England suffered a late batting collapse as Sheldon Cottrell's maiden five-wicket haul in one-day cricket helped West Indies level the five-match series at 1-1 in Barbados.

Having overhauled a target of 361 with relative ease at the same venue 48 hours earlier, England appeared to be cruising again when they sat at 228-4 in reply to the home side's 289-6, a total built around Shimron Hetmyer's excellent unbeaten hundred.

However, Ben Stokes' departure for 79 sparked a dramatic turnaround in proceedings, with West Indies claiming the final six wickets for 35 runs to bowl their opponents out for 263.

Recalled to the team, Cottrell (5-46) made the most of his opportunity, each of his breakthroughs quickly followed by an army-style salute that has become his trademark celebration.

The left-arm paceman struck twice at both the start and end of England's unsuccessful run chase, while he also had Eoin Morgan caught in the deep for 70 to end a fourth-wicket stand worth 99.

Stokes continued on despite his captain's departure but, crucially, none of England's well-set batsmen managed to see the job through, allowing West Indies to rally in front of a raucous crowd at the Kensington Oval.

The home spectators had been on their feet earlier to celebrate a fourth ODI century for Hetmyer, the left-hander reaching the milestone with a four down the ground from the penultimate delivery of the 50th over as he finished on 104 not out.

Chris Gayle had threatened another big score until he was bowled by Adil Rashid when aiming to smack a fifth six in his innings, the left-hander - who made 135 in a losing cause last time out - departing for an even 50.

John Campbell (23), Shai Hope (33) and Darren Bravo (25) all made contributions, but a more disciplined display from England's bowling attack left them an easier task than Wednesday's six-wicket win.

They looked on course to go 2-0 up despite losing openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy in a hurry, both falling to Cottrell's disciplined bowling during the powerplay.

Joe Root eased to 36 before edging a short ball from Oshane Thomas to wicketkeeper Hope and while Morgan and Stokes combined impressively, England were unable to get over the line in the closing overs.

Having dismissed Stokes, West Indies skipper Jason Holder got rid of Jos Buttler - deceived by a slower delivery to be caught at cover for 34 - and Tom Curran with successive deliveries, reigniting his team's hopes before Cottrell claimed the spotlight once again.

Despite a century from Shimron Hetmyer, the Windies will still have it all to do to get back into their One Day International series against England after ending the first innings of their second game at Kensington Oval on 289-6. 

Barbadian jockey Simon Husbands aces another trophy race at Jamaica’s Caymanas Park and Caribbean trainers Saffie Joseph Jnr. and Rohan Crichton land added-money wins at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

Atlanta United suffered a 3-1 loss to Herediano in the opening leg of their CONCACAF Champions League tie in Frank de Boer's first competitive game in charge.

De Boer was appointed coach of the MLS champions in December, replacing Gerardo Martino, who took charge of Mexico.

But the Dutchman tasted defeat in his first competitive outing, as Atlanta went down to begin the last-16 tie in Costa Rica.

The visitors were punished in just the seventh minute, Jose Guillermo Ortiz pouncing on a poor headed backpass to lob goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

Herediano doubled their lead 11 minutes before half-time, Randall Azofeifa getting in behind to put away a pass from Ortiz.

However, Atlanta managed to pull one back through Julian Gressel, only for the hosts to restore their two-goal advantage early in the second half when Oscar Granados tucked away an Azofeifa set-piece.

It leaves Herediano well-placed to reach the quarter-finals ahead of the second leg on February 28.

There was better news for another MLS club as Sporting Kansas City cruised to a 3-0 home win over Toluca.

Krisztian Nemeth, Gerso Fernandes and Ilie struck to give Sporting a first-leg victory.

Middle-order batsman Tevyn Walcott’s half-century spared the Barbados Pride the blushes on the opening day of the match against the Windwards Volcanoes at Arnos Vale on Thursday.

Cricket West Indies Presidential candidate, Ricky Skerritt explains his reasons for challenging incumbent Dave Cameron for the post.

