’s cricket that the county won a senior national competition. I indeed felt a sense of pride knowing of the legacy that the players would have cemented; a monumental feat that had eluded past players, including myself. Having witnessed the joy on the faces of our champions that evening, I instantly knew that something special was made of them. The modern game has evolved tremendously and with the advent of technology, competition among teams has been even fiercer in many instances.

Players’ technique and training dynamics have also taken a transformational latitude. It is in this context therefore that I am impressed with the dynamism, commitment and passion by which the current crop of Essequibo senior players have emerged.
I recalled that during our activism, especially on the inter-county circuit, that despite the love and passion for the game, we were not progressing either individually or as a team. In fact there was a fundamental vacuum which had negated the prospect of advancing, much less winning against either Demerara or Berbice.

Players were naturally gifted, similar to our present set-up, but the institution to test our resolve and patience was ignominiously dysfunctional; and the key of which were not having strong and functioning clubs as well as mentors. I was always intrigued whenever we bordered to Georgetown or Berbice to play, because the environment was systematically conducive for anyone to perform.

Clubs including GCC, DCC, Albion and Port Mourant remain sound institutions that have set high standards. Players emerging therein took practice seriously; hence the energy which they channeled into those sessions was as if they were into an actual match.
Unfortunately, such a scenario was the opposite by which Essequibo players found their niche. Overtime conditions generally got worse as clubs became disintegrated, players lost their venom and the Administrators became complacent.

Ransford Beaton

Notwithstanding, there were outstanding cricketers that had defied the odds to make a name for themselves, including Alfred Maycock, John Floy, Trenton Peters, Dinesh Joseph, Rayon Thomas, Mark Stephney, Rovendra Mandolall, Ramcharran Singh, Ramesh Narine, Jaimini Singh and Norman Fredericks among others.

It is to their credit that cricket remains alive in Essequibo. Encouragingly, the current generation has now provided a glimmer of hope to revive the fortunes of the county.
With the meteoric rise of Ransford Beaton, Keemo Paul, Kevon Boodie, Anthony Adams, Kemol Savory, Ricardo Adams, who have been featuring prominently, the stage is right for the Essequibo Cricket Board and stakeholders to heavily invest in their future.
The Government is investing in the development of grounds across the Region and it is up to the clubs to take ownership and fully utilise and maintain them.

Sports organisers are being recruited to guide the process and legitimise sporting bodies that can benefit from the allocation of resources, including equipment. I am convinced therefore that this era is the best opportunity for Essequibo’s cricket to rise above the ashes of the past and become quite a formidable force in all formats of the game.
The historical achievement of the senior team must form as a catalyst for institutional, technical, practical and decisive changes that will transform the manner in which cricket is administered in Essequibo.

While I have been critical in the past, I am optimistic that the future remains blooming and I am prepared to bat again for the county; this time to ensure that Essequibo consistently win titles and having more players featuring in national and international colours.

It is still a long journey, but from what I have seen recently, it is obvious that our players are beginning to exhibit signs of resilience, character, self-belief and chemistry; ingredients that for too long were missing from the armory of the Cinderella County.

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Sunil Ambris suffers another embarrassing dismissal vs New Zealand

West Indies were thoroughly defeated in the first Test vs New Zealand in Wellington earlier this month and have been fighting hard to square off the series in Hamilton.

The visitors still trail the Kiwis by 158 runs at stumps on Day 2 of the second and final Test of the tour but the highlight of the day was held by West Indian batsman Sunil Ambris.

The young rookie was dismissed in the first innings by knocking over his own stumps yet for the second time in three innings.

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Tim Southee, Trent Boult Dominate For New Zealand As West Indies Stutter

2nd Test: Tim Southee, Trent Boult Dominate For New Zealand As West Indies Stutter
West Indies trail New Zealand by 158 runs in the second Test © AFP

 

Tim Southee and Trent Boult took centre stage with bat and ball as New Zealand seized command on a rain-affected day two of the second Test against the West Indies in Hamilton on Sunday. They shared a 61-run last wicket stand to get New Zealand up to 373 in their first innings. The new ball pair then took four wickets between them on a benign pitch as the West Indies plummeted to 215 for eight at stumps. Southee has two for 34 and Boult two for 67. Raymon Reifer on debut was not out 22 with Miguel Cummins on 10.

