Only two rounds are left to determine the winner of the 2018-19 West Indies Championship, so there will be huge interest in the outcome of this week’s ninth round of matches which opens today in Guyana, Kingston and St. Vincent.

 Defeats for front-runners Guyana Jaguars in three of their last four matches has meant that the title race has gotten a bit tighter, but the four-time defending champions are still heavily favoured to walk away with the Headley/Weekes Trophy, symbol of supremacy in the West Indies first-class game.

The Jags top the table with 117.2 points – 23.8 points clear of their nearest rivals, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, and third-placed Barbados Pride a further 2.8 points behind.

With a total of 48 points available to each team over the scheduled final two rounds of matches, plus the Hurricanes and third-placed Barbados Pride still holding a game in hand, making it for them potentially 72 points, the Jaguars still have to keep the champagne on ice and play hard down the stretch to fortify their title hopes.

Jaguars vs Pride in Providence, Guyana

The Jaguars will be pushing hard to bolster their title claims, when they face the Pride at the Guyana National Stadium in the key match of the round, hoping to complete a season sweep against their opponents in a renewal of the regional game’s longest standing rivalry.

Squads:

JAGUARS (from) – Leon Johnson (captain), Christopher Barnwell, Anthony Bramble, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Ramaal Lewis, Gudakesh Motie, Veerasammy Permaul, Akshaya Persaud, Raymon Reifer, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Vishaul Singh

IN–Lewis, Persaud; OUT–Keon Joseph, Clinton Pestano

PRIDE (from) – Shamarh Brooks (captain), Rashidi Boucher, Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Keon Harding, Chaim Holder, Aaron Jones, Nicholas Kirton, Marquino Mindley, Shayne Moseley, Shamar Springer, Tevyn Walcott, Jomel Warrican

Unchanged

Scorpions vs Hurricanes in Kingston, Jamaica

Resurgent, fifth-placed Jamaica Scorpions too, are heading into their contest against the Hurricanes at Sabina Park aiming to complete a season sweep, bolstered by the return of champion left-arm spinner Nikita Miller.

Squads:

SCORPIONS (from) – Paul Palmer (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Gordon Bryan, Dennis Bulli, Akim Frazer, Assad Fudadin, Derval Green, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Kennar Lewis, Nikita Miller, Alwyn Williams, Oraine Williams

IN–Bryan, Lewis, Miller, Alwyn Williams; OUT– Jerome Taylor, Aldaine Thomas, Chadwick Walton, Kenroy Williams

HURRICANES (from) ­– Kieran Powell (captain), Sheno Berridge, Quinton Boatswain, Nelson Bolan, Keacy Carty, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Damion Jacobs, Kian Pemberton, Jaison Peters, Devon Thomas, Terance Warde

IN–Pemberton; OUT–Alzarri Joseph

Volcanoes vs Red Force in Kingstown, St. Vincent

Windward Islands Volcanoes are also hoping for two things, when they meet cellar dwellers Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex – that they can put the memories of defeat in the previous round at this venue behind them and they can complete a season sweep over the visitors.

Squads:

VOLCANOES (from) – Sunil Ambris (captain), Alick Athanaze, Roland Cato, Larry Edward, Tarryck Gabriel, Kavem Hodge, Ray Jordan, Obed McCoy, Kimani Melius, Denis Smith, Devon Smith, Emmanuel Stewart, Josh Thomas

Unchanged

RED FORCE (from) – Denesh Ramdin (captain), Yannic Cariah, Bryan Charles, Joshua Da Silva, Imran Khan, Jason Mohammed, Khary Pierre, Jeremy Solozano, Odean Smith, Anderson Phillip, Marlon Richards, Daniel St. Clair, Tion Webster

INRichards; OUTLendl Simmons

 

OFFICIAL POINTS STANDINGS

Following are the Official Points Standings in the 2018-19 West Indies Championship after the eighth round of matches.

