Cricket

Tough road ahead, but hope beckons for WI cricket

To the chagrin of those who still support West Indies cricket, the regional team will not be part of the ICC Champions Trophy tournament this summer in England. The champions of 2004 were not good enough in One Day International (ODI) cricket to make the eight-team cut under the ICC’s points ... Read More

Chadwick Walton celebrates his hundred during the Tour Match between UWI Vice Chancellor’s XI and England at Warner Park, Basseterre, on Saturday. (WICB Media/Randy Brooks) Walton hundred fails to prevent England win
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — Captain Chadwick Walton struck his second List A hundred three in ... Read More

Derbyshire ends pursuit of Samuels
LONDON, England (CMC) — English County club Derbyshire have abruptly ended their pursuit of We ... Read More

Australia’s fielder Peter Handscomb (right) dives to attempt a catch off India’s batsman Lokesh Rahul (second left) on the third day of the first cricket Test match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune yesterday. Australia’s Captain Steve Smith (left), wicketkeeper Matthew Wade (centre) and fielder David Warner look on. Australia won the Test by 333 runs. (Photo: AFP) Australia seal 333-run win over India
PUNE, India (AFP) — Australia beat India by 333 runs yesterday in an outstanding victory that ... Read More

De Villiers’ hunger leads to thumping win over N Zealand

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

South Africa’s Wayne Parnell (right) is run out by New Zealand’s wicketkeeper Tom Latham during the third One-Day International cricket match at Westpac Stadium in Wellington yesterday. (Photo: AFP)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — South African hero AB de Villiers admitted to nerves and battling a fear of failure as he produced a record-setting innings that led to a colossal win over New Zealand yesterday. Only a “deep, deep hunger to succeed” helped him overcome his emotions to lead his side to a 159-run win in the third One-Day International in Wellington to go 2-1 up in the five-match series. De Villiers’ 85 off 80 balls pulled South Africa out of a middle-order ... Read More

Underperforming Brathwaite an ‘investment’, argues Browne

Saturday, February 25, 2017    

BRATHWAITE... shot to prominence when he smashed massive sixes off the first four balls to lead Windies to T20 World Cup victory (Photo: Observer file)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Chairman of selectors Courtney Browne has described Twenty20 World Cup hero, Carlos Brathwaite, as an “investment” in West Indies cricket and argues his inclusion to face England in the three-match One-Day International series should not be viewed purely in terms of recent form. The 28-year-old all-rounder’s selection has been questioned in some quarters, especially in light of his recent failures but Browne said Brathwaite was still at a ver ... Read More

Pollard, Gayle shine with cameos, but Kings taste defeat

Saturday, February 25, 2017    

West Indies superstar Chris Gayle in action for Royal Challengers Bangalore in a previous edition of the Indian Premier League. (AFP)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) — Kieron Pollard produced an explosive knock, while West Indies teammate Chris Gayle flattered to deceive as Karachi Kings lost for the first time in three outings with a six-wicket defeat to Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League here on Thursday. Sent in, Kings reached 154 for six off their 20 overs with opener Babar Azam top-scoring with 36 and Pollard weighing in with 31 from just 19 balls. Gayle, batting at number three, passed 11 for the fi ... Read More

Shine-Out, Packers make winning start in KSACA T20

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

President of KSACA Godfrey Lothian (third left), holds the championship trophy with representatives of the participating clubs at the launch of the City League T20 cricket competition at the Maxfield Park Sports Club last Thursday.

SHINE-Out Youth Club and Packers Club both won their opening matches in the 2017 Kingston and St Andrew Cricket Association (KSACA) City T20 League at the Maxfield Park Sports Club last Sunday. Shine-Out Youth defeated Seaview Gardens on the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method, or on a faster run rate. Batting first, Seaview made 178 for five wickets off their allotted 20 overs with Osbourne White scoring 62 runs. Shine-Out replied with 139 for six wickets off 15 overs. Seaview Gardens, after 15 ov ... Read More

Chief selector: Ambris did not merit walking into team

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

AMBRIS... made 423 runs at an average of 70 with six half-centuries in recent regional Super50 tourney (Photo: Ashley Allen/WICB)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Chief Selector Courtney Browne has sought to defend the controversial non-selection of Windward Islands Volcanoes stroke-maker Sunil Ambris who was overlooked for the upcoming three-match One-Day International series against England starting next month. In response to swirling criticism over the decision to omit the prolific Ambris in favour of Test wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich, Browne told the popular Mid-Wicket Radio Show here Tuesday that while Ambris ... Read More

Taylor ton steers New Zealand past South Africa

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

New Zealand’s Ross Taylor bats during the second One-Day International match against South Africa at the Hagley Park Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand, yesterday. (Photo: AFP)

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) — A record-breaking century from Ross Taylor steered New Zealand to a gripping six-run win over South Africa in the second One-Day International in Christchurch yesterday. Taylor scored an unbeaten 102 as New Zealand batted first and set a target of 290, with South Africa coming close thanks to a late 26-ball half-century from Dwaine Pretorius. The result snaps a 12-match ODI winning streak for South Africa and levels the five-match series in New Zealand a ... Read More

Rookies Peters, Hector in World Cup training squad

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

AGUILLEIRA... will lead team England (Photos: WICB)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — Uncapped Akeira Peters and Shawnisha Hector have been named in a 20-member training squad to prepare for the Women’s Cricket World Cup in June. The 23-year-old Peters is an all-rounder from Grenada who was part of the training set-up ahead of last year’s home series against England in Jamaica, but failed to gain selection. She was also a member of the Windward Islands squad for the Women’s Regional Championship in Guyana last year. Seve ... Read More

Ball in Bravo’s court — Cameron

Wednesday, February 22, 2017    

BRAVO... is West Indies’ leading Test batsman with 3,400 runs from 49 Tests and at average of 40 (Photo: WICB)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President Dave Cameron has remained vague on the future of embattled left-hander Darren Bravo. With the career of the Trinidadian up in the air following his sending home ahead of the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe last November, Cameron refused to be drawn definitively on the player’s future, saying only “the ball is in his court”. “My understanding is that Mr Bravo has met with the executive of the ... Read More

Roach, Cornwall in President’s XI squad to face England

Wednesday, February 22, 2017    

CORNWALL... was superb in taking 23 wickets in the ‘Test’ series against Sri Lanka A (Photo: WICB)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — West Indies A gloveman Jahmar Hamilton has been named to captain the WICB President’s XI in a one-day game against touring England next Monday in St Kitts. The 26-year-old Leeward Islands Hurricanes player will lead a side which includes Test bowler Kemar Roach, Windies A all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, and prolific Windward Islands Volcanoes batsman Sunil Ambris. Hamilton toured Sri Lanka last October as part of the squad for the three-match four-day ... Read More

Miller heartened despite Super50 final flop

BY SANJAY MYERS Senior staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, February 21, 2017    

MILLER... I’m very happy with my team; the way they represented themselves (Photo: Randy Brooks/WICB)

Jamaica Scorpions skipper Nikita Miller was heartened by the show from his team at this season’s Regional Super50 tournament despite the 59-run loss to Barbados Pride in the final on Saturday. The Scorpions were bowled out for 212 after restricting the Pride for 271-9 in the day/night affair at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua. Shai Hope, who struck a century in the semi-finals against Leeward Islands Hurricanes, followed with 101 in the final. “I would say it’s a seven out ... Read More



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