Prime Minister of Grenada Dr. Keith Mitchell has insisted that a change of structure should be the primary focus of the next Cricket West Indies (CWI) boss, following the announcement of a challenge to incumbent president Dave Cameron.

After four terms in charge of the regional body, Cameron will face a challenge from former Windies team manager Ricky Skerritt, when the organisation goes to the polls next month.

Mitchell, who has at times found himself in an adversarial relationship with regional cricket’s leadership team in recent years, however, believes very little will be different unless the new leader is willing to focus on decades-long structural deficiencies.

“30-50 years ago Governments were operating one way in terms of how they governed countries.  They made you believe they could solve all your problems, ‘just vote for me’.  That has changed dramatically, businesses had to change over the years and be more transparent,” Mitchell told the SportsMax Zone.

“Trade Unions had to also recognize that it was not about getting increases in salary but also getting productivity, it’s a competitive world.  Similarly, sporting bodies cannot operate a 19 century, 20th-century system in the 21st century,” he added.

A 2015 CARICOM-commissioned Governance Report – authored by prominent regional academic and UWI Cave Hill principal Professor Eudine Barriteau – had called for the “immediate dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board and the appointment of an Interim Board.”

“The chop and change of presidents in my view is not going to solve the problems that are plaguing West Indies cricket.  The attitude and structure that we have in place and the transparency and accountability has to be a fundamental issue also.”

Jamaica can boast that it has the biggest relay festival in the Caribbean - The Gibson McCook Relays. But what do you know about the  the festival? Before you tune into SportsMax at 4pm on Saturday or from 9am online, learn the rich history of this wonderful event.

Off-spinner Akim Fraser took four wickets on debut as the Jamaica Scorpions were locked in a tense battle at for first-innings honours at stumps on day one of their match against the Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park.

It was a great week for baseball in the United States. For basketball? Not so much.

After months of discussion about where Manny Machado would agree to sign, there finally came an answer on Tuesday.

In the NBA, the league is simply waiting for the arrival of Zion Williamson, who could shatter attendance records for whichever team are lucky enough to win the draft lottery.

But on Wednesday, he got a scare – as did the entire NBA world.

That and more this week in US Sports.

 

1. A superstar finally signs

The MLB's hot stove has moved to lukewarm.

Manny Machado, a four-time All-Star and perennial MVP contender, reportedly has agreed to a record 10-year, $300million deal with the San Diego Padres.

Machado reportedly waited to agree to a deal until February 19, the same day free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer agreed to sign with San Diego in 2018.

Now, we'll see what Bryce Harper signs for. And in case you didn't know, it will likely be for even more money.

 

2. The first big NHL trade has been made

The NHL's trade deadline is February 25 and the front was mostly quiet until Wednesday.

The Minnesota Wild made the first move, trading first-line winger Charlie Coyle to the Boston Bruins for Ryan Donato and a fifth-round draft pick.

Coyle was also on the Wild's first power play and is likely to slot in as Boston's second-line center or third-line winger.

The trade gives the Bruins some much-needed depth, especially now as leading goalscorer David Pastrnak is on the shelf with an injury.

 

3. Zion Williamson gets hurt

The entire basketball world got a scare on Wednesday when the perennial favourite to be the number one pick in the NBA Draft, and viral dunk sensation, Zion Williamson went down awkwardly in Duke's 88-72 loss to North Carolina.

It was a bizarre incident as Williamson actually busted through his shoe and suffered a mild knee sprain.

The incident sparked a lot of debate as to whether Williamson should play another game in the college season as his draft stock probably is not going anywhere with any performances on the floor. It is a debate that has been going on for a while and the NBA even made a bit of a statement regarding the incident.

According to a report from USA Today, the NBA is considering dropping the legal draft age to 18 from 19. If that were to happen, players like Williamson would not have to play college ball anymore and have to risk injury before getting their long-awaited professional payday.

 Solid middle order batting from the trio of Devon Thomas, Jahmar Hamilton and Terrance Ward left the Leeward Islands Hurricanes in a comfortable position, on day 1 of the West Indies Championship fixture at Warner Park.