Abbreviations: PTS-total points, M-matches, W-won, L-lost, D-drawn, T-tied, NR-no result, DP-Abandoned match due to dangerous pitch, MR-match referee awarding match, BAT-batting points, BOWL-bowling points, PB-pace bowling points

FRANCHISES PTS P W L D T NR DP MR BAT BOWL PB
1. Guyana Jaguars 117.2 8 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 14 24 19.2
2. Leewards Hurricanes 93.4 7 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 12 20 10.4
3. Barbados Pride 90.6 7 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 11 18 13.6
4. Windwards Volcanoes 80 8 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 9 23 12
5. Jamaica Scorpions 76.4 7 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 8 20 12.4
6. T&T Red Force 67.4 7 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 11 18 11.4

TOP PERFORMERS

 

Following are the lists of the most prolific batsmen and most successful bowlers in the 2018-19 West Indies Championship after the eighth round of matches.

Batting tabulated under: M-matches, I-innings, NO-not outs, R-runs, HS-highest scores, AVG-average, 100-hundreds, 50-half-centuries

Bowling tabulated under: M-matches, O-overs, R-runs, W-wickets, BB-best bowling, AVG-average, 5w-five wickets or more in an innings, 10w-10 wickets or more in a match

BATSMEN M I NO R HS AVG 100 50
1. Devon Smith (Volcanoes) 7 14 1 667 199 51.30 2 1
2. Montcin Hodge (Hurricanes) 7 14 1 593 158 45.61 2 4
3. Jonathan Carter (Pride) 7 14 2 532 149* 44.33 1 4
4. Anthony Bramble (Jaguars) 8 11 2 475 168 52.77 2 0
5. Tagenarine Chanderpaul (Jaguars) 8 16 3 464 117* 35.69 1 1
BOWLERS M O R W BB AVG 5w 10w
1. Rahkeem Cornwall (Hurricanes) 6 269 683 41 6-70 16.65 2 1
2. Veerasammy Permaul (Jaguars) 8 292.5 772 34 5-57 22.70 1 0
3. Romario Shepherd (Jaguars) 8 213.2 611 28 4-36 21.82 0 0
4. Larry Edward (Volcanoes) 6 294.5 708 27 5-67 26.22 1 0
5. Imran Khan (Red Force) 7 229.5 680 26 7-47 26.15 2 1

 Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron and Captain Jason Holder have high hopes for WINDIES cricket as the side continues to demonstrate “the immense talent of West Indians.”

Following a victory in the Test series with England, Cameron believes a good showing by the WINDIES during the One Day Internationals (ODIs) against the world’s leading team contributes to reenergizing Caribbean cricket and uniting the region: “Caribbean people are very passionate about West Indies cricket and they understand that the task ahead is huge to rebuild the West Indies team back to its glorious days of success,” said the CWI President.

Captain Holder believes the team is on the right track for success by focusing on leadership, sustainability and energizing the franchise system: “Around the world, most other territories have efficient franchise systems where players can be developed and then graduate to the senior team or on to the international circuit. Hopefully, in years to come, we can get to the point where all our franchises are self-sustaining, and players can develop and improve their cricket.”

The West Indies skipper, the number one Test all-rounder as ranked by the ICC Test Match Player Rankings, was confident that consistent winning and exciting cricket will attract sponsors and the financial infusion needed to strengthen West Indies cricket: “Funding has been fundamental to sustaining and developing our systems. If we can continue to make improvements … we can get a few more sponsors on board.”

The team leader doffed his cap to the recently assembled coaching staff: “It’s been pretty good working with (interim coach) Richard (Pybus). He’s very well organized and I think the guys have really bought into what he’s brought.”

Solidifying the team’s leadership, according to Holder, is key to driving the WINDIES back to the top ranks of world cricket: “The issue we’ve had in West Indies cricket is … since they’ve been playing for a couple of years now … I have had quite a few coaches come in and leave. But it would be good to have a solid figure in place in terms of a head coach, and then the guys can sit down and work around the head coach.”