Southee, unavailable for the first Test, capped his day with a stunning catch to remove Kraigg Braithwaite, the West Indies' top scorer with 66.

The 1.93 metre (6ft 4in) Southee leapt to get a hand to block an edge off Colin de Grandhomme, and then dived to get a hand under the ball just as it was about to hit the ground.

Play was interrupted for nearly 90 minutes by rain when the West Indies were 87 for two with Brathwaite and Shai Hope laying the foundations for a solid partnership.

But when play resumed, 20 minutes after the scheduled tea break, Hope only lasted six more balls before he was gone to end a 44-run stand and put the tourists into a tailspin that saw six wickets fall in the final session.

They included Sunil Ambris, out for two when he stepped back onto his stumps for the second time in only his third Test innings.

Bowler Boult shook his head and said "unbelievable" as Ambris hung his head and trudged back to the pavilion. Southee struck first in the opening over of the innings, taking the wicket of Kieran Powell without scoring, and Boult caught and bowled Shimron Hetmyer for 28.

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Gabriel pleased with Windies effort

West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel said that having New Zealand seven down by stumps on day one was a good effort from his team.

He would concede that they had allowed the Black Caps too many scoring opportunities early in the day having failed to assess the pitch.

Gabriel said after day one which saw New Zealand reach 286 for 7 in 87 overs before stumps: “I think they scored 30 or 40 runs too much, but it was a good day of Test cricket.

“I think if we told ourselves this morning we’d win the toss and have them seven down by the end of the day’s play, we’d have taken that.

“I think judging from what happened in the last game, once we win the toss, you back yourself when it’s bowler-friendly. But I don’t think that was the case on this wicket, I think it was a bit more flat than in Wellington.”

The West Indies were able to restrict the scoring of the Black Caps after lunch which led to wicket-taking opportunities.

 

Gabriel would add: “After lunch, we decided that we wanted to be patient and luckily things happened for us.

“When we started this morning we bowled a little too full – myself. It was a bit soggy, the crease. So my landing was skidding along the wicket, and it was a bit difficult to control my line and my length. But when the sun came out the pitch got a bit dry so it was a little bit easier for me.

“We told ourselves once we soak up the runs and bowl the ball back into the wicket it was going to be a bit difficult to score runs. Once we build that pressure, we know 90% of the time a wicket is going to come. In cricket, you could be 100 for 1 and you could be 150 all out. We just had to believe in ourselves, as a group we always believe in ourselves.”

Gabriel felt the decision to play uncapped left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer over legspinner Devendra Bishoo was justified given the conditions.

He said: “Most of the guys started well this morning.

“Hats off to Raymon, I think he bowled beautifully, his figures didn’t really show how he stuck to his task.

“The conditions may favour Bishoo a little bit, he’s been our No 1 spinner for the past two years, so it’s a bit difficult leaving him out. But I think the fast bowlers bowled good enough in the last game to warrant a place in this team for this game.”

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Windies Cricket..Lovely Windies Cricket!

Cricketwindies is the leading voice for Caribbean and International cricket news, information and opinion. We’re a community of cricket fans who follow all cricket. In other words, a bunch of high-strung, fanatical cricket enthusiasts who have far too much time on their hands.

For many years the West Indies team ruled the cricket world, playing undefeated in a Test series for over 15 years. Recently the West Indies team has suffered several losses but with the emergence of new high-calibre players the future for the West Indies cricket team looks very good!

West Indians are passionate about their cricket, quick to cheer when the team performs well but also quick to criticize a poor performance. Thousands of West Indians always turn out to watch their team play .... and hopefully win!

Cricket is seen as a unifying force in the West Indies, bringing together players (and supporters) from across the region. This gentleman's game has brought considerable exposure to the islands of the Caribbean, with the West Indian cricketers being remembered not only for their incredible talent and skills but also for their deportment and sense of fair play.

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