Windies captain Jason Holder said his team is not taking their participation in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 lightly. The finalists of the tournament will both progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, and Holder is well aware that this is the only remaining opportunity for the two-time champions to make it to the big dance.
The Windies last won the ICC World Cup in 1979, 39 years ago.
The tournament that will be held in Zimbabwe begins on March 4 with the Windies opening its campaign on March 6.
The Barbadian all-rounder admitted that even though the Windies are top seeds for the tournament they will have to play well to get to the final.
Barbados tennis player Darian King has failed in his bid to make the final draw of the Australian Open.
King, stumbled at the final hurdle where he played against Sweden’s Elias Ymer, who had no trouble during his 6-3, 6-4 win.
King, who had beaten Ymer at the Delray Beach Open last year, was still an underdog according to the rankings, however, there was hope that the Barbadian was in good enough form to upset the applecart, especially after a 7-5, 6-0 win over Alexander Bublik. Bublik is ranked higher than Ymer and the win for King could have shown he was in the right place.
Before that, King had dominated beaten Australian Marc Polmans, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).
Ymer has been to the Australian Open before, making it into the main draw in 2015. This time around, his route included Frenchman Kenny de Schepper, 6-2, 7-6, American Dennis Novikov, 7-6, 6-3, 6-3, before getting by King.
High-riding Portmore United suffered a rare loss in the Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday, going down 2-1 to Harbour View at the Harbour View Stadium for only their third defeat of the season.
Maalique Foster opened the scoring to put the league leaders on track for their 14th win of the season. However, the Stars of the East were not having it. Christopher Harvey made it 1-1 in the 71st minute and Andrew Allen found the winner from the penalty spot with four minutes to go in regulation.
Despite the loss, Portmore still leads the league with 44 points seven clear of Arnett Gardens who have a chance to cut the gap to four when they play Reno FC on Monday night. Meanwhile, the three points saw Harbour View jump two places to seventh with 24 points.
A five-for from leg-spinner Damion Jacobs saw the Jamaica Scorpions complete a 57 runs win over Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the WPCL Regional 4-Day match at Sabina Park.
The day began with things interestingly poised as the Hurricanes needed 103 runs to win the game but had just four wickets in hand.
Things began very poorly for the Leewards when overnight batsman Shane Burton suffered the embarrassment of being dismissed hit wicket off the bowling of John Campbell. They, however, took a turn for the worse when Jahmah Hamilton the last recognizable batsman in the team’s line-up was dismissed for just 5 runs, caught by Jermaine Blackwood off the bowling of Campbell.
Another woeful batting performance saw the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force crash to an innings and 38 runs defeat at the hands of the Windward Island Volcanoes in the WPCL Regional 4-Day fixture at Warner Park.
Batting a second time the Red Force were dismissed for 157 still 37 runs short of the Windwards first innings total of 366.
The twin-island republic based team seemed at least in a strong enough to make a fight of things when they began the day at 93-2 but that outlook quickly changed.
Resuming the day on 11 overnight batsman Yannic Cariah failed to add to the total after being dismissed lbw by Shane Shillingford. His departure signalled the beginning of a shocking collapse. Next up at crease, Denesh Ramdin added seven runs before himself being dismissed lbw to Delorn Johnson.
A patient half century from Kraigg Brathwaite at the top of the order for Barbados Pride ensured there was very little drama on the final day of the WPCL Regional 4-Day fixture against the Guyana Jaguars, at Kensington Oval, as the match ended in a draw.
Tagenarine Chanderpaul scored an unbeaten century as the Jaguars added 109 more runs to their overnight total of 154 for 4 before declaring at 263 for 5. Chanderpaul’s total of 101 came from 275 balls and included 9 boundaries. Anthony Bramble, who resumed with Chanderpaul at the crease, also made a solid contribution by adding another 73 runs to his overnight total of 1. The batsman was eventually dismissed after being caught by Jomel Warrican off the bowling of Jonathan Carter.
Long awaited repairs for the Tobago-based Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet is expected to take place later this year Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs has confirmed.
The stadium’s state of disrepair had caused controversy late last year when Secretary for the Tobago’s Division of Sports and Youth Affairs, Jomo Pitt, had stated that there were no plans in place to repair the stadium used by several youth athletes in Tobago. The comment drew the attention of Yorke, the famous former T&T national and Manchester United player.
Guyana will continue to explore the options of hosting the 2018 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final but the country’s minister of sports Dr George Norton insists more information will be required before making a bid.
The hosting of the CPL games has largely been considered a successful venture for the country with figures from 2017 showing that US$14 million or 2.8 Billion Guyana dollars was made while hosting four matches. The figures could grow this time around with the Warriors slated to host five matches and the possibility of nine should the country managed to host finals week.
“I don’t have a problem with it [bidding for finals] but I don’t have enough information at this time but I certainly will discuss it further and if it’s possible we will certainly do so. I need the necessary information and I will make an effort to get that and then it will go to cabinet,” Norton told Guyana Times.
United States international Jose Altidore has responded cheekily to recent controversial comments made by US President Donald Trump.
Trump was roundly condemned by the international community last week after questioning why the United States would want immigrants from the likes of Africa and Haiti, who he reportedly branded as ‘sh—hole countries’. The Caribbean Community has since slammed Trump for using "repulsive language" to describe Haiti and African countries.
"Caricom condemns in the strongest terms the unenlightened views reportedly expressed," the 15-nation bloc's Guyana-based headquarters said in a statement.
The Jamaica Scorpions, despite some poor batting, are not going away and stand a very good chance of getting the better of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes in their Windies Professional Cricket League game at Sabina Park.
As it stands, the Hurricanes, 159-6, are 103 runs away from claiming victory but with just four wickets in hand, the game is interestingly poised.
On Thursday, the Scorpions put themselves in trouble with poor batting yet again, going bowled out for 197.
In that innings, a number of players got starts but threw their hands away, with only Jermaine Blackwood, 81, helping the score in a significant way against the bowling of Sheno Berridge, 4-46, Jeremiah Louis, 3-62, and Chaim Holder, 3-50.
When the Hurricanes replied, Keacy Carty, 78, and Jahmar Hamilton, 40, could not get the visitors over the line, as they crumbled for 171.