Windies impress against Black Caps in Hamilton

New Zealand reached 286-7 at stumps on day one of the second Test in Hamilton Saturday after West Indies showed signs of life.

Shannon Gabriel impressed as West Indies bounced back from their Wellington humiliation to make things difficult for New Zealand on day one of the second Test.

The Windies were put to the sword by the Black Caps Monday, humbled by an innings and 67 runs inside four days as the hosts scored at will.

But the Windies showed signs of life in Hamilton Saturday, restricting New Zealand to 286-7 at stumps thanks to Gabriel's three-wicket haul (3-83), while Miguel Cummins (2-33), Kemar Roach (1-45) and debutant Raymon Reifer (1-36) also impressed.

Jeet Raval (84) fell 16 runs short of a Test ton as the Kiwis lost 35-4, having been 154-1, however Colin de Grandhomme (58) and Mitchell Santner (24) managed to steady the ship, though the Windies toiled well to ensure day-one honours were relatively even at Seddon Park.


WPCL:Moseley scores a ton but Pride and Hurricanes share second-day honours

Shayne Moseley

A century from Shane Moseley and a half-century from Justin Greaves steered the Barbados Pride to 394 all out on day two of their WPCL match against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Warner Park in St Kitts on Friday.

At the close, the Hurricanes were mounting a strong reply at 61 for 1 from 21 overs to leave the match interestingly poised.

The Pride resumed from their overnight 174 for 2 with Moseley unbeaten on 70 and Johnathan Carter 2, having carried the score from 168 for 2.

On Friday, they extended their partnership to 53 runs before Carter went for 18 off the bowling Jeremiah Louis (3 for 80).

Carter’s dismissal triggered a middle-order collapse that saw the Pride losing four wickets for just 36 runs.

Louis claimed his second wicket when he had Kevin Stoute out lbw for 1, Kenroy Williams fell for seven to Devon Thomas and Mario Rampersaud went for 2 off the bowling of Rahkeem Cornwall.


Jamaica Open: USA's Herman Borja shoots course record 63 to take sole lead at Half Moon

Hernan Borja

American Hernan Borja shot a course record 63 to lead the 2017 Jamaica Open by three shots over compatriot Tarik Can after 36 holes at the Half Moon Golf Course in Montego Bay on Friday.

Borja who had an opening round of 71, shot nine birdies en route the new course record which put him nine under for the day and 10-under for the tournament.

The 63 erased the 65 set by Ross Cockran in 2012.  Cockran went on to win the English Open that same year.

Tarik shot a 67 on Friday that included five birdies for a 36-hole score of 137. He bogeyed the 209-yard par-3 third and finds himself trailing by three shots going into Saturday’s final 18 holes.

A further two shots back is Michael Maguire, who had the second-best score of the day, a six under par 66 for a 36-hole score of 139 that leaves him five shots adrift of the leader.

Brad Adamonis and Jordan Gumberg both also of the USA, shot scores of 69 and 67 respectively to be tied on 140.


Iron man Kim Collins down for PSD Bank 60m dash

Kim Collins

Caribbean track and field iron man Kim Collins is set to make his seventh appearance at the PSD Bank Meeting when he lines up for the 60m at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Dusseldorf on February 6, 2018.

“Kim Collins is an extraordinary character, on and off the track, and has a close connection with the meet and the city,” said meeting director Marc Osenberg.

The 41-year-old Collins from St Kitts and Nevis first competed in the German city in 2011, winning with a national record of 6.52.

That mark also stood as a meeting record until it was broken in 2014. Collins went on to achieve two more victories in Dusseldorf, winning in 2015 and 2016.

Collins, the 2003 world 100m champion who set a PB of 9.93 in 2016 at the age of 40, finished a close second in Dusseldorf earlier this year in 6.56, the same time as winner Yunier Perez of Cuba.


WPCL: John Campbell ton gives Scorpions big advantage over Red Force

John Campbell

After bowling out the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force for 243 yesterday, the Jamaica Scorpions pushed home their advantage in the Windies Professional Cricket League 4-Day game at Sabina Park thanks to a big hundred from opener John Campbell on day two.

The Scorpions closed the day, which ended a little early because of evening showers, on 318-4, already with a healthy lead of 75.

Resuming on 16 without loss, the Scorpions were stung early by the loss of Trevon Griffith for four, and Assad Fudadin for a duck, but recovered when Campbell, 156, and Brandon King, 63, came together in the 10th over of the innings with the side struggling at 36-2.

