Cricket West Indies (CWI) is standing by its decision to appoint Englishman, Richard Pybus interim Head Coach of the WINDIES Men's team.

Rangpur Riders coach Tom Moody has warned that Windies stars batsman Chris Gayle is due a big performance with the bat, following a slow start to the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

Life in the BPL this season has been a mighty struggle so far for the big left-hander.  In four games to date, Gayle the tournament’s record runs scorer has hit a total of 39 runs.  The player’s stay at the crease so far includes totals of one, eight, 23 and seven in the four games he’s played. 

The total seems a far cry from the 485 runs Gayle racked up in 11 matches last season at an average of 53.88.  The performance left the West Indian as the tournament’s record runs scorer.  Moody has, however, backed the player to find form sooner rather than later.

“I’m sure Chris is frustrated. Chris has got a record in T20 cricket that no one’s close to. He is also a very proud man and we know that a player of his quality is going to shine at any given moment,” Moody said.

“Once Chris comes to the party with the bat, I feel for the side that’s gonna be in his way.”

Rangpur will tackle Sylhet Sixers at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

 

 

 

A solid century from opener Devon Smith gave the Windward Islands a solid start against Jamaica Scorpions in the West Indies Championship at Grenada National Stadium on Thursday.

At the close of play, the Windwards stood at 256 for 6 an innings underpinned by a patient 124 off 209 balls from Smith.  The batsman’s stubborn knock included 16 fours and no sixes.  A five-for from the Scorpions Dennis Bulli limited the damage somewhat as he ended with figures of 94 for 5.  In fact, with Smith’s obstinance to contend with, it was Bulli who claimed wickets at regular intervals and accounted for the entire top order. 

Smith’s opening partner Taryck Gabriel was the first of his victims as he was trapped lbw for 10 after facing 61 balls.  The pair Tyrone Theophile and Kirk Edwards, who next up at the crease, fared even worse off as they were consecutively bowled for eight runs each, having faced a total of 32 balls. 

Kavem Hodge then joined Smith at the crease and the pair put on 144 for the fourth wicket.  From a strong position of 205 for 3 the Windwards experienced a setback when Hodge was dismissed by Chadwick Walton for 56 and Smith, the victim of the brilliant Bulli, followed two overs later.  Alick Athanaze meekly two overs after adding a single run before being caught by Kenroy Williams off the bowling of Bulli.  Dennis Smith (36) and Sherman Lewis (16) will return as the not out batsmen.

Kevin Stoute took 6 for 34 to reduce the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to 170 all out after just 60.4 overs against the Barbados Pride at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy on Thursday.

Rahkeem Cornwall’s four-wicket haul and three from Damion Jacobs reduced defending champions Guyana Jaguars to 196 all over during Thursday’s first day of round four of the West Indies Championships at Providence.

Azim Bassarath, who on Wednesday, won a fourth term as president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, claims that the court matter brought by rival Dinanath Ramnarine two years ago stifled the development of cricket in the twin-island republic.

Jamaica international Omar Gordon has joined USL Championship club OKC Energy in a move away from Jamaican Premier League club Montego Bay United.

The 27-year-old striker is fresh from completing a loan spell at USL Western Conference team San Antonio where he made a solid impression.  Gordon scored six goals in seven appearances and notched four assists.

Locally, Gordon made a measurable impression with 125 appearances for Montego Bay United, a club he joined in 2011.  He scored 37 goals and helped the club to the Jamaican National Premier League title in 2014 and 2016.

Energy FC Head Coach Steve Cooke admitted he was pleased to have acquired the player’s services.

“Having watched him at close quarters playing for San Antonio last year, we always knew he was a threat against us, “Cooke said.

“He’s big, he’s strong, he’s powerful and he’s got the pace to get in behind – great 1-v-1 attacking defenders. I think he can contribute goals, assists and really take the game to the other teams.”

Gordon has also previously competed on loan in the United States with Indy Eleven during the 2016 season when he recorded three goals in 20 appearances for the club. 

Defending champions Kingston Hummingbirds and the St. Ann Orchids sealed their places Saturday’s semi-finals of the Berger Elite League after scoring wins over the St. James Sharpes and the Clarendon Gaters, respectively, on Wednesday night.

The economic impact of the Caribbean Premier League reporting on the countries hosting matches continues to see steady growth, according to figures released by the CPL on Thursday.

In recognition of her outstanding break-out season last year, Jamaica’s fast-emerging track star Briana Williams has been nominated for the prestigious 2019 Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year.

Craig Butler, agent and guardian of Bayer Leverkusen budding star Leon Bailey, believes the player is set to benefit greatly from a change of coach at the Bundesliga club.

The 21-year-old player was a standout performer last season, when he made his debut for the club, scoring nine goals and providing six assists.  Bailey’s exploits got the attention of several of Europe’s top clubs with the chance of a move away from the German club seeming a distinct possibility.

Following a tumultuous period and a dip in form, however, the player fell out of coach Heiko Herrlich’s plans and managed only eight starts for the new term.  After a slow start, Herrlich was replaced by Peter Bosz just ahead of the winter break.  Butler is convinced the change of coach will lead to a revival of fortunes.

"I am very happy that this change has come about. Leon did not develop under Heiko Herrlich," Butler told SportBild.

"For Leon, it is very important that he enjoys football, he lives alone in Germany, the family is in Jamaica, and if Leon does not have fun, it kills him,” he added.

"Top clubs have come forward, Real and Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Roma, and in recent months they have been surprised that Leon plays so seldom, wondering why a top league player like him is suddenly sitting on the bench."

Reggae Girl Nicole McClure was honoured in New York recently at the office of the Consulate General of Jamaica, 767 Third Avenue in New York at an event hosted by Team Jamaica Bickle marking its 25th anniversary of operations at the Penn Relays.

The organizers of Central hurdles & Relays have joined forces with GC Foster College for the 10th staging of the meet set for Saturday, January 19 at GC Foster.

Azim Bassarath has retained the presidency of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board following elections held on Wednesday evening.

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