Carol Henry, the newly elected president of the St. Lucia Cricket Association, says he will be focussing on national administration, development of cricket on the island as well as player welfare during his two-year term.

Defending champion, Chris Binnie, won an eighth consecutive All-Jamaica Senior Squash title after posting at the Liguanea Club in Kingston over the weekend. Binnie, who was winning his ninth title overall, defeated second seed Bruce Burrowes 11-6, 11-4, 11-3.

West Indies Emerging Players captain Yannic Cariah has revealed that self-belief was key to the team unlikely triumph in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 competition on Sunday.

At the start of the tournament, few would have given the unit hastily stitched together by Cricket West Indies a shot to win the it all.  In fact, the idea behind the Floyd Reifer-coached unit was to give player that had been rejected by their regional squads a chance to gain valuable experience.  On Sunday, a 205 runs thrashing of the Leeward Islands in the final proved they were just as good as anyone else.

After several strong performances, the team’s run in the tournament seemed to be at an end following a crushing defeat to the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force just a week ago, however, another unlikely scenario, a loss for the Guyana Jaguars to the United States, put them squarely back in contention for the top prize.

“I told the guys once we got through the semifinals, we would win the tournament because I know the caliber of players that we have.  We have a balanced team and the belief that everyone has is incredible,” Cariah said in a post-match interview.

“I have to thank the coaches, the staff who gave us the support that we needed.  Men played with niggles, men played under the weather and we still came out on top, that a fantastic achievement,” he added.

 

A four-four from spinner Kevin Sinclair and three from Yannic Cariah led the West Indies Emerging Players to a crushing 205 runs victory over and to the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain on Sunday.

Sent in to bat, Leonardo Julien smashed an enterprising 83 from 85 runs as the Emerging Players piled up a daunting 293 for 7 in their 50 overs.  In their turn at the crease, the Hurricanes never got going as they were scuttled out for just 88.

Opening with Kimani Meluis, Julien got Emerging players off to a solid start before, Meluis was caught for 28 by Kacey Carty off the bowling of Jacques Taylor.  He went on to put on another 84 for the second wicket with man-of-the-match Cariah, who made 34 from 51 before being run out.  Julien was dismissed, caught by Thomas off the bowling of  Sheeno Berridge, with Emerging Players well poised at 163 for 3.  Rolando Cato (31), Kevin Sinclair (28) and Dominic Drakes (38) put on another 97 at the bottom of the order.

Chasing the big target, the Leewards were on the back foot also immediately after losing opener Montcin Hodge for one run with just 11 on the board.  When his partner Kieran Powell (13) followed soon after, caught by Da Silva off the bowling of Kevin Sinclair the writing was on the wall for the Leewards.  Amir Jangoo provided the most resistance with 20 from 43 deliveries but his innings was brought to an end by Cariah.

 

While the West Indies were expected to dominate their one-off Test against Afghanistan in Lucknow, India, they still had to do it and it was important to their skipper, Jason Holder, that the year ended with his side tasting some success.

The West Indies, playing in a one-off Test after T20 and ODI series against Afghanistan, were emphatic nine-wicket winners after bowling out the hosts for 187 and 120 while scoring 277 and 31-1.

The results were brought about by Rahkeem Cornwall’s 7-75 and 3-46, as well as Shamarh Brooks first-innings knock of 111.

“Really important win, you know. We had a tough series against India. Was important to finish the year well,” said Holder after his West Indies side finished the game inside three days.

Holder also pointed out that there was a certain type of unity within the West Indies squad that he believed would hold them in good stead for bigger challenges on the horizon.

“We've got a good group going. The whole management staff has been excellent. We've got good unity, we have a one-team motif. Once we love one another, the job becomes much easier on the cricket field. Hope it continues," he said.

Holder was also pleased with the way the new players in the side have come on and held their hands up to be counted when the going gets tough.

“Very pleasing to see new guys come in and take the opportunity. Shamarh did that. He scored a fifty in the last innings and followed it with a hundred here. It was full of class. And then Rahkeem getting seven in the first innings, in just his second Test, is amazing,” said Holder.

Clarendon College have repeated as ISSA/WATA DaCosta Cup champions after a 3-0 win over Dinthill Technical High School at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in St James on Saturday.

BB Coke High School are the ISSA Ben Francis Cup champions, lifting the trophy for the first time in their history courtesy of a 4-2 penalty-shootout win over Garvey Maceo at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in St James on Saturday.