King and Campbell put on 157 for the third wicket before the former was caught by Denesh Ramdin off the bowling of Khary Pierre.

The wicket, which left the Scorpions on 193-3 did not slow the hosts too much though, as skipper Paul Palmer Jr, scored 68.


Windies opener Brathwaite climbs into top 20 of ICC Test rankings

Kraigg Brathwaite

West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite goes into Saturday’s second Test against New Zealand buoyed by being named stand-in captain but also because of news that he has moved up one place in the recently released ICC batting rankings.

The 25-year-old Barbadian is now ranked 17th up from 18 at the last ranking released. In the West Indies last series against Zimbabwe, Brathwaite scored 121 runs at an average of 40.33. His highest score of the series was 86.

Meanwhile, Braithwaite’s compatriot Shai Hope has moved up from 31 to 28 in the rankings. Hope was the leading run scorer for the Windies in Zimbabwe, amassing 174 runs at an average of 87 for the series during which his best score was 90.

Kemar Roach moved into the top 20 of the bowlers’ rankings climbing from 26 to 20 in the ICC bowler rankings. During the recent series against Zimbabwe, Roach claimed 11 wickets at an average of 20.27.


Government may not back T&T bid to host World Cup

The government of Trinidad and Tobago will not back its cricket board’s bid to host games at the 2018 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in the Caribbean.

According to the government, there are financial constraints as well as issues raised by Dinanath Ramnarine, chairman of the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT).

“We will not be bidding. I will be writing the PS (permanent secretary) for her to advise stakeholders of the decision,” said Darryl Smith, minister of sport and youth affairs, in an interview with the Trinidad and Tobago Express.

The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board had expected to bid on group games as well as the semi-final and final, however, without the government’s backing, that may not be possible.

A press release from the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board explained that the cost to the government would amount to TT$1 million.


Nikita Miller eyes return to Test team as well

Nikita Miller

Left-arm orthodox spinner, Nikita Miller, after earning a recall to the Windies ODI squad to face New Zealand, isn’t done there, he is eyeing Test caps as well.

“Everybody knows that Test cricket is my first love, so I'm open to anything,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

“Once it's [playing for] West Indies I'm ready, but my preferred version is Test cricket,” stressed the 35-year-old.

Miller earned the recall to the Windies ODI side, set to do battle with New Zealand from December 20, after a remarkable two-game burst with the ball in the Windies Professional Cricket League 4-Day tournament.

The spinner is captain of the Jamaica Scorpions but only returned to the team in the last two matches courtesy of an operation he did before the start of the regional season.


Gayle's 126 from 51 balls powers Riders to victory

Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle finally delivered a Gayle-storm performance in the Bangladesh Premier League that blew the Khulna Titans out of the competition.

Gayle smashed a 51-ball 126 that powered the Rangpur Riders to an eight-wicket win and a place in the second qualifier.

The whirlwind knock included 14 sixes, a new BPL record, bettering his own mark of 12 sixes set in 2013 when he played for the Dhaka Gladiators. He also hit six fours during his destructive knock as the Riders rushed to 171 for 2 off 15.2 overs.

Earlier, Nicolas Pooran smashed a 22-ball 28 and Carlos Brathwaite 25 from 9 to propel the Titans to 167 for 6 off their 20 overs. The total represented a turnaround from a potentially disastrous 56 for 3.

Opener Nazmul Hossain Shanto opened the innings for the Titans with three fours in eight balls before getting out trying to slog Sohag Gazi in the fourth over.


Black Caps batsman Taylor eyes Crowe century benchmark

Martin Crowe made 17 Test centuries for New Zealand during his illustrious career and Ross Taylor is looking to equal that mark in Hamilton.

Ross Taylor is hopeful it will not be long before he equals the late Martin Crowe's tally of Test hundreds for New Zealand, as he prepares to turn out at a happy hunting ground in Hamilton.

Should Taylor reach three figures in the second Test against West Indies, which begins on Saturday, he will draw level with Black Caps icon Crowe on 17 centuries in the five-day format - a figure current skipper Kane Williamson equalled in March.

Four of the 33-year-old's 16 Test tons have come at Hamilton's Seddon Park ground and he is eager to improve on that tally, particularly after falling for 93 in the series-opening victory over the Windies.


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