Holder, who has captained the WINDIES since 2014 when he was 23 years old, claimed he has not been doing things differently: “I’ve just been a bit clearer on my personal plans and patience has been one of the things I’ve gotten better at in the longer form of cricket … one of the things that I’ve really nailed down is having a clear simple game plan. Once I do, execution becomes a lot easier and cricket seems a little bit easier than sometimes we make it seem.”

The month-long nomination period for CWI’s election came to an end on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Incumbents, Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron and Emmanuel Nanthan, now, President and Vice-President, respectively, of Cricket West Indies will have a challenge for the March 24, 2019 election.

 President Cameron and Vice-President Nanthan were twice nominated, in the first instance by the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control and seconded by the Guyana Cricket Board; while the Jamaica Cricket Association also nominated the pair, seconded by the Barbados Cricket Association.

 The challenge has come from Directors, Richard “Ricky” Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow, who were both nominated by the Leeward Islands Cricket Board and seconded by the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board.

 The election exercise will form part of the Annual General Meeting on Sunday, March 24 in Jamaica. Reports from the major standing Committees will be tabled, along with the presentation of the audited statements. The Board of Directors will meet on March 22 and 23 for their first quarterly sitting of 2019.

 Following are the Official Points Standings after the eighth round of matches which ended on Sunday in the 2018-19 West Indies Championship.

Abbreviations: PTS-total points, M-matches, W-won, L-lost, D-drawn, T-tied, NR-no result, DP-Abandoned match due to dangerous pitch, MR-match referee awarding match, BAT-batting points, BOWL-bowling points, PB-pace bowling points

FRANCHISES PTS P W L D T NR DP MR BAT BOWL PB
1. Guyana Jaguars 117.2 8 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 14 24 19.2
2. Leewards Hurricanes 93.4 7 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 12 20 10.4
3. Barbados Pride 90.6 7 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 11 18 13.6
4. Windwards Volcanoes 80 8 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 9 23 12
5. Jamaica Scorpions 76.4 7 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 8 20 12.4
6. T&T Red Force 67.4 7 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 11 18 11.4

-ENDS-

At the Annual General meeting of the Dominica Cricket Association held at La Flamboyant Hotel on February 23, Mr. Glen Joseph has been elected as the president of the Dominica Cricket Association. Mr. Joseph beat Mr. Anthony Scotland by 6 votes with a total of 23 votes to Mr. Joseph and 17 votes to Mr. Scotland.

Mr. Kevin James has been re-elected as 1st Vice President with Mr. Clement Marcelin being elected as the new 2nd Vice President. Mr. David Johnson has been re-elected as Honorary Secretary with Mr. Oscar George elected as the new Assistant Secretary /Treasurer. Ms. Lima Jervier has been elected as the new Treasurer and Mr. Geoff Pierre and Ms. Annica Andrew elected as committee members.

The executive members selected will serve for a 2 year term. The elected members gave their commitment towards the development of cricket in Dominica and beyond. The president, Mr. Glen Joseph told the affiliated clubs, teams and bodies that the executive will do their best to ensure that cricket will be govern in the way that will promote and develop the sport.

Cornwall continued his impressive form this season, taking 5-79 from 27 overs, and Boatswain captured 3-5 in 2.4 overs, as the Volcanoes failed to build on a defiant, undefeated 102 from Ambris.

 The Volcanoes had seemed on track for victory, coasting at 135 for two at one stage with Ambris, whose knock included five fours and one six from 139 balls, leading the charge.

 Three wickets in 35 balls left the Volcanoes wobbling on 152 for five, but Ambris anchored a stand of 70 with Ray Jordan to leave the home team, requiring only 19 more to win.

 But in a spectacular turn of events, the Volcanoes would lost their last five wickets for six, with their last four batsmen all scoring ducks.