At stumps, the Leewards were 295 for 5 after being sent in to bat by the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force who won the toss.  The score was, however, compiled after the Hurricanes staged a remarkable recover after a poor start to the innings.

The Hurricanes lost opener Montcin Hodge in the fourth over and partner Kieran Powell four overs later to leave the team struggling at 14 for 2.  Medium pacer Daniel St Clair was responsible for the removal of both openers, first bowling Hodge for 2 before having Powell caught by Jason Mohammed for 5.

Up next at the crease, however, Keacy Carty and Thomas began the repair job for the Hurricanes, adding 105 for the third wicket.

The partnership was ended when Carty, who was just short of a half-century on 44, was caught by Joshua Da Silva off the bowling of Anderson Phillips.  Thomas followed to the pavilion five overs later, when he was stumped by Denesh Ramdin off the bowling of Khary Pierre.  Thomas’ well struck 67 came from 103 balls.

There would be little respite for the T&T bowling attack, however, as Hamilton would join Ward at the crease with the duo putting on 109 for the fifth wicket.  The partnership was ended by Pierre who had Hamilton caught by Jason Mohammed on 68.

Ward ended the day on 64 and was joined at the crease by Rahkeem Cornwall, who was not out on 34 from 55.  St Clair and Pierre were the pick of the bowlers, with two wickets each for the Red Force.

Cricket West Indies President Dave Cameron will face a challenge to his attempt to lead the organization for a fourth term from former West Indies team manager, Ricky Skerritt.

Skerritt announced he would be in the running for the post that goes up for election on March 28 and announced a running mate in Dr Kishore Shallow, who will be challenging for the post of vice president. 

Chris Silverwood is in contention to succeed Trevor Bayliss as England head coach, with director of cricket Ashley Giles "99.9 per cent" certain that one person will be appointed to the role.

Giles had previously been open to the idea of employing split coaches for the Test and limited-overs teams when Bayliss leaves his role in September.

But he is now inclined to entrust the position to an individual, believing it will bring "stability in culture as well as voice".

Bowling coach Silverwood, part of a three-man team assisting Bayliss along with Paul Collingwood and Graham Thorpe, impressed Giles when at the helm of Essex, where he won promotion before sealing the County Championship title in 2017. 

"I'll put my cards on the table," Giles told reporters in Barbados on Thursday. "My feeling's now 99.9 per cent that we should have one coach.

"One coach gives us stability in culture as well as voice. But I see it as one guy in charge – and prepared for time off – and three assistant coaches, not just one, that work together and help share the burden. We'll see the start of that shape going into World Cup.

"Paul Collingwood will be involved in the World Cup, but he is not replacing Paul Farbrace [who leaves for Warwickshire next month]. I think having one assistant puts a lot of pressure on that person.

"Spoons [Silverwood] is a candidate, yes. Seeing what he did as head coach of Essex was remarkable. They were a bit of a shambles when he came and, in two years, he'd turned them round completely.

"And he's got a nice way about him. He's a tough bloke, with a fair amount of discipline, but he communicates really well. We know he's capable."

Windies skipper Jason Holder has hailed the impact of top opening batsman Chris Gayle who cracked 135 in a losing effort against England on Monday.

On a placid Kensington Oval pitch that suited the batsmen, the 39-year-old left-hander cracked an astounding 12 sixes and four 4s enroute to his 135 off 129 balls.  The effort was, however, somewhat in vain as England cruised to a six-wicket win on the back of centuries from Jason Roy (123) and Joe Root (102).  The result saw England move ahead 1-0 in the five-test One Day International series.

“Credit to our batters I thought we played exceptionally well on what was a really good pitch, one of the best I have seen at Kensington Oval for a while. I thought Chris played a really good innings. He took a bit of time upfront, got himself set and then put pressure back on the spinners in the middle and forced Eoin Morgan to bring back the seamers back a bit earlier. I felt he held the innings together and gave other batters a chance to express themselves,” Holder said.

“England played well to chase down our target. We’re now 1-0 down so we know we have to bounce back on Friday and look to make it 1-1 before we head off to Grenada.”

The teams will play the second ODI at the same venue tomorrow.

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