The two sides played to an enthralling 2-2 draw in regular time after Jason Dyer (33rd minute) and Christopher Nelson (47th) notched goals for BB Coke only to be answered in kind by Marvin Williams (55th) and captain Jermaine Muirhead (87th).

BB Coke joined St Catherine High School as first-time winners of schoolboy football honours after the latter were 3-2 winners over Excelsior High School in the ISSA Walker Cup competition on Friday.

BB Coke’s players displayed nerves of steel to stay perfect through four penalty kicks, while Garvey Maceo’s nerves showed, missing their second and third spots.

In truth, BB Coke could have won the game quite early after Nelson’s 47th-minute effort put daylight between themselves and Garvey Maceo, but the latter were not ready to quit just yet.

With less than a half to play, Garvey Maceo went on all-out attack and were rewarded when Williams scored with more than half an hour to go to get back into the game.

BB Coke tried to defend their one-goal lead and maybe that was a mistake as an onslaught from Garvey Maceo led to an 87th-minute goal that could have changed the outcome of the final.

Tonight, influential Garvey Maceo player, Barrington Blake must be cursing his luck as he, more than anyone else, could have put his team’s collective hands on the trophy after he stepped up to take a 90th-minute penalty, but it wasn’t to be.

His penalty miss on the stroke of full time was prophetic since the team from May Pen in Clarendon were destined to wind up on the losing side of a shootout a few minutes later.

Rahkeem Cornwall’s 10-wicket haul in a nine-wicket win for the West Indies over Afghanistan in Lucknow, India, while a great start, is just one part of the game the all-rounder wants to get right for the regional side.

Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan believes his side can be a much better Test side given the opportunity.

Rashid was speaking after Friday’s demolition at the hands of the West Indies in Lucknow, India.

The West Indies, playing in a one-off Test after T20 and ODI series against Afghanistan, were emphatic nine-wicket winners after bowling out the hosts for 187 and 120 while scoring 277 and 31-1.

The results were brought about by Rahkeem Cornwall’s 7-75 and 3-46, as well as Shamarh Brooks first-innings knock of 111.

But according to Rashid, despite the one-sidedness of the affair, there isn’t a big gap between Afghanistan and the better Test-playing nations.

“I think, what I've seen, we've been struggling in the longer formats. Especially in batting. That's the only area we need to improve. Once we do that, we can trouble good sides,” he said.

The Afghanistan skipper believes that his team lacks experience, and with a little more of it, the teams at the top will have to watch out.

“Still early days in our Test careers, only our fourth game, against an experienced Windies. Hope to recover from our mistakes. We want more Tests,” said Rashid.

At the moment, the opportunity for Afghanistan to play more Test cricket and to get that valuable experience is a little beyond them, a situation, Rashid is not happy with.

“Just one Test per year isn't good enough.”

But the talent is there and Rashid is hopeful that the best for Afghanistan, is yet to come.

“Great talent for us in the future. We are not taking our batting innings long. People are getting out for thirties and forties. We need to work on that. Overall, quite disappointing. And we will try to bring the improvements,” said Rashid.

Afghanistan will now turn its attention away from Test cricket for the moment to the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup early next year.

A confident Davion Ferguson, coach of triumphant Manning Cup champions Jamaica College, insists the team was always confident of turning the tables on St Andrew Technical (STATHS) a team that defeated them just two rounds prior.

 For the second consecutive match in a row Jamaica College were perfect from the penalty spot, after failing to find the goal against STATHS in regular time.  Just as they had against Kingston College in the semifinals, JC managed to turn the tables on a team that had gotten the better of them earlier this season. 

In the quarterfinal round, it was STATHS who triumphed 2-1, when it counted most it was JC who managed to repeat the result of the 2017 Manning Cup final to claim an unprecedented 30th title.  Despite heading into the final as slight underdogs Ferguson insists the team was always confident of getting revenge on their opponents.

“We were very confident.  We re-watched the video from the first game, and I believe I can say publicly that tactically we got that wrong, but we assessed ourselves and we came back here,” Ferguson said.

“We should have won it in 90 but in penalties, it was sweet the same,” he added.

“When set out in June to accomplish this and we did.  These boys are champions and it’s just tremendous.”

 

 

Jamaica College (JC) are ISSA Digicel Manning Cup Champions for a 30th time after besting favourites St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) via penalties at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday.

JC, who endured their first titleless season in five years in 2018, returned to the top of the urban area pile on Friday after more than just holding STATHS to a 0-0 draw for 90 minutes, then stepping up to the spot to stay perfect from penalties to claim a 5-4 win.

JC had lost on penalties to Kingston College in the ISSA Champions Cup semi-finals but returned to beat the same opponents in the Manning Cup semifinals with five perfect penalties before doing the same in the final.

STATHS have been brilliant this season and topped a Manning Cup semi-final group including JC and St George’s College, winning all three games in impressive fashion, earning the favourites tag in no uncertain terms.

However, JC would end STATHS’ perfect season with their sixth title in seven years and do it in style.

The truth is, JC looked like the team more likely to score throughout the encounter as their backline blunted the normally incisive STATHS attack.

However, Phillon Lawrence, JC’s leading goalscorer, would muff a number of chances for his side to go ahead, including a one-on-one with the goalkeeper where he elected to go through his legs.

The JC ‘keeper brought his legs closer together just in the knick of time to effect a save as early as the fourth minute of play.

That trend would continue throughout but just as STATHS found today difficult for goalscoring, so did JC.

It was in the year 2000 that Anthony Patrick was last in charge of a Walker Cup-winning team, making it 18 years until he would again taste glory.

Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, was on hand at the National Stadium in Kingston on Friday to witness his Alma Mater, St Catherine High School lift the Walker Cup title with a 3-2 win over Excelsior High School, the first in the history of the institution.

While winning the Walker Cup was a historic feat for St Catherine, they were really the favourites against an Excelsior team still growing. Despite the favourite tag, St Catherine had to come from behind to claim their first ever title, after Jevaughn Smith opened the scoring for Excelsior in the 29th minute of play.

It didn’t take long for St Catherine to respond though, Kamau Davis scoring in the 36th minute of play before Assanie Brown put one hand on the title for his side with 39th and 45th-minute efforts. Excelsior would make a game of it in the last few minutes after a 79th minute penalty from Smith almost took away all the good work of the Anthony Patrick-coached outfit.

Prime Minister Holness must have had his heart in his mouth when Excelsior went ahead. A corner whipped in from the left side courtesy of a right footer was barely kept out by the St Catherine goalkeeper and fell to Smith, who wasted no time in tapping home ahead of the challenging defender.

But St Catherine did not panic and when Rajneal Brown dismissed his marker down the right side, Excelsior were in big trouble. They were in bigger trouble when Brown’s cutback came to the feat of Davis.

But Davis still had work to do. The dimunitive striker did that work oh so well, turing on a dime and toe-poking the ball past the Excelsior goalkeeper’s near post to even the scores.

Then came the Assanie Brown show, with the forward, who ended MVP of the tournament, tapping home a defelcted free kick in the 39th minute of play before he ran onto a beautiful through ball and opened his body to attempt to curl the ball around the goalkeeper. While Brown was guilty of hitting his delivery too straight on, he did receive a bit of luck as his shot, though parried by the goalkeeper still ended up in the back of the net.

At 3-1 the game could have been over, but in the 79th minute, a St Catherine defender lost a ball he didn’t need to and then brought his attacker down to make up for the error.

Smith made no mistake from the spot to make the result 3-2 and force St Catherine to manage their remaining time to stay in front and give Patrick his second Walker Cup title, the first since he led Bridgeport to that piece of silverware 18 years earlier.   

 Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) board member Selby Brown has insisted the body must move quickly to address an avalanche of financial issues, which threatens to drag the association into insolvency.

Brown, who previously served as a first vice president under the David John-Williams administration, failed in his bid to get re-elected as second vice president’s position in Sunday’s elections, losing to United TTFA candidate Clynt Taylor.

With the association facing debts in the region of $US 7,108,608, in a large part due to a culmination of several lawsuits, Brown insisted that the new administration must hit the ground running.

“The delegates have spoken and that democracy must be respected, and I wish the United TTFA visionaries well. Most of those who served the previous regimes were the ones who incurred the huge debt of the TTFA of some $TT40 million and celebrated the added two judgments in the amount of $TT8.4 million last week. That does not include a further $TT15 million that Mr. Jack Warner claims is owed to him by the TTFA and confirmed by TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee in a letter dated November 2015,” Browne to insideworldfootball.

The former vice president insisted that as well as the administrative issue, there were issues to solve off the field as well.

“The vote by delegates for the United TTFA is No problem. They all intend to get billions from NIKE. Did they ask themselves the question: Why would a brand associate itself with a team that lost 14 out of 15 games?  What exactly is the benefit to the brand? Unless the United TTFA plans to provide Nike with a new slogan; ‘Wear NIKE and Lose’,” he continued.

“I look forward to the TTFA urgently receiving the promised Nike sponsorship millions to avoid the TTFA from being declared bankrupt or avoiding insolvency.”

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